George Voinovich: A faith-filled political career

Cleveland-pride has been at an all-time high lately. With our excelling athletic teams, quality music halls, and growing cultural scene– we Clevelanders have plenty to celebrate! However, we often forget the leaders that helped Cleveland rediscover itself and emerge as the thriving city that it is today. George Voinovich, who served as mayor, governor, and senator was one of the most impactful leaders in Cleveland history. Keep reading to learn more about Voinovich and how his time as mayor changed Cleveland history forever.

 

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Senator George Voinovich

 

Born on July 15, 1936 in Cleveland, Voinovich was the oldest of six children. His father, George Voinovich, and mother, Josephine Voinovich, raised their children in the Collinwood neighborhood. A devout Catholic family, Voinovich was a member of Holy Cross parish in Euclid, OH (now called Our Lady of the Lake) where he remained to be a lifelong member. Graduating from Collinwood High School in 1954, Voinovich continued his education by attending Ohio University where he earned his degree in Government. In 1961, Voinovich received his law degree from The Ohio State University. After receiving his law degree, it didn’t take Voinovich long to begin his 46-year tenure as a public servant.

Take a deep breath and get ready for this packed resume:
Starting in 1963, Voinovich served as Assistant Attorney General of Ohio; 1967 he served in the Ohio House of Representatives; 1976 he served as County Auditor of Cuyahoga County; 1978 he was elected as Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. All are quite notable achievements, but Voinovich was merely beginning his career. In 1979 Voinovich was elected as the 54th Mayor of Cleveland, a position that would launch Voinovich’s leadership to new heights.

Voinovich’s appointment as mayor occurred just as Cleveland had reached its lowest point in years (i.e. the burning Cuyahoga river). Cleveland was often compared to Detroit and mocked for being the only major city at the time to file for bankruptcy. Needless to say—Voinovich had his hands full! Now, while Voinovich was considered a very shy and reserved politician, he fought this negative view of Cleveland with vigor, going to great lengths and spending time strategizing how to reposition Cleveland as an evolving city. Voinovich worked closely with local business owners, Cleveland citizens, as well as the Governor of Ohio at the time, James Rhodes, to spark what would later be called the “Urban Renaissance.” Numerous buildings and new businesses sprouted up, city debt was reduced, and public satisfaction sky-rocketed. All of this resulted in numerous nominations and awards for Cleveland, ranging from small neighborhood acknowledgements to national awards such as the National Civic League’s All-American City Award (won by Cleveland three years in a row.) Voinovich was credited for much of this improvement, so it came as no surprise when he was nominated for Governor in 1990.

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Senator George Voinovich looks over items on display from the Voinovich collection along with family members after the dedication of the George V. Voinovich Seminar Room and senatorial papers collection on Saturday morning, October 1, 2011 on the fifth floor of Alden Library. (Photo by Patrick Traylor/Ohio University Libraries)

After winning his seat as governor of Ohio in 1990, Voinovich was able to take the momentum he gained in Cleveland and applied it to the state of Ohio as a whole. During his time as governor, unemployment fell to a 25-year low, and a 1.5 billion state-wide deficit was recovered. Voinovich served two terms as governor, resulting in Ohio (much like Cleveland previously) to be granted several awards and recognitions. Due to term limits, Voinovich ended his time as governor in 1998, when he turned his attention to running for an open U. S. Senate position.

Needless to say, Voinovich had the experience and approval ratings to make his election to a Senate seat rather smooth. His first term began in 1999 and when it became time for him to run for reelection in 2004, he defeated his opponent by a landslide, winning all 88 counties in Ohio and breaking the record for the highest amount of votes in U.S Senate race in Ohio at 3.5 million. During his time as a U.S. Senator, Voinovich served on countless committees, and helped passed legislation on various topics regarding national security, climate change, healthcare, and national budgeting.

 

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Voinovich introducing President George W. Bush during one of Bush’s presidential campaign rallies. 

 

FUN FACT: Voinovich is one of only two people to have served as the Mayor of Cleveland, Governor of Ohio, and a United States Senator. The other is Frank Lausche. Both men were devout Catholics and are buried in the Cleveland Catholic cemeteries. Read about Frank Lausche here.

