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In his first year at the helm of the international Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Michael Thio, international president general, has seen how Catholics worldwide live out their responsibility to serve Christ in the poor. Some 1.3 million volunteers respond to that call by serving more than 30 million poor people every day through vast Society of St. Vincent de Paul programs. — See SVDP page 8 ▶

Hierarchy, CUA supporters come to Phoenix for ‘Cardinals Dinner’ By Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun

SCOTTSDALE — Never before in the history of the Phoenix Diocese had there been such a gathering. On May 6, six cardinals, two archbishops, three bishops and the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States gathered to concelebrate Mass at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish for a packed church on behalf of The Catholic University of America. The Washington, D.C.-based school, founded by the U.S. bishops in 1887, holds a black-tie dinner in a different city each year to raise scholarship money for stu-

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Latin celebrities join binational pro-life congress Latin recording star Martin Valverde and Mexican actress Karyme Lozano have confirmed they will take part in the Phoenix Diocese’s Binational Respect Life and Evangelization Congress, set for June 10-12. Valverde, a native of Costa Rica, whose soulful Christian music has touched the hearts of thousands across the Americas, will perform in concert Saturday night. A pro-life anthem he composed “Toda Vida es Sagrada”” (“All Life is Sacred”) will undoubtedly draw cheers from the crowd. The congress, which will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center, will also feature 32-year-old Mexican soap opera actress Lozano, who says she experienced a conversion following the death of her father in March 2009. ▶ For the full story:

Four prominent legal experts debated the morality of capital punishment at an April 28 event sponsored by the St. Thomas More Society. The debate, held at Xavier College Preparatory, was part of the group’s “Civil Discourse” series. ▶ For the full story:

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The Department of Family Catechesis saluted hundreds of catechists during its annual Celebration of Gratitude and Hope May 12 at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. ▶ For the full story:


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H Catholics from many cultures united at Mass MESA — The Church is truly universal, a fact made clear by the 20 or so different ethnic groups who gathered for the annual diocesan Diversity Mass at Holy Cross Parish, May 7. “This is a joyful occasion, to participate with such a diverse group,” said Isaiah “Kit” Marshall, director of Black Catholic Ministry for the diocese. “Each year there’s a lot of enthusiasm.” ▶ For the full story:

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is fist came crashing through the door. Ten-year-old Joaquin had just spent forever brushing the dog at the behest of his mother’s boyfriend who was watching him for the day. After what seemed like hours of brushing, it wasn’t good enough. But Joaquin was through with the charade. He marched into his room, slamming the door behind him. The boyfriend raged. ▶ For the full story:

‘Only’ sex? How contraception creates a barrier to a healthy marriage By Dr. Jim Asher The Catholic Sun

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Blessed Pope John Paul II’s legacy lives on in Phoenix Diocese By Andrew Junker The Catholic Sun


n 1992 Katrina Zeno was in Rome with her son, and she had the opportunity to attend Pope John Paul II’s private morning Mass in his chapel at the Vatican. “After the Mass, we met him personally, and he placed his hand on my forehead and blessed me,” Zeno remembered. “In that moment, I sensed that I received a portion of John Paul’s spirit.” At the time, Zeno was struggling and trying to piece her life together after a failed marriage. Her physical connection with the Holy Father, though brief, proved to be the start of something entirely new for her. “The farthest thing on my mind was to be a speaker and writer on John Paul II’s writings, but obviously, God knew the plan,” she said. “In that moment, he was already infusing me with the graces that would unfold years later in my specific mission in which I serve the Church and the Diocese of Phoenix.” Zeno serves as the coordinator for the John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture. Her story is a common one. So often, men and women who work in the Church speak of being first attracted or drawn into the faith because of the late pope’s charisma or personality. But this encounter did not remain personality driven. Instead, John Paul II invited them to consider more deeply the teachings of the Church and the truth of the Gospels. In the days after John Paul’s May 1 beatification in Rome, this dynamic remains true. So many people in Arizona have stories about Blessed John Paul II. Maybe they saw him at a Wednesday audience in Rome, or they lined the streets by St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix for his 1987


Pope John Paul II raises a monstrance holding the Eucharist during an evening prayer service at the Vatican in 2000. The pope opened the weeklong International Eucharistic Congress, calling it the heart of the jubilee Holy Year.

visit, or maybe they attended a World Youth Day. But John Paul II’s legacy is also built deep into the Diocese of Phoenix itself. His teachings and influence pervade marriage and respect life efforts, Theology of the Body and the group of new priests and seminarians preparing for the priesthood. Holding on to a good culture Mike Phelan, director of the diocesan Marriage and Respect Life Office, was a Phoenician who did not see Blessed John Paul II when he visited in 1987. In fact, Phelan never even saw the pope when he lived in Rome for a semester during college. “I just wasn’t interested,” he said.

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A Swiss Guard in front of a tapestry featuring Blessed Pope John Paul II on the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica before a May 2 Mass of thanksgiving for his beatification, celebrated by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican secretary of state.

Pope John Paul II greets Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Vatican in an undated file photo. Mother Teresa, the founder of the Missionaries of Charity, was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2003.

“Now, I would die for that opportunity.” Phelan had a conversion — or “reversion” as he puts it — sometime after he graduated from college. As he became more interested in the faith, he became more interested in what the Holy Father had to say. It ended up affecting him greatly. “Theology of the Body was transformative,” Phelan said. “I knew the impact it was having on me and others — how much hope in confronting the sexual revolution we have because of Theology of the Body.” Theology of the Body is the name given to a years-long series of talks Blessed John Paul II gave early in his pontificate. The talks

covered a variety of topics like marriage and celibacy, self-giving love and the sacramentality of human existence. In a way, the pope was preserving and re-presenting the Church’s traditional teachings on love and the responsibility that comes with love to a culture that had chosen to forget or ignore them. It’s the kind of work that Phelan saw the pope doing throughout his life. “How did he fight against the Nazis and the Communists?” he asked. “By writing plays and performing them — by holding on to a good culture and keeping it alive. That’s exactly what we have got to do now.” Phelan tries to do this through the marriage preparation program, which includes a course on Theology of the Body and courses on Natural Family Planning. For many of the engaged couples, this program is the first time they’ve heard about Theology of the Body or NFP. A great percentage are already cohabiting and using birth control. “By the end of the day we’re seeing that although many couples aren’t coming in living how the Church would like, they’re understanding these teachings at least on paper.” That paper is a survey the couples have to fill out. Phelan said about 50 percent of the couples write they want to make serious decisions about changing their living situation pre-marriage and 61 percent say they plan to use Natural Family Planning in the marriage. While some priests or catechists would argue against marrying cohabiting couples in the Church, Phelan said that John Paul II spe-

cifically asked for dioceses to work with these couples, not to shut them out. “He showed there’s so much joy in obedience. That’s probably the most counter-cultural message, especially if a person was wounded growing up through divorce or abuse,” he said. “Our effort has to be willing to suffer with them through the conversion the Church is asking of them.” Be not afraid This kind of compassion and willingness to preach truth in charity defined John Paul II in his ministry, said Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. He was a young doctoral student studying in Rome when he was asked to serve in the Holy See’s Secretariat of State as an English-speaking attaché for the Holy Father. “It was assisting him so that he could do his work as the successor of St. Peter and pastor of the universal Church,” the bishop said during a recent television interview. “Within 10 months of his becoming pope, I was in service to him. These were the vigorous years of John Paul when he was traveling a lot.” The bishop saw a lot of the pope over the next nine-and-a-half years, and described him as a brilliant and warm man of prayer. “When you’d go to Mass with him, if you had that privilege, early in the morning, he would already be there in the chapel praying,” he said. “He seemed to be so wrapped in prayer that if you walked into the chapel, it didn’t distract him in any way.” At the same time, the pope was an astute observer of the world, and — See page 5 ▶


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Dedicated to Blessed Pope John Paul II Local Catholics can help expand the permanent remembrance of Blessed Pope John Paul II at The Virginia G. Piper Chapel at the Diocesan Pastoral Center. Eight of the 14 stained glass windows have yet to be funded. Each window will eventually depict a saint canonized by the late pontiff. A Catholic from Our Lady of Joy in Carefree sponsored four windows, while 30 donors pitched in for the St. Katharine Drexel window through the Catholic Community Foundation. The descendants of Edward and Clare Foley donated an organ for the chapel. To donate, call (602) 257-0030. Learn more about the chapel on our website: ▶ Continued from page 4

his role in helping to tear down the Iron Curtain is well known. No matter the forces mounted against him or the pressure of his office, he managed to remain filled with faith and hope. “I think the thing people remember about him most were his words, ‘Be not afraid,’ because that’s what he himself had lived. If there was anything that should have frightened someone, diminished them to great sarcasm, cynicism or despair, he faced all of those,” Bishop Olmsted said. “He lost every member of his family before he was 21, and yet in the midst of this he became a man of deeper compassion, a man who understood the ways of the wicked and evil, but also deeply believed in the much more powerful force that comes to us in the love of Jesus Christ,” he said. His desire to share this belief led him to the far reaches of the world. It also led him to reach out to the young, specifically in his World Youth Days. Bishop Olmsted was serving in Rome when discussions for the first World Youth Day began. “I remember consultants saying this will be a great failure. Young people won’t come to Rome to see an old man,’” he said. “And they flocked to Rome. They were inspired by his words, I think, because he never talked down to them. He always lifted them up to challenges, especially challenges to live their faith.” Fr. Matt Lowry, who serves as Northern Arizona University’s Newman Center chaplain and as diocesan associate director of vocations, first attended World Youth Day in Denver in 1993. He also

went in 2000, when it was in Rome, and then again in Toronto and Germany. “When I went to Denver for the first time my eyes were opened to the universal Church. My experience had been just my parish,” he said. “To go to World Youth Day, it’s like — whoa, there’s a million people here. God is so much bigger than my community.” These experiences helped foster Fr. Lowry’s vocation. “He was such an inspiration that he showed no fear. That was his motto,” he said. “He wanted to come and be with us, with me. He stretched himself to be with us. I guess that’s a model I use now for evangelization.” Fr. Paul Sullivan, who serves as diocesan director of vocations, said that young people could be inspired by the pope simply by the way he lived his own vocation. “When he would tell young people to ‘Put out into the deep,’ ‘Do not be afraid’ or ‘Open wide the doors to Christ,’ they also saw him live this out as he lovingly worked to confront a world so desperately in need of all that is true, good and beautiful,” he said. Confronting a fallen world with love and truth is a never-ending task for all Christians. It’s carried out in families, in the compassion shown to the sick, in a religious living out her vocation faithfully. Inspiring Catholics to undertake this challenge every day both through his example and his teaching is, perhaps, Blessed John Paul II’s greatest legacy. “I’m no saint, but I know that truth sets us free, that lies cannot hold on forever,” Phelan said. “So, that’s exciting. That’s an adventure.” ✴

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What’s in a name? For fans of late pontiff, plenty By Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun

Throughout the world, bridges, schools, hospitals, parks, roads and even airports are named after John Paul II. There are also thousands of children who bear the same name as the late pontiff. Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life Issues for the Diocese of Phoenix, is the father of six children, including a 10-year-old son named after the recently beatified pope. Phelan said he and his wife, Sharon, were profoundly impacted by the life and teachings of John Paul II. “There was so much joy and courage in him,” Phelan said. “His whole pontifi cate was, ‘Be not afraid of giving your life entirely to Christ.’ That had a profound impact on us and helped us make decisions in our lives.” Bob and Tina Mulhern, cochairs of the 2011 Charity and Development Appeal, have a 21-year-old son named John Paul. “Almost 23 years ago, Bob and I had an amazing opportunity to be blessed by Pope John Paul II on our honeymoon in Rome,” Tina said. “At that time, we decided that we would name our firstborn son, John Paul.” The couple followed through with the decision, later returning to Rome to have their 3-monthold son blessed by the pope. Luzinda and Brian Chavez of St. Mary Parish in Chandler, parents of seven children, never met the Polish pope, but named one of their sons after him. “He was our fi fth child and we just could not think of another name,” Luzinda said. “We had used up all the names on the boy list.” Because she was 35 years old during the pregnancy, Luzinda’s doctor encouraged her to have amniocentesis and other prenatal tests to check for birth defects.

