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Special: FSSP and EWTN Produce Training DVD; Free for priests in North America

Shawn Tribe of The New Liturgical Movement has a fascinating post. The F.S.S.P. in association with EWTN is offering a free DVD for all priests in North America. The DVD is a training video for the Usus Antiquior with an introduction by Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos. As Shawn states:

The first DVD contains the introduction by Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, followed by a "comprehensive explanation of the entire ceremony of Low Mass..."

The second DVD included in the set includes "a real time demonstration of the Mass filmed from four simultaneous camera angles with the ability to switch the viewing angle at any time. Also includes a spiritual commentary on the Mass by Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP."
Check here for more.

Evening Roundup - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The American Chesterton Society - The Orthodoxy Centennial

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A bit of heaven may be coming to earth! Just think: three entire days to discuss the work of Gilbert Keith Chesterton!

This is the announcement for the 27th Annual Chesterton Conference to be held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Check out Friday's schedule in and of itself:

Friday, June 138:00 am: Breakfast 9:00 am: Tom Martin
(Professor of Philosophy at University of Nebraska-Kearney and Editor of The Examined Life)
“The Maniac: Especially, Nietzsche”10:30 am: Sean Dailey
(Editor-in-Chief of Gilbert Magazine)
“The Suicide of Thought: Intellectual Helplessness”12:00 pm: Lunch1:00 pm: Jennifer Overkamp
(Doctoral candidate in English literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Instructor at Saint Gregory the Great Seminary, Seward, Nebraska)
“The Ethics of Elfland: Fairy Tale Philosophy in a Gift Universe”2:30 pm: Ross Arnold
(President of Ross Arnold and Associates
and Teacher at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington)
“The Paradoxes of Christianit…

Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Chiesa.com: Reading the Bible. Who, When, Where, How, Why

Sandro Magister of Chiesa.com has an excellent post on the "Catholic Biblical Federation...survey in thirteen countries on "The reading of the Scriptures." The results are quite interesting to say the least. The survey is in preparation for the Synod of Bishops in October.


Visitors ask...Father John McCloskey

I am pleasantly surprised that one of the more sought after posts on this blog is the "Lifetime Reading Plan" by Fr. John McCloskey. Here is another link to his "featured articles." And this link takes you to his book reviews.

For those who have searched, there is no "Opus Dei" Parish in Baltimore to my knowledge. I know that Opus Dei operates several high schools within the U.S. but I don't believe there is one in Baltimore. Here is a link to Opus Dei in the U.S.


RORATE CAELI: Centenario di Giovannino Guareschi

Rorate Caeli has two posts on "Giovannino" Guareschi who wrote about the fictional "Don Camillo Tarocci," a parish priest in a village of Emilia. Here are links to both posts:

April 29th, 2008April 30th, 2008I pray more will follow! Ciao!


Morning Roundup - Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

Tuesday Night - April 29th, 2008

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

The Inquisitions of History: The Mythology and the Reality | Reverend Brian Van Hove, S.J. | Ignatius Insight

There is a fascinating article posted on Ignatius Insight concerning the historical transformation of studies on "the Inquisition" to what is now called the "Golden Age" of historically accurate "Inquisition studies." This is a must read of tenacity and scholarship.


A Fascinating Contrast Appearing on the Same Day!

Catholic World News today reports that H.E. Archbishop Piero Marini, former Master of Ceremonies to the Holy Father, tells "L'Osservatore Romano" that the liturgical changes following Vatican II are "irreversible."

The motu proprio, the archbishop said, was intended primarily to appeal to those Catholics who have a special connection with the pre-conciliar liturgy. He said that the document was “only a gesture to serve unity.”
Meanwhile, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of "What Does the Prayer Really Say?" posts a nice story today on the TLM celebrated at Seton Hall University accompanied by a link to over 150 photos!

