VOL. 24, NO. 10 OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DIOCESE OF VICTORIA IN TEXAS February 2011
In This Issue . . .
In This Issue . . .
Roman Missal column
Mass A woman in St. Peter’s Square holds photos with the words, “Blessed Pope John
Paul II,” written in Italian as Pope Benedict XVI leads the Angelus prayer at the
changes, Vatican Jan. 16. The words and photos celebrate the Vatican’s Jan. 14 announce-
p. 3 ment that Pope John Paul II will be beatified May 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
May 1 beatification set for Pope
Pope John Paul II John Paul II after miracle approved
named patron of WYD, YOUNG “PRO-LIFERS” SPEAK By John Thavis miracle, including medical and theological
p. 5 WITH THE BISHOP—At the Candle- Catholic News Service experts, before Pope Benedict signed the
light March for Life in Victoria on VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Bene- official decree.
January 27, Bishop David E. Fellhauer dict XVI approved a miracle attributed to “There were no concessions given here
Exciting catechetical speaks with some of the youngest pro- Pope John Paul II’s intercession, clearing in procedural severity and thoroughness,”
events, p. 6 lifers in the diocese. Before the march the way for the late pope’s beatification on said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the
began, five-year-old Gianna Pilking- May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday. Congregation for Saints’ Causes. On the
ton introduced Bishop Fellhauer to Pope Benedict’s action Jan. 14 followed contrary, he said, Pope John Paul’s cause
Catholic Daughters of her doll, Melody. Mariah Coffey (5) more than five years of investigation into was subject to “particularly careful scrutiny,
the Americas complete and brother, Jimmy (3), children of
David and Annie Coffey, admire the
the life and writings of the Polish pontiff, to remove any doubt.”
who died in April 2005 after more than 26 The Vatican said it would begin look-
Habitat Home in record doll with the bishop. The Coffey’s years as pope. ing at logistical arrangements for the mas-
time, p. 7 have two other children, Ruth (4) and The Vatican said it took special care sive crowds expected for the beatification
Joseph (2). Gianna is the daughter of with verification of the miracle, the spon- liturgy, which will be celebrated by Pope
Drew and Gina Pilkington, who also taneous cure of a French nun from Par- Benedict at the Vatican. Divine Mercy
Diocesan Youth have a son, John Paul (2). Please see kinson’s disease — the same illness that Sunday had special significance for Pope
Office makes Safe p. 20 for more March for Life and Pro-
afflicted Pope John Paul in his final years.
See May 1 beatification set, p. 17
Three separate Vatican panels approved the
Environment film, p. 8
Watching from afar, Father Alfonso
Why is the Church so puts the Egyptian people in God’s hands
Massive?, p. 13 By Cynthia Brewer
Father Alfonso Serna, O.Ss.T., who was
ordained at Our Lady of Sorrows Church
Noticias en Español and in Victoria June 20, 2009, was immediately
When & Where, p. 18 sent on assignment to Cairo, Egypt, to serve
the Trinitarian’s mission at Saint Bakhita
Centre (SBCC), in the district known as
Abortion/Pro-life news Haggana—Kilo Arbaa wy Nus, one of the
and events, pp. 19-20. poorest areas of Cairo.
Several months have passed since his
return to the states, and he is very concerned
Lent Begins for the people of Egypt. He is now minister-
ing at St. Joseph’s Hospital near Hanover,
Ash Wednesday - March 9 Md., where he and Father Victor Scocco,
O.Ss.T., serve together at St. Lawrence
Father Alfonso spent about a year in
Cairo ministering to over 500 Latin Rite On Trinity Sunday, May 30, 2010, Fathers Alberto Rodriguez and Alfonso Serna
Sudanese Catholic refugee families who (r.), both Trinitarians, concelebrate Mass with the Sudanese refugees at Saint
had escaped the civil war in Sudan.. Bakhita Centre in Cairo, Egypt. Father Alfonso was in Egypt for about a year,
See Watching from afar, p. 17 while Father Alberto resided there for about six months.
Diocese of Victoria Web site: www.victoriadiocese.org
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Bishop Fellhauer’s Schedule
5 10:00 a.m., Mass, Vietnamese New Year, Assumption Chapel, Palacios
Bishop David Fellhauer
4:00 p.m., Mass, Deacon Candidates retreat, Spiritual Renewal Center
stands with Msgr. Eustace
11 12:00 p.m., Mass, Violettas’ Community Celebration, Missionary Catechists Hermes during a luncheon
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary, Provincial House, Victoria held at the chancery office
Jan. 20, 2011, in honor of
14 5:00 p.m., Liturgical Commission meeting, Chancery Office Msgr. Hermes’ 94th birth-
16 4:00 p.m., Diocesan Building Board meeting, Chancery Office
18 2:00 p.m., Prison ACTS retreat, Stevenson Unit, Cuero
19 9:30 a.m., RCIA Forum and reception, Chancery Office Msgr. Hermes celebrates 94th birthday
20 8:00 a.m., Mass, Stevenson Unit, Cuero By Cynthia Brewer shape by riding his stationary bicycle a total
The staff at the Diocese of Victoria of 16 miles per day.
5:00 p.m., Mass, Youth Spectacular, Civic Center, El Campo chancery office held a luncheon on Jan. 20 “I used to do all 16 miles at once until
for Msgr. Eustace Hermes in honor of his recently,” he said. “I still do 16 miles a
27 8:00 a.m., Mass, Holy Rosary Church, Hostyn, and farewell breakfast for
94th birthday. day, but I break it up now: six, six and four
Rev. Msgr. Stanley Petru on his retirement
At the luncheon, Msgr. Hermes thanked miles at a time. On some days, I do just
March the employees for their birthday wishes 12 miles.”
and shared some of his memories. He When I asked him when he began to
2 10:00 a.m., Presbyteral Council meeting, Chancery Office remembered being appointed to Our Lady break up the miles throughout the day,
of Lourdes, the German National Parish in he replied, “Not this year, but sometime
6 11:15 a.m., Pilgrims’ Mass, St. Philip Church, El Campo Victoria County, in 1946 by Archbishop last year. Old age started to catch up with
Robert E. Lucey. me.”
1:30-4:30 p.m., Catholic Knowledge Bowl, Holy Family Church, Victoria Msgr. Hermes has suffered several heart
“I was required to say a homily in Ger-
man at least once a month,” Msgr. Hermes attacks, and when I asked how many he’s
(below) Father Phi and said. And although he spoke German, had, his reply was, “I don’t know; for me,
Sister Louise Marie Jones coming from a German-speaking family, he heart attacks are becoming monotonous.”
ask the students if any wasn’t so fluent in it that he was completely When you see him and ask how he’s
students in the
have an interest in be- comfortable saying the homilies in German. feeling, he’s always going to respond in one
coming a priest or reli- He said he was very relieved when it was of two chipper ways: either, “Better than I
gious sister. no longer required of him. have any right to feel” or, “Any better and
Msgr. Hermes still comes to his office I’d be twins.”
at the chancery daily and spends about Msgr. Hermes still serves as chaplain
an hour a day updating diocesan property of the Victoria Serra Club. In fact he is the
records (deeds and leases: oil, gas and world’s longest serving Serra Club chaplain
mineral). – having served the Victoria Serra Club
The rest of his day is spent keeping in since Sept. 1962.
(above) Sister Laura To- On January 11 and 12, 2011, some 240 women (18 to 50 years of age) on March
man shared with students fifth graders from the Catholic Schools in 5-6 and April 9-10. High school students
her photos and stories of the Diocese of Victoria attended Church and single Catholic women, please contact
Africa in “A Missionary’s Vocation Awareness Days at Incarnate Vocation Ministers at Incarnate Word
Experience.” Word and Blessed Sacrament Convent in Convent, 1101 NE Water St., Victoria, TX
Victoria. The students heard a number of 77901, or call (361) 575-7111.
talks about religious life and the priest-
Sister Amata Hollas teaches about
hood. They visited the Gift Shop and the
Hall of Memories at the convent. The day
the history of the IWBS Sisters in culminated in a Prayer Service that high- Reunion – Mar. 6
the “Hall of Memories.” lights the gifts of the Holy Spirit. These
EL CAMPO—Everyone is invited
Vocation Awareness Days are sponsored
to the Annual Pilgrim Reunion that will
by the Vocations Office of the Diocese
be held Sunday, March 6, 2011, at St.
of Victoria, the Serra Club of Victoria,
Philip Parish Hall, 304 W. Church Street,
Knights of Columbus Council #1329, the
El Campo. Registration will begin at
Catholic Daughters of Court St. Ann #369
9:30 a.m. with coffee, juice and dough-
and the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and
nuts. Mass with Most Rev. David Fell-
hauer will be at 11:15 a.m. in the church.
Learn more about the Incarnate Word
(above) Fifth grade students choose gifts A covered-dish lunch will follow. For
and Blessed Sacrament Sisters at www.
from the Gift Shop. more information, please contact Betty
iwbsvictoria.org. They will be holding
Urbanovsky at (979) 543-2333 or at bur-
(left) Sister Charlene Machala teaches stu- “Come and See” Days for single Catholic
dents music for the closing prayer service. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Celebrating the Centennial Catholics’ participation in Mass
of the Maryknoll Society is a celebration of salvation
Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is the ferred to Harvard College to study book- By Terry McGuire, assistant editor at the join the gathering as members of the body
overseas mission outreach of the Roman keeping. Studies were completed at St. Catholic Northwest Progress in Seattle of Christ, becoming “we” instead of “I,”
Catholic Church in the United States, fol- John’s Seminary in nearby Brighton. Catholics’ participation in the celebra- she says. The realization that the “Liturgy
lowing Jesus in serving the poor and oth- At the seminary, Father Walsh was in- tion of the Mass is a celebration of salva- isn’t about me” should help people prepare
ers in need in 27 countries. All Catholics spired by a rector, a Sulpician (a society tion, says Sister Janet Baxendale of the for the changes, she says. They have to “let
are called to mission through baptism, of secular priests founded during 15th Sisters of Charity, a professor of liturgy at go” and place their trust that the Spirit and
and Maryknoll’s mission education out- century France) whose classmate in St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. the teaching office of the Church will be
reach in parishes and schools through- Paris, Theophane Venard, had died as a “This is one of the primary reasons moving them forward.
out the country engages U.S. Catholics famous martyr in Indochina. A decade that the Mass is at the center of our life The new changes are not being made
in mission through prayer, donations, after his 1892 ordination at the Cathedral as Catholics,” Sister Janet for the sake of change but
as volunteers, and through vocations. of the Holy Cross, Father Walsh retraced says. “The bread and wine to be as “faithful as pos-
During 2011, Maryknoll Fathers and Venard’s steps in France along with those offered on the altar truly sible to the Latin texts from
Brothers will of other French become the body and blood which they were trans-
commemorate its martyrs, and he of Christ which was sacri- lated,” Sister Janet says.
centennial with became convinced ficed for our salvation. This While they may take some
a theme of “The that the blood of eucharistic food nourishes getting used to, “they can
Gift of Mission martyrs is the seed us spiritually. It is our food be for us a way to grow in
– The Maryknoll of the Church. for the journey of life.” a deeper understanding of
Journey.” These With this approval, Liturgists note that up- and appreciation for the
missionaries will Father Walsh and coming changes to the power and beauty of the
celebrate as they Father Thomas English translation of the great treasure we have in
continue their jour- Frederick Price Roman Missal will likely our Mass.”
ney into the next traveled to Rome to cause concern among some The liturgists note that
100 years to share present their vision because of the deeply per- the Mass, as the summit of
God’s love and the of mission. They re- sonal way in which the Mass touches all the Church’s services, differs from the
Gospel in combat- ceived the blessing people. other sacraments and popular devotions
ing poverty, pro- of Pope Pius X on Some tend to become very protective such as the rosary, stations of the cross, no-
viding healthcare, June 29, 1911 (the in the face of change, Precious Blood venas and other forms of private prayer.
building commu- feast of Saints Peter Sister Joyce Ann Zimmerman, director “Both private prayer and popular de-
nities and promot- and Paul), which of the Institute for Liturgical Ministry in votions are strongly encouraged by the
ing human rights. is the founding Dayton, Ohio, says. But the Liturgy is a church,” Sister Janet says, but “while they
This monthly series day of the Catho- communal gathering and not an individual are a help to our celebrating Liturgy well
during 2011, high- lic Foreign Mission event. When a person comes through the – to putting us into the spirit of the Liturgy –
lighting the history Society of Amer- church doors and enters the sacred space, they are in no way equal to the Liturgy.”
of Maryknoll dur- Father James Anthony Walsh ica that, over the they leave the individual self outside and
ing its first 100 years, will be featured at years, has become more well-known
www.victoriadiocese.org/lighthouse/ as Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. Order of Mass — changes in the people’s part
lighthouse.htm. Father Walsh was a model priest and sinned, in my thoughts and in my words,
Part I – The Vision of Father James A. a natural leader. He was the first supe- Use of the New Roman Missal begins in what I have done and in what I have
Walsh (edited version – full version is at rior general of the society, the treasurer, the First Sunday of Advent, November failed to do, through my fault, through
above mentioned Web site) the editor of its publication, rector of 27, 2011. Below are the changes in the my fault, through my most grievous
When Father James Anthony Walsh, the seminary, spiritual director of the people’s part in the Order of the Mass for fault; therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-
along with several other priests, founded Maryknoll Sisters that was formed dur- the Greeting and the Penitential Acts. Virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you,
the Catholic Foreign Mission Bureau dur- ing 1912, along with master organizer, Greeting: my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to
ing 1907, his aim was to awaken the role of fundraiser, publicist and overseer of plans Present Text the Lord our God.
mission within the United States Catholic and building for the society. It is difficult Priest: The Lord be with you.
Church. In many ways, cultivating mission to find any aspect of the foundation of People: And also with you. Penitential Act, Form B
as a responsibility among U.S. Catholics Maryknoll that did not benefit from the Present Text
was a bold and innovative move because direction and oversight of Father Walsh. New Text Priest: Lord, we have sinned against
during those early days of the last century Father Walsh’s contributions to the Catho- Priest: The Lord be with you. you: Lord, have mercy.
the Church still looked at the United States, lic Church in the U.S. and to the growth of People: And with your spirit. People: Lord, have mercy.
with its waves of immigration, as fertile mission were celebrated when he was or- Priest: Lord, show us your mercy
territory for missioners from Europe. dained as bishop on June 29, 1933, by Pope Penitential Act, Form A (Confiteor) and love.
James Walsh was born to middle-class Pius XI in Rome. Only a few years later, on Present Text People: And grant us your salvation.
parents (James Walsh and Hanna Shea) April 14, 1936, Bishop Walsh passed away. I confess to almighty God, and to you,
in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Feb- Learn more about Father James A. Walsh my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned New Text
ruary 24, 1867. After attending pub- and the centennial celebration of Mary- through my own fault, in my thoughts Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
lic elementary school, he graduated knoll Fathers and Brothers by visiting and in my words, in what I have done People: For we have sinned against
from Boston College High School with www.maryknollsociety.org. To receive and in what I have failed to do; and I ask you.
skills in debating and journalism. He a copy of Maryknoll magazine’s January/ blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the angels Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mer-
attended Boston College but later trans- February issue that features Father Walsh and saints, and you, my brothers and sis- cy.
ters, to pray for me to the Lord, our God. People: And grant us your salvation.
New Text Reprinted from http://www.usccb.org/
I confess to almighty God and to you, romanmissal/samples-people.shtml
my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly
Thank You Notes
Your Excellency, Dear Bishop Fellhauer:
At the Holy Father’s direction, I On behalf of the Subcommittee for the
am writing to acknowledge the sum of Church in Latin America, I’d like to express
$30,131.91, which you kindly forwarded my heartfelt thanks to you and your faithful
to the Apostolic Nunciature as the Peter’s for your contribution of $27,088.34 to the
Pence offering of the Diocese of Victoria 2010 Collection for the Church in Latin
for the year 2010. America.
His Holiness is deeply grateful for this 2010 was a particularly trying time for
gift, which reflects your people’s devotion the Church in the hemisphere, torn by two
to the See of Peter. He is most apprecia- major earthquakes in quick succession.
tive of the effort and sacrifice which this However, we were able to award $7.3 mil-
collection involved. lion dollars to 468 different projects. These
Commending you and the clergy, projects included the training of catechists,
religious and laity of the Diocese to the formation of seminarians, the promotion
loving protection of Mary, Mother of the of youth ministry as well as support for
Church, the Holy Father cordially imparts the many thousands of priests, sisters and
his Apostolic Blessing. laity who preach the Gospel in some of the
With personal good wishes, I remain remotest areas of the hemisphere.
Yours sincerely in Christ, Sincerely yours in Christ,
Tarcisio Card. Bertone Most Rev. Jose H. Gomez
Secretary of State - Vatican Chairman, USCCB Subcommittee on
the Church in Latin America
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Seminary burses are a permanent fund used for the education of future priests for the
Diocese of Victoria. The goal of each burse is $15,000. The interest from this amount is
applied yearly to the education of seminarians. The burses are in memory of or in honor
of an individual priest or lay persons, living or deceased. Publication of the burses will
appear periodically when new contributions are received.