Many applaud Voinovich for his selfless political nature, as he always put the needs of voters above his own political intentions. Instead of following a political party, Voinovich was considered rather moderate, and was documented working with both Democrats and Republicans in an effort to do what was best for the American people, progressing the country as a whole. After retiring from the Senate in 2010, Voinovich took time to spend with his family. On June 12th, 2016 Voinovich passed away in his sleep, and he was buried at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon, OH after family and friends celebrated Mass at his home parish, Our Lady of the Lake in Euclid. Several notable figures attended the funeral, including Senator Rob Portman, Mayor Frank Jackson, and U.S. Representative Tim Ryan.

Voinovich is a special example of someone who was able to not only balance his career and his faith, but was able to incorporate his faith into his career. His strong passion for making this country a better place was constantly guided by his moral principles founded upon his Catholic faith. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind!

 

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Visit Senator Voinovich’s Grave here

 

Meaningful Music: ALIVE AGAIN by Matt Maher

It’s no secret that music has the ability to change and affect our mood. Whether it’s listening to a happy song to raise your spirits or playing a sentimental song to remember someone, the power of music in undeniable. Even more so, the type of music we surround ourselves with can have a huge impact. As followers of Christ, living in the world we do, we have the amazing opportunity to surround ourselves with music praising and worshiping God. Not only that, but there are literally THOUSANDS of Christian artists and bands just waiting to be discovered. If only there was a way to learn more about Christian music…

Wait—there is!
The Catholic Cemeteries Association will feature Christian songs on our blog with our new segment: Meaningful Music. Keep reading for this week’s song!

Alive Again- Matt Maher

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Photo Credit

 

Matt Maher has been in the Christian music industry for nearly a decade. His uplifting and praise-filled songs reflect the joy of Christ’s love while still maintaining a healthy reverence, and his mixture of more classic and conservative songs with ones that reflect modern music trends make him popular across a wide variety of people. One of his most popular songs, Alive Again, is a true testimony to life-giving power Christ has—let’s take a closer look at some of the lyrics:

The song starts with Maher singing:

I woke up in darkness surrounded by silence
Oh where, where have I gone?
I woke to reality losing its grip on me
Oh where, where have I gone?

Maher reflects something all of us have felt at some point in our lives—lost, distant, alone. We are surrounded, in many ways, by a very secular culture. Because of this, it’s easy to lose ourselves to things other than Christ and Maher isn’t afraid to address this symbolic spiritual death. “Where have I gone?” is repeated, highlighting the desperation and confusion that we experience when our relationship with Christ is broken. However, Maher doesn’t hover on this too long before bringing up the healing power of Christ by saying;

‘Cause I can see the light before I see the sunrise

You called and You shouted
Broke through my deafness
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
I’m alive again

You shattered my darkness
Washed away my blindness
Now I’m breathing in and breathing out
I’m alive again

Maher is able to communicate so much in these 9 lines. First, Maher reminds us that before we can “see the sun rise” we must first “see the light.” In other words, when we find ourselves in darkness, we must turn to Christ first, who is the eternal light of the world, before we can hope to pull ourselves out of the darkness of sin. Christ alone can help us break free from whatever is taking us away from God. As the chorus continues, Maher outlines how Christ continues to fight against the walls we put up between ourselves and God. He depicts Christ as a warrior of sorts, constantly fighting to free us and make us all “alive again.”

If you have time, listen to the full song. It is packed with the uplifting knowledge that Christ will not abandon us, even in our darkest times, and reminds us that Christ is here to fight for us and give us the chance of eternal life.

 

To listen to the full song, click the link below!

 

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

5 ways to comfort someone who is grieving

Grieving is an extremely painful and difficult process. The death of a loved one can turn the world upside down, leaving people emotionally upset, confused, and exhausted. As Catholics, we are called to comfort the grieving, which is no simple task. Comforting people can be a challenging experience, and calls for much strength and divine grace. There are some guidelines that can help you through the consoling process. Keep reading to learn about 5 ways to comfort someone who is grieving.

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1. Be perceptive

We have all experienced grief in some form. It’s easy, when comforting someone who is grieving, to compare or draw on our own experiences in an effort to empathize. However, it’s important that you remember each person is different in the way they grieve, for how long, etc. People feel grief in different ways. Coping methods that worked for you may not work for others—do not get upset or impatient if someone doesn’t grieve the same way you do. Meet them where they are and try to understand them the best you can.

