T he Official Publication for the Catholic Diocese of K alamazoo www.diokzoo.org
JULY / AUGUST 2016
Volume 19 Issue 6
The Good News Pastors begin new assignments across the Diocese By Vicki Cessna For Rev. Richard Altine the relocation to his new home at the Sacred Heart rectory in Silver Creek marks his eighth move during the more than 20 years he’s been a priest for the Diocese. He’s undaunted by the process as he makes it a community event. Parishioners at his former parish in Buchanan (St. Anthony’s) were set to pack him up while parishioners at his new Parish we’re on-hand to unload. July 1st marked the official beginning of new assignments for forty-one priests in the Diocese and a new structure of Parish Collaboratives for everyone. Bishop Bradley created 28 Parish Collaboratives, which were announced this past January, and priests were given their assignments on May 19th. Instrumental in the transition are a host of parish employees, lay leaders and volunteers. Parish Transition teams, which were formed in the spring, have been meeting to work through some logistics from cross-promotion of Parish events to brainstorming about combined religious education programs. At Fr. Altine’s Parish Collaborative consisting of Holy Maternity of Mary Parish, Dowagiac, Holy Family Parish, Decatur and Sacred Heart Parish, Silver Creek, the mood was congenial and friendly as he lead his first Parish Transition team meeting with the new Collaborative. The three Parishes have already begun plans for a combined parish picnic and will co-host an event with musician and cate-
chist Julie Carrick in August [see page 11 for more details.] Meanwhile in Edwardsburg, Rev. Joe McCormick, Pastor, Our Lady of the Lake, notes that his collaborative has had a bit of a head start on the process. The Edwardsburg Parish has been working with nearby St. Ann Parish, Cassopolis, since the retirement of Pastor Emeritus Don Potts last September. Fr. McCormick, who was also appointed Pastor of St. Ann Parish, is looking forward to engaging with the Cassopolis Parish more often planning on celebrating Mass there twice a month. For some priests the new assignments also bring a change in living environments. Rev. John Fleckenstein, newly appointed Pastor of the St. Ann Parish, Gull Lake (Augusta), St. Ambrose Parish, Delton and Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Lacey, will be moving from living in a city atmosphere in downtown Battle Creek to more of a rural setting. “It’s always exciting to start again with a new Parish, but it’s hard to leave,” noted Fr. Fleckenstein in an interview with the Battle Creek Enquirer. “I’m going to go from a downtown setting to a more rural setting. It's been a great experience, but in the long run, if you add up all of those things, I have been here 12 years, which is sort of a mixed blessing. “You’ve been here a long time and perhaps it is time to move to something ‘different. On the other hand, you know, it’s hard to leave what you’re used to and have gotten used to over time.
Rev. John Fleckenstein, shown above center with his dog Rosie, greets parishioners at his farewell reception at St. Philip Parish, Battle Creek. Fr. John is one of more than 40 priests who will begin new assignments this month as part of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan.
INSIDE NEWS Bishop’s Perspective . . Page 3 Catholic Bible School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 5 Diocesan Deanery Structure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 6
Página en Español . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 10 Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 11 Parish Collaborative Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 12
Bishop Paul J. Bradley and Bishop Emeritus James A. Murray are shown above with newly ordained Deacons Maximilian Nightingale, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph and Jeff Hanley, SS. John and Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor. The two new deacons received the first sacrament of holy orders and are known as “transitional deacons” before, God willing, they are ordained to the Priesthood next year.
Catholic community unites after cyclist tragedy On June 7th nine bicyclists took to the the community. streets of Kalamazoo for a summer evening “Amidst this tragedy, “ he continued. bike ride. Only four would survive the “we ask for God’s grace to help us remain evening after a man drove his truck into the strong and to be united in our prayers and group of cyclists known support for all as we as “The Chain Gang.” grieve with one anAs news of the other.” Within days tragedy spread, family prayer services and members were sumvigils were held; a memoned to the scene and morial to the cyclists immediately called upon was erected at the their faith community tragic site. for support. “We must come toSr. Pam Owens, gether, unite and pray,” pastoral associate at said Rev. Kenneth Renata Sila, St. Thomas More Student Parish St. Thomas More Schmidt at a Commuparishioner, lights one of the candles symbolizing the nine cyclists involved in the Student Parish, stayed nity Prayer Service tragic accident in Kalamazoo. with Marian Nelson and held just days after Barbara Paulik throughout the evening as the tragedy and attended by more than they awaited word on their husbands and 500 people. long-time friends, Tony Nelson and Larry The tributes to the three members of the Paulik. Rev. James Adams and Deacon Mike Catholic community, Tony, Larry and Carl, came to support Tom Bradley, husband Debbie, immediately conveyed the positive of Debbie Bradley, parishioner of St. Ann impact that each one had on countless lives. Parish, Augusta. Tony was instrumental in leading the renovaAs the families dealt with the shocking tion of the St. Thomas More church building; news of the death of their loved ones, the Larry was widely known for his dedication to community rallied to offer its support for social justice issues; Debbie, a nurse and them and for all the victims of the horrific health advocate, was heralded as a devoted tragedy. wife, mother and friend. “Our beloved community of Kalamazoo Tony and Larry,” said Fr. Schmidt at the has once again suffered a devastating and joint funeral Mass held for the two friends. shocking loss, and more than ever we are “They were not merely hearers of the word, called to draw upon the strength and goodwill they were doers! This is no faint praise; it’s a profound compliment, as when we say that of everyone in this caring, vibrant commuhe’s a ‘man of his word.’ In every way, nity,” said Bishop Bradley in a statement isLarry & Tony were ‘men of their word,’ and sued following the tragedy, just four months their word was Jesus.” after a man shot and killed six members of
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From the Editor
Please note that Bishop Paul J. Bradley has made the following announcements:
By Victoria Cessna
DEANS/VICARS FORANE (V.F.)
Communication Director & Editor of The Good News
Bishop Bradley has announced a revised deanery structure effective July 1, 2016 (see page 6 for more details) for the Diocese of Kalamazoo, and appointed five deans. Priests appointed Deans received the title of “Very Reverend” and the initials V.F. will be added after their name, indicating Vicar Forane, the canonical title for Dean. (listed in alphabetical order):
At first it was just a low murmur – an indistinct sound of voices punctuating the summer air as I took an evening walk along the campus of Notre Dame last July. Then as I got closer to the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes the voices became more distinct and ever familiar as those praying the rosary. Such an inviting presence beckoning me in the midst of a relaxed summer night, a God wink for sure. I had the privilege of spending a week on campus last summer during a leadership conference and stumbling upon those in prayer at Grotto was a beautiful gift, a simple serene moment. And that’s just one of the many reasons I love summer — the relaxed schedule, the longer days, the brilliant Michigan sunsets and the gift of a season where we can’t help but revel in God’s artistry from the blinking fireflies to the musical crickets to the quiet flickering of candles in a Grotto. The seasons of Lent and Advent call us in a specific way to prayer but don’t easily dismiss this season of “Ordinary Time” — where the green vestment colors match the outdoors and the time is just as ripe to adopt a new prayer practice. Last summer Pope Francis spoke of the importance of finding time for prayer during one of his General Audiences. ”The spirit of prayer gives time back to God, “ he said, “it steps away from the obsession of a life that is always lacking time, it rediscovers the peace of necessary things, and discovers the joy of unexpected gifts.” He further explained, “Prayer flows from listening to Jesus, from reading the Gospel. Do not forget to read a passage of the Gospel every day. Prayer flows from closeness with the Word of God.” Each morning I have the Gospel readings emailed to me from USCCB [sign up at www.usccb.org]. Before my feet hit the floor, before I see the latest cute dog video trending on Facebook, I read the daily readings. I don’t have a perfect record but on those days where I do slow down and take the time I’m amazed at the wisdom I can derive from those few quiet moments in the morning immersed in the Word. This summer treat yourself to quiet reflection and experience the “joy of unexpected gifts.”
Pope Francis JULY / AUGUST Intentions JULY Universal: Indigenous Peoples That indigenous peoples, whose identity and very existence are threatened, will be shown due respect. Evangelization: Latin America and the Caribbean That the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm. AUGUST Universal: Sports That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world. Evangelization: Living the Gospel That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.
The Good News for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo I hereby designate The Good News as the official publication of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc. issued under the caption “Official” are to be regarded as official communications of the Bishop of Kalamazoo. Opinion columns, features and letters to the editor that appear in the publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The Good News or the Diocese of Kalamazoo. +Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo
Very Rev. Richard Altine, V.F. – Dean of the Southern Deanery, Pastor of Holy Maternity of Mary Parish, Dowagiac; Holy Family Parish, Decatur and Sacred Heart Parish, Silver Creek Collaborative. Very Rev. Fabio Garzon, V.F. – Dean of the Northern Deanery, Pastor of St. Peter Parish, Douglas and San Felipe de Jesus Parish, Fennville Collaborative. Very Rev. James Richardson, V.F. – Dean of the Central Deanery, Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo. Very Rev. Brian Stanley, V.F. – Dean of the Western Deanery, Pastor of SS. John and Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor Collaborative. Very Rev. Mark Vyverman, V.F. – Dean of the Eastern Deanery, Pastor of St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Coldwater and Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Union City.
PAROCHIAL VICAR Rev. Vanathaiyan Savarimuthu, MSFS, a member of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales who most recently served Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Kodungal, India in the Archdiocese of Pondy-Cuddalore has been appointed a Parochial Vicar for St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo, effective July 1, 2016.
SPIRITUAL MODERATOR/CHAPLAIN Rev. Jose Haro, Parochial Vicar for the St. Philip Parish, St. Joseph Parish and St. Jerome Parish, Battle Creek Collaborative, has also been appointed Spiritual Moderator/Chaplain for St. Joseph Elementary and St. Joseph Middle Schools, effective July 1, 2016.
COLLABORATIVE The St. Anthony Parish, Buchanan/St. Gabriel Parish, Berrien Springs/Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Bridgman Collaborative will be phased into effect over time.
PARISH COLLABORATIVES Rev. Arthur Howard is appointed Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bridgman, and Rev. Leo Cartegena is appointed Administrator of St. Anthony, Buchanan and St. Gabriel, Berrien Springs. Very Rev. Richard Altine is appointed Canonical Pastor of St. Anthony/St. Gabriel.
Bishop Bradley approves appointments to Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools The following appointment were announced last month for the Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools:
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Vicky Groat has been named as principal of St. Philip Catholic Central High School, following her interim appointment which began in December 2014 after the sudden death of high school principal, Mr. Tim May in November 2014. Groat continues to serve as Director of Athletics, a position she has held since 2008, as well as Varsity Volleyball Coach. From 2006-2008 she was director of Student Services for the school until her promotion as Assistant Principal from 2009-2012. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and an Associate of Arts Degree from Kellogg Community College. She is also pursuing a degree in educational leadership.
