Further comments on parishes, schools

Written by on July 20, 2011 in Baltimore Voices - No comments

To the Editor, The Guide:

I am a lifelong member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. I attended Our Lady of Pompei High School when it was located at 201 S. Conkling Street. For these reasons, I have an allegiance to both parishes. You have published two articles about the relocation of Archbishop Borders School from 201 S. Conkling Street to the campus of the former Sacred Heart of Jesus/Bishop John Neumann School. In both of these articles, you describe the location as being in Canton. It is not.

Different people define the northern and eastern boundaries of Canton in different ways. The most extreme boundaries I have found were in a map at the old Peale Museum. This map defined the northern boundary of Canton as the south side of Foster Avenue and the eastern boundary of Canton as the west side of East Avenue.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish is in Highlandtown, the same as Our Lady of Pompei. Archbishop Borders School is relocating, at the insistence of the Archdiocese, from one Highlandtown location to another.

In each of these articles you also state that Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish does not have any Spanish language Masses.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore s merging the parish of St. Michael’s Wolfe Street with the parish of Sacred Heart of Jesus Highlandtown. The Archdiocese of Baltimore decided that the Latino parishioners of Our Lady of Pompei should also merge with Sacred Heart of Jesus , to be the local point of Latino ministry in Baltimore City.

This merger will take place the weekend of August 6 and 7. The parish will be called Sacred Heart of Jesus/Sagrado Corazon de Jesus.

The occasion will be marked by a bilingual mass on Sunday, August 7 at 11 a.m. The first Spanish Mass will take place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 7. The following weekend, the newly-combined parishes will start the regular English/Spanish schedule. English masses will be celebrated on Saturdays at 5 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m. Spanish masses will be celebrated on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

I do not know if Sean Caine, the Archdiocesan spokesperson did not fully explain what the Archdiocese has dictated in regard to this transition, or if the Baltimore Guide did not care to publish the full story, but I felt it was important to correct the errors.

Constance D. Andrews

Guide editor’s note: As reported in the previous article, Sean Caine did not respond to requests for further information after providing the statement that the school would still be moving.

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