Pa Senate Plotting Huge Tax, Fee Hikes

State Rep.Daryl Metcalfe, one of the good guys, has just reported that the Pennsylvania Senate — which is controlled by Republicans if you are not aware —   is considering a transportation funding proposal that will increase the financial burden being carried by Pennsylvania’s citizens by $2.5 billion through tax and fee increases.

“The Governor is proposing to increase our financial burden by $1.5 billion,” he noted. “Government collects enough money from us already, reprioritizing expenditures is the answer to our transportation funding problem. I oppose the tax and fee increases being proposed. If you agree, then like and share this post. Contact your state legislators and the Governor to say no more tax and fee hikes!”

Pa Senate Plotting Huge Tax, Fee Hikes

Online Impersonation Bill Passes Pa. House

Online Impersonation Bill Passes Pa. House — The Pennsylvania House, last week, sent to the Senate a measure to help prevent individuals from creating fake profiles online with the intent to maliciously harm another person, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).

House Bill 764 would make it a crime to use the name or identifying information of another person to create a web page; post messages or open an account/profile on a social networking site; send an email or text; or open an email account while engaging in any of the following underlying offenses: harassment, terroristic threats, stalking, and witness or victim intimidation or retaliation.

The offense would be graded as a second-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000, or as one grade higher than the underlying offense, whichever is greater. In addition, the bill would allow a court to award actual civil damages (such as loss of money, reputation or property) or $500, whichever is greater, as well as attorney fees, court costs and restitution.

Online Impersonation Bill Passes Pa. House

4th Of July Kielbasa Sale

Orders are being taken for Saint Peter and Paul’s Catholic Church’s “Super 4th of July/Summer Barbeque Kielbasa Ring Sale.

The sausage will come from one of the area’s well-known kielbasa makers. Kielbasa is great for grilling.

The price is $11 per ring.   To place your kielbasa orders, please email us at or call Kathy at (610) 328-4731 by Monday, June 24th.  Pickup will be at noon on Sunday, June 30, at the Church, 100 S. Penn St. in Clifton Heights, Pa., 19018.

Toomey Vice Chair On Steel Caucus

Toomey Vice Chair On Steel Caucus — Sen. Pat Toomey has been named vice-chair of the bipartisan Senate Steel Caucus, a coalition of senators dedicated to promoting American manufacturing and the steel industry. It will serve as a forum for policy discussions regarding issues that affect America’s steel industry.

Toomey Vice Chair On Steel Caucus


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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: The Lord your God is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing

Pentecost — Tonight’s Meal

Tonight’s meal by Chef Bill Sr. was a mini-Easter feast to celebrate Pentecost and featured savory grilled lamb, kielbasa, pierogies and hrudka also known as Easter cheese.

Dessert was homemade chocolate chip cookies by Mrs. Chef Bill.

The wine was a homemade Merlot.

Blessed Virgin Mary Born May 1, 22 BC

Blessed Virgin Mary Born May 1, 22 BC — Reader Tom C writes that a friend who was a Biblical scholar once told him that the Blessed Virgin Mary was born on May 1, 22 BC and died on May 13, 42 AD at the age of 64 most likely in  Ephesus which is now part of Turkey.

He says she would have been  16 years old at the birth of Jesus.


Blessed Virgin Mary Born May 1, 22 BC

Birthday Of Church And The Path We Choose

Birthday Of Church And The Path We Choose
By Archbishop Charles  Chaput

Anything without heart, anything without love — and I mean politics, music, law, art, even religion — anything without love, no matter how brilliant, is finally inadequate and weak.
At the end of the day, the human soul yearns to be loved, and to love in
return.  And it won’t settle for anything less.

