Fanatic Friday: High Steppin edition


Youth baseball season is officially over! Whew.  I've had a few people ask me recently "are you still blogging?"  I'm not sure I ever really was, but just maybe we will find a little space again. 

Meet the next Des Moines bishop: a philosopher, advocate and self-described 'Iowa guy'


The priest whom Pope Francis selected to replace Des Moines Bishop Richard Pates is an Iowa State Cyclone, a philosophy professor and a self-described "Iowa guy."

The Rev. William Joensen will be the 10th bishop for the capital city diocese. The Iowa State University grad, who attended medical school before being called to the priesthood, addressed Catholics Thursday morning, shortly after the Vatican announced him as bishop-elect.

Later Thursday, Joensen celebrated Mass at a downtown service and ate a meal at a Catholic Charities homeless shelter — the same gesture Pates made when he was appointed to the role 11 years ago.

Joensen said he was initially shocked to get the phone call, less than two weeks ago, that he was being named the next bishop.
continue at Des Moines Register

Wisconsin


Chicago's 'Sister Strike' nominated for Best Viral Sports Moment

Chicago, Ill., Jun 26, 2019 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- Maybe it’s the signature bump of the baseball off her bicep before pitching the perfect curve ball. Maybe it’s that she does it all in a full black and white habit with a beaming smile on her face.

Whatever it is, the pitch of baseball whiz Sister Mary Jo Sobieck, OP, that captured the hearts of many over the past year inspired a baseball card, a bobble head, and now a nomination for a national sports award.

“Sister Strike,” as the Dominican sister has been called, has been nominated for an ESPY award in the category “Best Viral Sports Moment.” The ESPYs (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) are an annual sports awards ceremony honoring memorable people and moments in sports. This year’s ceremony will be hosted by Tracy Morgan in Los Angeles July 10.

The moment for which Sister is nominated? It’s called “Don’t Sleep on Sister Mary Jo’s curveball”, and it’s the moment when she threw a curveball strike to Lucas Giolito at the ceremonial opening of a Chicago White Sox game in August 2018.
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After a three year legal battle, Abp. Fulton Sheen's body quietly transferred to Peoria, cause resumes


UPDATE, 6/27/2019: Archbishop Sheen arrived in Peoria Thursday, where he was taken to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception. Greeted by Bp. Daniel Jenky, flanked by clergy, religious and lay faithful, the bishop sprinkled holy water on Sheen's casket before he was brought to his permanent resting place: the side altar dedicated to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

The Peoria diocese has confirmed that Sheen's cause for canonization has resumed, and has noted the "divine coincidence" that this historic moment took place on the feast of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

"Bishop Jenky has notified the Vatican indicating that civil litigation has ended and that Sheen's remains have been transferred," according to the press release by the diocese of Peoria. "The Vatican has confirmed that the Cause for Beatification has now resumed."

Visitation of Sheen's tomb is available Friday from 2–4 p.m., Saturday from 10–2 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
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HT BZ

* Sorry for my absentee posting. Four kids on for different baseball/softball teams, and that's the easy part of the summer schedule.

Bishop Hying installation to be broadcast on EWTN June 25


Solemn Vespers will be streamed live on Relevant Radio, and Facebook. The Mass of Installation will also be streamed live on EWTN.
Madison Diocese

Three Brothers Who Are Priests Show the Power of a Family Dedicated to God


Earlier this month Jerry and Bernadette Strand celebrated the priestly ordination of their son, Vincent. However, this was not the first time one of their sons became a priest. Over the past seven years, all three of their sons (Luke, Jacob and Vincent) completed seminary studies and were ordained in service to the Church.

While it may be surprising to hear about three brothers becoming priests, their story is not unique. There are countless stories of brothers responding to the same call of God to the priesthood.
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MKE Police gather for ‘Blue Mass’ ahead of anniversary of Officer Irvine’s death with Abp. Listecki

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales
MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee police officers were honored Tuesday night, June 4 during the city's annual "Mass of Blessing for Law Enforcement" at the Basilica of St. Josaphat.

MPD suffered unimaginable heartbreak since the last blue Mass a year ago -- with three officers losing their lives in the line of duty. They were remembered, as those in attendance were uplifted.

"This is something else. It's my first time ever being here," said Officer Michael Bachmann.

"There's going to be good times and bad times in law enforcement, but we can't forget our faith and I believe in the power of prayer," said Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales.

The event brought together officers, their families and the community, standing side by side as Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki delivered prayers of unity, peace, and support.

"It is our law enforcement community that refuses to abandon hope, even for our most challenging community," said Listecki.
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FSCC welcome three new sisters professing First Vows

“As Postulants, you chose the group title, Lanterns of Merciful Light. Today’s liturgy speaks of Jesus telling the Disciples that they will be witnesses of His suffering, forgiveness and merciful love. You have learned how to recognize the light of Jesus in another and you have had opportunities to experience Jesus’ mercy for yourself and extend that mercy to others. We now live in the promise Jesus made to send us the Holy Spirit to be with us. God will continue to give the graces to live the Vows throughout our life.”

