1 The Official Publication for the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo May 2013 The Volume 16 Issue 4 Good News INSIDE NEWS 2 New bishop for Grand Rapids 3 Bishop s Perspective 6 Getting to know Pope Francis 8 Borgess Baby contest 10 Página en Español Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo releases 2012 Annual Report This month Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo is marking the one-year anniversary of its name-change from Catholic Family Services. The agency has also just released its 2012 Annual Report which highlights the mission of the agency, providing help, creating hope, serving all, through its programs, The Ark Services for Youth, Baraga Manor Apartments, Caring Network and Bridges Mental Health Counseling Services. The annual report also includes messages from Bishop Paul J. Bradley and Fran Denny, Executive Director, as well as detailed financial information including a list of major funding sources. The 2012 Annual Report is available online at or you can download by scaning to the QR code below Diocese welcomes close to 150 new members at Easter Vigil Masses By Kim Beaubien One person had been searching for years. Another had been raised Presbyterian, but married a Catholic 60 years ago. This year close to 150 people were received into the Catholic Church at parishes across the diocese. Each new Catholic, or neophyte, received this past Easter Vigil has a story to tell. For the typical neophyte, being part of the Catholic Church is a whole new world. They have had the equivalent of one school year to learn what most cradle Catholics simply absorbed growing up: how to live as a Catholic, through their parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) program. In order to further the understanding of the faith many parishes offer a series of classes after Easter called mystagogia, which means studying the mysteries. It gives the neophyte a chance to digest all that they are learning as a new Catholic and discuss things such as how to pray the Mass better. It also is an opportunity for the parish to offer continued support for these newest members as they adapt to their surroundings. These classes vary by parish, but in the Diocese of Kalamazoo, most last through Pentecost or around four to six weeks. The USCCB actually recommends that neophytes continue meeting for a year after their reception into the Church and so the diocese has begun offering a series of classes for neophytes and all interested Catholics to help deepen their faith life. Meet new Catholic Lynn Marcy, St. Ambrose Parish, Parchment By Kevin Marcy Lynn Marcy s involvement in the Catholic Church started 60 years ago as he took instruction to marry his Catholic fiancé, Sally Davarn. Their marriage was blessed with three children, my two sisters, Amy and Julie, and myself. All three of us were raised Catholic, including 12 years of Catholic schooling. While Lynn attended Mass every Sunday, he never formally converted to the Catholic Church. Sally passed away in April Lynn began to shows signs of interest in conversion, citing the blessing of the anointing Sally received, and the Mass of Christian Burial for Sally. He felt the family found comfort in those aspects of the Catholic faith. Photo by Anthony Dugal Rev. Kenneth Schmidt, pastor of St. Thomas More, Kalamazoo, baptizes Theresa Rodriguez during Easter Vigil Mass. Lynn Marcy is shown above following the Easter Vigil Mass when he was received into the Catholic Church. Present were his daughter, Amy (right), daughter, Julie (center), and son, Kevin. This year, he expressed interest in the RCIA process, and at the Easter Vigil Mass, was received into the Catholic Church. Present were all three children, four grandchildren, and his one great-grand daughter. When asked to express his feelings about the reception into the Church, my father remarked, My wife prayed for this for years and I felt her presence at the altar. My family was there, all Catholics, and I just had the feeling that I had joined the gang. At 82 years young, Lynn Marcy is now a member of the Catholic Church. Greetings from Rome Bishop Paul J. Bradley greets Pope Francis during his General Audience held on Wednesday, April 10. During his meeting Bishop Bradley presented the Holy Father with the spiritual bouquet of prayers and charitable acts from the people in the diocese. The pope also blessed an icon of St. Francis by iconographer Jeanette Aleo, a parishioner of St. Philip Parish, Battle Creek. For more on the bishop s pilgrimage to Rome see page 7. May Flowers: First Holy Communicants Photo by Daniel Flanagan This month hundreds of children from across the 59 parishes in the diocese will receive their First Holy Communion. Shown above with Rev. David Grondz, pastor of St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo are (left) Zoe Herold and Andrew Essenmacher. Scouts earn top awards Scouts and dedicated volunteers were honored with top scouting awards and recognition at the annual Diocesan Scouting Mass celebrated last month. Lisa Irwin, Associate Director, Parish Life and Lay Leadership, was awarded the St. George medal for her years of service tot he scouts. For more details see page 7.
2 2 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope May 2013 From the Editor By Victoria Cessna Communication Director & Editor of The Good News For a brief moment in time I was a Julia-Child wannabe. I was 11 years old and had ambitiously signed on to demonstrate how to make fudge at the county 4-H Fair. Certainly I had eaten fudge and maybe even attempted to make it once or twice before. Sadly, though, that was the extent of my experience. I was ill-prepared for my first speaking engagement. I didn t rehearse. I just wanted to be a part of something and maybe even earn a ribbon to add to my collection. Not the most honorable of intentions I ll admit. Thus, when I took the stage I experienced the horror of fumbling through my fudge demonstration. I burned the butter. I stuttered while reciting measurements. I was a big chocolately mess with an end product so inedible it was probably only suited for caulking a shower stall. This year as I was reading through the biblical accounts of the Apostles and their post-easter meanderings it struck me what wonderful kindred spirits we are. In many ways they were all a big bunch of fumblers. They doubted. They hesitated. They worried. They didn t even recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus when he was right there with them. They were and are just like us. Whew. What a relief. Because the wonderful thing is that they didn t stay in a state of disorganization and ill-preparedness any more than I did. (You better believe I never took a stage again without rehearsing over and over again.) Sure they asked a lot of questions. And the time between the Ascension of our Lord and Pentecost they prayed. So when the Holy Spirit came upon them with his much-needed gifts and fruits, they were ready. I take heart in the example and then the success of the Apostles. They couldn t do it alone and when they embraced those gifts well, they transformed the world. During this Year of Faith we re being invited to a deeper relationship with Jesus. You might think other times in the liturgical calendar make that an easier task. Sure, December gets top billing with Christmas and then there s Easter. But think about the wealth of opportunity the month of May presents to us to rev up our faith life. First Communions, May Crownings, Confirmations oh my! This month as we mark some of the most important feasts in our Church and joyfully watch as many young people receive those gifts of the Holy Spirit, may we shed our own fumbling and be like the apostles ordinary men (and women) called to do extraordinary things. Maybe, just maybe, we could change the world. It could use it about now. Making a Report of Sexual Misconduct A report of sexual misconduct may be initiated at the Diocese of Kalamazoo s Sexual Misconduct Question and Reporting Line: A caller will be requested to provide his or her name and telephone number. 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New bishop named for Diocese of Grand Rapids Pope Francis has appointed Bishopelect David John Walkowiak (wall-coevee-ack), a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio to be the 12th bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids which serves 82 parishes and 182,000 Catholics in West Michigan. The announcement was made by the Vatican on April 18. Bishop-elect Walkowiak succeeds Most Reverend Walter A. Hurley who submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 at age 75 as required by canon law. Bishop Hurley will retire June 18th, the same day Bishop-elect Walkowiak will be ordained to the episcopacy and installed as bishop of Grand Rapids during a Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew. Bishop-elect Walkowiak grew up in Westlake, Ohio and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Cleveland in His first assignment was to Saint Mary Parish in Lorain, Ohio. After receiving a doctorate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America, he was assigned to the faculty of Saint Mary Seminary in Wickliffe and to the Chancery staff of the Diocese of Cleveland, positions he held from 1986 to He also served as an associate judge of the appellate tribunal for the Province of Cincinnati. His father John and sisters Sue, Jan, and Carol all reside in Cleveland. He is currently pastor of St. Joan of Arc Archbishop Sample installed as shepherd of Archdiocese of Portland By Catholic News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) A microcosm of the church filled the University of Portland sports dome to welcome Archbishop Alexander K. Sample. The crowd was made up of guests from other faiths and Catholic laity, cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons and religious. The liturgy lasted three hours and included English, Latin, Spanish, Vietnamese and Tagalog. The new archbishop has formed his ministry around the new evangelization, which seeks to reach Catholics who have stopped practicing their faith by telling the Christian story anew. In an example of evangelizing, the new archbishop redirected attention from himself to Jesus. We must keep our eyes always fixed on Jesus, he told the crowd. It is not about me. It is always about him and we must never lose sight of that. Archbishop Sample addressed sexual abuse by clergy, which he says has hurt victims and also impeded the evangelizing mission of the church. Some of your pastors have seriously let you down, he said, pledging to help victim survivors of abuse and to protect children. We can never express too much sorrow and regret for the harm that's been done. The church, he said, must carry out its mission with humility but with a firm purpose. In Memoriam Parish in Chagrin Falls and will celebrate his 60th birthday the same day he is ordained to the episcopacy. We give thanks to God for the eight years of wonderful leadership by Bishop Walter A. Hurley whose resignation Pope Francis has also accepted, said Bishop Bradley. We are grateful for all the ways that our two Dioceses have worked together to bring the Gospel to God s people in West Michigan, and I reaffirm our pledge to continue those efforts to work together in the future. I am certain that all of us here in the Diocese of Kalamazoo will prayerfully support Bishop-elect Walkowiak as he prepares for his Episcopal Ordination, and for all the years to come under his leadership as the 12th Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids. Bishop Hurley will retire after almost eight years as bishop of Grand Rapids. He was appointed bishop of Grand Rapids by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on June 21, 2005 and installed on August 4, I will continue to make Grand Rapids my home and assist our new bishop as needed and help in our parishes and the diocese as called upon to serve, said Bishop Hurley. Bishop Hurley will serve as apostolic administrator of the diocese, functioning as bishop, until the June 18th ordination and installation. Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Ore., smiles as other members of the clergy applaud during his April 2 installation Mass at the University of Portland s Chiles Center. He succeeds retired Archbishop John G. Vlazny. (CNS photo/bob Kerns, Catholic Sentinel) The archbishop encouraged Catholics to share love with the poor, the lonely, the forgotten, citing Pope Francis as a good example. He exhorted his flock to protect life from the womb until natural death and called for defense of marriage and religious liberty. He pledged to work hand in hand with ecumenical and interfaith groups in promoting the true common good and the dignity of every human person. To end his homily, he asked worshippers to pray for him. Space ran out at the dome, forcing officials to open an additional set of bleachers. Archbishop Sample, the youngest archbishop in the U.S., was appointed to the Portland post by Pope Benedict XVI Jan. 29. He succeeds retired Archbishop John G. Vlazny, 76. Naming the bishop of Marquette, Mich., as Portland's new archbishop was one of the pope's last appointments before he retired Feb. 28. Margaret Marx, later known as Sister Sylvia, died last month. Sr. Sylvia was born in Detroit, on August 24, 1915, the daughter of John and Margaret (Early) Marx. She was a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 20, Sr. Sylvia enjoyed many fruitful years in the ministry of domestic work at St. Christopher, Marysville; St. Margaret Mary, and St. Anne, Detroit. Her culinary skills led her to Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, for five years, and afterwards to the Bishop s residence in Lansing for six years. For the next twenty-one years Sister Sylvia dedicated herself to a labor of love working with the boys at St. Francis Home, Detroit, as a child care-giver and in the Social Services Office. In 1987 she retired but continued to live at St. Francis Home. In 1991 she returned to Nazareth where she assisted whenever and wherever she was needed.
3 May 2013 Waiting in Joyful Hope Dear Family of Faith, Querida Familia de Fe, The Good News 3 The Bishop s Perspective La Perspectiva del Obispo May s Amazing Days: Días asombrosos de Mayo: As you might know, I recently returned from a pilgrimage to Rome (with a brief side visit to Assisi, or as I like to think of it the most peaceful place in the world ). The primary purpose of my pilgrimage, which was to visit our three men in Rome: Deacon Tom McNally, Father Ted Martin, and Msgr. Mike Osborn, was successfully accomplished. However, a wonderful bonus to that visit was the fact that I had the great privilege of seeing our new Holy Father, Pope Francis, on two different occasions: the first as I got to participate in his Installation Mass as Bishop of Rome in the Cathedral Church for the Diocese of Rome, the Basilica of St. John Lateran; and the second occasion was at the General Audience on the next to the last day of my pilgrimage. I had the even greater privilege of being able to meet the Holy Father in person. I was able to give him the Spiritual Bouquet filled with prayers, devotions, and acts of charity and sacrifice which have been offered for the Holy Father s intentions by hundreds of faithful parishioners of the Diocese of Kalamazoo. He was very grateful for that. At the same time, I was able to ask the Holy Father s blessing upon an Icon of St. Francis of Assisi which had been prayerfully painted by one of our very own faithful Catholics, Jeanette Aleo, a member of St. Philip Parish in Battle Creek. Pope Francis was very impressed with this image of his now patron saint, I assured him that we would hang this icon, with his blessing, in a place of prominence in our Cathedral Church. All throughout the eight days of my pilgrimage, I prayed for all the priests and faithful members of our Diocese at each and every one of the holy places in Rome and Assisi. I hope you felt those prayers and graces offered for your intentions. [For a detailed travelogue of Bishop bradley s trip to Rome, visit the diocesan website and read Reflections from Rome : While the excitement level is extremely high in Rome over our new Holy Father, I find that same level of excitement to be quite high everywhere, including here in our Diocese as we learn more and more about him [see related story in this issue, page 6]. How blessed we are as Catholics to know that the ancient traditions of our faith, and the long-standing teachings of the Church, confirmed in the new leadership of Pope Francis as he brings his own style to the papacy, leads us to such a smooth and grace-filled transition in this new chapter of the Catholic Church. During these amazing days of May, we will be celebrating lots of wonderful events. Spring will finally unfold in all its beauty; Mother s Day will soon be upon us; First Communions, Confirmations, graduations, and other special events will be taking place; and as always, we focus special devotion on our dear Blessed Mother during this month especially dedicated to her. Also there are two very special and significant Feasts that we will be celebrating in May s Amazing Days, the Ascension of our Lord, and the Solemnity of Pentecost. During this Year of Faith, we have been invited to deepen our relationship to Jesus, our Risen Lord and Savior. As a way of continuing to respond to that invitation this month, I d like to focus a bit more deeply on the significance of these two very important Feasts. The significance of Jesus Ascension is emphasized in the Nicene Creed which we profess each and every week at Mass: He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. The Ascension does not mark the end of Jesus relationship with the Church; in fact, it is the beginning of a whole new way of being with the Church from His heavenly vantage point. As you recall, when Jesus ascended into Heaven, His last words to the Apostles were words of mission and promise: go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations. Baptize them in the name of the Fahter, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Teach them to carry out everything that I have commanded you. And know that I am with you always, until the end of the world [Matthew 28:19-20]. And even though Jesus has returned to the right hand of the Father, He continues to remain with us to guide us in His Church. One week later, on May 19th 50 days after Easter [here in our Diocese, we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension on Sunday, May 12, 2013] we join with Catholics/Christians around the world in celebrating the Solemnity of Pentecost, one of the most important feasts of the Church year. On that day, we rejoice in the first coming of the Holy Spirit in such dramatic fashion upon the Apostles who were huddled in fear behind locked doors in the Upper Room. The Holy Spirit, Who came upon each of the Apostles in the form of tongues of fire, filled each of them with power, passion, and dedication to go forth and be the first witnesses of the Risen Christ to all the world. Through the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord/wonder and awe), they were able to preach the Gospel to all nations. For us too, those gifts granted when we are baptized and confirmed fills us with sanctifying grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, and help to give us what we need to live our lives as Christian Catholics in the world. Pentecost is the 50th, and final-day of the Easter Season. It is the last day that the Paschal Candle (Easter Candle) will burn brightly during our Masses. We sometimes refer to Pentecost as the Birthday of the Church because that is the day that the Church came to life and began to grow (Acts 2: 1-11). God gave His Holy Spirit to the Church as the gift of His abiding presence the constant source of inspiration to guide the Holy Father, to guide the bishops and priests, Continued on page 4 Como quizá sepan, acabo de regresar de una peregrinación a Roma (por otro lado con una breve visita a Asís, o como me gusta pensar que es el lugar más tranquilo del mundo ). El propósito principal de mi peregrinación, la cual era visitar a nuestros tres hombres en Roma: El Diácono Tom McNally, el Padre Ted Martín, y Monseñor Mike Osborn, se llevó a cabo con éxito. Sin embargo, un bono extra a esa visita fue el hecho de que tuve el gran privilegio de ver a nuestro nuevo Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, en dos ocasiones diferentes: la primera al participar en la misa de su instalación como obispo de Roma en la Iglesia Catedral de la Diócesis de Roma, la Basílica de San Juan de Letrán, y la segunda ocasión fue en la audiencia general en el penúltimo día de mi peregrinación. Tuve aun el mayor privilegio de poder conocer al Santo Padre en persona. Tuve la oportunidad de darle el ramillete espiritual lleno de oraciones, devociones y actos de caridad y sacrificio que han sido ofrecidos por las intenciones del Santo Padre por cientos de fieles feligreses de la Diócesis de Kalamazoo. El estuvo muy agradecido por ello. Al mismo tiempo, tuve la oportunidad de pedir la bendición del Santo Padre sobre un Icono de San Francisco de Asís, el cual había sido pintado en oración por uno de nuestros propios fieles católicos, Jeanette Aleo, miembro de la Parroquia de San Philip en Battle Creek. El Papa Francisco quedó muy impresionado con esta imagen de su ahora santo patrono, le aseguré que íbamos a colgar este icono, con su bendición, en un lugar de prominencia en la Iglesia Catedral. A lo largo de los ocho días de mi peregrinación, recé por todos los sacerdotes y fieles de nuestra diócesis en todos y cada uno de los lugares santos en Roma y Asís. Espero que hayan sentido esas oraciones y gracias ofrecidas por sus intenciones. [Para un diario detallado del viaje del Obispo Bradley a Roma, visiten el sitio Web de la diócesis y lean Reflexiones desde Roma : Mientras que el nivel de excitación es muy alto en Roma sobre nuestro nuevo Santo Padre, encuentro ese mismo nivel de emoción ser muy alto en todas partes, incluso aquí en nuestra Diócesis a medida que aprendemos más y más sobre él [véase el artículo relacionado en este número, página 6]. Que bendecidos somos como católicos al saber que las antiguas tradiciones de la fe y las enseñanzas de muchos años de la Iglesia, confirmadas en el nuevo liderazgo del Papa Francisco al traer su propio estilo al papado, nos conducen hacia una transición tan tranquila y llena de gracia en este nuevo capítulo de la Iglesia Católica. Durante estos increíbles días de mayo, vamos a celebrar muchos eventos maravillosos. La primavera finalmente se desarrollara en toda su belleza, el Día de la Madre pronto estará sobre nosotros; primeras comuniones, confirmaciones, graduaciones y otros eventos especiales se estarán llevando a cabo, y como siempre, enfocamos especial devoción hacia nuestra Santísima Madre querida durante este mes especial dedicado a ella. También hay dos fiestas muy especiales y significativas que vamos a celebrar en los días increíbles de mayo, la Ascensión del Señor, y la solemnidad de Pentecostés. Durante este Año de la Fe, hemos sido invitados a profundizar nuestra relación con Jesús, nuestro Señor Resucitado y Salvador. Como una forma de continuar respondiendo a esa invitación este mes, me gustaría enfocarme un poco más en profundidad sobre el significado de estas dos fiestas muy importantes. El significado de la Ascensión de Jesús esta enfatizado en el Credo de Nicea que profesamos cada semana en la Misa: Subió a los cielos y está sentado a la derecha del Padre. Y de nuevo vendrá con gloria para juzgar a vivos y muertos, y su reino no tendrá fin. La Ascensión no marca el fin de la relación de Jesús con la Iglesia; de hecho, es el comienzo de una nueva forma de estar con la Iglesia desde su punto de vista celestial. Como recordarán, cuando Jesús ascendió al Cielo, Sus últimas palabras a los Apóstoles fueron palabras de misión y promesa:... Vayan, y hagan que todos los pueblos sean mis discípulos, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo, y enseñándoles a cumplir todo lo que yo les he mandado. Y yo estaré siempre con ustedes hasta el fin del mundo. (Mateo 28:19-20). Y a pesar de que Jesús ha vuelto a la mano derecha del Padre, Él sigue estando con nosotros para guiarnos en Su Iglesia. Una semana después, el 19 de mayo 50 días después de la Pascua [aquí en nuestra Diócesis, celebramos la fiesta de la Ascensión el Domingo, 12 de mayo 2013] nos unimos a los católicos / cristianos de todo el mundo en la celebración de la solemnidad de Pentecostés, una de las fiestas más importantes del año litúrgico. En ese día, nos regocijamos en la primera venida del Espíritu Santo, de una manera tan dramática sobre los apóstoles que estaban amontonados con miedo detrás de las puertas cerradas del Cenáculo. El Espíritu Santo, quien descendió sobre cada uno de los Apóstoles en forma de lenguas de fuego, llenando a cada uno de ellos con poder, pasión y dedicación para salir y ser los primeros testigos de Cristo resucitado para todo el mundo. A través de los dones del Espíritu Santo (sabiduría, entendimiento, consejo, fortaleza, ciencia, piedad y temor de Dios / asombro y admiración), fueron capaces de predicar el Evangelio a todas las naciones. También para nosotros, esos dones concedidos cuando somos bautizados y confirmados: nos llena de la gracia santificante y el poder del Espíritu Santo, y ayudan a darnos lo que necesitamos para vivir nuestras vidas como cristianos católicos en el mundo. Pentecostés es el 50 º y último día de la temporada Pascual. Es el último día en que el Cirio Pascual (vela de Pascua) se quemara intensamente durante las misas. A veces nos referimos a Pentecostés como el cumpleaños de la Iglesia, porque ese es el día en que la Iglesia nació y comenzó a crecer (Hch. 2, 1-11). Dios le dio su