Bob and Tina Mulhern, 2011 CDA co-chairs, named their firstborn son John Paul after the late pontiff. Tina is shown here with the couple’s 3-month-old son who was blessed by John Paul II in Rome. CTODP executive director Paul Mulligan and his wife Michelle named their son John Paul as well.


Hundreds of Polish Catholics gathered at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish for a Mass marking the beatification of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

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Polish Catholics celebrate John Paul II beatification at Our Lady of Czestochowa By Gina Keating

An ultrasound exam revealed a healthy, growing unborn son and Luzinda said other tests that might have revealed congenital conditions would never have altered her decision to give birth. When they learned their son John-Paul had Down Syndrome, Luzinda said she knew there was a reason for his name. “That’s when I thought, the Holy Spirit knew he needed a strong name as a wonderful inspiration,” she said. “His name is hyphenated, so his first name is always John-Paul.” Kim Kunasek, a parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle, has a 19-yearold son named Jean-Paul. She said she came of age at the time John Paul II became pope and was struck by his leadership in standing up to communism. Looking at the late pope, she said, reminded her of both her father and brother. “My family is of Czech background,” Kunasek said. “As an older man, my dad looked very much like [John Paul II] and my brother looked very much like them… they could be twins.”

In 2004, Kunasek lived in Rome with her 12-year-old son Jean-Paul and her two other children. “We spent a semester there in an apartment next to the Vatican,” she said. “We saw [John Paul II] nine times.” Heidi Stamp, who belongs to St. Daniel the Prophet Parish in Scottsdale, is the mother of six children. She and her husband, Jon, named their 11-year-old John Paul. “When John Paul II came here in the late ’80s, I was with my mom and we were watching him from home and I just started crying,” Heidi said. “It was probably the beginning of my conversion — it was the love he was exuding.” The couple had four children when they experienced conversion in their lives. Jon had his vasectomy reversed and the couple subsequently conceived a fifth child. “The gift of being able to conceive [our son] John Paul after so many prayers — I was just so thankful. I knew [the pope’s] love had something to do with it — just the love he exuded.” ✴

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The local community of Our Lady of Czestochowa celebrated the beatification of Pope John Paul II with the world poignantly during the consecration of the Mass. The chalice used during the April 30 Mass of Thanksgiving was the same one used by the pope during his 1987 visit to Phoenix. The chalice was on loan from the Phoenix Diocese in a gesture of goodwill from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. The outdoor Polish Mass attracted hundreds of parishioners who gathered in silence in the courtyard of the church in honor of a fellow countryman; the first from Poland chosen to lead the worldwide Church, who is now one step closer to becoming a saint. “As a Polish person, I am proud and very happy that one of ours became so prominent,” said Fr. Pawel Stawarczyk, pastor of St. Luke Parish. “This international aspect reminds us that the pope is not one

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from Italy or Spain, but throughout the whole world there is an opportunity to become a saint. They could be from Greenland, Poland or Glendale, Arizona.” In the nearly 27 years Pope John Paul led the Catholic Church, he endeared himself to millions of people around the globe with his message of love. He graced the cover of Time magazine, and Marvel Comics made him a hero in 1982, which was quickly followed by other comic books tracing his childhood through his papacy. Fr. Stawarczyk said Pope John Paul was beloved for his ability to transcend international boundaries and unite the world in Christ. “He would send a message by kissing the ground when he arrived. Wherever he was he kissed the land, which brought appreciation and validation to each community,” he said. “He did not preach one particular style, but allowed Christ to come into everyone’s hearts, homes and communities — letting people know that God speaks in your language.” ✴

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Michael Thio (left), the international president general of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, chats with Steve Zabilski, executive director, and Steve Jenkins, past president, May 11 at the downtown location.

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dents. Phoenix was chosen as the site for the 2011 Mass and gala event. John Garvey, president of CUA, said that while for many years, most of the university’s students hailed from Northeast states and East Coast cities, that’s changing. “Now, the center of gravity of the American Catholic Church is moving south and southwest,” Garvey said. “Immigration tends to be along those borders rather than on the East Coast.” Garvey said that CUA would like to draw more students from cities like Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, and Chicago. Arizona is home to about 400 CUA alumni. Dozens of priests and deacons from the Diocese of Phoenix processed into St. Bernard of Clairvaux Parish along with principal celebrant Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, the cardinals and archbishops. The center aisle of the church was lined with fourth-degree Knights of Columbus in full regalia, swords extended to form an impressive arc. Majestic hymns sung by an adult choir of 43 as well as a youth choir were accompanied by an orchestra and organ. Kent Campbell, director of music, said the group had been rehearsing for about two months in preparation for the historic Mass.


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In his homily, Bishop Olmsted pointed to the role of a Catholic university in leading people to truth. “Whereas secularist ideology today wants to drive a wedge between faith and reason, contending that they are incompatible,” Bishop Olmsted said, “a Catholic university gladly celebrates the mutual dynamism of faith and reason and confidently trusts that the pursuit of truth also leads us closer to goodness and beauty.”


With a vibrant campus ministry that features daily Mass, night prayer, eucharistic adoration, retreats and opportunities for service, some CUA students find themselves drawn not just to truth and beauty, but to a religious vocation as well. William Terraza was a Spanish major at CUA but switched last year to theology. He was chosen by the university along with 11 others to travel to Arizona and represent the university at the Mass and dinner.

From left to right (seated) Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, Cardinal Edward M. Egan, Archbishop Pietro Sambi; (standing) Cardinal Sean Parick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., Cardinal Justin F. Rigali, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, CUA President John Garvey, Cardinal Francis E. George, O.M.I., Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

“I had been feeling a call from God that there could be a possible vocation,” Terraza said. “I wanted to go deeper into that and to learn more about the faith. It turns out that I’m applying to be a Capuchin Franciscan.” Sr. Jean Steffes, CSA, chancellor of the diocese, said that Catholic higher education helps students integrate the intellectual, social and spiritual dimensions of their lives. “It’s a wonderful way to integrate all of the parts of our life,” Sr. Jean

said, “and you really get to integrate your life with other people who are studying and along with professors who have the values that you want.” Nancy Bidwill, an emeritus trustee of the university who served on its board for 12 years, stressed the importance of support for Catholic higher education, even in the midst of challenging economic times. “The education of our children is the future of our faith,” Bidwill said, “and really we need faith in this country.” CUA, Bidwill added, has followed the teachings of the Catholic Church, especially Ex Corde Ecclesiae. “I’m very committed to everything they do and they are right in line with what the pope asked them to do,” Bidwill said. “Many Catholic universities have not followed those instructions.” The national university for the Catholic Church in America, CUA was established as a graduate and research center and began offering undergraduate programs in 1904. Home to 12 schools, including architecture, arts and sciences, law, nursing, music and canon law, it’s also a place where men can study to become priests. In 2010, CUA welcomed 33 first-year seminarians, the largest incoming class in 25 years. ✴













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CDA contributions help keep clinics open, save lives By Joyce Coronel

Sarotte, a registered nurse who has worked at the AWC in one capacity or another for years, said the proContributions to the Charity and Development Appeal not only sup- life clinic relies on funding from the port 65 ministries within the Diocese CDA to stay open 31 hours a week. “It’s extremely critical,” Sarotte said. of Phoenix, they’re saving lives. That’s the message Kelly Sarotte, “If we don’t receive the funding, we executive director of the Aid to may have to cut back hours. We want Women Center in Tempe, wants to be able to provide services and be open to the ladies when they need us.” Catholics to know.

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The clinic, located in close proximity to Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, offers numerous services, including free pregnancy tests, counseling and low-cost prenatal care to women in crisis pregnancies. Without clinics like AWC, Sarotte said, many women wouldn’t get prenatal care and would “just show up in the emergency room when they’re ready to deliver.” AWC’s care includes the standard screening tests for gestational diabetes, anemia, preeclampsia, STDs and blood typing. “There are a lot more uninsured people right now with this economy,” Sarotte said. “It’s extremely critical for Catholics to support the CDA to keep the doors open for services at so many agencies like ours.” Women who are pregnant can suffer serious, sometimes fatal conditions if they don’t receive prenatal care. “By coming to their regular prenatal visit, we can monitor their blood pressure and check for early signs of a lady going into preeclampsia, which can be fatal,” Sarotte said. “If they’re starting to

get ill, we can put them on bed rest or refer them to another facility,” Sarotte also lauded the work of Dr. Jim Statt, an OB-GYN who works at the AWC two days a week. She said she works closely with Statt to manage patients’ care. “He is an indispensable part of our clinic,” Sarotte said. “The Holy Spirit really works through him — he speaks the truth about our faith kindly and gently and in a loving manner to these ladies who really need to hear that.” Offering help and hope Sheila Riely, who has directed Life Choices for 25 years, said the two LCWC clinics, one in central Phoenix and the other on the west side, also save the lives of mothers and babies. The two LCWCs perform about 350 free pregnancy tests each month and provide counseling and low-cost medical care. They also see several hundred women a month for well-woman exams and other medical services. “CDA funding is extremely important,” Riely said. “It helps us provide personnel in order to provide services here in our offi ces. Without that, we would certainly have to limit what we would be able to do for our clients, including the hours we’re open.” Like other pro-life pregnancy clinics, LCWC offers parenting

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Local Catholics react to the death of Osama bin Laden By Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun

As the world reacts to news of the death of Osama bin Laden, mastermind of the deadly 9/11 terrorist attacks, local Catholics are offering their take. Donna Killoughey-Bird, whose husband, Gary Bird, died when the first plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept 11, 2001, said news of bin Laden’s death highlighted a successful undertaking of the American military. “I’m proud to be an American,” Killoughey-Bird said, “I’m glad this force of evil is gone.” A cradle Catholic, KillougheyBird also had what some would consider a surprising response to the news. “Quite frankly, my first reaction was to pray for his soul,” she said. The key to her sense of peace, she said, was the grace of the moment in surrendering all to God. “On the day of or very shortly after 9/11, I had a conversation with God and I said, ‘This is beyond my ability to handle.’ And at that moment, I gave it all to God, I truly did,” Killoughey-Bird said. “There’s this certainty on my part that God’s in charge,” Killoughey-Bird said. “I can’t be comfortable with someone being killed but… I derive my peace from another source. I truly believe God put everything in place for this to happen the way it did and remove a source of evil from the world.” Bin Laden, she said, must be accountable to God for his eternal soul, and she’s thankful “there won’t be this evil source out there creating more death and mayhem.” “That’s stopped, thank God,” Killoughey-Bird said. Msgr. Felix Shabi, a native of Iraq who leads the Chaldean Catholic community in the Valley, said news of bin Laden’s demise was a welcome development. Thousands of Iraqi Christians have been killed or kidnapped or have had to leave their homeland due to civil war and terrorism, he said. “The world was changed because of bin Laden — unfortunately for the worse,” Msgr. Shabi said. “I hope that because of this American move of showing power and control to conquer evil in the world, we will live in a world that is safer and more quiet, so we can worship God freely.” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, who describes himself as a lifelong Catholic, also lauded the efforts of the U.S. military. “The death of Osama bin Laden represents the successful conclusion to the ongoing, concerted efforts of our nation’s military to hold accountable this century’s version of Adolf Hitler, someone fueled by hatred, skilled at manipulating others, and cowardly killing innocents,” Montgomery said. “To our fighting men who carried

