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Friars' seminar tomorrow to provide history of the Mass

The Friars of the Sanctuary of St. Anthony will offer a seminar, "Do This in Remembrance of Me," from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow. The seminar will provide a history of the Mass and an explanation of the ritual used to participate in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Registration is required. The fee is $25.

The friars will offer another seminar, "Your Sins Are Forgiven," from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21. It will examine what constitutes a sin and its effect on relationships with self, others and God.

Registration is required. The cost of the seminar is $20 if received before Monday; $25 after Monday.

Healing Masses are offered at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month and at 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month. The Mass includes an opportunity to be prayed over by a friar and to offer private intentions at the relic of St. Anthony in the chapel.

A Mass, followed by the blessing of the congregation with the relic of St. Anthony, is offered at noon Tuesdays.

The relic chapel is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. The friary's bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Sanctuary of St. Anthony is at 12290 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City.

Information: 410-531-2800.

Spiritual-direction talk to be offered Wednesday

Bon Secours Spiritual Center, 1525 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, will offer a one-hour conference with Martha Campbell, a member of the center's retreat team, on "Spiritual Direction: Is It for You?" from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The cost is a donation.

Information or registration: 410-442-1320.

Reform Judaism slated for discussion at HCC

Rabbi Mark J. Panoff of Temple Isaiah in Columbia will present a talk and lead a discussion on "Reform Judaism, Its Appeal and Its Future," from 12:30 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. Thursday in multipurpose Room 100 of the Instructional Lab Building at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.

The program is part of the Jewish Student Union's "Lunch and Learn" series. A light lunch will be served. Admission is free.

Information: Sue Bard, 410-772-4887, or sbard@

Workshop about process of dying set Feb. 21

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia will sponsor a workshop led by Patricia Ann Cochran, author of Last Rights: Taking Care with Your Final Journey, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way, Columbia.

The workshop will include presentations, group discussions, guided meditations and storytelling designed to promote dialogue about the process of dying.

The cost is $110; $65 for a second family member. A copy of Cochran's book, a workbook and lunch are included.

Information: 410-381-0097.

St. John's day school plans scholarship fund gala

St. John's Parish Day School will hold a gala to benefit the school's scholarship fund, "An Evening in the Garden," from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Feb. 21 at the school, 9130 Frederick Road, Ellicott City.

The black-tie-optional evening will feature dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Music will be provided by Opus I.

The gala will also celebrate the work that St. John's students are doing to create a schoolyard habitat.

Tickets are $50 a person.

Information: Sharon Runge, 410-465-7644.

Gan Israel Day Camp accepting registration

Gan Israel Day Camp is accepting registration for boys, ages 2 to 8, and girls, ages 2 to 12, for the summer.

The camp, which is held at the Lubavitch Center for Jewish Education in Columbia, offers sports, swimming, crafts, music, trips and a hands-on approach to Jewish tradition and history.

Children can attend for one or more weeks between June 21 and July 16. Half-day options are available for preschoolers.

Information: 410-740-2424.

'Potential for Inner Peace' is topic of class

Buddhist nun Kelsang Osel of Vikatadamshtri Buddhist Center in Baltimore is presenting informal classes that include a brief talk and guided meditation from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Feb. 24, at the Meeting House, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The theme is "Nurturing Our Potential for Inner Peace."

The donation is $8 a class. Registration is not required.

Information: 410-243-3837.

'Our God-given Gifts' Journey's Community topic

The theme for this weekend's Journey's Community service at 10 a.m. Sunday is "Creativity: Getting in Touch With Our God-given Gifts."

Journey's Community is holding services in its permanent home, a renovated auditorium on the second floor of Vantage House Life Care Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Road, in Town Center, Columbia.

Information: Harry Brunett,

In case of inclement weather: 410-730-6079 or 410-484-7544.

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