95-year-old is pastoral assistant
Sep 01 2007
PITTSBURGH – At age 95, Joseph Martinelli is a regular at daily Mass at St. Colman Parish in Turtle Creek. In the parish bulletin he’s listed as pastoral assistant, just hinting at the many roles he fills.
Faith keeps Mexican migrants’ ties strong
Sep 01 2007
PONCITLAN, Mexico – Francisco Jacobo left his hometown in 1975, two years after a mudslide buried dozens of inhabitants as they slept. With the local economy in shambles, he headed north for Tijuana and eventually Los Angeles, where he found work in a water-bed factory and later a bakery.
Memorial dinner set to honor the late Bob Flynn
Aug 31 2007
Remembered for his love of basketball and his zest for life, the late Bob Flynn will be honored at a memorial dinner on Sept. 15 at McDaniel College where legendary coaches and Flynn’s personal mentors, including Morgan Wooten and Jim Phelan, will be on hand to pay tribute to their friend and colleague.
Transfiguration Catholic Community makes change
Aug 30 2007
Since officially becoming Transfiguration Catholic Community in 2004, the southwest Baltimore parish has held Mass in all three of its churches.
Beginning in January, members of the parish will attend regular Mass only at St. Jerome at Scott and Hamburg streets, and future uses for St. Martin and St. Peter the Apostle remain uncertain.
U.S. poverty down slightly, uninsured up
Aug 29 2007
WASHINGTON – The number of Americans living in poverty went down slightly last year, according to the Census Bureau’s annual report, but the number of uninsured Americans rose a bit.
Knights' rosary service offers spiritual enrichment
Aug 29 2007
After Rose Mary Cherry’s 27-year-old nephew, Michael Riston, was murdered nearly four years ago, the tragedy shook her Catholic faith. Coming only four years after her husband, Lynn Cherry, also died, Ms. Cherry said the loss of two beloved people in her life was very difficult. But through it all, she never abandoned her faith.
CRS launches $11 million appeal
Aug 28 2007
As roads are repaired and communications restored, Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services (CRS), in coordination with its local Church partner, Caritas Peru, continues to deliver life-saving supplies to families affected by the worst earthquake to hit Peru in 30 years.
Religious order recruits male teachers for Catholic schools
Aug 27 2007
ST. LOUIS – The Midwest province of the Christian Brothers has begun a program to combat the growing shortage of male teachers.
The province offers the Lasallian Teacher Immersion Program at universities run by the religious community to provide male college students with classroom teaching experience and opportunities to serve those in need while earning college credit.
Peruvians begin to put tragedy behind
Aug 24 2007
ICA, Peru – The evening before his 12th birthday, Denis Sulca stood near the end of a line of more than 100 children, hoping for a ration of milk. Eight days earlier, Aug. 15, a magnitude 8 earthquake destroyed the adobe house where his family lived in a shantytown in this city of about 300,000 people on Peru’s southern coast.
“We’re sleeping in a tent in the street,” said Denis, the oldest of six children. “My little brothers are sick.”
Maintenance supervisor cares for his parish like his home
Aug 23 2007
John E. Berg pointed into the distance ahead of him where the “old” cemetery could be seen on the slope of a hill on the 45-acres that encompass the parish of St. Joseph in Fullerton.
“My great-grandparents are buried there,” said St. Joseph’s maintenance supervisor who, together with three full-time staff members, cares for the buildings and grounds of one of the largest parishes in the archdiocese with a membership of some 4,500 households.
In the foreground lies the newer cemetery, and it is there that Mr. Berg’s grandparents and parents are buried.
“And I’ll be buried there too,” he said. “My wife, Lois and I have plots here.”
Trafficking victim reunited with son
Aug 22 2007
NEWARK, N.J. – Through the work of the Archdiocese of Newark’s Catholic Charities’ refugee resettlement and human trafficking programs, a former trafficking victim was reunited with her 9-year-old son July 26 at Newark Liberty International Airport after more than four years of forced separation.
Church helps Peruvian quake victims
Aug 21 2007
LIMA, Peru – When it comes to dealing with disasters like the powerful earthquake that struck Peru’s southern coast Aug. 15, the Catholic Church has an advantage – the pastors know the people.
In responding to an emergency, “you build on your strengths,” said Aaron Skrocki, South American emergency program manager for Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops’ overseas humanitarian and development agency. “Having a local (parish) community in place that knows the people better than any local government official does makes it much easier to get a response effort up and running.”
Skrocki arrived in Peru the night after the earthquake and traveled Aug. 17 to Chincha, Pisco and Ica, the three cities nearest the epicenter.
Page by page, Guatemala’s past is uncovered
Aug 19 2007
GUATEMALA CITY – Church leaders say 80 million pages of secret police records being reviewed by the government promise Guatemalans a rare chance to rewrite the history of their violent land.
The moldy records were found by accident in 2005 in an abandoned section of a police compound in Guatemala City. Some of the records date back more than a century, their faded pages describing the daily bureaucracy of repression employed for decades by Guatemala’s government.
Of most interest to investigators are records from 1975 to 1985, the most violent period of Guatemala’s civil war, during which 160,000 people were killed and 40,000 disappeared.