Bishop Snyder High School Opens - St. Augustine Catholic

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7 Protecting God’s Children A Diocesan Priority, by Kathleen Bagg-Morgan

No child should suffer from abuse. This fall, the Diocese of Saint Augustine is stepping

up its efforts to help adults become better protectors of children.

8 What Belongs Under Liturgy’s Umbrella?, By Father Lawrence E. Mick

“Liturgy is public worship, and it is the church’s official prayer,” says liturgist Father

Lawrence Mick. Read how liturgy forms us in the attitudes and lifestyle of Jesus.

10 What’s New In Celebrating the Mass?, by Father John Phillips

Changes are underway for the English translation of the General Instruction on the

Roman Missal (GIRM). Discover how these changes will shape the way we celebrate the

Eucharist and what they will mean for our communal celebrations.

12 Celebrating the Gift of Life, by Natalie Cornell

The Rhodes family of Jacksonville – all graduates of Bishop Kenny High School – has

seen their share of medical emergencies. But their story and how they have shared the

ultimate gift of life through organ transplantation will amaze you.

14 Family Time Most Important When Teens Are Busiest,

by Peggy Webber, Catholic News Service

Just when adolescents are beginning to spread their wings and establish independence,

we hear from a family-counseling expert that says this is the time when teens need to

have more time with their family. Find out what teens claim is their the No. 1 complaint.

15 Diocese Opens New School, By Chelle Delaney

Two years ago, An Opportunity of a Lifetime capital campaign was launched in the

diocese, raising $35 million over a five-year period. While not all the funds have been

collected, some of our youth have already begun reaping the benefits.

16 Second Annual Catholic Schools Pullout

Make sure you save this special “Back to School” pullout that

provides answers to commonly asked questions about Catholic

schools in the Diocese of Saint Augustine.

August/September 2002 Volume XII • Issue 1

The St. Augustine Catholic is the official

magazine of the Diocese of Saint Augustine,

which embraces 17 counties spanning

northeast and north central Florida from the

Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. The

diocese covers 11,032 square miles and

serves more than 144,000 registered



3 Editor’s Notes

4 Bishop’s Message

6 Catholic News from Around the World

by Catholic News Service

24 Teen Voices

26 Around the Diocese

31 Calendar of Events

32 Reflection – On the Backs of Women

by Gail Quinn

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21 How Liturgy Punctuates Life at Home, by Sheila Garcia

Liturgy provides stability in a complicated world. Learn how liturgy

helps to give young people a sense of identity and belonging.

22 Developing a Spirituality for the Separated and

Divorced, by Father Tony Palazzolo

Getting to know yourself and developing a healthy spirituality

are paramount to successfully navigating the wide range of

emotions caused by separation and divorce.

30 Respite: Just a Few Hours Can

Make a Difference,

by Natalie Cornell

Respite, a volunteer

organization in the diocese,

celebrates its 20th

anniversary and families will

tell you how it helped save

their lives.

Cover photo by Terry

Wilmont. Marjorie

Williams and Jericho

Sayoc are two

students in the first

freshmen class at

Bishop John J. Snyder

High School.

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Providing For Our

Children’s Future


t this moment in history, marked

by global transformations, it is

imperative for the Catholic

Communication Campaign to embark on

a “journey of hope.” Why? Images of

great suffering have come to us through

the media but also a sense of prayer,

community and courage.

The Catholic Communication

Campaign strives to meet this challenge

through its annual collection. This year

the CCC created a campaign entitled,

“Shine a Light to Give your Children a

Bright Tomorrow,” a theme bringing hope

and courage for our future. It is also a

theme that is well represented in this

“back to school” issue.

Pope John Paul II in his message for

the 2001 World Communications Day

stated, “Today an active and imaginative

commitment to the media by the Church

is necessary. Catholics should not be

afraid to open the doors of social

communications to Christ, so that the

Good News can be heard from the


We need your support. Pray about

donating generously to the CCC

collection when it is taken up in your

parish the weekend of Sept. 14-15. Any

monies you donate to the CCC will be

utilized in our diocese and nationally.

Locally your contributions help fund

the bimonthly diocesan magazine, the St.

Augustine Catholic; the websites for the

magazine and the diocese; special

programming in radio and television; the

weekly televised Mass and outreach to

newcomers moving to our area.

Nationally, CCC has released a wide

range of programs. In 2001, they helped

to get the Good News around by

producing a film called The Face: Jesus in

Art, which premiered at Radio City

Music Hall and continues to air on

various PBS stations. A religious special

called Easter 2001: A Celebration with

Dave Brubeck and various other

television documentaries aired

throughout the year. In addition, CCC

launched Catholic Radio Weekly and

continues a series of English and

Spanish public service announcements.

It has been an exciting year for the

CCC as we work to fulfill Christ’s

mandate to get the Good News around!

Your participation in this campaign of

hope is appreciated and we thank you

and so do the children of tomorrow!

On another bright note – the St.

Augustine Catholic magazine received two

Catholic Press Awards for 2002. The

magazine won honorable mention for

“General Excellence, General Interest,”

and for “Best Special Issue, Section or

Supplement.” I think we did really well

considering we were among a number of

national magazines vying for recognition,

including: America, U.S. Catholic, St.

Anthony Messenger, Liguorian, Faith and

InSpirit Journal.

Kathleen Bagg-Morgan, Editor

editor’s notes


ishop’s message

Bishop Reflects on His First Year

hile it hasn’t been quite one year since Bishop Victor Galeone

was ordained the ninth Bishop of Saint Augustine, August 21,

he has experienced a great deal this year that would challenge

any CEO of a major corporation. In the following interview,

Bishop Galeone shares his thoughts with us as he approaches his

Wone-year anniversary.

What have been some of the highlights

of your first year as Bishop of Saint


Chronologically speaking, the first

highlight in my first year as bishop here

was 9/11. I will never forget that day. It

was three weeks to the day of my

ordination and my first diocesan staff

meeting. The events of that day

embedded themselves in my mind and I

will remember them until the day I die.

“Where was I on 9/11?”

The second highlight was in October

where on three separate Sundays, I

dedicated three new worship spaces

(churches) in the diocese. Bear in mind

that during my entire 66 years of life, I

had never witnessed the dedication of a

church and here I was dedicating three of

them as a bishop!

The third big highlight were the

priestly and diaconate ordinations that

occurred in May. Especially the priestly

ordinations. There I was, doing exactly as

we read in the Book of Acts (Acts 13:3)

where the disciples fasted and prayed

before they laid hands on Barnabas and

Saul. Here I was doing 2000 years later

what was done at the beginning. I found

that extremely moving.

The fourth and last highlight of my

first year was the bishop’s meeting, June

13-15 in Dallas. It was there we

hammered out a charter that would

effectively deal with past, present, and

heaven forbid, any future cases of sexual

child abuse by our clergy. I believe this

charter will be effective and I feel relieved

that we can now put this behind us as we

look forward to the future.

What aspect of your ministry as bishop

have you enjoyed the most?

One of the more enjoyable aspects of

my ministry this year was visiting the

Catholic schools, especially the

elementary schools. The half days that I

spent there going from classroom to

classroom were a rejuvenating experience

for me. To see the innocence on those

little faces, the joy, the enthusiasm just

made me realize that this is what being a

bishop is all about – reaching out to the

least of our members and experiencing

first hand the goodness of the children.

The second aspect I enjoyed a great

deal was the confirmations. I must

confess that prior to the first confirmation

I thought it would be a very tedious

process. However, I found meeting the

young people – being an instrument of

the Holy Spirit that filled their souls – a

rewarding and rejuvenating experience

for me. I will never get tired of

confirming these young Catholics and

visiting with their families afterwards.

What were some of the least favorable

aspects of your first year?

Even before I was nominated and

ordained a bishop, I realized there were

two aspects of being a bishop that I would

not enjoy. The first was the administrative

aspect of my position and the

responsibility that comes with it. It is not

easy making decisions that will affect a

person’s life – their entire future. For

instance, should I approve a seminarian for

advancement to the priesthood when the

seminary staff raises a red flag? Ultimately,

the buck stops with me and unfortunately

there are times when I have to make a

decision that is not a favorable one. No one

likes to be the bearer of bad news.

Correlated with that is enforcing

unpopular decisions, whether those

decisions involve directives from the

Holy Father, upholding our church’s

teaching, or one from myself. There

again, no one likes to be unpopular, but if

Bishop Victor Galeone

something I feel has to be carried out a

certain way then I’m the one that has to

enforce it locally.

Coming from the Archdiocese of

Baltimore, I know they don’t have as

many miles to cover as you do here –

11,032 square miles to be exact! What

have you learned by traveling the


This diocese is twice the size of the

Archdiocese of Baltimore. There are 4,800

square miles in Baltimore, so distancewise

it is a bit daunting. However, I am

grateful for tape decks and educational

tapes that I play on the way to far away

parishes. The size is large not just in area,

but for me personally, to be assigned

from a parish of 3,800 souls to a diocese

of more than 144,000 Catholics was

another formidable part of my coming


As you visit parishes in the rural areas

are there any aspects that particularly

stand out in your mind?

Surprisingly, whether we are dealing

with an inner-city parish like Crucifixion

in Jacksonville or a country parish like St.

