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Jayanne Angell, a member of Holy Cross Parish in Overland Park, was recognized as charitable Volunteer of the Year by the Knights of Malta at the annual Soup-er Bowl luncheon on Dec. 7.




 “I                                                     Angell
                 don’t know anybody                                                                                                              these basic kinds of things,’” Angell
                 and nobody knows                                                                                                                said. “She ingrained this in us. And,
                 me, but on Pearl Har-                                                                                                           boy, she taught us how to shop.”
                 bor Day, I’m going                                                                                                                 Angell has put those lessons to
                 to get blown out of                                                                                                             use all her life.
 the water,” said Jayanne Angell,                                                                                                                   In the early 1960s, as a high
 a member of Holy Cross Parish in                                                                                                                school teacher in Lawrence, she
 Overland Park.                                                                                                                                  personally stocked a small food



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    December 7 marked the day                                                                                                                    pantry in her home. She responded
 that she was recognized as chari-                                                                                                               to need as it appeared, sometimes
 table Volunteer of the Year by the                                                                                                              bringing her own dinner to a hun-
 Knights of Malta at the annual                                                                                                                  gry family, sometimes setting her
 Soup-er Bowl luncheon, held at the                                                                                                              table for more.
 downtown Kansas City Marriott.                                                                                                                     “There was this family in Law-
    A hunger awareness event is                        StOrY BY Christy l’esperance                 PHOtO BY Jim Wendling                        rence, poor as church mice,” said
 hardly comparable to the “day of                                                                                                                Angell. “Every Wednesday night, I
 infamy,” but for her, all of the at-                                                                                                            would make a Thanksgiving-type
 tention was daunting. Angell reluc-             of Malta and KMBC news anchor,                                                                  dinner with all the sides, have them
 tantly agreed to be nominated, not              Larry Moore.
                                                    Angell’s life of giving is rooted in
                                                                                                      “Jesus said, ‘The poor                     over, and just load them up with all
 knowing exactly what the award                                                                                                                  the extras.”
 represented. She discovered that                the examples of her family and the               you have with you always.’                        Over the years, Angell gave
 she was chosen from thousands of                church. She remembers her grand-                                                                generously to the United Way and
 eligible area volunteers.                       father sharing the harvest from his                  But he also said, ‘Sell                    Scouts, and recently added Shalom
     “Every social service agency in
 both the [Archdiocese of] Kansas
                                                 garden with men who were out of
                                                 work during the Depression, her
                                                                                                    all your goods and give                      House and the Jewish Kosher food
                                                                                                                                                 kitchen to her monthly routine.
 City [in] Kansas, and [the Kansas               grandmother giving sandwiches to                  to the poor.’ My days are                     This she does on Social Security
 City-]St. Joseph Diocese, and all               “hobos” who jumped off the trains                                                               and a modest retirement account
 the other groups like the Salva-                that ran behind their house, and                      running down here.                        from working for the State Depart-




                                                                                                                            ”
 tion Army, Harvesters, and every                her mother making Thanksgiving                                                                  ment of Education. Ellen Jones,
 organization that works with them               and Christmas baskets.                              I’m getting slower, but                     director of the Catholic Charities
 were included,” she said. “ So I was
 just blown away. The head person
                                                    “She would say to us, ‘OK, you
                                                 just remember whenever you’re
                                                                                                       Jesus said, ‘Take up                      food pantry, nominated Angell for
                                                                                                                                                 Volunteer of the Year.
 at Catholic Charities just said, ‘Oh,           doing these baskets, people need                      your cross.’ I live by                        “She comes in three to four
 this is a really big deal.’”                    to eat for more than one day. You                                                               times a week now, bringing food and
    The award — a crystal soup                   need to give them five pounds of                      those three things.”
 bowl — was presented by Knight                  sugar, five pounds of flour and all                                       Jayanne Angell           turn to “it doesn’t” on page 5
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                                                                     LIFE WILL BE VICTORIOUS


      May the Lord reveal to you the true importance of Christmas
A    s the great feast of                                                                   Bethlehem and, in particular, in the

     Christmas draws near,
                                                                                            Church of the Nativity. As a courtesy,
                                                                                            because of the project he was doing for
                                                                                                                                         Archbishop NAumANN’s
                                                                                                                                         weekly cAleNdAr
                                                                                            the BBC, Muggeridge was allowed to
I recall fond memories                                                                      position himself on a ledge in the crypt     dec. 18
of my recent pilgrimage                                                                     chapel. It was from this vantage point       mass for nocturnal adoration group —
                                                                                            that he became deeply moved from his         all saints parish, Kansas city, Kan.
to the Holy Land and,                                                                       observation of the faith and devotion
in particular, my visit to                                                                  of the people as they reverenced the         dec. 23
                                                                                                                                         christmas mass and lunch for chancery
                                                 because of the heat and aware of the       place of the birth of Jesus.
Bethlehem. In the Church                         crowds that we would be encounter-             Frankly, he was surprised how the
                                                                                                                                         staff

of the Nativity, I was given                     ing. Despite these temptations and, in     faces of those same individuals, whom        dec. 24
                                                 part, because we were scheduled to         he had previously described as “stan-        christmas eve masses — 10 p.m., cathedral
a special grace.                                 visit Bethlehem University, where we       dard pursuers of happiness for whom          of st. peter
    Record numbers of pilgrims came              were meeting with some of the faculty      the Church of the Nativity was just
to the Holy Land this past year. The             and students, I wore my full episcopal                                                  dec. 25
                                                                                            an item on a sightseeing tour,” were
                                                                                                                                         christmas day mass
month of October, while I was there,             regalia.                                   transformed. Muggeridge was touched
was one of the peak times for visitors to           We had been in line for almost 15       by how many of these pilgrims became         dec. 27
the Holy Land. We encountered great              minutes with probably another 30-          deeply absorbed in prayer, actually          vespers and seminarian dinner at arch-
crowds at all the Christian shrines. In          minute wait until we reached the place     communicating with the One who was           bishop’s residence
many ways, witnessing the beautiful              of the Nativity, when one of the guards    born in this place 2,000 years ago.
faith and devotion of pilgrims from all          for the shrine invited me to follow            Muggeridge described his experi-         dec. 28
over the world added to the inspiring            him. He took me to one of the Ortho-                                                    serra mass and lunch — st. patrick parish,
                                                                                            ence in the Church of the Nativity as an     Kansas city, Kan.
character of my time in the Holy Land.           dox priests, who have custody of the       illumination from which he derived the
    The crowds were especially large             church. The two of them led me to the      title of his documentary and subse-
in Bethlehem. Our Franciscan guide,
Father David Wathan, had attempted
                                                 exit for the Nativity Chapel where I was
                                                 allowed to enter and to venerate the
                                                                                            quent book — “Jesus: The Man Who             Archbishop keleher’s
                                                                                            Lives.” It became clear to Muggeridge        weekly cAleNdAr
to prepare our group for a long wait             place of Jesus’ birth.                     that Jesus was not just another histori-
to venerate the                                                        They graciously                                                   dec. 17
                                                                                            cal figure who lived, made his mark on       “the catholic way” program taping
actual spot where it                                                told me that I could    the world and died. Jesus was still very
is believed Jesus was         ‘the Shepherd’s Voice’ remain in the small                    much alive, animating the hearts of be-      executive ethical review board — new         MArYVAle grADuAteS Back row: (from left) Archbishop Joseph F. naumann; Kerstin glyn, Sacred Heart Parish, Sabetha; richard McCormack, St. gregory Parish, Marysville; emily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      leaven photo by elaina cochran

born. He reminded us          programming notes                     chapel until the rest   lievers such as Mother Teresa as well as     york                                         Wobker, Prince of Peace Parish, Olathe; Dean Coons, Holy trinity Parish, lenexa; Margie lang, Assumption Parish, edgerton, David Younger, St. Malachy Parish, Beattie; linda DeDonder, Sacred Heart
why we were there,                                                  of my pilgrimage        the pilgrims he observed in Bethlehem.
                              archbishop Joseph f. naumann’s                                                                                                                          Parish, emporia; Joe Bollig, Annunciation Parish, Baldwin. Center row: (from left) Msgr. Paul Watson, Maryvale Institute, united Kingdom; teresa Kehoe, Maryvale Institute, united Kingdom; Patti lyon,
encouraging us not                                                  group joined me. The        I could not believe that I was given     dec. 19
                              radio program on KeXs 1090 am                                                                              federal prison mass                          St. John the evangelist Parish, lawrence; Monica Olivera, St. John the evangelist, lawrence; Susan Harrington, Immaculate Conception-St. Joseph Parish, leavenworth; Jeannette eisenbarth, St. Vincent
to grow impatient                                                   guard directed me to    the opportunity to sit for about a half-
                              airs at 10 a.m. on sunday and is                                                                                                                        de Paul Parish, Onaga; Allen Strain, Holy Spirit Parish, Overland Park; Kimberly rode, archdiocesan office of evangelization and catechesis. Front row: (from left) Sandra Schmitz, St. gregory Parish,
while waiting to visit                                              a small ledge in the    hour in precisely the same spot where
                              repeated at 9:30 a.m. on tuesday                                                                           dec. 23                                      Marysville; Patricia Hurley, Christ the King Parish, topeka; Kristi gosser, Christ the King Parish, topeka; and Janette Adams, St. theresa Parish, Perry.
the spot where the            and 3:30 p.m. on thursday.            chapel and invited me   Muggeridge received his illumination.        christmas mass and lunch for chancery
long-awaited One                                                    to sit there.           I saw exactly what had moved Mug-            staff



                                                                                                                                                                                        Growing in knowledge and love for the church
had been born into                                                     In my Oct. 22        geridge so deeply. The faces of pilgrims
our world. Fortunately, we had a com-            Leaven column, I wrote about the           of different races, ethnic backgrounds       dec. 24
munication system with headphones                television documentary about Jesus,        and various ages, even after their long      christmas eve mass — 6 p.m., holy trinity,
that allowed us to hear Father David             produced by the British Broadcasting                                                    lenexa
                                                                                            wait, were filled with wonder and joy
perfectly as he spoke in a normal voice          Corp. (BBC) that was directed and          as they venerated the birthplace of          dec. 25                                                                   By Kara Hansen                                                                 timate goal of the catechesis program                      “It was more of a time commitment
volume so as not to disturb the other            narrated by Malcolm Muggeridge —           Jesus. It was truly beautiful to witness     christmas mass — sisters, servants of                                                leaven staff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 “Our first task as teachers is                   was for graduates to be able to share                   than I realized, but I enjoyed it and it
pilgrims.                                        a famous BBC personality. A couple         their faith and prayerfulness.               mary
    The Church of the Nativity was               years earlier, Muggeridge had helped           In the little chapel of Jesus’ birth,
                                                                                                                                                                                          KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Most new
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  to foster the desire not just                   their deepened faith with others.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “Our first task as teachers is to foster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          was very beneficial to my faith,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Schmitz, who owns a flower shop and
packed and, as predicted, there was a            to make Mother Teresa of Calcutta a
long wait to go down the steps into the          household name in the English speak-
                                                                                            I prayed in thanksgiving for: 1) what
                                                                                            had transpired there 2,000 years ago;
                                                                                                                                                                                      graduates are eager to put their newly                      to know about Jesus but to                      the desire not just to know about Jesus                 assists with RCIA at her parish. “It re-
                                                                                                                                                                                      gained education to use in a workplace                                                                      but to know Jesus,” said Archbishop                     ally helped me understand the Bible
small chapel that is venerated as the
place of the birth of Jesus. Father Da-
                                                 ing world through his documentary
                                                 and subsequent book about her and
                                                                                            2) for the gift of my own Christian faith
                                                                                            and all those who had been instrumen-       on Christmas are a time of grace for
                                                                                                                                                                                      of some kind.                                             know Jesus. It is crucial today                   Naumann. “It is crucial today for people                more and I learned how valuable the
vid was using the time well to explain           her ministry, entitled “Something          tal in giving me the faith; 3) for the      each of you. I hope that this period
                                                                                                                                                                                          Graduates of the Maryvale Institute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 for people to be given good                      to be given good instruction; our peo-                  Catechism of the Catholic Church is. I




