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‘Children of the Rosary’ fights abortion day by day, bead by bead By Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun
idday Dec. 24 finds most people scrambling with last-minute preparations for Christmas. For more than 600 local Catholics, however, it was an occasion to gather and pray. That’s because Children of the Rosary, a pro-life group founded 20 years ago in the Valley, was holding its annual Christmas Eve rosary in front of Planned Parenthood. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has been leading the event since being appointed to shepherd the diocese in 2003. As he worked his way through the sidewalk jammed with participants, the crowd pressed in to shake his hand and offer words of support. The large turnout and enthusiastic welcome of the bishop was in part a response to his Dec. 21 declaration that St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center could no longer be considered a Catholic institution. “Muy bien, muy bien,” one man said as he pumped the bishop’s hand vigorously. More than a dozen priests and seminarians as well as groups of religious sisters from all over the diocese joined the hundreds of Catholics young and old who responded to the Children of the Rosary’s invitation to spend at least part of Christmas Eve praying for an end to the killing of unborn babies. Tom Takash, a Children of the Rosary organizer, said he joined the group about 12 years ago when a friend invited him to pray in front of an abortion clinic. He’s been at it ever since, praying every Saturday for the women who plan to end their babies’ lives. “You’ve got to try to bring people around to — See BEAD BY BEAD page 7 ▶
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When the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph found the child Jesus in the temple, Simeon foretold that Christ would be “a sign of contradiction.” “It is becoming more and more evident that those words sum up most felicitously the whole truth about Jesus Christ, His mission and His Church,” Cardinal Karol Wojtyla wrote of those words from Luke 2:34 before being elected Pope John Paul II. As Christ’s words contradicted those of the Pharisees, so too does the truth proclaimed by His Church often conflict with a secular worldview. Many would argue that Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, by revoking the Catholic status of
CDA kicks off Annual appeal crucial for more than 70 diocesan ministries By Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun
The 2011 Charity and Development Appeal kicks off Feb. 5-6 at parishes in the Diocese of Phoenix. Funds raised by the annual appeal support dozens of ministries that heed the Gospel call to feed, educate and clothe the needy. With the economy still in the doldrums and many families experiencing joblessness and financial woes, the need for help offered by
St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center last month, is another “sign of contradiction.” In his decree — which revoked the hospital’s affiliation with the Catholic Church following the admission that an abortion had been performed there — the bishop wrote that he could not verify that the health care provided at St. Joseph’s Hospital followed “authentic Catholic moral teaching.” “Scandal is something that divides us. Jesus came to reconcile us to one another and to the Father,” the bishop said during a Dec. 21 news conference at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. “I’m sad that [division] will happen.” In May, officials at St. Joseph’s — See BISHOP page 4 ▶
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ministries the CDA supports is greater than ever. Missie D’Aunoy, who oversees the CDA as director of the Office of Stewardship, said she is hoping for even more participation. “We hope for an increase in contributors this year because of there being so much need,” D’Aunoy said. Last year’s CDA raised $8.3 million for the more than 70 ministries funded by the appeal. This year’s goal is $9.5 million and D’Aunoy — See CDA page 10 ▶
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Farewell, Fr. Bill Fr. William Mitchell, who founded Holy Cross Parish in Mesa and ultimately retired there in 1994, died Dec. 23. He was 87. Fr. Mitchell was born in and ordained for the Archdiocese of Chicago before being incardinated into the Diocese of Tucson where he served as parochial vicar at five parishes that now belong to Phoenix. He spent most of the ‘70s as pastor at Queen of Peace Parish. His work with youth brought him to ASU’s Newman Center and Gerard High School in the ‘60s. Fr. Mitchell continued working with youth, especially those at risk, during his retirement, an effort that earned him state recognition in 2001 and presidential recognition in 2004.
Students remember sister Sr. Delia Graham, BVM, who taught at Sr. Francis Xavier School in the ‘50s among other educational work nationwide, died Jan. 4. She was 88. Sr. Delia entered the
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Called? The Phoenix Diocese is inviting men ages 30-55 to discern serving as a permanent deacon. With the support of their wives and families — if they are married — they will work together for the next five years toward ordination in 2016. Learn more at an inquiry meeting 9 a.m.-noon, Jan. 22 at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cottonwood; 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 5 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glendale; or 6:30-9:30 p.m., March 10 at Holy Cross Parish in Mesa. Go to www.diocesephoenix.org/diaconate.
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1945 at age 21, made her first profession of vows in 1947 and her final vows in 1952. Her parents, three brothers and three sisters preceded Sr. Delia in death. She is survived by one sister in Wisconsin, a sister-inlaw, nieces and nephews and the BVM sisters. Visitation and a prayer service were held Jan. 7 followed by a funeral liturgy and burial service at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa.
‘Into the Desert for Christ’ Hundreds of men will gather for a daylong diocesan pre-Lenten conference Feb. 26 at Xavier
College Preparatory. The event includes challenging talks about being a Catholic man today and Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. For more details and registration, visit www.cmfp.org.
From the Lone Star state The ACTS movement, formed in 1987 in Texas as a three-day retreat focused on inspiring Catholics to enrich parish life, is coming to Phoenix this weekend. St. Benedict Parish in Ahwatukee is hosting the women-only retreat at Mount Claret Jan. 20-23 and has opened it to the greater Catholic community. For more information, call Yvette (602) 999-7035.
TEMPE — No other decade in history has revealed more or better evidence for God, according to the Magis Center of Reason and Faith. Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer will discuss this with local Catholics during a two-part talk at the All Saints Newman Center, 230 E. University Drive. The talks are 7-9 p.m. Feb. 14-15 focusing on philosophy and physics. For more information, call Henry (480) 344-5213.
Seminarians in service Two pairs of seminarians studying at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver are spending January serving Maggie’s Place and André House. Their assignment is part of regular curriculum to “rough it” while serving the poor, according to Maggie’s Place staff.
Elijah at the symphony The Phoenix Symphony, in partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum, will present Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” Feb. 3. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second Street. For tickets, which cost $18-$79, call (602) 495-1999.
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Mass of remembrance celebrated for victims of Tucson shooting TUCSON (CNS) — More than 800 people filled St. Odilia Church and its nearby parish hall Jan. 11 to pray for the victims of the shooting spree outside a Tucson supermarket Jan. 8. Roxanna Green, the mother of slain 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, a member of the parish, looked on as Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas spoke at a special Mass to heal the community, remember those who died and console the victims and their families. ▶ For the full story: bit.ly/tucson012011
Cultures converge for international Mass CHANDLER — The Hail Mary was prayed in English, Polish, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Tagalog, Brazilian Portugese and Spanish Jan. 9 at St. Andrew Parish. The International Mass brought together the ever diversifiying cultures in the Phoenix Diocese, where participants found unity in their faith. Music and dinner followed the Mass. ▶ For the full story: bit.ly/international012011
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Fr. Jack Spaulding, pastor of St. Timothy Parish in Mesa, leads a eucharistic procession Jan. 2 to the Fr. Marcel Salinas Blessed Sacrament Chapel, which had been closed for months for repair.
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Dozens of volunteers and supporters of the Andre House gathered at its downtown Phoenix location Jan. 9 to celebrate the feast day of the homeless ministry’s namesake: St. André Bessette. St. André was a professed brother in the Congregation of the Holy Cross — the order that staffs André House — who died in 1937. He was renown during his time for his holiness, humility and devotion to St. Joseph. He was also known as a miracle worker, whose prayers could cure illnesses. ▶ For the full story: bit.ly/andre012011
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ESA — Fr. Jack Spaulding led St. Timothy Parish in rededicating the Fr. Marcel Salinas Blessed Sacrament Chapel Jan. 2, the Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord. The chapel had been closed for months after being damaged by a microburst this fall. With the renovations completed, and the chapel reopened, parishioners began perpetual adoration. “God is with us, always and forever,” said Fr. Spaulding, the pastor, closing the Mass after placing the Eucharist in the chapel. ▶ For the full story: bit.ly/marcel012011
Tucson shooting victims remembered at Red Mass The local Church prayed for the victims of the Tucson shooting Jan. 18 during the annual Red Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica. Judge John Roll, who was killed during the shooting, was scheduled to be an intercessor at the Mass, which is held for elected officials, public servants, and all in the legal profession. ▶ For the full story: bit.ly/phx-redmass11
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publicly acknowledged that an abortion occurred at the hospital in late 2009. It was also reported that Sr. Margaret McBride, RSM, had incurred an automatic excommunication for giving her consent to this immoral procedure. The patient, who has not been identified, was 11 weeks pregnant and suffering from pulmonary hypertension, a condition that reportedly carried severe health risks for the mother. As her medical condition reportedly became lifethreatening, a decision was made to terminate the life of the baby to save the life of the mother. Bishop Olmsted emphasized the Church teaching against taking the life of an innocent human being. For a hospital to be Catholic, in name and in fact, it is essential that it follow the Church’s moral teaching, he said. “If it’s two innocent persons, there’s not a right to take the life of one of those innocent persons,” he said. “That’s the problem. Two people are involved here — both mother and child.” Catholic directives Catholic health care organizations are compelled to abide by a set of moral principles of Catholic teaching, known as the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services (ERDs). The purpose of the directives is “to reaffirm the ethical standards of behavior in health care that flow from the Church’s teaching about the dignity of the human person” and “to provide authoritative guidance on certain moral issues that face Catholic health care today,” according to its preamble. The hospital’s decision to abort the unborn baby, instead of seeking to treat the pulmonary hypertension, denied the equal dignity of mother and her baby, Bishop Olmsted said. It constitutes a clear violation of ERD #45, which reads, “Abortion (that is, the directly intended termination of pregnancy before viability or the directly intended destruction of a viable fetus) is never permitted. Every procedure whose sole immediate effect is the termination of pregnancy before viability is an abortion.” The bishop also sought the expertise of his medical ethics advisors, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, the USCCB Committee on Doctrine, and many other medical ethics experts who agree that the action taken by St. Joseph’s Hospital constituted a direct abortion and a violation of ERD #45. For its part, St. Joseph’s Hospital officials argue that this case is permissible under ERD #47, which states, “Operations, treatments, and medications that have as their direct purpose the cure of a proportionately serious pathological condition of a pregnant woman are permitted when they cannot be safely post-
poned until the unborn child is viable, even if they will result in the death of the unborn child.” In response to St. Joseph’s claim to have acted within acceptable boundaries of ERD #47, the USCCB Committee on Doctrine provided Bishop Olmsted with an official interpretation of ERD #47 and, supporting the bishop’s position, noted that, “Surgery to terminate the life of an innocent person, however, is intrinsically wrong. There are no situations in which it can be justified.” St. Joseph’s Hospital has maintained that the action they took of killing the unborn child was not really killing, per se, but was actually a life-saving action. Unfortunately, St. Joseph’s has appealed to speculative moral theology and not magisterial teaching to support their actions, according to Fr. John Ehrich, director of Medical Ethics for the Phoenix Diocese. Even if the overall intention was to save the life of the mother, the means by which this saving was secured was by way of an illicit killing. As Pope John Paul II said in Evangelium Vitaee #62, “Therefore, by the authority which Christ conferred upon Peter and his successors, in communion with the bishops — who on various occasions have condemned abortion and who in the aforementioned consultation, albeit dispersed throughout the world, have shown unanimous agreement concerning this doctrine — I declare that direct abortion, that is, abortion willed as an end or as a means, always constitutes a grave moral disorder, since it is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. This doctrine is based upon the natural law and upon the written Word of God, is transmitted by the Church’s Tradition and taught by the ordinary and universal Magisterium.” In a prepared statement Dec. 21, St. Joseph’s Hospital President Linda Hunt said, “If we are presented with a situation in which a pregnancy threatens a woman’s life, our first priority is to save both patients. If that is not possible, we will always save the life we can save, and that is what we did in this case.” “Not only does St. Joseph’s Hospital not accept the Church’s teaching concerning the particular abortion which occurred in late 2009, but they clearly enunciate that under certain conditions they will continue to kill unborn children,” Fr. Ehrich said. According to Church teaching, this is not an acceptable resolution because it fails to recognize that the direct taking of a life is never permissible. The Church’s moral guidance directs Catholic hospitals and health care providers to protect the dignity of every human life, from conception until natural death, and to never cross the line of electing to provide a direct abortion. “We always must remember that when a difficult medical situation
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Principal documents and statements ▶ Bishop Olmsted’s Dec. 21 remarks and Decree ▶ Mp3 Download: “The Bishop, the Hospital and the Diocese of Phoenix” ▶ Video: News conference announcing hospital decision
Supporting texts ▶ The National Catholic Bioethics Center: Commentary on the “Phoenix Case” ▶ Catholic Institutions and Their Relationship to the Bishop ▶ Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
Catholic news and blogs ▶ “No one’s” comment on the National Catholic Reporter’s claim that no one would comment ▶ American Papist: Bp. Olmsted’s invisible supporters ▶ Dr. Gerard Nadal: Catholic Bishop Right to Push Back Against Culture of Death
Support for Bishop Olmsted ▶ Video: RealCatholicTV.com: Bravo, Bishop ▶ Catholic Medical Association: Statement on Bishop Olmsted’s Action ▶ Catholic League: The War on Catholic Hospitals involves a pregnant woman, there are two patients in need of treatment and care, not merely one,” the bishop said. “In this case, the one person — the smallest, the most vulnerable, the least of our brothers and sisters — was directly killed.” The National Catholic Bioethics Center, in a Dec. 24 statement, supported the bishop’s analysis. “A mother is suffering from hypertension, which is not caused by any pathology of the reproductive system, but aggravated by the pregnancy,” the statement reads. “Almost always these pregnancies can be carefully managed and the child brought to the point of viability.” While Hunt, from the hospital, assured future pregnant mothers that they could count on quality care from the hospital, the National Catholic Bioethics Center reinforced the need for Catholic hospitals to offer health care in keeping with the moral principles of the Church.
“And what of mothers who desperately want to be able to bring their children to term?” the statement questioned. “Do they have the assurance that physicians will not encourage, urge, or even pressure them into aborting their children when a difficulty arises?” The NCBC statement stopped short of suggesting St. Joseph’s physicians would encourage abortions. Instead they emphasized the value of moral guideposts — such as the Hippocratic Oath or commitment to the Ethical and Religious Directives. These ethical guides assure patients that “such pressures would never be brought to bear, even in difficult situations.” Throughout the process, St. Joseph’s leadership has maintained that the hospital follows the ERDs and that the disagreement with Bishop Olmsted is a matter of different interpretations. But this position is not congruent with the Ethical and Religious Directives,
which state that the diocesan bishop is to ensure “the moral and religious identity of the health care ministry in whatever setting it is carried out in the diocese.” It is the duty of the diocesan bishop to provide guidance and official interpretations of the ERDs for Catholic healthcare institutions within his diocese, Fr. Ehrich said. The rest of the story While certainly the most publicized, the scandal resulting from the 2009 abortion isn’t the first time Bishop Olmsted took issue with Catholic Healthcare West’s adherence to the Ethical and Religious Directives. Seven years ago, the bishop learned that Catholic Healthcare West, the San Francisco-based health care conglomerate that owns and operates St. Joseph’s Hospital, did not comply with the directives at another of its properties, Chandler Regional Hospital in Chandler. “The refusal of CHW to have [Chandler Regional Hospital] comply with the directives would have been sufficient grounds for [Bishop Olmsted] to deny CHW the privilege of operating in the diocese as a Catholic system, even without the tragic incident at St. Joseph’s Hospital,” the National Catholic Bioethics Center said in its Dec. 24 statement. But, as it turned out, the situation at Chandler Regional was just the beginning. Bishop Olmsted learned that St. Joseph’s Hospital and Catholic Healthcare West run what is known as the Mercy Care Plan — an organization that provides health care through Arizona’s Medicaid program. Leadership from St. Joseph’s and the Mercy Care Plan met with the bishop at the end of November to inform him that their involvement with this plan constitutes “formally cooperating with a number of medical procedures” which are contrary to Catholic moral teaching, according to Fr. Ehrich. When someone formally cooperates in evil they make themselves equally responsible for those actions. Learning about the Mercy Care Plan last month was the “tipping point” in Bishop Olmsted’s relationship with the hospital, Fr. Ehrich said. The Mercy Care Plan, the largest provider of Medicaid in Arizona, has been in existence for 26 years. St. Joseph’s leadership divulged to Bishop Olmsted that Mercy Care administration had discovered this formal cooperation in immoral actions some 17 months ago, Fr. Ehrich said. Through its involvement in the Mercy Care Plan, the bishop said CHW has been responsible, and continues to be responsible, for a litany of practices in direct conflict with Catholic teaching. These include: contraceptive counseling, provision of various forms of con— See ST. JOSEPH JOSEPH’SS page 5 ▶
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traception, voluntary sterilization, and abortions â€œdue to the mental or physical health of the mother or when the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.â€? â€œThey hid it from the bishop for a year and a half,â€? Fr. Ehrich said. Linda Hunt of St. Josephâ€™s said that the hospital is required by state law to â€œprovide family planning benefitsâ€? through a â€œthird party provider.â€? Fr. Ehrich noted that the hospital is legally required to provide these services because they accept government funding from this program, which they voluntarily entered into. He recognized that St. Josephâ€™s and CHW might be concerned with their licensing and their ability to practice medicine. â€œUnfortunately, they see their ability to practice authentically Catholic health care as extremely difficult given the current laws. They donâ€™t seem to be all that committed to finding a way past that,â€? he said. The Mercy Care Plan, which is sponsored by CHW and Carondelet Health Network in Tucson, currently provides about $2 billion worth of health-related services to more than 360,000 members. â€œWhen thereâ€™s a large amount of money involved, that has to be factored into their willingness to, if you will, rock the boat,â€? Fr. Ehrich said.
