Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Below is the complete prayer translated into English by Vatican Radio:
You who faithfully visit and fulfill with your Presence the Church and the history of men;
You who in the miraculous Sacrament of your Body and Blood render us participants in divine Life
and allow us a foretaste of the joy of eternal Life;
We adore and bless you.
Prostrated before You, source and lover of Life, truly present and alive among us, we beg you.
Reawaken in us respect for every unborn life, make us capable of seeing in the fruit of the maternal womb the miraculous work of the Creator, open our hearts to generously welcoming every child
that comes into life. Bless all families, sanctify the union of spouses, render fruitful their love.
Accompany the choices of legislative assemblies with the light of your Spirit, so that peoples and nations may recognize and respect the sacred nature of life, of every human life.
Guide the work of scientists and doctors, so that all progress contributes to the integral well-being of the person, and no one endures suppression or injustice.
Give creative charity to administrators and economists, so they may realize and promote sufficient conditions so that young families can serenely embrace the birth of new children.
Console the married couples who suffer because they are unable to have children and in Your goodness provide for them.
Teach us all to care for orphaned or abandoned children, so they may experience the warmth of your Charity, the consolation of your divine Heart.
Together with Mary, Your Mother, the great believer, in whose womb you took on our human nature, we wait to receive from You, our Only True Good and Savior, the strength to love and serve life, in anticipation of living forever in You, in communion with the Blessed Trinity.
The prosecution is not satisfied with the one day jail sentence Ciccolini received. Assistant U.S. Attorney for Northern Ohio Bob Bulford says Father Sam deserved the 18 to 24 month sentence the feds recommended., and that was agreed to in a plea agreement worked out with federal prosecutors.
Read "Bring back men in black," an article in the April 23 issue of U.S. Catholic by Fr. Ferrence.
Benedict XVI's general prayer intention for December is: "That our personal experience of suffering may be an occasion for better understanding the situation of unease and pain which is the lot of many people who are alone, sick or aged, and stir us all to give them generous help".
His mission intention is: "That the peoples of the earth may open their doors to Christ and to His Gospel of peace, brotherhood and justice".
A Catholic college in Atlanta with a robust Catholic identity has opened its doors to undergraduates.
“We have an unequivocal commitment to teaching the truths of the faith,” said Gareth Genner, president of Holy Spirit College. “Students attracted to that will find a community that supports them.”
The college’s rector is Archbishop John Donoghue, the retired archbishop of Atlanta. The chancellor is Msgr. Edward Dillon, the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s former vicar general.
Southern Catholic College, another Catholic college located in the archdiocese, closed in April 2010.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Thirty years ago on Nov. 29, 1980, Dorothy Day – the famous 20th century convert known for her tireless work in defending the poor – passed away at the age of 84.
Born in Brooklyn and eventually raised in Chicago, she was baptized Episcopalian at the age of 12. She displayed signs at a young age of possessing a deep religious sense. As a young girl, Day fasted and mortified her body by sleeping on hardwood floors. One journal entry from those early years expresses her desire to suffer for the sins of the world.
Her legacy lives on today in the 185 Catholic Worker communities in the U.S. and around the globe. One of these is the Peter Maurin Center which our parish serves. In 2000, 20 years after her death, then-leader of the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal John O'Connor, submitted Day's cause for canonization to the Vatican. With this approval, she was given the title of Servant of God, which is bestowed on a candidate for sainthood whose cause is still under investigation, prior to beatification.
See a longer discussion on the parish facebook page.
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Tickets: $20 and $15, all reserved seating (No discounts available)
In April the society will be presenting St. Matthew Passion at EJ Thomas Performing Arts Theater. This presentation of Bach's supreme masterpiece by the Summit Choral Society's Masterworks Chorale will include a double orchestra, six guest soloists and nearly 100 advanced singers from the Summit Children's Choir Program. Bach's musical interpretation of the Passion will be met with a visual representation of artwork from the Renaissance and Baroque eras depicting the events of this week in the life of Jesus, enhancing the emotional impact of this very poignant wor Tickets are $25, $20 and $15, all reserved seating. There are discounts of 50 per cent for students and 15 percent for seniors at E. J. Thomas Box Office. 330.972.7570.
Michelle, Rich and Conner Bender (at left) lit the first candle on the Advent tree. The Bender family (right) with brothers Marcus (Grade 7) and Logan (Grade 5) who served the Mass for Fr James Berardi
Patty Gmerek, Johanna Kacsanek and Dian Williamson take an ornament from the Giving Tree. They will donate a gift specified
on the back of their ornaments. Gift go to shut-ins[Photos by Tony DiDonato]
The choir nevertheless provided a delightful Advent program with the theme "Celebrate Christ Our Light," There were more than a dozen hymns by the four men and 12 women in the choir which includes voices from a half dozen Catholic parishes
Mary Jo and Ron Mohlmaster provided interpreting for the deaf,
John Buckenberger is director of the choir. Instrumentalists include James Hanna, piano; Elena LaVictoire, flute, and Scott Farkas, percussion.
The mission of The Peace Together Choir is to perform and record meaningful music to bring hope and peace to their listeners. It is a non-profit organization and donates proceeds from CD sales to charitable groups, including Hospice of the Visiting Nurse Service. CDs for sale by the choir were available after the concert.
Click on the headline to go to the choir’s website where you can hear some of their music.
On Nov. 27, St. Peter's was the center of global focus, as dioceses around the world joined the Pope's invitation to prepare for the season of Christmas by joining in a special Vespers service for the unborn.
Although it is common for the Pope to encourage prayer for particular intentions, the request for a coordinated worldwide vigil – to be held on the same date and approximately the same time, in all dioceses – is highly exceptional.
Pope Benedict began his homily saying that God became a child to experience the life of man in order to “to save it completely, fully.”
“The beginning of the liturgical year helps us to relive the expectation of God made flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary,” he said, adding that the “Incarnation reveals to us, with intense light and in an amazing way, that every human life has an incomparable, a most elevated dignity.”
Because “God loves us so deeply, totally, without distinction,” the Pope noted that belief in “Jesus Christ also means having a new outlook on man, a look of trust and hope.”
Humankind, therefore, “has the right not to be treated as an object of possession or something to manipulate at will, not to be reduced to a mere instrument for the benefit of others and their interests,” he said.
“In this vein we find the Church's concern for the unborn, the most fragile, the most threatened by the selfishness of adults and the darkening of consciences,” the Pontiff added.
He then reiterated the Church's stance against abortion, warning against “cultural tendencies that seek to anesthetize consciences with misleading motivations.”
“With regard to the embryo in the womb, science itself highlights its autonomy capable of interaction with the mother, the coordination of biological processes, the continuity of development, the growing complexity of the organism,” he said. “This is not an accumulation of biological material, but a new living being, dynamic and wonderfully ordered, a new unique human being.”
“So was Jesus in Mary's womb, so it was for all of us in our mother’s womb.”
Pope Benedict went on to say that even after birth, children around the world face abandonment, hunger, poverty, disease, abuse, violence or exploitation.
“I urge the protagonists of politics, economic and social communications to do everything in their power to promote a culture which respects human life, to provide favorable conditions and support networks for the reception and development of life,” he said.
The Pope concluded by entrusting prayers for the unborn to the Virgin Mary, “who welcomed the Son of God made man with faith, with her maternal womb, with loving care, with nurturing support and vibrant with love.”
Saturday, November 27, 2010
The Rev. Father James King, who at 81 still teaches theology and is alumni chaplain at Walsh Jesuit High School, is the 2010 recipient of the Bishop Cosgrove Justice Award. He will receive the honor at the annual dinner of the Catholic Commission of Summit County on Dec. 3 at the Father Silva Center of St. Matthew Parish, 2580 Berne Ave., Akron.
Fr. King is a regular volunteer with Labre, the Walsh program that delivers food and friendship to the homeless on the streets of Akron. He also spearheaded Walsh Jesuit's involvement with the Catholic Worker/Peter Maurin, where he continues to accompany a group of students each week to serve meals.
Fr. King was born and raised in Akron, growing up in St. Sebastian's parish. After attending Campion Jesuit High School in Prairie du Chien, Wis., he spent three years at John Carroll University. He entered the order of the Jesuits in 1950. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
Ordained in 1963, the priest has been been at Walsh Jesuit since it opened in 1965, with the exception of five years when he served as a vocation director in Detroit and took two sabbaticals, during which he did missionary work in India and Africa.
He has taken students on service trips in some of the most impoverished areas of the world, including the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Honduras. He helped establish Catholic Students for Peace and Justice, a consortium of all the Catholic high schools in the Cleveland diocese and Walsh Jesuit's Justice League.
''Father King truly embodies the Jesuit phrase of being a 'Man for Others,'' said Jody Bowers, campus minister at Walsh.
King, however, says he is only doing what he knows he should do as a Christian.
''Jesus had a special concern for the poor, the widows and the lepers. He loved everyone, and I'm just trying to follow his example,'' King said. ''My greatest joy has been working with the students and trying to encourage them to serve others.''
The Catholic Commission, the official social-action agency of the Catholic Church in Summit County, works to eliminate poverty, speaks out against injustice and promotes the common good. Tickets for the dinner are $40. For reservations, call 330-535-2787 or e-mail Ann Coplan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The justice award is named for the Canton native who became auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland and later bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill. Cosgrove, who died in 1992, was recognized for his involvement in social justice in the Akron-Cleveland area.
