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Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte

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Proposed Catholic high school north of Charlotte named

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Mother Teresa expressed ‘heroic love’ Long-time friend Bishop Emeritus Curlin reflects on her birthday centennial

Early enrollment for 2011-’12 ninth grade begins Sept. 1 SueAnn Howell StAff writer

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CHARLOTTE ― Plans for a second Charlotte-area Catholic high school have taken another step forward with the selection of a name for the proposed school, early enrollment and an active search for a location. The name, Christ the King Catholic High School, was announced last week by Bishop Peter J. Jugis. “Each of the Catholic schools in our diocese places the Person of Jesus Christ front and center in its school life. Naming the proposed new Catholic high school in honor of Christ the King is another sign of our strong commitment to Christ and his Gospel, and to excellence in education,” Bishop Jugis wrote in his Aug. 10 announcement. Christ the King would be a part of the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools system, built to accommodate the growing population north of center city. A project director may be hired by MACS as soon as mid-September to lead the development effort for the new school, said Mike Ford, MACS director of marketing. Early enrollment for ninth grade for the 2011-2012 school year starts Wednesday, Sept. 1. Registration information will be posted online at www. starting Monday, Aug. 23.

CHARLOTTE — People around the world will publicly mark the centennial of Mother Teresa’s birth Aug. 26, but for Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, the milestone is also deeply personal. For more than 25 years, Bishop Curlin traveled Mother Teresa’s earthly path with her as one of her confessors, confidantes and coworkers caring for the poor and the dying. They met in 1972 through the introduction of Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle in Washington, D.C., while Bishop Curlin was pastor at St. Mary, Mother of God, a poor, inner-city parish.

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Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin is pictured with Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta in this undated photo. Bishop Emeritus Curlin was there to lead one of the many retreats he conducted for the sisters.

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Volunteers make a difference in annual Eucharistic Congress Catholics from across diocese set to help at sixth annual diocesan event


Diocese of Charlotte

Eucharistic Congress

Good Shepherd, Come Feed Us

SueAnn Howell StAff writer CHARLOTTE ― If you had more than 10,000 people coming to town for a two-day event, what would you do? Planning and manpower would undoubtedly be at the top of your list.

AROUND THE DIOCESE Father Ayala installed at St. Mary, Mother of God in Sylva PAGE 4

The Diocese of Charlotte has spent the past year preparing to host at least that many visitors to the ‘Good Shepherd Come Feed Us’ Eucharistic Congress Sept. 10-11 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Marcy Catherine Surface, a parishioner at St. Matthew Church in Charlotte, is the

IN OUR SCHOOLS Vacation Bible Schools a hit in several parishes PAGE 15

volunteer recruitment captain for the Congress. She is a wife and mother of two. Why would a busy mother of two preschoolers agree to run the army of volunteers at the Congress? See VOLUNTEERS, page 17

21 days until the

Eucharistic Congress September 10 & 11 See back page.

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


Pro-life groups denounce new drug ella WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) ― After the Federal Drug Administration recently approved the new drug ella, which is being marketed as emergency contraception, numerous pro-life groups reacted strongly to the move, claiming that the pill acts as an abortifacient. On Aug. 13, the FDA released a statement announcing the approval of ella for distribution in the U.S. Numerous pro-life critics denounced the FDA’s approval of the pill, with many arguing that the drug is mislabeled and misleading. Explaining how the drug works, the American Association of Pro Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) said, “This class of drug (SPRM) blocks progesterone which is necessary to maintain a pregnancy. It disables the uterine lining, compromising its ability to form ‘secretory’ endometrium – the lining which nourishes the fertilized, implanting new human baby. This effectively deprives the brand new human child of oxygen and nutrients, and the child dies.”

Church agencies step up Pakistan relief work BANGALORE, India (CNS) ― Church charities in Pakistan stepped up their efforts this week to distribute vitally needed relief supplies to some of the millions of people affected by the worst flood in the South Asian nation’s history. Caritas Internationalis is asking member agencies for $5.5 million to fund Catholic relief efforts in Pakistan over the next three months. “The situation grows increasingly desperate,” the appeal said, adding that more than 1,600 people had died and about 14 million people were directly affected by the flooding. The following international aid agencies are accepting donations: Catholic Relief Services (the U.S. bishops’ international relief and development agency), 800-736-3467 or; and Caritas Internationalis

(the Vatican-based umbrella agency for national Catholic charities), www.

Gay marriage ruling on hold, for now

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNS) ― The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has put on hold an Aug. 4 ruling in which a federal court struck down a California law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The appeals court is expected to hear arguments in the case in December. Opponents of the early August court decision that deemed 2008’s Proposition 8 in California banning same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional were preparing to defend the ban all the way to the Supreme Court after the judge who handed down the earlier decision said same-sex marriages could resume Aug. 18. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who issued the Aug. 4 decision striking down the same-sex marriage ban, ruled Aug. 12 that same-sex marriages in California could resume. A group of same-sex marriage opponents, – which spearheaded the 2008 ballot campaign to overturn same-sex marriage – filed the motion the same day asking the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to issue the stay.

Vatican welcomes decision to drop lawsuit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) ― While underlining its condemnation of “the horror” of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, the Vatican welcomed as “good news” the imminent end of a lawsuit against the Holy See in a U.S. court. Three men in Louisville, Ky., filed a motion Aug. 9 requesting a federal judge drop their case. The men, who were abused by priests in the Archdiocese of Louisville, sued the Vatican in 2004 claiming it was liable for actions by bishops in failing to prevent sexual abuse by priests. However, the men’s attorney said that because an earlier court ruling recognized the Vatican’s sovereign immunity, he was going to drop the lawsuit.

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The U.S. Postal Service will unveil its stamp of Mother Teresa Sept. 5, her feast day and the 13th anniversary of her death, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. Mother Teresa of Calcutta founded the Missionaries of Charity and was the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. The Church and the Missionaries of Charity are kicking off a year-long celebration to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth Aug. 26.


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Mass to mark Mother Teresa’s birth

CHARLOTTE ― A Mass in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Teresa will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. Bishop Peter J. Jugis will be the main celebrant and Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin will be the homilist.

CHARLOTTE ― Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools open Aug. 25, and many families who come to CSS for food also need school supplies for their children. CSS is requesting donations of any general school supplies, such as backpacks, pens, pencils, washable markers, crayons, highlighters, paper,

Diocesan planner For more events taking place in the Diocese of Charlotte, visit calendarofevents-cn. BELMONT QUEEN OF THE APOSTLES CHURCH, 503 N. Main St. — Bereavement Support Group, Education Building room F, 7 p.m. Aug. 25 CHARLOTTE ST. JOHN NEUMANN CHURCH, 8451 Idlewild Road — Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults Inquiry Session (RCIA), 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 and 19. Open to adults exploring the Catholic faith and those who may have questions regarding the faith. For more information, contact or Karen at 704-545-7580. ST. LUKE CHURCH, 13700 Lawyers Road — Anointing of the Sick Mass, 10 a.m. Aug. 21. For more information, contact Virginia Horne at 704-823-0846. ST. MATTHEW CHURCH, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy. — St. Peregrine Healing Prayer Service, Sanctuary, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 — Christian Coffeehouse, Parish Center, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 29, open to adults. To reserve a table for six or more, contact Kathy Bartlett at

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— Dominican Laity Inquiry Meeting, New Life Center room 206, 1 p.m. Sept. 12. For more information, contact, Mary Snow, O.P., at 704-847-4405 or Dr. Jeanne Hicks, O.P., at 704-845-8279.


ST. PATRICK CATHEDRAL, 1621 Dilworth Road East

— St. Francis of the Hills Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order Meeting, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Aug 22. For more information, call Randy Hair at 828-6986466 or Tim Gibson at 828-606-1728. HICKORY

— Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) for Adults Information Session, Family Life Center, 12:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 29. For more information, contact Deacon Carlos Medina at or 704-334-2283.

— Charismatic Mass, Sebastian Chapel, 7 p.m. Sept. 2. For more information, call Joan Moran at 828-994-0880.

ST. PETER CHURCH, 507 S. Tryon St.


— Jewish Catholic Dialogue Group, 5 p.m. Aug. 22. This year’s theme is “Life Cycles: How Each Faith Celebrates.”

ST. MARK CHURCH, 14740 Stumptown Road

— Mountaintop Removal: Cheap Energy at a High Price, Biss Hall, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30, presented by Father John Rausch, Glenmary priest and director of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia. For more information, contact Bob Cook at or 704-616-4469. GASTONIA ST. MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL CHURCH, 708 St. Michael’s Lane — Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, 7:15 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 1. Total Consecration will be at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 8. — Eucharistic Adoration, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every first Friday of the month. GREENSBORO ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE CHURCH, 2715 Horse Pen Creek Road — Men’s Early Morning Bible Study Group, Parish Library, 6:30 a.m. every Tuesday. For details, contact or

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— ULTREYA, Parish Hall, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 22. All Cursillistas and their families are invited to a potluck lunch, prayer and an inspirational talk by Diana Pupp. For details, contact Thomas or Heather Martin at 704-766-2579. — Moving On After Moving In, 10:15 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday beginning Sept. 15. The class deals with the spiritual, emotional and practical needs of making a move. To register or get more information, call Cathy at 704-895-9879 or Colleen at 704-439-4660. — Annual Ministry Fair, after each Mass Sept. 18 and 19, except 5 p.m. Sunday Mass MURPHY ST. WILLIAM CHURCH, 765 Andrews Road — Financial Checkup, presented by the Office of Economic Opportunity and First Citizens Bank, Commons, 10 a.m. Aug. 24 WINSTON-SALEM HOLY FAMILY CHURCH, 4820 Kinnamon Road — Natural Family Planning Class, 10 a.m. to 2



Aug. 23-25 Annual Assembly of Bishops and Priests Asheville

rulers, scissors and wireless composition books. Drop off donations at the Pastoral Center, 1123 S. Church St., Charlotte, during business hours.

