Thursday, September 3, 2015

FLASH: Info About Pope Parade; Philly Pope Tickets!

The World Meeting of Families -Philadelphia 2015 today confirmed two papal parades with Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 

The first parade, which will take the Holy Father from Eakins Oval to/around City Hall, will be prior to the Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26th and will allow all gathered on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and beyond to see the Holy Father up close. 

The second parade will be prior to the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27. The route for this second parade is still being finalized but it is expected to be shorter to ensure that the Papal Mass begins on schedule.

Additionally, the World Meeting of Families -Philadelphia 2015 also announced an important update regarding ticketing for the events scheduled at Independence Hall and on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:
  • Ticket availability for the general public at Independence Hall has been increased from 5,000 to 10,000 tickets. As reported previously, these tickets will be made available to the public on a first come, first serve basis beginning Tuesday, September 8. Tickets will be available online and the maximum number of tickets one can access is four (4).
  • 10,000 tickets to the Festival of Families on Saturday, September 26 will be made available to the public on a first come, first serve basis beginning Wednesday, September 9. Tickets will be available online and the maximum number of tickets one can access is four (4).
  • 10,000 tickets to the Papal Mass on Sunday, September 27 will be made available to the public on a first come, first serve basis beginning Wednesday, September 9. Tickets will be available online and the maximum number of tickets one can access is four (4).
A separate release will be issued Friday, September 4th with instructions on how the public can access these 30,000 tickets. There is absolutely no cost associated with these tickets.

"We are delighted to confirm two papal parades with Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which will bring the Holy Father to the all those who are coming to see him," said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015. "Our message is one that welcomes all and the announcement of limited ticketing yesterday was never meant to limit participation in any way. With the announcement of the papal parades on Saturday, September 26 and Sunday, September 27 - as well as the decision to make 10,000 tickets available to the public, per event, for Independence Hall, the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass, we hope that we have allayed any concern of participation and access to the Holy Father during his visit to Philadelphia."

In addition to the confirmation of two papal parades on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the availability of tickets for the general public at Independence Hall, the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass, the World Meeting of Families today also shared the locations of the 40 Jumbotrons planned for across the Francis Festival Grounds:
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway Stage Left (South side of Eakins Oval)
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway Stage Right (North side of Eakins Oval)
  • 24th Street & Park Towne Place
  • Binswanger Triangle (South Side)
  • Binswanger Triangle (North Side)
  • Von Colln Field South West
  • Von Colln Field North West
  • 19th & Spring Garden Streets
  • Spring Garden Street between 16th and 17th Streets
  • Broad & Green Streets
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between Oval & 22nd (West) Street
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between Oval & 22nd (East) Street
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 22nd Street
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd & 21st Streets
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 21st Street
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Winter Street (On triangle grass area)
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Winter Street (Corner)
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 20th Street
  • Logan Square & 20th Street
  • Logan Square & 19th Street
  • Logan Square & 18th Street
  • Benjamin Franklin Parkway & 17th Street
  • John F. Kennedy Boulevard & 16th Street
  • Arch Street & 15th Street
  • Municipal Services Building Plaza (Southwest)
  • Municipal Services Building Plaza (East)
  • City Hall - Market Street East
  • Sansom Street (East of Broad Street)
  • Broad & Spruce Streets
  • Broad & Lombard Streets
  • Broad & Wood Streets
  • Independence Hall Stage Left (North of Chestnut)
  • Independence Hall Stage Left (Block One Center)
  • Independence Hall Stage Right(Block One Center)
  • Independence Hall Stage Left (Block Two Center)
  • Independence Hall Stage Right(Block Two Center)
  • Independence Hall Block Two Center
  • Independence Hall Block Three South
  • 5th Street, North of Chestnut Street
  • Franklin Square (North West Corner)

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org

You can also engage the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias - Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

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The Is One 'Right' That's Just All Wrong!


Bad Deal MUST And CAN Be Stopped!

Cory Caves: Wimps Out; Sheepishly Supports Bad Deal

From our friends at Save Jersey:
By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Cory Booker
Cory Booker
You can’t make this stuff up, Save Jerseyans.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Sen. Cory Booker (D-Twitter) has long drug his feet and refused to stake out a firm position on President Obama’s disastrous Iran deal. It’s clearly the most important vote he’ll cast in his first term and yet, for some unspecified reason, he couldn’t make up his damn mind…

Until Thursday, telling the media in a statement that “it is better to support a deeply flawed deal, for the alternative is worse.”

Why is the timing significant?

A mere 24-hours before Booker’s “big” announcement, Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland confirmed her support for the deal, bringing the number of senators to 34, the necessary amount to sustain the President’s veto in the GOP (nominally) controlled U.S. Senate. So Booker endorsed a deal only after it was clear that the deal was safe. Another profile in courage!

Of course, we’ve seen Newark’s ex-tweeter wimp out before under Administration pressure before, folks, but this takes the cake…

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hey, About That Music You're Listening To . . . .


New Details On Papal Events, Tickets In Three Cities

As events and final security plans are finalized, 5,000 tickets will be made available to the public for Independence Hall and certain areas of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be ticketed for September 26-27.

Following the release by the United States Secret Service today of its walking map, including pedestrian entry points for the Papal events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and at Independence Hall, Jumbotron placement on walking routes and its list of prohibited items, the World Meeting of Families -Philadelphia 2015 is providing updated information regarding public access to all events with Pope Francis during the weekend of September 26-27.

"The message, as always remains, Join us and be part of history,'" said Donna Crilley Farrell, Executive Director of the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015. "We have worked diligently with our many valued partners for several months to develop comprehensive plans that would allow for maximum public access to events involving the Holy Father in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Based on this work, tickets are being made available to the 219 parishes throughout the five-county Archdiocese as well as to Archdiocesan social service ministries, which touch the lives of those whom Pope Francis cares so deeply. These plans were put in place to ensure that representatives representing the vibrant life and ongoing work of the Archdiocese were part of these joyful events. It is important to be clear that the announcement of limited ticketing does not limit participation in these events in any way. There is plenty of room for all who wish to attend. Now, more than ever is the time to declare, I'll Be There!'"

Below, please find details of access and, where applicable, ticketing for Papal events.

Saturday, September 26, 2015
Papal Arrival at Atlantic Aviation
Due to space limitations and the nature of this venue, the event will be non-public. This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

Mass for the People of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
This Mass is being celebrated by the Holy Father for the clergy, religious, and lay faithful of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As seating capacity in the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is very limited, representatives of all facets of Archdiocesan life and culture have been invited to attend this liturgy and privately ticketed.
This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

Arrival of the Holy Father at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Due to space limitations at this venue, the event will be non-public. This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

Independence Hall
Tickets are required for attendance at Independence Hall; 5,000 tickets will be made available to the public on a first come, first serve basis on Tuesday, September 8. Tickets will be available online.
A separate release will be issued Friday, September 4th with instructions on how to access these 5,000 tickets. There is no cost associated with these tickets.
With the Holy Father's address at Independence Hall being focused on immigration and religious freedom, other tickets have been distributed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families to the ethnic apostolates and immigrant communities through the Archdiocesan Office of Multicultural Ministries.
This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

The Festival of Families
The Festival of Families is open to the general public and all those who wish to attend are welcome. Certain areas of The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will, however, require ticketing (20th Street - Eakins Oval) based on final security plans. Tickets within this area are being distributed by the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 219 parishes. There are also tickets being allocated to include representatives from surrounding dioceses, Project H.O.M.E., ministerial outreach programs of Catholic Social Services and representatives of other faith communities within the Philadelphia region.

Those with tickets should enter the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the following security check points:
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
  • N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
  • 21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
  • N 20th Street at Race Street
  • N 21st Street at Winter Street
There are no tickets required for access to events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to City Hall and beyond. Non-ticketed attendees should enter the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the following security check points:
  • N15th Street at Cherry Street
  • N Broad Street at Cherry Street
  • S Broad Street at Chestnut Street
  • S 15th Street at Chestnut Street
  • S17th Street at Market Street
  • S 17th Street at John F. Kennedy Boulevard
This event will also be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

Sunday, September 27, 2015
The Address to International Bishops at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary
Due to the audience that the Holy Father wishes to address and the nature of the venue, the event will be non-public. This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

A Visit with Inmates at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
Due to the audience that the Holy Father wishes to address and the nature of the venue, the event will be non-public. This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

The Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
The Papal Mass is open to the general public and all those who wish to attend are welcome. Certain areas of The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will, however, require ticketing (20th Street - Eakins Oval) based on final security plans. Tickets within this area are being distributed by the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015 to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's 219 parishes. 
There are also tickets being allocated to include representatives from surrounding dioceses, Project H.O.M.E., ministerial outreach programs of Catholic Social Services and representatives of other faith communities within the Philadelphia region.
Those with tickets should enter the Benjamin Franklin Parkway through the following security check points:
  • Pennsylvania Avenue at the intersection of N 23rd Street and Spring Garden Street
  • N 22nd Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Hamilton Street
  • Hamilton Street between N 21st and N 22nd Streets
  • 21st Street between Hamilton Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
  • N 20th Street at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Callowhill Street
  • N 20th Street at Race Street
  • N 21st Street at Winter Street
There are no tickets required for access to events on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 20th Street to City Hall and beyond. Those who do not require a ticket to enter the Benjamin Franklin Parkway should utilize the following security check points:
  • N 19th Street at Wood Street
  • N 18th Street at Cherry Street
  • N 19th Street at Cherry Street
This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

An Expression of Gratitude for the World Meeting of Families at Atlantic Aviation
By invitation only, a group of approximately 500 will attend this event representing the organizers, volunteers and benefactors who have helped to make the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis possible. Tickets will be distributed at the discretion of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015.
Due to space limitations and the nature of this venue, the event will be non-public. This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.

Papal Departure at Atlantic Aviation
Due to space limitations and the nature of this venue, the event will be non-public. This event will be shown across all 40 Jumbotrons within the Francis Festival Grounds for the benefit of all those celebrating the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia.


For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org. You can also engage the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias - Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

Eighty-five percent of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is open to the public.
The World Meeting of Families strove to keep the vast majority of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway open to the public while also ensuring that parishioners of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is the host, could be part of this historic event.
Additionally, all World Meeting of Families Congress Participants, representing more than 100 countries, will also have access to the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass.
The following dioceses have received allotments for designated access for the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass:
  • Pennsylvania
    • Allentown
    • Altoona-Johnstown
    • Erie
    • Greensburg
    • Harrisburg
    • Pittsburgh
    • Scranton
  • New Jersey
    • Camden
    • Trenton
  • Delaware
    • Wilmington
For Background Purposes: All Papal events in the Archdiocese of New York are ticketed events, including the newly added procession through Central Park. Ticketing is being conducted through Archdiocese of New York parishes with a smaller amount being provided to the neighboring dioceses as well as the City of New York.

All Papal events, being overseen by the Archdiocese of Washington, DC, are ticketed events. Tickets for these events are distributed at the discretion of the Archdiocese of Washington, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic University of America.

For more information regarding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, visit www.WorldMeeting2015.org

You can also engage the World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia on Facebook (World Meeting of Families 2015) (Encuentro Mundial de las Familias - Filadelfia 2015), Twitter (@WMF2015) (@WMF2015ES) and Instagram (WMF2015).

About World Meetings of Families
Beginning with 1994, The Year of the Family, the Pontifical Council for the Family has been responsible for organizing the World Meetings of Families in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009); Milan (2012); and now, Philadelphia (2015). Since its inception by Saint John Paul II, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe.

Whew! It's Begun Already - And We're Not Amused!


B'way Star Created Iconic Role In Landmark Musical


We're so sad to have to report the death of actor and singer Dean Jones. Jones was 84 and died from Parkinson's disease.
In 1970 Dean Jones originated the iconic role of Bobby, the enigmatic bachelor in Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical Company.
Shortly after opening night Jones bowed out of the role as he was apparently in the process of a messy divorce. Producer Hal Prince released Jones from his contract and he was replaced by Larry Kert who both looked and sounded like Jones.
Kert was so compelling in the role of Bobby that critics who re-reviewed the show praised him lavishly and he received a Tony nomination for his performance even though he didn't originate the role.
Still, it's the voice of Dean Jones that you hear on the original cast album of the show and it's Jones who gets to sing the big numbers in the memorable documentary of that recording session.
Dean Carroll Jones was born in Decatur, Alabama, to Andrew Guy Jones, a traveling construction worker, and Nolia Elizabeth White Jones. As a student at Decatur's Riverside High School Jones had his own local radio show, Dean Jones Sings.
Jones served in the Navy during the Korean War, and after his discharge worked at the Bird Cage Theater at Knott's Berry Farm in California.
Jones attended Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, as a member of its Class of 1953, but did not graduate. The university, however, awarded him an honorary degree in 2002, and he spoke at the ceremony for the dedication of Asbury's Andrew S. Miller Center for Communications Arts in 2011.
Jones made his film debut in the 1956 boxing film Somebody Up There Likes Me, which starred Paul Newman.
The next year he appeared in the Elvis Presley movie Jailhouse Rock.
He also starred on Broadway in such works as There Was a Little Girl, with Jane Fonda, and the hit Under the Yum-Yum Tree, also starring in the 1963 Jack Lemmon film.
But Jones probably had his greatest success as a Disney player, usually playing genial fathers or dumbfounded leading men.
His Disney debut came in That Darn Cat!, as an an FBI agent who solves a kidnapping with the help of the title character. He followed that with such films as Monkeys, Go Home! (1967), The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968) and the extremely popular The Love Bug (1969), about a Volkswagen with a mind of its own.
That film generated four sequels.
Dean Jones' personal story is inspiring.
Jones became a devout born-again Christian in 1973–1974, before his father's death in 1979. He had a history of suffering from depression. His wife Lory said, "One night he got down on his knees and prayed that God would free him from the miserable moods that he had always suffered. He told me that in an instant it was gone and he felt peace and joy flood into his heart." Jones has appeared in several Christian films.
In 1998 Jones founded the Christian Rescue Committee (CRC), an organization that helps provide a "way of escape to Jews, Christians, and others persecuted for their faith.
Jones is survived by his wife of 42 years, Lory Basham Jones, three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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LOVE IS OUR MISSION: POPE FRANCIS IN AMERICA

