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THE CATHOLIC MIRROR
Vol. 46, No.8
The primary task of a diocesan newspaper is to "serve the truth with courage, helping the public see, understand and live reality with the eyes of God." - Pope Benedict XVI, Nov. 25, 2006
Aug. 17, 2012
Drought leaves farmers uncertain
By Peter Johnson Staff Writer
For weeks, farmers of southwest Iowa like Larry Rayhons of Lenox have been checking the forecasts and clear skies for the hint of some relief in the form of rain during the worst drought since 1936. "This is the worst drought we've experienced in 37 years of farming," said Rayhons, a grain farmer and parishioner of St. Patrick Church in Lenox. "I may be able to muster 100 bushels an acre...half of what it could've been, but if that's what the Lord wants me to have, I'll be happy with it." Rayhons and other members of his parish have been praying the rosary before every Mass offered in Lenox since the beginning of July. On Friday, July 27, parishioners were invited to take part in a day of fasting as a prayer for rain. "Our faith is strong enough that come floods or droughts, we know we'll be okay," Rayhons said. "Sometimes our greatest disasters lead to our greatest blessings, but we don't see that until we look back on it." According to the National Weather Service, the area that constitutes the Diocese of Des Moines is currently in a severe drought and in danger of becoming an extreme drought if it persists as forecasted. An extreme drought causes major losses to crops and pastures and widespread water shortages. Urban and rural parishes across the diocese have been praying for rain. Farmer and trader Bart Brummer, a member of St. Thomas Aquinas
Church in Indianola, recalled similar situations when he was a young farmer. "I can remember when I was 25 or 26 standing out on the back porch just begging it to rain and being irritated at God, quite frankly. But as you live through some of that and
Photos by Anne Marie Cox Mike Veasman, of St. Mary/Holy Cross Parish in Elkhart, shows an underdeveloped ear of corn in a dry patch of land and (at right) a more fully grown ear.
mature in your faith, you're not sure how it's going to work out but you know it will." This year, he said, there's a lot of uncertainty about the marketability of the crop. Many farmers now have crop insurance
. The drought is not just a problem in Iowa, but, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, a problem in two-thirds of the United States,
a situation where record high temperatures and low precipitation have exacerbated the dismal conditions. "The crop has continued to look amazingly well for what it's gone through," Brummer said. "We're blessed in Iowa compared to a lot of people in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana where they just lost entire Continued on page 10
Christ Our Life Regional Conference features speakers called to service By Marilyn Lane Contributing Writer The world-class speakers who share the stage at the Christ Our Life Regional Conference in Des Moines at Wells Fargo Arena Sept. 22-23 have all been called to serve. Particular themes unite their individual answers to Christ. Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Archbishop Gustavo GarciaSiller share their passion for the New Evangelization and social justice. Immaculйe Ilibagiza and John Pridmore share stories that involve great forgiveness, and Allen Hunt and Roy Schoeman share stories of powerful conversion to Catholicism. Additional conference speakers also share a strong bond of service to God. While each of these gentlemen fulfills his own charism, each has dedicated his life to offering his abilities and talents for God's glory. Each follows Christ's desire that we serve one another through love. Those who know Marian Father Michael Gaitley say that although he is young on the job, he possesses wisdom beyond his years. Father Gaitley helps people understand God's gift of Divine Mercy and how "little ways" can console the heart of Jesus. Although focused on the priesthood as a college student, he fell in love with an exquisite young French woman. With humor and candor, Father Gaitley will share how he ultimately discerned the real love of his life. As an author, his recent books, "Consoling the Heart of Jesus" and "33 Days to Morning Glory" have enjoyed great popularity. Another who is called to service through love is Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, founder of Mary's Meals. MacFarlane- Continued on page 10
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Anticipating a new year In the Heartland with Bishop Pates
Catholic life adapts to different cycles on a yearly basis, e.g. the liturgical year, the calendar year, and the pastoral year which to a large degree coincides with the academic or school year. Summer provides the welcome and needed opportunity for vacation, relaxation and the suspension of our normal routine. It also allows time for planning and organizing for the pastoral year or when most diocesan and parish programs occur spanning the period from September until mid-June. The very capable staff of the Diocese of Des Moines along with invaluable parish staff and volunteers in addition to their summer activity have been engaged in developing plans for the upcoming pastoral year. Their efforts, I believe, will provide for exciting and productive activity in the coming year. Allow me to share some highlights. Catholic schools and Catholic identity From their beginning until very recently, Catholic schools benefitted from the charism, dedication and service of women religious and diocesan priests who, in large measure, guided the Catholic identity of our schools in the Diocese of Des Moines. The leadership seeding the Catholic character of our schools has transitioned into the hands of the laity. It is
By Bishop Richard E. Pates
essential, at this point, to
consolidate this reality and to
come to a renewed
understanding and acceptance
of our Catholic character.
Dr. Luvern Gubbels,
Superintendent of Schools for
the diocese, is organizing
facilitators whom I will join to
visit all 17 of our Catholic
schools in the 2012-2013
academic year. The purpose is
to engage the stakeholders --
priests, parents, students,
school/education and finance
councils, parish representatives,
etc. -- in the responsibility for a
particular school's Catholic
identity and the critical role all
play in achieving this defining
identity and vision. I look
forward to being with this
caravan over the course of the
next year beginning at St.
Albert Schools in Council
Bluffs on Sept. 15.
Adolescent Catechesis, the sacrament of Confirmation Building on last year's increase of 500 additional teenagers and 55 more adult catechists, John Gaffney, director, Department of Evangelization & Catechesis,
Office of Catechetical Services, and Dr. Cheryl Fournier, director, Evangelization, Adult Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry, will join the professional Directors of Faith Formation and Youth Ministries in the diocese to build a catechetical program that will truly benefit our youth. Utilizing the newly implemented diocesan policy restricting Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings to liturgical celebrations, family time and youth catechesis, special emphasis will be dedicated to developing the Confirmation program. The goal is first to enrich the wonderful catechists involved in this ministry. Building on this, a joint effort will be launched to prepare the young people now sophomore year and above for this timely sacrament of initiation. Highlighted will be appreciation for the Eucharist, the ongoing sacrament of initiation, central to the lives of the believing community. Year of Faith, Christ Our Life Conference Marilyn Lane and Ellen Miller and a host of associates have again organized a Christ Our Life Regional Conference which will be held at Wells Fargo Arena, Sept. 22-23. The first conference in 2011 was a remarkable success and proved to be inspirational for the thousands who participated. The array of
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Saturday, August 18 Altoona 100th anniversary celebration of St. Anthony School, Prairie Meadows, 6 p.m. Sunday, August 19 Indianola Mass of Dedication of newly constructed church, St. Thomas Aquinas, 10:45 a.m. Monday, August 20 Des Moines Catholic Charities legal consultation, Pastoral Center, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 21 Des Moines Presbyteral Council meeting, Pastoral Center, 10 a.m. Wednesday, August 22 Des Moines Catholic Charities Board of Directors meeting, Pastoral Center, 9 a.m. Des Moines Dowling College Corporate Board meeting, Pastoral Center, 4 p.m. Des Moines St. Theresa Parish hog roast, 6 p.m. Thursday, August 23 Des Moines Vocation Department team meeting, Pastoral Center, 7:30 a.m. Des Moines Hispanic Pastoral Committee meeting, Pastoral Center, 3 p.m. Friday, August 24 Des Moines "In the Heartland with Bishop Pates," KWKY Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10 a.m.
Saturday, August 25 Des Moines Sweet Corn Festival, Christ the King, 5 p.m. Sunday, August 26 Chariton - Rural Life Mass, Mike & Kellee Curran's farm, 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 27 Norwalk Bishop's Catholic Charities Golf Classic, Echo Valley Country Club, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 28 Des Moines Diocesan Executive Committee meeting, Pastoral Center, 1 p.m. Thursday, August 30 Council Bluffs Opening school Mass, St. Albert School, 9:30 a.m. Friday, August 31 Des Moines "In the Heartland with Bishop Pates," KWKY Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 4 Des Moines Vocation Department team meeting, Pastoral Center, 7:30 a.m. Des Moines Diocesan Executive Committee meeting, Pastoral Center, 1 p.m. Thursday, September 6 Des Moines Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa Board of Directors meeting, Pastoral Center, 7:30 a.m. Des Moines Bishop's Council, Continued on page 14
speakers is again most impressive. It is headlined by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C. and Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. I encourage all to take advantage of this rare opportunity which will surely positively impact your faith. The Year of Faith has been designated by Pope Benedict XVI to begin on Oct. 11 of this year and conclude on the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 24, 2013. It will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Our five most recently ordained priests, Fathers Guthrie Dolan, Zach Kautzky, Reynaldo Hernandez, George Komo and Ken Halbur are
heading a committee to guide our diocesan commemoration. Tentative plans call for addressing several topics: liturgy as prayer, Vatican II in context, and special programs for our young adults. *** Additional diocesan activity is being organized by Father Joseph Pins, director of Vocations, Adam Storey, director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life, Kyle Lechtenberg, director of Worship and Dr. Cheryl Fournier, Director, Evangel-ization, Adult Faith Formation & Lay Ecclesial Ministry, who will develop programs in the specialized ministries they serve. 2012-2013 promises to richly nourish and strengthen our relationship with God and the believing community. Stay tuned!