Marcy Arnson has announced her retirement as principal of St. Joseph Middle School effective July 1, 2016. Mrs. Arnson served as Middle School Principal from 2001 to 2011 and 2013 to 2016. “It is with pleasure and confidence that I approve the selection of Mrs. Vicky Groat and Mrs. Sarah Meyers as Principals of St. Philip High School and St. Joseph Middle and Grade Schools respectively,” said Bishop Paul J. Bradley. “The strong leadership they both have already demonstrated is so valuable to our Catholic Schools, and under their leadership, I am confident that the Catholic Schools in Battle Creek will continue to remain strong. I also take this occasion to thank Mrs. Marcy Arnson for her many years of dedicated service and for the lasting impact she has made on the St. Joseph Middle School, and wish her well in her retirement.”
The Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools consist of St. Joseph Preschool, St. Joseph Elementary School, St. Joseph Middle School and St. Philip Catholic Central High School. St. Philip School will mark its 100th Anniversary in 2017.
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La Perspectiva del Obispo
“Being Jesus Strong!”
“! Siendo fuertes para Jesús!”
The “dog days of summer” are upon us. I hope you are able to be enjoying spontaneous trips to the beautiful Michigan lakes or to the neighborhood backyard pools or other ways of celebrating these days of a more relaxed daily schedule. How appropriate that these summer months occur during the liturgical season of Ordinary Time which also calls us to a less festive but equally prayerful celebration of our faith.
Los días muy calurosos de verano están sobre nosotros. Espero que puedan estar disfrutando de viajes espontáneos a los hermosos lagos de Michigan o a las piscinas de los jardines del fondo de los barrios u otras maneras de celebrar estos días con horarios diarios más relajados. Qué apropiado que estos meses de verano ocurran durante el tiempo litúrgico del tiempo ordinario que también nos llama a una celebración menos festiva pero igualmente orante de nuestra fe.
Recently, however, our relaxing days of Ordinary Time have been violated by “extraordinary” events of sadness and tragedy. On June 7, a beautiful early summer evening, nine bicyclists were just beginning a relaxing summer ride on the outskirts of Kalamazoo to enjoy the windy hills and the lush country landscape. Suddenly and with no warning, they were struck from behind by a pickup truck, claiming the lives of five of them and seriously injuring the other four (who to this writing are all still recovering in various hospitals). Of the five who were killed, three of them were beloved members of our Catholic family of faith, two from St. Thomas More Parish and one from St. Ann Parish, Gull Lake. Just a few days later on June 12th, while our local community was still dealing with our own shock and grief, the nation was stunned with the news of one of the worst mass shootings and terrorist attacks since “9/11” as 49 people were mercilessly and violently murdered in an Orlando night club. Nothing “ordinary” about these tragic events and how ironic to encounter such “darkness” in the midst of these sunny days.
Recientemente, sin embargo, nuestros días relajantes del Tiempo Ordinario han sido violentados por eventos “extraordinarios” de tristeza y tragedia. El 7 de junio, una hermosa noche de principios de verano, nueve ciclistas estaban justo comenzando un paseo relajante de verano en las afueras de Kalamazoo para disfrutar las lomas, el viento y el exuberante paisaje campestre. De repente y sin previo aviso, fueron chocados por detrás por una camioneta, que se cobró la vida de cinco de ellos e hiriendo gravemente a los otros cuatro (que al momento de este escrito están todos aún recuperándose en diversos hospitales). De los cinco fallecidos, tres de ellos eran queridos miembros de nuestra familia de la fe católica, dos de la parroquia de Santo Tomás Moro y uno de la parroquia de Santa Ana, de Gull Lake. Pocos días después, el 12 de junio, mientras que nuestra comunidad local todavía estaba tratando de enfrentar nuestro propio estupor y tristeza, la nación fue sorprendida con la noticia de uno de los peores fusilamientos masivos y ataques terroristas desde “9/11”, ya que 49 personas fueron violentamente asesinadas sin piedad en un club nocturno de Orlando. Nada “común” sobre estos trágicos acontecimientos y que irónico encontrar esa clase de “oscuridad” en medio de estos días soleados.
Of course it was also less than four months ago, during the darker days of mid-winter on February 20 when we experienced another inexplicable act of violence and darkness when six innocent people were randomly murdered, and two others were seriously injured, their lives forever changed as they continue trying to recover. In the face of these kinds of senseless acts of violence and tragic deaths, we can’t help but ask “Why?” Even as we ask that very normal human question, we already know there is no good answer to it. How grateful those of us who are people of faith are in the face of these awful human events because even though there is still no good answer to the obvious question of “Why do these kinds of things happen in our world?” or “Why do innocent people have to suffer?” or “Why do bad things happen to good people?”, we can find comfort when we come together in faith and place all our unanswered questions into the Hands of our Loving God Who always points us to Jesus for the final Word. It was so inspiring to see the memorial services and peace gatherings and celebrations of life and the funeral services marked by hope that were celebrated both in the face of the Kalamazoo shootings in February, the bicyclists’ tragedy in June, as well as the Orlando shootings. During these days communities drew together in prayer; parishes and local congregations supported one another in faith; people rallied together to offer support and strength. “Kalamazoo Strong”! “Orlando Strong!” And we quickly begin to realize that people are strong in the face of tragedy, evil and darkness; they/we stand up against it. We hear it over and over again: we will not allow hate to overcome love; we will not allow anger and a sense of revenge to overcome the power of mercy and forgiveness. As we all know, we are in the midst of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which Pope Francis has called the entire Church and world to observe beginning last December until the end of this coming November. In the beautiful document he wrote to launch the Year of Mercy entitled “The Face of Mercy”, Pope Francis wrote: “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy.” (#10). He continued on in that same document giving this valuable insight: “Wherever the Church is present, mercy must be evident. In our parishes, communities, associations and movements, in a word, wherever there are Christians, everyone should find an oasis of mercy.” (#12) I imagine that all of us find those words of our Holy Father inspiring, and that none of us would disagree with them. However, when it comes to putting those words into practice in our daily lives — when it comes to being merciful to one who has truly hurt us — when it comes to forgiving someone who has taken from us what is most important to us — well, that oftentimes is much more difficult. On the other hand, when we witness “mercy in action”, there is nothing more inspiring! For that reason, I share with you here a recent example of heroic mercy and forgiveness right here in the midst of the recent Bicyclists’ tragedy. What follows is an excerpt from an “open letter” written by Mark Paulik, the son of Larry Paulik, one of the five bicyclists who were killed, written to the man who took his father’s life and posted to Facebook: “Words will never encompass the pain that has befallen me, my family, and friends over this accident. Our lives will be forever altered because of this tragic event. I will say that my message specifically to you is this: I forgive you. Please do not underestimate the meaning, value and weight those three words represent. It is my belief that forgiveness is not a one way act. So in my extending this forgiveness to you — you also must in turn accept this forgiveness. Also, please do not mistake that this decision is made with relative ease. It has not been easy Continued on page 4
Por supuesto también hacia menos de cuatro meses, durante los días más oscuros en medio del invierno el 20 de febrero cuando experimentamos otro acto de violencia y oscuridad inexplicable cuando seis personas inocentes fueron asesinados al azar, y otras dos resultaron gravemente heridas, sus vidas cambiadas para siempre mientras que siguen tratando de recuperarse. Frente a este tipo de actos de violencia sin sentido y muertes trágicas, no podemos dejar de preguntar “¿Por qué?” A pesar de que hacemos esa pregunta humanamente muy normal, sabemos que no hay una buena respuesta a la misma. Que agradecidos que estamos aquellos de nosotros que somos personas de fe frente a estos acontecimientos humanos terribles, porque a pesar de que todavía no hay una buena respuesta a la pregunta obvia de “¿Por qué este tipo de cosas suceden en nuestro mundo?” O “¿Por qué personas inocentes tienen que sufrir? “o” ¿por qué le pasan cosas malas a la gente buena? “, podemos encontrar consuelo cuando nos reunimos en la fe y colocamos todas nuestras preguntas sin respuesta en las manos de nuestro Dios de amor que siempre nos remite a Jesús para la última palabra. Fue tan inspirador ver los servicios conmemorativos, reuniones por la paz , las celebraciones por la vida y los servicios fúnebres marcados por la esperanza que se celebraban tanto frente a los disparos de Kalamazoo en febrero, la tragedia de los ciclistas en junio, así como el tiroteo en Orlando. Durante estos días las comunidades se unieron en oración; parroquias y congregaciones locales se apoyaron mutuamente en la fe; personas se reunieron para ofrecer apoyo y fortaleza. “! Kalamazoo fuerte”! “! Orlando fuerte!” Y rápidamente nos damos cuenta de que las personas son fuertes frente a la tragedia, el mal y la oscuridad; ellos / nosotros nos levantamos en contra de ella. Lo oímos una y otra vez: no vamos a permitir que el odio supere al amor; no vamos a permitir que la ira y un sentimiento de venganza supere el poder de la misericordia y el perdón. Como todos sabemos, estamos en medio del año jubilar de la Misericordia, que el Papa Francisco a llamado a toda la Iglesia y al mundo a observar a partir de diciembre del año pasado hasta el final del próximo mes de noviembre. En el hermoso documento que escribió para lanzar el Año de la Merced titulado “La cara de la Misericordia”, el Papa Francisco escribió: “La misericordia es la base misma de la vida de la Iglesia. Toda su acción pastoral debe ser atrapada en la ternura que hace presente a los creyentes; nada en su predicación y en su testimonio en el mundo puede faltar en misericordia. “(# 10). Continuó en ese mismo documento dando esta valiosa información: “Dondequiera que la Iglesia está presente, la misericordia debe ser evidente. En nuestras parroquias, comunidades, asociaciones y movimientos, en una palabra, allí donde hay cristianos, cada uno debería encontrar un oasis de misericordia. “(# 12) Me imagino que todos nosotros encontramos esas palabras de nuestro Santo Padre inspiradoras, y que ninguno de nosotros estaría en desacuerdo con ellas. Sin embargo, cuando se trata de poner esas palabras en práctica en nuestra vida diaria — cuando se trata de ser misericordiosos con quien verdaderamente nos ha herido — cuando se trata de perdonar a alguien que ha tomado de nosotros lo que es más importante para nosotros — pues bien, eso a menudo es mucho más difícil. Por otro lado, cuando somos testigos de “la misericordia en acción” ! no hay nada más inspirador! Por esa razón, quiero compartir con ustedes aquí un ejemplo reciente de la misericordia y el perdón heroico aquí en medio de la reciente tragedia de los ciclistas. Lo que sigue es un extracto de una “carta abierta”, escrita por Mark Paulik, el hijo de Larry Paulik, uno de los cinco ciclistas que fueron asesinados, escrita para el hombre que tomó la vida de su padre y publicada en Facebook:
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Nominations sought for Diocesan Commissions Bishop Bradley has created five commissions for consultation and guidance on pastoral ministry for the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Currently there are three active commissions: • The Diocesan Worship Commission • The Commission for Ministry to Persons with Disabilities • The Commission for Lay Ecclesial Ministry Formation In April 2016 Bishop Bradley authorized the creation of two additional commissions: The Commission on New Evangelization and The Commission for Justice and Mercy. Currently nominations are being accepted for all commissions. Volunteers meet regularly and work as consultative bodies on the specific areas of ministry. Members of all Diocesan Commissions should exhibit: • a life of love for Jesus Christ and faithfulness to the Church; • a lifestyle that embraces Church teachings and expectations • a life of prayer, with a willingness to pray for those involved with and affected by the commission; • a respect for the Bishop and the ability to assist and support his mission; • the ability to focus on the greater needs of the whole diocese; • the ability to work as a member of a team while adding to good group dynamics; • the ability to grow and be open to transformation; • good communication skills with the ability to listen and respect other perspectives; • a desire to continue to grow in knowledge, to learn alongside others and assist others in learning. If you are interested in any one of these Commissions or would like to nominate a member of the lay faithful, please visit the diocesan website. More information on each commission as well as a nomination form may be found at: www.diokzoo.org/diocesan-commissions. For questions contact: Deacon Kurt Lucas; [email protected]
Members of the Diocesan Worship Commission meet with David Reilly, Director of the Office of Christian Worship, at a meeting last year. The Commission meets five times a year to discuss issues of liturgy and worship.
