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A Eucharistic Celebration for all the World People often overlook the poor in their midst. On Sunday, October 19. World Mission Sunday helps to remind us that they are neither forgotten nor unimportant. It is one day each year when the whole Catholic world unites in supporting missionaries. The missionaries’ concern for the poorest in society is a powerful witness of God’s love.
A Zambian woman poses for a photo holding produce cultivated on the Jesuit-run Kasisi Agricultural Training Centre. The center promotes organic, ecologically sustainable, no-till farming for small-scale farmers. (CNS photo courtesy Canadian Jesuits Inter national)
Goldyweds renew vows during annual diocesan Mass with Bishop Bradley
See page 7 for more information on World Mission Sunday.
Fifty years ago “I wanna Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles topped the charts. Last month, couples married during that same year, 1954, were still holding hands at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Paul J. Bradley. More than 55 couples, some married more than 50 years, gathered in the Cathedral with family and friends for the annual diocesan Mass honoring their witness and commitment to the sacrament of marriage. In his homily, Bishop Bradley congratulated the couples on their milestone and thanked them for their example of faithfulness. “We celebrate…the impact and witness you have been, and continue to be, to a world that desperately needs your example of what marriage is supposed to be: your faithfulness, fruitfulness and generous Christ-like love for each other.” Bishop Bradley continued to affirm the couples for their witness and shared words from Pope Francis who recently made international news headlines when he married 20 young couples at the Vatican (see related article page 6).
Photo by John Grap
COURAGE support program ministers to those with same-sex attraction Are you or a loved one experiencing homosexual attractions and seeking clarity and peace? Courage, an outreach of the Catholic Church, ministers to persons with same-sex attraction (SSA) and their loved ones and
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plans are currently underway to begin a Courage Chapter in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Begun in New York City in 1980 by the late Father John Harvey, Courage started as a spiritual support system to assist men and women with same-sex attraction in living chaste lives in fellowship, truth and love. Today, Courage has more than 100 chapters worldwide, 1,500 people participating in their ListServs, and hundreds of people per week receiving assistance from the main office and website, www.couragerc.net. The Diocese of Kalamazoo is working toward developing a Courage chapter through the leadership of Bishop Paul J. Bradley.
Recently Bishop Bradley appointed Rev. Christopher Ankley, pastor, St. Martin of Tours, Vicksburg and Assistant Vocations Director, as chaplain. Jamin Herold, Associate Director, New Evangelization and Socorro Truchan, Associate Director, Domestic Church are working jointly to assist in pastoral training for all those who wish to learn more about ministering to those with same-sex attraction. Story continued on page 2
Bishop Bradley calls for renewed prayers for peace after historic Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Bishop Paul J. Bradley called for renewed prayers for peace upon his return from a historic nine-day Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, September 11 – 19, that included meetings with Muslim, Jewish and Christian religious leaders and Israeli and Palestinian civic officials. “I am returning home very inspired by so many things that I have seen, by so many great, courageous and devoted people that I have met, and by the absolute conviction that I believe with all my heart what Jesus Himself taught us: ‘with God, all things are possible,’” he said. “Let us continue to pray for peace and justice for all people in the Holy Land.” Bishop Bradley detailed the many complexities and highlights of the trip in a blog updated daily during his nine-day Peace Pilgrimage. [see www.catholickalamazoo.blogspot.com]. Upon returning the 18 participating bishops from the United States affirmed the power of prayer in a letter issued on September 22. “We went to the Holy Land as men of faith on a Prayer Pilgrimage for Peace. Motivated by the love of Christ and deep concern for both Israelis and Palestinians, we went to pray for peace, and to work for a twostate solution and an open and shared Jerusalem,” states the letter. “Arriving in the wake of the recent Gaza war, though, we encountered pain, intransigence and cynicism. Even the young people are discouraged. But we also saw signs of inspiration and hope.” The bishops believe in a peaceful resolution and look to the example of Pope Francis’ when they concluded: “Pope Francis, in word and gesture, inspired hope on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May. After another Gaza war, hope is now in short supply. One person on our journey told us that the Holy Land is the land of miracles. The miracle we need is the transformation of human hearts so each side is less deaf to the concerns of the other. In solidarity with our brother bishops and all people in the region, we urge alternatives to the cycle of hatred and violence. Peace is possible.” Plans are currently underway for Bishop Bradley to present an overview of the nine-day Peace Pilgrimage at St. Augustine Cathedral Parish on October 28, 2014 beginning at 6:30 p.m. See page 3 for Bishop Bradley’s further reflection on the trip and page 7 for additional photos.
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From the Editor By Victoria Cessna Communication Director & Editor of The Good News
I couldn’t wait to open it! Sharon always sent me the coolest gifts. She’s one of those treasured friends that carefully choses a gift that clearly illustrates she “gets me.” So every April (for my birthday) and every December (for Christmas) I anxiously rush to my mailbox for my new treasures. One year, even though her Christmas gift arrived early, I placed it under our tree with the other presents and decided to wait to open it. When Christmas morning rolled around, I tore off the pretty wrapping, opened the box, and quizzically surveyed the prettiest, shiniest silver whistle on a long chain and its captivating booklet, entitled “Falling Whistles.” As I sat on my cozy living room floor amidst the gift wraps and bows, I read through the booklet with its hauntingly beautiful black and white photos and sobbed. The whistle symbolized those worn by children in the Congo too small to carry guns. These children are sent to the frontlines and used as targets in a war we can’t possibly fathom. “Be a whistleblower for Peace” was the slogan adopted by young missionaries who came back from their first-hand experience and wondered, “Why isn’t anyone doing anything about this? How can we help?” [www.fallingwhistles.com] As a Church we pack a lot of good stuff into October — the month of the rosary; Respect for Human Life month and “World Mission Sunday.” We celebrate each and every life, and we do so hoping that we’re broadening our own minds beyond our cozy living rooms to realize that those in need can be found all over the world. And we should care. In a recent homily our Holy Father gifted us with more of his descriptive language which gently pushes us in the right direction. “How many Christians live off of appearances!” he said. “Their lives are like a soap bubble. A soap bubble is beautiful! It has so many colors! But it lasts one second and then what?” I’m glad for a friend who didn’t gift me with a soap bubble but recognized that there’s more to being a Christian then just saying you are. And I’m proud of our edition this month which illustrates so beautifully the connectedness we need with each other from praying for peace in the Holy Land (cover story) to mourning nuns tragically killed in Burundi (page 9) to admiring a parish for its work in Haiti (page 12). Isn’t that what respecting life is all about? Going outside our comfort zone and recognizing the face of Jesus Christ in everyone we see.
Pope Francis OCTOBER Intentions Peace. That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence. World Mission Day. That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world. The Good News for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo I hereby designate The Good News as the official publication of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. All notices and regulations, appointments, assignments, etc. issued under the caption “Official” are to be regarded as official communications of the Bishop of Kalamazoo. Opinion columns, features and letters to the editor that appear in the publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions held by The Good News or the Diocese of Kalamazoo. +Most Rev. Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo
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Fr. Ankley, who along with Herold, attended a national Courage gathering this past summer in Philadelphia, believes at the heart of the ministry is the opportunity to speak about the Church’s teaching on chastity in a new and beautiful way. Rev. Christopher “The world around us doesn’t Ankley always allow us to see the beauty in living a chaste life,” he said. “it’s a message for everyone, not just those living with same-sex attraction.” At Courage meetings, members pray together and share their stories, struggles, and ideas, offering each other friendship and help in living the five goals of Courage: 1) To live chaste lives in accordance with the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality; 2) To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and frequent reception of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist; 3) To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences and so ensure that none of us has to face the problems of same-sex attraction alone; 4) To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in chaste Christian living, and to encourage one another in forming and
Gaylord welcomes new shepherd Bishop Raica By Chris Grosser Special to the Diocese of Gaylord GAYLORD — “We are one very large family here, a family of faith,” the Most Rev. Bishop Steven J. Raica acknowledged to the 1,200 seated inside his cathedral and to the countless more using traditional and social media to witness his ordination and installation as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Gaylord Aug. 28. Moments of laughter, applause and sentiment punctuated the ordination for which Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron was principal celebrant. Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Coadjutor Archbishop of Newark who had served as Gaylord’s fourth bishop, returned to his former cathedral, joining Bishop Emeritus Carl Mengeling of Lansing as a Co-Consecrator. Raica’s mother, brother and cousins were seated in the front pew as the man born in Munising in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula pledged fidelity to the
sustaining these friendships; 5) To live lives that may serve as good examples and role models to others. The Church teaches that same-sex attractions (SSA) or feelings are not themselves sinful, and are often an unchosen burden. Courage seeks to provide a safe place for people with same-sex attraction to choose chaste lives with the support of other brothers and sisters in Christ, because the Church does not expect people to face this challenge alone and isolated from others. Courage is not a professional therapy group — it is a spiritual support group that believes chaste living is possible, and that persons with SSA can develop an assured, grace-filled understanding of themselves, while growing into their true identities as mature men and women in Jesus Christ. Chastity, made possible by Christ’s redemption, is a liberating virtue and a source of joy and human freedom. A confidential email address has been established as an initial point of contact for anyone seeking to live the five goals of Courage. That address is [email protected]
.org. A priest who has experience with Courage will be in contact with inquirers to provide confidential, welcoming, and informative support. Courage also supports family members and friends through Encourage. Brochures and more information about Courage and Encourage are available by request through the above email, or on the website www.couragerc.net. Excerpts included in the above article are courtesy of UP Catholic, Diocese of Marquette.
Church and its mission, and prostrated himself before those gathered to pray for him. His ties to the Upper Peninsula (UP) served as reference points for both Raica and homilist, Bishop Earl A. Boyea of Lansing. Both bishops made note of the work of 19th Century missionary, the Venerable Frederic Baraga, first bishop of Marquette, who evangelized in the UP and in parts of what is now the Gaylord Diocese. Raica opened his remarks thanking God “for the great gift of life.” He expressed gratitude to Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigan, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, papal liaison. “Your presence today reminds us of the closeness of Pope Francis to the Church of Gaylord,” said Raica. The crowd applauded when the new bishop asked Vigan “to convey to the Holy Father the love, affection and prayers of the faithful here in Gaylord as well as gratitude for his Petrine ministry and our steadfast communion with him.” As he begins his episcopal ministry, Raica asked patience of the estimated 66,000 Catholics living within the 21-county Diocese.
Memoriam Sister Regina Marie Cermak, CSJ Sr. Regina Marie Cermak, CSJ, passed away last month. Mary Ann Cermak was born in Blissfield, Mich., the daughter of Paul and Mary (Sarnik) on April 9, 1930. She was a member of St. Alfred Parish in Taylor, Mich., at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1953. Sr. Regina Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art from Nazareth College and a certificate in Religious Education from Providence College in Rhode Island. She taught in several schools in the Detroit area. In 2000 Sister Regina Marie returned to Nazareth where she ministered in pastoral care to the Sisters in Fontbonne Manor.
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The Bishop’s Perspective All things are possible with God
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As the crisp autumn air surrounds us during these beautiful days we begin to witness the changing of the seasons — from the brilliant hues of the leaves to the quiet beauty of an evening sunset. All around us are daily reminders of the gift of God’s creation. And while the calendar boasts of treasured fall traditions from apple picking to Friday night football games, in our Catholic faith we also remember October is the month set aside for special devotion to our Blessed Mother through praying of the rosary, as well as the month devoted to “Respect Life for Human life.” This annual remembrance, first begun in 1972 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, calls attention to numerous human life issues and the way in which each touches on the sanctity and dignity of human life. Having just returned from an eye-opening and life changing Peace Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with 17 of my brother bishops, I am especially conscious of the importance of this year’s Respect Life theme:, “Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation.” This beautiful illustration is inspired by Pope Francis’ remarks during the 2013 Day for Life in which he said so eloquently, “even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.” My dear sisters and brothers, perhaps no situation better illustrates this need to respect all life than the current tragic situation of civil unrest and religious persecution that is taking place in the holiest of lands—where the roots of Christianity were sown. The nine-day trip was a time of prayer and of intense learning of the complexity of the situation. One of the disastrous facts that I learned is that in 1967 Christians made up nearly 20 percent of the population in Jerusalem; now, it’s down to 1.5 percent. Due to many factors, including religious persecution, Christians have been fleeing out of fear and for other reasons. If that decline continues the Holy Land will soon become a museum to Christianity; it will have lost the vitality and presence of the Catholic and Christian Church in that holiest part of the world. As the theme for Respect Life month reminds us, “each of us in a masterpiece” and as treasures of God’s creation we are all entitled to a life of dignity and respect. And yet, atrocities are taking place to such horrific degrees, sins against humanity and absolute disrespect for the precious gift of human life no matter their race, creed or ethnic background. Upon our return from the Holy Land Peace Pilgrimage the participating bishops issued a letter in the hopes of affirming our call to a peaceful and just solution — a call to respect life. Let me share with you an excerpt from our letter: “Prayer was the central element of our pilgrimage. Through daily liturgies at holy sites and local parishes, we experienced our communion in Christ with local Christian communities. We are grateful to those at home who supported our pilgrimage with prayers and interest. We also prayed alongside Jews, Muslims and other Christians. Prayer is powerful. We know peace is possible because God is our hope. “We met with people of goodwill, Palestinian and Israeli alike, who yearn for peace. We were inspired by the commitment of the staff and partners of Catholic Relief Services, The Pontifical Mission, and the local Christian community, who are providing relief to the people of Gaza; by the efforts of Christians, Muslims, and Jews who are building bridges of understanding; and by the mission of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. We were moved profoundly by our visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and were encouraged by Bethlehem University, a Catholic institution that is building bridges between Christians and Muslims as they study together to create the future of Palestine, and by the Church’s schools that are open to all. “We are compelled by the Gospel of Peace to share the fruits of our prayers and encounters with Israelis and Palestinians. Two peoples and three faiths have ancient ties to this Land. Sadly, Jerusalem, the City of Peace, is a sign of contradiction. We were told more than once that the city could erupt in violence as it has on far too many occasions.” What can our response be? We must be united in prayer, making a daily appointment to grow closer in our relationship to Jesus and to obtain graces through the sacraments. Jesus consistently taught us the importance of prayer to Our Father, including prayers for those who persecute us. This is no easy command, especially in light of the current world conflicts as well as the daily examples of a lack of respect for life all around us, including abortion, domestic violence, capital punishment and euthanasia. However, we can never lose hope; we must continue to believe in the power of prayer, and of course, in miracles. During this month of October, please pray the rosary for peace and justice in the Holy Land, for an end to violence in the Middle East and throughout the world, to protect our religious freedom here in our own country and for respect for all human life. 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A medida que el aire fresco del otoño nos rodea durante estos hermosos días, comenzamos a presenciar el cambio de las estaciones-desde los brillantes colores de las hojas hasta la tranquila belleza de una puesta de sol. Todo a nuestro alrededor son recordatorios diarios del don de la creación de Dios. Y mientras que el calendario se jacta de tradiciones otoñales atesoradas, desde recoger manzanas hasta los partidos de fútbol de los viernes por la noche, en nuestra fe católica también recordamos que octubre es el mes reservado para especial devoción a la Santísima Virgen a través del rezo del Rosario, así como el mes dedicado al respeto a la vida humana. Esta conmemoración anual, primero comenzó en 1972 por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos, llama la atención sobre numerosos temas de la vida humana y la forma en la que cada uno toca en la santidad y dignidad de la vida humana. Habiendo acabado de regresar con 17 de mis hermanos obispos de una peregrinación por la paz a Tierra Santa, experiencia reveladora y que cambia la vida, estoy especialmente consciente de la importancia del tema de Respeto a la Vida de este año: “Cada uno de nosotros es una obra maestra de la creación de Dios.” Esta hermosa ilustración está inspirada por los comentarios del Papa de Francisco durante el “día por la vida 2013” en el que dijo tan elocuentemente, “incluso los más débiles y los más vulnerables, los enfermos, los ancianos, los no nacidos y los pobres, son obra maestra de la creación de Dios, hechos a su imagen, destinados a vivir para siempre, y merecedores de la máxima reverencia y respeto”. Mis queridas hermanas y hermanos, tal vez no hay situación que mejor ilustre esta necesidad de respetar la vida como la trágica situación actual de los disturbios civiles y la persecución religiosa que se está llevando a cabo en la más santa de las tierras-donde las raíces de nuestra fe cristiana están plantadas tan profundamente. El viaje de nueve días fue un tiempo de oración y de intenso aprendizaje de la complejidad de la situación. Uno de los hechos desastrosos que he aprendido es que en 1967 los cristianos eran casi el 20 por ciento de la población de Jerusalén; ahora son el 1.5 por ciento. Debido a muchos factores, incluyendo la persecución religiosa, los cristianos han estado huyendo por miedo y por otras razones. Si ese declive continúa la Tierra Santa se convertirá pronto en un museo del cristianismo; habrá perdido la vitalidad y la presencia de la Iglesia católica y cristiana en esa parte más sagrada del mundo. Como el tema del mes sobre el respeto a la Vida nos recuerda, “cada uno de nosotros es una obra maestra”, y como tesoros de la creación de Dios todos tenemos derecho a una vida de dignidad y respeto. Y, sin embargo atrocidades están teniendo lugar a tales horrible grados, pecados contra la humanidad, y la falta de respeto absoluto por el don precioso de la vida humana sin importar su raza, credo u origen étnico. A nuestro regreso de la peregrinación por la paz a Tierra Santa, los obispos participantes emitimos una carta con la esperanza de afirmar nuestro llamado a una solución pacífica y justa — una llamada a respetar la vida. Permítanme compartir con ustedes un extracto de nuestra carta: “La oración fue el elemento central de nuestra peregrinación. A través de liturgias diarias en lugares sagrados y en las parroquias locales, experimentamos nuestra comunión en Cristo con las comunidades cristianas locales. Estamos muy agradecidos a los que desde casa, apoyaron nuestra peregrinación con oraciones e intereses. También oramos junto a Judíos, Musulmanes y otros Cristianos. La oración es poderosa. Sabemos que la paz es posible porque Dios es nuestra esperanza. Nos reunimos con gente de buena voluntad, Palestinos e Israelíes por igual, que anhelan la paz. Nos inspiramos en el compromiso del personal y los socios de los Servicios Católicos de Socorro, La Misión Pontificia y la comunidad cristiana local, que le están proporcionando alivio a la población de Gaza; por los esfuerzos de los Cristianos, Musulmanes y Judíos que están construyendo puentes de entendimiento; y por la misión de los Caballeros y Damas del Santo Sepulcro. Fuimos movidos profundamente por nuestra visita al Memorial del Holocausto Yad Vashem, y alentados por la Universidad de Belén, una institución católica que está construyendo puentes entre cristianos y musulmanes mientras estudian juntos para crear el futuro de Palestina, y por las escuelas de la Iglesia que están abiertas para todos. Estamos obligados por el Evangelio de la Paz a compartir los frutos de nuestras oraciones y encuentros con los Israelíes y los Palestinos. Dos pueblos y tres religiones tienen lazos tradicionales con esta tierra. Tristemente, Jerusalén, la Ciudad de la Paz, es un signo de contradicción. Nos dijeron más de una vez que la ciudad podría entrar en erupción de violencia como lo ha hecho en demasiadas ocasiones”. ¿Cuál puede ser nuestra respuesta? Tenemos que estar unidos en la oración, separando tiempo cada día para acercarnos más en nuestra relación con Jesús y para obtener gracias a través de los sacramentos. Jesús mismo nos mostró cómo hacer esto cuando Él… al crucificarlo dijo: ‘Padre, perdónalos porque no saben lo que hacen’ “Jesús nos enseñó
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On the day the Prince of Peace was born in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago, the Angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest…” Even though Bethlehem is currently a city in conflict and in a land of occupation, may we one day soon hear all people sing that same song of the Angels as we pray for peace on earth and respect for the precious gift of human life throughout the world. God bless you.
