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SPRING EDITION 2020

 

This is the 44th edition of the Golden Burrs Quarterly Newsletter brought to you by your Events Committee members.   From all of us to all of you....May you have a very Happy amd Healthy Easter.

 

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HE IS RISEN!

 

In this issue under the "West Catholic Prep Banner" you will find an article about a zoning change that will allow for the construction of an apartment complex on the parking lot at West Catholic; an article about Paul Colistra's acceptance of a position as President of Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky; articles about the West Lady Burrs Basketball win over Archbishop Wood in OT for the Catholic League title, their City Championship win over Imhotep and their State Championship playoff games; updates on the Class of 1958's luncheon, the Alumni Communion Breakfast and Burrs at the Beach.

 

In the "News Features" section there is a report on the sale of St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown; a report about the appointment of Bishop Nelson Perez as Archbishop of Philadelphia and a follow-up report about his February 18th installation at the Cathedral.

 

Sadly, we have learned of the passing of three classmates: Bill Schroeder who came to West from Transfiguration parish, passed away on June 6, 2017; Al Capoldi who came from MBS parish, passed away on December 20, 2019; Bob Di Rita also from MBS parish, passed away on February 2, 2020; and Jim Feighery who was from St. Clement parish, passed away on February 18, 2020. 

 

We conclude this edition with mail received from our Classmates and Friends; a "Remember When" series of newspaper clippings about West Catholic Cross Country and Track events submitted by Gerry Vernot;  prayer requests for classmates who are ill; remembrances for our deceased classmates; and Rich Buzza's "Final Thought".

 

EVENTS ASSOCIATED WITH WEST CATHOLIC PREP

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7-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING AT 46TH AND CHESTNUT GETS GREEN LIGHT

 

GLEANED FROM WESTPHILLYLOCAL.COM

 

Philadelphia City Council passed legislation on Thursday, December 12, 2019, changing the zoning on West Catholic High School’s parking lot at 46th and Chestnut, clearing the way for a seven-story apartment building.

Proposed by outgoing Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, the bill passed after extensive negotiations between a group of West Catholic alumni and supporters of the school and the Spruce Hill Community Association (SHCA). West Catholic wants to lease the land to a property developer to help fund renovations and provide scholarships for students. To make the deal financially attractive, the zoning had to be changed from CMX-2 to CMX-3 so that a developer can build a much bigger structure than is currently allowed. 

“Our concern all along was that once they changed zoning, that property would double in value and we wanted to have some control over what kind of development went in there,” said Barry Grossbach, chair of the Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee. “We felt that this was a special case because we are dealing with an institution that’s been around here for a long time and is part of the neighborhood.”

West Catholic supporters presented a possible design in November that included a seven-story building with 260 units and ground floor commercial.  That was before the inclusion of affordable units and parking, which are part of the deal with the SHCA.

The Spruce Hill Community Association zoning committee was willing to change the zoning for the property, which is a block from a Market-Frankford El stop and on a mostly commercial stretch of Chestnut Street. But they wanted some things in return.  Here’s what they got:

• Maximum of seven stories.
• Ten percent of the building’s units will be affordable housing.
• 60 on-site parking spots.
• Prohibition of certain commercial uses, including liquor store, vaping or tobacco retailers, night club or other uses “inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
• Consultation on the design of the building, including materials.
• College students not included in affordable unit allocation.
• Property will not be sub-divided or sold on. The Archdiocese retains ownership of the property through a long-term (likely 99-year) lease.
• Three-year expire on zoning change if construction has not begun or substantial plans to begin are not submitted.
• No service entrances on Chestnut Street.

 

WEST PRESIDENT TO STEP DOWN JUNE 30TH

Gleaned from West Notes E-Newsletter

As was announced on February 10th, West Catholic Preparatory High School President, Paul Colistra will step down at the end of the school year.  After 8 years of service to the school, first as Vice President for Advancement and the last four years as President at West Catholic Prep, Colistra has accepted a role as President at Saint Xavier High School in Louisville, Kentucky.

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St. Xavier High School Campus, Louisville, KY

Prior to arriving at West Catholic, Colistra worked closely with Brother Richard Kestler at LaSalle College High School.  In 2012, Brother Richard made the decision to leave LaSalle College High School and head to West Catholic Prep to revitalize the school.  Colistra walked in to congratulate Brother on taking the position and according to Colistra, "I walked out of his office with a job offer to follow him to West Catholic." 

The moment he and Brother Richard arrived they felt the commitment and support of the community immediately.  "Supporters who very much could have sat on the sidelines and waited to see if we could pull this off were instead standing out in front and leading this rebirth."  He was also moved by the parents, "They believed in the vision and legacy of the school so much, that they were willing to entrust the care of their children to us." 

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Since 2012, Colistra has been integral in the school's efforts to nearly double enrollment, stabilize financial operations, and create a $5,000,000 endowment, which provides financial aid and scholarships for students.

The Board of Directors will name a search committee in the coming weeks, and a search will commence for the next school President.  According to Board Chairwoman Jessica Dasher, "Paul has built a strong foundation for the school, and he did that through a tireless commitment and work ethic.  He always put the mission of serving our students and families at the forefront, and we look forward to selecting the next leader who will continue that."

Although his time at the school is coming to an end, Colistra sees this as a natural part of being a school leader.  "I was always taught that the work of a school leader should never be likened to a sprint, where a single runner will finish the race.  But, rather a relay in which one leader must pass the baton to the next.  I look forward to watching the next leader continue to build upon the legacy of West Catholic."

WEST CATHOLIC GIRLS TOP ARCHBISHOP WOOD IN OT FOR CATHOLIC LEAGUE TITLE

Gleaned from the Philadelphia Inquirer

reported by Joe Fite

photo by Tom Gralish

 

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Tamia Robinson (left) and Destiney McPhaul (right) celebrate after winning

the Catholic League Girls Basketball Championship

 

Doubt was swirling around the Palestra on Monday evening (February 24, 2020) before the Catholic League girls’ basketball championship game.

 

Most of that doubt was surrounding West Catholic's Lady Burrs. After all, the Lady Burrs had not been to the championship game since winning the title in 1998. Meanwhile, it was virtually a home game for Archbishop Wood, since the Vikings had appeared in 11 of the previous 12 title games. And playing in the Palestra is a daunting task under the best of circumstances.

 

It didn’t matter that West had beaten Wood by 10 points on Feb. 4 to hand the Vikings their only league loss. This was different. This was the championship.

 

But there was no doubt in the hearts and minds of anyone associated with the Burrs, who got 30 points from junior guard Destiney McPhaul to lead them to a 65-60 overtime win. West Catholic also got 16 points from junior guard Ciani Montgomery, and 15 from senior guard Tamiah Robinson to account for almost all of its scoring.

 

There was not a shred of doubt in McPhaul.  She came alive in the second half, especially down the stretch. She scored 11 of the Burrs’ 13 points in the last 3 minutes, 40 seconds of regulation and, with the sellout crowd rocking the building, McPhaul calmly drained a pair of free throws with 8.2 seconds left to tie the game, 56-56.

 

“I knew I was going to make them," she said. "But I was like, ‘I can’t miss.’ It was a lot, but I knocked them down.”

 

The Vikings (18-7) still had a chance to win in regulation. After a West steal and ensuing turnover, Wood got the ball back with 3.2 seconds. But a shot by sophomore forward Ryanne Allen bounced off the front of the rim.

 

In overtime, McPhaul set the tone early by draining a no-doubt-about-it three-pointer from NBA range to give the Burrs (15-5) a 59-56 lead.

 

“It was a big one,” McPhaul said of the shot. “I was feeling it. I knocked it down, we got it. I knew if we sent the game to overtime, it was ours.”


The game wasn’t quite in the bag yet. Free throws by Izzy Larsen (20 points) and Kaitlyn Orihel (23) cut the lead to 59-58 with 1:20 remaining in OT. But McPhaul came through once again with a layup with 1:03 left for a 61-58.

 

Montgomery iced it with a pair of free throws with 42.9 seconds left, and McPhaul and Robinson offset a layup by Orihel with two free throws to close out the scoring.

 

McPhaul had a little trouble cutting down the net, but she would like to get another shot at it.

“I want to win another one next year,” McPhaul said. “I want to win one every year.”

 

No doubt.

 

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PIAA DISTRICT XII 3A CITY CHAMPS

 

The West Catholic Lady Burrs went on to defeat Imhotep's Lady Panthers by a score of 71-45, winning the PIAA District XII 3A City Championship.  Next up, the State Championship series with a First Round Game against Susquenita HS from Duncannon, PA on March 6. 

 

FIRST ROUND - PIAA DISTRICT XII 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

The Lady Burrs defeated Susquenita High School 91-38 in the PIAA 3A first round playoff.  WC junior Destiney McPhaul scored her 1,000th point with 6 minutes left in the 4th quarter.  On to the second round.