The award is given each year to a person or organization that demonstrates a strong and active commitment to social justice in harmony with biblical values; advocates for victims of injustice; and exhibits a personal lifestyle that reflects a spirit of solidarity with the poor. It is not limited to members or organizations of the Catholic Church.
Click on the headline to read the story by Beacon Journal religion writer Colette M. Jenkins. There also is a photo with the story.
Celebrate Christ our Light” 3:00 p.m. this Sunday, November 28, 2010, here at St. Paul Church, PEACE TOGETHER CHOIR, leads the way to Christmas this Advent Season. Beautiful choral arrangements with delightful and inspiring instrumentals will help you make the season bright with faith, love and a tranquil heart. It promises to be a wonderful experience for all ages— refreshments and social to follow.
Students to sing at Community Center on December 3
St. Paul students, directed by Tim Longfellow, will sing Christmas holiday songs at the Firestone Park Community Center on Friday, December 3 at 6 pm.
Grade 1-3 to sing for Ladies Guild on December 9
All ladies of the parish are invited to the St. Paul Ladies Guild Christmas Party and meeting, Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center. St. Paul students in grades 1-3 will provide singing entertainment.
Ladies Guild bake sale is December 11-12
The Ladies Guild will have a Bake Sale December 11 and 12 in the
narthex after all the Masses. Anyone who would like to donate baked goods for the sale may drop them off at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 11, in the narthex.
Get Christmas wafers after Mass December 11-12 and 18-19
Oplatki, Christmas wafers, will be available after all the Masses on Saturday, December 11 and 18 and Sunday, December 12 and 19. Donation is $2 for a package of four. Questions? Call Rosemary Mileski 330-773-7078.
St. Paul will have a Cluster Communal Penance Service at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, with several priests for private confession.
Confessions also will be heard on Wednesday, December 22, from 6 to 7 p.m. and the regular confessions on Satrudays from 3:30 to 4 p.m.
St. Francis de Sales will also have a Cluster Penance Service on Monday, December 13, at 7 p.m.
Here are holiday schedules for other nearby churches
St. Anthony 83 Mosser Place, Akron
Weekly Saturday at 5:00 p.m.
Advent Confessions Monday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Corner of Sixth St. NW & Lake Ave. Barberton
Weekly Saturday at 5:15 p.m. & Monday at 6:00 p.m.
Advent Confessions Monday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m.
St. Francis de Sales 4019 Manchester Rd., AkronWeekly Saturday 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Advent Confessions Monday December 6th at 7:00 p.m.St. Hilary 2750 W. Market St., Fairlawn
Weekly Saturday 3:15-4:00 p.m.
Advent Confessions Wednesday December 15th at 7:00 p.m.
St. Joseph 1761 Second St., Cuyahoga Falls
Weekly Saturday 3:30-4:00 p.m.
Advent Confessions Sunday December 12th at 7:00 p.m.
St. Vincent 164 W. Market St., Akron
Weekly Saturday 11:00 a.m.-12noon
Advent Confessions Wednesday December 1st at 7:00 p.m.
LORD JESUS, in these four busy weeks of Advent, help us to pause to remember the depth of your love for us. Beyond anything we deserved or could have imagined, love led you to a stable in Bethlehem and all the way to Calvary. Open our hearts to welcome you anew so that we have something to share with a needy world each day. Grant us the joy of your friendship and bring us the strength, courage and determination to serve our brothers and sisters in your name. Amen
Friday, November 26, 2010
It's the time of year again for our Christmas Giving Tree. The annual Giving Tree is decorated as usual with ornaments for your gift giving. On the back of each ornament there is a label with a suggested gift you can provide for distribution by the pastoral ministry.
Gifts go to the homebound, those transported to Mass by van and those in nursing homes. Take an ornament and return the gift. The gift should not be wrapped.
Once again this year we are asking for volunteers to help with sorting and organizing all the items that come in from parishioners. We will have tables set up in Room 111 that we will use for sorting the items collected. If you are interested in helping please call Terry 330-724-1263.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The vigil is in conjunction with Vespers for the Start of Advent. The pope is requesting that parishes, religious communities, associations and movements the world over host vigils in communion with him.
"The season of preparation for is an appropriate time for invoking divine protection over every human being called into existence and for thanking God for the gift of life we received from our parents," the Pope said.
This Vigil for Nascent Human Life, which has pro-life leaders rejoicing, will be held after Vespers for the Start of Advent.
The Pope said he will pray for the unborn and their parents, for an end to abortion and research that destroys embryos, for recognition of the dignity of every human life, for the overturning of laws that permit the destruction of innocent lives, and for the healing of those who have acted against innocent human life.
He asks that all diocesan bishops (and their equivalent) preside over similar celebrations involving Catholics in every state of life around the world.
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She entered Dominican Sisters from St. Paul in 1941
Sister Maryagnes Slattery, OP (Sister M. Robert) died at the age of 87 in her 67th year of religious profession, on Monday, November 22 at Regina Health Center in Richfield, Ohio.
She was born in Akron and was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Slattery. She entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron on June 20, 1941 from St. Paul Parish. She graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School in 1942. On July 25, 1943, she made religious profession. Sister Maryagnes received her BSE from St. John College, Cleveland in 1955.
For thirty-two years, Sister Maryagnes spent most of her teaching career as a primary teacher at the following schools: St. Joseph, Alliance; St. Augustine, Barberton; St. Hilary and Our Lady of the Elms, Akron; SS. Peter & Paul, Doylestown; and St. Felicitas, Cleveland. After leaving the classroom in 1975, she worked with the elderly in the inner city of Cleveland as service director at St. Martin dePorres Center.
In 1977, Sr. Maryagnes moved to Denver, Colo., where she ministered in the capacity of activities director for senior citizens at City Park Manor. After becoming certified as a pastoral minister, she was one of a fifteen member pastoral team at St. Anthony Hospital for ten years. She was also involved with the hospital's bereavement program with cancer patients. She was honored there for outstanding service. In 1989, she became chaplain at Mercy Medical Center in Denver. Returning to Akron in 1996, she volunteered at the Elms Wellness Center and at Rockynol. Due to poor health, she was transferred to Regina Health Center in 2002.
Sister Maryagnes is survived by sister, Dorothy Lange; brothers, Robert, William and Richard Zimmerman; and nieces. She was preceded in death by brothers, David, Francis and Lawrence.
Calling hours will be held at Our Lady of the Elms Convent, 1230 W. Market St., Akron, on Friday, November 26 from 3 to 6 p.m., with a Wake Service at 4 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at the Convent chapel on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Donations in memory of Sister Maryagnes can be made to Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219-2098.
Hummerl Funeral Homes (330) 253-6126 www.hummelcares.com
[Akron Beacon Journal, Akron, OH, Wednesday, November 24, 2010, page B5, col. 5 ]
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
The Drama Club production will be “Into the Woods,” a musical with words by Stephen Wondheim and book by James Lapine.
Sondheim and Lapine offer up a cockeyed fairy tale where all of your favorite characters - Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk) and The Witch - meet and interact on their journeys.
Inspired by Bruno Bettelheim's 1976 book, The Uses of Enchantment, the musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and follows them further to explore the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from the stories of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, and Cinderella, tied together by a more original story involving a baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family, most likely taken from the original story of Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm.
The Hazlett & Hartman production at St. Paul this year will be enhanced by a remodeled stage with improved sound and lighting and an attractve revamped Parish Activity Center with a level seating area for the audience.
Selection of the play was a secret until today. Eighth Grade and Science teacher Judson Hartman, the play director, pulled a covering off a lectern to reveal a graphic of “Into the Woods” and explained the story line. Producer and Drama Club advisor Janet Hazlett gave students information on tryouts which will be scheduled next week. She also urged students to be mindful in taking care of the improved facilities.
A paper-mache tree stump which will be a prop in the production was on the stage although the prop is still not completed.
The adventure “Into the Woods” should be fun for both the actors and the audience.
Here’s a medley from the Tony Awards
|Drama Club advisor Janet Hazlett talks to students|
Over 1,000 attended a November 20 funeral Mass at the cathedral in Lansing for 17 abortion victims whose remains were found in the trash by a pro-life activist. Following the Mass, the babies’ remains were interred in a Catholic cemetery.
“Today we mourn, like Rachel weeping for her children, we mourn for how some seek to destroy Jesus in these his least brothers and sisters,” preached Bishop Earl Boyea. “Yet, not only for the hurt to the Lord, we also mourn for these children themselves, whose very lives were desired by God, whose dignity was given by God, whose purpose and destiny are known only to God.”
Monday, November 22, 2010
“Light Of The World; The Pope, The Church and The Signs Of The Times” is 239 pages. Here’s the foreword by George Weigel:
Never has a Pope, in a book-length interview, dealt so directly with such wide-ranging and controversial issues as Pope Benedict XVI does in Light of the World. Taken from a recent week-long series of interviews with veteran journalist Peter Seewald, this book tackles head-on some of the greatest issues facing the world of our time. Seewald poses such forthright questions to Pope Benedict as:
* What caused the clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church?
* Was there a "cover up"?
* Have you considered resigning?
* Does affirming the goodness of the human body mean a plea for "better sex"?
* Can there be a genuine dialogue with Islam?
* Should the Church rethink Catholic teaching on priestly celibacy, women priests, contraception, and same-sex relationships?
* Holy Communion for divorced-and-remarried Catholics?
* Is there a schism in the Catholic Church?
* Should there be a Third Vatican Council?
* Is there any hope for Christian unity?
* Is Christianity the only truth?
* Can the Pope really speak for Jesus Christ?
* How can the Pope claim to be "infallible"?
* Is there a "dictatorship of relativism" today?
Twice before these two men held wide-ranging discussions, which became the best-selling books Salt of the Earth and God and the World. Then, Seewald's discussion partner was Joseph Ratzinger, head of the Vatican's chief doctrinal office. Now, Joseph Ratzinger is Pope Benedict XVI, the spiritual leader of the world's over one billion Catholics. Though Seewald now interviews the Pope himself, the journalist "pulls no punches", posing some of the thorniest questions any Pope has had to address. Believers and unbelievers will be fascinated to hear Benedict's thoughtful, straightforward and thought-provoking replies. This is no stern preachment or ponderous theological tract, but a lively, fast-paced, challenging, even entertaining exchange.
Click on the headline to order your copy from Inatius Press.
The 108-foot statue of “Christ the King of the Universe” was dedicated on the feast of Christ the King, with Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, the retired Archbishop of Wroclaw, presiding.
The Polish statue surpasses the height of the famous Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian statue is just under 100 feet high.
The mayor of the western Polish town, Dariusz Bekisz, claims it is now the world's tallest.
A crane was used to lift the 32-ton head and shoulders to top the giant concrete and metal statue
Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki, the 78-year-old priest who created the statue with its outstretched arms and golden crown said the statue is 108 feet, or 33 meters -- one meter for every year that Jesus lived.
The program will include Reconciliation, a Scriptual Rosary and Eucharistic Lturgy and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Main speaker will be Bishop Roger W. Gries OSB. Concelebrant for the Mass will be Fr. Robert Jasmy, pastor of the host parish and Fatima spiritual director. Deacon Robert Sabol will give refections on Advent.
Reservations are required. Registration is 8 to 8:30 a.m. Cost is $30 A hot buffet lunch will be served at noon.
For further information and to register,call Gillian Fleshman at 216-641-8444 extension 20
Saad and Waad Hanna were killed by gunmen who burst into their shop. After months of occasional bombings, the targeted attacks on Christians have taken a more personal turn, with murderers breaking into homes and workplaces to murder the Christians they have targeted.
Thousands of secular media outlets-- and more than a few Catholic news services-- are leading their coverage today with headlines about Pope Benedict's statement on the use of condoms. CWN is not linking to those stories because, with rare exceptions, they are inaccurate.
Our news service exists to give Catholics (and others who are interested in the Church) an accurate guide to coverage of stories that affect the Church. Often we feel obligated to link to stories that contain some inaccuracies, because informed readers should be aware of what is being reported. But we never intentionally carry, or link to, stories that are entirely misleading. Most headline stories about the Pope's remarks fall into that category.
Pope Benedict did not alter, amend, or call into question the Church's teaching on contraceptive use.
Pope Benedict did not say that condom use is sometime morally acceptable.
Pope Benedict did not back away from his earlier statements, in which he had argued that condom distribution is an ineffective way to fight AIDS. On the contrary, he made his latest controversial remarks in the context of a conversation in which he was defending that argument.
Ordinarily CWN links to secular news stories because our readers can increase their understanding by perusing those stories. Today, a reader who wants an accurate understanding of what the Pope actually said would be better served by ignoring the secular media coverage.
On Saturday, when this story first exploded into the headlines, I posted a note on the On The News blog referring readers to one of the few sober and accurate treatments of the Pope's remarks. Please check back later today for my own In-Depth Analysis of this controversy and of how it arose.
- Phil Lawler Editor, CWNews
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Little Corey Fickert (front) was baptized today after the 11:30 Mass. With him are parents David and Becky Fickert, grandparents Paul and Irene Fickert, Godparents Amanda Paterek and Chris Kirsch and cousins Brent Lazar, Kellie and Courtney Kirsch. Fr Matt Ischay officiated
Jeanette Eritano and husband Mickey (at right) were wth her sister Linda and John Cochran who were married at St. Paul, and niece Elaine and Mike Mehlbugh and Chris and Jen Cochran
First grader Marc Adam
was greeter and reader
First grader Marc Adam was the greeter and read the petitions at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Witrh him are sister Rylee, Emma Izo and his father, Marc Adam
[Photos by Tony DiDonato]
Parishioners congratulating Joe and Maggie Colant on their 60th wedding anniversary kept them for at least a half-hour after the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday.
Friends and family gathered for the Mass to see the pastor, the Rev. Fr. Ralph Thomas, give them a blessing on renewing their marriage vows.
After the Mass, a photographer followed them into the Adoration Chapel where they posed before the altar of the original church where they stood on November 23, 1950 exchanging their wedding vows before Monsignor Clement H. Boeke
Maggie Ginn grew up at St. Paul receiving the early Sacraments of First Confession, Communion and Confirmation. She and Joe, who was a member of St. Bernard’s, met at a youth group for young Catholics.
The Colants, Fr. Thomas explained, have always been diligent in their service to the parish. Joe is well-known as an usher and Maggie will be honored as Woman of the Year from the Summit Regional Council of the National Council of Catholic Women at the annual Christmas Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 7, at Guy’s Party Centre. See an earlier story.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Father McCandless, who celebrated his first Mass on May 11,2008 at Holy Family Church, his home parish, will discuss his first years as a prient. His topic will be “Feed My Sheep: Reflections of a Young Priest on the Joys, Lessons, and Surprises of the First Years of Ministry.”
Father McCandless replaced the Rev. Fr. Michael Gurnick who was appointed Secretary and Vicar for Clergy and Religious. Father McCandless, 29, is the son of Michael McCandless of Akron and Michele and Richard SprungIe of Stow. He is a graduate of Archbishop Hoban High School, the University of Akron, John Carroll University, Borromeo Seminary and St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology.
The First Friday luncheons are at the University of Akron Martin Center, 105 Fir Hill. The cost is $15. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. Prepaid reservations may be made by sending a check to the First Friday Club of Greater Akron, 795 Russell Ave., Akron OH 44307. For more information, call 330-535-7668.
The conference offers over 20 sessions for Parish and School Catechetical Leaders, Youth Ministers, Catechists, Teachers, RCIA Teams, and interested adult Catholics, plus a two-session retreat option.
For workshop information and registration form, go to:
For additional information, call the Southern Area Office of Catechetical Services at 330-773-7621 or contact email@example.com.
Vocation Awareness Week will be observed January 9-15, 2011.
The Diocesan Vocation Office offers Discovery Days for seventh and eighth grade students at the Center for Pastoral Leadership (CPL) in Wickliffe. The girls and boys have the opportunity to meet and dialogue with priests, seminarians, sisters, and brothers. The day includes an introduction of the CPL, prayer, tour of the CPL, discussion, question and answer time, prayer service, and lunch. Discovery Days are held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $6 per student. Call 440-943-7631 to sign-up for one of the following 2011 Discovery Days: January 25, February 8, February 22, March 22, and April 5.
Join for an evening of prayer, song, and praise with Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Sacred Heart Chapel on the campus of the Center for Pastoral Leadership in Wickliffe.
Visit clevelandcatholicpriesthood.com or call 440-943-7631 for more details.
Upcoming 2011 XLT! Dates: April 13, 1 June1, August 8.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
For further information on any or all of the following programs, contact the Diocesan Vocation Office at 440-943-7630.
World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life – February 6, 2011
Bishop’s Seminary Brunch – March 20, 2011
World Day of Prayer for Vocations – May 15, 2011
Come and See Weekends:
Come and See Weekends provide an overnight retreat for men between 17 and 44 years of age, offering the opportunity to experience life at the seminary. The next Come and See Weekend is scheduled for February 4-6, 2011. Please take a few minutes to identify a few potential candidates and call (440-943-7631), fax (440-943-7577), or email firstname.lastname@example.org) their names and addresses. The Vocation Offuce will see that they receive a personal invitation.
Brothers of priests who formerly served in Akron have died recently.
Condolences to Fr. Robert E. Clancy, former paster at Sacred Heart Parish on Grant Street, on the death of his brother Michael J. Clancy.
Condolences to Fr. Albert A. Kunkel, parochial vicar at St. Paul 1990-91, on the death of his brother, Paul L. Kunkel.
The 37-page document includes a scripture quote and a reflection from the Holy Father for every day of Advent, which begins on Sunday, November 28, 2010, through the 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31, 2010. "Advent & Christmas with Pope Benedict XVI" is a preview of the upcoming publication "A Year with Pope Benedict XVI," which will be available soon from USCCB.
Download the book
Or you can go to the special Advent/Christmas website set up by the USCCB. You might want to bookmark this page or save it as a favorite to go to every day during this season.
The yule website
Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent is the season leading up to the celebration of Christmas. The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent Devotions: the lighting of the Advent wreath; the Advent calendar helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities; Advent prayers prepare us spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.
For some family activities, please see our Advent Ideas file.
The season to celebrate the Lord's birth, his manifestation to the world, and His baptism. The season begins Christmas eve and ends on the Baptism of the Lord, including the Epiphany of the Lord as well.
The celebration will be at the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday–this time in a new church. Perhaps after Mass they will step back into the Adoration Chapel and stand in front of the altar of the original church where they were married.
Maggie Ginn and Joe Colant were married Novemer 23, 1950 in the original church.
You will recognize Joe as the always present usher. If you read your church bulletin, you will know that Maggie also will be honored as Woman of the Year from the Summit Regional Council of the National Council of Catholic Women. She will receive the honor at the annual Christmas Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, December 7, at Guy’s Party Centre.
Here are the Colant children with grandchildren in blue:
James Colant & Donna
Gerard Colant & Jo,
Noelle & Marco
Peggy Wichman & Mark,
Jen, Char, Zach & Dylan
Helen Rothberg & Michael
Rick & Shelby
Patricia Colant Scarpelli & Glenn
Isabella & Joseph
Christopher Colant & Marcia
Gabriella & ? due in February
this review. For the first time ever, the United States has an overall strategy that provides clear guidance to all U. S.government agencies carrying out development programs in low-income countries. The new policy promotes many reforms including elevating development as a key component of U. S. foreign policy, institutionalizing a global development strategy, reflecting the views of recipient governments and communities in planning programs, emphasizing broad-based economic growth, and strengthening the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID). As Catholics, we are called to be advocates for all of God's people in need throughout the world. It will be exciting to see if Congress will listen to our voices, united with those of hundreds of thousands of other Christians across the country, and renew the EITC and improve the Child Tax Credit as we requested in our letters. Please pray for a positive outcome as Congress addresses these issues before the end of the year.
Friday, November 19, 2010
“Last night Channel Eight News aired a piece containing a private conversation held in Bishop Lennon's office between a St. Patrick parishoner (Name I don't recall) and the Bishop. Many of you probably saw it. The conversation was recorded without Bishop Lennon's knowledge and was then fed to Channel Eight. They touted it for days as some kind of a sensational revelation, which it turned out not to be.
"My opinion is that this was an unpleasant circumstance at the minumum and a lousy attempt at discrediting the Bishop at the maximum. Recording my Bishop without his knowledge or consent for public exposure is a low-handed piece of trickery that brings nothing but ridicule from those outside of the congregation of Practicing Catholics. We all harbor our opinions of the handling of the church closings and the tales of woe are rampant. But many fallen aways and others outside of our congregation love to feed on this stuff. This was a big mistake."
The bishop took part in a conversation back in May with Pat Schulte Singleton. She was a member of St. Patrick's -- a church on Cleveland's west side that has since been closed.
It was not untll 2001 that the American Bar Asspociation reversed its opinion that
recording without consent is conduct involving fraud, dishonesty or misrepresentation.
The 2001 opinion holds that "the mere act of secretly but lawfully recording a conversation inherently is not deceitful." But, it goes on to say that many states have substantive law making it a crime to record without consent of all parties, and, many states disagree with the ABA's opinion.
Twelve states require the consent of every party to a conversation in order to make the recording lawful. Federal law permits recording in-person conversations with the consent of at least one of the parties. Even though Ohio is not one of the 12 there might be a basis for a civil suit in this case.
Editors we know say they would never instruct a reporter to record an interview without consent. Fox 8 News I-Team’s Bill Schiel is not one of them.
Closing of parishes has been painful, so we should consider one observation of the Bishop::
In 1970, the diocese had 950,000 Catholics, and about 513,000 went to Sunday Mass. In 2008, he says, there were 740,000 Catholics in the diocese, and only 207,000 were going to Sunday mass.
We reiterate a statement from the diocese:
"It is sadly, very disappointing that someone would resort to a tactic such as secretly taping a meeting. We continue to pray that the individual involved will grow in understanding the Catholic Faith and the mission of the Church."
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Among the study’s key findings:
* in 2008, 52% of adults were married (vs. 72% in 1960)
* in 2008, 26% of adults in their 20s were married (vs. 68% in 1960)
* Only 32% of Americans believe that premarital sex is wrong (vs. 68% in 1969)
* 63% of Americans believe that a same-sex couple with children is a family.
* 60% of mothers with children under three are in the labor force (vs. 34% in 1975)
* 41% of babies born in 2008 were born to unmarried mothers (vs. 5% in 1960)
This is a new show that includes interviews with Mother Assumpta, Sr. Joseph Andrew, Sr. Mary Samuel, Sr. John Dominic and other Sisters; as well as on-site filming of the First and Final Profession Masses and this year’ Entrance Day, during which 22 aspirints were3 welcomed. The show will feature the experience of a Sister entering religious life and the meaning of religious profession as being ‘married’ to Christ.
“The response from the first show was so positive that the Sisters were asked if we would be open to another opportunity to share our life,” the community said in a statement. “We have accepted this invitation in the hopes of reaching an audience we might not otherwise reach with the witness of our life and the Gospel. Please join us in praying that the show will be for the good of souls and the honor of God.”
Thursday, November 18, 2010
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Ordinary Public Consistory for the Creation of New Cardinals
From St. Peter's Basilica, Holy Mass with Pope Benedict XVI as he elevates 24 prelates to the dignity of Cardinal, including U.S. Archbishops Raymond Burk and Donald Wuerl.
Sat. November 20 at 4:30 AM ET
Sat. November 20 at 12 PM ET
Eucharistic Concelebration with the New Cardinals and Presentation of the Cardinal Ring
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Holy Mass for the Feast of Christ the King with the 24 new cardinals concelebrating and receiving their cardinal rings, which are gold with the Crucifixion scene worked into the metal.
