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n a special way throughout this Lenten season, we have
united ourselves ever more closely to the sufferings of
Christ. We can identify the crosses we carry: the burdens
of temptation and sin, the physical and emotional anguish we and those we love experience, the concerns of the
present and the anxieties associated with the future. Yet, as
true followers of Christ, we never lose hope in the midst of
our sufferings and crosses. We embrace the truths of Easter:
Jesus Christ destroyed forever the powers of evil and darkness
so that we may live in His Light and enjoy newness of life,
both now and forever! He is the king of victory and His victory is our victory!
We recall the words of an and ent Easter hymn:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!
The strife is o'er, the battle done;
Now is the Victors triumplt won.
0 let the song of praise be sung:
Throughout the lenten season
and in the days and weeks of the
Easter season ahead, we have and will continue to celebrate the Lord's victory. I am deeply
inspired to know the countless numbers of the faithful who celebrated the Sacrament of
Penance in preparation for Easter. What a powerful way to proclaim the Lord's victory
over sin! It was edifying to witness the number of people who were anointed within the
Diocesan Mass on the occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the apparitions of Our Blessed
Mother at Lourdes. What a powerful way to celebrate the Lord's victory over suffering!
The number of the elect in our Diocese who were baptized, confirmed, and received
First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil, as well as the baptized who were
fully initiated into the Sacramental Life of the Church, was overThroughout this Lenten
whelming. What a powerful witness of the new Life that is ours in
season and in the days
Christ jesus. I am so pleased to see the continued reverent devoand weeks of the Eastion, celebration and reception of the Holy Eucharist throughout our
Diocese. What a powerful sign of our belief that Christ jesus alone can
ter season ahead, we
satisfy our hungry hearts.
have and will conWe know many people in our world and even within our families
and circle of friends who desperately need to rediscover the source
tinue to celebrate
of our joyful hope even in the midst of suffering. Thus, in word and
the Lord's victory.
deed, we must boldly proclaim that:
Tlu: strife is o'er, the battle done;
Now is tJ1c Victors triumplt won!
It is my hope and prayer that Our Risen Lord will bless you with His peace and joy
and give you the grace to be effective witnesses of the new Life that is ours through Him,
with Him and in Him. Alleluia!
- Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge. Bishop o£ Raleigh.
NC Olrlwlics
Mardi 20081 I
from the Bishop
2 We celebrate the lord's victory
- Bishop Mlch~cl E Durbldg~
6 Dear NCC
A friend
says Easter
is the most
important day
of the year for
Catholics. I thought ll was Christmas.
Please explam.
- F:tthcr jonathan A. Woodholl, J'h.D.
from the editor
7 In God's hands
- Rich
theology 101
8 Eucharist: 4 ways
Christ is present at Mass
voices in our church
11 Classmates of Distinction
- Msgr, Thomas H:tddcn
11 La Pascua, el Esplntu Vivo de Cristo
- l'adrc Fernando Torr~s
spiritual fitness
How to pray
like a monk
- l' ather Bill
:lG Frame of faith - worth more than a
thousand words.
- Michelle: Sessions DIFranco
29 My wife is a stay-at-home mom
I'm jealous- Tim Ryan
parish profile
30 Missionary Wellspring
Sacred Heart, Whiteville
- Rich Rc~c~
Most Reverend Michael F Burbidge
Frank Morock
Mardi 2008 • Vol. 4 : Issue 2
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Following the Mass, many of those in auendance
took pan in the Rally and March for Ufe in Raleigh,
sponsored by Nonh Carolina Right to Ufe, Inc.
Catholics made up the largest pan of the approxi·
mately 800 people who panicipated. Bishop Burbidge offered the invocation. BIShop Peter j.jugis,
Diocese of Charloue, offered the Benediction.
Ten days later, the two bishops carne together
with hundreds of faithful from their dioceses for the
celebration of Mass at the Basilica of the National
Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Wash·
ington, D.C. The Mass at the Shrine is an annual
event for Nonh Carolina Catholics as a prelude to
the national March for Ufe that takes place on that
day in the nations capital to mark the U.S. Supreme
Couns Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abonion.
This day, tens of thousands of pro-life advocates
braved dark clouds and cold temperatures in the
35th Annual March. Marchers from almost every
state panicipated in the afternoon event. Bishop
Burbidge called the turnout from the Diocese of
Raleigh "an inspiration," adding, "The march leads
us to action, to witness peacefully and prayerfully.~
~---- s· i -nce
asked . . .. -
Dear NCC: A friend says Easter is
the most important day of the year
for Catholics. I thought it was Christmas. Please explain.
t. Paul wrote. : '" ... if Christ
has not been raised, then
our preaching is in vain
and your faith is in vain.w
OCor s H) This earliest written expression of Catholic
belief defines the cornerstone of our faith. Were it not
for 1. the personal experience of Mary Magdalene,
early on the first day of the week, to use the gospel
expression; 2. the experience, later, of the first followers of Jesus and 3. Paul's personal experience of the
Risen Lord on the road to Damascus perhaps two
decades after the first Easter, we would not be the
Christians we are today.
Easter celebrates the victory ofjesus over death. Easter celebrates our belief that life does not end in death.
Therefore, Easter is the most solemn and most important feast for Catholic Chnstians who profess the belief
that our God is the God of life, not a god of death.
However, your question raises an important
consideration. On the level of faith, Christianity is
unique in believing that the Divine God entered into
human life in the form of a human being. We call
this event the Incarnation. We celebrate the binh
of jesus and call that feast the Nativity, or more
popularly, Christmas in English ["Christs
Mass" from medieval English times!.
Easter celebrates the victory of Jesus
It would be unproducover death. Easter celebrates our belief
tive, in my opinion, to
that life does not end in death. Therefore,
argue which feast is more
important in Christian
Easter is the most solemn and most important
faith. Tradition that led to
feast for Catholic Christians who profess the belief
the written Scripture and
that our God is a god of life, not a god of death.
then subsequent spiritual
and theological thought
consistently stresses the
importance of the Resurrection in our salvamigrants seeking shelter and safety in the days before
the birth of Jesus, are more festive than Dec. 25.
tion history.
But on a popular level, few would not argue
"Three Kings Day" on Jan. 6 in most Catholic Latin
that Christmas is more observed \vith festiviAmerican cultures is more celebratory than Dec. 25.
ties in certain cultures than Easter is. Certainly ln southern and eastern Catholic European cultures,
Christ:S manifestation to the gentiles, the Epiphany, is
our American culture is one of those cultures.
Therefore, the question of Christmas versus
more celebrated than Dec. 25.
Clearly, we American Catholics must distinguish
Easter is really a cultural question, not a theocultural issues from faith issues. It is very easy for a
logical question.
In fact, many other Catholic cultures
person to be swept away by the culture one lives in. If
a person does not think about what he really believes
outside our American Catholic culture
and what is really important, then such a persons faith
celebrate the Incarnation with different
emphases. In Mexico, the Posadas, the
becomes superficial and that faith will not withstand
reenactments of Mary and joseph, im- the difficulties that life presents to every human being.
NC Catholics
March 2008 I www.DioceteofRaleigh.04'lJI
The person of faith does not allow secular culture
to form his faith. The person of faith tries to form the
culture around him according to the beliefs he lives by
The Christian experiences what his Savior experi·
enced, misunderstandings and betrayals even of those
closest to him. The Christian experiences givmg of
self and every day the Christian experiences dying
in so many ways But the Christian also experiences
little resurrections as a result of those little deaths. The
Christian believes, finally, that life overcomes even
physical death. This is our Easter faith at work.
For us Catholics there is no better way to expeti·
ence Easter faith than to join with others in our local
faith communities for the liturgical celebrations
centered on the mysteries of our suffering, dying and
risen Savior. We are able to do this by participating in
the Triduum, the three day celebration of: the Lords
Supper on Holy Thursday evening, the Passion on
Good Fnday and the Great Easter Vigil on Saturday
mght before Easter morning. We do this not only by
bemg physically present, but by paying attention to
the words and symbols that fill these days,
Because our American culture does not allow us free
time to spend quietly about six hours over three days
in a sacred setting, most Catholics will have to find
creative ways to feed and to deepen their faith. Obviously, Easter Sunday Mass is the ban: minimum
Perhaps the most spiritually satisfying experience
of why Easter is the most important Catholic feast day
might be in making an effort to attend the Great Easter
Vigil. lt takes place after dark. Perhaps sacrificing ones
usual Saturday night activities in order to experience the
true meaning of our 2,000-year hiStory of celebrating
life over death can be a way of appreciating the importance and the wonder of Christs resurrection.
If such participation cannot happen, then quietly
sitting alone or with other family members absorbmg. and perhaps dtscussing. the readings, the prayers
and the symbols of the Easter Vigil ritual might open
a person to a deeper appreciation of why Easter is so
important to Catholics.
Easter faith defines Catholic Christians. Easter faith
cannot be explained by mere words. Easter faith is a
way of life. J
- Fr.Jon:nlum A. Woodh:all, rh.O., Is a relin:d priest or thr Dloccsr who
Is lnvolvrd In RCIA rdUCitlon and Sr anlsh MlniSiry at Sacn:d Hem
Cathr dral. R:ddgh.
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71 5 Nazareth St.
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"It Is
Indeed a
to know and
feel myself
so totally In
God's hands."
n 1981, Father Pedro Armpe, Superior
General of the Jesuit Order, suffered a
stroke that left him paralyzed on his
right side and virtually unable to speak.
By 1983, when he resigned due to ill health,
the only way he could communicate was with
his eyes or the pressure of his left hand.
The jesuits had called a General Congregation to accept
Anupes resignation and elect his successor. At the opening ~­
sion, Arrupe was wheeled into the hall, and a prayer which he
had written was read to the assembly:
"More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference; the initiative is entirely with
God. It i:s indeed a profound spiritual experience to know
and feel myself so totally in Gods hands."
Surely this is an Easter story, a story of suffering
and a kind of death giving way to, even being
necessary for, a radiant, new spiritual life.
A radiant, new spiritual life is the hope and
prayer of many in our Diocese for Father Frank
Stangl, who went to his eternal rest on Feb.