4 Waiting in Joyful Hope 4 The Good News May 2013 Save the date for diocesan New Evangelization Conference October 5 The diocese s New Evangelization Conference this year will be held on October 5th at the Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo. The conference will feature nationally known speakers Dr. Edward Sri and Fr. Dwight Longenecker. Dr. Edward Sri, a nationally known Catholic speaker and author who appears regularly on EWTN, will present The Year of Faith and the New Evangelization. As a professor of theology and scripture at the Augustine Institute Master s program in Denver, he is known for his works in Mariology and Theology of the Body as well as being co-founder of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). Fr. Dwight Longenecker, a convert to the Catholic faith, will speak on Proclaiming the Gospel in Words and Works. Fr. Longenecker attended Bob Jones University and Oxford University and was ordained as an Anglican priest. In 1995, he and his family entered the Catholic Church and he spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to more than 25 magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA. In December 2006 he was ordained a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy and now serves as a parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville, N.C.. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will include the celebration of Mass with Bishop Paul J. Bradley. Cost is $40 per person and $35 per group, if signed up by September 15th. For more information contact Jamin Herold, Associate Director, Catholic Education and New Evangelization, ; Year of Faith Holy Hours Parishes throughout the diocese will celebrate Eucharistic Holy Hours as part of the Year of Faith Diocesan initiatives. May 8, 7 p.m. St. Monica, Kalamazoo May 9, 7 p.m. St. Therese, Wayland Year of Faith Pilgrimage Pilgrims will have an opportunity to learn about the history and growth of the Catholic faith in Southwest Michigan through the lens of the local community at each site in the pilgrimage. The day will include a tour of the parish, presentation on the local history by Fr. Robert Creagan, question and answer period, refreshments and a closing prayer. Calendar of Diocesan Pilgrimage Visits May 19, 2013 June 23, 2013 Aug. 18, 2013 Sept. 29, 2013 Oct. 20, 2013 Nov. 3, 2013 St. Therese Parish, Wayland St. Mary Parish, Marshall St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo St. Mary Parish, Niles Holy Angels Parish, Sturgis Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo. 13 Day Alaskan Adventure! August 21-September 2 Set sail in Alaska with Father Robert Creagan of St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage. Tour includes: Anchorage Denali National Park Fairbanks Beaver Creek Whitehorse Skagway. Scenic Cruising includes: Vancouver, Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Glacier Bay National Park Scenic Cruising. Tour Includes: Skagway, Whitehorse, Dawson City, Tok, Fairbanks, 2 Nights Denali, Anchorage. Prices start at $2, per person. All meals included on cruise. Air, land meals, travel insurance and additional land nights extra. For more information contact: The Bishop s Perspective Continued from page 3 and to guide all the faithful members of the Body of Christ. During this month of May, and through these two feasts, we remember that we all have a part to play in that mission. This is what we mean by the New Evangelization. It s not just a mission for the pope, the bishops, priests and sisters. Each of us, baptized into Christ and confirmed in the Holy Spirit, has as part of our life-mission the responsibility to give witness to the Good News of the Risen Lord in our world. How do we do this? First we start with prayer and activities within our homes where our faith is lived out daily. Sometimes we refer to our homes as the Domestic Church. Following are just a few ideas to deepen your own celebration of this blessed Easter season and in particular the feasts of Ascension and Pentecost. 1-Pray a novena to the Holy Spirit beginning on Ascension (the traditional Ascension Thursday is May 9 though in Michigan dioceses it is celebration Sunday, May 12) through Pentecost (May 19). It was between Jesus ascending into heaven and Pentecost Sunday that Mary and the apostles spent nine days in prayer wondering what they were to do. This was the origin of the novena, or nine-day prayer, that has become a very popular form of Christian intercessory prayer. 2-Celebrate the birthday of the Church as a family. Who doesn t like an excuse for some birthday cake? Why not incorporate a birthday cake into your Sunday meal tradition and take that opportunity to discuss Pentecost along with the different symbols of the Holy Spirit, such as the descending Dove or the tongues of fire. 3- Read the Pentecost account from the Acts of the Apostles (2:1-47). Reflect on the power of the Holy Spirit and how He came to the apostles through wind and fire. 4- Reflect on the gifts of the Spirit: When the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in the upper room, they received spiritual gifts that transformed their lives and gave them the power to touch the lives of other people. Take each of the seven gifts, maybe even one a day for a week, and reflect on how they are working in your own life. Or you could even do this as a family or with a group of friends. 5-Wear the color red to Pentecost Mass: Some parishes already adopt this wonderful tradition but consider doing this together with family or friends as an outward sign symbolizing the tongues of flame (the Holy Spirit) that appeared above the apostles on the original Pentecost (Acts 2:3). My dear sisters and brothers may this beautiful month of May during which we celebrate so many Amazing Days be a time where you continue to be renewed in the Easter season and in your sacramental promises. These days of Spring as we begin to witness the beginning of new life both earthly and spiritual may we deepen our bond to live as God s Holy People and be mindful of God s grace and life within us through the unwavering wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Espíritu Santo a la Iglesia como un don de su presencia permanente la fuente constante de inspiración para guiar al Santo Padre, para guiar a los obispos y sacerdotes, y para guiar a todos los fieles miembros del Cuerpo de Cristo. Durante este mes de mayo, y a través de estas dos fiestas, recordamos que todos tenemos un papel que desempeñar en esa misión. Esto es lo que queremos decir con la Nueva Evangelización. No es sólo una misión para el Papa, los obispos, los sacerdotes y las hermanas. Cada uno de nosotros, bautizados en Cristo y confirmados en el Espíritu Santo, tenemos como parte de nuestra misión de vida, la responsabilidad de dar testimonio de la Buena Nueva del Señor Resucitado en nuestro mundo. Cómo hacemos esto? Primero empezamos con oración y actividades dentro de nuestros hogares donde la fe se vive a diario. A veces nos referimos a nuestros hogares como la Iglesia doméstica. A continuación hay solo algunas ideas para profundizar su propia celebración de esta bendita temporada Pascual y, en particular, las fiestas de la Ascensión y Pentecostés. 1-Hagan una novena al Espíritu Santo, comenzando el día de la Ascensión (el tradicional jueves de la Ascensión es el 9 de mayo, aunque en la diócesis de Michigan la celebración es el Domingo, 12 de mayo) hasta Pentecostés (19 de mayo). Fue entre Jesús ascendiendo al cielo y el Domingo de Pentecostés que María y los apóstoles pasaron nueve días en oración preguntándose qué debían hacer. Este fue el origen de la novena, u oración de nueve días, que se ha convertido en una forma muy popular de la oración de intercesión Cristiana. 2-Celebren el cumpleaños de la Iglesia en familia. A quién no le gusta una excusa para un poco de pastel de cumpleaños? Por qué no incorporar un pastel de cumpleaños en su comida tradicional dominical y usar esa oportunidad para hablar sobre Pentecostés junto con los diferentes símbolos del Espíritu Santo, como la paloma descendiendo o las lenguas de fuego. 3-Lean el relato de Pentecostés en los Hechos de los Apóstoles (2:1-47). Reflexionen sobre el poder del Espíritu Santo y cómo llegó a los apóstoles a través de viento y fuego. 4-Reflexionen sobre los dones del Espíritu: Cuando el Espíritu Santo descendió sobre los Apóstoles en el Cenáculo, recibieron dones espirituales que transformaron sus vidas y les dio el poder de tocar las vidas de otras personas. Tomen cada uno de los siete dones, tal vez incluso uno al día durante una semana, y reflexionen sobre cómo están trabajando en su propia vida. O incluso podrían hasta hacer esto en familia o con un grupo de amigos. 5-Usen el color rojo en la Misa de Pentecostés: Algunas parroquias ya ha adoptado esta maravillosa tradición, pero consideren en hacer esto junto con la familia o amigos como un signo externo simbolizando las lenguas de fuego (el Espíritu Santo) que aparecieron sobre los apóstoles en el día original de Pentecostés ( Hechos 2:03). Mis queridas hermanas y hermanos, que este hermoso mes de mayo en el que celebramos tantos Días Increíbles sea un tiempo en el que continúen siendo renovados en el tiempo Pascual, y en sus promesas sacramentales. En estos días de primavera a medida que comenzamos a ser testigos del comienzo de la nueva vida, ambas terrenal y espiritual, que profundicemos nuestros lazos de vivir como pueblo santo de Dios, y el ser conscientes de la gracia y de la vida de Dios en nosotros a través de la inquebrantable sabiduría y guía del Espíritu Santo.