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for me to do as the deep love I felt for my father has made me extremely upset and angry at his loss. I do however, know that from the time I was given with my father that he would not only want me to forgive you, but would also forgive you himself. This is just a tiny peak into the strength of man Larry Paulik was.” The strength and depths of faith of this young man is extraordinary and inspiring. It is clear that he learned “mercy” and “forgiveness” as more than a teaching of the faith in catechism class; rather he clearly learned it from his lived experience in his loving family, and learned it from his father’s and mother’s example. While being merciful and forgiving of one another is clearly the right thing for all of us to do, all of us know that they are among the most challenging acts for any of us to do in the face of being wronged, hurt, offended, and trespassed against. Even though we are taught from our earliest days in the Lord’s Prayer: “…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us….” that may be our number one failing. That’s why in the face of life’s unanswered questions, such as “Why?” in the face of senseless tragedies, we must come together in faith and we begin by looking at Jesus Crucified on the Cross for our Salvation. And when we look at that powerful image and realize that Jesus died for us sinners – the very ones responsible for His suffering and death – we see that Jesus is mercy. We are only able to be forgiving of others, or to express forgiveness in such a loving, inspiring way that Mark Paulik did, because we come to understand how much Jesus has loved us first – how merciful Jesus has been to us in spite of our own unworthiness – how Jesus has already forgiven all our sins; all we need to do is recognize them and express sorrow and the need for His mercy. If we hold onto grudges and harbor resentments and refuse to let go of past hurts and injuries, we are only hurting ourselves. In this Year of Mercy, and in the face of these senseless tragedies, it is far better for us to ask God for the strength to extend mercy and forgiveness – to be people of hope in the midst of sadness – to allow the Light of Christ to dispel any and all darkness of evil or violence. In the final analysis, dear family of faith, as long as we accept the invitation to live our faith boldly, to go to the margins and outside our comfort zones, we will be absolutely certain that these kinds of extraordinarily tragic events will not have the final word. The final Word is Jesus! Jesus has won the Victory; let us be “Jesus Strong” as we follow Him and share in His Victory.
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JULY / AUGUST 2016 “Las palabras nunca abarcarán el dolor que se me ha causado a mí, a mi familia y amigos a través de este accidente. Nuestras vidas serán para siempre alteradas a causa de este trágico suceso. Me gustaría decir que mi mensaje específicamente para usted es el siguiente: Te perdono. Por favor, no subestime el significado, el valor y el peso que esas dos palabras representan. Es mi creencia de que el perdón no es un acto de una sola vía. Así que en mi extender este perdón hacia usted – también usted deberá a su vez aceptar este perdón. Además, por favor no confunda que esta decisión se hace con relativa facilidad. No ha sido fácil para mí hacer esto ya que por el profundo amor que sentía por mi padre me ha hecho extremadamente molesto y enojado frente a su pérdida. Yo sin embargo, sé que por el tiempo que se me dio con mi padre que el no sólo querría que lo perdone, pero también le perdonaría el mismo. Esto es sólo un pequeño pico en la fortaleza que era el hombre Larry Paulik”. La fortaleza y profundidad de fe de este joven es extraordinaria e inspiradora. Está claro que aprendió “misericordia” y “perdón” como algo más que una enseñanza de fe en la clase de catecismo; lo aprendió claramente de su experiencia vivida en su amada familia, y lo aprendió del ejemplo, de su madre y su padre. Si bien ser misericordiosos y perdonarnos unos a los otros es claramente lo correcto que debemos hacer todos nosotros, todos sabemos que se encuentran entre los actos más difíciles de hacer para cualquiera de nosotros frente a ser agraviados, lastimados, ofendidos, y transgredidos. A pesar de que se nos ha enseñado desde nuestros primeros días en la oración del Señor: “... perdona nuestras ofensas, como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden....”, esa puede ser nuestra principal falla. Es por eso que frente a preguntas sin respuesta de la vida, tales como “¿Por qué?” frente a tragedias sin sentido, debemos unirnos en la fe y empezamos por mirar a Jesús crucificado en la cruz por nuestra salvación. Y cuando miramos a esa imagen poderosa y nos damos cuenta de que Jesús murió por nosotros, pecadores — precisamente los responsables de su sufrimiento y muerte — vemos que Jesús es misericordia. Sólo somos capaces de perdonar a los demás, o expresar el perdón de una manera tan amorosa e inspiradora como Mark Paulik lo hizo, porque llegamos a entender lo mucho que Jesús nos ha amado primero — cómo Jesús ha sido misericordioso con nosotros a pesar de nuestra propia indignidad — cómo Jesús ya ha perdonado todos nuestros pecados; todo lo que tenemos que hacer es reconocerlos y expresar el dolor y la necesidad de su misericordia. Si nos aferramos a rencores, albergamos resentimientos y nos negamos a dejar de lado los dolores y heridas del pasado, sólo estamos haciéndonos daño a nosotros mismos. En este Año de la Misericordia, y frente a estas tragedias sin sentido, es mucho mejor que pidamos a Dios la fortaleza para extender misericordia y perdón — a ser personas de esperanza en medio de la tristeza — permitir que la luz de Cristo disipe cualquier y toda oscuridad del mal o violencia. En el análisis final, querida familia de la fe, siempre y cuando aceptemos la invitación a vivir nuestra fe con valentía, para ir a los márgenes y fuera de nuestras zonas de comodidad, estaremos absolutamente seguros de que este tipo de eventos extraordinariamente trágicos no tendrán la última palabra. La última palabra es ¡Jesús! Jesús ha ganado la victoria; seamos “fuertes para Jesús”, mientras lo seguimos y compartimos en su victoria.
May the remainder of these summer days be ordinarily restful and relaxing, even as we find daily opportunities to offer forgiveness to those who offend us in our “daily trespasses”; may our hearts be an “oasis of mercy” for others.
Que el resto de estos días de verano sean normalmente tranquilos y relajantes, incluso cuando encontremos oportunidades diarias para ofrecer el perdón a los que nos ofenden “en nuestras transgresiones diarias”; que nuestros corazones sean un “oasis de misericordia” para otros.
God bless you!
¡Dios los bendiga!
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Catholic Bible School comes to the Diocese Beginning this September, clergy and lay faithful from around the Diocese will be able to study sacred scripture in a four-year course through the Catholic Bible School of Michigan (CBSM). CBSM offers the most comprehensive Catholic scripture non-degree study course in Michigan. Every book in the Bible is studied, including the historical context and significance and a look at scripture through today’s lens. According to founder, Dcn. Jack Gardner, CBSM has been in progress for several years. “CBSM began in the fall of 2009 but had been in the works for a few years before that,” he said. “When I was in diaconate formation and studying at the seminary, the idea was suggested to me by Dr. Peter Williamson. I felt something move in my spirit in a way that has only happened a few times in my life. I just knew it was something the Lord wanted to do.” Time and funding, however, proved to be challenging, and after much prayer, Dcn. Jack decided to shelve his school idea until the Lord provided. When a friend called him up, telling him a story of how he heard the Lord tell him to give Dcn. Jack $50,000, it was clear this was truly what God wanted him to do and CBSM was born. “Our goal is no less than to renew the church,” said Dcn. Jack. “When we bring faith to the scripture it is like a match that starts a holy blaze going. There is really no other way to truly know the faith the way God wants us to, other than through the study of scripture.” After establishing programs in the greater Detroit-area, CBSM decided it was time to expand. They
were met with a warm welcome when approaching the Diocese of Kalamazoo and Bishop Bradley. “From the very beginning of the Church’s existence sacred scripture has been revered, cherished and proclaimed as one of God’s foremost gifts to His people,” wrote Bishop Bradley in his letter welcoming CBSM to the diocese. “So integral to the life of the Church is sacred scripture that the fourth-century biblical scholar St. Jerome advised one of his pupils, ‘Read assiduously and learn as much as you can. Let sleep find you holding your Bible and when your head nods let it be resting on the sacred page. ’” (Letters, #22) Currently there are approximately 500 students enrolled in CBSM and three classes have graduated since its founding. Classes have already been established in the Diocese of Lansing and the Archdiocese of Detroit. All CBSM instructors have a Masters in Theology or the equivalent, have a deep faith life and are able to teach God’s word effectively. Tuition is $580 and includes the class workbook. The course can also be taken for college credit for current students at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. CBSM will host information nights at the St. Monica Community Building on July 14 and Aug. 11 at 7 p.m. Representatives will also be on-hand to answer questions after weekend Masses at St. Ambrose Parish, Delton, July 16, 17; St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo, July 30, 31 and St. Augustine Cathedral, Aug. 6, 7. Courses will be held at St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo and run Sept. 19, 2016 through May 7, 2017. Registration deadline is Sept. 4. For more information, visit cbsmich.org.
