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March 15, 2012

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FROM MINNESOTA TO ROME ‘Ad limina’ pilgrimage was a true grace for me I have recently returned from my “ad limina” trip to Rome. During the eight-day pilgrimage, my brother bishops and I made our official visit to the Vatican, which included two personal visits with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. As was explained in a previous issue of The Catholic Spirit, the “ad limina” visit is required of each diocesan bishArchbishop op, who is inJohn C. vited to travel Nienstedt to Rome to venerate the tombs of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul and present himself to the Holy Father.

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These visits follow the submission of a quinquennial report, which is a report by the bishop, which seeks to inform the Holy Father and his advisers about the well-being and concerns of his own particular diocese. Because the dioceses of Minnesota, North and South Dakota are grouped together as an ecclesiastical province

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Bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota pray in front of the tomb of St. Peter before concelebrating Mass at the Altar of the Tomb in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 9. The bishops were making their “ad limina” visits to report to the pope and the Vatican about the status of their dioceses.

Bishops pray at apostles’ tombs, meet with pope By Joe Towalski


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As the final preparations for Mass were being made at the Altar of the Tomb below the main level of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, the singing of the Nicene Creed echoed down a nearby marble staircase. Upstairs, 13 bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota gathered March 9 around the main altar’s “confessio,” an area above St. Peter’s tomb honoring his confession of faith. They recited the ancient prayer and then processed downstairs for Mass at the altar near the tomb of the apostle — the “rock” on which Jesus built his church. It’s a place where 2,000 years of faith and history meet, and it’s one of the stops bishops from around the world make during their periodic “ad limina” visits to Rome. Even for bishops who have made the trip before, it is a powerful moment. “The confessio for me is a very, very special place, a very sacred place,” Archbishop John

“Going down underground for some of these crypts, you’re going back in history and you’re touching the very roots of the beginning of our faith.


Nienstedt told The Catholic Spirit in Rome. “I worked in the Vatican [Secretariat of State] for five years, and every morning I would kneel at the confessio and I would pray for the strength to do the work I was called to do.”

Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché, making his first ever “ad limina” visit, said Mass at the tomb with his brother bishops was an experience he won’t forget. “For me, this whole visit has been about the mystery of oneness, of communion,” he said. “Going down underground for some of these crypts, you’re going back in history and you’re touching the very roots of the beginning of our worldwide faith.” Praying at the confessio “gave me goose bumps.” The bishops’ March 4-11 visit also included stops at Rome’s other major basilicas: St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran and St. Paul’s Outside the Walls — home to the tomb of the Apostle to the Gentiles. The name of the visit comes from the Latin phrase “ad limina apostolorum” (to the thresholds of the apostles), a reference to the pilgrimage to the tombs of St. Peter and St. Paul the bishops are required to make approximately every five years. PLEASE TURN TO BISHOPS ON PAGE 12A



Conference to give men ‘fresh perspective,’ speaker says Appointments Interview by Bob Zyskowski The Catholic Spirit

Men need a reason, an opportunity, to get together to discover how their faith matters in their everyday life, according to leading Catholic author Matthew Kelly. Just such an opportunity is available to men in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Saturday, March 31, at the 2012 Archdiocesan Men’s Conference. Kelly will be one of the keynoter speakers at the half-day conference, to be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul. KELLY Archbishop John Nienstedt, Father Bill Baer and radio host Dave Lee are also on the agenda for the conference that’s titled “Rise Up, O Men of God.” Men of high school age and older are invited. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with time for eucharistic adoration, confession and the rosary before the archbishop presides at Mass at 8 a.m. Breakfast follows, then the presentations, with the conference ending by noon.

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Why men should attend The Catholic Spirit interviewed Kelly via email to get a sense from him about the benefit of taking part in a morning of prayer, worship and presentations on spirituality, and the need for this type of event. If you’re talking with other men, what might be a reason or two or three that you’d encourage them to take a Saturday morning and attend the Archdiocesan Men’s Conference? We all need to step back from who we are, where we are, and what we are doing from time to time and reassess the direction of our lives. An event like this is a perfect opportunity to do that. But I also think it is important and powerful for men to speak to other men about growing spiritually. What do you hope men walk away with from the men’s conference? I hope men walk away reinvigorated about their lives and about their spirituality. It’s amazing how an event like this can give you a fresh perspective and fill you with a sense that great things are possible.

The prevailing wisdom is that women are more likely than men to both attend church and get involved in things religious or spiritual. Do you think that’s true? What is it about men and spirituality that — if they are just as spiritual as women — society perhaps doesn’t see that in them? It is impossible to refute the statistics — and there are plenty of them — that support what you are saying. I think more important is to ask the question: Why is this true? I think a big answer to that question is events like this and men’s small groups. Men need opportunities to gather with other men to explore and discuss spiritual growth. I don’t think men are any less spiritual than woman. I do think men need unique opportunities to discover how the faith applies uniquely to the life of a man in the modern world. Although walk-ins are welcome, registration is encouraged. Register online at HTTP://BIT.LY/Z5SDSR. Cost is $15. For more information, call (651) 291-4488 or email MFL@ARCHSPM.ORG.

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Priest named moderator of new regional school Father Michael Rudolph, pastor of St. Michael in West St. Paul, was named moderator of the recently created and newly named Community of Saints Regional Catholic School in West St. Paul, effective Feb. 10. The school, which will be in operation in September 2012 and housed at St. Michael, is supported by the parishes of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. John Vianney, St. Matthew and St. Michael. According to the website, HTTP://COMMU NITYOFSAINTS.ORG, the FATHER RUDOLPH three parish schools are not merging or closing. But they will transition from parish schools into a regional school that will be economically sustainable and accessible to more students in the region. Father Rudolph said that the parents and students involved in the parish schools chose the name, Community of Saints, and more than 200 students are already registered. The new name, he added, offers “an opportunity to talk about the community of saints and all the saints we honor and learn from and benefit us from their prayers. So it’s a teachable opportunity, too.” Father Rudolph, who was ordained in 2005, previously served at St. Thomas the Apostle in Corcoran and St. Michael in St. Michael. Deacon Steven Moses was named to serve as deacon at St. Dominic in Northfield. He was ordained a permanent deacon in 2000, and previously served at Divine Mercy in Faribault and as chaplain of the Rice County Sherriff’s Department. Official Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Effective Feb. 10, 2012 Rev. Michael Rudolph, appointed Moderator of the Community of Saints Regional Catholic School, for a three-year term. Effective Feb. 22, 2012 Deacon Steven Moses, assigned ad nutum episcopi to exercise the ministry of a permanent deacon at the Church of Saint Dominic of Northfield. This is a transfer from his assignment at the Catholic Church of Divine Mercy of Faribault.

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“Joe is truly a gift from God. He’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.” Lucille Skluzacek, talking about her son Joseph, a busboy with Down syndrome who recently won the Bloomington Hospitality Hall of Fame Award

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Award-winning busboy dishes up hospitality By Dave Hrbacek

Mass for persons with disabilities set for March 17

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After enjoying lunch at the Boulevard Café inside the Ramada Inn in Bloomington, long-time customer Kim Hislop got up and walked over to the table where Lucille and Ed Skluzacek of St. Richard in Richfield were seated. Hislop wanted to exchange words with Lucille about the way she was treated by Lucille’s son, Joseph, a busboy at the restaurant whose job is merely to clear the dishes away once a customer has left. Ordinarily, busboys are only briefly seen by patrons, and rarely heard. Joseph, however, is different. And, that’s the message Hislop delivered to his mother. “I’m a frequent guest here at the hotel and I hadn’t been down in a couple of years,” said Hislop, who lives in south Minneapolis. “And, when I came into the café [on this occasion], Joseph just lit up and said, ‘Welcome back; it’s so good to see you.’ He’s a real sweetie.” A handful of contest judges in Bloomington agree and voted to award him the Bloomington Hospitality Hall of Fame Award. It’s one of 18 awards given annually in March at a banquet put on by the Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau. They are called Diamond Service Awards, and at least one program official says they are tough awards to win.

Winning beyond words “We have 400 nominations every year,” said award committee chair Jim Saccoman, general manager at the Radisson Hotel Bloomington near the Mall of America, who noted that Joe won the award for best bus person in 2008. “And, we inter-

An annual Mass for people with disabilities is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at St. Edward in Bloomington. Confession is available at 8:30 a.m., and a free brunch follows the Mass. Further support is available through the Outreach to Persons with disAbilities of the archdiocesan Office of Marriage, Family and Life. The coordinators are Deacon Sean and Joan Curtan. Contact them at (651) 291-4543 or CURTANS@ARCHSPM. ORG. For more information about Faith and Light, visit WWW.FAITHANDLIGHT.ORG, or call Fred Seagren at (952) 8356721 or (612) 578-4055.

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Joseph Skluzacek has been working as a busboy for the Boulevard Café inside the Ramada Inn in Bloomington for the last 22 years. He was honored in Bloomington March 11 at the Diamond Service Awards with a Hall of Fame Award.

view every one of them in panel interviews — two judges [each] in two interviews.” Those interviews are not easy for people like Joe. He has Down syndrome, and people have to listen carefully to understand what he is trying to say. But, one of his greatest expressions needs no explanation — his infectious smile. It flashed when he wanted to show a small group around his table how he can

grab and hold five glasses with one hand. With ease and dexterity, he quickly gathered the glasses and snatched them into the air. “I’ve got a strong grip,” he said, to anyone who might doubt that fact. “I do exercise.” And, before scurrying off to the kitchen with his take, he flashed his trademark grin and pointed to his impressive biceps, no doubt developed over 22 years of busing tables at the café.

A daunting task he recently faced was putting those biceps — and the rest of his stocky frame — into a tuxedo to receive his award at the banquet March 11. Just four days before the event, he already was trying to put himself into the proper frame of mind. “I want to be calm and relaxed,” he said, before taking a long breath and offering one word for how he hoped his trip to the podium would be: “Easy.”

Rough road to travel Joe’s nearly five decades of life have been anything but easy, beginning with the day he was born, March 18, 1961, a day after St. Patrick’s Day and a day before PLEASE TURN TO BUSBOY ON PAGE 18A

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Archdiocesan Latino ministry initiatives taking shape By Julie Carroll The Catholic Spirit

Since the archdiocesan strategic plan was announced in October 2010, several Latino ministry initiatives have begun to take shape. A vicar for Latino ministry has been appointed, a Latino Ministry Advisory Board is in place, and progress has been Strategic Planning made toward establishing Latino centers and a parish leadership training program. Latino ministry in the archdiocese fits under the designation UPDATE of a chaplaincy, or a “non-parish community of the faithful entrusted to a parish priest,” as defined in the strategic plan. Archbishop John Nienstedt has appointed Father Kevin Kenney vicar of Latino ministry. The archbishop “wanted a vicar for Latino ministry who would help him [by being his] eyes and ears within the Latino community,” Father Kenney told The Catholic Spirit. “Basically, my role is to be the communication piece between the archbishop and the community and the community to the archbishop.” Father Kenney, who speaks fluent Spanish and continues to serve as full-time pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe in St. Paul, said he spends five to seven hours a week in his role as vicar, which includes overseeing a Latino Ministry Advisory Council that was formed about a year ago.

Investigation under way concerning alleged misuse of archdiocesan funds In a statement released March 7, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said an internal investigation into alleged financial irregularities has led to the dismissal of a member of the archdiocesan accounting staff and to a criminal investigation. Because the matter is a personnel issue, the archdiocese is not releasing the name of the individual involved for privacy reasons. The text of the statement from the archdiocese follows: “The Archdiocese’s accounting staff recently identified irregularities related to documentation of certain credit card transactions by a lay employee in the accounting department. Based on that information, the Archdiocese conducted a preliminary investigation into the matter and appointed an independent committee to oversee the investigation. As additional evidence was uncovered, the individual in question was dismissed, and all information was turned over to law enforcement. “This matter will not affect the Archdiocese’s ability to meet its financial obligations or other responsibilities, including those to parishes, schools and employees. Furthermore, we are confident that insurance will cover substantially all of the loss. “Due to the ongoing criminal investigation, we are not able to provide further comment at this time.”

“Basically, my role is to be the communication piece between the archbishop and the community and the community to the archbishop.

FATHER KEVIN KENNEY Vicar for Latino ministry

The 13-member council, which includes priests, a deacon and lay people with expertise in different areas of parish ministry, meets every other month to advise the vicar and the archbishop about needs within the Latino Catholic community. One of its first orders of business was to send a survey to parishes with significant Latino populations. The council also is working with Father Kenney and Estela Villagrán Manancero of the archdiocesan Office of Parish Services to plan a Latino catechetical gathering and celebration in the fall, Villagrán Manancero said. Watch The Catholic Spirit for details when they are announced.

Latino centers, leadership While the 23 parishes that currently offer Mass in Spanish will continue to do so, under the strategic plan “resources will be focused at certain parishes so that Spanish-speaking Catholics will have access to full sacramental ministry, as well as faith formation programming, and pastoral care at those locations,” according to the report, which is available on the archdiocesan website, WWW.ARCHSPM.ORG.

Archdiocesan leaders have begun the process to determine which parishes will be designated Latino centers. These centers will provide all the sacraments and sacramental preparations in Spanish, staff a Spanish-speaking priest full-time, and meet other needs specific to Latinos. The archdiocese will provide some financial support to these centers, Father Kenney said. About 17 parishes have been identified as possibilities. Another Latino ministry initiative mentioned in the strategic plan is leadership training. Although the June 2011 deadline in the plan has passed, plans to reopen an archdiocesan Latino leadership institute that had proven successful in recent years is in the works, Villagrán Manancero said. The archdiocese has offered the twoyear program developed by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops three times since it launched in 2002. The curriculum includes theology and Catholic social teaching as well as practical information for parish ministry. Many of the 120 people who graduated from the program now

work in parishes. In addition to these initiatives listed in the strategic plan, the archdiocese is working on a diaconate program, marriage preparation and catechist training, all in Spanish.

Challenges About 16,000 people attend Mass in Spanish in parishes throughout the archdiocese, said Villagrán Manancero, who specializes in Latino ministry. She added that the demand for sacraments among Latinos is almost overwhelming. A shortage of Spanish-speaking clergy and archdiocesan personnel to serve the growing demographic further complicates the situation, she said. The archdiocese’s goal is to integrate Latinos into the archdiocese rather than to assimilate them, which would force them to give up their cultural traditions. “The idea is not a melting pot anymore,” said Villagrán Manancero. “It’s the idea of integration. Nobody has to give up their culture.” Father Kenney acknowledged that language and cultural differences always will present a challenge to the U.S. church, but, he said, it’s essential that church leaders find a way to meet the spiritual needs of all its members without denying their identities. “The faith that comes from the Latino culture is huge,” Father Kenney said, “their devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, their devotion to the Mass, to the Eucharist, devotion to family. If we start watering all that down, then who do they become?”

St. Catherine University helps choose $1 million winner By Julie Carroll The Catholic Spirit

St. Catherine University’s mission: Traverse the globe in search of entrepreneurs who are quietly making a big difference. The Opus Prize Foundation has partnered with the St. Paul women’s university this year to honor “unsung heroes” anywhere in the world who are “solving today’s most persistent social problems,” according to the foundation’s website. One individual will be awarded $1 million, and two runners-up will each receive $100,000 from the foundation to further the work of their organizations. Finalists will be announced in the summer. Every year since 2004, the nonprofit foundation established by the Opus Corporation has selected Catholic universities, including St. Paul’s University of St. Thomas in 2009, to oversee the nomination process, send scouts across the globe, and host an awards ceremony. This year the awards ceremony will be Thursday, Nov. 8, at O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on the St. Paul campus. Watch The Catholic Spirit for details.

Shared values Opus Prize recipients, who can be of any faith, embody the foundation’s core values of entrepreneurship, transformational leadership, faith, service and respect for human dignity. The prize recognizes individuals who address the root causes of social problems. “There’s a great deal of intersection between the values of the Opus Prize and St.

“I’m so excited for these stories to be told because I think they will stimulate our students’ imaginations about their own future and inspire them to think in new ways about their own lives.

MARY ANN BRENDEN St. Catherine University professor, Opus Prize steering committee co-chair

Kate’s,” said St. Catherine professor Mary Ann Brenden, one of three co-chairs of the Opus Prize steering committee. “We pride ourselves on educating women to lead and influence and to be transformative agents in their world.” University president Sister Andrea Lee, IHM, appointed the steering committee, composed of faculty, staff and students, to oversee the selection process. The steering committee selected 24 people living and working in different areas of the world to nominate individuals for the prize. The committee then chose 10 semi-finalists from the nominations. Next, a jury of corporate, nonprofit and religious leaders appointed by Sister Andrea narrowed the pool to three finalists. In coming months, three teams of two students and one faculty member will visit each of the finalists to ensure that the claims made on the nomination forms are accurate. The winner of the $1 million grand

prize will be determined by the Opus Prize Foundation board.

Inspiring others “The work of the [nominees] cuts across a lot of sectors,” Brenden said. “Most of the people are working with communities that are living in severe poverty. “One of the prize winners is somebody who is very engaged in helping communities to build roads and install water infrastructure — things that are very important to building community and helping it to flourish economically and socially. They all have very inspirational faith stories and journeys.” The winners will be invited to speak to students following the Nov. 8 banquet, Brenden said, adding: “I’m so excited for these stories to be told because I think they will stimulate our students’ imaginations about their own future and inspire them to think in new ways about their own lives.”



Divine Mercy welcomes windfall as annual Catholic schools raffle exceeds expectations By Catholic United Financial For The Catholic Spirit

Crushing their goals and pulling away from prior-year benchmarks, Catholic schools participating in the Catholic United Financial 2012 Annual Catholic Schools Raffle raised $611,290 this year to support Catholic education in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. CUF revealed the total March 1, before the grand prize drawing at its home office in St. Paul. Before Msgr. James Habiger drew the winning ticket from a drum stuffed with more than 120,000 stubs, Smart Board packages were awarded to the top three schools in terms of per-student ticket sales as recognition for their hard work. What started as a pilot program in the 2009-2010 school year has now raised

more than $1 million for Catholic schools. The $500,000 2011-2012 school year raffle provided free kits to all the schools, which included tickets, flyers and posters. CUF also purchased all the raffle prizes. Students, their families and parishioners sold tickets for $5 each. “The fact that the schools keep every penny of every ticket sold is really what sets this fundraiser apart from any other,” said Michael McGovern, CUF president. This year, more than 65 schools sold raffle tickets. St. Francis of the Lakes in Brainerd was the top school per-student overall, bringing in $43,860, along with the $6,000 Smart Board it will receive.

