T h e O ff icial Pu b lication for the Catholic Diocese of K a l a ma z oo MAY 2014
Volume 17 Issue 4
The Good News Kalamazoo diocese welcomes close to 130 people received into the Church on Easter Vigil
Bishop Bradley anoints Marcus Dunn with chrism oil during the Easter Vigil Mass at St. Augustine Cathedral.
This past Easter Vigil the Diocese of Kalamazoo welcomed fully into the Church 126 people from 29 parishes. Bishop Paul J. Bradley baptized four new members at St. Augustine Cathedral and confirmed an additional three adults. During his homily he spoke of the new life received in baptism. He said, “We need to remember and celebrate that Baptism makes us into a “new creation.” He continued to encourage all the faithful to hear the call of our baptismal promises. “The Easter [season] is a time for some of us to be Baptized, and for the rest of us to renew our baptismal promises and for all of us to be sent on the same mission of evangelization, as the two Mary’s were sent on that first Easter morning.” See page 6 for a family’s story on entering the Church and page 12 for national statistics.
Pope Francis canonizes Sts. John and John Paul By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions. “They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century,” the pope said April 27, in his homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. “They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful.” “John XXIII and John Paul cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the church in keeping with her original features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries,” he said. Speaking before a crowd of half a million that included retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis praised St. John for his best-known accomplishment, calling the Second Vatican Council, which he said “showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit.” “He let himself be led, and he was for the church a pastor, a servant-leader,” the pope said of St. John. “This was his great service to the church. I like to think of him as the pope of openness to the Spirit.” Pope Francis characterized St. John Paul as the “pope of the fam-
Pope Francis kisses the relic of St. John Paul II during canonization Mass, presented by Floribeth Mora Diaz, accompanied by her husband Edwin, right, during the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican April 27. Mora Diaz’s cure f rom an aneurysm in 2011 was the second miracle in the sainthood cause of St. John Paul. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) (April 27, 2014)
ily,” a title he said the late pope himself had hoped to be remembered by. Pope Francis said he was sure St. John Paul was guiding the church on its path to two upcoming synods of bishops on the family, to be held at the Vatican this October and in October 2015. The pope invoked the help of the two new papal saints for the synods’ success, and he prayed, “May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.” Pope Francis has said the agenda for the family synods will include church teaching and practice on marriage, areas he has said exemplify a particular need for
mercy in the church today. The pope repeatedly mentioned mercy in his homily, which he delivered on Divine Mercy Sunday, an observance St. John Paul put on the church’s universal calendar in 2000. The Polish pope died on the vigil of the feast in 2005 and was beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2011. In addition to Pope Benedict, making only his third public appearance since he resigned in February 2013, Pope Francis’ concelebrants included some 150 cardinals and 700 bishops. During the canonization ceremony, which took place at the beginning of the Mass, devotees carried up relics of the new saints in matching silver reliquaries, Story continued on page 5
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Colombian order of sisters to establish first United States presence in Diocese of Kalamazoo
Rev. Fabio Garzon, pastor, St. Peter Parish, Douglas, is shown above with Rev. Oscar Emilio Lozano in front of one of the many beautiful mosaics of the Blessed Mother that are showcased throughout the subway system of Medillin, Colombia, South America. (Photo taken by Bishop Bradley)
Later this year an order of Sisters from Columbia will have a presence in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. The Hermanas Missioneras Siervas del Divino Espiritu/ Sisters Missionary Servants of the Divine Spirit, whose mother house is in the Diocese of Sonson-Rionegro, Colombia, South America, will send three sisters to begin a five-year ministry in the diocese. Thanks to a grant by the Catholic Extension Society, the sisters will make their home in the diocese near the Parish of San Felipe de Jesus, Fennville. In April Bishop Paul J. Bradley and Father Fabio Garzon, pastor, St. Peter Parish, Douglas, traveled to Colombia to meet with Mother Blanca, superior of the order to finalize the details of the collaboration. “One of the reasons why these Sisters focus on sending their sisters to far off places is because they realize there is less need for their ministry in their homeland due to the significant numbers of other men and women religious,” noted Bishop Bradley. “There are about 150 members in this community, most of whom are out “on mission” in various places throughout South America and in Italy,” he added. “As Bishop Bradley reported in his blog: Colombia is a large country, just as the United States is. Rather than “states” they are divided into “departments.” Story continued on page 9
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Rev. Brian Stanley has been assigned “In Residence” pro tem to assist Rev. David Otto at St. Mary Parish in Niles, effective immediately. In addition, Fr. Stanley will primarily celebrate the Mass and other sacraments at St. Gabriel Mission Parish in Berrien Springs, which has been reassigned to the canonical oversight of the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Niles.
Rev. Antony Rajesh, MSFS, a member of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales of the Southeast India Province in Tamil Nadu has been assigned as Parochial Vicar of St. Margaret of Scotland Parish in Otsego, which was effective Friday, April 11, 2014.
From the Editor By Victoria Cessna Communication Director & Editor of The Good News
When was your first Marian encounter, Vicki? During a recent Lenten staff afternoon retreat we had broken up into smaller groups to share and reflect on different aspects of the Blessed Mother. The question posed to me by a fellow staffer shouldn’t have caught me off-guard but it did. You see in small groups I am that person that enjoys and admires the stories people share and the insights they bring but I tend to keep silent on my own personal reflection. Slightly ironic for a person who “communicates” for a living but oftentimes I’m processing the question or being lead into somewhere so deeply personal I’m hesitant to reveal my thoughts. But it’s a great question. It’s hard to pin down my first “encounter” because Mary was always a part of my life. As a small child I remember helping plant perennials in the back yard around our statue of the Blessed Mother and as a Catholic school eighth grader participating in the annual May Crowning. But as a more “seasoned” adult, and specifically as a daughter and mother, I’ve come to truly appreciate Mary’s role as an intercessor. I take her some of my prayers that I know she’ll understand: a dad estranged from his adult son; a young mother awaiting a prognosis on her cancer; or for a daughter awaiting the final goodbye she’ll make to her father. All these are actual prayers I’ve brought to Mary, in some way, with a trust that she’ll know what to do and how to move them along to her Son. This month as we honor our earthly mothers and our Blessed Mothers may you feel the comfort and peace of her intercession in your own life.
The Memorare Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me — Amen
Pope Francis MAY Intentions Media. That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace. Mary’s Guidance. That Mary, Star of Evangelization, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.
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Bishop Bradley reflects on the new saints and their Marian devotion We need look no further than the two newest canonized Saints of our Church for models on strong Marian devotion: Pope Saint John XXIII and Pope Saint John Paul II. Just a few weeks ago on Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis canonized these two giants of our faith and the Church continues to rejoice in this special moment. At the heart of their faith is a strong, filial love for our dear Blessed Mother. Pope Saint John XXIII is often referred to as “Good Pope John.” His primary legacy is the fact that he called for the Second Vatican Council, opening the “doors of the Church to the modern world.” It is the work of the Council that implemented many changes which have strengthened our Catholic faith and our devotion to our Blessed Mother. In his days as a young seminarian, then-Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli had a very strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. He writes in his book “Journal of a Soul” about his devotion to his seminary’s patroness, Madonna della Fiducia (Our Lady of Confidence). He was the embodiment of Our Lady’s own humbleness. He considered himself first a “peasant”; it is said that
he walked the streets of Rome at night to be among the people as an “ordinary” person. In Pope John XXIII’s third encyclical, “Grata Recordatio” (On the Rosary) issued on September 26, 1959, he urged that the month of October be devoted to praying the rosary, a beautiful custom that continues to this day. Pope Saint John Paul II is also admired for his devotion to Mary. His Papal Coat of Arms included a big “M” for Mary, and his motto “Totus Tuus” (I am all yours). He significantly chose as his first pilgrimage to travel to our Lady of Guadalupe’s Shrine in Mexico. And on May 13, 1981, following the assassination attempt that nearly took his life, Pope John Paul II credited the intercession of the Blessed Mother as that which saved his life. Pope John Paul II also rekindled devotion to the praying of the Rosary and added a whole new set of “Mysteries” for reflection known as the Luminous Mysteries, bringing the complete Rosary to four sets of Mysteries and 20 decades. ~Bishop Paul J. Bradley
Memoriam Rev. John M. Grathwohl, 84, a senior priest for the Diocese of Kalamazoo, died Sunday, March 30th. Visitation and a Mass of Christian Burial were held April 5th, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage, by his long-time friend, Father Bob Flickinger, who also preached a beautiful funeral homily. Previous to his retirement in 1995, Fr. Grathwohl was a long-time pastor of St. Thomas More Student Parish, Kalamazoo from July, 1981 until his retirement in June, 1995. He also served at a number of parishes both in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and the Diocese of Lansing including St. Charles of Borromeo, Coldwater; St. Augustine Cathedral Parish, Kalamazoo; St. Monica, Kalamazoo; St. Catherine of Siena, Portage; St. Ambrose, Parchment; Immaculate Conception, Hartford; and St. Mary, Paw Paw. In addition to his pastoral ministry, Fr. Grathwohl was a United States Army Chaplain in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 during the height of the war. “We are grateful and honored by Fr. Grathwohl’s long service to the mission of the Church here in the Diocese of Kalamazoo and we are comforted by the fact that he has eternal rest with our Lord,” said The Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley, Bishop of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. “Fr. Grathwohl was a witness to the gospel and will be honored for the courageous use of his pastoral gifts as an Army Chaplain in Vietnam. He will be fondly remembered for his smile, playful spirit and selflessness.” In addition to his pastoral ministry, Fr. Grathwohl was a tireless advocate for peace and justice issues and spent his retirement years conducting retreats and seminars on the subject. Fr. Grathwohl was born in Niles, Mich., to John Marshall Sr. and Eva (Rayfuse). He graduated from Loras Academy, Dubuque, Iowa, attended St. John’s Seminary, Plymouth, Mich., and Loras College, Dubuque. Grathwohl was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Lansing on June 7, 1955 by the Most Rev. Joseph H. Albers. Sr. Barbara Anne Beebe was born in South Haven, Mich., on May 12, 1922, the daughter of James and Sophia (Frazell) Beebe. She was a member of St. Augustine Cathedral Parish in Kalamazoo at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1951. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1954 and final vows on January 3, 1957. Sister Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Nazareth College, a Master of Science degree in Hospital Administration from Xavier University and a Master of Arts degree in Community Intervention from Louisiana State University. She spent all of her active years in the Health Care ministry; fourteen years in Michigan ministering at Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo; St. Joseph Hospital, Tawas; and as Administrator at Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac. In 1967 Sister Barbara moved to Lafayette, Louisiana where she entered a residency program and served as Administrator until 1972. She then moved to Metairie, Louisiana where she ministered at East Jefferson General Hospital for nineteen years as supervisor of health care and director of Extended Care Services. Sister Barbara retired and returned to Nazareth in 2010, Sr. Mary Ellen Ward was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota, on February 2, 1921, the daughter of Stuart and Anna Marie (Neault) Ward. She pronounced first vows on January 8, 1940, and final vows on January 8, 1943. Sister Mary Ellen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Nazareth College and a Master of Arts degree in Education and History from Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. Sister Mary Ellen taught for nineteen years in schools of the Congregation, including St. Benedict, Highland Park; St. David, Detroit and St. Agnes, Flint. She then transitioned to Nazareth College where she ministered as an Assistant to the College Registrar. In 1970 Sister Mary Ellen undertook new ministry at Borgess Hospital and Medical Center where she worked in Out-Patient Registration and Medical Records and for several years in the SSJ Insurance Office. In her retirement years she engaged in a wide variety of volunteer work at Fontbonne, Nazareth Center and Borgess Nursing Home.
