Dec 162013

Lilly Lines by Jack Barlick    814-886-4694                 


Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church will have a Christmas Eve Vigil beginning with a Musical program at 5:30 PM and a Crib Blessing and Mass at 6:00 PM December 24. Then on Christmas Day there will be an 8:00 AM Mass at the Chapel and a 10:00 AM Mass at the church.

St. Luke’s Lutheran Church has a 7:00 PM Musical Cantata at the First Lutheran Church in Portage on Christmas Eve. Then at 11:00 PM on the 24th there will be a Mass at St. Luke’s Church here in Lilly. There will not be a service Christmas Day.

The United Methodist Church here in Lilly will hold a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 7:00 PM. There will not be a service Christmas Day.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will have a Christmas Eve Mass at 4:00 PM at the Hilltop Church. No service will be held December 25th.



The Lilly Washington Historical Society 2014 calendars are now available at Galls Insurance Agency. They also can be purchased at Cresson Springs Restaurant, Stagers Store and DeLucas Market. The calendar features a close up picture of the Miners Monument on the front cover and a full view of the site on the back cover. The society thanks Elizabeth Wilt and Ron Muldoon for their work in preparing this years calendar.



The sympathy of the community is extended to the family and friends of Albert Shedlock who passed away at age 87. Albert was a military veteran, a retired coal miner and had played baseball with the Benscreek Industrial Team years ago.



Looking for a place to go on New Years Eve? Consider the Cassandra Social Hall where Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church will be hosting a New Years Eve party from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM on New Years Eve. Music will be provided by the Fabulous Flashbacks and a buffet dinner will be served starting at 9:00 PM. BYOB, mixers, beer and soda will be provided along with hats, noisemakers and leis. Call 937-7053 or 886- 2375 for additional information and tickets.



If you want to buy the hunter in your family an unusual gift, why not consider a ticket to a gun fest sponsored by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church to be held on March 16th in the Cassandra Social Hall. It will begin at 12 noon that day with a roast beef dinner being served at 1:00 PM. Refreshments provided all afternoon. Call 937-7053 for tickets or information.



On New Years Eve Agnes Phillips will be celebrating her ninety fifth birthday. This amazing lady still drives her auto and will be singing at the Masses Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Our Lady of the Alleghenies Church. Most people don’t know that Agnes tried to join the Army in WW11 but was rejected because she was married. Her late husband, Henry, was already serving in Italy with the Army.

Send her a card or best wishes.



Today, December 19 finds Aden Craine, 11, son of Anthony and Lori Craine celebrating his birthday in Altoona ,also Richard Link is celebrating his birthday, followed by Patty McElheny, Brittinie Bender, Phyllis Beres, Adam Nagy, Rocco Ricupero and Vincenzo Ricupero on the 20th. Then on the 21st Eileen McDermott celebrates as will Leslie Devett and Ken Leap on the 22nd. On December 23rd Alexis Pauley celebrates as will Tina Stauski on the 24th and Richart Burkhart and James M. Martino on the 25th. Happy Birthday to All!



Barbara and Stanley Kukla celebrate their wedding anniversary on December 22nd. Happy Anniversary!



On TV this morning there was a short segment on Santa Claus and criticism that he is always featured as being white. Come on World, there are better things to worry about, like the war in Syria, the typhoons and damage in the Philippines and the hungry people around the world.



You are an old timer if you remember the Christmas songs and animations that played on the black and white TV’s back in the early 1950s. These included Suzy Snowflake, Frosty the Snowman and the Three Little Elves: Hardrock, Cocoa and Jo. It is pleasing to see these old time memories running on WJAC-TV this holiday season.



Here is hoping that all my readers have a very Merry and Happy Christmas with their family and friends. Enjoy this special time together. Get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoor lighting found in the area. Take time to go to the services at your church and thank God for the fine community we live in. Merry Christmas.