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ”
the fascinating history of the Church of         Beautiful for God.” Muggeridge had                                                                                                   are, too — but the knowledge they ac-                                                                       ple deserve to receive the fullness of the              don’t think any home should be without
                                                                                            priests, religious and laypeople of the     of waiting is not a time of frustration,
the Nativity.                                    been an agnostic before encountering       Archdiocese of Kansas City who reveal       but a time in which the Lord reveals to
                                                                                                                                                                                      quired is also its own benefit.                             instruction; our people de-                     faith.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The certificate in catechesis pro-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          one.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             As the recent graduates prepare to
    It was unseasonably warm in Pal-             Mother Teresa. In no small part due to                                                                                                   “My faith has grown immensely,”
estine during our visit. When visiting           her inspiration, he would eventually
                                                                                            to me in countless ways Jesus, the man
                                                                                            who lives. I also gave thanks that the
                                                                                                                                        you the true importance of the great
                                                                                                                                        miracle we commemorate at Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                      said Sandy Schmitz, a member at St.                        serve to receive the fullness                    gram through the Maryvale Institute is                  apply their knowledge to various forms
                                                                                                                                                                                      Gregory Parish in Marysville. “I don’t                                                                      a two-year, part-time distance-learning                 of ministry, Archbishop Naumann pro-
the major shrines, out of respect for the
events commemorated at these sacred
                                                 become a very devout Catholic.
                                                    During the filming of the docu-
                                                                                            Holy Spirit had motivated me to wear        — God becoming flesh and dwelling
                                                                                                                                        among us. May Christmas be a time for
                                                                                                                                                                                      think words could express how much                                  of the faith.”                          course. Participants completed mod-                     vided encouragement and prayer to
                                                                                            my cassock that day affording me this
places, I usually wore my cassock. I was mentary on Jesus, Muggeridge was                                                                                                             my faith has grown as a result of this                                       Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann   ules at home by reading and writing                     keep them on the right path.
                                                                                            unique opportunity for prayer.              each of you to encounter anew Jesus,
tempted to dress more comfortably (a             disillusioned by the commercialism                                                                                                   program.”                                                                                                   papers on each specific topic, which                       “I ask the Lord to keep you faithful to
                                                                                                I hope these final days of waiting      the man who lives!
clergy shirt) for our visit to Bethlehem         and the chaos that he encountered in                                                                                                     Seventeen men and women from                                                                            ranged from the liturgy and sacraments                  the truth of his Gospel and to keep you
                                                                                            for our celebration of the birth of Jesus
                                                                                                                                                                                      parishes across the archdiocese re-                       Msgr. Paul Watson of the Maryvale In-             to ways of praying. During the program,                 free from error as you teach the Cath-
                                                                                                                                                                                      ceived a certificate in catechesis from                   stitute.                                          there are four days the participants are                olic faith to others,” said Archbishop
                                                                                                                                                                                      the Maryvale Institute on Dec. 4, the                         During Mass, Archbishop Naumann               required to meet in person.                             Naumann.

                                              Where are
                                                                                                                                                                                      first group in the archdiocese to go                      thanked the graduates for participating              McCormack, a supervisor at Tension                      He also thanked the Maryvale Insti-
                                                                                                                                                                                      through the program.                                      in the program.                                   Envelopes who helps with religious ed-                  tute and staff in the archdiocesan office
                                                                                                                                                                                          “I considered myself pretty well-                         “Thank you for your desire to better          ucation at his parish, said the time com-               for evangelization and catechesis for
                                              you going?                                                                                                                              informed before Maryvale, but now I’m
                                                                                                                                                                                      much more capable of better explaining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                know the depth and beauty of our Cath-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                olic faith and for your willingness to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mitment of the program was challeng-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ing, as it required a significant amount
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          making the first round of the program
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the archdiocese a success.
                                                                                                                                                                                      the beliefs the Catholic Church teach-                    share with others the truth and beauty            of reading, studying and writing papers                    “I want to express my gratitude to all
                                                 Challenge yourself;                                                                                                                  es,” said Rich McCormack, a member of                     of our faith,” he said. “Your graduation          — most of it done independently.                        the faculty at Maryvale for being open
                                                                                                                                                                                      St. Gregory Parish in Marysville.                         today gives me reason to celebrate and               “I’m glad I had the opportunity to                   to partnering with us,” said Archbishop
                                                 jump start your life                                                                                                                     The graduates celebrated with a                       have hope the Lord is raising up more             take the program,” said McCormack.                      Naumann. “I’m grateful to them and to
                                                                                                                                                                                      Mass of thanksgiving at Savior Pastoral                   laborers for the harvest.”                        “We studied a lot about the Catechism                   our own staff and all those that worked
                                                 discover Quo vadis—                                                                                                                  Center in Kansas City, Kan. Mass was                          Graduation ceremonies and a recep-            [of the Catholic Church] and Vatican II                 on this to make this blessing possible
                                         archbishop’s retreat for men 18—35.                                                                                                          celebrated by Archbishop Naumann,                         tion for the graduates and their families         documents, and I learned a great deal.”                 to the participants and to our local
                                                                                                                                                                                      along with concelebrants Father Tom                       followed the Mass.                                   Schmitz said her experience was                      church.”
                                            Jan. 1, 8 p.m. — Jan. 4, 11 a.m.                                                                                                          Aduri, Father Richard Warsnak, and                            Archbishop Naumann said the ul-               similar.


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                                                                                                                                                           father John a. riley, chancellor, re-
                                                                                                                                                        ports the following assignment made by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Soup-er Bowl brings hunger problems into the public’s eye
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ple — 14.3 percent of the population —
                                                                                                                                                        archbishop Joseph f. naumann:
                                                                                                                                                           father francis bakyor (diocese of
                                                                                                                                                                                                              hunger in the United                                                                                                                                live in poverty, he said. Some 15.5 mil-
                                                                                                                                                        damongo, Ghana), returning from a visit               states is intolerable,                                                                                                                              lion of them are children under the age
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of 18 and 3.4 million are elderly. Some
                                                                                                                                                        home, is appointed parochial vicar, holy
                                                                                                                                                        trinity church, lenexa, effective nov. 27,             says bishop boland                                                                                                                                 50 million live in “food insecure” homes.
                                                                                                                                                        2010.                                                                                                                                                                                                        The people who serve the poor at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     By Kevin Kelly                                                                                                               places like Catholic Charities, the St. Vin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         catholic Key associate editor                                                                                                            cent de Paul Society, the Salvation Army,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the volunteers at Meals on Wheels, the
                                                                                                                                                                the leaven’s schedule                           KANSAS CITY — They have forever                                                                                                                   restaurants and supermarkets who do-
                                                                                                                                                           next week’s leaven will be a special             raised the bar.                                                                                                                                       nate unused food, the bishop said, are
                                                                                                                                                        issue documenting one full day in the                   Last year, the 420 students at Notre                                                                                                              all following Christ’s commandment in
                                                                                                                                                        archdiocese of Kansas city in Kansas.               Dame de Sion High School in Kansas                                                                                                                    Matthew 26:35 — “For I was hungry
                                                                                                                                                        there will be no calendar or anniversary            City, Mo., collected more than 15 tons of                                                                                                             and you gave me food, I was thirsty and
                                                                                                                                                        announcements in that issue.                        food for the poor in their annual “Food                                                                                                               you gave me drink.”
                                                                                                                                                           there will also be no leaven on dec.             for Thought” drive.                                                                                                                                      “I thank God for the students of Arch-
                                                                                                                                                        31. the leaven will resume its regular                  This year, spurred on by a challenge                                                                                                              bishop O’Hara High School and St. Pius
                                                                                                                                                        weekly schedule on Jan. 7. 2011.                    from the sophomore class to the senior                                                                                                                X High School who recently collected
                                                                                                                                                                                                            class, the school collected more than                                                                                                                 19,000 cans of food and $2,000 in cash
                                                                                                                                                                                                            double that — 34 tons, or some 68,000                                                                                                                 to feed the poor,” said the bishop.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            food items that went directly to the pan-                                                                                                                It is still not enough, Bishop Boland
                                                                                                                                                          Conception Seminary College                       try at Redemptorist Social Services and                                                                           catholic Key photo by Kevin Kelly   noted.
                                                                                                                                                             names new vice rector                          other pantries who shared in the gener-      Archbishop Joseph F. naumann joins the Community of the lamb for a soup lunch at the annual                  “And we will have more if we realize
                                                                                                                                                                                                            osity.                                       Soup-er Bowl luncheon on Dec. 7 to raise awareness of hunger and poverty the Kansas City area.           that God put us on this earth — and here
                                                                                                                                                           conception, mo. — conception
                                                                                                                                                        seminary college has named father                       Sion students earned one of four                                                                                                                  I quote St. John Damascene — ‘to take
                                                                                                                                                        ralph o’donnell, from the archdiocese of            2010 MVP Awards, given annually by           luncheon of soup, bread and fruit, mir-         ply cannot make ends meet,” said Bishop                  care of our fellow man,’” he said.
                                                                                                                     leaven photo by elaina cochran
                                                                                                                                                        omaha, neb., as the new vice rector/dean            the Knights of Malta at the annual Soup-     roring the meals served at community            Boland.                                                     Bishop Boland also quoted Pope Bene-
Archbishop Joseph F. naumann leads a truth Illuminated group in prayer. truth Illuminated educates teens on life issues.                                of students, effective July 1, 2011. father         er Bowl luncheon in Kansas City, Mo., to     kitchens where the poor might get their             “They are forced to go without ade-                  dict XVI: “The church cannot neglect the
                                                                                                                                                                                                            raise awareness of hunger and poverty.       only meal of the day.                           quate meals sometimes for days, some-                    service of charity any more than she can

