St. Mary's Moorings Parish & Fleur de Lis School 2019-2020 Publication

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Pastor’s Letter


Pastoral Council


Sacramental Data


Unity Through Uncertainty


St. Mary’s School


St. Mary’s Parish




A Look Back


Winter Relief


Teacher of the Year


Class of 2020


Saints Serving Others




Saints Serving Others - Alumni


Alumni Faculty & Staff


Service Awards


Financial Report


Giving at a Glance & Support St. Mary’s


COVER St Mary’s Church


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Not Only a Parish, But a Home St. Mary’s Parish, a sacramental Roman Catholic community united in Jesus Christ our Redeemer, proclaims God’s love, serves the needs of others, educates in the faith and joyfully celebrates God’s presence and promises as we seek the Kingdom of Heaven. St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary’s Elementary and High School, located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serves students in grades PreKindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.


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RITERS, SPEAKERS, POLITICAL FIGURES, and yes, even preachers are occasionally known to use hyperbole in their statements. I think of phrases such as: this is the most shocking thing I ever heard, that was the best movie ever made, he hit that home run at least 600 feet! So I am tempted to say that this past year of 2019-2020, has been the most difficult in the more than 167 years of the parish history under the leadership of the Redemptorists. However, it would be quickly pointed out to me that our parish faced the days of the American Civil War, with Northern and Southern armies being active in our area. The Naval Academy was moved to Newport, Rhode Island to protect it from the danger of being captured by the South. I would certainly have to rate this year very near the top of challenging years in the history of our parish and her two schools. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the world, on our nation and certainly on our parish and schools. In many ways, we had to change the way we lived. Social distancing and masks have become a way of life. As the COVID-19 virus took hold, we entered into long periods of shutdowns, with our regular Masses canceled for several months. Our students stopped attending class in our school buildings in March and studied through live streaming. Young people were told to not visit their grandparents to protect them in their vulnerability to the virus. Most stores and restaurants were closed. Proms and graduations were done virtually and sports both on the high school level and in all the major leagues were put on hold. As I write this, the pandemic of 2020 continues, but we as a society and as a parish have made adjustments that provided for the safety of our students and parishioners while still allowing them to begin to gather for religious services and classroom learning. I have found a very strong spirit in our school and parish staffs along with our parish clergy and our parishioners. We refused to be defeated by the virus. Rather quickly through the innovative skills of our younger clergy, we were online and saying virtual daily and weekend Masses for our people. Even before the shutdown of our schools were mandated, our school leadership and teachers were already planning on how to teach online. They were ready to step up and teach our students. Our students, while at home, were so very creative in making masks and shields for people to wear to protect themselves. Our schools did neighborhood drive-bys to show the students that they were thought of. Both our schools made heroic efforts to ensure that the graduating classes of 2020 had a memorable virtual experience of their graduations. Our parish staff along with our clergy made an effort to call every parishioner during the first few months of the pandemic. I know Moorings is a nautical term. Certainly, our parish ship, under the protection of our great patron, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, has been sailing through stormy waters akin to those of a Category Five Hurricane. We have and continue to face fear and challenges. Still, the spirit of St. Mary’s manifested through its people has stood firm on the ship and continues to sail with courage into the future. We are all writing a new and powerful chapter of our long history and one that by the grace of God we can be proud. As Jesus was with the apostles on the tumultuous seas of Galilee, Jesus has His hand on the tiller. Amen.






he Pastoral Council members are humbled and honored to serve the parish and our pastor and to be a small part of the success of this faith-filled and multi-cultural community of St. Mary’s. Our objective is serving our parishioners, ministries, pastor and clergy and to carry forward the mission and ministry of Christ and His Church in the parish community. We are a consultative body that makes recommendations to the pastor regarding the life and mission of the parish. As such, we encourage and provide opportunities for communication within the parish and surrounding community. We also serve as a forum for dialogue among the parishioners, ministries, the pastor, clergy and the staff. We have developed strong goals and objectives for the next few years and are currently focused on: communication and procedural improvement within all aspects of the parish, safety and security of all facilities, communication with and for the many parish ministries to the parish community and providing opportunities for additional integration among the Anglo and Hispanic communities within our parish. This includes bilingual communications, education and liturgical services and providing a new educational program platform to serve all parishioners called “I Thirst” which began in September 2020 with the first offering: a “Biblical Walk through the Mass.” The Council is made up of 14 volunteers of a varied cross section of our parish who all serve with one goal in mind. Our members are selected from among many applicants each year when current members’ terms end with recommendations made by a selection committee of current Pastoral Council members to the pastor for final approval. Members serve a minimum term of three years and can be asked to serve a second term of three years. We solicit parishioner discernment for new members every year via the bulletin and parish website, typically in May. This past year, as is the case every year, we had hard working and valuable members’ terms end and we thank those who served with us and before us, setting the stage for our successes as a Pastoral Council and parish community, they are: Kathleen Armiger, our former President, and Dave Waugh, our former Secretary. We also welcomed with open arms and are very excited to have join us in 2020: Diane Beliveau, Thomas Kurowski and Gloria (Gigi) Kurowski. We want to serve all parishioners and welcome your comments, concerns, suggestions, and solutions to make our parish and this community of Christ for Christ the best it can be! The Council looks forward to working with our pastor, Fr. Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R., in continuing to foster the growth of our faith and community here at St. Mary’s!

