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More than 173 million Americans are expected to spend $11 billion on party essentials including 3D televisions, team decor, apparel, food and beverages. Of those  expecting to watch the game, almost 63 million are planning to attend a party – up from last year’s 61 million, according to a new survey by the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association.  About 5 million have or will buy a new television especially for the day. While commercials are king for the day, there are many companies using more cross-channel methods to draw viewers to their own websites such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. . .Meanwhile, American Express has shot out a promotional pitch to card-holders: “Immerse yourself in a truly European experience. . .Costa Concordia is sailing Feb. 25.” Yep. The ship that sunk and lost passengers. . .Then there’s Coronet Travel’s Joan Kiburz:“How about the way the Republicans are burying each other and giving President Obama enough material on them for his campaign?”


High-profile doyenne Joan Kiburz recalled her selection by then Archbishop John May to handle the official canonization of Saint Philippine Duchesne 22 years ago.  It resulted in her rounding up of 539 alums from Villa Duchesne, Maryville and other schools around the world founded by St. Duchesne. They were booked into eight hotels in Rome. (Kiburz and her family own Coronet Travel.)  She said, “I was asked to invite Potowatomi Indians to bring obligatory gifts. After much research, I learned that Marge Schott, some Kennedy’s and a dear Franciscan priest named Charles Chaput, who is part Potowatomi,, would be invited. I tracked down Father Chaput and he and four Potowatomis were part of our entourage.”  Archibishop Chaput has come a long way from archbishop of Denver to becoming Pope Benedict, XVI’s choice as leader of the embattled Philadelphia archdiocese, succeeding Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is retiring. Cardinal Rigali is also marking the 50th anniversary of his ordination.

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