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Volume 2 • Number 45 • week OF November 20, 2014
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Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia for
World Meeting of Families 2015
St. Francis Catholic School Red Ribbon
Week activities
The visit of
Pope Francis
to Philadelphia
in September
2 0 1 5 fo r t h e
World Meeting
of Families will
be a “joyful
moment,” said
Joseph E. Kurtz
of Louisville,
Kentucky, president of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pope Francis made his intention to
travel to the United States public,
November 17, in an address to the
Colloquium on the Complementarity
of Man and Woman at the Vatican.
“The presence of Pope Francis
at the World Meeting of Families
in our country will be a joyful
moment for millions of Catholics
and people of good will. Our great
hope has been that the Holy Father
would visit us next year to inspire
our families in their mission of
love. It is a blessing to hear the
pope himself announce the much
anticipated news,” said Archbishop
During Red Ribbon Week observance, St. Francis school students took
part in many activities to learn about the dangers of drug and alcohol
abuse. The school hosted Shelby County District Attorney General
Amy Weirich who spoke to the middle school students about making
good choices. The students also made posters about drug awareness
and had a “red accessory” day during the week. As a culmination of
the week’s programs, there was a donation jeans day. Students raised
$1,200 for Genesis House, a program of Catholic Charities. Genesis
House provides long-term treatment for homeless men and women
suffering from mental illness and addiction. Through a network of
therapeutic and supportive services, residents are provided with the
tools necessary to find gainful employment, permanent housing and
the ability to make healthier long term choices.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The World Meeting of Families,
sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical
Council for the Family, is the
world’s largest Catholic gathering
of families and is held every three
years.World Meeting of Families
2015 will be September 22-25,
2015, hosted by the Archdiocese of
Philadelphia, and will focus on the
theme “Love is Our Mission: The
Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing
the impact of the love and life of
families on society.
M o re i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t
the meeting, including open
registration, is available online:
The Vatican has not announced
additional dates or cities for the
2015 papal visit at this time.
Submitted by Tina Sosnowski
Pictured (l) Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich (r) Students
participate in Red Ribbon Week.
Happy Thanksgiving
The West Tennessee Catholic Digital Edition will not
publish on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. Publication
will resume on December 4, 2014. The Bishop and staff
of the West Tennessee Catholic wish everyone a Happy
Advent family fun day
Submitted by Lea Weaver, PRE for the Catholic Church of the Incarnation
Incarnation’s Parish Religious Education program held an Advent Family
Fun Day to prepare for the season. Of the 26 families which signed up, a
total of 125 parents, children and helpers attended. Participants made
Advent wreathes, Jesse Trees with ornaments, and a Ginger Bread Nativity
scene. Plans are underway for family events for Lent and Advent 2015.
Advent family fun day
Additonal photos on page 7.
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Week of November 20, 2014
OLPH Catholic school honors veterans
St. Louis Catholic school honors veterans
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School and the Knights of
Columbus Holy Cross Assembly honored veterans on November 11th,
during their annual Veterans’ Day Assembly. More than thirty veterans,
including OLPH Pastor Monsignor J. Edwin Creary and Associate
Pastor Father Gary Lamb, attended the moving event. The student
choir sang a medley of patriotic songs and the Knights of Columbus
honor guard led the flag procession assisted by boy scouts, cub scouts,
girl scouts, and brownie scouts. A flag was presented to a World War II
veteran, Thad Morris, and all veterans were invited to share their name,
military branch, and years of service. Patricia Wyckoff, OLPH principal,
remarked, “OLPH is proud to honor the sacrifice and patriotism of
these veterans today. These men and women are exceptional role
models for our students.”
St. Louis hosted our annual Veterans Day Mass and assembly on
Tuesday, November 11. The student body was joined by nearly fifty
veterans for an all-school Mass followed by a program and reception
in the Orians Center. We were honored to welcome retired Major Billy
“Hawk” Brooks of the United States Marine Corps as our guest speaker.
Major Brooks spoke to the students about honoring those who served to
ensure our freedoms and to remember and pray for those servicemen
and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
A highlight for the students was the memorabilia table. Uniforms
and military memorabilia from the Civil War through the operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan were on display for the students to view. A
special thank you goes out to two of our veterans, Mrs. Lenore Vollmar
and Mr. Justin Troy, for explaining their articles which were on display
to the students. The St. Benedict at Auburndale band added to the
festivities by playing patriotic songs throughout the program.
