Despite low Catholic marriage numbers, some see trend turning around

The number of Catholic marriages in the United States is at its lowest point since 1965.

A groom and bride hold hands on their wedding day. Catholic marriages in the United States are at their lowest point since 1965. (CNS file photo/Jon L. Hendricks)

Beyond the Bell: Mock trial is real competition

This year’s trial, prepared by more than 100 schools across Maryland, echoes recent news stories from Ferguson, Mo., and Sanford, Fla.

Bishop Walsh High School mock trial coach Tony Orndoff counsels the mock trial team before a competition held Feb. 10 at Cumberland District Court. (Karen Osborne | CR Staff)

Lenten dinners bring family closer together

It’s “no parents allowed” this Lent in the Smolka family kitchen.

School of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Homeland, students Matt and Katie Smolka prepare a meat-free West African-inspired stew March 13. The recipe was provided by Catholic Relief Services (Karen Osborne | CR Staff)


Western Maryland youths begin Holy Week reaching out to poor
Mar 29 2015
70 teens from all the parishes of Western Maryland began their Holy Week at the event walking through frigid city streets.

A.D.: The Bible Continues
Mar 28 2015
The opportunity to watch a biblical interpretation on the big or small screen can be a mixed blessing.

Brianna Fisher comforts her mother, Laura Fisher, as they remember their brother and son, Benjamin Fisher, during a drug overdose and prevention vigil March 26 at St. John in Westminster. The Fishers are parishioners of St. John. (KAREN OSBORNE | CR STAFF) Vigil remembers overdose victims in Westminster
Mar 27 2015
Seventy nine people have died of prescription-drug and heroin overdoses in Carroll County in less than three years. St. John in Westminster was the location for a vigil to remember them.

Master planning process seeks to improve school facilities
Mar 27 2015
The archdiocesan schools office launched an ambitious planning project March 18.


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