2 at age 79. I met Father Stangl last fall at
Holy Trinity Church in WilliaiTISlon, where
he would often celebrate Sunday Mass. He
was a friendly man, and we spoke briefly
about common roots in Missouri. I learned
that he had taught Scripture there, and his
scholarship and his enjoyment in teaching
were obvious in his homily. It was only after
his passing thatllearned about the incredibly
varied scope of his life in ministry. You can read
more about Father Stangl on page 23.
Beginning in January. with the Respect Ufe Rally in
Raleigh and the March for Ufe in Washington, D.C.,
and throughout the 40 Days for Ufe campaign during
the season of Lent, so many in our Diocese have witnessed through prayer and presence to the sacredness
of human life, from conception to natural death. In this
issue you'll see some pictures of those events.
..,. Thank you, as always, for your letters of critique and
encouragement You can reach me at 71 5 Nazareth
St., Raleigh, NC 27606 or [email protected]
[email protected]
- Rkh:ard ll£:ett Is 1hc editor or NC Catholics.
n the night before He died,
Christ gathered His disciples
for a meal. He took simple
bread and wine. He blessed it
in the great prayer of thanksgiving to His
Father. He broke the bread and gave it to
His disciples. It was a familiar ritual, only
this time it was different.
This bread ~is My Body
which will be given up for
you," Christ said. This cup "is
the cup of My Blood, the Blood
of the new and everlasting
covenant. It will be shed for
you and for all so that sins may
be forgiven." He commanded
that we continue to do this in
memory of Him <d 1 Cor 23-26)
The Church has never failed
to follow this command. We
continue to celebrate this
sacrament and to give thanks
(Greek- euclra1istcin) to God.
The Lords Supper has
always been inextricably
linked to our Sunday celebrants of the Mass. We do
not recreate the Last Supper every Sunday morning,
rather we engage in anam-
timeline: major developments
in understan<ling the Eucharist
30-33 AD
l'u/JII! :\Inn~! I\ offr\11\
• Meals are important- the
wedding feast at Cana, feeding of the 5,000, dining with
sinners and tax collectors.
to Emmaus, but recognize
Him in the breaking of the
bread (Luke 24:13-35). Christ
prepares breakfast on the
seashore. (John 21 1-H).
New Testament
Eucharist as part of an
agape meal. Paul scolds
Corinth about its Eucharistic
practices (1 Cor 11 17 22. 26-34)
and reminds them that "every
time we eat this bread and
drink this cup we proclaim
the death of our lordn 01 26).
jesus institutes the Eucharist at the Last Supper and
commands His disciples to
"Do this in memory
of Me."
o Cor 11.23-25. Mt 26 26-29;
2nd·Bth Centuries
Ignatius of Antioch - letter
to the Philadelphians 01 01
Three things as
norm: 1 a gathered
assembly 2 the
presidency of btshop
3 the action of
praise and thanksgiving with bread and
Mk H · 22-2~; Lk 22 14-201
The disciples walk
with jesus on the road
justin Martyr (150)- First
Apology 1 early Christians
gathered on a Sunday
2 Eucharist taken to absent
members 3 Eucharist as part
of initiation rite 4 infants
receive Precious Blood.
Tertullian (160-255) On
Prayer 1 Communion on
Sundays, Wednesdays and
Fridays 2
fasting and
feasting are
Cyprian of
T11c Lapsed
for Communion.
9·1 Oth Centuries
1 Latin is bemg used at
2 Private prayers of the
priest added to liturgy.
3 Shift in understanding
- priest praying while people
doing other things.
4 Priests begin to give Communion by
5 Communion is
after Mass.
and reconciliation as
NC Ca1halics
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substance'' (deepmakes present. In the great
est reality) of bread and wine
are changed by the Holy Spirit
Eucharistic Prayer, we Join
to the "substance~ of Christs
ourselves to the sacrifice of
Christ, made
Body and
Blood. The
present on
Christ is present •accidents"
our altar,
and offered
in the people, in the
or physical
again to the
Word, in the priest
Father. This
is the source and most especially in of bread
and summit
and wine
the Holy Eucharist.
remain. This
of the Chris·
1s defined as
tian life<~
• 10 CCC l3H).
"transubstantlation" (UC mM
Christ is present in four
Christ is wholly present in
ways in the Mass - in the
people, in the Word, 10 the
either the bread or the wine,
priest and most especially in
but it is fitting to receive
the Holy Eucharist In tradiChrist under both fonns as a
tional theological language,
fuller expression and foretaste
Christ becomes present under of the heavenly banquet.
When we receive Holy
the appearance of bread and
nesis - a memory which
Communion, we hear those
wonderfull words - ~The
Body of Christ.~ We respond
"Amen" {so be it). In so doing, we express our faith 10
the true Presence of Christ
in the Eucharistic bread. But
we also remind ourselves
that this sacrament jo1ms
us as the Body of Christ.
Nourished by this bread
11-12th Centuries
1 Eucharist not just to be
consumed, but also to be
2 Decline in reception of
Communion - people don't
consider themselves worthy.
3 Emphasis placed on "ocular
Communion· during the elevation of the Blessed Sacrament.
4 Genunection added at the
13-15th Centuries
1 1215 Lateran Council
IV mandates minimum to
receive Communion once a
year, the "Easter duty."
2 Pope Leo IV established
the Feast of Corpus Christi
in 1264.
3 St. Thomas Aquinas uses
the philosophical arguements of Aristotle to descnbe
the Eucharist: "substance"
= Body and Blood of Christ;
Sacrament emphasized.
2 Processions with
Blessed Sacrament.
3 Exposition of Blessed
Sacrament so faithful m1ght
adore Christ's true Presence.
Council of Trent (15481563)
1 Defines Transubstantiation.
2 Order of Mass becomes
uniform and in Latin 1M~ or
Pius V: 15701.
3 Eucharist strengthens us
spiritually and wipes away
venial sins.
Ritual of 1614
1 Advocates frequent Communion at Mass.
2 Provides rituals for Communion outside of Mass.
vocates frequent
Communion; allows
reception at age of
reason {age 7)
1963 Constitution
on the Sacred Liturgy
(tote 1- 14, i T-56)
1 Christ IS present in
people, priest, word, and
most especially in the Holy
Eucharist t• Tl.
2 Reform of the Mass, including return to vernacular
1965 Mass of Paul VIrevised liturgical Year, Sacramentary and Lectionary.
1973 Immensae Caritas
1 Permits extraordinary
ministers for distribution of
Holy Communion. 2 Extends invitations to receive
more than once per day.
and wine, Christ's Body and
Blood, we are called by God,
though Christ our Head, and
by the grace of the Spirit, to
build the kingdom of God
on earth.
In th1s sacrament, we find
the cause and sign of our
unity. In this sacrament, especially, the Lord continues to
dwell among His people.
3 Eliminates
fast for ill
and aged.
4 Restores
reception of
Eucharist in
the hand.
bishops issue
pastoral letter
on the Real
Presence of
Christ in the
2002 New
edition of the
Roman Missal
2003 Pope
john Paulll publishes
the Encyclical Ecclesia de
Eucharistia, stating the "the
Eucharist builds the Church
and the Church makes the
Feast Day: March 22
Patron saint of those who have suffered a
miscarriage and those contemplating an
Canonized In 1484 by Pope Innocent VIII
Meaning of name: Pure
Claim to fame: Born in either 1331 or
1332, Catherine was the daughter of St. Bridget
of Sweden. At age 14, Catherine married Eggart
von Kurnen at the request of her father. She later
journeyed to Rome with her mother and, upon
her husband's death, remained with St. Bridget,
taking an active role in her ministry. After St.
Bridget's death, Catherine took over her mother's convent in Sweden, Wadstena, and fonned
a community based
on rules St.
Bridget wrote. Catherine
wrote Consolation of the
Soul, but no copies of the
book now exist.
resisted their propos-
A beautiful girl,
Catherine was constantly surrounded
by suitors.
als, however, wanting
instead to stay a virgin.
What made her a
saint: A beautiful girl,
Catherine was constantly
surrounded by suitors.
She resisted their proposals, however, wanting instead to stay
a virgin. It is said that when one Roman noble pursued her,
a wild hind chased him away. Catherine spent 25 years in
Rome, devoting her life to meditation and service of the poor.
How she died: During the Schism, Catherine went to Rome
to promote her mother's canonization. She ended up testifying
before a judicial committee in favor of Pope Urban VI. In return,
he gave her a letter of commendation for her Bridgettine order.
After five years in Rome, Catherine returned to Sweden, where
she died of illness on March 24, 1381. - Katie Hicks
NC Ca1hollcs
March 2008l v.w« I
Dfa festlvo: 22 de marzo
Santa patrona de los
abortos esponbineos y
contra el aborto
Canonlzada en 1484 por
el Papa lnocente VIII
Significado del nombre:
Hechos que Ia
hlcleron famosa: Naci6
en 1331 o 1332, Catalina
era Ia hija de Santa Brigida
de Suecia A Ia edad de 14
aiios, Catalina se c:asO con
Eggart von Kumen a petici6n
de su padre. Catalina mas
tarde viaj6 a Roma con su
madre, y a Ia muerte de su
esposo permaneci6 con Santa Brigida, jugando un papel activo en
sus obms piadosas. Santa Brigida muri6 y Catalina se encarg6 del
convento de su madre en Suecia, Wadstena, y form6 una comunidad basada en reglas que Santa Brigida escribi6. Ela escribi6
Consalaci6n del Alma, pero no existen actualmente capias del ~bro.
Qu«i Ia hlzo una santa: Una muchacha bella, Catalina estaba constantemente rodeada de pretendientes. Sin embargo,
ella resistia sus propuestas, queriendo en vez, pennanecer una
virgen. Se cuenta que cuando un noble romano Ia perseguia,
una cierva salvaje lo alej6. Ella pas6 25 aiios en Roma dedicando su vida a Ia meditaci6n y al servicio de los pobres.
C6mo mur16: Durante el Cisma, Catalina fue a Roma a
promover Ia canonizaci6n de su madre. Ella tennin6 testificando ante un comite judicial a favor del Papa Urbano VI, y
a cambio de ello, elle dio una carta de aprobaci6n para su
orden Brigidina. Despues de cinco anos en Roma, Catalina
regres6 a Suecia, d6nde muri6 pronto de enfennedad el 24
de marzo de 1381 .
uring the predictions of a
major snow in Raleigh last
january, I spent some time
looking at my photo albums
from my seminary days. It brought back
a flood of good memories.