â€œThose contracts with the state donâ€™t fully expire until 2013, so their ability to extricate themselves from formal cooperation with evil is mitigated by what theyâ€™ve already agreed to.â€? Suzzane Pfister, vice president of external affairs for the hospital, said that Mercy Care Plan was formed as a non-profit managed care organization in 1985. â€œThe sponsors that came to put the plan together really felt that the formation of it was an extension of our mission to serve the poor and so that was the impetus for putting the plan together,â€? she told The Catholic Sun. â€œOne could say that some of the administrators sincerely did not know what was in the government contracts with Mercy Care Plan,â€? the bishop told The Catholic Sun. â€œHowever, they have an obligation to know. They would not sign a contract in which they were unclear about finances or some other dimension. They have an obligation with anything dealing with such delicate matters as life and death.â€? Communion As the spiritual leader for the dioceseâ€™s Catholics, the bishop is responsible for preserving communion within the Church. Itâ€™s also his duty to guide organizations identifying themselves as Catholic. â€œThe obligation of the bishop is
to teach the faithful the fullness of the truth and not misrepresent it or water it down,â€? said Fr. Chris Fraser, judical vicar for the diocese and a canon law expert. â€œThe bishop would be negligent if he were not to exercise his role to teach and interpret the moral law.â€? The faithful rely on the bishop for the true teaching of the Church and to facilitate communion. The Catholic Medical Association, a national organization dedicated to upholding Catholic moral teaching in medicine, praised Bishop Olmstedâ€™s decision as â€œa momentous moment in the history of Catholic health care.â€? â€œIt is critically important for Catholic providers to present a clear, consistent, and compelling witness in the face of these challenges,â€? according to their statement. â€œThis will only be possible if Catholic health care providers are unified and in union with Christ and his Church.â€? â€œThereâ€™s a sadness because itâ€™s a fracturing of communion,â€? Fr. Ehrich said. â€œBut itâ€™s really a realization of a communion thatâ€™s already been fractured.â€? The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix also applauded the bishop for his fortitude. â€œAs shepherd of souls in the Diocese of Phoenix, he is called to exercise the authority of the Apostles
nd what of mothers who desperately want to be able to bring their children to term? Do they have the assurance that physicians will not encourage, urge, or even pressure them into o aborting their children when a difficulty arises?
The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Deec. 24, 2010 in governing the local Church,â€? according to its statement, adding that they continue to pray for the conversion of leadership at CHW and St. Josephâ€™s Hospital. Bishop Olmsted, explaining his decision to revoke the Catholic identity of St. Josephâ€™s Hospital, cited Canon 216: â€œNo undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.â€? â€œI have hoped and prayed that this day would not come,â€? the bishop said. â€œHowever, the faithful of the diocese have a right to know whether institutions of this importance are indeed Catholic in identity and practice.â€? In Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Councilâ€™s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, the council fathers underscored diocesan bishopsâ€™ role as teachers. Bishops are to â€œbring forth from the treasury of Revelation new things and old, making it bear fruit and vigilantly warding off any
errors that threaten n their flock,â€? the council fathers state. tate. â€œBishops, â€œBishops teaching in communion with the Roman Pontiff, are to be respected by all as witnesses to divine and Catholic truth.â€? â€œI donâ€™t think anyone could fairly say that I rushed judgment,â€? the bishop said. â€œItâ€™s not something I wanted to happen. The opposite is what I wanted. I wanted to have rigorous Catholic health care thatâ€™s in accord with the Churchâ€™s teaching. That requires cooperation and a desire to be in full communion with the Church. That was never guaranteed to me.â€? The rush of praise and criticism of the decision isnâ€™t at the forefront of the bishopâ€™s mind, he said. â€œI pray each day to find my identity in Jesus Christ,â€? he said at the Dec. 21 news conference. â€œChrist is present in His living body, the Church. If Iâ€™m faithful to that, then if Iâ€™m praised or ridiculed, it doesnâ€™t matter. What Iâ€™m called to be is faithful to Jesus Christ and His Church.â€? âœ´
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January 20, 2011
Offering mothers another choice Catholic Charities, 1st Way partnership promotes adoption By Andrew Junker The Catholic Sun
Each Saturday, 1st Way Pregnancy Resource Center offers classes for their clients, the pregnant women who arrive at the center every day looking for some answers and guidance. The classes help prepare the women for the birth of their child and everything that comes after. One might cover financial planning, another might focus on time management. On some Saturdays, LeeAnne Abel leads a class on a particularly thorny issue: adoption. The topic is thorny, Abel said, because it’s so often misunderstood. Pregnant women might shy away from discussing the adoption option because of the shame that has often accompanied adoption. Likewise, many volunteers or counselors skirt the subject because they don’t wish to offend. But this is doing a disservice to both the pregnant woman and her child. “Sometimes we don’t talk about adoption because we think it creates such heartache, and it does, but the sacrifice involves thinking what’s best for the child and the mother,” Abel said. So she tries to break through some of the fear and misconception about adoption by telling the truth. She brings in a mother who placed her child with an adoptive family; she brings in a couple who has adopted children, and she talks about her own story as an adopted child. “I think a lot of people think about adoption in terms of how it used to happen a long time ago,” Abel said. “The way it happens now is a lot different.” Locally, at least, adoption is different thanks to a partnership forged between 1st Way and Catholic Charities this past year. Catholic Charities has been placing children with adoptive parents for decades, but now they’re sharing their experience with 1st Way. It’s thanks in large part to Kay Allen, who serves as 1st Way’s executive director, and Melissa Noriega-Poure, director of the Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption Community Services for Catholic Charities. “Melissa and I have discovered how our missions are made for each other,” Allen said of the partnership. “We’ve even developed 1st Way itself, which had an underdeveloped mission on adoption.” Part of this underdevelopment had to do with the volunteers and counselors being afraid to bring up the topic of adoption, or avoid it because they had a negative experience with it.
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Eleanor Espericueta and Angela Thibodeaux greet women as they come into 1st Way Pregnancy Resource Center in downtown Phoenix.
‘Now what?’ Catholic Charities is hosting a round-table discussion called “Now What?... Options within the Pregnancy Counseling Discussion,” 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 19 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. They hope to dispel some myths about adoption and show the reality about their adoption process. All are invited, but the discussion is especially for those who might be involved with a crisis pregnancy: pro-life OB-GYN doctors, sidewalk counselors, pregnancy center staff, diocesan personnel involved with family issues, and others. Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to Kay Allen at (602) 261-7522.
“There were all these secrets. It was OK to have these secrets. Why were the secrets there?” Allen asked. “Let’s breakdown all the shadiness that surrounds adoption and recognize the dignity of everybody involved.” So 1st Way tries to work concurrent plans for its clients. They try to prepare the woman for both parenting and adopting. The idea is to give the woman as much information as possible and allow the best path to reveal itself over the course of months. “This is about saying let’s get real as a group of people who want to help women choose life,” NoriegaPoure said. “When someone feels informed they’re not fearful. It’s not about a quick, hasty decision. We need to teach our community that children aren’t mistakes and we need to help figure out the best path for this child.” There can be a number of barriers to finding the best path for the child. Oftentimes, a pregnant woman’s extended family will say they’re committed to helping raise the child. Allen calls it the “romance” of having a child that can often sweep families up even when it’s an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. Sometimes, when the child is born, the mother is left struggling while her extended family drifts away, and it becomes clear that adoption may have been the better option.
“Being pro-life is making women feel safe to say, ‘I need to see what this will look like. What’s good for my child?’” Noriega-Poure said. “We don’t want people to avoid conversations because they’re hard,” Allen added. That’s where the combined support of 1st Way and Catholic Charities is so helpful. The two organizations try to shine a light on all the fear and misinformation that can envelop a crisis pregnancy, and, equally important, they walk with the women through their often difficult time. Likewise, from the other side of the adoption process, NoriegaPoure works with potential adoptive parents who are willing to go through the process in an open environment. There are separate counselors for the birth parents and the adoptive parents so that there’s no conflict of interest. The adoptive parents meet with the birth parents, and many birth parents remain a part of their child’s life. It’s a far cry from the days when many parents never told their child he or she was adopted. “These birth moms are heroes to the parents who raise these children,” Abel said. “When I was growing up I always celebrated two birthdays, the day I was adopted and the day of my birth. We always thought about my mom who carried me to term.” Working through all this — providing guidance and support to the women during their pregnancy and after, helping them acquire the skills to parent or being with them as they realize that adoption is the best option for their child and themselves — all of it takes time and sacrifice. But that’s often true of good things in this life. And when it all works together in a thoughtful, supportive environment, great things can still happen. “I think about the needs of the child, but I also really think about the girls. I think that girls who would, instead of having an abortion, if they placed their child in adoption, I think it would help them see the beauty of families and the value in themselves,” Abel said. “I think it would be very healing for those girls.” ✴
January 20, 2011
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Bead by bead: ‘Children of the Rosary’ fight abortion every day ▶ Continued from page 1
a pro-life way of thinking and you don’t do that by sitting,” Takash said. “It’s just an important thing to do, to be there.” The group prays for the mothers and their babies, but they also pray for the dads as well as the nurses and doctors who work at the clinics. Takash said that while others may think it’s a waste of time, the prayers offered outside the clinics do not go unanswered. “We have an obligation to stand up no matter how many other people ignore it or no matter how many people say ‘you’re crazy,’” Takash said. “We can’t let them change us. We know what’s right and what’s true and we just have to be there for the mothers and fathers and babies.” Jim Arnone, who’s also been involved with Children of the Rosary for years, agreed. He said the prayers outside abortion clinics are part of a larger spiritual battle, a battle in which the rosary is a powerful weapon. “To attack life itself, the most precious creation God made, is an attack on God and that’s what the devil is all about — a constant attack on God,” Arnone said. “In the process of killing the unborn, he potentially gets more souls into hell — people who don’t repent,
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Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted prays the rosary with more than 600 Catholics outside of a Glendale Planned Parenthood Dec. 24.
the docs and nurses… it’s definitely his way of attacking almighty God.” Just being against abortion is not enough, members of Children of the Rosary say, stressing that a prayerful presence outside the clinics helps change hearts and minds. “We are God’s hands and eyes and mouth,” Arnone said. “We can pray, but we have to put our bodies in action to do God’s will.” A number of women accept the literature they offer and seek help at pro-life pregnancy clinics. Members also talk to the doctors who do the abortions and the men who often accompany their wives and girlfriends. Some of the clinics they’ve prayed
at over the years have closed down. One doctor was convicted of molesting his patients and another found negligent in the death of a woman following an abortion he performed. Takash said one Valley abortionist used to offer Children of the Rosary members bagels as he entered the clinic in the morning. Takash told him he was praying for him. “It is possible to turn the most dyed-in-the-wool abortionist around through prayer,” Arnone said. “You never know and we don’t give up on anybody until they breathe their last. We’re there for everybody involved and to try to make a difference.” “Our purpose is to help mothers and children and fathers of
the unborn children. That is first,” Takash said. “We can be at the abortion site and make them aware of what they’re about to do. In other words, not to condemn them, but to be there for them to offer help — that’s our main purpose.” The group also wants to educate the community. “We’ve been at sites where people come up and say, ‘They do abortions in there?’ They had no idea,” Takash said. “I think it helps when the community knows what’s going on. So many people just don’t realize abortion exists.” The Dec. 24 vigil, for example, took place at a new Planned Parenthood clinic tucked away on a residential street behind Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Glendale. Glendale police officers watched from a nearby rooftop as more than 600 Catholics, many pushing strollers or surrounded by young children, crowded the sidewalk and prayed 15 decades of the rosary. Near the end of the group’s prayers, a lone heckler stood across the street shouting at the crowd. “Hypocrites!” the man yelled. “Do something about the one-third of Arizona children living in poverty!” The crowd continued to pray and the man eventually left, just before the conclusion of the event. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted then
addressed the crowd. “I’m grateful to all of you for coming here today to show your solidarity for the Gospel of Life,” the bishop said. He asked them to think about the last of the Beatitudes, “Blessed are you when they persecute you and utter every slander against you because of Me.” “It is a much greater grace and a much greater blessing to be standing for Christ and be criticized or made fun of than to receive accolades,” Bishop Olmsted said. “We have the privilege of being one with Him if we are misunderstood, or at times yelled at, confident that it is then that we are one with Him and when the Gospel of Life is most effectively at work moving hearts and minds.” Takash was pleased with the turnout at the Christmas Eve rosary and said there are about 40 or 50 people who regularly pray in front of local abortion clinics. He’s hoping more will join in the effort. “When you consider the number of abortion clinics in the Valley — seven or eight — and when you consider the number of Catholics in the Valley, and then go and look at the number of Catholics who go out to abortion clinics to pray, it’s infinitesimal,” Takash said. “We are always trying to come up with ways to recruit people.” ✴
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Life rallies to mark â€˜Roeâ€™ anniversary By Andrew Junker The Catholic Sun
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With every January comes another year of marking the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout the country. This year, as in the past, Catholics can participate in couple of events: The Youth and Young Adult Rally for Life at Arizona State University in Tempe and the Arizona March for Life Rally in Phoenix. The Youth and Young Adult Rally will take place Jan. 21 at the All Saints Catholic Newman Center on ASUâ€™s campus, and has shown to be a growing event in the past few years. â€œThe bishop is always present at the Newman Center event, and we have lively music, adoration and excellent speakers,â€? said Mike Phelan, who serves as director for the diocesan Marriage and Respect Life Office. â€œThereâ€™s been constant growth. Last year we doubled in size,â€? he said. â€œThis year weâ€™re hoping for a very large crowd.â€? The event will feature Damon Owen, an evangelizer from New Jersey and a nationally-known speaker on Theology of the Body. Edel Carrick will also speak. â€œShe said yes to life in the worst of possible situations and has her son Zach to show for it,â€? Phelan
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Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, seen here in a 2009 file photo, will again lead ASU students up â€œAâ€? Mountain, which over looks the Tempe campus.
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said. â€œWe conclude the event with a eucharistic march up â€œAâ€? Mountain, where we pray over our city for the building of a culture of life.â€? Phelan said the time is now to bring a public, pro-life message to the youth. National polls have shown young people to be pro-life
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by a growing margin. â€œThey have a natural desire to be part of something really important and to see justice done,â€? he said. â€œAbout one-quarter of their generation is missing. It makes it compelling for them.â€? Two days later on Jan. 23, Arizona Right to Life will host its annual March for Life Rally. The day will begin with an 11 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Xavier Parish celebrated by Bishop Olmsted. Afterwards, supporters will gather in the parking lot to march down Central Avenue to Steele Indian School Park. â€œOur theme this year is to remember the 50 million babies who have died, to celebrate lives saved by the pro-life movement, and to believe in victory for life with Godâ€™s help,â€? said John Garcia, president of Arizona Right to Life. A program will begin at the park at about 1:30 p.m. featuring music by Raising Faith and a number of speakers including Melanie Pritchard, Kay Allen, who is executive director for 1st Way Pregnancy Resource Center, and Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy. â€œWeâ€™re showing the community that life is important, itâ€™s not something to be thrown away and discarded,â€? Garcia said. â€œWe have to show our community that, to us, there is value in life, and weâ€™re willing to make small sacrifices and publicly gather for life.â€? Garcia said that itâ€™s important to gather and march together, because a unified voice is much stronger than many individual voices. He hopes for a couple thousand eventgoers. â€œThe culture of death is very strong and we have to be the beacon of light that cuts through the darkness,â€? he said. âœ´
January 20, 2011
Maggie’s Place moves operations to accommodate growth By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun
At last, the staff at Maggie’s Place has ample room to grow in its mission of serving pregnant women who are without a system of support. The 10-year-old non-profit, which has been working out of a converted Catholic coffee shop near I-10 and SR-51 for four-anda-half years, moved onto a nearly one-acre property last week. The four-mile move to Indian School and 30th Street marked the first phase of growth for the administrative branch of Maggie’s Place, better known as the Fiat House. All 10 staff members are in a new, but temporary office similar in size to the 1,800-square-foot building they vacated. But there’s one key difference: there’s a second, 6,000-square-foot building on the enclosed property too. That’s the staff ’s ultimate destination once a facelift and weatherization project is complete. Then it can provide a more efficient place for administration. The move will also strengthen and centralize alumni support. Maggie’s Place operates three Valley homes with live-in staff for women who find themselves pregnant and without a support system. The moms live in community with five to seven others until their child is 6 months old. Some 350 alumni moms who once called Maggie’s Place “home” still live close enough to return for friendly visits, workshops, quarterly photo shoots, holiday reunions and emergency support. “We’ve really been looking to have a campus type of feeling for our alumni,” Mary Peterson, founder and executive director of Maggie’s Place, said, a week before the move. “We really believe the moms need to connect with one another.
