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1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped (1 cup)
2 medium celery ribs, chopped (1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 cups spicy smoked sausage, fully cooked and sliced andouille is best
1 tablespoon parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper sauce (more or less to taste)
3/4 lb medium shrimp, peeled deveined uncooked, thawed if frozen
4 cups cooked rice
Mix all ingredients except shrimp and rice in 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker.
  1. Cover and cook on low heat setting 7 to 8 hours (or high heat setting 3 to 4 hours) or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Stir in shrimp.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat setting about 1 hour or until shrimp are pink and firm.
  4. Serve jambalaya with rice.

I had this recpe last week and it was enjoyed. Try it and let me know if you like it?

EGG NOODLES…………………………………………………………1 LB., COOKED AL DENTE

BEEF …………………………………………………………………………CUT IN CUBES, BITE-SIZED


GARLIC CLOVES……………………………………………………….(6)SLICED THIN

OLIVE OIL………………………………………………………………….1/4 C


ONION…………………………………………………………………………SLICED THIN






We are called to forgive, for who among us does not have a lot that God has forgiven us of?  We all fall short and if we want to continue to receive God’s mercy we must give it to others.  With God that is not so hard to do, just pray and trust.  Jesus Christ himself has given to the Church in these hard times the devotion to his great Mercy.  Given to Saint Faustina in the l930s in Poland.  It is nothing new, Scripture is full of verses that glorify his mercy.  He gave the devotion to us I think so that we will not lose hope in these hard and evil times.   He told St. Faustina that the greatest sinner has a right to his Mercy.  We all at times think someone is so despicable that they don’t deserve mercy, but God does not hold that opinion.   We all have some skeletons in the closet that we don’t wish others to know. 

The novena starts on Good Friday and ends on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter.  Jesus has promised to all those who receive the Sacrament of Confession and go to Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday in honor of His Great Mercy that he will give a pardon for all punishment due to sin.  Father John is going to be in his confessional from 3:00pm the hour of mercy to 12:00 midnight on Divine Mercy Sunday so anyone who wants to receive the sacrament of mercy (confession) may do so.  He is at St. Johns on Vestal Avenue in Binghamton.   If people cannot get to confession that day, you can go eight days before or eight days after, as long as it is offered in honor of Jesus’s unfathomable Mercy. 

 The Divine Mercy novena leading up to Mercy Sunday starts Good Friday.  To find out how to participate, go to and from the menu under “Faith” choose “Devotions” then “Novenas.”

THE TRAGEDY OF SEX OUTSIDE OF MARRIAGEOh for the good old days. Who hasn’t heard that expression at
one time or another. When it comes to medicine, though the
good old days were not as good, but when it comes to sin, and
it’s consequences, life is not so good as it used to be.
Granted there was always sin, but it was never applauded as
good and because it has become accepted as common place,
suffering has increased for all of us. There is no family that
is not touched by the suffering that comes from disobeying
God’s laws.

According to the American Psychological Association,
counselors on U.S. college campuses are seeing significant
increases of severe psychological problems especially in young
women. Like it or not, sex outside of marriage is very common
and creating much devastation in people‘s lives. When people
give themselves sexually to each other it creates a bonding
which is brought on by the hormone oxytocin. Oxytocin is the
attachment hormone which produces bonding and trust. God
intended man and woman to become an image of the absolute and
unfailing love with which God loves man. (CC 1648) Their union
is holy and sacred and how beautiful it is in the context of
marriage when two people put God first, but when casual sex is
common place it puts young women in line for heartache. How
many of us walking around today know this as a fact because we
have experienced it? I can personally say that in my teen
years, I remember being happy until I decided to throw away
God’s law on sexuality.