“Obviously this is a case where using lethal force is justified. It preDonna Killougheyvents further harm from occurring Bird, whose husand it is a situation of stopping an band, Gary, was unjust and very aggressive aggreskilled in the sor,” Phelan said. Sept. 11, 2001 terror “At the same time, we have a attacks orchestrated radical understanding of human by Osama bin dignity,” Phelan said. “God loves Laden, visits the even Osama bin Laden. So while 9/11 memorial at it’s natural and justifi able to feel a sense of relief, I don’t think we the Arizona State want to be dancing in the streets Capitol. because of his death.” Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC SUN Deal Hudson, president of The followed in its truest sense, and the out this mission, we salute you.” Catholic Advocate, a public advoAlan Tavassoli, president of dignity of the person was not fully cacy group in Washington, D.C., the St. Thomas More Society, an recognized.” had a similar view. Christopher Pattock, who is also organization of Catholic attorneys “We need to remember that peoin the Diocese of Phoenix, also a member of the St. Thomas More ple have different ways of processing Society, said he thought the killing weighed in on bin Laden’s death. their emotions in response to news “I think that the United States of bin Laden was justifi ed. such as the death of Osama bin “This is one of those narrow was justified in seeking out Osama Laden,” Hudson said. “Some wanted bin Laden,” Tavassoli said. “He was instances in which not ending a perto dance in the streets, but they are a military combatant in a war that son’s life would almost certainly have mostly young and not in touch with we did not ask for, and certainly left society at continued risk and the tragic dimensions of 9/11.” we have a right to defend ourselves resulted in the deaths of others — More Americans, Hudson said, probably many others,” Pattock said. while at war.” “Imprisonment would presumWhile Tavassoli doesn’t begrudge those who celebrate the death of a ably have enabled bin Laden to man who caused so much suf- continue directing the killing of fering, he regrets that bin Laden additional people, and also enabled him to continue as an inspirational wasn’t captured and held for trial. “If the mission was to kill him symbol to others to carry out his outright — and I believe that it evil goal of killing innocent peowas, judging from media accounts ple,” Pattock stated. Mike Phelan, director of the — and the alternative of capture was not considered… I believe that Office of Marriage and Respect Life [the Catechism of the Catholic Issues for the Diocese of Phoenix, Church] paragraph 2267 was not offered his assessment.

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Bishop dedicates Poor Clares’ perpetual adoration chapel By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

TONOPAH — Six years after moving to the Phoenix Diocese, five Poor Clare Sisters of Perpetual Adoration finally have a permanent place to go for eucharistic adoration. The May 7 dedication Mass for Our Lady of Solitude Chapel marked the first ever inside the 9,000-square-foot chapel. The invitation-only Mass — which was broadcast live on EWTN, a global network founded by Mother Angelica — brought 230 donors, priests and family and friends of the sisters from across the country. The sisters have been using the smaller chapel inside the Angelica House since moving to their 40-acre site from Black Canyon City in October. Angelica House, a 10-bedroom retreat center, will ultimately serve lay Catholics on private and group retreats once Our Lady of Solitude Monastery is built. “It all came together beautifully,” Sr. Marie St. Paul told The Catholic Sun after Mass. Sr. St. Paul, one of the original five “Desert Nuns,” said she was most excited to finally see the eucharistic

Poor Clare sisters dress the altar during the May 7 Mass dedicating their new chapel in Tonopah. Ambria Hammel/CATHOLIC SUN

King enthroned. The Poor Clares moved to the Valley from Alabama at the invitation of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. He wanted a contemplative order in the diocese. “Thanks for coming to the desert. But above all, thanks for your daily, sacrificial love in Christ,” the bishop told the sisters in closing remarks at Mass. The sisters sat on the cloistered side of the chapel to the left of the ambo throughout the two-hourand-40-minute liturgy. Then bishop reminded the faithful that the chapel is a response to the sisters’ gift to the Church. He also spent time in his homily reflecting on the ways beauty can be expressed in Church architecture. Verticality, for example, suggests Jesus’ resurrection and ascension. “When you entered this beautiful chapel today, were your eyes not

drawn upwards in awe? Did not our minds and hearts soar to the heights where Goodness and Truth and Beauty abide?” the bishop said. “What is beautiful transports us into the presence of the God who loves us.” The dedication liturgy brought the Eucharist to the faithful. Bishop Olmsted anointed the altar before two of the sisters’ priest friends dedicated its walls. Sisters Mary Fidelis and JohnMark Maria dressed the altar table for the first time. Sr. St. Paul made the linens. After Mass ended, priests opened the reredos doors and adoration began. That was the pivotal moment for Cathy Schafer, Sr. John-Mark’s mother. “They came here to make His throne and He’s in His throne now,” she told The Catholic Sun. ✴

Mesa parish moves into new church By J.D. Long-García The Catholic Sun

MESA — It didn’t go according to plan. Bishop Edward McCarthy established All Saints Parish back in 1972 to serve mostly retired Catholics. The parish thrived under the leadership of Msgr. William McKay, the founding pastor. As Phoenix grew, so did All Saints. In 1978, the parish was divided in two, forming a new parish, Holy Cross. In 1995, Fr. Robert J. Caruso took over All Saints. Not too long after that, the community realized their church, which had served them so well for so many years, was too small. Fundraising to build a new parish home began in 2003 and they broke ground Nov. 2, 2009, on the $7.4 million church. Parish priests celebrated the last Masses in the old church April 17 — Palm Sunday. At that point, the priests were celebrating 11 Masses every weekend, including Mass at a nearby school and in a church hall. Now, parish priests celebrate five Masses each weekend. “We’re just growing and grow-

Fr. Robert Caruso stands behind the altar April 17 after leading All Saints parishioners in a eucharistic procession from their old church to their new one. J.D. Long-García/CATHOLIC SUN

ing,” he said. “Msgr. McKay used to look out and just see gray hair, but you kept coming and coming, and that’s a good thing. You’d never used to hear crying babies.” The new church, which dwarfs the one dedicated in 1974, seats almost 1,900. During the winter months, the parish serves upwards of 4,500 families. “That’s our new home — we’ll get used to it. I’m still trying to remember where the light switches are,” Fr. Caruso quipped. “We’ll say our goodbyes to this building and hello to the new one, bringing the Lord with us,” he said, “because He never changes and He’s always with us.” “It’s been a long time coming, but it’s beautiful,” said John Flores, who served on the building committee. The project lasted more than 10 years.

Deacon Gordon Aird, pastoral associate, noted the building’s green features, including a heating and cooling system below the sanctuary and sensors on the walls so that the building isn’t cooled to the ceiling. The brass relief on the altar depicts the Twelve Apostles, and plans are underway to make each window a stained-glass depiction of a saint. The parish offices are on either side of the choir loft. The old church building will be decommissioned, Deacon Aird said. It would cost $3 million to bring it up to date because if they change anything, then the entire building has to be up to modern codes. The cross from the old church is central to the new one, just behind the altar. “He’s in love with us,” Fr. Caruso said in his Palm Sunday homily. “He’s on that cross because of us.” ✴

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GOODYEAR — A devotion to the Blessed Mother is not uncommon at Catholic schools across the globe. A parent-led Marian devotion where the mothers also concern themselves with Hispanic family enrollment, however, is a bit more unique. There is sa two-fold mission of the MMASS group at St. John Vianney — the name short for Mothers with Mary in Action, Service and Solidarity. It’s in response to a report released nearly a year-and-a-half ago by the University of Notre Dame’s task force on the participation of Latino children and families in Catholic schools. It found that increasing Catholic school closures nationwide disproportionately affected Latino communities. The 60-page report also issued a challenge: provide the Catholic school advantage to one million Hispanic children within the next decade. That would require dou-

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bling the percentage of Latino children in Catholic schools now from 3 percent to 6 percent. Salesian Sister Ignacia Carrillo, principal at St. John Vianney, wasted no time ensuring the school’s marketing efforts effectively reached Hispanic families in the parish and local community. She formed the MMASS group mid-year. It’s not enough to send Hispanic parents on their way with a bro-

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ality or parenting struggles. The moms are assigned prospective families at their monthly meeting and follow-up with phone calls and general school information. They also personally invite families at Mass or during other parish functions like a parent meeting for Spanish religious education students. The moms made a personal pitch there last year and St. John Vianney gained 10 families as a result. There are other students across the grades ready to start in August. Sr. Ignacia said it’s important to have MMASS members working with prospective families from the initial contact through scholarship applications, registration, the first day of school and beyond. When prospective families are ready for a tour, MMASS members go with them offering firsthand knowledge about teachers and the campus atmosphere that a brochure can’t capture. The personal approach eliminates the misconception that Catholic schools are for the elite. ✴

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2011 Christian Service Award recipients The Catholic Community Foundation awarded 23 local Catholic students with scholarships to be used toward tuition at a Catholic high school in the diocese. Each student will receive $2,000 each year for their four years of high school. Fr. Philip J. Poirer started the Christian Service Awards in 1998 to recognize students who exhibited Christ-centered behavior through their service to their pairsh, school and community. Since then, 120 students have won $8,000 scholarships. Front row: (left to right) Veronica Hidalgo, Ciara Rose Petronzio, Alexandra Nuñez, Mary Caitlin Alice Martin, Rachel Marie Walborn, Alyssa Rosa Cruz, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, Donna Marino (CCF President and CEO), Matthew Figueroa, Robert Brandt, Matthew Jacob Valdez, Cassidy Michele Bayda. Back row: (left to right) Noah Minton, Elisabeth Tanner, Angel Del Campo, Cecilia Elena Siqueiros, Emily Ann Jordan, Taylor Long, Nicholas J. Hodges, Brooke Blumling, Jacqueline Ann McAuliff, Sydnay Genevieve Tucker, Isabel Ewan, Jeremiah Sullivan, Konrad Eze.

New building for library, computer lab opens at St. Catherine By Ambria Hammel The Catholic Sun

St. Catherine of Siena School has completed a two-room, nearly 2,100-square-foot building, the first addition to the campus since the south Phoenix school opened in 1949. The facility — funded by a

grant from The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust — was built in two months and sits on the north side of the campus. The new building features the school’s first official library, a permanent, full-size computer lab and an internal door linking the two. St. Catherine of Siena opened the library when classes resumed May 2 after Easter Break. They computer lab will be moved over the summer. Staff members and their children spent part of their vacation preparing for the ceremonial ribbon cutting and grand opening. Fr. Thielo Ramirez, parochial vicar, also pitched in.

