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5A June 23, 2011

The Catholic Spirit

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U.S. bishops tackle big issues Charter protecting children revisited and revised. Preparing for battle over marriage. Defending the terminally ill from assisted suicide. See page 9A CNS photo / Stephen Brashear

Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain listens to a speaker during the annual spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Bellevue, Wash., June 15.

Blessed Sacrament is focus of annual procession The Blessed Sacrament will be hoisted on high Sunday, June 26, for the 15th annual Archdiocesan Corpus Christi Procession to celebrate the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Participants in the procession are invited to park in the cathedral parking lot at Selby and Summit avenues and ride a free shuttle to the Little Sisters of the Poor community from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Those who are unable to walk may stay in the cathedral to pray. The festive procession through the streets of St. Paul will begin at 2 p.m. at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 330 Exchange St. S. in St. Paul, to the Cathedral of St. Paul, 238 Selby Ave., where there will be a homily and Benediction. (Cathedral Masses are at noon and 5 p.m.) An ice cream social will take place at 3:30 p.m. on the cathedral lawn. The procession is sponsored by Millennium Ministries in cooperation with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Marriage, Family and Life. For more information, visit WWW.WALKWITHHIM.NET or call (651) 239-8574.



Praying for our pope, our priests and vocations It was announced in these pages two weeks ago that the archdiocese will hold a period of 60 hours of eucharistic adoration in honor of Pope Benedict XVI’s 60th anniversary of priestly ordination. The purpose is not only to remember the Holy Father in prayer, but also to pray for the sanctification of our priests as well as an increase in priestly vocations. This will take place at the St. Paul Seminary on the campus of the University of St. Thomas, beginning with Mass on Tuesday, June 28, at 7 p.m. It will conclude on July 1. It is fitting that we should hold such a devotional celebration during the month of June, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, that beautiful image of Christ’s love for us and for all people.

That They May All Be One Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

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This devotional celebration is appropriate this month, which is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I would offer a personal connection here. As many of you know, I am rarely at a loss in answering questions about our Catholic faith. Thus, it was quite a surprise for me when my spiritual director some years ago asked me: “What does God look like when you pray?” My eventual puzzled reply was: “Well, God looks like, you know, God.” “No,” said the wise priest. “If you are going to have a personal relationship in prayer, you must be able to see the face of the one you are talking to.” This made great sense. And, after some consideration, I realized that the image of God that has been most prominent in my life was that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As a senior in high school, I attended a retreat at Manresa, outside Detroit, where we were presented with a contemporary image of Jesus and his Sacred Heart. I attended as a student and later became rector of Sacred Heart Seminary. I was ordained at Sacred Heart Church in Dearborn. At my first parish in Union Lake, there was a six-foot statue of the Sacred Heart in the back of the church. Such signs were all around me — making it evident for me to know that this was

Archbishop Nienstedt’s schedule ■ Sunday, June 26: 10:30 a.m., Le Sueur, Church of St. Anne: Sunday liturgy for 150th anniversary. ■ Monday, June 27: 2 p.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Center for Mission’s board of directors meeting. 4 p.m., St. Paul, Chancery: Blue Ribbon Commission meeting and reception. ■ Tuesday, June 28: 8:30 a.m., St. Paul, archbishop’s residence: Scheduling meeting with staff. 7 p.m., St. Paul, St. Paul Seminary: Opening Mass for Holy Father’s anniversary celebration.

God’s revelation of who he wanted to be for me. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us: “I am meek and humble of heart . . . my yoke is easy and my burden light” (Matthew 11: 29-30). In St. John’s Gospel, the piercing of Jesus’ side while he hung on the cross makes his pierced heart the symbol of his Paschal Mystery. Pope Pius XII wrote: “The Heart of Jesus is the Heart of a Divine Person, that is, of the Word Incarnate, and continues to put before our eyes all the love that He had and continues to have for us. For this reason, the cult of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus must be held in such high esteem as to be considered as the most complete expression of the Christian religion.” This is an extraordinary statement. Blessed John Paul II in “Redemptor Homines” defines the mystery of man in reference to the mystery of the heart of Christ: “The redemption of the world . . . is, at its deepest root, the fullness of justice in a human Heart — the Heart of the First-born Son — in order that it may become justice in the hearts of many human PLEASE TURN TO TRY ON PAGE 12A

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Appointments Seven priests take July 1 assignments Seven priests have been given new or additional assignments for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that all begin July 1. Father Stephen LaCanne was named pastor of St. Leonard of Port Maurice in Minneapolis, where he has been serving as parochial administrator since July 2010. Father LaCanne, who was ordained in 1976, has also served at St. Matthew in St. Paul, Incarnation in Minneapolis, Pax Christi in Eden Prairie, St. Bartholomew in Wayzata, and as a chaplain at St. Mary’s Hospital and Fairview University Hospital, both in Minneapolis. Father Thomas McCabe, who has been serving in the archdiocesan mission parish in Venezuela since 2007, will begin serving as pastor of Immaculate Conception in Lonsdale and as canonical administrator of Holy Cross Catholic School in Webster. Since his ordination in 1992, Father McCabe also has served at Holy Spirit in St. Paul, St. Raphael in Crystal and Our Lady of the Prairie in Belle Plaine. Father Michael Rudolph was named pastor of St. Michael in West St. Paul. He has been serving as pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran since June 2007. After he PLEASE TURN TO APPOINTMENTS ON PAGE 8A

Obituaries Father Richard Hogan was a scholar, author, pro-life advocate Father Richard Hogan, 59, pastor of St. Raphael in Crystal since July 1, 2009, died June 14. He was born July 31, 1951, and ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis May 30, 1981. After graduating from De La Salle High School and the University FATHER HOGAN (then-College) of St. Thomas, he earned a Fulbright scholarship and studied in Germany. While completing a doctorate degree at the University of Minnesota, he began studies for the priesthood at the St. Paul Seminary. He also had served at St. Mathias in Hampton, St. Mary in New Trier, Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, St. Vincent de Paul in Brooklyn Park and St. John Vianney and St. Augustine, both in South St. Paul. Father Hogan co-authored “Covenant of Love — Pope John Paul II on Sexuality, Marriage and Family in the Modern World” with his thenpriest friend, Bishop John LeVoire, bishop of New Ulm. He also wrote PLEASE TURN TO OBITUARIES ON PAGE 8A

“We’re not at all going over to save Kitui. It’s really to see them as our brothers and sisters, and the only way you can do that is build real relationships with them. We are one Catholic family.” Mike Haasl

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Minnesota students, teachers to visit schools in Kenya By Julie Carroll The Catholic Spirit

Bishop Lee Piché, two St. Thomas Academy students and representatives from several Catholic schools and parishes are preparing to visit the Diocese of Kitui, Kenya, June 27 to July 12. This will be the third trip archdiocesan representatives have made to Kitui since the two dioceses began a partnership in 2004. The relationship between the two dioceses began with an invitation from Catholic Relief Services to participate in its Global Solidarity Partnership program, which connects U.S. dioceses with African dioceses. In 2004, Archbishop Boniface Lele, then bishop of Kitui, traveled to Minnesota. Since then, two other delegations from Kitui have visited Minnesota. Now four archdiocesan schools, including St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights, have formed their own partnerships with schools in Kenya. Other participating schools are St. Pius X in White Bear Lake, St. Joseph in Rosemount and St. Mark in St. Paul.

Making connections During the upcoming visit, representatives of three archdiocesan schools will spend time at their partner schools and visit with the Kenyan students and their families. St. Thomas Academy student Matthew Goldammer said he was “thrilled” to receive an invitation to join the delegation. The school gave him and his classmate, Thomas Sjoberg, $2,000 grants to cover a majority of the trip’s expense. “It’s always been a dream of mine to go there,” Goldammer said. “To see how they live and the culture is going to be an amazing experience, and also the Catholic aspect, to understand how we are all connected.” When the students return to Minnesota, they will prepare a presentation for their school and possibly other schools in the archdiocese, Goldammer said. Father Thomas O’Brien, director of Catholic Mission and Identity at St. Thomas Academy, will accompany the students to Kenya. “We have all sorts of dreams” for the partnership,

Correction On page 6A in the June 9 issue, under “One baby at a time,” Joyce Nevins’ email should be JOYCEENEVINS @EARTHLINK.NET.

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Bishop Anthony Muheria of Kitui, Kenya, speaks to Father Thomas O’Brien’s class at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights in February 2010. St. Thomas Academy has formed a partnership with St. Joseph Minor Seminary in Mwingi, Kenya.

Father O’Brien said. “Everything from Skyping classes to reading programs where our students would read books

Kitui trip blog The St. Thomas Academy students and other members of the Minnesota delegation traveling to Kitui, Kenya, will be blogging about their experiences on the Center for Mission website, WWW.CENTER FORMISSION.ORG. Look for a link to the blog under the heading “What’s New.”

written by African authors and the students at St. Joseph’s would read books by American authors, and then we would participate in discussions about the various things we’ve read. “We’re also talking with our biology classes about working on common water projects,” he added. Father O’Brien said he will work with Goldammer, Sjoberg and other students involved in campus ministry to further develop the relationship between the two schools. PLEASE TURN TO CATHOLIC ON PAGE 8A


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Cooking priest makes NFP sizzle By Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit

Father Leo Patalinghug went head to head in the kitchen with Bobby Flay — and won. In September 2009, he was invited to be on the Food Network’s hit show “Throwdown with Bobby Flay” to talk about a movement the priest started called Grace Before Meals. A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the 41-yearold native of the Philippines has been trying to encourage families — both Catholic and non-Catholic — to spend time together around the dinner table. He looked at the TV appearance as another chance to preach that message. Flay, however, had other ideas. “He challenged me to a steak fajita throwdown,” Father Patalinghug said. “I accepted, thinking all the while that I was not going to win.” He even formulated a concession speech in his head, while turning his thoughts to preparing his Fusion Steak Fajitas. “I was going to just simply say I pray for patience and humility every day, and today was God’s answer to my What prayer,” he said of the anticipated is NFP? defeat. “But, it turned out that I won.” ■ Natural So, in this case, it was Flay who family planning ingested a dose of the heavenly is an umbrella virtues, while Father Patalinghug term for certain parlayed the victory into more methods used forums for his message. to achieve and avoid pregnancies without the use of drugs, devices, surgical procedures or other artificial means. ■ For more information about NFP, visit WWW.ARCHSPM. ORG and click on “Office of Marriage, Family and Life” and then “Natural Family Planning.” Or call (651) 2914488.

Demonstrating the link

Folks in this archdiocese will have the chance to hear Father Patalinghug — and see him in action — July 26 at St. Peter in Mendota (see box). The archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life is bringing him here during the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ NFP Awareness Week, July 24 to 30. It may not appear that food and natural family planning are linked, but Father Patalinghug plans to tie the two together in his presentation, which will include an interactive talk plus a cooking demonstration — all at the same time. “What I’m going to do is engage the audience with questions, while at the same time cook and present the message,” he said. “Food and sexuality are two things that are obviously blessed by God. They both deal with the appetite of the body. . . . There are a lot of studies that actually talk about people’s consumption of food as it relates to their sexual appetite. In both cases, there needs to be virtue exercised.” Those attending his talk will have a chance to learn more about NFP and watch him prepare a breakfast dish. While he doesn’t classify the demonstration as a how-to event, he believes he has a lot to offer when it comes to preparing food. His love of the culinary arts is a lifelong interest. “It started at home [during childhood], continued in seminary and was fostered in my priesthood and encouraged by my brother priests and the laity,” said Father Patalinghug, who is the director of pastoral theology at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. But, as he got older, he wanted to be more than just a good cook. Eventually, he joined the seminary and forged a path to the priesthood. Now he wants to help families find holiness in their kitchens through the movement Grace Before Meals. “It’s an international movement to strengthen family relationships around the dinner table, following Jesus’ example of eating, not just with saints, but, most importantly, with sinners,” he said. “We try to remind people to invite God to their dinner table as he invites others to his.”

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Father Leo Patalinghug holds up a batch of his Fusion Steak Fajitas, which helped him win a cooking challenge with Food Network TV host Bobby Flay. Father Patalinghug is coming to the Twin Cities in July to give a presentation on natural family planning, plus offer a cooking demonstration.

Fusion Steak Fajitas recipe Ingredients 11⁄4 pounds flank steak Tortillas Marinade: 2 garlic cloves, finely minced 1 ⁄4 cup white wine 1 ⁄4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons ketchup 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 ⁄4 cup red wine vinegar 1 ⁄4 cup olive oil 1 cup dark brown sugar 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ginger powder Holy guacamole 2 avocados, halved and pits removed Juice from 1 lime 1 garlic clove, chopped 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄2 teaspoon black pepper 2 teaspoons minced parsley 2 teaspoons minced cilantro 4 teaspoons finely minced red onion 4 teaspoons olive oil Vegetables 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 garlic clove, minced 1 ⁄2 red onion, sliced thinly 2 colored peppers, sliced into 1/4-inch-thick pieces 2 to 4 tablespoons of the reserved marinade Salt and pepper to taste Screamin’ sour cream 1 ⁄2 cup sour cream 2 teaspoons hot sauce 1 ⁄2 teaspoon salt 1 ⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Want to go? ■ What: Father Leo Patalinghug of the Archdiocese of Baltimore will present a talk entitled, “Satisfying the Human Appetite in a Natural Way: A Discussion Relating to the Human Hunger in Body, Mind and Spirit.” ■ When: Tuesday, July 26, from 7-9 p.m. ■ Where: St. Peter in Mendota. ■ Cost: $25 per couple. ■ For information and to obtain a registration form, call the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life at (651) 291-4488, or email SCHULTEN@ARCHSPM.ORG.

