Beef, oyster roast supports special needs Scouts [Carney]

Boy Scout Troop 730 is a special needs Scout Troop, and many of its members have been active for decades. They are intellectually limited young men, but they surely enjoy the fellowship of Scouting. Members of the troop participate in weekly meetings, earn merit badges, enjoy camp outs and summer camp at Broad Creek Scout reservation and visits to historic sites, such as nearby Gettysburg.

Parents and Friends of Troop 730 will host their annual fundraising event, a Bull and Oyster Roast, at the Parkville American Legion, 2301 Putty Hill Avenue on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The menu will feature charcoal round of beef and oysters on the half shell. The Dance Masters band will provide entertainment and there will also be wheels, door prizes and special drawings

Tickets to the roast are $40 per person and can be obtained by calling Nancy DiPaola at 410- 665-l934.

The partnership between St. Isaac Jogues Parish in Carney and St. Anthony the Hermit parish in Chenot, Haiti, the latter located in a desolate, mountainous region of this impoverished Island, started seven years ago and continues to be a blessing both spiritually and materially for both churches.

St. Isaac's parishioners collect monetary contributions to send to the Haiti Feeding Program. Through this program $75 will support a child for a school year .Donations in any amount are welcome for the parish's ongoing needs that include professional school expenses and vehicle costs.

The feeding program provides hot lunches for 650 elementary students daily as well as lunches for 330 middle-school students twice weekly. Contributions to the parish also subsidized the cost of a new 4WD Toyota vehicle;

modestly enhanced teacher and catechist salaries; maintained Internet service for communication with St. Isaac Jogues and the outside world; and reprogrammed 20 donated laptops to be used by the schools.

Over the past seven years, members of the St. Isaac's Haiti Committee have alternated visits between parishes. The Rev. Jude Cedule, pastor of St. Anthony the Hermit parish, has visited Baltimore twice. His .most recent visit was last April when he addressed parishioners at all St. Isaac's Masses, and met informally with them during a hospitality hour. He met with the Youth Group for pizza and conversation after the Sunday evening Mass.

Members of the Haiti Ministry accompanied Father Jude to several local schools to observe the value of classroom instruction through computer labs

"I would like to personally thank you all, our Sister Parish, St. Isaac Jogues, in my name and in the name of the Chenot community, in a special way," said Father Jude.

St. Isaac Jogues is truly committed to helping the needy children and adults of St. Anthony the Hermit.

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