                     Teen group focuses on life issues
                                                                                                                                                        o’donnell will succeed father daniel
                                                                                                                                                        merz, a priest of the diocese of Jefferson              Other MVP honorees at the luncheon          Bishop Emeritus Raymond J. Boland            times for weeks,” he continued. “What                    neglect the sacraments and the word.”
                                                                                                                                                        city, mo., who has served on the faculty            included: Cathy Rybowicz, who stocks         of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph        little money they have or charity assis-                    “And this, my dear people, is what
                                                                                                                                                        of conception seminary college since                the food pantry at Coronation of Our         offered a reflection at the end of the lun-     tance they receive becomes the ingre-                    you do every day,” he said.
                        By Kara Hansen          and educate you on what’s happening             work done at a crisis pregnancy center.                                                                     Lady Parish in Grandview, Mo.; Jayanne       cheon.                                          dient for a desperate game of roulette                      “And even though I may thank you
                                                                                                                                                        1999. father merz has been named asso-
                               leaven staff     in your body and about the baby grow-           One time, a visitor shared her personal                                                                     Angell, who shops for Catholic Charities        Hunger in the United States, “the            — pay the rent or buy food, purchase                     from this podium, I also know that you
                                                                                                                                                        ciate director of the secretariat of divine
                                                ing inside you,” she said.                      experience of abortion.                                                                                     of Northeast Kansas (see story on page       most affluent society the world has ever        the children’s medicine or struggle to                   will be blessed many times over by those
                                                                                                                                                        worship of the U.s. conference of catholic
    OLATHE — When a teen’s in crisis,               The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Jo-              “The topics are oftentimes ones the                                                                     1); and The Bishop Sullivan Center and       known,” is intolerable, he said.                pay the utilities to ensure a modicum                    with whom you share your bread, be-
                                                                                                                                                        bishops in washington, d.c., effective
parents always hope that their child            seph has a number of parishes with              kids have never heard before,” said                                                                         its St. James Place in Kansas City, Mo.         “They may be hardworking in poorly           of heat in this cold weather or, God for-                cause they can be the face of Christ in
                                                                                                                                                        early next summer.
will turn to them for help.                     Truth Illuminated chapters, but the             Virginia.                                                                                                       This year’s luncheon was held Dec. 7     paid jobs. They have children and may           bid, succumb to the temptation to end                    our troubled society,” Bishop Boland
                                                                                                                                                           father o’donnell currently serves as
    But that doesn’t always happen.             group in Olathe is the first of its kind in         Kembry said she has seen the infor-                                                                     at the Downtown Marriott Hotel. Some         be caring for elderly relatives, and espe-      it all.”                                                 said.
                                                                                                                                                        the director of omaha’s permanent dia-
    “Not many teens go to adults,” said         the archdiocese.                                mation make a difference in the atti-                                                                       430 people paid $25 each to eat a simple     cially in this economic climate, they sim-          In the United States, 43.6 million peo-
                                                                                                                                                        conate program and as pastor of both st.
14-year-old Christina Saiki, a member               “I’ve been doing pro-life work my           tudes of her peers.
                                                                                                                                                        rose and st. bridget parishes in omaha.
of St. Paul Parish in Olathe. “They go          whole life and, when I heard about                  “Some of the kids were undecided
                                                                                                                                                        ordained a priest in 1997, he has also
to their friends.”                              this, it seemed like a great way to get         on whether or not they were going to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘It doesn’t seem right to be recognized,’ says volunteer
                                                                                                                                                        served as both an associate pastor and
    So Christina founded her own pro-           other teens involved, since not many            attend the night when pornography
                                                                                                                                                        as archdiocesan vocation director. father
life youth group at St. Paul Parish.            know a lot about pro-life issues,” said         was the topic,” said Kembry, who is
                                                                                                                                                        o’donnell brings with him solid pastoral
Called Truth Illuminated, Christina             Christina, who is home-schooled.                also home-schooled. “But most came.
                                                                                                                                                        experience, excellent communication and                      continued from page 1               I’ll bargain at the stores, and they’ll             Angell’s volunteerism comes straight                    Angell said experiences have given
established the group a 18 months ago               The mission of Truth Illuminated,           And at the end of the night, they could
                                                                                                                                                        relational skills, and a strong commit-                                                          gasp. I tell them, ‘Well, I’m buying for        from her Gospel convictions.                             her a fresh view of the human nature of
with the help of her mom Virginia and           she said, is to educate teens on life is-       really see how the bad habit of pornog-
                                                                                                                                                        ment to the church and to the priesthood.           asking, ‘What do you need?’” said Jones.     700 families!’”                                     “It’s very uplifting, but I really didn’t            Jesus.
support from the archdiocesan pro-life          sues, to foster a respect and love for          raphy could lead to lack of respect for
                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Then she’ll fill items from the store and       Stores are happy to work with her,          expect anything like this,” she said. “It’s                  “We had that Gospel of his healing
office.                                         life from the moment of conception              life or [to] abortion.”
                                                                                                                                                         the Fowler sisters special will                    bring them the next week along with other    knowing that she might purchase 100             been such a joy for me to be able to go                  the lepers,” said Angell. “I got to think-
     “If we can educate the teens,” said        until natural death, and to empower                 A dozen or more teens attend regu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                            nice things, like dish towels and table-     clearance backpacks, a carload of ce-           around and do these things, to make                      ing . . . I bet he got such a kick out of
Christina, “then if they have a friend          and engage teens to make a difference           larly, with attendance swelling to 30 at                     be featured on eWtn                            cloths.”                                     real, or enough frozen dinners to fill a        these deals and find these things in                     being able to heal these people. And his
who is in trouble, they have someone            through public witness in the battle for        some of the meetings. The teens who
                                                                                                                                                           the fowler sisters’ television christmas            “She knows that if a family can’t find    large freezer — and all for a good cause.       little cubbyholes around the city, that                  very first miracle at the wedding, when
to turn to who can help them, and they          life.                                           attend are largely St. Paul parishioners
                                                                                                                                                        special, “christmas Gift,” will be televised        food, they probably don’t have a cloth       Other shoppers will comment on her              it doesn’t seem right to be recognized.”                 he turned water to good wine, and
wouldn’t have to do something they                  In Truth Illuminated, teens choose          who attend public schools, said Virgin-
                                                                                                                                                        worldwide on ewtn this year. “christmas             to set a nice table,” Jones continued.       basket and add their own donations.                  “Maybe it will encourage other peo-                 someone said, ‘This is the best we’ve
might regret later.”                            a topic from the spectrum of life issues        ia. But teens from other local parishes
                                                                                                                                                        Gift” will be shown locally on dec. 23 at           “She always says, ‘Make sure you mark            “At HyVee, there’s a lady in a wheel-       ple,” she continued. “Jesus said, ‘The                   had all day! You’re supposed to serve
    Teens need to learn fundamental             and study it in depth at each monthly           are invited to attend as well, and other
                                                                                                                                                        12:30 p.m., on dec. 24 at 5:30 p.m., and on         that down as coming from Holy Cross          chair whose daughter brings her,” said          poor you have with you always.’ But                      the best first!’ I bet he giggled about
pro-life truths, said 16-year-old Kem-          meeting, held on Sunday nights.                 parishes are welcome and encouraged
                                                                                                                                                        dec. 26 at 8 p.m. on ewtn (channel 190              Church, not from me.’ She just goes          Angell. “She probably doesn’t have              he also said, ‘Sell all your goods and                   that.”
bry Fellhoelter, president of Truth Il-             Topics have included Project Rachel         to start up Truth Illuminated chapters
                                                                                                                                                        on time warner cable and channel 21 on              above and beyond.”                           much but, every time she sees me, she           give to the poor.’ My days are running                      “Now I can’t heal anybody, but I can
luminated at St. Paul Parish.                   and its work with helping post-abortive         of their own.
                                                                                                                                                        dish network). the fowlers are members                 “When I started,” Angell said, “there     gives me five dollars. She said, ‘You’re        down here. I’m getting slower, but Jesus                 feed them — and I just get so much joy
    “The goal is teaching teens there           women heal, pornography and its nega-               “We want there to be many more
                                                                                                                                                        of church of the nativity in leawood.               were about 250 families that came to         my charity, because I know that it will         said, ‘Take up your cross.’ I live by those              out of it,” said Angell.
are people out there who can help you           tive effects on men and women, and the          groups in Kansas,” said Kembry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                            the pantry. Now there are almost 700.        go where it needs to go.’”                      three things.”

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                                                                                             nora and Larry Volz, members of                 Richard and Glenda (terrill) Peters,
           george noonan assumes mission integration                                                             holy cross parish,                              members of im-
                                                                                                                 overland park,                                  maculate concep-
           responsibilities at St. Francis Medical Center                                                        will celebrate their                            tion parish, st.
    Kansas city, Kan. — George m.             care and end-of-life services,” said sis-                          50th wedding an-                                marys, will cel-
noonan, vice president of mission inte-       ter Judith Jackson, scl, vice president                            niversary on dec.                               ebrate their 50th
gration for providence medical center,        of sponsorship, sisters of charity of                              26. the couple was                              wedding anniversa-
                      Kansas city, Kan.,      leavenworth health system, lenexa.                                 married on dec. 26,                             ry with family and
                      and saint John hos-        “we are thankful and blessed to                                 1960, in mitchell,                              friends in mission,
                      pital, leavenworth,     be able to extend George’s skills and                              s.d. to honor the                               texas. the couple
                      has assumed             expertise in supporting these critical                             occasion, they will                             will receive a spe-
                      responsibilities for    functions at st. francis and sustaining     AnnIVerSArIeS          enjoy family and        cial blessing during mass at the basilica
                      mission integra-        the mission of the sisters of charity of                           friends over the        of our lady of san Juan-national shrine.
                      tion efforts at st.     leavenworth as we continue to move          christmas holiday, along with a dinner         a trip with their children to south padre
                      francis health          rapidly into an ever-changing health        reception hosted by their children at deer     island is also planned. their children and
                      center, topeka,         care environment,” she added.               creek country club. their children and         their spouses are: steve and cindy Jo
  george noonan       effective immedi-          noonan held the same position at st.     their spouses are: mark and michele volz;      peters; marc and cindy peters; and Karen
                      ately. noonan will      francis for 15 months before accept-        david volz; pat and ellen volz; suzanne        peters. they also have six grandchildren
continue to also serve in his current         ing a position at providence and saint      and david terwey; and laura volz. a son,       and one great-grandchild.
capacity at providence and saint John.        John in 2006. prior to joining sisters of   david, is deceased. they also have 11
    “George will now provide ongoing          charity of leavenworth health system,       grandchildren.
leadership and administrative oversight       noonan spent more than 21 years with                                                          AnnIVerSArY POlICY
to the spiritual care, mission integra-       the diocese of Kansas city-st. Joseph.         Michael and Charlyne Michnick,                     the leaven only prints 50, 60,
tion, community health improvement            noonan received his master’s degree                                 members of the st.        65 and 70th anniversary notices.
(community benefit) and volunteer             in divinity from yale University divinity                           lawrence catholic         announcements are due by 5 p.m.
services departments, as well as col-         school in new haven, conn., and his                                 campus center,            eight days (thursday) before the
laborate with hospital leadership on the      bachelor of arts in religious studies and                           will celebrate their      desired publication date. announce-
organization’s core values, oversee the       philosophy from st. michael’s college,                                                        ments must be typed. they are for
                                                                                                                  50th wedding an-
ethics program and develop palliative         winooski, vt.                                                                                 parishioners of catholic parishes in
                                                                                                                  niversary on dec.
                                                                                                                                            the archdiocese of Kansas city in
                                                                                                                  27. the couple was        Kansas, or for those who have been
                                                                                                                  married on dec.           resided in the archdiocese for a
                                                                                                                  27, 1960, at st.          significant period of time. send no-
                                 Shawnee Scout earns eagle                                                        John the evangelist       tices to: the leaven, 12615 parallel
                     shawnee — adam thomas moore, a member of Good shep-                  church in lawrence. a reception, hosted           pkwy., Kansas city, Ks 66109, attn:
                                          herd parish here and troop 358, has             by their children and their spouses — Julie       anniversaries; or send an e-mail
                  eAgle SCOut             achieved the rank of eagle scout.               workman of marysville, wash., and ste-            to: todd@theleaven.com. if you
                     moore’s eagle project was the renovation of the environ-             ven and marci michnick of roeland park            would like your photo returned to
                  mental lab (outdoor classroom) for trailridge middle school in          — will be held from 2-4 p.m. on dec. 28           you, please include a self-addressed
                  shawnee.                                                                for friends and family in the malott room,        stamped envelope.
                     he will receive his eagle badge at the court of honor on dec.        Kansas memorial Union, lawrence.
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                                                                                                                                                                                       From left, ray Diedel and John and Fran Wulfkuhle are surprised when an item unwrapped from their         Kay Wehr, left, and Mary Ann ring take a moment out from celebrating to catch up on family news.
                                                                                                                                                                                       gift bag is not what they guessed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                   Finding friends
                                                                                                                                                                                           The Empty Nesters was started in 2002
                                                                                                                                                                                       by Gary and Linda March, now of St. Mi-
                                                                                                                                                                                       chael the Archangel Parish in Leawood.
                                                                                                                                                                                       At the time, the Marches had just moved
                                                                                                                                                                                       to Lawrence.
                                                                                                                                                                                           The couple no longer had school-age
                                                                                                                                                                                       children and found it difficult to fit in at
                                                                                                                                                                                       their new parish without the benefit of
                                                                                                                                                                                       meeting people through school and chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                       dren’s activities.
                                                                                                                                                                                           “It’s hard when you move to a parish
                                                                                                                                                                                       and you don’t know anyone,” said Linda.
                                                                                                                                                                                       “You might even sit in front of or behind
                                                                                                                                                                                       the same people every week at Mass, but
                                                                                                                                                                                       you don’t turn around and go, ‘I need a
                                                                                                                                                                                       friend.’”
                                                                                                                                                                                           At the parish’s next ministry fair, the
                                                                                                                                                                                       couple set up a table inviting other pa-
                                                                                                                                                                                       rishioners in their position to join them
For holiday fun, empty nesters (left to right) Sherry Bowden, Mary Boucher, Fran Wulfkuhle and eileen Schartz try to guess items that are wrapped and hidden in a bag.                 in a social group. They found more than
                                                                                                                                                                                       a few allies.
                                                                                                                                                                                           “Sixteen people came to our house and




                                                       FoR MAtURe
                                                                                                                                                                                       we had wine and cheese,” recalled Linda.
                                                                                                                                                                                       She and her husband still laugh about
                                                                                                                                                                                       how they had to start scrambling for more
                                                                                                                                                                                       wine because of the unexpected turnout.
                                                                                                                                                                                           And the good time continued.                  empty nesters who also sing in the Corpus Christi Parish choir lead the group in Christmas carols. they are, from left, Don Bushell, Don Boucher, Barbara Diedel
                                                                                                                                                                                           Jim and Celia Heintz, who were at that        and Mary Boucher,
                                                                                                                                                                                       first event, hosted a Thanksgiving potluck
                                                                                                                                                                                       at their home the following month.                span such a wide range that there is no                ed in,” said Celia. “We know each other               never too busy to think about each other.