Preparation 1. Use a fork and poke holes in the steak to tenderize. Place in a resealable plastic bag and set aside. In a bowl, combine all the marinade ingredients together and whisk until fully incorporated. Reserve 1⁄4 cup of marinade. Pour the rest of the marinade in the bag with the flank steak and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours. 2. To cook the steak, heat grill to high. Place steaks and turn down heat to medium. Cook for 7 minutes on each side and let rest for 7 minutes. When preparing to serve, cut thin strips against the grain of the meat. 3. To prepare the guacamole, remove the flesh from the avocados and immediately pour the lime juice on top to prevent the flesh from turning brown. Combine the rest of the guacamole ingredients and mash together with a fork. Set aside in the refrigerator. 4. To prepare the vegetables, heat olive oil and garlic in a pan over high heat. Add the vegetables and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the reserved 1⁄4 cup marinade and cook for another minute. Season with salt and pepper. Take off heat and set aside. 5. To make the sour cream, mix together the sour cream, hot sauce, salt, pepper and garlic powder, and refrigerate until ready to use. 6. To assemble fajitas: Spread 1 heaping tablespoon of guacamole over the tortilla. Add 4 to 5 thin slices of meat. Add a few pieces of stir-fried vegetables. Top with sour cream. Pray and eat! Serves 4 to 6




Parents can trump cultural influences in guiding kids’ money decisions By Julie Pfitzinger

the dominant value is to spend.”

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Connecting with values

When it comes to teaching children about money, Nathan Dungan, founder and president of Share Save Spend®, believes parents have a choice. They can either allow today’s culture of immediate gratification to inform the money decisions their kids make or choose the better option of using their own family values, goals and actions to help them shape a narrative around money. Dungan recently delivered a presentation called “Money Sanity Solutions: DUNGAN Linking Money + Meaning” (also the title of his latest book) at St. Olaf in Minneapolis during an event sponsored by the Catholic Community Foundation and Relevant Radio. A noted financial expert and author from Minneapolis, Dungan travels around the country speaking about healthy money habits and has been featured in several publications including The Wall Street Journal and Time magazine and on CBS, CNN and PBS. “Keep in mind the culture is working hard to shape the narrative about money for the next generation and it’s not a healthy narrative,” Dungan said. “If parents abandon their role to educate kids about money, the void will be filled and

In this consumer climate, Dungan believes it is especially important for parents to help kids make the connection between their family’s values and the financial decisions they make both now and when they get older. “The order of the words ‘share, save, spend’ is very intentional,” he said. “Sharing is about paying attention to the needs of others out of gratitude. Saving is about patience and discipline. Spending focuses on needs and wants — and the difference between the two.” Dungan hears from many parents who want to talk to their children about money but don’t really know where to begin the conversation. “A family’s money narrative has many components. It is a collection of past events, people, stories, goals and actions,” he said. Dungan spoke about his own family and how fortunate he was that his grandparents chose to live below their means so that they would be able to give money to each of their seven grandchildren to attend college. “When I was young and I would get a check from them on my birthday for my college savings, I thought it was nice, but I was more about ‘show me the money,’” said Dungan. “But when I started school at St. Olaf College, I was very thankful.” In conversations with people over the years about healthy financial habits, PLEASE TURN TO FAMILY ON PAGE 19A

Giving ages and stages Age 4-5 Nurture empathy and caring; introduce idea of helping in the community. First cause may be animals; tour an animal shelter, use “share” dollars to purchase supplies and deliver to the shelter. Age 5-10 Continue to nurture empathy; infuse allowance to help others. Ideas include birthday parties for a cause, collect books for a local shelter, volunteer at a local food bank. A good time to encourage family members to start giving child a “share” check. Age 10-15 These are the exploring years and some adolescent cynicism may begin. Encourage child to “try out” different causes and become involved in giving/service projects. A good opportunity for child to engage family members and others around a cause he/she has identified as important. Age 15-plus Teens are becoming more independent and can volunteer without a parent. Some may be exploring careers through service or traveling for service-related projects. Help to nurture their “voice” around money and values. Put them to work. Source: Nathan Dungan

A quick look at stats Nathan Dungan shared the following statistics and their implications for this generation of young consumers and their parents: ■ Every day, an individual experiences 5,000 advertising impressions. ■ Teens in North America spend $100 billion per year — only $5.6 billion is actually earned by the teens themselves. ■ Close to 40 percent of young people ages 18-29 are unemployed or underemployed. Many college graduates in this category are carrying student loan debt of nearly $30,000. ■ Users of credit or debit cards are likely to spend 10 percent to 20 percent more than if they pay with cash. Beware of an approaching trend — paying with apps on a smart phone, which Dungan said will be common in three years’ time. Those who use this option will likely spend 10 percent to 20 percent more than those who use plastic.

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Government shutdown could impact Catholic service providers By Joe Towalski The Catholic Spirit

Catholic health care facilities and Catholic Charities could be among service providers that would feel the impact of a state government shutdown if Republican legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton fail to solve the state budget impasse by July 1. A court was to decide June 23 which services are “critical” and would continue to receive state payments in the absence of a new two-year budget. Dayton’s recommendations did not list Medical Assistance payments to hospitals and nursing homes. Leaving those facilities off the list in the event of a shutdown “could be devastating,” said Toby Pearson, executive director of Catholic Health AssociationMinnesota, a state association of Catholic health providers. “It creates a real big cash flow problem for the providers,” Pearson said. “Some nursing homes don’t have a lot of cash on hand. Most of them are already doing contingency planning to start looking at lines of credit with their banks and other financing options. They are committed to taking care of seniors and their residents.” Hospitals would also face challenges, he said. “If you’re a hospital and people lose their insurance, or the state is not paying claims, and they show up, you’re going to provide the service,” he said. “We shouldn’t be taking it out on the

“Catholic Charities could find itself short of budget revenues if it does not receive anticipated state and county payments. We anticipate that most of those dollars would be paid retroactively, though there is no absolute guarantee of that.

KATHY TOMLIN Director of the Office for Social Justice for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis

folks who have the least ability to make up for it.” Kathy Tomlin, director of the Office for Social Justice for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said programs like Northside Child Development Center in north Minneapolis and group residential housing would potentially be at risk if state funding was cut. “Cash flow for [Catholic Charities] will be an issue if this shutdown goes any length,” she said. Petition requests to the court are changing daily. Depending on court action, “Catholic Charities could find itself short of budgeted revenues if it does not receive anticipated state and county payments. We anticipate that most of those dollars would be paid retroactively, though there is no absolute guarantee of that.” CHA-Minnesota has been working with other state health care associations to discuss options and work to ensure their services are declared critical in anticipation of a potential shutdown, Pearson said. Catholic Charities has been in conversation with other nonprofit agencies

and the foundation community about options. As of June 20, Dayton and Republican legislators remained deadlocked over how to remedy a $5 billion state budget deficit. Republicans want to limit state expenditures to a forecasted $34 billion in revenues, while Dayton wants to raise $1.8 billion by increasing income taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of earners.

Letter from archbishop Earlier this month, Archbishop John Nienstedt sent a letter to Dayton, urging him to protect the common good as part of any budget solution. “By ‘common good,’ I would include such considerations as: fulfilling the demands of justice and moral obligations to future generations, protecting the lives and dignity of those who are poor and vulnerable as well as controlling future debt and deficits,” Archbishop Nienstedt wrote. “I am particularly concerned that you find a just framework for a budget that does not rely on disproportionate cuts in essential services to those living in poverty.”

He said that he and Tim Marx, CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, have discussed how “increasing the depth and breadth of poverty is bad fiscal policy and bad economic policy” because it requires more costs in services and results in reduced productivity. Catholic Charities and Catholic congregations are stepping up efforts to meet the needs of those suffering in the current economy, but the church’s work is “a shared responsibility with government as we seek to protect the common good of all members of our society, especially families who struggle to live with dignity under the stress of these difficult times,” the archbishop said. “Spending reductions, program delivery reform and increased revenue should all be on the table,” he added. Archbishop Nienstedt sent similar letters to legislative leaders, and addressed the budget issue in his May 26 column in The Catholic Spirit. For updates on the state budget impasse and threat of a government shutdown, visit THECATHOLICSPIRIT.COM.

The church will not remain silent in public square The following column is provided by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, which advocates on behalf of the state’s bishops for public policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every human person. We hear it in various forms. Some complain that the church should not be speaking out on divisive issues, but instead should spend its time and resources feeding the poor and Jason Adkins spreading God’s love. Others say the church as a religious organization should have no role in the formation of civil laws. Still others complain that the church should not be weighing in on so many issues where there seems to be legitimate room for disagreement. So, what is the role of the church in public policy debates? The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it well: The church “is not the master, nor the servant, of the state, but rather the conscience of the state.” Catholics, individually and as a community, have a religious obligation to speak out on behalf of human dignity and the common good. We are our brother’s keeper and must seek to promote laws that foster justice and human flourishing.

Faith in the Public Arena

Proposing, not imposing That same responsibility compelled Rev. King, a Baptist minister, to work for civil rights. And today we all celebrate his witness, which relied heavily on the truths of the Bible, natural law and the founding principles of the American republic. But aren’t we forcing our opinions on others? Absolutely not. The church can only propose; she never imposes. The church must convince others of the reasonableness of her views and make arguments that are persuasive to people of diverse faiths and people outside the various religious traditions. Fortunately, we know all truth is one, because it originates in the logos of God. The truths of reason complement and reinforce the truths we know from faith and vice versa. Thus, Catholics are ideally situated to bring an effective Christian witness into the realm of politics. Unfortunately, the well-worn and thoroughly discredited view that Catholic participation in politics somehow violates the “separation of church and state” continues to gain adherents, and even more so these days when the failings of the church’s members are all too visible. But Thomas Jefferson’s “wall of separation” metaphor (not found in the Constitution) was meant to ensure that the state would not interfere in the life

Speaking out Visit WWW.MNCC.ORG and click on the box on the right side of the page that says “Join MNCAN” to access the Minnesota Catholic Conference’s advocacy network. Once there, you can navigate to “Elected Officials” to find contact information for your lawmakers or navigate to “Issues & Legislation” to access current MCC action alerts.

and mission of the nation’s churches, not to silence religious people from speaking about public affairs. In other words, the First Amendment protects religious people from government, not government from religious people.

The ‘naked public square’ Banishing religious voices would result in what the late Father Richard John Neuhaus described as the “naked public square.” By that phrase, Father Neuhaus was describing a world in which religion was completely privatized. Imposing the “naked public square,” however, would deprive this land of the public moral witness and social capital the framers of our Constitution believed was necessary to sustain the American experiment in ordered liberty. That experiment was tied to the recog-

nition that all persons are created equal and endowed by a Creator with certain inalienable rights, among them, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thus, the political deliberations of our representative democracy must be grounded in “self-evident truths” reflective of a respect for the universal moral law built into the fabric of nature by the Creator or — as the Declaration of Independence says — “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”

Promoting dignity, justice As good citizens and people of faith, the church must remind American society of the universal moral law upon which its foundations were laid so as to promote human dignity, justice and the common good. It must do so even when those truths are unpopular. Our voice of conscience will result in many complaints that we are supposedly infringing on others’ rights and violating the unspoken social compact that we keep our theology to ourselves. It may even require the church to suffer. But our responsibility to animate the body politic with the soul of moral truth compels us to speak. We will not remain silent. Jason Adkins is executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.



Stewardship ‘tool kit’ now available online The Catholic Spirit A tool kit to help parishes develop stewardship as a way of life is now online and available 24/7, 365. The online tool kit — with a companion hard-copy three-ring binder — was rolled out early in June at gatherings at five different locations in the 12-county Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Michael Halloran, archdiocesan director of development and stewardship, said between 300-400 people attended the introductory sessions. “We’ve had great turnouts, great interaction during the small-group sessions at each site, and great feedback about the tool kit,” Halloran said at the final June 13 workshop at St. Patrick, Inver Grove Heights. Those who attended — pastors, parish administrators, stewardship directors, parish pastoral and finance council members, and parish staff — got to see the tool kit that’s posted on the archdiocesan website. They were able to sample planning and preparation strategies, timelines, downloadable samples of pastor letters, witness talks, annual reports, Mass intercessions, and follow-up material, all customizable for the needs of individual parishes. The tool kit is on the archdiocesan website at W W W . A R C H S P M . O R G / D E PA R T M E N T S / D E V E L O P M E N T -STEWARDSHIP/STEWARDSHIP-TOOLKIT.PHP. The comprehensive guide to a parish stewardship journey has an easy-to-follow menu bar on the left side of each screen, making it simple to jump to the various tool kit sections. Each section also includes “related content” such as “best practices,” “commitment forms,” “thank you letters” and “posters” that parish staff and parishioners involved in stewardship efforts will find useful for both their own education as well as practical use during a campaign.


14 more parishes exceed Catholic Services Appeal goal An additional 14 parishes have gone over their 2011 Catholic Services Appeal goal, bringing the total number to 69. The 14 new parishes are: St. Anne/St. Joseph Hien, Minneapolis Our Lady of Lourdes, Minneapolis Mary, Queen of Peace, Rogers St. Hubert, Chanhassen St. Luke, Clearwater Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul St. Mary of the Lake, Plymouth St. Michael, Stillwater St. Peter, Forest Lake St. Michael, Kenyon St. Helena, Minneapolis Ascension, Norwood Young America St. Bartholomew, Wayzata St. Adalbert, St. Paul Parishes that previously exceeded their goal are: St. Genevieve, Centerville St. Bonaventure, Bloomington St. Albert, Albertville St. Rita, Cottage Grove Our Lady of Victory, Minneapolis St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony Risen Savior, Burnsville St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul St. Canice, Kilkenny St. Vincent de Paul, St. Paul St. Patrick, Jordan St. Thomas the Apostle, Corcoran Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Minneapolis St. Anne, Hamel St. Peter, Mendota St. Joseph, West St. Paul St. Francis of Assisi, Lakeland Holy Family, St. Louis Park St. Patrick, Faribault

St. Margaret Mary, Golden Valley St. Patrick, Edina Our Lady of Grace, Edina St. Francis Xavier, Taylors Falls St. Pius V, Cannon Falls St. Paul, Zumbrota St. Nicholas, New Market St. Michael, Prior Lake St. Paul, Ham Lake Guardian Angels, Chaska St. Charles, Bayport St. John the Baptist, Hugo St. Bridget of Sweden, Lindstrom St. Joseph, Taylors Falls Lumen Christi, St. Paul St. Cecilia, St. Paul Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Paul St. Rose of Lima, Roseville St. Louis, King of France, St. Paul St. James, St. Paul St. Agnes, St. Paul Sacred Heart, St. Paul St. John of St. Paul, St. Paul St. Odilia, Shoreview St. John Vianney, South St. Paul St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Hastings St. Henry, Le Sueur Nativity, Madison Lake St. John the Baptist, Savage Most Holy Trinity, St. Louis Park Good Shepherd, Golden Valley St. Nicholas, Carver St. Joseph, Waconia St. John the Baptist, Dayton St. Katharine Drexel, Ramsey The Catholic Services Appeal has now reached more than $8.6 million in pledges for the 2011 campaign. If you would like to make a pledge/gift to the Appeal, please visit WWW.ARCHSPM.ORG/APPEAL to donate online. If you have questions, contact the Development and Stewardship Office at (651) 290-1610.