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Brian Madden President

Silvia Peart

Vice President

Sam Davies


Diane Beliveau MaryAnn Davies Michele Deckman Stacie Gormley Gloria Kurowski Thomas Kurowski Hispanic Committee: Sara Sibrian Hispanic Committee:

Hector Sibrian Christopher Sterritt Joseph Stewart Carla Wilcox

Brian Madden President, Pastoral Council 6

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UNITY THROUGH UNCERTAINTY St. Mary’s Parish & School Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

“Renewed contact with the Gospel of faith, of hope and of love invites us to assume a creative and renewed spirit. In this way, we will be able to transform the roots of our physical, spiritual and social infirmities and the destructive practices that separate us from each other, threatening the human family and our planet.” — Pope Francis

The coronavirus pandemic was an unexpected and unprecedented component of St. Mary’s history in 2020. Parish and School staff worked diligently to offer creative ways of carrying out ministries, serving parishioners, educating and connecting with students and continuing to grow in faith with the members of the St. Mary’s community. Through the challenges and uncertainty faced, St. Mary’s has and will continue to stand strong and support our fellow Saints to get through this difficult time.


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ST. MARY’S SCHOOL Connecting Through Distance Learning Immediately following Governor Larry Hogan’s announcement on March 12, instructing the initial closure of schools, St. Mary’s School administration, faculty and staff adapted their lesson plans to online distance learning. Teachers utilized the Zoom software platform to connect with students and allow them to engage with one another, maintaining the School’s unique sense of community and support. Traditional St. Mary’s School events still took place—only virtually! Several special events were live streamed or shared via YouTube including the high school Baccalaureate Mass, Spring Band Concert, Senior Awards ceremony and a Prayer Service for Unity and Peace and the Elementary School Eighth Grade Graduation, Class of 2024 Dinner Dance and End of Year Mass. High School administration team members and staff hand delivered special packages to the Class of 2020 graduates including their cap and gown, gift from the Alumni Association and a commemorative yard sign! Yard signs were also placed in the Charles Carroll Gardens as a tribute to the graduates. Members of the Elementary School administration team delivered over 600 yard signs to student homes across the state. Over the course of three days, six members of the school faculty dropped off a special surprise to each St. Mary’s family. Yard signs declaring, “We miss our Saints,” were delivered to homes in Annapolis and Edgewater to Glen Burnie, Crofton, Stevensville, Queenstown and everywhere in between. Both the Elementary School and High School surprised faculty members at their homes with special gifts to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week. Oh When the Saints, Go Driving By! In March, after about two weeks of school being closed, members of St. Mary’s Elementary faculty and staff conducted a car parade through several students’ neighborhoods to say hello and remind them how much they care for them and their families, especially during the COVID-19 crisis. Teachers and other staff members made signs and waved to students from a distance as a way to brighten their day. The staff visited neighborhoods including Hillsmere, Annapolis Cove, Bay Ridge and Hunt Meadow.


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On May 1, 2020 the St. Mary’s High School Athletic Department held a first of its kind, motorcade senior night. Senior athletes and their families gathered in their cars at the Team House parking lot to celebrate their many athletic accomplishments.

