A new parish is taking shape in Gambrills


A NEW Roman Catholic parish is being born in the Waugh Chapel Road area in Gambrills. Development of the parish is in response to the rapidly expanding population in the West County communities of St. Joseph in Odenton, Our Lady of the Fields in Millersville and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Crofton.

The new parish's first Mass will be celebrated at 9: 30 a.m. Sundayat Waugh Chapel Elementary School, off Indian Summer Drive in Four Seasons. All are invited to attend this service and to consider membership.

The Rev. Michael Callaghan will be the pastor of this new community, but he is not new to the area. He is known to many in West County for his work at Archbishop Spalding High School, where he has served as chaplain for three years.

In addition to organizing the new parish, Callaghan is overseeing the development of an interparish elementary school also planned for the Waugh Chapel Road area. He hopes the new facility will be open to students in the fall of 2002.

Those who have questions about the new parish or school are invited to contact Callaghan at his temporary office at Our Lady of the Fields Church in Millersville.

CCA general meeting

The Crofton Civic Associationwill hold a general membership meeting at 7: 30 tonight in the main ballroom of the Crofton Country Club. Old-timers in Crofton know that dealing with budget issues might sound dry, but these meetings are some of the liveliest examples of democracy to be found in our country.

Several important issues will be on the agenda. First, changes to the association bylaws will be submitted for taxpayer approval. The proposed changes deal with the right of property owners to vote on association budgets.

Another issue to be addressed will be the proposed West County High School. The association's education and civic affairs chairman, Cindi Johnston, has spearheaded a coalition of parents, educators, civic groups and political representatives working toward this goal. Johnston will present a report on her group's efforts.

Also on the agenda is a presentation by Jerome Klasmeier, chief administrative officer for the county executive. He will discuss the county's involvement with Crofton. This is a great opportunity for Crofton citizens to voice their concerns.

For more information, call Town Hall at 410-721-2301.

Communion class

A communion class for children in second grade and up and their parents will be held at Crofton's Prince of Peace Presbyterian Church from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The class is designed to instill a greater understanding and appreciation of communion. Children will bake bread for World Communion Sunday and participate in games and crafts.

Information: 410-721-2313.

Crafts people sought

Crafts people who create handmade articles are invited to register for the fall craft fair to be held by Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church on Nov. 13.

If you would like to take part in this popular event, call Jean Powers at 410-672-5019.

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