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Catholic schools connect across continents CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A The priest, who has traveled to Africa several times, said he hopes the students will come away from the experience with an appreciation for the “profound unity we have in Christ.”

Sharing wisdom Yvonne Webb, fourth-grade teacher at St. Pius X, also will be joining the delegation. Her school has been in partnership with St. Gabriel School in Mwingi for more than a year, she said. “We did the H2O Project through the archdiocese,” Webb said. “That was wonderful and we thought it was very valuable, but we really wanted to form a relationship with a school or a community. So when Deacon [Mickey] Friesen [of the archdiocesan Center for Mission] said they were thinking about starting a school-to-school partnership, we really saw it as a way to form a more lasting and a deeper relationship than just being a benefactor. “We really feel that St. Gabriel’s has much wisdom,” she added, “and we want to learn from them as much as they want to learn from us.” Last school year, students communicated via Facebook and Google Groups, but Webb hopes to explore other forms of communication during her visit to

Kenya. “I really hope to work on some curriculum projects with St. Gabriel’s,” she said. “I think there are a lot of opportunities for learning about culture and learning about the different ways that we’re Catholic.” The Minnesota delegates also will visit a game park and view earthen dams that were built with funding from archdiocesan schools and parishes through the H2O Project, a program that challenges people to drink only water for two weeks, then donate money they would have spent on other beverages to cleanwater projects. From the start, the relationship between the two dioceses has been built on sharing rather than charity, said Mike Haasl, global solidarity coordinator for the Center for Misison. “We’re not at all going over to save Kitui,” Haasl said. “It’s really to see them as our brothers and sisters, and the only way you can do that is build real relationships with them. “We are one Catholic family,” he added. Archdiocesan schools interested in forming partnerships with schools in the Diocese of Kitui should contact Mike Haasl at (651) 291-4504 or HAASLM@ARCHSPM.ORG.

was ordained in 2005, he served at St. Michael in St. Michael. Father Nels Gjengdahl will serve as temporary administrator of All Saints in Minneapolis, along with changing his current assignment as part-time chaplain at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights to full time. Father Gjengdahl, who was ordained in 2007, has been serving at St. John Neumann and also has served at St. Odilia in Shoreview. Three newly ordained priests will serve as school chaplains, along with their parish assignments. Father James Lannan was named to Hill Murray School in Maplewood, while serving St. Joseph in West St. Paul. Father Anthony O’Neill will serve students at Convent of the Visitation School in Mendota Heights, while serving St. John Neumann in Eagan. Father Patrick Barnes was named to DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, along with serving St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony. OFFICIAL Archbishop John C. Nienstedt has made the following appointments in the

Obituaries CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2A two additional books on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and was an author and editor for the “Image of God” series, a textbook program for Catholic religion programs for gradeschool-age children. He served as associate director of Priests for Life for five years, regularly appeared on EWTN and hosted the “Theology of the Body” TV series. A funeral Mass was celebrated June 20 at St. Raphael.

Brother Larry Zeman served at DeLaSalle Christian Brother Lawrence (Larry) Zeman, 63, died June 11. After graduating from DeLaSalle High

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Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis: Effective July 1, 2011: Rev. Michael Rudolph, pastor, St. Michael, West St. Paul. Rev. Thomas McCabe, pastor, Immaculate Conception, Lonsdale, and canonical administrator of Holy Cross Catholic School, Webster. Rev. Nels Gjengdahl, chaplain, St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights, and temporary administrator, All Saints, Minneapolis. Rev. James Lannan, chaplain, Hill Murray School, Maplewood, in addition to current assignment as associate priest at St. Joseph, West St. Paul. Rev. Anthony O’Neill, chaplain, Convent of the Visitation School, Mendota Heights, in addition to current assignment as associate priest at St. John Neuman, Eagan. Rev. Patrick Barnes, chaplain, DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis, in addition to current assignment as associate priest at St. Charles Borromeo, St. Anthony. Formerly parochial administrator, now appointed pastor (effective July 1, 2011): Rev. Steve LaCanne, pastor, St. Leonard of Port Maurice, Minneapolis.

School in Minneapolis, he entered the Christian Brothers novitiate in Winona, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College (now University). He professed final vows in 1976, earned two additional degrees, served as vocation director for the community in St. Paul and for the archdiocese for seven years. He taught at Grace High School (now Totino-Grace) in Fridley, in Iowa, North Dakota, Wisconsin and most recently worked with publications and was campus minister for the Islanders’ community at DeLaSalle High School. A prayer service was held for him June 14 at the school, and a funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis on June 15 with interment at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights.

“One cannot uphold human freedom and dignity by devaluing human life.” — From “To Live Each Day With Dignity,” a document on assisted suicide approved June 16 by the U.S. bishops

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U.S. bishops tackle big issues Charter revisions approved, but work must go on By Nancy Frazier O’Brien Catholic News Service

The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved extensive revisions to their 2002 “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” June 16, but the bishop who heads up their efforts to confront the clergy sex abuse crisis said it must remain “a front-burner issue.” Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., spoke at a news conference after the bishops closed the public sessions of their June 15-17 spring general assembly near Seattle with a 187-5 vote in favor of the charter revisions, with four abstentions. Bishop Cupich, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People, said another review of the charter would take place within two years, in order to incorporate any recommendations that the National Review Board might make as a result of the recently released report on “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010,” which had been mandated by the charter. The report, prepared by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and released in Washington May 18, concluded that there is “no single identifiable ‘cause’ of sexually abusive behavior toward minors” and encouraged steps to deny abusers “the opportunity to abuse.” Noting that 125 new U.S. bishops had been appointed since the charter was approved in 2002, along with countless new staff members in dioceses around

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Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington speaks from the floor during the opening session of the bishops’ annual spring meeting near Seattle in Bellevue, Wash., June 15.

the country, Bishop Cupich said one of the committee’s next challenges is to find ways to ensure that everyone stays informed about the charter’s requirements.

Training is necessary “We must provide training for the new generations, in order to keep fresh the insights” gained from experience over the years, he said, adding that the bishops’ major responsibility is to provide healing for victims of clergy sex abuse. Introducing the document to the bishops June 15, Bishop Cupich said the experiences of the past nine years have shown that “the charter works.” “The charter has served the church

well,” he said. “It is a helpful tool as we keep our pledge to protect children, promote healing and rebuild trust.” The proposed revisions reflect changes in church law since the last revision in 2005, bringing it in line with recent Vatican instructions in response to the crisis of sexual abuse of minors by priests. These include mentioning child pornography as a crime against church law and defining the abuse of someone who “habitually lacks reason,” such as a person with mental retardation, as the equivalent of child abuse. They also outline procedures to follow if a bishop is accused of having sexually abused a child and another bishop becomes aware of it.

Bishops urged to fight war of words to defend marriage Catholic News Service Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., urged his fellow bishops June 15 to fight back in the war of words over efforts to redefine traditional marriage. The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage said organizations advocating the legal redefinition of marriage have been using words like “human rights” and “hate” in discussions of same-sex marriage. “Strategies of language are crucial here, and what we see happening in the marriage debate with terms such as ‘equality’ is similar to the manipulation of language found in the pro-abortion rhetoric of ‘choice,’” Bishop Cordileone said. “Many of our young people have now come to see what ‘pro-choice’ really

means, and embrace instead a culture of life,” he added. “A similar task lies before us in our efforts to protect marriage.” As one weapon in the war of words, he cited the video series “Marriage: Unique for a Reason” that is being produced by the USCCB in English and Spanish. He announced completion of the second video in English, called “Made for Life,” which focuses on the indispensable place of mothers and fathers in the lives of their children. “Our culture is one that often forgets the sacred gift of the child, and in so doing it also fails to recognize the vital importance of a mother and a father together for the life and upbringing of that child,” Bishop Cordileone said. Two other videos in English — called “Made for the Common Good” and “Made for Freedom” — will be completed

in 2012, he said, and a Spanish-language, “telenovela”-style video is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Bishop Cordileone said the final video, “Made for Freedom,” will stress the connection between marriage and religious liberty. “To be considered and labeled a ‘bigot’ or ‘discriminator’ by the government and by law has serious implications for the religious liberty of both institutions and individuals and their freedom of conscience,” he said. Bishop Cordileone said there were “many strong signs for encouragement and hope” in the campaign to preserve traditional marriage, such as the defeat of same-sex marriage legislation in Maryland and progress toward amendmentlevel protection of marriage in Minnesota.

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Briefly Speakers oppose assisted suicide Dorothy Coughlin has no doubt that living in a state where physician-assisted suicide is legal can lead to disrespect for those with disabilities or serious illness. Her younger sister, Barbara, who was born with severe developmental disabilities, experienced that during an emergency room visit to an Oregon hospital, where a physician tried to discharge her without diagnosing her severe pain. “Barbara lives a life that is so dynamic,” Coughlin told reporters shortly after the U.S. bishops approved their first stateSee related ment as a body on physician-assisted commentary suicide. on page 14A “She’s a member of the Red Hat Club, her hobby is making beaded jewelry, she loves going to church, she loves to sing,” Coughlin said. But the misreading of a CT scan and the physician’s dismissive attitude led to unnecessary pain for Barbara, who was properly diagnosed at another hospital. Coughlin, director of the Office for People with Disabilities in the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., and a board member of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, recounted her sister’s story to demonstrate the need for the bishops’ new statement, “To Live Each Day With Dignity,” which passed with overwhelming support at the bishops’ spring general assembly near Seattle.

Bishops to prepare preaching document The U.S. bishops voted overwhelmingly to authorize preparation of a 50page document on preaching for consideration in November 2012. St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson presented the proposal on behalf of the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, which he chairs, but said the document would be drawn up in consultation with various U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committees. Archbishop Carlson said the document would be “inspirational and practical, . . . grounded in the tradition of the church” and would aim to “convey the purpose of the homily at Mass: the personal encounter with the Incarnate Word.” Bishop Alexander Sample of Marquette, Mich., said his generation of postVatican II Catholics had raised another generation of “uncatechized” Catholics. “We cannot lose that opportunity to truly catechize and form our people,” at Mass, he said.

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Tweet Catholic, unite Catholics By Sara Angle Catholic News Service

Social media is becoming an increasingly important part of everyday life in the United States and around the world, and Catholics are finding ways to make a unique mark on the social media world. “I think the church is catching on to using social media in bigger and bigger ways. The church has got some pretty big toes stuck into the water right now . . . and I’m excited to see the splash that’s coming in the next year or two,” Matt Warner, creator of Tweet Catholic and author of FALLIBLEBLOGMA.COM, told Catholic News Service. As a Catholic blogger, Warner has more than 17,000 readers, but it is his Tweet Catholic, WWW.TWEET CATHOLIC.COM, that has brought Catholics together in the blogosphere. Tweet Catholic was created in 2009 to connect Catholics already on Twitter so they can follow each other, share information and build the Catholic community on Twitter. Warner explained that as Twitter became more and more popular, he noticed Catholics trying to connect and find each other through it. He set out to create a simple website that would put Catholics on Twitter in touch with one another. “It’s turned into a good starting point for a lot of new Catholics on Twitter to help them jump into the Twitter experience and find some great Catholics to follow and show them the power of Twitter,” said Warner. He thinks social media sites, like Twitter, provide a great opportunity for the church to engage and build relationships with people. “Social media is not just a broadcast medium; it’s a relationship medium. It lets the church listen to people in ways never before imaginable. It lets the church share

“Social media is not just a broadcast medium; it’s a relationship medium.

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the Gospel with people in new ways,” explained Warner.

Innovative approach Warner’s newest project is WWW.FLOCKNOTE.COM, a networking site that “approaches the communication challenges of a Catholic parish, diocese or organization,” he told CNS. FLOCKNOTE.COM describes itself as “an online parish registration tool that gathers parishioner data, plugs them into your ministries and builds a system of distribution lists to communicate with them via email, text messaging, Twitter, Facebook and more.” Groups and individuals can register through the site to access bulletins, schedules, calendars, forms, invitations and polls. They also can leave feedback for their parish and link to other social media sites. Warner is marketing his new initiative as “the newest, innovative way for Catholics to share information.” Warner has been collaborating with others in the church to build his social media platform and is already seeing success in his work. He plans on launching new features for flockNote in July. Warner believes the impact of social media on Catholicism can be grand, but will never replace “face time”; rather, it will enhance face-to-face relationships.

An invitation from Archbishop Nienstedt to all Catholics in the Archdiocese

Honor Pope Benedict XVI’s 60 Years of Priesthood with Eucharistic Adoration A message from his Excellency, Archbishop John Nienstedt: “June 29th will mark the 60th Anniversary of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination to the priesthood. In honor of our beloved Pontiff’s ordination anniversary, I invite all Catholics in this Archdiocese to join me, our priests, religious and seminarians for Eucharistic Adoration at our Saint Paul Seminary’s Saint Mary’s Chapel located at 2260 Summit Avenue in St. Paul. We will join in prayer for 60 consecutive hours to honor Pope Benedict’s 60 years of priesthood. Those who cannot participate at our seminary’s devotion are invited to pray at one of our many parishes who offer Perpetual Adoration opportunities. Those parishes can be found on our Archdiocesan web site.” Adorations and worship events begin with a Solemn Opening Mass on June 28th at 7:00 p.m. and conclude with an 8:00 a.m. Closing Mass on July 1. Both Masses will be held in St. Mary’s Chapel.

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Minnesota native named to head U.S. Crosiers Catholic News Service Crosier Father Tom Enneking was elected June 13 as the new leader of all Crosier Fathers and Brothers in the United States. He was installed for his six-year term as prior provincial during a June 16 liturgy at Holy Cross Church, Onamia. Father Enneking, 55, will oversee the U.S. communities from provincial headquarters in Phoenix. He has served in various leadership roles during his time in the Crosiers. Father Enneking grew up on his family’s farm near Spring Hill, in the Diocese of St. Cloud. He attended Crosier Seminary Junior College in Onamia and graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University in FATHER ENNEKING Fort Wayne, Ind., with a degree in music and psychology. He made his profession of vows as a Crosier in 1978 and was ordained a priest in 1984. In 1987, he began working for the United States Province as vocation and pre-novitiate director. He later became director of post-novitiate formation, a position he held from 1994 to 2001. Father Enneking has also served the Hispanic community, including service as associate pastor at Holy Cross parish in Chicago, and the multicultural ministry at St. Odilia parish in Shoreview from 2001-05. Since moving to Phoenix in 2006, Father Enneking has assisted at local Hispanic parishes and has been a chaplain in Maricopa County jails. He was elected as prior of the Phoenix Crosiers in 2010. As prior provincial, he succeeds Crosier Father Tom Carkhuff, who has served in the role since 1999.

