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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2011
With the decades-long decline in the number of priests reaching what church officials call a critical shortage, the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore is calling on parishioners to help conduct youth programs, minister to prisoners and take over other duties that have traditionally been performed by clergy. Looking to ease demands on priests, the archdiocese has also been looking to consolidate Masses among lightly attended churches. "This is a period of introspection for us, a time to look at what we can do better to serve the people of Baltimore," said Sean Caine, the spokesman for Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien.
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By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church continued the tradition of holding its Good Friday Way of the Cross celebration throughout Little Italy. Francene Bradford has attended the procession since it began in 2002. The Eastwood resident, who grew up in Little Italy, returns to St. Leo's for the more momentous Christian holidays. "It's a staple for Easter," she said. "We have to do this, otherwise you don't get dessert. " About 200 people participated in the Good Friday observance, in which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ.
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By William Wan, The Washington Post | April 21, 2010
He was known as the friendly priest, the one whom parishioners could talk to without fear of judgment. He ministered to the small parish of German immigrants in Washington as no one else had recently, parish officials said, doubling its size in five years. Then, suddenly, the Rev. Michael Schapfel returned home to Germany shortly after Easter. Allegations of sexual abuse from that country flooded in to the parish Tuesday, shocking those in Washington's tight-knit German Catholic community.
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By Rus VanWestervelt | April 17, 2014
For many Christians, Easter morning is a time when churchgoers flock to their places of worship to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. One church in Timonium, however, is sending its parishioners away — specifically, 3 miles south along York Road to Towson University's SECU Arena. "It's our first time being at SECU Arena, and we are very excited. Our ministry teams, from 7 years old and up, are very excited to serve [Easter] Sunday," said Kellie Caddick, matter conference coordinator at Church of the Nativity.
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By Eileen Ambrose, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2011
For many parishioners at St. John Roman Catholic Church in Westminster, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong last week. Five years ago this week, St. John held a funeral mass for Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder that was picketed by anti-gay protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Snyder's father sued Westboro for intentional infliction of emotional distress. That case worked its way up to the Supreme Court, which ruled 8-1 last week that the protest — despite the pain it caused — was protected free speech under the First Amendment.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2012
People packed the pews and filled the balconies of Baltimore's historic Bethel A.M.E. church Sunday morning to honor a man they credit with reviving the house of worship — one of the city's most influential — and bringing unabashed passion back to the black church. The daylong ceremony recognized the Rev. John Richard Bryant's 50 years of service, which began in the steepled church at the corner of Druid Hill Avenue and Lanvale Street and took him to Africa and Massachusetts, then back to his hometown and, most recently, to the Midwest, where today he presides over the 4th Episcopal District as a senior bishop.
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By Gary Gately and Jim Haner and Gary Gately and Jim Haner,Staff Writers | January 10, 1994
Hurt and angry, parishioners streamed out of 11 a.m. Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church yesterday, gazed at the school next door to their century-old sanctuary and pondered the unspeakable: a teacher sexually abusing children of their parish.Generations of South Baltimore families had sent their children to the Catholic Community Middle School and did so with not a little bit of pride.As they left church yesterday, they talked of the man who police say betrayed their faith, molested their community's children and left them to wonder what painful revelations could come next.
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By New York Times News Service | August 22, 1995
NEW YORK -- A melee between about 100 police officers and hundreds of parishioners broke out Sunday night at a Pentecostal church in Queens, N.Y., injuring 34 people and prompting the mayor and police commissioner to order an investigation into how police handled the clash.By the time the standoff ended about 4:30 a.m. yesterday, 28 churchgoers and six police officers had been hurt, and seven people were arrested on charges that included rioting and obstructing justice.Police officials and parishioners gave strikingly different accounts.
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | September 16, 1995
A five-alarm fire yesterday destroyed their East Baltimore church and the pastor's 120-year-old Bible. But parishioners of Emmanuel Apostolic Faith Church are hoping the blaze is "an unfortunate blessing."About a dozen parishioners, some chanting "Keep praising the Lord" as they hauled soot-covered furniture from the brick building in the 1300 block of N. Gay St., tried to take the tragedy in stride.NTC "We call it an unfortunate blessing because we lost our last church about 10 years ago when a wall caved in, but the Lord blessed us with this building," said Guy Barnes, 32, the pastor's son. "We have to work through this.
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By Scott Shane and Scott Shane,Staff Writer Staff writer Frank P. L. Somerville contributed to this article | August 23, 1993
In 20 years as pastor of St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church, the Rev. Thomas W. Smith again and again found the words to console the depressed, the dying and the bereaved among his loyal parishioners in the rural Baltimore County com- munity of Bradshaw.But even as he reached out to others, Father Smith himself was tormented by a private despair that he hid from his closest friends. Early Saturday, in his living room in the brick rectory beside the old stone church, he put a 12-gauge shotgun to his head and fired.