St. Mary’s Visitation Parish celebrates 150th Anniversary More than 150 years ago the United States was changing with the recent abolition of slavery and influx of immigration of European settlers. Among those settling in Michigan included German immigrant farmers who came to the New Salem area and established St. Mary’s Church in 1866. Thus begins the 150-year history of what is now St. Mary’s Visitation Parish. St. Mary’s Visitation Parish in Byron Center was once two parishes; St. Mary’s, New Salem and Visitation Parish, North Dorr. Since 1866, these two parishes were often intertwined and working together. In 1981 they became one parish. In 2003, the church was remodeled and updated to its current condition in Byron Center/New Salem. St. Mary’s Visitation motto — “By Faith They Built It, By Faith We Grow in God’s Love” has been the cornerstone of a number of planned celebrations coming this summer. This month, July 30-31, the parish will officially celebrate its 150th anniversary. Saturday, July 30, lawn games will begin at 2 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Murray. A cookout will start at 6 p.m. and a polka band will entertain from 7 to 10 p.m. Fireworks will end the night. Sunday, July 31, 9 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Walkowiak of the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the 11 a.m. Mass will be celebrated by our Bishop Bradley. A dinner with the bishops, former parish priest and nuns, local dignitaries and parishioners will be at 1 p.m.
ST. MARY’S VISITATION PARISH 2459 146th Ave • Byron Center, MI 49315 Phone: 616-681-9701 Email: www.smvchurch.org
ST. MARY’S VISITATION AT A GLANCE: Church: Built in 1936, Capacity 405 St. Mary’s Visitation School: PK-8, 74 Students
2015 STATISTICS Registered Families: 419
First Communions: 23
Registered Individuals: 1079
Full Communion: 5
October Count: 490
CCD Enrollment: 20
St. Mary’s Visitation students create Rosary Walk to honor patron As St. Mary’s Visitation Parish celebrates its 150th anniversary, they wanted to honor in a special way their patron, St. Mary. Through the guidance of a volunteer parent, the students are creating a rosary walk and garden. By hand, they are creating stepping stones representing rosary beads using mosaic tiles and stained glass in cement. Donations from the congregation helped fund this project. CCD and Vacation Bible School students will be building a bench to sit along the rosary walk.
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The Other Six Days
By Jane Knuth
“By thinking that everything is black and white, we sometimes close off the way of grace and of growth…Let us remember that ‘a small step, in the midst of great human limitations, can be more pleasing to God than a life which appears outwardly in order.’” Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), 2016 Marcia* and Ian* divorced after 30 years of marriage. They are part of “the laity” and they are not an unusual part. Divorce happens in our “Other Six Days” just like birth, death, failure, success, celebration, mourning, feast, famine, and happy marriages. Marcia helps me see God’s mercy in new ways. “No one would say we were too young when we married, but we were emotionally too young,” she reflects. “We missed finding out who we were as individuals. There were times when we struggled, sought out counseling, and yet continued to care deeply about each other. There were many good moments in the midst of the hard moments. We shared the same type of humor and he taught me to love nature. We hold each other’s history.” “When Ian moved out, I knew it was the right decision, but I wouldn’t have done it. Neither of us was happy in the marriage. I was relieved in a way that my parents had passed on already, because Ian was very important to them. They depended on him. Ian took wonderful care of me even after he left. Two weeks into the separation there was a big snow storm and he was over first thing in the morning plowing out the driveway. Actually, we both still take care of each other in some ways. Ian lives out of state now, but when his cousin in Michigan was sick I was the one who spent the time at the hospital and kept Ian informed. When my nephew who lives near Ian had a mental break, Ian found a psychologist and went with him to his appointments.” Marcia pauses to wipe away tears, so I ask her, “Where is God’s mercy in this?” “The mercy is that there was no anger—overwhelming sadness, yes, but we both wanted what was best for the other. Our divorce was the first time that I completely turned my life over to God. I said to Him, ‘This is Yours because I can’t handle it.’ The mercy was also in my friends at church—they helped immensely. It was important to me to have a faithbased counselor and she was wonderful. My priest gave me the book, Praying Our Goodbyes, by Joyce Rupp. It helped a lot.” “Do you have any advice for divorced people?” I ask Marcia. “Yes,” she says. “Remember the best qualities of the other person. And remember your own best qualities, too.” …remember, a small step, in the midst of great human limitations, can be more pleasing to God than a life that appears outwardly in order.” – Pope Francis *names have been changed EDITOR”S NOTE: The Catholic Church is concerned about those who have experienced the pain and tragedy of divorce. Visit www.diokzoo.org/the-tribunal for resources including the booklet, “A Time for Healing – Procedures for the Diocesan Tribunal.”
“Finding Dory” (Disney) This dandy animated sequel to 2003's “Finding Nemo” sets that film’s trio of main characters on another epic journey, this one undertaken to reunite the absentminded blue tang of the title (voice of Ellen DeGeneres) with her long-lost parents (voices of Animated character Dory, voiced by Ellen Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). DeGeneres, appears in the movie “Finding Dory.” The Catholic News Service classification is A-I – Her eventful quest, on which patronage. The Motion Picture Associashe’s accompanied by the father general tion of America rating is PG – parental guidance (voice of Albert Brooks) and son suggested. Some material may not be suitable (voice of Hayden Rolence) duo for children. (CNS photo/Disney) of clownfish she befriended in the first outing, takes her to a fictional California aquarium. There she gains the help of three more pals: a curmudgeonly octopus (voice of Ed O’Neill), a beluga whale with defective sonar skills (voice of Ty Burrell) and a nearsighted whale shark (voice of Kaitlin Olson). Working with co-director Angus MacLane, writer-director Andrew Stanton conveys life lessons about family loyalty, teamwork and the proper balance between courage and caution via a script full of gentle humor and appealing personalities. But his most impressive achievement is the use to which he puts the various disabilities on display, using them to send an implicit anti-bullying and pro-life message to youthful viewers.
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Deaneries for the Diocese of Kalamazoo as of July 1, 2016 Central Deanery Dean: Very Rev. James Richardson, V.F. Kalamazoo County
Very Reverend James Richardson
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St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, Kalamazoo St. Thomas More Student Parish, Kalamazoo St. Monica Parish, Kalamazoo St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo and + St. Ambrose Parish, Parchment St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage St. Ann Parish, Augusta; + St. Ambrose Parish, Delton* and + Our Lady of Great Oak Parish, Lacey* [*Barry County]
Eastern Deanery Dean: Very Rev. Mark Vyverman, V.F. Branch and Calhoun Counties
Very Reverend Mark Vyverman
+ St. Joseph Parish, + St. Jerome Parish and + St. Philip Parish, Battle Creek + St. Mary Parish, Marshall and + St John the Evangelist Parish, Albion + St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Coldwater; + Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Union City and + St. Mary’s Assumption Parish, Bronson
Northern Deanery Dean: Very Rev. Fabio Garzon, V.F. Allegan and Barry Counties
Very Reverend Fabio Garzon
+ St. Peter Parish, Douglas and + San Felipe de Jesus Parish, Fennville + St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Byron Center; + St. Stanislaus Parish, Dorr and + Sacred Heart Parish, Watson + Blessed Sacrament Parish, Allegan and + St. Margaret Parish, Otsego + St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Wayland and + SS Cyril and Methodius Parish, Gun Lake + St. Rose of Lima Parish, Hastings and + St. Cyril Parish, Nashville
Southern Deanery Dean: Very Rev. Richard Altine, V.F. Cass and St. Joseph Counties
Very Reverend Richard Altine
+ Holy Maternity of Mary Parish, Dowagiac; + Sacred Heart of Mary Parish, Silver Creek and + Holy Family Parish, Decatur* [*Van Buren County] + Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Edwardsburg and + St. Ann Parish, Cassopolis + St. Martin of Tours Parish, Vicksburg* and + St. Edward Parish, Mendon [*Kalamazoo County] + Immaculate Conception Parish, Three Rivers; + St. Clare Parish, Centreville and + St. Barbara Parish, Colon + Holy Angels Parish, Sturgis and + St. Joseph Parish, White Pigeon
WHAT’S A DEANERY? A subdivision of a diocese, consisting of a number parishes, over which presides a dean appointed by a bishop. The duty of the dean is to watch over the clergy of the deanery, to see that they fulfill the orders of the bishop, and observe the liturgical and canon laws. He summons the conference of the deanery and presides at it. Periodically he makes a report to the bishop on conditions in the deanery. WHAT IS A “VICAR FORANE”? A vicar forane, sometimes called a dean, is a priest appointed by the bishop in order to promote a common pastoral activity in a region of the diocese and to provide spiritual and pastoral counsel to the other priests in that region. The term “vicar forane” comes from Latin, meaning a representative (vicarius) who is outside (foras), because these priests were considered representatives of the bishop outside of the cathedral city. The office of vicar forane probably dates back to the fourth century when Christianity began to spread beyond the major cities to rural areas. Seeing the need to send representatives to these communities which had embraced the faith, bishops would send an “archpriest” with special delegation and responsibilities to act as a kind of overseer in the region who also was in charge of communication between the bishop and the local priests.
Western Deanery Dean: Very Rev. Brian Stanley, V.F. Berrien and Van Buren Counties
Very Reverend Brian Stanley
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SS John & Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph St. Anthony Parish, Buchanan; + St. Gabriel Parish, Berrien Springs and + Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Bridgman St. Mary of the Lake Parish, New Buffalo; + St. Agnes Parish, Sawyer and + St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Three Oaks St. Mark Parish and + St. Mary Parish, Niles St. Basil Parish, South Haven; + Sacred Heart Parish, Bangor and + St. Jude Parish, Gobles St. Joseph Parish, Watervliet and + Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford St. Mary Parish, Paw Paw, + St. Margaret Mary Parish, Marcellus* and + St. John Bosco Parish, Mattawan [*Cass County] DEANERY IS AN ECCLESIASTICAL ENTITY IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH In the Catholic Church, Can.374 §2 of the Code of Canon Law grants to bishops the possibility to join together several neighboring parishes into special groups, such as deaneries.
Each deanery is headed by a dean who is — according to the definition provided in canon 553—a priest appointed by the bishop after consultation with the priests exercising ministry in the deanery.
WHAT ARE A DEAN’S RESPONSIBILITIES? An excerpt from Canon 555 in the Code of Canon Law defines the duties of a dean as: • promotion and coordination of the common pastoral activity within the deanery; • seeing that parish books are correctly managed; • making sure that the priests of the deanery have access to spiritual helps and aid in difficult pastoral circumstances; and • making sure that pastors in his deanery are well cared for when they are sick or dying. • visit the parishes of the district in accord with the regulations made by the diocesan bishop.
