Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
United States of America

St. Joseph the Worker Church in Fallsington has been recommended for closure.
The Adoration Chapel, our Ephphata Center, whose title is understood to mean "be opened" in ancient Greek or Aramaic, is to be closed as well. This center was built by Father John Foster as a starting point for our parish's attempt at rejuvenation many years ago.

There is a plaque located just outside the center, dedicated to unborn children, which proclaims, forever, the chapel and its surrounding grounds would be used for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament against the evil of abortion, and to provide a safe place for children to play who have, by the grace of God through perpetual adoration of the faithful, have survived in this culture of death.

We would like to gather signatures for a letter of petition to Archbishop Chaput.
Through the intercession of St. John Paul the Great, we pray to Save the Field of Life and Adoration Chapel. God Bless you. May Our Lady, under her title "Virgin of Revelation," pray for us.

May 13, 2014
Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Philadelphia
Re: The sale of St. Joseph the Worker Church

Your Eminence,

The sale of the property that is St. Joseph the Worker Church, in Fallsington, is quickly approaching. We, the undersigned, beseech you to delay the archdiocese’s decision to sell this property. As we understand it, the Effatha (Ephphatha) Center, our little chapel for Eucharistic devotion is included in the impending sale. As you know, Ephphatha means to “be opened.” There is a small plaque, outside the chapel, dedicating our Ephphatha Center and the grounds adjacent to it to our children. Our prayers before the Blessed Sacrament are for the end of abortion. The “Field of Life” in back of and surrounding the chapel is for the children who have been saved from this evil practice, that they may run and play – free from man’s inhumanity.

As a consultant to the Committee for Pro-Life Activities for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, as our archbishop, our shepherd and spiritual father, please postpone the sale of this property.

We have hopes that the property might be bought by the Township of Falls, as part of the “Open Space” program, instead of being sold to a developer who would build a housing project. Should the township make an offer, it might be possible for the Ephphatha Center and the “Field of Life,” to remain intact. The parish school (closed and regionalized) could, possibly, be used for a new municipal building, with the parish hall saved as a recreation center.

Moreover, there are serious environmental and ecological concerns regarding water drainage, pollution, flooding, and the effects of runoff into the tributaries of the Delaware River and the subsequent impact upon the Delaware Bay Watershed should the sale of the property introduce another housing development into an already overdeveloped area.

As long as there are alternatives, we ask the archdiocese to delay the sale. We offer you our good wishes and our prayers. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Save the Chapel and the “Field of Life” Committee
Contacts: George J. Galloway (215-499-3653 or George.galloway@verizon.net)
Patricia Williams, PhD (267-716-0692 or pgwteacher@aol.com)

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