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“Atheism is rather in the lip than in the heart of man.” Francis Bacon

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Why are so many atheists on the CNN Belief Blog? he CNN Belief Blog, which has graciously featured a few of my pieces, just celebrated its first anniversary, and for the occasion, its editors reflected on 10 things that they’ve learned in the course of the year. The one that got my eye was this: that atheists are by far the most fervent commentators on matters religious. This completely coincides with my own experience as an Internet commentator and blogger. Every day, my website and YouTube page are inundated with remarks, usually of a sharply negative or dismissive nature, from atheists, agnostics and critics of religion. In fact, some of my YouTube commentaries have been specifically tarFather geted by atheist webmasters, who urge their followers to flood my site Robert Barron with “dislikes” and crude assessments of what I’ve said. And one of my contributions to the CNN site — what I took to be a benign article urging Christians to pray for Christopher Hitchens — excited literally thousands of angry responses from the haters of religion.



Aggressive response What do we make of this? I think we see, first, that atheists have come rather aggressively out of the closet. Following the prompts of Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Bill Maher and many others, they have found the confidence to (excuse the word) evangelize for atheism. They are no longer content to hold on to their conviction as a private opinion; they consider religion dangerous and retrograde, and they want religious people to change their minds. This fervor has led them, sadly, to employ a good deal of vitriolic rhetoric, but this is a free country and their advocacy for atheism should not, of course, be censored. But it should be a wake-up call to all of my fellow religionists. We have a fight on our hands, and we have to be prepared, intellectually and morally, to get into the arena. Most of the new atheists employ variations of the classical arguments of Ludwig Feuerbach, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud — namely, that religion is a pathetic projection born of suffering, that it is an infantile illusion, that it is de-humanizing, etc. How well do Christians know the theories of our intellectual enemies? Can we identify their blind-spots and the flaws in their logic? Have we read the great Christian apologists — G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Francis Schaeffer, Ronald Knox, Fulton Sheen — and can we wield their arguments against those who are coming at us? In my own Catholic Church, we sadly jettisoned much of our rich apologetic tradition in the years after the Second Vatican Council, convinced that it would be better to reach out positively to the culture. Well, at least part of that culture has turned pretty hostile, and it is high time to recover the intellectual weapons that we set aside.

Ready to meet the challenge? Today’s atheists also eagerly use the findings of contemporary science — especially in evolutionary biology and quantum physics — to undermine the claims of religion. Are the advocates of the faith ready to meet that challenge? How carefully have we read the scientific critics? And have we bothered to study the works of such deeply religious scientists as Father John Polking-

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A small group of agnostics, atheists and freethinkers gather for a streetside demonstration in Laguna Beach, Calif., in this 2009 file photo.

“We sadly jettisoned much of our rich apologetic tradition in the years after the Second Vatican Council, convinced that it would be better to reach out positively to the culture. Well, at least part of that culture has turned pretty hostile, and it is high time to recover the intellectual weapons that we set aside.


horne, Father George Coyne, Father Stanley Jaki and Father Georges Le Maitre, colleague of Einstein and the formulator of the Big Bang theory of cosmic origins? We shouldn’t imitate the Internet atheists in their nastiness, but we should certainly imitate them in our willingness to come forward boldly and showing some intellectual teeth. But the fierce and vocal presence of so many atheists on the CNN Belief Blog and so many other religious sites also speaks to what I call “the Herod principle.”

The Gospels tell us that Herod Antipas arrested John the Baptist because the prophet had publicly challenged the king. Herod threw John into prison, but then, we are told, the king loved secretly to listen to the prophet, who continued to preach from his cell. St. Augustine formulated an adage that beautifully sums up the essentials of Christian anthropology: “O Lord, you have made us for yourself; therefore our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” A basic assumption of biblical people is that everyone is hardwired for God in the measure that everyone seeks a fulfillment that cannot be had through any of the goods of this world. Long before Augustine, the psalmist prayed, “only in God is my soul at rest.”

Everyone is searching My wager, as a person of faith, is that everyone — and that includes Christopher Hitchens, Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins — implicitly wants God and hence remains permanently fascinated by the things of God. Though the fierce atheists of today profess that they would like to eliminate religious speech and religious ideas, secretly they love to listen as people speak of God. This goes a long way, it seems to me, toward explaining their presence in great numbers on religious blogs. So I say to Christians and other believers: Be ready for a good fight, and get some spiritual weapons in your hands. And, I say to the atheists: I’ll keep talking — because I know, despite all of your protestations and sputtering, that your hearts are listening. Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry Word on Fire and the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill.


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Don’t let consumerism drown out call to Christian stewardship ids are generous by nature. They want to make a difference in their communities and churches. Case in point: My 12-year-old son, after seeing a commercial on television about an organization that fixes the cleft palates of children in developing countries where families cannot afford the surgery, decided on his own to raise money for the cause. He baked cookies, sold them to our friends and coworkers, and donated the proceeds to the cause. Every parent, teacher and pastor can tell similar stories of children who are more than willing to share their time and talent to raise money for a good cause or participate in a service project to help a person in need. Somewhere along the line, however, this generous impulse often gets short-circuited by a consumer culture fixated on material things and instant gratification. “What do I want?” is the question that too often replaces “What do I need?” and just as important: “What do others need?”

■ What resources, talents and abilities has God given me? Do I use them in service to others? How might I take the next step to become a more effective steward?

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Gratitude and responsibility should guide our choices

Sharing our values The consumer pressures don’t go away as children grow into adulthood; they only take a different form. Not everyone succumbs to the pressure, but too many of us do — maybe not all the time, but more often than we would like. That’s why finance experts like

■ What qualities in the life of Jesus provide a model for living and an example of good stewardship? How might they compare to my own life and lived experience? ■ If I am to work to be an effective Christian steward, with the help of God’s grace, what will it cost me in terms of personal sacrifice and hardship? Am I willing to take the next step?

“What do I want?” is the question that too often replaces “What do I need?” and just as important: “What do others need?


Nathan Dungan (see story, page 5A) stress the importance of having family conversations about healthy money habits. That’s also why, in part, the U.S. bishops issued their document “Stewardship and Young Adults: An Invitation to Help Change the World” back in 2003. It talks about the “call to listen to the voice of the Spirit speaking of gratitude and responsibility” and

Try praying with Sacred Heart image CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2A beings . . . called to love” (No. 9). Recently, I read the reflections of a contemporary author who drew out of the traditional devotion to the Sacred Heart its relevance to theories of nonviolent resistance; i.e. encountering God’s presence in the embodied persons and events of our lives; God’s heart being the center where all paradoxes are held in tension; the heart of Christ as being humble and gentle. Truly, this image remains relevant today. To my mind, this is one of the richest devotions we have in the Catholic Church. As I go about my pastoral visits to parishes in the archdiocese, I am impressed that so many of our churches offer an image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for inspiration and veneration. I urge that you reflect, study and pray over this most powerful of images. Ponder the love of His Heart in your own.

Pray for priests The solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, which this year falls on July 1, gives rise to the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests. I encourage all of us to pray in a special way that day for all our priests as well as for an increase in priestly vocations. Pray that they be holy so as to inspire a people who are holy. The great promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus was St. Mary Margaret Alacoque, who once said: “It seems to me that our Lord’s earnest desire to have His Sacred Heart honored

■ How am I reaching out to invite others to recognize their gifts? What opportunities do I provide for them to employ those gifts for the good of the community?

Catholic stewardship as a way of life that involves cultivating the gifts God gives us and sharing them with others. Those gifts include material goods, but also our faith, our talents and skills, and our compassion and vision.

Points to ponder The document concludes with four reflection questions:

(Attributed to Bishop Tom Olmsted) Most Sacred Heart, Jesus my First Love, Cherished Spouse of my life, I desire to make you first: first in my thoughts, first in my affections, first in my decisions. For you, Lord Jesus, are First and Last, Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End. And you are worthy of all my love. Amen.

in a special way is directed toward the effects of redemption in our souls. For the Sacred Heart is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to His good pleasure.” My fervent hope is that, like me, you might also come to see this rich image of Christ’s abundant love as the face you gaze upon when you turn to pray.

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Mass changes rob comfort in good way I will be the first one to tell you that I hate change. I believe that it is necessary, but I don’t have to like it. I also will be the first to admit that when it comes to things of faith, I really hate change. So when I started hearing that changes in the Mass responses were coming, I thought: “Really, do we have to? What’s wrong with the way it is?” But then I have to stop and remember that changes have been made in the past — Latin to English, the priest facing the congregation, the expectation of the congregation being actively involved in the Mass, taking the Eucharist in the hand. Those were major changes in our Mass and they have been good ones. Words are powerful. Words can build a person up or tear a person down. Words can inspire passion, excitement, love, hatred, joy and pain. Words can make the ordinary extraordinary, and isn’t that what we want when it comes to the Mass? Yes, we want the Mass to be familiar and comforting. But we also want, even need, the Mass to be extraordinary. The thing I like the most about the Mass is its familiarity; we do the same thing every week. When I traveled to Rome several years ago, it was the familiar movement of the Mass that made it easier to follow since I didn’t know Italian. It was that same familiarity that made it possible for me to be my niece’s sponsor for her confirmation, even though I didn’t know German. It truly is universal. This familiarity sometimes keeps people from the Mass — “It’s boring, we

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While directed at young adults, everyone would do well to reflect on these questions. Ultimately, the call to be thankful and generous is everyone’s call to Christian stewardship — for children first learning about it, to us adults who must teach them and live out the values we talk about.

do the same thing every week.” I have been involved in music ministry at All Saints [in Lakeville] for many years, and even here I have seen changes in what we sing, styles of music, instruments used. The one change that has had the most influence on me is the psalm. Just the change in singing the psalm at the ambo on the altar changes the feel of the psalm. It became more than just a song between the first and second reading; it became a part of the Liturgy of the Word. I no longer just sing the psalm; I proclaim the psalm. It was scary, and I kept wishing that I could stay and “hide” in the choir area. But the change has been good. It’s good because it makes me uncomfortable. It makes me stop and think. It raises the ordinary to the extraordinary. Now imagine what can happen when the basics of Mass don’t change but only some of the responses we say. As these changes are introduced and we start to use them, it will be awkward and uncomfortable. Yes, we will be frustrated and want to go back to the old words; eventually, though, they will be familiar again. In the meantime, maybe it will stop us in our tracks and make us think again about what we are saying. That is good! We will realize that we have new words, deeper meaning, but ultimately the same Mass. The ordinary can become extraordinary again and again. Isn’t that what we want? Carol Kozor is a member of All Saints in Lakeville.

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Keys to a good Christian marriage Prayer, openness to life, forgiveness are essential in order to love as Christ loves The following is the homily given by Archbishop John Nienstedt on June 11 at the Cathedral of St. Paul to mark the archdiocese’s celebration of World Marriage Day. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!” What a great day this is, a day to celebrate and to affirm the beautiful vocation of marriage, a calling given by God in and through the church, the beloved bride of Christ! To the many gathered here today to celebrate this vocaArchbishop tion, I thank you. John C. Now more than ever, Nienstedt we need to proclaim with full voice the inviolable dignity of this sacrament, a sacrament upon which so much depends. Thank you for your presence. And to those celebrating anniversaries today, I thank you in a special way. Your witness and loving perseverance is a powerful sign of hope in our world. You have proclaimed by your commitment to the church and to one another — “It can be done. Promises can be kept. Love can triumph over tragedy and trial.” For that message of faith, hope and love, I thank you on behalf of the church.


Challenging age It is no secret that we live in an age of willfulness and relativity. The source of these spirits, spirits that drive so much of our public discourse and public policy, is multifaceted. But at their foundation, these two attitudes — “I will have what I want when I want it,” and “Feelings are what matter, not facts” — flow from human sinfulness. All sin is a great “no” to the will of God, given to us by both the natural law and the authoritative teachings of the church. God’s law imposes limits upon us all, and forces us to confront realities that do not always console or comfort. One such law is the law of love, a law known in a certain though obscure way through human experience, but clarified and strengthened through revelation. To love another, that is, to choose to link the good of another with one’s own, is a deep hunger within the human heart, as is the desire to be chosen by another, to be recognized as worthy of another’s attention and concern. All of us experience this desire in one way or another. We can fight it, we can deny it, but in the end, we long to be loved and to be accepted. The natural consequences of an upbringing without such love is obvious — poverty, violence, depression and an inability to manage the stresses of the world. But even in the absence of faith, a family in which authentic love is found and lived is a fertile ground for human maturity and virtue. The gift of revelation sheds light upon this mystery of love. We are, after all, made by Love for love. And so our tendency to love, or, if you will, our hardwiring for love, is no accident of evolution, but rather the deliberate foundation of our existence. We are made by a God who is a communion of persons united

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Archbishop John Nienstedt presents a plaque to Richard and Georgianna Knapp of St. John the Baptist in Excelsior following a Mass celebrating Archdiocesan Marriage Day at the Cathedral of St. Paul June 11. The Knapps were honored for being the longest-married couple in attendance. They celebrated their 70th anniversary May 1. Three other couples at the Mass also are celebrating 70th anniversaries this year: Fran and Jim Linstroth

in love, a love which is this God’s own divine life. It is impossible to properly understand the mystery of human existence without reference to this source.

Sign of unity All of the diverse forms of love that we experience in this life — the love of father for his son, the love of a mother for her daughter, the love of a child for her parent, the love of a man for a woman and a woman for a man — are echoes and manifestations of the mystery of love that is God. God has chosen one such kind of love, the romantic love of husband and wife, to be a fitting image or symbol of Christ’s union with his church. Like the love of Jesus for the church, the love of a Christian spouse is meant to endure hardship and difficulty, but also to share triumph and joy. It is impossible to understand the mystery of Christ without the church. Christ is now found in, and with and through his church. So, too, by means of their vows and the consummation of that choice on their wedding night, husband and wife are no longer two, but one flesh, a living sign of the unity of Christ and his church. Naturally, Christian spouses do not always live up to this high calling, this vocation to be a living image of the love between Jesus and his church, anymore than the priest or religious always live up to their own profound calling.