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Diocese ordains two local young men to transitional diaconate By Sarah DeMott On Saturday, June 26, the Diocese of Kalamazoo welcomed Jeffrey Hanley and Maximilian Nightingale into the clerical life through the Ordination of Deacons. Dcn. Jeff, a 2009 graduate of St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph and Dcn. Max, a 2009 graduate of Lakeshore High School, Stevensville, will now begin their pastoral ministry as they finish their studies in pursuit of the priesthood. The Transitional Diaconate is for men who are in formation for the priesthood. If priestly ordination is to a priest what a wedding is to a married couple, the transitional diaconate ordination is the engagement. The ordination to the priesthood usually occurs one year after the transitional diaconate. Transitional deacons have the same permissions as a permanent deacon — they can baptize and witness marriages, read
the Gospel and preach at Mass, and distribute Communion. A deacon has a special ministry to the poor, sick, elderly, divorced, imprisoned and others in need. The Order of Deacons, which includes both transitional and permanent deacons, was established by the Apostles and restored by the Second Vatican Council. “One of the most significant aspects of entering the transitional diaconate is making the promises of prayer, celibacy, and obedience,” says Dcn. Max. “When we make these promises, we are pledging to consecrate our entire lives to the service of God and of his Church, first as deacons, and ultimately as priests. This is certainly the most significant step leading up to the priesthood.” Please keep Dcns. Jeff and Max in your prayers as they continue their final year of formation before being ordained to the priesthood.
Jeffrey Hanley Home Parish: SS. John & Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor High School: St. Joseph High School, St. Joseph Summer Assignment: Battle Creek Collaborative Looking most forward to as a deacon: “I am looking forward to spending this summer here in the Diocese with everyone and growing in our love of Christ together. In particular, I look forward to preaching the Gospel, administering Baptisms, and receiving the marriage vows of couples in the name of the Church.” Called to priesthood: “During the summer before I entered High School, I attended a Franciscan Youth Conference on the campus of Franciscan University in Ohio with my youth group. It was there that, with the many speakers witnessing to their faith and particularly with an opportunity to be with Our Lord in the Eucharist in Adoration, I first encountered the call to the priesthood in a conscious way.”
Maximilian Nightingale Home Parish: St. Joseph, St. Joseph High School: Lakeshore High School, Stevensville Summer Assignment: St. Joseph, St. Joseph Collaborative Looking most forward to as a deacon: “I am most looking forward to proclaiming and preaching the Gospel. Just as the Gospel and the homily prepare the people at Mass for the Eucharist which follows, so also will my office of proclaiming the Gospel prepare me for the priestly office of consecrating and offering the Eucharist.” Called to priesthood: “My grandpa was the first person to regularly suggest that I consider the priesthood when I was in high school. There was one Easter during high school when I stayed with a religious community for a few days. If was after this experience, witnessing the life of men who had given their lives to God with joy and love, that I became set on giving my own life to doing God’s will.”
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Don’t take a vacation from your faith this summer
Sign up for @cathextension’s online #CampCatholic for all ages Catholic Extension invites you to join Camp Catholic — its online summer camp for Catholics of all ages. Running from June 12 through August 28, the virtual camp is a fun way to keep engaged in the Catholic faith through weekly email messages that feature a Gospel passage paired with interactive content including activities and “Catholic Questions” that can be shared with friends and family and are delivered to participants’ email. Content will include Gospel reflections from seminarians as well as educational offerings with catechesis and explanations behind Catholic teachings and raditions. Each week campers can also expect a “Weekly Challenge” encouraging them to share their faith with others and engage with Catholic Extension on social media. Sign up online at ttps://www.catholicextension.org/campcatholic
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The Catholic Difference
Two Catholics and the Catholic game By George Weigel Baseball is by far the most Catholic of the sports on which we lavish such attention and passion. Because it’s played without a clock, baseball is like the liturgy: a foretaste of the time-beyond-time, which is God’s time, which is eternity. Baseball is also spatially eschatological or infinite: in theory, a baseball field could extend forever — as center field in New York’s old Polo Grounds seemed to do, except when patrolled by a higher spirit in human form who made space (and Vic Wertz’s home run in the 1954 World Series) disappear: Willie Mays. And let’s not forget baseball and Catholic social doctrine. The social doctrine has four foundational principles — human dignity, the common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity. Each of them may be found in baseball, a game played by communitarian individuals who live freedom for excellence such that personal achievement contributes to the general welfare through a well-ordered division of hierarchical responsibilities exercised in cooperative teamwork. (I once tried to explain this to Pope St. John Paul II: without success, alas.) The Catholicity of baseball also extends to many of the pastime’s noblest people, on and off the field. Two of them come to mind as the 2016 season unfolds. The first is Bill Freehan, an 11-time All-Star catcher for the Detroit Tigers who deserves a good look by the committee responsible for correcting the mistakes made by earlier Hall of Fame voters. Freehan’s greatest season was 1968. And without him the Tigers wouldn’t have won the World Series that year, for he made the crucial play at the plate that prevented the Cardinals’ Lou Brock from scoring, thus turning the tide in game five, which the Tigers went on to win — along with games six and seven. Freehan’s daughter Cathy is a member of my parish and I had the pleasure of meeting the Tiger great on a few occasions when he was visiting his grandchildren. We talked, as baseball people do, of the past: He told me how much he’d enjoyed competing against Frank and Brooks Robinson of my Orioles, and he loved the story of how Baltimore fans bombarded showboating Reggie Jackson with hot dogs dispensed from the upper deck when Reggie played his first game in Memorial Stadium after abandoning Baltimore for the fleshpots of New York and the overbearing Yankees. Bill Freehan, a serious Catholic and a true sportsman, is now in hospice care, another victim of Alzheimer’s Disease. He has my support in prayer and I hope he has yours, too — even if you’re a St. Louis fan with unhappy memories of 1968. Then there’s 88-year-old Vin Scully, who’ll retire from the Los Angeles Dodgers’ broadcast booth at the end of this season, having called games involving Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Kirk Gibson, and Clayton Kershaw over the course of an extraordinary six-decade career. If Scully’s mentor and former partner, Red Barber, was the soft-spoken, southern-accented master of the homely analogy – “This game is tighter than a new pair of shoes on a rainy day” – Scully brings to his work the perspective of a philosopher at ease with the human condition, perhaps first formed by the liberal arts education he received at Fordham University shortly after World War II — “Andre Dawson has a bruised knee and is listed as day-to-day. [Pause.] Aren’t we all?” Vin Scully has lived through tragedies that would have crushed or embittered others: the death of a wife; the death of a son. He openly credits the Catholic faith with which he grew up in the Bronx as his life’s anchor. You can find him on Sunday at St. Jude the Apostle Church in Westlake Village, California, being fed by word and sacrament before he brings a lifetime of learning and that melodious voice into the homes, cars, and ear-buds of millions later in the afternoon, from his post behind the microphone at Chavez Ravine. Bill Freehan and Vin Scully: two craftsmen, two family men, two gentlemen, two Catholics, both heading into the twilight. They will be missed, above all for the example of decency, nurtured by faith, they set for us all.
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Turn off news and talk to your kids about tragedy, experts say By Carol Zimmermann Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — As adults try to process the June 12 massacre at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, they should be aware that children, even if not overly exposed to the news, might have a lot of questions or fears about what happened. The best way to help them is to talk about it, according to experts. The amount of discussion also depends on the age group, meaning children under six really do not need too many details and should not be exposed to too much news about it. Children ages seven-thirteen can handle the basic news but need not know all graphic details. Adults should discuss what happened with them as they should with teenagers to find out what they are thinking and give them reassurances or safety tips. “Assure them tragedies are rare, but don’t say it will never happen to you; we can’t make that promise today,” said Joseph White, a child psychologist and catechetical author based in Austin, Texas, who presented a June 16 webinar for Our Sunday Visitor called: “When Disaster Strikes: Helping Children Cope With Tragedies, Disasters and Acts of Terror.” White began working with children who had gone through traumatic events when he was an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma. He was meeting with an adviser April 19, 1995, when he saw a huge cloud outside the window from the Oklahoma City bombing. The bombing shook the entire community, he said, and many people in the area had nightmares for days and felt on edge wanting to know why it happened. Children were no exception; they were shaken up and scared. In a question-and-answer session during the webinar, one person wrote in that it is almost impossible to keep children from the news, even if it isn’t on at home because kids at school are talking about what’s happening. In this case, White said parents should talk with kids about what they’ve heard so they can correct misconceptions or clarify anything. He also advised teaching children to set limits and tell their friends they don't want to talk about the events. Older children and teens especially should know how to be safe, he said, to be sure to look around and be aware of their surroundings and know the safety exits. In a blog post, “Talking to Kids about Terrorism,” author Thomas Gagliano, who has written books on parenting, stressed that while children need to be cautious and aware of surroundings, they shouldn’t stop living and doing what they want to do. “Assure your child that you and the other authori-
A woman visits a memorial in downtown Orlando, Fla., June 14, that honors the victims of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub. (CNS photo/John Taggart, EPA)
ties in his life — teachers, principals, police — are all aware of the situation and doing their best to protect them,” he wrote. Gagliano also urges parents to take note of what they don’t say to their kids, too. "The worst thing to do is to confuse the child by saying one thing and doing another. To say that you are not afraid but then change your patterns and not got to the movies” or large venues sends a conflicting and confusing message, he said. White added in his webinar that there has been a rise in childhood anxiety disorders since 2001 — which might be exhibited in extreme separation fears, frequent nightmares, headaches or restlessness which may signal a need for counseling. He said parents and educators should encourage young people to be “signs of God’s mercy with those who are suffering.” When they ask what can they do, tell them to be peacemakers at school or home, he said. Also teach them to accept differences and find common ground with others. Another point for parents to consider is that their children might not have the same reaction as them to a tragic event like the attack on the Orlando gay nightclub, which left 50 people dead (including the shooter) and more than 50 others wounded. That’s because kids have other things on their minds. They also don’t have the same perspective about discrimination or terrorism, which makes them view what happened through a different lens, said Bob Lichtenstein, director of the school psychology program at William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. “They may not be ready or receptive at the particular time for the parent’s efforts to make this a teachable moment,” he wrote in an online forum for psychology graduates. But his response is to “teach them anyway. Parents’ words and deeds have far more impact than children may register in the moment.” — Follow Zimmermann on Twitter @carolmaczim.
