Dec. 12, 2013: Members of Club Los Vaqueros Unidos (United Cowboy Club) of Wadsworth, Ill., wait for a blessing Dec. 8 after more than 100 horses and riders made their way past the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Ill., as part of a pre-celebration for her Dec. 12 feast day. More than 100,000 people make a pilgrimage to the shrine each year for event. The feast celebrates the appearance of Mary to indigenous peasant St. Juan Diego in 1531 near present-day Mexico City. (CNS photo | Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)via The Compass News
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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Each year, area Hmong Catholics gather in December to celebrate the Hmong New Year with Mass and a reception that features music, dance and traditional Hmong food. St. Jude and St. Bernard Parish in Appleton alternate hosting the annual gathering. About 150 people turned out for this year’s event, including many dressed in traditional Hmong attire. Also in attendance was Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
During his homily, Bishop Ricken, reflecting on the Gospel reading from Matthew, said that “each one of us is responsible to be workers in the harvest.”
“At least two of you in the church today are being called to go to the seminary. I know it,” said Bishop Ricken. “I am calling forth, beginning today, for this community to send two young men to the seminary within the next five or six years. The only way that is going to happen is if you pray a vocation up, and I know you can do it.”
That's good bishoping right there.
This is from the last month of visitors. Clearly I have got to clean up around here. There's probably smelly socks laying all over the floor, dirty dishes; dare I say shave??
How does Google Analytics know? I have no idea. So this may or may not be accurate.
Another interesting stat with the new demographics stuff.
Well, take it for what it's worth. Ladies, I'm workin on it!
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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Philip Kosloski said his interest in Pope John Paul II’s visit to Portage County in 1976 came during his own pursuit of the Catholic priesthood. Kosloski ultimately didn’t follow that path, but his interest in the late pontiff, who will be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church in April, is leading him to write a book “The Other Polish Cardinal: Karol Wojtyla’s Visit to Wisconsin.”continue at Stevens Point Journal
Kosloski, now the director of Adult Formation and Sacred Liturgy at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, will spend the next year researching then writing the 100-page book, and is looking to self-publish the book sometime in 2015.
Kosloski said he is looking to raise about $8,000 to publish 500 copies in the initial printing. Portage County Historical Society President Tim Siebert said he is excited about the book, and that it will fill the lack of material about the visit available to the public.“The (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) Archives do have some materials, but there isn’t a whole lot more, and, unfortunately, a lot of the people who were a big part of that event locally have passed away,” Siebert said.
You can get details here. Also, there is a Kickstarter.
Bringing the joy of Advent and the promise of Christmas into the marketplace, more than 100 Thomas Aquinas College students descended on Ventura’s Pacific View Mall on Saturday for a choral “flash mob.”Thomas Aquinas College
After stealthily gathering around the mall’s Christmas central lobby — by the Santa Claus photo center and a Nativity display — the students simultaneously burst into song. They began with “Joy to the World” and “Silent Night,” and then concluded with “O Holy Night.” The mall’s surprised customers and employees seemed to delight in the performance, stopping whatever they were doing to take in the music, to sing along, and to cheer wildly afterward.A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, the night when Christ was born;
O night, O Holy Night , O night divine!
HT Raymond de Souza
Green Bay: Diocesan
La Crosse: Diocesan
Milwaukee: Common Core
Superior: Common Core
I'll try to break this down schoolwise, we sort of did this on an old post. Fill me in and I'll update the list accordingly.
This is a list of the Catholic High Schools in the state that are affected.
