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Archdiocese partners with piano company
Jan 08 2007
The piano Jeff Bunn has been using for music instruction at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Middle River has seen better days. Now more than 35 years old, the well-used instrument is out of tune and long overdue for retirement. That’s why Mr. Bunn couldn’t be more elated that not one, but two brand-new pianos were scheduled to be delivered to his parish campus the week of Jan. 8 – one for the high school and one for Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary School. “It’s like night and day,” he said with a laugh.

Dons pool money for 100-mile swim
Jan 05 2007
The Loyola Blakefield, Towson, swim team proved they knew the ‘reason for the season’ when they began their Christmas break by diving into charity work. Thirty-six swimmers participat­ed in a 100-mile swim at the school Dec. 20-21, raising more than $5,000 for the new Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore. Proceeds will be presented to Father John Swope, S.J., president of the co-educational school set to open in 2007. The first swimmer hit the water at 9 a.m. sharp on Dec. 20 and the last mile was clocked in 27 hours later. “It’s just a fun event, especial­ly when we get close to the finish mile,” said team captain and chair­man of the event, senior Andrew Balhoff.

Bookstore owners earn spiritual currency
Dec 22 2006
Dolores Orlando of Towson recently walked into the Catholic Corner Bookstore determined to find specific Christmas cards and a statue of St. Joseph, and looked relieved when she spotted the establishment’s owner, Joan Linz. “Joan, I really need your help,” said Ms. Orlando, an Immaculate Conception, Towson, parishioner. The bookshop keeper, a parishioner of St. Ursula in Parkville, assured her longtime customer a shipment of Christmas cards would be arriving later that evening and helped her select a St. Joseph statue for a friend. This is the kind of help on which 50-year-old Ms. Linz thrives, and it is part of her store’s mission to provide fellow Catholics with the tools to become closer to God.

New All Saints cake lady brightens holiday spirits
Dec 19 2006
When approaching the front of Rita Martin’s Randallstown home, one can’t help but notice the attention the New All Saints, Liberty Heights, parishioner has given to the colorful Christmas decorations illuminating the house. But it’s the aroma of baking rum cakes that really lets new arrivers know the spirit of the holidays is alive and well in the 50-year-old Baltimore City school teacher’s home. In fact, Ms. Martin’s affinity for baking has earned her the nickname “the cake lady,” among parishioners.

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.

The graffiti is on the wall
Dec 10 2006
Maryland citizens may drive by walls, buildings, bridges and other graffiti-covered structures every day and not think twice about the spray-painted messages. But for the Anne Arundel County Police Department, “the graffiti is on the wall” when it comes to area gangs.

St. Joseph of Cupertino
Sep 18 2006
St. Joseph of Cupertino was born June 17, 1603, in Naples, Italy. When he was 17 years old, he tried to join the Friars Minor Conventuals but was refused because of his lacking education. He also tried to join the Capuchins. Finally, he was accepted as an oblate at a Franciscan convent close to Cupertino. He became a cleric at age 22 and a priest at age 25. The saint had a series of ecstasies throughout his life. They were triggered by the mention of God or a saint, or other people or things related to religion. The saint levitated and heard heavenly music. He died in 1663. St. Joseph of Cupertino is patron saint of air travelers, pilots and astronauts.

James Goettsche, Vatican organist, pulls out all the stops
Sep 22 2005
When he was a 13-year-old boy at Conception Seminary in Missouri, James Goettsche often slipped out of bed after midnight and secretly made his way into a nearby church.