Archdiocesan & Community Messages
Catholic Campaign for Human Development
The Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the national anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, is next weekend, Nov. 18-19. The campaign works to carry out the mission of Jesus Christ "...to bring good news to the poor...release to captives...sight to the blind, and let the oppressed go free." (Luke 4:18) The belief that those whoare directly affected by unjust systems and structures have the best insight into how to change them is central to CCHD. CCHD works to break the cycle of poverty by helping low-income people participate in decisions that affect their lives, families, and communities. CCHD offers a hand up, not a hand out. Learn more.
Talking about End-of-Life
Talking about end-of-life issues are often avoided until immediately confronting us. Often we are unprepared for the questions that arise, and find ourselves making difficult decisions in the midst of a crisis, without the benefit of time and reflection. Review the pastoral letter, Comfort and Consolation on care for the sick and dying, so that when illness and death inevitably come, we can face them with the comfort and peace of understanding our faith. Visit the Maryland Catholic Conference to download or order copies.
A PARISH AND ARCHDIOCESAN MESSAGE ON THE NETFLIX DOCU-SERIES, "THE KEEPERS"
We would like to provide you with some facts and background information that may or may not be included in the docu-series, "The Keepers", released on Netflix on May 19, 2017 concerning the unsolved murder in 1969 of Sister Catherine Cesnik, a nun and former teacher at the former Archbishop Keough High School in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Please click here to read a message from Fr. Patrick Carrion, Pastor of the Catholic Community of South Baltimore.
You may also review more information about The Keepers Response from the Archdiocese here.
The Archbishop's Annual Appeal
Every year the Archbishop's annual appeal works to improve parish life, reach out to support the community and strengthen families. With your help, the Archdiocese is able to reach more people in more areas of need as a result of your collective generosity in the Catholic Community. The Catholic Community of South Baltimore also benefits directly from 25% of the contributions coming back to the parish for its outreach community programs.
Click the picture of the Archbisop to watch a video of his message.
Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan
The Archdiocese is addressing the number of churches throughout the diocese in relationship to the number of parishioners and clergy to serve the parishes. Click here for more information.
The pastoral plan outlines how parishes will be aligned. The Catholic Community of South Baltimore, along with about six other pastorates, embarked on this concept nearly 25 years ago when Holy Cross and St Mary, Star of Sea joined together in the early 90’s.
The two parishes worked together under the leadership of Father Mitch Rozanski ( now Bishop Rozanski) and Father Tom Malia for nearly ten years. In 2002, Father Ray Martin, the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel, became the pastor of all three parishes. In 2008, I succeeded Father Martin. The three parishes working together gradually and organically evolved into what the diocese is asking all parishes to consider as they work together to fulfill the mission of the Church.
Though our community may not feel the anxiety of others who are embarking on this journey which we have already walked, does not mean we can sit on our laurels. There is still more to do to become even better disciples.
I ask you to consider these questions and send your reflections to Fr. Patrick via email here or drop a note in the collection basket.
- What might be the next step for our community as we address our parishes(fiscally, properties, ministries)
- State some concrete, specific ways the Catholic Community can be that ‘BEACON’ of God’s presence in South Baltimore.
- What are some things the Catholic Community is presently doing that should continue?
- What are some things the Catholic Community is not present doing that should be considered
- Given some 100+ plus are embarking on this journey we have already walked, what words of wisdom, caution and encouragement would you share with them.
CCSB Survey Results & Planning Data
The parish planning survey was administered by parishes and schools between October and December 2015 in support of the Be Missionary Disciples planning process. The survey was designed to complement Archbishop William E. Lori’s pastoral letter, A Light Brightly Visible: Lighting the Path to Missionary Discipleship, as a way to help understand how people would answer key questions laid out in the letter.