ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH ARLINGTON, TEXAS
From our Pastor It was all embarrassing and messy for all. According to my
alumni magazine, most speakers at these ceremonies are
Fr. Jim Gigliotti, T.O.R. current or x-professional athletes, as cultural heroes are
always in demand. I think they are overpaid too, but that is
another story to be told another time. Is it old soldiers or old
Hello Folks, athletes that “just fade away”? Probably both. General
Macarthur said that at a graduation ceremony just before he
It’s that time of year again, Graduations! exited public prominence. About soldiers, I mean. I said it
about athletes but not at a graduation ceremony. Hey, maybe
I still get butterflies when I see caps and gowns, as those that is why I’m still alive!
commencements were always festive, teary and brimming with
gratitude. And that was just from the parents! The graduates…I recall I get to “say a few words” at our 8th grade graduation Mass in
relief, fear, disbelief, more fear, some anxiety and lots and lots of a week or so and at another high school in the area just days
prayerful hope. later. I shall be succinct, wise, pithy and reasonably
articulate. I shall congratulate the parents on sacrifices made.
It is that time when many will sit to listen to some brilliant words of I shall commend the students to further diligence in service to
wisdom from “the graduation speaker.” And most will PRAY he/she later successes and happiness. I shall commiserate with the
will be blessedly brief, yet witty and maybe even humorous. I tired teachers and breathe a sigh of relief yet another year was
remember anticipating just such an experience at college graduation. It survived…well! And I will say what I always say, and
was mid-May in Western Pennsylvania, snowing and blowing icy sincerely mean from the bottom of my heart…”You will be
winds, and that was INSIDE. The new college gym was incomplete, fine.” I wish someone had somewhere along the way at
though we had been promised the finished product by multiple different graduations, just publicly uttered such a hope filled
contractors. Shivering and turning blue, our graduation speaker was, as truth to moor us graduates on the threshold of only God
I recall, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s main Insurance knows what. “You’ll be fine.”
Director. Is that right? Is there such a position? He had something to
do with insurance companies and the talk was absolutely dull. I learned Trust that, and the Lord God and yourselves with the help of
something, even on graduation day. One can shiver AND sleep at the the Holy Spirit. “You’ll be fine.” And I hope they believe
same time! I remember being nudged awake by people around me, it because it is true for the most part. The strings and arrows
after one-hour and fifteen minutes of his “brief remarks.” I don’t of outrageous fortune may visit, but they die, too and
remember his name, or what he said. I’m sure he was as sincere as they something new is born in their places. We earn a life diploma
come. And he was swaddled in a goose-feathered black coat which called “wounded healers.” But that is for a commencement
screamed, “I plan ahead; don’t you?” He is in Heaven now. Life talk to be given at another time.
Insurance can only promise so much.
Blessings on all our graduates, everywhere, at every level.
In later studies, we had a Bishop for a theology degree graduation. He Congratulations to parents and teachers, too. Congratulations
too was, I’m sure, very sincere and he must have said some wonderful to the world who receives these gifts into more mature roles
things. I was in charge of the banquet to follow, though, and kept among us. May they help to keep us “fine.”
running from dining room to chapel. I missed just about everything,
and the Rector accepted my diploma for me, everyone understanding I Reminded today in the Gospel anticipating Pentecost (next
was busy about many things. I did hear later he encouraged all of us to week) Jesus is giving a commencement address to the apostles
work and pray for more vocations to our Seminary and that it was the who are about to graduate into full time ministry. He says,
best “House of theology” in the Northeast. Then he turns around and “Father they are Your gift to Me. I wish that where I am they
was the first to vote to close the place the following fall. We had lots also may be with Me, that they may see My glory that You
of space to fill and not a lot of people to do just that and, being a gave Me, because You loved Me before the foundation of the
“practical man” he said it was best to close the place and turn it into a world. Righteous Father, the world also does not know You,
Federal Prison. I was in the last class of that theology school, in the but I know You, and they know that You sent me. I made
last graduating class after one-hundred and forty-seven years of being known to them Your name and I will make it known, that the
in the business of forming priestly ministers. The Bishop is not love with which You loved Me may be in them and I in them.”
remembered for the graduation talk or for anything else in his nearly
fifty years of being a priest and Bishop. He IS remembered for See, did I not just tell you, He said we will be fine.
