Challenges Published by St. Colman's Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society Volume No. 3 Issue No. 2 September, 2004 WELCOME, FATHER SHERLOCK! By Mary Callaghan President, St. Vincent de Paul Society There is a line in one of the musicals that says, “May I introduce to you, the best, the kindest man I ever knew.....” Perhaps that line could best describe our new Pastor, Father James C. Sherlock, recently arrived from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Overbrook on July 1, 2004 to replace both Bishop Robert P. Maginnis and Father Joseph Arnholt. It takes a wise and caring priest of experience to fulfill that pastoral role. And Father can indeed do that, for he has many years of priestly ministry experience, serving as Parochial Vicar in many parishes, including Annunciation BVM and Mother of Sorrows. He served as Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Overbrook from Heart Parish Elementary School in Manoa. 1985 to 2004. Even though he was not much older than the boys he coached, he was well-respected and In addition to parish service, Father Sherlock got results. He coached both football and has had part-time assignments as Chaplain of baseball teams for the parish, and brought the Archbishop Ryan and Bishop Conwell High championship to the baseball team in 1954. Schools, at Nazareth and Lankenau Hospitals, Father Sherlock was ordained on May 16, and as Director of the Main Line CYO Region 1964 and celebrated his first Mass in Sacred for seven years. He has successfully Heart Church. coordinated religious education programs. He was elected to the Archdiocesan Council of Father Sherlock, as a young man, caddied at Priests for a term of six years. His love for all, Llanerch Country Club. In 1958 he caddied young and old, and tireless efforts for the CYO for the great golfer, Billy Casper, during the merited for him the Father Daly award, the PGA Tournament held at Llanerch. Father highest commendation presented by the Sherlock occasionally plays and enjoys the Archdiocesan CYO to a religious or lay game of golf. volunteer. Father Sherlock's list of accomplishments is Father Sherlock, while still a high school impressive. It is important that we credit his student, coached the football players of Sacred vocation and his priestly success to his Father Sherlock OUR NEW STORE IN GLENOLDEN (continued from page 1) By Mary Auxier wonderful Irish Catholic background. His father, John, came to Philadelphia from County The St. Vincent de Paul Society has opened a Down, Ireland around 1921. His mother, new thrift store in St. George’s Parish in Anne, likewise arrived in Philadelphia from Glenolden. I was able to speak with Alice County Armagh, Ireland. She met her husband Lavelle, the manager of the new store. She is and they were married in 1930 and settled in Sacred very excited about this brand-new place that Heart Parish. They had five boys, John, Frank, Ned, opened May 7. Jim and Bill. In 1953 when the youngest boy was eleven years of age, John Sherlock died suddenly, The address is 407 South Chester Pike (where suffering a heart attack. Anne raised her five sons the Mitchell Lumber Company used to be) in alone and resided in the family home until 1988 Glenolden. There are really three stores in this when God called her home. They were proud of the one location: first, there is the clothing, fact that Sister Francis of Assisi, an Immaculate Heart of Mary nun, was their mother's sister. furniture, and miscellaneous items store; second, there is a library with books, CDs, Father Sherlock had quadruple heart by-pass surgery records, and videotapes; third, there is the on August 7, 2003. He has recently received a good electronics room with TVs, VCRs, radios, bill of health. When you see Father Sherlock after DVD players, and microwave ovens. Mass, or around the parish, please introduce yourself to him and say hello. Father asked that you please Alice told me about all the wonderful pray for your priests and for an increase of vocations merchandise which has been donated through to the priesthood and religious life. We welcome Father James C. Sherlock with open arms and open local parish collections, and she wants hearts to his new home in Saint Colman Parish, everyone to pass the word around about all the Ardmore. great things in the store. She has worked for St. Vincent de Paul for eleven years, and has been at the stores located on Woodland COMING EVENTS Avenue, in Darby, in Yeadon, on Oregon September 19 Catechetical Sunday, 11:15 Avenue, and at Ninth and Luzerne. Mass; Food drive for BVM parish in Darby Why not give the store a try? If you are October 3 Respect Life Sunday; Eucharistic looking for a certain item or want to call for Adoration, after 11:15 Mass until 7 p.m. (see directions, the number is (215) 586-5064; ask article on opposite page) for Alice, she knows everything! October 16 5 p.m. Mass, Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick (see article on opposite Furniture Pick-ups page) October 23 Clothing Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The St. Vincent de Paul Society will pick up October 24 New Members’ Reception items that are too heavy to be brought to their after 11:15 Mass truck - e.g., furniture. Ed Shirlow is the Executive General Manager for the Society, November Sundays Turkey Boxes will and he is eager to receive any items that you return! may have to donate - bulky or not! Call 215- November 6 Eucharistic Pilgrimage to 288-8160 for pick-up; if you do not receive a Washington, DC response, you can reach Ed at 215-399-7824. VEHICLE DONATIONS EUCHARISTIC DAY / By Peg Readinger HEALING MASS Since the beginning of this year, Catholic On Sunday, October 3, St. Colman’s will Charities USA and other national charities sponsor a “Eucharistic Day.” At the 11:15 have been concerned about Congressional a.m. Mass, the