Online Bulletin

Humility and Forgiveness

08-20-2017Rev. Scott holmer

The Gospel today features one of the most jarring lines in all of Sacred Scripture. A woman comes up to Jesus repeatedly and asks to have her Son healed from demonic possession. Jesus finally turns to her and says, “It is not right to take the food of the children and give it to the dogs.” Jesus is trying to explain that his mission is primarily to the house of Israel. However, he tries to dismiss this Canaanite woman in a very abrupt and rude way.

I often wondered, “Why on earth did Jesus rebuke this woman in this way? This doesn’t sound like Jesus? Why on earth would St. Matthew include this story in the Gospel that makes Jesus seem so rude?” The reason the disciples remembered this story was not due to Jesus’ callous remark. It was because the woman showed such great humility in her response: “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”


Announcements & Events

Christmas Market Crafters Needed

To those of you who have come to help with our lovely Christmas crafts and to those who have donated lovely homemade items – thank you all so much. We are still in need of help and ideas. If you are crafty and do make craft items at home and would like to donate some to the Market, we would be most appreciative.


Religious Education Registration

Registration for the 2017-2018 Religious Education Classes is on-going, Information can be found in the CCD hall and online click here. You may also register online. Late fees now apply for returning families.

Parish Secretary Needed

St. Edward’s needs a parish secretary. Responsibilities include: typing, establishing/maintaining electronic databases for mailing lists and reports, managing telephone calls, maintaining the office calendar and the google calendar, maintaining the weekly parish bulletin, handling correspondence and document preparation, scheduling meetings and events, and other office duties.


Parish Music Accompanist Needed

St. Edward’s needs a music accompanist who can play the piano and/or the organ.


R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Adults seeking information regarding joining the Catholic Church and Catholics seeking to learn more about their faith are invited to attend R.C.I.A. classes which will begin in the fall. If interested, please call Fr. Holmer at 301-249-9199.

Ministry to the Sick and Shut-Ins and Home-bound Masses

Fr. Holmer and Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist bring Communion to the sick and shut-ins. Call the Rectory Office at 301-249-9199 to arrange this service. We also have monthly Mass at Pin Oak, Larkin Chase, and Emeritus at Woodward residences.

The World Day of Prayer: The Care for All of God’s Creation
Sep 1

The created world is a gift. As children of God, we are called to be stewards of the rich, natural heritage that surrounds us. Pope Francis has declared September 1 the “World Day of Prayer for the care of the Creation.” We invite all parishioners to be the guardians of God’s great handiwork.

Annual Crab Feast
Sep 2

Boswell Hall Sacred Heart Council #2577 6111 Columbian Way, Bowie, MD 20715. Tickets: Adults $45, Seniors 65+ $30, Children ages 6, 12 - $15, Children under 6 eat free.


Fun Day!!!
Oct 1

Calling all parishioners! This upcoming event, is the largest social event of our parish. Let’s make it a real FUNDAY for everyone!

Run for Vocations
Oct 22

Runners and walkers of all experience levels are encouraged to join with priests, seminarians, and lay people from throughout the Archdiocese in this year’s Run for Vocations/Marine Corps 10K race!