Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Parish Picnic will be Sunday, August 19th from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Southgate Community Center. Please mark your calendars and plan on spending a fun filled day with your fellow parishioners.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
The mandate does not exempt Catholic charities, schools, universities, or hospitals. These institutions are vital to the mission of the Church, but the Administration does not deem them “religious employers” deserving conscience protection because they do not “serve primarily persons who share the[ir] religious tenets.” The Administration denies these organizations religious freedom precisely because their religiously motivated purpose is to serve the common good of society—a purpose that government should encourage, not punish.See the full list HERE.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
You know, there’s a reason why "spirituality" is so popular in the United States today and religion is so criticized. Private spirituality can be quite satisfying. But it can also become a designer experience. In fact, the word spirituality can mean just about anything a person wants it to mean. It’s private, it’s personal, and, ultimately, it doesn’t place any more demands on the individual than what he or she wants.
Religion is a very different creature. The word religion comes from the Latin word religare—to bind. Religious believers bind themselves to a set of beliefs. They submit themselves to a community of faith with shared convictions and hopes. A community of believers has a common history. It also has a shared purpose and future that are much bigger than any political authority. And that has implications. Individuals pose no threat to any state. They can be lied to, bullied, arrested, or killed. But communities of faith do pose a threat. Religious witness does have power, and communities of faith are much harder to silence or kill.
Monday, January 31, 2011
In some ways, Mikael Håfström's new film reminds me less of recent exorcism films than of the sort of movie that Terence Fisher made for Hammer Films in the late 1950s and 1960s, movies like The Devil Rides Out and the 1958 Dracula. If Father Lucas, an unconventional veteran exorcist working in Rome, had been played by Hammer icon Christopher Lee instead of Anthony Hopkins, he would have been right at home.
via DecentFilms.com. Read the rest of the review here.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Them
1. They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity.
2. They’re present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading these words with you.
3. They’re not cute, cuddly, comfortable, chummy, or “cool”. They are fearsome and formidable. They are huge. They are warriors.
4. They are the real “extra-terrestrials”, the real “Super-men”, the ultimate aliens. Their powers are far beyond those of all fictional creatures.
5. They are more brilliant minds than Einstein.
6. They can literally move the heavens and the earth if God permits them.
See the rest of the list and some Q&A by clicking HERE.
Monday, September 7, 2009
"I strongly reiterate what was so frequently affirmed by my venerable Predecessors: the Church works not to extend her power or assert her dominion, but to lead all people to Christ, the salvation of the world."
Remember that we are all called to evangelize the world around us. This is not something that's to be left solely in the hands of clergy and theologians. 1 Peter 3:15 tells us to always be ready to give a reason for our hope. Are you?
An excellent way to grow in your faith is to become an RCIA sponsor. A couple of hours once a week will turn out to enrich your life more than the person you came to support!! (Ask anyone who's done it.)
We give more time than that to hobbies, working out, or sports - will you do the same to offer spiritual support to someone embracing the Catholic faith? Call the rectory if you'd like to sign up!
What You Do Is What You’ll Get
If you want to help your children do well in life, there are a few things you can do. A high proportion of high achievers have two things in common: lots of books in their house and an emphasis on reading, and a family tradition of regularly eating dinner together.
Filling a house with books surrounds children with endless and varied opportunities and challenges to explore and learn. Books provide knowledge and seeds of wisdom about morality and character.
Eating dinner together assures that parents have an opportunity to participate in their kids’ day-to-day lives and help shape the way they think and react. Coordinating schedules so everyone eats together requires an effort to elevate family time above other things and instills in children a sense of belonging.
But we can do more than promoting reading and family discussions to offset the bad influences to which our kids are exposed. Everything we do to or in front of our children matters; what we allow, what we encourage, and what we do ourselves teaches our children how to live and conveys powerful messages about values.
So be sensitive with what you say and how you say it, what you read and what you watch on TV. And be careful with how you handle relationships and deal with emotions like disappointment, anger, and frustration. Because what you do is what you’ll get.
