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AbpLori_StPeterClaver2The recent unrest in Baltimore has captured the attention of Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore who wish to offer prayers and other forms of support for those directly impacted, as well as those who are suffering from the underlying issues that surfaced during the recent protests. For those wanting to know how they can help, here are a few ways:

Archbishop Lori has invited Catholics to pray a rosary for peace and justice. A number of parishes are hosting prayer services, designating special Masses and periods of devotion, as well as discussions in support of our sisters and brothers in Baltimore. A list can be found at the bottom of this page.

Catholic Charities is the largest private provider of social services in the State of Maryland. Recently, Catholic Charities Executive Director, William McCarthy, wrote a letter about the situation in Baltimore and vowed to continue to address poverty, joblessness, and other systemic realities by trying to improve the lives of others through acts of Christian charity. To learn more about how you can support the work of Catholic Charities, visit

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland currently has a critical need for volunteers to deliver the food we provide to seniors living in West Baltimore - especially in Sandtown, Remington, Winchester, Bolton Hill, Druid Hill, Penn North, Park Heights, and Edmonson Village - and in Lansdowne and Lakewood. You can register to volunteer at or contact us at

Financial Support
The Archdiocese has established a fund, Faith in Baltimore, which will provide funds to inner city parishes attempting to meet emergency and long-term needs of people in the communities they serve. Parishes throughout the Archdiocese will be taking up a collection at Masses the weekend of May 9-10. People may also contribute directly by sending a check payable to the Archdiocese of Baltimore to Archdiocese of Baltimore, Fiscal Services, 320 Cathedral Street Baltimore, MD 21201.

Prayer Services & Discussions

St. Joseph’s Parish, Emmitsburg, will be hosting a study and discussion group based on this pastoral letter from Bishop Edward K. Braxton of the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois. This group is intended for all who, with Christian faith, would like to examine the complex racial divide in our country that is documented in each day’s headlines and the personal experiences of many people. The group will be facilitated by Dr. Timothy Wolfe, Director of the Human Services Program and Associate Professor of Sociology at Mount St. Mary’s University and Fr. John Holliday, CM, pastor of St. Joseph’s Parish. The group will meet on five consecutive Sunday evenings from 6 – 7:30 pm at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall: May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7 and June 14. The document can be found online at Attendees are asked to review the document before the first session. Please call the parish office at (301) 447-2326 if you need a printed copy of the document and study guide.

St. Gregory the Great Church, 1542 N. Gilmor St., May 26, 6 p.m., prayer walk with Bishop Madden along the streets of the Sandtown-Winchester Community. Pray in the church before the walk through the neighborhood and conclude with a final prayer in the church by 7:30pm. Neighbors are encouraged as we sing, pray, and hand out prayer cards. Some neighbors typically join in along the way. And as always, we know that God hears and honors our prayers.

St. Ambrose
Candlelight prayer service in front of church | Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm

Saint Agnes Church
Eucharistic Adoration for peace and justice in Baltimore City on Tuesday, May 5 from 7:30 am – 8:45 pm

Church of the Resurrection (Ellicott City)
Prayer for peace at all Masses this weekend May 2-3
Eucharistic Adoration on Monday, May 4 from 9:30 am - 7:30 pm with Rosary and Benediction at 7:00pm to pray for peace in Baltimore

St. Peter Claver Church
Mass for Peace and Justice celebrated by Archbishop Lori | Sunday, May 3 at 10:45 am

Ecumenical Prayer Service at Heritage Park (Dundalk)
Friday, May 1 at 6:30 pm

Immaculate Conception (Towson)
Mass with the special intention for peace on Friday, May 1 at 8:30 am

St. John (Severna Park)
Eucharistic Adoration on Friday, May 1 from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm to pray for Baltimore
Holy Hour on Friday, May 1 at 6:00 pm with Benediction at 6:45 pm

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Ijamsville)
Prayer service for peace | Thursday, April 30th at 7:30 pm

Baltimore Basilica
Mass for Peace celebrated by Archbishop Lori | Wednesday, April 29 at 12:10 pm

Broadneck Baptist Church (including St. Andrew by the Bay - Annapolis)
Ecumenical Prayer Service | Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm
Pray for peace and healing for our city

St. Benedict Church
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament all day Wednesday, April 29 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Praying for Calm in the City followed by Mass on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:30 pm

Church of the Nativity
Mass for peace in Baltimore | Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30 pm
Following the service the Church will remain open for private prayer

St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church
Mass followed by an opportunity for sharing | Wednesday, April 29 6:00 pm

Our Lady of Grace School (Parkton)
Collecting snacks for Baltimore City first responders during drop off 7:30-8:00 am Wednesday, April 29
Parish and community prayer service at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, April 29

Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Sagrado Corazon de Jesus & St. Patrick Parishes
Prayer walk from CASA de Maryland to St. Patrick Church at Bank St. and Broadway on Wednesday, April 29 at 6:00 pm
Followed by a Mass (in Spanish) at on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

St. Agnes
Eucharistic Adoration hours dedicated to prayer for peace and justice through 8:45 pm on Tuesday, April 28

St. Bernardine Catholic Church (in conjunction with St. Frances Academy)
Revival for youth | Tuesday, April 28 from 7-8:30 pm

Cathedral of Mary Our Queen
Mass will be offered on Tuesday, April 28 at 5:30 pm

Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Ellicott City)
Rosary for peace and justice | Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30pm

St. Veronica
Mass for justice and peace | Tuesday, April 28 at 6:30 pm

St. William of York
Eucharistic Adoration hours dedicated to prayer for peace and justice through 8:45 pm on Tuesday, April 28