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Two new seminarians accepted CHARLOTTE ― Nicholas J. Vari of Charlotte and Aaron “Cory” Catron of Rural Retreat, Va., have been accepted to the seminarian formation program for the Diocese of Charlotte by Bishop Peter J. Jugis. This fall, they will begin studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.

p.m. Sept. 11. RSVP required to Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN, at or 704370-3230. — Catholics Returning Home, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31. These sessions are for nonpracticing Catholics interested in returning to the Church. For more information, contact Sean or Kelly Hines at or 336-940-6053. OUR LADY OF FATIMA MISSION, corner of Cherry and Third streets — 2010 Pinwheels for Peace Retreat/Workshop, Chapel, 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 and/or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18. Open to middle school, high school and college youth. To register or get more information, contact Betti Longinotti at ST. BENEDICT THE MOOR CHURCH, 1625 E. 12 St. — Annual Revival, featuring Father Anthony Michael Bozeman, SSJ, from New Orleans, 7 p.m. Aug. 27 ST. THERESE CHURCH, 217 Brawley School Road — Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) for Adults, 7 p.m. Sept. 9. For details, call Deacon John Sims at 704-662-0714. — Seasons of Hope Bereavement Group, 6:45 p.m. Sept. 12, will meet for six weeks. For more information, contact Mary Tee Carpenter at, 704-663-6188, or or 704-664-7652. is your parish or school hosting a free event open to the public? Deadline for all submissions for the Diocesan Planner is 10 days prior to desired publication date. Submit in writing to or fax to 704-370-3382.

Bishop Peter J. Jugis will participate in the following events: Sept. 2 – 10 a.m. Diocesan Foundation Board Meeting Catholic Conference Center, Hickory

OLC gospel choir advances to next round of competition

CHARLOTTE ―The Our Lady of Consolation Church Perpetual Hope Gospel Choir has advanced to the regional round of the national competition, “Verizon How Sweet the Sound Search for the Best Church Choir in America.” The only Catholic gospel choir in the Charlotte area to compete, they went up against a handful of other small to medium-sized gospel choirs from Charlotte to make it to the regional level of competition. They will compete for the title of the best choir in the region in a live performance at Time Warner Arena Sept. 30. Go online to buy tickets and support the choir at

Grabasky re-elected head of CDA

GREENSBORO ― Maryann Grabasky was elected to another twoyear term as national director of Catholic Daughters of the Americas during its 53rd Biennial National Convention in Buffalo, N.Y. The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, a charitable and spiritual Catholic organization, is one of the oldest and largest organizations of Catholic women in the country. The Daughters donate time and money to charities, administer scholarship programs and strive “to be helping hands where there is pain, poverty, sorrow or sickness.” Grabasky is a member of Court Greensboro 1200. Besides her service to the local court, she has held the positions of state regent, first vice state regent, second vice state regent and membership/leadership chairman. She is a member of Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro, where she serves as hospital extraordinary minister of Holy Communion and co-chair of the biennial yard sale. She is also a member of the Parish Women’s Club and Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary.

Columbiettes install new officers

KERNERSVILLE ― The Columbiettes of Holy Cross Church in Kernersville recently installed new officers for the 2010-2011 year: Terry Yuzuik, president; Carol Pennington, past president; Susan Belanger, vice president; Beth Behnke, secretary; Jessica Hughes, financial secretary; Shannon Meyer, treasurer; and Rosemary Vasko, sentinel. Father Paul Dechant continues to serve as chaplain. ― Submitted by Carol Pennington

Columbiettes honored by NCDOT

KERNERSVILLE ― The N.C. Department of Transportation recently honored the Holy Cross Columbiettes

of Kernersville for participating in the Adopt-a-Highway Program since 1995. In recognition of their service to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life for North Carolinians, Holy Cross was awarded with 15-year signs to place on the Adopt-a-Highway signs. The initiative has been headed from its inception by Ruth Bailey. ― Submitted by Carol Pennington

Rwandan genocide survivor to be honored

CHARLOTTE ― The Envoy Institute of Belmont Abbey College has named Immaculee Ilibagiza, the international bestselling author (with Steve Erwin) of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust” and “Led by Faith: Rising from the Ashes of the Rwandan Genocide,” its 2010 Envoy of the Year. Ilibagiza’s life story and the lessons she has drawn from her experiences have profoundly affected the lives of millions around the world. A native Rwandan, she survived the genocide of over one million fellow Tutsis at the hands of marauding Hutus by hiding in a three-foot -by-fourfoot-wide bathroom huddled together with seven other women for 91 days. “The rosary was my food,” she has said, and through the power of prayer, she shed countless tears of sadness, her feelings of hatred for the killers, and her fear of death. She emerged from her bathroom hideout having forged a deeply intimate relationship with God, and having discovered the true meaning of unconditional love – a love so strong, she was ultimately able to seek out and forgive her family’s killers. The Envoy of the Year Award honors practicing Catholics who are distinguished in their field for important or longstanding accomplishments involving service to the Church, who are uncompromisingly faithful to the magisterium, and who have shown courageous leadership in explaining, defending and sharing the faith. A gala hosted by Patrick Madrid, director of the Envoy Institute, will be held in Ilibagiza’s honor Sept. 9 at the Marriott City Center in Charlotte. To reserve a seat, contact Joan Bradley at 704-461-6009 or

Pray for the sanctity of life this October

CHARLOTTE ― Join thousands across the diocese and the nation for the “Lifechain,” to pray for the lives of precious unborn children. Stand for one hour in peaceful prayer as a witness to the sanctity of each human life from the moment of conception. In Charlotte, parishioners of St. Patrick Cathedral will pray from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, on the corner of Kings and Morehead streets. (Suggested parking at The Map Shop, 1500 East Morehead St.) We welcome your parish’s news. E-mail items to Editor Patricia Guilfoyle at

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Father Ayala installed at St. Mary, Mother of God

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Father Alejandro Ayala was installed as pastor of St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Sylva Aug. 8 during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Jugis. Salem before being assigned to St. Mary, Mother of God Church. He said he sets his goals by living one of his favorite quotes by St. ThĂŠrèse of Lisieux: “That shall be my life, to scatter flowers, to miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word, always doing the tiniest thing right, and doing it for love.â€?


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Father Matthew Kauth and Father Lucas Rossi greet young men who attended Vocation Awareness Day at Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury Aug. 4. Priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Charlotte spent the day talking about their vocations, having fun and praying with the many high school and college-aged men who came to learn more about the priesthood.

CHARLOTTE ― Nearly 400 black Catholic women from 30 states and the District of Columbia gathered in the Queen City for the third annual National Gathering for Black Catholic Women Aug. 13-15. Sponsored by the National Black Sisters’ Conference, the conference’s theme “Commemorate, Celebrate, Commit� was underscored by its four keynote speakers, nationally recognized leaders in addressing the social, political and economic issues facing blacks in the Church and society. The National Black Sisters’ Conference, founded in 1968, represents black Catholic religious and associates in the U.S. Women gathered to “develop a collective sense of heritage, identity, purpose and vision, and to promote opportunities for ongoing dialogue, reflection and networking with black Catholic women,� said Sister Patricia Chappell, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur and coordinator of the event. Workshops focused on the power of prayer, health and education issues, economics and social justice, political and social empowerment, and presentations on Theology of the Body and building relationships for young adults attending the conference. Sister Eva Marie Lumas, Ph.D., of the Sisters of Social Service, opened the conference with her talk entitled “Commemorating the Power of Black Women.�

Sister Lumas – an assistant professor of faith and culture at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkley, Calif., and director of Sankofa Works, a faith development and pastoral training network for the AfricanAmerican community – eulogized strong black women throughout history and their work to improve people’s lives, but not just to honor their legacy and accomplishments. “We remember these women, because we are these women,� she said. “We are certain that God created us for a purpose and endowed us with a community whose gifts we need and whose gifts can help to make this world more holy and more humane.� Sister Eva Marie She encouraged Lumas, Ph.D. participants to find fellowship in each other, to “engage without pretense� with women who understand one another, and to work to overcome the sense of isolation many black women feel at church and in their community. She also stressed that faith in God can nurture and renew one’s vocation in life, but faith alone is not enough. The universal call to holiness means taking time to remember the women who have gone before us and working to continue their legacy. “Good will triumph over evil. We may not see the fullness of that victory in our lifetimes, but we will do everything that we can to make it happen just one day sooner than if we had done nothing at all.�

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Vocation Awareness Day

Vicki DorSey correSponDent SYLVA ― Father Alejandro Ayala was installed as pastor of St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Sylva Aug. 8 during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Jugis. Smiles from both Bishop Jugis and Father Ayala throughout the Mass brought joy to the hearts of St. Mary parishioners. The little mountain church was filled to capacity, with more than 200 people attending to watch Father Ayala read and sign the pastor’s Profession of Faith and Oath of idelity. Long-time parishioner Bill Kennedy was the official witness under canon law. After Bishop Jugis gave the homily on the duties of a pastor modeled on the Good Shepherd, he walked with Father Ayala around the church to the places in the church significant for a pastor’s ministry: the entrance, the baptismal font, the confessional, the tabernacle and the altar, and the presiding chair. Father Ayala was born in 1961 in a small sugar mill town in Santa Maria, Argentina. He felt called to the priesthood when he was just 8, on the day of his First Holy Communion and confirmation. “It took me just 31 years to answer God’s call,� he said, smiling. Father Ayala came to the U.S. in 1994, and in 2000 with the support of the Diocese of Charlotte, he entered St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. He was ordained in 2006, and then served at Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury and St. Leo the Great Church in Winston-

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The Feast of St. Alphonsa was celebrated for the first time at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte July 28. Alphonsa Muttathupadathu (Aug. 19, 1910 – July 28, 1946) was the first female Indian to be elevated to sainthood. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1986 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 12, 2008. Pictured are Capuchin Father Remo DiSalvatore (right), pastor, Deacon Brian McNulty and the children who led the opening procession. The special liturgy was prepared by the Indian community and the parish’s Liturgy & Worship Commission. More than 120 parishioners attended, including the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul from High Point. A sample of Indian cuisine was served during the reception, which was organized by the community and the Faith Socials Ministry.

