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June 8, 2012 S E RV I N G C H R I ST A N D C O N N EC T I N G C AT H O L I C S I N W E ST E R N N O R T H C A R O L I N A

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ALSO INSIDE: Priests celebrate anniversary milestones, 5 Bishop Emeritus Curlin talks about the priesthood, 14-15

Three priests’ ordinations marked by smiles, hugs, joy

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Pope Benedict XVI

Sundays must be day of rest dedicated to God, family


he demands of work can’t bully people out of needed time off, Pope Benedict XVI said. Sunday must be a day of rest for everyone, so people can be free to be with their families and with God. “By defending Sunday, one defends human freedom,” he said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 6. In his catechesis, the pope told the pilgrims and visitors about his trip June 1-3 to Milan for the seventh World Meeting of Families. He thanked everyone who made the “unforgettable and wonderful event” possible and praised the willingness he witnessed of people striving to live a “Gospel of the family.” “Humanity has no future without the family,” he said. Young people need to be born and raised in “that community of life and love that God Himself wanted,” that is, a family based on marriage between a man and woman, he said. He reminded young people that they, too, have a responsibility to contribute to the well-being of the family, such as by saying “yes” to God’s will, working hard in their studies, being generous to others, being active in the community and using their talents to better the world. The pope said when he met government representatives in Milan, he reminded them of the importance of policies and laws that protect the family. The most essential is the right to life, “whose deliberate suppression can never be allowed.” The identity of the family, based on marriage between a man and a woman, needs recognition, too, the pope said. During an evening vigil of testimonies, the pope answered the questions of five families from different countries because “I wanted to show the open dialogue that exists between families and the Church, between the world and the Church,” he said. He said he was quite taken by people’s testimonies, which dealt with “hot-button issues” such as the difficulties families experience because of separation, divorce, the economic crisis and long hours on the job. The pope said he wanted to come to the defense of free time, which is “threatened by a kind of ‘bullying’ by the demands of work.” Family, work, rest and celebration are gifts from God and important aspects of human life that must find a “harmonious balance” to build a more humane world, he said.

St. Barnabas, ‘son of encouragement’

Of local interest St. Barnabas Church in Arden

Feast day: June 11 Catholics will celebrate the memory of St. Barnabas on June 11. The apostle and missionary was among Christ’s earliest followers and was responsible for welcoming St. Paul into the Church. Though not one of the 12 apostles chosen by the Lord, Jesus, he is traditionally regarded as one of the 72 disciples of Christ and most respected man in the first century Church after the apostles themselves. St. Barnabas was born, and named Joseph, to wealthy Jewish parents on the Greek-speaking island of Cyprus, probably around the time of Christ’s own birth. Traditional accounts hold that his parents sent him to study in Jerusalem, where he studied at the school of Gamaliel (who also taught St. Paul). Later on, when Christ’s public ministry began, Barnabas may have been among those who heard him preach in person. At some point, either during Christ’s ministry or after His death and resurrection, Barnabas decided to commit himself in the most radical way to the teachings he had received. He sold the large estate he had inherited, contributed the proceeds entirely to the Church, and joined Christ’s other apostles in holding all of their possessions in common. His name was changed to Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement.” Saul of Tarsus, the future St. Paul, approached Barnabas after the miraculous events surrounding his conversion, and was first introduced to St. Peter through him. About five years later, Barnabas and Paul spent a year in Antioch, building up the Church community whose members were the first to go by the name of “Christians.” Both Paul and Barnabas received a calling from God to become the “Apostles of the Gentiles,” although the title is more often associated with St. Paul. The reference to the “laying-on of hands” in Acts, chapter 13, suggests that Paul and Barnabas may have been consecrated as bishops on this occasion. Barnabas and Paul left Antioch along with Barnabas’ cousin John Mark, who would later compose the most concise account of Christ’s life and be canonized as St. Mark. The group’s first forays into the pagan world met with some success, but Mark became discouraged and returned to Jerusalem. The question of Mark’s dedication to the mission would arise again later, and cause a significant personal disagreement between Paul and Barnabas. For many years prior to this, however, the two apostles traveled and preached among the Gentiles, suffering persecution and

A saintly life

“St. Barnabas curing the poor” by Paolo Veronese, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen. It was said that he could cure ill people by laying the Gospel of Matthew upon them. hardships for the sake of establishing Christianity among those of a non-Jewish background. The remarkable success of Barnabas and Paul led to one of the earliest controversies in Church history, regarding the question of whether Christian converts would have to observe Jewish rites. During the landmark Council of Jerusalem, recorded in the book of Acts, the assembled apostles confirmed St. Peter’s earlier proclamation that the laws of the Old Testament would not be mandatory for Christians. Barnabas and Paul finally separated in their ministries, while remaining apostles of the one Catholic Church, over Paul’s insistence that Mark not travel with them again. In death, however, the “Apostles to the Gentiles” were reunited. Mark is said to have buried Barnabas after he was killed by a mob in Cyprus around the year 62. St. Paul and St. Mark were, in turn, reconciled before St. Paul’s martyrdom five years later. He is said to have been stoned to death in Salamis in the year 61. St. Luke described Barnabas as ‘a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith’ (Acts 6:24), and he was known for his exceptional kindliness and personal sanctity, and his openness to pagans. He is the patron saint of Cyprus, Antioch and against hailstorms, and he is invoked as a peacemaker. — Catholic News Agency

St. Barnabas Church first began as a mission of St. Lawrence Basilica to serve the families in the area between Asheville and Hendersonville. The initial formation of the parish was the work of Monsignor George Lynch, pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, his assistant, and a group of Catholics who were living in the Arden/Skyland/Fletcher areas. After many meetings, Monsignor Lynch (later auxiliary Bishop of Raleigh) petitioned Raleigh Bishop Vincent S. Waters to establish a mission of St. Lawrence Parish in the Arden area. The mission was named “St. Barnabas” after the home parish of Monsignor Lynch and attended by the priests of St. Lawrence Parish. The first St. Barnabas Parish church on Hendersonville Road in Arden had originally been a Presbyterian church and then purchased by the Baptists. St. Barnabas parishioners purchased the church from the Baptists and renovated it as a Catholic church. The 36 original Catholic families of St. Barnabas Mission gathered with Monsignor Lynch for the first Mass at the new building on Nov. 15, 1964. The church was dedicated on Dec. 6, 1964, by Bishop Waters. From the earliest days, St. Barnabas has been blessed with a great sense of family. In fact, those moving into the area from elsewhere found that they each became “family” for each other. By 1966, the mission had grown to 50 families in South Buncombe county area. The bishop raised St. Barnabas “mission” to “parish” status and appointed Oblates of St. Francis de Sales Father Joseph Maule as the first pastor. — Source: St. Barnabas Parish history, online at

Your daily Scripture readings SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 10 - JUNE 16

Sunday (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), Exodus 24:3-8, Hebrews 9:11-15, Mark 14:12-16, 22-26; Monday (St. Barnabas), Acts 11:21-26, 13:1-3, Matthew 5:1-12; Tuesday, 1 Kings 17:7-16, Matthew 5:13-16; Wednesday (St. Anthony of Padua), 1 Kings 18:20-39, Matthew 5:17-19; Thursday, 1 Kings 18:41-46, Matthew 5:20-26; Friday (The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus), Hosea 11:1, 3-4, 8-9, Isaiah 12:2-6, Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19, John 19:31-37; Saturday (The Immaculate Heart of Mary), 1 Kings 19:19-21, Luke 2:41-51


Sunday, Ezekiel 17:22-24, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10, Mark 4:26-34; Monday, 1 Kings 21:1-16, Matthew 5:38-42; Tuesday (St. Romuald), 1 Kings 21:17-29, Matthew 5:43-48; Wednesday, 2 Kings 2:1, 6-14, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18; Thursday (St. Aloysius Gonzaga), Sirach 48:1-14, Matthew 6:7-15; Friday (St. Paulinas of Nola, Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More), 2 Kings 11:1-4, 9-18, 20; Matthew 6:19-23; Saturday (Vigil of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist), Jeremiah 1:4-10, 1 Peter 1:8-12, Luke 1:5-17


Sunday (The Nativity of St. John the Baptist), Isaiah 49:1-6, Acts 13:22-26, Luke 1:57-66, 80; Monday, 2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18, Matthew 7:1-5; Tuesday, 2 Kings 19:9-11, 14-21, 31-36, Matthew 7:6, 12-14; Wednesday (St. Cyril of Alexandria), 2 Kings 22:8-13, 23:1-3, Matthew 7:15-20; Thursday (St. Irenaeus), 2 Kings 24:8-17, Matthew 7:21-29; Friday (Sts. Peter and Paul), Acts 12:1-11, 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18, Matthew 16:13-19; Saturday (The First Martyrs of Holy Roman Church), Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19, Matthew 8:5-17

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Sister Terry celebrates 63rd anniversary of vows HAYESVILLE — Sister Therese Blanche Martin of the Congregation of Notre Dame renewed her vows at Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission on May 30 – the 63rd anniversary of her final profession of vows. The Mass was celebrated by pastor Father George Kloster. Sister Terry, a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Mission in Hayesville, spoke of the founding of her order in the mid-1600s in Montreal, Canada, by St. Marguerite de Bourgeoys. She proudly noted that the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal was among the first non-cloistered orders in the Church. Sister Terry has devoted herself to serving the poor of Clay County for more than 20 years, living among the people she serves, as do all the members of her order. After Mass, Sister Terry was honored with a supper reception hosted by the CND Associates, the local affiliate of the association of lay people allied with the Congregation of Notre Dame. Pictured are (from left) Maureen Gustafson, Barbara McGrattan, Betty Cooper, Linda Cagle, Jeannie Cooper and Sister Terry. — Mary Joyce Dixon

(Above) Parishioners attend the blessing of the cemetery and columbarium at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville on May 22. Parishioner Janice Thomas reads from Scripture. Listening are Deacon Carlos Medina (left) of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte; Bishop Peter J. Jugis, bishop of Charlotte; and Father Lawrence LoMonaco, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church and Immaculate Conception Mission in Canton.

(Left) As parishioners of Immaculate Conception Mission in Canton watch on May 22, Bishop Jugis blesses the new cemetery and columbarium adjacent to the church. With the bishop are Father LoMonaco (left) and Deacon Medina. Photos by Joanita M. Nellenbach | Catholic News Herald

Two new cemeteries in western N.C. blessed Joanita M. Nellenbach Correspondent

New episcopal chair blessed HAMLET — Father Jean Pierre S. Lhoposo, pastor of St. James Church in Hamlet and Sacred Heart Mission in Wadesboro, blessed the new episcopal chair recently installed at St. James Church. The chair was designed by his talented parishioners Peter O’Connor and Jerry Walters.

Deacon ordination set CHARLOTTE — Bishop Peter J. Jugis will ordain seminarian Jason Michael Christian to the transitional diaconate during a Mass starting at 10 a.m. July 7 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. This is one of the final steps of preparation for the priesthood. The public is welcome to attend.

HAYWOOD COUNTY — “The Church considers the cemetery to be a holy place and therefore wishes and urges that new cemeteries, established either by the Catholic community or by the civil authority in Catholic regions, be blessed and that a cross be erected as a sign to all of Christian hope in the resurrection.” So begins the introduction to the “Order for the Blessing of a Cemetery” in the Catholic Church’s Book of Blessings. New cemeteries, established by the Catholic communities at Immaculate Conception Mission in Canton and St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville, may well be the first two Catholic cemeteries in Haywood County. Bishop Peter J. Jugis, bishop of Charlotte, blessed the cemeteries, designed by Luis Quevedo of LQ Design Options in Waynesville, on May 22. Each cemetery includes a columbarium. In a drizzling rain in Canton, parishioners followed Bishop Jugis from the parish hall to the adjoining cemetery space. He explained that the procession

symbolized those that would take place in future when the bodies of the deceased are taken from the church and laid to rest. In front of the columbarium, he offered prayers and blessings. Accompanied by Father Lawrence LoMonaco, pastor of Immaculate Conception and St. John the Evangelist parishes, and Deacon Carlos Medina of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, Bishop Jugis walked the cemetery’s perimeter, sprinkling the grassy area with holy water. The cemetery has space for 66 burial plots. Flanked by wooden benches, the red-brick columbarium capped with white stone has 66 niches – some to hold two urns, some for one. Granite plates cover the niches. Since March 2007, the policy of the Diocese of Charlotte has been that a cemetery at a Catholic church may have a columbarium, but the cemetery must have at least the same number of burial plots as the columbarium has niches. “The norm and preference according to the Rite for Christian Funerals is full-body burial,” Bishop Jugis said. “You always present the norm first. If the parish wants a columbarium, it can have one in the

same place as the cemetery.” By the time the blessing ceremony was repeated in Waynesville, the rain had ceased but skies were cloudy. The cemetery there has space for 78 burial plots; the columbarium has 58 double and 20 single niches. The columbarium, fronted by benches for meditation, features statues from the old St. John the Evangelist Church, built in 1941, and which now serves as a youth center. The Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus are sheltered in glass-fronted niches. A statue of the Sacred Heart stands in what will soon be a fountain. “It was always part of the plan for building the new church (dedicated Sept. 30, 2007) to have a columbarium,” noted Father LoMonaco. “When the policy changed, we had to incorporate the cemetery.” A hill to the left of the old church was leveled to make room for the cemetery. Besides St. John the Evangelist and Immaculate Conception parishes, St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Maggie Valley, also in Haywood County, has a columbarium that was blessed in 2002.

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Diocesan calendar of events CHARLOTTE pastoral center, 1123 s. church st. — Entrenamiento de Catequista en español, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 23 de junio

Bishop Peter J. Jugis

— Catechist training in Spanish, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 23 St. ann church, 3635 park road Bishop Peter J. Jugis will participate in the following events over the next two weeks: June 9 – 5 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation Our Lady of Consolation Church, Charlotte

st. basil Eastern Catholic Mission

June 10 – 4 p.m. Mass honoring Father John Putnam Sacred Heart Church, Salisbury

— Liturgies for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul: starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28. Great Vespers followed by a Typica Service with Holy Communion will be celebrated in the Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel. For more information, go to www.stbasil.

June 11 – 7 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Cherokee


June 12-15 U.S. Conference of catholic bishops Meeting Atlanta June 18 – 7 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation Holy Infant Church, Reidsville June 20 – 7 p.m. Sacrament of Confirmation St. Luke Church, Mint Hill June 21 – 5:30 p.m. Sisters of Mercy Biennial Assembly Concord June 24 – 10 a.m. Mass for 50th Anniversary of Parish Holy Infant Church, Reidsville

— 40 Hours Devotion in honor of Corpus Christi: starting with Mass at 2:30 p.m. on June 8. Adoration begins at 3 p.m. and ends before the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, June 10. The annual Corpus Christi procession will be after the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

— Area high school graduates in the Class of 2012 will be honored at Mass, 5 p.m. June 10. To be recognized, contact Jennifer McDermott at or 704-535-4197. — SonFest (parish carnival), 5-10 p.m. June 15 and noon10 p.m. June 16. (See more information on page 7.) ST. MATTHEW CHURCH, 8015 BALLANTYNE COMMONS PKWY. — Opus Dei Recollection for Men, 7-9 p.m. June 8. Confession begins at 6:30 p.m. Contact Joe Ignacio at or 704-752-7155. — Opus Dei Recollection for Women, 10 a.m.-noon June 9. Confession begins at 9:30 a.m. Contact Remy Ignacio at or 704-752-7155. — Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop, NLC Banquet Room, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 16. Register at www. Contact Michael Burck at mburck@ or 704-541-8362, ext. 4. — Natural Family Planning Introduction and Full Course, 1-5 p.m. June 30. RSVP to Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN, at or 704-370-3230. St. Patrick Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Road East — Corpus Christi Procession: June 10, following the 9 a.m. Mass — Military Mass: July 15, starting at 3:30 p.m. A rosary will be prayed starting at 3 p.m. All military personnel are invited to attend and encouraged to come in uniforms. — Pilgrimage to Fatima: July 18-31 with Father Christopher Roux, rector and pastor, and Father John Putnam, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury. For details, contact the Te Deum Foundation at 336765-1815.

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‘In Defense of Religious Liberty and Respect for Freedom of Conscience,’ with Jesuit Father Joseph Koterski 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday, June 18, lunch provided to those who pre-register, Pastoral Center, 1123 S. Church St., Charlotte 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, St. Mary Church, 818 McGowan Road, Shelby

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CHURCH, 1400 SUTHER ROAD — New chapter starting: Men of Veritas, following 9 a.m. Mass second and fourth Saturdays. Contact Charlie at ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CHURCH, 6828 Old Reid Road — “Ministry Retreat Day”: Faith Formation Retreat for St. Vincent de Paul Church, St. Patrick Cathedral, St. Ann Church, Our Lady of the Assumption Church and St. Michael the Archangel Church, July 14. Contact Aida Tamayo at atamayo@stvincentdepaulchurch. com or 704-554-1622.