Faribault welcomes windfall First-year entry, Divine Mercy School in Faribault, was nipping at their heels with

$42,910 in sales — a welcome windfall. “This was our first year and we thought this would be a great opportunity to raise money for the school that wasn’t part of our budget,” said Bob Seidel, Divine Mercy principal. “About half will go towards scholarships and tuition assistance, one quarter to technology, and the other quarter we’re actually giving back to our families in the form of a tuition break.” All 177 families will get a break next year. Walt Dziedzic, a retired Minneapolis police officer, city council member and parks board member, held the grand prize ticket for a 2012 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash. More than $45,000 in merchandise was also awarded. That did not include nearly $10,000 in top-seller prizes: one student at each school will receive either a Nin-

tendo Wii Mario Kart bundle, or a Sony Cybershot digital camera. The annual Catholic schools raffle has nearly doubled the funds raised every year. In 2011, McGovern set a $500,000 goal for this year’s raffle. He announced a new goal for 2013 — $750,000. CUF provides life insurance and retirement planning for its 84,000 members and gives back to communities through 160 local councils. Programs that provide matching grants to schools and churches have given millions of dollars to communities across Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. For more information about CUF, call (651) 490-0170, 1-800-568-6670 or visit WWW. CATHOLICUNITEDFINANCIAL.ORG.

Benilde-St. Margaret’s offers 18 various summer camps for students from third grade, up Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park will offer 18 different summer camps to the public this year. Science Camp, new this year, will allow students to explore the world of science hands-on. They’ll learn about astronomy and view our nearest star through solar telescopes. They’ll discover how Ancient Romans transported water and race other campers to construct their own water way. They’ll also find out if their engineering designs are all they’re “crackedup” to be when dropping an egg from a couple of stories up. BSM science teacher Jon Hickman will lead Science Camp July 30-Aug. 2 for boys and girls entering

fourth through seventh grade. “Fun in the Son” Christian service camp will focus on the servant leadership qualities of Jesus, including discussions, service trips, games, art projects, prayer and music. The session (July 23-26) is for boys and girls entering sixth through eighth grade. Sudents in ninth through 10th grade can take part in a Fun in the Son II camp, which has more service. Camp will be led by theology teacher Joel Loecken and campus minister Mike Jeremiah. Summer Strings orchestra camp is open to students at the beginning level, and those who have played a stringed instrument. The camp, July 16-20, will be led

by orchestra teacher Kristina Lantz and other specialists. Open to boys and girls entering fourth through seventh grade. Drama Camp students will explore pantomime, vocal performance, auditioning skills, movement/choreography and stage makeup. A performance showcasing skills learned will be held on the final day of camp. Camp (June 18-22) is open to boys and girls entering third through seventh grades, with Scott Effertz. BSM’s sports camps have been popular. Those to be offered this year include: Baseball: June 18-22. Boys’ Basketball: June 11-22. Girls’ Basketball: June 25-29.

Football: June 11-15. Boys’ Hockey: June 12-July 19 (Grades 7, 8); June 11-July 25 (Grades 9, 12). Girls’ Hockey: June 18-July 25. Boys’ Lacrosse: July 9-12. Girls’ Lacrosse: July 16-19. Boys’ Soccer: June 25-28. Girls’ Soccer: June 18-21. Softball: July 9-12. Co-ed Tennis: June 11-14 (Session 1); June 18-21 (Session 2); June 25-28 (Session 3). Volleyball: July 16-19. Wrestling: July 16-20 (new). For more information about BSM summer camps, visit WWW.BSMSCHOOL.ORG/CAMPS.

“We go in prayers of solidarity, a church-to-church event to support the people there.” Bishop Felipe Estevez of St. Augustine, Fla., who is leading a pilgrimage to Cuba for the pope’s March 26-28 visit

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Men place a poster of Pope Benedict XVI into a truck in Havana last month during preparations for his March 26 to 28 visit to Cuba. The poster reads, “Faithful to the cross of Christ, we await the pope.”

In Mexico and Cuba, papal trip to highlight local and regional issues By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

Pope Benedict’s trip to Mexico and Cuba March 23-28 will be a relatively brief one, consisting of a little more than two days in each country. Yet, his visit is bound to highlight a wide range of prominent issues affecting an entire continent of crucial importance to the Catholic Church. The pope arrives in Leon, in central Mexico, late afternoon local time March 23. His first full day’s schedule will be light, no doubt reflecting concerns for the health of the pope, who turns 85 April 16. Pope Benedict’s flight will have taken him across eight time zones, to a city 6,000 feet above sea level (compared to only 70 in Rome).

Message to bishops On the evening of March 24, the pope will meet with Mexican President Felipe Calderon, who has served as head of state since December 2006. His administration has been marked by a violent struggle between the military and the country’s drug cartels, a topic that will presumably arise in discussions between the two men. The next day, Pope Benedict will address bishops from Mexico and across Latin America at a vespers service in Leon’s Cathedral of Our Most Holy Mother of Light. Here he is likely to touch on some of the issues that he raised on his only other Latin American trip, in 2007, when he spoke to the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean in Aparecida, Brazil. At that time, the pope urged church leaders to struggle against poverty and oppression but to shun direct involvement in partisan politics — an echo of his long-

standing critique of the liberation theology movement, which grew from Latin American roots. Pope Benedict also warned then against the danger of syncretism, or the blending of religions, by those who adopt elements of indigenous traditions in their Catholic devotions — a practice that the pope also denounced on his trip in November to the West African country of Benin. The context and timing of this year’s speech will likely affect the content of Pope Benedict’s message to the Latin American bishops. Mexico is historically a highly polarized country on religious questions. The country’s 1910 revolution was heavily anticlerical, and the 1917 constitution forbade religious education and even the public display of clerical garb. Such measures sparked the Cristero Rebellion in the late 1920s, when conflict between Catholic rebels and government forces left as many as 90,000 dead. The country remains a mix of highly assertive secular and religious traditions, making it potentially fertile ground for the new evangelization that Pope Benedict has made a priority of his pontificate, and which will be the theme of a Vatican synod of bishops this October. Cuba, where the pope goes March 26, is in a sense the mirror image of Mexico. It’s a country where the Catholic Church has enjoyed relatively tranquil dealings with the civil authorities; diplomatic relations with the Holy See have never been interrupted, even by the institution of a communist government in the 1960s, but religious practice has traditionally been as feeble as anywhere in Latin America. PLEASE TURN TO CUBAN ON PAGE 7A

In a strongly worded letter to his fellow bishops, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York charged that White House officials failed to consider the U.S. bishops’ concerns that the federal mandate governing employer coverage of contraception and sterilization under the health care law violated religious freedom principles. An invitation from the White House to “work St. Paul rally out the wrinkles” regardplanned to oppose ing the mandate either by rescinding it or at least HHS mandate widening the exemptions A “Stand Up for on religious grounds Religious Freedoms” rally failed to reach an agreewill be held from noon to ment and the effort 1 p.m. Friday, March 23 “seems to be stalled,” he at the Warren E. Burger said in the letter released Federal Building, 316 N. late March 2. Robert St. in St. Paul. The letter cited recent According to the comments by a White Minnesota Catholic House official that the Conference, the rally is a mandates are a “fait acpublic response to compli” and that Conemerging threats to gress was notified that the religious freedom, most rules have been published specifically the U.S. in the Federal Register Department of Health “without change.” and Human Services’ Cardinal Dolan, presi“preventive services dent of the U.S. Confermandate.” ence of Catholic Bishops, Bishop John Quinn of Winona will attend the also said that during a rerally, lead prayer and cent meeting with White share remarks. House officials, USCCB The MCC has staff members “asked dinegotiated a group rate rectly whether the on buses through the First broader concerns of reliStudent bus company. gious freedom . . . are all Parishes can rent a bus to off the table.” transport people to and “They [USCCB staff] from the federal building were informed they are,” in St. Paul. Call First he wrote. Student at (651) 631-1755 “Instead they advised (ask for Lynda in “Charthe bishops’ conference ters” and the MCC rate). that we listen to the ‘enOther questions can lightened’ voices of acbe directed to the MCC commodation,” pointing at (651) 227-8777. to a recent editorial in America magazine, the cardinal said. The editorial in the magazine’s March 5 issue questioned whether the bishops’ opposition to the revised mandate released by the administration Feb. 10 was an issue of disagreement over government policy as opposed to an infringement of religious liberty. “The White House seems to think we bishops simply do not know or understand Catholic teaching and so, taking a cue from its own definition of religious freedom, now has nominated its own handpicked official Catholic teachers,” the letter continued. Despite the setback, Cardinal Dolan promised that the USCCB would not back down in its drive to overturn the mandates because of its overriding concern for religious freedom. Obama’s revision said religious employers could decline to cover contraceptives if they were morally opposed to them, but the health insurers that provide their health plans would be required to offer contraceptives free of charge to women who requested such coverage. Questions remain as to how it relates to religious employers who are self-insured. — Catholic News Service




Journalists leave Mexico with eyes open to faith-filled neighbors By Pat Norby The Catholic Spirit

While Pope Benedict XVI delivers his message to the bishops and political leaders of Mexico, the faith of the Mexican people is unlikely to be affected by those conversations. Amidst what was being reported in the U.S. media during January and February about the violence in our neighboring North American country, a group of Catholic journalists and photographers traveled in the heart of Mexico unharmed and unafraid. Myself and six others visited cathedrals, basilicas, shrines and pyramids in Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca from Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, during a Religious Familiarization Trip sponsored by the Mexico Tourism Office, Destination Management Services and Regina Tours. We were joined by a representative from Catholic Marketing Network and Regina Tours and escorted by a representative from the tourism office, two tour guides and our driver, Polo Jesus.

A family prepares to get a photo taken on the grounds of the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

Faith replayed across country What we saw throughout the trip were people who were devoted to Mary. During our visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, where the tilda of Juan Diego hangs on a wall high above the altar, hundreds of people were kneeling on the floor at the back of the jam-packed church. Outside, a group of children all clothed in white dresses danced in honor of Our Lady, as fathers played traditional stringed instruments and drums. Families waited in a long line to get their babies baptized in another church just to the right of the new basilica. Others lit candles and knelt to pray at one of the historic churches that tilts sideways and forward on the sprawling grounds of the shrine. Efforts to right the sinking buildings are hampered by funding and the marshy lakebed on which most of Mexico City was built. In the middle of the spacious square, high above the

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crowds, a reenactment of Our Lady’s appearance to Juan Diego was taking place in a life-sized diorama with recorded words and music. Vendors sold food, religious items and other goods in a fair-like atmosphere that was faith-filled and joyous. That was just for a few hours in the first full day of the trip. That scene was replayed throughout our journey into Puebla, where artists created pottery and pictures and materials that can compete with any merchandise sold in the U.S. from China, Vietnam or Taiwan. We were fortunate to visit Oaxaca during the celebration of the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, which

Catholic leaders: Farm bill can help hungry Catholic News Service Five U.S. Catholic clergy and lay leaders said they want to work with lawmakers for a new farm bill that “provides for poor and hungry people both at home and abroad, offers effective support for those who grow our food, ensures fairness to family farmers and ranchers, and promotes stewardship of the land.” “The farm bill affects us all, but most significantly, those who are hungry, living in poverty and struggling to keep farming a viable way of life,” they said in a March 6 letter to key members of a Senate committee that works on agricultural issues. The farm bill is a reauthorization package that generally comes up for renewal every five or six years. “The 2012 Farm Bill is an opportunity to address our nation’s broken and outdated agricultural policies,” the letter said. It was signed by Bishop Stephen Blaire of Stockton, Calif., chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Bishop Richard Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace; Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA; Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services; and James Ennis, executive director of the National Catholic Rural

Life Conference. It was addressed to Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

Helping those in need The Catholic leaders targeted domestic hunger and nutrition, international food security and development, conservation, subsidies and rural development in their letter. In an era of budget constraints, “government resources [subsidies] should assist those who truly need assistance and support those who comply with environmentally sound and sustainable farming practices,” they said. “We also call for a careful consideration of the economics and ethics of subsidizing food to produce fuel.” On domestic hunger and nutrition issues, “we call on you to support access to adequate and nutritious food for those in need and to oppose attempts to weaken or restructure these programs that would result in reduced benefits to hungry people,” they said. They specifically called for adequate funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.

takes place 40 days after Christmas. It celebrates the day that Jesus was brought to the temple, as required by Jewish law. The churches were filled to capacity, with people standing outside the doors celebrating Mass during the day and into the evening. They may have been pushing some line that makes the pope uncomfortable, but they were there, at the church, respectful and faithful and celebrating Mary and her son, Jesus. The northern area of the North American continent could take a lesson from its neighbor in the southern area. Their devotion to the mother of Jesus is a sight to behold.

Cuban church continues to operate under restrictions CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6A Church officials estimate that only about 2.5 percent of Cuba’s population of 11 million can be considered practicing Catholics today, a fraction of the proportion prior to the revolution, though it represents a significant rise since the visit of Pope John Paul in 1998. The church in Cuba continues to operate under severe restrictions, unable to build new churches or legally operate schools. However, the role of Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana and other Cuban bishops in successfully negotiating for the release of more than 100 political prisoners in 2010 reflects the government’s growing respect for church authority. Pope Benedict will no doubt raise issues of religious and political freedom with President Raul Castro when they meet on March 27. The pope is also widely expected to meet with the president’s brother, former President Fidel Castro, although no such encounter yet appears on his official schedule. The main reason for Pope Benedict’s trip is a pilgrimage to the shrine of the Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, the country’s patron saint, in the southeastern city of Santiago. This year marks the 400th anniversary of the miraculous appearance of the statue venerated at the basilica there.

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Hunger strikes at the heart of Haiti – the children HAITI – The dusty, arid region of Northern Haiti receives little rainfall. Crops seldom grow here, unless they are irrigated. There is no food. There are no jobs. There is, however, plenty of hunger and suffering. Edilia Lovejoy, 28, holds her newborn baby in her lap, gazing down at her helplessly. Baby Ediline is only 15 days old and has been born into a home where her siblings struggle each day for even a mouthful of food to eat. Their house is dilapidated and offers little protection against the elements, but it’s all they have. Each day, Edilia’s husband leaves to look for work — anything to earn a little money to feed the children. Each night, he returns home empty-handed. The Lovejoy family has land, but without rain, crops seldom grow. Edilia feels helpless and alone. “It’s painful to see the children so hungry. Sometimes when they cry, I ask a friend for something to eat. I feel humiliated and I feel bad to ask them to feed my children,” she says softly. “But when you can’t feed them yourself, you are obligated to do what you must. It’s really hard for me.”

each day things are getting worse, all the time, and I find a way to survive.”

Chronic hunger is forcing countless parents to watch their children slowly starve.

FAITH IN GOD HELPS HER SURVIVE The Lovejoy family is just one family in Haiti facing this crisis. “I’m really afraid because I can’t feed the children and one is really sick. I’m afraid of losing her,” Edilia said. Some days the family is lucky enough to get a small amount of money from a kind neighbor or two to buy a scant amount of rice to mix with plantains for the meal of the day. Usually it’s whatever the family can scavenge, like cashews from cashew trees. Her children hunt for the nuts and eat them right away because they don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Faith gives Edilia strength when the children cry from hunger, and everything seems hopeless. “I pray to God a lot because each day when I go to bed, I don’t know how tomorrow will be,” she says. “If I didn’t have God, I would not be here anymore. God does a lot for me because

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MARCH 15, 2012

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Allow Christ to cleanse the temple of your life rtistic representations of the Ten Commandments often depict two stone tablets on which there are two tables of inscriptions. This portrayal follows from a classical division of the commandments in which there are two specific categories — those that order humanity’s relationship with God and those that order human relationships with one another. If we consider the Bible as a totality, it becomes apparent that the Scriptures give priority to the first table, those commands dealing with God. The Ten Commandments begin with an insistence that the Lord alone is God and there are to be no other gods besides him. This is not just a principle meant to order humanity’s expressions of ritualized worship, but a statement about the ethos of the entire moral and spiritual order. Whatever it is that humanity worships — be it the gods of the ancients or the allures of wealth, power, pleasure and honor — will by necessity give rise to our perceptions and practices concerning the moral life. The God or gods in whom we place our ultimate concern will direct our lives and determine our choices.

Put God first

A Guest Editorial Father Robert Barron

What rivals to the one true God have you allowed to invade the sacred space of your soul?

Cleansing of the Temple Given that the Bible calls humanity over and over again to relinquish its attachment to false gods and embrace the worship of the one true God, we might take that emphasis as means to interpret Christ’s actions in regards to the moneychangers in the Jerusalem Temple, actions that are traditionally referred to as the

“Christ comes to each of us to rid the temple of our own body of the idols to which we have foolishly given power and pride of place.


“cleansing of the Temple.” The dramatic scene portrays Christ entering the sacred center of Israel’s culture and worship at the height of the Jewish year — the feast of Passover. Christ then raises a ruckus, for he finds the Temple to be not a house of prayer, but a “marketplace.” He turns over the tables of the moneychangers, disrupts the trade in animals for sacrifice, and cleans the place out. This scene is often interpreted as testimony against materialism in religious practice. Religion is to remain radically pure in regard to the corruptions of commerce. An idealism emerges from this interpretation that engenders a hair trigger with respect to any and all associations of religion with economics or money. According to this conceit, the only way forward for religion is to maintain its purity by eschewing the corrupting influence of com-

merce. While sharing the aversion of using religion as a means to gain material wealth, I think a more fruitful way of understanding Christ’s action to cleanse the Temple can be discerned in relation to Israel’s aversion to the worship of false gods and the necessity of cleansing our own temples — that is, our lives — of these fallen deities. St. Paul said that the body of each Christian is “a temple of the Holy Spirit.” By this, he meant a place where the one true God is honored and worshiped. The apostle is providing us with an image of the Christian life as one in which a person finds happiness and integration in the measure that he or she becomes, personally, a place where God is first. Think, then, that Christ has come not only to “cleanse the Temple of Jerusalem,” but the temple of your own body, your own life.

