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November 19, 2010 S E RV I N G C H R I ST A N D C O N N EC T I N G C AT H O L I C S I N W E ST E R N N O R T H C A R O L I N A

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Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan elected president of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops – the first time the bishops have not elected the sitting vice president to the top post, 18

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Pope recalls St. Juliana, feast of Corpus Christi VATICAN CITY — The feast of Corpus Christi is an important occasion for Catholics to renew their faith in the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, Pope Benedict XVI said. Speaking about the life of the little-known medieval nun who was the first to promote the creation of a feast celebrating the sacrament, Pope Benedict also said that frequent participation in Communion “is essential to the path of faith.” At the regular weekly audience Nov. 17, Pope Benedict praised the “zeal for the eucharistic cult” of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon, Belgium. During her life from 1193 to 1258, she was educated by Augustinian nuns, became one herself and served as abbess of an Augustinian convent. The pope explained how, beginning at 16, St. Juliana had a series of visions in which she was instructed to establish a feast day to exalt the sacrament of the Eucharist. She kept the vision secret for some 20 years. After her death, Pope Urban IV created the feast of Corpus Domini, also known as Corpus Christi, and celebrated it for the first time in 1264. Pope Benedict said that feast “has had a marvelous development and is still very much felt by Christian people.” Remembering the feast and St. Juliana, the pope said, “We also renew our faith in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.” | November 19, 2010

act of Dedication of the human race to Jesus christ the King also known as “iesu dulcissime, redemptor”

Solemnity of Christ the King Feast day: Nov. 21

as King: n That nations would see that the Church has the right to freedom and immunity from the state. n That leaders and nations would see that they are bound to give respect to Christ. n That the faithful would gain strength and courage from the celebration of the feast, as we are reminded that Christ must reign in our hearts, minds, wills and bodies. He wrote in “Quas Primas,” “When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony. Our Lord’s regal office invests the human authority of princes and rulers with a religious significance; it ennobles the citizen’s duty of obedience.” A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who piously recite the Act of Dedication of the Human Race to Jesus Christ King (at right). A plenary indulgence is granted if it is recited publicly on the Feast of Christ the King. — Morgan castillo

Your daily Scripture readings sCripTure For THe weeK oF noV. 21 – noV. 27

Sunday, 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43; Monday (St. Cecilia), Revelation 14:1-5, Luke 21:1-4; Tuesday (St. Clement I, St. Columban, Blessed Miguel Agustin Pro), Revelation 14:14-19; Luke 21:5-11; Wednesday (St. Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions), Revelation 15:1-4, Luke 21:12-19; Thursday (St. Catherine of Alexandria), Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23, 19:1-3, 9, Luke 21:20-28; Friday, Revelation 20:1-4, 11-21:2, Luke 21:29-33; Saturday, Revelation 22:1-7, Luke 21:34-36

sCripTure For THe weeK oF noV. 28 – deC. 4

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the oldest known surviving icon of “christ pantocrator” (“christ, ruler of all”), circa 550, kept at st. catherine’s Monastery in the sinai desert. in the half-length icon, christ holds the New testament in his left hand and blesses with his right. the iconic image of christ pantocrator (“christ, ruler of All”) was one of the first images of christ developed in the early church. When the hebrew bible was translated into Greek, “pantokrator” was used to replace the hebrew title “El shaddai.” the earliest depictions of Jesus showed a young, beardless man with short hair, often shown as a shepherd. but about the time the shroud of turin was rediscovered in Edessa in 544 (modern-day Urfa, turkey), this new common appearance for Jesus emerged.

Nov. 21 marks the last Sunday in Ordinary Time and the Feast of the Solemnity of Christ the King, a celebration of Jesus Christ as the King, Messiah and Lord. Because it falls before the start of Advent, a time of celebration and preparation for Our Lord, Christ the King Sunday reminds us of Jesus Christ’s divine sovereignty over all men and all the world. The feast day was instituted in 1925 by Pope Pius XI in his encyclical “Quas Primas” (“In the First”). Its purpose is to help fight the rise of secularism, reaffirming Christ as King and Lord in Heaven and over Christians. The early 20th-century pope witnessed the corruption of government in Europe and Catholics being persuaded by these earthly leaders, instead of following their true leader, Christ. The Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning and a reminder of Christ’s sovereignty was needed. Pope Pius XI was hoping for these effects to occur as a result of the reaffirmation of Christ

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Sunday, Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:37-44; Monday, Isaiah 4:2-6, Matthew 8:5-11; Tuesday (St. Andrew), Romans 10:9-18, Matthew 4:1822; Wednesday, Isaiah 25:6-10, Matthew 15:29-37; Thursday, Isaiah 26:1-6, Matthew 7:21, 24-27; Friday (St. Francis Xavier), Isaiah 29:17-24, Matthew 9:27-31; Saturday (St. John Damascus), Isaiah 30:19-21, 2326, Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5-8

sCripTure For THe weeK oF deC. 5 – deC. 11

Sunday, Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-9, Matthew 3:112; Monday (St. Nicholas), Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 5:1726; Tuesday (St. Ambrose), Isaiah 40:1-11, Matthew 18:12-14; Wednesday (The Immaculate Conception), Genesis 3:9-15, 20, Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12, Luke 1:2638; Thursday (St. Juan Diego), Isaiah 41:13-20, Matthew 11:11-15; Friday, Isaiah 48:17-19, Matthew 11:16-19; Saturday (St. Damasus I), Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11, Matthew 17:9-13

Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us humbly prostrate before you. We are yours, and yours we wish to be; but to be more surely united with you, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to your Most Sacred Heart. Many indeed have never known you; many, too, despising your precepts, have rejected you. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to your Sacred Heart. Be King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken you, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned you; grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof, and call them back to the harbor of truth and the unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one Shepherd. Grant, O Lord, to your Church assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give tranquility of order to all nations; make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the divine Heart that wrought our salvation; to it be glory and honor for ever. Amen.

catholics come home is for everyone CHARLOTTE — Television and radio stations throughout the diocese will soon begin airing commercials with a compelling message of welcome for non-Catholics, fallen away Catholics and parishioners who practice the faith. The Catholics Come Home campaign is designed to raise awareness of the 2,000 years of Biblical truth and sacred tradition at the heart of our faith. TV commercials will air from Dec. 17 to Jan. 23 on the local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX affiliates in Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro; cable channels CNN, FOX News and BET; and in Spanish on Telemundo, Galavision, Univision and CNN Español. Radio spots will air on five stations in the Smoky Mountain Vicariate. The commercials will air more than 2,100 times. The commercials invite people to visit a Catholic church or go online to Catholics Come Home at www.CatholicsComeHome. org. The Web site has question-andanswer sections designed to address, in simple language, the tenets and common misunderstandings about the Catholic faith. Some dioceses, such as Phoenix, Ariz., that have conducted the campaign have seen significant increases in Mass attendance and adult faith formation classes. The campaign, which cost $335,000, is being paid for by a special collection taken up in parishes over this past summer and a diocesan contribution. — David hains

correction In the Nov. 5 edition the patriarch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church was misidentified. The head of this Sister Church is Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and a cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. He resides at the see in Kiev, Ukraine. We regret the error.

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abbot placid solari of belmont abbey celebrates a red Mass for members of the st. thomas More society charlotte chapter at st. ann church Nov. 9.

Annual Red Mass offers spiritual strength to Catholics in judicial, legal fields Americans United for Life’s Saunders receives St. Thomas More Award sueann Howell Staff writer

CHARLOTTE — Abbot Placid Solari of Belmont Abbey presided over a Red Mass for law professionals of the St. Thomas More Society at St. Ann Church Nov. 9. The Red Mass is celebrated annually in dioceses around the world to invoke the assistance of the Holy Spirit and to strengthen judges, attorneys and law enforcement officials in their Christian faith as they serve the common good. During his homily, Abbot Placid Solari said, “Our gathering tonight is a reflection of the words of the bishops of the Second Vatican Council – that council which Pope John Paul II called ‘the greatest gift to the Church in the 20th century.’” He went on to discuss the 1965 “Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity” (“Apostolicam Actuositatem”) and the responsibility of God’s people to actively seek the common good. “So we are gathered here this evening at St. Ann saunders in recognition of the fulfillment of those words,” Abbot Solari said, paraphrasing the Vatican document, “set apart by baptism, strengthened by the Holy Spirit through confirmation. It is the Lord Himself that has called each one of us and each one of you to your role of service, to the perfection of charity, which is nourished constantly with Christ giving His life in the sacraments, most especially in this Eucharist which we are gathered to celebrate.” The Red Mass was sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society Charlotte Chapter, an independent charitable organization

sponsored by members of the N.C. Bar. Society members served as lectors, gift bearers and ushers at the Mass. Afterwards, the society hosted a banquet to present the 2010 St. Thomas More Award to William L. Saunders Jr., a Jamestown native and convert to Catholicism who has traveled the world promoting social justice. Saunders is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Harvard Law School. He works in Washington, D.C., and serves as the senior vice president of legal affairs at Americans United for Life. He converted to Catholicism after an exhaustive investigation into the faith. He credits Monsignor Stuart Swetland, who was a priest at the Catholic University of America at the time, for having great patience in answering his many questions as he “slugged his way through the Catechism.” “The Catholic faith is the most reasonable religion there is,” Saunders said. Chief U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Conrad and Abbot Placid Solari presented the St. Thomas More Society Award to Saunders. “This year’s St. Thomas More Award recipient, Bill Saunders,’ life’s work reflects the influences of Thomas More,” said Judge Conrad. “The breadth and scope of Bill’s work has been astonishing. Bill has a ‘More-like’ respect for the dignity of life. His knowledge of and commitment to upholding the sanctity of life in the field of bioethics is unmatched. He has been a reasonable and informed voice for the voiceless,” he added. When he received the award, Saunders said, “You could not have done me any honor, personally, that I would appreciate more than this. To be back home among Catholics and (to be) appreciated for trying to do Catholic social teaching through the law is the greatest honor.”


