We welcomed  Daylight Saving Time, celebrated St. Patrick's Day with the first March 17 snow in 50 years and hopefully will soon be saying  goodbye  to this ice age.  .

From Feb. 20-26,  three  members of  St. Isaac Jogues' Haiti Committee — Sean Hackett, Frank Bonomo and Carol Glowacki  visited  St. Isaac's sister parish, St. Anthony the Hermit, which is in Chenot in the mountainous region of central Haiti.       

This was the sixth time that St. Isaac parishioners have traveled to  Chenot, and  while Sean  has gone on all  of these trips,  this  was the first-time ever for Frank and Carol

This twinning  of St Isaac's with a Haitian parish has as its main priority to pray for each other. The second priority is feeding the elementary school children hot lunches during the school day.

" When a priest can visit a satellite chapel only several times a year, these is much to celebrate," Frank said.

One of the first stops was an outlying chapel where they worshipped  with the Haitian parishioners and joined with the community in the celebration of two weddings and 60 baptisms and met with a  group of First  Communicants

They had a most pleasant  stay with the Pastor Jude Cedule and his assistants and enjoyed typical Haitian cusine at all their meals, which included  tropical fruits,  tubers, oranges, chadek (a type of grapefruit), casaba, manioc, sweet potatoes and  goat meat  cooked in a sauce with rice.    

They also toured the school and saw youngsters eagerly learning to use the laptop computers that had been given to them by Sherwin-Williams and some other donors and, thanks to a small generator, the kids can practice computer skills on these refurbished laptops.

"Our trip was more of a blessing to us, I think, as a reaffirmation of the Christian spirit," Frank Bonomo said.

Belated congratulations to Nicholas DeCarlo, son of Gene and Barb DeCarlo, who was awarded his  Bachelor of Science degree from Towson Univerity on Dec. 20. 

Bookworms, be aware that the Parkville Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system will be closing for renovations on March 29, but all other county libraries will remain open.

Books on hold at Parkville must be picked up by March 20.  All holds scheduled to arrive  after  that date will be sent to the Perry Hall Branch, 9685 Honeygo Blvd.  To select another pickup branch for your holds while renovations are underway, speak to any library staff member at Parkville.  The phone number  is 410-887-5353.