Bishop Richard E. Pates made the following appointment of deacons, effective Sept. 1, 2012:
Jeffrey Boehlert, Our Lady of Immaculate Heart, Ankeny Tom Bradley, Holy Trinity, Des Moines Francis Chan, St. Ambrose, Des Moines Rick Condon, St. Pius X, Urbandale Fred Cornwell, Audubon/Exira James DeBlauw, St. Michael, Harlan Gregg Erickson, Assumption, Granger Chuck Hannan, St. Patrick, Council Bluffs William Hare, St. Joseph, Des Moines Kevin Heim, St. Augustin, Des Moines Randy Horn, Sacred Heart, West Des Moines James Houston, St. Pius X, Urbandale Larry Kehoe, Christ the King, Des Moines Marvin Klein, St. Patrick, Dunlap/Sacred Heart, Woodbine Ron Kohn, Holy Rosary, Glenwood Darwin Kruse, Corpus Christi Council Bluffs Reiny Kunze, St. Brendan, Leon Frank Lopez, Basilica of St. John, Des Moines Dennis Lovell, St. Anne, Logan/Holy Family, Mondamin Dennis Luft, Ss John & Paul, Altoona Michael Mann
o, St. Augustin, Des Moines James Mason, St. Patrick, CB/St. Patrick, Neola Mike McCarthy, St. Ambrose, Des Moines Robert McClellan, Corpus Christi Council Bluffs Dan McGuire, Assumption, Granger David Miller, St. John, Cumming
Monty Montagne, Corpus Christi Council Bluffs Ron Myers, Sacred Heart, West Des Moines James Obradovich, Holy Trinity, Des Moines Dave O'Brien, St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines Fred Pins, St. Augustin, Des Moines Jean Plourde, Corpus Christi Council Bluffs Chuck Putbrese, Christ the King, Des Moines Stephen Rallis, St. Peter, Council Bluffs Steven Reed, St. Mary of Nazareth, Des Moines William R
icher, St. Francis of Assisi, West Des Moines Mike Riley, Bishop/St. Ambrose, Des Moines Thomas Schenk, Assumption, Granger Terry Schleisman, St. Mary/Holy Cross Elkhart Tom Starbuck, St. Anthony, Des Moines Gail Stessman, St. Patrick, Dunlap/Sacred Heart, Woodbine Sam Sullivan, St. Joseph, Winterset Troy Thompson, Our Lady of Americas Luke Tieskoetter, Basilca of St. John, Des Moines Emmet Tinley, St. Patrick, Council Bluffs Quan Tong, St. Pius X, Urbandale Steven Udelhofen, Our Lady of Immaculate Heart, Ankeny Earl Weisenhorn, St. Theresa, Des Moines Mike Woltanski, St. Anne, Logan/St. Patrick, Missouri Valley Ly Pao Yang, St. Ambrose, Des Moines Richard Ziller, St. Cecilias, Panora/St. Mary, Guthrie Center/St. Patrick, Bayard
Bishop Richard Pates Bishop of Des Moines
Sister Jude Fitzpatrick Chancellor
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Indianola to dedicate new church
By Anne Marie Cox Staff Writer After the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Aug. 18, parishioners of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianola will say goodbye to their church. They will load up their church's Eucharistic vessels, vestments, candlesticks, altar furnishings and more in their vehicles. With police escort, they'll drive three miles and then unpack, putting their parish's belongings in the right places before morning. The next day, Bishop Richard Pates will arrive to dedicate their new $4.2 million worship center. The new church, which doubles the seating capacity from 300 to 600, was part of the long-term vision of the parish for at least the past 20 years. The parish, founded in 1957, dedicated its first church building in 1958. Father Don Bruck, while pastor at the parish south of Des Moines, bought land on the west end of town for a new worship space. In 2001, a new parish hall complete with offices and religious education space was opened under the leadership of Father Frank Palmer. When Father Ray McHenry arrived at the parish
in 2006, parishioners asked when a new church would be built adjacent to the new parish hall. The decision to move ahead with building plans came as the result of several factors: city and county projected growth, the cost would be lower now than in future years and, with about 500 households, the parish was already celebrating Christmas and Easter Masses in the parish hall to accommodate everyone. During the process, Father McHenry became pastor of a second parish, Immaculate Conception in St. Mary's. He now celebrates two weekend Masses at the Indianola church instead of three. As a result, there are more people at the two Masses. "We would rather build now than have to build quickly in the future," said Father McHenry. The current church, rectory and adjacent land owned by the church was sold to Simpson College. The parish recently bought a townhouse as a rectory for the pastor. The design of the worship space is a more traditional basilica-style church but blends a contemporary design that follows diocesan guidelines, said parishioner and architect Robert Ormsby. Side wings to the main nave wrap seating
An artist's rendering of the new St. Thomas Aquinas worship center, which will be dedicated Aug. 19 by Bishop Richard Pates.
around three sides of the altar. "The pews are mitered and wrap the side wings to create a nave that is a unified whole," he said. Abundant natural light fills the worship space through large windows and a clerestory band of windows that runs down the center aisle of the nave. The worship center interior uses natural materials including decorative concrete block, natural stone and a heavy timber roof structure with a wood ceiling. "There was a conscious decision to try and carry over elements of the existing church into the design of the new
church," said Ormsby. "The use of the natural stone at the altar wall and the wood ceiling structure were elements that were carried into the new design, but in a slightly different way." The wall behind the altar is stone both inside and out, with a combination of a rose window and a series of smaller square windows that create an image of the cross. The cross can be seen by vehicles passing on highway Iowa 92, said Father McHenry. While the parish celebrates its new church, it will have its furnishings from the current church plus one more special
item. When Father Dean Nimerichter, pastor of Holy Trinity of Southeast Warren County, learned that St. Thomas Aquinas Parish was considering a new tabernacle, he consulted with his parish and offered the Indianola parish the tabernacle from St. Mary Church in Rosemont, that was destroyed by an arson fire in 2004. "We had it refurbished and cleaned up and that will be our new tabernacle," said Father McHenry. "It will be placed in a niche to the side of the altar." The first wedding in the new church is Oct. 27.
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Catholic radio: preaching the gospel
Changing societal and cultural conditions have lessened the effectiveness of many traditional programs for catechesis and evangelization, yet they have increased other opportunities for the lay faithful to reach the lost and to teach the faith. One such opportunity is Catholic radio. Here in the diocese 1150 KWKY Catholic Radio is not letting that opportunity get away. It is expanding its service area next month by adding two FM stations, 88.5 and 94.5. Already, KWKY has moved its offices to the Catholic Pastoral Center in downtown Des Moines, where it also has a newly updated street-level studio. KWKY started as KWDM in 1948. In its life it has functioned as a Top 40 station, a country music station, and before its switch to a Catholic station in 2006, an evangelical Christian station. Today, KWKY broadcasts 100 percent Catholic programming 24/7 and is the only Catholic radio broadcaster in central Iowa, offering more than a halfmillion Catholic and Christians the opportunity to hear the Word of God. Its locally produced programming includes a new morning show, a weekly show hosted by Bishop Richard Pates, "The Knight Life" about the activities of the Knights of Columbus hosted by Ken Root, Dowling Catholic sports and activities, features about Catholic Charities, Mercy Hospital, and InnerVisions Health Care, and weekly broadcasts from parishes and schools
Take a break with Deacon Mike By Deacon Mike Manno across the diocese. In addition to the FM stations, which should bring more listeners and provide a clearer broadcast signal, KWKY is planning on adding several new locally produced programs to this fall's lineup, including a Catholic women's show; a youth ministry and vocations program; Dowling Catholic Radio, a weekly show from Dowling Catholic, and "A Spiritual Journey with Bishop Joseph Charron," according to station manager Mike Peters. Bishop Charron's program will be broadcast with a live audience, he said. In addition to its local content, KWKY also broadcasts many popular national programs from EWTN and Ave Maria radio, such as Teresa Tomeo, Al Kresta, Father John Riccardo, "Catholic Answers Live," and archived broadcasts of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The station is following a worldwide trend towards using radio as a tool for evangelization as set forth by Pope
John Paul II when he said, "Radio offers perhaps the closet equivalent today of what Jesus was able to do with large groups through his preaching." Archbishop Elden Curtiss of Omaha, in endorsing the use of radio, said, "[I]n keeping with the realities of our American culture, the developing Catholic radio apostolate is showing great promise in teaching the faith to large numbers of people. It is reaching an increasing number of non-Catholics, and drawing many nominal Catholics back into the practice of their faith. . . . It is also proving to be a very effective outreach to Spanish-speaking people in our dioceses." According to Peters, Catholic radio has been found to be particularly helpful with evangelization and catechesis partly because our society is primarily a culture of the media. Religious and moral beliefs are shaped in large part as a result of media influence, he added. This comports to Pope Benedict XVI's assessment that "[T]he Church must learn how to transmit [the Gospel] message to a new generation by taking advantage of new technology and attitudes toward communication." That attitude is seen in the tremendous growth of Catholic radio. In 1996 there were only seven Catholic radio stations in the United States. Currently, there are 221. There are several practical reason
s why Catholic radio is becoming more widely adopted as a means of evangelization and
catechesis, Peters said. Radio is available to everyone and can be listened to anywhere, and is easily accessed by the poor and homeless, since no fees are required to listen. It is also personal in that it touches people personally regardless of where they are and allows the listener to dialogue with the speaker in the privacy of his own mind. Additionally, it has a synergistic effect in that Catholic radio works to supplement and encourage many diocesan and parish activities, he said. Naturally, much of this can be done by the national Catholic media, but a local station meets several goals that the national media cannot. For example, Peters points out that local radio is uniquely positioned to deal with diocesan issues, offering a radio voice for the pastors, deacons, parishioners and parish program leaders. Thus a local station becomes an active participant in the local church
. KWKY Catholic radio currently broadcasts on the AM dial at 1150 and will continue to do so with the addition of the two FM stations in September when the entire operation transitions to "Catholic Radio Iowa." It has a new informational brochure available at parishes. You can visit its new website at www.KWKY.com. Deacon Manno serves at St. Augustin Parish in Des Moines.
