Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fantastic Weather Forecast For Saturday's Day of Prayer and Healing

GREAT weather has been forecast for this Saturday, November 28th at Sylvan Springs. Temperatures are supposed to be in the 50's with NO CHANCE FOR PRECIPITATION and SUNNY SKIES all day. It is going to be absolutely beautiful!

The special guest speakers promise to be very entertaining and inspiring. You and your family and friends are all invited to come and experience this very special day absolutely free of charge (however, donations are always appreciated).

Bring your cameras for family photos and lots of empty jugs for water to take home with you. Plan to come early and stay as late as you wish!

Thanks to Ross and Patti Pope for all their help with bringing extra heaters to make the chapel nice and warm for this event.

Monday, November 23, 2009

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Ferdinand and Barabara Roccanti to Speak at day of Prayer and Healing on Saturday, Nov 28

Ferdinand Roccanti was born on February 13, 1939 in Worchester, MA. His parents were immigrants from Italy. He is the youngest of six children. He attended school until eighth grade and later joined the Marine Corps for three years. Since 1963 he has attended church daily and he and his wife are faithful parishioners of their local church in Indiana.

Ferdinand is a Catholic Evangelist and speaks in a beautiful way of story-telling and traditional piety. His testimony describes his true faith in God who carries him through trials and sufferings. In his love for our Blessed Mother, he describes her purity and beauty. He has an extraordinary grace to understand the wisdom that Jesus wishes us to understand.

Mr. Roccanti took a five minute nap on September 16th, 1994 and when he awoke, he had double vision and his eyelids would not open. He was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis a rare,disabling disease affecting the nerve endings of his body, coupled with double vision and no depth perception.

He heard Jesus prompting him to buy a canvas and in "blind" faith he began to paint. His hands are miraculously moved by the Holy Spirit to paint. As he paints, he prays and as he prays he draws closer to God. The result is a work of art.

Ferdinand and Barbara exemplify in modern times, the joy of having a personal and fulfilling relationship with our Lord - very real and very much alive! He walks with Jesus every minute and it shows. His stories of faith, trust and love of God make us realize how very accessible The Lord is to all of us.

We hope your visit will be rewarding and inspirational... May the Lord richly bless you today

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Photos From Previous Days of Prayer and Healing

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day of Prayer and Healing Announced for Saturday, November 28

A very special Day of Prayer and Healing has been announced for Saturday, November 28 from 10:30 AM until 3:00 PM. Doors will open at 10:00 AM.

This final event of the season will be dedicated to families and we encourage you to bring as many family members as you can at the start of this very special holiday season. Please forward this email on to all your friends and family so we can make this the best Day of Prayer and Healing of the year in honor of Our Lady of America and Her call to purity.

The chapel will be heated (courtesy of Ross and Patti Pope) but we still suggest you dress comfortably for the weather, in layers, and bring a blanket in case you chill easily. It promises to be a very special day for everyone. As always, the guest speakers will be very entertaining and informative. You won't want to miss it!

Please notify us by email at or by telephone at 260-854-3525 if you will be bringing someone with special needs who will need assitance upon arrival.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Just Another Day at Sylvan Springs With Our Lady of America

Friday, November 13, 2009

New Bishop Announced For Fort Wayne South Bend Diocese


Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades
Ninth Bishop of Harrisburg

Bishop Rhoades is the son of Charles and the late Mary Rhoades and the brother of Charles Rhoades and Robin McCracken. He was born November 26, 1957, in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, located in Schuylkill County in the Diocese of Allentown, and baptized at Saint Canicus Church there. He grew up in Lebanon, where he was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. He attended the former Saint Mary’s School in Lebanon and graduated from Lebanon Catholic High School in 1975.

He enrolled at Mount Saint Mary’s College (now University) in Emmitsburg, Maryland, in the fall of 1975, and studied there for two years. In 1977, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pennsylvania, and earned a bachelors degree in philosophy there in 1979. He did his theological studies at the North American College and the Pontifical Gregorian University, both in Rome, from 1979-1983. He also studied Spanish at the University of Salamanca in Spain during the summer of 1982.

Cardinal Terence Cooke ordained Bishop Rhoades a deacon at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City in 1982. He was ordained a priest of the Harrisburg Diocese on July 9, 1983, by then-Auxiliary Bishop William Keeler. The ceremony took place at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Lebanon, and was the first ordination to take place in the county.

His first assignment in the diocese was as parochial vicar at Saint Patrick Parish in York from 1983-1985. During this time, he also ministered in the Spanish-speaking apostolates at Cristo Salvador Parish in York and Cristo Rey Mission in Bendersville. In 1985, he returned to the Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned advanced degrees in dogmatic theology and canon law.