GREENSBORO st. PAUL THE APOSTLE CHURCH, 2715 HORSE PENN CREEK ROAD — The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians welcomes all women who are practicing Roman Catholics, and who are Irish by birth descent, who are the wife of a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, or the mother of a junior member. Meetings are first Thursdays. Contact Our Lady of Grace Church, 2205 W. Market St. — “Divine Mercy Increases our Trust in God” with Brother Leonard Konopka, MIC: 7 p.m. Friday, June 29. Also, following the 8 a.m. Mass Saturday, June 30, beginning with a breakfast in the cafeteria at 9 a.m. His talk will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the cafeteria with a break for lunch. Following the talk will be veneration of St. Faustina’s relic at 3 p.m. and a healing service at 3:30 p.m. RSVP for breakfast and lunch to 336-644-1142. Donation of $7 total for both meals is requested. Brother Konopka, MIC, is a member of the Marian Fathers and Brothers, a religious community that promotes devotion to Divine Mercy. — “Faith, Flag and Freedom – A talk on the Catholic understanding of religious liberty,” presented by Deacon James H. Toner: 7 p.m., June 21. Questions, contact parish office at 336-274-6520.

7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, June 21, St. Leo the Great Church, 335 Springdale Ave., Winston-Salem Go to for details, directions and registration information. Sponsored by Catholic Social Services. (Read more on pages 7 and 13.)

HENDERSONVILLE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 208 Seventh Avenue West — Guest speaker, author Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 9. Bring a bag lunch. Contact — Natural Family Planning Introduction and Full Course, 1-5 p.m. June 16. RSVP to Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN, at or 704-370-3230.

HIGH POINT pennybyrn at maryfield, 109 Penny Road — Corpus Christi Mass celebrated by Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, 1 p.m. June 10

HICKORY St. Aloysius Church, 921 SECOND St. N.E. — Patriotic Rosary: 10 a.m. Saturday, July 7. Come to this inspiring rosary and join us as we sing patriotic songs and pray for our country, its leaders and its servicemen and women. Contact: Kathy Succop at 828-327-2341 or, or go online to

HUNTERSVILLE ST. MARK CHURCH, 14740 STUMPTOWN ROAD — An evening with Father David Miller, and a presentation on “The Last Four Things,” 8 p.m. June 29. Bring an appetizer to share. RSVP to Donna Smith at or 704-948-1306. — The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians welcomes all women who are practicing Roman Catholics, and who are Irish by birth descent, who are the wife of a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, or the mother of a junior member. Meetings are in room 200, 7:30 p.m. first Thursdays. Contact Bernadette Brady at or 704-210-8060.

MOORESVILLE HAYESVILLE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY MISSION, HWY. 64 West — Kindred Spirits Bereavement Group, 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays through June 20. Contact Shirley Moran at 706-896-1358.

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Celebrating 35 years of priesthood Father Arnsparger honored for self-giving service SueAnn Howell Staff writer

GASTONIA — The feast of Pentecost marked a special milestone for Father Roger K. Arnsparger, pastor of St. Michael Church and diocesan vicar of education. His bishop, Peter J. Jugis, along with clergy and laity from around the Diocese of Charlotte celebrated Mass on May 27 to honor his 35th anniversary of ordination. Bishop More online Jugis, the main celebrant, ONLINE: View pointed out more photos that the feast of from the feast Pentecost, which of the Pentecost commemorates Mass and Father the Holy Spirit Roger Arnsparger’s igniting and anniversary expanding the celebration. Church from its YOUTUBE: beginnings in the View video Upper Room over excerpts of the centuries Bishop Peter Jugis’ and around the homily on Pentecost world, is also and his commendation a celebration of Father Arnsparger. of God’s grace flowing into our lives and our vocations. This “river of grace” flows from Jesus, and is seen today in the clergy of the Church. Priests are instruments of grace, Bishop Jugis noted, and in their priestly ministry they extend the grace of the Holy Spirit through the sacraments into people’s lives. “The Holy Spirit turns us away from our

selfishness and frees us to be self-giving and in service to others,” he said of the priesthood. “The Holy Spirit makes Jesus’ self-giving love come alive in us.” Father Arnsparger, who grew up in a Protestant home and is a Catholic convert, was ordained May 14, 1977. “The priest whom we are honoring today was swept off his feet 35 years ago by the river of grace of the Holy Spirit flowing from Jesus,” said Bishop Jugis. “The Holy Spirit transformed him into an ‘alter Christus’ (‘another Christ’), giving him a new identity, by the grace of the sacrament of holy orders imprinting that indelible character on his soul. “Through him, then, the Holy Spirit has continued to do what the Holy Spirit does best. He has used Father’s priestly ministry as an instrument to even further extend the graces of holiness – to extend that grace into the lives of many more Christians.” After Mass, a luncheon was held in the parish activity center on the church campus. Several groups of children sang in Father Arnsparger’s honor during the festivities. The students and staff of St. Michael School also presented him with a large rosary they made for him from colored construction paper, a basket filled with prayer intentions, and a video of the students singing and sharing well-wishes. “On behalf of all the school – students, parents and PTO – we thank you for all you do for us,” said Joseph Puceta, principal of St. Michael School. Parishioners of St. Michael Church, represented by members of the pastoral council and vocations committee, presented Father Arnsparger with a framed photograph of him meeting Pope

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Father Roger K. Arnsparger, pastor of St. Michael Church in Gastonia and diocesan vicar of education, celebrated his 35th anniversary of ordination May 27. Pictured congratulating him after Mass is Mary Wright, diocesan director of Catholic Campus Ministry. Benedict XVI in Rome on May 7 during Bishop Jugis’ recent ad limina visit. They have also contacted the Vatican to arrange for a papal blessing to commemorate the anniversary of his ordination. “Thank you to everyone for your many, many kindnesses to me. It has been a privilege to enjoy the graces that God gives me in the privilege of being a priest,” Father Arnsparger said after the

presentations. “Every time we celebrate a sacrament, the priest is filled with joy in his heart that he is permitted to extend the ministry of Jesus’ cross and resurrection,” he added. “Let us continue to pray for our young men to listen to Our Lord’s call to serve the family of the Church and the evangelization of the world as His loyal and loving priests.”

June marks decades of service for several diocesan priests SueAnn Howell Staff writer

CHARLOTTE — The Diocese of Charlotte is blessed with priests who have given decades of service to the diocese, several of whom are marking special anniversaries of priestly ordination this month. Father Herbert Burke, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Forest City, is celebrating his 20th anniversary. He was ordained June 6, 1992, at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C., by the late Cardinal James Hickey. Shortly after Father Burke’s ordination his father passed away and his mother was diagnosed with cancer. Father Burke took some time off to care for her in North Carolina. Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, the auxiliary bishop in Washington at that time, arranged for him to incardinate into the Diocese of Charlotte. “I have been very happy to be in this diocese since I am much more of an outdoorsman than a big-city type, and I spent my summers here as a boy on my grandparents’ farm,” Father Burke notes.

Father Burke spent the first half of his priesthood (1992-2001) as an associate pastor in several different parishes, and the second Fr. Burke half of his priesthood (2001-2012) as pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Forest City. “I had five different pastors I served under, and I learned something from each one,” he says. Father Burke enjoys leading people to Christ in the Eucharist, especially through teaching people about Eucharistic Adoration, the Rosary and apologetics. The biggest lesson he has learned over the past 20 years? “The primary support for a priest is Eucharistic Adoration, the holy rosary, his family and his priest friends.” His advice to a man discerning a vocation to the priesthood is to “spend time in Eucharistic Adoration, praying the holy rosary and spiritual reading. Ask God to help guide you in your

discernment. This will help you in any of the three vocations you may be called to: religious life, marriage or the single life.” Father Larry Fr. LoMonaco LoMonaco, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville, celebrated his 10th ordination anniversary on June 1. He was ordained by Bishop Curlin at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte in 2002. “I was the last priest ordained by Bishop Curlin while he was still the bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte, and he said that I was the 100th priest that he had ordained!” Father LoMonaco says. Since his ordination, Father LoMonaco has served as parochial vicar at St. Leo the Great Church, St. Patrick Cathedral and St. Gabriel Church. He has been the pastor at St. John the Evangelist Church and Immaculate Conception Mission for the past five years. “I enjoy serving God as a full-time vocation, engaging in a variety of challenging ministries,

and spending time discussing Scripture with families and small groups. Serving God is never easy because it requires me to take up my cross every day, but it is well worth every ounce of effort. When I pray for the grace, the courage and the wisdom to do God’s will, He has never let me down.” He offers advice to men discerning a call to the priesthood, saying, “You have to pray every day because that is the key to a healthy vocation. You also have to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually in order to be able to meet the constant demands of priestly ministry. The priesthood will challenge you more than you thought possible, but the rewards will exceed your wildest dreams!” Father LoMonaco celebrated Mass on June 3 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville with a special reception in the fellowship hall afterwards to mark his anniversary. Another priest celebrating a special ordination anniversary this month – 60 years – is Father Joseph Elzi, CM, a priest in residence at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Charlotte.

‘Serving God is never easy because it requires me to take up my cross every day, but it is well worth every ounce of effort. When I pray for the grace, the courage and the wisdom to do God’s will, He has never let me down.’ — Father Larry LoMonaco

pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church and Immaculate Conception Mission, marking his 10th anniversary of ordination this month

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Supporters hope for plaza, not hotel near Basilica of St. Lawrence Kimberly Bender Online reporter

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ASHEVILLE — St. Lawrence Basilica parishioners and supporters were “shocked” to learn last month that the city of Asheville is preparing a contract to sell land near the historically significant 100-year-old basilica to a hotel group instead of the Diocese of Charlotte. During a May 22 city council meeting, City Manager Gary Jackson said the city is preparing a contract for purchase with the McKibbon Hotel Group of Gainesville for the 0.77-acre city-owned property. More than 500 people have signed an online petition asking the Asheville City Council to sell the land to the diocese instead. Earlier this year, the diocese increased its original $2 million proposal for the Haywood Street property, directly across the street from the basilica, to include an additional $600,000 to demolish an old parking deck, a vacant former restaurant, a small retail building and a surface parking lot on the site. The diocese’s letter of intent was the latest move in a long-running planning and bidding process involving the city, the basilica and a hotel developer over the property. The purpose of the proposal is to allow the basilica to commission and monitor the future development of this site in order to protect and preserve the historical landmark. “The Diocese’s letter of intent makes it clear that we want simply to open formal purchase negotiations, and that the amount offered is not necessarily our final offer,” according to documents posted on a new website created to gather support for the project: Father Wilbur Thomas, pastor of St. Lawrence Basilica, said June 1 that he did not want to comment at this time, but is referring people to the comprehensive information posted on that website. “We are willing to meet any demands the city may impose as long as they are at a fair

proposal idled while the developer focused Basilica of on another project in Asheville. After the St. Lawrence diocese expressed its Haywood St. interest in the land in December by means of a letter of intent, Buildings to be McKibbon renewed demolished its offer, saying it was ready to proceed with its bid since the other hotel project was nearing completion. City-owned The city has been land reviewing those plans and the council’s The proposed “St. Lawrence Plaza” is one e. finance committee has vision for the 0.77-acre site aacross rk Av from St. P y ter recommended selling to Lawrence Basilica. This shows a larger Batrendering development project than the basilica would ideally the hotel group. “We have, at the envision for this site. It was developed by basilica direction of the finance consultants to meet certain requirements set by . t S Wall committee, been trying the city, specifically the emphasis on having a high to insert in that process tax revenue-based project. the opportunity for the Asheville Design Center Illustration provided by to facilitate a review of the design in such a way More online that both the city of Asheville and basilica’s Get more details about the basilica’s proposal for the city Sign the petition in support of the basilica’s plan: www. property owners can land up for sale: the highest and best carolina-negotiate-to-sell-property-opposite-basilica-touse for the property,” Planning to attend the June 12 Asheville City Council diocese-of-charlotte Jackson said in the May meeting? Online at the 22 meeting. council’s public comment guidelines Basilica representatives say they were told the council would not take any action until the Asheville Design Center, a Bissette Jr. to the city council. A rendering market appraisal, using proper feasibility non-profit company that designs to promote of the proposed St. Lawrence Plaza shows studies, and within the Downtown healthy, thriving and equitable communities, a lower-impact, one-to-two-story building Master Plan considerations for Historical could finish its proposal, according to the that would bring tax revenue to the city – Preservation guidelines inside a historic attorney Bissette’s letter to the city. something city leaders have specified they district,” the website states. “It is very difficult for my clients and their want from whatever is developed on the The diocese has proposed using the supporters to understand why the City of property once they sell it. site for a possible multistory building, Asheville is moving at such a break-neck The hotel developer offered $2.3 million along with a plaza with seating and a speed to accommodate an out-of-state, forfor the site in 2008 to build a $30 million, fountain, but city hasn’t responded to its seven-story hotel with 130 rooms and letters of intent, according to a letter from 9,000 square feet of retail space, but the the diocese’s legal representative Louis BASILICA, SEE page 17 Asheville Civic Center

The late Benedictine monk Father Matthew McSorley remembered Christopher Lux Correspondent

BELMONT — As the monks of Belmont Abbey Monastery finished praying Lauds (morning prayer) on May 24, Benedictine Father Matthew McSorley passed away peacefully. Father McSorley was the oldest at Belmont Abbey, living there for 68 years and serving as a priest for 62 years. He was 91. The day Father McSorley died happened to be the feast of Mary Help of Christians, the patronal feast of Belmont Abbey. Fr. McSorley A funeral Mass was celebrated that day at the abbey basilica as well as a second Mass on June 2. Upon being diagnosed with cancer a couple of months ago, Father McSorley expressed his longing to finally see his mother again. At a funeral Mass celebrated later that same day, Benedictine Abbot Placid Solari noted the beauty of Father McSorley’s dying on a Marian feast day. It was a reminder that now Father McSorley would not only see his biological mother,

but also our spiritual mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Abbot Placid said. Father McSorley taught in the English Department at Belmont Abbey College from 1945 to 1979, earning a reputation as a skilled and demanding teacher. He was a mentor to countless students, many of whom attribute their subsequent professional careers and success to his encouragement. M.F. McCarthy, who graduated from Belmont Abbey College in 1974, was one of many students influenced by Father McSorley’s teaching. Among teaching and serving as dean of students at all boys’ preparatory school, McCarthy went on to be a writer. One of his novels is dedicated to his former English teacher, Father McSorley: “In token of my admiration for his remarkable genius.” McCarthy remembers his teacher and mentor as “a wonderful and wondrous man. Rare is the day when some image or notion concerning him fails to cross my mind.” Upon retiring, Father McSorley spent most of his days inside the cloistered monastery. However, he remained influential in the lives of many people – visiting students, guests, nurses and other employees of the monastery. He regularly

welcomed visitors during his final years in the monastery, and he was most commonly known for his meal-time conversations. Sitting in the same seat at the monastery’s refectory every day, Father McSorley always welcomed a good conversation with anyone who was there. Father McSorley also had a reputation as a formidable competitor on the handball and tennis courts, and he was a great chess player. Though he spent his life reading and teaching about higher works of literature (like Shakespeare or Melville’s “Moby Dick”), he spent the last years of his life exclusively reading murder mysteries. After a life of hard work, he deserved to take it easy and, as he said, “read what I want to read.” Father McSorley was once told this: “If you don’t do what people tell you to do, they’ll stop telling you what to do.” And he lived up to this advice by doing whatever he wanted to do. He also had high taste, only eating a steak, for example, if it was a good cut and perfectly cooked (rare was perfect for him). But he was not lazy and he was not unappreciative. He regularly told people how grateful he was for all he had. “I have my own nurse,” he would say, “and look at this food! I eat better than most

people in Belmont.” He was a man of God, a man of love. For the Scripture reading at his funeral, he had selected St. Paul’s praise of love (from the Letter to the Corinthians). He would remind people, “Jesus said to love one another.” He was empathetic to anyone who was neglected, anyone who was hurt and anyone who suffered. It was this love that kept him working with the neglected and poor AfricanAmerican community in Gaston County for so many years. For more than 40 years Father McSorley served at St. Helen, a small Catholic mission in Spencer Mountain, located near Gastonia. Sallie Rollinson, a long-time parishioner of St. Helen Mission, began attending Mass there when a neighbor offered to give her a ride to the black Catholic church. Although she was not Catholic, Rollinson took advantage of the transportation offered to her and her five children. In an interview with the Catholic News Herald last year, she reflected on how she converted to the Catholic faith. At St. Helen Mission, Rollinson explained, she was welcomed by a congregation of “downMCSORLEY, SEE page 17

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Bishop Jugis to deliver ‘Fortnight for Freedom’ homily

St. John Neumann preps for SonFest June 15-16 SueAnn Howell Staff writer

CHARLOTTE — People from around the Diocese of Charlotte are invited to attend the two-day SonFest 2012 at St. John Neumann Church June 15-16. The festival will feature music, games, rides, raffles, drawings, foods from countries around the world and handmade crafts from local artisans. This is the second year the parish is hosting the festival, which will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 15, and from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 16. Father Pat Hoare, pastor of St. John Neumann Church, explains how the festival got started. “Sonfest began last year as a way to bring the parish closer together by working toward a common goal,” he said. “Our goal was simple – to bring the many parts of our culturally and generationally diverse community and to produce an event that not only our own parishioners could enjoy but could be shared by the greater Charlotte community, especially those looking for wholesome and family-friendly fun.” Last year was a huge success despite the hard work, and Father Hoare received many comments, both from within and from outside the parish, that it was the best church event they had been to in years. “It reminded them of the days years ago when a summer church fair was something that everyone in the neighborhood looked forward to,” he explained. “What was most impressive was that a few commented that it appeared as though we had been doing this for years. They couldn’t believe it was our first time.” Father Hoare is confident that this year’s festival will be even better. “We are especially excited about the smorgasbord of ethnic foods, sure to make your mouth water! There will be games, rides, bingo and lots of music and entertainment – something for everyone!” He says the parish hopes to use any proceeds it makes this year to “continue to provide a beautiful Catholic parish home for southeast and east Charlotte, Matthews and Mint Hill, and to expand our already great youth programs and adult education opportunities.” Admission to SonFest 2012 is free. Food, games and rides are available for a small fee. The church is located at 8451 Idlewild Road. For more information about SonFest 2012, go to www.4sjnc. org.


