Thursday, June 30, 2011
Sister Cheryl Rose, HM
Right to Life of Northeast Ohio announces the inaugural “RUN for their LIVES” 5K race, followed by the annual “Walk For Life”. Both will be held on the campus of the University of Akron on Saturday, July 30. The 5K race is part of the Subway Challenge series, and will award prizes in several age categories. For the Walk For Life, grab a group of family, friends or co-workers, register a team, or come by yourself! The Walk will be held inside the air-conditioned Field House at the University.
Visit www.RightToLifeofNortheastOhio.com for registration information
The pallium -- a round woolen band with two black-tipped strips -- is worn around the shoulders over liturgical vestments to evoke the image of the Good Shepherd carrying a sheep back to the fold.
Pope Benedict wears one and, each June 29, the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, he places a pallium around the shoulders of prelates who in the past year have been named to head archdioceses.
The liturgical vestment, made from the wool of lambs blessed by the pope each year on the feast of St. Agnes, is a strictly pastoral symbol for those with a flock.
Those receiving the pallium, includng four from the United States, were:
1. Archbishop Zbignev Stankevics of Riga, Lithuania.
2. Archbishop Ruben Salazar Gomez of Bogota, Colombia.
3. Archbishop Antoine Ganye Jude of Cotonou, Benin.
4. Archbishop Fausto Gabriel Travez Travez O.F.M. of Quito, Ecuador.
5. Archbishop James Peter Sartain of Seattle, U.S.A.
6. Archbishop Oscar Julio Vian Morales S.D.B. of Guatemala, Guatemala.
7. Archbishop Gonzalo Restrepo Restrepo of Manizales, Colombia.
8. Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia of Turin, Italy.
9. Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller M.S.P.S. of San Antonio, U.S.A.
10. Archbishop Jose Serofia Palma of Cebu, Philippines.
11. Archbishop Pedro Brito Guimaraes of Palmas, Brazil.
12. Archbishop Juan Alberto Puiggari of Parana, Argentina.
13. Archbishop Thaddeus Cho Hwan-kil of Daegu, Korea.
14. Archbishop Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi O.F.M.Cap. of Mwanza, Tanzania.
15. Archbishop Jairo Jaramillo Monsalve of Barranquilla, Colombia.
16. Archbishop Paul Yembuado Ouedraogo of Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.
17. Archbishop William Slattery O.F.M. of Pretoria, South Africa.
18. Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati Andrello S.D.B. of Santiago de Chile, Chile.
19. Archbishop Paul Stagg Coakley of Oklahoma City, U.S.A.
20. Archbishop Murilo Sabastiao Ramos Krieger of San Salvador da Bahia, Brazil.
21. Archbishop Marjan Turnsek of Maribor, Slovenia.
22. Archbishop Remi Joseph Gustave Sainte-Marie M.Afr. of Lilongwe, Malawi.
23. Archbishop Gerard-Cyprien Lacroix of Quebec, Canada.
24. Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez of Los Angeles, U.S.A.
25. Archbishop Thumma Bala of Hyderabad, India.
26. Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubeze of Benin City, Nigeria.
27. Archbishop Vincenzo Bertolone S.D.P. of Catanzaro-Squillace, Italy.
28. Archbishop Luis María Perez de Onraita Aguirre of Malanje, Angola.
29. Archbishop Jose Manuel Imbamba of Saurimo, Angola.
30. Archbishop Jacinto Bergmann of Pelotas, Brazil.
31. Archbishop Helio Adelar Rubert of Santa María, Brazil.
32. Archbishop Pedro Ercilio Simon of Passo Fundo, Brazil.
33. Archbishop Charles Henry Dufour of Kingston in Jamaica, Jamaica.
34. Archbishop George Stack of Cardiff, Wales.
35. Archbishop Fernando Natalio Chomali Garib of Concepcion, Chile.
36. Archbishop Dimas Lara Barbosa of Campo Grande, Brazil.
37. Archbishop Dario de Jesus Monsalve Mejia of Cali, Colombia.
38. Archbishop Pierre Marie Carre of Montpellier, France.
39. Archbishop Sergio Da Rocha of Brasilia, Brazil.
40. Archbishop Sergio Lasam Utleg of Tuguegarao, Philippines.
The following five metropolitan archbishops will receive the pallium in their respective sees:
41. Archbishop Johannes Maria Trilaksyanta Pujasumarta of Semarang, Indonesia.
42. Archbishop Guire Poulard of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
43. Archbishop John Barwa S.V.D. of Cuttack-Bhubaneshwar, India.
44. Archbishop Lewis Zeigler of Monrovia, Liberia.
45. Archbishop Pascal N'koue of Parakou, Benin.
[Published by VIS - Holy See Press Office - Thursday, June 30, 2011]
His mission intention is: "That religious women in mission territories may be witnesses of the joy of the Gospel and living signs of the love of Christ".
