St. Joseph church to celebrate 75th anniversary


ST. JOSEPH Roman Catholic Church in Odenton is celebrating 75 years of service to the west Anne Arundel Catholic community. From its birth in 1924 as a tiny mission church, St. Joseph has grown into a parish that is 1,600 families strong.

A variety of activities has been planned, both religious and social. At 5 p.m. Saturday, children's Mass will feature a performance by the children's choir.

On Sunday, a 9 a.m. anniversary Mass will be concelebrated by the Rev. Kevin Murray and the Rev. Danny Francis, both of whom call St. Joseph their home parish. After the service, a breakfast will be served at 10 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast are available for $5 by calling George Matisick at 301-621-7526.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 21, the Rev. John Harrison and the Rev. Francis Proux will concelebrate a memorial Mass for deceased parishioners. Harrison is a former pastor of St. Joseph and Proux a former associate pastor.

Bingo will be held at the church at 7: 30 p.m. Sept. 22.

A teen concert will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 24featuring music by Scarecrow and Tinman. Tickets will cost $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Information: Janice Simard 410-551-2209, or Linda Gobbi, 410-923-2404.

At 4 p.m. Sept. 26, Bishop William Newman will join former pastors and clergy in an anniversary Mass to be followed by a banquet and dance at the church. The Oracles will perform.

Tickets for the banquet and dance are available for $25 by calling Pat Casey at 410-695-0725.

Information about the anniversary celebrations: the parish office at 410-551-9238.

Back to school

Parents around the county are enjoying a favorite fall tradition, Back to School Night. For a few hours, it's an opportunity to get a good sense of what life is like for children in the classroom.

Most of the high schools and middle schools held Back-to-School nights last week. This week, the elementary schools take their turn.

Crofton Woods and Four Seasons elementaries will hold Back-to-School nights tonight.

The other three local elementary schools are holding staggered back-to-school events.

At Crofton Elementary, activities for kindergarten and grades two and four will be held tonight and for grades one, three and five tomorrow night. At Odenton Elementary, Back to School Night will be held tonight for kindergarten to second grade and tomorrow night for grades three to five. Crofton Meadows Elementary activities for kindergarten and grades two and four took place last night with grades one, three and five scheduled for tonight.

Starting times are 7 o'clock.

Hearing on capital budget

A county Board of Education public hearing on the capital budget will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Board of Education building on Riva Road in Annapolis.

Among the issues in the West County area are the planning and development of a high school in West County. People who would like to speak at the hearing are requested to sign in at 6 p.m.

Information about the meeting or about the proposed high school: Gayle Powell of the Arundel/South River Coalition, 301-858-9355, or Cindy Johnston, chairwoman of the education committee for the Crofton Civic Association, 410-451-0332.

German-American group

After a busy summer, the Christian German-American Women's Group will hold its first meeting of the season at noon Monday in the blue room of the Chapel Center on Grandea Avenue at Fort Meade.

The agenda will include a time for reflection, followed by a German lunch and fellowship, music and a craft hour.

Women interested in the German language and culture are invited to attend.

Information: Irene Kucholik, 301-621-7862, or Lisa Beilke, 301-604-5880.

Pub Date: 9/14/99

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