Who would have thought this would happen; two 3-0 squads banging heads with this ending. In the first 2 minutes of play West was down 14-0, everything after that was all Archbishop Wood. Sr. RD Greg White scampered 75 yards for West’s only score. Next week starts division play, things should change on that note.
Shaking off a shattering loss to Division 4A Archbishop Wood, West Catholic started off Division AA play against Bishop McDevitt; West Catholic wasted little time putting points on the board. They scored 5 times in the first quarter within the first six plays and were ahead by a score of 52-0 by the half. Bishop McDevitt did not have the defensive line that was able to hold off West’s attacks.
West’s offense line consisted of Jr. C Steven Wyant, Sr. T Kameron Cotton, Soph. T Tymir Oliver, Sr. G Chancellor Linder, and
Sr. G Khalim Hadas. For McDevitt, a couple of feel-good moments were had in the fourth quarter; they were able to put 14 points on the board.
October 6, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 44 - Conwell-Egan 0
In another Division AA contest it was over before it started; West Prep scored 4 times in the 1st quarter. Patrick Amara returned a punt 54 yards for a touchdown and also caught a 22 yard touchdown pass. Freshman Calil Wortham rushed for 110 yards replacing Greg White who did not play due to school issues. Raq’Quan Williams had a pair of interceptions. Conwell-Egan’s longest play of the game was a 10 yard pass.
October 12, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 50 - Archbishop Carroll 21
It was Greg White night at Widener University as he scored 5 times during the game. Actually he was in the end-zone a total of 8 times picking up three 2 point conversions; make that a total of 11 times in the end-zone as three were called back due to penalties. White accumulated a total of 259 yards, 158 rushing, 73 receiving and 24 punt returns. The win was a complete team effort for West; McCollum finished 6 for 11 with 171 yards passing. The Burrs as a team managed 341 yards. Defensively, Soph. LB Amir-Postley made ten tackles (6 solos; 2 TFL's). Jr. LB Neil Satterwhite contributed seven stops (5 sacks); including 4 total TFl's.
Soph. DL Tymir Oliver added eight stops. Gunt (9 tackles) forced a fumble on a sack; recovery by McDuffy. Sr. DE Jalil Branch
(7 stops) and Soph. DE Andre Mintze split a sack. Sr. DL Anthony Ukaha shared a sack. Jr. DB David Swen notched five tackles
(2 pass defends), while Amara and Crumpton (3 pass defends) halved eight tackles. As you can see a lot of underclassmen contributing on this West defense.
October 19, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 18 - Newmann-Goretti 0
Heading into the game, everyone was wondering how West would fare without star Sr. RB Greg White, who was a sideline spectator due to a school issue. N-G had posted high scoring games over the past few weeks; actually the game turned into a defensive struggle. N-G's rushing game produced minus-29 yards on 18 carries, and the passing game yielded 38 yards, so the not-so-grand total was nine. Only seven of the Saints' 35 plays gained yardage. West was able to put 3 touchdowns on the board but no extra point conversions. Only 1 remaining game before the playoffs begin and that is against La Salle.
October 26, 2013 - West Catholic Prep
14 - La Salle 42
October 26, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 14 - La Salle 42
Cashing in on 3 turnovers in
the first half and turning them into touchdowns; La Salle added three more
scores to end the game with 42. When you give away the
ball three separate times and your opponent capitalizes on them with touchdowns
you have just about given away the game; especially when your playing a Division
AAA team as good as the
Cashing in on 3 turnovers in the first half and turning them into touchdowns; La Salle added three more scores to end the game with 42. When you give away the ball three separate times and your opponent capitalizes on them with touchdowns you have just about given away the game; especially when your playing a Division AAA team as good as the Explorers.
The play of the
night, drawing West within one point, brought the score to 7 to
6. Crumpton caught a short pass from McCollum and was major-swarmed.
I'd have to think at least one ref (if not more) was ready to blow his whistle
within a tenth of a second when Crumpton battled free and roared down the right
sideline for a 51-yard score. It was the classic example of why guys
should ALWAYS play hard 'til the whistle. West's second-half score was an
18-yard run by Sr. RB Greg White with 48.7 seconds left in the third quarter.