2. Be genuine (avoid vague assurances and common clichés)

It’s a natural tendency to try and comfort someone who’s grieving by saying “I’m sure they are in a better place now” or “everything happens for a reason.” While these statements may be true, they aren’t very helpful to someone who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Instead, speak the facts. Let them know that yes– grieving is a painful experience, but you will be with them every step of the way. Also, be as specific as possible when talking about someone who has passed away. Instead of saying “We will all miss Jane” or “Bob touched so many lives” talk about a specific memory you had with the person, or elaborate on how they impacted your life specifically.

3. Be present

After the loss of a loved one, life can become overwhelming. There are so many final arrangements to take care of, not to mention managing family, work, and other personal obligations. People who experience the loss of a loved one may need help and not even realize it, or might not know how to ask. Some common areas that people need additional help with include meal preparation, shopping for toiletries and other necessities, financial advice (perhaps a referral to a trusted financial advisor), yard work, transportation, etc. Instead of asking someone if they “need help”, offer to do one of these tasks specifically. It’s important to remember, however, the fine line between helping someone and being in the way. Some people may prefer to handle things on their own, or they might just want to keep their home private. In this case, dropping off a care package on their front door is a nice gesture, letting the person know you care without imposing on their grieving process. Also- never forget the power behind a quick phone call or handwritten note to let the person know they are in your thoughts and prayers.

 

4. Be a good listener

The truth is, most people are in the habit of ignoring or hiding sadness and other unhappy emotions. However, it’s important that people express their grief and sadness in order to move on in a healthy way. Therefore, do not try to “fix” someone, or distract them from their grief. Instead, listen. Listen to their favorite story about their loved one, even if they tell the same story over and over again. Encourage them to talk about their loved one, including saying the loved one’s name out loud. This can help keep the memory of the deceased alive, and lets the person grieving know that you are comfortable talking about the death. Acknowledging the deceased and the life they lived is much healthier than trying to distract the person and forcing them to move on too quickly.

 

5. Be smart

It’s important to be understanding and patient with someone who is grieving. They may do or say confusing or even hurtful things. It’s important to remember the different stages of grief, and that people handle those stages differently. However, if you notice that the individual is turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms, such as excessive medication, self-harm, uncontrolled rage or depression, or complete denial of the death— it’s time to reach out for professional help (listed below). In less severe cases, you can also reach out to close family or your local clergy for additional help. There is no shame or failure in turning for more help, it simply means you are wise enough to understand what you are able to handle and what should be brought to someone else’s attention.

 

Emergency numbers and organizations
United Way: dial 211
Catholic Charities: 216-334-2978
Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
Addiction Services: 877-896-5143

FOR ALL IMMEDIATE EMERGENCIES DIAL 911  

 

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

 

 

John R. Towle: A young hero

Our country is lucky enough to have thousands of people volunteer and risk their lives every day, putting the priority of the country above their own. As a country, we have witnessed two World Wars, and countless other battles and conflicts. With thousands of films, TV shows, and books about these wars, and the people that fought in them, sometimes we forget that each one of those people had a life before their military service. Even more so, we forget that so many young people have lost their lives serving their country.

John R. Towle was born in Cleveland on October 19th, 1924. Growing up on E.73rd street, Towle attended St. Agnes school in his younger years. In 1943 Towle decided to enlist in the United States Military as a member of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He served in a variety of countries during his service, including South Africa and Italy. However, Towle was in the Netherlands when he would perform the act that would later earn him a Medal of Honor.

 

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John R. Towle’s official military picture;  Photo Credit

 

 

 

It’s September 21st, 1944. Towle is now 19 years old and he and his division were serving in Oosterhout, Holland. US forces were in the process of claiming the strategic position at the Nijmegen bridgehead, which was currently occupied by German forces. With a strong enemy force, and limited defensive options, Towle decided to leave the safety of his foxhole and confront the enemy head on. Using his rocket launcher, Towle was able to hit two enemy tanks, and prevent them from advancing further. Towle then proceeded to enter a nearby house which 9 Germans had been using as a strategic point and continued to secure the building with no additional help.
Upon exiting the house, Towle retreated to another position to take another shot at the enemy tanks, where he was fatally struck by a mortar shell. Towle’s actions were nothing short of being absolutely heroic, and six months after his death he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. He was buried back in his hometown of Cleveland, in Calvary Cemetery.