Maggie’s Place is always in need of donors and volunteers. For more information on the facelift project underway at the non-profit’s new office space or to donate time or material, call (602) 262-5555.
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Mary Peterson leaves the new coordinating office for Maggie’s Place. The staff moved Jan. 14.
It’s a tough road,” Peterson said. Maggie’s Place purchased its newest property in June and has been making the temporary office space move-in ready since September. It has donated carpet and desks plus efficient lighting and air conditioning. Now, focus has turned to the second building. A Jan. 13 open house brought prospective volunteers including contractors and local Knights of Columbus councils together to discuss its needs. “Similar to all of our construction projects, we’re hoping to involve the community,” Peterson said, noting that much of the work is cosmetic. Paul Davis, a parishioner at St. John of the Desert Melkite Catholic
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Church in north Phoenix, is overseeing the construction. He hopes volunteers skilled in cement finishing and laying blocks step forward for a driveway project. Davis plans to tackle landscaping next to bring an atmosphere of peace, he said. Inside, the new Fiat House’s “living room”-like space will serve as a training area for parenting classes and occasional meetings with volunteers from the St. Thomas More Society. There’s also a large dining area and full kitchen plus room for executive offices and a conference room. The large backyard between the buildings will quickly become children’s play areas and a gathering space for social events. Maggie’s Place staff hopes to open the new Fiat House full scale next year following a “pave the way” campaign launching soon. Donors can honor their mom or other significant women in their life while supporting the work of Maggie’s Place. ✴
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said parishioners will learn about the CDA in a video to be shown at Masses the weekend of Feb. 5-6. Help for the homeless Amy Cafarello, director of St. Joseph the Worker, a program that helps the homeless find jobs and become self-sufficient, said CDA funding is crucial to the group’s efforts. Last year the agency helped 340 people find quality employment. “St. Joseph the Worker is 100 percent privately funded so we rely entirely on donations from our community, meaning we don’t have any kind of government grants or contracts,” she said. “As you can imagine, the demand for our employment services is as high as ever.” Funding provided by the CDA is crucial to the agency’s efforts to help the homeless and to raise
community awareness, Cafarello said. Even though the organization has been around for 22 years, it’s largely unknown. “There are so many misconceptions about homelessness and who is homeless and why people become homeless,” Cafarello said. “There’s a lot of stigma attached to it, a lot of stereotypes.” The largest contributing factor, Cafarello said, is economic: loss of a job, loss of an affordable place to live. “Often it is people living paycheck to paycheck and they are unprepared to weather the storms of a serious illness, accident, or other life event that causes them to miss work and miss out on their income,” she said. “People deplete their savings and before they know it, they’ve lost their housing.” Friends and family members are often taxed themselves and unable
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to help. That’s where St. Joseph the Worker steps in, offering training in goal-setting, budgeting and mock interviews. Clients have access to telephones and a fax machine and receive help with developing their résumé. “The CDA also funds transportation expenses for our clients which is bus tickets and bus passes,” Cafarello said. “Most of our clients do rely on the bus. Besides our personnel expense, bus tickets are our largest budget line item.” Help for Native Americans Franciscan Father Dale Jamison, director of the Office of Native American Ministry, said CDA funding is what maintains the 11 missions he oversees. There are no resident priests at any of the missions and CDA funds pay for gas and stipends. “Our entire budget is CDA,” Fr. Jamison said. “Without CDA funding there would be nobody in place because none of these places have the money to support anybody.” The Native American missions
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Catechetical leaders throughout the Phoenix Diocese gathered for a midterm conference aimed at personal renewal and better strategies. They spent Jan. 6-8 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center attending the annual leadership conference for catechetical leaders. Roughly 160 catechetical leaders showed up for general sessions and a series of lectures in their Full story: area of minisbit.lly/phhxclc11 bi l try. Presenters came from the Diocesan Pastoral Center and across the country, addressing the crowds in both English and Spanish. This marked the first time that the Kino Institute, a diocesan program for fundamental catechetical studies, sponsored the conference. The hope was for every participant to better understand how the Church sees major ministries — children, youth, adult, marriage and pastoral care — and their importance to the life of the Church, said Eric Westby, director of Parish Leadership Credentialing and Certification for the Phoenix Diocese. Westby also hoped students walked away from the conference with an introduction to key Church documents and specific tools to equip them on the job. Some 600 catechists who teach faith formation at various levels throughout the diocese gathered for renewal too. Their daylong congress Jan. 8 at the Sheraton in downtown Phoenix focused on matrimony and how the sacrament strengthens the Church, regardless of the ministry. ✴
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Scores of parishioners from Mater Misericordiae Parish huddled in a cold drizzle outside their new downtown Phoenix church Dec. 21. From around the corner, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted approached new double doors followed by priests, altar boys and a schola, or choir. He began praying in Latin and blessed the outside of the doors. Then, the bishop processed into the empty church followed by the whole congregation, and continued to bless and then dedicate the church. The parish had purchased the building a few months before and had worked feverishly to get the church ready for its dedication. “It was four months, four days and nine hours of work,” said Fr. Joseph Terra, F.S.S.P., pastor of Mater Misericordiae. “They were working right up until the bishop arrived. Now we can rest.” Mater Misericordiae provides all of the sacraments according to the liturgical books in force in 1962. This includes the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, often called the Tridentine Mass. During his homily, Bishop Olmsted commended the parish for all their hard work beautifying the church. It was an act of great love for God. “I find it hard to believe that
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between August and now all this has been transformed,” he said. “This is a great sign of faith, hope and love.” The bishop discussed St. Thomas Aquinas’s theory of aesthetics — the need for integrity, right proportion and splendor, and how there is a real need for beauty in our lives. The work done on Mater Misericordiae fulfilled all the criteria. “All of this is integritas,” Bishop Olmsted said. “There is a wholeness, a completeness so we have a sense that nothing is lacking here. It’s beautiful.” Likewise, the bishop said, a good liturgical sense can help Catholics remain close to God. “Our faith must be alive. It must be put into practice,” he said. “A beautiful liturgy reminds us of the
virtuous life we need to live for God. It encourages us to make all the sacrifices needed so that we can have in all our relationships, but especially in our homes, the beauty God created us to enjoy.” Fr. Terra agreed. “Churches should be beautiful. They are the houses of God, and God is beauty,” he said. “They should be built to our best ability.” Joseph Mundattuchundayil has been a member of Mater Misericordiae for seven years. Over the years the community has celebrated Mass at St. Augustine Parish, St. Thomas the Apostle and others. “It’s just having something of your own,” he said of finally moving into their new church. “It really is beautiful.” ✴
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In less than three months, some area Catholics will set foot in the Holy Land on a Phoenix-based Lenten pilgrimage and they’re inviting other local Catholics to join them. There’s limited space left on a Friends of the Cathedral pilgrimage set for April 11-20. Friends of Steve Ray the Cathedral is a group in its third year of supporting the Mother Church of the Phoenix Diocese. This marks its first pilgrimage. Fr. Rob Clements, former rector of Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral who now leads the All Saints Catholic Newman Center in Tempe, will serve as the group’s spiritual director. He said it will be a time of spiritual growth especially as it pertains to the liturgy, something the Holy Father has also spoken at length about. “The chance to walk in the footsteps of Our Lord, the Blessed Virgin, the Apostles, the first Christians... and to have Mr. Steve Ray, easily the best-known and most effective guide around to be our host... it’s something each diocesan Church really should seek to do,” Fr. Clements said. Steve and Janet Ray, who worked with Mesa-based Skyline Productions for the “Footprints of God” documentary seen on EWTN, will serve as personal guides throughout the pilgrimage. They’ll equip each person with a 110-page handbook detail-
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Cathedral to host marriage celebration By Andrew Junker The Catholic Sun
Strong, healthy marriages are something for the entire community to celebrate, and that’s just what the Diocese of Phoenix plans to do Feb. 12 at its annual Celebrating Marriage Mass and Luncheon at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. Mike Phlean, director of the diocesan Marriage and Respect Life Office, said he used to have to work hard to draw people to the event, but now they fill it quickly. “Just as we celebrate priests’ longevity and faithfulness, we celebrate married couples’ longevity and faithfulness,” he said. “Bishop [Thomas J.] Olmsted always talks about how celebrations are important in our faith, the importance of authentic leisure and celebration.” The Mass, which is celebrated by the bishop, honors couples who are celebrating their 25th, 40th and 50th anniversaries, but many younger couples attend and are inspired by the witness of these couples. “You hear the stories of these couples — some are extraordinary, some are simple — all they’ve been through,” Phelan said. After the Mass, attendees continue the celebration with a luncheon and guest presentation. This year, Leighton and Kim Drake will be
East Valley parish opens daycare By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun
MESA — A daily Scripture app for Mandy Samford’s iPhone confirmed the need for a full-time Catholic daycare — and her son’s place in it. “ Tr a i n Full story Full toryy: a child in bit.ly/sttimdaycare the way he should go and he will never depart from it,” Samford recited from Proverbs a month after enrolling 18-month-old Liam in a new parish-based daycare for infants and toddlers at St. Timothy Catholic Children’s Center. The two-month-old daycare shows that the parish has gone one vital step beyond offering childcare during weekend Masses and ministry care throughout the week. The daycare serves as part-time care for children with a stay-at-home parent and a full-time daycare for working parents. Each is the case for the nine families enrolled in both rooms. The daycare accepts infants as young as six weeks. They graduate to the parish’s preschool when they’re potty trained. St. Timothy’s daycare opened
presenting “Given for You.” “We’ll talk about marriage and family as a school of love, and share how marriage supports our shared call to holiness. Part of the presentation will be Leighton sharing his artistic gifts to illustrate the importance of putting Christ at the center of marriage. It’s very much an audio-visual kind of presentation,” Kim said. Leighton Drake is director of formation at Our Lady of Joy Parish in Carefree and has four children with Kim. “When we come together with our bishop as a Catholic community and celebrate marriage, we make a positive statement to a world that seems to have lost its grasp of the meaning of marriage and what it can be, with God’s grace,” he said. Kim agreed. “Our culture treats marriage as a contract rather than a covenant. God has been removed from the equation. The result has been devastating consequences for families, and so, in turn, for society. The Church has the responsibility to educate her people with the proper understanding of God’s plan for marriage, and the commitment that entails,” she said. Being around happy, committed couples can encourage other married couples, Phelan said, and serve as a good example to them. ✴ Nov. 1 with one infant. Now it’s full and there’s only one spot left in the toddler room. “We’re never going to be big. It’s always going to be personal,” said DeEtte Milhone, director of both the daycare and preschool. “It’s like you’re leaving your baby at a home center,” Milhone said of its personal aspect, “but you get the safety of a center.” While most infant rooms accept up to 10 babies, St. Timothy’s maxes out at five. And, thanks to its Catholic foundation, there are, in some ways, twice as many toys to facilitate development. Staff uses a plush Noah’s Ark set — complete with two of each animal — for infants to practice the fine motor skill of reaching. The faith aspect is one of many benefits families — parishioners and those from the greater community — are finding at the new daycare. Its competitive rates offer discounts for parishioners and Catholics throughout the diocese and even the public rates rival several neighboring secular daycares. Samford saves $50 a week. She felt there was something missing from her toddler’s previous daycare and inquired about a parish-based one. “He’s so excited,” Samford said about her son’s newest school. “At his old school, it would always take him 10 minutes to warm up to the environment and let me put him down.”✴
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Time seems to stand still for Msgr. George Highberger. Although he has heard thousands of confessions throughout his 50 years as a priest, he is still profoundly moved by the sacrament of reconciliation. “The faith of the people is a total inspiration to me,” said the pastor of St. Anthony of Padua in Wickenburg. “It’s an honor to unburden their sins and encourage them.” Msgr. Highberger will celebrate his golden jubilee Mass Feb. 25, but it was a close call. As a young boy, he never let his mind consider the possibility of priesthood because he felt it was
reserved for those closest to sainthood. However, the awe he felt in the presence of the Eucharist gave way to any fear and doubt conjured by his imagination. Msgr. Highberger was ordained through the Congregation of the Holy Cross in 1961. His vocation the past five decades has led him throughout the country and the world as an educator and minister, but he is most happy in his role as parish priest. “I am happy where the Lord has led me; to be able to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and to speak and counsel people,” Msgr. Highberger said. “The longer I am called to serve God’s people, the
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happier I am.” By his own admission, he was a rowdy little boy growing up in a small Oregon town during the 1930s. Naughty words were washed out with soap and he and his brothers were expected to wear a suit, tie and jacket each Sunday to Mass and pray the family rosary. “Folks had great respect for the Lord,” Msgr. Highberger said. “The faith I received from my parents was very strong and a true blessing.” His family of six attended a German Catholic church in a farm-
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ing community five miles down the road, which also had an elementary and high school. His family supported his calling to the priesthood, but it was a priest who challenged Msgr. Highberger to act on it. Following ordination, he worked at a college in Chile. Once stateside and in Arizona, he served Bourgade Catholic High School as a teacher, counselor and principal. Msgr. Highberger also served at St. John Vianny Parish in Goodyear and St. Catherine of Siena and
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Xavier groundbreaking Xavier College Preparatory will break ground Jan. 21 for new facilities including Founders Hall, a chapel and athletic field. The $25 million campaign will include a cafeteria, classrooms and meeting space. Festivities begin with a 9:40 a.m. Mass, followed by an 11 a.m. groundbreaking south of campus. Xavier is located at 4710 N. 5th Street.
St. Francis dedication Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares will dedicate the new two-story multi-purpose gymnasium and classroom building Feb. 5 at St. Francis Xavier School, 4715 N. Central Ave. The dedication starts at 10 a.m. with tours following. A pre-event alumni reception begins at 9 a.m.
Mass for homeless Students at St. Theresa School celebrated a Mass of Remembrance for the homeless Jan. 12. The liturgy also launched a yearlong remembrance for the homeless men and women who died in Phoenix in 2010.
Art at Our Lady of Joy Six students at Our Lady of Joy Preschool and kindergarten are published artists. Their Christmas drawings became part of the parish Christmas card. The local Knights of Columbus presented them with trophies Jan. 19 during a catered lunch with their pastor.
Alumni input at Bourgade The class of 2010 ensured future Bourgade alumni have another place of prayer on campus before graduation. The class donated a new Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine to their alma mater last month.
Golden rule week St. Vincent de Paul School held its first Golden Rule Week Jan. 10-14. The campus was decked out in gold ribbons and students wore gold one day. Students also enjoyed a Childsplay production of “New Kid,” which focused on immigration, bullying and friendship. ✴
Elementary school re-zones itself for multi-family ‘housing’ By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun
Many Catholic schools boast their community or family feel because of shared values and intimate class size. Most Holy Trinity Catholic School devised something tangible to show it, all while encouraging genuine social interaction across the grades and up through the staff, creating familylike roles and imparting a deeper appreciation for the Gospels. Come August, it will trickle into a greater understanding of government as well. The school kicked off an innovative House System during Advent. It shakes up the one class per grade campus by breaking down the entire school population into four houses — named after each book of the Gospel — and then multiple families within each house. Students from every grade level and the staff and faculty “live” in each home. “It gives our students an opportunity to interact on a vertical level,” Mike Brennan, principal, said. The houses have a motto and crest incorporating the symbols of their Gospel writer. Weekly house meetings are times to reflect on upcoming Mass readings, address personal struggles during a pastoral session and engage in other activities aimed at fellowship.