(June 6) of Lumen Christi in St. Paul, Clarence and Lorraine Bender (July 17) of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin in St. Paul, and Doug and Marion Bengson (Oct. 11) of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton. The archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life estimates there were 600 people at the Mass, which also recognized couples celebrating 25, 50 and more than 50 years of marriage, and included renewal of vows and a reception afterward.

“Now more than ever, we need to proclaim with full voice the inviolable dignity of this sacrament, a sacrament upon which so much depends.


Truly, we all hold the mystery of love in earthen vessels, regardless of our particular vocation. But let this day of rejoicing be a day to recommit yourself to being the image of Christ’s love you are called to be. It is never too late to begin again, or to strive for that ideal that has been given. Allow me to be so bold as to offer the married couples in our midst today some practical points as to how this vocation to be a living image of Christ and his church might be strengthened and better embraced. I am aware that some here today have been married longer than I have been a priest. All the same, allow me to offer a few brief words of wisdom even to these cherished elders. The first and most fundamental point

is the priority of prayer in the Christian vocation of marriage.

Prayer is essential While all Christians must be people of prayer, a Christian spouse learns how to love [a] husband or wife from his or her time with God in private prayer. Without prayer, without the sacramental life of the church, marriage quickly becomes merely a human project, an effort of the will. My brothers and sisters, make time for prayer, no matter what it costs you, in terms of time or effort. Intimacy with God will lead to the capacity for intimacy with your spouse. Learn from Christ how to love as he loves, unconditionally, profoundly, even unto death. A second point is the importance of embracing the church’s teaching on human sexuality and marriage, totally and unreservedly. Deliberate and willful contraception has no place in Christian marriage, which is a mystery meant to be a living sign of Christ’s complete openness to the will of the Father. While the church is absolutely clear that there are, in fact, moments in a couple’s life when the postponement of children is morally acceptable, the fact remains that children must always be recognized and welcomed as the gift that they are, and not simply as ornaments in PLEASE TURN TO FORGIVENESS ON PAGE 14A




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The choice to end all choices The following was first posted on the media blog of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is reprinted with permission. f there is a prize in the game of semantics, it should go to the word “choice.” And, if you need someone to collect the prize for abusing the word, I offer those who promote what is deemed the choice to die. The patron of the movement, which is now enshrined into law in the states of Washington and Oregon, is the late Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the pathologist who once helped people die in the back of a 1968 van that he converted into a death machine. Curiously, when he himself passed on a few weeks ago, it was in a clean bed in a hospital where he had been ill. No Volkswagen van for Dr. Death. Words develop emotional dimensions, which is why the right-to-die Hemlock Society, named for Socrates’ suicide juice of choice, is now called Compassion and Choices. Giving people the choice to die has a nicer ring to it than giving people the right to kill themselves or giving them the license to kill others. Those working for the freedom of choice to die, however, are working for the choice to end all choices.


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Assisted suicide movement fails to offer the kind of choices that value and respect human life

Curing and comforting With modern medicine, people live longer lives and take longer to die. Dying is commonplace, and responsible medical professionals

of ending it with a deadly medical cocktail respect life at every stage. They recognize the slippery slope where taking a life of someone who wants to die moves easily into taking the life of someone you want to die. Where taking the life of someone with little beneficial time left slides into taking the life of someone whose life you think has no benefit no matter how long they live. One can quickly arrogate to oneself the role of God.

“Dealing with fear of isolation . . . is a call to the community to surround the dying and chronically ill with emotional support, prayer and the message that every moment of their lives has value to us.


Choices and sharing have developed the modern-day hospice movement and palliative care programs to address it. Palliative care offers a comprehensive care approach for those with potentially fatal illnesses, such as heart failure, rheumatoid arthritis, emphysema and cancer. It involves curing and comforting. If cure becomes less likely, for example, with end-stage cancers, end-stage heart failure and end-stage renal failure, it can lead to hospice care with its emphasis on comfort when cure seems out of the question. When I was a reporter covering the hospice movement, I learned that people have two fears when confronting the end of life: pain and isolation. Hospice and palliative care address them both. Advances in medications mean pain can be controlled. Medical staff can handle that. Dealing with fear of isolation lies in the hands of the rest of us. It is a call to the community to surround the dying and chronically ill with

emotional support, prayer and the message that every moment of their lives has value to us. Every life has dignity at every stage. Hospice and palliative care programs rely on family and volunteers for the team that provides medical, emotional, intellectual, psychological, social and spiritual care. They work to enable a meaningful life right now. They believe that life has meaning whether you’re on the job, in your lounge chair or nodding off in bed. It is no secret that people who are seriously and/or chronically ill can become depressed and feel they want to die. The answer is not “Here, let me help you.” It is to express compassion, to send the message that they’re not alone and that others walk with them. Such support calls for selfless friends and relatives who know how to sit patiently and quietly and when to call others for help. Those who opt to help another live life as much as possible instead

The dying deserve choices in everything from choice of care to choice of where to receive it. Other choices may involve whether to pray or sit quietly. Whether to have visitors. Whether to see a spiritual guide. Whether to have apple sauce or ice cream. Whether to call an old friend. Whether to increase pain medication. Caring involves sharing — everything from a funny story about the grandkids, the latest news report, who was at church in the morning and who called last night. It might even involve sharing a beer, though not one laced with hemlock or its modern equivalent. Choices provide a sense of control and we all like to keep our options open. But when a choice eliminates every other choice thereafter, it’s really not a choice at all. Sister Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, is director of media relations for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Forgiveness must be given, received liberally within marriage CONTINUED FROM PAGE 13A life, to be welcomed simply whenever I deem it appropriate or acceptable. Openness to life, as well as a commitment to enjoy the gift of sexuality in a way that is always open to new life, is meant to be a defining feature of marriage, and without it, marriage quickly becomes solely about me and my wants, rather than that which God wants or even what my spouse wants.

Forgiveness is key Finally, the gift of forgiveness must be given and received liberally within Christian marriage. To hold on to past hurts is to condemn oneself to half a life, a life of shadows. Christ does not desire such a life for us — he has come so that we might have life, and have it to the full. Of course, to forgive does not always mean to forget. In the case of grave moral failures, to forget is not often possible. Even less does it mean the absence of consequences or the evaporation of feelings of anger or disappointment at the faults of another. But to forgive is a choice: It is to choose to pray for the other. It is to let go of “getting even.” It is to admit willingly and openly the other as human and to embrace one’s own part in the failures of the other. To forgive is a great act of love. And, for the Christian, it is a response to

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Hung Pham, left, and wife Helen renew their wedding vows during Archdiocesan Marriage Day at the Cathedral of St. Paul June 11. They belong to St. Adalbert in St. Paul and have been married 15 years.

Christ’s commandment. My dear brothers and sisters, may God the Father continue to bless your marriages and the families you have raised and cherished. May Jesus Christ teach

you how to love as he loves his beloved bride the church. And may the Holy Spirit, who can make all things new, animate and direct your hearts so that you may work together for the salvation of all

and the sanctification of the world. “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad! This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad!”

“Recognize in this bread what hung on the cross, and in this chalice what flowed from his side.” St. Augustine

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The Body and Blood is a gift to be believed, received, lived n the African traditional religious context in which I grew and other religious contexts also, sacrifices offered to their gods are moments when the natives believe they dine with the deity. But in the Eucharist, Jesus, who is God, does not just invite us to dine with him; he wants us to be him. We truly become Jesus whom we receive, as St. Paul reminds us that we are called to be nothing less than the Body of Christ. Jesus said to them: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood, has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks Deacon my blood Kevin Abakisi remains in me and I in him.” For Jesus’ Jewish listeners, these words are scandalous. But for us Catholics, they are at the heart of our Christian believe in the presence of Jesus Christ, body and blood, soul and divinity, when we eat his flesh and drink his blood at Mass. This mystery transforms us, and helps us become the presence of Christ in the world. The words of Christ quoted above call us to faith in his real presence in the Eucharist.


Sunday Scriptures

Because Jesus said so Once, a non-Catholic friend of mine sarcastically

We become one with Jesus

Readings Sunday, June 26 Body and Blood of Christ ■ Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a ■ 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 ■ John 6:51-58

For reflection Consider how you are transformed by the Eucharist and become Christ for others.

asked, “How could you believe that a little white bread is Jesus?” Without thinking much, I said, “Because Jesus himself said so.” Reflecting on it later, I realized that it is indeed why Jesus is in the Eucharist. Jesus’ words at the last supper were active and effective then and more so even now, since he asked us to “do this in memory of me.” So when he says in his priests; “This is my body . . . this is my blood,” we verily eat Jesus’ flesh and drink his blood. In fact, we cannot call ourselves Christians if we do not eat his flesh and drink his blood. This is a powerful grace [God’s own life in us]. I am always powerfully struck when I see Jesus elevated for me, and sometimes I ask, “Why Lord Jesus do you give me your real self, your body and blood?” When I read today’s Gospel, I could hear him say to me: “[Because] whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him” John 6:56.

Oh what a gift! Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood leads me to a relationship of mutual indwelling. He resides in me, and I in him. In Greek, “to remain” means to be wholly part as one, not to be another or different. That is why Jesus gives us himself; for the sake of our oneness with him. Eating Jesus’ flesh and drinking his blood transforms us into Jesus himself. And as Jesus transforms us, we are also called to allow him to reign in every area of our real lives. Indeed, we become Jesus, not out of the world but in the world to transform it into a eucharistic world. That is why in most of our parishes, we will enthrone Jesus and worship him, singing songs of praise and adoration to him. Through our worship and living of eucharistic lives as a result of being transformed by Jesus, we bring our world to Jesus to also be transformed. Our world will only be transformed when it experiences Jesus abiding in us. Let this solemn feast of the Holy Body and Blood of Jesus, revive our resolve to abide in Jesus in our Masses, in the adoration chapels of our parishes and in the world. As we walk with Jesus, may every step we take proclaim him as our God who becomes bread to nourish us on our pilgrimage through life. Deacon Kevin Abakisi is in formation for the priesthood at The St. Paul Seminary for the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana. His teaching parish is St. Francis De Sales in St. Paul.

Daily Scriptures Sunday, June 26 Body and Blood of Christ Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a 1 Corinthians 10:16-17 John 6:51-58 “Do not forget the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery.” — Deuteronomy 8:14 A dear friend recently died after a long and difficult physical decline. He had been an active member of a 12-step program for the past three decades and was a person of deep personal faith. He never forgot that God had made his sobriety possible and never returned to the slavery of alcoholism, despite the trying circumstances of his later years. Today, recall an area of your life that has been transformed by grace, and give thanks for your freedom. Monday, June 27 Cyril of Alexandria, bishop Genesis 18:16-33 Matthew 8:18-22 A meditation practice can help us recognize the greatest obstacle to pursuing our deepest God-given desire. Tuesday, June 28 Irenaeus, bishop Genesis 19:15-29 Matthew 8:23-27 Faith doesn’t prevent disasters, but it does determine our reactions to them. Wednesday, June 29 Peter and Paul, apostles Acts 12:1-11 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

Matthew 16:13-19 What surprising truth has the Holy Spirit revealed to you about Jesus? Thursday, June 30 Genesis 22:1b-19 Matthew 9:1-8 How might we be blind to how God is at work in the world today? Friday, July 1 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Deuteronomy 7:6-11 1 John 4:7-16 Matthew 11:25-30 The mystery of God’s love is something revealed to us rather than something that can be taught. Saturday, July 2 Immaculate Heart of Mary Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29 Luke 2:41-51 One of our great challenges is to trust that what we don’t understand today will someday be made clear. Sunday, July 3 14th Sunday in ordinary time Zechariah 9:9-10 Romans 8:9, 11-13 Matthew 11:25-30 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” — Matthew 11:28 My mother used to tell me that by the age of 18 months I refused to take her hand while walking down the very steep stairs of our apartment building. Habits die hard and I still find it difficult to ask for

and accept help, but thanks to an upper back problem I find myself having to do just that these days. Our desire for total independence affects our spiritual life, too. How often do we try and go it alone rather than crying out for help from a power greater than ourselves? Monday, July 4 Independence Day Elizabeth of Portugal Genesis 28:10-22a Matthew 9:18-26 Is there a step in faith you could take that would change your life? Tuesday, July 5 Anthony Mary Zaccaria, priest Genesis 32:23-33 Matthew 9:32-38 We risk condemnation when we help someone find his or her voice. Wednesday, July 6 Maria Goretti, virgin and martyr Genesis 41:55-57; 42:5-7a, 17-24a Matthew 10:1-7 The Spirit will empower us to move beyond the limitations we put on ourselves. Thursday, July 7 Genesis 44:18-21, 23b-29; 45:1-5 Matthew 10:7-15 When we live in the present, we have a greater capacity to see the needs of others. Friday, July 8 Genesis 46:1-7, 28-30

Matthew 10:16-23 We will stop controlling people and situations as we trust the Holy Spirit to work through us. Saturday, July 9 Augustine Zhao Rong Genesis 49:29-32; 50:15-26a Matthew 10:24-33 Following Jesus opens our hearts and takes us out of our comfort zone. Sunday, July 10 15th Sunday in ordinary time Isaiah 55:10-11 Romans 8:18-23 Matthew 13:1-23 “On that day, Jesus went out of the house and sat down by the sea.” — Matthew 13:1 We tend to think only big gestures make a difference. Yet, so often in the Gospels, Jesus simply ministered to those who crossed his path. I remember the woman who was struggling with her image of God until, in prayer, she recalled walking down the street as a child and passing a woman who patted her on the head and smiled at her lovingly. In that exchange, she felt loved and accepted in a way she had never before experienced and years later recognized God’s affection for her in that encounter. The daily reflections are written by Terri Mifek, a member of St. Edward in Bloomington and a certified spiritual director at the Franciscan Retreat House in Prior Lake.


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‘And with your Spirit’

The series Upcoming articles

The following is the next in a series of articles regarding the new Roman Missal, which will be used in the United States beginning Nov. 27, the first Sunday of Advent.