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St. Thomas Aquinas Parish celebrates cultural diversity, universal faith CHARLOTTE — A religious sister dances the “tinikling” traditional dance from the Philippines during the Multicultural Festival at St. Thomas Aquinas Church over the weekend of May 26. The tinikling dance is one of the most popular and well-known of traditional Philippine dances. Rising temperatures did not prevent Catholic faithful representing 26 countries from participating in the fifth-annual multicultural festival. It was a hot day for music, entertainment, cultural artifacts and sampling of food, said Deacon James H. Witulski. The festival carried the theme “Praise the Lord all ye nations.” Paraphrasing Blessed John Paul II, Witulski said that if one knows only one culture it is as if you don’t know any culture at all. And that more or less forms the basis of the parish’s yearly

multicultural festival. He explained that it is a culturally diverse parish with different ethnicities coming together to worship God as one church. People from 14 countries contributed songs and dances, including parishioners representing Guatemala, Ireland, Togo of South Africa, Puerto Rico, Peru, USA, India, Austria, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines and Trinidad & Tobago. Capuchin Franciscan Father Remo DiSalvatore, pastor, said that what struck him the most in this celebration is the faithful working together despite their racial and ethnic diversities. Father DiSalvatore added that during the Mass, the prayer of the faithful is prayed in many different languages. And “it is inspiring to hear different languages imploring the love of a universal God,” he said.

CHARLOTTE — Bishop Peter J. Jugis will dedicate his homily on Sunday, July 1, to the subject of religious liberty. The homily will be delivered during the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. His homily is part of the “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom. Organized by the U.S. bishops, the campaign will run from June 21 to July 4 and will highlight concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The 14 days from June 21 – the vigil of the feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More – to July 4, Independence Day, are designed as a great hymn of prayer for our country, the bishops said when issuing their recent statement “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” Parishes across the diocese have already been sent information about the Fortnight for Freedom, including bulletin inserts and prayer materials. For more information and materials, go to www.

Join the Fortnight for Freedom campaign Here is a list of upcoming events and resources: Jesuit Father Joseph Koterski of Fordham University will speak on “In Defense of Religious Liberty and Respect for Freedom of Conscience” in our diocese June 18, 20 and 21. (For details, see page 13.) Father Koterski’s June 18 talk at the Pastoral Center will be webcast at www. beginning at 12:45 p.m. Tune in and watch! Photo provided by Dr. Cris Villapando

Mary honored as hero of the Philippine revolution CHARLOTTE — Members of the Filipino community of the Diocese of Charlotte gathered May 26 to crown Mary and celebrate May as the month of Mary, during a special event at Belle Johnston Park in Pineville to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the “People Power Revolution.” More that 150 people turned out for the event and to walk in the Marian procession to honor Mary’s divine intercession during the revolution that peaceably overthrew dictator Ferdinand Marcos on Feb. 25, 1986. The “People Power Revolution” (also known as the EDSA Revolution or the Philippine Revolution of 1986) was a series of popular demonstrations in the Philippines that began in 1983 and culminated in 1986. It re-established a democratic government in the Philippines after government troops refused to fire upon the estimated 2 million protestors who marched

into the capital of Manila, along the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) Highway, the biggest and widest highway in the Philippines, carrying various images of the Blessed Mother while praying the rosary. Marchers were led by Cardinal Jaime Sin, archbishop of Manila. This nationwide protest movement was galvanized following the assassination of Benigno Aquino Jr., leader of the Marcos opposition movement and a former senator. Aquino was shot in the head at the Manila International Airport on Aug. 21, 1983, upon returning to the country after a three-year exile. The freedom fighter’s widow, Corazon Aquino, was thrust into the spotlight following his death and she was elected president in 1986 in snap elections after Marcos fled the country. The country erected a monument to Mary on the EDSA Highway to show their appreciation and love for her intercession.

Deacon jim toner and the Education and Formation Commision at Our Lady of Grace Church, Greensboro, will have an evening of Adoration, 7 p.m. June 21. Comprehensive coverage of this issue Prayer cards, fact sheets, FAQs and much more. Stand up for Religious Freedom: At www., national campaign to highlight opposition to the federal government’s contraception coverage mandate. — Patricia L. Guilfoyle, editor

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Sixth-annual Christian Women’s Day of Reflection held in Brevard Debbie Felker Special to the Catholic News Herald

BREVARD — Several years ago the idea of bringing Christian women of all denominations together to share a day of prayer, praise and fellowship was realized when the first Day of Reflection was held at Sacred Heart Church in Brevard. Over the past six years the program has grown, and this year more than 220 women from 24 different Christian churches in Transylvania County and surrounding areas attended the March 10 event. The topic was “Finding Hope in Today’s World.” The day began with registration and coffee at 8 a.m. followed by introductions and a parade of candles representing all the participating churches. Music was performed by Rita Bright and the women of First Baptist Church of Brevard, and included such classics as “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.” The speaker this year was Dr. Maria Moore, who had previously practiced oncology in nearly Hendersonville until 2009 when she closed her practice to devote more time to her missionary work in both Central America and Africa. Moore works closely with House of Hope in Nicaragua, which rescues young girls and women from sex trafficking and provides them shelter and the opportunity

to build new lives. She also works with the Christian Medical and Dental Association teaching doctors and seeing patients in Cameroon. Also during the day, attendees divided up into small group sessions where the women shared their own stories of hope and faith with each other. Testimonials were given in the afternoon by a number of women who had survived cancer, domestic violence, homelessness or abortion, and by God’s grace had been given second chances at life. The women of Sacred Heart Ladies Guild have each year invested a great deal of time and energy to bring women of all denominations together to worship in an effort to embrace the unity of Christianity and promote the concept of one God, one Savior for us all. This program has promoted fellowship throughout the area in more ways than one. The Day of Reflection has also been supported by Sacred Heart’s pastor, Father Carl T. Del Giudice, as well as the Knights of Columbus, who help with the luncheon. Through working together, Sacred Heart parishioners have been able to foster an atmosphere of togetherness throughout Transylvania County. Photo provided by Linda Stadnick

Debbie Felker is the president of the Sacred Heart Ladies Guild.

Dr. Maria Moore shared stories of inspiration with the ladies who attended the sixth-annual Christian Women’s Day of Reflection held recently at Sacred Heart Church in Brevard.

Room at the Inn of the Carolinas’ Sentenced For Life event raises record ‘bail’ amount Annette Tenny Correspondent

GREENSBORO — For the past three years, Room At The Inn of the Carolinas has been throwing men, women, kids and even dogs – in jail. It’s been up to parishioners of the diocese to bail them out. Before you wonder too much, let’s clarify a few things. The jailbirds volunteer, the jail is made of cardboard, there’s usually a great dinner at the end of their ordeal and every penny of bail money raised goes to those who desperately need our support. It’s called “Sentenced For Life,” and this year they raised more than $9,000. Room At The Inn of the Carolinas operates two licensed maternity homes for single, pregnant, homeless women with or without previous children. Additionally, they offer numerous ongoing programs to support these vulnerable families to include high school, vocational training and college, child care, transportation, health care and many other services.

The Sentenced For Life event works like this: In the first weeks of February and continuing throughout Lent, Room At The Inn puts the call out for volunteers through local parish bulletins. Volunteers agree to be “jailed and sentenced” and each try to raise as much bail money as possible. The “sentence” for getting out of jail is $1,000. The first two years of the event, Holy Cross Church in Kernersville ended its fund raiser with a pancake dinner hosted by the Columbiettes and the Knights of Columbus Council 8509. This past year they ended their event in conjunction with the Knights’ last Lenten fish fry. They set up their jail and diners had a last-minute opportunity to bail out a fellow parishioner. It worked out so well and everyone attending the dinner had such a good time, said Marianne Donadio, Room At The Inn’s resource development specialist, that she hopes to partner with many more Knights of Columbus parish councils next year. “It’s hard for us to advertise to single, homeless, pregnant women in need of

shelter,” Donadio said. “The only way to reach the women who need us is by word of mouth sometimes. That’s why this is a good fundraiser, because it reaches a lot of people. There’s also no overhead for this event, so all the money donated goes directly to services for the women and their children.” A new feature for the 2012 fundraiser was a website, www.sentencedforlife.myevent. com, set up to help the jailbirds raise bail. The sentenced parishioners could send emails to family and friends with the link to the website and ask for donations to bail them out. Room At The Inn of the Carolinas is licensed by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and is accredited by the Council On Accreditation, an international, independent, not-for-profit, child and family service and behavioral health care accrediting organization. Contact Marianne Donadio at 336-9963788 or go online to for more information about Room At The Inn of the Carolinas.

Photo provided by Marianne Donadio

Marigold, owned by Father Brian Cook, pastor of St. Leo the Great Church in Winston-Salem, was one of many volunteers “sentenced” to participate in Room At The Inn of the Carolinas’ annual fundraiser, “Sentenced for Life.” She raised all of her “bail.”

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In Brief Redemptorist priest joins Concord parish CONCORD — Father Fabio de Jesús Marín Morales, C.Ss.R., a native of Colombia, was recently welcomed to Concord to join the Redemptorists who staff St. James the Greater Church. He will serve as the director of Hispanic Ministry, the parish announced on its Fr. Morales website. He celebrated his silver jubilee of ordination last year, and he has worked in Redemptorist parishes in Boston and in Annapolis, Md.

Military Mass planned for July 15 at cathedral CHARLOTTE — Bishop Peter Jugis will celebrate a Mass for U.S. military personnel at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. The Mass will be preceded by a rosary at 3 p.m. and will be offered for all military personnel who have died and for those who are now serving. All military are encouraged to attend and wear their uniforms. Photos of those who have died or who are now serving will be displayed in the cathedral. To include your service member, please mail their photo (labeling their name and rank on the back) to: Nancy Weber, Office of the Bishop, 1123 S. Church St., Charlotte, N.C. 28203. The deadline to submit photos is July 2. (Please do not send original photographs, as they cannot be returned.)

Couples for Christ talk about their faith CHARLOTTE — A training session conducted by Couples for Christ was held May 18 at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte. Pictured are Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Cely Adams providing a faith testimonial before the 50 participants who came to listen to the workshop conducted by Regino Asibal, who did a presentation on the various gifts of the Holy Spirit and pointed to the Spirit’s actual workings in his family life. This was followed by the Adamses’ faith witness to their Christian struggle when Cely Adams was diagnosed with breast cancer. Were it not for the Spirit’s gifts of fortitude, perseverance and patience manifested through their faith and the compassion of friends, the Adamses said, they would not have been able to endure the ordeal. — Dr. Cris Villapando

Information seminar held recently at Curlin Commons MOORESVILLE — St. Thérèse Church’s Community Outreach Commission recently provided a seminar for residents of Curlin Commons to explain what community resources are available to them. Carolyn Stevenson from the Iredell Senior Center attended with additional information. A similar information

Marian Rosary Squad hears MOP reflection

Brother Augusto recently gave a reflection during the Marian Rosary Squad Day of Prayer at the home of the Calicdan family. Brother Augusto related how his vocation was inspired by the work of the religious community among the poor and victims of calamity. He narrated how in one instance he had the privilege of caring for a construction worker who fell from a tall building onto a live wire, and doctors were forced to amputate one of his arms and a leg. In another instance, he cared for a gravely sick person with tuberculosis who inadvertently infected him with the same malady. This eventually necessitated surgery of the upper portion of his lungs. This experience, according to Brother Augusto, all the more strengthened his resolve to pursue his vocation in the Missionaries of the Poor religious community, which is located in Monroe. The Marian Rosary Squad is one of more than a dozen rosary groups functioning in the diocese. — Dr. Cris Villapando

sharing their love of God and faith through music, stories and unicycling and juggling tricks. Cat.Chat is online at — Donna F. Smith

St. Mark Parish hosts ‘Cat.Chat’ HUNTERSVILLE — St. Mark Church recently hosted “Cat.Chat,” a production company that has created a bank of Catholic music and resources proven to be “classics” for families, schools and churches. Their material is often seen on EWTN. Gerald and Denise Montpetit are the founders and creators of Cat.Chat Productions. They have five children who are actively involved in the ministry, both in performing throughout the U.S. and also providing Vacation Bible School resources and music, books and fun. On May 18, the Montpetit family performed before an audience of 250 children and adults,

HUNTERSVILLE — Jason Evert, the nationally known speaker, writer and Catholic apologist who teaches about chastity and Theology of the Body, recently spoke to more than 1,000 teens and their parents during two events hosted at St. Mark Church in Huntersville. “How to Raise Chaste Teens” received great feedback from participants. Evert is pictured above demonstrating a point during his talk. Jason Evert earned a master’s degree in theology, and undergraduate degrees in counseling and theology, with a minor in philosophy at Franciscan University in Steubenville. He is the author of more than 10 books, including “If You Really Loved Me,” “How to Find Your Soulmate Without Losing Your Soul” and “Theology of the Body for Teens,” which challenge young people to be pure. He speaks internationally to more than 100,000 teens each year in Catholic, Christian and public junior and senior high schools, as well as universities. He also serves as an apologist with Catholic Answers, the nation’s largest lay-run apostolate for apologetics and evangelization. — Donna F. Smith

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Bishop Jugis to graduates: ‘You have been transformed’ SueAnn Howell Staff writer

CHARLOTTE — Looking out over a sea of red graduation gowns, Bishop Peter J. Jugis addressed the Class of 2012 at a baccalaureate Mass at St. Matthew Church on May 30. He told the students that their time at Charlotte Catholic High School has led them into an encounter with Jesus that has left them transformed. In his homily, Bishop Jugis highlighted how the reading during the Liturgy of the Word from the Letter of St. Paul to the people of Colossia, and the Mass theme “and be thankful,” applies to the graduates today. “My dear graduating seniors, what do the Scripture readings for this Mass say to you, chosen with the theme ‘and be thankful?’ The first reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians gives us a picture of people who have been transformed because of their encounter with Christ. St. Paul notices they have been changed, they have been transformed from what they were before.” Bishop Jugis reminded them of St. Paul’s description of how the people had been changed: by becoming people of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love and peace. “What made the difference? St. Paul tells

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them: Jesus Christ, the Risen Savior,” he explained. “They have met Him, and it is Jesus who has changed them. “You have been changed, also, because of an encounter with Our Lord that you have had at Charlotte Catholic High School over the last several years. You have been changed, you have been transformed.” He attributed this transformation to the maturation of the graduates’ understanding of the virtues they have cultivated and the supportive, Christian community at Charlotte Catholic High School. “Jesus is here and you’ve come into contact with Him. He has worked on you and transformed you,” he said. He entreated the graduates to open their hearts to Jesus and to make time for Him in their lives, no matter where they go in life. “Make room for Jesus, make time for Jesus, and He will enter into your heart.” Many of the more than 300 Charlotte Catholic graduates attended the baccalaureate Mass, showing their gratitude by singing in the choir, lectoring, bringing up the gifts, and serving as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion. A reception for the Class of 2012 was held in the parish SueAnn Howell | Catholic News Herald activity center immediately following the Bishop Peter Jugis distributes Communion to Charlotte Catholic High School graduates during a baccalaureate Mass Mass. May 30 at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte. See more photos from the Mass online at

Clemson U. Battle, Daniel Bolton, Elizabeth Ewald, Eric Farmer, John Haney, Laura Harmon, Timothy Korte, Caroline Miller, Allison Mumford, Riley Mumford, Thomas Pentek, Brianna Rossitch, Hanna Simpson, Patrick Weiss, Daniel Coastal Carolina U. Kloiber, Blake Rodriquez, Frank Rosenthal, Elizabeth U. of Colorado O’Sullivan, Samantha Ryan, Kylie Colorado State U. Roulier, Anthony Converse College Hamlett, Adrian Cornell U. Rosenberger, Katie Creighton U. Lynch, Ryan The Culinary Institute of America O’Rourke, Devin U. of Dayton Antolini, Sydney

DePaul U. Johnson, Kyle Duke U. Rice-Clewell, Nicole Sachee, Zach Duquesne U. Richards, Michael East Carolina U. Alvarracin, Irving Bailey, Jack Bradley, Kathryn Bursch, Nicholas Crawford, Victoria Diez, Fernando Doolan, Brent Ecuyer, Emily Faughnan, Erin Forman, Duvall Gebhardt, Ann Greene, Meredith Gwyn, Mairin Koch, Noah Lahey, Matthew Larkin, Erin LaVecchia, Michael Ligon, Bayley Maffett, Mackenzie Martin, Matthew Mazzucca, Nicole McGuire, Alexander Peralta, Nicole Poffenbarger, Daniel Rose, Laura Spencer, Jessica Wiesehan, Jared Zban, Aaron

