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RELIGION NOTES

December 31, 1992

Catholic Charities seeks donations and volunteers

Catholic Charities, the social service agency of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is in the middle of a drive for money and volunteers for its more than 50 programs assisting %o Marylanders in physical and spiritual need.

"These are trying times," said Harold A. Smith, executive director of the agency. "The demand for the services we provide is growing each day at an alarming rate."

He cited Donna Blackwell as one of the many "sensitive and gifted people" working for Catholic Charities. Ms. Blackwell looks after homeless women and their children at My Sister's Place on West Mulberry Street near Park Avenue.

"Donna's day should end at 4:30 p.m., when this day-shelter program closes," said Mr. Smith. "But she doesn't stop working until every woman has a place to stay for the night."

For information: 234-8111.

Ethical Society:

Stephen Vicchio, chairman of the Department of Philosophy NTC at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, will address the Baltimore Ethical Society on "Ethics and Modern Literature" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

The society meets at the Bolton Street Synagogue, 1311 Bolton St. The public is invited.

Blaustein Institute:

The American Jewish Committee has announced the appointment of Felice D. Gaer as director of its Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights.

Formerly director of European programs for the United Nations Association, Ms. Gaer will represent the Jewish organization before the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and the Council on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Much of the American Jewish Committee's international human rights advocacy is conducted through the institute, created in 1971 by the Blaustein family of Baltimore. It honors the late Jacob Blaustein, industrialist and philanthropist. He had been

president of the national Jewish organization.

Full Gospel:

The Towson Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's International will sponsor a breakfast meeting at 8 a.m. Jan. 16 at the Crystal Restaurant in the Day's Inn, 8801 Loch Raven Blvd.

The speaker will be John McCall, a businessman who also conducts a healing ministry. Information: 426-0338 or 661-9267.

Jewish art:

Twenty-eight Jewish visual and performing artists and scholars conducted workshops Monday evening at the Inner Harbor's Hyatt Regency Hotel for the nearly 1,000 teen-agers attending this week's convention of United Synagogue Youth.

Participating scholars and artists from Baltimore included Jewish art historian Susan Vick; Judy Meltzer, a dean at Baltimore Hebrew University, and Arthur Lesley, director of its Joseph Meyerhoff Library; calligrapher and graphic designer Avraham Cohen; and painter Ann Berman.

Affirmation:

The Dundalk Church of the Brethren, 2660 Yorkway, is installing ramps to provide easier access for the disabled to its sanctuary and basement, following the congregation's adoption of an Affirmation of Inclusion.

Marian survey:

Cardinal Gibbons High School in Baltimore and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg were included in a recent national study of students' attitudes toward and knowledge of the Virgin Mary. It was conducted by the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Of the 3,631 American students surveyed -- 80.6 percent of them Roman Catholics -- 74.8 percent said Mary is the model of their prayer and faith and 69.7 percent said Marian prayer had a place in their lives.

"People are very much attracted by Mary, but they don't know much about her," said the Rev. Johann Roten, director of the institute. "For instance, students are aware of Mary at the Christmas scene, but they may not know the story of Mary at Cana."

At Cana, the Gospel of John relates, the mother of Jesus asked for his first miracle, turning water into wine for the marriage guests.

King observance:

The public is invited to a worship service at 8:15 p.m. Jan. 15 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave., marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms will speak. For more information: 764-1587.

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