■ July 7: “The Act of Penitence.” Why is it important to acknowledge our sin as Mass begins? What is changing about the wording of this rite?

robably the most noticeable change for the laity in the revised translation of The Roman Missal will be the response to “The Lord be with you,” which restores the phrase “And with your spirit” in place of “And also with you.” This change is specifically called for by “Liturgiam Authenticam,” the instruction from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments regarding the translation of liturgical texts. It states that the Latin phrase, “Et cum spiritu tuo,” must be translated as literally as possible. English is the only major European language that does not mention the spirit in the current translation of this response; the Greek liturgy of the Eastern Churches also employs the equivalent of “And Father with your spirit.” Daniel Merz So the new form has both tradition and widespread use on its side. Underlying the use are scriptural and theological reasons.


■ July 21: “The Gloria.” It’s appropriate that our first liturgical exposure to this retranslated text will not be Nov. 27, but rather at the Vigil Mass of Christmas, when we will gather to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Why? Because the new words sound an awful lot like the hymn of the angels at Bethlehem. ■ Aug. 4: “The Creed, part 1.” Why does the Creed matter, and why is it changing from “We believe” to “I believe”? ■ Aug. 18: “The Creed, part 2.” ■ Sept. 1: “The Preface Dialogue.” It is right and just. ■ Sept. 15: “The Roman Canon, part 1.” As a way of examining the Mass itself, we’ll explore the first Eucharistic Prayer, often called the Roman Canon. Many rich symbols and references are found within this ancient prayer, and by paying attention to the scriptural and traditional imagery, we can learn much about just what it is we are doing through, with and in Christ at the Mass.

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■ Sept. 29: “The Roman Canon, part 2.” ■ Oct. 13: “The Roman Canon, part 3.” ■ Oct. 27: “The Roman Canon, part 4.”

Particularly Christian This ancient Christian use of “spirit,” in both Greek and Latin, was strange to the ancient world. “Nothing like it is known outside Christian writing” (Paulinus Milner, “Et Cum Spiritu Tuo” in Studies in Pastoral Liturgy, vol. 3. ed. by Placid Murray, OSB, Dublin: The Furrow Trust, 1967. p. 202). “With your spirit” was long thought to be a Semitic idiom meaning nothing more than “with you.” The Hebrew word “nephesh” means “soul” or “spirit,” but it can also mean “self.” But the Hebrew word behind “with your spirit” is not “nephesh” but rather another Hebrew term, “ruah,” which means “breath” or “spirit.” The Greek word for spirit, “pneuma,” is never used in the Old Testament to render “nephesh,” but only when translating “ruah.” Thus, it seems clear that the use of “spirit” in the liturgy is not intended merely as a euphemism for “you” but bears some other special theological significance.

Gift of the Spirit Sometimes, St. Paul calls the gifts of the Holy Spirit “pneumata” (cf. 1 Corinthians 14:12: “So with yourselves, since you are eager for ‘pneumaton,’ spiritual gifts . . .” and 14:32, “The spiritual gifts of the prophets are subject to the prophets”; see similar usage in Revelation 22:6 and 19:10). The episcopal ordination prayer of The Apostolic Tradition (third or fourth century AD) asks God for the “spirit of leadership”: “And now also pour forth the power which comes from you, of the spirit of leadership which you gave to your beloved Child, Jesus Christ, and which he accorded to your holy apostles who have founded the church in every place. . . .” This ordination prayer, then, specifically refers to a gift of the spirit that was given to Christ, which Christ in turn bestowed on the apostles, and which this prayer

shows is bestowed upon bishops in the church. The ordination prayer for priests similarly asks, “Look upon your servant who is here and grant him the spirit of grace and of council of the presbytery so that he may aid and govern your people with a pure heart. . . .” In the prayer for deacons: “Grant the spirit of grace and zeal to your servant.”

Affirmation by assembly Given the petitions employed in these ordination prayers, it is noteworthy that the phrase, “And with your spirit” is used only in response to an ordained minister. The non-ordained member leading the assembly in prayer (for example, at a wake service, a Holy Communion service, the Liturgy of the Hours), would never say “The Lord be with you” because, at least in part, they do not receive the phrase in return “And with your spirit.” The “spirit” mentioned here refers specifically to the spirit received in ordination. It is an affirmation by the assembly that the ordained minister has received the appropriate anointing with the spirit to make him the leader in sacramental ministry. This usage has a special beauty: It is less about the person of the priest than about the office of the priesthood, which is supported and guaranteed by the Spirit of God given in ordination. Early Church Fathers, such as John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia, Narsai of Nisibis, and Abraham bar Lipheh explicitly back this interpretation.

Other usages One scriptural usage may be set in objection to this

■ Nov. 10: “Q&A.” As the implementation of the new missal becomes imminent, we will try to answer any remaining questions about the new texts and their use. ■ Nov. 23: “Q&A, part 2.”

Past articles Read them online at THECATHOLICSPIRIT.COM. ■ Why a new missal? ■ New translation is a plus for Catholics. ■ Meet the new kids on the block.

interpretation: Galatians 6:18, Philippians 4:23, and Philemon 25 all use “spirit” in a more general sense as addressed to the whole church: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.” St. Paul is not referring here to the particular gifts of the Spirit possessed by each member of the local church, because “spirit” is in the singular. Rather, he is referring to that gift of the Spirit which each local church possesses in so far as it is a unity in Christ for the worship of the Father (Milner, p. 206). In this sense, the ordained minister represents the whole church in a way that the non-ordained does not. For this reason, the laity may offer a blessing in their own name only, whereas the ordained bless in the name of the church — because of the “spirit” they have received in ordination. Father Daniel Merz is currently the associate director of the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship. Reprinted with permission. ©2010 Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications, 3949 S. Racine Ave., Chicago, IL 60609; (800-933-1800); WWW.LTP.ORG.

Dress up, not down for Sunday Mass, even in summertime By Father Michael Van Sloun For The Catholic Spirit

Every year, this sensitive summer subject crops up: What to wear for church. We Minnesotans spend much of the winter bundled up in jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves, and we relish the day when warmer weather lets us peel off all those layers. But how much is too much? What is appropriate dress for church? The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that when it comes to the celebration of the Eucharist, “Bodily demeanor (gestures, clothing) ought to convey the

respect, solemnity and joy of this moment when Christ becomes our guest” (No. 1387). Clothing ought to reflect respect and solemnity. When it comes to church clothing, it is time to “dress up,” not “dress down.” When I served St. Benedict the African Catholic Church on the South Side of Chicago, it was customary among African-American Catholics there to wear one’s “Sunday-go-to-meeting-clothes,” a slogan for the best clothes in one’s closet. When people came to Mass, they looked sharp.

In the Holy Land and Rome, there are signs at many sacred sites and security guards that refuse admittance to those who are dressed inappropriately. Consider how you may dress if you were invited to meet the president at the White House or attend a formal dinner. Doesn’t a visit to meet Jesus and attend his great banquet, the Eucharist, rank higher? Shouldn’t how we dress reflect this? The Lord deserves our Sunday best. Father Michael Van Sloun is pastor of St. Stephen in Anoka.

Entrance sign at Basilica of Transfiguration at Mount Tabor in Israel. Father Michael Van Sloun

“Winning is overrated. The only time it is really important is in surgery and war.” From the late Al McGuire, who was head coach of the Marquette University men’s basketball team from 1964 to 1977

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Bible study, prayer group help U.S. soccer team connect By Sara Angle Catholic News Service

When the No. 1-ranked U.S. women’s soccer team goes on the road, members have multiple training sessions, physical therapy, media events and team meetings, but midfielder Heather O’Reilly still finds time for Bible study. O’Reilly participates in a Bible study and prayer group with some of the women on her team and told Catholic News Service, “You find a lot of bonds that way.” “It lets you connect on a different level because you see how it [faith] affects their everyday life in soccer,” O’Reilly told CNS in a telephone interview June 9, days before leaving for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. “After games or before games, some of the girls get together and pray. It brings people together. We share such a love of soccer, but also God and Jesus,” she said. At only 26, O’Reilly already boasts an impressive record in the women’s soccer world. She was part of the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal team, played on the 2004 Olympic team and is one of the fastest players on the national team. With 29 career goals, she is the 14th all-time female goal scorer in U.S. history. In the beginning of 2011, she broke the U.S. Soccer women’s record for consecutive games played, at 63.

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Bartholomew Parish in East Brunswick, N.J., will be playing in her second FIFA Women’s World Cup when the United States meets North Korea in Dresden, Germany, June 28. Growing up in a Catholic family, O’Reilly attended St. Bartholomew School, East Brunswick High School and later the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied education. O’Reilly told CNS that her Catholic faith taught her to always strive to be a good teammate. “Even at the highest level, it’s important to be able to relate and connect with everyone on your team. You know, treat others as you want to be treated,” she said. O’Reilly said she plans to spend some of her downtime between matches finalizing her wedding plans. “There are always details to smooth over,” she said lightheartedly. She will marry Dave Werry during an Oct. 1 Mass at St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. The two met during their time as undergraduates at the University of North Carolina and the couple completed marriage preparation classes near where they live in New York City.

Gearing up for a game O’Reilly said the biggest challenge for her during this World Cup will be to really want the ball at all times. “I have the ability,” she said confidently, “it’s just a matter of being

brave when circumstances are tough. “We’re capable of winning this thing, we just need to play well consistently,” she said, noting that her team has had ups and downs. When asked about any special rituals she has to get geared up for a game, O’Reilly responded: “I don’t have many superstitions, but I think that I’m someone who needs to bounce energy off other people. I need to stay loose. I just try to train and keep good habits at practice day in and day out and, if I keep doing what I’m doing, I’ll do well on the field.” When O’Reilly is stateside and off the field, she volunteers with America SCORES, an after-school program that combines soccer and literacy initiatives in urban environments. O’Reilly told CNS she always leaves with a smile on her face after volunteering. “I have had a very blessed life, and I think everyone has a responsibility to give back,” she said. She said that on her ideal soccerfree day, she would not set an alarm clock. Instead, she would sleep in and go out for a big brunch with her friends and fiance. “I would maybe even get a pedicure and see a movie,” she said. While excited for the World Cup, O’Reilly is very passionate about Women’s Professional Soccer in the United States. “It has the best players in the world,” she said.




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Fish fry at Knights of Columbus Hall, Bloomington — Every Friday: 5 to 9 p.m. at 1114 American Blvd. Cost is $10.95. Call (952) 888-1492 for reservations.

Legion of Mary prayers in front of Planned Parenthood, St. Paul — Every Friday: 3 p.m. at 1965 Ford Parkway. For information, call (651) 439-9098.

Chicken and rib dinner at Knights of Columbus Hall, Bloomington — Every Wednesday: 5 to 9 p.m. at 1114 American Blvd. Cost is $10.95. Call (952) 888-1492 for reservations.

Knights of Columbus traveling rosary at St. Bernard, St. Paul — June 26: 2 p.m. at 187 W. Geranium St.

Parish events Garage sale at St. John the Baptist, Savage — June 23 to 25: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday ($5 bag day) at 4625 W. 125th St. Rummage sale at Holy Name of Jesus, Medina — June 23 to 25: Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon (bag day) at 155 County Road 24. Proceeds go to pro-life groups. Visit WWW.HNOJ.ORG. Fashion show and luncheon at St. Peter, Mendota — June 25: 11:30 a.m. at 1405 Highway 13. Tickets are $15. Call (651) 451-6690 for reservations. 60th ordination anniversary celebration for Father Conran Schneider at Guardian Angels, Chaska — June 25: 9 a.m. Mass at 218 W. Second St. Summerfest celebration at St. Stephen, Anoka — June 25: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 525 Jackson St. Features food, inflatable games/rides, crafts, beer garden and more. Visit WWW.ST STEPHENCHURCH.ORG. 150th anniversary celebration at St. Anne, LeSueur — June 25 and 26: Grand buffet and social at 6 p.m. Saturday at the school, 511 N. Fourth St.10:30 a.m. Mass Sunday with Archbishop Nienstedt in the church, 217 N. Third St. followed by a luncheon in the school. Parish festival at Annunciation of Hazelwood, Northfield — June 26: Consignment auction begins at 11:30 a.m. and chicken dinner from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4996 Hazelwood Ave. Cost for dinner is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5 to 11. Performance by the National Catholic Youth Choir at St. Joseph, New Hope — June 26: 7:30 p.m. at 8701 36th Ave. N. Free will offering. A reception will follow the concert. 50th ordination anniversary celebration for Father Bill Wittier at St. Michael, Farmington — June 26: 10:30 a.m. Mass with reception to follow until 3:30 p.m. at 22120 Denmark Ave. For more information, visit WWW.FRBILLWHITTIER.COM. Golf tournament and dinner to benefit St. Peter, North St. Paul at Sawmill Golf Club, Stillwater — June 27: 11:30 a.m. at 1177 N. McKusick Road. Dinner to follow at the church, 2600 N. Margaret St., North St. Paul. For information, visit WWW.CHURCHOFSTPETERNSP .ORG. ‘A Taste for Learning’ 8th annual wine and beer tasting to benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School, Robinsdale — July 7: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 4087 W. Broadway Ave. Taste more than 70 wines and 50 beers. Tickets are $22.

Corpus Christi procession at St. Stephen, Anoka — June 26: Follows the 11 a.m. Mass at 525 Jackson St. For information, call (763) 421-2471.