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“It’s really already paying off dividends in terms of spirit, community and energy that it has emanated,” said Brennan, who is in his fourth year as principal following a teaching position. He also noted increased student leadership roles. Older students are treating younger ones in each family and house as they would a domestic sibling. The House System also furthers sustained relationships with teachers from years past or teachers whom students have yet to meet. It’s all doubling as Brennan’s research in a leadership program within the Alliance for Catholic Education. He’s pursuing a graduate
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degree through the University of Notre Dame. Plus, Brennan said, both academic research involving educational systems and Vatican documents stress the importance of developing strong communities within schools to support overall culture, greater opportunity for relationships and pastoral care for all students. So far, it’s working. “I really like the House System. There’s more consistency and we meet with each other more and we grow closer as a community,” Hayley Brizzee, a seventh-grader, said after the first family lunch Dec. 15. Eighth-grader Milo Charbel, whose sole academic career is at Most Holy Trinity, praised the cross-grade communications. “It’s a little intimidating for the preschoolers and kindergarteners walking around,” he said. But since the House System emerged, he noticed an older student reaching out to a reserved preschooler within the “family.” The same mentoring went on during a kickball game against the houses last month. “A lot of the preschoolers are laughing and talking now,” Charbel said. Each family will journey through the rest of elementary school together and, come August, the houses will send a representative to the student council. ✴
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â€˜A+ for Americaâ€™: Students, teachers prepare to celebrate Catholic Schools Week By Ambria Hammel
Mueller, superintendent for the Phoenix Diocese. The 2010-2011 school year alone has seen one elementary and one high school earn national distinction for academic excellence. â€œBecause of our traditionally high academic standards and high graduation rates, all supported by strong moral values, Catholic schools and their graduates make a significant contribution to Arizona and America,â€? Mueller said. The students will break from their intense curriculum throughout Catholic Schools Week for special campus-wide activities and diocesan celebrations. Student representatives from every school will gather for a special
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The dioceseâ€™s 43 Catholic schools will be among the more than 7,000 nationwide celebrating Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30-Feb. 5. The annual celebration reminds the greater diocesan communities as well as the public, in general, of the vital role of Catholic schools. More than forming the student and tomorrowâ€™s parish leaders, Catholic schools also prepare graduates to be effective community leaders. Then this yearâ€™s theme, â€œCatholic Schools â€” A+ for America,â€? is apropos. â€œOur schools are definitely â€˜a plusâ€™ for Arizona and our nation â€” the â€˜Aâ€™ with it underscores our academic leadership,â€? said MaryBeth
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Students throughout the diocese will rally for continued support of Catholic education during the nationwide Catholic Schools Week Jan. 30-Feb. 5.
Catholic Schools Week Mass Feb. 2 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. From there theyâ€™ll head to the State Capitol for a lunchtime rally in honor of National Appreciation Day for Catholic Schools. Students will carry with them bright, poster-sized signs promoting their school and the tuition tax credit for legislators to see. Itâ€™s a sight seen every year when hundreds of students gather on the Senate Lawn with hand-drawn signs. But their presence at the Capitol and the focus on Catholic Schools being an â€œA+ for Americaâ€? will be even more important for the legisla-
ture this year, Mueller said, because school choice could be at stake. The U.S. Supreme Court is evaluating the tuition tax credit law with a decision on its constitutionality expected by the summer recess. Without it, private donations for need-based scholarships could drop, eliminating the option of â€œschool choiceâ€? for struggling families. Calculated need for tuition assistance this school year is estimated at $26.3 million according to the Catholic Tuition Organization of the Diocese of Phoenix. As of Dec. 31, some 10,500 contributors have donated about $7
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Students nationwide will celebrate Catholic education Jan. 30-Feb. 5 and the theme â€œCatholic Schools: A+ for America.â€? Special diocesan events to keep in mind: Spelling Bee â€“ 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1 at St. Francis Xavier School, 4715 N. Central Ave. Mass â€“ 10 a.m. Feb. 2 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral, 6351 N. 27th Ave. All schools represented. Rally â€“ 11:30 a.m. (following Mass) Feb. 2 at Arizona Capitol, Senate Lawn, 1700 W. Washington St.
million to CTODP. The organization needs to raise another $2.7 million by June 30 just to match last yearâ€™s tuition support. â€œOur success and accomplishments must continue to be highlighted,â€? Mueller said. Arizonaâ€™s bishops will do that during the rally, an event that Paul Mulligan, executive director of CTODP, looks forward to. â€œWe want to be able to share what a privilege it is for them to attend a Catholic school, and what a privilege it is for us and all our thousands of individual and corporate supporters to help them make that dream a reality,â€? Mulligan said. Another piece of good news, Mulligan said, is that taxpayers can still donate to CTODP through April 15 and apply it to their 2010 taxes. Catholic Schools Week doesnâ€™t just focus on finances though. Itâ€™s also about building community support of the campuses. â€œWe honor those who contribute to the success of Catholic schools: students, families, faculty and staff, volunteers, community supporters, pastors, parishioners and local leaders,â€? Mueller said. Thatâ€™s why schools like St. John Vianney in Goodyear and Xavier College Preparatory are hosting â€œGratitude Daysâ€? during Catholic Schools Week. Students at both campuses will write letters to their parents that week thanking them for providing them with a Catholic education. Students at St. Louis the King in Glendale and St. Jerome are among several campuses hosting teacher appreciation events. Members of the student council at both schools will cater a faculty lunch Feb. 1. Parishioners throughout the diocese might find the school choir singing at the Sunday liturgy kicking off Catholic Schools Week with an open house for prospective families following. Among all the welcoming activities and appreciation days imminent during Catholic Schools Week, expect some division, or at least friendly rivalry. Top spellers face off in the annual diocesan Spelling Bee Feb. 1 at St. Francis Xavier School. âœ´
January 20, 2011
Scottsdale school names new gymnasium after alumnus
By Andrew Junker The Catholic Sun
Msgr. Edward J. Ryle was a beloved advocate for the disenfranchised when he lived and worked in the Diocese of Phoenix. Now, a half-decade after his death, a number of admirers and friends of “Ed” in the Ryle Fund hope to continue his legacy. Their most recent endeavor is in the creation of a new program to provide scholarships to graduate level studies that will combine moral and ethical tenets with commitment to peace and justice through working in public policy. The person awarded the scholarship will attend Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry this coming fall to study for a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership. The scholarship will help people “like Ed, who were faith leaders who can serve as spokespersons for social justice, spokespersons for the poor and underprivileged — people who typically don’t have a voice down at the capitol, to step into Ed’s shoes, as it were, even though they’re very big shoes,” said Bette DeGraw, who sits on the Ryle Fund board of directors. ✴ Fill-out a scholarship application by Feb. 1 at www.rylefund.org.
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SCOTTSDALE — Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted dedicated Blessed Pope John XXIII Catholic School’s new gymnasium Dec. 15. The $1.9 million gym is one of four construction phases St. Bernadette Parish is undertaking to better serve the growing community, under the leadership of Fr. Peter Rossa, the pastor. Fr. Rossa, in consultation with students and community members, decided to name the new gym after Nicky Maillard, a former Pope John XXIII student who lost his battle with cancer in 2005. Maillard’s example of faith in the midst of suffering continues to inspire the students. The name “will always remind us of Nicky’s gift to this community,” Fr. Rossa said. “This facility was built because of the generosity of those who came before us. And it will stand as a testament of our commitment to those who come after us.” The next phase of the building project will tackle a new church for St. Bernadette, while the third
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phase will add a second story to parts of the school and the fourth will renovate the parish center. The gym will be used for many other events, like Easter and Christmas Masses. “The school community has been very generous,” said Larry Cordier, who handles accounting and finance for the parish and school. He added that, thus far, the parish hasn’t borrowed money from the diocese. The 15,000-square-foot gym will be a place for the school’s 600 students to exercise and host other schools for competitive matches. The gym, which stands 33-feet tall, also has a stage for theatrical per-
formances. The parish has been planning its four-phase building project for more than 10 years, according to Pat Hoernig of the finance council. “We were looking for a project that would create a family of all our parishioners,” he said. The funding came thanks in large part to the growth of the school. Bishop Olmsted compared the life an athlete to the life of a Christian. “We need to run the course that Christ calls each of us to, which is the course of love, of love of our enemies,” he said. “We use our knees to run. We must also use our knees to pray.” ✴
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Avondale student recognized for essay
Funds dribble in for Seton coach’s costly transplant
By Janice Semmel
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Schools usually rally around a winning team, not its coach. But the Seton Catholic Preparatory High School community in Chandler is working overtime to do both. Students are rooting for the girls’ varsity basketball team, who is shooting for another state title, and its assistant coach, who is in a battle for life. Tiffany Tate faces an ongoing struggle with cystic fibrosis. The chronic lung disease she has fought essentially since birth left Tate with 50 percent lung capacity during her high school basketball career. Now, the 27-year-old operates at half of that. This marks Tate’s third year with the varsity team and fifth at Seton. “It’s been a battle,” Tate said during a team practice last month. She naps a lot and, at times, talk-
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AVONDALE — As Jordan Myer can tell you, patriotism still matters. Myer’s essay on the subject won first place honors and $100 from Avondale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 40. She also brought home third place at the district level. “It was a really fun way to express my feelings about the U.S. and patriotism,” Myer said. The VFW received 42 Avondale entries, which were judged by four retired Pebble Creek teachers. Sixth-grade teacher Gigette Webb told students about the contest, but it was up to students to enter. “I just thought it was important for them to be active citizens in our community and our world today,” she said. “We can’t take our freedom lightly, and this is where they learn that they do have a voice.” ✴
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ing can be a struggle. But it’s a battle the coach is no longer fighting alone. Although Tate was dropped from the transplant list Oct. 1 — along with about 100 other uninsured Arizonans — when the state’s medical plan stopped covering six types of organ transplants for adult patients, an anonymous donor came forward last week and offered to make payments on the $277,000 surgery. Still, the entire Seton community is among many local groups behind her morally and financially. There’s another $70,000 reportedly needed for aftercare and related expenses. Both of the school’s varsity basketball teams are selling T-shirts and bracelets. They’ve raised $2,000 from T-shirts so far and another $600 from bracelets with sales continuing at every game and via e-mail. Four Seton girls organized a successful “Sing Your Lungs Out” benefit concert Jan. 15 in the school’s gym. It featured the Valley’s own The Maine among a handful of other bands. The Sentinels are not done supporting its coach, either. The students are creating personal fundraising web pages to send to their contacts on Tate’s behalf. Plus, all 540 students are holding a dance-a-thon, known as the Seton ‘thon, Feb. 4. The annual
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Tiffany Tate, assistant coach for Seton’s girls’ basketball team, needs a double lung transplant. The school community is raising funds for it.
Catholic Schools Week event supports charitable causes. A portion of the proceeds will go to the National Transplant Assistance Fund where Tate has an account established to help with operation expenses. “It’s incredibly exciting to see all
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The majesty and mercy of God: Why a new Missal?
eauty is a door that leads to God. Cardinal Danneels, the archbishop emeritus of Brussels, writes: “God is Truth, Holiness and Moral Perfection, but God is also Beauty. One can find God through the door of truth, for truth attracts us. But many of our contemporaries are little Pilates who ask: ‘What is truth?” and remain outside the door without entering. God as Moral Perfection and Holiness also attracts us. But many will say: ‘Moral perfection attracts me, but I’m incapable of it,’ and they remain outside that door marked by their moral weaknesses. But beauty disarms: it is irresistible for contemporary men and women… The Church has so many beautiful things to say and to show to the world, not only in its artistic heritage, but also in so many saints who shone with beauty.” As we praise God for the beauty of the saints, especially of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we do well to recall the great fountain of God’s beauty on earth: the Sacred Liturgy. It is especially good to do this as the Church prepares to receive and to pray with the new English translation of the Roman Missal. God’s Majesty and Mercy made present The place and the time on earth that we most truly encounter Beauty, indeed when we participate in Beauty, is the Sacred Liturgy. For the fullness of Beauty is the Lord Jesus Himself, in whom “the fullness of deity resides in bodily form” (Col 2:9). The mystical life of heaven inaugurated by Christ — which we cannot see — is made visible in the beauty of the Eucharistic celebration. Everything related to the Sacred Liturgy, then, is used to reveal this divine Beauty to us here and now. We give great attention and make true sacrifices in order to have beautiful churches that radiate the worship of the Blessed Trinity. Similarly, so that the sacred texts would assist us in giving fitting worship to the living God, many years of scholarly work and in-depth consultations with eleven conferences of bishops on five continents went into the new English translation of the Roman Missal. In this new translation, special attention has been given to Beauty. Why seek to intensify the beauty of our Mass texts? Speaking to some American bishops visiting Rome in December 1993, Pope John Paul II laid the foundation when he said: “When so many people are thirsting for the living God (Ps 42:2) — whose majesty and mercy are at the heart of liturgical prayer — the Church must respond with a language of praise and worship which fosters respect and gratitude for God’s greatness, compassion and power. When the faithful gather to celebrate the work of our redemption, the language of their prayer — free from doctrinal ambiguity and ideological influence — should foster the dignity and beauty of the celebration itself, while faithfully expressing the Church’s faith and unity.” In other words, the more the Church’s living faith shines forth from the beauty of the words used at Mass, the more our hearts’ thirst for Christ is quenched. Liturgiam Authenticam The difficult work of translating liturgical texts into the vernacular, and of producing texts of accuracy as well as gran-
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The New Roman Missal Frequently Asked Questions www.nccbuscc.org/romanmissal/faqs2.shtml deur and majesty, requires helpful guidance from the Church’s Magisterium. A key signpost is Liturgiam Authenticam, an “Instruction” on vernacular translation of the Roman Missal issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, March 28, 2001. At the heart of this Instruction for translation is the centrality of divine beauty — as well as clarity — in the texts. It says (#25), “So that the content of the original texts may be evident and comprehensible even to the faithful who lack any specialized intellectual formation, the translations should be characterized by a kind of language which is easily understandable, yet which at the same time preserves these texts’ dignity, beauty, and doctrinal precision. By means of words of praise and adoration that foster reverence and gratitude in the face of God’s majesty, His power, His mercy and His transcendent nature, the translations will respond to the hunger and thirst for the living God that is experienced by the people of our own time, while contributing also to the dignity and beauty of the liturgical celebration itself.” Notice that the accent is on how the words of the Liturgy embody God’s majesty, namely His goodness (“dignity”), His truth (“doctrinal precision”), and His captivating glory (“beauty”). Often our own spoken words correspond to our private inner dispositions and experiences. Of course, our individual sentiments are not unimportant, but the words used in the sacred liturgy are meant to express God’s inner reality so as to transform us. This is what lifts us up, inspires and ultimately redeems us: God’s glorious and loving intervention in history and in our lives. This is what takes place most powerfully and majestically in the Sacred Liturgy. Beauty reveals the wonderful truth of what or who something is, and thereby exudes a delightful power to attract. More than just “frosting on the cake” or ostentatious embellishment that can be done without, Beauty in the Liturgy must be present because Christ is present. This constitutive element of the Sacred Liturgy explains its transforming
power. Christ reveals that the deepest truth of God is Love, the Blessed Trinity, and this is the Beauty we encounter in the Liturgy. The Weight of Glory The perception of beauty is more than an acquired taste for connoisseurs. It is the central task of our everyday spiritual life, as we seek to know the attractive power of Christ so that we may follow Him. This requires hard work of both mind and heart. Consider, for example, the fact that most of the contemporaries of the Lord Jesus did not recognize Him; they even rejected Him and put Him to death on a cross. Nonetheless, He — broken and disfigured on the Cross — remains the fullness of Truth and Goodness and Beauty. How can Beauty Himself go unrecognized? Beauty is not a question of merely stimulating the senses but of speaking truth to the heart. Frequently, our private tastes or perceptions are mistaken or simply uninformed. Even the Apostles required three years of intense training by Jesus Himself to gradually see and hear the deepest truth of His person and mission. Because we encounter the same Lord Jesus in the Sacred Liturgy, a similar process of training our hearts to see and to hear Him is necessary. We should expect, then, that some work will be required of us to appreciate the new English translations of the Roman Missal. It will be more than worth the effort, more than worth the work of mind and heart to understand the new liturgical texts and through them to celebrate the sacred mysteries in a renewed way. Many will notice that the language of these texts is more exalted and majestic than we have become used to over the past forty-plus years. Why? Because the Sacred Liturgy gives us a foretaste of heavenly glory, like what the three Apostles experienced at the Transfiguration of Christ (Cf. Mt 17:1-3). There, we see that nothing is “safe” from being touched by Christ’s glory. Even His clothes radiate divine light. The Latin texts of the Roman missal possess this quality of heavenly beauty in human words; the English translation aims to capture a share in this splendor. Beauty has within it “the weight of glory.” The Cross of Christ is often called the Tree of Life; for the sacrifice that Jesus offered there conquered death and opened the door to eternal life. We are one in the mystery of the Cross at every Eucharistic Sacrifice. The language we use at Mass helps us to appreciate this wondrous privilege and to celebrate the infinite love of God with hearts full of gratitude and awe. As we go through the work of catechesis to prepare for the new translation, and as we eventually adjust to the new texts of the Mass, let us keep in mind the final goal of the Liturgy and in fact life itself: to worship God in spirit and in truth. When this task is the center of our worship, our lives are re-directed by Christ Himself to the praise of the Lord. This is Beauty working in our lives, as it did in the Saints. As St. Paul writes (1 Cor 10:31), “…whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” ✴
editorial Media obligated to provide community with truth, justice in reporting
hen the Diocese of Phoenix held a news conference last month to announce Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted’s decision to revoke the Catholic identity of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, the brave announcement rippled through the community and much of the country. Controversy-hungry reporters seeking snappy sound bites and big, bold headlines first reported on the event. Because of the realities faced by newspapers and nightly broadcasts — shrinking news holes, short attention spans and a race to be first in breaking news — nuance and context are often sacrificed. Without these two elements, truth and justice cannot be served. Anticipating this scenario, the Diocese of Phoenix posted the entire 25-minute long news conference and question-
and-answer session to the web for all to see. In the first three weeks of it being available, the video graced 91,000-plus computer screens in 113 different countries. Those who took the time to watch the video were likely seeking to form an opinion with the nuance and context of the announcement intact — uncompressed, unfiltered and unbiased. In addition to the video, found at www.arizonacatholic.org, the diocese provided a list of documents, statements and links to other resources outside of the mainstream that it hopes will provide for a well-formed opinion and a thoughtful, more thorough approach by reporters covering the situation. In his 2009 message for the 42nd World Communications Day, Pope Benedict XVI called on the media to make known “the truth about humanity” and defend it “against those who
tend to deny or destroy it.” “[P]erhaps this is a valuable opportunity to reshape it, to make more visible, as my venerable predecessor Pope John Paul II said, the essential and indispensable elements of the truth about the human person,” the pope said. The truth in this situation is that the heartbeat of a defenseless, voiceless unborn baby was silenced at St. Joseph’s Hospital in 2009. Opinion makers in the media may choose to follow an agenda based on an ever-shifting set of morals, but to obfuscate or distract from the truth is an injustice to those whom they are privileged to serve and give voice. In our opinion, news reports focused solely on controversy and division serve only to accelerate the community’s exodus away from mainstream news outlets in droves. ✴
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Our in-boxes were flooded with e-mail offering support and prayers for Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted following his Dec. 21 announcement that he revoked his consent for St. Joseph’s Hospital to identify itself as Catholic. Within the span of a week, no less than a thousand messages nearly crashed one editor’s inbox, with hundreds of others hitting the various e-mail addresses at The Catholic Sun and the Diocese of Phoenix. Following is just a brief sampling of your messages of support.
