Names and Numbers: Science fair winners, missionary discipleship in action

April 26, 2017

By Catholic Review Staff

The newest installment of Names and Numbers features science fair winners, parishioners heeding the call to missionary discipleship and a major grant benefiting Head Start classrooms. 
$5 million
New grant to by the PNC foundation that will support early childhood education in pre-K and Head Start classrooms in the 22 states and Washington, D.C., where The PNC Financial Services Group Inc. conducts business.

Laura Gamble (pictured with students and teachers), regional president of the PNC Foundation, made the announcement April 4 at the Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore City location at Harlem Park Elementary School. She was accompanied by Mary Gunning, director of Catholic Charities Head Start of Baltimore City, and teachers from the Harlem Park location.

Students and teachers at the location received T-shirts, books, gift cards, puppet kits, piggy banks, lunch bags and an iPad. They also enjoyed a performance by the Singing Opera Bears of the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric Opera House in Baltimore.

In addition to $504,000 in “flash funding” to launch 849 projects in early childhood classrooms across PNC’s footprint, the $5 million grant will expand the platform of to include Head Start teachers. The website allows teachers to make requests for classroom resources.

Year Colonial patriots stood under the Liberty Tree on what is now the campus of St. John’s College in Annapolis. Two years after crosses made from the roots of the tree were first displayed by the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Maryland, the symbol of religious freedom was given to Archbishop William E. Lori March 7. According to Scott Watkins, a member of the society, the cross is on display in the crypt of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore. The cross has also been given to Pope Francis, Prince Charles and St. Mary’s Chapel in historic St. Mary’s City.

Estimated numbers of visitors to Our Lady’s Center in Ellicott City March 31, when the International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima was on display at the Marian shrine. It was one of several stops for statue in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The day included volunteers coordinating shuttle service from a nearby municipal parking lot, Monsignor Joseph S. Lizor hearing confessions for four hours, and $3,025 being collected for the World Apostolate of Fatima. The centennial year of the apparitions in the Portugal town will be observed again at the center May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.

Students at St. Francis of Assisi School in Baltimore, which was recently listed among the best International Baccalaureate schools in the U.S. by Newsweek magazine. Under the direction of Monsignor William F. Burke, pastor, and principal Rebecca Malone, who is moving to another position in Canada at the end of the school year, the school held a moving Stations of the Cross presentation April 13, Holy Thursday, shown pictured.

Parishioners of Church of the Ascension in Halethorpe and St. Augustine in Elkridge participating in Holy Week missions, in response to a question posed by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in his pastoral letter, “A Light Brightly Visible”:

“Are our parishes ready to respond to the challenges of the mission in our times?”

Door-to-door missionaries clad in red T-shirts (pictured) carried a wooden cross and knocked on doors, offering prayers and invitations to Easter services. Parishioners performed living Stations of the Cross and made blankets for critically ill children, Ranger Rosaries for soldiers and lunches for the homeless. They visited their homebound fellow parishioners bearing Easter gifts.

Children and parents re-enacted the events of Palm Sunday, complete with a real donkey, and enjoyed a Seder meal.

“We wanted this mission to be an opportunity for everyone to share as well as grow in their faith and increase our spirit of community,” said Cathy Carlin, director of engagement for the two parishes.

Shoeboxes decorated and filled for the Apostleship of the Sea Stella Maris International Seafarers’ Center in Dundalk by St. Clement Mary Hofbauer School in Rosedale. The Lenten service project involved students, parents and faculty filling the boxes with personal items, student-made rosaries and Easter treats for sailors stopping in the Port of Baltimore. Andy Middleton, pictured, accepted the boxes from eighth-graders April 7 at the Seafarers’ Center.

Years St. Louis Parish in Clarksville has been the largest donor to the Columbia Pregnancy Center, a pro-life pregnancy center in the Howard County city. The center recognized Monsignor Joseph L. Luca, pastor of St. Louis, pictured, with the St. Gianna Molla award, which recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the center’s mission, at its annual gala March 23 in Clarksville.

The Columbia Pregnancy Center serves women and families by providing free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins, parenting classes, lay counselling, layettes and baby clothing, as well as other services and material support.

Competitions won by Jack Guinan, Matthias Buchheister and Gavin Marshall (pictured, from left), eighth-graders at Mother Seton School in Emmitsburg. The trio’s Scorch Case – a 3-D-printed cell phone case engineered to be a rechargeable hand warmer, flashlight and phone charger – garnered a Grand Champions of Invention award at their school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fair. Later, at the Frederick County Science and Engineering Fair at Tuscarora High School April 1, the trio took first place in the engineering mechanics division, as well as the ThermoFisher Outstanding Middle School Project award and the Middle School Engineering Design Champion award.

They were also nominated to compete in the 2017 Broadcom MASTERS, a program for the top 10 percent of middle school science fair participants in the nation.