 

SECOND ROUND - PIAA DISTRICT XII 3A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

 

The Lady Burrs defeated Loyalsock Township 62-39 in the PIAA 3A second round playoff.  Destiney McPhaul led with 16 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. 

 

Posted: March 12, 2020

 

DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, THE PIAA SUSPENDED ALL BASKETBALL GAMES INCLUDING THE GIRLS STATE TOURNEY. 

 

  

WEST CATHOLIC CLASS OF 1958 LUNCHEON CANCELED

 

As previously announced, due to concerns over the Coronavirus, the Events Committee decided to cancel the Class of 1958 luncheon scheduled for May 14.  Hopefully, we can all get through this situation and reschedule at another time.

 

THE ANNUAL ALUMNI COMMUNION BREAKFAST - SUNDAY, MAY 3, 2020

CLARION HOTEL

76 INDUSTRIAL HIGHWAY

 ESSINGTON, PA

MASS AT 9:00 AM

$31.00 on-line at www.westcatholicalumni.org

 

 

BURRS AT THE BEACH - SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2020

 THE INLET ON OLDE

(formerly Westy's Irish Pub)

North Wildwood, NJ

1:00 PM

$25.00

Contact George Light for tickets

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Phone: 610-853-2028
  Mobile: 610-996-2015

 

We will advise you if the above events are canceled.

 

NEWS FEATURES

 

ST. LAURENTIUS CHURCH SOLD, ENDING 6-YEAR DISPUTE

 

By Matthew Gambino and Lou Baldwin - January 17, 2020

Gleaned from CatholicPhilly.com

 

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St. Laurentius Church at Memphis and East Burks Streets in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood.

(Photo by Sarah Webb)

 

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s role in the long-running drama over St. Laurentius Church has ended, and the question of how to reuse the ornate 19th century structure for a secular purpose — and prevent it from collapsing into the street — will be taken up by a new player.

The sale of the church to 1600 Berks LLC went to settlement Jan. 13, ending the archdiocese’s saga concerning the fate of the church in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.

St. Laurentius Parish was founded in 1882 as the first of several Polish national parishes in the archdiocese.

The stone church, which was dedicated in 1890, features 150-foot twin spires and it immediately became a neighborhood landmark — and the interior was equally beautiful.

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The interior of St. Laurentius Church, closed since 2014 and sold in January 2020. (Facebook)

But by July 2013 few Polish Catholics in the parish remained and it was merged with the territorial Holy Name of Jesus Parish located little more than a block away.

Although St. Laurentius Catholic School remained open with its current enrollment of 200 students, St. Laurentius Church closed in March 2014.

It had deteriorated to the point that it would have been more costly to renovate the church, estimated at about $2 million, which was beyond the means of Holy Name Parish, than to tear it down at a cost of $700,000.

At that time an independent group consisting of former parishioners calling themselves the Faithful Laurentians successfully won historic certification for the church building from the Philadelphia Historic Commission.

That made it practically impossible to tear the church down even though city building inspectors found serious structural problems that would have to be addressed if it were ever to be used.

Meanwhile hearings of the city’s Historical Commission and Zoning Board ensued, along with lengthy court battles over zoning, and discussions with neighbors and a buyer planning redevelopment of the church into apartments all dragged out over the next six years. And the church crumbled further still.

Finally in February 2019, a Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court opinion quashed an appeal of an earlier decision against the Faithful Laurentians, paving the way to redevelopment of the church.

The completed sale of St. Laurentius Church to 1600 Berks LLC, a Pennsylvania firm that according to published reports is owned by New Jersey developer Humberto Fernandini, means that the reportedly $135,000 spent last summer by the Philadelphia Archdiocese to stabilize the church’s façade and prevent its tragic collapse was money wisely spent.

The new buyer reportedly intends to transform the church into offices and consult with engineers over whether its imposing twin towers can yet be saved.

 

BISHOP NELSON PEREZ APPOINTED ARCHBISHOP OF PHILADELPHIA

 

By Matthew Gambino - Posted January 23, 2020

 

Photos by Sarah Webb

 

Gleaned from CatholicPhilly.com

 

Proclaiming his successor as “exactly the man our church needs,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput introduced Archbishop-elect Nelson J. Perez, whom Pope Francis named as the next Archbishop of Philadelphia, at a Jan. 23 press conference in Philadelphia.

