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PARISH HAPPENINGS
2nd Quarter 2009

 

The Year of Saint Paul ended on June 29th. On Sunday, June 28th our own St. Paul the Apostle Church held its celebration in honor of The Year of St. Paul. The celebration included a parish picnic, complete with the "Gone Fishin Band" for the musical entertainment, and I think it could be safety said that Father Chris provided the rest. There was plenty of good food and beverages on hand for the afternoon of fellowship. The kids had a blast with all the great variety of games that were provided for them. The celebration also included a special cake to honor  Father Chris' 15th Anniversary of Ordination that was on June 25th. Everyone had a chance to sign the cards that were presented to him during the cake cutting.

At the 10 AM Mass on Sunday, June 28th, The Elijah Cup (Traveling Chalice) Ministry was officially under way with a special blessing by Father Chris. When participants receive the Chalice, they are asked to place it in their homes in a place of honor and prominence.  During the week, they will be asked to pray each day from a book of prayers that will be provided.  These prayers will lift up all vocations, but especially for men to consider the call to priesthood or religious life. Bill and Tina Linke volunteered to be the first recipients of the chalice.

On Fathers Day, June 21 all fathers received a special blessing by Father Chris as well as this year graduates. A reception was held in the Father Rausch Hall following the 10 AM Mass. The graduates this year were Mallory Hall, Michael Heesh, Travis Drake and Thomas Malinsky.

 

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court St Mary’s # 929 Our regular monthly meeting was held on Thursday June 11th 2009. The meeting was well attended and the business part of the meeting produced many fruitful projects. Our state treasurer Marlene Nalli send us a small statue of the Blessed Kateri Tekatwitha. Our opening prayer was for her canonization.  As you know her shrine is in our Albany diocese district. The shrine is a lovely place to visit.   Please try to visit.

O God who, among the many marvels of Your Grace in the New World, did cause to blossom on the banks of the Mohawk and of the St. Lawrence, the pure and tender Lily, Kateri Tekakwitha, grant we beseech you, the favor we beg through her intersession: that this Young lover of Jesus and of his Cross may soon be counted among the Saints by Holy Mother Church, and that our hearts may be enkindled with a strong desire to imitate her innocence and faith, Through the same Christ our Lord.   Amen

Members were enthusiastic about our next penny social and raffle being held on August 8th 2009.  Anyone interested in participating, we would welcome your assistance. We are also in need of your treasures; those can be donated by calling Socorro Marin or any other Catholic Daughter Member.  Raffle tickets will be for sale soon.  The proceeds will help all of our charitable works.

It was decided that the ladies would take some time for fellowship at the meetings and we would assemble a memory scrapbook and also we would make some warm throw blankets for our parish friends who are shut in,  They will not only remind them that we are praying and thinking of them but will keep them warm and cozy while they are recuperating, This project will start at our next meeting.  

We are also going to take part in the Summer School program by providing a bag lunch for all the students who attend.  This project will be in partnership with our sisters in Christ, The United Methodist Women.  The program runs for three weeks starting July 13th 2009. Anyone interested in helping prepare lunches can contact either of the organizations.  

These two projects are dedicated to service others and will help us to continue our mission, which is service to God and of course to one another.  Our Motto, Unity and Charity. Our august meeting will be our annual picnic, Please join us for some leisure and fellowship time.

The Ladies enjoyed a short slide show of The Hancock Community Preschool year in review.

Please keep all of our Friends and members in prayer especially those that are ill.  We pray for their speedy recovery and May the Lord give them strength and perseverance in their time of need.  Amen

Next meeting is July 9th2009 7:00 PM. 

 

To start the morning on June 2, Mary's Flowers celebrated Mass with Father Chris, followed by a decade of the rosary with Mrs. Hunter.
 
After that they made chocolate no-bake cookies (some with coconut and some with graham crackers). They split into two groups to make the different kinds but came together to clean up. The cookies were made with love, nicely packaged and given as a gift to a person of their choice.
 
To celebrate Father's Day later this month, Mary's Flowers planted tomato plants in a drink "cooler". The young ladies made nice gifts with cards that stood up in the cup/pot.
 
To honor Father Chris, Mary's Flowers made both a cookie package and tomato plant and secretly delivered them to his back door.
 

The Loaves and Fishes Food Bank recently received the local Postal Service food drive collection. The drive arrived just in time for our summer distribution. The Pantry welcomed the well over 1500 pounds of food in order to service the increase in attendance for the summer with students being home for the summer.  The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry is housed at Father Rausch Hall. As we all know Saint Paul's is a busy place and friends and parishioners are always ready and willing to
give a helping hand. The drive needed to be picked up from the post office and driven over to the DeSerio Center for sorting. That was done by our very own Paul Bartholomew. These folks Bob, Wendy, Daniel Norton, Shannon Miller and Rose Gate were kind enough to be around this Sunday afternoon to help sort and stock the shelves. Our very sincere thanks for their dedication to serving others.

