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Moving into ministry Lay ministry guides Catholics to deeper spirituality by

KAREN A. EVANS staff writer

Cardinal: Those involved in stem-cell research face excommunication by CAROL GLATZ catholic news service

HICKORY— Following on the heels of two men being ordained to the priesthood and 16 to the permanent diaconate, 41 men and women recently celebrated their completion of the diocesan Lay Ministry program. After two years of study and reflection, the lay ministers received certificates

VATICAN CITY — Female egg donors, doctors and researchers involved in the destruction of embryos for stem-cell studies may face excommunication, said the head of the Vatican’s family council. Because embryonic stem-

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Smoke and spirit Photos by Karen A. Evans

Hundreds join Bishop Peter J. Jugis as he carries a monstrance during a eucharistic procession through Asheville, part of the diocesan Eucharistic Conference June 24.

Hundreds honor Eucharist in Asheville Peter J. Jugis in the standingroom-only Basilica of St. Lawrence, followed by a procession around four city blocks to the Asheville Civic Center. The conference was organized by the diocesan Eucharistic Congress Committee in response to the requests of people in the western part of the diocese. Many people wanted an opportunity to gather for Mass, a procession and speech in preparation for the Eucharistic Congress in October, Bishop Jugis said. In his hom-


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ASHEVILLE — They came from near and far, singing and praying the rosary as they solemnly processed through the streets of downtown Asheville. Echoing a scene from the inaugural Eucharistic Congress in Charlotte in September 2005, Catholics gathered in Asheville for a Eucharistic Conference June 24. The conference began with Mass celebrated by Bishop See EUCHARIST, page 10

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Bishop Peter J. Jugis prepares the incense on the altar during the dedication Mass of the new Our Lady of the Americas Church in Biscoe June 25. Incensation of the church indicates the dedication of the church as a house of prayer.

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Renewed in spirit

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Charismatic conference explores Holy Spirit

Book on Founders’ fight; Padre Pio DVD

Superman and Jesus; charity and faith

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Current and upcoming topics from around the world to your own backyard

Making a ‘splash’

WHEELING, W.Va. (CNS) — Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston commended President George W. Bush for signing into law the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response Act June 15 to improve the safety of coal miners and to strengthen recovery efforts of miners who are trapped. He also commended West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin, who was present for the signing at the White House, for state legislation passed in January. “In the past months, because of the great catastrophes in West Virginia and the loss of life, we have seen improved laws concerning the protection of our miners,” Bishop Bransfield said. “It is to the governor’s credit and recently to the president’s credit that these mining laws have been updated.” The MINER Act carries the first revisions to federal mine safety laws since the Federal Mine Safety and Health

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St. Louis-area Catholic school students Alexis Jennings, Gloria Maciorowski, Melissa Rey and Jack Terschluse display the components of their award-winning game Splash Dash. The quartet won a TOYchallenge competition with their invented outdoor tag game.

Student inventors create new toy, win competition

Children inspired by teammate’s illness ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Four Catholic school students in the St. Louis area finished sixth grade with a bang. Alexis Jennings, Gloria Maciorowski, Melissa Rey and Jack Terschluse are the Neon Warriors, a team of inventors who won the grand prize in the East Coast Nationals TOYchallenge competition. The Neon Warriors invented Splash Dash, a fitness-focused outdoor tag game that involves “blasting” opponents with splash balls. “We went through a lot of designs before we came up with the right one,” Melissa said. “It was really fun to see our ideas working and in action.” Jack added, “I learned one person can’t do it all. You always need help on a project like this. A team is like a puzzle. You can’t put together the puzzle if you don’t have the pieces or the help from team members.” The East Coast Nationals, held in Research Triangle Park, N.C., was one of two final rounds of TOYchallenge, an annual contest sponsored by Sally Ride Science company. More than 350 teams competed across the country, with 50 making it to each of two finals. The West Coast final at the end of April at the San Diego Aerospace Museum in California yielded its own prize-winning team. The grand prize is a Kennedy Space Center weekend VIP tour this summer that

West Virginia bishop commends Bush, governor for new mine safety

includes air travel, along with a trophy. “I want to be an astronaut when I grow up, so I can’t wait until our trip to the Kennedy Space Center,” said Melissa. TOYchallenge aims to interest middle-school students, especially girls, in science and engineering. The toy and game competition has three categories — family games, teaching toys and “get out and play.” That last category was the one the Chesterfield youngsters chose for strong personal reasons. “We decided on a game that allowed the players to get some exercise after our teammate Jack was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes last summer,” said Melissa. “We learned that exercise helps keep blood-sugar level in check, so we wanted to invent a game that would especially benefit people like Jack who have diabetes.” The game works like this: Players, wearing special vests, use a slingshottype mechanism to toss lightweight sponge balls at one another. The object is to avoid being hit while staying within the boundaries. Splash Dash is aimed at children age 8 and older. “I learned that working hard is the only way to get things done,” said Gloria. “I also learned that if you have pride and faith in something, follow through with it. You never know how things will turn out.”

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SPRUCE PINE — A Rosary of Intercession for Priests is recited each Friday at St. Lucien Church, 695 Summit St., before the 9 a.m. Mass. Prayers are offered for bishops, priests and deacons, and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood. For more information, call the church office at (828) 765-2224.

CHARLOTTE VICARIATE CHARLOTTE — Susan Brady presents “Listening to Luke,” a week-long exploration of the Gospel of a master storyteller and a dynamic theologian, who gave us the opportunity to walk with Jesus and experience him encountering others and teaching us about his Father. The program will take place July 17-21, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., at St. Matthew Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., in the New Life Center Banquet Room. RSVP to Susan Brady at (704) 541-8362 ext. 4 or e-mail CHARLOTTE — St. Matthew Church, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., will host a Christian Coffeehouse July 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Single and married adults are invited for an evening of contemporary Christian music, food and fellowship. For more information, call Kathy Bartlett at (704) 400-2213. CHARLOTTE — Pathfinders, a peer-led support group for separated and divorced adults, offers education, support and fellowship through the divorce process. The group meets Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., in  St. Gabriel Church’s Ministry Building, 3016 Providence Rd. For more information, call Nancy at (704) 752-0318. CHARLOTTE — The Society of Mary and Martha meets the third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 6828 Old Reid Rd. For more information, call Peggy

Act of 1977. “The MINER Act will build on the Mine Safety and Health Administration’s ongoing efforts to enhance mine safety training, to improve safety and communications technology for miners and provide more emergency supplies of breathable air along escape routes,” Bush said. With Bush for the signing of the new law was Randal McCloy, the sole survivor of the Jan. 2 Sago Mine disaster in Upshur County, W.Va., that left 12 miners dead. A total of 33 miners, including 19 in West Virginia, have been killed in mine-related accidents in the U.S. this year. Bush’s signing of the mine safety measure into law came less than a month after the latest tragedy in the state in which Todd Upton of Fairmont was killed in an accident May 25 at a mine in Harrison County.

Pohlheber at (704) 588-7311. CHARLOTTE — The Healing Prayer Group will pray with you in the name of the Lord Jesus for your healing, be it mental, spiritual or physical. Come and know the gentleness and unconditional love of the Lord. We meet the third Monday of each month in the St. Matthew Chapel, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy., at 7:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail Barbara Gardner at CHARLOTTE —The Young Widowed Group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall of St. Gabriel Church, 3016 Providence Rd. For more information, contact facilitator Sister Therese Galligan at (704) 362-5047, ext. 216. HUNTERSVILLE — Elizabeth Ministry is a peer ministry comprised of St. Mark Church parishioners who have lost babies before of shortly after birth. Confidential peer ministry, information and spiritual materials are offered at no cost or obligation to anyone who has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn. For details, call Sandy Buck at (704) 948-4587. CHARLOTTE — The 50+ Club of St. John Neumann Church, 8451 Idlewild Rd., meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11 a.m. with a program and lunch in the parish hall. For reservations and more information, call Elaine at (704) 847-2835. CHARLOTTE — The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, St. Brigid Division 1, an IrishCatholic group of women dedicated to their faith, country and Irish heritage, meet the third Wednesday of each month. Anyone interested in membership, call Jeanmarie Schuler at (704) 554 0720.

GASTONIA VICARIATE BELMONT — First Saturday Devotions take place on the first Saturday of each month at Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd. Devotion begins at 9:30 a.m. with the recitation of the rosary, followed by reconciliation

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Catholics can get indulgence for praying for families in early July VATICAN CITY (CNS) — To encourage Catholics to attend the Fifth World Meeting of Families in Valencia, Spain, and to recite prayers with their families, Pope Benedict XVI is offering a special spiritual gift, the Vatican said. “The gift of a plenary indulgence” will be given to those who participate in the July 1-9 meeting in Spain or who gather their own families together in early July to pray for families, the Vatican announced June 27. An indulgence is a remission of the temporal punishment deserved for sins. In order to receive the indulgence, Catholics must attend the meeting in Spain, go to confession, receive the Eucharist and offer prayers for the

and Mass. For more information, call Phil or Terri at (704) 888-6050.

