Wedding favors run the creative gamut
Feb 01 2007
The average wedding favor costs about $6, said Anne Berman, a special events and wedding planner in Baltimore. It doesn’t seem like much, but multiply that by 200 guests and it is a lot of money. This is why many couples choose to get the most for their money when purchasing favors. Some couples give guests chocolate in a personalized wrapper. Others add a special touch with fresh-baked cookies wrapped in decorative paper.

JC grad makes music
Jan 31 2007
Will de Rosset hasn’t had a weekend off in a very long time. The full-time disc jockey is busy on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays making sure guests are enjoying the music at the weddings he services weekly.

Seniors’ Prom bridges generation gap
Jan 29 2007
The generation gap appeared to be closed in the cafeteria of West Baltimore’s Seton Keough High School as senior citizens and teenagers from four area Catholic schools boogied together on the dance floor to legends like Elvis Presley and James Brown. “I feel good honey,” growled Catherine Gallagher, a resident of St. Joachim House on the campus of Catholic Charities’ Jenkins Senior Living Community, as she swung her hips to James Brown’s “I Feel Good.”

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K
Jan 28 2007
The Institute for Foot and Ankle Reconstruction at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, will serve as the gold sponsor for the 2007 Kelly St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K at 1:15 on March 11. This year’s race is presented by Kelly & Associates and benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as Baltimore’s 2007 St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Congress starting from scratch on making new policy
Jan 27 2007
WASHINGTON – The previous Congress never got to vote on a full-scale rewrite of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Some in the Republican-run House had hoped for a vote during the post-election lame-duck session, but the shift of power to the Democrats scuttled that possibility. Now, with Democrats in charge, what could a new telecommunications bill look like? There is the possibility of including language guaranteeing equal access to the Internet by content providers, a concept known as “net neutrality.”

Humorous wedding stories
Jan 26 2007
CR readers share a few amusing wedding anecdotes. Dorothy Williams, principal, St. Clare School, Essex “My husband and I were married on May 3, 1975, at Loyola College Chapel in Baltimore. It was a beautiful day and everything was going perfect …

With local radio gone Christian radio moves in
Jan 17 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – After out-of-town interests bought local commercial radio stations in rural America, evangelical Christian interests obtained broadcast licenses on that part of the FM dial reserved for noncommercial use, according to Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, Ky. As a result, there are now 2,000 evangelical radio stations in the United States, up 85 percent from 1996, when federal laws were changed to permit greater media concentration, Mr. Davis said. “The only format that’s larger is country” music, he added.

Musicians, singers follow tune of faith
Jan 17 2007
After each monthly Mass at St. John’s Catholic Prep, Frederick, students comment, “This is the best Mass we’ve ever had!” Angie Galleno, director of campus ministry, said the students’ enthusiasm stems from a new facet of school liturgies – the Praise & Worship Band – composed of 15 singers and musicians from within the student body. New for the 2006-07 school year, the band was conceived as a way to make school liturgies more engaging for students.

Bishop Madden awards medals of honor
Jan 13 2007
Bishop Denis J. Madden, urban vicar, presented the Archdiocesan Medal of Honor to three parishioners of St. William of York, Baltimore, during a Jan. 7 Mass at the parish concelebrate by Father Martin Demek, pastor. The recognition is bestowed to clergy, religious and laity for their outstanding service to the archdiocese and their respective parishes or institutions. The medal is imbedded in lucite with the coat of arms of the archdiocese on one side and on the other flames of fire representing the Holy Spirit and the words, “love, service, disciple.”

'Olympic' games bond youth in faith and love
Jan 10 2007
The large gymnasium stage at Sacred Heart, Glyndon, was draped with red, green, blue, black and yellow streamers Jan. 5, while Olympic rings hung on the wall and some 120 balloons scattered the floor. The planning group for the Olympic themed lock-in, Katie Beinstein, Mary Bosley, Haley and Allison Boyd and Joe Miller, had worked on the event for high school-age youth for months and were anxious to see how everything played out on the rainy Friday evening. “They really put their all into it,” said Mae Richardson, the boisterous youth minister for the parish. “It’s an opportunity to experience the church outside the building.”