Our Lady of Pompei Feast day procession, October 1928.
If we don't rebuild, we close our doors. Our Lady of Pompei has been serving the Highlandtown community since 1923. And Fr. Lou has lead the parish through multiple rebuilding phases. In the past, we had to rebuild our community and our parish life as community demographics changed. Now, Fr. Lou, along with parish staff, is leading our faith community through its third rebuilding phase. This phase is twofold. First, because of the sale of the school building, we need to repair church property for everyday use. These renovations will give us the space for Sunday School classes, a music room for music ministry, and multi-purpose rooms for various parish activities. Second, we need to rebuild our parish community, increase our faith formation, and develop activities and events that bond our parishioners and surrounding community, while making our parish financially stable to continue our ministry for years to come.
Our hope is to once again fill the streets for our feast day procession! Reflecting on this rebuilding phase, Fr. Lou comments that our parish is a tri-lingual parish - English, Italian, and Spanish. In fact, our parish has really come full circle - founded to serve Italian immigrants, we continue in our missionary roots, by welcoming and serving Hispanic immigrants to our parish family.
Our Lady of Pompei Catholic Church
Repairs and renovations of the church
South Conkling & Claremont Streets, Baltimore, Maryland
Serving God's people since 1923
Rectory kitchen renovations * Outside railings * Roof repair above rectory * Music Room renovation * 5 room renovation for Sunday School * Bathroom renovations for Sunday School
We have two projects we are focused on for 2017. One is a continuation of our Sunday School room renovations. We now need to transform each room into a classroom with table, chairs, and whiteboards. Because the rooms are on the small size, we're looking to place a long table in each with two benches for the children to sit. We estimate the cost to create each classroom is about $2,500 (total 12,500). Our Lady of Pompei is accepting donations of $2,500 to be made in honor or in memory of a loved one. A placard the name of your in honor/memory donation will be displayed in the classroom, and your donation will furnish the entire room. Our Lady of Pompei is also accepting in kind donations to create these class rooms.
Our other big project is to renovate and repair the bathrooms in the gym building. This building is our main space to host events at our parish so we need clean, functioning bathrooms. Our "guestimate" is around $10,000 to complete the repairs and renovations. We are mainly looking for monetary donations or in-kind donations for supplies, as well as time and talent of our parish community to help with the work. We will need to involve contractors at some point for some of the repairs.
You can help Rebuild Our Lady of Pompei in many ways:
For the physical portion of our rebuilding campaign, we are seeking financial support to our Building Fund to assist with supplies and tools needed for repairs and renovations. We also are seeking labor support to minimize paid contractors. if you are handy, have design ideas, or like to paint, we could use your talents and assistance in our renovations. If you know of a company who would like to donate time or materials, please reach out to us on Facebook or contact the parish office.
For our faith community rebuilding, helping us achieve this goal could not be easier. Simply join our parish and experience the positive impacts of being part of a faith community!
We thank you for your continued generosity and support!