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Walking with Philippians: Reflecting on Paul’s Words in Our Daily Lives

by Kim Long Okay, I admit it, I was never really a big fan of the “apostle Paul.” Chalk it up to that often quoted verse reminding wives to obey their husbands More »

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Evangelists Remind Us of Our Precious Gift of Faith

by Deacon Mike Whitehead Bunny Austin, Gerald Govin, Bobbie Harlan, John Munger, Terry Byrnes, Josephine Pupillo, Norma Lenard, Joycelyn Majeste, James Tuma, Sam DeFatta, Cambize Schardar, Maria Steele, Judy Landry, Maudie Baranowski, More »

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A Call to Diaconate Service

by Deacon Mike Whitehead It’s not too late to respond to a continuing call of service in the Diocese of Shreveport, but the clock is ticking. Bishop Michael Duca is looking for More »

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Flyers Make Hurricane Relief a Personal Mission

by Lisa Cooper Loyola Flyers strive each year to fulfill the charge to be men and women for others.  One of the most significant efforts toward this end is the hurricane relief More »

CCNLA Employee Carl Piehl volunteers in Houston.

Catholic Charities Employees Share Stories of Assisting in Houston

by Lucy Medvec One month after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, over 500 employees and volunteers attended the Catholic Charities USA Annual Gathering in Houston. Even though the area was still More »

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St. Francis Medical Center Hosts Memorial Service for Infants Born Before 20 Weeks

by Bonny Van Emotions were high at a special memorial service for infants born before 20 weeks. Parents and family members gathered at St. Matthew Parish Cemetery in downtown Monroe on Saturday, More »

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Bishop’s November Reflection: “The Shepherd Cannot Run”

by Bishop Michael G. Duca On September 23, I attended the Beatification of Father Stanley Rother. I was deeply moved by Fr. Rother and how this Oklahoma farm boy became the first More »

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Embrace Grace: A Pro-LOVE Movement for Single and Pregnant Women

by Kelly Phelan Powell Amy Ford grew up in a happy, loving, church-going, Christian home. She knew abortion was wrong; she had even prayed with other believers outside abortion clinics. But when More »

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Embrace Grace & Mary’s House: Sylvia’s Story

by L’Anne Sciba hen I first met Sylvia* she came to Mary’s House for a free pregnancy test. She’d already been to the abortion clinic and received the abortion pill. Now two More »

Youth Volleyball

The date was picked months ago… the nets were set. The anticipation for the day was tremendous. Would there be rain? Early morning October 6 I went outside to check the ground. No moisture, “this is going to be a good day,” I thought to myself. The weather was downright cold, the first cold snap of the season, but that wouldn’t stop the teams from coming. The Diocese was having a volleyball tournament, to the victor belong the spoils! At registration I saw the teams assembling. Roll call:

Christ the King Church: Cristo Rey and Angeles Latinos
St. Paschal Church: SPY 1 and SPY 2
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church: Beast Mode
Mary, Queen of Peace Church: The Blue Army
St. Ann Church: The Pew Warmers

We commenced with prayer. The music began to play and the whistles were blown. There was a great amount of excitement and energy all over the place, only briefly stopping for a quick meal. The teams battled themselves into a fury with only two teams left at the end of the day: Angeles Latinos and Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Best of five and the action commenced. Our Lady of Perpetual Help jumped out ahead in game one. Angeles Latinos battled back in the second game with an early lead, but soon lost. Game three went to Our Lady. With great joy the parish in Farmerville took the day!

The teenagers were uplifting and pleasant. It was the kind of day I’ll probably remember when I’m old and gray. I would like to thank each and every team for coming out on a cold Saturday to enjoy great fellowship. Without the support of their priests and leaders, none of this would be possible. A special nod goes to our host, Mary, Queen of Peace Church whose members helped implement this event, and to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for providing shirts for the winner and an extra volleyball net, and to Fr. Ampatt and to the Knights of Columbus No. 4873 Bossier Council for providing the food, and last but never least, to the youth leaders who organized their teams. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

by John Vining, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Catholic Charities

Miracles in Medicine, Evening in Rome events help integrate Catholic Charities into community

Catholic Charities of Shreveport enjoyed hosting two great events in September! The first was our Miracles and Medicine reception for the local medical community to introduce Catholic Charities and learn how we can work together for the good of our communities.

