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Holy Innocents Mass

December 22, 2011

Bob Margetts is a real American hero and a faithful Catholic layman. He was having a successful military career in the US Air Force. In the 1960’s he was responsible for launching nuclear weapons from silos in North Dakota. In 1969 the United States announced that it would start targeting Soviet cities for nuclear attack. Inspired by the teaching of the Second Vatican Council Bob decided he would not launch the missiles to kill innocent civilians and he asked to be relieved of command. The Air Force sent him to a psychiatrist. When he refused to change his mind he was forced into early retirement. This and more is recounted in Bob’s book “Witness for Atonement.” Meet Bob after the Mass of Reparation on the Feast of Holy Innocents, December 28th at 7:00 a.m. at St Monica’s Church, West Wyoming, when we will remember the Holy Innocent children who were murdered by King Herod.  Also, we will remember all of the innocents killed by abortion & euthanasia, and those innocents killed in warfare & the use of weapons of mass destruction.  In this Christmas Season, we remember Christ come as the Prince of Peace and the Author of Life.

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the the poignantly disquieting ‘murder of the Holy Innocents’ scene from “Jesus of Nazareth,” it runs from 5:25 to 8:20 in this clip:


Men’s Conference summarized in “Joseph”

November 30, 2011

The Christmas edition of “Joseph,” the quarterly magazine of the Pennsylvania Province of the Oblates of St Joseph, features (on Page 3) a summary of our recent Men’s Conference held at the OSJ Seminary in Laflin.  We are truly grateful to Fr Paul McDonnell OSJ for his hospitality and support of the Guardian of the Redeemer CMF.

Happy Birthday Glenn!

July 4, 2011

Birthday greetings today to Guardian of the Redeemer CMF Coordinator Glenn Yanik.  Yes, Glenn shares his birthday with our nation itself – so it’s easy to remember!

I’ve known Glenn for more than 25 years, and am grateful for his friendship and Christian brotherhood.  His zeal for Jesus and His Church has been an example to me over all those years.  His faithfulness to Marianne, and his unity with her, is a model of married life from which we can all benefit.  Together they have persevered in love through the many challenges that accompany raising a large family.  His desire to live out Malachi 3:24 is evident in his fatherly love and service to his children.

Glenn’s dedication to prayer, Sacred Scripture, and spiritual reading keep him close to the Heart of Christ.  It was from Glenn’s exuberance about Pope John Paul II (back in the mid-80’s) that I first became aware of the depth of insight and prophetic voice of JP2.  I will always be thankful that Glenn led me to see the importance of JP2’s teaching.  And I’ll always be thankful that Glenn’s Mom & Dad — Rita & George Yanik — were open to new life.

Happy Birthday, Glenn!

Glenn is on the left - for those who don't know him

Local brother on EWTN

December 16, 2010

As noted in the press release below, the recent interview of author and GOTR CMF Advisory Board member Jerry Gilmartin with Johnnette Benkovic about his book will air on EWTN TV Friday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m.
Jerry will also be available to sign his book for you on Monday, December 20, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Guild Studio bookstore at 400 Wyoming Ave, Scranton.
Book signing, EWTN TV appearance by local author:

Jerome D. Gilmartin, author of the book, The 7-Step Reason to be Catholic:  Science, the Bible and History point to Catholicism and host of the “In Love of Christ” program on local Catholic Radio, JMJ 750 AM, will sign his book at the Guild Studio bookstore Monday, December 20, 2010, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Gilmartin was interviewed recently by Johnnette Benkovic at the studio of EWTN Global Catholic Television in Irondale, Alabama for a “Women of Grace” TV program which will air Friday, December 17, at 11:00 a.m. on EWTN TV. 

His book has been featured on Dan Patrick’s “The Son Rise Morning Show” on EWTN radio. He has been a guest on the “Our Faith, Our Diocese” program hosted by Dan Gallagher on CTV and has given presentations at catechetical convocations in the Scranton and Harrisburg dioceses and several local parishes.

Happy Birthday, Fr Leo McKernan!

September 17, 2010

Fr Leo meets Pope Benedict XVI

Birthday greetings today to priest and Chaplain of the Guardian of the Redeemer CMF, Fr Leo McKernan!

From his humble beginnings in Ashley PA, Fr Leo’s path in life has led him to meet popes and to preach retreats around the world.  But for those of us in the Diocese of Scranton, our love and respect for Fr Leo springs from his dedication to Jesus, and his self-giving service as a diocesan priest in Christ’s Church.  Four of my own children were baptized by Fr Leo.  His celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is always reverent.  You can sense his own love and desire for our Lord in his priestly prayers and gestures of the Mass.  With the help of the Holy Spirit, his preaching brings forth the rich meanings found in Sacred Scripture.  As the second of the six children in his family, his own experience of youth and family life, with its times of both suffering and joy, enables him to relate well and with compassion to our own family situations.  Whether in homilies or retreat talks, Fr Leo, when inspired to do so, has the courage to speak boldly and forcefully on an issue, and doesn’t hesitate to challenge his listeners.  Over his 26 years of priesthood, many have benefited from his counsel, be it in the Sacrament of Penance, in the personal spiritual direction they sought from him, or in simple friendly conversation.  He has always had a special place in his heart for new movements of the Spirit, like the Guardian of the Redeemer CMF, Catholic Radio & TV, the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, and other groups and communities to which he generously devotes time.  Fr Leo has a true gift for bringing people of different groups together in collaborative efforts.

Along with our birthday greetings and prayers for Fr Leo, we remember his parents, John & Marjorie McKernan.  We are truly grateful that they were open to new life, and we pray that they are now beholding the face of Christ in the eternal peace and joy of His Kingdom.

Happy Birthday, dear friend!!


July 4, 2010

URGENT:  Tomorrow – July 5th – is the last day to register

for the

Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship

Father & Son “Be a Man” Day

DATE:              Saturday, July 10th

LOCATION:   Camp St Andrew, Tunkhannock

TIME:              9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


9:00   a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
       Registration, Orientation, Confession, Coffee & Donuts

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
       Saturday Mass
       Homily:  Masculine Spirituality (Fr. Brian Van Fossen)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

12:00 noon -12:30 p.m.
       Talk on Masculine Spirituality (Fr. Brian Van Fossen)      

12:30 p.m.  –  3:00 p.m.
              Volleyball, Bocci ball, Fishing (License Required),
                 Swimming, Orienteering, etc.

3:00 p.m. –  3:30 p.m.
       Chaplet of Divine Mercy
       Closing and Dismissal

casual, comfortable clothing; swim gear; towel;
              sneakers; hiking boots; compass.

For Directions go to Google Maps and type in “camp st andrew”

For more information on Camp St Andrew go to and click on Camp St. Andrew

Pre-Register by July 5th by calling:  570-288-9998

Cost:  $25 per person (over 18 yrs. old)
             $10 (12 – 18 yrs old) Must be accompanied by adult
             Maximum $50 per family

Waiting for the Giant

January 20, 2010

I just heard what has got to be one of the more interesting chance meetings in history. Recent history anyway. Well, let’s just leave it as interesting.

Samuel Beckett used to drive Andre the Giant to school.

Gotta wonder how those conversations went. “Samuel, why aren’t you driving the car?”