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By Blair Ames and Carrie Wells, Baltimore Sun Media Group | December 3, 2013
Sam Chamelin, pastor of the Lazarus United Church of Christ in Lineboro, lives just down the two-lane road from the historic church that anchors this rural community. On Tuesday, he could see the structure glowing in the morning light. "Sam, the church is on fire," a parishioner had phoned to tell him. Chamelin jumped in his car with a "sick feeling" and headed to the church, as many of its 175 parishioners would that day. The church, which traces its history to 1853 and expanded to its existing building in 1908, before sprinklers were required, was destroyed in the blaze.
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June 18, 2013
Letter writer Kenneth Hoffmann's complaints against the "wealthy" Catholic Church and against all other religious institutions are ludicrous ("Church shouldn't complain about stormwater fees", June 14). I am a parishioner at a Roman Catholic Church on Belair Road (an impoverished urban area). The majority of our parishioners are retirees, many of them widows existing on small stipends. Our church receives daily multiple appeals for food, rent, utilities, medicines and other survival needs from our neighbors (most of whom are not Catholic)
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By Bob Allen | August 14, 2012
With its rolling lawns and stately trees, the grounds of Babcock Presbyterian Church, just off busy Loch Raven Boulevard, is like an urban oasis. On a sweltering early August morning, a cool breeze sweeps across a grassy knoll behind the church building. The open space along Loch Ness Road is contoured with a dozen small, rectangular garden plots where squash, cucumbers, tomatoes and cantaloupes ripen on the vine and an occasional rabbit darts across the lawn and into the trees. The little plots, most about the size of a large dining room table, are part of the community garden project that Babcock Church started last year.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2012
The Rev. Edward Meeks and his flock attended to a "million and one details" last week in the run-up to a momentous day for their church. People to talk to. Flowers to arrange. Food to cook. And, of course, the new sign. On Sunday, Christ the King Church - Anglican - became Christ the King Catholic Church. The Towson congregation of about 140 is one of the first groups in the United States to join a new "ordinariate" established for those who want to be Catholic but hold on to Anglican traditions.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2012
Inside Baltimore's St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church early Saturday, the Rev. Michael Pastrikos stood on the dais and chanted prayers before an ornate altar adorned with icons of holy figures. The smell of spiced incense filled the dimly lit sanctuary as the faithful slipped into pews and counted down the hours until their Easter celebration would begin. They were among the many Orthodox Christians and others around the world and throughout the region celebrating the holiest of weekends using a Julian calendar different from that observed by other denominations.
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By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2012
People packed the pews and filled the balconies of Baltimore's historic Bethel A.M.E. church Sunday morning to honor a man they credit with reviving the house of worship — one of the city's most influential — and bringing unabashed passion back to the black church. The daylong ceremony recognized the Rev. John Richard Bryant's 50 years of service, which began in the steepled church at the corner of Druid Hill Avenue and Lanvale Street and took him to Africa and Massachusetts, then back to his hometown and, most recently, to the Midwest, where today he presides over the 4th Episcopal District as a senior bishop.
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By Johnathon E. Briggs and Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF | June 25, 2002
Voicing anger, frustration and disappointment over the forced resignation of their pastor, more than 400 parishioners filled the pews of Holy Cross Church in Federal Hill last night to urge church officials to give the Rev. Thomas R. Malia a second chance. The heated, nearly three-hour meeting was filled with impassioned pleas from dozens of parishioners who recounted Malia's many pastoral deeds: He restored their faith in Catholicism, he saved their marriages, he attracted young people, he renovated the historic buildings and renewed the spiritual lives of the people inside them.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Athima Chansanchai and Jennifer McMenamin and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | May 24, 2002
Longtime parishioners from St. John Catholic Church in Westminster reacted with dismay yesterday to news that their former priest has been charged with molesting a young boy two decades ago. The Rev. Brian M. Cox, 63, was released early yesterday on $50,000 bail after being taken into custody Wednesday night at a house near Resurrection Farm, a ministry to homeless people and families that he operates in Silver Run near the Pennsylvania line. "I can only tell you I love the man. He was very well liked," said Tony D'Eugenio, owner of Giulianova Italian Deli on Westminster's East Main Street and a church member since 1977.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | March 4, 2012
Cardinal Edwin F. O'Brien, speaking Sunday at a Mass of Thanksgiving in Baltimore after his recent elevation ceremony in Rome, alluded to political battles in Maryland as he said the church must always stand up for its values. Noting that Pope Benedict XVI exhorted religious leaders to defend the idea that marriage is a union between a man and a woman, he told about 1,000 parishioners: "We are doing our best, Holy Father, and we will not give up. " O'Brien was active in the push to keep the Maryland General Assembly from voting to legalize same-sex marriage.
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By Mary Carole McCauley and Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2012
In the old Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Bolton Hill, the congregation on Sunday gave a prayer of thanks for what the Rev. Andrew Foster Connors described as "the new light of hope arising from the Maryland State House. " Barely two miles down the road in the Greater Harvest Baptist Church, where members demonstrate their devotion by swaying in place and calling out their approval to their pastor's words, the Rev. Rev. Errol Gilliard Sr. issued a call to arms. "They took your tax dollars to push an immoral bill," Gilliard preached into his microphone, holding a white handkerchief by his side.
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