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The workers reclaimed and cleaned books, furniture and computers that have been in temporary storage the entire school year. Even though it was painstaking work, especially to verify that every book is cataloged and shelved, the staff looked forward to the end result. “I’m excited that we’re going to be able to have all the kids learning technology at the same time,” said Rochelle Chambers, St. Catherine’s technology teacher, who doubles as a middle school math teacher. Limited space allowed only half of the upper grade classes to fit in the modified computer lab at once during their twice-weekly visits Catherine Lucero, principal for the last seven years, said this marks the school’s first real library. She recalled books being in boxes in a portable building upon her arrival. Each box was labeled by grade. The makeshift library was reduced and moved over the summer from a small space between junior high classrooms to make room for a student chapel. An enclosed wall around the temporary computer lab also went up this summer. And St. Catherine of Siena has never had a science lab or a teacher’s lounge. Once the “musical chairs” involved with the latest moving project is finished, there will be room for both. A science lab will go into the vacated temporary computer lab and the teachers can now spend their break time in a small, dedicated space in the new building. Lucero said students were impressed with the building’s “new” smell after the ribbon cutting. They described it as “beautiful” and “awesome.” ✴


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High school athletes defended and chased state titles throughout the busy spring season. Athletes from local Catholic schools competed in seven different sports, with some teams bowing out early in state tournaments, but others fighting to the finish. Tennis That was especially true in tennis matches — team-level and doubles, specifically. The diocese’s two top-ranked girls teams, Phoenix’s Xavier College Preparatory and Scottsdale’s Notre Dame Preparatory, advanced to the championship game. The Saints took home the state title. The May 5 match against Phoenix’s Washington High School marked Notre Dame’s fifth straight 4A Division II title. It was their fourth consecutive state match where the girls took command of the court, winning 5-0. “They believed. They believed in themselves. They believed in their teammates,” coach Shelley Dinges said. “Every piece that you need to have a state championship team was there. Seeing the girls faces when they win — it can never get old for me.” Xavier and Brophy College preparatories took home the state runner-up title in 5A Division I play. The players faced separate team matches against Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School April 28. Brophy went undefeated in the post-season until the final match. Notre Dame’s boys team, ranked fourth in Arizona, fi nished as the state runner-up May 5 against No. 2 Arcadia. Three Catholic schools successfully defended their state rankings in the doubles competition May 2 at Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale. Xavier’s Kendra Mahoney and Kelsey Rose, the No. 2 ranked pair, finished second with Taylor Young and Madison Majerle finishing fourth. Gina Losole and Kelsie Sanborn from Notre Dame took home third place after spending the season ranked third. Kyle Chalmers and Hudson Blake from Brophy fi nished second against the topranked Millennium pair. Lacrosse Brophy’s lacrosse team has competed in the state finals since 2006 and already has three titles, but fell one game short this season losing 8-6 in the semi-finals May 4. Both of Notre Dame’s lacrosse teams had great club seasons. The

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The girls varsity tennis team at Notre Dame Preparatory won its fifth straight title May 5. The school’s lacrosse teams also did well this season.

boys third trip to the state game in Division II play proved to be the charm. The Saints edged out Oro Valley 12-11 in overtime May 7. “This year’s team was the most balanced in the school’s history,” said Nick Protopopoff, head coach, noting the Saints’ unselfish play, their “potent offense” and “stingiest defense” in the division. On the girls side, the saints went 11-3 in regular season play making it the best season on record. “Two of the losses came in overtime play against our two biggest rivals,” Laraine Pizzi, the girls’ cocoach said. The Saints went on to edge out Mountain Pointe 10-8 in the semifi nals May 11 and faced Desert Vista in the fi nals May 13. The Catholic Sun went to press before the saints took the field. Baseball, softball Junior Jackie Aguilar, pitcher for Bourgade Catholic High School, threw one for the record books early on in the Eagles’ season. She pitched a perfect game March 11 against San Luis in the Shamrock Classic. Aguilar threw 46 pitches in four innings and struck out 10 of the 12 batters she faced. Bourgade’s softball team, ranked third in the 2A competition, advanced to the

fi nal four May 13 at Rose Mofford Softball Complex. No. 2 ranked Notre Dame lost in the semifinals May 12. Track and field Several athletes ranked in the top three heading into the state’s track and field fi nals May 11-14 at Mesa Community College. Xavier held the top four spots in the 3200meter run in Division I competition. The Gators also held the number one spot in the 4x800meter relay, 1600-meter run and 800-meter run. Brophy’s Will Firth ranked second in the 1600 and 3200-meter run making up half of the team’s top placed rankings. Notre Dame’s Chris McGrew ranked fi rst in the boys 300-meter hurdles in Division II competition. The Saints also sent Mike Foley, a No. 2 ranked discus thrower, among other athletes to the track and field finals. Two athletes from Bourgade ranked third in Division IV competition heading into the finals. That included Janeth Gomez for the 3200meter run and Nathan Rodriguez in both shot put and discus. Jacob Flores, a junior at Seton Catholic Preparatory High School in Chandler, broke the school’s pole

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vault record. He soared 13 feet, 1 inch during a mid-season meet.

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Other sports Varsity level boys volleyball teams from Notre Dame, Seton and Brophy all bowed out of the competition in the quarterfinals. Brophy’s junior varsity team made campus headlines, however. The boys posted an undefeated season, the first in Bronco history. Xavier’s crew team had a decent season too. Fifteen rowers set personal records during the Arizona Indoor Rowing Championship in February with seven of them rowing 2,000 meters in under eight minutes. Xavier also has a master skipper on its hands. Alexia Lorch, a junior, won the Arizona State High School Sailing Championship last month. Scott Soethe, a senior at Brophy, was on her crew. It was Lorch’s third title in the club sport. ✴

The Catholic Tuition Organization of the Diocese of Phoenix, which converts “tax-redirect” donations from Arizona taxpayers into scholarships to help lowincome students attend Catholic schools, has Bishop Nevares elected Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares to to its board of directors. Bishop Nevares “has a deep respect for the value of a Catholic education and, as a pastor, understands fi rst-hand the commitment required from the entire Catholic community, not just parents of school children,” said Rick Toerne, president of CTODP. ✴

Three schools advance to state tennis finals Wrapping up spring sports at Catholic high schools

I’d Like to Interview You Hello Folks, I am a retired priest of the Phoenix Diocese and a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Arizona State University. The focus of my dissertation concerns the encounter of Irish priests (from Ireland) and their Mexican or Hispanic parishioners in Arizona from 1942 to 1970. I believe that some of these men may have ministered in your parish a few decades ago. I am looking for Hispanic parishioners who knew these padres and who would allow me to interview them. If you can help me to recapture this moment of local Church history and tell this unique story, I would be indebted to you. Please contact me: (Rev.) John Cunningham (480) 988-1935 16709 E. Frye Rd. / Gilbert, AZ 85295

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The majesty and mercy of God: Why a new Missal?


he Sacred Liturgy is not man-made. It is not something that human beings, even out of the best of motives such as strong faith and the love of God, can produce. Even the best liturgical committees do not make Sacred Liturgy. We, on our own, do not know how to relate to God, how to please Him. Even if we did, without His grace, we would still be incapable of doing this. In order to worship God, that is, in order to have Sacred Liturgy that is right and fitting, God must freely bestow this gift upon us human beings. That is precisely what He did in giving us His only begotten Son. The gift of worship, then, is one with the Father’s gift of His only begotten Son; and it reaches its fullest realization in the Paschal Mystery, that is, in the death and Resurrection of Christ.

The Sacred Liturgy is given, not invented In the Spirit of the Liturgy, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Benedict XVI) wrote (p. 22), “…real liturgy implies that God responds and reveals how we can worship Him. In any form, liturgy includes some kind of ‘institution’. It cannot spring from imagination, our own creativity — then it would remain just a cry in the dark or mere self-affirmation. Liturgy implies a real relationship with Another, who reveals Himself to us and gives our existence a new direction.” In the Old Testament, which reveals key steps by which God prepared the way for the coming of His only Son, we also find a dramatic example of false worship in the account of the golden calf that the Israelites fashioned in the desert. What was false is not that they wanted to worship false gods, ones other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They were not, in fact, seeking “other gods”. Rather, what made their worship false is that they wanted to worship God according to their own designs, in a way that brought God down to their own human level. However, this led to a ritual of selfaffirmation, which in turn led to self-gratification. True worship lifts us beyond ourselves into the realm of God. Since we cannot do that on our own, we have to rely on the Triune God for the dynamic love that has the power to redeem us and also for the liturgical form that He provides to do this. Real action When Jesus came into our world, when He became incarnate through the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, and when He died and rose again to redeem us, He offered the Father worship that is pleasing to Him. Never before was this possible. For only God can worthily worship God; only the

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Son of God can love the Father in a way that He deserves and that is capable of making restitution for the sins of the human race. True worship comes from God, is made possible by Him and is directed to Him. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote (Idem, p. 173), “The real ‘action’ in the liturgy in which we are all supposed to participate is the action of God Himself. This is what is new and distinctive about the Christian liturgy: God Himself acts and does what is essential. He inaugurates the new creation, makes Himself accessible to us, so that, through the things of the earth, through our gifts, we can communicate with Him in a personal way.” We receive this gift of worship, we participate in it by faith and through the help of His grace. In fact, the Church encourages us to be fully engaged and conscious participants in the Sacred Liturgy, while at the same time aware that the participation itself is possible only with God’s grace. By becoming one with us in our humanity, the Lord Jesus, in and through His Body the Church, brings us into communion with Himself as He worships and adores the Father. Cardinal Ratzinger continues (Idem, p. 174), “The point is that, ultimately, the difference between the ‘actio Christi’ and our own action is done away with. There is only one action, which is at the same time His and ours — ours because we have become ‘one body and one spirit’ with Him. The uniqueness of the Eucharistic liturgy lies precisely in the fact that God Himself is acting and that we are drawn into that action of God. Everything else is, therefore, secondary.”

