ONE OF THE NICEST benefits of writing a community news column is that it gives me the perfect excuse to satisfy my curiosity.
Two weeks ago, Cardinal William H. Keeler announced that the interparish school planned for a site on Waugh Chapel Road was to be named School of the Incarnation. I'd never heard of that name for a school. Why was it chosen? I called the Rev. Michael Callaghan, director of the planned school, and asked him how a school's name is chosen.
Callaghan said the naming process was simple. He and others from the diocese asked for suggestions from people in the area. They didn't want to copy the name of another local school. And they wanted a name that said something about the purpose of the school.
Someone suggested "Incarnation," and that sounded right. Incarnation means God becoming man in the person of Jesus. Callaghan sees the new school as a way to bring God into our community in another special way through the sharing that will occur in school activities. Plans are under way for the new building at the site in Gambrills, with the school's opening projected for fall 2002. But demand for Catholic education is so strong that two kindergarten classes will be offered, beginning in September, in temporary quarters at Our Lady of the Fields parish in Millersville.
Besides his work planning the new school, Callaghan has been busy in his role as pastor of the new Mission Parish, which meets at Waugh Chapel Elementary School at 9: 30 a.m. Sundays. This sounds like an enormous amount of work, but Callaghan says, "I've been having fun since I started."
He said he enjoys the "family intimacy" of his small but growing congregation. Callaghan shared a story from one of his new parishioners.
While she was sitting, a little girl crawled onto her lap. The girl needed a lap, and her mother was busy for a moment with one of her other children. The woman felt part of the church family right away.
For more information about the new parish or the new school, contact Callaghan at 410-987-1551 or access the Web site at www.wcmission.org.
Crofton Kiwanis auction
Join in the fun of the Crofton Kiwanis' third annual charity auction at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bowie Knights of Columbus Hall on Route 3.
More than 200 items will be available in silent and live auctions, including antiques, art pieces, dinners at fine local restaurants, furniture and event tickets. For a preview of the auction inventory, check the auction Web site at www.croftononline.com/ kiwanis/auction.
Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served and there will be lots of fellowship. Proceeds from the auction will support Crofton Kiwanis charities and service projects.
Music at CARP meeting
The local group Bowie Sounds of Music will perform at a luncheon meeting of the Crofton Association of Retired Persons (CARP) at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Seton Parish Center Hall on Davidsonville Road.
After a brief business session, the musical group will perform popular show tunes. Lunch will be served by the ladies of Seton Parish.
Cost for the luncheon meeting is $7. Information: Grace Walker, 410-721-8830.