Father Neville O'Donohue, SM, pastor of Saint Josephs and the 150th Jubilee Committee at the Jubilee Gala.
Father Neville O'Donohue, SM, pastor of Saint Josephs and the 150th Jubilee Committee at the Jubilee Gala. (Courtesy photo)

An evening of dinner and dancing, the Jubilee Gala, marked the conclusion of Saint Joseph Catholic Community 150th Jubilee celebrations. The event was held May 4 in the Grand Ballroom at Turf Valley Resorts, Ellicott City and was attended by nearly 300 hundred parishioners of Saint Joseph, Eldersburg.

The Rev. Neville O’Donohue, SM, pastor of Saint Joseph, said: “The purpose of the Jubilee celebration … was to renew our joy and faith in the gospel and to deepen our sense of community. I think great things have happened on both those counts.”


Highlights of the 24 events included:

  • The opening liturgy when representatives of the parish who had celebrated one of seven sacraments stood up and later gathered with the Archbishop.
  • The 150 Hours of Adoration and how the number visiting the chapel for prayer increased as a result.
  • Watching the dance floor at the Homecoming in October and hosting Fr. Phil Hurley, SJ, a former parishioner, who preached that Sunday.
  • The generosity of the people of Saint Joseph in supporting the Jubilee Campaign.
  • The Ecumenical Service on Jan. 25, a sign that the next 150 years will be a time of increased cooperation between the local churches.

A great deal of work went into hosting the Jubilee focusing on “Our Journey in Christ: Remember, Celebrate, Dream.” Planning began in 2016 with Megan Channing, chairperson, assisted by committee members Diane Bastress, Carole Gauthier, Arlene Klair, Robert Muhl, Audrey Novak, Vanessa Pinto, Nick Pinto, Tim Thimmesch, Sue Wilson and Mary Conroy; Cathy Nusbaum, staff liaison; Laura Bird, Tom White, Holly Nusbaum, the facilities staff and countless volunteers also helped make each event a success. The Catholic Daughters, the Wings Group, and the Knights of Columbus hosted events during the celebration year.

For more information visit www.saintjoseph.cc or call 443-920-9191.

Church of the Open Door Bible Time, July 7-11

A free Neighborhood Bible Time runs July 7-11 at Church of the Open Doors in Westminster. It goes from 6 to 9 p.m. each night. for Children ages 5 through sixth grade. Children will enjoy fun, games, treats, snacks, story times, and awards. For information, call 410-876-3838 or visit opendoorchurch.org.

Mayberry church hosting VBS, July 8-12

Mayberry First Church of God, at 2428 Mayberry Road in Westminster, is hosting a vacation Bible school July 8-12. The theme is: Roar! Life is wild God is good. The school is in session nightly that week, from 6:30 to 8:30 and is open to kids ages 3 to 12. For more information, email Will942@aol.com.

Westminster Baptist hosting VBS, July 8-12

A Vacation Bible School at Westminster Baptist Church will be held July 8-12, starting at 9 a.m. and running until 12:15 p.m. for ages 4 through fifth grade. Registration may be completed on line at discoverwbc.com. Learn exciting stories of Jesus’ life and miracles with fun music, crafts and games. Westminster Baptist Church is located at 354 Crest Lane, Westminster.

Union Bridge Community VBS, July 15-19

Union Bridge Church of the Brethren at 124 S. Main St., will host a Vacation Bible School program, “Roar Life is wild, God is good.” The program will run from 9 to 11 a.m. July 15-19, 2019 for children from age 4 through fifth grade. To register, email unbrb@verizon.net or call the church at 410-775-2717.

St. Mary’s Lutheran VBS, July 15-19

St. Mary's Lutheran Church will hold its vacation Bible school July 15-19 from 6 to 8 p.m. All children ages 3 years old through sixth grade are invited to attend at no charge to learn, "Who is our neighbor?" through stories, crafts, games, and snacks. For more information, call 410-346-7146 or email scottkr1@embarqmail.com.

Lazarus Church VBS, July 15-19

Lazarus Church, 5101 S. Church Street in Lineboro, Maryland, is hosting a vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. nightly, July 15-19. The theme is Roar: Life is Wild, God is Good. For more information contact Rita 443-375-1114, Alexis 443-375-1115 or Audrey 443-375-6951.

Westminster SDA hosting VBS, July 16-20

Westminster Seventh-Day Adventist Church will hold a free vacation Bible school July 16-20 from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 4 to 12. Children will learn about God in Cactusville a western town, with story time, games, crafts, and snack time at 320 Crest Lane, Westminster. For more information, visit www.wadventist.org or call 410-848-2599.