Parish milestones: Resurrection of Our Lord, Laurel, celebrates 50 years

By Maria Wiering
Resurrection of Our Lord in Laurel is marking five decades Sept. 20 with Mass celebrated by Archbishop William E. Lori, followed by a gala with dinner. Father Mark S. Bialek is pastor of the 1,000-household parish. Historical information from Corrine Mohnasky, chair of the parish’s 50th anniversary committee, and Catholic Review archives reveal a diverse and growing community straddling the border of the archdioceses of Baltimore and Washington.
The community turned 50 in 2013 but is celebrating this year.
–         Originally a mission of St. Lawrence Martyr in Jessup, the Catholic Community of Maryland City – which would become Resurrection of Our Lord – had about 100 members in 1963 and worshipped at a Laurel movie theater and a local bingo hall. Parishioners taught CCD in their homes. The Archdiocese of Baltimore assigned a pastor to Resurrection in 1968.
–         Many founding members were government employees who worked at National Security Administration headquarters or other agencies in nearby Fort Meade.
–         The church building was constructed in 1970 as a multi-use facility and was remodeled for permanent use in 1991. It underwent a significant renovation in 2012, which involved the reorientation of the worship space.
–         According to lore, the decision to separate the worship and social spaces came after a visiting bishop smelled Old Bay lingering in the sanctuary from a recent crab feast. More improvements have recently been made in the church, entrance and hallway.
–         Resurrection is home to a vibrant Latino community, drawing parishioners from 23 countries. Mass is celebrated in Spanish each Sunday at 1 p.m. by Father Jesus Aguirre Guzman, who leads Hispanic ministry.
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