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Anyone know what a banner bearing M.R.A. stands for? Linked in with neat York County history stuff – June 28, 2011

‘A revised English translation of the Mass will soon replace some of the prayers and music Catholics have heard in church for the last 40 years.’ That’s how a story in the York, Pa., Daily Record/Sunday News began, in telling how church leaders locally are preparing to implement a new Roman Missal. As usual, when changes take place in a church, they attract critics and fans. The summary point, according to the story: Translators wanted the Mass to sound more like the original Latin. Here, mass opens at St. Patrick’s Church in York. For details, see: In York County and beyond, Catholic Mass will soon sound different. (See unrelated video below of ‘Extreme Makeover unveiling.’) Also of interest: Conewago Chapel steeple worker wondered if he’d ever get up there: Now, ‘Here I am’ and People of varying religious groups founded York County and St. Mary’s Church product of 19th-century York County language wars.

Neat stuff from all over … .

Mount Wolf’s Jim Whorl wonders about the origin of a banner in a local restaurant:

Approximately two weeks ago I had dinner at The Great American Saloon in Red Lion with the wife and friends. Among there antiques located on the walls and shelves is a banner from Pleasureville, PA. On the banner is the following: M. R. A. organized 5/5/1873. I was just curious as to whether you have ever seen the banner at the restaurant. Also I am interested in knowing what the M. R. A. organization might have been. I am hoping that with all your vast historical knowledge of the local area you may have some idea of what this banner refers to.

If you have information, please comment below or contact Jim.

Meeting of the town: The York Daily Record/Sunday News and two other organizations will hold a town hall meeting on July 7.
Representatives from WGAL 8 and the York County Chamber of Commerce will join those from the Daily Record/Sunday News to garner sentiments about public issues.
The hour-long event is set for 7 p.m. in the White Rose Room, York Expo Center.
Mike Argento, Scott Fisher and Joan Concilio will represent Daily Record/Sunday News and WGAL’s Ron Martin will serve as host for the evening.
I’ll be there, too.
Book signing: Scott Mingus and I also will be in Gettysburg Saturday to sign our book “Civil War Voices from York County.”
We’ll be at the Colecraft Books table at Battlefields and Beyond from 4 to 6 p.m. Colecraft published “Voices.”
On the blog: George Armstrong Custer, killed 135 years ago, had Civil War ties to York County. Yorkblogger Scott Mingus writes about this at yorkblog.com/cannonball.
Forum of the day: People are really talking about the WPA in York County.

This video captures the climax of the ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ week: The unveiling of the house.

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*Video, photo courtesy of York Daily Record/Sunday News.