Western Vicariate

St. John the Evangelist Church reopens in Frederick

St. John the Evangelist Church in Frederick opened again for Mass Sept. 25 once the parish got the go-ahead that it was safe to return to the church following problems with falling crown molding.
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Frederick church closes temporarily after falling plaster causes damage

Weekend Masses at St. John the Evangelist in Frederick will be offered Sept. 21-22 in the school hall while the church remains closed during clean-up and inspections following incidents of falling plaster. 
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At Quo Vadis retreat, it’s easy to meet ‘new seminarian every day’

EMMITSBURG – Quo Vadis, an annual summer retreat for high-school aged males considering a religious vocation, took a different tack July 25. The retreat is hosted by seminarians of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. On the third of its four days, however, 62 participants heard not from a seminarian studying Theology or in his pastoral year,...
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Garrett County parishioners maintain strong faith, serve others

Jean and Bill Schrider are active parishioners at Western Maryland's St. Peter the Apostle in Oakland who volunteer in hospice ministry.
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Luke mill closure sends prayers, former pastors to Allegany County

Bishop Adam J. Parker and Monsignor James W. Hannon added their presence to prayers for the Tri-Towns community affected by the impending closure of one of Western Maryland’s largest employers.
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Hagerstown’s St. Maria Goretti High will move in fall

St. Maria Goretti High School President Chris Cosentino announced to the school community at a meeting March 21 that the school will move in fall 2019 to a new campus, due to the current academic building sitting in a flood plain.
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Faith guides family of Taneytown boy diagnosed with rare condition

As their 5-year-old son battles a rare condition with polio-like symptoms, a Taneytown family finds strength in faith and support from family and friends.
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Ijamsville composer strikes a chord with faithful amid sexual abuse crisis

“How Can We Pray?” was written by Zachary Stachowski, director of music ministry at St. Ignatius of Loyola in Ijamsville, moved by the anger he felt immediately after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on clergy sexual abuse was released in mid-August.
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Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Hispanic community celebrates Blessed Romero’s upcoming canonization

“Monsignor Romero is and will always be the conscience of Latin America,” said St. Timothy's pastor, Father Juan Vazquez-Rubio.
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Deaf community enjoys Mass with Archbishop Lori and deaf priest

“What I cannot say with my hands, allow me to say with my heart,” Archbishop Lori said, as he began his homily, which was interpreted into ASL.
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