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WebNews #34; Christmas Day Edition; Thursday December 25th, 2008



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St. Agnes Alumni Newsletter, Dec. 2008"

Message From: John Antonacci; Date: 12/22/08; Subject: Adopt a Sister and send her a 2008 Christmas Card

Received a phone call from John and he said the nuns and staff of St. Agnes Convent, Siena Hall Infirmary, wish to thank everyone for all the Christmas cards and letter. They said the sisters were trilled to get so much mail and we should keep up the good work.
Message From: John Antonacci; Subject: Adopt a Sister and send her a 2008 Christmas Card

Let's make this suggestion an annual Christmas pledge. Let's show our appreciation by adopting a sister and sending her a Christmas card. Some of you may want to take the list to your church members or other organization that may want to help. Click on NewsAlert for list of 35 sisters and the address where you can mail your Christmas cards.
John A.

NewsAlert: Adopt A Sister and Send a 2008 Christmas Card

Letter From: Bob Pulliza; To: David T. Feliciano;
Sent: Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2008;
Subject: Adopt A Sister and Send her a Christmas Card

Dear David:
Mission accomplished!!! Cards were sent to all the sisters on the list from the Pulliza household. Don't know why we never did this before. Time constraints and a bit of laziness I guess. This year, we decided we would find the time and get a card out to every sister in the infirmary. It's the least we could do for all the Christmas cheer the Dominican nuns gave us in years past.

Merry Christmas to you and your family and thanks for keeping the spirit of Saint Agnes alive.
Bob Pulliza

Bob and Mary Ann Pulliza-Aug 2008

PFC Bob Pulliza in France-1957

From: Joseph Antonacci; Sent: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1:03 AM
Subject: Boxing News...And a paternal comment.

"A chip off the old block" ?? Don't you believe it. I don't know where the kid gets it. As, Carol, has often reminded me, especially after church, I must be the only, American, male of, Italian, extraction who can't carry a tune. Of course, I participate in every hymn just to keep my nodding fellow parishioners awake.

This article appears on today 12/15...Boxing's #1 news site.

No CD...No Problem for Ring Announcer!

Holt vs HopkinsRing announcer Joe Antonacci received quite a surprise during last Friday's ShoBox: The New Generation telecast on Showtime. When the well known ring announcer asked the crowd to rise for the playing of the National Anthem, he had no idea what was about to happen. When the official Air Force song, "Wild Blue Yonder" began playing, Antonacci joked to the crowd that immediately following the tribute to the United States Air Force, the national anthem would be played.

Then, after a few moments of silence, Antonacci glanced up to the sound booth only to see the exasperated sound man signal that he didn't have the correct track after all. Thinking quickly, Antonacci turned to the crowd and stated, "Hey, we're all Americans here…we don't need a CD to sing our national anthem," and with that, Antonacci led the entire crowd of 3000 fans in Atlantic City’s historic Boardwalk Hall in a rousing rendition of Francis Scott Key's most famous composition.

As the crowd, led by Antonacci from the ring, finished the final notes a thunderous round of applause got the night of world championship boxing action off to an emotional start. Asked afterwards for a comment, Antonacci stated he received many compliments on his anthem heroics. "I'm just glad I remembered all the words. It's probably a good thing that I didn't have time to think about it and get nervous," said the smiling Antonacci, "The crowd was just great, thank God they came through and sang along, because no one would have wanted to hear me perform a solo." -- Ed Mulholland

Letter From: Gerald F Merna; To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Tuesday, December 25, 2007 2:50 AM
Subject: Re: - Christmas 2007 Edition of WebNews

It is now 3:00 a.m., Christmas Morning. Earlier tonight Dot and I took our daughter Linda to a nice restaurant in Alexandria (Old Town) near where she lives (about 40 miles from us).

When Dot and I got home at about 11:30 I checked my email and there was this wonderful Christmas Newsletter from you. With a few things yet to do, I have been reading it all this while instead. Now I have a few last minute Christmas gifts to wrap that I should have done earlier. I don't regret it for one second!

The various messages, thoughts and stories were inspiring. I even read my own "Tribute" to Gen. Skibbie and have to admit it brought a few tears to my eyes as I though of losing him and Brothers Rich and Bob last year.

You have no idea the valuable service you render to our Alumni, on your own time, at your own expense. When our time passes you will be equally remembered among those Alumni who have contributed the most to those of us who were "privileged" to have been "House's Kids" and as in the Marine Corps, refer to them as friends for life. When future readers see our stories on the website, and those in the Joe Rosen/Art Kingsley St. Agnes Newsletters, they will forever by in your debt.

