Great News! I just spoke with Father Sheridan at St. Francis. I told him we currently have 264 people going to the last mass on June 24th. I explained that count could be light since many folks didn't indicate how many are coming with them. He agreed to have the mass in the upper church!
Now we need to work out the rest of the details for this memorable event. Our issues, at least as I see them are: Parking, Security and the details for the liturgy. The "school yard" only holds about 60 cars or so.
I am going to visit the office complex at Manheim and Wissahickon and maybe the Germantown Cricket Club to discuss remote parking at their properties. I am also going to explore shuttle buses to take people from these relatively secure locations to the church and back again.
I have relatives in the Philadelphia Police Department who I'm sure can arrange security for reasons I'll leave unsaid.
Anyone who wishes to get involved in the details of the rest of this are appreciated.
contact Ed McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org
After the final Mass is everyone going back to the Continental Post at Wissahickon & Hansbury?
Jun 8, 2012 - 1:33PM
Re: After St Francis of Assisi Final Mass
I finally meet with Mike Garvey at my place last night and he suggested that after the mass we meet at Katie O'Donnell's to get together and talk about the re-union.
I have off street parking for 250 cars plus the Raymour & Flannigan parking lot plus an outdoor patio including a bar.
I know everyone goes to the American Legion post as I meet there once a month with my 101st Airborne Division paratrooper members. I was a 19 year old Vietnam combat vet and served with the 327th combat infantry & recon group while with the 101st.
The web site is www.katieos.com and has pictures, menu and all our activities. A great mature crowd goes there and we have great food.
My cell number is 267-253-7460 should you want to call me.
A lot of the "Brickyard" gang has been there and we have fun talking about the old times.
I appreciate your consideration as to meeting there after Mass to have fun and talk about a re-union.
Parking and shuttle buses for the last mass have been resolved. LaSalle University has graciously allowed us to park in their lot that is part of a shopping center named "The Shoppes at LaSalle".
The center is located at Chew Ave. and Wister Street. We are permitted to use the lot from 9 AM to Noon on June 24th. They request that we park close to the Security and Safety Headquarters building which is on the southeast corner of the center, and not close to the stores.
Shuttle buses will run from the parking area to and from St. Francis. The buses are essentially school buses. I suggest that anyone who cannot easily board a bus be taken to church and then the driver take the vehicle to LaSalle. The buses are from a company named Tropiano and shouldn't be confused with the LaSalle buses that are also in the parking lot.
The buses will run on roughly a 15 minute cycle with the last bus leaving St. Francis about 11:45
Please pass the word about the parking. I look forward to seeing everyone on the 24th.