Mom's first pedicure:The theology of thrift
In 1963 my mom was a second grader at St. Joe's in West St. Paul, Minn., when Sister Marie Pauline asked her to stay after school. The petite, habited teacher held a lined sheet of paper bearing the mandated header JMJ in No. 2 pencil. It was Mom's penmanship exercise. Then she turned
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the sheet over and pointed to the bottom third, which was blank. "I think you should pray about not being wasteful," Sister Marie Pauline said. So began Mom's education in waste-not-want-not theology, a Great Depression mentality stitched together by the Baltimore Catechism in an era of big families and small houses and cloaked nuns living out a vow of poverty with bare faces and flat shoes. My mom never forgot the afterschool reprimand. She went on to use cloth diapers on her babies, training us to get four blows out of one tissue and to ration squares of toilet paper. She reuses tea bags and breaks sticks of gum in half. She mines free bins at garage sales and combs drive throughs for stray nickels. She is the queen of Walgreen's rebates. Somewhere along the way Mom's cost cutting started to look like pleasure cutting, threatening to discount her own worth: a first-rate mother consigned to the second hand. Throughout the course of my 20s, the gap between her lifestyle and mine has widened. I've kneeled at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem; she's been to the Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D. Mom didn't wear a lick of make-up on her wedding day; I hired a make-up artist to be a glamorous bride. The difference isn't an increment, but a leap. Is she depriving herself? Am I spoiled? So this morning I took Mom to receive, at age 56, her first pedicure. Her freckled, size-8 feet have looked tired, her pinky toes, deeply creased. Mom selected a copper polish
Twenty Something Christina Capecchi OPI's "It's my Prague-ative" and I opted for a neon orange. "Do you have a coupon?" she whispered. We slid onto our chairs, and the buffing began. "This is probably good for my circulation," Mom said. A slim brunette arrived and was seated on my other side. She was stunned by Mom's late-in-life first: At 60, she said, she'd had hundreds of pedicures. Once we moved to the nail dryers, Mom cited the Scripture that has fueled her frugality: St. Paul's exhortation to the Philippians to be content "in every circumstance" wherever you are, whatever you have. To Mom, that meant being satisfied with the status quo: modest rambler, old furniture, artificial Christmas tree. But at some point in her 50s she could see she may have taken it too far, becoming "austere," even. It was time for more fun, she said, to rejoice in a broader swath of God's creation. I've seen Mom pursue this: taking dance lessons, teaching herself harmonica and rock climbing in Alaska.
Our nails were dry by then, and I examined her smooth, soft feet. The toes of a teen on a middle-aged body! Back home I Googled Philippians 4. Tinkering with my scrimp-splurge ratio feels like one of the more significant calculations of adulthood. I treat myself to a facial on every birthday, yet much of my wardrobe was gently used. Turns out the sentence right before the "every circumstance" line tempers it all: "I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance." A permission slip from St. Paul for an occasional pedicure. Mom's email came at 9:06 pm: "I'd do it again!"
Christina Capecchi is a freelance writer
from Inver Grove Heights, Minn. She
Victim Assistance Advocate
The diocese's Victim Assistance Advocate is a staff member at Polk County Victim Services. She helps victims of sexual abuse of minors
by clergy through a complaint process and in seeking support and counseling services. She can be reached at 515-286-2024 or [email protected]
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Care consistent with faith tradition
Several individuals spoke at the July 1 Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic about witnessing their faith through healthcare, education and social services. Each month, "The Catholic Mirror" will feature the remarks of these individuals in a series highlighting religious liberty. Good afternoon. Thanks for taking time out from your busy schedule to be with us today for our celebration of the Fortnight for Religious Freedom. You know, as Catholics, we don't believe in a separation between faith and everyday life. At Mass, we receive the Body of Christ and then we go out to live as Eucharist in the world. That means we have a responsibility to form our conscience and take action on behalf of the poor and vulnerable. So as we enter the public square to do that, all we're asking from government is that it recognizes our First Amendment right to live out our teachings and be a good neighbor to
Religious Liberty By Tom Chapman society. Church ministries play an important role in our country. For example, Catholic hospitals serve about one out of every six hospital patients. Catholic Charities is the biggest nongovernmental social services agency. As you know, one of the reasons we are here today is because of the federal government's mandate that will require many Catholic institutions to facilitate and fund a product contrary to our own teaching. Unfortunately, the administration also has a very narrow
definition of which of our Catholic institutions are "religious enough" to merit an exemption from the mandate. As a result, it's important that Catholics around the country stick together and make our voice heard so the President or Congress will fix this issue. How can we do that? One of the most important things you can do is take out your phone right now, and text the word FREEDOM to 377-377. This will help keep you connected with the latest news about challenges to religious liberty facing our Church and give you a tool to make your voice heard. If you want to do one thing to help protect religious freedom in this country, please take your phone out right now and text the word FREEDOM to 377-377. As members of the Body of Christ, what happens to one person affects us all. Just think. What would our society look like if the laws passed by Congress or the State Legislature
more closely reflected Catholic social teaching? Now
that is a society worth working for. I believe that our public witness, grounded in the Gospel, nurtured by faith, is an essential part of the mission that Jesus gives us. We have the opportunity to make a unique contribution in our society that the poor, the unborn and the marginalized desperately need. No one will do that for us. I encourage you to take your faith with you everywhere, especially the public square. Where we lead, the politicians will follow. I encourage you to be guided more by your moral convictions than by your attachment to a political party or special interest group
. Today we celebrate our religious freedom. Tomorrow, and in the days to come, let's make good use of it to bring good news to the poor, liberty to captives, new sight to the blind, and to set the downtrodden free. Tom Chapman is the executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference.
Faithful Citizenship: Catholics Care. Catholics Vote Human life
Editor's Note: The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has produced a series of blogs called "Catholics Care. Catholics Vote." based on the document "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship." The intention of the blog series is to inform about the Church's teaching on issues and involvement in the political process. With the Nov. 6 election on the horizon, "The Catholic Mirror" is printing one of these blogs each month. To read the full Faithful Citizenship document in English or Spanish, go to: http://www.usccb.org/ issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/ A funny thing happened on the way to Mexico. As John Allen reports, while speaking to the media aboard the papal plane at the start of his visit to Mexico, Pope Benedict XVI had some strong words for certain Catholics: "Personally, in the individual square, they're Catholics, believers," the pope said. "But in public life they follow other paths that don't correspond to the great values of the Gospel which are necessary for the foundation of a just society. It's essential to educate people in order to overcome this schizophrenia, educating not only about individual morality but also public morality." Allen points out that U.S. Catholics are probably used to this kind of rhetoric, mostly aimed at Catholic politicians who don't uphold the Church's teaching on abortion in public policy. He then notes that Pope Benedict was actually fielding a question about social justice and the gap between rich and poor and, in effect, had taken a principle associated with the Pro-Life movement and applied it consistently across a broader spectrum of issues. The U.S. bishops do essentially the same thing in Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, stating that every Catholic has a duty to bring the truth of the dignity of every human person into the public square and to guide their civic actions by assimilating what the Church teaches. When it comes to what those teachings are, the bishops offer a complete, interconnected moral framework with the right to life and the dignity of the human
person at its center. When the bishops apply this principle to the political issues of the day, they, like Pope Benedict, cast a broad net: Human dignity opposes direct attacks on human life, whether that's the unborn baby or a civilian in a combat zone. It opposes unjust discrimination, whether it's denying jobs, housing and other opportunities based on skin color or deciding that, due to age or illness, someone should be deliberately killed. Human dignity says that people aren't to be used as a means to an end, whether that's cloning or destroying human embryos in the name of science, going to war without sufficient cause and subsequently torturing people in the name of national security
, or deliberately snuffing out a life in the name of justice or compassion. Finally, a belief in human dignity means no one can remain oblivious to widespread human suffering, whether it's genocide abroad or poverty at home. All of these are covered when the bishops call on Catholics to speak out consistently for human life and dignity. Doing so, of course, isn't without its share of complications and grief, especially when it collides head-on with the traditional ideological divides of U.S. politics. Addressing a Washington gathering in 2008, Archbishop Charles Chaput, then archbishop of Denver, mused that it seemed, "The people who attack me when I speak out against abortion are the same ones who praise me when I speak out in defense of immigrants." And vice versa. The archbishop wasn't demonizing immigrant supporters as pro-abortion or suggesting that pro-lifers are anti-immigrant, but rather illustrating the widespread need for
and dignity greater consistency on human life and dignity issues. John Carr, USCCB's executive director of Justice, Peace and Human Development, has noted that any Catholic who tries to live out Catholic teaching consistently in the public square is bound to feel "politically homeless" pretty quickly. The difficulty Catholics have dealing with this quandary is reflected in the fragmented, disparate political allegiances they settle for, often giving voice to a few concerns of the Church, but diluting or dulling its moral voice on others.
