Comments: He, Bob; You are right on with Father(later Mosignor) Melley's absolutions. He, like Fr. Martin was another 3 Hail Mary guy. One thing about Fr. Melley, he didn't have a really good voice, and seldom gave a homily. One exception was on Mother's Day, when he would bring you to the brink of tears, with the feeling and sincerity he would project. Another kind, and compassionate priest. Amazing the little things we recall, after so many years. Regards, OBIE
Comments: As I remember it (Confession) the easiest pardon was from Fr. Melly. In fact one story that traveled through the grapevine was that after her (yes her)sins were admitted she nervously waited for the hammer to fall but all she heard was what she described was heavy SNORING. Assuming that she was absolved she quietly left the confessional.
Hope you all had a great summer. I sure did. BTW. Class of SSS 1953. I know you're out there. Let's get with some dialogue from ya.
Added: October 3, 2015
Submitted by Name: dave voigtsberger From: kerbaugh st. then, port st. lucie, fla now E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: I must have been really bad as I seem to remember it as 3 Hail Marys and 1 Our Father. Funny thing I still get the same penance now as I did then. We just lost our pastor as he retired due to health. Still have 2 * * * and a visiting priest to take care of all the masses. I always go to the silver haired mass, even though I am pretty much a chrome dome on top. Was always afraid I would be bald before I got any gray hair. Finally got some gray on the sides and back. So now I'm a chrome dome with some decorations. Ah well!
Comments: Dear Peg & Dave; I'm a little younger (78) than you guys, but I remember the Minstrel shows (Whats going on, Mr. Bones?), and especially Fr. Martin, who was everyones favorite Confessor. I think you could have confessed being a mass murderer, and he would have given you 3 Hail Marys as your pennance. We were all lined up in front of his booth, with noone in Fr. Herons line. Fr. Martin was the kindest, gentlest priest I ever met. Where did you live on Rowan Street, Peg? I'm from the 1700 block of St. Paul. Stay well, and God Bless! OBIE
Added: September 28, 2015
Submitted by Name: Michael Finnegan From: Bakers Lane now Kennett Square E-mail: Finnegan@LabWare.com
Comments: I've had the privilege of working with Sam Katz on Urban Trinity, the story of Catholic Philadelphia. The first of two parts airs tonight on ABC at 8 pm and the third part on Sunday at midnight. This quick preview has a great mention about Saint Stephens.
Added: September 22, 2015
Submitted by Name: david voigtsberger From: kerbaugh st. then, port st. lucie, fla now E-mail: email@example.com
Comments: Peggy: I too doing as well as 81 years allows. got my aches and pains. lost my wife, Mary two years ago and have found it sure gets lonely without the one you love. Your husband probably knew of my sister, Claire, she graduated in 44 or my sister, Joyce, graduated in 42 or 43. sister, Claire Peryea is getting along but has taken to falling a lot. Still plugging along though. Nice to hear from 1948 class though. I know there are more than 5 of '48 class left, shame the rest don't chime in.
Added: September 22, 2015
Submitted by Name: Peg Kelly Scullion From: Ivyland Pa, formerly Rowan Street, Nicetown E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments: David Voitsberger: Hello, how are you. Today I was looking through the guestbook for the first time in many, many months and came across your entry of 3/17 where you say "this is the day Peggy Kelly came around to all the rooms and sang Irish songs". It gave me a start and so many memories came back. Kathleen Caufield used to come with me. How have you been? OK, I hope. We (my husband and I) are doing as well as we can for our age. He also graduated from SSS but in 1943. We still love Irish songs. We were at a pub on Friday listening and singing. I certainly do remember Fr. Martin's Minstrel Shows and what fun we had being in them but most fun was practicing. I loved reading all of your and John Shields posts. Really sends you down memory lane. Keep well and I will check in more often. Not too many from our class are there? Best regards.
Comments: ATT, RCHS65' the final letter for our reunion has been mailed with all the details of Nov 27, 28 & 29. If you have not received any information, please contact me thru this site or my email. Thanks, Beach
Comments: Hi All, Just ran into via facebook a few folks I went to school with....from SSS, Mary Fox '64, Margie Niemy '63 and from St. Mary's on Allegheny Ave, Joe and the lovly Mrs. Joe Sobzcak....small world...