January 26, 2012

A Family Cleansing

In early December, I was standing in line with my 7-year-old daughter, Maddie, as she was preparing to make her first reconciliation. The line was long; hundreds of children were taking a big step that weekend toward full initiation with the Catholic Church at Our Lady Fields in Millersville.As the
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Sister Doloretta Francis O’Sullivan dies

A funeral Mass was offered July 23 at Assisi House in Aston, Pa. for Franciscan Sister Doloretta Francis O’Sullivan. Sister Doloretta died July 19. She was 88.
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Sister Mary Rosaria Baxter, R.G.S. dies

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Rosaria Baxter, a Sister of the Good Shepherd, was offered July 28 in Good Shepherd Center Chapel. Sister Mary Rosaria died July 23. She was 68.
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Principal is passionate about making a difference

When La Uanah King-Cassell applied to become the principal of Ss. James and John School in East Baltimore, the 28-year-old teacher really wasn't expecting to get the job.
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Life with Down syndrome can be rewarding for children and parents

Nineteen-year-old Alex Hudson is your typical teenager. He goes to high school, has a part-time job, plays sports year-round and loves mixing music — sometimes very loud music — on his laptop. But what sets Alex apart from the rest of this year’s graduating class at Kenwood High School in Essex is that he was...
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Father Edward H. Nash, S.J. dies

A funeral Mass for Jesuit Father Edward H. Nash was offered May 16 at Manresa Hall near Philadelphia. Father Nash died May 11. He was 94.
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Father Paulits, 88, guided Lake Shore parish with quiet dignity

The story of Our Lady of the Chesapeake, Lake Shore, can’t be told without Father Walter J. Paulits. The founding pastor of the Anne Arundel County parish, however, would not have sought such credit.
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Father Hemler, Fallston pastor, dies at 74

Father Edward B. Hemler, longtime pastor of St. Mark in Fallston and a former leader in Catholic education, died July 24 after suffering years of declining health. A 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass was to be celebrated at St. Mark July 28.
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Father Lafferty leaves a loving legacy at St. Ignatius

Father Charles Lafferty loved to go all out on Halloween. As pastor of St. Ignatius in Hickory from 1979 to 1992, the priest dressed up in a black cape and turned an old attic into a “haunted house” that delighted parish children.
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Dominican sister says advocacy for migrant workers part of God’s plan

WASHINGTON – Dominican Sister Gabriella Williams, this year’s winner of Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award, sees her work with migrants and other immigrant workers in Southern California as fulfilling part of God’s plan of love for all of humanity.
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Do the things you want in retirement

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary lists one of the definitions for “resort” as “a place providing recreation and entertainment especially to vacationers.”
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Safety, security are benefits to independent living

When considering the plusses of a continuing care retirement community, most individuals think in terms of cost, quality of life and access to round-the-clock health care, among other considerations.
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