By Ralph E. Moore, Jr.
All Women Leaders of Good Friday Prayer at St. Ann’s Catholic Church
On a solemn Good Friday last week at the typically male-dominated Catholic Church in East Baltimore known as St. Ann’s, a group of women leaders and preachers reflected on the “seven last words of Jesus” as recorded biblically. Before a large crowd for the prayer service from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., seven women reflected on the significance of the dying man’s final thoughts as he hung on the cross.
It was a gathering of returnees to their former church home and regular parishioners – some speaking and some preaching – but all bringing insight, inspiration and energy to the most unusual occasion. It was very unusual: seven women speaking in a church stuck in the Middle Ages when women were excluded from the Catholic priesthood. Dana Moore, Bishop Dena S. Jobes, Nina Shipman-Vick, Fran Ware, Regine Laforest-Sharif, Minister Rosalind Schwind, and Phyllis Brewer lifted us all with words of faith and hope. It was a very special service beautifully organized by Delores Moore of St. Ann’s Church.
Some came from other churches to hear from the women. Some came from the three churches combined—St. Ann, Historic St, Francis Xavier and St. Wenceslaus in a pastorate structure. It is said to be an annual event – the women get the last words on the dying Jesus’ last words. It is good and just; so, so be it.
Happy birthday to Oriole Park and my first visit
Baltimore remembers the 30th anniversary of Oriole Park at Camden Yards this 2022 baseball season. Some may recall that naming the stadium for its debut was complicated.
After spending nearly $110 million to build on 85 acres and now house 45,971 fans, according to the Maryland Stadium Authority, the naming choices were either the owner’s choice of Oriole Park or Camden Yards, William Donald’s preference. Schaefer. But neither could be agreed upon, so the compromise was the combination: Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A little long for a title, but maybe now it fits.
I boycotted going to the stadium since it was under construction from 1988 to 1992, including taking my young daughters (Zahra and Nia) to picket the site. Many townspeople felt his priorities were wrong. Why did the powers that be build a new ballpark for team owners – a park for adults – while Baltimore’s kids were playing in the streets due to dwindling recreation centers around Baltimore and troubled schools.
So for the first ten years that Oriole Pak was open, I refused to go to a football game there. I heard everyone talking about the beauty, dynamism and innovation of the new stadium; with comfortable seating, stunning views of the field, and the incorporation of that long B and O Warehouse building into the “retro” design.
I held on until the city government spent comparable funds on city public schools as they did for Oriole Park, but that never happened so I gave up and ended my boycott after ten years.
My wife, Dana, and two good friends accompanied me to my first game at the new stadium and she made it an outstanding first trip to Camden Yards. First of all, we had good seats. Then, over the PA system, much to my embarrassment, the announcer welcomed me to Oriole Park for the first time. Dana had somehow convinced them to print that greeting in big letters on the big screen inside the park as well. And just when I thought it was safe to get out of the embarrassment, the Oriole Bird mascot came up with his enthusiastic, silent greetings and attempted to sit on my head as if to an egg to hatch.
We laughed a lot that night at my expense, but it was for fun…and that was about 20 years ago.
I’m just saying
Marilyn Mosby’s announcement announcing her candidacy for a third term as Baltimore City Attorney is very well done. In fact, this is by far one of the best political ads I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a few. It has been said that what makes a leader are followers. Watch what symbolically happens to Ms. Mosby as she walks down the street in her announcement. “Don’t believe me, just watch.”
As elections for various positions unfold, keep in mind that the side stories might be interesting, but what about the glitches? Who as governor will bring much fairer income and wealth to the poor in West Baltimore, East Baltimore, South Baltimore, Park Heights and elsewhere? Who has a plan to end poverty in Baltimore like it’s never been done?
Finally, President Joe Biden’s approval rating is now 33% despite boosting the economy, including lower unemployment, containing COVID and securing the first African-American woman on the Supreme Court. But there is no federal political reform, no protection of federal voting rights, no gun control amid mass shootings and deaths and Louis DeJoy is still postmaster of the US Post Office. . Inflation at the supermarket and at the gas pump is what’s killing his grades. Sorry, Joe.
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