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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.
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
tO tHe POOr
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
2 archbishop THE LEAVEN • DECEMBER 17, 2010 THE LEAVEN • DECEMBER 17, 2010 sEcoND FroNT paGE 3
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
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
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-
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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
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-
“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
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
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.
“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
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
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
“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
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
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
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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14 commENTarY THE LEAVEN • DECEMBER 17, 2010 THE LEAVEN • DECEMBER 17, 2010 coLumNisTs 15
MARk My WORDS SIMpLy STEWARDSHIp
FOurtH WeeK OF ADVent
Last year, god gave a ‘star’ performance Taking care of God’s house
FOuRTH SuNDAy OF ADVeNT
Is 7: 10-14; Ps 24: 1-6; Rom 1: 1-7; Mt 1: 18-24
he statistics were grim: After an prising us, of bringing about something
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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
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
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,
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.
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
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: email@example.com, or call
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
we await with eagerness
the birth of the Lord Jesus.
In the first reading, God convinc-
a Scripture from 1 Corinthians 10
Jason Evert — God, sex, and great Christmas presents
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.
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
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
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
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-
“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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