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3rd Quarter 2013

An overcast Friday didn't hamper the formal Blessing of our church's Stations of the Cross. These were recently relocated to the perimeter of our parking lot 
with the hope that they will be seen, used and appreciated more. The Blessing was very special as it was the eve if the Feast if the Exaltation of the Cross, a date 
selected by the Catholic church to honor and celebrate the Cross of Jesus. 
We're sure that the incense Fr Chris used at this blessing and during the praying of the Stations of the Cross carried our prayerful intentions to heaven. This event
was well attended and it was very nice to hold the Stations outdoors. Special thanks to Cathy and Jerrie Van Mater, Bob Rushforth, John Davie and Ralph 
Possemato for their work in bringing this beautiful, holy site to our daily lives. When you pull into our parking lot you know immediately that this is a 
welcoming, holy place. 
The stations were originally located in the grove of trees behind the parking lot many years ago. Mother nature had taken over the beautiful pathways with the

growing of tree roots, making the ground very uneven and difficult to navigate safely, add to that the mosquitoes and the occasional bear sightings in the grove,

it was time to relocate them.

Stations of the Cross booklets are available on the window sill of the church.
September 7, 2013 was a beautiful sunny day in Hancock, New York.  Our  local Churches all came together as a unit and after much planning
and organization, planned a Community Block Party.  The event was held at the United Methodist Church parking lot and was filled with
many small attractions that keep the visitors busy and happy, and all for a free will offering.
We enjoyed children's games, dancing, face painting, a bouncing house,  puppet shows, massages and a dunking (water) booth.
Of course there was plenty of food on hand like drinks, hot dogs and popcorn.  The walking tacos were the most hit booth of, course.  
Father Chris (St. Paul's Church) , Robin Evanitsky (Methodist Church), Pastor Kenny (Baptist Church) were the brave sports that were 
dunked many times even though the balls went nowhere near the discharge button.  All in an effort to raise money for our food Pantry.
Thank You to all who participated in any way to make this event a fun filled day. Events like this are a wonderful and joyous occasion to bring
the spirit of Unity and Charity to our selves and others in our community. 

The 125th Anniversary of St. Paul's parish was held the weekend of August 24th. The celebration commenced with the 4 pm Mass on Saturday being concelebrated with Bishop Hubbard and Fr. Chris along with Fr. Gordon from Sacred Heart church in Sidney. This is the last time  Bishop Hubbard will be here in Hancock as he will be retiring in October. The anniversary committee did a fantastic job of putting together the delicious Italian Dinner complete with all the trimmings one could expect.

The Father Rausch Hall was beautifully decorated with many pictures showing some of the events that took place over the years as well as the people that made them happen. A collage of the  priests that have served St. Paul's and are still living, is now in the hall. Posters for some of the past priests were displayed containing articles from bulletins of that era. 

Charlene served as the Mistress of Ceremonies and talked about some of the early history of St. Paul's as well as some of her own experiences about what it means to be a Catholic and a parishioner of St. Paul's

The celebration continued after the 9am Mass on Sunday with a coffee hour and a celebration of anyone who had an August Birthday.

                                        A special thanks to the committee for all their hard work to make the weekend one that will be remembered.  
On Friday, July 12th some Hancock baseball fans met up with Father Albert's group from Forest City and they traveled to Wilkesbarre to see the Wilkebarre Rail Riders play the Syracuse Chiefs. On Friday, July 26th a group from St. Paul's traveled to Scranton for the yearly Novena Mass held at St. Ann's Basilica.
St. Paul the Apostle Church is celebrating it's 125th Anniversary this year and one of the events the committee planned as part of the celebration, was to have  the Hancock Community local churches together at the new town square for an evening of singing hymns and a blessing of  the new town square.

The churches in attendance were: The Readburn Assembly of God Church, Hancock Presbyterian Church, Buckingham Baptist Church, Emory United Methodist Church, Hancock Baptist Church, and St. Paul's Roman Catholic  Church.

The evening ended with a blessing of the square, and the burial of a time capsule containing a cross. The final hymn, "Let there be peace on earth" was sung
while the glow sticks that were handed out earlier in the evening were lighted and waved about.
On Sunday, July 14 about 60 people gathered after Mass to celebrate the July Birthdays of St. Paul's parishioners. The Catholic Daughters sponsored the celebration. The youth of the parish that attended also wanted to get in on the festivities by getting their picture taken.