"I still hold that it is the main earthly business of a human being to make his home...
as symbolic and significant to his own imagination as he can;
whether the home be in Notting Hill or Nicaragua, in Palestine or in Pittsburgh."-G.K.Chesterton, "The Artistic Side"

Sunday, June 24, 2018

July 20 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings WPA Chestertonians,

We will gather on July 20, 2018 for our next-to-last session on Chesterton's biography St. Thomas Aquinas. Please read chapters 6 and 7 in anticipation of our discussion. We will gather in the Village of Middle Lancaster at the Community Center. Bring something to share with the refreshments table, and come anytime after 7:00PM. We will begin our discussion at 7:30PM, and finish up around 9:30ish PM   

*Please note: For the remainder of this year, we will be meeting on the third Friday evening of each month. This is a shift from the second Friday sequence we have had in the past.  

We will finish our discussion of the St. Thomas Aquinas book at our August 17 meeting, therefore... (drum roll) ... starting in September, we will begin reading and discussing the book The Scrappy Evangelist by Fr. Paul Rowan. We will read this through the autumn months, hopefully finishing before Christmas.


The Scrappy Evangelist is available on the internet for $22.11 (Amazon Prime) and half that for a Kindle edition. As a local Chesterton society affiliated with the ACS, we qualify for a 30% discount on the $24.99 cover price of the book if we purchase 10 copies, or more. I would like to organize a group purchase of the book from the American Chesterton Society. I estimate that with the tax and shipping this would come to about $20 per book. I personally need 2 copies, so if 8 more folks would commit to giving me $20 dollars for the book at our July or August meetings, I can place the order in time for our September meeting. Please email me and/or bring your money to the meeting if you are interested in participating in the group buy.

Here is the description of the book from the ACS website:

How do we defend the faith in today’s world? Where are the connecting points with an audience that does not like or does not even care about religion? What will prevent us from being merely reactionary? Surprisingly, the best strategy may come from a writer who anticipated our present problem a hundred years ago: G.K. Chesterton.
In this scholarly, yet scrappy approach, English Priest and Former Boxer Paul Rowan masterfully makes the case of how Chesterton can be used to develop a new apologetics to engage the post-modern age.

“As an apologist Chesterton was nothing if not counter-cultural, yet what emerges wonderfully from these pages is his great human warmth and Catholic generosity of spirit. G.K. is not merely a captivating figure from the past, he is also – as again and again we are reminded in this thoughtful and compelling study – a necessary contemporary at a time of great confusion, a thinker, a celebrant of the faith, a radiant apostle still one step ahead of us.”
Father Paul Murray, OP
 Consultor to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Vatican

“Recent popes have summoned Christians to an evangelization “new in its ardor, new in its methods, and new in its expression” (Pope John Paul II). This is exactly where the inspiring figure and personality of G.K. Chesterton, together with his writings and bon mots, can assist Christians both in their own growth and in their witness to others.”
Philip EganBishop of Portsmouth, England

“Father Rowan…puts Peter in dialogue with Pan.”
– Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta

“Chesterton fights in the heavy-weight division, and rains devastating blows of logic and common sense. Father Rowan gives us a ringside seat.” – Dale AhlquistPresident of the American Chesterton Society 

 Any questions or comments, please feel free to email Vicki at wpachesterton@gmail.com


 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

June 15 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings, Friends of G.K. Chesterton,

Today marks the 144th birthday of "our man". Happy Birthday, Gilbert! Whether it be to wonder at a raindrop, reflect on the mystery of a cosmic paradox, raise a glass of conviviality with friends, or sit on the floor catching buns in your mouth with some children, take a moment to remember and celebrate GKC with an expression of Gratitude, or an act of Charity.

And while we're in the spirit of remembering and celebrating, we will gather in the Village of Middle Lancaster at the Community Center on June 15th, just one day after the 82nd anniversary of G.K Chesterton's birth to eternity... for the next installment of St. Thomas Aquinas. We will discuss chapters 5 and 6. 

Bring something to share with the refreshments table, and come anytime after 7:00PM. We will begin our discussion at 7:30PM, and finish up around 9:30ish PM. 

Any questions or comments, please feel free to email Vicki at wpachesterton@gmail.com

*Please note: For the remainder of this year, we will be meeting on the third Friday evening of each month. This is a shift from the second Friday sequence we have had in the past. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

May 18 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Spring Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians!

Our May meeting will be held on Friday May 18th, the third Friday of the month*, in the beautifully renovated Community Center in Lancaster Township, Butler County. 

We will be continuing our discussion of The Dumb Ox, Chesterton's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas, with a discussion of the last half of chapter 3 and all of chapter 4. Please consider joining us, even if you haven't made it for the beginning of the book. As you will see, in this book Chestertonian gems abound. If you can read the selections before the meeting, make some notes and come prepared to share your joys as well as your struggles
  
Bring something to share with the refreshments table, and come anytime after 7:00PM. We will begin our discussion at 7:30PM, and finish up around 9:30ish PM. 