Preparation of liturgical texts Since it is God Himself who is acting in the Sacred Liturgy, we clergy and laity approach the Sacred Liturgy with a spirit of reverence and obedience. It is not something over which we have “control.” But, at the same time, it is something in which human creativity and participation are expected and required. The Church in Liturgiam Authenticum (#3), describes this as a “great and difficult duty.” Then, it goes on to say, “Even so, the greatest prudence and care are required in the preparation of liturgical books marked by sound doctrine, which are exact in wording, free from all ideological influence, and otherwise endowed with those qualities by which the sacred mysteries of salvation and the indefectible faith of the Church are efficaciously transmitted by means of human language into prayer, and worthy worship is offered to God the Most High.” If such care and effort have gone into the preparation of the English translation of the new Missal, then, is it not reasonable to assume that much care and effort is required on our part to receive these translations in a spirit of faith and to maintain fidelity to the received forms, rubrics and words of the sacred texts? Let us remember the primary purpose of the language employed in the sacred texts: namely, to capture and express eternal truths about God and His love. As Liturgiam Authenticam states quite candidly (#19), “The words of the Sacred Scriptures, as well as the other words spoken in liturgical celebrations…are not intended primarily to be a sort of mirror of the interior dispositions of the faithful; rather, they express truths that transcend the limits of time and space. Indeed, by means of these words God speaks continually with the Spouse of His beloved Son, the Holy Spirit leads the Christian faithful into all truth and causes the word of Christ to dwell abundantly within them, and the Church perpetuates and transmits all that she herself is and all that she believes.” The words we use when we pray at Mass, together with the sacred mysteries that we celebrate, change us; they call us to conversion; they move us to works of charity and justice; they give us the courage to speak the truth in love; they draw us beyond our own feelings and preferences and assist us in putting the needs of others ahead of our own. This is why the Sacred Liturgy produces much fruit in the Church and why Vatican II described it as a fountain from which God’s richest blessings flow. ✴

guestcommentary A spirited controversy: Tussling over words used in Mass is nothing new The following commentary appeared in the March 27 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, a national Catholic newsweekly based in Huntington, Ind. It was written by Greg Erlandson, president and publisher.


he sky is not falling this coming Advent, despite what you may be hearing. What will happen is the implementation of a new translation of the Roman Missal. This translation is intended to bring the English more in line with the original Latin text and with the translations of other languages, which generally hew closer to the Latin text. Since there is nothing that a certain class of Catholic prefers more than a good row about the liturgy, this has become the occasion for a great deal of harrumphing. One organization began gathering signatures from people who wanted to delay the translation. More recently, a number of articles have appeared in certain Catholic periodicals asking the bishops to bring the entire enterprise to a screeching halt. One of the charisms of being Catholic is a willingness to complain about Church matters, so there is nothing new here. My only concern is that the criticism may distract from what can be an important catechetical opportunity: While the changing of words — even the changing of many words —

does not mean that Catholics will become holier or their liturgies more sacred and inspiring, the truth is that words matter. The Church no longer uses just one human language in its daily discourse with God — that is, Latin. But as the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church, having the diverse tongues of the faithful speak as one is still a Pentecost moment of sorts, and the words that our Spanish, French or Italian co-religionists use should closely parallel those that we speak. ‘And with your spirit’ One small example of this is the soon-to-be restored response, “And with your spirit,” to the priest’s “The Lord be with you.” Those of us who have a vestigial memory of the Latin Mass will remember the altar boy’s phrase, “et cum Spiritu tuo,” or as it sounded to my childish ears, ecomespiri tutu oh!. If one attends a Spanish-language Mass, the phrase retains this sense: Y con tu espiritu. The translation that we have now — “and also with you” — is fine, but sounds a bit more casual: “Right back at you, Rev.!” What many may not know is that the phrase “And with your spirit” has deep connections with our Catholic history. The point was driven home to me when my wife introduced me to a passage written by St. Peter Damian a thousand years

ago. In an essay called “The Book of the ‘Lord be with You,’ St. Damian was attempting to address the question of whether a hermit in his cell should say the response since there was no one else in the cell with him. Writing in the 11th century, St. Damian noted that when the priest says, “The Lord be with you,” he is invoking “the ancient authority of the Scriptures,” where it is used in several passages. Then he writes: “When the Church receives the salutary greeting of the priest, she greets him in return, and in doing so prays that, as he has desired that the Lord may be with them, so He (God) may deign to be with him. ‘And with thy spirit,’ she replies, meaning: ‘May almighty God be with your soul, so that you may worthily pray to Him for our salvation.’ Notice that she says not ‘with thee,’ but ‘with thy spirit’; this is to remind us that all things concerned with the services of the Church must be performed in a spiritual manner.” What I find fascinating is that 1,000 years ago a saint was thinking about and expounding on this phrase, itself many more hundreds of years old. If the discussion and catechesis leading up to the new changes can help us appreciate the deep wellsprings from which our liturgy has flowed, we will be the richer for it. ✴


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Source and summit ▶ Re: “Behold the Lamb of God: Meditating on the source and summit of our faith” (, April 21), Fr. McGuire rightly points to our nature as sensory beings. What we see and what we hear matter, and our surroundings “help us all to enter more readily into the sacred liturgy.” This is also true regarding how we act. Consider how the Holy Father has called for reception of the Eucharist kneeling and on the tongue at papal liturgies. Of course it is not a change to the law, but the Holy Father is teaching. Cardinal Cañizares spoke of the pope’s preference: “What does it mean to kneel during the consecration at Mass? It means adoration, it means recognizing the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist; it means respect and an attitude of faith of a man who prostrates before God because he knows that everything comes from Him, and we feel speechless, dumbfounded, before the wondrousness, His goodness, and His mercy. That is why it is not the same to place It in the hand, and to receive Communion in any fashion, than doing it in a respectful way; it is not the same to receive Communion kneeling or standing up, because all these signs indicate a profound meaning. What we have to grasp is that profound attitude of the man who prostrates himself before God, and that is what the pope wants.”

Correction In the April 21 edition of The Catholic Sun, we erroneously indicated that the Good Friday service from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral was a Mass. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused. It was noted in the article, “Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral itself has undergone some sanctuary renovation to help the faithful remain prayerful and present during Mass,” but it should be also noted that they have also undergone “renovation” in the manner the Eucharist is received. I do not go to Mass at the cathedral, but I have read of Fr. Lankeit’s efforts through the Catholic blogosphere; his efforts to educate the faithful regarding reception on the tongue is laudable and serves as an example and source of inspiration to the faithful, and not just locally! Luis Fernandez Excerpted from a comment posted to

Blessed John Paul II ▶ Re: “Diocese prepares special exhibit to honor JPII’s life, beatification” (, April 18), there is also a prayer kneeler installed in the rear of St. Mary’s Basilica where Pope John Paul II knelt and prayed during his 1987 visit to the Phoenix

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Diocese. It was during this visit that he blessed the future basilica. St. Mary’s is the oldest Roman Catholic Church in the Phoenix area, dating back to its beginning in 1881, which is located on the corners of Third and Monroe streets, and is operated by the Franciscan Friars. Kay and Rick Simon Excerpted from a comment posted to

St. Anne’s goes to Rome ▶ Re: “From Gilbert to the Vatican: St. Anne choir performs in Rome” (, May 3), fantastic article. This truly captured the emotions of the members involved as well as shed some insight of how important St. Peter’s square is. Amazing work. Jason Redd45 Excerpted from a comment posted to

Arizona Catholic Conference 2011 Legislative Wrap-Up

ACC: Good news on the pro-life, immigration and tax credit bills


n the 100th day of the legislative session, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 5:25 a.m., making it one of the shortest sessions in recent years. Before its completion, however, the 2011 legislative session featured a number of monumental achievements, especially with regard to pro-life legislation. In particular, the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) is very grateful that legislation we supported (HB 2416) was signed into law so that women seeking an abortion must first be offered a chance to see an ultrasound and hear the heartbeat of their unborn child. Another of the many pro-life highlights this year also included passage of a measure (HB 2384) to deny tax credits for donations to organizations referring for or providing abortions. We believe that both HB 2416 and HB 2384 are meaningful new laws that will save lives and benefit women and children. In addition to these bills, the Legislature passed into law several positive measures specifying that: 1) physician assistants cannot prescribe medications for abortions (SB 1030); 2) nurse practitioners are not allowed to include performing abortions within the scope of their practice (SB 1169); and 3) abortions performed for the purpose of sex or race selection are prohibited (HB 2443). With regard to the death penalty, the ACC was also pleased that the agency entrusted with providing a quality legal defense to those on death row was continued for another five years (SB 1245). Finally, all of the hostile measures attacking pro-life interests were defeated without a hearing, including bills to mandate the distribution morning after pills (HB2428) and another relating to assisted suicide (SB1447). Problematic immigration measures fail The good news from this past legislative session also continued with regard to high-profile immigration bills that

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failed to pass this year. Included among these problematic immigration bills opposed by the ACC were measures that would have, among other things, done the following: 1) denied birthright citizenship to undocumented immigrants born in Arizona (SB 1308 and SB 1309); 2) required hospitals to check the legal status of all patients (SB 1405); and 3) mandated that children enrolling in elementary school provide proof of legal status (SB 1611). The ACC is grateful to all of the state senators who had the conviction and courage to vote no on these bills. We also very much appreciate the hundreds of emails that were sent to elected officials on these bills by people responding to our “Action Alert.” Concerns for marriage, families and vulnerable populations With regard to issues relating to marriage, positive legislation was signed into law creating a preference in adoptions for married couples when all other factors are equal (SB 1188). Similarly, another good proposal that became law was one requiring the education programs on divorce offered by the courts to include a component on the long-term effects of divorce on both the adults and children (SB 1187). There were no direct attacks on the institution of marriage, but there was an unsuccessful attempt to repeal the chari-

table organization tax credit benefiting organizations like St. Vincent de Paul, Catholic Charities, and crisis pregnancy centers. In light of the severe budget cutbacks to social services for low-income people, the ACC is particularly pleased that this effort failed. Additionally, there were the usual unsuccessful attempts to repeal the tuition tax credit program which benefits needy children attending Catholic and other private schools throughout Arizona. These tax credits enable parents to send their children to the schools that best fit their needs while saving the state money. The ACC worked with a number of allies to not only defend, but also expand, school choice this year and is tremendously appreciative of the 900 messages sent in response to our “Action Alert” on this issue. Thankfully, we were able to defend all current school choice laws and see the passage of a new program creating education savings accounts for disabled children this legislative session. While we were hoping to do even more expansion on the tuition tax credits this session, we remain grateful for the gains achieved and look forward to even more progress in 2012. Conclusion Finally, the ACC is grateful to all of the people and groups who supported our efforts through prayers and emails this session. We look forward to working with you again on the issues of greatest importance to the Catholic Church. As always, your assistance in encouraging anybody you know to sign up for free email updates at will help us continue to grow the influence of the Catholic Church on these matters. ✴ Ron Johnson is executive director of the Arizona Catholic Conference, the public policy agency for the Diocese of Gallup, the Diocese of Phoenix and the Diocese of Tucson.

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Caring for the elderly: finite resources or infinite love?


et’s face it: even if our government continues to print money, eventually, they won’t be able to print it fast enough to pay for the coming storm. And by coming storm, I don’t mean a bit of wind and rain. We’re talking hurricane. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the total cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients by all payers in 2010 was $172 billion. By 2050, that number is predicted to rise to $1 trillion a year as the number of sufferers more than doubles. In the midst of our country’s stark economic challenges, many wonder how we’re going to pay for it all. In Britain, where socialized medicine is charged with the health-care costs of all citizens, philosopher Mary Warnock declared, “If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives — your family’s lives — and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Service.� Here in the United States, Amy Tuteur, M.D., aka “The Skeptical OB,� used Warnock’s comments to postulate on her website that, faced with finite resources, society ought to spend health-care dollars on the young rather than the old. In her view, caring for Alzheimer’s patients is a waste of money. Obviously, this is not a Christian point of view. So what should we do as we face a cataclysmic rise in the number of people with Alzheimer’s who will require long-term care? Burden to society? It’s a conundrum I’ve spent the last few months trying to sort out. In April, I reported on Phil, an elderly neighbor suffering from Alzheimer’s who could no longer be cared for at home. He had no children who could care for him and his