Dr. Miriam Grossman in her book “Unprotected”, reveals
that “radical politics” has replaced “common sense” in the
campus health counseling centers. The nation’s 17 million
college and university students are being fed a lie while their
risky behavior is condoned by the prevalent social agenda on
campus. Sin is now being applauded and young women are reaping
the consequences. Even men are suffering because evidence is
proving that men suffer from post abortion trauma even more so
than women do. Abortion being a consequence of sex outside of
marriage and the contraception mentality. Not only this, but
HPV (HPV goes right through condoms) which is a major cause of
a highly contagious cervical cancer is spreading from casual
sex. Considering this and the spread of HIV/AIDS and Chlamydia
which causes infertility. Women are waiting longer to get
married which along with exposing themselves to the above which
affects fertility there is a 75% decline in the ability to
conceive after 30. Miscarriage increases after 30, stillbirth
doubles and the risk of genetic abnormality is six times
greater. College campuses focus on career which pushes
young women into valuing this over finding a husband and having
children. Therefore many times it is too late when women
finally decide to start a family and they find themselves

God is not welcome in college health clinics according to Dr.
Grossman. Psychologists are more likely to be agnostic or
atheist than the general public. Religion has been replaced by
values of inclusion, respect and equality, especially in
respect to gender, race, sexual orientation, disability and
other identities. There is evidence that religion protects
against drug and alcohol use, early sexual activity and
suicide, yet this is being ignored. Through television we are
constantly bombarded with sex outside of marriage as an
acceptable lifestyle. God has warned us repeatedly through
Scripture and His Church that there are consequences to
ignoring His laws. He loves us and wants only what is good for
us and keeping His commandments is they only key to joy in
this life.

Sex and Consequences by Janice Shaw Crouse, January 10, 2007

Catechism of the Catholic Church l994 United States Catholic
Conference, Inc.

Deena Burnett started chronicling information about her late
husband Tom Burnett Jr. for her children, but eventually it
turned into a book called “Fighting Back.” She said that
following September 11, 2001, the media gave credit to someone
else for bringing down the plane Flight 93 before it reached
it’s intended target. After watching the DVD, “A Portrait of
Courage,” all of the people involved had some special talent
that contributed to the success of what they all tried to do
that fateful day. It was as if God had chosen who would be on
that plane to do His will. We may never know how much more
damage the terrorists would of perpetrated if the intended
target, which was believed to be the white house, had been
struck by the plane.

People who know me well will say that the reason why I chose to
focus on Tom Burnett is because he was a faithful Catholic.
They know how passionate I am about the Catholic Faith. Well
that is partially correct. I’m sure there were other good
Catholics on the plane, but I personally have found out more
about Tom than any other person, and it has always intrigued me
when people go against the flow to help others when most people
choose not to act. My next choice would be Todd Beamer. He
was the Evangelical Christian who recited the Lords Prayer on
the phone with a GTE Verizon Operator while on the plane. He
is noted for his famous words “lets roll,” that the operator
heard him use at the start of the revolt against the
terrorists. Their telephone conversation was the only one that
was recorded.

Another reason why Tom got my notice was that his wife Deena
said that about a year before 9/11 Tom told her that the reason
why he hadn’t been coming home for lunch lately was because he
started going to daily Mass. He felt that God was trying to
tell him something and that maybe he could figure out what he
was trying to tell him if he spent more time in church and in
prayer.. Spending more time with God and receiving Jesus in the
Blessed Sacrament causes a person to acquire more Christ like
attributes. You strengthen the bond with God so that you can
hear His voice more clearly. A person starts asking himself
what would Jesus do in this situation. Tom did give his life
for others and I believe that the grace from frequent communion
gave him the strength to do what he did.

Tom had a Genius level IQ. He had a talent for quickly forming
strategy and putting them into effect. God used this gift he
bestowed upon Tom to thwart the terrorists plans. Deena said
that Tom was immensely interested in American History and the
different generals that fought and the different strategy they
took during the Civil War. General Nathan Bedford Forrest was
one whom he particularly admired. During the war the General
found himself surrounded but did not surrender. Instead the
General and his men swung around and defeated the enemy.

Deena remembers her husband telling her about a charge at
Gettysburg where the soldiers wrote notes to their families and
pinned them on trees. Then they proceeded to follow orders and
marched toward the enemy knowing they would be killed. He told
her that he wondered if he would ever have the courage to do
the same. Deena often contemplated whether Tom realized before
he died that he did have the same courage those soldiers
possessed. I believe that Tom’s admiration of those who were
selfless showed that he possessed the ability to show the same
selflessness. It is seen in the lives of the saints. Their
love for others overcomes their love of self and they are able
to do great things to help those in need.

