By Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI
The season of Advent consists of four weeks preceding Christmas, and are given to us by the Church as a time “to prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” [Mt.3]. What are we preparing for? First, we recall the first coming of our Divine Savior some 2,000 years ago when He was born on Christmas Day, when He took on human flesh and became one of us.
Secondly, Advent is a time to remember the final coming of the Lord whenever that might be for each one of us individually, and thirdly for coming at the end of time when Jesus our King will hand over every
thing to our eternal Father.
The immediate significance of Advent is a time to prepare ourselves during the next four weeks for the celebration of the birthday of Jesus Christ. This birthday of the God-man is unique in all of human history and everyone is invited to take part in celebrating the birthday of Christ on Christmas day.
There are many beautiful customs and prayers that we can use during this season of Advent to prepare for the coming of Christ on His birthday. One of the very special ways is for our churches and individual families to set up the Advent wreath. The Advent wreath is blessed on the First Sunday of Advent. On the Advent wreath are four candles to remind us of the four weeks of preparation for the birthday of the Lord. The Advent wreath is an old German tradition, and this sacramental is rich in meaning. It costs very little to prepare this beautiful Advent symbol.
The Advent wreath is a circle of evergreens made in various sizes. It can be suspended from the ceiling or placed on the table. The circular dimension of the wreath reminds us of God’s everlasting life to which we are called.
On the Advent are placed four candles, and as I already pointed out, each candle represents four weeks of preparation for the birthday of Christ. Three of these candles are purple, reminding us of the need for penance and to seek forgiveness during this season. The rose or pink candle is for the Third Sunday of Advent, and reminds us of the joy and hope that should be in our hearts as we prepare for the coming of Jesus who wants to fill us with peace and love.
The Advent wreath with the four candles reminds us to set aside time to prepare for the coming of Christ through prayer, reading the Scriptures about His promised coming and birth, to be more frequent in celebration of the Sacraments, especially Reconciliation and Eucharist, and to look at ways of how we can share our gifts with others so that we can all celebrate in a joyful manner the birthday of Christ. Celebrated in this spiritual manner, the wreath gives meaning and purpose to all the material celebrations of Advent and Christmas, and reminds us of the one who is the true reason for the season.
The circle of the Advent wreath is a symbol of eternal life and reminds us of the life of God that is without end and that we are called to share forever in the life with God our Father in Heaven because of all that Jesus did for us by being born, suffering, and dying on the cross and rising from the dead. May your Advent season be filled with new peace and joy.
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Government officials offer tips for better partnerships with nonprofits
DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- Speakers at a Dubuque forum focused on supporting and building effective partnerships on a range of issues: job creation, small business development, economic recovery, promoting healthy communities, fighting hunger, improving schools, promoting service and recovering from disasters. "The government can't take care of all of this alone. That is why President (Barack) Obama formed our office early in 2009 -- to help build the important relationships between government and community organizations," said Alexia Kelley, deputy director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, in her opening remarks. "That's also why we organized this series of regional gatherings so we can have face-to-face conversations so people can find the resources they need," she said. The Town Clock Center of Northeast Iowa Community College Dubuque was one of the U.S. regional sites for "Conversations and Partnership Opportunities" with the Obama administration's Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhoods Partnerships Aug. 16. This event followed the White House Rural Economic Forum held at the NICC campus in Peosta earlier in the day, hosted by Obama and members of his Cabinet. About 125 people from churches, faith-based and secular nonprofit organizations attended the panel discussion on "Connecting Communities for the Common Good."
