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<strong>May</strong> 2007 • www.staugcatholic.org<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

FATHER JOE p. 8<br />

who wrote the Bible?<br />

Parenting Journey p. 13<br />

getting kids to want to<br />

go to Mass<br />

work life p. 9<br />

the job or me –<br />

do I need a career?<br />

Bishop’s Message<br />

do <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

worship Mary? p.6<br />

Faith in Action<br />

living as disciples<br />

inside and out p.16<br />

Archival Treasures<br />

diocese has<br />

oldest records in<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates p.24<br />

Just<br />

Wait<br />

Miss America 2003 affirms local youth with message on chastity

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Paving the<br />

Road Ahead<br />

This is the story of a<br />

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A parishioner in his<br />

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and the work they do in<br />

the diocese. His gift of<br />

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forever.<br />

Planned giving today<br />

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<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

contents<br />

<strong>May</strong> 2007 Volume XVI Issue 9<br />

The <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> is the official magazine of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

which embraces 17 counties spanning northeast and north central Florida from the<br />

Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The diocese covers 11,032 square miles and<br />

serves more than 164,000 registered <strong>Catholic</strong>s.<br />

Special<br />

features<br />

16<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Faith in Action<br />

As baptized <strong>Catholic</strong>s we<br />

are called to discipleship. When<br />

was the last time you thought about<br />

your role in the mission of the<br />

church? Do you proclaim the Good<br />

News of Jesus Christ to others?<br />

– Father John E. Hurley, CSP<br />

what you’ll get<br />

out of this issue<br />

10<br />

Scott Smith<br />

Cover <strong>St</strong>ory:<br />

18 Just Wait<br />

Erika Harold, Miss<br />

America 2003, was in<br />

Jacksonville recently<br />

talking to teens about<br />

the importance of<br />

setting boundaries and<br />

abstaining from drugs,<br />

sex and alcohol. It is a<br />

message that she has<br />

spoken publicly about<br />

since the age of 17.<br />

– Amelia Eudy<br />

24<br />

Archival Treasures<br />

The Diocese of Saint<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> preserves in its<br />

archives the oldest written<br />

records of American origin in<br />

the United <strong>St</strong>ates. Discover what<br />

is being done to preserve these<br />

artifacts for generations to come.<br />

– Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

On the Cover: Miss America 2003, Erika Harold. Photo: Courtesy of the Miss<br />

America Organization.<br />

Courtesy of the Miss America Organization<br />

4 editor’s notes<br />

Fathers and Daughters – Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

5 saint of the month<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Brendan of Clonfert – Elizabeth Johnson<br />

6 bishop’s message<br />

Do <strong>Catholic</strong>s Worship Mary? – Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

7 from the archives<br />

In Peril on the Sea – Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

8 in the know with Father Joe<br />

Who wrote the Bible? – Father Joseph Krupp<br />

9 work life The job or me? Do I need a career<br />

change? – Tim Ryan<br />

10 theology 101 Exactly how is Jesus in the<br />

Eucharist? – Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

12 your marriage matters<br />

Working through vacation expectations<br />

– Tom and Jo Anne Fogle<br />

13 parenting journey Helping teens<br />

appreciate Mass – Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

14 spiritual fitness Praying for others. How<br />

do we do it? – Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

22 parish profile <strong>St</strong>. Mary, Korona<br />

– Shannon Scruby-Henderson<br />

26 around the diocese<br />

30 calendar of events<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

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<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

The Magazine of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

Most Rev. Victor Galeone<br />

Publisher<br />

Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

Editor<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Editorial Assistant/Subscriptions<br />

Patrick McKinney<br />

Art Director/Graphic Designer<br />

Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

Amelia Eudy<br />

Tom and Jo Anne Fogle<br />

Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

Shannon Scruby-Henderson<br />

Father John E. Hurley, CSP<br />

Elizabeth Johnson<br />

Father Joseph Krupp<br />

Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

Tim Ryan<br />

Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

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Scott Smith<br />

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editor’s notes<br />

Fathers and Daughters<br />

You can’t get a way from it. It’s<br />

everywhere. From mainstream<br />

television news programs, to Blogs<br />

on the Internet, talk radio, and<br />

magazines that you can’t help but notice at the<br />

checkout counter at the grocery store. Our<br />

society seems overly fascinated by the antics<br />

of young celebrities who are out of control.<br />

Newsweek, in their Feb. 12 cover story, calls<br />

it “The Girls Gone Bad Effect.” It’s enough to<br />

make parents cringe.<br />

In Newsweek writers Kathleen Deveny and<br />

Raina Kelley asked some good questions.<br />

Does the rise of the bad girl signal something<br />

more profound, a coarsening of the culture<br />

and a devaluation of sex, love and lasting<br />

commitment? Should parents be concerned<br />

about the effect our racy popular culture may<br />

have on their kids and the women they would<br />

like their daughters to become? The answers<br />

are likely to lie in yet another question: where<br />

do our children learn values?<br />

The good news, according to<br />

the article, is for the most part our<br />

children are learning values at home<br />

– from attentive parents, strong<br />

teachers, religious leaders and<br />

nice friends. And statistical<br />

evidence indicates<br />

that teen pregnancy,<br />

drinking and drug<br />

use are all down. But<br />

parents are still fighting<br />

an uphill battle when<br />

it comes to countering<br />

harmful media messages and<br />

the power of peer pressure. It’s<br />

a 24/7 job!<br />

In March, Project SOS<br />

(<strong>St</strong>rengthening Our <strong>St</strong>udents)<br />

hosted a Father Daughter Dinner<br />

Date called “Dancing with your<br />

<strong>St</strong>ar.” They invited Erika Harold, Miss<br />

America 2003, and her father Bob to<br />

come to Jacksonville to share their own<br />

personal testimony (cover story page 18).<br />

The Father Daughter Dinner Date was a<br />

great success. According to Pam Mullarkey,<br />

Ph.D., founder of Project SOS, the<br />

program provided both daughters and<br />

their male role models, whether it be their<br />

father, uncle, stepfather or grandfather, the<br />

by Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

opportunity to hear how unhealthy choices<br />

can negatively impact their lives. It gave them<br />

the tools to begin fostering happy healthy<br />

relationships.<br />

“This is a critical time in our country in the<br />

lives of our young women for fathers to show<br />

that they care for the welfare and well being of<br />

their daughters,” says Dr. Mullarkey.<br />

And the more time dads and daughters<br />

spend together, the better. It turns out that<br />

fathers can have as much or more impact on<br />

their adolescent daughters’ lives as mothers,<br />

says Dr. Linda Nielsen in the March Better<br />

Homes and Gardens article, “<strong>St</strong>and by Your<br />

Girl.” Dr. Nielsen is an adolescent psychologist<br />

and professor at Wake Forest University in<br />

North Carolina, who teaches a college course<br />

on father/daughter relationships.<br />

“If dad is a supportive, trusting parent<br />

and counselor, his daughter is more likely to<br />

develop more confidence about her choices.<br />

She’ll also come to expect the same respect<br />

and decency from her male friends<br />

that she gets from her father in these<br />

exchanges.”<br />

There are a number of resources that<br />

help parents parent. For dads visit<br />

www.dadsanddaughters.org.<br />

The non-profit organization<br />

Dads and Daughters offers<br />

free e-newsletters full of<br />

suggestions for creating<br />

bonding time. The group<br />

also deals with broader<br />

issues, rallying against<br />

images of dangerously skinny<br />

or sexually explicit girls and<br />

gender stereotypes.<br />

Project SOS is a local<br />

non-profit organization<br />

committed to assisting our<br />

youth to make “Best Choices”<br />

in choosing to refrain from<br />

pre-marital sex, drugs, alcohol,<br />

abusive relationships, violence<br />

and suicide. Project SOS<br />

also provides parents with<br />

educational materials and<br />

resources to help reduce highrisk<br />

behaviors. Visit www.<br />

projectsos.com or call (904)<br />


saint<br />

saint of the month<br />

Who’s the real patron saint of<br />

travelers?<br />

No, <strong>St</strong>. Christopher is a myth<br />

by Elizabeth Johnson<br />

Largest <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

<strong>St</strong>ore in Jacksonville<br />

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Saint Brendan<br />

of Clonfert<br />

Birthplace: Ireland<br />

Feast Day: <strong>May</strong> 16<br />

Claim to fame: One<br />

of the great leaders of Irish<br />

Christianity, Brendan was<br />

born in Ireland around 464.<br />

He was raised by <strong>St</strong>. Ita,<br />

after which he completed<br />

his education with the<br />

bishop of Kerry. As <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Patrick brought Christianity<br />

to Ireland, monastery<br />

life became a popular vocation, and<br />

Brendan became a monk. He gathered<br />

his own followers and settled as abbot<br />

in his own community. It is said that<br />

an angel appeared to give Brendan<br />

his Order’s rules. Each day the monks<br />

prayed for several hours, observed<br />

long periods of silence, studied, ate just<br />

enough to survive and slept on cold<br />

floors in their cells. The monks also<br />

painstakingly copied manuscripts of<br />

Greek and Roman literature to create<br />

exquisite illuminated manuscripts.<br />

Best quote: A popular legend<br />

called The Voyage of <strong>St</strong>. Brendan tells<br />

how Brendan and a group of monks<br />

traveled in a wooden boat looking for<br />

Adam’s and Eve’s paradise. Brendan<br />

had enough supplies for 12 monks, but<br />

two more begged to go along. Brendan<br />

said, “Ye may sail with me,” he said,<br />

“but one of you will go to perdition ere<br />

you return.” Near the end of the journey,<br />

one of them leapt overboard to escape<br />

a volcano, fulfilling Brendan’s prophecy.<br />

What made him a saint:<br />

Brendan became a missionary,<br />

traveling through Ireland to Europe,<br />

and even across the Atlantic. The<br />

monasteries he established became<br />

vital centers of art and learning. The<br />

most important one Brendan founded<br />

was Clonfert in Ireland, where as many<br />

as 3,000 monks may have lived. For<br />

many centuries, sailors have prayed<br />

to <strong>St</strong>. Brendan for protection, hoping<br />

that someday they would find the<br />

promised land — <strong>St</strong>. Brendan’s Isle.<br />

But Brendan’s true legacy lies in his<br />

tireless zeal which introduced God’s<br />

teaching to many.<br />

Prayer: Dear Lord, as Brendan<br />

took risks to proclaim your word, help<br />

us to be risk-takers in our own lives for<br />

you. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.<br />

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from the bishop<br />

Do <strong>Catholic</strong>s Worship Mary?<br />

“I<br />

n him dwells the fullness of divinity in bodily form.”<br />

(Col. 2:9) These few words synthesize the theme of<br />

my last two messages. Namely, Jesus Christ is the<br />

Son of God incarnate (= in the flesh); hence, the<br />

mystery of the Incarnation: Jesus is true God and true man.<br />

by Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

I’ll have more to say about the Incarnation<br />

in the July issue. But since <strong>May</strong> is the month<br />

when <strong>Catholic</strong>s pay special honor to Mary, I<br />

want to examine the Incarnation as it relates<br />

to her.<br />

Some of our separated brethren accuse<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s of making a goddess out of Mary<br />

