Parishes

After nearly 66 years in ministry, Monsignor Bastress retires

Pastor of the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori in Baltimore since 1998, Monsignor Bastress has ministered throughout the archdiocese since his May 19, 1951, ordination at the Baltimore Basilica.
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Renovations, new altar dedicated at Church of the Ascension

“We’ve got a consecrated altar now,” Father John Williamson, exclaimed to a parishioner greeting him in the narthex of the Church of the Ascension after a Mass May 28 in which the altar was blessed and the new sanctuary was dedicated.
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‘Richly Blessed’: St. Lawrence Martyr opens new parish complex

While a church being replaced with a beerhall is sadly not uncommon in this day and age, the reverse is newsworthy.
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Westminster priest hopes summer convocation sparks missionary renewal

For Father Mark Bialek, being a priest means enabling his parishioners to evangelize in new ways.
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Hampden parish, born in storm, celebrates 150 years of harmony

“It’s a great jewel in Hampden, it really is,” said parishioner Christine Barrasso of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish.
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How West Baltimore is rising to the challenge of ‘missionary discipleship’

“We basically took the archbishop’s pastoral (letter) and sort of stretched it apart,” explained Capuchin Franciscan Father Paul Zaborowski, pastor of St. Ambrose.
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‘Where does the time go?’: Hunt Valley parish celebrates 25 years

Archbishop Lori celebrated a special Mass marking the 25th anniversary of the Catholic Community of St. Francis Xavier.
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St. Anthony of Padua speeds greening of Northeast Baltimore

On the Second Sunday of Easter at St. Anthony of Padua in Gardenville, Father Ty Hullinger and his congregation underscored the name of their neighborhood.
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Easter Vigil

Faith blossoms from tragedy

After his brother-in-law was murdered and his wife was shot, José Melo had a crisis of faith before finding healing in the church.
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Chrism Mass emphasizes unity, nods toward pastoral planning

The spirit of pastoral planning was on full display at the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s annual Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.
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