Thursday, October 30, 2014

PostCrescent: Green Bay Diocese working to serve growing Hispanic community

Photo: Sam Lucero, The Compass
Churches in the Fox Valley are working to meet the needs of Mexican immigrants, the driving force behind the state's dramatic demographic shift.

The number of minorities in Wisconsin will nearly triple over the next half century and no other population sector will grow faster than Hispanics, according to a recent report by the USA Today Network, which includes Post-Crescent Media.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay is among those trying to serve the Hispanic population, but more Spanish speakers are needed among its pastoral leadership to make that happen, said Mark Mogilka, the diocese's director of stewardship and pastoral services.

"That's our biggest challenge, coming up with bilingual and bi-cultural priests and ministers," Mogilka said. "All of our seminarians for the last probably 10 years are required to study Spanish."
continue at Post Crescent

Dia de los Muertos in Milwaukee

Oct. 31 is All Hallows' Eve, but the day after is its own celebration.

The Dia de los Muertos — the Day of the Dead — has its own traditions and its own sense of spectacle. But it's not Halloween, as the Milwaukee celebrations below show.

Parade grounds

One way to celebrate life is to celebrate those who've passed from it.

The Dia de los Muertos parade, now in its fourth year, has been organized for the Walker Square neighborhood to do just that. The annual Dia de los Muertos festival, widely celebrated in Mexico and cultures throughout the world, is observed with celebrations and prayers for friends and family who have passed away.

Ofrendas, or altars, are created in memory of friends and family, often including colorful decorations, mementos and favorite foods. Many will be on view in Walker Square Park.
continue at JS 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

'Gay and Straight' ministry off base

Margo Szews of West Allis has a letter to the editor (given the title above) in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in response to the article Gay Catholics find 'whisper of hope' in growing ministry. (see our earlier post.) She writes,
"Annysa Johnson's recent article on the "Gay and Straight in Christ" ministry at Good Shepherd Catholic Church requires some clarification.

"Sadly, this outreach is now offered at three more Catholic parishes. According to Deacon Bill Goulding, the members at St. Mary's in Hales Corners recently 'read about' Sister Jeannine Gramick, SSND, co-founder with Father Robert Nugent, SDS, of the faith-based LGBT advocacy group New Ways Ministry. 

"But, in 1999, after 15 years of discussion with Gramick and Nugent, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith 'permanently prohibited' them from 'any pastoral work involving homosexual persons,' explaining that they do not faithfully convey the clear and constant teachings of the Catholic Church in regard to 'the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and the objective disorder of the homosexual inclination.'

"In her article, Johnson also cites the Rev. Bryan Massingale, who claimed that 'these kinds of ministries are consistent with church teachings.' But in 2006, when the Wisconsin Marriage Amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman was on the ballot, Massingale authored a full-page article in the diocesan Catholic Herald urging Catholics to vote 'no,' while all five Wisconsin bishops encouraged Catholics to vote 'yes.'

"Rather than promote a Catholic life of chastity and sexual abstinence, 'Gay and Straight in Christ' appears to simply affirm the participants in their sexual orientation. Instead, this LGBT outreach should use the 'Courage' model, created by Father John Harvey for Catholics with same-sex attraction."

Crucifix stolen from Wis. Rapids church

Authorities are asking for help in finding a crucifix stolen from a church.

At 10:13 a.m. Oct. 20, officers responded to a report of the theft of a 2-foot tall crucifix, valued at about $910, from SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1110 First St. N., Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin Rapids Police Lt. Brian Krzykowski said.

The crucifix is gold in color with a silver Jesus. It has a stand with scroll-type decorations, Krzykowski said.

A video surveillance camera captured an unknown female with long, dark and somewhat curly hair wandering through the church. She also was in the room where the crucifix was standing, Kryzkowski said.
continue at Rapids Trib

Cdl George: "the first full translation of the missal of Paul VI was ideologically charged"

You were prominent in the work of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) and the development of the new liturgical translations. Now that they have been in use for nearly two years, are you satisfied with the translations pastorally and theologically?

It’s hard for me to give an unbiased judgment on the value of the new translations. First of all, the first full translation of the missal of Paul VI was ideologically charged. Since the liturgy, along with Sacred Scripture, is the primary carrier of the tradition that unites us to Christ, the loss of the theology of grace, the domestication of God, the paraphrasing that deliberately omitted nuances of understanding, the deliberate omission of biblical references in the liturgical text itself, etc. left the church for forty years without a way of worship that adequately expressed our faith. This was clear for those of us who used the Roman missal in Spanish during those years; their translation was far more adequate. The bishops had the obligation to see that the translation into English of the third edition of the Roman Missal was faithful and also able to be used communally. I believe it has been well done. Some of the expressions in the Prefaces are a bit “clunky,” but the collects are truly beautiful if a priest takes the time to interiorize the structure of dependent clauses and use his voice so that the prayer is comprehensible to the faithful.
full interview at Amerika

ht Pewsitter


"Roll Back Roe" Swing Dance in Milwaukee Nov 14

HT James K

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fauré Requiem Mass at St. Josaphat Basilica Sunday Nov 2 at 10am

via Cream City

Cdl. Burke: “I did not state that Pope Francis has harmed the Church."

Liberals want Cardinal Burke to the "fall guy."  If they can kill his reputation, they can kill his theological and canonical positions.  Obviously that is really what all this is about.

