When Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish’s 1932 Kilgen pipe organ began echoing and sounding out of tune more than a year ago, Father Ilyas Gill wanted to breathe new life into the majestic instrument. The organ’s 25 ranks of pipes, three bellows, valves, and chassis — which had been last repaired in 1968 — were worn out and even completely sealed in some spots.
A small but vocal group gathered on the steps of St. Rose of Lima Church, Parkville, July 16, to protest the latest wave of religious persecution in Pakistan.
“For a chaplain or priest to be there, it gives them some sense of peace and calm … and moments like this put us [chaplains] in a situation to exercise pastoral judgement. It’s about giving compassion, empathy and care. Bringing comfort to the family — that’s at the core of pastoral care, of what we do.”
In anticipation of its 125th anniversary this fall, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Kensington is undergoing major interior renovations this summer – for the first time in almost 90 years.
On the first Sunday of Advent, the diocesan ministry to Pakistani immigrants marked its 25th anniversary with an evening Mass, celebrated in English and Urdu, and a reception at Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Windsor Terrace.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Kensington, opens its 125th Jubilee Year on Sunday, Oct. 15.
Growing up as a nominal Catholic, Father Robert H.C. Mema, 28, never thought about becoming a priest until he journeyed through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.
Sister Ann Helen Seguljic, I.H.M., 86, formerly Sister M. St. Ignatius of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died Jan. 21, at Our Lady of Peace Residence, Scranton, Pa.
The Bishop’s Dinner for Scouting was held Oct. 19 at El Caribe Country Club, Mill Basin.
In less than three months, Father Gill and Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Windsor Terrace, skyrocketed past their initial goal of $380,000 to raise $605,745.