Wednesday, October 31, 2007
They are the altar servers who you don’t ordinarily see unless you attend a funeral Mass.
The eight adult servers on the roster have assisted at 33 funerals so far this year and ordinarily there are two at each Mass. They also serve on Holydays and other special occasions.
“It is both an honor and a privilege,” says Rosemary Mileski, who has been serving since 2002 or 2003 when Fr. John Jenkins was pastor.
Rosemary stresses the need for more servers, both students and adults. She would like to see young adults volunteering to serve. Often they serve while in school, but when they graduate and go on to high school their service is lost.
Two organists who play for most of the Messes are Heidi Guttrermuth and Caryn Lintner. Others are Jeff Mills and Martha Sarlouis.
Altar servers in addition to Mrs. Mileski are Sandy Bojo, Glenn Cox, Joe Denholm, Rose Lamm, Jim Pint, Hank Richard and John Thomas.
Anyone interested in becoming an altar server should contact the rectory. Veteran altar servers and others will provide assistance in preparing you to serve.
(Photos show Rosemary Mileski preparing for funeral Mass.)
[Information from Darlene Musgrave]
Lectors Schedule for November
4:30 p.m. Patty Rinella
9 a.m. Jim Carmany
11 a.m. Youth Lector
Eucharistic Ministers Schedule for November
, OCT 31, 2007 (VIS) - 's general prayer intention for November is: "That those dedicated to medical research and all those engaged in legislative activity may always have deep respect for human life, from its beginning to its natural conclusion."
His mission intention is: "That in the Korean peninsula the spirit of reconciliation and peace may grow."
She was born and lived in Akron until moving to Tallmadge 10 years ago. She loved to cook, read, and catalog shop. Her early years were spent as owner and proprietor of M&N Grocery in Firestone Park.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Elsie (Mike) Pullo and Mary (Henry) Dippel. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Nick; daughter, Karen (Randy) Farabee; sons, Mike (Pam) and Nick (Rosemary); grandchildren, Kay, Gina, David (Alex), and Matt; sisters, Pauline Cincione and Leona Frank; and many nieces, nephews, and their children. A sincere thanks to a special niece, Bev (Jerry) Guinn; sister-in-law, Josephine Majewski; and neighbor, Nan Atwood for their extra help with everyday needs and kindness.
A funeral mass will be Friday, 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church on Brown St. in Akron. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Family and friends will be received on Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 131 N. Canton Rd., Akron. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.NewcomerFamily.com. (NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, 330-784-3334.)
[The Beacon Journal,, Akron, OH,Wednesday, October 31, 2007, page B6, col. 5]
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
It’s just another of those largely unseen good works being performed by parishioners in the 40 or so St. Paul ministries.
The Ladies Guild pays for the cards and the postage although some parishioners give Mrs. Broske leftover cards from their Christmas mailings.
Mrs. Broske visits the rectory each week to get the names and addresses of those in the hospital or those with deaths in the family. She also checks the newspaper and gets calls about others who will get cards in the mail. There is a special list at Christmas for shut-ins and others who need holiday cheer. The cards are usually signed “Love and Prayers, St. Paul Ladies Guild.”
Mrs. Broske has been sending out the cards for ten years and before her, Hedy Torok sent them out for 17 years.
In 2006 Mrs. Broske mailed 168 get well cards, 67 sympathy cards and 64 Christmas cards. In 2005 she mailed 169 get well cards, 71 sympathy cards and 74 Christmas cards.
Mother Teresa used to say “We will never know just how much a simple smile can do.” So, we at St. Paul do not realize what a simple card received in the mail can mean.
Vatican, Oct. 29, 2007 (CWNews.com) - Catholic pharmacists should not be involved in the distribution of drugs designed to cause abortion or euthanasia, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) said on October 29.
In a short talk to members of the International Federation of Catholic Pharmacists, the Holy Father urged the group to be sensitive to "the ethical implications of the use of particular drugs."
Specifically, the Pope said, "we cannot anesthetize consciences as regards, for example, the effect of certain molecules that have the goal of preventing the implantation of the embryo or shortening a person's life."
Pharmacists should help the public to recognize the dignity of human life and to recognize the proper role of medicine, the Pontiff continued. When laws allow for abortion and euthanasia, he said, pharmacists should "face the question of conscientious objection," rather than "collaborate directly or indirectly in supplying products that have clearly immoral purposes."
"The biomedical sciences are at the service of man," the Pope said. He welcomed progress in biomedical research, but insisted that this progress should never come at the expense of individuals. No human should be exploited as the subject for experimentation, he said, and "all attempts at cure or experimentation must be undertaken while bearing in mind the well being of the person concerned, and not only the pursuit of scientific progress."
She was born in Chicago, Ill., on November 11, 1912. Although Mrs. Fitzsimmons had been an Akron resident for most of her life, she had lived the last 13 years in Minerva with family. She was formerly a member of St. Sebastian and St. Paul parishes.
In 1980, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles. Her survivors include daughter, Patricia Lamb; son, Charles P. Fitzsimmons, both of Minerva; grandchildren, Stacey (Vincent) Rager, Leanne Gregg, and Robert Lamb; and nine great-grandchildren.
Rev. Mr. Frank Lonteen will officiate at funeral services at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at the Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home (811 Grant St.), where friends may call one hour prior to service time. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
[The Beacon Journal,, Akron, OH, Tuesday, October 30, 2007, page B6, col. 3]
Monday, October 29, 2007
The St; Paul School Book Fair opened today. The school library looked like a book store complete with a display of holiday books, posters, pencils, pens and computer games for Christmas shoppers.
There is a small collection of adult books as well as religion books and others for pre-kindergarten through junior high. Every book has been reviewed and approved by reading specialists.
The book fair runs all this week and anyone is welcome to visit from 1 to 3 p.m. each day and after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, November 2.