These photos started in the late 1940s in the aftermath
of World War II. I believe that in the wake of this conflict,
black people in the United States began to rise above the
expected and began to be included in state and church .
Among these pictures several seminarians stood out. They
were Dom Cyprian Davis, OSB, Bishop carlos Lewis,
Bishop Joseph Bowers and Bishop Harold Perry.
.._ Dom Cyprian is a noted Church historian who
wrote the first definitive history of black Catholics in the
United States. He is a monk of St Meinrad Archabbey in
Indiana, where he teaches Church History there and is
also an international lecturer .
....,. Bishop Harold Perry, SVD, after serving in various
capacities in his society, was named Auxiliary Bishop of New
Orleans. He was the first black bishop in modern times.
He was an engaging speaker, and was in the group
of black clerics who founded the Black Catholic Clergy
....,. Bishop Joseph Bowers was
named Bishop of Accra in Ghana. He
was the first black bishop in modern
times in Africa. After he was succeeded
by an African-born bishop, he became
the first Bishop of St. John's
Basseterre, a Diocese comprising
several islands in the Canbbean.
....,. Bishop Carlos Lewis was a
nalive of Panama. He was named an
Auxiliary Bishop there, where he gave
dedicated ministry drawing on his
pastoral experience in the States.
This is the season of the
Resurrection of the Lord . These are
the stories of priests who also rose
above what was expected .
- Msgr.
I'. H~ddcn
a Cuaresma nos dio la pauta para rcconoccr los caminos
del Senor, Ia penitencia, el ayuno y Ia limosna se han
traducido en gozo, alegria y jtibilo. Se trnnsforma Ia
- - - • austeridad con el derroche de Ia vida, los sacramentos y una
nueva estad6n donde todo canta un nuevo comienzo, una renovad6n y
Ia vivencia de Ia gran notida: 1Ciisto ha resucitado y vivej
La Pascua se nos da como una
para vivir Ia grada y Ia
La Pascua sigue
presencia del Espiritu de Cristo que vive
animando con
en Ia vida de Ia Iglesia, que anima a los
su espiritu a
cristianos a vivir su vocacion y el don
de sus gracias. Se descubre en los signos
toda Ia Iglesia
de los tiempos to que deben hacer, vivir
para actualizar
y construir, a pesar de las adversidades
el misterio de
que los acompanan en cada momenta.
La Pascua sigue animand::> con su
Cristo, no solo en
espfritu a toda Ia Iglesia para actualizar
Ia Eucaristia donde
el misterio de Cristo, no solo en Ia
se hace presente el
Eucaristfa donde se haec presente
misterio de Ia Pasion, Muene y
misterio de Ia PaResurreccion de Cristo, sino tambien
sion, Muerte y Resen Ia vivencia de Ia caridad y en Ia
urrecci6n de Cristo, renovad6n del don de ser pane viva de
sino tambien en Ia vi- Ia Iglesia.
La panuquia es el centro de Ia
vencia de Ia caridad comunidad donde Cristo se manifiesta
y en Ia renovaci6n
y haec presente
de Ia
del don de ser parte
vida nueva;
viva de Ia Iglesia.
todos los grupos
apost6licos, a
los diferenles ministerios y a los que se
habfan alejado para hacer de todos una
comunidad de comunidades. Una unidad
viva que nos debe llevar a proclamar
que el espfritu de Cristo resucitado
esta. actuando en Ia vida de Ia familia
La familia tambien debe sentirse
renovada y fortalecida con ese mismo
espfritu ayudando a acrecentar el deseo
de vivir Ia vocaci6n que se nos ha dado
de ser padres, hijos, familia y pane de
una comunidad.
La Pascua Nos llama a todos a ser
tesugos con Ia vida, con las obrns y con Ia
fe de ser e\egidos y nos ha dado una nueva
raz6n para vivir su triunfo desde Ia Cruz
hasta Ia Etemidad. -l'adre Fernando Toms
or Father David
Brockman, Vicar
General of the Diocese of Raleigh, the
Eucharist was the "doorway"
to the Catholic Church.
Fr. Brockman grew up in the Chicago
area, where his father is a physician. But
the family had deep Southern Baptist
roots, and when it came time for college,
like the Brockman men and women of
three generations before him, he attended
Furman University in Greenville, SC.
•As a child I'd had Catholic friends, had
noticed their devotional practices and
even been to Mass," he recalls. "But serious
intellectual and spiritual exploration really
started for me, as it does for many young
people, in college."
In South Carolina, Fr. Brockman would
drive 25 miles on Sunday to attend the
Baptist church with his relatives. But
several of his Catholic fraternity brothers were less conscientious about Mass
attendance. ln what seems in retrospect
a pastoral impulse, Brockman offered
to go with them to the local Catholic
church. Several times, out of curiosity, he
attended the Sunday evening Mass with
them, and enjoyed it.
"l appreciated the sense of reverence,
the structure of the Mass and the archi·
tecture of the church building," he says,
"but l was most drawn to the Eucharist.
It helped me understand what! had read
in the Bible about jesus' words at the l..asl
Supper, 'This is my Body.' I was drawn to
His Real Presence.
"The parish also had a very committed,
holy pastor, Msgr. Don Gorski. He seemed
grounded in the l.Drd, at peace." The pas.
toral associate also encouraged Fr. Brockman. She was Sister Kitty Bethea, O.P., who
would later come to the Diocese of Raleigh.
Eventually, Fr. Brockman regularly
attended Mass and other community
activities. ln his senior year, he began RCJA.
How did his parents react?
"! didn't tell them," he explains. "Frankly,
I was frightened of my dads reaction. And
later, when 1went to the seminary, he
was not pleased. That changed gradually,
though, when he realized that 1hadn't
been influenced by
'outside' forces.
At least,'' he says
with a smile, unot
by outside human
forces, but by the
The reconciliation became
complete several
years later, when
Father Brockman
was Pastor of St.
Luke the Evangelist
in Raleigh. His
father said he was
visiting at Easter,
and would like to
receive Commu·
''l said I would
love for that to
happen, it was a
goal, but tt wasn't
possible," Father
Brockman remembers. ~Son ofjokingly, I said, 'You should
join the RCIA.' And he said '1 did.' He had
started in August the year before, and even
though we had visited twice since then he
hadn't said a word. 'But Dad,' 1said, 'you
never said anything!' And he said, 'Neither
did you!'" That Easter the young pastor
had the great joy of welcoming his father
into full communion with the Church.
• • • • • • • •
Melissa DuCharme joined the Church
in 1997. Raised Lutheran in the Midwest
by a family that was very involved in their
church, she married a Catholic.
"We wanted to go to the same church,"
she says, "and we visited several. We loved
St. Michaels (in Cary)."
The most important factor in her conversion? "The beauty of the Eucharist," she
says without hesitation. "The meaning of
"!fell in love with the faith during RCJA,"
she explains. "The Church has so much to
offer as life unfolds. When my grandfather
died, it was so comforting to think of him
as an intercessor. When 1became a mother,
I learned to appreciate my relationship with
Mary. More recently, the social teachings of
the Church have spoken to me especially
14 March. : :I ~f!
DuCharme volunteered to assist the
Diocesan Office of Peace and justice, and
today gives presentations through Catholic
Charities to help parishes enhance their
social justice ministries.
"One of the great things about the Catholic Church," she says, "is its vast history.
It has thousands of years of thinking and
guidance to offer in every area that challenges us."
Church history, and a Protestant minister,
started Echo Lewis on the rood to conversion. In college in the '60s, she signed up
with friends for a Church History course at
a nearby Presbyterian church. "Two things
the minister said got me interested," Lewis
recalls. "He said that Protestants don't give
Mary her due, and that Church History
started with the Catholic Church; Protestant history only went so far."
One Sunday a time later, "l was bored, so
1went to Mass with some Catholic friends."
At Communion, she noticed a bearded
priest in the congregation. Later she asked
her friends, "Who is he? Why wasn't he up
in front with the other priests?"
His name was Father Patrick McNulty,
and his social and ecclesiastical activism
had earned him a reputation as a "radi-
"I appreciated the sense of reverence, the structure of the Mass
and the architecture of the church building," he says, "but I
was most drawn to the Eucharist It helped me understand
what I had read in the Bible about Jesus' words at the Last
Supper, 'This is my BodY. I was drawn to His Real Presence.
cal," and disfavor with his bishop. "I don't
know what it was about him," Echo Lewis
recalls, "but I had a sense that he would be
imponant in my life." Under the pretext of
writing an anicle for her college newspaper, Lewis arranged to meet the priest, and
discovered her intuition had been accurate.
''He was a man who lived what he talked,"
Lewis says.
Father Pat became a guide on lewiss
journey in search of spiritual truth. "After
one of our conversations," Lewis says, "he
told me to go home and read the Gospels. I
v.:asn't sure what a 'Gospel' was- we hadn't
used that terminology. So I went home and
narrowed it down to Matthew, Mark, luke,
john and AclS. The next week I proudly
told Father Pat, 'I read all five!'"
The priest would be Lewiss sponsor
when she was received into the Church,
and today she cites him as one of the most
imponant influences in her conversion. But
not the most imponant.
"That was the Eucharist," Lewis says. ~r
connected with the Real Presence at a deep,
intuitive, almost unconscious level.~
It was Father Pat who first told leWis
about the Madonna House Apostolate,
which became her vocation. Madonna
House is a Catholic community of lay
men, women, and priesLS dedicated to
loving and serving jesus Christ. It was
founded in 1947 by Catherine Doheny
in Combermere, Ontario, Canada, and
has established missionary field houses
world-wide. Today lewis is an associate
at the Raleigh field house, and is writmg a
biography of Cathenne Doheny.
As a pastor, Father Brockman has
seen many conversions to Catholicism.
Every journey is unique, but he sees
some similarities.
"There are thmgs that attract people in
the beginning,~ he says. ~The vtbrancy
of the faith community, its mission
work, the beauty of the architecture,
compelling preaching heroes of the
faith, canonized or not. Those things are
touchstones. But what ulti·
mately wins a person to
our Church is experienc·
ing, through the Mass,
the depth of what the
Church teaches. The
latin phrase says
it: Lex orandi, lex
crcdendi. 'The law
of praying Is the
law of believing.'