GREENSBORO VICARIATE GREENSBORO — If you have a special need for prayers, or would like to offer your time in prayer for others’ needs, please call the Prayer Chain at Our Lady of Grace Church. The Prayer Chain is a sizable group committed to praying for your needs and the needs of your family and friends on a daily basis. To request a prayer or to participate in the Prayer Chain, call the church office at (336) 274-6520, ext. 10 and leave your name, address and phone number. GREENSBORO — All Irish-Catholic women are invited to participate in the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, a social, cultural and charitable group for an ongoing series of fun and informative activities. LAOH meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Kloster Center of St. Pius X Church, 2210 N. Elm St. Please join us for refreshments and to learn more about our group. Any questions can be directed to Mary Giff at (336) 855-7014. GUILFORD COUNTY — The Guilford County Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the oldest and largest order of Irish Catholic men, is looking for more Irish Catholic men to join them for meetings, educational seminars and social events. Contact Michael Slane at (336) 665-9264 for time and location.

SALISBURY VICARIATE SALISBURY — Elizabeth Ministry is a peer ministry comprised of Sacred Heart Church parishioners who have lost babies before or shortly after birth. Confidential peer ministry, information and spiritual materials are offered at no cost or obligation to anyone who has experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or the death of a newborn. For details, call Renee Washington at (704) 637-0472 or Sharon Burgess at (704) 633-0591.

intentions of the pope. If they cannot go to Spain, the decree said, “they will obtain the same plenary indulgence under the same conditions,” but rather than going to the meeting they are to “recite as a family the Our Father, the creed and other devoted prayers” asking God to strengthen their families. Both those in Spain and those remaining at home are to promise to “dedicate themselves generously to conforming their families ... to the holy rule of the Gospel,” said the decree, which was signed by U.S. Cardinal J. Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court responsible for regulations governing indulgences. meets Mondays at 7:15 p.m. in the eucharistic chapel of Holy Family Church, 4820 Kinnamon Rd. Join us for praise music, witness, teaching, prayers and petition. For more details, call Jim Passero at (336) 998-7503.

WINSTON-SALEM — The Compassionate Care-Givers meet the first, third and fifth Thursdays of each month at St. Benedict the Moor Church, 1625 East 12th St. This group provides affirmation, support and prayer for people who have cared for and are caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and any other chronic illnesses. For more information, call Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams at (336) 725-9200.

Is your parish or school sponsoring a free event open to the general public? Please submit notices for the Diocesan Planner at least 7 days prior to desired publication date (Fridays) in writing to Karen A. Evans at or fax to (704) 370-3382.

Bishop Peter J. Jugis will participate in the following events:

July 9 — 12 p.m. Mass celebrating 40th anniversary of the church’s dedication St. Frances of Rome Church, Sparta July 16 — 2 p.m. Mass at Camp Kahdalea Camp Kahdalea, Brevard

20 calling for the life imprisonment and not the execution of Saddam and his codefendants, who are on trial in Iraq. “Even in the daily slaughterhouse of Iraq a human life — any human life — always is sacred,” the newspaper said. Revenge, even resulting from a fair trial, “will not heal wounds, but rather risks exacerbating them further,” Avvenire said. “Nothing gives legitimacy to a killing unless it is motivated by a compelling need for legitimate defense.” In his final arguments in Saddam’s trial June 19, the chief prosecutor called for the death penalty for Saddam and his co-defendants “because they spread corruption on earth, they showed no mercy even for the old, for women or for children, and even the trees were not safe from their oppression.” “The law calls for the death penalty, and this is what we ask be implemented,”

Shared blessings

KERNERSVILLE — Holy Cross Church, 616 S. Cherry St., hosts a Senior Coffee House the first and third Mondays of each month, 10 a.m.12 p.m., in Salesian Hall in the Child Development Building. Call the church office at (336) 996-5109 ext. 12 for directions or information.

CLEMMONS — A Charismatic Prayer Group


VATICAN CITY (CNS) — No one should be put to death, not even former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, said Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the pontifical councils for Interreligious Dialogue and for Culture. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church, the church itself and the pope reaffirm that every person is a creature of God and that no one but the creator can claim to be the lord of the life and death of another,” the cardinal said June 21 in an interview with the Italian news agency ANSA. “Every creature, even the most wretched, was created in the image and likeness of God,” the French cardinal said. “God is the master of life and death.” The cardinal made his comments after Avvenire, the Italian bishops’ daily newspaper, published an editorial June

WINSTON-SALEM — St. Benedict the Moor Church, 1625 East 12th St., hosts a  12:15 p.m. prayer service, Veni Sanctus Spiritus, the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. All are welcome to reflect on God and refresh the spirit in the middle of a day. For more information call Sister Larretta RiveraWilliams at (336) 725-9200.



No one should be put to death, not even Saddam, says Vatican official

Aug. 4 — 2:30 p.m. Installation Mass of Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Raleigh Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

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Hindus and Buddhists wait in line at Assumption Catholic Church in Katmandu, Nepal, for a blessing immediately after Communion. Nearly half the 700 people present at the church April 29 were non-Catholics so they queued up for the blessing since they cannot receive Communion. “Only Catholics can receive Communion. But there are many Hindus who come for the Mass regularly,” Father Justin Lepcha, vicar of the church, told Catholic News Service in mid-June. “Certainly, the number of non-Catholics attending the Mass is steadily going up. So, we have introduced this system of special blessing ... to make them feel at home in the church.” Msgr. Anthony Sharma, apostolic prefect of Nepal, who heads the 7,500-strong Catholic community in the Hindu kingdom, also said that “there is a growing demand from the people (Hindus and Buddhists) to become Christians.” In recent years, there have been between 300 and 400 mostly adult baptisms, said Msgr. Sharma.

Diocesan requirements for reporting ministry-related sexual abuse of a minor 1. Any individual having actual knowledge of or reasonable cause to suspect an incident of ministry-related sexual abuse is to immediately report the incident to the Chancery. 2. The Chancery will then report the incident to the proper civil authorities. The individual reporting the incident to the Chancery will be notified of the particulars regarding the Chancery’s filing of the incident with civil authorities. 3. This reporting requirement is not intended to supersede the right of an individual to make a report to civil authority, but is to ensure proper, complete and timely reporting. Should an individual choose to make a report to civil authority, a report is still to be made to the Chancery.

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Student from Charlotte wins national religious paper in religious studies or theology. Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society for religious studies and theology, presents the $200 annual award. Durkin was recognized at a Georgetown Theta Alpha Kappa chapter awards dinner in April. His essay, which was written as a term paper for theology class, will be published this year in the Journal of Theta Alpha Kappa Entitled “A Cultural Reading of Luke 16:1-9,” it examines the historical context of the puzzling parable in which the dishonest steward is commended by his master. At Georgetown, Durkin is in the School of Foreign Service. He graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Myers Park High School in Charlotte. At St. Gabriel Church, he played piano for the youth choir.

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Rallying for the rosary

Jeffrey Durkin CHARLOTTE — Jeffrey Durkin, a parishioner of St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte and sophomore at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., recently won a religious studies award. Durkin, 18, is the 2005 winner of the A. Albert Clark Award for best undergraduate

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Employees of Catholic Social Services, along with other employees of the Diocese of Charlotte, pray during a Mass held in the chapel at the Pastoral Center in Charlotte June 30. The Mass was part of Catholic Social Service’s Appreciation Prayer Day, in which CSS employees offered prayers for CSS volunteers and donors and their loved ones. Appreciation Prayer Day Masses were celebrated also at the Basilica of St. Lawrence in Asheville and Our Lady of Mercy Church in Winston-Salem. Prayers were offered at Masses at St. William Church in Murphy and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Hayesville. Catholic Social Services, a member of Catholic Charities USA, offers services including domestic and international adoption, pregnancy support, counseling, refugee resettlement, elder ministry, justice and peace education and advocacy, and economic development. For more information about Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Charlotte, go online to

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Second-graders, dressed in their first Communion attire, carry a statue of Mary down the aisle during the semi-annual Rosary Rally at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte May 7. The rally has taken place in the Diocese of Charlotte for more than 30 years as a way to pray and to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pictured are (from left) Morgan Witt, Joseph McGoldrick, Nathanael Rusciolelli, Dominica McGoldrick (center), Peter Rusciolelli, David McGoldrick and Clare Delucca.

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A spiritual home for all New Our Lady of the Americas Church dedicated by

by St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte. The matching baptismal font, altar and ambo were handcrafted in Mexico, and statues of Sts. Joseph and John and Our Lady of Consolation were imported from Mexico. The new bell tower carillon is programmed with more than 100 hymns for daily Mass, Sunday Mass and special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, weddings and funerals. A statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is housed in an alcove to the left of the altar, was blessed by Bishop Jugis after it was processed to the altar by the Aztec Dancers, who performed a traditional Aztec ceremonial dance following the conclusion of the dedication Mass June 25. Parish life The emphasis on community is strong in the parish, with ethnic lines disappearing in a cooperative effort

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Members of the children’s choir sing during the dedication of Our Lady of the Americas Church.

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BISCOE — Once a sleepy little mission, Our Lady of the Americas Church is now home to approximately 1,000 Catholics. Since its establishment in the late 1980s, the mission church quickly outgrew its first home, a former Baptist church. Approximately 1,000 members, guests, local officials and clergy attended the dedication Mass of the new Our Lady of the Americas Church June 25. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Jugis, with Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin presiding. Principal concelebrants were Msgr. Mauricio W. West, vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte; Benedictine Abbot Patrick Shelton, pastor of St. James the Greater Church in Hamlet and Sacred Heart Church in Wadesboro; and Father Ricardo Sanchez, pastor of Our Lady of the Americas Church. Msgr. Michael Buttner, pastor of Holy Family Church in Clemmons; and Father Mark Lawlor, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Charlotte, also concelebrated along with priests of the Diocese of Raleigh. “Here in the new church we come to worship and praise Jesus Christ, and celebrate the mystery and presence of Jesus Christ,” said Bishop Jugis in his homily presented in Spanish. Humble beginnings When Our Lady of the Americas Church was founded in 1989, a multicultural outreach to the ever-growing Hispanic community in the Diocese of Charlotte was further strengthened. Then-Bishop John F. Donoghue and Oblate Father Gerard Clarke established the first Catholic church in Montgomery County. When it came time to choose a name for the church — a mission of Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in Albemarle — Father Clarke suggested Our Lady of Guadalupe because the mission was made up mainly of Mexican immigrants. Bishop Donoghue, wanting to ensure that the church would represent all the Catholics of the area, asked Father Clarke for other suggestions, and Our Lady of the Americas was chosen.

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Above: Bishop Jugis prays during the liturgy of the Eucharist at the dedication of Our Lady of the Americas Church in Biscoe June 25. Left: Young men carry the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe down the aisle following the dedication Mass. The statue stands in an alcove to the left of the altar, while a statue of St. Joseph holding the infant Jesus stands to the right of the altar.

involving both Hispanic and Anglo church members. About 100 Anglo members work side-by-side with their Hispanic brothers and sisters to maintain the church’s vitality. The educational mission within Our Lady of the Americas Church is shared by volunteers through an active faith formation program taught in English and Spanish. Hispanic parishioners learn English at the church as well. “It is great to see that the community persevered and they have constructed a very suitable place for worship, faith formation and fellowship,” said Father Lawlor. “I was happy to concelebrate the dedication Mass and to know that I had a small part in the building of the community.” “May this church always be a place from which the love of Christ Jesus is spread throughout the surrounding community,” said Bishop Jugis. Contact Staff Writer Karen A. Evans by calling (704) 370-3354 or e-mail

Bishop Donoghue dedicated and blessed the church in February 1990. Two Masses in Spanish, along with one in English, were scheduled originally. Since then, growth in the mission prompted the addition of a Saturday vigil Mass as well. Over the next 15 years, the mission grew steadily as 2,000 Hispanic immigrants moved into Montgomery County. “The original building … was built to accommodate only about 130 people. We often squeezed in 300 or so,” said Father Lawlor, who served as pastor of Our Lady of the Americas Church from August 1997 to July 1999. “For Masses such as Palm Sunday, confirmation, first Communion, we used a community auditorium that was part of the old high school,” said Father Lawlor. Fundraising for the new facility began in January 1998 by selling food after the Sunday Masses. Two car raffles netted an additional $24,000. By July 1999, $100,000 had been collected for the building fund and 15 acres were purchased from a farmer by using a diocesan loan. On April 9, 2005, Bishop Jugis presided at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new church. The new church The new 24,000-square-foot facility features a worship space, social hall, four classrooms and meeting rooms, all under one roof. Many of the church furnishings were donated by members, church groups and other diocesan churches. “May this new church be a place where the love of Christ is celebrated,” said Bishop Jugis. The 6,400-square-foot church includes stained-glass windows, Stations of the Cross made in California, and an Italian-made crucifix. The new altar contains relics of St. Augustine donated

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Lay ministry guides Catholics to deeper spirituality MINISTRY, from page 1

their parishes — prison ministry, catechesis, feeding the homeless — and those who are exploring various ministries. Lay ministers contribute muchneeded help to the sacramental ministers in parishes throughout the diocese. “Bishops, priests and deacons can’t do it all,” said Villaronga. Lay ministers can serve as counselors, spiritual companions, extraordinary ministers of holy Communion, catechists and in many other areas of the parish. “(The program) was a call and a reminder that (Christ) still loves and cares for me,” said Mark Mejias, Hispanic ministry coordinator at Holy Family Church in Clemmons. “I feel his love growing more and more.” Contact Staff Writer Karen A. Evans by calling (704) 370-3354 or email Want More Info? The Lay Ministry Program is now accepting applications for 2006-07. For more information, contact director Frank Villaronga at (704) 370-3274 or e-mail

of recognition at a ceremony at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory June 11. Msgr. Mauricio W. West, chancellor and vicar general of the Diocese of Charlotte, presided. The Lay Ministry Program is comprised of 12 classes each year, covering such topics as Scripture, Christology, theology and history of the Catholic Church, Vatican II, liturgy and sacrament, morality, social ministry and the “nuts and bolts” of ministry. “Lay ministry isn’t just learning about your faith,” said Frank Villaronga, director of the diocesan Evangelization and Ministry Formation Office. “It is a formational program, and the idea behind lay ministry is that participants are in the program in order to answer their baptismal calls to ministry.” “The program is an extremely beneficial preparation for taking an active role in participating in Christ’s mission to which we have been called in baptism,” said Ralph Sullivan of Charlotte, who completed the lay ministry in June. “The opportunity to learn about that mission through Scripture, tradition and church history, from talented instructors, while feeding off the energy of students committed to serve, left me thirsting for more,” he said. Most participants in the lay ministry program are trying to figure out what it means to be a minister, Villaronga said. The program is comprised of people who might already be involved in some kind of activity or formal ministry in

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Fit for life

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Peggy O’Hanlon, a parishioner and volunteer at St. Michael Church in Gastonia, accepts her Presidential Active Lifestyle Award from Amy Hill, an instructor at South Gaston YMCA in Gastonia in April. The award, part of the President’s Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards Program, is earned by performing physical activity five times a week over a six-week period. O’Hanlon, 71, was nominated for the award due to her strong commitment to physical fitness, according to YMCA instructors, who tracked her regular participation in various group fitness and water aerobic classes.

Students earn fitness awards

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Rising sixth-graders Mackenzie Evans and Michael Tepedino earn top honors in this year’s President’s Challenge Physical Activity and Fitness Awards program. They both won the Presidential Physical Fitness Award by scoring above the 85th percentile (based on the 1985 School Population Fitness Survey) in all five events, including pull-ups, curl-ups, push-ups and running. The national physical fitness test is conducted annually at most schools and offers three levels of awards for students who meet the qualifications — the Presidential Physical Fitness Award, the National Physical Fitness Award and the Participant Physical Fitness Award. Fifty-eight students from Immaculate Heart of Mary School in first- through eighth-grades also received the national award by scoring above the 50th percentile in all five events.

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he added. Threats against family The cardinal’s comments came a little more than a week before he and Pope Benedict XVI were set to attend the Fifth World Meeting of Families in Valencia, Spain, where life issues and threats against the family were expected to be major topics of discussion among participants. In the magazine interview, Cardinal Lopez Trujillo also denounced the growing trend among governments to legally recognize same-sex unions and said giving legal rights to gay couples was “even more serious” than giving similar rights to heterosexual couples. Couples can only be a man and a woman, he said, and homosexual relationships represent “absolute emptiness.” Because of the church’s vocal stand against laws that oppose church teaching, Cardinal Lopez Trujillo said he feared “the church risks being brought before some international court, if the debate gets more tense.” Speaking out in defense of human life and the family, “in some places, is becoming a sort of crime against the

cell research involves the destruction of a human embryo and therefore human life, “it is the same thing” as abortion and similarly entails excommunication, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said in a recent magazine interview. Italy’s leading Catholic magazine, Famiglia Cristiana, published the interview with the Colombian cardinal in its July 2 issue, released June 28. “To destroy the embryo is equivalent to an abortion,” he said, “and the excommunication applies to the woman, the doctors, the researchers who eliminate embryos.” In his 1995 encyclical “Evangelium Vitae,” Pope John Paul II wrote that the church’s evaluation of the immorality of abortion “is to be applied also to the recent forms of intervention on human embryos,” even if the aim of the experimentation is legitimate, such as in research to treat fatal or debilitating diseases. Any act that uses embryos or fetuses “as an object of experimentation constitutes a crime against their dignity as human beings” and this “killing of innocent human creatures, even if carried out to help others, constitutes an absolutely unacceptable act,” the encyclical said. The church supports the use of stem cells derived from adults or umbilical-

