One of our Ordinariate parishes – Mount Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore – has escaped the fires and chaos that have enveloped that city this week. But Mount Calvary is doing more than just surviving. It is making a statement about healing, peace, and the Good News of the Gospel as it affirms its commitment to the city of Baltimore.
Here is a report from Fr. Al Scharbach, pastor of Mount Calvary:
“Mount Calvary was spared damage during riots last night. But the harm to our city means that on another level, none of us were spared. The city is the responsibility of everyone in the Greater Baltimore area.
“I reminded our parish what God said to Jeremiah: ‘But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.’
“This coming Saturday we had a parish workday planned, which is providential. We will beautify the exterior as a way to say that we are maintaining our stake in this city. It is a way to be a witness. And, as studies show, a beautified neighborhood reduces crime.
“Stores were looted just a block and a half from the parish. Attached is a photo from just around the corner, where windows were boarded up after being broken last night.
“Please pray for our city and for the witness of Mount Calvary Catholic Church.”
We join our brother and his community in prayer during these tumultuous days.