~~Dot O'Leary, Principal
Sunday, September 6, 2009
We are in need of desserts; anyone interested in making a dessert may drop it off after 3:00 in the cafeteria on the day of the dinner. Look for the Dinner Planner Flyer in the bulletin within the next couple of weeks.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Throughout the year there will be various opportunities to pray for and with priests that we shall revitalize our priesthood, as well as recover the essential elements in the life and spiritual formation of all priests. Fortunately, the diocesan convocation of priests for this year is scheduled to be as a retreat that will be conducted at the Benedictine Abbey in St. Meinrad, Indiana. This will take place from Monday, September 21, 2009 through Thursday, September, 24, 2009. During that time, it will be important for everyone to pray for the priests of our diocese that they will grow spiritually and fraternally during a time of dedicated prayer and meditation. Please keep these dates in mind and pray for all those priests who serve
in our diocese.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
For many members of the Notre Dame Class of 2009, the uproar surrounding the university’s decision to honor Barack Obama with this year’s commencement address, and to bestow on him a doctorate of laws, has provoked strong feelings about what the ensuing conflict will mean for their graduation.
I know how they feel. Ten years ago, my heart was filled with similar conflicts as we came closer to the day of my own Notre Dame commencement and my commissioning as an officer in the United States Army.
You see, I was three months pregnant.
That March, I had gone—alone—to a local woman’s clinic to take a test. The results were positive, and I was so numb I almost didn’t grasp what the nurse was getting at when she assured me I had “other options.” What did “other options” mean? And what kind of world is it that defines compassion as telling a young woman who has just learned she is carrying life inside her that she has the option to destroy it?
My boyfriend was a different story. He was also a Notre Dame senior. When I told him that he was to be a father, he tried to pressure me into having an abortion. Like so many women in similar circumstances, I found out the kind of man the father of my child was at precisely the moment I needed him most. “All that talk about abortion is just dining-room talk,” he said. “When it’s really you in the situation, it’s different. I will drive you to Chicago and pay for a good doctor.”
I tried telling him this was not an option. He said he was pro-choice. I responded by informing him that my choice was life. And I learned, as so many pregnant women have before and since, that life is the one choice that pro-choicers won’t support.
Read the rest of the story to find out what gave her the strength to do what's right and choose life.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Like many of you, we received the news last Friday that President Barack Obama will deliver the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame this May.
In addition to delivering the address, the President will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. In short, one of our nation’s premier Catholic institutions will honor the President, and hold out him as an example to its students as someone worthy of emulation!
Given President Obama’s utterly shameful record on life, how could a Catholic university honor him?
The University could have politely and quietly told the White House that their standing invitation to the President of the United States was not available this year. Better yet, they could have said=2 0that while they would welcome his contributions to the public debate over how to solve our economic crisis, his regrettable policies in favor of a culture of death make it impossible for them to welcome him.
Notre Dame has regrettably hosted pro-abortion speakers in the past, but President Obama is a champion of the abortion cause.
Sadly, it is now indisputable that our President has become the world’s leading promoter of abortion, embryo-killing cloning and research, taxpayer-funded abortion, and a vigorous opponent of conscience protections for medical professionals. His campaign promises to find ‘common ground’ have sadly been ignored, or perhaps were simply lies. And this Administration has only just begun.
Is there anything a president could do that would disqualify him or her from delivering such a prestigious address?
If there is such a threshold, Barack Obama has not disqualified himself with Notre Dame officials.
And so we must act.
We have spoken with professors, students, and leaders at Notre Dame over the past 48 hours and have concluded that a massive protest will be practically difficult, and even counterproductive. The University has a right as a private school to prevent all protestors from entering campus, and could legally arrest those who violate this rule. Secondly, a protest could create exactly the wrong impression.
Therefore, we are recommending four courses of action.
1) CatholicVote.org has partnered with the Cardinal Newman Society, a dynamic organization dedicated to the renewal of Catholic higher education in establishing www.NotreDameScandal.com. Together our aim is to collect thousands of signatures and present them to University officials. Sign the petition now.
2) Contact Notre Dame and charitably express your outrage. CatholicVote.org is large enough to have a major impact, and we urge you to contact Notre Dame President Father Jenkins at (574) 631-5000.
3) Join your fellow CatholicVote.org members in a prayer of reparation on May 17 from 2-4 PM. We encourage you to organize local groups to pray for mercy for the decision by Notre Dame, but also for our nation for continuing to permit the tragedy of abortion.
***If you live in the Midwest, or near Notre Dame University, we invite you to personally join us in prayer at the Grotto on the campus of Notre Dame from 2-4 PM on May 17, where we will be joined by several Notre Dame professors, alumni, and current students. The gathering will be a peaceful and prayerful.