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Ampuls containing a medium for storing stem cells are shown by supervising cell biologist Lesley Young at the UK Stem Cell Bank in London May 19, 2004. The world’s first embryonic stem-cell bank opened, breaking ground in one of the most controversial areas of medical research. cord blood for scientific research. Cardinal Lopez Trujillo said those who face excommunication in the case of an abortion include “the mother, the doctor, the nurses, the father if he is in agreement” with aborting the child. Abortion “is a crime, and instead it is becoming a right” in some countries, the cardinal said. Human life is no longer considered something “sacred, untouchable, but has

become something flexible in the hands of people who can decide even when (life) begins and when it ends,” he said. Instances where Catholic politicians pass laws that go against the teachings of the church call for “a reflection, because these (legislators) would not be able to approach the Eucharist,” he said. “No one in the world is authorized to contradict church doctrine concerning the protection of life at all stages,”

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Gifts of Holy Spirit shared at charismatic conference and is still fully present in the Eucharist,” said Deacon Chitwood, who has a master of theology degree in pastoral studies with a focus on spiritual counseling from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo. “Satan and his works are very prevalent in the world today, but he can be overcome by the grace of the Holy Spirit,” said Deacon Chitwood. “Remember that God is continually trying to restore us to that original goodness in which he first created us through the words of the Holy Spirit,” he said. Charismatics emphasize the living presence of the Holy Spirit in the Catholic Church. The charismatic renewal movement grew rapidly in the 1960s and ’70s as a spiritual revival movement; it had its beginnings in prayer groups, mainly on U.S. college campuses, following the Second Vatican Council. The birth of the movement is considered to be the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to two dozen students during a retreat at the Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 1967. But during a congress of lay movements in Italy in June, Patti Mansfield, who attended the 1967 retreat, said the Duquesne students were not founders of a movement. “We are simply witnesses to what God has done,” she said. Nearly 120 million Catholics around the world have had some experience of the movement, she said. The gifts, or charisms, of the Holy Spirit “are given for the purpose of building up the Body of Christ,” said Elizabeth Chitwood. “Therefore, we must be open to these gifts. Not for ourselves, but so that we might use them, give them away, all for the glory of God in the strengthening of the mystical Body of Christ,” she said. Throughout their lives and ministry, the Chitwoods have learned and reaffirmed their belief in articulating God’s word. “It is Satan who lies,” said Elizabeth

“We are simply witnesses to what God has done.” — Patti Mansfield

Chitwood. “He tells us that you are not good enough where you are. The truth is God loves you completely and beyond your understanding right where you are.” “There is nothing that I’ve done or can do that will cause God to love me less. And all we need to do in return is to love, to be like St. Paul as we are present to all people in all situations.” Many participants felt renewed after the conference. “I think it’s wonderful for all of us to be here together worshiping God. It pleases God that we are ... so enthusiastic about his son, Jesus,” said Hanna Hammer, a parishioner of St. Pius X Church in Greensboro. “At the same time, it is the Holy Spirit who gives us the desire to witness,” she said. Contact Correspondent Deacon Gerald Potkay by calling (336) 427-8218 or e-mail

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Elizabeth Chitwood emphasizes a point during her talk at the Catholic charismatic renewal conference at Maryfield Chapel in High Point June 16-17. by


HIGH POINT — The gifts of the Holy Spirit continue to inspire the faithful in the Diocese of Charlotte. “Stay With Us,” a Catholic charismatic conference, was held at Maryfield Chapel in High Point June 16-17. Speakers included Deacon Dennis

and Elizabeth Chitwood, charismatics from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo., and founders of Genesis Ministry, which helps people who are emotionally scarred. A Mass was celebrated by Father Andrew Lasko, a retired priest of the Diocese of Charlotte and resident at Maryfield Nursing Home. “We are here today to bring the Good News that Jesus Christ is alive and well

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happen,” she said. The celebration, which took six months of planning, was designed to bring the two communities together with Jesus Christ at the center of their faith. The efforts have inspired other changes within the parish — work crews, including members of the parish and Knights of Columbus Council 6970 — have made improvements and changes to the church and parish hall. The alterations were accomplished in time for the feast day. “I really thought this was a good celebration,” said parishioner John Wall. “The people really turned out in great numbers for it.” During his midday Angelus address June 18, Pope Benedict XVI said that while the Eucharist is the church’s treasure, the focus of its liturgy and adoration, its life-giving and lifechanging power extends beyond the walls of a church or chapel. “The Eucharist is the lord Jesus who gives himself for the life of the world,” the pope said. By transforming bread and wine into his Body and Blood, Jesus began the process of the “divinization of creation itself,” demonstrating that his life, death and resurrection were meant to transform the whole world, the pope said. The Corpus Christi celebration is a sign that “we want to immerse the bread come down from heaven in our daily lives; we want Jesus to walk where we walk and to live where we live,” he said. The public procession, he said, proclaims to the world that “the Eucharist is everything” for the church, it is the church’s life and source of love. Contact Correspondent Deacon Gerald Potkay by calling (336) 427-8218 or e-mail


REIDSVILLE — Both English- and Spanish-speaking parishioners came together recently to celebrate the power of the Eucharist. “The people must be able to see, with the eyes of faith, the superiority of Jesus’ divine flesh, which will ultimately transform us,” said Father Christopher Roux, administrator of Holy Infant Church in Reidsville. Father Roux led a eucharistic procession outside the church as part of the parish celebration of the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ June 18. The Catholic feast was formerly known as Corpus Christi and often involves the Eucharist being carried in procession down city streets or around public squares. “If we spend our time and effort on sin, we cannot focus upon Jesus, who is the center of our worship,” said Father Roux. “We all must know that the grace of Christ is found in this present moment,” he said. “Jesus says, ‘Don’t look for me in the past. I am not there. Don’t look for me in the future. I am not there. I am in the present. Look for me here, for I am here.’” The celebration included a bilingual Mass with the English- and Spanishlanguage choirs, as well as the children’s choir from St. Mark Church in Huntersville. “This celebration truly brought everyone together. It is good to see our community come together as one,” said parishioner Bob Krebs. “It was just overwhelming to see one community come together like this,” said Lisa Poppa, a parishioner of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Greensboro. “It must have taken a lot of planning, coordination and effort on everyone’s part to make a celebration like this

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Above: Surrounded by Knights of Columbus, Father Christopher Roux carries a monstrance during a Corpus Christi procession at Holy Infant Church in Reidsville June 18, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Below: Patrick Smithwick, grandson of Holy Infant Church parishioner s Michael and Ann Smithwick, keeps cool on a waterslide during the festivities after the Corpus Christi cele br ation at Holy Inf ant Chur c h June 18, the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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ily during the Mass opening the conference, Bishop Jugis gave reasons for having a eucharistic procession. “The procession reminds us that the whole people of God are on a journey, or procession, through history. On the journey through history, the holy Eucharist is with us for food for the journey,” he said. “As we are also on a journey, or procession, we are reminded of the journey of the people of God to the promised land of heaven, and of the mission to change the world around us to reflect more closely the values of the Gospel,” said the bishop. About 500 Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Charlotte participated in the procession. “It was wonderful to see and experience our eucharistic Jesus being given the praise and honor of which he is so deserving,” said Gail Carroll, a parishioner of the Basilica of St. Lawrence. “At first, I felt a little foolish walking through the streets,” said Carroll. “Then I thought of how Jesus humbled himself

for us on his way to the cross.” “I was so happy to see him on display for everyone to see, to exalt him for what he does for us,” she said. The conference was designed to be a prelude to the second Eucharistic Congress to be held in Charlotte Oct. 6-7. Like the congress, the event in Asheville centered on the Eucharist and its importance in Catholic life. Following the procession to the Asheville Civic Center, Bishop Jugis led the participants in a holy hour, including a Gospel reading, homily and singing of the litany of the saints. The conference also featured Patrick Madrid, a Catholic apologist and author of several books defending the Catholic faith, who spoke on “The Mission to Evangelize, Search and Rescue.” The first step to evangelization is to be willing to stand up and speak about Jesus and the gift of the Eucharist, said Madrid. “Let’s not be ashamed of the Eucharist … but be proud of the Eucharist in a charitable and winsome sense,” he said. Madrid presented his audience with six reasons to believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and three “don’ts” for Catholics. According to Madrid, Catholics should not doubt Christ; should not be ashamed of the Eucharist; nor should they be “lukewarm” about their faith.

“The holy Eucharist is with us for food for the journey.” — Bishop Peter J. Jugis “Be faithful and we can conquer apathy and ignorance about the Eucharist,” Madrid said. “The conference was such a witness to what our faith is, to what’s going on here, a proclamation of our faith and what we believe,” said Rosemary Kingsley, parishioner of the Basilica of St. Lawrence. “The conference was a beautiful opportunity for people in the western part of the diocese to come together and celebrate their unity in faith through the sacrament of the unity: the holy Eucharist,” Bishop Jugis said. Contributing to this article was Correspondent Carole McGrotty. Contact Staff Writer Karen A. Evans by calling (704) 370-3354 or e-mail kae-

Above: Bishop Peter J. Jugis and priests and de Below left: Catholic author and apologist Patrick Madrid spe the censer during the eucharistic procession.