for calling her the Mother of God. They insist<br />

that she is not the mother of God, but only<br />

the mother of Jesus. But such language<br />

makes Jesus two persons – one human, and<br />

the other divine. Jesus, however, is only one<br />

person – the second person of the Blessed<br />

Trinity, as we pray in the Creed, “the only Son<br />

of God, eternally begotten of the Father.” Two<br />

thousand years ago, that divine person took<br />

on our human nature in Mary’s womb, thus<br />

initiating his existence as one of us. Since he<br />

was God from all eternity, Mary became the<br />

mother of God – not of God the Father, nor<br />

of God the Holy Spirit, but of God the Son. To<br />

deny that Mary is the mother of God is to deny<br />

that Jesus is God.<br />

Perhaps an analogy might help. If a woman<br />

were to introduce herself by saying, “Hello, I’m<br />

the mother of Jane’s body,” how would you<br />

react? Surely, you would question her sanity.<br />

A woman becomes the mother of a person<br />

(“I’m Jane’s mother.”), even though she gives<br />

the baby only its body, not its soul which is<br />

created by God. Mary gave Jesus<br />

what every mother gives her child:<br />

conception, birth and nourishment.<br />

Since Jesus is only one person,<br />

and that person is divine, Mary is<br />

truly the Mother of God.<br />

The previous discussion is<br />

a summary of the Council of<br />

Ephesus, which condemned<br />

Nestorius in 431 by solemnly<br />

declaring that Mary was<br />

“Theotokos” (Mother of God).<br />

After the bishops’ decision, the<br />

jubilant residents of Ephesus<br />

marched through the town all<br />

night long, chanting, “Theotokos!<br />

Theotokos!”<br />

Someone may ask why this<br />

teaching is not in the Bible. Actually<br />

it is – implicitly. Immediately after<br />

conceiving Jesus, Mary went to<br />

visit her relative Elizabeth. After<br />

greeting Mary, Elizabeth asks, “And<br />

how have I deserved this visit from<br />

the mother of my Lord?” (Luke 1:48)<br />

Another objection that is<br />

sometimes raised is why <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

give Mary so much honor. The<br />

reason is that God honored her<br />

first. As <strong>St</strong>. Bernardine of Sienna expressed it,<br />

“Lord, you could create a universe a thousand<br />

times more splendid than our present one;<br />

but a creature greater than Mary, impossible<br />

– since you made her the Mother of your only<br />

Son!”<br />

Back in the late ’60s, I attended a clergy<br />

conference presented by Max Lachmann, a<br />

Lutheran pastor from Germany and a former<br />

concentration camp inmate. His talk addressed<br />

eight key issues dividing Protestants and<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s, among which was Mary. I can still<br />

recall his impassioned presentation on Our<br />

Lady. Having described the position of both<br />

sides, he concluded, “True, perhaps some<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s, especially in Latin countries, may be<br />

giving Mary exaggerated honor. On the other<br />

hand, have not we Protestants been negligent<br />

in this area? I have preached sermons on<br />

Sarah…and on Ruth…and even on Mary<br />

Magdalene – but to this day, I have not once<br />

preached a sermon on Mary – for fear of<br />

being labeled ‘too Roman.’ Are we Protestants<br />

fulfilling what Mary said under divine<br />

inspiration, ‘Behold, all generations will call me<br />

blessed?’ Why should we not honor the portal<br />

through which God deigned to slip his only<br />

Son into this world for our redemption?”<br />

Let me close by quoting Bishop Fulton<br />

Sheen: “God, who made the sun, also made<br />

the moon. The moon does not take away<br />

from the brilliance of the sun. All its light is a<br />

reflection from the sun. The moon would be<br />

only a burnt out cinder, if it were not for the sun.<br />

The Blessed Mother reflects her divine Son.<br />

Without him she is nothing…On dark nights,<br />

we are grateful for the moon. When we see<br />

it shining, we know there must be a sun. So,<br />

too, in this dark night of the world, when men<br />

turn their backs on him who is the Light of the<br />

World, we look to Mary to guide our feet while<br />

we await the sunrise.”<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

archives<br />

In Peril on the Sea<br />

by Michael Gannon, Ph.D.<br />

Florida’s first pastor-to-be, Father<br />

Francisco López de Mendoza, sailed<br />

here from Spain in the summer of<br />

1565 on the nineteen-ship fleet of<br />

Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.<br />

Shortly after a replenishment stop<br />

at the Canary Islands, the ships<br />

encountered storms that broke up<br />

the fleet’s disciplined columns, and<br />

Father López found that only four<br />

other vessels were left in formation<br />

with the ship on which he was a<br />

passenger.<br />

On the morning of July 20<br />

another violent wind arose that,<br />

by two o’clock in the afternoon,<br />

became what Father López called<br />

“the most frightful hurricane one could<br />

imagine.” In a relación, or chronicle, of<br />

those events he wrote: “The sea, which<br />

rose to the very clouds, seemed about<br />

to swallow us up alive, and such was the<br />

fear and apprehension of the pilot and<br />

other sailors, that I pushed myself hard in<br />

exhorting my brethren and companions<br />

to repentance. I represented to them the<br />

Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and<br />

with so much success that I passed the<br />

night in confessing them.”<br />

When daylight came the next day, the<br />

priest observed that towering waves<br />

were breaking over his ship’s prow<br />

and gunwales. In that extremity the<br />

captain ordered that all objects of weight<br />

– millstones, cables, reserve rigging, even<br />

the cooking apparatus and many barrels<br />

of water – be jettisoned overside. But,<br />

with the ship thus lightened, it appeared<br />

that capsizing was still a possibility, and the<br />

captain ordered that the private chests of<br />

the soldier passengers also be jettisoned.<br />

Alarmed that all they owned in this<br />

world was about to be consigned to the<br />

briny deep, the soldiers begged Father<br />

López to intercede on their behalf. The<br />

priest fell on his knees before the captain<br />

and implored him to spare the chests. “I<br />

from the archives<br />

reminded him that we ought to trust<br />

to the great mercy of Our Lord,” Father<br />

López wrote, “and, like a true Christian, he<br />

showed confidence in God and rescinded<br />

the order.”<br />

Though the storm continued unabated,<br />

Father López’s ship remained just barely<br />

afloat. “During that whole night,” Father<br />

López wrote, “I preached to the crew and<br />

exhorted them to maintain their faith in<br />

God.” Finally, after three days and nights<br />

of peril, “Our Lord deigned to have<br />

compassion and mercy on us, and calmed<br />

the fury of the winds and waves.”<br />

On Monday, August 27, Father López’s<br />

battered ship with four others approached<br />

the Florida shoreline. When darkness fell,<br />

Father López wrote: “God showed to us a<br />

miracle from heaven. About nine o’clock<br />

in the evening, a comet appeared, which<br />

showed itself directly above us, a little<br />

eastward, giving so much light that it might<br />

be taken for the sun, and its brightness<br />

lasted long enough to repeat two Credos<br />

[the Apostles’ Creed].”<br />

They were just off Cape Canaveral.<br />

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fr. joe<br />

in the know with Fr. Joe<br />

Dear Fr. Joe<br />

Who wrote the Bible?<br />

Dear Father Joe:<br />

Who wrote the Bible?<br />

W<br />

ell, lots of folks! The guide<br />

behind the whole thing is<br />

the Holy Spirit, of course,<br />

but let’s take a look at how<br />

the Spirit brought the Bible about.<br />

There has been a lot of discussion about<br />

this, particularly after the publication of the<br />

book The DaVinci Code (you can buy it in<br />

the fiction section of your bookstore), which<br />

claimed that the Emperor Constantine put the<br />

Bible together and<br />

The first thing<br />

selected which books<br />

to remember is<br />

went in and which<br />

that the Bible is<br />

didn’t.<br />

technically not<br />

The first thing to<br />

just a book, but<br />

remember is that the<br />

a collection of<br />

Bible is technically<br />

books written<br />

not just a book, but<br />

over a 2,000-<br />

a collection of books<br />

year period. God<br />

written over a 2,000-<br />

spoke through<br />

year period. God<br />

rabbis and<br />

spoke through rabbis<br />

religious leaders<br />

and religious leaders<br />

before Christ<br />

before Christ and<br />

and through the<br />

through the bishops<br />

bishops and<br />

and popes after. The<br />

popes after.<br />

Holy Spirit spoke to<br />

them and helped them select those writings<br />

that were divinely inspired.<br />

When you look at the New Testament,<br />

you see that, right away, our earliest leaders<br />

were noticing that some books were divinely<br />

inspired. Peter wrote that Paul’s writings were<br />

Scripture in II Peter 3:15 and 16 and Paul<br />

considered Luke’s writings the same way<br />

(I Timothy 5:18) when he quotes from the Old<br />

Testament and the Gospel of Luke; there by<br />

giving them the same weight.<br />

Now, beyond that, we get into the first<br />

generation of Christianity and see that many<br />

of our church fathers were working hard to<br />

name which books were legitimate Scripture. I<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007<br />

Fr Joe Joke:<br />

Recently, I went to my doctor<br />

complaining of pain.<br />

“Where are you hurting?”<br />

asked the doctor. “You have to help<br />

me, I hurt all over,” I replied.<br />

“What do you mean, all over?”<br />

asked the doctor, “be a little more<br />

specific.”<br />

I touched my right knee with my<br />

index finger and yelled, “Ow, that<br />

hurts.” Then I touched my left cheek<br />

and again yelled, “Ouch! That hurts,<br />

too.” Then I touched her right earlobe,<br />

“Ow, even THAT hurts,” I cried. The<br />

doctor checked me thoroughly for a<br />

moment and told me his diagnosis,<br />

“You have a broken finger.”<br />

took these notes in class at seminary and can’t<br />

remember whose class it was … I apologize<br />

for the lack of citation:<br />

Clement of Rome (95 A.D.) mentioned eight<br />

New Testament books. Ignatius of Antioch<br />

(A.D. 115) acknowledged seven books. Polycarp<br />

(A.D. 108), who sat at John the Apostle’s<br />

feet, promoted 15 books. Finally, Irenaeus<br />

mentioned 21 books (A.D. 185). Hippolytus<br />

recognized 22 books (A.D. 170-235).<br />

Beyond all this, church councils made<br />

the decisions about the rest. Despite Dan<br />

Brown’s fanciful musings, I don’t think the<br />

Council of Nicea made any decisions about<br />

what books were admitted to the canons<br />

and which ones weren’t. (Any readers want<br />

to help me with that?)<br />

The councils that did were these: Hippo<br />

(sounds like a council I could be at) in<br />

393 and Carthage in 397. They used the<br />

following questions to decide which books<br />

were Scripture:<br />

1. Was the author an apostle, or someone<br />

with a close connection to an apostle?<br />

2. Do (did) the people of God accept the<br />

writings as inspired?<br />

3. Was the book consistent in doctrine and<br />

orthodoxy?<br />

4. Did the book bear the signs of the<br />

morals and spirituality that were<br />

evidence of divine inspiration.<br />

So, inspired by the Holy Spirit, the<br />

leaders of our church that God chose put<br />

the Bible together. We enjoy the fruits of<br />

their labor today and should thank the<br />

Lord everyday for that.<br />

Enjoy another day in God’s presence!<br />

– Father Joseph Krupp<br />

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work life<br />

work life<br />

the job or me?<br />

do I need a career change or an attitude change?<br />

Lately,<br />

Ken has just<br />

been “going<br />

through the<br />

motions” at<br />

work.<br />

K<br />

en says: For a long time I felt unfulfilled<br />

by my job. I wanted to do something that<br />

had more meaning. A few years ago<br />

I attempted to make a career change,<br />

by going back to school and earning a degree in<br />

another field. I even took a buy-out from a good<br />

position, thinking that God was calling me in another direction. After<br />

almost 10 months of searching for what I thought were obvious new<br />

career possibilities, I ended up right back in my previous profession. I<br />

wasn’t quite sure why this happened, but figured maybe this is where<br />

I’m supposed to be. So I accepted it and went about my business.<br />

That contentment didn’t last long. It was tough to get up in the<br />

morning. I wasn’t excited about my work and was afraid that the lack<br />

of enthusiasm would show in my performance. My confidence was<br />

unsteady because I still wanted to do well. None of this is making any<br />

sense to me. Why does God have me doing something where I don’t<br />

feel I belong or that I’m doing well?<br />

The expert says:<br />

I was becoming disheartened because I had no sense of direction or<br />

vision as to what I should be doing. I started seeing a spiritual director<br />

about a year ago, and he told me that this distress was actually a critical<br />

step in our spiritual journey. This is where we start letting go of our own<br />

plans, because we realize how little we really know about ourselves.<br />

We then begin to understand how little we can control and<br />

thus how dependent we<br />

are upon God to direct our Only when we let go of<br />

lives. The contentment our pride, our agenda<br />

returned when I admitted and our power do we<br />

my weakness and said, begin to experience the<br />

“I don’t know what’s freedom in God’s power.<br />

right for me. God<br />

you know me better than I know myself, you<br />

take over.” It’s very liberating to truly relinquish<br />

this control. To do this it is also necessary to<br />

maintain a disciplined prayer life.<br />

Only when we let go of our pride, our<br />

agendas, and our power do we begin to<br />

experience the freedom in God’s power. Paul<br />

spoke of this liberty in his second letter to the<br />

Corinthians. “My grace is sufficient for you,<br />

for power is made perfect in weakness. I will<br />

rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses<br />

in order that the power of Christ may dwell in<br />

me” (2 Cor12:9).<br />

Tim Ryan<br />

Email questions and comments to:<br />

tryan@faithmag.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

t h e o l o g y 1 0 1<br />

theology 101<br />

by Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

Who is Christ? a year-long conversation with theologians<br />

theologian<br />

of the month<br />

This year, the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> is exploring<br />

