Historic Preservation Commission approves plans to rehabilitate St. John's historic bell tower

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Rev. John C. Moore dies; was founding pastor of Holy Family, Middletown

We are one step closer to restoring our beautiful and historic bell tower! In January, St. John Church officially began a 5 year Capital Campaign named The McElroy Effect... Restore, Rebuild, Renew. Thank you to all who have made a pledge to support this effort! We currently have pledges of $2,247,403.18 toward our goal of $3,000,000. Please contact the St. John church office if you would like to give your support, (301-662-8288, or parish@stjohn-frederick.org). With your help, our bell tower will become restored and strengthened and will shine it's light once again from the tallest spire in Frederick! View the July 17 Frederick News-Post article here

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In the name of the entire parish, I would like to offer prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. John Charles Moore, the founding pastor of Holy Family Catholic Community.  I would also like to extend the prayers and good wishes of our parishioners to the people of Holy Family Catholic Community as they mourn the death of their founding pastor. 
              Fr. John served for many years as a Christian Brother both as teacher and administrator.  At one point he served as the president of Calvert Hall High School in Towson.  In many ways, he never really stopped teaching.  Many times over the last few years he would mention how my writing (he would read my bulletin comments) had improved over the years.   
           After many years as a Christian Brother, Fr. John was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of

Baltimore.  In time, he was asked to create a Catholic Community in Middletown.  He worked with Msgr. Ed Echle, our former pastor, and together they helped to start what would eventually become Holy Family, Middletown.  I was most fortunate to succeed Fr. Moore in 2004 as the second pastor of Holy Family.  He was a tremendous support and I learned a great deal from him those first few years. 
        The parish of St. John was fortunate to have Fr. John serve as weekend help in his last few years of active retirement until his health no longer allowed him to celebrate Mass publically.  He often spoke of how much he enjoyed his years helping at St. John.  Please join me in giving thanks for Fr. John’s many years of faithful priestly service.  “Well done good and faithful servant.  Come share your master’s joy.”  (Matthew 25:21)
~Fr. Kevin

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