5 May 2013 Waiting in Joyful Hope Celebrate Life honorees devoted to saving lives What do a doctor, a group of college students, a long-married couple and a devoted volunteer have in common? Last month they were all awarded Celebrate Life honors at an annual luncheon hosted by Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo. Following an opening prayer by Bishop Paul J. Bradley and remarks by Executive Director Fran Denny, awards were presented to the following: Catholic Charities Diocese of Kalamazoo Executive Director Fran Denny (far left) is shown with Dr. Robin Pierucci, honoree of this year s John W. Kavanaugh Physician Award, along with Bishop Paul J. Bradley, during the annual Celebrate Life luncheon held last month. The John W. Kavanaugh Physician Award was presented to Robin L. Pierucci, M.D. Dr. Pierucci is the Medical Director and Neonatologist at the Children s Hospital at Bronson. She also is the Clinical Associate Professor for Michigan State University. Working in the NICU is what brought Dr. Pierucci and her husband, Ed, to Kalamazoo in She is passionately involved in advocating for the unborn and the newborn, and is currently developing health care for drug addicted infants in Kalamazoo. Dr. Pierucci is the one of the founding members of a local Catholic Physician s Group and Holy Family Healthcare Clinic and is a volunteer at Caring Network. She is the mother of three children. The Katherine Van Domelen Caring Network Award was presented to Mary Waurio who has been involved with Caring Network for the last five years as a Support Volunteer. Her main role is helping clients pick out needed items in the Caring Closet for their babies and other children. She is an experienced mother of four, providing the perfect balance of nurturing, common sense and focused attention that the clients need. According to Laurie Schulte, the mothers feel comfortable sharing their concerns or asking questions because of her warmth and wisdom. She is often requested by clients. Waurio is an ambassador for CCDOK, helping at numerous events, most recently the Youth March for Life at Caring Network. Gerald and Roselyn Casey were awarded the Sr. Edna Ternes Lifetime Achievement Award. The Caseys have been active in the pro-life arena for years, advocating in a variety of ways for the unborn. Since 1985 they supported Caring Network s program by helping to build apartments for homeless pregnant mothers. They have been, and continue to be, sidewalk counselors at a local abortion clinic, informing mothers and fathers of alternatives to abortion and contraception. The Caseys Roselyn and Gerald Casey have assisted Vietnamese families new to America by offering support and tutoring in the Catholic faith. The Vineyard Academy, an elementary school in the Catholic tradition located in Richland, began with the idea and assistance from the Caseys and has been in operation for 18 years. In 1997 they opened and operated the Catholic bookstore which continues today under new ownership as the Newman Bookshoppe. The Blessed Mother Teresa Outstanding Group Award was presented to the Western Michigan University Students for Life, under the leadership of Theresa Lytwyn. This group of young adults has been recognized for their efforts to deliver the pro-life message on campus as well as to the greater Kalamazoo area. Within the last two years they have recruited more than 100 new members and have organized numerous events on and off campus. They have utilized social media, the college environment, community resources, campus media, and personal relationships to share the pro-life message. The WMU Students for Life have taken a stand to be countercultural and have touched the lives of faculty, students, parents and the community at large. The Other Six Days The Good News 5 By Jane Knuth The Reality of Belonging to God I live in a comfortable house in the suburbs where the bills are paid regularly, the roof doesn t leak, and the neighbors are friendly. I volunteer downtown at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store where I meet people whose electricity has been cut off, who sleep on the floor, and whose neighbors die of gunshot wounds. Both of these places require work and love, both are important to me, and both places, though vastly different from each other, are my real life. St. Vincent once said, My friend, you belong to God. Let this reality color your entire life. What does it mean to belong to God? Does baptism somehow brand my soul? Can my neighbors at home in the suburbs see this brand? Can my neighbors at the thrift store discern my Master? I m not certain if they can. One day at the thrift store a gentleman who had been through more trials in the previous month than I have experienced in my entire life, was reflecting on life s ups and downs. His humor was intact and so was his optimism. I asked him where he acquired so wonderful an outlook. He smiled and told me, Why waste energy for something positive on something negative? As long as I can wiggle my toes and pray, I m doing good. But surely, I protested, You must wonder why all these calamities have happened to you? He shook his head. I never use Satan as a reference. He doesn t deserve the notice. Truly this man belongs to God. His orientation is entirely directed toward the positive side, to the point of snubbing the devil in the midst of the worst misfortunes. In baptism the gentleman s soul was dedicated to God, and that reality shines forth in his wiggling toes. Collection to aid international relief efforts set for May 18/19 The annual collection to benefit Catholic Relief Services Collection will take place in our diocese the weekend of May 18-19, The collection funds six Catholic agencies that help women, children and families by providing basic humanitarian aid and life skills training to those in need, protecting victims of human trafficking all over the world, advocating for policies that strengthen families abroad, and resettling and welcoming refugees forced from their homes. Your donations: Alleviate suffering and provide assistance to people in need through the international Catholic humanitarian agency, Catholic Relief Services. Supply outreach and pastoral care to refugees, migrants, and travelers through the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church Provide assistance to victims of natural disasters and other emergencies around the world through the Holy Father s Relief Fund. 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6 6 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope May 2013 Same symbols, different details: Papal coat of arms undergoes changes By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) The papal coat of arms has undergone a few major adjustments to more clearly reflect the symbolism of Mary and St. Joseph. The five-pointed star has been replaced with an eight-pointed star, and the spikenard flower looks more like a flower rather than a bunch of grapes, as it did in its original form. Italian Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, an expert on heraldry, told Catholic News Service that changing the star was better because the five-pointed star often carries with it military significance, while the eight-pointed star has always symbolized Mary in Catholic Church tradition. The new papal blazon contains the same symbols, though now more modified, that Pope Francis had on his episcopal coat of arms. The dark blue shield is divided into three sections each of which has its own symbol. On the top is the official seal of the Society of Jesus, representing Jesus and the religious order in which the pope was ordained as a priest in The symbol shows a blazing yellow sun with inside the red letters, IHS, the sign for the name of Jesus. A red cross rises up from the letter H, and three black nails rest below. The bottom part of the shield depicts a gold star and a gold spikenard flower, which represent respectively Mary and St. Joseph, demonstrating the pope s particular devotion to the Holy Virgin and St. Joseph, the Vatican said. The shield is surrounded by the papal insignia a miter and the keys of St. Peter. The miter was something Pope Francis coat of arms The insignia borrows much from his former episcopal emblem. On the blue shield is the symbol of the Society of Jesus. Below it is a star and the buds of a spikenard flower, which represent respectively Mary and St. Joseph. The papal motto is the Latin phrase Miserando atque eligendo, which means having mercy, he called him. (CNS graphic/tim Meko) Pope celebrated Easter Vigil in St. Peter s Basilica at Vatican (CNS photo/paul Haring) Pope Benedict XVI established in 2005, putting an end to the beehiveshaped three-tiered tiara that, for centuries, had appeared at the top of each pope s coat of arms. The silver miter has three gold stripes to mirror order, jurisdiction and magisterium, and a vertical gold band connects the three stripes in the middle to indicate their unity in the same person. The two crossed keys have been part of papal emblems for centuries and symbolize the powers Christ gave to the apostle Peter and his successors. The papal emblem uses a gold key to represent the power in heaven and a silver key to indicate the spiritual authority of the papacy on earth. The red cord that unites the two keys alludes to the bond between the two powers. One detail Pope Francis changed in the papal insignia is removing the pallium from the elements surrounding the shield. The pallium, the woolen stole symbolizing a bishop's authority, was added to Pope Benedict's coat of arms in Another change made to Pope Francis insignia: His motto is now inscribed on a white, red-edged banner underneath the shield; earlier, the motto was just a line of text running under the shield. Pope Francis motto, which is the same as his episcopal motto, is based on the Gospel account of The Call of St. Matthew, the tax collector, in a homily given by the English eighth-century Christian writer and doctor of the church, St. Bede the Venerable. The homily pays homage to divine mercy and marks a significant moment in the pope s spiritual discernment toward religious life, the Vatican said in a March 18 press release. Experiencing the Body of Christ alive through the papal transition By Deacon Thomas McNally On February 27th, Pope Benedict XVI gave his final public address as Pope. It was a heartfelt speech and the Pope was able to share with us very openly about how he felt leading up to his retirement. The same charity and fraternity which united us together around our Holy Father in his last days in what was a bittersweet moment for the Church burst forth into great joy at the election of Pope Francis on March 13th. There was an electric charge in the crowd; even before it was announced who was elected Pope, we were all grinning ear-to-ear. We had a shepherd again, uniting us together under Christ! That experience of the joy and unity of the Church which we all shared in those weeks is what will stick with me forever. Men and women, young and old, from all over the world came together as the Church, as the Body of Christ, in support, prayer, and rejoicing with our leaders, old and new. People who had never met before were hugging each other and sharing in the joy of the moment, filled with the Soccer fan, tango-lover some papal pastimes revealed By Carol Glatz, Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) Here are a few of Pope Francis favorite things, which he revealed in a series of interviews granted while he was archbishop of Buenos Aires. The interviews are in the book, Pope Francis: Conversations with Jorge Bergoglio, by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti, which was originally published in 2010 under the title El Jesuita ( The Jesuit ). It is not yet available in English. Favorite sports: When he was young, the future pope played basketball, but he loved going to the stadium to watch soccer with his whole family to see their favorite team, San Lorenzo. He lamented that the fan scene is not what it used to be. At the worst, people would yell at the referee that he was a bum, a scoundrel, a sellout... nothing in comparison to the epithets they use today, he said. Favorite mode of transport as cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires: The subway, which he would always take to get around because it s fast; but if I can, I prefer the bus because that way I can look outside. Favorite pastime: As a boy, he liked to collect stamps. Today, I really like reading and listening to music. Favorite authors and books: I adore poetry by (Friedrich) Holderlin, a 19th-century lyric poet; Alessandro Manzoni s The Betrothed ( I Promessi Sposi ), which he said he has read at least four times; Dante Alighieri s The Divine Comedy ; and anything by Fyodor Dostoevsky and Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. The pope recalled that even though Borges was an agnostic, he d recite the Our Father every evening because he had promised his mother he would, and died with a sense of religious comfort. Favorite music: Leonore Overture No. 3 by Ludwig van Beethoven conducted by the late-wilhelm Furtwangler, who, in my opinion, is the best conductor of some of (Beethoven's) symphonies and works by Wagner. Favorite dance style: tango, which he said he loves very much. It s something that comes from within. Deacon Tom McNally (right) celbrates Mass in Rome with Fr. Ted Martin. Holy Spirit. I was very privileged to have been in St. Peter s Square to experience the Church, to see the Church visibly presenting to the world what it is the exultant children of God. Pope Benedict himself I think expressed this reality best in his final audience. Here one can touch firsthand what the Church is- not an organization, not an association for religious or humanitarian purposes, but a living body, a community of brothers and sisters in the Body of Jesus Christ, who unites us all. To experience the Church in this way and to be able almost to touch with your hands the power of its truth and its love, is a source of joy, in a time when many speak of its decline. But we see how the Church is alive today! He said he danced the tango when he was young even though I preferred the milonga, which is an older form of tango with a faster rhythm. Favorite movie: Babette s Feast because it shows the transformation of a group of people who took denial too far and didn t know what happiness was, he said. The sumptuous meal helps free them from their fear of love, he said. Favorite painting: The White Crucifixion by Marc Chagall. The scene isn t cruel, rather it s full of hope. It shows pain full of serenity. I think it's one of the most beautiful things Chagall ever painted. Favorite saint he turns to in time of need: St. Therese of Lisieux. He kept a photo of her on his library shelf with a vase of white roses in front of it. "When I have a problem I ask the saint, not to solve it, but to take it in her hands and help me accept it. Worst vice to avoid: The sin that repulses me most is pride and thinking of oneself as a big shot. He said when it has happened to him, I have felt great embarrassment and I ask God for forgiveness because nobody has the right to behave like this. He also keeps tucked safe between [the] pages [of his breviary] his grandmother's letters and her last words to her grandkids before she died. She said that in times of sadness, trouble or loss, to look to the tabernacle, "where the greatest and noblest martyr is kept, and to Mary at the foot of the cross so that they may let fall a drop of salve on the deepest and most painful wounds.