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Remember Pope Francis’s first visit to the United States for years to come. In Love Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America, dive into a rich collection of photos, events, official addresses, and more, drawn from the work of Catholic News Service photographers and journalists. This resource serves as a great commemorative gift and keepsake from the papal visit.

Events include the first historical address from the pope to both houses of Congress, the pope's meeting at the White House with President Barack Obama, a historical address to the United Nations, Mass at Madison Square Gardens in New York City, Philadelphia’s World Meeting of Families, and more.

This official commemorative edition is a joint publication of Franciscan Media, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the official publishing house of the Vatican.

Urgent Alert: Call These Senator NOW!


YOUR SENATOR MAY BE THE DECIDING VOTE TO STOP OBAMA’S DEAL WITH IRAN

The following Senators have not yet decided whether or not they will support Obama’s deal:
Senator Michael Bennet (CO) 202-224-5852 
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) 202-224-2823 
Senator Cory Booker (NJ) 202-224-3224 
Senator Ben Cardin (MD) 202-224-4524 
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) 202-224-2043 
Senator Joe Manchin (WV) 202-224-3954 
Senator Mark Warner (VA) 202-224-2023

CALL THESE SENATORS NOW AND URGE THEM TO VOTE TO STOP THIS BAD DEAL!
This deal would hand over billions of dollars to Iran to help our enemies in the Middle East and do nothing to stop Iran from developing a nuclear weapon in the long run. Incredibly, the United States has negotiated a deal that prohibits Americans from inspecting Iran’s nuclear sites! To stop this bad deal, it’s essential that these Senators hear from YOU before they announce their decisions.

YOU CAN ACT RIGHT NOW BY CALLING AND TELLING THESE SENATORS TO PROTECT THE SECURITY INTERESTS OF THE UNITED STATES BY OPPOSING THE OBAMA IRAN DEAL!
As early as next week, Congress will vote on a resolution to disapprove this terrible deal.  Make no mistake about it. This vote will come down to a handful of undecided Senators.  As this is being written, the Obama Administration and their allies are spending millions of dollars to pressure these Senators and others.  It’s up to you to respond.

ACT NOW! CALL THESE SENATORS AND SAY “NO” TO THE IRAN DEAL.
Senator Michael Bennet (CO) 202-224-5852 
Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT) 202-224-2823 
Senator Cory Booker (NJ) 202-224-3224 
Senator Ben Cardin (MD) 202-224-4524 
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND) 202-224-2043 
Senator Joe Manchin (WV) 202-224-3954 
Senator Mark Warner (VA) 202-224-2023 

Because Every Life Is A 'Precious Gift From God'

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Yes, The Silence Really Does Speak Volumes!


Chaput: Pope's Action Shows Commitment To Mercy



STATEMENT OF ARCHBISHOP CHARLES J. CHAPUT,
O.F.M. CAP. REGARDING ABSOLUTION FOR THE SIN OF ABORTION
Pope Francis' recent remarks on absolution for the sin of abortion demonstrate his commitment to all those in need of healing. With a special "Jubilee Year of Mercy" set to begin in December, the timing is very welcome. For many years now, parish priests have been given permission to absolve the sin of abortion here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. But the practice has not been common in various other regions of the world. This action in no way diminishes the moral gravity of abortion. What it does do is make access to sacramental forgiveness easier for anyone who seeks it with a truly penitent heart.