                                                      AUdienCes onLy
                                                                                                                                                                                           “And we’ve been going strong ever             lack of variety.                                       socially, but it carries over into many                   “If somebody is sick and needs a ride to
                                                                                                                                                                                       since,” said Celia.                                   The Empty Nesters just returned from a             church activities.”                                   the doctor, we’re there,” said Diane. “You




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                                                                                                                                                                                           The idea caught on quickly and the            brewery tour in Kansas City, Mo. They’ve                  “Like when it’s time to set up the                 don’t have to worry about it. It’s a won-
                                                                                                                                                                                       Empty Nesters grew in numbers and ac-             been on overnight trips to the Lake of the             church,” said Stan. “We just got done do-             derful support group.”
                                                                                                                                                                                       tivities. Currently, there are 87 members,        Ozarks and Omaha, Neb., and they enjoy                 ing that for Advent. We will again, come                  “So many of us are at stages with chil-
                                                                                                                                                                                       58 of whom are actively involved in the           going to botanical gardens, museums,                   Christmas.                                            dren who are not exactly on track or need
                                                                                                                                                                                       monthly events. The group welcomes                theaters and cultural events.                             “And then, of course, there’s always               help,” added Celia. “That kind of thing is
                                                                                                                                                                                       both couples and singles.                             The only absolute requirement is that,             the takedown,” he added. “We all help                 easier to share with someone who is in
                                                              empty nesters                                                                  AWRENCE – Corpus Christi Parish                                                             at some point, all events must include                 with that, too.”                                      the same boat.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         food.                                                     The Empty Nester men have a spi-                       “And we are all in the same boat,” she
                                                                                                                                             here is home to a social group that is                                                          “Yes, we do a lot of things with food,”            noff group that tends to a standing list              added. “So we can appreciate the aches
                                                                                                                                                                                          Structured with spontaneity
                                                                                                                                             having such a good time, everybody                                                          said Celia. “We’ll go out to dinner before             of handyman services requested by the                 and pains and highs and lows of matu-
                                                           find out there is                                                                 wants to join.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Though they’re always open to im-
                                                                                                                                                                                       promptu ideas and new adventures, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         we go to the Lawrence Community The-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         atre. And when we go on our long trips,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                church and school.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The women, likewise, have a stitching
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rity.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Shared faith is the glue that holds this
                                                                                                                                                                                       Empty Nesters try to plan out the year
                                                                                                                                               But admission is very selective.        each January during a chili cook-off,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         we plan meals.”                                        group that helps with sewing needs, such              group together.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Like when we went to the [Lake of the             as altar cloths.                                          “We’re all of the same faith, and all of
                                                       life after children                                                                     “Oh, it is a lot of fun,” said member   hosted by the Rings.
                                                                                                                                                                                          “We have our meeting,” said Stan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ozarks],” she said. “We brought a lot of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         food [with us].”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   At this year’s Christmas party, mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bers combined social responsibility with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      us ebb and flow in faith,” explained Di-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ane. “And so I think it strengthens your
                                                                                                                                             Diane Silvestri. “There are younger       “And we say, ‘OK, here are the months of              “But we divvy up stuff,” said Diane,               fun by making a game out of donating                  faith just knowing there are so many peo-
                                                                                                                                             people who say, ‘What do we have to       the year. Who wants to do what?’”
                                                      — and that it’s not                                                                    do to join?’
                                                                                                                                                                                           “And it’s a flexible schedule,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                       Celia, who is the current reigning chili
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         who hosts the Octoberfest with her hus-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         band each year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                items to a food pantry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “We’re at an age where it really doesn’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ple around you to hold you up when you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      can’t be up.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The party host, she explained, usually             matter if you have one more trinket,”                     “And it’s so nice to go into church in
                                                                                                                                               “And we say, ‘Well, you have to be      queen. “If something comes up, we add;            provides the main dish, and guests bring               said Celia. “So, this year we brought a               the morning and say, ‘Good morning’ on
                                                                                 so bad                 old.’”
                                                                                                                                                                                       and if something goes badly, we subtract.”
                                                                                                                                                                                          “Because sometimes at our age, we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the rest.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “You don’t want it to become financial-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                wrapped food item or personal item that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                we can donate to the food bank.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a first-name basis to so many people,” she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      added. “And give people hugs and kisses
                                                                                                                                                                                       can’t tell what the heck is going to happen
                                                                                                          The other admission requirement can be found in the                          nine months from now,” said Diane.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ly impossible to host, especially in this day             The group was divided into teams that              — have people care about you.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and age,” she said.                                    competed in trying to guess the identity                  There is only one downside to becom-
                                                                                                        group’s name: Empty Nesters.                                                      Certain gatherings have become annu-                                                                  of the wrapped items.                                 ing an Empty Nester, claims Stan — but
                                                                                                                                                                                       al — like the chili cook-off, an Octoberfest
                                                                                                          All members have raised their families and are ready to                      and the Christmas party. Other activities
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “The winners — the ones who had the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                most correct — got the prize of taking the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      it’s a minor concern that they all seem to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      be willing to live with.
                                                                                                        spend time pursuing other interests – and they are very                        are welcome surprises.                                         Sharing talents                           food to church,” said Celia.                              “We have a lot of times when we eat too
                                                                                                                                                                                          During the Christmas party this year,             The Empty Nesters are also actively                                                                       much,” he said. “And at this group’s age,
                                                                     Story and Photos                   clear about the main focus of those other interests.                           someone came up with the idea to or-              involved with their parish community.                                                                        they’re all really good cooks — they’re not
                                                                                                          “We just get together and we eat,” said Stan Ring, who                       ganize an evening of playing Pitch —              Many of them serve in various ministries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sharing support                           learning anymore.”
                                                        by Jill Ragar esfeld                            currently heads the group, along with his wife Mary Ann.
                                                                                                                                                                                       and sign-up sheets were suddenly being
                                                                                                                                                                                       passed around.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and together they’re always ready to lend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a helping hand.                                           Parties, activities, events and service
                                                                                                                                                                                          Members tend to plan what they enjoy,
                                                                                                        “We always eat and talk.”                                                      and the interests and talents of this group
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “I think this group builds community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         as well as any other group I’ve participat-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                projects keep the Empty Nesters too busy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to think about growing old. But they’re
                                                                      THE LEAVEN • DECEMBER 17, 2010                    Washington Letter 11
 Weighing taxes, human needs, deficit a delicate and tense balancing act
                     By Mark Pattison
                   catholic news service

    WASHINGTON (CNS) — It’s almost
like a three-way tug of war. Should
Congress extend the temporary tax cuts
in place for nine years, and if so, for
whom? How does the nation help those
who have borne the brunt of the reces-
sion? And isn’t there a looming, and
growing, deficit?
    The circus juggler keeping an ax, a
chainsaw and a bowling ball in the air
would seem to have an easier time of it
than lawmakers and public policy advo-
cates trying to figure out what and what
not to do, and how far to go with what
seems like the likeliest choices.
    The president of the U.S. bishops,
Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New
York, and Bishop Stephen E. Blaire of
Stockton, Calif., head of the bishops’
Committee on Domestic Justice and
Human Development, weighed in Dec.
7, calling for action on two of those
                                                                                                                                                                         cns photo/mario anzuoni, reuters
fronts: taxes and human needs.
                                             A worker is seen on the roof of a building under construction in los Angeles Dec. 2. the jobless rate jumped to a seven-month high of 9.8 percent in
    “The bishops are deeply concerned
                                             December.
with the current unemployment num-
bers, and the church recognizes the          tax extenders — and extend the refund-            all alone,” said Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa.,            unemployment insurance is 1.6.
need to assist those hit hardest by these    able tax credits sought by the bishops,           at the kickoff. “They cannot and should               Jean Sammon, an organizer and for-
economic times,” Archbishop Dolan            as well as the college tuition deduction.         not walk that path alone. We have great            mer lobbyist for Network, the Catholic
said in a Dec. 7 statement.                       The two-year cost of the plan — if           work to do and we’re going to fight this           social justice lobby, said: “Even millions
    Bishop Blaire, in a letter sent that     it receives final Congress approval — is          battle.”                                           are going to get a modest amount of
day to members of the Senate, urged          estimated at $990 billion. The income                  Judy Conti, federal advocacy coordi-          $6,000 back” if the tax cuts were halt-
expansion of the Refundable Child Tax        tax cut extension costs $359 billion:             nator for the National Employment Law              ed for households making more than
Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit as       $79 billion for the highest-income                Project, took aim at a job drain she saw           $250,000.
they “encourage work and family life.”       Americans and $280 billion for middle-            as preventable. “Outsourcing is greed.                The day after the Faith Advocates for
    “To keep in place tax cuts for more      income Americans. The refundable tax              . . . and stealing their wages, is greed,”         Jobs kickoff, news reports said the Bu-
affluent families while ending the tax       credits will cost $21 billion and extend-         Conti said. “There’s a reason greed is             reau of Labor Statistics announced the
help for those families in greatest need     ing unemployment benefits will cost               one of the seven deadly sins.”                     national unemployment rate rose from
would be bad policy and unjust,” Bish-       $56 billion.                                           Faith Advocates for Jobs allies were          9.6 percent to 9.8 percent. Also, a new
op Blaire said. “In such an economic cli-         The deficit appeared to be the least         not thrilled about the recent focus given          jobs report showed employers posted
mate [as the current one], a promise to      of the concerns at the Dec. 3 kickoff in          deficit reduction. One speaker, Edith              12 percent more openings in October
raise taxes on no one must include low-      Washington of the Faith Advocates for             Rassell, minister of workplace justice             than September, but overall job open-
income families.”                            Jobs campaign, which seeks to mobilize            for the United Church of Christ and an             ings remained nowhere close to the 4.4
    Deficit reduction wasn’t on the bish-    employed and unemployed Americans                 economist, said two-thirds of the cur-             million advertised at the end of 2007,
ops’ agenda. Nor, apparently, was it on      in 1,000 churches nationwide to push              rent deficit is directly related to the eco-       before the economy went into reces-
the agenda of President Barack Obama         Congress to, among other things, pass a           nomic downturn, as tax receipts slack              sion.
and Republican leaders when they             new stimulus package to create manu-              off and more Americans seek help from                   Whether America’s rich will get
worked out a deal in early December to       facturing jobs, a public jobs program             the government to get by.                          $6,000 or more under extended tax
extend the Bush tax cuts for all Ameri-      to improve infrastructure and mass                      Tax cuts didn’t rank high on their           cuts was still open to question as Demo-
cans for two years, extend unemploy-         transit, and support for state and local          list, either. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-               crats in both the House and the Senate
ment benefits for one year, index the        governments feeling their own budget              Ohio, who also spoke at the gathering,             deplored the deal Obama made with
alternative minimum tax to inflation,        crunches to support the social safety             said the multiplier effect for a million-          Senate Republicans, threatening to
engineer some changes in the estate          net.                                              aire’s tax break is 1.35, but for an un-           block action on the deal before the Sen-
tax, grant a payroll tax holiday, liber-          “We can’t leave the sense that the           employed worker with little or no finan-           ate’s scheduled adjournment Dec. 17.
alize business expense deductions and        folks in Washington are fighting this             cial cushion, the multiplier effect for

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Misc.
                                                               (913) 956-1626 (mobile).                                     fessional organizing handyman, Kevin Hogan, M. ed.,                                                                                                                        accepted.
include federal grant reporting and coordinating                                                                                                                                        sleeps 6. Fully furnished, fireplace, rec. center with
A-133 audit. Accounting degree and excel proficiency
required; prior grant reporting experience preferred.
                                                                     Mortgage rates have never been lower!!!
                                                                   Considering a refinance or new home purchase?
                                                                                                                            today at (913) 271-5055. Insured; references. Visit the
                                                                                                                            Web site at: www.KOATINDuSTRIeS.com.                        pool & hot tub. Bus to ski area. $125/night; $700/
                                                                                                                                                                                        week. Call Joe Frederick at (913) 385-5589.                                                                       19       the Knights of Columbus of sa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7     the Knights of Columbus of st.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Matthew Parish, 2700 s.e. virginia, topeka,
Payroll experience a plus. Full time; excellent ben-
efits. Send cover letter, resume and references, via
e-mail, to: cbenson@catholiccharitiesks.org. eOe.
                                                                   Call today to see how much money you can save.
                                                                    We make mortgage loans easy and hassle-free.
                                                                    evening and weekend appointments available.
                                                                                                                                StA (Sure thing Always) Home repair - Base-
                                                                                                                            ment finish, bathrooms and kitchens; interior & exte-           Hawaii vacation condo(s) - Spend two weeks
                                                                                                                                                                                        this winter (Feb. 11 - 25) basking in the tropical sun on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         17        the Johnson County Unos will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      gather for 4:30 p.m. Mass on dec. 17 at st.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cred Heart Parish, 2646 s. 34th st., Kansas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       city, Kan., will host an all-you-can-eat pan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       cake breakfast with santa Claus from 8 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will host a breakfast following the 8 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and 10:30 a.m. masses on Jan. 7 in the parish
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hall. a freewill donantion will be collected.      a support group for women dealing
                                                                                                                            rior repairs: painting, roofing, siding, wood replace-
                                                                        Members of Holy Trinity Parish, Lenexa.             ment and window glazing. Call for free estimates. Cell:     the beautiful island of Kauai. Two condos available –         pius X church, 5601 woodson, mission. din-       11 a.m. on dec. 19 in the church hall. the cost    proceeds will benefit birthright of topeka.     with any type of addiction, at any stage
    Chief financial officer - For Mother Teresa of                 Call Kurt or Angie at Approved Mortgage Inc.             (913) 579-1835; phone: (913) 491-5837; e-mail: smokey       each sleeps 4. Walking distance to the beach. $1200 a         ner will follow at red lobster, 9547 metcalf,    is: $6 for adults; $4 for childern under age 12;   donations of baby clothes, diapers and for-     of recovery, will meet from 6 - 7 p.m. on
Calcutta Church, Topeka. This paid position is respon-                            (913) 599-0004                            cabin@hotmail.com. Member of Holy Trinity, Lenexa.          week per condo. Possible trade. Private, local owner.         overland park. for information, call dorothy     maximum of $20 per family.                         mula are greatly appreciated.                   tuesday evenings at the Keeler Women’s
sible for all financial and accounting operations. Ap-                          An equal housing lender.                                                                                Call (913) 980-3559.                                          at (913) 894-4399.                                                                                                                                  Center, 2220 central ave., Kansas city, Kan.
plicant must be proficient in excel, QuickBooks and
Word, and understand benefits and payroll process-
ing. Applicant must be a practicing Catholic and have
                                                                           KS mortgage number MC0002252                         Custom countertops - Laminates installed within
                                                                                                                            5 days. Cambria, granite, and solid surface. Competi-          Ski cabin in Winter Park, Colo. – 2 BR, 1 BA,
                                                                                                                                                                                        on free ski shuttle route. $110/night. Call (913) 642-           18         a memorial liturgy for de-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          21     st. Agnes Parish, 5250 mission
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rd., roeland park, will host a Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Ancient order of Hibernians will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          host a chuck wagon chili feed from 5 -
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          9 p.m. on Jan. 7 in the John J. sullivan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for information or to register, call (913) 906-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          8990 or visit the web site at: www.moun-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tosb.org/kwc.
                                                                    tutoring - Available for ages K - 12 and college lev-   tive prices, dependable work. Call the Top Shop, Inc., at
a basic understanding of nonprofit agencies. Mail re-          el. Sessions are customized to fit the student’s needs.      (913) 962-5058. Members of St. Joseph, Shawnee.             3027. For pictures, visit the Web site at: cabin.forcade      ceased loved ones will be held at 8 a.m. on      concert, featuring concert pianist hum-            banquet hall at redemptorist catholic
sume by Jan. 14, 2011, to: Mother Teresa Church, 2014          For information, call (913) 206-2151 or send an e-mail                                                                   associates.com.                                               dec. 18 at Curé of Ars Church, 9401 mission      berto sierralta, at 7 p.m. on dec. 21 in the       church, 3333 broadway, Kansas city, mo.            el Centro, inc., will offer classes in fi-
N.W. 46th St., Topeka, KS 66618-5817.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 rd., leawood. the bereavement ministry           church. freewill offerings will benefit the        the cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children      nancial literacy, home improvement, and
                                                               to:Klmamuric@yahoo.com.                                          thank you to all my customers for a great                                                                             will have its monthly meeting following mass     poor of the parish.                                ages 12 and under.                              home buyer education. the classes are
    Principals - Seeking dynamic Catholic school                   Machine quilting by lyn - I also do T-shirt, pho-
                                                                                                                            summer! We’re looking for indoor work. We can
                                                                                                                            do bathroom, kitchen, and basement remodeling.
                                                                                                                                                                                        Misc.                                                         in the father burak room. msgr. charles                                                                                                             free and open to the public. all classes
principals who embrace the Catholic faith and pos-                                                                                                                                                                                                    mcGlinn, pastor of curé, will speak on
sess spiritual leadership skills blended with strong
instructional leadership and managerial skills. Two
                                                               to, and memorial quilts. Official Hobbs distributor.
                                                               Located in Overland Park. Call Lyn at (913) 492-8877.
                                                                                                                            Includes floors, cabinets, doors, windows, sheet-
                                                                                                                            rock, painting, and wood rot. you name it – we can
                                                                                                                                                                                             Donate a vehicle. Make a difference. Donate
                                                                                                                                                                                        your vehicle to Catholic Charities to support those in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “spirituality and Grief.” for information,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      call (913) 649-2026.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the Johnson County Unos will host bin-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       go from 1 - 3 p.m. on dec. 21 in the father
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       burak room at curé of ars church, 9401 mis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10       Advice and Aid Pregnancy Cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ters, inc., is seeking volunteers. there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          are held at 650 minnesota ave., Kansas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          city, Kan. participants are asked to pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          register. for dates and times of classes,
                                                                                                                            do it; just ask. Christmas lights, too! We’re reasonably
elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City                                                                                                                                    need. your tax-deductible donation of a vehicle helps                                                          sion rd., leawood.                                 will be a volunteer informational meet-         call (913) 677-0100.
                                                                   Faith-based counseling to cope with life con-            priced, fully insured. Call Josh at (913) 709-7230.                                                                           father Greg hammes will celebrate the
in Kansas have openings for the position of principal                                                                                                                                   children and families served by Catholic Charities and                                                                                                            ing from 7 - 9 p.m. on Jan. 10 at 11031
                                                               cerns - Kansas City area. Call Mary Vorsten, Licensed                                                                                                                                  archdiocesan monthly pro-life Mass at 8