The student led assembly was sponsored by the St. Louis Student
Council. This group of leaders involved students of all ages to celebrate
our veterans: from the fifth graders who performed in the play “What is
a Veteran” to the eighth grade boys’ choir, and the kindergarten, first,
and fourth graders who supplied cards and artwork for our veterans.
This day taught our students to have pride in our country and honor
our veterans.
Submitted by Deidre Mangin
Several veterans wore their uniforms
to the OLPH Veterans’ Day Program.
Bob Kurtz and Father Gary Lamb,
both retired, are pictured in their Navy
Submitted by Vickie Shaw, assistant principal ot St. Louis Catholic School
Major Brooks spoke to the
students about honoring
military service members
who ensure our freedoms
and to remember and
pray for servicemen and
women who have paid the
ultimate sacrifice.
Boy Scout Jack Jordan presents a
folded flag to World War II veteran Thad
Morris during the OLPH Veteran’s Day
A highlight for the students
was the memorabilia table.
Uniforms and military
memorabilia from the Civil
War through the operations
in Iraq and Afghanistan
were on display for the
students to view.
More than thirty veterans, including OLPH Pastor Monsignor J. Edwin Creary and
Associate Pastor Father Gary Lamb, attended the OLPH Veterans’ Day program
which was co-hosted by the Knights of Columbus Holy Cross Assembly.
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Week of November 20, 2014
Art among us, art within us: honoring the ‘divine spark’
By Christina Capecchi, Twenty Something
Looking back,
the son that was
born to Leopald
and Anna Maria
Mozart on a
Tuesday evening
in late January
seemed to arrive
with fully formed
bound up in his tiny body,
waiting for ink and instrument.
At age 3, the toddler nicknamed
Wolfgangerl was identifying thirds
on the clavier and by 5, he was
composing music.
How tempting it must have
been for Leopald, himself a
musician, to look at his fairskinned son with those wide,
searching eyes and claim the
credit. But the devout Catholic
cast it upward, not inward. He
believed his son’s musical genius
had a divine origin, describing it
to a friend as “a miracle, which
God has allowed to see the light
in Salzburg” and insisting on his
paternal duty to share it and “let
God have the honor.”
When Mozart was 14 he visited
the Sistine Chapel and heard
“Miserere Mei, Deus,” a haunting
Tenebrae melody commissioned
by the Vatican more than a
century ago. It was performed
once a year and forbidden to be
transcribed or played elsewhere
in order to preserve its mystery.
Young Mozart, so the story goes,
was so riveted by the music
that he went home and wrote
out the 12-minute song entirely
by ear. That score eventually
made its way into the hands
of a British historian and into
publication. When Pope Clement
XIV heard what had happened,
he met with Mozart. Rather than
excommunicate the teen, the
pontiff praised his talent – and
lifted the longtime ban, allowing
the song to be enjoyed widely.
Over the years Leopald often
urged his boy to hold onto his
Catholic faith. He once wrote to
Anna Maria, on a trip with their
21-year-old son: “Is it necessary
for me to ask whether Wolfgang
is not perhaps getting a little lax
St. Benedict athletes commit to play at
next level
Submitted by Sharon Masterson, director of Communications & Sports Information
On Wednesday, November 12, several SBA athletes signed National
Letters of Intent on NCAA National Signing Day. Congratulations to
all! Libby Bickenbach (Volleyball – Defensive Specialist, signing with
Catawba College Lady Indians (Div II), Salisbury, NC; Tyler Culpepper
(Baseball – Shortstop), signing with Harris-Stowe State University
(NAIA) St. Louis, MO; Alex Fuelling (Volleyball – Libero), signing
with University of West Alabama Lady Tigers (Div II), Livingston, AL;
Cole Peevy (Golf), signing with King University (Div II), Bristol, TN;
and Lizzie Ryan (Softball – Outfielder/shortstop), signing with the
University of Alabama-Birmingham (Div 1).
Picture (l/r) Tyler Culpepper, Lizzie Ryan, Alex Fuelling, Libby Bickenbach, Cole Peevy
about confession? God must come
first! …Young people do not like
to hear about these things, I know,
for I was once young myself.”
A year later, Mozart offered
reassuring words in a letter to his
father. “I have always had God
before my eyes,” he wrote. “I
know myself, and I have such a
sense of religion that I shall never
do anything which I would not do
before the whole world.”
