By Jimmy Patterson
SAN ANGELO — Vicki Thorn described a hypothetical conversation that recently occurred at her house to a group of almost 200 attending the Gospel of Life Conference in San Angelo, March 24.
“My husband walked in and our daughter, who had been talking to me about a friend who was pregnant, looked at her father and said, ‘Dad, if I was pregnant, what would you do?” Thorn recalled.
Without missing a beat, Thorn said her husband told their daughter, “Well, first thing, we’d call Sister Martha to see about you staying in school, and then we’d go to the doctor to make sure everything is OK.”
It is that kind of parental reaction, Thorn said, that we need to see more of if we ever hope to begin making a dent in reversing abortion numbers.
“We need to tell our children that there are worse things that can happen to you than getting pregnant,” Thorn said.
Thorn, founder of the Project Rachel Post-Abortion Support Ministry keynoted the Gospel of Life Conference, co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus National Headquarters. Thorn noted that one in three women have had at least one abortion by age 45.
“We all know someone who has had an abortion,” she said. “There is a reason the Pro-life movement is incredible and impassioned and it’s not because it’s a philosophical debate. If it were we’d all be polite. It’s a heart issue and because it is, everyone feels compassion and we have to recognize that. We have to understand the opposition, many of whom are walking wounded, women who have had their own abortion.”
Thorn said women carry cells in them from every child they ever conceive for at least 40 years.
“These cells are everywhere in their body and are active. It is physically impossible for her to forget the children that have been in her womb.
“No child is a mistake and we need to tell that. We don’t need to tell them if they come home pregnant they’re outta here. They need to know if they become pregnant we’ll stand with you.”
The conference was co-presented by San Angelo Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer, who also spoke briefly on the devastating effects of abortion, as well as on his recently completed ad limina visit with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.
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14 — SAN ANGELO, Holy Angels – 3:00 p.m. Mass for Criminal Justice Retreat
14 — SAN ANGELO, Holy Angels - Confirmation at 5:30 p.m.
15 — OZONA, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Confirmation, 11 am.
20 — ODESSA, Holy Redeemer –Confirmation at 6:30 pm.
21 — ODESSA, St. Elizabeth – Diaconal Ordination of Francis Onyekozuru
22 — WALL, St. Ambrose – Confirmation at 9:00 a m.
22-24 — AUSTIN, Meeting of Texas Bishops and Banquet of Diocesan Council of Catholic Women
26 — ROWENA, St. Joseph – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
27 — SAN ANGELO, CCD Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m.
28 — MIDLAND, St. Ann – Confirmation at 5:00 pm.
29 — BROWNWOOD, St. Ann Confirmation, 11:00 a.m.
1-2 -- HOUSTON, Episcopal Ordination of Bishop George Sheltz
3 -- BALLINGER, St. Mary – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
4 -- ABILENE, Sacred Heart – Diaconal Ordination of Lorenzo Hatch at 6:30 p.m.
5 -- SAN ANGELO, Sacred Heart – Confirmation at 5:00 p.m.
6 -- SONORA, St. Ann – Confirmation at 10:30 a.m.
7-8 -- HOUSTON, Kenedy Board Meeting
9 -- MIDLAND, San Miguel Arcangel – Confirmation at 6:30 pm
10 -- ABILENE, Holy Family – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
11 -- ODESSA, St. Elizabeth – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
12-13 -- SAN ANTONIO, Premiere of Fr. Ted Pfeifer’s
14 -- OLFEN, St. Boniface -Diaconal Ordination Sam Matthiesen at 6:30 p.m.
15 -- ABILENE, St. Vincent – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
16 -- BIG LAKE, St. Margaret – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
17 -- ABILENE, Holy Family - Diaconal Ordination of Innocent Eziefule at 6:30 pm.
19 -- ODESSA, St. Joseph – Confirmation at 7:00 p.m.
20 -- ANDREWS, O.L. of Lourdes –Confirmation at 10:30 a.m.
21 -- SAN ANGELO, Diocesan Pastoral Center – Staff Mass at 8:30 a.m. and Staff meeting at 11:00 a.m.
22 -- STANTON, St. Joseph – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
23 -- MERTZON, St. Peter – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
24 -- COLEMAN, Sacred Heart – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
25 -- SAN ANGELO, Sacred Heart Cathedral – Priestly Ordination of Brother Martin Mary Hubbs, O.Carm. at 11:00 a.m.