Tom Burnett called his wife four times between 9:27am and 9:54
am. At the last phone call he told his wife that they were
going to take the plane back. She told him not to and to just
sit quietly and not draw attention to himself. He screamed
back “NO DEENA! NO! If they are going to crash this flight we
are going to do something.” She asked him what else can she
do and he responded, “Pray Deena, just pray.” She responded a
tearful “I am.”

When Deena was able to listen to the cockpit recorder on April
18, 2002 she heard one of the terrorists screaming for his life
and then silence. She then heard Tom’s voice where the
terrorists voice was and she could hear the actions that he
took. It reaffirmed what Tom had told her he was going to do.
It gave her a sense of peace that he acted courageously.

Tom Burnett and all those who showed integrity and courage on
Flight 93 took in consideration the safety of others. They have
given the American people a sense of hope and heroes to admire.
Maybe they should be canonized? 🙂 “All that it takes for evil
to triumph is for good people to do nothing. On 09/11/01 good
people decided to do something” (DVD Portrait of Courage).

Source, DVD “Portrait of Courage, The Untold Story of Flight 93”

National Catholic Register Volume 82 No. 36 Sept 10-16 2006,
Inperson, Interview with Deena Burnett, “Tom Burnett Is Still
Fighting Back, 5 Years later.”

Anyone wishing to over-come same-sex-attraction please call the
Director of Courage in our area, Father Tom Ward at 343-8494 or
email him at

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I have been up and down the Eastern seabord and this one recpe I like.




1-1/2C…………………………………….OLIVE OIL

1 cn………………………………………..ANCHOVIES

3…………………………………………….LGR. GARLIC CLOVES, SLICED

1 LB……………………………………….ANGEL HAIR PASTA

1C………………………………………….PECORINO/ROMANO CHEESE 

2……………………………………………EGGS, BEATEN




This letter from my heart is simply an attempt to ratchet-up by a huge amount, the level and intensity of Thanks-Giving to God and/or to the many of our fellow mankind who love to give, of themselves, their time, energy, talents, goods, encouragement, etc. and so on. Also to increase the amount of sacrificial giving, especially of those who have a lot. And also to see a large increase in the grateful attitude of those who are truly in need and do receive from us.

Even to be thankful to our government that has put in place all of the societal mechanisms to make it possible for people to give, with and even above their taxes, to those in need. Even thanks for the fact that there are taxes and donations making it available for all who are in the American Family to get help when needed. I sincerely apologize for those who not only are not very appreciative and in fact clearly demonstrate their insistent desire to take advantage and “abuse the system” for their own benefit, but also for those who feel we have no business giving near as much as we do to those to whom we do give, regardless of who is receiving. When they need it then it may not be found. Or for those who feel that they are somehow “entitled” to whatever they think they should have just because they are Americans, as well as human beings. It’s the attitude we all find offensive, not the giving. Just like so many people who are upset with what is happening in Iraq and want us to get out of there, for many of them it is a matter of why should we die for those who do not seem to appreciate what has been done for them, and who in fact want us to die.

Here is some more to think about, especially now that we’re at the time of year when Thanks-Giving is around the corner. To all those who identify themselves as Christians, there are almost one hundred passages in the Bible that not only tell us who represent God to give liberally to the poor, and defend them when they are taken advantage of, and many more applications, but it also is quite clear how God feels about and towards those who are blessed by him and who refuse to give sacrificially. Including to un-wed mothers, widows, orphans, the disabled, the elderly, etc. Reaping what is sown, good or bad, may take a while to come back around for some, but it will come back, it always does. And for those who have received a lot of assistance, whether money or goods, or services, etc. either once or especially many times over, a whole lot more obvious genuine appreciation would help those who give as well as those of you who receive. I’m not just referring only to Social Services and those sources similar to them, but also even those who get discounts on goods and services, or even health insurance for example.

