Some Parishes Have Plans for ‘Cooks With Collars’ Donations

This year’s “Cooks with Collars” donations to St. Peter, Coplay will help fund reopening of the parish convent.

“We’ve been blessed to have an order of sisters come from Africa, Evangelizing Sisters of Mary, who are the sister order to the Apostles of Jesus here in the Diocese,” said Monsignor David James, pastor, in his “Cooks with Collars” video.

“And they’re going to be coming here to live at St. Peter’s Convent later in the spring or early in the summer. So, it’s a very happy event for our parish to have sisters here with us again.”

Several parishes besides St. Peter also mentioned their plans for donations in their videos this year.

Holy Family, Nazareth’s donations will be used to purchase an automatic door opener to the church. “It will be a great help to the disabled,” said Father Jonas Tandayu, M.S.C., pastor.

Holy Guardian Angels, Reading is looking to replace some sidewalks – outside the automatic doors at the chapel and in front of the church – a $17,000 project, according to Father Allen Hoffa, pastor.

Father Robert Finlan, pastor of St. Richard, Barnesville and St. John XXIII, Tamaqua, has two projects in his future.

“For St. Richard, we are working on refurbishing our bell tower that needs some work. It’s been about 13 years since they were installed, so it’s time to shine the bells and take care of some rust on the tower,” he said.

“At St. John XXIII, we have a parking lot that is in need of patching and sealing and relining…. For a while now we have no idea where to park – the lines are gone. But we figure in the spring we can get it sealed, get it patched, get that lining done.”

“All your support goes to Holy Infancy’s church renovation,” read a slide in the video for Holy Infancy, Bethlehem. There were also slides showing the work in progress.

“We’re going to begin an endowment for the parish,” said Father Robert George, pastor of St. Joseph, Summit Hill. “We’re going to begin to put money aside and build that up, and then eventually just use a percentage of the interest through the years to continue to allow the parish to be safe financially and continue to meet the needs of the people here in the Panther Valley.”

“This year we have the project of painting our church,” said Father Speratus Kamanzi, A.J., pastor of St. John the Baptist, Allentown. “It is going to cost around $17,000 to $20,000, and whatever you donate in support of this will go toward that project.”

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite priests in “Cooks with Collars” – the online cooking competition that raises funds for parishes in the Diocese of Allentown. Watch the videos of priests getting creative in the kitchen at, then vote by clicking the vote button to make a donation. All voting dollars go directly to parishes.

Voting deadline is Monday, Feb. 12, and champions will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (Fastnacht Day).

Photo: Father Robert Finlan talks about the parking lot project at St. John XXIII, Tamaqua.


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