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A sixth-century fresco of Saint Paul has been discovered in Naples, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano has said, describing the find as ''sensational''. The fresco was found during restoration work at the city's Catacombs of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius) by experts from the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Art. The apostle is depicted with a long neck, a slightly pink complexion, thinning hair and big eyes that give his face a languid, spiritual air.
The saint is wearing a tunic with the letter 'I' on the hem, which may stand for 'Iesus' (Latin for Jesus).
''The image, which dates to the start of the sixth century, is one of the most intense, austere figures of late antiquity,'' read the piece announcing the discovery, which will be published in Wednesday's L'Osservatore Romano.
The right side of the work has not survived the last 1,500 years.
The commission said details suggest that an image of Saint Peter would have been there.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
On the vigil of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, and his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination, Benedict XVI launched the Vatican's new Web portal, News.va.
"Dear Friends, I just launched www.news.va Praised be Jesus Christ! With my prayers and blessings, Benedictus XVI," the twitter feed reported at about 6 p.m., Rome time.
Archbishop Claudio Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, presented News.va on Monday.
Noting how the Vatican has already expanded its presence on the Internet with Facebook and YouTube pages, among others, Archbishop Celli explained the Holy Father's reasoning: "I want to be present where people come together," he has said.
News.va includes news from L'Osservatore Romano, Vatican Radio, the Fides agency, which reports on missions, and other media.
See the new website. You might want to bookmark it.
sacramental preparation for adults and/or children, or a combination of traditional Religious Education programs and new opportunities for faith formation. In brief, the job description is negotiable! Recruitment and direction of volunteers is essential, and emphasis on training for all catechists according to Diocesan guidelines. A part-time
secretary would serve as assistant to this position. Benefits available; position open immediately. Please contact the pastor, Father Michael Williamson, at 330-733-9944, or send resume to 2603 Benton Avenue, Akron, 44312.
The Chief of the Apostles was a native of Galilee like Our Lord. As he was fishing on its large lake he was called by Our Lord to be one of His apostles. Peter was poor and unlearned, but candid, eager, and loving. In his heart, first of all, his conviction grew, and then from his lips came the spontaneous confession: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God!” Our Lord chose him and prepared him to be the Rock on which He would build His Church, His Vicar on earth, the Head and Prince of His Apostles, the center and indispensable bond of the Church’s unity, the unique channel of all spiritual powers, the guardian and unerring teacher of His truth.
All Scripture is alive with Saint Peter; his name appears no fewer than 160 times in the New Testament. But it is after Pentecost that he stands out in the full grandeur of his office. He sees to the replacement of the fallen disciple; he admits the Jews by thousands into the fold and in the person of Cornelius, opens it to the Gentiles; he founds and for a time rules the Church at Antioch.
Ten years after the Ascension Saint Peter transferred his apostolic capital to Rome, going in person to the center of the majestic Roman Empire. From there he sent Saint Mark, his valued secretary, to establish the Church of Alexandria in Egypt. In Rome Saint Peter’s Chair was placed; there for twenty-five years he labored at building up the great Roman Church. He was crucified by order of Nero and buried on the Vatican Hill, where now the Basilica stands which bears his name.
Saint Paul was originally Saul of Tarsus, born in that city of Cilicia of Jewish parents, two or three years after the Saviour was born in Bethlehem of Judea. He studied in Jerusalem at the feet of the famous teacher Gamaliel, who later would be converted and listed among the Saints.
While still a young man, Saul was present to oversee, as commanding officer, the stoning of the proto-martyr Stephen. In his restless zeal he pressed on to Damascus, “breathing threats and slaughter against the disciples of Christ,” intending to drag them from their houses and imprison them. But on the road a light from heaven struck him to the earth. He heard a voice which said, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me? .” He asked who was speaking, and astonished on hearing His Name, inquired what Jesus wanted of him. And then, struck blind, for three days he saw nothing more. But he had been told what to do. He was led by the hand to Damascus, where he remained in the house of a Christian until, three days later, he rose for his baptism by a Christian leader of that city. Then he saw the light of day again, and the brilliance of the full truth for the first time, as another man, a new creature in Jesus Christ.
He left Damascus for a long retreat in Arabia, before he set out at the call of God, and carried the Gospel to the uttermost limits of the known western world. He became the Apostle to the Gentiles, whom he had been taught to hate.
