SAINT ALOYSIUS CEMETERY: Three weeks back, on the last Sunday of October, George Klotz the Younger spoke at the 9am Mass seeking help for a cemetery cleanup. Much to his (and MY) delight 18 people volunteered to assist. So on the rather miserable day after All Soul's (Saturday 3 November) a hearty group of concerned "Aloysiusians" braved the elements and accomplished more in that cemetery than has been accomplished in years. I know that the state of the cemetery has been a sore point for some time (to the point, I understand, that some internees have "gotten up and left"!); I hope that this great effort marks a turning point for that sacred ground wherein rest the mortal remains of so many o

Hate in Our Nation

HATE IN OUR NATION: The most basic prayer of Judaism is known as the Shema, after the first word of Deuteronomy 6:4 "Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Eloheinu Adonai Echad/Hear O Israel: The LORD is our God, the LORD alone." Even though the full pray- er continues with the succeeding verses ("Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength ...") the first line is oft prayed by itself, summing up as it does the fundamental tenet of the Jewish faith. And undoubtedly those words were on the lips of many gathered in the Tree of Life Synagogue as shots rang out that terrible morning of 27 October. The fact that a mere week after the most horrific act of anti-Semit

The Last Piece

COVER PHOTO: The last piece (I hope it is THE LAST!) of the renovation of Immaculate Conception is now in place. Thanks to the craftsmanship of Saint John parishioner Ted Martin the church once again has an ambry. And what is an ambry you ask? Well, let's ask Wikipedia: An ambry is a recessed cabinet in the wall of a Christian church for storing sacred vessels and vestments. [...] In Roman Catholic usage, [...] it is traditionally in the sanctuary (as in the altar area) of a church or in the Baptistry and is used to store the oils used in sacraments: Oil of Catechumens (indicated by the Latin letters O.C.), Oil of the Sick (O.I.), and Sacred Chrism (S.C.). The previous ambry was a

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