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                              Bishop: Oppose abortion clinic
                       The primary task of a diocesan newspaper is to “serve the truth with courage, helping the public see, understand
Vol. 44, No. 12                                                                                                                                   December 17, 2010

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                                       and live reality with the eyes of God.”    - Pope Benedict XVI, Nov. 25, 2006

      issue                          By Lisa Bourne
                                                                    facility within the diocese.             Carhart has a clinic near     react to pain.

                                      Staff Writer
                                                                         Late-term           abortion   Bellevue, Neb. However, he              Bishop Pates sent a letter
                                                                    provider       Leroy      Carhart   has said he plans to expand        Nov. 24 to the eight Catholic
 Seminarian                                                         announced in November he            because Nebraska enacted a         parishes of the Council Bluffs
                                   Bishop Richard Pates and         plans to open facilities in         law that makes it illegal to       region addressing the issue.
 ordained a deacon            the Diocese of Des Moines have        Council Bluffs and Maryland,        perform abortions past the 20th         He called the possibility of
 Deacon Guthrie Dolan         reacted swiftly to oppose the         and expand an existing one in       week of pregnancy based on
 was ordained to the          proposed opening of an abortion       Indiana.                            data that shows unborn children

                                                                      New parish starts with
 transitional diaconate,                                                                                                                      Continued on page 7

                              Sister Stella
 the last major step
 toward priesthood.

                              Neill dies in
                                                                      generous Christmas gift
                    Page 1

 Faith journey of             tragic accident
 governor-elect               A longtime advocate for
                              low-income housing, she
                                                                         By Anne Marie Cox
 Deacon and columnist
 Mike Manno had an            was looking forward to                        Mirror Staff
                              future opportunities
 opportunity to talk with
 Gov.-elect Terry Branstad

                                  By Anne Marie Cox
 about his faith journey.                                                   Bishop Richard Pates

                                     Mirror Staff
                    Page 4                                             planned to announce on
                                                                       Dec. 17 two generous
                                                                       Christmas gifts that will be
                                                                       used to develop a newly
                                    Mercy Sister Stella Neill,         created parish in Ankeny.
 Centennial                   68, died as a result of a single-             Bishop              Pates
 celebration                  car accident on Interstate 80            announced the creation St.
                              near Walnut, in Pottawattamie            Luke        the     Evangelist
 See how various              County, on Dec. 7.                       Catholic Church in Ankeny,
 parishes celebrated the            Described as a motivator,          and named as its pastor
 start of the diocese’s       an inspiration, a visionary,             Father Lawrence Hoffmann,
 centennial year.             strong and independent, she is           effective Jan. 1.
                    Page 11   best known in the Diocese of                  Bishop also announced
                              Des Moines as the founder of             a gift of 35 acres of land, at
                              Anawim                                   NW 5th and NW 26th
                              Housing.                                 Streets in Ankeny provided
                                    “It was                            as a gift to the new parish by   Fern Ringgenberg donated part of her farm, where
 Spread the Word              her        con-                          one      of     the   original   she lived for more than 75 years, for the site of the
 Catholic Charities’ annual   tention then,                            parishioners of Our Lady’s       new St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, school and
 No Room at the Inn drew      as it has                                Immaculate Heart Church in       senior citizen housing center.

                                                                                                               Donor shares fond memories
                                                                                                                                            Photo by Lisa Bourne
 hundreds of people to        remained                                 Ankeny, Fern Ringgenberg.
 the Catholic Pastoral        throughout                               The land was gifted to the
 Center Dec. 5 to see         our history,                             parish in her name and that
                              that       safe,                         of her late sister, Mary.                                          the family farm until they
                                                                                                              By Lisa Bourne
 more than 300 nativity                                                                                                                   moved around 2000. Mary
                              a ff o r d a b l e Sister Stella              In addition, Don and
                                                                                                               Staff Writer
 scenes plus a butter         housing                                                                                                     Lucille passed away in 2005.
 sculpture on display, hear                          Neill             Charlene Lamberti, also
                              gives low-                               longtime parishioners in                                                The Ringgenberg family
 local choirs perform and     income families a chance to              Ankeny, have gifted $2                                             had been farmers before the
 hear Bishop Richard          stabilize, to grow, to become                                                  The woman behind a gift      sisters were born.
                                                                       million for a future K-8         of land for the new St. Luke
 Pates and retired Bishop     successful,” according to                school to be at St. Luke the                                            It was a good experience,
                              Anawim’s 2009 annual report.                                              the Evangelist Parish in          Fern said while sharing
 Joseph Charron read the                                               Evangelist Parish.
                                    She began the organization                                          Ankeny is a no-nonsense Iowa      memories of the farm.
 Christmas story to                                                         Long-range planning         farm girl who is happy to see
 children.                    in 1988 by renovating a duplex           for the new parish includes a                                           The family had some
                              on 12th Street in Des Moines.                                             her good fortune and the land     livestock, pigs, hogs, cows
                   Page 13                                             school and senior citizen        she loves be of benefit to
                              By the time she retired 22 years         housing facility.                                                  and chickens. Cows and the
                              later, Anawim maintained 220                                              others.                           requisite resident farm cats
                                                                            The            Lambertis         Fern Ringgenberg, 87,
                              units for low-income families.           especially applauded the                                           were among Fern’s favorite
         INDEX                      “Stella’s legacy will live on      Ringgenberg gift, which
                                                                                                        was among the first members       animals. Oats, corn and beans
                              in her work here and the work of                                          of Our Lady’s Immaculate          were some of the crops they
                                                                       enables them to initiate the     Heart Parish when it was
Diocesan News 1-3, 5-13       Anawim because it’s so well              long-time desire of so many                                        produced.
                              established and so well                                                   founded 50 years ago.                  Attending the Iowa State
Bishop’s Column        2                                               in Ankeny of a Catholic               She and older sister, Mary
                              respected in the community for           school in Ankeny.                                                  Fair every year is something
Viewpoint INDEX        4                                                                                Lucille, grew up on the family
                              the work that they do,” said                  “I am pleased to                                              she recalled fondly from
The Question Corner 16                                                                                  farm not far from Our Lady’s      childhood.
Diocesan News 1-3, 5-15       Anawim board member Loree                announce these tremendous
                              Miles.                                                                    Immaculate Heart. The girls            One time her mother
Viewpoint            4-5                                               and generous Christmas           attended Ankeny schools.
                                    Sister Stella developed
The Question Corner 16
                                                                        Continued on page 10
                                                                                                             The two women lived on       Continued on page 10
                                   Continued on page 13
A remarkable Christmas present
2 The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010                                 Diocesan News
In the Heartland with Bishop Pates

     A few months after I began                                          work began on establishing the      will thereafter begin the           of gestation.
my service as Bishop of Des                                              new parish and school in            organizing of the new parish             The eight parishes of
Moines, Monsignor Steve Orr,                                             Ankeny. I had the great joy of      with the founding members           Pottawattamie County, in which
Pastor     of     Our     Lady’s                            By           visiting Fern Ringgenberg with      who will join him. Exciting         Council Bluffs is located, have
Immaculate Heart parish in                               Bishop          her family members and              days ahead!                         organized to communicate their
Ankeny and Vicar General at                                              advisors and inviting her in her                   *****                reasoned and strong opposition
                                                        Richard E.
the time, related to me that                                             name and that of her deceased       Council Bluffs parishes             to the opening of such a clinic.
there were various factors that                           Pates          sister, Mary, to donate a 35-acre   organize in opposition to late-     Three hundred-plus have met
pointed to the establishment of                                          portion of family land for the      term abortionist                    with the Council Bluffs City
a new parish and Catholic grade                                          purpose of a new Catholic                Late-term        abortionist   Council and on another
school in Ankeny.                                                        church, school and senior living    Leroy      Carhart,     currently   occasion with county officials.
     The first is the rapid          Parish (OLIH) were addressed.       residence.                          conducting a late-term abortion     Along with their pastors, I
growth         Ankeny        has     Under the leadership of                  Fern could not have been       clinic in Nebraska, has             assured the members of the
experienced over the years,          Monsignor Orr, a successful         more receptive, obviously           announced intentions to move        parishes of my wholehearted
growth that is projected to          capital      campaign        was    generous and kind. She was          to Council Bluffs, Iowa,            support and encouragement of
continue relatively rapidly over     conducted      and     extensive    particularly enthused by the        Indianapolis and Washington,        their efforts.
the course of the next few           renovation         and       new    proposal of a senior living         D.C.                                     While communication with
decades.      The second was         construction including updating     residence, her only regret being         Leroy Carhart is being         city and county officials has
continuing interest in Ankeny        the church and a new                that she might not have the         forced to do so because on Oct.     some benefit the issue, as was
to have a Catholic grade school.     Eucharistic      chapel     were    opportunity to enjoy such a         15, 2010, the Nebraska Law,         the case in Nebraska, must be
The third was that the               completed.                          facility.                           Legislative Bill 1033 took          resolved at the state level. I
burgeoning growth of Ankeny               In the meanwhile, planning          Fern’s generosity is a         effect prohibiting abortions        encourage all in our diocesan
was packing to overflowing the       was      underway      for    the   remarkable Christmas gift to        after 20 weeks of pregnancy on      community to be in contact
current facilities of Our Lady’s     celebration of the diocesan         the Diocese of Des Moines and       the basis that the unborn           with your state representatives
Immaculate Heart and spilling        centennial in 2011.         Two     the future community of St.         children feel pain. The genesis     and senators and Governor-
over into St. Mary Parish in         forward-looking components of       Luke the Evangelist Parish in       of this bill resulted from          elect Terry Branstad to
Elkhart and All Saints Parish in     the commemoration were a new        Ankeny. In addition to Fern’s       significant medical research        undertake legislative action to
Des Moines.           Monsignor      parish and school in Ankeny         gift, Don and Charlene              and       expert       testimony    prevent the practice of late-term
further related that there were      and the establishment of the        Lamberti, longtime Ankeny           documenting the observations        abortion in Iowa via abortionist
two wonderful sisters who            Senior Housing Corp. of the         residents have decided to           of doctors performing fetal         Leroy Carhart and other
owned land on the western side       Diocese of Des Moines to meet       donate $2 million for starting      surgery at and after 20 weeks of    practitioners of his ilk.
of Ankeny, Fern and Mary             the housing needs of this           up the new school.           The    gestation. Unborn children
Ringgenberg, who might               rapidly growing segment of our      combination makes for an even       recoil from painful stimulation,    Merry Christmas
possibly be interested in            society, those 65 and older. The    more wonderful Christmas            which also results in the                I extend to all in our
donating a portion of this land      first undertaking of the Senior     present. Heartfelt thanks are       elevation of stress hormones        community my very best
for a church and school.             Housing endeavor is that of a       extended to Fern Ringgenberg,       due to physiologic insult. It has   wishes for a Blessed and Merry
Finally, there was a family in       subsidized senior residence         representing her family, and        been clearly demonstrated that      Christmas. It is my hope that
Ankeny who indicated that they       building by Christ the King         Don and Charlene Lamberti.          unborn children seek to evade       during our diocesan centennial
were prepared to donate              Parish in south Des Moines.         Their gifts contribute mightily     certain stimuli in a manner in      year celebration we will grow
significantly to get the school      The diocesan centennial was         to our centennial celebration.      which an infant or an adult         in the Lord Jesus and through
off the ground.                      launched          with        the        Father Larry Hoffmann has      would be interpreted as a           our witness and service make
     The implementation of the       groundbreaking of this 28-unit      agreed to be the founding           reaction to pain. Anesthesia for    his name known and loved in
project was put on hold until the    project on Nov. 21.                 pastor of St. Luke the              the unborn child is now routine     our time.
physical plant needs of Our               After      finishing     the   Evangelist Parish in Ankeny         for     surgical     procedures
Lady’s Immaculate Heart              renovation at OLIH, serious         effective Jan. 1, 2011. Father      performed at or after 20 weeks

