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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
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.
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
the last major step
Neill dies in
generous Christmas gift
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
opportunity to talk with
Gov.-elect Terry Branstad
By Anne Marie Cox
about his faith journey. Bishop Richard Pates
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
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
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
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
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age 40) interested in learning Sunday, December 19 review with Archbishop Lucas, for Holy Family School, Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10
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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.
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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
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
Luft@dmdiocese.org to the transitional diaconate. The promise is among the Rites of Ordination for the
transitional diaconate, which is the last major step toward priesthood for
seminarians. Assisting at the ordination is seminarian Andrew Winschitl.
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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.
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: www.dmdiocese.org/roman 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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www.dmdiocese.org The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010
governor scheduled at cathedral
Our Lady of Guadalupe
By Lisa Bourne
Christ the King Parish in Des Moines,
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
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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,
firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlie Henriksen at 515-559-3230
Around the Diocese
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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 http://sites.google.com/ 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 email@example.com 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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com 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
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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
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,
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
www.dmdiocese.org Diocesan News The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010
By Lisa Bourne
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
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
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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
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-
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,
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
Sr. Jude Fitzpatrick, CHM
601 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50309
Sister Stella dies
Spread the Word
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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
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The Catholic Mirror, December 17, 2010
By Sr. Carol Hoverman
farming, low prices paid for
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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
administration positions. MBA in the United States to receive said.
approval of a diocesan bishop.
or MA equivalent advanced
degree with Administrative Bishop Ricken made the Papal comments reflected pastoral concern
Education licensure is required. announcement in Champion VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI’s recent
He/She must be a practicing during Mass at the Shrine of comments about condoms represented a “normal and
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.
the feast of the Immaculate
as well as resumes and The pope’s comments reflect the principle that there can be
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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
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issued a second decree, condoms in the book, “Light of the World: The Pope, the Church
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L.montesanti@trinityexecutivep formally approving the shrine and the Signs of the Times.”
artnership.com. 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.
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www.dmdiocese.org 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
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.
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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
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.