From the bulletin of St. Augustine Parish in Barberton, Oct 28, 2007:
416 HOLY HOURS were kept before the Blessed Sacrament this past week. "It's not terribly important to do anything in particular while you're there. Just being there, in His Presence, is honoring the Lord. It's sort of like going to a testimonial banquet or reception for someone. You don't have to say anything, you just have to be there." (Fr. Paul J. Clines, Beacon Journal, 1990). Each of us is given 168 hours each week.. .Our Lord is asking us to give just one of them back to Him in Adoration! Call Gene Ryan (745-2115) with your chosen hour.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
On November 1, Catholics celebrate All Saints' Day. The following day is All Souls' Day which also is the first Friday of the month this year. All Saints’ Day is a holy day of obligation. Catholics are required to attend Mass and refrain from any servile work on the day.
The Mass schedule:
Vigil Mass on Wednesday, October 31 at 7 p.m.,
Holy Day Masses 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (changed from 7:00 p.m.).
Although it is not a holiday day, there will be an evening Mass at 5:30 p.m. Friday, November 2 , for All Souls Day.
in addition to the 7 a.m. Morning Prayer and Communion and 8:30 a.m. Mass for the Souls of the Faithful Departed.
The purpose of All Saints' Day is to honor all saints that are both known and unknown. Also, to remember any saints' feast days that we might have missed during the year.
The origin of All Saints' Day began somewhere during the fourth century. It had became impossible to celebrate all the days that a martyr died. The Church began using one day to give honor. The first All Saints' Day was held May 13, 609. during the pontificate of Pope Boniface IV. Pope Gregory IV (827-844) officially named November 1 as the day we celebrate All Saints' Day.
Jim retired from The University of Akron in 1995, and Judy from Bridgestone Firestone in 1997.
They attend St. Paul's Catholic Church. They were very active in youth sports, especially the Firestone Park Girls Softball Organization. Since retiring, they enjoy spending time with their 13 grandchildren. Jim enjoys the outdoors, visiting his hometown in Pa., riding his bike and tending to the pool. When Judy is not helping a neighbor or babysitting, she enjoys shopping and bingo. They can always be found at their grandchildren's events.
They have five children, James (Laurie), grandchildren Tyler and Raegan; Danny, grandsons Jeffrey and Alex; Terri (Dennis) McGlone, grandchildren Dennis Jr., Jessica and Matthew; Kim (Terry) Robinson, grandchildren Seth, Shane and Sydney; and Debbie (Mike) Perkins, grandchildren Michael, Olivia and Haley.
They will celebrate this special day with their immediate family. Congratulations Mom and Dad, we love you!
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Sunday, Octoer 28, 2007, page E8. col. 6]
Photo scanned from newsprint. Please excuse reprodiuction quality.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Winners of costume prizes were Brian Luck as Dirty Laundry, Hannah Lingel as Elvis and Madison Dornack as a Pink Witch.
There were many more spooky costumes in addition to this crew. Click on the headline to go to an album of a dozen photos from the dance by Jo Shoup-Colant.
Next weekend, November 3 and 4 Deacon Rocky Ortiz Director of Campaign for Human Development will speak at all the Masses on the topic of Catholic Social Services and Support programs that are available and how they help to provide permanent solutions for those in need in our community.
LADIES GUILD MEETING
The November Ladies Guild meeting will be Thursday, November 8,at 7 p.m. in BoekeHall. Kristi Kato of the Summit County Health District will speaka on “Pandemic Flu.” She will also offer other t tips for healthy living and illness prevention. All women of the parish are invited.
LADIES GUILD BAZAAR RAFFLE WINNERS
Congratulations to the winners of the raffle at the Ladies Guild Country Charm Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, October 20. First Prize, $200, Tony DiDonato; Second prize $100, Caryn Lintner; Third Prize, $50, Vickie Tritt; Teddy Bear Tree, Mary Ann LaRocca, and Afghan, Denise Capozzi.
ADULTS WALK FOR FUN AND FITNESS
Beginning Thursday, November 1, from 9 . to 10 a.m. in the St. Paul Gymnasium on Greenlawn Ave. For details call Mary at 330-724-9311.
ST. PAUL FAMILY DINNER NIGHTS
Thanks to your support our last family dinner nights have raised approximately $250 for our school. The Chuck E. Cheese night raised approximately $160 and the first Cici’s night raised approximately $90. Thank you!
LET’S KEEP IT GOING...our next family dinner night, again early dismissal day for St. Paul students, will be Tuesday, November 13, 2007 from 2:00--8:00 p.m. at Cici’s on E. Waterloo. Rd. Who can turn down those cinnamon rolls? See you there!
COFFEE AND DONUTS IS BACK
Coffeee and donuts is back beginning, Sunday, November 11, in the Parish Activity Center after the 9:. and 11 a.m. Masses.
BOOSTER CLUB POORMANS REVERSE RAFFLE
Saturday, December 1, in Boeke Hall. Doors open and Mini-Raffles start at 6 p.m., Buffet at 7:30 p.m.and Drawing at 8:30 p.m., $1,5000.00 prize Cost is $40. per person. Call John Testa for tickets at 330-773-8323.
Friday, October 26, 2007
And the seventh and eighth graders and any others who are just too old to join
in a parade seemed to have more cheers for a streetsweeper
picking up leaves than for their young brothers, sisters and friends.
The rain held off so the parade could march outside.
The proposed statement focuses on the bishops’ role in helping to form consciences in political life.
“In this statement, we bishops do not intend to tell Catholics for whom or against whom to vote,” the draft states. “Our purpose is to help Catholics form their consciences in accordance with God’s truth. We recognize that the responsibility to make choices in political life rests with each individual in light of a properly formed conscience, and that participation goes well beyond casting a vote in a particular election.”
Every four years for more than 30 years, the USCCB Administrative Committee has produced an overview of the Church’s teaching on political life, referred to as their statement on “faithful citizenship” or on “political responsibility.”
