Operation Rice Bowl gives help to a world in need
Jan 17 2008
This month, as Catholic communities across the country observe Lent, a national program lends real meaning to the season of prayer and reflection. Operation Rice Bowl, CRS’ annual Lenten initiative, encourages Americans to learn about the effects of global poverty and to pray for the people most affected by social injustice. At the same time, participants in ORB can have a direct impact on global hunger through their contributions, and play a part in CRS’ vision of ‘one human family’ by supporting their brothers and sisters around the globe.
Vision of ‘Populorum Progressio’ not yet realized
Oct 19 2007
UNITED NATIONS – If Pope Paul VI reappeared on earth to assess progress toward meeting the challenges he addressed in his 1967 social encyclical, “Populorum Progressio,” he would say: “You’ve done a lot, but you haven’t even started – and you’ve lost a lot of enthusiasm.”
If I could save time in a capsule
Sep 26 2007
Time is elusive. Humans are obsessed with it: we pass it, save it, waste it, wish it away, squander it, mark it, buy time, make time, kill time and run out of time. It’s all about time!
Yet how do we mark and preserve time? One way is to create a time capsule to capture a family’s era. I decided to create our family’s time capsule after covering a story about St. Margaret, Bel Air, opening a 30-year-old time capsule in January 2006 and sealing a new one. As they showed me the contents, I imagined what items I would select to place inside of my own time capsule.
St. Peter’s whips up 5,200 apple dumplings for fall festival
Sep 17 2007
HANCOCK – In an assembly line that would make Henry Ford proud, dozens of volunteers from St. Peter in Hancock transformed their parish hall into an apple dumpling factory Sept. 12-14 – filling the air with the delightfully dense aroma of sweet cinnamon and fresh-baked apples that attracted visitors from near and far.
And while car manufacturers rely on mechanization to produce their goods, there was no hint of modernity at St. Peter’s culinary workshop as workers lovingly crafted each perfectly shaped dumpling completely by hand.
More young women open to religious life
Aug 23 2007
WASHINGTON – Girls often dream of saying “I do” at the altar to their future spouse.
Katrina Gredona hopes she’ll be saying those words to Jesus as a religious sister.
“When I look at a community of religious women, I see women who contribute fruitfully to the church and to the world in a very special way and in a very essential way, and I think that’s exciting,” said Gredona, a student at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.
Ten years ago, Gredona’s interest in religious life would have been unique in comparison with the majority of other Catholic girls, as reports indicated a decline in the number of religious sisters in the United States. But recently campus ministers and the vocations directors of some women’s religious communities have been noticing a new trend of more young women looking into religious life.
Priest’s new project aims to unite families over food
Aug 17 2007
ARLINGTON, Va. – What began as a joke in the kitchen will become a published cookbook this fall and possibly a TV cooking series next fall, said Father Leo Patalinghug, the break-dancing, martial-arts guru who also happens to be a skilled cook.
The media project, “Grace Before Meals,” aims to bring families together around the table, said Father Patalinghug, a Baltimore priest who recently was appointed to serve as director of pastoral field education at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg.
Although there is an undeniable novelty about watching a priest host a cooking show, Father Patalinghug said what is most important is the effort to get families to come closer together.
The cookbook and the show are simply the vehicle to make that happen and to “strengthen families,” because families are the “domestic church,” he said.
The show, in which the priest will visit families and cook with them, will air on PBS next year if the production company is able to find enough sponsors, said Father Patalinghug, who said family meals are essential to the integrity of the family.
“It’s a movement before a TV show,” he said. “It’s God’s movement to bring God’s family to his table.”
The cookbook, subtitled “Recipes for Family Life,” will be published this fall. Each recipe is linked to a feast day in the liturgical year, a family milestone or even disappointments. Cooking gives families a reason to come together, said Father Patalinghug.
Patients cook up recipe book
Aug 15 2007
A group of Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, cancer patients banded together to develop a cookbook, "Cooking for a Cause with Karen and Friends," as a fundraiser to support The Lymphedema Assistance Fund at Mercy.
What’s on the cafeteria menu?
Jul 18 2007
Concerned that your children aren’t getting enough healthy food choices in their cafeteria? Well, if Tommy Savvides’ company “Tommy’s” is making the food, parents have little to worry about.
Faith helps foster care student overcome odds
Jun 18 2007
Living with eight different foster parents over the course of six years isn’t exactly a recipe for stability, but 18-year-old Morris Johnson didn’t let it hold him back.
With strong support from Catholic educators and a deep faith in God, the young convert to Catholicism made it through Mother Seton Academy in Fells Point and graduated this June from Loyola Blakefield in Towson. He plans to study business at Goucher College in Towson this fall.
A few days after receiving his high school diploma, Mr. Johnson said he is grateful for the opportunities he has received through his Catholic
upbringing. He’s not sure where he would be today had he not attended Catholic schools, he said.
‘Lemon-aid’ stand keeps Libertytown parishioners cool
May 16 2007
Nine-year-old Ashlyn Thomas has always dreamed of opening a lemonade stand outside her house in Libertytown, but there was never enough foot traffic on her street to justify it.
That’s not a problem at her home parish of St. Peter the Apostle in Libertytown where hundreds of people gather for Sunday Masses every week.
With the permission of Monsignor John Dietzenbach, pastor, Ashlyn and about a dozen friends began operating a lemonade stand at the parish a few years ago during the summer months. All the money they earn is donated to a special fund to help rebuild the church that burned down in 2004.
Homemade signs advertise the business venture as a “Lemon-Aid” stand.
Eckerl believes in “The Calvert Hall Way”
Mar 20 2007
Over the past two baseball seasons, Calvert Hall College, Towson, has yielded an overall record of 58-9, collared back-to-back conference title championships and developed a system that turns out talented ball players year after year.
The man behind the magic is head coach, Lou Eckerl. Eckerl became the first coach to win Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference titles at two schools: The Cardinal Gibbons School, Baltimore, his alma mater, and The Hall, carrying an overall win-loss record of 167-54.