Francis Xavier in Live Oak – the people

have demonstrated simplicity and

goodness. They are very uncomplicated

and there is a disarming honesty about

them. That’s refreshing! The least little

thing that I have done people have been

quick to show their appreciation. Perhaps

it is that Southern hospitality that we

hear so much about.


You have repeatedly said how grateful

you are for what you have inherited from

your predecessor Bishop Snyder. Can you

elaborate more on that?

The first thing that comes to mind is

how he led his people by example. Bishop

Snyder is kindness personified. He is a

good, good person.

Over the last several months, I have

reviewed a number of priest personnel

records because of the crisis involving

sexual child abuse by clergy. It was clearly

evident to me that while we know Bishop

Snyder to be kind, he was also firm when

he had to call a brother priest to task. This

is one reason our diocese has fared so well

with regards to effectively handling

allegations of child sexual abuse.

St. Paul says that love is patient, love is

kind. Kindness is always tempered with

truth and that is the case with Bishop


Secondly, I am grateful to him for the

staff that I found in place here. Every one

of them, almost without exception, is

competent and dedicated to the Lord and

I attribute that to his leadership.

The third thing I would like

to highlight is the special

outreach programs that I found

in place. The first special

program is the annual visit to

Catholic elementary schools

and high schools. I have never

heard of a bishop visiting and

teaching classes in 50 percent of

the elementary schools every

other year. As I mentioned

earlier, this was one of my

highlights this year.

The second special program

is the quarterly Businessmen’s

Communion Breakfast. He

started that, as well. We have

approximately 70 exceptional

professionals from the legal,

medical and business fields that

come together four times a year for Mass

and breakfast. It provides me an

opportunity to give a state of the diocese

report and to obtain feedback from them.

At first I found it somewhat intimidating

to think I would be rubbing shoulders

with these professionals, but now I look

forward to the breakfasts and I am

grateful to Bishop Synder for that.

The third special program, is the solid

ecumenical relations that Bishop Snyder

fostered in this diocese. It was minimal, as

I understand, it prior to his coming here

in 1979, and I hope to continue fostering

positive relationships with other faith


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The fourth point that I am grateful for

is the loyalty that I discovered among the

priests – the spirit of camaraderie and

brotherhood. It’s not just on the surface –

it is profound and authentic.

And lastly, I am so grateful to Bishop

Snyder for initiating the capital campaign

in the closing months of his tenure. I

personally find it distasteful to ask for

money – and I think most people do.

However, he saw there were major

projects that needed funding and he knew

it would take me three to four years

before I was in a position to inaugurate

such an undertaking. He knew that it had

to be done before he left and I am very

grateful for that.

What are some of the challenges that

you see for the diocese in the next three to

five years?

Very specifically, I would like to answer

that question by referring to what I said

was my objective in my ordination

remarks on August 21. Namely, I want to

make Jesus better known, loved and

served by everyone in our diocese. So the

challenge is to make that effectively

happen from the pulpit, in our schools

and in all the teaching environments.

In addition, all of us, irrespective of our

theological persuasion – liberal, moderate,

conservative – must be faithful to what

the Lord expects of us. According to

Scripture, our relationship to the Lord is

that of a bride to her bridegroom. In that

context one uses the word fidelity just as a

husband or wife are called to be faithful

to each other.

Jesus said, “I am the way of the truth

and the light.” He is the truth and all of

us – bishops, priests, religious and laity –

must focus our eyes on Jesus. The closer

we draw to him the closer we come to

each other. So the real question in my

opinion is are we being faithful or

unfaithful to what Jesus expects of us?

Another challenge facing our diocese is

addressing the needs of the burgeoning

Hispanic community. This is especially

true in the western counties of our

diocese. There are three counties in our

17-county area of the diocese that have no

Catholic presence. And it is precisely in

these areas that we have a growing

Hispanic population with migrant

workers. How do we reach out to them

and minister to their needs? Ninety

percent of them are baptized Catholics

when they come to us from their native

countries of South America, Central

America and Mexico. We must not forget

them and we need to respond effectively.

On a related subject, we need to

establish new parishes. Within the next

year I hope to elevate one of our eight

missions to parish status.

And finally I would like to help our

Catholics develop a better sense

of stewardship. Returning to the

Lord all that we have been given

– time, talent and treasure –

should be viewed not as a duty

or burden – but as a privilege. It

is just one way we can tell the

Lord how much we love him. If

we could get the majority of our

people to dedicate themselves to

stewardship, we would have our

material needs taken care of for

years to come.

Bishop, in reviewing your

challenges for the next three to

five years – there is a lot that

needs to be done. How do you

expect to accomplish it all?

Take it one day at a time – one

step at a time, one family at a

time, one person at a time. I think that is

part of my Latin America experience. I

went down there with the typical Yankee

mentality, “Okay folks, here I am.” A

Messiah complex – I’m going to do it my

way and I found out it is much more

effective to meet people where they are

and treat them as I myself like to be

treated. Not forcing, but gradually

convincing them through dialogue and

different challenges to get them to at least

try this. If it works, fine. If it doesn’t, let’s

chuck it. I found that you have to get

them to at least try your idea and when

they see that it works; they won’t want to

go back.


catholic news

News From Around the World

U.S. bishops’ official wants human

cloning banned

U.S. bishops’ Pro-Life Activities

Director, Richard Doerflinger, has asked

the Senate to follow the majority

recommendation of the President’s

Council on Bioethics by favoring at least

a temporary legal ban on all human

cloning. Without federal legislation, “the

most irresponsible of researchers will

create our national policy by default,”

said Doerflinger. A majority of the

bioethics council recommended in a July

11 report outlawing human cloning for

reproduction and favored a four-year

moratorium on human cloning for

biomedical research.

Feast day for Padre Pio is Sept. 23

In one of the largest liturgies in the

Vatican’s history, Pope John Paul II

canonized Padre Pio da Pietralcina and

said the Capuchin friar’s spirituality of

suffering was a valuable model for

modern times. Underscoring his message,

the pope announced at the end of the

June 16 Mass that he was making Padre

Pio’s Sept. 23 feast day an “obligatory

memorial” on the church’s general

liturgical calendar, a rank shared by only

one other 20th-century saint. More than

300,000 people, according to police, filled

St. Peter’s Square and surrounding

streets for the ceremony. In his homily,

the pope said the holiness of Padre Pio –

who was well-known for bearing the

stigmata, or bleeding wounds of Christ –

could not be understood without the

friar’s attachment to asceticism and the

crucified Christ’s suffering.

Juan Diego sainthood cause implies he

did exist

While the sainthood cause of Blessed

Juan Diego faced several votes at the

Vatican, no one was so blunt as to ask:

Did he exist or was he a legend?

However, officials familiar with the

cause said each state of the process

leading to his July 31 canonization in

Mexico City, as well as the 18th-century

investigation into the apparitions of Our

Lady of Guadalupe, were supported by

evidence that he once lived.

In a separate report last December,

Father Fidel Gonzalez Fernandez said the

Congregation for Saints’ Causes

approved the work he and the other

priest historians presented, “noting and

confirming the truth of the Guadalupe

event and the mission of the humble

Indian Juan Diego, a model of holiness,

who from 1531 spread the message of

Our Lady of Guadalupe through his

work and the exemplary witness of his


Catholic Equity Fund seeks to match

S&P 500

Catholic Financial Services Corp. has

launched a restructured Catholic Equity

Fund that seeks to match the S&P 500

Index in total return from dividends and

capital gains, while avoiding stocks

judged to violate Catholic values. Daniel

Steininger, chairman of The Catholic

Funds Inc. family of funds, said the new

Catholic Equity fund will allow Catholic

investors to work together “to persuade

corporate management to act consistent

with values that we as Catholics hold


Participation in campus ministry leads

to stronger faith life after college

Male college students who participate

in campus ministry are more likely to

consider a vocation to the priesthood,

according to a new study by the Center

for Applied Research in the Apostolate

(CARA) at Georgetown University. And

students, overall, are more likely to

attend Mass more frequently and become

more involved in church life and other

religious activities after college.

Pope says prayers of millions give him


As many speculate that the pope may

one day resign, Pope John Paul II said,

“Every day I experience that my ministry

is sustained by the unceasing prayer of

the people of God, of many people who

are unknown to me, but very close to my

heart, who offer the Lord their prayers

and sacrifices for the intentions of the

pope.” In his June 30 Angelus address,

the pope, 82, also said, “At the moments

of greater difficulty and suffering, this

spiritual force is a valid help and an

intimate comfort.”

Source: Catholic News Service

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ringing sexual abuse of children

out of the closet and into the public

spotlight is a challenging job.

Adults are outraged that anyone would

sexually harm a child, especially a priest.

However, most of us relate to the

problem as if this abuse doesn’t happen

in our neighborhoods, our schools, our

families, or our circle of friends. Sexual

abuse of children happens somewhere

else, to someone else’s children.

Most adults can’t recognize the signs of

sexual abuse in children and are not

familiar with the situations or

circumstances that place children at risk.

When faced with the consequences of

child sexual abuse, people are frustrated

and dismayed. Many openly wonder,

“When is someone going to do

something about this problem?” We

relate to the problem of child sexual

abuse as if it is someone else’s

responsibility – not ours.

Bishop Victor Galeone recognizes his

responsibility to provide safe

environments for children and beginning

this fall a program will be launched that

will educate parents and other adults on

Protecting God’s Children.

