HELPING the less fortunate never tasted so good. Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church has found a sweet way to help its sister parish, St. George in Bassin Bleu, Haiti.
On Saturday and Sunday, the church hall at 7436 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. will be filled with cakes, pies, cookies and breads. All proceeds are earmarked for outreach work in the impoverished nation.
Holy Trinity has sponsored three project trips to Haiti, with another planned for the spring. According to David E. Smith of Hanover, project manager of the Haitian outreach, work has included building a chapel and repairing existing facilities. Holy Trinity has also provided monetary grants to a vocational school and a nonprofit dry goods store and helped pay the salaries of two teachers.
But the group's most far-reaching project is helping to provide fresh water throughout Haiti. After purchasing the necessary equipment, Holy Trinity parishioners and volunteers from other organizations taught Haitians how to drill wells. The effects of that training are being felt throughout the country, as new wells continue to be drilled.
During Holy Trinity's last trip, in December, one of the volunteers, Kenneth Sassman, was seriously injured after falling nine feet through the roof of the school. He was airlifted by helicopter from the remote village to the airport, where he was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Doctors removed Sassman's crushed vertebrae and inserted a bone graft around his spinal column. Although he spent 90 days in a body brace, Sassman has made a full recovery.
"I was talking to him recently, and he's ready to go back to Haiti," Smith said. "He's 100 percent back. There was a miracle par excellence there."
A slide presentation, which details the outreach mission, will take place during the bake sale. The church hall will be open before and after Saturday Masses at 5: 30 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday Masses at 7 a.m., 8: 30 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
The fund-raiser is co-sponsored by Holy Trinity's Social Concerns Committee and the Religious Education Program's first grade.
Area churches are moving toward the holiday season with annual fund-raising bazaars. They include:
The Roman Catholic Church of the Crucifixion will serve a traditional turkey dinner at its annual Christmas bazaar from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. It will feature children's games, crafts and silent bingo. Dinner tickets are $6.50 for adults and $3.50 for the special children's meal.
The church is at 100 Scott Ave. Information: 410-768-4880.
At St. Alban's Episcopal Church, the Ladies Guild will sponsor a Christmas bazaar and turkey dinner from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It will showcase crafts by local artisans, including fully trimmed tabletop Christmas trees. A nearly new sale will feature a jewelry section with costume and antique selections.
Cakes, cookies and brownies will be sold at the bake table. Dinner will be served from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets are $7.50 for adults, $3.50 for children ages 3 to 12.
St. Alban's is at First and A streets. Information: 410-766-1455.
Messiah United Methodist Church will hold its annual Christmas bazaar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13. Visitors can purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and decorative crafts for the holidays. A la carte lunch items will include barbecue and hot dogs. Homemade corn chowder will be added to the menu if the weather is chilly.
The bake table will include specialties such as Mississippi mud cake, pumpkin and apple pies, sugar cookies and chocolate candy.
The church is at the intersection of Country Club Drive and Furnace Branch Road. Information: Mary Holste, 410-761-0178.
A subject near, but not dear
The speaker at Tuesday's meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees' Glen Burnie chapter will address a topic that is well, inevitable, to most adults: taxes.
Louise Collins, revenue administrator for the state comptroller's office, will speak at the session at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church hall, 7434 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. Her talk will focus on sales and use taxes.
NARFE was founded in 1921 to protect the earned retirement benefits of federal employees, retirees and their survivors. The organization is a voice on Capitol Hill for its constituency.
Prospective members are invited to attend the meeting.
Information: Stanley Jacobs, 410-969-5980.
The Friendship YWCA will present several programs with speakers this month.
North Arundel Hospital will sponsor a segment on "Backpack and Job Safety" tomorrow.
The Consumer Credit Counseling Service will address budgeting Nov. 11.
Sheila Schneider of the Women's Improvement Network will discuss crime prevention Nov. 18.
The programs begin at 1 p.m. and last about an hour. Admission is free, but preregistration is required. The Friendship YWCA site is at 97B North Langley Road, off Furnace Branch Road.
The Glen Burnie Academy of Fine Arts will hold a silent auction from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 13. Auction items, which have been donated by local businesses, include a harbor cruise luncheon for two, four hours of limousine service, a manicure and pedicure, and a Sears portrait package.
Proceeds will go toward new equipment for the school, which offers vocal, instrumental and dance classes to children and adults. The academy is at 438 Crain Highway.