White finished with 134 yards on 14 carries. On to
The play of the night, drawing West within one point, brought the score to 7 to 6. Crumpton caught a short pass from McCollum and was major-swarmed. I'd have to think at least one ref (if not more) was ready to blow his whistle within a tenth of a second when Crumpton battled free and roared down the right sideline for a 51-yard score. It was the classic example of why guys should ALWAYS play hard 'til the whistle. West's second-half score was an 18-yard run by Sr. RB Greg White with 48.7 seconds left in the third quarter. White finished with 134 yards on 14 carries. On to the playoffs.
November 2, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 34 - Newmann-Goretti 9 West started off with a
bang, Ahkil Crumpton returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the score. Neumann-Goretti followed suit with a 6
yard TD grab. After that it was Greg White with four touchdown scores
that gave West their eight
consecutive Catholic League title. While winning its eighth consecutive
small-school championship (two in Blue, the rest in AA), West was guilty of 17
penalties for 145 yards, and a few more were declined. In a nine-play span
in the third quarter, the Burrs were hit with six infractions worth 55 yards --
block in the back, holding, two procedures, interfering with a punt return ,
defensive holding on a pass play. After the Burrs gathered for celebration pics
near the north end zone at the South Philly Super Site, coach Brian Fluck told
them, in effect, they should be very happy about winning another title, but
distressed overall about how they played. Next game District 1/12
Playoff. November 10, 2013 - West Catholic
Prep 26 - New
Hope-Solebury 7 District
1-12 Class AA - Subregional
Semifinal After forcing
a three-and-out on the Lions’ first possession, the Burrs needed 9 plays to
march 63 yards for the game’s first score. Soph. FB Andre Mintze
did the honors on a 5-yard burst. Later in the opening
quarter West would begin a drive at NHS’s 30-yard line after a 15-yard punt
return by Crumpton. Runs of 11 & 17 yards by White moved the ball to the
2-yard line as the quarter ended. Then, White scored on the opening play of the
second quarter from here. West would ice the game the next time they had
the ball when White zoomed 70 yards untouched around the right edge. A
trio of West wideouts provided guidance to pay dirt. Wortham added the
conversion catch from McCollum to close out the scoring. In the waning
seconds, NHS had a chance on a fourth-and-one from the one-yard line, but jr. LB
Neil Satterwhite and Mintze stopped
Hayden for a one-yard loss. The Lions,
who play in the Bicentennial League, were game throughout, though. They
battled and frustrated the speedier Burrs for pretty much the duration. And in
the end, I doubt West Head Coach Brian Fluck was overly beaming
with his team’s performance. Still, a win was garnered and that is never
too much of a bad thing. Now, West will play powerful Imhotep Charter, who
thumped Springfield-Montco (53-7), in the other
November 2, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 34 - Newmann-Goretti 9
West started off with a bang, Ahkil Crumpton returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for the score. Neumann-Goretti followed suit with a 6 yard TD grab. After that it was Greg White with four touchdown scores that gave West their eight consecutive Catholic League title. While winning its eighth consecutive small-school championship (two in Blue, the rest in AA), West was guilty of 17 penalties for 145 yards, and a few more were declined. In a nine-play span in the third quarter, the Burrs were hit with six infractions worth 55 yards -- block in the back, holding, two procedures, interfering with a punt return , defensive holding on a pass play. After the Burrs gathered for celebration pics near the north end zone at the South Philly Super Site, coach Brian Fluck told them, in effect, they should be very happy about winning another title, but distressed overall about how they played. Next game District 1/12 Playoff.