In attendance were over 50 students, a great many of them seminarians. In his homily Father Grimm stressed the importance of Catholic traditions, stating that the Extraordinary Form is the same Mass of countless saints including Padre Pio and Elizabeth Ann Seton. After Mass students whom never experienced the Extraordinary Form were greatly impre…

Morning Roundup - Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Franciscan University at Steubenville and the Transalpine Redemptorists

Visitors ask...Latin Mass...

A constant search string that places people on this blog is "Latin Mass" or derivatives thereof ("Latin Mass Parish," for example). From that point on, problems seem to occur and the individual becomes lost.

The Latin Mass can be the Latin "Novus Ordo" Mass (or Ordinary Form) since the Missale Romanum (Roman Missal) that we use at Mass is in Latin but translated into the vernacular (i.e., English or Spanish). So, a Latin Mass could be one in the Ordinary Form recited in Latin. Such a one is to be found at the National Shrine of the Basilica of the Assumption each Sunday morning at 9:00 AM.

The "other" Latin Mass has many names. The motu proprio, "Summorum Pontificum," called it the Extraordinary Form. It has been known, however, as the Tridentine Mass, the Tridentine Latin Mass, the Pian Mass (for Pope Pius V) or the Usus Antiquior (if one wishes to denote its antiquity with modifications over the centuries).

Father John Zuhlsdorf, …

Evening Roundup - Monday, April 28th, 2008

A Note to Priests and Seminarians: F.S.S.P. Training in the TLM

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (F.S.S.P.) has updated the training schedule for priests and seminarians in the Extraordinary Form. The current schedule looks like this:
Upcoming dates for Extraordinary Form Seminars:Low Mass
May 12 - May 16 (Monday - Friday)$300.00Low Mass
June 16 - June 20 (Monday - Friday)$300.00Sung Mass *NEW*
June 23 - June 27 (Monday - Friday)$250.00Low & Sung Mass
June 16 - June 27 (Monday - Friday,
two weeks)
$500.00** To celebrate the 1st Anniversary of the Motu Proprio - Summorum Pontificum we are offering a special discount for those who wish to attend both June sessions on Low and Sung Mass.Please consult the website for full costs, instructions and availability.

Afternoon Roundup - Monday, April 28th, 2008

Pilgrimage of Restoration to the National Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

I am deeply indebted to my email friend, "J." for sending this along.

This year the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter will be making their annual pilgrimage of reparation to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, to thank Our Lady, patroness of America for all the graces she has showered upon us, particularly in the recent visit of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, and to make reparation for all the sins of our nation.Concluding their 3-day pilgrimage along the C&O canal, the kind permission of the Rector, Msrg. Rossi, having been granted, they will celebrate a Solemn High Mass on the main altar of the Crypt chapel in the Basilca at 6 pm, Saturday, June 7th. The celebrant will be the newly ordained Rev. Jonathan Romanoski FSSP. All are welcome to attend, as the Crypt chapel will accomodate many. The F.S.S.P. post is here. Father Romanoski will celebrate a Solemn High Mass at St. Alphonsus Church as posted here.

Morning Roundup - Monday, April 28th, 2008

Catholic Review Online: Manchester parish to celebrate traditional Latin Mass on Pentecost

The Catholic Review Online carries a story dated today by George P. Matysek, Jr. on the return of the TLM to Saint Bartholomew's Parish in Manchester, MD. This blog has mentioned that Mass several times. Here is a short snippet from his article:

Monsignor Robert Jaskot, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, called the regional celebration of the extraordinary form of the Mass a “first step” for the Baltimore archdiocese. The rite is celebrated every week at the Shrine of St. Alphonsus in Baltimore.

“It’s the intention of the archbishop to make this extraordinary form available,” he said. “We want to make sure we do things correctly and we do them well.”

Monsignor Jaskot noted that it takes special training to make sure priests are prepared to celebrate the liturgy properly. Not only is the rite said in Latin, it also involves particular gestures and rubrics that must be learned.