IN MEMORIAM Sr. Borgia McGee passed away last month and the Mass of Christian Burial was held at Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth. Borgia Anne McGee was born in Detroit on July 20, 1924, the daughter of John and Margaret (Mace) McGee. She was a member of St. Cecilia Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 21, 1942. She received her baptismal name Sister Borgia Anne at her reception on January 3, 1943. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1945 and final vows on January 3, 1948. Sr. Borgia Anne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Nazareth College. She pursued graduate classes in Mathematics at the University of Detroit. Sr. Borgia Anne taught in several of the Congregation’s schools including St. Francis Home in Detroit, and St. Mary and St. John Vianney in Flint. In 1972 she went to Maryknoll High School in Hawaii where she taught classes and coordinated many varied activities. In 1996 Sister Borgia Anne retired to Fontbonne Manor and ministered to her sisters in many ways.
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The Struggle to Love Our Neighbor Ron Rolheiser column “The most damaging idolatry is not the golden calf but enmity against the other.” The renowned anthropologist, Rene Girard, wrote that and its truth is not easily admitted. Most of us like to believe that we are mature and big-hearted and that we do love our neighbors and are free of enmity towards others. But is this so? In our more honest, more accurately perhaps, in our more humble moments, I think that all of us admit that we don’t really love others in the way that Jesus asked. We don’t turn the other cheek. We don’t really love our enemies. We don’t wish good to those who wish us harm. We don’t bless those who curse us. And we don’t genuinely forgive those who murder our loved ones. We are decent, goodhearted persons, but persons whose heaven is still too-predicated on needing an emotional vindication in the face of anyone or anything
that opposes us. We can be fair, we can be just, but we don’t yet love the way Jesus asked us to, that is, so that our love goes out to both those who love us and to those who hate us. We still struggle, mightily, mostly unsuccessfully, to wish our enemies well. But for most of us who like to believe ourselves mature that battle remains hidden, mostly from ourselves. We tend to feel that we are loving and forgiving because, essentially, we are well-intentioned, sincere, and able to believe and say all the right things; but there’s another part of us that isn’t nearly so noble. The Irish Jesuit, Michael Paul Gallagher, (who died recently and will be dearly missed) puts this well when he writes (In Extra Time): “You probably don’t hate anyone, but you can be paralyzed by daily negatives. Miniprejudices and knee-jerk judgements can produce a mood of undeclared war. Across barbed wire fences, invisible bullets fly.” Loving the other as oneself, he submits, is for most of us an im-
possible uphill climb. So where does that leave us? Serving out a life-sentence of mediocrity and hypocrisy? Professing to loving our enemies but not doing it? How can we profess to be Christians when, if we are honest, we have admit that we are not measuring up to the litmus-test of Christian discipleship, namely, loving and forgiving our enemies? Perhaps we are not as bad as we think we are. If we are still struggling, we are still healthy. In making us, it seems, God factored in human complexity, human weakness, and how growing into deeper love is a life-long journey. What can look like hypocrisy from the outside can in fact be a pilgrimage, a Camino walk, when seen within a fuller light of patience and understanding. Thomas Aquinas, in speaking about union and intimacy, makes this important distinction. He distinguishes between being in union with something or somebody in actuality and being in union with that someone or something through desire. This has many applications but, applied in this case; it means
NFP Awareness Week Begins July 24, 2016 “Natural Family Planning. Love, Mercy, Life. Opening the Heart of Marriage” is the theme of this year’s Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, a national educational campaign of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to celebrate God’s vision for marriage and promote the methods of Natural Family Planning. Natural Family Planning (NFP) is an umbrella term for the safe, natural and effective methods of both achieving and avoiding pregnancy. NFP methods teach couples how to observe and interpret the woman’s signs of fertility and infertility. In the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, NFP methods “respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them and favor the education of an authentic freedom.” (CCC, no. 2370) The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week are: July 24 – 30, 2016. These dates highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, marriage, conjugal love and responsible parenthood. Want to learn more about the methods of NFP of-
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that sometimes the heart can only go somewhere through desire rather than in actuality. We can believe in the right things and want the right things and still not be able to bring our hearts onside. One example of this is what the old catechisms (in their unique wisdom) used to call “imperfect contrition”, that is, the notion that if you have done something wrong that you know is wrong and that you know that you should feel sorry for, but you can’t in fact feel sorry for, then if you can wish that you could feel sorry, that’s contrition enough, not perfect, but enough. It’s the best you can do and it puts you at the right place at the level of desire, not a perfect place, but one better than its alternative. And that “imperfect” place does more for us than simply providing the minimal standard of contrition needed for forgiveness. More importantly it accords rightful dignity to whom and to what we have hurt. Reflecting on our inability to genuinely love our neighbor, Marilynne Robinson submits that, even in our failure to live up what Jesus
asks of us, if we are struggling honestly, there is some virtue. She argues this way: Freud said that we cannot love our neighbor as ourselves, and no doubt this is true. But since we accept the reality that lies behind the commandment, that our neighbor is as worthy of love as ourselves, then in our very attempt to act on Jesus’ demand we are acknowledging that our neighbor is worthy of love even if, at that this point in our lives, we are too weak to provide it. And that’s the crucial point: In continuing to struggle, despite our failures, to live up to the Jesus’ great commandment of love we acknowledge the dignity inherent in our enemies, acknowledge that they are worthy of love, and acknowledge our own shortcoming. That’s “imperfect” of course, but, I suspect, Thomas Aquinas would say it’s a start! Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher, and award-winning author, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX. He can be contacted through his website www.ronrolheiser.com. Now on Facebook www.facebook.com/ronrolheiser
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fered in our diocese? See www.diokzoo.org or visit the NFP section of the USCCB website at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/what-is-nfp/index.cfm. The Catholic Church invites all the faithful to embrace God’s plan for married love. Learn more about these beautiful teachings which support the use of NFP in marriage at: http://www.usccb.org/nfp/catholic-teaching.
“Our Father” by Rainer Oberthur, illustrated by Barbara Nascimbeni. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2016). 58 pp., $16. The Our Father is one of those prayers we memorize at an early age and recite without much thought and reflection. Adults can re-engage and children truly can learn about the meaning of the words of the prayer that Jesus gave to us in the Bible. Brightly colored images help illustrate the prayer which is broken down into smaller pieces for readers to understand and pray. Ages 4-8.
“Parachute” by Danny Parker, illustrated by Matt Ottley. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2016) 32 pp., $16. Toby needs his parachute for everything — to get out of his bunk bed in the morning and to go down the slide at the park. It makes him feel safe, even if he never actually releases it open. But during a moment of selfless bravery, Toby gives up his parachute to rescue a feline friend, leaving him to use his own courage to land safely on the ground. This sweet story about facing childhood fears is perfectly paired with whimsical and captivating illustrations by illustrator Matt Ottley. Ottley's imagery tells the story of changing perspectives and realities as Toby's biggest fears shrink and give way to courage. Ages 3-6.
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Ministerio Migrante, Diócesis de Kalamazoo Por Dra. Fanny Tabares, DMin Como todos los veranos, vienen misioneros y misioneras a la Diócesis de Kalamazoo para ayudar con el Ministerio Migrante. Este verano tendremos al Padre Oscar Londoño Palacio quien se hospedará en la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción en Hartford; el Padre Raul Torres en SS Cyril & Methodious en Wayland; la Hermana María del Carmen Hoyos y la Hermana Monica Lucia Atencia Perez en St. Charles Borromeo en Coldwater; la Hermana Maria Miriam Garcia Gomez y la Hermana Maria Teresa Orozco Giraldo en la Parroquia de San Felipe de Jesus en Fennville; el Padre Jose Seil Garcia en la Parroquia de Holy Angels en Sturgis; el Padre Ermes De los Santos Romero en la Parroquia de St. Mary en Niles; y el Padre Jairo Antonio Escobar Moreno en la Parroquia de St. Peter en Douglas. Los sacerdotes y religiosas se desplazaran durante la semana a visitar todos los campos de los nueve condados de la Diócesis un total de 415 campos y los fines de semanas estarán en el las parroquias en donde esperamos que los trabajadores del campo acudan para la Santa Misa y se sientan parte de las diferentes parroquias en la Diócesis. El 27 de Julio el Señor Obispo Paul Bradley celebrará una misa en uno de los campos agrícolas; mas adelante les daremos la información del lugar. Démosles una cordial bienvenida a los sacerdotes y religiosas que con mucha alegría vienen para visitar a los trabajadores del campo y a sus familias.
Fiesta Diocesana: Día de la Familia La Oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Kalamazoo y el Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana los invita a la fiesta anual, “Fiesta Diocesana,” el domingo 14 de agosto del 2016. Santa Misa Campal a las 12:00p.m. celebrada por el Señor Obispo Paul Bradley, Obispo de Kalamazoo. Lugar: Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI. Habrá comida para todos, inmediatamente después de la Santa Misa. También habrá actividades como: piñatas, juegos, y premios para niños y jóvenes, hasta las 5:00p.m. Todo será gratis. Varias Agencias estarán presentes para ofrecer valiosa información en español e inglés. ¡¡Traiga a toda su familia y amigos. Los esperamos para disfrutar este día en Familia!! Desde ya, Gracias por su participación. Teléfono para más información: (269) 903-0197. ¡Los Esperamos!
Calendario/Calendar Julio/July Julio: Temporada del Ministerio Migrante Diocesano, hasta Noviembre. Centro Alemán ubicado en la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, Hartford. Se abrirá para los meses de Junio, Julio y Agosto. Horario: Lunes y Martes de 6:30-8:30 pm y Domingos de 12:30-2:30 pm. 8 (Viernes): 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Reunión de Migrant Resource Council (agencias que ofrecen servicio a la Comunidad Migrante). 9 y 10: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Instituto San Agustín – Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Segundo Año de Formación. Retiro espiritual de dos días. Tema: Discernimiento: Dialogo con el Espíritu. Lugar: St. Francis Retreat Center, Dewitt, MI. 16 (Sábado): 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Retiro Diocesano de Quinceañeras – retiro bilingüe para la preparación de quinceañeras.También deben participar los padres de las quinceañeras en el retiro. Temas incluyen: origen de la celebración, responsabilidades como Cristianos, la juventud en la sociedad de hoy y otros temas de importancia. Lugar: St. Joseph Parish, 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. 22 (Viernes): 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Retiro Espiritual en español de Discernimiento Vocacional, para personas que deseen entrar al programa de diaconado y sus esposas. Lugar: Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI 49057. 23 (Sábado): 10 a.m. – 12 m. Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana, Reunión. Centro Pastoral Diocesano. 27 (Miércoles): 7:30 p.m. Misa en el campo, con el Obispo Paul J. Bradley. 27 – 30: Jornada Mundial de Jóvenes en Polonia 30: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Retiro Juvenil Diocesano: Jesus y los 7 Jóvenes del Evangelio. Para todos los jóvenes que deseen una experiencia del amor de Dios. Requisitos: estar dispuestos a colaborar en todas las actividades del día y ser bilingües (español e inglés). Costo del retiro: $10 por persona. Lugar: Stanley Centre de la Parroquia de St. Catherine, 1150 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024.