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The Bishop’s Perspective “To Jesus through Mary”
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La Perspectiva del Obispo “A Jesus por Maria”
The constant snowfalls of this past winter, plus April’s showers, have all contributed to the beautiful flowers blooming in this month of May with all of nature coming back to life. Even as we continue our liturgical celebrations of the “new life” of the Easter season throughout these weeks of May, we also remember our dear Blessed Mother in this month set aside to give her special devotion. There are many special devotions that help us to honor Mary, our Mother, so appropriate during this month from cultivating a “Mary Garden,” to conducting a May crowning, to praying the rosary together as a family/household each day. Why is it that the Church encourages such devotion? Of course, it is because of the special place that Mary holds in all of salvation history. Let me just reflect with you a bit in this month’s “perspective” on Mary’s special place of honor. In my personal reflections on our Blessed Mother recently, I have found it helpful to think of her in three different periods of her own life. While we know precious little about Mary’s life and background, the Church’s reflections and teachings have provided us with enough to draw some inspiring conclusions. The first time we hear of Mary is in the Gospel of St. Luke and the Gospel of St. Matthew at the time of the Annunciation. So, the first “period” of her life is before the Annunciation. She was the only daughter (to the best of our knowledge) of St. Joachim and Anne. We know for certain, thanks to the teaching of the Church that when Mary was conceived in the womb of her mother Anne in the normal way of conception, that she was miraculously kept from being conceived in original sin as every other human being in the history of the world before her and since her have been. We refer to this teaching of the Church as the Immaculate Conception. This teaching of the Church was held by most Catholics for hundreds of years, but was officially and infallibly defined as a dogma of our faith by pope Pius IX in his Apostolic Constitution “Ineffabilis Deus” on December 8, 1854. In this declaration, Pope Pius IX wrote: “that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege from Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, was kept free of every stain of original sin.” This powerful spiritual insight is what leads us to conclude that because Mary did not have the effects of original sin, that she remained “sinless” throughout her life, though she of course maintained her free will as all human beings have. As a consequence of the “Immaculate Conception,” Mary’s life, permanently and intimately related to God, is “all holy”. So, throughout her life as a child and as a young teenager, Mary lived a normal life, but clearly one that kept her close to God and living her life according to God’s ways of love, mercy and generosity of spirit. That of course brings us to the “second period” of Mary’s life which was officially launched at the moment of the Annunciation. We are all very familiar with that powerful moment. In the Gospel of St. Matthew, we learn about the “Annunciation” indirectly when the Angel of the Lord appears to Joseph in a dream to tell him: “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this Child has been conceived in her.” (Mt. 1:20) In the Gospel of St. Luke, however, we come to direct knowledge of this wondrous event, with a powerful recording of that moment that began the salvation of the world: “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary.” The Archangel Gabriel had very specific instructions at a very specific moment, the moment that the Scriptures elsewhere refer to as “in the fullness of time.” In other words, at the precise moment when God knew that it was right — when the exact people were open and ready to participate — God set His plan of salvation in motion. What is so amazing and powerful about the “moment” is that the entire Plan of Salvation depended on what Mary’s response would be to the Angel’s proposition when the Angel said: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you...Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” Following some clarification that Mary needed, her response was: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” From that moment, God’s plan for the salvation of the world was able to move forward. And from that moment, Mary became the Mother of Jesus. Later on, the Church would give her the title “Mother of God,” a title defined by the Council of Ephesus in 431. A very special Greek word is often used: “Theotokos”, or “Bearer of God.” It was this same Council which declared that in Christ there are two natures, one divine and one human, but only one person. It was this “moment” that moved Mary into the “second period” of her life, out of anonymity and into the spotlight of salvation. Immediately after the Annunciation, St. Luke tells us that Mary, who had also learned from the Archangel Gabriel that her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, was pregnant with who would become John the Baptist, immediately sets out to travel across the rough Galilee terrain to spend the next three months with Elizabeth, both to help her, as well as, I would assume, to gain Elizabeth’s help as she advanced into her very special pregnancy. In a recent meeting with young women in Rome (April 28, 2014), Pope Francis reflected with them on the role of our Blessed Mother: “Mary, the woman of fidelity, did not understand what was happening to her,” said Pope Francis, “but obeyed nonetheless; as soon as she knew her cousin needed her, she ran to her, the Virgin of Readiness. Mary, who helped to raise her Son and to accompany Him, and followed Him when He began to preach; who suffered through all that happened to the Boy as He grew. She who stayed by His side and told Him of problems, ‘Look they have no wine’.” Pope Francis then used these beautiful titles to describe our dear Blessed Mother: “Mary, Lady of the Caress, Lady of Tenderness, Lady of the Readiness to serve.” Throughout the second “period” of Mary’s life, she was all these titles for Jesus, her Son. The third “period” of Mary’s life, from my perspective, begins as she accompanied Jesus on the Way of the Cross. She never abandoned Him; she always followed along behind Him. In spite of how awful that had to be for her, she was there with Him because she was His mother. Even through the Crucifixion and while Jesus hung dying on the Cross, she stood faithfully and lovingly at the foot of the Cross. Continued on page 4
Las constantes nevadas de este pasado invierno, además de las lluvias de abril, han contribuido hacia las hermosas flores que están floreciendo en este mes de mayo, con toda la naturaleza volviendo a la vida. Incluso a medida que continuamos nuestras celebraciones litúrgicas de la “nueva vida” del tiempo Pascual a lo largo de estas semanas de mayo, también recordamos a nuestra querida Bendita Madre en este mes destinado para darle devoción especial. Hay muchas devociones especiales que nos ayudan a honrar a María, nuestra Madre, tan apropiadas durante este mes, desde el cultivo de un “ jardín de María”, a llevar a cabo una coronación de mayo, a rezar el rosario en familia/como hogar cada día. ¿Por qué es que la Iglesia anima a tal devoción? Por supuesto, es por el lugar especial que María ocupa en toda la historia de la salvación. Permítanme reflexionar con ustedes un poco en la “perspectiva “ de este mes en el lugar de honor especial de María. En mis últimas reflexiones sobre nuestra Santísima Madre, he encontrado útil pensar en ella en tres períodos diferentes de su propia vida. Aunque sabemos muy poco acerca de la vida y los antecedentes de María, las reflexiones y enseñanzas de la Iglesia nos han dado lo suficiente para sacar algunas conclusiones inspiradoras. La primera vez que oímos hablar sobre María es en Evangelio de San Lucas y el evangelio de San Mateo en el momento de la Anunciación. Así que, el primer “periodo” de su vida es antes de la Anunciación. Ella era la única hija (a lo mejor de nuestro conocimiento) de San Joaquín y Santa Ana. Sabemos con certeza, gracias a la enseñanza de la Iglesia que, cuando María fue concebida en el vientre de su madre Ana en la forma normal de la concepción, que se mantuvo milagrosamente de ser concebida en pecado original, como cualquier otro ser humano en la historia del mundo antes de ella y desde ella han sido concebidos. Nos referimos a esta enseñanza de la Iglesia como la Inmaculada Concepción. Esta enseñanza de la Iglesia se llevó a cabo por la mayoría de los católicos durante cientos de años, pero se definió oficialmente e infaliblemente como dogma de fe por el Papa Pío IX en su Constitución Apostólica “Ineffabilis Deus” el 8 de diciembre de 1854. En esta declaración , el Papa Pío IX escribió: “que la Santísima Virgen María, desde el primer instante de su concepción por singular gracia y privilegio de Dios omnipotente y en vista de los méritos de Jesucristo, se mantuvo libre de toda mancha de pecado original”. Esta poderosa intuición espiritual es lo que nos lleva a concluir que porque María no tenía los efectos del pecado original, se mantuvo “sin pecado” a lo largo de su vida, aunque, por supuesto, mantuvo su libre albedrío como lo tienen todos los seres humanos. Como consecuencia de la “Inmaculada Concepción”, la vida de María, de manera permanente e íntimamente relacionada con Dios, es “toda santa”. Así, a lo largo de su vida como niña y como joven adolescente, María vivió una vida normal, pero claramente una que la mantuvo cerca de Dios y viviendo su vida de acuerdo a las maneras de amor de Dios, misericordia y generosidad de espíritu. Eso, por supuesto, nos lleva al “segundo período” de la vida de María que fue lanzado oficialmente en el momento de la Anunciación. Todos estamos muy familiarizados con ese momento impactante. En el Evangelio de San Mateo, aprendemos acerca de la “Anunciación” indirectamente cuando el Ángel del Señor se aparece a José en un sueño para decirle: “José, hijo de David, no temas recibir a María, tu esposa, porque lo que ha sido engendrado en ella proviene del Espíritu Santo. (Mt. 1:20) En el Evangelio de San Lucas, sin embargo, llegamos a un conocimiento directo de este maravilloso evento, con una potente grabación de ese momento en que se inició la salvación del mundo: “En el sexto mes, el ángel Gabriel fue enviado por Dios a una ciudad de Galilea, llamada Nazaret, a una virgen desposada con un hombre llamado José, de la casa de David, y el nombre de la virgen era María” el Arcángel Gabriel tenía instrucciones muy específicas en un momento muy concreto , el momento en que las Escrituras se refieren en otro lugar como “en la plenitud de los tiempos” en otras palabras, Cuando Dios supo que era el momento preciso — cuando las personas exactas estaban abiertas y listas para participar — Dios puso su plan de salvación en movimiento. Lo que es tan sorprendente y poderoso sobre el “momento” es que todo el plan de salvación dependía de cual seria la respuesta de María a la propuesta del Ángel cuando el ángel dijo: “Dios te salve María, llena eres de gracia, el Señor está contigo.... no temas, María, porque has hallado gracia delante de Dios. He aquí, concebirás en tu seno y darás a luz un hijo, y le pondrás por nombre Jesús” Después de algunas aclaraciones que María necesitaba, su respuesta fue: “He aquí la esclava del Señor. Hágase en mí según tu palabra.“ A partir de ese momento, el plan de Dios para la salvación del mundo pudo seguir adelante. Y a partir de ese momento, María se convirtió en la Madre de Jesús. Más tarde, la Iglesia le daría el título de “Madre de Dios”, un título definido por el Concilio de Éfeso en 431. Una palabra griega muy especial se utiliza a menudo: “Theotokos”, o “Portadora de Dios”. Fue este mismo Concilio, el que declaro que en Cristo hay dos naturalezas, una divina y otra humana, pero sólo una persona. Fue este “momento” el que movió a María al “segundo período” de su vida, salir del anonimato al centro de atención de la salvación. Inmediatamente después de la Anunciación, San Lucas nos dice que María, que también se había enterado por el Arcángel Gabriel que su anciana prima Isabel, estaba embarazada de quien se convertiría en Juan el Bautista, de inmediato se dispone a viajar a través del terreno áspero Galileo para pasar los próximos tres meses con Isabel, tanto para ayudarla, así como, yo asumiría, para obtener la ayuda de Isabel mientras ella crecía en su embarazo muy especial. En un reciente encuentro con mujeres jóvenes en Roma (28 de abril de 2014), el Papa Francisco reflexiono con ellas sobre el papel de nuestra Madre Santísima: “María, la mujer de la fidelidad, no entendía lo que le estaba sucediendo”, dijo el Papa Francisco, “pero obedeció, sin embargo; tan pronto como supo que su prima la necesitaba, corrió hacia ella, la Virgen de la Disposición. María, que ayudó a criar a su hijo y acompañarlo, y lo siguió cuando comenzó a predicar; que sufrió a través de todo lo que le pasó al niño a medida que crecía. Ella, que se quedó a su lado y le habló de problemas: ‘Mira no tienen vino’” El Papa Francisco entonces utilizo estos hermosos títulos para describir a nuestra querida Madre Santísima: “María, Señora de la caricia, la Virgen de la ternura, la Señora de la Disposición para servir.” A lo largo del segundo “período”de la vida de María, ella era todos estos títulos para Jesús, su Hijo. El tercer “período” de la vida de María, desde mi perspectiva, comienza cuando ella acompañó a Jesús en el camino de la cruz. Ella nunca lo abandonó; ella siempre lo siguió. A pesar de lo horrible que tiene que haber sido para ella, ella estaba allí con él porque era su madre. Incluso a
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Catholic Relief Services collection set for May 17/18 The Catholic Relief Services Collection, which will take place on the weekend of May 17/18, 2014, works at home and abroad to aid struggling, poor, and underrepresented families. The six organizations supported by the Collection provide immediate humanitarian aid, pastoral support, and disaster relief to our suffering brothers and sisters around the globe. This Collection offers an opportunity for each of us to help Jesus in disguise. Your donations: • Feed Jesus’ hunger in suffering refugees through the USCCB Department of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). • Give water to quench Jesus’ thirst in the people of Bolivia and Ethiopia through the humanitarian work of Catholic Relief Services (CRS). • Offer legal assistance to Jesus in struggling immigrants\through the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC). • Reach out to comfort Jesus’ loneliness in isolated workers through the pastoral work of the USCCB Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church. • Advocate on behalf of Jesus in the poor and abandoned through the public policy work of the USCCB Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. • Send aid to Jesus in the victims of natural disaster through the Holy Father’s Relief Fund. The organizations supported by The Catholic Relief Services Collection act from their belief that every individual is an equal heir of Christ’s love and care.
