Archive for May, 2011

More than 50 students at Immaculate Conception School in Towson cut their hair to give to an organization that makes wigs for kids who have suffered from cancer. There will be a story in next week’s Catholic Review, but for now, check out this video report from today.

This week’s Catholic Review features a story about a bereavement camp put on by the Stella Maris Center for Grief and Loss in mid-May.
The camp was really moving and I’ve provided a video to give some greater insight into what happened and how the children grew during the weekend.

Resurrection-St. Paul School in Ellicott City celebrated Father Michael Triplett, associate pastor of Church of the Resurrection, May 24 after finding out he would be moving on to a new parish in early July. Father Triplett was known to dress up in wacky costumes and go to extraordinary lengths to support the school. He even kissed a cow for a parish youth ministry fundraiser.
Father Triplett is an insanely good person who is following his calling with true passion. The kids at Resurrection-St. Paul came to love Father Mike, as you’ll see below. He is the kind of priest who leaves a permanent impact.

This weekend, I’ll be covering my first Preakness race. The stories about it are legendary and it’s a little intimidating to say the least. I mean, when else am I going to meet a centaur named Kegasus? That’s a huge deal.
A bigger deal is that Baltimore’s own Larry Collmus will call his first Preakness race for NBC. He is the voice of the Triple Crown this year and you can read a story about him in this week’s Catholic Review.
As we chatted a week ago, he shared with me stories of growing up and going to his first Preakness, attending Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington and meeting broadcasting pioneers such as Jim McKay.
“No matter what race he was doing, he would always get some sort of mention of Maryland in there,” Collmus said of the legendary television announcer. “He was a great advocate for Maryland.”
Horse racing was big in Maryland when Collmus was growing up in the 1970s and early 80s. Now, the sport has been on the ropes as states like surrounding West Virginia, Delaware and Pennsylvania have offered slots and gambling options.
What does Collmus see for Maryland horse racing, which inspired his love of the sport?
“I hope it’s a bright future,” he said. “Obviously it’s hard right now. Maryland tracks are trying to compete. They have to stay ahead of the curve. Maryland was way above those tracks years ago. It completely dominated the circuit. It’s a shame for the state.”

At 33, Father John Rapisarda is happier than he’s ever been. Three years ago, the associate pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Essex, Md. was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and knows he found his true calling. I have a story in The Catholic Review about his visit to the parish elementary school on World Vocations Day.

Check out this short video which shows Father Rapisarda’s peace and excitement about being a priest.

For the first six months, this blog was originally known as Matt Palmer’s Blog. It won Best Blog from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association, but judges said it needed a catchier name.
Finally, it’s here. A few weeks ago, I asked you to name my blog and promised the winner a pair of Orioles tickets.
The new blog name, The Welcome Matt, came from Father Jim Proffitt, pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park. Thanks to everyone who entered. All the suggestions were inventive and fun.
The blog begins anew today.
So, here I am rolling out The Welcome Matt. Just make sure you wipe your feet before entering.

Matt