The Lord Jesus comes into your life expecting to find a place ordered to the worship of the one true God, but what he finds is “a marketplace.” What does this mean? It means that Christ finds a place where things other than God have become primary. To bring such idolatry closer to our cultural experience, consider how much of your life is given over to materialism, commercialism or the accumulation of things. What rivals to the one true God have you allowed to invade the sacred space of your soul? I referenced earlier wealth, pleasure, power and honor. How are these things enshrined in the sanctuary of your own heart? The Temple-cleansing Christ is a memorable image with enduring power. We shouldn’t relegate that image or the Lord himself to merely a statement about our impatience with the corruptions of religious institutions and miss the point that strikes closer to home: Christ comes to each of us to rid the temple of our own body of the idols to which we have foolishly given power and pride of place. Father Robert Barron is the founder of the global ministry Word on Fire and the Francis Cardinal George Professor of Faith and Culture at University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, Ill. He is the creator of a 10-episode documentary series called “Catholicism,” airing on PBS stations and EWTN. Learn more about the series at WWW. CATHOLICISMSERIES.COM.

Letters Lenten sacrifices help prepare youth for adult life Thank you, Father [Michael] Van Sloun, for your [March 1] article on giving up something for Lent. I am 86 years of age and attended St. Helena’s School in Minneapolis. The St. Joseph nuns saw to it that we not only “observed” Lent but that we “participated” in it by giving up something dear to us during the Lenten season. We took on the suffering of Christ with a little suffering of our own. The self-denial experience became a learning experience, preparing us for adulthood. As we matured, we experienced and observed the hard lesson of life

— that man’s worst enemy is himself. He self-destructs. Those of us who practiced self-control by self-denial in our youth seemed better prepared not to succumb to the temptations that attack our lives as adults. CONRAD CARR Minneapolis

Gap between rich, poor not a myth A recent letter writer (March 1) complained that President Obama is calling attention to the income gap between rich and poor in this country of ours. He seems to think it is a myth, and that the president is being untruthful. The facts are that many government

and private organizations have been taking note of this income disparity for some years now. The president is simply talking about it, and hopefully he will take action to halt the flow of riches to the super-rich that has been taking place for the last 25 years. This has largely been the result of the Reagan/Bush tax cuts to the very rich, resulting not only in a shrinking middle class, but a huge national debt. Class warfare, indeed. The rich have been given all the weapons in this war, including lower taxes, the ability to weaken American industry by outsourcing jobs, the lower taxation rate on unearned versus earned income (a travesty of the worst kind), among others. The financial gurus are calling this income inequity the worst since the Gilded Age of the 1890s.

The letter writer needs to get his facts straight. CAROL LARSEN St. Stephen, Anoka

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Interrupt daily routine to reach out in compassion to those in need ho has not been interrupted from daily routines and errands because we see someone in need? Maybe it’s the person on the shoulder of the road with car problems or stuck in the snow. Or, maybe it’s the homeless person at the street corner seeking money, food or work. It could be a family member with a problem. Sometimes it’s a news story about people in crisis or pain that disrupts our peace of mind. Whatever the case, when has the interruption moved you to compassion — to pull over, to help or volunteer your time? And when do you just pass by? The Gospel parable of the Good Samaritan is Jesus’ response to the question: “And who is my neighbor?” The Samaritan is good because he is moved with compassion to interrupt his journey and routine to give comfort to another human being in need. Compassion moved him to act in a way that he hadn’t planned. Compassion helped him treat a stranger as a neighbor. Compassion evoked a response that transcended social norms and the typical ways of being around strangers. Jesus said that compassion is the way that God loves and compassion is the way we love our neighbor: “Be compassionate as your Heavenly Father is compassionate” (Luke 6:36).

W Sharing Faith Deacon Mickey Friesen

Jesus teaches us to see God in our neighbors

In his book “Compassion,” Catholic author Henri Nouwen wrote: “The mystery of God’s love is not that he takes our pains away, but that he first wants to share them with us. Out of this divine solidarity comes new life. . . . The truly good news is that God is not a distant God, a God to be feared and avoided, a God of revenge, but a God who is moved by our pains and participates in the fullness of the human struggle.”

Way of compassion During Lent, we get to immerse ourselves in the way of Jesus — the compassion of God. Jesus walks with us, suffers with us and rises with us to eternal life. The way of the cross is

the way of compassion that transforms darkness and sin into the light of Christ. Jesus loves his neighbor by giving of himself. Lent is a season designed to interrupt our regular routines so that we may deepen our love for God and be moved to compassion for our neighbors both near and far. Serving one’s neighbors out of compassion is much different than serving them out of guilt, coercion or seeking praise. The question of the parable of the good Samaritan is still relevant today: “And who is my neighbor?” I was reminded of this call to compassion on Ash Wednesday when I attended a special presentation at De-

LaSalle High School in Minneapolis. Semaj Moore, a junior, received a first-place award in the 2012 high school essay contest sponsored by Maryknoll Missionaries. Moore’s essay addressed the question, “How might Jesus respond to bullying?” He spoke of his experience of being bullied in elementary school. Eventually, he realized the teasing came because “some of the children lead really bad lives at home.” His response was to try to understand and know the bullies. He said, “When you endure things like that [bullying], God gives you wisdom and empathy so you can treat others kindly without judging them.” His experience taught him to suspend judgment and seek understanding. He continued, “This takes a lot of strength and it’s scary, but that’s what Jesus taught us to do. Being bullied has actually helped me become less judgmental of others.” Jesus is the compassion of God who shows us the way of God’s love that reaches beyond the borders that divide and separate us. It is the way of the cross. How is God interrupting our lives to move us toward compassion and meet the face of God in our neighbors both near and far? Deacon Mickey Friesen is director of the archdiocesan Center for Mission.

Legislative update: Education, safety net, abortion among key issues he legislative session is set to end on April 30, and the deadline for bills to be heard in committee is fast approaching. Legislators are eager to pass a bonding bill, work out the details of a Vikings stadium, and head home to hit the campaign trail. There are, however, other important pieces of legislation that the Minnesota Catholic Conference is monitoring and either supporting or opposing. Here is a brief overview of some of the key issues:

T Faith in the Public Arena Jason Adkins

Minnesota Catholic Conference urges Catholics to make their voices heard

Educational opportunity MCC supports a package of legislation designed to expand choice in education by allowing parents to choose the school that best serves their child’s needs. S.F. 388 (Nienow) does three things: It (1) expands the existing lineup for tax credits for parents whose children attend non-public schools; (2) creates new tax credits for individuals and organizations who give to organizations that provide scholarships for students to attend non-public schools; and (3) also creates enrollment options scholarships (vouchers) for students to escape underperforming schools. It has passed the Education Committee, and is now in Taxes. Individual bills on each provision of S.F. 388 are also working their way through the legislative process. The enrollment options scholarship bill (H.F. 273 —Woodard) is currently being reviewed by the House Education Finance Committee. The Equity and Opportunity in Education Tax Credit

(individual and corporate tax credit) (S.F. 641 — Senjem/H.F. 1059 — Loon) awaits committee hearings in both houses. The tax credit expansion (S.F. 764 — Kruse/H.F. 1293 — Loon) also awaits hearings.

Safety net MCC opposes H.F. 2080 (Daudt), which would make cuts to services provided by the Minnesota Family Investment Program. MFIP is an assistance program designed to provide benefits to families with children. MCC believes the bill could place significant burdens on Minnesota families and drive them deeper into poverty. The bill also moves away from recommendations made by the bi-partisan Poverty Commission. Among the most troubling changes is the reduction in lifetime benefits from 60 months to 36 months. Another modification would eliminate benefits when a family reaches 100 percent of the federal poverty level, rather than the 115 percent under current law. These changes are not wise in difficult economic times, will make it more challenging to climb the ladder out of poverty, and will have the most impact on children, who receive approximately 70 percent of MFIP benefits. The bill has passed the House Health and Human Services Reform Committee and was to be heard by the Health and Human Services Finance Committee on March 13.

Abortion Two pieces of abortion-related leg-

islation could significantly ensure women’s safety when procuring an abortion, and deserve support. The first (S.F. 1921 — Robling/H.F. 2340 — Holberg) would impose a system of licensing and inspections on abortion clinics. The provisions of this bill will protect the lives and health of Minnesota women by ensuring that abortion providers meet minimum health and safety requirements. The bill has passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and was to be heard in Judiciary on March 13. It awaits a hearing in the House Human Services Reform committee. The second bill (S.F. 1912 — Gazelka/H.F. 2341 — Peppin) would ban “webcam abortions.” Planned Parenthood recently admitted to doing “webcam abortions” in Rochester. In this dangerous procedure, an abortionist administers the deadly RU486 abortion drug remotely, using a closed-circuit connection from St. Paul. To ensure that women’s safety comes before profit, webcam abortions ought to be prohibited. The bill has passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and now sits in Judiciary. It awaits a hearing in the House Human Services Reform Committee.

Health care The Catholic Church and Catholic health care providers have long advocated for health care reform that promotes access, quality and afford-

ability. Instituting a state-level health insurance exchange as required by the federal Affordable Care Act could provide a true market to help Minnesotans afford and purchase health care coverage. MCC and the Catholic Health Association believe a state-level exchange, rather than one imposed by the federal government, would best serve the needs of Minnesotans by capitalizing on Minnesota’s long tradition of health care innovation and excellence. Therefore, we have jointly encouraged legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton to work together to create an exchange. Minnesota should implement an exchange that respects the principle that true health care and medical ethics uphold the sanctity of life from conception through natural death. Creating a state exchange enhances the possibility that abortion coverage will be excluded from insurance coverage except as an add-on rider, and at the same time could help protect people from cost-saving measures incurred during end-of-life care. For more information and an update on the status of these bills, please visit the House and Senate home pages. For action alerts that allow you to receive key updates and email your legislator directly, be sure to join the Minnesota Catholic Advocacy Network (MNCAN), which can be found HTTP://CAPWIZ.COM/MNCC/MLM/ at SIGNUP. Jason Adkins is executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference.



Report to Rome outlined archdiocesan, parish ministries CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A (Region VIII), I made the “ad limina” trip with 13 of my brother bishops. When we arrived on Saturday, March 3, Bishop Lee Piché and I visited with our seminarians studying at the Pontifical North American College, which is located on the Janiculum hill, overlooking Rome. After praying evening prayer together, we went out to dinner to one of my favorite restaurants in Rome. The following morning, I celebrated Mass for the installation of 55 acolytes in the seminary chapel. Our own Joe Kuharski was one of those installed as acolyte. It was a beautiful liturgy. On Monday, the bishops began a series of meetings with various departments of the Holy See, first with a visit to the Congregation for Bishops. This turned out to be one of the most stimulating gatherings we had. The prefect, Cardinal Marc Ouellet from Quebec was very animated as we discussed a whole host of topics. At the end of the day, I celebrated Mass with the bishops of the province at the Basilica of St. Mary Major, which is one of the four principal basilicas in Rome and one of the oldest. I was asked to preside and preach at this liturgy. This was a great privilege for me to focus our thoughts on the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mother.

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Full docket of meetings Our fourth day in Rome began with Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica. Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud celebrated the Holy Eucharist at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II. The rest of the day consisted of three meetings. We met with the congregations for clergy, for Catholic education, as well as with the pontifical councils for the family and for the laity. A busy day, indeed! On Wednesday, after two more meetings with the congregations for Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Doctrine of the Faith, we finished with Mass at St. Paul Outside the Walls, celebrated by Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo. In addition to a final resting place of St. Paul, this beautiful basilica is known for its images of each of the 265 popes, right down to St. Peter himself! After Mass, I headed across town to visit with our seminarians and UST students who are doing a semester in Rome at the Bernardi campus. On Thursday, we had a meeting with the Pontifical Secretariat for Christian Unity. Bishop Piché reported on the ecumenical initiatives going on in our province, and Bishop Brian Farrell reported on what the secretariat was doing in their dialogues both in the East and in the West. After that, we had our meeting with the pope. The Minnesota bishops went first, then the bishops from the Dakotas. The Holy Father asked each of us to speak about our respective diocese and then offered comment. Each meeting lasted about a half hour. Later that afternoon, Bishop Paul Swain of Sioux Falls celebrated Mass for us at the Basilica of St. John Lateran. Early on Friday morning, we went back to St. Peter’s Basilica, where Bishop John Quinn of Winona celebrated Mass at the Altar of St. Peter’s Tomb, or the altar beneath the main papal altar. We then went to meet with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. From there, we went back to the Apostolic Palace where the Holy Father delivered a wonderful discourse on marriage and family life. I had the great honor of addressing the pope before his talk. Before leaving on Sunday, we had two more meetings on Saturday with the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the head of which is Raymond Cardinal Burke, former bishop of La Crosse, Wis., as well as the new Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Months before the trip, I had submitted a detailed report of over 400 pages of data about the archdiocese to the Holy See. The format of the quinquennial report is set by the Holy See, so that the report covers all of the ministries in which the faithful of this archdiocese, clergy, religious and laity alike, are involved. Because there were so many bright spots in the report, I wish to highlight a few of them for you. One of the areas that a bishop is asked to report on is the organizational structure of his diocese. This refers not only to the archdiocesan chancery and its offices, but also

to the various consultative bodies that assist the archbishop in his management of the diocese, as well as the parishes, schools, and institutions and their dedicated pool of employees and volunteers.

Good news to report

months of 2010, more than $1,400,000 was collected from Catholics in this archdiocese for earthquake relief in Haiti. And, our local church is stepping up its efforts to provide crucial services during this time of increased need. For instance, next year a new 336-bed temporary homeless shelter will open in Minneapolis. Called “Higher Ground,” it is an initiative of Catholic Charities that depends upon the assistance of the archdiocese. The project is also being developed in partnership with Hennepin County, as part of a joint public-private initiative to end homelessness by 2016.

In my report, I conveyed to the Holy Father my deep appreciation for the work of my many collaborators. I told him of how I have come to depend on these individuals and groups to provide me with knowledgeable advice within their areas of expertise. I especially highlighted the work of the permanent consultative bodies like the Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors, the Archdiocesan Parish initiatives In addition to archdiocesan initiatives, I shared with Finance Council, along with the ad hoc committees that were involved in the development of the strategic plan the Holy Father some of the important work being done by individual parish communities. I informed him that and our new initiative for Catholic schools. I pointed out to the Holy Father that we are fortunate several Catholic parishes have joined with more than 30 in this archdiocese to have such a large, well-educated other churches and synagogues to support Project Home, and diverse population to draw on when seeking staff and emergency housing for homeless families who can’t find volunteers, who in turn are generous in offering their room at the county homeless shelters. Faith communities that support Project Home provide overnight accommotime, talent and support. Reflecting on the diversity within this archdiocese, I dation in church facilities to between 40 and 60 parents was pleased to be able to inform the Holy Father that each with children every night of the week for one month. Our parishes are truly the context within which our Sunday, parishes in the archdiocese celebrate Mass in eight different languages (English, Spanish, French, Polish, Viet- Catholic faithful experience the power of God in communamese, Latin, American Sign Language and Korean), with nity, with Sunday Mass continuing to be the primary and additional Masses offered periodically in Tagalog, Hmong, central experience of the assembled community as it Knanaya and other Indian and African dialects. However, weekly celebrates the Paschal Mystery. I shared with the I also acknowledged that this presents pastoral challenges Holy Father our archdiocesan plan for the implementation and has caused us to look outside our boundaries for of the new Roman Missal, and provided him with a synpriests, deacons, and members of the lay faithful to min- opsis of the administration of the sacraments and other ister to and catechize these diverse non-English speaking devotionals that take place in parishes in this archdiocese. For example, I was pleased to inform the Holy Father that populations. Since the quinquennial report attempts to provide a adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is held in over 40 parishes, while a handful of parishes comparison between the circumcontinue to offer the annual 40 hours stances in the archdiocese during this devotion, and others sponsor eufive-year period in contrast to the last, charistic processions on the feast of the economic situation of the faithful Truly, this the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. and our non-Catholic neighbors in was a trip to I assured the Holy Father that catethis archdiocese played a prominent chesis is available for people of all ages role in this report. remember. in our parishes. In particular, I highI was saddened to report that the lighted the blessing that the Arch2010 Census indicated that in 2009, bishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Inmore than 10 percent of the populaARCHBISHOP JOHN NIENSTEDT stitute has been for so many seeking tion of this archdiocese was living beto deepen the knowledge of their low the poverty level. In addition, I informed the Holy Father that the housing foreclosure Catholic faith. I also commended our approximately 9,000 crisis and the economic recession currently affecting the dedicated parish and school staff and volunteers who proUnited States economy as a whole has also taken its toll vide the immediate preparation for the sacraments to both in Minnesota, not only in Minneapolis and St. Paul, but children and adults. More than 8,000 children received as well as in the so-called “first ring” suburbs, in which their first Holy Communion and/or were recipients of the sacrament of confirmation in 2010. many archdiocesan parishes and schools are located. An entire section of the report was devoted to our The foreclosure crisis in particular has forced many families out of stable housing and into shelters or other tran- Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, which continue the sitional housing, and the number of people living in per- Church’s historical gift of providing quality education for sistent poverty in this archdiocese has increased the Catholic faithful as well as to the poor, the marginalsignificantly. This, in turn, has meant that the welfare sys- ized and the immigrant. In this section, I also outlined tem has been overwhelmed and now, as the economic the recently released strategic plan to revitalize Catholic situation still remains rather pessimistic, even such chari- education in this archdiocese. table organizations as Catholic Charities are having a dif- Rich patrimony ficult time serving those in need. I was able to inform the Holy Father of our annual I informed the Holy Father that in the summer of 2011, Men’s Conference, which will be held again in the Cathefor the first time ever, the Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul dral of St. Paul on Saturday, March 31. I related that some had to turn away people seeking shelter, because the center 2,000 men, young and old, have gathered this past year ran out of space to care safely for all those who came to to be renewed in what it means to be a father, a brother, a them for help. This led to a “tent village” being set up in son and a man for others. I explained how so many men the parking lot around the center, where more than 700 in our culture are reluctant to take active roles of leadership people camped out in July, August, and September because in the family or parish. I believe this made a deep impresthe regular shelter was just too full to hold them. Consion on His Holiness. versely, prior to the onset of the “Great Recession,” homeFinally, I described for the Holy Father the rich patrilessness in the Twin Cities had decreased due to the success of public-private initiatives to establish affordable housing, mony of this archdiocese, including the historic and artistic significance of the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Basilica of employment opportunities and other support options. However, I was pleased to report that, despite the diffi- St. Mary as well as the other treasures of our archdiocesan cult economic situation, giving to charitable organizations parish structures and institutions. Truly, this was a trip to remember. Please know that all has remained steady and, in some cases, has increased. Catholic Charities received more than $13 million in pri- of the faithful of the archdiocese were with me, in my vate contributions, grants, and bequests in 2009, while thoughts and prayers, as I visited the Holy Father and ofCommonbond Communities received more than $3.4 fered Mass at the holy places. While the pilgrimage was a true grace for me, I am glad to be home, and look forward million in contributions in 2010. As I informed the Holy Father, the Catholic faithful of to the coming celebrations of Holy Week as well as a busy this archdiocese have continued to be generous in response spring schedule. to requests for assistance to provide both for those in this May God bless you! archdiocese and elsewhere. For instance, in the first six


