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1 M A Y V O L U M E 3 2, N U M B E R 5 THE OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DIOCESE OF AUSTIN One year later, West continues to heal, rebuild BY MICHELE CHAN SANTOS CORRESPONDENT On that day, Father Boniface Onjefu, the associate pastor at St. Mary, Church of the Assumption Parish in West, had just nished the 6:30 p.m. Mass. He walked over to the rectory, relaxed after the evening service. Then I heard the explosion, Father Onjefu said. The house shook. It was like an earthquake. I ran out of the BISHOP JOE VÁSQUEZ celebrated Mass at St. Mary, Church of the Assumption in West on April 11 in remembrance of those lost in the April 17, 2013, explosion that killed 15 people. (Photo by Christian R. González) house and saw people all over the street. I looked up and saw thick, dark smoke headed into the sky. I ran toward it because I wanted to help. That day was April 17, 2013, when tons of ammonium nitrate exploded at the West Fertilizer Company, detonating after a re erupted at the plant. The blast killed 15 people, injured more than 300 others, and caused millions of dollars in damage. A nursing home and 350 private homes were obliterated. After he heard the blast, Father Onjefu sprinted toward the disaster area. There was a lot of commotion and many police cars, he said. We helped in the evacuation of residents from the surrounding streets. It was like a war zone. The first anniversary of the tragedy took place on Holy Thursday this year. To honor the lives of those who were lost, and in support of everyone who continues to suffer as a result of the explosion, several events were held in West. Bishop Joe Vásquez celebrated a memorial Mass on April 11. A service for the community of St. Mary s Catholic School was held on April 17, which included praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On April 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m., a large, city-wide, multifaith memorial event was held at the West Fair and Rodeo Grounds, a gathering intended to help heal the community of West and all those directly affected by the tragedy. A time of hope A year later, Father Onjefu says there are signs of hope of an Easter rebirth all across West, a small city of 2,800 residents that is known for its Czech heritage and strong Catholic roots. Where there was once a no man s land of destruction surrounding the plant, now there are new houses. Some are complete; others are being built. More are finished every day, he said. Right now we have about 100 houses standing up and another 200 houses refurbished, Father Onjefu said. If you drive through the town now, you can feel a big difference, you can feel hope in the community. After the explosion, it was only rubble and dirt. Now, the new houses are bigger, more beautiful and well-placed than what was there before. Gail Bertrand, Director of Disaster for South Central Region, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, has been working with victims of the disaster for the last year. West is a small community and it is a very close-knit and loving community, Bertrand said. Their ability to accept what has happened and move forward has been a great thing. It s just a really good feeling. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul provided more than 225 houses in a box to residents who had lost everything in the blast. Each family received new mattresses, furniture, pots, pans and other household goods, including sheets and towels. The families used these items in their temporary housing and have been able to move them into the rebuilt homes, Bertrand said. Nursing home One clear sign of hope was the groundbreaking on April 4 for the new nursing home, which will replace the one destroyed in the explosion. The new West Rest Haven nursing home is being built on North Davis Street across from its former location. The new residence See WEST on Page 3 Periodical Postage Paid at Austin, Texas NEW PRIEST Deacon Craig DeYoung prepares to be ordained on June 7. Page 3 NEW SAINTS Hundreds of thousands pack St. Peter s Square for canonizations. Page 9 Austin Diocese 6225 Hwy. 290 East Austin, Texas BISHOP S INTERVIEW Diocese seeks input as it plans for the future. Page 19 ESPAÑOL Sacerdote Colombiano llega a Texas a través de Kenia. Página 30

2 2 THE MISSION OF THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT As the of cial newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin, the CATHOLIC SPIRIT is dedicated to providing information, education and formation for the Catholic community of Central Texas. This mission calls for the newspaper: to provide readers with an understanding of our Catholic faith and traditions; to be a primary source of information on Catholic issues relevant to the community; to be a unifying element for faith communities, both rural and urban, throughout Central Texas; to show respect for and appreciation of all cultural groups and traditions; to emphasize topics af rming the Catholic community and life, while acknowledging the humanity of the community and examining, with courage, topics that challenge and encourage growth in the faith; to carry a commitment to social justice that will support the renewal of the church in Central Texas. 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Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. Correspondents: Burnie Cook, Amy Moraczewski, Peggy Moraczewski, Enedelia Obregón, Michele Chan Santos and Mary P. Walker Catholic Spirit subscribes to Catholic News Service (CNS) and is a member of the Catholic Press Association. Copyright 2014 by the Austin Diocese. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any editorial content, photograph, art or design is prohibited without written permission of the publisher CATHOLIC SPIRIT (ISSN ) is published 11 times annually (monthly except one issue in July/August) by the Austin Diocese. Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, publisher, 6225 Hwy. 290 E., Austin, TX Periodicals Postage Paid at Austin, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Catholic Spirit, 6225 Hwy. 290 E., Austin, Texas VOICES BY SHELLEY METCALF CATHOLIC SPIRIT STAFF CATHOLIC SPIRIT Don t think, just go... Don t think, just go Do other people struggle to do what is good for them as much as I do? I wonder Every morning I know I need to get up and exercise. I know that if I don t get up and do it, it won t get done. I know that I will feel better after it s done, and I know it is good for my heart and stress levels. Yet, I ght it. Every weekday at noon, I have the opportunity to go to Mass. What a blessing! Yet, every day I nd an excuse: I am too hungry, I am too busy, I just had snack. I know that attending daily Mass is good for me and it strengthens my relationship with Christ, yet I ght it. Every week the sacrament of confession is offered at my parish. Yet, I go twice a year and usually not at my parish. Why don t I go on a more regular basis? God knows I have plenty to confess on a monthly basis, yet I tend to go only a couple of times a year. Why do I ght it? I could go on and on with examples of things that are so good for me, yet I don t do. As I am writing this, I think of the nightly routine we have in our house. Every evening we march up the stairs and prepare for bed. And every evening my kids ask the same question: Why do we have to take a shower? And every evening I give them the same answer: Because you will smell better (my kids are pretty stinky) and you will be ready to relax after you do it. Apparently, they have the same defect that I do when it comes to doing things that are good for them maybe it s genetic. The truth is I know this is all typical human behavior. All of us struggle to some extent with doing things that we know are good for us. My resolve to do better comes and goes, another very human trait, but right now as we celebrate Easter, I feel renewed. More than a year ago I got this magnet with a pair of running shoes on it that says, Don t think, just go. When I rst received it, I thought it was cute and just put it on my fridge. But the other day as I sat in my kitchen, the magnet caught my attention. As I read it out loud, I realized that this applies to many of these things that I need to do but often don t because I overthink them. So lately that little saying has become my mantra. When my alarm clock goes off each morning, I start repeating Don t think, just go. It s working! Now, I need to work on applying this same technique to daily Mass and regular confessions and numerous other things that I put off or don t do because I think too much! God is so good and he gave me a brain lled with knowledge and reason, but he also gave me a heart that yearns to be exercised spiritually and physically. I really need to start listening more to my heart s yearnings and lay off listening to all of the reasons and excuses my brain creates. God help me as I struggle to do what I know is good for me. God help me to turn off my brain and just let my heart lead me where I need to go whether it s to the sacraments or the nearest running trail, it s all good. Oils blessed at annual Chrism Mass SHELLEY METCALF and her family are parishioners of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Cedar Park. She has been editor of the Catholic Spirit since BISHOP JOE VÁSQUEZ blessed the oils used to administer the sacraments at the annual Chrism Mass, which was celebrated April 15 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin. The oil of the sick is used by priests in the anointing of the sick. The oil of catechumens is used at baptism and to bless adult catechumens as they prepare to join the church. Perfumed balsam is mixed with oil to create Sacred Chrism, which is used to anoint the newly baptized, at con rmation, during priestly ordinations, and to consecrate a new altar or church. Also during the Mass, the priests renewed their priestly promises. (Photos by Shelley Metcalf)