Elon U. Balkcum, Caitlyn Crowell, Courtney Maher, Clare Embry-Riddle Aeronautical U. Corsi, John Florida State U. Thompson, Kathryn Gap Year Internship Andrade, Nick U. of Georgia Gillhamer, Taylor Pettersen, Siri Hampshire College Winter, Liam High Point U. Desmond, Ethan Hollett, Hannah Miller, Christiana Molina, Nayaj Moore, Eva Pierle, Nicholas Hood College Curry, Michael James Madison U. Larcara, Morgan Lander U. Brannon, Jacob Tipp, Mary-Katherine Louisiana State U. Alvardo, Andres Jankun, Tyler LaPenta, Matthew

Loyola Marymount U. VeZolles, Jamie Loyola U. New Orleans Gallagher, Daniel Mars Hill College Campbell, Kevin Marshall U. Cincotta, Matthew Meredith College Brown, Olivia Miami U. Oxford Rizer, Rachel Michigan Technological U. Small, Angela Mississippi State U. Gilene, Matthew U. of Mississippi Park, Shelby Rudemiller, Anna Werner, Kelsey UNC-Asheville Armstrong, John Lee, Alyssa Wilken, Rachael UNC-Chapel Hill Bahar, Carolyn Bracewell, Susana Carlin, Megan Edwards, Bryce Egan, Timothy Ford, Diana Hahn, Patrick Haislip, Quinn Ilario, Nicholas

Ives, Madeline Joy, Jeremy Kennedy, Thomas Kirby, Kevin Mead, Alexandra Myrick, Natalie Nguyen, Faustina Nguyen, Teresa O’Brien, Patrick Oakley,Sydney Reavis, Hunter Scarisbrick, David Shaw, Avery Singletary, Scott Smith, Carson Toal, Reagan Townsend, Joseph Vandenberg, Jessica Whitmeyer, Allison Wilson, Colin Wohlfert, Jon UNC-Charlotte Albuquerque, Anna Conde, Joshua Hoppa, Michael Marsh, Sarah Meanor, Kathleen Sento, Jordyn Sutton, Craig Tribble, Andrew Voyles, Jay Will, Samuel Williams, Cameron Wolljung, Joseph Worsley, Jessica Yates, Chandler

UNC-Greensboro Cieri, Molly Krogstie, Emma Rhoads, Zoi UNC-Pembroke Gausi, Yasmine UNC-Wilmington Beato, Nicholas Belford, Madeline Carp, Miranda Coughlin, Aedan Davis, Sarah DelCasino, Catherine Demmitt, Caroline Eckert, Brandon Efency, Joseph Gamero, Giuliana Giedraitis, Megan Gilligan, Cara Hedrick, Grant Jackson, Dalton Jones, Austin Kelly, Christina Lambert, Emily Lozzi, Ashton Martinez, Matthew Moore, Joseph Nolan, Jordan Portal, Alexandra Rusterholz, Beth Smith, Ashley Smith, Brielle Stetzler, Matthew Stryjewski, Paul Tomich, Julia Warwick, Mariella U. of NC School of the Arts Goocher, Andrea

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Graduates of Bishop McGuinness High School in Kernersville were recognized during a baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Jugis on May 24 at St. Pius X Church in Greensboro.

NC State U. Acken, Katie Armah, Matthew Bottrill, Russell Brodowicz, Jack Cushing, Caleb Feeney, Devan Gibbons, Emily Hutson, Colleen Koletic, Ashlyn Litton, Elizabeth Miller, Maggie Rhodes, Nicholas Smith, Brady Turley, Justine U. of Notre Dame Burnett, Annalise Crawford, Lilian Flyke, Ian Harrell, Mark Kocak, William McDonough, Patrick Runkle, Melanie Palm Beach State College Garrett, Danielle Presbyterian College Archer, Jonathan Queens U. of Charlotte Schroll, Turner U. of Richmond Herlocker, David Miller, Daniel Roanoke College Storey, Briana Rochester Institute of Technology Hampson, Ian Salem College Markle, Leah Sewanee: The U. of the South Riddle, Kathryn Spratt, Edwin

U. of South Carolina Baran, Kailea Bellard, Kendall Bigger, Melissa Crowley, Michael Danahey, Savannah Durschlag, Katherine Hluck, Rene Knier, John Littlejohn, Andrew Loggins, Meagan Minick, Margaret Perkins, Perry Ruder, Brandon Schweihs, Anna Sidari, Rachel Sullivan, Scott Theysohn, Alyssa Thomasson, Zachary Zeitouni, Adam Southern Methodist U. Balch, William Stanford U. Schexnayder, Adam Stetson U. Tarulli, Lauren Stony Brook U. Tomaszewski, Emma Syracuse U. Kellogg, Heather Temple U. MacKay, Christopher U. of Tennessee Pyle, Victoria US Air Force Academy Anderson, Ryann Villanova U. Cahill, Clare Cosentino, Lindsay Virginia Commonwealth U. Peterson, Hailey Virginia Tech Doyle, Brian

Mulligan, Colin Wake Forest U. Finegan, Molly Gauthier, Melissa Grant, Maria Wake Tech C. C. Patterson, Daniel Western Carolina U. Burke, Alexandra Diaz, Tiffany Esquivel, Anthony Guteres, Michael Munns, Elizabeth Sherman, Lonnell Wingate U. DeBerry, Sophia Guin, Chris Hull, Edward Winthrop U. Patterson, Megan Xavier U. Edwards, Onya

BMCHS Alabama, University of Andrew Dramer Appalachian State University Mary Coble Courtney Colella Dylan Cortese Meghan George Jonathan Slater Knox Arielle Laplanche-Dixon Spencer Pasciolla Rachael Seatvet Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Christina Kidd Belmont Abbey College Andrew Shortt

Belmont University Shawn High Cape Fear Community College Adriana Oliveira Ricardo Romo Catholic University of America Conor Wilson Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Kathryn Bennett Tory Bowers Eric Boyers Alexis Boyle Zack Casazza Steven DeBiase Victoria Herschel Kaitlin Jones Anna Ross Andrew Saintsing Spencer Smith Brian Sowinski Charlotte, University of North Carolina Dominick Brancazio Reilly Callaghan Conny Errichiello Brandon Gray Nicholas Groat Matthew Hofer Matthew Lodics Joseph Lorenz Samuel McNamara Brendan O’Connor Olivia Renna Danielle Roy Nicole Russell Christian Sangalang Coastal Carolina University Leanna Hatcher College of William & Mary John Scott

Michael Domabyl Dixon Holland Sarah Johnson Weston Lane Kiser

Davidson Community College Adriana Mendoza

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East Carolina University Brendan Falls Grant Gregory Sam Mills Kathleen Molen Thomas “Henry” Phoenix Jr.

Lees McRae College John Gillespie Dillon Quinn Daniel Sunol

Radford University Brielle Quinn

Lenoir-Rhyne University Daniel Baucino

Randolph- Macon College Jessica Caso

Western Carolina University Allison Cross Dylan Denton Widnelia Garcia

Rice University Michaela Dimoff

William Peace University Camille Nesi

Santa Barbara City College Andrea Barnett

Wilmington, University of North Carolina Gavin Andrews Emily Corsig Zachary Davidson Ryan Skrzypczak Sawyer Thomas Arden Tritt

Elon University Christopher Kane Francisco Naveira Forsyth Technical Community College Andrew Mothena Furman University Michael Enos Gardner-Webb University Danielle Saia Greensboro, University North Carolina Peter Ahnert Noah DeAngelo Sean Flanery Evelyn Leander Daniel Reitzel Charles Rouleau Ashley Styers Bini Thomas Katrina Wronecki Jennifer Wylie Guilford College Elizabeth “Piper” Keller Guilford Technical Community College Dominick Anile Kathryn Brown Michelle Dorosiewicz Eli Grogan High Point University Sarah Bishop Matthew Carnaghi Caitlin Ferguson Matthew Hoffman

Lebanon Valley College Daniel Ritter

Leon’s Cosmotology School Danielle Nigro Louisburg College Caroline Knight Louisiana State University Jane Raborn Lynchburg College Sarah Coon Samantha Goldsmith Marion Military Institute Marie Petrangeli Maryville College Robert “Trey” Tatum III Mercyhurst University Cara Benko NC State University Malcolm Benitz Tamlin Cermak-Serfass Kelly Elder Catherine Fortun Kaitlin Grant Sara Jacubowitz Jun Won Jo Stanhope Johnson Jr. Erin Liebal Patrick O’Shea Ragin Pace Allyson Ryan William Whitacre IV North Carolina A&T State University Adrian Anyansi

Notre Dame, University of Jorge Cortes Jr. Zoe Rote

Seminary Gilbert Kolosieke South Carolina, University of Caroline Caporossi Ellan Hambright Christopher Lawing Andrew Scheppegrell Alexander Valitutto St. Mary’s College Lauren Cushing United States Navy Samuel Leftwich II Villanova University Grace Lassiter Virginia Polytechnic Institute Molly Delaney Lindsay DeMers

Wingate University Caroline Coppola Winthrop University Kyle Rine Wofford College Morgan Graham Undecided Ho Dong Choi James Draeger Eric Forrester Daniel Kammire Kelly Poehailos

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June 19th @ 6:30pm A free workshop about brain function related to a child's exposure to video games, TV and computers. Learn strategies for creating brain healthy activities specific to what your child’s brain needs. Help them start school this fall with improved behavior and learning abilities! Excellent information for teachers, parents, and other professionals.

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St. Michael School hosts career enrichment day GASTONIA — Congressman Patrick McHenry (who attended St. Michael School) talked about what it is like to be in the Legislature to the fourth- and eighth-grade students (pictured) at St. Michael School recently during a career day program. Other presenters during the day included the Gastonia Fire Department, the Gaston County Police Department with the K-9 Unit, attorney Rhonda Hipkins, CPA Angelina McArthur, research doctor Dr. James Koola, veterinarians Dr. Jim Dobies and Dr. Jim Gill, dental technicians from Hannon Orthodontics, and chiropractor Dr. Joy Cole.

SLS students make edible maps WINSTON-SALEM — Fourth-graders at St. Leo School in Winston-Salem, under the guidance of student teacher (and super baker) Allison Goodson, recently took their knowledge of the regions of North Carolina and created edible maps of the state using different candies to represent the coastal, piedmont and mountain regions of our state.

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St. Peter Catholic Church, Charlotte, NC, is currently seeking a Parish Administration and Ministry Director to direct both pastoral ministries & administration of the parish, including supervision of the parish staff. This is an opportunity to serve a growing and vibrant faith community. For a detailed description of responsibilities and qualifications, as well as instructions for submitting your resume, see the St. Peter website:

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Students ‘read to the principal’ GREENSBORO — Our Lady of Grace kindergartners James Heiss and Gabe Wilde won the privilege of “reading to the principal” with Principal Shirley Kinlaw May 22 after working diligently on their reading skills.

CHARLOTTE — Winners of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2012 at Charlotte Catholic High School were recently announced. They are: Gold: Gabriel Thamm, Erin Hampson, Katie Klochany, Grace Linus, Nick Schaut, Mary Sarch Ryan, Mitch Lochbihler, Ryan Francis, Madeline Ives, Hannah Mixer, Courtney Crowell, Seth Tirrell and Anmar Jerjees. Silver: Melissa Gauthier, Erika Hibler, Samantha White and Lauryn Fowler. Bronze: Kelsey Noonan, Molly Sweeney, Meghan Flyke, Morgan Gruender, April Purvis, Kathryn Grace Almon, Allie Blake, Mac Maccubbin, Chelsea Miller, Avery Faucette, Malena Wenning, Madeline Boon, Michael Stetzler, Sam DeBerry and Caroline O’Rourke. — Jennifer B. Johnson We welcome your school’s news. Email items and photos to Editor Patricia L. Guilfoyle at plguilfoyle@

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Middle School Social Studies Teacher St. Pius X Catholic School in Greensboro, NC is seeking an enthusiastic and creative Middle School Social Studies Teacher for the 2012-2013 school year. A 6-8 Social Studies NC licensure and a minimum of five years successful teaching experience is preferred. Qualified applicants must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church and possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Candidates must have a passion for teaching adolescent students and should demonstrate flexibility, energy, enthusiasm, high expectations of themselves and their students, and an understanding of the developmental needs of Middle School students. Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Mrs. Anne Knapke, Principal at no later than June 15, 2012.

Music Teacher St. Pius X Catholic School in Greensboro, NC is seeking a full-time K-8 Music Teacher. Qualified applicants must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and a North Carolina licensure. In addition, preferred candidates must be a practicing Catholic in good standing with the Catholic Church, have full knowledge of the Catholic liturgy, and be available to direct a choir and a cappella program. Additional responsibilities include the management and supervision of instrumental instruction, and assistance and support of school musical productions. Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Mrs. Anne Knapke, Principal at no later than June 15, 2012.

In Defense of Religious Liberty and Respect for Freedom of Conscience This presentation will be offered at three diocesan locations: Monday, June 18: 12:30 – 2:00 PM 1st Floor Meeting Room, Diocesan Pastoral Center, Charlotte (Lunch provided with registration). Wednesday, June 20: 7:00 – 8:30 PM St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Shelby (Parish Hall) Rev. Joseph Koterski, S.J., Ph.D. Professor of Philosophy, Fordham U.

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Celebrating 40 years!

Diocese of Charlotte

55 years of ministry to ‘God’s holy people’ as priest, bishop EDITOR’S NOTE: The Diocese of Charlotte was founded on Jan. 12, 1972. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the diocese and the history of the Church in western North Carolina, we are publishing a year-long series spotlighting the people who built up the Church, the major developments over the past 40 years, and what changes could be in store for the future. Mary B. Worthington Correspondent


n Friday, May 25, Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin celebrated 55 years as a priest by administering the sacrament of confirmation to 75 children at St. Thérèse Church in Mooresville. “I continue to help Bishop (Peter) Jugis with confirmations throughout the diocese,” Bishop Curlin says. “I am encouraged and deeply moved when people invite me to special occasions and celebrations.” As a retired priest, Bishop Curlin sees his current ministry as one of providing this spiritual support to God’s people. Primarily, this ministry brings him to hospitals and nursing homes, which he visits on a daily basis. “I find in my own retirement being very busy,” he explains. “I no longer have all of the administrative duties and responsibilities – thanks be to God! But I feel myself free now to totally devote myself to the spiritual needs of God’s people… I see this ministry to the sick and dying as a gift from God.” Even the nurses know that he is available at a moment’s notice to come to the aid of a sick or dying person. “I shave before I go to bed, and I shave as soon as I get up,” Bishop Curlin explains laughing. He wants to be ready any time day or night that a sick or dying person is in need of the sacraments.

‘Adsum’ “The day I was ordained, we used the word ‘adsum’ when we stepped forward to present ourselves for ordination,” the retired bishop explains of the Latin phrase for ‘I am present’ that is used in the ordination Mass. This little answer, however, became a daily part of his spiritual life. “Every day I repeat that word. I need to say it not just once when I became a priest, but every day. You re-consecrate your life to Jesus through prayer, through devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, and a willingness to spend your life in serving others.” Even as a bishop, he never saw his vocation as a job, but as a privilege and a joy. “If the bishop loves his priests, they will in turn be good pastors,” he explains. “For example, I can think of several occasions where priests were not well, and I took them into my home and took care of them until they got back on their feet again. It was such a privilege to do that, to help them return to good health.”

Inspired by others

Bishop Curlin explains that a priest’s devoted life will inspire young people to consider vocations today. He himself found his priestly vocation in looking up Bishop Curlin speaks with Mother Teresa during her visit to the Diocese of Charlotte in to the priests and nuns from his life in post-World 1995. War II Washington, D.C. “Following World War II, people were discouraged by all the horrors of the war, looking for peace and joy, and I observe now over the years that I look back to how these priests and sisters inspired me to think seriously about the priesthood. “We were blessed with wonderful priests. They were so joyful! They were so dedicated! And we had wonderful sisters in our schools – they were an inspiration. “There has never been a moment that I haven’t thanked God for this great privilege, and I pray that God will inspire many young men to come forward (to become priests) and many young men and women Forming a habit of serving to offer themselves in religious life.” From his first parish assignment after To young men considering the priesthood, he ordination as assistant to the senior auxiliary urges them to speak to a priest to discern, but also to bishop of Washington, D.C., John MacNamara, understand the demands that being a priest has on Bishop Curlin has devoted his priestly life to a man. The man should consider whether he has the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. qualities and virtues to meet those demands. “I was told by my first pastor: your primary And most importantly, the young man, Bishop task as a priest is to help people form an intimacy Curlin says, must have the heart of Christ. with Jesus Christ in their personal life,” he says. “I have been privileged to ordain over 100 men “He kept repeating Jesus’ words that He would to the priesthood in 24 years as a bishop. I know when I staffed by Mother Teresa’s sisters. live in us. And that’s the same message as Mother Teresa. laid my hands on them, they’re a priest. However, each “It’s very sad sometimes – the loved ones don’t want My first pastor and Mother Teresa had the same words: a man must bring with him the heart for it, the disposition them, they don’t seem to care about them,” Bishop Christian’s life is to reveal the Christ in them in the way for it, the kindness for it, the mercy and the love that the Curlin recalls. “We had one little girl there. She was not a they treat others.” priesthood demands. Each man must bring that himself.” Catholic; she was 7 years old, but we said she was an angel It’s no wonder, then, that Mother Teresa and Bishop in many ways and a joy to know. And I had the privilege of Curlin formed a fast friendship when they first met in presiding at her funeral at the cemetery.” the early 1970s. “People could criticize me maybe for “These people are dying wanting to be loved,” he says. mentioning her too many times!” Bishop Curlin says, More online “And nobody ever died at Gift of Peace without knowing laughing. they were loved and we were keeping them in our prayers. But his work with the famed nun – whom Bishop Curlin History of the Diocese of Charlotte: www.charlottediocese. It’s hard to die unloved and unwanted. And Mother opened calls “one of the greatest saints of our times” – led him org/history the home for that reason, so people would know they to aid in founding homes for the poor and homeless with Anecdota in the Diocese of Charlotte’s history: www. weren’t abandoned, that they were loved by God.” terminal diseases, notably AIDS. “Gift of Peace” is the home in Washington, D.C., for those dying of AIDS and other terminal conditions. It is

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Celebrating 40 years!