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▶ In a recent issue of The Arizona Republic, the chairman of St. Joseph’s Hospital board of directors defends the hospital’s decision to directly abort an unborn baby, but he attempts to cloud the issue with a brief history of St. Joseph’s commitment to the community and the Sisters of Mercy’s long service at the hospital. While no one questions St. Joseph’s and the good sisters’ long service in the Valley, past and present good actions can never justify even one evil action. Catholic doctrine is not like a game of Monopoly. There can be no “get out of jail free” cards issued for good acts that one can “cash in” to justify evil actions. The performance of an abortion is in direct opposition to Catholic doctrine. While one can argue (not with 100 percent certainty) that the seriously ill mother may have died had the abortion not been performed, the Church’s clear position has always been that a direct and intentional abortion is always immoral. Both the life of the mother and the unborn baby are equal. There is no middle ground. One must either accept the Catholic position, if one claims to be Catholic, or stop pretending that one is a Catholic in good standing. Ours is not a Protestant church. We do not have some 30,000 sects all claiming the right to individual interpretation of Christian beliefs. Further, in his article, the chairman ignored the fact that the Catholic character of St. Joseph’s had disappeared not by that single abortion, but by rationalizing and compromising medical decisions on several Catholic issues over many years. Bishop Olmsted had patiently worked with the hospital’s management for seven years, attempting to bring them into conformity with Church teaching. Unfortunately, they chose to defy the Bishop, and therefore the Church. Personally, I believe the desire to financially benefit from federal funding (through contracts with Mercy Care which brought in many millions of dollars) has gravely influenced St. Joseph’s over the years, and the management eventually failed to “see the forest through the trees.” It was on a slippery slope, and St. Joseph’s lost sight of its Catholic mission. Tom Takash Phoenix ▶ The revocation of St. Joseph’s Catholic identity reminds me of an interview with Pope Benedict XVI, when the interviewer asked the pope if he would ever resign because of the abuse scandal. The pope said that during difficult times, that is precisely not the time to run and hide for personal comfort. Such is precisely the time to stand up to do what is right and necessary, not leave the problem to someone else. This bishop in Phoenix had the courage to do what was right, not hide his head in the sand and resign his duty, and not wait for “someone else” to defend the teachings of Mother Church. Embryologically, genetically, biologically and in every way scientifically possible,
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▶ The flock needs shepherds such as Bishop Olmsted — those who speak and practice the Truth with absolute consistency — those who are unafraid to pronounce to the world that those individuals and institutions who do not follow the unchangeable and unchanging Truth taught by Jesus Christ and Mother Church may no longer call themselves “Catholic.” He is an example of a “bishop who knows how to bishop”. Denver Sallee Newbury, Ohio
A recent episode of “The Vortex,” a popular feature on RealCatholicTV.com, sparked an international letter-writing campaign in support of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted: bit.ly/vortex122210. there is a no more pivotal event in the subsequent growth and development in a human being than when 23 chromosomes of the father join 23 chromosomes of the mother to form a unique biologic entity, with a gender, that had previously simply not existed. The respect for human dignity from the moment of its conception is precisely why the Hippocratic Oath, the same oath I took verbatim upon graduating from the UCLA School of Medicine, states: “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; furthermore, I will not give to a woman an instrument to produce abortion. With purity and holiness I will pass my life and practice my art.” It is also why the Geneva Declarations of Physicians of 1948, as a direct result of the Nuremberg Medical Trials, states: “I will maintain the utmost respect for human life, from the time of its conception, even under threat. I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity.” God bless Bishop Olmsted for the courage to “do the right thing.” Fritz Baumgartner, M.D. Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine ▶ I did some reading about this issue. I read that negotiations have been going on for months. That amazed me. How much time does it take to clearly see the consistent teaching of the Church? To write about the moral ethical and legal ramifications with no regard for the Church’s teaching clearly puts the Divine out of the picture. The Sisters of Mercy have had an illustrious history all over the world. I guess the political statement of “too big to fail” has entered also into congregations and institutions who think they have sufficient support to contradict even their very mission. I applaud what must have been a discouraging step for the bishop. His patience is noted with his hope to come
to an understanding of the Church’s teaching in a Catholic setting. I for one think it is time for the Church to begin to draw the proverbial line in the sand. Years of tolerance have not spawned understanding, but rather insolence. May this policy end here. May the courageous stand of the bishop sound the trumpet throughout the Catholic world that it ends here and now. After so many obvious examples of disobedience to the bishops, after so many scandals that are becoming more and more brazen, the time has come for decision. I will pray for the bishop and all the bishops. We need to know that our leaders stand only for the teaching that comes to us from the Apostles. My best wishes. Richard C. Amo Sandston, Va. ▶ I am one of many faithful Catholics who stay tuned to RealCatholicTV.com on a daily basis. Through this website, I learned of the bishop’s courageous decision to pull the name “Catholic” from St. Joseph’s Hospital and to forbid the exposure of the Blessed Sacrament and the celebration of Mass in this hospital. I applaud the bishop for his decision. I truly believe that this is the right decision and that his exercise of fortitude in this matter is worthy of emulation by other people who have been entrusted with the care of the souls of God’s children. Bishop Olmsted has my full support and prayers. Edgar P. Alcantara Bluffton, S.C. ▶ I’m from Colombia, I’ve heard the news about the bishop’s decision this week about St. Joseph’s Hospital. I see you as an example of bravery in the middle of secular society. Here in Colombia, we support your actions. God bless you! Juan Francisco Cardona McCormick Colombia
▶ Thank you for sending the message of truth to all Catholics. When an institution claims to be Catholic, but does evil, the faithful become confused. I thank the Lord for the bishop’s wisdom, strength and courage. I pray for the bishop and all of our bishops that the Holy Spirit will guide him in the tough decisions that must be made. David J. Elmer, P.E. Whitestown, Ind. ▶ May God bless Bishop Olmsted and reward him for his faithful and loyal defense of the Catholic faith through his recent action on the formerly Catholic hospital. We appreciate his stand for the faith we profess and are grateful for his willingness to endure a bloodless martyrdom for the sake of Jesus Christ as he is attacked and maligned. Cindy and John Omlin Mead, Wash. ▶ Thank you and God bless you, Bishop Olmsted, for your courageous stand and action regarding the “Catholic” hospital’s practices in direct contradiction to Catholic teaching. Doing the right thing is difficult but is absolutely necessary. Please know that you are in the prayers of faithful Catholics and know that you give us who are in the pews hope and courage to do likewise, though in a much smaller way. Fern L. Deschenes Sierra Vista, Ariz. ▶ My husband and I want to thank the bishop for his actions in regard to St. Joseph’s Hospital. May God bless him for standing firm in his defense of the rights of all living souls and for being a beacon of hope to those of us Catholics who look to our Church leaders to defend the faith. We know there are many forces being aligned against the bishop, but through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the strength of the Holy Spirit, he has been a true shepherd for the Catholic laity, not only in the Phoenix Diocese, but in all of our country. Our prayers will remain with him and our eternal thanks for living as an example of the Catholic faith. Bishop Olmsted, as you continue onward in your service, may you be encouraged in your faith, firm in your convictions and may you fight the good fight with the Archangel Michael at your side. Carolyn and Michael Dulke Bryan, Texas
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Childâ€™s humanity lost in the debate over hospitalâ€™s actions
ack in the 1980s, before my career in Catholic media, I was a legal assistant at a law firm that sued an abortionist. Our client nearly died and was permanently, severely disabled from a botched, first-trimester abortion. So much for the â€œsafe and legalâ€? argument of the pro-choice lobby. I was pregnant with my firstborn child at the time and my co-workers â€” one a cradle Catholic with children in diocesan schools â€” were committed to abortion rights. You can probably imagine the heated disagreements that took place in our conference room, especially after one attorney joked about the dismembering of a fetus. He eventually apologized. Though itâ€™s been more than 20 years, Iâ€™ll never forget the doctorâ€™s testimony regarding the abortion he performed on our client. He explained in exquisite detail how he â€œevacuated the contents of the uterus,â€? then carefully reassembled all the body parts, making sure he left nothing behind. Two legs? Check. Two arms? Check. Torso? Check. Head? Check. And that, my dear readers, is what I wish to shed light on today: the tiny, unseen faces of those who fall victim to â€œThe Greater Good.â€? Yes, a direct abortion results in the death of a child, but it always seems to be for a good reason, so we ignore that tiny voice that says, â€œThis is wrong.â€? Itâ€™s all very reasonable, of course. And for those whose Christian formation is accomplished largely through the secular media, itâ€™s downright heroic. But back to reality. Check it out: Google â€œ11-week-fetusâ€? and youâ€™ll find myriad
sites with photos, images and descriptions that put to rest any notion Joyce that the baby directly killed at St. Josephâ€™s Coronel Hospital and Medical J.C.â€™s Stride Center â€” doctors promise us the abortion was necessary to save the motherâ€™s life â€” was less than human. â€œHe has all his parts,â€? BabyCentre.co.uk proclaims regarding the 11-week-old fetus, â€œfrom tooth buds to toenails, and his fingers and toes have separated.â€? Tip of the iceberg To those who are outraged over the decision to strip St. Josephâ€™s Hospital of its Catholic status and who continue to focus on the single case highlighted by the media, I offer two overlooked facts: One, there were two patients involved, and two, this was not merely an isolated case, but rather part of an ongoing, long-term practice. St. Josephâ€™s Hospital officials defended the abortion and vowed they would do so again under similar circumstances. Michael Rock, M.D., who practiced medicine in the Valley for more than 30 years, told me the recent case at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital was nothing new and that more than 20 years ago, he
and 11 other physicians came forward with similar concerns. â€œWe met with all possible authorities regarding objectionable practices at St. Joeâ€™s Hospital, including sterilizations, contraception and termination of pregnancies,â€? Dr. Rock said. â€œThe problems are chronic. Recently released information suggests that the abortion case was just the tip of the iceberg.â€? Bishop [Thomas J.] Olmsted made it clear at his press conference last month that heâ€™s been working with the hospital for years, trying to get it to be in conformance with Church teaching on contraception, sterilization and abortion, all to no avail. For those who still argue the direct abortion was in keeping with Catholic principles, I offer this challenge: if itâ€™s OK to kill a baby at 11 weeks for a â€œgreater good,â€? then where does it stop? Are you willing to justify the same procedure at six months? How about eight? Whatâ€™s the cutoff? We must not overlook the humanity of the unborn child. To do so would mean weâ€™ve come to view the unborn as an obstacle, as an â€œitâ€? rather than a â€œwhoâ€? created by God with individual rights. And that, my fellow Catholics, is clearly a non-Catholic viewpoint. The Church always has and always will defend the voiceless, those without power or means, the least among us whom Jesus commands us to safeguard. By definition, a Catholic hospital must do the same. âœ´ Joyce Coronel is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Please send comments to email@example.com.