November 10, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 26 - New Hope-Solebury 7
District 1-12 Class AA - Subregional Semifinal
After forcing a three-and-out on the Lions’ first possession, the Burrs needed 9 plays to march 63 yards for the game’s first score. Soph. FB Andre Mintze did the honors on a 5-yard burst. Later in the opening quarter West would begin a drive at NHS’s 30-yard line after a 15-yard punt return by Crumpton. Runs of 11 & 17 yards by White moved the ball to the 2-yard line as the quarter ended. Then, White scored on the opening play of the second quarter from here. West would ice the game the next time they had the ball when White zoomed 70 yards untouched around the right edge. A trio of West wideouts provided guidance to pay dirt. Wortham added the conversion catch from McCollum to close out the scoring. In the waning seconds, NHS had a chance on a fourth-and-one from the one-yard line, but jr. LB Neil Satterwhite and Mintze stopped Hayden for a one-yard loss. The Lions, who play in the Bicentennial League, were game throughout, though. They battled and frustrated the speedier Burrs for pretty much the duration. And in the end, I doubt West Head Coach Brian Fluck was overly beaming with his team’s performance. Still, a win was garnered and that is never too much of a bad thing. Now, West will play powerful Imhotep Charter, who thumped Springfield-Montco (53-7), in the other semifinal.
November 15, 2013 - West Catholic Prep 8 - Imhotep Charter 48
District 1-12 Class AA - Regional Final - City Title
The Panthers are big, strong, fast, quick and, best of all, focused/poised. West was unable to light up its side of the scoreboard until 2:58 remained, and needed its first team offense to do so against Imhotep's second team defense. Here's all you need to know about this game's imbalance: In the first half, Imhotep ran nine plays that netted at least 17 yards, while West was being held to two first downs. The first half ended 28-0 and the mercy rule (35-0) could have surfaced at 4:23 into the third quarter when Raynor fought his way into the end zone on a 16-yard run. However, Moore missed his only PAT of the night, leaving the count at 34-0. A TD catch by Lewis wound up sending the clock into run-nonstop mode. This is the second year in a row that West has fallen to Imhotep in the City Title Game. Best of Luck to the BURRS in 2014.
WEST CATHOLIC CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Sports Hall Of Fame Dinner - Saturday, March 22, 2014
Alumni Association Communion Breakfast - TBD
Burrs at the Beach @ Westy's - Sunday, July 6, 2014
The Most Blessed Sacrament Parish Buildings early 1960's
May 1901 - The parish of The Most Blessed Sacrament was founded when Archbishop Patrick J. Ryan decided to form a new parish between already existing St. Clement and St. Francis de Sales in the heart of an Irish Catholic neighborhood.
May 27, 1901 - The Reverend Patrick F. Burke was appointed as the founding pastor. Father Burke rented a vacant house at the southwest corner of 55th Street and Woodland Avenue to be used as a residence and also as a chapel.
Services were held in an upper room of the house until December 22, 1901 when a chapel, donated to the parish by Father Michael J. Lawler rector of St. Thomas Aquinas in South Philadelphia, was dedicated at the corner of 56th Street and Chester Avenue.
Father Burke asked Father Lawler to celebrant the First Solemn Mass in the Chapel because he was the celebrant of the first Mass said in the edifice after it had been erected at St. Thomas Aquinas.
MBS Wooden Chapel, First School Building is behind the Chapel
On October 9, 1906, Father Burke passed away and was succeeded by the second pastor, Reverend Bernard J. McGinnis in November 1906.
September 16, 1907 - the cornerstone of a new building (shown above and behind the original chapel) that would serve as both a chapel and a school was blessed by Auxiliary Bishop Edmond F. Prendergast.
December 1907 - Father McGinnis resigned due to failing health.
December 1907 - Reverend James T. Higgins was named as the Third Pastor.
September 5, 1908 - The school building was completed and opened with two hundred and twenty students. It was staffed by five nuns of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The structure, cost $77,936.00, had twenty classrooms, as well as a music room, offices and a chapel on the first floor. The original wooden chapel was converted into an assembly hall that was used as an auditorium and gymnasium.
In 1917 a fund raising campaign resulted in contributions of $54,000 which helped to pay for construction of a rectory beginning in 1918 and a convent that was approved in 1919.
On April 6, 1922 permission was granted to build a new church at a cost of approximate cost of $250,000.
On September 17, 1922 the Church cornerstone was blessed by Cardinal Dougherty after which Father Higgins celebrated a Solemn Benediction in the lower Church, the only part of the building that had been completed.