“Protecting God’s Children is a

proactive program to prevent abuse,”

said Father Edward Arsenault, chairman

of the board of National Catholic Risk

Retention Group and chancellor of the

Diocese of Manchester. “The Bishops are

discussing policies to both prevent and

respond to child sexual abuse. This

program enables the church to work with

everyone involved in a diocese to become

aware of how to prevent abuse and how

to make our institutions safe for

everyone, especially children.”

The program, developed by Virtus of

National Catholic Services, is designed to

be used on a continual basis at the parish

level by priests, members of religious

institutions, deacons and lay people.

Implementation includes several months

of local preliminary planning, training for

priests and church laity and training for



Bishop Galeone asked Nancy Fisher to

use her many years of experience in

nursing and in family life ministry to

coordinate the training and

implementation phases of Protecting

God’s Children in the Diocese of Saint

Augustine. She began working on the

preliminary phases of the program in

July. Sadly she and her husband Wayne

were killed July 20 when a car struck

them as they were walking on Blanding

Boulevard in Jacksonville (See related

story on page 29).

Mrs. Fisher took an early retirement as

director of the Diocesan Center for

Family Life two years ago, but she said

she believed strongly in prevention-type

programs like Protecting God’s Children

and was eager to come back to work for

the diocese for one year.

“As a mother and grandmother, I have

a vested interest in children both now

and in the future,” Mrs. Fisher said in an

interview just prior to her death. “I want

to use my expertise in working with

children and families to help the church

do the right thing.”

Protecting God’s Children incorporates

written materials, the Internet and videos

complement the small-group trainings

conducted by experts in child sexual

abuse. The award-winning videos

include candid interviews with

acknowledged child sex abusers.

National Catholic Services President

Michael Bemi explained the core

objectives of the program: “The bottom

line is to prevent harm. Protecting God’s

Children is a forward-looking program

that helps members of the church prevent

the sexual abuse of children. For every

parish or Catholic school it can provide a

strong answer to the question, ‘what can I


According to National Catholic

Services, Protecting God’s Children

identifies the steps a parish or school can

take to prevent wrongful behavior before

it starts. All those who take part in the

training – including victim advocates and

investigators – gain an increased



By Kathleen Bagg-Morgan

awareness of sexual abuse by working

with specialized experts in child abuse


Mrs. Fisher was quick to point out that

“Protecting God’s Children is not a sex

education program in any shape or

form.” She said this program will help

establish very clear guidelines for anyone

working with children in the diocese.

Protecting God’s Children was piloted in

the Diocese of Austin, Texas and

several dioceses are already

beginning to use the

program. The program

was made available

for dioceses to

implement in late


Until now,


sexual abuse

of children

has, for the

most part,

been the


of our

children. We

have told

them to say

“no,” to run

away from


and to tell an

adult. The

burden of

overcoming this

public health issue

belongs to adults – not

to children and youth.

Raising awareness among

all adults in the faith

community is a good start. To be

successful however, we must educate

staff, clergy, religious, volunteers,

parents, and others about what to watch

for and how to intervene. It’s not just

your responsibility – it’s everyone’s





By Father Lawrence E. Mick

The goal of Vatican Council II in

the 1960s was to renew the

church so that the church

could renew the world. The

council's very first document

dealt with the liturgy. That

was because the bishops recognized that

renewing the church had to begin with a

renewed worship.

Catholics have many ways of praying.

There are individual types of prayer such

as the rosary, the morning offering,

various forms of meditation and prayers

at bedtime. There also are shared

devotional prayers such as novenas,

Stations of the Cross, and charismatic

group prayer.

Still other forms of prayer fall under

the heading of “liturgy.” The liturgy is the

church's official prayer. It includes the

celebration of the Mass and the other six

sacraments. It also includes the Liturgy of

the Hours, the prayer to mark the day's

various hours.

Though used in recent centuries

primarily by priests and religious, the

Liturgy of the Hours is meant to be

celebrated by clergy and laity as a normal

part of parish life.

Beyond the sacraments and the Liturgy

of the Hours, we should also include

under the heading of “liturgy” other

official rituals such as funeral rites, the

rite for blessing oils and rites for the

dedication of a church.

What makes all of these part of the

church's liturgy, while other devotions

and individual prayers are not? Liturgy is

public worship, and it is the church's

official prayer. When we celebrate the

liturgy, we pray in a way recognized by

the church community throughout the


The word “liturgy” comes from the

Greek word “leitourgia,” which means

the “work of the people.” In its original

usage, it referred to work done for the

public good, such as underwriting the

cost of public entertainment. Later it came

to refer to public worship, done by or for

the community of faith.

With the reform of the liturgy

mandated by Vatican II, our

understanding of liturgy shifted a bit.

Before the council we tended to see

liturgy as something the clergy did for

the sake of the faithful. We gradually

have learned to see liturgy as the work

“of” the people as well as something

done “for” the people. This is the central

insight promulgated in the council's

Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy:

The church genuinely wants all its

people to be led to the full, conscious and

active participation in liturgical

celebrations that is demanded by the

liturgy's very nature. Such participation

by the Christian people as “a chosen race,

a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a

redeemed people” (1 Pet 2,9; cf. 2, 4-5) is

their right and duty by reason of their


In the restoration and promotion of the

sacred liturgy, this full and active

participation by all the people is a

primary and indispensable source of the

true Christian spirit. That's why the

council urged pastors to strive zealously

to achieve it—by means of the necessary

instruction—in all pastoral work (No. 14).

This active participation by the faithful

in the work we call “liturgy” is stressed

because liturgy is the “primary and

indispensable source” from which all of

us “derive the true Christian spirit.” That

means that the liturgy is where we learn

what it means to be a Christian and what


God expects of us who are part of the

Christian community.

If we allow ourselves to be caught up

in the dynamics of the liturgy, it

gradually will shape us more and more

into the image of Christ himself. The

liturgy forms us in the attitudes and

lifestyle of Jesus.

Being formed in the image of Christ

enables us, after a liturgical celebration

concludes, to carry on Christ's mission in

the world today. Just as liturgy is the

work of the whole people of God, the

mission of the church is the responsibility

of all.

The liturgical movement of the past

century was not just about changing

ritual books. It was intended to change

people so that they could change the


Here's how the Constitution on the

Sacred Liturgy puts it:

“While the liturgy

daily builds up those

who are within into

a holy temple of the Lord... at the same

time it marvelously strengthens their

power to preach Christ and thus shows

forth the church to those who are outside

If we allow ourselves to be caught up in the

dynamics of the liturgy, it gradually will shape us

more and more into the image of Christ himself.

as a sign lifted up among the nations,

under which the scattered children of

God may be gathered together, until

there is one sheepfold and one shepherd

(No. 2).

Renewed worship begins with each of

us doing our part, giving fitting praise

and thanks to God with all our hearts

and minds and souls. The council

believed that if we do that, we will be

transformed, the church will be renewed

and the world will know the good news

of Jesus Christ.

Father Mick is a priest of the Archdiocese

of Cincinnati, Ohio, and a freelance writer.

He wrote this article as part of

Catholic News Services’ Faith

Alive series.



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What’s New About




By Father John Phillips


This fall Bishop Victor Galeone has asked that

all clergy of the diocese as well as parish

directors of music and liturgy to attend one of

two workshops to prepare for the changes that

will take place in celebrating the Eucharist.

The workshops, scheduled for Aug. 30 at Holy

Faith Parish in Gainesville and Sept. 5 at Most

Holy Redeemer Parish in Jacksonville will

review the revisions to the General Instruction of

the Roman Missal (GIRM) and reexamine why

and how we celebrate the Eucharist – the very

center of our Catholic identity and life.

I have highlighted the following five

principles found in the General Instruction, which

guide our worthy celebration of the Mass. The

revised Instruction has not been officially

translated into English so (GIRM) citations are

from the National Conference of Catholic

Bishops’ “Study Translation” (July 2000).



The Eucharistic Celebration manifests

the Sacrifice of Christ and thus shares in

God’s sacrificial love.

The General Instruction most often

describes the Mass as the eucharistic

sacrifice: the sacrifice of Christ on the

cross, which the Mass perpetuates and

celebrates under sacramental signs.

“[T]he sacrifice of the Cross and its

sacramental renewal in the Mass…are

one and the same…” (GIRM 2)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

teaches that the meaning of this sacrifice

of the cross is sacrificial love. “It is ‘love

to the end’ that confers on Christ’s

sacrifice its value…He knew and loved us

all when he offered his life” (CCC 616).

Everything that we do in the celebration

of the Eucharist should manifest this love

and be guided by this self-giving love.

Again, the Catechism says, “Since Christ

died for us out of love, when we

celebrate the memorial of his death at the

moment of sacrifice we ask that love may

be granted to us by the coming of the

Holy Spirit” (CCC 1394).

More than simply a set of rules, the

General Instruction highlights the

sacrificial love we share in the Eucharist:

God’s sacrificial love in Christ through

the Spirit which unites Christ’s body the



The eucharistic celebration is the

prayer of the church.

The Instruction affirms the communal

nature of the Eucharist: the celebration of

the Mass “by nature…has the character of

being the act of a community” (GIRM 34).

The Mass is not the private prayer or sole

work of the priest or the music or liturgy

director or any other individual.