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Archbishop-elect Nelson J. Perez is introduced Jan. 23 in Philadelphia as the next archbishop of Philadelphia following the appointment by Pope Francis. (Photo by Sarah Webb)

He will be installed as archbishop Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul.

The pope had announced the appointment while accepting the resignation of Archbishop Chaput, who last September turned 75, the customary age for retirement by Catholic bishops.

Anticipation for his successor had been building intensely in the archdiocese since that time, and judging by the applause in the room filled with more than 100 archdiocesan staff, it was a warm welcome home for Archbishop Perez, 58, currently the bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland.

He described his appointment as a “surreal moment” for a former priest of the archdiocese to be named its new shepherd.  

Archbishop Perez is the first archbishop of Philadelphia of Hispanic heritage; his parents emigrated from Cuba and he was born in Miami in 1961. He is also the first native son to be archbishop of Philadelphia since Archbishop (later) Cardinal Dennis Dougherty in the early 20th century.

And at 58, he is the youngest archbishop since Cardinal John Krol arrived in Philadelphia in 1961 at age 50.

Cleveland and Philadelphia also share a renewed bond in that the new archbishop led that diocese and Cardinal Krol was an auxiliary bishop there before being appointed to Philadelphia.

Archbishop Perez was ordained a priest for the archdiocese in 1989 and one of his ordination classmates joined him at the press conference: Father Gary Pacitti, pastor of St. Basil the Great in Kimberton. Archbishop Perez referred to him not only as a friend but “like my brother.”

It was a sentiment that he extended to all his brother priests of the archdiocese and he would mention the strong priestly fellowship here several times during his remarks. 

“You know, once a Philadelphia priest, always a Philadelphia priest,” he said. “So the part of me that has that identity inside of me cannot wrap its head around being the Archbishop of Philadelphia. It doesn’t compute. But it is what the Lord wants and what the Holy Father wants.”

He said it is “awesome” to return Philadelphia with people who are faith-filled, who love the Lord, love the church. So I’m grateful to the Holy Father for placing this huge trust in me that I really don’t deserve.”

After studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and his priestly ordination, then-Father Perez served at St. Ambrose Parish in Philadelphia, worked in ministry to Hispanic Catholics of the archdiocese and led two parishes, St. William in Philadelphia and St. Agnes in West Chester, before he was ordained an auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Rockville Center, N.Y.

In 2017 he was named Bishop of Cleveland and at the press conference he praised the people of that diocese and especially its Catholic young adults who “were a great source of joy” for him. He added that he “hoped to reach out to the young adults here” in Philadelphia.

Archbishop Perez also singled out praise for Archbishop Chaput, whom he called a friend and mentor.  Acknowledging the challenges of the past eight years in Philadelphia ranging from parish and school closures to financial crises to a wounded morale for both clergy and laity due to the sexual abuse crisis, Archbishop Chaput confronted them “with great courage and steadfastness,” Archbishop Perez said.            

I watched it from afar (and) learned from him, how steadfast he was and with profound faith that while things were tough, that God would make a way, that somehow, someway all things happen for the good of those who love God, as St. Paul said.”

Even in the midst of criticism, “I saw him make tough decisions, many times like a father. He made calls that today have placed the archdiocese in a way better place. We owe him a profound debt along with our gratitude (and) our love,” Archbishop Perez said, inviting everyone to applaud his predecessor.

After the installation Mass Archbishop Chaput will begin his retirement, and for the first three months he will have no public appointments as he takes up residence at St. Edmond’s Home for Children, an archdiocesan facility in Rosemont for children with intellectual and physical disabilities.

After that period, he said, he will assist Archbishop Perez as needed and accept some writing and speaking engagements.

In his remarks Archbishop Perez offered a special greeting in Spanish to the Hispanic Catholics of the archdiocese, encouraging them in “a missionary church, in the life of our community and in the truth of the Gospel,” he said.

He had previously served in diocesan-wide ministry to Latino Catholics in the 1990's and as pastor led two archdiocesan parishes with significant Hispanic populations.

He did not leave the clergy sexual abuse scandal unaddressed. “I and we continue to pray for your healing,” he said of victims abused by members of the church, “and we hold deep within our hearts those who have been hurt. It never should have happened, and we are sorry.”

Archbishop Perez appeared to describe his vision for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as he cited the words of Pope Francis, calling for “a community of missionary disciples” that will be “ever vibrant and powerful in the church here in Philadelphia,” a community that “takes initiative” and is “engaged in the world around it, accompanies with the truth of the Gospel, is fruitful and is joyful.”