Supporting the Community Printing PPE St. Mary’s School partnered with Steven Saint Amour, a St. Mary’s parent and COO of marine operations service provider, Eclipse Group, to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) to donate to at-risk healthcare workers. Saint Amour’s daughter, Reine, now a senior at St. Mary’s High School came up with the idea to utilize the 3D printers St. Mary’s had on campus. The elementary and high schools donated the combined six printers they had available and school administrators reached out to other schools and institutions to encourage additional participation. Overall, Saint Amour located 48 3D printers to create over 2,000 respirator masks and face shields, which were donated to Anne Arundel Medical Center, local EMS units and veteran retirement homes. Sewing Saints St. Mary’s students got creative during the pandemic and used their skills to create masks for those most in need. Senior Julia Starrett usually organizes a spring shoe drive for St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore, but due to the stay-at-home order, she, her mother and a family friend sewed and delivered masks for volunteers at a Baltimore soup kitchen and food pantry. Senior Sydney Smith sewed over 85 masks for local nursing homes. ‘Give Where You Live’ In May, the Elementary School conducted the ‘Give Where you Live’ food drive in an effort to assist those in need in the community during the pandemic. For a week, students and their families dropped off items outside of the Elementary School with the goal of filling a moving truck graciously donated by Short Hop Moving, Inc. Students and their families donated over 85 boxes of food and 20 cases of diapers to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. Pick Up and Drop Off In June, the High School allowed students the opportunity to collect any of their remaining items still on campus through a drive-by pick up. At the same time, students and their families were encouraged to drop off food donations in support of the Annapolis Light House.



ST. MARY’S PARISH Taking Mass Online and Outside In March, the Stay-at-Home Order issued by Governor Hogan prevented parishioners from coming together at our churches, but St. Mary’s Redemptorist priests wanted to ensure there was a way to stay connected as a parish community. The priests started off utilizing Facebook Live to live stream Mass daily in English and Spanish, pray the Rosary and share video updates, with Father Vang serving as videographer. In May, permanent cameras were installed in both St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Church to allow for Mass and other events to be livestreamed to St. Mary’s Vimeo page, website and Facebook page during the pandemic and for years to come. As restrictions started to lift and parishioners were gradually welcomed back to our churches in person, parish administration and staff worked hard to provide a safe and clean environment for our community to return to. The Spiritual Emergency Assistants Legion (SEAL Team) was established to ensure the parish had adequate assistance in implementing all of our health and safety guidelines and procedures. Cleaning, hand-sanitizing, masks and social distancing all became part of our daily routines. Mass was also offered outdoors in both the Charles Carroll Gardens and outside of St. John Neumann Church, providing a family-friendly atmosphere for parishioners not quite ready to worship indoors. Moving Forward in Faith Due to the coronavirus pandemic, St. Mary’s 2019-2020 Faith Formation students were unable to celebrate their First Communions and Confirmations in the traditional manner. Like many events during the pandemic, these very special occasions had to be delayed, but were eventually, joyfully celebrated nonetheless. RCIA children, teens and young adults gathered in smaller groups of 1618 to celebrate with family while following all necessary health and safety guidelines. While St. Mary’s Faith Formation team wasn’t able to hold its annual Vacation Bible School, they still provided fun faith-filled activities for families to take part in together. Students were provided with a ‘Flat Jesus’ image they were encouraged to color, cut out and take with them and their family on their summer adventures. Our students took their ‘Flat Jesus’ projects to some pretty exciting locations!


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Still Serving St. Mary’s is dedicated to helping and serving our community through our many ministries—even a global pandemic couldn’t prevent us from helping as many people as possible and providing assistance when needed. Two of St. Mary’s ministries played an especially critical role during the crisis—the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Our Lady of Guadalupe ministry. St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry Over the past few months of the pandemic, St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry shifted its focus to assisting those in need with finding resources including connecting individuals to Catholic charities, food banks and testing sites for COVID-19. The goodwill that we have seen during this time is a reminder that we are brothers and sisters, we are not alone and we have to support each other. We understand that this pandemic is not a punishment from God, it is not the end of the world. We are so glad to back in church together—even if there is hand sanitizer instead of holy water. El Ministerio Hispano habla sobre la pandemia de COVID-19 Podemos ofrecer tenacidad y mucha fe y la perspectiva de la experiencia. Decidimos cambiar nuestro enfoque y enfocarnos más en la búsqueda de recursos, conectándose a los recursos de Caridades Católicas, a los bancos de alimentos, a los sitios de prueba para COVID. Mucha de la buena voluntad que hemos visto es un recordatorio de que somos hermanos y hermanas, que no estamos solos en esto, que tenemos que apoyarnos unos a otros, que tenemos que acompañar y tenemos que apoyar a nuestros hermanos y hermanas. Este no es un castigo de Dios, no es el fin del mundo. Estamos muy contentos de estar de vuelta en la iglesia, incluso si hay desinfectante para manos en lugar de agua bendita.



