GOLDEN BURRS EVENTS COMMITTEE

QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER 

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 richbuzza@comcast.net, Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net, or Frank Metzler at fjmetzler@gmail.com .

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 Philadelphia Art Museum

 

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 Turkey Hoagies.  Entertainment was provided by both Alumni's - "Round Tower" Irish Band, who counts among their members Bob Dowd's son-in-law Mike Concannon, and the St. James Alumni Men's Choir.  Monsignor King said the blessing before the meal, and Mr. Daniel Young '45, who taught at WC beginning in the late 1950's, was in attendance.  The Class of '58 was well represented by Frank and Kathleen McDonnell, Chuck and Barbara Martini, Mike and Patricia Bresnahan, Lou Criscillo, Sam McGhie, Duke Gallagher, Jim and Margaretta Clark ('55), George and Barbara Light ('58), Frank McCarthy and John Staiber.  A really fun time was had by all.    

 

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 2010 West Catholic Girls All State, All Catholic and All-American Indoor Track Team (incidentally they are ranked # 2 in the country) and their coaches were present and honored for their achievements.

 

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 AMERICA

ON THEIR 100th BIRTHDAY.

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

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 Italy almost every year.   THE FAMOUS 4TH GRADE CANDY NUN, SISTER ANTONELLA.

 

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.

 

Note:  In accordance with our privacy policy phone numbers and e-mail addresses of our classmates are not displayed in the Newsletter.  If you need contact information for a classmate simply send a request to Frank Adolf at fjapfa@netzero.net

 

"REMEMBERING THE GOOD OLD DAYS"  

A FEATURE ABOUT GOING DOWN MEMORY LANE 

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 Milwaukee Braves were in town, and it was 9 AM Saturday morning, when my buddies & I decided to go to see the Phillies.  The Braves killed our Phillies the night before, and we were anxious to see the 2 big sluggers-Eddie Matthews & Hank Aaron.  We boarded the 13 trolley at 57th & Chester Ave., heading East into town. These were the days before the trolley's went underground into town.  We each got a transfer from the conductor, and exited at 19th St.  We had to walk across Market St. past the Mastbaum Theater, & under the Chinese Wall to Arch St., there we boarded an electric bus with our transfers.  We exited this ride at Broad St. & Lehigh Ave.  From there we had to walk 7 blocks to 21st & Lehigh Ave.  We were inside the ballpark and down at the 1st row behind home plate, getting autographs from the Milwaukee ballplayers.  Sure enough there were the 2 big sluggers Matthews & Aaron, right in front of us.  Matthews was nagging Aaron into a wager.  He challenges Aaron to see who can hit the most home runs in 10 pitches.  Aaron says "your on".  They agreed on having Bob Buhl do the pitching, whom they called on the phone from the dugout.  When Buhl arrived at home plate, they told him straight pitches only.  Then Matthews pulled out a Silver Dollar & asked Aaron to call it as he flipped the coin in the air.  They agreed on a Hundred Dollars for the bet.  Aaron won the toss & told Matthews to go first.  Well Matthews hit 10 homeruns in 10 pitches, 7 in the lower left field stands & 3 in the upper left field stands.  All of the other Braves were teasing Aaron to pay up.  He said "I'll take my bats first".  Aaron also hit 10 homeruns in 10 pitches, but he hit 5 in the lower left field stands, 3 in the upper left field stands, and 2 over the roof & out of the park.  Matthews pulled out a 100 Dollar Bill & handed it to Aaron.  Total amazement by all of their teammates, & us kids as well.  Now they have a homerun derby, giving each batter 10 outs.  What PIKER's!  No one will ever match what went on that day, not even Babe Ruth.   

 

MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT IS ALIVE AND WELL

submitted by:  FRANK METZLER

 

In two January editions of  THE CATHOLIC STANDARD AND TIMES, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reported that Historic Artifacts from the now closed Most Blessed Sacrament Church have new homes.  A large stained glass window, depicting Jesus giving the Keys of the Kingdom to St. Peter with St. Peters Basilica in the background, will be installed in the chapel of the new Pope John Paul II High School in Upper Providence, Montgomery County, PA. 

 

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.

 

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Three large stained glass windows, executed by The George Boos Studio in Munich, Germany in 1924, depicting the Resurrection, the Annunciation, and the Adoration of the Magi will also be installed.  There are also medium sized windows depicting Melchizedek and the disciples with Jesus at Emmaus, as well as six smaller windows with stained glass medallions.

 

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 West Catholic High School, were given an after Mass sneak preview of the artifacts. 

 

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

1071 Holland Road

Holland, PA  18966

Reception Follows 

 

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 for St. Joseph's Parish in DowningtownPA, replacing the existing church built in 1972.  Plans call for groundbreaking in the spring of 2011.  Eight stained glass windows from Most Blessed Sacrament Church will grace the new church.

 

ST. CLEMENT ARTIFACTS

 

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. CARTHAGE ARTIFACTS

 

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 Lima Church in Paso Robles, California.  Here is one example:

 

 

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 Reunion.  Thanks to the persistence of Andy Iavarone, who on more than one occasion advised us that Walt is alive and living in Florida, Jim Lynch contacted Walt's brother who confirmed that he indeed lives in Florida.  Subsequently, Jim contacted Walt and apologized for the error, advising him that we have corrected our records.  Jim explained what the Class of '58 has been doing these past few years and told him about the May luncheon.  Walt expressed interest in attending.  Thanks again to Andy for helping us correct this error.

 

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

 

MIA'S

 

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 jolfml@verizon.net or Johnny Staiber at wcburr@gmail.com

 

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 - St. Clement

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!

 

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