Christology – the study of Jesus Christ. We<br />

asked several eminent seminary professors<br />

some questions about Jesus. Their answers<br />

are enlightening and thought-provoking.<br />

Meet the<br />

professors<br />

Exactly how<br />

is Jesus<br />

in the<br />

Father Acklin Father Muller Father <strong>St</strong>evens<br />

Father Thomas Acklin is a monk of <strong>St</strong>. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa.<br />

He is a graduate of Duqesne University, <strong>St</strong>. Vincent Seminary, The <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

University of Louvain and Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Institute.<br />

Father Earl Muller is The Bishop Kevin M. Britt Professor of Theology/<br />

Christology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit. He formerly taught at Marquette<br />

University in Wisconsin.<br />

Father Gladstone <strong>St</strong>evens is on the faculty of <strong>St</strong>. Mary Seminary<br />

in Baltimore.<br />

How is he<br />

present?<br />

QSAC: Tell us about Jesus as<br />

Eucharist. How is he present?<br />

How and why did he do<br />

it? How does it tie into our<br />

Jewish roots?<br />

Father Muller: In the modern<br />

period, it’s difficult to talk about<br />

the mechanics of how the<br />

Eucharist is possible. We’ve<br />

made it more difficult, because<br />

the way we talk about substance<br />

has changed. To us, substance<br />

means “this collection of atoms.”<br />

Whereas, in the medieval period,<br />

when these definitions were<br />

being established, there were<br />

different definitions. It wasn’t<br />

an atomistic understanding<br />

– it really looked more at unity.<br />

When you have an atomistic<br />

understanding, you consider<br />

the unity of a thing as being<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Therese<br />

of Lisieux<br />

(1873-1897)<br />

This very<br />

young saint is one<br />

of the doctors of<br />

the church, a title<br />

granted to those who<br />

possess eminent<br />

learning, a high<br />

degree of sanctity,<br />

and have been<br />

proclaimed as such<br />

by the church.<br />

Her elder sister,<br />

Pauline, entered<br />

the Carmelite<br />

convent when<br />

Therese was 9.<br />

Shortly<br />

thereafter, while<br />

Therese was<br />

desperately ill with<br />

fever, she prayed<br />

to Mary, a statue of<br />

whom was in her<br />

room. She saw the<br />

statue smile and was<br />

instantly cured.<br />

After being<br />

turned down<br />

herself at the<br />

Carmelite convent<br />

because of her<br />

age, Therese<br />

petitioned the bishop<br />

and the pope and<br />

was finally admitted.<br />

She died at age<br />

24, still a novice. Her<br />

Little Way, a journal<br />

of her small daily<br />

sacrifices and her<br />

trust in Jesus, was<br />

published by Pauline,<br />

and appealed<br />

to thousands of<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s who were<br />

trying to do the<br />

same. Within 28<br />

years, she had been<br />

canonized.<br />

10 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

Heresy!<br />

Adoptionism: Jesus was adopted, not begotton<br />

Jesus was the son of God – but not until he was adopted as an adult. That’s<br />

adoptionism in a nutshell. Adherents to this heresy, in the second century, believed that Christ<br />

did not exist until he was born as a man. God tested him, and because Jesus passed the tests,<br />

God adopted him and gave him supernatural powers. Then, because he was so good and holy,<br />

God raised him from the dead and elevated him to divinity.<br />

Adoptionism was a way to deal with who Jesus really was – God or man. Paul’s<br />

letter to the Colossians refutes this heresy with what we now call the doctrine of hypostatic union<br />

– Jesus is both God and man. (Col. 2:9)<br />

This heresy was condemned by Pope Victor near the end of the<br />

second century, but reared its head again in the eighth century. In that<br />

version, adherents believed that Jesus was the son of God in his divinity, but<br />

was only adopted as the first-born of God in his humanity. This variation on the<br />

theme was condemned in 798 by Pope Leo III in a council in Rome.<br />

secondary. So, for instance, when you look at a rock, you can<br />

keep breaking little pieces off it. The problem is that with human<br />

reality, there is a unity to this collection<br />

We have a constant<br />

of atoms that the modern way of talking<br />

about substance really can’t get at. We<br />

need to be in fellowship<br />

need to recapture some of that though<br />

with God. Jesus in order to understand the reality of<br />

promised to be with the Eucharist – otherwise we look at<br />

us “until the end of this collection of atoms and ask where<br />

the age” and this is Christ is. The Gospels make it clear that<br />

one of the ways he<br />

Jesus delighted in touching people. The<br />

physicality of the Eucharist allows him to<br />

accomplishes that.<br />

continue to touch his people throughout<br />

time and space.<br />

Father <strong>St</strong>evens: There is a food theme in the Scriptures. So many<br />

of Jesus’ controversies involve eating. This theme reaches its height<br />

in the Eucharist. It is unhelpful to debate whether it is a sacrifice or<br />

a meal. If we understand sacrifice as bringing about fellowship, then<br />

it doesn’t mean there is a difference. We have a constant need to<br />

be in fellowship with God. Jesus promised to be with us “until the<br />

end of the age” and this is one of the ways he accomplishes that.<br />

Bible Quiz<br />

I am one of Paul’s helpers<br />

who am I?<br />

My name may suggest a<br />

Greek god to you, but I am a<br />

devout Christian. I was a good<br />

friend and helper to Paul – he<br />

mentions the work I did in the<br />

name of the Gospels at Corinth.<br />

For some reason, people do listen<br />

to me – sometimes I’m told I have<br />

“charisma.” I taught about Jesus<br />

to everyone I met – I am a true<br />

believer. I hadn’t heard the whole<br />

what does that<br />

symbol mean?<br />

Anchor<br />

The<br />

anchor is one<br />

of the oldest<br />

symbols of<br />

Christianity. As<br />

a long-understood<br />

representation of<br />

safety, it epitomizes<br />

hope in salvation<br />

through Jesus.<br />

Anchors appear<br />

in epitaphs in the<br />

catacombs and<br />

are often styled<br />

with a crossbar<br />

representing the<br />

cross of Christ in a<br />

subtle message.<br />

story though – I wasn’t there<br />

when the Holy Spirit descended<br />

on the believers in Jerusalem at<br />

Pentecost. However, Priscilla and<br />

Aquila taught me everything they<br />

had learned from Paul about the<br />

way of the Lord. You know, some<br />

people think I am the author of the<br />

Letter to the Hebrews – maybe<br />

and maybe not. As Origen wrote,<br />

“God only knows.” Who am I?<br />

Answer: Apollos<br />

And why bread and wine? It continues the<br />

mystery of the incarnation – it is the glory<br />

of God in humble form. Thomas Aquinas<br />

says that this is another way in which God<br />

accommodates himself to our human<br />

condition. He doesn’t simply give up food;<br />

he becomes food for us. There is an older<br />

word, viaticum, or food for the journey.<br />

It reminds us of the Passover journey<br />

– food for the nation of Israel as they are<br />

on a journey to the Promised Land. The<br />

Eucharist is our food for the journey.<br />

Father Acklin: Eucharist is the new<br />

Passover, the new paschal lamb, the<br />

new covenant. These connections with<br />

the Passover law are important. There<br />

was an integral connection between<br />

Christianity and Judaism until Christians<br />

were expelled from the Temple and Paul’s<br />

apostolate to the Gentiles began to grow.<br />

A Jewish element that is important when<br />

we are talking about real presence is the<br />

word “remember.” We talk<br />

about the Last Supper<br />

as a memorial – and<br />

must recall that the<br />

Jewish understanding<br />

of a memorial is a<br />

remembrance that<br />

makes present.<br />

When Jesus<br />

says, “Do this<br />

in memory of<br />

me,” he is<br />

saying that<br />

“On the day you<br />

do this, that day<br />

I will be with you.”<br />

He continues to<br />

give himself to us<br />

in the Eucharist.<br />

When we pray,<br />

“Lord, remember<br />

your church ...,”<br />

we are saying,<br />

“Lord, be present<br />

to our church, to<br />

our brothers and<br />

sisters – Lord,<br />

be present to<br />

those who<br />

have died.”<br />

Elizabeth Solsburg<br />

esolsburg@faithpublishingservice.com<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007 11