Acknowledging the challenges of the present and the future that he may face in Philadelphia, Archbishop Perez said he was not afraid to “do what needs to be done for the good of the family.”

Although the church has “gone through difficult moments in the last two decades, heart-wrenching moments … the church is still here because the church is Christ. We (members of the church) come and go. The mystical body of Christ, the Church, has to deal with us in our humanity, and we’re complex human beings. But God works through us. So I have great hope for the church, despite everything you read.”

He offered an encouragement to his listeners at the press conference and those watching it live streamed on the internet: “Never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, through you, and despite you,” he said.

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January 24, 2020 - Two Archbishops visit Shrine of St. John Neumann

 

INSTALLATION OF ARCHBISHOP NELSON J. PEREZ

By Matthew Gambino - Posted February 18, 2020

Photos by Sarah Webb

Gleaned from CatholicPhilly.com

Over 2,000 people from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and beyond filled an overflowing Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul on Feb. 18, 2020 to celebrate the installation Mass of Archbishop Nelson J. Perez.

In a break with protocol in which the celebrant waits at the rear of a procession into church, prior to the Mass Archbishop Perez stood at the door into the cathedral greeting each of the hundreds of archdiocesan and religious priests with warm handshakes, hugs and smiles.  He was among his own, and it was not the first such expression of the day.

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Archbishop Perez greeting Clergy

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Priests processing into Cathedral

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Archbishop Perez displays Apostolic Letter from Pope Francis

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Archbishop Perez at his Cathedra

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Archbishop Perez greets Philadelphia's new Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw

His 26 minute homily was delivered not from the elevated marble pulpit but from the first step of the sanctuary.

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Hope, in particular "Jesus, hope for the world," was the theme of Archbishop Perez's homily.

He thanked many planners for the liturgy and its participants in a relaxed style and physical warmth as he roamed the polished marble floor.

He noted the presence of Philadelphia's now two retired archbishops, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Archbishop Charles Chaput, whom he praised for his "great steadfastness" in making difficult decisions regarding parish life and archdiocesan finances during his eight-year administration, which "brought him great suffering and criticism/"  He praised his predecessor's "faithfulness and courage," and said the archdiocese "owes this man a debt of gratitude," for which the congregation stood in applause.

Besides the more than 50 bishops from across the country, Archbishop Perez addressed the hundreds of priests and deacons in attendance directly, telling them "I need you, I can't do this alone", and referring to his brother priests as "us."      

As to his plan for a pastoral vision as he begins to shepherd the Philadelphia Archdiocese, "I have no plan" he said. "I want to visit, listen and learn.  I do embrace the vision of Pope Francis in "The Joy of the Gospel." 

Archbishop Perez closed his homily with the following:  "Never underestimate the power of the Spirit of God working in you, through you and despite you."

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Papal Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Archbishop Perez, Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop Chaput

 

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Recessional of Bishops

 

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Archbishop Perez recessing from Cathedral

 

MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS

 

Jim Clark:  Thank You Frank, Metz, Buzz, Lynchy, for another GREAT NEWSLETTER.  Clarkie

 

Stan Faust '62:  Thanks Frank, I am still well enough to put in a 60 hour work week including commute time for a 40 hours of pay.  I commute in my airplanes to near the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland and go to my sites for my Army work.  I still live in Nashua, New Hampshire.   Dynamic Aviation | Innovation Takes Flight is one of the place I go to two days a week to do my Army stuff.            

 

One of my current hobbies is study of the Sumerians from about 10,000 BC through about 500 BC in the area we now call Iraq.  I sure wish that West Catholic would have taught some classes about early cultures like the Sumerians, because it would have helped me understand more about the cultures I grew up in and why we do what we do now as to religion, politics and engineering.  Thanks again,  Stan 

 

Elizabeth Didlake:  Morning, I just read WC news letter, lots of pictures of the school that I went to.  Your final thoughts was so beautiful.  I enjoyed reading it.

 

Charlie W. Johnson:  Frank, Another great work on the Winter Edition of the Newsletter.  I thought Rich Buzza comments and very thoughtful and spiritual prayer was very moving and to the point.  Good writing Rich.  Hope all enjoy Christmas 2019.  And as Rich pointed out, prayers for our deceased classmates and the families they leave behind, not easy for them for sure.  Charlie "W"

 

Jim Lynch:  Frank n Frank, Just a line to let you know how much I enjoyed the Newsletter; especially enjoyed the article on the WC school tour, the photos were great and it was very informative.  Thanks all.   Lynchie

 

Bob Dougherty:  (Dec. 18, 2019) Hey Frankie, Just had my left hip replaced (anterior) and they kicked me out the next day @ 1:30 in the afternoon, very mobile, only pain at the stitches that'll go away, and had to leave a hospital room with an ocean view of the Laguna Beach.  Absolutely astounding.  Lots of prayers, an awesome God and great doctors.