                                                                    Bishop’s Schedule
     Friday, December 17             December 19, 9 a.m.                 closes at noon for New Year’s       11:30 a.m.                          Pastoral Center, 10:30 a.m.
Des Moines – “In the Heartland           Saturday, December 18           holiday                                  Sunday, January 16             Des Moines – Priests’
with Bishop Pates,” KWKY             Griswold – Retreat for Men               Friday, December 31            Des Moines – Mass in                Personnel Board meeting,
Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10          (from senior in high school to      Catholic Pastoral Center office     commemoration of Dr. Martin         Pastoral Center, 1 p.m.
a.m.                                 age 40) interested in learning      closed for New Year’s holiday       Luther King, Jr. Day, St.                Friday, January 21
Griswold – Retreat for Men           more      about     priesthood,     Des Moines – “In the Heartland      Ambrose Cathedral, 10:30 a.m.       Des Moines – “In the Heartland
(from senior in high school to       Creighton Retreat Center            with Bishop Pates,” Year-end        Des Moines – Auctioned dinner       with Bishop Pates,” KWKY
age 40) interested in learning            Sunday, December 19            review with Archbishop Lucas,       for Holy Family School,             Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10
more      about    priesthood,       Griswold – Retreat for Men          Omaha and Bishop Dendinger,         Cathedral rectory, 5:30 p.m.        a.m.
Creighton Retreat Center, 7          (from senior in high school to      Grand Island, KWKY Des                  Tuesday, January 18             Urbandale – Pro-Life Mass,
p.m.     concludes    Sunday,        age 40) interested in learning      Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10             Des Moines – Diocesan               Roe v. Wade anniversary, St.
                                     more      about     priesthood,     a.m.                                Executive Committee meeting,        Pius X, 6:30 p.m.

                                                                                                               Bishop receives Umiltà Award
                                     Creighton Retreat Center                 Tuesday, January 4 -
       T HE C ATHOLIC                Atlantic     –     Mass     with          Tuesday, Jauary 11
                                                                         Oceanside, Calif. – Region IX
  M IRROR                            seminarians and families, Ss.
                                     Peter and Paul Church, noon
                                         Tuesday, December 21
                                                                         retreat, Prince of Peace Abbey
                                                                                Friday, January 7
                                     Des Moines – Mass and               Des Moines – “In the Heartland
    BISHOP RICHARD E.                diocesan     staff    Christmas     with Bishop Pates,” KWKY
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         Publisher                      Thursday, December 23            a.m.          Catholic Pastoral Center office         Wednesday, January 12
                                     closes at noon for Christmas        Harlan – Vocations Mass,
     ANNE MARIE COX                  holiday                             Shelby       County     Catholic
          Editor                          Friday, December 24            School, 10:30 a.m.           Des Moines – “In the Heartland      Des Moines – Catholic
                                     with Bishop Pates,” Christmas       Charities Executive Committee
       LISA BOURNE                   music, KWKY Des Moines;             meeting, Pastoral Center, noon
         Staff Writer                KVSS, Omaha, 10 a.m.                     Thursday, January 13         Catholic Pastoral Center office     Des Moines – Interfaith service
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                                                                        Seminarian ordained a deacon

                                                                                         Last major step before priesthood

 Patty and Jim Cownie with granddaughter, Madeline
 Bragg, had an opportunity to greet Pope Benedict
 XVI during a General Audience at St. Peter’s Basilica
 in June.

       The Diocesan Marriage Ministry Office
    invites engaged couples to a pilot program for
  marriage preparation. After conducting an ad hoc
  committee with sponsor couples, we now want to
        present this to engaged couples prior to
         launching the program diocese-wide.
    The program is called, The Greatest Is Love.”
   It begins Friday, January 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.,
    and runs Saturday, January 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
      concluding with Mass at St. Pius X Church.
  Please send couples’ names that will be attending
           to: Deacon Dennis and Sarah Luft                              Deacon Guthrie Dolan promises obedience to the bishop at his Nov. 19 ordination
                                             to the transitional diaconate. The promise is among the Rites of Ordination for the

              In the
                                                                         transitional diaconate, which is the last major step toward priesthood for
                                                                         seminarians. Assisting at the ordination is seminarian Andrew Winschitl.

          Heartland With
           Bishop Pates
                                                                                                                                             Photo by Lisa Bourne

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Conversion, marriage and a bit of history

     It didn’t take long for Iowa’s once
and future governor to fall in love with
                                                    Take a break with                          Thus, next month when he is
                                                                                          inaugurated he will re-enter the office
                                                                                                                                        interested in looking at what other kinds
                                                                                                                                        of protection we might be able to
the Catholic Church.                                  Deacon Mike                         from a different perspective than the one     provide to protect the conscience of
     Raised Lutheran by a Lutheran                                                        in which he entered it 30 years ago: from     people involved in the medical field.”
father and a Jewish mother, Terry                                                         the private sector, rather than the public.        He also favors the adoption of
Branstad’s road to Catholicism started                                                    Reflecting on that difference he said, “I     legislation that would require more
with a blind date for the 1971 Drake                                                      think I’m a lot better prepared, this time.   information be given to women prior to
Homecoming. It was there that the                                                         I feel older and wiser, having seen the       an abortion, laws banning telemed
young law student met his future wife,               By Deacon                            impact of the decisions made by               abortions, and reinstating Iowa’s ban on
Chris Johnson. They hit it off so well                                                    government as a member of the private         embryonic stem cell research.
                                                    Mike Manno
that she invited him to attend church                                                     sector and though my non-profit work.              After the inauguration next month
with her family the next day. He was          He is a fourth degree Knight of                  “My experience at Des Moines             the Brandstads will move back to the
smitten by it all: Chris, her family, and     Columbus and is a member of the             University allowed me to learn a lot          governor’s residence, Terrace Hill,
what he saw at Mass that morning.             Equestrian Order of the Knights of the      about both higher education and health        which is in St. Augustin’s parish
     Impressed by the beauty and              Holy Sepulchre, an ancient and              care, so I feel better prepared to meet the   boundaries. However, due to Chris’
significance of the liturgy, he was           prestigious order that requires Vatican     challenges the state is facing. I also        friendship with Msgr. Frank Bognanno,
equally impressed by Chris’ close-knit        approval for membership (see last           learned the value of hiring capable and       the family is likely to attend Christ the
Catholic family. He knew that if he           month’s column). Additionally, he           talented people; you hire them, give          King, the parish where a young Chris
wanted to be close to Chris, it was           serves as the honorary chairman of the      them the authority to do the job then let     Johnson took her new friend for Mass
important to be one in faith with her. The    Diocesan       Centennial        Steering   them do it.”                                  one October Sunday in 1971.
closer he became to each the more             Committee.                                       He is also entering office at a time          Mr. Branstad will be sworn in for a
meaningful the Church became, “This                Asked if he might have to step         when the state’s Catholic bishops have        fifth term as governor at a public
was, after all, the universal Church, it      down from the latter post after the         raised concerns over several moral            ceremony at HyVee Hall on Jan. 14. The
traced it roots back to St. Peter,” the       inauguration he said, “I don’t see a        issues.      Leading the list is the          evening before, a service of dedication
governor-elect said.                          conflict between being governor and         preservation of traditional marriage after    will be held at St. Ambrose Cathedral.
     Five weeks later they were engaged.      honorary chairman, so I’m planning on       the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing       Both events will be open to the public.
The following Easter he was received          staying though the [centennial] year.”      same-sex marriage. “I’m very hopeful
into the Church. In June they were                 When Terry Branstad first became       this ruling will be overturned though a       Deacon Mike Manno          serves St.
married.                                      governor in 1981 it was after serving six   Constitutional amendment. I believe           Augustin Parish in Des Moines.
     “My faith has been important to          years in the Iowa House of                  that the people of Iowa spoke very
me,” he said. “I think it is important to     Representatives and four years as           loudly by rejecting the three Supreme
have a good, moral foundation for your        lieutenant governor. Elected at 36, he      Court justices that were on the ballot. I
                                                                                                                                           An interfaith prayer service
beliefs, and that helps me make               was the youngest governor in state          believe the Legislature and legislative
decisions based on ethics and morality,       history and – at that time – the youngest   leaders in particular have an obligation       will be held for the incoming
and doing what is right. Honesty,             governor in the United States. He left      to give the people of Iowa an                  governor and lieutenant
integrity and leading by example are all      office 16 years later after having served   opportunity to vote to restore one-man,        governor on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
important.”                                   as governor for four terms, longer than     one-woman marriage.”                           at St. Ambrose Cathedral. The
     Since his reception into the Church,     anyone else in Iowa’s history. Since             He also would support legislation         service and the reception that
he’s been an active Catholic. “I’ve been      leaving the governor’s office in 1999,      that would protect the conscience rights       follows at the Catholic
a Eucharistic Minister in three dioceses.     Mr. Branstad has taught at the              of pharmacists in dealing with                 Pastoral Center, 601 Grand
Lake Mills, my home in the Dubuque            University of Iowa, been a financial        abortifacients, a protection that is not
                                                                                                                                         Ave. in Des Moines, are open

                                Music and the new Roman Missal
diocese; Boone, in Sioux City, and of         advisor and, in 2003 became the             afforded them under current law. In
course, here in Des Moines,” he said.         president of Des Moines University.         addition, he added, “I would be                to the public.

