Cardinal's visit set to rededicate church, launch new...

Religion Notes

April 20, 2001

Cardinal's visit set to rededicate church, launch new school

Cardinal William H. Keeler will visit Anne Arundel County tomorrow to rededicate an old Roman Catholic church and help break ground for a parochial school.

The 5:30 p.m. rite at Our Lady of Sorrows in Owensville will mark the completion of a remodeling and expansion with two new wings, tripling the former seating capacity of 150.

Established by the Redemptorist Fathers, the original church at Owensville was a simple frame structure and the first Mass was celebrated Sept. 16, 1866. The church was replaced in the early 1950s with a Georgian colonial-style brick structure modeled on St. Bede Church in Williamsburg, Va. - financed by a member of the parish, R. Bennett Darnall, in memory of his parents.

The enlarged church retains its style, with the addition designed by the Annapolis firm of Langdon and Tom Inc. in a cruciform style, with wings extending from the altar. The remodeling was deemed necessary to support the needs of a larger congregation, numbering more than 900 families.

A reception will be held in the parish hall after the rededication.

Earlier in the afternoon, at 4, the cardinal will join community residents, pupils, parents and staff of the multiparish School of the Incarnation for its groundbreaking on Waugh Chapel Road in Gambrills.

The ceremony - marking the start of construction on the first new school for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in nearly four decades - had been postponed from April 1 because of muddy conditions.

Woods Memorial offers Christianity program

Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park is offering "The Alpha Course" - a 10-week program about Christianity - beginning Sunday.

Each of the 10 Sunday sessions will begin with a worship service at 5:30 p.m. and an information dinner at 6:15 p.m. A different topic will be presented by a member of the pastoral staff each week, followed by a small-group discussion.

The presentations will explore Jesus' character, teachings and works, as well as the crucifixion and its importance to Christianity.

The course is free, but reservations are requested. Information: 410-647-2550.


Religious drama: Actor Leonardo Defilippis will present his touring, one-man drama, "Saint Francis: Troubadour of God's Peace," at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the auditorium of St. John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church, 689 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park. Tickets are $7, or $18 for a family of three or more, and will be available at the door. Information: 410-647-8158

Flea market: The United Methodist Women will hold a flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow at Cavalry United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis. Proceeds will benefit local and global mission programs. Information or donations: 410-266- 8922.

Holocaust talk: People are invited to a Yom Hashoah observance - a remembrance of victims of the Holocaust - at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 1183 Carrs Wharf Road, Edgewater. Henry Greenbaum, a Polish-born Jew who lost his family to the concentration camps, will tell of his forced labor at Auschwitz. Reservations: 410-798-5907.

Christian concert: Singer-songwriter Paul Hill will present a Christian family concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 308 Oak Manor Drive, Glen Burnie. Admission is free, but an offering will be taken. Information: 410-766-2283.

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