Archive for the ‘Mourning’ category

Memorial Day

May 28, 2012

Memorial  day is a day to remember the men and women who were willing to lay down their lives for their countrymen in defending us from enemies foreign and domestic. Here is the story of first lieutenant James H Fields who was awarded the Congressional medal of honor for valor during WWII

Fields’ official Medal of Honor citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, at Rechicourt, France. On September 27, 1944, during a sharp action with the enemy infantry and tank forces, 1st Lt. Fields personally led his platoon in a counterattack on the enemy position. Although his platoon had been seriously depleted, the zeal and fervor of his leadership was such as to inspire his small force to accomplish their mission in the face of overwhelming enemy opposition. Seeing that 1 of the men had been wounded, he left his slit trench and with complete disregard for his personal safety attended the wounded man and administered first aid. While returning to his slit trench he was seriously wounded by a shell burst, the fragments of which cut through his face and head, tearing his teeth, gums, and nasal passage. Although rendered speechless by his wounds, 1st Lt. Fields refused to be evacuated and continued to lead his platoon by the use of hand signals. On 1 occasion, when 2 enemy machineguns had a portion of his unit under deadly crossfire, he left his hole, wounded as he was, ran to a light machinegun, whose crew had been knocked out, picked up the gun, and fired it from his hip with such deadly accuracy that both the enemy gun positions were silenced. His action so impressed his men that they found new courage to take up the fire fight, increasing their firepower, and exposing themselves more than ever to harass the enemy with additional bazooka and machinegun fire. Only when his objective had been taken and the enemy scattered did 1st Lt. Fields consent to be evacuated to the battalion command post. At this point he refused to move further back until he had explained to his battalion commander by drawing on paper the position of his men and the disposition of the enemy forces. The dauntless and gallant heroism displayed by 1st Lt. Fields were largely responsible for the repulse of the enemy forces and contributed in a large measure to the successful capture of his battalion objective during this action. His eagerness and determination to close with the enemy and to destroy him was an inspiration to the entire command, and are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces.

May Catholic men have the  same courage to protect our families , Church and  country from this present darkness Ephesians 6:12

 

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A tragic loss

January 3, 2009

A little over a week ago, Ian Pope, a junior at Holy Redeemer High School came to stand before Jesus in the twinkling of an eye.  It was a day like any other day — but a patch of ice led to a day of shock and sadness for his family and so many that loved him, especially at Holy Redeemer High School and his parish — St. Nicholas in Wilkes-Barre.  I do not know the Pope family, but all that I have heard is positive and good.  My cousin was at the Funeral Mass at St. Nicholas and spoke to me about Msgr. Rauscher’s homily and how moving it was, and, indeed, how profoundly touched everyone was in the Church that day.  Annie Manganello, from Holy Redeemer, led the music and singing that touched the whole congregation. There was a great out-pouring of affection for Ian and his family.  Our Spiritual Father and Bishop — Joseph Martino — was present to pray and offer his heartfelt condolences to all those who were in grief and suffering.  We, too, at “The Guardian of the Redeemer Catholic Men’s Fellowship” offer our prayers and condolences.

Well done, good and faithful servant

December 31, 2008

Fr. Maurice Raymond, the pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Hazleton, died on Saturday.  His funeral Mass will be held today in the parish he served faithfully for so many years.  Fr. Raymond was a deeply spiritual man who loved Jesus Christ. Maurice had a profound faith.  He loved the Eucharist and he had a deep love for God’s Word.  He was a man of the Spirit and a true Churchman, as well. It is my prayer that Fr. Raymond’s life will inspire many young men to serve Christ and answer His call, as he did.  Fr. Raymond generously served GOD, and all the People of God.  Our condolences to his family and all who loved him.  May he enter into the eternal light of heaven and be embraced by the ONE he served and loved.