Clear ethical thinking and the â€˜tyranny of moral relativismâ€™
once asked a young physician whether he had received any training in medical ethics during medical school. I wondered whether he had been taught how to handle some of the complex moral questions that can arise when practicing medicine. It turned out that he had taken only one ethics class during his four years of medical school, and it was a rather loose-knit affair. For the first part of each class, he told me, students were presented with medical cases that raised ethical questions. For the second part, they were asked to discuss and share their feelings about what the ethical thing to do in each case might be. This course was largely an airing of different opinions, with students never receiving any definitive ethical guidance or principles. His experience reminded me how ready we are today to discuss ethical problems, but how quickly we shy away from talking about ethical truths. We raise ethical questions but avoid ethical answers. We encourage the discussion of options and opinions, but leave students in the lurch to â€œmake up their own mindsâ€? about what might or might not be ethical. This relativism corrodes clear ethical thinking. Making up our own morality as
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we go along has a certain appeal, of course, because it allows us to circumnavigate some of the hard ethical answers that might require us to change our own behavior or outlook. As one bioethicist put it a few years ago: â€œPeople want to know what would be wise and right to do; but they donâ€™t want to grasp a truth so lucid that they might feel actually required to walk in its light.â€? This â€œtyranny of relativismâ€? influences many contemporary ethical debates. Those who advocate for abortion, for example, will often declare: â€œIf you think abortion is wrong, then donâ€™t have one!â€? The message behind the sound bite is that abortion can be fine for me even if it is a problem for you; it can be right for me and wrong for you; and we can all just get along. This type of ethical schizophrenia is obvi-
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ously inadequate, however. Imagine someone saying, â€œIf you think slavery is wrong, then donâ€™t own a slave!â€? Real human goods are at stake when we make moral judgments and ethical decisions â€” in slavery, a human life is oppressed; in abortion a human life is ended. Not only do such ethical (or unethical) decisions affect others profoundly (black men and women; unborn boys and girls) but they also affect us inwardly, making us into those who oppress, or those who kill. In other words, human choices have consequences that affect the world. But they also cause effects in the depths of the human soul, in the inner sanctuary of our own person. One early saint said that we parent ourselves through our actions. When we freely decide to do an action, we â€œcreateâ€? ourselves, and show the direction in which our heart is willing to go. In this world of good and evil, nothing is more important for the good of all than the excellence of the actions that manifest the ethical core of our lives. That core cannot be rooted in the shifting and uncertain sands of moral relativism; we require the immovable guideposts of moral absolutes. No one lives without absolutes of some kind to guide their decision-making. Even those who promote relativism and
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â€œfreedom of choiceâ€? regarding abortion will often react with great moral indignation if someone suggests there should be freedom of choice when it comes to torturing puppies or damaging the environment. Their favorite â€œcausesâ€? end up being exempted from the claim that all morality is relative. Indeed, they really are not relativists at all, but absolutists: they will insist it is absolutely right to protect animals from cruelty, it is absolutely right to protect the environment, etc. Their absolutism can end up being as firm and unbending as the absolutism of those they disagree with, such as those who defend the rights of the unborn or the rights of the elderly and infirm. At the end of the day, we all inwardly recognize the importance of moral absolutes: some kinds of human choices really are wrong, and ethics cannot simply mean what I want it to mean. Each of us must resist the temptation to yield to the tyranny of relativism, a tyranny that encourages us to pursue moral judgments that are convenient, instead of moral judgments that are true. âœ´
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May 1 beatification set for Pope John Paul II after miracle approved By John Thavis Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI approved a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II’s intercession, clearing the way for the late pope’s beatification on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope Benedict’s action Jan. 14 followed more than five years of investigation into the life and writings of the Polish pontiff, who died in April 2005 after more than 26 years as pope. The Vatican said it took special care with verification of the miracle, the spontaneous cure of a French nun from Parkinson’s disease — the same illness that afflicted Pope John Paul in his final years. Three separate Vatican panels approved the miracle, including medical and theological experts, before Pope Benedict signed the official decree. “There were no concessions given here in procedural severity and thoroughness,” said Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. On the contrary, he said, Pope John Paul’s cause was subject to “particularly careful scrutiny, to remove any doubt.” The Vatican said it would begin looking at logistical arrangements for the massive crowds expected for the beatification liturgy, which will be celebrated by Pope Benedict at the Vatican. Divine Mercy Sunday had special significance for Pope John Paul, who made it a Church-wide feast day to be celebrated a week after Easter. The pope died on the vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday in 2005. With beatification, Pope John Paul will be declared “blessed” and thus worthy of restricted liturgical
honor. Another miracle is needed for canonization, by which the Church declares a person to be a saint and worthy of universal veneration. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, summed up much of the sentiment in Rome when he said Pope John Paul would be beatified primarily for the spiritual gifts of faith, hope and charity that were the source of his papal activity. The world witnessed that spirituality when the pope prayed,
when he spent time with the sick and suffering, in his visits to the impoverished countries of the world and in his own illness “lived out in faith, before God and all of us,” Fr. Lombardi said. Brigida Jones, a 26-year-old Australian Catholic visiting the Vatican from Melbourne, echoed the spokesman’s sentiments: “I think he did so much while he was alive, and you’d just see him on television and get this sense of peace — obviously he was holy.” Fr. Lombardi said the Vatican was preparing to move Pope John Paul’s body from the crypt of St. Peter’s Basilica to the Chapel of St. Sebastian in the basilica’s upper level at the time of beatification. The chapel, on the right hand side of the church just after Michelangelo’s Pieta, is easily accessible and spacious, an important factor given the steady stream of pilgrims who come to see the pope’s tomb. Fr. Lombardi said Pope John Paul’s casket would not be opened at the time of the relocation, and that it would remain closed after it is placed beneath the altar of the chapel. To make room, the Vatican will have to move the tomb of a previously beati-
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fied pontiff, Pope Innocent XI, to another area of the basilica, he said. In 2005, Pope Benedict set Pope John Paul on the fast track to beatification by waiving the normal five-year waiting period for the introduction of his sainthood cause. That seemed to respond to the “Santo subito!” (“Sainthood now!”) banners that were held aloft at Pope John Paul’s funeral. Even so, Church experts needed years to review the massive amount of evidence regarding the late pope, including thousands of pages of writings and speeches. The process began with the Diocese of Rome, which interviewed more than 120 people who knew Pope John Paul and asked them about his actions and character. Studies were conducted on his min-
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E-book wings its way to success with young readers Reviewed by Andrew Junker The Catholic Sun
lit and the Avian Flock,” a new novel by Kyle Metzger, is a fun read and perfect for middle-school aged children. The book concerns itself with Flit, a hummingbird who desperately wants to join the Avian Flock, a group of birds set apart who lead the entire Avian Kingdom. Every once in a while, there are openings in the highly selective flock. In order to gain admittance, a bird must pass a number of trials. He will be tested on his mastery of
avian knowledge, his aerial expertise and his strength and endurance. As a tiny hummingbird, Flit is pitted against stronger and bigger opponents for the two open spots. He is also pitted against his own self-doubt in the face of these seemingly insurmountable odds. What follows is a classic quest story, where Flit must overcome the challenges placed before him to acquire the thing of great value. It’s a wonderful narrative device that keeps readers — especially younger ones — enthralled to the very end. More than anything, Metzger’s book reminds me of the “Redwall” series of books by Brian Jacques.
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Twain’s autobiography renews debate: Was he anti-Christian? By Mike Latona Catholic News Service
“There is one notable thing about our Christianity: bad, bloody, merciless, money-grabbing and predatory ... ours is a terrible Full story: religion.” bit.ly/read-twain As this quote from his recently released autobiography illustrates, Samuel Langhorne Clemens was not one to sugarcoat his views about organized religion. Should Catholics and other Christians share in the civic pride and widespread admiration for Twain? ✴
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Film about Prince Albert’s legendary speech should dominate awards season
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‘The King’s Speech’ he kings and queens of British film have joined forces to win certain victory at upcoming 2011 awards shows. “The King’s Speech” (Weinstein) is terrific, performed by some of the best actors and actresses working today. Already the most nominated film at the Golden Globes, and an obvious Best Picture contender for the Academy Awards, “The King’s Speech” deserves all the praise it’s garnered. Colin Firth shines as Prince Albert, the Duke of York, who has a crippling stammer that debilitates his public image and his confidence. The film is set during the years between World War I and World War II. During that time, radio became an important medium and therefore Albert’s speech impediment becomes much more crippling to his success. His spirited wife, Elizabeth, played perfectly by Helena Bonham Carter, continually seeks treatments for her husband’s stammer and finds an unconventional answer in an Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue,
traditional British monarchy. Still, the friendship that develops between a king and a commoner dominates. Rush’s performance is beautifully nuanced as his character brings a king to his own level and, in doing so, gives him the courage to rise to his vocation. As the author of the book of Proverbs teaches, “Iron sharpens iron, so man sharpens one another,” (Proverbs 27:17). Albert and Lionel’s relationship illustrates that. Both men say things to hurt and challenge one another, but in these challenges, they become stronger men and better friends. Firth’s performance is unquestionably his best yet and deserves recognition in the upcoming awards season. Watching him struggle to articulate even the most basic
The King’s Speech (Weinstein) The CNS classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Two brief but intense outbursts of vulgarity, a couple of uses of profanity, a few crass terms and a mildly irreverent joke. Catholic Sun rating Message: Very strong Artistic merit: Very strong
nd sentences is heart wrenching an draws the audience into a deep compassion for his character, on which the film is built. As history tells, Prince Albert overcame his stammer to become the King of England. Whether or not “The King’s Speech” will reign
in the upcoming awards season is yet to be seen. But it should. ✴ Media critic Rebecca Bostic is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Comments are welcome. Send e-mail to email@example.com.
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Obispo Olmsted revoca estado de hospital de Phoenix como instalación Católica Por J.D. Long García The Catholic Sun
l hospital y centro médico St. Joseph en Phoenix ya no puede identificarse como “Católico”, anunció el obispo Thomas J. Olmsted durante una conferencia de prensa el 21 de diciembre en Phoenix en el Centro Pastoral Diocesano. El obispo de Phoenix emitió un decreto revocando la afiliación de 115 años de duración del hospital con la Iglesia Católica. El obispo escribió en el decreto que él no podía verificar que el hospital provee servicios médicos consistentes con la “auténtica enseñanza moral católica”. Él dijo que era su deber despojar al hospital St. Joseph de su identidad católica porque su liderato, así como el de su organización matriz, Catholic Healthcare West basada en San Francisco, no están comprometidos con “seguir las enseñanzas de la Iglesia Católica”. Para demostrar que el hospital ya no es católico, el obispo Olmsted está prohibiendo la celebración de la Misa en el recinto del hospital y hará que un Bendito
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Sacramento sea removido de la capilla del hospital. Linda Hunt, presidenta de St. Joseph, dijo en una declaración después de la
La majestad y misericordia de Dios ¿Por qué un nuevo Misal? Primera parte: La belleza revela a Dios
a belleza es una puerta que conduce a Dios. El Cardenal Danneels Arzobispo Emérito de Bruselas, escribe: “Dios es la Verdad, la Santidad y la Perfección Moral, pero Dios es también Belleza. Uno puede encontrar a Dios por la puerta de la verdad, puesto que la verdad nos atrae. Pero muchos de nuestros contemporáneos son Pilatos pequeños que preguntan: ‘¿Qué es la verdad?’ y se quedan fuera de la puerta sin entrar. Dios como Perfección Moral y Santidad también nos atrae. Pero muchos dirán: ‘Perfección moral me atrae, pero soy incapaz de ella,’ y se quedan fuera de esa puerta marcados por sus debilidades morales. Pero la belleza desarma: es irresistible para los hombres y mujeres contemporáneos… La Iglesia tiene tantas cosas hermosas para decir y mostrar al mundo, no sólo en su herencia artística, pero también en tantos santos que brillaron con la belleza.” Mientras que alabamos a Dios por la belleza de los santos, especialmente la de la Santa Virgen María, es apropiado recordar la gran fuente de la belleza de Dios en la tierra: la Sagrada Liturgia. Es especialmente bueno hacer esto mientras que la Iglesia prepara a recibir y orar con la nueva traducción al inglés del Misal romano. La majestad y misericordia de Dios hecha presentes
El lugar y el tiempo en la tierra en que nosotros más encontramos verdaderamente la Belleza, y efectivamente cuando tomamos parte en la Belleza, es la sagrada liturgia. La plenitud de la Belleza es el Señor Jesús en si mismo, en quien “la plenitud de Dios reside en forma corporal”
conferencia de prensa del obispo que el hospital estaba “profundamente decepcionado” por la acción pero que “continuará mediante nuestras palabras
(Colosenses 2:9). La vida mística del cielo inaugurada por Cristo — que nosotros no podemos ver — es hecha visible en la belleza de la celebración eucarística. Todo lo relacionado a la sagrada liturgia entonces es utilizado para revelar esta Belleza divina a nosotros ahora mismo. Prestamos gran atención y hacemos sacrificios verdaderos para tener iglesias bellas que irradian la adoración de la Santísima Trinidad. Asimismo, para que los textos sagrados nos ayuden a dar adoración apropiada al Dios vivo, muchos años del trabajo erudito y consultas exhaustivas con once conferencias de obispos en cinco continentes trabajaron juntos en la nueva traducción al inglés del Misal romano. En esta nueva traducción, atención especial ha sido dada a la Belleza. ¿Por qué buscar intensificar la belleza de nuestros textos de la misa? Al hablar con algunos obispos norteamericanos que visitaron a Roma en diciembre del 1993, el Papa Juan Pablo II estableció la base cuando dijo: “Cuando tantas personas tienen sed por el Dios vivo (Salmo 42:2)—y la majestad y misericordia de Dios están en el corazón de oración litúrgica — la Iglesia debe responder con un idioma de elogio y adoración que fomenta respeto y gratitud para la grandeza, compasión y el poder de Dios. Cuando los fieles se reúnen para celebrar el trabajo de nuestra redención, el idioma de su oración — libre de la ambigüedad doctrinal e influencia ideológica — debe fomentar la dignidad y la belleza de la celebración misma, al expresar fielmente la fe y unidad de la Iglesia.” Es otras palabras, a medida que mas brilla la fe viva de la Iglesia de las palabras utilizadas en la Misa, mas satisfecha queda la sed de nuestros corazones por Cristo. Liturgiam Authenticam
El trabajo difícil de traducir textos litúrgicos en la lengua vernácula, y de producir textos de certeza así como de grandiosidad y majestad, requiere la guía útil del Magisterio de la Iglesia. Una indicación clave es Liturgiam Authenticam, una “Instrucción” a la traducción vernácula del Misal romano publicada por la Congregación para la
y obras realizando el ministerio curativo de Jesús”. Funcionarios de St. Joseph reconocieron públicamente en mayo que un aborto ocurrió en el hospital a finales del 2009. El Arizona Republic, en su historia inicial sobre el asunto, también reveló que la hermana de la Misericordia Margaret McBride había incurrido en excomunión automática debido a su rol en el comité de ética que sancionó el aborto. “Continuamos apoyando la decisión, la cual que fue tomada en colaboración con la paciente, su familia, sus cuidadores y nuestro comité de ética”, dijo Hunt. “Simplemente, no podemos moral, ética ni legalmente mantenernos en pausa y dejar que muera alguien cuya vida quizás podríamos salvar.” Pero la Iglesia proclama una enseñanza diferente. “Si hay dos personas inocentes, uno no tiene el derecho de quitarle la vida a uno de esas personas inocentes,” explicó el obispo. “Ese es el problema. Hay dos personas implicadas — el hijo tanto como la madre.” ✴
Jesus Caritas Obispo Thomas J. Olmsted
Adoración Divina y la Disciplina de los Sacramentos el 28 de marzo de 2001. En el corazón de esta Instrucción para la traducción es la centralidad de la belleza divina—así como la claridad— en los textos. Dice (#25), “para que el contenido de los textos originales pueda ser evidente y comprensible aún al fiel que falta alguna formación intelectual especializada, las traducciones deben ser caracterizadas por una clase del idioma que es fácilmente entendible, además que preserva al mismo tiempo la dignidad de estos textos, su belleza, y precisión doctrinal. Por medio de palabras de elogio y adoración que fomentan reverencia y gratitud ante la majestad de Dios, su poder, su misericordia y su naturaleza trascendente, las traducciones responderán al hambre y sed por el Dios vivo que es experimentado por las personas de nuestro propio tiempo, al contribuir también a la dignidad y la belleza de la celebración litúrgica.” Dense cuenta de que el acento está en cómo las palabras de la liturgia expresan la majestad de Dios, es decir, su bondad (“dignidad”), su verdad (“precisión doctrinal”), y su gloria cautivadora (“belleza”). Muchas veces, nuestras propias palabras habladas corresponden a nuestras disposiciones y las experiencias interiores privadas. Por supuesto, nuestros sentimientos individuales no son poco importantes, pero las palabras utilizadas en la sagrada liturgia deben expresar la realidad interior de Dios para transformar a nosotros. Esto es lo que nos inspira y — See LA MAJESTAD página 29 ▶
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últimamente nos redime: La intervención gloriosa y amorosa de Dios en la historia y en nuestras vidas. Esto es lo que sucede más poderosamente y majestuosamente en la sagrada liturgia. La belleza revela la verdad maravillosa de lo que consiste algo o lo que consiste alguien, y por eso exuda un poder deleitoso para atraer. Más que simplemente el remate o embellecimiento ostentoso innecesario, la belleza en la liturgia debe ser presente porque Cristo está presente. Este elemento constitutivo de la sagrada liturgia explica su poder que se transforma. Cristo revela que la verdad más profunda de Dios es el amor, la Santísima Trinidad, y esta es la belleza que encontramos en la liturgia. El peso de la gloria
La percepción de la belleza es más que un gusto
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TUCSON — Con banderas ondeando a media asta en toda la nación y gente pausando para un momento de silencio el 10 de enero, a las víctimas de la balacera masiva del 8 de enero en Tucson estaban siendo recordadas por su calor y bondad, algunas por su sentido de servicio público y varias para su participación en sus iglesias. El ataque durante un evento tipo “conozca su representante en el Congreso” una mañana de sábado en un centro comercial Safeway dejó seis personas muertas y otras 14 heridas, incluyendo la representante Gabrielle Giffords, de 40 años de edad, quien era la anfitriona del evento. El alegado tirador, Jared Lee Loughner, de 22 años de edad, fue detenido por personas presentes y estaba arrestado bajo acusaciones federales iniciales relacionadas con las muertes de dos empleados del gobierno de Estados Unidos, un juez federal y un ayudante de congresista, y por el intento de asesinato de Giffords y dos de los miembros de su personal. En medio de la derrama de pena y choque emocional en Arizona, las historias personales de las víctimas de los tiros estaban poniendo en foco sus caras ante el mundo. El juez de Tribunal de Distrito federal John M. Roll, de 63 años de edad, y Christina Taylor Green, de 9, quienes fueron asesinados, eran ambos activos en sus parroquias católicas. Roll, magistrado principal del tribunal federal en Tucson, de camino a casa después de la Misa matutina en la iglesia St. Thomas
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adquirido para conocedores. Es la tarea central de nuestra vida espiritual diaria, como buscamos saber la fuerza de atracción de Cristo para que lo podamos seguir. Esto requiere trabajo dedicado de tanto la mente como el corazón. Considere, por ejemplo, el hecho que la mayor parte de los contemporáneos del Señor Jesús no lo reconocieron; ellos aún lo rechazaron y lo pusieron a la muerte en una cruz. Sin embargo, El — roto y desfigurado en la cruz — permanece como la plenitud de la verdad y la bondad y de la belleza. ¿Cómo puede el mismo en su belleza no ser reconocido? La belleza no consiste solamente de estimular los sentidos pero de hablar la verdad al corazón. Muchas veces, nuestro sabor o percepciones privadas se equivocan o son simplemente desinformados. Hasta los apóstoles requirieron tres años de instrucción intensa por Jesús para ver gradualmente y para oír la verdad más profunda de su persona y misión. Porque encontramos con el mismo Señor Jesús en la sagrada liturgia, un proceso semejante de entrenar los corazones para ver y oír es necesario. Debemos esperar, entonces, que algún trabajo será requerido de nosotros para apreciar las nuevas traducciones al inglés del Misal romano. Valdrá la pena el trabajo de la mente y el corazón de comprender los nuevos textos litúrgicos y por ellos celebrar los misterios sagrados de una manera renovada. Muchos notarán que el idioma de estos textos es más exaltado y majestuoso al que hemos estado acostumbrados durante los últimos
the Apostle había pasado por el centro comercial en el noroeste de Tucson para ver a Giffords. Bill Badger, una de varias personas que tumbaron el tirador para detener su arrebato, a pesar de su propia herida de bala, también es activo en la parroquia que comparte con el juez, según Fred Allison, portavoz para la Diócesis de Tucson. La joven Christina Verde vino a conocer a Giffords con un vecino porque ella estaba tan interesada en la educación cívica habiendo sido elegido electa recientemente al consejo estudiantil de la escuela primaria Mesa Verde. La estudiante del tercer grado también era parte de un coro de niños en St. Odilia, iglesia católica a unas cuantas cuadras de la escena del tiroteo, donde una Misa de sanación y recordación estaba programada
para el 11 de enero. Christina nació el 11 de septiembre de 2001, y fue presentada en un libro llamado “Faces of Hope”, acerca de 50 bebés nacidos ese día de los ataques terroristas contra Estados Unidos. Roll, miembro del cuarto grado de los Caballeros de Colón, fue recordado como “una persona de gran fe y de gran integridad” que era miembro devoto de dos parroquias católicas de Tucson, según el obispo Gerald F. Kicanas. El obispo Kicanas regresó a Tucson apuradamente desde el Oriente Medio, donde había de asistir a la anual Coordinación de Conferencias Episcopales Para la Iglesia en Tierra Santa, representando la Conferencia Estadounidense de Obispos Católicos. ✴
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cuarenta años. ¿Por qué? Porque la sagrada liturgia nos da un anticipo de gloria celestial, como lo que los tres apóstoles experimentaron en la Transfiguración de Cristo (Cf. Mateo 17:1-3). Allí, vemos que nada está a salvo de ser tocado por la gloria de Cristo. Aún su ropa irradia la luz divina. Los textos en latín del misal romano poseen esta calidad de la belleza celestial en palabras humanas; la traducción al inglés propone captar una parte de este esplendor. La belleza tiene adentro “el peso de gloria.” La Cruz de Cristo es frecuentemente llamada el Arbol de la Vida porque el sacrificio que Jesús ofreció allí conquistó la muerte y abrió la puerta a la vida eterna. Somos uno en el misterio de la cruz en cada sacrificio eucarístico. El idioma que utilizamos en la misa nos ayuda a apreciar este privilegio maravilloso y a celebrar el amor infinito de Dios con corazones llenos de gratitud y adoración. A medida que hacemos el trabajo de catequesis, nos preparamos para la nueva traducción, y nos ajustamos finalmente a los nuevos textos de la Misa, conservemos en mente el objetivo final de la liturgia y de la vida misma: venerar a Dios en el espíritu y en la verdad. Cuando esta tarea es el centro de nuestra adoración, nuestras vidas son reorientadas por Cristo al elogio del Señor. Esta es la Belleza trabajando en nuestras vidas, como lo hizo en los Santos. Como San Pablo escribe (1 Corintios 10:31), “…cualquier otra cosa que hagan, háganlo todo para gloria de Dios.” ✴
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On Jan. 17, members of the parish’s Kino Border Initiative group cooked a meal and served it at the KBI center in Nogales, Mexico. KBI is a Jesuit organization that helps those who have been recently deported and are dehydrated and without fare to get home.