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Bishops discuss diocesan life during Vatican meetings CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A But opportunities for prayer were only one aspect of a whirlwind week that included meetings with 11 Vatican congregations and pontifical councils and two separate meetings with Pope Benedict XVI. “Ad limina” visits for U.S. bishops began last November. Their overall theme has been the “new evangelization” and the challenge of delivering the Gospel message anew in a secularized society. Of the 15 regional groups from the U.S. making the trip, the pope was planning to give a formal speech to only five — including the group from Minnesota and the Dakotas that comprise the Region VIII province. In his message March 9, the pope said permissive attitudes toward sex, society’s devaluing of Christian marriage and the acceptance of same-sex marriage can damage individuals and are harmful for communities. “It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost,” the pope said. He spoke about religious freedom, the clerical sexual abuse scandal and the need to “recover an appreciation of the virtue of chastity.” (Read the full text of the pope’s address and Archbishop Nienstedt’s remarks to the Holy Father on next page.) “What I think is so important in the pope’s message is that he said — and I hadn’t heard him say this before — it’s really a question of justice that we maintain the traditional definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman,” Archbishop Nienstedt said. “If we take that away, it’s going to be an injustice for all of society. I believe that — particularly for the young, for our children and our children’s children.” The Minnesota bishops also met separately as a group with Pope Benedict March 8 in a 30-minute meeting during which the Holy Father asked each bishop to talk about his diocese. The bishops met earlier as a group to decide

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Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché of St. Paul and Minneapolis concelebrates Mass at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican March 6.

what each would say. Archbishop Nienstedt told Pope Benedict that “all the bishops are resolved to take this opportunity that we have in the political area to catechize in the religious area, to catechize about the meaning and the sanctity of marriage.” Bishop Piché, a former chair of the Archdiocesan Commission on Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs, spoke “about the work we’re trying to do to build Christian unity among the other churches and ecclesial communions in Minnesota and our region.” When the bishops greeted Pope Benedict, “there was a light in his eyes and a smile on his face as though he was glad to see us,” Bishop Piché recalled, even though the pope likely had several previous audiences before he met with the Minnesota group. “Walking in and seeing him at the other end of this large salon and then walking toward him, I thought: He

attest to “the vitality of our parishes and to the fact that worship is done very well and with due diligence to the norms.” The successful implementation of the new Roman Missal was another point the Minnesota bishops made with Vatican officials, he said. And, Archbishop Nienstedt added, another proud moment was “to be able to say that [the archdiocese] had 68 seminarians — the Congregation for Catholic Education was just flabbergasted by that.”

Building relationships

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Pope Benedict XVI greets Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis during a March 8 meeting with bishops from Minnesota on their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican.

is a man who has been given a heavy burden of responsibility by the Lord and how gracefully he accepts it and lives it,” Bishop Piché said. “And in spite of his own humanness, his own limitations, his own weakness, God has used him to touch the hearts of millions and millions of people. Why can’t we all do that,” letting the Lord work through us as well?

Life in the archdiocese The bishops’ meetings with Vatican officials included stops at the congregations in charge of bishops, clergy, Catholic education, worship, consecrated life and doctrine and pontifical councils that deal with family, laity, Christian unity and promoting the new evangelization. The visits followed the bishops’ earlier submission of reports detailing diocesan life since the regional bishops made their last “ad limina” visit in 2004. The report from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis totaled 24 chapters and more than 400 pages. Archbishop Nienstedt said, on the whole, congregation and council officials had a good understanding of the situation of the church in Minnesota and wanted to learn more. The meeting with the Congregation for Bishops, headed by Cardinal Marc Ouellet, was a particularly dynamic meeting. “He was very warm and gracious and truly interested in what we had to say,” Archbishop Nienstedt said. “At one point we got on the topic of immigration, and he really wasn’t aware of, and found it particularly informative, that when our Hispanic brothers and sisters come from Mexico or wherever, and they illegally enter the country, that they’re not able to get married in the church because you have to have a civil license [in the U.S.] first.” “He began to see what the pastoral problem was in that area,” the archbishop added. “I said because of that we want to work toward some type of reformation, so these people who have been in the country for 20, 30 years can have that relationship stabilized.” Archbishop Nienstedt, who was on his third “ad limina” visit since being ordained a bishop, said he talked in a number of the meetings about the success of the archdiocese’s strategic plan and its goal “to ensure the long-lasting vitality and strength for our church.” Having visited 174 of the archdiocese’s 206 parishes, he said he was able to

Archbishop Nienstedt and Bishop Piché said making the trip with their brother bishops was an important way to nurture the spirit of collegiality among them. “While we gather together with some frequency, nevertheless this is in closer quarters and with more handson time, and we have opportunities to talk and spend time with each other,” the archbishop said. In addition to spending time together, the bishops also visited and prayed with seminarians from their respective dioceses attending the Pontifical North American College in Rome. The archdiocese has two seminarians there: Spencer Howe from St. Paul parish in Ham Lake and Joseph Kuharski from St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony. While in Rome, Archbishop Nienstedt installed 55 new acolytes at the college from around the United States, including Kuharski. (See story, page 18A, and watch for a story about the North American College in an upcoming issue of The Catholic Spirit.) Reflecting on the last day of the visit, the archbishop said one of the favorite memories he would take home was “the very warm and fraternal embrace I felt with the Holy Father. He is such a very good man and a very responsible man . . . . St. Peter was told by the Lord when all is said and done you have to confirm your brothers in the faith. I think he did that very well.” Bishop Piché said the trip hopefully will strengthen the bishops as witnesses to the faith. “The last Mass we had here [at the North American College] was in the chapel of the martyrs — which means ‘witness,’” he said. “I was praying that the spirit that filled the apostles themselves would be with me — that I would be more courageous, more outgoing in bringing the message of Christ.” Bishops from Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota pray March 7 with visitors at the tomb of St. Paul at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. Pictured are (kneeling below, from left) Bishop Paul Sirba of Duluth, Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston and Bishop Robert Gruss of Rapid City, S.D. Above, from left, are Bishop Paul Zipfel, retired bishop of Bismarck, N.D., Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, N.D., and Bishop John Kinney of St. Cloud. Joe Towalski / The Catholic Spirit

Archbishop Nienstedt said the faithful of the archdiocese were in his heart and prayers during the pilgrimage. For him, it also was a time of renewal and reaffirmation. “Hopefully, if I am renewed and strengthened in what I do, that’s going to have an impact on my preaching, teaching, governing and responding to things,” he said. “We’re all in this together — we’re the one body, the body of Christ.”

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Pope’s remarks focus on marriage, family Pope Benedict XVI addressed a group of U.S. bishops making their “ad limina” visits to Rome, including bishops from Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The text of the pope’s talk, delivered March 9, is below. Dear Brother Bishops, I greet all of you with fraternal affection on the occasion of your visit “ad limina Apostolorum.” As you know, this year I wish to reflect with you on certain aspects of the evangelization of American culture in the light of the intellectual and ethical challenges of the present moment. In our previous meetings I acknowledged our concern about threats to freedom of conscience, religion and worship which need to be addressed urgently, so that all men and women of faith, and the institutions they inspire, can act in accordance with their deepest moral convictions. In this talk I would like to discuss another serious issue which you raised with me during my pastoral visit to America, namely, the contemporary crisis “It is in fact of marriage and the family, and, more generally, of the Christian increasingly vision of human sexuality. It is evident that in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the a weakened indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread reappreciation jection of a responsible, mature of the sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to indissolubility grave societal problems bearing an immense human and ecoof the nomic cost. marriage Yet, as Blessed John Paul II observed, the future of humanity covenant, passes by way of the family (cf. and the “Familiaris Consortio,” 85). Indeed, “the good that the Church widespread and society as a whole expect from marriage and from the famrejection of ily founded on marriage is so a responsible, great as to call for full pastoral commitment to this particular mature sexual area. Marriage and the family are institutions that must be proethic grounded moted and defended from every in the practice possible misrepresentation of their true nature, since whatever of chastity, is injurious to them is injurious have led to to society itself” (“Sacramentum Caritatis,” 29). grave societal In this regard, particular mention must be made of the powproblems erful political and cultural curbearing an rents seeking to alter the legal definition of marriage. The immense Church’s conscientious effort to resist this pressure calls for a reahuman and soned defense of marriage as a economic natural institution consisting of a specific communion of percost.” sons, essentially rooted in the POPE BENEDICT XVI complementarity of the sexes and oriented to procreation. Sexual differences cannot be dismissed as irrelevant to the definition of marriage. Defending the institution of marriage as a social reality is ultimately a question of justice, since it entails safeguarding the good of the entire human community and the rights of parents and children alike. In our conversations, some of you have pointed with concern to the growing difficulties encountered in communicating the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family in its integrity, and to a decrease in the number of young people who approach the sacrament of matrimony. Certainly we must acknowledge deficiencies in the catechesis of recent decades, which failed at times to communicate the rich heritage of Catholic teaching on marriage as a natural institution elevated by Christ to the dignity of a sacrament, the vocation of Christian spouses in society and in the Church, and the practice of marital chastity.

This teaching, stated with increasing clarity by the postconciliar magisterium and comprehensively presented in both the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” and the “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church,” needs to be restored to its proper place in preaching and catechetical instruction. On the practical level, marriage preparation programs must be carefully reviewed to ensure that there is greater concentration on their catechetical component and their presentation of the social and ecclesial responsibilities entailed by Christian marriage. In this context we cannot overlook the serious pastoral problem presented by the widespread practice of cohabitation, often by couples who seem unaware that it is gravely sinful, not to mention damaging to the stability of society. I encourage your efforts to develop clear pastoral and liturgical norms for the worthy celebration of matrimony which embody an unambiguous witness to the objective demands of Christian morality, while showing sensitivity and concern for young couples. Here too I would express my appreciation of the pastoral programs which you are promoting in your dioceses and, in particular, the clear and authoritative presentation of the Church’s teaching found in your 2009 Letter “Marriage: Love and Life in the Divine Plan.” I also appreciate all that your parishes, schools and charitable agencies do daily to support families and to reach out to those in difficult marital situations, especially the divorced and separated, single parents, teenage mothers and women considering abortion, as well as children suffering the tragic effects of family breakdown. In this great pastoral effort there is an urgent need for the entire Christian community to recover an appreciation of the virtue of chastity. The integrating and liberating function of this virtue (cf. “Catechism of the Catholic Church,” 2338-2343) should be emphasized by a formation of the heart, which presents the Christian understanding of sexuality as a source of genuine freedom, happiness and the fulfillment of our fundamental and innate human vocation to love. It is not merely a question of presenting arguments, but of appealing to an integrated, consistent and uplifting vision of human sexuality. The richness of this vision is more sound and appealing than the permissive ideologies exalted in some quarters; these in fact constitute a powerful and destructive form of counter-catechesis for the young. Young people need to encounter the Church’s teaching in its integrity, challenging and countercultural as that teaching may be; more importantly, they need to see it embodied by faithful married couples who bear convincing witness to its truth. They also need to be supported as they struggle to make wise choices at a difficult and confusing time in their lives. Chastity, as the Catechism reminds us, involves an ongoing “apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom” (2339). In a society which increasingly tends to misunderstand and even ridicule this essential dimension of Christian teaching, young people need to be reassured that “if we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, absolutely nothing, of what makes life free, beautiful and great” (“Homily, Inaugural Mass of the Pontificate,” 24 April 2005). Let me conclude by recalling that all our efforts in this area are ultimately concerned with the good of children, who have a fundamental right to grow up with a healthy understanding of sexuality and its proper place in human relationships. Children are the greatest treasure and the future of every society: truly caring for them means recognizing our responsibility to teach, defend and live the moral virtues which are the key to human fulfillment. It is my hope that the Church in the United States, however chastened by the events of the past decade, will persevere in its historic mission of educating the young and thus contribute to the consolidation of that sound family life which is the surest guarantee of intergenerational solidarity and the health of society as a whole. I now commend you and your brother bishops, with the flock entrusted to your pastoral care, to the loving intercession of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. To all of you I willingly impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of wisdom, strength and peace in the Lord.

Text of Archbishop Nienstedt’s remarks to the Holy Father Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis offered the following greetings to the Holy Father on behalf of the bishops of Region VIII, comprising Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Holy Father, the bishops from the states of Minnesota, North and South Dakota join me in expressing deep gratitude for having this opportunity to be with you during this ad limina visit. Above all, we wish to assure you of our heartfelt sentiments of respect, loyalty and devotion. Our fraternal union with Your Holiness guarantees and strengthens the essential bond we have with the Holy Apostles, Peter and Paul, at whose venerable tombs we have had occasion to pray this week. It is from them that we have received the authentic message of Jesus himself and here in your presence we wish to renew our commitment to preaching and teaching the truth of his Gospel. In addition, we wish to express special thanks for the Year of Faith that Your Holiness has announced, a year that calls for an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord. As you yourself have pointed out, and as we know from our own pastoral ministry, there is a profound crisis of faith affecting large numbers of people in today’s society. Secular values have taken hold in many minds and hearts, causing a rejection of the very notion that true human happiness is found in conforming our lives to the will of God. As you have so often reminded us, Holy Father, it is in the heroic witness of the saints, the truly “blessed,” that we find a counterweight to the prevailing secularism, materialism and in“We wish to dividualism of our day. express special For that reason, thanks for the my brother bishops and I offer particular Year of Faith thanks to you for approving the canthat Your onization of Blessed Holiness has Marianne Cope and Blessed Kateri Tekakannounced, a witha. Indeed, Blessed year that calls Kateri will be the for an first Native American saint and that is authentic a source of great reand renewed joicing for our entire nation. conversion to Finally, Your Holiness, we wish to the Lord.” share with you the ARCHBISHOP JOHN NIENSTEDT efforts we are undertaking on behalf of the New Evangelization in our respective sees. We are finding in those efforts a renewed enthusiasm for sharing the faith as well as a deeper appreciation for the truth that has been revealed to us in the process. Dear Holy Father, we are deeply grateful for the extraordinary leadership that you are providing us in these turbulent times. Please be assured of our fraternal affection as well as our prayerful support for you as our Chief Shepherd of the Universal Church.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” John 3:16

The Lesson Plan 14A

Reflections on faith and spirituality

The Catholic Spirit

MARCH 15, 2012

Love is more than Valentine’s cards and puppy dogs he readings for Mass the weekend of March 18 tell of Jesus’ great love for you. It’s that simple. I could almost end this column here. Imagine the strength of his love. This simple challenge might end far too soon if we limit our understanding of love to admiring cute little puppies or exchanging endearing cards on St. Valentine’s Day. The virtue of love is much more than that, much bigger than that. We learn the virtue of love from Christ. Love is a complementary, unifying, unending and boundless fuDeacon sion. Love is a binding Jeremy Ploof commitment for the good of another (1 Corinthians 13:5). The crucifix shows us perfect love. Jesus’ crucifixion is the greatest act of his unbounded love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). The crucifix in your home and your parish is not simply a memorial of a tragic death. The crucifix shows us love that is not selfish but is intended for the good of another. “God, who is rich in mercy, brought us to life with Christ and raised us up with Him” (Ephesians 2:4-6). The Gospel message on Sunday is that Christ, our Lord and God, does not seek his own interests, but sacrifices everything he has for humanity. In short, he loves you.


“The Gospel message on Sunday is that Christ, our Lord and God, does not seek his own interests, but sacrifices everything he has for humanity. In short, he loves you.


Sunday Scriptures


For reflection

Sunday, March 18 Fourth Sunday in Lent ■ 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 ■ Ephesians 2:4-10 ■ John 3:14-21

When have you experienced God’s love in your life? What did that look like? What can you do today to share God’s love with someone you encounter?

Selfless love Married love — between one man and one woman — gives us a snapshot of Christ’s unfathomable love. I am privileged to have grown up with truly wonderful parents. From the stories they tell, it seems that their love did start

with cute Valentine’s cards and sentimental gifts. But such presents are only tokens of true love. My parents, who are now approaching their 35th wedding anniversary, have been through good times and bad, sickness and health. I can say with certainty that it is

Daily Scriptures Sunday, March 18 Fourth Sunday in Lent 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21

Friday, March 23 Turibius de Mogrovejo, bishop Day of abstinence Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22 John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Monday, March 19 Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16 Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22 Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a

Saturday, March 24 Jeremiah 11:18-20 John 7:40-53

Tuesday, March 20 Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12 John 5:1-16

Sunday, March 25 Fifth Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31:31-34 Hebrews 5:7-9 John 12:20-33

Wednesday, March 21 Isaiah 49:8-15 John 5:17-30

Monday, March 26 Annunciation of the Lord Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 Hebrews 10:4-10 Luke 1:26-38

Thursday, March 22 Exodus 32:7-14 John 5:31-47

Tuesday, March 27 Numbers 21:4-9 John 8:21-30

not greeting cards that endured through these times. Rather, it is from Christian faith and sacramental marriage that their love has grown strong. All the more, the strong, committed, selfless love between married couples gives us a glimpse of the love that Christ stretches toward each one of us. In marriage the couple sacrifices their own lives and their own independence for the good of their spouse and their children. Throughout marriage, both the husband and wife are in service to each other (and their children), constantly leaving behind one’s own interests for the good of one’s spouse and children. This is love: to act for the good of another, not to seek one’s own comfort but to comfort another. This is Christ’s grand love for us. He loves you, and because he loves you, he sacrificed “that the world might be saved” (John 3:17). From the example of married love we are able to see a slice of Christ’s unfathomable love. This is the heart of the upcoming weekend’s readings. Christ loves you and gave everything he has for your good. Let’s pray this weekend that Christ’s magnificent love will be known through an increase in respect for marriage, an increase in the number of holy and Christian marriages, and that all married couples will demonstrate Christ’s love by their own lives of sacramental love. Deacon Jeremy Ploof is in formation for the priesthood at The St. Paul Seminary for the Diocese of St. Cloud. His home parish is St. Marcus in Clear Lake and his teaching parish is St. John and St. Patrick in Foley.