When finally he knew that his hour had come to be dissolved and to be with Christ, as he had long desired, he wrote during his second imprisonment to his spiritual son Timothy, that he had “fought the good fight, finished his course, kept the faith", and that there remained for him to receive the crown of justice which His Lord was preparing for him on the final day.
Saint Paul has left to the Church fourteen Epistles, which have been a fountainhead of doctrine, elucidating the most basic truths taught by Christ.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Erin and Anna Liggett with their uncle Bob Liggett. The girls took up the gifts at the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday which was in memory of their grandmother, Helen Liggett, who died one year ago on this date. They are the daughters of Tom and Susan Liggett. Erin will be a junior at Hoban High next year and Anna will be in Grade 7 at St. Paul.
[Photo by Tony DiDonato]
Mary Ann DeKemper (at left) with granddaughters, Tara Lanham, a third grader, and Allie Lanham, a kindergarten student. They attend St, Paul School. Mrs. DeKemper is the school secretary. In the photo on the right are Fran Carver with daughter Mary Lou Goodhart and granddaughters Shaianne Smith and Benjamin Criss.[Photos by Tony DiDonato]
Friday, June 24, 2011
Contact the credit union at 330-724-5183 for more information.
New Summer Hours:
Monday and Friday 1 to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 1 to 4 p.m.
Visit www.museumofdivinestatues.com to view pictures and learn additional information about the museum.
[Note: website address listed in bulletin is incorrect.]
(Taken from writings of Joan Chittister, OSB in Network Connection.)
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Property records show that investors linked to White Hat bought the St. Procop church, school and rectory, at 3181 W. 41st St., and the former Corpus Christi church and school, at 4850 Pearl Road, on June 10. On Monday, investor groups closed deals for the former St. Rose of Lima church, school and administrative building at 11401 Detroit Ave.; the former Annunciation church and school at 4697 W. 130th St.; and the former Sacred Heart of Jesus property, at 4300 E. 71st St.
Schools run by White Hat already were leasing space at Annunciation, St. Rose of Lima and Sacred Heart of Jesus. Now White Hat plans to move its Hope Academy Lincoln Park school from Tremont to the St. Procop property. And the company plans to open a new school, Pearl Academy, at the former Corpus Christi property.
The diocese put roughly 50 churches up for sale and has sold 25 properties across eight counties, spokesman Robert Tayek said. The diocese expects to release a report on the sales in early fall.
White Hat, a for-profit management company, runs 45 schools in five states, mainly under the Hope Academies and LifeSkills brands. The company leases space from the diocese at several sites, including Our Lady of Lourdes, an active parish in Cleveland, and St. John the Baptist on Brown Street in Akron, whose parishioners have appealed to the Vatican to spare it from closing.
See the Plain Dealer story.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
However, a Vatican spokesman denied a newspaper's prediction that it should be ready for Benedict's visit to his native Germany in September.
According to the report, the new Popemobile will be based on the four-wheel-drive M Class Mercedes with a hybrid electric-gas motor.
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery will allow it to drive 16 miles (30 kilometres) without any polluting emissions.
The pope would not be allowed to use a purely electric car because the Popemobile must have the capacity to take off swiftly in case of emergency, according to the report.
A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said the group could give no details on its private clients "for reasons of confidentiality."
Read the story
Sunday, June 19, 2011
“I ask you to encourage this as a means of preparing our people and helping them embrace the new translation,” Archbishop Aymond told the bishops during their Spring Assembly near Seattle.
This announcement primarily affects the “Gloria,” the “Holy, Holy, Holy” and the “Memorial Acclamations” of the liturgy. The change will allow parish communities to learn the various parts of the new translation “in a timely fashion and an even pace.”
The bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, which Archbishop Aymond chairs, made the decision in response to several bishops’ requests to allow early preparation ahead of the full-scale implementation scheduled for Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent.
Some bishops suggested that the various acclamations could be more effectively introduced throughout the fall so that when the full Missal is implemented the congregation will already be familiar with the sung prayers.
The new English translation of the Roman Missal – the official book of prayers and instructions for the celebration of the Eucharist – follows the original Latin more closely while using richer and more accurate language. The new version involves the most significant changes to the liturgy since 1974.
Bishops in the U.S. have also made efforts to prepare for the upcoming implementation of the revised missal by offering workshops to priests and diocesan officials throughout the last year, as well as launching a website dedicated to the new translation.
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has also planned an early start. Catholics there will begin using the changed portions of the Mass in September.
Father’s Day was a memorable day for St. Paul’s Rev. Fr. James Berardi. Fr Berardi said his first Mass 52 years ago on another Trinity Sunday.