God loves us so deeply that he sent his only son to live, suffer, die and rise again for our salvation. That’s the message of Easter.  The message of Pentecost – the “birthday of the Church” that we celebrate this Sunday –
builds on Easter.  In sending his Holy Spirit to the Apostles in the
upper room, God invites each of us to join him in a passion for
evangelizing the world.  We are Christ’s witnesses.  Our mission is to
respond to the fire of God’s love.  But desire alone won’t remake the
world.  So how do we accomplish the work God sets before us?

we need to wake up, shake off the cocoon of the world’s narcotic noise,
and recover our clarity about right and wrong. We do this by praying,
and we need to pray every day. Praying, no matter how unfocused we might
be at first, clears the head and the heart. It also clears the ears, so
we can hear God’s quiet voice. Setting aside some silent time with God
each day plants the first seed of sanity. It sends down deep roots, and
the soul grows a little stronger every day. If we listen well enough and
long enough, God will tell us what he wants uniquely from each of us.

we need to seek out confession regularly and stay close to the
Eucharist. We can’t lose hope when we know we’re forgiven. We can’t
starve to death when we’re being fed with the Bread of Life. And the
stronger we get in the Lord, the more we have to give to others. The
sacraments are literally rivers of grace. They bring us new life. They
have real power.

Third, we need to share Jesus Christ
consciously with someone every day. We need to make a deliberate point
of it. And we don’t have to hit people over the head with the Bible to
do it. Life naturally presents us with opportunities to talk about our
faith with friends or colleagues.  Nothing is more attractive than a
sincere, personal witness to the truth. And remember that what we give
away in faith, we get back a hundredfold.

Fourth, we need
to show a little courage. In the same Scripture passage where Jesus
tells us to go and make disciples of all nations, he also tells us that
he’ll be with us always, even to the end of the age. If that’s so — and
of course, it is so – then what can we really worry about? What
better friend can we have in the struggle for soul of the world, than
the God who created it and us?

Fifth and finally, we need
to be faithful to those who love us, and to those whom God calls us to
love. So often we overlook the simple fabric of daily life and the
persons who inhabit it. But that’s where real love begins. That’s where
all discipleship starts. It’s why Augustine wrote that “to be faithful
in little things is a big thing.”

God made each of us to make a
difference. Whether we seem to succeed or fail is not the point. We may
never see how God uses us to achieve his will. But it’s enough that we
try — and then profound things can happen.

Readers my age may remember that Dag Hammarskjold was secretary
general of the United Nations many years ago, during the Congo crisis in
the early 1960s. He was also a Christian serious about his faith.
Hammarskjold died when his plane crashed on a peace mission in Africa in
September 1961. After his death, his diary was found and published
under the title, Markings. This is a prayer he wrote in his diary shortly before his death:

[Oh God,]

Have mercy
Upon us.
Have mercy
Upon our efforts,
That we
Before Thee
In love and in faith
Righteousness and humility,
May follow Thee,
With self-denial, steadfastness and courage,
And meet Thee
In the silence.

Give us
A pure heart
That we may see Thee,
A humble heart
That we may hear Thee,
A heart of love
That we may serve Thee,
A heart of faith
That we may live Thee,

Whom I do not know
But Whose I am.
Whom I do not comprehend
But Who hast dedicated me
To my fate.
Thou —

We live in an era wounded by sadness and cynicism, but also ennobled by
men and women of grace; people not so very different from you and me.
This year, on this Pentecost, we get to choose which path to follow,
because while God’s Holy Spirit calls each of us by name to his service,
we have the freedom to say yes or no.

If we really want to
preach the Gospel, renew the Church and give glory to God in the years
ahead, the only means that will work is to speak the truth in love
through the witness of our lives. And it’s always been so.

Lord, make us instruments of your peace — now and always.

Birthday Of Church And The Path We Choose

Guns That Shoot Chocolate

Myles, a 7-year-old from Milwaukee, wrote Vice President Biden a letter to suggest that if guns shot chocolate bullets, no one would get hurt.

The Vice President wrote back. Take a look at his response, then share it with your friends:

Dear Myles —

I am sorry it took me so very long to respond to your letter.

I really like your idea. If we had guns that shot chocolate, not only would our country be safer, it would be happier. People love chocolate.

You are a good boy.

— Joe Biden


Hey Joe, how about you give your Secret Service bodyguards guns that shoot chocolate?

How about we give IRS raiders guns that shoot chocolate?

That would be sweet wouldn’t it?


Guns That Shoot Chocolate

Guns That Shoot Chocolate