3 May 2014 CENTRAL TEXAS Bishop Vásquez will ordain 1 priest in 2014 BY MARY P. WALKER SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Bishop Joe Vásquez will ordain Deacon Craig DeYoung to the priesthood at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 at St. Helen Parish in Georgetown. Regarding his time preparing for this milestone, Deacon DeYoung said, It has been an amazing pilgrimage, which has strengthened me in faith, hope and love by the gift of pure grace. Jesus has accompanied me and become my best friend and beloved. Deacon DeYoung is the son of David DeYoung and Dorothy Starr, and has four brothers and one sister. As an infant, he was baptized in an Episcopal church in Grand Haven, Mich. As a boy, he had some experience attending church, but God, faith and Christ were not important in his life. When he was 12, his parents divorced, and the family struggled in the aftermath. Deacon De- Young lived with his father in Bruceville-Eddy. From there, they moved to Temple, where he attended a much larger high school. He explained that he had few friends, and characterized himself as an agnostic theist. He thought that some kind of god existed, but did not believe God was knowable or cared about him. Deacon DeYoung began to discover God s love during his college years. At Texas A&M s freshman orientation camp, he will be almost 50 percent bigger, at 75,000 square feet, and will have larger recreation and rehabilitation facilities. It is scheduled to open in mid Father Ed Karasek, pastor of Church of the Assumption, blessed the site at the groundbreaking. The residents of the former home have been scattered in nursing homes across Waco and Hillsboro since the tragedy. Whenever I talk to them, they want to get home, and home is West, Father Karasek said. The people in the parish, and the other residents of West, are rebuilding. They seem like they are moving on with their lives. They are still healing, he said. Father Karasek expressed his gratitude to the people of the Diocese of Austin, whose nancial help assisted many people affected by the explosion. All the second collections from our diocese, it was a wonderful show of community, he said. It helped many families. The parish building itself sustained some damage, but it has been repaired. People have been so good to us, Father Karasek said. We received so many donations from around the world, but especially from the Czech Republic. Churches in the Czech Republic sent donations, and there were so many people who came from other cities and states all over the country to help us clean up and rebuild. Helping students At St. Mary s Catholic School in West, 10 families whose children attend the school lost their homes in the explosion. Donations to the school allowed all the students to remain at St. Mary s, said school principal Ericka Sammon. developed a crush on a Baptist counselor, who invited him to attend an event. The event turned out to be a Bible study, and the counselor left him in the company of her boyfriend. Unhappy that he was at a Bible study and that the counselor had a boyfriend, he looked for an opportunity to leave. Jason Jesko, a Catholic student, took him aside and talked to him in a caring manner. As a result, Deacon De- Young began attending a weekly Bible study led by Jesko. He enjoyed the friendships there and brought many thoughtful questions to the group. At the time, Deacon DeYoung was attending different churches, and Jesko suggested that he come to Mass at St. Mary s Catholic Center. Attending his rst Mass by himself, he was lost and confused by the experience. Jesko also invited his friend to Aggie Awakening, a Cursillobased retreat for college students, which proved to be a turning point in Deacon DeYoung s life. He left the retreat energized about Christianity. Jesus was not just 2,000 year old history, but is present in the here and now. I saw him working in and through all those who led and staffed the retreat, he said. Excited about developing a closer relationship to Christ, he continued to explore various churches. Eventually he got into the practice of attending Mass, and became involved in the programs of St. Mary. Because he attended daily Mass many students thought that he was Catholic. Yet, there were some of the teachings of the Catholic Church, such as our devotion to Mary, that he had trouble accepting. Although he did not plan to join the Catholic Church, he wanted to learn more and began attending the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adult (RCIA) classes during his sophomore year. When he witnessed fellow students receiving the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and Holy Eucharist, he realized that he too wanted the sacraments in his life. He asked Jesko to be his sponsor, and made his rst confession the following Lent. He chose St. Jude, the patron of the impossible, as his con rmation saint, and made his profession of faith as a Catholic at the Easter Vigil in Three months later, Deacon DeYoung received the sacrament of reconciliation from Franciscan Father Curt Lanzrath. An elderly priest joyful in his vocation, Father Lanzrath inspired many young men to consider the priesthood. Deacon DeYoung thought that if only he could be that happy and excited about life, he too would become a priest. That thought opened the door to further discernment. He began attending dinners for young men considering the priesthood and went on the Seminary Sprint, a diocesan program in which men visit seminaries and religious orders. He was actually looking for evidence that God was not calling him to become a priest, and these activities were his way of showing God that he was giving the idea a fair try. After two years, he decided not to pursue the priesthood, and concentrated on preparing for his career and dating. Yet, he kept meeting priests who were ful lled in their vocation. Ready to graduate with a degree in industrial distribution, he had a job lined up. Although he was not particularly excited about the job, he felt that it was his next logical step in life. The Virginia Tech shootings caused Deacon DeYoung to reflect on the sin and evil in the world. Late at night, he went into the church to pray. There he believes he received a powerful sense of Christ s joy and hope, offered through the sacraments. Filled with gratitude, he wanted to dedicate his life to share with others the love and forgiveness he had found in the Catholic Church. We were very fortunate, she said. I want to express how truly grateful we are for everyone in the Catholic community who has supported us. We weren t always able to thank them personally because there was so much going on. It s been really beautiful to see how God has worked. One year later, the families who lost their homes are in different stages of recovery. Some of our families were able to rebuild, some families are in the process of rebuilding, and some families are still in a transition phase, Sammon said. With all the wonderful donations the school was able to cover most of the tuition, uniform and lunch expenses of the current school year for the children who lost their houses in the tragedy. Sammon said some of the families are still very much struggling to put the pieces together. For those families, she is hoping more donations can help cover the cost of their children s tuition and other school expenses for the school year. She is grateful for all the cards, posters and banners sent to St. Mary s School from other Catholic children. Our halls were lled, and the kids loved reading them and felt very uplifted that people were praying for them. New vision As rebuilding efforts began in West, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul generously provided money for an urban design and planning rm to create a master recovery plan, Bertrand said. Landscape architects, economic development specialists and other professionals with KAI Texas helped plan recovery efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. They are working with the residents of West and with city of cials to develop a recovery plan that could become a blueprint for At that time, Father Mike Sis (now bishop of San Angelo) was the diocesan vocation director, and he encouraged him to apply to the seminary. After declining the job he had already accepted, Deacon DeYoung began his studies for the priesthood. As a priest, he especially looks forward to sharing the riches of the Mass and sacraments, and helping couples prepare for the sacrament of marriage. Current vocations director Father Brian McMaster explained that although Deacon DeYoung is the only man being ordained a priest for the diocese this year, he expects ve or six priests to be ordained annually in the coming years. In addition, this fall s class of incoming seminarians is one of the largest ever. A year with one ordination reminds us to keep on praying for vocations and to invite men to consider the priesthood, Father McMaster said. After explosion, small town pulls together to nd hope WEST Continued from Page 1 other smaller communities ravaged by disaster. Although many families are back on their feet and houses continue to be rebuilt, some of the people affected by the explosion still face tremendous challenges, personally and nancially, Bertrand said. She asked that we continue to keep West in our prayers. West still has a ways to go before they recover. Just don t forget West, Bertrand said. To help with tuition assistance for families who lost their homes in the fertilizer explosion, send a check to St. Mary s Catholic School, c/o Ericka Sammon, Principal, P.O. Box 277, West Please mark donations for tuition assistance. To help families being assisted by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, send a check to Society of St. Vincent de Paul SDR Central Region, 320 Decker Dr., Suite 100, Irving Please mark West in the memo line on the check. 3 DEACON CRAIG DEYOUNG will be ordained to the priesthood on June 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Helen Parish in Georgetown. He is the only priest to be ordained this year, but at least ve are expected to be ordained in (Photo courtesy Vocation Of ce)

4 4 CENTRAL TEXAS CATHOLIC SPIRIT Counseling center moves to more convenient location BY ENEDELIA J. OBREGÓN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT The Diocese of Austin Family Counseling Of ce moved to a larger space to better serve its clients. The move to 1625 Rutherford Ln., Building B, in Austin puts the counseling center in the same complex as Catholic Charities of Central Texas, thus making it easier for clients to access comprehensive services. Bishop Joe Vásquez blessed the newly renovated offices on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. The bishop said it was appropriate to do so on that day because St. Joseph took care of the Holy Family. Bishop Vásquez said expanding counseling services is important because families are the cells that make up the domestic church and thus, society. In order for society and the church to be healthy, families need to be healthy. We need to strengthen our families, the bishop said. We need to be aware of what they need. Families are struggling with issues such as divorce, illness and elderly parents. Lupe García has been the counseling center director since 2011, and a member of the diocesan staff for eight years. She is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist who is a board certi ed supervisor for both licenses. García said the extra space will allow the ministry to have more practicum students from St. Edward s University and Texas State University. Depending on the graduate program, the students must obtain hours of supervised experience per semester. Then after taking the licensing exam, they must continue to obtain 3,000 hours of supervised clinical work in counseling before they can get their licenses. Previously, the ministry had been in a crowded of ce at the Pastoral Center, which ooded twice last fall. At the new center there is room for the staff of 10, including eight counselors, six of whom are students. Three staff members can assist clients in English and Spanish, and García plans to eventually hire another full-time, bilingual staff member. In the new space, two counselors share each office, and there are rooms set aside for individual, group, family and couples counseling. The center also offers grief and loss counseling. One room is lled with an assortment of toys for play therapy for young children. Kids don t communicate the way adults do, García said. Trained play therapists are able to help children communicate their feelings through play. Clients pay on a sliding scale, the fee is $90, but we give discounted rates to people based on annual income and number of people in the family, she said. For the practicum students who are studying to be counsellors, the move has been wonderful, said Sharon Charles. There s room to grow plus we re next to a lot of social services that many clients need, she said. Not being crammed together also reduces the stress for people who may feel uncomfortable seeking counseling. It s sad that people see counseling as a negative, said Dawn Boyd. It s about helping people work things through. García, who earned her master s in counseling from St. Edward s University, has worked with the diocese since 2005, with some time in private practice before becoming the director of the program. As she has worked with families, she has witnessed the stress parents and children experience in today s world. She said no matter who walks through the doors of the counseling center, they have one thing in common: they are in pain and need help. They could be children of divorce, individuals who are divorced and are trying to heal from the trauma, those grieving the deaths of loved ones, those suffering from depression or those whose marriages are oundering and need help. A lot of it may just be lack of communication skills, García said. Or it may be different parenting styles. Unemployment has also caused a lot of depression and grief, loss and anxiety. Depression is rampant in society. Whatever the issues may be, those issues are real, she said. We help people strengthen their relationships by giving them the skills they need to work things out. Being faith-based also allows counselors to use Catholic teachings to minister to clients. This is especially important in marriage counseling. Marriage is sacred, García said. It s not just about being happy or not being happy. We have to defend the sacrament and help people work through the rough spots. She said some expect their counselors to give them all the answers, instead counselors guide people to nd their own solutions. I m an expert in a sense of helping people navigate, García said. But you re the expert on your life. Being in a Catholic environment means it s acceptable to pray and to talk about faith, García said. Each client is recognized as a child of God, even in the bleakest of situations. Not all clients are Catholic, she said. But the sacredness of family is something we all understand. For information or to make an appointment, visit or call (512) Appointments at the Austin location can be made Monday- Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the satellite of ce at St. Anthony Marie de Claret Parish in Kyle is open on Mondays from 3:30 to 8:30 p.m. Home Improvements Dream Vacations Debt Consolidation Austin Toll-free Loans subject to credit approval. Home Equity Loans are available only on property in Texas. Some restrictions may apply. Contact our Real Estate Center for complete details. Lender licensed by the National Mortgage Licensing System under registration number