Keep hope, pope tells Middle East Christians Wednesday, March 28 Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95 John 8:31-42 Thursday, March 29 Genesis 17:3-9 John 8:51-59 Friday, March 30 Day of abstinence Jereiah 20:10-13 John 10:31-42 Saturday, March 31 Ezekiel 37:21-28 John 11:45-56 Sunday, April 1 Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord Mark 11:1-10 Isaiah 50:4-7 Philippians 2:6-11 Mark 14:1 — 15:47

Cathollic News Service During his general audience March 7 in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI urged Christians in the Middle East not to lose hope despite the serious difficulties they face. “I extend my prayerful thoughts to the regions in the Middle East, encouraging all the priests and faithful to persevere with hope through the serious suffering that afflicts these beloved people,” he said. In his catechesis, the pope said oftentimes it seems God is silent, especially during times of great trial and difficulty. But that silence “is not a sign of his absence,” he said. God knows what each person needs and desires even before it’s voiced in prayer, and God’s silence “invites us to deeper faith and trust in his promises,” he said. Silence plays an important part in everyone’s relationship with God, he said. It is only by carving out quiet time where outside disturbances are avoided and an inner silence is cultivated that God’s voice can be heard and meaning found, the pope said. He said Jesus taught his disciples how to pray in silence and how to create a space of inner calm deep inside so that God can dwell there, so his word can take root there, and “so one’s love for him radiates out to our mind, our heart and animates our life.”

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El Salvador benefiting from clean water projects The Catholic Spirit For 37 years, Operation Rice Bowl has called Catholics to pray with their families and faith communities, fast in solidarity with those who hunger, learn about the worldwide challenges of poverty, and give sacrificial contributions to those in need. The program ensures that Catholic Relief Services can continue to fund vital programs to those in need in more than 100 countries. Nearly 14,000 parishes, schools and faith communities across the United States participate in the program annually as a way to foster solidarity with the poor around the world. CRS will use 75 percent of the gifts received to provide assistance around the globe, and 25 percent of the collection will remain in this archdiocese to support local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts. CRS and its partners work with the poorest farm families and communities, as well as with laborers, the landless, communities suffering from HIV and AIDS, and victims of manmade and natural disasters worldwide. The agency works in many isolated, remote areas with harsh climates and fragile, degraded ecosystems. In each issue during Lent, The Catholic Spirit is sharing CRS’ work through a personal story of someone who has benefited from one of their programs and a recipe from a country


El Salvador: Casamiento 2 tbsp. vegetable oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 bell pepper, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 can black beans, drained, liquid reserved Salt and pepper, to taste 2 cups cooked rice Heat the oil in a large pot. Add the onions, bell pepper and garlic, and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Add the drained beans, some of the reserved bean liquid, salt and pepper. Gently stir in the rice. Cook mixture over low to medium heat until warmed through. Adjust seasonings and add a little more liquid from the beans, if necessary. Serve hot. Yield: 4 to 5 servings

that agency serves. Vietnam and Zambia were highlighted previously, and India will be featured in the next issue. See THECATHOLIC SPIRIT.COM to review the features on Vietnam and Zambia.

My name is María Idalia Serrano, and I live with my husband and four children in El Pedregal, El Salvador. For most of my life, my days revolved around collecting water. I went back and forth to the river five times each day to get water for cooking, cleaning and drinking. I never thought about whether this water was safe to drink. We did not have a choice. Water from the river was all we had. A few years ago, CRS helped build a well in my village. Now 130 families in El Pedregal have faucets that bring clean water right to our homes. Instead of traveling back and forth to the river, I can spend more time with my children, to watch and guide them. CRS also taught us to use water-purifying pills to make sure that our water is safe to drink. Now, my husband and I volunteer with CRS in our community. We teach our neighbors that using purified water can help prevent health problems. Everyone has the right to clean, safe drinking water. Water is everything; water is health.

Five tips for making a better confession epent, and believe in the Gospel.” These are the words for the signing of ashes on Ash Wednesday. More importantly, they are the words with which Jesus began his preaching ministry (Mark 1:15). Lent is a penitential season, a time to turn away from our sins: to face them, admit them, confess them, be absolved of them, and to quit them. As we approach the last three weeks of Lent, this is an ideal time to approach the sacrament of reconcilFather Michael iation. The right Van Sloun mindset and careful preparation will make for a better confession. Pray to the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit for a genuine sense of contrition, a sincere sorrow for your sins and failings. Ask for the humility to see and admit the evil that you have done and the good that you have failed to do. Ask for the ability to be honest with God and yourself, and to be completely truthful. Ask for the courage to get beyond your fears and the strength to confess these sins, to speak them out loud, to go through the priest to God, as Jesus asked (Matthew 16:19; John 20:22-23). God “sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins” (Prayer of Absolution). It is through the Holy Spirit that we receive pardon and peace. Make an examination of conscience. Set aside ample time to look back over



Pre-confession stress relievers The time before confession can be anxious, particularly if a person has been away from the sacrament for a while. We all have our worries and apprehensions. We need to face them and deal with them constructively. “Confession makes me nervous.” Relax. Take a deep breath. The Holy Spirit will help you. “I’m afraid.” Fear is one of the greatest obstacles to progress. Jesus was fond of saying, “Do not be afraid.” With his help, we can overcome our troubles. “Can’t I skip confession and go straight to God?” You go straight to God through the priest. The priest makes the love and mercy of God real, and through his words you hear the voice of God speaking directly to you. “I’ve been away from confession for a long time.” Do not be held captive by your past. There is no better time than the present to begin anew. “I don’t know what to do.” If you are rusty, the priest will guide you through the process. It would be good to refamiliarize yourself with the formula. Many parishes have the steps listed on cards or information sheets. “The priest might recognize me.” If you want to be anonymous, go behind the screen or go to a visiting priest. “The priest might remember my sins.” This is highly unlikely. Priests hear so many confessions that they cannot remember who said what. “The priest will think less of me.” It is quite the opposite. The priest will think more of you as he witnesses your deep faith and your sorrow for your sins. “What if the priest scolds me or puts me down?” The priest is supposed to be an agent of God’s love and mercy, to treat you gently with kindness, tenderness and encouragement. “Is there a chance my sins would ever be revealed?” The priest is bound by the seal of confession. Everything is completely and absolutely confidential. Never a word will be spoken. “Confession is hard for me.” Look at confession like going to the doctor. Once you address your spiritual illness, there will be great healing and you will feel much better. — Father Michael Van Sloun your life to check for sin. Ideally, it is best to conduct an exam every evening to review the day. If this has not been your custom, you should do a thorough review

before approaching the sacrament. It is best to find a quiet place, be fully alert, and reflect carefully. A good method is to check yourself against a biblical standard

like the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12), or St. Paul’s Ode to Love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13). Set a time to go to confession. Act upon your good intentions. Check the parish schedule for the regular times when the sacrament is available. During the later portion of Lent, many parishes add extra times or offer penance services with the opportunity for individual confessions. Decide to go, select a time and mark your calendar. Then when the day arrives, actually make the trip to church. Be forthright. It is important to be completely honest, to hold nothing back. State your sins for what they really are. It is no time to couch wrongdoing in soft terms, talk obliquely, make excuses or minimize. Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). If you want to be unburdened of your sins, you need to name them. Have the right intention. This intention is called a “firm purpose of amendment.” Once absolved, it should be your goal to stop sinning entirely. Aware of our fallen nature, your intention will never be perfect, so at the very least you should resolve to make your bigger sins smaller and your habitual sins less frequent. The special graces provided through this sacrament give you the power to grow in virtue and holiness, to walk in right paths, and to be pleasing to God. Father Michael Van Sloun is pastor of St. Stephen in Anoka.



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Chrism Mass more than a blessing Annual gathering of people, priests and bishops is audibly, visually spectacular sign of unity By Pat Norby The Catholic Spirit

Chrism Mass

Mark your calendar and don’t miss out on this year’s Chrism Mass at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at the Cathedral of St. Paul.

What: The diocesan bishop concelebrates the Chrism Mass with his college of presbyters and consecrates the holy Chrism oil and blesses the other oils which will be used during the coming year for various anointing rites.

“The Mass itself is a beautiful liturgy — we do it up big,” said Father John Paul Erickson, archdiocesan Office of Worship director. “We want it to be a manifestation of the whole local church, so we try as best as we can to incorporate all the various communities of the local church, all the different ethnicities, the beautiful diversity of our archdiocese.”

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Where: Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul.

A special addition to this year’s annual gathering — for Archbishop John Nienstedt to bless the Chrism oil and all the holy oils to be used in the upcoming year — will be a new responsorial psalm by Father Jan Michael Joncas, an internationally-renowned composer and a professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Who is welcome: Everyone in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Rob Ridgell, the Cathedral’s music director, asked for support from the Office of Worship in commissioning Father Joncas to compose the responsorial psalm.

“So it’s a powerful symbol this Chrism, this blessed oil, that comes from the bishop. It unites all the sacraments that change the soul forever — ordination, baptism, confirmation.

“Newly commissioned works for a FATHER JONCAS celebration such as the Chrism Mass are an important formational tool as well as a creation of sacred beauty,” Ridgell said. “We are blessed to have an archdiocese with many priest composers. This year, Father Joncas composed Psalm 89 using the approved text (appointed for the Chrism Mass in the Lectionary) from the Grail Psalter.”


‘An honor’ for Father Joncas Father Joncas said he wrote the song, which uses the words “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord,” specifically for the Chrism Mass and the acoustics of the Cathedral. “It’s a capella — there is no instrumental accompaniment for it at all. I wanted the voices to really resound in that space; it’s a wonderful acoustic space, especially for voices,” he said. “The cantor sings out the melody . . . and the assembly and the choir repeat it. Then, gradually, the choir adds harmonies underneath the assembly and the cantor, so it becomes more and more vocally rich as the piece goes on.” Writing music to help the common prayer for the Chrism Mass, especially for his home archdiocese, “is an honor,” Father Joncas said. “I do commissions all over the country and in others parts of the world. But there is always something wonderful about doing something for your own, home archdiocese,” he said. “Second, to do it for the Chrism Mass, which is a time when we get to gather as presbyters and deacons and faithful around the bishop as he consecrates the oils for the care of the sick and ordinations and baptisms and all of that, that’s just a wonderful time.” The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is gifted not only by the new music that can be used at other celebrations such as confirmations or ordinations, but by the commission, which Father Joncas said he returned to the Cathedral’s organ fund.

More than 100 singers Ridgell said that besides the excitement of having a new psalm, he is also excited about working with the combined choirs of the Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Mary led by Teri Larson and the University of St. Thomas led by Aaron Brown.

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of the oils was celebrated in the morning and the celebration of the initiation of the Eucharist was celebrated in the evening. “The connection between the morning Mass and the Holy Thursday evening liturgy shows that the Chrism Mass is connected in a deep way to the priesthood and to the institution of the priesthood at the Lord’s supper,” Father Erickson said. “Those two Masses should be seen as together.” However, because of the many demands of Holy Week and the distance that priests and parishioners would have to travel in this archdiocese and elsewhere, the church has allowed the Chrism Mass to be celebrated the week before Holy Week, he said. The reason it is important for everyone to attend this Mass, he said, is that it is meant to be a sign of the whole church. “It’s a reminder of the unity we share in our local bishop and that is represented by gathering together at the Cathedral,” he said. “All the priests of the archdiocese who are there will renew the promises they made on their ordination day. It includes their call to serve the people of God faithfully; it includes the call to be men of prayer; it includes the call to be faithful to one’s bishop.” That is a powerful moment in the life of the priest and also for the lay faithful who are called to renew their own commitment and prayers for the priests, he added.

Importance of Chrism oil

“That’s over 120 singers,” said Ridgell, who also encourages people to attend the vespers service, which begins at 4:30 p.m. March 27. The evening prayer service will be led by the St. Cecilia Choristers from the Cathedral Choir School (who are between 11 and 16 years old).

The reason it is called the Chrism Mass is that this is the sacred oil that is blessed and consecrated by the archbishop, Father Erickson said. “It’s one of the special powers of the bishop to create the Chrism oil.” Chrism is used to ordain priests and bishops and to confirm all those entering the church during upcoming year. After it is blessed, the oil is distributed and used at churches, hospitals and other Catholic institutions in every corner of the archdiocese.

Father Erickson said that the Chrism Mass is traditionally attached to Holy Thursday. For centuries, the Mass

“All of our thousands of young people who come to the Cathedral and the Basilica and their own home

parishes, and all the adults who will be confirmed will all use this sacred Chrism — the same oil that is used to ordain priests,” Father Erickson said. “The oil will also be used in every baptism that is done (in a normal situation) in the archdiocese. So it’s a powerful symbol this Chrism, this blessed oil, that comes from the bishop. It unites all the sacraments that change the soul forever — ordination, baptism, confirmation.” In addition to the Chrism oil, the archbishop will bless the oil of the sick and the oil of catechumens, which is an ancient symbol of the church that is used during baptism, along with the Chrism oil, he said. “Just as Christ is anointed by the Father, so, too, the young person is FATHER ERICKSON anointed with this oil,” he said. Another way that unity is represented during the Chrism Mass is by incorporating many people into the celebration. “Each oil is meant for a particular ministry so, we have the Chrism, the oil of the sick, the oil of the catechumens. We invite different segments of the local church’s population to process with the oil that is somehow attached with them,” Father Erickson said. “For example, a man preparing for ordination would process with the oil of Chrism. We have some young people who come with Chrism. We have a couple that is expecting a child to process with the oil of catechumens. We have the Little Sisters of the Poor process with the oil of the sick.” Father Erickson said he would be “delighted” if a huge number of people would just show up for the Chrism Mass. Every year, he has been pleased to see groups from Divine Mercy in Faribault attend the Mass, which is not only a great thing for them, but for the archbishop to get that affirmation from the people. “We not only want a full cathedral but we want others who have never been to a Chrism Mass before to attend. . . . No RSVP is necessary.”



Jewish woman considering conversion feels at home in church Danielle Schwartzman was among more than 350 people who took part in the Rite of Election at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, Feb. 26. She has been participating in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults with a group at the Basilica, led by Paula Kaempffer. Although Schwartzman may not be ready this year to make a commitment to conversion from Judaism to Catholicism, she shared her spiritual journey with Pat Norby, news editor with The Catholic Spirit. The archdiocesan Worship Office reported that 250 catechumens [unbaptized] and 495 candidates [baptized] took part in the Rite of Election Feb. 26 at the Basilica and the Cathedral of St. Paul, in preparation for joining the faith during the Easter Vigil April 7. When Danielle Schwartzman and her boyfriend, Fernando Nunez, began talking about the possibility of marriage and children, they both expressed a desire to incorporate their faith in their home. “We want our children to have a strong faith background,� said Schwartzman, 27. “Last year, we took a class on Judaism so he could learn about my background. So, this year, he asked if I wanted to take a class on Catholicism.� A native of Argentina, Nunez had recently attended the Catholics Come Home meetings at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis to catch up on his own faith’s teachings, she said. Schwartzman said she was open to learning about Catholicism — “not at all thinking in a hundred years that I would ever consider converting.�

She met with Paula Kaempffer, who directs the RCIA program at the Basilica, and began attending the classes for Nunez, because he did the same for her, she said. Now, she is the one who pushes him to go to Mass on Sunday and is excited about getting to the RCIA classes. “He jokes that I am more of a Catholic than he is now,� she said. “I started going to SCHWARTZMAN the classes on Tuesday night and just loved every moment of it. . . . That was the exciting part of my week,� said Schwartzman, who is busy from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week studying to become a veterinarian.

Importance of community “I started learning and the more I learned, the more I really liked what the Catholic Church had to say and what I was experiencing,� she said. “I felt very at home when I was in the church and very welcomed. From the moment I stepped in there I felt I was part of the community, even though I didn’t know anybody.� Schwartzman said she sees similarities in Judaism and Christianity. “In Judaism, the community is extremely important and we have something called ‘mitzvot,’ which are good deeds,� she said. “Doing stuff for people who are less fortunate than you is very strong in Judaism, as well. And we have

another word for ‘almsgiving.’� The Scripture readings are different but the messages are often quite the same, she added. Catholicism has taught her about trying to live the way that Jesus lived, to do good acts, to help people that are less fortunate and to love everybody. “When I first started going to Mass and heard them talk about Jesus all the time, I was a little uncomfortable,� she said. “When I learned that Jesus wasn’t just a person — but God who came to us in human form — it made a lot of sense to me. It’s still the same God I’ve always learned about, it’s just that he came to us in a different form, now. It made it easier for me to grasp that.� But Schwartzman hasn’t and won’t turn her back on the faith of her childhood and her family. She and Nunez regularly light candles and pray (called Shabbat) before dinner on Friday nights at her mother’s home. They also plan to celebrate Passover during a Seder meal with her family and will attend the synagogue during major Jewish holidays.

It’s about the journey Kaempffer said that one of the first things she tells people who inquire about the Catholic faith is that there is no pressure to convert and no one wants them to leave their previous experience outside. “Your previous faith experience, no matter what it was, is a part of your formation as a human person and that comes with


you. Just as we have an experience of God you don’t have, you have an experience of God that we don’t have,� she said. During her 26 years of working with RCIA, Kaempffer said she has learned that a person’s faith journey has nothing to do with her or the rest of the RCIA team. “It has everything to do with God’s call in their life, so we need to get out of the way,� she said. “It’s about their faith journey. . . . we cannot interfere with God’s call in their journey. We can only be there and give them whatever support we can.� Although Schwartzman’s family expressed some concerns about her interest in becoming Catholic, they have been understanding, while offering one piece of advice, she said. “They all said if you are going to do something like this, it’s something you need to take a lot of time exploring,� she said. “My mom asked that I further delve into my own religion . . . as deeply as I’m discovering Catholicism before I make the decision.� Schwartzman said that Judaism is a wonderful religion and that she has a deep respect for the faith and the people. “I’m not running away from Judaism, I’m more running toward something that is more fulfilling for me. . . . It’s like a spiritual hole that hasn’t been filled until now,� she said. “If I don’t end up joining the faith, . . . this whole journey has been good for my own spirituality and my relationship with God.�

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Busboy continues to make a difference CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3A the feast of St. Joseph, hence his given name, Joseph Patrick. He is the youngest of five children, and his next oldest sister, Missy, suffered brain damage and entered life as a mentally challenged person. Thus, one of the pediatricians who saw Lucille right after Joe was born offered what she likely believed was practical advice to the new mother. But, this doctor’s directive was perceived as unthinkable for Lucille, who has spent much of her adult life being a tireless advocate not only for Joe, but for others with disabilities. “When he was born, the pediatrician said to leave him at the hospital and not take him home,” Lucille, 83, recalled. “She said, ‘Your son is “mongol,” and if I were you, I’d let him [stay] at the hospital.’ And, I said, ‘I know how to take care of a baby. This is my fifth child.’” Lucille has been battling on Joe’s behalf ever since. It motivated her to help form a local chapter of an international group for mentally challenged persons called Faith and Light. Founded by Canadian Catholic philosopher Jean Vanier in 1968, it’s an international movement in which people with developmental disabilities, their families and friends meet regularly to discuss hopes and difficulties and to pray together.

