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St. Joachim Parish Invites You to the Lighting of the Advent Wreath and Strolling Christmas Caroling!

Courtesy of: All are welcome and most cordially invited! This event is rated “E” for everyone – the young and the “young at heart”!

The Advent Wreath is an age-old symbol of the hope and faith we have in the promises of God. Whatever your particular beliefs, the darkness that winter brings to us, reminds us that we each can be a light for the world, for our community and for others.

Please join us each Wednesday, starting December 4th through December 18th, as we light the Advent Wreath in front of St. Joachim R.C. Church, Penn and Griscom Sts., at 6:30 PM. We will walk up Griscom St. to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 4442 Frankford Ave., singing Christmas Carols. Light refreshments will await us! Even the weather is joining in, as it will “warm up” to 50 degrees on Wednesday.

We are blessed to have a diversity of cultures, religions and traditions in Frankford. Come and share yours with us! You will be most welcomed! advent If walking presents a hardship for you, please meet us at St. Mark’s. You’ll be able to tell when we’re coming by our singing!

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the 12th Day of Christmas

Hawthorne St.

Well Christmas time is coming to an end and its time to say goodbye until next year.  Today is the 12th day of Christmas.

We asked for tips for Christmas light displays this year and did some video and stills.  To the left is an outstanding home on the 4600 block of Hawthorne Street.

Below is a video we made on one of our trips around the neighborhood.

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End of Fall

Yes it isn’t even Winter yet and here we are with record snow on the ground and Christmas just a few days away.  

From Jack Hohenstein, Frankford’s resident Haiku master.  The captions are my own.

That storm blew and blew .

I can’t see the wind,

But I see the swirling snow

And I imagine.

Digging out.

The snow shovel stops.

Honking geese fill sky and ear.

They used to go south.

Walking down to the Avenue

Hard city snow paths –

Crooked ice limits and dares –

Maps of history.

Getting ready for Christmas this week.

Innocent fir tree,

Naked as Adam and Eve,

Awaiting Christmas.

People getting together for the holiday.

Christmas and New Year’s,

Gatherings and leave-takings,

Bittersweet blessings

Then the glow of the holiday is over.

It is always hard

To say goodbye to Christmas.

We undressed the tree.

Thinking back in time of Christmas past.

No amount of talk

Can image for our children

Our lives as children.

From One Temperature by Jack Hohenstein.  Copyright 2005 Jack Hohenstein, Published by Full Court Press, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.

There are copies of Jack’s book available at the Free Library branch in Frankford.