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  • NEW YORKSt . Thereses Church in

    NICHOLVILLE (POTSDAM), NY hasreason to be proud. This mission of theSociety of Saint Pius X has been operating

    for close to 20 years and is the home parish for several Societypriests, including District Superior Fr. John Fullerton. Alongwith the parish, the Society also runs St. Thereses Academywhere the children of the parish receive an excellent educationin the beautiful surroundings of upstate New York.

    Recently, St. Thereses has been undergoing an extensiverenovation process under the expert guidance of its pastor,Fr. Dennis McDonald. Relying on his knowledge of Churchexternals (gained from his studies and work in the sacristy atthe seminary in Winona), Fr. McDonald has worked to increasethe beauty of St. Thereses interior. A new porcelain floor was installed adding beauty and symbolism to the Church.A new main altar and two side altars were also imported froma church in Lawrence, MA with the only cost being thetransportation.

    CJuly 2003 Monthly, Number 139

    REPORTRegina oeliREGINA COELI HOUSE, 2918 Tracy Ave., Kansas City, MO 64109Tel: (816) 753 0073 FAX (816) 753 3560

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    A shot of the re-floored

    nave and sanctuary takenfrom the choir loft. The

    fleur-de-lie in the nave is asymbol for purity

    (considered one of theprincipal virtues of St.

    Therese along withcharity) as well as a

    symbol of France (thecountry of origin of St.

    Therese).

    NICHOLVILLE RENOVATIONS

    Along with the new mainaltar are two new side altars

    dedicated to Our Lady andSt. Joseph. Pictured here is

    the St. Joseph altar.

    A view of St.TheresesChurch located in the quiet

    country setting of Nicholvillein upstate New York. St.

    Thereses has around 170parishioners.

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    St.Thereses Academy asseen from the parking lot.The academy had close to50 students enrolled thispast school year. Thechildren of the Academyreceive a solid educationand are expected to live upto the motto of theAcademy Caritas etVeritas (Charity andTruth).

    A close-up shot of St.Thereses newmain altar.

  • NICHOLVILLE...Continued from p.1

    In addition to their work in the renovation of the church, the men ofSt.Thereses also found success in their recreational endeavors.

    Fr. McDonald formed a team from Nicholville and entered them in theFirst Annual Syracuse Basketball Tournament pitting teams from the

    Societys chapels on the east coast.The team from Nicholville, led by Fr.McDonald and Fr. Carl Sulzen (visiting from Canada) won the

    championship game against Philadelphia providing fun and excitementfor all participating. In this picture Fr. McDonald shuts down the inside

    game in a game against host Syracuse.

    Fr. Dennis McDonald isoverseeing a similarrenovation to the one inNicholville in his otherparish of the NorthAmerican Martyrs inHudson Falls (Glens Falls),NY.The sanctuary has beenredone with new statuesand repainting of walls inorder to give a stone effectto the walls, with a newfloor coming soon. Herethe sanctuary is picturedwith the new paint job andstatues.

    A view of theenormous ox

    which ploddedalong for the full

    hour withouteven breaking a

    sweat.

    MONTANAA blustery Saturday in the middle of May

    was witness to a slightly different fundraiserthan what one normally sees for Immaculate

    Conception Chapel near KALISPELL, MONTANA. Buildingon the success of several other parishes in organizing a Jog-A-Thon to raise money, the chapel modified this method tocorrespond to the circumstances and logistics of WesternMontana. Realizing that horses were almost omnipresent, theresulting Trot-A-Thon was a natural outcome.

    The present-day chapel building is too small for the growingnumber of parishioners as well as being in an inconvenientlocation. Therefore, it was decided to buy ten acres of land closerto the expanding city of Kalispell and construct a larger andmore proper church building. The inaugural Trot-A-Thon provedto be a success with about 15 sponsored children and adultsmaking laps in a designated field for donations and pledges.Not only were Morgan horses utilized but even a large ox putin a solid appearance! Good fun was enjoyed by all and the twohour event was followed by a sumptuous potluck for allparticipants.

    Pastor of ImmaculateConception, Fr. PatrickSummers, feeling the saddlesores, searches the horizonfor the finish line.

    Another shot of the horse-drawn buggy. One of theparticipants remarked:One of the advantages of Montanasrural landscape is there is plenty of room for women drivers!

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    Fr. Summers,a fledglingmechanic,strives (invain) to adjustthe tirepressure onthe horsebuggy.