Pope Francis video chats with a Salvadoran student in the gang-infested neighborhood of La Campanera, San Salvador, Sept. 4. The pope said all of society needs to help children and young people who are homeless, exploited, victims of violence or without any prospects. (CNS photo/ Jose Cabezas, Reuters)
By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The wisdom of “It takes a village to raise a child” has been lost as kids are either overprotected by permissive parents or neglected, Pope Francis said. “The educational partnership has been broken” as families, schools and society are “no longer united together for the child,” he said Sept. 4 after holding his first Google Hangout — a live video conversation — across five continents with teenagers who belong to the international network of “Scholas occurentes,” uniting students of all faiths and cultures. Parents and teachers used to stick together to teach kids important values, the pope said, recalling when he got into trouble in the fourth grade. “I wasn’t respectful toward the teacher, and the teacher called my mother. My mother came, I stayed in class and the teacher stepped out, then they called for me,” he told a group of educators and experts involved with the worldwide Scholas network. “My mom was really calm. I feared the worst,” he said. After getting him to admit to his wrongdoing, his mother told him to apologize to the teacher. The pope said he apologized and remembered “it was easy and I was happy. But there was an Act 2 when I got home,” insinuating stiffer punishment had followed. However, today, “at least in lots of schools in my country,” if a teacher notes a problem with a student, “the next day, the mother and father denounce the teacher,” he said. The family, schools and culture have to work together for the wellbeing of the child, he said. People have to “rebuild this village in order to educate a child.” All of society also needs to help children and young people who are homeless, exploited, victims of violence or without any prospects, he said. The pope pointed the blame on today’s “culture of disposal” and “the cult of money” for creating and perpetuating adults’ apathy to or complicity in the mistreatment of kids. This is why “it’s very important to strengthen bonds: social, family and personal ties” with kids and young adults, and create an environment that helps them approach the world with “trust and serenity.” Otherwise, kids will be “left only with the path of delinquency and addiction,” he said. The pope’s comments came at the end of an afternoon encounter to launch scholas.social — a new social network for students from all over the world to cooperate on environmental and social causes, sport and art initiatives, and charitable activities. The Scholas initiative was begun in Buenos Aires and supported by its then-Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio, who also used to teach high school when he was a young Jesuit priest. When he became pope, he asked fellow Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, to expand the network’s reach and impact. With a small digital camera and studio lights aimed at him in the Vatican synod hall, the pope took questions from five Scholas members, who were linked in from Australia, Israel, Turkey, South Africa and El Salvador. Story continued — pg. 11
constantemente la importancia de la oración al Nuestro Padre, incluyendo oraciones por los que nos persiguen. Esto no es un pedido fácil, especialmente a la luz de los conflictos mundiales actuales, así como los ejemplos cotidianos de la falta de respeto a la vida a nuestro alrededor, incluyendo el aborto, la violencia doméstica, la pena de muerte, y la eutanasia. Sin embargo, nunca podemos perder la esperanza, tenemos que seguir creyendo en el poder de la oración, y por supuesto, en los milagros. Durante este mes de octubre, por favor recen el Rosario por la paz y la justicia en la Tierra Santa, por el fin de la violencia en el Medio Oriente y en todo el mundo, por la protección de nuestra libertad religiosa aquí en nuestro propio país, y por el respeto a la vida de todos los seres humanos. El día en que el Príncipe de la Paz nació en Belén hace 2000 años, los ángeles cantaron: “Gloria a Dios en las alturas....” A pesar de que Belén es actualmente una ciudad en conflicto y en una tierra de ocupación, que podamos pronto un día escuchar todas las personas cantar la misma canción de los ángeles mientras oramos por la paz en la tierra y el respeto por el don precioso de la vida humana en todo el mundo. Dios los Bendiga
Greeting from Lodwar: Sister diocese updates By Bishop Dominic Kimengich, Diocese of Lodwar EDITOR’S NOTE: Mary Agnes McGrail sponsored Bishop Dominic from his days in the seminary, 1983, and remained a close friend until her passing this past July.
Dear Friends in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, In recognition of Mary Agnes McGrail’s’ love for education, a member of her family proposed a construction of a classroom at Queen of Peace school for girls in Lodwar. He has already pledged to donate $10, 000 towards the classroom. There is a discussion going on and it seems a library will be built instead of classroom since Mary Agnes loved reading and always encouraged the young people to embrace the culture of reading. This will be a wonderful addition to Queen of Peace which is a school committed to providing quality education, discipline and good Christian formation to young Turkana. It is very encouraging to note that after the visit of Fr. John Peter Ambrose to Lodwar Diocese together with Bishop Paul Bradley and Msgr. Mike Hazard (October 2013), he has mobilized his Christians to support needy students in Lodwar. Currently there are nine families who have adopted nine children in Lodwar and are paying one dollar a day to feed, clothe and educate a child. St. Joseph Parish, Watervliet is helping a village in Lodwar get water. Last year when Bishop Paul Bradley, Msgr. Mike Hazard and Fr. John Peter Ambrose visited the Diocese of Lodwar, they had the opportunity to participate in a peace meeting between the Turkana and Pokot communities that have been fighting and stealing from each other for many years. There was a march for peace that culminated with the celebration of Holy Mass. I am happy to report that the hostilities between the two tribes have significantly reduced. Since then there have been more reconciliation meet-
ings spearheaded by the Church and slowly we are reaping the fruits of peace. We have started a department in our Diocese called “Pacem in Terris” Cross Border Evangelization, that aims to end the conflicts around the borders of the four countries; namely Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya that surround the Diocese of Lodwar through evangelization. We feel called to take seriously the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ: “Blessed are the peace makers they shall be calleed childresn of God”. We all know that any form of violence is a threat to life. The tribal conflicts that have been going on in and around our diocese have resulted in many lives being lost, property destroyed and many people displaced from their homes. We have a huge refugee camp called Kakuma with almost 200, 000 refugees mainly from Somalia and South Sudan. It is so sad to see all these people with broken dreams, children out of school and many young men and women killed by boredom because they are idle, with nothing to do. On our part we feel we have to do something to help them and at the same time strive to deal with the root causes of the problems they are facing. I am very grateful to God that this initiative of starting ‘Sister Dioceses’ between the Dioceses of Lodwar and Kalamazoo is working in a very concrete way. Starting in a small way, I believe it will grow into a partnership that will enrich all of us and help us live the Gospel values as we reach out to one another in the love of Christ that knows no boundary. Let us keep each other in prayer.
Bishop calls for volunteers for Sister Diocese Committee Bishop Bradley has called for a special committee to be formed to explore ways we can further connect and collaborate with the Diocese of Lodwar to strengthen our “sister” diocese relationship. If you are interested in participating in this committee please contact Vicki Cessna, Diocese of Kalamazoo, [email protected]
An initial meeting will be planned for mid-November.
Faithful Citizenship: Election Day is November 4th As Catholics, it is our duty and responsibility to participate in the political process. In order to make moral choices, the Catholic Church calls on us to form our consciences before voting in accord with the principles of faith. This can be done by examining candidate positions through the lens of Scripture and Catholic Social Teaching. The protection of human life must always be a primary concern, and we must also be sure to consider candidate positions on the wide spectrum of issues important to the Catholic Church such as marriage, education, health care, immigration, and poverty. To learn more about these issues and voting, check out the U.S. bishops’ document Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship at www.faithfulcitizenship.org. For more information on important issues to consider when voting, Michigan Catholic Conference, the official public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Michigan, has provided helpful material through its FOCUS publication at www.micatholic.org/advocacy/focus-essay/.
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Catholic Charities Caring Network adds new programs; celebrates 25th anniversary
The Other Six Days By Jane Knuth Learning from the Poor
“Only with prayer — prayer that storms the heavens for justice and mercy, prayer that cleanses our hearts and souls - will the culture of death that surrounds us today be replaced with a culture of life.” — Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Catholic Bishops This month Catholic Charities’ Caring Network celebrates its 25 anniversary of offering pregnancy and parenting support to young mothers and women in need with the addition of two new programs: Real Alternatives and Prayer Partners. Real Alternatives is a program specifically designed to reduce the number of abortions in Michigan, and is modeled after an evidence-based model used in both Pennsylvania and Texas. Caring Network staff and volunteers are able to provide expanded, intensive and compassionate services to pregnant and parenting mothers and fathers as well as offering pregnancy tests and specific services to those women whose tests are negative. We are thrilled to see the life-giving growth of the Caring Network program as we served more than 540 women in 2013 alone. In addition Caring Network has started a new way to engage even more volunteers through it’s new Prayer Partners program. The agency is seeking volunteers to pray both for and/or with Caring Network clients as they face overwhelming challenges and obstacles. Volunteers can commit to as little as an hour a week. To learn more, call Jeannine Boehm at 269-381-1234.
“I want a Church that is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us…in their difficulties they know the suffering Christ. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them.” —Pope Francis, 24 November 2013.