     The Advent and Christmas seasons                                                     Office for Worship is organizing a            encouragement for priests and the
are filled with beautiful music that we            New Roman Missal                       diocesan effort to recommend settings         assembly to chant some of the dialogues
know well. We hear Christmas carols                                                       for the whole diocese. Visit the diocesan     of the Mass, such as the greeting “The
singing of the birth of Jesus, holiday                                                    Missal website for links to hear the new      Lord be with you” and its response by
tunes singing of gifts and love, and                                                      music:           the people.      Singing these parts
winter melodies seeking to warm our                                                       missal.cfm.                                   heightens our prayer and reminds us that
hearts in the cold days.                                                                       While we will learn some new             our celebration of the Mass is sacred
     The Mass is also filled with                        By Kyle                          musical settings, remember that the           time. We greet one another, but we do
beautiful music that we know well.                   Lechtenberg                          familiar hymns and songs we use will          so in a different way than we do in
One aspect of the new Roman Missal                                                        not have to change. Beginning in              everyday conversation.
involves changes to some of the               during the Eucharistic prayer) are the      Advent of 2011, we will rely heavily on
translations of the musical settings. The     most prominent musical texts that will      familiar liturgical music to carry us         Kyle Lechtenberg is the director of the
parts of Mass called the “Ordinary”,          change. Composers have been working         through the time while we are learning        diocesan Office of Worship. Have a
because they are the same throughout          on new and revised musical settings for     new settings of the Ordinary.                 question about the new Missal?
every season (the “Glory to God”,             the past few years. Some of the sample           Besides the congregational parts of      Contact Lechtenberg at 515-237-5046
“Holy”, and the Memorial Acclamations         settings are posted for review, and the     the Mass, there is a renewed                  or

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                                                                    Diocesan News
Interfaith service for incoming                                                                               The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010

governor scheduled at cathedral
                                                                                         Our Lady of Guadalupe

          By Lisa Bourne
                                            Christ the King Parish in Des Moines,

           Staff Writer
                                            where the Branstads will attend Mass
                                            while living in Des Moines, will preach
                                            at the service.
     An interfaith inaugural service of          Music for the service will be
dedication will be held for Gov-elect       provided by members of the Drake
Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov-elect Kim        Vocal Music Department, under the
Reynolds on Jan. 13 at St. Ambrose          direction of Dr. Aimee Beckmann-
Cathedral in Des Moines at 7 p.m.           Collier.
     The service, which is open to the           The bell choir of First United
public, comes at the request of Branstad,   Methodist Church in Des Moines, under
who is Catholic.                            the direction of Steve Day, trumpet
     Branstad and Reynolds will be                                                                         The first blizzard of the
                                            soloist, will also perform, as will Debbie
sworn into office the following day at      Rohrer, director of music at St. Ambrose                       winter season forced the
Hy-Vee Hall.                                Cathedral, and Linda Shivers, cantor at                        cancellation of the march
     The service of dedication will be      Tifereth Israel Synagogue.                                     throughthe streets of Des
primarily Christian with interfaith              Bishop Pates will offer a welcome                         Moines in honor of the
elements, said Diocesan Director of         and give a concluding prayer and                               Feast of Our Lady of
Worship Kyle Lechtenberg.                   remarks.                                                       Guadalupe. The march,
     The Des Moines Area Religious               The Branstad-Reynolds transition                          when parishioners carry an
Council is providing assistance.            team plans a reception, also open to the                       icon of Our Lady, had been
     Representing the Catholic tradition    public, after the service at the Catholic                      scheduled to start at Our
will be Bishop Richard Pates and Father     Pastoral Center across the street from                         Lady of the Americas
Steve Brodersen, pastor of Sacred Heart     the cathedral.
Parish in Boone, Branstad’s parish.                                                                        Church on the city’s East
                                                 “The Cathedral of St. Ambrose and
     The Assembly of God will be            the Diocese of Des Moines very much                            Side and end at St.
represented by Rev. Chuck DeVoss, of        look forward to hosting the interfaith                         Ambrose Cathedral in time
Lifepoint Assembly of God in Osceola,       dedication service in conjunction with                         for midnight Mass. Bishop
for Reynolds.                               the inaugural events of Governor-Elect                         Richard Pates celebrated
     Representing the Jewish tradition      Branstad and Lieutenant Governor-Elect                         Mass at Our Lady of the
will be Linda Shivers from Tifereth         Reynolds on the evening of Thursday,                           Americas the next day with
Israel Synagogue in Des Moines.             Jan 13,” said Bishop Pates. “Our prayer                        Father    Chris    Reising,
     The Catholic bishops of Iowa will      is that their upcoming administration                          pastor,     and     Father
be vested as representatives, said          will be blessed with dedication to the                         Reynaldo Hernandez.
Lechtenberg.                                common good for all Iowans.”
     Msgr. Frank Bognanno, pastor of
                                                                                                                    Photos by Anne Marie Cox

                            News Nuggets
                     Highlighting people and events
 Syndicated radio show host visits diocese
      DES MOINES -- Father John Riccardo, a syndicated radio show host on
 KWKY 1150 AM Catholic radio, was in Des Moines Nov. 16 to talk about faith.
      In a sold-out show of 1,200 at Hoyt Sherman Place, the pastor of a
 Plymouth, Mich. church compared Jesus to the ultimate athlete, encouraging
 everyone to compete for the prize.
      “The real prize to run after is heaven,” he said.
      People question God’s love when confronted with the trials of life: the death
 of a loved one, prayers not answered, dreams shattered, he said.
      God “is your father, not your adversary,” he added.
      Father Riccardo talked of God’s mercy and kindness, adding that he “never
 treats me the way my sins deserve.”
      He encouraged people to about God’s mercy and love.
      “Teach me that, help me to know that with every fiber of my being so when
 challenges come, I know and trust he’ll catch me,” he said.
      Father Riccardo is the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in
 Plymouth, Mich., having been ordained in 1996.

 Assumption School wins recycling award
     GRANGER -- Assumption School in Granger has received the Outstanding
 Business/Workplace Waste Reduction and Recycling Award in conjunction with
 America Recycles Day 2010. This award, sponsored by the Boone Area
 Chamber of Commerce, the Boone County Conservation Board and the Boone
 County Landfill and Recycling Center, recognizes any business and workplace
 that has developed an outstanding waste reduction and recycling program.
      Each classroom in the school has a receptacle where colored and white
 paper, cardboard, tin cans and plastic bottles are collected. The office,
 maintenance and kitchen staffs also collect their recyclables. Once a week, a
 rotating team of seventh and eighth grade students sort and bag up the materials
 for pickup by Genesis Development workers.
       “In the past we had recycled on a small level but as we looked around we
 saw that we could be better stewards for our environment and implemented this
 program on a larger level,” said school Principal Herb Hartman.

 Benefit breakfast to help students with tuition
      DES MOINES -- The St. Theresa Council of the Knights of Columbus held
 what it hopes to become the first of many benefit breakfasts to help students in
 need with tuition assistance at St. Theresa School or at Dowling Catholic High
      The first breakfast was Nov. 21. Proceeds were to benefit Da’Shawne
 Smiley. Da’Shawne’s mother, Chenita lost her life in a tragic traffic accident a
 short time ago. De’Shawne has recently moved to the San Diego area to live
 with his uncle. The funds raised from this were to be sent to De’Shawne to help
 further his education.
      To contribute to the fund, contact Pete Hunter at 515-770-1592,         or    Charlie     Henriksen      at    515-559-3230
                            Around the Diocese
        The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010                                                                                                    

