Ministries flourish at bucolic Pylesville parish by gdf57j


									12 • August 20, 2009                                                                   YOUR PARISH                                                                                                        The Catholic Review

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Ministries flourish at bucolic Pylesville parish
By Jennifer Williams                   each spring.             Some $1.5 million in renova-
                                       tions will be done, including class-
  If the renovations at St. Mary of    rooms that will be completely
the Assumption continue smooth-        stripped down and equipped with
ly, the Pylesville parish will have    new ceilings, new lighting, new
plenty to cluck about during its       blackboards and more. Addition-
annual fall chicken dinner and         al classroom, storage and office
jousting tournament Sept. 12.          space, a large new youth room, a
                                       library and a new entranceway to
                                       the hall are also some of the wel-
    ‘You’re glad for the               come changes to the Monsignor
      peace and quiet                  Simon E. Kenny Education Cen-
                                       ter, named after a former pastor.
      you experience.’                 A geothermal heating system has
                   – Father            also been incorporated.
         A. Henry Kunkel III             “It’ll be like a whole new build-
                                       ing when it’s finished – literally,”
  The parish hall at the 878-family    said Father Kunkel, who has
parish in northern Harford County      served as pastor there for the past
is scheduled to be ready for use in    16 years. “It’s going to be a really
time for the dinner, one of the par-   nice new parish center. It’s going
ish’s major annual fundraisers.        to be something the parish is really
  “Typically they serve more than      happy about and proud of.”
2,000 dinners and we have sold           Nestled among lush green corn-       Father A. Henry Kunkel III, pastor of St. Mary in Pylesville, observes the construction on the parish center.
up to 2,400 dinners,” said Father      fields in a bucolic setting just a     The renovated center will house the religious education classrooms, parish staff offices a large youth room
A. Henry Kunkel III, pastor. “It’s     few miles from Pennsylvania, St.       and more. (CR Staff/Owen Sweeney III)
been going on a good 70-some           Mary has much to offer in terms of
years.”                                ministries and organizations.          Work Camp in Rhode Island as           said Father Kunkel. “They do so                                            to know about the church, but are
  In addition to a chicken dinner,       “We’ve seen a growth in our          well as a lake outing this summer.     much to help with setting up for                                           afraid to ask.
guests can enjoy a jousting tour-      youth ministry program, espe-            Health care ministry, religious      the chicken dinners.”                                                        The wives of Knights of Colum-
nament on parish lawns (jousting       cially,” said Father Kunkel, who       education, the Respect Life Com-         Father Kunkel said Father                                                bus members formed a group
is the official state sport of Mary-   was born in Peru and is fluent in      mittee, the Knights of Columbus        Paul Henry, who provides week-                                             called The Belles of St. Mary’s
land), homemade ice cream, crafts      Spanish.                               and the adult education program        end assistance, draws in some                                              and have taken on a new project
and more. This year’s event begins       He said young people participat-     are vital to parish life.              30 adults the first Wednesday                                              of putting soft cushions in all the
at noon and runs throughout the        ed in the High School Leadership         “Anything you need you can get       of every month when he leads a                                             church pews.
afternoon. A dinner is also held       Institute and the Catholic Heart       the Knights to take on for you,”       talk on things people may want                                               Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien
                                                                                                                                                                                                is scheduled to visit the parish in
                                                                                                                                                                                                the fall for a confirmation, and
                                       ST. MARY, PYLESVLLE, AT A GLANCE                                                                                                                         when he does, he will have a new
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                                 Weekend assistants: Jesuit Father Lloyd                                                   ary’
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                                 George, Father Paul Henry                                                                                                                                      ish, which draws 20 percent of its
                                                                                                                   Pylesville                                                                   parishioners from neighboring
                                 Deacons: Simon Driesen, Gary Dumer Jr. and                                                                                                                     Pennsylvania.
                       CR File   Phillip G. Seneschal                                                                                                                                             “I like the rural setting and the
           Father                                                                         Contemporary Music Coordinator:
     A. Henry Kunkel III         Administrative assistant: Diana Weidner                  Charlie Suter                                                                                         people are fantastic,” said Father
                                 Business manager: Barbara Sadler                                                                                                                               Kunkel, noting that the roll-
                                                                                          Phone: 410-879-4015                                                                                   ing hills surrounding the parish
                                 Director of faith formation: Janet Young                 Web site:                                                                   are preserved in an agricultural
                                 Youth ministry: Rachel Bittner                                                                                                                                 trust. “You’re glad for the peace
                                                                                          Masses: Saturday, 4 p.m.; Sunday, 8, 9:30 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                and quiet you experience. And
                                 Choir director: Irene Yeakel                             11:15 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                I’m very fortunate because the
                                                                                                                                                                                                people are very supportive of the
                                       next week: ST. PAUL, ELLICOTT CITY                                                                                                                       clergy.”

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