La Crosse Diocese - 8
Aquinas (La Crosse)
Providence (La Crosse) * Independent
Assumption (WI Rapids)
Columbus Catholic (Marshfield)
Regis (Eau Claire)
McDonell Central (Chippewa Falls)
Newman Catholic (Wausau)
Pacelli (Stevens Point)
Green Bay Diocese - 6
St. Thomas Aquinas (Marinette)
Notre Dame Academy (Green Bay)
St. Mary Central (Neenah-Menasha)
Madison Diocese - 2
Edgewood of the Sacred Heart (Madison)
St. Ambrose Academy (Madison) * Independent
Milwaukee Archdiocese - 14
Catholic Central High School - Burlington
Catholic Memorial High School - Waukesha
Divine Savior Holy Angels - Milwaukee
Dominican High School - Whitefish Bay
Marquette University High School - Milwaukee
Messmer High School - Milwaukee
Pius XI High School - Milwaukee
Saint Joan Antida High School - Milwaukee
Saint Thomas More High School - Milwaukee
St. Anthony - Milwaukee
St. Catherine's High School - Racine
St. Joseph Catholic Academy - Kenosha
St. Lawrence Seminary High School - Mt. Calvary
St. Mary's Springs Academy - Fond du Lac
Superior Diocese - 0?
I see zero Catholic High Schools in the Diocese of Superior?
Worth mentioning, Bp. Callahan did state this was a topic of discussion at a recent WCC meeting:
The Diocesan Pastoral Council was also given an update on my meeting with the Wisconsin Catholic Conference held in Milwaukee at the end of October. Items discussed there included healthcare mandates and the preservation of conscience rights for medical professionals, the immigration reform efforts currently being considered in Congress, and some discussion of the Common Core in education curricula that may have some effect on Catholic schools.Bp. Ricken
Is it necessary for us to “adopt or adapt” the “common core standards?” No, it is not necessary. Some Catholic schools across the country are “adopting” these standards, while others are “adapting” them, in the hopes that the standards will improve their academic performance. Private schools are not required to adopt or adapt the “common core standards.” Several years ago, in the Diocese of Green Bay, we developed comprehensive standards of our own and these have served us very well.Bp. Morlino
I have instructed our diocesan Department of Education staff, school principals and school system administrators that they not “adopt or adapt” the “common core standards,” but may use them only as a reference to improve the curriculum we already have. It is my directive that the schools of the diocese utilize the diocesan standards previously in place and not substitute for them with “common core standards.”
Lastly, and most importantly, it is undeniably clear that the success our schools have had and continue to enjoy stems directly from the Catholic approach to education which seeks to model all things on Christ. This recognizes and affirms the dignity of each student as unique daughters and sons of Christ, and in so doing challenges students not only to acquire a “standard” level of knowledge and skills, but to realize their full, God-given potential, to develop and refine these gifts and skills, and then use them to better society and the lives of others through service to God and neighbor. It is precisely this focus on the development of the whole person that results not only in exemplary academic performance, but truly places our students on the path to holiness and sainthood. Our students are encouraged not only to succeed academically, but to live lives of heroic virtue. It is not the fundamental aim of Catholic education to develop the intellect for academic success alone, but to develop all the skills and faculties of the human person, oriented toward Christ and His service. It is precisely this moral orientation that guides our students in the use of their gifts and allows them to achieve great things, to transform our world and to achieve the ultimate standards -- holiness in this world and Heaven in the next.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Madison will not adopt the Common Core State Standards. Rather, our parish elementary schools will continue to use our own, diocesan academic standards.The Diocese of La Crosse has commented to The Cardinal Newman Society (Bp. Callahan has not publicly commented):
The Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., will be “neither adapting nor adopting” the controversial Common Core State Standards, the Catholic school superintendent has told The Cardinal Newman Society.Yet we do find this on a La Crosse diocesan school's website:
St. Paul School has integrated the Diocese of La Crosse Catholic School Language Arts Curriculum into its education foundation. This curriculum is aligned to the Common Core Standards. Guided by Catholic values, this curriculum helps form students into lifelong learners who critically examine literature, effectively research information, and clearly articulate their thoughts and ideas through written and spoken language.So.... I'm not sure.
In the Diocese of Superior, I found some stuff. It looks like there was a Common Core initiative in 2010 that Catholic schools began complying with. The Diocese of Superior shows on these charts that at that time they did apply Common Core standards to certain aspects of the curriculum. Are these the same standards that are being rolled out today? I'm not sure, perhaps someone can enlighten us.