People’s generosity kept people warm this winter By Kerry Williams, Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo Thanks to the generosity of many parishioners around the diocese, the 2014 Diocesan Heating Assistance Program (DHAP) was able to help 286 families — including 511 adults and 384 children — stay warm this winter. These families, living across the nine counties of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, received more than $63,000 in assistance through the DHAP program. Just as heating costs soared, so did the demand for assistance and the program’s funds were exhausted by early March. When asked about her experiences with the DHAP program, Heating Assistance Coordinator Peg Klitch praised the dedication of all involved. “Our staff of volunteers for this ministry are the best,” she said. “ They come out in frigid weather to be available to take calls from the agencies serving our less fortunate brothers and sisters who make requests for assistance. We try to process those requests quickly knowing how important the need is.” Klitch is especially grateful for the generous donations that come in from across the Diocese, saying, “Were it not for the kindness and generosity of parishioners in Catholic churches throughout the Diocese of Kalamazoo, these monies would not be available. Thank you to all who have given to this ministry over the many years and we look forward to your continued support.” In its 32 year history, DHAP has assisted 11,531 families (37,195 people) with heating assistance totaling $1,751,800.
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Volunteers honored at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital DOWAGIAC, Mich., April 23, 2014 — Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital honored its volunteers during the hospital’s annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Most of the 36 active health ministry volunteers were on hand during the luncheon. They were welcomed by John Ryder, chief operating officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital and Beth Cripe, volunteer coordinator at BorgessLee. During the 2013 calendar year, volunteers donated over 3,600 hours of service to the hospital. “Our mission commitment of providing holistic, spiritually centered care could not be accom-
plished without these volunteers,” said John Ryder, chief operating officer, Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital. Two volunteers qualified for medals from the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Martha Cox received the Gold Medal for 500 hours or more and pin. Her name is being engraved on a plaque and will be displayed in the hospital entrance. Pam Karasek was honored with the Silver Medal (249 to 499) for giving more than 250 hours. Both Presidential Award winners received a lapel pin, a personalized certificate, and a congratulatory letter signed by President Barack Obama.
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And that is when Jesus gave her to us, and to the world. When He looked down from the Cross, as one of His final acts and with nearly His final words, we read these words in the Gospel of St. John: “When Jesus saw his mother there and the disciple whom He loved, He said: ‘Woman, behold your son. Then He said to the disciple (John): ‘Behold your mother.’ And from that hour, the disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:26-27) From that moment, Mary became our Mother, and the Mother of all the faithful. We believe that at the end of Mary’s earthly life, she was “assumed” into Heaven. That is the dogma known as “the Assumption,” proclaimed by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 in his encyclical “Munificentissimus Deus.” In part, this dogma states: “Mary, Immaculate Mother of God, ever Virgin, after finishing the course of her life on earth, was taken up body and soul to heavenly glory.” Once again, this dogma, declared only 64 years ago, simply affirmed the belief of the Faithful for centuries, just as was the case about the teaching of the Immaculate Conception. The Assumption tells us that Mary is indissolubly linked to her Son on earth and in heaven. Glorified in body and soul, Mary is already in the state that will be ours after the resurrection of the dead at the end of time. In this “third period” of Mary’s life, we look to her as our Mother, as our Model, and as our Intercessor. We are called to imitate Jesus in every way possible in our lives. However, we can also look to Mary as a model for how we are to live, especially in her openness to the Holy Spirit, in her generosity in helping those in need, and in her constant devotion to her Son, and now, to His Church. During this month of May, as we offer our special devotions to honor our dear Blessed Mother, we look to her not just as an historical figure who played such a critical part in salvation history, but also as one who, thanks to Jesus’ special gift, is now vibrantly fulfilling her role, in this the “third period” of her life, as our Spiritual Mother and the Mother of the Church. She is our Model, the one to whom we look to imitate, to emulate, to admire and through whom we seek her powerful intercession. As one spiritual maxim puts it, “through Mary to Jesus”. Or in the words of Pope Francis in his recent audience with young people: “Do not be afraid. Look at Jesus, look at Mary, and go forward.” Dear Family of Faith, during this month of May, let us look for new ways and prayerful practices to strengthen our devotion to Mary, and through her help, may we draw ever closer to her Son, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. With her, may we too make her response our own: “Fiat” — “Let it be done to me according to Your Word.”
Pictured (L-R): Beth Cripe, Borgess volunteer coordinator); and Martha Cox, Gold Level Presidential Service Award recipient.
Peggy Barkes with 453 hours, Bernie Laymon with 425 hours, Barb Moses with 252 hours, and Ann Biek with 232 hours.
través de la Crucifixión y mientras Jesús colgaba y moría en la Cruz, ella permaneció fiel y con amor a los pies de la Cruz. Y es ahí cuando Jesús nos la dio a nosotros, y al mundo. Cuando él miró hacia abajo de la cruz, como uno de sus últimos actos y con casi sus últimas palabras, leemos estas palabras en el Evangelio de San Juan: “Cuando Jesús vio a su madre y al discípulo a quien él amaba, dijo: “Mujer, ahí tienes a tu hijo. Luego dijo al discípulo (Juan): “Ahí tienes a tu madre”. Y desde aquella hora el discípulo la recibió en su casa. (Juan 19:26-27) A partir de ese momento, María se convirtió en nuestra Madre, y Madre de todos los fieles. Creemos que al final de la vida terrena de María, ella fue “ asumida “ al Cielo. Ese es el dogma conocido como “ la Asunción “, proclamado por el Papa Pío XII el 1 de noviembre de 1950 en su encíclica “Munificentissimus Deus”. En parte, este dogma afirma: “María, Inmaculada Madre de Dios, siempre Virgen, después de terminar el curso de su vida terrena, fue llevada en cuerpo y alma a la gloria celestial.” Una vez más, este dogma, declarado hace tan sólo 64 años, simplemente afirmo la creencia de los fieles durante siglos, tal como fue el caso de la enseñanza de la Inmaculada Concepción. La Asunción nos dice que María está indisolublemente ligada a su Hijo en la tierra y en el cielo. Glorificada en cuerpo y alma, María ya está en el estado que va a ser el nuestro después de la resurrección de los muertos al final de los tiempos. En este “tercer período” de la vida de María, la miramos como nuestra Madre, como nuestro modelo, y como nuestra intercesora. Estamos llamados a imitar a Jesús en todas las maneras posibles en nuestras vidas. Sin embargo, también podemos mirar a María como modelo de cómo debemos vivir, especialmente en su apertura al Espíritu Santo, en su generosidad para ayudar a los necesitados, y en su constante devoción a su Hijo, y ahora, a la Iglesia de su Hijo. Durante este mes de mayo, al ofrecer nuestras devociones especiales para honrar a nuestra querida Madre Santísima, la miramos no sólo como un personaje histórico que desempeñó un papel tan importante en la historia de la salvación, sino también como aquella que, gracias al regalo especial de Jesús, ahora está vibrantemente cumpliendo su papel, en este “tercer período” de su vida, como nuestra Madre Espiritual y la Madre de la Iglesia. Ella es nuestro modelo, la persona a quien buscamos imitar, emular, admirar y a través de quien buscamos su poderosa intercesión. Como una máxima espiritual dice, “A Jesús por María” o, en las palabras del Papa Francisco en su reciente audiencia con los jóvenes: “No tengan miedo. Miren a Jesús, miren a María, y sigan adelante.” Querida Familia de Fe, durante este mes de mayo, busquemos nuevas formas y prácticas de oración para fortalecer nuestra devoción a María, y por medio de su ayuda, que nos podamos acercar cada vez más a su Hijo y nuestro Señor y Salvador, Jesucristo. Que con ella, podemos también hacer nuestra su respuesta: “Fiat” — “Que se haga en mí según tu palabra.”
Bishop Murray featured speaker at Catholic Women’s June meeting On June 25th, the Kalamazoo Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will facilitate answering the question, “Woman, Catholic Woman: What Does That Mean?” Gathering at St. Stanislaus in Dorr, women from all over the Kalamazoo Diocese will share time examining their role as Catholic women. Bishop Emeritus James A. Murray will explain the Church’s teaching on women’s roles.
“ Wa i t i ng i n J o y f u l H o p e ” Sheila Clearwater, Music Minister at Blessed Sacrament in Allegan, will share her talents both musically and spiritually. “Our joyful vocation is to share the attributes we received at baptism by being the person we were created to be,” Clearwater says. A panel of Catholic Women including Jan Hall, principal, St. Margaret Catholic School, Otsego and Sheryl O’Conner, ministry, Sacred Heart Parish, Watson, will discuss Catholic women in action. Additionally Judy and Jerry Bohl, St. Thomas More parishioners, will present a talk on the Water Project. Mass will be celebrated. The cost of the day is $15 which includes coffee and goodies in the morning and lunch. Grants are available. To register, contact Sue Annis, [email protected]
, (269) 629-5757.
