FOR worshippers at two East Baltimore chapels, Holy Redeemer's and St. Gerard's, there is little to celebrate this new year. Those two Catholic sanctuaries will close after services Jan. 27.
Parishioners in Greektown and O'Donnell Heights feel angry and betrayed. They paid the mortgages and helped in cleaning and maintenance even as the sanctuaries' activities kept shrinking. Many say they are too old or sick to get to Highlandtown's Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church, which established the two chapels as its outposts during World War II.
Baltimore Catholics have gone through this trauma before. Three other city parishes closed during the past decade. Several others continue to operate with a shared pastor after the Archdiocese of Baltimore determined the clergy was more needed in the suburbs.