April 17, 2018 Edition

At all the weekend Masses, we celebrate Earth Day and Catholic social teaching on our care for the environment. I offer a paragraph from "Laudato Sì" for your reflection. The application to the swamp of current government environmental non -regulation is rather clear:

The technocratic paradigm also tends to dominate economic and political life. The economy accepts every advance in technology with a view to profit, without concern for its potentially negative impact on human beings.

Finance overwhelms the real economy. The lessons of the global financial crisis have not been assimilated, and we are learning too slowly the lessons of environmental deterioration. Some circles maintain that current economics and technology will solve all environmental problems, and argue, in popular and non-technical terms, that the problems of global hunger and poverty will be resolved simply by market growth. 

They are less concerned with certain economic theories which today scarcely anybody dares defend, than with their actual operation in the functioning of the economy…they support them with their deeds by showing no interest in more balanced levels of production, a better distribution of wealth, concern for the environment, and the rights of future generations. Their behavior shows that for them maximizing profits is enough. Yet by itself the market cannot guarantee integral human development and social inclusion.
Green Team - Earth Day April 22nd
Earth Day is Sunday April 22nd

In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson announced that a demonstration about the environment would happen on April 22. Approximately twenty million people showed up to celebrate the first Earth Day. Since then, environmental concerns such as oil spills, global warming, extinction of wildlife, pollution, and environmental inequality have been pushed to the forefront of political agendas and popular concern. At St. Ignatius the Green Team is working to bring our parish into closer alignment with God’s Earth. Join us on April 22 nd for liturgy and fellowship that focuses our attention on these critical environmental issues. On Earth Day, the Fellowships after the 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM Masses will be sponsored by the Green Team and will include lots of great foods including vegan and vegetarian dishes, fair trade coffee, and organic cookies, plus the Green Library will have its ribbon cutting after 10:30 AM Mass.
Home Energy Tips

  • Adjust Window Treatments: During the day, let sunlight in by opening curtains, blinds and shades on the windows facing the sun to reduce heating demand. At night, keep drapes and curtains closed to reduce heat loss. (Source: Efficiency Maine)

  • Clean Boilers and Furnaces: Make sure your boiler or furnace is cleaned and serviced by a qualified professional for optimum efficiency. Gas systems and heat pumps should be serviced once every two years; oil systems every year. Cleaning substantially extends the life and efficiency of the heating system while ensuring safe operation. (Source: Efficiency Maine)

  • Seal Receptacles and Switch Boxes with Foam Gaskets: Seal Receptacles and Switch Boxes with Foam Gaskets — installing foam gaskets can reduce drafts and create an extra thermal barrier. (Source: Efficiency Maine) - READ MORE
Check out the new Green Library in Ignatian Hall . You will find over a hundred books and articles on the environment. Books are arranged by author. You are welcome to take a book home but please return to the shelves after you have enjoyed it. Also below are links to environmental readings and web pages recommended by the Green Team.

Consumption and waste are critical issues to the environment. This Earth Day, St. Ignatius is beginning an effort to understand the cycle of consumption to waste by using and composting the paper plates, cups, and utensils we use at Fellowship. At the 10:30 AM and 6:00 PM Fellowships, we will use only compostable, biodegradable items and we will compost them locally. We look to expand the program to cover all compostable capable materials at the Parish. Follow our progress on our web page as we work to improve the environmental footprint of the Parish.

The St. Ignatius Green Team is engaging with community groups throughout Baltimore to partner in environmental efforts including tree plantings and neighborhood clean up. Join us on April 18th for our first effort with Blue Water Baltimore to plant trees in the Druid Heights Neighborhood. Blue Water Baltimore's mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore's rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy and thriving communities.

Wednesday, April 18, 9AM to 12PM 
(Corner of Bloom and Division Street)

Contact Jessie Hillman with any questions: 
410-254-1577 x 114 or email: jhillman@bluewaterbaltimore.org

For more information about the St. Ignatius Green Team, contact
Len Heckwolf: lenheckwolf@gmail.com

In the Area
Hey, Guess What?

St. Ignatius is pleased to have been selected as one of the venues for the Best of Maryland Arts Education Festival this Friday, April 20 - and we would love to have a few of our parishioners volunteer to serve as hosts and hostesses to greet our guests.

Student artists from throughout the state will be presenting music, dance, theater, poetry, creative writing, visual and media arts at Center Stage, Peabody, Walters, Mt. Vernon Methodist, and St. Ignatius.  More information and a complete schedule of events can be found on the MAEF website .

If you can volunteer for a four-hour shift, contact the parish office today ( parish@st-ignatius.net   or 410-727-3848). You can also register directly through the MAEF website. 
From the Office
Annual Parish Count

During Masses over the weekend of April 28-29, 2018 you will be asked to assist our Parish in the annual c ount to obtain information about the number of persons who attend Mass at our Parish as well as some general limited data on the cultural and/or ethnic background of your own family members. Please know that providing this information is voluntary and anonymous. The cultural/ethnic information you provide will be used to assist us in making better future pastoral ministry decisions for our church community at the parish and diocesan levels. The data is also used by the Archdiocese in their reports to the Vatican.
In the Reeves Gallery

This upcoming Sunday we will open a new exhibit in the Reeves Gallery of Contemporary Icons by Fr. William Hart McNichols entitled Mother of God Similar to Fire .

Since 1991, Fr Bill has been creating these beautiful icons. He studied with Robert Lentz. His work is in The Vatican Museum. Prints can be purchased at http://frbillmcnichols-sacredimages.com .

Upcoming Events and Meetings
Women of the New Testament
Tuesday, April 17, 6:45 PM
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Green Team
Thursday, April 19, 7 PM
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Ignatian Weekend Retreat "Come Follow Me"
Friday, April 20 - Sunday, April 22
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Young Family Picnic at Sherwood Gardens
Saturday, April 21, 10 AM
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Respect for Life
Sunday, April 22, 9:45 AM
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Embracing God's Gifts
Tuesday, April 24, 7 PM
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Bishop Madden's Prayer Walk for Peace
Monday, April 30, 5:30 PM
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Project Rachel One Day Retreats
“Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven.”
- Pope Francis.

Any woman or man grieving after an experience with abortion is welcome to attend a retreat day for spiritual and emotional healing on April 28, 2018 .

These retreats offer a confidential and emotionally-safe environment for those struggling after abortion. To find out more information or register, please visit www.project-rachel.net or contact projectrachel@archbalt.org , (410) 625-8491.
T o upload information flyer for females who struggle with abortion issues and repercussions, click here .
To upload information flyer for males who struggle with abortion issues and repercussions , click here .
Worship with Offerings, Liturgy and Prayers for Others
Each weekend St. Ignatius specifies a Poor Box collection for a needful cause. This week's
support goes to
Blue Water Baltimore.

Attached is the listing for the music selections at next Sunday's 10:30 Mass. 
Weekly updates on Christian persecution around the globe. Keep a prayerful watch on what is
happening with your
brothers and sisters!