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June 2, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
FOR MOST OF us, having a street named after us would be a pretty big deal. When the 6400 block of Emlen Street, between West Upsal and West Johnson Streets in West Mount Airy was named the "Dr. G. Daniel Jones Way," the honoree's response was, "Oh, how nice. " Dr. Jones, pastor emeritus of Grace Baptist Church of Germantown, wasn't about to do cartwheels because, as he said, he didn't go into the ministry for self-promotion, but to serve God. "I don't see myself as having done that much," he said at the ceremony designating the name change in March 2014, "for I serve for the glory of God, not for self-aggrandizement, prizes or rewards.
NEWS
May 19, 2015 | Chris Brennan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Democratic candidates for mayor in Tuesday's primary election took their pitches to the pulpits on Sunday, seeking the support of the party faithful. Those pitches were framed by race and the struggle for civil rights - in very different ways - by two of the six Democrats in the race. Former Councilman Jim Kenney urged churchgoers to be voters in honor of those who suffered for the right to cast ballots. State Sen. Anthony H. Williams and his supporters took an even more impassioned approach at a "righteous rally" at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Nicetown.
NEWS
May 18, 2015 | BY BECKY BATCHA, Daily News Staff Writer batchab@phillynews.com, 215-854-5757
OF ALL THE SINS that go down in Atlantic City, skipping Sunday Mass isn't one among devout Catholics. Even for casino gamblers, "vacations are not a vacation from church," says Father Joe Pham, pastor of Our Lady Star of the Sea, on Atlantic Avenue. It's not about praying for luck, he says. "It's for their faith. They fulfill their obligation to God. " Pham's church celebrates 10 weekend Masses, in three languages: six in English, three in Spanish (led by his assistant priest, Father Jaime Hostios, who's from Columbia)
NEWS
May 14, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margaret Rittmayer Rieck, 80, of Burlington City, a former organist for Catholic and Lutheran churches in Camden, died of dementia on Thursday, May 7, at Burlington Woods, an assisted living facility. Born in Camden, Mrs. Rieck graduated from Camden Catholic High School in 1952 and earned a bachelor's degree in 1956 at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music, now part of the University of the Arts. Mrs. Rieck ran her own music studio in Paulsboro in the late 1950s, offering voice and piano lessons, her daughter, Noreen Nixon, said.
NEWS
May 11, 2015 | BY BARBARA LAKER, Daily News Staff Writer lakerb@phillynews.com, 215-854-5933
ANY GIVEN Sunday, open the blue door to the storefront Church of the Living God at 2nd Street near Somerset in West Kensington, and you won't be able to sit still. The band, including a 10-year-old boy strumming a guitar and a 14-year-old girl on the drums, could pass for a professional rock/soul group. Even the oldest member, 100-year-old Anna Lee Green, stands, claps, dances and sings in this self-proclaimed "Happiest Church In The City of Philadelphia. " Happy it is. The church exudes joy even when parishioners cool themselves with fans that depict an ad for a funeral home in the Powelton neighborhood.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
IN THE DAVID vs. Goliath battle pitting former members of St. Laurentius parish against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I don't understand why the Archdiocese wants so badly to demolish the church. I get that the Gothic-spired, stained-glass, brownstone Fishtown church with a three-nave sanctuary designed by Edwin Forrest Durang has structural problems. In October 2013, Licenses and Inspections deemed the 130-year-old building "unsafe," prompting the Archdiocese to close it and erect safety nets to catch any loose debris.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Great music isn't a stranger to the Church of the Advocate on Diamond Street in the urban frontier of North Philadelphia. Just inside the French Gothic sanctuary, a large greenish angel points its trumpet heavenward. And only a few feet beyond that, on certain nights, stands the Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, in one of its regular season of free concerts - the second season concludes on Saturday - with hardly any budget and, what's more significant, no conductor. "It saves on overhead," says bassist Jerrell Jackson with subtle, smart-aleck irony.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia needs more time to consider the fates of five churches in the Lower Northeast, part of a long-term study of how to stabilize and sustain parishes while demographics shift, finances and congregations dwindle, and buildings leak and crumble. In an announcement read Sunday to congregants at Mother of Divine Grace, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Our Lady Help of Christians, Saint Adalbert Parish, and St. George Parish, all largely in or near Port Richmond, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput acknowledged that the "complex and difficult issues . . . will require further study and discussion before any final decisions are made.
NEWS
April 25, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
After his first wife, Marie, died in 1992, Henry Saia lived alone for 13 years. Mr. Saia had retired in 1980 as a clothing factory manager in South Jersey and later became financial director for St. Mary Church and its school in Williamstown. "The church gave him a parking spot with his name on it," his son Thomas said, "and one day after Mass, a lady his age was standing there. " She introduced herself, now a widow, as the Elizabeth Schaeffer with whom he had been friends in a grammar school in Cedar Brook.
NEWS
April 13, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A simple suburban church with superb acoustics has become a temple of serious music in South Jersey. At Bunker Hill Presbyterian Church in Washington Township, an ambitious concert series continues Sunday with five "chamber music all-stars" performing string quintets by Mozart and Brahms, says Martha Frampton, series founder. The seventh season will conclude May 17 with "Storytelling and Folk Dances," including a Spoken Word cantata and featuring downtown New York musicians Doug Balliett and Brandon Ridenour.
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