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Parish serves as shelter for victims displaced by Texas wildfires
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Ascension Parish in Bastrop, Texas, has been serving as a shelter and a nerve center for relief efforts related to the ongoing Texas wildfires that have struck the state. As of Sept. 7, wildfires had been recorded for 296 straight days in drought-stricken Texas. But in the recent surge of such blazes in early September, more than 1,000 homes in the state had been destroyed and four deaths were attributed to the fires. "We're not turning anybody away," said Steve Venzon, one of four Ascension parishioners who are taking daily six-hour shifts in directing aid efforts at the church. The town of Bastrop and Bastrop County are in the heart of the fire zone in the 25-county Diocese of Austin, Texas. Ascension started housing its first evacuees Sept. 4 but quickly filled up its parish hall. Evacuees moved to the parish's religious education building, where 50 people were staying, Venzon told Catholic News Service in a Sept. 7 telephone interview. Venzon added that the religious education building had cots laid out for 200, and was expecting an upsurge in evacuees with the closure of a Red Cross emergency shelter. He said the parish, the Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were coordinating efforts; with a Sept. 7 federal declaration of disaster status for wildfire-stricken areas, FEMA is able to marshal more resources to help those affected by the fires. If the religious education building fills up with evacuees, Venzon said, they would return to the parish hall to add bed space. "After that, God help us," he added.
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Detroit's $135 million capital campaign aims to strengthen parishes
DETROIT (CNS) -- Strengthening the 270 parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit is the No. 1 priority of the $135 million stewardship campaign officially launched Sept. 6. Strong parishes make for a strong archdiocese and a strong church, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said as the multi-year "Changing Lives Together" campaign was rolled out before an audience of priests and lay representatives from throughout the archdiocese, plus members of the media. The campaign already has been conducted in a pilot wave of several parishes, but now will begin successive waves that will eventually involve every parish in the six counties that comprise the archdiocese. Seventy percent of the funds collected -- $95 million, if the campaign reaches its target -- will remain in the parishes of those who donate to the campaign, to be used for whatever purposes the parishes themselves have identified, such as fixing roofs and boilers, establishing new ministries or enhancing tuition assistance. "One of the most important things to me is that we all do this together, that we stop and think about the mission of (your) parish, and that we work together to accomplish what we need to do -- that we identify the resources we need for our mission," Archbishop Vigneron said during the Sept. 6 launch event at Our Lady on the River Parish in Marine City.
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Crying out to God is sign of faith, pope says at audience
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Crying out to God when one is in the grips of pain or fear is a sign of faith in God, Pope Benedict XVI said. A central tenet of faith is believing that the loving God is always close to his creatures and ready to reach out and save them, the pope said Sept. 7 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. The pope, who is still staying at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, returned to the Vatican by helicopter for the general audience with about 11,000 pilgrims and visitors. Afterward, he went back to the papal villa, about 20 miles south of Rome. Continuing a series of audience talks about prayer, Pope Benedict told those gathered for the audience that when they are really hurting or afraid, they can use Psalm 3 to express both their suffering and their trust in God. Like the psalmist, he said, "we, too, are tempted to think perhaps God won't save me, doesn't know me, there's no possibility (of being rescued). The temptation against faith is the ultimate aggression of the enemy. And we must resist it. In this way we will find God and find life." The psalm, attributed to King David when he was fleeing the army of his rebellious son, demonstrates that believers are never abandoned and "enemies are not unbeatable like he thought because the Lord hears the cry of the oppressed and responds," the pope said. "Man cries in anguish, in danger, in pain; man cries for help and God responds," he said. "To cry out means to have faith in God's closeness and willingness to listen."
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Why does Catholic Latin America need missionaries?
COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (CNS) -- Half a millennium has passed since missionaries arrived in what is now Latin America, and the region -- which was then inhabited entirely by native peoples, some with complex civilizations -- is now considered the most Catholic in the world. So why does it need missionaries? Meeting in Aparecida, Brazil, in 2007, the region's bishops called for the Latin American church to be in a "permanent state of mission." The bishops realized that "Latin America is a continent of people who are baptized, but who are not really disciples, much less missionaries," Jesuit Father Victor Codina, a theologian who lives in Bolivia, told Catholic News Service. "Many people have little sense of belonging to the church." Experts say that building a sense of belonging among Catholics and encouraging them to share their faith experience -- which is the essence of missionary action -- are challenges for the church in the region. "You have to begin by encouraging people to have a spiritual or religious experience, which in technical terms is called mystagogy -- initiation into the spiritual life," Father Codina said. "Without that, there is no faith, no mission, no Christian life." At a symposium held in Cochabamba -- a modern city with an indigenous Quechua face -- in late August to mark the centennial of the U.S.-based Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, participants described challenges and new arenas for mission in Latin America. Perhaps most important, they said, was viewing the church's mission not as taking the Catholic faith to other people, but as a process of dialogue and developing relationships with others, especially those on the margins.