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elderly wife, Jeanie, was too frail to do so. Insurance would cover 20 days in a nursing home — after that, Jeanie would have to pay the roughly $5,000 a month for her husband’s 24/7 care. On the 19th day — Good Friday — Phil passed away. As the couple’s personal representative, I had been through the cumbersome process of applying for Veteran’s benefits and ALTCS, Arizona’s program to help pay for long-term care. A dizzying array of meetings, paperwork and phone calls with social workers, physicians, hospice teams and bureaucrats ensued. And old people are supposed to try and do this on their own? Guy Mikkelsen, president of the Foundation for Senior Living here in the Diocese of Phoenix, knew exactly how I felt. “We must tell the stories of the individuals, their desperation, and lack of coordination in care, benefits and even reliable information,� Mikkelsen said. “There is little to no safety net.� Others, like John Jakubczyk, past president of Arizona Right to Life, worry that bean counters will eventually determine that euthanasia, a polite term for killing off those

perceived as useless, will become the “humane,� cost-effective solution. “Those without strong advocates to protect their interests will find themselves at greater risk than those with families and loved ones,� Jakubczyk said. “Sad to say, but the mentality that argued for legal abortion will be used to press for euthanasia of the very people who promoted legal abortion.� Mike Phelan, director of the Office of Marriage and Respect Life Issues for the Phoenix Diocese, agreed. “God’s plan for taking care of you is your family,� he said. Strong families Government isn’t the solution to the developing crisis, though it can offer limited assistance. Heroic love — unlimited love that finds its source in God and is lived out in faithful families — is the answer. Think about it: more than 90 percent of elderly Hispanics are cared for at home by their families — not in nursing homes. Hispanic culture, traditionally Catholic and centered around family — reveres large, extended families. The challenge for us is to build up a culture of life and faith. A society that views children and the elderly as burdens rather than gifts is a society that is headed not just for financial bankruptcy — but moral and spiritual bankruptcy as well. Now more than ever, we need strong families, tight-knit communities, vibrant faith, and reverence for the gift of life, both young and old alike. That’s a winning combination that can weather any storm. ✴ Joyce Coronel is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Please send comments to

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ow that we have defeated Osama bin Laden, what’s the next greatest battle facing America? It’s not fanatical Muslims or the economy or even global warming. It is the battle against ideology — specifically the fanatical idealism that comes at the expense of the human race. And it is quite literally a life-or-death situation. That’s because humans are more valuable than ideas or ideals, or at least they should be in America. That’s the whole concept this nation was founded upon. Once we realize that, we will all feel a little more blessed to be alive. And we will also realize we have a lot of work to do in order to protect the value of that life. Fundamentalism, environmentalism, absolutism, nihilism, consumerism, perfectionism, individualism — all of them threaten to override the value of humanity. That’s because all those “isms� can convince us that something — anything — can be more important than the innate, divinely ordained human life. Here’s how it works. Someone somewhere takes an otherwise noble cause and pushes it to its fanatical end, making everything expendable in order to achieve that goal —including human life, when human life is supposed to be the end to which all those other “isms� are supposed to help serve. It is this mindset that allows an Islamic extremist to blow

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up an airliner, or a so-called Christian to bomb an abortion clinic, or a group of environmentalists to make DDT illegal, thereby not protecting millions of children from malaria in Third World countries. It’s also what makes otherwise beautiful, talented and blessed people decide their lives are worthless because they don’t have all the material items that they want (materialism), or because the world isn’t the way they want it to be (perfectionism). And it’s what causes so many well-intentioned people to cast abortion as perfectly acceptable because they are obsessed with a woman’s free choice over the value of a life of a child (a striking case of out-of-control individualism). But there have always been Machiavellian ideologues who







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here’s a quote from St. Augustine that has great potential for being deliberately misconstrued, but which nevertheless reveals a great truth. The saint is preaching on the First Epistle of John, which exhorts the readers to love as God has loved them. Augustine sums up the letter with a short precept: “Love, and do what you will: whether you hold your peace, through love hold your peace; whether you cry out, through love cry out; whether you correct, through love correct; whether you

spare, through love do you spare; let the root of love be within, of this root can nothing spring but what is good,” St. Augustine writes. This lesson — so eloquent in print, so difficult in action — lies at the heart of a new trilogy of novels by Sherry Boas. “Until Lily,” the fi rst book in the trilogy, stands as a beautiful reflection on the necessity of having a life suffused with real love. Bev Greeley is an old woman in a nursing home dying from Parkinson’s disease. Lily is Bev’s niece with Down syndrome whom Bev reluctantly raised after her sister died of cancer. Now, Bev is an old woman surrounded by other old men and women, most of whom are only visited by their families when a vague sense of duty goads them into driving to the home for an abbreviated visit. They are pushed to the margins of everyone’s mind. It’s a situation that gives Bev plenty of time to refl ect on Lily, a woman who has spent her whole life marginalized because of her Down syndrome, but who remains unfl agging in her compassion and

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love for those around her. Bev describes the moment when she feels too weak to take her walk around the home, and asks Lily to bring the wheelchair to push her. “Lily’s smile grows wide at the thought of pushing me around the

grounds. She’s already in the hallway when she remembers to poke her head back through the doorway and say, ‘I be righ- back,’” Boas writes. “You typically only see that kind of enthusiasm when you tell a kid she’s going to Disneyland. For Lily, Disney-caliber elation occurs seven or eight times a day. I wonder what it would be like to feel life at that depth.” That last thought in many ways drives the novel and forces readers to confront their own inability to encounter the world with the same depth that Lily has. Bev’s fi rst person narration works well in the novel. She has a strong voice — compelling in its honesty. This is a woman confronting the end of her life while refl ecting on all her years of pain, diffi culty and misunderstanding, the sort of stuff that happens all too often with families over the course of a few decades. The author’s style is fluid and sympathetic, and the characters are richly textured and fully imagined. In a story that could easily have read as saccharine or manipulative in a lesser writer’s hands, Boas shows life as it really is: messy, hurtful, but also fi lled with supernatural grace and heroic love. It also proposes what life could be like if more of us would take Augustine’s precept to heart. ✴ Media critic Andrew Junker is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Send e-mail to



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crossing paths with Manolo once again. While St. Josemaria struggles with how to act amidst the death and violence that surrounds him, Manolo struggles with his ambition, lust and acceptance of forgiveness. The human experience is full of moral challenges that one must continually address in light of God’s teaching. This is a difficult thing to do in general, much less in the midst of war. The relationship between Manolo and his son, and between Manolo and St. Josemaria, shows the power and at times the difficul-

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Film about Opus Dei founder centers on forgiveness ife is complicated — even the life of a saint. In “There Be Dragons” (Samuel Goldwyn) audiences are shown the most challenging aspects of St. Josemaria Escriva’s life and work as he lived through the Spanish Civil War and founded the prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei. St. Josemaria founded this Catholic organization dedicated to the work of God (opus Dei) in 1928, just eight years before the civil war that killed an estimated half million people. The film is told through the voice of a childhood friend of St. Josemaria, Manolo, played by Wes Bentley. Manolo eventually cuts off his friendship with St. Josemaria and remains hostile toward him for most of the remaining years of his life. The two friends’ stories are seen through the eyes of Manolo’s son, Robert, who’s attempting to write a book about St. Josemaria prior to his canonization in 2002. Robert and Manolo do not have a good relationship. Discovering seminary pictures of his father and St. Josemaria, he goes to his father to get the full story. Manolo tells him of a unique friendship and the twisted web of his life. Manolo was a government spy during the civil war. His moral fortitude evaporates as the film progresses, creating a rather unsympathetic character. Meanwhile, St. Josemaria’s ministry is beset by religious persecution, which was part of the war. St. Josemaria hears confessions and celebrates Mass in hiding. He is finally forced to flee the country in the midst of severe persecution of priests and unknowingly ends up

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ty of forgiveness. It’s a message that remains central to St. Josemaria, who continually demands forgiveness from his fellow members of Opus Dei, all the while realizing how it can be challenging. The film also highlights the pitfalls of living a selfish existence and the value of community. Manolo is led into many grave sins as he selfishly pursues his own desires, revenge and ambition. St. Josemaria, on the other hand, creates a community in which selfishness is challenged and ambition is quieted which leads to a life committed to the pursuit of peace, love and forgiveness, even in the midst of persecution and war. The acting in “There Be Dragons” often feels a bit forced, but Charlie Cox is convincing as the saint without exaggerating his character. The stories jump around a bit and the modern day plot line, focusing on Robert and his father Manolo, borders on cheesy. The film is most genuine and true when it is focusing on St. Josemaria. St. Josemaria set up Opus Dei to support Catholics through their spiritual journey in the often complicated world of modern life. There are many lessons for Christian living — the power of forgiveness and the destructiveness of being selfish. “There Be Dragons” explains that St. Josemaria’s canonization was a consequence of a commitment to Christ and His teachings, not just a result of a saintly personality. ✴ Media critic Rebecca Bostic is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun. Comments are welcome. Send email to

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Por Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON — El presidente Barack Obama eligió el Monumento Nacional Chamizal en El Paso, Texas, cerca de la frontera Estados UnidosMéxico para lanzar un impulso para la reforma de inmigración hacia el cual la administración ha estado trabajando durante aproximadamente un mes. Ya que durante esta sesión legislativa docenas de estados han considerado, y la mayoría ha rechazado, medidas que localizarían la aplicación de leyes de inmigración que están bajo autoridad federal, Obama ha estado acumulando apoyo entre líderes religiosos, grupos comerciales, inmigrantes prominentes y otros para un nuevo esfuerzo de reforma de inmigración. Su discurso del 10 de mayo fue acompañado por la emisión de un “plano” de 34 páginas llamado “Edificando un Sistema de Inmigración Para el siglo 21”. El documento enfatiza la responsabilidad federal de la aplicación de las leyes de inmigración, responsabilizar los patronos si emplean o explotan trabajadores indocumentados, crear un sistema de la inmigración legal que satisfaga adecuadamente la demanda de empleo y la reunifi cación familiar y responsabilizar por sus acciones las personas que estén ilegalmente en Estados Unidos antes de permitirles “colocarse en el lado correcto de la ley”. El discurso de Obama vino justo cuando la Conferencia Católica de Texas protestó la aprobación por parte de la Cámara de Texas el 9 de mayo de un proyecto legislativo de aplicación de leyes de inmigración. Los obispos católicos del estado lo llamaron “una afrenta a la dignidad de los tejanos” que ignora la diversidad cultural y la herencia del estado y se pasa de la autoridad del gobierno estatal. El proyecto legislativo requeriría que las agencias de aplicación de ley traten las violaciones de inmigración como teniendo la misma prioridad que otros crímenes. ✴

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a sagrada liturgia no es sintética. No es algo que los seres humanos, aún con los mejores de motivos tales como la fe fuerte y el amor de Dios, pueden producir. Aún los mejores comités litúrgicos no hacen la sagrada liturgia. Nosotros, solos, no sabemos cómo relacionar a Dios, o como complacerlo. Aún cuando pudiéramos, sin su gracia, nosotros todavía seríamos incapaces de hacer esto. Para venerar a Dios, es decir, para tener la sagrada liturgia que es correcta y apropiada, Dios debe conceder libremente este don a nosotros seres humanos. Eso es precisamente lo que hizo cuando nos dió su único Hijo engendrado. El don de la adoración, entonces, es uno con el don del Padre de su único Hijo engendrado; y alcanza su realización más llena en el Misterio Pascual, que es en la muerte y la resurrección de Cristo. La sagrada liturgia es dada, no inventada

