St. Isaac Jogues Church Mass of thanksgiving Father Marty Hammond [Carney]

Now that my hands have  thawed enough  that I can feel the computer keyboard under my shivering fingers, it's time to catch up on happenings in  Carney

At St. Isaac Jogues Church on  Jan. 19, which fortunately was the Sunday just before the glacier age struck, a  Mass of thanksgiving for Father Marty Hammond's 19 years as Pastor was celebrated at a special 11:15 a.m. liturgy presided over by Bishop Denis Madden.

A  reception followed in the church hall to which all were invited to meet with the beloved Father Marty, wish him well and thank him for his years of dedicated service  He had been appointed pastor of St. Isaac's after Monsignor James Cronin retired in l994

The Church on Old Harford Road was crammed to overflowing, with some of the faithful even standing outside on the parking lot.

Father Marty, who  has been on a medical leave of absence for almost a year, explained his health issues in a letter sent  to all  members of the congregation last summer. He hopes to be back in action  after rehab and .physical therapy.

The stork flies over Parkville!  Priscilla Callahan tells me that she  and  her husbamd Andrew  are the proud grandparents of Kaylee Noelle Callahan, born Jan. 6 to  their son David  and his wife Amanda.  Kaylee came into the world weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces The other proud grandparents are Rick and Jackie Yagley.

I  want to say "thank you" to our postal carrier, Alan Phillips, who always gets the "snail mail" into our post boxes in Perring Park even in the worst of winter,

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