Diocese of Charlotte

Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin Episcopal motto: “Sentire Cum Christo” (“To Think With Christ”) May 25, 1957 – Ordained by Cardinal Patrick O’Boyle, St. Matthew Cathedral, Washington, D.C. 1957 – Assistant to Bishop John McNamara, St. Gabriel Parish, Washington, D.C. 1964 – Assistant Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Takoma Park, Md. 1967 – Assistant Director of Vocations for Men and Assistant Pastor in St. Ann Parish, Washington, D.C. 1968 – Director of Vocations for Men and Director of Formation Program, Catholic University of America, for Washington Candidates for the Priesthood 1969 – Appointed Chaplain to Pope Paul VI 1970 – Pastor of Old St. Mary’s Church, Washington, D.C. Director of Vocations for Men Director of Permanent Diaconate Program, Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. 1978 – Appointed Prelate of Honor by Pope John Paul II 1983 – Pastor, Nativity Parish, Washington, D.C. 1988 – Ordained as Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C. 1994 – Installed as Bishop of Charlotte 2002 – Resigned as Bishop of Charlotte For more about Bishop Curlin’s legacy in the Diocese of Charlotte, check out the special section published following his retirement in 2002: Go online to www. and click on “Anniversary.”

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Bishop William Curlin is pictured blessing a child at the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, France.

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(Left) Members of the Second Sunday Vocal Ensemble perform for attendees of a spiritual art and music event organized by Mercy Sister Laretta Rivera-Williams at the Delta Fine Arts Center in Winston-Salem.

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‘Crooked Arrows’ Lacrosse returns to its Native American roots in this spirited drama about a ragtag high school team and its flawed manager, who must somehow chart a path to victory and redemption. Directed by Steve Rash, the film includes some thrilling moments on the lacrosse pitch as it builds to a David-vs.-Goliath climax. Intense contact-sports violence, brief rear locker-room nudity, some sexual innuendo, a few crude terms. CNS: A-III (adults), MPAA: PG-13

‘Chernobyl Diaries’ Grueling horror exercise in which a quartet of young Americans abroad get more than they bargained for when they hire an extreme-tourism travel guide to take them to a Ukrainian city that had to be instantly evacuated in the wake of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Gruesome scenes of the wounded and the dead, moreover, together with a barrage of foul language from the jittery and the doomed, make this morally unsuitable for most. CNS: L (limited adult audience), MPAA: R

‘Men in Black 3’ Moderately fun, but ultimately forgettable third round for the well-established secret alien crime-fighting duo of Agents J and K. Frequent action violence, at least two instances of profanity, occasional crude and crass language. CNS: A-III (adults), MPAA: PG-13

An afternoon of reflection through music and art Annette Tenny Correspondent

WINSTON-SALEM — On a recent late Sunday afternoon, the Delta Fine Arts Center in Winston-Salem was lifted up with color and sound, with voice and prayer. Adult and student artwork adorned the gallery walls. A table of finely crafted jewelry and beadwork was tucked in behind the chairs. Instrumental music, a choir, solo artists and duets held the attendees in a state of prayerful joy as the music echoed throughout the building. A wealth of creativity and all of it inspired by a longing for God. For Mercy Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams, it was the culmination of a year’s worth of designing, planning and implementing an event that she hoped would engage, inspire and challenge those who attended to reach out and “touch” the divine. In addition, the event was a chance for her to acquaint the people of the

‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ A gaggle of British retirees heads to India in search of enlightenment and excitement in this adaptation of Deborah Moggach’s 2004 novel “These Foolish Things,” directed by John Madden. A benign view of premarital sex and homosexual acts, partial nudity, gruesome images of a corpse, some sexual innuendo, occasional rough language. CNS: O (morally offensive), MPAA: PG-13

Triad with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Inc. and invite them to support the community’s efforts. The Sisters of Mercy is an international religious order for women dedicated to serving people who are economically disadvantaged. The visual artists involved in the event varied greatly. Young student artists from local schools and parishes were invited by Sister Larretta to create their vision of what and who God is. Adult artists, including Dr. Joseph Nicastro, MD, Mercy Sister Martha Hoyle, Mercy Sister Soledad Aguilo and many others donated their art – the proceeds benefitted the work of the Sisters of Mercy. Members of the Second Sunday Vocal Ensemble performed throughout the afternoon, and there were performances by Linda Pompey, Sister Larretta, Joann Munden and Sarah Moxley. Sister Larretta serves as the coordinator of volunteers in the Piedmont Triad for Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte. She is also the community outreach coordinator for St. Benedict the Moor Church in WinstonSalem. She has written and produced several plays, is an abstract visual artist and a religious consultant as well.

More online Find out more about Mercy Sister Larretta RiveraWilliams’ work at her website, To learn more about the Sisters of Mercy, go online to

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

On TV n Sunday, June 10, noon3 p.m. (EWTN) “50th International Eucharistic Congress Opening Mass.” Opening liturgy for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress from Dublin. The event will be rerun 9 p.m.-midnight. n Monday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. (EWTN) “Come To Me: Eucharistic Adoration.” This devotional program proposes the beauty and wonder of Eucharistic adoration. n Sunday, June 10, 10-11 p.m. (EWTN) “The Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR.” This special features Colin Donovan and author Ann Carey, along with other guests, discussing the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. n Friday, June 15, 10 p.m. and Saturday, June 16, 2 p.m. (EWTN) “A Gift Of God.” St. Josemaria Escrivá in 1928 founded Opus Dei, an international organization through which thousands of ordinary people learn to lead lives of holiness, regardless of their occupation or marital status. n Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m.2:50 p.m. EDT (EWTN) “50th International Eucharistic Congress Closing Mass (Live).” Concluding liturgy for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, broadcast live from Dublin. n Wednesday, June 20, 1-2:30 p.m. EDT (EWTN) “The Jeweler’s Shop.” Film adaptation of the play originally written by Karol Wojtyla, the future Blessed John Paul II. It recounts the story of two sets of Polish spouses and the challenges that love presents them with as they experience World War II.

November 7-16, 2012

Visit Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bethlehem and Jerusalem This pilgrimage is hosted by Brother Josemaria Schlubach, C.O. and Father Conrad Hoover. Walk where Jesus walked, cruise the Sea of Galilee, visit Nazareth, climb the Mt. of Olives and view the Old City of Jerusalem, walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and visit Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. $3,400 per person from Charlotte, price includes roundtrip air fare from Charlotte, first class hotels, breakfast and dinner daily, services of a professional tour director, comprehensive sightseeing, all hotel service charges and local taxes, plus porterage and entrance fees.

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profit entity in its desire to purchase city property at a price below that offered by the Diocese of Charlotte,� the letter states. The ultimate decision will be made by the council after a public hearing, said Asheville spokeswoman Dawa Hitch. The date of that hearing has not been scheduled, and the city is required to give 10 days notice prior to the hearing, she said. The next council meeting is June 12 at 5 p.m. at City Hall, 70 Court Plaza in Asheville. Basilica supporters plan on attending the meeting to ask city council members to deny the proposal to sell to the private hotel company. The Catholic News Herald will be at the meeting and will publish follow-up coverage. “We believe that the city council has a much more important obligation to the residents and taxpayers of the city to safeguard Asheville’s assets and use them for the good of all our citizens,� Bissette writes in his letter. Some parishioners have expressed concern that construction of a hotel nearby could cause irreparable damage to the historic basilica, perhaps aggravating a crack that exists in its dome – the largest free-standing tiled dome in the U.S. The signature architectural feature caps the basilica, built in 1909 by Rafael Guastavino, who also worked on Asheville’s famed Biltmore Estate. Guastavino is buried at the basilica. Some also worry that the proposed hotel could overshadow the designated “nationally significant� building on the National Register of Historic Places. The basilica, one of the oldest buildings in Asheville, welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually.

home people filled with the Spirit� and led by a caring priest from Belmont Abbey. That priest was Father McSorley. Rollinson says he played a vital role in her continuing to attend St. Helen Mission. She praised him as “one of the greatest priests I ever met.� When she attended her first Mass 45 years ago, she found that “everyone in the church was welcoming when I came; Father Matthew followed up on it and came out to my house to visit me and my kids. He was good to the whole congregation and treated us like we were white: people are people, just different colors.� In 1991, Father McSorley retired from active ministry, and the Benedictines completed their service at St. Helen Mission. The church was transferred to St. Michael Church in Gastonia as a mission, and in 1995 St. Helen became a mission of Queen of the Apostles in Belmont. Father McSorley is remembered with affection and gratitude by the AfricanAmerican communities at St. Helen Mission and in Belmont for his solicitude and his promotion of civil rights and integration. At Belmont’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in 2008, he received the Humanitarian Award for his outstanding service. Father McSorley requested, and the monastic community agreed, that after his death his body be donated to Duke University Medical School. It was, Abbot Placid said at the funeral Mass, his last act of service. Father McSorley is survived by the monks of Belmont Abbey, by his sister, Mercy Sister Ellen McSorley, and by his niece, Charlene Curry.



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Welcoming a trinity of ‘shepherds’ 3 priestly ordinations marked by smiles, hugs, joy

ordinations, which were presided over by Bishop Peter J. Jugis. About 50 priests from across the diocese concelebrated the Mass, including Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin of Charlotte and Abbot Placid Solari of Belmont Abbey.

‘Carry the people close to your heart’ Patricia Guilfoyle and SueAnn Howell Catholic News Herald

HUNTERSVILLE — Saturday, June 2, was a day marked by tradition for the people of the Diocese of Charlotte as three men – Father Jason Barone, Father Matthew Codd and Father Peter Shaw – were ordained to the priesthood during a joyful ordination Mass at St. Mark Church that was filled with family, friends and well-wishers. The joy was especially evident during the moments when the three new priests exchanged the sign of peace with the large number of brother priests, active and retired, who traveled from across the diocese to celebrate the

In his homily, Bishop Jugis encouraged the new priests to care for the faithful by following the example of the Good Shepherd. “What does it mean to be a shepherd? To carry the people close to your heart, to bring them to the Promised Land,” he said. He entreated the three new priests to take the blessings that God was pouring out on them at that moment of their ordination, and then teach and sanctify the people they are called now to serve. “You will bring them to the Promised Land of heaven,” Bishop Jugis said, by showing people the love of Jesus through their service and through their example. “Love everyone unconditionally and shepherd them in Christ,” he said.

The rite of ordination

The rite of ordination, most of which dates back more than a thousand years, has several distinct parts: the SHEPHERDS, SEE page 30 (Left) Bishop Peter Jugis gives a blessing to priest candidate Peter Shaw during the rite of ordination at a Mass celebrated June 2 at St. Mark Church in Huntersville. (Far left) From left, the three newly ordained priests are prayed over by their brother priests. Father Jim Solari prays over Father Matthew Codd, Father Wilbur Thomas prays over Father Jason Barone and Father Robert Ferris prays over Father Peter Shaw during the ordination.

Photos by SueAnn Howell | Catholic News Herald

Check out much more ordination coverage online VIDEOS: Watch the entire ordination Mass, or check out our video highlights PHOTOS: See lots more photos from the ordination FIRST MASSES: View photos from the three new priests’ first Masses on June 3 READ MORE: Learn more about the ordination ritual itself and get answers to some frequently-asked questions YOUTUBE: Hear the vocation stories of our three new priests on the Diocese of Charlotte’s YouTube channel FACEBOOK: Share messages of your support and prayers for the new priests on the Catholic News Herald’s Facebook page

A first for the diocese The ordination Mass was the first event that the diocese has streamed live online. More than 246 visitors came to during the Mass, including 194 visitors viewing all or part of the live video coverage. Visitors included faithful from the home parish towns of the new priests, as well as viewers from as far away as Rome, Australia, Mexico and Switzerland. — Kimberly Bender, online reporter


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(Right) Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin embraces Father Jason Barone during the ordination Mass. (Below) Bishop Peter J. Jugis lays on hands during the ordination rite, calling on the power of the Holy Spirit to impart the sacrament of holy orders on priest candidate Matthew Codd.

(Clockwise from above) Bishop Jugis addresses the three priest candidates during the ordination Mass; the three men lay prostrate during the Litany of the Saints; Monsignor Mauricio West embraces Father Barone; Bishop Jugis kisses newly-ordained Father Peter Shaw’s hands; Father Shaw embraces his father, Deacon William Shaw, after giving him a blessing following the ordination Mass.

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(From left) Bishop Jugis anoints the hands of Father Matthew Codd during the ordination Mass; priest candidate Jason Barone kneels as Bishop Jugis lays hands on him during the ordination rite; Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio prays with priest candidate Peter Shaw during the ordination.

(Clockwise from left) The three newly ordained priests, Father Matthew Codd, Father Jason Barone and Father Peter Shaw, are pictured with Bishop Jugis after their ordination at St. Mark Church on June 2; Monsignor Joseph Showfety, first chancellor of the diocese, is pictured praying with priest candidate Matthew Codd; Deacons Peter Shaw, Jason Barone and Matthew Codd are presented for ordination to Bishop Jugis at the start of the Mass.

Photos by SueAnn Howell | Catholic News Herald

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Father Jason Barone Birthday – July 29, 1983 Birthplace – Asheville Hometown – Arden Father – Dr. Russell J. Barone Mother – Laurie Barone Sibling – Dr. Pamela Barone Stover Home Parish – St. John the Baptist Church in Tryon Elementary and Middle School – Glen Arden and Valley Springs High School – T.C. Roberson High School College – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Seminary – Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Summer Assignments – St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte and St. Michael Church in Gastonia When did you first discern a call to the priesthood? Midway through college Was there a particular person who had a positive influence on this decision? Father Roger Arnsparger What are you looking forward to most with regard to your priestly ministry? Offering Holy Mass and hearing confessions What advice would you give to men discerning a call to the priesthood? You don’t have to be absolutely convinced of a vocation in order to enter seminary. You only need a nagging suspicion. Seminary is the perfect place to give it a chance, discern and decide whether it is the life to which God is calling you.

Jason Barone after making his first holy Communion at St. Barnabas Church in Arden in 1991.

Photo provided by the Barone family

Congratulations Father Jason Barone on your ordination to the priesthood

Father Jason Barone Our best wishes to you on your ordination to the priesthood.

The prayers of your parish family are with you as you begin your journey. St. Barnabas Catholic Church, Arden, NC

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Tryon, NC

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Father Matthew Codd Birthday – Oct. 26, 1982 Birthplace – Miami, Fla. Hometown – Asheville Father – Richard Trent Codd Jr. Mother – Celine Codd Siblings – Richard Trent Codd III, Patrick Codd and Kevin Codd Home Parish – St. Lawrence Basilica, Asheville Elementary and Middle School – Fairview Elementary School and Asheville Catholic School High School – Asheville High School College – No college seminary, but attended North Carolina State in Raleigh for two years, then University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign for two years Theology – Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Summer Assignments – Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury and St. Mark Church in Huntersville. Two other summers were spent in Mexico learning Spanish and at the Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, Neb.

Photo provided by the Codd family

When did you first discern a call to the priesthood? I first discerned a call to the priesthood in my junior year in college in Illinois. Was there a particular person who had a positive influence on this decision? Several priests at the Newman Center in Illinois positively influenced this decision, as did my parents. What are you looking forward to most with regard to your priestly ministry? What I’m looking forward to the most is being able to hear confessions. What advice would you give to men discerning a call to the priesthood? The advice I would give would be to pray for God’s guidance and then trust in the response He gives.

The infant Matthew Codd at his baptism, with his grandparents at his side.










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Father Peter Shaw Birthday – Nov. 1, 1984 Birthplace – Stony Brook, N.Y. Hometown – Yaphank, N.Y., and Oak Ridge, N.C. Father – Deacon William S. Shaw Mother – Ann T. Shaw Siblings – Debbie Flick, Steven Shaw, William Shaw, Mary Shaw Home Parish – St. Pius X Church in Greensboro Elementary and Middle School – Oak Ridge Elementary School and Northwest Guilford Middle School High School – Northwest Guilford High School College Seminary – Pontifical College Josephinum Theology – Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Md. Summer Assignments – St. Ann Church in Charlotte and St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte When did you first discern a call to the priesthood? Senior year of high school Was there a particular person who had a positive influence on this decision? Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio What are you looking forward to most with regard to your priestly ministry? The opportunity to serve the people of God, especially through offering Mass, hearing confessions, teaching the faith, and all of the ways that I can be an instrument for God to draw people to Himself. What advice would you give to men discerning a call to the priesthood? Don’t be afraid! This phrase, uttered so often by Blessed John Paul II, summarizes so much in so few words. Just as fear of married life is never a motivator for entering seminary, fear of the priesthood should never be a motivator for running away from seminary. Entering seminary offers you the opportunity to grow in a deeper love of God, to hear His voice more clearly, and to come to love the Church all the more. Many men feel as if there is no looking back once they enter seminary, but I know several men who entered seminary, found God was calling them to get married, and they are better husbands and fathers because of their time spent in prayer and learning about the faith. If you believe that God might be calling you to be a priest, allow yourself to go to the place where His call can be heard clearest.