Dec. 18 Saturday                302, will meet at the Lodge of      Christmas carol sing and business     Dec. 31 Friday                          presented by Msgr Lawrence
Catholic Daughters              Ashworth. Mass will be celebrated   meeting. For reservations call 515-   CAST                                    Beeson.
  WEST DES MOINES —             by Chaplain Msgr. Robert            279-8050.                                DES MOINES — Catholic
Catholic Daughters of the       Chamberlain and will be followed                                          Adult Singles Together’s New            Jan. 21 Friday
Americas, Court Ave Maria No.   by a luncheon, Gina Gedler’s                                              Year’s Eve dance will be held at St.    Respect Life Mass
                                                                                                          Mary of Nazareth Ryan Hall, 8              URBANDALE – The annual
                                                                                                          p.m. – midnight. Music by the           Mass for Life will be at St. Pius X
                                                                                                          band SPAM, party favors, snacks,        at 6:30 p.m.
                                                                                                          soft drinks, wine, beer. $10
                                                                                                          nonmembers,        $7    members        Jan. 21-23 Friday-Sunday
                                                                                                          admission. For more information         Beginning Experience
                                                                                                          please contact Roger at 515-271-           PANORA — This peer ministry
                                                                                                          9562 or        is for widowed, divorced or
                                                                                                          site/castsinglesdesmoines/home          separated people. The program is
                                                                                                                                                  designed to start healing the grief
                                                                                                          Jan. 6 Thursday                         associated from the loss. The
                                                                                                          Theology of the Body for Teens          weekends are Jan. 21- 23 or April
                                                                                                             DES MOINES — Theology of             1-3 at St. Thomas More Center. For
                                                                                                          the Body for Teens is being offered     further information and/or to
                                                                                                          to teens at Christ the King Church,     register call Jay Fredrick 515-981-
                                                                                                          6:30-8:30 pm. on seven Thursday         9426 or Father Bob Schoemann
                                                                                                          evenings: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb. 3,   515-418-1938.
                                                                                                          10 and 24. It will end with a retreat
                                                                                                          on Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:30        Feb. 8-10, 12       Tues,-Thurs,
                                                                                                          p.m.     Cost is $30 and covers         & Saturday
                                                                                                          materials. Contact Eric & Missy         Marriage Mission
                                                                                                          Miller at 515-280-6156, 515-238-           URBANDALE -- St. Pius X
                                                                                                          6875 or to         Parish is sponsoring a Marriage
                                                                                                          pre-register and for more               Mission and retreat called
                                                                                                          information.                            Sacramental Marriage -- Love for
                                                                                                          Jan. 9 Sunday                              • Feb. 8 – Dr. Thomas Neal
                                                                                                          Omelet Breakfast                        presents “Marriage – Sacrament of
                                                                                                                 ANKENY – The Msgr. J.M.          Everyday Life”
                                                                                                          Hanson Council 5038 of the                 • Feb. 9 – Jon Leonetti presents
                                                                                                          Knights of Columbus in Ankeny           “God’s Great Plan for Us”
                                                                                                          will be offering its famous omelet         • Feb.10 – Panel discussion
                                                                                                          breakfast, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in       centered on the theme “Made for
                                                                                                          the Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart         Each Other”
                                                                                                          Catholic Church banquet and                • Feb 12 – Marriage retreat - Jim
                                                                                                          multi-purpose rooms.           Each     and Maureen Otremba present
                                                                                                          breakfast features freshly made,        “Eucharist as the Model for
                                                                                                          personalized omelets, cinnamon          Marriage”.
                                                                                                          rolls, and drinks for a free-will          Cost for the Marriage mission is
                                                                                                          offering. Proceeds support the          a free-will offering. A reception
                                                                                                          activities and projects of the Msgr.    will follow the presentations.
                                                                                                          J.M. Hanson Council 5038 of the            Cost for the Saturday retreat
                                                                                                          Knights of Columbus.                    (includes continental breakfast,
                                                                                                                                                  snacks, lunch, materials) is $35 per
                                                                                                          January, 2011                           couple. There will be a marriage
                                                                                                          Novena                                  blessing at the 5 p.m. Mass
                                                                                                             DES MOINES — St. Joseph              following retreat. Questions or
                                                                                                          Parish will sponsor its annual          need tickets? Contact Deb Culp
                                                                                                          novena on Sundays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
                                                                                                          with a reception following in the
                                                                                                          parish center. The theme this year      Feb. 18-20 Friday-Sunday
                                                                                                          is Holy Women of the Church.            Christian Experience Weekend
                                                                                                             • Jan. 9: St. Mary Magdalene            ANKENY – A women’s
                                                                                                          presented by Father Tom Dooley.         Christian Experience Weekend will
                                                                                                             • Jan. 16: Mary, the Mother of       be held at Our Lady’s Immaculate
                                                                                                          God presented by Deacon Troy            Heart Church. Contact Marge
                                                                                                          Thompson.                               Brown at 515-289-0700 or
                                                                                                             • Jan. 23: St. Theresa of Lisieux or
                                                                                                          presented by Deacon Fred Pins.          the parish at 515-964-3038 with

                                                                                                              Ankeny knights celebrate
                                                                                                             • Jan. 30: St. Edith Stein           questions.

                                                                                                            Francis Schlueter speaks at the 50th anniversary
                                                                                                            dinner of the Msgr. JM Hanson Knights of
                                                                                                            Columbus Council 5038, at Our Lady’s Immaculate
                                                                                                            Heart Parish in Ankeny on Oct. 23. Bishop Richard
                                                                                                            Pates celebrated Mass at the anniversary.
                                                                                                                                           Photo submitted to the Catholic Mirror
Bishop encourages                                                         Diocesan News                                        The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010
                                                                            A Letter from Bishop to parishes in Pottawattamie County
efforts to oppose
                                                                                Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has          the beginning and not at some arbitrary point

abortion facility
                                                                           invited Catholic parishes throughout the world       along the continuum of existence.
                                                                           to join him on the First Sunday of Advent in              Ricardo Montalban once reflected, “When
                                                                           praying for “Nascent Life.” This is an earnest       did I become I? At the very moment of
                                                                           prayer for all of our brothers and sisters in the    fertilization, I became I….. and there will
                                                                           human family who are developing in the               never be another like me.” May we too
Continued from page 1                that parcel of                        wombs of their mothers. Such an initiative           acknowledge that moment when our life began
                                     its property                          coincides with commemorating that time when          and the life of each member of the human
Carhart’s opening a clinic in the    could only be                         Jesus, Our Savior, was in the womb of Mary,          family.
Council        Bluffs        area,   sold with the                         His Mother.                                               There is an order to rights as proclaimed
“unspeakable,” and encouraged                                                   This commemoration takes on special             by the Declaration of Independence: “life,
                                     condition that
action.                                                                    focus for the people in the city of Council          liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” May all
                                     it not be used                        Bluffs and Pottawattamie County this year            of our unborn brothers and sisters be granted
     “The good citizens of Iowa      for          an                       insofar as late term abortionist, Leroy Carhart,     that same order!
must recognize this assault on       abortion                              has indicated his intention to set-up shop in the
the life of our younger brothers                       Deacon Jean
                                                          Plourde          area to practice the taking of life of young         Continuing Outreach to those experiencing
and sisters as a crisis of life or        Deacon                           people at a vulnerable stage.                        difficult pregnancies
death, for that is truly what it     Plourde and                                I write to you today, my friends, to address         We are sensitive to the reality that there
is,” he wrote.                       Shea also appeared before the         this unspeakable possibility from three              are serious, personal problems for some
     Carhart        opened       a   Pottawattamie County Board of         perspectives:                                        women in their pregnancies. As members of
Germantown, Md. facility Dec         Supervisors Dec. 1 to present              An appraisal of late term abortion from the     the Church community we are committed to
6 amidst a pro-life protest.         their concerns in case Carhart        Natural Law or purely human/natural                  continuing our compassionate, understanding
While Carhart plans for the                                                perspective.                                         and effective outreach to them. Examples of
                                     opted to stay in the region but
Iowa abortion facility to open                                                  Continuing outreach to those experiencing       this commitment are:
                                     go outside the Council Bluffs         difficult pregnancies.                                    • Counseling through trained and licensed
in January, he had not applied       city limits.                               The action that can be taken to address this    counselors of Catholic Charities to assist the
for permits in Council Bluffs by          At both meetings the men         situation by the Council Bluffs/ Pottawattamie       pregnant mothers in working through their
press time.                          provided binders of their             County residents                                     problems, anxieties and fears.
     Carhart did not return a call   presentation       material     to                                                              • Gabriel’s Corner is a pregnancy
from The Catholic Mirror to          individuals and shared an             Natural Law/ Medical facts regarding late-           counseling center in Council Bluffs founded by
inquire into his plans for a late-   enlarged photo of an unborn           term abortions                                       Deacon Jean and Mrs. Kathy Plourde which
term abortion facility in            child in the womb captured by              On October 15, 2010 the Nebraska Law,           provides pregnancy testing, counseling,
Council Bluffs.                      4-D ultrasound.                       Legislative Bill 1033 took effect prohibiting        ultrasounds and baby supplies. This includes
     Council Bluffs offers close          “Keep praying for the            abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy on the         follow-up so that there is adequate support for
proximity for another Carhart                                              basis that the unborn children feel pain. The        Mother and baby in the post-birth period.
                                     results,” Shea said. “We will
abortion facility; however that’s                                          genesis of this bill resulted from significant            • Adoption Services through Catholic
                                     now have to keep working with         medical research and expert testimony                Charities: the diocesan Church community
not the only factor in choosing      both the city and the county on       documenting the observations of doctors              provides professional child placement in
the location.                        ways that they can pursue to          performing fetal surgery at and after 20 weeks       homes in which the young child is welcomed,
     “The laws are more              restrict abortions in our area.”      of gestation. Unborn children recoil from            revered and provided for. There are more
favorable in these other                  Deacon Plourde and Shea          painful stimulation, which also results in the       parents than available children to be adopted
jurisdictions, and we’re going       have met with representatives         elevation of stress hormones due to                  who are eager to welcome the gift of such a
to do the maximum the law            of Iowa Right to Life, Iowans         physiologic insult. It has been clearly              child to their family.
allows,” Carhart told the            for LIFE and others to                demonstrated that unborn children seek to
Washington Post in November.         brainstorm       and     compile      evade certain stimuli in a manner in which an        Action to be undertaken by members of the
     He also told the Associated     resources for their effort.           infant or an adult would be interpreted as a         Council       Bluffs       and      Pottawattamie
Press he needed a place to                                                 reaction to pain. Anesthesia for the unborn          Communities
                                          On a statewide level,
practice.                                                                  child is now routine for surgical procedures              Approximately 300 individuals have
                                     possible legislation is being         performed at or after 20 weeks of gestation.         already attended a meeting with the Council
     “Iowa’s laws unfortunately      discussed.                                 The terminal enterprise of killing unborn       Bluffs City Council to voice their opposition to
are not very restrictive,” said           A Dec 10 meeting was             children after 20 weeks now seeks refuge in          the coming of Leroy Carhart and the
Deacon Jean Plourde, of Holy         planned with Iowa Catholic            Council Bluffs, Iowa. In addition to his plans       establishment of a late-term abortion
Family Parish in Council             Conference Executive Director         to challenge Nebraska Legislative Bill 1033 as       operation.
Bluffs.                              Tom Chapman to discuss                unconstitutional, Leroy Carhart was in print as           I encourage all to join their voices with the
     Deacon Plourde, who is          legislative options.                  “Leroy Carhart Forced to Move Late-Term              300 in a cascading voice of opposition to this
Respect Life director for the             Support from various             Abortion Business Out of Nebraska.” The              highly negative possibility.
Council Bluffs tri-parishes, is      groups is encouraging.                good citizens of Iowa must recognize this                 Clerical leaders from our parishes are
also the founder, along with his          “People seem to be uniting       assault on the life of our younger brothers and      gathering contact information of city officials,
wife, Kathy, of Gabriel’s                                                  sisters as a crisis of life or death, for that is    county officials and state representatives whom I
                                     and talking about it as opposed
Corner Pregnancy Counseling                                                truly what it is. No ambiguous terminology, no       ask each member of our congregations to contact
                                     to just ignoring what’s going on      word has the power to change the reality of          in order to exercise our public responsibility of
Center in Council Bluffs.            in this matter of life or death,”     things; procured abortion is the deliberate and      protecting the lives of the most vulnerable in our
     The deacon and Dennis           Deacon Plourde said.                  direct killing of a human being in the initial       society. I trust these lists will be available soon.
Shea, of St. Patrick Parish in            Bishop       Pates     asked     phase of his or her existence, extending from             In closing, I assure you of my strong support
Council Bluffs and Respect           Catholics in the diocese to be in     fertilization to birth. To embrace such a            and prayer as we people committed to a culture
Life director for Iowa’s Knights     contact with city and county          practice is to embrace the forced death of           of life take action in a spirit of love for our
of Columbus, are spearheading        officials, as well as state           innocent human life. We are the people of life       brothers and sister who are at the “nascent”
the local effort to fight against    representatives, to exercise          and we maintain that solidarity with all             stage, those developing in the wombs of their
Carhart’s planned abortion           their public responsibility of        members of the human family must begin at            mothers.
facility.                            protecting the lives of the most
     The two men led more than       vulnerable in society.
300 people at the Nov. 22
meeting of the Council Bluffs
City Council to publicly state
opposition       to     Carhart’s
proposed abortion facility.
     The city of Council Bluffs
voted at the Nov. 22 meeting
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                                                                      New parish announced
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Generous Christmas gift
      The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010                                                                                            