The evening began with comments from Bishop Michael Duca, Dr. John Valiulis, Fr. Charles Glorioso and Executive Director Jean Dresley who all shared the Catholic Charities story, after which, all enjoyed a great evening of food and fellowship. Our desire was to learn from and collaborate with doctors to find the best ways the local medical community and Catholic Charities can impact those whose lifestyles lead to unhealthy behaviors that affect overall health and wellness. We want to offer those in need the knowledge and assistance to dramatically change those long standing habits and ideas that keep them in poor health.

We ended the month with a memorable “Evening in Rome with Bishop Duca,” and what a great evening it was! Held at Ristorante Giuseppe, the crowd enjoyed visiting with each other before Bishop Duca gave his blessing and the delicious meal began. Setting off the evening and transporting us to Rome were the beautiful renderings by the Shreveport Opera Xpress singers. Arranged for by Board of Directors member Joe Kane, they strolled among the tables throughout the evening. The combination of the beautiful ambience, incredible food, great entertainment and convivial crowd made for an event that many were already requesting we repeat next year.

While both events were great opportunities to share ideas and enjoy the company of like-minded, caring people, the most important result was that our programs gained great financial support and, we are happy to say, Catholic Charities of Shreveport has been fortunate to make many new friends. That is always our goal and focus and through these two enjoyable events we did just that!  We are looking forward to renewing these events in 2013 and the great positive results we enjoyed. Thank you to all who attended these two special events.

by Theresa Mormino, Catholic Charities of Shreveport

Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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America’s Native Americans Now Have a Saint to Call Their Own

by John Mark Willcox

ltar offerings of beans, corn and squash, with pitched chants joining the sound of beating drums blending with the aroma of burning sage, “hair of mother earth,” are familiar rituals for the Native American Catholics who live within our diocese. Now, these American Indian Tribes among our faithful, who trace their Catholic ancestry back for hundreds of years, finally have a Patron of their own after Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome on Sunday, October 21, 2012.

Like so many parables of the faith, the decision to welcome Kateri into sainthood helps bring the story of the Native American’s relationship to the Church full circle. Born in 1656, on the Southern bank of the Mohawk River, in what is now Auriesville, New York, Kateri entered this world a mere decade after four French Jesuits destined for sainthood were tortured and martyred by her tribe as the Church began to evangelize the new world. Kateri lost her Algonquin Christian mother and her warrior Mohawk father to smallpox prior to her fifth birthday, barely surviving the same epidemic herself but not without severe facial scarring and near blindness which earned her the Tekakwitha moniker “she who bumps into things.”

As a teenager Kateri befriended the Catholic missionaries traveling the St. Lawrence River area and she entered the Church despite protests from her clan. After her baptism, Kateri fled to Canada and lived a simple life of service to the sick and devotion through prayer before her death in 1680 at the age of 24. Led by the Jesuits, the Catholics of this new region of exploration saw almost immediate miraculous signs, as prayers for Kateri’s assistance were followed by unexplained healings and the miraculous legend of the “Lily of the Mohawks” begin to grow in influence and devotion.

Now, over 300 years later, a fourth saint has emerged from the Mohawk Valley’s sometimes violent history and this particular servant of the Lord stands not for martyrdom, but for peace, understanding and a desire to participate in the symbolic dance of friendship among Catholic Christians. This canonization begins a refreshing chapter to the turbulent history of Church relations with our brothers and sisters who represent the original inhabitants of the Americas.

Within our Diocese of Shreveport, the largest concentration of Native American Catholics occurs in our Southern Deanery within the civil parishes of Red River, Desoto and Sabine.  Most, but not all of our regional tribes include Caddo, Coushatta, Adais/Brushwood, Cherokee, Choctaw/Apache, Tunica and Creeks.

Within Sabine Parish along the southern border of our diocese, the Choctaw/Apache tribe has been active for decades, maintaining a tribal office near Zwolle and holding periodic gatherings and powwows. Members of this fascinating tribe are descended from the mission Indians of Texas, Apache slaves who were sold at auction in French and Spanish colonial era Natchitoches, and the hunting Choctaw tribe which migrated to the area in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s.