The Pantry is always in need of items like Peanut Butter and Jelly, Pasta Sauce, Pasta, Mac and Cheese, Canned Soups, Canned Vegetables, Canned Fruit, Cold Cereals, Juice.

As always we are most grateful to all of our volunteers,  and all your donations in our attempt to stamp out hunger in our community.  "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me". Matthew 25.
 

June 5th was the day that was picked for another trip to see the Wilkes/Barre/Scranton Yankees play baseball. They played the Syracuse Chiefs. 40 people boarded the chartered bus in front of the Father Rausch Hall and thanks to Carol Lohndorf enjoyed home made sandwiches, chips and sodas on the ride to Scranton. The Yankees won the game to the pleasure of most. A fireworks show followed the game.

The Hancock Community Education Foundation Preschool held its graduation ceremony on Thursday June 4th at the Father Rausch Hall. The 15 graduates put on a show for their parents, grandparents as well as friends. A slide show was also presented with pictures of some of the activities they worked on throughput the year. Everyone was treated to a reception following the graduation exercise.

On May 16th, St. Paul's held a flea market, with table spaces sold for inside the Father Rausch Hall, as well as outside spaces near the rear of the parking lot. The Catholic Daughters operated the concession stand, selling pastry, coffee, soda, hotdogs and hamburgers. The day was overcast, but the rain held off until after the event was over.

St. Paul's Confirmation Celebration was held at the Family Foundation Chapel on Friday afternoon May 15th. Gabrielle Biggs, Michael Heesh and Christopher Leonard from St. Paul's, along with 16 young adults from the FFS were confirmed by Bishop Hubbard. Father Stephen Morris and Father Chris concelebrated the Mass with Bishop Hubbard.

The crowning of our Blessed Mother took place after the 10 AM Mass on Sunday, May 10th. The fact that this Sunday was also Mother's Day, made it even more appropriate. Some of the young ladies of Mary's Flowers took part in the crowning as well as the four young men that made their 1st Communion last Sunday.

Eagle Scout Leadership Project

During the month of April, Christopher Leonard has been working on his Eagle Scout Project.  Chris’s project is to clean out, organize and make storage shelves for our church basement.  In writing up a project for approval, scouts must determine where funds will come from to purchase needed supplies, and in Chris’ case, he turned to the Catholic Daughters, asking them if he could run the BINGO Concession during the month.  They agreed and proceeds from the 4 weekly sales earned him more than enough to buy the needed nails and boards to build the shelves.  Chris then had to contact fellow scouts and friends needing community service hours to help him with the Bingo Concession and with the cellar cleanout.  He figured out what was needed in material supplies and found helpers to take discarded items to the transfer station. Matt Dennis, of Dennis Contracting generously donated a Saturday to assist Chris in building the shelves.  The purpose of an Eagle Scout Project is for the Scout to demonstrate his ability to “show leadership” by planning and carrying out a service project.  This has truly been a learning while doing adventure and Chris appreciates the support of the St. Paul’s Community and his fellow scouts.  He still has a few merit badges to complete before he will be a candidate for the rank of Eagle Scout!!

 

Bingo Work Crew:
Paul Hartz, Julia Bartholomew,
Melinda Dix , Chris Leonard
 

 

 

Patrick OBoyle, Mark White
(hidden) and John Argiros
preparing old paint for disposal

On Friday, May 1st a group of hardy parishioners and Father Chris car pooled to Scranton to see the Scranton/Wilkes Barre Minor League Yankees Baseball team play. Even though the skies were overcast most of the evening, the rain held off until the game was over.  From the pictures below, the ball park looks like a great place to be and the group enjoyed themselves and the fireworks display, even though the Yankees lost.

Sunday May 3rd was First Communion Sunday at St. Paul's and four young men of our parish family: Cullen Bojo, Thomas Letosky, Mason Karcher and Lucas Resti  received the Eucharist for the first time. In place of his regular homily, Father Chris brought four boys up front and presented them  with a rose plant. He then explained to them how each flower will grow and all will be different, just as they all will be different. The boys brought up the gifts during the Mass and gathered around the altar in preparation for their First Holy Communion. The members of the choir were on hand to provide the music for this special occasion. A reception for family and friends was held afterwards in the Father Rausch Hall. Each of the boys received a Children's Bible as well as Rosary Beads, these were gifts from the Catholic Daughters.