Through the liturgy,
when its celebrated
with deep reverence,
you are drawn into
what the Church has
believed through
inspired Scrip·
ture and sacred
Her enure
history. ~
lDr.EdwinHartman, anteriormente
formaba parte de la
Iglesia Presbiteriana,
y en el aflo 2000 se cambia a
la Iglesia cat6lica~ el Dr Hartman se siente incomodo con
el termhlo "conversion" puesto
que para el denota -apartarse
de algo, y a medida que aceptaba al catolicismo, no sentfa
que me alejaba de mis raices
religiosas ode la Iglesia Presbiteriana. En este sentido, se que
suena un poco extralio, pero
pienso que ahora soy un cat6lico y un protestante completo.
Hartman cree que su atracci6n par Ia
Iglesia Catolica comenzo dcsde su infancia en Pittsburgh, puesto que muchos
de sus amigos eran cat6licos; csa "etema
familiaridadn con Ia Iglesia Ooreci6 en
ltalia cuando realizaba sus cstudios en
medicina. A su regreso a los Estados
Unidos, se estableci6 en Clayton donde
tom6 clases en linea sobre el catolicismo;
finalmeme, en lo que Cl llama "el momenta en linea" decidi6 enviarle un correo
electr6nico al Dr. Terry Jackson, en aquel
emonces, Director de Evangelizacion y
Catecismo de Ia Diocesis de Raleigh.
- Le dije que viniera para almorzar
- recuerdaJackson. Por suerte, el Obispo
EJoseph Gossman tambien estaba
disponible en ese momento, y el doctor almorz6 con ambos. Poco dcspues,
el doctor comenz6 en el rito de iniciaci6n cristiana para adultos RICA en Ia
Catedral, pero comenz6 cl proccso de
iniciaci6n con el tipico nivel imelectual
de rigor- La directora de RICA dice que
hago dernasiadas preguntas - recuerda
con humor.
La Directora del programa de aquel
entonccs, Blanche Ellison, ahara muy
buena amiga de Hartman, tam bien sonrie
al recordar esas pregumas- recuerdo que
le comeme: Ed, lAsistes a Misa? Y por un
momenta me miro perplejo, entonccs Je
dije- jtienes que asistir a Misa! Pienso
que fue su experiencia con Ia Eucaristfa lo
que \o ayud6 a concretar su decision.
Para el Padre David Brockman, actual
Vicl]Jio General de Ia Di6ccsis de Raleigh,la Eucaristia fue Ia "entrada'' a Ia
Iglesia Catolica.
Brockman creci6 en Chicago, donde
su padre se desempenaba como medico,
sin embargo, su familia mamenla sus
fuertes rnices de Ia Iglesia Bautista del
Sur. AI igual que todos los hombres de
Ia familia Brockman, asistieron a Furman University de Greenville en Carolina
del Sur. - Cuando nino, tenia muchos
amigos cat6licos, sabia de sus practicas
e incluso asislf a Misa, pero Ia verdadern
exploraci6n intelecLUal y espiritual comenz6 para mi, a\ igual que para muchos
j6vencs, en Ia universidad - recuerda.
En Carolina del Sur, Brockman recorrfa
25 millas todos los domingos para asistir
a Ia Iglesia Bautista con sus familiarcs,
pero muchos de sus hermanos de
fratemidad eran menos concientes del
significado de asistir a Misa. En lo que
parece un impulse pastoral, Brockman
ofrcci6 llevar a muchos de sus compaiieros a una Iglesia Catolica en el area y par
mera curiosidad, asisti6 a Ia Misa cat6lica
con elias y Ia disfrut6 muchfsimo.
- Aprecic Ia reverencia, Ia arquitectura,
pcro me senti muy atraldo por Ia Eucaristla. Me ayud6 a comprender mis conocimientos de Ia Biblia sabre las palabras
de jeslls en Ia Ultima Cena - coment6
- La parroquia contaba con un dedicarlo parroco. Se vela conectado con el
Senor en paz. La ayudante de Ia parroquia, Ia hermann Kitty Bethea, tambien
inspir6 a Brockman.
AI tiempo, Brockman se convirti6 en un
miembro activo de Ia comunidad y en su
ultimo aiio universitario, comenz6 el rito
de iniciaci6n RICA. Sin embargo, tc6mo
reaccionaron sus padres a\ rcspecto?
- No les dije nada - explic6 e\ sacerdote. - Para ser sincere, estaba aterrndo
de Ia reacci6n de mi padre y despues
cuando ingrese a! seminario, mi padre
enfureci6. Luego cambi6 a\ darse cuenta
de que no fui infiuenciado por "fuerzas
extemas." -Par los menos, no por ninguna fuerza humana, sino par Ia fuerza
del Ser'lor - agreg6 sonrieme.
La reconciliacion se completo ai'los
despues, cuando el Padre Brockman ern
el parroco de St. Luke the Evangelist en
Raleigh. Un dia, su padre lo visit6 durante
Ia Semana Santa, y le dijo que le gustarfa
recibir Ia Com union.
- Me encantarfa, pero no creo que
eso sea posible - coment6 en un tono
jocose- pero podrfas tamar las c\ases de
RICA. - ;Ya lo hice! - coment6 su padre.
- Comence en agosto del ana pasado, de
hecho, te he visitado dos veces y nunca te
dije ni una palabra.
- Pero papa- le dije - ;nunca me dijiste
nada! - ;Pues tli tampoco \o hiciste!-coment6 e\ padre de Brockman. Para el joven parroco, esa Semana Santa fue de suma
alegrfa a\ recibir a su padre en completa
comunion con Ia Iglesia cawlica.
congregaci6n. Despues ella \e pregunt6
a sus amigos -(Quien es el? {Por que no
esta con los otros sacerdotes?
Se trataba del Padre Patrick McNulty
- Tiene algo, pero presiento que el jugar.i
un papel muy importante en mi vida
- cementa. Con el pretexto de escnbir un
articulo de prensa para el periodico de
su universidad, Lewis solicit6 conocer al
sacerdote, y descubri6 que su intuici6n
era correcta. - Es un hombre que vive lo
que predica - coment6 Lewis.
El sacerdote seria el padrino de Lewis
al momenta de su recibimiento en Ia Iglesia, y hoy en dia, ella lo menciona como
Ia infiuencia fundamental en su proceso
de conversion; pero no lomas importante. - La Eucarislfa -(omenta Lewis.
- Me conecte con Ia presencia en los mas
profundo, intuitive y casi de forma inconcieme .
En 1997, Melissa DuCharme ingrcs6 en
El Padre Pat fue el primero en decirle a
las filas de Ia Iglesia. Debido a que su familia Lewis sabre Ia Madonna House Apostoestaba muy envuelta en los asuntos de Ia
lote, lo cual se convirti6 en su vocaci6n.
Iglesia, ella credo como luterana y luego se La Madonna House es una comunidad
cas6 con un catolico. -Querfamos asistir a Ia cat6lica laica de hombres, mujeres y
misrna Iglesia y visitamos muchas de elias. sacerdotes dedicados a\ servicio de
Nos gusto Ia iglesia de St. Michael en Cary. Jesucristo. Catherine Doherty, fundadorn
de\ Iugar en 1947 en Ontario, Canada,
- coment6. Pero,tcual fue cl factor fundamental de su conversion? -La belleza de
ha establecido misioncs a nivel mundial.
Ia Eucaristla, el significado de Ia comuni6n En Ia actualidad, Lewis trabaja en Raleigh
Field House, y sc dedica a escribir una
- cementa sin pensarlo dos veces.
-Me enamore de Ia fe durante el probiograffa sabre Catherine Doherty.
grama RICA- explica- La Iglesia tiene
mucho que ofrecer a medida que nos deEl Padre Brockman ha sido testigo
senvolvemos en Ia vida. Cuando mi abuelo de muchas conversiones al catolicismo.
falleci6, fue reconfortante pensar en el como Cada jomada es tinica, pero todas tienes
mi mediador, luego, me convert! en madrey similitudes.
aprendf a valorar mi relaci6n con Ia Virgen
- Hay muchas casas par Ia cuallas per- '
Marfa. Recientemente, Ia enseiianza social
sonas sc sienten atrafdas en el comienzo
de Ia Iglesia me habla con fuerza.
-cementa. - La encrgfa de Ia comunidad
de fe, su misi6n, Ia belleza de Ia mtisica o
La historia de Ia Iglesia y un ministro
de Ia arquitectura, los heroes de Ia fe, canprotestante iniciaron a Echo Le\vis en su
onizados o no, etc. Todos esos elementos
camino a Ia conversion. En los 60, durante son clave, pero lo que realmentc haec
que las personas se imeresen en nuestra
sus ai'los universitarios se inscribi6 en
una clase de historia de Ia Iglesia en una
Iglesia es Ia experiencia que se vive en
iglesia Presbiteriana del area. - Dos cosas
las Misas y Ia profundidad de las enseme llamaron Ia atenci6n - cementa Lewis. i'lanzas de Ia Iglesia. Hay una frase en
- El ministro dijo que los protestantes no Latin que dice: Lex orando, lex credendi
reconocen a Maria y que Ia historia de Ia
(Ia ley de Ia ornci6n es Ia ley de Ia fe) A
Iglesia comenz6 con Ia Iglesia Catolica.
traves de Ia Liturgia, cuando se celebra
Un domingo, - estaba aburrida, asl que con gran reverencia, tienen acceso a las
me decidf a asistir a Ia Misa catolica con
creencias de Ia Iglesia inspiradas en las
unos amigos. Durante Ia comuni6n, ella se Escrituras y en Ia sagrada trndici6n a \o
dio cuenta de un barbudo sacerdote en Ia largo de Ia historia.
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Querido lector: Un amigo dice que Ia Pascua
es el dia mas importante del aiio para los
cat61icos, pero pense que el dia mas importante
era Navidad, por favor explique.
y teologico, enfatiza Ia imponancia
de Ia Rcsurrccci6n en nuestra
histmia de Ia salvaci6n, peru at nivel
popular, algunos no discuten que Ia
Navidad tiene mas peso en ciertas
culturas que Ia Pascua y nuestra
cultura Americana es una de elias.
Emonces, Ia preguma de Ia NaVJdad
versus Ia Pascua es un asunto cui·
tural y no una pregunta teol6gica.