26 -- MIDLAND, O.L. Guadalupe –Confirmation at 5:00 p.m.
27 -- ROWENA, St.Joseph – Mass for 50th Priestly Anniversary of Monsignor Bernard Gully at 9:30 a.m.
28 -- SAN ANGELO, Sacred Heart Cathedral – Memorial Day Mass at 9:00 a.m.
29 -- June 1, SAN ANGELO, Christ the King Retreat Center – Priests Retreat
Christ the King
1 -- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
4-6 -- Encounter the Cross Retreat
7 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Group
8 -- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
11-12 -- First Methodist Church of Midland
14 -- DRE, CRE Reflection Day
14 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Group
15-18 -- DOSA Good Leaders, Good Shepherds
18-20 -- Engaged Encounter Weekend
20 -- Natural Family Planning Class
21 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
22 -- Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
28 -- Memorial Day Holiday – CKRC Office Closed
28 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
29-31 -- DOSA Priests Retreat
None currently scheduled
7 -- Rev. Ray Carr, O.P. (2005)
8 -- Rev. Felix Cubelo (2007)
13 -- Rev. David Espitia (2003)
18 -- Rev. John Lucassen (1993)
20 -- Deacon William Smith (2003)
22 -- Rev. Msgr. Alvin Wilde (1996)
28 -- Bishop Stephen A. Leven (1983)
Web site changes
Parish information on the diocesan web site can only be accurate with your help. When you see changes that need to be made as they pertain to your parish on the diocesan web site (http://www.sanangelodiocese.org), please send those changes to JimmyLeePatterson@gmail.com.
The following clergy changes are effective April 13, 2012:
4 Fr. Serafin Avenido will become the pastor at St. Joseph and St. Agnes in Ft. Stockton and St. James in Sanderson.
4Fr. Joe Uecker will become temporary administrator of St. Joseph and St. Anthony in Odessa along with Mission San Martin de Porras.
Banquet of Hope
ODESSA -- Catholic Charities of Odessa, announces its annual "Banquet of Hope," from 6:30-8:30 p.m, Thursday, April 26, at the Odessa Country Club. Retired Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, former Bishop of San Angelo, will be the keynote speaker. He will discuss Catholic efforts and challenges to overcoming poverty in America. In addition to the Archbishop's address, the first annual presentation of the Sister Mary Thomas McNeela Award will be presented to Msgr. James Bridges, a former Odessa pastor. Fr. Bridges was one of the principal organizers of the organization in 1987. Catholic Charities is one of the principal private Ector Country charitable organizations. It serves needy individuals and families regardless of religious affiliation. It is funded by the Catholic people of Odessa, along with several other local Christian congregations. It is a United Way agency, and also receives grants from a number of charitable foundations as well as the US government. Through its Cory Learning Center, if offers GEDs for people needing a high school diploma. Its food pantry serves forty to sixty families daily. It offers tax and immigration services, and helps with rent, utilities and medical bills when funds are available. The organization also operates the Family Thrift Store at its location across from Odessa College. Banquet tables of eight are available for $500, and individual tickets can be purchased for $75 per person. For more information, contact Fr. Mark Woodruff at 432.367.4657.
Pro-Life Rosary in Midland
MIDLAND — Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer will preside over a pro-life Rosary in front of the Midland Planned Parenthood at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 8, 2012, a day when abortions are done at Planned Parenthood. The date also closely coincides with the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which is Sunday, June 10.
“The beautiful Feast of Corpus Christi, which has a long tradition in our Church, reminds us of the greatest gift Christ has left His Church, which is His own Body and Blood, and that by receiving His Body and Blood, we enrich our membership in the precious Body of Christ, linking us to all who are members of the Body of Christ, even to the precious little ones in the wombs of their mothers who are part of the sacred Body of Christ.'
Deacon to speak in Midland
Greg Hall, a deacon in the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and an engineering technology graduate of Texas A&M, is this year’s featured presenter at the, “An Evening With ...” fundraiser series, July 20, 2012, at the Midland County Horseshoe. The event will benefit the Midland non-profit, Centers for Children and Families.
Hall’s drilling technique was instrumental in the October 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners who had been trapped underground for more than two months.
Hall received a diploma in pastoral studies from St. Mary’s Seminary in December 2010 and was ordained a permanent deacon in February 2011.
Watch for additional details in upcoming issues of the Angelus.