7 May 2013 By Kim Beaubien On April 14, 2013, Bishop Bradley celebrated the Annual Diocesan Eucharistic Celebration for Scouts to highlight the religious component of scouting and acknowledge those who had achieved accomplishments in this area. Scouts from troops and packs representing more than 20 parishes throughout the diocese gathered at St. Augustine Cathedral for the Mass, awards ceremony and reception. Those to receive awards processed in at the beginning of Mass bearing the flag of their pack or troop. The Awards Ceremony for Catholic Scout Religious Awards followed after the recessional hymn at the end of Mass. Each year the bishop honors those scouts who have earned a religious medal or award. This year, 82 awards in eight categories were given to scouts. Additionally, three adults were recognized for their outstanding contributions to scouting: Bishop Bradley, Elizabeth Voglewede of Ss John & Bernard, Benton Harbor, and Lisa Irwin of St. Martin of Tours, Vicksburg, details below. Bishop Bradley told those gathered at the Cathedral for the special Mass that he had been a boy scout before entering seminary. I thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from the years I was a Cub Scout in Pack 52 sponsored by my home parish of St. Cecilia s in Glassport, Pa., said Bishop Bradley. However, very much like seminary formation, scouting programs do so much good in providing wonderful foundations and helping with the formation of our youth, and helping them to become good, solid, Waiting in Joyful Hope Bishop recognizes scouts and volunteers; bestows 82 awards during annual diocesan scouting Mass GIRL SCOUT MEDALS The Family of God (14 scouts): The Family of God program, for girls in grades 2 and 3, is designed to help children discover the presence of God in their daily lives as members of their family and parish. I Live My Faith (3 scouts): The I Live My Faith program is designed to help girls in grades 4-6 appreciate more deeply the place that God and religion occupy in their daily lives. International Catholic Neighbors Award (8 scouts): The activity recognition is given to those Scouts and leaders who have completed certain requirements for increased awareness of Scouting in the Catholic Church throughout the world. BOY SCOUT MEDALS Light of Christ (17 scouts): The Light of Christ program is designed to help the Tiger Cub or Wolf Cub develop a personal relationship with Jesus. The Scout must complete the requirements before starting third grade. Parvuli Dei (22 scouts): The Parvuli Dei ( Child of God ) is awarded to Cub and Webelo Scouts who have completed the requirements to show that the scout has become more aware of God s presence in his daily life, especially in family and community. patriotic citizens of our country; for scouting programs that are sponsored by our Catholic parishes, they also help to supplement in the religious formation of our youth. This Annual Scouting Mass is a great time for us all to come together, to renew our support for the scouting program, and to take great pride, as I do every year at this Mass, to see the evidence of how valuable and how successful our scouting programs are, continued Bishop Bradley. Thank you to all the adult volunteers, leaders, parents, pastors and parish leaders, our diocesan staff and of course, all of you scouts at all levels. We pray in a special way during this Mass that God will continue to bless us in every way. Photos by Daniel Flanagan Ad Altare Dei (10 scouts): The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei program is to help Scouts develop a fully Christian way of life through an in-depth exploration of the meaning of the seven Sacraments. Any Catholic boy can work for the Ad Altare Dei emblem if he is registered as a Scout and has completed the sixth grade. Pope Pius XII (6 scouts): The Pope Pius XII religious emblem program is designed for high school age Scouts (before age 18) and Venturers (male or female before age 21) and emphasizes church-related ministries and vocations. It examines different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations and ministries in the church as calls from God. Pillars of Faith Duty to God (2 scouts): A special recognition for those Boy Scouts who have earned all four Catholic religious Scout medals during their Scouting career: Light of Christ, Parvuli Dei, Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XII. The four religious emblems are like pillars, supporting the Scout s development in and appreciation of his Catholic faith. ADULT RECOGNITION AWARDS St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award: Elizabeth Voglewede, Sts. John & Bernard, Benton Harbor Bronze Pelican Award: Bishop Paul Bradley, St. Augustine Cathedral, Diocese of Kalamazoo St. George Award: Lisa Irwin, St. Martin of Tours, Vicksburg. The Good News 7 Snapshots from Rome Pictured left: Jeanette Aleo, a member of St. Philip Parish in Battle Creek, prayerfully painted the Icon of St. Francis of Assisi in honor of Pope Francis. Right: Bishop Paul J. Bradley asks Pope Francis for his blessing upon the Icon. Pictured above: Bishop Bradley visited the birthplace of St. Francis of Assisi. Pictured right: Bishop Bradley prays at the tomb of St. Francis Xavier. Above (L-R): Fr. Ted Martin, Bishop Bradley, Deacon Tom McNally are shown at the Tomb of St. Francis of Assisi in Assisi. Above: Bishop Bradley participates in the Mass of Installation of Pope Francis as Bishop of Rome in the Basilica of St. John Lateran.
8 8 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope May 2013 The Catholic Difference Impoverished spirits By George Weigel Certain ritual encounters have now become standard operating procedure for a new pope. In each of these meetings, Pope Francis has done something surprising, in his low-key, gentle way. In a Mass celebrated in the Sistine Chapel with the College of Cardinals on the day after his election, the Holy Father raised cautions about clerical ambition a yellow warning flag that reflected the concerns he had expressed during the papal interregnum about spiritual worldliness corrupting the Church, and an unmistakable call to a more energetically evangelical exercise of the priesthood and the episcopate. In a meeting a few days later with thousands of journalists, the pope reminded his rapt audience that the Church cannot be understood, or reported, as if it were simply another political agency; the Church has to be understood from the inside out, as the holy People of God making its way to encounter Jesus Christ, without whom Peter and the Church would not exist or have reason to exist. And then came a subtle but unmistakable challenge: journalism, Francis insisted, demands a particular concern for what is true, good and beautiful. It can t be all buzz all the time, and if journalism vulgarizes itself and becomes buzz only, it loses its soul. And then came the meeting with the representatives of power, the ambassadors accredited to the Holy See. Here, the Holy Father took the opportunity to explain, once again, his choice of papal name, while using that exercise to make two important points. Stressing the Church s care for, and work with, the poor throughout the world, the pope reminded his audience in the Vatican s Sala Regia that Francis of Assisi knew that there were various forms of poverty. There was the Franciscan work, which belongs to all Christians, to serve the sick, orphans the homeless and all the marginalized; that work is a Gospel imperative that also helps to make society more humane and more just. And then there was a different form of poverty: the spiritual poverty of our time ; that poverty is most evident in wealthier societies and manifests itself in what Benedict XVI often called the dictatorship of relativism the worship of the false god of me, myself and I, imposed by state power, often in the name of a misguided and coercive concept of tolerance. This second form of poverty had to be challenged by a second Franciscan imperative, the responsibility to build peace. Yet, as the pope immediately continued: there is no true peace without the truth! There cannot be true peace if everyone is his own criterion, if everyone can always claim exclusively his own rights, without at the same time caring for the good of others, of everyone, on the basis of the nature that unites every human being on this earth. The last phrase the nature that unites every human being on this earth was the money quote here. For that is precisely what so much of the spiritually impoverished world of radical secularism and lifestyle libertinism now denies: that there is any human nature which public policy and law must respect. That s what those who continue to support abortion rights deny. That s what those who insist that marriage can mean any configuration of consenting adults deny. That s what those who regard children as an optional lifestyle accessory deny. And that s what those who insist that maleness and femaleness are cultural constructs, not givens that disclose deep truths about the human condition, deny. Those denials, Pope Francis suggested, lead to a spiritual impoverishment that can be as devastating as material poverty. And those denials can lead to conflicts within societies that shatter peace just as much as conflicts between societies. Pope Francis is no Brother Sun, Sister Moon romantic. As an experienced pastor and a man of keen intelligence, he knows that realitycontact is as important for societies as it is for personal mental health. He ll make the case in a different way than Benedict XVI. But you can count on this pontificate to challenge the dictatorship of relativism in the name of authentic humanism. George Weigel is Distinguished Senior Fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. Weigel s column is distributed by the Denver Catholic Register, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Denver. Phone: Dowagiac program offers opportunity for spiritual renewal during the Year of Faith Parishioners at Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church in Dowagiac are teaming with St. Paul s Episcopal Church in sponsoring a program designed to challenge and promote the development of a dynamic and transformative spiritual life. The two faith communities are working together to form small groups for prayer, reflection, sharing and action that is intended to foster this growth in spirituality among the participants. Using a program offered by Renew International Kalamazoo mayor Bobby Hopewell was born at Borgess, were you? Like 150,000 other babies, Bobby Hopewell, Administrative Director, Borgess Health Park Battle Creek, was born at Borgess Medical Center. Although I may be the one exception, everyone else born at Borgess fits our famous phrase Gorgeous Borgess Baby, said Hopewell. I invite my Borgess sisters and brothers to share their Borgess heritage by posting a baby picture whether it s their own, their child or a grandchild on their Facebook page and tagging Borgess Medical Center. We d also love to see them on Instagram and Twitter. Users can upload their photos and tag them #GorgeousBorgessBaby. Gorgeous Borgess Babies Baby pictures bring people together, Hopewell said. I see a smile break out on the most stoic individuals when they view baby pictures. The world needs more smiles, and sharing our common connections should cause smiles and connect thousands of people. The moniker Gorgeous Borgess Baby has been expressed since 1889 when Borgess opened its doors as the area s first hospital. Some well-known individuals are Gorgeous Borgess Babies, including Greg Jennings, NFL Pro Bowl wide receiver, Teju Cole, an internationally known writer and photographer, and current State Representative Margaret O Brien, of Portage. entitled Longing for the Holy, each group will meet for two hours each week at various sites. The program will examine twelve different topics, devoting three weeks to each topic, and meet over the next year. More than 100 people have signed up between the two churches. For Holy Maternity of Mary, this program has become an essential component in the parish s development as called for by the parish s Pastoral Council. According to Fr. Kevin Covert, pastor at Holy Maternity, it also has become a very important part of the parish s participation in the Year of Faith. With the help of the Holy Spirit, said Fr. Kevin, it is truly hoped this will be a program in which the door of faith opens to us a more dynamic way of living out our Christian faith not only for ourselves but for our world. Members of Holy Maternity of Mary Parish in Dowagiac were recently blessed by Rev. Kevin Covert to be group leaders for a new Renew program. Shown from left are: Larry Bengtsson, Joe Foster, Donna Dodd, SueAnn Stewart, LuAnn Scott and Jan Feick. The phrase Gorgeous Borgess Baby was used on bumper stickers and billboards in the 1980s and 1990s, said Stacie Rodriguez, Marketing Specialist, Borgess Health. It received a great deal of attention locally and even nationally. For instance, Teju Cole, a Nigerian-American writer and photographer, proudly proclaimed himself a Gorgeous Borgess Baby in his April 2011 biographical story published in The New Yorker magazine. Most recently, we ve seen the Gorgeous Borgess Baby theme pop up frequently in social media, said Rodriguez. We thought this is something people would want to engage with more, so we decided to give them the opportunity to do so. baby.borgess.com website Borgess will be launching a new website at baby.borgess.com, where proud parents can share pictures of their new Gorgeous Borgess Baby with loved ones. Additionally, new parents will be given a branded car cling to let the community know about their little one, and The Seasons Gift Shop at Borgess Medical Center will stock all sorts of Gorgeous Borgess Baby items for purchase. I searched my attic for two weeks to find the only baby pictures of me that exist, Hopewell said. I wasn t the first baby and I m not the cutest, but I know I m in good company. Parishioners enjoy Passover meal celebration More than 50 parishioners from St. Philip Parish, Battle Creek, celebrated the second annual Jesus Passover Meal and The Last Supper on March 15. Msgr. William Fitzgerald served as the leader role and Deacon Al Patrick served as the narrator. The Blessed John Paul II Council of Catholic Women s circle hosted the event. The foundation story was represented of the four cups of wine that must be consumed at a Jewish Passover meal, explained Dr. Michelle Valella, president of the Council. In scripture, the Passover ends when Jesus drinks the third cup of wine; however the women [in the Bible] took the step further. They finished the story by following Jesus into the garden of Gethsemane, accompanying home on the road carrying his cross, and completing his mission up on the cross where Jesus drank his forth cup of wine for Passover. Msgr. William Fitzgerald helps lead 52 participants at St. Philip s second annual Jesus Passover meal.