De hecho, muchas culturas catolicas fuera de nuestra cultura caL6lica
Americana celebra Ia encamacion
de diferentes maneras: En MIX!co, las Posadas, Ia
renovaci6n de Malia y jose, los migrantes que buscan
refugio y resguardo en los dias antes del nacimiento de
jest1s, son mas festivos que el 25 de diciembrc. La celebraci6n de los "trcs reyes magos~ el6 de enero es mas
celebrado que el 25 de diciembrc en muchos de las cuiturns latinoamericanas. En culturas catolicas de Europa,
Ia Manifestaci6n del Senor a los Gentiles, Ia Epifanla, es
mas celebrada que el mismo 25 de diciembre.
Nosotros los cat6licos ameticanos debemos distinguir
entre los asuntos culturalcs y los asuntos de fe. Es facil
ser arrastrado porIa cultura del Iugar donde uno reside;
si Ia persona no piensa en sus creencias y lo que es
importante, entonces Ia fe de esa persona es superficial
y esa fe no sobrcvive a las dificultades que Ia vida le presenta a cada ser humano. La persona de fe no permite
que Ia cultura secular dictamine su fe. La persona de fe
trata de formar su cuhura de acuerdo con sus creencias.
eg(ln San Pablo: ~ ...Y si Cristo no ha resucitado, nuestra predicaci6n no sirve para nada,
como tampoco Ia fe de ustedes." o ~m~
15 Hl Esta C}..'Prcsi6n de creencia cat6lica define
los fundamentos de nuestra fe. Primero. Ia experiencia personal de Maria Magdalena, el primer dia al
comienzo de Ia semana; segundo. Ia experiencia de
los prirneros seguidores de Jeslls y tercero. Ia experiencia personal de San Pablo del Senor Resucitado
en el camino hacia Damasco dos decadas antes de
Ia primera celebraci6n de Ia Pascua, quizas no
fueramos los cristianos que somos hoy en dia
La Pascua celebra Ia
victoria de jesus sobre Ia
La Pascua celebra Ia victoria de Jesus
muerte y celebra nuestra fe
sobre Ia muerte y celebra nuestra fe
que Ia vida no termina con
Ia muerte. De esta manera,
que Ia vida no termina con Ia muerte. De
Ia Pascua es Ia fiesta mas
esta manera, Ia Pascua es Ia fiesta mas solemne
solemne para los cristianos
para los cristianos cat61icos quienes profesan Ia
cat6licos quienes profesan
Ia creencia de que nuestro
creencia de que nuestro Dios es el Dios de Ia
Dios es el Dios de Ia vida y
vida y no un Dios de muerte.
no un Dios de muerte. Sin
embargo, su preguma
conlleva a hacer otra
consideraci6n importante. A nivel de Ia fe, el
El cristiano experimenta lo que el Salvador experiment6, como los malos entendidos y las traiciones de
Cristianismo es unico en Ia creencia de que un
aquellos mas cercanos a cl. El ctistiano experimema
Dios Divino vino entr6 en nuestras vida en Ia
forma de un ser humano, y este evento lo defin- dar todo de si mismo at igual que experimenta Ia
imos como Ia Encarnacion. Tambien celebramos muerte de muchas maneras, pero, el Cristiano tambicn
el nacimiento de jesU.S y lo llamamosla fiesta de experimenta Ia resurrcccion como resuhado de esas
muenes. Finalmente, el cristiano cree que Ia vida
Ia Natividad.
En mi opint6n, seria poco productive discutir
supera incluso Ia muerte fisica. Para nosotros los
cat6licos no existe mejor manera de experimcntas Ia
cual de las celebraciones es mas importante
fe durante Ia Pascua que unirse a Ia comunidad en las
para Ia fe cristiana. La tradicion que conileva a Ia escritura del Evangelic y subsecelebraciones liturgicas enfocadas el ttiduo del
sufrimiento, muerte y resurreccion de nuestro Salvacuentemente al pensamiento espititual
NC Catholics
18 ~ larrh 20081 I
dor. Nuestro panicipaci6n durante
los tres d!as de celebraci6n de: La
Ultima Cena del Senor el jueves
santo, Ia Pasion el Viemes Santo y
Ia Gran Vigilia Pascual del sabado
por Ia noche antes de manana del
domingo; hacemos esto no solo
con nuestro presencia, tambien
cuando prestamos atenci6n a las
palabras y u los sfmbolos dumnte
lu celebraci6n.
Nuestro cultum Americuna no
nos brinda eltiempo librc que
necesitumos para estar en completa
quietud por seis homs dumnte tres
d!as en un lugur sagmdo, entonces muchos cut6licos tienen que
ingeniarselas pum ulimentar y fortulecer lu fey clara csta que se debe
asistir como mfnimo a IC1 Misa del
Domingo de Puscuu. Quizas unu
de Ius experiencias mas espiritualcs
de Ia celebraci6n y Ia imponancia
de Ia Pascua pam los cat6licos son
durante Ia Gran Vigilia Pascual
que se lleva a cubo al atardecer.
Quizas eJ hecho de sacrificar las
actividades rutinarias del sabado
para experimemar el verdudero
sentido de estes dos mil m1os de
historia de Ia celebrac16n victoriosa
de Ia vidu sobre Ia muene, puede
imerpretarse como una manera de
apreciar Ia imponancia de IC1 mumvilla de Ia Rcsurrecci6n de Cristo.
De no ser posible panicipar en esta
celebraci6n, tambien puede disfrutar de un memento de quietud
o discutir con otros miembros de
ICl familia, de las escnturas, de las
oraciones y s!mbolos que hacen de
este rito de lu Vigiha Pascuul unu
expenenciu gratificante y apreciativa de Ia imponuncia de esta
celebraci6n para los catolicos.
La fe pascual define a los
cristianos catohcos y esta fe no
puede explicurse con palubras,
puesto que Ia fe Pascual es una
forma de vida. jj
-Ell'.ldn:jon;llh:tn A. Woodfull, cs un s:~ttrdote
jubilado de la Di6ttsis quicn partldpa acth'll·
mente end pmgrruna RICA y end Minlstcrio
llispano de b Catcdr:d del Solgrado Com:on
en Raleigh.
e una manera muy especial a
traves de este Tiempo de
Cuaresma, nos hemos unido mas
cercanamente al sufrimiento de
Cristo. Nosotros podemos identificar las
cruces que llevamos a cuestas: la carga de
la tentaci6n y el pecado, la angustia ffsica
y emocional que nosotros y nuestros seres
queridos experimentamos, las preocupaciones del presente y la ansiedad relacionada
con el futuro. Sin embargo, como verdaderos seguidores de Cristo,
nunca perdemos la esperanza en medio de nuestros sufrimientos o
cruces. Nosotros recibimos la verdad de la Semana Santa: jQuejesucristo destruy6 para siempre el poder del mal y de la oscuridad para
que vivamos en Su Luz y disfrutemos de una vida renovada, ahora y
siempre! (El, es el Rey de la Victoria y Su Victoria es nuestra!
Recordemos las palabras de este antiguo
himno de Pascuu:
Vigilia Pascual, a! igual que los bautizados
quienes se iniciaron completumente en Ia
vida sacramental de lu Iglesia. jQue poderoso
rAleluya, Aleluya, Aleluyal
teslimonio de lu nueva Vida que es nuestro en
La ruda luella tcnnino, Ia mucrtc Cristo
Jesucristo. Estoy muy complucido de observar
Ia continua devoci6n, celebraci6n y recepci6n
de tlituifo cl Canto comenzo.
de Ia Santa Eucarist!a a lo largo de Ia di6cesis.
Que seiial tan poderosa de nuestra creencia
en que solamentejesucristo puede sutisfacer
A lo largo del Tiempo Ia Cuuresmu y dunuestros corazones hambrientos.
rante los pr6ximos d!as y semanas del Tiempo
Sabemos de muchas personas en cl mundo,
de Pascua, continuuremos celebrando Ia
dentro de nucstras propias familias y c!rculos
victoria del Senor. Me siento profundamente
de amigos que necesitun desesperadameme
inspirado por el incontuble numero de fieles
redescubrir Ia Fuente de nuestra espemnza,
que celebraron el Sacramento de Penitencia
aun en medio de nuestro sufrimiento. Por esta
con miras hucia Ia preparaci6n de Ia Pascua.
raz6n, en palabra y compromiso, debemos
jQue poderosa manera de proclamar eltriunfo proclamar fuenemente que:
del Senor por enctma del pecado! Tambien
fue gratificante ver a muchas personas que
La ruda lucha temtino Ia mucrtc
fueron ungidas en Ia Misa diocesana en con1Cristo conquist61
memoraci6n u los 150 anos de Ia aparici6n
de nuestra Sant!stma Mudre en lourdes. jQue
Es ml esperanza y mi oraci6n que nuestro
forma tan poderosa de celebrar el triunfo del
Senor Resucitado los bendiga con Su paz y
Senor sobre el sufrimiento!
alegrfu y Jes otorgue Ia gracia de ser testigos
Tumbien fue conmovedor, vera los Elegiverdaderos de Ia nueva Vida que es nuestra a
dos en nuestra Di6cesis recibir el bautismo,
traves de El, con Ely en EI. iAleluya!
Ia confirmuci6n y Iu Primera Eucaristfu en Ia
- Monsctlor 1\licharl f. Burbidge, Obispo de Raleigh
was on my way
with a friend to a
retreat in the hills
of Kentucky. We
were going to the Abbey
of Gethsemani to spend
a week of prayer with
the Trappist monks. They are a community of men who consecrate their lives to God through Christ by living a life of prayer
and work. They follow closely the Rule of St. Benedict that has
guided monastic living in the West for 1,500 years. Their formal
title is the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance. While
that title might scare a lot of people off, it apparently does not
keep retreatants away, because we were informed that the retreat
house was almost always full. There is a hunger and thirst for
Christ in all of us, and our Lord moves us to seek his face.
Upon arrival at the monastery. we entered into
silence. No TY. No phone. No radio. No Internet.
Only the sound of nature, or the bell calling us to
prayer, or the voices of the monks singing and chanting praise to God. Silence was the discipline that
really stood out in great contrast to our noisy world.
The monks would speak and sing to God in prayer,
but would only speak to one another when needed;
"Be still and know that I am God!" Such a dtscipline
helped create and maintain the condition for prayer.
Another beautiful discipline characteristic of BeneNC Ca1halics
dictine spirituality is its liturgical focus. They pray the psalms
throughout the day and night and
celebrate the Eucharist each day.