 

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U.S. Navy ship named after John R. Towle

 

Towle’s story is not only one of pure dedication and self-sacrifice to one’s sacrifice to one’s country, and deserves proper remembrance and prayer.

 

 

Information gathered from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_R._Towle

For more information click here.

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

Fun times at the FEST 2017

The Catholic Cemeteries Association was very excited to return to the FEST this year! Having sponsored the event for over 15 years, the Catholic Cemeteries Association is known for our delicious snow cones, so much so that our tent was attracting visitors as early as 9:30am! One of our CCA  volunteers snapped a quick picture before the events began saying: “the calm before the storm.” Boy was he right!

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“The calm before the storm”

 

 

As the day progressed, the line for CCA snow cones grew longer and longer. Luckily for us, we had an amazing team comprised of our Catholic Cemeteries Association employees and their families. With everyone’s help, we were able to keep the line moving quickly while having a great time!

 

 

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Look at that line! 

 

 

 

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Our snow cone machine hard at work! 

 

After being open for nearly 5 hours, we were able to pass out over 3,000 snow cones, which served as a nice cool down for all of those people sitting out in the sun. It was an amazing way to spend a Sunday afternoon- complete with faith-filled music, a holy atmosphere, and great people. Thank you to everyone who stopped by, as your Catholic Cemeteries Association, we are very happy to be an active member of the Catholic faith community. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Do you have a favorite FEST memory? Let us know in the comments!

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

5 simple ways to grow closer to Christ

To say that we live in a busy world is an understatement. So many people find themselves caught in the constant sweep of responsibility and obligation, leaving little time for prayer, personal time, or even sleep! With all this hustle and bustle, it can be hard to find time to pray, or simply be present and allow Christ to enter into our lives. While it’s important to be responsible and take charge of your own life, it’s equally important to give Christ control of your life by growing closer to him and trusting him to direct you on the proper path. Here are 5 simple ways to grow closer to Christ that will help you live a more spiritual, peaceful, and blessed life.

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1. Wake up thankful

In today’s world, we are constantly surrounded by stressors. Be it work, school, health concerns, or personal problems—stress is not something one can ignore or simply wish away. It’s easy to focus on everything that’s going wrong in your life, and even easier to blame yourself, or others, or sometimes even God on why life may not be going your way. However, you must fight this impulse and instead of waking up and running through the list of tasks you have to get done that day, stop– take a breather– and say “thank you” to Christ for waking you up that day. Run through a list of things that you are grateful for each morning, and thank God for giving them to you. By starting your day thanking Christ, you carry Him with you throughout your day, knowing that He has already blessed you in countless ways.

2. Spend time in prayer EVERY DAY

This may seem self-explanatory– but sometimes with all the demands that come with life we forget to take a few moments and talk to God. Prayer doesn’t need to take hours, or be extremely complex. Prayer (in its most simple form) is thanking God for blessings, asking for forgiveness, and requesting prayers for yourself and others. In fact, Pope Francis has introduced the 5 finger method of prayer that helps structure prayer while also reminding you to pray each day. If you’re interested in reading more about the 5 finger approach to prayer– please check out our blog post Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer.

3. Read scripture

We’ve all read biographies of people we find interesting, or perhaps memoirs or autobiographies of famous people and their various adventures. Wouldn’t it be great if God had left us autobiography? NEWSFLASH– He did!! The Bible is God’s story; it shows us how He’s interacted with human kind since the beginning of time. By reading the Bible and diving into scripture, you can better understand Christ and follow the examples of the countless Biblical figures that came before us. If you don’t know where to begin, start by doing the daily Mass readings each morning. There are also several free apps available to Catholics such as Laudate and Catholic Bible that help you read the Bible and/or daily mass readings at your own pace.

4. Join a Bible study or other church group

Joining a local Bible study or prayer group can be very helpful in strengthening your relationship to Christ. Actively learning about and exploring your faith allows you to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. Plus, surrounding yourself with other faithful people can increase your dedication to prayer and Christ.