Agosto/August Agosto: Temporada del Ministerio Migrante Diocesano, hasta Noviembre. Centro Alemán ubicado en la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, Hartford. Se abrirá para los meses de Junio, Julio y Agosto. Horario: Lunes y Martes de 6:30-8:30 p.m. y Domingos de 12:30-2:30 p.m. 12 (Viernes): 9 a.m. – 12 p.m Reunión de Migrant Resource Council (agencias que ofrecen servicio a la Comunidad Migrante). 13 (Sábado): 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Encuentro Pre-Matrimonial, para parejas que se van a casar. También para parejas de matrimonio interesadas en reflexionar sobre su vida. Lugar: San Felipe de Jesus, Fennville, MI. 13 (Sábado): 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Retiro de Confirmación para la Comunidad Migrante. Aquellos que se confirmarán deben asistir. Lugar: San Felipe de Jesús, 5586 117th Street, Fennville, MI. 14 (Domingo) 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Fiesta Diocesana. Día de la Familia. La Santa Misa la preside el Obispo Paul Bradley. Lugar: Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, 63559 60th Ave, Hartford, MI. Con comida para todos y juegos. 20 (Sábado): 6:00p.m. Confirmación de los Campesinos Migrantes que se han estado preparando. Lugar: Catedral de San Agustín, 542 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. 27 (Sábado): 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instituto San Agustín – Formación Continua. Tema: Metodología de la Catequesis.
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Memoria Histórica del Ministerio Hispano/Latino (continuación de los artículos anteriores) En el momento actual, año 2016, el Ministerio Hispano hace parte de la Secretaría de la Vida Parroquial y Liderazgo Laical (Secretariat for Parish Life and Lay Leadership) y tiene por nombre el Ministerio Multicultural e Hispano. El equipo del Ministerio Hispano y Multicultural lo conforman la Dra. Fanny Tabares, Directora Asociada del Secretariado de la Vida Parroquial y Liderazgo Laical, Maria Trumm, secretaria de medio tiempo, Veronica Rodriguez, Directora Asociada de la Secretaría de la Vida Parroquial y Liderazgo Laical (Pastoral Juvenil Hispana y Familias Jóvenes) también lo apoya medio tiempo y la Dra. Angelica Valdes quien ayuda medio tiempo para el Instituto San Agustín, un programa de formación pastoral de líderes. La misión del Ministerio Multicultural e Hispano/Latino es proclamar el Reino de Dios. Como miembros de la Iglesia en la Diócesis de Kalamazoo, proclamamos que Dios está presente cuando nos reconocemos como hermanos y hermanas en Cristo. Nosotros demostramos nuestro amor al dar la bienvenida y servir a los migrantes Católicos y residentes como miembros de la Iglesia. La hospitalidad y la solidaridad son dones que otras culturas traen a nuestra diócesis y a la Iglesia Católica en los Estados Unidos. Todos los Católicos de todas las culturas son motivados a ser anfitriones para los recién llegados y a que participen como miembros plenos de la Iglesia en la vida parroquial y en otras instituciones católicas, organizaciones y en la diócesis. Programas que ofrece el Ministerio Hispano: Misa en español en los campos en el verano; Diferentes programas como retiros, espirituales y charlas de formación; Preparación y celebración de los sacramentos; Pastoral juvenil hispana en varias Parroquias; Retiros de preparación para quinceañera; Encuentros prematrimoniales; Catequesis bilingüe para niños y jóvenes; Formación de Liderazgo Pastoral en español; Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana integrado por repre-
Hermana María Consuelo Monsalve Sarrazola por Dra. Fanny Tabares, DMin El pasado 24 de junio al 5 de julio tuvimos la presencia de la Hermana María Consuelo Monsalve Sarrazola, Superiora General de las Hermanas Misioneras Siervas del Divino Espíritu que están en Fennville. La Hermana Consuelo vino a la Diócesis de Kalamazoo a visitar a las Hermanas de su Congregación que están aquí por cinco años y que viven en Pearl y para ver el maravilloso trabajo que están haciendo. También acompañó a las Hermanas que vienen, cada verano, para el ministerio con los campesinos migrantes.
Diócesis de Kalamazoo: Retiro Espiritual en español de Discernimiento Vocacional para el Diaconado Permanente ¿Ha sentido el llamado de Dios para servir a su comunidad con alegría como diácono? Los invitamos a un retiro espiritual de discernimiento vocacional que será el viernes 22 de Julio del 2016 de 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. en la Parroquia de la Inmaculada Concepción, 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI 49057. Este retiro espiritual de discernimiento vocacional es para personas que deseen ser parte del programa de diaconado permanente en español. A este retiro están invitadas las esposas. Por favor traer sus biblias. No habrá cuidado de niños. Para más información, para registrarse o si tiene preguntas puede enviar un mensaje a Maria Trumm al [email protected]
o llamar por teléfono al (269) 903-0197.
sentantes de las parroquias (se reúne cada dos meses en la Diócesis); todo un ministerio con los campesinos migrantes apoyado por varios voluntarios de las diferentes parroquias de la Diócesis y por un equipo misionero de sacerdotes y religiosas que llegan a la Diócesis para visitar a las familias campesinas en 415 campos. Como parte del Ministerio Migrante, el Centro Alemán está ubicado junto a la iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción en Hartford. Lleva este nombre en honor del Diácono Eugenio Alemán un maravilloso campesino mexicano que dedicó su vida y ministerio al servicio de los migrantes. En este centro se proporciona ropa y comida a los migrantes que necesiten de este servicio. La Parroquia de Santo Tomas Moro recolecta ropa durante el año para este ministerio. El horario de atención a los migrantes en el Centro Aleman es el siguiente: Lunes y Martes de 6:30 p.m. –8:30p.m. Domingos de 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. (durante los meses de junio, julio, y agosto.) El Ministerio Hispano, con el apoyo del Obispo, formó el Instituto San Agustín – Programa de Formación Pastoral y Liderazgo en español. Este es un programa de tres años de nivel intermedio diseñado para formar líderes pastorales en el contexto hispano/latino. El Programa parte del concepto que los participantes son sujetos y gestores en el aprendizaje, no meros receptores. Utiliza el método inductivo de enseñanza en sus tres etapas para promover la internalización de los temas. Este proceso parte de sus propias experiencias de vida que los conduce a un cambio, conversión y solidaridad cristiana. Incorpora en cada sesión los documentos claves de la Iglesia. El Objetivo General es de lograr desarrollar en los participantes sus capacidades de líderes y promover su participación activa en la Iglesia católica. En el 2014 se graduaron 80 estudiantes del Instituto San Agustín y para el año 2014-2017 hay 150 estudiantes en el Instituto. Retiro Juvenil Diocesano: Jesus y los 7 Jóvenes del Evangelio El sábado 30 de Julio del 2016 de 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. tendremos un retiro juvenil diocesano. El lugar del retiro será en el edificio Stanley Centre de la Parroquia de St. Catherine, 1150 W Centre Ave, Portage, MI 49024. Este retiro es para todos los jóvenes de la Diócesis de Kalamazoo que deseen una experiencia del amor de Dios. Requisitos: estar dispuestos a colaborar en todas las actividades del día y ser bilingües (español e inglés). Costo del retiro: $10 por persona. Para este retiro también estamos necesitando voluntarios adultos para ayudar en algo específico o para actuar. Para más información, para que le enviemos la registración o ser voluntario o si tiene preguntas puede enviar un mensaje a Veronica Rodriguez al [email protected]
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July 18-21: Vacation Bible School, St. Mary’s Visitation School, focus on St. Philip Neri. Contact:
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Activities around the diocese July 10: Polish Mass, Holy Family Parish, Decatur, 2 p.m. Mass in Polish followed by potluck reception. July 11-13: Lake Michigan Catholic School Rummage Sale, LMC Elementary, St. Joseph, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. July 12: Summer Book Study: Forming Intentional Disciples, St. Stanislaus Parish, Dorr, following 5:30 p.m. Mass. Join a summer book study on Sherry Waddell’s “Forming Intentional Disciples.” Group meets Tuesdays, July 12, 19, 26; Aug. 2, 9. Book is available on Amazon or contact parish office for ordering assistance. July 13, 27: Wednesdays in the Word, St. Stanislaus Parish, Dorr, following 10:30 a.m. Mass. For elementary-aged students, focus on a holy person. July 13 – Our Lady of Mt. Carmel; July 27 – Blessed Titus Brandsma. No cost, no RSVP, donations accepted. Contact: Sheryl O’Connor, 616-291-7443.
July 16-17: Joy-Filled Marriage Weekend, Transformations Spirituality Center. Marriage Preparation weekend for engaged couples. Should be completed minimum of 6-9 months prior to wedding. Cost is $175. Additional 2016 dates: Sept. 24-25, Nov. 12-13. Contact: Socorro Truchan, 269-903-0199, [email protected]
July 16: St. Basil School 65th Anniversary Celebration, Mass with Bishop Bradley at 5 p.m. followed by dinner on the bluff at 6:30 p.m. Cost for meal is $30/person. RSVP: 269-637-3529. July 17: 125th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Bradley, 2 p.m., St. John Church, Benton Harbor. July 17: St. John’s will celebrate their 125th Anniversary with Bishop Bradley celebrating Mass at 2 p.m. There will be lots of food, fellowship and music performed by “LoveGoodMusic”, with catholic musicians, Kevin Heider and Chris Cole.
Widowed Men monthly gathering — All widowed men are invited to join together for a time of fellowship and discussion on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The next gathering is May 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo). For any questions or more information, please call Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 or Socorro Truchan at 269-903-0199. Widowed Friends monthly gathering — All widowed men and women are invited to attend a monthly night of fellowship and discussion for men and women on the 4th Wednesday of each month. The next gathering is May 25 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center (215 N. Westnedge Ave., Kalamazoo). For any questions or more information, please call Fr. Don Klingler at 269-254-8138 orSocorro Truchan at 269-903-0199.