“closing the seminary.” Not a hallowed legacy. But he said,
“Somebody had to do it.” He is deceased now, too. That is something Love, Fr. Jim
else we all have to do.
Another graduation came along, and I skipped that one as I had a Graduating Students - Class of 2007 CONGRATULATIONS! We,
wedding on the Saturday it was being celebrated. I understand the the parishioners and staff of St. Maria Goretti Church, wish to
graduation speaker was an author of books but for the life of me, I can’t join in with the many others in congratulating you upon your
remember who the person was. Nor do I remember what they wrote. I graduation. There will be a special blessing at all the Masses
do know that three years later that author gave a million dollars to May 27-28 for all those graduating: high school, Universities,
Villanova University, then had to renege on the bequest due problems Grad School, etc…
with plagiarism, or accusations thereof.
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER May 20, 2007
Financial News Mass Schedule: Mass Intentions
Stewardship is what I do after I say, "I believe.” Saturday, May 19 – Easter Weekday
Readings: Refer to Sunday’s Readings
May 13, 2007
5:30PM Thomas & Eugenia Sorrentino by Family
Bob Walsh by Kay Walsh
Envelope Contents $ 14,888
Sunday, May 20 – ASCENSION OF THE LORD SUNDAY
Loose Collection $ 4,874
Credit Card $ 480 Readings: Acts 1:1-11 Ps 47:2-3,6-9 Eph 1:17-23 Heb 9:24
Total Collection $ 20,242 28;10:19-23 Lk 24:46-53
7:30AM Mabry Blaylock by Audrey
Parishioners of St. Maria Goretti Church
Father’s Day Mass Cards 9:00AM Kevin Creel by Family
Ben Timberlake Sr. by Terry Timberlake
Father’s Day Mass cards will be on Holy St. Joseph’s Altar next weekend. 11:00AM Charles Walusimbi by Rita Calvert
Remember your father in a special way this Father’s Day. Lolita Nogueira-Martins by Family
1:00PM Bessie Lofton by Francis Porter & Family
Sample Bequest Language Bob Yaquinto by his wife, Rose
Monday, May 21 – Easter Weekday
“I bequest to Kevin W. Vann, Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Readings: Acts 19:1-8 Ps 68:2-5ac,6-7ab Jn 16:29-33
Worth and/or his successor(s) in office, a corporate sole, the sum of 8:00AM Amy Devito Keyser by Parents
$_____ or _____percent of the residue of my estate for the benefit of Cora Ann Mayott by Rosalie Scottino
[Insert here the name of your parish, school, the Diocese, seminarian Tuesday, May 22 – Easter Weekday; Rita of Cascia, religious
education, clergy, Catholic Charities or any other agency or ministry Readings: Acts 20:17-27 Ps 68:10-11,20-21 Jn 17:1-11a
you want to support in the Diocese.]” 8:00AM Ricky Benz by David & Carolyn McLuchlan
R. B. Rose by S. R. Hughes
Please notify us or the diocese when you have named us or the Diocese Wednesday, May 23 – Easter Weekday
in your wills so we have the opportunity to thank you for your
Readings: Acts 17:15,22-18:1 Ps 148:1-2,11-14 Jn 16:12-15
8:00AM Anthony Sulak by Family
Arthur Eugene Schmidt by Margo Robinson
Banns of Marriage Thursday, May 24 – Easter Weekday
Readings: Acts 22:30;23:6-11 Ps 16:1-2a,5,7-11 Jn 17:20-26
Thomas J. Hauck & Jamie Annette Kalina 8:00AM Donaciano N. Gonzalez by Arnold Castro Family
Matthew Martin Williams & Julie Lyn Chinchilla Maria Vargas by Zelma Myers
Friday, May 25 – Easter Weekday; Bede the Venerable, priest, doctor;
Altar Flowers Gregory VII, pope; Mary Magdalene de ‘Pazzi , virgin
Readings: Acts 25:13b-21 Ps 103:1-2,11-12,19-20ab Jn 21:15
Flowers were donated for the Main Altar and the Blessed Mother’s Altar
8:00AM Rose La Pasta by Family
in loving memory of Wanda J. Lipscomb & Claire C. Heath by Gary W.
Phil & Virginia Glasser by Evelyn Collins
Lipscomb and Robert G. Heath.
Saturday, May 26 – Philip Neri, priest
Readings: Refer to Sunday’s Readings
Votive Lights 5:30PM Ross Porter by Eleanor Porter
Vicki Schneider by Carol Wood
Votive Lights for the week of May 20 will burn for the following Sunday, May 27 – PENTECOST SUNDAY
intentions: Readings: Acts 2:1-11 Ps 104:1ab,24ac,29bc-30,31,34 1 Cor
In Loving Memory of Benny Cristantielli, by his wife, Sandra; 12:3b-7,12-13
In Loving Memory of my father, Joseph Sclafina, by his daughter and 7:30AM Mabry Blaylock by Audrey
family; Richard Benz by Eleanor Porter
In Loving Memory of Celia Ciccarilli, by her niece and family; 9:00AM Charles Walusimbi by Rita Calvert
In Loving Memory of John B. Castano, by Jim & Marge Cuff;
James M. Kelley by Ann Kelley
In Thanksgiving to the Sacred Heart of Jesus; and
In Loving Memory of Dale Hicks, by Jean, Isbell, and Ron. 11:00AM Carol Wenzl by Sandi McDermott
The Sanctuary Candle will burn for Gerry & Vicki Hauck and their Dan Nguyen by Ha Tran
family. 1:00PM Mary Ann Portner and Adeline Miller by Ron & Ellen Reid
Parishioners of St. Maria Goretti Church
For more information on votive candles, please contact Marge Cuff
ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH ARLINGTON, TEXAS
The Lord said, “I will not leave you orphans.” Pray for an
increase in vocations to the priesthood and the religious life.
The Ascension Your Son, who lives and reigns with you, and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.
Inquiring minds would like to know…
Charismatic Mass Invitation: St. Francis Catholic Church, Grapevine,
817.481.2685; Fr. Anh Tran and Fr. Gary Gerts will be celebrants –
9:00AM to 1:00PM on Saturday, May 26. All are welcome!
Some here have asked about the “Charismatic Renewal” or “Catholic
Pentecostal Movement” in the Catholic Tradition. This began in 1968 at
Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. I was a very active member in the
Charismatic Renewal for a good ten years. Fr. James has also had a long history
of involvement in this type of prayer experience. It is not for everyone, in that
its “tenor” can be a tad more celebratory than one might be, (at first)
comfortable with in our Catholic liturgical experience.
Prayer meetings can go for at least an hour, though it never ever seemed like a
Besides the hope and the joyful expectancy of long meeting to me. And Charismatic Masses are very joyful, full of praise and
Heaven so characteristic of the Ascension Feast, giving glory to God and song and much prayer and…well, if you have never
there is a note of melancholy. Before the final experienced such a “spirit,” the notice here about Fr. Anh’s invitation is a grace
departure of Jesus, the Apostles must have been very you just might enjoy. For me, it helped me grow in prayer and trust in the Lord,
much disturbed: each felt the distress of one who sees with a sense of intimacy with our Lord and a hunger for Scriptural prayer,
his dearest friend and companion going away forever, private prayer, accenting deep desire for Christ in the Eucharist: Mass and
and finds he is alone to face all the difficulties of life. Adoration. It was like an immersion experience of going to another land to
The Lord realized their state of mind and consoled learn another language. When you “emerge,” you are never quite the same.
them once more, promising the coming of the Holy Some love it; others not. I would just say, here, endorse the experience as being
Spirit, the Comforter. “He commanded them,” we a valid expression of Catholic worship and prayer. The late, great Pope John
read in the Epistle (Acts 1:1-11), “that they should Paul II certainly affirmed this “movement” of the Catholic Charismatic
not depart from Jerusalem, but should wait for the Movement in our global Church, as did Pope Paul VI before him.
promise of the Father…you shall be baptized with the
Holy Spirit, not many days hence.” But even this The Catholic Charismatic Movement is very strong in the Northeast of the U.S.,
time the Apostles did not understand how much they as it began there, but has spread all over the world. I found that a truly valid
needed to be enlightened and transformed by the prayer group is led by a priest, a Deacon, a religious Brother or Sister in vows.
Holy Spirit, in order to accomplish the great mission Lay-leadership must be “schooled” in the Traditions of the Church; otherwise,
which was to be entrusted to them. Jesus continued, the group can evolve into something less Catholic and more “the devil is in the
“You shall receive the power of the Holy Spirit corner” emphasis than on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.
coming upon you and you shall be witnesses unto
Me…even to the uttermost part of the earth.” For the Pray about it and see if you are being nudged to experience this here in the
moment, however, they were there around the Diocese. And, I would be interested in hearing your experience after this, and
Master, weak, timid, frightened, like little children you might note a few of our parish members are asking for such a prayer group
watching their mother leave for a distant, unknown in our parish of St. Maria’s.
land. In fact, “while they looked on, He was raised
up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” If you go, pray for us! Fr. Jim
Two angels came to distract them from their great
amazement and to make them realize what had
happened. Then, placing their trust in the word of Pentecost Sunday: The Birthday of the Church
Jesus, which would henceforth be their only support,
they returned to Jerusalem where, in the Cenacle, The birthday of the Church (Sunday, May 26-27 weekend) – The Church
they awaited in prayer the fulfillment of the promise. color or liturgical color is RED (vestments, Altar, adornments). To celebrate
It was the first novena in preparation for Pentecost: our birthday as the Body of Christ, the Church, you are invited to wear red
“All these were persevering with one mind in prayer clothing, red flowers, red socks, or red shoes that day. Happy Birthday to
with … Mary, the Mother of Jesus” (ibid.1:14). us! The faithful should wear the color RED!
Adoration and Reconciliation
God our Father, make us joyful in the Ascension of
Your Son, Jesus Christ. May we follow Him into the
All are invited to join us for an evening of Adoration and Reconciliation on
new creation, for His ascension is our glory and our
Wednesday, June 6 from 6:00PM-9:00PM in the Church. Eucharistic Adoration
hope. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
and Confessions will occur simultaneously. Benediction will conclude the
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER May 20, 2007
evening at 9:00PM with Adoration continuing in the August, we will suspend First Wednesday Adoration and Reconciliation. We
Oratory until the regularly scheduled 10:00PM time. will begin again in September.
Please know during the summer months of July and
Respect Life you have any questions. Pet Cremains Garden will receive the
ashes of our beloved creature companions. Please call the
parish office for more information. The “Pet Garden” is across
Our Walk for Life on May 11 was a big success. We walked 1.5 from our Rosary Garden.
miles with 127 junior high students and their teachers from SMG
School. The students gathered pledges totaling over $1100!! Memorial Day Observance
Thanks to all who support our pro-life message and plant it in the
hearts of our children. The total is not in on the rest of the Parish In observance of Memorial Day, a day to honor those who died
pledges. It's not too late to pledge. serving our country, the Church offices will be closed on Monday,
The Church offers help and healing for post-abortive men and May 28, 2007. We thank our good Lord, for those who have given
women through a three day private retreat known as Rachel's their lives for the freedom we have to worship in these great United
Vineyard. The next retreat is being held June 1-3. If you are States. God bless their souls.
interested, call the confidential help line at 817.923.4757 or email
email@example.com. We cherish too, the Poppy red
URGENT LEGISLATIVE ACTION: Call your Texas State That grows on fields where valor led,
Senator and State Representative to STOP state funding for It seems to signal to the skies
human cloning and biomedical research that destroys human That blood of heroes never dies.
