Today the Church celebrates the great feast of the Most Holy Trinity! The “Trinitarian formula” has been used by Christians since the very first days of the early church. Even so, for many it’s difficult to grasp the concept of a “Trinity–or three persons in one God.” As I personally reflect on the meaning of the Trinity, I like to recall the words of that ancient and well known Latin hymn “Ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est.” The modern English rendition of this song reads “where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found.” I also very much like the Spanish version which reads “donde hay amor y caridad, se encuentra Dios.” In each of these languages, the words of the song speak to me, and I believe they give me some insight into the nature of the Trinity; I imagine the three persons of the Most Holy Trinity, “the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” as existing in a kind of “perfect relationship” of charity and love. The Church teaches us that the “three persons” of the Trinity “subsist in one nature” (that’s to say, there is just One God – “One God in three persons”). As we try to contemplate the meaning of this, we might recall that the actual word “Trinity” isn’t found anywhere in the Bible (and as a side point here, we might note that the word “Bible” isn’t found in the Bible either!). However, we believe Christians have pondered the concept of the Trinity from the earliest days of the Church. The word “Trinity” has been specifically used by theologians since at least the fourth century, and has been used in order to explain a basic Christian understanding of who God is (i.e., “One God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit”).
Welcome to the web site of St. Wenceslaus Church in Baltimore. We are a parish with a long history, a rich tradition and a diverse congregation. Our beautiful church was built in 1914 by Bohemian Catholic immigrants to Baltimore who first established the parish in 1872. While most of the Bohemian-Americans have moved to the suburbs and beyond, many still return to worship with us. Meanwhile many of our members today come from the African-American population of our neighborhood, as well as the former parishes of St. Katharine, St. James and John and St. Bernard.
St. Wenceslaus School has been closed since 1986, but nearby St. James and John School continues to provide quality Catholic education to the children of our area. Our convent once housed dedicated Sisters of the SSND community; it now serves as a hospice for men with chronic illnesses under the care of the Sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. St. Wenceslaus has had a "twin sister" since 1995, sharing a pastor with St. Ann's Church on Greenmount Avenue. For most of its history, St. Wenceslaus was faithfully served by the Redemptorists. In 1999, the parish began to be served by Franciscan Friars. The first to come were members of the Third Order Regular, and more recently the Conventual Franciscan Friars have come to minister to us.
All are welcome to Saint Wenceslaus! We wait with open arms to receive all who seek the Lord in our faith filled church home. Praise God!
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
- Matthew 11:28-30