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Religion Briefs: Hundreds turn out for BBQ at Saint Joseph's

Nostalgic memories of the 1970s and ‘80s rushed back for hundreds of guests as the Chicken Barbecue returned to the picnic grounds of Saint Joseph Catholic Community on Aug. 11.

Father Neville O’Donohue, pastor, prayed a blessing on those gathered. “As we continue to remember our past, celebrate the graces we are being given today, and dream of a faith future that is deeper and stronger, I want to remember those who have been so generous to our parish community,” he said.

The Knights of Columbus once again manned the fire pits grilling chicken for more than 500 guests. Under a huge white tent parishioners and friends enjoyed chicken along with potato salad, corn on the cob, baked beans and watermelon and Norwood’s ice cream. One thousand cupcakes were donated by members of Sheen’s Colleens.

Festivities for young and old included hula hoops, corn hole, door prizes, raffles, and a cake auction all while dining at yesterday prices. Danny Gallagher was MC for the day inviting attendees to share memories of past Chicken Barbecues for playback on WSJF 92.7 Catholic Radio. The Carroll County Cloggers, the longest continuously active clogging group In Maryland, provided entertainment.

All this was a part of Saint Joseph’s yearlong Jubilee Celebration. Upcoming events include an Evangelistic Mission with Father Cedric Pisegna on Sept. 17-19 and Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 20-21. For information visit

Free outdoor movie at Deer Park UMC

Deer Park United Methodist Church’s final free outdoor family movie night for 2018 will be “Peter Rabbit,” on Sept. 8 in the Deer Park UMC Pavilion, located at 2205 Sykesville Road, Westminster.

The movie will start at sunset, with music and games starting at 7:30 p.m. Free popcorn will be available while supplies last. Family Movie Nights are sponsored by the Deer Park UMC Community Outreach Committee. For more information, visit or contact Skye Bennett at 443-244-0460 or

Oakland UMC to hold auction

Going, Going, Gone! Oakland United Methodist Church will hold its 13th annual auction on Sept. 15. Doors open at 4 p.m. Bidding starts at 5. Purchase your number for $2 at the door. On auction will be household items, homemade goodies, gift certificates, some furniture and much more. Delicious food and drinks served.

The church is located at 5971 Mineral Hill Road. Call Diane at 410-795-3508 or Gail at 410-795-8252.

Backpack blessing, Rally Day at St. Matthew’s

On Sept. 2, St. Matthew’s will be having the Blessing of the Backpacks as the children prepare to go back to school. All students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks that day for the 10:45 a.m. worship service to receive a special blessing.

The next Sunday, Sept. 9, will be Rally Day. During that worship service, those students being promoted to a new class will be recognized. They will also be celebrating Grandparents Day that morning.

High Holiday services at Westminster Synagogue

Westminster Synagogue, now in its 14th year, will be holding High Holiday services starting with Rosh Hashanah on Monday, Sept. 10. Yom Kippur Eve services (Kol Nidre) will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18 and Yom Kippur services on Wednesday, Sept. 19. For more information and directions contact

The Carroll County Times regularly publishes Religion Briefs about news from local places of worship, from new clergy to guest speakers to special services and classes. Photos are published as space allows and must be sent as JPG attachments, with caption information included. Items must be received no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday to be considered for that Saturday’s edition. Submit information to or mail to 115 Airport Drive, Suite 170, Westminster, MD 21157. Our website,, features a listing of local places of worship and their regular services. Community-oriented events are published Sundays in our Carroll Planner. For more information, call 410-857-7891.

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