And as we have seen now, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has attacked anyone who would question the Common Core standards or their implementation.
Anti-Common Core Speaker Disallowed from Speaking on Church Property
And Abp. Listecki:
Why the recent uproar over “Common Core”? I believe it stems from a basic mistrust of authority, especially the government.
There is a joke: “Hello, I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”
There is a fear that standards which lead to curriculum will embody a type of social reconstruction envisioned by the “cognoscenti” (those in the know).
We live in a secularist mentality, which fosters value-free neutrality and the suppression of freedom of expression which would not be tolerated in a Catholic school, yet could be promoted in the public-sponsored forum. Many are fearful that a type of social reconstruction could be embedded in the promotion of types of literature, or selected topics or the preparation and constructions of exams.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Bishop Donald Hying, the auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee, together with the Archdiocesan Communications Office, had put together a series of videos for the Year of Faith as a means of evangelization. The videos, called C4: Ignite Your Catholic Faith, (C4 stands for Christ and the Catechism of the Catholic Church) were 2-3 minutes in length, and were distributed weekly as a means to share the wisdom of the Church and to evangelize to those on the margins of the faith. The videos were met with huge success and reached a global audience. Those videos can be found here.continue at Imprisoned
And now, in conjuction with the newly formed Ahava Productions, Bishop Hying and Erin Berghouse, the artistically talented founder of Ahava Productions, are working to produce a new series of videos, each approximately 10-15 minutes in length, that will take evangelization to a new and beautiful level. The videos will be produced by Spirit Juice Studios in Chicago and will feature cutting edge technology to enhance the content which will be contributed and overseen by Bishop Hying, that seeks to "reinvent the way we evangelize in modern media and to create films that will change lives."
UPDATE: The above video has been updated and no longer has any liturgical hijinx.
continue at ICKSP Chicago
IntroductionSince 2007, the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago has embraced a devotion to the Infant King, including a monthly novena. The devotion is gaining more and more adherents, both locally and nationally. In response to some queries about this devotion, Canons of the Shrine answer questions posed to them by the faithful in an interview format.
The questions generally fall into three separate categories: 1) about the Infant King Statue, 2) about the Infant King devotion in general, and 3) about the practice of the novena at the Shrine, including the Children’s Blessing
Part I - About this particular statue of the Infant KingHow did this image come to be chosen as the symbol of, and the object of, devotion at the Shrine of Christ the King? A. The mission of the Institute is to draw people closer to our Lord and to spread the splendors of His Kingdom. The Divine Infant, being adorable and approachable, is an ideal representation of Christ's perfections that everyone can relate to; He is attractive and imitable.
Is there a special history behind this 18th century statue? A. Devotion to the Divine Infant is old. The devotion’s true origin appears already in Sacred Scripture with the example of the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, the Shepherds, and, who could forget the Adoration of the Magi. The popular devotion as we know it has been particularly strong in Spain since the 15th Century. This statue at the Shrine was crafted in Spain, as part of that wave of devotion. It was gifted to the Shrine by a benefactor. Its craftsmanship, construction, and artistic merits suggest its age to be the 18th Century, if not earlier.
When the statute came into the Shrine’s possession, did it need a lot of restoration work? A. It was well-preserved and in very good condition; all it needed was some touching up and a new set of liturgical garments. You’ll notice that He wears a stole as well. This is to remind us that the Infant King is also Sovereign Priest.
Was it important that it be crowned and formally installed at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, IL by Cardinal George? A. "The more you honor Me the more I will bless you" is the promise of the Infant King. The coronation ceremony is a beautiful public display of honor. Having the Ecclesiastical authority do the crowning shows that the Cardinal grants full approval of this devotion and designates the Shrine to be a particular place of honor for the Infant King. This statue is a very special sacramental. Sacramentals are one of the means through which grace is conferred. The blessing and installation of relics and statues in a church, for example, are important because they can inflame our hearts to devotion and open our hearts to grace.
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