Baltimore welcomes new archbishop
Jul 13 2007
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore, buzzed with excitement, July 12, as Catholics gathered to meet Pope Benedict XVI’s newly appointed head of the Premier See, Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien.
Speaker: Home schooling lets parents ‘be fully present’ to children
Jul 10 2007
DENVER – Elizabeth Foss, a home educator, author and lecturer, told attendees at a regional home-schooling conference in Denver that she and her husband decided to teach their children at home because they wanted to be with them and “be fully present in their lives.”
Barbara Anderson appointed PLD to Frederick County
Jul 09 2007
As Barbara Anderson prepares to begin her new role as pastoral life director of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Thurmont, and St. Anthony Shrine, Emmitsburg, the 51-year-old director of religious education said she is “honored and humbled to be asked to take on the responsibility” of leading the twinned Frederick County parishes.
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.