Path to independent living Lucille said the group has provided much-needed support for her, Joe and the family. In fact, the group helped her step back and allow her son to live independently, which he has done for 20 years. With income from his part-time job — plus generous tips that he dutifully records in a notebook — he has been able to not only survive on his own, but travel both across the U.S. and abroad. “Joe went to Washington, D.C., on a pilgrimage without me,” Lucille said. “Together, we have traveled to Lourdes twice and Ireland — Our Lady of Knock [shrine] — where he has paid his own way.”

That a person with Down syndrome can live independently and even travel abroad does not amaze Joe’s mother, who watched him accurately count his older sister’s waitress tips when he was a youngster. That skill again emerged at the café, where he was called upon to count money at the end of a shift when the person normally responsible for the task was called away early to attend to a sick child. The general manager at the time was none other than Saccoman, who ran the Ramada from 2007 to 2010 and had no one but Joe available at the end of the day when the money needed to be counted and put into the safe. Not knowing if Joe was up to the task, Saccoman stepped out of his comfort zone and asked, relying on managerial instincts and confidence in a trusted employee. Joe did not disappoint. “He had all the money counted to the penny and ready to go [into the safe],” Saccoman said. “He does it better than we did. We were always off by a dollar or so, but he had it down to the penny.” Even though Saccoman moved on to a different hotel in 2010, he never forgot all of the ways Joe made a difference at the Ramada. It’s why he nominated Joe for the award this year. “I think Joe has earned the award,” he said. “Common sense tells you that this is something that is rarely achieved. He fits the award perfectly — it’s a Hall of Fame award.” Yet, his mother doesn’t see him primarily as an award winner. She recognizes something deeper about the presence of this man in her life, something that compels her to deliver a passionate message to mothers who find themselves in her shoes — having a child with Down syndrome. “I want those mothers to realize that this is not the end of the world,” she said. “Here’s a young man who has brought much joy to many, many people. . . . Joe is truly a gift from God. He’s the greatest gift I’ve ever been given.”

Archdiocesan finance officer to retire The Catholic Spirit The search is beginning for a new chief financial officer for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. John Bierbaum, who has served in that post for the past seven years, announced March 5 that he will retire June 30.


Bierbaum, who turns 68 in August, came to work for the archdiocese after a lengthy career as a senior executive with several businesses that are part of The Pohlad Companies.

He told The Catholic Spirit that while his first arrangement with the archdiocese was to be for five years, he continued working for the church in the 12 counties in the Twin Cities and surrounding area because “I thought I was needed and was accomplishing something.” He added: “I’ve been thinking about this for some time. The formal arrangement for my employment expired last

year, and this seemed like a good time [to retire].” According to a statement from the archdiocese, Bierbaum will continue as a consultant to the archdiocese as needed to assist with the transition of a successor. Archbishop John Nienstedt praised Bierbaum’s contribution to the archdiocese. “The fiscal health of the archdiocese today is largely a result of John’s financial acumen,” the archbishop’s statement noted. “I have greatly appreciated and respected John’s counsel throughout his years here at the archdiocese.” The archdiocesan statement said that under Bierbaum’s leadership the archdiocese enhanced the transparency of its own financial affairs and increased financial automation, accountability and innovation in its parishes and schools. Bierbaum was instrumental in the archdiocesan strategic planning process for both its parishes in 2009 and its schools in 2011, the statement said. Bierbaum owns a family dairy farm and has been gradually making time over the last few years for his personal interests.

Seminarian installed as acolyte in Rome Joseph Kuharski, a member of St. Charles Borromeo in St. Anthony who is in his second year of theological studies for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, was among 55 seminarians instituted to the ministry of acolyte on March 4 during a Mass at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Archbishop John Nienstedt celebrated the Mass and instiKUHARSKI tuted the new acolytes. Among the concelebrants of the Mass were the U.S. bishops present in Rome

for their ad limina visits with Pope Benedict XVI (see story, page 1A). As he handed each seminarian the gold paten used in the celebration of the Eucharist, Archbishop Nienstedt said: “Take this vessel of bread for the celebration of the Eucharist. Make your lives worthy of your service at the table of the Lord and of his church.” As the rite indicates, an acolyte is charged with assisting at the celebration of the Eucharist, purifying the sacred vessels and, when needed, to assist with the distribution of Holy Communion. The seminarians have now received the ministry of lector and acolyte in anticipation of their diaconal, and then priestly, ordination.

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‘Guys and Dolls’ to rock in Hopkins St. John’s students give up recess time to gain confidence on stage By Jennifer Janikula For The Catholic Spirit

Most students spend their recess time swinging, climbing or playing tag. At St. John the Evangelist Catholic School in Hopkins, students in third through sixth grade morph into urban missionaries and gamblers during their playground time. No need for concern. They are acting — and dancing and singing, too — as they rehearse for this year’s spring musical, a junior version of the Broadway classic, “Guys and Dolls.” The musical, performed at Stages Theater in Hopkins, showcases the dramatic and vocal talents of the young cast, the creativity of parent costume designers and graphic artists, and the dedication of Peg Pavek, teacher and director. Pavek, director of the annual production for more than 15 years, expects great performances from the young actors. Students sign a contract with Pavek committing to several early morning and recess rehearsals. The students sign and fulfill their contract with enthusiasm. For many of them, the play is the best part of their school year. They appreciate the opportunity to perform on stage and enjoy sharing the experience with their friends and family. “We love the musical,” said Maddie Schafer who plays Adelaide. “It is an awesome opportunity to grow in confidence.”

Abundant benefits But the students gain more than just confidence. They learn public speaking skills like vocal projection and comic timing. “The children get a taste of theater,” said set builder Liz Vanderlinde. “Their smiles and excitement on stage

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Carolyn Herrmann adjusts Nathan Anderson’s tie. “Guys and Dolls” marks the 14th year of costume design and creation for Herrmann.

‘Guys and Dolls’ When: 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25 Where: Stages Theater, 1111 Mainstreet, Hopkins Tickets: Adults $15.50; Seniors $12.50; Children $10.50; Alumni $10.50. Call (952) 979-1111

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are amazing. Participating in the production will create memories for a lifetime.” Steve Kraemer, father of a sixth-grade student, enjoys the quality of the annual productions. “The productions are so professional. The kids sing, dance and act with so much poise. They just have a blast.” Pavek creates a quality production with the support of a dedicated and talented team. Parents, parishioners and alumni assist with costumes, sets, lights, make-up, sound and supervision. Carolyn Herrmann, mother of Sophie (Sarah Brown), has been sewing costumes for the school musical for 14 years. A pharmacist by day, sewing is her creative outlet. From January through March, Herrmann dedicates most of her free time to the costumes. She manages a brigade of 25 assistants that help pin, tuck, hem, glue and paint the 75 costumes. “It is very satisfying to see how the costumes look on the kids and how they look onstage. The kids are so excited and appreciative,” Herrmann said. Ed Bennett, a graphic designer, and Vanderlinde, a carpenter, team up to design, build and paint the sets. Combined, Bennett and Vanderlinde spend more than 150 hours on each production. “I do it because it is a great experience for all of the kids in the play,” Bennett said. “I enjoy the process — thinking about it, getting it built, seeing it on stage. It’s the best fit for my skills, the best way I can help the school.” Even the priests get into the production. Former pastor, Father Ralph Goman, and current pastor, Father Jim Liekhus, usually make a cameo appearances. “Pavek usually writes a script for us, but we tend to make up our lines as we go, often working in a plug for a Lenten fish fry or for Sunday Mass,” Father Liekhus said.

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‘October Baby’ draws tears and praise as a dramatic, touching pro-life story By Dave Hrbacek

Though the film deals with a very adult issue, Julie and I had no concerns about our 13- and 9-year-old children watching it. Producers Jon and Andrew Erwin (along with American Family Studios) tastefully and deliberately leave out morally objectionable material, without negative effects on the plot line. If a mainstream Hollywood company had produced this movie, sexually suggestive or explicit content would have found its way into the film, whether it enhanced the plot or not.

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At the conclusion of October Baby, my wife, Julie, and I were in tears, prompting our 9-year-old daughter Claire to ask, “Who wants a tissue?” The one I had been using throughout the 107-minute film still had a few dry spots, so I let Julie take the fresh one. I had a feeling my eyes wouldn’t stay dry long, but was surprised at how many times throughout this film, due to open in theaters March 23, I choked up. Two reasons were: 1. A strong plot line filled with layers of drama and, 2. Magnificent acting by Rachel Hendrix, who portrayed Hannah Lawson, a young college student who begins her search for answers after finding out her birth mother had tried to abort her. Not an easy role to play, considering there aren’t too many abortion survivors out there to study. But, she did it beautifully — and convincingly.

But, thankfully, the Erwin brothers exercised appropriate restraints without creating a film that looks overtly prudish. In fact, I have high confidence that my sophisticated college sophomore would not only like the film, but might even think it’s “cool.”

Timing is right

Issues on the table This film is well done and not at all cheesy or preachy, though its pro-life message is unmistakable. That fact likely will keep abortion supporters away. Too bad. They could learn a lot from this film, which probes the raw emotions — and agonizing regrets — of everyone involved in this tragic decision. The issues and the dynamics involved in Hannah’s case are probed and explored throughout this film,

and the multiple tragedies and wounds — some intentional, some unintentional — are brought forth in a raw, but dignified way. Catholics will be encouraged to see the church portrayed in a brief but positive way. The priest character in the film helps Hannah make a significant step in her journey to find both facts and healing.

I say that because his pro-life views are coming sharply into focus. And, this is a film that could do the same for many others. It is well worth watching, for Catholics and Christians alike, not to mention those who don’t share our faith, if they are willing to give this movie a look. Opening as Holy Week approaches, I would consider it one nice way to engage in this Lenten season. And, on top of that, 10 percent of the proceeds are going to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will distribute funds to pro-life organizations. For more information about the movie, visit WWW.OCTOBERBABY MOVIE.NET.

Tajci to sing at St. Michael in St. Michael European superstar, Tajci (TYchee), will perform her “I Thirst” concert — a portrayal of the Passion — at 3:30 pm. Sunday, March 25, at St. Michael Church in St. Michael. According to her website www.IDOBELIEVE.COM, Tatjana Matejas was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and grew up in what was then communist Yugoslavia. Raised in a musical family, she was singing with her father’s band when she was 4 years old. She was admitted to the prestigious Croatian Music Conservatory and was a frequent performer on the national stage. At 19, Tajci electrified an international TV audience in the Eurovision Song Contest. The release of her recording of “Hajde da Ludujemo” (“Let’s Go Crazy”), coupled with the fall of the Berlin Wall, sparked a wave of optimism and adulation for the teenager. But, she felt empty and left Croatia to find herself in America. While staying at a retreat house run by the Carmelite Sisters in Los Angeles, Tatiana met her future husband, Matthew Cameron, who encouraged her to tell the story of her own quest for spiritual healing. The concert is free, but a freewill offering will be collected.

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Calendar Dining out 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. 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. Rosary Society pancake breakfast at St. Adalbert, St. Paul — March 18: 8:30 a.m. to noon at 265 Charles Ave. Pancake breakfast at St. Patrick, St. Paul — March 18: 8 a.m. to noon at 1085 DeSoto St. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children 2 to 10 and $20 for a family. St. Paul parish’s ‘St. Pat’s Ham Dinner’ at the Zumbrota VFW, Zumbrota — March 18: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 25 E. First St. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 6 to 12. Dad’s Belgian waffle dinner at St. John the Baptist, Jordan — March 23: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 313 E. Second St. Cost is $6 per person, ages 5 and under are free, or $20 max for a family. KC Belgian waffle breakfast at St. Michael, Farmington — March 25: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 22120 Denmark Ave. Cost is $6.50 in advance and $7 at the door. Pancake breakfast at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul — March 25: 9 a.m. to noon at 401 Concord St. Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Brunch at Holy Childhood, St. Paul — March 25: 8:30 a.m. to noon at 1435 Midway Parkway. Cost is $8 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under.

Lenten dinners Mystery soup supper at St. Jerome, Maplewood — All Thursdays of Lent: Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup supper at 380 E. Roselawn Ave. Lenten soup supper at Holy Cross, Minneapolis — Wednesdays of Lent through March 28: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 1630 4th St. N.E. Soup Supper at The Basilica of Saint Mary — all Fridays of Lent: 6 to 6:45 p.m. at 88 N. 17th St. Mass at 5:30 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. Lenten dinner at Holy Family Maronite, Mendota Heights — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 7 p.m. at 1960 Lexington Ave. S. Enchilada dinner at Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Paul — All Fridays of Lent: 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 401 Concord St. Enchiladas also available to-go by the dozen. Fish fry at Knights of Columbus Hall, Bloomington — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 9 p.m. at 1114 American Blvd. Fish dinner at St. Bernard, St. Paul — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the parish center on Rice and Geranium. Fish dinner at St. Stephen, Anoka — All Fridays of Lent: 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 525 Jackson St. Fish fry at Sacred Heart, Rush City — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 7 p.m. at 425 Field Ave.

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Don’t miss Day on the Hill March 20 The Joint Religious Legislative Coalition’s Day on the Hill will be held March 20 at the RiverCentre and the Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul. Faith leaders, religious advocates, and faithful citizens from all across the state will gather to lobby in person for social justice. The day begins at the RiverCentre at 9 a.m. with speakers and issue briefings. After lunch, buses will take participants to the Capitol for meetings with legislators. Walk-in registration at the RiverCentre is $45. For information visit WWW.JRLC.ORG. Fish fry at St. Charles, Bayport — All Fridays of Lent: 4 to 8 p.m. at 409 N. Third St. Fish fry at St. John the Baptist, Hugo — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 8 p.m. at 14383 Forest Blvd. Fish fry at St. John, Hopkins — All Fridays of Lent: 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 6 Interlachen Road. Fish dinner at St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the corner of E. 29th Street and 32nd Avenue S. Fish fry at St. Matthew, St. Paul — All Fridays of Lent: 4 to 7:30 p.m. at 510 Hall Ave. Fish fry at Epiphany, Coon Rapids — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 1900 111th Ave. N.W. Fish fry at St. Patrick, Oak Grove — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 6:45 p.m. at 19921 Nightingale St. N.W. Fish fry at St. Peter, Forest Lake — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 7 p.m. at 1250 South Shore Drive. Fish fry at St. Pascal, St. Paul — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 1757 Conway St.

at 5435 11th Ave. S. Fish fry at St. Peter School, North St. Paul — March 23: 4 to 7 p.m. at 2620 Margaret St. N. Fish fry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School, Hastings — March 23: 3:45 to 5 p.m. and 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at 600 Tyler St. Fish fry at Knights of Columbus Hall, Shakopee — March 23: 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 1760 Fourth Ave. E. Fish fry at St. Michael, Prior Lake — March 23: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 16311 Duluth Ave. Fish fry at St. Jerome, Maplewood — March 23: 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 380 E. Roselawn Ave. Fish bake dinner at St. Jude of the Lake, Mahtomedi — March 23: 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 700 Mahtomedi Ave. Fish and spaghetti dinner at St. Raphael, Crystal — March 23: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 7301 Bass Lake Road. Fish fry at Our Lady of Grace, Edina — March 23: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 5071 Eden Ave. Fish fry at Holy Spirit, St. Paul — March 23: 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 515 S. Albert St.

Fish fry at St. Michael, Pine Island — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 451 Fifth St. S.W.

Fish fry at Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale — March 23: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 4087 W. Broadway Ave.

Fish fry at Holy Cross, Minneapolis — All Fridays of Lent: 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kolbe Center, 17th Avenue and Fourth Street. N.E.

Fish fry at St. Peter School, North St. Paul — March 30: 4 to 7 p.m. at 2620 Margaret St. N.

Fish fry at St. John Vianney, South St. Paul — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 789 17th Ave. N. Fish fry at Holy Family, St. Louis Park — All Fridays of Lent: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 5900 W. Lake St. Fish fry at St. Joseph, New Hope — March 16: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 8701 36th Ave. N. Fish fry at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Maplewood — March 16: 4 to 8 p.m. at 1725 Kennard St. Fish fry at Nativity of Our Lord School, St. Paul — March 16: 5 to 8 p.m. at 1900 Stanford Ave. Fish fry at Knights of Columbus Hall, Shakopee — March 16: 5 to 7:30 p.m. at 1760 Fourth Ave. E. Fish fry at Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale — March 16: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 4087 W. Broadway Ave. Fish dinner at Mary Queen of Peace, Rogers — March 16: 5 to 7 p.m. at 21304 Church Ave. Fish fry at St. Bernard, Cologne — March 16: 3:30 to 8 p.m. at 300 Church St. Fish fry at Our Lady of Peace, Minneapolis — March 23: 5 to 7:30 p.m.



Fish fry at Totino-Grace High School, Fridley — March 30: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 1350 Gardena Ave. N.E. Fish fry at Guardian Angels School, Chaska — March 30: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 217 Second St. Fish fry at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Maplewood — March 30: 4 to 8 p.m. at 1725 Kennard St. Fish and spaghetti dinner at St. Raphael, Crystal — March 30: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 7301 Bass Lake Road. Fish fry at Sacred Heart, Robbinsdale — March 30: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 4087 W. Broadway Ave. Potato pancake and soup dinner at St. John Byzantine, Minneapolis — March 30: 4:30 to 7 p.m. at 2201 Third St. N.E.

Other Lent events Screening of Father Robert Barron’s, “Catholicism,” at St. Mark, St. Paul — Fridays during Lent and into the Easter season: Soup and fish dinners at 5:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross at 7:30 p.m. followed by DVD at 2001 Dayton Ave.