Praying the 150 psalms in a structured way is called the Uturgy of
the Hours. At seven designated
times during the day and night,
the monks gather to pray and to
hear God's word. They join with
Christians all over the world to
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praise, thank and petition God.
The idea is that time itself is
sacred and a gift from God. What
better use of time is there than to
spend tt with God? St. Paul urges
us to pray always. So. the monks
life is dedicated to the Holy Spirits
work of sanctifying time through
prayer. It was a powerful experience to be able to join the monks
in prayer. I had a sense of being
swept up with the angels in praise
of the living God.
Another dimension of Benedictine spirituality is the discipline of
fasting. Most of the monks looked
healthy. bUl pretty thin. The food
we ate was simple - mainly vegetarian cuisine. It
is a little ironic
that, in their
work, Trappist
monks produce
delicious food
items like
cheese, fruitcakes, fudge,
wine or beer
to help them
pay their bills.
l wondered if
they ever eat the
fruit of their own labors? Besides the
cheese, it certainly did not look like
it! The monks' labor reminded me
of St. Paul, who worked as a tentmaker duting his ministry so as not
to burden anyone. The monks have
renounced the world to dedicate
their lives to God through communal life and prayer. As a community.
they are salt and light for our world.
Hospitality is very important for
all Trappists and other Benedictines. To welcome the stranger out
of love for Jesus Chtist is a part of
their Benedictine spirituality and
rule, and we certainly experienced
that immediately from the monk
who greeted us at the airport.
When our monk chauffer realized
we had not eaten anything all day.
he took us to a place that offered a
tremendous buffet. He realized that,
at the monastery. the food would
be wholesome, but might be a big
change from our normal diet: "So
eat up!" That buffet got me to think
of the Messianic banquet prepared
for us by Christ. It was overflO\ving.
"Come to me, all you who labor
and find life burdensome, and I \viii
give you rest.~ (Mt 11.28) "Come to the
water, all you who are thirsty! You
who have no money, come, receive
grain and eat; Come \vithout paying
and \vithout cost, drink \vine and
milk.H (ts55:l) We did! There was so
much to pick from - a \vide variety
of food that satisfied all. It was a
good appetizer to the real feast of
the retreat.
The same could be said for
Catholic spirituality. All Catholic spiritualities draw us to the
Messianic banquet of Christ. At
a banquet, it is true we can pick
and choose what we want to feast
on. That analogy does not always
in expression, differ in spiritual gifts
and ministry, differ in focus and
devotion but don't differ in their
essence. They are Catholic because
they spring from the hean of Christ,
are rooted in him and reveal in
their own unique ways the power
orders have
of his death and resurrection that
ley members
transforms the person into another
or lay as·
soclates who
All Catholic spiritualities have
are drawn to
Christ as their center and are moveImitate the
life and prac:ments of the Holy Spirit to funher
Uca of the
draw the soul to complete union
order without
with God. Benedictine spiritualtaking formal
ity is one of them, and has blessed
the church for nearly 1,500 years,
but there are many more. just in
terms of religious orders- there are
hundreds of them.
In reflecting on the more familiar
ones, we have religious men and
women who are drawn by God to
truth and so
All Catholic spiritualities have Christ as often minister
in the church
their center and are movements of the
as teachers.
Holy Spirit to further draw the soul The Order of
to complete union with God.
Preachers, or
jesuits or Benedictines would
work \\lith regard to our faith. We
be an example. There are those
do not pick and choose parts of
who are drawn to the poor by love
the Gospel or Catholic teaching to
and charity and want to spread
that love through acts of seTVJce.
live or believe in. When we follow
jesus, we must pick up our cross,
The Missionaries of Charity and
die to self and sin, and follow him
Franciscans are great examples.
through death to resurrection. We
There are religious orders whose
live out our baptism in Christ. That members are drawn to lives
is central to all Catholic spiritualiof prayer and contemplation,
ties. Without the paschal mystery
among them the Carmelites or
-the mystery of Christs death and Trappistines (female branch of the
resurrection- there is no Catholic
Trappists) or Poor Clares.
There are religious orders whose '
members run hospitals, or have
However, in terms of Catholic
spiritualities, there is a sense of
ministries of healing or evangelizabeing in a banquet or buffet line.
tion. To list them with some ex-plaThere is so much there! Another
nation would take many books!
helpful image is that of a garden.
The more one looks, the more one
Our Lord has established the
realizes how large is this garden
church almost as a new Garden of
of God we call the church in its
Eden. In Eden, God gave human
ex-pression of Christian life. How
beings many kinds of fruit trees
truly beautiful it is. It is truly the
mustard seed that has grown into
from which to eat. In the church,
God has also given us many variathe largest of shrubs \\lith room on
tions of Gospel life that may differ
its branches for all.
his month, consider
YOW" own spirituality and ask the Lord
to help you grow and
expand your own horizons:
learning more
about religious orders.
There are many
new religious
orders forming all over the
world. Many
orders have Jay
members or lay
88Bociates who
are drawn to
imitate the life
and practice
of the order
without taking formal vows.
• Consider how the Lord Is drawIng you to himself. In your life with
Jesus, what devotional practices have
you incorporated that help you
draw closer to him?
• Read a spiritual book on
the life of a saint or holy
person and think about
his or her spirituality.
How could you better imitate
his or her example? (One
possible suggestion
would be Thomas
Merton's book, Seven
Storey Mountain, which
is an autobiography of
Merton's conversion and
path to monastic life.
• Go on a retreat. Enter
into the quieti Let God
speak to your heart. Do
whatever he tells you.
- Fr. Bill Ashbaugh
Franciscan School Students
Pray "Living Rosary"
..,. On Thursday, jan. 31 , as pan of Catholic
Schools Week in the Diocese of Raleigh, students at
Raleigh'S Franciscan School gathered in St. Francis
of Assisi Church to pray a "Living Rosary. ~ Bishop
Michael F. Burbidge, along with Dr. Michael Fedewa, Diocesan
of Formation
and Education,
attended the
Rosary. prayed
accordmg to the
Father Mark
Reamer, OFM,
Pastor of St.
Francis, began
the service by
explaining the
origin of the
Crown, which dates to 1422, when a young man
who found spiritual joy in weaving crowns of wild
nowers for a statue of Mary became a novice in
the Franciscan community. The young man was
saddened when his new duties no longer left him
time to gather nowers for his personal devotion.
One evening, while he was feeling tempted to
abandon his vocation, the Virgin Mother appeared
and encouraged him to persevere, instructing him
to meditate daily on seven joyful events from her
own life (the Annunciation, Visitation, Birth of Our
Church Marks Lourdes Apparition,
Day of the Sick
_. On Feb. 1 1, the faith community of Our Lady
of Lourdes Church in Raleigh celebrated the 150th
Anniversary of the Apparition of the Immaculate
Conception to Saint Bernadette in Lourdes, France.
NC Carh<>lics
Diocese Welcomes Duke Professor
..,. On Jan. 31, the Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge celebrated Mass
at the Duke University Divinity School to formally welcome to the Diocese Dr. Paul Griffiths, the school's first William K. Warren Foundation
Professor of Catholic Theology. Father Joseph Vetter, Director of the
Diocesan Office of Campus Ministry and Campus Minister at Duke's
Newman Catholic Student Center, along with Father Emmanuel Katon·
gole, an Associate Professor in the Divinity School, concelebrated.
Bishop Burbidge delivered the homily, emphasizing the responsibility
of teachers to come to the aid of students who, despite talents and material advantages, "sit in the darknessfl of anxiety or confusion about their
direction in life, and to be instruments in leading them "to see the light
and to embrace the truth and the wisdom that come from above~
Addressing Professor Griffiths and his
"I look forward to working closely
,., 1
with you in the important and essential work of bringing increased
understanding and recognition of
our Catholic faith to this campus,
the Diocese of Raleigh and our
entire region~ He also congratuCl
lated Father Vetter, who will mark
htl ',(~r J nSPf.ll ' VettPr. Dr. ;md Mr.; P<.d
the 35th anniversary of his priestly
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ordination on Feb. 4.
L. -·
Lord, Adoration of the Magi,
Finding of the Child jesus in the
Temple, the Resurrection of Our
Lord, and the Assumption of the
Blessed Virgin and her Coronation in heaven), as a new form of
the Rosary. Instead of a crown of
nowers, the novice would now
weave a crown of prayers.
At St. Francis, after singing a
hymn to Mary, students lined up,
as if in a chain - hence the term
"Living Rosary~ ·· with individual
students introducing the joyful
events and leading an Our Father
or Hail Mary or Glory Be to the
Father until seven decades were
complete. At the end of the service, Bishop Burbidge addressed
the students, praising their eiTorts
and encouraging them to continue in daily prayer.
Bishop Michael F. Burbidge presided.
The Feast Day was also marked by the Church's 16th Annual World
Day for the Sick, where faithful with serious health problems received
the anointing of the sick, one of the Church's seven sacraments.
In his homily, Bishop Burbidge spoke of the importance of Mary as
our "intercessor constantly pleading the cause of humanity:'
"We come to the Church this evening with the burden of our sins
and failures," the bishop said. "We come with our physical disabilities,
ailments and sufferings. We come with our spiritual darkness and
emotional needs~ He added we come, longing for Mary's intercession,
but must be ready to fulfill the words she speaks in the Gospel, "Do
whatever He tells you~
Bishop Burbidge thanked those dedicated to caring for the sick,
including doctors, nurses, hospice, health and pastoral care workers, and
priests, sisters and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist. Following the
homily, those suffering health problems received the Sacrament of the
Anointing of the sick. Bishop Burbidge and attending priests prayed over
the people and anointed their heads and hands with the oil of the sick.
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Father Frank
Stangl, 1923·2008
~ Father Frank john Stangl,
S.T.D., 79, died in Rocky Mount
on Feb. 2, after a brief illness. Father Stangl was born in St. louis,
Missouri on May 16, 1928. He
attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
in St. louis as well as the archdiocesan Latin School. He
began his studies as a seminarian at St. louis Preparatory Seminary and Kendrick Seminary and was sent to
Rome to complete his theological studies and formation
for the priesthood. He was ordained to the priesthood
on Dec. 19, 1953, at the Nonh American College in
Rome, Italy and served as a priest for 54 years. lncardinated as a priest of the Diocese of jelferson City. Missouri, Father Stangl served his diocese in a wide range
of ministries. He served as Parochial Vicar at St. Peter
Catholic Church injelferson City, Our Lady of Lourdes
in Columbia and the Newman Center at the University
of Missouri in Columbia. He also served his Diocese as
the first editor of his Diocesan newspaper, The Cathohc
Missourian, and as Chaplain at Fulton State Hospital in
Fulton and at St. jude Thaddeus in Mokane.