National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recover and Understanding October 5-11, 2014 is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding is October 7, 2014. The statistics from the National Institute of Health are striking: In a given year one in four adults, and one in five youth ages 13 – 18, experience mental illness. One in 17 people live with persistent or serious mental illness such as depression, bi-polar disease, or schizophrenia. Yet an estimated 60 percent of adults, and 50 percent of youth ages 8 – 15 do not receive mental health services. Mental illness encompasses biological, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of the individuals affected. The illness also impacts the lives of the person’s family. The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) estimates that one in five families in our parishes have a member with a mental illness. Yet because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many individuals and families will not reveal this information. As a faith community we are called to reach out to individuals and families, acknowledging their pain and offering acceptance, comfort and support. You can learn more about mental illness by visiting the NCPD website: http://www.ncpd.org/ministries-programs/specific/mentalillness. Lisa Irwin, Associate Director in the Secretariat for Parish Life and Lay Leadership (Sanctity of the Human Person) and the Diocesan Commission for Ministry to Persons with Disabilities seek to reach out to persons with disabilities, their families and caregivers as a listening, supportive presence. Contact Lisa at 269-903-0177 or [email protected]
JustFaith founder wows packed crowd at Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth Dynamic speaker Jack Jezreel spoke to a standing-room alone crowd during the three-day evening gathering last month called, “Hearts Wide Open.” The series was hosted by three Kalamazooarea parishes, St. Thomas More, St. Joseph and St. Catherine of Siena along with First United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo and held at the Holy Family Chapel at Nazareth. Close to 300 people filled the chapel to listen to Jezreel speak on the themes of discipleship and mission. Jezreel is a sought-after national speaker who is best known as the founder of the JustFaith program which has been active in the Diocese of Kalamazoo for more than 12 years. “Jack Jezreel is a charismatic, gifted and enthusiastic teacher,” said David Reilly, Director of the Diocesan Office of Worship and Liturgy, who attended the gathering. “Jack reminded us that the Gospel calls us to change our lives and follow Jesus as disciples. His stories and sense of humor helped to underscore the fact that any of us can be blind to the plight of other people.” The JustFaith program is a 30week program where participants gather weekly to discuss readings and books on the topics of Catholic Social Teaching. JustFaith graduates have gone on to begin a number of local programs from Equal Exchange Fair Trade goods to jail ministry to volunteering with the homeless. For more information contact: Norm Young, [email protected]
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St. Vincent de Paul is sometimes known as the patron saint of spiritual help. “Converting Catholics to Catholicism” was the pressing call for Vincent and his companions. He knew that his mission was to appease the spiritual hunger of the French country peasants of his day and to care for all the poor. His most repeated advice: “Let us seek out the poorest and most abandoned among us, and recognize before God that they are our lords and masters, and that we are unworthy of rendering our little services for them.” St. Vincent and Pope Francis would have liked each other. A new lesson from our master teachers at the thrift store concerns a young woman who was searching our racks for suitable slacks to wear to a job interview. She tried on several pair in the dressing room before selecting one and taking it to the cash register. “I’m a bit embarrassed to ask you this,” she said to our clerk. “These slacks cost three dollars but when I put my hands in the pockets I found a five dollar bill. Would it be OK with you if I paid for them with the money that was in them?” What extreme kind of honesty is this? We never would have known where the five dollars came from if she hadn’t told us. She could have pocketed the cash and walked out the door, but instead she chose to show us the money and buy the pants with it. No wonder that Pope Francis thinks I need to be evangelized by the poor. How true, as St. Vincent says, “that we are unworthy to render our little services for them.” Pope Francis, St. Vincent, and every poor person we meet—best spiritual guides ever.
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Reflections on the gift of the rosary The rosary has endured as one of the most sacred Catholic traditions for centuries. In the late 1500s, Pope Pius V established the Feast of the Holy Rosary, now known as Our Lady of the Rosary, celebrated on October 7. The five sets of 10 beads — called decades — that make up the rosary are used to keep count of the prayers: 10 Hail Marys, preceded by one Our Father and followed by one Glory Be to the Father. However, praying the rosary is more than mindless recitation. The purpose of the rosary is to meditate on the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous mysteries of the lives of Mary and Jesus Christ. “The Rosary is a prayer that always accompanies me; it is also the prayer of the ordinary people and the saints,” said Pope Francis, who reportedly recites 15 decades of the rosary every day. “It a prayer from my heart.” Here is how member of the Diocese of Kalamazoo make the rosary a part of their lives.
thing. I’d like to develop the devotion and habit to do so regularly. Q: What are some traditional occasions people might pray the rosary? A: I admire those who bring the whole family to mass 20 minutes early every Sunday so they can pray together. My wife’s grandmother spends time with the Blessed Mother every day with a rosary. She wouldn’t trade that time for anything.
Charlie and Leslie Young and family.
Q: Tell us about a particularly meaningful time you prayed the rosary. A: My discernment. Discerning my vocation was a rather circuitous journey. It culminated in a wonderful five-day retreat to Rome with Ted Martin (before he was Father Ted Martin), and his father Craig. The last afternoon, with a lot of time to myself, I wandered around Piazza Navona with a rosary, visiting one beautiful old church after another, praying a decade of the rosary in each. You don’t have to wander very far in Rome to run out of decades and mysteries! After each decade, I asked God what vocation he intended for me, and to give me a sign either to nudge me into seminary or to help me meet whomever he had in mind. He introduced me to my wife through a flight attendant on the return flight home a few days later.
Charlie Young, President, Diocesan Pastoral Council Q: When do you pray the rosary? A: I tend to pray it in times of crisis, or when I really need some-
Fr. German Diaz-Perez, Pastor, Holy Angels Parish, in Sturgis Q: When are some times people might pray the rosary?
A: Always, day and night. Mary is our powerful intercessor before the Lord. As St. Louis de Montfort beautifully proclaims it, “To Jesus through Mary.” Q: How often to do you pray the rosary? A: I pray the rosary daily. To pray the rosary has become to me a very special ocFr. German casion. To conDiaz-Perez verse with the Mother is always a very special occasion, isn't it? Q: What are some traditional occasions to pray the rosary? A: I am a priest devoted to our heavenly Mother Mary. Her feasts in the liturgical calendar are occasions to celebrate and to rejoice with her for her role in her Son’s plan of salvation. When you love someone, that person is always in your heart and mind. If the rosary is a loving conversation with the Mother, then every moment that you say a Hail Mary becomes a meaningful moment in your life. To pray the rosary is to be with the Mother in God’s garden. Who doesn't want to be with the Mother in God's garden? Q: Does your rosary have any special significance? A: The rosary I use today is made of wood. It was giving to me by an old lady who asked me to pray for her. She has since died.
At wedding, pope says spouses make each other better men and women By Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life. “This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man," the pope said Sept. 14. “Here we see the reciprocity of differences.” The pope spoke during a wedding Mass for couples from the diocese of Rome. In typically frank style, Pope Francis admitted married life can be tiring, “burdensome, and often, even nauseating.” But the pope assured the brides and grooms that Christ’s redemptive sacrifice would enable them to resist the “dangerous temptation of discouragement, infidelity, weakness, abandonment.” “The love of Christ, which has blessed and sanctified the union of husband and wife, is able to sustain their love and to renew it when, humanly speaking, it becomes lost, wounded or worn out,” he said. Pope Francis also offered practical advice for dealing with marital discord. “It is normal for a husband and wife to argue,” he said. “It always happens. But my advice is this: never let the day end without having first made peace. Never. A small gesture is sufficient. Thus the journey may continue.” Speaking three weeks before the start of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family, the pope emphasized the importance of the institution based on marriage. “It is impossible to quantify the strength and depth of humanity contained in a family: mutual help, educational support, relationships developing as family members mature, the sharing of joys and difficulties,” he said. “Families are the first place in which we are formed as persons and, at the same time, the bricks for the building up of society.” The newlyweds ranged in age from 25 to 56 and represented a variety of situations, with some already having children or having lived together before marriage. Cohabitation, though not a canonical impediment to marriage, violates the Catholic Church's teaching on marriage and sexual love. Pastoral ministers helping Catholic couples prepare for the sacrament are urged to encourage them to regularize such situations prior to marrying.
From Bishop Bradley: I have prayed, and taken great comfort in, the rosary all my life. I carry a rosary with me always as a constant reminder of God’s abiding Presence with me, and I pray the rosary while in my Chapel, while I’m driving or traveling, as I’m falling asleep, or even on occasion during lengthy meetings. The constant praying of the “Hail Mary” reminds us that each of us is invited, as Mary was, to say “Yes” to God every day; the reflection on the 20 mysteries of our salvation remind us how deeply we are loved. The Rosary is a powerful way to offer prayers of intercession, thanksgiving, petition and repentance, all in praise and thanks to our Loving God. Praying the rosary at least once a day will keep us close to God and mindful of His Presence with us always.
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At the start of the papal wedding Mass, the brides, wearing traditional white gowns, were accompanied up the aisle of the basilica by their fathers or other male relatives. The grooms entered with their mothers. The pope called out each couple’s names as he read the rite and then each couple, groom and bride, separately, responded “si.” As a thank-you present to the pope, the couples jointly contributed to an educational and recreational center for disadvantaged youth in a suburban neighborhood of Rome, to be established by the local branch of Caritas. The ceremony was the first public papal celebration of a wedding since 2000, when St. John Paul II joined in marriage eight couples from different parts of the world as part of the Jubilee for Families. He also publicly presided over another joint wedding for a group of couples in 1994 as part of his celebration of the International Year of the Family.
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Bishop Bradley is shown above praying the rosary on the sidewalk in front of Kalamazoo’s Planned Parenthood facility along with participants of the “40 Days for Life” campaign last fall.
