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Statue of Venerable Matt Talbot in Grays Ferry Dedicated

On Tuesday February 12 we dedicated the statue of Venerable Matt Talbot in the chapel of St. Raphael’s ARC. After almost a year the statue was moved from the cafe to the chapel where we believe it rightfully belonged. At the Calix meeting following the Mass all in attendance received a Matt Talbot medal and a relic card with the prayers for Matt Talbot’s canonization and his help with addiction. Below are pictures of Fr. McKay performing the dedication and Harry McKay offering a few prayers after Mass. To the right of the base of the statue there are two small statues that are being given to the church and the convent at St. Gabriel’s. We will be at the 4:30 PM Mass on Saturday 2/23 and the 10:00 Mass on Sunday 2/24 to present the statues to the parish.

Fr. McKay dedicating statue of Venerable Matt Talbot

Fr. McKay dedicating statue of Venerable Matt Talbot


Glenside cuts back to twice monthly starting in February 2013

The Glenside unit is no longer meeting weekly. We have decided to meeet twice each month on the second and fourth Wedensday of each month. On the second Wednesday we will now begin with Mass at 6:45. On the fourth Wednesday we will continue with the Holy Hour.

King’s Men Radio

On Friday december 14, 2012 Ken was on the Holy Spirit Radio (1570 AM) for the second time with Mark Houck, founder of  The King’s Men. You can hear the conversation here. (note that Ken comes in about 10 minutes into the show.

Cardinal Rigali’s Conference on Addicitions

On Friday November 5th Cardinal Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, held a one-day conference on addictions. The conference was titled the same as his book published this year on addictions, “Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction”. Approximately 375 people attended the conference including seven from the Philly Calix units. We had a table set up with a nice display of Calix information. Almost all of those that stopped by the table had never heard of Calix and were excited to learn about our society.

The conference was covered by the archdiocesan newspaper, the Catholic Standard & Times. The November 11th edition had a front page article on the conference. In the online version they included a link for addiction recovery resources and that contained a link to an article written by our own Amy N. about Calix. We also found a link to Cardinal Rigali’s homily at the closing Mass published in the print version of the CS&T.

Contact Ken if you would like to obtain a copy of the Cardinal’s book for $5. All proceeds benefit the national Calix Society.

New meeting in Media, PA!

Beginning October 11, 2011 there will be a new Calix group at Nativity BVM parish in Media. The group will meet on the second Monday of each month with adoration from 6:15 to 7:00 PM follwed by an hour meeting. See the meetings page form more information!

Glenside/St. Luke Group Adds Weekly Meeting!

Beginning Wednesday August 4, 2010 the Glenside/St. Luke Group will now have a weekly meeting. We plan on starting with adoration @ 6:45 PM, rosary @ 7:15 and a meeting startign around 7:30. With a weekly meeting we can have various types of gatherings including faith sharing, bible study, Q&A, etc. Thanks to Fr. Lyon’s for initiating the idea! We will continue to meet on the last Saturday of each month as long as attendance warrants!

The weekly meetings will be held in the Chapel House. The Chapel House is located on Fairhill Rd., aroudn the corner from the Church. Best way to get there is to take Roberts Rd. from Mt. Carmel. Go past the church parking lot and make a right at the stop sign onto Fairhill Rd. The Chapel House is on the right just past the school. parking is on the street.

Ken’s Second Radio Appearance

This is starting to get to be a habit! On Friday April 9th Ken was invited to be on “The King’s Men” radio show boradcast on Holy Spirit Radio. The audio of the show is available by clicking on the link below.

Ken’s Interview

Philly-Calix is now on Twitter

Click the link to the left to follow Philly-Calix on Twitter.

Two Calix Members Make Radio Appearances

On Tuesday January 19th Kate H. appeared on Kathleen McCarthy’s show on In His Sign Network to discuss her conversion story. Then on Tuesday February 23rd Ken J. appeared on the same show to discuss Calix. The audio of both shows are available by clicking on the links below. If your media player doesn’t start you can right click on the link with your mouse and then click on Save Target As….. It will download the file and then you can listen to it.

Kate’s Interview (need to find audio)

Ken’s Interview

In addition to these interviews there is a wonderful podcast at In His Sign with Cardinal Rigali where he discusses his book on addiction, “Let the Obsessed Go Free: Breaking the Bond of Addicition”. It can be heard here.

