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The first verse of the first book in the Bible says, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the Earth." It is evident from the very beginning of the Bible that God does not try to explain Himself, nor prove Himself. He simply identifies Himself as the beginning of all creation. This verse alone, from a Hebrew word point of view, disproves the theory of evolution . The word "created" is ex nihilo and means "out of nothing." But there are several other things we learn about God from this single verse: 1.) God is separate from His creation. He is not part of the Universe. He created the Universe apart from Himself. 2.) God is all powerful. Everything in the Universe, including it's billions of Galaxies were all created by God. 3.) God is all knowing. What the unbeliever calls "the balance of nature," we know to be the infinite wisdom and knowledge of God at work. Things just didn't "work out" after billions of years of trial and error. Some have asked the question, "Why was there a creation at all?" Revelation 4:11 answers this." Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."
You may believe there was a "Big Bang" somewhere and some "space slime" landed on Earth and amphibians emerged out of it and began evolving. You may believe your great grandfather of millennia past was a monkey, but I'll rest my faith in the organized creation of God Almighty. After all, If I live my live believing in Christ and His word and die being wrong, (though I'm not) what have I lost? I lived a good, moral, wholesome, enjoyable life. But if one lives with their faith rested in Darwin and scientific theory that excludes God, and is wrong, Hell is an incredible price to pay. If I'm wrong I lost nothing. If the atheist is wrong he lost everything! Something worth thinking about.
Father Charles Connor, Pastor of St. Johns Catholic Church, Susquehanna, for the past three years (this month), has been appointed by Bishop James C. Timlin effective Thursday, July 3 from pastor of St. Johns Church to pastor of St. Rose of Lima, Carbondale.
Pictured with Father Connor are two of his parishioners, the Battisti brothers, Dominic (left) and Sandino (right).
Assigned to serve as pastor of St. Johns Church is Father Robert J. Simon, transferred from Pastor, Church of St. David and Church of St. Stanislaus, Old Forge.
Although here only a short time, Father Connor made a lasting impression on many of the churchs communicants. His personality helped to keep parishioners "together," despite the turmoil in other Catholic churches throughout the world. On his leaving here, Father Connor remarked, "We all have bosses, and we must do as ordered."
Father Connor was ordained a priest in 1990. He has produced several historical series for the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) based in Alabama. He is the author of several books, including one on converts to the Church, "Classic Catholic Converts," which was published by Ignatius Press of San Francisco.
Father Connor received his Doctorate in United States History from Fordham University in New York City, and served as an adjunct professor of US History at the University of Scranton prior to entering the seminary. Appointed the official diocesan historian by Bishop James C. Timlin in 1997, he has had articles appear in several scholarly journals.
Father Connor earned his bachelors degree in philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium and Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Theology from the Gregorian and Angelicum Universities, in Rome. He previously served as assistant pastor of St. Patrick Parish, in West Scranton for ten years.
While in Rome, Father mastered the Italian language, which he can still be heard talking to some of his Italian parishioners.
In a letter to his parishioners, appearing in the Sunday Bulletin "The Evangelist," Father Connor wrote:
My Dear Parishioners:
As you know by now, His Excellency, Our Most Reverend Bishop has assigned me to be Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Church in Carbondale, the parish in which I was raised, and the parish to which many decades after the fact, I am "going home."
Home of course, is where ones heart is, and much of mine has always been in Susquehanna County, where so many earlier generations of my family were born and raised. Three years ago, it was very much a homecoming for me to be assigned to this area, and in those brief and very quickly passing years I have made, I believe many lifelong friends. I shall always remember your kindness to me, your generosity to your parish church, your willingness to give your all for Saint Johns, and more than anything your deep Catholic faith and spirituality. If I have done anything to strengthen that faith, and to instill a loyalty to Holy Mother Church, my three years among you have been very well spent.
What I most look forward to is the renewal of our friendships in the years ahead. Remember that whenever a priest offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass all whom he knows and loves are mystically, but really united with him in the central mystery of our faith. In the only real way that matters, we shall always be united.
I ask for your prayers and assure you of mine each and every day of my priestly life. May the Lord Jesus bless each of you, and may His Immaculate Mother have you all in her keeping.
Father Charles Connor, Ph.D., Pastor
Father Connor was given a farewell reception by the members of the Catholic Christian Doctrine on Saturday, June 28 in its parish hall.
The First Universalist Church, Brooklyn, PA announces VBS - "Passport to Jesus," July 21 through July 25, 9:00 a.m. to Noon. There will be bible stories, music, crafts, snacks and games. Everyone is welcome. For more information please call the church, 289-4603.
Plans are in the making for a Super Week for teens at Thompson Baptist Church. From July 21 to July 26 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. high energy games, great activities, cool refreshments and a "Power Point" special by Dr. Bill Shade will be underway each evening at the church.
Adults are invited to attend the Power Point special, which will start at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Shade will be presenting a fascinating study of the Old Testament Tabernacle and its meaning and significance to us today.
For further information call the church's Voice Mail at 727-2461.
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