While it might be tempting to throw in the towel on this mess, that approach is too simplistic and turns its back on the duty of every Catholic to get involved. Just because Catholics are often as divided as the rest of the country doesn't mean they can't be a force for good. Just as Catholics are called to form their individual consciences, they can also serve as a voice of conscience to the entire political process. The key is not to speak from mere partisan or ideological agendas, but from the conviction that sees, in the words of the bishops, "all human beings as children of God."
The Church's saints By Father John Acrea
On July 13, I left for Sydney, Australia. I was asked to be a spiritual director
for a retreat conducted by Msgr. John Esseff for the Missionaries of Charity, the
group that Mother Teresa
The retreat was for directors of houses the sisters have scattered in various
countries, including Australia, East Timor
, Papua New Guinea, Korea, Vietnam,
India, Philippines, New Zealand
and Bangladesh. Each priest or sister on the
team would meet with seven or eight sisters each day for spiritual direction. Each
of the sisters speaks English. In fact, some of them speak six or seven languages.
The sisters have a mission to the poorest of the poor. They told me of picking
up dead people in the streets, cleaning wounds filled with worms, being
threatened by rival gangs. They deal with prostitutes and alcoholics. They live
very simple lives depending on donations for everything they have.
The sisters come from regions of the world that have cultures that are very
different from ours. For example: marriages are arranged, girl babies are a
disappointment, physical punishment of children is brutal, violence is a day-by-
day occurrence, retaliation is the law of the land. Black magic, voodoo and hexes
Some of the sisters were confirmed by Bishop Leo Arkfeld from the Des
Moines diocese. He was bishop in New Guinea for years. In fact, the father of
one of the sisters use to ferry the bishop up and down the rivers so that he could
visit his flock.
The Missionaries of Charity are amazing women. Mother Teresa promised that
Father John Acrea is a retired priest of the Diocese of Des Moines.
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Around the Diocese
Aug. 21 Tuesday Catholic Widows and Widowers DES MOINES -- Tour World Food Prize Hall at the old library. Reservations are at 10 a.m. Open house for 12 people. Call 515-2452411 if you are coming. Aug. 25 Saturday Trivia Time WINTERSET St. Joseph Parish is holding a trivia night. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and trivia starts at 7 p.m. Teams of eight compete for prizes for best country and/or western costume, best themed table and more. Ten rounds of questions with 10 questions in each round.
Soda, water and popcorn are
provided. Bring snacks for your
table. Wine and beer are available
for a free-will offering. Cost is $1
5 per person (a 9th person can be
added to a table for $25). Proceeds
go to Youth Ministry. Space is
limited so register early to save a
spot. Flyer and registration form
ulletins.htm For more information
contact Teresa Kordick at 515-321-
Aug. 28 Tuesday Catholic Widows and Widowers DES MOINES -- Business meeting at St. Augustin Catholic
Church, 42nd and Grand in the lower level. Aug. 31 Friday Catholic Widows and Widowers DES MOINES -- Meet at 9 a.m. for First Friday Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Student Center, 1150 28th St. Brunch following Mass. Sept. 11 Tuesday Catholic Widows and Widowers DES MOINES -- Planning meeting at Chicago Speakeasy at 12:30 p.m. Bring some new ideas to share.
Rural Life Mass Aug. 26
All are invited to join Bishop Richard Pates, for the second annual Rural Life Mass on Sunday, Aug. 26 at 10:30 a.m. in Lucas County outside of Chariton. Mass, a speaker and a light lunch will be held on the land of Mike and Kellee Curran, parishioners of Sacred Heart parish in Chariton. The Rural Life Mass is being organized in part through the Diocese of Des Moines' Rural Life Initiative which is part of Catholic Charities' Social Justice Consortium. Everyone in the
diocese, including those living in urban areas, is invited to attend the celebration. Mass will be held rain or shine. "The celebration is to let rural America and rural Iowans know that we understand they're a very important part of our communities," said Deacon Luke Tieskoetter of the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines and the Rural Life contact for Catholic Charities' Social Justice Consortium. Bishop Pates will celebrate the Mass with priests of the diocese
concelebrating. Speaker Ron Rosmann, a member of the board of directors for the National Catholic Rural Life Conference, will speak about the conference and how it can be of assistance. The Curran farm is located just west of Chariton on Highway 34 by the Lakeview Golf and Country Club. For more information, visit http://www.dmdiocese. org/rural-life.cfm or call Father Pisut at 641-774-4978 or [email protected]
Sept. 14-15 Fri.-Saturday St. Augustin class reunion DES MOINES -- St. Augustin Class of 1962 reunion. Register by Aug. 25. Check out the Facebook page
: http://www.facebook.com/ StAugustinSchoolDsm1962. For more information or to register, contact any of the committee members: Father John Ludwig, [email protected]
; Tim Burke, [email protected]
.com; Peg Riley O'Connor, [email protected]
; Molly McIlhon House, [email protected]
Sept. 14-16 Fri.-Sunday Beginning Experience PANORA -- Beginning Experience weekend at St. Thomas More Center in Panora. For further information contact Father Bob Schoemann at 515-418-1938 or Jay Fredrick at 515-981-9474. Fall Festival DES MOINES -- St. Anthony Parish is celebrating faith, friends and community at its annual Fall Festival. Bingo Friday night with $100 games and a $500 blackout. Saturday festival, dinner, bake sale, raffle with $5,000 prize. Sunday Mass with Bishop Pates at Grotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Divine Mercy, pasta by Tursi's Latin King. To purchase tickets contact 515-244-4709 or visit our website at www. sasfallfestival. myevent.com
www.dmdiocese.org Sept. 15 Saturday Catholic Daughters of the Americas DES MOINES -- Court Ave Maria No. 302 will meet at 9 a.m. at the Basilica of St. John. Mass will be followed by brunch in the hall. Sisters of Mary will be the guests. Sept. 18 Tuesday Catholic Widows and Widowers DES MOINES -- Meet at 4 p.m. at the Cobblestone Theater for a movie with supper following. Sept. 25 Tuesday Catholic Widows and Widowers DES MOINES -- Business meeting at 2 p.m. at St. Augustin Catholic Church, 42nd and Grand in the lower level. Sept. 30 Sunday Chicken, ham dinner LENOX -- St. Patrick Parish is holding its annual chicken and ham dinner from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the church basement. Menu includes chicken, ham, baked potatoes, corn, green beans, salad and pie. Cost is $8/adults, $5/children ages 12 and under. Silent auction with proceeds going to the parish center building fund.
www.dmdiocese.org Olympic archer says she'll be back
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CNS Photo/Suhaib Salem, Reuters Miranda Leek, of the United States fires an arrow during the women's archery individual eliminations round at the 2012 London Olympic Games July 30. Leek is a graduate of St. Anthony School in Des Moines and Dowling Catholic High School in West Des Moines.
By Anne Marie Cox Staff Writer Miranda Leek, a graduate of Dowling Catholic High School and St. Anthony School, left London and the 2012 Olympic games with experience and high hope for the future. The 19-year-old archer, first introduced to the sport as a child, beat a competitor from the Ukraine on July 30 by a score of 6-2 but in a second match fell to a competitor from Italy 6-4. On her Facebook page, she said, "It's no joke that the Olympics really is anyone's game; it all comes down to handful of arrows." In a July 30 post, she wrote: "I proudly represented my country in the Olympic Games. Am I bringing home an Olympic medal? No, not this time. However, I shot my heart out in that stadium and gave all I had to offer." She wrote that she did
"I have learned so much
from this experience, and I
am here to tell you that it has
made me a stronger person
and a stronger archer, and I
will be back on this stage in
the future," she posted. "The
world has yet to see the best
that I have to offer!"
In an interview with The
Catholic Mirror in June, she
said her sport had
reconnected her with her faith
"When you're living
among athletes, our faith
comes up in conversation,"
she said. "It really helped me
to rediscover my faith."