5 May 2014 CENTRAL TEXAS Local parishes pray for Fort Hood after shootings BY ENEDELIA J. OBREGÓN SENIOR CORRESPONDENT Prayers and special intentions were offered in parishes around Fort Hood following the April 2 shooting that left four people on the post dead including the shooter and 16 injured in area hospitals. Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Father Richard O Rourke, dean of the Killeen/Temple deanery and pastor of St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish in Harker Heights, said Masses were dedicated to the victims and their families the day after the shooting at Seton Medical Center Harker Heights as well as Holy Family Parish in Copperas Cove and at his parish. On post, an of cial memorial service was held April 9 with President Barak Obama in attendance. The military takes care of its own, Father O Rourke said. They have chaplains to take care of them in the post. All we can do is offer prayers and special Masses. While Fort Hood lies within the boundaries of the Diocese of Austin, it falls under the purview of the Archdiocese for Military Services. Archbishop for the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio said he had been in touch with the Catholic priests who serve at Fort Hood to assure them of the solidarity and the prayerful support of the Archdiocese for the Military Services. I offer heartfelt condolences to the families that mourn the loss of a loved one. As believers we also pray for the repose of the souls of the victims and the assailant The remedy for this senseless violence can only be found in a more profound respect for human life, a deeper concern for our neighbors, a willingness to listen rather than to shout, and a reduction in the glori cation of violence by our society, he said in a statement released the day after the tragedy. At St. Joseph Parish in Killeen, readings for funeral Mass were used on rst Friday rather than the daily readings since the Mass was dedicated to the dead and injured. Stations of the Cross followed the Mass. Father Matthew Kinney, associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish, built his homily around Lamentations 3, saying that God gives us room for despair and to grieve in time of tragedy. A great tragedy has happened, he said. We have to take the time to let the sadness happen, and the grief and despair. He noted that Lamentations begins with a sense of hopelessness. But at the end, the writer is hopeful. We are not completely separated from those who died, Father Kinney said, noting that we will one day be reunited with those who go before us. But the Lord s mercies are not over, he said. We have the promise of Christ this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it [on] the last day. (Jn 6:39) For some of those attending Mass and the Stations of the Cross, coming together in prayer was important. We need to ask everyone to pray for peace and comfort for the families and the souls of the deceased, said Joe Ramos, who is in formation for the diaconate. The military is seen as protectors and when something terrible happens to the protectors it can shake our faith. Our brothers and sisters need a lot of prayers and that takes a radical trust in God s love. Daniel Moore, who is involved in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference at St. Joseph Parish, said military families are under a lot of stress, much of which is - nancial. Frequent moves often mean spouses can t hold down jobs to help out and they are away from family. He said they see military families at the food pantry at St. Joseph. We help a lot of families with utilities and rent, Moore said. It s not just prayers they need. María Mondragón stayed in Killeen after leaving the military. At the Knights of Columbus Fish Fry, she said constant deployments and moves put a lot of stress on families, including those left stateside. When spouses return, there is stress in adjusting, wondering when and where the next deployment or move will be. She said churches can help strengthen couples marriages by offering babysitting so couples can spend time together. Women s groups and women s and couples retreats would also help. Military life affects kids, she said. Every time you move there s a new place to get to know and new friends to make. Her 13-year-old daughter, 5 ON THE FRIDAY AFTER THE FORT HOOD SHOOTINGS on April 2, Father Matthew Kinney, associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Killeen, celebrated Mass for the dead and led the Stations of the Cross. (Photo by Enedelia J. Obregón) Jose na, said video game nights or beauty/spa nights would be something teenagers could enjoy. José Pagón, who is still on active duty, said about a quarter of people in the military are Catholic. However, only eight percent of the chaplains are Catholic priests. We need faith-based coping skills, he said. Because we don t stay in one place too long that faith support is important. We don t have family around. I ve been here six years and that s the longest I ve been anywhere. Having faith communities is especially important to teenagers, he said. They are at a point in life where they are establishing their identities Maybe churches can form welcome committees for those kids. This may help them make new friends in the community, which is dif cult because they move around so much. Madrid speaks at ACP lunch on May 21 The Assembly of Catholic Professionals (ACP) will meet for the quarterly lunch May 21 at 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Town Lake. Patrick Madrid, author and host of the radio show Right Here, Right Now, will be the presenter. The lunch provides a unique formational opportunity for Catholic lay professionals to grow in faith. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, visit www. Upcoming retreats at Cedarbrake in Belton A Healing Hearts Retreat will be held May at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. This weekend is for women who have suffered any kind of sexual trauma. The cost is $135 per person. Call Beverly Collin at (254) for con dential information or to register. A Day with Saints John XXIII and John Paul II, a day of re ection, will be held May 8 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. Beverly Collin will lead participants in learning more about these newly canonized saints and their contributions to the faith. The day will include Mass, quiet time and sharing. The cost is $35 per person. Desert Solitude, a silent retreat with Centering Prayer as the focus, will be held June 6-11 at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. Daily Mass and spiritual direction will be available. Cost varies on how long each participant stays. Back to Ordinary Time Now What?, a day of re ection, will be held June 18 at Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton. Holy Cross Father Bill Wack, pastor of St. Ignatius Parish in Austin, will discuss simple steps to deepen spirituality and bring faith to the center of life. The cost is $35 per person. For more information or to register for these retreats, contact Cedarbrake at (254) or Region X hosts unity conference in Houston Unity Explosion 2014 will be held June at the Marriot Sugar Land Hotel in Sugar Land (Houston area). The mission of the conference, which is sponsored by Region X of the USCCB and is hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston- Houston, is to provide an experience that addresses the expressed leadership, ministerial, catechetical, liturgical and evangelization needs of families, particularly those of African descent. The conference theme is Rejoice Together Encouraged Forever! The conference will begin with an opening prayer service on Thursday evening and close with Sunday Mass celebrated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo with many musicians and speakers in between. For conference details, contact Johnnie Dorsey at (512) or Discernment opportunity Quo Vadis (Latin for Where are you going? ) will be held from June 28 at 10 a.m. to June 29 at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas More Parish in Austin. This is a two-day retreat designed to help young men in high school grow spiritually and allow them to think and pray about what God might be asking them to become. The retreat is for incoming freshmen to incoming seniors from throughout the Diocese of Austin. The retreat includes Mass, adoration, time for fun and recreation, and the opportunity to get to know other young men pursuing holiness. The retreat is staffed by seminarians and is co-sponsored by the Diocese of Austin Vocation Of ce and the St. Thomas More Parish Vocation Committee. The cost is $15. For more information, visit www. or call the Vocation Of ce at (512) Everyone is welcome at ordinations Bishop Joe Vásquez will ordain men to the transitional diaconate May 17 at 10:30 a.m. at St. William Parish in Round Rock. He will ordain Deacon Craig DeYoung to the priesthood June 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Helen Parish in Georgeown. For more information, contact the diocesan Vocation Of ce at (512)

6 6 CENTRAL TEXAS CATHOLIC SPIRIT In memory of Sister Mary Rose McPhee, DC BY PEGGY MORACZEWSKI CORRESPONDENT The life of Daughters of Charity Sister Mary Rose McPhee demonstrated a life of many accomplishments. Much like Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, she saw Christ in the eyes of the poor and took action to address their needs. In 1941, at the age of 23 and in the midst of nursing school, Sister McPhee entered the Daughters of Charity community. Over the years, her gift of ministering to the poor was ful lled in Catholic health care where she served as a nurse, hospital administrator, executive director of Health Services at Corporate Headquarters in St. Louis, Mo., and Superior for the Daughters of Charity s Western Territory. Sister McPhee moved to Austin in 1974 and embraced her role as administrator of Seton Medical Center, leading it to become the largest hospital in Central Texas. During her six-year tenure, two expansions of the medical center were completed, including the rst regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Her constant awareness of the needy was the guiding factor in the founding of League House, a facility where out-of-town family members can stay while their critically ill loved ones are hospitalized. Twenty years after arriving in Austin, Sister McPhee founded Seton Cove, a spirituality center open to people of all faiths. I wanted people to learn to meditate, to laugh, to enjoy nature, to be healthy, she said at the 10-year anniversary of Seton Cove. Another decade has passed and Seton Cove continues to reach out to the poor in spirit and those seeking to enrich their relationship with God, others and self, according to its website. Sister McPhee was a social justice advocate. She told the Seton Fund Magazine in 2005, If people functioned out of an inner-conviction for the good of society, we would live in a different world. She served the Diocese of Austin for 30 years and retired to Evansville, Ind., in She died peacefully during Holy Week A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Seton Residence Chapel in Indiana on April 23, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery. Donations may be made to Daughters of Charity, Province of St. Louise, 4330 Olive St., St. Louis, Mo DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY SISTER MARY ROSE MCPHEE stands in front of Seton Cove, a spirituality center in Austin that she founded. Sister McPhee died during Holy Week. (Photo courtesy Daughters of Charity) MEDICAL SERVICES FAMILY PRACTICE William Stavinoha, M.D. Family Practice Board Certi ed Jollyville Road #102 Austin, TX (512) DIRECTORY To advertise in the Catholic Spirit Medical Services Directory, call (512) , or OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY The Vitae Clinic Jeremy Kalamarides, D.O. The Jefferson Building 1600 W. 38th St, Ste 115 Austin, TX The Vitae Clinic, Inc., provides wellness, prenatal, delivery and postnatal care for women, expectant mothers and babies in accord with the teachings of the Catholic Church in conformity with the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Healthcare services. Oak Hill Eye Care Examination & Treatment of Eye Disease Lasik Surgery Contact Lenses & Optical Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. OPTOMETRY David W. Tybor, O.D. (512) W. William Cannon Bldg A, Suite 100, Austin EAR, NOSE AND THROAT Joseph M. C. Leary, M.D. Diplomate, American Board of Otolaryngology Pediatric and Adult Including Ear Diseases Sinus Surgery Thyroid and Neck Surgery 6811 Austin Center Blvd., Ste. 300 Austin, Texas (512) WEIGHT LOSS Ideal Weight Loss Medical Clinics This will be your LAST Diet No drugs 100% natural Medically monitored Lose ONLY fat Preserve lean muscle Anthony Hicks, MD, MPH 4100 Duval Rd., Bldg IV, Ste 202, Austin (512) Hill Country Blvd, Bldg F, Ste 238, Austin (512) ORTHODONTICS Braces for Children and Adults Michael Dillingham, D.D.S. 2 convenient locations in Austin Call (512) or (512) to schedule a complimentary consultation FAMILY & INTERNAL MEDICINE Dominion Family Healthcare Board certi ed in Family Medicine & Internal Medicine (512) Parmer Ln. W. Suite 102 Austin, TX THYROID & ENDOCRINOLOGY