During this month of giving
thanks, I’ve been thinking about
Mozart’s desire to compose –
which feels so distant and grand
– and our own desire to create, to
seek and celebrate beauty in the
world. If we are truly grateful for
an artistic gift – or any talent, for
that matter – we honor it. To give
thanks for creative ability is to
guard and nurture it.
In St. John Paul II’s 1999
letter to artists – 6,361 words I
have not fully mined, uncovering
new insight each time I turn
to them – the late pope made
a connection between art and
gratitude. “That is why artists,” he
wrote, “the more conscious they
are of their ‘gift,’ are led all the
more to see themselves and the
whole of creation with eyes able to
contemplate and give thanks, and
to raise to God a hymn of praise.
This is the only way for them to
come to a full understanding of
themselves, their vocation and
their mission.”
I recently interviewed a series
of Catholic artists, all but one of
whom quoted John Paul II, multiple
pointing to his statement that
“those who perceive in themselves
this kind of divine spark which is
the artistic vocation…feel at the
same time the obligation not to
waste it but to develop it, in order
to put it at the service of their
neighbor and of humanity as a
Gift and obligation, duty and
desire. The work of our hands, the
stamp of our hearts.
Christina Capecchi is a freelance
writer from Inver Grove Heights,
Minn., and editor of SisterStory.
org, the official website of National
Catholic Sisters Week.
ICCS senior named “Commercial Appeal”
Academic all-star
Submitted by June LaPorta, director of Advancement and Communications
The Commercial Appeal has
named ICCS senior Hadley Eyre
Cavender to its Academic All-Star
list in the category of art. Hadley,
who is passionate about art, holds a
4.19 weighted grade point average and
is a member of the National Honor
Society and the Beta Club. To Hadley
Eyre, art is a means of self-expression,
and she finds her fulfillment in
taking photographs and drawing. She
participated from age 4 to 13 in Art
Stew, an art summer camp and now
assists with the camp by helping the
children with clay and painting on Hadley Eyre Cavender
Hadley Eyre is a two-time winner of the Memphis College of Art
Photography Contest twice, receiving MCA scholarships for the awards.
Other awards include the Memphis Fire Prevention Poster Contest, a
Cooper-Young Festival Young Artist Contest, Tennessee Department
of Safety Poster Contest, and Catholic Diocese of Memphis Art Show.
Her volunteer activities include Art Stew, Schilling Gardens, Meals on
Wheels and St. Peter’s Villa.
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The Diocese of Memphis publishes obituaries provided by the individual parishes.
If you have a question concerning an obit please contact the parish directly.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated November 17 for Jimmy A. Riley,
63, at St. Paul the Apostle Church by Rev. Johnnie B. Smith, concelebrant,
Rev. James Martell. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Survivors include
spouse, Lilly Riley; daughter, Winnie Theresa Nelson; sons, Tommy
Rooster Riley and Johnny Seelos Riley; brother, Tommy Jude Riley; mother,
Genevieve Riley and four grandchildren.
A funeral home service was conducted November 12 for Linda B.
Sturdivant, 60, at Memphis Funeral Home by Rev. Ernie DeBlasio. Burial
was at Memphis Gardens. Survivors include spouse, Ronnie Sturdivant;
daughters, Cameron Benton and Amy Goo; son, Jay Sturdivant; sisters,
Judy Frascogna and Anita Bitters; brothers, Jimmy Bittner, Larry Bittner,
Bobby Bittner and Ricky Bittner; and three grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated November 12 for Sharon
Thompson, 56, at Immaculate Conception Church, Union City, TN by Fr.
Robert Ponticello. Burial was at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Survivors include
spouse, Michael Wayne Thompson; daughters, Angie LeBron and Aimee
Cheatham; son, Michael Mathis; sister, Sandra Porter; brothers, Ronald
Mathis, Robert Mathis and Terry Mathis; and five grandchildren.
By Susan Vogt, www.SusanVogt.net
For most families Thanksgiving is a time to
reconnect. It’s also a time when in-laws often
mix. Your children benefit from a healthy
extended family. Seek to know at least
one extended family member better next
Thanksgiving weekend. Don’t fight. Bite your
tongue if you must. Can you find anything
positive to say about a black sheep in your
family? Do it for the sake of your child.