What participants said about the Eucharistic Conference: “Aside from the blessings that the faithful receive, for the city of Asheville to receive the blessings of our Lord literally walking through its streets are incomprehensible,” said Father Matthew Kauth, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Franklin. “This was a day of spiritual reflection and community, a chance to share with fellow Catholics who share the same beliefs with a more in-depth feeling of community,” said Clarisse Grubby, a parishioner of St. Benedict Church in Greensboro. “I read about the conference and saw it as a day to reflect on more peace in the world and to bring unity for people who participate,” said Joan Calvert, a

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Bishop Peter J. Jugis carries a monstrance during the eucharistic procession in Asheville June 25. The procession was part of the diocesan Eucharistic Conference in Asheville.

parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro. “Walking through the streets of Asheville made me proud to be a Christian, a Catholic.” “The conference made me feel stronger about my faith,” said Tommy Davis, a parishioner of the Basilica of St. Lawrence. “Mass is mostly the same each day, but a big change such as this opens people’s eyes and makes them see things differently about the (Catholic) Church.” “The people bonded and were joyful during the conference,” said Alice Cella, a parishioner of the Basilica of St. Lawrence. “All the various groups pulled together, and the pageantry was … quite moving.” — Compiled by Correspondent Carole McGrotty

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Patrick Madrid’s six reasons to believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist: 1. Jesus proclaimed it. To deny this is to argue not with the Catholic Church, but with the Lord. At the last supper, Jesus did not say, “This is a symbol of my body.” He said, “This is my body.”

4. Early Christians believed in the Eucharist as the Apostles taught it.

2. The Old Testament foreshadowed it in Exodus 12:21-27. The lamb in the Passover is a symbol of God’s justice and mercy; but a lamb was sacrificed, not a symbolic representation of a lamb.

6. Miracles throughout the centuries, such as the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Italy in the eighth century. After the consecration, the host was changed into live heart tissue and the wine was changed into type-AB blood. The hostflesh and blood can be seen today by pilgrims at the Eucharist Sanctuary in Lanciano. Similar miracles have occurred over the centuries.

3. The Apostles taught us in 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

5. The Catholic Church has always proclaimed the Eucharist.

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eacons of the Diocese of Char lotte pray during the holy hour at the Asheville Civic Center. eaks about “”The Mission to Evangelize, Search and Rescue.” Below right: A young altar server adds incense to

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Many participants prayed the rosary during the eucharistic procession in Asheville June 24.

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Holy Spirit Church bids Father Hoover celebrates retirement at St. Ann pastor a fond farewell DENVER — Parishioners at Holy Spirit Church in Denver had the opportunity to thank their pastor, Father Joseph Ayathupadam, for his six-and-ahalf years of spiritual guidance June 25. A farewell reception was held in the parish activity center to wish him well in his upcoming retirement. Following Mass, the Knights of Columbus escorted Father Ayathupadam from the church to the parish activity center, where he was met with a standing ovation by about 170 parishioners who had gathered to pay tribute to their pastor. He was presented with cards, a laptop computer and other gifts. Earlier that morning, the Knights of Columbus and faith formation groups had sponsored a living rosary in his honor. During Father Ayathupadam’s leadership, Holy Spirit Church’s membership grew from 260 to 450 families. In September 2005, the parish built a 20,000-square-foot activity center for its fast-growing congregation. Father Ayathupadam grew up in

southern India and knew at an early age that he wanted to serve in religious life. In the 45 years he has served as a priest, he worked in India, Africa, Europe and Canada before coming to the United States in 1978. “Father Ayathupadam has served the Lord and the Catholic Church in many parts of the world, and we in the Diocese of Charlotte have been blessed to benefit from his priestly zeal and faithfulness to the Lord,” said Bishop Peter J. Jugis. “From the time Father Ayathupadam and I served together as parochial vicars of St. Leo the Great Church in Winston-Salem in the early 1990s, I have respected his wisdom and enjoyed his sense of humor,” said Bishop Jugis. Father Ayathupadam said he looks forward to traveling again and visiting his family. Although he has traveled worldwide, Father Ayathupadam considers America his home. Recently, he bought a house in south Charlotte and will spend his retirement years there.

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Father Joseph Ayathupadam regards the cake for his retirement party at Holy Spirit Church in Denver June 25.

Catholic convert served several parishes in Diocese of Charlotte CHARLOTTE — More than 400 parishioners, friends and family members gathered at St. Ann Church in Charlotte June 10 to honor Father Conrad Hoover upon his retirement. Father Hoover celebrated his “farewell” Mass, concelebrated by Msgr. Mauricio W. West, diocesan chancellor and vicar general; and Msgr. Richard Bellow, pastor of St. Mark Church in Huntersville. Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin presided at the Mass. Following the Mass, special guests, including Msgr. West; Sister of St. Joseph Helene Nagle, principal of St. Ann School; Nancy West, a founding member of St. Ann Church; and others paid tribute to Father Hoover with stories and anecdotes. Father Hoover began his ministry as an ordained Presbyterian minister. In 1970, he became a member of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C. In 1979, Father Hoover was received into the Catholic Church and was ordained to the priesthood in 1989. He earned a master’s degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a doctorate in ministry from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. “Father Hoover has been a faithful servant of the Lord, as pastor of several parishes in the diocese over the years,” said Bishop Peter J. Jugis. Father Hoover plans to spend his

retirement traveling and reading. He also will be assisting Msgr. Bellow at St. Mark Church. “I am glad he will be settling here in our diocese during his retirement, so he can continue to offer his priestly ministry in to the faithful of the diocese,” said Bishop Jugis.

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Father Conrad Hoover celebrates Mass at St. Ann Church June 10. The Mass and celebration afterward paid tribute to Father Hoover for his 17 years as a priest.

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CHARLOTTE — After a decade of helping form North Carolina students in the faith, Mercy Sister Maureen Meehan is moving on. Sister Meehan, director of religious formation for diocesan Catholic schools, accepted a position in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., where she will serve as director of religious formation at two parishes. She was honored by her coworkers at a farewell reception at the diocesan Pastoral Center June 23. Father James Hawker, vicar for education and pastor of St. Luke Church in Mint Hill, said Sister Meehan’s role in the Diocese of Charlotte was “truly valuable.” Since 1996 she ensured that “teachers throughout the system have been enabled to appreciate the nature and mission of the Catholic school, as well as their responsibility to contribute to the realization of its identity and mission,” he said. Sister Meehan’s duties included coordinating the formulation and implementation of curriculum guidelines and the certification and ongoing development of religion teachers in Catholic schools. “The teacher must take diligent care

to faithfully present the entire treasure of the Christian message,” she said. In 2002, Sister Meehan developed a book of standards that was adopted by the Religion Education Office for religious curriculum in kindergarten through the 12th grade. More than 30 training workshops throughout the year further assisted teachers in implementing the standards and guidelines into their everyday curriculum. “All new teachers, whether they’re teaching religion or not, must go through a period of training on the traditions of the church and Scripture to remind them that our schools are beacons of Catholic identity,” said Sister Meehan. For three decades, Sister Meehan’s life has been centered around Catholic instruction within schools. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in education, she has master’s degrees in religious education administration, theology and spirituality, and a doctorate in ministry. She has taught at the elementary, high school and college levels and served as a principal. “We are grateful for the richness of her contribution to Catholic education in this diocese,” said Father Hawker. “Her impact upon the diocese will be apparent well into the future.” Contact Editor Kevin E. Murray by

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Father James Hawker commends Mercy Sister Maureen Meehan’s work as director of religious formation during her farewell reception at the Pastoral Center in Charlotte June 23. Sister Meehan accepted a position in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C.