9 May 2013 Waiting in Joyful Hope The Good News Diocesan Heating Assistance Program helps close to 400 families In the winter of 2013 the Diocesan Heating Assistance Program (DHAP) assisted 390 families (1,210 persons) with heating assistance totaling more than $71,000. The program is made possible through the efforts of seven Heating Assistance Volunteers at Catholic Charities and 52 Heating Assistance Volunteers in the parishes or missions, according to Deacon Ed Feltes. During its thirtyone-year history the Diocesan Heating Assistance program has assisted 11,245 families (36,300 persons) with heating assistance totaling more than $1.6 million. Diocesan Heating Assistance volunteers helped to assist 390 families this year. Pictured left to right are: Bob McCarthy, Carol Ebel, Peg Klitch, and Deacon Ed Feltes. Additional olunteers not pictured are: Gerrie Bridge, Mary Jo Nespodzany, Diane Kincaid, Roz Stutz, Karen Heasley. At 50, Pacem in Terris guides 21st-century peacebuilding efforts By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service Coming in June Bishop Paul J. Bradley has called Deacon Benjamin Huynh, Deacon Thomas McNally and Deacon Evelio Ramirez to the Order of the Priesthood. The three men will be ordained at St. Augustine Cathedral on June 29th. Next month The Good News will feature interviews with each of the deacons. Cursillo movement plans new start-up; men s weekend planned for August When he went away to experience a Cursillo men s retreat weekend, Rev. Daniel Hyman wasn t quite sure what to expect. The new priest had been appointed by Bishop Paul J. Bradley to be the chaplain for the English-speaking branch of the Cursillo movement in Kalamazoo. In order to best understand his own role as spiritual director Fr. Hyman participated in Cursillo #109 in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. I could clearly see how the Holy Spirit was working throughout the weekend, said Fr. Hyman. Cursillo seems to take people from all walks of life and unites them in a common mission to deepen their faith and become leaders in the Church. It wasn t until he concelebrated the weekend s closing Mass that Fr. Hyman s fellow participants knew he was a priest. Some joked with me that they hoped they hadn t said anything too bad, he laughed. Originating in Spain in the 1940s, Cursillo has spread to many countries throughout the world including the United States, where it is active in hundreds of dioceses. In the Kalamazoo Diocese Cursillo is currently available in Spanish. The English Cursillo was active in the Kalamazoo Diocese up until the 1990s. Cursillo begins with a three-day weekend and those participants continue to meet together after the group in a WASHINGTON (CNS) Recognizing the inherent dignity of each person is the greatest weapon anyone has against war and violence, Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, told a conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed John XXIII s encyclical Pacem in Terris ( Peace on Earth ). Peace is intimately connected to working for justice, otherwise violence will be difficult to overcome, Cardinal Turkson said in an address April 10 at The Catholic University of America to about 150 participants in the conference sponsored by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. Peace then is not merely the absence of war and conflict, but it represents... a gift from God, the cardinal said. Peace is an attribute of God himself. God is peace. Creation aspires to peace, he added. In an interview with Catholic News Service following his address, Cardinal Turkson said Pacem in Terris remains as important for the world today as it was when it first appeared. If any factor in society in any way treads on or diminishes or makes it difficult for people to realize their dignity, the common good the human flourishing, human development that for us is a crisis moment. If we can do anything to promote the development of human society that s what we stand for, he said. The two-day conference examined various aspects of the encyclical, which was promulgated April 11, 1963, by Blessed John months after the Cuban missile crisis brought the world to the brink of nuclear war between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Speakers looked at how the encyclical remains among the most significant components of Catholic social thought. At the time, Blessed John s concern for the world extended beyond the elimination of nuclear weapons from the arsenals of the superpowers. He expanded the church s view that human rights and human dignity were as vital to peace as the end of war in an overall positive outlook for humanity. His teaching built upon the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations in Blessed John identified emerging political and sociological trends that later moved forward at a rapid pace such as the empowerment of women worldwide, economic and social globalization and the rise of newly independent states as European colonialism began to decline. The encyclical recognized the rights of all people to food, water, safety, housing, health care, involvement in public life and affiliation in groups that promote their well-being, from labor unions to civic groups. Several speakers noted the widespread use of the term common good in the encyclical and that the work was not just addressed to Catholics but to men of good will no matter their faith or heritage. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of CRS, told the conference while the world has seen the number of people living on $1.25 or less per day decrease from 1.9 billion to 1.3 billion since the 1980s, 2 billion people have gained access to clean water since the 1990s and that 97 percent of girls around the world are enrolled in elementary schools, numerous challenges to achieving peace remain. Inequality among people, poor governance, human rights abuses, conflict over natural resources and environmental degradation are impediments to the peace that Blessed John envisioned, she said. Early edition of encyclical Pacem in Terris by Pope John XXIII An early edition of the encyclical Peace on Earth ( Pacem in Terris ) is pictured next to a photo of its author, Pope John XXIII. The landmark papal letter addressing universal human rights and relations between states marked its 50th anniversary April 11. (CNS photo/nancy Phelan Wiechec) Editor s Note: Pacem in Terris can be read in full online at Dcn. Benjamin Huynh Dcn. Thomas McNally Dcn. Evelio Ramirez formation process. The Cursillo weekend provides a strategy and a method for being Christ's witness in the world, for being a source of His love and hope to the people in our lives, said Elaine Vogel, a past participant in Cursillo and one of the people responsible for the current revival. A Men s Cursillo Weekend will be held this coming summer on August 15 to 17 at St. Joseph Parish in Kalamazoo. The weekend will be conducted by a planning team from the Diocese of Ft. Wayne/South Bend in collaboration with local laypeople including Tim Moskalik, Charlie Heller, Michael Batterson, Mike Swords along with Spanish-speaking Cursillo leaders in the diocese such as Very Rev. German Perez-Diaz and JCarlos and Maria Alfaro. Cursillo offers a lot for our community and helps form leaders for the Church, added Fr. Hyman. It s what the New Evangelization is calling all of us to do. For more information on Cursillo and the August weekend contact: Tim Moskalik, phone: or
10 10 The Good News Waiting in Joyful Hope May 2013 Reunión para el Ministerio con los Campesinos Migrantes La Oficina del Ministerio Multicultural e Hispano de la Diócesis de Kalamazoo tendrá la reunión para comenzar el ministerio con los campesinos el jueves 16 de mayo de 6:00-7:30p.m. en la Parroquia de St. Thomas More, 421 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI La reunión es para todos los voluntarios que ayudaran con el ministerio y para aquellos que quieran ser voluntarios. En ese día, proporcionaremos material de recursos y contestaremos a las preguntas que tengan. También es una excelente oportunidad para conocer a otros voluntarios. Si tiene alguna pregunta, llame al Una Mujer del área de la Diócesis tiene conexión con el Papa Francisco Ana Teresa Bello de Argentina comparte su reflexión sobre el nuevo Santo Padre Nota de la Editora: Ana Teresa Bello es una feligrés activa de la Parroquia de San José en Battle Creek y también trabaja como traductora para la Secretaria de Comunicación y Relaciones Públicas de la Diócesis. Ella también es miembro de la Comisión Diocesana para Ministerio Eclesial Laical y del Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo. A continuación, la reflexión de Ana Teresa sobre su conexión con el Papa Francisco. Tuve contacto con el Cardenal Bergoglio ahora nuestro Papa Francisco desde 1998, por medio de varios ministerios y como miembro activa de Nuestra Señora de los Visitantes en Buenos Aires, participé en muchos eventos en los cuales ahora nuestro Papa Francisco ha estado presente. Además de las Misas especiales, caminé junto a él durante peregrinaciones y también asistí a conferencias y a talleres espirituales con él. El Cardenal Bergoglio frecuentemente venia a nuestra parroquia a celebrar Misas especiales cuando lo invitábamos. Como una ministra laica eclesial, tenía contacto cercano con él y una de las cosas que siempre conmovía nuestros corazones era su simplicidad y amor por Mayo/May Mayo Temporada del Ministerio Migrante Diocesano (Mayo a Octubre) Mayo Continuamos con el Programa Recuperación de Trauma. Para más información llamar al (269) y deje su número de teléfono y mensaje. 