Beloved Parishioners and friends of St. Anthony + St. George Church,
I thank God for giving us the great moments in the Holy season that we spent together. I hope you gained many graces from Heaven to help you continue in your spiritual life.
My dear friends, a tragic event happened 100 year ago. The luxury steamship RMS Titanic met with a catastrophe. It collided with an iceberg and slowly sank to the bottom of the ocean. In the early hours of April 15, 1912, more than 1,500 people lost their lives in this disaster. Titanic has inspired countless books and several notable films while continuing to make headlines, particularly since the 1985 discovery of her resting place off the coast of Newfoundland. Meanwhile, her story has entered the public consciousness as a powerful cautionary tale about the perils in the oceanic travel.
My Beloved parishioners, you know the whole story about what happened and you know of our grieving about who we lost on this tragedy trip. Some Lebanese people were traveling on the Titanic. They escaped from death by Ottoman rule to this tragic accident, death to death. What a horrible story! Lebanon lost a lot, 13 people from Kefermashkee village (about 60 miles from Beirut) and 11 people from Hardine. Here we have both a tragic and a funny story. When the Titanic started sinking, some men from Hardine started chanting sayings in Arabic:
(Was written in Arabic and pasted in this space.)
Hardine you must mourn and cry for the young men who drowned. Eleven young men from Hardine drowned. Did not exceed twenty-five years of age. Seven of them are single, and the others were married. Not one was an old man, but all of them are 25 years old. And after that the sea became their tomb.
To still remember them and to pray for their souls, our church in Wilkes-Barre will establish a commemorative plaque to them and place it in our church. We will keep you informed of the details about it.
Father had placed a list of all the people in the bulletin but the list was typed on a separate sheet (by the unofficial parish historian, Al Albert).
From our weekly church bulletins:
PRESENTATION ON THE “TITANIC”: The Luzerne County Historical Society presents an open reception to a presentation on the “Titanic” at the Historical Museum in the rear of the Osterhout Library on South Franklin St., in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, April 13, 2012.
COMMEMORATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE TITANIC TRAGEDY: The Luzerne County Historical Society presents the 154th annual dinner meeting on Thursday, April 19, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Titanic Tragedy. Stories of the Wilkes-Barre Titanic Passengers will be presented by Dr. William V. Lewis, Jr., Commissioner, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission with Mae Thomas and Dolores Borek Elias, descendants of local Titanic passengers and local TV/Radio newscaster David DeCosmo. Reception begins at 6:00 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. Cost is $75 per person, $65 for LCHS members, $100 Patron, $250 Benefactors and $500 Sponsor (listing in program). Your check is your reservation. Mail to 49 So. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre, 18701. RSVP by April 13th. Credit cards are also accepted by calling 823-6244, Extension 3.