As of January 27, 2011 — Rev. Michael Rother Seminary Burse
TOTALS Beginning balance for 2011 $4,020.00
— CDA #369 St. Ann Seminary Burse #2 In Honor of Rev. Charles Dwomoh by
Beginning balance for 2011 $7,818.99 R.L. Allums Family 25.00
In Honor of Mary Garvel by In Honor of Rev. M. Rother’s birthday by
Court of St. Ann #369 25.00 R.L. Allums Family 30.00
In Honor of Lil Hausmann by In Honor of Jimmie Triska on a
Court of St. Ann #369 100.00 Hallmark Birthday by M/M R. Janak
Total $7,943.99 and M/M R. Allums 40.00
In Memory of Mary A. Buentello by
— Knights Of Columbus #1329, Victoria Richard and Jeanette Allums 20.00
Beginning balance for 2011 $10,107.50 In Memory of Mary A. Buentello by
In Memory of Les Boehm 100.00 B and M Rother 25.00
Total $10,207.50 In Appreciation of M/M John
Sisters Louise Marie(c) and Patricia Marie(r) help Veronica(l) make “musical Krchnak by B & M Rother 25.00
instruments” for her three-year-old students at Nazareth Academy. — **New** Our Lady Of Victory, Altar Total $4,185.00
How Does One Know Our Lady of Victory, Altar Society -
Burse Established $100.00
— Knights Of Columbus #2971, Weimar
Beginning balance for 2011 $100.00
If One Has a Vocation? In Memory of Mary Lou Blough
In Memory of Dorothy Grace
25.00 In Memory of Daniel D. Munsch by
Fred and Violet Fischer 25.00
By Sister Mildred Truchard, IWBS • One is inspired by seeing and visiting Kohutek Tasin 25.00 Total $125.00
with priests, brothers, and sisters. In Memory of Elizabeth Taylor 25.00
“How does one know if one has a voca- • People call one “Sister” (or “Brother”) In Memory of Leonita Ulman 25.00 — Frs. Okrulik & Verdarme Seminary
tion?” I asked our three women in initial or ask if one has ever thought about becom- In Memory of Lillian Mayer 25.00 Burse
formation, Sister Louise Marie Jones, ing a sister (or priest or brother). In Memory of Gladys Gillig 25.00 Beginning balance for 2011 $10,237.89
In Memory of Irma Heiling 25.00 In Memory of Randy Joe Shafer 10.00
Sister Patricia Marie Lohre and Veronica • One finds oneself repeatedly looking
Total $275.00 Total $10,247.89
Munoz, to give me some insights which I at religious congregations’ websites.
summarized below. • One feels a yearning or tug in one’s — Reverend John C. Peters Seminary — St. John Church For Rev. Brian
A person may have a vocation if: heart for something more. Burse #4 Crookes Seminary Burse #2
• One has a deep love of God and desires • One finds oneself living simply even Beginning balance for 2011 $14,516.00 Beginning Balance for 2011 $4,851.00
a more in-depth and closer relationship though one’s friends are always wanting In Memory of Joe and Olga Targac In Memory of Pam Dornak by
with God. more. on their birthday 50.00 Ervin and Bernice Neskora 10.00
• One is drawn to daily Eucharist and • One senses a deep peace and accep- Christmas Gift from: Sacred Heart Total $4,861.00
prayer. tance from God in the quiet of the chapel School-Faculty and Staff 65.00
David and Joyce Smolik 65.00 Those wishing to begin a burse or to
• One has a desire to know God better of the chosen convent.
Anthony and Joan Corte 25.00 contribute to an existing seminary burse
by reading the Scriptures and the lives of • One enjoys being in community with
Freeman and Jackie Pettus 30.00 may do so by sending their contributions
the Saints. others and caring for others. Charles and Dorothy Jansky 40.00 with the appropriate burse designation
• One is hungry for God’s word and • More than anything it is something In Honor of M/M John Peters & to:
one wants to make meaning of what God one feels from deep within and one cannot Family by Joey & Mary Targac 50.00
is telling us in Scripture. find words to describe. In Memory of Pam Dornak by
• When one is praying the prayer for vo- • One is not satisfied until one says YES Willie E. Barborak 10.00
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VICTORIA, TX 77903
and to be involved in parish activities. Sister Louise Marie Jones, temporary
professed sister, reflects, “I would have
World Day for Consecrated never known the MANY blessings God had
in mind for me if I hadn’t taken that first
Life – Feb. 6
step. No more guessing; now I know.”
WASHINGTON—The 15th celebra-
Sister Patricia Marie Lohre, novice,
tion of the annual World Day for Conse-
agrees, “If you just open your heart God
crated Life will be celebrated in parishes in
will place His desires for you in it.
the United States the weekend of February
Veronica Munoz, postulant, adds, “The
5-6. World Day for Consecrated Life, tra-
tug and burning within my heart has in-
ditionally observed February 2, marks an
creased with age. It wasn’t until I said YES
opportunity to highlight the ordinary and
and picked up my cross to follow him that I
extraordinary contributions of consecrated
felt the peace and grace he has given me.”
men and women in this country and to pray
Learn more about us at www.iwbsvic-
for vocations to the consecrated life.
St. Mary Church Our Lady of Victory student take band lessons from Steve Solis.
Our Lady of Victory needs
Annual parish festival Our Lady of Victory School in Victoria to rent one.
just added band classes this year. They are Please consider donating or lending
Sunday, February 13, 2011 • 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. still looking for donations of band instru- instruments to OLV, and if you have a
Victoria Community Center ments that might be sitting in your closet friend who has one, please mention this
or attic which students at OLV could be possibility.
using. You may call the school at (361) 575-
They are planning to extend their band 5391 or you may drop-off your donation at
Fried Chicken Meal program next year and will be needing 1311 E. Mesquite Lane.
instruments for students who cannot afford
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YOUNG ADULTS The Catholic Lighthouse
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Bishop urges Catholic college
leaders to renew, strengthen mission
By Carol Zimmermann ing Catholic identity central in core cur-
Catholic News Service riculum, campus activities and symbols on
WASHINGTON (CNS) — In an ad- campus; and encouraging campus ministry
dress to Catholic college and university programs to reach out to more than just a
presidents Jan. 29 in Washington, Bishop small group of active members but to the
Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz., praised college community at large.
them for making “Christ’s mission come Bishop Kicanas told the university
alive and flourish” and challenged them to leaders that his respect for them and what
renew and strengthen their mission using they do every day “could not be greater.”
guidelines established by the 1990 Vatican He said he knew of their challenges and
document on Catholic higher education. frustrations firsthand since he served as
The bishop, who gave a keynote address rector and president of the University of St.
during the Jan. 29-31 annual meeting of Mary on the Lake, the major seminary of
the Association of Catholic Colleges and the Archdiocese of Chicago, for 10 years.
Universities, noted that much has changed He thanked them for sharing their
in the 20 years since Pope John Paul II resources with the church at large, chal-
issued “Ex Corde Ecclesiae” (“From the lenging students to live for others and
Heart of the Church”). encouraging scholarship.
Pope John Paul II waves to young pilgrims during World Youth Day in Toronto Bishop Kicanas said the initial concerns The bishop urged the Catholic college
July 25, 2002. Pope Benedict XVI approved a miracle attributed to Pope John about the document “have lessened as uni- leaders to look to recently beatified Cardinal
Paul II’s intercession, clearing the way for the late pope’s beatification on May versities and colleges learned that bishops John Henry Newman for inspiration. Cardi-
1, Divine Mercy Sunday. (CNS photo/Arturo Mari) seek communication and desire cooperation nal Newman, who died in 1890, spent much
and collaboration.” of his life at Oxford University as both a
For many, beatification announcement He praised Catholic colleges for making
efforts to strengthen their Catholic iden-
student and a fellow. As an Anglican priest,
he was the vicar at a university church and
confirms long-held sentiment tity and incorporate church teachings into
student life -- especially through “pro-life
after he became a Catholic, he founded the
Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Birmingham
Pope John Paul II named patron of World Youth Day groups, mission immersions, prayer and and a Catholic university in Dublin. Many
retreat opportunities, ethical and moral of his ideas on higher education are in his
By Carol Zimmermann noting that one of the pope’s gifts to the education in all fields.” book “The Idea of a University,” based on
Catholic News Service church was his establishment of World But the bishop noted that there are lectures he gave in the 1850s.
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The news Youth Day. aspects of “Ex Corde” that still need to be Bishop Kicanas said Cardinal Newman
of Pope John Paul II’s upcoming be- The future Blessed Pope John Paul more fully implemented, most notably, the would certainly tell today’s Catholic col-
atification was welcomed by many as a II will be the official spiritual patron of need for teachers of Catholic theology to lege leaders that they should “place Catho-
confirmation of something they already World Youth Day 2011, which will be Aug. receive a mandate, or church authorization, lic identity first among your concerns” and
felt from the moment the shouts of “Santo 16-21 in Madrid. from their local bishop. “educate a generation of laity who would
subito!” (“Sainthood now!”) reverberated Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of He said some Catholic colleges and bring their faith to bear on the burning
through St. Peter’s Square at the pontiff’s Cincinnati said that as national execu- universities have sought this mandate, but questions of this time.”
funeral. tive director of World Youth Day 1993, others have not. This inconsistency, he said, On a personal level, the bishop also
Many in the crowd were young people which was in Denver, and later as general “could reflect some distrust or concern noted that college leaders should emulate
who had a special affinity to Pope John secretary of the U.S. bishops’ conference about undue interference or not seeing the the cardinal’s example of prayer.
Paul, whose pontificate started and ended in Washington, he had “the opportunity to importance of doing it.” “Newman’s prayer life sustained him
with a special greeting to young people. get to know Pope John Paul II from many Bishop Kicanas stressed that involv- through rocky and turbulent times, through
During his installation ceremony in 1978, vantage points.” ing the bishop with faculty members who disappointments and failings, through chal-
the newly named pope told youths: “You “His love for God and God’s people teach Catholic theology is “critical to true lenges and self-doubt,” he said.
are the future of the world, you are the was evident in every aspect of his life. communion in the church.” He said there He said Cardinal Newman’s under-
hope of the church, you are my hope.” His confidence in the power of prayer was is room in academic communities for “dis- standing of cooperation with church leaders
And his last words, reportedly deliv- inspiring, the archbishop said. “His life agreement, debate and clash of ideas, even is also relevant today.
ered hours before his death, were also to was completely given over to the will of in theology,” but ultimately the bishop “is “Newman can challenge us as bishops
youths, in response to the thousands of God. For those who followed his papacy the authentic teacher of the faith” and is re- and administrators to put down the boxing
young people praying and singing in St. closely, it was never a question of whether sponsible for how that faith is interpreted. gloves that sometimes we slip on, to sit
Peter’s Square. he would be beatified but rather when. In a word to bishops, he said they together, to converse together, yes and even
“I sought you and now you have come Santo subito!” should make sure they do not exercise this to have some good laughs together so that
to me. ... I thank you,” said the pontiff, Dennis Doyle, University of Dayton authority “harshly, unilaterally or without we come to a deeper level of respect and
who died April 2, 2005 at age 84. religious studies professor, noted that conversation and an effort to reconcile trust,” he said.
Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, found- many U.S. Catholics didn’t understand diverse teaching” especially since bishops “Together we can accomplish so much,”
er and CEO of Canada’s Salt and Light the pope and wondered how he “could be and college leaders should be working he added. “We need to work alongside one
Television, said it was no coincidence that liberal on social issues but yet so conserva- together to “build stronger bonds and re- another to strengthen the mission of Jesus
he heard the news of the pontiff’s beatifi- tive on church issues. He was consistent in lationships.” Christ to which we are all committed and
cation while attending a meeting in Spain a way that was difficult for some people Other areas stressed in “Ex Corde” that which is under such challenge and ques-
for the upcoming World Youth Day. in the U.S. to understand.” he said also need more focus include: mak- tion today.”
“A thunderous, sustained, standing “But ultimately, he is being beatified
ovation followed the announcement,” he
said in a Jan. 14 statement.
because he was loved throughout the
world and is recognized iconically as a Catholic Alumni Club International
The priest, national director for World holy person,” he added.
Youth Day 2002 in Toronto, said the date
for the beatification, May 1, is also no
Tony Melendez, the armless guitarist
whose embrace by Pope John Paul electri-
Young Adult Fun Weekend
fied an audience during the pope’s 1987
coincidence. Not only is it Divine Mercy
Sunday, but it is also the feast of St. Jo- visit to Los Angeles, said he had always
considered his encounters with the pontiff
St. Louis, MO
seph the Worker, known as “May Day” on
“Communists and socialists around
“like I got to meet a living saint.”
Melendez, in a phone interview with
June 2-5, 2011
the world commemorate May Day with CNS while en route to his Missouri home,
marches, speeches and festivals,” he said, said he got to see Pope John Paul six more
adding that it was fitting that “the man who
was a unique instrument and messenger in
times, including a private audience at the
Vatican about a year and a half after the
bringing down the Iron Curtain and the
deadly reign of communism and godless-
1987 U.S. pastoral visit.
“He remembered me,” Melendez BBQ
ness will be declared blessed” that day. remarked. “And he said, ‘Oh! My friend
Father Rosica said the announcement from Los Angeles!” without me saying Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011
is “the formal confirmation of what many anything. He hugged my head after I was
of us always knew as we experienced (done) playing a song. ... To me, he was a
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
the Holy Father in action throughout his wonderful man who did great things.” chicken and all the
pontificate” particularly among youths,
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Pastoral Institute Connect, Awaken and Share…
Connect, Awaken and Share, a Webinar Some ideas and activities that will be 8th Year for
Offers Liturgy Course led by Tom McGrath of Loyola Press and presented during the workshop include:
sponsored by the Diocese of Victoria Orga- Who Fanned Your Faith? This memory
All liturgical ministers, lectors, extra nization of Catecheti- exercise helps participants recognize who
ordinary ministers of Communion, musi- cal Ministry (OCL) is shaped their faith and how. It is perfect for
cians, catechists and scheduled for Thurs- family meetings, at the opening of the reli-
those interested in Orders for Disciples on the Journey
day, February 17 from gious education program, or school. 2011 are beginning to come in to the di-
learning about the 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. This Listen-Up Sponges: This fun do-it-
Church’s liturgy and ocesan Catechetical Office from parishes
informative presenta- yourself craft encourages family sharing across the United States. It’s not too early
worship are highly tion will be projected while also helping everyone to become a
encouraged to attend to make plans to participate in faith-sharing
from Chicago via the better listener. this Lent
the Pastoral Institute Internet to the chan- Tom McGrath of Sacramental Connect-the-Dots: This
Extended Program by joining
cery office in Victoria, Loyola Press interactive lesson helps parents make the a small
six-week course Lit- Sacred Heart School connection between what goes on in family
urgy: Law of Prayer Father Robert group in
Fisher, SDV in Hallettsville, and Our Lady of Mt. Car- life and what happens in the sacraments we your par-
and Belief. Father mel Parish in Wharton. Parish Catechetical celebrate at church.
Robert Fisher SDV, ish or by
Leaders (PCLs), Catholic school principals Family Sunday: This topic addresses forming
who received his doctorate in Liturgical and teachers, catechists and others may at- how to help parents make the most of
Studies in Rome in 1968, will teach the your own
tend the site nearest them. Sundays as a time to connect as individual group of
class. The workshop, which is to help cat- families and as a parish family at Mass.
This class will be offered via distant 8 to 10
echists and Catholic school teachers engage For more information, go to www. friends,
learning from St. Ann in Point Comfort at parents in their child’s faith formation, victoriadiocese.org. To register, please
the chancery office in Victoria and Holy neighbors,
will provide attendees with new and cre- call (361) 573-0828 or e-mail tstarnes@ or family
Rosary in Hostyn on Monday mornings ative ways to do this through a series of victoriadiocese.org. There is no fee for this
9:15- 11:30 a.m. and repeated in the eve- members
activities, interactions, stories, reflections workshop. A light meal will be served at to meet in
nings from 7:00 – 9:15 p.m. beginning and prayers. 6:00 p.m. prior to the meeting.
on February 21 through March 28, 2011. your home
There is a $15 fee for this six-week course,
which can be paid on the first day of class.
TV Masses, intercommunion for the six
weeks of Lent. The Leader’s Guide is in
For more information, please go to www. with the Orthodox the book. If you have never participated
in Disciples on the Journey, this is the
victoriadiocese.org, or to register, please
call (361) 573-0828 or e-mail mgutier- By Father John Dietzen, CNS the Catholic standpoint. The guidelines you year to do so.
firstname.lastname@example.org. Q. My husband was unable to attend read are those approved by the American Lent is a season when Christians
Mass on Christmas. He watched it on bishops for inclusion in missalettes and reflect and take stock of their lives. The
television, answered all of the responses, similar publications. lectionary readings during Lent give us
The Diocese of Victoria and then stated it was the same as going The Orthodox churches, not in full inspiration and direction for this process.
to Mass. Our daughter disagreed, but he communion with the Catholic Church, still For this reason, the Diocese of Victoria
Catholic Knowledge Bowl insisted. Why isn’t watching Mass on TV “possess true sacraments, above all — by is again publishing, for the eighth year,
as good as being there? (Iowa) apostolic succession — the priesthood and Disciples on the Journey (DJ), a resource
Everyone is getting excited about the
A. The answer is basically rather sim- the Eucharist.” This fact gives foundation in Spanish and English for adults to meet
fourth annual Catholic Knowledge Bowl,
ple. The Mass is not a private devotion. It is for “allowing, and even encouraging some in small groups to reflect and discuss the
which will be held at Holy Family Parish
essentially a communal action, something sharing in liturgical worship, even of the Sunday Lenten Scripture readings. It has
in Victoria, Sunday, March 6, 2011, from
that, by its very nature, we do together as a Eucharist, with these churches.” been said that the best way to meet Christ
1:30 – 4:30 p.m. This event is sure to be
community of believers in Jesus Christ, not Whenever it is necessary, or some is to share faith. This Lent, don’t miss out
fun and faith-filled; it will be a place to
by ourselves in our own little corner. genuine spiritual advantage suggests, it is on a wonderful opportunity to deepen your
meet friends; and there will be prizes for
Many Catholics still do not realize this. lawful for any Catholic, who cannot ap- relationship with God.
each of the winners in all categories.
