Western Vicariate

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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Archbishop Lori urges Ellicott City parishioners to help one another in flood aftermath

The archbishop encouraged the people to allow the eucharistic presence of Jesus to make them more present to one another and give themselves to one another, even in the most trying of times.
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Holy Cows: Partnership in Howard County aids those in need in Baltimore City

Part of the shrine’s acreage was leased for farming that used pesticides. Upon re-evaluating, the friars determined that the current usage was not cohesive with the message of the Franciscans on being stewards of the land.
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South Carroll County parish celebrates 150 years

St. Joseph in Sykesville is celebrating 150 years. The parish has seen many changes since its cornerstone was laid in 1868.
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Frederick County youth leads through service, faith

Knowing Christ personally and striving to do the things that bring him closer to Christ while also drawing others into a deeper relationship with Jesus.
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Mount St. Mary’s University, St. Maria Goretti High School enter guaranteed admissions partnership

St. Maria Goretti students who meet defined requirements are guaranteed admission to Mount St. Mary’s. Students who meet the criteria will receive, at minimum, a $22,000 four-year award, with a total value of $88,000.
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