En el Espíritu de la Liturgia, el Cardenal Joseph Ratzinger (ahora Benedicto XVI) escribió (página 22), “…la liturgia verdadera implica que Dios responde y revela cómo lo podemos venerar. De cualquier forma, la liturgia incluye alguna clase de ‘institución’. No sale de la imaginación, nuestra propia creatividad—porque entonces sería sólo un grito en la oscuridad o simplemente la auto-afi rmación. La liturgia implica una relación verdadera con Otro, que se revela a nosotros y da nuestra existencia una nueva dirección.” En el Antiguo Testamento, el cual revela los pasos claves por los que Dios preparó el camino para la venida de su único Hijo, nosotros también encontramos un ejemplo dramático de la adoración falsa en la cuenta del becerro de oro que los Israelitas hicieron en el desierto. Lo que fue falso no es que quisieron venerar dioses falsos, dioses diferente que el Dios de Abraham, Isaac y Jacob. Ellos no fueron, de hecho, buscando “otros dioses”. Más bien, lo que hizo su adoración falsa es que quisieron venerar a Dios según sus propios diseños, de una manera que bajó a Dios a su propio nivel humano. Sin embargo, esto llevó a un ritual de auto-afirmación, que llevó en cambio a auto-gratificación. La adoración verdadera nos levanta más allá de nosotros mismos hacia el alcance de Dios. Ya que nosotros no podemos hacer eso solo, tenemos que depender de la Santísima Trinidad para el amor dinámico que tiene el poder de redimirnos y también para la forma litúrgica que Dios proporciona para hacer esto. La acción verdadera

La Cuando Jesús entró en nuestro mundo, cuando llegó a ser encarnado por el Espíritu Santo y nació de la Virgen María, y cuando murió y resucitó otra vez para redimirnos, El ofreció la adoración al Padre que lo complace. Esto nunca antes fue posible. Sólo Dios puede venerar dignamente a Dios; sólo el Hijo de Dios puede adorar al Padre de una manera que merece y eso es capaz de hacer restitución para los pecados de la raza humana. La adoración verdadera viene de Dios, es hecha posible por El y es dirigida a El. TM El Cardenal Ratzinger escribió (Idem, página 173), “La ‘acción’ verdadera en la “Un Lugar Sagrado…Una Obra de Misericordia” liturgia en la que somos supuestos todos a participar es la acción del mismo Dios. Esto es lo que es nuevo y distintivo acerca de la liturgia cristiana: El mismo Dios actúa y hace lo que es esencial. Inaugura la nueva creación, se hace accesible a nosotros, para que, por las cosas de la

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tierra, por nuestros dones, nosotros podamos comunicarnos con El de una manera personal.” Recibimos este don de adoración, tomamos parte en ella por fe y por la ayuda de su gracia. De hecho, la Iglesia nos anima a ser partícipes completamente comprometidos y conscientes en la sagrada liturgia, mientras al mismo tiempo, conscientes de que la participación es posible sólo con la gracia de Dios. Al ser uno con nosotros en nuestra humanidad, el Señor Jesús, en y por su cuerpo la Iglesia, nos trae en comunión consigo como venera y adora al Padre. El Cardenal Ratzinger continúa (Idem, página 174), “El punto es que, a fin de cuentas, la diferencia entre el ‘actio Christi’ y nuestra propia acción es eliminada. Hay sólo una acción, que es al mismo tiempo suya y nuestra — la nuestra porque hemos llegado a ser ‘un cuerpo y un espíritu’ con El. La singularidad de la liturgia eucarística se encuentra precisamente en el hecho de que el mismo Dios está acutando y que nosotros somos involucrados en esa acción de Dios. Todo lo demás, por lo tanto, es secundario.” La preparación de textos litúrgicos

Debido a que es el mismo Dios que actúa en la sagrada liturgia, nosotros el clero y los laicos nos acercamos a la liturgia sagrada con un espíritu de reverencia y obediencia. No es algo que tenemos bajo de nuestro “control.” Pero al mismo tiempo, es algo en que la creatividad y participación humana son esperadas y requeridas. La Iglesia en Liturgiam Authenticum (#3), describe esto como un “deber grande y difícil”. Entonces, pasa a decir, “A ún así, prudencia y gran cuidado son requeridos en la preparación de libros litúrgicos marcados por doctrina sana, que es exacta en la palabra, libre de toda influencia ideológica, y de otro modo dotada con esas cualidades por las que los misterios sagrados de salvación y la fe indefectible de la Iglesia son transmitidos eficazmente por medio del idioma humano en la oración, y adoración digna es ofrecida a Dios en las alturas.” Si se ha tomado tal cuidado y esfuerzo en la preparación de la traducción al inglés del nuevo Misal, entonces, ¿no es razonable asumir que mucho cuidado y esfuerzo son requeridos de nuestra parte a recibir estas traducciones en un espíritu de fe y para mantener fidelidad a las formas recibidas, las rúbricas y las palabras de los textos sagrados? Recordemos el propósito primario del idioma empleado en los textos sagrados: principalmente captar y expresar las verdades eternas acerca de Dios y su amor. Como Liturgiam Authenticam indica de manera muy sincera (#19), “Las palabras de las Sagradas Escrituras, así como también las otras palabras habladas en las celebraciones litúrgicas…no son deseñadas a ser principalmente un tipo de espejo de las disposiciones interiores de los fieles; más bien, expresan verdades que sobrepasan los límites de tiempo y espacio. Verdaderamente, por medio de estas palabras Dios habla continuamente con el Cónyuge de su amado Hijo, el Espíritu Santo dirige al cristiano fiel en toda la verdad y causa que la palabra de Cristo habite abundantemente dentro de ellos, y la Iglesia perpetúa y transmite todo lo que ella misma es y todo lo que cree.” Las palabras que utilizamos cuando oramos en la Misa, junto con los misterios sagrados que celebramos, nos cambian; nos llaman a la conversión; nos mueven a obras de la caridad y justicia; nos dan el valor a hablar la verdad en el amor; nos traen más allá de nuestros propios sentimientos y preferencias y nos ayudan a poner las necesidades de otros adelante de nuestras propias. De ahí que la sagrada liturgia produzca mucho fruto en la Iglesia y por qué el Segundo Concilio Vaticano la describió como una fuente de la que las bendiciones más ricas de Dios fluyen. ✴


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Conferencia pro-vida binacional presentará celebridades latinas Por Joyce Coronel The Catholic Sun

El famoso cantante Martín Valverde y la actriz Mexicana Karyme Lozano han confirmado que participarán en el Congreso Bi-Nacional de Respeto a la Vida y Evangelización de la Diócesis de Phoenix que tomará lugar del 10 al 12 de junio. Valverde, un nativo de Costa Rica, cuya música cristiana expresiva ha tocado los corazones de miles a través de las Américas, dará un concierto en la noche del sábado. Un himno pro-vida que compuso, “Toda Vida es Sagrada,” indudablemente recibirá aclamaciones de la multitud. El congreso, que tomará lugar en el Centro de Convenciones de Phoenix, también presentará a Lozano, una actriz mexicana de 32 años de edad de telenovelas, que dice experimentó una conversión después de la muerte de su padre durante el marzo del 2009. Lozano dijo que la busca de dinero y fama le habían dejado sintiendo vacía y sola. Después de que entregó su vida completamente a Dios, la actriz dijo que encontró la paz. “Fue una oración muy fuerte,” dijo Lozano. “Desnudé mi alma, y a partir de allí Dios obró en mi vida. No fuí yo, fue Dios el que ha

Mexicanos llaman a paz, nuevas políticas públicas en guerra contra drogas Por David Agren Catholic News Service

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO — Decenas de miles de personas fluyeron silenciosamente a través de la capital mexicana haciendo un llamando a la paz y a nuevas políticas públicas en la guerra contra las drogas para terminar una ola de violencia que ha reclamado más de 36,000 vidas durante los últimos cuatro años. Los líderes católicos fueron prominentes en la marcha del 8 de mayo, la cual que comenzó tres días antes en Cuernavaca, a 40 millas al sur de Ciudad de México. Ésta aumentó en el número de participantes, recibió más atención de los medios de comunicación y causó mayor controversia según convergía en la capital para una concentración en la cual muchos participantes cantaban lemas pidiendo la salida del presidente Felipe Calderón. El poeta católico Javier Sicilia, cuyo hijo Juan Francisco fue asesinado el 28 de marzo en Cuernavaca, lideró la marcha que comenzó con una bendición del obispo Raúl Vera López de Saltillo.✴

‘Toda Vida es Sagrada’ “Toda Vida es Sagrada,” una composición de Kiki Troia de Argentina, es cantada por Troia y Martín Valverde (ver el video: La canción será el tema del Congreso Bi-Nacional de Respeto a la Vida y Evangelización, del 10-12 de junio. Valverde participará en el congreso. tocado mi vida.” Carmen Portela, la directora de liderazgo español de parroquia para la Diócesis de Phoenix, ha estado trabajando por más de un año para planear el congreso, que dijo probablemente traerá a más de 600 personas de Iberoamérica y Estados Unidos. La música de Valverde es seguro que motivar la multitud, dijo Portela. “Es más poderoso que quizás una conferencia porque apela a

su ser interior, sus emociones y el corazón,” dijo Portela. “La gente está llamando de California diciendo que vienen sólo para el concierto.” Portela dijo que está bien eso, porque su esperanza es que la conferencia atraerá jóvenes que quizás se quedarán para el resto del congreso. La canción de Valverde “Toda Vida es Sagrada,” dijo Portela, fue escrita con un amigo de Argentina y es perfecta para el congreso

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THE LATEST A May 6 Mass with Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted presiding and six U.S. cardinals concelebrating preceded a fundraiser for Catholic University of America. The parish picnic was held April 10 at Scottsdale Ranch Park and featured relay races, volleyball and a tug of war. Days of reflection led by Holy Cross Father Bill Faiella, PsyD, were held this month for those struggling with chronic illness or addiction.



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St. Bernard of Clairvaux


WHAT’S UNIQUE? The parish sanctuary light is also a devotional candle that each week honors a loved one, living or deceased, or an anniversary. The name of the individual is posted each week in the bulletin. There’s also a Hispanic ministry. Last month, the ministry sold homemade tamales and empanadas to support upcoming Our Lady of Guadalupe festivities. — Joyce Coronel

QUOTABLE “My greatest compliment about the parishioners of St. Bernard of Clairvaux is their unending generosity and kindness they exhibit in keeping our community together. I couldn’t be prouder being their pastor.” — Fr. Brian Bell, pastor

UPCOMING The parish has an active Ministry of Care with 70 participants, but they are looking to recruit new members. Volunteers visit homes, hospitals, jails, assisted living and nursing homes. The next meeting for the group is May 23.