St. Paul PHOENIX
WHAT’S UNIQUE? St. Paul’s is one of a small number of parishes that has a staff member directing social concerns. Debbie DiCarlo helps parishioners understand the social justice teaching of the Church, what it means to be in solidarity and how to be a voice for the voiceless. — Joyce Coronel
QUOTABLE UPCOMING The young people of the parish will begin their annual 30-hour fast Feb. 25 to be in solidarity with and raise money for a community in a developing country. The parish will hold “You are Super” to show appreciation for active parishioners during Super Bowl weekend. The Phoenix Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its first-ever conference April 2 at the parish.
“When I first arrived at St. Paul I was so impressed by how much this community... shares its blessings... Whether it is through selling fair trade items, volunteering hours, or through an active prayer life, we are so thankful to God for our blessings and work to share them as much as possible.” — Fr. Michael Straley, y pastor of St. Paul Parish
Founded: August 26, 1976 Founding pastor: Fr. Harold P. Graf Address: 330 W. Coral Gables Dr. Phone: (602) 942-2608 Pastor: Fr. Michael Straley Number of families: 2,130
Diocese of Pho oenix CATHOLIC CEMETERIES and mortuaries (602)267-1329 In n rememb brance of those individuals interred in our Catholic Cemeter ies for the month of December
St. Francis Cemetery and Mausoleum 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix Frank Marc Aloy Alejandra F. Alvara l do Grace Rosanne Barbone Sergio John n Baroni Phillip Arthurr Baattafranco Arnold Bracamonte n Marjorie M. Broderick Felipe H. Campa Joel Christopher Carey Rose Chesto Armida Rodriguez Contreras Esther Marie Counce James Adrian n D’’Arcangelo Isabel Z. De La Rosa Eugene S. Field Arlene M. Frederick James Kendall Friel Marina Marie Gano Ramon S. Garcia William Paull Gaawin Mary M. Giambalvo v Dorothea V. Gornick Floyd R. Guerra Carmen Vizzerra Hernandez Robert Jesse Juarez Maryy Margaret Kearney e Emilija Krajacic Robert James Lorrig Virginia L. Lucy Julia Macias John O. Mada Tommy m Martinez Lola McDaniel Joseph Edward Meye e r Gordon Moir Jeronimo Morales
Louise Mordini Cath a erine Parisi Gregorio A. Ramirez Gerald Fitzgerald Riordan Brian Siedlecki Rita i a C. Soleskky Rosie Gregovich Speaks Margaret Sprinkle Aldo N. Suvi u eri Mildred Syke y Edward Rumaldo Valencia
Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum 10045 W. Thomas Rd., A Avondale Victoriaa Lupe Banks Lucille Brannigan Betty t L. Campbell Maria E. Castro Martin Gonzalez Cruz Beverl e ly Kay a Cunningham Manuell Diaz Ramon Gerardo Floriano-Olague Enemencio Garcia Angelina Garcia-Lopez Virginiaa Elizabeth Gerhard Vicente L. Gonzales Kath a leen F. Herb Courtney Orla r ndo Johnson, Jr. Robert J. Johnston Aldren E. Kirkland Ursula Jean Kleczewski Jesus Lara-Gallardo Maria L. Leon de Loza Fernando Leyva v Jacob Limon Enrique Guillermo Lopez-Cuevas Michael McCain
Fred Miller Guillermo Rodriquez Munoz Matilde Pilar Munoz Mariah Perez Anto n ny Norman Ramella Louis E. Rieckhoff f Love o ly Anabelle Rodriguez Karl Joseph Stockl James R. Thomas Estanislada Torres Lottie Urba r n Cristina A. Vacanari Anne M. Wokulich Carolina C. Ybarra
Queen of Heaven Cemetery and Mortuaries 1500 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa e Frances R. Buckley Wilson Anibal Carrillo Charles P. Caruso Lilly l Charles Leo A. Chimenz Helen Cioara Baby Diaz Cath a erine M. Eyle y r Jose I. Fierro Lloyd F. Fussner Laroy Garner Joseph Gregoire Marlene L. Guy u Ramon-Colin Alejandro Haro Julia Elizabeth Hillebrand Alice Terese Hoff Gerard Ihlefeld Alice Iverson Eric Allen Keller George D. Kowalski James P. Krones Celia Kukwa w
Olga Pena Macias Rev. e William Jerome Mitchell Lilia Concepcion Montoya y Rev. e Raul Morales Lawr a ence Murzyn James E. Nestor Juanita Nino Maryy Oswald Estelle Owen w Sophiaa Marie Palomino Patr a icia L. Paquette t Tyes y ha Shere Parmer Ronald George Prescott o Joseph John Rosino Henry S. Schaufer f Eleanor V. Tima Francis Joseph Weber Norbert Charles Yennie
Holy Redeemer Cemetery 23015 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix Erika Byrne Salvat v ore Davi a Geraldine M. Kays a er Julia Anna Kratchman Louis Alfred Mencuccini Elmo M. Punzalan
Calvary Cemetery 201 W. University y, Flagstaff g Janice Leigh Howard o -Grass
All Souls Cemetery 700 N. Bill Gray Rd., Cottonwood Kath a ryn Marie Utrup Bobby Dean Valenzuela
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Sidewalk Counseling Workshop, Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., St. Joan of Arc Parish. Free. Diaper donations for local CPC’s are welcomed. Info: call Sheila at (602) 952-0262. Cancer Ministry, “Patient Empowerment Medicine” presented by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Feb. 9, 7-8:30 p.m., Blessed Sacrament Parish, 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale, Whole-Person Cancer Treatment; mind, body and spirit. Info: (602) 549-1188 or firstname.lastname@example.org. DIGNITY Immersion Experience A Walk Thru “The Life” of prostitution, Feb. 24-26, 5:30-9 p.m., Catholic Charities Community Services 4747 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Worldwide Marriage Encounter, Feb. 25-27 and March 25-27 in Phoenix, reflect, renew and re-energize your marriage. Registrations are due one month in advance. Info: (602) 242-6141 or Cwessel@csc.com. Beginning Experience, Feb. 25-27, a weekend program to help single-again persons begin to deal with the grieving process offering an opportunity, through God, for turning the pain of loss into an experience of positive growth. Partial scholarships are available for those who cannot afford the full cost. Info: (602) 914-5148, www.AZBE.org or e-mail: email@example.com. First Diocesan Women’s Conference, April 2, St. Paul Parish. Cost: $45 fee; mail to Janet Starke, 9820 N. Central Ave. #209, Phoenix. Info: call Janet Haning (602) 249-3565 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites meets on the third Saturday of each month. Participation in prayer and formation following charism according Teresian Carmel. Focus of study is Rule of St. Albert and Carmelite saints. Info: call Rosemarie Ludwig (480) 338-8788.
The Phoenix Indonesian Catholic Community invites Indonesians to join its semi-monthly meetings held all over the Valley. Info: (480) 406-0356 or e-mail email@example.com.
Morning of Discernment, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix, for single women and men who are interested in learning more about vowed religious life. Info: call Sr. Jean Steffes at (602) 354-2006, jsteffes@diocesephoenix. org; or Margo at (602) 354-2005 firstname.lastname@example.org. Schoenstatt Retreat, Feb. 18-19, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Guadalupe Monastery, 8502 W. Pinchot, Phoenix with Fr. Gerold Langsch, keynote speaker. “Family: Schoenstatt’s offer to live a healthy and fruitful family life,” Mass, talks, confessions, and Benediction. Info: call Jeanne at (623) 979-1909.
St. Peregrine Mass of Anointing, Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Holy Spirit Parish, 1800 E. Libra Drive, Tempe, for all those afflicted with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses to receive the Sacrament of the Sick. The event is sponsored by Friends of St. Peregrine and Fr. Thomas J. Hallsten, KHS. Info: (480)838-7474.
Arizona Catholic Singles Mass and Brunch, Jan. 30, 11 a.m., St. Theresa Parish, 5045 E. Thomas Road, followed by brunch at Coco’s. Dinner and Socializing, Feb. 11, 5:30 p.m., Chevy’s Restaurant, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale. Prospective members are welcome. Info: call Patrick Carpenter at (480) 898-7424. Catholic Singles Ministry (CSM) is sponsoring its annual dance on Sat. Feb. 5, 7-11 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church 11300 N. 64th St., Scottsdale. Dress is “business dressy/casual”. Cost: $20 at the door. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages provided, free parking. Kevin (602)690-3115 or Karina 480-961-5311. www.catholicsinglesministry.org.
“Guys and Dolls,” 7 p.m., Feb. 4; 2 and 7 p.m., Feb. 5; 7 p.m., Feb. 1112; and 2 p.m., Feb. 13, Notre Dame Preparatory auditorium, 9701 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale. A New York love story filled with witty dialogue and some of Broadway’s most memorable songs. Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students. Info: (480) 510-6329. “Night on Broadway” a musical, 7 p.m., Feb. 18, St. Paul Parish O’Carroll Hall, 330 W. Coral Gables Dr., Phoenix. Cost: $15 per person. Info: (602) 942-0876 or (602) 942-2608. Eighth Annual Polish Festival, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., March 5 and 10 a.m. -6 p.m., March 6, Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, 2828 W. Country Gables Dr, Phoenix; for families and singles, with fun activities for kids, live entertainment and authentic Polish cuisine. Info: (480) 44AZPOL or www.polishfestivalaz.org. Mardi Gras Celebration, March 4, Blessed Sacrament Church in Scottsdale, benefiting the parish school. Auction donations will be accepted through February. Info: (480) 998-9466.
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Our Lady of Joy Preschool and Kindergarten Open House, 8:30 a.m.2 p.m., Jan. 18-21 and 6-8 p.m., Feb. 2. Will be accepting early registration from families. Info: (480)346-3059 or www.oloj.org. Groundbreaking Ceremony at Xavier College Preparatory, Activity Center, 11 a.m., Jan. 21, 4710 N. 5th St., Phoenix, with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, MaryBeth Mueller, Sr. Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, and the Xavier community for the new Chapel, Founders Hall and the Athletic Field. Pro-life Candlelight Procession, Rosary and Benediction, Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Music Room, Miller and 2nd St., Scottsdale; Bishop Nevares and Msgr. Hever will lead us praying the Rosary and Benediction asking Our Mother’s protection for all her children. Potluck to follow. Info: (480) 945-6190.
Annual Most Holy Trinity School Indoor Rummage Sale, Jan. 28-30, 8828 N. 7th St. A treasure trove at bargain prices, with our $2 bag sale Sunday afternoon. To donate, call (602) 944-3375. Clergy Appreciation Night, sponsored by Serra Phoenix Club, with special tribute for 65 years of priestly service to Rev. Joseph Krynen, 6 p.m., Feb. 4, Diocesan Pastoral Center, 400 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Info: call Bill Walsh at (602) 971-9841. Baseball and Softball clinics, for sixth- through eighth-graders, Bourgade Catholic High School, Feb. 12, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., 4602 N. 31st Ave. Info: (602) 973-4000. Rummage Sale sponsored by Catholic Daughters of America, Feb. 26, 8:30 a.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Sun City West, many items with proceeds benefiting various charities. Info: call Lucy Horner (623) 584-9452. Festival and Rummage Sale March 4-5, 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., March 6, 9 - 2 p.m., St. James Parish, 19640 N. 35th Ave., rides, food, beer, live music, and Bingo. Aid To Women Center Medical Clinic is in need of ongoing donations of diapers, wipes, baby clothing and items for our new Earn While You Learn program. We appreciate your generosity. Info: (480) 966-1902. Society of St. Vincent de Paul
16th Annual Southwest Sale, Feb. 1-28, Apache Junction Thrift Store, 2540 W. Apache Trail. Find the best selection of Southwest jewelry, boots, art, clothing and home decor at bargain prices. Info: www.stvincentdepaul.net. Birdies for Charities hosted by Thunderbird Charities. Simply pledge one cent or more for every birdie
Cleaning out your closet? Call us to pick up your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. To schedule a pickup, call 602-266-HOPE (4673). Help us help others by giving us a few hours of your time. We have many volunteer opportunities to fit your abilities and interests. Info: (602) 261-6870 or (602) 261-6886 (Spanish) or visit www.stvincentdepaul.net.
All events held at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. Information, (480) 948-7460. “The Art of Stained Glass” with Tony and Chris Powers, Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Fee per person includes materials: $75. “Contemplative Prayer Day” with Pat Julian, MA, and Kathleen Flanagan; Jan. 29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee per person includes lunch and private room: $75. “Praying With the Mystics: Medieval Women and Their Timeless Wisdom,” with Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Ph.D., Feb. 11 - 13. Fee per person: Single, $215; Double, $165; Commuter, $130. Survival School: Managing Church Leadership Successfully with Pat Bennier, Tricia Hoyt, Mary Fogelson and Norbert Zwickl, Feb. 14-17. Fee per person: Single, $595; Double, $495; Commuter, $295.