MINISTRIES Our Lady of Guadalupe Advocacy St. Mary’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Ministry exists to help our brothers and sisters of the Parish who are in crisis. Throughout the pandemic, the Guadalupe ministry continuously helped those in need by leaving food baskets and medication on the doorsteps of those who were ill or quarantined, comforted families who have lost loved ones from COVID-19 and assisted with arrangements . The ministry also collected and distributed clothing, shoes, household and baby equipment, provided diapers and formula for babies and toddlers, provided legal counsel and helped many families secure or keep their housing. Our Lady of Guadalupe’s food voucher program, a vital resource that 14

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helps to sustain many local families, has been and continues to be very successful during this time thanks to generous, ongoing donations made by parishioners and members of the community. Our Lady of Guadalupe was also able to work side by side with many other organizations including the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Center of Help, Downtown Hope, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County programs and officials, joining resources to help many, and often assisting with rent payments. The ministry’s medical group actively helped families find needed medical resources, paid for medications and assisted a number of individuals gain placement into

the REACH program, which provides reduced-price medical doctors, labs and tests to those who are uninsured. Most importantly, under their prayer coordinator, they continue to unite to pray for these vulnerable families.

“AT EVERY MOMENT, DO WHAT LOVE REQUIRES.” — St. Theresa of the Little Flower

St. Vincent de Paul Society The work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society consists of aid to the poor and suffering. Traditionally, assistance is delivered by volunteers through faceto-face encounters with those in need. When COVID-19 struck, St. Vincent de Paul had to suspend “normal” outreach activities out of concern for the health and safety of all. However, COVID only served to increase the burden on those the ministry serves. Fortunately, though the grace of God and the help of numerous volunteers from the parish, St. Vincent de Paul was able to come up with new ways to safely provide assistance. In the initial days of the pandemic, the ministry focused on responding to requests for help received over the St. Vincent de Paul call line and reached out to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Advocacy ministry, The Light House and local

recovery houses to find out how they could work together to reach those in need. The ministry provided bulk food supplies to The Light House and two local recovery houses in addition to delivering food gift cards to families. Some of the requests received were unlike any the group had received in the past. For example, an urgent call came in from a parishioner to inform the ministry that her gardener had just died of the coronavirus. He was head of his household – and now the remaining family of ten was quarantined and running out of food. Volunteers, while maintaining social distancing, went out, purchased two weeks worth of groceries and diapers, and delivered them to the front door of the family’s home. Changes were also made to the way information was shared. Twelve Vincentians spent about two weeks researching topics ranging from food

banks and eviction prevention to utility assistance and medical support in order to assist those who called in to the call line. In addition, a website was set up to give all Vincentians access to this information to share with anyone who needed it. Finally, St. Vincent de Paul figured out a way to safely resume face-toface outreach. Telephone interview teams were set up to assess client needs and develop a course of action, thereby reducing the time needed for face-to-face discussions. All necessary protective gear (face shields, gloves, masks, sanitizer and portable plexiglass barriers) was procured and then relocated from St. Mary’s Church to St. John Neumann Church. As the pandemic continues, the St. Vincent de Paul Society will meet clients in Seelos Hall by appointment on Thursday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. STMARYSANNAPOLIS.ORG


A LOOK BACK Making it Official On Sunday, November 3, 2019, the Very Reverend Patrick Woods, C.Ss.R. was formally installed as the pastor of St. Mary’s Parish. The formal installation took place at St. John Neumann Church during the 11:00 a.m. Mass with Archbishop William Lori presiding and the Very Reverend Paul Borowski, C.Ss.R. concelebrating. Since his arrival at the parish in August 2019, Father Pat Woods has fully embraced being a St. Mary’s Saint. From joining activities at the school to helping out at ministry fundraisers and events, he has quickly become an integral and irreplaceable part of our parish community. Soirée on the Spa For the first time ever, St. Mary’s held its annual auction at the historic Charles Carroll House and Gardens on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The event, complete with a silent and live auction, entertainment by Bryen O’Boyle (Mr. Greengenes) and catering by Ken’s Creative Kitchen raised over $110,000 for St. Mary’s School. Blessing of the Animals On October 6, 2019 Father Woods and Father Dau hosted a special event at St. John Neumann Church to bless the animal members of our Saints Community. Catholic Schools Week January 26, 2020 - February 1, 2020, St. Mary’s School joined the Archdiocese of Baltimore in celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Our Saints celebrated and showed appreciation for our school founders, faculty and staff, parents and community all week long. During the week our Saints donated over 1,100 pairs of new pajamas, made 750 blankets and sandwiches for those in need, wrote letters to our troops and get well cards for the sick. They also made signs of appreciation for our local community businesses, delivered coffee and donuts to parents during morning drop-off and showed their spirit as they celebrated why they each love their catholic school. Volleyball Championship On October 26, 2019, St. Mary’s High School’s varsity volleyball team clinched the 2019 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland (IAAM) volleyball B-Conference championship title in a match against St. John’s Catholic Prep held at Goucher College. This was the volleyball team’s third trip to the IAAM Maryland B Conference finals, but St. Mary’s first-ever championship volleyball title win.