Wisconsin Cistercians attribute their growing membership to young women seeking to live radically for God

When six young aspiring sisters entered Valley of Our Lady Cistercian Monastery the year Prioress Mother Anne Marie’s own mother died in 2006, Mother Anne Marie wondered if her mom (who had six daughters) had anything to do with the new postulants’ arrival.

Whether or not a mother’s intercession played a role in the six millennials entering the community in the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, the new sisters proved to be an abundant blessing for then-novice-mistress Mother Anne Marie, 66, who was used to forming one or two postulants a year.

“I was pestering mom,” said the Mendota, Illinois, native, “‘If you’re pulling strings to get six postulants to enter all in one year, you’re going to have to help me.’”

Four of the six women went on to profess solemn vows, and more continue to enter, so much so that community leaders had to creatively allocate space to house their now 21 members and move ahead with fundraising to build a larger monastery.
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Journey of faith: Bishop Hying reflects on his time in Gary as he prepares for Madison

His time leading the faithful in the Region will be remembered fondly by Hying.

"I'll miss the warmth and friendship of the people. I've just met beautiful people here who have become friends in a short period of time," said Hying, who was installed as bishop of the Diocese of Gary on Jan. 6, 2015. "When I first came here, I worried about that because I never really lived away from my hometown, so I just wondered how that would go. But I felt completely at home here."

The fact he felt comfortable almost immediately was due to the "hospitality and kindness of the people," he said.
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DITKA was at UW-Plattville Pioneer Catholic event

Apparently I need to get on their mailing list, this happened last Saturday.  They got DITKA and we didn't even know!


Coach Mike Ditka will be at St. Augustine's yearly Banquet. RSVP at www.pioneercatholic.org. He will be speaking as we showcase our ministry at UW-Platteville. All sponsors are invited to a special VIP pre banquet meeting at Newman Heights where coach will be signing autographs and chatting with people. Main event in Ullsvick Hall. For sponsorship information call Blaine Hechimovic at 920-296-2185.
St. Augustine University Parish - CNC

Reader looking for recommendations while passing through

From a reader, perhaps folks could chime in on the comments, she did not leave contact info.
Karen Marie Rotter

Two of us, mature female Oblates of St Benedict and members of an FSSP Parish in Tacoma, WA, and pilgrimaging from Olympia, WA throughout Wisconsin, Chicago, Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma. My sister and other family members live in Cashton, WI so I have been privileged to visit the Our Lady of Guadalupe shrine from the time of its Dedication. We could not find any lodging near the shrine, so it’s the only place we will have to resort to a motel; July 3-10 weekly rate $275 including tax is very reasonable, but we would rather stay at a Holy Place. This is not a vacation, and staying with my family would be too much of a distraction. I know there are residential houses just below the Shrine; do you know if any have room-rentals?

Can you tell me about the Latin Mass in Cashton’s St Mary Ridge, and about the Institute of Christ the King in LaCrosse, and other Holy Places that would be good to visit near LaCrosse. We will arrive by Amtrak and then rent a car for six weeks. We will stay a week at Resurrection Monastery while visiting the approved Apparition Site in Champion, then Holy Hill, Our Lady of LaSalette, and Marytown. We will then drop down into Chicago for a week at Holy Cross Monastery while a priest friend takes us to other Holy Places. We will visit the St Therese shrine in Darien on our way to Des Moines, Iowa, then head for Missouri for a brief stay at Conception abbey and several days with the Benedictine Sisters in Gower. We will then visit a dear Brother and friend at Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, and make a short visit with Mother Miriam in Tulsa before flying home. All of this on a tight budget. We were hoping to offset the major expense of a $1600 car rental through Costco Travel if someone in La Crosse wanted to donate a car to either Clear Creek Abbey or Mother Miriam, we could deliver the car to them via our Pilgrimage.
As to La Crosse, I don't know of any room rentals.  Eventually the Shrine may build guest housing but there is none currently available.

The Exorcisms of Emma

Father Theophilus Riesinger outside St. Joseph’s Church.
[Inset] A younger Father Theo at Our Lady of Sorrows.
This is incredibly well written, terrifying, fascinating and... well weird.
July 17, 1931

It was early morning in Vatican City. Most people were asleep, including the pope himself, Pius XI. But his stone-faced Papal Secretary of State never slept, or so it seemed as he tackled the papers at his desk at 2 a.m. It was a fraught time to head up Vatican affairs, and the stress took its toll. Pamphlets had circulated the last few days accusing the pope of being an anti- Fascist agitator and calling for his arrest. “Down with the pope!” was the slogan of the day. The Vatican bureaucrat was pulling an all-nighter to deal with the fallout. That’s when a deafening roar sent him flying from his seat.
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Though possession always claimed a place in Church doctrine, some dioceses wanted nothing to do with the concept, and the leaders of Theo’s drew a line in the sand. The split with the local Catholic authorities ran deep enough to ship Theo out of the Big Apple.