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Jan.
for the 2011-2012 academic year:                                                                                                                                                        is an environmentally responsible way to recycle your                                                                                                             w. 75th terr., shawnee. for information            the singles of nativity, for all singles
                                                               Clinical Professional Counselor, at (913) 909-2002.             electrician - Free estimates; reasonable rates.                                                                        a.m. on dec. 18 at sts. Cyril & Methodius
    St. Patrick, Kansas City, Kan. – Serves 273                                                                                                                                         vehicle. Cars for KC Kids is a partnership between Cath-                                                                                                          or to rsvp, call mary newcomer at (913)         35 and better, welcomes newcomers to its
                                                                                                                            JoCo and southern KC metro area. Call Pat at (913) 963-                                                                   Church, 44 n. mill, Kansas city, Kan., fol-
students in grades K-8 and employs 19 teachers. The                                                                                                                                     olic Charities of Northeast Kansas and Catholic Chari-                                                                                                            962-0200 or send an e-mail to her at:           weekly Bible study on sundays at 9 a.m. in
                                                                   Bankruptcy - When debt becomes overwhelming,             9896.                                                                                                                     lowed by a rosary procession to an abortion
preschool is comprised of 57 students and 5 teachers.                                                                                                                                   ties of Kansas City - St. Joseph. Call 1 (866) 430-9499 or                                                                                                        volunteer@adviceandaid.com.                     the nativity conference room, 119th & mis-
                                                               seek professional help. experienced, compassionate                                                                                                                                     clinic four blocks away. eucharistic adoration
The community is looking for a vibrant, faith-filled                                                                                                                                    visit the Web site at: www.cars4kckids.com.                                                                                                                                                                       sion rd., leawood, followed by 10:30 a.m.
                                                               Catholic attorney Teresa Kidd. For a confidential, no            Woodbright - A very affordable alternative to                                                                         is available for those not processing; bene-
principal with excellent educational and adminis-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             sophia Center, 751 s. 8th st., atchison,    mass. for information, send an e-mail to
                                                               obligation consultation, call (913) 422-0610; or send an     refinishing, refacing or replacing stained cabinets and                                                                   diction concludes services at 9:45 a.m.
trative skills to both maintain the current programs
as well as effectively address future programs. In
                                                               e-mail to: tkidd@kc.rr.com.                                  woodwork. The average kitchen only costs $500. 18           Wanted to buy                                                                                                     6    sophia Center, 751 s. 8th st., atchi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will host “lectio divina,” a one-day retreat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          presented by sister cecilia olson, osb,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          randall stevenson at: gaelwynn@yahoo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          com.
addition, the principal at St. Patrick is expected to
implement a comprehensive marketing initiative to
                                                                   tree service - Pruning trees for optimal growth
                                                               and beauty and removal of hazardous limbs or prob-
                                                                                                                            years experience. Call Woodbright at (913) 940-3020.
                                                                                                                                                                                            lionel trains – Any condition. Call Donald at                18      Guardian Angels Church, 1310
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      westport rd., Kansas city, mo., will host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       son, will host a one-day retreat, entitled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “the christian call to prayer: rediscov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 18. come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          learn to practice “lectio divina,” the an-        notiCe: there will be no calendar in
increase school enrollment. In order to be successful                                                                                                                                   (913) 485-6700.                                                                                                ering the angelus,” presented by sister            cient art of prayerful reading. the day           the dec. 24 issue of the leaven. the cal-
                                                               lem trees. Free consultation and bid. Safe, insured,             Carpet direct – We cut out the middle man and                                                                         its annual Christmas concert at 6:30 p.m.                                                                                                             endar will, however, be updated online
at this effort, the principal will need to have an ener-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               eleanor suther, osb, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.         will include reflection, solitude and shar-
                                                               professional. Brad Grabs, Green Solutions of KC, (913)       bring the showroom to you! The best place to see                      Antique/Vintage Costume Jewelry                     on dec. 18. arrive at 6 p.m. to hear the                                                                                                              at: www.theleaven.com.
getic and creative approach to reaching the entire St.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 on Jan. 6. the cost is $50. for information        ing. the cost is $50. for information or to
                                                               244-5838. www.GreenSolutionsKC.com.                          your flooring is in your own home or office. Save 40                        ***Wanted to Buy*** *                         Kansas city, Kan., community orchestra
Patrick community.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     or to register, call (913) 360-6151 or visit
                                                                                                                            - 80% on carpet and hard surfaces. Residential and                         Member St. Joseph Parish
    Curé of Ars, leawood, – Serves 579 students in                Semi-retired arborist - Available for tree and            commercial. For a free estimate, call Amanda at (913)
grades K-8 and employs 39 teachers. The preschool                                                                                                                                                    Renee Maderak (913) 631-7179
                                                               shrub trimming. Call Bob at (913) 231- 6460.                 742-4003.
is comprised of 57 students and 2 teachers. The Curé
of Ars community is looking for an excellent commu-                                                                                                                                         Will buy firearms and related accessories -
                                                                                      Yard clean up                             the Drywall Doctor, Inc. - A unique solution to         One or a whole collection. Honest evaluation and top
nicator, a vibrant, faith-filled principal with excellent                       Gutters and leaf removal                    your drywall problems! We fix all types of ceiling and
educational and administrative skills to maintain and                                                                                                                                   prices paid. Contact Tom at (913) 238-2473. Member of
                                                                                   Insured and bonded.                      wall damage — from water stains and stress cracks           Sacred Heart Parish, Shawnee.
build upon the strong Catholic identity and academic                        Local parishioner. Free estimates.              to texture repairs and skim coating. We provide pro-
programming that is a hallmark of the school as well                                Call (913) 620-6063.                    fessional, timely repairs and leave the job site clean!
as effectively address future challenges.                                                                                                                                                                      ***WAnteD***
                                                                                                                            Lead-certified and insured! Serving the metro since                          I buy coins, older watches,
    Principal applicants must be practicing Catholics                                                                       1997. Call (913) 768-6655.
and hold (or be eligible for) an administrative license
from the Kansas State Department of education. In-
                                                               Caregiving                                                                                                                               silverware, slot machines,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           old rifles and shotguns,
                                                                                                                                              el SOl Y lA tIerrA                                        stoneware crocks and jugs,
terested individuals should complete the principal                 Do you or your parents need help at home? -                              *Commercial & residential
application available on the Web site at: www.arch                                                                                                                                                 old furniture from basement or attic.
                                                               For as little as $60/week, Benefits of Home-Senior                         * Lawn renovation* mowing                            Call Chris at (913) 593-7507 or (913) 642-8269
kckcs.org. Applications are due by Jan. 7, 2011. Ques-         Care can provide assistance with personal care, shop-                          * Clean-up and hauling
tions may be directed to Dr. Kathleen O’Hara, super-           ping and many other daily needs. For details, visit our                      * Dirt grading/installation
intendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Kansas
City in Kansas, at (913) 721-1570 or, via e-mail, at:
                                                               Web site at: benefitsofhome.com or call (913) 422-1591.                          * Landscape design                      For Sale
                                                                                                                                                  * Free estimates
kohara@archkckcs.org.                                              Caregiving - We provide personal assistance, com-                    Hablamos y escribimos Ingles!!                      American girl-type solid wood doll furniture
                                                               panionship, care management, and transportation to                          Call Lupe at (816) 252-3376                  - Heirloom quality, built to last a lifetime. 48 years
    Administrator - The Diocese of Wichita is seek-            the elderly and disabled in home, assisted living and                                                                    experience. Many types of beds – trundles, daybeds,
ing an administrator for All Saints School, Wichita, for       nursing facilities. We also provide respite care for main                                                                canopy, bunk, and four-poster. Tables and chairs,
the 2011 - 12 school year. Candidates must be practic-
ing Catholics; be eligible for Kansas licensure as an
                                                               caregivers needing some personal time. Call Daugh-           Real Estate                                                 clothes bars, plus beautiful custom-made bedding.
                                                               ters & Company at (913) 341-2500 and speak with                                                                          For information, call John Hember at (913) 631-4060.
administrator; promote a standards-based instruc-              Laurie, Sara or Gary.                                            Wellsville - 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA ranch home on 5             Member of St. Joseph Parish, Shawnee.
tional program; and possess strong interpersonal                                                                            acres with a 30 x 30 metal shed. New paint and car-
and organizational skills. Interested candidates may                                                                        pet throughout. Kitchen has new stainless steel ap-            For sale – Two cemetery plots at Resurrection
contact Dan McAdam, director of staff services, Cath-          Home Improvement                                             pliances and quartz countertops. Master has large           Cemetery, Lenexa. $1150 each. Call (913) 271-7524.
olic Diocese of Wichita, 424 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS                                                                       walk-in closet; double vanity in master bath. Large
67202. Application deadline is Jan. 15, 2011.                      Interior and exterior painting and wallpaper             great room with attached sunroom. Finished base-                 residential lifts - Buy/sell/trade. Stair lifts, porch
                                                               removal - 30-plus years experience. Quality work;            ment with wet bar. To schedule an appt., call (785)         lifts, ceiling lifts and elevators. Recycled and new
    Financial representative - Due to the success              excellent references; reasonable rates. Senior dis-          883-2224.                                                   equipment. Member of St. Michael the Archangel Par-
and growth of the Knights of Columbus, we are add-             count. Member of St. Ann Parish, Prairie Village. Call                                                                   ish, Leawood. Call Silver Cross KC at (913) 393-2042.
ing financial representatives in the Kansas City and           Joe at (913) 620-5776.                                           leawood - 4 BR, 3 BA reverse story-and-a-half
emporia areas. This position is ideal for a determined,                                                                     home in St. Michael the Archangel Parish. 2 BR, 2 BA
high-energy, high-expectation, professional, self-                Painting, exterior and interior, drywall                  on the first floor; 2 BR, 1 BA on lower level. Two-car      Entertainment
disciplined, independent individual desiring to serve          projects, powerwashing, rotted window sills re-              garage. HOA dues include snow removal, lawn care,
others, yet earn a better-than-average income. We              paired - Quality products. 20 years experience. Refer-       sprinkler system, trash and recycling. All appliances           new Years eve all-city Catholic/Christian
provide top-rated financial products to our members            ences. Call (913) 341-7584.                                  included. New exterior paint Sept. ‘10. Located near        singles dance - Beginning experience will sponsor
and their families and will provide excellent benefits                                                                      138th and Kenneth Rd. $249K. Call (913) 515-5789.           a fundraising dance in the parish hall at St. Patrick
and training. For information or an interview, contact              Clutter problems? embarrassing garage,                                                                              Church, 94th and State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. Just
John A. Mahon, 307 Dakota, Holton KS 66436; or call            basement, attic or any room? Let me help you get                 Classic leawood ranch - Lots of new features            two blocks east of I-435 at the Nebraska Furniture
(785) 364-5450.                                                organized! Items sorted, grouped, boxed and labeled;         — roof ’10, HVAC ’07, windows ’05 — for this 2 BR, 2        Mart exit. Doors open at 8 p.m.; dancing from 8:30
                                                               areas clean when finished. Great references and in-          BA, one-car garage property located at 2015 W. 84th         p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Tickets cost $30 in advance; $35 at
                                                               sured. Twenty years experience! Handyman repairs                                                                         the door. Beer, wine, soft drinks, and finger foods will
Services                                                       also available. To view “before” and “after” pictures,
                                                                                                                            Terr. Park-like lot with mature trees. expansive feel to
                                                                                                                            the living/dining combo with shady views of charm-          be provided. Music by Zepster the DJ. To order tickets,
                                                               visit my Web site at: WWW.SWALMS.COM. Tillar Swalm           ing backyard. French doors open onto back deck.             send a check or money order, payable to Zepster’s A
    Husband and wife cleaning team - Reasonable                (913) 375-9115.                                                                                                          to Z Party DJ’s, to: P.O. Box 14321, Kansas City MO
                                                                                                                            Separate den off updated kitchen. Hardwoods under
rates; references provided. Call (913) 940-2959.                                                                                                                                        64152. For information, call (816) 292-2848 or visit
                                                                                                                            carpet. Wheelchair accessible. $159,900. Call (913)
                                                                             Adept Home Improvements                        908-2841.                                                   the Web site at: www.zepster.com/dances.
    Perfection housecleaning - I am available to                               Where quality still counts!
clean in the JoCo and Olathe areas. I clean with honesty
                                                                                 Basement finishing,                            Westwood home FSBO - 3 BR, 2-1/2 BA ranch.                 to purchase a classified ad:
and care. No hourly charge. Cost determined by the needs
                                                                                 Kitchens and baths,                        Low utilities; well-insulated; dry, partially fin. bsmt.;          Send an e-mail to: jennifer@theleaven.com,
of the client. I also take down Christmas decorations, orga-
                                                                               electrical and plumbing,                     lots of storage; fenced backyard; hardwood floors.             or call (913) 647-0327. The cost is $16 per col-
nize, store and cleanup after the holidays. Many years of
                                                                                Licensed and insured.                       SMe school district; near St. Agnes Parish and Bishop          umn inch, five lines or less. each additional line
experience and references. For a free consultation, call Dee                                                                                                                               is $1.50.                                                                                                                                                          800 SW Sixth Avenue | 785.354.7706 | www.brennanmathenafh.com