Any questions or comments, please feel free to email Vicki at wpachesterton@gmail.com

*Please note: For the remainder of this year, we will be meeting on the third Friday evening of each month. This is a shift from the second Friday sequence we have had in the past. 


Sunday, March 4, 2018

March 9 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society-CANCELED

Greetings Fellow Chestertonians,

 The WPA Chesterton Society NOT will meet this Friday March 9. The combination of a weather forecast for a “wintery mix” of rain, snow and ice, and a number of regulars not able to attend, lead me to think that it’s best if we cancel this Friday’s meeting.
 

We will plan to meet Friday, April 13 for the next two chapters of G.K. Chesterton's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas, "The Dumb Ox"
We will discuss Chapter 2, "The Runaway Abbott", and then we will read together Chapter 3, "The Aristotelian Revolution".

It is possible that the renovation of the Middle Lancaster Community Center will be completed by our meeting date in April, but until I get the “all clear" from the township, we’ll plan to meet here at my house, just north of the Community Center, off of Rt. 19. (Email/text or call me if you need an address or further directions.)
If necessary, I will revise the location once I know that the Community Center is open. 

Bring something to share with the refreshments table.

Come after 7:00PM. We will begin our discussion at 7:30PM, and finish up around 9:30PM.  Any questions or comments, please feel free to email Vicki at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Monday, February 5, 2018

February 9 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings WPA Chestertonians,

We will meet this Friday, February 9, 2018 for the beginning of G.K. Chesterton's biography of St. Thomas Aquinas, "The Dumb Ox".
We will discuss the introductory remarks and then read together the first chapter, "On Two Friars".








Before coming to the meeting you might find the following two videos interesting to watch.
 Here is a short YouTube video overview about St. Thomas Aquinas, or as Chesterton called him "Thomas of the Creator".
Here is another short YouTube video about St. Thomas, this one by Bishop Robert Barron.

The Middle Lancaster Community Center is undergoing renovation and is not available for us to use, so we will meet around the dining room table at my house, just north of the Community Center, off of Rt. 19. (Email/text or call me if you need an address or further directions.) Please bring a contribution to the refreshment table, and come anytime after 7:00PM. We will begin our discussion at 7:30PM, and finish up around 9:30PM

**PLEASE NOTE: The weather forecast for Friday looks seasonably questionable. I will cancel by 5:00PM on Friday if the weather is such that travel would not be prudent. Please check your computer (at this site, or on Facebook) before you leave home for the meeting, to make sure the meeting has not been canceled. If you let me know ahead that you are planning to attend, I will send you an email if the meeting is canceled. **




Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January 19, 2018 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society




Greetings WPA Chestertonians,

We will be holding our January meeting NEXT WEEK on Friday ... January 19 for Chapters 8, 9, and 10 of G.K. Chesterton's biography of St. Francis of Assisi. These last three chapters represent about 40 pages in the Ignatius edition. I would like to ask that everyone TRY to read the chapters before the meeting, so that we can finish our discussion of the book, and have time to look at some introductory material on St. Thomas Aquinas, which will be our next book.


As usual our meeting will be held in the Village of Middle Lancaster, at the Lancaster Township Community Center located on Kings Alley and Community Center Drive, in Butler County PA. Kings Ally is a right turn off of Rt. 19N, approx. 4.5 miles north of Zelienople, just past the Zion Lutheran Church. (The Community Center is a former one room school house, adjacent to the ball fields at Bauder Park.)  
The doors will open at 7:00 pm for potluck refreshments, with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30 pm.
 

Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 15 Meeting

December 15, 2017 Gathering and Celebration

Greetings WPA Chestertonains,

We will meet this Friday, Decemgber 15. As has been our December tradition, the meeting will have an added celebratory theme as we are heading toward the celebration of Our Savior's Incarnation.

We will meet at our usual meeting location in the Community Center in Middle Lancaster. 

For those who RSVP, there will be a catered buffet dinner of Chinese food from Jimmy Wan, at 6:30 PM. The cost will be $25 per person (pay at the meeting), and I must have confirmation of your RSVP by the end of the day Tuesday, December 12, so as to give Jimmy the final number of diners.

After dining, we will transition into reading Chestertonian selections and poetry. Anyone wishing to attend the meeting, but not participate in the buffet, is welcome to come at 7:30.

I ask everyone, whether coming for dinner or just the meeting portion of the evening, to please bring a bottle of your favorite beverage to share, and a dessert or fruit/cheese platter.  Coffee, teas, and tableware will be provided.

Please email me if you are planning to come, or if you have any questions.