7 May 2014 CENTRAL TEXAS Priest from Colombia comes to Texas, via Kenya BY AMY MORACZEWSKI CORRESPONDENT As the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in San Marcos, Father Victor Mayorga is a long way from home. Born into a family of eight children in a small town near the mountains of Colombia, he never imagined himself as a priest in the U.S. While he thought his future might entail a career in business or academia, God had other plans. Father Mayorga was recently appointed spiritual director of Catholic Hispanic Charismatic Renewal Groups. He says he rst identi ed his calling to the priesthood while participating in a charismatic prayer group during his nal year of high school. So it is tting that he will now lead these 27 groups across the diocese. Father Mayorga attended seminary at Yarumal Missionaries in Colombia, where he was tested both physically and spiritually. Enduring ongoing health issues as a seminarian, he began to doubt his ability to become a priest if he remained sick constantly. However, a fellow seminarian intervened to remind him how blessed they were to be taken care of so well in the seminary, while many others suffered terrible illnesses with no such care. The spiritual challenges he faced, in contrast, put not only his calling to the priesthood in doubt but his entire faith. As part of their philosophy studies, the seminarians examined atheism. Growing up in a devout Catholic family, he innocently accepted his faith without question. For the rst time, as a young adult, he looked at it from a different perspective, one that put his faith in doubt and caused him extreme stress. Ultimately, however, understanding the philosophy of atheism proved to strengthen his faith, as it moved beyond the realm of innocent acceptance to one of educated intentionality. After overcoming these obstacles to reach ordination, Father Mayorga was sent to Kenya for his rst assignment as a missionary priest. In his three years there, he was exposed to death more acutely than most ever experience throughout their lifetime. On Aug. 7, 1998, he witnessed the bombing of the U.S. embassy where hundreds of people lost their lives. Four months later, he came close to losing his own life. In the midst of political issues between tribes, a war emerged in the mission of Africa where he served. Father Mayorga was trapped in the middle of the violence, along with two other priests. With no means of escape, they began to confront the very real possibility that they were going to die. That was until two men, one Animist and one Muslim, discovered them and led them through the desert to safety. To me that was God sending his angels to rescue us, Father Mayorga said. After five years as a missionary, Father Mayorga was eligible to request a permanent assignment and relocated the U.S. Bishop John McCarthy welcomed him to the Diocese of Austin as associate pastor at St. Helen Parish in Georgetown. After three years under the tutelage of Father Wm. Michael Mulvey, now bishop of Corpus Christi, he moved to St. Louis Parish in Austin to serve under Father Larry Covington. He also served at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Martindale and St. Michael Parish in Uhland before being named pastor of St. John the Evangelist in San Marcos four years ago. Father Mayorga stays quite busy as the pastor of more than 1,100 families. Though he may initially come across as a shy man, sharing in the lives and ministries of his parishioners clearly fuels his spirit. He strives to never miss an invitation to dinner or a request to be at the bedside of a sick person. It is through this sacrament of anointing the sick, as well as the sacrament of reconciliation, that he most vividly witnesses the healing power of God. Father Mayorga feels his bond with parishioners strengthened each time they come to confession. We can feel the healing power of Our Lord and share how the Holy Spirit is in our lives, he said. In addition to these personal encounters with individuals, Father Mayorga connects to the broader parish community through a vast array of ministries and events, including two annual Father Mayorga was recently appointed spiritual director of Catholic Hispanic Charismatic Renewal Groups. He says he rst identi ed his calling to the priesthood while participating in a charismatic prayer group... estas, one held at St. John the Evangelist and the other at Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mission Chapel associated with the parish. Father Mayorga reinstated the esta three years ago after a 20-year hiatus, designating all proceeds to benefit Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel. Thus far, esta funds have enabled them to build a new altar, a sacristy and a cry room. When he cannot be with his parishioners in person, Father Mayorga reaches them through the written word. His weekly Re ections on Men and Women of Faith are posted on the parish website. Beginning in the Year of Faith with gures from the Old Testament, his writings have since continued into the New Testament. Father Mayorga has clearly engrained himself into the community of San Marcos, a place that is now home. A long way from his childhood home, he retains a bit of his roots by cooking Colombian food and watching soccer. He also travels back to Colombia annually to visit his family, including one brother who is a diocesan priest there and another brother who is a seminarian and missionary. While in his hometown, he loves to visit nearby Chicamocha Canyon, a canyon between two mountains with a cable car connecting the mountains. But when vacation comes to an end, it is time to depart the sheep of the mountains and return to shepherd his ock back in Texas. Though he may have never imagined his life here, Father Mayorga trusted God s will to overcome his doubts as he was quite literally led out of the desert to proclaim the Good News. 7 FATHER VICTOR MAYORGA is the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in San Marcos. He joined the Diocese of Austin in (Photo courtesy Father Mayorga) A Future Fu of Hope Prayer service for couples struggling with infertility Wednesday, July 23, pm, St Mary Ca edral Presided by Bishop Joe Vasquez More information at: A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Fr. Bruce Nieli, CSP Only $2,649 from Houston (IAH)* For Brochure & Registration Contact Mr. Alfredo Reza * Plus $595 in airport taxes, security fees, current fuel surcharges, and $155 in tips.

8 8 CENTRAL TEXAS CATHOLIC SPIRIT Cemetery in Georgetown celebrates 10th anniversary BY CATHOLIC SPIRIT STAFF Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery and Prayer Gardens in Georgetown celebrated its 10th anniversary on May 1. It was begun by Nicholas and Ellen Brumder, faithful Catholics who had a vision of a beautiful, faith- lled cemetery of consolation, peace, and natural beauty. The cemetery includes sacred art and monuments, elds of owers and plentiful signs of love and care-taking. Over the last decade, 1,600 people of all faiths, some traveling long distances, have chosen Our Lady as their nal resting place. The idea of Our Lady was conceived on Oct. 21, 2002, when the Brumders were at a daily Mass at St. Helen Parish in Georgetown. Their pastor, Father Wm. Michael Mulvey, who is now the bishop of Corpus Christ, mentioned in his homily that it was the feast day of St. Callixtus, who was martyred in the catacombs while saying Mass with his deacons in 222 and is credited with starting cemeteries above ground, with OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY CEMETERY and Prayer Gardens in Georgetown sits on 20 acres near St. Helen Parish. The land includes natural beauty as well as sacred art and monuments. (Photo courtesy Ellen Brumder) owers, evergreens, and symbols of faith. After that Mass, I asked Father Mulvey why we didn t have a Catholic Cemetery. That absence had bothered him too, and he asked me to do some preliminary research on starting a new cemetery, and would ask his fellow priests when gathering that week their opinion on the matter, Ellen Brumder said. However, the parish had just opened a new Catholic school and had plans for a new church, so Father Mulvey advised against starting a cemetery. Then he asked if our family could start the cemetery, she said. Bishop Greg Aymond approved and Our Lady of the Rosary became the rst privately owned Catholic cemetery in America. The 20-acre property selected near St. Helen Parish has a hilltop view overlooking the San Gabriel River Valley and gently slopes down through meadows of wild owers to clusters of trees, a spring fed pond and a natural waterfall. There was even a beautiful grotto area beside the pond where we put our very first piece of sacred art of Mother Teresa, in 2003, Ellen Brumder said. The Brumders have maintained a natural approach to the grounds with the help of the Native Plant Society of Texas and the Master Gardeners of Williamson County. They have created contemplative areas in the woods and around the waterfall and pond, planted native flowers and grasses, and created additional habitat for wildlife. They have landscaped and planted numerous plants in the Butter y Garden that also attract a multitude of butter- ies. On Oct. 3, 2004, the Feast of St. Francis, Bishop Aymond blessed Our Lady of the Rosary. In 2005, the cemetery was the only American cemetery recognized in the international Stoneguard Phoenix Competition in London. It took fourth place for its master plan, which was designed by architect and stone carver Holly Kincannon and Nick Brumder. Kincannon designed and carved many of the cemetery s rst monuments in native stone, and is now part of a team of 12 artists who sculpt and create monuments for the cemetery. The artists include Nicholas Brumder, Father Jairo Lopez, who works in mosaics and is the pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Marble Falls; Father Andrew John, who created a bronze sculpture of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the baby s garden; Mary Melinda Brumder, who sculpted the Immaculate Conception in the Marian Garden, and June Doerr, who created the Mother Teresa sculpture and MEADOWS OF WILD- FLOWERS and native plants are found throughout the grounds of Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery and Prayer Gardens in Georgetown. (Photo courtesy Ellen Brumder) many other monument pieces. The cemetery has been featured on PBS Central Texas Gardener and it has received attention from the Lady Bird Johnson Wild ower Center in Austin for its diverse plant life. It is also the first xeriscaped perpetual care cemetery in the U.S., and was the rst to offer the green burial option, which is a natural, Franciscan approach to the traditional and cremation burials. Natural burial is simply the old fashioned kind without concrete vaults or embalming, often using a simple wood box, Ellen Brumder said. People of all faiths have been buried at the cemetery, she said. They are at rest under a blanket of wild owers, a sign of unity and that all people are sacred, unique and exquisitely loved by God, she said. All are welcome to come pray, walk and enjoy the sacred art and natural beauty of Our Lady of the Rosary; she is our pearl of great worth. For more information on Our Lady of the Rosary Cemetery, visit or call (512) ANNOUNCING... Marriott Sugar Land Town Square - Greater Houston Area Rejoice Together... Encouraged Forever! Mission statement: The Unity Explosion Conference will provide an experience that addresses the expressed ministerial, pastoral, evangelization, and liturgical needs of the participants. Sponsored by Region X of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information, contact Johnnie Dorsey at (512) or Brien L. 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9 May 2014 BY FRANCIS X. ROCCA CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE IN OUR WORLD Pope Francis canonizes Sts. John and John Paul Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in delity to its ancient traditions. They were priests, bishops and popes of the 20th century, the pope said April 27, in his homily during Mass in St. Peter s Square. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful. John XXIII and John Paul cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the church in keeping with her original features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries, he said. Speaking before a crowd of half a million that included retired Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis praised St. John for his best-known accomplishment, calling the Second Vatican Council, which he said showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led, and he was for the church a pastor, a servant-leader, the pope said of St. John. This was his great service to the church. I like to think of him as the pope of openness to the Spirit. Pope Francis characterized St. John Paul as the pope of the family, a title he said the late pope himself had hoped to be remembered by. Pope Francis said he was sure St. John Paul was guiding the church on its path to two upcoming synods of bishops on the family, to be held at the Vatican this October and in October The pope invoked the help of the two new papal saints for the synods success, and he prayed, May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves. Pope Francis has said the agenda for the family synods will include church teaching and practice on marriage, areas he has said exemplify a particular need for mercy in the church today. The pope repeatedly mentioned mercy in his homily, which he delivered on Divine Mercy Sunday, an observance St. John Paul put on the church s universal calendar in The Polish pope died on the vigil of the feast in 2005 and was beati ed on Divine Mercy Sunday in In addition to Pope Benedict, making only his third public appearance since he resigned in February 2013, Pope Francis concelebrants included some 150 cardinals and 700 bishops. Pope Benedict did not join the procession of bishops at the start of Mass, but arrived half an hour earlier, wearing white vestments and a bishop s miter and walking with a cane; he sat in a section of the square designated for cardinals. Pope Francis greeted his predecessor with an embrace at the start of the Mass, drawing applause from the crowd, and approached him again at the end. During the canonization ceremony, which took place at the beginning of the Mass, devotees carried up relics of the new saints in matching silver reliquaries, which Pope Francis kissed before they were placed on a small table for veneration by the congregation. St. John s relic was a piece of the late pope s skin, removed when his body was transferred to its present tomb in the main sanctuary of St. Peter s Basilica. Floribeth Mora Diaz, a Costa Rican woman whose recovery from a brain aneurysm was recognized by the church as a miracle attributable to the intercession of St. John Paul, brought up a silver reliquary containing some of the saint s blood, taken from him for medical testing shortly before his death in The Mass took place under cloudy skies with tempera- A BANNER in the large crowd at St. Peter s Square shows new Sts. John Paul II and John XXIII and Jesus during an April 28 Mass of thanksgiving for the canonizations of the new saints in St. Peter s Square at the Vatican. (CNS photo by Paul Haring) A LARGE CROWD is seen in and around St. Peter s Square as Pope Francis celebrates the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II at the Vatican April 27. (CNS photo by Massimo Sestini, Italian National Police via Catholic Press Photo) tures in the low 60s, and only a sprinkle of rain fell just before the 10 a.m. start of the liturgy. Huge tapestries bearing portraits of the two saints hung from the facade of the basilica, and the square was decorated with 30,000 roses and other flowers donated by the nation of Ecuador. The square and the broad Via della Conciliazione leading up to it were tightly packed with approximately half a million pilgrims, many of whom had been standing for hours before the start of Mass. Among the many national ags on display, the majority were from Poland, the native land of St. John Paul. The Vatican estimated that 800,000 attended the ceremony in Rome, with over ow crowds watching on giant-screen TVs set up at various locations around the city. The 2011 beati- cation of Pope John Paul drew more than 1 million people, according to Italian police estimates at the time. The Vatican said 93 countries sent of cial delegations to the Mass, and more than 30 of the delegations were led by a president or prime minister. The current king and queen of Spain and the former king and queen of Belgium were in attendance. Pope Francis spent half an hour personally greeting the delegations following the Mass. He then rode in his popemobile through the square and adjacent avenue, drawing cheers and applause from the crowds, for about 20 minutes until disappearing at the end of the street. The canonizations of both popes came after extraordinary measures by their successors to expedite the process. Pope Benedict waived the usual veyear waiting period before the start of a sainthood cause for Pope John Paul shortly after his death, when he was mourned by crowds shouting Santo subito! ( A saint at once! ). In the case of St. John, Pope Francis waived the usual requirement of a second miracle before a blessed can added to the church s canon of saints. 9

