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Ken Poorman Religious Stuff  Innocent 


† Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

Our Saviour
The Messiah
Successors of St. Peter
Pope Francis
The Passion of The Christ
Have you seen it yet?

† May the body and blood of our Lord, Jesus Christ,

bring us to everlasting life . . . Amen † 

Cardinal Rigali visiting St. Francis School


I had this painting of St. Francis of Assisi hanging in my office at the Archdiocese . . . reminding me of our Parish and Fr. Trautner.  Diane bought it at an art show.

Our Church
Saint Francis of Assisi RC Church
Norristown PA

Altar Server Duties


Fr. Kevin Trautner Memorial



Some of my favorite Catholics . . .

Blessed John Paul ll
Karol Józef Wojtya

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Mother Angelica

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen


Sister Lucia of Jesus

Lucia in Fatima 1917
Francisco & Jacinta Marto

"O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy. Amen" 

Besides my wife Diane, these are the people   who have influenced me in my Catholic Faith . . .

  • Pope John Paul II for his love of humanity and efforts to unite the world leaders
  • Mother Teresa for her selfless sacrifice for the sick/starving children of the world
  • Mother Angelica for her strong conservative beliefs & establishing EWTN for us
  • Bishop Fulton J. Sheen for his evangelization and many little pamphlets of love
  • Sister Lucia for her lifelong prayers and devotion to St. Mary & miracle at Fatima
  • I should also mention Father Corapi and Dr. Scott Hahn, who I love to hear/watch

I was moved seeing Pope John Paul II in Philadelphia in 1979, and the throngs of people, thousands I think, filling the streets of the city to attend Mass on the Parkway with him.  And I enjoyed Mother Angelica immensely at the Valley Forge Music Fair just before it closed.  She was so funny, and had the audiance in the palm of her hand.  Thanks for taking me Diane.  What a blessing.  And growing up I read with interest Bishop Sheen's pamphlets, which Aunt Belle, Mom's Sister, sent me regularly from San Francisco (and Aunt Belle was a flaming Protestant - go figure [and so was I - ha].


Some of the Pastors and other Celebrants at Saint Francis of Assisi during my time here.
Fr Ettorre
Fr Makowski
Fr Trautner
Fr Hickey
Fr Marczewski
Fr Mulligan
Fr Arnholt
Fr Welsh
Couldn't find a photo of Fr. Dominick F. Finn & Msgr. Jerome A. Duraczynski


St. Andrew's


Audubon PA

St. Francis


Norristown PA

Kennedy Kenrick


Norristown PA



Royersford PA

Innocent  ^ Schools I have supported for my granddaughters ^  Innocent


Why be Catholic? 
It is likely if you visit a Catholic Church or attend a Catholic Mass, you will not be moved to convert.  It requires understanding, acceptance and faith.  It is not about fiery Bible thumping preaching designed to make you feel good about Jesus, or about hugging your friends and neighbors, or about coffee and doughnuts after the service, or about beautiful stained glass windows, or beautiful music . . . it is about what Jesus said and did at the Last Supper, it is about The Eucharist . . . about transubstantiation, about the real presence of Christ in The Eucharist.  It’s not about going to church to focus on us, it’s about going there to focus on God.  It’s not about going to church to read the Bible and learn.  We do that in Catholic School, C.C.D. and in R.C.I.A.  We’re at Mass to be with Jesus, as the body of His church, to glorify God.  After accepting Jesus and His gift of salvation, all of these other things can serve to glorify Him.  After this understanding, acceptance and faith - the history of His church, reading the early church fathers, our love for Mary, the leadership of our Pope, and all of these other gifts can serve to glorify Him.  In spite of the many sinners in His church over the centuries, and the disgrace they have brought on His church, His original Catholic church, founded on Peter, survives today to the glory of God.  After accepting God’s gift of salvation through Jesus, come to know Him better.  Don’t just discard the Old Testament as irrelevant.  Come to understand the relationship of the Old Testament to the New, study church history and learn to appreciate the many gifts of God the Father, The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ.  Vivat Jesus!

Parish of St. Peter the Apostle
Girard & 5th Street, Philadelphia PA
This is an annual pilgrimage for Di and me with our granddaughters.  Every year before school starts we take Crystal and Diana to the National Shrine of St. John Neumann at St. Peter of the Apostle Church at Girard Ave & 5th St in Philadelphia.  St. Neumann established the parochial school system in Philadelphia in 1852.  We go there to pray for our teachers, administration and students, and that our granddaughters will have a successful year at school.  They always enjoy sitting on the floor before the glass altar in which the incorrupt body of St. John Neumann is displayed.  They also enjoy browsing through the museum, learning about his life in Philadelphia, and sitting on his stoop.  Of course they enjoy the gift shop as well.  After our visit to SJN, we usually take a visit to some of the historic sites of Philadelphia.  We have gone to the Betsy Ross House, Elfreth's Alley, a tour on The Ducks,  My granddaughters each take a friend along too.  This year Grandma & Grandpa Hansberry went along.

Another church close to my heart in Philadelphia is St. Francis Xavier at Green & 24th Streets.  I took Di to Mass there, in 2006 I think, to reminisce a bit.  When I was a very young child, we visited relatives on Olive Street annually, and Anna Graff took me to Mass at SFX.  That was in the 1940's and 50's, and I remember it like it was yesterday.  SFX is a prominent view on The Parkway, up near the Art Museum.  I think of Anna, and Fred and Mary Graff, every time I pass it.  Mary was my Great Uncle Bill Stoddart's sister.  Anna went to SFX Elementery, then to Hallahan Girls High.  My wife, Diane Hansberry, went to Hallahan too.  The Hallahan girls romp in the Logan Square Fountain every year when school lets out for the summer.  Remember the little clips on the back of the pews . . . for what were they used?
PS: I went to Green Street to see the Pink Sisters pray at their Convent in 2013 . . . it's just about a block down Green Street from SFX . . . what a great place to pray . . .










         Salve Regina
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve,
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile show unto us the
blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus;
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

List of Catholic
Colleges & Universities


A few more interesting links:

Romans 10: 9 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  10 For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved.  11 For the scripture says, "No one who believes in him will be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all, enriching all who call upon him. 13 For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."

Matthew 19: 16 Now someone approached him and said, “Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”  17 Jesus answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good? There is only One who is good. If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”  18 He asked him, “Which ones?” And Jesus replied, ”You shall not kill; you shall not commit adultery; you shall not steal; you shall not bear false witness; 19 honor your father and your mother’; and ‘you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  20 The young man said to him, “All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to (the) poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”  22 When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

Matthew 22:36-40 "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"  Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."

 Practice your Faith . . .
     love your neighbor . . .
          go to Mass every weekend . . .
               help the poor & disadvantaged . . .

Matthew 19:21 Jesus said . . . "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."

Mark 10:21 And Jesus looking upon him loved him, and said to him, "You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me."

Luke 14:12 He said also to the man who had invited him, "When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your kinsmen or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return, and you be repaid.  13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

Luke 6:20 And he, lifting up his eyes on his disciples, said: "Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." 

LK 6:30 "Give to every one that asketh thee . . ."

Luke 12:33 Jesus tells his disciples to "Sell your possessions, and give alms." 

Zacchaeus' promise to Jesus in Luke 19:8, "Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor."

Matthew 25:40 And the king answering, shall say to them: "Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me."

Should be very interesting to see who gets there, huh . . . there will probably be many surprises!

Ave Maria

The Rosary