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WINTER RELIEF In its 28th year, Arundel House of Hope’s Winter Relief program—a program that provides homeless individuals a place to stay indoors during winter months—continued to serve up to 100 homeless adult men and women per night throughout winter 2019. Hosting sites take turns providing volunteers and transforming their sites for one week increments to accommodate those in need. St. Mary’s welcomed 23 guests between January 27 and February 2, 2020 to St. John Neumann Church, providing a warm and inviting environment, meals, entertainment, fellowship and more.


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TEACHER OF THE YEAR St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul Society organized the parish’s efforts, while many ministries (including Ranger Rosary, Catholic Daughters, Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Mary’s Knitting Ministry and St. Mary’s Hispanic Ministry,) students, school faculty and staff and parishioners played an important role in making this week possible. More than 250 parishioners provided food for the meals served to guests, donated needed items, provided means of entertainment and staffed shifts during nights and early mornings. High School students crafted blankets and served dinner, Elementary School faculty and staff and the Home and School Association made and delivered bagged lunches each day of the week and organized donation drives. St. Mary’s entire parish community came together to do God’s work through this critical program.

2019-2020 Anne Arundel County Independent Schools Teacher of the Year: Laraine Olechowski St. Mary’s Elementary School art teacher Laraine Olechowski was named the 2019-2020 Anne Arundel County Independent Schools Teacher of the Year. Olechowski has taught at St. Mary’s since 2000 when she started as an instructional assistant to the fifth and sixth grades. She has led numerous beautification projects throughout St. Mary’s Elementary including a peace garden filled with hand painted rocks and inspirational sayings, a multitude of seasonal artistic hallway decorations and several hand-painted mural scenes. Throughout her time at St. Mary’s, Olechowski has inspired, encouraged and helped to develop countless young artists, leaving them feeling esteemed, confident and comfortable with their artistic talents. St. Mary’s High School teacher Camille Baumann was the second of two finalists chosen for the honor. Baumann has educated students at St. Mary’s for the past 28 years, teaching Chemistry and Environmental Science at the college-prep and AP levels.




CLASS OF 2020 On June 22, 2020, St. Mary’s High School held our first-ever outdoor Graduation Prayer Service. The service provided the opportunity to honor and celebrate the graduates of the Class of 2020 in a safe and socially distanced way. The Class of 2020: •

100 percent of the Class of 2020 accepted to a university or college.

Graduates of the Class of 2020 were accepted for admissions to 146 colleges and universities.

The Class of 2020 earned over $11 million in academic scholarships.

20 students will be attending a Catholic university.

The Class of 2020 will attend colleges and universities in 24 different states and the District of Columbia.

32 students will play a sport at the collegiate level.

Four students will be attending the U.S. Naval Academy, one attending the United States Military Academy West Point and three students will be attending college on a full Navy ROTC scholarship.

35 students graduated as 13-Year Club members.

Service Academy Saints USNA: Patrick Streyle, Jolees Torres, Reed Romo, Charles Brady West Point: Patrick Dunleavy Navy ROTC Scholarships: Ben George, Nikola Schifanelli, William Berzins


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SAINTS SERVING OTHERS HIGH SCHOOL Provided 750 lunches in decorated lunch bags to The Light House. Sold snacks to raise funds in support of Mary’s Home of Maryland, sent dozens of letters to the mothers in crisis and donated $391.

Hand tied 25 blankets for the homeless to provide during St. Mary’s Winter Relief efforts. Collected cards for priests, new moms, those in nursing homes, soldiers, the homeless and Archbishop Lori during Catholic Schools Week Service Day.