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Our Lady of the Americas hosts renowned exorcist

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Bishop peter J. Jugis



oUr laDy oF aNNUNciatioN chUrch, 416 N. sEcoND st. — hmong New Year Celebration, flC, 1-4 p.m. Nov. 21. luncheon after hmong Mass. Contact Khou Vang at 704-8186821.

st. MichaEl thE archaNGEl chUrch, 708 st. MichaEls lN. — Thanksgiving Celebration, Parish Center, 12-3 p.m. Nov. 25. Transportation available. Take-outs available 10-11 a.m. on pre-order basis only. Contact church office at 704-867-6212.


bishop peter J. Jugis will participate in the following events over the next two weeks: Nov. 20 – 2 p.M. sacraMENt oF coNFirMatioN St. Matthew Church, Charlotte Nov. 21 – 5:30 p.M. sacraMENt oF coNFirMatioN St. eugene Church, asheville Nov. 28 – 9 a.M. Mass aND blEssiNG oF NEW FaMily liFE cENtEr St. Stephen Mission, Elkin DEc. 2 – 10 a.M. DiocEsaN FoUNDatioN boarD MEEtiNG Catholic Conference Center, Hickory DEc. 2 – 6 p.M. aDvENt GathEriNG For priEsts Bishop’s residence

our next issue THe nexT ediTion of the Catholic News herald will be published friday, dec. 3. the staff wishes you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

st. barNabas chUrch, 109 crEscENt hill Dr. — Advent Program for Women, Advent Reflections: “through the eyes of St. elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist),” 9 a.m. dec. 4. rSVp by dec. 1 at the women’s program table in the social hall or contact Marcia torres at or 828-697-1235.

ASHEVILLE st. laWrENcE basilica, 97 hayWooD st. — National Night of prayer for life, 9 p.m.-1 a.m. dec. 8-9. please join us for an hour during this vigil for life.

BELMONT QUEEN oF thE apostlEs chUrch, 503 N. MaiN st. — Centering prayer Sessions, education Building room B, 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 22. Contact Peggy Geiger at dokgee16@ or 704-865-0898. — “Night of the Father’s Love, The Awe and Mystery of God With Us: A Christmas Cantata,” Sisters of Mercy Cardinal Gibbon’s Chapel, 4 p.m. Dec. 5, Reception to follow at Queen of the apostles’ MaK Center.

This week’s spotlight: mass in the extraordinary Form HolY anGels CHurCH, 1208 N. Main St., Mount airy - Sundays, noon; Missa Cantata, 10 a.m. dec. 25. Contact holyangelsMountairy@charlottediocese. org. HolY redeemer CHurCH, 214 aquone rd., andrews – 4 p.m. Second Saturday of the month; 8:30 a.m. Thursdays. For November only, the regularly scheduled latin Mass (Nov. 13) will be held at 9:30 a.m. instead of 4 p.m. Contact 828-321-4463. sT. ann CHurCH, 3635 Park Rd., Charlotte – 6:30 p.m. First Saturday of the month; 6 p.m. wednesdays. Contact 704-523-4641. sT. doroTHY CHurCH, 148 St. dorothy’s lane, lincolnton - most thursdays, noon. Contact 704-735-5575.

CHARLOTTE caMpUs MiNistry, 9408 saNDbUrG roaD — Wednesday Dinners, 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday, open to all college students. Visit DiocEsaN pastoral cENtEr, 1123 s. chUrch st. — Natural family planning Class, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. dec. 11. RSVP required to Batrice Adcock, MSN, RN, at cssnfp@ or 704-370-3230. oUr laDy oF GUaDalUpE chUrch, 6212 tUcKasEEGEE roaD — Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration, Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd.), 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Folkloric dances, live presentation about the apparitions to St. Juan diego, procession of flags, celebration of the Eucharist, Mañanitas. st. aNN chUrch, 3635 parK roaD — Thanksgiving Day Mass, 9 a.m. Nov. 25 and 9 a.m. Nov. 26 — pro-life Mass, 9 a.m. Nov. 27 st. lUKE chUrch, 13700 laWyErs roaD — Parish Advent Retreat with Sister Jeanne Marie Guerin, SHCJ, 8:30 a.m. Dec. 11

st. MatthEW chUrch, 8015 ballaNtyNE coMMoNs pKWy. — Symposium on the Laity, “Answering the Call to Holiness: Seeking, Finding and Nurturing a Relationship with God,” presented by Mercy Sister Mary hugh Mauldin and Michael Burck, Banquet Room, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 — St. Matthew “yoU”niversity: “Different Paths for Different Folks” Mini Seminar, explores the history and prayer method associated with ignatian, Benedictine and franciscan spirituality, NLC Room 239-241, 9:45-11:30 a.m. Dec. 4. RSVP required to Michael Burck at 704-541-8362, ext. 4. st. pEtEr chUrch, 507 s. tryoN st. — life rituals of our faiths panel discussion, with representatives of the Muslim and Catholic faiths, wells Fargo Theater or Biss Hall, 9-11 a.m. Nov. 20. RSVP to confirm location to — “The Mystery of God Becoming Human: An Ignatian Guided Advent Retreat,” 8:30 a.m.-noon Dec. 4-Dec. 18, free parking in the Green Parking Garage. Registration required to 704332-2901.

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GREENSBORO st. Mary chUrch, 812 DUKE st. — Estudios Bíblicos en Español, Centro Parroquial, 7 p.m. todos los jueves.

HENDERSONVILLE iMMacUlatE coNcEptioN chUrch, 208 sEvENth avE. W. — Justice for immigrants Ministry presents the dreaM act Conference, 9 a.m.-noon dec. 11. rSVp to or 828-697-0083. — Potluck Parish Dinners, St. Francis Room, 5:30 p.m. wednesdays. Bring a main dish, vegetables or dessert. Contact Barbara Morgan at or 828-808-4069.

HICKORY st. aloysiUs chUrch, 921 sEcoND st., N.E. — Charismatic Mass in Spanish, Sebastian Chapel, 7 p.m. dec. 2. Call Joan Moran at 828-994-0880.

HIGH POINT christ thE KiNG chUrch, 1505 E. KivEtt Dr. — teen and Young adult retreat, Multi-cultural Center, 6-9 p.m. Nov. 26. Pizza and drinks served. Contact Debbie Helleckson at or 336-883-1331 or Geri Breeding at or 336-644-8883. — Two Hearts Family Day, Multi-cultural Center, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Lunch provided. Contact Debbie Helleckson at or 336-883-1331 or Geri Breeding at or 336-644-8883. SuzaNNe KoNopKa | CatholiC NewS herald

SWANNANOA st. MarGarEt Mary chUrch, 102 aNDrEW pl. — Clases de Inglés, 7-8:30 p.m., todos los miércoles

WINSTON-SALEM holy FaMily chUrch, 4820 KiNNaMoN roaD — adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. dec. 8 — Charismatic Prayer Group, Chapel, 7:15 p.m. Mondays — Eucharistic Adoration, Curlin Center, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. thursdays is yoUr parish or school hosting a free event open to the public? deadline for all submissions for the diocesan Calendar is 10 days prior to desired publication date. Submit in writing to or fax to 704-370-3382.

Restoring respect for God’s laws through the efforts of the Knights of Columbus Council 8923 and the parishioners of St. Barnabas Church in arden, a 900-pound monument of the ten Commandments and the Beatitudes was dedicated Nov. 7 on the parish grounds. It is the first monument erected in North Carolina as part of Project Moses. This national campaign began in 2000, after a ten Commandments monument was removed from a Kansas City, Mo., courthouse lawn. project Moses is committed to restoring respect for God’s laws and assisting all people in living lives of truth, charity and justice. Nearly 500 monuments have been erected in the U.S. and Canada so far, with money going toward a Decalogue memorial in Washington, D.C. Pictured from left are Zach Carter, Joe Albert, Bob Riffle, Arthur Carder, Father Adrian Porras and Deacon Rudy Triana.

St. Barnabas Church erects Ten Commandments monument KeVin roeTen SpeCial to the CatholiC NewS herald

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ARDEN — Parishioners gathered Nov. 7 with Father Adrian Porras, pastor, to dedicate a monument honoring the Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes at St. Barnabas Church in Arden. The Knights of Columbus Council 8923 was responsible for arranging the construction of the monument, made possible with donations and support from many parishioners. This monument, located on parish property, is the first of its kind erected in North Carolina. It is carved from red granite, with the Ten Commandments engraved on one side and the eight Beatitudes on the

other side. The monument is part of “Project Moses,” begun by the Knights of Columbus in 2007 in response to legal challenges from the American Civil Liberties Union over displaying the Ten Commandments on public property. With “Project Moses,” the Knights began helping churches place monuments displaying the Ten Commandments on church properties instead, avoiding any legal challenges. One of the Knights’ intentions is to reinforce these absolute truths to a public that increasingly wants to treat God’s laws, codified in the Ten Commandments, instead as the “Ten Suggestions.”