The draft to be discussed in November affirms the importance of participation in political life. It explains the necessity of opposing actions that are intrinsically wrong, such as abortion and euthanasia, and affirms the obligation to promote the common good by combating such threats to human life and dignity as hunger, poverty, racism, unjust immigration policies, and unjust war.
The proposed draft also urges Catholics “to become more involved: running for office, working within political parties, and communicating concerns to elected officials.” It suggests that Catholics should be “guided more by our moral convictions than by our attachment to a political party or interest group.” As they prepare for the elections, the draft says “Catholic voters should use Catholic teaching to examine candidates’ positions on issues and should consider candidates’ integrity, philosophy, and performance.”
[Source: U.S,.Conference of Catholic Bishops]
The pastor, Fr. Ralph Thomas, led the singing of "Happy Birthday" for Deacon Frank at the 8:30 a.m. Mass today. Mr. Francis R. Lonteen will celebrate his 70th birthday tomorrow, October 27.
Sharing in the birthday salute was altar server Austin Hastings, an eighth grader who was celebrating his 14th birthday tdoay. Also celebrating a 14th birthday was eighth grader Megan Wilson.
The eighth grade planned today's Mass.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
This special prayer will be said at Masses this weekend for ministers at St. Paul.– past, present and future.
The prayer will be for the Rev. John H. Jenkins, pastor emeritus, and all pastors and associates who have served St. Paul in the past.
The prayer also will be for current ministers including
Fr. James Berardi who provides valuable service to the parish.
And finally, the prayer will be for vocations with the hope that some youth in the Summit South Cluster will be called to serve God.
Rev. John H. Jenkins,. Pastor Emeritus of St. Paul, Akron, grew up on Adolph Street in Akron. He was ordained May 28, 1960, and served in a number of assignments before.he was named pastor of St. Paul. He served as pastor from October, 15, 1982 to October 4, 2004. He resides at Holy Cross parish, 19951 Lake Shore Blvd., Euclid, OH.
Rev. Ralph W. Thomas, our pastor, grew up in Cleveland. He was ordained May 22, 1965 and served in a number of asssignments before coming to St. Paul as an associate on June 12, 2002. He was named administrator protem on October 4, 2004 and assigned as pastor on June 7, 2005.
Rev. James J. Berardi, Chaplain of Akron City Hospital since February 6, 1984, celebrates the 7 a. m. Mass at St. Paul on Mondays through Thursdays and Sunday Masses. .Fr. Berardi was born in St. Thomas Hospital and grew up in Firestone Park. He celebrated his first Mass in the old church on Trinity Sunday in 1959. He was ordained May 23, 1959. He resdes at Annunciation parish, 87 Broad Street, Akron, OH
Deacon Francis R. Lonteen, pastoral minister at St. Paul , is a native of Peoria, IL, and grew up in Albion, Mich. He came to Akron after a tour in the Navy and attended Akron Art Institute. He was ordained June 5, 1982 and was assigned to St. Paul in 1986. He celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination as a deacon at a Mass on June 10 this year.
Associate Pastors of St. Paul’s Church:
Rev Francis H. Diederich, 1931-1945*
Rev Charles L. Byrider, 1941-1943 *
Rev Ira R. Still, 1943-1944*
Rev Martin Scully, 1944-1949*
Rev John Kilcoyne, 1945-1950*
Rev Francis P. Boehnlein, 1947-1948*
Rev Frederick C. Dietz, 1949-1952*
Rev Warren J. Werwage, 1949-1954*
Rev James P. McCann, 1950-1955*
Rev Charles E. Hogan, 1952-1952*
Rev CharlesJ. Donovan, 1952-1953*
Rev Eneas P. Sweeney, 1953-1958*
Rev Victor Lambur, 1954-1959*
Rev Joseph J. Horan, 1955-1962*
Rev George J. Schmalz, 1956-1956*
Rev Lawrence J. Bayer, 1958-1963
Rev Donald W Abel, 1959-1964*
Rev Charles T. McCabe, 1962-1971 *
Rev Mark R. Blinn, 1963-1966*
Rev Hugh C. Whelan, 1964-1964
Rev Paul J. Wysocki, 1964-1965*
Rev Raphael E. Durant, 1966-1972*
Rev Albert L. Shimalonis, 1966-1967*
Rev John Wittreich, 1967-1969
Rev William J. Englert, 1969-1973*
Rev William E. Black, 1971-1974
Rev Paul J. Rosing, 1973-1978
Rev Samuel R. Ciccolini, 1974-1976
Rev. John Loya, 1974
Rev. George Smiga 1975
Rev Robert J. Carlin, 1976-1977*
Rev David J. Halaiko, 1976-1977
Rev Charles Ryba, 1977-1982
Rev Charles T. Diedrick, 1978-1982
Rev. Donald Rooney, 1979*
Rev R. Stephen Vellenga, 1982-1987
Rev James T. Klein, 1983-1987
Rev Richard A. Evans, 1987-1992
Rev Albert Kunkel, 1990-1991
Rev Steven K. Brunovsky, 1992-1997
Rev Robert E. Stein, 1997-2002
Rev Ralph W Thomas, 2002-2005
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The St; Paul School Book Fair is like a book store, but better. Every book has been reviewed and approved by reading specialists.
“We have a small collection of adult books as well as religion books and books for pre-kindergarten trrough junior high,” school librarian Cheryl Childress said. “These books and other supplies such as posters, pencils, pens and computer games make great Christmas presents.”
The book fair will run from October 29 through November 2 during school hours. Anyone is welcome to visit from 1 to 3 p.m. each day and after the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Friday, November 2.
A flyer will be sent home with students this week..The flyer has a form for ordering books..