5. Talk to Him when you’re bored

This might be the simplest thing you do all day- but there is so much power behind it. Christ is constantly trying to communicate with us, and encourages us to invite Him into every aspect of our lives. So, when you have a few moments, if you’re bored at work or on your drive home, or if you’re having a particularly bad day, don’t be afraid to take a few moments and have a quick talk with God. Your hands don’t need be folded, and your eyes don’t need to be closed. All you need is a prayerful mindset and the knowledge that God is always there to encourage you and listen.

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

Gene Carroll: A local talent legend

Home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Playhouse Square, and Lebron James; Cleveland is no stranger to talent. Many notable entertainers, athletes, and professionals have found success in Cleveland, and Gene Carroll is no exception. Best known for his television program, “The Gene Carroll Show,” this talented performer was a household name throughout the 1950-70’s but very few people know his full story. Keep reading to learn more!

Carroll was born on April 13, 1897 in Chicago, IL. It seemed like Carroll was drawn to the stage and public eye at a young age, as he first started acting when he was a mere 5 years old in a production of “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.” This seemed to spark a deep desire to perform, and resulted in Carroll dropping out of high school to pursue a career in variety shows. After a few brief stints, Carroll ended up working at a radio station, where he met the man who would become his business partner– Glenn Rowell. Carroll and Rowell, along with Ford Rush, built a very successful radio show. However, Rush left the show in 1929, which was when Carroll and Rowell (then dubbed Gene and Glenn) relocated to Cleveland after receiving an offer to triple their salary.

 

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Carroll next to his creative partner, Glenn Rowell

 

Working at WTAM in Cleveland, Gene and Glenn garnered a huge audience, and were often featured on the NBC Radio Network. It’s reported that the two received upwards of 40,000 pieces of fan mail a day, and broke several box office records at the Palace Theater in Cleveland. The two had their fair share of success at a few other national radio stations before Rowell decided to leave in 1943 in order to assist in the efforts of World War II.

It was after Rowell decided to leave the act that Carroll accepted the role of “Lena, the maid” on the “Fibber McGee and Molly” program on NBC. After playing this role for a few years, Carroll decided to move back to Cleveland and start a talent school. This talent school was the building block for the show that would eventually give Gene Carroll his major source of fame: The Gene Carroll Show. Carroll’s talent school became very popular, and Carroll eventually began to showcase some of his students on his show “Giant Tiger Amateur Hour”– later renamed “The Gene Carroll Show.” Airing on Sunday afternoons, the show became an instant hit, featuring several national and local stars.

Carroll passed away in March, 1972. Be is buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, OH. Carroll is a testimony to the talent Cleveland has nurtured and produced throughout the years, and his dedication to the influence of music and the arts on young people is truly admirable.

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

 

 

Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer

Don’t be embarrassed– it happens to the best of us. You can try as hard as you can, carve out time every day, and still find yourself forgetting to pray. Or sometimes, you remember to pray but you’re just not sure what to pray for or how to start. Well, luckily for all of us, our Holy Father Pope Francis has a quick trick for anyone needing some extra prayer inspiration or remembrance. Not only does this prayer method outline the basic elements of proper prayer, but it involves something you see everyday– your hand! Keep reading to learn about Pope Francis’ Five Finger Prayer.

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1. The Thumb

The thumb is the finger closest to you, so pray for your family and friends first. These are the people you see every day and interact with the most– they deserve your prayers and intentions. Try thinking of a friend who is struggling, or a family member who needs special intentions and offer up a prayer for them.

2. The Index Finger

This is the finger used to teach, discipline, and communicate. When you pray, take time to offer intentions for those who teach and inspire you– those who help you grow and learn as a person. Think of someone who has made a positive impact on your life, such as a teacher or supervisor and pray that they receive the knowledge and strength to continue teaching you and others.

3. The Third Finger

This is the tallest finger– remember to pray for the giants in society, such as those who lead our country, our Church, and our world. They need constant guidance and wisdom from the Lord to make right and just decisions. Pray for those that have authority over you. Remember that power implies responsibility and obligation which isn’t a simple feat. Think of a local politician, church leader, or authority figure and pray that they receive the knowledge, patience, and proper judgement that comes with their position.

4. The Ring Finger

This is the weakest finger, and it reminds us to pray for the weakest members of society. Be it those who are homeless, refugees, the dying, or the sick, remember to offer intentions for the marginalized groups in society. These are people often overlooked, so they are in desperate need of our prayers. Think of those people who don’t have the same blessings you do, and offer a prayer that they might receive blessings and grace from God.