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien is looking at how the extraordinary rite can be made more available, …

Visitors ask...Latin Prayers for the Dead

A visitor from afar searched for Latin prayers for the dead. In the Raccolta I have (dated 30 May, 1951), there are sundry short prayers including the "Dies Irae." The Fisheaters site has an extensive page on Catholic funerals and the full liturgy. This page has a portion dedicated to the burial and its prayers which are abbreviated. The familiar prayer at the gravesite is given here:

Réquiem æternam dona ei,
Dómine.Eternal rest grant unto him (her), O Lord. Et lux perpétua lúceat ei.And let perpetual light shune upon him (her).Requiéscat in pace.May he (she) rest in peace. Amen. Amen. Anima ejus, et ánimæ ómnium fidélium defunctórum, per misericórdiam Dei requiéscant in pace.May his (her) soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace.Amen.The page on Latin prayers also gives the "De profundis" and the "Miserere," Psalms 129 and 50 respectively. Any of the…

Evening Roundup - Sunday, April 27th, 2008

New Lancaster, PA TLM Mass Added to Mass List in Right Menu

In light of this official announcement from Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Harrisburg, the TLM Mass at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Lancaster, PA has been added to the Mass List in the right menu. Note the Mass does not commence until May 24th, however.

If either the Mass time or date changes, I hope someone can notify me of this.

Laus Deo!

Early Roundup - Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Evening Roundup - Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Early Afternoon Roundup - Saturday, April 26th, 2008

The New Liturgical Movement: Peruvian Cardinal Bans Practice of Communion in the Hand

Shawn Tribe has the story posted here. The Cardinal is Opus Dei Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne. The story is posted on The Tablet which attributes the story to the website, Petrus.


Visitors ask...Religious Orders: Carmelites, Benedictines, Franciscans, Cistercians, Dominicans

A recurring "search term" which lands people on this blog is a term for any of a number of Religious Orders--especially those which continue to celebrate the TLM or the Usus Antiquior (or those living in Abbeys or Monasteries).

The FAQs section of this blog is geared to answer recurring questions. That would include quite a few things. For Religious Orders, go here. I have tried to assemble as many Orders as I can find (including a "search form" for the Benedictines which is quite useful). Those seeking "Carmelites" can now find an ultimate destination, I pray.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam+

Early Roundup - Saturday, April 26th, 2008

TLM Mass Coming to Lancaster, PA

I previously reported that the TLM was returning to Lancaster, PA per the LatinMassNetwork. I received an email this morning with full details so I am disclosing them here.

Thanks and a hat tip, J.!

Great News: the ancient Mass is returning to beautiful SE
Pennsylvania..."the Dutch Country":

The traditional Latin Mass will return to Saint Anthony's Catholic Church in Lancaster, PA on Saturday, May 24 2008 @ 5:45 p.m. Father Parrinello of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter will offer the Mass. The Te Deum Laudamus Schola will sing the Gregorian propers and ordinary. For additional details please contact Mr. Erick Wittemann at: mwittemann1 "at" earthlink "dot" net.


Diocese of Harrisburg
Bishop Kevin Rhoades

Mass Time 5:45 p.m. (High Mass) Saturday evening Starting May 24, 2008
Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church
501 East Orange Street
Lancaster, PA 17602
phone (717) 394-0669
email P052StAnthony "at" hbgdiocese "dot" org
Father Mitzel, p…

Evening Roundup - Friday, April 25th, 2008

A Friday, April 25th, 2008 Afternoon with What Does the Prayer Really Say?

Whispers in the Loggia: "In the beginning"

Today, Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia posts a story on the religious history of Baltimore, the "Premier See." It is a beautiful story and a must read which includes videos. Mr. Palmo also includes a link to the homily of Archbishop Edwin O'Brien (found on the Archdiocesan webpage), and a podcast link for the lecture by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of Milwaukee (the first lecture in a series).

Thanks, Rocco!

Fifth Sunday after Easter - Missa 'Vocem Iucunditatis'

INTROIT ¤ Isaias 48. 20

Vocem jucunditatis annuntiate, et audiatur, alleluia: annuntiate usque ad extremum terrae: liberavit Dominus populum suum, alleluia, alleluia. -- Jubilate Deo, omnis terra, psalmum dicite Nomini ejus: date gloriam laudi ejus. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Vocem jucunditatis . . .

Declare it with the voice of joy, and make it known, alleluia: declare it even to the ends of the earth: The Lord hath delivered His people, alleluia, alleluia. -- (Ps. 65. 1, 2). Shout with joy to God, all the earth, sing ye a psalm to His Name: give glory to His praise. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Declare it with the voice of joy . . .

Traditional Latin Rite Missal Project

Early Roundup - Friday, April 25th, 2008

Bonfire of the Vanities: Eucharist, Sex & Conversion

Evening Roundup for The New Liturgical Movement - Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Evening Roundup for WDTPRS: Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Visitors ask...

A "persistent" visitor is wondering how to pronounce the word, "Pietrelcina" (as in St. Pio of Pietrelcina who is mentioned in this blog's header).

I wanted to be accurate and so I consulted someone who speaks Italian fluently who confirmed my thoughts. The pronunciation is: PEE-ATE-TRAL-CHEE'-NA.

Sorry, but I can't do linguistic symbols on this blog. That is close enough I pray!

The Marvelous Archdiocese of Baltimore Website

They simply don't make it any easier than this. If you go here, you'll find the "Parish" page. Note that the Parishes are organized alphabetically, by county (using a map) and by Vicariate (Archbishop O'Brien has several Auxiliary Bishops each of whom has an area of jurisdiction).

Below this, one can search for a Mass by "time and day." Put in the day and select the time and a Mass is found for you here. Note that one can search for Confession by time and day here. Here is a list of the Shrines, Grottos and also the Parishes of the Byzantine Rite. And for those looking for a Mass by language, for those who are hearing impaired and so on, go here.

Hat tip! It just doesn't get any easier than that!

RORATE CAELI: Press Release from the Latin Mass Society (U.K.)

Excellent news from the United Kingdom and a hat tip to New Catholic of RORATE CAELI!

John Medlin, General Manager of the Latin Mass Society, said, “There is no sign of slackening of demand for Traditional Rite Confirmations – in fact the opposite. The numbers are increasing every year and I expect this trend to continue after Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio. We hope it will not be long before bishops all over England and Wales respond to pastoral demand for Mass and the Sacraments in the Traditional Rite. Those attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite are very grateful to Cardinal Cormac and the Westminster auxiliary bishops for making provision for the Traditional Mass and Sacraments.”

Read the entire story here.

Early Roundup - Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Christendom College Choir and Schola Gregoriana

As the website indicates, "The Christendom Choir is a men's and women's choir which sings for Sunday and feast day Masses on campus. The choir sings sacred polyphony by such noted masters as Palestrina, Victoria, and Josquin des Prez. Occasionally the group gives performances off campus."

This page from Christendom College has a number of choir pieces available for download free using the www.bandongo.com interface. The choir includes a variety of seasonal hymns and chants. Have a look. It is a nice collection!


Evening Roundup - Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Decent Films Guide by Steven D. Greydanus

In my lifetime, there once was a Catholic Film Index and it was one of the "go to" sites in the weekly Catholic newspaper for parents. Films were rated and the ratings were prominently posted for all parents to see. And, the Index rating conveyed the "moral Authority" of the Church. Now, we rely mostly on the film industry to tell what the film rating is with regard to "nudity, violence, adult situations" and so on.

Decent Films Guide is a nice website of Steven D. Greydanus. The films are both reviewed AND rated and this allows parents to make the total judgment call on whether a film is decent or not. It is a "bookmark site" for certain.