10 10 IN OUR WORLD CATHOLIC SPIRIT Resource on Girl Scouts released for parishes BY CAROL ZIMMERMANN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization s responses. The aim of the resource, issued April 2 by the bishops Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, was not to support or oppose Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA, known as GSUSA, but to provide local bishops, pastors, youth leaders and parents with necessary information to determine their level of involvement. Catholics have been af liated with Girl Scouts for 100 years and there are an estimated 400,000 Catholic girls among the nation s 3 million Girl Scouts. In the past few years, questions about the organization have sparked online discussions, boycotts of Girl Scout cookies and the ousting of troops from Catholic parishes. Concerns have been raised about the Girl Scouts relationship with Planned Parenthood and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, known as WAGGGS. There also have been questions about the organization s policy on human sexuality and contraception and its program materials and resources. The bishops committee spent one year gathering information about concerns and another year in dialogue with Girl Scout leaders in an effort to clarify the issues. The exchanges between USCCB staff and GSUSA staff were pleasant, informative and respectful. GSUSA staff was generous with their time, indicated a strong desire and willingness to work more closely with the Catholic Church in the United States, said the committee, noting that the resource materials are not only posted on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website, org, but also the Girl Scouts site, In providing the information it obtained, the committee said the decision for Catholics to participate or not in Girl Scouts is a local one and that diocesan bishops have the nal authority over what is appropriate for Catholic Scouting in their dioceses. This material does not intend to be exhaustive, the committee noted, nor was it an attempt to make decisions or set out national norms. It also recognized the history of signi cant work and relationships between Girl Scouts and the church and the service Girl Scout councils and troops have provided dioceses, parishes and local communities. In a question-and-answer section, the Girl Scouts said they have no of cial relationship with Planned Parenthood. They also said the way GSUSA is structured does not allow the national of ce to prohibit local councils or troops from collaborating with or forming their own local relationships with Planned Parenthood or other organizations. Regarding WAGGGS an international group based in London that describes itself as advocating for the education of girls and young women and promoting sexual and reproductive health/rights GSUSA said it only participates in select WAGGGS programming and does not have the ability or purview to criticize, explicitly distance itself from, or change particular advocacy positions within WAGGGS. Its contributions to the organization are only from investment income and not from cookie sales, dues or registration fees. The Girl Scouts said their national of ce has a neutral policy on sexuality and contraception but that it doesn t prohibit individual councils or troops from taking a position or sponsoring programming on human sexuality or other topics if the troop has parental consent and other approvals. In a question about Scout membership by youths who identify themselves as transgender, the Girl Scouts said: Placement of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority. Within this resource, the bishops committee stressed the need for communication between diocesan leaders and local Girl Scout councils as well as using a memorandum of understanding which is a form establishing mutual understanding between Girl Scouts and dioceses and parishes stressing that parish troops are free from any programming or activities contrary to the church s teaching. Robert McCarty, executive director of the Washingtonbased National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry in Washington, and an adviser in the dialogue sessions with GSU- SA and the bishops committee, said there has been a long history of secular organizations partnering with the church and the cooperation needs regular communication and a sense of accountability. McCarty told Catholic News Service April 8 that Catholics working with secular organizations does not mean blanket endorsement of them. He also stressed that the dialogue between the bishops committee and the Girl Scouts provides a starting point to nd common ground and move forward. He said the Girl Scout leaders had every right to feel criticized but they did not. Instead, he said they met with Catholic leaders and were willing to change things and even re-do materials. McCarty recognized that the USCCB resource will not satisfy everyone and said that just that day he received letter from a Catholic who said people in her parish want her to stop leading the parish Girl Scout troop because of claims they had heard of its association with Planned Parenthood. Gladys Padro-Soler, GSU- SA s faith and social issues adviser, told CNS in an April 9 that Girl Scout leaders are confident that the US- CCB s new Web resource will encourage Girl Scout councils and local dioceses that have experienced trying times during this period to reclaim the collaboration and communication they have always shared. She noted that GSUSA believes local issues are best solved with local solutions and hopes that diocesan of- ces and Girl Scout councils use memorandums of understanding to clearly identify their partnership terms and to also alleviate concerns a diocese may have about Girl Scouts service to girls. 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11 May 2014 IN OUR WORLD Pope to young: Be honest, discover what you hold dear BY CAROL GLATZ CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Pope Francis told a group of young people to be honest with themselves and others and gure out what they hold dear: money and pride or the desire to do good. He also told them he has made plenty of mistakes in life, being guilty of being too bossy and stubborn. They say mankind is the only animal that falls in the same well twice, he said. While mistakes are the great teachers in life, I think there are some I haven t learned because I m hardheaded, he said, rapping his knuckles on his wooden desk and laughing. It s not easy learning, but I learned from many mistakes, and this has done me good. The pope spoke to young students and reporters from Belgium, who were accompanied by Bishop Lucas Van Looy of Ghent. They video-recorded the interview in the papal study of the Vatican s Apostolic Palace March 31 and aired it on Belgian TV April 3. The young Belgians, including the cameraman, asked their questions in English, and the pope answered in Italian. When asked why the pope agreed to do the interview with them, the pope said because he sensed they had a feeling of apprehension or unease about life and I think it is my duty to serve young people, to listen to and help guide their anxiety, which is like a seed that grows and in time bears fruit. The 25-year-old reporter operating the camera asked the pope whether he was happy and why, given that everyone in the world is trying to nd joy. Absolutely, he smiled, absolutely, I am happy. I have a certain inner peace, a great peace and happiness that come with age, too. Even though he has always encountered problems in his life, he said, this happiness does not disappear when there are problems. When one young woman said: I have my fears. What makes you afraid? The pope laughed and responded, Myself. He said the reason Jesus constantly says, Be not afraid, is because he knows that fear is something, that I would say is, quote, unquote, normal. We are afraid of life, of challenges, we are even afraid before God, right? Everyone is afraid, so the real issue is to gure out the difference between good fear and bad fear. Good fear is prudence, being careful and bad fear is something that cancels you out, turns you into nothing, preventing the person from doing anything, and that kind of fear must be thrown out. One young man asked what mistakes the pope has learned from. The pope laughed, saying, I ve made mistakes, I still make mistakes. The example he highlighted was when he was elected superior of the Jesuit province of Argentina and Uruguay at the age of 36. I was very young, he said, I was too authoritarian. But with time, he said, he learned that it s important to truly listen to what other people think and to dialogue with them. It took a while to nd a happy medium between being too hard and too lax, but I still make mistakes, you know? he said. One woman told the pope she does not believe in God, but your acts and ideas inspire me. She asked what kind of message he would give to the whole world believers and nonbelievers alike. The important thing, Pope Francis said, is to find a way to speak with authenticity, which involves seeing and speaking to others as our brothers and sisters. Responding to the cameraman s doubts about whether the human race is truly capable of caring for the world and each other, the pope said, he, too, asks: Where is mankind and where is God in the world today? When man finds himself, he seeks God. Perhaps he can t find him, but he goes along a path of honesty, searching for the truth, for the path of goodness, the path of 11 beauty. It s a long road. Some people don t nd him during their lifetime or they re not aware that they have found him, but they are so real, so honest about themselves, so good and such lovers of beauty that they are mature enough and capable of having an encounter with God, which is always a grace and a gift. When his guests said they were ready to ask the last question, the pope laughed, Ah, the last! The last is always terrible. They asked the pope to pose a question for them. He said his question came from the Gospel, when Jesus says to not store up treasure on earth, but in heaven, For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be. The pope asked them: What do you treasure and hold close to your hearts? Is it power, money, pride or goodness, beauty, the desire to do good? It can be many things, he said, and he asked them to find the answer for yourselves, alone, at home. Upcoming Event June 27-29: Going Deeper with Fr. Boniface Onjefu MAY 8, A DAY WITH SAINTS JOHN XXIII AND JOHN PAUL II On April 27, 2014, Pope Francis canonized Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. Both popes have had a major impact on the church. We will spend some time learning more about these holy men and the contribution each made to the faith. The day will include Mass, quiet time and sharing. Beverly Collin, assistant director at Cedarbrake, will present. Cost: $35 (incl. lunch) MAY 23-25, HEALING HEARTS RETREAT This weekend retreat is designed for women who have suffered any kind of sexual trauma. The retreat begins Friday at 6:30 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Call Beverly Collin at (254) if you have questions or to register. Cost: $135 JUNE 6-11, DESERT SOLITUDE The Desert Solitude retreat is a five-night/six-day silent retreat with Centering Prayer as the focus. This is a wonderful time to come to Cedarbrake and enjoy the quiet. We will have Mass each day and spiritual direction will be available to those interested. Cost: $300 (3 nights, single) or $550 (3 nights, couple); $360 (4 nights, single) or $640 (4 nights, couple); $420 (5 nights, single) or $720 (5 nights, couple) Seek first his kingship over you. Matthew 6: STATE HWY. 317N, TEMPLE, TX P.O. BOX 58 BELTON, TX (mailing address) JUNE 18, BACK TO ORDINARY (TIME) NOW WHAT? How can we grow in our Catholic faith during ordinary time, the longest season of the liturgical year? What are some steps we can take to deepen our spirituality? How can our faith be more at the center of our lives? These are a few of the questions Fr. Bill Wack, pastor at St. Ignatius Martyr, will tackle. This privileged time can be a type of continuing education for Catholics. Cost: $35 (incl. lunch) TO REGISTER FOR AN EVENT: (254) , or click on upcoming retreats Visit us online! WEBSITE: FACEBOOK:

12 12 IN OUR WORLD Pope apologizes for clerical sex abuse BY CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests large in number, but not in proportion to the total have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they ve done with the sexual abuse of children, Pope Francis said. The church is aware of this damage and is committed to strengthening child protection programs and punishing offenders, he told members of the International Catholic Child Bureau during a meeting April 11 at the Vatican. The remarks appeared to be the pope s first apology for the sex abuse scandal, following earlier statements affirming the Vatican s work investigating and punishing perpetrators, and encouraging bishops to support abuse victims. The pope also has said the church deserves to be forced to make monetary settlements to victims. In December, Pope Francis established a Vatican commission to promote improved child protections policies throughout the church. Meeting with leaders of the International Catholic Child Bureau, an organization based in France and dedicated to defending children s rights, Pope Francis said it was hard to believe men of the church would commit such horrors. We don t want to take a step backward in dealing with this problem and with the sanctions that must be imposed, the pope said. On the contrary, I believe we must be very strong. You don t play with children s lives! Pope Francis also spoke about the importance of defending children s right to grow in a family with a mother and father able to create a healthy environment for their growth and affective maturity, which includes maturing in relationship to the masculinity and femininity of a father and a mother. Parents have a right to determine the appropriate moral and religious education of their children, he CATHOLIC SPIRIT said, and should not be subject to school curriculums that are thinly veiled courses of indoctrination into whatever ideology is strongest at the moment. Obviously, he said, children need help in responding to the problems and challenges raised by contemporary culture and the media. Young people can t be kept in glass jars, but must be given the values that will help them evaluate what cultural trends respect their dignity and freedom and the dignity and freedom of others Summer Institute Coping with Grandiosity in Our Lives: the Deity and the Dragon Inside Us Keynotes: Robert Moore, Ph.D. & Ron Rolheiser, OMI June 16-18, Whitley Theological Center Registration fee: $85 Included are numerous break-out sessions in the afternoon. Meals and on-campus lodging are available for an additional fee. 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13 May 2014 IN OUR WORLD At Easter, Pope encourages evangelization, prayer BY CINDY WOODEN CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE Pope Francis urged Christians to remember how they rst encountered Christ and to share his love and mercy with others, especially through acts of caring and sharing. Proclaiming the good news of Jesus resurrection means giving concrete witness to unconditional and faithful love, he said April 20 before solemnly giving his blessing urbi et orbi (to the city and the world). Celebrating the second Easter of his ponti cate, the pope told at least 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter s Square and on adjacent streets that evangelization is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life s troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast. Whatever is going on in one s life, he said from the central balcony of St. Peter s Basilica, Jesus victory over sin and death demonstrates that love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness. Overlooking the square where he had just celebrated Easter morning Mass surrounded by hundreds of flowering trees and bushes and thousands of daffodils, tulips and roses, Pope Francis said Christians proclaim to the world that Jesus, love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In his Easter message, the pope prayed that the risen Lord would help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by con icts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible. He also prayed that Christians would be given the strength to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned. The pope offered special prayers for those facing serious dif culties and threats in various parts of the world: for victims of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa; the victims of kidnapping; migrants and refugees; and for the victims of war and con ict in Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, Nigeria, South Sudan and Venezuela. Celebrating the fact that in 2014 Easter fell on the same day on the Gregorian calendar used in the West and on the Julian calendar used by many Orthodox and Eastern Catholics, the pope s morning Mass included a Byzantine choir singing stichi and stichira, hymns that in ancient times were sung in the presence of the bishop of Rome on Easter. The pope s celebration of Easter got underway the night before in a packed St. Peter s Basilica. His Easter Vigil began with the lighting of the re and Easter candle in the atrium of the basilica; walking behind the Easter candle and carrying a candle of his own, Pope Francis entered the darkened basilica. In the silence and solemnity of the moment, very few pilgrims and tourists disturbed the atmosphere with their camera ashes. Brian Baker, a deacon and seminarian from the Archdiocese of Atlanta, sang the Exultet the poetic hymn of praise calling the whole world to rejoice at the resurrection of Christ. As the bells of St. Peter s pealed the joy of the Resurrection through the night, torrential rains beat down on Rome. 13 In his homily Pope Francis, who often tells people to look up the date of their baptism and commemorate it each year, urged people to remember and re ect on the rst moment they recall having encountered Jesus. Referring to the Easter account from the Gospel of St. Matthew, Pope Francis noted how the women who went to Jesus tomb were told rst by the angel and then by the risen Lord to await him in Galilee and tell the disciples to go as well. Returning to Galilee, he said, means re-reading everything Jesus preaching, his miracles, the new community, the excitement and the defections, even the betrayal to re-read everything starting from the end, which is a new beginning, one that begins with Jesus supreme act of love in dying for humanity s sin. Pope Francis baptized 10 people at the Easter Vigil; they ranged from a 7-year-old Italian boy to a 58-year-old Vietnamese woman. The pope also confirmed the 10, and, although Pope Francis does not usually distribute Communion at large public Masses, he made an exception for the 10 new Catholics, who received their rst Communion. POPE FRANCIS touches a statue of Mary at the conclusion of Easter Mass in St. Peter s Square at the Vatican April 20. 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14 14 IN OUR WORLD CATHOLIC SPIRIT Thousands gather for Catholic education convention BY JOHN FRANKO CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE The new evangelization is not a new Gospel, but refocuses the faithful on the good news of Jesus and involves the renewal of faith and the willingness to share it, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington told the National Catholic Education Association. We bring a fuller vision, Cardinal Wuerl said of the Catholic faith during his keynote address at NCEA s annual convention. We need to admit that and be proud of it. Hosted by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in partnership with the NCEA, Catholic Library Association and the National Association of Parish and Catechetical Directors, the convention drew about 6,000 participants during its April run at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Representatives from across Catholic education attended, including staff from elementary and secondary schools, religious education programs, seminaries, and colleges and universities. Cardinal Wuerl, a native son and former bishop of Pittsburgh, presented his remarks in light of Pope Francis apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel ( Evangelii Gaudium ) and the pontiff s call for a new evangelization within the church and around the world. In the exhortation, the cardinal noted, the pope invites people to focus on the blessing that is the love of God in their lives. His energy is a bright ray breaking through the secular darkness, Cardinal Wuerl added. While the church is the home of the new evangelization, he said, Catholic education is an instrument of it. The cardinal explained that it can involve ordinary areas of evangelization, something as simple as teaching a child the sign of the cross and that it can focus on outreach to those who have fallen away from the church. Cardinal Wuerl related the story of an individual who had questioned him on the importance of religion. He said he responded by asking what the world would be like without the values of religion. How much harsher would it be if there was nothing for people to answer to, to teach them to have trust in others, he said he asked the person. The church brings to our world today an invitation to faith, an encounter with the Lord Jesus and a whole way of living, he said. But the secular world is often overwhelming, Cardinal Wuerl noted, and many markers of the faith have been taken away. He expressed concern that secularism has also diminished appreciation of the faith. Today the church is the only living witness to Jesus, Cardinal Wuerl said, pointing to the 2,000-year unbroken line of the faith being passed on through faithful people. It s in that context that you and I can stand rm in our faith, he said. Passing on the faith highlights the importance of Catholic schools and religious education programs, he said, explaining that if the new evangelization is to be successful, children must be rmly grounded in an authentic faith. Only then will children be able to live their faith and daily existence with Christ, he added. Expressing his belief that While the church is the home of the new evangelization, Cardinal Wuerl said, Catholic education is an instrument of it. Catholic education must present a real vision of what it means to be created in the image and likeness of God, Cardinal Wuerl said the authentic proclamation of Christ begins with a clear declaration of who he is. The faithful, he noted, must understand how essential the church is in their lives. The work of building the kingdom as just the beginning, he said. Cardinal Wuerl said that evangelization involves the work of disciples who share the good news. It involves a bold new courage, a connectedness to the church and a sense of urgency that reminds people it is their time to pass on the message of Jesus. Our message should be one that inspires people to follow us, he said. Christian Brother Robert Bimonte, NCEA president, said the convention was a celebration of Catholic education and the extraordinary people who make it happen. In the city of bridges we celebrate the bridges you build each and every day, he told the gathering. Ned Vanders, the Superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin, attended this year s NCEA convention with 11 others from the Austin Diocese. This annual conference is always a great way to get new ideas, learn best practices and hear success stories from other dioceses and schools from across the country, he said. I particularly enjoy getting to network with others and reconnecting with colleagues that I have worked with in the past, Vanders said. In introducing Cardinal Wuerl, Bishop David A. Zubik said that since Father Denis Baron celebrated the rst Mass in Pittsburgh in 1754, Catholic education has been a passion and a force for the church of Pittsburgh. Today more than ever, he said, the world needs Catholic education and the witness of people who are created in the image and likeness of God. Join us... at the next Assembly of Catholic Professionals luncheon. Guest Speaker: Patrick Madrid Wednesday, May 21, :30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency, Town Lake in Austin. Space is limited. RSVP at by May 16 to guarantee a seat and lunch. Sponsored by: Patrick Madrid Catholic apologist, author, and host of the popular radio show Right Here, Right Now Assembly of Catholic Professionals

15 Dear 2014 Graduates, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Very Rev. Daniel E. of Catholic Schools in congratulating all of you! The milestone day is upon us. In a few weeks, you will walk across the stage to be given a well earned document your high school diploma, ploma. The graduation ceremony commences a new chapter in your lives. It is our hope that in the years ahead, you will recall with fond memories your teachers, friends, and your Special days Supplement in high school. But most importantly, our desire, as educators and family, is that you leave with a strong foundation of the teachings of Jesus Christ and a belief that you can make a difference in the world. CATHOLIC SCHOOL GRADUATES 2014 In the words of Pope Francis at World Youth Day 2013, Put on Christ and you will see the wings of hope spreading and letting you journey with joy towards the future. We are most grateful to your parents and guardians for entrusting you to us; and we pray that each of you are prepared with the faith and academic foundations to sustain you throughout your journey as you move forward to make your dreams a reality. May God bless each of you abundantly. Dr. Ned F. Vanders Supertintendent of Catholic Schools National Merit Scholars Recognized On February 20, Bishop Joe S. Vásquez hosted a reception for National Merit Scholars from the six Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Austin. Students and their parents/guardians Scholars by the National Merit Scholarship Association. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements. Additionally, six students were recognized by The College Board as a part of Hispanic/Latino high school students. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highestscoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT. ENTER TODAY FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN one of two$1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION FROM CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2014! At Catholic school, children learn to shine with a light they carry with them into the world. We would like to help bring that light into your family. Visit the website below to enter to WIN one of the two $1,000 scholarships for Catholic school tuition from Parker School Uniforms. If you are a lucky winner, you ll be able to give this great blessing to the student of your choice. Enter today at

16 Diocese of Austin GRADUATION 2014 Summer 2014 Holy Trinity Catholic High School {TEMPLE} PRINCIPAL Dr. Veronica Alonzo BACCALAUREATE MASS Thursday, May 29, 2014, 6 p.m. Christ the King Parish, Belton GRADUATION Saturday, May 31, 2014, 2 p.m. Holy Trinity Catholic High School Gym Reicher Catholic High School {WACO} PRINCIPAL Deacon Jeff Heiple BACCALAUREATE MASS Friday, May 16, 2014, 6:30 p.m. St. Jerome Parish, Waco GRADUATION Saturday, May 17, 2014, 5 p.m. Waco Hall, Baylor Campus CONGRATULATIONS To the Class of 2014 Graduates: Your achievement is a great milestone! Best wishes for the future and may God bless you in your endeavors. ST. GABRIEL S CATHOLIC SCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF OUR GRADUATING ALUMNI! St. Austin Catholic School congratulates our alumni on their graduation from high school. Way to Soar, Eagles! Now accepting applications for the school year for Junior K

17 Diocese of Austin GRADUATION 2014 Summer 2014 St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School {AUSTIN} PRESIDENT Dr. Joan Wagner PRINCIPAL Mr. Morgan Daniels BACCALAUREATE MASS Saturday, May 31, 2014, 10 a.m. St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Austin GRADUATION Saturday, May 31, 2014, 3 p.m. St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School St. Joseph Catholic High School {BRYAN} PRESIDENT / PRINCIPAL Miss Jennifer Pelletier BACCALAUREATE MASS Thursday, May 22, 2014, 6 p.m. Christ the Good Shepherd Chapel, Bryan GRADUATION Friday, May 23, 2014, 5 p.m. Christ the Good Shepherd Chapel, Bryan Congratulations, St. Joseph Catholic School Class of 2014! Dear young people... Put on Christ and your life will be full of His love; it will be a fruitful life. Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013

18 Diocese of Austin GRADUATION 2014 Summer 2014 San Juan Diego Catholic High School {AUSTIN} PRINCIPAL Mrs. Pam Jupe BACCALAUREATE MASS & GRADUATION Tuesday, May 27, 2014, 6 p.m. San José Parish, Austin Reception to follow in Parish Hall St. Michael s Catholic Academy {AUSTIN} INTERIM HEAD Dr. Judith Knotts BACCALAUREATE MASS Friday, May 30, 2014, 6 p.m. St. John Neumann Parish, Austin GRADUATION Saturday, May 31, 2014, 11:30 a.m. St. Edward s University, RCC Gym

19 May 2014 GOOD NEWS 19 New plan will give us focus for the future B ISHOP JOE S. VÁSQUEZ is the fth bishop of the Austin Diocese. He shepherds more than 530,000 Catholics in 25 Central Texas counties. Editor: Bishop, the Diocese of Austin is in the process of developing a Pastoral Plan. What is the plan and why do we need it? Bishop Vásquez: The Pastoral Plan provides a vision and direction for the Diocese of Austin. It is important for this local church, the Diocese of Austin, to prayerfully read the signs of the times and to understand what God is asking us to do in this particular moment. This is a time to consult with all of our priests, deacons, men and women religious and lay people from youth to young adults to elderly about how the church can better serve them now and in the future. Last year at World Youth Day, Pope Francis encouraged the bishops to be with the people, especially the young people of our dioceses: We cannot keep ourselves shut up in parishes, in our communities, in our parish or diocesan institutions, when so many people are waiting for the Gospel! It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome because they come, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people! This particular quote has stuck with me, and I think this Pastoral Plan is a way for us to reach out to people and to see how we can help them grow in their faith and encounter Jesus Christ. Editor: We have had Pastoral Plans in the past, correct? Bishop Vásquez: Yes, my predecessor, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, developed a Pastoral Plan that was already in place when I came to the Austin Diocese. It was a ve-year plan with ve primary goals. The parishes incorporated these priorities and goals, many of which revolved around being Christ-centered communities. Since that plan concluded, we have taken the opportunity to ask ourselves what God is asking of us at this moment in the history of the diocese and where does God want us to focus our attention for the next ve years? Editor: Tell us about the survey that was conducted during April. Bishop Vásquez: The survey is one of the ways in which we received information from people throughout the diocese. First, the Pastoral Plan core team held listening sessions in both English and Spanish where people came together and discussed what they believed were the needs of the Austin Diocese. During those sessions, the focus was not just on the needs of the individual parishes or groups in the diocese, but on the needs of the entire diocese. Summaries of those listening sessions are available on our diocesan website. The survey, which was offered online and on paper, allowed us to connect with people throughout the Austin Diocese and give them the opportunity to answer questions regarding their faith. The survey was not just for people actively involved in the church; we invited people who have left the church or who don t attend Mass very often to ll out the survey as well. We wanted to hear from all Catholics, practicing or not, so that we can know where we need to focus our efforts at this point in time. The survey responses are now being processed and reviewed to help us develop a new plan. As Pope Francis has pointed out over and over again, we are an inclusive church. The church cannot isolate itself, but rather the church welcomes everyone. In fact, the Holy Father is pushing the church to go out to the edges, to the peripheries, and to seek out those who are poor or suffering. Pope Francis is telling us clearly we can t be a church that concentrates only on those who are present at Mass every Sunday. We have to also be a church that evangelizes and goes forth to spread the Good News. As he tells us in his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, the joy of the Gospel compels us to proclaim to the world the Good News. A Church which goes forth is a Church whose doors are open. Going out to others in order to reach the fringes of humanity does not mean rushing out aimlessly into the world. Often it is better simply to slow down, to put aside our eagerness in order to see and listen to others, to stop rushing from one thing to another and to remain with someone who has faltered along the way. At times we have to be like the father of the prodigal son, who always keeps his door open so that when the son returns, he can readily pass through it (46). It is for this very reason that we wanted to hear from all Catholics, not just those who come to Mass regularly but those who come just once in a while or not at all. Editor: What is the next step in the Pastoral Planning process? Bishop Vásquez: The next part involves interviewing the priests in the diocese. Again, I want to go back to Pope Francis and something he said last year regarding the role of bishops: The bishop has to be among his people in three ways: in front of them, pointing the way; among them, keeping them together and preventing them from being scattered; and behind them, ensuring that no one is left behind, but also, and primarily, so that the ock itself can sniff out new paths. I take these words very seriously and I want to know and understand the needs of the people of this diocese. So that I can better lead, gather and protect my ock, I rely on feedback from the priests of the diocese. As the bishop, the priests are my chief collaborators, and I depend on them to serve the needs of the people. The priests are working with the people on a daily basis in the parishes, in our Catholic schools, in the hospitals and various other ministries. They have direct contact with people, and it is important that I hear from the priests about their experiences What do they see happening in parishes? What do they hear as concerns from the people? I am very interested in reading the results of the priests interviews. When all the information is gathered from the surveys, priests and the listening sessions, we will use it to develop our Pastoral Plan. A steering committee made up of people from all over the diocese, including lay people, priests, religious, deacons, and myself, is working with a rm called Essential Conversations to write the plan. I ask for your prayers over the next several months as we work with them to develop a cohesive plan. Editor: How can people nd out more about the Pastoral Plan? Bishop Vásquez: Please visit the diocesan website at org and click on Pastoral Plan for the most current information. From there, you can sign up to get alerts about the plan and learn how you can stay involved in this process. My hope is that everybody will get involved. We have already received great responses from the survey. Now as we move forward with developing the plan, we ask everyone to pray, to stay in touch and continue to give us your input. We need to have as much feedback that we are able to get in order to develop a good plan. Editor: What is your prayer for the Diocese of Austin as we plan for the future? Bishop Vásquez: May we be open to listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. The voice of the Spirit will tell us very clearly where we need to go in the future. This Pastoral Plan is not just simply strategizing many companies do that; many organizations do that. This plan is based on the fact that God has put the church here in the world and in Central Texas and we are to serve the needs of the people. I pray that we will indeed listen to God to be able to develop a plan that is going to serve the needs of the people of the Diocese of Austin.

20 20 GOOD NEWS CATHOLIC SPIRIT Church offers path of renewal for couples BY REV. TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK, PH.D. COLUMNIST Among married men and women who undergo surgical sterilization through a vasectomy or a tubal ligation, it has been estimated that anywhere from 10 to 20 percent will come to regret the choice. Sometimes there may be an immediate awareness of wrongdoing following the surgery, while in other cases, as Patrick Cof- n, radio host and author of Sex au Naturel notes, sterilized couples may drift for years before acknowledging that something between them is no longer in sync. After the initial pregnancy fear subsides, and the vision of 1,001 erotic nights turns out be something of a scam, spouse may (subtly) turn against spouse while doing their best to ignore the silent, disturbing presence of the choice they made. Their decision to seek out a permanent form of contraception can also affect their marriage in other important ways. Dr. John Billings has noted there is an effect that is even more tragic than the clinical, and it is that in many cases the use of contraceptive methods in marriage has been followed by an act of in delity of one of the members. It would seem that contraception diminishes the mutual respect of husband and wife... Additionally, the abandoning of self-control diminishes the capacity to exercise this self-dominion outside the marriage. The abandonment of self-control that can follow permanent sterilization raises ongoing spiritual and moral challenges for couples who later repent and confess the sin of having undergone a vasectomy or a tubal ligation. A unique and vexing problem arises because sterilized individuals may nd themselves, as Patrick Cof n observes, sorely tempted to delight in the very sex-without-babies mentality that led to the sterilization in the rst place. Repentant couples, out of an abundance of spiritual caution, may thus wonder what they should do, and whether they are obliged to get a surgical reversal of the procedure. The church has never declared this to be a required step, in part because of the risks and burdens associated with surgical interventions, in part because of the high uncertainty of a successful outcome, and in part because of the potentially signi cant expenses involved. Even though a reversal may not be feasible or obligatory, the repentant couple may nonetheless become aware of the need to order their sexual activity and appetites in the face of their original sterilization decision and its extended consequences. They may recognize a pressing interior need to grow in the virtue of marital chastity and to engage in a lifestyle that authentically embodies their new, albeit delayed, rejection of the contraceptive mentality. In these situations, clergy and spiritual advisers will often encourage couples to pattern their sex life on the same cycle of periodic abstinence that fertile couples follow when using natural family planning (NFP). During times of abstinence, the couples actively exercise self-control, thereby reordering the sensual and sexual appetites. This strengthens spouses in their resolve not to reduce each other to objects for pursuing sexual self-grati cation. This is important because various forms of contraception, including permanent sterilization, often involve the phenomenon of the woman feeling as if she is being used by her husband. Abstinence, therefore, assists couples in learning to express their mutual love in other ways. St. John Paul II explains this perspective in his famous work Love and Responsibility. Inherent in the essential character of continence as a virtue is the conviction that the love of man and woman loses nothing as a result of temporary abstention from erotic experiences, but on the contrary gains: the personal union takes deeper root, grounded as it is above all in the af rmation of the value of the person and not just in sexual attachment, he wrote. In one of his weekly general audiences later as pope, he further noted that continence itself is a de nite and permanent moral attitude; it is a virtue, and therefore, the whole line of conduct guided by it acquires a virtuous character. Fertile couples who incorporate NFP into their marriages to avoid a conception often end up acquiring a different attitude toward life as they chart and practice periodic abstinence: they can have a change of heart and discern a call to have one or several additional children. A similar spiritual conversion to a culture of life might reasonably be expected to occur among some sterilized couples who resolve to live out an NFP lifestyle, perhaps becoming more open to adopting a child or more open to other forms of spiritual parenthood in their communities, such as Big Brother/Big Sister and other advocacy programs. By abstaining during fertile times, then, the sterilized couple reintegrates the same positive behaviors that they might have practiced had they not chosen to be sterilized. In this way, the science of NFP offers the repentant sterilized couple a school of opportunity to acquire virtue within their marriage and their conjugal relations. FATHER TADEUSZ PACHOLCZYK, PH.D. earned his doctorate in neuroscience from Yale. He is a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., and serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. For more information, visit Collection for Retired Clergy and Religious The special collection Retired Clergy and Religious was taken up Dec. 7-8, If your parish nds an error, call the diocesan Finance Of ce at (512) For more information about this collection, visit Parish Totals Parish Totals Parish Totals Parish Totals Austin Central Deanery Austin, Cristo Rey $3, Austin, Holy Cross $ Austin, Our Lady of Guadalupe $1, Austin, St. Austin $4, Austin, St. Ignatius $6, Austin, St. Julia $ Austin, St. Mary Cathedral $5, Austin, San Jose $2, Austin Central Deanery $24, Austin North Deanery Austin, Holy Vietnamese Martyrs $3, Austin, Sacred Heart $2, Austin, St. Albert the Great $3, Austin, St. Louis $4, Austin, St. Theresa $6, Austin, St. Thomas More $8, Austin, St. Vincent de Paul $3, Cedar Park, St. Margaret Mary $4, Austin North Deanery $37, Austin South Deanery Austin, St. Catherine of Siena $6, Austin, St. John Neumann $8, Austin, St. Paul $2, Austin, St. Peter the Apostle $1, Austin, San Francisco Javier $ Lakeway, Emmaus $2, Austin South Deanery $21, Bastrop/Lockhart Deanery Bastrop, Ascension $2, Elgin, Sacred Heart $1, Lockhart, St. Mary of the Visitation $1, Luling, St. John $ Martindale, Immaculate Heart $ Rockne, Sacred Heart $1, Smithville, St. Paul $ String Prairie, Assumption $ Uhland, St.Michael $ Bastrop/Lockhart Deanery $9, Brenham/La Grange Deanery Brenham, St. Mary $1, Chappell Hill, St. Stanislaus $ Ellinger/Hostyn Hill, St. Mary $ Fayetteville, St. John $1, Giddings, St. Margaret $1, La Grange, Sacred Heart $1, Lexington, Holy Family $ Old Washington on the Brazos, St. Mary $32.00 Pin Oak, St. Mary $ Rockdale, St. Joseph $ Somerville, St. Ann $ Brenham/La Grange Deanery $9, Bryan/College Station Deanery Bremond, St. Mary $ Bryan, St. Anthony $1, Bryan, St. Joseph $3, Bryan, Santa Teresa $ Caldwell, St. Mary $1, College Station, St. Mary $4, College Station, St. Thomas Aquinas $3, Franklin, St. Francis of Assisi $ Frenstat, Holy Rosary $ Hearne, St. Mary $ Bryan/College Station Deanery $16, Georgetown/Round Rock Deanery Andice, Santa Rosa $1, Corn Hill, Holy Trinity $1, Georgetown, St. Helen $6, Granger, Sts. Cyril and Methodius $1, Manor, St. Joseph $ P ugerville, St. Elizabeth $4, Round Rock, St. John Vianney $3, Round Rock, St. William $13, Taylor, Our Lady of Guadalupe $ Taylor, St. Mary of the Assumption $1, Georgetown/Round Rock Deanery $33, Killeen/Temple Deanery Belton, Christ the King $2, Burlington, St. Michael $ Cameron, St. Monica $ Copperas Cove, Holy Family $4, Cyclone, St. Joseph $ Harker Heights, St. Paul Chong Hasang $4, Killeen, St. Joseph $2, Marak, Sts. Cyril and Methodius $ Rogers, St. Matthew $ Rosebud, St. Ann $ Salado, St. Stephen $ Temple, Our Lady of Guadalupe $ Temple, St. Luke $2, Temple, St. Mary $3, Westphalia, Visitation $ Killeen/Temple Deanery $23, Lampasas/Marble Falls Deanery Bertram, Holy Cross $ Burnet, Our Mother of Sorrows $ Goldthwaite, St. Peter $ Horseshoe Bay, St. Paul the Apostle $1, Kingsland, St. Charles Borromeo $ Lampasas, St. Mary $ Llano, Holy Trinity $ Lometa, Good Shepherd $ Marble Falls, St. John $ Mason, St. Joseph $ San Saba, St. Mary $ Sunrise Beach, Our Lady of the Lake $ Lampasas/Marble Falls Deanery $6, San Marcos Deanery Blanco, St. Ferdinand $ Buda, Santa Cruz $2, Dripping Springs, St. Martin de Porres $2, Johnson City, Good Shepherd $ Kyle, St. Anthony Marie de Claret $2, San Marcos,Our Lady of Wisdom $ San Marcos, St. John $2, Wimberley, St. Mary $1, San Marcos Deanery $13, Waco Deanery China Spring, St. Phillip $ Elk, St. Joseph $ Gatesville, Our Lady of Lourdes $ Hamilton, St. Thomas $ McGregor, St. Eugene $ Mexia, St. Mary $ Waco, Sacred Heart $ Waco, St. Francis on the Brazos $ Waco (Hewitt), St. Jerome $3, Waco (Bellmead), St. Joseph $ Waco, St. Louis $4, Waco, St. Mary of the Assumption $1, Waco, St. Peter Catholic Center $ West, Church of the Assumption $1, Waco Deanery $14, Miscellaneous $11, Grand Totals $222,649.23

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