The Angelus publishes the execution dates of Texas offenders on death row each month so that the faithful in the Diocese of San Angelo can pray for them. The following offenders face upcoming execution dates. Please pray for them as well as the victims, families and all who are affected by violence:
Offender/Scheduled Execution Day
Beunka Adams / April 26
Anthony Bartee / May 2
Steven Staley / May 16
Bobby Hines / June 6
Marcus Druery / August 1
Ramon Hernandez / November 14
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Bishop Michael Pfeifer, of the Diocese of San Angelo, leads a Good Friday procession, from St. Margarets Church to Christ the King Retreat Center. Fr. Joseph Choutapalli, pastor of St. Margarets, is seen at right.
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- During a Mass in which priests renew their promises of fidelity to Christ, Pope Benedict XVI firmly criticized dissent from church teachings and disobedience of God's will as illegitimate pathways toward reform and renewal.
Surrounded by more than 1,600 priests, bishops and cardinals, the pope cautioned against calls for women's ordination, saying such campaigns seemed more "a desperate push" to fulfill one's own preferences rather than a sincere attempt to conform one's life more closely to Christ.
During the April 5 chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, which focuses on Holy Thursday as the day Jesus shared his priesthood with the apostles, the pope said he wanted to use the occasion to ask all priests, including himself, to meditate upon what their consecration really means.
"Are you resolved to be more united with the Lord Jesus and more closely conformed to him," which entails a renunciation of oneself and "of the much-vaunted self-fulfillment," the pope asked.
Being Christ-like means not to be served but to serve, not taking but giving, he said.
If that is the nature of the priesthood, then what should be the response of priests when faced with "the often dramatic situation of the church today," the pope asked.
Without specifying the country, Pope Benedict said a group of priests from a European nation have issued a call for disobedience of church teaching, specifically regarding the question of women's ordination.
Last year the president of the Austrian bishops' conference, Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, condemned a "Call to Disobedience," signed by 250 of Austria's 4,200 Catholic priests. The document urged Catholics to begin a campaign in support of women priests and "priestless eucharistic liturgies," as well as for Communion to be given to non-Catholics and remarried divorcees.
Also, 311 theologians from Austria, Germany and Switzerland signed a memorandum last year demanding the ordination of women and married men, as well as an "open dialogue" on the church's "structures of power and communication."
Pope Benedict asked, "Is disobedience a path of renewal for the church?" adding that Blessed John Paul II taught "irrevocably that the church has received no authority from the Lord" to ordain women.
Pope Benedict said perhaps such campaigns are motivated by concern for the church and believe that "the slow pace of institutions has to be overcome by drastic measures, in order to open up new paths and bring the church up-to-date."
"But is disobedience really a way to do this?" the pope asked.
True renewal must be based on lives that are radically conformed to Christ and God's will, he said.
Christ did seek to correct errors in human traditions, the pope said, but only those customs that stifled God's word and will, seeking to eliminate "human caprice" so as to reveal God's authentic desire for his people.
Being humble, subservient, and obedient to God and following church teaching are not excuses "to defend inertia, the fossilization of traditions," the pope said.
The era following the Second Vatican Council showed what a process of "true renewal" looks like, and it can be seen in many of the new movements and ways of life that are "filled with the joy of faith, the radicalism of obedience, the dynamic of hope and the power of love," he said.
Presiding over the first of two Holy Thursday liturgies, Pope Benedict blessed the oils that will be used in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, ordination and the anointing of the sick.
Deacons carried the oils in large silver urns to the main altar while catechumens, youths preparing for confirmation, the sick and deacons about to be ordained in the Diocese of Rome wheeled small tables carrying large, artistic urns, which also contained sacramental oils.
In his homily, the pope called on all priests to continue to look to Christ and the saints for guidance in how best to serve and renew the church and minister to humanity.
"God is not concerned so much with great numbers and with outward successes, but achieves his victories under the humble sign of the mustard seed," the pope said.
He urged bishops and priests to remember their role as teachers and to use the upcoming Year of Faith to combat "the growing religious illiteracy found in the midst of our sophisticated society."
"We preach not private theories and opinions, but the faith of the church," he said. Accurate, authentic guides of what the church teaches can be found not only in sacred Scripture, but also the texts of Vatican II, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Pope John Paul II's writings, which "are still far from being explored," he said.
However, such teaching will only be credible when those preaching live lives that are visibly touched and shaped by Christ and his word, the pope said.
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Editor's Note: The text of the pope's homily in English is posted online at http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2012/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20120405_messa-crismale_en.html.