GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE
CLASS OF 1958
SPRING EDITION 2010
FRANK METZLER, EDITOR
With this third edition of the 1958 Class Newsletter, we, the Golden Burrs Events Committee for the Class of 1958, sincerely hope that you are ready for spring time and our 52nd Anniversary Luncheon on Thursday, May 13, 2010.
You will find in this newsletter information about the success of the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party, the 52nd Anniversary Class Luncheon, The West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Induction of Vince Leonetti, future West Catholic sponsored events, responses and comments from classmates regarding the winter newsletter, our feature section "REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS" and a special report about Historic Artifacts from Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Clement, Transfiguration and St. Carthage Churches.
We encourage you to let us know just what is happening in your life. Anyone wishing to send information for the newsletter, i.e. requesting prayers for the sick, the deceased, information regarding family, birth of grandchildren, marriages, trips, retirement, etc., may contact Rich Buzza at firstname.lastname@example.org, Frank Adolf at email@example.com, or Frank Metzler at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The other members of The Events Committee are Jim Clark, George Light, Jim Lynch, Bill Marella, Jim Prendergast, and John Staiber. No information will be printed in the newsletter unless we receive the information from the class member himself.
PAST AND UPCOMING EVENTS
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE
submitted by: JIM CLARK
The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was held on
Sunday, March 14, 2010. The day started out at
the Airport Ramada Inn with a Blessing of all those boarding the
buses headed for the Parade, by Monsignor James E. King (aka Brother Azarias
'46). Joe Inemer '58, led the Executive Committee for the
Parade. The weather was cruel to us during the Parade, with
lot's of rain & wind. The Sun finally came out, when we came to the
end of the Parade at the
The Party back at the Ramada was jointly
sponsored by the St. James Alumni Association and the WC St.
Patrick's Day Committee. There were approximately 200 in
attendance. The food was delicious featuring Ham & Cabbage, Roast
Beef, with Potatoes and Green Beans, and
WC BOYS CLASS OF 1958 - 52ND ANNIVERSARY LUNCHEON MAY 13, 2010
submitted by: FRANK ADOLF
Invitations for the 52nd Anniversary Luncheon were sent out on March 15, 2010. The luncheon will be held on Thursday, May 13, 2010. The Events Committee has once again returned to the Ramada because of the pricing and the excellent quality and quantity of the luncheon menu. We are pleased that the luncheon cost of $20.00 is the same as the past two years and the overnight room rate of $89.00 for those who are traveling from out of town is unchanged from last year. We encourage you to spread the word to your fellow classmates and friends of the class of '58. Please submit your payment no later than April 30, 2010. Details about the luncheon are available on The Golden Burrs Website: www.goldenburrs-1958.com
WEST CATHOLIC SPORTS HALL OF FAME
2010 INDUCTION CEREMONY
MARCH 20, 2010, AIRPORT RAMADA INN
submitted by: JIM LYNCH
The West Catholic community, 280 in attendance, gathered to Honor their finest athletics within their respective sports and to place their names upon the West Catholic Sports Hall of Fame Honor Roll.
The 2010 Inductees are as follows:
Jim Costigan 54 Football, (Our classmate) Vince Leonetti 58 Football and Track, Bob Clark 66 Baseball and Basketball, Joe Betzala 70 Football, Cindy Romanelli 76 Basketball, Rob Gentile 88 Football and Basketball, along with Fran Crowley 77 for his many years as Wests Soccer Coach.
Four players of the 2009 West Catholic
League, City and District Champion Football Team and their coaches were
honored. Also, four members of the
It was a terrific evening for the Inductees, their families and friends, and all fellow West Catholic alums. The class of 58 was represented by inductee Vince Leonetti, George Light (MC), Charlie Johnson, Duke Gallagher, Frank Adolf, Rich Buzza and Jim Lynch.
WEST CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2009/2010
For information contact George Light at 610-386-2244 Ext. 260
Spring Fest with Mike Lecompt and the Juliano Brothers - April 24, 2010 - Tip O'Leary's
Cardinal John O'Connor Golf Outing - May 12, 2010 - Bala Golf Club
Burrs at the Beach - July 18, 2010 - Westy's Irish Pub, North Wildwood, NJ
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF
ON THEIR 100th BIRTHDAY.
MAIL FROM CLASSMATES
submitted by: FRANK METZLER
From Vince Leonetti: Frank, You and the guys are amazing. Not being in Phila. and spending time in Fl. this type of communication and reporting allows me to still feel I'm a part of our great class. Thanks for all you do.
From George McKnight: Frank: Thank you for the information. It is thoughtful of you and your group to take the time to keep the rest of us informed.
From Joe Myers: Frank, Thanks so much for sending the newsletter. I especially enjoyed the trip down "memory lane" section and hope to send some memories of my own. We had the same candy-selling operation at St Francis de Sales as Rich Buzza describes about M.B.S. Somehow I was one of the guys who "came up short" when it was time to pay. I think I was eating up the profits and then some.
