Words matter.  Yep, how many times have we heard that recently?  For that matter, how many times did our parents tell us that?

Also,what words are we hearing lately that cause us to wince or cringe?  Like proverbial water on a proverbial rock, the repetition of words erodes our sensitivity, until we scarcely hear what’s being said.

And yet.  What is being said, or implied? Do we agree, and repeat those words ourselves? Civility, here in Charm City (that’s Baltimore’s other title, which may be new – though not fake – news) used to be a local crusade, championed by a well-known radio host, Ron Smith.  Gracious words were encouraged, even on bumper stickers and by a popular prayer: “O Lord, make my words sweet and tender, for tomorrow I may have to eat them!”

May I suggest we all make an effort to turn up our various hearing devices, tune in to what’s wafting past us in the air, find a way to be sweet and tender even more than usual, and not add our ounce of negative or cynical flavoring to the word-salad spinning around us?  Shift the focus, season that salad with some gracious words, upbuild our sagging spirit: it can’t hurt, and we can hope it will help us!


Sr. Martha Pavelsky, MHSH

Día de los niños – Children’s Day Celebration

By Sister Sonia-Marie Fernández, MHSH

The International Children’s Day

The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. The Day is usually marked with speeches on children’s rights and well-being, children’s television programs, parties, various actions involving or dedicated to children and family activities.

Universal Children’s Day

Universal Universal Children’s Day takes place on November 20 annually. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to encourage all countries to institute a day, first to promote mutual exchange and understanding among children and second to initiate action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.

Día de los niños – Children’s Day

Día de los niños is celebrated on various days in many places around the world to honor children. Although most Latin American countries celebrate it at different dates, we at St. Gabriel’s Church in Baltimore, Maryland–due to a large population of Mexicans–celebrate it the Sunday closer to the date they celebrate it in Mexico: April 30th. We celebrate with ALL the children of the parish since we are a multi-cultural parish—so we have children who are North American, Africans, Asians, African-American, Filipino and Hispanics from Central and South America. We honor children and childhood by having a fun time for them—providing delicious traditional foods, along with other typical picnic food, and entertain them with activities like piñata making, face painting, and a variety of games for all ages.

What are you and your community doing to celebrate the gift of children?

Fruit of D’Vine

This past Saturday evening, the Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart launched the first annual “Fruit of D’Vine” wine tasting event at Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson.  Over 300 people, many of them new friends of the Mission Helpers, turned out to sample over 30 different varieties of wine spread over 17 tables and to select from the delectable food offerings of over a dozen local restaurants and food specialty shops.

Live and silent auctions contributed to making this a very successful event in support of the Mission Helpers’ ministries.  Auction items included a Caribbean vacation cruise, a week’s stay on St. Martin, a diamond necklace, tickets to a Broadway play, a well-stocked golf accessory bag and many other enticing things.

Guests enjoyed mingling, getting to know the Mission Helper Sisters and staff and enjoying a night of fine wine and food in support of the varied ministries of the Mission Helpers in the United States and Venezuela.

We are looking forward to the 2012 edition of “Fruit of D’Vine”.  Keep an eye on our website for next year’s date, and plan to be there!

Celebrate Fall With The Mission Helpers!

The Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart invite all our friends in the greater Baltimore area to join us for a fun—and fundraising—event:  The FRUIT OF D’VINE wine tasting.   It’s a great opportunity to get a head start on Christmas gifts and celebrations.


This is the first of what we hope will be an
Annual Event.

Join the Sisters and their friends and supporters in a gala evening of fine wines and great food.  There will be 17 tables of wine, including two tables from Maryland wineries.  Taste them all and order your favorites at discounted prices!

 Stock your cellar for the Holidays and select bottles for gifts!

 There will be food from a dozen leading area restaurants and a live and silent auction.  Auction items include a Caribbean Cruise, a week on St. Martin’s, Virgin Islands, a diamond necklace and a very lovable 12-week-old female yellow Lab puppy. 

Tickets are $45 each ($40 if you buy 10).  You can order online (see link on Home Page) or call us at 410-823-8585 X 262, 264 or 266.