Photo provided by the Shaw family

When he was confirmed by Bishop William Curlin, the young Peter Shaw chose the confirmation name Simon of Cyrene, as one who would carry Christ’s cross to Golgotha, recounts his parents, Deacon Bill and Mary Shaw.

On the occasion of his Ordination to the Priesthood We offer our congratulations and


Prayerful Best Wishes To The Reverend Peter Shaw


From your Family of Faith of

Fr. Jason Barone

St. Pius the Tenth Catholic Church

Fr. Matthew Codd

Monsignor Anthony J. Marcaccio

Fr. Peter Shaw


On their Ordination as Priests For the Diocese of Charlotte


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Prayerful best wishes on the occasion of your ordination to the Holy Priesthood.

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Father Jason Barone (center) elevates the Eucharist during his First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Ann Church on June 3.

New priest celebrates his first Mass in the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass growing in popularity as faithful are drawn to its solemnity Morgan Castillo Correspondent

CHARLOTTE — On Trinity Sunday, June 3, Father Jason Barone celebrated his first Mass at St. Ann Church. He celebrated the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, reflecting his wish “to give God thanks for this great gift of a vocation, and to do so in the most solemn and beautiful way that I can ... in a way that He has led me.” Father Barone spent a year of his seminarian studies at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Nebraska, operated by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, one of the largest Latin Mass communities. He said he was drawn to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass – also known as the Latin Mass or the Tridentine Mass – because it places “a stronger emphasis on sacrifice ... there’s something there that really appeals to the heart, to offer God’s sacrifice.” Priests have not always been able to widely celebrate the Mass in Latin, even though Latin is the official language of the Church. Following the changes of the Second Vatican Council in 1969, the Latin Mass was suppressed in favor of the “Novus Ordo” (or “Ordinary Form”) Mass celebrated in the local language. In 1984, the Vatican granted permission for bishops to allow the Latin Mass again, and in his 1988 apostolic letter “Ecclesia Dei” Pope John Paul II encouraged its wider

Mass in the Extraordinary Form The Latin Mass is celebrated regularly at the following parishes in the diocese: CHARLOTTE: St. Ann Church, 3635 Park Road LINCOLNTON: St. Dorothy Church, 148 St. Dorothy’s Lane MARION: Our Lady of the Angels, 258 North Garden St. MOUNT AIRY: Holy Angels Church, 1208 North Main St.

use. In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI issued his apostolic letter “Summorum Pontificum,” which relaxed the process for clergy to be able to celebrate the traditional form of the Mass and restored its “due honor,” essentially putting the Extraordinary Form on equal footing with the Ordinary Form. Now, at least four parishes in the Charlotte diocese and six in the Raleigh diocese regularly offer the Mass in the Extraordinary Form, and the number of its supporters is growing. Father Eric Kowalski of Holy Angels Church in Mount Airy offers Mass every Sunday in the Extraordinary Form to anywhere from 40 to 55 parishioners. Pastor of one of the few parishes to do so in North Carolina, Father Kowalski began offering it shortly after “Summorum Pontificum” was issued. It was then that Bishop Peter Jugis offered training to any interested priests in the diocese. Father Kowalski recalls, “The bishop was very gracious in offering training to any priest who would be interested. There were about 14 who took him up on that offer, and we went through very rigorous training to MEF, SEE page 30

Father Jason Barone, Father Matthew Codd, Father Peter Shaw

“If some of you hear the call to follow Christ more closely, to dedicate your entire heart to Him, like the Apostles John and Paul...

be generous, do not be afraid, ...because you have nothing to fear when the prize that you await is God Himself, for Whom, sometimes without ever knowing it, all young people are searching.” - Blessed John Paul II

Office of Vocations Diocese of Charlotte Father Christopher Gober Director of Vocations

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Anniversaries Priests in the Diocese of Charlotte celebrating major anniversaries this year are:

10 years Father Lawrence LoMonaco

20 years Father Herbert Burke Father Andrew Latsko (retired) Father John Putnam, JCL, JV, VF

25 years Father Raymond Hourihan (retired) Father Bernard Manley (retired)

35 years Father Roger K. Arnsparger, diocesan Vicar of Education

40 years Father Carlo Di Natale Tarasi

50 years Abbot Oscar Burnett, OSB

55 years Bishop Emeritus William Curlin (retired) Father Joseph Kerin (retired)

60 years Father Joseph Elzi, CM

65 years Monsignor Anthony Kovacic (retired)

One year later: Father Joshua Voitus reflects on the ministry of the priesthood Mary B. Worthington Correspondent

CHARLOTTE — Last June, just one man was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Charlotte. Father Joshua Voitus, now the parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul in Charlotte, shares some thoughts, joys and highlights with the Catholic News Herald one year following his own ordination to the sacred priesthood: CNH: What has been the most unexpected part about being a priest? Father Voitus: I know that this isn’t a good answer, but nothing! I was really expecting ANYTHING. I remember being told several times in seminary that there was no real way that seminary could prepare someone for each and every challenge or situation that might arise during the course of parish ministry, so you kind of get as prepared as possible for just about anything. CNH: What is it like serving such a vibrant, multicultural parish? Father Voitus: It is busy. It was something of an adjustment from the somewhat strictly regulated schedule of seminary to the more topsy-turvy (and busier) world of parish ministry. Fortunately, St. Vincent’s has a wonderful pastor

in Father Mark Lawlor, who both by his example and guidance has helped me to adjust to all of the particularities of this ministry. CNH: Has your Spanish improved? Father Voitus: I like to think that my Spanish has improved. Most people that I talk to after the Spanish Mass tell me that my pronunciation is improving, so that is comforting. CNH: Have there been any special moments with your family? Father Voitus: I had the opportunity to give my niece/ goddaughter her first holy Communion last month. That was a great grace. Photo provided by Ruben Tamayo

CNH: What is your favorite memory of the past year? Father Voitus: Although there have been many wonderful moments throughout the past year at St. Vincent’s and elsewhere, nothing can really compare with the moment of Consecration at my first Mass at Holy Family in Clemmons. It was completely indescribable and a moment of tremendous grace – a moment which I recall fondly and often. CNH: What did you do to celebrate your first anniversary to the priesthood?

Father Joshua Voitus celebrates Mass during a recent pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, in Ireland, with several faithful of the Diocese of Charlotte. Father Voitus: I had two experiences which put a wonderful cap on my first year as a priest. First was offering Mass at the apparition chapel in Knock, Ireland – my first time offering Mass at a Marian shrine. The second was being able to attend an ordination so close to my anniversary. As Bishop Jugis said during Saturday’s ordination Mass, it is a great opportunity to reflect on the gift of the priesthood.

CNH: Did you have any special roles in this year’s ordination Mass? Father Voitus: This year was especially moving for me as all three new priests are men whom I have known for years and attended seminary with. I was given the great honor of being asked to vest Father Peter Shaw in his priestly vestments. I can imagine no better way to cap off my first year than to welcome three new brothers into this wonderful and grace-filled life.

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Charlotte seminarian to make 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain this summer Lourdes, Fatima also on itinerary





“Although there are many ‘paths’ pilgrims can take, the one I will be taking is called the Camino Frances, or the ‘French Way.’� It is roughly 800 km (or 500 miles) spanning the entire width of Spain.� When he leaves the U.S., Bond will first travel to Lourdes for a couple of days and then head to the town of St. Jean Pied de Port in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains near the southwest French border of Spain. This town is historically the most popular starting point of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela or the Way of St. James, and was featured in the recent popular movie “The Way.� Bond is allowing himself 40 days to complete each stage of the pilgrimage. He will stay in modest accommodations similar to hostels, walking roughly 16 miles a day in the summer heat. Upon completion of the pilgrimage, he

Jason Christian will serve at Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury. He will also be ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Peter Jugis July 7, during a Mass at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte starting at 10 a.m. Casey Coleman will serve at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. Joshua Herman will serve at St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville. Brian Kaup will serve at St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte. Paul McNulty will serve at St. Dorothy Church in Lincolnton.

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Seminarian Chris Bond is preparing for a pilgrimage this summer on the Camino de Santiago through France to Spain.


Seminarians of the Diocese of Charlotte will have the following parish assignments this summer: Peter Ascik will serve at St. John the Baptist Church in Tryon. Brian Becker will serve at St. Eugene Church in Asheville. Paul Buchanan will serve at St. Mark Church in Huntersville. Noah Carter will serve at St. Ann Church in Charlotte. Cory Catron will serve at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Jefferson.




Seminarian summer assignments



CHARLOTTE — Christopher Bond, 36, a seminarian for the Diocese of Charlotte who just completed his first year at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, left Sunday for an unusual summer project: the Camino, otherwise known as “The Way.� The Camino is a pilgrimage that people across Europe have been making on foot for centuries. Some pilgrims walk hundreds or thousands of miles from their homes, traveling across Spain, along the Camino de Santiago. Their destination is the Cathedral of St. James the Apostle, located in the northwest Spanish city bearing his name, Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of the great saint are entombed. “Earlier this year, at some point during a Holy Hour, God put in my heart the desire to do something which should prove to be spiritually, mentally and physically challenging in and of itself,� Bond wrote in a recent letter to friends. “I continued to pray over the next several weeks that, if it be His will that I do this, the logistics would fall into place.� Part of the process was seeking permission from Bishop Peter J. Jugis and diocesan director of vocations, Father Christopher Gober. “This trip would not be possible without the expressed consent which has been granted to me by His Excellency, Bishop Jugis, and the flexibility afforded to me by having no other obligations during the summer months,� Bond explained. With permission granted, Bond was able to chart his path across Europe, including stops in Lourdes and Fatima before and after he makes the Camino.



SueAnn Howell Staff writer





will join Father Christopher Roux and other priests and seminarians from the diocese who will be making a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, in July. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Please pray for safe travels, character building lessons, opportunities for spiritual

growth, and ultimately to grow closer to God through my relationship with His Son Jesus Christ!â&#x20AC;? Bond wrote in his letter. Bond left June 3 and has promised to pray for the people of the diocese throughout his 500-mile journey.



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Talk with your pastor if you hear God’s call to priesthood CHARLOTTE — Diocesan Director of Vocations, Father Christopher Gober, recently discussed the call to the priesthood with the Catholic News Herald: sueann howell | catholic news herald

Zachary Martin (far right), a teen from St. Mark Church, participates in games during Vocation Awareness Day at St. Ann Church last year.

Are you called to be a priest? Check out Vocation Awareness Day CHARLOTTE — Each summer, young men from the Diocese of Charlotte are invited to Vocation Awareness Day to learn more about the priesthood from priests and Bishop Peter Jugis. “Vocation Awareness Day is intended to assist young men in exploring and discovering God’s will in their lives,” said Father Christopher Gober, diocesan director of vocations. “For some, God may be calling them to a priestly vocation. To that end, we want to do everything to encourage, support and foster future vocations.” High school and college-aged men who may be hearing the call to the priesthood are invited to learn more during Vocation Awareness Day, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, at St. Ann Church, 3635 Park Road in Charlotte. Bishop Peter J. Jugis will celebrate Mass at 10:30 a.m., and priests and seminarians from around the diocese will be on hand for this day of fellowship, recreation and reflection. For details, contact Father Gober at 704-370-3327 or vocationsmail@ — SueAnn Howell, staff writer

CNH: What are some of the paths the men who have already been ordained have taken to the priesthood under your directorship? Father Gober: One of the strong signs of vitality in our diocese is that all 17 seminarians are from here. Because we have such a young group of seminarians, the majority of them entered seminary after college. Fr. Gober Over the years we have ordained men from various professional backgrounds: law, business and engineering. CNH: What is the process you follow with a potential seminarian when they come to you? What type of advice or guidance do you give these men? Father Gober: When a potential candidate comes to me, I

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The Cathedral of Saint Patrick congratulates Fr. Jason Barone, Fr. Matthew Codd and Fr. Peter Shaw on their ordination to the priesthood. We pray that the Blessed Mother will wrap her mantle around them and through her intercession, strengthen all our priests in their ministry. We pray that the Blessed Mother’s own pierced heart will inspire our priests to embrace all who suffer at the foot of the cross

encourage him to meet regularly with his pastor. I then spend time learning about his life experiences and exploring the reasons why he believes he is being called to the priesthood. Men who aspire to serve God’s people, strive to imitate our Lord through daily prayer and service, who are drawn to our Lord in the Eucharist, desire to preach the Gospel, and who wish to bring God’s mercy to the physically and spiritually poor are some of the authentic signs of a possible vocation to the priesthood. I would encourage him to reflect on these topics. CNH: Describe types of prayer that are helpful for discernment. Father Gober: It is important to cultivate a love for the Mass and spend time with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, foster a true devotion to the Blessed Mother, begin to pray the Divine Office and practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. CNH: Why do you recommend spending time in front of the Most Blessed Sacrament? Father Gober: We are fortunate to have an annual Eucharistic

Congress in the Diocese of Charlotte which encourages all the faithful to come to know Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Since the Holy Mass is the most perfect prayer a priest offers, it is important for somebody discerning a vocation to the priesthood to cultivate a great love for the Lord in the Holy Eucharist. CNH: Are there specific books that you suggest a man discerning the priesthood should read? Father Gober: Sacred Scripture; Father Bret Brennan’s “To Save a Thousand Souls” is a very comprehensive guide; Father Thomas Dubay’s “Authenticity: A Biblical Theology of Discernment”; and Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s “The Priest is Not His Own” and “Those Mysterious Priests.” CNH: Are there specific persons men should seek out to mentor them during the discernment period? Father Gober: If somebody is serious about discerning a vocation to the priesthood, I would first encourage him to speak with his family and his pastor. — SueAnn Howell, staff writer

Vocation resources If you or someone you know is contemplating a religious vocation, check out the following general resources online. Talk with your pastor, read up on consecrated life and the various communities that exist, and contact religious communities that interest you. Many offer “come and see” days or retreats that are good opportunities to learn more and meet others who have already accepted God’s call to religious life. And don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Diocesan vocations office Father Christopher Gober, Director of Vocations: 704-370-3327,

General information n Set up by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dedicated to the promotion of vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life for both men and women. They are also on Facebook and YouTube. There are resources for parents and teachers, questions to ask yourself if you feel God is calling you, see videos of the vocation stories from priests and religious all over the U.S., and much more. n The Institute for Religious Life’s website, with plenty of resources for both men and women interested in a vocation or those who wish to support religious life. n Not sure what religious communities are out there that might be a good fit for you? Check out: Search this database to find a men’s or women’s religious community, whether you wish to become a priest, nun, brother or lay missioner, or just want to find out more about living a religious life. n Aims to bring to attention the gift of cloistered and monastic life in the Church, sponsored by the IRL.

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Religious communities for women n The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) is a canonically approved organization founded in 1992, to promote religious life in the U.S. n The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is an association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the U.S. — Patricia L. Guilfoyle, editor

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On the Diocese of Charlotte’s YouTube channel: the vocation stories and advice of our three new priests:

‘God has a plan for all of us. I would just encourage the young people to quiet their lives a little bit and listen for the voice of Christ, and ask Him, “Lord what do you want me to do with my life?”’ — Father Jason Barone

After first hearing call to the priesthood during college, ‘I went to the Newman Center Chapel and I prayed in front of the Blessed Sacrament every night for a week.’ — Father Matthew Codd

‘I don’t know if there are too many guys who can say that their dad preached

the homily at their first Mass.’

— Father Peter Shaw, whose father Deacon Bill Shaw preached the homily at Father Shaw’s first Mass June 3

The education of our seminarians is possible thanks to the generosity of our parishioners who give to the Diocesan Support Appeal and the Easter Sunday Seminary and Priests’ Continuing Education Collection, and those who contribute leadership gifts to the Friend to Seminarians program. To learn more about how you can donate to seminarians’ education efforts or support our retired priests, call diocesan Director of Development Jim Kelley at 704-370-3301. They are also online at www.charlottediocese. org: click on Departments, then Stewardship and Development.