Pictured above are newly married couples pray as Pope Francis celebrates marriage rite for 20 couples at Vatican. Newly married couples (L-R): Giorgio Bacci and Daniela Cascone, and Sandro Milioto and Ada Gallotta, join hands to pray the Lord's Prayer as Pope Francis celebrates the marriage rite for 20 couples during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Sept. 14. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
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WORLD MISSION SUNDAY My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo
Indiana and Michigan bishops stand in front of Israeli separation wall during pilgrimage to Holy Land U.S. Bishops Dale J. Melczek of Gary, Ind., and Bishop Paul J. Bradley of Kalamazoo, Mich., stand in front of the Israeli separation wall near Jerusalem Sept. 12.Eighteen bishops are on a nine-day prayer pilgrimage for peace in the Holy Land. (CNS photo/ Debbie Hill) See HOLYLAND-COMPLEX Sept. 12, 2014
Above the bishops celebrate mass at the Mount of Beatitudes, praying for justice, peace and the poor. Shown from left are Bishop Bradley, Diocese of Kalamazoo; Bishop Melczek, Diocese of Gary; Bishop Pates, Diocese of Des Moines and Bishop Boland, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Pictured left: Two altar servers assist during Mass with members of the Peace Pilgrimage at St. Justin's Latin Church in Nablus. The Christian population in Nablus is small, but parish priest Fr. Johnny Abu Khalil calls it a “community of hope” and prays for a peaceful resolution to conflict. Photos: Jen Hardy/CRS Check out Bishop Bradley’s blog at: www.catholickalamazoo.blogspot.com
Very Rev. Larry Farrell Diocesan Director of The Ponifical Society
Our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis, has shown himself to be a great teacher with the heart of a missionary. Like Jesus, he teaches by word and example, keeping the poor, the troubled and the vulnerable in clear view at all times. In that spirit I write to you today. Our Catholic Church, at every level and by its very nature, is missionary. Its origin is in the very mission of Jesus Christ and of the Holy Spirit. It is in Christ alone that “salvation is offered to all people, as a gift of God’s grace and mercy” (see Ephesians 2:8; Romans 1:16). In every nation, World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 18-19. This essential observance is an experience in learning for us all. It is a time for us to be inspired by the heroes of our Church who serve God’s beloved children in places of poverty, injustice, even outright persecution. The priests, religious, and lay missionary groups make it possible for the most needy to encounter Christ, the Sacraments, and living Word of God, and thereby to live in hope of heaven.
The Society for the Propagation of the Faith is the Holy Father’s chief missionary arm, providing resources for more than 1,150 mission dioceses the world over. No work of the Church is more central to her reason for being. Nothing is more important! So, I am asking that every parish and all the Faithful experience the fullness of World Mission Sunday. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith oversees the worldwide celebration of this most important day, representing and acting in the name of the Pope himself. In his address in advance of World Mission Sunday, Pope Francis summarizes well the direction on which we must stay! “The Church – I repeat again – is not a relief organization, an enterprise or an NGO, but a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who have lived and are living the wonder of the encounter with Jesus Christ and want to share this experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that the Lord gave us. It is the Holy Spirit that guides the Church in this path.” The theme for the United States’ observance of this day is: “Do good on earth.” This is taken from the words of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the young Carmelite Sister who is the Patroness of the Missions. It is a call to put faith into action! The materials prepared by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith highlight the missionary efforts of the Salesian Sisters in Chennai, India, and their pastoral work among young women and girls who are victims of trafficking and slavery. The Sisters save the girls’ lives, and with love they teach and celebrate the Faith. It is a most inspiring glimpse into missionary realities today. At a time when the needs in the Missions have grown substantially, and the urgency of the cry of the poor is all the more pronounced, I ask you for the gift of your generosity. With the mutual efforts of our clergy and faithful, every parish in this local Church should embrace a true concern to do the very best for those most in need. Jesus commissioned His apostles and told them, “As the Father has sent me, so I have sent you” (John 20:21). That is the eternal challenge and privilege of all the Church’s servants and all the faithful. Let us pray that this year World Mission Sunday will touch each of us deeply, and that we will be united in providing true assistance where it is needed most, for the sake of Christ! I thank you in advance for your serious and generous response to the needs of others. In the end, the words of the Catechism of the Catholic Church instruct us: “It is by what they have done for the poor that Jesus Christ will recognize his chosen ones” (CCC, 2443). Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Paul J. Bradley Bishop of Kalamazoo For more about this important celebration of the universal Church, please visit the special World Mission Sunday web site: www.IAmAMissionary.org.
Shown right: St. Joseph Parish in Jifna near Ramallah, in the West Bank. The bishops spent time with Catholic Palestinians celebrating Mass. The pastor of St. Joseph is Fr. Firas Aridaha (see below with two sisters). Bishop Bradley was the homilist for the Mass.
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The covenant of marriage By George Weigel My son Stephen and I spent an unusual, albeit unusually moving, Independence Day: we attended the golden wedding anniversary celebration of my friends Piotr and Teresa Malecki, which began with a Mass of thanksgiving in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Cracow’s Wawel Cathedral—the place where Piotr and Teresa had exchanged vows on July 4, 1964, kneeling before their old kayaking and hiking friend, the archbishop of Cracow (who, as Pope St. John Paul II, was canonized some two months before the Maleckis’ jubilee.) Piotr Malecki, Karol Wojtyla’s altar boy at St. Florian’s parish and the self-described “enfant terrible” of that network of Wojtyla’s friends known as Srodowisko, is a distinguished physicist. Teresa Malecka, who had to convince Wojtyla (whom she and others called Wujek, “Uncle”), that she was ready for marriage at age 20, is an accomplished musicologist and the former vice-dean of the Cracow Academy of Music. Outside the cathedral, the jubilarians were greeted by other Srodowisko veterans: Danuta Ciesielska, widow of Wojtyla’s closest lay friend and kayaking instructor, the Servant of God Jerzy Ciesielski, whose beatification cause is underway; Danuta Rybicka, who, as a plucky undergraduate in Stalinist Poland challenged the communists who were trying to expel the nuns from the convent-dormitory where she and others boarded. All of them shared a remarkable experience in their youth: as they were being formed into mature Christian adults by Wojtyla, they helped form an intellectually, athletically and mystically gifted young clergyman into one of the most dynamic priests of his generation, a pioneer in the pastoral strategy he called “accompaniment.” As I said to Stephen afterwards, as we watched Wojtyla’s kids, no longer kids, shake hands, embrace, and offer flowers to Piotr and Teresa, “This is the beginning of World Youth Day, right here.” I could just as easily have added Love and Responsibility; the Theology of the Body; the1981 apostolic exhortation, Familiaris Consortio; the 1988 apostolic letter on women, Mulieris Dignitatem; and the 1995 Letter to Families. For as I noted in a toast at the anniversary dinner the Maleckis’ sons had arranged, the network of now-not-so-young friends that had gathered around Karol Wojtyla—men and women who resolutely refuse to think of themselves as something special—had in fact helped bend the history of the Church, and the world, in a more humane direction. One other facet of this happy celebration struck me with particular force. As on their wedding day when Piotr and Teresa first exchanged vows, now, on their golden jubilee, the priest celebrating the thanksgiving Mass wound the end of a stole around their joined hands, its other end remaining around his neck, as the couple renewed their pledge of love and fidelity. It’s a marvelous Polish custom, perhaps familiar in other cultures. And it says something very important about marriage, which is under assault throughout the world by the forces of moral confusion, misconstrued “tolerance,” and societal deconstruction. What that gesture says is that, in the biblical and Christian view, the couple “getting married” are engaging in a priestly act, an act of right worship: they are sealing, not a mere contract, but a covenant in which two become one. And from that unity, from that new family, springs the gift of new life. The Church’s official witness to this covenant-making, the ordained priest, exercises his unique form of priesthood by offering the Church’s recognition of, and blessing on, what the couple, in their exercise of the priesthood of the baptized, have covenanted together. That stole, touching both priest and couple, embodies the classic Catholic teaching that the couple who bind themselves for life are the ministers of the Sacrament of Matrimony. When marriage is reduced to a contract for mutual economic advantage among any configuration of consenting adults, something essential in what Christians understand to be “marriage” is lost: something “deepdown-diving,” to borrow from the playwright Ibsen. And that, I suspect, is why state marriage licenses that no longer specify “Bride” and “Groom” but rather “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2” seem somehow bizarre. And sad. And dangerous. George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. George Weigel’s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Phone: 303-715-3215.
Father Robert Barron’s new video series, “Priest, Prophet, King” is released This six part lecture presentation, produced by Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, comes with full study guides Fr. Robert Barron “The better we understand Jesus, the better we understand ourselves,” Father Robert Barron says about the release of his new film and study program, “Priest, Prophet, King.” The renowned priest wants to help viewers discover Jesus as the Anointed One and to embody His way of life. Using biblical insights and engaging stories, Fr. Barron shows how priests, prophets, and kings were foreshadowed throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, and then how Jesus fulfills each role in the New Testament. Fr. Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary. An acclaimed author, speaker, and theologian, he is perhaps best known for creating and hosting the award winning “Catholicism” film series, an epic ten-part documentary on the life and teachings of the Catholic Church seen by millions throughout the world. “The prophets of the false Gods are everywhere today,” said Fr. Barron, “They tell our kids all the time that the path to happiness is wealth, pleasure, power and honor. But we must boldly challenge these false gods and reveal the strange, startling truth that Jesus Crucified is the true vision of happiness and freedom.” Through this presentation of “Priest, Prophet, King,” Fr. Barron wants viewers to better understand Jesus, become more familiar with Scripture, and realize their own priestly, prophetic, and kingly mission. This deeply biblical program, filmed in high-definition video by Spirit Juice Studios, features an ac-
companying study guide by notable Catholic writer and apologist, Carl Olson, written under Father Barron’s direction. The six lessons in the “Priest, Prophet, King” study program are: 1. Adoratio: Adam as Priest 2. The High Priest 3. Challenging False Worship: Elijah the Prophet 4. The Word Made Flesh 5. Ordering the Kingdom: King David 6. King of Kings For more information on “Priest, Prophet, King” go to: http://priestprophetking.com/ Father Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a global, non-profit media group and Rector of Mundelein Seminary/University of Saint Mary of the Lake near Chicago. Word on Fire Catholic Ministries (http://www.WordOnFire.org), Father Barron’s media evangelization ministry reaches millions of people through its films, study programs, and online work.