Day of honor and recognition for birthmothers A Day of honor and recognition for birthmothers will be held July 23 at Our Lady of Grace in Edina. The event, which runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., will offer an opportunity for healing, sharing and learning about resources available to birthmothers. It is sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in conjunction with Catholic Charities. The cost is $15 and includes lunch. Register online at WWW.ARCH SPM.ORG, or call (651) 291-4488. Our Lady of Grace is located at 5071 Eden Ave. For information, visit WWW.SACRED HEARTSCHOOLROBBINSDALE.ORG. Annual Cities 97 Basilica Block Party at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis — July 8 and 9: 5 to 10:30 p.m. both nights on the Basilica campus,16th Street and Hennepin Avenue. Features local and national acts, food, beverages and raffles. For information, visit WWW.MARY.ORG. ‘Hope Rekindled: Widows’ Day of Reflection’ at Our Lady of Grace, Edina — July 9: 8 a.m. at 5071 Eden Ave. Led by nationally known speaker Johnette Benkovic. Cost is $10 and includes a light breakfast and lunch. Download registration at WWW.OLG PARISH.ORG or call (952) 929-3317. First annual Move and Groove Family Fest at the Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis — July 10: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 88 N. 17th St. Free family event celebrates kids’ fitness, health and creativity with a variety of activities and shows. Visit WWW.MOVEAND GROOVEFAMILYFEST.COM for information. Senior Wellness Education series, ‘Be Wise, Be Informed, Be Empowered: Senior Fraud and Scam Alerts’ at

Lumen Christi, St. Paul — July 12: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2055 Bohland Ave. A light lunch will be served prior to the presentation. To RSVP, call (651) 698-5581. Summer celebration at Mary, Mother of the Church, Burnsville — July 16: 5 p.m. at 3333 Cliff Road. Visit WWW.MMOTC.ORG. Parish festival at St. Albert, Albertville — July 17: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 11400 57th St. N.E. Chicken dinner from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., games, live music and more. Golf tournament to benefit All Saints Church at Crystal Lake Golf Course, Lakeville — July 18: 12:30 p.m. start at 16725 Innsbrook Dr. For information, visit WWW.ALLSAINTSCHURCH.COM.

Retreats Retreat for married couples at Christ the King Retreat Center, Buffalo — July 8 to 10: 7 p.m. Friday to 12:45 p.m. Sunday at 621 First Ave. S.

Serra Club hosts Blessed Pope John Paul II monstrance A monstrance blessed and gifted by Blessed Pope John Paul II to the USA Council of Serra will be available in the archdiocese for Exposition and Adoration from July 1 to 8. July 1 — Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. adoration and prayers for vocations. July 2 to 4 — Epiphany, Coon Rapids: 24 hours/day until 7 a.m. July 5. July 5 — St. John the Baptist, New Brighton: 9 a.m. Tuesday to 9 a.m. Wednesday. July 6 — St. Charles Borromeo, St. Paul: After the 8 a.m. Mass Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday. Call (651) 628-4911 to make arrangements. July 7 — Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul: Exposition for eight hours beginning at 8 a.m. July 8 — Holy Spirit, St. Paul: Call parish for information (651) 698-3353.

World Apostolate of Fatima vigil of reparation at St. Joseph, West St. Paul — July 1 and 2: Begins Friday at 7 p.m. with the rosary at 1154 Seminole Ave. Concludes at 1 .a.m. Saturday. For information, call (651) 457-3285. All night vigil with the Blessed Sacrament at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul — July 1 and 2: 7 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday at 401 Concord St. Knights of Columbus traveling rosary at St. Columba, St. Paul — July 3: 2 p.m. at 1327 Lafond Ave. Knights of Columbus traveling rosary at St. Mary, St. Paul — July 10: 2 p.m. at 261 Eighth St. E. Healing Mass at Holy Name of Jesus, Wayzata — July 14: Rosary at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m. at 155 County Road 24. Father Jim Livingston will be the celebrant. Knights of Columbus traveling rosary at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Maplewood — July 17: 2 p.m. at 1725 Kennard St.

Singles Sunday Spirits walking group for 50plus Catholic singles — ongoing Sundays: For Catholic singles to meet and make friends. The group usually meets in St. Paul on Sunday afternoons. For information, call Judy at (763) 221-3040 or Al at (651) 482-0406. 50-plus singles picnic at St. Joseph, New Hope — June 26: 5 p.m. at 8701 36th Ave. N. Includes social hour, picnic dinner and entertainment to follow. Call (763) 439-5940.

Other events Archdiocesan Rural Life Sunday Celebration at the farm of Leon and Nancy Gergen, Hastings — June 26: Begins with Mass at 1:30 p.m. at 22628 Kirby Ave. S. Bishop Lee Piché will be the celebrant. After Mass there will be food, family activities, a petting zoo, antique tractors, music and more. Free will offering. ‘The Eucharistic Miracles of the World: A Vatican International Exhibit’ at St. Joseph, Hayward, Wisconsin — June 30 to July 4: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at 10586 Dakota Ave. Features 160 photographic panels that recount documented miraculous occurrences. For information, call (715) 699-1287.

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Family conversations about money will help define your values CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5A Dungan said he has learned that families tend to have different communication styles around the subject of money. “Some have told me the topic just never came up in their families. Others said it definitely came up — very loudly — during arguments,” he said. “The goal is to develop a sane middle, a place where conversations about money are open and emotionally neutral.” Dungan also shared the results of a recent Synovate survey of 1,600 parents that found while 85 percent of parents

said they teach their children about saving money, only 34 percent taught them about paying bills and 27 percent talked to them about how to use a checking account or credit card. “It’s interesting that the topic of sharing money wasn’t included in the survey,” he said. Parents looking for a place to start the dialogue with children about charitable giving might consider giving a child a “share check” for his/her birthday. “Everything can be filled out on the check except the ‘pay to order’ line. The child can then decide where to donate

the money,” he said, adding this is also a great idea for grandparents and can open up discussions about the importance of generosity.

Close the money loop Another opportunity involves what Dungan called “experiential philanthropy, or time and money.” For young kids, just giving money to a cause can be abstract. “If they want to donate to a food shelf, take them to buy the food and then drop the food off at the food shelf or shelter,” he said. “It’s a good way to help them

close the loop.” Dungan ended with a phrase he repeated often throughout the presentation: “The choices we make with our money can change the world.” “Parents have the opportunity to help their kids start thinking about money when they are as young as 4 or 5,” he said. “To magically hope the next generation will link their money and their values without our guidance is pretty naïve.” For more information, visit



Cleric leaves priesthood, saying he can’t get ‘fair hearing’ on charges Catholic News Service Father John Corapi, a priest of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, declared June 17 he was leaving the priesthood, contending he could not get a “fair hearing” on misconduct allegations that were lodged against him in March and included what the priest said were sexual abuse charges. The announcement, which took the forms of a YouTube video and a blog

posting on one of his websites, WWW.THE BLACKSHEEPDOG.US, was made two days before his 20th anniversary of priestly ordination. “For 20 years I did my best to guard and feed the sheep. Now, based on a totally unsubstantiated, undocumented allegation from a demonstrably troubled person I was thrown out like yesterday’s garbage,” Father Corapi said. “I accept that. Perhaps I deserve that.” A spokesman for the Society of Our

Lady of the Most Holy Trinity told Catholic News Service June 20 that Father Corapi had not formally notified the order, founded in 1958, of his intent to leave. “Not directly,” said Father Gerard Sheehan, the order’s regional priest-servant and Father Corapi’s superior. “We heard it just like everyone else did, from YouTube. We’re as surprised as everyone else is.” Father Corapi was suspended from priestly ministry by his religious order

shortly after the allegations surfaced. Eternal Word Television Network also took his television program off the air in March. Although a spokesman for the order had said in March the suspension “in no way implies Father Corapi is guilty of the allegation,” Father Corapi had complained from the outset, as he reiterated June 17, that the process means “you are for all practical purposes assumed guilty until you can prove you are innocent.”

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“We need business leaders with a social conscience — leaders who see their work as part of a new social contract with the public and civil society.” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, speaking June 16 at a summit on business ethics

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Now is a good time to celebrate priests’ ordination anniversaries

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Three priests will celebrate their ordination anniversaries this weekend, June 25-26. Franciscan Father Conran Schneider will note 60 years as a priest with a Mass at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25, at Guardian Angels in Chaska, where he previously served. He was raised on a farm in Victoria and entered high The school seminary Catholic Spirit when he was 13. He entered the Franciscan Province Novitiate in 1943 and was ordained a priest in 1951. As a Franciscan priest, he served across the country in parish ministry, taught in universities and worked as a hospital chaplain. When he returned to the Twin Cities area, he moved to Chaska and began celebrating Mass and visiting the sick at Auburn Manor. Father Paul Jarvis, pastor of Guardian Angels, said, “For me, Father Conran embodies the Franciscan order that served Christians in this area for over a century.” Father Roger Hessian will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a priest with a thanksgiving Mass at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26, at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague. A reception will follow at the Park Ballroom, 300 Lexington Ave. S., New Prague, from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Father Hessian, who was ordained in 1961, has served at St. Peter in North St. Paul, St. Rita in FATHER HESSIAN Cottage Grove, St. Leo the Great in St. Paul, Immaculate Heart of Mary in St. Paul, St. Rose of Lima in Roseville, St. Joseph in Red Wing and St. Pius V in Cannon Falls. Katie Sullivan, a great-niece of Father Hessian’s, said, “He has listened, consoled, inspired and brought the Body and Blood of Christ to thousands over the years.” But, she added, he’s also a great athlete, sports fan and avid world traveler, who has served at a parish in Naples, Fla., the past several winters. Author, counselor, missionary and fundraiser Father Bill Whittier was ordained for this archdiocese in 1961. He will celebrate his 50th jubilee with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, June 26, at St. Michael in Farmington, where he was raised. He recently self-published “The Journey of a Priest,” about his inner journey and his healing ministry in Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ireland, Philippines and India. After he retired

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People in Bavarian attire ride horses near the Vatican in Rome June 11 as they celebrate the 60th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s ordination to the priesthood. A parade of 40 horses and six large models of German churches honored the pope, who was ordained June 29, 1951.

St. Paul Seminary to host prayer for pope and vocations Catholics of the archdiocese are invited to mark Pope Benedict XVI’s 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood with 60 hours of eucharistic adoration — with prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, for an increase in vocations and for priestly sanctity. ■ When: Evening of June 28 to the morning of July 1. ■ Where: St. Paul Seminary’s St. Mary’s Chapel, located at 2260 Summit Ave. in St. Paul. The prayer and adoration begins with a Mass at 7 p.m. June 28 with Archbishop John Nienstedt and concludes with an 8 a.m. Mass on July 1

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(see full schedule at THECATHOLICSPIRIT.COM). The seminary chapel also will be open to all during the night. Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up for an hour of adoration in the chapel. Those who cannot participate in the devotion at the seminary are invited to pray at a parish that offers perpetual adoration. A list of those parishes can be found on the archdiocese’s website, WWW.ARCHSPM.ORG. To sign up for adoration or for more information, contact the St. Paul Seminary at (651) 962-5050 or SPSSOD@STTHOMAS.EDU. — The Catholic Spirit

from full-time ministry in 1999, he began to minister to the poor in India through an organization that provides recovery opportunities for alcoholics, addicts and those who are HIV-positive. FATHER WHITTIER “India is the next AIDS time bomb waiting to explode,” Father Whittier told The Catholic Spirit in 2003. For more information about Father Whittier, his books and his anniversary celebration, visit wWW.FRBILLWHITTIER. COM.

Donald’s goes west Donald’s uniform store in St. Paul will have a grand opening July 15 at its temporary store in Eden Prairie to better serve the western suburbs. Donald’s West will be open from July 15 through Sept. 26 at 6407 City West Pkwy., Suite 104, in the Shady Oak Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays in August and September.

Holy Angels president Tom Shipley was named the new president of the Academy of Holy Angels High School in Richfield. He replaces Jill Reilly, who was to retire at the end of June. A longtime educator, Shipley most recently was director and senior executive vice president of Greenwoods State Bank in Wisconsin. However, Shipley said, his “true love is education,” so he is excited to begin serving at Holy Angels.

53 years at St. Rose Patrick Maroney and Bernie Settem retired from teaching at St. Rose of Lima in Roseville, this year. Maroney has taught in archdiocesan schools for 40 years, the last 31 at St. Rose. Settem taught for 33 years in Catholic schools in Iowa and Minnesota, with the last 22 years at St. Rose.

New ‘archspm’ look The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has updated its website, WWW.ARCHSPM.ORG. Find out where to attend Mass on Rural Life Sunday, learn what you need to know about the new Roman Missal, read about strategic planning and more on the easier-to-use site.

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Long history; new name for cancer home Finding peace with cancer at Our Lady of Peace

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Cancer home has new name but same mission St. Paul fixture for close to 70 years becomes Our Lady of Peace Home By Susan Klemond For The Catholic Spirit

“Our Lady,” as many refer to the St. Paul home for terminally ill cancer patients, has a new name but the same mission. On June 1, Our Lady of Good Counsel Home became Our Lady of Peace Home under the direction of Franciscan Health Community, which has continued the home’s longstanding mission of providing free care to terminally ill cancer patients. Seeking to focus resources on their other four cancer homes in the United States and Africa, in 2009 the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne, who founded the St. Paul home nearly 70 years ago, turned over its operation to FHC, a nonprofit provider of senior housing and services for seniors and their families in St. Paul. The sisters asked that the home’s name be changed, said Deb Lane, FHC community liaison.

Special place In choosing the new name, the home’s staff and volunteers wanted to continue reference to Our Lady, said Kathryn Wornson, vice president, Franciscan end-of-life care and home care. The staff also wanted to convey the peacefulness of the place, said Matthew Stafford, nursing supervisor. “People seem to sense even walking into this place that there’s something special about it. I think it transcends language even,” he said. The home’s quiet environment contains religious art, 12 private and semi-private rooms, a chapel and shady yard with patio and fountain. As it has throughout its history, the home offers free care for patients and their families who lack resources for paid skilled care. “They can transition here and stay till the end,” said Vicki Dunnigan, another FHC community liaison. “That’s a lovely thing to be able to say in this community.” The home currently has a waiting list but many potential patients sign up before they’re ready to come to the home, Stafford said. Patients most want expert comfort care, but the home also enables them to have more quality time, he said. “They’re given sort of a gift of time,” Stafford said. “By improving the quality of their present moment, they’re given more chance to interact with their family or to say goodbye.”

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Nurse Frezgi Hiskias prepares to take Joe Hau’s blood pressure at the newly named Our Lady of Peace Home in St. Paul. Hau and his wife, Sharon, belong to St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul.

Support still needed The home’s staff has remained the same and now includes 60 staff members, including four physicians, and 50 volunteers. St. Mary’s Hospice, a Catholic community-based hospice run by FHC is also located at the home. FHC has brought expertise in management and utilizing donations, Stafford said. At the same time, the home needs new donors to continue its mission, he said. “The younger generation has not quite picked up the support of the home the way that their parents did,” he said. “When we call they say it was their parents’ favorite charity. We need to encourage people to pick up the torch again and support.”

