Parish News


Armenian Catholics in Iraq get new archbishop
Jan 27 2007
VATICAN CITY – For the first time in more than five years, the tiny Armenian Catholic community in Iraq has its own archbishop. The Vatican announced Jan. 26 that Pope Benedict XVI had given his assent to the Armenian Catholic bishops’ election of Father Emmanuel Dabbaghian, 73, as the Armenian Catholic archbishop of Baghdad. The post had been vacant since the October 2001 retirement of Archbishop Paul Coussa at the age of 84.

‘Angel of the garbage dump’ dies in crash
Jan 25 2007
WASHINGTON – Hanley Denning, known in Guatemala as “the angel of the garbage dump” because she helped poor children escape garbage picking as a livelihood, died in a car crash in Guatemala. Five days after her Jan. 18 death at age 36, a documentary featuring Ms. Denning was nominated for an Oscar. Ms. Denning died from injuries suffered when the car she was in collided with a bus on a mountain road outside of Guatemala City. She was a native of Yarmouth, Maine.

Schools to reconfigure
Jan 23 2007
Responding to continuing declines in enrollment and increased financial challenges, Our Lady Queen of Peace and Our Lady of Mount Carmel schools in Middle River will reconfigure in September in a move pastors say will strengthen Catholic education in eastern Baltimore County. The Queen of Peace campus will become the new home for both schools’ pre-kindergarten and full-time childcare, while Mount Carmel will serve K-8 students. The reconfiguration grew out of discussions between Monsignor Robert Hartnett, pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Father Jason Worley, pastor of Our Lady of Queen of Peace. It was announced to parents during parish meetings Jan. 22 and Jan. 23.

U.S. bishop says he admires Palestinians' spirit
Jan 18 2007
JERUSALEM (CNS) -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he "admired the spirit of the (Palestinian) people" in the face of hardships in the Gaza Strip. Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., said he was "really impressed" by the vision of Msgr. Manuel Musallam of Holy Family Parish in Gaza. His vision is to build "a sense of unity for all people in the Holy Land including Muslims, Christians and Jews" despite the difficult conditions in which the parishioners live, the bishop said.

U.S. Bishop discusses Palestinian plight
Jan 15 2007
NAHALEEN, West Bank – The encroachment of Israeli settlements on Palestinian water sources must be addressed, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop William S. Skylstad of Spokane, Wash., said his two-day visit to view Catholic Relief Services’ projects in West Bank farming villages brought to his attention the plight of farmers who are losing access to their water supply. “It is the first time I have become aware of the critical nature of the water supply. (Palestinians) feel their water supply is being cut from them by the encroachment (of Israeli settlements) beyond the green line,” said the bishop.

Fire causes serious damage to Grantsville church
Jan 03 2007
St. Ann, Grantsville, pastor Father James Hannon, associate pastor Father Ty Hullinger, and parishioners Camilla and David Rawe stood for some time in shock Dec. 23 as they watched dozens of firefighters battle an early-morning fire at the nearly 30-year-old Garrett County church. No one was injured in the blaze, which caused thousands of dollars in damage, destroying a portion of the church. “The part of the parish plant that was used for religious education, meeting space, sacristy and liturgy space was heavily damaged by the fire,” said Father Hannon, who has served as pastor for six months. “Books, vestments, computers and many liturgical items were lost to the fire.”

Settlement for Portland sex abuse claims
Dec 20 2006
PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- The Archdiocese of Portland will not need to sell off parish or school property under terms of a $75 million settlement between the archdiocese and almost 150 sex abuse claimants. The more than 100-page settlement plan was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Portland Dec. 18, a week after U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan stood with church officials and victims' lawyers in a federal courthouse in Eugene to say the claims had been settled after more than three months of arduous private negotiations.

Bishop Malooly dedicates $6 million St. Bartholomew
Dec 18 2006
As cold, wintry winds whipped across the former farmland where the grand brick church now stands, some 700 people huddled in front of the $6 million structure and strained to watch Bishop Malooly accept the keys and construction documents of the new church. Festooned in brightly colored capes and feathered caps, members of sword-bearing Knights of Columbus formed an honor guard as Bishop Malooly processed into the building while the choir sang “Alleluia! Sing To Jesus.”

Parishioners make CD for Gabriel Network
Dec 17 2006
When the Angel Gabriel brought news of an “unexpected pregnancy” to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the young woman responded with a humble “yes” to bringing a new life into the world. In “Welcome the Child,” a newly released Christmas CD that features the music of area parishes, the decision of modern-day women to choose life is celebrated in song.

Basilica windows sparkle in new home
Dec 15 2006
On a recent sunny afternoon, the stained glass windows at St. Louis in Clarksville sparkled with a radiance few could have imagined when they stood in their original home at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. Illuminated by the mid-day sun, brilliant shades of cobalt blue, deep purples and fiery reds seemed to leap from the glass and command a visitor’s gaze.