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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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Partners in Excellence honors benefactor, raises $164,400

Contributors helped PIE far surpass its $100,000 fundraising goal by donating $164,400, including a significant gift from an anonymous donor in honor of Linehan.
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Brunswick parishioner begins ministry in Cambodia

Barbara Smith of St. Mary’s Parish in Brunswick departed for Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Sept. 3 to begin teaching in one of the Salesian Sisters' boarding high schools and live in community with the sisters for a year. She will have the option of extending for a second year.
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Sister Paula Marie Phelan, a pioneer in pathology, dies at 105

Mercy Sister Paula Marie Phelan, a pioneer in pathology who devoted nearly half a century to ministry at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, died Sept. 12. She was 105.
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New pastoral council advising Archbishop Lori meets for the first time

A newly established Archdiocesan Pastoral Council met for the first time Sept. 14 for a formation retreat and orientation about the work of the archdiocese.
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St. Pius X in final stages of becoming ‘fully-integrated’ Montessori school

The only Catholic Montessori school in the state, St. Pius X in 2011 began transitioning to the individualized program, which is designed to allow students to learn at their own pace.
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Blogs & Commentary

Charity in Truth

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Winning an argument or venting on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook are not good reasons to muckrake, to search out and publicize the faults of people one disagrees with.
Everything I need to know, I learned at home and St. Rose of Lima School.

Open Window

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Last Saturday morning I took a walk with our fourth grader through our neighborhood. He rode his bicycle, and I followed along behind, not even trying to keep up. I knew he would stop as we went along.

Faces of Faith

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Jean and Bill Schrider are active parishioners at Western Maryland's St. Peter the Apostle in Oakland who volunteer in hospice ministry.

Question Corner

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Father Doyle fields questions about returning to confession and the proper clothing for church.

Word on Fire

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Will gets some important things right, but he gets some even more basic things quite wrong.

The Domestic Church

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As the first blossoms of spring transition into the vibrant greens of early summer, may we be open to the opportunities that lie ahead, recognizing that each of us can contribute to our family, our community, and our world in different ways at different moments.

Guest Commentary

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There is a special kind of humiliation (and humor, if you're a good sport), reserved for pregnant women who skew a little bit above the average age of moms in this country.

The Narthex

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If there’s one thread that runs throughout the selected homilies, it’s courage.

Dust and Dewfall

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One of more profound memories from my priesthood involved a visit a few years ago with an elderly man in the hospital who was dying.

Baltimore Boomer

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You have to live in a cave not to know a family or three who have lost a loved one to the opioid epidemic,  but for me, the violence infesting and dragging down Baltimore has never hit closer.

The Catholic Difference

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Gino Marchetti of the old Baltimore Colts was a big man in several ways. 

Behind the Headlines

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Bishop Brennan's new crosier was crafted by a longtime friend who imagined what King David's crosier may have looked like.

Our Back Pages

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The fleeting image of the demure and habited nun furtively flashing the two-finger peace sign in the 1970 documentary “Woodstock” has floated softly through five decades now, a lasting if elusory symbol that touches on the historic music festival but ultimately alights someplace else.

Snippets of FAith

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I think parents need to be cautious as to the message they’re creating with distractions of milk and Cheerios as they attempt to teach their children about God.

Wit & Wisdom

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I share my story in the hopes that it will help someone else. There’s no shame in sharing our limitations.


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A young super-speller tells his story.

A More Human Society

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In what Gov. Andrew Cuomo calls a "historic victory for New Yorkers," New York has passed what may be the nation's most extreme and irresponsible abortion law.

World News

New Lithuanian cardinal, ‘strong internally,’ spent time in Soviet prison

Lithuania's new cardinal, a veteran of Soviet prisons and labor camps, counts on not being assigned "specific duties" following his elevation so he can continue serving his local church.
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Movie Review: ‘Ad Astra’

The Latin motto from which the compelling sci-fi drama "Ad Astra" (Fox) takes its title assures us that, by persevering through difficulties, we can aspire to reach the stars.
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‘Grisly discovery’ of fetal remains at abortionist’s home sparks outrage

The Sept. 13 disclosure that the preserved remains of over 2,200 aborted babies had been found at the rural Illinois home of the recently deceased Indiana abortionist Ulrich "George" Klopfer has sparked outrage and demands for immediate investigations by authorities.
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Catholic Baltimore Radio

Greg and Susan Rohr, a Catholic couple who founded the CHERISH ministry to married couples in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, discuss how couples can grow in faith and love for God and one another. Listen above.

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Despite human sinfulness, God’s projects will endure, pope says

The Catholic Church will endure, despite the frailty and sins of its members, because it is God's project, Pope Francis said.
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Amid economic growth, pope urges Mauritius to care for the young, poor

Statistical indicators show Mauritius' rapid economic growth has benefited all sectors of society, lifting thousands out of poverty over the past 30 years, but Pope Francis still urged the island's Catholics to be careful.
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Pope leaves Mozambique urging reconciliation, care for one another

When Jesus told his disciples to love one another and pray for their enemies, he meant it -- even disciples in a nation like Mozambique, where political tensions have led to violence, war and death, Pope Francis said.
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