Sun. November 21 at 3:30 AM ET
Sun. November 21 at 12 PM ET
From Benedict to Benedict: Ninety Years of the Knights of Columbus in Rome
A retrospective look at the strong relationship between the Knights of Columbus and the Vatican from the time of Pope Benedict XV to the present day Benedict XVI.
Mon. November 22 at 3 AM ET
Mon. November 22 at 6:30 PM ET
This is "Welcoming Christ," a new statue in the southeast corner of Holy Cross Cemetery in Section 23. The statue is not new. The cemetery actually purchased the statue about ten years ago and put it in place now in developing the new section of the cemetery.
The statue was purchased from Demetz Art Studio in Ortisei, Italy. It is made of fiberglass and marble. Cost of the statue was not revealed.
However, the Pope pointed to major flaws in different approaches to health-care policy today. He said:
We are witnessing, on the one hand, a care for health which risks turning into pharmacological, medical and surgical consumerism, almost a cult of the body while, on the other hand, we see the difficulties millions of people face as they seek to obtain minimal subsistence and the medicines they need to cure themselves.
While urging governments to ensure broader access to adequate primary care, the Pope decried the “schools of thought which harm this justice.” He continued:
I am thinking of questions such as those associated with so-called reproductive health, the use of artificial procreation techniques that involve the destruction of embryos, and legalized euthanasia. Love for justice, the defense of life from conception until natural end, must be supported and proclaimed, even if this means going against the tide.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
This means it is time to get ready for Advent. Do you need some ideas? We have a nice feature, reprinted from the November 2007 issue of Saint Paul TODAY newsletter.
See the Advent Ideas feature
Your Christmas Present: The Psalms
Another way to get ready for a blessed Christmas is the reading of scripture.
The Christmas season is a celebration of God's word. Christmas is the perfect time to intensify our reading of the Scriptures. In this Christmas season, Saint Paul TODAY I invites you to ask for and accept the grace to read the Psalms in the following 15-day format. You could start any time in December, but the format below leads you to Christmas Eve. As you read and pray the Psalms, you will have the Christmas the Lord wants you to have and begin this new year with your eyes fixed on Jesus.
December 10 Psalms 1 — 10
December 11 Psalms 11 — 21
December 12 Psalms 22 — 31
December 13 Psalms 32 — 41
December 14 Psalms 42 — 51
December 15 Psalms 52 — 61
December 16 Psalms 62 — 72
December 17 Psalms 73 — 79
December 18 Psalms 80 — 89
December 19 Psalms 90 — 100
December 20 Psalms 101 — 106
December 21 Psalms 107 — 119
December 22 Psalms 120 — 134
December 23 Psalms 135 — 145
December 24 Psalms 146 — 150
"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us." John 1:14
The conference voted Tuesday during its fall general assembly in Baltimore to approve the "Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism."
The agreement has been the result of six years of study and discussion between the representatives of the U.S. Catholic bishops and the Presbyterian Church-USA, the Reformed Church in America, the Christian Reformed Church, and the United Church of Christ.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, chairman of the USCCB Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs, noted Tuesday in a statement that this vote was a "milestone on the ecumenical journey."
"Together with our Reformed brothers and sisters" from the four churches, he said, "we Catholic bishops can once again affirm baptism as the basis of the real, even if incomplete, unity we share in Christ."
"Our conference looks forward to seeing all four of the authoritative bodies of the Reformed communities approve the common agreement as we have today," the archbishop said.
He explained that once it is approved by the other four denominations, the agreement will "allow Catholic ministers to presume that baptisms performed in these communities are 'true baptism' as understood in Catholic doctrine and law."
The prelate continued, "The presentation of a baptismal certificate by Reformed Christians who wish to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, or to marry a Catholic, assures Catholic ministers that the baptism performed by a Reformed minister involved the use of flowing water and the biblical invocation of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Vatican has scheduled a Mass in memory of the Iraqi Catholics who were killed in a murderous assault on the cathedral in Baghdad on October 31.
Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, will preside at the Eucharistic liturgy on November 25 in St. Peter’s basilica.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The move was unprecedented, as the bishops traditionally choose the previous vice president to serve as head of the conference.
Bishop Gerald Kicanas is the conference's former vice president. He held the position 2007 – 2010.
Since a 50 percent majority is required for a candidate to be elected, the Nov. 16 vote was taken three times before a president was chosen.
The clear contenders of the 10 candidates for presidency were Archbishop Dolan and Bishop Kicanas. By the third round, the New York prelate garnered 128 votes - 54 percent, and Bishop Kicanas received 111 votes - 46 percent.
The vote for the vice president was equally divided. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville was elected to the position with 147 votes over Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver who garnered 91.