June 24, 2003

St. Hedwig Roman Catholic Church, a Polish church located at 24th and Brown Streets in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, will hold its last mass on August 30, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported on June 21.

Actually, St. Hedwig lost its status as a full-fledged parish in 2000. Since then the church has been a satellite site of St. Francis Xavier, but continued to draw more than 100 worshippers to its weekly Saturday masses in Polish.

According to the Inquirer, “No decision has been made on whether to lease or sell the St. Hedwig's church, rectory, school or convent, said Msgr. John Conway, the Philadelphia-South vicar who is overseeing the process. The seven Trinitarian sisters who live in the convent will depart by August.”

(By the way, St. Hedwig, canonized by Pope Clement IV in 1266, is the patron saint of: Bavaria and Silesia; brides, difficult marriages, and widows; the death of children; victims of jealousy; and duchesses.)

In the same article we learn two American Muslim organizations, the Islamic Circle of North America and the Muslim American Society, are gathering in Philadelphia over the July 4th weekend. At least 15,000 people are expected.

Eunice Stone and the Little Green Footballs gang might want to stick to the southern backwoods for the weekend.


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