embryos. Support H.B 225/S.B. 1835 to limit state tax dollars for Moina Michael
human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, which destroys
human lives and has led to no cures. Call the Capitol Switchboard To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of
at 512.463.4630 and ask for your elected officials by name. We Memorial Day, the "National Moment of Remembrance"
urge everyone to pray your Rosary daily, for an end to abortion resolution was passed on December 2000 which asks that at
and euthanasia in our world. 3:00PM local time, for all Americans "To voluntarily and
informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance
and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment
Ombudsman– Comments/Complaints/Questions of silence or listening to 'Taps."
An Ombudsman Committee is an adjunct to the Parish Pastoral Church Activities Calendar
Council, to assist the Friars in addressing problems, questions,
Monday, May 21 – Sunday, May27
concerns. An Ombudsman is an appointed leader of a group, city or
parish, charged with the duty of interfacing with any member of the
Monday, May 21
parish who is seeking enlightenment or satisfaction of a perceived
9:00AM -Brown Bag Bunch - St. Francis Room
problem or injustice. You may direct any question or issue to them
6:30PM -Confirmation Class - SMG School RM. 6B
that you would direct to Fr. James or Fr. Jim. Be assured that the
6:30PM -Adult Confirmation Class - HFLC Hope Room
Friars will be involved in directing the activity of this group, as we
6:30PM -Beyond Affairs - HFLC St. Clare Room
use them to provide more timely responses to your questions.
7:30PM -Boy Scouts - St. Francis Room
Ombudsman Committee: Peter Blackley, Chuck Lieser, and Pat
Tuesday, May 22
Pierret. These parish representatives will respond to any question or
7:30PM -Contemporary Choir - Church
problem, which you raise. The contacts address and or phone
number: Ombudsman, St. Maria Goretti Church, 1200 S. Davis
5:30PM -Angelus Choir - HFLC Music Room
Drive, Arlington, TX 76013; 817.274.0643.
6:30PM -Youth Ministry - Cafetorium
7:00PM -St. Cecelia Singers - HFLC Music Room
Cremains Garden 7:15PM -Adult Volleyball - HFLC Great Hall
Thursday, May 24
9:00AM -SMGS Rosary Group - St. Clare Room
Once again, I would like to remind you of the “Cremains Garden”
7:30PM -Adult Choir - HFLC Music Room
by the statue of St. Francis of Assisi in our front courtyard.
Cremation is allowed by the Church and has been for nearly two Friday, May 25
6:00PM -Leisure Club - HFLC Great Room
decades. We are not allowed to spread the ashes on the ground as is
done at some Cremains Gardens. Ashes in containers of any kind, Saturday, May 26
9:00AM -Tai Chi Class – Cafetorium
according to State Law, must be buried in a zoned cemetery. We
5:00PM -Angelus Choir - HFLC Music Room
have what is called “ashes to earth.” The ashes are taken out of the
container and poured into a prepared plot, which we cover over Sunday, May 27
8:30AM -Adult Choir - HFLC Music Room
with topsoil. There is no charge or expense for this. Ashes of your
loved one can be delivered to the Parish Office by the funeral home 10:30AM -St. Cecilia Singers - HFLC Music Room
12:30PM -Contemporary Choir - HFLC Music Room
or delivered to you and you bring them at an arranged time for
7:00PM -30+ Basketball - HFLC Great Room
burial. What is particularly nice is families can come by anytime.