MBS Cornerstone Souvenir Trowel
May 1924 - The church, designed by the Architect Charles W. Gilmore, was completed. It is an impressive example of the Italian Renaissance Revival period of architecture. The building was constructed of Port Deposit granite with Indiana Limestone trimmings. A magnificent structure that demonstrates the dedication, sacrifice and love of the parishioners of MBS.
June 15, 1924 - Cardinal Dougherty solemnly dedicated the upper church. On that same afternoon the cornerstone was laid for the new Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord by Auxiliary Bishop Crane.
In 1925 due to increased school enrollment, a second school building was constructed.
Early Interior of MBS
Completed MBS Sanctuary - The Main Altar is made of Italian White and Sienna Marble.
West Philadelphia experienced a significant population growth between 1920 and 1930 with an increase of 52,035 residents, many of that number being Catholic. By 1930 school enrollment at MBS was at 3.125.
June 18, 1939 - Father Higgins celebrated his Golden Jubilee. During his thirty-two years as pastor, he had completed building the previously started combined chapel and school, the rectory, convent, church and a second larger and completely modern school.
February 29, 1940 - Father Higgins passed away leaving a great community of faith, which at the time of his death was a debt free parish.
May 1940 - Reverend John J. Daly was named as the fourth pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament.
Father Daly named the old school building opened in 1908 after Pope Pius X, and the newer building constructed in 1925 was dedicated to Our Lady and came to be called the Marian School. Electric lighting was installed in the school buildings, the old school hall was renovated to become a modern auditorium suitable both for basketball and social events. Renovations to the convent added a new community room, a spacious dining room and the chapel was refurbished.
1945 - Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto was constructed.
On Sunday, May 27, 1945 Father Daly celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his ordination with a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving.
In June of 1947 Father Daly was raised to the rank of Domestic Prelate with the title of Right Reverend Monsignor.
Msgr. Daly was the pastor during the formative years of the Boys and Girls who graduated MBS in 1954 and went on to West Catholic Boys and West Catholic Girls High Schools, graduating as the Class of 1958.
MBS Parish Newspaper
1957 MBS Parish Calendar
Msgr. Daly added fifteen rooms to the existing school buildings, repairs and renovations were made to the convent and rectory, the church was air conditioned and a new organ was installed in the upper church. New roofing was completed on several buildings and painting was a continual process as time went on.
During Msgr. Daly's tenure more than three million dollars was contributed by the parish to the Seminary and Secondary School Education Funds, to Villa St. Joseph in Darby, and to Villa St. John in Downingtown.
The total costs of building repairs during the sixties was close to $500,000, while the collections continued to decrease.
On April 3, 1970, after thirty years of service to Most Blessed Sacrament and having reached the age of seventy-five, Msgr. Daly retired. In remembering his years at MBS, Msgr. Daly stated "... it once had the largest parish school enrollment in the world, with thirty-three hundred and fifty students". His greatest joy was the Catholic Information Society which he started in 1953. More than ten thousand individuals had taken instructions and were baptized into the Catholic Faith.
On May 29, 1970, Msgr. Daly celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination by offering Mass at Most Blessed Sacrament and attending a private dinner with his immediate family.
At the time that Msgr. Daly became pastor emeritus, Reverend Daniel C. Gatens became the fifth pastor of Most Blessed Sacrament.
During Father Gatens first six years the challenges of the parish were addressed as follows:
- June 1, 1975, the Rev. Joseph S. Ahn was appointed as an assistant at MBS and placed in charge of the Korean community. More than three hundred families were registered in that year.
- In 1976 a comprehensive day care program opened for three and four year olds and some school age children - five days a week, twelve months of the year.
SCHOOL ENROLLMENT STATISTICS - 1964 to 1975
1964 - '65 - 3182
1965 - '66 - 3317 PEAK
1966 - '67 - 3103
1967 - '68 - 2900
1968 - '69 - 2299
1969 - '70 - 2050
1970 - '71 - 1399
1971 - '72 - 1149
1972 - '73 - 861
1973 - '74 - 673
1974 - '75 - 633
1975 - '76 - 532
On June 6, 1976 the parishioners of MBS celebrated the Diamond Jubilee - Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of its founding. The Most Rev. Gerald V. McDevitt, Auxiliary Bishop, was the principal Concelebrant at Mass, and a dinner followed at the Ramada Inn, Essington, PA.
