Parishes

St. Alphonsus Shrine entrusted to Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

“It’s a real pleasure and a real joy to be able to offer Mass in such a historic, beautiful church,” said Father Kiefer, a former Army captain who was deployed to Mogadishu in Somalia and Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
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Rebuilt 2.0: Nativity parish dedicates new church

A Catholic parish that was practicing the New Evangelization before the term was branded celebrated the opening of its new worship space Sept. 8.
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In Ellicott City, raging waters remembered one year later

A dozen faith communities in Howard County came together at St. Paul Church in Ellicott City July 30 to remember the devastation that ravaged this quaint historic town last summer.
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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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