BUILDINGS and maintenance

Maintaining three churches that are 150+ years old, along with their associated buildings (rectories, convents, and schools) requires much needed funds. Please consider a monthly contribution along with your offertory that helps the parish care for the buildings.

Recent maintenance projects include re-pointing bricks, repairing water damage, and re-plastering walls in several buildings. All three churches received new boilers in the past 14 months. And Our Lady of Good Counsel is getting new floors!

flooring project at Our Lady of Good Counsel underway

The total cost of the project is $200,000. CCSB has funds in savings and from recent gifts to start the flooring project by please help us see it to fruition! Sponsorship levels include:

High Altar 1 $5,000 (complete)
Main Altar 1 $5,000 (refurbish)
Center Aisle 1 $5,000
Narthex 1 $4,000 (expand)
Side Altars 2 $3,000 (inlaid marble)
Sacristies 2 $2,500 (abate asbestos)
Organ Loft 1 $2,000
Refinish A Row 80 $2,000
Confessionals 2 $1,750
Marble Top Pulpit 1 $1,500
Restore Baptismal Font 1 $500
Sponsor a Square Yard: $400
Altar & Confessional Chairs 10 $250
Sponsor a Plank: $100

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The blue carpet covering the sanctuary and aisles is approximately two decades old, well outliving its intended life span, and is worn and stained in many places. After exploring multiple options, including marble, tile, and wood, we have found a beautiful and long-lasting solution. Please see the attached .pdf which outlines the scope of the project as well as a visual of the completed space. In addition, we look forward to updating the “meeting space” (former library) adjacent to the church and school to provide a comfortable place for community gatherings and parish meetings. During the Church renovation the meeting space will be used for storage of the pews. 11am mass will be held at Holy Cross for the duration of the project.

Water-damaged subfloor was found under portions of carpet at Our Lady of Good Counsel

Water-damaged subfloor was found under portions of carpet at Our Lady of Good Counsel

The blue carpet under the altar at Our Lady of Good Counsel

The blue carpet under the altar at Our Lady of Good Counsel


Cracks and crumbling concrete in the bell tower at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

Cracks and crumbling concrete in the bell tower at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

The historic and iconic bell and light spire at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

The historic and iconic bell and light spire at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church

Restore Bell Tower at st. mary, star of the sea

Update: This project was not approved for local grant
St. Mary, Star of the Sea celebrates 150 years of serving parishioners in South Baltimore in 2018. When the building was originally constructed in the late 1800s, a tall spire with a lit star at the top was added to the Church.  Originally powered by candles and mirrors and later by electricity, this light served, and continues to serve, as a beacon to ship traffic in the Inner Harbor and remains an official landmark on mariners’ maps of the Port of Baltimore. 

In the past few months, chunks of concrete have been falling from the bell tower, compromising its structural integrity. An engineer has provided a proposal to shore up the concrete to ensure St. Mary’s star continues to be a beacon for all of South Baltimore.

Estimated cost to restore bell tower:                        $175,000
        - Archbishop Annual Appeal Grant received    ($10,000)
   Target date to start work:                                      When major grant funds are obtained.