 

For the past 7 years our diocese has been holding a service honoring  Faithful Women in our parishes. This year the service will be held in Oneonta. On Sunday, April 26th Fr. Chris and eight ladies from the parish traveled to St. Mary's Church in Oneonta to partake in the Women's Commission Prayer Service honoring women of the faith community as "Women saying Yes to God".  The honorees were Charlene Caramore, Helena Dirig, Patricia Brown, Jessica Mason, Maureen Hunt, Kate Antidormi, Socorro Marin, and Kristy White.  Also honored were Mary Ann Hunter and Danielle Gross who were not able to be present.    Each woman received congratulations from Bishop Hubbard, along with a carnation and card.  A lovely reception was held after the Prayer Service in St. Mary's School by the Knights of Columbus.

 

Beatitudes for Women

 
Blessed is she who suffers with the very young, the very old and the very lonely, for she has compassion.
 
Blessed is she who greets the world with joy, laughter and anticipation, for she has courage.
 
Blessed is she who speaks gently, lives humbly, and chooses to give freely, for she has dignity.
 
Blessed is she who listens and hears, and extends her hands as a friend, for she has understanding.
 
Blessed is she who gives simply, loves deeply, and walk joyfully in life, for she has sincerity.
 
Blessed is she who lives intensely and sings life's alleluias, for she has awareness.
 
Blessed is she who has compassion and courage, freedom and dignity, understanding, sincerity, and awareness, for she is a woman, a gift, a blessing.
 
(Newark Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women)
 

The Spring Sunday Brunch headed up by Carol Lohndorf and Karen White, with the help of their many volunteer Elves and Lepricons  was a great success. A large number of people stayed after the 10 AM Mass to enjoy the many choices of homemade "brunch" type food that was served.  Through the generosity of those attending, a little over $400.00 was raised and the money will be used to benefit the children of St. Paul's. A special thank you to all the volunteers for a job well done.

St. Paul's Easter celebration ended with an overflowing attendance at the 10AM Mass Easter Sunday, followed by a continental breakfast at the Father Rausch Hall. In addition to the delicious breakfast, the children were read a Religious  Easter story by Valerie Hunter. The Easter Bunny made an appearance and posed for numerous pictures with the children. After the photo-op, the children went outside to hunt for all the eggs that were placed around the parking lot and church areas. Many thanks to all the many volunteers that it takes to make this special day possible, not only for the kids but for the adults that took advantage of this time together for an hour of fellowship.

On Sunday, April 5 St. Paul's 6th, 7th, and 8th grade religious education classes presented the stations of the cross to the younger students and parents. Under the direction of Miss White, the children enjoyed dressing for the different roles and acting out the scenes, while at the same time teaching the younger students about the journey Jesus took, as well as His suffering and death on the cross. Mrs. Brown provided meditations for each station. An informative, fun, and prayerful time was had by all.

On Tuesday, April 7, the Hancock Community Food Bank handed out the Easter Dinner Boxes that they worked tirelessly to prepare for the approximately 95 families that applied this year. These dinner boxes are somewhat different than the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets that were handed out last year. Delaware County does help the food bank with supplies for  those two giveaways, where as the Easter Boxes are solely dependent upon the  generous  donations to the food  bank by our local community. Below is a picture showing Father Chris presenting a check for $915.00 to the food bank volunteers. This is money that was realized from the Lenten Soup Suppers that were sponsored by St. Paul's and held at the Father Rausch Hall each Friday evening during Lent. Volunteers from both St. Paul's and the Emory United Methodist Church worked the suppers each week and the menu consisted of two kinds of soup, salad and breads. The home made soups were no only delicious, but the suppers provided a time of fellowship for the many that came and gave so generously.

Mary's Flowers and Blue Knights met this past Saturday, April 4th. Both Mary's Flowers and Blue Knights completed the adult version of the Stations of the Cross. All of the children participated and we saw some new friends and were revisited by some previous members of Mary's Flowers.

After Stations of the Cross, Mary's Flowers and Blue Knights separated to complete the rest of their morning.

Mary's Flowers set a lovely table and prepared a healthy multi-fruit morning snack. In addition, they also created Happy Birthday posters for Father Chris and baked him a birthday cake. After taking a survey of those making the posters, Father Chris's age was "guessimated" at anywhere from 29 to the high 70's.

The young ladies are almost entirely finished with their tote bags. With just a couple more members to finish due to missing previous meetings, Mary's Flowers are to be commended with sticking to a difficult task to completion. Thank you to Valerie Hunter for helping us with the various stages of sewing.