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Post-9/11 world needs religion to be weapon of peace, spokesman says
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- If humanity wants to build peace out of the ruins of Sept. 11, 2001, religion has to play a major role in dialogue, said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi. The day of the attacks 10 years ago was "a monstrous day," he said during a presentation at Vatican Radio Sept. 6 of a new book on the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. Dialogue is the key to overcoming hatred and the risk of religious fanaticism, he said. "If we want to build peace for humanity, we have to be able to develop a discourse in which the religious dimension becomes an active force for peace," he said. Father Lombardi was one of a number of speakers presenting a new book written by a Vatican Radio journalist. "11 Settembre: Una Storia che Continua" ("September 11: A Continuing Story"), by Alessandro Gisotti, is a series of vignettes examining the tragedy from the point of view of people whose lives were directly affected by the disaster: a television journalist in New York; a firefighter; a Pentagon employee; the family of a young student who was killed in the plane crash near Shanksville, Pa.; a Catholic priest whose church is one block from ground zero; and others. Miguel Diaz, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, said in a statement that in spite of the grief and losses endured on 9/11, "the human spirit has triumphed in the face of fear, violence and tragedy: the world's nations have united -- including the more than 90 nationalities of people who lost their lives on that day -- to stand together in a show of unity and defiance in confronting those who feed upon and want to spread fear. Nations and peoples have joined together to say, 'Never again.'" The 90-page book is published only in Italian. Its foreword was written by U.S. Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago.
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Pakistan suicide bombs shatter windows in church buildings
QUETTA, Pakistan (CNS) -- Two suicide bombs that killed at least 23 people and wounded 82 affected nearby church structures. The Sept. 7 blasts near the home of a top paramilitary official also shattered windows in the residence of Bishop Victor Gnanapragasam, local offices of Caritas Pakistan, and three Catholic schools. The roof of the computer laboratory of a Catholic high school also caved in. The schools were closed immediately. The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attacks, to avenge the recent arrest of a senior al-Qaida leader by Pakistani security forces in Quetta. "I had just taken the roll call when the blast echoed; the children started crying and screaming. 'It's an earthquake,' they shouted," said Uzma Tahmeen, a Catholic teacher. "I closed the door to avoid panic and waited till the parents arrived to collect the children," she added. "When I stepped outside, I could see body parts lying inside a giant smoke tomb rising in the sky." Oblate Father Cecil Paul said he felt the vibration of the blasts in his parish office, located about a kilometer from the targeted site. "Our country has reached the (nadir) of instability now. Violence continues unendingly after the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden in the Northern province," he said.
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Managua church leaders reject police explanation of priest's murder
SAN SALVADOR (CNS) -- Catholic officials in Managua, Nicaragua, rejected the police explanation of the death of Father Marlon Pupiro Garcia and demanded a thorough investigation of the crime. In a statement issued in early September, Archdiocese of Managua said the version given by the police had "inconsistent and implausible elements that do not convince us as bishops or the people of God crying out for justice." Father Pupiro, 40, was found asphyxiated Aug. 23. His body was wrapped in plastic in a dumpster located along the road that leads to Leon from Masaya. Five days later, police arrested Yasker Blandon Torres, who allegedly murdered the priest to steal his Mitsubishi SUV. Authorities said Blandon confessed the crime. Seven other people linked to the murder were arrested. A hearing is scheduled Sept. 9. Police said the priest had been drinking beers at a restaurant where Blandon, a waiter, put sleeping pills in his drinks. They said the waiter took him, almost asleep, toward home in the Mitsubishi and killed him on the road. Church officials do not believe the priest was killed for his SUV. "It is a violent crime that has so many inconsistencies," Father Carlos Aviles, head of the archdiocesan press office, told Catholic News Service by telephone.