She had said the support
she received from Dowling
Catholic contributed to her
St. Anthony School
Principal Dr. Joe Cordaro said
Leek will be honored at the
school with a display of
"It's not every day we get
an Olympian," he said.
In the Heartland With Bishop Pates "In the Heartland With Bishop Pates" is a weekly, hour-long radio show that airs live on Fridays at 10 a.m. on KWKY 1150 AM, Des Moines, and Spirit Catholic Radio 102.7 FM, Omaha, www.kwky.com and www.kvss.com. The show is replayed on KWKY on Saturdays at 1 p.m.. and Sundays at 6 a.m., and 4 p.m. Upcoming show topics are: · Aug. 17 -- St. Anthony School · Aug. 24 -- Rural Life Mass · Aug. 31 -- Campus Ministry/FOCUS Missionaries · Sept. 7 -- To be determined · Sept. 14 -- To be determined Call in with questions at 10:45 a.m. Fridays at 515-223-1150 or email [email protected]
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Catholic schools welcome diversity
The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic Schools work hard to provide a diverse learning experience
to help students and families feel welcome no matter their nationality, religion or learning needs.
Family seeks Christ in education
By Darcie Tallman Contributing Writer For Merry Ridnour and her family, the thought of having her children in a school environment without the presence of Christ was not acceptable. Even though the Ridnour family was not Catholic, they made the decision seven years ago to send their first child to St. Patrick School in Perry. It was a decision they did not regret and they now have three children, ages 13, 10, and 8 at the school. Merry said that when her
Ridnour children of St. Patrick School, Perry oldest child was transitioning from pre-school to kindergarten, one of his teachers asked her where he would be attending school.
Since the family wasn't Catholic, the Ridnour's decided he would attend the public school
. However, the teacher shared that her children went that route as well and had 13 years in a God-less environment. "That really hit home. The kids and I could work through the differences between religious beliefs
but being in a Christ-less environment for that huge amount of their lives was unacceptable," said Ridnour. Merry said St. Patrick School has done a wonderful job making sure her children feel at home. She worried that
when her children reached second grade, they would feel left out or different when the class was preparing for First Communion. However, she said that never happened and teachers went out of their way to make sure her children felt included in the journey. "Our family is always invited to participate in all things whether it is school or church related. You really do become part of school/church family," said Ridnour. Her children have received many benefits from St. Patrick School. The small class size has been a huge benefit and allows each
student to receive individual attention. In addition, Ridnour is grateful for the values her children have been taught being respectful, caring and responsible. "I can teach that at home but having that reinforcement at school is a tremendous help," said Ridnour. "St. Pat's truly has lifted a burden for me. To know my kids are being educated in such a caring, Christ-centered environment with all the support they could want or need, it's simply amazing," said Ridnour.
Hispanic family finds home at Christ the King School
By Darcie Tallman Contributing Writer George and Gloria Castellano moved to the south side of Des Moines 15 years ago. They were a new family at Christ the King Parish and were welcomed with open arms. Through the families they met, they were introduced to the school. Today, the Castellano family has five children with four of them currently attending Christ the King School. They are active in the parish and school and go out of their way to welcome new Hispanic families. "Christ the King School teaches children to be respectful, excel in academics
and most importantly put God before all things. I love the fact that the kids are so involved spiritually," said Castellano. Her children can pray every day, go to Mass during the week and give back to the community and those in need by participating in service hours. "They are growing up to be a whole person. It compliments what my husband and I want to teach our children. As a Hispanic Catholic, putting God before all things was something my mother embedded in me, my mother-in-law embedded in my husband, and my husband and I teach our children. We hope our children will carry these values to their very own families when they grow up,"
she said. Castellano has been a Spanish associate at the school for the past five years. She also helps Hispanic families by translating during school meetings or assisting with paper work. She enjoys talking with other parents when she's dropping off or picking up her own children, and she frequently calls families to check in and see if she can answer any questions. "It is very important to reach out to other Hispanic families so they know they are not alone and we can help each other out," she said.
George and Gloria Castellano and family "It is important to maintain our teach our children so they (the Hispanic traditional roots and traditions) are not forgotten."
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Christ the King School Christ the King students are learning about diversity first hand. Last school year, students created a multicultural Mass with students reading petitions in their native languages. After Mass, parishioners set up stations that informed students about their culture. During Catholic Schools Week, each family at CKS created a family heritage project that were displayed so others could learn about various cultures. A prayer service honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe was held. Dowling Catholic High School Dowling Catholic high school students
donated over $17,500 to support a variety of causes including feeding children in Malawi, helping women in Uganda, and supporting the Terra Livre mission and the Casa Hogar Orphanage in Brazil. In addition, DCHS hosts presentations on mission work and trips to areas such as Bolivia, Brazil and China.
DCHS has a diverse group of students. Students come from 49 zip codes in 33 Des Moines communities. Fifteen percent of DCHS students are minorities and 45 percent receive financial aid
. Holy Family School At Holy Family School, students learn about many different cultures through artifacts, books, language, dance, and food. Teachers embrace our diverse population by integrating culture throughout their lessons. This allows students to make connections to history, literature and geography through culture. The Iowa Department of Education described Holy Family School as, "the flagship school for diversity in the state of Iowa." Students come from 11 different countries and speak nine different languages - an extraordinary number when you consider Holy Family only has 240 students.
Sacred Heart School This past spring, Sacred Heart School hosted a cultural day to increase awareness of the various cultures within the school community. The event allowed students to gain knowledge about a variety of countries and increase acceptance of all people and cultures. Students in third-fifth grades participated in the event and attended presentations about Australia, Poland, China, Peru, Cuba, Costa Rica and Guatemala. Natives from these countries led the presentations activities. Students were encouraged to ask questions, and they were invited to wear a piece of clothing or jewelry representing their own heritage. St. Albert Catholic Schools St. Albert offers a comprehensive curriculum and diverse learning resources and opportunities to fit the needs of each student. For each grade, dedicated teachers develop a program that cultivates the spiritual, academic,
social and personal needs of each student. St. Albert has two certified Special Education teachers
hired to meet the needs of students on individualized education plans and two counselors are available to assist students. For the new academic year, a Talented and Gifted Coordinator has been hired to better challenge high-level learners. In addition, enrichment opportunities are available, such as Math Club, Destination Imagination, World Mission and Battle of the Books. High school students can take over 15 courses for college credit. St. Augustin School One of the ways St. Augustin School provides diverse education is by participating in community service projects. This past spring, the St. Augustin middle school expressed gratitude to the men and women who serve in the military in Afghanistan. For their Lenten project, each middle school house received a list of supplies that could be sent overseas to our troops. The
Schools Back to school
Photo by Anne Marie Cox Holy Family School eighth grade students Alejandro Rocha and Samiya Abu Youm focus on a math and science lesson with teacher Traci Rogo. Differentiated instruction meets diverse learning needs
By Denise Mulcahy Contributing Writer
The phrase differentiated
instruction is often used in
educational circles but
unfortunately there are
misconceptions about what it
instruction, or DI, is a
philosophy and not a strategy.
In classrooms and schools
where DI is practiced, theteachers and students
together to develop an
atmosphere of respect and
is knowing the students'
interests, strengths, and
weaknesses and using that
understanding to make
decisions about their learning
plan. It isn't feasible for a
teacher to write a different
learning plan for each child in
their classroom. For middle
school or high school teachers,
that could be over 100 lesson
plans each day. Instead,
practicing DI allows teachers
to design activities,
assignments and assessments that meet the students' needs. There are many examples from our schools with teachers using DI. For instance, in one of our kindergarten rooms, the students were engaged in center work. Some were finding pictures of words that began with the letter D, others were practicing sight words, and others were working on letter recognition. One student and his teacher were using a PVC pipe as a "listening pipe" so the student could hear the beginning sounds. The teacher knew he was struggling to hear those sounds and focusing time with that student using the "listening pipe" gave him a better understanding of beginning sounds. During another visit, I was in a third grade math class when two second graders walked in and took out their materials. These two students had shown they were in need of acceleration in math and were joining another math class. When the school is
implementing DI it encourages student learning
at the level and environment that is right for the student. Teachers might create assessment options for students as a method of differentiation. In one middle school class, students were given a choice of three different assignments. Each assignment would show the students' learning of the concept, but students were able to choose the method that best suited them: a written summary of the material, creation of a 3-D object depicting what was read, or a poem about the assigned reading. Differentiated instruction is one more way the schools in the Diocese of Des Moines are implementing research-based activities that positively benefit the students in our classes. Denise Mulcahy is the director of teaching and learning for the Diocese of Des Moines.