Pat McLaughlin, “Big Pat”, first Philly Calix member to “Graduate”

St. Gabriel’s Church was the setting for the funeral mass of “big Pat” McLaughlin today. Fr. Doug McKay, Pat’s brother-in-law, was the main celebrant and homilist assisted by the pastor of St. Gabriel’s, Fr. Michael Lee, and Fr. Peter Welsh. The Mass was a celebration of Pat’s life and especially the last 9 years and 9 months. Many that attend the Tuesday Calix meetings were in attendance as well as the board members of Our House Ministry along with many family members and friends.
Fr. Doug McKay gave a stirring homily emphasizing Pat’s devotion to the Eucharist and his Catholic faith. Fr. Doug also mentioned Pat’s enthusiasm for Calix which was brought to Our House Ministry almost one year ago. Pat was a fixture at the Tuesday meetings where he often shared how big a role his renewed faith had aided his recovery. During Pat’s hospital stay he would often say that he wanted to be home in time for the Day of Recollection (see article below). Pat will be missed but remembered, especially at the Tuesday meetings.
Pat started having symptoms that something wasn’t quite right in late November of last year. Pat was a tough guy and that toughness may not have been an asset when he started having symptoms. By the time he sought treatment there was little the doctor’s could do. It seems that Pat’s Hepatits C had taken its toll on his liver. Initially they were to place Pat on a list for a liver transplant but ongoing tests revealed that he had what he feared the most, liver cancer. For the next two months his family and friends would surround him hoping and praying for a miracle but knowing that there was a real possibility that Pat could be going to his heavenly home soon. On Monday, February 8th Pat “graduated”, as Fr. Doug referred to Pat’s passing, soon after family members had prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet. He was 51 years old.
In his homily Fr. Doug told of how he would bring Pat communion often and how Pat would look forward to it! Some nine years ago, on June 1, 2001, Pat showed up at Fr. doug’s residence at Holy Family residence in West Philadelphia. It was that day, a First Friday, that was the beginning of Pat’s journey in recovery. Some nine years later that recovery had led Pat back to the faith of his youth. He was a regular attendee of holy hours and masses at Our House, across the street from St. Gabriel’s on 29th Street. He would do anything for anyone, in recovery or out. More than once in the last week I heard the story of how every two years Pat and a couple friends would get scaffolding and replace all of the light bulbs in the suspended lights in St. Gabriels church. Mary was telling me just this morning how he would pitch in all the time for every project that Our House undertook.
I had known Pat for less than a year but it felt like I knew him much longer. He was a man’s man and I looked forward to seeing him each week. He will be missed by all of us on Tuesday’s but missed even more by his wife Peg, his three children Pat, Brian and Mandy, and two grandchildren Savannah and Mckayla . Pat also had five brothers and a sister, most of which I have met and know how close they were.
A benefit for Pat and his family had already been planned for Saturday March 6. The benefit will now be a celebration of Pat’s life and all proceeds will be used to help Peg and their family. See the contact information on the home page to contact Ken for more information.
Please keep all of Pat’s family in your prayers and we now have an intercessor for Calix in Philadelphia!

Ken J.
15 January 2010

Inaugural Philadelphia Day of Recollection Held on January 30th at St. Gabriel’s in Grays Ferry

Thanks to all who attended the first Day of Recollection held by Calix in Philadelphia at St. Gabriel’s in Grays Ferry. There were 70-80 in attendance and everyone enjoyed themselves.

The day started at 9:00 AM with Mass. Bishop Joseph P. McFadden was the main celebrant and homilist and Fr. Doug McKay (right – Grays Ferry group) and Fr. Lee (left – pastor of St. Gabriel’s) assisted. Those who were in St. Gabriel’s for the first time agreed with the long-time Grays Ferry natives when they were told that the church is often referred to the “cathedral of South Philadelphia”.

After Mass everyone wen to the hall where we had coffee and donuts. Fr. McKay than gave an inspiring talk on our theme, “Returning to Our Eucharistic Roots”. Amy N. followed with a talk on her recovery and conversion to the Catholic aith.

We had a nice catered lunch and then Fr. Lyons definitely kept us from taking a nap with a great talk comparing the Israelites flight from Egypt and addiction. Soon after gaining their freedom from the Egyptians they wanted to go back because freedom was not what they expected. They were hungry and decided going back was better than freedom. Sound familiar?

After Fr. Lyons’ talk we went back to Church where we had Stations of the Cross – St. Gabriel’s has the biggest, most beautiful stations I have ever seen in person. Stations were followed by a holy hour that included confessions, benediction and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

We wrapped up around 3:30 PM just in time to walk outside and see that snow had started falling.

Ken J.

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