Month: May 2017

Speaker urges ‘connection’ and ‘relationship’ in fighting poverty

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Betty Bradley, executive director of Meals on Wheels Plus, talks with participants in a May 26 seminar on poverty held at St. Paul United Methodist Church. The forum was sponsored by Meals on Wheels Plus and featured guest speaker Elia Moreno, community engagement manager for Cal Farley’s Community Engagement Center. Photo by Loretta Fulton

 

By Loretta Fulton

During the Great Depression, the government instituted a plan to fight the high unemployment rate based on “relief, recovery, and reform.”

That was the philosophy behind President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program to immediately assist those in need, jumpstart the economy, and then keep the economy stable. The speaker for a seminar on poverty held May 26 at St. Paul United Methodist Church gave a brief history on the war on poverty and added a third “R” of her own.

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Elia Moreno

“We need more than relief,” Elia Moreno said. “We need relationship.”

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Holy Family’s ‘Father Fred’ honored for 50 years service as a priest

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Monsignor Frederick G. Nawarskas, right, prepares for a special Mass on May 19 at Holy Family Catholic Church in honor of the 50th anniversary of “Father Fred’s” ordination to the priesthood. The Most Rev. Michael Sis, bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo, presided over the Mass, which was attended by about 500 people. “Father Fred” has been at Holy Family Catholic Church since 1996. Photo by Loretta Fulton

By Loretta Fulton

Trumpets, a full choir, and a packed nave at Holy Family Catholic Church all attested to the significance of the Mass of Thanksgiving honoring the Reverend Monsignor Frederick G. Nawarskas on May 19.

But a comment from Bishop Michael Sis of the Diocese of San Angelo let “Father Fred” know exactly how significant the Mass was that honored the 50th anniversary of Nawarskas’ ordination to the priesthood. Sis expressed his gratitude to all the priests who had traveled long distances to participate in the Mass and to honor their friend.

“They are here,” the bishop said, “because of their love and respect for Father Fred.”

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