Youths focus on pro-life message

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Above, Father John Putnam, pastor, speaks during a pro-life youth retreat organized and hosted by Triad Students for Life at Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury Aug. 13. Teens from around the area gathered to focus on pro-life efforts and to attend a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter J. Jugis. Bishop Jugis and Father Putnam encouraged the teens to continue their advocacy efforts for protecting life from conception until natural death. Other speakers included Dr. Martha Shuping, a local psychiatrist who focuses on postabortive issues in women; Barbara Holt, president of N.C. Right to Life; Rebecca Leonard, field director for Students for Life of America, and Elizabeth Hedgecock, field director for Room at the Inn in Winston-Salem.

UNC changes health insurance mandate following outcry Students can ‘opt out’ of abortion coverage, but will still pay the same premiums SteVen ertelt WASHINGTON, D.C. ― The response to a national controversy – generated with a pro-life student group uncovering information showing students who attend public universities in North Carolina will be forced to pay for abortions via their required student health care plan – has been swift. Students for Life of America discovered the N.C. Board of Governors will require all students enrolled in a University of North Carolina public institution, starting with the 2010-2011 school year, to have health insurance. Students who do not already have private health insurance are required to buy a state-selected policy from Pearce & Pearce Inc. – and it covers up to $500 toward elective abortions and has 80 percent PPO coverage for elective abortions. Following SFLA’s national outcry, the University of North Carolina Board of Governors announced late last week that it will allow students opposed to abortion to “opt-out� of paying for abortion coverage. “Effective fall 2010, the University of North Carolina is implementing a ‘hard waiver’ student health insurance policy that requires students on our 16 university campuses to have creditable health care coverage,� the board said. “What our students are required to do is have a health insurance plan that provides creditable health care coverage.� “Any student may choose to purchase health insurance elsewhere that does not provide elective abortion coverage. Students have until September 30 to

waive coverage under the Universitysponsored plan by providing evidence of other coverage,� the board said. The University previously had hardwaiver student health insurance plans on 11 campuses and offered voluntary plans on another five campuses. All of these previous plans except the one at N.C. Central University included elective abortion coverage. “Like the University plan, the State Health Plan includes elective abortion coverage for state employees,� the board said. The board also said its president, Erskine Bowles, an abortion advocate who will soon be taking a related position in the Obama Administration, “directed Pearce and Pearce to contact via email all UNC students who have chosen to enroll in the University-sponsored plan for the fall 2010 semester in order to provide the opportunity for any student to opt-out of the elective abortion coverage.� “It’s a step in the right direction,� said Stacy Carlson, president of the Students for Life chapter at UNCCharlotte, following the policy change. Kristan Hawkins, SFLA executive director, also applauded the move but still has significant reservations. “The UNC System is still considering abortion to be health care. Abortion is not health care, neither for the pre-born child or his mother. Abortion should be removed from the UNC System completely,� Hawkins said. Students who opt-out will not save any money because the abortion coverage does not affect the cost of premiums, which range from $350 to $375 per semester depending on the campus.

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‘Sing like a Catholic’ workshop a success mAry B. wortHinGton correSponDent CHARLOTTE ― “It is so beautiful to sing with love!” That’s what more than 70 participants learned during an Aug. 6-7 “Sing Like a Catholic” chant workshop at St. Ann Church in Charlotte, taught by Jeffrey Tucker and Arlene Oost-Zinner of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA). Tucker advocates for the renewed use of liturgical chant through workshops, publications and an expansive Web site of free music, and Tucker and OostZinner have contributed to various journals on the topic of sacred music. Oost-Zinner is also a composer and Tucker is the managing editor of “Sacred Music Magazine.” The Church teaches that chant should have “pride of place” in the liturgy, but after the Second Vatican Council it fell out of favor. Now, workshops like this one aim to revive the sacred music form. “I’m again struck by what a strange situation we’ve inherited, living amidst a broken tradition and trying our best to cobble together knowledge from the past as a way of playing a role to assure the

survivability of tradition into the future,” Tucker noted after the workshop. Tucker, a jazz musician and Baptist from Auburn, Ala., converted to Catholicism after stumbling upon a Catholic church where he heard the priest chant the Mass. Like Tucker, Darlene Gray was a Baptist who converted to Catholicism and has since come to love chant as an expression of worship. Gray, a member of St. Ann Church and the CMAA, was responsible for bringing the workshop to the diocese. She said it was a “marvelous spiritual retreat” where they could “promote orthodoxy by promoting something beautiful.” Participant Pat Klass, a member of St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte said, “Many of the participants aren’t even members of their own church choir. I was especially taken with the number of people who came to the workshop and sang at Mass who had never before sung Gregorian chant.” Between five sessions of chant instruction, Tucker explained the historical roots of chant and its proper use in the liturgy. The group finished the workshop with a full Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form. “This has been a great opportunity


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to help people learn the rich musical patrimony of faith,” said Father Timothy Reid, St. Ann’s pastor. St. Ann celebrates the Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. Tucker explained that chant is part of the fulfillment of Vatican II, despite the common misperception that those liturgical reforms aimed to move towards more contemporary music. “One of the musical aspirations of the Second Vatican Council was to make a decisive move away from Low Mass with vernacular hymns, an exception that had become the norm, toward a fully sung Mass that made chant the basis of all singing, whether by the celebrant, the schola or the people,” Tucker told Klass. “This is why the advocates of Gregorian chant were so excited about the Council’s documents on liturgy. History didn’t turn out that way, however. The rise of the new chant movement is to recapture that original vision so that Catholics can sing the Mass itself rather than just sing during Mass.”

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Pantries in demand Catholic Social Services to host workshops to restructure outreach SueAnn Howell StAff writer CHARLOTTE ― Catholic Social Services in the Diocese of Charlotte will host three workshops designed to help communities start and operate a food pantry. The free workshops, “Providing Food Assistance with Dignity,” are designed to help churches and community groups meet the growing demands for food assistance in their areas. The workshops will focus on the theme of providing “client choice” in food pantry delivery, giving people who come to the pantry for assistance control over their selections. The workshops include a socioeconomic overview of the need for food assistance in each area, sharing state and national data with the participants. Research on the topic of “client choice” food pantry operation will also be presented. The workshops will run from 12:30 to 3 p.m. and will include lunch. The dates and locations of each “Providing Food Assistance with Dignity” workshop are: Thursday, Sept. 14, Diocese of Charlotte Pastoral Center, Charlotte; Monday, Sept. 20, St. Joan of Arc Church, Candler; and Wednesday, Oct. 6, Holy Cross Church, Kernersville. Each workshop will close with a drawing to award a $200 grant to a participant for a food pantry of their choice. For details, contact Joe Purello, director of the Catholic Social Services Office of Justice and Peace, at 704-370-3225 or visit

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Catholic agencies collect more than $303 million for Haiti quake relief WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNS) ― Catholic agencies around the world have collected more than $303 million for Haitian earthquake relief with additional funds continuing to arrive daily. The amount – totaling $303,362,571 as of Aug. 10 – reflects money from special collections sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services, the worldwide network of Caritas Internationalis agencies and a smattering of other Catholic-connected agencies sponsoring ministries in Haiti. The total is likely to be significantly greater because the figures provided by Caritas Internationalis, the Vaticanbased umbrella organization for Catholic humanitarian and development agencies, exclude money raised by organizations and religious orders and congregations outside of the Caritas network. Of the amount, nearly half – $147,473,281 – came from U.S. Catholics. A total of $82,269,255 was donated during special collections in dioceses in the weeks after the quake, according to figures compiled from the USCCB and CRS. CRS has collected an additional $65,204,026 on its own, making the U.S. Catholic community the largest contributor in the world to earthquake relief efforts. Non-Catholic U.S. nonprofit agencies collected an additional $1.1 billion for Haiti, the Chronicle of

