Mount Calvary Church and the riots in Baltimore

The official website of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter reports:

Ordinariate Parish in Baltimore Escapes Fires, Riots, Chaos
April 29, 2015

One of our Ordinariate parishes – Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore – has escaped the fires and chaos that have enveloped that city this week. But Mount Calvary is doing more than just surviving. It is making a statement about healing, peace, and the Good News of the Gospel as it affirms its commitment to the city of Baltimore.

Here is a report from Fr. Al Scharbach, pastor of Mount Calvary:

“Mount Calvary was spared damage during riots last night. But the harm to our city means that on another level, none of us were spared. The city is the responsibility of everyone in the Greater Baltimore area.
I reminded our parish what God said to Jeremiah: ‘But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.’
This coming Saturday we had a parish workday planned, which is providential. We will beautify the exterior as a way to say that we are maintaining our stake in this city. It is a way to be a witness. And, as studies show, a beautified neighborhood reduces crime.
neighbourhood after Baltimore riots April 2015Stores were looted just a block and a half from the parish. Attached is a photo from just around the corner, where windows were boarded up after being broken last night.
Please pray for our city and for the witness of Mount Calvary Catholic Church.”

We join our brother and his community in prayer during these tumultuous days.

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3 Responses to Mount Calvary Church and the riots in Baltimore

  1. EPMS says:

    Surely we should hope to see, by the same logic, an item to the effect that the OCSP Chancery was not washed downstream in the recent Houston flood.

  2. EPMS says:

    On further reflection, and in the light of some rather alarming images of the situation in Houston, it might have been reassuring to be told that OLW/the OCSP chancery were not in harm’s way. Perhaps the difference is that Fr Scharbach provided the website with a statement and picture. In the case of the Chancery, someone local would have had to get the story. The practice of the third-generation journalist in charge of OCSP communications seems to be to wait for news items to be provided by parishes, and then to assemble them into a newsletter. I gather that, on this basis, the June 1 apearance of the Ordinariate Observer is by no means assured, but I hope I am proved wrong. Between issues, the criteria for the selection of items for the News page of the website elude me, but prepared items–letters, sermons, statements—seem to predominate. I am not bitter; that would imply that I saw the situation as malicious. I am concerned, and many people have shared my concern on this blog. The revival of the AUS may not be unrelated to others’ concerns regarding effective communication.

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