Specific details about the history of MBS from the Diamond Jubilee in 1976 to 1999 were not available to us for this report, but it is safe to say that the movement of families to the suburbs continued over this period and those who moved into the parish were mostly non-catholic.
In 1999 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Cluster 33 planning group defined what gives life to the community and engaged parishioners in defining the goals for vibrant parish life. The planning also took place in an environment preparing for fewer clergy. As a result, two parishes in Cluster 33, Most Blessed Sacrament and St. Francis de Sales were “twinned” and shared a pastor, although at that time both parishes remained independent and canonically distinct. Each parish held strongly to its own history, heritage, liturgy, and traditions, even as human and financial resources dwindled.
2001 - MBS Centennial Anniversary Mass
Most Blessed Sacrament School was closed in 2002 as a result of declining enrollment. Today the old MBS School is The Renaissance Advantage Charter School.
In 2002, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington completed an upgrade to the student chapel of College Hall which included the installation of twenty-eight stained glass windows from the lower church of Most Blessed Sacrament that were recrafted by the Beyer Studio, Inc. and personally driven across the country by the artists.
MBS Stained Glass Windows at Gonzaga University Chapel
By June of 2006 Most Blessed Sacrament parish was in dire straits. The congregation has dwindled to just 80 members and the heat hadn't worked in a year. Willing to face the fear and pain associated with change, the parish council recommended that Most Blessed Sacrament be closed and merged with St. Francis de Sales.
On Sunday, November 18, 2007 a "Unity Mass" and the "Rite Of Leave Taking" was offered at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. The Mass began like thousands before at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, but this Sunday was to be the last for the congregation and for many former parishioners who returned for this final day of worship. The church, freshly painted in 2001 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the parish, looked beautiful with its vibrant stained glass windows, beautiful art work in the sanctuary, unique oil paintings depicting the stations of the cross, and ornate details on the vaulted ceiling.
Most Blessed Sacrament Faithful leaving Church after "UNITY MASS" Nov. 18, 2007
Most Blessed Sacrament Exterior Nov. 18, 2007
At the end of Mass a final blessing was said and the doors were locked symbolically, bringing an end to a place where people came to be baptized, married and buried according to the rites of the Catholic Church. This church was truly a holy place to thousands of Catholics in southwest Philadelphia. The following week Masses were held 9 blocks away at St. Francis de Sales Church.
Symbolic Locking of MBS Doors - Nov. 18, 2007
In order to continue some tangible remembrance of Most Blessed Sacrament parish, its main altar was moved and installed in what had been St. Francis de Sales Church. A new name was chosen to include reference to both parishes: St. Francis de Sales: United by The Most Blessed Sacrament. The remaining artifacts from MBS Church were removed, stored and offered for sale by the Archdioceses.
The former MBS Parish Church and other buildings are "FOR SALE".
ARTIFACTS OF MBS AT ST. BEDE THE VENERABLE
Thanks to the vision of Msgr. John C. Marine, pastor of St. Bede the Venerable Church in Holland, PA, the story of MBS continues. As reported in the spring, 2010 edition of this newsletter, St. Bede has been renovated and enlarged to accommodate many artifacts from Most Blessed Sacrament.
To view a short 8 minute video on the size and scope of the project to install the MBS artifacts at St. Bede click on the below site:
The below pictures and descriptions are from St. Bede's Website at: http://www.St.-Bede.org/
MBS STAINED GLASS WINDOWS AT ST. JOSEPH CHURCH, DOWNINGTOWN
Stained Glass Windows from Most Blessed Sacrament can be found in the new Church of St. Joseph in Downingtown that was dedicated on June 15, 2013. Beyer Studio in Philadelphia renovated several stained glass windows from MBS and other closed Philadelphia churches for installation at St. Joseph. The below pictures are from the parish Website.