Continued from page 1                   Proximity determined          Continued from page 1              rate of 3%.
                                   they would be members of the                                               Expansion of the
bought a bushel of peaches         new Our Lady’s Immaculate          gifts to the Diocese of Des        city can be seen
for $1.50. They took them          Heart when it opened.              Moines and the Catholic            through the growth of
home and canned them that               It was Mary Lucille’s         community in Ankeny,” said         Our             Lady’s
night, “so we had peaches to       idea to gift some of their land    Bishop     Pates.     “In    our   Immaculate       Heart
eat that winter,” Fern said.       for the benefit of their parish,   centennial year, we celebrate      Parish in Ankeny. In
      She learned canning          something that Fern said she       the legacy of those who have       the 1950s, Catholics
before she was 10 years old.       was happy to do.                   come before us as well as our      living in the area
      “I kinda liked it,” she           “I thought it would be all    existing faith communities.        traveled     to     St.
said.                              right,” she said. “I think we      With these gifts, we can truly     Michael’s Church in
      Perhaps her favorite         didn’t need all of it and          look toward meeting the needs      nearby Carney. They
memory of growing up on the        someone else could benefit.”       of Ankeny and Polk City            worshipped in a home
farm was that of their                  She is happy to think         families long into the future.”    provided by Carney
neighbors coming over to           about the donation becoming             Father Hoffmann, as the       Mining Co. in 1920
visit. They would play cards,      the site of a new parish,          new pastor of St. Luke the         for its employees. Ten
talk and do canning together.      especially       since    senior   Evangelist Parish, will look for   acres of land were
      Fern also has warm           citizens will be able to live      temporary office space and         purchased in Ankeny
memories of being outdoors         there on site in close             begin planning for the first       and      Our     Lady’s
and spending time in the fresh     proximity to their church,         gathering sometime in the early    Immaculate        Heart
air, something she misses.         something of which she             months of the new year.            Catholic Church was
      “You get to go out doors,    admits she’s a bit envious.                                           started     in    1960,
and a lot in the sun,” she said.        “That’s going to be just                                         beginning with 325
“That was nice. I miss the         real nice,” she said.
                                                                      New parish
                                                                          The city of Ankeny has         families. The parish
farm, and everything.”                  Thinking about her faith                                         now serves about 2,500
      As young adults, the                                            seen steady growth. In 2000,
                                   and how she will be able to                                           families.
sisters worked in local                                               the city’s population was
                                   give to others with part of her
factories making ammunition                                           27,117. Within five years, the
                                   family’s farm is something                                            New school
as part of the war effort.                                            population jumped by 9,000
                                   that gives Fern a good                                                     Growth in the
      Originally they attended                                        people to 36,161, according to
                                   feeling.                                                              Ankeny            School
Mass at St. Michael Parish in                                         the       2010        Ankeny
                                        “I like it,” she said.                                           District’s        student
Carney. St. Michael closed in                                         Comprehensive Plan. The city
                                                                      expects by the year 2035, its      population parallels the
the 1980s.                                                                                               growth of the city,
                                                                      population will be about
                                                                      93,000, or an annual growth        according to the city’s
                                                                                                         comprehensive plan.
                                                                                                         It is the 10th largest A sign announcing the establish-
                                                                                                         district in the state in ment of St. Luke the Evangelist
                                                                                                         student enrollment Parish, school and senior citizen
                                                                                                         and the second fasted- housing has been erected at the
                                                                                                         growing district in the site of the future church.
                                                                                                         state. Between now
                                                                                                         and the 2013/2014 school year, has served the following
                                                                                                         the student enrollment is parishes: St. Joseph in Des
                                                                                                         expected to grow by an average Moines, St. Anne in Logan,
                                                                                                         of 340 students annually.         Holy Family in Mondamin,
                                                                                                              Currently, there are 24 Queen of Apostles in Council
                                                                                                         students from Our Lady’s Bluffs, St. Anthony in Des
                                                                                                         Immaculate Heart Parish who Moines and St. Theresa in Des
                                                                                                         commute to Catholic schools in Moines.
                                                                                                         Des Moines.
                                                                                                                                         Most recent new parish
                                                                                                         Founding pastor                      The most recent parish
                                                                                                              Father        Hoffmann,    established in the diocese was
                                                                                                         originally of St. Mary of the   St. Peter Vietnamese Catholic
                                                                                                         Assumption Parish in Panama,    Community in 2008.
                                                                                                         Iowa, will be the founding           Before that, the Diocese of
                                                                                                         pastor of St. Luke the          Des Moines began a parish to
                                                                                                         Evangelist parish. He was       serve expanding communities
                                                                                                                                         west of Des Moines. St. Francis
                                                                                                         ordained a priest by Bishop
                                                                                                                                         of Assisi Parish, in West Des
                                                                                                         Maurice Dingman in 1971. He     Moines, began with slightly
                                                                                                                                         fewer than 300 families when it
                                                                                                                                         was established in 1991 under
                                                                                                                                         the leadership of Msgr. Stephen
                                                                                                                                         Orr. Three years later, the
                                                                                                                                         family count surpassed 620 and
                                                                                                                                         today, it serves 2,750 families.
                                                                                                                                              Construction began in
                                                                                                                                         1993 on 15 acres of land and
                                                                                                                                         continued in three phases. The
                                                                                                                                         parish now has an $11 million
                                                                                                                                         complex consisting of a
                                                                                                                                         worship center that seats 1,000,
                                                                                                                                         a parish center, offices and a
                                                                                                                                         school that serves 750 students.

                                                                                                                                         Recent growth
                                                                                                                                              Other Des Moines metro-
                                                                                                                                         area parishes have added to
                                                                                                                                         their facilities to accommodate
                                                                                                                                         growth in recent years.
                                                                                                                                              In Waukee, St. Boniface
                                                                                                                                         Parish completed construction
                                                                                                                                         in 2007 on a new complex that
                                                                                                                                         includes a worship center that
                                                                                                                                         seats 1,000 and has 25
                                                                                                                                         classrooms. The parish, which
                                                                                                                                         serves 1,068 families, turned its
                                                                                                                                         former worship center into the
                                                                                                                                         parish hall.
                                                                                                                                              Ss. John and Paul Parish in
                                                                                                                                         Altoona continues to see
                                                                                                                                         growth, as well. The parish
                                                                                                                                         dedicated new facilities in
                                                                                                                                         2001, and last year alone, it saw
                                                                                                                                         a jump of 63 new families
Centennial year underway                                                          Diocesan News                        The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010

      By Lisa Bourne
       Staff Writer

    As the diocese nears its
100th birthday, some of its
long-term residents looked
back on how things have
evolved in the Des Moines