9 The Catholic Mirror, Aug. 17, 2012 Diocesan schools committee dedicated to providing access for all By Julie Melcher Contributing Writer The Catholic Schools Office has been facilitating the Access For All Advisory for the past two years. The advisory is focused on sustaining and expanding the capability of all diocesan Catholic schools in meeting the special learning needs of its students. During the 2011-2012 school year, the advisory developed its mission, Guiding Principles
, and scope of work. Its mission is: "Our schools believe each student is created in the image and likeness of God and welcome students with diverse abilities. Our schools provide instruction, supports, services, and opportunities to enhance each student's individual abilities." Each Catholic school has high expectations for all students. Instruction, supports, services, and opportunities will be in place in our Catholic schools for students who: · Predominately have needs met in the general education classroom, yet are not making typical progress and are performing below grade level in reading, writing, or mathematics, · Have specific physical (e.g., health), mental health
, and/or social emotional needs, and/or · Are not meeting behavioral expectations. Using survey data that was recently collected and analyzed, the advisory is developing an action plan to guide its work for the next three years. Implementing the action plan will begin during the upcoming school year. The Access For All Advisory meets monthly during the school year. Members include: · Julie Melcher, Catholic Schools Office (facilitator) · Jane Kinney, assistant principal, Sacred Heart School, West Des Moines · Phyllis Konchar, principal, St. Joseph School, Des Moines · Tonya Eaton, principal, St. Patrick School, Perry · Nicole Ryan, Heartland Area Education Agency · Anita Westerhaus, recently retired, Heartland AEA. Those leaving the advisory at the end of the 2011-2012 school year include: Janet Holms, Holy Family School; Kerry Neibergall, Diocesan Catholic School Board; and David Kelley, Dowling Catholic High School. Julie Melcher is the director of educational services for the diocesan Schools Office.
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donations poured in throughout the Lenten season. At the end of the 40 days, the rooms were filled, and the students sorted, boxed and tallied the supplies. Ten boxes were sent with supplies and a letter from each middle school student. One soldier wrote back to say, "Often times, as soldiers, we are not able to thank those who support us. It is often the little things that perk up our spirits while we are away from our loved ones, and you all have brightened many service members' days. I have personally read quite a few letters from some of the students, and I am touched by their worldly understanding despite their young age." St. Patrick School The doors of St. Patrick School opened in 1921 when Perry was a small rural Iowa town. Ninety one years later, the school continues to thrive with a diverse population of students and families.
In the fall, the parish participates in a Harvest Mass at a local farm. During October, we celebrate Dнa de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday that honors those who have died. School and parish groups set up decorated altars. We celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe with a special Mass and meal. Also, in December school and parish families participate in Los Posadas, which commemorates Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem. Traveling to homes, participants enjoy fellowship and Hispanic dishes. The Luck of the Irish is celebrated by wearing green and learning about St. Patrick. In the classrooms, we acknowledge our diversity by learning about different regions of the world, celebrating cultural events, and inviting guest speakers. St. Pius X School St. Pius X School contains a diverse population of teachers and learners.
Teachers have varying teaching certifications and endorsements, areas of specialization and educational experience and background. With this range of experience, interest, and education, there are many conversations and opportunities for teachers to share across grade levels and curriculum areas to daily enhance teaching. Recent professional development
classes taken by our teachers have focused on teaching strategies to meet the needs of each student. Students, too, have various backgrounds, experiences, and abilities. Our small class sizes allow the teachers to get to know each child so they can meet each child's learning needs. Specially trained teachers are available for those who need extra help and for those who can learn independently. We work with the public school to get additional help for our teachers or our students when there is a need.
St. Theresa School This past year, we celebrated our cultural diversity with a cultural fair. Families shared food, history and artifacts. Students delved into learning more about Haiti, Vietnam and South Sudan during Social Justice Week. Our diversity continues with our students whose many academic needs are met through caring teachers, strong academics, extra support through modifications or accommodations, classroom aides, computer software, acceleration to classes at Dowling Catholic High School, Independent Learner program, middle school exploratories and many other activities. The socioeconomics of our school are also diverse. Assistance is available from the Catholic Tuition Organization, a grant for immigrant families, a free or reduced lunch or breakfast, or families sharing clothing or providing groceries through our backpack program.
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Faith helps farmers during difficult times
Continued from page 1 fields" Farmer Mike Veasman, of St. Mary/Holy Cross Parish in Elkhart, farms 2,000 acres north of Colfax, Mingo and north of Ankeny. His fields are variable; he has patches where the corn is totally gone and some patches where it is severely distressed. Where he usually averages 180 bushels of corn, he hopes to average 100 to 120 bushels. "I always say God doesn't give you more than you can handle. I just figured by and large we've been really blessed in this country with our crops," he said. "I think if you don't have faith, it's a lot harder to get through the tough times."
St. Patrick Parish in Neola has a farm willed to the parish in 1944, with about 180 acres planted in corn and 180 acres in soybeans. "In this part of southwest Iowa, we had a pretty nice month of June. We had about seven to seven and a half inches of rain," said farm manager John Fischer. "We held in there pretty well until the last couple of weeks now. We've kind of run out of water. The crops are maturing a little too fast. Yields are going to be reduced but we're a little better off than some areas... "We're going to raise some crop but it's not going to be what it could have been," he said. The Divine Word farm
about 45 miles south of Des Moines in Weldon has corn that's stressed, said farm manager Dan Paxson. The Weldon farm is one of 14 farms in Iowa that support overseas missions of the Divine Word religious community
. Aside from corn, the farm usually gets three cuttings off of the hay ground and this year, it has had only two. The farm needs the hay to feed its cattle and goats over the winter. "I guess we're possibly going to have to buy hay," Paxson said. The farm tries to be self reliant but Paxson said he's not sure if there will be enough hay for this winter. "Trusting in God is the big thing," explained Father Ken Halbur, pastor of Holy Spirit
Photo by Peter Johnson Drought-stressed corn near Creston is turning brown.
Parish in Creston. "No matter what happens, God will get us through it. Good things can come out of bad situations." Father Halbur recommends prayer and faith in God to maintain hope through difficult times. "It may not be what we want or expect, but God will always give us what
we need." Farmer Rayhons reflects that faith in his farming: "That's the attitude of a successful farmer. You never give up. Next year's another year, and it'll be better." Staff Writer Anne Marie Cox contributed to this report.
Christ Our Life Regional Conference Sept. 22-23
Continued from page 1 Angrisano will relate powerful
stories from his firsthand
Barrow returns from Scotland experiences of the Columbine
at lunchtime Saturday to tragedy and share observations
personally thank those who, that will make us laugh, possibly
though unsolicited, gave from even stand up and dance and lead
their hearts to Mary's Meals at us to stronger faith.
the 2010 Christ Our Life
Known to many for his
Conference, and to express his musical leadership at the
gratitude to Iowans who have Diocese of Des Moines'
made the state number one in Centennial Celebration in 2011,
States by Get tickets for the has provided
supporting the organization. Iowans' generous
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music ministry at numerous Catholic
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the "Christ Our Life Kitchen" conferences, retreats and
in Malawi as well as several National Catholic Youth
other kitchens. Iowa native Conference events. All are
Mike Miller, inspired by invited to enjoy an hour-long
MacFarlane-Barrow during the concert with Angrisano,
2010 conference, will share Saturday, beginning at 9 p.m.
through video, his ongoing
An all-weekend pass, $25
experiences with Mary's Meals for adults and $15 for students,
in Liberia, Africa. Mary's youth and volunteers (see
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storytelling and guitar. 9990.
Calling all volunteers
The organizers for the
upcoming Christ Our Life
Regional Conference need
volunteers and choir members.
volunteers are needed for
three-hour increments of time
between 7 a.m. on Sept. 22,
when the conference begins,
and the end of the conference
Volunteers will help
escort people to their seats,
find gold ticket seating, assist
with check in, answer
questions and more.
Volunteers will receive a
discounted price of $15 for
their tickets. Youth can receive service hours for their help. To help, contact Joan Huss at [email protected]
, 515-266-6765 or 515-3603904. Volunteers are also needed for the choir. Individuals do not need a special voice and will have opportunities to practice in September. Choir members need to be at the conference both days. To register, go to www.ChristOurLifeIowa.com, click on "register now," and choose the "2012 choir registration" option.
Catholic radio expands
By Anne Marie Cox Staff Writer
The station recently moved its office from Norwalk to the Catholic Pastoral Center in Des
Moines and redesigned its
Catholic radio is growing studio on the first floor of the
in central Iowa.
1150 KWKY Catholic
KWKY launched a
radio has purchased 88.5 FM redesigned website at
and 94.5 FM, which cover the kwky.com that offers the
metro area, and plans to simulcast on its new FM stations the programming currently heard on 1150 AM.
"This will bring our message to more Catholics and Christians across central Iowa, to listeners who simply prefer the FM frequency and a broadcast signal that's more consistent and
for online giving, blogging and more new media activity. Plus, the station is
C a t h o l i c clear."
can be heard -- St. Gabriel Communications parishes to
on the FM
stations beginning sometime in awareness, interest and support
among donors, listeners and
KWKY paid $600,000 for advertisers.
the FM stations and is focusing
In the last year, the station
on an ongoing capital campaign has built strong relationship
and fundraising appeal to with parishes and schools by
support the purchase.
taking the morning show on the
"This will bring our road and broadcasting from
message to more Catholics and parishes and schools in the
Christians across central Iowa, spotlight that week, said Mike
to listeners who simply prefer Peters, executive director.
the FM frequency and a
"We've worked hard at
broadcast signal that's more building relationships with
consistent and clear," said St. parishes and schools, with
Gabriel Communications, a Dowling Catholic and with
nonprofit organization that organizations like the Knights
of Columbus," he said. "As a
In addition, this fall the result, we have more people
station also plans to add several aware of Catholic radio
locally produced shows to its programming in our
current lineup. They include a community and support for our
show with retired Bishop effort to use radio as an
Joseph Charron called "A evangelization tool."