She was born on Aug 3, 1914 to the late Louis and Josephine Gless. Her family was founding members of St. Paul Catholic Church, where Mary was in the first graduating class of their grade school. She enjoyed traveling, people and all things French, but she especially loved her family. Mary was such a loving and gentle soul.
Preceded in death by husband, Leo and son, Mark, she is survived by daughter, Christine Stoeberman; son, David (Pattie) Heisser; grandchildren, Greta (Mike) Vizmeg, Elaine Stoeberman and Barbara (Ken) Zanio; and great-grandchildren, Lorna and Lorelei Vizmeg.
Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home, Akron Chapel (811 Grant St.). Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul's Church or New Horizon's Adult Day Care.
[The Beacon Journal,, Akron, OH, Wednesday, October 24, 2007, page B6, col. 3 ]
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Anna Flora Spalding (nee Ballard), 100, passed away peacefully at Hospice Care Center on Monday, October 22, 2007, six days shy of her 101st birthday.
Born in Graves County, Kentucky, Mrs. Spalding moved to Akron in the 1920's. After a few years, she returned to Kentucky in order to care for her parents. In 1939 she married her long-time sweetheart, William, and together they moved back to Akron where she has lived since. Flora was a member of St. Paul's Catholic Parish where she belonged to the Ladies Guild. She was also a member of The Daughters of the American Revolution.
Preceded in death by her husband, William, she is survived by daughters, Marian (Dick) Stolzenburg, of Mogadore, and Carol (Gene) Heim, of Wadsworth; son, William (Cecilia) of Tallmadge; grandchildren, Lori Shockey, Jill Williams, Michael Schlabig, Jenni and Eugene Heim, Dana Zedak, and Joseph Spalding; and great grandchildren, Nathan, Anna, Jacob, Sarah and Austin. One of nine children, she was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Jo, and Eva; brothers, Rolland, Orion, Homer, William, Clarence, and Joseph Allen.
Calling hours will be on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dunn-Quigley Funeral Home (811 Grant St.). Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, interment, Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care Center of Visiting Nurse Service
[The Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Tuesday, October 23, 2007, page B7, col. 5]
St. Paul School Halloween parade will be outside at 1:15 p.m. Friday, weather permitting. In case of rain, the parade will be in the Parish Activity Center. Parties begin after the parade. Pre-kindergarten students through Grade 3 may bring a costume to change into after lunch.
The PTO Halloween Family Dance will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Boeke Hall.
A DJ will provide dance music with line dancing, contests and prizes. Pizza, chips, drinks and desserts will be available for purchase. All are encouraged to come in costume. (Costumes must be appropriate. No weapons, blood, monster masks, or revealing clothing.) Cost is $3 per person or $10 per family. For information, call Nancy Kannel at 330-773-6375.
Monday, October 22, 2007
October is a special month for recalling the devotion of the servants of God in St. Paul Parish Community..
This photo composite shows the eight pastors who have served St. Paul in 88 years. The first Mass in the parish was on Columbus Day, October 12, 1919, in Firestone Park School. By April 4, 1920 work was far enough along to permit celebration of the first Mass in the new church. Our first pastor, Fr. James Hanley, a decorated Army chaplain, died May 21 the same year of pneumonia. Seven other pastors have since served the parish admirably and will be remembered this month.
Priesthood Sunday. on October 28 is a special day set aside to honor the priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the church. The nationwide event is coordinated by USA Council of Serra International which has 800 clubs in 36 countries. Serra clubs are known worldwide for their efforts to foster and affirm Catholic vocations to the ministerial priesthood and vowed religious life. The Serra Club of Akron meets at noon on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the University Club Martin Center of the University of Akron campus.
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The Pastoral Council at its October 19 meeting extended the deadline for nominating new Council members to October 29. The Hospitality committee provided an update on the recent new parishioner gathering and the Stewardship weekend. Both were great successes and a special thank you goes to Robin Daley for her coordination of these events. Plans were discussed for the Ministry Leadership day on November 10 for the leaders of our parish programs and an update from our Clustering committee shared positive progress in building relationships with our clustering parishes.
Parish Council candidates must be registered Catholic members of the parish who are in full communion with the church and at least 18 years of age. Members are called to serve the parish community for two years through consideration of the good of the entire parish. Any member of the parish may make nominations and self-nominations are also welcome. Please use the nomination forms available in the narthex and return forms to the designated box or the rectory. Please keep all those discerning this commitment to serve St. Paul Parish in your prayers.
[Source: Todd Wammes for the Pastoral Council]
That was the message that Mary Clare Rietz brought in a presentation on “Global Warning and Our Best Response” at St. Paul Catholic Church on Sunday evening.
“We are at a turning point in our history where we are creating conditions that are incompatible with life,” she told an audience of about 50.
She used the week’s news and stark statistics in a slide show presentation to drive home her conclusion.
Ten of the 11 warmest years have occurred since 1990, she said, and 2006 was the hottest on record. This winter was the warmest on record.
One graphic noted there are now 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide and if the trend goes unchecked there will be 600 parts per million after 45 more years. The United States is responsible for 30 per cent of carbon emissions even though Americans make up just 4 [per cent of the world’s population. The U.S. emits more carbon dioxide than China, India and Japan combined.
Another graphic showed changes in the ice structure at Glacier National Park with photos in 1932 and again in 1988. The destructive potential of hurricanes has increased along with ocean temperatures over the past 35 years
Extreme heat waves in 2003 caused more than 35,000 deaths in Europe and 1,500 in India. Unfortunately, Rietz said, it is the poor countries that suffer the most.
Rietz pointed to current news that shows Atlanta, GA, has only an 80-day supply of water due to drought conditions.
Rietz admits that she is not a scientist, but she became alarmed as a mother when she became aware of the problem. Her mother’s concern is repeated in each presentation she gives.
"There's nothing that could motivate me more than the idea that my daughter's world will be significantly affected if we don't do something," said Rietz.