BISCOE — Father José Antonio Fortea, famed author of “Interview with an Exorcist: An Insider’s Look at the Devil, Demonic Possession, and the Path to Deliverance,” gave a talk and celebrated Mass at Our Lady of the Americas Church in Biscoe Nov. 11. Father Fortea, currently on tour in the U.S. from his native Spain, is a theologian and expert on exorcism. While studying Church history at the Pontifical College of Comillas in Madrid, Father Fortea was asked by his bishop to pursue what would be the world’s first doctorate in exorcism. He completed it in 1998 after getting unrestricted access to secret historical documents, consulting with exorcists and documenting their work, and attending exorcisms himself. “Interview with an Exorcist,” published in 2006, describes in a question-and-answer format the ritual of exorcism and explains matter-of-factly how we as Christians go to spiritual war every day against the devil. During an interview before Mass in Biscoe, Father Fortea fielded questions Fortea from visitors about angels, demons and possession. “Possession is very rare,” he said, “and yet, it is part of the whole gospel of Jesus. One of the first acts by which Our Lord revealed His identity to the world was the casting out of demons. Jesus gave us redemption. He taught, He healed people. But He also freed people from the ties of the demons, and this is something that is very forgotten in our times.” Father Ricardo Sanchez, pastor of Our Lady of the Americas, said he was pleased to host Father Fortea for this educational program. He said he has been concerned about an influx of some people to his community from Mexico who practice witchcraft and a devotion to “La Santa Muerte.” “La Santa Muerte,” translated as “Saint Death,” is a figure from Mexican witchcraft believed to possess the blended properties of an angel of death and the Blessed Virgin Mary, and who is offered ritual prayers and sacrifices in exchange for favors such as acts of vengeance or romantic affection. “There is a need to help Catholic families to understand the dangers of these practices, and to educate them according to the true teachings of the Church,” Father Sanchez said. “We need to educate families in how to eliminate this in their homes and our community, because it is not from God and is not of the Church.” Father Fortea said he also wants to help familiarize priests with the ritual of exorcism and educate laypeople about its value in specific circumstances. As a workshop earlier this week sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops demonstrated, there is a need and an interest among U.S. dioceses to train more exorcists. (See related news item on page 18.) Father Fortea’s advice to priests who may find themselves called upon by their bishops to serve the Church in this capacity? “Read carefully what our Lord teaches about this topic,” he said. “Read, and pray. This is a commandment of the Lord. It is a duty. He did not say, ‘You may do this.’ We must do this, if there is a case. We must care for that member of the flock. Order, in the name of Jesus, those evil spirits to go out from the person. Then, that person will have his whole life to praise God, because he can say, ‘I was possessed, but now I am free.’”


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Room at the Inn of the Triad hosts 11th annual benefit banquet GeorGianna penn SpeCial to the CatholiC NewS herald


Dr. Donald Joyce and his wife carmel are pictured after he received the cross ‘pro Merito Militensi” from the order of Malta at the annual investiture and awards ceremony oct. 23 in Washington, D.c.

GREENSBORO — Supporters and clergy gathered Nov. 4 at the Embassy Suites in Greensboro to celebrate Room at the Inn of the Triad’s 11th year of providing life and love to the most vulnerable members of society: homeless and single mothers carrying God’s precious gifts of life. Since Room at the Inn opened in Greensboro, it has been a safe haven of hope, faith, health and self-sufficiency for its mothers and their children. Monsignor Anthony Marcaccio of St. Pius X Church in Greensboro gave the invocation, praying for God to “give us the faith to celebrate life and the courage to protect life.” During the banquet, clients also shared their stories of love and hope, faith and courage. “Simply getting there” was the hardest part for them in some cases, they said. One client shared her story of God exceeding her expectations. Standing there with her three children, she remembered the day when she wasn’t sure she would ever have one child, much less three. Now she is happily married, she has finished her bachelor’s degree and she is now pursuing a

master’s degree. Room at the Inn of the Triad provides housing, transportation, tutoring, financial assistance, healthy meals, parenting classes and extensive life skills training. Room at the Inn can house up to six mothers and their children at one time in the Greensboro facility. Women can remain a part of the Room at the Inn family until they have reached certain goals of self-sufficiency and can transition out on their own. Not only does Room at the Inn get families on their feet again, but it is not uncommon to see mothers exceed their goals – once they have support and resources to help them on their journeys. According to its own statistics, 96 percent of Room at the Inn program graduates increased their income, 93 percent transitioned to permanent housing, 95 percent of Room at the Inn children are born at a healthy birth weight, and 100 percent of children are born drug free. Father Christopher Davis of St. Joseph Church in Asheboro ended the evening by expressing gratitude for all mothers. “I’d like to thank our mothers,” he said. “We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for them. If it weren’t for their courage to choose life, we would not be here.”



pictured at the order of Malta annual investiture are (from let to right): lynne Fly, Gary Fly (Knight), beth abram, al abram (Knight), cardinal-designate Donald Wuerl, the honorable aldona Wos, MD (Dame), louis DeJoy, Jeanne Murtaugh (Dame) and brendan Murtaugh.

Dr. William thierfelder (second from left) and Kevin Kennelly, (far right) were invested into the order of Malta oct. 23. they are now members of the order of Malta charlotte chapter. their wives, Mary thierfelder (far left) and aleanne Kennelly (second from right), were present for the investiture.

‘Pro Merito Militensi’ Cross awarded to Dr. Donald Joyce of Charlotte

The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta – also known as the Order of Malta – has a rich history in the Church that dates back more than 900 years. This lay religious order has a two-fold mission: defense of the faith and service to the sick and the poor. Now akin to an international relief agency, the Order of Malta has growing chapters in the Charlotte and Triad areas, and recently honored one of its own and invested six new members at the annual Order of Malta investiture Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C. The Cross of Merit, or “Pro Merito Militensi,” was awarded to Dr. Donald Joyce by the Order of Malta for his extraordinary work for the Church and his exemplary service to the order. Joyce is a native of Quebec, Canada, who joined the Order of Malta in 1997. He moved to North Carolina and enjoyed a

distinguished career in orthopedics for more than 30 years. “Dr. Joyce has been invaluable to the development of the order’s presence in Charlotte,” said Jackie Gallagher, a fellow member of the Order of Malta who was recently elected to the board of directors for the Order of Malta Federal Association. “He was a principal force in establishing the Charlotte ‘Room In The Inn’ program, which provides food and shelter for the homeless. He led the ‘Med Assist’ program, serving those who cannot afford prescription drugs, and has served on numerous diocesan and parish committees including building and fundraising campaigns,” Gallagher added. Dr. Joyce has served as ‘Hospitaller’ (leader) of the Charlotte region for eight years. He also has participated in the order’s annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, working on the medical committee which cares for sick pilgrims. The six people recently invested by the

Order of Malta were: n Kevin Kennelly, a former N.C. Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Charlotte banker, whose charitable and community works over the years include: North Carolina Right to Life, the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board, Belmont Abbey College Board of Trustees and the Diocese of Charlotte Vietnamese Resettlement Program. n Dr. William K. Thierfelder, president of Belmont Abbey College, who is an Olympian, a diplomat on the American Board of Psychological Specialties, a member of the church and sport section within the Pontifical Council for the Laity and a renowned speaker on matters of faith and virtue. n Jeanne Murtaugh, CEO of GATE Global Impact, who is a member of the Diocese of Charlotte Endowment Board. She is a twotime cancer survivor and has been a major supporter of the American Cancer Society, among other charitable organizations. n Gary Fly, who serves on the Board of

Directors for Pennybyrn at Maryfield, a continuing care retirement community, and Dolan Manor, a retirement community for low-income residents. He also served as the capital campaign chairman at St. Pius X Church in Greensboro, helping to raise $5,000,000 to build the church that was dedicated last April. n Albert Abram, vice president of finance and sales for Daimler Buses of North America, has served as chairman for Habitat for Humanity, a member of the Board of Directors for Dolan Manor, capital campaign cabinet member for St. Pius X Church and a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Special Olympics. n Dr. Aldona Wos, former U.S. ambassador to Estonia, is a native of Poland and has received numerous awards during her career. She has served on many boards including the United Way of Greensboro, Hospice Palliative Care of Greensboro, the Institute of World Politics and the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

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Healing and prayer The sacrament of anointing of the sick was offered during a Healing Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte Nov. 6. Above, MaryIsabelle Geottl, coordinator of the parish’s prayer shawl ministry, gives a blessed prayer shawl to Remedios Morales following Mass. the Mass was celebrated by father remo diSalvatore, ofM Cap., pastor. father Stan Kobel, ofM. Cap., and father Martin Schratz, ofM Cap., assisted father diSalvatore in giving the blessings to more than 135 parishioners. the healing Mass is planned by the parish’s liturgy and worship commission four times a year.



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Raising money to fight hunger Twenty-six teenagers from Holy Spirit Church’s high school youth group walked to raise money to fight hunger at the oct. 24 crop Walk at rock springs campground in Denver.

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Writer’s book about grief makes awards list MATTHEWS — “Gratitude in Grief, Finding Daily Joy and a Life of Purpose Following the Death of My Son,” by St. Matthew parishioner Kelly S. Buckley, has been honored as a finalist for the “Best Books 2010” awards sponsored by USA Book News. “Gratitude in Grief” chronicles Buckley’s journey through loss following the tragic and unexpected death of her 23-year-old son. She and the book were featured in the June 25 Catholic News Herald.

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pictured above are our lady of the Mountains church’s former music director, Mary beth brody, and her successor, Dr. Michael Milhalyo.

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New music director selected at our lady of the Mountains HIGHLANDS — Dr. Michael Mihalyo is the new music director at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in Highlands. Mihalyo chairs the Department of Fine Arts at Brevard College in Brevard, and has served as music director at St. Peter Parish in Pittsburgh, Penn., as well as at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling, W.Va. In 1996, he conducted the St. Peter Festival Choir at St. Peter’s Basilica. He succeeds Mary Beth Brody, who is retiring to join the choir after serving as director for 10 years. Father Dean Cesa, pastor, said he and his parishioners are pleased and honored to have Mihalyo directing the church choir.


St. Gabe students help stock the shelves Brownie Girl Scout Troop 1010 from St. Gabriel School helped organize and stock the shelves at the Catholic Social Services Food Pantry in the Pastoral Center in Charlotte Nov. 10. A food drive at the school organized by the fifth-grade student council collected more than 2,100 cans of food besides other supplies that amounted to three and a half carloads of donations. the pantry is in need of canned goods and non-perishable items to meet increased demand. Contact Jeannie Beall at CSS at 704370-3222 to help.

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CHARLOTTE — Lacy Dodd of Charlotte is one of 12 “Catholic Heroes” profiled in this month’s issue of Catholic Digest. Dodd is being recognized for her work as a board member with Room At The Inn, a nonpartisan nonprofit in Charlotte that provides free resources for pregnant women and their children. Dodd is helping RATI raise money to build the nation’s first college-based maternity and after-care facility, which will be located adjacent to Belmont Abbey College on land donated by the abbey’s monks. RATI has raised more than $2 million and needs about $1 million more to begin building. Read the complete article, “Meet 12 Catholic Heroes,” online at

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Remembering the martyrs

the St. John Neumann high School youth group in Charlotte performed its annual “Bloody Martyrs” performance oct. 31. the teens reenacted the lives of saints who were willing to die for their faith rather than deny Christ. Some of the martyrs portrayed included St. Maximilian kolbe, St. Joan of Arc, St. Agnes, Pastor Selchun of Northern Nigeria (1991), St. Philomena, St. — Edward boos Stephen and Sister Boromea.

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college students attend leadership training

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HICKORY — More than 50 college students from across the Diocese of Charlotte recently attended Catholic Leadership Training at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory. The two-day intensive workshop, sponsored by the diocesan Office of Campus Ministry, is held every year to help college students gain new skills and greater confidence as Catholic student leaders.

campus ministers, Hispanic coordinators, deacons and Catholic school leaders. The workshop encompasses discussing the major problems and challenges relating to marriage, the clarification of Church teachings related to these pastoral issues, and practical and accessible resources that can be used to assist families. — Dr. cris v. villapando

— Dr. cris v. villapando

Knights conduct l.a.M.b. drive MAGGIE VALLEY — The Maggie Valley Knights of Columbus Council 12478 held a L.A.M.B drive (“Least Among My Brothers) to benefit the Arc of Haywood County and the Special Olympics, collecting donations at the Church Street art fair in downtown Waynesville in October. The Tootsie Roll drive collected approximately $1,000 for Haywood County charitie, according to Jasay Ketchum, Grand Knight and parishioner at St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Maggie Valley.

— Gloria schweizer

Workshop focuses on U.s. bishops’ priorities homeschool group celebrates the saints CLEMMONS — Members of the Holy Family Homeschool Enrichment of the Triad group in Clemmons celebrated All Saints Day Nov. 1. After attending Mass, the group showed off their saint costumes in an All Saints Day parade, recited the Litany of the Saints, and decorated crowns and shields in honor of the saints. — Katie Knickrehm

HICKORY — This year, the U.S. Bishops are encouraging all dioceses across the country to focus on the following priorities: strengthening marriage, faith formation focused on sacramental practice, priestly and religious vocations, and recognition of cultural diversity. To reinforce this theme at the diocesan level, Father Roger K. Arnsparger conducted a one-day workshop Nov. 4 at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory for about 80 staff and volunteers of the Diocese of Charlotte’s Education Vicariate, including faith formation leaders, youth ministers,

Seeking Catholic School Principal for 2011-12 school year St. Thomas More School, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is an essential ministry of the Catholic Community of St. Thomas More. The school was founded in 1964, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The current enrollment is 400 students in grades Pre-K through 8th. Qualifications: • The candidate must be an experienced school leader, inspiring and committed to advancing/enriching the school’s mission in an environment that cultivates faith formation, technology advancement and promotes academic excellence to students. • The candidate must be a practicing Catholic with strong Catholic values, seeking an exceptional opportunity to build upon the success of the school and must have demonstrated successful experience in spiritual leadership, school finances and institutional advancement. • The candidate must have a Master’s Degree in Education or a related field, with a minimum of three years experience as a Principal and a North Carolina Principal License, or eligibility for a North Carolina License. • The candidates must have superior communication and interpersonal skills and be knowledgeable in current areas of learning, teaching and professional development. Send a cover letter stating interest and qualifications for the position, a current resume, and a statement of educational philosophy, along with salary requirements and 2 or 3 references including names, addresses, e-mails and phone numbers by mail to: Principal Search Committee 940 Carmichael Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Or by email to: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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The event, attended by about 100 people, was collaboratively planned by parish catechetical leaders of the Charlotte, Albemarle and Salisbury vicariates. Paprocki expounded on the theme “A Well-Built Faith: What Makes Us Catholic and How We Live It.” Loyola Press, a non-profit company, is an extension of the Jesuit ministry created to foster mature adult Catholic faith.

— carol viau

catholic identity workshop held CHARLOTTE — A Catholic Identity workshop was conducted Oct. 23 at St. Gabriel Church in Charlotte, led by Dr. Joe Paprocki, a national speaker, author and consultant from Loyola Press.

learn more about benedictine history BELMONT — Belmont Abbey College’s Abbey Players will present “The Benedictine Monologue Project” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1. Directed by Jill Bloede, the free performance is a series of dramatic monologues showcasing Benedictines from the rich history of the order that founded Belmont Abbey College. Throughout the past 1,500 years, countless men and women who have followed the Rule of St. Benedict have achieved sainthood. To RSVP, go online to – click on “Event Calendar” and then go to Dec. 1.

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really use that advent wreath don’T jusT seT out your advent wreath as a holiday decoration. use it to help you and your family prepare for the coming of our Savior. Starting this week and running throughout advent, we will feature an advent wreath prayer for busy families to make this a prayerful time – despite the headlong rush of Christmas preparations! — Editor patricia Guilfoyle

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BELMONT — Advent gives the faithful the opportunity to prepare for Christ’s coming. Preparation is the theme of Dr. Ron Thomas’ new publication, a booklet and companion CD entitled “Prepare the Way: Daily Meditations for Advent.” Thomas, a professor of theology at Belmont Abbey College, also has published meditations for the Lenten season based on the Abbey Basilica’s Stations of the Cross. His Lenten meditations, “Meditations on the Stations of the Cross,” were ordered by thousands of people all across America to enrich their Lenten season. In fact, EWTN found his words to be so inspiring that it played them on its worldwide radio network every day during Holy Week 2010. Now, in preparation for Christmas and in celebration of the Advent season, Thomas has

published a new booklet and companion CD to “help people prepare for Christmas and enrich their Advent – which is an enormously important season of the Church year,” he said. Thomas’ daily meditations for Advent in “Prepare the Way” are presented in a booklet accompanied by religious artwork from day 1 to day 27. The hope for the publication is that it will help the reader further appreciate this “very rich season” of the Church year, he said. He drew heavily from the Bible in writing these meditations, but also from certain saints’ lives whose feast thomas days fall within the Advent season. Many of the meditations were written from material that Thomas spoke about during evening prayer at his home parish, St. Dorothy Church in Lincolnton. The Lenten and Advent meditations are part of Belmont Abbey College’s plan to publish a set of meditations for each season in the liturgical year.

The Great “O” Antiphons of Advent

The Great “O” Antiphons are brief BELMONT — Join the Abbey Players for prayers that are chanted or sung from Dec. “Christmas at the Abbey” Saturday, Dec. 4. 17 to 24. The origin of these prayers is not An Abbey Players tradition, this performance certain, but it is probable that they were directed by Simon Donoghue will include music composed in the seventh or eighth centuries and festive readings to celebrate the season. when the monks put together texts from the Seating is limited for the 8 p.m. performance, so Old Testament. The Church in Rome and the make reservations early. To RSVP, go online to monastic communities throughout Western – click on “Event Calendar” and then Europe chanted the “O” Antiphons during go to Dec. 4. Evening Prayer, also known as Vespers. Each antiphon begins with the acclamation “O” followed by a different WE WElcoME your parish’s news. e-mail items to editor title for the Messiah. In the Middle Ages it Patricia Guilfoyle at was traditional to ring the great bells of the church each evening as the “O” Antiphons were sung. Today, in the Liturgy of the Hours, the Magnificat is preceded by one of the “O” Antiphons. In the last seven days of Advent, the antiphons are very special. Each begins with the acclamation “O” and ends with a plea for the Messiah to come. As Christmas — approaches the cry becomes more urgent. It is interesting to note that the first letter Responsibilities include maintaining condition of facilities; minor repairs; knowledge of of each antiphon – Sapientia, Adonai, Radix, Clavis, Oriens, Rex, Emmanuel – when read methods, materials, and equipment related to the maintenance of a school facility. backwards forms an acrostic in Latin: “Ero cras.” This can be understood as the words Applicants should be able to lift 50 pounds and pass a criminal background check. of Christ, responding to His people’s plea, saying, “Tomorrow I will be there.” Application should be sent to the following address: Maintenance Position, c/o Kevin Saying the “O” Antiphons as a family – during grace at meals, in front of the Glossner, 3100 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209. Position will remain available until filled. manger scene or the Christmas tree – is a wonderful Advent devotion and a time to Applications are available online at under schools and employment. read, meditate and reflect on the Scriptural texts which form the basis for the “O” Antiphons.

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n Dec. 17 – O Sapientia: “O Wisdom you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come to teach us the way of truth.” n Dec. 18 – O Adonai: “O Adonai and leader of Israel, you appeared to Moses in the burning bush and you gave him the Law on Sinai. O come and save us with your mighty power.” n Dec. 19 – Radix Jesse: “O Stock of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations; kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim. O come to deliver us, and do not delay.” n Dec. 20 – O Clavis David: “O Key of David and scepter of Israel, what you open no one else can close again; what you close no one can open. O come to lead the captive from prison; free those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” n Dec. 21 – O Oriens: “O Rising Sun, you are the splendor of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.” n Dec. 22 – O Rex Gentium: “O King whom all the peoples desire, you are the cornerstone which makes all one. O come and save man whom you made from clay.” n Dec. 23 – O Emmanuel: “O Emmanuel, you are our king and judge, the One whom the peoples await and their Savior. O come and save us, Lord, our God.” — the crossroads initiative: a Ministry of Dr. Marcellino D’ambrosio, online at

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Mass for the Unborn at St. Peter Church – 1st and S. Tryon streets

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Start to gather in front of Pastoral Center at 1123 S. Church St. to prepare for march

11:45am Instructions for march and prayer before march 12 Noon Begin march to Trade and Tryon streets where Fr. Frank Pavone will preach; then to the courthouse at 401 W. Trade St. to pray the Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life will be our guest speaker and main celebrant for the 9 am Mass for the Unborn at St. Peter Catholic Church prior to the march.

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“I am hoping people will have a sense of holiness when they are here so the minute they enter they know this place is special. But the most important thing is the sisters’ ministries.” — Father Philip Kollithanath pastor of Christ the King Church in High Point, who designed the convent

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A safe and holy place Bishop Peter J. Jugis dedicated the new convent and celebrated the chapel’s first Mass Oct. 23.

New convent for Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul opens in High Point ANNETTE TENNY CORRESPONDENT

HIGH POINT – Bishop Peter J. Jugis dedicated a new convent for the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul near High Point and celebrated the chapel’s first Mass Oct. 23. Designed by Father Philip Kollithanath, pastor of Christ the King Church in High Point, the long-anticipated convent has a distinctive monastic quality. The living areas, dining room and kitchen have cathedral ceilings. The natural brick walls, stone and tile floors and arched doorways are hallmarks of traditional church buildings. There are enough sleeping quarters to accommodate 15 sisters. The 17-acre site was donated by Ken and Sally Hughes; Mark and Rena Norcross were also major supporters for the project. “I am hoping people will have a sense of holiness when they are here so the minute they enter they know this place is special,” Father Kollithanath said. “But the most important thing is the sisters’ ministries.” The sisters do a lot of outreach work,


FIRST MOTHER HOUSE of the Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul founded in India.


particularly with women and children, the Hispanic community, the sick and the elderly. They work in the local hospital, tutor children, teach English as a Second Language classes, and much, much more. For Sister Archana, the local superior for the Sisters of Charity, the public aspects of the convent are foremost on her mind. “We want this place to be a safe place for women and children, a place for them to come and pray and walk – a safe place for the family,” she said. To that end, the sisters are constructing a Rosary Walk around the grounds. They have also planted apple orchards and a vineyard, and they plan to grow a large vegetable garden beginning next spring. There will also be a pond stocked with fish. While the inner convent is closed to the public, the chapel will be open for prayer and special Masses. The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul have been serving in the Diocese of Charlotte since 1999, and the cornerstone for this convent was laid in 2008.

THE SISTERS OF CHARITY granted full membership in the Federation of the Vincentian Congregation.



The Sisters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul recently completed work on their new convent near High Point. Ministering in the diocese at Christ the King Church since 2000, the sisters want their convent to be a place of prayerful retreat. Pictured from left are Sisters Anne Mary, Ginsy, Elsa Tom, Lissy Tom, M. Celine, Primosa (Superior General), Christie, Archana (Local Superior), Salbia, Pushpa Jose, Vinaya and Roelind.

One of the cells in the new convent. The convent can accommodate 15 sisters.

THEN Bishop William G. Curlin invites the sisters to come to the U.S. Sister M. Celine arrives in the fall.

2000 FIVE MORE SISTERS arrive with the Superior General Sister Primosa, and the first convent opens. Sisters also open a pre-school on the grounds of Christ the King Church in High Point.

One of the living areas in the convent, pictured when it was still under construction in September.


SISTERS convert the Hispanic Center, founded by Father Philip Kollithanath in 1999, to a multi-cultural center to encompass the growing multinational congregation of Christ the King.


The convent has apple orchards and a vineyard, and the sisters plan to grow a large vegetable garden beginning next spring. There will also be a pond stocked with fish.

Father Philip Kollithanath, pastor of Christ the King Church in High Point, designed the convent. Above, he is pictured just hours before the dedication ceremony.

FOUNDATION STONE laid for the new convent.


ST. VINCENT’S CONVENT dedicated on Oct. 23 by Bishop Peter J. Jugis.

The sisters are also constructing a Rosary Walk around the grounds of the convent.

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St. Patrick School to offer inclusion program for Down Syndrome students next fall

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three cchs alumni honored CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Catholic High School Alumni Association inducted two into its Sports Hall of Fame and honored another alumnus with its 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award Oct. 29. James Bazluki (Class of 1986) and James MacNaughton (Class of 1961) were inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame for their achievements in sports at Charlotte Catholic and beyond. Receiving the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award was Captain James W. Crawford III (Class of 1975), for his distinguished service to the U.S. Navy as legal counsel to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and for his civic involvement.

CHARLOTTE — Even more smiling faces are expected on the St. Patrick School campus next fall when a special kindergarten program for students with Down Syndrome begins. St. Patrick, the oldest Catholic school in Charlotte, has offered a special classroom for students with Down Syndrome since 2003. Students in the Matthew-Morgan Classroom are now aging out of that program, and starting with the 2011-2012 school year new Down Syndrome students will be “immersed” with other kindergartners. The new Kindergarten Inclusive Education Program will allow the 5- and 6-year-olds to spend the entire day in a main classroom with a special education

To learn more For more inFormaTion about the Kindergarten inclusive education program, call Principal Debbie Mixer at 704-333-3174.

teacher who will co-teach along with the regular teacher. Physical, occupational and speech therapies will be available as needed. “We are starting with 5- and 6-yearolds with the intention of growing the program as they age,” said Principal Debbie Mixer. “I hope this will be a viable option for families.” The new program will remain in keeping with the mission of St. Patrick School Down Syndrome Program: to provide a

quality, functional, faith-based education in a classroom setting where each child can progress toward his or her individual potential, and where basic academics and life skills are taught to help students become self-reliant and independent. Johnny and Eve Isley’s son Matthew, who will soon be leaving St. Patrick’s, has enjoyed the program. “We cannot say enough about the wonderful program that our son has been a part of within the MACS system. Matthew has had a safe, nurturing community with strong academic emphasis, as well as inclusion into all areas of the school life,” Eve Isley said. photo CourteSY of pat Burr “The love shown to the members of the class by all and the many friends they have made has truly touched our hearts as we knew that our kids had a place they Firefighters from Station 5 in Gastonia recently visited fourth-grade students in Amy Schatz’s class at St. Michael School. could call ‘their school.’” As part of October’s “Fire Prevention Month,” students took part in a classroom lesson about fire safety presented by Jim Landis from the Gastonia Fire Department. They toured a fire truck and learned about firefighting equipment.

Learning about fire prevention

— Jennifer b. Johnson

ihM selects respect life essay winners HIGH POINT — Twenty-eight eighth-graders at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in High Point recently participated in an essay contest sponsored by the Respect Life Committee of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church. Students researched and wrote on topics central to Respect Life themes, including abortion, capital punishment, euthanasia, malnutrition and respect for the elderly. Students’ papers were judged by a parish committee led by Marybeth Behringer. First place was awarded to Rachel Shelton for her essay on malnutrition. Second place went to Ethan Tolbert for his essay on abortion. Tessa Johnston won third place for addressing human trafficking. The essay contest is a special way for the Church community to work together to promote themes central to respecting all forms of life. — Mendy yarborough

olG school schedules fall open houses GREENSBORO — Our Lady of Grace School will have fall open houses on Dec. 7 and Jan. 20. All open houses will start at 9:30 a.m. in the school library. Parents will have a chance to hear a presentation about the school, tour the campus, and meet faculty and staff. Our Lady of Grace School is located at 2205 West Market Street, Greensboro. For more information about the school or tours, contact Karen Hornfeck, marketing director, at 336275-1522, ext. 180.

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Celebrating diversity Barbara Burke’s fourth-grade class at Our Lady of Mercy School in Winston-Salem celebrated the diversity of people’s customs around the world Oct. 20. The country projects were shared with the entire school in the gym. in the project, each child was to dress, play music and bring an ethnic food to share with parents and the class. the day was a culmination of a lot of research and hard work.




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on tV n Saturday, Nov. 20, 10-11 p.m. EST (EWTN) “Fr. Corapi: How To Make a Good Confession.” Through an examination of conscience and a detailed look at the Ten Commandments, Father John Corapi, a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, guides viewers to the self-knowledge required to participate fruitfully in the sacrament of reconciliation.

‘Morning Glory’ Generally likable light comedy about an enthusiastic television producer (Rachel McAdams) who gets her shot at the big time running a struggling morning show for a national network. Tasked with lifting ratings, she must mediate between clashing co-anchors (Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton) and convince one – a venerable reporter – that fluff is an acceptable substitute for hard news. In the process, she learns that balance is essential in her own life. Nongraphic sexual activity, profanity, numerous scatological and sexual references. CNS: A-III (adults), MPAA: PG-13

Celebrities lend their voices to bring Bible alive ‘Megamind’ Generally endearing 3-D animated adventure about a good-hearted, perpetually inept alien villain (voice of Will Ferrell). With the aid of his trusty assistant (voice of David Cross), he finally defeats his longtime superhero rival (voice of Brad Pitt), also a visitor to Earth, only to find that mastery of the city the good guy once protected is not all he had dreamed. Scenes of peril, some crude humor. CNS: A-II (adults and adolescents), MPAA: PG

‘Due Date’ Sour road comedy pairing a disaster-prone aspiring actor (Zach Galifianakis) on his way to Hollywood and an uptight architect (Robert Downey Jr.) rushing home to Los Angeles for the birth of his first child. A misunderstanding sees them both kicked off their flight from Atlanta, placed on the no-fly list and forced to drive to the West Coast together. Drug trafficking and use, masturbation, profanity and crude language. CNS: O (morally offensive), MPAA: R

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More than 70 actors spanning three continents create powerful, dramatized audio Bible for Catholics It’s the greatest story newly told. Actors from Hollywood, the West End and beyond have breathed new life into the Good Book, bringing its power and inspiration to a whole new generation. One need only listen to Julia Ormond as “Mary” or Neal McDonough as “Jesus” to hear sacred words from the distant past made current and compelling – especially in an age when even many Christians know little of the Bible and have all but forgotten the stories and people it celebrates even during major holidays like Christmas. An 18-CD, 22-hour series called “Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament” launched Nov. 1 and includes a huge talent of more than 70 world-renowned actors. Besides McDonough and Ormond, the audio Bible series features Blair Underwood as “Mark,” Stacy Keach as “John,” Michael York as “Luke,” Brian Cox as the “Voice of God,” Sean Astin as “Matthew,” Kristen Bell as “Mary Magdalene,” Malcolm McDowell as “Caiaphas” and John Rhys-Davies as the narrator. The series was co-produced by Raymond Arroyo, New York Times bestselling author, journalist and anchor of EWTN’s “The World Over,” and award-winning radio show producer Carl Amari, who is also president and CEO of Falcon Picture Group. Brenda Noel directed. The “Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament” is endorsed by the Vatican, bears the imprimatur of Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York and includes a special foreword by Pope Benedict XVI. “They’re not just reading,” Arroyo said. “These actors

For more info VisiT www.TruTHandliFeBiBle.Com to find out more about the “truth & life dramatized audio Bible New testament” and to watch behind-the-scenes video of the celebrities performing their roles and to hear Luke Chapter 1 (Mary visited by an angel), Matthew Chapter 3 (Jesus is baptized) and Mark Chapter 5 (Jesus raises a little girl from the dead).

are performing, sharing these stories in the same way they were originally communicated – passed from person to person as part of an oral tradition. The stories come alive (think radio drama style with sound effects and original music), propelling us right into history, the way it might have happened.” Describing his impetus for the project, co-producer Amari said, “My children would ask me about a particular Bible passage, and I’d realize that I really didn’t know what it meant, even though I grew up in the Church.” “It’s the delivery,” Arroyo added. “Reading or listening to Scripture being read is often a confusing, dull experience. But performed like this, you are thrown into the middle of the action. The Bible is suddenly not only understandable, but arresting and compelling.”

n Monday, Nov. 22, 9-10 p.m. EST (History) “The Real Story of Thanksgiving.” A look at the origins – and sometimes surprising history – of the American holiday that began as a somber Puritan day of prayer, and now takes in football and feasting. n Tuesday, Nov. 23, 8-9 p.m. EST (PBS) “Quest for Solomon’s Mines.” In a joint investigation with National Geographic, the “Nova” series looks at the legend of King Solomon and reveals the source of the great wealth that powered the first mighty biblical kingdoms (TV-G – general audience). n Friday, Nov. 26, 10-11 p.m. EST (EWTN) “God Touches a Life.” A profile of St. Catherine Laboure, the French nun whose 1830 vision of Mary led to the creation of the first Miraculous Medal and the eventual spread of devotion to Mary through this image around the world. n Saturday, Nov. 27, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST (EWTN) “Vespers for the Start of Advent (Live).” From Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Benedict XVI celebrates evening prayer for the start of the season of Advent. The liturgy will be rerun 6-7:30 p.m. EST.

Debate program earns honors KERNERSVILLE — The speech and debate program at Bishop McGuinness High School, led by David Seidel, has earned recognition by the National Forensic League. The chapter achieved more than 100 degrees last year, placing the school in the top 10 percent of NFL chapters nationwide and earned membership in the NFL’s prestigious 100 Club. Such a milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills: communication, research, listening, writing and organization. Students will continue to compete in this program at venues sponsored by Vanderbilt University, the Catholic University of America and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. — Katie boswell

I-Safe program. The program includes lessons for classrooms, letters for parents, PowerPoint presentations to help with instruction, and research links. St. Leo the Great School Guidance Director Terri Hardy and computer teacher Sally Barker met recently with St. Leo faculty to review the curriculum to be covered at each grade level. Topics for kindergarten to second-grade students include cyber community issues, personal safety and cyber security. In grades 3 and 4,

CHARLOTTE — St. Patrick School fourth- and fifth-graders Matthew Edel, Nicholas Braccia, Reece Wagner, Shield Norvell, Caroline Balch, Cecelia Monnin and Emma Ullius (above) assisted at the Oct. 17 open house at the Charlotte school. Approximately 50 prospective families toured the school during the Oct. 17 and 19 open houses. — peggy brookhouse

WINSTON-SALEM — At St. Leo the Great Church, the parish’s education commission is teaming with the School PTO to offer all families information on safe technology. Three evening presentations are being offered during the school year 2010. At the Oct. 26 presentation, the Winston-Salem Police Crime Prevention Department covered topics of Internet shopping safety, protecting children from Internet risks, romance on the Internet, cell phone safety, texting safety and cyber-bullying. All diocesan schools have subscribed to the

“netiquette” and intellectual property are also being covered. In grades 5 and 6, cyber predator identification, effective outreach with literacy activities and media literacy will be included. In grades 7 and 8, legal trends, safe Web design and social networking risks will be included. — Donna birkel WE WElcoME your school’s news. e-mail items to editor Patricia Guilfoyle at

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New york archbishop timothy M. Dolan lets 3-year-old Matthew hayes borrow his skull cap, called a zucchetto, during a June 22 visit to sacred heart cathedral in rochester, N.y. archbishop Dolan was elected president of the U.s. conference of catholic bishops in an unexpected move this week – the first time that the bishops did not automatically elect the sitting vice president to the top post.

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BALTIMORE — New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan was as surprised as anyone that he was elected president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Nov. 16. “I’m surprised, I’m honored, I’m flattered and a tad intimidated,” Archbishop Dolan, 60, said shortly after being elected in an unprecedented departure from the USCCB’s normal tradition of electing the conference vice president to the presidency. He said he had no idea what was behind the bishops’ 128-111 thirdballot vote to make him president instead of the expected choice, vice president Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Ariz. Archbishop Dolan’s election marked the first time since the bishops’ conference was reorganized in 1966 that a sitting vice president who sought the presidency did not win election. In two elections, in 1974 and in 1977, circumstances dictated that the vice president did not rise to lead the conference. A sampling of bishops interviewed after the vote suggested the choice of Archbishop Dolan seemed to be more about changing the process of assuming that the vice president would be elected president. Bishop Roger P. Morin of Biloxi, Miss., said it was his sense that “there’s been some question as to whether the vice president should automatically be elected ... and that the election was more about that principle.” Given public criticism in recent weeks of the long-held election

process, Archbishop Dolan said he suspects bishops had begun to “bristle” a bit at the notion that the election results were a foregone conclusion. He also said he’s a bit daunted to be succeeding Cardinal Francis E. George. He took office Nov. 18. Like Cardinal George, he said, he doesn’t see the role of president as “bishop of the bishops,” but as someone there to serve the interests of the bishops. He said he doesn’t expect to bring about any significant change in the way the USCCB operates. Changes made over the past 15 years, scaling back on the bishops’ involvement in a wide range of public policy issues, have put the conference into a healthy balance between public policy and pastoral concerns, he said. “There’s been a reclaiming of our Catholic polity, that when it comes to the governing of the Church you have the bishop of Rome, you have the bishops in our dioceses and you have our pastors. And the conference is at the service of the bishops,” he said, although, he added, “Our forte is the realm of the spirit, but the kingdom of God, the call to conversion, the teaching of Jesus and His Church do have implications in every part of life, including the political and economic sphere.” The New York archbishop said one regret about his election was having to step down as chairman of the Catholic Relief Services board of directors. On Wednesday, Bishop Kicanas was appointed his successor. He has served as archbishop of New York since 2009, and prior to that he was archbishop of Milwaukee for seven years.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the U.S. Catholic bishops considered a common agreement on baptism with four Protestant church communities, they “stand at an important juncture” in the quest for Christian unity, according to the chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta said the “Common Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Baptism,” which was voted on at the bishops’ fall general assembly this week in Baltimore, affirmed “the unity that Christ has given to the baptized members of His body, a unity that is ever fragile and always in need of support from the pastors of the Church.” The agreement was drawn up over the past six years by a team of scholars representing the USCCB, Christian Reformed Church in North America, Presbyterian Church (USA), Reformed Church in America and United Church of Christ. While other bishops’ conferences around the world have entered into similar agreements with Protestant communities in their regions, the proposed document is unprecedented for the U.S. Catholic Church. With this agreement, any baptisms performed in these Protestant churches


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bishops’ exorcism conference responds to queries about rite WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. bishops are looking for a few good men to become exorcists. In response to growing interest in the rite of exorcism and a shortage of trained exorcists nationwide, the bishops sponsored a two-day conference just prior to their 2010 fall general assembly earlier this week in Baltimore. Interest in the Nov. 12-13 Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism proved great. When registration closed Nov. 1, 56 bishops and 66 priests had signed up. Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance, said he knows of perhaps five or six exorcists in the U.S. They are overwhelmed with requests to perform the rite, he said. “There’s this small group of priests who say they get requests from all over the continental U.S.,” Bishop Paprocki said. “Actually, each diocese should have its own resource (person),” he said. Under canon law – Canon 1172 specifically – only those priests who get permission from their bishops can perform an exorcism after proper training. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains that an exorcism occurs when the Church, in the person of an exorcist, asks “publicly and authoritatively” in Christ’s name “that a person or object be protected against the power of the evil one and withdrawn from his dominion.”

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Father richard Declue baptizes Davis stanford Garnett at st. patrick cathedral in charlotte Nov. 13. holding Davis is his godmother and aunt, lauren Grefenstette. in an unprecedented move this week, U.s. bishops approved recognition of baptisms in some protestant churches. will be mutually recognized, as long as the proper formula is used and documented. For baptisms to be mutually recognized by the five churches, the baptismal rite must use water and the Trinitarian formula, “Father, Son and Holy Spirit.” Calling baptism “the sacramental gateway into the Christian life,” the agreement says baptism “is to be conferred only once, because those who are baptized are decisively incorporated into the body of Christ.”

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in brief vatican urges greater protection of minorities VATICAN CITY — In the wake of a deadly church bombing in Iraq, a Vatican official urged greater protection of Christian minorities in the Middle East. “The violation of human rights occurs around the world today in far too many ways. One of the most glaring is that being experienced by the Christian communities of the Middle East,” said Archbishop Carlo Vigano, secretary-general of the Vatican City governor’s office. The archbishop spoke Nov. 8 in Doha, Qatar, at a general assembly of Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization. Archbishop Vigano, a former Vatican diplomat in Iraq, said the Oct. 31 attack at the Syrian Catholic cathedral in Baghdad, which left 58 dead and at least 75 injured, was “an act of unheard-of ferocity against defenseless people united in prayer.”

abuse, religious freedom on agenda for cardinals VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has convened a meeting of the world’s cardinals to discuss a wide range of topics, including clerical sex abuse and religious freedom around the world. The “day of reflection and prayer” was to take place at the Vatican’s synod hall Nov. 19, the day before the pope presides over a consistory to create 24 new cardinals, a Vatican statement said Nov. 8. The morning session included a discussion of the challenges to religious freedom around the world, with an introductory talk by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state. The cardinals were to then take up the question of “Liturgy in the life of the Church today,” with introductory remarks by Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera, head of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

apostolic visitation of irish church begins VATICAN CITY — Apostolic visitations of four Irish archdioceses, Irish seminaries and religious orders in response to the scandal arising from sexual abuse of minors by clergy began Nov. 11, the Vatican said. A Vatican statement said that apostolic visitors appointed by Pope Benedict XVI would begin their investigations into the widespread problem that Irish government reports said had gone on for decades within a “culture of secrecy.” The pope announced the apostolic visitation in March when he wrote a pastoral letter to Irish Catholics expressing deep sorrow and regret at the abuse children suffered at the hands of the clergy and at the lack of response from Church leadership. — catholic News service

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“Anglicanorum coetibus” is “both a generous response to various approaches to the Holy See for help and a bold, new ecumenical instrument in the search for the unity of Christians, the unity for which Christ Himself prayed before His passion and death.” — From a joint statement Nov. 8 by five Anglican bishops who have decided to join the catholic church

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VATICAN CITY — Five Anglican bishops have decided to join the Catholic Church and resign from their current positions with the Church of England. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, confirmed Nov. 8 that Bishops Andrew Burnham, Keith Newton, John Broadhurst, Edwin Barnes and David Silk seek to enter the Church. Father Lombardi said that a “constitution” that would govern the entry of former bishops of the Anglican Communion was being studied. One year ago, Pope Benedict XVI established a special structure for Anglicans who want to be in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church while preserving aspects of their Anglican spiritual and liturgical heritage. The Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus” and the move to create countrywide “ordinariates” was seen as a bridge to those unhappy with recent Anglican decisions on the ordination of women and the acceptance of homosexuality in some areas. Under the arrangement Anglicans can be received into the Catholic Church as a group while retaining their distinctive patrimony and liturgical practices, including married priests. The statement from the bishops was signed by Auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes of Westminster, the highest-ranking former Anglican priest in England and Wales. He

joined the Catholic Church in 1994 after the Church of England agreed to ordain women as priests. A statement from Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury said he would initiate the process for filling the vacant sees. In a joint statement released Nov. 8 the five bishops, who resigned their posts effective Dec. 31, said they were particularly “distressed by developments in faith and order in Anglicanism which we believe to be incompatible with the historic vocation of Anglicanism and the tradition of the Church for nearly 2,000 years.” The five said that “Anglicanorum coetibus” was “both a generous response to various approaches to the Holy See for help and a bold, new ecumenical instrument in the search for the unity of Christians, the unity for which Christ Himself prayed before His passion and death.” “It is a unity, we believe, which is possible only in eucharistic communion with the successor of St. Peter,” they said. “As bishops, we have even-handedly cared for those who have shared our understanding and those who have taken a different view. We have now reached the point, however, where we must formally declare our position and invite others who share it to join us on our journey. We shall be ceasing, therefore, from public episcopal ministry forthwith, resigning from our pastoral responsibilities in the Church of England and joining an ordinariate once one is created.”

Pope calls for local support for prayer vigil for the unborn riTa FiTCH CatholiC NewS SerViCe

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Catholics around the world to participate in a prayer vigil for unborn babies to be held on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent, Nov. 27, either in St. Peter’s Basilica or in their local parishes. Speaking Nov.14 after reciting the Angelus, the pope said, “The season of preparation for Christmas is an appropriate time for invoking divine protection over every human being called into existence and for thanking God for the gift of life we received from our parents.” The pope called for the vigil to pray for the unborn and their parents, for an end to abortion and research that destroys embryos, and recognition of the dignity of every human life. The Vigil for All Nascent Human Life will include prayers for overturning of laws that permit the destruction of innocent lives, and for the healing of those who have acted against innocent human life.

pray for human life pope BenediCT xVi will celebrate a “Vigil for all Nascent human life” Saturday, Nov. 27 at St. peter’s Basilica, and he has requested that bishops around the world participate in similar celebrations involving the faithful. in KeepinG wiTH the holy father’s request, Bishop peter J. Jugis will lead a time of prayer for the respect of human life from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, at St. Patrick Cathedral. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary, Vespers and Benediction.

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Advent: Week 1, Nov. 28 Bishop peter J. Jugis

“prayer in support of the Cloistered life” Eternal Father, we praise and thank you for those sisters and brothers who have embraced the gift of the cloistered and monastic life. Their hidden presence in our world is indispensable to the Church’s life and mission. As we celebrate “Pro Orantibus” Day, let us honor the holiness and glory of the Blessed Virgin. May she intercede so that many young people might dedicate themselves entirely to prayer and to living on what they receive from Divine Providence. May all of us always be mindful of the spiritual and material needs of those who commit their lives to seeking God by fixing their gaze on those things which are eternal. We ask this through Our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen. bishop pEtEr J. JUGis leads the diocese of Charlotte.

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The following Advent wreath ritual is intended to help busy families make Advent a prayerful time during the rush of Christmas preparations Leader: Today begins a special time of year for us. This week we begin the season of Advent – that period of preparation and waiting before Christmas. In order to help each of us prepare our own heart for the birth of Christ, we take these few moments each week to pray together.

Light first candle on the Advent wreath Read aloud: Isaiah 2:1-5; Romans 13:11-14; Matthew 24: 37-44 (Leader may read all, or others in the household may each proclaim a reading) Leader: Did you hear the siren? Did the alarm go off for you? The readings that the Church has chosen for this First Sunday of Advent are clear as a bell. It’s a message that has been the same for centuries: You’d better get ready if you know what’s good for you! The Prophet Isaiah lets the Israelites know that change is coming, and they are going to like it because it is going to be a time of peace, a time when all will walk in the light of the Lord. The evangelist Paul sounds the alarm, too. Paul tells the people of his day they’d better wake up and start acting right if they want to walk in the light of Christ. Matthew’s Gospel brings us that message, too. “Stay awake,” he quotes Jesus, and you’d better have your life in order

because you don’t know when your time will be up and you will be judged for how you lived.

Closing prayer: (Leader may read all, or others in the household may each read a segment) (1.) Dear God, this first week of Advent, help us be ready for the coming of your son Jesus. Turn our minds and our hearts to better follow the path He taught His disciples to take. (2.) Holy Spirit, guide the choices we make throughout this week so that we choose to do what honors our Creator and what shows our love of others. (3.) Father in heaven, we offer thanks to you for the many reminders you send us to prepare our lives so that we are able to spend eternity with you in heaven. (4.) Come Lord Jesus. Come into our hearts, so that when the time comes, we will be prepared to join you in everlasting joy. — reprinted with permission from the catholic spirit of st. paul, Minn.

“On our knees, we’re the same height as children.”

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he first time I went to Mass, in trembling and fear, I was shocked to see people kneeling. In the middle of Los Angeles, in the middle of the day. I felt like I’d stumbled upon a group of folks sitting on the toilet. Right out there in the open, for anyone who wandered in to see, they were asking for help. They were admitting that they didn’t know. They were saying “I adore You.” I have a theory that prayer is the answer to itself. The very fact that we’re praying means we’re already receiving what our hearts long for. To open ourselves to reality. To move away from isolation and toward communion. To die to self-reliance and come alive in wonder and mystery. Acknowledging our vulnerability, we’re in solidarity with every other sick, suffering, broken person in the world. With our heads bowed, our ears are closer to our hearts. On our knees, we’re the same height as children. I once stayed at a Catholic retreat house where something seemed off. Why was there no corpus on the cross? Why had the penitential rite, the intercessionary prayers, the responsorial Psalm – the Psalms! – been excised? The Mass had been sanitized and euthanized. The Mass had been emasculated. After a while it dawned on me that at no time during Mass did the members of the community kneel: nary a genuflection before or after Mass; not during the Eucharistic Prayer or Agnus Dei (the chapel had no kneelers, so none of us could kneel except on the floor). One afternoon I crept into the chapel, peered beneath the pews and spied the tiny holes on either end that had once held screws. Just as I’d suspected, they had taken out the kneelers. They had taken out the kneelers. This resistance to kneeling, in conjunction with the whole liturgicallydiluted, inert atmosphere of the place, struck me as disturbing and even dangerous. What were we there for but to worship, to give thanks,



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For those who pray

n Sunday, Nov. 21, the Church celebrates “Pro Orantibus” Day. It is a day set aside each year to honor the men and women religious who dedicate themselves to a life of prayer in cloistered and monastic religious communities. Pope John Paul II instituted this annual celebration in 1997. The phrase “Pro Orantibus” literally means “For Those Who Pray.” In the Diocese of Charlotte we are blessed to have two monastic religious communities whom we honor on “Pro Orantibus” Day: one is the community of Benedictine monks at Belmont Abbey Monastery, and the other is the community of Poor Clare nuns of Perpetual Adoration at St. Joseph Monastery in Charlotte. These men and women religious live the contemplative vocation, seeking union with Jesus in a cloistered life and praying constantly for the Church and for the salvation of the world. They remind us of the importance of silent reflection in our daily lives, and of the primacy of God and His heavenly kingdom. Pope Benedict XVI has said: “Let us thank the Lord for the sisters and brothers who have embraced this mission, dedicating themselves entirely to prayer and living on what they receive from Providence. Let us pray in our turn for them and for new vocations, and let us work to support monasteries in their material needs.” The Holy Father asks all of us to support and pray “for those who pray.” The following prayer is provided by the Institute on Religious Life for “Pro Orantibus” Day. Let us pray in thanksgiving to God for the presence of contemplative monastic communities in our diocese and for the witness of holiness they give us. Let us ask God to bestow His abundant blessings upon those who have given themselves over entirely to seeking the love of God in monastic life.

Some Catholic voters who had favored Democratic candidates over Republican in the 2008 general election voted for the GOP in 2010.

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Results from 2008 and 2010 exit polls. Source: The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life


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The Gospel and politics: three principles “Without the light the Gospel sheds on God and man, societies easily become totalitarian.”

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(Catechism of the Catholic Church 2257)

s a political scientist, I contend that there are three foundational principles in the matter of the Church and political society. Although we might disagree about the detailed application of these principles, these three concepts are nevertheless basic to our responsibility to render to Caesar (or to the state) what is Caesar’s and to God (or to the Church) what is God’s (see Mt 22:21). First, everything that happens in society plays out against a moral horizon. All we think and say and do is part of the drama of salvation. Therefore, the Church has the duty and the right “to announce moral principles, including those pertaining to the social order, and to make judgments on any human affairs” (CCC 2032). To explain and defend the moral teaching of Christ is a key responsibility of the Church. Upon understanding Church moral teaching, the faithful should then integrate the political ramifications of that teaching into their own consciences. Let me emphasize this point. Priests do not give homilies to tell the faithful for whom to vote. But the faithful should, of course, routinely hear clear lessons from the ambo about Catholic moral teaching. Knowing such teaching, Catholics themselves then should determine which programs, policies and political promises are consistent with their formed consciences (CCC 1783) and then act, vote or legislate accordingly. When St. Paul writes that the “pillar and bulwark of the truth” is the Church (1 Tim 3:15), we Catholics should all proudly say, “Amen” – not “whenever it’s popular or convenient for us.” toNer, see paGe 24

“When St. Paul writes that the ‘pillar and bulwark of the truth’ is the Church, we Catholics should all proudly say, ‘Amen’ – not ‘whenever it’s popular or convenient for us.’”

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One star connects us


was nearing my ninth birthday, and it was the time in childhood when seemingly insignificant experiences begin coalescing into memories that will stay with us for the rest of our lives, like the sweltering summer day when my best friend and I sat on the sidewalk in front of the parsonage where my family lived. After trial and error, we found a limestone rock and we practiced drawing stars on the concrete. We had learned a new method: two inverted triangles rather than the star formed by an unbroken sequence of five lines. A lady came up the sidewalk and smiled at our work. She was older than my mother, a member of that indefinable period of womanhood that exists somewhere between the age of mothers and grandmothers. “Are you Jewish?” she asked the two of us. We stared at her blankly. “That’s the Star of David,” she explained. “The Star of my faith.” I looked at my friend. I could see that she didn’t know any more about the Jewish faith than I did. So we sat in silence. The lady shrugged her shoulders and kept walking. There was a missing link in the chain. We were connected to the lady who paused to talk to us, but we didn’t quite know how we were related. The woman stopped because she wanted to know if we shared a common bond. When we didn’t reply in the way she expected, she just kept walking. She didn’t recognize anything familiar or familial about us, either. We were strangers. She went off to live her life. We kept playing on the sidewalk in front of Faith Wesleyan Church and the pastor’s house on the corner of Second and Walnut streets. Today, I know what the missing link is in the chain that connects me to that woman. In the fullness of time, God’s Son entered the world, born of a virgin. The Blessed Virgin Mary is the link. From the House of David, God raised up a poor and humble girl, and she became the Mother of God Himself ! Then she became the Mother of the Redeemed, as well. Every Advent, I haul the boxes up from the basement and we begin trimming the Christmas tree. Many years ago, I bought a handmade Star of David from a Jewish glass BoSSert, see paGe 24


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to kneel before Someone greater than ourselves? What lover of Christ, before a representation of the Crucifixion, would not instinctively be moved to assume a posture of grief, sorrow, awe, praise, trembling supplication? Where was the blood, the anxiety, the majesty, the sublime paradox, the resurrectional joy? I’m the first to admit I sometimes overreact, but I think this is a serious point. I’m weak but I’m not so delicate that I can’t understand that Christ, in agony on the cross, is a reflection of the human condition. I don’t need to be shielded from

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Second, all Catholics have political duties including paying taxes, voting and defending our country (CCC 2240). We are part of a particular society; we owe loyalty to a certain country. St. Paul was adamant that we must be subject to the political authorities (Romans 13:1-6). In short, we owe a great debt to our country, for it has formed and educated us. That was the central thesis of Plato’s classical dialogue “The Apology of Socrates,” which can be read with great profit even today. Pope Leo XIII put this political duty bluntly in his 1885 encyclical: “Catholics have just reasons for taking part in the conduct of public affairs.” We Catholics must constructively engage ourselves with political society. Third, our loyalty to Caesar, to the government, is conditional and contingent. If and when we find ourselves called to political duties which contradict our eternal obligations, then “we must,” as Peter and the Apostles put it, “obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29; CCC 2242). The Catechism explains this in five words: “Caesar is not ‘the Lord’” (450), and St. Paul tells us that we Christians owe respect “to whom respect is due” (Romans 13:7). That phrase is very important, ethically and politically. In his brilliant 1903 encyclical “E Supremi,” Pope Saint Pius X told us – then

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artisan in Atlanta. The star is cobalt blue. It’s stunningly beautiful, yet simple and unadorned. I carefully open the tissue and find a place on my tree for the star, with its two triangles, bearing the same image of the star my friend and I had scratched into the sidewalk so long ago. And I think of the woman who paused and asked, “Do you know what you are drawing?” Each Advent, I glance at the figures on my mantel shelf, and I see a young woman peering over an empty manger. She’s waiting

the knowledge that before the Resurrection comes a long, painful journey. Now I too kneel because someone else consented to tell, live and die the truth. I kneel because for a long time I knelt before nothing but my own desperate self-centered desires and I lived in the fires of hell. I kneel to ask for help because I want to be able to welcome the next shipwrecked soul who stumbles, dazed and bleeding, onto shore. I kneel because I know that someday – maybe today – I’m going to die. hEathEr KiNG is a los angeles-based author who converted to Catholicism in 1996. Her third book, “Shirt of Flame: A year with St. Therese of Lisieux” – a personal narrative of two different people who meet in Christ – is due out next year from Paraclete Press. She is online at and blogs at

and now – that the duty has been imposed “…upon you of bringing back to the discipline of the Church human society, now estranged from the wisdom of Christ; the Church will then subject it to Christ, and Christ to God.” That charge, that duty, that call to evangelization is basic to our office as Catholics in a troubled political time and place. Catholics are always called to act as Christ’s witnesses, and when sin has led to political or legal corruption (think of abortion), we must call for just reforms. Apart from the Gospel, there can be no moral solution of social and political problems (see CCC 1896). The great Catholic writer Russell Kirk (1918-1994) once defined politics as “the application of ethics to the concerns of the commonwealth (society).” Our task as Christ’s witnesses is to try to restore and to preserve the enduring connection between ethics and politics. Without the light of the Gospel, we are in moral and political darkness. Because we have the light of Christ, though, we do not walk in the darkness (John 8:12), and we have the compelling duties of understanding the Church’s moral teaching role, of being patriotic citizens and of keeping Christ paramount in our personal, professional and public lives. DEacoN JaMEs H. Toner serves at Our Lady of Grace Church in Greensboro. He is the author of “The God Life: God’s Way” (k of C Veritas Series # 315). His latest book is “Worthy of the Promises: Building Catholic Character” (Borromeo Press).

for something. She’s waiting for God’s promised Son. And then my eyes go to the Christmas tree, where my blue Star of David hangs on a branch. The string of Christmas lights plays off the smooth handcrafted glasswork. And I realize that I have an answer for that woman who paused to talk to me on the sidewalk in front of my dad’s church in Cedar Falls, Iowa. “Yes, I know what I’m drawing. I am connected to you, dear-lady-with-no-name. And you are connected to me. Your daughter has become my mother.” Like two triangles intersecting. DENisE bossErt entered the Catholic Church in 2005. She lives in New Melle, Mo., and blogs at catholicbygrace.

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