Spiritual Journey." Dowling
The station has assisted the
Catholic High School will have Diocese of Des Moines by
a regularly scheduled show. promoting diocesan events such
Shows featuring Catholic as last year's Centennial
women, and youth ministry and Celebration and the funeral
vocations will also begin airing. Mass of Father Jim Polich. It
The station currently broadcasted the diaconate
produces local programming ordination in June, Chrism
including: "In the Heartland Mass and plans to carry live the
With Bishop Pates," a weekly Aug. 19 dedication of the new
hour-long show on Fridays at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
10 a.m. which repeats over the worship center in Indianola.
weekend; an hour-long
KWKY began in 1948 as
weekday drive-time show at 7 KWDM with a downtown
a.m., repeating at 7 p.m.; a half- studio and towers in Pleasant
hour weekday discussion show Hill. The station moved to
at 9 a.m.
Norwalk in 1970. Purchased by
The bishop's show can also the Putbrese family in 1976, the
be heard on Spirit Catholic format
Radio Network based in Omaha evangelization
and covering much of the talk/music. St. Gabriel
western part of Iowa and most Communications purchased the
station in 2006.
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Deacon authors book about cancer, journey up a mountain
By Anne Marie Cox Staff Writer Deacon Dave Bartemes says life isn't over after getting a cancer diagnosis. After battling Prostate Cancer
for 23 years, he published a book this summer about his illness and his attempt to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with other cancer survivors earlier this year. Deacon Bartemes, of St.
Pius X Parish in Urbandale, had no intention of writing a book until Drake University Professor
Yasmina Madden encouraged him to write about his emotions during the trip. After reading his first essay, he said she wanted to read more. He wrote 40 more pages and that became the catalyst for his book "We Call Her Kili." While writing a chapter called "The Locker Room" he came to understand cancer in a new way. "This piece helped me understand a lot about me, the disease and how it affects men," he said. With the support of the group Above+Beyond Cancer, he made the trip to Africa with 18 other cancer survivors and 21 caregivers. When he returned, he wanted to give something back. He thought many men who experience prostate cancer experience inner turmoil and so he wrote about his experience. Profits from the sale of the book will be donated to Above +Beyond Cancer or to the Kilimanjaro Orphanage. "Life isn't over after cancer," he said. He wrote about "how it affects us. There's a lot of life, a lot of joy and a lot of love left." His wife of 51 years, Cora, said her husband has heard from some people who read the book. "He found other people who had many of the same experiences because he is able to say this happened to me and this is how I felt," she said.
"We call her Kili" By Deacon Dave Bartemes Softcover, 97 pages Publisher: AuthorHouse "Other people have been able to say to him, `Yes, that happened to me, too.'" Dr. Richard Deming, medical director of Mercy Cancer Center, founder of Above+Beyond Cancer , leader of the Mt. Kilimanjaro trip and doctor to Deacon Bartemes, said, "Deacon Dave has been an inspiration in the way he has gone through his journey, shared his ups and downs, the triumphs and side effects of his treatment so openly." Cora said of her husband: "He brings a sense of adventure to everything in life, whether he's building something in his woodshop or writing a homily or going to Tanzania. Life is a grand adventure for Dave. Every day, he gets up and looks for what the day will bring with optimism and expectation that it's all good."
New Respect Life contact for Social Justice Consortium
Catholic Charities' Social Justice Consortium recently
Bresnan as the
contact for the
which uses the
for a broader impact on social
Bishop Richard Pates and
Catholic Charities' Executive
Director Nancy Galeazzi
appointed Bresnan, who is the
Parish Outreach Liaison at
"We welcome Ken to this
position in the consortium and
this significant initiative which
is at the heart of what we
believe and do as a Church,"
said Nancy Galeazzi.
The Respect Life initiative
understanding and imple-
menting the concept of the
consistent life ethic, whereby
the respect and dignity of all
persons is embraced from the
moment of conception to
natural death. A consistent life
ethic means being pro-life
across the board: opposing
abortion, capital punishment,
assisted suicide and euthanasia.
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Deacon honored for horsetrack ministry
By Peter Johnson Staff Writer At the time most people start to wake up and go to work, Deacon Dennis Luft's voice carries words of prayer throughout the stables of Prairie Meadows horse track. Deacon Luft, of Ss. John and Paul Church in Altoona, arrives at dawn to the stables behind Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino to a chapel in an administration building for the racetrack. Outside the chapel is a whiteboard, with words of faithful advice that he has written. The chapel is a plain square room, decorated with images of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a crucifix, and the Stations of the Cross. From this chapel, he has served as chaplain to the individuals in the racing industry at Prairie Meadows for over 12 years. Deacon Luft's routine begins with a prayer service that rings throughout the barns and practice track, carried over the public address system. He then starts walking up and down the stables, greeting anyone and everyone he sees by name. He asks how
they are doing and offers to meet with them later if needed for additional counsel. "I try to see everyone as a child of God," said Deacon Luft. "In each person is a reflection of God's unconditional love." On race days, the chaplain offers a prayer service for the jockeys and offers a blessing on the race horses. He also holds Sunday services. "Spiritual ministry fills a vital need," he said. "People in the horse racing industry will arrive at 4 a.m. and finish late at night." Deacon Luft had many years' experience in hospital chaplaincy when he was approached by a friend who recommended him to apply for the open chaplain position at Prairie Meadows. "I told them, `I don't know the first thing about horses,' and they replied, `but you know about people.'" Luft said. "From there, I applied, was given two interviews and got the position." On Aug. 3, Dennis Luft was inducted into the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame for his 12 years of service to the workers, trainers and jockeys in the stables of Prairie
Meadows, honoring the man who can be found providing ministry and friendship to those working in the horseracing industry behind the casino. "Chaplain Dennis is kind
and gracious, the epitome of everything you'd expect a chaplain to be, and more than you could possibly hope for. He is never too busy to help someone in need, and he is a friend to all. He has dedicated
much time, effort and talent to his ministry here," said track spokeswoman Mary Lou Coady. "We are so very fortunate to have Chaplain Dennis at Prai rie Meadows."
Photo by Jack Coady Deacon Dennis Luft visits with trainer Tim Gleason and his pony horse. Deacon Luft was inducted into the Prairie Meadows Hall of Fame for his 12 years of service to the workers, trainers and jockeys in the stables at the racetrack.
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COMMUNICATIONS -- The
Archdiocese of Dubuque is
seeking a Communications
Director to further develop itsPublic relations
information, expand the
audience to which it
communicates by utilizing
current and emerging media
technologies in the spirit of
stewardship. This position will
direct Communications, the
newspaper (The Witness),
websites, Design, Printing and
the Information Technology
Department and implement
recommendations of the recent
communications task force.
The successful candidate
must have a Bachelor's Degree
in Communications, Public
Relations, Journalism, or
related field and a Master's
degree in theology, religious
communications field and a
working knowledge of the
Catholic Church, church ethics,
traditions. Also, must have a
collaborative style, have the
ability to interface effectively
with community groups,
organizations, boards, staff and
multi-cultural groups. Position
requires individual to be a
The Archdiocese of Dubuque
covers the 30 counties of
northeastern Iowa. This
position is based in the
Dubuque Pastoral Center.
Competitive salary and
benefits. Email resume and
Director of Pastoral Center &human resource
Archdiocese of Dubuque,
1229 Mt Loretta Ave,
Dubuque IA 52003
563-556-2580, Ext. 225,
fax 563-556-5464[email protected]
CATHOLIC LOTS -- Three Space
Lots in Block K in the Catholic
Section very close to the Altar
available for sale at $3000/Lot
($1000 per burial space). Must
be sold as one Lot. If
interested, please call 515 282-
2923 for more information.
COORDINATOR of HISPANIC MINISTRY The Diocese of Des Moines has a new position created to support and develop religious programs and people within the Hispanic Community in our Diocese. This person will work closely with Diocesan offices regarding catechesis, worship, vocations, communications and schools as well as issues and challenges facing the Hispanic Community. This person will also work with parishes to promote the formation of leaders among the Hispanic laity by assisting and training catechetical leaders. Opportunities for professional development include attendance at the Catholic Extension National Hispanic Lay Leadership Initiative Meeting. The successful candidate will be bilingual (Spanish and English
), Hispanic and Catholic. More information can be found at our website www.dmdiocese.org and click the Employment link. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume by August 31, 2012 to: Human Resources Diocese of Des Moines 601 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309 [email protected]
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Embassy Club, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, September 7
Des Moines "In the Heartland
with Bishop Pates," KWKY
Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10
Tuesday, September 11 -
Wednesday, September 12
Washington, DC U.S.
