This is the 18th edition of the Golden Burrs Quarterly Newsletter sponsored by the Events Committee Members.  All the committee members wish you and yours a very.... 
Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. 
In this issue, under the "West Catholic Banner" you will find information about Brother Kevin Stanton's return to West Catholic, a link to WEST NOTES E-Newsletter, a link to a news report about Ernie Beck, Jim Lynch's continuing reports on the Varsity Football games, and the WC Calendar of Future Events.
The "News Features" section offers the second in a series of articles about our old parishes featuring the history of The Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, as well as information about the installation of artifacts from MBS that have been put to good use at Gonzaga University in Spokane, St. Bede the Venerable Church in Holland and St. Joseph Church in Downingtown.  Special thanks are owed to Charlie (Chuck) Johnson '58 and Al Chadwick '57 who contributed their remembrances of Msgr. Daly and to Clarence McMerty '57 who provided his copy of the MBS Diamond Jubilee booklet which was the source for many of the old pictures and the parish history.  Thanks to Bob Giampietro '68 - for pictures of the Cornerstone Trowel, the "Birds Eye View" of the Parish Buildings, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the Parish Calendar Publication, and the 100th Anniversary Mass collage.  The "For Sale" picture of MBS is courtesy of Joan Molony Paulukas.
The Spring 2014 issue will feature St. Francis de Sales: United by The Most Blessed Sacrament.  
If you have any historic information about St. Clement, St. James or St. Barnabas parishes (pictures or anniversary keepsakes), please contact Frank Adolf at, or 610-344-0716 or postal mail the information to Frank at 1539 Ulster Way, West Chester, PA  19380.  
Also, under the "News Features" section are reports about the establishment of a Charitable Foundation for the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the leasing of the Archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries. 
Our on-going feature "MAIL from Classmates and Friends" received a lot of comments about the Summer Edition.
Prayers are requested for those classmates who are ill and for all the faithful departed members of the Class of 1958. 
Sadly, our classmate Al Bocchicchio passed away on October 16. 
Click the below link to read the latest edition of West Notes
 Click the below line to read about Ernie
submitted by: JIM LYNCH
September 21 - West Catholic Prep 6 - Archbishop Wood 54


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.

September 27 - West Catholic Prep 52 - Bishop McDevitt 14

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


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 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 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.




Sports Hall Of Fame Dinner - Saturday, March 22, 2014


Alumni Association Communion Breakfast - TBD


Burrs at the Beach @ Westy's - Sunday, July 6, 2014 

For more information contact George Light at 215-386-2244 ext. 260 or
cell 610-996-2015
George Light is looking to schedule a 60th reunion at Tip O'Leary's in Havertown, PA on April 26th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.   
Please contact George to obtain further information.  
Contact information: George Light at 215-386-2244 ext. 260 (work) or 610-996-2015 (cell)
Mark your calendar for the 56th Anniversary Luncheon which will be held on Thursday, May 15, 2014.
Details will be announced at a later date.
submitted by:   FRANK METZLER, EDITOR
At our October meeting, the Class of 1958 Events Committee nominated FRANK ADOLF to be the Managing Editor of our Class newsletter.  The motion was overwhelmingly approved.
Frank was recognized for his dedication, invaluable time and effort given each quarter putting the newsletter together.
He is the driving force of the success of our newsletter, spending a lot of his time in coordinating the articles from each reporter, checking for errors, making corrections, and arranging all photos to complement each article.  Frank is involved in the research required to ensure that the information printed in the newsletter is accurate and properly documented.  The committee wanted all of our classmates to know that Frank's valuable dedication to the newsletter is greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Frank, for a job well done and for all that you do to keep the Class of 1958 informed and the memories alive and well.

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:

- A Seniors Citizens Center was opened in April, 1971.
- A Lay Advisory Council was organized in 1973 to find ways to keep the operating expenses of the parish at a minimum.  
- The Community Relations Committee and the Lay Advisory Council began working together to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the people of the entire community.
- The parish organizations worked with START (Southwest Teams Alleviating Racial Tension) which sought to get local citizens to work in pairs (one black and one white) to help with interracial conflicts.   

- 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.


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.  

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".


