August 12, 2016 |
A South Jersey church is holding a prayer service Wednesday evening for a pastor who was killed in a weekend motorcycle crash and his wife, who was critically injured in the accident. The service for Larry and Leslie House will take place at 7 p.m. at the Celebration Community Church, 72 Hogback Road in Bordentown. The church, where the 57-year-old was a pastor, said the gathering is not a memorial service but meant to bring people together to pray for the family and Leslie House's healing.
July 10, 2016 |
About 50 people standing on Camden's Farnham Park green Friday afternoon shouted, "Change" and "Enough is enough," while some prayed. Cars passed and honked, and some pedestrians joined the crowd. Representing about a dozen community advocacy groups and organizations in Camden, the 50 gathered to show solidarity with the city and country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Camden does not agree with what's going on in the nation, but we do agree on keeping love, peace, and respect present," said Arnold Steward, 59, of Operation Camden for Christ.
June 17, 2016 |
A COUPLE OF weeks ago, I wrote about the child who fell into the gorilla exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo. I said the mother was to blame, because she should have been watching the child at all times. The repercussions from that article were momentous: I lost some friends, including a dear one whom I miss and will likely not see again. I was asked to be on CNN, which was pretty darn amazing, because they sent a limousine and had someone do my makeup (which I expect will happen again only when I die.)
March 26, 2016
Christians marked Good Friday in churches and on the street, recalling the passion and crucifixion of Jesus. At Visitation BVM Church in Philadelphia's Kensington section, parishioners reenacted the Stations of the Cross with Cuong Vy in the role of Jesus, carrying a cross through the streets. Many churches held services between noon and 3 p.m., the hours traditionally marked as the time Jesus suffered on the cross before dying. Pope Francis's Good Friday service at the Vatican was livestreamed on the Internet.
February 28, 2016 |
It started with a prayer and ended with a man in handcuffs. Police on Thursday arrested William C. Sides, 28, and charged him with repeatedly breaking into a Northeast Philadelphia church and stealing from its poor box. Sides was apprehended after two officers camped out in Our Lady of Calvary Church, at 11024 Knights Road, for nearly 48 hours and waited for him to return and attempt another break-in, authorities announced Friday. After he entered the sanctuary around 9 p.m., police said, the officers nabbed him as he tried to flee down the church steps.
February 19, 2016 |
The morning after former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum was critically injured in a car accident, her colleagues at SNJ Today formed a circle in the conference room at the television news station where she is an anchor and prayed for more than 20 minutes. "There were lots of words of prayer . . . and silent reflection," said Mike Frankel, who covers sports and news for the upstart TV station, based in Millville, Cumberland County. "We all really have become like family, and if it were someone else in this situation, Cara would be the one leading the charge to pray and do whatever she could . . . so we are staying upbeat and doing what we can for her. " Frankel said McCollum's "kindness and charisma" have inspired an outpouring of concern from coworkers, members of her former pageant family, and strangers who have taken to social media and other means to call for prayers.
November 25, 2015 |
MARY JONES didn't just practice her religious faith - she lived it. Her membership in the historic Holy Temple Church of God in Christ was her entryway into a life of service to others, especially the sick, the elderly and the incapacitated. Mary Jones, onetime clerk for Saks Fifth Avenue, where she developed her well-known fashion sense, a world traveler, and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Nov. 15. She was 93 and lived in Merion Station, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
November 25, 2015
Mom was on the phone from Queens, this time with a Thanksgiving message for Philly. "Stop and realize that someone out there is waiting for your hand to reach out to them, for your kindness to touch them," Patsy Newall was saying. I will, Mom. After morning Mass every day, my mother says her own little prayer: "Lord, I pray for a good day and that I can help someone today. " My mother takes Thanksgiving seriously. "You should tell people to reach out and help a soul, to do a little kind act. They'll feel a little better knowing they helped someone.
November 24, 2015 |
Sister Marie Angela Natoli, 87, former general superior of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Friday, Nov. 13, of cardiac arrest at Camilla Hall Nursing Home in Immaculata. Sister Marie Angela was born in Reading, the daughter of Thomas J. and Mariana Stella Natoli. She attended school there before earning a bachelor's degree in history and English from what was then Immaculata College. She earned a master's degree in religious studies from Villanova University in 1973.
November 9, 2015 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - On a busy stretch of Route 9, across the street from the Towne of Historic Smithville, the yellow sandwich-board sign with black letters reads "Drive-Thru Prayer Requests. " An arrow fashioned out of black electrical tape points the way into a dirt driveway along the side of a cemetery. The 1869 white-steepled, postcard-perfect exterior of the Emmaus United Methodist Church of Smithville is the backdrop. At a card table, in a folding chair sits Pastor Don McMahon waiting for any mobile sinners or saints to make a turn into that driveway to seek roadside redemption or holy intercession.