Conference of Catholic BishopsAdministrative Committee
meetings and Subcommittee for
the Church in Africa meeting
Wednesday, September 12
Freedom, Catholic University
of America, 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 13
Perspectives on Religious
University, 10:30 a.m.
Friday, September 14
Des Moines "In the Heartland
with Bishop Pates," KWKY
Des Moines; KVSS, Omaha, 10
Des Moines Drake Newman
Lecture Series, Drake
Saturday, September 15
Council Bluffs Catholic
schools identity workshop and
Mass, St. Albert School, 10
Sunday, September 16
Des Moines Dedication of
Grotto, St. Anthony Parish,
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En las Tierras Centrales con el Obispo Pates En Anticipaciуn de un Nuevo Aсo
La vida Catуlica se adapta a diferentes ciclos casa aсo, por ejemplo el Aсo Litъrgico, el aсo que marca el calendario, el aсo pastoral que coincide en un mayor grado con el aсo acadйmico o escolar. El verano nos ayuda a recibir la muy necesitada oportunidad de vacacionar, relajarnos y suspender la rutina normal. Nos da tiempo para planear y organizar el aсo pastoral o cuando se llevan a cabo la mayorнa de los programas diocesanos y pastorales, comenzando en septiembre y extendiйndose hasta mediados de junio. El personal ampliamente capacitado de la Diуcesis de Des Moines junto con el invaluable personal y voluntarios de las parroquias se han dedicado a desarrollar planes para el prуximo aсo pastoral, ademбs de sus actividades de verano. Creo firmemente que sus esfuerzos nos traerбn actividades emocionantes y productivas en este aсo que comienza. Permнtanme compartirles algunas de йstas. Escuelas Catуlicas e
By Bishop Richard E. Pates identidad Cathуlica Desde su comienzo y hasta muy recientemente, la Escuelas Catуlicas se han beneficiado del carisma, dedicaciуn y servicio de las mujeres religiosas y sacerdotes diocesanos que, en gran medido, guiaron la identidad Catуlica de nuestras escuelas en la Diуcesis de Des Moines. El liderazgo que siembra las semillas del carбcter Catуlico de nuestras escuela ha sido transferido las manos de laicos. En este punto es esencial el consolidar esta realidad y llegar a renovar el entendimiento y aceptaciуn de nuestra personalidad Catуlica. El Dr. Luvern Gubbels, Superintendente Escolar de la diуcesis, estб planeando con un grupo de organizadores con quienes visitarй nuestras 17
escuelas Catуlicas en el aсo
acadйmico del 2012-2013. El
propуsito es el involucrar a las
partes interesadas sacerdotes,
padres de familia, estudiantes,
escolares tanto educativos
representantes de las
parroquias, etc. En la
responsabilidad de una
identidad Catуlica particular en
cada escuela y el importante
papel que juegan todos en
lograr esta identidad y visiуn
que las definen. Espero
comenzar esta caravana en el
curso del prуximo aсo
iniciando en las escuelas de St.
Albert en Council Bluffs el 15
Catequesis ara adolescentes y el sacramento de la confirmaciуn Basados en el aumento que tuvimos el aсo pasado de 500 jуvenes mбs y 55 catequistas adultos adicionales, John Gaffney, Director del Departamento de Educaciуn y Catequesis de la Oficina de Servicios de Catequesis y Cheryl Fournier, Directora del Evangelizaciуn, Formaciуn de
The Question Corner
Should we pray for people by name?
Q. Is it right to tell someone that you will pray for them when, in fact, you will never mention them by name when you pray? I am a eucharistic minister at a local hospital, and when I visit patients and promise to pray for them, I make a mental note of their names and pray for them immediately as I leave the hospital. If all you are going to do is pray for the whole world in a generalized way, it doesn't seem right to pledge prayers for a specific individual. (Midvale, Utah) A. ALL INTERCESSORY PRAYER is praiseworthy, whether it be general or specific. The ideal, I believe, is to mention particular individuals by name when you pray because when you picture those persons in your mind, it is as though you are carrying them before God in their need. It also, I think, deepens our compassion when we reflect even briefly on someone else's travails. There are, though, plenty of people who -- usually before they go to bed -- include in a general way all those for whom they have promised that day to pray, and this, too, is meritorious. At our parish's weekend Masses, I have on occasion included in the prayer of the faithful a petition that says: "For all who have asked our prayers, for those for whom we have promised
Question Corner By Father Kenneth Doyle to pray and for people most in need of prayer, we pray to the Lord." Q. Lately, a fair number of clergy from other religious denominations who have converted to Catholicism have been permitted to become Roman Catholic priests and retain their marital status. If the Catholic Church is allowing this, why not change the celibacy requirement and permit all Catholic priests to marry? (Columbia, Mo.) A. IN 1980, POPE JOHN Paul II issued a "pastoral provision" that said Protestant and Anglican clergymen who wished to become Catholic priests could do so and remain married. Since then, about 100 men in the United States have been ordained as Roman Catholic priests, according to this provision. Many Catholics do not know that the Roman Catholic Church had married priests up until the First Lateran Council in 1123, when celibacy became the rule for Latin-rite Catholic priests. The rationale
for the discipline of celibacy is threefold: It most closely mirrors Christ, who was unmarried; it demonstrates that love can be real and strong without being physical, which is said to reflect the eternal life of heaven; and, as Paul indicated in 1 Corinthians (7:32), it allows a man to be free from the cares of raising a family, so that he can focus all of his energies on the work of the Lord. Your question as to how Catholic priests ordained as celibates feel about this pastoral provision is a good one, and I can only answer it anecdotally from random conversations I've had with priests. Some, I suppose, do harbor a bit of envy that those newly ordained as Catholic clergy under this provision can continue to enjoy family life with a wife and children, a choice that was not open to us when we were ordained. But for the most part, Catholic priests seem grateful that they will be helped in their ministry by this new pool of clergy. What bothers a fair number of longtime priests is that there are several thousand men in the U.S. who left the Catholic priesthood (mainly in the 1960s and 1970s) to marry and whose talents and background would render them equally suitable for ministry or more so.
Fe para Adultos y Ministerio
Eclesial Laico, se unirбn a los
profesionales de Direcciones de
Formaciуn de Fe y Ministerios
de Juventud en la Diуcesis para
construir un programa en
catequesis que beneficie
Al implementar la nueva
polнtica diocesano que limita
los miйrcoles por la noche y los
domingos por la maсana a
celebraciones litъrgicas, tiempo
con la familia y catequesis para
jуvenes se harб especial
йnfasis en desarrollar el
programa de Confirmaciуn. La
meta es primeramente el
enriquecer a los maravillosos
catequistas involucrados en este
ministerio. Se va a iniciar un
esfuerzo conjunto para llevar a
cabo este esfuerzo de preparar a
los jуvenes aquellos que estбn
en el dйcimo grado en delante
para este Sacramento de
iniciaciуn. Se harб йnfasis el
aprecio por la Eucaristнa, el
continuo sacramento de la
iniciaciуn, que es central en las
vidas de la comunidad de
Aсo de la Fe y Conferencia Christo Nuestra Vida Marilyn Lane y Ellen Miller asн como un gran grupo de asociados han or ganizado la Conferencia "Cristo Nuestra Vida" que se llevarб a cabo en la Arena de Wells Fargo el 22 y 23 de septiembre. La primer conferencia en el 2011 fue un gran йxito y fue una gran inspiraciуn para los miles que participaron. La lista de presentadores es nuevamente impresionante. La lista la encabeza el Cardenal Donald Wuerl, Arzobispo de Washington, D.C. y el Arzobispo Gustavo Garcнa-
Siller de San Antonio. Les invito a todos a aprovechar esta rara oportunidad que seguramente tundra un impacto positive en su fe. El Papa Benedicto XVI ha designado el inicio del Aсo de la Fe el 11 de octubre de este aсo que concluirб con la Fiesta de Cristo Rey el 24 de Noviembre del 2012. Serб la conmemoraciуn del 50 aniversario de la apertura del Concilio Vaticano Segundo y el 20 aniversario de la publicaciуn del Catecismo de la Iglesia Catуlica. Los cinco sacerdotes de nuestras diуcesis que se han ordenado mбs recientemente, Padres Guthrie Dolan, Zach Kautzky, Reynaldo Hernбndez, George Komo y Ken Halbur estбn encabezando un comitй para liderar nuestra conmemoraciуn en la diуcesis. Entre los planes iniciales se busca poner atenciуn a ciertos temas uso de la liturgia en la oraciуn, el Vaticano Segundo en contexto y programas especiales para adultos jуvenes. XXX Se estбn organizando mбs actividades a nivel diуcesis por el Padre Joseph Pins, Director de Vocaciones, Adam Storey, Director de la Oficina de Matrimonio y Vida Familiar, Kyle Lechtenberg, Director de Culto y Cheryl Fournier, Directora de Evangelizaciуn, Formaciуn de Fe para Adultos & Ministerio Eclesial Laico, que van a desarrollar programas para los ministerios especializados en que sirven. El 2012-2013 promete ser rico en fortalecer y nutrir nuestra relaciуn con Dios y la comunidad creyente. ЎEstйn atentos!
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