The people of God have a right to the

prayer of the church – to the way the

Catholic Church, governed by the

bishops in communion with the Holy See,

intends the Eucharist to be celebrated.

This fact protects the celebration from

being held hostage “to [the] personal

inclination or arbitrary choice” of any one

person (GIRM 42).

Flexibility and adaptations in the

celebration are permitted in certain

instances, especially by the priest

celebrant; but the Eucharist expresses our

common faith and care must be taken

that this prayer is indeed the faith of the

entire church (GIRM 2). Therefore, the

church (through its legitimate authority)

“gives directions about the preparation of

the sentiments of the worshipers, the

place, rites and texts for the celebration of

the Eucharist” (GIRM 1).


The eucharistic celebration requires

the full, active and conscious

participation of everyone.

The Eucharist as the prayer of Christ

and his church means that everyone is to

participate actively in the Mass. Active

participation as described by the

Instruction involves singing, times of

silence and times of ritual responses, and

common actions, gestures and postures.

These outward actions are meant to

promote the most essential kind of

participation, the spiritual. This also is

not subject “to personal inclination or

arbitrary choice.” We are not to pick and

choose what we will do or won’t do in

the Mass, for this is to be self-centered

and would not be the communal selfoffering

called for in the eucharistic


“The importance of active participation

by all (not just the priest and the choir) is

repeated over and over again in the

General Instruction. This demonstrates

how important this principle is in the

church’s teaching and practice.

“The entire celebration is planned in

such a way that it brings about in the

faithful a participation in body and spirit

that is conscious, active, full, and

motivated by faith, hope, and charity. The

Church desires this kind of participation,

the nature of the celebration demands it,

and for the Christian people it is a right

and duty they have by reason of their

baptism” (GIRM 18; emphasis added).


The eucharistic celebration is a united

celebration of diverse ministries.

The Instruction affirms that every

baptized person has a ministry and a role

in the Mass: “all, whether ordained or

Christian faithful, by virtue of their

function or their office, should do all and

only those parts which belong to them”

(GIRM 91). The Eucharist can be

described as a communion of diverse

ministries. There is the ministry of the

assembly, actively participating in the

Mass, and who “give thanks to God and

offer the victim not only through the

hands of the priest but also together with

him and learn to offer themselves”

(GIRM 95); there are the essential

ministries of the bishop and his

coworkers the priests; the ministry of the

deacons; the ministries of acolytes,

readers, servers, hospitality ministers,

choir and cantors, among others.

The celebration of the Eucharist

celebrates both the diversity of these

ministries, as well as their unity in Christ

and the Spirit. The General Instruction

takes care to safeguard both this diversity

and this unity in the celebration of the

Mass. No one ministry should obscure or

usurp the other ministries normally

exercised in the eucharistic sacrifice.


The eucharistic celebration requires


Reverence is an attitude of deep love

and respect, first for God and the ways

God is known in humanity, creation and

culture. It is wonder and appreciation for

God’s loving action and presence in the

sacred action of a sacred people united to

Christ in the Spirit. Practically, we can ask

if all that we do and use in the Mass is

good (the best we have to offer), true

(genuine), and beautiful, thus inspiring

this reverence.

Reverence in the Eucharist first of all

recognizes Christ’s real presence in the

paschal meal (GIRM 3); it also recognizes

Christ’s presence in the holy assembly of

the baptized and in the sacred minister

and in the sacred Scriptures (GIRM 21).

Therefore, all are to have a “deep

reverence for God and…charity towards

[their] brothers and sisters who share

with them in the celebration” (GIRM 95).

Reverence in the eucharistic celebration

cautions against haste in what we do

(GIRM 56). “Sacred music” and also more

times of “sacred silence” are mandated

(GIRM 115 and 45). Everything is to be

done with dignity (GIRM 22) and

everything “should be truly worthy and

beautiful, signs and symbols of heavenly

realities” (GIRM 288).

In conclusion, by keeping in mind

these five principles, among others, we

can appreciate the purpose of the newly

revised General Instruction. As the

Instruction states, “the current norms…are

fresh evidence of the great care, faith and

unchanged love that the church shows

toward the great mystery of the

Eucharist” (GIRM 1).


Paul Nicholson


GIFTof life

By Natalie R. Cornell

Pope John Paul II says, “Transplants are a great step forward in science’s service of

man.” One such example is the six Rhodes children, each has either been a

transplant recipient or donor, or been a caregiver to another. Here is their story.

When James Thomas (J.T.)

Rhodes, 53, found out at

age nine that he had

inherited polycystic

kidney and liver disease--

along with several of his siblings--it

didn't make much of an impression. Nor

did he worry much as an adult because

his mother didn't have to have dialysis

until she was 68.

But when he was 39 and his doctor told

him he'd need a kidney transplant, he

says, “I felt like I was in a twilight zone

when I left the office.”

The disease creates cysts on the kidney

or liver interfering with the organ's

function; internal bleeding also can occur

with any kind of an injury to the area.

It was the beginning of a long journey

for the Rhodes family. All six of the

Rhodes siblings have been involved with

this illness either as organ recipients,

donor, or caregiver and each of their lives

have been affected in many ways. Four of

the Rhodes siblings, J.T. of Jacksonville,

Mary Frances Rhodes, 63, of Melrose,

Jeanne Rhodes Prince, 57, of Lyme, N.H.,

and Cathy Rhodes Kasriel, 51, of Atlanta,

inherited the disease and have been organ

recipients. Patsy Rhodes Robinson, 60 of

Jacksonville and Louise Rhodes Wright,

56, of Baltimore escaped the disease. All,

by the way, are Bishop Kenny grads.

Jeanne needed a transplant first and

her sister, Louise, who tested negative for

the disease, was a perfect match. Louise,

a clinical social worker at two dialysis

centers, says her desire to donate a

kidney to Jeanne was in one way selfish.

“I did not want to lose my sister!”

Jeanne, on the other hand, says she felt

guilty because she knew some of her

other siblings would eventually need a

kidney, too. “I can never pay her back,”

Jeanne says, “I can only try to live in a

way that would make her proud.”

Cathy, the youngest Rhodes sibling,

tested negative as a child and didn't find

out she had the disease until she was six

months pregnant. Knowing that the

disease would cause her health problems

and that she could possibly pass it on to

her children, she says, was a type of loss

that caused her sadness. Now, she says, “I

am grateful for the lessons I have learned

by having the disease – especially for the

realization that no one knows what life

holds. Everyone will die and no one

knows when, so it is vital to live each day


Patsy did not get the disease, but was

the primary caregiver for her mother for

six years and took her to dialysis three

times a week. The kids rallied around

their mother and a nearby sister helped

her. Communicating with her brother and

sisters about their mother’s condition

made them a closer family, Patsy says.

Kidney dialysis can be a difficult

process and it is not a complete solution.

For example, J.T. describes feeling

drained, confused, and unable to function

at a normal level during this time due to

the poisons that built up in his body. A

certified public accountant, he lost his job

and says he couldn't even balance his

checkbook. After his transplant his energy

returned. “I had a whole new life," he


says. And thanks to his transplant, J.T. is

now working full time as a self-employed


His belief in God was strengthened

throughout the experience. After he lost

his job, J.T. says he began to attend daily

Mass and formed a close personal

relationship with God. After the

transplant, J.T. says, “I just wanted to

give thanks a lot.”

Gratitude is something each member of

the Rhodes family feels. They have all

written to thank their donor families.

Mary, a medical technologist at Shands

Hospital at the University of Florida,

Gainesville, says, it's a “scary thought ...

because you don't want anybody to die,

but you want your transplant.”

Mary encourages people to become

donors and works to raise awareness.

One way they all do this is to attend the

Transplant Games, a nationwide Olympic

type event for organ recipients.

Pam Skarda, managing director of

Transplant Recipients International

Organization (TRIO), a volunteer

organization made up of organ transplant

candidates, recipients, live donors and

family members of deceased donors, sees

organ donation as part of the cycle of life.

She says, “This is part of the rebirth

component in the cycle of life and it

illustrates for us the spiritual principle of

how we are all connected—interrelated,

and one.”

The mission of TRIO is to provide

individual support for candidates and

recipients, public education, advocacy

and awareness.

Organ donors must be “brain dead”

and as transplant surgeon, Dr. Alan Reed,

associate professor in the Department of

Surgery at the UF College of Medicine

and director of the Liver Transplantation

program at Shands UF in Gainesville,

says, “brain death is death.” However,

some people may have a deep concern

about donors really being dead before

their organs are taken.

Pope John Paul II,

in an address to the

18th International

Congress of the


Society in August

2000, acknowledges

this concern. (See

sidebar.) The pope

also has said that

becoming a donor is a

“decision of great

ethical value” and “a

gesture that is a

genuine act of love.”

Having enough

organs available for

the numbers of people

in need is critical. An

average of 16 people die every day while

waiting for an organ.

Deborah R. Lee, MHA, public

education coordinator for LifeQuest, and

herself an organ recipient, says there

were 80,339 people waiting for an organ

transplant as of July 2002. LifeQuest is

one of 59 federally designated organ

procurement organizations. Yet, in 2001

there were only 12,580 organ donors and

24,076 organ transplants.

Lee urges people to talk about organ

donation with their families. Reed says:

“Many people who suffer and die from

end-stage organ failure would not have

to if there were enough organs to


Patsy Rhodes Robinson (l-r), J.T. Rhodes, and LifeQuest’s Deborah Lee.

