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12 • NEW CASTLE NEWS, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6, 1945 The Church of St. John and St. Mary Dinner Dance By Episcopal Church Great Success <^ur Cjmrcfjeg Nel Mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per ma selva osaira, che la diritta via era smarrita. Perhaps it seems somewhat less than fitting to quote the first stanza of the great poet's INFERNO in an introduction to the history of a local church. But we must beg Dante's pardon, for it pleases us to think that the rich and ancient symbolism is flexible enough to apply in the case of a plain, simple, and, in the history of the Roman Catholic Church, very new story. The twentieth century mind, which considers four or five hours on a day coach the equivalent of medieval torture, is stirred to imagine a very real \dark wood\ and a very immediate \lost way\ to have disheartened a certain priest from Philadelphia, who, as the story goes, was want to travel our way. And here is the legend In the very early nineteenth century, when great-great-great- grand-father could make New York in several hours by grace of good weather and good horses, a priest, travelling from Phila­ delphia, came every year to this region. Each year he blessed the new marriages, baptised the new babies. Each year he made a long, and certainly arduous, journey in order to say mass for people who had no church. The wilderness, it is true, had been conquered, and the stage ran fairly regularly along the Post Road. Yet, perhaps, in incle­ ment weather in the face of in­ cessant travel along lonely roads and poor ones, this priest might, in rueful irony, have applied the stately words to his own case. hi the mtddle of the journey of our life I came to myself in a dark wood, where the straight ivay was lost. St. John's Established ; Catholic Churches were or­ ganized in this region during the middle and latter part of the nineteenth century, but it was not until 1922 that the Catholic Church was established in Chap- paqua. Prior to this time mem­ bers of the Church had to travel to Croton Falls Church (the old­ est in this area) to White Plains, or, latterly, to Ossining. In 1922, however, Mrs. R. J. Mc Keon of Chappaqua donated the funds and commissioned an ar­ chitect for the erection of a Catholic Church in the com­ munity. It was to be dedicated in memory of her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. G. B. Man­ ning. In the fall of that year the Church was organized under the Reverend Father Cavanagh, the first pastor of the Church. On June 3rd 1923, with many local youths serving as Altar boys, Archbishop Hayes dedicated the Church. Mission Churches Established When the local church was or­ ganized and running smoothly, Father Cavanagh established several mission churches. The first of these was established at Armonk in 1923 for Armonk had no resident priest. In 1924 Father Cavanagh organized a mission at Millwood, which, with the sub­ sequent erection of a Church at Briarcliff in 1926, was transfer­ red to that parish. In 1926 a mission was organized at Pur­ chase, later to be transferred to Gedney Farms, White Plains. In 1927 Father Cavanagh was appointed to establish a parish in the Bronx and was succeeded by Father Stanley, who was in turn succeeded by Father Brady, in 1932. The Present Church With aproximately 450 active members the Church of Saint The annual dinner dance held at Reheboth Rouse for the bene­ fit of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin last Saturday even­ ing was a great social success. Over 200 guests had a gay time dancing until 1:00 a. m. in the spacious Greeley Mansion to the tunes of Billy Elmore's Band. Following the dancing, a full course dinner was served buffet style by the Guild Auxiliary of the Church, and the menu in­ cluded roast Virginia ham, cand­ ied sweet potato casserole, salad and delicious layer cakes. Cock­ tail parties preceding the affair got the evening off to a happy start. Mrs. Bruce Cyr, chairman of the Executive Committee, re­ ports that the following ladies are responsible for the delicious food: Mrs. Frances Warren, Mrs. J. E. Bragg, Mrs. Clyde Conrad, Mrs. Harold DuFour, Mrs. Ed. M. Stahl, and Mrs. Maxine Hecht. John and Saint Mary is today a very active Church. The Altar Society, an organization for the women of the church and the Holy Name Society for the men, were both organized under Rev. Father Brady and have been in existence for about 7 years. Nuns from the local convent, The Helpers of the Holy Soul, and Seminarians from the Mary- knoll Seminary at Briarcliff, serve the church. The nuns, whose order dedicates itself to the souls of the dead, teach the Sunday Schqpl. The Seminarians who are training for missionary work in the Orient and in some parts of South America, teach the Monday afternoon Bible Classes. A priest from Maryknoll also says two of the Sunday masses, while Father Brady travels each Sunday to say mass at Armonk, which has been a mission of the Chappaqua parish since 1923. Catholic — Millwood Our Lady by the Wayside Roman Catholic Church, Saw Mill River Road, Millwood Mass at 9:30 a.m.