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Thousands of Zambians line streets for US-born bishop's funeral
MONGU, Zambia (CNS) -- Thousands of Zambians lined the streets of Mongu during a four-hour funeral procession for U.S.-born Bishop Paul Duffy. The head of the Zambian bishops' conference, Bishop Ignatius Chama of Mpika, told those gathered in the western city that the best way to honor the late bishop was to be "the voice of the voiceless." Bishop Duffy, 79, the retired bishop of Mongu, died of leukemia in San Antonio Aug. 23. He was buried Sept. 5 at Mongu's Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral. The bishop, an Oblate missionary, lived in western Zambia from 1984 until earlier this year. Many marginalized and poverty-stricken people regarded him as their voice against injustices and underdevelopment. Zambian Vice President George Kunda described him as "the missionary bishop whose voice was loved by the poor and the marginalized ... a bishop who was so touched by the poverty in western Zambia that he decided to live among the poor and even died poor himself."
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Retired bishop hopes people recall 9/11 lessons about God's providence
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (CNS) -- In the minutes, hours and days immediately following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks against the United States, Bishop Joseph V. Adamec was gratified to see people turning to God and praying together as they sought to make sense of the tragedy. Because the tragedy hit home in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, with United Flight 93 crashing in Shanksville in rural Somerset County, the bishop who retired earlier this year was quick to underline the message that God had shown special care for the people of west-central Pennsylvania. "The plane flew over Johnstown and over other communities in our area," he said in an Aug.31 interview at the Diocesan Administration Center in Hollidaysburg. "It could have crashed into any one of those towns. The plane could have crashed into a home, or on a car on Route 219. But it didn't. It crashed in an empty field. I don't believe that was just a coincidence. When God is in charge, nothing is coincidental." Like many people in the eight-county diocese, Bishop Adamec thought the first reports of a terrorist attack involved only places at some distance away from the Allegheny Mountains. But soon after learning of what was happening in New York and outside Washington, Bishop Adamec, who headed the diocese for nearly 24 years, found out that rural Pennsylvania was not beyond the reach of international terrorists. "I had walked some guests to their car, and when I came back into the house, my secretary said 'Come and see what's happening on television.' We sat glued, hearing about New York and Washington. Then we heard a local report that Route 219 was closed. That made me wonder what was going on," Bishop Adamec recalled. "There was some fear and doubt in my mind. I wondered where we fit into what was going on elsewhere. Then I heard that a plane was down in Somerset County."
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First woman elected to head US Society of St. Vincent de Paul
ST. LOUIS (CNS) -- Sheila Gilbert, a national officer for the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the past six years, became the first woman to head the organization Sept. 3. Gilbert said she was humbled and grateful for this new responsibility. "Having been involved in the organization for some 30 years, I am privileged to serve in the company of exceptionally talented and compassionate men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving those who are most in need," she said. The St. Vincent de Paul Society, with U.S. headquarters in St. Louis, is a Catholic lay organization committed to helping the poor around the world. Gilbert said she not only hopes to help members of the society, known as Vincentians, grow personally and spiritually, but she also wants to help the organization more effectively bring people out of poverty. She is a strong advocate of systemic change and says the organization needs to collaborate with other groups on effective ways to reduce or eliminate poverty and it should also advocate for long-term change at the local, state and national levels. "These goals are attainable," said Gilbert. "We just need to find the will to carry them out."
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Philadelphia Catholic high school teachers on strike
PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- As incoming freshmen began orientation for the new school year and the archdiocese prepared to welcome a new archbishop, Philadelphia Catholic high school teachers went on strike Sept. 6. Other students at the 17 Catholic high schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese were to begin orientation sessions Sept. 8 -- the date of the installation of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput as new archbishop -- and Sept. 9. Most of the more than 700 striking teachers voted against the archdiocesan contract proposal presented Sept. 6. "The main issue now and since the beginning has centered on job security," said Rita Schwartz, president of the Association of Catholic School Teachers Local 1776. Archdiocesan high schools opened Sept. 7 and were to be staffed by administrators and nonunion employees, according to Mary Rochford, archdiocesan superintendent of schools. "Every school has its plan and is ready to go," she said during a news conference after the strike was announced. Richard McCarron, archdiocesan secretary for Catholic education, said the archdiocese had contacted the teachers' union and was willing to resume negotiations. "This is not a contract for the past, it's a contract for the future," McCarron said. "If we are to educate our students to enter a very rapidly changing world, then we need to be able to deliver the educational services that are going to prepare them for this world. That doesn't necessarily mean holding on to the same ways we have done things."