Sts. John and John Paul canonized — cover story which Pope Francis kissed before they were placed on a small table for veneration by the congregation. St. John’s relic was a piece of the late pope’s skin, removed when his body was transferred to its present tomb in the main sanctuary of St. Peter’s Basilica. Floribeth Mora Diaz (see photo), a Costa Rican woman whose recovery from a brain aneurysm was recognized by the church as a miracle attributable to the intercession of St. John Paul, brought up a silver reliquary conPope Francis declared his predecessors Pope John XXII and taining some of the saint’s blood, taken from Pope John Paul into saints April 20, 2014. him for medical testing shortly before his death in 2005. The Vatican estimated that 800,000 attended the ceremony in Rome, with overflow crowds watching on giant-screen TVs set up at various locations around the city. The 2011 beatification of Pope John Paul drew more than 1 million people, according to Italian police estimates at the time. The Vatican said 93 countries sent official delegations to the Mass, and more than 30 of the delegations were led by a president or prime minister. The current king and queen of Spain and the former king and queen of Belgium were in attendance. Contributing to this story was Cindy Wooden at the Vatican.
Battle Creek parish and Catholic school honor the two new saints
A white skullcap (zuchetto) worn by St. John Paul II was on display at St. Philip Parish April 26 and 27th. The zucchetto was given to Very Rev. John Fleckenstein, pastor of St. Philip’s, on May 14, 1999. Photography by John Grap “There is a small hair, as I remembered, in it,” says Fr. John. “I believe at Very Rev. John Fleckenstein, pastor of St. Philip Roman Catholic Church, prays before the skull cap, given to him on May 14, 1999, the very least this is a second-class relic since it was worn by Saint John Paul II.” by Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. The skull cap is a relic of the newly declared Saint John Paul, who was canonized as saint, along with The Knights of Columbus will proPope John XXIII, by Pope Francis at the Vatican on April 27. vide an honor guard (and security) for this rare relic. “As I understand it, John Paul II did not give his zuchetto often,” adds Fr. John. “As I was told this directly from his personal secretary, now-Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. It was given in the Apostolic Palace, as I presented the Holy Father a new skullcap that I had obtained at the pope’s tailor, Gammarelli’s.” Bishop Bradley presented the history of the two popes and their journey to sainthood to the middle school students at St. Joseph Middle School, Battle Creek, at the invitation of their theology teacher, Don Shafer. During his presentation Bishop Bradley showed a video explaining the steps to sainthood that was produced by Busted Halo. Photo by Terry Hageman
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The Other Six Days
By Jane Knuth
Right of Way The poor are our masters, and it is no exaggeration to call them this, for Our Lord is in the poor. –St. Vincent de Paul The poor have taught me much in the years I have been hanging out at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store. The wisdom that they impart comes from listening to their stories, and observing the way they treat others. It’s not necessary to volunteer at a thrift store to meet Our Lord in this way; he is waiting on any given street corner on any given day. I only need to slow down to find him. Today I am not slowing down. I am running a series of errands and the last one on my list is “groceries.” I pull up at the stop sign, look left, then right, but the green telephone box blocks my view so I creep the car tires over the crosswalk and look past it. No cars are coming and I almost pull out before I notice the lady in the electric wheelchair. I push the car into reverse and back off the crosswalk to let her pass, but she waves me on. I’m in a hurry, but clearly this lady has the right of way, so I indicate that she should cross in front of me. She insists, gesturing and refusing to move her wheelchair. Sigh. I’m not going to argue all afternoon, so I cross the road to the grocery store. Ten minutes later, I am in the produce section when she wheels up to my cart and says, “I’m glad you took my meaning and crossed the road ahead of me.” I stoop a little and look her in the eye. “You had the right of way; I would have gladly waited.” “Oh, no,” she says shaking her head. “I know that gas costs $3.70/gallon and this wheel chair only costs me $34 a month to rent. You would spend a lot more money waiting for me than I would waiting for you.” I am dumbfounded at this level of humility. I smile at her and stoop lower to get a very good look at my Master’s face.
Sisters offer opportunity for local mission experience with Companions in Mission program The Congregation of St. Joseph invites interested college-aged and adult woman to participate in their Companions in Mission Program. This is a program for women, ages 18 – 70, which will be offered during the week of June 22rd to 27th at the Nazareth Center in Kalamazoo. Participants will work in a variety of social ministries in the Kalamazoo area, where the Sisters of St. Joseph are located, and live with other volunteers and sisters sharing experiences of prayer and community life with them. If this invitation interests you, contact Sr. Lois O’Malley CSJ at 316-689-4029 or [email protected]
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The journey to Catholicism: A Family’s story By Kimberly Bolton One of the many things that attracted Deb Gottschall to her husband Craig was his devotion to God and his Catholic faith. Craig, who was raised Lutheran, converted to Catholicism in 1992. At this year’s Easter Vigil, Deb and her 16year-old twins Joey and Stephenie Bagley made their own professions of faith and celebrated their sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist at St. Catherine of Sienna in Portage. When Craig and Deb married four years ago, it was the second time for both of them. “A second marriage is tough, especially bringing kids into it. Craig’s daily devotion was inspiring,” Deb said. Besides the twins, Craig and Deb both have two older daughters from their previous marriages. “Craig accepted that I wasn’t Catholic,” said Deb, who was born and raised in the Church of the Nazarene. “But it was our strong faith in God that brought us together. It helped solidify our marriage.” Mystagogy: After receiving the Easter Sacraments, the neophytes (newly initiated) continue their faith formation during the period of mystagogy (which means “interpretation of mystery”). Mystagogy is the time of post-baptismal catechesis. It typically lasts for one year. This time allows the neophytes to reflect on their experience of the sacraments, Scripture, grow closer to Christ through the Eucharist and participate more frequently in the parish. The parish community is called to mentor the neophytes as they begin to live as Christian disciples and fulfill their baptismal vocation to evangelize. Jeannine Marino is a program specialist at the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Yet, it wasn’t Craig who persuaded Deb to join the Church. That credit goes to her son Joey. About a year and a half ago, St. Monica’s Fr. James Adams, who was at St. Catherine at the time, came over to bless the family’s home and meet with Joey about becoming a priest. “I ended up asking more questions than Joey,” Deb explained. “I was trying hard to find a way not to accept Catholicism.” But between that encounter, and later meeting Joe Mileski, St. Catherine’s steward of the Liturgy, Deb could not resist. “I can be a complacent person, but I felt the Holy Spirit when I was talking to Joe. I felt it deep in my soul, and knew I was ready,” she said. Mileski, a former seminarian currently working on his masters in Systamatic Theology from the Athenaeum of Ohio, has been leading St. Catherine’s RCIA groups for the past two years. This is the second time he has had a family go through the process together, and is impressed by how engaged the Gottschalls and the twins are. “They are truly remarkable, speaking up frequently in class and always asking great questions,” Mileski said. “Even Craig, who comes to class with them.” In addition to the RCIA preparation, which includes a weekly Wednesday night class and 15 minutes of daily prayer, studying spiritual texts, or reading scripture, Mileski has been guiding Joey through his Process of Discernment about going to Seminary. “Joey is a very deep young man,” said Deb, as she recalled how he called the family together to pray when her grandfather passed away in hospice a few years ago. “My grandfather always said he’d be a preacher when he grows up. We’re not pushing him, but wouldn’t be surprised if that’s where he ends up.” Stephenie, who also has a deep faith, made the decision to become Catholic on her own. Describing her daughter as
Members of the Gottschall family were welcomed into the Catholic Church during Easter Vigil Mass at St. Catherine of Siena in Portage. Shown from left are: Deb, Craig, Stephanie and Joey.
quiet and reserved, she said, “Stephenie has always had a close relationship with God, but in our other Church felt like she had to express it out loud. Being Catholic gives her a chance to have a relationship with God in a way that makes sense to her.” After the Easter Vigil, Stephenie, Deb and Joey will complete the final stage of their conversion with mystagogy, a period of enlightenment that examines the practicalities of living the faith, corrects misconceptions about it, and teaches its deeper mysteries. Mileski’s hope is all of his students end RCIA with a thirst to learn more. “Sometimes when you prepare people to receive sacraments, you wonder and worry if they’ll want to continue with the faith afterwards,” Mileski admits. About Deb and her family, however, “I rest assured they will continue and be active in their parish community. As RCIA director, that’s the greatest hope you have.”
May offers opportunities to honor Our Blessed Mother Two Marian liturgical celebrations are commemorated in May. When Ascension falls in May, the Saturday after the Ascension of Our Lord is traditionally celebrated as the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles. The liturgy commemorates the period of time after the Ascension when the apostles were gathered in prayer with Mary and the women in the Upper Room. On May 31, in the United States, we celebrate the Commemoration of the Visitation. When Mary heard that her elderly relative, Elizabeth, was expecting a child, she hurried to help her. Mary's service brought Christ to the home of Zechariah and Elizabeth.
Mary Month – Why May? The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary in many cultures. May is considered the season of the beginning of new life. Already in Greek culture, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. In Roman culture, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of bloom, of blossoms. The Romans celebrated ludi florales (literally: floral games) at the end of April, asking the intercession of Flora for all that blooms. This is also related to the medieval practice of expelling winter. May 1 was considered the beginning of growth. At one time, the custom of having a Mary-month was independent from the month of May as such: • A very old tradition known as Tricesimum (or: Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary; also called Lady Month) was originally held from August 15 – September 14. The exact dates or origin of this devotion are unknown, but the custom is still practiced here and there. • Mary Month, as yet unrelated to a specific period, has been known since baroque times (Sources: Johannes Nadasi; Theophilus Marianus, 1664; J. X. Jacolet, Mensis Marianus, 1724). This devotion was comprised of about thirty spiritual exercises in honor of Mary. • Since medieval times, we have had the combination between Mary and the month of May. Among the earliest witnesses are: Alphonsus X, “el sabio,” King of Castille, Spain (1221-1284) with his "Cantigas de Santa Maria" ("Ben venna Mayo"). Here and elsewhere, both Mary and the month of May are greeted, welcomed and celebrated on specific days in May. Later, the whole month of May became the month of Mary. On each day of this month, special devotions to Mary were organized. This custom originated in Italy (for example: Ferrara, 1784). It was spread widely during the nineteenth century, a century well-known for its monthly devotions (Heart of Jesus in June; Rosary in October).
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Ways to Celebrate Mary’s Month [Mary, the Virgin] There are many ways to celebrate this particular devotion. Most churches have a daily recitation of the rosary. Some include the crowning of Our Lady's statue. The important thing is that Mary be honored in a special way. At one time, the domestic celebrations of the month of May were widespread, especially by setting up a small May altar in the home. May crowning became popular in the United States, especially prior to Vatican II. This practice continues in many parishes today. A statue of Mary is honored with a wreath of blossoms to indicate Mary's virtues, virtues that were to be imitated by the faithful. The ceremony usually takes place in the context of a public parish devotion outside of the liturgy. Source: The Marian Library, University of Dayton
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St. Charles Coldwater earns 24 Science Olympiad medals St. Charles Coldwater students earned 24 of the 36 Science Olympiad medals awarded at the Branch county division of the competition. The program is for students in grades third through sixth.
St. Joseph, Battle Creek, Middle School students (shown above) learn how they can grow in their faith by giving thanks to God in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Eight graders experience that true adoration is about being present before God and then taking God’s presence out into the world. You can see all the radiance and enthusiasm of Joshua Harrington after this unique one on one encounter as he spontaneously said:“It is the best time ever spent with Jesus!”