Courage: A Roman Catholic Apostolate Spiritual support for Catholic men and women with same-sex attractions who desire to live chaste lives in accordance with the teachings on the Roman Catholic Church. Contact: [email protected]
Save Friday nights this summer for Theology on Tap; Bishop Bradley featured speaker on July 22 Join us for a night of dynamic speakers, engaging topics and fellowship for married and single young adults from college through their 30s. The Theology on Tap group meets Friday nights in July from 7 to 9 p.m. at TGI Friday’s on West Main in Kalamazoo. Topics include: July 15 – Hope with Susie & Dale Boone; July 22 – Charity with Bishop Bradley; July 29 – Evangelization with Jamin Herold. For more information, contact Tim McNamara, [email protected]
Persons with Disabilities Gathering Persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers are invited to an informal gathering to share the experiences, challenges and joys of their faith life with members of the Diocesan Commission on Ministry to Persons with Disabilities, Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Holy Angels Parish Gym, 402 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP appreciated, especially if accommodations are needed. Contact Lisa Irwin at 269-903-0177 or [email protected]
July 30: 150th Anniversary Celebration Mass and Picnic, St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Byron Center. Join the parish for a day of fellowship and celebration starting at 2 p.m. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Murray at 5 p.m. with a picnic dinner to follow. Polka band will begin at 7 p.m. with a fireworks display at dark. July 31: 150th Anniversary Mass with Bishop Bradley, 11 a.m. St. Mary’s Visitation Parish, Byron Center. July 28-Aug. 28: Adult Confirmation Class, SS. John & Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor. St. Bernard location. Open to baptized adult Catholics. Sessions held at the St. Bernard location on Sundays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. For questions or to register, contact: Brooke Avello, email: [email protected]
, 269-281-1368. Aug. 1: Organ Workshop, St. Joseph Parish, St. Joseph. David Jonies, Associate Director of Music and Organist, Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago, will lead a workshop for church organists from 7 to 9 p.m. Contact: Office of Worship, [email protected]
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Aug. 1-5: Vacation Bible School, St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Hastings. Contact: 269-945-4246.
Aug. 26: Lake Michigan Catholic Schools’ Blue Tide Golf Outing, Lake Michigan Hills, Benton Harbor. Open to all. Register or questions: LMC Athletic Dept., 269-983-3154.
Aug. 4: Summer in the Son, St. Stanislaus Parish, Dorr. A day of adoration, celebration, learning and giving. Contact: 616-291-7443.
Sept. 11: Blue Mass, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage, 11 a.m. Mass honoring emergency workers and first responders.
Aug. 8: “Intentional Disciples” with Julie Carrick Ministries, Holy Family Parish, Decatur, 7 p.m. No cost; free will offering. Volunteers needed. Contact: Deb Leath, 574-210-1706.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS HOMECOMING Mark your calendars for Homecoming at our Catholic High Schools
Aug. 9: “Mercy, Ordinary and Divine” with Julie Carrick Ministries, Holy Maternity of Mary Parish, Dowagiac, 7 p.m. No cost; free will offering. Volunteers needed. Contact: Deb Leath, 574-210-1706. Aug 14: Diocesan Fiesta, Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford, 12 p.m. Aug. 19-21: New Life evangelization class, SS. John & Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor. Enrich your faith and experience a fuller love of our Lord through the first course in Saint Andrews School of Evangelization, ‘New Life’, Details: ssjohnandbernard.org, 269-925-2425. Aug. 22: Confirmation for migrant farmworker community, St. Augustine Cathedral, 6 p.m.
Diocese is going to the Fair Diocese hears pope’s call during Year of Mercy and heads to the county fairs Want to meet other Catholics? Have some free time during the summer? Then the Diocese is looking for you to help volunteer during its presence at a number of county fairs this summer. The unique evangelization program is in response to Pope Francis’ invitation during the Year of Mercy to go out and be where the people are. The Diocese is seeking volunteers to staff the booth and to interact with fair-goers, answer any questions they may have about the Diocese or the Catholic faith, and connect them with any resources that may be helpful. Recruitment is currently underway for volunteers to cover booth shifts during the Van Buren (July 18-23), Kalamazoo (Aug. 8-13) and Allegan (Sept. 9-17) County Fairs. For more information, or to volunteer, contact Fran Denny, [email protected]
Trauma Recovery Program in Spanish The Diocese of Kalamazoo continues with the Trauma Recovery Program in Spanish. If you know someone who has suffered any type of trauma (physical, sexual, neglect, etc.) either in the past or present, please refer them for help to Lisette Mira-Amaya 269-929-7084 or Fanny Tabares 269-903-0209. The new Support Group in Spanish will begin on April 5, 2016. It is necessary to make an appointment as soon as possible, before the program begins, with the counselor Lissette.
Making a Report of Sexual Misconduct Number A report of sexual misconduct may be initiated at the Diocese of Kalamazoo’s Sexual Misconduct Question and Reporting Line: 877-802-0115. A caller will be requested to provide his or her name and telephone number. All calls regarding sexual misconduct will be returned, usually within one hour. This toll-free telephone number has been established as a part of the diocese's effort to protect children, young people and other vulnerable people in our schools, parishes and ministries. This line is for reporting suspected sexual misconduct or child abuse within diocesan institutions and ministries only. If you have some other concern about diocesan schools, parishes or ministries, please contact the appropriate diocesan school, parish or office directly. In all cases of sexual abuse you are encouraged to report all cases to the local police or protective services.
Sept. 16: Lake Michigan Catholic High School Sept. 17: St. Philip High School Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools Sept. 23-25: Hackett Catholic Prep REGISTRATION CONTINUES FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOLS It’s not too late to enroll your child in Catholic Schools! We have great schools throughout our diocese with spots available for your child. To find a school near you, visit diokzoo.org/schoolfinder. If you have questions, contact Nina Laney, Enrollment & Recruitment Specialist with the Office of Schools, 269-349-8714 or [email protected]
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Parish Collaborative Spotlight: Cass County in the southern portion of the Diocese is dotted with beautiful countryside and a host of lakes that are home to many vacationers during the summer. It’s also home to two newly created Parish Collaboratives: Holy Maternity of Mary, Dowagiac, Holy Family, Decatur and Sacred Heart, Silver Creek Parish Collaborative and Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Edwardsburg and St. Ann Parish, Cassopolis Collaborative [St. Margaret Mary Parish, Marcellus is also in Cass County and part of a Parish Collaborative in Van Buren County with St. Mary Parish, Paw Paw and St. John Bosco Parish, Mattawan.] Transition Committee teams from both Parish Collaboratives have been meeting to address new Mass schedules and work on other logistics such as shared resources. At a recent meeting in Holy Family, Decatur, the members met for the first time with Pastor Very Rev. Richard Altine and Parochial Vicar, Rev. Wieslaw Lipka. The members were in the midst of planning some joint events between the three Parishes including a picnic and a Catechetical Concert featuring Julie Carrick [see sidebar]. With the arrival of Fr. Lipka, a native of Poland, Holy Family will host a Mass in Polish on the second Sunday of each month at 2 p.m. Meanwhile in the Cassopolis, County Seat, a recent Transition Committee brought together parishioners from Our Lady of the Lake, Edwardsburg and St. Ann Parish, Cassopolis. The two Parishes have been working together since the retirement of long-time Pastor, Rev. Don Potts. They recently adjusted Mass schedules and have begun publishing a joint bulletin, created with the help of Diocesan Publications. As the group discussed some logistics such as shared staffing resources the mood was friendly and hopeful for the opportunities ahead.
Serving our migrant community with pastoral and material needs By Sarah DeMott As the farming season begins to grow with the summer heat, the diocese sees an influx of migrant farmworker families. Last year, the ministry visited 415 camps and served more than 18,500 people. The diocese serves both the spiritual and material needs of migrant families. Masses and prayer services are celebrated at the camps on weekday evenings. Sunday liturgies are celebrated in the parishes that offer services in Spanish. Volunteers help develop catechetical programs and teach catechism classes. Food, clothing, bedding, layettes, furniture, kitchen utensils and cleaning supplies are provided through the Aleman Center in Hartford. The migrant farmworker families are also provided with information about services available, such as schooling, immigration and legal issues, health providers and more. Fourteen parishes have active migrant ministries who visit camps, collect and sort clothing and provide supplies and emergency food. Several other parishes contribute donations. The Alemán Center in Hartford is a diocesan project in collaboration with Immaculate Conception Parish, Hartford, St. Thomas More Student Parish, Kalamazoo and volunteers. Named for Deacon Eugenio Alemán, the center administers
to migrant families and gives out clothes and food to those in need, especially when they first arrive here. Oftentimes there is a gap between when these families arrive and when they start work and the center helps provide if they need emergency food and/or clothing, or if it is a bad harvest year. The center is staffed by volunteers who offer their time as a service to the community. St. Thomas More Parish, Kalamazoo collects clothes at the Parish and also volunteers at the center during the summer months. A highlight of the season is Mass celebrated at one of the camps by Bishop Bradley. “The Bishop’s celebration of Mass and the Sacrament of Confirmation for the migrant farmworkers is an important way of confirming that this is their diocese and the bishop is their shepherd,” said Fanny Tabares, Associate Director for Multicultural & Hispanic Ministry in the diocese. “The farmworkers feel very proud and happy about this opportunity to share with the bishop and grow in faith. They feel welcomed into this diocese.” Last year, 50 children, youth and adults received their First Communion. Local parishes and summer missionaries provide catechesis and sacrament preparation for baptism, first reconciliation, first communion and confirmation.
CARRICK MINISTRIES EVENT Catechetical Concert Monday, August 8, 2016 , “Intentional Disciples” Host Parish: HOLY FAMILY, Decatur, 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 , “Mercy, Ordinary and Divine” Host Parish: Holy Maternity, Dowagiac, 7 p.m. Julie’s Ministry is centered on Music and the spoken word and she will be presenting two programs: “Mercy, Julie Carrick Ordinary and Divine” and “Intentional Disciples”. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please contact Deb Leath at 574-210-1706; [email protected]
The event is open to the public at no charge though participants are invited to make a free will offering. About Julie Carrick: Having done events throughout five countries over the past 19 years there is a refined beauty and very powerful presentation that goes beyond a common concert experience. Her concerts, missions and other events where she has been asked to speak encourage people to step out of their comfort zone and truly live the teachings of The Church. She was born and raised in Northern Michigan, Julie Fran Edel, the fourth of seven children. Her desire to serve Christ began at an early age and stems back to her involvement in Liturgical Music, following in the footsteps of three generations of Catholic Musicians. She worked within the Diocese of Phoenix for 10 years as Director of Music prior to accepting the call to a national and international concert and speaking ministry. She has written and recorded nine music CDs and a Rosary CD, in which she and her husband, Kurt pray together. She has also produced three DVD projects; A Concert “Living The Mass”, her concert “Living Our Catholic Creed” and “In The Waiting” a powerful Music CD and Meditation DVD. For more information on her ministry: http:://carrickministries.com.
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