For information on becoming an organ donor

see or call (800) 535-GIVE,

in Jacksonville call (904) 244-9880 and in

Gainesville call (352) 338-7133.


Comments of Pope John Paul II On Death and Organ Donation

Here are some of the comments by John Paul II in

his address to the 18th International Congress of the

Transplant Society in Rome Aug. 29, 2000.

“... the death of the person is a single event,

consisting in the total disintegration of that unitary

and integrated whole that is the personal self. It

results from the separation of the life-principle (or

soul) from the corporal reality of the person. The

death of the person, understood in this primary

sense, is an event that no scientific technique or

empirical method can identify directly.

“Yet human experience shows that once death

occurs, certain biological signs inevitably follow,

which medicine has learned to recognize with

increasing precision. In this sense, the “criteria” for

ascertaining death used by medicine today should

not be understood as the technical scientific

determination of the exact moment of a person’s

death, but as a scientifically secure means of

identifying the biological signs that a person has

indeed died.

“It is a well-known fact that for some time, certain

scientific approaches to ascertaining death have

shifted the emphasis from the traditional cardiorespiratory

signs to the so-called neurological

criterion. Specifically, this consists in establishing,

according to clearly determined parameters

commonly held by the international scientific

community, the complete and irreversible cessation

of all brain activity (in the cerebrum, cerebellum and

brain stem). This is then considered the sign that the

individual organism has lost its integrative capacity.

“With regard to the parameters used today for

ascertaining death – whether the “encephalic” signs

for the more traditional cardio-respiratory signs –

the Church does not make technical decisions. She

limits herself to the Gospel duty of comparing the

data offered by medical science with the Christian

understanding of the unity of the person, bringing

out the similarities and the possible conflicts capable

of endangering respect for human dignity.

“Here it can be said that the criterion adopted in

more recent times for ascertaining the fact of death –

namely, the complete and irreversible cessation of

all brain activity – if rigors applied does not seem to

conflict with the essential elements of a sound

anthropology. Therefore, a health worker

professionally responsible for ascertaining death can

use these criteria in each individual case as the

basis for arriving at that degree of assurance in

ethical judgment, which moral teachings describes

as ‘moral certainty.’ This moral certainty is

considered the necessary and sufficient basis for an

ethically correct course of action. Only where such

certainty exists, and where informed consent has

already been given by the donor or the donor’s

legitimate representatives, is it morally right to

initiate the technical procedures required for the

removal of organs for transplant.”

For a complete copy of the Holy Father’s address,

or more information, please call the diocesan

Respect Life Office at (800) 775-4659, ext. 126.




Needed More

When Teens Are



n a recent evening, our teen-aged

daughter had softball practice,

followed by several hours of


The following day, she had a student

council meeting and her older brother

had a model senate meeting, homework

and four hours of volunteer work.

Will our family be able to squeeze in

supper together this day?

Surprisingly, yes. We arranged

our day so that my husband, our

two at-home children and myself

will all eat together. However, this

is not a daily occurrence.

When our oldest daughter, now

attending college out-of-state, lived

at home, it was even harder to

coordinate everyone's busy lives to

spend time together – whether over

a meal or just a cookie.

But according to one expert who

works with teens, just at the time

when adolescents are beginning to

spread their wings and establish

independence is when they need to have

time with their family.

"I think most adolescents don't realize

how important it is to stay connected

with their family," said Marie Hennessy,

a counselor and licensed social worker at

Cathedral High School in Springfield,


"Kids take their family for granted.

And sometimes their lives are just too

busy for family," she said.

Hennessy noted that school takes up a

majority of the time of today's teen. And

many more are involved with sports,

school activities jobs and a social life,

she added.

"Family home time comes last," she


By Peggy W eber,Catholic News Service

"Yet, one of the main things that

brings students to this office is that

these teens want a better relationship

with their parents," she said.

All of this, she said, takes time –

actual physical time – with teens.

"The No. 1 complaint I hear from

adolescents is that their parents don't

listen to them," she said.

"We as parents tend to want to fix

things. But we need to take the time to

just listen and approach problems in a

different way," she said.

She added that teens and parents need

to set aside one-on-one time with each

other. "Anything that allows an

opportunity for the teen to open up is

good," she said.

"In addition, we as families have to

model the behavior we want from our

children," she said. Parents, she added,

should look at their own schedules and

see if they are trying to do too much or

not making time for their teens.

"There has to be a recognition that

teens need times with friends," she said.

"But there should be some requirements

for being with family."

Both teens and parents also have to

learn to say "no" so that they don't

overextend themselves, she added.

Hennessy said adolescence is a time

when teens try and find out who they

are. "They see parents as tremendously

powerful. And the teens are just

beginning to become their own person

but they really are quite fragile," she


She suggested parents try to be

positive with their teens when they are

with them and to share with them and

involve them in service activities.

Family mealtime is "incredibly

important," according to Hennessy.

"If you have to eat breakfast at 6:30

a.m. or supper at 6:30 p.m., try to set

aside some meal times each and every

week," she said, adding that parents at

this time should "make sure the TV is


Peggy Weber is a reporter and

columnist for The Catholic Observer in

Springfield, Mass., and the author of the

book Weaving A Family.


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High Schools Take

Center Stage

he year 2002 may appropriately be remembered as “the year of the high schools”

in the Diocese of Saint Augustine. In Jacksonville, a new high school, Bishop

John J. Sndyer, opens this year and another, Bishop Kenny, prepares for its 50th

anniversary celebration in the fall.

In St. Augustine, a $5.5 million renovation marks the opening of the academic year

for St. Joseph Academy.

And in Gainesville, the plan for a fourth school, St. Francis Catholic High School, is


On Aug. 14, the newest diocesan high school, Bishop John J. Snyder High School, is

opening its doors to 75 freshmen. Bishop John J. Snyder, the school’s namesake, plans

to celebrate Mass at the school on Aug. 15. The school will be dedicated Nov. 3.

“There will be three classes of 25 students, and they will have an opportunity to be

the first at everything,” said David Yazdiya, principal.

They are also the first to enjoy a new style in uniforms. For the

boys, button-down oxfords and ties have been shed for

navy blue polo shirts with the school logo and khaki

slacks. The girls’ blouses are light yellow oxford, also with

the school emblem, with matching dark plaid skirts.

The state-of-art, $11 million facility, was built on about 50

acres on 103rd Street near Chaffee Road and across from the

Bent Creek subdivision on Jacksonville’s Westside.

On Nov. 9, Bishop Kenny High School celebrates

its 50th anniversary. The school which has

undergone a series of additions and

expansions, accommodates about 1,650

students and has a waiting list

Meanwhile in Gainesville, St. Francis

Catholic High School will be located on

39th Street, west of Interstate 75. Architect

Howard Davis of St. Augustine is

designing the school which will be on a

50-acre site.

In mid-July, diocesan representatives

attended the first in a series of meetings to

seek necessary approvals from zoning and

other permitting agencies. To keep updated

on the progress of St. Francis High School

in Gainesville visit the diocesan

Educational Services website at and click St. Francis

High School.

St. Francis Catholic High School is

projected to open in August, 2004, with

100 freshmen and 50 sophomores.

It’s obvious that the students in the

elementary schools, thanks to the

Opportunity of a Lifetime capital

campaign, will have a great future in

store for them.

Terry Wilmot


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everly T. McMillan has been

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How Liturgy Punctuates

Life at Home

By Sheila Garcia


hen my 23-year-old son

moved into his own place, I

expected that certain family

traditions would change. I

was surprised, then, when he called

to ask what time he should meet us for

Christmas Eve Mass. Apparently this

family custom remained a priority.

That incident reminds me of liturgy's

significance for family life. Liturgy

provides stability in a complicated world.

As other marks of stability – the presence

of extended-family members; cultural

customs disappear – liturgy helps to give

young people a sense of identity and


The people who packed churches after

Sept. 11 sought reassurance and support

in a world that had changed forever.

When a family participates in liturgy, it

publicly proclaims certain values. Parents

who bring children to Mass each Sunday

communicate a message that God is a

priority. When God comes first, other

values tend to fall into place.

Liturgy helps a family mark major

milestones. Liturgy reminds us that the

family is not alone as it celebrates a birth

or marriage, or mourns a death.

Homilists at weddings, for example,

often remind the community of its

responsibility to support the newly

married couple. And at some baptisms

each person is invited to trace a cross on

the child's forehead as a sign of welcome

into the Christian community.

Again, a funeral liturgy provides

closure to a loved one's life and the start

of healing for the family. It is a time to

entrust the departed person to God's

mercy and to draw strength from those

who mourn with us.

Today, increasing numbers of

laypersons pray the Liturgy of the Hours.

It consists of psalms, readings and

prayers recited throughout the day either

by groups, such as families and monastic

communities, or individuals. Pope John

Paul II said that through this prayer "our

day is sanctified, our activities

transformed, our actions made holy."

Lay people appreciate this prayer

because it unites them and their families

with the universal church's prayer. While

few are able to pray all the hours, many

are able to recite Morning Prayer and

Evening Prayer, the "hinges" of the

Liturgy of the Hours.