Current Choctaw/Apache Chief John W. Procell is grateful to finally count a Native American among the family of saints within the Church.
“There are many people within the Indian Nations who have worked so hard to see Blessed Kateri named as a saint. While I believe it should have happened earlier, this is such a welcome thing for our tribe and for Native Americans everywhere and I pray this will bring much needed attention to our tribal communities in this nation. As Chief, I visit many regional tribal gatherings and dances, and everyone I speak with in the Native American community is so very excited about Kateri’s sainthood. We have between three and four thousand people on our rolls, and the majority of those members are Catholic, so this is a really big deal to all of us and we truly feel that things will never be quite the same for us in a good way.”

Before we parted ways with Chief Procell, he presented me with a gift of sacred tobacco and the feather of a Blue Heron in thanksgiving for the Catholic Connection showing interest in the Native American Catholic community.

St. John the Baptist parishioner Yvonne Busby served as tribal secretary for many years and remembers researching catechetical material and discovering the story of Kateri Tekawitha.

“I had never heard of her until that moment,” comments Mrs. Busby.  “I found her story to be such a perfect fit with our Native American culture where I grew up as a Sepulvado within St. Ann Church in Ebarb. After that discovery, we all really took Kateri to heart both within my own family and our entire congregation.  When John Paul II beatified her in 1980, I thought that the Church was getting serious about her cause and that we might actually see her finally named a saint, and now it has actually happened!”

Below the Southern civil parishes of our diocese, within our mother Diocese of Alexandria, nine various Native American tribes can be found and Bishop Ronald Herzog has announced that the Alexandria Diocese will host the National Conference of Native Peoples and Personnel in 2015.

“I serve on the Bishop’s Sub Committee for Native American Catholics,” commented Bishop Herzog, and I thought bringing this conference to central Louisiana would be a great way to celebrate Saint Kateri and the various tribes of Catholic Native Americans in this entire area.”
Despite the climatic event of Kateri’s canonization last month in Rome, area Catholics will have plenty to celebrate in the coming months as Native Americans will descend on central Louisiana in less than two years to gather, dance, pray and celebrate all the wonderful things that our Indian sisters and brothers bring to our united faith community from the four winds and the four sacred corners of mother earth.

Eucharist: Sacrament of Thanksgiving

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by Marie Rinaudo

Recently I came across an announcement for a seminar that listed several churches in the community, each identified by a key practice or doctrine. I was impressed that the Eucharist was listed as the distinguishing mark of Roman Catholicism. At the same time, however, I considered the challenges that this profound sacrament presents.  How to understand the Mystery?  How to share this understanding with others?  During the next 12 months, the Church is offering us a way to tackle the tough questions. This Year of Faith invites us to study our teachings, to share our beliefs, and “to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist” (USCCB).

As Catholics we have a wealth of information on the Eucharist; theologians, scholars, and doctors of the church guide us in grasping the Mystery of the Eucharist. The explanations given in The Catechism and in the Vatican II document on the Sacred Liturgy thoroughly present the complexity of the sacrament: a sacrifice, a communal meal, a memorial, and an act of thanksgiving.  While the Catechism addresses all of the terms, it gives distinction to the sacrament as a liturgy of thanksgiving: “The Eucharist is a sacrifice of thanksgiving to the Father, a blessing by which the Church expresses her gratitude to God for his benefits, for all that he has accomplished through creation, redemption, and sanctification.  Eucharist means first of all ‘thanksgiving’ ” (CCC, 1360).

In other writings, we also learn that the liturgy as thanksgiving may have its roots in ancient history. It has been suggested that the Jewish todah, a sacrificial meal in which the Israelites voiced their gratitude to God for his many blessings, may be “the ‘liturgical’ ancestor of the Mass” (Hahn, 32). A later work, The Didache, which contains the teachings of the apostles, has been described as providing  prayers of gratitude “that led up to the Eucharist.” (Loret, 31).

While these reminders that the Eucharist is a prayer of thanksgiving for a freely given gift are enlightening, perhaps nowhere are we better able to appreciate this sacred mystery than in the liturgy itself. As we follow the words and actions of the Eucharistic prayer, we go beyond philosophy and history, and through our active participation, experience an encounter with Jesus that is deep and intimate.  Beginning with the dialogue that introduces the Eucharistic prayer, we approach the celebration in a spirit of praise and gratitude:

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord.
It is right and just.

Following the dialogue is the consecration, “the heart and summit of the celebration” (CCC, 1352).  As we offer the gifts, we recognize the “superabundance of this unique bread” (CCC, 1335) and are compelled to give thanks to God for sending His Son to pay for our redemption and for giving us the gifts of creation that make bread and wine possible:  seeds, earth, water, and light. As the priest makes the offering,  we recall events in Jesus’s ministry when he provided for those in need:  the feeding of the multitudes with the loaves and the provision of the wine at Cana (CCC,1335).  As it was right and just to give thanks then, so it still is today.

