If you did not attend this year’s Roast, you missed a great
time. The date for next
year’s event has been set. Hopefully, even more alumni and
friends will attend.
Groups having a class reunion are also encouraged to attend.
Dues invoices for 2016 will be mailed in
January. We need your support to continue
assisting Father Mike to meet the needs of the parish. If
you would like to pay your
dues at this time, please use the form in this newsletter.
Susan Hitzelberger Scheerer ’63
BULL ROAST REPORT
again, on behalf of the members of the Board of the Shrine
of the Little Flower
Alumni Association, thank you very much for
your participation in this year’s Bull and
Oyster Roast. A special thanks to everyone who donated
baked goods to the Cake
Wheel and all those who supported the Raffle. Your generous
response to our request
for non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry was
greatly appreciated, especially
considering the upcoming holidays, when the need is always
Planning for next year’s roast has started. Please note the
date of October 9, 2016
second Sunday) as the date of the roast!
It was apparent that having the Ravens’ game in the Lounge
was a success and so,
if the Ravens do not have a bye on October 9, 2016, we will
have the game on in the
Charles H. Snyder (’53)
The winners of the 2015 Raffle were:
$1,000.00, Daniel Swegon, Fallston, MD, SLF
Class of 1942
$500.00, Betty Kennedy Marchman, Bel Air, MD,
SLF Class of 1958.
$250.00, Michelle Decker Muth, Baltimore, MD
SLF Class of 1977.
If this is a
Reunion year for your class, we urge you to consider holding
your reunion at
the Bull Roast. There are several ways the Alumni
Association can assist you. A
representative from the class can obtain the information of
your classmates from our
database. If you supply us the date, time, location, etc.
it will be published in the
newsletter. Contact us at:
Please consider attending Mass at the Shrine
as a group, as part of your Reunion.
The Class of 1966 will celebrate their 50th
graduation anniversary from SLF. One way
to celebrate would be to attend the October 9, 2016 Alumni
Bullroast at Columbus
Gardens, Belair Road. Cost will be $45 per person. More
details will follow during
the next year.
Contact Nancy Cirincione at
FIFTH SUNDAY MASSES- 2016
Little Flower Alumni Association encourages Alumni and
Friends of the Shrine to
help support our Church by attending the 11:00 a.m. Mass on
these 5th Sundays. Your
attendance is most appreciated and gives you an opportunity
to meet old friends and to
say hello to Father Mike, who has been pastor for over 20
May 29th July 31st
SPECIAL MASS ON JANUARY 31, 2016
In October, Pope Francis canonized the first married couple
in modern times, the
parents of our patron, St. Theresa of Lisiuex. Please join
us at the 11:00 A.M. Mass to celebrate this event.
refreshments will be served after Mass.
LITTLE FLOWER FACTS:
The history of the Shrine of the Little Flower as a parish
begins in 1926 the era of
Peace....Prosperity....Picnics....and Prohibition. Calvin
Coolidge was president of the
United States, Albert Ritchie was governor of Maryland,
Howard Jackson was mayor of
Baltimore and the Shrine of the Little Flower came into
As early as 1921 there were requests for a new church in
northeast Baltimore. As a
result, in 1923, Archbishop Michael Curley agreed to
purchase a piece of property for
the establishment of a new parish in an area bounded by what
is now Belair Road,
Kentucky, Cardenas and Brendan Avenues.
In the spring of 1926 Archbishop Curley appointed Father
Thomas Wheeler as the
founding pastor of what was to become the Shrine of the
Little Flower. Archbishop
Curley originally wanted to name the new parish in honor of
St. Brendan; however,
Father Wheeler requested that the newly canonized St.
Therese of Lisiuex be honored
instead. Brendan Avenue was named in the honor of St.
not until July 6, 1926 that twenty-five men came together at
the home of Mike
Horan to meet the new pastor for the first time. They met
weekly until October 13 with
one of their major tasks was to perform a census of the
area. Their census report was
presented on August 3 showing 463 families including 997
adults and 455 children.
On August 29, 1926, a contract was let for the construction
of the first church building
at a cost of $8,604.00.
church rose quickly and the first mass was celebrated on
Sunday, October 24,
1926 with a total attendance of 1,075 for the four Masses
celebrated that day. The
church was a simple wooden chapel at the corner of Belair
Road and Brendan Avenue.
The center aisle was flanked by rows of attached wooden
chairs - six to a side. Plain
glass globes acted as ceiling fixtures that supplemented the
natural light from rows of
plain glass windows that lined the side walls. Between the
paired windows were
simply framed pictures of the Stations of the Cross.
Thus the beginning of the Shrine of the Little Flower.
(Most of the above is from "A Story of the Parish 1926 -
1951", published to celebrate
the Shrine's 25th anniversary and "Shrine of the Little
Flower School 75th Anniversary
Anyone wishing to contribute to the LITTLE FLOWER FACTS or
relating to your years at the Little Flower can email them
to Jim Durkin ‘54 at:
SLF PEW MEMORIAL
opportunity to remember family and loved ones who devoted
much of their legacy
to the “Little Flower”. Each Pew will have a Bronze/Brass
name plate attached at the
end of the pew with the name of the family or loved one. You
have option to identify the
Pew of your choice, most likely the pew you sat in on Sunday
with your parents or
grandparents or perhaps the one you pray in now each Sunday.
Main Altar Half pew $250 One Name Plate attached to
end of Pew
Main Altar Full Pew $400 Two name plates attached to
end of Pew
Side Altar Half Pew $150 One name Plate attached to
end of Pew
Side Altar Full Pew $300 Two name Plates attached to
end of Pew
should be made payable to the Little Flower Alumni
Association and should
include Name of family or Loved ones as you would like it to
For more information please contact:
Bob Campbell at 410-933-3666 or email
Garry Brown at 410-931-2436 or email
Class of1960, passed away on October 3, 2015.
Classof 1952, passed away in California on
September 30, 2015.
Augustine Strejcek –
1955, passed away on October 27,
– Class of 1952, passed away on September 10, 2015.
Pamela Davis D’Angelo
– Class of 1960, passed away this past summer.
Lillian Grabowski Burr
– Class of 1946, sister of Gloria Grabowski Dillman
Class of 1945, passed away on August 7, 2015.
(Please send information on
deceased members to Susan Scheerer
Thanks to all of you who have supported the Alumni in
the past year. If you have not
paid the 2015 dues, please do so now. Send $15.00, and if
it is a duplicate remittal,
we will apply it to 2016. Please use the form in this
newsletter to submit your dues.
ALUMNI BUSINESS MATTERS
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address to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org . You will receive your
issue a week
before those who have it mailed to them.
The Committee can be reached by e-mail.
Questions, comments, etc. can be sent to:
everyone to log on to the Shrine’s website:
There is information on the website about the church and an
Alumni Section that is in
the early stages of being developed. You can view a
Guestbook with some interesting
comments that may bring back memories from your days at the
Little Flower. Please
sign the Guestbook and remember to include some comments
about your recollections
of the Shrine and growing up in the area. If you attended
the Little Flower School,
please remember to include your graduation year
Please be sure to notify us when you have a change of
address, phone number or e-
mail address. Changes may be sent to the Alumni Association
in care of the Rectory,
or, e-mailed to:
Keeping us advised of changes to your address helps us
to keep mailing costs down,
as we have to pay a fee for each letter returned by the post
office. Use of e-mail also
helps us to cut expenses.
Did you know that you can obtain a copy of your school
records for just a $10
donation? There is a space on the enclosed form to order
your records. Ladies,
please remember to include your maiden name.
The Maintenance Funds are used for a number of repairs and
upgrades around the
Church, the Rectory and the grounds. The work being done is
necessary to continue
maintaining our beloved Church to its former beauty.
While the restoration of the Church doors was completed last
year, it is necessary to
periodically refinish them to protect them from the
environment. Donations in any
amount are greatly appreciated; donations of $500 or more
will be commemorated on
a plaque in the vestibule of the Church. If you would like
to make a donation to either
fund, please use the form in this newsletter.
Anyone who visits a grocery store on a regular basis cannot
help but notice the steady
increase in the cost of food. As these costs have
increased, so have the requests for
assistance. Please continue to donate what you can. Fr.
Mike and the people of the
Parish appreciate you generosity.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
Just a reminder:
Please do not send in cash when mailing in your membership
and donations. Also, enclose your check with the
Registration Form from the
Newsletter, completely filled out.
We require this information in order to save your
data for the Alumni Database. Please note that all
information is in a secure
database that is never shared or sold to any organization or
you for your support and cooperation.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO PRAY FOR THE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN
TO OUR COUNTRY AND FOR THE FAMILIES WHO SUPPORT THEM.
REMEMBER ALSO, THOSE LOST AND HARMED WHILE SERVING THEIR
Happy New Year
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