Black Catholic Congress attracts crowd
Jul 06 2007
About 45 Catholics from the Archdiocese of Baltimore attending the 10th National Black Catholic Congress in Buffalo, N.Y., hope to boost evangelization and social justice on a parish and diocesan level.
Sarah’s Hope expands homeless services
Jul 05 2007
Sarah’s Hope Outreach Center, a homeless shelter in Rosedale operated by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, has expanded its services to run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NBC’s Hansen addresses Catholic educators on online dangers
Jul 05 2007
NEWTON, Mass. – Like Catholic educators, Chris Hansen of the “To Catch a Predator” segments on “Dateline NBC” seeks to inform young people. Raising awareness and debunking myths about sexual predators have been the aims of the 11 reports he has worked on thus far, he said.
Ellicott City church plans parish center
Jul 04 2007
Parish leaders at St. Paul in Ellicott City have completed a master plan that calls for the demolition of a duplex on parish grounds and replacing it with a two-story parish center. As part of the master plan, the entrance on College Avenue will be widened to allow for safer ingress and egress.
Dealing with depression
Jun 30 2007
As a child, St. Mary, Annapolis, parishioner Therese Borchard struggled with anxiety. As an adult, the married mother of two is living with depression.
It wasn’t until Mrs. Borchard stopped drinking in college that she realized there was a bigger problem in her life – depression.
Institute focuses on need to invite young people to be church leaders
Jun 29 2007
WASHINGTON – Approximately 70 leaders of youth, young adult and campus ministries from 13 U.S. dioceses met June 25-29 in Washington to discuss ways of more effectively inviting the youths of the Catholic Church into leadership positions within the church.
The leaders met at a training institute held by the Washington Theological Union.
Youths beautify Baltimore
Jun 29 2007
The temperature in Baltimore City was 85 degrees and rising and the humidity was even worse the week of July 24-29. However, 32 youths from St. William of York, Baltimore; St. Mark, Catonsville; and Resurrection of Our Lord, Laurel, braved the heat to participate in BASE Camp, Baltimore-Act-Serve-Evangelize.
The young people donned T-shirts and gloves as they worked to clear weeds away from empty lots in an effort to beautify the streets of Baltimore. According to Sarah Councill, 16, some young people conducted tree surveys, determining if trees were dead, still growing, or if more trees needed to be planted in a certain area.
Memorial 5K salutes a true champion
Jun 28 2007
To many, Jim McCoach was a legend in the world of local runners, particularly those in the high school community. He died in 2006, and on July 1 a 5K run/walk will take place in his honor at Oregon Ridge Park.
Work camp is labor of love for archdiocesan youths
Jun 25 2007
The playground across the street from St. Martin’s church, Baltimore, was overgrown with weeds, the swings were broken, glass lay strewn all over the ground and many of the benches were damaged until a group of youth from the Baltimore/ Appalachia Work Camp arrived the week of June 17-22.
A total of 160 youth and adult volunteers spent two weeks at 36 different sites around Baltimore and in the Appalachia area of West Virginia, doing manual labor for those who need help.
St. Agnes’ young adults discover Christ
Jun 23 2007
A crowd of some 60 young adults between the ages of 18-35 stood to sing “All Creatures of our God and King” in the St. Agnes, Catonsville, cafeteria, June 19 as part of the six-week program “Discovering Christ,” which is run by ChristLife, a Catholic ministry for evangelization.
Former Olympian takes on new challenge as priest
Jun 23 2007
ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – More than a decade ago Joseph Fitzgerald was balancing his work as a youth minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst with membership on the men’s national handball team that represented the U.S. at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
Project Storybook helps imprisoned mothers stay close to their kids
Jun 16 2007
CLINTON, N.J. – Once a month, Pat Brisson enters the gates of the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women in Clinton to spend an evening with as many as 60 inmates. To Brisson, however, they are not just convicted criminals; they are also loving mothers.
Pope: Adults owe youths values that give foundation for their lives
Jun 12 2007
ROME – Adults have a debt to pay to today’s young people; “we owe them real values that will provide them with a foundation for their lives,” Pope Benedict XVI said.
In a June 11 evening address to participants in the Diocese of Rome’s annual pastoral convention, the pope said all Catholic adults have a role to play in addressing the “education emergency” found in Italy and in other developed nations.
Eastern Shore parishes welcome vacationing Catholics
May 23 2007
Summer in Maryland means long drives to the Eastern Shore with the sunroof open and the windows down. Thousands of Marylanders migrate to the beach every summer for vacation, but what kind of effect do they have on the Eastern Shore parishes?
According to Bishop Michael Saltarelli, who has been bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, Del., for almost 12 years, there has been an increase of parishioners from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and surrounding states to the Eastern Shore. The increase in beachgoers means packed churches and added Masses for many of the parishes in Ocean City, Bethany Beach and Rehoboth Beach.
“When they talk about the faith being lost, you can’t tell it by the Catholics that come to the Eastern Shore,” said Bishop Saltarelli. “They are a wonderful inspiration to me and our priests.”
In order to accommodate all of the vacationing Catholics, parishes in the southern and northern parts of the Eastern Shore bring in more priests to help with the added weekend Masses. In fact, one parish and its mission parish have 18 Masses during the weekends in the summer, said the bishop.