Friday, December 31, 2010
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
September 25, 2010
That was the most enjoyable reunion I have attended in a very long time. How very thoughtful of you to arrange it and to invite me.
Thank you for the photos. I hope to see you in church sometime. Many of us from Mt. Carmel (recently closed Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church) are going to the 11:00 Mass at Our Lady of Peace. Come there and see us. I am sure everyone would enjoy talking to you.
God bless you. I remain your old teacher,
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church?
Do you know -- the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to that Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. The graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students.
The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people -- not just Catholics -- in the United States today.
But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church; 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed.
Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia. 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving.
The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.
Walk with your shoulders high and you head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States. Then remember what Jeremiah said: "Stand by the roads, and look and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls." Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
Be proud that you're a Catholic.
Friday, April 9, 2010
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Friday, April 2, 2010
The Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial (GCVM) was created as a living memorial to honor those Greater Clevelanders who lost their lives in wars of the 20th Century. They are memorialized at the GCVM website http://www.clevelandvetsmemorial.org/.
Recently a plaque honoring the parishioners of Our Lady of Mount Carmel who lost their lives in World War II was rescued from possible oblivion when it was announced the church was being closed. It is currently in the office of Frank Piunno, NCR, Inc., Mayfield Hts., Ohio. He is the nephew of Michael J. Piunno, who is among those listed on the plaque. A smaller reproduction of the plaque is pictured here held by Russ Davis.
Davis and JC Sullivan, Vietnam War U.S. Army veterans and members of the Italian American War Veterans Post 34, have taken up interest in the names on the plaque. They discovered a number of gaps in information at the GCVM memorial site. They are asking the Italian-American community of greater Cleveland if they can help. Missing from the memorial site are:
BARBERA, SALVATORE. No photo or unit information. Died in No. Africa, 1943.
CALCO, WILLIAM M. Died in Italy. No photo or other information.
CELLURA, ANGELO T. No photo.
ELLIS, EDWIN. Non-battle death at Alexandria AAF, LA. No photo or other information.
FUSCO, RALPH A. No photo.
LONGO, JOSEPH A. No photo.
NOTARO, ANTHONY. No Photo
PIUNNO, MICHAEL J. No picture or unit information.
SWEENEY, JOHN R. No photo
TODARO, FRANK. No photo or unit information.
PETRARCA, FRANK J. No unit information. Medal of Honor information has been sent to the website.
The following parishioners are not listed on the website:
CINKEVIC, ANTHONY; D'ANGELO, JERRY; IAVENNA, JAHN; IOFFREDDO, JOSEPH; KABALA, CHARLES; RIZZOLLO, MICHAEL; SANTELLI, ALBERT; SCARVELLI, SAM; VAIRETTA, STEVE.
If any readers can help fill in the blanks please contact Russ Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sullivan (email@example.com).
Thursday, March 25, 2010
God knew the fallibility of man when He created him, yet He gave him free will. Through His love, He also offered forgiveness. Jesus knew well the weakness of man; He was sent by the Father to experience it and to encourage those who had fallen victim to that weakness to accept forgiveness and return to the Father. When He said Thou art Peter - the Rock - and upon this rock I will build my Church, Jesus knew well that he was giving his religion into fallible human hands; didn Peter betray Him as Adam had betrayed the Father.
Throughout time there have been, and still are, countless saintly clerics who followed Peter, but there have also been a few who have fallen victim to the human frailty that God built into us to test us. Our faith has experienced everything from corrupt clergy to an unprincipled Pontiff yet we have survived. Our history is pockmarked with tales of greedy prelates who coveted earthly wealth and pleasures, brutal treatment of others in Inquisitions, and betrayal of the innocent by pedophile priests. Yet forgiveness - the healing message of Jesus - continues and the true Church still survives.
In the past, the misbehavior of a few Catholic clergy drove some away to seek God elsewhere and we experienced the formation of other religions; some even disagreed with, or thought they could improve on, the message of Jesus and formed still more protesting congregations. But they all fell victim to the fallibility of man. Through the years, there have been immoral Ministers, rotten Rabbis and corrupt Clerics among those who claimed to be the Lord laborers.
One saving grace is that most follow a moral and just God and believe in God message of forgiveness. However, there are some among them who profess a hatred of the original followers of Christ papacy in order to justify the existence of their own breakaway religion. That is why the Ancient Order of Hibernians - the oldest Catholic lay organization in America - has suffered the arrows of adversity from anti-Catholic bigots throughout our history and indeed, it provided the reason for our very formation. Today, the intolerance of those who hate the original followers of Jesus consistently highlight the few criminals among Catholic clergy and ignore non-Catholic transgressors. That is why we must stand tall, as our fathers did, in the face of anti-Catholic rhetoric and provide a united, defending wall against such intolerance. Our predecessors were needed then and stood to the task; we are needed now!
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Fr. Jerry Ragan,
1420 Monte Sano Ave.
Augusta, GA. 30904
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Narrowly escaping the hurricane of October 15th ,where the roof was torn off the pastor's house where he was staying, and two days later surviving a near drowning at sea in a 40 ton steam launch, he would change these missing foundations of Catholic belief. Having assessed the needs of the flock, Bishop O'Doherty began working to establish a general hospital in Zamboagna. Concurrently he began the establishment of Catholic schools. With great energy, wisdom and courage he set about laying the foundations of an enduring progressive diocese.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
While I certainly have empathy for people anywhere in the world that are suffering, nonetheless, I also adhere to the belief that we Americans, indeed all of mankind, should have a Statue of Responsibility to balance a Statue of Liberty..
What I interpret that concept to mean is that people have a responsibility to one another. Haiti, as in many other geographic locations around the globe, is a mish-mash of people without a culture. Poverty and overpopulation has created a physical glue-together existence. The adults who have created the mess don't have any sense of responsibility to the rest of us, nor to their immediate neighbors. They live on the edge and it doesn't take much to push one over the cliff, just what the earthquake did to the capital of Haiti. And then, in their misery and suffering, they demand.
As fellow human beings we have a responsibility to help them where we can and with the resources we have. However, they are NOT Americans. We have no obligation to bring them here en masse to "re-settle them". I fear the Obama Administration will attempt to do just that, further burdening the current generation of Americans and future ones. Then the question beggars an answer, "Who pays?"
We have a responsibility to nourish our own and promote our own prosperity. Or has prosperity become a dirty word in America?