—Rev. Erkens. Other services as announced on Sunday. % First Congregational Church Chappaqua, New York Willard B. Soper, Minister Sunday, December 9 — 9:30 A. M. Church School. 11:00 A. M. Morning Worship: Sermon — \Sowing Eternity.\ There will be a Dedication Service of the Building Fund, as presented to the Church by Mr. Clarence Eng­ land chairman of the campaign. Special music for the service will be played by Lily Nyboe and Sally Morrison, violinists. 11:00. A. M. Children will be cared for in \the Undercroft during the Morning Worship that parents may attend the Service. 4:00 P.M. The Pilgrim Fellowship will pre­ sent a Christmas Program at the Elizabeth Millbank Anderson Home for Convalescent Children. 5:00 P.M. Pilgrim Fellowsliip Choral Rehearsal in the Under­ croft. Monday December 10 — 8:15 P.M. The Board of Trustees meet. Thursday, December 13 — At 12:45 P. M. The Christmas Lun­ cheon of the Women's Society will be held in the Undercroft. \Christmas in Other Lands\ will be the program. Switzerland will be presented by Mrs. R. D. Hub- er; Italy, by Mrs. George Spache; Scandinavia by Mrs. E. H. Bak- ken, and Austria by Mrs. W. S. Schlamm. Reservations must be made with Mrs. William Weber, by December 10. 8:30 P. M. Chan­ cel Choir rehearsal. The Difficult — We Do Right Away. The Impossible — Takes a Little Longer. More persons between 15 and 45 die of tuberculosis than any other disease. Fight tuberculosis with Christmas Seals. Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin The Rev. Howard D. Perkins, Rector. Sunday, 9 A. M. — Holy Com­ munion. 10:30 A.M.—The parish Eucharist and sermon. Weekdays — Monday, 2:45 re­ ligious education classes. Thursday ,8:00 P.M., choir re­ hearsal under the direction of Mrs F.arley. Saints' days and holy days, 9:30 A.M. Holy Communion. Friends Hicksite Friends Meeting, Quaker Road. 11 A.M. First Day (Sunday). Visitors welcome. Religious Society of Friends (Orthodox). King Street, Meet­ ing House. Meeting for Worship 11 A. M. First Day School, 10 A.M. Christian Science \ First Church of Christ Sci­ entist, Pleasantville. Sunday services at 11 A.M. Sunday School at 9:30 A.M. Testimonial meet­ ings Wednesday at 8:00 P.M. Reading room, 40 Wheeler Avenue, open daily, except Sun­ days and holidays from 2 to 5 P.M. The public is cordially in­ vited to attend the services and make use of the reading room. 4 Women's Society Presents Xmas In Other Lands \Christmas in Other Lands\ is the topic for the program of the Women's Society of the First Congregational Church when I they meet for luncheon at 12:45 Thursday December 13th in the church Undercroft. Distinctive Christmas customs, foods, carols, gift-giving, and church services will be described by speakers who are well quali­ fied because their parents or grand-parents came from an­ other land or because they have lived or worked among people who came to America from across ' the sea. Mrs. R. D. Huber will tell about Switzerland. Mrs. W. S. Schlamm about Austria, Mrs. George Spache, Italy and Mrs. Elmaar Bakken, Scandinavia. Mrs. G. E. Rogers, program chairman will be in charge. Luncheon will be served by a committee, headed by Mrs. Wil­ liam Weber. Reservations must be made by Monday, Dec. 10th. ( SAVES TIME, IfiONEY, ENERGYI Many local youths served at the dedication, on June 3rd, 1923, of the Church of Saint John and Saint Mary. Archbishop Hayes, who officiated at the dedication, is seen in the center of the picture. Father Cavanaugh is directly to the bishop's left. The boys who served, reading from left right, are: Billy Malin, Joe Piazza, Francis Malin, James Washburn, Mike Piazza, Jimmy Cotter, Tommy Fitz­ gerald,. George Haas is in the right foreground. \THE LUSTER LASTS LONGER Silverfleece is proved 6 ways superior by impartial laboratory tests! Cleans faster, easier. Removes grease quicker. Gives greater brilliance and long­ er tarnish protection. More economical, too? Large economy jar $1.00

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