Filled 2 vans full of food for The Light House Food Pantry.

Folds of Honor: St. Mary’s High School Champs Club raised $1,200 to provide educational scholarships to spouses and children or America’s fallen and disabled service members.

Saints for Tots: sponsored 25 families for Christmas by providing gifts and a party which consisted of cookie decorating, Santa, games and more. Students completed a total of 9,355 individual service hours with organizations including GiGi’s Playhouse, the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, March for Life, American Red Cross, Anne Arundel Medical Center and the Tim Tebow Foundation.


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SAINTS SERVING OTHERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Raised $5,816 for “Have a Heart for the Homeless” benefiting the Annapolis Light House.

Collected cards, food/snack items for returning soldiers as part of “Operation Welcome Home” at BWI airport.

Provided 4,480 lunches to The Light House through the “Light House Lunches” program.

Collected 1,100 pairs of new pajamas for the 18th Pajama Day Collection for “Kami’s Jammies” Casey Cares Foundation.

Filled 5 vans full of food for The Light House Food Pantry. Contributed $1,650 to St. Mary’s Winter Relief program efforts.

Gathered and donated over 85 boxes of food and 20 cases of diapers to the Anne Arundel County Food Bank through the “Give Where You Live” Food Drive.

Sixth grade students collected and put together more than 130 toiletry gift bags for the Little Sisters of the Poor, St. Martin’s Home in Baltimore Seventh grade students collected and donated more than 500 pairs of shoes for St. Gregory the Great Church in Baltimore. Eighth grade students collected and donated more than 125 school supply gift bags for children for the Momentum India Project.

Collected $8,193 to provide Christmas gifts for 40 recipients as part of the Christ Child Project. STMARYSANNAPOLIS.ORG


ALUMNI The St. Mary’s Alumni Association exists to advance the interests and welfare of St. Mary’s School and their alumni and to foster close relations among them. Vision for the Future: 2020 On February 27, 2020, thirty St. Mary’s High School alumni returned to campus for “Vision for the Future 2020,” St. Mary’s High School’s career day hosted by the Alumni Association in conjunction with the high school Guidance Department. Students in grades nine through twelve had the opportunity to choose three speaker sessions to sit in on, allowing them to get information and insight from professionals in fields that most appealed to and interested them. The alumni guests presented both in person and by video call, providing students with the chance to ask questions and learn about each speaker’s career path. This year’s speakers represented a wide range of professional careers, including: • • • • • • • • • • • •

Engineering Priesthood Journalism Web Development Marketing and Advertising Education Real Estate Public Affairs Medical and Nursing Financial Planning Law Military

“Vision for the Future 2020” allowed St. Mary’s High School alumni to convey in-depth knowledge and realistic perspectives about their professions, while also providing recommendations on how students can optimize their chances of being successful in the future. 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards The Distinguished Alumni Awards are given each year to recognize graduates of St. Mary’s High School who have contributed to the community by their service, or by their professional accomplishments or achievements. Congratulations to the 2020 honorees: Achievement Award: Christopher Smith ’91 Service Award: Patrick McCarthy Sr. ’81 Young Alumni Award: Jennifer McKinnon ’97


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St. Mary’s Alumni Association Active Members President: Kevin Stodd ’00 Vice President: Gregory Ostrowski ’98 Michael Bass ’07 Lauren Bettis ’01 Christina Billos ’12 Samantha (Magnolia) Bistany ’07 Margo Ambrosetti Cook ’02 James Ellis ’80 Kevin Gattie ’94 Molly Hauck ’96 David Jones ’91 Janice (Hare) Kramer ’62 Jim Galligan ’78




SAINTS SERVING OTHERS - ALUMNI St. Mary’s reached out to connect with some of our alumni serving on the frontlines and beyond during the pandemic. Jen Fox ’08 serves as a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) nurse at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center — Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the overwhelming need for additional health care workers in the city, Jen’s PICU was transitioned to an adult ICU to assist in caring for those most in need. Louie Ruland ’06 and Chris Ruland ’07, brothers, both always knew they wanted to pursue professions in the medical field. Louie, a Physician Assistant at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore and Chris, a third-year orthopedic surgery resident at Stony Brook University Hospital in Long Island, both served on the frontlines during the coronavirus pandemic. Kelly (Latta) Rebertus ’06 serves as an Orthopedic Physician Assistant at the American Spine and Orthopedic Institute in Fort Myers, Florida, but the escalating crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic prompted Kelly to offer her assistance to institutions where the need was most critical. In a matter of just a few days, Kelly made the decision to travel to New York to assist in the emergency room at the Harlem Hospital Center, where she spent 22 days working 12-hour shifts.