Quoting Cardinal Burke:
I did not state that Pope Francis has harmed the Church. Rather, as the now published verbatim interview reveals, I was perfectly clear that it was a lack of clarity about where the Holy Father stands on issues related to marriage and Holy Communion that had caused the harm. It is precisely for this reason that I subsequently said that only a statement from the Holy Father himself could now remove this lack of clarity.”

“Sadly, confusion, such as that generated by this particular interview, has been used to portray those opposed to Cardinal Kasper’s thesis as motivated by a personal animus against the Holy Father. This is just not the case, though it no doubt helps the cause of those with certain ideological axes to grind to make this appear so." 
details at Father Z 

Bp Ricken: You don't have to drive far...

Guardian Angel of the Unborn statue unveiled at Guadalupe Shrine

Fowler and Hammer installed the Guardian Angel of the Unborn on Friday.

The 1,500 pound bronze statue towers in the memorial of the unborn. It serves as a symbol of protection for the miscarried children in the mausoleum.

"We want to emphasize the value of human life and that these miscarried children have be interred lovingly, and they're not something that we just cast aside, and that they are loved and cared for. And it's meant to be a very healing place,” said Jack Socha, of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The statue was funded through an anonymous donor. It should last for several hundred years and is on display every day.
Video at WKBT 8

La Crosse Tribune as a nice photo set of the installation.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Across ArchMil - week of October 20th 2014

From the Chancery

Healing Hands, Catholic ID video, YouTube

Paul VI exemplified great courage, deep spirituality, Herald of Hope column by Bishop Donald J. Hying, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "Under the leadership of Pope Paul, the church experienced more change in just a few years than it had in the previous 500."

Career T.O.O.L.S. Conference, October 29th, Catholic Charities.

Candidacy for Holy Orders, St. Francis Seminary. "Congratulations to Patrick J. Behling, Michael Thiel, Michael Wolfe and Andrew Linn who declared their candidacy on October 26!"

In the Milwaukee Catholic Herald

Deacon Icon Project recognizes ministry of deacons, by Jessica Bell. "Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki will dedicate and bless the icons in a special service at the cathedral on Dec. 21."

Missionaries bring health education to eastern Africa, by Tracy Rusch. "In Meki, a town in east-central Ethiopia inhabited by about 46,000 people, water is scarce, electricity is unpredictable and there are no physicians.
"Well, that was until the Community of St. Paul, a public association of the faithful comprised of 30 priests, laymen and women with headquarters in Racine, established a mission there in September 2013."

Schoenstatt Movement marks 100 years, by Jessica Bell. "In 1949, the church put Fr. Kentenich [founder Pallottine Fr. Joseph Kentenich] on trial over questions about his teachings. The outcome resulted in a 14-year exile and a separation from the Schoenstatt foundation. During that time, he spent 13 years in Milwaukee ..."

Practice virtues of admiration, praise, In Exile column by Fr. Ronald Rolheiser. "For persons such as Thomas Aquinas, Soren Kierkegaard, Robert Moore, Gil Bailie, Robert Bly, and Richard Rohr, among others, the deep root of our resentment and unhappiness lies in our inability to admire, our inability to praise others, and our inability to give others and the world a simple gaze of admiration."

Around the Parishes and Schools

Different language, same faith, by Colleen Jurkiewicz, Milwaukee Catholic Herald. "an African family received a memorable welcome into the Catholic faith and a new life in the United States at St. Joseph Parish in downtown Waukesha."

At No Spin Homilies, Father Dan Volkert's for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary time

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (E.D. Wis.)

Archdiocese may proceed in effort to toss 11 sex abuse claims, by Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "The archdiocese has filed motions objecting to all of the 575 claims, alleging they are not eligible for compensation for a variety of legal reasons."

Status Update Regarding Items Listed in Appearance and Summary of Hearing Held on October 3, 2014, filed by Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors' Status Report in Advance of October 22, 2014 Status Conference, including "2. ... the Committee has questions regarding the real estate line-item on each of the Financials, which indicates the value of parish real estate unrestricted investments at 0."

Appearances and Summary of Hearing Held on October 22, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.. "After considering the written [and] oral status reports of the parties, the Court adjourned the status conference to November 19, 2014..."

Pro-Life WI Announces Retirement of Peggy Hamill, Names Dan Miller as Successor

On Saturday, October 25, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director Peggy Hamill was pleased to announce that Pro-Life Wisconsin board member Daniel Miller will succeed her as State Director following her planned retirement from that role on January 1, 2015. This announcement was made at Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Annual Auction Dinner in Oconomowoc.

A veteran sidewalk counselor and longtime coordinator for 40 Days for Life, Miller brings years of experience in organizing and inspiring pro-lifers to defend the dignity of every human person. Miller will be responsible for all Pro-Life Wisconsin outreach, educational, and legislative initiatives related to Pro-Life Wisconsin’s ongoing mission to protect human life without compromise and without exception.  Prior to joining Pro-Life Wisconsin, Daniel Miller served as the Milwaukee coordinator for 40 Days for Life. Following a profound conversion experience, Miller dedicated his life to actively defending the unborn. Through his prayerful presence and compassionate witness, over 600 babies have been saved. Miller frequently travels throughout the state, speaking to pro-life groups and inspiring them to act on their convictions.
continue at Pro-Life Wis

Interesting year in Wisconsin also with the retirement of Barbara Lyons of WI Right to Life.  I am exited to have Dan at the helm.