He received his doctorate in Sacred Theology from
the Gregorian University in Rome in 1962 and wrote
his dissertation on Cardinal John Newman. For 22
years he taught courses on the New Testament at the
University of Missouri.
After sabbatical studies in Munich, Germany, Father
Stangl served American troops at more than a half-dozen
military bases in Germany for nearly 11 years. Upon his
return to the United States, he settled in Nonh Carolina
and served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Perpetual
Help Catholic Church in Rocky Mount and St. Thomas
More Catholic Church in Chapel Hill. Afterwards, he
continued to serve as Sacramental Minister to the Catholic parishes of St. Peter the Fisherman in Oriental, St.
Joan of Arc in Plymouth and Holy Trinity in Williamston.
Father Stangl!; funeral Mass was celebrated by Bishop
Michael F. Burbidge at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Church in Rocky Mount, with burial at Our Lady of
Guadalupe Catholic Cemetery in Newton Grove.
Sisters Say uThank Youl"
..,.. Thank you, on behalf of the Sisters serving in the
Diocese of Raleigh, for your generous contributions to
the Annual Religious Retirement Collection 2007. This
years total was $201,467.60. We are indebted to you
for continuing to suppon the retired Religious \\bmen
and Men throughout the United States. We assure you of
our prayers of gratitude and theirs'. May our good God
reward you in whatever way is best for you.
- Sr. M~ry Jean Korrj..-o, S.N.D
..,. Four Religious women
marking milestones of dedicated service to God and His people were recognized Feb.
2 at a Jubilee Mass celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Raleigh.
Sister Maxine Tancraitor, C.D.P., with 60 years of service, and Sisters
Monique Dissen, I.H.M., Edna English, D.W., and Attracta Kelly, O.P., each
with 50 years of service, were joined by family and friends at the Mass
celebrated by Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. In his homily, Bishop Burbidge expressed profound gratitude to the four women for their "powerful
example, authentic witness and generous service~
bin your Consecrated Life," the Bishop said, "you have used your gifts,
talents and expertise as teacher, nurse, attorney, counselor, administrator
and servant to respond effectively to the pastoral and spiritual needs of
the Lord's people, especially those in need. How blessed we are for your
presence in our Diocese!"
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Panel Debates
Doctors' Role in Executions
--- ---
.... The Catholic Community of SL.
Francis of Assisi in Raleigh hosted a distin~
guished panel of eJ<pcns who debated the
role of physicians in carrying out executions. The event was titled ''Doctors in the
Death Chamber: A Panel Discussion to
Address the Colhsion Between law, Ethics,
and the Authority of the State.~
The panel consisted of five members:
James P. Cooney Ill of Womble Carlyle Attorneys at law; Kathleen M. Joyce Ph D.;
Uz Kanof, Md., past president of the N.C.
Medical Board and Medical Society; Paul
Starn, minority leader of the NC House;
and Colin Willoughby, a Wake County
District Attorney Andrea Weigl of The
News and Observer moderated the panel,
which was organized by The Franciscan
Coalition for Peace and Justice.
Megan Nerz, director ofThe Coalition, opened the discusston by stating the
Churchs position on the death penalty:
".. . as a consequence of the possibilities
which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense mcapable of doing harm
-without definitely taking away from
him the possibility of redeeming himself
- the cases in which the execution of the
offender is an absolute necessity are very
rare, if not practically noneJ<istenl.• Glla.IJ!sm
lj l~t Ca1io.~IC 0 -..nh, 2nd &liuon.
Weigl then took the floor. At the hean
of the dialogue is the ongoing debate over
whether it is ethically appropriate for
physicians to be a pan of death· penalty
executions. This issue is pan of a larger,
ongoing battle between the state legislature, medical board, inmates and prison
Joyce summed up her position against
physician panicipation in executions by
stating that such panicipation removes the
element of patient autonomy and erodes
the basic nature of the doctor-patient
~If a physicians role is to preserve life,"
Joyce Stated, uthen taking pan in an execution would be highly unethical."
Starn, on the other hand, alluded to
This issue is part of a larger,
ongoing battle between
the state legislature,
medical board, inmates, and prison administrators.
statistics showing "75 innocent people
are saved by every execution." His figures
were challenged by Cooney, who argued
that the methodology used in the studies
was flawed, and went on to say that states
without the death penalty actually have
lower homicide rates, and that the reason
is simple.
"There is a limited pool of money available ]for law enforcement] and when it
is applied in one place, other areas will suffer,ft Cooney said.
The death penalty in Nonh Carolina
is currently in a holding pattern due to
a series of challenges to its protocol. Of
essential imponance to this debate is the
Deaneries Celebrate
RHe of Election
. . The Rite of Election and the Call to
Continuing Conversion was celebrated
Sunday, February 10 (the First Sunday of
Lent) at eight parishes in the Diocese, one
in each Deanery, with some 600 candidates
and catechumens stcppmg forward to
declare their desire for full membership in
the Catholic Church.
The Rite of Election is a celebration for the unbaptized, called
Catechumens, who have been preparing for the three Sacraments of Initiation- Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist. In
NC Culh<llk.s
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February decision by the Council of State
that mandates a physician "must monitor a condemned inmates 'essential body
functions' during an execution and contact
prison officials if the inmate is showing
signs of undue suffering." The language at
issue is whether a doctor must be merely
present without seeing the execution take
place, or if the doctor must panicipate by
viewing and taking pan in the mechanics
of the act itself.
This procedural change directly
contradicts the ethical protocol of the
NC Medical Board, which has stated it
will discipline doctors who panicipate in
executions. In March, prison officials sued
the State Medical Board when doctors
refused to comply with execution protocol
for this reason.
Willoughby feels this issue comes down "
to a matter of legality.
"Physicians are a small subset of professionals that the public does not vote for," he
said. "This group should not be allowed to
make rules that trump a governing board."
In the face of public opinion polls
that show as many as 75 percent of
Americans support the death penalty,
the Catholic Church's position remains
strong. Along with other churches,
including American Baptists, Episcopalians and Presbyterians, the Catholic
bishops in this country stand firm in
their stance against the death penalty.
They argue that it is most consistent
\vith the example that Jesus gave to us
and that energies would be best spent on
preventing violent crime and revitalizing I
the rehabilitation system itself.
- A=nda Cadr:m
the rite, the Church declares them Elect,
and so ready to enter their final stage of
spiritual preparation for initiation into the
The Call to Continuing Conversion is a
celebration for those already baptized who
wish to be received into the full communion of the Church and/or who \vish to
complete their Christian initiation through
the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Because their election by God has already been scaled in
the waters of their baptism, this rite invites them into a season
of spiritual reflection as they enter the final phase of preparation
for reception into full communion in the Catholic Church.
St. Paul to be celebrated in Turkey
oordinators of the jubilee year of St. Paul
say that Turkey will have a strategic role
during the commemoration, since Tarsus was the birthplace of the saint.
Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed
a jubilee year ofSt Paul from june
28, 2008, to the same date in 2009,
marking the 2,000th anniversary of
the apostles binh.
The Church in Turkey is preparing "with spirit and a special
detennination they derive from
feeling 'one' with the apostle born in
According to Bishop Luigi
Padovese, of Anatolia, Turkey, "St.
Paul can be considered the apostle
of Christian identity. in an era like
today when any
type of religion
can be embraced,
in a moment in
which the many
paths toward God are ranked on the
same level."
The Turkish episcopal conference
is considering the program for the
celebrations. The bishops already
planned a letter to the faithful of the
various rites as well as a pilgrimage
to Rome.
"The hi-millennium will setve
also to call the attention of the
church to the Christian minority
communities in Turkey, making
them aware of the situation," added
Bishop Padovese.
One of the first goals for Catholics is to obtain permission from
the Turkish authorities in Tarsus
to make a pennanem place for
Christian worship to accommodate
the pilgrims who will arrive from
around the world.
To date, there is only one churchmuseum and it lacks a cross. To use
the building for
liturgy, previous
pennission must
be obtained and
payment must be
given to the civil
- .ll'l!.....-- - authorities.
"The authorities of Tarsus," Padovese said, "have mixed sentiments:
They are aware of the imponance
of the city for Christians; they are
proud to be fellow citizens \vith
St. Paul. But at the same time, they
show perplexity and discomfon
when it comes to handling a situation implying religious tourism with
special demands." -ZENIT
..,. The Diocese of Raleigh is making plans to celebrate the jubilee
year of St. Paul. Watch for details.
remember getting scolded by my grandmother at a very young age for what she
considered the mother of all profane utterances - taking our Lord's name in vain.
"Oh my G __" wasn't followed by a bar of soap and a lashing. However, she made
it very clear that I shouldn't be verbally disrespecting God- no matter what.
There were a couple of other instances in my youth where my
grandparents rebuked my actions. Whether it was wearingjeans
to Saturday-night Mass or chewing gum beforehand, I would get
the usual lecture; then I would politely nod and just go about my
business. I will admit, I felt annoyed at times, but I just took it
for face value - that their generation and mine were worlds apart,
and that their ways were a bit rigid and old-fashioned.
It wasn't until long after my grandfather died that I started
to grow deeper in my faith. It was then that 1came to the
realization that it wasn't that my grandparents were ~being oldfashioned," but that they were only trying to protect us and
help us in our faith formaToday, when I visit
tion. And I was going to later
my grandmother or find out that their watchful
eyes and "rigid" instruction
look at a photo of
had actually plamed a seed,
her and Grandpa
whic;h would soon grow into
so valuable.
as a couple, I am
Today, when 1visit my
reminded of, and grandmother or look at a
thankful for, the photo of her and Grandpa as
a couple, 1 am reminded
guidance they
of, and thankful for, the
gave me.
guidance they gave me.
Indeed, the greatest gifts
our ancestors have
given are not found among the mothballed heirlooms that crowd our closets, but in the intangible
gifts of our Catholic faith and tradition.