Founded: July 1, 1994 Founding pastor: Fr. John J. Vogt Address: 10755 N. 124th Street, Scottsdale Phone: (480) 661-9843 Pastor: Fr. Brian Bell Number of families: 1,200

Diocese of Pho oenix CATHOLIC CEMETERIES and mortuaries (602)267-1329 In remembran nce of those individuals interred in our Catholic Cemeter ies for the month of April

St. Francis Cemetery and Mausoleum 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix Ian Andriano Anto n nia V. Berrelleza Edward R. Besenfelde f r Ruth u h Brownell Charles Joseph Chirchirillo Maryy Ruth h Christy t James A. Doherty t Ruth u Loretta Eldridge Irene Marie Flores Jose A. Gallegos Felipe P. Gamma Julio Carlos Garcia, II Vito i Peter Gerardo Ruth u M. Grady Blanche R. Herbert Frank A. Ivenz Sarah J. Jakubisin Margaret M. Krakor k a Robert J. Labelle Jose F. Leyvas v Margaret Claire Linhart Salud Charlie Lira Lorenza R. Lopez Socorro R. Lopez Susan C. Luja u n Margaret M. Magri Alice D. Mahoney Mary R. Mangine Eulalia Mendoza Marie Lillie Mesquita i Mary Louise Metzger Joanne Jean Meye e r Marlene Maryy Mayer Robert Eugene Miers Patr a icia Jo Plucker Robert Plucker Ramon Rico Ramirez Robert Eugene Reiling Jesse Rodriquez Guadalupe G. Romero

Lawr a ence Schilling Maryy Ellen Sivi i gny n Joseph J. Szymczak Nancy c Ellen Vershure Noble Lee With i erspoon

Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum 10045 W. Thomas Rd., A Avondale Gedmin Anth n ony Alekson Jesus Valenzuela Barragan Manuell Bastidos-Miranda Bonnie Jean n Baumhover Conrad Beltran Crystal Bernal-Pineda Raym a ond H. Blanchette Charles Joseph Cancilliere Virginia Jennie Castro Robert Ybarra Charlez Cath a erine Laura Cranto n n Roy o Edward Cunningham, Jr. Julia Rubio DeNieto Zena H. Deal Janet M. Drescher Kimberly Josephine Earnhardt Socorro Espinoza Cath a erine Sylv y iaa Garrett Dolores C. Gentry Elizabeth J. Gillam Jaydahlynne Gonzalez Lupe Koehler-Ag - uilera Delores A. Kuch Marie Kulis Robert James Lambie William J. Lambie Robert A. Lopez Joe Meraz Martinez Robert V. Medina Maria Pulido Melgoza Tyler y Moase Margaret Moreno Edward M. Moschioni

Anita Inez Munoz Betty t O’Donnell Edgar Ortega Nicolas Ortega Francisca N. Palma-Nunez Leopoldo Pena James N. Pennington Filemon Rivasi Saenz Barbara Wilson Roer Bennie J. Ruffat f to William Francis Streitz t

Queen of Heaven Cemetery and Mortuary 1500 E. Baseline Rd., Mesa Edward J. Bamesberger Betty t Jane Barry Julia M. Bracamonte n Elizabeth Marie Burgoyne Loretta A. Chase Richard E. Chase Anna Crawford Elizabeth Deriva i n John Loren Doubek Nora Jane Doubek Manuell Coronado Durazo Joseph Durlak Eberha r rd J. Eiyn i ck Barbara Shimizu Espanio James R. Fogarty t Petra Salinas Garcia Jeanne Beverl e ly Garretson Ramon G. Gonzalez Francis William Graff f Oliviaa Margaret Guerrero Michael J. Harnett Leticia Olga Herrera Peyt e on Anth n ony Hinkle Paul Nguyen y Van Hoa Gerald Michael Ihnat a Burton Carl Johnston George R. Kelly l Hannah h H. King Carrie J. La Farnara

Donald Howard o Leroy o Peti Angelina Liku Carol M. Lundberg Greta M. Marquis Francis Mary McQuillin Donald G. Murray Ismael Cardona Orona Sharon Lynn Paro Maryy Irene Plankis Henry Steve v Riva i s Robin B. Roberts John Roderiquez Marco Anto n nio Salazar Anh Thi Thai Amelia Valenzuela Pauline Agnes Wawr a zyk y Billie Anne Weathers Esteban Fernando Zanabria-Garcia

Holy Redeemer Cemetery 23015 N. Cave Creek Rd., Phoenix George Cocreham Henry T. Krakow k wski Donald Milton Lammers Denise Joan n Smith William James Walicki Chaeil Yu

Calvary Cemetery 201 W. University y, Flagstaff g Edward Theodore Gorney Henry John Horejsi Milton Duane Schroeder

All Souls Cemetery 700 N. Bill Gray Rd., Cottonwood Gerard Theodore Fasano Earl Dempsey Nelson

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Arizona Catholic Singles, four volunteers needed serving the homeless at Paz de Cristo, 4-9 p.m., May 20, 424 W. Broadway Road, Mesa, a very worthy community service activity as we help prepare and serve a meal to our local homeless people. Info: call Patrick at (480) 898-7424. Catholic? Single? Widowed, divorced or separated? Over 35? “Catholic Social Teaching” presented by Rob Drapeau, 7 p.m., May 21, St Joseph Parish, 11001 N. 40th St., gives us the background of how we behave in our secular lives. Info: call Dan at (480) 941-5952 or Karen (602) 332-1737. Arizona Catholic Singles, DinMeetings and Classes ner and Social, 6-8 p.m., May 27, Moira Noonan witnessing, evan- Grimaldi’s Pizza, 4000 N. Scottsdale gelizing, and explaining the deeper Road, Scottsdale. RSVP with Patrick at meaning and infl uence of the New (480) 898-7424. Age movement, after several converArizona Catholic Singles, Mass and sion experiences, 7 p.m., May 23, St. Brunch, 10:45-2 p.m., May 29, St. FranAnne Parish, 440 E. Elliot Rd., Gilbert. cis Xavier Parish, 4715 N. Central Ave., PDCCW’s Annual Meeting, 8:30 and Raimondo’s Restaurant, Days Inn a.m.-3 p.m., June 18, Ss. Simon and Hotel, 502 W. Camelback Rd., Info: call Jude Cathedral, for all women of the Patrick at (480) 898-7424. Diocese of Phoenix; includes Mass with Bishop Olmsted and catered lunch. Cost: $25; send to Janet Starke This and That at 9820 N. Central Ave. #209, Phoenix, AZ 85020. Info: Janet Haning at Shred-it will have their mobile shredding electronics recycle truck at St. or (602)-249-3565. Paul Parish, 333 W. Coral Gables Dr., “Tears Speak… But Spirits Soar” Phoenix, May 21, 8 a.m.-noon. Bring support group meets the second Tues- important documents you would like day of every month, 7 p.m., Church of shredded on site. the Holy Spirit, Room 10, 1800 E. Libra Drive, Tempe, for women who have suf- Make a difference for Foster Kids, fered the loss of a child to abortion and Sewing Day, 9 a.m.-noon, May 21, wish to heal. Info: call Patty at (480) 838- Granite Reef Senior Center, Rm. 9, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road, Scottsdale, 7474 for confidential discussion. make king-sized pillowcases with The Secular Order of Discalced drawstrings for personal belongings Carmelites meets on the third Satur- so CPS can use when children are day of each month with participation taken out of homes. Bring own sewing in prayer and formation following machine, kid-friendly fabric and cordcharism according Teresian Carmel. ing. Refreshments provided. Info: call Focus of study is Rule of St. Albert and Adriane at (602) 781-7637. Carmelite saints. Info: call Rosemarie 2011 OLMC Knights of ColumLudwig (480) 338-8788. bus Council 6627, 4th Annual Golf The Blessed Mother wants to visit Tournament at ASU Karsten Golf you, Schoenstatt Family, a Catholic lay Course, June 18, open to all male movement, striving to live the Gospel and female golfers of all skill levels. of Jesus through the example and Early Bird Rate until May 15-$75 per guidance of Mary, praying the rosary player, $85 thereafter. Info: call Tom at with families and friends. Info: call (480) 839-2288. Sally at (480) 945-6190. Diamondbacks Game against Chicago White Sox to benefi t Maggie’s Place. Take your dad for Father’s Day, Retreats 5:10 p.m., June 18. Cost: $20. To reserve Women’s Retreat sponsored by tickets, call Claire at (602) 262-5555. Women’s Christians in Commerce, June 10-11 and 25, Holy Spirit Par- Volunteers needed, must be 18 ish, 1800 E. Libra Dr, Tempe. Reg- years of age and some experience istration fee: $75. Info: call Cathy working with children or teenagers, Glover (602) 316-7327, email: for Diocese of Phoenix Prison try Summer Camp 2011, June 20-24, Camp Tepeyac, Prescott, for children whose parents are incarcerated. Info: Worship call Kevin Starrs at (602) 518-0377. St. Peregrine Mass of Anointing, Rummage Sale, 7 a.m.-2 p.m., June 7 p.m., May 17, Church of the Holy 23-25, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Spirit, 1800 E. Libra Drive, Tempe, 24th Street and Campbell Ave., Phoefor all those affl icted with cancer or nix. Housewares, furniture, appliother life-threatening illnesses; re- ances, electronics, computers, tools, ceive the Sacrament of the Sick. Info: clothing, jewelry, shoes, books, toys, (480) 838-7474. home decor and much more.

Celebrate the 4th of July in Prescott, begins at noon, Pioneer Park, 1200 Commerce Dr. with free crafts, carnival games, World’s Largest Waterslide and eight other water slides, bungee jumping, climbing walls, pony rides, spinning gyro, electric swings, Tumbleweed, entertainment and a stunning fi reworks show at 9 p.m. Cost: wristbands $12 pre-sale, $15 at gate. Info: (928) 777-1349 or The Good Egg Helps the Egg-spectant Mothers at Maggie’s Place! Donate $1 to Maggie’s Place and receive a coupon for $2 off your entree of $6.95 or more. Coupons can be purchased and redeemed at all Valley Good Egg locations. Info: call Claire at (602) 262-5555.



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A CATHOLIC PROGRAM FOR STRUGGLING MARRIAGES including separated or divorced couples Call (602) 254-6723 Stress? Misunderstandings? Poor Communication? REGISTER NOW FOR June 24-26, 2011

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Cleaning out your closet and getting organized? Remember to call St. Vincent de Paul to pick up your gently used clothing, furniture and household items. To schedule a pickup, call 602-266-HOPE (4673). Volunteers needed: Help us help others by giving us a few hours of your time. We have many opportunities to fi t your abilities and interests. Info: (602) 261-6870 or (602) 261-6886 (Spanish) or visit St. Vincent de Paul has seven Valley thrift stores. Each store carries a great selection of household items, clothing, furniture and appliances at bargain prices. Every dollar you spend helps us to help others. For store hours, locations, and a coupon visit Leave a legacy by including St. Vincent de Paul in your will or estate plan. There are many options and plans available. Info: or call Shannon Clancy at (602) 261-6814.

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All events held at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr., Scottsdale. Information, (480) 948-7460. Divorced and Separated RetreatRebuild, Redefi ne, Renew Your Life with Judith McHale, MA, LPC and Tom Mitchell, PhD, LPC, June 3-5. Retreat fee per person includes lodging and meals: single, $215; double, $165. Commuter: $135 includes meals. Intercommunity Sisters Retreat— Present Challenges and Future Hope of Evolving Religious Life with Sr. Lora Dambroski, OSF, June 5-June 12. Retreat fee per person includes lodging and meals: single, $300; double, $235. Commuter, $135 includes meals. In the Wake of Death—A Weekend Grief and Loss Retreat with Sheila Marchetta, MA, Mauro Pando, MC, and Timothy Ringgold, MT-BC, June 10-12. Retreat fee per person includes lodging and meals: single, $215; double, $165. Commuter, $130 includes meals.

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Vincentian ANNUITY

Supporting St. Vincent de Paul not just for a lifetime, but forever. A gift through the Vincentian Annuity will give you the security of a fixed income over your lifetime and provide support for St. Vincent de Paul that will last forever. As an example, Helen, an 80-year-old widow and St. Vincent de Paul volunteer, recently established a $50,000 Vincentian gift annuity. For her age, the annuity rate is 7.1%, meaning she’ll receive $3,550 annually for the rest of her life. And, she may take an income tax deduction of about 50% of her gift this year. Best of all, her gift will support St. Vincent de Paul’s work for generations to come. Annuity gifts start at $10,000.


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For more information or to discuss various giving options, please contact Shannon Clancy at (602) 261-6814 or email

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