More than 2,500 scientists worldwide back up the statistics, she said. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPAC) has arrived at a consensus that the earth is warming due to atmospheric pollution. Of the few scientists outside IPAC who disagree, many are documented as being paid by Exxon Mobile and other oil companies to create confusion.
There were a number of questions from the audience after the first two parts of the presentation. After a break and refreshments, the program concluded width information on what people can do to slow the global warming trend. There were a number of handouts available on what you need to know on global warming and what you can do about it. by taking personal action
The Climate Project has an interactive “carbon calculator” on line which calculates your “carbon footprint” based on data you plug in such as the type of car you drive, home energy use, auto travel and so forth. The calculator shows how much carbon dioxide you can prevent from being released in the atmosphere by what you eat, what you drive, how your build your home and more. It’s at
There was another presentation by Rietz this morning for students in St. Paul School’s grades four through six.
Fr. Ralph Thomas welcomed those attending the program Sunday night and the speaker was then introduced by her mother, June Rietz.
Rietz makes her home in Cincinnati, where she currently spends her days working as campaign organizer for Ohioans for Health, Environment and Justice, a statewide initiative to empower low income, working, and communities of color as it relates to their environmental exposure.
Mary Clare attended Xavier University, and graduated in 1987 with a degree in Social Work. Mary Clare grew up in Firestone Park and is the daughter of long-time St Paul’s members Les and June Rietz.
Rietz is one of 1,600 trained by The Climate Project to deliver the global warming presentation. The Climate Project presenters intend to reach more than a million audience members in 2007.
Sunday night was her 13th presentation on Global Warming, competing with the final game of the American League baseball championship which began a short time later.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
There is a collection box in the narthex or you can drop them off or send them to school with your students. They earn cash for our schools.
Since 2002 the school has earned $2,157 on box tops alone. It’s easy. Just clip the Box Top$ for Education symbol shown here. Earn cash for our school every time you shop. The school earns 10 cents for each boxtop symbol you send in.
A flyer to be sent home with students and included in church bulletins lists products which carry the symbol. Products include cereal, refrigerated or dairy items from Pillsbury and Yoplait, meals from Betty Crocker and Hamburger Helper, frozen Pillsbury items, Betty Crocker backing foods, storage bags from Ziploc and Sarnan Wrap, paper products like Cottonelle, Kleenex and Scott and disposable tableware and waste bags from Hefty.
Online registration also will help provide income and Peggy Muncey who coordinates the program says a day is being planned to permit those without a computer to stop in and get registered.
Note: Do not bring in cash register receipts since they are no longer being acceptedl at St. Paul.
“Our volunteers have made our parish grounds so beautiful and appealing,” said the pastor, Fr. Ralph Thomas . “Thank you to our wonderful Garderning Angels. We appreciate your generous help.”
Ron McAvoy is shepherd of the gardening parishioners. Here’s his quick rundown on the crew:
Theresa, Kenneth and Penny Roush take care of watering the plants around the rectory and grotto and have put some in on their own. Penny was doing the watering before I took over the grounds.
Jim Sapak has been doing the flowers in the grotto area for at least three years.Vi and Joe Pappano put in flowers over around the Virgin in front of the rectory.
Tommy Breiding took over the big job of mowing grass, trimming hedge and bushes, replacing mulch, cutting down trees and removing stumps. He also has replaced grass where needed and a variety of other jobs. He has really been a blessing to the parish.
Bill Fickes helped with the watering around the church.
Mike and Cathy Hausch helped with planting flowers.
Carylin Balchak and Francis Lupica have paid for the flowers in the front of the church for the last two years.
Hank Richard has helped me with getting flowers and putting them out.
“I am sure there have been others over the year whom I have failed to remember but whom we need to thank.” McAvoy said.. “These are all people who have volunteered along with others over the two years that I have been involved with it some of whom were Maggie Walker, Craig and Mary Ellen (McAvoy) Sivak.
“After the first frost we will be removing all the flowers and preparing the grounds for next year. We are going to have a meeting in January to put together a group to plan for next year and to get more ideas and church members involved.
“I believe we all want to have a church and grounds that looks nice and for which we can be proud of in our community.”.
This fall to prepare the grounds for Winter the Gardening Angels would welcome the time and effort of anyone who volunteers to help. Call Ron McAvoy at 330-773-7389
The parking lot in front of Boeke Hall was filled with cars this morning. The hall itself was jammed full of display tables And as promised, trhere were artisans of ceramics, wooden items, needlework, Hallioween and Christmas items and toys.
There were also raffles, door prizes, homemade baked goods and hot food available.
Dora Weygandt, whose beautiful wreaths decorate the narthex of the church at Christmas and Easter time, decided to set up a table this year to show off more of the tedioursely handmade wreaths and floral displays fashioned by her and her sisters. Joining her Saturday morning were sisters Barbara from Monroe, Michigan, and Mary Ann :LaRocca of Jackson Township.
Others caught by the blog photographer included:
Dave Clute who stopped by after the breakfast meeting of the Men’s Fellowship upstairs in the Parish Activity Center and sampled a gourmet jam.
Mrs. Cheryl Childress, the school librarian, who was selling cards.
Mrs. Pat Delagrange, one of the raffle ticket ladies.
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Mark your calendars! Join with other St. Paul Parish families to prepare for the season of Advent. Sunday, November 4, 2007, from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center there will be Advent activities to make with your family along with hot dogs and beverages to enjoy! Plan to stop in and join in the fun! Donations gladly accepted to help defray costs. Watch the bulletin for further information.
WINTER ITEMS NEEDED FOR ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
Winter is just around the corner and in order to provide for those in need, our
parish will be collecting new items for St. Vincent de Paul. Items needed are socks, gloves, hats and scarves for children and adults. These items will be distributed at the Fr. Hilkert Ozanam Center located at Annunciation Church, 87 Broad Street, Akron. A donation box will be set up in the Narthex. Volunteers are still needed. If interested please call Joe Denholm at 330-724-2214.