These prayers provide structure for a

person's spiritual life. In

the midst of work and

family duties,

taking time for

personal prayer is

difficult. When

we make

Morning Prayer

and Evening

Prayer a habit,

we ensure that

all our actions

are dedicated to


Finally, some

parents lead

the short Night

Prayer with

their children

before putting

them to bed. This

is a beautiful way

to give thanks for

the day and to entrust

ourselves to God's care

throughout the night.

Sheila Garcia is assistant

director of the U.S. bishops' Secretariat

for Family, Laity, Women and Youth and

wrote this article as part of Catholic News

Services’ Faith Alive series.

Prayer in Our Everyday Lives:

Thirsting for God

Teachers of religion from parishes and

Catholic schools along with youth

ministr y ministers and RCIA teams are

encouraged to attend this year’s

Catechist Formation Day,

scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 at

Bishop Kenny High School in

Jacksonville. The daylong conference

that is packed with workshops and

resources is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The keynote speaker is Rosemary

Bleuher, a well-known author on prayer

and small Christian communities for

GIA Publications and coordinator for

Small Christian Communities and Young

Adults for the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.

She will focus attention on the theme –

Prayer in Our Ever yday Lives: Thirsting

for God.

Robert McCarty, executive director

for the National Federation of Catholic

Youth Ministers will also lead

workshops specifically for those

working in youth ministr y.

Toregister by Oct. 15, contact your

parish religious education director,

youth minister, Catholic school principal

or RCIA coordinator.For more

information, call the Christian Formation

Office at (904) 262-3200, ext. 117. If

outside of Jacksonville, call (800) 775-

4659, ext. 117.


enhancing your

By Father Tony Palazzolo


his past year I learned that Tony

Palazzolo being Jesus to the world

is a lot different than Jesus being

Jesus to the world through Tony. When I,

Tony, functioned as Jesus to the world, I

decided what I should do, how I should

do it, how Jesus should be represented to

all the people that I meet each day.

However, when Jesus is Jesus to the

world through me, then he decides the

actions, the behaviors, and the words that

I will use each day.

What makes the difference is the

depth of my spirituality on any

given day.

Much has been written about

spirituality over the past few years.

It has surfaced in response to the

decline in morality over the past 35

to 40 years. We have tried the ways

of the world in our lives and they

don’t seem to work very well. So in

our frustration, in our discontent, we

turn to God and we say, “Lord show

me your way, mine has not been

very successful.”

As a result of that prayer, we

begin to set aside the ways of the

world, we begin to set aside

ourselves—and “I” am the biggest

obstacle to spirituality. As we empty

ourselves of ourselves, as I eliminate

me from the equation, I make room

for God to fill that void. As I work

on that relationship with God, as I

become more aware of Jesus’

presence in my life, as I become

more open to the guidance of the

Holy Spirit in all the choices and

selections that I make each day, my

spirituality is enhanced. My

spirituality becomes the foundation

of my life.

Spirituality—getting to know and

love and serve God more effectively

—is a life-long process .

How do we improve our

spirituality? Just as we improve a

relationship by simply spending

more time with that person. To

improve our spirituality, we study

more about God, we spend more

time reading Scripture, and we

spend more time in contemplative

prayer and meditation. We learn more

about Jesus Christ, about who he was and

we learn that the answer to the question

“Who do you say that I am?” continually

grows and changes and affects our life

immeasurably. We find that we continue

to act, choose, and speak but God directs

all of our actions, decisions, and words.

This is what it means to have Jesus be

Jesus through you to the world. It means

that I am still Tony, but the source of my

actions is Jesus Christ and not me.

From Turmoil to



Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002

9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bryan Auditorium

St. Vincent’s Hospital

1800 Barrs Street, Jacksonville

This conference is about spiritual

growth for everyone.


The keynote presenter:

Michael Fonseca

Michael will offer two

inspirational presentations. He

will discuss some of the

thoughts and ideas from his

book, Living in God’s Embrace.


Four workshops:

Parenting • Stress

Management • Legal Issues

Effective Relationships

Author •Lecturer • Spiritual Leader

Don’tmissthisextraordinary conference. Lunch is


7474 for reservations and to make arrangements for




If the truth were known, I am still not

there yet. Hopefully, I am growing in my

spirituality to a point where I will be

closer tomorrow than I am today.

Michael Fonseca, in his book Living in

God’s Embrace, talks about the process of

prayer and the building of that

relationship with God. He wonders, “How

do I know when I’m experiencing God in

my prayers or in my life?” Fonseca

answers, “When we cooperate with God’s

action in our souls we will experience

consolation. Consolation is any

movement in the soul that propels

us strongly or gently toward God

and what is best for us.”

Earlier we talked about prayer

as one of the instruments of

developing that intimacy with

God. Fonseca says, “Prayer is

creating a sacred space where you

can be overwhelmed by God’s

uncompromising love and

acceptance. Prayer is a matter of

the heart; prayer that focuses on

letting God’s word seep into our

hearts the way a slow steady

drizzle sinks into the soil. It brings

about the change of heart that

brings salvation to self and to


When we finally accept the

importance of spirituality in our

life, when we finally can let go of

ourselves, we will experience the

unexcelled joy of constantly, all

day and every day—living in the

presence of God.

Whether you are just beginning

the journey to spiritual perfection

or have been on it for a while,

Fonseca’s book, Living in God’s

Embrace, will help you along the

journey. Michael’s book is a mustread—and

in October you will be

able to hear him in person in


Father Tony Palazzolo is a

consultant for Separated, Divorced,

Widowed and Parenting, diocesan

Center for Family Life, and chaplain

for the North American Conference of

Separated and Divorced Catholics.

Sponsored by : DioceseofSaintAugustineFamilyLifeOffice;RegionIVoftheNorth

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and Divorced and Separated Organizations of the Diocese of Saint Augustine.


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Visit the Carmelite Monastery

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Prayerful Best Wishes

As You Begin Your

Priestly Ministry


Rouville Fisher

St. Augustine

America’s First Mission 1565

• America’s


sacred and

historic site

• America’s First

Marian Shrine

• The Great Cross

Statue of Fr. Lopez

Celebrant of first

Parish Mass over

400 years ago

• Shrine Gift Shop

School, group tours

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teen voices



Jevie Asunto, a junior at Bishop Kenny

High School in Jacksonville, was

awarded first prize in the


Jevie Asunto

Annual Diocesan

Catholic Campaign for Human

Development (CCHD) Multi-Media

Youth Art Contest.

Asked to present an original

work of art, video or music

composition using the theme of

“Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in

America,” Jevie used pencil and

pastels (at right) to dramatize the

condition of a woman delivering

food to the poor and the chains that

separate the woman’s world from

the world of poverty.

Her prize was a $500 savings

bond and an equal amount for

Bishop Kenny.

The second prize, a $250 bond,

was awarded jointly to Ansley

Hollis and Andrian Nunez, who are

both students at St. Joseph’s parish

school in Jacksonville. They created

a collage highlighting concerns and

solutions to poverty in America.

Third prize winners were Ashley

Dueling and Cailin Jones, also from St.

Joseph’s. They wrote a poem and

produced an original video.

The second and third prize winners

also earned the same amount for their


Jevie says she enjoys drawing people,

and is often asked by her classmates, as

well as her parents friends, to do


She also likes to explore the extreme

looks of the high fashion world, such as

those in “Egyptian Eyes.”

And lately, Jevie says, “I’ve been

paying more attention to the

backgrounds. I think it’s because of my

Jevie’s collage (above) was inspired by 9-11,

and back to the future is “Egyptian Eyes.”

heritage.” She points to an Oriental wall

hanging in her living room – from her

family’s homeland, the Philippines.

The CCHD project offered its own

challenge, she says, because it is hard to

put religious concepts into pictures.

Earlier this year, she was awarded the

“juror’s choice” at a show at Florida

Community College at Jacksonville for a

portrait in pencil of an elderly man.

“I’m always drawing,” Jevie says, “I

love it.”

Yet, in the future, “I’m not sure if I

want to do something with my art, or

study broadcast journalism.”


Aug. 7 - Youth Ministry Network Meeting

All youth ministers are invited.

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Catholic Center, Jacksonville.

Call Pete Blay for details (904) 355-1136.

Sept. 13-15 - Search Retreat

For 11th and 12th Graders.


Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville. Cost $50.

Call (904) 355-1136.

Sept. 11 - Anniversary of the attack on

World Trade Center, New York City.

Sept. 21 - Diocesan Youth Rally Day will

include keynote presentation,

workshops, Mass and a dinner and dance.

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

St. Catherine Parish, Orange Park.

Call (904) 355-1136 for more information.

Oct. 4-6 - Light for the Journey - a statewide biennial

conference for youth ministers. Call Pete Blay for more

information at (904) 355-1136.


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around the diocese

Rest In Peace

Faithful Servants

Father John


Patrick, 68,

died July 13.


Patrick, a

priest of the

Diocese of


served as a

U.S. Air Force chaplain and had

retired to Gainesville 14 years

ago. He was born in

Westernport, Md., and is

survived by a sister, Evelyn

Wilson of Westernport.

A Funeral Mass was

celebrated on July 17 at Queen

of Peace Church, where he was

an associate pastor.

First Gift Shop Workers Return for Dedication

When Hazel Crichlow and

Margaret Smith worked at

The Shrine Shop in the 1930s

at Mission Nombre de Dios,

visitors toured in horsedrawn

carriages to see where

the first parish Mass was

celebrated in St. Augustine.