Kirby (Thalenberg) Boyer ’03 is the founder and owner of B. by Kirby, a fitness business that provides training and workouts to private clients, groups, high school teams and college athletes. The immense impact the coronavirus had on members of the community, from health care workers to retail and restaurant employees, prompted Kirby to pay it forward to others. During the pandemic, she provided her workouts and fitness classes on Zoom for free with the option for participants to contribute to a virtual “tip jar.” Proceeds from this tip jar went directly to health care workers and their immediate units at medical facilities throughout the local area. Within one month, Kirby’s tip jar raised over $3,000. Proceeds fully funded meals for health care workers in the ICU at Anne Arundel Medical Center, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Chesapeake Shock Trauma and beyond.



Allison Picarde ’99 is currently a registered nurse at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Before the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, Allison worked with critical care doctors. As our area continued to work to limit the spread of the virus, there was an increase in reassigned staffing of residents and doctors that specialize in other areas to her critical care unit to assist with the influx of patients. In addition to the stresses of assisting those in most need, Allison had to assist other doctors and nurses while maintaining her own personal health during the pandemic while pregnant.

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St. Mary’s Parish and School is proud to have several alumni serving on staff, in fact, close to 19 percent of the entire Parish & School staff is made up of St. Mary’s School alumni.











High School Faculty & Staff Camille Baumann, Class of 1986 Megan Bowers, Class of 1995 Barbara Cole, Class of 2007 Joe Keenan, Class of 1994 Molly Martinez, Class of 2015 Christine Bervid, Class of 1984 Dominic Lamolinara, Class of 2010 Matthew Martelli, Class of 2000 Chris Morgan, Class of 1982 Christine Reshetiloff, Class of 1986 Carey Ross, Class of 2005 Michael Stallings, Class of 1986 Elementary School Faculty & Staff


Megan Back, Class of 1989 Jennifer Cavanaugh, Class of 1997 Shanon Gale, Class of 1996 Sandy Gateau, Class of 1973 Kaela Jarvis, Class of 2011 Hannah Murray, Class of 2012 Rose Sears, Class of 1960 Rebecca Zimmerman, Class of 1990 Kathleen Troutner, Class of 2009


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Parish Staff Leah Caputo, Class of 1994 Ann Marie Foreman, Class of 1998 Mark Hartzell, Class of 1978 Jennifer Holland, Class of 2004 Allison Kolwicz, Class of 2004 Chuck Schmidt, Class of 1975 High School Athletic Coaches Bill Brimhall, Class of 1990 (boys lacrosse) Jake Brosnan, Class of 2005 (girls lacrosse) Brian Burlace, Class of 1988 (boys lacrosse) Brett Callaghan, Class of 1999 (boys lacrosse) Barbara Cole, Class of 2009 (swimming) JP Dalton, Class of 2008 (boys lacrosse) Will Dalton, Class of 2004 (boys lacrosse) Mindy Jones, Class of 2005 (girls lacrosse) Dom Lamolinara, Class of 2010 (boys lacrosse) Jamie Lilly, Class of 2013 (boys lacrosse) Victor Lilly, Class of 1987 (boys lacrosse) Trey Quinn, Class of 2009 (boys basketball) Taylor Rossaeau, Class of 2008 (boys lacrosse) Walter Smoloski, Class of 2013 (football) Bridget Morrison Zimmerman, Class of 2009 (girls lacrosse)


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SERVICE AWARDS Thank you to our Parish & School staff members for their many years of dedicated service.