Sister Jude Fitzpatrick
     Diocesan         Chancellor
Humility Sister Fitzpatrick is a
native of Dunlap, coming from
St. Patrick Parish and attending
St. Joseph School there.
     With the exception of a         Father Richard Bergman
couple years in religious                 Father Richard Bergman,
formation, teaching in the Quad      83, moved to the diocese when
Cities and also serving as           he was five years old. After
president of her religious           ordination, he served at a
community in Davenport, Sister       number of parishes including          Bishop Richard Pates blessed the land at a groundbreaking ceremony on Nov. 21 at
Jude has lived in the diocese        Our Lady of the Americas              Christ the King Parish in Des Moines. The parish used the new diocesan Senior
since she was born.                  Parish (formerly known as             Housing Corp. as a resource in its effort to build senior citizen housing.
     “I love this diocese,” Sister   Visitation Parish), where he                                                                                Photo by Lisa Bourne
Jude said. “This diocese has a       was when he was asked to
wonderful, rich heritage of          accompany Bishop Edward
meeting the needs of the people      Daly and diocesan Chancellor
of God where we find them, in        Msgr. Joseph Sondag to attend           At right, Joe Blake on the
the smallest communities as                                                  trumpet, son of Maria and Paul
                                     sessions of the Second Vatican
well as the capital city and all                                             Blake, and Austin Feller on the
                                     Council in Rome.
                                                                             saxophone, son of Cori and Mark
points between.”                          He declined the invitation
                                                                             Feller, aided with the
     She is the former principal     because he was concerned
                                                                             proclamation of the diocesan
for St. Theresa School in Des        about his health.                       centennial year at St. Patrick
Moines, as well as having been            “I thought, this is not            Parish in Imogene. Father Ken
diocesan Superintendent of           meant to be, I could end up in          Gross liked the horns so much he
Schools.                             the hospital real easily,” he said.     asked the teens to play for
     “We may be small, but I              Had Father Bergman gone            Christmas Eve Mass.
believe this diocese has been        with Bishop Daly and Msgr.
recognized as a leader in social     Sondag to Rome for Vatican II,
justice and education,” said         he would have been with them
Sister Jude. “Many good things       when their plane crashed
have come out of this largely        shortly after takeoff from
rural diocese.”                      Fiumicino Airport on Nov. 23,
Peter Flynn Sr.                           “I couldn’t question it
     Peter Flynn Sr., of St.         because it was just not
Ambrose Cathedral Parish in          supposed to be,” Father
Des Moines, has lived in the         Bergman said.
diocese all of his 83 years. He           Over the years, the diocese
went to St. Augustin School and      has evolved.
Dowling Catholic High School.             “It’s vastly changed,” said
     Flynn recalls when the          Father Bergman. “In the
cathedral was remodeled in the       number of departments. There
mid-1990s.                           was a time when there were
     “It still looks beautiful       only two people in the
today,” he said.                     chancery.”
     Flynn sees other parishes            “It’s a much more modern
                                     business organization,” he said.
moving forward as well to meet
                                          Father Bergman has hope
the needs of the faith
                                     for the future of the diocese
community.                           when he looks at the
     “The new churches, St.          seminarians, particularly Deacon
Francis, and all the remodels        Guthrie Dolan, whom he has
going on, it’s just been             known for years.
wonderful to watch and see,” he           “I’m grateful for Guthrie
said.                                when I think about the future,”
     He looks forward to the         said Father Bergman. “He has                                          A diocesan centennial event was the Dec. 11
diocese passing the faith on in      his feet on the ground a lot better                                   concert Christmas With the Choral Society at St.
the coming years as well.            than I did at his age.”                                               Ambrose Cathedral. The audience braved blizzard
     “I’m just hoping there’s a           For more information on                                          conditions to come to the cathedral to hear the
greater evangelization of the        centennial plans for the Diocese                                      Des Moines Choral Society performance under the
faith,” Flynn said.                  of      Des      Moines       visit                                   direction of Dr. James Rodde.

                                                                                                                                             Photos by Anne Marie Cox
                                 Parish balances serving
12   The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010                          Diocesan News                                                          

                                 students, families
                                       By Lisa Bourne                Catherine.                          faith and they will be the future        A parishioner recently
     Marriag e Minute                   Staff Writer                      A permanent pastor was         leaders of the parish, Father       taught a class on texting, and
      In marriage,                                                   assigned for St. Catherine in       McNeil said.                        also more recently offered
 communication is simply a            St. Catherine of Siena         1967. In 1969 it established as a        “If we can get the students    another on using Facebook.
 heightened awareness of         Catholic Student Center Drake       canonical parish with the focus     excited about things, imagine            Both Primmer and Father
 your spouse’s feelings. As      Newman Community in Des             remaining on the students.          what that means for the parish,”    McNeil say the combination of
 you learn to live together in                                            Over the years, St.            said Father McNeil. “It will pay    students and parishioners is
                                 Moines, serves more than
 your hearts, you will soon
                                 students. It’s a parish with        Catherine had gone from a           massive dividends.”                 flourishing.
 recognize signs from each
                                 families focusing on four           student center with a parish, to         Thus mutual reception and           Jean and Russ Samson,
 other that say, “Now is not
 a good time to talk.”           missions.                           a parish with a student center,     acceptance between students         who chair the student supper
 Recognizing these times in           There is the Newman            said Father McNeil.                 and parishioners is key.            program, have been members
 each other’s lives sends the    Center, which is the focus of            The parish has recalibrated         “People are welcome as         of the parish for 10 years. For
 loving message that I           Drake University students; the      its focus on service to students,   long as they understand the         Russ Samson, the small parish
 understand you, or I respect    diocesan office of Campus           whose numbers are growing at        primary focus is on the college     size brought back memories of
 your need to be alone with      Ministry, newly established and     the parish. Some of that growth     student,” said Father McNeil.       his parents’ church in a small
 your thoughts for now.          administered by Father Joel         can be attributed to Fellowship          Some ministries focus on       farming        community       of
 Here are a few tips for         McNeil and St. Catherine            of Catholic College and             parishioners, such as the mom’s     northwest Iowa.
 keeping the lines of            Director of Campus Ministry         University Students, also           group, and the new Knights of            For Jean Samson, who
 communication open in a         Tom Primmer; the parish; and        known as FOCCUS, and some           Columbus group is primarily         grew up in a very large parish in
 loving relationship: Be sure    the home of the Catholic deaf       of the growth can be attributed     comprised of students.              Washington D.C., it has been a
 you understand what your        community.                          to grace, Father McNeil said.            However, parish activities     chance to connect with fellow
 partner is saying. Restating         “Most parishioners have             The parish saw longtime        are more and more an                parishioners on a deeper level.
 what they said in your own      connections to Drake,” said         parishioners move to other          integration of both parishioners         Regardless       of     the
 words is a good way to          Father McNeil, the pastor.          communities, resulting a            and students.                       attraction, the Samsons, who
 make sure you know what              Some are drawn to the          decrease of financial support,           A most clear example is the    are empty-nesters, said that the
 they said, or what they                                             but Father McNeill said,            student suppers, which are held     connection to the college
                                 intellectual aspect of a college
 meant. Arguments start as a
                                 environment and others are          “We’ve turned the corner.”          each Sunday night when school       students and the chance to serve
 result of a mis-
                                 drawn to the fact that the parish        While college students         is in session. They are hosted      young people is the, “most
 understanding. Choose
 your words carefully.           community is smaller than           aren’t generally in a position to   by parishioners, who feed           joyful and enriching part of
 Speak from your own point       most, he said.                      offer financial support to a        between 90 to 120 students          being at St. Kate’s.”
 of view. Say what you                But      all   have       an   parish, studies have shown that     each week.                                 Ed Lohmann recently
 mean, and mean what you         understanding that serving the      if students are involved in              Parish initiatives that end    joined St. Catherine and first
 say. Listen carefully to        Drake      students     is    the   college they have a better          up combining parishioners and       came to Mass during Holy
 what your spouse or fiancé      fundamental goal of St.             chance of holding on to their       students together include           Week this year.
 is saying. Often we are so                                                                                serving the homeless, family           “I don’t know what it was,
 worried about what we are                                                                                 and children’s services,          but I immediately felt a
 going to say next, that we                                                                                serving the elderly, serving      connection with the parish,” he
 don’t really pay attention to                                                                             the sick and serving the          said. “I like the atmosphere.”
 what our partner is saying.                                                                               hungry.
 If you are angry about
 something, clear thinking is
 tough. It is better to cool
 off before talking about the
 issue at hand. This is
 especially true when
 children are involved. Keep
 to the topic at hand. Try to
 not bring up the past.
 Please pay attention to non-
 verbal communication.
 Listen with your eyes.
 Body language is very
 important. Tone of voice,
 eye contact and posture can
 often say more than any
 words spoken. Lastly,
 constant nagging,
 invalidating another’s
 feelings (telling someone,
 Oh, you shouldn’t feel that
 way), or talking down to
 your loved one are
 ineffective ways of
 communicating. How will
 I/We make daily dialogue a
 positive experience for the
 both of US? He who
 answers before he hears –
 his is the folly and the
 shame. Proverbs 18:13.
 The next Worldwide
 Marriage Encounter will
 be Feb 11-13 in Cedar
 Falls. Contact Roger or
 Marsha Luensman at
 Registrations requested 6
 weeks in advance. Visit
      Deacon Dennis and
       Sarah Luft
                                                                                                                              Sr. Jude Fitzpatrick, CHM
                                                                                                                        601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
Sister Stella dies
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Continued from page 1                Diocese of Des Moines with
                                     planning and pastoral councils.
relationships with builders and           She launched Anawim
finance people throughout the        Housing in 1988.
city to get more housing for              She served on the boards of
low-income families.                 the Omaha Regional Leadership
     “She was able to show me        Team-Sisters       of     Mercy,
just how important her work is       Community               Housing
and challenged me to build nine      Development         Corporation,
homes for nine families in nine      HOLA Center, Polk County
days and that’s not an easy thing    Housing Trust Fund, Mercy
to get someone to commit to do       College of Health Sciences,
to do especially in this             Mercy Medical Center, Catholic
economy,” said Rick Tollakson        Charities, and River Trace
of Hubbell Realty. “But by           Apartments.
talking to her, you knew this             “She was a passionate
was the right thing to do.”          advocate for the poor and
     Sister Stella was described     homeless in the areas of
as selfless and a tireless worker    housing, health care and
but also as a friend.                education,” said Mercy College
     “She was far more than just     President Barbara Decker.
the founder of Anawim                     She also was a founding
Housing, she was a friend to all     member of the Diocesan Senior       Catholic Charities’ annual No Room
of us,” Miles said.                  Housing Commission, an effort       at the Inn event raising awareness of
      Sister Stella had retired in   born of the diocesan Centennial     the plight of the homeless drew
March, 2010 and became               Steering Committee to be a          hundreds of people Dec. 6. Above, a      St. Francis of Assisi parishioners Bob,
development director for Sisters     resource for parishes wanting to    boy gets a close look at sculptor        Rachel and Anna Behrens look at some of
of Mercy West Midwest                build senior citizen housing.       Sarah Pratt’s display of the Holy        the more than 300 nativity scenes in the
Community.                                “We are very much aware        Family made out of butter.               exhibit.             Photos by Anne Marie Cox
     She was born in 1942,           of Sister Stella’s enormous
entered the Sisters of Mercy in      contributions to her religious
1960 and made her final              community, to the Diocese of
profession in 1968. She held         Des Moines, to the religious
degrees in elementary education      women in this diocese and her
and social work.                     indefatigable leadership and
     She taught at All Saints        service to the poor through the
School in Des Moines from            housing projects of Anawim and
1965-1968, then taught in North      most recently the housing
Dakota for three years. She          initiative of Christ the King
moved to Omaha, where she            Parish,” said Bishop Richard
served as director of the            Pates.
McAuley Bergan Center from                A memorial was held at St.
1973-1977, and director of           Ambrose Catheral in Des
Medical Social Services from         Moines on Dec. 14. Memorial
1977 to 1980.                        contributions can be made to
     In 1980, she returned to        Anawim Housing, 2024 Forest
Des Moines, helping the Bishop       Ave. in Des Moines, or Sisters
Drumm Retirement Center as a         of Mercy Retirement Fund,
consultant. One year later, she      7262 Mercy road, Omaha, Neb.
began seven years of serving the     68124.