The obligation to participate in the Sunday proach a Catholic minister, to receive the The format of the book introduced last
All interested adults, teens, and chil-
Eucharist, which Christians have observed sacraments, including the Eucharist, from year was well received; therefore, DJ 2011
dren who want to form a team for this
from the beginning, is not to hear or watch a priest of an Orthodox Church. will again have adult faith sharing material
event are encouraged to do so and to
someone else do something, but to be pres- Many Orthodox churches, however, are in the book and the family and teen sec-
register as soon as possible. Study ques-
ent to do it oneself along with the other severely restrictive in their acceptance of tions online. The new price is $25 for a
tions can be found on the diocese’s Web
Christians assembled with us. other Christians, even Catholics, to share pack of ten, a savings of $10 over previous
site. Call the catechetical office at (361)
Thus, the Eucharist is an action, a cel- Communion in their churches. We have an editions of the book. People in the Diocese
573-0828 or go to www.victoriadiocese.
ebration of the Catholic community and obligation to respect those restrictions. of Victoria can pick up their books at the
org for more information.
cannot be substituted for by watching, even Similar freedom exists for members of chancery thus eliminating postage.
A contest is being held to find a logo for
reverently, a television program. Orthodox churches to receive Communion Books can be purchased individually
the diocesan Catholic Knowledge Bowl.
Sometimes, of course, illness or other in a Catholic church, again without preju- ($2.50 per book) by anyone in the diocese.
Logos may be submitted electronically to
reasons prevent one from being present at dice regulations placed on them by their To place an order or for more information,
email@example.com no later than
Sunday Mass. When this occurs, a Mass own faiths. see the brochure on the diocesan Web site
February 14, 2011.
on television or radio may assist in uniting The above quotations and policies are www.victoriadiocese.org, call 361-573-
oneself with it in spirit, even nourish one’s from the 1993 Norms on Ecumenism of the 0828, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
desire for union with our Lord in the Eu- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian It is the hope of Bishop Fellhauer that this
charist. But such listening or viewing does Unity. resource will be helpful for the people of
not substitute for being there. A free brochure on ecumenism, includ- the diocese on their Lenten journey.
Q. When our grandson received first ing questions on intercommunion and other
Communion, the parish booklet printed ways of sharing worship, is available by
guidelines for receiving Communion. If I sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope
read it correctly, members of the Orthodox to Father John Dietzen, Box 3315, Peoria,
1501 E Mockingbird,
churches may now receive Communion in IL 61612.
the Catholic Church.
The Diocese of Victoria Library and Media Center
Victoria, TX 77901
I’ve always been Catholic but was not
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Greek Orthodox. May he receive Com- Open Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
munion in the Catholic Church? May we
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Invitation of Jesus
• The Holy Longing: The Search for A
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DIOCESE The Catholic Lighthouse
Page 7 — February 2011
By Sister Mildred Truchard, IWBS
Stars of Our Lives
A s the new year arrived, we
were reminded of what had happened in the
our way. ~ Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, 49.
We have all had human stars that we
previous year. Of the media headlines near followed. Let us pause and try to name
the top of the list, were articles referring some of these true stars in our lives who
to the number of “stars” who had died the inspire and guide us through the way they
CDA builds Habitat for Humanity home with Sanchez family in community of previous year. Among these “stars” were live. Sometimes we take those about us,
Eagle Lake in record time. Pictured, standing (l. to r.): Carolyn Rapsilver, Eve actors, singers, business persons, athletes, who help shape our lives and support us
Trevino, homeowner Linda Sanchez, Duchess Collins, Christine Moore, Peggy and numerous varieties of persons whose in our weaker moments, for granted. We
Rosales; front row: Carolyn Malik and Father Donald Ruppert; kneeling: Saman- names had been predominant in the news. may fail to recognize them as “stars”
tha Sanchez and Sheila Martinka. Then as we celebrated the Feast of the because we only think of them as parents,
Epiphany, we remembered the “Star of grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers,
– Everything is Bigger in Texas – Bethlehem” which led the Magi to the new-
born Jesus. As we packed away the stars,
neighbors, friends, classmates, or co-
workers. We also may forget that we can
Habitat Home completed which had been a part of our Christmas be stars to others without realizing it. So
decorations, I thought that this would be
five weeks ahead of schedule!
let us appreciate those “stars” who show
the end of stars until next Christmas; that us the way to the true light, Jesus, and at
EAGLE LAKE—Scott Mattingly, dedication. Texas State Chaplain Father is — until I ran across the following refer- the same time, through our prayers, works,
Colorado County Habitat Board Presi- Donald Ruppert blessed the crowd with ence to “stars” in one of Pope Benedict’s and actions, let us be “stars” to those about
dent, said; “Catholic Daughters rock! I’m humor then blessed Linda, Martin and writings. This reference is so well written us. Happy shining!
amazed by the hard work of CDA women Samantha Sanchez, the doorstep and each that I want to quote it directly:
who always showed up ready to work and
never complained about a broken nail.”
room inside of their home. Life is like a voyage on the sea of his-
tory, often dark and stormy, a voyage in RCIA leaders
Also attending were Immediate Past
It was a happy New Year for the San- National Director Duchess Collins, Sugar which we watch for the stars that indicate
the route. The true stars of our life are the
chez family who moved into their CDA
workshop Feb. 19
Land; First Vice State Regent Carolyn
Habitat for Humanity built home five Malik, Shiner; Second Vice State Regent people who have lived good lives. They are
weeks ahead of schedule. The fourth Peggy Rosales, Austin; State Secretary lights of hope. Certainly, Jesus Christ is the
Dedication and Blessing of a Habitat true light, the sun that has risen above all Bishop Fellhauer and the diocesan
Eve Trevino, Corpus Christi; state chairs;
house built in partnership with Texas the shadows of history. But to reach him RCIA Task Force Committee invite parish
district deputies; many officers; and mem-
Catholic Daughters of the Americas was we also need lights close by — people who leaders to “The Dynamics and Direction of
bers of local courts.
celebrated January 16, 2011. shine with his light and so guide us along the RCIA” Saturday, Feb. 19, at the dioc-
In just 17 workdays, there were over esan chancery office in Victoria.
1100 hours donated toward the completion Participate in a day of learning more
of this home by members of 30 of the 228 about:
Catholic Daughter Courts in Texas. The The vision of the RCIA:
Sanchez family provided 300 sweat equity • a process rather than a school-year
hours, and 12 Junior Catholic Daughter model
members participated. • a review of the catechumenate using
Mayor Mike Morales said, “Like our #75 Mystagogy
lives, this home is a reflection of God’s • what it is and why it must begin in the
light in action and unity” and then he pre-catechumenate
presented Linda Sanchez a plaque reading • understanding mystagogy as a phase in
“As for me and my house, we will serve the RCIA and how it can be implemented
the Lord.” Discernment:
CDA State Treasurer Carolyn Rap- • the initial interview
silver, San Felipe, led the opening and • a model of a discernment session
closing hymns. Christine Moore, CDA before the Rite of Acceptance
Habitat State chairman, said “It was a KJT YOUTH GROUP mAKES PRESENTATION—The Louise-Hillje Catholic • discernment before initiation
record build for Colorado County Habitat Union of Texas, KJT Society #48 Youth Group, presented Father Clement Quainoo, Using the Rites’ book:
for Humanity…the speed of this build was pastor of St. Procopius, with a $500 check from their fundraiser and a matching • a review of each of the stages in the
a direct result of the prayers, support and grant from the KJT Home Office. The funds will be used for youth activities for catechumenate
enthusiasm of the Catholic Daughters.” the parish. Pictured above, l-r, are Ashley Lutringer, president; Michelle Holik, Breaking Open the Word:
State Regent Sheila Martinka presented vice president; Father Clement, Amber Lutringer, secretary; Amber Koudela, • a model of a “breaking open the Word”
the Sanchez family with a State Memorial treasurer; Margaret Holik, youth leader and KJT state director. Not pictured session
Scholarship Enrollment and Gift Card. Arlene Koudela, youth leader. Q & A - opportunity to ask questions
Deacon Charlie Novosad, St. Anthony concerning the implementation of the RCIA
in your parish.
Catholic Church and Habitat Construc-
tion Manager, read the Scriptures for the “Fight the good fight of the faith ...” The presentation will be led by Linda
Knoche, RCIA director at St. Theresa Par-
1 Timothy 6:12
ish in Sugar Land, and will be held at the
chancery office, 1505 E. Mesquite Lane,
Ultimate Victoria, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The
Reporting If you or someone you know has been sexually or physi-
cost is $10 per person and includes lunch.
cally abused by a member of the clergy or other church
Abuse personnel: Getaways Register by Feb. 15 by sending name,
address, parish, phone and e-mail address
• Contact the bishop or the chancellor of the Diocese of Victoria at (361) Come Help Us Discover with a $10 check, made out to the Diocese
573-0828 the Mystery of Victoria, to Mary Reyes, 1303 Algee,
or Port Lavaca, TX 77979, or contact Mary at
May 23-27 - $1,490 (361) 482-9932, or m.reyes0707@yahoo.
• Call Father Gary Janak (979) 543-3770 or Sister Emilie Eilers (361) 575-7111,
Coordinators of Pastoral Care and Outreach; com for more information.
• Write to: Bishop David E. Fellhauer, Diocese of Victoria, P.O. Box June 17-26 - $1,535
4070, Victoria, TX 77903 All prices are per person
Mark your letter “Personal and Confidential” based on double occupancy.
We will also help you bring your concerns to Church officials outside the diocese Call today to make
if the abuse occurred elsewhere and you now reside in the Diocese of Victoria.
If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further information,
please contact: Father Gary Janak at (979) 543-3770. Pathways with Patti
334 Jurek Road
If the abuse involves a minor, civil authorities should be contacted prior to Port Lavaca, TX 77979
reporting to the bishop, chancellor or coordinators of Pastoral Care and Outreach. 361.552.2695 or 361.920.3216
If the child is in immediate danger, call 911.
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Page 8 —February 2011
Youth Calendar of Events
(left) Melissa Perales, director of the
Office of Youth and Child Protection,
and José Ortega, associate director of
the Office of Youth and Young Adult February 6 —Souper Bowl of Caring
Ministry, demonstrate to the Youth February 20—Youth Spectacular
Leadership Team members how to dis- February 24—NET at Our Lady of Sorrows in Victoria
play one’s boundary limits for the Safe February 25—NET at St. Rose of Lima in Schulenburg
Environment film they’re creating for February 26—NET at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Wharton
junior high church volunteers. February 26—Foundations Youth Ministry Class
February 27—NET at Our Lady of Victory in Victoria
march 1—NET at Sacred Heart in Hallettsville
march 2—NET at Sacred Heart in Hallettsville
march 3—NET at Sacred Heart in Hallettsville
(right) José Ortega di- march 4—NET in our diocese and available for in-parish retreats
rects the young actors march 5—NET at Immaculate Conception in Goliad
as they begin filming march 6—NET at St. Joseph in Moulton
their Safe Environment march 6—Catholic Knowledge Bowl
production. Actors march 12—Foundations Youth Ministry Class
include Alex Pagel, march 14—Our Lady of Guadalupe Confirmation Retreat at SRC
Jory Stevens, Dominic march 27—Diocesan Confirmation Retreat at St. Michael’s in Cuero
Schaefer, Kendra Han- April 2—Foundations Youth Ministry Class
slik, Layton Frederick, April 6—Texas Catholic Conference Advocacy Days
Sarah Hermes and Col- April 8—Bishop Fellhauer Invitational Golf Tournament
lin Bednorz. April 10—Diocesan Confirmation Retreat
April 17—Camp David Planning Meeting
Diocesan Youth Office produces film Find us now on Facebook at Diocese of Victoria – Youth Ministry
for Safe Environment training For more information on any of these events, please contact:
Debbie Vanelli or José Ortega at the Office of Youth Ministry
By Cynthia Brewer are suffering abuse at this time. We want
at (361) 573-0828 ext. 32 / ext. 50 or e-mail at
The Diocese of Victoria Youth Ministry them to know that this is not the kind of life
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
and Safe Environment offices collaborated God intended for them and that they can
Web site: www.victoriadiocese.org/youthoffice
prior to the Christmas holiday to make a reach out to someone for help.”
second film for the use of youth who vol- “Not only are you helping our young
unteer at diocesan and parish sponsored people, you are also helping the bishop, (l) Allyssa
events. our pastors, our principals and all the Young on
The first training film for the Safe En- people of our diocese who work so hard the tight
vironment office was created for all youth each and every day to create a safe, heal- rope
volunteers, but the offices, as well as some ing and happy environment,” Mrs. Perales (r) Layton on the zip
adults in the parish communities, felt that concluded. Frederick line
the film was too strong for some young The spiritual themes of the film came and Hannah
junior high kids; therefore, a training film from Genesis: “God made us in his image Bigham on
was produced specifically for junior high and likeness, and we are very good,” and the rock wall
school youth leaders. It was written and Jeremiah 1:4: “Before I formed you in the
directed by Debbie Vanelli, director of the womb I knew you, before you were born I
Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, dedicated you… ”
and produced by the office’s associate di- The film included the use of scenarios
rector, José Ortega. to demonstrate ways to stay safe by trusting
Prior to filming, Melissa A. Perales, one’s instincts, developing clear personal
director of the diocesan Safe Environment boundaries and knowing one has the right
office, prepared the volunteer high school to protect ones’ self and to say no. They
actors for the task. were also instructed to recognize signs of
“Please know that you are speaking abuse and to respond by alerting a trusted
about a very difficult subject matter. Abuse adult leader.
is not something that is easy for anyone to The youth who “starred” in the produc-
talk about,” she said. “You are reaching tion were members of the diocesan Youth
out to a very special group of children and Leadership Team and included Alex Pagel
youth; some of them have been abused or of St. Mary’s, Jory Stevens of Our Lady of
Lourdes, Layton Frederick, Sarah Hermes
and Kendra Hanslik of Our Lady of Vic-
tory, Collin Bednorz of Holy Family and New Year - New Retreat Location -
Dominic Schaefer of Our Lady of Sorrows
– all in Victoria. New Adventure
The film is still undergoing editing, but By Debbie Vanelli, director of Youth and actual wired zip line. The handler is very
will be released upon its completion and the Young Adult Ministry kind and assures you that the line can hold
approval of Bishop David Fellhauer. The Youth Leadership Team of the you, although I did worry that the extra
Diocese of Victoria gathered for their an- weight from the large cinnamon roll that
2011 Youth nual retreat for the first time at Coopers I was peer pressured into consuming on
Farm near La Grange. Despite the constant the way up to camp was going to cause the
Spectacular threat of impending “coldest storm of the wire to snap. At this point you are above
February 20 season,” God provided us with gorgeous
weather for the retreat.
the tree lines and they are very tall trees!
The idea is to hurl your body off the “shoe
GPS, Gods Planning System, is the Community building, teamwork and box” and zip along the line, which is about
theme of the 2011 Youth Spectacular at communication were the first order of the the width of your thumb. I like to think
the El Campo Civic Center on February day as the retreat began on the high and that I am pretty adventurous, but I knew that
20, 2011. low ropes course. The high ropes course at hurling myself was not going to happen, so
WYATT FRAGA REPRESENTS ST. Two amazing speakers from our Coopers Farm is touted as the highest ropes I asked John to just push me. I found out a
JOSEPH BAND—Congratulations diocese, Father Dan Morales and Father course in Texas, and I must say, standing on lot about faith that day. I think a lot of us are
to sophomore Wyatt Fraga who rep- Kirby Hlavaty, will keynote the event. the ground and looking up at the spot about standing at the edge of something amazing,
resented the St. Joseph High School For more information on these two a bazillion feet in the air where the zip line scared to take that step into the unknown
Band in the Association of Texas Small speakers, see the January 2011 Catholic starts, I believe their assessment is right. Of and need a little nudge. A lot of fears were
School Bands Region 13 2010-2011 Lighthouse. course it has always been the policy of the conquered that day, but we all agreed that
All-Region Symphonic Band. The All- Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and Lit- youth office to not ask our young people to it was an amazing experience.
Region Concert Band is a select band urgy will be celebrated at 5:00 p.m. with do anything we wouldn’t do, so we psyched The sessions at the retreat focused on
featuring the finest band musicians Bishop Fellhauer as the main celebrant. ourselves up for this adventure. keeping the main thing the main thing
from Region 13 public and private Lunch is included in the registration price. If you are not familiar with a zip line, let and how that is achieved in our lives. That
schools. Auditions were Saturday, Come out for a wonderful day of fun and me give my own Wikipedia type descrip- involved learning to live our life according
December 11, at Edna High School fellowship! Registration information is tion. You essentially are given a bicycle to God’s plan one decision at a time even
where Wyatt was selected as 1st Chair online at www.victoriadiocese.org; click helmet and strapped into a harness; you in the midst of struggles, joys and fears.
trumpet. Wyatt represented STJ at the on youth ministry. then climb a staircase that leads to forever. It was a wonderful weekend, filled with
Region 13 All-Region Band Clinic and Also there will be Confirmation Re- When you get to the top, the air is obviously time for reflection and growth, delicious
Concert, which was hosted by Sweeny treat, March 27 at St. Michael in Cuero thinner because you can’t breathe and you food, fun and great hospitality. And that
High School on January 22. Wyatt lives and April 10 at St. Mary in Victoria. For stand on a platform about the size of a shoe storm that we worried about - it blew in
with his mother, Jessie Stout, in Port more information go to the above Web box as the handler, aka John, connects your about 2:00 a.m., as we slept. God is good,
Lavaca. site. harness to a lanyard that is connected to the all the time.