Here is link to the review of the recent film, "Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007). Note the right margin of the website. The film is rated for Overall Recommendability, Artistic Entertainment Value, Moral/Spiritual Value (going from a +4 to -4 rating), Age Appropriateness, the MPAA rating a…

Ignatius Insight: Finding Shakespeare and Reclaiming the Classics | An Interview with Joseph Pearce

Carl Olson has a fascinating interview on Ignatius Insight with Joseph Pearce, the author of "The Quest for Shakespeare." The interview then continues on to discuss the new Ignatius Critical Editions (ICEs) which will be published as new editions of classics devoid of modernist "PC" additions and/or "critical commentary" so prevalent today in book sets.

Here is a snippet of the interview:
Ignatius Insight: There has been a tremendous amount of debate in recent years about Shakespeare's identity and the nature of his religious beliefs. Can you provide a basic overview to those debates?

Pearce: I give an overview of the various aspects of this debate in the opening chapter of my book. I show that the claims of those who say that someone other than Shakespeare wrote the plays are fundamentally flawed and are rooted in an ignorance of the real William Shakespeare. I then show that the claims of those who believe that Shakespeare was a Protestant or that he…

More Early Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

Early Afternoon Roundup - Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

NLM: The limits of mutual enrichment

Fr. Thomas Kocik posts a fascinating article on the "tensions" that exist between the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms of the Mass.

It seems we now have two principles in tension. On the one hand, there is (and has always been) the principle of obedience to liturgical norms. No priest, even if he be a bishop, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority. [4] Do we really want every priest to be permitted, ad libitum, to incorporate elements of the 1962 Missal into his celebration of the ordinary form of Mass? (Then again, the ordinary form is hardly noted for its stability and consistency from place to place.)Read this post here.

Catholic World News: Historical argument favors Communion on the tongue

Catholic World News online (CWN) reports that the American magazine Catholic Response has published an English translation of a provocative article, originally published in the official Vatican newspaper, calling for an end to the practice of receiving Communion in the hand. Read the CWN post here.

Catholic Review Online: Pope’s message one of hope for U.S., Baltimore

Archbishop Edwin O'Brien posts his weekly article in the Catholic Review in "Thoughts on Our Church" to the Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese. His Excellency recalls his experiences with the Holy Father during the Papal visit. Here is a short snippet:

And in the relatively few major addresses, the Holy Father proclaimed that message unmistakably to Catholics and non-Catholics alike, ever sensitive to the beliefs of others in his audiences. So densely packed with theological and spiritual insights, his addresses will have to be re-read and studied in the weeks ahead in order to mine their rich content.

Equally important and meaningful as were his words, was his very presence and the intangible magnetism which drew millions to see and listen in person or through the media which offered generous coverage. Not only did we flock to see him, but he reached out with the Good Shepherd’s concern to those who might otherwise be overlooked: the victims of clergy sexual abuse, h…

Evening Roundup - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Na Zdrowie! The Koska Family Blog: Notre Dame Eucharistic Procession

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Fr. John Zuhlsdorf of What Does the Prayer Really Saylinks to this awesome blog with beautiful photos of the Eucharistic Procession at Notre Dame. Don't miss this "photoessay."




Reminder: Upcoming TLM at St. Bartholomew's in Manchester, MD

The details are here. The date is May 11th! Don't miss it and bring ALL your friends!

Early Roundup - Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

LatinMassNetwork: Two New TLMs in Lancaster, PA and Charlotte, NC

The LatinMassNetwork is reporting the start of two TLMs in May. The first is St. Anthony's Church in Lancaster, PA. The second is St. Ann's in Charlotte, NC.

Laus Deo!

A question to the Gregorian Society of Baltimore

This is "sort of" addressed to the members of the Gregorian Society of Baltimore...

Exhibit A: Dublin Latin Mass Chaplaincy

Exhibit B: Saint Alphonsus Church

A reasonable likeness, no?