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: 



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

Installation of the first stained glass window from Most Blessed Sacrament
Completed Installation of First MBS Window
Other MBS Stained Glass Windows at St. Joseph - The Presentation in the Temple and Jesus Preaching in the Temple
It is our hope that all MBS'ers enjoyed this remembrance of their childhood parish.



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 foundation initially will be overseen by a 14-member board with a mix of executives from the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. Msgr. Francis W. Beach - Chairman of the advancement committee, Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia; Thomas A. Bruder Jr. - Former president and owner, M.A. Bruder & Sons Inc.; Tammy Carter-Tenaglia - Director of member services, Preferential Care Network Inc.; Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - Archbishop of Philadelphia; Daniel J. Hilferty - President and CEO, Independence Blue Cross; Gary M. Holloway Sr. - President and CEO, GMH Communities Associates; Bernard J. Kelley - Former president, Merck Manufacturing Division; Susan Y. Kim - Vice chairman, Philadelphia Orchestra Organization; John J. Mullen - Former president and CEO, Apple Vacations; Judith M. Persichilli - Interim president and CEO, CHE Trinity Health; Rev. Nicholas S. Rashford - President emeritus, St. Joseph's University; John Springrose - Former managing director, 1838 Investment Advisors; Alexander Vaccaro - Vice chairman of the department of orthopedics, Rothman Institute; David N. Watson -Executive vice president and COO, Comcast Cable. 

To view the entire text of the announcement visit:


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:


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

Tom Henry:  Frank:  Thank you for another great Newsletter.  You guys continue to do an outstanding job for us. 
Each summer Loretta and I spend 4 to 7 weeks in Alaska visiting our daughter and her family.  This summer, while shopping in Kenai, I noticed a car in the parking lot with "Philadelphia" on the trunk along with the logo's for the Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers. The driver was getting out of the car and I asked what section of Philly he was from.  He said MBS.  It turns out we both went to West (he graduated in '47) and La Salle.  You just never know when you are going to meet another guy from West Catholic.  

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

Charlie ( Chuck ) Johnson:  Frank, What an unbelievable job you guys do with this news letter, thank you and the rest of your group.  I would like to comment on Monsignor Daly, I think the MBS'ers would get a kick out of it.  Let me know your drop dead date on submission?  I will try and put something in writing to your attention.  Best, Charlie ( Chuck ) Johnson
Jim Clark:  Yo Frank, WOW AGAIN!  The Golden Burrs Newsletter is a smashing hit for all of us 58er's to read. 
THANK YOU, Clarkie

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. 

I was really sad to here about Cozy Morley.  He made one of the memorable nights of our lives even more memorable.
As for me, I'm into my 41st year with Boy Scout Troop 76, in Sea Isle City.  We presently have 2 brand new Eagle Scouts and we're looking to have another fun year.  I send my best wishes to everyone.  Jim
Charlie ( Chuck ) Johnson:   Frank, Didn't forget you.  You were looking for an antidotal story about Msgr. Daly.  I recall during our early and formative years at MBS a number or us ( Bobby Gormley, Bobby DiRita, Jimmy Cahill, Angelo Sivieri and a St. Joe Prep guy Joey McCandless, Larry Doran and others as well, would play in MBS school yard.  A cousin of mine, Charlie Donovan, also an MBS'er nicknamed Msgr. Daly "Red Buttons" because of his cassock, with red buttons.  Monsignor Daly had a white Cadillac, when "red buttons" drove his car thru the MBS playground all would stop and watch him open the garage door from inside his car ( it was an automatic door opener unit ) we all thought he had some magical powers direct from God Himself.  Monsignor was a stern leader at MBS, just what was needed at that time.  He also showed real compassion to our family, years later, when it was much needed.  Charlie ( Chuck ) Johnson

Al Chadwick - Class of 1957:  I do not wish to embarrass anyone; one of the folks noted below is still alive and I do not wish to invade his privacy.  In that vein it might be better to be generic as to the specific dates involved.  I was not at these meetings.  I just thought in view of current Pope Francis latest pronouncements, I would share a chuckle or two.

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. 