Fr. Berardi was born March 16, 1933 at St. Thomas Hospital and grew up in Firestone Park on Glenmount. He celebrated his first Mass on Trinity Sunday in 1959 in the old St. Paul Catholic Church which was raised in August 2000 and replaced by the new church dedicated by Bishop Pilla on October 26, 2003.
Fr. Berardi, who was ordained May 23, 1959, often recounts his years as a priest starting with his time in the Seminary when his classmate and later Bishop Anthony J. Pilla was in Room No. 1 as master of ceremonies and he was in No. 2 as Sacristan.
Grandparents Mitch and Janice Patrick with granddaughter Macie McDonald at left and Briann Stevens with daughters Josey and Jillyan outside after the 11 a.m. Mass
John and Sharry Withrow with twin daughters Lisa and Maria. All are active as ushers or extraordinary ministers of communion.
Patrick and Lisa Fahey with daughter Kate at left and Betty Ciborek with Kathleen and Charles Deger[Photos by Tony DiDonato]
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Our Lady of the Angels Monastery in Hanceville, Alabama on October 24-29, leaving from Canton.
The cost is going to be somewhere in the vicinity of $500 for a shared room. The total will go up or down depending on the number. It will go down the more people who register.
Deposits must be made by August 15, 2011 Call Susan at 330- 833- 7700
The group will travel as far as Goodlettesville, TN on Monday and will be at Our Lady of the Angels for noon Mass on Tuesday and spend the afternoon there. The group will be staying at St. Bernard's Benedictine Abbey while in Alabama. Wednesday will be a very long day, leaving St. Bernard's at 5 am to attend the televised Mass at EWTN in the morning.
The group will stay at EWTN all day with the opportunity for confession, spiritual talks, a tour of the studio, adoration, and will attend the EWTN Live Show that night. Thursday they will attend Mass with the Sisters in Hanceville and spend the day there --again with opportunity for adoration, confession, spiritual talks, a healing service, and private prayers at the grottos there. There are gift shops at EWTN, Our Lady of the Angels, and St. Bernard's. On Friday morning the group will again attend Mass with the sisters, check out of St. Bernard's and head for Cincinnati where will stay that night. Half of the meals are included in the cost of the trip. The tour will be back in Canton by noon on Saturday.
The St. Sebastian Parish choir will perform during a seven-day tour in Rome from July 4-11. Beacon Journal religion writer Colette M. Jenkins reported on the tour in the lead item of her religion notes in Saturday's Beacon Journal.
The choir has been rehearsing more than two years for the concert tour. A total of 43 people, including choir and nonmembers, are scheduled to travel.
Music that the choir will perform during its Rome tour will be presented in an hour-long Ciao Roma (Hello Rome) concert at 4 p.m. on June 26 at the church, 476 Mull Ave
The Rome tour will end at the pope's summer residence in Castel Gandolfo (Lazio, Italy) for the Sunday Angelus and Blessing.The choir was chosen to perform a concert at the Basilica of St. Francis; a private Mass at the tomb of St. Francis; a concert at St. Ignatius for the City of Rome, and a Cardinal Mass in St. Peter's at the Altar of the Chair, where the parish pastor, the Rev. John Valencheck will serve as one of the celebrants.
A very special salute to the students and staff at Akron's St. Paul Catholic Elementary school or their volunteerism and generosity on behalf of those families devastated by the Alabama tornadoes.
"We wanted to help in any way possible," said Ruth Dietzel, St. Paul kindergarten teacher. "After contacting Christine Salberg, Department of Catholic Education, we planned a "Tornado Relief Week," which included a benefit concert put on by the group Strangely Familiar.
"Our principal, Bob Brodbeck left Sunday with Father Ralph Thomas to deliver the food, personal items, baby food, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, toothbrushes and clothes [collected by the school]. In addition, the students raised $1,500 [bringing in loose change, cleaning supplies and the like] that is also being delivered. Students also made cards, gifts, and wrote personal messages of support to the children affected by the tornado that hit the Birmingham area."
Damage from the April 27 storms, where 38 of the state's 67 counties were declared disaster areas, has been placed in the millions.
The death toll in the twisters that ripped through seven southern states has been placed at 295,
Hats off to all who continue to do what they can to help the storm survivors with their recovery.
Friday, June 17, 2011
A study by Mark Gray for Our Sunday Visitor (OSV) finds that the number of Catholics choosing to marry in the Church has plummeted dramatically. Gray finds “a shift from 8.6 marriages per 1,000 U.S. Catholics in 1972 to 2.6 marriages per 1,000 Catholics in 2010.”