I’m well aware that most health insurance is not affordable to most but if you were to take a look at what you would have been paying without it, as many have to do, or just to see what is charged and what the goods and services cost, you certainly will be wonderfully thankful and appreciative that you even have it, as expensive as it is. I am currently out of work due to an on the job injury and my wife is disabled. I sat down one day and figured out just how much I would have had to pay for prescriptions alone just over the past ten years and I was astounded at how much of a discount I have been given from my source of prescription benefit, compared to what it would have been otherwise. I know I would not have been able to afford ninety percent of those prescriptions. I haven’t yet looked at all of the other areas I could calculate but that one alone was enough to make me step back and make a special effort to be Thankful.

Finally, here’s an idea to help those who have received, in all the ways I’ve mentioned and more, be far more overtly in making a point to be appreciative, first to God who sits above all of these “needs and deeds” and keeps account, but also to those who give, especially sacrificially. Compile a list of what you would have had to pay for the things you were either given free or at a discount or, as in the case of health insurance, what you would pay without it. Remember, I’m trying to ratchet-up a few notches the desire to be more grateful than ever. My family and I from time to time have had to make use of the different sources of goods and services to help us along. Yes, I know that we pay too much for medical and health coverage, and the insurance industry does not need as high of a profit margin as they get. Yes I know that the pharmaceutical industry charges way more than they should as well. Yes I know that CEO’s generally rake the public in general in too many cases by the size of their salaries and bonuses, etc. Yes I know that white collar crime and corruption is rampant in our society and culture. Yes I know that the oil companies and a whole number of others are doing the same. Even our taxes are not being spent as prudently and as responsibly as they should be making us want to have practically no more taxes. But which one of these facts I’ve listed is a legitimate enough reason to not be thankful to God and to the others who are not participating in the gouging of humankind in the name of good-business-sense, or good marketing. I venture to say there is not one reason powerful enough to keep any of us from being way more thankful than we have ever been and do some things to make it better.

I heard I think it was Warren Buffet and Bill Gates on T.V. one day saying that they feel the rich should be taxed more than they are. Of course we would all want to wrangle over who is in that category but I also saw on T.V. one night how there are more and more people becoming millionaires in the west and all around the world. Of course not as fast as there are those becoming poor mind you but the tax base of the rich is increasing, and even though many of them are already into philanthropy, a great many aren’t. It was meant for those who have to sacrificially give to those who have not. So that we can be more divinely blessed and blessed in our souls. I also feel that there are way too many who want to make the needy jump through too many hoops, as they say, to see if they are worthy of a blessing. [ I’m not referring to social services such as food stamps, etc. ] If it looks as though the person may never get rich or financially stable then they shouldn’t get a gift. It’s our destiny to give. We just had a major flood hit our area and there are still many people who need, yes, a handout, as well as other types of provision and blessings.

To our present elected officials everywhere in our land, from now on. Make all forms of Health-Care truly affordable for all, not just for some. Be far and above way more fiscally responsible in managing, budgeting, and spending our tax dollars, Change the tax codes to tax the rich way more than they are and to put salary caps on high paid CEO’s and Politicians, professional athletes, and others. We do not just simply need a higher minimum wage but a bigger break on the various costs of living for those who are in the low income categories. We can do this, we will figure it out, we are Americans. We’ve never been short on ideas only recently on implementation and enforcement. As obese as so many Americans are, [including me a little bit], it’s amazing how little amount of gut’s we have to get done what needs to be done.

I also thank God I am a native of Broome County, America, and this area and live amongst many people here who anyone would be proud to call their neighbor.

[Rev.] W. Harrison Jr.

There are so many recipes that can be difficult. Todays is not one of them.  Enjoy!

2 hds……………………………………….escarole, cut-up

1 cn…………………………………………white beans

2 T………………………………………….chopped fresh garlic

4 T…………………………………………olive oil

Blanch escarole for 15 minutes and drain.  In a large skillet, place oil and garlic to heat.  Add escarole and saute until cookrd(about 10 minutes)’,  add beans ad finish sauteing.  Serve with crusty Italian bread and a meat of your choice.