This June, when Hazel and

Margaret returned to the

mission – to celebrate the

dedication of a new tile base

for the Rustic Altar, new

Stations of the Cross for the

Shrine of Our Lady of

LaLeche Chapel, and a new

addition to the Shrine Gift

Shop – every room was airconditioned.

Hazel and Margaret said

that when they worked there,

the shop was a “shed with

cabinets,” and they brought

in their own oil for the heater.

They were accompanied by

Crichlow’s nephew, Don

Crichlow, who,designed The

Gift Shop’s expansion.

Bishop Victor Galeone (top

right) blessed the altar and

the new furnishings; and

Hazel and Margaret said they

enjoyed the memories.

At top left are Hazel and

Don Crichlow and Margaret

Smith at the LaLeche Chapel.




who served

at Saint


Ann Parish

since 1992,

died July 13.


are his wife, Helen, three

children and 10 grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated

July 18 at St. Elizabeth Ann

Seton in Palm Coast.

Her dream comes true

In Rome ... Fifteen-year-old Rebecca

Quinones, briefly held the gentle hands of

the Holy Father on June 29. Her trip to

Rome was made possible by Dreams Come

True, a Jacksonville charity, and the Diocese

of Saint Augustine. A year ago, Rebecca was

being treated with radiation and

chemotherapy for Hodgkins disease. She is

now in remission. Last year, when the

organization’s representatives asked her

about her wish, she says now, that even she

was surprised at her answer: “I’d like to

meet the Pope.” Her mom, Regina, says,

“It was the work of the Holy Spirit.”

The Quinones are members of St. Luke

Parish in Middleburg.

Rebecca Quinones (right) and her mom, Regina

Quinones, meet the pope. All of the family dad,

Herb, and sister, Rachel, traveled to St. Peter’s.


CCHD Grants Awarded

The award of a

$10,000 check to

Coach Carl West of

Macclenny was

just one of six

grants recently

awarded by Father

Ed Rooney,

diocesan director

of the CCHD,

Catholic Campaign

for Human


West’s CCHD

grant will support

the Baker County

Youth Hope Center, Inc. which

provides mentoring, as well as

a gathering place and activities

for youth. Other recipients

were Federated Action

Network of Gainesville, Urban

Plunge of St. Catherine Parish

in Orange Park, Splunge of the

Father Rooney and Coach West

Office of Peace and Justice,

Clay County Association for the

Retarded Greenhouse Program

in Green Cove Springs, and

Ramona Park Resident

Program in Jacksonville.

The awards ceremony was in

June at St. Catherine Parish.

Clergy Appointments

Bishop Victor Galeone

recently made the following

priest appointments.

Father James May,

parochial vicar at Sacred

Heart Parish in

Jacksonville, was appointed

administrator of St. John

the Baptist Parish in

Crescent City, effective

Aug. 11.

Father Brian Eburn,

pastor of St. John the

Baptist Parish in Crescent

City, was appointed pastor

of St. Michael Parish in

Fernandina Beach, effective

Aug. 11.

Father Guy Noonan,

parochial vicar at Christ the

King Parish in Jacksonville,

was appointed parochial

vicar at St. Augustine

Church and Catholic

Student Center in

Gainesville, effective July 1.

Father Michael

Williams, former pastor of

Holy Faith Parish in

Gainesville was appointed

to part-time chaplain to

University of Florida

Shands Hospital in

Gainesville, effective Aug. 1.

Deacon Michael Leahy,

administrator of San Juan

Mission in Branford, has

been named pastoral

associate of St. Pius V

Parish in Jacksonville,

effective July 1.

Father Cletus Watson,

TOR, pastor Crucifixion

Parish in Jacksonville, was

appointed to also serve as

pastor of St. Pius V Parish

in Jacksonville, effective

June 15.

around the diocese

R eaching Out To Hispanic Catholics




section of

the diocese’s

17-county area,

will be

the base for an

outreach program to

Hispanic Catholics.


Sisters from the Claretian Missionary order visit with Sr. Maureen Kelley,

diocesan vicar for religious (r), to map out

their strategy for outreach.

he Diocese of Saint

Augustine is preparing to

launch an outreach program

in the fall to Hispanic Catholics,

said Father Luis Florez,director of

Hispanic Ministry. It will focus on

Columbia, Suwannee, Branford

and Lafayette counties, home to

about 4,000 Hispanic Catholics.

Because of the farmworker

population, “There are many,

many more,” said Father Florez.

“It could be double that.”

Two Claretian Missionary

Sisters from the Miami area and

Father Justo Buitrago fro m

Colombia will be a vital part of

the outreach.

A $5,000 Catholic Foundation

grant is helping the start-up.

Fr. Justo, left of the statue of Mary, is joined by

members of the Hispanic community of Green Cove

Springs where he’s been celebrating Mass on Saturdays.


around the diocese

Saint Patrick’s Got Can-Do Power

tudents of St. Patrick

SInterparish School

participated in the annual

Gainesville Harvest

project to raise awareness

of hunger.

Two CAN-Doers (l-r) Dana

Karl and Abbey McCrea.

St. Patrick’s received the

“Jurors’ Favorite”


for the


year in a

row. This

year’s project was a

replica of a the London

Bridge and the

CANstruction of St.

Patrick’s London Bridge

was on display at the

Oaks Mall in Gainesville.

The project is a popular

one at St. Patrick’s

involing every grade

from PreK-3 through the

eighth grade, and faculty

and parents as well.

There were


between all classes to

collect as many cans

as quickly as possible.

CANstruction focus is

social justice and makes

students and their

families more aware of

those in need. Students

also learn about

architecture and


The cans of food are

given to agencies that

help the poor, including

Catholic Charities.

Practice Your Discipleship

As baptized Catholics we all have a responsibility

to spread the teachings of Christ, but for many it can

be intimidating to know exactly what to do.

Evangelization is simple and the Diocese of Saint

Augustine is sponsoring a daylong conference,

Being a Disciple: Call and Response,toprovide all

Catholics with the skills to continue Jesus’ mission.

The conference will address the following topics in

presentations and workshops: What is the role of

the parish community in welcoming and welcoming

back people to the church? How do people

participate in the mission of the church? And what

does a stewardship parish look like?

The conference is Saturday, Sept. 21 at San Jose

Parish, 3619 Toledo Road, Jacksonville, from 9 a.m.

to 3 p.m. and will feature Bill Huebsch, a theologian

and author on topics such as catechetics, spirituality

and Vatican II. Cost $7, including lunch. For more

information call 262-3200, ext. 117.

Nancy, Matthew and Fr. Ron

Father Ron Gives

His Father

W edding Tips

Matthew Camarda, 72,

and bride-to-be Nancy

Berry, 69, were a little

reluctant to join the

Engaged Encounter

Weekend filled with

Generation-Xers and a few

baby boomers at Marywood

Retreat Center, Jacksonville.

After all, between them are

11 children and 24

grandchildren. But Matthew,

a widower, said he felt

comfortable, because his

son, Father Ron Camarda,

pastor of St. Patrick Parish

in Jacksonville, was the

retreat leader. Nancy said,

“He’s a good instructor,

too.” And, of course, Father

Camarda officiated at their

nuptials on June 29 at St.

Brendan’s, Ormond Beach.

ne of the largest classes to

Ocomplete the diocesan

Ministry Formation Program

(MFP) were awarded

certificates by Bishop Victor

Galeone in June. MFP is a

three-year program of spiritual,

academic and pastoral

formation for lay leaders.

In the Class of 2002 are, from

the front, in row one: Dolores

Clayton, Christine Lazzaro,

Joan Gabbin, Mary Dang,

Mildred Casper, Joan Walsh

and Judy Bernhard; in row two:

Jeanette Ghioto, Glenda Shaw,

Veronica Jordan, Peter Dang,

Mary Andrysiak, Nancy

Henley and Pat Palmerlee; in

row three: Deacon Phillipe D.

Fleury, Lucy Chastain, Joyce

Stanley, Lynn Freel, Debra

Crammond and Vicki Turner;

and in row four: Jeffrey

Crammond, Brian Burns,

Dennis Shaw, Bishop Victor

Galeone, Richard Ulmer, Paul

Consbruck, David Garratt, Jack

Raymond and Lisa Burns.

Congratulations to all.


Nancy and Wayne Fisher

Die In Auto Accident

ancy C. Fisher, R.N.,

NM.A., 61, and her

husband, Wayne F. Fisher,

Sr., 63, were struck down

and killed by a car on

Saturday, July 20 in

Jacksonville. It was their 39th

wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Fisher succeeded

Father Dan Cody as director

of the Diocesan Center for

Family Life in 1991 and

served as director until 2000

when she took early

retirement. She had recently

come back to work part-time

for the diocese to head up

“Protecting God’s Children,”

an educational program to

prevent child abuse to be

introduced this fall.

Father Cody, who was then

pastor of Most Holy Redeemer

Parish, Jacksonville, and Mrs.

Fisher were appointed in

1976 to launch the Office of

Family Life by Bishop Paul

Tanner. “Nancy was a nurse

at St. Vincent’s at the time,

and became assistant

director,” said Father Cody,

now pastor at St. Joseph

Parish, Jacksonville. “As the

years went on, she became

very active in the state,

regional and national

federation of Family Life

directors.” he said.