your marriage matters<br />

romance<br />

by Tom and Jo Anne Fogle<br />

Who’s the<br />

giver here?<br />

Here’s<br />

an important<br />

question to ask<br />

yourself: “Am I<br />

more of a giver<br />

or a taker?”<br />

The amount<br />

of sustained<br />

romance and<br />

success in your<br />

marriage may<br />

depend on<br />

your answer.<br />

The healthiest<br />

marriages are<br />

the ones where<br />

both spouses<br />

are givers.<br />

money<br />

We’ve all<br />

got to go<br />

sometime<br />

Although<br />

we may avoid<br />

thinking about<br />

death, it’s<br />

important to<br />

think about<br />

those we would<br />

leave behind.<br />

If you haven’t<br />

appointed a<br />

guardian for<br />

your children<br />

and provided for<br />

them financially,<br />

make a will or<br />

trust now!<br />

Mike and Cyndi have<br />

been planning a<br />

vacation to Hawaii for<br />

a year. But they have<br />

very different ideas about what they<br />

want to do when they get there.<br />

When we’re on<br />

vacation, I want to<br />

see all the sights!<br />

Mike says: Cyndi and I have<br />

always dreamed of going to Hawaii<br />

– the warm breezes, the palm trees,<br />

the surf. And now we’re finally getting our chance.<br />

However, I guess we didn’t really talk about why it was<br />

we wanted to go – I want to hike up to the volcanoes<br />

— really experience the islands. Cyndi doesn’t want to<br />

do anything except sit on the beach!<br />

I want to sit<br />

on the beach!<br />

Cyndi says: When I think of<br />

Hawaii, I think of orchids and<br />

romantic walks on the beach. I want<br />

to lie in the sand all day and soak up the sun. This is the<br />

first vacation we’ve taken in years where it’s just the two<br />

of us – no kids, no pets, no responsibilities. I’m afraid<br />

that if we follow Mike’s schedule, we’re going to come<br />

back more tired than before we went. When I go on<br />

vacation, I really want to “vacate.”<br />

He said<br />

She said<br />

what do they do?<br />

Jo Anne says,<br />

“This is an<br />

easy one<br />

– just tell him which beach you<br />

will be on!” Tom, on the<br />

other hand, believes a<br />

different approach may<br />

be needed so that both<br />

may enjoy the aloha<br />

spirit. Clearly, Mike<br />

identified the central<br />

issue when he said, “I<br />

guess we didn’t really<br />

talk about why it was we<br />

wanted to go …” This is<br />

not an unusual situation<br />

when dreams are involved.<br />

No two people are going<br />

to “dream” identically. We<br />

are unique individuals<br />

first and married couples<br />

second. Simply because<br />

we are “two becoming one”<br />

in our marriage does not<br />

mean that we see things in<br />

the same way. Our eyes are<br />

Tom and Jo Anne Fogle<br />

12 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

filtered by our experiences and<br />

therefore we see things mostly as<br />

unique individuals. The longer we<br />

are married, the greater chance<br />

we have of our visions merging,<br />

because we have had so many<br />

shared experiences.<br />

Our first recommendation is for<br />

Mike and Cyndi to communicate<br />

realistically, share feelings with<br />

each other, and work toward a<br />

compromise. By nature, vacations<br />

are limited by time, so you can not<br />

expect to fulfill every wish on a<br />

once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The<br />

initial shared-dream of going to<br />

Hawaii is now a close reality. Now<br />

what? First, sit down together and<br />

begin the planning process making<br />

the easy decisions first: What<br />

flight? What hotel? How long are<br />

we going to stay? Where will we<br />

eat? Do we rent a car?<br />

After answering these “easy”<br />

questions, we recommend that<br />

Mike and Cyndi ask three more<br />

questions: Why is it important for<br />

us as a couple to go to Hawaii?<br />

How does it make me feel to help<br />

you satisfy your dream? How<br />

will our marriage relationship be<br />

strengthened by going to Hawaii at<br />

this time?<br />

An easy way to accomplish<br />

this is for Mike and Cyndi to use<br />

old-fashioned pencil and paper.<br />

Divide the paper into two columns<br />

labeled “Mike” and “Cyndi.” On<br />

the left side, write the question<br />

and place the answers under each<br />

person’s column. Where both<br />

answers match, an agreement<br />

is reached and the total plan is<br />

getting closer to satisfying each<br />

other’s needs, wants and desires.<br />

Where both have different ideas<br />

and answers, list the pros and cons<br />

of each answer, then discuss the<br />

results. If Mike and Cyndi focus<br />

on meeting each other’s needs<br />

and not their own, they will be<br />

surprised with the results. They<br />

will discover a little known fact<br />

that their individual needs will be<br />

met beyond their expectations if<br />

they focus on their spouse’s wants<br />

and desires. The results become a<br />

gift and not an imposed obligation.<br />

communication<br />

What’s good<br />

about us?<br />

When we<br />

talk about communication<br />

in<br />

marriage, we<br />

often seem to<br />

focus on problems<br />

and how<br />

to handle them.<br />

Take a few<br />

minutes to look<br />

at the bright side<br />

– sit down to<br />

talk about what<br />

is working in<br />

your marriage,<br />

what both of you<br />

are doing right.<br />

Positive reinforcement<br />

can<br />

keep the good<br />

times rolling!<br />

time<br />

It’s about<br />

Time..!<br />

Share<br />

a prayer<br />

together.<br />

There<br />

is recent<br />

empirical data<br />

that indicates,<br />

“A family that<br />

prays together<br />

stays together.”<br />

Divorce rates<br />

for couples<br />

who regularly<br />

pray out loud<br />

together (more<br />

than just at<br />

meal times) is<br />

only .01% (one<br />

couple in a thousand)<br />

compared<br />

to one couple<br />

in two for first<br />

marriages in the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates.<br />

parenting journey<br />

My kid hates Mass<br />

What do you say when your child doesn’t want<br />

any part of church?<br />

As<br />

parents,<br />

how do we<br />

deal with<br />

adolescents<br />

who are<br />

distancing<br />

themselves<br />

from the<br />

church?<br />

by Dr. Cathleen McGreal<br />

When I was 11, Msgr. Galvin spotted me<br />

wandering around the church courtyard<br />

– a sorrowful child in a crowd of people who<br />

had just attended services for my grandma.<br />

His suggestion that we head into the rectory for a quick piece of<br />

cake was just the distraction I needed. Rectories and convents<br />

were mysterious worlds whispered about on our school<br />

playground. Monsignor’s kind words shared over a treat helped<br />

my healing process begin.<br />

In recent years, when I described my visit to the rectory, faces<br />

grow somber until listeners realize they are hearing a simple tale<br />

of a compassionate priest. But the initial tension reveals underlying<br />

concerns about those who found abuse rather than healing through<br />

the church, and those whose stories were kept in the shadows.<br />

As our children mature and confront these issues, some become<br />

disillusioned. Issues involving the ordination of women and married<br />

men are challenging to others. As parents, how do we deal with<br />

adolescents who distance themselves from the church?<br />

Make decisions about church attendance.<br />

Set household expectations for church attendance<br />

rather than having weekly battles. How flexible are your<br />

family’s options? Is an evening Mass a possibility? Perhaps late<br />

Saturday evenings and a sleep-deprived teen are contributing to the<br />

problem. Is there a <strong>Catholic</strong> friend who could be picked up on the<br />

way to church and brought home for dinner?<br />

Put your faith into action.<br />

If your church sponsors meals for the homeless,<br />

a food cupboard or other service opportunity,<br />

consider becoming involved as a family. Allowing<br />

God to use their hands to benefit others helps adolescents<br />

see the benefit of working in the community.<br />

Encourage prayer despite the disillusionment.<br />

Relationships with God are active and real.<br />

That means that all emotions can be shared, including<br />

anger about what happens within the church. Problems<br />

exist and all our feelings can be shared in prayer.<br />

Listen without defensiveness.<br />

A mature faith confronts the shadow side of<br />

life as well as the joy. Try not to be drawn into a power<br />

struggle or to become defensive.<br />

Remember that, as concerned as you are about the spiritual<br />

well-being of your children, God’s tender compassion is even<br />

greater. Many priests who knew <strong>St</strong>. Monica thought that her<br />

constant prayers for her pagan son would not be answered in the<br />

way she hoped. Yet after 17 years, <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> converted to<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>ism. Trust God to continue to offer opportunities for your<br />

children to be nourished by his word, his body and his blood.<br />

Email questions and comments to: mcgreal@msu.edu<br />

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spiritual fitness<br />

by Father Bill Ashbaugh<br />

make intercession for them.” (Heb<br />

7:24) Jesus enables our prayers to<br />

have effect because we share in his<br />

priesthood through baptism. United to<br />

the one high priest, we intercede with<br />

him for others.<br />

It is great to think of Jesus praying<br />

for each of us at every moment. Jesus<br />

wants each person to receive salvation.<br />

He desires that we have a thirst and<br />

hunger for the salvation of others, too.<br />

The love and desire for our salvation is<br />

at the heart of Christ’s intercession for<br />

us. During his ministry, Jesus spent all<br />

night in prayer. (Mark 1:35, 6:46) He prayed<br />

for the sick (Luke 4:40), for the possessed<br />

(Luke 4:41), for his disciples (John 17), for<br />

Simon Peter in a special way (Luke 22:31-<br />

32) and for all who would believe.<br />

Jesus’ prayer of intercession was an<br />

extension of his very self in an offering<br />

of love. The Father wants us each to<br />

be just like Jesus in our own unique<br />

way. So, the Father wants us to learn<br />

Praying for others<br />

why do we do it? how do we do it?<br />

Prayer has power. How good it is to<br />

hear someone say, “I am praying for<br />

you!” While people of faith have<br />

known for thousands of years the<br />

power of prayer, even modern skeptics are<br />

beginning to change their outlook. <strong>St</strong>udies are<br />

showing the positive effects of prayer – both for<br />

the individual who prays, and for the recipient of<br />

the prayers.<br />

Why are our prayers powerful? Because of Jesus! Christians,<br />

by their baptism, are united to Jesus Christ, who sits at the right<br />

hand of the Father where he intercedes for us. (Rom 8:34) He is<br />

our high priest who offered himself on the cross for our salvation.<br />

His priesthood is eternal. “Therefore, he is always able to save<br />

those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to<br />

to intercede – to pray on behalf of others – like Jesus did. As we<br />

pray for other’s needs, we grow less selfish and become more like<br />

Jesus. We grow in our awareness of the interconnectedness of<br />

the human family and that our prayers of love have the power to<br />

help others because of the goodness and mercy of God.<br />

Jesus said, “Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the<br />

Father in my name He will give you. ... ask and you will receive,<br />

so that your joy may be complete.” (John 16:23-24) God wants us to<br />

intercede for each other so that we will be filled with joy.<br />

So how do we intercede for each other? If you know how to<br />

ask for help, it is not hard.<br />

The saints of the church offer great examples of the constancy,<br />

perseverance, faith, hope and passionate benevolence that are<br />

necessary ingredients for powerful intercession. Take <strong>St</strong>. Rita for<br />

example.<br />

As a young woman, Rita wanted to enter a convent and<br />

dedicate her life to God and to intercessory prayer. Her mom and<br />

dad were against it. They wanted her to get married. Rita was<br />

obedient to them. What a great example of keeping the Fourth<br />

Commandment! Unfortunately for her, mom and dad were no<br />

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matchmakers. She obeyed them<br />

and married a man who was an<br />

abusive drunk. With kindness<br />

and love, Rita continued to<br />

witness to her husband the way<br />

of Christ. They were blessed<br />

with two boys, but they grew up<br />

more like their dad than their mom.<br />

Rita never lost her faith, and increased<br />

her prayers for her husband and her two<br />

sons. She asked God to give them faith<br />

and convert their hearts so that they would<br />

live at peace with God and others. After 18<br />

years of marriage, and countless prayers<br />

offered by Rita, her husband did convert!<br />

Rita was so happy. But before she could<br />

embark on a new life with her husband,<br />

he was killed. Her two sons were bent on<br />

plans of revenge. Rita then turned to God<br />

and prayed that God would keep them<br />

from sin, and if that meant taking their<br />

lives, so be it. Well, both of them caught<br />

an illness that eventually did take their<br />

lives. While they were sick, they both<br />

repented of their desire for vengeance<br />

and reconciled with God. They died very<br />

peacefully with their own mother taking<br />

care of them. Rita was eventually led by<br />

God to join the convent and spend the<br />

rest of her life praying for others and<br />

doing penance for her sins and the sins of<br />

humanity.<br />

At the end of her life, she continued to<br />

pray for others, especially for her husband<br />

and two sons who had died long before.<br />

She asked God to bring them to heaven<br />

and even asked for a special favor – some<br />

sign that would help her know they were<br />

with the Lord. In the middle of winter,<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Rita knew God would give her a sign.<br />

She told one of her relatives to go and see<br />

if a rose had bloomed. The sister thought<br />

she might be delirious, but went and<br />

investigated. To her great surprise and joy,<br />

she discovered a rose shooting up from the<br />

snow at Rita’s home. Rita smiled and then<br />

asked her relative for two figs from the fig<br />

tree in her garden – another impossible<br />

request that was granted. Rita died in<br />

peace, and many miracles happened, and<br />

continue to occur to this day through her<br />

intercession.<br />

So now it is our turn! The Lord is<br />

counting on us to join him and countless<br />

saints in interceding for the salvation of all<br />

people. He wants us to pour out our hearts<br />

in faith and in union with him before God<br />

the Father.<br />

1<br />

For our spiritual<br />

fitness this month,<br />

I suggest we make<br />

a conscious effort to<br />

intercede for the needs<br />

of others.<br />

In private prayer, ask the Holy Spirit<br />

to help you pray for others and<br />

then listen to your heart. Write down the<br />

intercessions or people the Lord inspires<br />

you to pray for and pray for them each day<br />

of this month.<br />

2<br />

Make a conscious effort to listen<br />

well during Mass to the prayers of<br />

intercession and really join your heart and<br />

will to the public prayer of the church.<br />

When someone asks you to pray for<br />

them – do it right away.<br />

3<br />

3 suggestions<br />

before you begin<br />

any kind of prayer<br />

1<br />

Spend quality<br />

time each day<br />

with God. Some pray in<br />

the car or other places,<br />

and, of course, this is<br />

good. But it is not really<br />

the kind of environment<br />

that will be conducive<br />

for the quiet<br />

needed to give<br />

one’s whole self<br />

and attention<br />

to God. If we<br />

want God<br />

to hear our<br />

prayers, we ought<br />

to show God a<br />

deep reverence<br />

and respect and,<br />

when we can<br />

help it, not put<br />

ourselves in the<br />

way of distraction.<br />

2 Remember<br />

who you are<br />

talking to – it is God!<br />

God loves you and he<br />

is very close – not far<br />

away! Have faith!<br />

3<br />

Consider the time<br />

you have with<br />

God as something<br />

precious.<br />

The Lord is<br />

counting on us<br />

to join Him and<br />

countless saints<br />

in interceding<br />

for the salvation<br />

of all people.<br />

8 aids to intercessory prayer<br />

Obey God. Obey those God has put<br />

1 in authority over us. God’s providence<br />

works through all things, even what we<br />

believe to be their mistakes of judgment.<br />

Obedience always helps in intercession,<br />

because we will become more docile to the<br />

movement of God in our soul when he calls<br />

us to pray for someone else.<br />

Believe the Lord has called you to<br />

intercede and the Father hears your<br />

2<br />

prayers through Jesus. Many people find it<br />

helpful to pray with our Blessed Mother, or<br />

pray with a saint. A person can feel greater<br />

confidence and faith when they know they<br />

are not alone in their intercession and that<br />

when we pray with others, the power of the<br />

prayer of intercession is amplified.<br />

3<br />

Recognize that “we do not know<br />

how to pray as we ought.” (Rom 8:26)<br />

Sometimes we think we know what another<br />

person needs. <strong>May</strong>be we do, but maybe<br />

we don’t! Jesus said we must remove<br />

the log from our own eye first. So to be a<br />

good intercessor for anyone, we first must<br />

acknowledge our own poverty to God.<br />

4<br />

5<br />

Ask the Holy Spirit to help us intercede.<br />

The Holy Spirit will intercede for us<br />

according to the will of God.<br />

Do not give up or lose heart when you<br />

intercede. Read Luke 11:1-13. Pray<br />

often and be persistent. Some prayers take<br />

many years to be answered.<br />

6<br />

Pray with confidence and<br />

thanksgiving. God will answer<br />

the prayer according to his will. You<br />

never need to worry. “What father would<br />

hand his son a snake when he asked for<br />

a fish!” (Luke 11:11)<br />

7<br />

Offer your prayer of<br />

intercession during<br />

weekly or daily Mass. The<br />

greatest prayer of all is the Mass.<br />

Join a prayer group and<br />

offer your intercession<br />

8<br />

with others. Most prayer groups<br />

have a time of communal<br />

intercession. If you cannot find<br />

a prayer group, then start your<br />

own. Unite your friends together and begin<br />

to pray. Pray the rosary, Divine Mercy<br />

chaplet or a similar devotion and<br />

announce the intentions and<br />

intercessions before you<br />

begin the prayer.<br />

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<strong>Catholic</strong> Faith in Action:<br />

