The visitor was the Rev. Jude Cedule, pastor of St. Anthony the Hermit Church, St. Isaac's sister parish in Chenot, which is located in a remote area of the island nation of Haiti.
Father Jude, who first came to Baltimore two years ago at the invitation of St. Isaac's Haiti Committee, returned for five days crammed with parish activities.
He concelebrated several liturgies, got acquainted with the faith community, met with Haiti Committee members to discuss plans for expanding programs and observed children working in computer labs at two Catholic schools where he gathered ideas for use of donated laptops in his own parish school. He brought with him examples of the handiwork created by his trade school as well as coffee samples that were offered as gifts for St. Isaac's parishioners
Highlights of his visit included the celebration of his birthday on April 27 at a dinner party with Haiti Committee members that was hosted by the Glowacki family; and meeting with the youth of the parish at a pizza party
Father Jude returned to Haiti with many happy memories and several stylish Baltimore T-shirts.
Carney resident Nancy DiPaola tells me that she gets a lot of satisfaction as a member of Tiny Toppers, a group of volunteers who get together to knit and crochet hats that are given to newborns and preemies born at area hospitals So far, Nancy tells me, Tiny Toppers has made more than 3,000 hats that have been donated to University Hospital and GBMC.
Tiny Toppers meets to knit, crochet and socialize on Friday mornings from 9 to 11:30 am at The Shops at Kenilworth, next to the fountain.
New members are always welcome, and if you are interested but don't know how to knit or crochet, Tiny Toppers will be happy to teach you. For information, call Linda at 410-823-7824 or visit the website http://www.tinytoppersofmaryland.webs.com
What's new at North Plaza Shopping Center? The Oakville Laundromat, 8870 Waltham Woods Road near Harbor Freight Tools and Rugged Wearhouse, had its grand opening last month..
More than just a coin-operated laundromat, the Parkville Laundromat has 150 washers and dryers in four different sizes. Optional services include pick-up washing, drying and folding.
The Parkville Laundromat is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight. Telephone 410-663=6300 or go to www. Parkvillelaundromat.com