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Nun beaten, priest injured in dispute over property in China
LESHAN, China (CNS) -- A nun was severely beaten and hospitalized and a priest suffered minor injuries after being attacked while trying to reclaim two former church properties in southwestern Sichuan province. Sister Xie Yuming suffered head and chest injuries and remained in the hospital several days after she and Father Wang Xueqing were attacked by around a dozen unknown assailants Sept. 3, local sources told the Asian church news agency UCA News. The two were trying to assert church rights to two schools that formerly belonged to Kangding Diocese. The schools were among several properties confiscated by authorities in the 1950s but were due to be returned to the diocese. Sources said the attack sparked anger among many parishioners, who gathered outside their local church, vowing to defend their rights. Kangding Diocese currently has three priests and two nuns serving 13,000 Catholics in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. The diocese has no bishop and is currently being administrated by Leshan Diocese.
St. Mary, Star of the Sea-Ballinger
St. Mary, Star of the Sea will have its annual festival on Sunday, Sept. 9. The parish will serve a fajita dinner with all the trimmings. Also, a large auction, a country store, bingo under the tent, carnival games for the children. Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. Meal served until 1 pm. Auction begins at 12:30 p.m.
Knights of Columbus Hall
3636 N. Bryant, San Angelo
A barbecue brisket/homemade German sausage dinner with all the trimmings will be served from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Adult and Meals-To-Go: $9; Children 10 and Under: $6. Cooked/Uncooked sausage and barbecued brisket may be purchased in the afternoon. An auction featuring donations from various merchants and parishioners will begin at 1:15 p.m. A Country Store, Silent Auction, Bingo and other games will be available throughout the afternoon. For more info, call St. Therese Catholic Church: 1-325-465-8062.
St. Ann’s will host its 64th annual Family Fair and carnival on church grounds, 1906 W. Texas, Saturday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m. till 10 p.m. Additional carnival hours are 6-10pm, Sept. 27-28 and 1-6 p.m., Sept. 30. Raffle 1st Prize: 2012 FLHR Road King Harley Davidson Motorcycle (MSRP $17,794.00). 2nd Prize: Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns (Nov. 18th), 5 Tickets & Parking Pass (Value $1,775.00); 3rd Prize: $600 gift card to Carter’s Furniture. Non-smoking bingo, arts and crafts, dunking booth, a country store, and the famous odds and ends booth. Some of the great food available: burgers, tacos, fajitas, nachos, quesadillas, turkey legs, funnel cakes and more. For more information, please call 432-682-6303. The Family Fair benefits St. Ann’s School.
Immaculate Conception Festival 2012
MESQUITE COOKED BRISKET SAUSAGE PLATE
with all the trimmings
Served from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Adults $8 Children (12 & under) $5
Music by the Old Hat Band
Raffle – Games & More
Live Auction begins at 1 p.m.
St. Francis Annual Jamaica will be held Friday, October 5th, 5-11pm and Saturday, October 6th, 11 am -11 pm.
Ed Davenport Civic Center
There will be a turkey & dressing meal with all the trimmings served from 11:00-2:00 Price- $8 a plate. Take outs available. Daily Events consists of Silent Auction, Country Store, cake walk, BINGO, Large Auction, & outdoor kids games. Win a 2012 Ford Supercrew XLT & other prizes Tickets are $100 Each. For more information or to buy a ticket, contact the Parish office at 325.597.2324 Office hours mon. – Wed. 9-12&1-3, Thur. 9-12
2012 St. Mary’s Fall Festival & Car Show
St. Mary Queen of Peace Catholic Church
1103 Main Street
Car Show Classifications
— Best Muscle Car – Best Car Pre-1960 – Best Car 1961 and Up
— Best In Progress – Best Paint – Best Motorcycle – Best Interior— Best Pre- 60 Truck – Best 60 & Up Truck - Best Orphan Class
Plaques awarded for each classification –
trophy awarded for Best of Show and People’s Choice (Sponsored By Bruner Auto Group)
****$10.00 Entry Fee****
Raffle Ticket will be given to each entrant.
