After retiring from 35 years of pastoral ministry my wife (Kevin) and I were on the hunt for a new spiritual home. I think we were most keen on finding a place where the presence of God was reverenced when we gathered together. Beyond that we wanted to be with a group of people who were interested in more than just “hearing” the Word of God – we wanted to “do” the Word of God. We wanted to “follow Jesus” outside of the church building, caring for those in the neediest places of the community in which we lived. We certainly have found that at St. Ignatius.

Two passages of Scripture have always gripped me, one of them being my life verse. “He has shown you, O man, what is good, and what the Lord requires of thee; but to act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God” - Micah 6:8. It’s the justice, mercy, and humility I have found in the ministry of St. Ignatius Catholic Community that I love most.

Mercy (έλεος) in Greek means "practical help." Isn’t that beautiful? When we ask God for mercy, we’re asking for practical help in situations that we can’t solve ourselves. That is the heart of God’s ministry towards us, and the heart of ministry as I’ve experienced it here in our church. This directs me to the second passage of Matthew 25 where Jesus spells out what that looks like. In his Father’s Kingdom he says the highest honor has to do with helping those in our world who are barely making it – extending “practical help” to the hungry, thirsty, unclothed, sick, and those who are locked up.

So, I am very happy today that in the Pastor’s Corner video, and the Justice & Peace section immediately following, we enter into 2021 extending justice and mercy to those in need…in the great humility that we are really caring for Jesus himself.
Click on video above: Pastor's Corner - January 11, 2021
From the Justice & Peace Committee
Casserole Collection Resumes this Saturday, January 16...catch these updates!

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

This coming Saturday between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM, in front of St. Ignatius, we will be collecting casseroles for Our Daily Bread. Since we began last spring we have contributed over 800 meals to help those hungry in our neighborhood who are in great need. As we continue on this month, please note the following three updates:
First: As mentioned in the video above, we are changing our casserole. This month we will be contributing "Chicken and Rice Casciotti." For the new recipe, click here. (If you’ve already made a mac & cheese casserole for January, simply deliver it on the 16th and it will get to Our Daily Bread.)
Second: We have installed a freezer in the narthex. Feel free to bring your casseroles as you come to attend Mass on Sundays. You can bring them every week so we can build up our contribution and deliver them with the contributions on the 3rd Saturday of the month collection.
Third: We are adding another dimension to our collection this month. Our Loaves & Fishes Ministry, which has been weekly feeding the homeless of Baltimore since 1986, has requested a push for NEW socks and underwear for those they also feed. Please drop 'em off when you bring your casseroles.
Our Parish Kids!
Carissimi,
Becoming an anti-racist society and an anti-racist Church begins with our children. I’m delighted to pass on a picture that parishioner Stephanie Holtz passed on to me of her sons, Leander and Jurian and their friends holding their own Black Lives Matter Rally.

The boys took cardboard from their recycling and made signs and stood on the corner as passing cars honked and waved. They started at 1:00 and at 5:00, their dad, Nicholas, Stephanie and the other parents sort of shrugged at each other and said, “Well, I guess we have to bring them inside now?”
Gospel Reflection
Editor's Note: Next Sunday's Gospel reading is John 1: 35-42, where Jesus begins the calling of disciples by inviting them into his life, "Come and see." Our reflection this week is from St. Joseph Sr. Mary M. McGlone, who serves on the congregational leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Enjoy.
Come and See – and be forever changed

“What are you looking for?” That is the question today’s liturgy puts before us. It is a question addressed to us, but also one we address to God. It is the question of vocation.

Put another way, it asks, “What do you and God want to do with the life you have been given?”

Today’s readings invite us to consider the macro and micro dimensions of our individual vocations. The idea of vocation brings us to the heart of our relationship with God; it is based on an assumption that everything we do finds its meaning with the context of that relationship. READ MORE
Upcoming in January: Dr. King Celebration 2021
The Annual St. Ignatius MLK Week Observance

As we enter into January we once again have great plans for our annual observance of the MLK celebration. This year we have a Zoom discussion group on Saturday, January 16th that focuses on the HBO film about John Lewis entitled Good Trouble.
Good Trouble is an intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of extraordinary activism – from the bold teenager on the front lines of the Civil Rights movement to the legislative powerhouse he was throughout his career until his passing on July 17, 2020.

The following day (January 17), we hold our "Mass with Special Music for Dr. King,” and on Monday, January 18, we will participate in the "Black Lives Matter Car Caravan."  For details on all of these events, and to register for the Zoom Discussion Group on Good Trouble, click here. All of these events are presented or promoted by the St. Ignatius Justice & Peace Committee – and managed by the Racial Justice Subcommittee.
From the Office
OFFERTORY ENVELOPES –  2021 envelopes are in the church for those who use them. To contribute through Faith Direct, go to https://www.faithdirect.net. Our church code is MD301, or download the VENMO app. Thank you for your support!

YEAR-END STATEMENT OF CONTRIBUTIONS –  Faith Direct will be sending a summary of 2020 contributions to everyone who has donated to the church through that organization. If you need acknowledgement from the parish for any single contribution of $250 or more for tax purposes, please send an email to tracieallen@st-ignatius.net, or call the parish office, (410) 727-3828. 
January Events
January 12, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

January 14, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

January 16 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

January 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

January 17, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

January 18, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

January 19, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
From the St. Ignatius Interfaith Committee
The new year comes with new resolutions. At ICJS, we hope that increasing inter-religious literacy is on your list of things to do in 2021, and we are pleased to offer a variety of opportunities for inter-religious learning that can fit into any schedule: 

  • 90-minute online event: In the post-Inauguration program Our Politics, Our Religions: Reflecting on 2020 and Beyond, ICJS invites you to reflect with others on what religious beliefs, sacred practices, or scriptural texts bring you to take particular civic actions. Come listen, learn, and discuss on the afternoon of January 21.



As you can see, ICJS is kicking off the new year by offering engaging inter-religious learning opportunities morning, noon, and night covering diverse topics in formats that work with different schedules. Come join us, and start 2021 by making religious difference a powerful force for good.

Best wishes for the new year,
Heather Miller Rubens, Ph.D.
Executive Director & Roman Catholic Scholar
Offerings and Prayer
HOW TO GIVE  
How to contribute during this
COVID-19 season.

PRAYER LIST
A list of those who have been added to our weekly prayer list.

In the Media
The mob at the Capitol was reality’s revenge upon the Republican Party
January 07, 2021

The events of Jan. 6, 2021, were the revenge of reality. Words became actions.

Grievances became violence. Tweets became flesh.

And then tweets lost control of flesh.

Was all this foreseeable? We knew neither the time nor place, but sooner or later, the glorification of violence was going to lead to actual violence. READ MORE
There is plenty of blame to go around after yesterday's shameful storming of the U.S. Capitol by a right-wing mob trying to stop the formal counting of the Electoral College vote for the legally elected next president of the United States. READ MORE

“He’s a radical’s radical.”

He is “probably one of the most extreme figures we’ve seen.”

He represents the “radical strain that exists in some of the farthest most extreme factions of the Democrat Party.” READ MORE
READER NOTIFICATION:  

Parish: 'the thought' is a publication of St. Ignatius Catholic Community-Baltimore. Each edition contains articles and news feeds that are included for awareness of current topics in our world today. The positions expressed by outside authors and news feeds are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of St. Ignatius Catholic Community or its staff.

 - This e-zine was designed and compiled by John C. Odean