Interested in the permanent diaconate? Catholic men who are active in their parish and bring a certain experience of the spiritual life including apostolic zeal and a desire to increase their faith through obedience and fraternal

communion, and who are at least 33 years old, married or unmarried, can inquire into becoming a permanent deacon in the diocese. Preparation for the permanent diaconate takes several years to complete, and includes completion of the twoyear Lay Ministry program. The Lay Ministry program starting this fall will be essential to meet the deadline for the application process that will start in 2013. Check out the norms for applicants online at www. click on Ministries, then on Permanent Diaconate. A class is formed roughly every four years. Don’t miss out on this opportunity! For inquiries, contact Director of Formation Deacon Scott Gilfillan at

Learn more about our faith through the Lay Ministry program Interested in learning more about the faith, becoming a catechist or religion teacher, or discerning the possibility of becoming a permanent deacon? The diocesan Lay Ministry Office offers a two-year program with classes in Arden, Bryson City, Charlotte, Greensboro and Lenoir. Applications for the 2012-2014 year are now being accepted. For details, contact Dr. Frank Villaronga at 704-370-3274 or favillaronga@

May God bless you as you begin your priestly ministry. Msgr. Richard Bellow Fr. David Miller And the entire parish family of St. Mark Catholic Church Huntersville, NC


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calling of the candidates, the presentation and inquiry, the acceptance, the examination of the candidate, the promise of obedience, prayer for the candidates and chanting of the Litany of the Saints, the laying on of hands, the prayer of consecration, the vesting of the new priest, the anointing of the hands with holy chrism, and the presentation of the paten and chalice. The essential element is the laying on of hands on the head of the priest candidate and the bishop’s consecratory prayer. The divine grace received through this rite sets the men apart – consecrates them forever – and gives them a unique mission among the People of God to act “in persona Christi capitis” – “in the person of Christ the head” (of the Church). After making their promises of obedience to the Church and to the bishop, each of the three men lay prostrate on the altar as the congregation chanted the ancient Litany of the Saints, invoking them to pray for the three men as well as all of those gathered inside St. Mark Church. “Bless, sanctify and consecrate these chosen men. Bring all peoples together in peace and true harmony. ...” the Diocese of Charlotte choir chanted. Then as the choir sang the beloved hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus,” Bishop Jugis gently laid his hands upon the head of each of the three men, invoking the Holy Spirit. After Bishop Jugis, the concelebrating priests then followed suit, one by one laying their hands upon the head of each man. Then each man was clothed in the vestments of his priestly office: the stole and the chasuble. Father Barone was vested by Father Roger Arnsparger, pastor of St. Michael Church in Gastonia, and Father Patrick Winslow, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Tryon. Father Codd was vested by Father John Putnam, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury. Father Shaw was vested by Father Joshua Voitus, parochial vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte.

Bishop Jugis then anointed each man’s hands with sacred chrism and wrapped them with a linen cloth, called a “maniturgia,” which customarily is given by the priest to his mother. Bishop Jugis also presented each of them with the paten and chalice, which they will use to celebrate the Eucharist, saying, “Accept from the holy people of God the gifts to be offered to Him. Understand what you are doing, and imitate the mystery you celebrate: model your life on the mystery of the Lord’s cross.” While the choir sang Mozart’s “Jubilate Deo,” the new priests exchanged the sign of peace with all of their brother priests, young and old. There were smiles and warm greetings among them all as they welcomed the diocese’s three newest priests. The Mass culminated with the Liturgy of the Eucharist, and the three new priests joined Bishop Jugis at the altar for the Eucharistic sacrifice. Before the Mass concluded, each priest gave their first blessings to Bishop Jugis and Bishop Curlin. It was another joy-filled moment of priestly brotherhood – a connection bridging the generations of the Church and an echo of the Responsorial Psalm in the ordination Mass: “You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.” The ordination Mass lasted a little over two and a half hours, but no one seemed to notice – even Bishop Jugis was a bit surprised when he saw afterwards how much time had passed, while he was gathering with the new priests and their parents. “You’re worth it,” Bishop Jugis quipped to the three of them.

First Masses celebrated

The three newly ordained priests celebrated their first Masses on June 3, Trinity Sunday. Father Jason Barone celebrated a First Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving in the extraordinary form at St. Ann Church in Charlotte. Father Matthew Codd celebrated his first Mass at St. Lawrence Basilica in Asheville. Father Peter Shaw celebrated his first Mass at St. Pius X Church in Greensboro. See more photos and read more about their first Masses online at


become familiar with (the Latin) Mass.” In his parish, Father Kowalski says he has observed that those who are drawn to this form of the Mass are often attracted by the “silence” of it – “a draw for people in a world that is filled with ‘Muzak.’ The Extraordinary Form is really counter to that – it’s not what people are used to.” The heightened ritual is another draw, he adds – “seeing the symbolism and once you understand it, is beautiful to witness.” He acknowledges that while the Latin Mass is “part of our identity,” not every Catholic needs to participate in it if they don’t want to. “That’s a part of the beauty of how big the Church is, and the fact the Holy Father has made it possible for this choice to be given.” Sid Cundiff, a parishioner of Holy Angels Church in Mount Airy, is a strong proponent of the Latin Mass. Cundiff believes, “There’s a movement going on. The Holy Spirit is busy – He’s drawing people to holiness.” Cundiff sees an increased interest in the Latin Mass because he thinks “people love to have a longer perspective. They want something that’s work, something that is ritual. They want something out of the ordinary. They want the holy.” For many of the faithful, “extraordinary” ritual and holiness is precisely what the Latin Mass offers. Father Barone comments, “What we know now is that it’s important that we have it reintroduced to the life of the Church. To what extent, I do not know. But Pope Benedict has given it to us, and we should just let the Holy Spirit guide where this is going.” Those who wish to be kept informed about the locations and times of Masses in the Extraordinary Form in North Carolina may e-mail Sid Cundiff at

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Reverend Jason Barone Reverend Matthew Codd & Reverend Peter Shaw on their Ordination to the Priesthood

"The world looks to the priest, because it looks to Jesus! No one can see Christ; but everyone sees the priest, and through him they wish to catch a glimpse of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur of the Lord! Immense is the grandeur and dignity of the priest!" Pope John Paul II - Oct. 13,1979

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Religious liberty concerns on tap for bishops’ meeting Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a longstanding campaign to press its concerns about infringements on religious liberty by governments and the courts, the U.S. bishops will devote a significant portion of their spring meeting June 13-15 in Atlanta to the issue. The bishops also will receive a 10-year progress report by the National Review Board on the Complete “Charter for coverage the Protection ONLINE: Look for of Children complete coverage and Young of the U.S. bishops’ People” and hear meeting in Atlanta recommendations from the review board stemming from the study “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010.” Two hours will be devoted to the religious liberty discussion, which will encompass domestic and international concerns as the bishops continue to rally support for and raise awareness about infringements on religious rights in the U.S. and abroad. At the forefront of the bishops’ religious liberty efforts is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ mandate that would force Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage to employees for procedures the Church opposes, including abortion-inducing drugs, artificial contraceptives and sterilizations. The mandate was announced Aug. 1, 2011, as part of the rules HHS is issuing to implement the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010. Other concerns have surfaced that PdmVstAng_5_10.pdf



worry the bishops, including court rulings and policy decisions that have forced Catholic institutions out of adoption and foster care. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty, said he will update the status of the series of lawsuits filed May 21 across the country by Catholic institutions and organizations challenging the HHS mandate. He also planned to discuss the major activities around the country for the “fortnight for freedom” campaign in support of religious freedom called by the ad hoc committee for June 21 to July 4. He said he also will review “ongoing efforts to educate Catholics and the general public on the Church’s teaching on religious liberty and religious heritage as Americans.” Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace, will address religious liberty concerns internationally during the twohour discussion. Two other speakers will join Bishop Pates during the session to offer ways Americans can be in solidarity with the Church abroad. Representatives of the National Review Board will look at the progress made on preventing incidents of clergy sexual abuse since the adoption of the charter in Dallas in 2002 and offer recommendations on how to strengthen its implementation for the future. The National Review Board also will offer a series of recommendations to the bishops stemming from the “causes and context” study conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York released in 2011. The study found “no single identifiable ‘cause’ of sexually abusive behavior toward minors” by clergy and encouraged steps to deny abusers “the opportunity to abuse.”

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In Brief Federal court overturns DOMA; appeal presumed BOSTON — With a ruling that acknowledged the final decision will be up to the Supreme Court, a federal appeals court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional May 31. The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the provision of the 1996 federal law, known as DOMA, that defines marriage as “a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.” The USCCB and the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, which had urged the court to uphold the law, called the ruling disappointing.

LCWR responds to Vatican order for reform WASHINGTON, D.C. — The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious June 1 said it feels the assessment that led to a Vatican order to reform the organization “was based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency.” The LCWR board called the sanctions “disproportionate to the concerns raised” and said they “could compromise” the organization’s ability “to fulfill their mission. The report has furthermore caused scandal and pain throughout the church community and created greater polarization,” the LCWR said after its board concluded a special meeting in Washington May 29-31, held to respond to an eight-page doctrinal assessment issued to LCWR by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Citing “serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life,” the doctrinal congregation April 18 announced a major reform of LCWR to ensure its fidelity to Catholic teaching regarding abortion, euthanasia, women’s ordination and homosexuality.

Milwaukee cites charity, stewardship in payments to abusive priests ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — “Christian charity” and “sound stewardship” prompted the Archdiocese of Milwaukee in 2003 to pay “less than a

handful” of priests who had sexually abused children at least $10,000 to seek laicization, according to Jerry Topczewski, chief of staff for the archdiocese. Topczewski was responding to questions that arose May 30 regarding the minutes of the March 7, 2003, Archdiocesan Finance Council meeting in which council members noted that “currently unassignable priests are receiving full salaries and are budgeted under the Vicar for Clergy. There is a proposal to reduce their benefit to be the same as the current pension benefit, $1,250 per month, and also offer $20,000 for laicization ($10,000 at the start and $10,000 at the completion of the process),” the minutes said. “Also, they remain on our health insurance until they find other employment.” The minutes were one of a series of documents filed by the creditors’ committee in the archdiocese’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Spokane reaches settlement in abuse cases, avoids foreclosure WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Diocese of Spokane, Wash., reached a broad settlement May 26 agreeing to pay $1.5 million in unresolved abuse claims, legal and mediation expenses and to replenish its future claims fund. The amount prevents the possible foreclosing of diocesan parishes and schools. “This is an important and significant turning point in a very sad chapter of our diocesan history,” said Spokane Bishop Blase J. Cupich in a three-page letter distributed May 27 to Catholics in the diocese.

Jury sides with brothers in Green Bay abuse suit GREEN BAY, Wis. — A jury May 21 sided with two brothers in a civil lawsuit filed in January 2008 against the Diocese of Green Bay. The lawsuit claimed fraud by the diocese based on plaintiffs Todd and Troy Merryfield’s allegation that the diocese knew that then-priest John Feeney had a history of sexual molestation and was a danger to children. Feeney, 85, was convicted in 2004 of sexually assaulting the brothers in 1978. The circuit court jury awarded damages of $700,000 to the Merryfields. Claims for punitive damages against the diocese were dismissed. Feeney, who was a priest of the diocese from 1952 until he was removed from the clerical state in 2005, is currently serving a sentence of 15 years for three counts of sexual assault and one count of attempted sexual assault.

Pope appoints two bishops WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, N.D., as the new archbishop of Denver and also named Bishop Richard J. Malone of Portland, Maine, to head the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y. The pope also accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, who is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation to the pope. — Catholic News Service


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MILAN â&#x20AC;&#x201D; As Pope Benedict XVI closed the World Meeting of Families, he opened the possibility of his heading to the U.S. when he named the Archdiocese of Philadelphia the next venue of the world gathering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;God willing,â&#x20AC;? he said, he would attend in 2015 as he greeted Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia and â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Catholics of that great city.â&#x20AC;? The announcement came as the 85-yearold pope wrapped up the May 30-June 3 world meeting, which gathers every three years to celebrate and help families live out their Christian values. About 1 million people from 153 countries attended the eventâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s closing Mass. In his homily, the pope called for Church unity, emphasized marriage as between a man and a woman, urged parents to keep the transcendent alive in a world that adores the high-tech over high ideals, and urged kids to respect and love their family. Because the five-day meetingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s theme was how to balance work demands, family needs and religious celebration, the pope upbraided economic theories that advocate that the best policies, markets and work ethics are those that push the most product and reap the most profit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The one-sided logic of sheer utility and maximum profit are not conducive to harmonious development, to the good of the family or to building of a more just society, because it brings in its wake ferocious competition, strong inequalities, degradation of the environment, the race for consumer goods and family tensions,â&#x20AC;? he said. Such a â&#x20AC;&#x153;utilitarian mentalityâ&#x20AC;? takes a toll on the family and social relationships â&#x20AC;&#x153;reducing them to a fragile convergence of individual interests and undermining the solidity of the social fabric,â&#x20AC;? he added. He also urged faith communities and secular governments at events June 1-2 to work together for the common good by

having people of faith live their values in all areas of life. The Church offers its teaching and input as a service to society, he said, as he urged governments to be just and guarantee liberty, based on natural law, for everyone â&#x20AC;&#x153;beginning with the right to life, of which its deliberate suppression can never be allowed.â&#x20AC;? At an evening vigil marked by testimonies from families all over the world and international music by wellknown artists, the pope shared the joys and sufferings of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s families. Five couples and families went up on stage one group at a time to ask the pope a personal question or appeal for advice. The first, a 7-year-old girl from Vietnam, sat by the popeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feet, wanting to know what it was like growing up in his home. The pope responded that even though Germany at the time was suffering from a dictatorship and war, his childhood was â&#x20AC;&#x153;unforgettableâ&#x20AC;? and joyful as their home was always filled with music, faith, love and long walks in the woods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To tell you the truth, if I could imagine what it will be like in heaven, I always imagine the time of my youth, of my childhood,â&#x20AC;? he said. When a Greek family told the pope about their dire economic situation back home and asked how they could go forward in hope, the pope said words could never convey his sadness for people hit hard by the global economic crisis and the sadness over feeling unable to help. He criticized the current political state of affairs, saying all political parties had to become more responsible and stop promising things they couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deliver. Candidates need to see that the votes people invest in them are not votes for the leaders but are a call for them to fight and be responsible for the good of all people, he said. He said one idea for people to help right away was for more financially stable parishes and families to adopt a struggling family or parish akin to the twin citiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; initiative.

VATICAN CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pope Benedict XVI voiced regret for the turmoil surrounding the recent publication of leaked Vatican documents, but thanked the vast majority of people who work at the Vatican for their dedication and fidelity. Speaking at the end of his weekly general audience May 30, the pope said much of the media coverage of the leak of private letters and of the arrest May 23 of his personal assistant has been exaggerated and â&#x20AC;&#x153;completely gratuitous, and has gone far beyond the facts, offering an image of the Holy See that does not correspond to reality.â&#x20AC;? Pope Benedict said that while the scandal has saddened him, â&#x20AC;&#x153;it has never weakened my firm certainty that, despite human weakness, difficulties and trials, the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit and will never be without the Lordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help to support it in its journey.â&#x20AC;? Paolo Gabriele was arrested after private Vatican documents were found in his possession in connection to the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;VatiLeaksâ&#x20AC;? scandal that began in January. Father Lombardi said Gabriele was arrested the evening of May 23 by Vatican police after they found the illegally obtained documents in his home, which is on Vatican territory.

Anderson: Vatican bank fired president for transparency VATICAN CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Carl A. Anderson, head of the U.S.-based Knights of Columbus and secretary of the Vatican bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board of supervisors, said a commitment to promoting transparency led the board to fire Ettore Gotti Tedeschi as bank president. The board unanimously passed a â&#x20AC;&#x153;no confidenceâ&#x20AC;? vote in Gotti Tedeschiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leadership May 24. The bank board, formally known as the Institute for the Works of Religion, issued an unusually blunt statement through the Vatican Press Office May 24, noting that members had repeatedly expressed concern to Gotti Tedeschi about the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;governance,â&#x20AC;? but that the â&#x20AC;&#x153;situation has deteriorated further.â&#x20AC;? A memo from the board said it acted based on the presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;failure to carry out basic dutiesâ&#x20AC;?; his failure to â&#x20AC;&#x153;remain informedâ&#x20AC;? of the bankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities and to keep the board informed; abandoning or failing to attend meetings; â&#x20AC;&#x153;exhibiting lack of prudence and accuracyâ&#x20AC;?


when talking publicly about the institute; and because of â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressively erratic personal behavior.â&#x20AC;?

Pope condemns Syrian massacre VATICAN CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pope Benedict XVI joined the international community in condemning a massacre in Syria, and he called for Christian and Muslim leaders in the country to guide their faithful in prayer and collaboration to restore peace and calm. The massacre in Houla May 25-26 left about 108 people dead, including 49 children and 34 women. The U.N. Security Council May 27 condemned the massacre of civilians and, while not pinning all the blame on the Syrian government, it accused the government of inappropriately using heavy weapons in a residential area. In a statement May 28, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the massacre was â&#x20AC;&#x153;a motive of great sorrow and concern for the Holy Father and the entire Catholic community.â&#x20AC;?

Pope announces new doctors of Church VATICAN CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Pope Benedict will proclaim St. John of Avila, a 16th-century Spanish priest, and St. Hildegard of Bingen, a 12th-century German abbess, as doctors of the universal Church Oct. 7 in Rome. The doctors of the Church, saints honored for particularly important contributions to theology and spirituality, come from both the Eastern and Western Church traditions. The last saint named a doctor of the Church was St. ThĂŠrèse of Lisieux. St. Hildegard will become the fourth woman doctor of the Church.