In 1988, he came back to the Harrisburg Diocese to serve as assistant chancellor under then-Bishop Keeler. During this time, he also ministered as the director of the Spanish apostolate in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties, and as administrator pro-tem of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Lebanon.

Bishop Rhoades was appointed pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Parish, Harrisburg, in 1990. He served there until 1995, when he accepted a full-time faculty position with Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary. While there, he taught courses in systematic theology, canon law, and Hispanic ministry.

In March 1997, he was named rector of Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, a role he fulfilled until his appointment by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg on October 14, 2004.

He was ordained a Bishop on December 9, 2004, by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia. On that date, he began his ministry as Bishop of Harrisburg, a diocese which encompasses 15 counties of south-central Pennsylvania and which includes over 250,000 Catholics.

Bishop Rhoades serves as President of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, as Co-chair of the Pennsylvania Conference on Interchurch Cooperation, Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Task Force on Health Care, and as Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Office for the Deaf. He is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee on the Catechism, the Board of Trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Board of Trustees of Mount Saint Mary’s University, the Board of Trustees of Saint Charles Seminary, the Board of Regents of Saint Vincent Seminary, the Episcopal Advisory Board of the Theology of the Body Institute, and the Episcopal Cabinet for Catholic Charities USA., and the Bishops' Advisory Council of The Institute for Priestly Formation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

1 Hour Interview From WROL 950 AM Boston To Air Friday, November, 13 at 12:00 EST

The 1 hour radio interview from Boston's WROL 950 AM (The Listening Booth) will be rebroadcast this Friday, November 13 at 12 Noon EST. This is a very informative 2 part interview with Larry Young and Irv Kloska. Don't miss it!

You can listen to it over the internet at

Randy Albright's Musical Serenade To Our Lady of America

It was a beautiful musical production of prayers and devotion to Our Lady. Check out Randy's music at these sites: Randy Albright’s Official Music Website Randy’s Myspace site Randy’s “A Musical Celebration Of Mary” Myspace site Listen to Randy’s “A Musical Celebration Of Mary”

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Some Photos From Holy Family Hill

These are just a sampling of the photos taken from atop Holy Family Hill during the November 7 Day of Prayer and Healing. It was a FANTASTIC day for all those who made the trip.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

No Friday Night Rosary This Week

Due to preparations for the Day of Prayer and Healing scheduled for this Saturday beginning at 11:30 AM, there will be no Friday Night Rosary held at Sylvan Springs this Friday at 6:30pm as normally scheduled..

The rosary will be held at 2PM Saturday before the Randy Albright Serenade to Our Lady of America. The weather is supposed to be nice, so we encourage those in attendance to take advantage and pray the rosary on Holy Family Hill with us.

With a forecast high of 62 degrees, please dress in layers for comfort. Parts of the building will be a little cool and other areas will be very warm.

Free Coffee and hot chocolate will be on hand.

Bring empty jugs that have been thoroughly cleaned if you plan to get water from the spring.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Day of Prayer and Healing Set For Saturday, November 7

The next Day of Prayer and Healing will be held on Saturday, November 7 beginning at 11:30 AM.

There will be speakers who will address a variety of special topics including the current status of the Our Lady of America devotion and the upcoming USCCB meetings in November.

A very special performance from Nashville singer/songwriter Randy Albright is scheduled for 3PM in the Our Lady Mother of Mercy Chapel. Randy has been featured on EWTN and he has felt a calling to come all this way for this special serenade of song to Our Lady of America.

You do not want to miss his musical version of The Divine Mercy Chaplet and numerous other songs of praise he has recorded. There will be CD's available for purchase on site.

You can learn more about Randy's music at Click on the links on his website to listen to portions of his recordings.

After the musical performance, Irv Kloska will be on hand to pray with those seeking the Holy Spirit's healing. The weather should be gorgeous and sunny. Bring your cameras. It should be a powerful day.

As always, there will be no admission fee. Donations are gladly accepted and are needed to help offset the costs of these events. Please help in any amount you can.

Bring the whole family for this inspirational day of learning, prayer, and healing.

If you have somebody in your party who has special needs, please email us ahead of time at so we can have somebody meet to assist you on arrival.

The Silent Scream of The Inauguration...Hmmmm

This photo was taken on inauguration day last January by one of the regular visitors to Sylvan Springs. Notice the figure in the upper right-hand corner which appears to be a baby corpse with his arms outstretched overhead. A familiar image in the anti-abortion campaign.

This photo was taken directly off of the television in an attempt to "capture" a moment in history with a Polaroid camera. Was this a foretelling of what is to come?

Now, if we turn the photo right-side-up, we begin to see the picture for what it really is.

Now, which is the reality and which is the image we are being asked to accept as reality?