4 (Sábado) 6 p.m. Entrenamiento de VIRTUS en Español. Parroquia de San Gabriel, Berrien Springs, MI. (VIRTUS Training in Spanish) 11 (Sábado) 10 a.m. 12m. Comité Diocesano de Pastoral Hispana, Centro Pastoral Diocesano (Hispanic Ministry Diocesan Pastoral Committee meeting, Diocesan Pastoral Center), Kalamazoo 16 (Jueves) 6 8p.m. Reunión con todos los voluntarios del Ministerio Migrante. Lugar: St. Thomas More, 421 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI (Meeting with all the Migrant Ministry volunteers.) 18 (Sábado) 8:30 a.m. 5 p.m. Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Segundo Año de Formación Tema: Práctica Pastoral por Maria Cepeda. (Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program. Topic: Pastoral Practicum by Maria Cepeda). 18 (Sábado) 10 a.m. 3 p.m. Encuentro Pre-Matrimonial, para parejas que se van a casar. También para parejas de matrimonio interesadas en reflexionar sobre su vida. Lugar: Holy Angels, 402 S. Nottawa, Sturgis, MI (Pre- Marriage Encounter in Spanish for those who will be getting married and for married couples who would like to have a day of reflection) cada uno de nosotros de una manera personal, recordando nuestros nombres aunque hubiera escuchado una vez. Siempre tenía una sonrisa en sus labios y era extremadamente humilde y gentil. La mayoría del tiempo vestía como un sacerdote y viajaba por tren o bus. Una vez hasta fue en bicicleta a nuestra parroquia. Cuando preparábamos las Misas y las recepciones donde él iba a estar presente, lo hacíamos simple porque a él no le gustaban las cosas complicadas y elegantes. Por ejemplo, le gustaba dar la comunión a un lado en vez del centro del templo. Para dar su homilía, se bajaba del pulpito y se acercaba a los feligreses. Calendario/Calendar Siempre ha sido una persona Mariana; su amor por Nuestra Señora es muy contagioso. Una vez nos dijo, lo más hermoso de nuestra religión es que no solo tenemos a nuestro Padre, Dios, pero también tenemos a una madre quien nos lleva de la mano. Siempre nos dijo que fuéramos a una misión, vayan afuera, a las calles, proclamen a Jesús y Háganlo conocer. Nos animaba a que dejáramos la seguridad dentro de la Iglesia (el edificio) y hemos hecho eso en Buenos Aires. La Iglesia de Buenos Aires ha creado muchas oportunidades para una misión tal como la Misión de Navidad en el parque, enormes misas para los niños en los campos de futbol, peregrinajes para los niños que terminaban cada año con una gran Misa al aire libre en diferentes parroquias de los decanatos. He sido parte de todo eso y nuestro querido Cardenal Bergoglio, ahora Papa Francisco siempre estaba allí en primera fila. Mi experiencia personal? He recibido mucha paz y me he sentido especial cuando estaba cerca de él. Podía hablar con facilidad con él y siempre ha estado accesible para todos. Es un sacerdote del pueblo. Tiene ese olor a santidad. Su opción por los pobres se ve claramente y su vida es testimonio de esa opción. Si alguna vez se ha preguntado cómo era San Francisco de Asís, pues allí lo tienen en Roma, en el Vaticano ahora. 29 (Miércoles) 9 a.m. 4 p.m.conferencia Anual de Migrant Resource Council (agencias que ofrecen servicio a la Comunidad Migrante). (Pre-Season Conference for the Migrant Resource Council), VBISD Conference Center, 490 Paw Paw St., Lawrence, MI Junio/June Junio Temporada del Ministerio Migrante Diocesano (Junio a Noviembre) Junio Continuamos con el Programa Recuperación de Trauma. Para más información llamar al (269) y deje su número de teléfono y mensaje. 8 (Sábado) 9 a.m. 1p.m. Retiro de Quinceañeras Deben asistir con sus padres. Lugar: Immaculate Conception Parish, th Avenue, Hartford, MI (Quinceañera Retreat must participate with their parents). 14 (Viernes) 9 a.m. 12 p.m Reunión de Migrant Resource Council (agencias que ofrecen servicio a la Comunidad Migrante). (Migrant Resource Council Meeting, agencies that offer services to the Migrant Community) 22 y 23 8 a.m. Programa de Formación Pastoral y de Liderazgo, Segundo Año de Formación Retiro Espiritual de dos días: Discernimiento: Dialogo con el Espíritu. Lugar: Transformations Spirituality Center, Kalamazoo, MI. Presentadores: Elena Mireles-Hill y Msgr. Leonel Cartagena (Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program, Second Year of Formation Two Day Spiritual Retreat: Discernment: Dialog with the Spirit. Presenters: Elena Mireles-Hill and Msgr. Leonel Cartagena) Nota/Note: Si necesita más información sobre esta agenda, comuníquese con la Oficina del Ministerio Multicultural e Hispano al For more information regarding this calendar, contact the Office of Multicultural and Hispanic Ministry at Oración por las Familias Migrantes En estos días cuando los campesinos están viajando de ciudad en ciudad a través de Estados Unidos, recemos por ellos y sus familias: Dios bueno y misericordioso, te agradecemos por el don de las familias.te damos gracias por toda la alegría y el amor que ellas traen a nuestra vida, y te pedimos que a todas las familias les des una protección especial, particularmente, a las que pasan privaciones cuando se trasladan en busca de una vida mejor. Muéstrales tu compasión a aquellos que viajan en medio de peligros y llévalos a un lugar seguro y tranquilo. Consuela a los que se encuentran solos y temerosos porque sus familias fueron separadas a causa de la violencia y de la injusticia. Mientras que reflexionamos sobre el difícil trayecto que la Sagrada Familia vivió como refugiados en Egipto, ayúdanos a recordar el sufrimiento de todas las familias inmigrantes. Por la intercesión de María, nuestra Madre y de San José Obrero, su esposo, oramos para que todos los inmigrantes puedan reunirse con sus seres queridos y encontrar el trabajo productivo que ellos buscan. Abre nuestro corazón para que podamos ofrecer hospitalidad a todos los que buscan un refugio. Danos el valor para recibir con agrado a toda persona foránea como si fuera Cristo entre nosotros. Te lo pedimos por Nuestro Señor Jesucristo, tu Hijo, que vive y reina contigo, en la unidad del Espíritu Santo, por los siglos de los siglos. Amén. Claves para Estudiar y Conocer la Biblia #11 Hechos de los Apóstoles Por Fanny Tabares Se cree que el libro de Hechos de los Apóstoles o también llamado Actas, es la continuación del Evangelio de Lucas. En este libro se narran hechos de los comienzos de la Iglesia aunque en realidad se quiere centrar en el mensaje de los evangelios y de la presencia del Espíritu Santo en sus seguidores. En efecto, el Espíritu Santo es el verdadero Hecho del nacimiento de la Iglesia, por lo que muchos comentaristas, ya desde los primeros siglos cristianos, no han vacilado en llamar a este libro como El Evangelio del Espíritu Santo. Nos narra cómo se extendió el evangelio desde Palestina hasta Roma, la capital del mundo y hasta los confines de la tierra. Este libro, cubre los primeros 30 años después de la muerte de Jesús y fue escrito alrededor del año 75 D.C. La multitud de los fieles tenía un solo corazón y una sola alma. Nadie consideraba como propios sus bienes, sino que todo lo tenían en común. Los apóstoles daban testimonio de la resurrección del Señor Jesús con gran poder, y aquél era para todos un tiempo de gracia sin igual. Entre ellos ninguno sufría necesidad, pues los que poseían campos o casas los vendían, traían el dinero y lo depositaban a los pies de los apóstoles, que lo repartían según las necesidades de cada uno (Hechos 4,32-35). Se destacan dos grandes figuras: Pedro y Pablo. Pedro se dedicará en especial a la evangelización de los judíos y Pablo será puesto aparte para anunciar la Buena Nueva de la salvación a los paganos (Gal 2,7-8). Buena suerte en tu lectura y reflexión bíblica. Si tienes preguntas o deseas que tratemos algún tema, comunícate conmigo o por correo electrónico: Por teléfono al (Este tema, continuará en la próxima edición). Participación de la Iglesia en Pro de una Reforma Integral de Migración Por Fanny Tabares La Iglesia Católica junto con otras Iglesia y grupos en pro de los derechos humanos, ha venido trabajando desde hace muchos años en pro de una Reforma Integral de Migración que proteja los derechos de todas las personas indocumentadas y que reunifique a las familias. Los Obispos Católicos han publicado varios documentos como: Acogiendo al Forastero entre Nosotros: Unidad en la Diversidad, publicado en el 2001 y Juntos en el Camino de la Esperanza: Ya no Somos Extranjeros, publicado en el 2004, documento elaborado conjuntamente entre los Obispos de Estados Unidos y de México. El pasado diez de abril, muchos católicos entre laicos, sacerdotes, religiosas y religiosos llegaron a Washington desde diferentes lugares de Estados Unidos para participar en la mañana en una Misa y en la tarde en la Marcha hacia el Capitolio. El objetivo, pedir una Reforma Migratoria sensible a la dignidad y a los derechos humanos de los indocumentados que por años han contribuído al bienestar y progreso de este país. La iglesia seguirá atenta estudiando cuidadosamente cada propuesta de ley buscando la dignidad humana y la reunificación de las familias.
