South Conkling & Claremont Streets, Baltimore, Maryland

A Highlandtown parish since 1923

Our Lady of Pompei Catholic Church

Our Lady of Pompei Feast day procession, October 1928.

Why are we rebuilding?

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 Fr. Guiliano, and the Parish Council, are leading our faith community through its third rebuilding phase.  This rebuilding is twofold.  First, because of the sale of the school building, we need to repair church property for everyday use and restore the aging infrastructure.  Not only will these renovations give us the space for Sunday School classes, a music room for choir practice, and an open room for various parish activities, the renovations will help make our facilities more efficient.

We have completed minor renovations over the past two years that were 100% supported by parishioner donations.  We are not ready to start a major capital campaign to rebuild and restore our property. 

Based on a facility assessment of all our property, the first phase of renovations are estimated at $300,000 and include a mechanical system review to determine the best course of action to replace our mechanical systems, such as boilers.  Our hope to convert the systems from a central plant into separate systems for each building - the church/rectory, the gym, and the convent - and modernize our heating and plumbing. 

To fund the first phase of our capital renovation, we are requesting a special tax free campaign from the Archbishop.  While this campaign will be mainly parishioner supported. Fr. Lou is reaching out to past benefactors to support our rebuilding efforts. 

Secondly, we need to rebuild our parish community.  A faith community is not a group of people who interact only once a week.  Our Lady of Pompei is working to increase faith formation and develop activities and events that bond our parishioners and surrounding community. 

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.  And our Italian heritage remains strong as every priest, who has ministered at Pompei, have been Italian.

Repairs and renovations of the church

How You can help

- Make a restricted donation and specify how you want the money to be used.  Restricted donations are kept 100% by the parish and are dedicated for the work specified.
- Donate your time and talents and help volunteer with construction, plumbing, or painting.  Donate your services if you own a business or know someone who does construction work.  Make in-kind donations (eg. supplies). 
- If you have envelopes, increase your offering in the envelope marked "Restoration and Maintenance."  If you do not use envelopes, simply indicator your offering is for the Restoration and Maintenance fund.  Money collected for the Restoration and Maintenance Fund goes directly to improving repairs to our church property. 
- Donate online to our Rebuilding Pompei campaign (two life long parishioners started this online campaign to help with our rebuilding efforts). All donations are sent to Our Lady of Pompei directly.
- Volunteer and get involved with one our ministries!
- Give the gift of continual support - register with the parish, attend Mass, and get involved.

For the physical portion of our rebuilding campaign, we are seeking financial support 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 and serving in our faith community!

We thank you for your continued generosity and support!

Completed projects

Rectory kitchen renovations     *     Outside railings     *     Roof repair above rectory     *     Music Room renovation     *     5 room renovation for Sunday School     *     Bathroom renovations for Sunday School     *     Partial bathroom renovations for Sunday School

current project

Our primary focus is to renovate and repair aspects of our aging infrastructure.  In particular, our property operates as a central plant, with one HVAC and plumbing source for our four buildings (Church, rectory, gym, and convent).  We are in the beginning stages of working with engineers to survey our property for recommendations on the best solutions to install individual systems for each building.  While most work will need to be done professionally, we expect some work can be done by volunteers.  Your giving of  time and talent will help greatly and be very much appreciated.