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Books tell of Founders’ fight for religious freedom, by BEN GRUVER catholic news service

WASHINGTON — This Fourth of July, Americans not only can celebrate their independence but also their religious liberty, thanks to our Founding Fathers. “The Founders on Religion: A Book of Quotations” and “Washington’s God” both illustrate the truth about the Founders’ faiths and religious beliefs. James Hutson, chief of the manuscript division at the Library of Congress, is the editor of “The Founders on Religion.” Hutson said many books of quotations only mention one or two things about the Founders’ religion and try too hard to make a case for what they believed by using anecdotes that are false, which he said damages the credibility of what is true. “The Founders on Religion” is a byproduct of a 1998 exhibition at the Library of Congress: “Religion and the Founding of the American Republic,” which Hutson put together. In it, he showed that the Founding Fathers were Christian and that religion was indispensable to the nation’s institutions. “(The Founding Fathers) were idiosyncratic,” Hutson said. For instance, he said, John Adams was a Unitarian and George Washington was an Episcopalian who believed in providence — the guiding power of an invisible hand. Washington was also a Mason, as were many Christians in his day. Hutson searched for figures who represented religious views of people at the time. Seventeen people are quoted in the book. In addition to the Founding Fathers, Hutson quoted some lesser known figures, such as John Dickinson, who was president of Delaware in 1781 and Pennsylvania in 1782, and Benjamin Rush, one of the most influential physicians and social reformers of the Revolutionary period. Some of them had opinions about Catholicism. “I have long been decided in opinion that a free government and the Roman Catholic religion can never exist together in any nation or country,” Adams said to Thomas Jefferson as quoted in Hutson’s book. In “Washington’s God,” co-authors Michael Novak and his daughter, Jana, both Catholics, examine the way Washington spoke of God and providence. They also debunked the myth that Washington was a deist. Deists reject revelation or authority as sources of belief, believing in God purely on rational grounds. “A deist,” Novak said, “is someone who believes, ‘Well, God may have created the world but he doesn’t really take sides. He

really doesn’t interfere in individual lives.’” Washington respected all religions and didn’t criticize anyone because of what they believed, according to Novak’s book. When Washington asked Maryland politician Charles Carroll what Catholics hoped to gain from their newfound freedom, Carroll responded that Catholics wanted to be free from religious tests for public office, Novak said. Carroll was the only Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence and worked to win political and civil rights for American Catholics. Novak said an example that illustrates Washington wasn’t a deist comes from when he was general of the Continental Army — he encouraged his men to pray for the assistance of divine providence in their duties. Belief in providence helps one understand his or her success is owed in part to God, “and it tempers the bitterness of defeat,” said Novak. Another piece of evidence is when Washington accepted the offer to be the godfather of eight children of Christian parents, Novak said. He took on the responsibility of providing them with a Christian education and sent them prayer books as well as other signs of his Christian faith, he said. He also noted that such terms as “under God,” which was added to the Pledge of Allegiance in 1954, really “begin with Washington.” Abraham Lincoln, who was a student of Washington, used “under God” in the Gettysburg Address. “The phrase ‘under God’ ties us to ... early historical moments,” Novak said. “And it’s main point is there’re limitations on government.” “Both men recognize that they aren’t the controller of events, they aren’t the disposer of events,” he said. “They depend very heavily (on) divine providence. So the use of the phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance has tremendous historic resonance.” The America of Washington’s era held religion and freedom in the same regard. The great Christian preachers were in favor of independence, Novak said. People didn’t need to be intimidated by each other because they all had the same rights by the same God, he said. “That’s why Washington insisted on public prayer — to keep people faithful to that and behaving in light of that,” Novak said. “They’re asking God’s favor — they better behave like God’s people.” Washington believed there are some things that go beyond human understanding. By that, Novak said, he meant that just because something disappears, such as the sun behind a cloud, doesn’t mean one should stop believing in it. “It’s a violation of American history not to see ... the great role that religion


Sunday Scripture Readings: July 16, 2006

July 16, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B Readings: 1) Amos 7:12-15 Psalm 85:9-14 2) Ephesians 1:3-14 3) Gospel: Mark 6:7-13

Faith heals, but cannot be forced by JEAN DENTON catholic news service

It was only 20 minutes into the deacon’s introductory class on Christian morality that it became obvious the three people slinging questions at him from the back of the room had an agenda. They had come not to learn, but to make sure he “got it right.” Judging by their increasing agitation, they clearly thought he didn’t. Deacon Mike was highly and widely regarded in the local Catholic community for his homilies and teaching. Fully a third of the participants in this particular class had come because he was the teacher. A university economics professor, Deacon Mike had a reputation for his

knowledge of theology, church history, and Catholic teaching, and a gift for making it understandable to everyone. When he gave the homily at Mass even teenagers sat up and listened. But on this night he was under fire, as the questions grew more heated. The other students became restive and not a little resentful as these participants soon were dominating class time by loudly interrupting to push their contrary opinions on two or three specific issues of Christian morality. But the deacon firmly and kindly answered them in steady tones with what he had promised in the course: accurate, current Catholic teaching based on Scripture and the latest edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. He was simply teaching the truth of God’s Word. For some it was not easy to believe or follow. But he would not be drawn into a fight. There was no point. The truth takes hold in an open heart. But there is no forcing it into a hardened one. It is receptiveness, not coercion, that is the key to salvation. Jesus explained repeatedly that it is our faith that heals and saves us. In today’s Gospel he tells his disciples to share his message, but not to waste energy on those who are not receptive. Here’s another important instruction for all of us who might spread the Word: Take a walking stick, not a club. Question:

WEEKLY SCRIPTURE Scripture for the week of July 9-15 Sunday (Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time), Ezekiel 2:2-5, 2 Corinthians 12:7-10, Matthew 6:1-6; Monday, Hosea 2:16-18, 21-22, Matthew 9:18-26; Tuesday (St. Benedict), Hosea 8:4-7, 11-13, Matthew 9:32-38; Wednesday, Hosea 10:1-3, 7-8, 12, Matthew 10:1-7; Thursday (St. Henry), Hosea 11:1-4, 8-9 Matthew 10:7-15; Friday (Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha), Hosea 14:2-10, Matthew 10:16-23); Saturday (St. Bonaventure), Isaiah 6:1-8, Matthew 10:24-33. Scripture for the week of July 16-22 Sunday (Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time), Amos 7:12-15, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:7-13; Monday, Isaiah 1:10-17, Matthew 10:34—11:1; Tuesday (St. Camillus de Lellis), Isaiah 7:1-9, Matthew 11:20-24; Wednesday, Isaiah 10:5-7, 13-16, Matthew 11:25-27; Thursday (St. Apollinaris), Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19, Matthew 11:28-30; Friday (St. Lawrence of Brindisi), Isaiah 38:1-6, 2122, 7-8, Isaiah 38:10-12, 16, Matthew 12:1-8; Saturday (St. Mary Magdalene), Micah 2:1-5, John 20:1-2, 11-18. Scripture for the week of July 23-29 Sunday (Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time), Jeremiah 23:1-6, Ephesians 2:13-18, Mark 6:30-34; Monday (St. Sharbel Makhluf), Micah 6:1-4, 6-8, Matthew 12:38-42; Tuesday (St. James), 2 Corinthians 4:7-15, Matthew 20:20-28; Wednesday (Sts. Joachim and Anne), Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10, Matthew 13:1-9; Thursday, Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13, Matthew 13:10-17; Friday, Jeremiah 3:1417, Jeremiah 31:10-13, Matthew 13:18-23; Saturday (St. Martha), Jeremiah 7:1-11, John 11:19-27.

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‘Water’ worth wading through

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Seema Biswas (right) and Sarala star in a scene from the movie “Water,” a poignant drama set in 1938 India about the lives of women who, in accordance with Hindu tradition, are required — following their husbands’ deaths — to live out their days as outcasts in a squalid widows’ ashram. These woman include an 8-year-old child bride (Sarala); a young beauty (Lisa Ray) forced into prostitution by the camp’s matriarch (Manorma) who falls for a progressive-minded law student (John Abraham); and a devout older woman (Biswas), torn between conscience and her faith. Visually poetic with soulful performances, director Deepa Mehta’s film is simple yet deeply moving, balancing heartbreak and hope as it explores the lives of the widows in whose humanity is reflected the dignity of all women. Implied prostitution, a suicide, brief drug usage, a transvestite character, some sexual references and a few mildly crude expressions. Subtitles. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

St. Padre Pio brought to life in biographical drama on by DAVID DiCERTO catholic news service

NEW YORK — Beloved by millions, Padre Pio — saint, stigmatic, humble priest — is brought to life in the artfully crafted biographical drama, “Padre Pio, Miracle Man,” starring Sergio Castellitto. Originally broadcast over two nights on Italian television in 2000, the film — now released on DVD from NoShame Films — traces the life of the pious Capuchin friar, born Francesco Forgione in 1887, from his peasant roots in rural southern Italy to his death in 1968. Told through a series of flashbacks as an elderly and mortally ill Padre Pio recounts his story to a skeptical bishop (Jurgen Prochnow), the DVD runs nearly four hours and focuses on the monk’s years at the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo, where his popularity as a confessor, visionary and miracle worker attracted both devotion and controversy, prompting two Vatican investigations. Padre Pio was beatified in 1999 and canonized in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, who, as the film dramatizes, visited the mystic as a young priest. Director Carlo Carlei’s reverent, if episodic, approach avoids hagiography

in presenting a nuanced portrait of Padre Pio in remarkably human terms, showing him grappling with fear and self-doubt, battling poor health and spiritual trials while remaining steadfast in his faith, his fidelity to the church, and his concern for the souls in his care. Castellitto’s soulful performance conveys an accessible blend of humor, sanctity and tough love. Beautifully shot, with picturesque Italian vistas, the film eloquently captures Padre Pio’s simple spirituality of uniting one’s life with Christ — especially in suffering — and should be of particular interest to those with a special devotion to the saint. The DVD includes a companion booklet containing a short biography of Padre Pio, Pope John Paul II’s address during the saint’s canonization and an interview with the film’s star. Subtitled. The film contains scenes of demonic torment and some mature thematic elements. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II — adults and adolescents. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America. DiCerto is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Con-

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Murphy named Teacher of the CHARLOTTE — Joanne Murphy, a second-grade teacher at St. Patrick School in Charlotte, was recently named a Teacher of the Year. Since 1995, the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year program, one of the largest teacher recognition programs in the country, has recognized more than 25,000 teachers in the United States and Puerto Rico and contributed more than $19 million in educational grants to those schools. Murphy accepted a $1,000 educational grant on behalf of St. Patrick School. “We are proud to help raise awareness for excellence in education and to salute teachers, who play such an important role in growing and shaping young people,” said Betsy Reithemeyer, director of the Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club Foundation. “We encourage parents to help students nominate a teacher who’s made a difference in their lives,” she said. Murphy, a parishioner of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, was nominated by a parent of one of her students.

