"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"

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.



Thursday, November 9, 2017

November 10 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society


Greetings WPA Chestertonians,

We will be holding our November meeting TOMORROW...November 10 for Chapters 6 and 7 of G.K. Chesterton's biography of St. Francis of Assisi. We will be reading and discussing these two chapters at the meeting.

At the meeting we will also decide what we will do for our December 15 meeting. (Please note that our Dec meeting will be on the third Friday of the month instead of on the 8th of Dec.)

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

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October 13th meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

Today in the liturgical calendar it is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. On Friday October 13, our local society will gather for another discussion of G.K. Chesterton's insights into this most  enigmatic yet beloved saint.

We will discuss Chapters 3, 4 and 5 of Chesterton's book St. Francis of Assisi. Please read as much as you can before next Friday.

Also at our October meeting, anyone who wishes to contribute a memorial donation in honor of Munah Pavlik can bring their contribution (checks can be made out to the American Chesterton Society) which we will bundle into a gift from our group to the ACS. I will be sending the donation before the end of October. If you wish to participate but can't make the meeting, send me an email for information about how to contribute.

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, August 27, 2017

September 15 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

Due to a minor but necessary schedule adjustment, our next meeting will be held on September 15, which is the third Friday of September instead of our usual second Friday.


The good thing about the schedule adjustment is that you will have an extra week in which to read chapters I-III of G.K.Chesterton's Saint Francis of Assisi.

We will be discussing this book at the meetings over the next three months. 
From the back of the Dover edition of the book,
...The patron saint of animals, birds, and the environment, Francis of Assisi led the rediscovery of nature in the Christian West. This magnificent spiritual biography by the phenomenally popular G. K. Chesterton — a convert to Catholicism — chronicles the beloved saint's calling, his extraordinary life, and his influence in the Church. Its charm and wit will appeal to even the most secular-minded readers. 
How fitting that Francesco Bernardone was born just after the Dark Ages when the world was awakening... With great affection, Chesterton explores the life and times of St. Francis — his joyous devotion, his sense of compassion and love for all creation, his visions and miracles, his stigmata, and his band of followers that became the Franciscan Order. Praising this great and original man who became one of the most popular figures in Christendom, the author calls him "a poet whose whole life was a poem." Here is a stimulating read for Chesterton fans, Christian readers, and anyone looking for a burst of pure inspiration.

This book is widely available on the internet inexpensively for sale, as well as for free. There is also an audio recording available with an "Audible" subscription. 
Please bring access to a copy to the meeting. (Remember that the meeting location DOES NOT have Wi-Fi).


At our September meeting, anyone who wishes to contribute a donation in honor of Munah Pavlik can bring their contribution (checks can be made out to the American Chesterton Society) which we will bundle into a gift from our group to the ACS. We will collect these donations at both the September and the October meetings. If you wish to participate but can't make the meetings, send me an email for information about how to contribute.

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 7:00pm for potluck refreshments, with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30pm.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com

Sunday, August 6, 2017

August 11 Meeting of the WPA Chesterton Society

Greetings Fellow WPA Chestertonians,

At our August meeting this coming Friday, we will wrap up our summer reading with selections from G.K. Chesterton's essay compilation A Miscellany of Men. We will read and discuss the essays "The Man Who Thinks Backwards", "The Voter and the Two Voices", and "The Devine Detective". Please bring copies or access to online sources of these essays to the meeting.  

At the meeting we will hear about the recent American Chesterton Society conference, and discuss the opportunity for a memorial donation to the ACS in honor of our friend Muna Pavlik, who recently passed away.

Next month at our September meeting we will begin our reading of Chesterton's great biography of St. Francis of Assisi.

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 7:00pm for potluck refreshments , with the discussion beginning at 7:30. The meeting will wrap up sometime around 9:30pm.
Any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at wpachesterton@gmail.com