An OSV editorial refers to the decline in Catholic marriages as “another fidelity crisis,” with implications comparable to those of the sex-abuse crisis. “Many Catholics seem unaware of what the Church means by a sacramental marriage, of its opportunities for grace and its advantages over civil marriage,” the editors argue. They conclude that a proper response will require, as a first step, recognizing that this is “a true Church crisis.”
Read the full story in Our Sunday Visitor
You also might want to check out marriage statistics from the U.S. Bishops website.
The Knights of Columbus Council put up this billboard on South Main Street. Walt and Joanne Cyc donated the billboard and members of the council paid to have it displayed. It is a moving testimonial to the fight against abortion.
Adult servers also needed
Adult servers are also needed. Adult men and women serve mainly at funeral Masses. This is another great opportunity for service to our parish. If you or someone you know may be interested please call the rectory. Training will be provided.
feature live music, games and activities. The day ends with a Mass and fireworks display. Check out the website www.thefest.us for more details. Families are welcome. Call John Amedeo 330-773-6641 or 330-644-3011
God our Father,
We give you thanks and praise
for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers,
newly embracing their vocation;
May they find the courage and perseverance
to balance work, family, and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for our own fathers
who have supported and challenged us;
May they continue to lead in strong and gentle ways.
We remember fathers around the world
whose children are lost or suffering;
May they know that the God of compassion
walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
but still mentor and guide us
with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfathers,
and great-grandfathers who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory
and nourish us with their love. Amen.
Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, chair of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, announced the new video “Made for Life” during his report to the U.S. bishops at their June 2011 meeting in Seattle.
“Our culture is one that often forgets the sacred gift of the child, and in so doing it also fails to recognize the vital importance of a mother and a father together for the life and upbringing of that child,” he said. “In contemporary debates about the meaning of marriage, the rights and dignity of the child should be at the forefront.”
The new video is the second of five videos in a series aimed at promoting and defending marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
The video and guides may be purchased through USCCB Publishing or may be accessed online.
See video online
See a longer story on the video
Margaret Kenworthy, 86, passed away on June 15, at Aultman Hospital in Canton.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Bob in 2006 and her daughter Tammy Hutcherson in 2010. She is survived by her daughters, Carol (Rick) Rife and Patty Steward; son-in-law, Jim Hutcherson; grandchildren, Bobby (Robyn) Rife, Tina (Jeff) Grgsby, Patrick Steward, and Sara, Jessica, and James Robert Hutcherson.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on SATURDAY, June 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church on Brown St. in Akron. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home
KUCKO-ANTHONY-KERTESZ CHAPEL, 1990 S. Main St. in Akron.
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Friday, June 17, 2011, page B5, col. 3]
Thursday, June 16, 2011
They learned, too, how much any help is appreciated.
The two left Sunday to drive to Birmingham where they personally delivered a check for $1,500 and toiletries and other supplies collected by St. Paul school students.
They were delighted to see us,” the pastor said. “They were very appreciative.”
Birmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker, who was attending the Spring conference of U. S. Bishops, will be sending a personal “thank you” letter to St. Paul when he returns.
Photos were taken for a story to be published in The Voice, the diocesan newspaper.
Fr. Thomas and Brodbeck met with Fran Lawler, superintendent of Catholic Education, and Frank Savage, director of religious education.
Theresa Petruzella, who oversees disaster relief for the diocese, took them on a tour of Pratt City, one of the most-devastated areas.
“I’ve never seen anything like that it my life,” said Fr. Thomas. Brodbeck said the devastation was unblieveable.
See photos of devastation.
Fr. Thomas and Brodbeck were given a tour of the diocesan cathedral which incidentally is St. Paul Cathedral and were guests at an ice cream social in the afternoon.
The cathedral, a majestic brick building, replaced a small 30 by 60-foot wooden frame church first built in 1872. It was dedicated on November 30, 1893 and air-conditioning installed in 1972. The main entrance has a central statue of Christ, outwardly flanked by a statue of St. Paul.
See history of St. Paul Cathedral
On their return home, Fr. Thomas and Brodbeck stayed at the Abbey of Gethesemani, a Trappist monastery near Bardstown, KY, where monks have been praying for more than 150 years. They said Mass at 6:15 with the monks.
Go to the monastery website for photos of the beautiful grounds and information on the life of the monks.
Fr. Thomas and Brodbeck returned home about 6 p.m. Wednesday eager to describe the warm welcome they received and the devastation caused by tornadoes.
Ruegg, a retired general manager of General Electric, died Wedneday at the age of 65.
Ruegg was the son of Bea Reugg and the late George Ruegg and brother of Diane (David) Zak, Michael (Colletta) Ruegg, Dennis Ruegg, Donald (Linda) Ruegg, David (Cheryl) Ruegg, Martin (Jeanne) Ruegg, Mark (Buffy) Ruegg and the late Dale Ruegg. He was the loving father of Brian (Alexandra) Ruegg, Jeffery (Tracy) Ruegg and Dale Ruegg and grandfather of Collin, Julia and Daniel.
Family and friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.Saturday at St. John the Evangelist, 9080 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. West Chester, Ohio. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Family suggests memorial donations be made to Kidney Cancer Association.
A memorial service in Akron will be held later.
Richard Ruegg May 04, 1946 - June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Dear Jim and Jean,
To read of St. Paul TODAY on line is sheer joy. I left the parish in 1963, and'
have been living in Chicago since 1967. No matter where I go, however, the
community of St. Paul remains in my heart, and after all these years is still home.
Jean, when I saw your picture on line for your wonderful anniversary I could see
your mother's face, Susan. She was such a lovely person. I was also at your
dad's wake in the late forties, if I remember correctly, when we treasured the
experience of bringing our beloved home in the hours of final tribute. I suppose
we could spend a long time remembering Uncle Patrick Dempsey and Aunt Katie,
or even your nun aunt in the old country. All of them were wonderful.
I am Tom Hull, the son of Bella Duffy Hull, and nephew of Elizabeth McCann. So
often when I came to Akron for a home visit the two of them would talk about
both of you, and how kind you were to them. Until a year before they left home,
neither seemed to age, and enjoyed life, as well as a good cold beer. How they
loved Frs. Koegel and Jenkins who made a fuss over them, especially at bingo.
Over these many years I have been a part of many parishes, but no place comes
close to the caring and community of St. Paul- of course, I am wee bit biased.
Please know of my personal appreciation for all you did for Mom and Aunt
Elizabeth, and all that you do in my favorite parish, as I often note on line. May
our loving God continue to bless both of you and give you many more years.
Most especially, may our Blessed Mother always remember you and hold you in
her loving arms.
PS Please give my love to the McAvoys.
See original wedding anniversary story.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Erin and Devin Kelly help principal Robert Brodbeck fill a van Saturday with items donated by St. Paul students and families for Alabama tornado victims.Students and faculty were greatly moved by the devastation the Alabama tornado's had on families and wanted to help in any way possible. After contacting Christine Salberg, Department of Catholic Education, Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, they planned a "Tornado Relief Week" which included a benefit concert put on by the group The Strange Familiar.
Principal Robert Brodbeck left Sunday with the pastor, the Rev. Fr. Ralph Thomas, to deliver the food, personal items, baby food, diapers, wipes, sunscreen, toothbrushes, and clothes. In addition the students raised more than $1,500 that is also being delivered. Students also made cards, gifts, and wrote personal messages of support to the children affected by the tornado that hit the Birmingham area.
Mr. Brodbeck and Father Thomas are meeting on Tuesday, June 14, with Christine Salberg.
Here are the events staged during Tornado Relief Week:
Wednesday, May 25 – Benefit Concert in Parish Activity Center with The Strange Familiary, $8 admission
Thursday, May 26 – Let’$ Make CHANGE: Loose change around dthe house, in costs or anyhere was collected. This included 1200 penniesw.
Friday, May 27 – Spiritual Bouquet Day: A spiritual bouquet is an offering of prayers, sacrifices, and devotional acts by one person on behalf of another. Some offerings include Holy Hours, Saying the Rosary, a Day of Fasting and Acts of Charity.. Messages on cards added to be dtaken south.
Tuesday, May 31 – Daily Necessities; Items most needed by those who have been displaced by the disaster were collected
Wednesday, June 1 – Schools Days and Cleaning Supplies:. Any school supplies that went unused this past year were collected to assist victims. This included paper towels, buckets with lids, garbage bags, brooms and so forth.,
Thursday, June 2 – Last Call Collection for any Donations: Time needed to pack and prepare items to be taken to Alabama
Friday, June 10, 2011
Elora Paige Nicholas
Born February 9, 2002
Baptized April 3, 2011
Daughter of Daniel Nicholas and Jennifer Bonazza
Joseph Anthony Stevens
Born January 1, 2011
Baptized April 9, 2011
Son of Brian and Angela Stevens
Joshua Arthur Ninisto
Born June 27, 2003
Profession of Faith April 10, 2011
Son of George and Michelle Ninisto
Seth Bryant Finegan
Born April 16, 2003
Baptized April 16, 2011
Conner Patrick Finegan
Born February 16, 2007
Baptized April 16,2011
Sons of Kenneth and Susanne Finegan
Michael Tobin Samples
Born January 12, 1986
Profession of Faith April 26, 2011
Son of Charles and Jennifer Samples
We beseech you, O Lord, let the power of the Holy Spirit be always with us; let it mercifully purify our hearts, and safeguard us from all harm. Grant this through Christ our Lord, Amen. May the Comforter, Who proceeds from You, enlighten our minds, we beseech you, O Lord, and guide us, as Your Son has promised, into all truth. We ask this through Christ, our Lord, Amen. Holy Spirit, Sweet guest of My Soul, Abide In Me and Grant That I May Ever abide in Thee.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
A feast of the universal Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, fifty days after the Resurrection of Christ, on the ancient Jewish festival called the "feast of weeks" or Pentecost (Exodus 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:10). Whitsunday is so called from the white garments which were worn by those who were baptised during the vigil; Pentecost ("Pfingsten" in German), is the Greek for "the fiftieth" (day after Easter).
In Italy it was customary to scatter rose leaves from the ceiling of the churches to recall the miracle of the fiery tongues; hence in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy Whitsunday is called Pascha rosatum. The Italian name Pascha rosa comes from the red colors of the vestments used on Whitsunday. In France it was customary to blow trumpets during Divine service, to recall the sound of the mighty wind which accompanied the Descent of the Holy Ghost.
The illustration is an Eastern Orthodox icon of Pentecost.
Read an article in the Catholic Encyclopedia
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Katherine was the beloved wife of the late Joseph L. Oriti; the loving mother of three children, Samuel J. Oriti, Mary Ann Hess and Mary Kay Young; the devoted grandmother of Gina (Martin) Cannistra, Neal (Karla) Hess, Katherine (Richard) Smith and Audrey Ann Young; and great-grandmother of Isabella Marie and Benjamin Richard Smith who also brought her great joy. Katie was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Romeo; four sisters, Rose McVay, Motil Hamilton, Josephine Hamilton and Mary Dannemiller; daughter-in-law, Patricia J. Oriti; and son-in-law, Larry J. Young.
Katie and Joe were well-known in Firestone Park for their family owned Italian Grocery Store. Katherine was an active member of St. Paul Catholic Church. She enjoyed quilting, traveling, bingo/slots and collecting Christmas ornaments.
Funeral service will be held Friday, 9:30 a.m. at the Anthony Funeral Home Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S. Main St. in Akron, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Anthony Funeral Homes 330-724-1281 www.anthonyfh.com
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Wednesday, June 8, 2011,page B5, col. 1]
We will remember Polly for her 25 years of volunteer service to the Ronald McDonald House, preparing meals and providing comfort to the families of hospitalized children; for her service to her church as a member of the Ladies Guild of St. Paul Catholic Church; and for service to her friends, who could always count on her for a friendly ear or a ride to church. Many will also remember Polly behind the counter at Pitkin Jewelers, where she worked from the mid 60's until the business closed almost 20 years later.
Mom loved to work in her perennial garden cultivating her deep blue hydrangea and abundant bleeding heart; she enjoyed reading in her living room with her cat, Smoke nearby; and she loved bus trips with her friends, card parties at the church, and bazaars.
But above all else, she loved spending time with her family, with her daughter, Judi Merle (Michael) and her son Kim Margo (Robin); her grandchildren; Meredith Barna (Jim) and Mike Merle ( Leslie); her great-grandchildren, Maddie Merle and Jack Barna; her brother Gary (Pat) Meredith and numerous nieces and nephews. Her family will remember her kindness and generosity but, most of all, her love.
Polly was born In Akron in 1924 to Margaret and Fitzhugh Meredith. She lived in Firestone Park with her husband of over 50 years, Harry, until he passed away in 2003. She remained in their home, active and engaged with family and friends until shortly before her death.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, at 11 a.m., at St. Paul Catholic Church on Brown Street in Akron. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery to follow. The family will receive friends and guests at the church beginning at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 245 Locust Street, Akron, Ohio 44302.
Anthony Funeral Homes Akron, 330.724.1281 anthonyfh.com
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, page B5, col. 1]
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Garfield; Matt Bisesi
Ellet: Scott Johnson
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
God our Father, make us joyful in the ascension of your Son Jesus Christ. May we follow him into the new creation for his ascension is our glory and our hope. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
Blog Note: The Ascension occurred on the 40th day of Easter, so it falls on a Thursday, and thus is often called Ascension Thursday. However, in most dioceses in the United States, the celebration of the Ascension has been transferred to the following Sunday, six weeks after Easter 2011.