St. Basil Catholic School students traveled to the State Capitol in Lansing to make the case for blueberries to be chosen as the official fruit of the state of Michigan. Students argued that the blueberry is big business in West Michigan and backed a state fruit bill introduced by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton). Michigan has produced more than 490 million pounds of blueberries in a single year, or roughly 32 percent of all those eaten in the United States, they said. The blueberry was pitted against the cherry for the top slot
Student Spaceﬂight Experiments Program (SSEP) Nearly 80 Proposals from all four Diocesan schools involved in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) project will be reviewed in early May; and two projects will be chosen (a first place entry and an “alternate” in case the first place entry, for some reason, cannot be carried out in the zero gravity conditions of space). The winning projects will be announced in mid-May. The schools participating in this project are St. Monica Catholic School, St. Augustine Cathedral School, St. Joseph Middle School in Battle Creek and St. Stanislaus Catholic School in Dorr.
St. Joseph School in Watervliet will launch new school model in the fall Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, St. Joseph School will open with a Preschool program and Kindergarten education. Fr. John Peter Ambrose will serve as sacramental and spiritual leader of the school and The Office of Schools for the Diocese of Kalamazoo will assume administrative functions for the school. A few examples of this oversight will include decisions related to budget, school staffing, St. Joseph School, Watervliet, will begin its school calendar, governance and curriculum. In addi- 2014-2015 school year offering preschool and kindergarten. Shown above is a file tion to a Preschool program and Kindergarten an photo of a preschooler praying at an “altar” “After-school” care program will be provided based during a lesson for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. on level of interest. Continuing its commitment to Catholic school education, the parish will provide both subsidized transportation and tuition assistance to families of St. Joseph Parish to attend Lake Michigan Catholic Schools in grades not offered at St. Joseph Elementary School. In addition to launching a new school model for the coming fall, a study will begin immediately to determine the feasibility of adopting a Montessori-based program for future school years. Registration will begin immediately and continue through the start of school this fall. Please call the school office for additional information at 269-463-3941; www.stjcatholic.net.
St. Monica students honor Mary on May day Overcast skies and a few sprinkles didn’t deter students at St. Monica Catholic School from reverently carrying fresh-cut spring flowers and laying them at the feet of an alabaster statue of Mary, during a “May Crowning” ceremony held this morning in the school’s Mary garden. In the Catholic Church, May is traditionally the month for honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the “May Crowning” has become a long-held and much-loved ritual at St. Monica Catholic School. The morning began with an All-School Mass, said by Father Larry Farrell, pastor of St. Monica Parish. Students then walked in procession, carrying bouquets of flowers, to the school’s outdoor Mary Garden where a wreath of fresh roses was placed on the head of Mary’s statue, and songs and prayers were recited in her honor. The school’s fourth grade teacher, Cindi Westerhouse, sang an a cappella version of the classical hymn “Ave Maria” to conclude the day’s events. Ironically, this year’s May Crowning ceremony falls on the National Day of Prayer. Shown left is Allison Wolf, an 8th grader at St. Monica Catholic School, places a wreath of fresh roses and baby’s breath on the head of an alabaster statue of Mary that stands in the school’s Mary Garden, as part of the school’s annual “May Crowning” ceremony, held this morning.
Shown above are St. Monica sixth graders (from left): Morgan Crawford, Mitchell Gravely, John Brown and Lucy Backman.
St. Joseph Middle School in Battle Creek — Hannah Oo a 6th grade student at , shown left with principal Marcy Arnson, was one of two young artists honored for her design of a patch for the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program at an unveiling ceremony at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Her drawing will be flown into space, next fall, and embossed with a certification saying it has traveled through outer space.
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Spiritual book reviews on everyday topics Thought-provoking books on an everyday topic “Table of Plenty: Good Food for Body and Spirit” by Susan Muto. Franciscan Media (Cincinnati, 2014). 160 pp., $15.99. “Epic Food Fight: A Bite-Sized History of Salvation” by Father Leo Patalinghug. Servant Books (Cincinnati, 2014). 176 pp., $17.99. Reviewed by Nancy L. Roberts Catholic News Service These two slim paperbacks serve up substantial food for thought about the sacredness of the family dinner table. First, Susan Muto’s “Table of Plenty: Good Food for Body and Spirit” offers inspiring stories, reflections and recipes garnered from her Italian-American childhood. Her mother Helen, a full-time homemaker, adhered to “slow food movement” principles long before their modern “discovery.” She approached cooking as an activity to be shared and savored itself, as much as the meal it produced. The book’s pages are redolent with Helen’s spicy chicken cacciatore, eggplant bruschetta, simple rustic bread and lemon meringue pie for dessert. Recipes for these and many other dishes are included, but Muto's real focus is how mealtimes can be rich spiritual experiences. This is something she learned from both her mother and her maternal grandmother, whom she describes as “two vivacious women who reverenced good food for God’s sake.” Muto directs the Epiphany Association, a nonprofit ecumenical education, consultation and research center, and earned a doctorate in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh. This seems a fruitful background for her book, which communicates significant spiritual ideas in accessible prose. She is perfectly at home unpacking scriptural food metaphors (“land of milk and honey”) and early church history, and then recounting the practical details of a special family meal — even in the space of a single paragraph. This combination of narrative erudition and storytelling is very engaging. Muto was fortunate indeed to grow up in a home where cooking and shared meals were so clearly understood as a manifestation of divine creativity and caring. Her essays and reflections are thoughtful and warmly told and her mother's recipes are an added treasure. Father Leo Patalinghug of the Archdiocese of Baltimore also understands how communal meals enrich family and parish life. As a young priest, he hosted supper clubs with parish families and went on to use food and cooking to share the Gospel message through a website, books, radio and a TV show. He also founded the Grace Before Meals movement, which emphasizes that the family that eats and prays together stays together. From this basic idea, he springs to explore broader theological aspects of food in “Epic Food Fight.” This battle, as Father Patalinghug sees it, is the cosmic one between good and evil. Where does food come in? Well, he writes, “the devil is a master
at ‘plating’ — presenting his dishes artistically, interestingly and appetizingly.” Meanwhile, “the church is still learning to plate the beauty of truth in a way that makes people want to taste it, consume it and live it.” Jesus, of course, was the master of this, as shown by the crowds that flocked to hear him teach and perform miracles. Such playful wit enlivens “Epic Food Fight,” which takes the reader on a tour of various aspects of salvation in seven different chapters. Topics include the role of the sacred priesthood (the “front lines of the food fight”) and the sacred relationship and role of married couples. In “Feeding the Hungry — Body, Mind, and Spirit,” Father Patalinghug discusses the importance of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. He addresses the long-standing conflict between the spiritual and the temporal — between those who are more focused on the next world, and those who emphasize achieving social justice in this one. The final chapter presents Father Patalinghug’s 10 commandments for personal dieting. These include, for example, the sensible: “Eat with humility whatever is set before you,” “Avoid the sins of waste, gluttony and an immature appetite” and “Pray before every meal.” He also counsels, “Avoid the temptation to turn a human diet plan into an organized religion” and “Don’t engage in scrupulous worry about food.” This sort of balance is refreshing and is reinforced throughout the book. “Epic Food Fight” lends itself to nonsequential reading; one can pick it up, digest a chapter and then return to a different section. In fact, each chapter could inspire its own retreat or meditation; the discussion questions provided could easily serve as catalysts for thoughtful reflection. Roberts directs the journalism program at the University at Albany and is the author of “Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker.”
Hot off the press: Pope Francis’ “Church of Mercy” “The Church of Mercy: A Vision for the Church” by Pope Francis was released last month by Loyola Press. This book marks the first collection of writings from the Holy Father’s firstyear as pope. Arranged thematically to provide a coherent narrative of his papacy thus far, it expresses the pope’s clear and urgent desire for a “church that is poor, and for the poor.” The Pope’s homilies, speeches and essays were organized by Giuliano Vignii, professor at The Catholic University of Milan, who has edited books by Pope Paul VI, Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini. “The keyword of Pope Francis’ program, which signposts the way, is sealed in the title: mercy,” writes Professor Vigini in the preface. Loyola Press is a nonprofit apostolate of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus. For more information visit: www.PopeFrancis.LoyolaPress.com.