 

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Just had to Christmasize my walker to lite and laugh the way!  This is on Wednesday two days after surgery.

 

Today is Wednesday, 9 days later, I'm fully mobile, no pain, not even at the stitches, and about to give up the walker that I pledged to use for two weeks......not ready to give up the 3 naps a day that were part of the rehab prescription tho.

 

Probably ready to go back to painting after the holidays to put some gas in the boat.  Thanks for your prayers.  Holy and Happy Holidays, Bobby Doc

 

Bob Giampietro  WC 1968:  Frank, Happy New Year!  Thanks for the newsletter!  I appreciate being on your list.  Cheers!

 

Joe Myers:  Frank, Glad to hear you're back on your feet literally.

 

Really enjoyed all the photos showing the very positive things that are happening at West these days.  They also greatly serve to encourage us alums to continue our financial and spiritual support of our alma mater.

 

Heard from Rachel, Dan Remy's daughter and from Bill Campion confirming receipt of the last Newsletter which included a memorial tribute to Dan.  Thanks for sending it to them.

 

Saddened by the news of Brothers Gregory and Gratian Joseph.  These two men are among my fondest memories of some of the finest teachers at West in the mid fifties.

 

Thank You from Betsy Powers

 

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Thank You from the Di Rita Family

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EARLIEST MEMORIES FROM THE 1940's and 1950's

 

submitted by:  GERRY VERNOT

 

Frank,

 

These are the clippings I have on cross country and track.  Hope you can use them.

 

Gerry

 

WEST CATHOLIC CROSS COUNTRY

 

                           

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WEST CATHOLIC TRACK

 

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PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS

 

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Care for the Sick -Transfiguration Church

 

WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines who is recovering from a stroke, Tom Henry who is battling Hodgkin Lymphoma, Bob Dougherty who had a total hip replacement in November, Brother Larry Dempsey who is suffering from dementia and now resides at the Lincroft, NJ nursing home, Brother Robert Sentman who is dealing with back problems, and Father Richard McAndrews who has Parkinson's disease and now resides at Little Flower Manor Nursing Home. 

 

Our Webmaster Jim Prendergast completed Chemo and Radiation treatments in February and will be tested again in March to determine if he requires follow-up treatments.  Jim said he did pretty well so far and that with our prayers he will beat this problem.

 

Two former teachers from West are in need of prayers; Brother Gregory Cavalier has moved to the nursing home in Lincroft, NJ, and former Brother Gratian Joseph (John Gardiner) is in the beginning stage of Alzheimer's disease.

 

WE REMEMBER and pray for all of our deceased classmates who have gone to their eternal reward, especially Bill Schroeder, Al Capoldi, Bob Di Rita and Jim Feighery.

 

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WILLIAM J. SCHROEDER - June 6, 2017

 

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ALBERT E. CAPOLDI - December 20, 2019

 

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ROBERT A. DI RITA - February 2, 2020

 

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JAMES J. FEIGHERY - February 18, 2020

 

May Bill, Al, Bob and Jim Rest In Peace.

 

 

FINAL THOUGHT

 

submitted by:  RICH BUZZA

 

It is the 12th of March and I am sad in the fact that I am writing this article regarding the canceling of our Annual Luncheon.  I want everyone of our guys to know that this decision to cancel was the best and only action that the committee could possibly take under the circumstances.  As we all know we, as a group being 80 years old, are most susceptible to this virus and it looks like this will keep going right through to the end of April or even later, therefore the committee felt that it was better to cancel the luncheon now, rather than later.  So, with the most overused statement this year "it is with an abundance of caution" that we canceled the luncheon.  Any of you who have sent in your checks, rest assured that Frank Adolf will shred them, and we can only hope that next year brings better conditions the world over and this we pray. Amen.  

 

Wishing you a prayerful and joyous Easter.  He has Risen...He has Risen Indeed!

 

 

         

God Bless WEST CATHOLIC!   Live Jesus in our Hearts.  Forever.

  KEEP THE SPIRIT ALIVE!

 

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