St. Joseph Church Downingtown
A new foundation has been formed to manage charitable fund-raising for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a move designed to reengage disaffected Catholics and boost giving. The Chairman of the Board is Richard T. Clark, a retired chairman and chief executive of Merck & Co.It follows the formula used last year in turning over management of archdiocesan high schools to the Faith in the Future Foundation. It gives lay leaders more say over church functions that have long been kept under tight control by the hierarchy.
One side of its operations will provide services for annual archdiocesan fund-raisers, such as the Catholic Charities Appeal and the Annual Seminary Appeal, that used to be handled by the archdiocese's Office for Stewardship and Development. Those services will also be available to parishes and other groups.
Another side will operate a charitable endowment similar to the Vanguard Group's charitable endowment program, which has $3.5 billion under management and distributes money according to the donors' wishes.
The Catholic Foundation will accept donations with the goal of building a new endowment to support Catholic causes, separate from existing trusts at the archdiocese.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has signed an agreement to outsource management of 13 Catholic cemeteries through a 60-year lease to StoneMor Partners L.P., it was announced Sept. 26.
Under the terms of the lease, the cemeteries will remain Catholic in nature and still be owned by the archdiocese. All current full-time employees of the Catholic Cemeteries Office will become StoneMor employees.
StoneMor will provide an initial lease payment of $53 million to the archdiocese. An additional total of $36 million in lease payments will be paid in future years starting in year six and ending in year thirty-six.
To view the entire text of the announcement visit: http://catholicphilly.com/2013/09/local-news/local-catholic-news/philadelphia-archdiocese-agrees-to-60-year-management-pact-for-catholic-cemeteries/MAIL FROM CLASSMATES AND FRIENDS
John Salvey: Frank the fall edition was a knock out. You're a talented guy. I'm glad you keep me on the list as I'm down in Dallas and really don't get much of an opportunity to get to Philly and regret missing the 55 reunion. I'm going to try to make the 60th.
My assignment at West, besides going to school, was a hall-stairs monitor. It wound up making me interested in being a Military police man in the U. S. Army for three years.
Play a lot of golf, but wish and miss all those 2 hand touch-football games that were played in School. Again thanks for keeping me in the loop! '58
Joe Gavaghan: Hey Frank, I'm insulted as I don't get any unsolicited e-mails from the newsletter. I guess I'm not who all these people are looking for. On a serious note, thank you & your crackerjack staff for another fine newsletter about the goings on of our class. Cheers, Joe
Andy Jaskolka: Please accept my sincere congratulations on the latest newsletter. I especially enjoyed the segment on Transfiguration parish and its buildings. The photo of the mosaic high above the altar was especially striking. I noted with concern that it also appeared to remain in the picture taken inside the church after "it was stripped of its religious artifacts". Does that mean the mosaic fell victim to the wrecking ball? What a loss if it did. Nonetheless, it was good to learn that some of the artifacts remain in good use. Thanks again for your work in researching and sharing this information.
Jim English: Hi Frank, Another great job on the Newsletter. I really enjoyed reading your history of Transfiguration Parish. The pictures were excellent and triggered many memories. I remember in 8th grade being sent out of class to shovel snow off of that big curved staircase. (At the time we perceived that as a great honor. In reality it was the old Catholic Parish tradition of free labor.) I also remember on at least one Christmas Eve, all the school kids gathered on those steps to sing Christmas Carols. The last time I was near "Transy" was in June of 2008, on my way to West Catholic's 2008 Graduation. All the buildings were still there but the decline was very apparent. So sad.
The setting: Early 1950's (Lent & Easter) - Reason: The two people intending to marry @ MBS, both of which were 21 or more, wishing to be married @ the home parish of both parties. The original date for the religious wedding was the last Saturday in April. The civil license had been issued, blood test done, wedding reception hall reservation @ MBS made and deposit made, etc. and the civil license would expire the end of April.
The big problem: In mid-March the groom-to-be received notice to report for military duty & assignment to Korean no later than the first week in April.