                                                                          Bishop Richard Pates read the Christmas story to children to gathered around
                                                                          him.                                                       Photo by Jody Tramontina
14                                                   National, International News                                                             

                                   Monks close chapter on farming National, International briefs
       The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010

                                    By Sr. Carol Hoverman
                                                                     farming, low prices paid for

                                    Catholic News Service
                                                                     crops and the fact the abbey has
                                                                     fewer members and those who
                                                                                                          USCCB president, vice president elected
                                                                                                               BALTIMORE (CNS) — In a series of close votes, the U.S.
                                                                     do live there are getting older.     bishops elected Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York to
                                        PEOSTA, Iowa (CNS) —              The first monks came to
                                   Farmers from miles around                                              head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for the next three
                                                                     Dubuque from Ireland at the          years and chose Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky.,
                                   gathered at the New Melleray      invitation of Bishop Mathias         as vice president. By selecting Archbishop Dolan from a field of
                                   Abbey farm south of Dubuque       Loras and established New            10 candidates that included Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson,
                                   Nov. 20 for a historic auction    Melleray Abbey in 1849. They         Ariz., USCCB vice president, the bishops diverged from the
                                   that marked the end of farming    supported themselves through         usual practice of electing the USCCB vice president as
                                   as a means of support for the     the sale of farm animals and         president.
                                   Trappist community.               crops raised on their acreage.
                                        On the cold sunny
                                   morning, potential buyers
                                                                          But      eventually      the    Pope calls for guaranteed health care for all people
                                                                     economy took its toll. “Prices            VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI and other
                                   climbed in the cab of the         went way down,” the abbot            church leaders said it was the moral responsibility of nations to
                                   tractors and examined the well-   continued, “and we don’t have        guarantee access to health care for all of their citizens, regardless
                                   maintained equipment that         the monks to do the fieldwork        of social and economic status or their ability to pay.
                                   worked the 2,000 acres of         anymore.” The average age of              Access to adequate medical attention, the pope said in a
                                   cropland owned by the             the 35 monks who live in the         written message Nov. 18 to participants of the international
                                   monastery.                        monastery is 70.                     conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry,
                                        Abbot Brendan Freeman,
   Classified Ads                  who spoke to the crowd before
                                                                          The monastery also has
                                                                     1,200 acres of timber, and this
                                                                                                          was one of the “inalienable rights” of man.
                                                                                                               The pope lamented the great inequalities in health care
Saint Edmond Catholic              the auction, said it was a        renewable resource will help to      around the globe. While people in many parts of the world aren’t
Schools President -                “bittersweet day for us, as all   support the community as their       able to receive essential medications or even the most basic care,
Saint Edmond Catholic Schools      through our history we have       nationally-known           casket    in industrialized countries there is a risk of “pharmacological,
seeks a President to lead,         been farmers,” summarizing the    production business continues        medical and surgical consumerism” that leads to “a cult of the
inspire, guide and direct the      160-year tradition that was       to grow. The monks will              body,” the pope said.
three schools through its          coming to an end.                 maintain a few acres to grow              Because an individual’s health is a “precious asset” to
School Principals. Located in           Factors in the decision                                           society as well as to himself, governments and other agencies

                                   Bishop approves apparitions
                                                                     produce for themselves.
Fort Dodge, Iowa, the schools      included the costs involved in                                         should seek to protect it by “dedicating the equipment, resources
include pre-school through 12th                                                                           and energy so that the greatest number of people can have
grade and are a diocesan                                                                                  access.”
school governed by an active                                                                                   “Justice in health care should be a priority of governments
school board, comprised of                                                                                and international institutions,” he said, cautioning that protecting
clergy and lay community               CHAMPION, Wis. (CNS)          Adele Brise in 1859, making          human health does not include euthanasia or promoting artificial
leaders. Candidates must have      —Bishop David L. Ricken of        the apparitions of Mary that         reproductive techniques that include the destruction of embryos.
effective leadership experience    Green Bay has approved the        occurred some 18 miles                    Care for human life from conception to its natural end must
demonstrated by a minimum of
                                   Marian apparitions seen by        northeast of Green Bay the first     be a guiding light in determining health care policy, the pope
five years of comparable

                                      Theology Teacher
administration positions. MBA                                        in the United States to receive      said.
                                                                     approval of a diocesan bishop.
                                      Anticipated opening
or MA equivalent advanced
degree with Administrative                                              Bishop Ricken made the            Papal comments reflected pastoral concern
                                        for 2011-2012
Education licensure is required.                                     announcement in Champion                VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI’s recent

                                       Kuemper Catholic
He/She must be a practicing                                          during Mass at the Shrine of         comments about condoms represented a “normal and

                                         High School
Catholic with dynamic vision of                                      Our Lady of Good Help Dec. 8,        traditional” pastoral application of moral theology, according to
Catholic education. Information                                                                           a theologian who advises the Vatican on doctrinal matters.
                                         Carroll, Iowa
                                                                     the feast of the Immaculate
as well as resumes and                                                                                         The pope’s comments reflect the principle that there can be
                                     Contact Penny Miller,
material should be forwarded                                                                              “intermediary steps toward moral awareness” that allow for
to: William J. Yacullo, Trinity                                           More than 250 invited

                                                                                                          some flexibility in how church teachings are applied, Franciscan
Executive Partnership,                                               guests filled the shrine chapel      Father Maurizio Faggioni said Dec. 3.
www.trinityexecutivepartnership                                      to hear Bishop Ricken read the            Father Faggioni, a moral theologian and a consultant to the
.com. 2 Westbrook Corporate                                          official decree on the authen-       Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke to Catholic
Center, Suite 100, Westchester,                                      ticity of the apparitions. He also   News Service about the reaction to the pope’s statement on
IL 60154. Phone 708.531.0100
                                                                     issued a second decree,              condoms in the book, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church
? Fax 708.947-9075. Email:
L.montesanti@trinityexecutivep                                       formally approving the shrine        and the Signs of the Times.”                                                      as a diocesan shrine.                     In the book, the pope repeated his view that condom
                                                                          As he declared, “I do           campaigns are not the way to stop the AIDS epidemic, but he
                                                                     hereby         approve      these    allowed that in some specific cases — for example, a prostitute
                                                                     apparitions as worthy of             who tries to diminish the risk of spreading infection — use of a
                                                                                                          condom could be a first step toward taking moral responsibility
                                                                     belief,” the congregation burst
                                                                                                          for one’s actions.
                                                                     into applause, with many in               Father Faggioni said the pope’s comments should be seen in
                                                                     attendance moved to tears.           the light of traditional principles of moral theology, including
                                                                     “This is now an official             gradualism, which understands moral decision-making as a path
                                                                     declaration and an explicit          that involves a series of progressions.
                                                                     recognition of what has been              “The Holy Father recognizes that there is a path of growth in
                                                                     going on in the development          responsibility,” Father Faggioni said. By saying condom use may
                                                                     and expression of people’s faith     mark a step along that path, he said, the pope is allowing for a
                                                                     in our Lord Jesus,” Bishop           “wise and prudent” application of church teaching to individual
                                                                     Ricken said in his homily.           cases.