Living as Disciples<br />

Inside and Out<br />

B y F a t h e r J o h n E . H u r l e y , C S P , D . M i n .<br />

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In 1974, Pope Paul VI asked<br />

the church fathers attending<br />

the Synod on Evangelization<br />

three important questions:<br />

1. In our day, what has<br />

happened to that hidden<br />

energy of the Good News,<br />

which is able to have a<br />

powerful effect on man’s<br />

conscience? 2. To what<br />

extent and in what way<br />

is that evangelical force capable of<br />

really transforming the people of this<br />

century? 3. What methods should be<br />

followed in order that the power of the<br />

Gospel may have its effect?<br />

I look forward to exploring these three<br />

questions with evangelization, stewardship<br />

and RCIA leadership at the upcoming<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Faith in Action conference, June 2,<br />

at San José <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in Jacksonville.<br />

However, I welcome this opportunity to<br />

entice us to explore in this Easter season the<br />

answers as it pertains to the essential mission<br />

of the church – evangelization and two very<br />

related ministries, stewardship and the RCIA.<br />

Key to these three ministries is the call to<br />

discipleship. The church exists to evangelize<br />

and our very identity as members in the<br />

Body of Christ is discipleship. However, all<br />

too often we do not think of ourselves as<br />

disciples. Over these past few years with all<br />

that has been going on in our church in the<br />

area of sexual abuse by those in authority<br />

and a lack of appropriate responses by<br />

some in leadership, I often ask myself<br />

the question why am I doing what I am<br />

doing? I am sure I am not alone in asking<br />

this question. And, the answer to that<br />

question transformed my days. However,<br />

I also believe each of our days would be<br />

powerful days if we began them by asking<br />

ourselves the same question when we<br />

look into the mirror each morning – why<br />

am I doing what I am doing? The answer<br />

is I am a disciple of Jesus Christ! What a<br />

powerful answer for us to savor – what a<br />

powerful answer to prioritize the issues<br />

before us each day and to keep everything<br />

in perspective.<br />

The theme of discipleship was<br />

strengthened in 1992 by two documents<br />

published by the American Bishops: Go<br />

and Make Disciples: A National Plan and<br />

<strong>St</strong>rategy for <strong>Catholic</strong> Evangelization in the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates and, <strong>St</strong>ewardship: A Disciple’s<br />

Response. These documents are so closely<br />

special<br />

aligned that the bishops were at one point<br />

considering joining them together into one<br />

document. Again, our very identity in the<br />

essential mission of the church is that we<br />

are disciples. As disciples there are two<br />

Paulist Father John E. Hurley of Washington,<br />

D.C., is the keynote speaker at the <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Faith in Action conference on June 2 at San<br />

José <strong>Catholic</strong> Church, Jacksonville.<br />

things that become immediately clear for us.<br />

First, we are disciples of Jesus Christ. And,<br />

secondly, we are entrusted with a mission<br />

to go forth and proclaim the Good News.<br />

In doing so, we must prioritize the use<br />

of our time, our talent and our resources<br />

in fulfilling this mission. Of course, this<br />

prioritization is called stewardship.<br />

If the term evangelization itself was hard<br />

enough for many of us to grasp, stewardship<br />

challenged us all the more. <strong>St</strong>ewardship in its<br />

earliest forms of renewal primarily focused<br />

on resources and not as much on time and<br />

talent. All three are essential in a disciple’s<br />

response to our call in baptism. Our bishops<br />

in the stewardship pastoral reminded us<br />

that we are also called to be good stewards<br />

of our vocational call to discipleship. The<br />

appropriate use of our time, talent and<br />

resources is supposed to draw us into a<br />

deeper relationship with Christ. And, in<br />

doing so, we become a brighter light for<br />

others to see and be drawn to.<br />

The fruit of effective discipleship and<br />

stewardship is that others will be drawn to<br />

the church through its witness in the world.<br />

The ministry that each of us participates<br />

in is a proclamation of the Good News of<br />

Jesus Christ. And, if done effectively this<br />

provides those who do not belong to the<br />

Body of Christ an opportunity to explore the<br />

light they have seen. Some who witness the<br />

Good News of Jesus Christ in our times seek<br />

to know more about Christ in the church<br />

and the process designed from ancient<br />

times is known to us at the Rite of Christian<br />

Initiation of Adults or more commonly<br />

known as the RCIA process. After all, the<br />

Great Commission entrusted to us is to make<br />

disciples of all nations. (Mt. 28:19)<br />

This Easter time, the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church<br />

in the United <strong>St</strong>ates will welcome more<br />

than 100,000 new adult members into the<br />

church. In their formation process, they<br />

explore their call to discipleship and will<br />

also discern how they can best use their<br />

time, talent and resources to proclaim the<br />

Good News of Jesus Christ. However, this<br />

Easter each of us who are baptized members<br />

of the church renew our own baptismal call<br />

and this Easter season is the perfect time for<br />

us to assess our own response to the Good<br />

News of Jesus Christ, risen and alive in our<br />

world through our witness.<br />

Father John E. Hurley, CSP, is director<br />

of the Paulist North American Office for<br />

Reconciliation in Washington, D.C. As the<br />

former executive director of the USCCB<br />

Secretariat for Evangelization (1997-2005),<br />

Father Hurley played a critical role in the<br />

shaping of the document on evangelization.<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Faith in Action: Living<br />

as Disciples Inside and Out<br />

Keynote Speaker:<br />

Father John E. Hurley, CSP<br />

Saturday, June 2<br />

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.<br />

San José <strong>Catholic</strong> Church<br />

3619 Toledo Road, Jacksonville<br />

Cost: $10/includes lunch<br />

Registration deadline: <strong>May</strong> 25<br />

Registration forms available online at<br />

www.dosafl.com or call<br />

(904) 262-3200, ext. 117<br />

This biannual conference is primarily<br />

for parish leadership in the areas of<br />

Evangelization, <strong>St</strong>ewardship and the<br />

RCIA, but interested parishioners<br />

are invited to attend.<br />

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Courtesy of the Miss America Organization<br />

When Urbana, Ill. native, Erika<br />

Harold, was crowned Miss<br />

America 2003, she became a<br />

role model for millions of young<br />

girls. Thrust into the public eye<br />

on television and in magazines<br />

throughout the year 2003, she<br />

shared the pages with other<br />

headline-grabbing females like<br />

Paris Hilton with her sex tape<br />

expose and Britney Spears’ liplock<br />

with Madonna at the MTV<br />

Video Music Awards. But Erika<br />

had a message that seemed<br />

a direct contradiction to the<br />

popularity of the scandalized<br />

pop princess and social heiress<br />

– the importance of abstinence.<br />

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c o v e r s t o r y<br />

The Cost of the Crown<br />

The petite 27-year-old from a multi-racial family has a lot to say<br />

about her platform of “Respect Yourself, Protect Yourself: Preventing<br />

Youth Violence and Bullying,” as she was a victim of racial hate acts and<br />

sexual harassment in high school. But Erika says she also expected that<br />

her platform and year in the spotlight would also include talking about<br />

abstinence, a topic she has spoken on publicly since the age of 17.<br />

She was surprised when the topic was labeled “too controversial” by<br />

Illinois pageant officials. Erika was asked not to discuss her stance on<br />

abstinence during the national competition to make her appear more<br />

liberal. She wanted to speak about abstinence after being crowned Miss<br />

America but was later accused of hiding her position, Erika’s father, Bob<br />

Harold, explained.<br />

Erika stood her ground with pageant officials and refused to stay<br />

quiet. It just wasn’t her nature. She maximized her time in the public<br />

eye and continues to use her experience as Miss America to prove to<br />

young adults that they too can stand strong for what they believe in<br />

and have “the courage to say it, even if it may be unpopular.”<br />

Speaking to the 6th-8th grade classes at <strong>St</strong>. Paul <strong>Catholic</strong> School<br />

in Jacksonville Beach March 2, Erika explained that her commitment<br />

to abstaining from drugs, sex and alcohol was not what others were<br />

doing at her high school, but she wanted to be a leader. Quoting the<br />

last stanza of the Robert Frost poem, The Road Not Taken, Erika told the<br />

students that her most important decision has been “to take the road<br />

less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”<br />

Bob Harold was also in town to attend the Project SOS<br />

(<strong>St</strong>rengthening Our <strong>St</strong>udents) Father-Daughter event called, “Dancing<br />

With Your <strong>St</strong>ar.” As a father of three girls and one boy, he explained the<br />

role he has tried to play in the lives of his children by teaching them<br />

Christian values, a responsibility to God and self-worth.<br />

“Having respect for yourself demands that others respect you as a<br />

person, not as an object,” Bob says. “With children, (parents) instill in<br />

them a sense of worth and importance.”<br />

Erika, who says she still talks to her father on the phone every day,<br />

sees men or strong male figures, such as fathers, as important in how<br />

women and girls see themselves. “Young women are taught that the<br />

only way to get male attention is through sex,” she says. Rather, “it is<br />

their intelligence and character that are the most important. Males can<br />

encourage them to cultivate those traits.”<br />

Have Girls Really Gone Bad?<br />

In February, Newsweek magazine ran a cover story called, “The<br />

Girls Gone Wild Effect,” focusing on today’s teenage idols that seem<br />

to be following the path to rehab instead of fairy-tale romances. In the<br />

B y A m e l i a E u d y<br />

s ity<br />

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past, the media, celebrities, television and the music industry have<br />

been blamed for “The Sexualization of Girls” as addressed by Father<br />

John Flynn in a Feb. 2007 article on Zenit.org. Using recent studies<br />

published by the American Psychological Association, he maintains the<br />

case that merchandising, advertising, teen magazines and overall media<br />

saturation all contribute to this concern of “sexy” teens and tweens.<br />

“Media is the number one teacher of children and that’s unfortunate,”<br />

Pam Mullarkey, Ph.D., founder and director of National Advancement<br />

of Project SOS, says. “Parents and churches have a difficult time<br />

undoing what the media has done.”<br />

She also noted the importance of a male role model in the life of<br />

a young girl. “Every girl wants the approval of a male. If she has her<br />

father’s unconditional approval, she doesn’t have to look for it in a man<br />

who may have other desires than what the girl wants.” Peer pressure and<br />

the quest to be popular also contribute to many of the choices young<br />

teen girls make, she says.<br />

Dr. Mullarkey was encouraged by the response to the annual Father-<br />

Daughter program in Jacksonville. With more than 500 in attendance,<br />

she received many comments from fathers who didn’t realize their<br />

influence in their daughters’ lives and customarily left most of the<br />

duties of nurturing children to the mothers.<br />

Acknowledging that not all young girls have a father involved in<br />

their lives, Erika encourages girls to seek out men close to them. “Close<br />

relatives and members of church communities can fill that role,” Erika<br />

says, but advises girls to be selective, because the men they choose as<br />

their role models need to have guiding qualities, a strong character and<br />

encourage girls to make good choices for their futures.<br />

With much of the attention and responsibility for chastity being<br />

placed on girls, Dr. Mullarkey notes that the same holds true for boys.<br />

“Being a real man is saying no to things that are going to cause regrets,”<br />

she says. We are missing a full right of passage for boys in our culture.<br />

They think they are men when they have their first sexual encounter.”<br />

The former Miss America speaks openly about her choice to abstain<br />

from sex until marriage, but doesn’t understand why people only see<br />

abstinence as choosing not to have sex.<br />

“I think people shy away from (the word abstinence) because it<br />

seems passive, like waiting around and doing nothing. It’s not choosing<br />

‘not to have sex,’ it means using more time and energy to become a<br />

world leader and an opportunity<br />

to use your life and talents … in<br />

community service.”<br />

Now in her final semester at<br />

Harvard Law School, Erika is<br />

preparing for a career of working<br />

in litigation at a law firm in<br />

Chicago where she can continue to<br />

practice what she preaches to kids<br />

across the country, “You have the<br />

opportunity to stand up for what<br />

you believe in.”<br />

The Case for Chastity<br />

<strong>May</strong> Oliver, coordinator of Respect Life for the Cathedral-Basilica<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>, has been working in chastity education for 20 years.<br />

