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Thu, Dec 09


Holy Family Catholic Community

Pastorate Mission with Fr. Josh Laws

Join us for engaging talks and great fellowship! Our theme is "GOD IS WITH US ON THE WAY"! God is at work in our lives, and He is present among us even now. Join us for the morning session, the evening session or for both! Mass at 9 AM, with opportunities for confession in the afternoon!

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Pastorate Mission with Fr. Josh Laws
Pastorate Mission with Fr. Josh Laws

Time & Location

Dec 09, 2021, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM EST

Holy Family Catholic Community , 7321 Burkittsville Rd, Middletown, MD 21769, USA

About the event


An Advent Day of Prayer and Reflection on the God who Comes to Us

Fr. Josh Laws, S.T.L. 

As part of our back-to-the-basics Pastorate focus this year on spirituality and service, and in this Advent season when we’re seeking and preparing for God’s coming, we’re excited to offer a very special spiritual opportunity to focus on the Presence of God Among Us. Fr. Josh Laws (who served here in the Pastorate in the Summer and early fall of 2015) will look at what it means to know the Presence of God in our lives. Using sacred Scripture, he will open for us the ways that God seeks to be and is already at work. Using his strong background in Ignatian Spirituality and his own strong, gentle faith (along with his sense of humor), Fr. Josh can help us to experience the peace of and joy of the Presence of God among us. Join us for all or any part of it.


9:00 a.m.   Daily Mass

9:30 a.m.  Coffee and Donuts

10:15 a.m.  Talk 1: “Learning to See with Bartimaeus”  Mark 10:46-52

5:00 p.m.  Fr. Josh available for Conference and/or Confession

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                     Fr. Rob available for Conference and/or Confession

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7:30 p.m.  Evening Prayer with Talk 2: "Being ‘Called In’ with the Woman at the Well"  John 4:4-42

While the themes and the talks are connected, you’re able to join us for either or both. 

Currently serving as pastor of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore (Pastorate of the parishes of Holy Cross, St. Mary Star of the Sea, and Our Lady of Good Counsel), Father Josh Laws was ordained by Archbishop William E. Lori on June 20, 2015, for service in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Father Josh is the youngest of the 4 children of Duffy and Deacon Frank Laws. He grew up in the parish of Saint Steven’s, Bradshaw. He attended Loyola Blakefield High School and then Loyola College of Maryland where he doubled majored in Philosophy and Theology.

After serving as a teacher and rugby coach at John Carroll High School in Harford County, Fr. Josh entered St. Mary’s Seminary and University. After a year of pre-theology there, he was transferred to study in Rome, living and being formed at the Pontifical North American College while studying at the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 2014, he received his Bachelors in Sacred Theology and in 2016 received his License in Spirituality writing on the work of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

Fr. Josh is a well versed in Ignatian Spirituality at the heart of which is recognizing the Presence of God in daily life and personal experience. At the age of 20, Fr. Laws performed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a month of five hours of prayer and a Mass daily, as well as journaling and reflection. Along with his duties in the parishes, he is active in serving the poor and those in need in and beyond Baltimore City. He also serves as the Director of Clergy Formation for the Office of Clergy Personnel and as a spiritual director for priests and laity.

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