Lenten Series: ‘Studying and Praying the Psalms’ at St. Odilia, Shoreview — Tuesdays through March 27: 7 to 9 p.m. at 3495 N. Victoria. Speaker is Art Zannoni. Cost is $25. For information, call (651) 415-3331. ‘The Passion of Jesus in Music, Word and Light’ at St. Mark, Shakopee — March 15 and 16: Musical prelude at 7:45 p.m. followed by performance at 8 p.m. at Fourth Avenue and Atwood Street. Thursday performance with Spanish narration, Friday performance in English. Admission is free. Health Care Workers’ Lenten Retreat at Our Lady of Grace, Edina — March 17: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 5071 Eden Ave. Includes Mass, Adoration, Sacrament of Reconciliation and insights from Prof. Michael Degnan, University of St. Thomas. Sponsored by Curatio, an Apostolate for Catholic Health Care Workers. Cost is $35.00. Includes breakfast and lunch. Register at WWW.CURATIOAPOSTOLATE.COM. For information, call (763)-786-4945. Lenten Day of Reflection at St. Peter, North St. Paul — March 21: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2600 N. Margaret St. Mass and talks by Father Bill Deziel. Deli lunch with free will offering. Make reservations by March 18 by calling (651) 773-0314. Living Stations of the Cross at St. Paul, Ham Lake — March 22 and 23: 7 p.m. at 1740 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.E. Presented by parish teens. Free will offering. League of Catholic Women Lenten retreat at St. Patrick, Edina — March 23: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 6820 St. Patrick’s Lane. Father Kevin McDonough presents, “Economic Crisis: Lenten Reflections on Sufficiency, Priorities and Hope.” Cost is $35 and includes lunch. RSVP to (952) 897-1499 by March 19. Lenten retreat, ‘A Living Miracle of the Divine Mercy of Jesus’ at St. Paul, Zumbrota — March 24: 8:30 a.m. to noon at 749 Main St. Free will offering. For information, call (507) 732-5324. ‘Stabat Mater’ a concert to benefit Pope John Paul II School at All Saints, Minneapolis — March 25: 1:30 p.m. at 435 Fourth St. N.E. Experience the mystery of Christ’s Passion with Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Features countertenor Josef Nelson, soprano Sarah Jackson and members of the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Minneapolis Deaneries CCW annual mini retreat with Archbishop Harry Flynn at St. Timothy, Blaine — March 26: 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 707 89th Ave. N.E. Day includes rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, Mass, lunch and a silent auction. Cost is $13 per person. Call (763) 536-0553 for a reservation by March 21.


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Passion play at St. Columba, St. Paul — April 1: 7 p.m. at 1327 Lafond Ave.

Parish events St. Stephen’s Annual Benefit at St. Stephen, Minneapolis — March 17: Mass at 5 p.m., auction and social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at 2211 Clinton Ave. Cost is $100 per person and proceeds benefit the parish and PLEASE TURN TO CALENDAR ON PAGE 22A

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at the corner of Vandalia and Charles. For information, call (651) 439-9098.

its new bilingual Family Life Center. For information, visit WWW.SS-MPLS.ORG/BENEFIT.

Rosary of the unborn at Pregnancy Choices LifeCare Center, Apple Valley — Every Thursday: 7:15 p.m. at 15026 Glazier Ave. For information, visit WWW.ROSARYOFTHEUNBORN.COM.

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St. John’s University Men’s Chorus in concert at St. Bartholomew, Wayzata

44th annual Sisters’ Appreciation Day

— March 18: 2 p.m. at 630 E. Wayzata Blvd. Free will offering. Saturday Breakfast for Men at St. Helena, Minneapolis — March 24: Mass at 8 a.m. followed by breakfast and speaker at 3204 E. 43rd St. Topic is, “Why was Uncle Joe Granted an Annulment, But Not Uncle Harry?” Cost is $5. Make reservations by noon March 23 by calling (612) 729-7321.

The Fridley Knights of Columbus Council No. 4381 will hold it’s annual Sisters’ Appreciation Day for all religious sisters in the Twin Cities area on March 25. The event which includes socializing, games, prizes and lunch, begins at noon at St. William, 61st Avenue N.E. and University Avenue N.E. in Fridley. Please RSVP by calling (651) 636-2382.

KC Ham Bingo at Transfiguration, Oakdale — March 24: 5 to 9 p.m. at 6133 15th St. N. Features family fun, food and a chance to win hams and cash prizes. Ham Bingo at St. Peter, Richfield — March 24: 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 6730 Nicollet Ave. S. Cost is $7 and includes free popcorn and a sloppy-joe meal. Visit WWW.STPETERSRICHFIELD.ORG for information. Reduce, Reuse Rummage Sale at St. John Vianney, South St. Paul — March 29 to 31: Thursday $2 presale from 4 to 7 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of 19th Avenue N. and Bromley. Informational evening at The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School, Blaine — March 20: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 13200 Central Ave. N.E. To RSVP, or to arrange a private tour, call (763) 862-

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) 4820406. Singles group at St. Vincent de Paul, Brooklyn Park — ongoing second Saturday each month: 6:15 p.m. at 9100 93rd Ave. N. Gather for a potluck supper, conversation and games. For information, call (763) 4250412.

beverages available starting at 2 p.m. with a lasagna or hot chicken sandwich dinner served at 6 p.m. Cost for dinner is $5. Bingo cards are 3 for $1. Visit WWW.ICC SONLINE.ORG for a coupon. Bingo Fun Day at St. John the Baptist School, Vermillion — March 25: 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 111 W. Main St. Event features bingo, other kids’ games, raffle, silent auction and food.

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Ham bingo at Immaculate Conception, Columbia Heights — March 24: 2:30 to 4:30 and 6:30 to 8:30 at 4030 Jackson St. N.E. Play for cash and hams. Food and

Gaelic Mass at St. Alphonsus, Brooklyn Center — March 17: The Feast of St. Patrick will be celebrated in Gaelic a 8 a.m. at 7025 Halifax Ave. N. Father Peter Connolly will be the celebrant. Refreshments to follow. Annual Hibernian St. Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul — March 17: 9:30 a.m. at 239 Selby Ave. Archbishop Harry Flynn will be the celebrant. Special Mass and brunch for persons with disabilities at St. Edward, Bloomington — March 17: 9 a.m. at 9401 Nesbett Ave. S. Entertainment by Kitchen Kut-Ups. For information, call (952) 835-7101. Knights of Columbus traveling rosary at Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Maplewood — March 18: 2 p.m. at 1725 Kennard St. Healing Mass at Lumen Christi, St. Paul — March 19: Rosary at 7 p.m. and Mass at 7:30 p.m. at 2055 Bohland Ave. Father Jim Livingston will be the celebrant. Knights of Columbus traveling rosary at St. Agnes, St. Paul — March 25: 2 p.m. at 548 Lafond Ave.

Sant’Egidio Community Evening Prayer at St. Richard, Richfield — every Thursday: 7 p.m. at 7540 Penn Ave. S. Legion of Mary prayers in front of Planned Parenthood, St. Paul — Every Friday: 3 p.m.

Lenten Taizé prayer service at Cretin-Derham Hall School, St. Paul — March 18: 7 p.m. at 550 S. Albert St. The service will be led by Father Ray East and David Haas.

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Counting your blessings Celia Hager, left, and other members of the youth group at St. Pius X in White Bear Lake taped cards to a wall inside the church building March 11 that were hand-written by parishioners and children in the faith formation program. People attending all weekend Masses March 10 and 11 were invited to write down blessings in their lives, which the youth group members, in turn, taped to a wall around a sign that reads, “Discover Your Blessings.” At right is Jacob Hannsmann, another member of the youth group. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

Christians in Syria live in fear of persecution, say officials By Judith Sudilovsky

and Jordan.

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In an email from Beirut, Bishara said approximately 2,000 Syrian refugees have fled into Lebanon; most of them are Sunni Muslims who have found refuge with relatives.

Christians in Syria live in fear of a repeat of persecution like what was seen in Iraq, said officials of the Pontifical Mission for Palestine. “The same pattern like in Iraq is reemerging, as Islamic militants are now kidnapping and killing Christians in Syria,” said Issam Bishara, vice president of the Pontifical Mission and regional director for Lebanon and Syria. “Christians are concerned about the repercussions of the events taking place in the region. They fear that the experiences of Iraq and Lebanon — which took place against the backdrop of a civil war — could play out again in their own lands. These concerns haunt the Syrian Christians.” “We lost Christians in Iraq; if we lose [them] in Syria, what will happen to Christians in the Middle East?” said Ra’ed Bahou, the Pontifical Mission’s regional diCNS photo / Jamal Saidi, Reuters rector for Jordan and Iraq. “Christians are leaving the region, and we have to work A Syrian boy and other refugees who fled the violence in Syria are seen at a temporary to reduce this loss. Time is not with us. shelter in a school in the Wadi Khaled area of northern Lebanon March 7. [Syria] is the last castle of Christianity in the Middle East. If they start emigrating have been stopped from leaving the city regime collapses — and it could collapse from Syria, it is the beginning of the end by anti-government forces. He said they at any time — Christians are afraid for were forced into the mosque, where they their future,” Bahou said. of Christianity in this area.” He said the Jordanian government has In a March 7 telephone interview with have been used as human shields by rebel Catholic News Service, Bahou said there forces as protection against attacks by gov- placed the number of refugees entering Jordan at about 80,000; about 10,000 have are no official statistics, but an estimated ernment troops. crossed the borders unofficially. Most of 200 Christians were among the recent Uncertain future the refugees have sought haven in border wave of Syrian refugees entering Jordan. Bahou said Syria has an estimated 1.5 towns, many with family and friends, he He said many of those same refugees earmillion Christians, and many of the Chris- said. lier had fled Iraq for Syria. Since late February, the Pontifical Mis“They are refugees from one country to tians are concerned about what their situanother. It is everywhere now, not just in ation will be like in a future Syria should sion office in Amman also has started to Jordan. Also in Lebanon and Turkey. This the current regime of Bashar al-Assad col- see an increase in the number of refugees population movement is also creating a lapse. As they were in Egypt, the minority coming to the office, said Bahou. Christian community in Syria is regarded Based on the Pontifical Mission’s previchanging Middle East,” Bahou said. as allied with the ruling secular regime, ous experience with the Iraqi refugees, he In an email interview, Bishara said more which, although it is a dictatorship, en- estimated it would cost $20 million to care than 200 Christians have been killed in sured freedom of religion. Christians fear for all the Syrian refugees now in Jordan. the violent confrontations between govretribution from anti-government and ex- So far, he said, the only incoming funds ernment soldiers and rebels in the Syrian tremist Islamic forces, Bahou said. have been a half million dollars donated city of Homs. “Usually [totalitarian] regimes support by the Irish government to provide aid In addition, he said, Christian residents of the Homs neighborhood of Hamidiya minorities to gain their support. If the for all Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Turkey

He said the Sisters of the Good Shepherd have met with about 150 Syrian Christians from Homs who took refuge in Lebanon in addition to about 50 families who escaped to Damascus. He said the parish priest of the Lebanese village of Qaa, Father Eliane Nasrallah, reported that some 40 Christian families found refuge at their relatives’ homes within his parish and are in dire need of assistance. The Pontifical Mission for Palestine is the Vatican’s relief and development agency for the Middle East. It is under the auspices of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, which has offices in New York and in Ottawa, Ontario.

‘Confusion and dismay’ In an appeal in mid-February, after a visit to Syria, Franciscan Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, custos of the Holy Land, spoke of the embattled Franciscan friars who remained in Syria. He described an atmosphere of “total confusion and dismay,” with water and electrical shortages that had caused businesses to close. He also said an international embargo seriously affected farmers, who were unable to export their goods. “In these months of great tension, when Syria is being torn apart by internal clashes, and where the conflict seems to be assuming more and more the form of a civil war, the Franciscans . . . are committed to supporting the local Christian population,” he wrote. “The medical dispensaries in the Franciscan monasteries, following the tradition of the Custody, have become places of refuge and hospitality for everyone, regardless of whether they are Alawite, Sunni, Christian, rebels or government supporters.”


MARCH 15, 2012 • THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT St. John student honored for her summer program

Catholic sweep: Cadets and Red Knights win puck titles

Julia Prins, a fifth-grader at St. John the Baptist School in Savage, is a recipient of the Star of the North Award, given by Rep. John Kline (RMinn.). Prins is honored for her “Girls of Summer” program that she created and organized last summer with her friends, most of whom are her classmates at school. The girls got together on Wednesdays during The the summer, often Catholic Spirit at the Prins home in Prior Lake, to do fun activities and service projects. Their acts of service included collecting and donating food to a local food shelf, making and collecting items for local charities and sponsoring a water well in Africa. An article on Prins and “Girls of Summer” appeared in the July 13, 2011 edition of The Catholic Spirit. To see the story online, visit THE CATHOLICSPIRIT.COM.

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Carter Eckerline, a senior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, tries to pump up the crowd at the Class AA boys state hockey championship game March 10 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul with a message about sophomore Jack Jablonski, who was injured in late December while playing for the school’s junior varsity squad and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. Jablonski watched from a private suite in his wheelchair as the Red Knights defeated Hill-Murray School from Maplewood, 5-1, and won their first Class AA championship, finishing the season with a record of 25-6. The Pioneers, playing in their second championship game in the last three years (they won in 2010), finished at 24-7.

St. Thomas Academy heroes collect seven tons of food

Photos by Dave Hrbacek The Catholic Spirit

Junior forward Grant Besse of Benilde-St. Margaret’s scores one of his five goals against HillMurray junior goalie John Dugas. He finished the tournament with eight goals and two assists to lead all scorers. Besse scored a total of 52 goals this season.

Students at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights received the “Heroes in the Making Award” from Minnesota FoodShare for their 2011 Advocacy of the Hungry Food Drive. Cadets collected seven tons of food for St. Paul-based nonprofit Neighborhood House. The 2011 food drive set the one-time donation record for Neighborhood House, surpassing the school’s 2010 donation that held the record previously. STA’s campus ministers will be honored Friday, March 30, during halftime at the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball game.

Epiphany School captures DOLE Flash Mob Contest A video produced by Epiphany School in Coon Rapids was chosen as the winner of the DOLE Fruit Flash Mob National School Contest. The victory earned the school a $1,000 prize, which was presented by DOLE officials at the school March 8. To view the video on YouTube, visit

Local pro-life advocate tries new way to reach women In an ongoing effort to reach women in crisis pregnancies, local pro-life activist Kalley Yanta of Holy Family in St. Louis Park recently produced a video on YouTube entitled “URWORTHIT.” To view the video, visit HTTP://YOUTU.BE/XHKTT/QVOBDM.

Long-time hockey coach Larson wins prep award

Players from St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights show off the state Class A championship trophy to their fans and fellow Cadets after defeating Hermantown, 5-1, in the finals March 10 at the Xcel Energy Center. It was the second straight year the Cadets downed Hermantown in the title game. St. Thomas Academy finished the season with a record of 26-5. It was the second straight week the school won a state title. On March 3, the boys swimming team captured the Class A championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

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Former high school hockey coach Bart Larson, a parishioner at St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis, received the Cliff Thompson Award for long-term contributions to hockey. He coached for 36 years in the Edina High School system, both as a head coach and as an assistant to legendary coach Willard Ikola, then came out of retirement to coach nine more years at Eastview High School in Apple Valley. Larson received his award March 8 at the state tournament.

The Catholic Spirit March 15, 2012

Featured: Discover housing options and services for seniors Pages 2B-5B

Learn something new in classes for people over 50 Page 6B

Find out about groups and activities for single seniors Page 7B

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To our readers The descriptions of senior housing and other services in this section were provided by the facilities and service agencies, which are responsible for the accuracy of the content. — The Catholic Spirit

‘Alone’ — solace for grieving “Alone/For All Those Who Grieve” by W. F. (Bill) Cento is a collection of poems and prose about coping with the strain of caregiving, and then the grief and healing after the loved one’s death. It seeks to help those who suffer a grievous loss to work through grief and find a new life. Read about the gutwrenching moment when the author’s wife is near death and whispers in his ear, “Take me to Heaven.” Reviewers write: “heart-wrenching and heartwarming” . . . “read it just for the beauty of the writing” . . . ”extremely touching” . . . “find solace in his words.” Order on-line at WWW.ITASCABOOKS.COM or call 800-901-3480, ext. 118.

Benedictine Health System Based in Duluth, the Benedictine Health System is a nationally recognized leader in Catholic long-term care in the upper Midwest, with 10 senior housing campuses in the Metro area, including: Benedictine Health Center at Innsbruck, New Brighton; Benedictine Health Center of Minneapolis; Benedictine Senior Living at Steeple Pointe, Osseo; Cerenity Senior Care, five campuses in St. Paul and White Bear Lake; and St. Gertrude’s Health and Rehabilitation Center, Shakopee. BHS also has more than a dozen campuses in greater Minnesota. BHS communities provide services in skilled nursing, assisted and independent living, in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation and therapy, short-term stay (transitional care), memory care, home health and adult day. For more information, visit WWW.BHSHEALTH.ORG.

Epiphany Senior Housing Epiphany senior Housing is a nurturing and caring senior housing community located in Coon Rapids, just minutes north of the Minneapolis metro. Pines Senior Housing overlooks a pond and wildlife setting. It is in a convenient area to access. Our philosophy of care at Epiphany Assisted Living is founded on the belief that every resident deserves to be treated with respect, dignity and hospitality. Our residents have a choice of where they want to live and our goal is to exceed their expectations every day with unsurpassed service. The quality of life for each resident is enhanced by nurturing the spirit of one’s self-esteem, preserving one’s dignity, and by providing a secure environment for one’s protection and privacy. For more information, call (763) 755-0320.

St. Therese Southwest St. Therese Southwest is a retirement communitylocated in Hopkins on 14 breathtaking acres of weeping willows and walking paths. The campus provides the feeling of living in the country with the benefit of being close to the city. We provide a spiritual environment in which people of all faiths are welcome. Catholic Mass is offered, as well as Protestant services weekly. Lifestyle options include: independent living, assisted living, memory care, and adult day program. For more information, please call (952) 933-3333 or visit WWW.STTHERESESW.COM. Also, now open, taking reservations: A retirement community for adults 62-plus in Minnetonka’s Glen Lake neighborhood. For more information and brochures, call (952) 607-3706 or visit WWW.THEGLENNSENIORHOUSING.COM.