She uses the definition of chastity as “sexual self-control” that refers to<br />

all stages of life: those who are single, married and those waiting to be<br />

married. Also, chastity, not to be confused with celibacy, doesn’t only<br />

mean abstaining from sex.<br />

“A lifestyle of chastity is for all of us,” <strong>May</strong> explains, “It means who<br />

you are, what you are in life. The friends that you choose, how you<br />

dress, how you amuse yourself and the entertainment you choose.”<br />

She feels the media needs to be responsible for providing something<br />

better for society. “Entertainment isn’t raising anything up in our<br />

people. It’s not calling us to be better.”<br />

Parents, she says, are having to race to catch up. “It starts with the<br />

parents. We are the primary educators. We take that job so seriously<br />

[when children are] at age two. We tell them what to eat, to be safe and<br />

not to play in the street. When they are ages 12 and 13, we think our<br />

job is done. Parents must return to being parents and not turn that job<br />

over to other organizations.”<br />

Parents can create healthy environments for their children by hosting<br />

their childrens’ friends at their homes, spending time with other<br />

families, talking about making good choices, going to church and<br />

teaching them how to pray for themselves and for others, <strong>May</strong> notes.<br />

Paul Figura<br />

above: Miss America 2003, Erika Harold<br />

and her father Bob were in Jacksonville in<br />

March to promote healthy father-daughter<br />

relationships as part of the Project SOS<br />

Father-Daughter program.<br />

left: The students at <strong>St</strong>. Paul <strong>Catholic</strong> School<br />

in Jacksonville Beach had an opportunity<br />

to ask Erika Harold, Miss America 2003,<br />

questions about how she handles dating,<br />

abstinence and peer pressure.<br />

“If kids are feeling challenged, I tell them to get away from that<br />

challenge. It’s not good and it’s not character building. They also need<br />

to be supported as they stand up to peer pressure.” It’s hard for kids<br />

to stand up for themselves when they feel as if they are the only ones<br />

doing it, she adds.<br />

In regards to the negative media images, <strong>May</strong> accepts no excuses.<br />

She acknowledges that there have always been messages about sex<br />

Paul Figura<br />

20 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

coming from the media, but there has never<br />

been this level of “wide-scale acceptance” of it.<br />

Recently, Pope Benedict XVI met with<br />

members of the Pontifical Council for Social<br />

Communications and called on media<br />

operators “to safeguard the common good, to<br />

uphold the truth, to protect individual human<br />

dignity and promote respect for the needs of<br />

the family.”<br />

But even in the midst of websites like<br />

myspace.com, the Pussycat Dolls’ new reality<br />

TV show and E! Entertainment Television’s<br />

“The Girls Next Door,” an encouraging<br />

trend seems to be helping balance the scale.<br />

According to the Guttmacher Institute,<br />

research shows a decline in the national<br />

abortion rate for the past 10 years. As of 2006,<br />

teen pregnancy is at its lowest level in 30 years,<br />

and people are talking about chastity and<br />

abstinence more.<br />

“The good news is that this generation<br />

coming up is making good choices,” says <strong>May</strong>.<br />

She acknowledges music performers such as<br />

Rebecca <strong>St</strong>. James who “lives chastity,” and<br />

even rappers who are “disgusted” with other<br />

performers in their genre and are speaking out.<br />

“I think the kids are hungry for [learning<br />

about chastity] because it is the truth,” she says.<br />

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Resources about chastity<br />

Theology of the Body Explained: A<br />

Commentary on John Paul II’s ‘Gospel of<br />

the Body,’ by Christopher West. 552pp.,<br />

Published by Pauline Books & Media,<br />

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Project SOS: A local effort to positively<br />

change today’s youth culture by teaching<br />

life skills to avoid premarital sex, drugs,<br />

alcohol and other high risk behaviors.<br />

www.projectsos.com<br />

Pure Love by nationally renowned chastity<br />

speaker, Jason Evert. Published by <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

Answers, January 2003.<br />

Love-and do what you will by Julie A.<br />

Collins, 2001, 4pp. Cost $.40 each,<br />

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<strong>St</strong>anding With Courage: Confronting<br />

Tough Decisions about Sex, by Miss<br />

America 1999 Mary-Louise Kurey. 224<br />

pp., Published by Our Sunday Visitor,<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007 21

parish<br />

parish profile<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Mary, Korona<br />

Colorful past is backdrop to exciting new chapter in history<br />

by Shannon Scruby Henderson<br />

In recent years, an influx of <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

retirees from the Northeast and<br />

Midwest has fueled the growth of<br />

Flagler County mega parishes like<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Palm Coast<br />

and Santa Maria del Mar in Flagler Beach.<br />

The seeds of faith were planted in the area<br />

almost a century ago by another group<br />

of Midwestern transplants – in this case,<br />

a small group of Polish <strong>Catholic</strong>s who<br />

answered an ad that promised $35-per-acre<br />

of Florida farmland. Their legacy is <strong>St</strong>. Mary<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Church, the Mother Parish of every<br />

other <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in Flagler County: <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>St</strong>ephen in Bunnell, <strong>St</strong>. Elizabeth Ann Seton<br />

and Santa Maria del Mar. The 1914 church,<br />

a 65-seat wooden structure with a relic set<br />

in marble in the altar, remains unchanged to<br />

this day. It is used for Eucharistic Adoration<br />

on Fridays.<br />

Not very long ago, decreasing<br />

population and a shortage<br />

of diocesan priests resulted<br />

in a change of status for <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Mary. “We became a mission<br />

of Santa Maria del Mar, which<br />

is unusual because we really<br />

started Santa Maria del Mar,”<br />

recalls longtime <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s<br />

parishioner Gerard Slovak.<br />

Circumstances intervened to<br />

return the faith community to<br />

full-fledged parish standing. In<br />

the first place, rapid growth at<br />

nearby retirement communities<br />

contributed to a population<br />

spike at <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s. There was<br />

also the impact of nearby <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Joseph Carmelite Monastery,<br />

founded by Polish Father Joseph<br />

Zawada in 1988. Gradually, the<br />

two <strong>Catholic</strong> communities became<br />

intertwined: Carmelite Fathers<br />

22 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Above is the original <strong>St</strong>. Mary,<br />

Queen of Poland <strong>Catholic</strong> Church that<br />

was built in 1914. It is used today for<br />

Eucharistic Adoration on Fridays.<br />

Located between the old church and<br />

the new church is a beautiful Shrine to <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Christopher that was erected in 1935 by<br />

Redemptorist Father C. Hoffman.<br />

Susie Nguyen

Zawada, Slawomir Podsiedlik , Artur Chojda and Brother Anthony<br />

Gemmato from the monastery were pulled into parish work, while<br />

parishioners gravitated to weekday Masses at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Monastery.<br />

In 2003, Bishop Victor Galeone asked Father Slawomir to make his<br />

affiliation with <strong>St</strong>. Mary official. Today, he serves as both prior for the<br />

monastery and pastor of <strong>St</strong>. Mary Parish.<br />

A parish deeply blessed<br />

Baptized at <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s in 1938, Gerard Slovak remembers<br />

serving Mass in the 1940s and 50s in the small wooden church<br />

that was heated with a wood-burning stove. In those days of<br />

plentiful altar boys, he never imagined he would still be ringing<br />

bells on the altar nearly seven decades later. “Our other altar<br />

‘boys’ tend to be over 70 these days,” he comments. “Since I’m<br />

not quite there yet, I’m not sure I should be considered old<br />

enough to serve!”<br />

Youth may be in scarce supply, yet the parish remains a vibrant,<br />

welcoming community to all. “Our parish is unique and special,”<br />

says Mary Araya, director of religious education. “Father is such<br />

an inspiring speaker, and our connection with the monastery is<br />

very enriching. There is a full spiritual life here. When Bishop<br />

Galeone came for his pastoral visit a year ago, he sent the<br />

Women’s Club a book called Treasures Uncovered, the Parables of<br />

Jesus that began a faith-sharing Bible study. Now we have about<br />

six groups of people involved. It’s really blossomed.<br />

Email questions and comments to: sac@dosafl.com<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

A view of the altar in the new church, which also serves as a<br />

multi-purpose building. Polish <strong>Catholic</strong>s throughout the area<br />

gather each week for Mass and fellowship.<br />

“As Carmelites, there’s a big challenge for us,” says Father Slawomir.<br />

“We are grateful to Bishop Victor, who gave us the opportunity<br />

to work with fantastic people at <strong>St</strong>. Mary. At the same time,<br />

we must work hard to maintain our prayer life, which is at the<br />

heart of Carmelite spirituality. We try to be here with the people,<br />

extending the message about prayer beyond our monastery. It is<br />

the challenge of our times. Because of the lack of vocations, many<br />

in our order - in Belaruse, Siberia, Norway, Germany and the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates – also serve as pastors.”<br />

Two thriving faith communities in one<br />

The parish’s unique past is reflected in the dual nature of<br />

its modern congregation. “Nowadays, the core of <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s is<br />

predominantly retirees, most of them from the North,” notes<br />

Karen Clark, the parish’s administrative assistant. Another<br />

group, the Polish-American<br />

contingency, includes<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s who travel from<br />

outside of parish boundaries<br />

to attend Mass in Polish<br />

(Sundays at 11:30 a.m. at <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Mary; 9 a.m. on Thursdays<br />

at <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Monastery) and<br />

interact with fellow Polish<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>s. Both the English<br />

and Polish language Masses<br />

are typically packed with<br />

visitors. “People travel miles<br />

Carmelite Father Slawomir<br />

Podsiedlik is the pastor of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Mary Parish in Korona.<br />

to hear Father Slawomir’s<br />

homilies, whether in English<br />

or Polish,” says Karen.<br />

s t . m a r y p a r i s h a t a g l a n c e<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Mary Parish<br />

89 <strong>St</strong>. Mary’s Place<br />

Korona, FL 32110<br />

(386) 437-5098<br />

Website: www.stmaryccfl.org<br />

Pastor:<br />

Parishioners:<br />

Father Slawomir Podsiedlik, OCD<br />

500 registered families<br />

The original <strong>St</strong>. Mary, Queen of Poland Church dates back<br />

to 1914, the same year 35 Polish-American families and<br />

their priest, Father Andrew Baczyk, put down roots in what<br />

was then a mosquito-ridden, poorly drained patch of land on<br />

the outer perimeter of Volusia County (three years later, it was<br />

transferred to Flagler County). In the face of many hardships<br />

– and through many transitions – this pioneer community dug<br />

in and made a go of it. Those who stayed formed the nucleus<br />

of a faith community that Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley praised<br />

in a 1964 letter, commending them as a group, “who for a<br />

half century have held the line of the faith in Flagler County and<br />

have left a Christian imprint here which can never be effaced.”<br />

During its 93-year history, the faith community has been<br />

nurtured by a succession of priests: Father Baczyk, Father<br />

Radka of Titusville, the Redemptorist Fathers of New Smyrna<br />

Beach, (who administered the parish from about 1933 to<br />

1954), Fathers Diego Conesa, Antonio Leon, Tom Cody,<br />

Roland Julien, Walter Bayer, Anthony Sebra, John O’Flaherty,<br />

John Tetlow and currently, Carmelite Father Slawomir<br />

Podsiedlik.<br />

Today, Sunday Mass is held in the parish’s multi-purpose<br />

building. Parishioners can also attend Mass seven days a week<br />

at the <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Monastery just up the road.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007 23

he City of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

T<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> has<br />

been a favorite<br />

travel destination<br />

since just before the American<br />

Civil War. Visitors are fascinated<br />

with the historical significance<br />

of the “ancient city” and<br />

historians consider it a land of<br />

treasure. <strong>Catholic</strong> faithful have<br />

played a significant role in the<br />

establishment of this community<br />

and throughout Florida. A large<br />

deposit of documents testifies to<br />

the work, in this and the previous<br />

century, of priests, women<br />

religious, and laypersons in the<br />

operation of parishes, schools,<br />

hospitals and charitable agencies.<br />

Sister of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Thomas Joseph<br />