“CLASSIC AT THE CASTLE”
Registration is underway for the Sixth Annual Archbishop Hoban “Classic at the Castle” Pre-Season Basketball Tournament for 4th through 8th grade teams, November 16-18, 2007, in Akron. Games will be played at Archbishop Hoban High School and St. Hilary’s in Fairlawn. Registration is $125 per team. Deadline to register is October 31, 2007. For information, contact Tim Heil, tournament director at 330-606-7977 or at email@example.com.
ADULT MASS SERVERS
We are still in need of Adult Mass Servers. It is our privilege and duty as parishioners to offer assistance in helping to maintain dignity and beauty in our worship, especially at Sunday and Vigil Masses. The ministry of “Alcolyte” or Mass Server is a wonderful opportunity to serve the people of St. Paul while giving glory to God. We want to invite adult men and women of the parish to be Mass servers for funerals, special occasions and Sunday Masses. Please consider doing something special for the parish in this way. Please call the Rectory at 330-724-1263 and give it a try!
CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR OUR MILITARY
Don and Dorothy Gross’s grandson, Alan is serving in the United States Air Force. Our parish will be sending Christmas greetings to him. Please stop and sign a card or bring your own card with a special message of encouragement for him. A box will be set up in the Narthex for the cards. Envelopes are not necessary as we will bundle the cards up and put them in a manila envelope.
4TH GRADE TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM (8W-1L)
Will play at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 21.
7TH-8TH GRADE TACKLE FOOTBALL TEAM (8W-0L)
Will play at the Rubber Bowl at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 21.
BOOSTER CLUB POORMAN'S REVERSE RAFFLE
Saturday, December 1, in Boeke Hall. Doors open and Mini-Raffles start at 6:00 p.m., Buffet at 7:30 p.m. and Drawing at 8:30 p.m., $1,500.00 prize Cost is $40 per person. Call John Testa for tickets at 330-773-8323.
The second annual Carol A. Brodbeck Memorial Walk will be Saturday, November 3, 2007, at 10 a.m. at the Coventry Oaks Pavilion of Firestone Metropolitan Park, off S. Main Street. This walk is held to honor Carol, a St. Paul parishioner and friend and a wonderful nurse who touched many lives throughout our community. A scholarship fund in Carol’s memory has been established at The University of Akron School of Nursing to fund future generations of nurses. All donations will be greatly appreciated and checks may be made payable to The University of Akron Foundation. For more information, call Annette at 330-668 -4017 or Bob at 330-620-5795.
Catholics across the country will be celebrating National Priesthood Sunday on October 28. It is a day set aside to celebrate the importance of the gift of priesthood in the life of the Church. It is a time for us to reflect on the ministry that our priests share with us when we gather at the Table of the Lord—when we call in our times of need. Consider sharing a personal note or card of thanks.
Together we pray that many of our young people will be inspired by the ministry and witness of our priests. May their hearts be open to hearing and responding to God’s call in their lives.
There are 417 diocesan priests in the Diocese of Cleveland, with 296 priests in active ministry and 95 retired priests. In addition, 26 priests are in special classifications, (e.g. military service, mission work, graduate studies or released from diocesan ministry). A team of 4 priests, 2 women religious and 3 lay women serve in the diocesan mission in El Salvador was established in 1964. In parishes served by diocesan priests, there are now 131 parishes with only one priest, 55 with two priests, 17 with three priests, and 2 with four priests. There are also several parishes that share a single priest and five parishes with pastoral teams. In addition, sixteen parishes are entrusted to religious communities.
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Friday, October 19, 2007
The Country Charm Holiday Bazaar sponsored by St. Paul Ladies Guild will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Boeke Hall. Featured artisans of ceramic, wood, needlework, toys and Halloween and Christas items will be available along with food and baked goods. There will be raffles and door prizes throughout the day.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Accompanying the Bishop was Fr. Steve Vellenga, who was an associate at St. Paul from June 1982 until July, 1987 when he was assigned to the Diocesan Team Mission in El Salvador. Fr. Vellenge was assigned to St. Barnabas in Northfield in 1995 until July 1997 when he was named pastor of St. Mary parish in Painesville.
“It was a remarkable trip, as I experienced the Church of San Salvador and the practice of Catholic faith,” the Bishop wrote. “ I found most remarkable the sincere faith and the deep joy that was evident in the lives of the people of El Salvador. Also, on a personal note, I was truly humbled by the warmth and the love that was extended to me and the real excitement and “fiesta” with which I was greeted.
“The whole trip for Father Edward Estok and Father Steve Vellenga who accompanied me and for me was a wonderful encounter we had with a gracious and good people. I am so grateful for their hospitality, their love of the Church, and their devotion to the ministries that our mission team members are building up throughout the coastal area of
southeastern El Salvador.”
The Bishop concluded his visit on September 27, the feast of St. Vincent dePaul, by celebrating Mass at the chapel which marks the gravesite of four American Church women slain in 1980.
“With sadness, respect, and love we recalled at the Mass in a particular way our two
sisters from Cleveland, Ms. Jean Donovan and Sister Dorothy Kazel, OSU. The Opening Prayer for the Mass for St. Vincent reads “God our Father, you gave Vincent de Paul the courage and holiness of an apostle for the well being of the poor..”. All of us who were present thought about these courageous women and the tragic price they paid for their commitment to the well being of the poor of El Salvador. May their lives be an inspiration to all of us to be generous and gracious in reaching out to those in need by lightening their burdens and making their yokes easy thereby enhancing their well being.”
A photostory about Bishop Lennon’s trip to visit the Cleveland Latin American Mission Team will run in the October 19 issue of the Universe Bulletin.
Candidates must be registered Catholic members of the parish who are in full communion with the church .and at least 18 years of age. Members serve the parish community on council for two years starting December 2007 through December 2009. Any member of the parish may make nomincatins and self-nominations are welcome.