Exiled to Marathon, Wisconsin, he ministered to a modest church called St. Anthony’s. He fit right into the rural ethos. He was the rare priest who could go from giving communion at services to wielding an ax to clear land for a new building.
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Classifying the case as a true possession, Father Theo urged Emma to allow him to place her at St. Joseph Parish in Earling, Iowa, where she would be cared for by the Franciscan sisters. He hoped Earling’s isolation would conceal her condition from others. “I should like to have her brought here,” Theo explained at Earling, “since it would create too much excitement in her home.” Emma feared what might happen but agreed. “I will come, no matter how hard it will be,” she wrote in a letter to Father Theo.

Assumption events Aug 14-15 at Good Help Shrine featuring Scott Hahn

In this historic 160th year anniversary of Mary's appearance at Champion, Wisconsin, join us on pilgrimage Wednesday, August 14, 2019,  the eve of the Feast Day Mass for the Solemnity of the  Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at The National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, America's Church-approved Marian Apparition Site, for a 7 PM (CST) presentation by Dr. Scott Hahn.

Cost per person for the August 14th 7-9 PM presentation at Champion Shrine is $20, with pre-registration required  by clicking the link below.  The following morning, at 9:30 AM CST Thursday, August 15th,  Dr. Hahn will speak an hour before the Feast Day Mass for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a free talk; however, pre-registration is required at: https://stpaulcenter.com/champion-2019/

The Cause of our Salvation

Giotto, The Ascension of Christ

Article 6. Whether Christ's Ascension is the cause of our salvation?

I answer that, Christ's Ascension is the cause of our salvation in two ways: first of all, on our part; secondly, on His.

On our part, in so far as by the Ascension our souls are uplifted to Him; because, as stated above (Article 1, Reply to Objection 3), His Ascension fosters, first, faith; secondly, hope; thirdly, charity. Fourthly, our reverence for Him is thereby increased, since we no longer deem Him an earthly man, but the God of heaven; thus the Apostle says (2 Corinthians 5:16): "If we have known Christ according to the flesh—'that is, as mortal, whereby we reputed Him as a mere man,'" as the gloss interprets the words—"but now we know Him so no longer."

On His part, in regard to those things which, in ascending, He did for our salvation. First, He prepared the way for our ascent into heaven, according to His own saying (John 14:2): "I go to prepare a place for you," and the words of Micheas (2:13), "He shall go up that shall open the way before them." For since He is our Head the members must follow whither the Head has gone: hence He said (John 14:3): "That where I am, you also may be." In sign whereof He took to heaven the souls of the saints delivered from hell, according to Psalm 67:19 (Cf. Ephesians 4:8): "Ascending on high, He led captivity captive," because He took with Him to heaven those who had been held captives by the devil—to heaven, as to a place strange to human nature. captives in deed of a happy taking, since they were acquired by His victory.

Secondly, because as the high-priest under the Old Testament entered the holy place to stand before God for the people, so also Christ entered heaven "to make intercession for us," as is said in Hebrews 7:25. Because the very showing of Himself in the human nature which He took with Him to heaven is a pleading for us. so that for the very reason that God so exalted human nature in Christ, He may take pity on them for whom the Son of God took human nature. Thirdly, that being established in His heavenly seat as God and Lord, He might send down gifts upon men, according to Ephesians 4:10: "He ascended above all the heavens, that He might fill all things," that is, "with His gifts," according to the gloss.

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Solemn Mass for Ascension at St Mary's Pine Bluff at 6:30PM

The forty days, which St. Luke tells us in Acts had passed between Christ’s Resurrection and His glorious Ascent into Heaven, are nearly completed.

On Thursday, May 30, at 6:30 PM, we will have a Solemn Mass at St. Mary’s Pine Bluff to commemorate the Ascension of Our Lord.


8th Annual Holy Hill 5K Run/Walk June 15, 2019

Greetings to all,

Thank you to those of you who have registered for our 8th Annual Holy Hill Men of Christ 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 15, 2019!  

For those of you who have not registered but are interested in participating in this awesome event, we invite you to sign up here on active.com, as the early bird discount still applies through May 31, 2019 -- only $25!  

Race Information:
Date: June 15, 2019
Time: Run starts at 1:00PM and Walk at 1:10PM
Location: Holy Hill Lower Stations of the Cross, Hartford, WI
Entry includes: dry-fit shirt, Rosary, scapular, and lots of neat stuff in a goodie bag!  

As you may know, this is an amazing event that not only brings Christian families together for a joyful day, but also raises money for many worthwhile charities! We are hopeful you can join us for the awesome run/walk, and we ask that you not only bring your family and friends; but feel free to invite anyone you know -- as all are welcome!  

We sincerely thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a Grace-filled day within the shadows of Holy Hill on June 15!  

May God bless you and your families!

Tim Dunne, Race Director
tdholyhill@aol.com
262-250-7777

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Catholicism, authority and desire

In "Mad virgins and Don Juans" Rupert Shortt reviews In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, homosexuality, hypocrisy, by Frédéric Martel, translated by Shaun Whiteside, at The Times Literary Supplement.

"Over the past century the Catholic Church has done more than any other institution to demonstrate the abiding relevance of biblical and classical principles of justice and charity: its records on debt remission, conscientious consumption habits, the environment, and socially responsible uses of technology speak for themselves. There is therefore much to lament about the retreat of Christianity across Europe."