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Dear Friends,

May the peace of the Lord be with you. Welcome to the website of Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Parish!

We are glad you stopped by for a visit. Our website is a “work in progress” as we refine and add to our format on a continual basis. We have a link to access our Sunday Bulletin, and we will have articles and feature stories each month with plenty of pictures. Plus we have links to the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Catholic Review (our Archdiocesan bi-weekly newspaper), so we welcome you to visit us often to see what’s new.

We especially invite you to share in our worship at our daily and weekend Masses so we can meet in person. There are plenty of other activities going on in our great parish that you are welcome to attend. Please call or e-mail us for more information. We’d enjoy meeting you.

We invite you to share your comments and ideas with us as to how we can reach you and reach out to you better.

May you be blessed always!

Your Brothers and Sisters In Christ,
~Fr. Greg

 


Parish Mission Statement

We, the parishioners of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Community, in union with the Archdiocese of Baltimore are called together by Jesus Christ to evangelize, worship, and serve as a community of faith. May the Holy Spirit be our inspiration and Mary our model of grace.

Our Lady of the Mountains Parish was established in 2011. It is a merger of five formerly independent parishes in Western Maryland: Saints Peter and Paul, St. Mary and St. Patrick (in Cumberland), St. Patrick (Mount Savage) and St. Ambrose (Cresaptown). For the past eighteen months, Catholic parishioners have been worshipping, serving, celebrating and collaborating to create what our former Archbishop, Edwin O’Brien, and our present shepherd, Archbishop William Lori, called us to become: “one united community of faith.” It has had its bumps and challenges to be sure, but we are getting there slowly, surely and faithfully every day.We have found that working on common projects like ministry to the sick; homebound and nursing home patients; ministry to youth and teenagers; and ministry to the poor and needy of our area have enabled us to become closer as a parish family. We have also celebrated traditional “fun raisers” and “fund raisers” at each site and have found ourselves working more closely together as a united group of Catholics who want to make our new parish “work.” Efforts by the Social Activities Committee, the Advertising and Public Relations Committee and the Evangelization Committee have had us working side by side to meet the needs of our parish and our local community.We have five noble histories and five wonderful stories to share together as Our Lady of the Mountains Parish. We are enriched by our diversity, blessed by our uniqueness and united by our common faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ and our Roman Catholic heritage as members of the Church of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

We invite you to worship with us, serve with us and share God’s “work in progress” here in Western Maryland.

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Here you will find all the current happenings going on in and around our five parishes as well as noteworthy articles.

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PARENT CONNECTIONS

Would you like to enrich your faith?
Do you have questions about what our Church offers for you?
Would you like to connect with other parents who have the same concerns and struggles as you do?
Would you like to see more social activities for adults?

We invite you to the first meeting of Parent Connections on:
Sunday, January 11th for St. Ambrose Faith Formation, 10:15 – 11:30 in the former day care center room (located in the side entrance of the Church)

Sunday, January 18th for St. Patrick Faith Formation, 9:30 – 10:45 in the basement level of the school building.

Parent Connections is an informal gathering for parents/guardians to talk, learn and discuss what is important to YOU. Come, enjoy a donut, and find out what is being planned.

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Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser.

The work of a pregnancy resource center can be influential in the lives of women and teens who walk through its doors. The First Way Pregnancy Center located on Race Street in Cumberland, is one such center. As a Confirmation Service Project and in conjunction with the Right to Life month, the confirmation class will be participating in the Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser.

The weekend of January 3rd and 4th, baby bottles will be distributed at all the Masses. We ask that one bottle per family be taken. By inserting a check or filling the bottle with currency or coins, you will be helping to provide free counseling, maternity and baby clothes, baby supplies, diapers, baby furniture and equipment, and extend a hand of friendship to a woman or teen in crisis. Most importantly, she is given an opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus and how she can have real hope in the time of crisis.

The baby bottles need to be returned to the Church sites the weekend of January 24th/25th.

Please help us, HELP THEM! Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Our Lady of the Mountains Parish is pleased to announce a new addition to our website called “Meet Your Fellow Parishioners.” We will begin by featuring our longtime (and in many cases, lifelong!) parishioners. We are grateful to those who have agreed to participate and hope to feature someone from each of the five church sites every couple of months. We hope you enjoy getting to know these extraordinary members of our parish family – they are treasures among us!

We are honored to introduce, as our second feature Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Zembower.
You can find their bio here!

If you missed our first bio of Mrs. Irene Grabenstein, you can find her bio here!