Blessed Sacrament will be legislation on vehicle donation programs. This exposed in the church all afternoon, and at issue is being politically driven by the need to 7:00, a Vesper Service with Homily and enhance federal revenue and to address the Benediction will take place. problem of taxpayers overestimating the value of their vehicles in order to claim higher tax On Saturday, October 16, at the 5 p.m. Mass deductions. our priests will administer the Sacrament of Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) has the Anointing of the Sick to the elderly and introduced an amendment that will limit infirm. Please mark your calendars now to be deductions to the sales price received by the able to attend both of these grace-filled charity. This could discourage vehicle opportunities. donations for two reasons: it will increase the cost of donating and shift the responsibility to If you need a ride to either of these special determine fair market value of the vehicle from activities, kindly contact Mary Callaghan at the donor to the recipient charity. (610) 687-9005 x122. (This is a number at The reason that vehicle donation programs are which you may leave a message at any time so successful is simplicity and fairness for the of the day.) donor; it is also a significant source of money for many charities such as the St. Vincent de Help Save St. Colman's Pipe Organ Paul Society. Charities need to offer policy makers a way to preserve the incentives for Gold envelopes are available in the church donating vehicles while sufficiently addressing vestibule for contributions. Please consider the problem of taxpayer abuse. helping with this most worthwhile project. Everyone's help is needed to raise the (Editor's Note: Generous folks from our parish $132,000 to repair the pipe organ! have donated five cars so far this year!) OCTOBER CLOTHING DRIVE The St. Vincent de Paul Society is in desperate need of your clothes and used household goods! The Society, which runs 5 thrift stores in the Philadelphia area, needs your gently used clothing and other household goods to help fill these stores. A clothing drive will be held here in the parking lot on Saturday, October 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers from our parish conference will meet your car, help you unload your donations, and provide you with a tax receipt (if you want one). On most occasions, we fill the truck and we would like to do it again! Check the rear vestibule bulletin boards for goods SVDP will not accept. If you have a large amount of goods and can’t transport them to the truck, or if you have bulky items like furniture which you would like to donate, call 215-288-8160 for a pick-up at your home. If you do not receive a response, you can always reach Ed Shirlow, the Executive General Manager of the Society at 215-399-7824. Please help us help the needy! SISTER RUTH CATHERINE more well-fed among our group, including By Mary Auxier yours truly, a reason to stop and think.) Over 80 families are served each month by this food Sister Ruth Catherine, the new Pastoral cupboard, and each family upon enrollment Minister for St. Ignatius Parish in West receives a visit from a member of the Pastoral Philadelphia, came to speak with the St. Committee to verify their need. Colman Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at our June meeting. We were all very St. Ignatius Summer Day Camp glad to meet her. She is a most inspiring individual, being deeply involved in the past The summer day camp at St. Ignatius (to which with the beatification and later canonization of a contribution has been made due to your Mother Katherine Drexel. She has been generosity to the “camp box” poor box assigned to St. Ignatius for the near future; this program in May) ran from June 21 to July 22. is her fourth time at this parish. This year, the camp focused on academics, both remedial and She spoke to us enrichment. The camp mainly about her was for a half day and work in the “If you could see what good focused on math, parish, their you accomplish with your reading, and language food cupboard arts. Breakfast and (which the food food and other donations, it lunch was provided to drive in St. each child. The parents Colman’s is would make your heart feel of each child will be stocking every other month), good.” expected to make a contribution of $50 in and the St. terms of “tuition,” in Ignatius Day Camp, which she was in charge order that the child will appreciate the camp of this past summer. and work hard to achieve. In the afternoon, a basketball camp was provided for the children. Food Cupboard At least 100 children came from St. Ignatius, The food cupboard situation, while not Our Mother of Sorrows, and the surrounding desperate, is still in very great need. Through neighborhood. Our Mother of Sorrows parish the bounty of the Lord, they have never run out school enrolls approximately 250, and the St. of food, but they have come very close. Ignatius School is about 200 children. According to Sister, their greatest need is for breakfast cereals; Dinty Moore meals in a can; Final Thoughts any type of soup (chunky or regular); boxed stuffing mix and macaroni and cheese dinners; Sister closed with the comment that, “If you peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; could see what good you accomplish with your and tuna fish. When we questioned the boxed food and other donations, it would make your stuffing mix, Sister said that if they know it is heart feel good.” Please continue to make your a very large family or that there are a large heart (and our hearts, and the hearts of those number of children, they will add the stuffing we help) feel good by continuing to donate to mix to the family’s bag so that no one will go the food drive and the clothing drive, as well hungry. (This comment gave a number of the as the poor box.