11 May 2013 Here & There Here & There publishes parish, Catholic school and diocesan-sponsored events. Submissions should be sent to Vicki Cessna, MAY CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: May 5, 12, 19, 26: Father Robert Barron s Catholicism Series, Bennett Building, St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo, 10:10 in English, Noon in Spanish. Contact: St. Joseph Parish, May 6: Why Faith: The Papacy, St. Mary Rectory meeting room, St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo, 6 pm. A new program intended to assist faithful Catholics in learning more about their faith and learning how to be Contact: Jamin Herold, or May 16: Beginning of the Summer Meeting, St. Thomas More Parish, Kalamazoo, 6-7:30 pm. Meeting with all the Migrant Ministry volunteers and those who wish to become volunteers. Contact: Veronica Rodriguez, or May 18: Hispanic Pastoral Leadership Formation Program, Second Year of Formation, Lawrence Education Center, Kalamazoo, 8:30 am 5 pm. Topic: Pastoral Practicum by Maria Cepeda. Contact: Veronica Rodriguez, or May 20: Third Monday Reading & Discussion Group, facilitated by Fr. Larry Farrell and Deacon Kurt Lucas, St. Monica Parish Community Building, Kalamazoo, 7-9 pm. No cost, pre-registration not required. The topic will be Year of Faith the book will be The Year of Faith: A Bible Study for Catholics by Fr. Mitch Pacwa S.J. Lawrence: May 29: Season Conference sponsored by the Southwestern Michigan Migrant Resource Council Collaborating to Navigate the Digital World, Van Buren Conference Center, Lawrence, 9 am 4 pm. for all agencies/organizations/individuals who serve the migrant community. Cost: $20, student registration $5. No registrations accepted after May 17. Contact: Veronica Rodriguez, or Mattawan: May 5: Why Catholic? a NET Confirmation Retreat for grades 7-10, St. John Bosco Parish, Mattawan. For more information contact Tim McNamara, or EASTERN DEANERY Battle Creek: May 18: Purse Bingo sponsored by St. Jerome Council of Catholic Women, St. Jerome Parish, Battle Creek, 6 pm. Proceeds to be used for ground beautification of St. Jerome Church. Participants will play 20 games of Bingo with 20 purses awarded as prizes. Some purses may contain additional gifts. Along with Bingo, there will be 50/50 raffles and refreshments. Cost: Tickets are $12. Contact: St. Jerome Parish, Marshall: May 11: St. Mary s Women s one-day retreat, St. Mary Marshall Parish, 8 am - 4:30 pm, We are Called, with speaker Jane Knuth, author of Thrift Store for Saints, and columnist for The Good News. No cost - meals provided. Contact: Carol DiBiaggio, or NORTHERN DEANERY Allegan: May 9, 16, 23, 30: Holy Hour (Adoration and Benediction), Sacred Heart Parish, Allegan, 6:30-7:30. Fr. Harry will be available for confessions. Contact: Sacred Heart Parish, Otsego: May 18: Feeding the Flock 5K Walk/Run, St. Margaret Parish, Otsego, 10 am noon. Sponsored by Otsego-Plainwell Chapter of St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Margaret Church. Entry fee: $20, family fee $50, team minimum of 10 $15. Free t-shirt with registration. Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Contact: Bob Benson or Wayland: May 19: Year of Faith Pilgrimage history of the parishes in each deanery, St. Therese Parish, Wayland, 2 5 pm. Schedule: 2 pm tour of the parish facilities; 3 pm presentation on the local history*; 4 pm Q & A; refreshments; additional tour; 5 pm closing prayer and dismissal. Contact: Fr. Bob Creagan, SOUTHEAST DEANERY Sturgis: May 18: Encuentro Pre-Matrimonial, Holy Angels Parish, Sturgis, 10 am 3 pm. Pre-Marriage Encounter in Spanish for those who will be getting married and for married couples who would like to have a day of reflection. Contact: Veronica Rodriguez, or JUNE CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: June 2, 9: Father Robert Barron s Catholicism Series, Bennett Building, St. Joseph Parish, Kalamazoo, 10:10 in English, Noon in Spanish. Contact: St. Joseph Parish, June 3: Why Faith: Marriage, St. Mary Rectory meeting room, St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo, 6 pm. A new program intended to assist faithful Catholics in learning more about their faith and learning how to be succinct in defending the faith. Contact: Jamin Herold, or June 3, 10, 17, 24: How Do I Forgive? with Fr. Ken Schmidt, Social Hall, St. Thomas More Parish, Kalamazoo, 7-8:30 pm. Based on his research while completing a master s degree in counseling psychology, Fr. Ken Schmidt will present information and take-home exercises that introduce participants to an understanding of what interpersonal forgiveness really is (and is not), and how to do it. Pre-registration is required to ensure that sufficient materials are printed for participants. These sessions Waiting in Joyful Hope will qualify for continuing education requirements for catechist certification in the Diocese of Kalamazoo. Contact: St. Thomas More Parish June 10: Theological Debate Club for Men. Topic: Faith & Works. TGI Fridays, West Main Street, Kalamazoo, 7-9 pm. Meets the 2nd Monday, every other even-numbered months. Contact Jamin Herold, Diocese of Kalamazoo, June 15-16: Marriage Discovery Weekend, Transformations: CSJ Spirituality Center, Kalamazoo. A marriage preparation weekend for engaged couples. Contact: Jane Bodway, Secretariat for Parish Life & Lay Leadership, June 18: Priests Jubilarian Mass, St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, 4 pm. June 29: Priestly Ordination, St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, 10 am. NORTHERN DEANERY Allegan: June 6, 13, 20, 27: Holy Hour (Adoration and Benediction), Sacred Heart Parish, Allegan, 6:30-7:30. Fr. Harry will be available for confessions. Contact: Sacred Heart Parish, JULY CENTRAL DEANERY Kalamazoo: July 2: Why Faith: Confession, St. Mary Rectory meeting room, St. Mary Parish, Kalamazoo, 6 pm. A new program intended to assist faithful Catholics in learning more about their faith and learning how to be succinct in defending the faith. Contact: Jamin Herold, or NORTHERN DEANERY Allegan: July 4, 11, 18, 25: Holy Hour (Adoration and Benediction), Sacred Heart Parish, Allegan, 6:30-7:30. Fr. Harry will be available for confessions. Contact: Sacred Heart Parish, Dorr: July 22-25: Who is the Church? We Are! Vacation Bible School, St. Stanislaus Parish, Dorr. No cost, but asking for pre-registration. Call St. Stanislaus to get registration packet SAVE THE DATES: SEPTEMBER September 8: 50th Wedding Anniversary Mass, St. Augustine Cathedral, Kalamazoo, 2 pm. Relic exhibition to be held at Portage parish St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Portage, will hold a special program and exhibit of sacred relics on Thursday, May 16 beginning at 7 p.m. More than 150 relics will be shown, some believed to be as old as 2,000. Among the treasures will be relics ofst. Maria Goretti, St. Thérèse of Lisieux (the Little Flower ), St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Thomas Aquinas, andst. Faustina Kowalska. In addition, there will also be present a piece of a veil which is believed to have belonged to Our Lady and one of the largest remaining pieces of the True Cross in the world. For more information contact the parish at The Good News 11 The Bishop s Annual Appeal The 2013 Bishop s Annual Appeal is currently underway. Informational materials along with a pledge card were sent to registered parish households in April. This annual appeal supports the ministry of Bishop Paul J. Bradley as well as the programs, services and ministries of the Diocesan Pastoral Center for the diocese. For more information contact: PARISH Blessed Sacrament 45, Holy Angels 49, Holy Family 16, Holy Maternity of Mary 19, Immaculate Conception, Hartford 21, Immaculate Conception, Three Rivers 50, Our Lady of Fatima 9, Our Lady of Great Oak 6, Our Lady of the Lake, Edwardsburg 63, Our Lady Queen of Peace 27, Sacred Heart of Mary 28, Sacred Heart, Bangor 20, Sacred Heart, Watson 6, San Felipe de Jesus 5, SS. Cryil & Methodius 37, St. Agnes 19, St. Ambrose, Delton 13, St. Ambrose, Parchment 55, St. Ann, Augusta 75, St. Ann, Cassopolis 16, St. Anthony 19, St. Augustine Cathedral 112, St. Barbara 8, St. Basil 81, St. Catherine of Siena 253, St. Charles Borromeo 51, St. Clare 10, St. Cyril 7, St. Edwards 17, St. Gabriel 9, St. Jerome 29, St. John / St. Bernard 129, St. John Bosco 54, St. John, Albion 42, St. Joseph, Battle Creek 140, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo 107, St. Joseph, St. Joseph 158, St. Joseph, Watervliet 50, St. Joseph, White Pigeon 17, St. Jude 15, St. Margaret Mary 11, St. Margaret, Otsego 53, St. Mark, Niles 31, St. Martin of Tours 51, St. Mary of the Assumption 20, St. Mary of the Lake 42, St. Mary Visitation 44, St. Mary, Bronson 53, St. Mary, Kalamazoo 37, St. Mary, Marshall 75, St. Mary, Niles 58, St. Mary, Paw Paw 62, St. Monica 150, St. Peter, Douglas 51, St. Philip 120, St. Rose of Lima 47, St. Stanislaus 30, St. Therese 55, St. Thomas More 116, TOTAL 3,018,456.00
12 10 The Good News Wa i t i ng i n J o y f u l H o p e May 2013 Donor gifts NOOK e-readers to students Colin Tichvon, an 8th grade student at St. Augustine Cathedral School, was one of 100 students in the state of Michigan to compete in the 2013 Michigan National Geographic Bee, sponsored by Google and Plum Creek. Colin competed first at the school level competition for fourth through eighth graders and took top honors. He then took a qualifying test. The 2013 Michigan National Geographic Bee was held at the Fetzer Center at Western Michigan University on April 5, Colin only missed one question at the state-level competition and tied for thirteenth place among the pool of top 100 competitors. March was an extra special Reading Month at St. Therese Catholic School in Wayland this year. At the end of February principal Jane Gee received a surprise call from a school alumni. The anonymous benefactor wanted to do something special to promote both reading and technology at his old alma mater. So working with Mrs. Gee, he purchased Nook e-readers for all students in grades three through six. He had them shipped along with Barnes & Noble s gift cards to purchase e-books. Students and staff have been delighted with the surprise. Teachers find new applications for the Nooks every day. One of the most enjoyable has been to download the Bible on each device both for enjoyment and study. Pictured below are students from St. Augustine Cathedral School who help keep babies snuggly by making guilts for Caring Network. Pictured above, right, is St. Therese 6th grader Hannah Damveld with her teacher Mr. Leverette. Hannah recently entered the Detroit Free Press Yak s Corner Favorite Book Character Contest and won fourth place in the sixth grade category. More than 1,900 students participated. Hannah is the daughter of John Paul and Stacy Damveld and Kelly Kammenzind. Youth helping Youth Immaculate Conception School, Three Rivers, recently sponsored Catholic Charities Welcome Home project during the month of March. This project helps collect needed items for youth staying in the Ark apartments. Principal Mariah Mandeville, shown above far left, said, my students were so excited to help youth in need. For more information on how to host a Welcome Home or Playpen Project, please call Jeannine Boehm at that s th h hat s wher where h re greatt doctors d t are easy eassy to ﬁnd ﬁnd ThatsWhere.com A member of Ascension Health