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Collection to aid retirees from Catholic orders


The sixth annual collection to aid retired members of Roman Catholic religious orders is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday in the churches of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, coinciding with similar collections throughout the country.

Last year, the national appeal for the more than 600 congregations of elderly priests, brothers and sisters raised $25 million, of which $365,000 was collected in the Baltimore Archdiocese.

The median age in the Catholic religious orders is 65. Nationally, about 70,000 members of the orders are over the age of 60. Men and women in the orders over the age of 80 outnumber those under 50.

The annual collections began after the inability of the Catholic religious institutions to care properly for their retired members was identified as a financial crisis.

Nearly $125 million has been donated, but "almost 50 percent of the [religious] communities in the United States still have less than a quarter of the money they need to meet the retirement needs of their members," said Sister Janet Roesener, who directs the fund-raising effort.

After this weekend's collection, four more appeals are planned.

"You've always wanted to say thanks" is the motto for the effort on behalf of the retired sisters, brothers and priests, most of whom have spent many years as unsalaried teachers in Catholic schools or as workers in health care and social services and have virtually no pensions.

Donations may be mailed to Retirement Fund for Religious, P.O. Box 73140, Baltimore, Md. 21273.

Locally, Sister Edithann Kane is in charge of the collection. Information: 547-5376.

Congregation moving:

Temple Emanuel, which was founded by Rabbi Samuel Glasner in 1955 and moved to its current location on Milford Mill Road in the Randallstown area in 1958, will break ground at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for a new house of worship in Reisterstown.

The site is on Berryman's Lane, about a quarter-mile north of Church Road.

Rabbi Gustav Buchdahl, who has been the Reform Jewish congregation's spiritual leader since 1963, noted the significance holding the groundbreaking ceremony during the week of Hanukkah, which began after sundown yesterday.

Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for dedication, and the festival commemorates the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem by the Jews who defeated their persecutors more than 2,000 years ago.

The relocation of Temple Emanuel is intended to serve a Jewish population that has shifted from Randallstown to the Reisterstown area in recent years. Construction will begin early in the spring, with completion expected before the end of 1994.

Advent tradition:

The Cultural Arts Committee of Union Baptist Church has scheduled a free performance of the Festival of Lessons and Carols by the senior choir at 5 p.m. Dec. 19 in the church, 1219 Druid Hill Ave.

The public is invited to a reception after the service. Information: 523-6880.

Ner Tamid dinner:

A family dinner celebrating Hanukkah, arranged by the Ner Tamid Sisterhood to include entertainment and the traditional candle lighting of the Jewish holiday, will begin at 6 p.m. Monday at the Greenspring Valley Synagogue, 6214 Pimlico Road in Northwest Baltimore.

The public is invited, but reservations are required. Information: 486-6129 or 486-3305.

Hispanic celebration:

An outdoor procession at 2:15 p.m. Sunday will be followed by a Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St. It will mark the 30th anniversary of the Hispanic Apostolate of the Baltimore archdiocese.

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