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Charismatic Mass scheduled in Palmerton

Published August 04. 2011 05:01PM

They'll raise their hands in prayer as the presence of the Holy Spirit is felt.

Plenty of spontaneous praise and worship will be expressed when a Charismatic Mass is held at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Sacred Heart Parish in Palmerton.

Rev. James Sandy, founding director of St. Mary's Orphanage in Sierra Leone, and adviser to One Love Foundation school projects in Sierra Leone, West Africa, said the mass isn't all that different from that of any other masses held at the church.

"It's more vibrant, more emotional," Father Sandy said. "People really feel the spirit moving within them."

On a visit to the Allentown Diocese, Father Sandy is offering summer relief to several parish priests in the local area.

Maria Stianchie, director of One Love Foundation, Summit Hill, said the mass will be opened up for a love offering, at which time donations will be accepted for the people of Sierra Leone.

"Any donations people want to make can be made to the Foundation to support the children, orphanage, schools, and clinics in Sierra Leone," Stianchie said. "Everything basically comes back to support the children."

Stianchie said any funds received will support the needs in Sierra Leone; specifically the cost of sending a 40-foot container in September full of items for the school projects, clinics, and communities in Goderich, Mano Dasse and Gerihun, Sierra Leone.

"This is really a small organization, but this community has really, over the past several years, impacted this area in Sierra Leone that really was desperate, and have made a difference," she said. "The people in this area have been so giving, and have made a bigger impact than a lot of organizations that are on ground there."

The goal of the organization is to secure sponsorships for as many of the orphans as possible. The donations will help ensure the orphans access to an education and the basics of food, clothing and shelter. September marks the fifth container shipped to Sierra Leone by the One Love Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization based in Summit Hill that was established in 2007 to support the orphans and school projects in Father James Sandy's community.

Donations may be made by check to One Love Foundation, online via PayPal at, or mail to One Love Foundation 402 W. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, PA 18250.

All donations to the One Love Foundation are fully tax-deductible where no goods or services were received for that donation.

Donations will be accepted until August. For more information, contact Fr. Sandy at (610) 739-9387, or email

Currently, there are more than 600 orphans and street children in the villages and areas the One Love Foundation supports. As many as possible are placed in foster type care, but most live in the orphanages or on the streets. These children have lost their parents due to the ravages of civil war or disease.

Thus far, two preschools have been built in Sierra Leone, and the St. Vincent de Paul Society water pump well has been built in Goderich to provide many with a fresh water source. Lives are also being saved due to an oxygen concentrator donated by Health Solutions, Lehighton, and the Airsep Corp. to the Kono Clinic for Amputees.

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