Immediately, the couple approached MBS parish for a variance to allow a Church wedding, possibly in the rectory before leaving for Korea. Msgr. Daly was showed the directive from the US Army and Msgr. Daly said no way would he allow a church wedding during Lent, and if they had a civil ceremony, that he would seek to declare their marriage null and void in the church’s eyes. (What Gospel or Canon Law is that?)
The couple sought the opinion of US Military Catholic Head (Cardinal Spellman of New York) and mailed a copy of the draft notice to his office. The Cardinal gave a variance in a letter reply & offered to marry them @ MBS and suggested they make one more approach to the pastor without telling about his permission for a variance in the hopes that Msgr. Daly would bend a little on his own. As instructed the couple again sought Msgr. Daly’s co-operation and again he refused. The couple advised Msgr. Daly that they had a catholic priest willing to marry them & he wished to come to MBS. Msgr. Daly demanded to know who the priest was and said that he would contact the priest’s boss (if you remember the Cardinal’s Boss at that time in Church History was the Pope (i.e. Pope Pius XII). The couple then gave the variance letter to Msgr. Daly who read same and replied “Cardinal Spellman is always most welcome at MBS”. They were married in church, in mid-week of the first week in April. They had a breakfast for the wedding party @ Horn & Hardarts. The male reported for duty and at the formal reception which took place as scheduled on the last Saturday in April, there was a picture of the groom. Best Regards, Al Chadwick
Frank Adolf: I don't usually write a comment, but I have to thank all those who sent notes of appreciation concerning the past several newsletters. Each time I try to make the new issue even better than the previous one and it is becoming a true labor of love.
Also, I want to thank the Golden Burrs Committee for their recognition of my efforts.
Finally, I want to acknowledge the years of service to Transfiguration of the third pastor, Father Joseph W. Kavanagh, who succeeded Msgr. McGettigan in 1947. He was the pastor that Transy students who attended school from 1946 until May of 1954 remember best. Father Kavanagh was born and raised in the parish and his parents lived directly across the street from the school on Cedar Avenue. I remember sitting on Mr. Kavanagh's lap when I was a kid. The Kavanagh's had four sons and one daughter. All the sons became priests (Rev. Joseph W. 1931, Rev. Francis X. 1936 (Trappist), Msgr. William A. 1938, Msgr. John C. 1942), and their daughter was a nurse at Misericordia Hospital.
Father Joseph W. Kavanagh
In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the parish, Father Kavanagh set out to modernize all the buildings. He replaced the church's heating plant and roof, installed new altars in the lower church, updated the wiring and lighting and painted the interiors of the upper and lower churches, beautified the exterior with a stone wall at street level around all the buildings, planted trees and shrubbery, purchased a row home on 55th Street in 1953 converting it to school use, installed a new chapel in the convent and upgraded the living areas, updated the classrooms in the school and renovated the rectory living and office spaces and added an elevator in the rectory. Father was the pastor who's goal was to prepare the parish for its second half century of service, which sadly was never completely realized.
Tom Wallace (aka Bro. German John): Thanks, Frank; brought back memories. Sorry about the deceased, but thanks for their pictures--it helps the memory. God rest their souls.
Clarence McMerty - Class of 1957: Frank--Jim Clark has been forwarding the class of '58 newsletters on to me, Great Job. I noted that your next parish profile will feature Most Blessed Sacrament. I have a booklet produced for the Diamond Jubilee of the Parish in 1976. It was dedicated to Monsignor Daly and is loaded with pictures and info on the history of MBS. If you think it would be helpful, I'd be glad to LEND it to you--as long as I can get it back. If you want to take a look, send me your address and I'll mail it to you.
June 15, 1924 - Auxiliary Bishop Michael Crane blessing the Church Cornerstone
June 5, 1943 - Celebrating the Church Consecration
Cardinal Dougherty's visit June, 1943 copied from the 50th Anniversary Booklet
June 5, 1943 -
Possibly Bishop Gerald P. O'Hara (Savannah, GA) left, Cardinal Dennis
J. Dougherty center, Father (later Msgr.) Daniel I. McGettigan
right, in front of the Rectory
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