                                                                                                          Divine Mercy Corner
                                                                         At the Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska on April 30, 2000, Pope
                                                                          John Paul II announced that the second Sunday of Easter would be called, “Divine
                                                                             Mercy Sunday.” On June 29, 2002, John Paul II granted a plenary and partial
                                                                                indulgence to the devout observance of the second Sunday of Easter as
                                                                       Divine Mercy Sunday. What is an indulgence? The Catechism of the Catholic Church
                                                                           speaks about indulgences in Paragraph 1471, stating in part: “An indulgence is a
                                                                        remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already
                                                                         been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain
                                                                            prescribed conditions through the action of the Church, which as the minster of
                                                                         redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of
                                                                       Christ and the saints.” The prescribed conditions in reference to Divine Mercy Sunday
                                                                           as stated in a decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary given by John Paul II include:
                                                                         sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the intentions of the
                                                                       Holy Father (the usual conditions under which a plenary indulgence is granted), as well
                                                                         as taking part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of the Divine Mercy in the
                                                                              spirit that is completely detached from the affection for sin, even venial sin.
                                                                                       Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated on May, 1, 2011.
En las Tierras Centrales                                                                                                 The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010

Un Maravilloso Regalo de Navidad
     Unos pocos meses después                                         recolección de fondos con una          Después de terminar la         prohibición de abortos pasadas
de que inicié mi servicio como                                        extensiva renovación y nueva      renovación en ICNS, se inició       las 20 semanas de gestación en
Obispo de Des Moines,                                                 construcción la cual incluía      seriamente el trabajo para          base a que los bebés sienten
Monseñor Steve Orr, Párroco                              By           terminar con la renovación de     establecer una nueva parroquia      dolor aunque aún no hayan
de la Parroquia del Inmaculado                        Bishop          la iglesia y establecer una       y escuela en Ankeny. Tuve el        nacido. El origen de esta
Corazón de Nuestra Señora en                         Richard E.       nueva capilla Eucarística.        gran gusto de reunirme con          iniciativa es el resultado de
Ankeny y Vicario General en                                                Mientras tanto, había        Fern Ringgenberg junto a            intensas        investigaciones
ese entonces, me comentaba                                            iniciado la planeación para la    miembros de su familia y            médicas y testimonio de
que había varios factores que                                         celebración del centenario        consejeros invitándola a que a      expertos donde se documentan
indicaban la necesidad de                                             diocesano en el 2011. Dos         nombre de ella y de su ya           las observaciones de médicos
                                  también me comentaba que
establecer una nueva parroquia                                        componentes visionarios de la     fallecida hermana, Mary,            que hacen cirugía fetal después
                                  había      dos     maravillosas
y una nueva escuela Católica en                                       conmemoración eran una nueva      donaran una porción de 35           de 20 semanas de gestación.
                                  hermanas que tenían terrenos
Ankeny.                                                               parroquia y una escuela en        acres de los terrenos de su         Los bebés que aún no han
                                  en la parte oeste de Ankeny,
     El primero era el rápido                                         Ankeny      así    como      el   familia con el propósito de         nacido se contraen al recibir
                                  Fern y Mary Ringgenberg,
crecimiento que había tenido                                          establecimiento       de     la   establecer una nueva iglesia        estimulación por dolor, lo cual
                                  quienes       podrían       estar
Ankeny durante los años, el                                           Corporación de Vivienda para      Católica, una escuela y una         también resulta en un nivel
                                  interesadas en donar una
cual parece seguirá siendo                                            Adultos Mayores de la Diócesis    residencia       para     adultos   elevado de hormonas de estrés
                                  porción de sus tierras para una
relativamente rápido en las                                           de Des Moines para ayudar con     mayores.                            debido a abuso psicológico. Se
                                  iglesia     y    una    escuela.
próximas      décadas    según                                        las necesidades habitacionales         Fern no pudo ser más           ha demostrado claramente que
                                  Finalmente, también había una
proyecciones. El segundo era                                          de este creciente segmento de     receptiva     y,     obviamente,    los bebés aún no nacidos
                                  familia en Ankeny que dijo
el continuo interés en Ankeny                                         nuestra sociedad, los adultos     generosa y amable. Ella estaba      buscan       evadir      ciertas
                                  estar lista para hacer una
de tener una escuela Católica.                                        mayores de 65 años. El primer     entusiasmada especialmente          estimulaciones de la misma
                                  donación significativa para
El tercero era que el rebosante                                       paso de la Vivienda para          por la propuesta de la              forma que se interpretaría la
                                  poder iniciar la construcción de
crecimiento de Ankeny estaba                                          Adultos Mayores es el edificio    residencia       para     adultos   reacción al dolor de un niño o
                                  la escuela.
llenando más allá de su                                               de residencia subsidiada para     mayores, y su única desilusión      un adulto. Ahora se aplica
                                       La implementación del
capacidad las instalaciones del                                       adultos mayores cerca de la       es que ella no iba a tener la       anestesia       de      manera
                                  proyecto se detuvo hasta que se
Inmaculado      Corazón      de                                       Parroquia de Cristo Rey en el     oportunidad de disfrutar de sus     rutinariamente cuando se
                                  atendieran las necesidades de
Nuestra Señora y por lo cual                                          sur de Des Moines.           El   instalaciones.                      practican cirugías a bebés aún
                                  las instalaciones físicas de la
muchos miembros de la                                                 centenario de la diócesis dio          La generosidad de Fern es      no nacidos a partir de las 20
                                  parroquia del Inmaculado
parroquia estaban yendo a la                                          arranque cuando se instaló la     un maravilloso regalo para la       semanas de gestación.
                                  Corazón de Nuestra Señora
Parroquia de Santa María en                                           primera piedra de este proyecto   Diócesis de Des Moines y para            Las ocho parroquias del
                                  (ICNS). Bajo el liderazgo de
Elkhart y a Todos los Santos en                                       de 28 unidades de vivienda el     la futura comunidad de la           Condado de Pottawattamie, en
                                  Monseñor Orr, se llevó a cabo
Des Moines.          Monseñor                                         21 de Noviembre pasado.           Parroquia de San Lucas              donde se ubica Council Bluffs,
                                  una exitosa campaña de
                                                                                                        Evangelista       en    Ankeny.     se han organizado para
                                                                                                        Además de la donación de Fern,      comunicar su firme y razonable
                                                                                                        Don y Charlene Lamberti,            oposición a que se abra ese tipo
                                                                                                        residentes de Ankeny por            de clínicas. Más de trescientas
                                                                                                        muchos años, han decidido           personas se han reunidos con el
                                                                                                        donar $2 millones para              Consejo de la Ciudad de
                                                                                                        comenzar la nueva escuela.          Council Bluffs así como con en
                                                                                                        Esta combinación ha hecho a         otra ocasión con oficiales del
                                                                                                        este regalo de Navidad algo aún     condado. Junto a sus párrocos,
                                                                                                        más maravilloso. Agradecemos        yo les he asegurado a los
                                                                                                        de corazón a Fern Ringgenberg,      miembros de estas parroquias
                                                                                                        en representación de su familia,    que tendrán desde lo más
                                                                                                        y a Don y Charlene Lamberti.        profundo de mi corazón mi
                                                                                                        Sus     regalos      contribuyen    total apoyo y exhorto en sus
                                                                                                        poderosamente a la celebración      esfuerzos.
                                                                                                        de nuestro centenario.                   A la vez que la
                                                                                                             El Padre Larry Hoffman ha      comunicación con oficiales de
                                                                                                        aceptado ser el párroco             la ciudad y del condado ha sido
                                                                                                        fundador de la Parroquia de San     de beneficio en este asunto, así
                                                                                                        Lucas Evangelista en Ankeny,        como en Nebraska debemos
                                                                                                        comenzando el 1 de Enero del        resolverlo a nivel estatal.
                                                                                                        2011. Después de esa fecha, el      Exhorto a toda la comunidad
                                                                                                        Padre comenzará con la              diocesana a estar en contacto
                                                                                                        organización de la nueva            con sus representantes y
                                                                                                        parroquia con los miembros          senadores estatales así como
                                                                                                        fundadores que trabajarán con       con el Gobernador Electo Terry
                                                                                                        él. ¡Vienen días emocionantes!      Brandstad para que lleven a
                                                                                                                                            cabo acciones legislativas para
                                                                                                                                            bloquear la práctica de abortos
                                                                                                        Las Parroquias de Council           en estados avanzados de
                                                                                                        Bluffs se organizan en contra       gestación en Iowa por
                                                                                                        de un practicante de abortos        abortistas como Leroy Carhart
                                                                                                        durante gestación avanzada          y otros practicantes de su
                                                                                                             Leroy Carhart, quien
                                                                                                        practica abortos en estado          Feliz Navidad
                                                                                                        avanzado de gestación y que
                                                                                                        dirige una clínica en Nebraska          Quiero enviar a toda la
                                                                                                        que lleva a cabo tales prácticas,   comunidad mis mejores deseos
                                                                                                        anunció sus intenciones de          para una Feliz Navidad llena de
                                                                                                        instalarse en Council Bluffs,       Bendiciones.       Tengo la
                                                                                                        Iowa, en Indianápolis y en          esperanza de que en la
                                                                                                        Washington, D.C.                    celebración de nuestro año de
                                                                                                             Leroy Carhart se está          centenario creceremos en el
                                                                                                        viendo forzado a mudarse ya         Señor Jesús y que a través de
                                                                                                        que el 15 de Octubre del 2010,      nuestro testimonio y servicio
                                                                                                        bajo la Ley de Nebraska, en         haremos que sea conocido y
                                                                                                        base a la Iniciativa Legislativa    amado en nuestros tiempos.
                                                                                                        1033,     tomó      efecto     la
       The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010              

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   practice of
      The Question

     Q. For some reason,
Catholics were formerly
forbidden to have their
bodies cremated, but I know
that has changed.
     What is the Catholic
view on cremation today?
We receive different ideas
from one priest to another. Is
there a general rule that
applies           everywhere?
     A. AS YOU say,
cremation was prohibited by
the church for a long time.
Anti-Catholic groups in
some places encouraged
cremation as a way to deny
the resurrection. God, it was
argued, couldn’t possibly
gather all the smoke and
ashes to make us rise again.
     That      argument        is
seldom raised today, so
cremation is no longer
forbidden if the individuals
intend no disrespect for the
body of the deceased or
contempt for Christian faith.
     Prayers and guidelines
for funerals of Catholics
who are cremated today
arise primarily in two texts,
the Order of Christian
Funerals and Reflections on
the Body, Cremation and
Catholic Funeral Rites,
published by the bishops of
the United States in 1997.
The following points are
primarily       from      these
     Catholic teaching still
prefers traditional burial,
which demonstrates greater
reverence for the human
body, which in this life was a
temple of the Holy Spirit. As
we       know,        however,
economic or other family
factors sometimes make
cremation a better practical
choice. The latest statistics
indicate that one out of five
American Catholics chooses
     Even when cremation is
chosen, if at all possible the
body of the deceased person
should be present for all
funeral rites — vigil service,
funeral Mass and prayers of
commendation           at    the
conclusion of the funeral
     If cremation must take
place earlier, it is appropriate
that the ashes be present for
the funeral rites and then
buried in a cemetery or
mausoleum. In other words,
cremation ashes should be
treated with the same respect
given to the deceased body.

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