Religion Notes

December 28, 2007

Spiritual center to offer workshop

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer a workshop, "Letting go of the Past, Embracing the Future With Hope," from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

The day of recollection and prayer will provide an introduction to the new year, reviewing the joys and challenges of the past and exploring hope for the future. The day will conclude with a celebration of the Eucharist for New Year's Day.

The cost is $50, and includes lunch. Registration is required.

Information: 410-442-1320.

Healing Mass set for Jan. 4

The Shrine of St. Anthony, 12290 Folly Quarter Road, near Glenelg, will offer a Healing Mass at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4.

A Christmas Open House, celebrating the feast of Epiphany, "Little Christmas," with the friars, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 6. The shrine's first floor and manor house will be opened for visitors to see the Christmas creche and decorations, and enjoy refreshments in the Papal Dining Room.

An evening prayer for world peace with will offered at 5 p.m.

The shrine will hold an Open House for Seniors from noon to 3 p.m. Jan. 9. Mass will be celebrated at noon, carols sung at the creche, and light refreshments will be served. A tour of the shrine, which is decorated for the Christmas season, will be available.

Information: 410-531-2800.

King-Heschel interfaith service set

In a tribute to the interfaith community, Beth Shalom Congregation will hold its 11th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Interfaith Service at 8 p.m. Jan. 18.

Rabbi Susan Grossman and Cantor Richard Walters will welcome members of the Celebration Church of Columbia and neighbors from Locust United Methodist Church on Martin Road in Columbia. The choirs of both congregations will join Beth Shalom's choir in providing music for the service. The Rev. Robbie Davis, senior pastor of Celebration Church, will speak.

Elected officials, including members of the state legislature, and the Howard County Office of Human Rights, are expected to attend.

King and Heschel are honored each year for their work together in the civil rights movement.

Beth Shalom is at 8070 Harriet Tubman Lane, Columbia.

Information: 410-531-5115.

See Living Creche at St. John's

St. John's Episcopal Church, 9120 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, is presenting its 50th Living Creche, a manger scene on the church's front grounds with parishioners, sheep and goats, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. through Sunday.

Information: 410-461-7793.

Spiritual-care volunteers sought

Volunteers are needed to provide spiritual care for patients at Howard County General Hospital.

The hospital's pastoral care department is offering a 16-week training program, which begins March 11. Participants will be asked to volunteer for at least a year.

The registration deadline is Feb. 22. Information: Jack Dunlavey, 410-740-7898.

Howard County General Hospital is a 219-bed, nonprofit facility that treats many conditions and provides neonatal, oncological outpatient and critical care.

Spiritual group meets Sundays

Journeys Community, a nontraditional spiritual group, meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the second-floor auditorium of Vantage House, 5400 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, to explore spirituality using music, video, reflection and meditation.

Information: 410-730-6079.or journeyscommunity@

Lubavitch Center offers bricks for sale

The Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education, 770 Howes Lane, Columbia, is offering bricks in its newly-completed courtyard for sale.

The bricks, which can be engraved with a text of the purchasers choice, can memorialize a loved one, celebrate a child, or honor someone important in the purchaser's life.

Information: 410-740-2424. To submit a request for prayer for someone who is ill:

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