    REGIONAL REPORT

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    Society of Saint Pius XDistrict of the United States of America

    REGINA COELI HOUSEFather John FullertonDistrict Superior J.M.J.

    July 1, 2003

    2918 Tracy AvenueKansas City, MO 64109

    (816) 753 0073FAX (816) 753 3560

    Dear friends and benefactors of the Society of Saint Pius X,

    Over the summer months many of you will no doubttake part in one or more of the pilgrimages our variouspriories have organized here in the States or even abroad.Those who make the sacrifice to participate receive manygraces. But whether or not you take part remember thatall of us are pilgrims. As St. Peter says in his first epistleBeloved, I exhort you as strangers and pilgrims to abstainfrom carnal desires which war against the soul. We havebeen made for heaven, our final home. Therefore here onearth we are strangers and pilgrims and we must act accord-ingly.

    To do this we must first of all realize that, in fact, weare pilgrims. Those who travel away from home often growenamoured of the strange land they are in and seem toforget, for a time, their own country to which they mustreturn. The Christian pilgrim often acts the same. Heengrosses himself in the goods and pleasures of time; mean-while forgetting the object of his creation and position onearth. Thus he neglects the affairs of his soul and the inter-ests of eternity. His first duty will be to correct this andrecognize his position as a pilgrim.

    Besides pleasure, journeys also entail difficulties.Whether it is the cold or heat, fatigue or actual danger,the traveler must set out prepared. Likewise the Christ-ian pilgrim has trials to bear. There will be the temporalcrosses such as sickness and misfortune. And there will bethe spiritual difficulties such as temptations, passion ortepidity. The Christian pilgrim must be prepared to meetthem all with fortitude and courage. Like gold purifiedby fire in the crucible, our souls must be purified by thefire of charity on the crucible of the crossa cross whichGod in his goodness puts into each day. Nor do these tri-als compare with the glory to come as St Paul says: Ourpresent light affliction, which is for the moment, preparesfor us an eternal weight of glory that is beyond all mea-sure.(2 Cor. iv. 17.)

    The travelers habits and language are seen as strangeto natives of other countries, but he passes on and takesno notice. The Christian pilgrim will also be despised bythe world. His practices of piety are ridiculed, his virtuesthought odd and old fashioned. We are made as the refuseof this world. (1 Cor. iv. 13.) He must not heed the worldbut stand as proof against human respect as St. Paul says:

    It is a small thing to be judged by you.(1 Cor. iv. 3.). Itis this willingness to stand up against the world which willconvert it. G.K. Chesterton reiterates this thought whenhe writes: It is the paradox of history that each genera-tion is converted by the saint that contradicts it most.

    The traveler also, even though he enjoys the lawfulpleasures and distractions of his travels, often thinks ofthose at home and longs to return. Likewise the Christ-ian pilgrim should often think of his true home in heav-en. There God awaits him with all His Angels and Saints.Friends and relations, secure of their own salvation, areanxious for his return. Unless he longs for Heaven, he willnot take the means to reach it; since a real desire for sal-vation is the first step towards obtaining it.

    Indeed God calls all of us to return to our true home.By answering this call the saints grew daily in their desirefor heaven and thus detached themselves from this landof exile. They had no rest, but labored day and night, bothavoiding anything that might prevent their obtaining theeternal treasures and positively working for merit, where-by increasing their hope and assurance of success. Theywere so full of this hope and assurance that, instead ofgrieving over the evils that befell them, they exulted, know-ing that, if they suffered well, they had all the more rewardto expect at the end.

    Let us, in like manner, strive to be successful pilgrims.Like the saints, let us promptly answer the call to returnhome by accepting the trials along the way and avoidinganything that might lead us from the path. In doing soour desire for heaven will increase as will our assurance ofsuccess.

    Sincerely yours in the Precious Blood of Our LordJesus Christ,

    Fr. John D. Fullerton

  • The first plantings! A lot of watermelon, pickling cucumbersand peppers. (No tobacco this year!)

    The Rogation Day is remembered with prayers, bestowal of the Blessing of Fieldsand the chanting of the Litany of Saints by the faithful. Now, let us see what growsbetterthe plants or the weeds!

    The picture of St. Joseph leads the procession made in hishonor in thanksgiving for his provisions of the past year.

    NORTH CAROLINASt . Anthony of Padua in

    CHARLOTTE, NC continues to growunder the zealous direction of pastor, Fr. Kenneth Novak. Fatherhas formed a mens schola to chant the Mass in proper fashionand has spent much effort in directing

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