Religion Briefs: Saint Joseph Catholic Community Homecoming celebrates 150 years

Members of Saint Joseph’s; from the Mass with Archbishop Lori, the beginning of Saint Joseph 150th Jubilee on April 15, 2018.
Members of Saint Joseph’s; from the Mass with Archbishop Lori, the beginning of Saint Joseph 150th Jubilee on April 15, 2018. (Courtesy photo)

Saint Joseph Catholic Community is hosting Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 as SJCC, 915 Liberty Road, celebrates its Jubilee marking 150 years of Catholic faith in Sykesville/Eldersburg.

The weekend Masses will be 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and at 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21.


Everyone, especially former parishioners, are invited to the two day inter-generational event. Father Neville O’Donohue, has said: “The focus of the year is ‘Our Journey in Christ: Remember, Celebrate, Dream.’ This title affirms that faith draws us into the mystery of God. Following Jesus, individually and collectively, is a journey — a pilgrimage of discipleship. There are great things to remember about the journey so far; there are things to celebrate in the now, and there are dreams to be shared and concretized.”

As part of the 150th anniversary celebration at Saint Joseph Catholic Community, Father Phil Hurley will be “coming home” as preacher for Sunday Masses. Father Phil, Jesuit and former Saint Joseph parishioner, will preside at the Saturday, Oct. 20 5 p.m. Vigil Mass and preach at the Sunday, Oct. 21 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 12 noon.


Here are some of the events:

  • Pumpkinfest. Families invited to picnic grove, Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Ice Cream Social in Formation & Fellowship Center, Oct. 20, 2-4:30 p.m.
  • Fallfest, an evening under the stars with Mission BBQ, Oct. 20, 7-10 p.m.
  • Sunday brunch, Oct. 21, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

SJCC asks people to RSVP to http://saintJoseph.cc/church/homecoming2018.

Coffehouse for a Cause set for Oct. 13

The annual Coffeehouse for a Cause will be held Saturday, October 13, in the fellowship hall of St. Paul’s Church in Millers. The doors and kitchen will open at 6 p.m., with seating at candlelit tables decorated for autumn. There is no charge for admission, food, and beverages, but freewill financial donations are requested to support this year’s cause: First Fruits Farm. St. Paul’s Church is at 5010 St. Paul’s Road, near River Valley Ranch. For more information about the coffeehouse, call the church at 410-374-1875. To learn more about First Fruits Farm, visit www.firstfruitsfarm.org.

Musical celebration coming to First Presbyterian, Oct. 14

Everyone is invited to attend a musical celebration worship service with a theme of “Redemption” at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14 at First Presbyterian Church of Westminster. Based on the scripture reading Ephesians 1:7, this service will joyfully celebrate the biblical message of redemption through a variety of music and spiritual worship. Featured during the service will be relevant musical arrangements by the Contemporary Praise Band, the Chancel Choir, Adult Bell Choir, a flute trio and the Children’s Choir. First Presbyterian Church is located at 65 Washington Road. For information call 410-861-5600 or visit www.fpcwest.org.

Deer Park UMC rummage sale set for Oct. 19-20

On Friday, October 19, 3 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, October 20, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Deer Park United Methodist Church, 2205 Sykesville Road, Westminster (intersection of Deer Park Rd. and Md. 32 in the Smallwood area), will hold its annual rummage sale. The sale typically includes used clothing, furniture, kitchenware, tools, seasonal decorations, toys, CDs/DVDs, and books, with proceeds going to support church ministries. For questions regarding donations prior to the event, call the church office at 410-848-2313. For information on the church, visit www.dpumc.net.

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 bob.blubaugh@carrollcountytimes.com or mail to 115 Airport Drive, Suite 170, Westminster, MD 21157. Our website, www.carrollcountytimes.com, 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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