Archbishop Sheen’s sainthood cause suspended indefinitely By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The canonization cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been suspended indefinitely, according to a statement issued Sept. 3 by the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, where the archbishop was born. The suspension was announced “with immense sadness,” the diocese said. “The process to verify a possible miracle attributed to Sheen had been going extremely well, and only awaited a vote of the cardinals and the approval of the Holy Father. There was every indication that a possible date for beatification in Peoria would have been scheduled for as early as the coming year.” Archbishop Sheen, who gained fame in the 1950s with a prime-time television series called “Life Is Worth Living,” died in New York in 1979. The diocesan statement said the Archdiocese of New York denied a request from Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria, president of the Archbishop Sheen Foundation, to move the archbishop’s body to Peoria. A Sept. 4 statement from
Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the New York Archdiocese, said Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York “did express a hesitance in exhuming the body” absent a directive from the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes and family approval. The statement added that Archbishop Sheen’s “closest surviving family members” asked that the archbishop’s wishes be respected and that he had “expressly stated his desire that his remains be buried in New York.” Zwilling said Cardinal Dolan “does object to the dismemberment of the archbishop’s body,” but, were it to be exhumed, relics that might have been buried with Archbishop Sheen might be “reverently collected” and “shared generously” with the Peoria Diocese. In an interview published Sept. 6 by Crux, the Boston Globe’s Catholic news website, Cardinal Dolan said, “We’ve had some issues (with Peoria) over what to do with the remains of Archbishop Sheen and what relics we might be able to share, and I’m committed to doing whatever we can that’s consistent with Sheen’s
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own wishes, the wishes of his family, the instructions we get from the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and New York state law.” If the Peoria Diocese’s decision is final to suspend Archbishop Sheen’s cause and to assign it to the Vatican congregation’s historical archives, Zwilling said, “the Archdiocese of New York would welcome the opportunity to assume responsibility for the cause in an attempt to move it forward.” “After further discussion with Rome, it was decided that the Sheen Cause would now have to be relegated to the congregation’s historic archive,” the Sept. 3 Peoria diocesan statement said. For more information visit: Diocese of Peoria: www.cdop.org; www.archbishopsheencause.org
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Saint Mary’s Notre Dame students invite young Catholic Women to write Pope Francis A group of students active in Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s College are rising to meet a challenge facing the Catholic Church: a significant drop in young women practicing the faith. Students at this Catholic, women’s college are organizing a letter-writing response to Pope Francis’ outreach to youth called “Voices of Young Catholic Women” They’re inviting Catholic women of the Millennial Generation (born between 19811995) to write the pope about their love for the Catholic tradition and ideas for how the Church might better reach their demographic. Those who take part are instructed to send letters, prayers, poetry, art, and other forms of creative expression to the Center for Spirituality (CFS) at Saint Mary’s. President Carol Ann Mooney will hand deliver the correspondence when she and Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, have a general audience with Pope Francis on November 26. CFS sent invitations to campus ministry offices and Newman Centers/Clubs at colleges and universities across the country encouraging college women to take part in the project. A full-page ad also appeared in the September 1 issue of America, a prominent national Catholic magazine. “The Voices of Young Catholic Women project has allowed me to see my academic studies come to life. As a religious studies major and a gender and women’s studies minor, this experience is giving me a tangible experience where I am able to see the intersection of religion and gender,” said Saint Mary’s College student Tori Wilbraham, 15. Pope Francis has called on Catholic youth to contribute to the Church’s life and mission. “The Church needs you, your enthusiasm, your creativity, and the joy that is so characteristic of you,” he said at World Youth Day 2013. His call to action comes at a time when an estimated 35 percent of Millennial women who were baptized
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Some of the organizers of the Voices of Young Catholic Women project pose in front of the Our Lady of Wisdom water well at Saint Mary's College. Judy Fean, director of Campus Ministry, is far left, and Elizabeth Groppe, director of the Center for Spirituality, is far right. The students, from left to right, are Victoria Wilbraham ’15, Ambar Varela ’16, Kaleigh Ellis ’17, and Kristen Millar ’15.
Catholic no longer practice their faith. (Source: General Social Survey.) “At a time when many have left the Church, letters that give expression to the beauty, truth, and goodness that young women do find in Catholicism can make an important contribution to the New Evangelization,” noted Elizabeth Groppe, director of the Center for Spirituality. “Letters may also generate ideas about ways in which the Church could strengthen its support for young women amidst the many challenges they face to their baptismal holiness and human dignity, including epidemic levels of sexual violence and a media culture that degrades women. The intent of this project is constructive and hopeful,” Groppe added.
The project asks for examples of how women can be more involved in the Church and conveys the message that young women are a very vital and important part of the Church’s life. The students in this initiative are supported by the College’s Division for Mission, including the Center for Spirituality and Campus Ministry. During the development of this project, the division was headed by Sister Veronique Wiedower, CSC, thenvice president for Mission at the College. This month Sister Veronique was installed president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the congregation that founded Saint Mary’s 170 years ago. (#VoicesofYoungCatholicWomen). http://www.saintmarys.edu/spirituality/voi ces-of-young-catholic-women
Adults with Cognitive/Developmental Disabilities Your invited to a Day of Reflection entitled “The Secret Code of the Carol: Unlocking the Meaning of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas,’” Saturday, November 22nd from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. sponsored by the Secretariat for Parish Life and Lay Leadership. The event will be held in the Retreat Center at Pretty Lake Adventure Camp in Mattawan. Cost is $15. Scholarships are available. For more information contact Lisa Irwin at 269-903-0177 or [email protected]
Global Marketplace at St. Catherine’s of Siena Shop early for unique holiday gifts. Entrance is free and open to the public. The church is located at 1150 W. Centre Street, Portage, Michigan.
St. Catherine’s of Siena, Portage, Marian Hall Saturday, Nov. 15 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All profits go to Marketplace vendors to support their continued good work helping workers of the world to be fairly compensated for the goods and services they produce. For more information, contact Ed Bachleda. E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: (269) 327-1159.
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Pope mourns murder of three missionary sisters in Burundi By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis mourned the deaths of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary, who were murdered in two separate attacks in their residence in Burundi. Sister Lucia Pulici, 75, and Sister Olga Raschietti, 82, were found dead Sept. 7 in their mission residence in the capital of Bujumbura. Sister Bernadetta Bogianni, 79, who had found the bodies, was killed the next night. In telegrams sent to Archbishop Evariste Ngoyagoye of Bujumbura and Sister Ines Frizza superior general of the Xaverian Missionary Sister of Mary, the pope expressed his sadness concerning the “tragic deaths” of these “faithful and devout nuns.” The messages, sent on behalf of the pope by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said the pope hoped that “the blood they have shed may become the seed of hope to build true fraternity between peoples.” Xaverian Missionary Father Mario Pulcini, superior of the Xaverian Missionaries in Burundi, told MISNA, the missionary news service, that he had gone to the mission house Sept. 7 after he and Sister Boggiani had been unable to reach Sisters Pulici and Raschietti by telephone all of that day. “I was in front of the main door with the idea of forcing it open when it opened and I saw Bernadetta there very upset. She had found a side service entrance open and, once she entered, found the lifeless bodies of Sisters Olga and Lucia,” he said. They alerted government, military, judicial and religious authorities, the priest said, and an
Sister Olga Raschietti, 82, pictured in an updated photo, is one of three Xaverian Missionary Sisters of Mary who were murdered in two separate attacks at their residence in Burundi. The three nuns had been working in Burundi, helping the poor and the si ck, the past seven years, Vatican Radio reported. (CNS photo/courtesy Xaverian Missionaries)
investigation was begun. Despite the murders, the sisters decided to spend the night in their home. However, they phoned Father Pulcini during the night of Sept. 8, afraid that “the aggressor was in the home.” When the priest arrived, he found Sister Bogianni had been killed, too. There was no word yet on possible suspects or motives of the killings. The three missionary sisters had been working in Burundi, helping the poor and the sick, the past seven years, Vatican Radio reported. Sister Bogianni had been a superior of the congregation for many years. On Sept. 8, the mission house was “full of people who have come to mourn the nuns and express their solidarity,” the radio said.
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Fortaleciendo las Familias en la Fe (Reflexión #9) Por Verónica Rodríguez “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 octubre: El mes de octubre es el mes del rosario. El Santo Papa Juan Pablo II en su carta apostólica “Rosarium Virginis Mariae (Rosario de la Virgen María)” dice que el Rosario “forma parte de la mejor y más reconocida tradición de la contemplación cristiana. La Iglesia ha visto siempre en esta oración una particular eficacia, confiando las causas más difíciles a su recitación comunitaria y a su práctica constante. En momentos en los que la cristiandad misma estaba amenazada, se atribuyó a la fuerza de esta oración la liberación del peligro y la Virgen del Rosario fue considerada como propiciadora de la salvación…El Rosario es también, desde siempre, una oración de la familia y por la familia…Conviene no descuidar esta preciosa herencia.” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, #5, 39, 40). El Papa Francisco en su audiencia general del año pasado dijo, “Rezando el Ave María, somos conducidos a contemplar los misterios de Jesús, es decir a reflexionar sobre los momentos centrales de su vida, para que, como para María y para san José, Él sea el centro de nuestros pensamientos, de nuestras atenciones y de nuestras acciones...Para escuchar al Señor, es necesario aprender a contemplarlo, a percibir su presencia constante en nuestra vida; es necesario detenerse a dialogar con Él, darle espacio con la oración…sentir que la amistad y el amor de Dios nos acompañan...” (Audiencia General, 2013) Sigámosle enseñando a nuestros hijos este modo de dialogar con Jesús. A veces con el correr del día se nos olvida dialogar con Jesús o lo hacemos de carrera y muchos instantes olvidándonos de explicarles a nuestros hijos lo que estamos haciendo. Aquí es donde nuestros hijos a veces no entienden el porqué de la tradición y utilizan ciertos símbolos como decoración solamente. Octubre también es el mes del Respeto por la Vida. En este mes de octubre tomemos unos minutos para explicarle a nuestros hijos el poder de la oración por la familia y las demás personas y para reforzar el valor por toda vida humana ya sean bebés, niños, ancianos, inmigrantes, jóvenes, niños por nacer, los encarcelados. Toda vida merece respeto. Que la Virgen María interceda por nosotros para que seamos fieles y para que aprendamos a responder sí en nuestros compromisos cristianos.