When you attend Mass you can make a visit. Please call the office if
ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH ARLINGTON, TEXAS
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SMG School News… on the Dedication of the Chapel in Vietnam that our parish helped to
build. The main entrée will be meat loaf. All members are asked to
bring their usual delicious salad or vegetable dish to share. The
I recently received the following email from a very proud social hour begins at 6:00PM; dinner is served at 6:30PM.
grandfather. It is my pleasure to share it with you. Important Parking Information
“I am writing this in order to brag about one of your students, my
granddaughter, Linden. She is in Mrs. Ainsworth’s M-W-F Pre-K We have received permission from UTA to park in the Maverick
Class. I take care of her on Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Every Stadium Parking Lot (#26) on Mitchell for our weekend Masses
Tuesday morning from 9:00AM to 12:00Noon, Linden and her during our construction and renovation process. You can also
great grandmother (my mother) and I work in the food pantry. park at the University Catholic Center just across from our new
She helps entertain other children, marks cans, sacks groceries, parking lot on Benge.
restocks shelves and joins us in prayer circle, even adding her own
prayer intentions. Although I give my daughter and son-in-law the Please use these extra lots. Our neighbors have complained
credit they deserve for teaching her charity, I also feel that her recently to the Arlington Police that cars are blocking access to
experiences in SMG School have already had a very positive and their property and could restrict emergency vehicles on their
powerful influence on her faith formation. She is always talking streets. Also, we have had an increase of cars parking in our
about God and Jesus and how much she likes doing things like fire lanes. You risk getting a ticket, or having your car towed,
‘pretend’ baptisms. She also loves all the songs Mrs. Ainsworth if you park where you should not. You are solely responsible
teaches. She is very fond of both Mrs. Ainsworth and Mrs. for paying any citations.
Dickerson. She has also commented on the fun visits from the Frs.
Jim & James. She is truly thriving both intellectually and There will be an occasional event where the UTA parking lot
spiritually at SMG.” will not be available, and we will announce it to you via our
Bulletin and our website.
Mary Ellen Doskocil, SMG School Principal
Spiritual Adoption for Military in Combat Zones
We are seeking parishioners who want to “spiritually adopt” a
Ministries and Organizations News member of the Armed Forces (related to an SMG parishioner) who is
currently serving in an active combat zone. If you have a relative
currently serving in a combat zone or if you wish to spiritually adopt
Victims of Affairs one of these courageous men or women (remember they are all
volunteers), please contact one of the committee members listed:
Meetings are open to all whose spouse had an affair, whether or Jeannine and Bill Hirtle at firstname.lastname@example.org
not the marriage survived. Participants are guaranteed or email@example.com or Jerry and Vicki Hauck at
anonymity. If you are interested in contacting BAN, the group’s firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com at
email address is firstname.lastname@example.org 817.637.9382. Service members may be adopted by more than one
person or family; however, we ask that every service member be
adopted at least once. Please contact one of the committee members
St. Augustine’s Men’s Purity Group for more information. Check out the Spiritual Adoption Picture Case
in the hallway outside the Adoration Chapel.
St. Augustine’s Men’s Purity Group is a support group for
Catholic men striving to be sexually pure in today’s world.
The meetings are open to all adult men who desire a safe and PILGRIMAGE WITH US TO GREECE
anonymous place to fellowship with other men sharing the same
struggle. The Arlington meetings are held every Sunday Journey with friends and make new ones
evening at 7:00PM at the Padre Pio House, 1301 Paxton Ave in as parishioners of SMG follow the
Arlington. More information is available at www.sampg.org. footsteps of St. Paul. Our pilgrimage
begins as we fly to Greece and visit and
learn of the historical and religious
SMG Leisure Club significance of cities such as Athens and
Corinth where St. Paul brought the
The Leisure Club will have their final Dinner Meeting of the message of Jesus Christ. Part of the
year, Friday, May 25 in the Holy Family Life Center Great pilgrimage consists of a four-day cruise
Room. Our Deacon, Mike Krempp will show slides and speak taking us around the Greek Islands and visiting such places as
SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER May 20, 2007
Rhodes and Ephesus. And just as St. Paul experienced a
culture different from his own during his travels, we too will
be able to experience Greek culture and foods as we trace
the places the gospel message spread in the early years.
During our pilgrimage we will be privileged to celebrate
Mass in such places as at the house of the Virgin Mary,
where St. John brought Mary to live after the resurrection.
Consider joining us in May 2008. Details will be available