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Luke’s Gospel of the Good Samaritan poses the question, “Who is my neighbor?” The nature of God’s call to each of us is unique but our response serves a larger cause: to strengthen God’s Kingdom on Earth. We all hear the question but are not always certain of the best response. For me, the answer to God’s call awakened me from sleep at 3:30 a.m. last February when God interiorly suggested that I might want to schedule a medical mission trip to Haiti. I reluctantly got out of bed, went to the computer and applied to several medical sites making trips to Haiti. A week later, I was contacted by Father Romane St. Vil of the Maryknoll Fathers in New York about some upcoming trips. Father Romane told me about his initial trip to Haiti to help the people of his homeland recover from the devastation of the earthquake. He recognized what was required to help his native land and started bringing medical teams to assist the victims. The current need is acute. Even though the international media are gone, little has occurred to clean up the aftermath of the January earthquake. Haiti has always been a poor country by western standards, but it is much worse after the damage to the financial and governmental institutions in Port-auPrince. One in 30 people died during the earthquake, and the survivors are mostly without homes or jobs. Four million people live in a 16-square-mile area with limited resources. Our team, composed of myself, an Ob/Gyn, three nurses and my son, a senior high school student, traveled to Haiti in mid-May to minister to the refugees in the tent cities. The media coverage we’d seen could not prepare us for the utter destruction of Port-au-Prince and the surrounding countryside. Basic supplies barely exist and must be brought in daily. Food, water, sanitation and stable housing are in extremely short supply and are unpredictable. The Haitian people’s concept of the future is “today.” Our team saw 150-200 patients each day for a total of six days. Some people just needed reassurance; some had acute medical emergencies. Gynecologic and obstetrical services are non-existent there. Despite these difficulties, our week was most rewarding. When we returned to the States, many people asked, “Why make the effort if the needs are so immense?” One of the team explained that providing comfort to even one person proved that we care for that person as a child of God. So why would someone who detests heat, humidity and crowds feel compelled

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Seth Kirsch, who accompanied his father Dr. Richard Kirsch to Haiti in February, talks to a child while on mission there with the Maryknoll Fathers. They plan to return in October. to return to such a place in October? Primarily because we were welcomed with a generosity and kindness beyond compare. For example, one family of eight living in a small home that survived the quake allowed 280 people to move into their front yard in tents. Also, Father Romane’s charismatic personality is an inspiration and motivates us to accomplish more in the future. Father Romane was able to find ways of helping each person we saw and give them hope in the face of nearly insurmountable problems. Father Romane has a vison to build a rehabilitation hospital. It is a lofty goal, but one to ease the burden of this destitute country. This plan mirrors the Good Samaritan’s role to not only care for immediate problems but also provide for future needs. The hosts of our mission trip asked us, “When will you be back?” My son’s response, “I don’t want to leave,” spoke for our entire group. To serve the needs of more patients, our “neighbors,” we will return Oct. 3-9 with a larger team.

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Sisters of Mercy Foundation announces $1.9M in grants CHARLOTTE ― The Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina Foundation is giving grants totaling $1,950,714 to 45 non-profit organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina. The money will be used for a variety of purposes including affordable housing, children’s services, crisis assistance, education, food distribution, health care, immigration assistance, job training, legal services, services to the elderly and social services. Since 1996 the Sisters of Mercy Foundation has awarded 1,058 grants totaling more than $47,800,000 to organizations serving unserved or underserved populations. Benefiting from the most recent grants in the Diocese of Charlotte are: ― Assistance league of Charlotte, provides food, clothing and education materials for low-income children through various programs including the Snacks at School, operation USA, operation School Bell and mecklenburg County Teen Court. They were awarded $10,000 to buy food for the Snacks at School Program. ― Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, High Point, helps children to develop socially, academically and personally by placing a positive role model in their lives. They will receive $30,000 for support of a case manager’s salary. ― Blue Ridge mountains Health Project, Cashiers, provides dental services to individuals who are otherwise unable to afford them. They were awarded $30,000 to help provide operating support for the free dental clinic. ― Boys & girls Clubs of Nash/edgecombe Counties, Rocky mount, guides youth to become independent successful citizens through recreational and educational programs. Their $42,000 grant will be used for salary support of teachers for the Project learn Program. ― Boys and girls Club of the Piedmont, Statesville, enables young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. They will receive $32,000 for the salary of a Responsible Attitudes Program manager. ― Caring for Children, Asheville, creates safety in the lives of children and families in crisis by providing care, shelter, education and treatment. They were awarded $60,000 to help support the Trinity Place Runaway and Homeless Shelter for youth. ― Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte, supports and empowers individuals, families and faith communities through the provision of foster care, adoption and pregnancy support services. Their $50,000 grant will be used to provide salary and support for a bilingual counselor. ― Charlotte Community Health Clinic, Charlotte, provides healthcare services to low-income uninsured residents of mecklenburg County. Their $71,728 grant will be used for salary support of a nurse practitioner. ― Charlotte Rescue mission, Charlotte, proves an intensive chemical dependence recovery and rehabilitation program for homeless men and women or those about to be homeless. Their $32,370 grant will be used to provide salary and benefits support

for a substance abuse counselor for Dove’s Nest, a free, 120-day residential chemical addiction recovery program. ― Children first/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County, Asheville, works to improve the lives of children, youth and their families through community collaboration, advocacy and programs that help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life. They will receive $40,000 to help support the Project mARCH After-School Program. ― Citizen Schools, Charlotte, educates youth, strengthens communities and brings new solutions to the challenge of young adult education through out-of-school time programming for low-income middle school students. Their $50,000 grant will provide operating assistance to the martin luther King Jr. and eastway middle Schools academic enrichment programs. ― Communities in Schools of Charlottemecklenburg, Charlotte, helps students at risk of academic and social failure learn successfully, stay in school and prepare for life. They were awarded $50,000 to assist with case management and related student programming. ― Community Clinic of Rutherford County, forest City, provides accessible, quality medical care, wellness education and medication assistance to low-income and uninsured adults. They will receive $47,000 to buy medical equipment for the clinic’s new facility. ― Community Health Services, Charlotte, promotes wellness by providing health screening, physical examinations, immunizations, prescription assistance and health education services to individuals and families in low-income communities. Their $75,000 grant will be used for operating support of the Physician Reach out Program. ― Community Health Services of Union County, monroe, provides outreach services to the indigent and underserved population through community clinics, diabetes services, prescription assistance and wellness programs. Their $45,000 grant will provide salary and benefits support for a certified diabetes educator and to buy diabetic supplies. ― Davie County United way, mocksville, unites the resources of the community to identify and address the most pressing human needs. They will receive $30,000 for rental assistance funds for the Home loss Prevention Program. ― fiRST at Blue Ridge, Ridgecrest, provides guidance, opportunity and education to those with addictions. Their $50,000 grant will provide salary and benefits for a licensed clinical director for the new women and Children fiRST substance abuse recovery program.

rehabilitation and maintenance of housing for economically disadvantaged persons in Charlotte. Their $50,000 grant will provide support for the Habitat Critical Home Repair Program.

promote effective money management and to provide assistance to those experiencing financial difficulty. Their $45,000 grant will provide salary and benefits for a housing/ financial counselor.

― Henderson County free medical Clinic, Hendersonville, provides health, prevention, education and coordination services to uninsured, low-income clients. Their $35,000 grant will be used for the salary of a half-time nurse case manager and diabetic supplies.

― Regional AiDS interfaith Network, Charlotte, provides care, education and leadership development to persons affected by AiDS. Their $45,000 grant will provide salary and benefits for medical case management staff.

― Homeward Bound of Asheville, Asheville, works to end the cycle of chronic homelessness by offering service-enriched, permanent supportive housing. They were awarded a two-year grant of $47,000 to help provide the salary and benefits of a licensed substance abuse counselor.

― Room at the inn, Charlotte, provides maternity and after-care support for pregnant mothers, new mothers and their children through residential and nonresidential rehabilitative and counseling services. They were awarded a two-year grant of $60,000 to contribute to the salary of the professional counselor for the prenatal counseling and extended aftercare and outreach program.

― Kids Advocacy Resource effort, waynesville, reduces child abuse and neglect through prevention programs, education, victim services, family support and community awareness activities. They will receive $23,000 to provide operating support including a portion of the salary and benefits of a victim advocate.

― Rutherford lifeservices, Spindale, provides services to individuals and families with special needs that enhance the quality of their lives. They will receive $18,200 to support the life Care Adult Health Program.

― legal Services of Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, provides civil legal assistance regarding public benefits, housing, family and consumer law to eligible low-income people. They will receive $75,000 for the employment law program.

― Second Harvest food Bank, Charlotte, feeds the hungry by soliciting and distributing food and other grocery products through partner agencies. They were awarded $60,000 to contribute to the purchase of food for their mobile pantry.

― mountain Bizworks, Asheville, provides business training, technical assistance, group support and loans for low-income people who want to start or expand a small business. They will receive $65,000 to provide personnel and operating support for the foundations Business Planning Program.

― women’s Resource Center of greensboro, greensboro, promotes the self-reliance of women by assessing needs, providing services and acting as a gateway to community resources. Their $25,000 grant will contribute to the salary of the program director of New Choices, which provides pre-employment training and placement case management to assist displaced homemakers to increase their employability.