Thanks for a superlative issue, and Dot and I extend our very warmest Christmas greetings to you and your family, with wishes for great health in 2008.

Your friend,
Gerald F. (Jerry) Merna

Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2008 1:01 AM
Subject: Christmas lights

My wife has been on my case to get the Christmas lights up for a couple of weeks. They are up now and for some reason she will not talk to me.


Letter From: James F. Shea
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2008 1:00 PM
Subject: Deer Pic


A lady that lives in Ladysmith Wisc. snapped this Saturday.

How cool is that?

Letter From: Nancy Canfield; Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 12:39 PM
Subject: I thought some of you may appreciate this website

Merry Christmas!

TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS PROPERS IN ENGLISH "Welcome to my Blog! I read where there was a need for English Propers for the Traditional (Pope John XXIII - Tridentine) Latin Mass, so I will try posting the prayers and readings each day, if they are available. I will also post some other writings regarding the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the greatest Act of Worship we can offer to Almighty God and the closest we can get to Heaven!"

House Kids: 10 more names added to "House Kids List": (Taken from St. Agnes Alumni Newsletter Dec. 2008): Joe Carroll (1938-1951), Frank Lyles (1963-1970), John MacMillan (?-1949), Fred Fabbri (90 yrs old), George Roberts (1925-1935, 89 yrs old) Mike Enriquez (Deseased), Ed Midler, Roland Jacobs, Whitey Lobonshire, Victor Araujo
Christmas Videos:
Christmas in Iraq: A message from a Chaplain in Iraq reminds us that our troops are in harms way and need our prays and support.
Christmas Blessings! An amazingly beautiful Christmas Presentation! - MS PowerPoint Slide Show. (By Unknown Author/Creator/Artists)
So this is Christmas! An amazingly beautiful Christmas Presentation! - MS PowerPoint Slide Show. (By Unknown Author/Creator/Artists)
I wish you a Merry Christmas! A fun video! (By Unknown Author/Creator/Artists)
I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas! A fun video! (By Unknown Author/Creator/Artists)

From: Peter Feliciano
Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2006 8:09 AM
Subject: Re: House Kid Alumni

Since Sr. Catherine Tahaney, (845-359-6400 X218, Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340 Sparkill, NY 10976-1047), is the official archivist for the Convent, I believe contacting her would be a good starting point for determining the whereabouts of the letters. Since Art Kingsley, Presedent of the St Agnes Alumni Committee has good rapport with the Nuns, perhaps he could be of assistance in this matter too.

Gaspar Cipolla Ricardo C. Colon Harry Connors
Caesar Feliciano Carlos Feliciano David T. Feliciano Pastor (Pat) Feliciano Peter (Pedro) Feliciano
Stephen J. Fromholz, Sr. Louis A. Lopez George Charles Merna Gerald F. Merna Thomes G. Merna
Robert F. Pulliza Frank Jacob Rosenstine Joseph R. Stanaitis Joseph (Joe) Wiska

Raymond (Ramon) Adames John J. Antonacci Joseph Antonacci Dennis Bailey Lorenzo Calderon
Robert Coyle William Doherty Benjamin Feliciano Bob Keane James Lawson
James Merna Richard Merna Robert Merna John (Sammy) Tolins

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'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The story of St. Agatha Home for Children:
"We're going to take you kids,"
he pointed to each of us sitting on the couch and said our names in a sing-song voice "Jackie... Tommy... Hellen... David and Nancy," pausing between each name as if to prove he knew them, "to see a school tomorrow, a boarding school, see how you like it." He said this in a voice that implied it was temporary, like we'd have a choice about attending. With those words the Canfield siblings began a journey that profoundly shaped their formative years. Home Kids is Nancy Canfield's courageous retelling of her family's dramatic story and the inspirational story of St. Agatha Home for Children.  (More....)

Letters: 'Home Kids' By Nancy Canfield: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children: Sent: 01/19/2006
Photos: St. Agatha Home Keepsake Photograph.
“Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” By Nancy Canfield:
By Pat Sherman UNION-TRIBUNE COMMUNITY NEWS WRITER, March 10, 2006. "Nancy Canfield knows how a single, immutable event can forever alter a child's life. In her recently published book, “Home Kids: The Story of St. Agatha Home for Children,” Canfield recounts the years she and four siblings spent at a Catholic orphanage in New York."  (More....)

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