Ann Cahill:  Hi Rich, thanks so much for the wonderful edition -- the best yet!  Bro. Richard is doing a great job for the school.  I knew he would. Did you do all those plaques yourself?  Thanks again.   
Jack Walls - Class of 1959:  Rich, Thanks for sending me a copy of the Golden Burrs even though I'm not a member of the class.  I send it along to about a dozen other members of the class of '59 all of whom ask me to continue passing it along as they also enjoy the newsletter.

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.

Brother Joe Grabenstein, FSC - Archivist, La Salle University:   I am the Archivist of the Christian Brothers, and I compliment you on your Fall 2013 edition of the Golden Burrs Events Committee newsletter.  Could you please email me this 24-pager? 
I am researching the rich history of WC for your upcoming 100th birthday.  Also, I want to buy one or two of the souvenirs that you are selling.  To whom do I make out the check and to whom do I send it?  Please get in touch!  Best, Brother Joe
Note: Two plaques were sent to Brother Joe, compliments of the Class of 1958. 
Brother Joe responded as follows: Wow.  Very, very generous of you, Frank.  Very kind indeed.  I collect virtually anything I can about WC.  Would love to show you my collection some day!  One of your donations will be displayed in our little history museum here.  Brother Joe
Brother Robert Sentman - Class of 1958 - sent the following letter:
Jim Prendergast sent pictures and other information about Transfiguration.  Here are three gems from Jim, one from 1924 when the Church cornerstone was installed and blessed, and two from June, 1943 when the Church was consecrated in celebration of having paid off the mortgage of $450,000.  I added a picture of Cardinal Dougherty processing out of the Church the same day as the consecration.

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 


submitted by: FRANK ADOLF 

1958 Sports


World Series Champions: New York Yankees
NFL Champions: Baltimore Colts
NBA Champions: St. Louis Hawks
Stanley Cup Champs: Montreal Canadiens
U.S. Open Golf: Tommy Bolt
U.S. Tennis: (Men/Ladies): Ashley J. Cooper/Althea Gibson
Wimbledon (Men/Women): Ashley J. Cooper/Althea Gibson
NCAA Football Champions: Iowa & LSU
NCAA Basketball Champions: Kentucky
Kentucky Derby: Tim Tam


Fashion Icons

Elizabeth Taylor, Annette Funicello, Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot, Kim Novak, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Doris Day, Lana Turner.


Other Facts

The American Express card was introduced in 1958.
Commercial domestic jet airline service opened between New York and Miami.
Jerry Lee Lewis married his 13 year old 2nd cousin.
Lana Turner's daughter, Cheryl, saw her mother being beaten by boyfriend Johnny Stompanato, and killed him with a kitchen knife. Some people think that Lana actually did the self-defensive killing.
The toy company Wham-O introduced the Hula Hoop which grew in popularity during the summer.
Kitchens were smelling a lot cleaner thanks to the introduction of Mr. Clean in 1958.
Music producer Phil Spector's high-school band's first record, "To Know Him is to Love Him" rose to number one on the charts.
Time Magazine's Man Of The Year: Charles de Gaulle
Miss America: Marilyn Van Derbur (Denver, CO)
Miss USA: Eurlyne Howell (Louisiana)
Most Popular Christmas Gifts: LEGOs, Skateboards, Beat the Clock Game, Crayola Crayons '64' with built-in sharpener, Concentration TV Game home version, Hula Hoop.
What Was On TV
Gunsmoke (CBS), Wagon Train (NBC), Have Gun Will Travel (CBS), The Rifleman (ABC), The Danny Thomas Show (CBS), Maverick (ABC), Tales of Wells Fargo (NBC), The Real McCoys (ABC), I've Got a Secret (CBS), The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (ABC).
WE REMEMBER and ask for your prayers for those who are ill, especially Dave Crines.
Please pray for all of our classmates who have gone to their eternal reward especially Al Bocchicchio.
Alfred J. Bocchicchio - October 16, 2013
May Al Rest in Peace.
  The complete listing of our honored deceased and their high school graduation pictures can be found on the Golden Burrs Website at:   Thanks to John Staiber, many of the pictures are accompanied by complete obituaries.
God Bless WEST CATHOLIC!   Live Jesus in our Hearts.  Forever.

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