We then pray for the Holy Spirit to unify all those present as well as those who have died, our friends and family, the saints and the martyrs.  Transformed by the sacrament, we are able to see Christ in each other. We who have offered the sacrifice now receive it. Contemporary theologians have focused on this act of giving and receiving. Kevin Irwin, in Models of the Eucharist, contends that the act of taking the Eucharist is always an act of giving and receiving (192). Robert Barron in Eucharist affirms that “The Mass is the richest possible expression of the loop of grace, God’s life possessed in the measure that it is given away. . . .(56).  Coming forward to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, we assume a posture of Thanksgiving.  St. Cyril of Jerusalem, writing in the fourth century,  gave instructions for our approach:  “Make your hand a throne for Christ as though you were receiving a king.  Having hollowed your palm, receiving the Body of Christ, say over it, ‘Amen.’” In  one word, we pronounce our gratitude and assent to this profound act.

It is appropriate during this time of national thanksgiving that we reflect on the spirituality of gratitude. The Mass for Thanksgiving Day gives us the occasion to fully express gratefulness to our Father for our many blessings. In the Collect, we prepare for the sacred liturgy: Father, all-powerful. . . As we come before you on Thanksgiving Day with gratitude for your kindness, open our hearts to have concern for every man, woman and child.

In the Prayer over the offerings, we say together: God our Father, from whose hand we have received generous gifts So that we might learn to share your blessings in gratitude, Accept these gifts of bread and wine.

In the Communion prayers the sense of gratitude is intense: I thank you Lord with all my heart, For you have heard the words of my mouth. OR How can I repay the Lord for all His goodness to me? The chalice of salvation I will raise and I will call on the name of the Lord.

The theme of thanksgiving thus continues throughout the Eucharistic prayer.  By taking an active role in the Mass, we may arrive at a mature gratitude for Christ’s selfless act of love.

Sources:  Barron, Robert.  Eucharist.  New York:  Orbis Books,  2008; Catechism of the Catholic Church; Hahn, Scott. The Lamb’s Supper.  New York:  Doubleday, 1999; Irwin, Kevin, W. Models of the Eucharist.  New York:  Paulist Press,  2005; Loret, Pierre, C.SS.R.  The Story of the Mass: From the Last Supper to the Present Day.  Eugene, Oregon:  Wipf and Stock Publishers , 2002.

The Very First Cause for Celebration and Thanksgiving

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Remembering Passover, Manna and the Holy Eucharist

by Katie Sciba

Praise the Lord that Fall has officially arrived. The calendar can say all it wants about when it begins, but the tell-tale signs around here are pumpkin spice creamer and keeping the space heater blowing in 70 degree weather. I’m four years into southern living and despite the geographical gap between here and Omaha, the one sign of Fall I can always count on is Thanksgiving. Wonderful Thanksgiving with its smorgasbord of turkey, sweet potatoes, and…macaroni and cheese? The food is plentiful along with family members and most importantly, the spirit of gratitude for God’s blessings.

What occurred to me recently, though not the first time, is the annual celebration of Thanksgiving involves more than just present-day festivities; it’s a hearkening back to the very first cause for celebration – a good harvest and friendship between the colonists and Native Americans. President George Washington declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, calling it “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many…favors of Almighty God.” It’s on every Thanksgiving that we’re to recall these events and participate in them.

Similarly, but on a much more sacred scale, attending Mass is not only a present-day celebration of the Last Supper, Passion, and Death of Christ from 2,000 years ago; rather all Eucharistic celebrations (which are held within Mass) bring us back sacramentally to the events themselves. The term Eucharist means “thanksgiving,” and it was instituted on the night of the Last Supper when Christ celebrated Passover with his disciples. The traditional Passover meal is also a celebration of thanksgiving when the Israelites were freed from hundreds of years of slavery in Egypt. The parallels between ancient Passover meals and Christ’s Last Supper and Death signify a “new Exodus” according to Dr. Brant Pitre. It was in ancient Egypt that the Israelites celebrated freedom from an oppressor and though we are certainly not slaves in the sense that they were, Christ’s Passion and Death liberate us from the spiritual oppression of Satan. God freed the Israelites from Egypt sending them to the Promised Land. Knowing the way would be hard, He provided food for the journey by showering bread (manna) from Heaven, which the Israelites gathered and consumed. God’s provision is not limited to ancient times but is much more abundant now; instead of showering manna, He offers the Bread of Life in Mass. This is certainly a gift, but it’s not enough for a gift to be given – it has to be received in order to fully participate in it; just like on Thanksgiving, it’s not enough for the food to be cooked and prepped, you have to eat and enjoy to relish in the holiday!

