In his post below, Christian mentions a contest that’s being run on another website. Why should they have all the fun? Here’s a contest for you:
Today is the Memorial of St Wenceslaus.
What is the connection between St Wenceslaus and the Catholic faithful of northeastern Pennsylvania?
First correct answer (I am sole judge!) in the Comment box will receive a prize. Good luck!
UPDATE 9/29 at 8:30 am:
Since we’re not getting any entries, I won’t torture you any longer.
My answer: the connection involves the land of St Wenceslaus‘ birth and martyrdom– Bohemia. The CCC (852) reminds us of Tertullian’s famous saying that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of Christians.” The martyrdom and subsequent heavenly intercession of St Wenceslaus helped keep the faith alive in Bohemia from 935 through 1811, when a boy was born — John Neumann, who eventually made his way to the USA and became a priest. As the 4th Bishop of Philadelphia, John Neumann made numerous trips through northeastern and northcentral Pennsylvania before the Diocese of Scranton had been officially established, administering the sacraments to the faithful and organizing parishes. If you’re ever in Philly, St Peter’s church at 5th & Girard has a chapel dedicated to him, and a ‘museum’ room containing pictures and many of his personal belongings.