RSS Feed from The Berks-Mont News: The latest news from The Berks-Mont News: website: all stories The Berks-Mont News Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:48:00 -0400 60 <![CDATA[Philly's Papal gifts include book of children's letters and bicycle]]> PHILADELPHIA >> What gift do you give Pope Francis? A bicycle, of course.

A cream-colored, vintage-styled Breezer bicycle is just one of the thank you gifts the City of Philadelphia, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the World Meeting of Families will present to Pope Francis when he comes for his inaugural visit to Philadelphia Saturday.

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<![CDATA[FOLLOW LIVE: One day until Pope Francis' arrival and the final day of the World Meeting of Families]]> We are fanned out across the region as we await Pope Francis to leave New York and head here. You can follow live as the final preparations are made and the World Meeting of Families wraps up. Go on Twitter and use #popedfm or check in above.

If viewing on a mobile device, SCRIBBLE <![CDATA[Two families have the chance of getting close to Pope Francis]]> PHILADELPHIA >> With all the excitement about the Pope's arrival in Philadelphia, only select few will get time face-to-face with the Pontiff, but two families spoke Thursday at the World Meeting of Families about their upcoming opportunities during his visit.

Jerry Davis and his family, Chesterbook residents, will be presenting gifts to Pope Francis during the Mass for the Archdiocese at the Basilica of St.

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<![CDATA[Plenty of SEPTA papal rail passes remain until Friday; PATCO passes available all weekend]]> For anyone planning on traveling into Center City to see Pope Francis this weekend but who has been procrastinating, there's good news − there are still plenty of special weekend passes available no matter from where you're coming.

Despite an initial clamor for tickets to use the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) regional rail lines, only 120,000 of the 328,000 special papal passes available have been sold, according to Andrew Busch, public information manager with SEPTA, meaning there are still plenty out there.

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<![CDATA[Honey Brook hosts annual Harmony Day]]> Honey Brook held its annual Harmony Day Sept. 19, featuring many types of vendors for all ages, including Origami Owl, Penn Medicine, and Blue Marsh Insurance, Honey Brook Food Pantry, Aj Blosenski's Trash and Recycling Service, Hickory House, Heatherwood Retirement Community, Jen Bauer Fitness, and Chester County Dairy Promotion.

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<![CDATA[First Harmony Day Bike Ride benefits Honey Brook Food Pantry]]> About 30 riders took off for a 30-mile ride through historic Chester County on Sept. 19, to raise funds for the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Glen Emery, Committee Chair, said he and Donna Horvath from Honey Brook Golf Club and Honey Brook Community Partnership talked about forming a committee of local people to hold a bike ride on Harmony Day to raise money to help fund the local food pantry.

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<![CDATA[Memorial bench dedicated to the late Norman R. Rhoads Sr. in Morgan Circle Park, Caernarvon Township, Berks]]> A crowd of nearly 50 people, including township officials, friends and family of the late Norman R. Rhoads Sr., gathered Sunday, Sept. 20 in Morgan Circle Park near the Village Library in Morgantown to witness the dedication of a special bench and garden in memory of Rhoads who was also known fondly as "The Train Man.

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<![CDATA[Marketplace offers variety of all things Catholic at World Meeting of Families]]> No trip would be complete without a bagful of souvenirs and for those attending the World Meeting of Families, the Marketplace fills that need.

From tons of free things like rosaries, metals and books to more expensive items like fine art, there is something for everyone.

At Sacred Heart Toys, the focus is on ages up to age 3.

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<![CDATA['Historic and powerful' speech by Pope Francis impresses Congress]]> Before a joint session of Congress Thursday, Pope Francis preached a message of social justice, while also attempting to encourage consensus on divisive issues.

"I am grateful for the invitation to address the joint session of congress in the land of the free and the home of the brave," he said.

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<![CDATA[Runners are hard to the core at 5K Mud Run at Weavers Orchard in Morgantown]]> Area runners waded through mud and water at the 4th annual "hard to the core 5K Mud Run" at Weavers Orchard in Morgantown on Saturday Sept. 19. The race benefited local cancer patients through the organization OneRunTogether.

At the end of the race everyone received a pancake breakfast. Everyone was having fun in the mud from ages 7 to 55.

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<![CDATA[Prayers of thousands left at Knotted Grotto in front of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul]]> PHILADELPHIA >> For all the hustle and bustle of a big city starting to explode with pilgrims, a hush had fallen over the outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Just to the left of the main entrance, there is a little art installation which has grown in prayers − or little, white strips of cloth tied with prayers written on them.

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<![CDATA[On the Record with Carol: Growing up Country]]> Sept. 15 my youngest grandson Joshua turned 10 years old. What a feeling to realize my baby was taking big steps now on his way to manhood.

My son Darren and his wife Gloria have 4 boys and they were all gathered for dinner around the family table in Morgantown along with his brother Justin's wife Kate, his brother Chris's girlfriend Emmeline, his two grandmothers and a family friend Harry.

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<![CDATA[Region expecting more than $400 Million windfall thanks to Pope Francis' visit]]> PHILADELPHIA >> With less than two days to go for the papal visit, city officials say it is now the City of Brotherly Love's time to shine.

"In less than 46 hours his Holiness Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia and on the ground," Philadelphia Mayor Mike Nutter said. "We're honored, excited and we're prepared.

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<![CDATA[Pope's visit causing havoc with businesses just outside the Mass zone]]> PHILADELPHIA >> In the 21 years Eastern State Penitentiary has held its haunted prison, Terror Behind the Walls, it has only closed for two days, and that was because of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

It's not bad weather, but Pope Francis visit that will lock the doors.

Starting Friday afternoon, Eastern State will shut down through Monday and reopen Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Local deacons ready to participate in Papal Mass]]> PHILADELPHIA >> As permenant deacons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Deacon Patrick Kelly and Deacon Thomas Taylor of St. Joseph's Parish in Collingdale are called on to serve wherever there is a need.

However, it came as a surprise when they were among 28 deacons selected by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput to serve Holy Communion in the sanctuary during the Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept.

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