From Don (Andy) Thompson: Dear Frank M & Frank A: Thanks to the two of you for your work in putting together the January newsletter. I find the content of these Class-of-58-updates is always interesting.
From Jim Prendergast: Thanks Frank, as I read these emails I think that maybe the committee is doing something right after all. I think we should get double the salary we get now. Kudos on all involved in the Newsletter.
From John Gillespie: Awesome, keep up your great work in communicating with our class.
From Tom Wallace (Brother German John): Thanks for the info on '58.
From Larry Doran: Enjoyed your article about
the famous candy nun at M.B.S., she somehow was able to take a trip to
From Jim Maynes: Great job with the Newsletter and keeping the West Catholic Spirit alive.
From Joe Izzo Class of 1959: Thanks for sending this. Happy New Year. Liked the piece on penny candy. Oh, so true. Hard to believe it was so long ago. Thanks again for the memory and news.
"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"
A FEATURE ABOUT
SEND US YOUR REMEMBRANCES OF THE 40's & 50'S FOR PUBLICATION IN A FUTURE NEWSLETTER
submitted by: JIM CLARK
Shibe Park was re-named Connie Mack Stadium in
Philly, after being re-furbished. The
MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT IS ALIVE AND WELL
submitted by: FRANK METZLER
In two January editions of THE CATHOLIC
STANDARD AND TIMES, the Archdiocese of
Renovations at St. Bede the Venerable Church in Holland, Bucks County, PA, will have many artifacts from M.B.S., which includes the marble baldachin (marble canopy over the altar), two marble side altars with marble statues of the Sacred Heart and the Blessed Virgin, the brass tabernacle, two marble adoring angels, part of the marble altar rail, the marble crucifix, the Stations of the Cross with unique lighting fixtures, candelabra and two large brass chandeliers.
Especially fine is the marble altar front depicting DaVincis Last Supper. Shown below Msgr. John Marine, pastor of St. Bede the Venerable, chats with parishioners about the marble altar front recently installed at the church.
Three large stained glass windows, executed by The
George Boos Studio in
Artifacts in the second phase of renovations will include the facades of the M.B.S. confessionals, as well as the large marble holy water fonts.
On Sunday, January 17th a group of former M.B.S. parishioner, including Brother Tim Ahern, FSC, a '62 M.B.S. grad and president of
St. Bede the Venerable cordially invites all former Most Blessed Sacrament parish members to share in our joy as your history becomes part of our future! Please come and be our special guests!
St. Bede's 45th Anniversary Mass & Ground-Breaking Event
June 6, 2010
9:30 AM Mass
St. Bede the Venerable Church
For more information contact St. Bede's Rectory 215-357-5720
OTHER MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT ARTIFACTS
THE CATHOLIC STANDARD AND TIMES of March 18, 2010,
announced the launch of a Capital fund raiser to build a new church
The Baptismal Font and the outdoor Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima and the 3 children of the now closed St. Clement Church, were installed in Holy Spirit Church, Lubbock, Texas, where Msgr. Eugene Driscoll, a former St. Clement grad and WC classmate, is Pastor.
TRANSFIGURATION AND ST.
Three stained glass windows and the Stations of the Cross from the upper church of the now closed Transfiguration of Our Lord Church were installed in 2005 in the new St. Elizabeth Church in Upper Uwchlan, Chester County, PA.
Msgr. Thomas Mullin, a Transy grad and Pastor of St. Elizabeth, also installed stained glass windows from the now closed St. Carthage Convent in a side chapel.
Other stained glass windows from Transfiguration
have been installed
in St. Rose of
CORRECTING AN ERROR
We can finally correct an error regarding one of our
classmates. Walt Gallagher has been listed as one of our Honored Deceased
since the 45th Anniversary
PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS
WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Daniel Young who began his teaching career at West during the second half of the 1950's and is presently convalescing after suffering a stroke, and for all those who have gone to their eternal reward, especially two classmates who passed away, Robert J. Neiman on November 22, 2009 and Donald J. Coleman on December 1, 2009. The complete listing of our honored deceased and their high school graduation pictures can be found on the Golden Burrs Website at: www.goldenburrs-1958.com
There are a few members of the Class of 1958 whom we have been unable to locate or the contact information we had for them is no longer valid. If you know anything about the below classmates, please send information to Jim Lynch at email@example.com or Johnny Staiber at firstname.lastname@example.org
John J. Cavanagh - Transfiguration
John Daniels - St. Francis de Sales - phone disconnected, e-mail not valid
Joseph Flaherty - St. Gregory - moved no forwarding - no e-mail
James Immendorf - Good Shepherd
John Kennan -
James McDonough - Transfiguration
James McKee - Visitation - moved no forwarding, no e-mail
Samuel Oprouseck - St. Madeline - moved no forwarding, no e-mail
John Hayes White - Most Blessed Sacrament
MAY YOU ALL HAVE A VERY HAPPY EASTER. CHRIST IS RISEN!
KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!