                                                                                    (913) 599-7998                          Miege High School. $169,500. Call (913) 432-2287.
at (816) 214-5102.
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                                                           Last year, god gave a ‘star’ performance                                                                                                                                                     Taking care of God’s house
                      Dec. 19
         FOuRTH SuNDAy OF ADVeNT
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                                                               he statistics were grim: After an                                                      prising us, of bringing about something
                     Dec. 20
                                                               overflow crowd for the opening                                                         pleasantly unexpected. Maybe what                       ith chilly Kansas                                                                      Accountability is one of the seven
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  steps outlined by the American bishops
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Our objectives should have a higher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 purpose.
                     Monday
        Is 7: 10-14; Ps 24: 1-6; Lk 26-38                      performance, the numbers dipped                                                        that congregation most needed at that                   winds reminding him                                                                 in 1992 when they wrote the pastoral              Annual reports should include a
                                                        to 60 for the second show. The third                                                          Christmas Mass was a good laugh, not                                                                                                        letter, called “Stewardship: A Disciple’s      full range of activities — from the way
                     Dec. 21                            one was even worse: Only 40 were in                                                           a dry sermon on the star. And maybe              that winter is here, Leon                                                                  Response,” which says that a vis-              decisions are made and carried out to
        Peter Canisius, priest, doctor                  attendance. It was so bad that the main                                                       what a lot of us needed last year was a          Roberts, the archdiocesan                                                                  ible commitment to accountability is           the way money is collected, managed
Sg 2: 8-14; Ps 33: 2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lk 1: 39-45       performer’s mother didn’t even show up.                                                       break from our usual Christmases and                                                                                                        reflected in the roles and attitudes of all    and used. Accountability is indeed good
                                                           What in the world happened here?                                                           a chance to focus more on what really            director of real estate and                                                                who have responsibilities for resources        stewardship. And so is thinking ahead.
                                                        Well, instead of “performance,” substi-                                                       makes the day so special.
                    Dec. 22
                 Wednesday                              tute the word “Mass.” And then plug in a         be somewhat prophetic.                           For me, I spent the day by myself. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                       construction, advises par-                                                                 of a parish or school. Accountability is          As we plan for 2011 to get our own
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “They file building information in one    essential to building a foundation of          houses in order, let’s not neglect God’s
1 Sm 1: 24-28; (Ps) 1 Sm 2: 1, 4-8; Lk 1: 46-56         particular date — Dec. 24, 2009 — and               Here’s the story: A priest wanted to      had generous offers from parishioners            ishes and schools whose                       binder so they can easily find the war-      stewardship.                                   house. Your participation as a commit-
                                                        a particular place — northeast Kansas.           get the kids of the parish involved in his   in town to come over and be with them,
                    Dec. 23                             Suddenly, all will become crystal clear.         Christmas sermon, which was called           but I decided to stay home. After all of         uncooperative boilers,                        ranties and scheduled maintenance on            We try to maintain our homes in a           tee member and contributor will enable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     equipment. The pastor makes sure that        condition that will ensure a positive          your parish or school to do even more to
             John of Kanty, priest
  Mal 3: 1-4, 23-24; Ps 25: 4bc-5ab, 8-10, 14;
                                                           Remember Christmas around here                “The Star.” He painted each of the four      the activities of Advent and the nonstop         leaky roofs and pot-holed                     funds are budgeted for facility repairs      return on our investment. Neighbors            fulfill the mission of the church. Prudent
                                                        last year? In Tonganoxie, the first              letters on large poster boards and se-       rushing around, it was a delight to have                                                                                                    depend on each other to have a “good           stewardship of facilities could mean
                  Lk 1: 57-66                           Christmas Eve Mass was packed, but the           lected four children from the congrega-      some peace. Because the snow smoth-              parking lots require im-                      and equipment replacements. Security
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and safety measures are clearly commu-       neighborhood.” Businesses maintain a           more funds available for ministries that
                                                        weather was threatening. By the time             tion to help him with his homily.            ered all sound outside, there truly was a        mediate attention, which                                                                   corporate image through the quality of         could help lead more souls to Christ.
                    Dec. 24                                                                                                                                                                                                                          nicated to everyone.”
                                                        that Mass ended, the wind was already               He asked the kids to come forward         sense of a “silent, holy” time. Since I was                                                                                                 their physical environment. Employee           Now that’s a tremendous investment in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        “This parish values their facility and
  THe VIGIL OF THe NATIVITy OF THe LORD                 ferocious and the sleet-like precipita-          and handed each of them one of the           still able to be in touch with my mom            reminded me about the                         puts forth the required effort,” he said.    satisfaction is a consideration in mainte-     the present — and a needed commit-
     Is 62: 1-5; Ps 89: 4-5, 16-17, 27, 29;                                                              letters to hold up so that he could make
                                                        tion was stinging any uncovered body                                                          and other relatives by phone, none of us         importance of stewardship                     “Their church was handed down to             nance and repair as long as the expenses       ment to the future!
       Acts 13: 16-17, 22-25; Mt 1: 1-25                                                                 a point about each letter of the word:
                                                        parts. By the 10 p.m. Mass, it was an                                                         felt totally isolated. But, honestly, it was                                                   them by their grandparents and par-          justify and help achieve business objec-
                      Dec. 25                           even bigger mess. It was so treacherous,         “Star.”                                      nice to be “trapped” at home.                    of our facilities.                            ents, and they’re putting forth the effort   tives. Similarly, a parish and school have     Lesle Knop is the executive director of stew-
                                                        the Knights of Columbus had to bring                When the kids stepped forward and             My imprisonment allowed me to                                                                                                           many objectives in maintaining their            ardship and development. you can send an
   THe NATIVITy OF THe LORD (MIDNIGHT)                                                                                                                                                                   Leon described a rural parish that ap-      to hand it down to their children and
                                                        me to and from church (as well as dig            turned around, though, they were in          truly appreciate so many things: hav-                                                                                                       facilities, but profit is not one of them.            e-mail to her at: lknop@archkck.org.
Is 9: 1-6; Ps 96: 1-3, 11-13; Ti 2: 11-14; Lk 2: 1-14                                                                                                                                                  parently does everything right.               grandchildren.”
                                                        out my driveway and clear — over and             reverse order. The people in the crowd       ing a home, heat, food, electricity, and
                                                        over again! — the sidewalks around the           nearly fell out of the pews as they read,    running water. I curled up on the couch
                      Dec. 26
                                                        church). I was surprised that 60 people          in huge letters no less: “RATS.” (Adapted    and savored the Christmas cards that I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       BUILDINg THE CULTURE OF LIFE
         THe HOLy FAMILy Of JeSuS,
               MARy AND JOSePH                          braved the weather to attend that Mass.          from a story in “Nelson’s Complete Book      had received. I unwrapped my gifts and
   Sir 3: 2-7, 12-14; Ps 128: 1-5; Col 3: 12-21;           Christmas Day dawned, the Knights             of Stories, Illustrations & Quotes” by       had time to try out, or try on, the new
                Mt 2: 13-15, 19-23                      again did triple duty, and for a while it
                                                        was only myself, the lector and her hus-
                                                                                                         Robert J. Morgan.)
                                                                                                            Not to be a Scrooge or anything,
                                                                                                         but that’s kind of what I felt like last
                                                                                                                                                      things. I enjoyed lounging in comfort-
                                                                                                                                                      able clothes, watching the flashing lights                                       Magisterial teaching and the culture of life
                                                                                                                                                                                                       A
                      Dec. 27                           band in attendance for Mass! Eventually,                                                      on my little Christmas tree, listening to
         JOHN, APOSTLe, eVANGeLIST                      a precious few others joined us, one of          Christmas, at least at those last two        soft Christmas music, and relishing all of          s Catholics, we have                                                                        When we find ourselves unclear, i.e.,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  our conscience uncertain, about the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 unions and homosexual marriages.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We can easily succumb to the
1 Jn 1: 1-4; Ps 97: 1-2, 5-6, 11-12; Jn 20: 1a, 2-8     those not being my mom.                          Masses. Here we were, celebrating such       the blessings that God showered down:
                                                           I learned several lessons from last           a delightful feast — the church was          Jesus, to be sure, but also a wonderful             received a unique and                                                                   correct action to take on a moral issue,       pressures and temptations to accept
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  we need only turn to the church for            society’s teaching on these issues,
                     Dec. 28
        THe HOLy INNOCeNT, MARTyRS
                                                        year’s Christmas:                                beautifully decorated and the music was      parish, a supportive family, a loving            beautiful gift from Jesus                                                                  guidance and truth. By the same token,         especially when these evils are sup-
                                                           1) If I hear anyone singing, “White           well-rehearsed and uplifting — and very      mom and family, fantastic friends, good
  1 Jn 1:5 — 2:2; Ps 124: 2-5, 7b-8; Mt 2: 13-18        Christmas” this year, I’m going to put a         few people could safely navigate the         health . . . and the list went on, well into     — church teaching.                                                                         if we find our conscience in opposi-           ported in law. However, we can resist
                                                        muzzle on them. Apparently, these peo-           roads to participate.                        Christmas night.                                     Of course, we know the church as                                                       tion to church teaching, we know with          society’s false voice when we listen to
                     Dec. 29                            ple sang that song so fervently last year           “Rats,” I thought, “all that work —           No, I don’t wish for another Christ-         the Mystical Body of Christ, such that,                                                    certainty — by exercising the virtue of        the voice of Christ. We must put forth
 THe FIFTH DAy IN THe OCTAVe OF CHRISTMAS               that they got enough “white” for many            not to mention all the time put into         mas like the one of 2009. But I’m kind           the church teaches with the authority                                                      humility and resisting the temptation          effort to form our consciences in these
    1 Jn 2: 3-11; Ps 96: 1-3, 5-6; Lk 2: 22-35                                                           preparing a homily — all down the                                                             and voice of Christ. Therefore, when          was given by Jesus to the apostles and       to rationalize — that we need to better        matters by educating ourselves and
                                                        years to come, in my book. How about a                                                        of glad that it happened. Far from being
                                                                                                         drain! This will definitely go down as a                                                      we follow church teaching, we can be          this authority has now been handed           form our conscience on the matter of           understanding church teaching. Then
                                                        rousing “Mele Kalikimaka” instead?                                                            the “RATS” I imagined, maybe it was,
                   Dec. 30                                                                                                                                                                             confident that we are following God’s         on, via apostolic succession, to the         opposition.                                    we must join in the battle, which is a
                                                           2) I’m going to be very careful about         bummer of a Christmas.”                      the first time in a while that many of us
THe SIxTH DAy IN THe OCTAVe OF CHRISTMAS                                                                                                                                                               will. This assurance then provides us         bishops in communion with the pope.              Today, we often find a secularistic        spiritual battle at its core, to defend
                                                        what I choose as an opening story for my            Well, kind of like those “disordered”     got to actually see the star.
   1 Jn 2: 12-17; Ps 96: 7-10; Lk 2: 36-40                                                                                                                                                             with the gift of inner peace achieved         (See Catechism of the Catholic Church,       and morally relativistic society strongly      church teaching and defend life with
                                                        Christmas homily. Last year, it proved to        kids in the story, God has a way of sur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                       when our conscience is satisfied that         no. 85.)                                     opposed to church teaching in areas            love.
                     Dec. 31                                                                                                                                                                                                                             This authority extends to matters of     that involve “sexual freedom,” which              To keep abreast of the life issues,
                                                                                                             THE gOSpEL TRUTH                                                                          we are making proper moral decisions.
    THe SeVeNTH DAy IN THe OCTAVe OF                                                                                                                                                                                                                 faith and morals. In the Gospel of Luke,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Before I relate church teaching to                                                     are intrinsically opposed to human             subscribe to St. Joseph E-Briefs, a free
                   CHRISTMAS                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Christ said to his apostles: “Whoever
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the cultural issues revolving around                                                       life itself. Included in this list of issues   service of the archdiocesan pro-life of-
    1 Jn 2: 18-21; Ps 96: 1-2, 11-13; Jn 1: 1-18                                                                                                                                                                                                     listens to you, listens to me. Whoever
                                                                                                                                                                                                       life, let’s first pursue church teaching in                                                are: the use of artificial contracep-          fice, at: www.prolifekc.com.
                   Jan. 1
   THe OCTAVe DAy OF CHRISTMAS: THe                            Scripture and the church call us to obedience                                                                                           more depth. The magisterial teaching
                                                                                                                                                                                                       of the church provides us with authen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     rejects you, rejects me” (Lk 10:16).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thus, Christ gave us a very clear warn-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tives and abortifacients; abortion; in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  vitro fertilization; illicit use of prenatal    Ron Kelsey is the archdiocesan consultant