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John XXIII and John Paul II: Canonizing the bookends Pope Francis’s bold decisions to canonize Blessed John XXIII without the normal post-beatification miracle, and to link Good Pope John’s canonization ceremony to that of Blessed John Paul II, just may help reorient Catholic thinking about modern Catholic history. For what Francis is suggesting, I think, is that John XXIII and John Paul II are the twin bookends of the Second Vatican Council — and thus should be canonized together. On Jan. 25, 1959, less than three months after his election, John XXIII surprised the Catholic world by announcing that he would summon the 21st ecumenical council in history. According to some Catholic thinkers, Vatican I’s teaching that the Bishop of Rome enjoyed a charism of infallibility under carefully defined circumstances had made future general councils unnecessary. General or ecumenical councils had previously been summoned to thrash out disputed questions of doctrine; the pope could now take care of that on his own; so, no more councils. John XXIII disagreed. His council, while Woman kneels in prayer while celebrating and reaffirming the deposit of holding image of St. John Paul II faith, would explore ways in which the abid- following Mass of thanksgiving for of Sts. John Paul ing truths the Church carries in history could canonizations and John XXIII April 27 at St. be more effectively displayed to the world. Stanislaus Kostka Church in N.Y. (CNS photo/Mike It’s often said that John XXIII intended Vati- Rochester, Crupi, Catholic Courier) can II to be a “pastoral” council, and that’s true enough. But John XXIII, a historian by trade, had a capacious view of what “pastoral” means. He knew that the pope of his youth, the great Leo XIII, had unleashed reforming energies in the Church, energies that had created considerable turbulence (and not inconsiderable strife) in the first half of the 20th century. He wanted to focus those reforming energies through the prismatic experience of a new Pentecost, so that the Church might be a more evangelically compelling witness to Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Deconstructing Catholicism was the last thing on John XXIII’s mind. His grand strategic goal was a Church that could offer the world the “medicine of mercy” (as he put it in his opening address to the Council) in the form of life-giving truths. As everyone who lived through the post-Vatican II years knows, John XXIII’s Council created a lot of turbulence of its own. One reason why, I’m convinced, is that Vatican II, unlike previous ecumenical councils, did not provide authoritative keys to its own proper interpretation. It defined no dogma. It condemned no heresy or heretic(s). It legislated no new canons for the Church’s law, it wrote no creed, it commissioned no catechism. These were the ways previous councils had told the Church, “This is what we mean.” Vatican II did none of that. And we all know what happened next. A free-for-all over What Vatican II Meant ensued. And in the midst of that free-for-all, John XXIII’s strategic goal — an evangelically revitalized Church proclaiming the full symphony of Catholic truth in ways modernity could hear — got lost. Then God raised up a man of sanctity, genius, and deep pastoral experience, a man of the Council who had led an extensive implementation of Vatican II in his own diocese under extremely difficult circumstances, as John XXIII’s third successor: Karol Wojtyla of Cracow, who took the name John Paul II, thus honoring John XXIII’s first two successors. Over the course of a 26-and-a-half-year pontificate, and with the aid of Joseph Ratzinger (another Vatican II veteran who would become John XXIII’s fourth successor), John Paul II gave the Church the keys to an authoritative interpretation of Vatican II. He did it through his own magisterium, through the world Synod of Bishops, and through the Great Jubilee of 2000. And when he was called home to the Father’s house, he had oriented the Church toward the strategic goal John XXIII had defined on Oct. 11, 1962: the reform of Catholicism for a third millennium of evangelical and apostolic action, for the healing of the world. Two radically converted Christian disciples, one Council, two bookends: that is what Catholicism celebrates at the canonization of Pope St. John XXIII and Pope St. John Paul II. George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.Weigel’s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Phone: 303-715-3215
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Bishop’s Annual Appeal kicks off this month This month parishioners across the diocese will receive information and materials for the 2014 Bishop’s Annual Appeal, the major fundraiser that supports that ministries, services and programs of Bishop Paul J. Bradley and the diocesan offices. Generous donations to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal help fund important ministry programs from the annual youth rally which this year had more than 400 participants to the 13 diocesan seminarians who will, God willing, be ordained priests someday. Bishop Bradley expressed his gratitude to those participating in the annual appeal. He said, With your gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal, you enable the Church to share the love of Jesus through our ministries, and programs services as we fulfill our diocesan mission to renew faith, build communion, and inspire hope. We are grateful for your support — your tangible demonstration that God’s love and kingdom are truly among us.” This year’s total Bishop’s Annual Appeal goal is $X.X Million. The parish’s individual goals are shown on page 11. Those donating to the annual appeal have a variety of options from online giving to gifts of stock to making monthly pledges. For more information visit the diocesan website: www.dioceseofkalamazoo.org. Additional information on ways the monies are used as well as a video message from Bishop Bradley are also posted online. Following are just a few of the many programs supported by contributions to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal: • The ministry of Bishop Paul J. Bradley • The annual Catechetical Conference – last year more than 600 participants • The annual Youth Rally—this year more than 400 participants • Seminarian Education — 13 men currently studying for the priesthood • Catholic School Administration — The Office of Schools provides oversight, expertise and professional development for the 24 Catholic schools in the diocese. • Communications – The Good News, diocesan website, social media sites, media relations are provided by the Secretariat for Communications and Public Affairs
Parish Goals: Blessed Sacrament, Allegan Holy Angels, Sturgis Holy Family, Decatur Holy Maternity, Dowagiac Immaculate Conception, Hartford Immaculate Conception, Three Rivers Our Lady of Great Oak, Lacey Our Lady of the Lake, Edwardsburg Our Lady Queen of Peace, Bridgman Sacred Heart, Bangor Sacred Heart, Silver Creek Sacred Heart, Watson San Felipe de Jesus, Pearl SS Cyril & Methodius, Gun Lake SS John & Bernard, Benton Harbor St. Agnes, Sawyer St. Ambrose, Delton St. Ambrose, Parchment St. Ann, Cassopolis St. Ann, Gull Lake St. Anthony, Buchanan St. Anthony, Buchanan St. Augustine, Kalamazoo St. Barbara, Colon St. Basil, South Haven St. Catherine of Siena, Portage St. Charles, Coldwater St. Clare, Centreville St. Cyril, Nashville St. Edward, Mendon St. Gabriel, Berrien Springs St. Jerome, Battle Creek St. John Bosco, Mattawan St. John, Albion St. Joseph, Battle Creek St. Joseph, Kalamazoo St. Joseph, St. Joseph St. Joseph, Watervliet St. Joseph, White Pigeon St. Jude, Gobles St. Margaret, Otsego St. Margaret/Mary, Marcellus St. Mark, Niles St. Martin, Vicksburg St. Mary of the Lake, New Buffalo St. Mary, Bronson St. Mary, Kalamazoo St. Mary, Marshall St. Mary, New Salem St. Mary, Niles St. Mary, Paw Paw St. Mary, Three Oaks St. Monica, Kalamazoo St. Peter, Douglas St. Philip, Battle Creek St. Rose of Lima, Hastings St. Stanislaus, Hillards St. Therese, Wayland St. Thomas More, Kalamazoo TOTAL
$47,430 $31,241 $16,447 $23,461 $23,249 $48,661 $6,149 $67,634 $29,651 $20,797 $30,080 $7,428 $ 5,718 $41,002 $140,768 $22,569 $14,365 $59,697 $18,607 $78,242 $21,788 $21,680 $116,677 $7,589 $85,293 $263,730 $55,097 $10,467 $8,471 $18,967 $9,201 $25,974 $59,574 $46,497 $144,439 $117,020 $181,485 $55,548 $15,950 $17,220 $63,609 $12,903 $33,614 $59,904 $45,978 $62,033 $40,227 $79,259 $47,699 $63,284 $67,556 $23,061 $152,079 $53,827 $136,219 $48,709 $31,078 $62,152 $123,359 $3,174,982
Colombian order of sisters — cover story We are in the Department of Antiqua, and in the Ecclesiastical Province of the Archdiocese of Medellin. More specifically, we are in the Diocese of Sonson-Rionegro where there are approximately 65 parishes, 450 priests, 190 seminarians, and approximately 578 religious sisters and about 150 religious men in about 40 different religious communities. Of the 450 diocesan priests, about 200 are on loan to other dioceses in Colombia and in other dioceses around the world. Tshe Diocese of Sonson-Rionegro is about the same size as the Diocese of Kalamazoo, but as you can see from the statistics, just about 10 times the number of priests, seminarians, sisters and Catholics. The total population of the Diocese is 608,000, 99.9% of whom are practicing Catholics. The new foundation that will be established in our Diocese will be the first one in the United States or in all of North America. Mother Blanca is the original Superior of this relatively young community which was established in 1982. She had been the Provincial of a Capuchin community of religious sisters and was recruited by then Bishop Alphonso, who established a huge number of religious communities here in the Diocese of Sonson-Rionegro at that time. He also was the founder of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement beginning here in South America, which was an outgrowth of the Charismatic Renewal which began in the late 1960’s at Duquesne University (Holy Spirit Fathers) in Pittsburgh, and then transferred its center to Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to meeting with the sisters, Bishop Bradley visited with the Bishop of this Diocese of
Bishop Bradley is shown above with Mother Blanca Alvarez Rincon, superior of the religious order that will be establishing a foundation in the diocese.
Sonson-Rionegro, Bishop (or as they refer to Bishops here, Monsignor) Fidel Leon Cadavid. “I was able to personally make the request that he consider our Diocese for some priests to assist us some time in the future. He was more than open to the proposal, and we will need to make sure that we pursue that in the future. “ Bishop Bradley also visited with Luis and Celia Ramirez, parents of Rev. Evelio Ramirez, parochial vicar, St. Joseph Parish, Battle Creek, who was ordained last June and whose home is in La Ceja where Bishop Bradley stayed. For a more detailed “travelogue” visit our diocesan blog: www.catholickalamazoo.blogspot.com
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Column By Ron Rolheiser God’s Quiet Presence in our Lives The poet, Rumi, submits that we live with a deep secret that sometimes we know, and then not. That can be very helpful in understanding our faith. One of the reasons why we struggle with faith is that God’s presence inside us and in our world is rarely dramatic, overwhelming, sensational, something impossible to ignore. God doesn't work like that. Rather God’s presence, much to our frustration and loss of patience sometimes, is something that lies quiet and seemingly helpless inside us. It rarely makes a huge splash. Because we are not sufficiently aware of this, we tend to misunderstand the dynamics of faith and find ourselves habitually trying to ground our faith on precisely something that is loud and dramatic. We are forever looking for something beyond what God gives us. But we should know from the very way God was born into our world, that faith needs to ground itself on something that is quiet and undramatic. Jesus, as we know, was born into our world with no fanfare and no power, a baby lying helpless in the straw, another child among millions. Nothing spectacular to human eyes surrounded his birth. Then, during his ministry, he never performed miracles to prove his divinity; but only as acts of compassion or to reveal something about God. Jesus never used divine power in an attempt to prove that God exists, beyond doubt. His ministry, like his birth, wasn't an attempt to prove God's existence. It was intended rather to teach us what God is like and that God loves us unconditionally. Moreover, Jesus' teaching about God’s presence in our lives also makes clear that this presence is mostly quiet and hidden, a plant growing silently as we sleep, yeast leavening dough in a manner hidden from our eyes, summer slowly turning a barren tree green, an insignificant mustard plant eventually surprising us with its growth, a man or woman forgiving an enemy. God, it seems, works in ways that are quiet and hidden from our eyes. The God that Jesus incarnates is neither dramatic nor splashy. And there’s an important faith-lesson in this. Simply put, God lies inside us, deep inside, but in a way that’s almost non-existent, almost unfelt, largely unnoticed, and easily ignored. However, while that presence is never overpowering, it has within it a gentle, unremitting imperative, a compulsion towards something higher, which invites us to draw upon it. And, if we do draw upon it, it gushes up in us in an infinite stream that instructs us, nurtures us, and fills us with endless energy. This is important for understanding faith. God lies inside us as an invitation that fully respects our freedom, never overpowers us; but also never goes away. It lies there precisely like a baby lying helpless in the straw, gently beckoning us, but helpless in itself to make us pick it up. For example, C.S. Lewis, in explaining why he finally became, in his words, “the most reluctant convert in the history of Christendom”, writes that, for years, he was able to effectively ignore a voice inside him, precisely, because it was almost non-existent, almost unfelt, and largely unnoticed. On the other hand, in retrospect, he realized it had always been there, a gentle, incessant nudge, beckoning him to draw from it, something he eventually recognized as a gentle, but unyielding, imperative, a “compulsion” which, if obeyed, leads to liberation. Ruth Burrows, the British Carmelite and mystic, describes a similar experience in her autobiography, Before the Living God. Chronicling her late adolescent years, Burrows describes both her religious flightiness and her lack of attraction to the religious life at that time in her life. Yet she eventually ends up not only being serious about religion but becoming a Carmelite nun. What happened? One day, in a chapel, almost against her will, triggered by a series of accidental circumstances, she opened herself to voice inside her that she had, until then, mainly ignored because it lay inside her precisely as a voice that was almost non-existent, almost unfelt, and largely unnoticed. But once touched, it gushed up as the deepest and most real thing inside her and set the direction of her life forever afterwards. Like C.S. Lewis, she too, once she had opened herself to it, felt it as an unyielding moral compulsion opening her to ultimate liberation. Why doesn’t God show himself to us more directly and more powerfully so as to make faith easier? That’s a fair question for which, partly, there is no fully satisfying answer. But the answer we do have lies in understanding the manner in which God manifests himself in our lives and in our world. Unlike most everything else that’s trying to get our attention, God never tries to overwhelm us. God, more than anyone else, respects our freedom. For this reason, God lies everywhere, inside us and around us, almost unfelt, largely unnoticed, and easily ignored, a quiet, gentle nudge; but, if drawn upon, the ultimate stream of love and energy. 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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XXIII y San Juan Pablo II: Fortaleciendo las Familias en la Fe (Reflexión #7) SanElJuan pasado 27 de abril el mundo católico celebró con Por Veronica Rodriguez “Los niños aprenden a fiarse del amor de sus padres. Por eso, es importante que los padres cultiven prácticas comunes de fe en la familia, que acompañen el crecimiento en la fe de los hijos” (Papa Francisco, Encíclica Lumen Fidei). Actividad para hacer en familia este mes de mayo: Tradicionalmente el mes de Mayo es el mes de María. Ella nos enseña cómo se puede amar a Dios. Virgen de Lourdes María es el modelo de esta sociedad y de todos los tiempos. En este mes de mayo, exploremos en familia las diferentes apariciones de María. Si ya conocemos la historia sobre la aparición de la Virgen de Guadalupe, ¿por qué no estudiamos sobre la Virgen de Lourdes? ¿Fátima? ¿Virgen del Carmen? ¿Aparecida? ¿Chiquinquirá? El Santo Papa Juan Pablo II dice en su Encíclica Redemptoris Mater (sobre la Virgen María), “Las imágenes de la Virgen tienen un lugar de honor en las iglesias y en las casas. María está representada o como trono de Dios, que lleva al Señor y lo entrega a los hombres (Theotókos), o como camino que lleva a Cristo y lo muestra (Odigitria), o bien como orante en actitud de intercesión y signo de la presencia divina en el camino de los fieles hasta el día del Señor (Deisis), o Virgen del Carmen como protectora que extiende su manto sobre los pueblos (Pokrov), o como misericordiosa Virgen de la ternura (Eleousa). La Virgen es representada habitualmente con su Hijo, el niño Jesús, que lleva en brazos: Es la relación con el Hijo, lo que glorifica a la Madre. A veces lo abraza con ternura (Glykofilousa); otras veces, hierática, parece absorta en la contemplación de aquel que es Señor de la historia.” (Santo Papa Juan Pablo II, Encíclica Redemptorist Mater, #33).