Uke me, perhaps many of you recognize this
and think about this gift when you stare at the
old photos of loved ones who have died. Does
the black-and-white picture merely collect dust
and cover a blemish on the wall, or does it remind
us to pray for and thank our loving relatives who
gave us so much. Perhaps the way in which we adorn
their photo can be reminiscent of this incredible gift
that our prior genl!rations have given us ...
things to do:
7th annual Divine Mercy
Celebration, Sunday,
March 30. Mass at 4p.m. at
St. Thomas More, Chapel Hill. Just Life Speaker
Series-Justice and Reconciliation
The Just Life Speaker
Series continues at 7p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, at Our
Lady of Lourdes Church,
Raleigh. Our speaker for
session 6 is Fr. Steve Bossi,
CSP of the Paulist Office of
Reconcilation. He will speak
on the theme Justice and
Reconciliation. The program format consists of an
introduction of the speaker
and host group, a talk by the
presenter, a O&A session
followed by fellowship. The
program is open to all.
First Friday Vocation
Holy Hour, 7-9 p.m., May
2 at Holy Family Church
in Elizabeth City. The VH H
is an opportunity for all
the people of the diocese
to spend time before the
Blessed Sacrament praying
for an increase in vocationa to the priesthood and
religious life, with a specific
emphasis on an increase
in vocations in the Diocese
of Raleigh. The VH Hs are
open to everyone, but they
are certainly unique opportunities for men and women
discerning a church vocation
NC Ca1hnlics
to come together to pray
and be encouraged in their
discernment. Next month's
VHH will be held on June 6
at Sacred Heart Cathedral
Connections, April 4-6
at Camp Kanata, 13524
Camp Kanata Road, Wake
Forest, NO 27587, is a
weekend retreat for 9th
• 1Oth grade youth. Often
referred to as the best-kept
secret in Youth Ministry, this
retreat focuses on com·
munity building, spiritual
growth, self-esteem and
relationships with family,
friends and God. The retreat
involves low ropes courses
and other physical challenge
activities. For more informstion contact Mike Hagarty at
(919) 821-9770 or
[email protected]
St. Mary Church, Wllm·
ington, is hosting its annual
Spring Dance on Saturday,
March 29, from 7-11 p.m.
in Tileston auditorium. A
dance lesson will precede
the main attraction; music
by The Riverside 8. Tickets
($1 5 each) are available
at the church office and
bookstore (41 2 Ann St.) or
by calling (91 0) 799-0164.
All proceeds will go to St.
Mary's Tileston Outreach
The Catholic Alumni
Club of Raleigh provides
a friendly setting for single
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March/April Readings
Sunday, March 23
Solemnity of Easter Sunday: Tl1e
Resurrection of tl1e Loni
Acts 10:34a, 37-43
, Jn 20:1-9
Sunday, March 30
Solemnity of the Second S1mday
of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday
Acts 2:42-47
Pt 1:3-9
Sunday, Aprll13
Fourd1 Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
1 Pt 2:20b-25
Jn 10:1-10
Sunday, April 20
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Acts 6:1-7
1 PI 2:4-9
Jn 14:1-12
Jn 20:19-31
Sunday, April 27
Sunday, April 6
Tllird Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:14, 22-33
Sixt/1 Sunday of Easter
Acts 8:5-8, 14-1 7
I Pt3:15-18
Jn 14:15-21
1 Pt 1:17-21
Lk 24:13-35
Catholics to meet and
develop friendships with
people who share their faith.
CAC offers a wide vari·
ely of activities, including
dances, house parties,
evenings of fine dining at
local restaurants, sports
and much more. CACs also
offer Masses and retreats
for their members. Com·
munlty volunteering,
an essential element of
Catholic life, can be found
in all CACs. Whether it
be relaxing at the theater
or enjoying a good con·
cart, cultural events are
another stipend of CAC
clubs enjoyed by all. For the
CAC volleyball, golf,
tennis, and hiking events
provide the combination of
low-intensity competition
with friendly interaction: a
great way to meet, greet,
compete and eat. While
CAC is not a matchmaking
organization, it does provide
ample opportunities to
socialize and date, and many
marriages result from these
interactions. CACs allow
those who do not feel called
to marriage to pursue their
interests with other Catholic
singles; there is no pressure
to marry. Full membership is
open to all men and women
who are at least 2 1 years
old, single, Catholic, free to
marry in the Church, with
a two- or four-year college degree or equivalent.
Membership is also open to
non-college graduates at the
Associate Member level. For
more information contact
CAC, PMB #321, 8311105 Brier Creek Pkwy.,
Raleigh, NO 27617.
When Marie was pregnant with our
oldest, she decided that she'd prefer
to stay home with the children and I
e agreed. I thought it was a great idea - I
have a good job and am able to financially
support us. For the last few yeam, however, I've been strug·
gling. I just don't like what I'm doing anymore, maybe I never
..:;;;;;;::;.;;;;;.....-__, really did. I don't get any sense of fulfillment in this work. I've
often felt almost jealous of Marie because she has, I think,
Brad has
bein married the important "job" in our family and seems vety fuffilled. I
to Marte for
understand that I have a responsibility to take care of my fam·
12 years;
ily, and I will gladly do so. But I've also always felt called to do
they have 3
else. I figured I could wait until the kids are grown,
but the stress is really getting to me. - s,..d
Encountering and Sharing God's Word (for
Small Groups and Individuals) offers a method
for discovering God's active presence in the Scriptures. 9am·noon April 5, at the Newman Catholic
Student Center, 218 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, is the
fourth workshop in a five-part series presented and
facilitated by Fr. Jude Siciliano, OP. Registration is
$30 per session.
Catholic Golden Age will meet at 1:30 p.m. on
Sunday, April 6, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church,
Fallon Center, 2718 Overbrook Drive, Raleigh. Call
Mary Ruth at 21 7-9580 or Michaeline at 832·
2974 regarding the meeting, as well as info on our
5:30p.m. dinner get·togethers every third Thursday
of the month throughout the year.
Family Honor will be presenting two very
special family programs in April. "Real Love &
Real Ufe" is for eighth-graders and their parents and "Changes & Challenges" is for sixthgraders and their parents. The purpose
of both programs is to explore God's
special gift of human fertility, sexuality,
the virtue of chastity and the beauty
and wonder of growing up. The material is grounded in Pope John Paulll's
Theology of the Body and taught in an
age-appropriate way.
"Changes & Challenges" will be
presented at St Patrick's Catholic
Church in Fayetteville on April 4 and 11.
To register or for more information, call
Beth O'Leary at (91 0) 323·241 0 or
email [email protected]
"Real Love & Real Life" will be presented at St. Francis Catholic Church
in Raleigh on April 18 & 19. To
register or for more information, call
Christine Miesowicz at (919) 847·
8205 or email [email protected]
Catholic so• cial teaching
e that the fam·
ily is the central social institu·
tion and must be supported
and strengthened. However,
Cathofic social teaching also
says work is more than a way
of making a living; it is a form
of continuing participation
in God's creation. Thus, we
have a responsibility to use
the talents God has given us
to contribute to the overall
weB-being of the community,
including the family. Read
the parable of the talents in
Mt 25:14-30 for a perfect
Brad is more than
happy to support
his family, but he
would at least like
to explore the pos·
sibility of whether
he may be called
in another direction
in his career. Brad
might consider the
following approach
in dealing with his
Although it may
not be prudent
to simply walk away from
your job when you have
a family to support, it is
important to discern how
God is calling you.
• Realize that this discern·
ment could take awhile.
• During this discernment,
pray for the grace to joyfully, lovingly and thank·
fully go about your daily
• In your discernment,
through prayer, open
yourself to God's direction. If you are truly called
to different work, God will
help direct your path.
• Discernment may require
education, information gathering and contacting people
in your area of interest
Patience is the key. Even
if you are not happy at
work at the moment, you
are there for a reason, and
you must trust God's plan.
When the time is right,
you will know it, and God
will make the necessary
resources available to you.
Embrace the joy of the
- Tim
n Nov. 29, 1936, legendary missionary
Father Francis j. Howard, at that time
in charge of the mission in Whiteville,
NC, assembled all the Catholics in the
area for Mass at Whiteville's Masonic Hall. It was
the first time all the Catholics in the vicinity had
met together: There were about 45.
That number might sound discouragingly small, but in 1936 it
was impressive enough to prompt
Bishop William Hafey to write
the Catholic Extension Society
for funds to build a church. That
church, 'The Chapel of the Sacred
Hean," was dedicated by Bishop
Eugene McGuinness on Oct. 2,
1938. Thanks to Father Howard
and his successors, Whiteville
would become a wellspring of
missionary activity, shepherding
Catholic outposts in Delco, Tabor
City, Chadbourn, Elizabethtown,
Southport and Shalotte.
This year, Sacred Heart Parish
NC Carlwlics
will celebrate 70
years in its
first church,
even as it is poised, along with
Our Lady of the Snows, its mission to the north, for raptd growth
in the near future. "It's inevitable,"
says Sacred Hearts pastor, Father
Marcos Leon-Angulo, noting that
Whiteville is roughly 50 mtles
from two burgeoning centers of
commerce, recreation and relocation: Wilmington, NC, and Myrtle
Beach, SC There is an increase in
the Latino population as well, a
demographic fact of life in eastern
North Carolina. "More than the
30 Marrl• 2008 I I
immigrants, though," Father Marcos says, "our parish is growing
because people already in the area
are coming back to church."
Father Marcos praises the
generosity and the involvement of
his parishioners in their church,
estimating that 60 percent of the
parish's members participate in
some kind of ministry.
"I tell them, 'I know how to
pray. I don't know how to do
much else,' and the people volunteer their time and talent for
everything that's needed."
As an example, he takes the in~~-~~~!'ll11 terviewer inside the church, which
has recently been remodeled, and
points out the beautifully finished
hard pine floor of the sanctuary.
The flooring company donated
the materials in appreciation of the
Latino parishioners it employs, and
, the workers installed the floor free
of charge. The
pastor credits
the high rate
of participation, in pan,
to the fact that
"everything about
the operation of the parish is
in the bulletin. When you are
transparent, people trust, and when
they trust, they get involved."
In turn, the pastor has complete
trust in his flock as they face an
unavoidable challenge. "We are
going to need a new church,"
Father Marcos says, "but we
don't want to hurry. We want
the people to be confident in
our growth, and ready to move
forward." ...1
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