Use the nomination forms available in the Narthex and return forms to the designated box or to the Rectory. Please keep all those discerning this commitment to serve St. Paul Parish in your prayers.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Vatican, Oct. 17, 2007 (CWNews.com) - At his regular weekly public audience on October 17, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans for a consistory on November 24, and named the 23 new members who will be added to the College of Cardinals.
When Archbishops John Foley and Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston receive their red hats on November 24, the US will boast 17 natives in the College of Cardinals: the largest representation for any country other than Italy.
Foley was a heavy favorite for inclusion on the list of this year's new cardinals. He had served the Vatican faithfully for years. He is as popular in Rome as in his native Philadelphia. And he now holds a post-- grand master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre-- traditionally held by a Prince of the Church.Of the new cardinals, 18 will be under the age of 80 and thus eligible to participate in a papal election. After the consistory there will be a total of 202 members of the college, including 121 cardinal-electors. (There are currently 104 electors, but Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the former Secretary of State and current dean of the college, will turn 80 on the eve of the consistory.)
The Holy Father disclosed that he had intended to name another new cardinal: Bishop Ignacy Jez, a Dachau survivor who was the former Bishop of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg, Poland. But Bishop Jez died on October 16, at the age of 93.
The cardinal-electors who will receive their red hats at the November consistory are:
- Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, the former sositituto who is now prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches;
- Archbishop John Patrick Foley, the longtime president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, now serving as grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre;
- Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican's former Secretary for Relations with States, now the president of the Vatican City governoratel;
- Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum;
- Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter's basilica and vicar general for Vatican City;
- Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity;
- Archbishop Raffaele Farina, the Vatican archivist;
- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco Vicente of Valencia, Spain;
- Archbishop Sean Baptist Brady of Armagh, Ireland;
- Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain;
- Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois of Paris, France;
- Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, Italy;
- Archbishop Theodore-Adrien Sarr of Dakar, Senegal;
- Archbishop Oswald Gracias of Bombay, India;
- Archbishop Francisco Robles Ortega of Monterrey, Mexico;
- Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, US;
- Archbishop Odilio Pedro Scherer of Sao Paulo, Brazil;
- Archbishop John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya
- Father Umberto Betti, the former rector of the Pontifical Lateran University;
- Archbishop Giovanni Coppa, a veteran Vatican diplomat;
- Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly of Babylon, the head of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church;
- Archbishop Estanislao Esteban Karlic, the former Archbishop of Parana, Argentina; and
- Father Urbano Navarrete, the former rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
You might want to visit St. Francis de Sales Church, 4019 Manchester Rd. There are two Masses each day, every day. You can start the weekend off with the Lord at Eucharistic Adoration beginning with 10 a.m. Mass on Friday, October 19, and closing with vespers at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 21
The Holy Father's message was released on October 16 as the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) observed World Food Day. The message was addressed to FAO director Jacques Diouf.
Saying that the quest to eliminate hunger is "one of the most serious challenge of our time," the Pope notes with regret that existing programs "do not seem to have significantly diminished the number of hungry people in the world."
Pope Benedict notes that many people find themselves starving after poverty or warfare forces them to leave their homes, and they cannot find food in their new locations. Every society should provide migrants and refugees with access to food, he writes, saying that the failure to do so is "an evident violation of human dignity."
[Source: Catholic World News]
Monday, October 15, 2007
Dottie is head sacristan, a eucharistic minister and former Ladies Guild officer. As sacristan she coordinates volunteers who take care of altar linens and vestments. They sew, launder and iron linens and vestments used by priests.
Dottie and her late husband, John W. “Pete” Thoerig, grew up in Mount Savage in Allegany County, MD.
Dottie was born January 26, 1928, the daughter of Agnes and William Winn. Her mother died when she was six years old and she was raised by her grandparents, Cora and James Walsh.
Dottie attended St. Patrick Elementary School in Mount Savage and Pete attended the public school just across the street. Dottie then attended Ursuline Academy in Cumberland, MD, where she graduated in 1947.
She and Pete were married at St. Patrick Church in Mount Savage on July 27, 1949. Pete worked for a produce firm and drove truck for a grocer until relatives in Akron encouraged them to move here in 1951.and Pete got a job as a truck driver. He was employed by CABY Transportation, Garry Motor Lines and then General Highway Express. where he retired. Pete, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, died September 6, 2003
The Theorigs had three sons, John, a telephone worker of Kenner, LA,west of New Orleans; Richard, who lives in Kenmore and works for Habitat for Humanity of Summit County, and Bill, who died December 20, 2005 at the age of 47.
There also are grandchildren Kelly, Carrie, Douglas, Lacy and Kim and great-grandchildren Steven, Alexis and Kell’n.
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, OCT 14, 2007 (VIS) - After praying the Angelus today with thousands of faithful gathered in , the Pope made an appeal for the liberation of two Catholic priests kidnapped in Iraq.
"Serious news of attacks and violence continues to arrive daily from ," he said, "shaking the conscience of all people who have the good of that country and the peace of the region to heart. Among this news, I learned today of the kidnapping of two good priests of the Syrian Catholic archdiocese of Mosul, who have been threatened with death.
"I appeal to the kidnappers to release the two religious immediately and, in underlining once again that violence does not resolve tensions, I raise to the Lord a heartfelt prayer for their liberation, for all those suffering from violence, and for peace."
[Source: Vatican Information Service]
By Sandi Denholm
for the Ladies Guild
Continuing a long tradition of Marian devotion, St. Paul Ladies Guild held their annual Living Rosary on the second Thursday of October. (October 11).
In past years this program was held in Boeke Hall where women of the parish formed a moving circle around a large statue of the Virgin Mary.Each woman carried a lit candle and her rosary as the circle moved in cadence with the recitation of the five decades of the Joyful Mysteries.