1st - $1,000 for a Vacation Air/Hotel package or Cruise (First Travel Service);
2nd – Ipad2 16GB (Black);
3rd – Sony Camcorder (Blue) with 16 GB Card
4th – $150.00 Nathan’s Jeweler’s Certificate for Merchandise
Winners need not be present to win.
CHECK-IN TIME IS 10:00 AM***JUDGING WILL BE AT 1:30 PM
BRING YOUR OWN AWNING, LAWNCHAIRS AND JOIN US FOR A GREAT DAY OF FUN AND FOOD
FESTIVAL FOOD BOOTHS, SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE, LIVE AUCTION AMONG OTHER PRIZES, SILENT AUCTION, CAKE WALK, COUNTRY STORE, CHILDREN’S/ YOUTH ACTIVITIES
For more information contact Frank Bernal (325) 646-1415.
St. Mary’s 2012 Fall Festival thanks you for your participation.
St. Margaret of Scotland
St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church will be having their fall festival on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at Knights of Columbus Hall (3636 N. Bryant). We will have a delicious brisket dinner being served from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for only $8.00 per adult plate and $5.00 per child plate. We will also have drive thru plates to go at $8.00 each. The Festival will run from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with activities such a raffle, auction, country store, silent auction and new and exciting games for all ages and much more. Come and join us for a day of family fun and fellowship. FMI contact St. Margaret’s 651-4633
Featuring homemade sausage
(made in Olfen by Parishioners)
11:00 - 1:30 — Dining Room lunch meal
10:45 - 1:00 - Drive through Plates-to-Go and Walk-up Plates-to-Go
12:00 p.m. Games, Bingo, Country Store and Concessions
1:00 pm -Auction
3:00 p.m. - Candy Drop for the kids
Raffle tickets available for Quilt made by Parish Ladies
Sausage/Turkey/Dressing meal $8.00 for adults & $5.00 for children under 10 years
All plates-to-go $8.00
Raw sausage $4.00 per pound
Pre-orders for raw sausage - mail order and payment to
St. Boniface Sausage
San Angelo, Tx. 76904
(pick up day of festival)
St. Ann's Parish Colorado-City
St. Ambrose, Wall
HOME ON THE RANGE
ST. AMBROSE 73RD FALL FESTIVAL 11 am-2 pm
Turkey, Sausage & Dressing Meal, 1:00 pm Local Entertainment, Bingo, Arts & Crafts, Games
1:30 pm Cotton & Merchandise Auction
Sacred Heart, Coleman
St. Ann Catholic Church-Sonora
All activities will be at the Sutton Co.Civic Center,
1700 N. Crockett Ave. From 11:00 am until 1:30 pm, a delicious meal of brisket and sausage, with
all the trimmings; home-made desserts will be served. Adults plates--$8
Plates for children 7 and under--$5. Plates to go available.
Games, activities, booths, silent auction from 11 am-4 pm. Entertainment
during the afternoon. Drawings for the raffle and quilts at 4:00 pm.
FMI contact the church office
St. Joseph Church-Rowena
90th Annual Fall Festival
"Land of the Free
Because of the Brave"
10:30a.m. — Flag Ceremony and Balloon Release. Special display of military pictures of parish veterans.
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Turkey and Rowena Style German
Sausage Dinner with Trimmings. Games for all ages.
Country Story opened all day. Auction begins at 1:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. Sausage Sandwich Supper
St. Peter’s Church, Mertzon
Send your fair information to Jimmyleepatterson@gmail.com.
10 — COLORADO CITY, St. Ann – Confirmation at 10:30 a.m.
11 — BRADY, St. Patrick – Confirmation at 6:30 p.m.