It’s important to think of the Holy Eucharist in this way during the month of Thanksgiving as well as the Year of Faith. Attending Mass and receiving Holy Communion are vital to our souls because life on earth isn’t easy and we need spiritual nourishment for the way. Receiving and cherishing a gift are the highest gestures of gratitude a person can offer. Considering God’s gift of the Holy Eucharist, let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. It is right and just.

Katie Sciba is the author of thecatholicwife.net. She lives in Shreveport with her husband, Andrew, and two sons, Liam and Thomas.

Photo: (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

Documents of Vatican II: Gaudium et Spes

The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World

by Mike Van Vranken

As Pope John XXIII announced his decision to convene the Second Vatican Council, he used phrases such as: “quest for unity,” “fostering the good of souls” and “the spiritual needs of the present day.” It was indeed his desire, as well as the vision of his successor, Pope Paul VI, to bring the Church into the modern world as an evangelizer and relevant servant for all mankind.  In this short article, we will discuss one of the Council’s 16 major documents: The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, and specifically underline our role as evangelizers and servants in today’s society.

Gaudium et Spes, literally: The Joy and Hope, as this document is affectionately called, attempts to discover the many signs of our times and point all of us towards building a solidarity between the Church and the entire human family.  But very simply, when the Council talked about the “Church in the Modern World,” it was referring to you and me and how we bring Jesus into the world around us. We are the Church. We are guided by a human leadership we call the Magisterium. But, make no mistake, this document outlines our Christian, Catholic responsibilities to bring Jesus into our present environment.

While the document is lengthy, it attempts to touch on the totality of humanity, our relationship with God and each other, and the Church’s desire to foster a dialogue that requires us to daily respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  In it, we find discussions around the human vocation, humanity as a community, humanity’s history of trying to succeed on its own more than with God, how the Church affects the human role within society, urgent problems that are evident by the signs of the current times, cultural differences that will stifle and paralyze our work when we try it alone, world economics, politics, war and peace.  And yet, throughout the entire treatise, the authors paint a picture of warmth, of joy and hope as they specifically address the role of individual Christians and of the local churches.

Some have questioned how a group of theologians can adequately approach topics such as economics, politics and the current moral issues of a complex society. But, in my opinion, that is exactly what makes Gaudium et Spes so wonderful. These students of God brought a servant Church into the humble position of requesting a dialogue with the world; but that dialogue is to be accomplished by a community of lay Christians working together, in their own place on the planet with the universal Church. In short, those theologians warmly focused our attention on the needs of our current society and encouraged us to bring Christ-like solutions to a complex and diverse myriad of issues. To be sure, the message is nothing more than a reminder of our mission commissioned by Jesus himself – “Go, make disciples of all nations . . .” Matthew 28:19

I encourage each of us to spend every day in the month of November studying the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.  A real understanding of its message will change your life.

www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, M.S.C.

Missionary and founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Frances Xavier Cabrini was born into a family of 13 children. Due to health reasons, her first request to join a religious community was refused, but she was finally able to take her vows in 1877. Soon after being named prioress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, she was urged by Pope Leo XIII to become a missionary in the United States. However, the house that had been promised to her for an orphanage was unavailable when she reached New York City, and the archbishop advised her to return to Italy. Frances departed from the archbishop’s residence all the more determined to stay and establish that orphanage. And she did. In 35 years, Frances Xavier Cabrini founded six institutions for the poor, the abandoned, the uneducated and the sick, and organized schools and adult education classes for formation in the Catholic Faith. She died of malaria in her own Columbus Hospital in Chicago in 1917. She was the first United States citizen to be canonized, and she is known as the patron saint of immigrants.

by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Soul Food for All Souls

As I sit in my office typing this article, the sky is gray and the air autumnally cool. There are leaves turning gold, red, and falling to the ground. This is one of my favorite times of the year and just the feel of the day alone takes me back to Ash Street where I grew up.
On a day like this my mother would play stacks of records, all spoken word recordings and the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas warned us with his husky BBC tones to “not go gentle into that good night.” As Dylan intoned my mother baked gingerbread, knowing, I am certain, that little else reminds us that life is for the living than hunger. We were comforted with warm cake and it seemed as if nothing could ever touch us except love.