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Students at Immaculata School in Hendersonville learn about the work of an artist during the school’s annual Career Fair, May 19. Students were able to explore careers with representatives from Flat Rock Playhouse, Employment Security Commission, Gaylord Architects, a United States Army Judge Advocate, Margaret R. Pardee Hospital and The Times-News.

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Teacher Joanne Murphy, pictured with her secondgrade class at St. Patrick School in Charlotte, is a 2006 local winner of Wal-Mart’s Teacher of the Year award.

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Fifth-graders win top prizes in county contest

GREENSBORO — Three fifthgraders took home top honors for explaining the U.S. government. Students Jonah Carmichael, Jack Sartore and Alex Bruno from Our Lady of Grace School in Greensboro received first and second places in the “Liberty Under Law: Separate Branches, Balanced Powers” multimedia contest, in which Guilford County students illustrated the three branches of U.S. government. The contest, sponsored by the

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Greensboro Bar Association, was part of the annual Law Day observance May 1. In addition to receiving cash prices, the winning entries were displayed at the Law Day panel discussion at the Greensboro Historical Museum May 1. The three students were recognized during Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church May 3. Alex and Jack won the first place elementary school award for their Lego movie on the three branches of government. Jonah won second place for

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Players from the Cougars, the football team at Charlotte Catholic High School, stand with students from St. Matthew School during a “football party” held at the high school June 9. Pictured with the St. Matthew School students are Charlotte Catholic players Walker Ferebee, Ben Herlocker, Henry Lawson, Connor Gavigan, Matt O’Shields and Jimmy Eichorn. The students played football, performed touchdown dances and got autographs from the Cougars. The Cougars have won two straight N.C. state titles — in the 2AA and 3AA classes — and have the state’s second-longest winning streak at 32 games. They will take on Independence High School’s Patriots, winners of six straight N.C. football championships, in a preseason scrimmage at Independence High School in Charlotte Aug. 10. Courtesy Photo

Our Lady of Grace School teacher Joan Regan stands with fifth-grade students Jonah Carmichael, Jack Sartore and Alex Bruno at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro May 3.

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A collection of columns, editorials and viewpoints

Superman and Jesus Similarities abound, but Son of God trumps Man of Steel Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane ... you know the rest. Superman, the ultimate hero, is back in the film “Superman Returns.” His cape and costume are darker; the flying sequences are as breathtaking as a roller coaster. And just so aging baby boomers won’t feel guilty about their affection for a comic book character, this version of the Man of Steel has a deeper meaning. Part of the hype associated with this latest iteration of Superman is his connection to the biblical story of Jesus. This is a retrofit at best. The creators of Superman, Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, are both dead, but early accounts of their inspiration for the character include Tarzan and Popeye, not Jesus, Mary and Joseph. But a comparison between the son of Jor-El and the Son of God can be instructive and even fun. Superman, like Jesus, was sent here by his father and both were wrapped in swaddling clothes upon arrival. The Superman story takes an Old Testament twist when the Kent family finds the infant in his rocket ship. It is reminiscent of Moses among the river reeds, but that kind of confusion can happen when you retrofit a story. Both Superman and Jesus had relatively obscure formative years. The only account of Jesus as a boy is found in the second chapter of Luke, where he made an impression on the leaders of the Temple at the age of 12. In the latest film, Superman flies through the heavens with the greatest of ease; in the Bible, Jesus ascended into heaven. Superman has X-ray vision and he uses it to look though walls and to check Lois Lane for damage after she takes a hard knock on the head. Jesus has the ability to look into our souls. He demonstrates this in the Gospel of John when the teachers at the temple

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bring an adulterous woman to him: “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7). Superman died and came back to life about a year later — this happened in a series of comic book stories in the early 1990s. Jesus’ Resurrection was a tad more spectacular, is far better remembered and inarguably more significant. Superman and Jesus are both close to women with alliterative names — Lois Lane for Superman, Mary Magdalene for Jesus. But there is a big difference between the women. Lois Lane is a damsel in distress. Mary Magdalene is one of the strongest women in history. She demonstrated great courage at the foot of the cross and was the first human to proclaim the Resurrection. And then there is Kryptonite, those green remnants of the planet Krypton. The glowing stones are the only physical connection Superman has to his home and, oddly, they make him ill. In the literal realm, Kryptonite is the Achilles heel, the one weakness, the tragic flaw in the character of Superman. The presence of this vulnerability gives comic book writers the hook they need to craft stories in which the readers can’t predict the outcome. Without Kryptonite, Superman always wins and the reader ends up bored. With it, there is a chance that he and his spandex costume could be harmed, just like the rest of us. With Jesus there is no Kryptonite. He was, is and always will be divine. His life has no flaws, nothing can defeat him. Jesus isn’t a character who provides us a diversion of fantasy; he is real, he is with us. But perhaps the biggest difference between Superman and Jesus is that the character with the “S” on his chest rescues a few people, while the man with the wound in his side saves us all. David Hains, director of communications for the Diocese of Charlotte, is frequently confused with reporter Clark Kent when he puts on horned-rimmed glasses. Contact him at

Pope says being Christian includes living out faith through charity VATICAN CITY — To be a Christian is more than just identifying oneself as a believer in the faith; it entails living out the Gospel through concrete works of charity, especially for the poor and those in need, Pope Benedict XVI said. Faith in Christ “must come to fruition in one’s life, above all in one’s love for the other and in particular in caring for the poor,” he said during his weekly general audience June 28. The pope continued a series of talks on the church’s apostolic ministry by focusing his catechesis on St. James the Less. The pope concentrated on the important legacy St. James left today’s Christians in his teachings in the New Testament Letter of James. This apostle showed people “a Christianity (that is) very concrete and practical,” the pope said. His epistle insists that faith in Christ must not be “reduced to a plain verbal or abstract declaration,” but that it must be “expressed concretely in doing good works,” said the pope. St. James also invites people to joyously accept one’s trials, he said, and serenely abandon oneself to the will of God, “who knows the true good for us.” Through prayer, God will give the gift of wisdom that leads one to discover that what has true value in life is not

Letters to the Mexican Catholic tradition irreverent — Jack and Carol Ann Woelfel Lowell Your decision to print the article and photograph of the statue of the infant Jesus dressed as a soccer player would imply your approval of such irreverence. In addition, prayers are meant to ask for important issues in our lives, not to ask to win the World Cup of Soccer. I cringe when I see a football player drop to his knees and bless himself after making a touchdown. What must the rest of the world think about us when we engage in such nonsense? — Gloria S. White Charlotte


the “fleeting riches” on earth but is the awareness that people are meant to share their “means with the poor and needy,” the pope said. While St. Paul said a person will be known as just by his faith in Jesus and not by performing “works of the law,” the pope said this seemingly contradictory teaching, in fact, complements what St. James teaches. St. Paul was speaking out against pride and self-righteousness that tempt a person into thinking God’s grace is not a gift that only God can give, but that it can be earned through performing rituals or good deeds, he said. Good works, instead, follow from true faith in Jesus, the pope said, because just as a body without the spirit is dead, faith without good works is dead. At the end of the audience, the pope called on young people to take advantage of these summer months of vacation with useful social and religious activities.

We must register a strong objection to the article and photograph of the priest looking at a soccer-dressed statue of Jesus (“Mexican Catholics pray for a World Cup miracle,” June 23). This tasteless article and photo were not only sacrilegious, but also they add fuel to the non-Catholic argument that Catholics “worship idols.”