Since 1976, the Office of

Noted ...

Father Cletus

Watson, TOR.

will receive the

2002 limited

striking of the

American Medal of Honor by

the American Biographical

Institute, Inc. , publishers of

biographical reference works.

Fr. Watson serves as pastor of

St. Pius V and Crucifxion

parishes in Jacksonville.

At St. Vincent’s Health System

Jeffrey Norman was named

executive vice president and

chief operating officer, effective

July 15. He was the chief

Family Life has grown to

include programs for:

marriage preparation and

renewal and Retrouvaille,

for troubled marriages;

divorced, separated and

widowed; and counseling.

A natural family planning

instructor, Mrs. Fisher

counseled couples on how to

achieve pregnancy.

Father Cody said, “Over

the years, we were not only

co-workers, but Nancy,

Wayne and I became close

personal friends – I feel like

I’m one of the family.”

The Fishers retired early to

have more time together and

with their two children,

Wayne Jr. and Mary, and three

grandchildren Mr. Fisher had

recently retired from St.

Vincent’s as a biomedical


A Memorial Mass was

celebrated July 24 at St.

Catherine Parish, Orange

Park, their home parish.

executive officer at Phoenix

Baptist Hospital and Medical

Center. Norman succeeds John

W. Logue who retired July 1.

Logue served more than seven

years at St. Vincent’s and 30

years in Catholic healthcare.

Bishop Victor Galeone

installed in late May new

members of the Commission

on Women of the Diocese of

Saint Augustine: Rose Mary

Dansforth of Sacred Heart

Parish, Jacksonville; and Carol

Mina of St. William Parish in

Keystone Heights.

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espite is a free and much needed

service. Olga Bertozzi, director of

Respite in the Diocese of Saint

Augustine since 1994, explains that

Respite provides relief to people who are

caregivers 24-7, who have no other help

and who have limited financial resources.

A model Respite program was

established 20 years ago by the National

Council of Catholic Women and was

offered to all the dioceses in the United

States. The Diocese of Saint Augustine

was the first diocese in the country to

implement it.

Coordinators at the three regional

Catholic Charities offices in Gainesville,

Jacksonville and St. Augustine represent

the Respite program throughout the

diocese. However, some parishes have

also established their own Respite

programs in conjunction with the regional

offices, Bertozzi says.

The mission of Respite “is to help the

caregivers by giving them relief,” Bertozzi


Often Respite volunteers are people

who understand the plight of caregivers

and want to help. That is the case of

Margie Evans, 65, a retired nurse. Evans,

a member of St. Catherine Parish in

Orange Park, has volunteered for Respite

for 10 years. She explains when her

mother was dying, she and her sister took

turns providing ‘round-the-clock care.

She recalls a time when she wanted to

leave her mother for just an hour to get

her driver’s license renewed. But the line

was so long that day, that Evans returned

home because she was afraid to leave her

mother alone any longer. Asked if a

Respite volunteer could have helped her,

she says, “Absolutely.”

There are more than 26 million

caregivers like Evans in the country and

most of them are women, Bertozzi says.

Fifty percent of these caregivers assist and

care for a spouse and the other 50 percent

are wedged in the “sandwich

generation.” They are men and women

who care for their own children as well as

elderly parents. This situation is often so

“overwhelming” that it can affect the

caregiver’s personality and health. Their

stress and tension spills out into their

own families. Often, Bertozzi says, “Their

own families are paying the price,

because problems can arise in the marital

relationship and in childrearing.”

Bertozzi also says, “Statistics show a

large number of caregivers, because they

don’t get relief, often die earlier than the

person they are caring for.”

But, just having a few hours a week to

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11 Concerts With A Cause: Song Birds

Featuring: Stephanie Walter and Vivace

Four St. Augustine vocalist sing:

“Something for Everyone”

Sunday, 3 p.m.

Bishop Robert Baker Parish Center,

St. Augustine

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15 Feast of the Assumption

16- Young Adult Retreat

18 Leave It All Behind - Eucharist-Centered

Presenters: Fr. John Tetlow and Franciscan

Friars of the Renewal

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17 Pre-Cana

Marriage Preparation Program

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

To register call (904) 308-7474 or visit

23 Journey to Justice Retreat

Leaders: Parish Youth Directors

Friday, 9 p.m.

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

Call (904) 287-2525, (888) 287-2539

23- Diocesan Marriage Renewal Weekend

25 Marriage Enrichment Program


Call Bill or Susan Shields for more

information or to register at

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28 Third Augustinian Address: FeastofSt.Augustine

Speaker: Papal Biographer George Weigel

Wednesday, Vespers 6:30 p.m.,

Cathedral Basilica

Lecture 7:30 p.m.,

Bishop Baker

Parish Center,

St. Augustine.

Transportation will

be available

Call (904) 829-8326

30 Liturgical Commission Workshop

Instruction of the Roman Missal

Presenter: Fr. Tom Willis

For clergy, parish music and liturgy


Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Holy Faith Parish, Gainesville

Call (904) 786-1192


5 LiturgicalCommissionWorkshop

Instruction of the Roman Missal

Presenter: Fr. Tom Willis

For clergy, parish music and liturgy


Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Most Holy Redeemer Parish, Jacksonville

Call (904) 786-1192

9 New Music FortheSeasons Advent and


Leader: Bob Moore

Friday, 7-9 p.m.

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

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13- 12-StepRetreat: ASpiritualAwakening

15 Leader: Fr. Neil Carr, SJ

Friday, 7:30 p.m.-Sunday Mass, 10 a.m.

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

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13- Search Retreat

15 For High School Students 11-12 grades

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

Call (904) 355-1100

14 Pre-Cana

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Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

For more information and to register

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15 Christian Meditation

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Leader: Gene Bebeau

Sunday, 1:30 -4:30 p.m.

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

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19 W omen’s Seminar

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Leader: Ellen Middleton

Thursday, 7-9 p.m.

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

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20- Engaged Encounter

22 A weekend marriage preparation program


To register call (904) 308-7474 or visit

21 BeingADisciple:

Call and Response

Keynoter: Bill Huebsch

Saturday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

San Jose Parish, Jacksonville

Call (904) 262-3200, ext. 117

21 Diocesan YouthRally

For all youth in diocese

Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

St. Catherine Parish, Orange Park

Call (904) 355-1100

27- Formed In The Image Of God

29 Leader: Master Potter Sr. Carol Wells, SSJ

Hands-on experience of prayer, silence

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Friday, 7:30 p.m.-Sunday, 11 a.m.

Marywood Retreat Center, Jacksonville

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23- Diocesan Marriage Renewal Weekend

25 Marriage Enrichment Program


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Friday, 7 p.m.-Sunday, 2: p.m.

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19 PrayingAllWays

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Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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often dismissed out of hand. The

message? Let women take the risks.

When an unintended pregnancy occurs,

the solution: Leave the woman to bear

and raise the child alone, or let her

subject herself to the abortionist’s curette,

and if she’s lucky, she’ll come away

physically intact. If she suffers

emotionally, psychologically, spiritually,

the message: “Get over it.”

Partial-birth abortion (where a child is

partially delivered, then killed before

being completely born), poses serious

risks to a woman. She risks injury and

hemorrhaging when a sharp instrument

while lodged in the birth canal pierces the

child’s skull. She faces substantial risks of

future infertility, including an inability to

carry a baby to term. Knowing of such

concerns, Congress and a majority of

states passed laws to ban the practice. Yet

the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that

partial-birth abortion must be permitted

to serve a woman’s health. As if

something that poses terrible health risks

for a woman could ever be required to

preserve her health. Again, the risks and

the ordeal are placed on the backs of


Women deserve much better. Wouldn’t

it be terrific if women banded together to

say: “We are not research subjects. We are

not egg factories. We are human beings

deserving of respect and dignity. We

expect to be treated that way.”

We hear repeatedly that scientists

must be allowed to clone and

conduct harmful experiments on

human embryos. Unless such

research is allowed, it is said,

cures for many deadly diseases will never

be found. This message seems to come

from every corner – from Senator Ted

Kennedy, actor Christopher Reeve and

even Nobel laureates.

Forget the moment that these claims

are simply wrong. Not one therapeutic

benefit has come from such research;

every beneficial result has come from

morally acceptable adult stem cell

research. Leave aside too the serious

moral and ethical problems. Instead,

focus on another aspect – the fact that

cloning would exploit women on a

massive scale.

It is estimated that 133.9 million

Americans suffer from diseases some

claim may be helped by cloning. If just 10

percent were eligible for therapies

derived from human cloning, the

potential patient pool would be 13.4

million people. To provide genetically

matched material to treat such numbers,

one would need at least 670 million eggs

to clone. Where would the eggs come

from? Well, if each female donor

provided 10 eggs, 67 million women

donors would be needed. Each would be

subjected to high levels of hormonal

stimulation, followed by laproscopic

surgery. Senator Mary Landreiu (D-LA)

put it rather succinctly: women would

simply become egg factories.

Women also bear the burden regarding

family planning. Many American women

take birth control pills or other forms of

hormonal contraceptives, or they undergo

sterilization, a permanent and terrible

choice (men eschew vasectomy). Yet,

Natural Family Planning, a completely

healthy alternative involving the

cooperative effort of husband and wife, is

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