Special Supplement Diocese of Victoria February 2011
Holy Cross - Bay City St. Rose of Lima - Schulenburg
St. Anthony - Columbus St. Ludmila Academy - Shiner Sacred Heart High - Hallettsville
St. Michael - Cuero Nazareth Academy - Victoria St. Paul High - Shiner
St. Philip - El Campo Our Lady of Victory - Victoria St. Joseph High - Victoria
Sacred Heart - Hallettsville St. Michael - Weimar
Our Lady of the Gulf - Port Lavaca St. Joseph - Yoakum
Each year, since 1974, the National Catholic Educational Association, headquartered in Washington, Explanation of Theme
D.C, has celebrated Catholic Schools Week during the last week of January. This year’s dates are January
30-February 5, 2011. Our national theme for 2011 is “Catholic Schools: A + for America.” Whether The logo designed for the week dis-
your youngster attends one of our thirteen schools throughout the diocese, or you have experienced plays the words “Catholic Schools:
the education at any of the more than 7,000 schools nationwide, the sentiment is most often the same: A+ For America” beneath a stylized
Catholic schools are certainly “a plus” for America. banner of stars and stripes in red and
This theme “celebrates the fact that Catholic schools are an added value (a plus) for the nation. Be- light blue. The theme for Catholic
cause of their traditionally high academic standards and high graduation rates, all supported by strong Schools Week 2011 celebrates the fact
moral values, Catholic schools and their graduates make a definite contribution to American society,” that Catholic schools are an added
remarked Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). value (“a plus”) for the nation. Because
We have witnessed many “plusses” in our own diocese, including the many college scholarships of their traditionally high academic
(both academic and athletic) that our graduates receive, the many district and state championship teams standards and high graduation rates,
on which our students are found, and probably more importantly, the many random acts of kindness all supported by strong moral values,
and service that our students and families perform throughout their lives. During Catholic Schools Catholic schools and their gradu-
Week (CSW), especially, we reach out to the entire community to build awareness of what our schools offer. And we thank those who ates make a positive contribution to
work hard every day to make our schools excellent: students, families, faculties, staffs, volunteers, community supporters, and local and American society. Catholic schools
national leaders. give a high level of service (the A+
As the primary educators of children, one of the most important roles of families is preparing young people for fulfilling lives of love level) to local communities because
and service to their families, their communities and the Lord. These young people hold the key to the future of our Catholic faith and, of the many service projects students
ultimately, the world in which we live. That is why the 2011 Catholic Schools Week theme is particularly fitting. “Catholic Schools: A undertake. “Giving back to the com-
+ for America” underscores the long-standing tradition of Catholic education to instill in students the faith, knowledge, morals and dis- munity” and “helping others” are
cipline that will enable them to fulfill their future roles in life. All of these principles are of utmost importance in building a life worthy values instilled in every Catholic
to be a follower of Christ. Now, more than ever, a Catholic education is “A + for you, A + for your future, and certainly A + for a better school student. Catholic schools give
America for all its citizens.” If you have not thought about the many “plusses” of a Catholic school education, it is certainly worth the a high level of service to the nation
consideration of every family. (the A+ level) by serving students
The nearly 3,000 students in the 13 schools of the Diocese of Victoria will be joining millions of students, parents, supporters and from all economic backgrounds and
school families around the nation to celebrate this 37-year tradition established by NCEA. Please join me in saying “thank you” to our giving them a strong academic and
teachers, staffs, administrators, board members, volunteers, parents and everyone else involved in Catholic education. Through their moral foundation, allowing them to
dedication and commitment, they make our diocese an example of how Catholic schools provide “A + for America.” succeed in life, serving in the govern-
If you know of any youngsters who have not yet enrolled in one of our diocesan schools, but would like to, please contact your local ment, industry, business, non-profit
Catholic school and find out how they can receive a “First-class education … for life!” (Faith-Integrity-Respect-Scholarship-Tradition). and educational fields.
We can also be found on the Web at www.victoriadiocese.org .
(l)Freshman Biology Teach-
John E. Quary, superintendent, Diocese of Victoria er, Mrs. Debbie Horton,
and 9th graders: Harrison
High and Johanna Hoang
By Our Love
St. Rose of Lima Catholic School (r) Student at
SCHULENBURG—“They’ll know day to walk in the footsteps of Christ as Freshman Bi-
we are Christians by our Love.” The an example to each other and the greater ble Mass is 9th
words to the familiar hymn remind us of community. St. Rose of Lima reaches out grader, Collin
what it means to be Christ-like and how in service in various ways throughout the Hartman
the world will recog- year. This year dur-
nize us when we walk ing Catholic Schools
with him, serve him We e k , t h e s c h o o l
and above all love also adopted service
St. Joseph High School
him. St. Rose of Lima projects. Junior High St. Joseph High School is a Catholic placement and dual-credit courses. We of-
Catholic School in students coordinated school committed to the educational min- fer state of the art computers available to
Schulenburg is a liv- the “Souper Bowl of istry of the Catholic Church in the Diocese our students providing a strong foundation
ing example of what Caring,” which raises of Victoria. As a community inspired by the for technical computer skills and online
it means to be Christ money for local area life of St. Joseph, protector, and nurturer of research opportunities, which prepare
like. food pantries on Super the Holy Family, we promote a peaceful, our students for a successful future. All
Love of the Lord Bowl Sunday. These challenging and loving atmosphere that students enroll in a four-year theology
~ Education here students also spent time fosters spiritual growth and academic ex- program based on the teachings of Jesus
isn’t only academic, volunteering at the lo- cellence for our family of students. Christ. Our community of faith is strength-
it is spiritual. Daily cal food bank. Elemen- Founded in 1868 by Reverend Augus- ened through morning prayer, weekly and
prayer, weekly Mass- tary students in kin- tine Gardet as a school to educate young monthly Masses, student led Christian
es, special religious dergarten through 3rd men, St. Joseph High School has a rich organizations and spiritual retreats.
ceremonies like our Bringing up food - each year students in grade adopted “Proj- heritage of providing the highest standard Students can participate in a variety
living rosary, advent grades 3k - 8th grade donate canned food ect Pride,” where they of Catholic education for generations of of extracurricular activities, including
wreath ceremony, for the local-area food pantry at the an- took on their role as families in Victoria and the surrounding athletics, band, choir, cheerleading and
Christ the King pro- nual Thanksgiving Mass. Early childhood co-creators and helped area. Today we operate as a private co-ed drill team, all of which provide unique
cession and other spe- students dress as the Native Americans beautify the school school governed by the authority of our opportunities to promote school spirit
cial events, all build a and Pilgrims of the fist Thanksgiving. grounds in preparation board of directors. and gaining the knowledge that will make
strong community of for Catholic Schools St. Joseph’s professional faculty of them leaders of tomorrow.
faith where parents, Week. Early childhood dedicated teachers, with an average of Our students traditionally lead the
students and staff walk together in worship students broke ground on “The Giving 20 years of teaching experience, small Victoria community in the number of
expressing their love of the Lord. Garden.” This year 3k and 4k students will class sizes, and a century of educational students accepted into universities and
Love of Learning ~ Teachers here cultivate the school’s garden boxes to grow excellence provides our students with an recognized by scholarship programs. One
prepare lessons to challenge and engage fresh vegetables, herbs and flowers to help opportunity to receive the highest quality of hundred percent of the 2010 graduates
students daily. Hands on activities and the donate to those in need. This will remind education. Our students come from diverse were accepted into colleges, such as Yale,
use of technology in the classrooms make students of the importance of charity and backgrounds, each bringing a different view Dartmouth, Notre Dame, The University
students active participants and keep them sharing with others all the gifts God has to the academic curriculum, while remain- of Texas, Texas A&M and St. Mary’s Uni-
excited about their education. Core cur- blessed them with. ing true to the religious values, which have versity et al., and 81 percent received at
riculum challenges students academically, Through prayer, education and service, been the school’s hallmark throughout its least one scholarship, totaling $2,750,000
preparing them for success in their educa- St. Rose of Lima is “one in the spirit” of 143-year history. Grant programs are avail- in college scholarships.
tional future. Extra curricular activities and Christ. With each day that passes and with able for students to apply for, ensuring that At St. Joseph, lifelong friendships
electives in athletics, band, choir, PSIA and every child that is blessed with an A+ no student is denied a St. Joseph’s education begin and the foundation for a lifetime
cheerleading provide every student a place education here, it is certain that anyone due to financial circumstances. of learning and success is established.
to excel and explore their talents. who sees us will know we are Christians. St. Joseph’s courses are designed to We encourage you to share the story of
Love of Service ~ Students, faculty, “Yes, they will know we are Christians by meet a wide range of student abilities and St. Joseph’s heritage ... You’ll Love the
staff and families also work hard each our Love.” needs and include a challenging advanced Journey!
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St. Michael School provides A+
opportunities for community service
WEIMAR—Every year during Catholic not have had the opportunity to purchase a
Schools Week, St. Michael students com- book for themselves at school book fairs,
plete a service project for their community
using a grant from The Meadows Foun-
dation. This year, students made 30
knotted fleece blankets. Twenty small
blankets were sent to the CASA for
Kids. Ten larger blankets were given
to the local nursing home, Parkview
This is the third year St. Michael
School has received a grant from The
Meadows Foundation for community
Kindergarten students enjoy a visit from Lance Corporal Dylan Slovacek and Lance
service. In previous years, students
Corporal Gavin Bristol, who came to thank them for their letters of appreciation to
packed duffel bags with emergency
supplies for children protected by CPS
St. Michael School and sent 25 boxes, with supplies, snacks
and magazines, for US Troops in Iraq. The eighth grade class is pictured here, making
Appreciates its Supporters And this is not the first CASA the cuts needed for the younger students to knot
project the school has been involved the blanket edges.
CUERO—St. Michael’s Catholic school. Students wrote letters to students
in during the 2010-2011 school year.
School in Cuero began its celebration of at their grade level at St. Michael schools so the students at St. Michael’s chose to
In preparation for the Christmas holidays,
Catholic Schools Week with an opening across the United States. offer one to each child as a gift of love this
St. Michael School partnered with CASA
Mass January 29. Students from Pre-K 3 Thursday’s focus was on vocations, Christmas.
Volunteers of Colorado and surrounding
through the 6th grade participated as lec- centering on seminarians and novices. St. Michael School students are called to
counties in order to provide new books
tors, presenters and ushers. An Open House Students also created Spiritual Bouquets be friendly, respectful, responsible – Christ-
to approximately 150 children identified
at the school followed the Mass. for the clergy of the parish. like! This is the school’s mission! Along
through CASA, thanks to support from our
On Monday, students walked to nearby The faculty and staff were treated to a with the guidance the students receive
SMS families, parishioners, and the com-
locations and presented Certificates of Ap- special lunch presented by the St. Michael’s in class, in hallways, on the playground,
munity of Weimar. The children served
preciation to area businesses, organizations H.S.A. The students’ grandparents were weekly Mass and daily prayers, these ser-
through CASA have been removed from
and individuals who have shown “A+” invited to attend that morning’s Mass and vice projects are another way St. Michael
their homes due to parental abuse and
support to the school. to visit the school afterwards. They were Catholic School provides its students with
neglect. Many of these children would
Tuesday was a day of fun activities for treated to a small reception. A+ opportunities to live out its mission.
the students, including games and dance Family projects were on display
presentations. throughout the week. The project this year
The school community participated in was for parents to present their own report
a living rosary on Wednesday to pray for card for St. Michael’s School. It was titled,
our nation and for the future success of our “St. Michael’s School receives A+ in . . .”
The Veterans’ Day Salute ceremony included a human flag by students.
To show their spirit and By 8th Graders: Sam Howard, Sarah our students have been able to advance to
to promote vocations, Dodson, Bruce Eaves, MaryBeth Ellis state in their division in PSIA. The Duke
students wear their blue and Erika Ganauser Talent Search Program selected 50 percent
and gold Spirit Shirts. To teach, to build, to serve in the spirit of of this year’s N.A. 7th grade students to
Christ – Nazareth Academy students, fac- participate in their program due to those
ulty and staff live out this mission through students scoring in the 95th percentile
daily achievements and activities. Nazareth of the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).
Academy is an exceptional Catholic school Athletically, the Jets’ coaches and teach-
because we have the latest technology, ers motivate our teams to compete to the
excellent academic and athletic programs, utmost of our abilities. Our coaches push
and a history steeped in religion, values us to our limits to do the best we can as a
and tradition. team, which helps us form closer relation-
We students are fortunate to be here ships with our fellow students and with the
St. Joseph Celebrates CSW at Nazareth, where the latest technol- school in general. The coaches’ motivation
ogy provides students with opportunities enabled our boys’ and girls’ Basketball
YOAKUM—From serious to fun – Wednesday, A+ For America: In Our to actually enjoy learning. Some of the A-teams to be the 2010-2011 South Zone
activities promote Catholic Schools at St. Nation – Students wore red, white, and blue new technologies that we have are Smart Champions.
Joseph School in Yoakum. to show patriotism to our great nation and Boards, a Web site and computers with the Finally, the history of Nazareth Acad-
Sunday, A+ For America: In Our Par- met at the flagpole after Mass for a prayer Internet in every classroom. We also have emy is very special to all students, present
ish – St. Joseph School family celebrated a service for our Nation. Thank you cards video journalism class, where we create and past. In 1867, Nazareth started with 55
special Liturgy at 9:00 a.m. with the student and refreshments were made by some of and edit digital videos on laptop comput- students. Though our school has grown and
body singing and the 8th grade participat- the classes and taken to the Yoakum police ers. Nazareth is privileged to have Smart changed over the years, our tradition and
ing in the parts of the Mass. One student and the local fire department to show thanks Boards that enhance the ways students pride have remained. Today there are over
and a St. Joseph Alumni read essays on for their service. Seventh graders Lane La- learn. Having a computer with the Internet 300 students attending Nazareth Academy.
the importance of Catholic Schools. An hodny and Lauren Villa spoke on the local in every classroom has enabled every stu- The weekly liturgies, daily religion classes,
Open House of the school followed Mass radio station about the CSW activities and dent to keep up with our Web site, which presence of eight Sisters on campus, hav-
and students’ work was displayed. The the significance of a Catholic education at is designed by the students. ing our own chapel here in school and
Catholic Daughters of America’s roast beef St. Joseph’s. Endowment Fund Stew Sup- Nazareth Academy’s academic and the overall closeness of the student body,
dinner was served at the Family Center per was held at the Family Center from 5:00 athletic programs are very important to the faculty and staff serve to make our, and all
after Mass and Open House. All 4th -8th to7:30 that evening. student body. In regards to academics, the students’, experience in school a special
grade students had written essays about the Thursday, A+ For America: In Our Vo- PSIA competition and Duke Talent Search and memorable one. We are, and always
importance of Catholic Schools. cations – Students wore blue and gold Spirit Program challenges our students to exceed will be, proud to say… “We are Jets for
Monday, A+ For America: In Our shirts and took a picture in an SJS cross their limits in academics. In fact, many of Jesus!”
Community – Bracelets were passed out formation. Sister Louise Marie, IWBS,
and worn by students throughout the and postulant Veronica Munoz visited St.
week. Brown paper bags were decorated Joseph School and gave students a personal
U.S. Catholic Education Snapshot
by Pre-K-8th grade students to promote view of their everyday life with Religious 2009-10 School Year
St. Joseph School and were distributed Vocations. Catholic Colleges and Universities
by H.E.B. to the community during CSW. Friday, A+ For America: In Our Faculty, No. of colleges/universities: 234* Full-time professional staff: 154,316
Valentine cards were presented to local Staff and Volunteers – 8th Graders honored Students: 795,823* Laity: 96.3%
Nursing Home residents and 8th grade the teachers by teaching their classes in the * Catholic college/university statistics are from Religious/clergy: 3.7%
students helped residents with Bingo and morning and by providing snacks for all. the 2009 Kenedy Directory Student/teacher ratio: 14:1
other fun games. The local Knights of Columbus provided TEXAS — Total Students: 79,612 **
Tuesday, A+ For America: In Our Stu- lunch for the teachers, volunteers, students Average Tuition
Total Schools: 283** Elementary: $3,383
dents- Students watched a movie and were and their families. A small token of appre- ** U.S. Catholic Elementary and Secondary
treated to popcorn and drinks. There was ciation was passed out to teachers with an Secondary: $8,182
Schools 2009-20010: The Annual Statistical
also a “No Homework Night.” early dismissal at 1:00 p.m. Report on Schools, Enrollment and Staffing
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St. Anthony School Celebrates
Catholic Schools Week
COLUMBUS—St. Anthony students of students from 4K - 8th grade. Students
had a faith and fun-filled week as they formed a bond with their team members as
celebrated and carried out the theme of they worked collaboratively throughout the
A+ For America Catholic Schools. The week. SAS scored an A+ by bringing food
students opened the week on Sunday by to help fill the food pantry; students could
celebrating Mass and welcoming visitors come to school wearing crazy socks if they Gwen Hall has
to an open house after Mass. brought an item for the pantry. taught at Our
The focus of the week was strengthen- Continuing with the theme A+ For Lady of Victory
ing our Catholic faith and celebrating the America Catholic Schools, the SAS stu- in Victoria for 40
dents brought money or years.
items to send to our military.
We are very fortunate to
be living in a free country.
The school family was very
proud to give a little some-
thing back to those men and
women who give so much
in order to keep our country
free and safe.