Trauma Recovery Program en Español La Diócesis de Kalamazoo ha comenzado el Programa de “Trauma Recovery” en español. Si usted conoce a alguna persona que en su infancia o de adulto sufrió algún trauma (no tiene que ser sexual), y quiere ayudarle, por favor remítalo a una de las siguientes personas: Lisette Mira-Amaya (269) 929-7084 o Fanny Tabares (269) 9030209. Este programa en inglés ha tenido un gran éxito a nivel nacional e internacional. Aproveche de esta oportunidad de consejería gratuita si usted o alguien que usted conoce lo necesita. El primer grupo en español comienza en mayo. El trauma es un suceso o una serie de sucesos combinados con la vulnerabilidad de una persona que crea un obstáculo en el normal desarrollo humano. El Programa de Recuperación de Traumas está basado en el Modelo de Trauma, un modelo psicoeducacional que ayuda a individuos a aprender cómo integrar sus sentimientos, pensamientos y comportamientos. Las investigaciones actuales indican que los recuerdos en la memoria, en el mejor de los casos, son de poco fiar. Por lo tanto, este modelo infunde vivir eficientemente en el presente en vez de restablecer recuerdos reprimidos. La curación no toma lugar en el nivel de los recuerdos. La curación ocurre en el nivel del procesamiento e integración de los sentimientos, pensamientos, percepciones, y comportamientos.
Calendario/Calendar Mayo/May Mayo Temporada del Ministerio Migrante Diocesano (Mayo a Octubre) Centro Alemán esta abierto los domingos de 11:a.m. hasta las 2:00p.m. 3 (Sábado) — 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Tercer Año de Formación. Tema: Leyes Civiles y Canónicas: Derecho y Responsabilidades. Por el Padre Fabio Garzon. (Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program, Third Year of Formation. Topic: Civil and Canon Law: Rights and Responsibilities by Fr. Fabio Garzon.) 4 (Domingo) — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Taller: Manejo del Stress de Migración, para los adultos que deseen aprender sobre cómo manejar el stress de haber migrado. 14 (Miércoles) — 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Conferencia Anual de Migrant Resource Council (agencias que ofrecen servicio a la Comunidad Migrante). VBISD Conference Center, 490 Paw Paw St., Lawrence. (Pre-Season Conference for the Migrant Resource Council, VBISD Conference Center, 490 Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI) 15 (Jueves) — 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Reunión para el Ministerio con los Campesinos Migrantes, todos los voluntarios que visitaran los campos este verano o los que deseen ser voluntarios están invitados a esta reunión. Lugar: St. Joseph Room de la Parroquia de St. Joseph, 936 Kalamazoo, MI 49001. (Beginning of the Season Migrant Ministry Meeting. This meeting is for all the volunteers that will be helping with the ministry to the migrant farmworkers and for those who wish to become volunteers.) 17 (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 matrimonial. Lugar: Immaculate Conception Parish, 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI. (Pre-Marriage Encounter in Spanish for those who will be getting married and for married couples who would like to have a day of reflection). 17 (Sábado) — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Taller: Estrategias para los desafíos al interior de las familias, para las parejas/padres de familia que deseen aprender estrategias para los desafíos que hay en familia. Lugar: Immaculate Conception Parish, 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI. 31 (Sábado) _ 10 a.m.-12m. Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana, Centro Pastoral Diocesano (Hispanic Ministry Diocesan Pastoral Committee meeting, Diocesan Pastoral Center), Kalamazoo.
gran alegría la canonización de dos Papas muy queridos en nuestros tiempos de la historia de la Iglesia. Conozcamos un poco la biografía de cada uno de ellos: San Juan XXIII, italiano, nació en 1881 y murió en 1963 a la edad de 82 años. Su nombre de bautismo fue Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli. Era el tercer hijo de los once que tuvieron Giambattista Roncalli y Mariana Mazzola, campesinos pobres y muy católicos. Fue ordenado sacerdote a la edad de 23 años. Elegido Papa en 1958, a la edad de 77 años. A solo tres meses de su elección como pontífice, convocó el Concilio Vaticano II que imprimió una orientación pastoral renovada a la Iglesia católica del siglo XX. El 11 de octubre de 1962 el Papa Juan XXIII abrió el Concilio Vaticano II que cambió el rostro del catolicismo a una nueva forma de celebrar la liturgia, a un nuevo acercamiento al mundo y a un nuevo ecumenismo. Desde la apertura del Concilio, el Papa Juan XXIII enfatizó la naturaleza pastoral de sus objetivos: no se trataba de definir nuevas verdades ni de condenar errores, sino que era necesario renovar la Iglesia para hacerla capaz de transmitir el Evangelio en los nuevos tiempos, buscar los caminos de unidad de las Iglesias cristianas y establecer el diálogo con el mundo moderno centrándose primero “en lo que nos une y no en lo que nos separa”. Fue un Papa que invitó a la iglesia a abrirse con respeto hacia otras religiones y creencias. San Juan Pablo II: De origen polaco nació en 1920 y murió en el 2005 a la edad de 85 años. Duró 27 años como Papa. Su nombre de pila bautismal fue Karol Józef Wojtyła, era el más pequeño de los tres hijos de Karol
Wojtyła y Emilia Kaczorowska. Cuando las fuerzas de ocupación nazi cerraron la Universidad, en 1939, el joven Karol tuvo que trabajar en una cantera y luego en una fábrica química (Solvay), para ganarse la vida y evitar la deportación a Alemania. Estudió para sacerdote en un seminario clandestino porque no se podía profesar la fe públicamente. Además de sus dones de comunicación con la gente, fue poeta y dramaturgo. Participó en el Concilio Vaticano II (1962-1965). Fue elegido Papa el 16 de octubre de 1978 a la edad de 58 años. Con incansable espíritu misionero visitó 129 países durante su pontificado y habló muchos idiomas como: italiano, francés, alemán, inglés, español, portugués, ucraniano, ruso, croata, esperanto, griego, latín y su idioma natal polaco. Se le llamaba “el Papa viajero”. Su amor a los jóvenes lo impulsó a iniciar en 1985 las Jornadas Mundiales de la Juventud y celebró 19 de ellas. Oremos a San Juan XXIII y a San Juan Pablo II para que nos ayuden, animen y fortalezcan en nuestro compromiso como católicos en el seguimiento de Jesús para que cada día este mundo sea más amble, más solidario y más bondadoso y para que las personas más vulnerables sean respetadas y protegidas en su dignidad humana.
Instituto San Agustín — Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo para los Hispanos La Oficina del Ministerio Hispano de la Diócesis de Kalamazoo está aceptando nuevos candidatos para el Instituto San Agustín – Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo para el año 2014 – 2017. El objetivo General del programa es lograr desarrollar en los participantes sus capacidades de líderes y promover su participación activa en la Iglesia católica por medio de la formación teológica/pastoral. El programa es de tres años durante siete sábados cada año con excelentes profesores y un retiro de tres días. Temas del Primer Año: Comunicación: Herramientas y Técnicas Básicas; Introducción a la Biblia; Cristología: Encuentro con Jesús; Psicología Humana y la Experiencia como Inmigrante; Evangelios Sinóp-
ticos; Iglesia Peregrina: Orígenes, Periodo de la Patrística y la Iglesia Hoy; Liturgia y la Santa Misa; Retiro: Identidad: Encuentro con Dios Trinidad. Temas del Segundo Año: El Pentateuco; Religiosidad Popular y Mariología; Espiritualidad como Inmigrante Hispano/Latino; Profetas; Ética y Moral; Eclesiología; Práctica Pastoral; Retiro: Discernimiento: Diálogo con el Espíritu. Temas del Tercer Año: Escritos de San Pablo; Sacramentos; Doctrina Social de la Iglesia; Evangelio de Juan; Ministerio en una Iglesia con Diversidad Cultural; Presencia de los hispanos/Latinos en La Iglesia Católica de Estados Unidos; Leyes civiles y canónicas: Derechos y responsabilidades que afectan al ministerio con los Hispanos/Latinos; Retiro: Com-
promiso: Ministerio y Discipulado en el Seguimiento de Jesús. Para alegría de todos, el primer grupo del Instituto San Agustín se graduará el próximo 2 de agosto. Felicitaciones a los 75 participantes por su compromiso y constancia. Si desea más información, pregunte en su parroquia o llame a Angelica Valdes del Ministerio Hispano al 259-903-0197 o. Ultimo día de inscripción es el 30 de mayo. Estudiantes del Instituto San Agustin, año 2011-2014.
Ministerio con los Campesinos Migrantes La Diócesis de Kalamazoo tendrá la reunión para comenzar el ministerio con los campesinos el jueves 15 de mayo de 6:30-8:30 p.m. en la Parroquia de St. Joseph, 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. La reunión es para todos los voluntarios que ayudarán con el ministerio y para aquellos que quieran ser voluntarios. En ese día, proporcionaremos material de recursos y contestaremos a las preguntas que tengan sobre el Ministerio Migrante. También es una excelente oportunidad para conocer a otros voluntarios. Si desea ser voluntario o si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al 269-903-0197. Se comenzó a ofrecer servicio en el Centro Alemán en Hartford para los campesinos que necesitan ayuda con comida y ropa. Se atiende los domingos después de la misa hasta las 2:00p.m. La dirección del Centro Alemán es 63559 60th Ave, Hartford, MI 49057.