While the home’s main goal is to continue offering free comfort care, this fall, with funds from a matching grant, it will begin landscaping a portion of the grounds to create gardens and walking paths for patients, their families and the community, Wornson said. Our Lady of Peace Home’s mission is about walking with patients through their final days of life, she said “I think that’s one of the best statements about what we do — to be present with them,” Wornson said. “Keep them as comfortable as possible and walk with them.” For more information about Our Lady of Peace Home, visit and click on “Our Lady.” Or call (651) 646-2797.


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New tool adds up assets, impacts future generations By Julie Pfitzinger For The Catholic Spirit

There’s a new tool on the Catholic Community Foundation website that encourages visitors to spend time reflecting on how the numbers that are part of their lives — like their ages and their financial assets — can add up in ways that could easily have a significant impact on future generations. Called Plan by Age, the webpage launched on the site — WWW.CCF-MN.ORG — in April. It offers a simple introduction to planned charitable giving, providing helpful suggestions for adults of all ages regarding the ways they can financially take care of their families, while at the same time providing food for thought about how they can also help provide resources for charitable organizations that hold special meaning for them. The Catholic Community Foundation, located in St. Paul, was founded in 1992 and is the largest community foundation serving Catholic philanthropy in the United States. “When people make a planned gift, whether it is to their church or to a favorite cause, they are essentially elevating these choices to the level of family,” said Anne Rodenberg, communications and marketing manager. “This type of deliberate giving helps people acknowledge their faith community or any other organizations that have played a huge role in their lives.”

Advice for each age group Plan by Age is divided into four categories: under 40; 40 to 54; 55 to 69 and over 70. A few simple key points to consider for each category are briefly mentioned. For example, the tool suggests to individuals age 55 to 69 that “retirement is just around the corner — or here . . . take steps now to make sure you can thor-

For those 70 and a half The Catholic Community Foundation website also has information for donors over 70-and-ahalf years old who can now transfer financial gifts of up to $100,000 from an IRA (Individual Retirement Account) without tax effects, due to charitable IRA rollover policies. If an individual chooses to take advantage of this opportunity, it must be completed by Dec. 31 of this year. For more details about this option, call Anne Rodenberg at (651) 3890877.

oughly enjoy the extra time you’ll have . . . with your children or grandchildren.” Those over 70 years old are reminded to make their children and others aware of their intentions when it comes to their financial resources. According to Rodenberg,” the seeds of charitable giving can be planted at any age,” so that is why a tool like Plan by Age is a valuable one for a variety of individuals. “It provides an opportunity for people to start contemplating the values they want to communicate to the people they care about and the organizations they care about,” she said. Since Plan by Age is available online, Rodenberg calls it “a personal and private way” for people to begin to lay the groundwork for their future giving plans. “We are also always delighted to have a personal conversation, either by phone or in person, to help people identify ways in which they can leave a lasting financial legacy,” she said.



For more information on gifting, visit and click on the Plan by Age icon on the front page of the website. WWW.CCF-MN.ORG

Make your home senior friendly, now StatePoint Media More than 70 million Baby Boomers are on the edge of retirement, and many are hoping to stay in their own homes as they age. For this group, now is the time to remodel or tweak potentially dangerous areas in the home — such as the kitchen and bathroom — to avoid safety hazards later in life and make them easy to navigate. “There are a few simple changes homeowners can implement over time — without breaking the bank — to make their homes secure for later years,” said Eric McRoberts, head of the American Institute of Architects’ Design for Aging committee.

Eliminate hazards One of the most difficult parts of aging in place is determining what will be dangerous later in life, he said. Start by canvassing your home for uneven floor surfaces, steps and doors that open into small spaces, like closets or bathrooms, McRoberts said. If you imagine navigating those areas when you have limited mobility or a walker, you will begin to see where difficulties

may occur. McRoberts offered the following helpful solutions. ■ If your home contains both carpet and hardwood flooring, install transition strips to tack down places where these surfaces meet. ■ Replace swinging doors with pocket doors that pull out from the wall, allowing more room to navigate and privacy when needed. ■ Adopt European-style shower designs, where the shower is separated from the rest of the bathroom only by a small rubber curb. ■ Eliminate steps into tubs to reduce the possibility of slips and falls.

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New products may help those with vision impairments StatePoint Media If you have been having trouble reading, recognizing familiar faces or seeing street signs, you are not alone. Low vision, or uncorrectable vision impairment, currently affects 6 million Americans — a number expected to grow substantially as the nation‚’s population ages, according to The Vision Council at WWW.THEVISIONCOUNCIL.ORG. That means that millions of Americans are at risk of losing their independence in the future. While some normal changes to the eyes and vision occur as people get older, low vision is a unique condition in which sight cannot be corrected through surgery, pharmaceuticals, eyeglasses or contact lenses, said Ed Greene, CEO of The Vision Council, a group representing the optical industry. Low vision is characterized by partial sight, such as blurred vision, blind spots or tunnel vision. Most people develop low vision because of eye diseases and health conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy. Symptoms can include: ■ Hazy or blurred vision. ■ Loss of peripheral vision. ■ Color confusion. ■ Trouble reading, cooking or doing close-up tasks. ■ Difficulty recognizing familiar faces.

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scheduling an appointment with an eye doctor if you or your loved ones experience any such symptoms. Low vision can affect daily routines, leisure activities and the ability to perform job-related functions, which can lead to loss of income, Greene noted. Also, people with low vision who lose depth perception are at greater risk of falling and injuring themselves. Recently, pharmaceuticals have been

used to slow the progression of vision loss, Greene said. In most cases, however, the vision already lost cannot be restored. But technology can help maximize remaining vision and restore independence, he added. “There are many useful tools and products available that can provide low vision patients with new solutions for everyday living,” Greene said. For example: ■ Magnifiers are available in a variety

of powers and sizes, which allow users to see objects up close, like pill bottles, newspapers, checkbooks and more. ■ Telescopes, which can be hand-held or head-worn, improve sight at multiple distances. Telescopes are useful when viewing objects at a distance, like a television. ■ Electronic or video magnifiers consist of a monitor and video camera, some the size of a mobile phone. Video magnifiers allow users to enlarge objects like crossword puzzles and photos. Users can adjust the viewing mode (contrast, color combination, etc.) to more easily see the object. ■ Eyeglasses with lenses specially designed to help improve sight at near distances may help. The eyeglasses can be used for reading applications. ■ Glare control filters, also called absorptive filters, increase contrast and protect light-sensitive eyes from glare. They can be used in combination with low vision devices or worn over eyeglasses. By visiting an eye care professional and combining new technologies with adaptive behavior, people with low vision can continue to lead active and independent lives, Greene said. If you or someone you know has trouble seeing, call (877) 457-0536 or visit WWW.THEVISIONCOUNCIL.ORG to request a free information packet on maintaining independence while living with low vision.

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One man’s story on caregiving is inspiring Faith in God, good partners make it work By Pat Norby The Catholic Spirit

While doing construction work in a couple of local nursing homes, Jim Murr said he didn’t like what he heard from the patients, who often had memory issues. “If I had a break, I would stop and talk with them,” he said. “Invariably, they would say, ‘Did you come to take me home?’” After those encounters, Jim and his wife Jean promised that they would take care of each other in their home as long as possible. Jim never thought that it would be him taking care of Jean in their South St. Paul home, where they raised two daughters, Susan and Kathy, and attended St. John Vianney. Although Jean never became Catholic, she volunteered at the parish school, at a hospital nearby and even received a papal blessing for her work, Jim said. But when you finish reading the book that Jim wrote about his experience caring for Jean, you are likely to nominate him for a papal blessing. He will tell you that he already was blessed with nine good years with Jean during her struggle with Alzheimer’s disease and before her death on Sept. 9, 2009.

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A part of that success was his faith in God, he said. “God will not give me anything I can’t handle,” he said. “I thank him daily.” For more information about the book, visit the website HTTP://WWW.LIVINGHAPPILYWITH ALZHEIMERS.COM.

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A few changes can make life easier CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3B Start by turning cabinets into drawers. An architect can help design a facade that still looks like a cabinet door, but actually has shelves that slide out, eliminating the need to reach inside. Consider raising or lowering shelves to eradicate the need to bend and stretch. In addition, place appliances like front-loading washers and dryers on one, easy-to-reach level to reduce risks. While not an overt safety measure, “greening” your home saves money, a

definite plus for retirees living on a fixed budget, McRoberts said. While solar panel installation may not be an option for everyone, simpler solutions, such as ensuring all windows are properly sealed, will minimize heating and cooling costs, he said. Landscaping also may help. Placement of shady trees and wind-reducing shrubs can naturally help regulate indoor temperatures. With a few smart design moves, you can make life easier and enjoy the important things in life, McRoberts said.

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Faith on the water: Catholic cruises mix study, fun By Jessica Pall Catholic News Service

Warm images of sunshine, open water, unlimited cuisine and organized entertainment surface at the mention of a cruise, but many people may not realize these pleasures can be combined with their Catholic faith. The average vacation can take on something more meaningful when travelers sail on a specified Catholic cruise ship or on a major cruise liner accompanied by a priest who serves as the group’s spiritual director. Some Catholic-themed cruises provide opportunities for study of the faith. For example, Catholic Answers, a lay-run apostolate of Catholic apologetics and evangelization, sponsors a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Splendor of the Seas to the Mediterranean and Adriatic seas, with stops in Italy, Greece, Croatia and Turkey. While the ship is at sea, there are shipboard seminars and question-and-answer sessions with the speakers. Mass is celebrated daily and opportunities for confession are also part of the itinerary. Passengers do not have to be always praying or studying, as the ship also has a theater, nightclub, sports deck, rock-climbing wall and spa. London-based Blue Heart Travel, WWW.BLUEHEARTTRAVEL.COM offers a pilgrimage to Sts. Paul and John’s Greece that includes a three-day cruise that stops at Mykonos, Greece, the Greek islands of Patmos, Crete and Santorini and the Turkish resort of Kusadasi. Another group, Catholic Journeys (WWW.CATHOLIC JOURNEYS.COM) in New Orleans also coordinates Catholic cruises to pilgrimage sites.

A popular new trend According to the website RELIGIOUS “religious-oriented cruises” are gaining in popularity and run the gamut from small groups participating in faith-related activities on board to Christian-themed half-ship or full-ship charters or religious-pilgrimage cruises. “Increasingly, Christians are gathering aboard cruises for social and spiritual bonding,” the site added, also noting that some cruise lines give back a percentage of the cruise cost as a donation to the church group. But, even for those who are simply on a cruise for a vacation can benefit from a priest’s presence on board. Catholics traveling on a major cruise ship can benefit from priests ministering on board under the Cruise Ship Priest Program. Overseen in the United States by the Apostleship of the Sea, the program ensures that priests on cruise ships are in good standing and helps place them on cruise liners. Celebrity Cruises is one of seven cruise lines that use the services of the Apostleship of the Sea’s U.S. offices. As on-board chaplains, priests celebrate Mass and provide pastoral care and counseling to passengers, as well as crew members and the ship’s entertainers. “Apostleship of the Sea guarantees the cruise lines that the priest they hire are genuine current priests, who are not posers or ex-priests,” said Father Arthur



Schute, who has worked with the apostleship for three years, Father Schute is also a mission consultant for Peace River and Venice Regional medical centers in Port Charlotte, Fla., and Venice, Fla., respectively. He has been a priest for more than 42 years.

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A priest on every ship Father Schute recommends Holland America Line as a cruise line with a priest on every ship. Not every cruise ship company has a priest on every ship. “You never know what ministry opportunity God will bring to you on a cruise,” said Father Schute, who has been on five cruises, meshing his experience as a hospital chaplain with ministering at sea. “It is very rewarding and there are very special moments where I feel the spirit of God working. On a five-day or two-week cruise, I’m not thinking I’ll make a big impact, yet the Lord uses us in interesting and unexpected ways.” On one cruise, Father Schute helped a couple grieving the loss of their pet and on another advised a young girl who brought a donation of clothing to give to the earthquake victims in Haiti. Growing up in New Jersey, he always loved the ocean, with its movement, different moods and fishing opportunities, and so was excited to find his “mission field” on the water. Father Schute said he brings sacred oils on board, to minister to those who might get sick.

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Celebrating 100 years of publishing, The Catholic Spirit proudly announces the 10th annual Leading with Faith Awards

Nomination time! We are looking for folks like these, business owners, supervisors, anyone with management responsibilities who lives their faith in the work-a-day world. The Catholic Spirit kindly requests nominations for the 10th annual “Leading With Faith" Awards. Now is the time to nominate a Catholic manager, owner or business person for this prestigious award.

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AWARD CRITERIA REQUIREMENTS • Nominee must be employed currently in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. • Nominee must be an active member of his/her parish.


Do it now: deadline is July 15 The 2011 awards will be presented to individuals who have influenced the workplace through business practices that reflect the teachings of Jesus Christ and his Church and who share of themselves in their parish and/or community. Business people will be honored in both large and small companies as well as leaders of nonprofit organizations.

Forms are also available online at You will find a "Leading With Faith" nomination form with requirements and criteria the nominees must meet. Please duplicate blank forms and nominate individuals in any or all of the three categories: businesses with fewer than 50 employees; businesses with 50 or more employees; and nonprofit organizations. The more thorough the nomination, the better the chance of selection. If you have questions or to make reservations for the awards luncheon, contact Mary Gibbs at (651) 251-7709 or

WORKPLACE PRACTICES — USE ADDITIONAL PAPER (Note: This is the most important part of the nomination. If you do not work with the nominee, it may be helpful to talk with him/her or someone who works with him/her .) 1. List and describe examples that demonstrate the nominee's faith-based leadership. Examples might include treatment of employees and/or shareholders, value-based wages and benefits, role modeling, mentoring and others. 2. Describe an ethical dilemma the nominee has faced in his/her work environment and how he/she resolved the dilemma. 3. List major parish, archdiocesan and/or spiritually based non-church community organizations to which the nominee belongs. Identify leadership roles with each organization.



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Archbishop John Nienstedt will present the “Leading With Faith” Awards at a noon luncheon banquet on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, in the Rauenhorst Hall Ballroom in the Coeur de Catherine building at St. Catherine University, 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul.


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The Catholic Spirit - June 23, 2011  

U.S. bishops tackle big issues. Blessed Sacrament is focus of annual procession. Teaching kids healthy money habits. Senior Living.

The Catholic Spirit - June 23, 2011  

U.S. bishops tackle big issues. Blessed Sacrament is focus of annual procession. Teaching kids healthy money habits. Senior Living.