12-15 — ATLANTA, USCCB Meeting
17 — SAN ANGELO, Sacred Heart Cathedral – Marriage Jubilee Day Mass at 2:00 p.m.
19 — WALL, Rural Life Mass at 6:00 p.m.
20-21 — Rest and Prayer
24 — EDEN, St. Charles – Confirmation at 11:00 a.m.
30 — SAN ANGELO, St. Mary – Confirmation at 5:00 p.m.
2 — SAN ANGELO, Diocesan Pastoral Center – Staff Mass at 8:30 am. and Staff Meeting at 11:00 a.m.
3 — SAN ANGELO, Diocesan Pastoral Center – Personnel Board Meeting at 11 a.m.
4 — SAN ANGELO, Sacred Heart Cathedral –July 4th Mass at 9 a.m.
8-14 — Vacation
17 — SAN ANGELO, Lunch with Honduras Group
17-24 — ZAMBIA, Oblate Ordinations
25-29 — Vacation
Christ the King
11 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
12 -- Adoration
14-17 -- Girl’s Chrysalis Flight
18 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
19 -- Adoration
21-24 -- Men’s Catholic Cursillo
25 -- Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
26 -- Adoration
2 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
3 — Adoration
4 — Office Closed – 4th of July Weekend
5-8 — Boy’s Chrysalis Flight
9 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
10 — Adoration
12-15 — Small Town Teen ACTS
16 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
17 — Dcn. Quarterly Meeting
17 — Adoration
17-19 — Honduras Partnership Team
19-22 — Women’s Walk to Emmaus
23 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
24 — Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
26-29 — Women’s Catholic Cursillo
30 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
31 — Adoration
1-5 — Lubbock Diocese Deacons Ordination Retreat
6 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
7 — Adoration
7-10 — Region X
10-12 — DOSA Deacons Annual Retreat
13 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
14 — Adoration
18-19 — CRE & CYM Weekend Training
20 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
21 — Adoration
23-26 — Men’s Walk to Emmaus
27 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
28 — Adoration
28-30 — DOSA Good Leaders, Good Shepherds
3 — Labor Day
3 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
4 — Adoration
7-9 — Engaged Encounter
9 — Natural Family Planning Class
10 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
11 — Adoration
14-16 — Lubbock Deacon’s Annual Retreat
17 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
18 — Adoration
20-23 — San Angelo Men’s ACTS Retreat
24 — Heart of Mercy Prayer Grp
25 — Adoration
2 -- Rev. Bernard Degan, CM (2001)
2 -- Deacon Floyd Frankson (1992)
4 -- Rev. Msgr. Charles Dvorak (1963)
5 -- Rev. Ray Wilhelm, OMI (2006)
10 -- Rev. Emil J. Gerlich (1969)
19 -- Rev. Msgr. Andrew Marthaler (1984)
22 -- Bishop Thomas J. Drury (1992)
26 -- Deacon Jose Rosales (2000)
26 -- Deacon Abel Campos (2002)
Editor’s Note: The following letter was submitted to newspapers throughout the diocese on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
By Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI
911. For years those numbers simply meant a call for help. The 10th anniversary of 9/11/01 marking the date of the worst terrorist attack on the United States of America is a time of much reflection and remembrance.
Ten years later, thousands still suffer from the wounds of that deadly day and feel many strong emotions. The Memorial Monument in San Angelo unites us in solidarity and prayer for the thousands of victims and their families as we also honor the selflessness of firefighters, law enforcement people, medical, health and social workers, chaplains, and other brave individuals who gave and risked their lives in the service of others.
Sacred Scripture and traditional ethical principles teach us how to respond justly to terrorism and that it is wrong to use religion as a cover for political, economic or ideological causes.
As people of faith we mark this anniversary by pledging ourselves to promote justice and peace by making:
4A time for prayer and service: we pray for the victims and their families; for the military, for world leaders, for an end to violence; we serve our neighbors in need.
4A time for dialogue: this is a time to engage in dialogue with Muslims, Jews, fellow Christians.
4A time for witness and solidarity: to promote together values of mutual respect, human dignity, respect for life and security without resorting to discrimination and violence.