Students cleaned sur-
Truly Blessed at Our Lady of Victory
rounding areas of their By Gwen Hall on the Mesquite parking lot. We had nets
school to show their love and OLV 7th Grade Teacher set up for volleyball and places marked off
support for the community; I truly believe that God had a plan for for basketball. Our practices were early in
St. Anthony Catholic School me many years ago as I look back on my the morning before school. We competed
reaches out to everyone. younger years. He placed me exactly where with surrounding Catholic Schools. When
One of the SAS teams prepares its team flag, which rep- The students continued with I should be and I feel blessed for that. we finally got a gym, we thought we won
resented them during CSW. The team consists of (going the theme by including God The Catholic School system has always the Lotto. It was inside, comfortable and
clockwise from top left) Brett Bartels, Rebecca Walla, in their daily activities. The been at the top of the list in my family. My we were able to host our own games.
Jackson Beettner and Elena Cantu. entire school prayed the parents believed in Catholic education and Lots of changes have occurred since my
rosary together then began I certainly would not be where I am today first years at Our Lady of Victory School,
different aspects of our school that make their field day activities where each child if I did not hold it close to my heart. but my love of teaching and my dedica-
SAS an outstanding A+ school. The stu- played together with his/her team. I attended Catholic Schools all of my tion to Catholic education has only grown
dents of SAS were divided into teams and The week ended as it had begun – with school years and was part of the first 8th stronger. I feel my experiences as a student
points were accumulated for fulfilling the Mass. After a very busy week, students grade class to graduate from Our Lady of and as a teacher at Our Lady of Victory has
positive aspects of our Catholic faith. and faculty went home with a renewed Victory School. I graduated from Naza- been undoubtedly a gift from above. I have
St. Anthony reinforced the family spirit in our Catholic faith and the ever reth Academy and received my degree in watched many beautiful students grow into
atmosphere of the Catholic school by di- abiding belief in our Catholic Schools of education from Southwest Texas State successful and dedicated business people
viding the students into teams consisting America. University. and parents, and have been privileged to
In 1970 at the age of 21, with the help teach their children and seen that they have
of Father Hermes, Our Lady of Victory’s raised them in a truly Christian manner.
St. Philip School builds pastor, and Sister Emilie Eilers, principal, I thank God everyday that His plan for
on strong foundations I was hired for my first teaching position.
Little did I know that this would probably
me was to be in such a wonderful place – a
community where I saw teachers, parents
EL CAMPO—“A+ for America Catho- early as kindergarten by leading the Lit- be my lifetime position. and students become family. The large
lic Schools” was the theme heard through- urgy of the Word, playing musical instru- Times were a bit different in those days. family that grew here still supports and
out the halls of St. Philip Catholic Schoolments and engaging in buddy programs. We had no gymnasium. After a few years as loves each other. We all still hold those
during Catholic School’s Week. Starting Elementary and junior high students par- history teacher, science teacher, and co-ed “Good Old Times” close to our hearts.
on Sunday, January 30, with opening ticipate in theatre, academic and athletic PE teacher, I started the first girls’ sports What a lucky and blessed person I am.
Mass, through Friday, February 4, the competitions. These activities provide program. With no gym, our practices were
students had the opportunity to show opportunities to build new skills and to
appreciation for all the special people in practice good sportsmanship.
our lives. Highlights of the fall semester included Holy Cross Catholic School
Since 1949, St. Philip Catholic School the popular PTC Halloween Carnival that
has remained a bright, shining star for thewas enjoyed by children “of all ages,” the Celebrates Catholic Schools Week
children of El Campo and surrounding educational Saint’s Parade, performed
BAY CITY—Holy Cross Catholic dances that they had been working on dur-
by the 8th grade students and the annual
Father Gary, School celebrated Catholic Schools ing P.E. This has been a tradition for many
Christmas Pageant, a musical extravagan-
pastor of Week from Sunday, January 31- Febru- years to kick off Catholic Schools Week.
za that includes the entire student body.
St. Philip ary 5. The theme this year was “A+ for On January 30 the students participated in
Incorporating the theme of Catholic
Church, America Catholic Schools.” Catholic Mass along with open house. The open
Schools Week, A+ for America Catholic
makes a schools emphasize faith in action by reach- house displayed all of our family projects
Schools, St. Philip celebrated a week of
handprint in ing out to others. Jesus wants us to be of that each family had been working on for
fun-filled activities for the students. We
the cement service to others. Saint Paul reached out the past month. Each grade had a desig-
also planned special days for our moms,
foundation of to many communities as we reach out. nated section in the gym that displayed
dads, grandparents, volunteers and fac-
the school’s Holy Cross students collected food for some of the projects that the students had
ulty. During that week, the students also
new gym. the needy, made donations to St. Vincent worked on in class. During the week they
de Paul Society, Heifer International and invited Mayor Bricker of Bay City to their
communities. Walk of Faith
vice and he
Their student community ser-
enrollment vice project.
begins at age With the
three in their construction of
pre-kindergar- the new gymna-
ten program sium and Pre-K
providing center well un-
children the derway, the St.
foundation of Philip family is
personal spiri- anxiously antici-
tuality, faith pating the oppor-
development, tunities this new
and a strong 8th grade students, Isaac Kresta, Seth Pustejovsky facility will offer
academic pro- and Kyle Kerzee teach, Pre-K3 about the Feast of the our students for
gram. generations to Holy Cross students kick off CSW with a dance.
Archangels. with Mom,
The St. come.
Philip campus St. Philip
Holy Childhood. They adopted service families to have lunch with them.
also includes grades kindergarten through Catholic School family are thankful for
projects before Christmas instead of ex- Catholic schools provide a high level
eighth. There are many activities across all the blessings bestowed upon them as
changing gifts. of service to local communities because of
the grade levels offering opportunity for Christian people of God. Their alumni, ad-
They began their celebration of Catho- the many service projects students under-
growth and enrichment. Many forms ministrator, teachers, staff and parents are
lic Schools Week with a Family Dance take. Giving back to the community and
of technology are integrated across the examples of those blessings and they pray
on Saturday Jan. 29. All of their school helping others are values instilled in every
curriculum in all grade levels to promote that they will continue to grow in their love
families and guests attended the event as Catholic school student.
higher-level thinking. Students begin as for their school and their God.
they watched their children perform the
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Sacred Heart Catholic School –
Honor and Service, Academics and Athletics
HALLETTSVILLE—Sacred Heart this honor. Center of Victoria recognized Sacred Heart was named the TAPPS 2A 2010 Fine
Catholic School takes great pride in the SERVICE Catholic High School as one of the top Arts Student of the Year. Mr. William
accomplishments of its students and fac- The South Texas Blood and Tissue schools in their service area in terms of num- Harrison, Sacred Heart Catholic School
ulty each year in academics, music, art ber of blood donors Band Director, was named TAPPS 2A
and athletics, as well as service. For the and highest per- Fine Arts Teacher of the Year 2009-2010.
sixth consecutive year, the school was centage of partici- He led and directed the band to its 3rd
named the 2010 TAPPS 2A Overall State pants. The school straight TAPPS Instrumental Music State
Champion for outstanding achievements was presented with Championship.
in academic, athletic, music and art com- two checks in the
amount of $1000 ATHLETICS
each for this rec- Athletic Director and Head Football
ognition. Seven Coach Pat Henke was inducted into the
students from the Texas Private School Coaches Associa-
2010 class - Chance tion (TPSCA) 2010 Hall of Honor. Coach
Rath, Trentin Pilat, Henke has recorded over 200 wins and
Amy Klimitchek, was named TAPPS Coach of the Decade
Kayla Harmon, 1990-99. Under the direction of Coach
(above) Seven graduating S.H. students received Red Cord honors Brady Etzler, Re- Joe Cash, the Sacred Heart Indian boys
for donating blood to STBTC of Victoria. bekah Krischke track team won the TAPPS 2A 2010
and Ethan Svetlik State Championship for the first time in
(left) Sacred Heart Indian boys track team and Coach Joe Cash won - were recognized the school’s history. Coach Cash was
the TAPPS 2A 2010 State Championship for the first time in the as Red Cord Hon- recognized at the 2010 UIL State Track
petitions during the 2009-10 school year. school’s history. orees for donating and Field Meet for his part in leading the
This is the 10th year since 1989 that Sacred a minimum of six Refugio High School track team to the
Heart Catholic High School has received times during their high school years. school’s first three state track and field
championships in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
~History of the Shiner Catholic School~ ACADEMICS, ART AND MUSIC The Sacred Heart Indianettes softball
Sacred Heart Catholic School placed team, coached by Virgil Gutierrez, Rich-
St. Ludmila Elementary and 1st overall in the TAPPS 2010 academic ard Klimitchek and Randy Fojt, won the
district meet and 3rd overall in the TAPPS TAPPS 2A 2010 State Championship for
St. Paul High School 2A 2010 district art meet. Ethan Svetlik the 4th year in a row.
SHINER—In 1897, Mother Saint
Claire, foundress of the Incarnate Word
moral, intellectual and physical abilities
and their fidelity to God’s call. Thus the
We are the Mariners
and Blessed Sacrament (IWBS) Congrega- students will be able to spread the Good PORT LAVACA—Located in Calhoun cial) they are learning in the classroom, to
tion in the Americas, was asked by Bishop News to all people whose lives they touch County, Our Lady of the Gulf Parish in real life activities. This hands-on learning
Port Lavaca has long been a part of a involves parents and parish volunteers, as
seafaring community. Surrounded by over well as other community partners. After
building boats, the students
then learn basic boating and
water safety skills.
This collaborative pro-
gram helps fulfill the school’s
goal to develop deductive
Shiner Catholic Schools students pose after school Mass with Bishop Fellhauer. reasoning, critical and cre-
Anthony Forest for a sixth IWBS founda- each day. The Shiner Catholic School skills, and com-
tion to be built in Texas. On February community believes that a relationship munication skills
18, she accompanied four other sisters to with God is central to its purpose for be- needed to suc-
Shiner where the sixth order was created. ing. Shiner Catholic School is a unique (above) Eighth graders build a full-size, ceed academical-
The new Incarnate Word Academy later community in which students, teachers puddle-duck racer boat. (right) Eighth- ly. The program
became known as St. Ludmila Academy. and staff can experience the presence of grader Christian Lozano and Rhonda also teaches life-
The history of St. Ludmila Academy the Holy Spirit and proclaim the Gospel Cummins, marine agent, take the Mari- long lessons that
dates back to February 24, 1897, when message. The school remains faithful ner I out on her maiden voyage. build successful
the school was named in honor of a Slavic to its Catholic heritage while respecting futures. Students
saint and opened with an enrollment of 57 the diversity of other religious traditions. 500 square miles of water, Our Lady of learn how to
students. The school taught the the Gulf is unique in many ways. Thus work as part of
basics with an emphasis in re- it was only natural for the school to pick a team to accom-
ligious education; the English, the “Mariner” as their mascot. plish a common
German, Czech and Bohemian But being the Mariners is more than goal, how to find
languages; and musical instru- just a ship’s wheel logo and a name. The solutions to dif-
ments including piano, guitar, school has developed strong partnerships ficult problems and develop strong bonds
violin and mandolin. with local agencies such as the Calhoun with their elders through working with the
Only elementary grades County AgriLife Extension and Texas Sea adult volunteers.
were taught until 1902, when Grant Extension office. As a result, middle From the port, located three blocks
two years of high school were school students are learning basic boat from the school, a person can sail to any
added. In 1928, a four-year building and sailing skills that enhance other port in the world. In a similar way,
high school was incorporated, and enrich the curriculum in mathematics, from the A+ Catholic Education received
and the school received the computer literacy, art, language arts and at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic School,
designation of an academy Students from Shiner Catholic School pose in front of even physical education. The building of Mariner students are given a solid founda-
and became fully accredited St. Ludmila Elementary, formerly known as St. Ludmila boats provides the students an opportunity tion and the tools they need to reach any
by 1929. To meet the educa- Academy. to apply the skills (both academic and so- life goal they set.
tional needs of the high school
students, the parish constructed a modern This year the Shiner Catholic School will
two-story, red brick building in 1963 for Nazareth Academy School (serving Pre-K3 through 8th Grades) has open-
proudly celebrate the 114th anniversary of
$112,000 which became the home of St. ings at all levels and is accepting new student applications. Registration
its opening in 1897.
Paul High School. In 1986, St. Ludmila will be held on March 8th. Contact the school at 573-6651 or go to
Academy became a parish-supported el- www.nazarethacademy.org
ementary school, and the name was
changed to St. Ludmila Elementary. The
building was generously gifted to Sts.
Cyril & Methodius Parish in 1990. Since
the parish now owned both schools, the
educational complex became known as the
Shiner Catholic School in 1987.
The mission of the Shiner Catholic
School is “Preparing the children of God
for the Kingdom of God.” In curriculum
and other areas of decision-making, the
focus of the Shiner Catholic School is
on the growth of the students’ spiritual,
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but for each of us, this name The Pope
remained a mystery. And then
Catholic By Grace he called to us personally, as he Speaks
called to Moses. Draw closer.
By Denise E. Bossert There is something I want you to
catholicbygrace.blogspot.com do. And the key to your success
rests in one name. My name. I Pope
Am. The I Am is sending you.
Called by Name This Creator has known your Benedict XVI
name from the moment you cNS photo from Reuters
When I was a substitute a seating chart. He gave it to us. were conceived in the womb. He
teacher, I had a trick. I set aside God knew that, in giving us his knows you by name because he
made you. It is a lesson I share
Pope says St. Joan of Arc is
precisely three minutes to famil- name, we could draw closer. Our
iarize myself with the seating relationship could get personal. with confirmation students. The model for Christian politicians
chart. As the students were filing As paragraph 203 of the Cat- One who made you has also
in and finding seats, I commit- echism says, “To disclose one’s called you by name. When you By Cindy Wooden her Christian life and to work
ted to memory the names of the name is to make oneself known were baptized, you were given a Catholic News Service personally for the liberation of
students who were likely to give to others; in a way it is to hand new name. Every time you have VATICAN CITY (CNS) — her people,” the pope said.
me trouble. They were the ones oneself over by becoming acces- entered the church, from the With her deep prayer life and Those involved in condemn-
who saw a sub, and something sible . . . .” moment you were old enough total devotion to serving God and ing her as a heretic and having
changed. When their attitude Recently, I traveled to Ala- to reach the holy water font, the good of her fellow citizens, her burned at the stake included
shifted, I put their names into bama and Ohio and shared my you have blessed yourself in St. Joan of Arc is a wonderful priests and theologians who dis-
short-term memory. conversion story. When I arrived, that name. But when you are model for Christian politicians, agreed with her politically and
At the opening bell, I would one of the first things I was asked confirmed, you will stand before Pope Benedict XVI said. were unable to overcome that
put the seating chart down and was how I pronounce my name. God and before his shepherd, “Hers is a beautiful example disagreement to judge her fairly,
begin implementing the teacher’s “It’s bah – as in ‘bah-humbug’ – the bishop, and you will renew of holiness for laypeople in- the pope said.
lesson plans - and then when one and cert – as in the breath mints. those baptismal promises. At volved in politics, especially in The role of churchmen in
of the students acted up, I ad- Bossert.” I could tell that they your baptism, God called you difficult situations. Faith is the condemning the saint, he said,
dressed him by name. He would felt a little embarrassed that they as he did to Moses. He gave you light that guided all her choices,” is a “disturbing and enlighten-
stare at me in shock. Did I know did not know how to pronounce his name. Today, he asks you to the pope said Jan. 26 during his ing” picture of the reality of the
him? Well, that changed every- my name automatically. They claim that name – now and for- weekly general audience. church on earth, which as the
thing. Suddenly, things were on certainly didn’t need to feel bad ever. He’s preparing to send you The pope’s remarks about Second Vatican Council said,
a personal level. Anonymity – about it. Even before our first into the world, as he did Moses, St. Joan were part of an ongoing “is always holy and is always in
gone. Incognito, no longer. date, I asked John, “So how do to free the enslaved, liberate the series of audience talks about need of purification.”
I could see him thinking. you pronounce that last name captives and share his good news influential Catholic women of The truth is that St. Joan of
How does she know me? Does anyway?” Now it is my name, with others. It is time for you the Middle Ages. Arc was involved in the French
she know my parents? Hey, she and I give the same answer to to wear his name publicly. It is Addressing about 3,000 peo- political situation because of her
could write me up with little others that my husband gave time for you to become Christ to ple gathered for the audience, the total love for Jesus and for her
effort. A name is like a ticket. to me. the world. pope said that St. Joan of Arc, neighbor, he said. “This saint
It gains access to the person. It There was a time when we When God gave us his name, like St. Catherine of Siena, was understood that love embraces
changes everything. did not know the name of our he gave us more than a name. He a young laywoman and mystic the whole reality of God and of
God disclosed his name to God. Once, we were strangers. reached out to the created ones who lived her faith commitment man, of heaven and earth, of the
us. He gave it freely. We didn’t We were very far from the One and the Creator said draw close “not in a cloister, but in the midst church and the world,” he said.
wrestle it out of him, or crack who made us. In ancient days, to me. You are mine. I love you. of the most dramatic realities of The young French saint car-
the code, or lift the name from he offered his name to Moses, And I have called you by name. the church and the world of her ried a banner with an image of
Go and bear witness to the time.” Jesus holding the world, “the
name you have received. St. Joan and St. Catherine icon of her political mission.
To view the television shows are perhaps the best examples The liberation of her people was
Guest Commentary featuring Denise Bossert, please of “those strong women who a work of human justice which
go to http://www.womenof- at the end of the Middle Ages Joan engaged in with charity for
Why is the Catholic Church grace.com/tv-shows/past-tv- brought the Gospel to bear on love of Jesus,” the pope said.
so physically massive? shows-online.html and click
on Program 14583 Blogging for
the complex events of history,”
After Pope Benedict finished
his main audience talk, a man
Jesus with Denise Bossert. To From the transcripts of the from Malta yelled out to the
By Joel Davidson, editor of the to “Go and make disciples.”
watch her on the Jan. 10 showing young French saint’s trial, “we pope and tried to make his way
Catholic Anchor This is the only reason for
of Journey Home, go to http:// know that her religious life ma- up to hand a letter to the pope.
Archdiocese of Anchorage the Church to be so physically
www.youtube.com/watch?v=p tured with mystical experiences The man was escorted from the
and institutionally manifest. She
xXXSoTDn58&feature=p beginning when she was 13 audience hall by Vatican police.
To the average observer, the does not exist for her own sake
layer_embedded. years old. Through the voice of Passionist Father Ciro Benedet-
Catholic Church must appear a or self-preservation. She does
the Archangel Michael, Joan felt tini, vice director of the Vatican
physically impressive and his- not chart an independent course
called by the Lord to intensify press office, said the letter had
torically ancient institution. Ten or serve interests outside of the
years into the start of her third Gospel. Rather, the Church is
millennium, she now embraces the continual proclamation and
nearly 1.2 billion followers who manifestation of the Gospel of Holy Father’s Messages
are shepherded and guided by
5,000 bishops and more than
Christ on the earth.
She only exists that men and
Pope Benedict XVI Messages can be found at the Vatican Web site Amor Meus
at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/index.htm or
400,000 priests who are in full
union with the bishop of Rome
women might discover that they just http://www.vatican.va, go to the desired language, click on the Events
are known by and can enter into picture of the pope and then click on Messages.
— the pope. Additionally, more union with the Creator of their Amor Meus Spirituality Cen-
than 700,000 women religious souls. This knowledge radically Available messages so far this year: ter invites you to a Taizé Prayer
serve the Church. reorders the lives of those who Jan. 1: 44th World Day of Peace 2011 – ‘Religious Freedom, the Experience, which will be of-
In terms of sheer real estate, embrace it — both now and for Path to Peace’ fered Tuesday, February 15, from
the Catholic Church encom- eternity. Jan. 5: Pontifical Messages: Message on the occasion of the first 7-8 p.m. in the auditorium, at
passes 3,000-plus dioceses that The Archdiocese of An- anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti Incarnate Word Convent, (1101
contain hundreds of thousands chorage, Alaska, reveals but a Jan. 24: 45th World Communications Day – ‘Truth, Proclama- N.E. Water Street, Victoria).
of parishes, as well as schools, tiny slice of the global Catholic tion and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age (celebrated June 5, Taizé prayer, held in a candle-
hospitals, clinics, orphanages and Church. They are but a slice of but released Jan. 24, the feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of light atmosphere, consists of
other outreaches. a slice. The archdiocese encap- journalists, writers) music, song, chant, scriptural
Add to this the museums, sulates a total of 32 parishes Feb. 2: 15th World Day of Consecrated Life 2011 reading, meditation and prayers
precious artifacts, archives and and missions, five schools, 10 Feb. 11: 19th World Day of the Sick 2011 – ‘By his wounds you of intercession.
cemeteries and one might begin major outreaches of Catholic have been healed’ (1 Pt 2:24) Also, the Sisters will hold a
to wonder how the simple Gos- Social Services, a spiritual retreat silent retreat titled “Prayer: Our
pel of Christ led to such material center, a Catholic hospital and Lenten Journey to Surrender”
splendor. several medical centers, along Pope Benedict XVI - Intentions on Saturday, March 5, from 9:30
The admittedly expansive with scores of youth groups, pro- a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the center.
edifice of the Catholic Church grams and other outreaches. At
February 2011 A lunch may be purchased for
is only legitimate so long as the their best, these, too, are physical $5 or bring your own. Bring
structure rests on a single corner- General Intention: That the family may be respected by all
evidence of the Church’s underly- your Bible if you have one. Pre-
stone: Jesus Christ, the incarnate in its identity and that its irreplaceable contribution to all of
ing mission — to proclaim Christ registration is preferred.
God whose warm hands touched society be recognized.
to the world. For more information on
the world and carved a doorway All of this comes to mind either event or to register for the
to eternal life. He then handed missionary Intention: That in the mission territories where the
retreat, please call (361) 575-
the keys of this doorway to his See Why is the Catholic Church struggle against disease is most urgent, Christian communities
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Church and issued the command so physically massive?, p. 15 may witness to the presence of Christ to those who suffer.
Marie or Cris.
FAITH & FAMILY
The Catholic Lighthouse
Page 14 — February 2011
Books for the musician … or anyone
Below is a list with a short description insight into his artistry. A palpable energy
of a few books published by GIA Publica- positively leaps from each page.
tions, Music for the Church. GIA stands • Table Talk ~ Musings on Music, Church
for Quality Music and Music Education and Culture, a collection of columns by
Resources! Fred Moleck
Several books are sent to The Catholic Table Talk celebrates 45 years of
Lighthouse each year from GIA Publica- collected wisdom from award-winning
tions, Inc. Here are a few titles Catholics, author, GIA Quarterly editor and vet-
and in particular Catholic Mu- eran teacher, Dr. Fred Moleck.
sicians, will be interested in. Table Talk relates the thoughts,
The Hope Prayer ~ Words conversations and experiences
to Nourish the Soul by Liam of this seasoned church musi-
Lawton will be the February cian and liturgist. Selected
Family Puzzle Contest prize. from the best of his weekly col-
Liam Lawton is an award umns at giamusic.com, Table
winning, critically acclaimed Talk includes such amusing
Irish singer-songwriter and titles as “Looking for Jesus in
Roman Catholic priest. In All the Wrong Places,” “Pente-
2004, Father Lawton was dis- costal Crackles and Pops,” and
covered by EMI, with whom “Music for the Not-So-Easily
he has since released three Inspired.”
platinum-selling albums. In • The Singer’s Ego ~ Finding
The Hope Prayer, he as created a beauti- Balance Between Music and Life, A Guide
ful book of over 40 new prayers – each for Singers and Those Who Teach and
one expressed in his distinctive and illu- Work with Singers by Lynn Eustis
minating voice. Including selected song The Singer’s Ego is a groundbreak-
lyrics, this book will take the reader on a ing book that explores the serious issues
comforting journey of the soul, across all singers face, issues with profound impli-
kinds of terrain. cations for both singer and their teachers.
Here are prayers of friendship, love, From the psychological to the practical,
death, leasing, illness, calm, inspira- anything that can or will affect a singer’s
tion, marriage, Christmas, providence, performance is included in this book. The
remembering, working, celebrating life author, a graduate of the Curtis Institute
– all brought together through the theme of Music and voice instructor at the Uni-
of hope. The Hope Prayer is a book to be versity of North Texas, draws from her
Name: treasured, offering strength, sustenance, experience as a professional singer and
Address: and wisdom for today’s challenging the wisdom gained from her many years
Phone number: world. of teaching voice.
Parish: • Creating the Special World ~ A Collec- Other items musicians may also be
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ings of Weston Noble, one of the most Sacred Land $16.95 (CD-662)
influential leaders in choral music of the For more information on these items
Family Puzzle Contest Winners! past 55 years. His enthusiasm for his life’s or to purchase any of them, please go to
work emanates from the pages, providing
Katherine Kahanek of St. Mary’s mission near Hallettsville is the winner of the Janu-
ary Family Puzzle Contest and “The Archbishop Wore Combat Boots” by Archbishop
Philip Hannan and published by Our Sunday Visitor. Congratulations. The winners of Revised Bible provides ‘more clarity,
more detail’ for today’s Catholic
the youth contest are Delaine Valenzuela (11) and Myles Svatek (7), both of St. Philip in
El Campo. Each will receive a gift from the Incarnate Word Gift Shop. The next Family
Puzzle Contest winner will win “The Hope Prayer” by Father Liam Lawton. See book
By Patricia Zapor programs but more clarity, more detail.”
review on this page.
Catholic News Service What is being called the New American
If you have not won the puzzle contest within the past six months, please send com-
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The revised Bible Revised Edition, or NABRE, will in-
pleted puzzle and contest form to The Catholic Lighthouse, P. O. Box 4070, Victoria,
New American Bible that will be released clude the first revised translation since 1970
TX 77903, by February 25 for a chance to win “The Hope Prayer.”
on Ash Wednesday, March 9, may seem of the Old Testament. The New Testament
most notably different to casual readers for translation is the same as in 1986’s Second
its efforts at providing context and clarity Edition of the New American Bible.
in how the passages fit together, according The NABRE also will include the up-
to the coordinator of its publication. dated Book of Psalms, which was revised
“It will be like going from regular TV in three phases between 1991 and 2010 and
to high-definition,” said Mary Elizabeth has been included in Third Edition versions
Sperry, associate director of New American of the New American Bible published since
Bible utilization for the U.S. Conference of 1991.
Catholic Bishops. “You’ll have the same The new Bible will be available in an
assortment of print, audio and electronic
“The Flock” expands formats, from a variety of publishers. Indi-
vidual publishers will roll out their versions
– and it’s not just on their own schedules. For instance, Ox-
“Pasture Bloat” ford University Press announced its line of
compact NABRE editions will be available
Cartoonist Jean Denton and her “Flock” by Easter, April 24, and its study Bibles will
on the sheepdotcom Web site begin to pro- be on the market for fall 2011 courses.
duce daily cartoons (Monday – Friday) The NABRE’s publication will not af-
this February. fect what Scripture texts are used for Mass.
“The Flock” offers a light approach The Lectionary translation has already been
to the serious matter of relationship updated recently.
with God. We hope you’ll regularly Sperry explained that some of the up-
follow Bernice and her sheep friends dating in the Old Testament resulted from
just for a laugh – or maybe to stimulate developments in biblical scholarship since
reflection. And share it with your friends the last time it was translated. For instance,
A new blog will also be posted ev- recent archaeological discoveries have pro-
ery Monday, Wednesday and Friday vided better texts, which affected scholarly
and “Headless Frank” will have new views on how certain passages should be
advice every Tuesday and Thursday. translated, she said.
Feel free to send comments on the blog page The goal of retranslating the Old Testa-
or questions for Frank – who is trying not ment was to “get it closer to the original
to be so long-winded. You can just vent to language,” Sperry said. Scholars start with
him if you want. Who can better stand and the original Hebrew or Greek text, for in-
take a good venting than a headless statue? stance, rather than simply working from the
Visit the sheep and Headless Frank at 1970 New American Bible version, or from
http://www.sheepdotcom.com translations used in other Bible editions.
FAITH & FAMILY The Catholic Lighthouse
Page 15 —February 2011
By christina capecchi John and Roxanna
E-mail: Christina@ReadChristina.com Green sit with their
son, Dallas, during
A short life bookended by tragedy the funeral Mass
for their daugh-
The youth choir Christina Green be- the Eucharist. “We do not stand alone,” the ter, Christina Tay-
longed to performs just once a month, on grade schoolers sang. “He who believes in lor Green, at St.
the second Sunday at the 9 o’clock Mass. me will have eternal life.” Elizabeth Ann
And sure enough, the day after the 9-year- There it all was inside that sloping Seton Church in
old was killed in Tucson, church on the foothills of the Tucson, Ariz., Jan.
Ariz., the youngest victim Santa Catalina Mountains, 13. Christina was
of the shooting targeting where the desert heat meets killed in the Jan. 8
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, St. the snow-capped peaks: shootings that left
Odilia’s youth choir sang. darkness and light; silence six dead and 14
It was Jan. 9, the feast of and song; grief and hope; others wounded,
the baptism of the Lord, and one more baptized member, including Rep.
there was just one baptism at one less. Gabrielle Giffords.
that Mass, a 9-year-old girl. “Faith and doubt go re- (CNS photo/Greg
That wasn’t lost on Fa- ally close together,” Father Bryan, Arizona
ther Richard Troutman, pas- Troutman said on the eve of Daily Star pool via
tor of St. Odilia. Christina’s wake. “God is Reuters)
“You realize how small the God of death and resur-
they are,” he told me, “how Christina Green rection.”
much potential they have, Christina’s very arrival,
how you really want to protect a 9-year- born on 9/11, demonstrated that strange
old.” juxtaposition. Her mom says she took pride
Father Troutman has been a priest since in being a grace note to a dark day. And
1968, yet he approached that Mass as if it surely Christina feels the same way about
were his first, putting in extra prayer and the loving acts performed after the Tucson Why is the Catholic Church
still feeling a bit unprepared, like “a work
in progress” pastor. He had heard the gun
shooting: parents who extended their kids’
bedtimes, giving an extra kiss or cookie; so physically massive?
shots the day before and he was just as neighbors who offered heaping helpings Continued from p. 13
shocked as everyone else. of pasta and prayer.
The first reading was done by a child, The older I get the more I accept the upon reading Pope Benedict XVI’s mes- immunity from coercion, but even more
and the words from Isaiah seemed fitting. contradictions in life, understanding how sage for World Peace Day 2011 (observed fundamentally as an ability to order one’s
“Thus says the Lord: Here is my servant, tears and laughter can mingle, springing Jan. 1). own choices in accordance with truth.”
whom I uphold...He shall bring forth justice from what feels like the same origin. Life’s The profoundly inspiring 5,000 word Throughout his message, Pope Benedict
to the nations, not crying out, not shouting, contrasts bring meaning, just as a sym- message amounts to a rigorous defense of makes clear that the ability to “order one’s
not making his voice heard in the street.” phony has crescendos and decrescendos, the Catholic Church’s public mission in a choices in accordance with truth” will in-
In his homily Father Troutman spoke rests and triplets. modern world — a world which is increas- clude the right to build Churches, schools,
longer than usual, preaching about mystical I’m also coming to appreciate the rich- ingly hostile to the outward expressions of hospitals and other institutions that physi-
union with God, a state that is preceded by ness and rhythm of the liturgical calendar. the Church. cally manifest the love of God.
unnecessary death. Baptism propels us to- Sometimes we fall into stride with it, The pope first explains why the Church In short, the Holy Father makes clear
ward community engagement and service, naturally matching its tenor. Sometimes must always and everywhere publicly pro- that outward works of the Church exist —
he said, which leads to events like “Con- its melody feels miles away, but we hear claim the truth: “Without the acknowledge- and have a right to continue — because of
gress on your Corner,” the public gathering the invitation and jump in at a key change, ment of his spiritual being, without open- the fundamental nature of humanity.
where Christina was killed. singing out or humming along. ness to the transcendent, the human person “The right to religious freedom is rooted
Then came the prayer of the faithful, This short month is hinged on Valen- withdraws within himself, fails to find in the very dignity of the human person,
with one petition for all of Saturday’s vic- tine’s Day, and in Christina’s honor we answers to the heart’s deepest questions whose transcendent nature must not be
tims and one for Christina. should interpret it broadly, to gather all the about life’s meaning, fails to appropriate ignored or overlooked,” he says.
Communion was the high point, when love we can, to nurture it, celebrate it and lasting ethical values and principles, and To read the full World Day of Peace
Christina’s friends in the youth choir per- act on it. fails even to experience authentic freedom message, go to http://www.vatican.va/
formed “We Are One Body,” an apt anthem Christina Capecchi is a freelance writer and to build a just society.” holy_father/benedict_xvi/ and click on
for a devastated community being fed by from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. The pope adds, “Religious freedom Messages.
should be understood, then, not merely as
Bishop promotes marriage day Sunday Readings from Feb. 13 to March 13
February 13 — Sirach 15:15-20
By Catholic News Service to bishops. Rhoades said. Sixth Sunday in Psalms 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
WASHINGTON (CNS) — World Marriage Day, pro- National Marriage Week Ordinary Time 1 Corinthians 2:6-10
Two initiatives in February moted by Worldwide Marriage USA is sponsored by the Let’s Matthew 5:17-34
focus attention on the need to Encounter, has as its theme this Strengthen Marriage Campaign.
February 20 — Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
strengthen marriage, in line with year, “Love One Another.” First observed in the United Seventh Sunday in Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8, 10, 12-13
the U.S. bishops’ priority inter- The observance received Kingdom in 1996, it has since Ordinary Time 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
est in that area, Bishop Kevin C. Pope John Paul II’s apostol- spread to other countries. Matthew 5:38-48
Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South “This project — now in its
Bend, Ind., told his fellow second year (in the United February 27 — Isaiah 49:14-15
Eighth Sunday in Psalms 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9
bishops. States) — is a collaborative Ordinary Time 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Bishop Rhoades, chairman effort to influence the culture Matthew 6:24-34
of the bishops’ Committee on by faith communities, business,
Laity, Marriage, Family Life media, education and nonprofit March 6 — Deuteronomy 11:18, 26-28, 32
and Youth, expressed support ic blessing in 1993, and “has Ninth Sunday in Psalms 31:2-3, 3-4, 17, 25
See Bishop promotes, p. 17 Ordinary Time Romans 3:21-25, 28
for World Marriage Day Feb. continued to grow and spread Matthew 7:21-27
13 and National Marriage Week among many countries and faith
USA Feb. 7-14 in a Jan. 13 letter expressions ever since,” Bishop World March 9 — Joel 2:12-18
Ash Wednesday Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 & 17
2 Corinthians 5:20, 6:2
Catholic wedding must mean couple knows Marriage Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
church teaching, pope says Day March 13 — Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Men and women have a natural right First Sunday of Lent Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 17
to marry, but that does not mean they have a right to a Catholic wed- Sunday, Romans 5:12-19
ding, Pope Benedict XVI said. For the Catholic Church, marriage is Matthew 4:1-11
a sacrament that is witnessed by a priest or deacon, but performed by February 13
the couple who pledge their union will be forever and that they will
All daily and Sunday readings, as well as a daily reflection
be open to having and educating children, the pope said. “The right to
video, are available in text or audio at:
contract marriage presupposes that one is able to and intends to truly
celebrate it, that is, in the truth of its essence as taught by the church,”
Pope Benedict said Jan. 22 when he met with members of the Roman
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Packers’ associate professor of political science and
founding director of the Rooney Center for
chaplain expects the Study of American Democracy at the
University of Notre Dame in South Bend,
record Super Ind. “It’s an interesting story because
having diverse ethnic groups within the
By Maria Huemmer
Bowl crowd — at Catholic Church – that’s nothing new. The
Catholics have welcomed immigrants from
Texas Catholic Conference
pre-game Mass around the world for generations. What’s
new is that it used to be the Poles, the Lithu- Immigration Legislation that
ALLOUEZ, Wis. (CNS) -- If the Super
anians, the Italians and the Irish. And now
it’s the Guatemalans and the Mexicans, and Makes Sense for Texas
Bowl is anything like the National Football to see the interplay between those groups
Conference championship game, Norber- At the beginning of the year, we spoke the “keep out” element of immigration
is interesting,” Campbell said.
tine Father Jim Baraniak said he expected with several advocates at a press confer- reform, and fail to recognize the positive
an overflow crowd. The Packers’ Catholic ence on immigration reform. One of the contributions of immigrants to our state.
EWTN acquires National speakers illustrated the brokenness of Efforts to require employers to comply
chaplain wasn’t referring to the attendance
at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas,
Catholic Register; current immigration law, stating that it’s with E-verify, a system that has high error
but rather the Mass to be celebrated before newspaper launched in 1927 as if our country has two adjacent signs rates, among other problems, fail to recog-
the big game Feb. 6. In Chicago, before the IRONDALE, Ala. (CNS) – The Eter- regarding immigration: “Keep Out” and nize that Texas is benefiting from the con-
Packers beat the Bears Jan. 23, “everybody nal Word Television Network has signed “Now Hiring.” tributions of immigrants in our workforce.
showed up. We maxed out the room,” said a letter of intent to acquire the National Immigration reform is a complex issue, Concerns about crime and wasted tax
Father Baraniak. “It was just unbeliev- Catholic Register, which describes itself but the position of the Catholic Bishops dollars in our state are red herrings in the
able,” he added. “The Mass was full of as “the nation’s leading Catholic newspa- is clear. Immigration is a moral issue, debate on immigration reform. Texas state
energy. I felt nervous during the homily.” per.” Effective Feb. 1, EWTN will take full based on our teaching that every person and local law enforcement can already ar-
Father Baraniak, now in his 14th year control and ownership of the Register, now is created in God’s image. As stated by rest immigrants for crimes they commit.
with the team, has enjoyed an up-close based in Irondale. Its editorial and business Most Rev. Kevin Farrell, Bishop of the The State Comptroller showed that, in
view throughout the regular season and offices had been based in North Haven, Diocese of Dallas, “Immigration reform the 2005 budget year, undocumented im-
the playoff run. When the Packers play on Conn., since 1995, when the Legionaries must include a viable path to permanent migrants produced 1.58 billion dollars in
the road, he watches the action from the of Christ bought the paper and moved it to residency for the undocumented popula- state revenues, which exceeded the $1.16
visiting owner’s box before making his New England from California. “I am very tion; a new worker program that includes billion in state services they received.
way onto the field for the fourth quarter. pleased and excited that the Register will appropriate worker protections, wage lev- We are, however, pleased to support
In addition to his ministerial duties, he as- now be a part of the EWTN family,” said els and an opportunity to earn permanent positive immigration legislation that main-
sists in the locker room. Father Baraniak, Michael P. Warsaw, EWTN’s president and residency; reductions in family reunifica- tains an appropriate relationship between
pastor at St. Norbert College Parish in De chief executive officer. “All of us at EWTN tion backlogs, and the restoration of due state and federal government. HB 48,
Pere, is responsible for returning players’ have great respect for the Register and the process protections lost in the 1996 Illegal sponsored by Representative Peña (R),
valuables from safekeeping after the game. role it has played throughout its history. It’s Immigration Reform and Immigrant Re- and SB 288, sponsored by Senator Lucio
The job was tougher this season with all a tremendous legacy that deserves to not sponsibility Act.” (D) allow the Department of Public Safety
of the injuries. “Even at the end of the only be preserved, but also to grow and to Root causes of migration must also be to review the feasibility of southbound
season, I had a hard time with all the new flourish.” Warsaw said in a Jan. 19 state- addressed. The Texas Bishops called atten- checkpoints and to cooperate with the
faces,” he told The Compass, newspaper ment: “I believe that EWTN will be able to tion to this issue in a statement released federal government in setting them up.
of the Green Bay Diocese. “Usually, after provide the stability that the Register needs last year, stating, “immigrant families The intent of these bills is to secure the
the preseason, by the first game, I know at this time as well as to give it a platform coming from Mexico are increasingly border and stop the flow of arms and bulk
everyone. It was a guessing game at times for its growth in the years ahead. We’re coming to the United States out of a fear currency to drug cartels and gangs. We
this year. At the college, at the prison, in proud to be able to step in and carry on for their safety and that of their families; support border enforcement measures that
all the apostolates of which I’m involved, both the Register’s name and its tradition of this is exacerbating the dimensions of the are targeted, proportional, and humane,
I take pride in getting to know people’s faithful Catholic reporting on the issues of humanitarian tragedy that affects immi- and we hope that this legislation will pass
names, so it’s been difficult.” the day.” Under the terms of the transaction, grant families.” and help end the violence occurring in
no cash will be exchanged between the par- Comprehensive immigration reform Texas and Mexico.
ties. EWTN, a global Catholic network, will must be handled at the national level For more information on these bills,
Shifting religious landscape take over the ongoing operational expenses because immigration is a national issue. as well as other bills relevant to our Im-
and signs of how religion of the Register and will assume the paper’s The bulk of the bills in our Immigration migration legislative priority, visit our
divides, unites future subscription liabilities. The National Bill Report (which lists state legislation Bill Reports page by clicking the “Bill
WASHINGTON (CNS) – The rate at Catholic Register grew out of the Denver that we support or oppose in that priority Reports” button on our web page, www.
which Latinos are entering U.S. Catholic Catholic Register, launched Aug. 11, 1905. area) are bills we oppose on the premise TXcatholic.org.To learn the facts and
life is “sudden” and “dramatic,” according Under the leadership of Msgr. Matthew that it is not the responsibility of local combat the myths surround this issue, visit
to the co-author of a recently published Smith, the Register system of newspapers law enforcement, school districts, or other the Justice for Immigrants web site: www.
book chronicling trends in U.S. religious was developed, with the first national edi- state or local agencies to enforce federal JusticeforImmigrants.org.
life. But, said David Campbell, who co- tion appearing Nov. 8, 1927. immigration law. These bills emphasize
wrote “American Grace: How Religion
Divides and Unites Us,” it is just one
Catholic wedding must mean couple
manifestation of a shifting U.S. religious
landscape.” Of those Catholics under 30 knows church teaching, pope says “Love ...
who were at Mass last weekend – pick any Continued from p. 16
weekend – but last weekend, 60 percent of It always
Because the church has a very specific re- often it is assumed that the priest must act
them were Latino. Sixty percent. And that
group is only going to grow,” Campbell
ligious understanding of what marriage is, with largesse, since the natural right of per- protects, always
“no one can claim the right to a marriage sons to marry is at stake,” the pope said, but
said during a luncheon organized by the
Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion
ceremony” in the church, the pope said. In for the Catholic Church, there exists only trusts, always
his annual meeting with the tribunal offi- one kind of marriage — sacramental — and
& Public Life. “Latinos are more likely
to remain within the faith; they don’t in-
cials, Pope Benedict said he wanted to focus the right of Catholic couples to celebrate hopes, always
on the legal or juridical aspect of Catholic the sacrament can be exercised only if they
termarry as much. They hold onto their
young – they also have a higher birthrate.
marriage preparation programs, because too fully understand what they are doing. perseveres.”
often engaged couples — and even those 1 corinthians 13:6-7
And so those two factors together mean
preparing them for marriage — consider
that the Catholic Church is on the leading
the courses simply a bureaucratic hurdle
edge of the Latino-ization of America,”
to overcome before the wedding. “In fact, Si usted o alguien que usted conoce ha sido abusado
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Church leaders follow Egyptian unrest with interest, concern
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Church leaders were watching the unfolding political
drama in Egypt with a mixture of hope for reform and concern over potential violence,
said the head of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa
told Vatican Radio Jan. 30 that the widespread unrest that has weakened the 30-year rule of
President Hosni Mubarak came as a surprise to Catholics in the region. “We all sense that
these are epochal changes. None of us would have imagined these kinds of developments
a few months ago,” he said. “This means that there are currents, especially in the Arab
world, that now have found visible expression. This is certainly a positive sign, but it’s also
worrying because we don’t know how all this will end — we hope with the least possible
amount of violence and bloodshed,” he said. Father Pizzaballa said he hoped that “respect
for religious minorities will be preserved” in Egypt. His concern appeared to reflect the
fact that Mubarak’s opponents include both radical and moderate Muslim groups, and it
was unclear who might assume power if the president resigns. Father Pizzaballa spoke on a
church-sponsored day of prayer for peace in the Holy Land. At the Vatican, Pope Benedict
XVI marked the day with a prayer to “lead minds and hearts toward concrete projects of
peace.” He did not specifically mention the unrest in Egypt.
Vatican did not tell bishops to cover up abuse cases,
Father Alfonso Serna, O.Ss.T. (center right) tours the pyramids while his family VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A Vatican official downplayed a 1997 Vatican letter to Irish
visits him in Egypt. Pictured with him are his parents, Carlos Serna and Ma. bishops about handling cases of clerical sex abuse, saying the letter did not tell bishops to
Del Socorro Ornelas, and his brother, Jorge A. Serna. keep the cases secret from the police. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokes-
man, said the letter aimed at ensuring the bishops fully followed Church law for dealing
Watching from afar, Father Alfonso puts with accusations in order to avoid a situation in which an abusive priest could return to
ministry on the technicality of his bishop mishandling the process. The letter, brought to
the Egyptian people in God’s hands public attention Jan. 17 by Ireland’s RTE television and published by the Associated Press,
was written by Archbishop Luciano Storero, then-nuncio to Ireland. The letter summarized
Continued from p. 1 the concerns of the Congregation for Clergy regarding proposed Irish norms for dealing
“The Trinitarians helped to integrate as a transit point for future emigrants,” he with the sex abuse crisis. Archbishop Storero said that according to the congregation, “the
them into the society of the host nation said, and the Comboni Fathers will be tak- situation of ‘mandatory reporting’ gives rise to serious reservations of both a moral and
and prepare them for return to the Sudan or ing care of them. a canonical nature.” Father Lombardi said, “One must note that the letter in no way says
for emigration to other countries,” Father “However, we [Trinitarians] still plan that the country’s laws must not be followed.” He told Catholic News Service Jan. 19 that
Alfonso said in an e-mail interview with to continue to minister to the Christian the Vatican “does not have a universal, specific position on mandatory reporting because
The Catholic Lighthouse. While helping Church in the Middle East as part of our the laws and situations are so different from country to country.”
them to integrate they also assist them in charism,” he said.
maintaining their cultural and religious In the interview, I asked Father Alfonso May 1 beatification set for Pope
identities. if he ever felt threatened as a Christian
Continued from p. 1
“It was a blessing to spend time in Cairo while in Egypt. He responded saying, “I
never had such an experience. I learned that John Paul, who made it a church-wide feast he handled suffering and how he faced
with such a great people,” he said. “My
my presence, as a religious priest there was day to be celebrated a week after Easter. his death.
heart is broken with all that is happening,
compromised in a way, but I also learned The pope died on the vigil of Divine Mercy In 2007, on the second anniversary of
but I have the faith and hope that God will
that the very fact of being a foreigner, gave Sunday in 2005. the pope’s death, the Rome Diocese con-
help his Creation in one way or another.”
me a different ‘Christian Status’.” With beatification, Pope John Paul will cluded the initial inquiry phase. The docu-
“Our original goal and mission was to
Father Alfonso told me that out of re- be declared “blessed” and thus worthy of ments from the investigation were placed
go to South Sudan to help the persecuted
spect for the other faiths, they did not wear restricted liturgical honor. Another miracle in four chests, which were latched, tied
Christians back in 2001. For political and
their clerical garb, except when celebrating is needed for canonization, by which the with a red ribbon, sealed with red wax and
religious reasons, we were not allowed to
Mass. church declares a person to be a saint and delivered to the Congregation for Saints’
go to Sudan; in light of this, we helped
Concluding, I then asked, “With a new worthy of universal veneration. Causes for further study.
the Comboni Fathers [with the Sudanese
regime change, do you think things will im- The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father In November 2008, a team of theologi-
refugees in Cairo].”
prove or be worse for Christians in Egypt?” Federico Lombardi, summed up much of cal consultors to the saints congregation be-
St. Bakhita Catholic Centre has been ad-
“This is a very difficult question to an- the sentiment in Rome when he said Pope gan studying the 2,000-page “positio,” the
ministrated by the Order of the Most Holy
swer,” he said. “I hope and pray that the John Paul would be beatified primarily for document that made the case for Pope John
Trinity since 2002. For legal reasons, both
change will bring a better situation for our the spiritual gifts of faith, hope and charity Paul’s beatification. After their favorable
civil and ecclesiastical, SBCC is affiliated
fellow Christian brothers. However, much, that were the source of his papal activity. judgment, the cardinal and bishop members
with the Sacred Heart Church (Sakakini)
or very little, might happen.” The world witnessed that spirituality of the sainthood congregation met in late
and staffed by the Comboni Fathers, who
Father Alfonso then stated, “Pope Bene- when the pope prayed, when he spent time 2009 and voted to advance the cause.
are now to begin the care and administra-
dict XVI has been promoting freedom of with the sick and suffering, in his visits to On Dec. 21, 2009, Pope Benedict
tion of the SBCC, its congregation, and its
religion. I add myself to such an important the impoverished countries of the world and declared that Pope John Paul had lived
right and principle. My contribution has in his own illness “lived out in faith, before a life of “heroic virtues.” That meant he
“Since the cease-fire, many have returned
been the ministry of presence and support God and all of us,” Father Lombardi said. could be beatified once a miracle had been
to the Sudan or have chosen to emigrate to
among the persecuted Church. I hope and Father Lombardi said the Vatican was approved.
other countries,” Father Alfonso said.
pray that a positive impact for the Christian preparing to move Pope John Paul’s body The reported cure of the French nun
Fortunately, things are looking better for
Community in Egypt may be an outcome from the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica to the was carefully investigated by the Vatican’s
the Christians in South Sudan, especially
of this current situation. Chapel of St. Sebastian in the basilica’s medical experts over the last year after
since the vote on independence in Janu-
“I am very hopeful that the Egyptian upper level at the time of beatification. The questions were raised about the original
ary. According to a January CNS story,
people will overcome the difficult time chapel, on the right hand side of the church diagnosis. Vatican sources said that, in the
preliminary results of the vote are expected
they are currently experiencing. I am not just after Michelangelo’s Pieta, is easily ac- end, the experts were satisfied that it was
sure what the outcomes will be; however, cessible and spacious, an important factor Parkinson’s, and that there was no scientific
Many refugees have returned home,
knowing their passion for life and willing- given the steady stream of pilgrims who explanation for the cure.
Father Alfonso said, decreasing the refu-
ness to grow as a nation, they will be able come to see the pope’s tomb. In 2007, the nun, Sister Marie-Simon-
gee population at SBCC from thousands
to support each other and become what Father Lombardi said Pope John Paul’s Pierre, spoke to reporters about her experi-
to hundreds; therefore, the original reason
they hope for. casket would not be opened at the time of ence. A member of the Little Sisters of the
for the Trinitarians going to Sudan has
“Please do not stop praying for the the relocation, and that it would remain Catholic Motherhood, she was diagnosed
changed, and even their mission in Cairo
Egyptian Nation, so they can achieve what closed after it is placed beneath the altar of with Parkinson’s in 2001 at the age of 40. In
they are fighting for,” he said. the chapel. To make room, the Vatican will watching Pope John Paul deteriorate from
“It appears that this district will remain
have to move the tomb of a previously be- the effects of Parkinson’s disease, she said,
Bishop promotes marriage day
atified pontiff, Pope Innocent XI, to another “I saw myself in the years to come.”
area of the basilica, he said. When the pope died in 2005, and as
Continued from p. 15 In 2005, Pope Benedict set Pope John Sister Marie-Simon-Pierre’s condition be-
Paul on the fast track to beatification by gan to worsen, all the members of the Little
groups,” Bishop Rhoades said. He said it pastoral letter on marriage, “Love and
waiving the normal five-year waiting period Sisters of Catholic Motherhood in France
involves “new efforts for marriage edu- Life in the Divine Plan,” available online
for the introduction of his sainthood cause. and in Senegal began praying to Pope John
cation and crisis intervention,” as well as at www.usccb.org/loveandlife.
That seemed to respond to the “Santo subi- Paul to intervene with God to heal her.
promoting “a message about the benefits The For Your Marriage Web site re-
to!” (“Sainthood now!”) banners that were By June 2, two months after the pope
of marriage.” ceived nearly half a million visits in 2010,
held aloft at Pope John Paul’s funeral. died, she was struggling to write, to walk
He also urged use of the online re- a 23 percent increase over 2009, according
Even so, church experts needed years to and to function normally. But she said she
sources on marriage at the U.S. Confer- to a report from Google Analytics.
review the massive amount of evidence re- went to bed that night and woke up very
ence of Catholic Bishops’ Web site, www. The report found that articles on pre-
garding the late pope, including thousands early the next morning feeling completely
foryourmarriage.org, and its Spanish- paring for a Catholic wedding were espe-
of pages of writings and speeches. The different.
language counterpart, www.portumatri- cially popular. The site offers information
process began with the Diocese of Rome, “I was sure I was healed,” she said. Not
monio.org; advocacy resources at www. about wedding readings, music, ceremony
which interviewed more than 120 people long afterward, she had recovered enough
marriageuniqueforareason.org on why options, interchurch marriages and tips for
who knew Pope John Paul and asked them to return to work in Paris at a maternity
marriage should be promoted as the union planning a memorable wedding.
about his actions and character. Studies hospital run by her order.
of a man and a woman; and the bishops’
were conducted on his ministry, the way
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ternational ministry that helps divorced, separated and widowed steak dinner March 20 at St. Joseph’s Family Center will be (www.thatmanisyou.org). Questions? Call Mike Allison at
individuals resolve their grief surrounding the loss of a marriage served from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at $7 p/p with dine-in or take- (979) 479-1370 or Allen Green at (979) 245-2598.
partner. It is a ministry of the San Antonio Archdiocese Family out available. There will also be a silent auction and country Victoria—Amor Meus Spirituality Center will hold a silent
Life Office. For more information, go to their Web site: www. store. The event is sponsored by KJZT Society #37. retreat on Saturday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
beginningexperience.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Victoria—Bishop David Fellhauer Invitational Golf Tournament, at Incarnate Word Convent, (1101 N.E. Water Street). See
phone: (210) 734-2146. Friday, April 8, at Colony Creek Country Club, benefiting the more on pg. 13.
Natural Family Planning—For information about the Sympto- Youth and Vocation Activities of the Diocese of Victoria and Victoria—Missing something in your life? Do you need an uplift-
Thermal Method in the Victoria area, contact David and Annie sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #9088. For ing experience? Why not try some PRAISE and WORSHIP.
Coffey at email@example.com. Some great links: more information, please contact Monroe Rieger at 571-6535 Come join Incarnate Word Prayer Group on Monday nights
http://learn-nfp.org/nfpmyths.html; www.onemoresoul. or Benny Vitek at 576-5354. from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Incarnate Word Auditorium. For more
com; and www.priestsforlife.com San Antonio— “Fiesta“ Luncheon and Style Show with information call Paula at (361) 575-7120 or Sr. Louise Marie
Goliad—Presidio La Bahia Museum and Visitor Center —a Fashions by Julian Gold, benefiting various charities of St. at (361) 575-7111.
National Historic Landmark — is the only Spanish fort in the Matthew Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court #2241, Tivoli—Our Lady of Guadalupe Church invites you to a Heal-
possession of the Catholic Church in North America. A tour will be held Sunday, April 10, at Omni Hotel beginning with ing Mass and Prayer Service every First Friday of the month
program is available to groups. The Presidio is open daily social hour at noon and luncheon at 1:00 p.m. To purchase at 7:00 p.m. Mark your calendars now for next month. Mass
from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is closed on major holidays. tickets, at $40 p/p, please contact Peggy at (210) 558-8460. is followed by praise and worship/adoration, healing prayers,
Admission is $4 (ages 12-59); $3.50 for (60 and older and Omni is located at IH -10 West at the Colonade. praying over, etc. Counseling available. Please come; bring
military personnel) and $1 (ages 6- 11), with children five and Victoria—Holy Family Parish Festival May 1 at the community your family and friends; and experience the healing touch of
younger admitted free. Group rates are available with advance center with a barbecue-beef and sausage dinner starting with the Lord! For more information, please contact Rev. Gabriel
reservations. A re-enactor will be available for school groups plates-to-go at the curb for fast service from 10:30 a.m.-1:00 P. Coelho at (361) 286-3349.
with advance reservations. The fort is handicapped accessible. p.m. at $7 p/p or dine-in from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at $7 p/p ACTS Retreats—For information on ACTS retreats, please go to
For more information call (361) 645-3752 or see the Web site for adult and $4 p/p children under 10. There will be a cake ACTS Web site at www.actsmissions.org. For more informa-
at www.presidiolabahia.org. wheel, children’s games, country store, plant booth and more. tion about the ACTS community movement in the El Campo
Engaged Encounter—Register as soon as you have contacted Deanery, to download an upcoming ACTS retreat application,
Entertainment will be Rusty Steins in the dome and DJ Chris
your pastor due to limited space. It is strongly recommended or to submit/view the prayer requests across the El Campo
Hessler in the annex from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. A live auction
that you attend an encounter weekend four to six months prior Deanery, please visit their site at http://ecdeaneryacts.org/.
begins at 1:00 p.m.
to your wedding date. For a registration form, contact your
Masses • Retreats • Conferences
pastor, visit the Web site at www.victoriadiocese.org/fam-
ily/ee.htm, or write to: Engaged Encounter, P.O. Box 4070,
Victoria—Amor Meus Spirituality Center invites you to a Taizé Have an event???
Prayer Experience, Tuesday, Feb. 15, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in
Victoria, Texas 77903. The weekend is held at the Spiritual
Renewal Center. The dates for 2011 are: April 15-17, June the Convent Auditorium at Incarnate Word Convent, (1101 Contact us at
24-26, Sept. 8-11 and Nov. 11-13. For more info., call (361)
573-0828 ext. 2230. All registrations are on a first come, first
N.E. Water Street, Victoria). See more on p. 13.
Victoria–Holy Family Church is sponsoring a Women’s ACTS (361) 573-5725 (FAX)
serve basis. Fee must accompany registration form. Retreat February 17-20, at the diocesan Spiritual Renewal
Picnics, Activities, etc. Center. For more information, call Ann Goodman at home
February (361) 572-9591 or cell (361) 920-9592; Carla Hanes at home URGENT
Victoria—St. Mary Parish Festival Feb. 13 at the community (361) 576-5802 or cell (361) 648-6964; or Bonnie Hermes at Adorers and Substitutes
center from 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. A fried-chicken meal will home (361) 570-0837 or cell (361) 212-9658.
be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at $7.50 p/p with curb Needed
service available. Live auction begins at 12:30 p.m. There
will be booths and games for everyone. See pg. 4 for more Noticias en Español St. Mary’s Adoration Chapel in Victoria is in need of
adorers of the eucharistic Jesus and is always in need
Weimar—Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be
“Holocaust Museum Houston
offered at St. Michael School in Weimar. Financial Peace
en Español” – Feb. 15
Openings: Tues. 8-9 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.
University consists of a 13-week video curriculum (taught
Wed. 7-8 a.m.; and Fri. 5-6 p.m.
by financial expert Dave Ramsey) that incorporates small- HOUSTON—Noche en Español en el Museo del
group discussions. This life-changing program teaches
Holocausto de Houston 15 de febrero, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 If you would like to commit to one of these hours or to
members of a congregation to achieve their financial goals by
eliminating debt, saving for the future, and giving like never p.m. Tendran la oportunidad de escuchar en español a un fill in when an adorer needs a subsitute, please call Cleo
before. Classes begin Feb. 13 and are held on Sundays from sobrevivente del Holocausto y tomar una visita guiada del Boldt at 573-6161 or St. Mary Rectory at 573-4328.
5:00-7:00 p.m. Registration fee is $99. For more information Museo en español. La entrada al Museo es gratis y no
please contact Michelle or Mike Koeth at (512) 626-2713 / es necessario registrarse antes de asistir. Museum: 5401
(979) 743-1199 or firstname.lastname@example.org Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004; 713-942-8000; www.
Schulenburg—CDA Court St. Rose #1597 will hold its 18th An- hmh.org.
nual Fried-Chicken Dinner on Feb. 20 at the KC Hall. Serving
begins at 11:00 a.m. with dine-in or plates-to-go available. Victoria–Un Gran Concierto con Géla, cantante catolica, “Sólo
Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $4 for children. There will diga la palabra y yo seré curado,” miercoles, febrero 23, 7 – 9
be a cakewalk, silent auction and country store. KC Hall is p.m., parroquia OLS, 208 West River.
located at 405 South Street, off of Highway 77.
Victoria—Knights of Columbus Council #1329 chicken-barbe- Benedicto XVI Audiencia General: The text of the pope’s audi-
cue fund-raiser Feb. 20 at the KC Hall. The price is $6 per ence remarks in Spanish are posted online at: www.vatican.
chicken. Beans and Spanish rice available for $1.50 per pint. va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2011/documents/
Sale starts at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit council’s projects. hf_ben-xvi_aud_20110126_sp.html.
Victoria–Great concert with Gela, a Catholic Singer, “Only
SOCIAL ISSUES The Catholic Lighthouse
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Cardinal outlines rationale behind
three pro-life bills before House
WASHINGTON (CNS)—Three pieces abortions; guarantee conscience protec-
of pro-life legislation supported by the tions for health care providers and insti-
U.S. bishops face “a very positive out- tutions; and “close a loophole” that could
look” in the House, but their prospects allow the federal health reform law to
remain in question in the Senate, Cardinal override existing state laws.
Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston • Abortion Non-Discrimination Act,
and chairman of the U.S. Conference of H.R. 361, which would “protect the civil
Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life rights of health professionals and other
Activities said Jan. 25. health care entities” by affirming that “no
The three bills backed by the USCCB health care entity should be forced by
— all introduced in the days preceding the government to perform or participate in
Jan. 22 anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the abortions,” the cardinal said.
U.S. Supreme Court decision that legal- • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion
ized abortion nationwide — are: Act, H.R. 3, which would write into per-
• Protect Life Act, H.R. 358, which manent law the long-standing prohibition
would amend the health reform law to on the use of federal funds to promote or
prohibit the use of any federal funds for support elective abortion.
abortion or for health plans that cover
USCCB committee explains direct CRS’ Operation Rice Bowl Starts
abortion, legitimate medical procedure Ash Wednesday — March 9
Every year, millions of Catholics in the United States participate in Opera-
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. way to prevent the cancer from spreading. tion Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ annual Lenten program. Each
bishops’ Committee on Doctrine in a June Removing the uterus also will result in the Lent, Catholic parishes and schools from more than 12,000 communities
23, 2010, statement discussed the distinc- death of the unborn child. The surgery use symbolic rice bowls as the focal point for their prayer and fasting.
tion between the Church’s definitions of directly addresses the woman’s health Getting involved in the program is a tangible way to help people living in
a direct abortion and a legitimate medical problem by removing a malfunctioning poverty around the world; see orb.crs.org.
procedure that could result in an indirect organ and, the committee’s statement con-
abortion. tinued, “does not directly target the life of CHA president affirms bishop’s
The statement came in response to the unborn child ... the death of the child is role in interpreting health directives
an evolving debate among ethicists and an unintended and unavoidable side effect WASHINGTON (CNS) — In an exchange of letters with the president of the U.S.
theologians over the excommunication of and not the aim of the surgery.” Conference of Catholic Bishops, the head of the Catholic Health Association has affirmed
Mercy Sister Margaret Mary McBride and “There is nothing intrinsically wrong that the local bishop is the “authoritative interpreter” of the ethical and religious directives
her subsequent reassignment at a Phoenix with surgery to remove a malfunctioning that guide Catholic health care. Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is CHA
Catholic hospital after news surfaced about organ,” the doctrine committee’s state- president and CEO, said her organization “has a sincere desire to work with the church
her role in a decision to let an abortion take ment said. “It is morally justified when the and individual bishops to understand as clearly as possible clinical issues and bring the
place there in late 2009. continued presence of the organ causes majesty of the church’s teaching to that.” In response to the letter, Archbishop Timothy
Below are excerpts from the statement. problems for the rest of the body. M. Dolan of New York, USCCB president, said the church must “speak with one voice”
Catholic institutions are guided in mak- “Surgery to terminate the life of an against the “increasing political and social pressures that are trying to force the church to
ing such decisions by the “Ethical and Re- innocent person, however, is intrinsically compromise her principles,” including “the problem of illegitimate government intrusion
ligious Directives for Catholic Health Care wrong. There are no situations in which it in our health care ministries.” The letters followed telephone conversations among Sister
Services,” and the doctrine committee cited can be justified,” the committee added. Carol, Archbishop Dolan and Bishop Robert N. Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla.
two directives – No. 45 and No. 47 – that
guide medical decisions regarding direct
abortion and legitimate medical procedures
that might end the life of an unborn child
through an indirect abortion.
The committee’s statement quoted di-
rective 45: “Abortion (that is, the directly
intended termination of pregnancy before
viability or the directly intended destruc-
tion of a viable fetus) is never permitted.
Every procedure whose sole immediate
effect is the termination of pregnancy
before viability is an abortion, which, in
its moral context, includes the interval be-
tween conception and implantation of the
embryo.” Therefore, the committee’s state-
ment said, “Direct abortion is never morally
permissible. One may never directly kill
an innocent human being, no matter what
The committee’s statement also quoted
directive 47: “Operations, treatments
and medications that have as their direct
purpose the cure of a proportionately seri-
ous pathological condition of a pregnant
woman are permitted when they cannot be
safely postponed until the unborn child is
viable, even if they will result in the death
of the unborn child.”
In explaining the distinction, the com-
mittee offered two examples involving an
unborn child not old enough to survive
outside the womb.
The first involves a pregnant woman
who is experiencing problems with one
or more of her organs, apparently because
of the added burden of pregnancy. In this
case, the doctor recommends an abortion to
protect the woman’s health. The committee
said this is an example of a direct abortion.
The surgery, the committee explained, does
not directly address the health problem of
the woman by repairing the organ that is
In the second example, a pregnant
woman develops cancer in her uterus. In
this case, the doctor recommends surgery
to remove the cancerous uterus as the only
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FAITHFUL PROcESS FOR LIFE IN HALLETTSVILLE AND SHINER—On the
anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Jan. 22, following a nine-day novena in reparation LOcAL PARISHIONERS PARTIcIPATE IN NATIONAL mARcH FOR
for the sin of abortion, Sacred Heart Parish in Hallettsville held a Eucharistic LIFE—Youth from the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Procession of the Blessed Sacrament from the church to the Lavaca County in Ganado and their chaperones participated in the 38th Annual March for Life
Courthouse. Father Tommy Chen, director of Diocesan Pro-life Concerns, led in Washington, D. C., on January 24, 2011. Brooke Sablatura, Cale Hollas and
the procession of nearly 200 people. A Eucharistic Procession for Life was also Allyson Genzer, along with their chaperones, Mike Sablatura (c.) and Brittany
held in Shiner on Sunday, January 23. Hollas (r.), traveled to Washington for the activities associated with the march.
“The march was amazing,” said Allyson Genzer who is a member of the Teens
for Life program at Assumption Parish. “We were able to march with tens of
thousands of people, mainly youth, to let our lawmakers know that abortion
is morally and spiritually wrong.” The march was the first for Assumption
Parish to attend. The group shadowed parishioners from Our Lady of Victory
Cathedral in Victoria. Together both parishes sent twenty-two teens and adults
to participate in the March for Life events.
“DONATE DIREcTLY TO cANcER RESEARcH”—
Eve Sanchez Silva, formerly a representative of the
Susan G. Komen Foundation, gave the keynote address
at the Jan. 27, 2011, Victoria Candlelight March for
Life, which ended at Fellowship Bible Church. Now
a cancer research analyst in New Jersey specializing in
the relationship between abortion and breast cancer,
ONE NEVER KNOWS WHO ONE WILL RUN INTO ON A Dc mETRO—Youth Mrs. Sanchez Silva presented “The Susan G. Komen
from Our Lady of Victory Parish in Victoria, who attended the National March for Foundation Race for the Cure’s Affair with Planned
Life in Washington, DC, ran into two Victoria Diocese seminarians,Matthew Soto Parenthood.” She has spoken at the UN Conference
and Kristopher Fuchs, following the March for Life Vigil Mass at the National on Women, sharing that abortion is violence against
Basilica of the Immaculate Conception January 23. Pictured from left is Normal- women and desires that everyone speak out about the
inda Cantu, David Coffey, Kaitlyn Cantu, Father Michael Rother, parochial vicar evil that Planned Parenthood spreads. She suggests people go to her Web site at
at OLV; Matthew Soto, Maddy Buhler, Kristopher Fuchs and Dina Poland. Youth www.cocolife.org and download and share the available information. She sug-
from Assumption Parish in Ganado also attended with the OLV group. gests that rather than participate in “Race for the Cure,” donate instead to places
that actually do breast cancer research, several of which are in Texas.
TEXAS RALLY FOR LIFE—Youth
from the Diocese of Victoria attended
Texas Rally for Life on the steps of the
State Capitol in Austin on Saturday,
January 22, the 38th anniversary of the
infamous Roe vs. Wade case, which
allowed the legalization of abortion
in all U.S. states in early months of
pregnancy without restrictions and
throughout full pregnancy (originally)
with restrictions. One hundred-seven-
ty youth from the following parishes
participated: St. Mary, Our Lady of Vic-
tory and Our Lady of Lourdes, Victoria;
St. Anthony of Padua and Assumption
Chapel, Palacios; St. Michael, Cuero; St.
Andrew, Hillje/Louise; Our Lady of
the Gulf, Port Lavaca; St. Agnes, Edna;
and Queen of the Holy Rosary, Hostyn.
The diocesan Office of Youth Ministry
sponsored the trip.