María en la Biblia. Por Roberto Guerrero — Seminarista. En la Sagrada Escritura encontramos una serie de textos que nos hablan sobre la Virgen, por ejemplo el libro del Gen 3,15 aparece “Pondré Enemistad entre ti y la mujer y entre tu linaje y su linaje: él te pisará la cabeza mientras acechas tú su talón”. (Gén.3, 15). Aquí ya se anuncia la mujer que va a dar a luz al que será el salvador del mundo, Jesucristo. Ahora bien, siguiendo otros textos del Antiguo Testamento, encontramos dos profetas que presentan la imagen de la Virgen, ellos son Isaías y Miqueas “He aquí que una virgen está encinta y va a dar a luz un hijo y le pondrá por nombre Emmanuel” (Is.7, 14). Por su parte Miqueas, contemporáneo de Isaías, menciona también “Al tiempo en que dé a luz la que ha de dar a luz” (MI.5, 2). Luego al lle-
Ministry to the Migrant Farmworkers The Diocese of Kalamazoo will host their beginning of the season meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. This meeting is for all the volunteers that will be helping with the ministry to the migrant farmworkers and for those who wish to become volunteers. On that day we will provide some resource material, answer any questions that you may have regarding Migrant Ministry and it is also an opportunity to meet other volunteers. If you wish to volunteer or have any questions, please call 269-903-0197. The Aleman Center in Hartford has opened its doors for the migrant workers who need emergency food and clothing. It is open on Sundays after the Mass in Spanish until 2:00p.m. The address for the Aleman Center is 63559 60th Avenue, Hartford, MI 49057.
gar al Nuevo Testamento encontramos primero a Cristo como protagonista del Reino, y junto El, su madre María, que lo acompaña hasta la cruz en donde Jesús se la entrega a Juan como madre (Jn. 1 9,2527). Así la Virgen por voluntad de su hijo Jesucristo se hizo madre de todos los hombres, cuyo amor siempre ha manifestado en sus revelaciones. Por eso en este mes de mayo conociendo más a la Virgen María, abramos nuestros corazones a la acción de Dios, ella escuchó atentamente la palabra de Dios y la guardó siempre en su corazón, en donde la meditaba. Querido lector contempla todas las virtudes de esta mujer para que aprendas de ella la humildad, la fidelidad a la palabra, y la permanecía en la prueba, oh, cómo no recordar a todos los padres de familia, hagan de su hogar un hogar de Nazaret, donde se respire siempre el amor, como lo hizo la Virgen María en su humilde casa.
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Diocesan Memorial Day Mass at Mt. Olivet set for 10 a.m., May 26
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MAY CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: May 5: Why Faith: Mary, Queen of Heaven, St. Mary Rectory meeting room, St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo, 6 pm. A new program intended to assist faithful Catholics in learning more about their faith and learning how to be succinct in defending the faith. Meets the first Monday of the month. Contact: Jamin Herold, 269-903-0141 or [email protected]
May 15: Open House for new families at all CSGK schools, 9-11 am & 1-2 pm. For more information contact: St. Augustine School, 269-349-1945, St. Monica School, 269-345-2444, or Hackett Catholic Central, 269-381-2646. May 18: Diocesan Confirmation Mass with Bishop Paul J. Bradley, St. Augustine Cathedral, followed by reception, 3 p.m. May 24: Shalom Festival, Opening Mass with Bishop Paul J. Bradley, Lawrence Education Center, Borgess, Kalamazoo. May 28: Baccalaureate Mass with Bishop Paul J. Bradley for Hackett Catholic Central High School, St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, 7 p.m.
JUNE CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: June 2: Why Faith: Eucharist: True Flesh, True Food, St. Mary Rectory meeting room, St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo, 6 pm. A new program intended to assist faithful Catholics in learning more about their faith and learning how to be succinct in defending the faith. Meets the first Monday of the month. Contact: Jamin Herold, 269-903-0141 or [email protected]
June 9: Theological Debate Club for Men. Topic: Final Salvation. TGI Fridays, West Main Street, Kalamazoo, 7-9 pm. Meets the 2nd Monday, every other even-numbered months. Contact Jamin Herold, Diocese of Kalamazoo, 269-903-0141. June14- 15: One in Christ Marriage Preparation, Transformations: CSJ Spirituality Center, Kalamazoo. Contact: Socorro Truchan, 269-903-0199 or [email protected]
OUTSIDE THE DIOCESE Ferdinand, IN: June 16-18: Summer Camp for Girls – Camp Marian, This summer camp, filled with fun, food, fire and friends is for girls who are currently in 5-8th grade. The Camp takes place by Lake Marian at our Benedictine Monastery in Ferdinand, Indiana. For more info email Sister Michelle Sinkhorn at [email protected]
or call 812367-1411. ex. 2830. Cost is $45, due at registration. REGISTRATION OPENS MARCH 15, 2014 at www.thedome.org/vocations -50 camper limit - fills quickly.
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July LAKESHORE DEANERY July 20: Mass with Bishop Bradley and Picnic for Persons with Disabilities and their Families, St. John-St. Bernard Parish, 555 East Delaware, Benton Harbor, MI (St. Bernard site), 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Contact: Lisa Irwin
SAVE THE DATE FOR THESE FALL EVENTS:
A Diocesan Memorial Day Mass will be held May 26th at Mt. Olivet, 2003 Mt Olivet Rd, Kalamazoo Township, at 10 a.m. This year Mt. Olivet will participate in the national Catholic Cemeteries celebration, “Serving God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to our Heroes.” Active and veteran military members are invited to participate in the liturgy. Rev. Brian Stanley will be the celebrant. Veterans and military are invited to serve as flag and candle bearers during the opening and closing processions at Mass and also are invited to serve as lectors, participate in the presentation of the gifts. For more information contact: David Reilly, 269-903-0193; [email protected]
3427 Gull Road, Kalamazoo 49048
Carrie Newcomer 2014 Voices of Wisdom Artist Thursday, May 22; 6:00pm
OCTOBER CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: Sept 15, 16, 17: “Hearts Wide Open,” an ecumenical gathering centered on the Gospel’s teaching on social justice. Transformations Spirituality Center, Kalamazoo, 7-9 pm each night. Registration forms will be available in mid-June from some of its sponsors, including the parishes of St. Thomas More, St. Joseph (Kalamazoo), St. Catherine of Siena, and the Transformations Spirituality Center. This event is open to the entire community. October 18-19: One in Christ Marriage Preparation, Transformations: CSJ Spirituality Center, Kalamazoo. Contact: Socorro Truchan, 269-903-0199 or [email protected]
October 20-December 15: Trauma Recovery Program for Englishspeakers, October 20-December 15 (nine consecutive Mondays and Saturday, Dec. 6), morning group meets 9:30 to noon at St. Augustine, evening group meets 7:00 to 9:30 at St. Catherine of Siena. This is a free program for adult Catholics who are survivors of childhood trauma, meeting in small group,s facilitated by mental health professionals and a priest, to learn skills to live happier and more effective lives. Contact Sharon Froom (269-381-8917, ext. 222) for information and registration.
NOVEMBER CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: November 5: Deceased Clergy Mass, St. Augustine Cathedral, 5 pm. Open to the public. November 22: Day of Reflection for Adults with Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities, Retreat Center, Pretty Lake Vacation Camp,9123 Q Avenue, Mattawan. This day of retreat and prayer will examine the “Secret Code” of the Carol The 12 Days of Christmas. Cost: $15. Scholarships available. Contact: Lisa Irwin,
Join us for dinner with Carrie followed by her musical message. It will be a night you will carry in your heart – plus you’ll be showing support for the mission of Transformations.
St. Charles is Seeking a Music Program Leader Seeking candidate with Bachelor's degree in music or equivalent and teaching, or substitute teaching certificate to lead the music program for St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Coldwater, MI Must be familiar with and follow catholic liturgical music and lead, plan and schedule music for 3 weekend masses, 1 student weekday mass, and other special liturgical celebrations throughout the year. Responsible for teaching music at the school (grades transitional kindergarten through eight), developing and leading both youth and adult choir programs. Submit resumes, transcript and references by May 22nd. Send to: 150 Taylor St. Coldwater MI 49036 or [email protected]
18 hours per week. Salary commensurate with experience.
Become An Augustinian Volunteer The Augustinian priests and brothers have served in the diocese of Kalamazoo over the years. Augustinian Volunteers are Catholic men and women between the ages of 21-29 who wish to serve God's people in partnership with the Augustinian Order. The service of the volunteers is with established educational, social, and health programs and varies according to the needs of the sponsoring site and the individual volunteer. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2014-2015 volunteer year to serve in our sites in Chicago, IL, Lawrence, MA, Philadelphia, PA, San Diego, CA, Ventura, CA and Chulucanas, Peru. If interested, please visit www.osavol.org or contact us at [email protected]
Making a Report of Sexual Misconduct 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.
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Sportuality: Transforming Sport from the Inside Out Led by Jeanne Hess Monday, May 12; 9am - 2:30pm
A day of rest with reflection on the role of sport in our lives.
Centering Prayer Retreat Saturday, May 31; 9am - 4pm
Come and deepen your prayer life. Listen for the still, small voice of God.
Simone Campbell, SSS Coming Saturday, July 19th details on our website! More info & register at TransformationsCenter.org 269-381-6290 ext 323
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Diocesan retreat for Persons with Disabilities examines the life of St. Francis On the weekend of March 29-30, an overnight retreat focusing on the life of St. Francis of Assisi was held for adults with cognitive/behavioral disabilities at Camp Friedenswald in Cassopolis. The 17 participants were joined by 10 team members and engaged in a variety of activities exploring St. Francis’ example, passion for the Eucharist and the Stations of the Cross and his creation of the Christmas crèche. Very Rev. Bill Jacobs, pastor, Ss. John/Bernard Parish, Benton Harbor, joined us to celebrate Mass Saturday night. The retreat is funded in part through the generosity of the Knights of Columbus. Save the date for this coming summer when the Diocese of Kalamazoo will host a picnic for persons of all ages and all disabilities and their families. This event is open to children as well as adults who have any type of disability. The Mass with Bishop Bradley followed by a picnic meal will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 2- 5 pm at St. John-St. Bernard Parish, 555 E. Delaware, Benton Harbor (St. Bernard location). Information will be coming soon to the diocesan website. RSVP date will be July 14th. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Lisa Irwin at 269-903-1077 or [email protected]
Annual Scout Mass held on Divine Mercy Sunday The Annual Diocesan Scouting Mass was held at St. Augustine Cathedral on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, which was also the day of the canonizations of (now) Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II. Awards this year were granted to 33 Girl Scouts, 72 Boy Scouts and 11 adults who received religious emblem award. The Girl Scout awards are: Family of God, I Live My Faith, Mary, The First Disciple and The Spirit Alive. The Boy Scout awards are: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII. Bishop Paul J. Bradley celebrated the Mass and commended the scouts and their families for their commitment. “I look forward to this Annual Diocesan Scout Mass every year,” said Bishop Bradley during his homily. “This is such a wonderful opportunity to recognize the accomplishments of all the scouts here; to say big “thank you” to all those adults here, and those not able to be here, who give of themselves so tirelessly as guides, instructors, chaperones, and wonderful role-models for these young boys and girls in the scouting programs of our Diocese; and finally to just commend the scouting program in general, and our Catholic scouting programs specifically, for doing such a wonderful job of combining the values of the Scouting program and the values of our Catholic faith in ways to help our young people to grow and develop as good citizens of our country and to help in their spiritual growth and formation as members of our great Church.”
Seventy-five to graduate this fall from the Diocesan Hispanic Leadership Program For the past three years 75 Spanish-speaking parishioners from throughout the diocese have participated in a “Hispanic Leadership Program” conducted by the diocesan Parish Life and Lay Leadership under the leadership of Fanny Tabares who leads multicultural ministry. This program is funded in part by a generous grant as well as donations to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Shown above, a participant asks a question during a Saturday session held at Lawrence Education Center, Borgess Hospital, Kalamazoo.