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Casting out lines, reeling in souls God is there always to pluck us from the depths It was deadline day at The Catholic News & Herald — meetings were scheduled, phones were ringing and stories needed editing. So I decided to knock off for a few hours and do some fishing. I grabbed my rod and tackle box and drove out to my favorite fishing spot in Gaston County. As I neared the lake, I noticed God fishing from the end of the pier. He was sitting, sandals off, feet dangling just above the water. He held a stick with a string, which disappeared into the calm lake. He looked up at me and smiled. “Hello there.” “Hi, God,” I said. “I didn’t know you fished here.” “It’s one of many places I like to wet a line,” he replied, scanning the scenery. “So, how are they biting today?” I asked “Haven’t caught anything yet,” he replied, “but you’re welcome to join me.” So I did, casting my line out beside his. “What are you using for bait?” I inquired. “Nothing,” he said. “I just let the fish know I’m here. They choose to bite or not.” That was odd, I thought. “How do you expect to catch anything like that?” He simply shrugged. The lake was swarming with fish, nibbling on this or that, yet most of them were darting by God’s hook with barely a glance. It made me realize how many people go through life, so consumed with trivial

Murray’s Musings KEVIN E. MURRAY editor

things that they don’t realize God is in their midst, or, worse, that they ignore him completely. Most of us are starving for something more, and we stuff ourselves with morsels of false hopes and guilty pleasures, yet are always left feeling empty inside. And we turn to God only when we really need him; when we’re finally hungry enough to bite. Thankfully he’s always there, waiting to pull us in and pluck us from the murky depths into his loving embrace. But we are called to more — we are not only meant to recognize God’s love, but to share it, live it. A big task for many; perhaps it’s easier to just give up, do nothing. Suddenly, the devil approached in a rowboat. “Good morning!” “Oh, for the love of me,” sighed God. “Not this guy again.” “I noticed you’re not having any luck,” called Lucifer, grinning. “There are plenty of hungry fish on the other side of the lake. Hop in and I’ll take you over.” “No thanks, Lu,” said God, waving

him off. “We’re fine.” “You, sir,” said Lucifer, eyeing me. “Throw down your fishing rod and follow me, and you shall have all the fish you can stomach.” It seemed an inviting offer. I glanced to God. “Sure, he’ll feed you,” whispered God, “but what he offers will leave quite the bitter taste in your mouth.” I made my decision, and again cast my line out beside God’s. “So be it,” grunted Lucifer. “Maybe, then, I’ll try my luck with the fish.” He lit a stick of dynamite and went to toss it into the water. God shook his head, then snapped his fingers. A whirlpool formed under the devil’s boat and swallowed him up. A moment later, the water was calm again. “Wow! You sure showed him,” I said. “I just hope that devil doesn’t sour the lake,” said God. “These fish — they have enough to worry about.” “What’s to worry?” I asked. “You’re here.” He smiled and patted me on the head. I had work to do, so I bid God farewell. Walking away, I glanced back at the pier. God was still there, silently dabbing his line in the water, ever patient, ever mindful. It’s true — some days the fish don’t bite, but we never give up the faith. Because if we don’t cast our lines, we won’t catch a thing.

The songs of summer

Peace of Routines can help build family, relationships Mind Yessiree, summertime has officially arrived! Some of us know this because the weather is hot and sticky, our main streets are lined with American flags for the Fourth of July parade, and the radio is cranking out those songs that make us want to head to the beach. But for many of us, we realize the season has begun when we hear these classic tunes, “Mom, Joey looked at me again ... Hey, he hit me too ... Stop it!” and the ever-popular, “I’m bored.” We ask ourselves, “When did summer stop feeling like heaven on earth and begin feeling like a three-month sentence of conflict-resolution and perpetual event planning?” If the start of July has you feeling less like “Free Bird” and more like “Witchy Woman,” read on for some liberating tips. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Try to build in a rhythm to your summer days. Maybe mornings are for chores and running errands. Afternoons are for adventures to the water park, shopping

mall, the Raptor Center or Imaginon. It doesn’t really matter — find what works for your family. The important thing is having a sense of routine, even though school is out. Peace Train “Can’t we all just get along?” If too much togetherness is causing riots in your household, try: — Setting a timer for the sharing of toys, television, computer, etc. — Deciding on a family tactic for resolving conflict such as “rock, paper, scissors” or rolling dice. — Posting rules on the refrigerator for consequences to arguments and fights. When squabbles do break out, don’t try to get to the bottom of who did what to whom first. Rather, all involved in the skirmish receive the consequence, such as time out in separate corners (rule of thumb is one minute for each year of the child’s age). This way, kids are motivated to work things out between themselves. Shower the People Keep in mind, these days — long as

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they may seem — are fleeting. Use this special time to deepen your relationships. In the summer, it’s the simple things that matter most. On Sunday after Mass, pack a picnic and head out to the lake. At the end of the day, turn off the TV and read aloud from a page-turner (even older kids like this). Try to make a special “date” for each child alone during the week to do something unique with him or her. Go to a favorite restaurant, a movie or sports event. Create time to play board games as a family. Children cherish this kind of attention and will remember these times well into adulthood. Above all else, face this summer with a “Peaceful, Easy Feeling” and enjoy two of God’s greatest gifts — time and family — with a song in your heart. Lori Fox is supervisor of counseling services at Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Charlotte.

Your charitable report Guest Column JUDY SMITH guest columnist

Document can recall, inspire stewardship Putting one’s affairs in order usually includes an up-to-date will, a directive to physicians, a power of attorney, funeral instructions and, sometimes, a loving letter or video addressed to immediate family members. Perhaps another document might be called “My Charitable Report.” It could be a notebook, folder or large envelope. The report should explain your philosophy of giving — why you engaged in charitable giving. The purpose of this report, of course, is not to boast about your gifts, but to explain what you did and why you did it so your survivors can be inspired to imitate your example. If you prefer to avoid listing names and types of gifts, at least provide insight into your purposes and practices. After stating your philosophy of giving, list the names of those organizations you have supported through your regular giving. Indicate why these organizations were important to you and what led you to start and continue your support. Then list special gifts you can recall — capital campaign gifts to your parish or others, along with any other major contributions — and explain why you made them. Finally, disclose the planned gifts you made, including the bequests in your will, any charitable gift annuities, charitable trusts, endowments or other gift arrangements. Explain your thinking and motivation. Also, include a copy of any giftrelated documents in this section of your report. Be sure to highlight any conditions that should be monitored by the family, such as endowment provisions. Your charitable report brings together in one place the giving philosophy and practices of your life. It will be an important document and highly influential in motivating your children, grandchildren and even greatgrandchildren to follow in your steps in the practice of stewardship. You don’t need to preach; the power of your example will be enough to inspire imitation. Judy Smith is director of planned giving for the Diocese of Charlotte.

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Making poverty history Community, faith leaders rally against poverty by BEN GRUVER catholic news service

WASHINGTON — Several hundred community and faith leaders along with religious activists from around the nation marched in Washington June 27 to fight against poverty. The event celebrated the unveiling of the Covenant for a New America, a faithbased strategy for overcoming poverty. The march and a related conference were hosted by Sojourners and Call to Renewal, a national network of churches, faith-based organizations and individuals working to overcome poverty in America. Twenty-three national religious groups and religious leaders endorsed the covenant. Among other things, the document aims to bring people from all religious and political backgrounds together so they can hold each other accountable for ending poverty. One goal is to develop a plan to cut child poverty in half over the next 10 years. Among those endorsing the covenant was Sister Marge Clark, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary who is a lobbyist with Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby whose mission is to bring about economic justice. Sister Clark said she was proud to sign the covenant. Jean Sammon, an organizer with Network, said the organization follows the Catholic social teaching principle of addressing the structures that affect poor people. Sister Carole Shinnick, a School Sister of Notre Dame who is executive director of the Leadership Conference of

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Several hundred people, including representatives of faith-based groups, march in Washington June 27 to demand an end to poverty. People marched from the National City Christian Church to the U.S. Capitol where they called on Congress to make eliminating poverty a priority.

Women Religious, said her organization also endorsed the covenant because it is consistent with LCWR’s positions on poverty. “Since 1727 when the first (Catholic sisters) arrived in this country, we consistently stood with the marginalized and the poor, especially women and children, and this document that we are endorsing is consistent with that position,” Sister Carole told Catholic News Service. She also was a speaker at the event.

domestic programs at World Vision, mentioned three of the covenant’s core points his organization welcomes and feels are important to endorse: — The covenant unites faith communities on common ground. — It promotes biblical justice. — It calls supporters to use persuasion for ending poverty.

The protesters marched to Upper Senate Park at the U.S. Capitol from the National City Christian Church, chanting as they went: “In God’s name, make poverty history,” “Raise minimum wage,” and “Make work work.” The message of religious and government leaders who spoke at the park was clear: “Make poverty history.” Rev. Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners and author of “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It,” said the poor are the new interest group in Washington. “Poverty is God’s special interest,” Rev. Wallis said. “This place (Congress) will be judged on how they treat (the poor).” Rev. Wallis urged the faith community to eliminate poverty. “As long as they (political leaders) make bad decisions, we will have to tell them what the decisions ought to be,” he said. Rev. Wallis urged the audience to “be a special interest group on Capitol Hill.” U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, attended the rally. She said she believes that poverty and racism need to be ended in America. “It is important for the faith community to announce ... that poverty is not a family value,” Lee told CNS. “It is important for the U.S. Congress to wake up and address the need of people who are in poverty.” Lee called it outrageous that poverty around the world continues to increase. Adjusted for inflation, the current minimum wage is the lowest it’s been in the last 50 years, Lee added. The Rev. David Beckmann agreed. Rev. Beckmann, a Lutheran minister, is president of Bread for the World, a Christian anti-hunger lobby. He said his organization is glad to be endorsing the covenant. “We people of faith are here to wake up our political leaders and say here is what God is calling us to tell them,” he told the crowd. Kevin Hunter, vice president of

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