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January 20, 2011
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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, hrough the grace of God we begin a New Year filled with hope and enthusiasm as One Family in Christ. It is my pleasure to present to you our Annual Stewardship Report. This report reflects the stewardship mission of our diocese in many significant ways over the past year. We have continued our commitment to life from conception to natural death. Protecting the intrinsic dignity of the human person is the most basic call to stewardship — life is the first gift given to us by God. Stewardship also leads us to the work of evangelization. We are called to share the good news of Jesus Christ in the world in which we live. One of the many ways that our Dioce cese se has pro romo mote mo teed ev evange g lization is through thee Newman Centers at Arizona State Un th U iv iver ersi er sity si ty and Northern Arizona University. These Newman Centers provide an opportunity for university students to grow in their faith and to learn to seek the truth through both faith and reason, a rich part of our Catholic heritage. Both centers build a culture of conversion through dialogue, service and participation in the sacraments in the context of university life. Covenant of Love is the diocesan three-year initiative to strengthen marriage preparation and natural family planning. The Church has the privilege to prepare the next generation to enter into marriages that are healthy, joyful and life-giving. Engaged couples benefit from the extensive faith-based program. The current year will focus on married couples, helping them to renew and deepen their marriage covenant. Successful marriages sustain the health, education and welfare of all society.
They provide a role model for the next generation to continue the respect and values necessary to develop and sustain a successful society and culture. This report shows many other ways your generosity helps to spread the Gospel in various ways throughout the year. We are especially grateful to our Holy Father, Benedict XVI, for appointing our new Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares. His presence and collaboration with me is a great gift to us all. I would like to express my gratitude for the dedication, support and work that has been accomplished this year in service to our Lord. The stewardship of the funds generously entrusted to the local Church is provided in the Financial Statements of this report. I am thankful for the generosity shown during these challenging economic t me ti mes. Many of you gave from your sustenance and not your abu und n ance this year — a true sign of sacrificial giving. We, ass dis isci c pl ci p es of Christ, are called to embrace stewardship as a way of li life fe in or o der to be living witnesses to the Lord through genero rosi sity ity ty, sa s cr c ifice and service. Because of you and your stewards d hi hip, p, we as a a Diocese continue to care for our brothers and sisterrs in nee eeed. d Together we are One Family in Christ. Sincerely yours in Christ,
+Thomas J. Olmsted Bishop of Phoenix
Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo,
or la gracia de Dios empezamos un Año Nuevo llenó de esperanza y entusi-
asmo como Una Familia en Cristo. Es mi placer presentar a ustedes nuestro Reporte Anual de Co-responsabilidad. Este reporte refleja la misión de la co-responsabilidad de nuestra diócesis en muchas maneras importantes durante el año pasado. Hemos continuado nuestro compromiso a la vida desde la concepción hasta la muerte natural. Proteger la dignidad intrínseca de la persona humana es la llamada más básica de la co-responsabilidad — la vida es el primer regalo dado a nosotros por Dios. La co-responsabilidad también nos dirige al trabajo de evangelización. Estamos llamados a compartir la Buena Nueva de Jesucristo en el mundo en el que vivimos. Una de las muchas maneras en que nuestra diócesis ha promovido la evangelización es por medio de los Newman Centers ubicados en la Arizona State University y la Northern Arizona University. Estos Newman Centers proporcionan una oportunidad para los estudiantes universitarios para crecer en su fe y aprender a buscar la verdad tanto por la verdad como la fe, una parte rica de nuestra herencia católica. Ambos centros construyen una cultura de conversión a través del diálogo, el servicio y la participación en los sacramentos en el contexto de la vida universitaria. La Alianza del Amor es la iniciativa diocesana de tres años de fortalecer la preparación para el matrimonio y la planificación natural de la familia. La Iglesia tiene el privilegio de preparar la próxima generación para entrar en matrimonios que son sanos, alegres y que dan vida. Las parejas comprometidas se benefician del programa que está basado en la fe. Este año se enfocará en parejas casadas, ayudándoles a renovar y profundizar su alianza del matrimonio. Los matrimonios exitosos sostienen la salud, la educación y el bienestar de toda la sociedad. Proporcionan
un modelo a imitar para la próxima generación para continuar el respeto y los valores necesarios para desarrollar y sostener una sociedad y cultura exitosa. Este reporte muestra muchas otras maneras en que su generosidad ayuda a compartir el Evangelio de diferentes maneras a través del año. Estamos especialmente agradecidos a nuestro Santo Padre, Benedicto XVI, por designar a nuestro nuevo Obispo Auxiliar Eduardo Nevares. Su presencia y colaboración conmigo es un gran regalo para todos nosotros. Quiero expresar mi gratitud por la dedicación, el apoyo y el trabajo que han sido logrados este año en el servicio a nuestro Señor. La co-responsabilidad de los fondos generosamente confiados a la Iglesia local está proporcionada en el Extracto Financiero de este reporte. Estoy agradecido por la generosidad mostrada durante estos tiempos económicos desafiantes. Muchos de ustedes dieron de su sustento y no de su abundancia este año — un signo verdadero del dar con sacrificio. Nosotros, como discípulos de Cristo, somos llamados a abrazar a la co-responsabilidad como un estilo de vida para poder ser testigos vivos al Señor por medio de la generosidad, el sacrificio y el servicio. Debido a ustedes y su co-responsabilidad, nosotros como diócesis continuamos cuidando a nuestros hermanos y hermanas necesitados. Juntos somos Una Familia en Cristo. Atentamente suyo en Cristo, +Thomas J. Olmsted Obispo de Phoenix
annual stewardship report 2009-2010
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Each new year brings with it a fresh start and many opportunities for Catholics to renew our faith and rejoice in God’s goodness. To help guide us in our efforts as we work to Encounter the Living Christ, we look to Bishop Olmsted’s priorities, which include:
Growth • Priestly and religious vocations • Recognition of cultural diversity • Faith formation focused on sacramental vocations • Marriage and family life • Communication and evangelization • Life issues and the dignity of the human person
As we get going in 2011, let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from 2010.
Catholic schools bring faith and excellence to education Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC SUN
New priests and new deacons to serve Catholic faithful Courtesy L’Osservatore Romano
Diocese of Phoenix receives its first auxiliary bishop Bishop Eduardo Alanís Nevares was ordained the first Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Phoenix July 19 in a three-hour ceremony at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Avondale. Nearly 2,000 Catholic faithful, including two dozen bishops and archbishops from around the country, were witnesses to the historic, faith-filled event. And more participated by watching a live stream of the Ordination Mass at www.catholictvmass.com or listening in on Immaculate Heart Radio 1310 AM. Auxiliary Bishop Nevares will assist Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in a variety of ways. The appointment was announced by the Holy See May 11 in Rome. He was given the Titular See of Natchez, Miss.
Three men said “yes” to their call to spiritual fatherhood June 5 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted ordained Matt Henry, Chad King and John Parks with more than 1,000 Catholics looking on. “From this day forward, the faithful of the Church will call you ‘Father,’” the bishop said during his bilingual homily. Several months later, Bishop Olmsted ordained eight men to the diaconate Nov. 6 at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral. They join 239 permanent deacons serving the Phoenix Diocese from the altar, within parish ministries and in the greater community. Bishop Olmsted told a crowded cathedral filled with extended family, friends, priests and fellow deacons that deacons represent the charity of the Church. Therefore, he said, they will see the new deacons as disciples seeking “not to be served, but to serve.”
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Evangelizing, educating and connecting through the media
This past year set a high watermark for the local Church in its evangelization efforts through the media. The award-winning diocesan newspaper and website, The Catholic Sun, marked its 25th anniversary. The weekly televised Mass continues to lead the way for other dioceses throughout the country, and “Catholics Matter,” the diocese’s original interview program that follows the Sunday Mass, was picked up by East Coast-based Catholic TV for distribution nationwide. The highlight of the year was the launching of Catholic radio on 1310 AM Immaculate Heart Radio and was punctuated by the diocese’s very own original weekly show, “The Bishop’s Hour,” which can be heard at 10 a.m. Mondays and 9 p.m. Thursdays.
Parishes continue to build and grow
Evangelization and formation of college students
Catholic schools in the diocese integrate faith throughout an educational process that promotes academic excellence, moral values and lifelong service. Catholic education doesn’t just help a student now; the full dividends play out over a lifetime. That was the overarching theme students throughout the diocese celebrated during Catholic Schools Week last year, an annual event when students, educators and families organize special activities, projects and dress-up days to honor the vital role a Catholic education plays. Another highlight for Catholic education is the annual “Night of Hope” tuition endowment fundraising event. Now in its third year, “Night of Hope” organizers paid tribute to three individuals — known as “Guardians of Hope” — for their contribution to the diocese’s Catholic schools. Bishop Olmsted and MaryBeth Mueller, superintendent of diocesan schools since 1993, presented Guardian of Hope awards to Andy Rubalcava, a St. Mary’s High School alum and Catholic schools’ advocate; Nancy Knight, who played a key part in making Catholic schools more available locally; and Sr. Joan Fitzgerald, BVM, principal of Xavier College Preparatory, who has been at Xavier since 1962 and has served as principal since 1974.
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Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC SUN
Celebrating, nurturing and protecting life, marriage and the family The holy union between man and wife that is found in the Sacrament of Marriage provides for strong and healthy families and has served as the foundation of our civilization for thousands of years. Marriage, which has been suffering at the hands of promiscuity, divorce and infidelity, has in recent years been under attack from those seeking to redefine the institution. Likewise, the rights and dignity of the most vulnerable among us continue to be undermined by those pushing an agenda rooted in abortion, euthanasia and disrespect for all human life. The Diocese of Phoenix continues to make great strides in promoting and protecting life, marriage and the family through all the work being done at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, parishes, schools and partnerships. One of the incredible collaborators in celebrating love, life and the family, Maggie’s Place, celebrated its 10th anniversary in July. From its website: “Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for expectant women who wish to achieve their goals in a dignified atmosphere. Following Catholic social teaching, we recognize that we are responsible to and for one another. We challenge each other to strive toward personal growth, to welcome the gift of every person that enters our door, and to promote positive social change.”
Toward the end of 2009, Bishop Olmsted set forth his vision for evangelization and faith formation for the Newman Centers at Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University. His pastoral letter, “Serving Truth in the University,” identified three elements necessary for Catholic outreach at universities: to be a visible witness for Christ and the teachings of the Church, to preach and spread the Gospel, and to provide the sacraments and ongoing faith formation. (bit.ly/serving-truth-story) In 2009, the seed that was “Serving Truth” was planted, and 2010 was the year it took root and began to blossom. Fr. Matt Lowry, the diocese’s associate vocations director, became the chaplain for NAU students in 2009, and in 2010 Fr. Rob Clements and Fr. John Muir took the reins in Tempe. The priests are bringing new ideas and energy to campus outreach. In September, the All Saints Catholic Newman Center launched a new website, www.asucatholic.org, with video podcasts, a digital bulletin for community events, staff blogs and Q-and-A interactions with the priests. The Tempe Newman Center gives away USB drives with the new web address and ministry information.
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Phoenix and its adjacent communities in the Diocese of Phoenix continued to attract new residents from all over the country, necessitating new or renovated parish buildings and churches to meet the needs of the growing number of Catholics. Several ongoing projects came to fruition or passed major milestones in 2010, including some strikingly beautiful new worship spaces serving Catholics at St. Mary Magdalene in Gilbert, Vietnamese Martyrs in Phoenix, St. Margaret Mary in Bullhead City, and St. Clare of Assisi in Surprise. Other locations, such as schools or parishes with schools, also were growing. Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler and St. Francis Xavier Parish and School, both in the midst of a multi-year capital campaign, continued to build and grow. St. Mary’s in Chandler was also working on its capital campaign with its sights set on opening a new worship site in south Chandler. San Francisco de Asís celebrated its first Mass on the future location of its new parish site. Schools including Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix, Blessed Pope John Paul XXIII, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale and Brophy College Preparatory saw their campuses being built up, too.
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New religious orders welcomed to the Diocese of Phoenix Three religious orders joined the diocesan family this past year: Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity sisters can be found at Most Holy Trinity in Phoenix; Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale is home to the sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ; and Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate sisters are now at Christ the King in Mesa. The Dominicans Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist community sent two additional sisters to teach at St. Gregory in Phoenix.
annual stewardship report 2009-2010
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Statement of Financial Position Diocesan Pastoral Center / Fiscal Year Ending June 30
Cash Restricted/Reserved Cash & Investments Accounts Receivable Contributions Receivable Loans Receivable Land, Buildings & Equipment Other Assets
Total Assets Liabilities
Accounts Payable & Accrued Expenses
Bank Line of Credit Funds Held for Others Deposits Payable Notes Payable Bonds Payable Post-retirement Benefit Liability Other Liabilities
Total Liabilities Net Assets
Unrestricted Temporarily Restricted Permanently Restricted
Total Net Assets Total Liabilities &
2,883,151 757,762 74,383,894 2,559,463 5,875,000 3,690,834 629,509
9,051,246 18,578,079 6,513,989 $ $
F I N A N C I A L S TAT E M E N T S Unrestricted Income and Expenses Diocesan Pastoral Center / Fiscal Year Ending June 30
7,906,454 39,527,704 5,644,873 2,705,805 48,864,033 19,835,931 438,127 124,922,927
5,328,505 40,678,714 1,841,551 4,090,218 46,734,556 20,616,065 575,444 119,865,053 1,384,851 1,000,000 818,902 81,471,408 3,133,843 4,388,621 4,329,701
96,527,326 (219,938) 17,043,676 6,513,989
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CDA Grants Bishop’s Assessment Insurance Program Interest / Investment Income All Other DPC Contributions / Activities
Total Income Expense
Chancery Administrative Services Insurance Program Diocesan Grants Formation & Education Communications Stewardship & Fundraising Interest Expense Depreciation
8 ,430,000 9 ,566,113 9 ,825,751 3,163,733 6,017,584 37,003,181
5,633,792 1,987,299 8,845,526 8,873,308 2,155,516 1,856,330 596,406 677,728 552,112
5,752,375 3,223,156 4,753,309 9,406,105 2,770,600 2,164,061 649,084 2,224,425 548,251
Change in accounting method (self-funded insurance)
Net Change in Unrestricted Net Assets
9 ,673,000 9,902,063 7,547,723 444,337 5,988,621 33,555,744
A message from the CFO
Fiscal Year 2010 Expenses
he Diocese of Phoenix Finance Office is pleased to present you with a statement of the financial position of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix as well as a report of our revenues and expenditures. These financial statements summarize the financial performance and condition of the Bishop’s Office; of various administrative functions that support the Bishop in his responsibilities; of services administered by the Diocese in support of our parishes, schools, and other diocesan institutions; and of a variety of education, catechesis, and formation programs provided to the seminarians, clergy, religious, and lay faithful of our diocese. Additionally, a large portion of our operating expense (28.5% in Fiscal Year 2010) is dedicated to grants to parishes, schools, and charities within the diocese. Much of the funding for these activities derives directly (i.e. contributions to the Charity and Development Appeal) or indirectly (through the Bishop’s Assessment paid by parishes) from the generous contributions of the faithful of the Diocese. Knowing as I do the wonderful work that is accomplished with the assistance of this financial support, please accept my personal gratitude to you, the faithful and the clergy of the Diocese of Phoenix, for your continued generous support. The financial information we present to you in this annual report is based upon our audited financial statements for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. For each of those years we received a “clean” audit; that is, our auditors have determined that the statements fairly present our financial position in all material respects. Recognizing the financial strains that many individuals, parishes, charities, and schools in our diocese are facing in the current economic climate, we took certain measures during Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010 to trim the expenditures of the central offices of the Diocese. These measures have allowed us to keep our capacity to make grants at a high level. These budget trimming measures, in conjunction with a rebound in our investment portfolios and good performance in our insurance programs, also resulted in a significant increase in net assets for Fiscal Year 2010. The strengthening financial condition of the Diocese of Phoenix continues to enable us to carry out our mission in service of the Body of Christ. I thank you all for your continued support of the Church in the Diocese of Phoenix. Sincerely,
Joseph Anderson / Chief Financial Officer
Vocation & Priest Perso rsonnel Bishop op’s Office Tribunal Diaconate Strategic Planning & Parish Services
Ethnicc Apostolates Cha ancery Office Arizona Catholic Conference Litu turgy Office
1,818 668 686 569 542 554 503 184 110
Chancery ry (in thousands) 18% %
Formation and Education 7% Depreciation 2% D
Diocesan Grants 29%
Insurance Programs 28%
Interest Expense 2% SStewardship and FFundraising 2% Communications 6% C Administrative A SServices 6%
Published on Jan 20, 2011
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