And finally… 

5. The Pinky

As the smallest finger, let your pinky remind you to pray for yourself. After praying for the previous four groups, you can then pray for yourself with proper perspective. However, while your intentions may be different from other groups of people, don’t forget that every intention is worth bringing to God. No problem is too big or too small.  He wants to hear it all.

 

 

 

Information gathered from: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=3396

Post written by Katie Karpinski

Bill Wambsganss: A baseball champ

1920 was a momentous year for Cleveland baseball. While many people may recognize 1920 as the year Ray Chapman was tragically killed by a wild pitch, the year is also host of a more uplifting piece of history. It was during the 1920 World Series that Bill Wambsganss made the only unassisted triple play in World Series history.

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Wambsganss after game 5 of the 1920 World Series

Born on March 19th, 1894, Wambsganss had a strong connection to his faith and the sport of baseball. In fact, before Wambsganss was a second baseman for the Cleveland Indians, he studied briefly at a seminary in Indiana, and considered entering the clergy. However, Wambsganss’ father encouraged him to pursue his true passion, baseball, while still keeping his faith strong and an important part of his life. Wambsganss started off playing on several small minor league teams, practicing his skills and improving enough to be eventually placed with the Cleveland Indians. Playing along with Ray Chapman, Wambsganss became a valued player to Cleveland Indians, steadily improving and honing his skill. He and Chapman became a notable and rather famous duo.

However, the height of Wambsganss’ skill and fame came to fruition on October 5th, 1920. The Cleveland Indians were playing the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 5th game of the World Series. It was during this game that Wambsganss made his historical play.

In one swift play Wambsganss made a triple play, outing three players without the help of any teammates. He caught a line drive (outing the batter), tagged second base (outing the second base runner), and tagged the runner coming from first base. Got it? In a matter of seconds Wambsganss made MLB history. Perhaps the team was inspired by his momentum and sportsmanship, because the Indians would go on to win the World Series that year, gathering other historical records such as Elmer Smith’s grand slam (which was the first in World Series history)

 

 

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Wambsganss standing next to the three players he outed during his historic triple play.

 

 

Wambsganss continued to play baseball for a few more years before retiring to become a team manager for the Kansas City Club, All-American Girls Professional Baseball Leauge, and the Muskegon Lassies. While Wambsganss certainly had a fulfilling and enriched career, he was always remembered for his historic triple play. On December 10th, 1985 Wambsganss died due to heart failure, and he was buried at Calvary Cemetery in Cleveland, OH. Shortly after his death, in 1988, Wambsganss was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.

Wambsganss’ passion and prowess for baseball is a true testimony to the gifts God give each of us. Never hesitate to pursue your passion!

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Visit Wambsganss’ Grave

 

 

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

3 things you should know about Catholic cemeteries

When it comes to making a burial decision, the amount of options can be overwhelming. Not only are you expected to decide how you’d like to be buried, what type of service you prefer, and other personal arrangement preferences; but you also must decide where you want to buried. These are all topics you should discuss while preplanning your funeral and burial arrangements. (For more information about preplanning, please visit our previous blog post Preplanning: What is it?).  As a Catholic, it’s very important that you consider burial in a Catholic cemetery. There are differences between Catholic and non-Catholic cemeteries that you need to know before making your decision. Below are 3 things you should know about Catholic cemeteries that can help you make an educated decision on your final resting place.

 

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1.Catholic cemeteries are BLESSED 

Unlike secular cemeteries, Catholic cemeteries are considered to be an extension of the Church itself and are therefore considered consecrated grounds. By being buried in a Catholic cemetery, you are assuring that your body or cremated remains will eternally rest on blessed land.

 

2. Catholic cemeteries are MERCIFUL  

As one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy, Catholic cemeteries offer prayers for the deceased members of the Catholic community. Catholic cemeteries also celebrate Mass on the grounds as a form of prayer and worship to offer intentions for the dearly departed.

 

3. Catholic cemeteries are FORGIVING  

It is the belief of the Catholic church that reconciliation and forgiveness can be achieved after death, providing all members of the Catholic family the opportunity to be buried on sacred ground.

To learn more about your local Catholic cemeteries and how you can start planning, please visit clecem.org or call 855-852-PLAN(7526).

 

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski