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					   VOL. 24, NO. 10       OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE DIOCESE OF VICTORIA IN TEXAS                                                           February 2011

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In This Issue . . .
Roman Missal column
           and Order
           of the
           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-
                             life news.
                                                                              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
                             Martyr Parish.
                                 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:
            The Catholic Lighthouse
            Page 2 — February 2011                                               DIOCESE
                     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 Donna
Sister Louise Marie Jones                                                                                coming from a German-speaking family, he        heart attacks are becoming monotonous.”
                                                                                     Bonordon leads
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
                                                                                     day’s closing
coming a priest or reli-                                                                                 He said he was very relieved when it was        of two chipper ways: either, “Better than I
                                                                                     prayer service.
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.

                                                                                                                                Vocation Awareness
                                                                                                                                    Days 2011
                                                                       (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
                                                                                                                                                            Annual Pilgrim
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-
                                                                                                         Blessed Sacrament.
                                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                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.                                               

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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           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 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
                                                                                                 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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            Page 4 — February 2011                                       DIOCESE
                                                                                                                Seminary Burses
                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                       SEmINARY BURSES
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                                                step. No more guessing; now I know.”
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                                                    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
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                       St. Mary Church                                                          Our Lady of Victory student take band lessons from Steve Solis.
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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
secular calendars.
    “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
                                                                                                        OLV Spring
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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                                                                                                                                                                benefit the
                                                                                                 Town Plaza Mall Parking Lot                                     OLV PTC
                  Pray for Vocations                                                              Plates $7 each – to go only
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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:
                                                                                                                                                         Disciples on
                                                 sponsored by the Diocese of Victoria Orga-           Who Fanned Your Faith? This memory
                                                                                                                                                         the Journey
    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, 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 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, 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.                             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, 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, call 361-573-
                                                 oneself with it in spirit, even nourish one’s    from the 1993 Norms on Ecumenism of the         0828, or e-mail
                                                 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
                       Kenneth J.
                                                 guidelines for receiving Communion. If I         sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope
                       French, Sr.
                                                 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.
                         Ste 102
                                                 the Catholic Church.
                                                                                                       The Diocese of Victoria Library and Media Center
                   Victoria, TX 77901
                                                     I’ve always been Catholic but was not
                   PH 361/576-0178
                                                 aware of this. Our daughter’s husband is                               361-573-0828 •
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                                                 munion in the Catholic Church? May we
                                                 receive Communion in his church? I was                       Books by                                    DVDs by
                                                 taught that we do not have intercommunion             Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI                    Rev. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
                                                 with this or other non-Catholic churches.          • Against an Infinite Horizon: The Fin-       • The Cross of Christ
                                                 (New Jersey)                                       ger of God in Our Everyday Lives
                                                                                                                                                  • Eucharist: God’s Way of Embracing Us
                                                     A. Intercommunion policies are more            • Forgotten Among the Lillies:
                                                 lenient now than in the past, at least from        Learning to Love Beyond Our Fears             • Generative Discipleship: The Deeper
                                                                                                                                                    Invitation of Jesus
                                                                                                    • The Holy Longing: The Search for A
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                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                invited to
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.
                                                                                                      Niagara Falls
 • 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
and Safe Environment offices collaborated      God intended for them and that they can
                                                                                                                  Web site:
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
                                                                                                                                                              (r) Debbie
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; 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.
                                                           Catholic Schools
                                                                    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

    January 2011
    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 .
                                                                                                                                                              (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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             Page 10 — February 2011                   Catholic Schools
                                                                                                  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
several Marines.
                                                                                                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.

                                                                                                                        Nazareth Academy
                                                             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
                                                     Catholic Schools
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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
                                                                       participated in
                                                                                            de Paul Society, Heifer International and   invited Mayor Bricker of Bay City to their
                                                                       a school-wide
                                                                                                                                                                        prayer ser-
communities.                                                           Walk of Faith
                                                                                                                                                                        vice and he
Their student                                                          community ser-
enrollment                                                             vice project.
                                                                                                                                                                        them with
begins at age                                                              With the
                                                                                                                                                                        a procla-
three in their                                                         construction of
                                                                                                                                                                        mation for
pre-kindergar-                                                         the new gymna-
ten program                                                            sium and Pre-K
providing                                                              center well un-
                                                                                                                                                                        Week. They
children the                                                           derway, the St.
                                                                                                                                                                        had many
foundation of                                                          Philip family is
                                                                                                                                                                        other events
personal spiri-                                                        anxiously antici-
                                                                                                                                                                        during the
tuality, faith                                                         pating the oppor-
                                                                                                                                                                        week from
development,                                                           tunities this new
and a strong 8th grade students, Isaac Kresta, Seth Pustejovsky facility will offer
                                                                                                                                                                        with Dad,
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.
                                                                                                                                                                      to inviting
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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           Page 12 — February 2011

                                       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-
                                                                                                                                                                           ative thinking
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-                                                                          
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
                                       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                                               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,”
                                                                                                                   he said.
                                                                                                                                                              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
                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                          “devotional content.”
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 or
400,000 priests who are in full
union with the bishop of Rome
                                      women might discover that they         just, 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
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structure rests on a single corner-                                          General Intention: That the family may be respected by all
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to eternal life. He then handed                                              missionary Intention: That in the mission territories where the
                                                                                                                                                          retreat, please call (361) 575-
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                                                    FAITH & FAMILY
            The Catholic Lighthouse
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                                                                                                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, 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
Age if 18 or under:                                                                         tion of Lectures by Weston H. Nobel            interested in include:
                                                                                                Creating the Special World is a collec-        Song of My People $18.50 (G-5858)
                                                                                            tion of lectures that epitomize the teach-         In the Quiet $16.95 (CD-524)
                                                                                            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
                                                                                                       translations used in other Bible editions.
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                                                                                                                                                Page 15 —February 2011

                     Twenty Something
                                        By christina capecchi                                                                                                         John and Roxanna
                       E-mail:                                                                                                            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
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
Rota, a Vatican-based tribunal that deals mainly with marriage cases.                                                          Brought to you by the Catholic Communications
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    Packers’                                    associate professor of political science and
                                                founding director of the Rooney Center for
                                                                                                                    Capital Comments
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
                                                                                                                                     Communication Director,
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
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    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 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
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,
                                                                                                                           spokesman says
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
in February.
                                                  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
has changed.
                                                  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
                                                                                                  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, 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; advocacy resources at www.         about wedding readings, music, ceremony
                                                                                                  which interviewed more than 120 people           long afterward, she had recovered enough 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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                 Special Collection
    Aid to Church in Europe (Ash Wed.) - March 9                         Say the Word and I Shall be Healed,” Wednesday, Feb. 23,
     Operation Rice Bowl - Sundays of Lent and                           from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 208          Victoria–A Charismatic Mass will be held at Our Lady of
                   Easter Sunday                                         W. River St.                                                         Sorrows Parish on Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. The
                   Ongoing Events                                                              Upcoming Events                                celebrant will be Father Stan De Boe, O.SS.T. OLS is located
Gabriel Project—a ministry providing help to pregnant women            Victoria—Holy Family Altar Society Games Party March 3 at              on the corner of W. River and S. Glass Streets.
  in need of spiritual guidance, direction and basic needs holds         the activity center (704 Mallette Dr.). Doors open at 6:00 p.m.    Victoria—Holy Family Mini-Retreat Saturday, March 5, from
  monthly meetings open to everyone interested. Meetings                 with admission of $7 p/p. There will be door prizes, fun, food       9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Father Greg Korenek, pastor, will be
  are held in Victoria the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 101              and a silent auction. To make reservations contact Jalayne Tupa      the speaker. His theme for the retreat is Union with God. For
  W. Convent (corner of Main & Convent) behind St. Mary’s                (361) 578-1606; Melicent Bryarly (361) 573-3736; or Margaret         more information, call the rectory at (361) 573-5304.
  Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. A light supper will be served at          Beekler (361) 575-4997.                                            Victoria—The Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters
  the meetings. Please call Barbara at (361) 649-1612 for more         Blessing—The Blessing Knights of Columbus Council #4307                are hosting “Come and See” visits for single Catholic women
  information. Meetings are held in Wharton the 4th Tuesday              will sponsor their annual fish fry, auction and raffle Sunday,       (high school graduates through 50 years of age) on March 5-6
  of each month at Holy Family Church in Wharton (2011 Briar             March 6, with proceeds benefiting scholarships and chari-            and April 9-10, 2011, at Incarnate Word Convent in Victoria.
  Lane) at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call (979)             ties. Fried catfish with all the trimmings will be served from       If you are interested, please check out the Web site at www.
  532-3593 M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.                                      10:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. at St. Peter parish hall. Plates - $8 or call (361) 575-7111 or e-mail iwbsvoc@
Catholic Family Services—For a listing of e-mail addresses and           p/p (includes dessert and drink). Raffle tickets are available or for more details or to
  Web sites of Catholic organizations that focus on the family           from any #4307 Knights of Columbus member.                           make a reservation.
  from marriage preparation to marriage enrichment, fatherhood,        El Campo—Everyone is invited to the Annual Pilgrim Reunion           San Antonio—6th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference Friday
  parenting, healing, bereavement, separated or divorced, and            that will be held March 6 at St. Philip Parish Hall, 304 W.          evening, March 25 through Saturday, March 26, at St. Mat-
  widowed, please go to the Catholic Association of Catholic             Church St. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee,         thew Catholic Church’s McDonald Center. Men are invited
  Family Life Ministers at                        juice and doughnuts. Mass with Most Rev. David Fellhauer             to be challenged, encouraged and inspired by dynamic speak-
St. Francis and St. Clare Fraternity/Secular Franciscans–                will be at 11:15 a.m. in the church. A covered-dish lunch            ers Jesse Romero, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Father John
  For more information, please go to their Web site at www.              will follow. For more information, please contact Betty              Jesus Maloney and Greg Alexander, and to celebrate Mass For meeting dates, please call              Urbanovsky at (979) 543-2333 or at burbanovsky@sbc-                  with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller. For further details,
  Mary Ann LeBlanc at (361) 575-1858.                                                                                    brochure and registration information, please contact The
Marriage Encounter—The Marriage Encounter Weekend is                   Hungerford—KJT Society #79 and KJZT Society #57 will be                Pilgrim Center of Hope at (210) 521-3377, dtmjfox@pil-
  open to married couples, Catholic and non-Catholic. World-             hosting their annual barbecue-chicken and sausage dinner    or
  wide Marriage Encounter is designed to make good marriages             March 6 at the community center. Serving begins at 10:30             Also join our NEW Facebook page!
  even better. For more information, see; or for            a.m. with dine-in or plates-to-go available. There will be an      Victoria—Healing Mass and Prayer at Our Lady of Lourdes
  upcoming weekends, please contact Milton and Diane Rejcek              auction, free dance until 4:00 p.m. with music by The Texas          Church, 105 N. William St., on the first Saturday of the month
  at (979) 245-0323 or at:                      Legacy Czech Band.                                                   at 10:00 a.m. with Father Phi Nguyen, chaplain of IWBS
Retrouvaille — The word Retrouvaille means ‘rediscovery.’              Victoria—Our Lady of Sorrows Fish Fry will be held on Friday,          Convent. For more information, please contact Sister Louise
  Retrouvaille is a program that offers the chance to rediscover         March 11, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.; take-out or dine-in at Trin-       Marie Jones at
  yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage.      ity Hall, 208 W. River. Plates are $7 p/p and include fried        Bay City–Weekly Men’s Group, “That Man is You! ~ A Light
  Tens of thousands headed for divorce have successfully saved           tilapia, coleslaw, hush puppies and corn on the cob. For more        to the Nations,” meets at Holy Cross School cafeteria each
  their marriages by attending. Go to http://www.retrouvaille.           information, please call Rey Rosas at (361) 920-2912.                Friday morning beginning with breakfast at 5:45 a.m. and
  org for more information, or to register for the Aug. 19 weekend     New Taiton—St. John’s Altar Society Annual Chicken Dinner              ending by 7:10 a.m. All men are welcome. That Man is You!
  Victoria Retrouvaille, please go to: http://www.retrouvaille.          March 13 at the community center. Serving begins at 11:00            is transforming men, families and society as it presents the
  org/dates.php or contact Gerd and Linda Conner at lbconner@            a.m. with fried-chicken, homemade dressing and all the trim-         vision of man fully alive! Combining the teachings of the, (979) 543-3493. Other contacts are at (800)             mings (dine-in or plates-to-go available). There will also be a      Church and wisdom of the saints with the best research from
  470-2230 and                                   auction, cakewalk, country store and more.                           modern science in an interactive, multimedia format, That
The Beginning Experience—The Beginning Experience is an in-            Yoakum—St. Ann’s Mission “Save the Bell Tower” kettle-fried            Man is You! puts this vision within the grasp of every man
  ternational ministry that helps divorced, separated and widowed        steak dinner March 20 at St. Joseph’s Family Center will be          ( 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.; e-mail:;             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 Some great links:             more information, please contact Monroe Rieger at 571-6535           Come join Incarnate Word Prayer Group on Monday nights; www.onemoresoul.                   or Benny Vitek at 576-5354.                                          from 7:30-9:00 p.m. at Incarnate Word Auditorium. For more
  com; and                                      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 For more informa-
  at                                            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
                                                                         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
  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
                                                                                                                                             of substitutes.
  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                           Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004; 713-942-8000; www.
Schulenburg—CDA Court St. Rose #1597 will hold its 18th An-  
  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
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 reason.”
    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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           Page 20 — February 2011

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 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.

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