McGoldrick, archivist for the Diocese<br />

of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>, examines one of<br />

the oldest documents penned in the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates in 1594.<br />

Scott Smith<br />

The diocesan archives contain the<br />

archival<br />

papers of the Vicariate Apostolic and<br />

of the Bishops of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

from Augustin Verot (1858-1876) to<br />

the present ordinary, Bishop Victor<br />

Galeone. The mosaic cross above<br />

belonged to Bishop William Kenny.<br />

treasures<br />

By Kathleen Bagg-Morgan<br />

24 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007

The Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong> preserves<br />

in its archives the oldest written records of<br />

American origin in the United <strong>St</strong>ates. These are<br />

the Spanish parish registers of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

dating from 1594 to 1763. The first pages<br />

(1594-1638) record baptisms, marriages and<br />

burials. Subsequent Spanish registers carry<br />

the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> parish data forward to 1763<br />

and from 1784 to 1821. Also preserved in<br />

the diocesan archives is the “Golden Book,”<br />

the sacramental register of the Minorcan<br />

community from 1768-1784, with<br />

the signature of Father Pedro<br />

Camps. Later registers in<br />

the archives continue<br />

the administrative and<br />

sacramental records<br />

through the United<br />

<strong>St</strong>ates period from 1821<br />

to 2007.<br />

Nothing predates<br />

these records in our<br />

country’s history. “They<br />

are the oldest European<br />

historical documents<br />

of what is now the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates,” says<br />

Bruce Chappell a<br />

historical archivist and<br />

coordinator of special<br />

collections for the<br />

George A. Smathers<br />

Libraries of the<br />

University of Florida in<br />

Gainesville. A parishioner<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. Patrick’s, Bruce has<br />

been deeply involved in the diocesan<br />

archives for the past 30 years.<br />

After many years of study, the diocese is<br />

moving forward to ensure these archival<br />

treasures are conserved for future generations.<br />

In 2005, Bishop Victor Galeone designated the<br />

diocesan records dating from 1594 to 1905 as<br />

the official historical archives of the Diocese<br />

of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>. At the same time, he<br />

appointed Sister of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Thomas Joseph<br />

McGoldrick as the archivist.<br />

Under the leadership of Father Michael<br />

Morgan, as chancellor of the diocese, the 1594<br />

Committee was formed to help the diocese<br />

preserve the records of the historical archives<br />

and to find ways to establish a major center for<br />

the study of Christianity with an emphasis on<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong>ism in North America.<br />

“We are very fortunate to have a number<br />

of experts willing to provide professional<br />

Frantizek Zvardon<br />

guidance toward the<br />

goal to preserve the<br />

historical archives<br />

through sound<br />

archival methods and<br />

practices,” said Father<br />

Morgan. He said the<br />

1594 Committee has<br />

been working hard for<br />

about a year to secure<br />

funding to complete<br />

the conservation work<br />

and to build a center<br />

for research, which<br />

is expected to cost<br />

$300,000.<br />

To date the 1594<br />

Committee has raised<br />

$20,000. A grant of $10,000<br />

from the <strong>Catholic</strong> Foundation of the diocese<br />

along with another $10,000 in contributions<br />

was obtained by Father Greg Fay, pastor of<br />

Holy Family Parish in Jacksonville and a<br />

member of the 1594 Committee. Another<br />

significant contribution was made by the Sisters<br />

of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

In partnership with the diocese, the<br />

congregation is providing a building where<br />

their own archives have been kept to house the<br />

historical archives of the diocese. “It is probably<br />

the strongest building in <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>,”<br />

said Sister Thomas Joseph. Located on the<br />

grounds of the convent, next to the O’Reilly<br />

House Museum on Aviles <strong>St</strong>reet, the two-story<br />

building was built like a fort in the 1940s and is<br />

located in the heart of the city.<br />

The property of the motherhouse belonged<br />

to Father O’Reilly. He left the property to the<br />

Left: The first page of the <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> Parish<br />

Register, the oldest permanent record in the<br />

United <strong>St</strong>ates dated June 10, 1594.<br />

Below: A missionary priest’s chasuble, circa<br />

1870. The leather lining protected the rich<br />

needlework when the vestment was folded and<br />

stored in a saddlebag..<br />

Sisters of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph upon his death. And the<br />

people who lived on the property before Father<br />

O’Reilly are some of the very families that are<br />

listed in the early parish registers. Families<br />

like the Florencia’s, the Leon’s, the Sanchez’ all<br />

lived there. “These records really document the<br />

lives of families that started our church here in<br />

Florida,” said Sister Thomas Joseph.<br />

Work is already underway on the building<br />

that will create a safe environment for the<br />

historical archives. “We have emptied the<br />

building, the contractors are lined up and<br />

the architect is on board,” said Sister Thomas<br />

Joseph. All that is needed now is funding to<br />

complete the project.<br />

Once completed, the second floor of<br />

the building will house all the materials on<br />

compact mechanical shelving. All the digitizing<br />

equipment and a dark room will be located<br />

there. Downstairs, on the first floor, will be<br />

rooms for research, administrative offices,<br />

a library and workstations complete with<br />

Internet connections for other institutions to<br />

access information. With much of the materials<br />

in the diocesan archives already on microfilm,<br />

the next step is to create digital images of the<br />

oldest records. According to Bruce Chappell<br />

the digital records will be kept on servers and<br />

back-up servers making it easier for qualified<br />

historians to access them for research. But he<br />

adds this is a very lengthy process – a process<br />

that will take many years.<br />

The diocese is hoping the conservation<br />

project and research center will be completed<br />

in the next couple of years – provided funding<br />

is obtained from grants and individual<br />

contributions.<br />

“The historical archives of the diocese means<br />

so very much for us as <strong>Catholic</strong>s,” explains<br />

Bruce. “Our patrimony binds us together and<br />

the preservation of this patrimony is absolutely<br />

vital to us as a church.”<br />

To contribute to the diocesan efforts to conserve its<br />

past, please send a check made out to the Florida<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Heritage Museum, Inc., c/o Father<br />

Michael Morgan, 11625 Old <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> Road,<br />

Jacksonville, FL 32258 or call (904) 262-3200.<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007 25

around<br />

around the diocese<br />

Sisters Celebrate 160 Years legislative issues <strong>Catholic</strong>s<br />

meet with Florida lawmakers<br />

More than 250 <strong>Catholic</strong>s from around the state<br />

attended this year’s <strong>Catholic</strong> Days at the Capitol<br />

sponsored by the Bishops of Florida. In March,<br />

participants were briefed on current legislative issues<br />

important to the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church. They met with lawmakers in<br />

Tallahassee to discuss parental notification of abortion, ethical<br />

stem cell research, McKay Scholarship eligibility and affordable<br />

housing.<br />

In conjunction with <strong>Catholic</strong> Days at the Capitol activities,<br />

the Bishops of Florida celebrated the 32nd annual Red Mass for<br />

those serving in the legislative, executive and judicial branches of<br />

government as well as members of the legal profession in Florida.<br />

Sister Rose Hoover, rc<br />

From left, Bishop Victor Galeone, Cenacle Sisters Elizabeth Hillmann<br />

and Annette Mattle and Sister of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Joyce Newton.<br />

At a March 10 ceremony at the Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong>, Bishop Victor Galeone celebrated a Mass in honor<br />

of this year’s Religious Jubilees. Celebrating 60 years of service<br />

is Cenacle Sister Elizabeth Hillmann; and celebrating 50 years<br />

of service are Cenacle Sister Annette Mattle and Sister of<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Joseph Joyce Newton. A reception followed with several<br />

members of our religious communities present. We thank you<br />

for your faithful service to the people of God!<br />

More than 23 <strong>Catholic</strong>s from the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>, including<br />

members of Bishop Kenny High School’s Pro-Life Club, joined Bishop<br />

Victor Galeone in Tallahassee for the <strong>Catholic</strong> Days at the Capitol event.<br />

Chris Gunty/The Florida <strong>Catholic</strong> Newspaper<br />

special<br />

friends of the seminary event Bishop John J. Snyder receives<br />

award from seminary<br />

Palm Beach Bishop Gerald Barbarito recognizes retired Bishop John J. Snyder of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> for his work in promoting vocations and the priesthood with the Friends of<br />

the Seminary Award. Looking on is Msgr. Keith Brennan, rector of <strong>St</strong>. Vincent de Paul<br />

Regional Seminary and a priest of the Diocese of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong>.<br />

26 <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> <strong>May</strong> 2007<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in<br />

Boynton Beach, Fla., as part of its “Friends<br />

of the Seminary” fundraising event,<br />

honored retired Bishop John J. Snyder for<br />

his strong support of vocations, the priesthood and<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary.<br />

Bishop Snyder was ordained to the priesthood in<br />

1951 and to the episcopacy in 1972 as an auxiliary<br />

Bishop of Brooklyn. In October 1979, Pope John<br />

Paul II transferred him to the see of <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>,<br />

where he served until his retirement in early 2000.<br />

Among his many accomplishments: he initiated<br />

more than 25 diocesan ministries, established<br />

six parishes and 10 schools and launched a<br />

major capital campaign for the diocese before his<br />

retirement.<br />

Owned by the seven dioceses of Florida, <strong>St</strong>.<br />

Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary has educated<br />

nearly 500 priests since its founding in 1963.

Susie Nguyen<br />

signatures of faith Rite of<br />

Election marks important step<br />

On Feb. 25 Naomi Sardo signed<br />

the Book of the Elect at Prince of<br />

Peace Parish in Jacksonville.<br />

At the<br />

beginning<br />

of Lent,<br />

nearly 700<br />

individuals in the Diocese<br />

of Saint <strong>Augustine</strong><br />

began the final stages<br />

of their journey toward<br />

baptism or entering into<br />

full communion with<br />

the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church at<br />

Easter. For catechumens,<br />

people not yet baptized,<br />

the final part of their<br />

journey began with a Rite<br />

of Election on or near the<br />

first Sunday of Lent.<br />

For candidates, who<br />

are already baptized<br />

Christians, the start of<br />

Lent meant participating<br />

in a Call to Continuing<br />

Conversion. Many candidates were raised in a different faith. Some<br />

were baptized <strong>Catholic</strong> but were never formed in the faith nor<br />

have they received confirmation and Eucharist.<br />

Catechumens receive baptism, confirmation and first Eucharist<br />

at the Easter Vigil. Candidates will enter full communion with the<br />

church by receiving confirmation and Eucharist sometime during<br />

the Easter season.<br />

Summer Ministry<br />

If you are between the ages of 15 and 21, enjoy working<br />

with young people on service projects and want to experience<br />

life from a different perspective – then SPLUNGE is for you.<br />

This unique summer<br />

ministry is scheduled for<br />

June 4-9 in Jacksonville.<br />

All activities will focus on the inner city with participants<br />

staying at Immaculate Conception <strong>Catholic</strong> Church in<br />

downtown Jacksonville. The week will also include a day at<br />

one of Florida’s natural springs and did I mention you can get<br />

30 service hours for the upcoming school year?<br />

The cost is $75 and includes food, materials, recreation,<br />

transportation and lodging. Financial aid is available.<br />

Registration deadline is <strong>May</strong> 14. For information call Kathy<br />