2011 school year:
Bishop's Disaster Relief Fund ( for Holy Spirit School in Tuscaloosa) OPEN M—Haven of Rest—St. Vincent de Paul—Peter Maurin Center—Project Sunshine—Propagation of Faith American Heart Association—ASPCA—Adopt an Animal
Cleveland Zoo—8th Grade Activities Fund: Retreat, Washington, DC Trip; Graduation Costs
"Thank you to all parents, grandparents, and parishioners for your generous support of our students' efforts to follow the Gospel teaching of "Love one another." writes Brodbeck.
let the Holy Spirit comfort you. For more information contact Deacon Tony DeGracia at 216-905-2368.
parents and leaders from St. Paul Parish who helped place American Flags on the graves of our Veterans at Holy Cross Cemetery for the Memorial Day holiday. It is an
honor and privilege to share this service with you.
1) God, the Creator of all things, rules over all and deserves our worship and adoration.
2) The earth, and with it all the cosmos, reveals its Creator's wisdom and is sustained and governed by His power and loving kindness.
3) Men and woman were created in the image of God, given a privileged place among creatures, and commanded to exercise stewardship over the earth.
4) Human beings are called to be fruitful (Gen. 1:27-28), to bring forth good things from the earth, to join with God in making provision for our temporal well being,
and to enhance the beauty and fruitfulness of the rest of the earth.
5) This call implies a serious commitment to fostering the intellectual, moral, and religious habits and practices needed for free economies and genuine care for
(Excerpts from Environmental Stewardship in the Judeo-Christian Tradition )
Friday, June 3, 2011
Awards were announced by school secretary Mary Ann DeKemper and presented by principal Robert Brodbeck.
Awards to students in Grade 8 were presented at graduation ceremonies Thursday evening.
Highest Honors (Grade point average 3.7 to 4.3):
Grade 8: Brady Baldwin, Matthew Bisesi, Gregory Brown, Faith Chrostowski,
Marco Colant, Claire Fatica, Shannon Lloyd, Cannon Morgan and Michael Roberts
Grade 7: Allison Bachmann, Marcus Bender, Alexandria Joyner,
Regina Neugebauer and Nadia Timofeev
Grade 6: Jesse Bobbitt,. Michelle Bojo, Annelise Dawson, Paige Harbarger,
Christopher Kuhn,Abbey Lewis, Gabriel Lidderdale and Dameona Sommerville
Grade 5: Rylee Adam, Blake Baldwin, Emma Coffman, Maeve Cox, Amily Efflerm,
Emma Leeser, Jared Lloyd and Meredith Wammes
Grade 4: Holly Adam, Nathan Dort, Franklin Fausnight, Natalie Wammes and Brooke Wightman
High honors (Grade point average 3.3 to 3.69):
Grade 8: Helena Albert, Michael Altomare, Zane Bellar, Leanne Casserlie,
Nicholas McInturf, Sydney Sloan, Jeremy Swords and Amanda Wightman
Grade 7: Adam Bugajski, Brian Heller, Rosa Jamie, Kimberly Maxwell,
Julianna Perez, Henry Riegger, Samuel Smith and Calista Sokolowski
Grade 6: Jenna Garey, Daisha Hawkins, Olivia Hutchison, Lindsey Maple, Adam McClure, Maris Sarlouis and Mikala Saulsberry
Grade 5: Brianna Jacobs, Erin Kelly, Angelia LaPresta, Hanna Lidderdale,
Benjamin Martin and Elizabeth Pressman
Grade 4: Graham Evans, Leanna Faulknier and Joseph Fox
Honors (Grade point average 3.0-3.29):
Grade 8: Cameron Knm, Austin Leslie, Isabelle Miller, Jeremy Proctor, Patricia Rollins and Michael Sartoski
Grade 7: Kylie Walker
Grade 6: Tyler Broske, Jeffrey Griffin, Erika Jordan, Anna Liggett, Anton McClure
and Amanda Schmidt
Grade 5: Emma lzo and James Sloan
Grade 4: Lily Gray and Chante” Reddest
Safety Patrol Awards also were presented to these students:
Grade 7: Ryan Canan
Grade 6: Jesse Bobbir, Tyler Broske, Paige Harbarger, Tony Lewis , Gabe Lidderdale and Tara Romo
Grade 5: Logan Bender, Joey Bojo, Emma Coffman, Maeve Cox, Amily Effler, Emma Izo, Erin Kelly, Angel LaPresta, Hanna Lidderdale, Ben Martin, Elizabeth Pressman, Dylan Skidmore, James Sloan, Rosaless Starks and Meredith Wammes.
Awards to eighth graders were presented Thursday evening.