First the good news:
Millions along the east coast breathed a little easier on Friday after forecasters said hurricane Joaquin would probably veer out to sea instead of joining up with a drenching rainstorm that is bringing severe flooding to parts of the Atlantic seaboard. For days, various computer models showed Joaquin hitting North Carolina’s Outer Banks, New Jersey, New York’s Long Island or Cape Cod, Massachusetts. But on Friday, with Joaquin over the Bahamas, the US National Hurricane Center director, Rick Knabb, said the hurricane was no longer expected to make a direct hit. “The models have become much more in agreement, and we are pretty confident the hurricane is going to pass well offshore of the east coast of the US,” he said. That did not mean the danger was over. Guardian Read More >>>>>>>>>>
Now the stupid news:
Kevin Carter alleged to have pointed musket at eight-year-old after he said he would support New York Giants’ rivals A New Jersey priest is alleged to have pointed a gun at an eight-year-old boy because he was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. Bergen County prosecutors say that Kevin Carter, a priest at St Margaret of Cortona Roman Catholic church in Little Ferry, asked to see the boy in private on 13 September. Carter is a New York Giants fan and was unhappy the boy was supporting their divisional rivals, the Cowboys, later that day. Carter reportedly told the boy to stand against a wall before pointing a civil war style musket at him. “As he raised his weapon and pointed it at the boy, he said, ‘I’m going to shoot you,’” Bergen County prosecutor John Molinelli told NBC 4 New York on Friday. The boy was unharmed but Carter faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated assault by pointing a firearm. “The young boy was apparently a fan of a particular football team, the priest was not. So perhaps we have indication it started out as that,” Molinelli said. “There’s no such thing as joking around with a weapon when you’re dealing with an eight-year-old kid.” The Guardian Read More>>>>>>>
St. Margaret of Cortona Re-opens Its Doors
After nine months of exile from their flood-damaged church, parishioners of St. Margaret of Cortona Church in Little Ferry celebrated its rededication Sunday.
“We were looking forward to today,” said Giulio Vlacancich, a parishioner for 40 years. “At one point, we didn’t know whether we could go back, so it’s a great feeling.”
“My dear people, I have good news for you, St. Margaret of Cortona Church has been raised from the dead,” Auxiliary Bishop John Flesey said during his homily, drawing applause from the more than 800 people in attendance.
The two-hour Mass began with a procession from the parish center where parishioners had been worshipping on Sundays since Superstorm Sandy last fall.
At the door of the church, trustee Regina Coyle declared: “The floodwaters of Hurricane Sandy have receded and we are now ready to worship in our new church.”
“Go within the Lord’s gates giving thanks,” Bishop Flesey replied. With that, pastor Rev. Kevin Carter unlocked the doors and parishioners entered inside.
The rituals of bringing the church back to spiritual life began with the blessing of the baptismal font’s water, followed by a rite of sprinkling the marble altar, the four walls and the assembly.
Later, Bishop Flesey consecrated the altar by anointing it with Sacred Chrism. Then incense filled the church when a brazier was kindled on the altar and deacons carried swaying censers throughout the aisles.
At the end of the Mass, Father Kevin was formally installed as pastor. Although he has been at the church since February, he said he purposely saved the official transfer for Sunday’s celebration.
“In Christ we are stronger than the storm,” he said, later adding that the task of building would not end with the estimated $1 million restoration. The floodwaters caused floors and walls to buckle and damaged pews. Repairs were first made in the parish center, which for a week after Sandy served as a community emergency center. Work will now shift to the rectory, where Father Kevin has lived, using a microwave and hot plate in his upstairs rooms. Downstairs, the kitchen is stripped bare and, where carpeting once covered the floors, planks form an awkward path across open support beams.
But it was the joy of the day that Father Kevin reflected upon during the festive Mass.
“What more can a priest want than to proclaim the paschal mystery: that Jesus died and rose?” he said. “We’re called not just to build a building but to build a community.”
I've heard of dogs, birds, cats, etc... acting strange just before an earthquake, but a priest acting strange just before the arrival of a Hurricane?