4A time for hope: placing our trust in God, seeking God’s mercy, we offer mercy and forgiveness to others, realizing this does not absolve from responsibility. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
88th Annual St. Joseph Fall Festival
10:30 a.m.--Flag Ceremony-
11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.-- Turkey and Rowena Style German Sausage Dinner with Trimmings served
Adults $8.00, Children - $4.00
Plates to Go $8--Drive Thru/Walk Up
Uncooked sausage for sale.
11:30 a.m.--3:30 p.m.--
Children's Games - Bingo
Country Store opened all day.
1:30 p.m. -- Auction begins
4:30 p.m. -- Sausage Sandwich Supper $3.00 (includes tea)
Pope to offer Mass for unborn
Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to all the priests of the Diocese of San Angelo as regards a special Mass for the unborn. Please attend this Mass. Thank you. –Bishop Michael Pfeifer, OMI
My brother priests:
I am enclosing here information I received from Cardinal George, President of the USCCB, and an enclosed letter from two Cardinals announcing a special Mass that will be offered by Pope Benedict XVI on November 27, 2010 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The Bishops of the world are asked to encourage all of our priests to offer on that day a Mass in our parishes for the same intention requested by our Holy Father. Hence, I am asking that all of our priests offer in all of our parishes a special Mass for all nascent [unborn] human life on that day, November 27. As you can see, other devotions and prayers are suggested for that day. I especially encourage you to encourage our people to be present for this Mass and to also consider making some time of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament for this special intention.
Thank you for your cooperation and let us always remember in all of our Masses an intention for a new respect for the sacredness and dignity of all human life, from its earliest beginnings until its natural end. Thank you and God bless you.
-- Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer
Feast of Our Lady celebration
St. Stephen’s in Midland will host a two-day celebration/observance of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Fr. Gilbert Rodriguez will celebrate a Mass at 10 p.m., December 11, which will be preceded at 7 p.m. by a “Serenade to Our Holy Mother.” On December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, at 12:30 p.m. there will be a celebration of the Holy Mass. Q108 FM Radio in Odessa will also broadcast the Mass live.
St. Stephen’s will present the Ballet Folkloric group Tonantzin under the direction of Mrs. Berta Mata, the Matachines of Odessa and also the presentation of local actors with the theatrical play of the apparitions of the Virgin of Guadalupe to Juan Diego at 6:30 p.m., Dec. 12.
For more information on times, please contact St. Stephens in Midland.
Holy Angels Cruise
Holy Angels Parish is hosting an Alaska Sawyer Glacier Cruise on July 1-9, 2011. You’ll cruise through the Inside Passage with its majestic fjords, islands and bays and see the lush greenery of Tongass National Forest, the world’s largest and northernmost temperate coastal rainforest. Alaskan ports of call will include Juneau & Skagway. In addition, you will spend a day in Victoria, British Columbia and a day & night in Seattle, Washington. A brochure can be found on Holy Angel's website (www.talleypress.com/ holyangels/) or you may call Lori Hines at Holy Angels to request one. For more information call Lori at (325)942-8192.
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 Date:
Steven Staley/December 1
Cleve Foster/January 11, 2011
Natural Family Planning
Helping couples to deepen conjugal love and achieve responsible parenthood is part of the Church’s total pastoral ministry to Catholic spouses. Fulfillment of this ministry includes both education and pastoral care. This means “instilling conviction and offering practical help to those who wish to live out their parenthood in a truly responsible way” Scheduled seminars (San Angelo) and contact numbers for people who can help you with more information:
SAN ANGELO, Christ the King Retreat Center, (325) 651-5352, 2-4 p.m. Contact Amy at amdg@ wcc.net.
MIDLAND-ODESSA, Our Lady of Guadalupe, call Christina Nevarez, (432) 682-2581;
ABILENE, Holy Family Church, call Mrs. Herman Blahak, (325) 692-1820.
New email address
Angelus editor Jimmy Patterson has changed his email address. Please make note of his new address to send stories, photos and other items each month. The new address is JimmyLeePatterson@gmail.com