Rules for verifying Marian apparitions published VATICAN CITY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978 that had previously been available only in Latin. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelationsâ&#x20AC;? were approved by Pope Paul VI in 1978 and distributed to the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bishops, but never officially published or translated. The newly translated norms were published recently on the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website, www. â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Catholic News Service






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Peggy Bowes

Bring the children to Me “Take to heart these words which I command you today. Keep repeating them to your children. Recite them when you are at home and when you are away.” — Deuteronomy 6:6-7


ummer vacation provides a welcome break from studies for children, but it’s important to continue their education in principles of faith. As parents, we have a crucial responsibility to ensure that our children are prepared to defend and continue to practice their Catholic faith when they eventually leave home. It’s a tough world out there, and your children will be attacked in many different and often very subtle ways. Simply spending 20-30 minutes a day, a few days a week, teaching your children will reap many blessings and benefits for your family. (If you don’t have children or they have moved out, consider donating some of the resources below to your parish’s faith formation program.) Don’t be intimidated if your own faith foundation is a little shaky – take the opportunity to study alongside your children. I’ve tried many different religion programs and resources over the years, and here are a few of my favorites: n Rent movies about the saints, Bible stories or just great family movies at n For children aged 3-12, you’ll find an abundance of terrific CDs, coloring books and other resources at It’s a local company, based in Cramerton, near Charlotte. Sign up for their free “Summer Faith Adventure.” n My children have always enjoyed stories of the saints, our heroes in faith. Mary Fabyatt Windeatt does an excellent job of bringing the saints to life in a way that young children (and tweens) can easily understand. Teens will appreciate books by Louis de Wohl, who also has the gift of making the saints’ lives exciting and interesting. n A family Bible study is a great project to take on this summer. If your children are very young, there is an abundance of picture Bibles available to familiarize them with the basic stories. It’s tough to find anything for elementary school children with simple language that isn’t too childish, but our family did like “The Bible for Young Catholics” by Anne Hefferman. I’ve also heard great things about Heidi Hess Saxton’s “My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories.” Teens can benefit from the “Prove It!” series which includes a Bible study. I also highly recommend the “Great Adventure Bible Study” which offers a study for teens called “T3:The Teen Timeline.” It’s available on DVD and CD and is a bit of an investment but well worth it. You can support another local company by purchasing the program at, based in Charlotte. n As parents, take some time this summer to read through the Catechism of the Catholic Church, also available online. Get a copy of the terrific “YouCat” (Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church) so that your children can learn alongside you. These are just a few resources to get you started. Try browsing your local Catholic bookstore or search online, and make this the first of many faith-filled summer vacations. Peggy Bowes is a member of Holy Angels Church in Mount Airy and author of “The Rosary Workout” (

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Harry Potter books not harmless entertainment


even books. For years, seven books have captivated the minds and imaginations of millions of young and old readers around the globe. These seven books, written in a masterful prose and touch, present an age-old struggle of good versus evil. These seven books have spread wildly, with millions of teens and young adults reading them or watching the films derived from them. And since the day they were written, these seven books have been slowly manipulating and twisting the minds of its millions of readers, tainting them with magic, sorcery and evil. These books go by the title of the Harry Potter series. What’s so wrong with them? They popularize black magic and satanic arts, and present the idea that magic exists and can be used to do good or evil. “Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture” by Micheal O’Brien takes an in-depth look at these books, pointing out their errors and evils. Through his reasoning and support from many other authors, including Pope Benedict XVI, O’Brien shows that the Harry Potter books are quite the opposite from harmless entertainment, but rather intrinsically evil and full of black seductions. O’Brien extensively compares the Harry Potter series to the great fantasy epic “The Lord of the Rings,” penned by the legendary Catholic author J.R.R. Tolkien. In “The Lord of the Rings,” a hobbit named Frodo Baggins sets out to destroy the Ring of Power and thereby overthrow the Dark Lord Sauron. Aided and advised by the wizard Gandalf, Frodo struggles to fulfill the quest, and also to ignore the seductions of the Ring. Several times the Ring, acting much like our own tempter, tries to manipulate others to use its power to challenge the Dark Lord. But a wise elf declares that Sauron cannot be defeated that way: “If one of the Wise should, with this Ring, overthrow the Dark Lord of Mordor, he would set himself on Sauron’s throne, and yet another Dark Lord would appear.” The Ring, by tempting the bearer, is really pulling a trick to try and get back to its dark master: none other than Sauron himself. The Ring itself represents sin. (To know why, and to understand the extensive symbolism in “The Lord of the Rings,” listen to the CD “Joseph Pearce Unlocks the Lord of the Rings” – the Christian thought represented in this book is truly amazing). Sauron is, evidently, the devil himself. He cannot be overthrown with his own weapon of evil, but by destroying the weapon of evil, Sauron also will be destroyed. That leads to another fault in Potter that O’Brien points out. In the books, both Harry and his enemy Voldemort use witchcraft – implying that evil can be defeated by black magic. Harry and Voldemort use their powers to kill, maim and have a supernatural power over others, which is exactly what is condemned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “All practices of magic or sorcery, by which one attempts to tame occult powers, so as to place them at one’s service and to have a supernatural power over others ... are gravely contrary to the virtue of religion. These practices are even more to be condemned when accompanied by the intention of harming someone...” (CCC 2117) Potter uses the strength of another to work his spells and curses; he invokes something else to practice his magic. He must learn different ways to use witchcraft; it did not all appear naturally. He is called “warlock” and “wizard.” His mentor at the magic school, Professor Dumbledore, is known by the title “Grand Sorcerer and Chief Warlock.” Sorcerers and warlocks are people who use the powers of the satanic to work their spells and incantations. The magic of Tolkien’s wizard Gandalf, however, is different. O’Brien clarifies the difference: “While it is true

that Gandalf, one of the central characters, is occasionally called a ‘wizard,’ he is not in fact a classical sorcerer. There are ranks of beings in Middle-earth, and the Istari (an order of beings like Gandalf) lie somewhere between angels and men. The term ‘wizard’ is one that the men of Middle-earth have projected upon the Istari, who are only superficially like the wizards in the Potter series ... similar to guardian angels but more incarnate.” Gandalf has been given his powers by Iluvatar, the allegorical representation of God in Middleearth. Iluvatar gave the Istari their powers so that they could contest the might of Sauron. Thus, Gandalf and the other “wizards” use their own powers to works spells and the like. A similar idea is presented in “The Paganization of Culture,” through the words of author John Andrew Murray. In a quote from the website www.familylifecenter. net that Murray contributes to, he reveals the relationship between power and authority both in Harry Potter and in C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia”: “That is the nature of all legitimate power – it is granted and guided by authority.” (John 19:11: “You would have no power over me, unless it had been given you from above.”) “When we read Rowling’s series, we find that she effectively divorces power from authority. There is no sovereign person or principle governing the use of the supernatural. Magical power is gained through inheritance and learning. It is not granted by a higher authority, because there is no higher authority – at least none higher than Harry’s mentor, Albus Dumbledore, and the evil Lord Voldemort. The two are equal, antagonistic and unaccountable to a higher authority. “In C.S. Lewis’ Narnia,” Murray continues, “power and authority are welded together. That authority is Jesus, in the character of the great lion Aslan – creator and sovereign ruler of Narnia, son of the Emperor Beyond the Sea. Good power is power that is bestowed by Aslan and exercised in accordance with his will. This good power is at work when the children Peter, Susan and Lucy use gifts bestowed upon them by an agent of Aslan. “Evil power, on the other hand, is power that is seized or conjured – rather than bestowed – and exercised for selfish ends. Those who resist the temptation to use such power are commended ... But those who wield it ... are eventually vanquished by Aslan.” According to the dictionary, “magic” and “sorcery” have different definitions. Magic is “the use of means (as charms or spells) believed to have supernatural power over natural forces.” Sorcery is “the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits.” However, the Catechism groups them into the same category and condemns them as idolatry. Sorcery and magic are not the only harmful aspect of the Potter series. Harry commits other sins. O’Brien points out: “But is Harry really all that good? He blackmails his uncle, blows up his aunt, uses trickery and deception, and ‘breaks a hundred rules’ (to quote the mildly censorious but ultimately approving Dumbledore). He frequently tells lies to get himself out of trouble, and lets himself be provoked into revenge against his student enemies...” Harry, the cultural icon of good and integrity, turns out to be not so very different from his enemy Voldemort. Meanwhile, Frodo Baggins, the central character in “The Lord of the Rings,” is seen as self-sacrificing his peace and happiness for the good of his world. At the end of the first book in the trilogy, “The Fellowship of the Ring,” he shows his love and caring for his band of traveling companions by slipping away from them and continuing on the quest without them, so as not to pull them into danger. Thus, in comparing Frodo to Harry, Frodo seems to come up on the side of the true good; not for himself, but for others. Meanwhile, Harry seems to be a representation of false good and “the ends justify the means.” Cardinal Josef Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, wrote about the books in 2003 to an author who had just published a book analyzing the evil of the Harry Potter series, even as the series’ popularity skyrocketed. “Thank you very much for the instructive book,” he wrote. “It is good that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly.” In an interview with ZENIT Catholic news agency, O’Brien, the author of “Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture,” made a remark that we really should apply to any work of literature or cinema: “I am simply asking, do the Harry Potter books make it easier for children to reach Paradise, or more difficult?” A.J. Ohlhaut is a parishioner of St. Ann Church in Charlotte.

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May is a month to celebrate all mothers Jorge Gomiz


Catholic identities important to foster Hispanics’ faith

hen it comes to providing faith formation and affirming the Catholic identity of Hispanic Catholics, parishes in general are doing a good job. Still others, not being acquainted with how to serve the particular needs of Hispanic Catholics, however, can run into the pitfall of experimenting with one-size-fits-all approaches, such as English-only catechesis, often with unintended results. This may affect the Catholic identity of this vulnerable group as well as may increase the language and cultural gap between a Hispanic child and his or her parents. This could have the most harm in parishes where there are newly arrived, first generation Hispanic immigrants, where for the most part parents and children speak one language. To this effect, the U.S. Catholic bishops stated in their 1987 National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry that: “Through a policy of assimilation, new immigrants are forced to give up their language, culture, values, and traditions and adopt a form of life and worship foreign to them in order to be accepted as parish members. This attitude alienates new Catholic immigrants from the Church…” In that same year, Pope John Paul II supported the same pastoral principle in his visit to Native Americans in Phoenix, Ariz., when he declared, “Keep alive your cultures, your languages, the values and customs which have served you well in the past and which provide a solid foundation for the future. The Catholic faith can thrive in any culture.” This fact about Catholic identity is not new. Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini, named “Father to the Migrants” by Pope John Paul II, already in the 19th century reflected on the link between faith and language: “Daily experience tells us that as long as an individual, a family, or a whole community preserves its own native language, it will not likely lose its own faith.” This fact is amply supported by a study on religious identification among Hispanics in the U.S. (Adriela, Keysar, Barry, 2001), as well as other religious and sociological studies on Hispanics. The more immigrant Catholics lose their language, the more they will assimilate into our pervasive secular culture, stop practicing their Catholic faith, or go to another faith tradition. As the Catholic Church in the U.S., our mission is to evangelize, strengthen Catholic identity, promote the mutual enrichment of cultures, and get people to commit to the life and mission of their parishes through discipleship and stewardship. How can we build culturally sensitive and language-appropriate faith formation programs that will effectively serve the Hispanic faithful of all ages? The following are some pastoral principles offered by an “Outline of Preliminary Findings” from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the Symposium on Faith Formation in Baltimore, Md., in 2008: n Ecclesial integration versus assimilation strengthens Catholic identity of all in a culturally diverse Church. n A both/and approach on the use of English and Spanish formation programs benefits a much greater number of its participants. n Enculturation of the Gospel is the guiding light for all faith formation programs and projects. n Provide comprehensive and systematic faith formation. n Native leadership within every catechetical ministry is essential to the mission of the local Church. n Empower Hispanics into higher education so they may serve all Catholics. n Cast a bigger net with mission-oriented formation programs and projects. n Focus on process rather than programs with communal perspectives (Family, Community, Fellowship) n Recognize the affective value as the starting point for evangelization and catechesis. While there may be a series of challenges that parishes deal with, day in and day out, to serve and welcome the immigrants to parish life, there is one that stands out as a two-part commitment: the promotion of unity in diversity, as well as welcoming and fostering the specific identity of each of the many faces in the Church. Jorge Gomiz serves as the diocesan Hispanic Ministry coordinator for the Charlotte Vicariate.

May is a difficult month for many women. Many women desire nothing but to be a mother and yet they can’t conceive because of various fertility issues. Many have lost babies at various points of pregnancy or childhood. The desire to be a mother is so deep-seated in the hearts of women to the point of deep longing and much suffering. We Catholics believe that a child – a precious and unique soul – is created at the moment of conception; therefore, a mother is created at the moment of conception, too. This is to be honored, to be celebrated and to be held sacred. For many, though, this blessing comes at a price, if it comes at all. This May marked my fourth Mother’s Day. I have three beautiful children: Natalie Claire, Tobias Joseph and Vincent Ignatius. But the day was not like you probably imagine it was. My day did not start with breakfast in bed, homemade greeting cards and special gifts. No, you see, my children were all stillborn. There are no greeting cards for women like me. There are questioning eyes and adverted stares from well-meaning friends over whether or not to say “Happy” Mother’s Day to a woman who has lost a child. Pregnancy loss is a secret sisterhood. No one wants to talk about our children, no one wants to accept the reality that is a way of life for so many of us. Attending Mass on Mother’s Day fills a bereaved mother like me with anxiety. Other mothers are greeted with smiles and prayers, hugs and flowers. Those of us with no children in tow get something less. Even those women blessed with living children will tell you that the infants lost and carried in their hearts are felt more on this day. During the Prayers of the Faithful, mothers like me wonder if our motherhood will be mentioned. Will we be honored, celebrated, held sacred for our sacrifice – for our love, for our children? After sitting through a potentially emotionally difficult Mass, a blessing for mothers is offered. Does a bereaved mother stand? Yes. We stand to honor the lives of our children. Is it difficult? Yes. But we do it as a way to acknowledge our motherhood in hopes that one day, it won’t be such a secret anymore. I am forever grateful that my Natalie made me a mother. I miss my three beautiful children and look forward to holding them in my arms again one day. Until then, it is my hope and prayer that my motherhood is honored and celebrated through prayers, blessings and, yes, gentle wishes of a “Happy Mother’s Day.” Kim Bates is a parishioner at St. Ann Church in Charlotte.

I am so proud to be a Catholic President Barack Obama uses the Golden Rule to justify his position on same-sex “marriage.” However, are they just words? Are we consistent, or do we let our own preconceived ideas determine how we apply this teaching of Christ? Marriage is a sacred tradition in almost every society on earth. Christians believe that God created man and woman at the very beginning of time. As Christians we are to be sympathetic and loving toward each other. We are to pray for each other with humility, compassion and without

judgment. It is right to consider all peoples’ feelings, but first and foremost we must consider God’s teaching. (Matthew 19:4-5) Are those of you who wish to change this following the Golden Rule? Are you respecting those who believe in God’s teaching? God created marriage. Marriage wasn’t created by people, by civil authority, not even by the Church. Those who wish to redefine marriage to include samesex unions don’t seem to care what the rest of us believe. It is no one’s right to judge another person, but is it right to change what God ordained? There wouldn’t be plants, animals, birds or people without God’s natural order of things. We must all respect God, nature and man. If you don’t believe in God or nature, forget about man. There won’t be any. Jane Roath is a parishioner at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro.

Do I believe? “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.” That’s pretty straightforward for most Catholics. But examining the creed said every Sunday at Mass, nowhere does it say anything about the Eucharist, the lifeblood (pun intended) of the Catholic faith. How much do we actually believe in the Transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ? Because if we truly believe, we wouldn’t be so nonchalant as we stroll up to the front of the church to receive the Eucharist. We wouldn’t be glancing at our watches as the priest or deacon cleans the vessels, just waiting from them to walk back to their chair so we could bolt before the closing hymn. We wouldn’t think that the careful steps taken by the priest with the ritualistic aspects of preparing, distributing and purifying after the Eucharistic meal were at all superfluous. The truth is, we don’t truly appreciate our belief in the Real Presence. If we did, we would be on our hands and knees as we came anywhere near the True Presence of God in the flesh. We wouldn’t be able to talk, to breathe, to look at the Body and Blood of the one Lord Jesus Christ. But we don’t. I don’t. I hope, I have faith, I trust that the belief will come. I see the devotion and the honest belief of others as they lay prostrate in adoration, or the care and love with which they receive the Eucharist. But I am not worthy. None of us are worthy of Jesus Christ and the love He has for us. But we trust anyway. We have faith anyway. We hope anyway. Now, more than ever, it is more important that we recognize our unbelieving, and pray for belief – to admit our sins, our addictions, our faults and our crosses, and to unite with broken and lost people of all faiths, all backgrounds and all lifestyles as one Body of Christ. Because my faith, alone, is nothing. Your faith, alone, is nothing. But the faith and the hope and the love of the universal Church can stand as a beacon of light for all in the darkness if we accept what we lack, pray for what we need, and live lives of love for God and for others. Eric Kopfle lives in Charlotte and describes himself as a recent college graduate who “represents the younger generation of Catholics keeping the faith in a world that is increasingly anti-religion.”

Most-read stories on the web Through press time on June 6, 2,338 visitors to viewed a total of 6,055 pages in June. About 200 people joined in the live broadcast of the June 2 ordination Mass. More than 900 visitors have viewed ordination coverage this month. The top 5 headlines in May were: n Ad Limina 2012 - A Virtual Pilgrimage (blog)............................................................................................................................... 10,716 n Facts about the marriage amendment...............................................................................................................................................543 n Belmont Abbey’s oldest monk, Father Matthew McSorley, passes away..................................................................................401 n Belmont Abbey graduates celebrate their moment in time ........................................................................................................252 n Bishop Peter Jugis: In support of marriage......................................................................................................................................229

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