                                                        T
                                                                                                                                                                                                       tic interpretation of sacred Scripture        ing that when we reject church teach-        genetic screening; embryonic stem-cell           for the pro-life office. you can send an e-
BLeSSeD VIRGIN MARy, THe MOTHeR OF GOD
  Nm 6: 22-27; Ps 67: 2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4: 4-7;
                                                            he theme of obedience                                                                     “When Joseph awoke, he did                       and Tradition. This teaching authority        ing, we reject him.                          research and cloning; and homosexual           mail to him at: prolife@archkck.org, or call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (913) 647-0350.
                 Lk 2: 16-21                                to the revealed will of                                                                   as the angel of the Lord had
                                                        God runs through the Scrip-                                                                                                                                                                         pROTECTINg FAMILIES FROM pORNOgRApHy
                      Jan. 2                                                                                                                           commanded him and took
         THe ePIPHANy OF THe LORD                       tures for this weekend, as
        Is 60: 1-6; Ps 72: 1-2, 7-8, 10-13;                                                                                                             his wife into his home.”
           eph 3: 2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2: 1-12

                     Jan. 3
                                                        we await with eagerness
                                                        the birth of the Lord Jesus.
                                                            In the first reading, God convinc-
                                                                                                                                                        a Scripture from 1 Corinthians 10
                                                                                                                                                                                          —Mt 1:24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Jason Evert — God, sex, and great Christmas presents
                                                                                                                                                                                                       G
         The Most Holy Name of Jesus                                                                                                                       popped up in the search engine on
       1 Jn 3:22 — 4:6; Ps 2: 7-8, 10-12a;              ingly tells Ahaz to seek a sign from him.
                                                                                                                                                              my computer, un-entered and un-               et ready for the larg-                                                                Christmas presents that anyone could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  give to their family, friends, and loved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 leader of several key ministries, includ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ing the National Fellowship of Catholic
               Mt 4: 12-17, 23-25                       Instead, Ahaz replies, “I will not ask! I will
                                                        not tempt the Lord!”
                                                                                                                                                                          copied from any other             est sexual purity                                                                     ones. Parents are encouraged to attend         Men, is delivering a powerful presenta-
                                                                                                                                                                                source.                                                                                                           Jason Evert’s Youth for Truth event on         tion. Msgr. Michael Mullen, from St.
                     Jan. 4                                 In response, the          FOuRTH SuNDAy
                                                                                                                                                                                       My wife and     conference in the United                                                                   Friday night with their high-school and        Patrick Parish in Kansas City, Kan., is
        elizabeth Ann Seton, religious                  prophet Isaiah chal-            OF ADVeNT
   1 Jn 4: 7-10; Ps 72: 1-4, 7-8; Mk 6: 34-44           lenges his lack of              Mt 1: 18-24      ture and
                                                                                                                                                                                    I have both be-    States on Jan. 28 and 29                                                                   college-age teens. The tickets are sell-       giving an important presentation on
                                                                                                                                                                                     lieved we have                                                                                               ing quickly.                                   spiritual warfare.
                      Jan. 5
                                                        sincerity, saying that
                                                        God will bypass this king and give God’s
                                                                                                         the teach-                                                                  heard from        in Olathe.                                                                                    Jason and Crystalina spoke to over             Other inspiring breakout speakers
                                                                                                         ings of the                                                                God through           Prince of Peace Church is co-hosting                                                    18,000 teens at the Sprint Center in           include Theresa Smith from St. Patrick
            John Neumann, bishop                        people a sign: “The virgin shall conceive
1 Jn 4: 11-18; Ps 72: 1-2, 10, 12-13; Mk 6: 45-52                                                        church. Much                                                              our thoughts or     Men of Valor, Women of Virtue and                                                          Kansas City, Mo., during the National          Parish, Sebastian D’Amico from St.
                                                        and bear a son, and shall name him Em-           turmoil in life can                                                     Scriptures as we      Youth for Truth. Some of the best             Philip Rivers of the San Diego Char-         Catholic Youth Conference in 2009.             James Academy, Beth Meier from the
                                                        manuel.”                                         be avoided if we form
                     Jan. 6                                                                                                                                                 have read the Bible,       Catholic and evangelical speakers in          gers.)                                       Friday night will also kick off the Men        My House Program, and Father Joseph
                                                            In the second reading, Paul speaks of        our consciences by following God’s word
           André Bessette, religious                                                                                                                               but I cite these two little tech-   the country are coming to Kansas.                The conference will also include          of Valor and Women of Virtue confer-           Cisetti and Dr. Claude Sasso from the
                                                        Jesus, through whose “resurrection from          revealed in these two sources.
    1 Jn 4:19 — 5:4; Ps 72: 1-2, 14, 15bc, 17;                                                                                                        nological instances just to show God’s              The weekend includes inspiring pre-        Pam Stenzel, who is an incredible            ences, about a half-mile down the road         Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph. The
                                                        the dead” he has “received the grace of             But God also speaks directly to our
                  Lk 4: 14-22a                                                                                                                        versatility.                                     sentations from Jason Evert, one of the       Catholic speaker that gives presenta-        from the youth event. More than 1,500          Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
                                                        apostleship, to bring about the obedience        hearts. My wife reported to me that             Such personal revelations, however,           most well-known Catholic speakers on          tions to thousands of teens each year.       people attended these conferences in           has sponsored this conference for seven
                                                        of faith.”                                       several times in recent weeks, a Scripture
                     Jan. 7                                                                                                                           cannot be in conflict with the teachings of      the topic of sexuality and the theology       Jon Kitna, who replaced an injured           January 2010! High-school-age teens            years, and we pray that it will continue
                                                            Then in the Matthew reading, an              popped up on her smart phone, just as
         Raymond of Peñafort, priest                                                                                                                  the church or Scripture. Then they would         of the body. Jason and Crystalina Evert       Tony Romo as the Dallas Cowboys’             and up are invited to attend keynote           strengthening marriages and families
 1 Jn 5: 5-13; Ps 147: 12-15, 19-20; Lk 5: 12-16        angel appears to tell Joseph that Mary is        she was experiencing great anger, even       simply be end runs around what God               speak to over 100,000 people each year        quarterback, will be delivering keynote      presentations and a variety of breakout        through deeper relationships with
                                                        pregnant with Jesus, “through the Holy           though she had done nothing to cause         desires as the perfect Christmas gift: our       about sex, and over 2.3 million people        presentations as well.                       sessions on Saturday during the Men of         Christ and each other.
                     Jan. 8                             Spirit,” fulfilling Isaiah’s prophecy of the     the phone to tap into the daily Scripture    hearts of love and obedience to his Son,         have visited their Web site at: www.             These conferences invite people to        Valor and Women of Virtue conferences
                    Saturday                            birth of “Emmanuel, which means ‘God is          application she uses.                        our Savior, the child whose birth we seek.       Chastity.com. (For those of you who are       experience a true, good, and beautiful       as well.                                              sam Meier is the consultant for the
  1 Jn 5: 14-21; Ps 149: 1-6a, 9b; Jn 3: 22-30          with us.’”                                          I had a similar experience during a                                                        NFL fans, their Web site contains video       vision of love and sexuality, and tickets       For those of you who enjoy good                  My House Freedom from Pornography
                                                            God commands our obedience in                time of temptation some years ago when                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  initiative.
                                                        many ways, most notably through Scrip-                                                                                                         testimonies from all-pro quarterback          to these conferences are one of the best     breakout sessions, Dan Spencer, the
16 VaTicaN LETTEr                                                     THE LEAVEN • DECEMBER 17, 2010


  Vatican Christmas: It may be short on snow, but it’s big in spirit
                                 By Carol Glatz
                          catholic news service

   VATICAN CITY (CNS) — While snow-
fall is a rarity and Santa Claus is seldom
seen, Christmas at the Vatican is truly
unique.
   Cranes erect an enormous evergreen
alongside the granite obelisk in St. Pe-
ter’s Square and workers nested in cherry
picker buckets adorn the tree with lights,
ornaments and tinsel.
   This year’s tree is decorated with
3,000 gold and silver balls, and 1,500
white and yellow LED lights, which have
lower energy consumption and greater
durability. The tree will be topped with a
flashing star.
   Construction of the larger-than-life
Nativity scene takes weeks and yards of
thick burlap keep curious eyes from see-
ing the final product until its unveiling on
Christmas Eve.
   But even further from the public eye
are the holiday traditions of the papal
household. While Pope John Paul II had
close to an open-house attitude, Pope
Benedict XVI is much more discreet.
   In addition to the public events, Pope
Benedict celebrates Christmas privately
with the members of his papal house-
hold.
   “We celebrate Christmas together, lis-
ten to the holiday music, and exchange                                                                                                                                         cns photo/catholic press photo
gifts,” he said in the recent book-length              An Advent wreath is seen in the foreground as Pope Benedict XVI meets Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, his wife Aniko levai, and their five
interview “Light of the World.”                        children during a private audience at the Vatican Dec. 6.
   The close-knit papal family includes
Pope Benedict’s two secretaries and a                  Christmas trees for the pope and will per-       told CNS.                                         tation of Jesus’ birth, one of the “sanpie-
small group of women from the Me-                      sonally deliver the gifts and have dinner           Father Lombardi said the pope has              trini” told Vatican Radio.
mores Domini lay community who care                    with the pope, he said.                          three different Nativity scenes in the pa-            Carlo Stella, one of the workmen in
for the papal apartment. Unfortunately,                   On Christmas Day itself, no special           pal apartment: a large one in the hallway         the basilica, said they try to introduce
this holiday season is marked with the                 guests are expected and the main meal,           set up by the Vatican workmen; one un-            new elements into the scene each year,
loss of one of the pope’s close collabora-             lunch, is made up of “Italian food,” said        der the Christmas tree in the living room,        and the 2010 addition is a mechanical
tors, Manuela Camagni, who died Nov.                   Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican         where the pope puts the baby Jesus just           kneeling shepherd who lifts his hat be-
24 after she was struck by a car.                      spokesman.                                       before celebrating Midnight Mass in St.           fore the Christ child.
   A close friend of the pope still delivers              The pope’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratz-         Peter’s Basilica; and one in the dining               The wooden statues were carved by a
traditional Bavarian food every Christ-                inger, will arrive at the Vatican Dec. 28 to     room, which has belonged to the pope              German sculptor, but the Vatican work-
mas season.                                            spend a few weeks with the pope. Father          for the past 45 years.                            men fire and paint the clay chickens,
   Thaddaeus Jospeh Kuehnel, a German                  Lombardi said Dec. 28 is the date then-             The large Nativity scene in St. Peter’s        duck and sheep figurines themselves,
banker in Munich, has spent the past 28                Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger always would           Square is unveiled Dec. 24 and, while the         Vatican Radio reported.
years hand delivering the pope’s favorite              leave Rome for Germany to spend the              pope can see it from his apartment win-               About a dozen carpenters, bricklay-
sweets and sausages from Bavaria.                      holidays with his brother, so they have          dow, he doesn’t visit it until after his New      ers, plumbers and electricians work two
   Kuehnel told Catholic News Service                  kept the same date of reunion.                   Year’s Eve thanksgiving prayer service.           to three weeks straight to get it ready in
he was driving to Rome the week be-                       All of the trees adorning the various            The core figures in the scene — the            time for Christmas Eve when Pope Bene-
fore Christmas to deliver Bavarian sau-                Vatican offices and hallways, including          Holy Family and the Magi — come from              dict will personally place the baby Jesus
sages from the pope’s favorite restau-                 the pope’s, are decorated by the techni-         St. Vincent Pallotti, who had them on             in the manger at the end of Mass Dec. 24.
rant, Franziskaner; special mustard; and               cal services department of the Vatican           public display in a Rome parish starting              Almost every Vatican office has its
sweets from the Zentis food company,                   City governor’s office, said Pier Carlo          in 1842.                                          own Nativity scene, some made from un-
which specializes in marzipan and jams.                Cuscianna, department director.                     Another Nativity scene is on display           usual materials.
   The papal goodie bag also includes                     The department also provides the              inside St. Peter’s Basilica. That creche is           The Swiss Guards, for example, use
cakes and cookies that cloistered nuns                 figurines and creche supplies for one of         constructed by the basilica’s workmen,            eight German beer crates for the scene’s
baked specifically for the pope, Kuehnel               the papal household’s Nativity scenes,           known as “sanpietrini,” who compete               base and an empty munitions box for the
said in a Dec. 8 interview.                            but the pope and his personal assistants         with the workers in the square in trying          grotto to symbolize that the only weapon
   He will load his car with five Bavarian             “put it together as a family,” Cuscianna         to build the more spectacular represen-           a Christian needs is Christ.

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