Tonawanda News

Breaking News

Opinion

March 30, 2013

Easter arrives, ready or not

Tonawanda News — Happy Easter a day early. Hardly seems possible that Lent is over and I’m still trying to figure out what I’ll do better for those weeks.

Thursday, Holy Thursday, our family once again completed our annual visit to seven churches, a custom which traces back to the Apostolic Age, during a time when early Christians who visited shrines which were deemed holy to the Passion of Jesus Christ, or the events after his capture in the Garden of Gethsemane.

(I’m thankful to the Internet for this information.)

In my family, this is a generations-old tradition and in the 50 years of our marriage we have visited nearly all churches in the diocese of Buffalo, selecting seven different churches each year. In years past, many of you will recall the beautiful decorations, flowers and candles which were lovingly put around the altar or shrine on this day.

How things have changed. Even the grandkids wondered why the churches we visited had very few decorations and flowers to denote this wonderful evening. With the exception, we all agreed, of St. Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda where the chapel on Adam Street was amazing. The altar, moved to the center of the chapel, was resplendent with lilies and other flowers with chairs set around the sides. Those filling the chapel to overflowing took part in a ceremony they will remember. Thanks to Father Mike for the display and meaningful service.

•••

Earlier in the day, my place was at Sister’s Hospital where my sister had back surgery. Everything went well and she is finally out of pain. Someone asked if she was coming to my house to recuperate, to which my reply was “Did that once, not doing that again.” Only joking of course as she was able to go to her own home this time — and, much to the surprise of family, we got along just great when she stayed at our house the last time.

Text Only
Opinion
  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: On reading and the lack thereof It was surprising to me a few weeks ago when a friend asked a group of us to estimate how many books we have each read over the last five years. The English teacher said 200 and he far and away led the pack. I was probably the median and my number was 20-25.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • confer, bob.jpg CONFER: A Con-Con would be a con game

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: Conflict in Ukraine now a concern of global proportions It seems increasingly clear Ukrainian separatists, with the help from the Russian military, are responsible for the tragedy. They, of course, have denied it. They've also denied access to the crash site to international investigators seeking to recover the dead and determine what happened. That's not something the innocent party does.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • ADAMCZYK: Personal development, rendered in steel Accepting the premise that everyone needs to fill the same amount of time every day (24 hours, every day), some people use theirs rebuilding things, tangible things, and thus fulfill a few intangible goals.

    July 18, 2014

  • WALLACE: Festival season is underway Summer is the season of fairs and festivals. From Canal Fest in the Tonawandas to the Allentown Art Festival and Italian Heritage Festival in Buffalo to the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, the Western New York area has no shortage of things to do with the family over the summer.

    July 17, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg DUVALL: King George's abdication leaves many questions I've covered Niagara County politics for 10 years and it's been a fascinating -- and often infuriating -- experience. With the news the man known with equal parts respect and cynicism as "King George" is walking away it's about to get more interesting.

    July 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Canal Fest, here we come This column should be titled "Roads and Streets." First of all, Meadow Drive is finally open. Although it took very long to be completed, it's beautiful. Riding by the other day brought into focus how many people will use this to cut across town. One less thing for residents to complain about.

    July 12, 2014

  • ADAMCZYK: Homesick for someplace I've never been You stumble over things that make you wonder. I do, at least, and the latest is one of those advertising artifacts from yesteryear that encourage me to ponder what's changed and what never will.

    July 11, 2014

  • WALLACE: Playing politics as usual The immigration crisis is just the most recent example of how dysfunctional Washington, D.C. is right now.

    July 10, 2014

  • duvall, eric.jpg A stunning scandal in Mississippi-voting|DUVALL: A stunning scandal in Mississippi We don't tend to talk a whole lot about Mississippi on this paper's editorial page and for good reason. It's a long way away in both distance and temperament. But I swear this will be worth it.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo