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WASHINGTON — In a move that appears unlikely to end the controversy, President Barack Obama outlined a plan that would allow religious employers not to offer contraception and sterilization services to their employees free of charge. The president said that insurance companies would be compelled to offer these services nevertheless. He announced the policy in a brief statement Feb. 10, but took no questions. “No women’s health should depend on who she is, who she works for or how much money she makes,” Obama said. He said the new policy remains faithful to the “core principle” of free preventive care, but also honors the principle of religious freedom, which “as a Christian, I cherish.” The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops saw the move as one that offered “initial opportunities in preserving the principle of religious freedom” but stopped short of full endorsement. “While there may be an openness to respond to some of our

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St. Mary’s Basilica parishioners, including the Holy Name Society, process down Monroe Street in this historic/present photomontage, which demonstrates how much downtown Phoenix has grown since Arizona became a state 100 years ago.

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s Arizonans across the Grand Canyon State raised their glasses to mark the state’s centennial Feb. 14, some saw significance in the celebration coinciding with St. Valentine’s Day. Although St. Valentine was neither a Franciscan nor a Jesuit priest, like those missionaries who brought European culture and Catholicism to the Southwest

100 years ago, his good name is very much a Catholic link to our statehood. “I would say it’s very appropriate that the state was founded on St. Valentine’s Day, who is known as the patron of lovers,” said Msgr. John McMahon, vicar emeritus in the diocesan office of Buildings and Properties. “Our Catholic Church in Phoenix is founded by the greatest lover of all, Jesus Christ.”

In less than a week, Catholics everywhere will join in an annual pilgrimage to their parish that will culminate with the best-known Christian symbol marked on their forehead with a smudge of ashes — the cross. Msgr. Thomas Hever, pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Scottsdale, often ponders the attraction people have to Ash Wednesday, but he always knows the answer. “It’s the symbol of the ashes,” Msgr. Hever said. “It is the beginning of Lent and even though some people might observe it loosely, they recognize it’s a holy season and people do make an effort.” Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, marks the first day of Lent. For the next 40 days, Catholics can decide to be a spectator or a disciple of the Lord by immersing their life in Jesus. Catholics approach the season with contrite hearts. They resolve to sin no more and to be ready to celebrate the new life of Easter as a new person in Christ — a renewal evidenced in the resurrection of Jesus when sin and death were overcome. Since ancient times, ashes have been a symbol of sorrow. The ashes distributed on Ash Wednesday are made by burning palm branches left over from last year’s Palm Sunday procession. Oil is added to make the ashes stick to believers’ foreheads. “We have this tradition, and it’s something about those ashes that is very human because we’re all

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Perpetual Light Society The Catholic Community Foundation introduced another way for local Catholics to support the religious, educational and philanthropic objectives of the diocese. The foundation, which also offers gift annuities and donor-advised funds, launched the Perpetual Light Society Feb. 9. The kickoff also brought past and current Christian Service Award winners, award sponsors and society members together. The idea was to celebrate service and philanthropy across the generations. For more on the foundation: (602) 354-2400. 24-hour famine Teenagers at All Saints Parish in Mesa took part in the annual 24-hour famine Feb. 10-11. Sponsors helped fund the group’s nonprofit outreach which supports mission work and pilgrimages. thecatholicsun

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Catholic centenarian SCOTTSDALE — The Men’s Club at Our Lady of Perpetual Help honored its 60 octogenarians and their first centenarian last month. Art Fortier, a WWII vet who spent 36 years with the railroad and with the U.S. Department of Transportation, still sings in the parish choir. Students aided the celebration by blowing a train whistle while rolling in with the cake. He turns 100 next month. Hearing better MESA — Hearing-impaired Catholics will soon be able to participate in Mass with less distraction thanks to a hearing loop technology coming to St. Timothy Parish. The technology allows only sounds that come through a microphone or loudspeaker to come through hearing aids or implants and cancels out background noises. Mission doctors The Mission Doctors Association will honor Tim and Sheila Cavanagh, parishioners at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, with a leadership and service award at a benefit gala in Los Angeles Feb. 18. The couple serve on the board of directors, spent three years working at a rural hospital in thecatholicsun

Zimbabwe and did short-term work in Cameroon. Hike for homeless St. Joseph the Worker’s annual Hike for the Homeless set for March 3 is expanding to two locations. The hike at Estrella Mountain Regional Park in Goodyear offers half-mile, two-mile and six-mile trails with McDowell Mountain Regional Park in Fountain Hills offering 1.5-mile and 4.5-mile trails. Early registration ends Feb. 22 with student rates available. All proceeds help the homeless secure meaningful employment. Details: Candace (602) 417-9854 ext.3467 or www. St. Catherine play SUN LAKES — Sr. Nancy Murray, older sister of actor Bill Murray, will take the stage as St. Catherine of Siena March 2 and March 4 at St. Steven Parish. She wrote the 90-minute interactive production about the saint “who spoke boldly to popes and princes.” Tickets through the parish office, 24827 S. Dobson Road, and after weekend Masses: $10 for adults, $5 ages 12 and under. Details: Diane at (480) 895-9266 ext.107 or www. ✴

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Radio host Patrick Coffin, host of Catholic Answers Life, will speak at this year’s Men’s Conference Feb. 25 at Grand Canyon University. The annual conference has moved to this nonCatholic venue because it’s outgrown previous locations. Some 1,200 turned out to last year’s event. Mike Phelan, coordinator of the diocesan Marriage and Respect Life Office, said men struggle with the world, the flesh and the devil. They’re tempted, as are women, to be mediocre in their faith or abandon it altogether in the face of other demands and attractions.

Mass marks opening of legislative session, honors slain judge Lawyers, lawmakers, judges and elected officials from around the Diocese of Phoenix gathered Jan. 24 at St. Mary’s Basilica for the 43rd annual Red Mass marking the opening of the legislative session. The Mass was concelebrated by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix as well as Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares, retired Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien, Fr. Fred Adamson, vicar general, Fr. Chris Fraser, judicial vicar and Fr. Ernesto Reynoso, adjunct judicial vicar. Archbishop of the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio, also a concelebrant, was the homilist for the Mass. Alan Tavassoli, president of the St. Thomas More Law Society, said in opening remarks that the organization wished to honor the service of public officials, clergy and those who serve in the military. He also spoke of Judge John M. Roll, the Arizona judge who was slain in the Tucson shooting that occurred in January of 2011. Roll frequently attended the Red Mass. ▶ For the full story:

Virtual Our Lady of Lourdes experience St. Joseph Parish hosted a virtual pilgrimage of Lourdes led by Fr. Regis Marie, who is traveling from Lourdes through the United States. Participants touched the grotto rock, received a eucharistic blessing, and prayed the rosary in a candelit procession.

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COTTSDALE — The Notre Dame Preparatory community and the greater Valley is mourning the loss of Scot Bemis. Advanced lung cancer took his life Sunday. Bemis was 45 and leaves behind a wife and four children, two of them under age 6. Bemis was among the first hired to teach at Notre Dame when it opened in 2002. He also coached varsity football, which won state titles in 2007 and 2008, and girls soccer, which captured a title in 2009. Bemis earned the Earl Putman Dedicated Coaching Award earlier this month through the local chapter of the National Football Foundation. The Arizona Cardinals nominated him for the Don Shula NFL Coach of the Year Award, which honors exemplary coaches at all levels of play. ▶ For the full story:

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arcos Herrera, music director at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glendale, has been playing his guitar at the West Valley church since he was 12 years old. His father played at the Masses in those days, and that’s what led Herrera to do the same. He credits his parents with teaching him about the importance of serving God. “They were the ones who taught us that Jesus Christ needs to be the center of our lives, and that He needs to come first before anyone or anything else,” Herrera said. With an obvious love for God, music and the Church, plus a degree in Spanish and music and a master’s in linguistics, Herrera brings just the right blend of skill, charisma and devotion to his role as music director. For a while, the fulltime federal government employee and father of three young boys was directing the choir and playing guitar at five to six Masses every weekend. These days, he’s cut back to three. Music is something he’s always loved. “Sometimes I almost feel like I have to breathe it in and out,” Herrera said. “Sometimes words just aren’t enough to convey what is inside a person… music helps to push that over the top.” Liturgical music, he said, can help lead people to a greater love of the Mass. “Music has a way of expressing what people want to say to God,” Herrera said. “That’s why I love what it is — a way to communicate with God.” Herrera said he wasn’t always a fan of chant but that he has grown to love it. “I kept studying the Church’s documents and what they had to say about music and liturgy and I just fell in love with chant and why we use it. Everything just flows,” Herrera said. “You understand that the Mass is a prayer from beginning to end, that doesn’t end until the priest gives the final blessing. That to me was eye-opening.”

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Faith in a nutshell: We don’t have a faith that was just made up — it’s all biblical. Somebody once told me that if you attend Mass every Sunday for three years, you will hear the whole Bible. That’s the main thing.

What he loves about being Catholic: For me it’s the relationship we have with Jesus Himself. I feel He’s the lover of the soul. There isn’t any other place where it gets as intimate as it is in the Church. You consume Him in the Eucharist and He consumes us back. It can’t get any more intimate.

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going to be there,” Julie Berkel said. “We’re going to be dust ourselves.” Berkel, a member of OLPH since 1956, said the Scripture readings, music and silence help her to be introspective and determine what areas in her life she needs to change. “As kids we give up candy, but as we mature in our faith we discover it’s not about giving up something, it’s about being proactive,” she said. “For me, it’s about being kinder, less judgmental and more prayerful. Our spiritual growth comes through an action rather than taking something away.” The three Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving date back more than 1,000 years in the Church. Through our participation we become intimately closer to Jesus, and commit ourselves to being united with Him in His suffering, death and resurrection. It is through this experience we not only love and serve God, but each other. “I like to approach Lent with a spirit of joy because I am loved by God and I’m forgiven,” said Sr. Josine Krausnick, OSB. “Lent is a way for us to try to pull up our bootstraps and try again.” Sr. Krausnick, a teacher assistant at St. Thomas the Apostle School,


Three Church disciplines guide Catholics through their 40-day Lenten journey: PRAYER: The Church invites Catholics to be more faithful and intense in our prayer life and to meditate at length on Scripture. FASTING: Abstaining from food, but includes other forms of self-denial to promote a more sober lifestyle. ALMSGIVING: Closely tied to fasting. After giving up attachment to things and sin, the Christian has embraced good works.

Mount Claret Retreat Center’s Lenten retreat: Begins Feb. 22 and continues Wednesdays through March. The daylong reflection includes Mass, adoration and reconciliation. Details: Call Tom at (602) 840-5066 or email The Crosier Fathers and Brothers will lead taize prayer: Fridays during Lent. The schedule includes Feb. 24 at Blessed Sacrament in Scottsdale, March 2 at St. Bridget in Mesa and a bilingual prayer March 9 at Sacred Heart. Details: call the parish or the Crosiers at (602) 443-7100.

remembers as a young girl walking to Mass with her mother each day of Lent. Now 74, it’s a memory she fondly recalls with each passing year, and one she likes to share with others as a way to inspire their prayer life. “If people could manage attending Mass once during the week, besides the weekend, it’s a little extra,” Sr. Krausnick said. Erin Regan has the unique opportunity as a kindergarten teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle to experience Lent through the eyes of 5-year-olds. In particular, the Stations of the


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Cross make a huge impact. “Just to see their little faces, and how they react when Jesus is beaten, spit on and crucified. I realize just how much He has sacrificed for me,” she said. Msgr. Hever emphasized two components characteristic of Lent: the recalling of baptism, or in the case of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, preparation for it, and penance. Members of the RCIA program have been preparing all year in churches throughout the diocese, and the world, for their initiation into the Catholic Church during


Msgr. Michael O’Grady distributes ashes March 9, 2011, at Mount Claret retreat Center. This year, Ash Wednesday falls on Feb 22.

the Easter Vigil. “By witness of the RCIA coming into the Church and coming to Christ, it helps us renew our baptismal commitment,” Msgr. Hever said. “It’s not what we give up, it’s our willingness to make a sacrifice as a sign of our commitment to Christ.” The journey through Lent is a personal one, however, it is rich with traditional examples of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Lenten fish frys, Stations of the Cross and parish missions are just a few examples of ways to observe the season. Sr. Krausnick said fasting isn’t

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halom and welcome to Israel.” After a 10-hour, overnight flight from New York’s JFK Airport, these were the words 11 Catholic journalists and photographers from around the United States longed to hear. Our visit to the Holy Land began with a stay in Tel Aviv, a modern city perched on the Mediterranean. A walk on the beach behind the hotel took us past the huge aqueducts and an amphitheater built by the Romans that still serves as a concert venue. Israel is a tiny country, but it’s bursting with history and tradition. Ancient Roman ruins coexist alongside structures built by the Israelites, Byzantines, OttomanTurk conquerors and Crusaders. Everywhere you go, there’s a bit of history to be learned. Our band of journalists, led by Nathan Shapiro, a native of Jerusalem, walked the streets of Jaffa, a 6,000 year-old city, where Jonah set sail for Ninevah and where Peter began his ministry. In Nazareth, we visited the Basilica of the Annunciation, built over the place where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would be the Mother of the Savior and where the Holy Family once lived. Every time we got on the tour bus, I tried to pray the rosary,

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thinking that if the itinerary was correct, we would be visiting nearly all 20 of the locations where the mysteries of the rosary took place. As it turned out, the only one we missed was the Glorious mystery of Mary’s coronation. For that, we would stand under the dome of the Church of the Dormition, where Mary is said to have fallen asleep before being assumed into heaven. In Nazareth, we walked the Via Maria, the narrow street that marks the path the Blessed Mother walked to gather water from the spring — there’s a monument built over it — past the site of St. Joseph’s workshop. At 7 a.m. the next morning, we headed back to the basilica to attend Mass in Arabic. The beauty of being a Catholic is that no matter where in the world you attend Mass, the elements of the liturgy are the same. In nearby Galilee, we visited the

Mount of the Beatitudes, where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. The octagonal-shaped church there, maintained by Franciscan sisters, features eight stained-glass windows, each inscribed with one of the Beatitudes. We then climbed aboard a boat and took a 45-minute ride on the Sea of Galilee. Once back on dry land, a visit to “St. Peter’s Restaurant” offers grilled fish, the kind of meal Jesus and the Apostles would have shared. There’s also a museum that features a boat excavated in 1986. Carbon dating proves the vessel is 2,000 years old. The braver among us took a swim in the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where the salt content in the water makes for amazingly buoyant water. As soon as you sit in the water, your feet spring to the surface.

The Via Dolorosa (Latin for “The Way of Suffering”) in Jerusalem’s Old City features the Stations of the Cross, including one that marks the spot where Simon of Cyrene was pressed into helping Jesus carry the cross (left). A 14-point silver star inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem indicates the place where Jesus was born (above).

A short distance away from the beach, you can visit the ruins of Qumran, the place where the Dead Sea scrolls were found. Our group toured the ruins and nearby restaurant and gift shop, running into the newly appointed Cardinal Timothy Dolan and 50 priests from the Diocese of New York. In order to visit Bethlehem and see the place where Jesus was born, you have to leave Israel and drive into the West Bank, controlled by the Palestinian Authority. The tour bus took us past the enormous security barrier that separates Israel from the West Bank. Residents there are Palestinian Christians and Muslims. We visited the Church of the Nativity, said to be built on the site where Mary gave birth to Jesus. Pilgrims wait in line to venerate a 14-point silver star embedded in the floor that marks the spot.

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Outside is a life-size nativity scene. Back in Jerusalem, we walked the narrow path of the Via Dolorosa and saw the various places where Jesus stumbled and fell as well as the site where He met the women of Jerusalem and offered a word of comfort. Some of the stones in the pavement date back 2,000 years, so you’re actually treading where the King of Kings once stepped. At the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, we beheld the place where Jesus was crucified. Each pilgrim approaches — some on their knees — and threads an arm through a velvet sleeve, then touches the rock beneath where the cross once stood. Just beyond that is a large, flat stone where Jesus’ body was prepared for burial. At the Western Wall, the only remaining wall of the Jewish temple destroyed in 70 AD, we stood in the pouring rain with other, mostly Jewish pilgrims, and prayed. Along with thousands of others throughout the years, I folded up a prayer I had written for my loved ones and inserted it in the wall. Of all those we spoke with there in the Holy Land, it is the voice of a man named Amir that stands out in my mind. An Arab Christian, he warned us that the Christian population in the Holy Land is dwindling. “We are becoming like the panda in the zoo,” he told our group. On our last day in Jerusalem, our group visited Yad Vashem, which houses a large museum that chronicles the horrors of the Holocaust. “Tell all the Holocaust deniers out there to come see the evidence for themselves,” our museum guide told us. It’s a multi-media exhibit that features video interviews of survivors and displays concentration-camp footage, various artifacts and even a collection of shoes taken from victims. In one video, a young girl panics as she repeatedly pokes at the little boy sitting beside her, a brother perhaps, who will not awaken. Some of us choked back sobs as we walked through a darkened hallway, a female voice slowly reciting some of the names and ages of the over 1 million children who died at the hands of the Nazis. At the end of the walk, you exit onto a sunlit balcony overlooking the hills of Jerusalem. “Perhaps this visit will show you why we need the modern state of Israel,” our guide told us. These are just some of the adventures we had on our journey to the Holy Land. We also saw the Jordan River, Capernum, the Upper Room and toured the archeological dig at the City of David. Although many worry that Israel might be a dangerous place to visit, I have to say that I felt very safe the entire time we were there. To walk where Jesus once walked, to see the sights He must have beheld— these are experiences any Christian would treasure for a lifetime. ✴

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Still serving others, one serving of banana pudding at a time By Gina Keating The Catholic Sun



he walls of Essie Amey’s apartment at Roeser Village are covered with family photos. She has worn out her favorite chair, and her February calendar is quickly filling. She is famous for her banana pudding with residents at the South Phoenix complex, which is sponsored through the Foundation for Senior Living. The Foundation is a formidable voice for the elderly in the Phoenix Diocese. The nonprofit, founded in 1974, received $700,000 in funding last year from the Charity and Development Appeal. Monies help offset the cost of living for Amey, and seniors like her, who live on fixed incomes and struggle with illness or disabilities. “FSL clients are adults with disabilities, seniors, their caregivers and their entire family,” said Megan Word, marketing and outreach coordinator for the in-home services division. “FSL clients are seeking support and personalized professional services. Special care is taken to address finances, medical issues, support systems, housing and spiritual concerns.” Amey, 74, suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and the effects from a stroke in 2000. Yet, she is joyful, witty and fiercely appreciative for the help she receives from the foundation. “I like my home here, and they treat me fine,” she said. “By the grace of God, He led me here.” Although she qualifies, Amey passes on a food delivery program. “Let someone else enjoy it because I can still get up and cook,” she said. “I pray to the good Lord to let me keep walking and to give me strength. He’s doing good so far.” Roeser Village has an active lifestyle for its residents. Each month

The Charity and Development Appeal supports more than 70 educational, charitable and spiritual organizations which counsel, feed clother, house, educate and comfort thosein need throughout the four counties in the Phoenix Diocese. The Foundation for Senior Living, a CDA-supported organization, is devoted to preserving dignity and promoting quality of life for all seniors, adults with disabilities, and their caregivers. More than 550 employees offer the widest variety of services and maintain the highest standards of excellence for clients like Essie Amey (left). She’s a resident at one of the foundation’s 44 service locations. The Foundation for Senior Living cares for their clients — seniors and adults with disabilities — without regard to race, religion or socio-economic status. The CDA raised more than $8.1 million last year to support organizations like the Foundation for Senior Living. To learn more about the CDA, visit the web: For the Foundation for Senior Living, call (602) 285-1800, or visit the web: Gina Keating/CATHOLIC SUN

is filled with trips to the grocery store, movie night, potlucks or morning coffee with donuts. It’s a lifestyle that highlights the abilities of each person, and not their inability to care for themselves. “The Foundation for Senior Living is focused on preserving dignity for seniors and support for their caregivers,” said Fr. Greg Schlarb, stewardship vicar and pastor of St. Paul Parish. “This approach creates a continuum of care that sustains quality of life. This level of impact is an example of CDA support in

action.” The foundation has a long history of service in the Phoenix community. For nearly 40 years, it has helped Arizonans facing issues of hunger, disabilities, aging, illness, loneliness and substandard housing. Although it’s one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Arizona, it offers the most personalized and caring services possible. Amey has a caregiver come into her home twice a month to help with housework and laundry, and she also participates in the

Christmas angel gift program. “We believe that each person we serve is an individual, a beloved family member; someone with spiritual and emotional needs,” Word said. “All services at FSL are exceptionally diverse, but they are united by a common theme: caring.” Missie D’Aunoy, diocesan director of the Office of Stewardship that oversees the CDA, said the focus is helping everyone in the diocese. “From newborn babies, to the elderly and to families that are struggling to eat, we are here to nourish both body and soul,” D’Aunoy said.

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The work of the foundation has seen a spike in the number of people in Arizona seeking help. Although the areas of services are in Maricopa County, some services extend throughout the state. “Due to these troubling economic times, we are serving individuals and families that have traditionally been financially self-sufficient, but now are seeking assistance with medical copays, medications, rent/mortgage, utilities and food,” said Jennifer Zwirek, director of Pathways and a licensed clinical social worker. Pathways social services assisted 4,800 individuals and families last year by providing home and office visits, telephone consultations and food boxes to members of the community. Some of the primary services of the foundation include: adult day health care, adult foster care, assisted living education, behavioral health group homes, caregiver services, home care, home health care and young adult day health care. Amey, who has outlived every member of her family except for three generations of grandchildren, wants the opportunity to help others because of her good fortune. “Sometimes my legs don’t get right and I might fall, but I don’t want to be handicapped,” she said. “I want to try to give back the best I can.” Perhaps she already has, one serving of banana pudding at a time. ✴


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Papal biographer enlightens life of Blessed Pope John Paul II By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

A nearly 27-year pontificate and recent beatification still left something unsaid about Pope John Paul II’s life and legacy. Likewise, untold stories remain about the impact of the six-yearold diocesan resource center that bears his name. The fourth annual Celebration of Heroic Love and Life offered a way to reveal both sagas. The Jan. 28 benefit at Xavier College Preparatory served as a fundraiser for the privately run John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture. It doubled as a chance to learn more about the pontiff himself from an intimate source: his biographer. George Weigel, a Catholic theologian and the pope’s foremost biographer, delivered the keynote address that left more than 800 people spellbound. Weigel, a Vatican analyst for NBC News, detailed how the Soviet Union and other secret intelligence tried to discredit the pope. Instead, John Paul II’s papacy marked the beginning of the end of communism, Weigel said. They understood, he said, that the Church, particularly in Poland where a myriad of clergy were martyrs, built up an enormous credit during World War II. “So if you intend to take over a County like Poland, what better way to do it than by starting a rumor that the bishop of Rome was a collaborator with German national socialists and indifferent to the Holocaust?” Weigel quipped. Other efforts to plant agents of influence also failed. That included a nine-day visit to Poland in which Polish TV showed only crowd shots, but not the pope. The Polish secret police tried to plant a fake diary from a woman too. The Church’s supreme leader was not to be outdone. He kept files regarding the secret intelligence in his apartment instead of Vatican archives and never dictated a memo on the subject. At the same time, the pope, who in his first papal homily said “Be not afraid,” gave the people of Poland hope. “You are not who they say you are,” he told them. “You’re formed by a specific culture and history with the Church at the center.” That ignited a revolution of conscience that led to a period of nonviolence by the Polish. “Pope John Paul II showed us that the deepest and most powerful form of liberation is liberation to the passion of Truth. They’ll find tools of resistance to whatever oppresses them,” Weigel said. “The John Paul II Resource Center is in the liberation business. Liberation about the Truth of the human person.”

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Fr. Will Schmid, chaplain and teacher at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler and emcee for the event, agreed. “It’s because of a center like this that we are able to form young people of God,” he said. It was through regular discussion with Katrina Zeno, coordinator and principle speaker for the JPII Resource Center, that Fr. Schmid was able to bring Karol Wojtyla’s work, “Love and Responsibility,” to his students. More than two-thirds of them pointed specifically to that piece on their final as something they’d take with them from the class. “I didn’t know what formation was until I got to college and realized I had it and no one else did,” one student later wrote to her chaplain. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, who spent 10 years working with the Holy Father and was one of the original translators for Theology of the Body, applauded Zeno’s energetic leadership. He said her outreach has helped countless Catholics to love JPII’s leadership even more. That’s what happened for Christine Accurso, a St. Mary Magdalene parishioner from Gilbert. “I’ve always known him to be a courageous pope. He became more alive with fortitude,” she told The Catholic Sun. Accurso said the work of the JPII Resource Center gave her the right words to discuss the Church’s teaching on human sexuality and human dignity with her kids. George Bates, a St. Thomas the Apostle parishioner who has attended instructor training through the center, said its outreach helped him to live holier relationships. He left Weigel’s talk with a renewed sense of hope. The JPII Resource Center received more than $40,000 in pledges and doubled its base of “core” donors. ✴

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Groups from 23 parishes attend youth rally By Monique Zatcoff The Catholic Sun

TEMPE — More than 400 energized teenagers and young adults filled the auditorium at the Tempe Center for the Arts Jan. 25 for the first XLT event of 2012. Youth groups from 23 different parishes across the Diocese of Phoenix made their presence known as Matt Smith recognized each of them individually. One parish even traveled all the way from San Diego to bring their teens to the event. Following introductions, the Ike Ndolo Band took the stage to lead the group in some praise and worship. With the lyrics projected on a large screen behind the band, the teens had easy access to sing along and engage themselves in each song.

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Deacon Jim Trant congratulates Deacon Frank Galarza for his 25 years of ministry. He was one of 47 deacons honored Jan. 28 for their years of service.

Deacons discover ways to embrace ‘Year of Faith’ By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

SCOTTSDALE — The Church’s Year of Faith doesn’t get underway until October, but the diocese’s 238 deacons are already preparing for it. “Your contribution will touch every element of parish life,” Deacon Jim Trant, director of the diaconate, said in a brief address Jan. 28. Local deacons, who serve vital roles in parish ministries, missions, hospitals and prisons, gathered with their wives at St. Bernadette for their annual convocation. Deacon Trant encouraged fellow deacons, including 39 in formation, to mobilize their intellectual and moral resources. He also reminded them to continue their spirit of humility and obedience. “This will lead to a new understanding and a new appreciation of this call to a new evangelization,” Deacon Trant said. The Year of Faith falls on the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the promulgation of the new catechism. It will be a time to promote the faith as an encounter with a person, Jesus, rather than

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how some see it: a collection of philosophical teachings or a bunch of commands, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said. The bishop outlined ways in which the universal Church, the U.S. Church, the diocese and parishes plan to embrace the Year of Faith. That includes a three-week assembly to get insight from bishops and non-Catholics on aiding the new evangelization. The bishop suggested deacons aid in promoting knowledge of saints, sacred art and apologetics, among other efforts. He also encouraged them to study Vatican II documents and the catechism and remain a living sign of Jesus’ presence in the world. “It will be a great, great grace for all of us,” the bishop said. The convocation also served as a time to recognize deacons celebrating ordination anniversaries. The bishop honored 47 of them including 16 celebrating their 10th anniversary and three who reached their 40th anniversary as deacons. The men also congratulated Deacon James Gersitz and Deacon Chuck Shaw, who recently retired, in addition to honoring 25 and 50-year wedding anniversaries. ✴ Pastoral Center to set goals for the new year and recap recent work. Caritas in Veritate brings together Catholic institutions dedicated to recruiting, training and engaging volunteers for mission work. Six currently serve on the board with interest from dozens more, including local priests, Maggie’s Place, Life Teen and the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. International ministries from Italy, India, Malta, Gibraltar, Canada and Mexico were also there. “We can enter and raise an army of volunteers that preach the Gospel as they serve the poor,” said Henry Capello, president. ✴ By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

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Weekend renews Catholics in holiness By Ambria Hammel

prayer. That in turn will bring them to share their spiritual gifts through a ministry. It will also put to death There are reportedly more than immorality, greed, anger, malice 300 references to the holiness of and the like, he said. God in the Old Testament. Many of the Holiness, 40-some youth both God’s and in attendance the faithful’s, Catholic Renewal already showed was the focus of Ministries a desire to put th the 20 annual Learn more about such things to charismatic conCatholic Renewal on rest. They felt ference Feb. 3-4. their website: that through Catholic Renewal the sacrament Ministries hosted of reconciliation the all-age gathand conversaering at the tion with a prayer team that they Phoenix Convention Center. Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares, who had a chance to truly start over. At directed charismatic groups before least a dozen of them ran to the coming to Phoenix, sat in on the confession line. One young man, whose parents youth and adult tracks. He reminded Catholics of their call to holiness brought him to the conference, admitted he had a rough two-year during a late afternoon liturgy. The holiness of God in the Old period that included drugs. By the Testament often describes it in a end, he was glad to be with people certain place, location or exterior of faith who were also down to sphere, the bishop said during his earth. Marge Chavez, coordinator for homily. Through baptism in the the English charismatic prayer Holy Spirit, that holiness is intergroups, split her time between the nal, he said. “We who are charismatics have adult and youth conference. She experienced that burning desire said both advocated going deeper within us of the power, the fire into holiness. “But we have to do it unity, in and the joy,” the bishop said. “Sometimes it’s so powerful within community,” she stressed. Catholic Renewal Ministries us, we cannot contain ourselves.” He encouraged the crowd to offers regular prayer meetings, continue growing and maturing Life in the Spirit seminars, daylong in their faith, especially through retreats and healing Masses. ✴

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Thousands rally for pro-life cause in Tempe, Phoenix By Ambria Hammel and Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun

Whether at their parish, school or in plain public view at an area park, thousands of Phoenix-area residents showed their support for the pro-life cause this month. It was all to draw attention to the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, and its ongoing injustice that affects post-abortive parents and the unborn. Parish memorials St. Joan of Arc Parish east of 32nd Street and Greenway, may have been among the earliest in the Phoenix Diocese to create a sight for the unseen. By Jan. 8, the parish erected a memorial of at least 200 white crosses in the courtyard. Any tiny patch of land leading into it bore the crosses as well. The

memorial served as a reminder of the roughly 4,000 abortions performed daily nationwide. St. Gabriel’s youth group in Cave Creek put up a similar memorial Jan. 21. A 24-hour prayer vigil followed. Teenagers hammered 400 wooden crosses into the ground with a larger paper cross offering abortion statistics and a resource for post-abortive healing. Some said there were far more crosses than they anticipated and were confident that the dramatic visual would help with awareness — especially with the line for a farmer’s market snaking right by the memorial. Nikea Lopez, 15, said it was sad, especially when faced with the overwhelming number of abortions she calculated after multiplying the crosses she saw by abortions that occur nationally and worldwide. “It made me realize that teenagers our age and up have sex randomly and just have an abortion

Hundreds of young adults rallied at the Arizona State University campus Jan. 21 to pray for an end to abortion.

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before [the baby] is even born. I hate that,” said 15-year-old Sophie Mar said. Youth speak out Students in the Right to Life Club at Xavier College Preparatory planted similar wooden crosses in the school’s courtyard Jan. 16, a day dedicated to upholding civil rights. They traditionally put up 1,800 crosses representing roughly the number of unborn killed by lunchtime each day. College students took a stand against abortion too. Roughly 500 of them filled two rooms at Arizona State University Jan. 21 for the annual youth rally. At least 10 high school and young adult groups, including some from Flagstaff, were there. Despite the impressive crowd, Trent Horn, coordinator of respect life parish leadership support for the diocese, opened quite frankly: “I’m not happy to be here tonight.” The rally featured its regular mix of music, testimony, prayer and teaching on how to effectively engage opponents in the life debate. The crowd quickly learned of the “stones” that pro-lifers might throw, even if inadvertently, at those seeking an abortion. These stones could hinder the movement. They later surrendered the cold, heavy stones they got at the door and exchanged them for a candle. “That’s going to be your light to carry into the world. They will see your light that is Christ. That’s why it gives us so much joy,” Horn said. “We have to be good witnesses. We have to be a little bold.” Freddie Bennett, a 24-year-old speaker with Not My Kid, an organization that inspires positive life choices by addressing destructive youth behaviors, bravely shared her abortion experience during the rally. Early on, Bennett said she found herself running to men for answers instead of Jesus. She got pregnant at 18 and her support circle never discussed adoption or parenting — only an option she hadn’t thought

of: abortion. She had only been Christian a few months, but still knew it was wrong. Regardless, she walked into Planned Parenthood on Christmas Eve six years ago. “What I experienced outside of Planned Parenthood was just as painful as what I experienced on the inside,” Bennett said. “What if I would’ve seen signs of love instead of ‘baby killer,’ ‘murderer’?” she said. For starters, the chip on her shoulder never would’ve been there and she’d be taking care of a 6-year-old. “Psychologically and socially, it’s complicated,” Trent Horn said, “but morally, the issue of abortion is simple.” He illustrated it with concrete examples of life and steps he learned from Justice for All, on how to engage the opposition. The rally ended with a solemn, candlelit procession to the All Saints Catholic Newman Center. Eucharistic adoration continued overnight. Steven Wilson, a senior at Northern Arizona University, caravanned to the rally with young adults from the Holy Trinity Newman Center in Flagstaff. He said he left with a renewed conviction to continue being outspoken for the pro-life movement. Wilson said it especially helped to hear from a post-abortive woman. “I very rarely hear someone talk about that pain and grieving. They’re the ones we need to reach out to the most,” he said. Roughly 45 percent of those seeking an abortion are college-aged. Legislation, post-abortive healing The need to embrace post-abortive parents came up during the Jan. 22 Arizona Right to Life Rally at Steele Indian School Park. Linda Diamond, who recently led the first non-denominational Rachel’s Vineyard retreat for postabortive women, spoke about the devastating impact of abortion. She said post-abortive men and

women are frequently overlooked, judged or condemned, leading many to keep quiet about the experience out of fear. About one in three women over the age of 45 have had an abortion, she said. “I lived much of my life in shame and grief, but I found hope through Jesus Christ,” Diamond told the crowd. Many of the 500 gathered marched into the park from nearby St. Francis Xavier Parish, where Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted concelebrated a Mass with Msgr. Philip Reilly, founder of Helpers of God’s Precious Infants. Leading the march to the park were representatives of Silent No More, an organization made up of women and men who say they’ve been hurt by abortion in the past. Dozens of members of the Neocatechumenal Way arrived at the park accompanied by a drummer and carrying a large processional cross. Rosa Ramirez, spokesperson for the group, pushed a stroller with her infant daughter — her 14th child — and spoke about how the group’s work helped persuade people to reverse sterilization procedures and be open to the gift of life. Cathi Herrod, president of Center for Arizona Policy, spoke about the plethora of pro-life legislation that was signed into law in 2011. She credited the high level of cooperation between the Arizona Catholic Conference, the lobbying arm of the three Arizona Catholic dioceses, CAP and AZRTL. And while Herrod praised the pro-life laws enacted, she said there was still much work to be done in the coming year, including the goal to move up the mandatory ultrasound exam from one hour prior to an abortion to 24 hours in advance of the procedure. Women who see an ultrasound image of their unborn child, she said, are far less likely to abort. In 2011, Herrod said, more than 15,000 unborn children were aborted in Arizona. ✴


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Msgr. McMahon, 91, recalled the words of Jesus to go out to all the nations and baptize in His name. “Through 2,000 years, the Church continues to do that, and we are so happy that we have had such great progress in Arizona with the growth of the Church.” Actually, there has been a Catholic presence for several centuries before Arizona even became a state in 1912. It can be traced back to the year 1539, 47 years after Columbus discovered the Americas. Marcos de Niza, a Franciscan friar, traveled up through the Gulf of California into a northern territory which had never been explored. He planted a cross on the land and named it, “The New Kingdom of St. Francis.” As a result, Padre Marcos de Niza is called the discoverer of Arizona and New Mexico. As Arizona transformed from a territory into a state, people were drawn by its promise of new opportunities. There was a strong foothold of Catholic mercantile families like the Babbitt and Basha families. And wherever there were people, there was a priestly presence. Men of the cloth responded to the communities forming in Kingman, Tucson, Yuma, Bisbee and Tombstone. “You have to remember, 100 years ago it was a much smaller state in terms of population,” said Fr. Tim Davern, parochial vicar of Holy Spirit Parish in Tempe. “The state still had a missionary flavor to it.” A century ago, the Catholic population in Phoenix numbered around 180,000 and 51 parishes, compared to today’s estimate of 821,429 Catholics and 92 parishes. During the formative years of building hospitals, schools and parishes in Phoenix, it was part of the Tucson Diocese. Sr. Christine Gilsenan, IBVM, a teacher at Ss. Simon and Jude School, remembers driving to Tucson for meetings, and later halfway to Casa Grande, until Phoenix became its own diocese. Pope Paul VI established the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Dec. 2, 1969. Our Lady of Guadalupe was named the patroness, and Fr. Edward A. McCarthy was appointed the first bishop of Phoenix. The impetus to break away from Tucson was based on sheer numbers. People began coming to Arizona in droves during World War II. Fr. Davern said the population was growing more rapidly than the infant diocese could produce native-born priests. As a result, Bishop Daniel J. Gercke, the third bishop of Tucson, looked to Ireland. Msgr. McMahon was one of 60 priests to join the Tucson Diocese, with a significant number of them remaining in ministry in Phoenix. He recalled coming to Arizona

The blessing of the cornerstone at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School. Ninth Street and Washington. March 4, 1928. Diocese of Phoenix Archives

for his first Mass on Christmas day in 1948. On his second night in Phoenix, he found himself locked out of Bishop Gercke’s home. Msgr. McMahon said he ended up staying with his friend, Fr. Daniel McCready (later Msgr. McCready). “I knew the next morning the bishop would be in his chapel for Mass. I got through the gate and over the wall and snuck into my room before he was done,” he said. “I pretended I was asleep.” Msgr. McMahon played an integral role in the formation of the Phoenix Diocese. He was the first vicar of properties and buildings, which he chaired for nearly 30 years. Growing up on a farm in Ireland served him well. He came to know the value of the land and the techniques of buying and selling livestock. “This early experience was a great help to me and to the diocese when the bishop asked me to be the vicar,” Msgr. McMahon said. “It’s one I enjoyed very much along with my priestly duties. In fact, I relished all of it.” Msgr. McMahon said over the past 100 years, good leadership from the bishops to the faithfulness of the Catholic people never changed. “Their outstanding financial support, and the consistency of the people’s love and dedication to the

Church has always been there,” he said. “I am proud to be a priest in this diocese.” Since its founding, Fr. Davern said the Phoenix Diocese has always been multi-ethnic; from the Spanish settlers in Tucson, to the missionary work with the African American and Native American communities. Sr. Gilsenan, who came from Ireland in 1957, vividly recalls her work in catechesis with the neighborhood Spanish-speaking children outside under a tree near Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. One of her favorite memories was Christmas. They had a neighborhood donkey, and the children would dress as angels and shepherds and walk through the streets. “There was great life and excitement at the beginning of the diocese, and great collaboration with the other sisters because we did not have mother houses or big institutions,” Sr. Gilsenan said. “The different religious orders would get together for faith sharing.” Living at the cathedral was special to Sr. Gilsenan and the other Sisters of Loretto. “We had a school here before the diocese began,” she said. “I had 60 first-graders in my first class. I was 21, and just learning, too.” At 76, Sr. Gilsenan continues teaching children at the school in

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art masterpiece and music. She hopes future generations in the diocese will continue an outreach to the immigrants and evangelization in the parish, along with the on-going education for parents. “I certainly hope we continue reaching out to welcome a new wave of immigrants, whoever they are,” Sr. Gilsenan said. By all accounts, the Phoenix Diocese is still in its infancy, having just celebrated its 40th year in 2009. Carolyn McDaniel, a parishioner at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Scottsdale for nearly 60 years, recalled Mass in the Old Adobe Mission. The original church, completed in 1933, was a beacon of faith on Main and Brown avenues in Scottsdale. The Corral family, present owners of Los Olivos Restaurant, coordinated making the 6,000 adobe bricks and the construction of the

walls and bell tower. “I remember how each new family to the parish would receive a personal visit by Msgr. Eugene Maguire,” McDaniel said. “Towns were just being built, and the priests used to do that back then.” Currently, the diocese is comprised of 43,967 miles in the counties of Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai and Coconino (excluding the territorial boundaries of the Navajo Indian Reservation), but includes the Gila River Indian Reservation in Pinal County. Sacred Heart Parish in Prescott has the distinction of being the first parish established in 1877, in what would later become the Diocese of Phoenix. “I am proud of the role the Church has played in the life of the state of Arizona, for the past 100 years,” Msgr. McMahon said. “I think the Church in Arizona is very alive.” ✴

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Dominican sisters hope to extend reach through campaign By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, which began with four founding sisters, has grown to more than 100 religious and established seven missions. Now they’re planning to grow even more, asking local Catholics

to help establish more missions across the nation. The Dominican sisters kicked off their fundraising endeavors Feb. 2 with a benefit luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 75 supporters — including parents and students from all three Phoenix schools where six of the sisters teach — were there.

“I wish that each school had two of three of these wonderful sisters,” Nick Christifulli said in brief opening remarks. His son was at St. Thomas the Apostle School when the sisters arrived in 2006. Two sisters also teach at St. Mary’s High School and a pair joined St. Gregory’s faculty last year. Phoenix marked their first mission site outside of their hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich. Christifulli said it’s hard to put into words what the sisters do for the kids and lost track of how many times one of the sisters truly helped his son. They’ve helped others too with 35 sisters serving 13 schools in seven dioceses nationwide. Keeping Catholic schools open and the sisters in them is vital for both the health of the Church and the nation, Mother Assumpta Long,

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Softball, basketball The Catholic Youth Athletic Association awarded trophies to its top winter teams. Scottsdale’s Our Lady of Perpetual Help beat Bl. Pope John XXIII 4-3 in the “big” school softball tournament. Phoenix’s St. Agnes beat St. Gregory in the “small” school division. In basketball, Chandler’s St. Mary-Basha beat All Saints Episcopal in the “big” school division. St. Matthew School in Phoenix beat Mesa’s Christ the King and St. Timothy in “small” school play. Seventhgrade top finishes went to St. Mary-Basha in Chandler, Christ Lutheran and St. Theresa.

Eighth-graders promote art, literacy with St. Vincent de Paul By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

Bridget Kelly, a fifth-grader at St. Thomas the Apostle, motivates a child at St. Vincent de Paul’s family dining room to express herself through art. The eighth-grade class is helping coordinate the projects and March 2 art show, but younger students help too. The effort is part of a campus-wide community service program.


efore they move on to high school, a core group of eighth-graders could add “mentor,” “art teacher” and “art gallery associate” to their resumes. And they’re doing it all from the family dining room at St. Vincent de Paul’s main campus. That’s where dozens of families have found the humble teenagers every Tuesday since Jan. 3 helping their school-age children prepare priceless pieces of art. The junior high students bring supplies and pre-cut shapes to the dining room’s new “Dream Center” and await their budding artists to finish dinner. They also ensure the children’s book that inspires each literary-based creation remains within reach. “Each Tuesday I come, I’ll be struck by something different,” said Stacey Kelly, a St. Thomas the Apostle parent who coordinates the project. By the fourth time the eighthgraders came to help, Kelly noticed some of the younger children taking leadership roles. They helped newcomers at the table with their art or inspired others with their creativity. Some parents are starting to create pieces too that will become a quilt. Eighth-grader Arianna Conley estimated that she interacts with six to eight children per visit. She said they gravitate toward the

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10th Anniversary MESA — St. Timothy School celebrated a decade of offering a full K-8 education Jan. 26, its patron’s feast day. Guests included a Seton junior, who was part of the first graduating class and the original atrium teacher. Other alumni students, families and staff also attended the reception. ✴

forward to her first art show. Cynthia Bach, family evening meal manager, said the 1,700-square-foot center — donated as an anniversary gift by Mike and Ana Parker — is an important outlet for their expression and creativity. “They love when they have youth to work with them or read with them. That interaction is really important,” Bach said. The center also features dedicated teen and homework sections — equipped with computers, books, games and supplies — and a preschool play center. St. Thomas the Apostle students help in all of them. ✴

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childhood book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” was also a favorite. “Little kids help you rediscover the little kid in you, the innocence of being a child and how the little things can make your day,” Conley said. Other projects will allow children to experiment with pointillism, “rubbed” art, collages, rock art, self-portraits and handprints. Collectively, they’ll form a public exhibit for a “First Friday” Kids’ Art Show. The one-night exhibit runs 4:30-6:30 p.m. March 2. Maria, who didn’t reveal a last name, started coming to the Family Evening Meal last year. The 15-yearold plans to be an artist and looks

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Schools celebrate pillars of Catholic education By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Phoenix played to their strengths during a weeklong celebration dedicated to a faith-based education. A family Mass at the parish opened and closed the national celebration for Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale. At St. Gregory, it was poetry and songs of gratitude during prayer time. Some honored students. Others honored the teachers. Some campuses took up monetary collections for diocesan outreach, collected canned food or other basic necessities for those in need. Others challenged each other to academic bowls and held art and science fairs. Leaders at OLPH, Scottsdale inducted 36 seventhand eighth-graders into its new National Junior Honor Society. Every effort offered simple ways to showcase the faith, academics and service aspects of Catholic schools that set them apart from their public and charter counterparts. Those pillars stood as the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week celebration. “You right now are setting that foundation on which your life will be formed,” Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares told a cathedral full of students Feb. 1. “You’re setting the foundation for your prayer life, your life of service and a life in community.” The students, including some from the Diocese of Tucson, gathered mid-week for an all-school Mass. The bishop told them that Catholic schools are vital for educating students in both the human

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and natural sciences in addition to nurturing young people in the values, morals and principals found in the Church. He had a similar message for two Our Lady of Mount Carmel eighth-graders who interviewed the bishop in his office during Catholic Schools Week. The bishop challenged all Catholic school students to set a firm foundation so that they can become “that beautiful handwork” that God willed them to be. He also told students, especially the seniors, to “make us proud… so that we may attract many other souls to God.” Three local high school students spoke about how their lives were transformed by spending years at a Catholic elementary school, high school or both. They shared their stories steps away from the state Capitol during a lunchtime rally Feb. 1. Shane Ertter, a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory, said he cherishes the need-based scholarships that supported him through school. “My Catholic education has been fundamental in developing my character, a sense of responsibility and an educational foundation,” he said. “My story is not an uncommon or unusual one.” The adults touted Catholic schools too. That included Senate President Steve Pierce who told the Catholic school students that they often test above grade level. “There are a lot of things you’re doing right and being taught right,” he said. “You don’t realize the gift

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An all-school choir leads elementary and high school students in prayer during the Catholic Schools Week Mass Feb. 1 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. Campuses marked Catholic Schools Week with prayer, retreats, academic and art showcases.

you’re getting is so much better than a public education.” Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, the Church’s legislative arm, said there is new legislation being introduced to possibly double the tuition tax credit. Those funds save the state money in public education costs and make Catholic schools affordable for more students. Catholic Education Arizona has awarded $12 million in need-based scholarships this year alone. The organization will split an additional $25,000 among two high schools and six elementary schools this week. The top winners via a Facebook vote earned the money. Campus activities Campuses devoted the rest of

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Bourgade students also held an outdoor Mass and prayer rally around the school’s statue of Mary in gratitude for their Catholic education. They also prayed at lunchtime in various languages. Students and teachers at St. Gregory School took turns giving thanks for each other. A student from each class composed a poem for morning prayer in honor of a teacher. A seventh-grader performed a rap for his English teacher. Sr. Mary Joseph Campbell, OP, re-wrote lyrics to Jamie Grace’s song, “Hold Me,” and enlisted her seventh-graders to help on backup vocals and instruments. The new song described a cheerful group of fifth-graders. “Probably by the end of the year, this is all they’re going to remember me by,” Sr. Campbell said. ✴

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From the start, the girls had an edge over the boys. Five boys and 21 girls represented their elementary school during the annual Diocesan Spelling Bee Jan. 31 at St. Francis Xavier. Numbers weren’t the primary concern for either gender though. Letters were. And the students — two fourthgraders, a fifth-grader, 12 seventhgraders and eight eighth-graders — proved they knew which letters belonged where fairly well. They already out spelled their classroom, their grade and their school to compete in the bee. Seventh-grader Gabe Lopez out spelled the boys that night too. The San Francisco de Asís student mastered words like “magnify,” “bludgeon” and “canonization” without ever asking for a definition or sentence. Lopez advanced to the top five before the Flagstaff prodigy, at least linguistically speaking, misspelled “phenomenon.” Other words like “bureaucracy,” “offertory,” “preference” and “stoically” proved to be too much for boys and girls alike. Imported words such as “chauffeur,” “veneer” and “haiku” were still foreign to them too. On the flip side, fifth-grader Bianca Dapon made St. Francis Xavier and hundreds of onlookers proud by correctly spelling “malachite” early on in round two. It marked the onset of harder words, by their standards. Kolby Estfan, a seventh-grader at St. Vincent de Paul, had no trouble with “struggle” and knew how to spell “advancement,” the word that moved him to round six. His turn didn’t last much longer though. Estfan misspelled “perennial” a round later. It took the diocese’s top spellers only 60 minutes and 14 rounds to crown this year’s champion. The girls prevailed by round 10 when Lopez bowed out. That left bilingual spelling ace Susan Peters from St. Theresa — she placed third the last two years in the English bee and excelled in both Spanish bees, too — against three diocesan newcomers. Eighth-grader Shaloni Pinto had come in second place twice at St. Gregory. This time, she prevailed after 46 rounds, many of them between the top two eighth-grade honors students. Eighth-grader Avery Cartwright from Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale and seventh-grader Taylor Lawritson from Ss. Simon and Jude never won a bee. “It went pretty long [at the school level] because in the end it was me and my classmate William Ludwig.

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We were battling it out for 30 minutes,” Lawritson said. The diocesan showdown went much faster. First Peters, who almost always sought a definition of her words, tripped up on “apostolate.” Then the remaining three aced the next three rounds, but not before David Gonsalves, the “pronouncer,” tripped himself. A mispronunciation of “iniquity” allowed Lawritson a second chance in the bee. Her next word worked out pretty well for her: “convenient” and the faceoff continued. Cartwright didn’t get a chance to try again, however, when she misspelled “erasable” a round later. It was down to Pinto and Lawritson for the final round. That’s when Pinto, who often sang her words as a way of studying them, met her toughest match in the competition: “inoculation.” Lawritson, who often studied during breaks from play rehearsal, had no trouble with “dilemma” for the win. “A lot of them were just sounding it out,” she said. Lawritson advances to the

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CAVE CREEK — For Catholics, the term “Annunciation” indicates a period of imminent growth. Especially the ensuing nine months. Annunciation Catholic School is amid a growth period of its own — at least an 18-month one. The diocese’s newest elementary school has nearly tripled its enrollment since opening in 2009 and welcomed a handful of new students so far in 2012. Now the school, on Cave Creek Road south of Carefree Highway, is wrapping up phase one of its first capital campaign to support expansion to a full K-8 school. It

currently serves 72 first through fourth-graders with plans to open a junior high in temporary buildings by 2013. So far, more than 275 donors from several parishes and the general community have pledged some $920,000 of the $1.5 million goal. Annunciation Catholic School is by no means in the final stretch. It still needs to build a permanent school as funds allow. “The people who are giving recognize that there’s a huge need for Catholic education in this area,” said Sharon Pristash, principal. That includes donors like Tom and Emilie Sabol. Tom and all six

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Komen reverses decision, reinstates grants to Planned Parenthood Catholic News Service

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of credibility with regard to caring for women’s health. Komen was a way of legitimizing their work.” Yoest also noted that Komen donors are “now confused about their association with the nation’s largest abortion provider.” A statement from Komen’s founder and CEO Nancy Brinker posted on the Dallas-based organization’s website Feb. 3 apologized to the American public “for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.” Brinker said the reaction to the decision to discontinue the funding was “deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.” She also noted that Komen had planned to stop funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation but that it will “amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.” Planned Parenthood is currently the focus of an investigation by U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., to

WASHINGTON — The archbishops of Los Angeles and New York criticized a federal appellate court decision Feb. 7 that ruled unconstitutional California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 voterapproved initiative that forbade same-sex marriage in the state. “The government has no competence and no authority to ‘redefine’ see whether the organization used federal funds to pay for abortions, which would be illegal. Stearns is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. Kay Allen, director of 1st Way Pregnancy Center, a pro-life clinic in Phoenix that helps women in crisis pregnancies, disputed Planned Parenthood’s claim that they are a women’s health care organization. She said that Komen reversed its decision on funding Planned Parenthood after being pressured by 26 U.S. senators. Allen also cited an undercover investigation by a pro-life organization known as Live Action that showed Planned Parenthood clinics do not offer mammograms to their patients, contrary to assertions by Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards. “They called Planned Parenthood clinics in 13 major metropolitan areas and none of them offered mammograms,” Allen said. “Now some of them do. They say they care about women’s health, but they are lying.” And while pro-lifers have been criticizing Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood for years, the American public was largely unaware

marriage or ‘expand’ its definition to include other kinds of relationships,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles in a Feb. 7 statement. “To do that is to say that marriage no longer exists. And this would have grave consequences for children and for the common good of our society.” “Our government has a vital interest in promoting marriage for two reasons,” Archbishop Gomez said. “First, because marriage is

the foundation of society. Second, because government has a duty to promote the well-being of children, who have the right to be born and raised in a family with both their mother and their father.” He added, “This debate over marriage is not about equality or about the needs of individuals. It is much bigger than that. It is about the nature of the human person and the nature of society.” ✴

of the relationship. The recent flap over grants probably came as a big surprise to most Americans and proves that Planned Parenthood has a lot of influence, especially over politicians, Allen said. “I think it’s very sad for Komen,”

Allen said. “I think Komen does so much good work and the people that give to Komen do it with so much goodwill.” ✴ Joyce Coronel contributed to this story from Phoenix.

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DALLAS — The Feb. 3 decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to reinstate grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates for breast cancer screenings was the result of a “vicious attack” on the organization, said a pro-life leader. Pro-life leaders hailed Komen’s announcement Jan. 31 that it would no longer give grants to Planned Parenthood, but it sparked a maelstrom of negative reaction and an online petition asking the group to reverse its decision. “I am troubled that the Komen foundation has come under such heavy fire for their recent decision to tighten and focus their funding guidelines,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “This week we have all been witness to highly partisan attacks from pro-abortion advocates and an ugly and disgraceful shakedown that highlights Planned Parenthood’s willingness to pursue a scorched-earth strategy to force compliance with their pro-abortion agenda,” she said in a statement. Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life Issues for the Diocese of Phoenix, said Komen tried to quietly step away from granting funds to Planned Parenthood, but the latter launched an organized protest. “Planned Parenthood has a very organized and vitriolic subsection of devotees, so they basically went on the attack mode with emails and letters,” Phelan said. Given Planned Parenthood’s vast annual budget — including $363 million from the U.S. federal government during 2010 — some wondered why the big fuss over not being eligible for a grant from Komen. “We’re only talking $650,000$700,000, which out of their billion-dollar annual budget is a drop, so why such a vicious attack?” Phelan asked rhetorically. “As an organization, they don’t have a lot

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Congress, courts, politics offer options on contraceptive mandate By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — To hear some commentators talk about it, the ongoing controversy over the Obama administration’s requirement that health plans cover contraceptives and sterilization free of charge is a simple case of the bishops versus the president. But the debate over the rights of individuals and institutions to refuse to cover drugs, devices or procedures that violate their religious convictions is turning into an epic battle over religious freedom — with Catholics and nonCatholics alike working to address the problem through legislative, judicial and political channels. House Speaker John Boehner said Feb. 8 that the House would move to reverse the contraceptive mandate. “This attack by the federal government on religious freedom in our country must not stand, and will not stand,” he said. President Barack Obama announced a new policy Feb. 10 that would allow religious employers not to include contraception and sterilization in their health insurance plans, but compel insurance companies to provide it free of charge for the employees of religious organizations. While pressure is mounting for a legislative fix to the mandate on contraception and sterilization, efforts are continuing on the judicial front, as other organizations and individuals consider filing suit, as Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina and Colorado Christian University in Denver have already done. “A monk at Belmont Abbey may preach on Sunday that premarital

sex, contraception and abortions are immoral, but on Monday the government forces him to pay for students to receive the very drugs and procedures he denounced,” said Hannah Smith, senior legal counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the two schools in the lawsuit. Helen Alvare, an associate professor at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Va., said she believes the Belmont case and other legal efforts against the contraceptive mandate “stand a good chance of success” under the provisions of the 1990 Supreme Court decision in Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon v. Smith or 1993’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Smith decision held that neutral laws of general applicability do not violate the Free Exercise clause of the First Amendment, as long as the government applies them in the least restrictive way possible. Alvare believes the contraceptive mandate won’t pass muster as a neutral law, as applying generally or as having been implemented in the least restrictive way. As the Belmont Abbey lawsuit notes, the government has been “highly selective” in granting thousands of exemptions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to various groups, “including large corporations such as McDonald’s, often for reasons of commercial convenience.” “And the government allows a variety of other reasons — from the age of the plan to the size of the employer — to qualify a plan for an exemption,” the Becket brief adds. “But the government refuses to give the same level of accommodation to groups exercising their fundamental First Amendment freedoms.” Although she predicts success in the courts, Alvare also believes the Church position on the contraceptive mandate will prevail in the court of public opinion. ✴

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concerns, we reserve judgment on the details until we have them,” said Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB. “The past three weeks have witnessed a remarkable unity of Americans from all religions or none at all worried about the erosion of religious freedom and governmental intrusion into issues of faith and morals,” he said. “Today’s decision to revise how individuals obtain services that are morally objectionable to religious entities and people of faith is a first step in the right direction,” Cardinal-designate Dolan said. “We hope to work with the Administration to guarantee that Americans’ consciences and our religious freedom are not harmed by these regulations.” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, hailed Obama’s announcement. “In the face of a misleading and outrageous assault on women’s health, the Obama administration has reaffirmed its commitment to ensuring all women will have access to birth control coverage, with no costly co-pays, no additional hurdles, and no matter where they work,” Richards said. “We believe the compliance mechanism does not compromise a woman’s ability to access these critical birth control benefits.” Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted said that he is still evaluating the Feb. 10 announcement. Sr. Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity who is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, praised what she called “a resolution ... that protects the religious liberty and conscience rights of Catholic institutions.” “The framework developed has responded to the issues we identified that needed to be fixed,” she said in a statement. “We are pleased

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The headquarters of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.. Bishops across the U.S. are urging Catholics to protest the HHS announcement that requires private health plans to subsidize surgical sterilization as well as contraceptive drugs and devices they say violates the conscience rights and religious liberty.

and grateful that the religious liberty and conscience protection needs of so many ministries that serve our country were appreciated enough that an early resolution of this issue was accomplished.” But U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., a Catholic who has co-chaired the bipartisan Congressional Pro-Life Caucus since 1982, said the policy announced by Obama “is the discredited old policy, dressed up to look like something else.” He said the requirement that insurance companies provide contraception and sterilization free of charge to all employees of religious organizations would still place the cost ultimately on the religious employers. “Who pays for the insurance policy?” he asked. “The religious employer.” Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, was similarly unimpressed by Obama’s statement. “President Obama’s latest ploy

just adds insult to injury. If the insurance plan of a Catholic institution must cover services it deems immoral, then such a healthcare plan is offensive, plain and simple,” Donohue said. The Catholic League, he said, uses Christian Brothers as its insurance carrier. “So if a future employee of ours were to demand free abortion-inducing drugs, and she is allowed to request free drugs from Christian Brothers, then the rest of us would, in effect, be subsidizing her abortion. This is outrageous and will not stand judicial scrutiny,” Donohue said. Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life Issues for the Diocese of Phoenix, said that like Bishop Olmsted, he too found it worrisome that Planned Parenthood was pleased by Obama’s announcement. “There has to be proactive legislation to make sure nothing like this is even possible again,” Phelan said. Parishes throughout the country received bulletin inserts from the USCCB Feb. 11-12 addressing federal legislation that would ensure religious liberty and the rights of conscience. Richard Doerflinger, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities, said the initial focus is on Congress, where the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act has 164 co-sponsors in the House and 31 in the Senate. The bill would represent a permanent solution to any efforts to take away the religious freedom and conscience rights of groups or individuals, Doerflinger said “The best-case scenario would be if Congress passes legislation to reverse this mandate and provide expansive protection to the rights of conscience, and the president feels obliged to sign it to get this issue resolved,” he said. ✴ Joyce Coronel in Phoenix contributed to this story.


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HHS mandate worries Catholic business owners By Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun

When President Barack Obama announced Feb. 10 that religious employers would not have to offer contraception and sterilization free of charge through their health plans, he made it clear that their insurance companies would still be compelled to do so. For Catholics who own businesses, it was cold comfort. John Jakubczyk, a longtime prolife activist and Phoenix attorney who represents many business owners, says his clients are telling him they are concerned. “It obviously creates a conflict because individual Catholics who own businesses want to provide health care benefits as a part of their compensation package,” Jakubczyk said, “however many of them are not going to pay for those products that violate Catholic principles and that violate their own personal ethics.” Ron Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, the legislative arm of the three Arizona dioceses, said the HHS mandate was “probably the most egregious attack by the federal government on religious liberty that we’ve ever seen” and urged Catholics to contact their congressmen to protest the move. Peter Lemieux, who sells health insurance for a living, is also upset about the HHS ruling. “The government has decided that contraception, including the morning-after pill and sterilizations, are well-care and will be provided at no cost to the insureds, so that means that the prevention and killing of babies will be free,” Lemieux said. “For the family that chooses to have a baby, they will have a great cost because it goes through the deductible. This is quite a statement about our values.” Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life

Issues for the Diocese of Phoenix, said Catholic business owners are rightfully troubled. “They have great reason to be concerned because the Catholic laity are as beholden to the Church’s moral teachings as religious organizations and those that take their faith seriously are in a compromised position if this holds,” Phelan said. “If they decide to keep health care insurance for their employees, they’re going to be coerced into assisting and funding intrinsically evil things, things that are bad, not just for Catholics but bad for society in general,” Phelan said. “Some of them do cause the killing of an innocent human being at a very early stage. So, it’s very serious.” Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix, who along with many other U.S. bishops has been highly critical of the HHS announcement, encouraged Catholics to be true to their faith and not violate their consciences. “These are indeed challenging times. But Christ is with us in these

times, and He is giving us the grace to bear witness to Him in these times, to take up our cross and follow Him,” Bishop Olmsted said. “Violating our conscience is not an option with any good consequences.” The violation of one’s conscience, Bishop Olmsted said, places us “at odds with God and our own true self… If any person or institution tries to force us to violate our conscience, we must resist with all our might. It is far better to suffer painful consequences than to violate our conscience.” Phelan concurred. “It’s going to cause suffering — there’s no way around that if this holds. There’s going to be suffering for Catholic business owners and yet they can’t violate their consciences — they are essentially stuck.” Phelan called the HHS move a “direct attack on religious liberty” but said there was still “great hope that the Church can be victorious in this particular struggle” whether it’s through the legislative process in Washington or through the court system. ✴

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State and Church


resident Obama picked a fight with Catholics last month when he announced his administration would force nearly all religious organizations to fully subsidize contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs as part of its health care coverage for employees. This unprecedented move by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been widely criticized by many, including some of the president’s most ardent supporters, as a serious attack on the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It is a move by the State to tell the Church how it may or may not worship. Separation of Church and State is a two-way street. Not only did Catholics not turn the other cheek in this fight, Church leaders and her supporters took the fight right back to the Obama Administration in a big way. In January the U.S. bishops began mobilizing efforts to spread the word about this grave injustice, first by speaking out from the pulpit during Masses, and then followed by a constant stream of information pushed out via television, radio and social media — picking up supporters from those of different faith communities along the way. Even mainstream media outlets — not typically known to be champions of Church-related causes — are questioning the wisdom of the president’s approach. On. Jan. 29, The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne Jr. opined that the president “utterly botched” the handling of the situation and “threw his progressive Catholic allies under the bus.” The Arizona Republic, in a Feb. 10 editorial, called the president’s desire to pick fights with Catholics during an election year as “inexplicable” and “hard-headed.” Self-described liberal and Democrat Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter expressed great displeasure with the president on Jan. 21, writing that he failed to “see how I ever could, in good conscience, vote for this man again.” ‘Accommodation’ for religious organizations But on Friday, after three weeks of intense pushback from Catholics and other like-minded organizations, the president announced an apparent change in policy — a so-called “accommodation” — that would allow religious employers not to pay for the controversial “health care services” that are contrary to its teachings. Instead, the new policy would require the insurance companies to pick up the tab with no outof-pocket cost for employees. Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, responded in a brief statement by calling it a “first step in the right direction.” He cautioned, though, that it was too soon to determine if there was an improvement on the core concerns of religious liberty. Reaction to the Feb. 10 announcement varied. Catholic League President Bill Donohue said the president is engaging in a “divide and conquer strategy” to “peel off liberal Catholic opposition to Obamacare.” Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Doug Napier said that the announcement does not change anything. “Contrary to the administration’s spin, the issue is not about ‘accommodating’ religion; this is about acknowledging a fundamental religious liberty not given by the government, but endowed by our Creator,” he said. “The administration is trying to take away what it can’t give.” There are some who argue for the government on this issue and frame it as an issue strictly about birth control. The media has been feeding into this misconception by positioning the story as a “contraception controversy.” Another classic move is to trot out a poll illustrating the number of Catholic women using birth control. The goal here is to create a distraction from the core issue and to discredit the Catholic Church in the process. Not only that, it is extremely insulting to the millions of Catholics who abide by the Church teaching on contraception. But in reality, this is about the government violating the First Amendment and denying religious organizations — not just Catholics — their God-given right to worship as they see fit. It is not the role of the State to define the Church. Obviously this adjustment to the HHS mandate will be looked at from all angles in an effort to make heads or tails of it. This is a complex issue with many questions that still need answers. Regrettably, the fight is not over. In fact, this may be just the beginning. ✴

Part Three: Sacred music’s role in evangelization


n the first part of this series on sacred music, I described the meaning of sacred music, and the difference between the music of the Church’s sacred liturgy and “religious music” (Dec. 15, 2011). The second part explored, from a historical perspective, the Church’s role in preserving and fostering authentic sacred music for more fruitful participation in the Sacred Mysteries (Jan. 19). In this third part, we now look at the role of sacred music in evangelizing culture. Evangelization and inculturation Evangelization, the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ, is closely linked to what the Church calls inculturation. Inculturation is the process by which “the Church makes the Gospel incarnate in different cultures and at the same time introduces peoples, together with their cultures, into her own community.” This process brings about “an intimate transformation of the authentic cultural values” (Redemptoris Missio, 52). We see here a double movement — the interplay of two profound mysteries of faith: the Incarnation (characterized by an earth-ward movement and proclamation) and the Paschal Mystery (characterized by a heaven-ward movement and transformation). This double movement is all the work of Christ: As the Eternal Word He enters our history, becoming flesh in the Incarnation; and then He suffers, dies, rises, and ascends into Heaven, to draw all people to Himself. Like Christ and in Him, the Church engages authentic human culture wherever she finds it. She proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ to a specific culture; and then whatever is good in the culture she purifies and transforms, drawing it into her own communal life in her various ecclesial “rites” (in our case, the Roman Rite). Music and inculturation The distinction between religious music and liturgical music (cf. part one of this series) embodies this double movement: religious music is, we might say, the earthly expression of a given culture’s faith in Christ; liturgical music is the sacramental expression of Christ and the true nature of the Church. The former tends to be particular, individual, temporal and profane; the latter tends to be universal, communal, eternal and sacred. Religious music comes from human hearts yearning for God; liturgical music comes from Christ’s heart, the heart of the Church, longing for us. Because religious music is marked by the particular and profane, it is especially useful for evangelization. Like St. Francis Xavier donning the silk garments of Japanese nobility in his missionary work in Japan, religious music “wears the clothes” of those it seeks to evangelize; it becomes familiar, taking in much of the cultural forms, and where possible doing this with minimal alteration. In religious music, the Church learns to sing, in many voices, through the familiar melodies and rhythms of various cultures. But in the sacred liturgy, we enter the precincts not of man’s culture but the heavenly courts of Christ, the culture of the Church, the wedding feast of the Lamb: and new festive garments are required for this feast (cf. Mt 22:1-14). In liturgical music, the peoples drawn into the sacred liturgy learn to sing, in one voice, through the often unfamiliar melody and rhythm of the Church’s sacred music. This oneness is exemplified (for us Roman Rite Catholics) primarily in Gregorian Chant and Polyphony, the musical “garments” of the texts of the sacred liturgy.

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The genius of the Roman Rite The new English translation of the Mass has powerfully reminded us that authentic liturgy comes to us through the unity and integrity of the Roman Rite (Liturgiam Authenticam, 4). The liturgy of the Roman Rite is a “precious example and an instrument of true inculturation” because of its amazing ability of “assimilating into itself spoken and sung texts” (ibid, 5). Inculturation, in the liturgical (and musical) sense, is finally about the assimilation of peoples, cultures, and even musical forms into the already given form of the Roman Rite. Some might ask: should not the mention of the word assimilation give us pause, or even make us somewhat nervous? If we submit ourselves to this assimilation — with all our musical preferences, tastes, and cultural differences — to the concrete musical sources of the Church’s liturgy (i.e., the Roman Missal itself, Graduale Romanum, Graduale Simplex, vernacular translations and adaptations thereof, etc.), will we not entirely lose ourselves, our individuality and creativity? Is there not a danger of the Church becoming irrelevant and therefore powerless in her liturgical expressions, a mere museum of “old” music? To answer these concerns, we could extend the Church’s teaching on the new translation to the use of liturgical music: “So the liturgy of the Church must not be foreign to any country, people or individual, and at the same time it should transcend the particularity of race and nation. It must be capable of expressing itself in every human culture, all the while maintaining its identity through fidelity to the tradition which comes to it from the Lord” (Liturgiam Authenticam, 4). In other words, the Church, though existing in many cultures, has her own authentic culture because she has authentic liturgy… both which come to her from Christ. The unity and integrity of the Roman Rite is embodied in the Rite’s sacred texts and musical forms, as a vine is expressed in its branches. Growth requires pruning and nourishing, but never ignoring or starting from scratch. The sacred liturgy — and sacred music — does not exhaust the entire work of the Church, not even of the Church’s work of evangelization. Religious music (outside the sphere of the liturgy) is absolutely necessary for pre-evangelization and evangelization. But it is not enough. It must lead to authentic liturgical music, concretely embodied in the music of the Roman Rite. The liturgical music of the Roman Rite bears unparalleled witness to the assimilating power of Christ, and His power to engage, purify, transform, and assimilate human culture into the culture of the Church. In the end, it is precisely this assimilating power of heaven’s beauty — and not our own efforts or preferences — that brings about the true end of evangelization: to reconcile all things to God in Christ (Col 1:20). In the fourth and final part in this series, we will consider practical ways in which we can deepen our experience of sacred music in the liturgy and in our lives. ✴


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HHS mandate It may not be what we want to hear at Mass on Sunday but this was not about politics, it’s about religious libery! (“HHS move amounts to ‘to hell with you,’ bishop says as protests mount,” The very concept this nation was founded upon. It is being taken from us when the government whether it be federal, state or local government officials tells us they will not respect a tenet of our faith! It may seem irrelevant to some but what will be the next intrusion? Will they tell us that confessions are no longer protected and priests must relay any civil wrongdoing to authorities? That isn’t so far fetched as it may sound. What happens when the state tells us we can only have X number of children and we must contracept between births and be sterilized after the last allowed pregnancy? This puts us in a state of mortal sin; do you want that to happen? There’s a saying that once the camel gets his nose into the tent, what’s to stop him from coming in all the way? If this law stands, what is to stop government from coming in all the way? Everyone should be alarmed at this. Students of history can tell you that it is

just in this manner that another man took over a nation and denied freedom to anyone who resisted, he also villified a group of people to make everyone believe they were the problem. Yes, Hitler, but others, too, since him: Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, Sadam Hussein, Mao Zedong and Pol Pot. For the first time in our nation’s history, religious freedom is under assault — particularly Christianity, all the while we are told about the religion of peace, Islam and how we should allow Sharia law. Wake up and smell the roses before there is no Mass and there is no Church! Cheryl Excerpted from a comment posted to

The Church of Martyrs in 2012 The Roman Empire was a fairly good government. Its laws protected citizens and non-citizens. Catholic Christians were able to preach the Gospel and practice their faith in the Empire. One thing stood in the way of complete freedom of religion. The emperors tolerated all religions. However, they insisted that everyone worship the emperor as a god. It seemed a little thing – sprinkle a little incense here or there – make supplication to an image of the man claiming to be one

of the gods – join in a procession on his birthday — all seemingly innocent. But it wasn’t. For Catholic Christians of the early centuries, it was not a little thing – it was a case of conscience. Could a Catholic do something that made the emperor equal to Jesus Christ, the Son of God? Catholics lived in the empire; they followed the laws, but they could not compromise their faith. They could not worship the emperor. For this reason, they were punished: they were persecuted: they suffered fines, imprisonment, and even death as martyrs. It would have been easy to sprinkle a little incense and tell themselves that it was just an external action not a matter of faith, but they could not do that. Today in 2012, the federal government has insisted that Catholics (and members of any religion) act against their conscience by following a recent promulgation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Luckily for Americans we do have resources to overturn this rule which violates our Christian conscience: it includes prayer and letter writing. May all Catholics act and react to this unjust regulation. Jay Kilroy Mesa

Simple truth It is quite simple: The platform for the Democrat party supports abortion at all phases of pregnancy and a woman’s right to kill her unborn baby. The platform for the Republican party protects the rights of the unborn. For anyone to be surprised that the president, with an extensive record supporting abortion and infanticide, has now mandated the Catholic Church comply and offer “reproductive” services such as birth control and abortion is naive at best and stupid at worst. If a person is willing to legislate in favor of murdering unborn babies, how do you expect them to legislate justly for anyone? Social justice begins in the womb. Muddying the political waters with other issues is merely a smokescreen used by those to usher in a secular humanist society. Anyone who says otherwise is simply ill-informed or is working for the father of lies, willingly or unwittingly. In past elections, The Catholic Sun made voters guides available and I would suggest that all Catholics use it for the next election. Christina M. Pasterz Glendale

Peace of Christ overflows during trip to Holy Land


stood there on the boat in the rain and gazed out at the Sea of Galilee. Here in this valley in the shadow of the mountain where Jesus gave His famous Sermon on the Mount, I’d come to see where Our Lord took on flesh and walked among us. There were 11 of us, all Catholic journalists from around the United States, and we had a packed schedule for our week in the Holy Land. We traced Jesus’ footsteps all the way from His birth in Bethlehem, to His boyhood in Nazareth, to His ministry in Galilee and His eventual crucifixion and death in Jerusalem. Of course, we wanted to walk the Via Dolorosa, marking the various Stations of the Cross, and visit the glorious Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over Calvary and the site of Jesus’ tomb. In some ways, those were the highlights of our journey. Many other pilgrims were there with us, wanting to see the same wonders. But just as Elijah heard the whisper of God in the silence, so too did I sense God’s presence in a powerful way out there on the Sea of Galilee. I thought of Jesus asleep in the boat in the midst of a storm, tossed about by the wind. I pictured Him walking across the waves and calling out to Peter to join Him. That night, from the window in my hotel room in Jerusalem, I spied the Church

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of the Dormition, high on Mount Zion and built over the place where the Blessed Mother fell asleep and was assumed into heaven. The Benedictine monks who live there in Dormition Abbey celebrate Mass each morning at 7:15 a.m. And even though I don’t speak a word of German, the beauty of the Mass spoke to my heart. One of the blessings of being a Catholic is that no matter what language our liturgy takes on, we understand the Real Presence before us in the Eucharist. There beneath the soaring dome that portrays the Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus in a stunning mosaic, my fellow journalists and I listened as the monks chanted the prayers of the Mass. At the sign of peace, the abbot bowed and ceremoniously embraced first one friar, then another. They, in turn, proceeded to bow to each of the remaining monks as the sign of peace traveled through those assembled. We began each of our three days in Jerusalem with the Eucharist, the peace of Christ enveloping our hearts and preparing us to face the cacophony that charac-

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Jerusalem’s Church of the Dormition features a mosaic of the Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus.

terizes the busy streets of Jerusalem. You’re awakened every morning by the Muslim call to prayer around 5 a.m. Later, you hear the peal of church bells on the hour. Throngs of pilgrims from around the world, Orthodox Jewish men clad in their broad, black hats and dark suits, and women wearing the Muslim hijab are all seen there on the streets of Jerusalem. Souvenir shops abound, with merchants coaxing tourists to buy carved olive-wood statues, crosses, rosaries and the like. You can even buy a replica of the crown of thorns for about $20. One morning, our group walked to the Mount of Olives where we beheld 2,000-year-old olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nearby are the ruins of the house of the high priest, Caiaphas. We

visited the Church built over what’s known as the Rock of Agony, where Jesus prayed and sweated blood on the night He was arrested. The church is dark inside, illuminated only by the light shining through purple stained-glass windows. Since my return to Arizona, I find that my heart and mind return again and again to the land where our Savior once calmed the sea and told us to have faith, to trust in Him, to consider the lilies of the valley. In those moments of solitude, my soul flies to Him, and with quiet joy I give thanks for having gazed upon the land He once called home. ✴ Joyce Coronel is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Please send comments to

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Nickels, dimes and family size


few years ago, I spoke with a young man preparing to get married. His aunt told him that she thought he and his fiancée were too financially strapped to have a child, and that it wouldn’t be fair to bring up a baby in poverty. Keenly aware of his joblessness and his minuscule bank account, he concluded she was probably right. The young man and his fiancée were ready to tie the knot in a few months and they expected that she would be at the infertile phase of her cycle around the time of their honeymoon, so they would be able to consummate the marriage while avoiding bringing a child into the world. They agreed they would use Natural Family Planning (NFP) after that to avoid a pregnancy. A few years later when they felt financially secure, he told me, they would have their first child. He admitted, however, that he was conflicted about whether they were really being “open to life” in their marriage if they were going into it with this kind of forethought and intention of avoiding children. In marriage, it can certainly be challenging to harmonize spousal love with the responsible transmission of life. Janet Smith and Christopher Kaczor, in an illuminating passage from one of their recent books, acknowledge this challenge and point to the need for a “spirit of generosity” when it comes to procreation: “Pope John Paul II spoke of ‘responsible parenthood,’ in which a couple uses practical wisdom, prayer and a spirit of generosity in determining how many children they should have. Some Catholics believe that the Church permits the

Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk Making Sense Out of Bioethics

use of NFP only for reasons that verge on the truly desperate, such as a situation where a pregnancy would threaten a woman’s life or a family is living in dire poverty. Magisterial documents, however, state that spouses may have physical, psychological, economic or social reasons for needing to limit family size, using several different adjectives to describe those reasons: One can have ‘just’ reasons, ‘worthy’ reasons, ‘defensible’ reasons, ‘serious’ reasons and ‘weighty’ reasons. In short, the Magisterium teaches that spouses must have unselfish reasons for using NFP and limiting their family size.” At times, then, our justifications for avoiding a pregnancy may merit further reflection and scrutiny on our part. When it comes to “poverty,” for example, would our poverty, in the true sense of the word, mean that the child would be malnourished and without warm clothing, or would it simply mean that he or she would forego some of the latest high-tech gadgets that other children in the neighborhood might be enjoying? God provides I recall what a father of seven children on a tight budget once told me in a conversation: “Honestly, there’s always room around the table for one more, and with ‘hand-medown’ clothing we always manage. And my goodness, isn’t it a momentous thing to receive that trust of preparing another soul for an eternal destiny with God?” His wife pointed out

how the older children ended up helping with raising the younger ones, lessening the burdens on mom and dad, and turning it into a “team effort.” The ancient Christian teaching on the two-fold purpose of marriage, namely, the “procreation and education of children,” and the “mutual help and sanctification of the spouses,” accurately summarizes the inner order of marriage. As the future John Paul II wrote in his great 1960 book “Love and Responsibility,” radical personal openness to both of these purposes is essential to the success and meaning of any marriage. We should never enter into marriage with active opposition to the very ends for which it exists. If a couple is preparing to embark upon marriage with the immediate intention of avoiding offspring (even if they are using morally acceptable means such as NFP), they perhaps ought to consider delaying the exchange of their vows until they have resolved the various impediments, whether financial, careerrelated, or personal, that are leading them to be closed to the idea of having children. I recall hearing about another family that had six children. They didn’t have two nickels to rub together. After the father came down with mental illness, the mother had to support the family single-handedly. A clear-thinking woman with an unflinching faith, now elderly and reflecting on her past, she memorably remarked to her neighbor: “I’ve never seen the Lord send a child without also sending a lunch pail.” God, who is the very source of the immortal souls of our children, is a provident God who invites us to examine the heart of our marriages. He invites us to entrust ourselves to him, so that we might be courageous and authentically open to the gift of life he sends us in the midst of the marital embrace. ✴ Fr. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D., serves as the Director of Education at The National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. Visit

What if things don’t get better? Keep the faith going strong


couple of years ago, when all the economic madness thrust so many into the long haul of tough times that is still continuing today, I wrote a column about the value of faith and hope, and how faith was ultimately more important in the long run. With so many of us still facing so much of the same adversity, I thought it might be a good time to remind ourselves of those two ideas and just how they might help us through these tough times. But now rather than simply reflecting on why faith is so much more important, I thought the time was right to do a little bragging for all of you out there about how much faith you have all had through the last few years, and how powerful that faith was when it came to helping you and the rest of America survive — long after hope went into short supply. Because while hope for better times might make it easier to keep going, it is only through faith that we can find happiness. It is only through faith that we can realize the inherent value of our lives regardless of our fortune or our misfortune. While foreclosures are still out of control, oil and gas prices are through the roof, and of course the papers are still filled with stories of people struggling to make ends meet, faith in our families and our nation has stayed strong. And that

Chris Benguhe A Better View

has kept us all going, millions from coast to coast who have continued to do the right thing: to work hard at their jobs, or continue to work hard finding a job, despite how difficult it has made our lives. While we have watched some banks and greedy corporations break the law and mismanage funds, millions of everyday Americans have continued to respect each other and the rule of law in America; there has not been a rise in crime and misbehavior; in fact there has been a decrease. Even as our media continues to irresponsibly depress us on a daily basis with portrayals of a wayward world of war and madness void of any purpose, millions have continued to pray and worship the Lord in America; there has not been a


drop in churchgoing; in fact there has been a rise! All of that and more should not only give all of us something to cling to in the storm, it should also make us proud. It should make us realize our strength and the value of our connection to something stronger and greater than ourselves is unbreakable in America. It should make us all realize that there is something tangibly great about this nation that goes well beyond money, prosperity, looking good, feeling good or being number one. Though one might argue that some have given up hope that things will get better soon in this nation, we have kept our faith that it is a nation worth trying to make better. Through faith, we realize our ultimate purpose to live for God’s love regardless of what we encounter in this world. As I said way back when all this started, we will keep going because we know that every day, every hour, every second that we spend helping spread God’s love through our own compassion, our understanding and our endurance gets all of us one step closer to making the Lord’s Prayer a reality — “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.” ✴ Chris Benguhe is a columnist for The Catholic Sun. Visit Follow him on Twitter: @cbenguhe.

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If morality were the judge: Everyone’s a winner!


t was a great year for morality in the cinema of 2011. In recent years the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored many films with questionable moral merits with a nomination for the coveted Best Picture Oscar. Perhaps the world became a bit more optimistic in 2011, or maybe not; but either way the films that were chosen as the Best Picture nominees for the most honored Academy Award are all films that lean toward a positive moral message within their film. Men who are lost in their careers, grief or the world in general are the focus of seven of the nine Oscar Best Picture nominated films. Six of these films offer very positive paths through which these men eventually find themselves and happiness — the anomaly being “Midnight in Paris” (Sony Pictures Classics) where the main character leaves a flawed relationship for another that may make him happier in a worldly sense, but is not a moral decision as such. Whether that satisfaction these lost men eventually find comes from a renewed sense of the importance of family in their life — “The Descendants” (Fox Searchlight), “Moneyball” (Columbia), “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (Warner Brothers) and “Tree of Life” (Fox Searchlight) — or a rejection of a lonely existence and acceptance of friendship and love — “The Artist” (The Weinstein Co.) and “Hugo” (Paramount Pictures) — the common message of the importance of human relationship is present. This theme of the importance of relationships extends into “War Horse” as well, although the lost subject of the film is not a man, but a horse named Joey. Time after time Joey reminds the people he is serving in World War I Europe of their shared humanity as he perpetually misses his original owner, with whom he is ultimately reunited. “The Help” is a film about a group of strong women who are lost in the midst of the racism that controls their lives and jobs in the southern United States during the 1960s. These women are lost in the roles society has forced upon them until they find the strength and courage, inspired by their faith, to speak out against injustice. In doing so, they discover the strength of their own characters. Last year was a year of the lost being found and that made for some terrific films that presented positive messages about the importance of family, friendship, justice and pursuing one’s pas-



Bostic A Catholic Lens

sions. Not all the films were perfect in terms of morality, but all center around characters who genuinely strive to become better versions of themselves for a variety of reasons. “The Help” is the only film that brings God into that quest, but the rest of the films offer positive

examples of living life in ways that do, for the most part, line up with many aspects of Church teaching regarding the Christian life. It will be difficult for the Academy to choose a winner from this year’s fine list of nominees, and even if morality were one of the judges, that would hardly make the task any simpler. In a terrific year for films with positive moral messages, morality would have to claim at least an eight-way tie. ✴ Media critic Rebecca Bostic is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Comments are welcome. Send e-mail to

Asa Butterfield and Jude Law star in a scene from the movie “Hugo.”

The nominees


he following films have been nominated by for an Academy Award in the Best Picture category: The Artist Thomas Langmann, producer The Descendants Jum Burke, Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor producers Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Scott Rudin, producer The Help Brunson Green, Chris Columbus and Michael Barnathan, producers Hugo Graham King and Martin Scorsese, producers Midnight in Paris Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum, producers Moneyball Michael De Luca, Rachael Horovitz and Brad Pitt, producers The Tree of Life Sarah Green, Bill Pohlad, Dede Gardner and Grant Hill, producers War Horse Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy, producers

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Catholic press combining old, new forms of media to educate, evangelize By Liz O’Connor Catholic News Service

LEVITTOWN, Pa. — The Catholic press in the United States and Canada is working to fulfill its mission of informing, educating and evangelizing Catholics by continuing to publish strong print publications while increasing their use of other media. More and more people want their news and feature articles available in more ways, at more frequent intervals, editors agreed as they spoke of websites, electronic book platforms, podcasts and mobile apps. Greg Erlandson, who is president of the Catholic Press Association and president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor in Huntington, Ind., noted that the printed version of Catholic publications is still the most effective “push” medium — that is, one that is sent to readers on a regular basis without readers having to take the initiative to visit a website or take any other positive action. In Canada, Glen Argan of the Western Catholic Reporter, newspaper of the Diocese of Edmonton, Alberta, said a recent extensive readership study conducted by his newspaper showed the majority of respondents were not users of Internet-based media at all — although that hasn’t stopped his organization from having an active website for 15 years. Some people, he said, have asked if in print he’s building on “a burning platform.” So far, he said, “it’s only smoldering,” and the readership study confirmed his belief that print continues to look good for the foreseeable future. Along with other editors, Argan spoke of the ongoing call for religious education components in

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CEO Christopher Gunty looks over copy with news production coordinator Robert Thompson in the newsroom of The Catholic Review newspaper in Baltimore Feb. 6. The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada designates February as Catholic Press Month.

Catholic publications. An example of his response, he said, was a recent series of 30 articles he wrote on St. Francis de Sales’ “Introduction to the Devout Life,” a classic work on how all people are called to holiness regardless of their state in life. Christopher Gunty, editor and associate publisher of The Catholic Review, newspaper of the Baltimore Archdiocese, said that following an 18-month strategic planning process the Review has just launched a reformatted, biweekly print version along with a redesigned website. His organization is adding staff to enable them to have a more frequently updated website and other electronic media including social media such as Twitter and YouTube. The website is mobilefriendly and they’re working on developing smartphone apps. “We’re adding (staff) to our newsroom because we know that content is what’s going to drive this

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process forward,” said Gunty, who also is CEO of the newspaper’s parent publishing company, the Cathedral Foundation/CR Media. The newspaper, while published less frequently, will have more pages and will focus more on the “why” of Catholic news, while the electronic media more speedily deliver the who, what, when and where of traditional news reporting. Gunty was the founding editor of The Catholic Sun newspaper in 1985. For example, the first issue of the newly designed print edition features a cover story, “Why Marriage?” Meanwhile, the multiple frequency and formats of the other media will, he said, enable the organization “to reach multiple audiences.” In addition to a Web editor, he now has a social media coordinator who can, for example, posts an article on Facebook, then re-tweets a White House tweet with “What say you, Catholics?” ✴



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Catolicismo todavía predomina el Caribe, pero su influencia disminiye Por Ezra Fieser Catholic News Service

SANTO DOMINGO, República Dominicana — El único seminario católico de Trinidad educó futuros miembros del clero durante seis décadas, enviando graduados a ministerios en todo el Caribe. Pero para el 2010 el seminario regional St. John Vianney and the Uganda Martyrs tenía más personal que estudiantes y estaba perdiendo casi $100,000 anualmente. La conferencia episcopal de las Antillas lo cerró. Los seminaristas fueron enviados a la capital de República Dominicana, donde habían de terminar sus estudios en español, a diferencia del inglés hablado en Trinidad. Los obispos caribeños prometieron reabrir el seminario en el 2013 con un plan de mejorar finanzas, aumentar matrículas y encontrar más facultad residente. El cierre del seminario, sin embargo, fue emblemático de los retos más profundos que la Iglesia Católica enfrenta en el Caribe. Aunque es todavía la religión predominante, la influencia del catolicismo ha estado disminuyendo. Cuando el papa Benedicto XVI llegue al Caribe en marzo en un viaje histórico a Cuba, él encontrará una religión que está en estado de flujo religioso e incertidumbre económica. La posición de la Iglesia Católica está siendo retada por el aumento del evangelismo y la falta de clero indígena, según evidenciado por el cierre del seminario de Trinidad. Añádase a estos obstáculos la compleja historia colonial de la región, el predominio de las religiones afrocaribeñas -- tales como vudú haitiano y la santería -- y la amplia pobreza.


una iglesia cristiana hecha de madera cerca de la frontera entre Haiti y la republica Dominicana.

“Es un ambiente retador”, dijo el arzobispo Patrick Pinder de Nassau, Bahamas, presidente de la conferencia episcopal de las Antillas. “Estamos hablando de países en vías de desarrollo que enfrentan los retos post coloniales … (incluyendo) las actuales crisis económicas”. El anuario estadístico del Vaticano para el 2009, el más reciente disponible, enumera el Caribe como un 65 por ciento católico, desde un alto 88 por ciento en la República Dominicana hasta un bajo 4 por ciento en Barbados y Jamaica. Aunque el porcentaje está entre los más altos para cualquier región del mundo, los cálculos de años anteriores eran tan altos como 78 por ciento, señalando

Cantar la Misa Tercera parte: El papel de la Música Sagrada en la Evangelización


n la primera parte de esta serie sobre la música sagrada, describí el significado de la música sagrada, y la diferencia entre la música de la liturgia sagrada de la Iglesia y la “música religiosa.” En la segunda parte, se exploró desde una perspectiva histórica, el papel de la Iglesia de preservar y fomentar la música sagrada auténtica para una participación más fructífera en los Misterios Sagrados. En esta tercera parte, examinaremos el papel de la música sagrada al evangelizar la cultura. Evangelización y Enculturación La evangelización, la proclamación de la Buena Nueva de Jesucristo, está estrechamente vinculada a lo que la Iglesia llama enculturación. La enculturación es un proceso por el cual “la Iglesia encarna el Evangelio en las diversas culturas y al mismo tiempo, introduce a los pueblos conjuntamente con sus culturas a su propia comunidad.” Este proceso lleva a cabo “una íntima transformación de los auténticos valores culturales” (Redemtoris Missio, 52). Vemos aquí un doble movimiento — la interacción de dos misterios profundos de fe: la Encarnación (caracterizada por un movimiento y proclamación hacia la tierra) y el Misterio Pascual (caracterizado por un movimiento y transformación

una caída precipitada. El cambio ha sido más pronunciado en el Caribe oriental, especialmente en el Caribe de habla inglesa. Pero los países de habla hispana — Puerto Rico, República Dominicana y Cuba — también han sido afectados. En República Dominicana, el segundo país más poblado de la región, las filas evangélicas han crecido a decenas de miles, desde ser relativamente no existentes hace 20 años. Las cifras exactas no son claras porque el Censo del 2010, por primera vez, no capturó la afiliación religiosa. Pero la influencia de las iglesias evangélicas es clara. Anteriormente este año un grupo de

Obispo Thomas J. Olmsted Jesus Caritas

hacia el cielo). Este doble movimiento es toda la obra de Cristo: Como el Verbo Eterno entra a nuestra historia, llega a ser carne en la Encarnación; y luego sufre, se muere y sube al Cielo, para atraer todas las personas a sí mismo. Como Cristo y en Cristo, la Iglesia entra en una auténtica cultura humana dondequiera la encuentra. Proclama la Buena Nueva de Jesúcristo a una cultura específica; y luego, lo que es bueno en la cultura, purifica y transforma y lleva a su propia vida comunitaria en sus diversos “ritos” eclesiales (en nuestro caso, el rito romano). La Música y La Enculturación La distinción entre la música religiosa y la música litúrgica (véase la primera parte de esta serie) encarna este doble movimiento: la música religiosa es, podríamos decir, la expresión terrenal de fe de una cultura en Cristo; la música litúrgica es la expresión sacramental de Cristo y la verdadera naturaleza de la Iglesia. La primera tiende a ser algo particular, individual, temporal y profano; la segunda tiende a ser algo universal, comunal, eterno y sagrado. La música religiosa

iglesias evangélicas presionó exitosamente el gobierno dominicano para que permitiera que los ministros supervisaran legalmente los matrimonios, derecho anteriormente reservado para los sacerdotes católicos. El régimen comunista de Cuba durante mucho tiempo ha asumido una posición fuerte ante la religión, declarándose un estado ateo en 1976, aunque desde entonces se ha redefinido como secular. No obstante, el gobierno ha permitido un brote de supuestas “casas de culto” calculado entre 10,000 y 15,000, lo cual observadores vieron como una señal de aprobación del creciente movimiento evangélico. Debido a su pequeño tamaño y diminutas poblaciones, los cambios son más dramáticos en las Antillas Menores, las cuales circundan el Mar Caribe. “Uno ve la iglesia perdiendo miembros hacia las iglesias evangélicas”, dijo el padre carmelita Gerard Tang Choon, quien asistió al seminario de Trinidad y ha predicado en el país durante 28 años. Hace dos décadas los católicos constituían el 32.2 por ciento de la población de Trinidad, según cifras del censo de 1990. En el 2010 el número cayó a menos del 20 por ciento de la población del país, calculada en 1.2 millones de personas. “Hemos visto una oleada en el número de iglesias pequeñas (evangélicas) en años recientes”, dijo padre Tang Choon. “Muchos de los católicos que podrían estar desencantados … gravitan hacia las liturgias” de las iglesias evangélicas. Los factores que han llevado al aumento del evangelismo están directamente relacionados con la baja de la Iglesia Católica, dicen algunos observadores. ✴

viene de corazones humanos que anhelan a Dios; la música litúrgica viene del corazón de Cristo, el corazón de la Iglesia, que anhela por nosotros. Porque la música religiosa está marcada por lo particular y lo profano, es especialmente útil para la evangelización. Tal como el ejemplo de San Francisco Javier quien se puso las prendas de seda de la nobleza japonesa durante su trabajo misionero en Japón, la música religiosa “viste la ropa” de quienes pretende evangelizar; se convierte en familiar, adoptando gran parte de las formas culturales haciéndolo — siempre que sea posible — con una mínima alteración. En la música religiosa la Iglesia aprende a cantar en muchas voces, a través de las melodías familiares y de los ritmos de varias culturas. Pero en la liturgia sagrada, entramos en el recinto no de la cultura del hombre sino de los tribunales celestiales de Cristo, la cultura de la Iglesia, la fiesta de bodas del Cordero: nuevas prendas festivas se requieren para esta fiesta (cf. Mt 22:1-14). En la música litúrgica, los pueblos envueltos en la liturgia sagrada aprenden a cantar, en una sola voz, a través de la melodía a menudo desconocida y el ritmo de la música sagrada de la Iglesia. Esta unidad es ejemplificada (para nosotros los Católicos de Rito Romano) principalmente en el Canto Gregoriano y la Polifonía, las “prendas” musicales de los textos de la sagrada liturgia. El genio del Rito Romano La nueva traducción al inglés de la Misa nos ha recordado fuertemente que la liturgia auténtica viene a nosotros a través de la unidad y la integridad del Rito Romano (Liturgiam — Ver página 33 ▶


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Authenticam, 4). La liturgia del Rito Romano es un “ejemplo precioso y un instrumento de enculturación verdadero” debido a su capacidad asombrosa de “asimilar dentro de sí los textos hablados y cantados” (ibid, 5). La inculturación, en el sentido litúrgico (y musical), finalmente se trata de la asimilación de pueblos, culturas, y hasta de las formas musicales en la forma ya dada del Rito Romano. Unos podrían preguntar: ¿No debería la mención de la palabra asimilación hacernos reflexionar, o hasta ponernos algo nerviosos? ¿Si nos sometemos a esta asimilación – con todas nuestras preferencias musicales, gustos, y diferencias culturales – a las fuentes musicales concretas de la liturgia de la Iglesia (es decir, el mismo Misal Romano, Graduale Romanum, Graduale Simplex, traducciones vernáculas y demás adaptaciones, etc.), no nos perderemos completamente a nosotros mismos, nuestra individualidad y creatividad? ¿No hay un peligro de que la Iglesia se convierta en algo impertinente y por lo tanto impotente en sus expresiones litúrgicas, un mero museo de “la vieja” música? Para responder a estas preocupaciones, podríamos extender la enseñanza de la Iglesia acerca de la nueva traducción, al uso de la música litúrgica “De modo que la liturgia de la Iglesia no debe ser ajena a ningún país, personas o individuos y al mismo tiempo debe trascender la particularidad de raza y nación. Debe ser capaz de expresarse a sí misma en cada cultura humana, y al mismo tiempo manteniendo su identidad

a través de la fidelidad a la tradición la cual procede del Señor”. (Liturgiam Authenticam, 4). En otras palabras, la Iglesia, aunque presente en muchas culturas, tiene su propia cultura auténtica porque posee una liturgia auténtica... ambas provenientes de Cristo. La unidad y la integridad del Rito Romano se encuentra encarnado en el rito de los textos sagrados y las formas musicales, como una viña se expresa en sus ramas. El crecimiento requiere la poda y la nutrición, sin ignorar el haber empezado de la nada. La sagrada liturgia — y la música sagrada — no agota toda la obra de la Iglesia, ni siquiera la labor de la Iglesia en su misión evangelizadora. La música religiosa (fuera de los límites de la liturgia) es absolutamente necesaria para la pre-evangelización y la evangelización. Pero esto no es suficiente. Debe llevar a una música litúrgica auténtica, unida a la música del Rito Romano. La música litúrgica del Rito Romano da testimonio sin par a la asimilación del poder de Cristo, y a su poder de envolver, purificar, transformar y unir la cultura humana junto a la cultura de la Iglesia. Finalmente, es precisamente este poder de asimilar la belleza del cielo — y no de nuestros propios esfuerzos o preferencias — que trae consigo el verdadero fin de la evangelización: reconciliar todas las cosas de Dios en Cristo (Col 1, 20). En la cuarta y última parte de esta serie, consideraremos formas prácticas en las que podemos profundizar nuestra experiencia de la música sagrada en la liturgia y en nuestras vidas. ✴

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An ongoing look at parishes in the Phoenix Diocese.

THE LATEST A representative from Miles Jesu, a religious community that has been helping with Masses and confessions for the last six months at the parish, was on hand Feb. 4-5 selling oranges from the Miles Jesu grove. The parish’s women’s sodality held a bake sale Feb. 11-12.


St. Daniel the Prophet S C OT T S D A L E

WHAT’S UNIQUE? Members of the door-to-door evangelization team have set a goal of knocking on all 12,753 households within its parish boundaries. So far, they have reached about half of those households with a personal visit and invitation from a member of the parish.

— Joyce Coronel


UPCOMING The parish’s annual St. Joseph’s Table celebration, based on a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, will be held March 24. Volunteers are still needed. The dinner raises money for the parish. A group of parishioners will attend the Phoenix Suns versus Detroit Pistons game at U.S. Airways March 16. Rediscovering Our Catholic Identity, the parish’s Lenten mission, led by Fr. Rob Clements, will be held March 5-7.

“Beginning a year and a half ago with the assistance of the Sisters of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, our parish has persevered with a door-to-door evangelization program… This ministry has thus far borne much good fruit.”

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February 16, 2012

The Catholic Sun

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Meetings and Classes

Date Night,” hosted by the Salasek Family and Fr. Oliver Vietor, 6-8 p.m., Feb. 20, Mount Claret Center, 4633 N. 54th St. Parents of children with special needs invited for a well-deserved night out. Free. Registration required. Info: call Nannette Salesek at (602) 242-4366. “Resilient


Crosier Taize Prayer, 6:15-7 p.m.,

Feb.24, Blessed Sacrament, 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale; March 2, St. Bridget, 2213 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa; March 9, Sacred Heart, 1421 N. 12th St.; March 16, St. Andrew, 3450 W. Ray Rd., Chandler; March 23: Immaculate Heart of Mary, 909 E. Washington; March 30: St. Louis the King, 4331 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Info: “Adventures



7-9 p.m., Tuesdays, Feb. 28-May 22, St. Theresa Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Road, an intriguing look at Jeff Cavins’ Great Adventure Bible Timeline program. Cost of materials: $20. Info: mary.muir@ or (602) 840-0850. Also: The Secular Order of Discalced

Carmelites meets on the third Saturday of each month with participation in prayer and formation following charism according Teresian Carmel. Focus of study is Rule of St. Albert and Carmelite saints. Info: call Candida Kirkpatrick (602) 481-6028. Worship

St. Peregrine Mass of Anointing, with Rev. Thomas J. Hallsten, KHS, 7 p.m., March 6, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1800 E. Libra Dr., Tempe, sponsored by Friends of St. Peregrine for all those afflicted with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Info: (480) 838-7474.

14th Annual St. Joseph Mass, 5 p.m., March 17, St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish Center, 10755 N. 124th St., Scottsdale. Dinner and entertainment by Italian vocalist. Tickets: $18 per person. Info: (480) 661-9843 or Retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat, March 2-4, Mission Canyon Retreat Center, in Kirkland, west of Prescott, for women and men struggling with the psychological or spiritual pain of abortion. Cost: $150, some partial scholarships are available. Info: call Deb at (928) 713-9504, Diane at (928) 308-6859 or email All communication and participation is strictly confidential. Annual Schoenstatt Retreat, “Formation of The New Person,” with Fr. Gerold Langsch, 4 p.m., April 20 through 9 p.m., April 21, Benedictine Monastery, 8502 W. Pinchot Ave., Phoenix. Early registration: $50 ends March 30. Info: call Jeanne Gagnon at (623) 979-1909. Singles

Arizona Catholic Singles, Valentine Happy Hour, 4-8 p.m., Feb. 17, Rustler’s Roost, 8383 S. 48th St., Phoenix. Free appetizers and half-price beverages. Info: call Kris at (480) 786-8883. Arizona Catholic Singles Mass and Brunch, 11 a.m., All Saints Parish, 1534 N. Recker Road, Mesa; brunch at Village Inn, 5961 E. McKellips Road. Info: call Patrick Carpenter at (480) 898-7424 or (480) 371-8856. Single Souls, “How to Make a Holy Lent,” presented by Fr. John Greb, 6 p.m., potluck; 7-9 p.m., Feb. 18, St. Joseph Parish, 11001 N. 40th St., speaks on how to make the most of the holy season of Lent and how it can renew our souls. Info: call Dan at (480) 9415952, or Karen at (602) 332-1737. Catholic Singles Ministry, St. Patrick’s Dance, 7-11 p.m., March 17, St. Daniel Social Hall, 1030 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Cost: $20 for entry and raffle. Info: call Rusty at (480) 392-0885 or “Catholic Single, 21-40?” Spring Retreat, March 30-April 1, Mount Claret, 4633 N. 54th St. A weekend of reflection, devotion, and fellowship. Cost: $75 for early registration by March 5; $90 thereafter. Info: call Margarita at (623) 693-8913 or visit


St. Catherine of Siena Fiesta, Feb. 17-19, 6600 S. Central Ave.; raffles, games, rides, food and fun. Raffle tickets: $1, or six for $5. Grand prize is $2,000. Open house 1-3 p.m., Feb. 18. “The Matchmaker,” Xavier/Brophy Theatre’s Spring Production, 7 p.m., March 1-3, Xavier College Preparatory’s Performing Arts Center; Hello, Dolly was based on this Thornton Wilder play. Tickets: (602) 240-3161,, or at the door. “Spring Stampede” St. Thomas the Apostle Annual Carnival, 10 a.m. 3 p.m., March 3, 4510 N. 24th St., enjoy great food and entertainment, rides, games and prizes, Country Market shopping; including trinkets, treasures, unique items and community friendship. Info: (602) 954-9088. 46th Annual St. Patrick Day Dinner Dance, 6-10 p.m., March 10, St. Maria Goretti, Piper Hall, 6261 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, music by Two’s Company. Tickets: $20 adults; $5 ages 5-12; under 5 no charge. To reserve tables or info: (480) 998-7401. John Michael Talbot, popular Christian musician; Sacred Music, Inspired Teaching and Prayer, 7 p.m., March 12-14, St. Clare of Assisi Parish, 17111 W. Bell Road, Surprise Info: (623) 546-3444. St. Agnes School Tuition Assistance Dinner and Silent Auction, 6-7 p.m., dinner catered by school dads, 7-8:30 p.m., silent auction, March 17, St. Agnes Parish Donohoe Hall, 1954 N. 24th St. Cost: $35 per person. Info: (602) 244-0349 or (602) 244-1451. St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Celebration, 6 p.m., March 17, Knights of Columbus Council 3855, 8066 N. 49th Ave., Glendale. Cost: $15 per ticket before March 13, $20 thereafter; includes traditional Irish dinner and entertainment by John Good and the Tramor Project. Info: call Hal at (623) 937-3794 or Greg Mattingly (623) 910-8414. Xavier’s Annual Scholarship Fashion Show, 10:30 a.m., March 18, J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge. All proceeds will benefit the Xavier Scholarship Fund. Info: call Maria at (602) 2403138 or Knights of Columbus, Men’s Charity Golf Tournament, 6-7:30 a.m., check-in, 8 a.m., March 31, shotgun start, A,B,C,D scramble; Willowcreek Golf Course, 10600 N. Boswell Blvd., Sun City. Cost: $25 entry fee must be received by March 26th; does not include course golf fee, cart, etc. Food and door prizes following at St. Elizabeth Seton Hall, 9728 Palmeras Ln., Sun City. Info: (623) 249-0189.

25th Annual Dinner Auction, May 5, for St. Gregory Alumni. Info: (602) 266-9527 or call with your name and address so we can send you more information. “October Baby,” coming to theaters in March, is a profoundly beautiful story and a powerful testament to the importance of every human life. If you believe in the sanctity of life, plan to not only see it but to take a group on opening weekend. Info: This and That

Rummage and Bake Sale, 8 a.m.1:30 p.m., Feb. 25, Our Lady of Lourdes, Madonna Hall, 19002 N. 128th Ave., Sun City West; sponsored by Catholic Daughters of Court #2278, largest fundraiser for local charities. Solitude and Service Volunteer Day, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 25, Our Lady of Solitude Monastery, Tonopah; young women between the ages of 18-35 are invited to come for a day of prayer and work with the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration. Info: email Sr. Mary Fidelis at Open House, 1 p.m., March 3, Ville De Marie Academy, 6535 E. Osborn, Scottsdale, offering kindergarten through 12th grade a traditional classical education, followed by open classrooms, meet the teachers and the community. Info: (480) 947-9441 or Class reunion for 1954 grads of St. Gregory Catholic School. Info: Judy Gay Lewis at (907) 745-5983 or Catholic Schools Office now accepting applications for the Diocesan School Board. All registered Catholics are eligible. You do NOT need to have children enrolled in Catholic schools to qualify. Application deadline is April 2. Info: (602) 354-2344 or Arizona Ecumenical Institute for Spiritual Directors invites Christians to become a spiritual director via a certification program that deepens their spiritual experience and includes training in guiding others on their spiritual journey. Info: call Marilyn Bever at (480) 948-0707, ext. 124 or

The Casa

All events held at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. Information, (480) 948-7460. “Planning a Funeral Liturgy” with Fr. Bill Cieslak and Norbert Zwickl, 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 18; will approach this work as a joyful expression of our faith. Fee per person includes materials: $20. “Prayer and Meditation: Introduction to Centering Prayer” with Carole Whittaker, Ph.D. and Sharon Taszarek, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 25; to provide the foundation for participants to develop a personal practice of Centering Prayer. Fee per person: $45. “Glimpsing the Heart of Love” with Sarah O’Malley, OSB, 9 a.m.noon, Feb. 25; will reflect on the lives of St. Francis de Sales and Pope John XXIII. Fee per person: $45. “The Art of Stained Glass” with Tom and Chris Powers, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., March 3; discover the spiritual experience of creating your own piece of art. No experience is necessary. Fee per person: $100 includes materials and lunch. “Twilight Retreat” with Mary Esther Stewart, 6-8:30 p.m., March 16. Explore the story of the San Damiano Cross, a Byzantine icon that tells a much larger story than what first meets the eye. Fee per person, includes dinner, $20. Registration required. Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Ozzie’s Furnishings is turning 5! Stop by the store, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., March 5-10, 3927 E. Indian School Road, for special prices and mystery giveaways. Cleaning out your closet and getting organized? Call St. Vincent de Paul to pick-up your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. To schedule a pickup, call 602-266-HOPE (4673). Volunteer Opportunities, help us help others by giving us a few hours of your time. We have many opportunities to fit your abilities and interests. Info: call Volunteer Services at (602) 261-6870 or (602) 261-6886 (Spanish) or visit Free up space in your garage and donate your vehicle! St. Vincent de Paul accepts cars, boats, motor homes, trailers and motorcycles. Info: 1-800-805-8011.

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February 16, 2012


When you shop at our thrift stores, everyone benefits. Shopping at a St. Vincent de Paul thrift store is always an adventure. From hidden treasures to the most practical items, you’re bound to find something that will make you smile. And while you enjoy the savings, you’re also giving back. Because every purchase you make helps fund our programs for the less fortunate. So get shopping!

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store Locations Apache Junction 2540 W. Apache Trail, (480) 380-4515

Flagstaff 2113 N. East St. (928) 779-4353

Mayer 10376 S. Highway 69 (928) 632-9521

Prescott 935 Fair St. (928) 771-9696

Bullhead City 780 Marina Blvd. (928) 758-3108

Glendale 7018 N. 57th Ave. (623) 931-9901

Mesa 2352 W. Main St. (480) 644-0887

Boutique location:

Chandler 2051 N. Arizona Ave. (480) 812-1156

Kingman 218 E. Beale St. (928) 753-4399

Dolan Springs 7141 W. 11th St. (928) 767-4727

Lake Havasu City 761 N. Lake Havasu Ave. (928) 453-1399 1850 Commander Dr. (928) 453-5414 1851 Commander Dr. (928) 453-3125

Phoenix 8231 N. 7th St. (602) 861-2634 2945 E. Bell Rd. (602) 493-8126 420 W. Watkins Rd. (602) 261-6824

Ozzie’s Furnishings 3931 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix (602) 955-1460


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