Calendario/Calendar Octubre/ October 9-12 — Cursillo para Mujeres 14 — Comienza un nuevo grupo de Recuperación de Trauma en español hasta el 16 de diciembre. 18 (Sábado) — 10a.m.-12 m. Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana, Centro Pastoral Diocesano (Hispanic Ministry Diocesan Pastoral Committee meeting, Diocesan Pastoral Center), Kalamazoo 23 (Jueves) — 6 – 8 p.m., Cena de Agradecimiento para todos los voluntarios del Ministerio Migrante. Lugar: Auditorio del Lawrence Education Center del Hospital Borgess. (Appreciation Dinner for All Migrant Ministry Volunteers.) 25 (Sábado) — 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instituto San Agustín – Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Primer Año de Formación 2014-2017. Tema: Psicología Humana y la Experiencia como Inmigrante por la Consejera Lissette Mira-Amaya. (St. Augustine Institute - Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program, First Year of Formation 2014-2017, Topic: Human Psychology and the Immigrant Experience by Lissette Mira-Amaya, Counselor). 30-Nov. 2 – Conferencia de Raíces y Alas, Tema: La Pastoral Hispana/Latina: Evangelizadora, Comunitaria y Misionera. Lugar: San Antonio, Texas. Noviembre/November 1(Sábado) — Día de Todos los Santos
(All Saints Day) 2 (Domingo) — Día de los Difuntos (Day of the Dead) 22 (Sábado) — 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Instituto San Agustín – Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Primer Año de Formación 2014-2017. Tema: Cristología: Encuentro con Jesús por el Dr. Timothy Matovina de la Universidad de Notre Dame. (St. Augustine Institute – Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program, First Year of Formation 2014-2017, Topic: Christology: Encounter with Jesus by Dr. Timothy Matovina from the University of Notre Dame). Diciembre/December 6 (Sábado) — 10 a.m.-12 m. Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana, Centro Pastoral Diocesano (Hispanic Ministry Diocesan Pastoral Committee meeting, Diocesan Pastoral Center), Kalamazoo. 11 (Jueves) — 6:30 p.m. Misa Bilingüe, Celebración de Nuestra Sra. De Guadalupe, Catedral de San Agustín, Kalamazoo, MI, Preside el Señor Obispo Paul J. Bradley (Bilingual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, MI. Presiding Bishop Paul J. Bradley). 16 (Martes) — Comienzan las Posadas y Novenas Navideñas en las Parroquias. (Beginning of the Posadas and Christmas Nove
San Francisco de Asís Por Fanny Tabares San Francisco, nació en Asís, un pueblito de Italia. Aunque era un joven rico y poco fervoroso, a partir de su reflexión en la cárcel cuando cayó en manos de sus enemigos decidió dejarlo todo y vivir en la pobreza como un ermitaño y servir a los pobres. Nos enseñó a vivir la simplicidad y sencillez del Evangelio. Decía que la pobreza era su novia; vivía en la pobreza y en la mayor simplicidad posible para parecerse más al estilo de vida de Jesús. Se dedicó a servir a los pobres de su época con un gran amor y entrega. Celebremos con alegría esta fiesta de sencillez y humildad frutos del amor. El mismo Papa Francisco, escogió su nombre como símbolo de sencillez y pobreza. Hoy, también tenemos muchos pobres que necesitan de nuestro compromiso y ayuda. Personas sin comida, sin techo, sin vivienda, sin salud; huérfanos, viudas; personas indocumentadas en situaciones difíciles y muchas veces rechazados por la sociedad; niños buscando desesperadamente a sus padres; personas que han tenido que huir de sus países por su religión, raza o por la violencia, la guerra o la pobreza buscando refugio, ayuda y consuelo en otros países como el
dos Unidos, en muchas parroquias se llevan las mascotas al estacionamiento o entrada de las Iglesias para ser bendecidos. Busquemos en nuestras parroquias el día y la hora para que llevemos en familia las mascotas, nuestras hermanas, para la bendición.
nuestro. Dios nos invita a responder a ese llamado de servicio al necesitado como en la época de San Francisco de Asís. San Francisco fue ese hombre capaz de descubrir la presencia y el amor de Dios en todo lo que le rodeaba y así, se hizo santo. Escribió algunas plegarias y poesías elogiando la grandeza de Dios manifestada en la belleza del sol, los astros, la naturaleza en general y los animales, a los que llamaba hermanos. El próximo 4 de octubre celebramos su fiesta y como parte de la religiosidad popular de Esta-
Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Misa bilingüe en la Catedral. Preside Nuestro Obispo Paul J. Bradley, Obispo de la Diócesis Como todos los años, el Señor Obispo, Paul Bardley, preside en la catedral la Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. Este año será el Jueves, 11 de diciembre del 2014 a las 6:30 p.m. en la Catedral de San Agustín, 542 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Reserven su tiempo para acompañar a la Virgen María en su día. Se sugiere vestirse con vestidos típicos de su país de origen y llevar rosas para ofrecer a la Virgen María y compartir con otras personas. Después de la Misa habrá una recepción para todos. Bilingual Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Presiding Bishop Paul J. Bradley As in past years, the Most Rev. Paul Bradley will preside the bilingual Mass in honor of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. This year it will take place on Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Cathedral, 542 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007. We hope you can reserve some time to accompany the Virgin Mary on her day. It is suggested to dress in traditional clothing of different countries of origin. It is also suggested for families to bring roses to offer the Virgin Mary. There will be a reception after Mass. Gracias Voluntarios de Migrant Ministry Agradecemos profundamente a todos los voluntarios que directamente e indirectamente ayudaron en el ministerio con los campesinos migrantes. Los invitamos a una cena de agradecimiento el jueves 23 de octubre del 2014 a las 6 p.m. en el auditorio del Lawrence Education Center, 1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, MI. Al lado del Hospital de Borgess.
San Francisco de Asís, también ha sido famoso por su popular oración: “Señor, hazme Instrumento de Tu paz.” Señor, haz de mí un instrumento de tu paz: donde haya odio, ponga yo amor, donde haya ofensa, ponga yo perdón, donde haya discordia, ponga yo unión, donde haya error, ponga yo verdad, donde haya duda, ponga yo la fe, donde haya desesperación, ponga yo esperanza, donde haya tinieblas, ponga yo luz, donde haya tristeza, ponga yo alegría. Oh Maestro, que no busque yo tanto ser consolado como consolar, ser comprendido como comprender, ser amado como amar. Porque dando se recibe, olvidando se encuentra, perdonando se es perdonado, y muriendo se resucita a la vida eterna.
Concurso Nacional Estudiantil de Arte, Escritura, Musica y Video La Diócesis de Kalamazoo en colaboración con los Caballeros de Colón, invita estudiantes de grados 4 a 12 a enviar arte, composiciones, poemas, composiciones musicales y videos; reflejando el tema “La familia llena de vida”. La obra debe mostrar sus dones dados por Dios y comunicar que somos llamados a vivir nuestra misión de amar y honrar nuestra pequeña iglesia doméstica (nuestra familia). A partir del 15 de septiembre, hasta el 15 de diciembre del 2014: aceptaremos obras de estudiantes en escuelas Católicas y escuelas públicas (que asisten a clases de formación en la Fe y catecismo). Todo el trabajo deberá ser original. Las obras de arte no pueden pasarse de las siguientes dimensiones: 12” x 18”. Las composiciones no deben exceder 500 palabras. Los poemas no deben exceder 30 líneas. La música y videos deben enviarse en un DVD. Enviar arte, composiciones, poemas, música y videos a Socorro Truchan – Diócesis de Kalamazoo – 215 N. Westnedge Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Para ver las reglas completas del concurso visite el portal de la Diócesis de Kalamazoo: o llamar a Socorro Truchan al 269-903-0199.
Programa de Consejería en Español: Programa de Recuperación de Trauma Ya hemos trabajado con el primer grupo en español; los participantes han expresado que se han beneficiado bastante de este programa y estamos listos para comenzar un nuevo grupo en Octubre. Si usted conoce a alguna persona que en su infancia o de adulto sufrió cualquier tipo de trauma (físico, sexual, negligencia etc) y quiere ayudarle, por favor remítalo a una de las siguientes personas: Lisette Mira-Amaya (269) 929-7084 o Fanny Tabares (269) 903-0209. Es indispensable hacer cita personal lo más pronto posible con la consejera Lissette. El Programa de Recuperación de Traumas está basado en el Modelo de Trauma, un modelo psico-educacional que ayuda a las personas 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. 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.