Saint Therese Experience the Blessing of Saint Therese — with communities in New Hope, Brooklyn Park and Shoreview. Saint Therese, established in 1968, is a Catholic nonprofit serving seniors with a full continuum of care. In addition to pleasant, carefree apartment living, dependable assisted living services and expert nursing care, Saint Therese has also become a leader in rehabilitative therapy for those recuperating from a surgery. Saint Therese at St. Odilia is a unique campus where individuals with chronic or terminal illnesses are provided with palliative care services in a serene setting near St. Odilia Church. Visit WWW.STTHERESEMN.ORG or call (763) 531-5000 for detailed information.

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Cerenity Senior Care — Marian of Saint Paul Cerenity Senior Care — Marian of Saint Paul is the only Catholic continuum of care community in the East Metro offering all levels of senior care and housing. Cerenity Marian offers independent and assisted living; transitional care; adult day services; skilled nursing; memory care assisted living; and enhanced assisted living. Mass is held six days a week in our beautiful adjacent Chapel of St. Mary. Rosary also is available. Our full-time chaplain assists residents and their families as spiritual needs arise. Cerenity Marian is across the street from Mounds Park. For tours or more information, please call (651) 793-2100 or visit WWW.CERENITYSENIORCARE.ORG.

Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapels is the oldest family-owned funeral business in Minnesota. Established in 1857, before Minnesota became a state, WashburnMcReavy is a fourth generation business. Quality, personal service, and funeral and cremation services are available at all of our chapels. Call (612) 377-2203 for a brochure or visit WWW.WASHBURN-MCREAVY.COM.

Ecumen Lakeview Commons invites you to experience the warmth and rewards of living in a beautiful and natural setting nestled in the trees. Ecumen Lakeview Commons is located on the corner of McKnight and Maryland right across from Beaver Lake in Maplewood. You can be as independent as you wish or use our services to meet your needs. We offer traditional and enhanced assisted living and memory care. Our great food, spiritual socialization and fitness programs, plus regular bus outings keep residents happy and as busy as they desire. Come and tour Lakeview Commons and decide if we can be your next home. Call at (651) 770-1111 to set up a tour.

Nokomis Square Cooperative Nokomis Square Cooperative is nestled in a comfortable and quiet south Minneapolis neighborhood. Ideally situated between Lake Nokomis and Minnehaha Park, you’ll have just a short walk to a postoffice, library, several banks, churches, supermarket and shops. We’re convenient to public transportation, including the Hiawatha Light Rail Line. Our solid concrete and steel construction and experienced maintenance staff provide a carefree, well-kept environment. Join a community that works to encourage independence and enhance daily living with outstanding amenities and many opportunities to enjoy life. From the seven-floor atrium to underground parking, you’ll love calling Nokomis Square Cooperative “home.”

John E. Trojack Law Office, P.A. Using counseling-oriented estate planning, John E. Trojack and his associate attorney, Joseph E. Trojack, will work hard to help you give “what you own, to whom you want, when you want, and the way you want.” To ensure an “estate plan that works,” they help you establish and maintain a formal updating program. And, the office assures you of fullydisclosed and controlled costs. For more information, call (651) 451-9696.

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St. Benedict’s Senior Community — Monticello

Regina Medical Center in historic Hastings Located in scenic Hastings, Regina Medical Center offers a truly unique care experience. Along with an on-site hospital and clinics, Regina offers a modern Assisted Living facility, Memory Care communities, Care Suites, Nursing Home, Transitional Care and an Adult Day program, all on one campus. Regina has been caring for seniors since 1965 and is proud to carry on its Christian tradition of caring for the whole person — mind, body and spirit. To learn more about Regina Senior Living, give us a call at (651) 4804333.

St. Benedict’s Senior Community’s mission is “Our actions are guided by the belief that ‘All Shall Be Treated as Christ.’” With foundational values and beliefs rooted in the tradition of the Catholic faith, St. Benedict’s Senior Community welcomes people of all faiths. Our campus features: ■ Retirement, assisted living and memory care apartments. ■ Amenities such as a chapel, theater, general store, fitness center, club room and enclosed outdoor courtyard. Call (763) 295-4051 for a tour.

Crest View Senior Communities — celebrating 60 years serving older adults Crest View Senior Communities is a faithbased not-for-profit organization that has been providing services to older adults since 1952. Crest View Senior Community in Columbia Heights offers a continuum of care and service, including senior housing, assisted living, home care, memory care, rehab care and skilled nursing care. Crest View is developing a new campus of service for older adults in the city of Blaine. To receive information, please call (763) 782-1601 or visit us at WWW.CRESTVIEWCARES.ORG.

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“a heart-wrenching and spirit-lifting account of his days as spouse and caregiver.” —The Catholic Spirit Alone is a helpful companion to anyone grieving a loss. This beautiful little book is used successfully in grief groups, grief workshops, caregiving support groups, and any church group serving congregants coping with the loss or imminent loss of a spouse. One man’s loss is explored through narrative and poetry

Gianna Homes

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A highly-trained team of health care professionals ensure than residents at Gianna Homes receive the best care available. The RNs, CNAs and physical therapists, along with musical and massage therapists and staff members provide nurturing stimulation, prayer, laughter and friendship around the clock. Gianna Homes embraces a wholelife approach to care for seniors with memory loss. Come and see for yourself the spirit that permeates our home. For more information, call Anne Marie Hansen, president and founder of Gianna Homes, at (952) 988-0953 or e-mail her at ANNE@GIANNA HOMES.ORG or visit our website at WWW.GIANNAHOMES.ORG.

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Fully Escorted + Your YMT Chaplain, Fr. Rex Familar! Explore historic Rome. Start with an audience with Pope Benedict XVI (subject to his schedule) followed by a city tour of Rome including the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Colosseum. Your second visit to the Vatican includes a private Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, the Vatican museum and Sistine Chapel. Tour the ruins at Pompeii with Mass at Our Lady of the Rosary in Pompeii. Continue to San Giovanni Rotondo with Mass at the tomb of St. Pio. Visit the Convent of Santa Maria Della Grazie and museum of St. Pio. Visit the Grotto of St. Michael in Monte Sant’Angelo, Lanciano, San Francesco church, and celebrate a private Mass at the Sanctuario Della Santa Casa De Loreto (Basilica contains a stone hut-house where Mary lived). Your Catholic Pilgrimage continues to Assisi with a half day sightseeing tour including a visit to Santa Chiara Church, St. Mary of the Angels, and a private Mass at St. Francis Basilica, Assisi. Travel across the beautiful Tuscan countryside for a half-day guided tour of Florence with a visit and private Mass at one of the greatest Gothic buildings in Italy, The Duomo Di Orvieto, whose construction was completed in 1290. Depart for home Thursday, September 20, 2012. Includes 17 meals. Your chaplain is Father Rex Familiar, Parochial Vicar at St. John Vianney, in Orlando, Florida. This will be Fr. Rex’s second YMT Pilgrimage. *Price per person, double occupancy. Single room with no roommate: add only $400. Airfare is extra.

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MARCH 15, 2012 • THE CATHOLIC SPIRIT two-bedroom apartments, community spaces and a lively resident council that organizes social events. Call (651) 288-3931 for a tour.

Episcopal Homes Episcopal Homes has a variety of senior housing available in St. Paul. Following is a brief description of senior living residences. For more information on any home, visit WWW.EPISCOPALHOMES.ORG. Episcopal Church Home Nursing and short-term rehab care in a faith-based, not-for-profit. Medicare/Medicaid certified. Our mission is to support each individual’s physical, social and spiritual needs. Weekly Catholic Communion and rosary, plus monthly Catholic Mass. Call (651) 646-4061 for a tour. Iris Park Commons “A Community of Heart” with 59 one/two bedroom and studio apartments and a flexible menu of Assisted Living services for age 62-plus. Catholic Communion every Sunday, plus weekly Communion. Call (651) 646-1026 for a tour. Cornelia House Gracious living for independent adults age 62-plus. We offer 47 one- or

Seabury Affordable independent living, age 62-plus. Recognized as one of the finest HUD-subsidized senior housing facilities in the nation. Forty-nine one-bedroom apartments with central air conditioning. Call (651) 379-5102 for a tour. Carty Heights Affordable independent living for age 62-plus at University and Lexington. Forty-nine one-bedroom air conditioned apartments. Call (651) 288-1142 for a tour. Kings Crossing Affordable independent living for age 62-plus. They’re located above the shops of Frogtown Square at University & Dale. Residents enjoy the same priority access to our programs and services as residents of our home campus. Fortynine one-bedroom air-conditioned apartments. Call (651) 493-4606 for a tour.

Footworks Footworks is a licensed home health care agency that specializes in basic foot care for seniors in the privacy of their homes. Foot-care sessions consist of soaking feet, trimming toenails, buffing down corns and calluses, and foot massage for circulation. Footworks is owned and operated by Shelly, who formerly worked in the health care field for 18 years. All employees are either nurses or nurse aides, with special training in foot care. Footworks offers complimentary foot care seminars to senior groups, community centers, etc.

MJ Properties of Saint Paul, LLLP Walk to daily Mass when you live at 1440 Randolph Avenue in St. Paul’s Highland Park. Newly Remodeled and value-priced apartments perfect for today’s independent senior 55-plus. Adjacent to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, we provide a quiet, simple, yet elegant living atmosphere for independent seniors of 55 and better who wish to “stay in the neighborhood” or live in close proximity to a Catholic church and the sacraments. Other features include: new modernized elevator, underground heated parking and outside garages, state-of-the-art monitored, smoke and carbon monoxide detection, new appliances, a friendly on-site management team, mini health clinic, fitness center and resident lounge with wireless access and cable TV — great for anyone on a budget for good value! For more information or to schedule a showing, please call MJ Properties of Saint Paul (651) 690-4961.

Rosoto Villa Rosoto Villa is a 55-plus independent community, conveniently located at 1901 Desoto St., just east of 35E at Roselawn and Desoto in Maplewood, within walking distance to St. Jerome Church. We offer in-home washer/dryer, large eat-in kitchen, underground parking and storage lockers included, community room, guest suite, bus to shopping, activities and exercise room. Rosoto Villa is independent living at its finest. Visit our Web site at WWW.AZUREPROPERTIES.COM or call (651) 771-4464 for a tour.

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Epiphany Assisted Living & Memory Care 10955 Hanson Blvd., NW Coon Rapids

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Ecumen Lakeview Commons offers you Traditional and Enhanced Assisted Living Memory Care Call for a tour at (651) 770-1111 Located in Maplewood at 1200 Lakewood Drive N. (corner of McKnight and Maryland)

The University of St. Thomas Selim Center for Learning in Later Years released its spring schedule of educational programs and short courses that are tailored for those 50 years of age and older. Programs range from dinner and lunch discussions to six-session short courses. The programs are designed to be affordable, with fees ranging from $15 to $70. Following is an overview of the courses to be offered during March, April and May: Short Courses: These lecture programs generally meet once a week for six weeks and are taught by faculty and community experts. Topics and speakers are: “Music’s in the Air!” with Susan Anderson-Benson; “Buddhisms: What the Buddha Thought and What Buddhists Believe” with Stephen Laumakis; “A Virtual Tour of Europe” with six lecturers; “The Great Depression” with Michael Mikolajczak and Robert Riley; “Crime Control in America” with Peter Parilla; and “Fables, Folklore and Fantasy” with Charles Nelson. (Note: The course on “World Politics in Our Time: The End of the American Era?” with Nicholas Hayes is filled.) Lunch’n Explore lecture and luncheon programs: Arthur Zannoni will lead a March 30 discussion of “The Second Vatican Council: The Council That Changed the Catholic Church,” and Gerry Smyth

will speak at “Lunch With an Irish Poet” on April 16. Dinner Discourse: “Communication and Intimacy as We Age” will be led April 19 by Jon Nussbaum, professor of communication arts at Penn State University. Pathways to Understanding: This new annual series is designed to help participants better understand current world conflicts. Journalist Eric Black will lead the inaugural program, “Parallel Realities of the Israeli-Arab Conflict,” that will be offered on Thursday evenings, April 26 to May 10. Distinguished Educator Award and Program: This annual program will honor musician Joan Griffith for her many contributions to lifelong learning and the Selim Center. The program will be held May 17 and will include Griffith’s interview and performance with jazz vocalist Connie Evingson, followed by a dessert reception. Consultation Services: The Selim Center also offers one-to-one peer consultation services that recently was expanded to include personal-computer consultation and legal and financial planning. For more information, including a schedule of programs that will be offered between March and May, call the center at (651) 9625188 or visit the center’s Web site at WWW.STTHOMAS.EDU/SELIMCENTER.

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Saint Therese, a faith-based senior care and housing organization, recently acquired At Home Solutions, LLC, an independent home health care company. The decision to partner with At Home Solutions came as a result of years of strategic planning to expand Saint Therese’s services beyond the walls of its campuses, according to a statement from Saint Therese. Board members and staff at Saint Therese, as well as individuals from At Home Solutions worked tirelessly to implement this partnership. “At Home Solutions will strengthen Saint Therese’s full continuum of care model as it reaches out to individuals in their home, offering them 44 years of trusted experience,� said Barbara Rode, Saint Therese president and CEO. Now called At Home Solutions by Saint Therese, the company has been serving individuals throughout the seven-county metro area since 2006. It provides individuals with an array of caregiver support and home health care services, including meal planning and preparation, medication reminders and management, family respite,

grooming assistance, safety monitoring and hospice support. At Home Solutions by Saint Therese is designed to provide a reliable option for those aging seniors who want to maintain their independence and live in their own home as long as possible. Saint Therese is a nonprofit faith-based organization that has focused on the wellbeing of individuals since it opened in 1968. It provides a continuum of care that includes assisted living, rehabilitation and fitness, memory care, transitional care, senior housing, in-home services and palliative care. Saint Therese has campuses in New Hope, Brooklyn Park and Shoreview. To learn more about the organization and services, visit STTHERESEMN.ORG.

Groups and activities for single seniors There’s more for seniors online. Tips on health care, money, housing and more, plus stories to keep you young at heart.

Every year, parishes and other groups are planning more activities for single seniors across the archdiocese. Among the ongoing events in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are:

Sunday Spirits The Sunday Spirits walking group was formed for 50-plus Catholic singles to meet and make friends. The group gathers on Sunday afternoons in St. Paul. For information on joining the group, call Judy at (763) 221-3040 or Al at (651) 482-0406.

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Monthly 50-plus potluck Second Sunday supper Single seniors are invited every second Sunday of the month for a Second Sunday Supper event at St. Joan of Arc in Minneapolis. The event includes a social hour, dinner and a different program each month. More information is available online at WWW.SECONDSUNDAY.ORG.

A potluck takes place monthly at St. Joseph in New Hope for 50-plus singles to gather for a meal, social hour and entertainment. For information about attending this event, call (763) 439-5940. Look for ongoing and special events for seniors in the “Calendar.� Turn to page 21A.


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651-501-0624 FOOTWORKS Licensed and Insured

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Senior Housing



that respects the dignity of each resident. Mission Statement

Welcome Home! Mind. Body. Spirit.

At Gianna Homes we lovingly care for them all.

At Gianna Homes we maintain an environment that nurtures and embraces life for our residents, changing the journey with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias from a “long - goodbye” to a more positive life experience.

Serving our Community for over 12 years.

952.988.0953 • Minnetonka, Minnesota

Make spring cleaning last longer By StatePoint Media Maintaining a clean home can seem like an exercise in futility, especially for parents, pet owners and seniors. If the constant struggle gets you down, it’s time to explore ways to save time and effort in your cleaning routines. Clutter can spread faster than wildfire. Avoid letting the details of your life take over every surface by giving everything a proper place. Create a mail center and deal with mail as soon as you get home. A nearby recycling bin will encourage immediate disposal of junk mail. Consider reducing your pile by receiving bills and bank statements electronically and stop catalogs. Don’t be a hoarder. Periodically assess your closet. If you have clothing that doesn’t fit, is fraying, or out of date, get rid of it. You don’t need to take up valuable closet space with unusable garments. Art projects gone awry, muddy dog paws, party fouls. Anyone with a pet, kids or a love of red wine knows that fabric stains on furniture, pillows and blankets can happen all too easily. And once items are stained, they’ll never look clean again. But you don’t need to constantly

flip those cushions. “All it takes is a staple gun and some special fabric to turn your bar stool or dining room chair into a new piece of furniture that will repel stains and moisture,” said Randy Rubin, co-founder of Crypton, a textile manufacturer that develops ecofriendly fabrics that are stain, liquid and odor-causing bacteria resistant. Consider outfitting your home with such stain-proof fabrics.

Muscle out mold Mold is not only an eyesore; it poses a number of health risks. And cleaning it is a big job that can be expensive. Avoid mold build-up by following some simple steps. Test the humidity level of each room, including closets. If your Relative Humidity (RH) is 55 percent or higher, invest in a dehumidifier. Fix leaky faucets immediately, and use a fan or open a window when taking a shower. Inspect your roof twice yearly, keep your chimney free of cracks and clean your gutters regularly. The key to cleanliness is prevention. Take steps this spring to eliminate extra work in the future.

Don’t miss often overlooked cleaning spots By StatePoint Media Spring is in the air and for many it’s time for seasonal cleaning. While you’re unlikely to forget your kitchen, there are many spots that are easy to overlook. Home electronics, computers and smoke detectors need upkeep, too. First, say goodbye to dust. Many electronics sit in the open, which means dust and grime. Because those items are delicate, you can’t clean them as you would furniture or knick knacks. Compressed air, found at any PC store, works to rid keyboards of dust between and below the keys. Never use paper-based cloth to dust speakers, televisions and other electronics. The wood fibers can scratch equipment. Instead, gently wipe these surfaces using a microfiber or electrostatic cloth.

And don’t forget to look behind stereo equipment and televisions to ensure vents and exhausts are free of dust and to clean connections of grime. Internet browsing habits, application installations, and general daily use of your computer can also clutter your machine, making it sluggish. Rather than buying a new computer, tweak your current one to save time and money. Take this opportunity to optimize your home’s smoke, carbon monoxide and radon detectors. Replace the batteries and test them to ensure they are working. They can easily get clogged with dust, affecting performance and sensitivity. With a soft brush attachment, gently vacuum the equipment to remove dust build-up. Sorting out the closet may get top billing on your list, but cleaning and testing home detectors could save your life.

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