Evening Roundup - Monday, April 21st, 2008

Afternoon Roundup - Monday, April 21st, 2008

NLM: Tremendous Archives of Liturgy and Sacred Music

Early Roundup - Monday, April 21st, 2008

DC Catholic and The Black Biretta Both Address a Serious Issue

Read the D.C. Catholic posts here and here. The Black Biretta has a post here.

Late Evening - Sunday, April 20th, 2008

RORATE CAELI: "May God bless America!"
The Black Biretta: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOTHER ANGELICA!
The perfect birthday gift for an 85 year old Religious Sister who has built a television network that now broadcasts the Gospel to billions of people worldwide can be found here. Please consider making a donation.


Whispers in the Loggia: The Triumph of B16

Rocco Palmo of Whispers in the Loggia posted this today. It is an astounding reflection and deeply personal at the end. I urge you to read it through. It is a MUST read.

Evening Roundup - Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Noon Roundup: Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Late Roundup - Saturday, April 19th, 2008

Fourth Sunday After Easter: "Missa Cantate Domino"

INTROIT ¤ Ps. 97. 1, 2

Cantate Domino canticum novum, alleluia: quia mirabilia fecit Dominus, alleluia: ante conspectum gentium revelavit justitiam suam, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. -- Salvabit tibi dextera ejus: et brachium sanctum ejus. V.: Gloria Patri . . . -- Cantate Domino canticum novum, alleluia . . .

Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle, alleluia, for the Lord hath done wonderful things, alleluia; He hath revealed His justice in the sight of the Gentiles, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. -- (Ps. 97. 1). His right hand and His holy arm hath gotten Him the victory. V.: Glory be to the Father . . . -- Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle, alleluia . . .With thanks to the Tridentine Rite Latin Missal Project

Visitors ask...Papal Mass DVDs and TLM Vestments

How do I get a DVD or CD of the Papal Masses from the Holy Father's visit? EWTN is already offering the DVD for the Papal Mass in Washington, D.C., but it is out of stock. I would keep an eye on this EWTN location. It is sure to have ALL the Papal Masses eventually. Also, if I get word from the Archdioceses of Washington and New York, I will post a link.I am looking for classical Tridentine Mass vestments and/or items for the Tridentine Mass (Extraordinary Form; Usus Antiquior, TLM). Where can I find these? I am not an expert on this and I am sure that other sites have far better lists of suppliers. However, if you look at the very end of the FAQs for this blog, there is a category listing several places which sell Mass vestments and liturgical supplies. Note that one is an Order of Religious Sisters in Scranton, PA who specialize in making vestments for the F.S.S.P.

NLM: Extraordinary Form at the Pontifical North America College (Today)

Gregor Kollmorgen of The New Liturgical Movement reports on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (as reported by John Paul Sonnen of Orbis catholicus) celebrated in Rome today. Go here for Gregor's story, photo and the link to the report.

Late Afternoon Roundup: April 19th, 2008

Religious Life Directory, Maryland

I have posted the Religious Life Directory in Maryland and added it to the right menu bar under Blogroll and Website Favorites. I am deeply indebted to the Deo est Gloria ministry which keeps up this directory. Please use this hyperlink as the hyperlinks below change constantly and may become obsolete here.

Adamstown, MD:La Salle Brothers. Brothers of Christian Schools, Baltimore District, 2535 Buckeystown Pike, P.O. Box 29, Adamstown, MD 21710. [M]http://www.fscbaltimore.org/Baltimore, MD:Carmelite Monastery, 1318 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21286-1399. [W]http://www.baltimorecarmel.org/Jesuits. Society of Jesus,Maryland Province Offices, 5704 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210-1399. [M]http://www.ignatianpartners.org/ * http://www.mdsj.org/Jesus. Little Sisters of Jesus, 400 N. Streeper St, Baltimore, MD 21224. [W]http://www.rc.net/org/littlesisters/Josephites.St. Joseph's Society of the Sacred Heart, Inc. 1130 N. Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. [M]http://www.jos…