Congratulations to the art students from the Parkville Senior Center's painting and drawing classes who were awarded prize ribbons in different media categories at the Maryland State Fair:

The winners are Linda Brown, first place for mixed media, and second place for an abstract nonfigurative; Mary Christley, first place for watercolor landscape and fourth place for an oil painting of a street scene; Marilyn Clutter, first for an oil landscape and second place for a pastel still life; Charlotte O'Conner, first place or pastel animal and third place for pastel still life; Barbara Conrad, first for oil copy of a master artist and fourth place or an oil portrait; Barbara Mueller, first place for an oil seascape and fifth place for an oil copy of a master artist; Marguerite Hagan, fifth place for her pastel figures; Betty Jeary, second place for a copy of a master artist; and Carolee Yannacci, fourth place for an oil copy of a master artist, fifth for an oil animal and fifth for her oil still life. Ryan Froeb, a special needs entrant, was awarded a second place.

Other students from the Senior Center who have been in the painting and drawing classes and who entered works of art in the 2013 Maryland State Fair were Carolyn Clark, Stat Greenwell, Nancy Farmer, Tess Davis, and Karen Maddox. Some of these entrants won Honorable Mentions. Gail Froeb, of Carney, was awarded a Special Ribbon by the quilt shop Needles and Thread for the most innovative quilt

Do you.know someone who may be interested in becoming Catholic?

"Most folks know that Protestant churches evangelize, but many wonder about the Catholic Church's way," said Deacon Al Rose of St. Isaac Jogues Church. According to Ddeacon Rose, the Catholic approach to evangelization is to reach out to the unbaptized, to inactive Catholics and members of other faiths who might be interested in learning more about Catholicism.

For those who seek to learn more about what is involved, there is a program called RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.

Deacon Rose, is the coordinator of RCIA at St. Isaac Jogues.

"We try to take people wherever they are in t.heir faith journeys and help them to learn about and commit to a Catholic Christian life," he said.

"In our parish, the folks in RCIA meet pretty much each Sunday at Mass, attend part of it, and then go to our library, where they discuss one of the biblical readings from the Mass that day, learn some relevant doctrine, and .pray. There are some supplementary evening meetings at which folks are introduced to specific elements, such as the Catechism and the parts of the Mass. These meetings are conducted by trained teachers, called Catechists. There are five of them, one for each Sunday of the month"

The next RCIA program at. Saint Isaac Jogues will start in early October. For more information, call Deacon Rose at 410-624-6218.

Christus Victor Lutheran Church at 9833 Harford Road will be holding a flea market on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 7 a.m. to l p.m. Spaces available. Bring your own table. For more information, call 410-668-8089 after Oct. 1.