4) Please forward this message to your family and friends. Let them know about Notre Dame's decision to honor the most pro-abortion President in American history. We must not remain silent over this scandal!
Thursday, March 5, 2009
The family Rosary has helped countless families throughout the centuries. It has helped them grow in holiness, charity, and unity. By following the Blessed Mother on the path to her Son, families have raised up great saints who have changed the world. And, this still happens today.
Click HERE for help praying the Rosary.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
“Our faith must produce trust in the Lord … a trust (that) calls us to surrender to the Lord’s will. These (candidates) have answered by surrendering their lives to the Lord,” Bishop Foys said. “We thank God. We thank them for answering the call. We thank their families for their sacrifice. We ask the Lord to bless them and sustain their vocation.”Amen to that! Let's all keep Bill and his family in our prayers. The full article with picture can be found in The Messenger HERE.
Monday, March 2, 2009
When we think of it, though, isn't surrendering a part of life? Children surrender to their parents, realizing eventually that their parents love them and it is for this reason that parents permit or do not permit them to do certain things or engage in certain behaviors. Married couples surrender their wills to each other realizing that that very surrender is a tangible sign of their love for each other and that they give up their individual lives for their life together as one. Consecrated women and men religious surrender their own individual wills by their vow of obedience to their superior. Priests surrender their own wills by making a promise of respect and obedience to their bishop. All of these surrenders are made because of love.[Emphasis added.]
The full article is fairly short and well worth the time.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
- Archbishop Timothy Dolan - newly named Archbishop of New York
Over the years, modifications have been made to the Lenten observances, making our practices not only simple but also easy. Ash Wednesday still marks the beginning of Lent, which lasts for 40 days, not including Sundays. The present fasting and abstinence laws are very simple: On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, the faithful fast (having only one full meal a day and smaller snacks to keep up one’s strength) and abstain from meat; on the other Fridays of Lent, the faithful abstain from meat. People are still encouraged "to give up something" for Lent as a sacrifice. (An interesting note is that technically on Sundays and solemnities like St. Joseph's Day (March 19) and the Annunciation (March 25), one is exempt and can partake of whatever has been offered up for Lent.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Please consider attending or encourage the men in your family to join the St. Therese delegation. The day is filled with inspirational speeches, praise music, reflection time and an opportunity to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation and the Eucharist in the context of a special Mass
with our regional bishops. The young men in attendance will have a unique break out session just to hear guest speaker St. X Football Coach Specht at half price of $20 a ticket. Contact Ron
for more information at 431-2890 or rbertsch-at-fuse-dot-net.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
There are only two fast days for those 21-59 years old – Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. That means one full meal and nothing between your regular meal times unless excused because of health. Every Friday is a day of abstinence from meat for those 14 and older.
Ash Wednesday and the next six Wednesdays there will be Mass at 7:00 p.m. As usual on Friday, Exposition after the last Mass, Rosary and Benediction at 5:00 p.m., Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
May every family and Christian community use well this time of Lent, therefore, in order to cast aside all that distracts the spirit and grow in whatever nourishes the soul, moving it to love of God and neighbor. I am thinking especially of a greater commitment to prayer, lectio divina, recourse to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and active participation in the Eucharist, especially the Holy Sunday Mass. With this interior disposition, let us enter the penitential spirit of Lent.
You can read the entire message HERE.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Dubbed by Time Magazine as “America's king of sex and violence,” Joe Eszterhas was once Hollywood's highest-paid screenwriter known for erotic sizzlers like “Basic Instinct” and “Showgirls.” His films grossed over one billion dollars, financed homes in Malibu and Maui, and an outrageous lifestyle. But in 2001, feeling desolate and lost following surgery to remove 80 percent of his cancerous larynx, Eszterhas experienced a spiritual transformation, which he later described in his memoir “Crossbearer” as being “God-struck.”
Since 1953, members of Congress have hosted the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., which brings together political, social and business leaders from around the nation and the world. And, in keeping with the tradition of this annual event, President Barack Obama will address this year's gathering. Throughout his 2008 campaign, election and inaugural activities, President Obama has acknowledged the importance of religion in his life. Already his Administration is in the process of staffing the newly renamed White House Council of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, beginning with the selection of Joshua DuBois as its head. Kim Lawton joins Bob Abernethy for a studio discussion focusing on the President's speech at the National Prayer Breakfast and what's ahead for his Administration's new Faith-Based Council.