As an adult I realize the genius of alleviating sorrow with food, with something warm and fragrant to sustain our bodies and comfort our souls.

Catholicism has the tradition of All Souls Day, which falls on November 2, and is traditionally a day to remember all the faithful departed with prayer, family and food. Soul cakes and other breads reserved for this day are an ancient tradition, and “souling” customs vary from country to country.

There is even an old song about soul cakes, “a soul, a soul, a soul cake, please good missus a soul cake, one for Peter, two for Paul, three for Him who made us all.”

I have been making soul cakes for our parish for the better part of 11 years. Each November we celebrate a Mass of Remembrance with a small reception afterward. Everyone leaves with a soul cake, a little something just sweet enough to temper the bitterness of loss. Any soul breads can be made at home and show up at dessert time. Light a candle, offer a prayer and serve up some soul food!

For soul cakes you can use a box of hot roll mix and add a little allspice and sugar to the dough if you are pressed for time.

However if you want to bake the “real deal” here is a recipe from Shropshire that is really good and well worth the effort.

Supporting Lay Leadership

by John Mark Willcox

Appeal funding supports programs like the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Since its inception, your Annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal has provided thousands of people throughout our diocese with high quality programs designed to prepare this local Church for a challenging future. It is comforting to know our Appeal continues to look forward to providing best practice techniques to those ministering in the fields of minority outreach, catechesis, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, parish business management, marriage preparation and pastoral care. All of these ministries depend on our diocese as an important source of funding, education and training. Additionally, laity who provide their personal stewardship through service in leadership positions as members of parish finance and pastoral councils benefit from a variety of offerings designed to enhance their gift of time and talent for the good of the Church.

Preparing and educating those among the faithful who give of themselves to minister within our diocese is just one more way your Appeal provides for the people of our region.  Mark your calendar now for next year’s Appeal Sunday which will take place on February 10, 2013.  Make your plans now to participate with a yearly pledge to this worthy cause.

John Mark Willcox is the Director of Stewardship & Development. To give to the annual Diocesan Stewardship Appeal that supports ministries like these, visit www.dioshpt.org/stewardship/stewardship.html.

Second Collections: Catholic Campaign for Human Development

by Fr. Rothell Price

Collection Dates: November 10 & 11
Announcement Dates: October 28 & November 4

The door to the “Year of Faith” has swung open! Our Holy Father Benedict XVI and his brother bishops opened these 14 months of renewing our faith on October 11. Through union with Jesus in prayer, study of the Bible and teachings of the Lord and His Church, renewed participation in the Sacraments and publicly witnessing to our faith in Jesus Christ, this year will prove powerfully beneficial to each Christian person and the world.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development provides us with a profound opportunity to connect more intentionally with the Lord Jesus, advance his mission to show forth the Father, join our generosity and sacrifice to his, and give joyful witness to our love for him in the least of his brothers and sisters. Recall the saying, “If you want to feed a person for a day, give them a fish. If you want to feed that person for life, teach them to fish.”  The mission, nature and purpose of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is to develop each person so they will be equipped to provide their own necessities for life and contribute to the overall health of our society.

“For over 40 years, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has funded organizations that work to end poverty and defend human dignity in neighborhoods throughout the United States. With your generous support to the CCHD Collection, we are able to use your gifts of treasure for efforts that help end poverty.” (USCCB)  Fight poverty in America and defend human dignity by supporting this work of the bishops in their mandate to present Jesus Christ to our fellow Americans in those endeavors that go beyond the short term to the joy of ending it.

“For over 43.6 million Americans, there is a thin line: between eviction and home, between hunger and health, between unemployment and work, between anxiety and stability.  This line is the Poverty Line. For a family of four, that line is $21,834 a year. The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by funding community programs that encourage independence. You are essential to its success.  Your generous donation will give those in poverty the support they need to make lasting changes” (USCCB).  Jesus Christ forever changed and redeemed a wounded world; so can you. Our diocese receives large grants from this campaign. I ask for your generous participation in the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General, is the Director of Special Collections.