5 Years of Service Kelly J. Hawse Maureen A. Howard James L Hoyt Christine O’Neil Katie Devitt Rosemary Gentzel Mary Ann Simpson 10 Years of Service Kirsten E. Brandler Kari Kruesi Barb Roland William Mitten

School Sisters of Notre Dame Award Melissa Nisbett (High School), Elizabeth Stone (Elementary School) School Board Award Kathy Welsh (High School), Christina Hart (Elementary School)

15 Years of Service Pamela D. Hernick Kathy Slattery Sue Coughlin 20 Years of Service Patricia J. Gateau 25 Years of Service Mary Diane Shaffer Chuck Schmidt 30 Years of Service Ceil Ambrosetti Retired Carleen Doherty Terri Heckert


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Trends in Offertory $3.0M

July 1, 2019—June 30, 2020 Consolidated Financial Report

$2.9M $2.8M $2.7M $2.6M 6/2011









Revenues, Gains & Other Support



Investments - Endowment 2019-2020 2018-2019

Tuition & Fees Offertory & Collections* Contributions & Fundraising Endowment income and gains Other Income Loss on Disposal of PP&E

$15,271,891 2,567,031 1,858,490 121,155 476,405 (382,561)

$14,683,269 2,850,213 2,195,452 736,522 657,323 (178,161)

Catholic Community Foundation Common Fund

Total Revenues, Gains & Other Support



Restoration and Maintenance

$2,848,439 6,278,530

$3,001,039 5,989,993

Total Endowment $9,126,969 $8,991,032

*Restoration and Maintenance not included as it cannot be used for operational expenses

Funds Collected Funds Expended

$637,575 519,007

$692,708 654,044


Net Placed in Reserve for Future Use



Instructional Tuition Assistance & Scholarships Ministries & Other Programs Athletics & Student Activities Diocesan Assessment Technology General & Administrative Development Loss on uncollectible pledges

$9,815,671 1,698,228 2,291,261 1,262,443 596,510 382,376 2,582,889 777,860

$9,734,881 1,592,540 2,484,220 1,301,459 657,610 368,153 2,568,390 690,087

Total Expenses $19,407,238 $19,397,340


Projects completed in 2019-2020 Installed live stream system for both churches Created a Band Room in the main High School building Moved support staff to the Charles Carroll House Relocated High School Guidance to Notre Dame Hall Created a second preschool classroom in the Elementary School Began renovations on new STEM lab for the Elementary School Audio Visual Survey - St. John Neumann Renovated rectory space for priest parlors and meeting rooms Repaired brick work and masonry for the St. Mary’s Mary Garden walkways Completed new boiler at St. John Neumann

Net Income $505,173 $1,547,278


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St. Mary’s Parish & School is blessed to be a community joined by faith and rooted in tradition and excellence. This year was unlike any other and due to the generous support of so many, we were able to continue parish operations. We were able to move smoothly to remote learning, to continue church ministries, and to support those most vulnerable during the global pandemic.

By our baptism as Catholics, we are called to be stewards of God’s gifts to us - to use them in ways that build up our families, our parish, our community and our world. It is crucial that our school, campus ministries and religious education programs teach our children, and the world, to embrace the Gospel.

Thank you for your continued support! •

Our Lady of Guadalupe: 500 donors supported the ministry for a total of $130,000 in contributions

Over 1,600 gifts were made toward tuition assistance

Received $135,000 in tuition assistance donations

St. Vincent de Paul: received $140,000 in donations

Over 3,000 parish families donated to St. Mary’s Parish & School

Approximately $40,000 designated to academic advancement in our school

Ways to Give to St. Mary’s Faith Direct Faith Direct is a safe, secure giving platform allowing church goers to give electronically. Tuition Angel This is the church’s effort to support the next generation of Catholic children attend St. Mary’s School. Weekly Giving This can be done through collection at Mass. Planned Giving Please consider making a gift through your will or living trust.

Staying Connected

Donor Advised Fund A simple, flexible and tax-efficient way to give to your favorite charities.

St. Mary’s utilizes Flocknote to stay in touch with our community via email-make sure you stay in the loop by signing up at:

Gift of Stock and/or Securities You can contact your financial advisor to transfer stock or securities to St. Mary’s.


Please contact Jill Rowlett, Director of Development, at jrowlett@stmarysannapolis. org or 410-990-4229 if you have questions or to make your gift.

@StMaryAnnapolis Text App to phone number 88202 and select St. Mary’s Parish – Annapolis as your parish


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CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION St. Mary’s School Deacon Leroy Moore, Acting School President Rebecca Zimmerman, Principal, St. Mary’s Elementary School Mindi Imes, Principal, St. Mary’s High School Marybeth Holzer, Admissions Director, St. Mary’s Elementary School | (410) 990-4135 Dominic Lamolinara, Admissions Director, St. Mary’s High School | (410) 990-4236

Office of Parish Advancement Chief of Staff, Mark Hartzell Director of Development, Jill Rowlett Communications & Marketing Director, Lauren Hartman Events & Alumni Director, Jennifer Holland

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