Archdiocesan Scout Mass at St. Philip Neri


February 23, 1997|By Rosalie Falter | Rosalie Falter,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Last week, the Scout Sunday Mass for the Archdiocese of Baltimore was celebrated at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church. More than 300 Scouts and Scout leaders from the Baltimore area attended.

St. Philip Neri Parish sponsors Cub Pack and Scout Troop 447, which serve more than 100 boys in the Linthicum area.

The main celebrant was Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop William C. Newman. He was assisted by concelebrants Monsignor Francis X. Zorbach, pastor of St. Philip Neri, and the Rev. Thomas L. Phillips, who recently was appointed as archdiocesan Scouting chaplain by Cardinal William H. Keeler.

Newman and Phillips were presented with the St. George Award at Mass. The award is bestowed by the National Catholic Scouting Committee, through a local committee, on adults for distinguished service to Catholic youth.

Newman presented seven Scouts from St. Philip Neri with religious emblems. Stanley Topa III, of Pack 447, received the Light of Christ Award for younger Cub Scouts, while Brian Airey, Brandon Bohonek, Paul Carlson, Brian Clark, John Hechmer, and Justin Szech, all of Troop 447, earned the "Ad Adtare Dei" Boy Scout award.

To earn the award, Scouts are required to attend classes and do projects related to each of the seven sacraments. Among Catholic Scouts, the award is generally considered second in importance only to the Eagle Award.

Troop committee member and former chairman Anthony Svarckopf coordinated the Ad Altare Dei program.

Troop 447 also celebrated its 24th anniversary Tuesday at its annual Court of Honor in celebration of Scout month. Pack 447, chartered in 1972, a year before Troop 447 is having its annual Blue and Gold Dinner today.

Anyone interested in more information on Pack 447 should contact the committee chairman, Richard Bohonek, at 859-5341.

Troop 447 is conducting a recruitment drive for boys 11 or older. Contact the committee chairman, Charles W. Ehart, at 551-5199 for more information. The troop meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at St. Philip Neri.

Garden club plans tour

The Ferndale Garden Club will travel to Ellicott City Tuesday to see the "Cookie Lady's House." A car pool will leave the Ferndale Senior Center at 6: 30 p.m.

Mary Ellen Schaeffer, also known as the Cookie Lady, invited club members to tour her house, which is decorated with dried flower arrangements.

She grows most of the flowers she uses in her garden and gathers others from the wild. She was dubbed the "Cookie Lady" because as a child she handed out cookies to guests when her mother sponsored similar tours.

Call Barbara Gorman for more information at 987-6483.

Pub Date: 2/23/97

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