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Here & There OCTOBER Oct. 4: Annual Diocesan New Evangelization Conference, “Be the New Evangelization” with Keynote Meg Hunter-Kilmer and special guests St. Paul Street Evangelization Team and Lori Pacer of Evangelize All Ministries. Kalamazoo Fairgrounds. Visit: www.newevangelizationkazoo.eventbrit e.com to register or for more information. Oct. 9 – 12: Into the Wild is an authentically masculine outdoor experiential retreat weekend for men. It will be held for the first time in the Diocese of Kalamazoo at Rota-Kiwan Scout Reservation near Kalamazoo. Contact Deacon Kurt Lucas at [email protected]
Oct. 20-Dec. 15: Trauma Recovery Program for English-speakers, 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 groups 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. October 17: Gaudium Christi Young Adult Eucharistic Adoration at St. Augustine Cathedral (542 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 49007) will meet on Friday October 17th, and November 21st at 7:30 – 9:00 pm to adore our Lord in Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction, have the opportunity to go to Confession. For more information, please find “Gaudium Christi Kalamazoo” on Facebook. Oct 18: Diocesan Pre-Marriage Encounter, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., One day diocesan retreat for the formation of engaged couples and married couples who wish to have a day of reflection. St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo. (conducted in Spanish). October 18: Sacred Heart Altar Society Annual Fall Bazaar, Watson. Silent Auction and Craft Sale 10 am-2 pm. All-You-Can-Eat Lunch from 11 am-2 pm. 13 years and older-$5.00,
6-12 years-$3.00, 5 and under-free. Crafters needed: $20 a table. Contact Bev McKinnon @ 269.217.9152 October 23: Migrant Ministry — Appreciation Dinner. — Thank you to all the volunteers who directly or indirectly helped in our ministry to the migrant farmworkers. You are cordially invited to a dinner beginning at 6:00p.m. at the auditorium of the Lawrence Education Center, 1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. Please RSVP by calling 269-903-0197. October 23 — December 4: Catholic Divorce Survival — 12 separate units dealing with the recovery experience for Catholics. The cost is $35 for materials including a book (and accompanying journal) for each participant. The sessions will be facilitated by deacon joe schmitt at St. Thomas More Catholic Student Parish, 421 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, for six Thursday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm on Contact: deacon joe at 381-8917 x 274 or [email protected]
October 25: International Dinner at St John Bosco, Mattawan, fundraiser to benefit youth program. Saturday, October 25, 5:30 pm Tickets available by calling the parish office 269-668-3312 ext. 10. Oct 25: Instituto San Agustín Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program. First Year of Formation. Course: Human Psychology and the Immigrant Experience by Counselor Lissette Mira-Amaya, Borgess Lawrence Education Center. October 29: The Year of Mark: An overview of the Gospel, 2-4 pm and repeats at 7- 9 pm. Guadalupe Room of the Stanley Center , St. Catherine of Siena, 1150 W. Centre Avenue, Portage. Contact: David Reilly, Diocesan Director of Worship & Liturgy, 269.903.0193, [email protected]
NOVEMBER November 5: Deceased Clergy Mass, St. Augustine Cathedral, 5 pm. Open to the public. November 15: 11th annual fair trade Marketplace at Saint Catherine of Siena, Portage. For more information, contact Ed Bachleda via e-mail at [email protected]
or phone (269) 327-1159.
St. Catherine of Siena Parish will host Fair Trade Marketplace, Nov. 15 St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall will be transformed into an international marketplace from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, for the 11th annual fair trade Marketplace. This annual event more than 20 vendors including Equal Exchange coffees, teas, chocolates and snacks; hand-knitted sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves; children’s toys and books; handmade jewelry, soaps, note cards and paper, and much more. “More than 600 people attended the 2013 Marketplace, and with their buying power they made a positive difference in our world,” said Ed Bachleda, co-founder and JustFaith graduate. “Marketplace is a fair trade, non-profit endeavor of St. Catherine’s Justice Mission. All profits go to Marketplace vendors to support their continued good work helping workers of the world to be fairly compensated for the goods and services they produce.” For more information, contact Ed Bachleda via e-mail at [email protected]
or phone (269) 327-1159.
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,
SAVE THE DATE: The Presence Kalamazoo 2015: Friday, February 6th – Sunday, February 8th, Hackett Catholic Central in Kalamazoo. This Eucharistic encounter with our Lord present amongst His people is a retreat for high school youth. Information: http://thepresencekalamazoo.org. Please contact Tim McNamara at [email protected]
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Diocesan Confirmation Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 3 p.m. Bishop Bradley will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation for Catholics (adults or adolescents) who have yet to receive the Sacrament on Sunday, November 16th at 3pm in St. Augustine Cathedral. In order to be eligible candidates must be properly disposed, been given appropriate catechetical preparation through their parish and have the written approval of their pastor. Information forms and proof of baptism must be sent into the Office of Worship by October 15 at the latest in order for a candidate to participate. For information about the Liturgy or eligibility contact David Reilly at the Office of Worship at 269-903-0193 or [email protected]
For catechetical information contact Jamin Herold at 269-903-0141, [email protected]
Pope helps launch worldwide social Healing Is Possible network — Continued story pg. 4 for Trauma Survivors
By Sharon Froom For the past twelve years the Diocese of Kalamazoo has offered The Trauma Recovery Program to our injured brothers and sisters. It is a research-based treatment program that teaches trauma survivors the skills they need to live healthy and satisfying lives. More than 400 people have participated in the Trauma Recovery Program. Participants repeatedly tell us that the program is exactly what they need to address the injuries of their painful pasts and offer feedback such as, “This program saved my life” or, “I never thought I would feel better, but now I have real hope.” If you struggle with issues in your adult life as a result of a hurtful childhood, there is hope for healing and the possibility of a satisfying life. You are invited to participate in the Trauma Recovery Program. The program is free. We meet for ten sessions in small groups in a private setting facilitated by mental health professionals and a priest. English-speaking and Spanish-speaking groups are forming for fall, 2014 and winter, 2015. For more information and registration please contact Sharon Froom, 269-381-8918, ext. 222. English-speaking: October: 20, 27 November: 3, 10, 17, 24 December: 1, 6 (Sat.), 8, 15 PREVIEW: English-speaking, winter, 2015 February 9, 16, 23 March 2, 9, 16, 21 (Sat.), 23, 30 April 6 — English-speaking groups, option of mornings, 9:30 to noon, or evening, 7:00 to 9:30. Spanish-speaking: October: 14, 21, 28; November: 4, 11, 18, 25; December: 2, 9, 16 Spanish-speaking groups meet evenings, 6:30 to 9:00.
The pope urged the young people to build bridges through open and respectful communication, in which they listen carefully to others and exchange experiences, ideas and values. Sina, a teenage boy in Istanbul, thanked the pope for letting more than schools and students come together, “but also our beliefs and hearts.” He then asked the pope if he thought the future was going to get better or worse. “I don’t have a crystal ball like witches do to see the future,” the pope answered, adding that what the future will be like is in the hands of today’s young people. The future “is in your heart, it’s in your mind and your hands,” and if people cultivate constructive thoughts and feeling and do good 3427 Gull Road, Kalamazoo 49048 things, “the future will be better.” He said young people need two A Woman’s Path to things: They need wings to fly and Wholeness the courage to dream of big things, 3 Tuesdays starting Oct. 21 and they need strong roots and reKaren Horneffer-Ginter, PhD spect for their culture, their heritage This 3-part series explores how we come to expect too much and all the wisdom passed down from ourselves. Learn how we from their elders. “Today’s young can embrace all of who we are. people need three key foundations: education, sports and culture, that’s Faith & Art why Scholas unites everything,” he Wise & Holy said. Women with He urged the teens to speak out Brother Mickey against war and injustice, and to McGrath stick together like a team, defendSaturday, Oct. 25 ing each other against “gangs” and Using his own other negative influences that only paintings and seek to destroy and isolate people. stories, Brother His last piece of advice, he said, Mickey will offer an inspiring came from Jesus, who often said, and insightful look at several “Be not afraid!” creative, wise women who span “Don’t lose your nerve. Don’t the generations of the church. be afraid. Keep going. Build The Veil of God bridges of peace. Play as a team and build a better future because, Led by Laura Smith, CSJ remember, that the future is in your Saturday, Nov. 1 hands.” Our day will focus on the 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.
experience of God in our lives reflecting upon the Veil of God that surrounds us: the Cosmos, all of Creation, the message of Jesus and the human longing for love.
Hopeful, Graceful Living in a Noisy Busy World Saturday, Nov. 8
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Parishioners’ helping hands extend to Haiti Organization looks to expand sister parish program “When I first saw the rectory it reminded me of a little chicken coop,” says Larry Dennany, a St. Margaret, Otsego, parishioner about his first trip to his sister parish in Haiti, St. Francis de Sales. Fast forward 14 years later from his first visit and the impoverished Haiti parish has been able to build a new rectory, hospital and a school that has grown to 450 students thanks to the commitment of generous parish communities. “As Catholics were called to minister to the poorest of the poor,” adds Joy Livingston, Director of Religious Education, St. Margaret Parish, Otsego who has lead youth groups to Haiti during annual Spring Break time. “Our mission trips and connection to St. Francis de Sales have opened a lot of hearts.” Dennany has been so profoundly moved by his experiences in Haiti that he sits on the board of Haiti Twinning Coordinators of Michigan (HTCOM) which helps facilitate a sister parish relationship between Catholic churches, schools, orphanages and hospitals in Haiti with Catholic churches and schools in the United States. The group, which is part of Parish Twining Programs of the Americas, was founded so it could share its collective wisdom and help other parishes in Michigan form effective sister relationships. Dennany notes that communication and accountability are among the most challenging areas when establishing a sister parish relationship and HTCOM comes alongside a parish to help in those areas. The organization is run by volunteers and does not charge for its services. “100 percent of all money raised [by a parish] will go directly to a parish,” adds Dennany. In addition to St. Margaret’s, St. Therese, Wayland and St. Mary Visitation Parish, Byron Center have begun to establish sister parish relationships. Building those relationships can include sending a delegation to Haiti and to also host visitors from the sister parish here. “We do the legwork,” explains Dennany. Some parishes may opt to take up regular collections while others may have sponsoring a student-type programs. HTCOM helps navigate all the logistics. [The sister parish relationship] expands our vision of Church,” says Dennany. For more information on how your parish can become involved contact: Larry Dennany: 269-532-4541; [email protected]
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Flu 101 What is the ﬂu? Inﬂuenza (the ﬂu) is a contagious illness caused by viruses that affect the nose, throat and lungs. A serious case of the ﬂu can lead to hospitalization or even death. Older people, young children and people with chronic health conditions, are at higher risk for developing serious ﬂu complications.
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Haiti at a glance: Haiti is in the Caribbean and shares the western half of the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic Population of Haiti is over 10 million people and its estimated that 80 percent are Catholic In January, 2010, a devastating earthquake ravaged the country and claimed the lives of more than 300,000
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