30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 28, 2018



Jesus, Have Pity!

On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, [Bartimaeus] began to cry out and say, “Jesus, son of David, have pity on me.”  Mark 10:47

 These words from Bartimaeus the blind man present us with the perfect prayer for a few reasons.

 First, this prayer reveals the deep humility of Bartimaeus.   By praying this prayer, Bartimaeus expresses the fact that he knew Jesus was the source of what he needed and that he was unable to help himself.  Bartimaeus knew that he was weak but that Jesus was perfect strength.  Thus, he humbly turned to Jesus in his need, recognizing Him as the source.

 Second, it is a prayer that cries for “pity.”  Pity is the feeling of sorrow and compassion caused by the suffering of others.  Pity is mercy and is the form of love given to one by another who has no need of giving it.  In this prayer, Bartimaeus asks the all-powerful Lord to show him kindness and mercy even though he is unworthy of such a gift.  This prayer reveals the fact that Bartimaeus knew he was undeserving of help from our Lord, but he cried out for it anyway in the hope that Jesus would help.  And, indeed, He does.

 Third, this prayer reveals a certain and deep passion.  It is not just a request for God’s help, rather it is a cry for help.  It’s a plea and a form of begging.  It’s an opening up of one’s soul to God, without concern of displaying one’s own weaknesses or worry that others will witness it or what they’ll think.  This shows the depth of the blind man’s prayer.

 Reflect, today, upon these three lessons from Bartimaeus’ short prayer.  We must be humble, beg for mercy, and do so with deep passion and longing.  Praying this way will most certainly dispose us to the grace and mercy of God.



Traditionally during the month of November we remember our departed loved ones in prayer. On Sunday, November 4, we will have our annual mass for those from St. Ann and IMMEDIATE FAMILY members who passed away during this past year. If you have lost a loved one in 2018 and would like them to be remembered on November 4, please sign the sheet on the Usher’s Table or notify the church office at 410-235-8169.


Next Sunday, November 4, we turn the clocks back one hour as we return to Standard Time for the winter season.


Early Voting for General Elections in Maryland began October 25 and runs through November 1. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Polling will be open from 7 am – 8 pm. For sample ballots and polling locations in your area visit:

www.elections.maryland.gov or call

410-396-1444 for city residents or 800-222-8683 for locations in your zip code. Remember to get out and vote!


The Pastoral Council meets next Tuesday, November 6 in the Anchorage at 6:30 pm. All members are encouraged to attend.


The Historic St. Francis Xavier Church of the Pastorate of St. Ann/St. Wenceslaus and St. Francis Xavier, host their annual Revival entitled "Your Condition Is Not Your Conclusion"  It will take place at the church Thursday, November 29th through Saturday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. on each of the three evenings.  The Revival will be led by Reverend Maurice J. Nutt, C.Ss.R., D.Min.

Redemptorist Missionary Vice-Postulator of the Cause for Canonization of Sr. Thea Bowman, FSPA.


Thanks to all, near and far, who helped to celebrate and support our 145th Anniversary last week. A special thanks to all of our ministries, and all of the wonderful talents that contributed to the delicious potluck, and to of all those who worked so hard behind the scenes to make the day memorable.


Bishop Madden invites you to join him for his next prayer walk tomorrow evening,  Monday, October 29, beginning at 5:30 pm., at Holy Cross (110 East West Street, 21230).  The evening will begin with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. and end before 7:30 p.m. During the walk, we will pray at specific locations that have been affected by violence, and for all those individuals who have been so terribly affected by violence, and for a change of heart in those given to violence. 


B.U.I.L.D (Baltimore United in Leadership Development) will hold a listening session tomorrow evening, Monday, October 29th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary School, 1400 N. Caroline St. You are invited to bring your ideas and voice your opinions for plans in in the community. Free refreshments will be served. All are welcome!


Thursday, November 1 is the Feast of All Saints, a holy day of obligation. Mass will be offered 7:00 pm at St. Ann’s on that day, 8:00 am at St. Wenceslaus Church and 10:00 am at St. Francis Xavier Church.


Masses will also be held for All Souls Day, Friday, November 2. The Mass schedule is as follows:

 Friday Morning: 8:00 a.m. at St. Wenceslaus

  • Friday Morning: 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier

  • Friday Evening: 7:00 p.m. at St. Ann (in the Anchorage Chapel)

  • Friday Evening: 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier



Sun., Oct.28      30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

                           11 AM Mass


                            Sunday School, 9:30 AM   Anchorage 2nd Floor youth room

                            Adult Bible Study after Mass


Mon., Oct.29      Prayer Walk, Holy Cross

    110 East West Street, 21230   5:30 pm


    B.U.I.L.D Listening Session

    Dr. Bernard Harris Elementary

    School, 1400 N. Caroline St.   6:30 pm


Wed., Oct.31      HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


 Thurs., Nov.1     ALL SAINTS DAY

                            7 pm Mass, St. Ann’s Church

                            Anchorage Chapel


Fri., Nov.2          ALL SOULS DAY

                            7:00 pm Mass, St. Ann’s

                            Anchorage, Chapel


Sat., Nov.3          KPC-Ladies Auxiliary

                            Meeting, Anchorage 9 am


Sun., Nov.4       30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

                            Memorial Mass of the Faithful

                            Departed, 11 AM


                            Sunday School, 9:30 AM   Anchorage 2nd Floor youth room

                            Adult Bible Study after Mass


                            Day Light Savings Time Ends!


Tues., Nov.6ELECTION DAY!!!!!!!!!!


1st Reading                                  Deuteronomy 6:2-6           

2nd Reading                                     Hebrews 7:23-28

Gospel                                              Mark 12:28b-34

Saint Anns