Yoakley at (904) 284-3811 or email shyouth@bellsouth.net.<br />

For Gainesville youth call Joan Prado at (352) 373-3627 or<br />

visit www.splungejax.org.<br />

around<br />

around the diocese<br />

Dream Comes True<br />

Elizabeth Elliott dreamed of meeting her hero, Pope Benedict<br />

XVI, while recovering from a traumatic brain injury due to a car<br />

accident. Her prayers and “dream come true” were answered! In<br />

March, a Celebration of Life party was held in Elizabeth’s honor<br />

and she was told that she and her family will be traveling to Rome<br />

to meet the Holy Father and tour the Vatican.<br />

Founded in 1984, Dreams Come True has made dreams<br />

come to fruition for more than 1,950 children in Northeast<br />

Florida and Southeast Georgia. 100 percent of all donations,<br />

unless otherwise specified, go directly to the dreams of children<br />

battling life-threatening illnesses.<br />

Victor Blackwell of First Coast News interviews Elizabeth Elliott,<br />

a student at Bishop Kenny High School, about her Dream<br />

Come True to meet Pope Benedict XVI.<br />

religious medals awarded<br />

Bishop Galeone recognizes scouts<br />

More than 132<br />

scouts and<br />

their families<br />

traveled to<br />

the Cathedral-Basilica of <strong>St</strong>.<br />

<strong>Augustine</strong> March 11 for the<br />

27th annual Bishop’s Scout<br />

Recognition Ceremony.<br />

Bishop Victor Galeone<br />

blessed the medals, which<br />

are a symbol of religious<br />

devotion, before formally<br />

recognizing each recipient.<br />

“When we call down God’s<br />

Anna DeSalvo of San José Parish<br />

earned the “I Live My Faith” medal.<br />

Pinning the medal to her vest is her<br />

troop leader and mother, Mary.<br />

blessing on these religious awards, our foremost concern must be that our<br />

Christian lives bear out the kind of witness we give by wearing them,”<br />

Bishop Galeone said.<br />

Tammy Hartley of Assumption Parish, Jacksonville, was awarded the Life<br />

Time Achievement Award for her contribution to the Boy Scouts and Girl<br />

Scouts of the diocese.<br />

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around<br />

around the diocese<br />

BK Grad Gives Back<br />

Carla Harris, a 1980 graduate<br />

of Bishop Kenny High School in<br />

Jacksonville, continues to give<br />

back to her alma mater by sharing<br />

her time, many, many talents<br />

and treasure. She has recorded<br />

two music CD’s: Carla’s First<br />

Christmas and Joy is Waiting,<br />

and has performed at Carnegie<br />

Hall twice! The proceeds of her<br />

CD’s and concerts goes directly<br />

to the Carla Harris Scholarship<br />

roast for charity Crisis Pregnancy Center<br />

honors Tony Boselli<br />

Emergency Pregnancy Services of Jacksonville (EPS), held its Sixth Annual<br />

Celebrity Roast honoring Jacksonville Jaguar favorite Tony Boselli, Feb. 24,<br />

at the Crowne Plaza Jacksonville Riverfront Hotel. The featured roasters<br />

were Tony’s good friends and former Jaguar teammates Mark Brunell, Dave<br />

Widell, Jeff Novak and local<br />

sportscasters Frank Frangee and<br />

Dan Hicken. The event was very<br />

successful, raising $64,728 for<br />

the center.<br />

EPS is Jacksonville’s oldest<br />

crisis pregnancy center, in<br />

operation for more than 32 years.<br />

Trained peer counselors offer<br />

practical solutions for crisis<br />

pregnancies including adoption<br />

support and advocacy, referrals<br />

to community services and<br />

medical care, crisis intervention<br />

(l-r) Dr. Candace Hodgkins (Tony’s mother), Tony<br />

Boselli and WTLV Sports Director, Dan Hicken at and educational opportunities.<br />

the EPS Celebrity Roast fundraiser, Feb. 24. Call (904) 308-7510 or visit<br />

www.epsjax.com.<br />

Kevin Ross/www.Pbase.com/JagaGator<br />

Home for Unwed, Pregnant Women Opens<br />

Susie Nguyen<br />

In March, Carla Harris traveled<br />

to Jacksonville to present a check<br />

for $135,000 to Father Michael<br />

Houle, president of Bishop Kenny<br />

and Todd Orlando, principal. The<br />

funds represent 50 percent of the<br />

proceeds generated from her Carla<br />

at Carnegie Hall II concert.<br />

Fund to pay for the tuition of<br />

students at BK and <strong>St</strong>. Charles<br />

Borromeo School in Harlem, N.Y.<br />

Carla hasn’t given up her day job<br />

– did I mention that she is also a<br />

top Wall <strong>St</strong>reet Banker? We are<br />

thrilled to hear of her success and<br />

thankful for her stewardship to<br />

the youth of the diocese!<br />

Father Daniel Cody, pastor of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph Parish in Jacksonville, will join<br />

parishioners and benefactors in dedicating a new home for Divine Mercy House on<br />

Sunday, <strong>May</strong> 20 at 2 p.m. The home, located at 4118 Loretto Road, will provide a<br />

nurturing home for unwed, pregnant women whose families are unable to provide<br />

assistance. Residents will have the opportunity to give birth to their child, as well as<br />

receive a strong foundation of life and parenting skills based on Christian values.<br />

The facility is open to women of any faith.<br />

The new 4,000-square<br />

foot residence in Mandarin<br />

is equipped to house five<br />

mothers and their children.<br />

The estimated cost is<br />

$430,000, with many<br />

services and materials<br />

donated by parishioners,<br />

area businesses and the<br />

general community. In<br />

addition, the home has<br />

received a $100,000<br />

grant from the Sontag<br />

Foundation to help<br />

enhance the skill sets<br />

needed to help residents<br />

lead self-reliant and<br />

productive lives.<br />

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in the news…<br />

diocesan highlights<br />

Lou Negron, director of Marywood<br />

Retreat and Conference Center in<br />

Jacksonville since 2002, announced his<br />

retirement,<br />

effective April<br />

30, 2007.<br />

Already retired<br />

from AT&T<br />

Universal Card,<br />

Lou said he has<br />

promised his<br />

wife June to<br />

relax and take<br />

some time to<br />

travel. He said<br />

he also wants<br />

to get back to some of his favorite hobbies<br />

such as making stained glass, photography,<br />

playing golf and tinkering with model<br />

trains.<br />

When visiting Marywood, it’s easy to<br />

get lost in its pure beauty. But behind the<br />

scenes are several people working hard<br />

to make sure your stay at Marywood is a<br />

spiritual and pleasant experience.<br />

When Lou took over as director five<br />

years ago, his first assignment was to<br />

address needed repairs and building<br />

improvements. The facilities needed new<br />

roofs, carpeting, numerous heating and<br />

cooling units and several improvements<br />

were made to Camp <strong>St</strong>. John next door.<br />

Lou is responsible for adding a number<br />

of programs that invite people of the<br />

diocese to discover all that Marywood<br />

has to offer. For instance, Lou is credited<br />

with creating an outdoor <strong>St</strong>ations of the<br />

Cross. Each year during Lent, families are<br />

encouraged to walk the nature trail on<br />

the property and pray at the <strong>St</strong>ations of<br />

the Cross. He has also implemented the<br />

annual Mother’s Day Brunch, a celebration<br />

of Christmas customs, Cards and Coffee<br />

gatherings, to name a few.<br />

Lou has used his expertise in building<br />

management to upgrade and add new<br />

equipment to Marywood such as providing<br />

computers for guests to use in the library,<br />

the development of a website, the addition<br />

of updated audio-visual equipment for<br />

meetings and he added WI FI to the<br />

campus.<br />

Lou, we thank you for your faithful<br />

service!<br />

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The <strong>Catholic</strong> Relief<br />

Services Collection<br />

Nearly half the world’s population lives on<br />

less than $2 a day. For <strong>Catholic</strong>s, these are<br />

not just statistics. They are sisters and<br />

brothers who need our help.<br />

The CRS Collection gives us an opportunity<br />

to help by providing emergency relief,<br />

long-term development programs and<br />

assistance to immigrants and refugees.<br />

Please give generously to the<br />

<strong>Catholic</strong> Relief Services Collection:<br />

<strong>May</strong> 5-6, 2007<br />

For more information visit: www.catholicrelief.org or call (410) 625-2220<br />

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Is God<br />

Calling You?<br />

Sisters of<br />

<strong>St</strong>. Joseph<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> Florida<br />

904.829.3735 www.ssjfl.org<br />

Back thrown out<br />

with the trash?<br />

www.jaxhealth.com<br />

calendar<br />

<strong>May</strong> 2007<br />

<strong>May</strong> 5<br />

Ordination of Transitional Deacons<br />

Saturday, 10 a.m., Christ the King Parish,<br />

Jacksonville. Please pray for Slawomir<br />

Bielasiewicz and Andy Blaszkowski as they<br />

continue their formation and training for<br />

priesthood. Community is welcome.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 12<br />

Late Nite Catechism – An off<br />

Broadway show and fundraiser for Our<br />

Lady of Good Counsel. Saturday,<br />

7:30 p.m., Flagler College Auditorium in<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong>. Cost: $25/general seating;<br />

$30/reserved seating. For tickets, call<br />

(904) 940-9537 or visit<br />

www.entertainmentevents.com.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 12<br />

Spanish Pre-Cana – A marriage<br />

preparation program for couples that want<br />

to marry in the <strong>Catholic</strong> Church. Saturday,<br />

9:20 a.m.-5:30 p.m., <strong>St</strong>. Vincent’s Medical<br />

Center, Jacksonville. Cost: $69 per couple.<br />

Call (904) 308-7474 or register online:<br />

www.dcfl.org<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18-20<br />

Diocesan Marriage Renewal – A<br />

retreat weekend for couples that want<br />

to enrich their marriage. Friday through<br />

Sunday, Marywood Retreat Center,<br />

Jacksonville. To register, call Tina or John<br />

Morrissey, (904) 744-6843.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 20<br />

Dedication of Divine Mercy House<br />

Father Daniel Cody, pastor of <strong>St</strong>. Joseph<br />

Parish, will dedicate a new home for<br />

unwed, pregnant women on Sunday,<br />

2 p.m. at 4118 Loretto Road, Jacksonville.<br />

For information call Andrea Spadafora at<br />

(904) 716-1005 or visit<br />

www.divinemercyhouse.org<br />

<strong>May</strong> 20<br />

50th Anniversary Mass – Celebrating<br />

Msgr. Eugene Kohls’ call to priesthood.<br />

Sunday, 12 p.m. followed by a reception,<br />

Assumption Parish, Jacksonville. <strong>Catholic</strong><br />

community is invited to attend. No gifts<br />

please.<br />

June 2007<br />

help spread<br />

the faith!<br />

Purchase a gift subscription of the<br />

<strong>St</strong>. <strong>Augustine</strong> <strong>Catholic</strong> magazine for family<br />

members living outside the diocese or<br />

for friends and co-workers.<br />

Order a $15 annual subscription today!<br />

Call 1-800-775-4659, ext. 108 or<br />

email: diocese@dosafl.com.<br />

<strong>May</strong> 13<br />

Mother’s Day Brunch – Sunday,<br />

10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Marywood Retreat<br />

Center, Jacksonville. Cost: $17/adults and<br />

$8 kids 12 and under. Call (904)<br />

287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18-20<br />

Weekend Retreat: Benedictine<br />

Wisdom for Everyday Living<br />

Presenter: Benedictine Father Brendan<br />

Moss. Friday to Sunday at Marywood<br />

Retreat Center, Jacksonville. Cost: $130-<br />

$220. Call (904) 287-2525 or visit<br />

www.marywoodcenter.org<br />

<strong>May</strong> 18-20<br />

Engaged Encounter – A marriage<br />

preparation program open to couples<br />

of all faiths. Friday through Sunday at<br />

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville.<br />

Cost: $280/ couple. Call (904) 308-7474<br />

or register online at www.dcfl.org<br />

June 2<br />

Conference: <strong>Catholic</strong> Faith in<br />

Action: Living as Disciples Inside<br />

and Out with Paulist Father John Hurley.<br />

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., San José<br />

Parish, Jacksonville. Cost: $10/includes<br />

lunch. Must register by <strong>May</strong> 25.<br />

Call (904) 262-3200, ext. 117 for details.<br />

June 4-9<br />

SPLUNGE – An opportunity for youths<br />

ages 15 to 21 to experience life from a<br />

different perspective by working with<br />

underpriveledged kids from the inner<br />

city. Participants will stay at Immaculate<br />

Conception Parish in downtown<br />

Jacksonville. Cost: $75. Registration forms<br />

due <strong>May</strong> 14. For details, email Linda<br />

Knight at lbknight@comcast.net, or call<br />

Kathy Yoakley at (904) 284-3811 or visit<br />

www.splungejax.org.<br />

To view more upcoming events go to<br />

www.dosa.org click on “events”<br />

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no o n e is bOr n a priest<br />

It takes a community to raise a priest; from families who talk about vocations, to parishioners who<br />

pray for and champion religious life, to priests themselves, who through their lives of compassion and<br />

sacrifice, reveal Christ’s abundant love. If you know someone who would make a good priest, tell him.<br />

And ask him to call our Vocations Office. Your encouragement could make all the difference.<br />

(904) 262-3200, ext. 101<br />

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www.dosafl.com email: vocations@dosafl.com<br />

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