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Mother Teresa’s life pointed to Jesus MOTHER TERESA, from page 1

They began corresponding with one another immediately and eventually began works of charity in the Washington, D.C., area. Their friendship spanned almost three decades before Mother Teresa’s death on Sept. 5, 1997. The following are excerpts from an Aug. 2 interview with Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin about the upcoming anniversary. The remarks have been edited for brevity. CNH: You had such a beautiful relationship with Mother Teresa. You had a rare relationship with a remarkable individual. BISHOP CURLIN: It was an honor and a blessing to be among those priests who assisted Mother Teresa as a confessor and spiritual adviser. I am especially grateful for the many opportunities to be in her presence and witness her heroic and loving service of the poor. CNH: What are your thoughts on the 100th anniversary of her birthday? Why is it significant that we acknowledge that? BISHOP CURLIN: We acknowledge what a holy woman she was and how she inspired millions around the world to serve Christ in their neighbors who are in need of love. Like St. Francis, Mother points one’s life towards Jesus. We honor her anniversary to inspire us to rededicate our lives to serving Christ in the poor and needy. CNH: In the years since her passing, what are some of your key lasting memories that you have of her? BISHOP CURLIN: There are so many memories over all those years. One memory is

when we were walking in Calcutta early in the morning. The sun was just coming up. There must have been thousands of people in the street lying in the dirt. I never said anything, but it crossed my mind, “Where do you begin to help these people? They need food and medicines. What do you do to help them?” And suddenly, almost as if reading my mind, she said, “Oh Father, look at Jesus lying there waiting to be loved.” You start with love. Once you love them, seeing them as Christ, then you know what you have to do. She taught there was a difference between pity and compassion. Compassion is identifying with the people who are suffering. Another time we were walking down the street and there was a woman coming toward us. I thought she had curls (in her hair), but when she came closer I realized her flesh was all torn. She quickly put her hand down and touched Mother’s feet and put the dust to her forehead for Mother to lay her hand upon her. Mother said, “We just touched Jesus.” That stays in my mind... “We just touched Jesus.”

Jesus is the love to be loved. Jesus is the peace to be given. Jesus is the hungry to be fed. Jesus is the thirsty to be satiated. Jesus is the naked to be clothed.

CNH: What do you think is Mother Teresa’s legacy that she left for her Missionaries of Charity and the world? BISHOP CURLIN: Our world is filled with divisions created by hate and violence. Mother Teresa’s legacy is to help us center our life on Jesus in fulfillment of his great command to love God with all of our heart and love our neighbor as oneself. To feed the hungry, to shelter the homeless, to minister to the ill and dying, and to defend the sanctity of life is the vocation of every Christian. It was a heroic love she had. We need to be called back to the basic of that heroic love of neighbor.

Jesus is the homeless to be sheltered. Jesus is the sick to be healed. Jesus is the lonely to be loved. photo by the Charlotte

observer, Courtesy of bishop emeritus William G. Curlin

Bishop Emeritus William G. Curlin, bishop of the Diocese of Charlotte from 1994 to 2002, and Blessed Mother Teresa had a friendship that spanned almost 30 years before her death in 1997. They are pictured during her visit to Charlotte in 1995.


A mass in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of mother Teresa will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 26, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte. Bishop Peter J. Jugis will be the main celebrant and Bishop emeritus william g. Curlin will be the homilist.

Jesus is the leper to be washed.

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Jesus is the little one to be embraced. Jesus is the old to be served.

NINE-DAY NOVENA TO BLESSED TERESA Day 1: Know the living Jesus “Don’t search for Jesus in far lands; He is not there. He is close to you; He is in you.” ― Ask for the grace of an intimate knowledge of Jesus. Prayer to Blessed Teresa: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love to all. obtain from the Heart of Jesus (here make your request). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen. immaculate Heart of mary, Cause of our Joy, pray for me. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

Day 2: Jesus loves you “Do not be afraid – you are precious to Jesus. He loves you.” ― Ask for the grace to be convinced of Jesus’ unconditional and personal love for you. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

Day 3: Hear Him say to you: “I thirst” “Just think! god is thirsting for you and me to come forward to satiate His thirst.” ― Ask for the grace to understand Jesus’ cry of thirst. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

Day 4: Our Lady will help you “How close we must keep to our lady who understood what depth of Divine love was being revealed.” ― Ask for the grace to learn from our lady to quench Jesus’ thirst as she did. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

Day 5: Trust Jesus blindly “Confidence in god can do all things. it is our emptiness and lowliness that god needs and not our plentitude.” ― Ask for the grace to have an unshakeable trust in god’s power and love for you and for all. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

Day 6: True love is surrender “Allow god to use you without consulting you.” ― Ask for the grace to surrender your whole life to god. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

Day 7: God loves a cheerful giver “Joy is the sign of union with god, of god’s presence. Joy is love, the normal result of a heart burning with love.” ― Ask for the grace to find joy in loving, and to share this joy with all you meet. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

Day 8: Jesus made Himself the Bread of Life and the Hungry One

― Beatitudes as written by Mother Teresa

“Believe that He, Jesus, is in the appearance of Bread and that He, Jesus, is in the hungry, naked, sick, lonely, unloved, homeless, helpless and hopeless.” ― Ask for the grace of a deep faith to see Jesus in the Bread of life and to serve Him in the distressing disguise of the poor. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa


Day 9: Holiness is Jesus living and acting in me “Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness.” ― Ask for the grace to become a saint. Repeat Prayer to Blessed Teresa

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Bishop Peter J. Jugis (left) gives the homily during Mass with the Missionaries of Charity at their convent chapel in Charlotte July 21. The nuns, who carry on the work of their foundress Mother Teresa, sponsor summer camps for children. Source:

Pictured at Mass with Bishop Jugis are some of those summer camp participants.

n Thursday, Aug. 26, 6:30-7 p.m. eDT (ewTN) “Priests of the Sacred Heart: A light in the Darkness of our Days.” Sacred Heart father michael van der Peet shares insights on his friendship with mother Teresa of Calcutta. The program includes reflections on her “dark night of the soul.”

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (CNA) ― The Catholic actor Neal McDonough, who lost a lead role for his refusal to do heated love scenes, will produce and star in a new series about a policeman turned priest. McDonough, who has played roles on shows such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Boomtown” and “Band of Brothers,” lost his role on the new ABC series “Scoundrels” three days into filming. While ABC described the action as a “casting change,” news reports linked it to the actor’s refusal to do sex scenes. Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood now reports that McDonough will be executive producer and star in a new Starz series titled “Vigilante Priest.” His lead character, a priest, is a former

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Tuesday, October 19 - Catholic Conference Center, Hickory

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Presenter: Msgr. John McSweeney Check-in: 10 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. Program: 10:30 a.m. — 2:45 p.m. Cost: $15 includes morning snack and lunch Deadline for Registration: Monday, October 11

Reverend James P. Byrne, O.S.F.S. - 50 years

Thursday, November 4 - St. Leo Catholic Church, Winston-Salem

Reverend James K. Solari - 55 years

Reverend L. Eugene Schellberg - 50 years Reverend Francis X. Reese, S.J. - 50 years Reverend Brian J. Cook - 25 years Reverend Vincent E. Smith, O.S.F.S. - 25 years

4:00 p.m., September 14, 2010 Saint Patrick Cathedral Charlotte

704-549-4010 336-665-5345

‘Ramona and Beezus’

For more information call

Reverend Thomas P. Clements - 55 years 

Now serving Charlotte and Greensboro

Authentic and Authorized Framed Prints and Canvases of the Restored Vilnius, Hyla, Skemp Divine Mercy. Our Lady of Guadalupe bears the Seals and Signatures of the Vicar and Cardinal of Mexico. These are now on display at Coffey & Thompson Art Gallery, 109 W. Morehead, Charlotte 28202. (704) 334 4332. Bishops, Pastors, Parish Council, Parents, Principals, Coaches and Teachers: Help spread these copyrighted sacred images across the Americas. Seize the opportunity for your parish to receive the framed canvases at no cost. Open and click on the Parish Participation Program. See you at the Eucharistic Congress. Dick Alsop 1 866 HOLY ART (465 9278)

invites all the faithful of the diocese 



Sites include Arden, Bryson City, Charlotte, Greensboro and Lenoir. We are currently accepting applications for the 2010-2012 program.

Bishop Peter J. Jugis

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Presenter: Fr. Brian Cook Check-in: 10 a.m. — 10:30 a.m. Program: 10:30 a.m. — 2:45 p.m. Cost: $12 includes morning snack and lunch Deadline for Registration: Monday, October 25

Thursday, November 18 - St. Pius X Catholic Church, Greensboro Presenter: Msgr. Anthony Marcaccio Check-In: 9:45 am — 10:30 am Program: 10:30 am — 3 pm Cost: $12 includes morning snack and lunch Deadline for Registration: Monday, November 8

Register as a group or individually by sending your check (payable to Catholic Social Services) and your parish name to: Sandra Breakfield Elder Ministry 1123 S. Church St. Charlotte NC 28203-4003

For more information call Sandra at 704-370-3220 or Sherill at 704-370-3228.

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Selena Gomez and Joey King star in a scene from the movie “Ramona and Beezus,” a gentle comedy about a good-hearted but accident-prone 9-year-old (King) whose antics annoy her more conventional teen sister (Gomez). Traditional values and close-knit family relationships reign in director Elizabeth Allen’s squeaky-clean, nostalgia-tinted adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s best-selling series of children’s books and, though nothing very momentous happens, what does take place transpires in the nicest possible way. The Catholic News Service classification is A-I – general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is G – general audiences. All ages admitted.

MOVIE REVIEWS NEW YORK (CNS) ― The following are capsule reviews of movies recently reviewed by the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

n “Cats & Dogs:

The Revenge of Kitty Galore” (Warner Bros.)

Entertaining and inventive 3-D spy adventure – seamless blending live action, puppetry, and computer animation – in which rogue feline agent Kitty Galore (voice of Bette Midler) threatens to make the world her “personal scratching post” by unleashing the “Call of the Wild,” a screech that serves as a weapon of mass destruction. Led by Diggs (voice of James Marsden), a police K-9 German shepherd who hates cats, and Catherine (voice of Christina Applegate), a feline agent who puts her nine lives on the line, the covert pet intelligence agencies DOG and MEOWS must put differences aside and work together to bring Kitty down. Plenty of excitement, gizmos and cute-as-abutton moments will charm and enthrall the youngsters, while their parents will enjoy the inside jokes referencing James Bond films. The CNS classification is A-I – general patronage. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG – parental guidance suggested.

n “Charlie St. Cloud” (Universal)

After losing his younger brother (Charlie Tahan) in a car accident for which he was indirectly responsible, a gifted sailboat racer (Zac Efron), racked by guilt and grief, becomes the caretaker of the cemetery where his sibling rests, on the edge of which, briefly each

evening, he is mysteriously able to see and communicate with the lad. But his reclusiveness is challenged when a high school classmate and fellow sailor (Amanda Crew) returns to town and captures his heart. Though unusually spiritual and even explicitly religious, director Burr Steers’ melancholy parable, adapted from Ben Sherwood’s best-selling 2004 novel, “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud,” never quite jells, despite Efron’s sensitive portrayal of his isolated, ethereal character, while the script romanticizes the premature consummation of the scarred youth’s potentially life-altering love. Nongraphic premarital sexual activity, a few instances of sexual humor, at least one use of profanity, a couple of crude terms and crass remarks. The CNS classification is A-III – adults. The MPAA rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children younger than 13.

n “Salt”


Well-acted but thoroughly violent action thriller in which, after being accused by a Russian intelligence officer (Daniel Olbrychski) of being a double agent, a highly skilled CIA operative (Angelina Jolie) goes on the run, leaving her colleagues (principally Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor) scrambling to uncover whether she is friend or foe, even as they try to track her down. As directed by Phillip Noyce, Jolie makes a weak script reasonably compelling, and her character displays strong marital loyalty; yet, as an all-butsuperhuman killing machine, her path is littered with corpses. Frequent violence, some of it bloody, much use of profanity and crude terms. The CNS classification is L – limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The MPAA rating is PG-13 – parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children younger than 13.

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‘Jungle jammers’ at St. Mark

Summer of fun

Grant winners honored

August 20, 2010

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On Aug. 17, the 2010 MACS Foundation Grants for Educational Excellence were awarded to the following educators: Mary Elizabeth Learner, Catherine Bischoff, Denise Bier, Charlotte Catholic High School, for Calculator Inspired Learning, Part 2; Jennifer Cabrera, Socorro Davaz, Holy Trinity Middle School, for A World Beyond Borders; Stanley Michalski, Tracy Shoff, Alan Kaufman, Holy Trinity Middle School, for Artist in Residence Program; Yvonne Adamou, Holy Trinity Middle School, for Character Chronicles/Big Changes Big Choices; Annie Jost, Holy Trinity Middle School, for Community Garden & Outdoor Science Learning Center; Regina Pastula, Holy Trinity Middle School, for Embracing our Multiculturalism; Rose Cubit Spinning, Our Lady of the Assumption School, for Technology Into Writing Webs; Melissa Ocejo, Our Lady of the Assumption School, for Empowering Writers, K-1; Kari Moses, Susan Gordon, St. Ann School, for The Classroom Accommodations Techniques & Tools, (CATT); Jean Spegal, Betsy Desnover, Denise HesKamp, Michelle Boyle, for Building Common Ground While Walking On Holy Ground: Respecting Other’s Life Journeys; Nicole Warren, St. Gabriel School, for Hear, See, Do & Share Math; Christine Giroux, St. Gabriel School, for Let’s Take a BREAK; Theresa Faucher, St. Gabriel School, for Picture This; Christine Giroux, St. Gabriel School, for The “Just Right� Leveled Classroom; Kathryn Louis, St. Mark School, for BrainPOP; Kimberly Antolini, St. Mark School, for Clifton Youth Explorers; Judy LaPietra, St. Mark School, for History Alive Program of the Teachers Curriculum Institute; Rachel Angel, St. Mark School, for Lexia Strategies for Older Students; Renee Birch, Amy Dill, St. Mark School, for No More Limitations; Peggy Palasick, Ann Miles, St. Mark School, for The Student Parent Support Program; Stacy Desormeaux, St. Mark School, for We All Knead Bread; Patricia Wendover, St. Matthew, for “Let the Children Come to Me;� Patricia Franz, Jackie Mariello, Jennifer Faries, Mary Strauss, St. Matthew, for Kindergarten Reading Clubs; Kathy Healy, Maggie Menze, Crystal Watts, Kelly Parks, St. Patrick School, for FASTT Math.

MACS Summer Campers at St. Matthew School in Charlotte enjoy watermelon during another fun day at camp. Summer is a time relaxation and fun, and MACS Summer Camp has again given students a safe, relaxing and fun way to spend their time during the summer break from school. With activities such as cookouts, water balloon fights, sports and weekly field trips, the campers who attended camp were engaged all day long with weekly themes and learning activities such as cooking class, pottery and a survival skills workshop.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heroes: Hearts Everywhere Reaching Outâ&#x20AC;? was the theme of Vacation Bible School at St. Mark Church in Huntersville in July. Each night more than 300 students, in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade, participated in games, crafts, music and Bible skits all focusing on the virtuous lives of Sts. John the Baptist and Juan Diego and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Then the high school skits team, nicknamed the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungle Jammers,â&#x20AC;? re-created the stories of the featured saints, re-enforcing the daily lesson and leading more than 500 participants in energetic songs and dance each day. The featured song â&#x20AC;&#x153;H-ER-O God is my Heroâ&#x20AC;? was the theme of the week, and certainly the theme for all of us to live by. Pictured are â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jungle Jammersâ&#x20AC;? Trini Marinello, Lizzie Benson, Jackie Campo, Mary Kate Reid, Molly Welch, Katie Reilly, Kim Abrams, Allie Fisher, Anthony Rivera, Kendall Smith, Zak Martin, Maddie Fink, Jacob Miller and Diana Bennett (a visitor from Haiti).

VBS at St. James in Hamlet



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A blast at VBS

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Students re-enacted a portion of the Gospel of Luke â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the command of Jesus for the Apostles to cast their nets into the waters (Luke 5: 1-11; 27-32; 6: 12-16; 8: 1-3) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; during Vacation Bible School at St. James Church in Hamlet recently. Pictured are the performers: Tony Hogan, Marco Acosta, Derik Wilderman, Sean Wilderman, Sergio Lucero, Jamil Wright, Alicia English, Mirka Acosta, Angela Chen and Don Meany. The theme of the lesson was that for those who follow Jesus, their lives will never be the same again.

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A lively group of children perform songs to wrap up the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Baobab Blastâ&#x20AC;?themed Vacation Bible School at St. John Neumann Church in Charlotte recently. More than 50 kindergarten through fifth-grade students learned about their faith through song, storytelling and crafts during the weeklong VBS.


Reading naturally at SLS

WINSTON-SALEM â&#x20AC;&#x2022; Thanks to grants from the Diocese of Charlotte and St. Leo the Great Church, St. Leo Parish School was recently able to host summer reading enrichment sessions based on the Read Naturally program, for a fifth year in a row. For a month, three St. Leo teachers (Patti Eiffe, fourth-grade; Lindsay Hodgson, second grade; and Christine Hurley, librarian and French teacher) helped 37 students from the community improve fluency and reading comprehension. Read Naturally is designed to improve childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reading skills and reading comprehension. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a program we use during the school year for our students at St. Leoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,â&#x20AC;? Eiffe said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great that during the summer we can extend the program to children in our parishes and local communities as well.â&#x20AC;? Students ranged in age from rising first-graders to rising eighth-graders, with many for who English is a second language. â&#x20AC;&#x2022; Submitted by Donna Birkel

BMHS coach named â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;living legendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;

KERNERSVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x2022; Brian Robinson, Bishop McGuinness High Schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball coach, was recently awarded the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Legendsâ&#x20AC;? Award in Winston-Salem. The award was part of the July 22 Hanes Hosiery Community Center â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hang the Netâ&#x20AC;? charity event to benefit the children of Winston-Salem. Robinson has led the Bishop McGuinness womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s basketball team

to five consecutive NCHSAA state basketball championships and is a recipient of the NCHSAA â&#x20AC;&#x153;Eight Who Make a Difference Award.â&#x20AC;? Over the years, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Living Legendsâ&#x20AC;? Award has also been presented to area icons including Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell, the late Clarence â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bighouseâ&#x20AC;? Gaines, the late, great Hall of Fame Sportswriter Mary Garber, Hall of Fame Hanes Hosiery Industrial Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basketball stars Eckie Jordan and the late, great Eunice Futch, WSSU All-CIAA Basketball standout William English; former New York Knick Luther â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tickyâ&#x20AC;? Burden, the late Mr. James â&#x20AC;&#x153;Catfishâ&#x20AC;? Sprinkle, Claudette Weston, Tom Muse, former Harlem Globetrotter Robert Little, former All American and WFU stars Charlie Davis and Skip Brown, former local star Jamie Wilkes, WXII news anchor Cameron Kent, WNBA star LaQuanda Barksdale and Hall of Fame NBA star Earl â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Pearlâ&#x20AC;? Monroe. â&#x20AC;&#x2022; Submitted by Jeff Stoller

MACS open house dates set for fall

CHARLOTTE â&#x20AC;&#x2022; Open house dates for all MACS schools are as follows: n All elementary schools: 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17, and 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Oct. 19 n Charlotte Catholic High School: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 n Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31, and 9-11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 We welcome your schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s news. E-mail items to Editor Patricia Guilfoyle at

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"Stepping Into Your Blessings" Guest revivalist: Reverend Anthony Michael Bozeman, S.S.J., pastor of St. Raymond and St. Leo the Great Parish, New Orleans Father Bozeman is a frequently requested leader of revivals for African-American Roman Catholic faith communities across the nation and has been very active with youth, young adult, womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and vocational awareness retreats.


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Get a deeper experience at Congress VOLUNTEERS, from page 1

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Vatican II tells us that the Holy Eucharist is â&#x20AC;&#x153;the source and summit of the Christian lifeâ&#x20AC;? (â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lumen Gentiumâ&#x20AC;?). As a member of the Body of Christ, my spirituality flows from the Eucharist, and all that I do should ultimately be directed towards the Eucharist. It is only natural to respond to that call by serving Christ through the Diocesan Eucharistic Congress,â&#x20AC;? Surface says. This is her fourth year as a volunteer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first year I ever attended the Congress, in addition to hearing the uplifting and engaging speakers, I was blessed with the opportunity to volunteer as a greeter. I had the joy of welcoming some of the thousands of Catholics from the diocese and beyond who attended the Congress. What a joy it was to see the excitement in the faces of faithful Catholics, both young and old, as they experienced Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Holy Presence Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, in the Eucharistic procession and adoration.â&#x20AC;? What keeps her coming back to organize more than 400 volunteers?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is always such a blessing to work with other volunteers in the diocese who are also on fire with the love, joy and peace that only Christ can bring. Volunteers are a great witness to Godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s call for us to proclaim His Gospel message, specifically, by serving Christ through service to His children,â&#x20AC;? she says. Jessica Ferrante, a wife, mother of three and a parishioner at St. Mark Church in Huntersville, is another volunteer who serves as the book sales volunteer captain for the Congress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I used to think that volunteering would make me miss out on the fruits of the Congress, but it is quite the contrary. Volunteering for the Congress each year gives me a deeper experience of the Holy Spiritâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work over the weekend, which in turn has translated into greater fruits for my family.â&#x20AC;? Echoing the sentiments of both Surface and Ferrante, volunteer Pat LaRose, a retiree and St. Matthew Church parishioner, adds, â&#x20AC;&#x153;My hope is that by volunteering to help make this awesome event possible, our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Charlotte diocese will come to the Congress and have the opportunity to experience this most blessed spiritual renewal.â&#x20AC;?




GET INVOLVED volunteer opportunities at the eucharistic Congress are still available. most volunteer shifts are only two hours or less, which means you can still actively participate in the Congress. Chaperones, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;guidesâ&#x20AC;? for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track, are particularly needed, as well as volunteers to help with the eucharistic Procession Saturday morning. Specifically: n eucharistic Procession - Saturday 8 - 10:30 a.m. n guide - Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track (K-5) - Saturday Noon - 1:30 p.m. n guide - Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Track (K-5) - Saturday 1 - 3:30 p.m. All volunteers are required to complete the Protecting godâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Children workshop and allow a background check to be performed by the diocese. volunteers can contact mary Catherine Surface at or 704-651-5860, or register themselves by going to www.

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New high school plans move forward SCHOOL, from page 1

At least 100 students must be enrolled by Thursday, Sept. 30, for MACS to proceed with the second high school plan, opening with the ninth grade in a leased building north of Charlotte in August 2011. The diocese will announce by Friday, Oct. 15, whether the plan for the new high school will proceed based on the number of registrations received. A $750 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. This deposit will be applied to the first yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tuition. If the minimum number of 100 students is not registered, then the plan will be put on hold and all deposits returned. If the initial enrollment goal of 100 students for next fall is met, then the plan would be to add the 10th, 11th and 12th grades over the following three years. By the fall of 2014, the new school would encompass all four grades. Families registering their ninthgraders by the early deadline of Sept. 30 will also have their tuition rates â&#x20AC;&#x153;locked inâ&#x20AC;? for all four years, according

to MACS. Meanwhile, diocesan officials are continuing to search for a temporary location north of the city of Charlotte that they could lease and up-fit. They are also working with a real estate agent to identify affordable, easily accessible property that they could buy on which to build a permanent school sometime in the future. The search for land is being focused north of Charlotte around the Highway 73/Sam Furr Road corridor, east of Interstate 77. Specific start-up and operating costs for either a temporary or a permanent school have yet to be determined. These steps follow a plan approved by the diocese earlier this year and several meetings with interested parents covering more than 20 parishes in northeast Charlotte, including two meetings at St. Mark Church in Huntersville. St. Mark is the second largest parish in the diocese and already has a MACS campus encompassing children in kindergarten through the eighth grade. More information about the planned second high school is online at HSExpansionstatus.

August 20, 2010

18 The Catholic News & Herald


A collection of columns, editorials and viewpoints

Benedict XVI affirms First Communion for children at age of reason CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) ― The Holy Father remembered Pope St. Pius X and reviewed his Church reforms and renewals during Wednesday’s general audience catechesis. Pope Benedict highlighted the importance of St. Pius X’s decree that set the “age of reason” as the appropriate time for children to receive First Communion. The general audience was held in the courtyard of the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo as is customary at this time of year. The space was filled with pilgrims carrying flags and banners and waving scarves. During the catechesis, Benedict XVI spoke of Pope St. Pius X, who from the time of his ordination at 23, “showed that deep love of Christ and the Church, that humility and simplicity and that great charity towards the most in need, that were characteristic of his entire life.” Although he accepted his election to the papacy with difficulty because he did not feel himself to be worthy of the position, Pope Benedict XVI said, “he left an indelible mark in the history of the Church” through a pontificate that “was characterized by a notable effort for reform, summarized in his motto ‘Instaurare omnia in Christo’ (Renew all things in Christ).” Pope Benedict pointed to Pius X’s reorganization of the Roman Curia, how he began work to re-examine the Code of Canon Law and his revision of the protocol for priestly formation. He also spoke of the pope-saint’s work to develop a universal catechism after having witnessed the great need for a reference point of the faith amidst widespread emigration. “The catechism called ‘from Pius X,’ was for many a sure guide in learning the truth of the faith for its simple, clear and precise language and for its expositive effectiveness,” recalled Pope Benedict. He was also reminded of the attention Pius X gave to liturgical reform, in an effort “to guide the faithful to a more profound prayer life and to a fuller participation in the sacraments.” Referencing the 1903 motu proprio “Tra

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le sollecitudini,” he explained that Pius X asserted through it that “the true Christian spirit has its first and indispensable source in the active participation in the sacrosanct mysteries and in public and solemn prayer in the Church. “For this,” continued Benedict XVI, “he recommended receiving the sacraments often, promoting daily participation in Holy Communion, (being) well prepared, and anticipating opportunely the First Communion of children at 7 years of age, ‘when the child begins to reason’ ... “ In marking the 100th anniversary of the Pius X-approved decree “Quam singulari” earlier this month, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, wrote about the same subject in the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper. He suggested that the Church must confirm Pius X’s decree and even possibly contemplate lowering the age further to ensure the graces for children as they reach the age of reason amidst the difficulties of today’s world. Concluding Wednesday’s catechesis, the Holy Father said: “Dear brothers and sisters, St. Pius X teaches all of us that the base of our apostolic action in the various fields in which we work must always be for us an intimate personal union with Christ, to cultivate and grow day after day this nucleus of all of His teaching, of all of His pastoral genius. “Only if we are in love with the Lord will we be capable of bringing men to God and opening them up to His merciful love.”

The Good Shepherd, the cross and the Eucharist The theme of our Eucharistic Congress this year is inspired by the recently concluded Year for Priests. During this past year we have celebrated that Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and that our priests share in the office of Christ the Shepherd by their ordination. Our priests nourish the Lord’s sheep with the Shepherd’s teaching and with His Body and Blood in the Eucharist. The theme of our Congress is: “Good Shepherd, Come Feed Us.” It is a theme that reminds us that the Shepherd does indeed feed us and care for us. The theme also reminds us that what the Good Shepherd gives us as nourishment is not some thing, but His very self. The Good Shepherd is often depicted by artists as pasturing His sheep in a scenic pastoral setting. One item that usually is not depicted with the Shepherd is the cross. The cross, however, really is at the center of Jesus’ understanding of Himself as the Good Shepherd. Pope Benedict XVI, in his book “Jesus of Nazareth,” reminds us of the place of the cross in the ministry of the Good Shepherd. The Holy Father writes: “The shepherd discourse revolves completely around the idea of Jesus laying down his life for the ‘sheep.’ The Cross is at the center of the shepherd discourse. And it is portrayed not as an act of violence that takes Jesus unawares and attacks him from the outside, but as a free gift of his very self: ‘I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord’ (Jn 10:17f). Here Jesus interprets for us what happens at the institution of the Eucharist: He transforms the outward violence of the act of crucifixion into an act of freely giving his life for others. Jesus does not give something, but rather he gives himself. And that is how he gives life.” The Good Shepherd and the cross and the Eucharist are intimately joined to each other. “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11). By laying down His life in sacrifice on the cross, the Good Shepherd secured for

From the Publisher BiSHop peter J. JuGiS us an eternal life. This divine life is constantly nourished in us through the Eucharist. The Mass for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi contains a beautiful sequence called “Lauda Sion.” It is a Eucharistic hymn composed by St. Thomas Aquinas. In two verses of the hymn, St. Thomas reminds us that the Good Shepherd continues to give His life for us in the Eucharist. The Shepherd is praised for His greatness, and at the same time He is beseeched to come feed us: “Sing forth, O Sion, sweetly sing The praises of thy ShepherdKing, In hymns and canticles divine; Dare all thou canst, thou hast no song Worthy his praises to prolong, So far surpassing powers like thine. “Come, then, good Shepherd, bread divine, Still show to us thy mercy sign; Oh, feed us still, still keep us thine; So we may see thy glories shine In field of immortality.” The words of this hymn appropriately point to the theme of our Eucharistic Congress: “Come then, Good Shepherd, bread divine; Oh, feed us still, still keep us thine.” In just three weeks we will celebrate our Eucharistic Congress. I look forward to seeing you Sept. 10 and 11 to celebrate the love of the Good Shepherd, who gave His life on the cross, and who still nourishes us on His divine life in the Eucharist.

SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK OF AUG. 22 – AUG. 28 Sunday, isaiah 66:18-21, Hebrews 12:5-7, 11, 13, luke 13:22-30; Monday (St. Rose of Lima), 2 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 11-12, matthew 23:13-22; Tuesday (St. Bartholomew), Revelation 21:9-14, John 1:45-51; Wednesday (St. Louis of France, St. Joseph Calasanz), 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10, 16-18, matthew 23:27-32; Thursday, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9, matthew 24:42-51; Friday (St. Monica), 1 Corinthians 1:17-25, matthew 25:1-13; Saturday (St. Augustine), 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, matthew 25:14-30 SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK OF AUG. 29 – SEPT. 4 Sunday, Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29, Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24, luke 14:1, 7-14; Monday, 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, luke 4:16-30; Tuesday, 1 Corinthians 2:10-16, luke 4:31-17; Wednesday, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, luke 4:38-44; Thursday, 1 Corinthians 3:18-23, luke 5:1-11; Friday (St. Gregory the Great), 1 Corinthians 4:1-5, luke 5:33-39; Saturday, 1 Corinthians 4:6-15, luke 6:1-5 SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT. 5 – SEPT. 11 Sunday, wisdom 9:13-18, Philemon 9-10, 12-17, luke 14:25-33; Monday, 1 Corinthians 5:1-8, luke 6:6-11; Tuesday, 1 Corinthians 6:1-11, luke 6:12-19; Wednesday (The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary), micah 5:1-4, matthew 1:1-16, 18-23; Thursday (St. Peter Claver), 1 Corinthians 8:1-7, 11-13, luke 6:27-38; Friday, 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-27, luke 6:39-42; Saturday, 1 Corinthians 10:14-22, luke 6:43-49

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Mary directs us toward the true source of happiness On a cold February morning in 1992, I stood in a small Catholic cemetery in rural Illinois as my Grandpa, James W. O’Brien, was laid to rest. This was a difficult day on many levels: he was the first close family member I had lost at that young age of 10; like all of his grandchildren, I looked up to my Grandpa and had a close relationship with him; finally, it was the first time I had to really face the agony of separation brought on by death. It may seem odd that during this warm month of August during which we celebrate the mystery of Mary’s assumption into heaven that I would recall the memory of a cold February burial from many years ago. The reason these memories and this solemnity are linked in my mind is because the little town in Illinois in which my grandfather is buried is called Assumption. I admired my grandfather as a boy, and that admiration has not faded over the past 18 years since his death. He was my hero because of his wealth of subtle, humble and yet heroic qualities. In the eyes of the world, James O’Brien was your ordinary, blue-collar sort of fellow. He was the father of five, grandfather of 19, and longtime employee of Caterpillar. The world didn’t take much notice of James, and he didn’t mind. His admirable qualities sprung from his deep-seated faith and devotion to the Church and his family. In his retired years, which were the years that I was privileged to know him, my grandfather spent his time carefully making rosaries to send over the then-standing Berlin Wall. He did not ask for praise for this. In fact, he did not seem to draw any attention to any of his good deeds; instead he quietly made these rosaries, everyday, and when he had filled a bag big enough to ship, he shipped it. I recall these happy memories about my grandfather to illustrate a few things about our Blessed Mother. If, in

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Guest Column FATHER JOHN ECKERT concluding the story of my grandfather and his service to the Church, I stated that Communism fell because of his work, I’m guessing I would not gain a lot of credibility from any readers for my assessments nor any great admiration for my grandfather; in fact, he would not want me to assert such a thing because, as I mentioned, he did not draw attention to himself and would not want credit where credit was not due. My Grandpa helped to fight Communism and oppression by turning the attention of the oppressed to a greater power than himself. He did not spend his time working on self-promoting literature or images of his own likeness to help the people he saw in need. He sent them rosaries that could help them in a way that anything that would have drawn its power simply from James O’Brien could have never worked. These two aspects of the story of my Grandpa hopefully illustrate why we have nothing to fear when misunderstandings arise about Mary and our love of her. In the same way my grandfather would say I’m crazy for asserting that he brought down Communism, Mary would never want us to assert that she was the one who overcame sin and death. Like the rosaries my grandfather made that directed prayers and hopes to something greater than himself, so too was every blessed action of Mary. She did not respond to God’s call for reasons of personal glory; she responded to direct us all toward that true light that enlightens everyone.

As we hear Mary say in her great Magnificat recorded in the Gospel of Luke, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” When Jesus gloriously entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, or when people were ready to crown Him king in response to the amazing miracles He gifted to those He encountered, Mary was not right there to tell everyone within earshot, “Hey, that’s my Son. I’m His Mother.” Instead, she raised Jesus in the humble silence of Nazareth; she told the servers in Cana, “Do whatever He tells you”; and, when the greatest risks for her safety and comfort were present, she faithfully stood by Her beloved Son, at the foot of the Cross, feeling so deeply the sword that Simeon foretold would pierce her heart. Mary directs us all toward the true source of happiness, promoting not herself, but the greater glory of God. Even this month, as we celebrate her Assumption into heaven, she directs our thoughts not toward some great feat of her own, but to the power of God to overcome sin and death. She shows us truly that we are called to love and serve our Lord in this life and to strive toward being happy with Him forever in the next. There are many courageous, humble heroes seated in the pews of our churches throughout the Diocese of Charlotte and beyond. My Grandpa O’Brien was one of these sort of heroes, and like our Blessed Mother, these people do not call attention to themselves but to something greater. As we celebrate Mary’s Assumption, we can all pray for humility, working always to point those we encounter toward something greater than ourselves: Our Lord and the hope of joining Him and all the great heroes of the faith in heaven. Father John Eckert is the parochial vicar at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro.

Letter to the Editor Letters help me better understand my neighbor The editorial staff of The Catholic News and Herald is to be congratulated for expanding the “Letters to the Editor” section. These letters are necessary in helping us understand how other people in the pews think. The risk, of course, is that people can use these letters to disparage others’ ideas instead of bearing with them. The point is that as letter writers we should not be striving to put down our neighbors for not thinking as we do. But several letters in the Aug. 6 edition bring out some strong feelings on the topics of capitalism and socialism. Between the lines, a reader can sense a defense of capitalism and wealth as drivers of Catholic thought and action. But it is difficult to deny that Catholic social teaching has been a hallmark of the Church for a long time. While criticizing these points of view that don’t reconcile with my own, I feel it is necessary for me to bear with them to better understand who is sitting next to me in the pew. Keep the letters coming! Kenneth Schammel Cornelius, N.C.

Legacy Notes JUDy SMiTH DioceSe of cHArlotte

An endowment is a gift in perpetuity Endowment funds are growing in popularity at the Diocese of Charlotte as more and more donors discover the remarkable benefits they provide. Perhaps you have even thought of creating one of these funds yourself. Creating an endowment can fulfill many of your objectives and provide a number of benefits: n Your endowment will endure Diocesan Foundation endowments exist in perpetuity. That’s because our policies prohibit us from spending the principal. Only the income can be used to meet the purposes of the endowment. For example, let’s say you create an endowment to provide assistance to students in your parish or Catholic school through a scholarship fund. Once established, your endowment is invested along with all the funds in the foundation with the goal of generating income for these scholarships on an annual basis. Even after you’re gone, your endowment will live in perpetuity. A hundred years from now, parishioners and students will benefit from your planning and generosity. n Your endowment will enable Regular cash gifts to your parish, school or Catholic agency will certainly help them meet their annual financial obligations. But what happens when the donor dies? Or what if these cash gifts are not so readily available in lean years? Because of their enduring quality, endowments enable us to plan ahead with confidence. We can project endowment income and develop programs accordingly. Many donors create endowment funds that will enable their parish to accomplish things that could not ordinarily be done through normal operating income. n Your endowment will inspire When you establish an endowment, you inspire your Catholic community. You deepen our financial foundation and lift us higher in the minds of fellow Catholics. Through your endowment, you say, “The Catholic Church is worthy of my resources. I expect the Church to be fulfilling its mission far into the future.” Your prudent and forward-looking decision encourages us and challenges us to honor your “investment.” This inspiration spreads to your family as well. Your children and grandchildren have added reason to appreciate their Catholic heritage. The ongoing impact of your endowment reminds them of who they are. It lifts their sights and inspires a benevolent spirit. Judy Smith is the director of Planned Giving for the Diocese of Charlotte. For more information, contact her at 704-3703220 or

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