Our pastor began the prayers and five different women led a decade each. At the end of each decade a different woman would place a rose in a vase at the feet of Mary. Specific intentions were mentioned at the beginning and the women were encouraged to remember their personal intention silently.
Our new church makes participation in the Living Rosary more accessible for those who wish to share in this beautiful devotion. We now pray the Luminous Mysteries, and remain seated except for those who lead a decade who go to the microphone. Candles are no longer used, but our love for Mary is a light in this holy setting.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
A wallboard depicted representations for most of the parish ministries and there was a slideshow including views ot the church and some of the ministries. John Kendrow of the finance committee was on hand to answer questions about the parish financial report,. Jim Vondemkamp provided music, Scott Dudek put on a juggling show and balloons, popcorn and refreshments added to the scene.
The new parish Ministry Directory was available along with refrigerator magnets of the church with the slogan “A Growing Communitiy.”
The weekend was meant to enhance the stewardship letter and plege cards received in the mail this week by all registered parishioners.
The letter from Fr. Thomas, posted below on October 10 said in part:
In just one year we have felt the difference in our efforts to become a "Stewardship Parish" with every member offering a special portion of their time, talent and treasure to build up the "Kingdom of God" in our midst.
More adults have volunteered to serve families in need, a new prayer group has been formed, grant monies have been matched dollar for dollar in the interests of St. Paul School, and a new Hospitality Committee is preparing to welcome new parishioners in a "get acquainted" session.”
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Saturday, October 13, 2007
Gift Card Program
St. Paul PTO sells gift cards. You can order or pick up gift cards on hand in the Narthex after all the Masses or from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul School. Each card reimburses the school for a percentage of the value of the card. You pay only the monetary value and the business pays us. For more information, call Mary Bachmann at 330-773-7938
Our Market Day program provides a delcious selection of food from appetizers to dessert. Watch Saint Paul TODAY for special items coming up. For more informatiion, call Tom Cullison 330-724-3218.
Aluminum and Paper Recycling
Did you know there are big bins at the edge of the parking lot near the school gym where you can dispose of your cans and papers and help the environment too? There are separate bins for scrap paper and aluminum cans. For more information, call Ron McAvoy at 330-773-7389
Friday, October 12, 2007
For the opening of Literacy Night, there were 11 students, each with an alphabet letter which they held up in turn as they were called out to spell “I like to read.”
Next up was the Drama Club players of Wayside School who presented three stories from The Sideways Stories From Wayside School. The book is one of a popular series of children's books by Louis Sachar. that tell many stories of a school built as a tower 30 stories high, with one room per story, but with no 19th floor.
The Drama Club told the stories of three of the children in Mrs. Jewlls’s class on the thirtieth story but they first explained Wayside School. It was supposed to be only one story high, with thirty classrooms all in a row. Instead, it is thirty stories high, with one classroom on each story. The builder said he was very sorry.
The first story, Learning to Count, is about Joe who was kept in from recess. Joe, played by Matt Kannel, comes up with the right answers, but counts the wrong way.
The second story, Art Class, is about Bebe the fastest draw in Mrs. Jewls’s class. Bebe, played by Lexi Chisholm, could draw a cat in less that 45 seconds, a dog in 30 an a flower in eight seconds. But she never drew just one but 50 or 100.
The third story, The Note, is about Calvin played by Billy Gabelman. Calvin is asked to take a note to Miss Zarves on the 19h floor. He keeps hunting between the 18th and 20th floors, but can’t deliver the note because, you know, there is no 19th floor.
The Drama Club finished by giving a bouquet to club adviser Mrs. Janet Hazlett. The club will take a brea until January when rehearsals start for a Spring play.
After the drama, students and parents rotated to various stations for crafts, idioms, antonyms, rhymes, scrabble and all the wonderful things promoting literacy.
Miss Mary Means, the second grade teacher, had a display of excellent books telling the history of words, a thesaurus and others on a table in front of a wall of idioms, each dutifully explained.
There were snacks and a table full of handouts for parents on ways to help your child with reading, 20 great books kids love, 12 great tips for reading with your kids, and secret of reading success.
And if you missed a trip to the old gym then you missed one of the great stations.
Youngsters were seated on the gym floor and parents in a circle of chairs around storyteller Tom Cullison who held up the book as he read fascinating stories like “A Bad Case of the Stripes” by David Shannon. There was no TV, no video grams, but the youngsters were enthralled as stories were read to them.
If you missed the night, you really ought to be certain you make next year’s or the next night of any kind put on by St. Paul’s teachers. The planning committee was Elizabeth Campbell, pre-kindergarten; Sean Collins, Grade 7; Deborah Dodson, kindergarten, Janet Hazlett, Grade 4 and Drama Club adviser; Suzanne Inglis, Grade 1; and Mary Means, Grade 2.
In his remarks, the Holy Father recalled how the door "was built by Giovanni Battista Soria and Orazio Censore during the pontificate of Paul V who, between 1617 and 1619, ordered the complete refurbishment of the entire structure of the 'Porta Palatii.' In 1663, following the colossal architectural modifications ... of Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the door was moved to its current position ... between the colonnade of St. Peter's Square and the Constantine Wing."
The intention had been to restore the door for the Great Jubilee 2000, but work could only begin in the year 2006. "Now," said the Pope, "it has returned to its place and function, under the beautiful mosaic of the Madonna and Child with Sts. Peter and Paul."
Benedict XVI went on: "Precisely because it marks the point of access to the house of the person called by the Lord to guide, as father and pastor, the entire People of God, this door assumes a symbolic and spiritual significance. Those who come to meet Peter's Successor pass through here. Pilgrims and visitors to the various offices of the Apostolic Palace cross this threshold." In this context, he voiced the hope that "those who enter through the Bronze Door may feel ... they are welcomed by the Pope's embrace. The house of the Pope is open to everyone."