Coach Mike David leaves SBA
Submitted by Sharon Masterson, Sports Information Director
St. Benedict at Auburndale High School Coach Mike David announced
his resignation, November 12, as SBA’s head football coach. Citing
his mother’s health, Coach David said, “My mother’s health has been
declining and I have to commit more time to travel in order to take care
of her. The good news is that she has been doing better.” In announcing
his resignation, SBA Principal Sondra Morris said, “We want to thank
Coach David for his many years of service to our football program and
wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Our prayers are
certainly with him and his family.”
Week of November 20, 2014
Retirement fund for religious collection
December 13-14
The 27th national collection
for the Retirement Fund for
Religious will be held December
13-14 in the Diocese of Memphis.
The annual, parish-based appeal
is coordinated by the National
Religious Retirement Office
(NRRO) in Washington and
benefits more than 35,000 senior
Catholic sisters, brothers and
religious order priests.
Last year, the Diocese of
Memphis contributed $45,329.09
to this collection. Women and
men religious who serve or have
served in the diocese but whose
communities are based elsewhere
may benefit from the Retirement
Fund for Religious.
The 2013 appeal raised
nearly $28.4 million, enabling
the NRRO to distribute $23
million in financial assistance
to 424 religious communities.
Additional funding is allocated
for communities with the greatest
needs and for retirement planning
and educational resources.
Catholic bishops in the United
States initiated the collection in
1988 to address the significant
lack of retirement funding among
U.S. religious communities.
Proceeds are distributed to
eligible communities to help
underwrite such day-to-day needs
as prescription medications and
nursing care. Since the collection
began, Catholics have contributed
$726 million. Over 93 percent of
donations directly support senior
religious and their communities.
Despite the overwhelming
generosity to this fund, many
religious communities continue
to lack resources sufficient to
support retirement and eldercare.
Of 590 communities submitting
data to the NRRO in 2013, fewer
than eight percent were fully
funded for retirement.
The financial crisis is rooted
in low salaries and changing
demographics. Traditionally,
Catholic sisters, brothers and
religious order priests—known
collectively as women and men
religious—worked for small
stipends that furnished only the
basics of daily living. As a result,
many communities lack adequate
retirement savings. At the same
time, elderly religious are living
longer and now outnumber
younger, wage-earning religious.
Sixty-eight percent of religious
in communities providing data
to the NRRO are past age 70, and
the income of those engaged in
compensated ministry cannot
keep pace with the growing cost
of eldercare. In 2013 alone, the
total cost of care for senior women
and men religious was over $1.2
In recent years, the NRRO has
expanded efforts to help religious
communities address the root
causes of the retirement-funding
shortage. For many, a major
obstacle to financial stability is
the struggle to maintain outdated
congregational properties while
providing quality eldercare. In
2013, the NRRO received a $2.5
million grant from the Conrad N.
Hilton Foundation, payable over
three years. A substantial portion
of this award is being dedicated
to the creation of educational
programming and resources
related to effective property
planning and management.
“Despite the troubling
statistics, many religious
communities have made great
strides in addressing their funding
deficits, and contributions to the
Retirement Fund for Religious
have bolstered this progress,”
said Precious Blood Sister Janice
Bader, NRRO’s executive director.
“Religious are humbled by the
generous donations to this fund
and determined to make the most
out of every dollar.”
Visit www.retiredreligious.org
to learn more.
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Week of November 20, 2014
Reflections On
Sunday's Readings
By Sharon K. Perkins, Catholic News Service
November 23, Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
Cycle A. Readings: (1) Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17, Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6 (2) 1
Corinthians 15:20-26, 28 (Gospel) Matthew 25:31-46
A couple of years ago, I was responsible for organizing an event at our
parish that featured a well-known guest speaker. I picked him up at the airport
and was driving him to the parish hall when I noticed a most unwelcome
sight in my rear view mirror: the flashing lights of a policeman’s squad car.
Chagrined and embarrassed, I realized that our conversation had
distracted me from a familiar school zone and its speed limit sign. I pulled
over and braced myself for a stiff (and well-deserved) penalty.
What happened next still amuses me. When the officer inquired about
my hurry, my companion, a Bible teacher, explained the reason for his
visit. In response, the officer asked him, “Tell me: In this situation, should
I show justice or mercy?” Without missing a beat, I replied, “But of course
-- mercy!” The officer laughed and waved me on with a warning to be more
vigilant about my speed.
I recall that incident in light of this Sunday’s readings, which illuminate
the authority of Jesus Christ as King.
Many people hold an attitude that emphasizes a false dichotomy between
the punitive, wrathful judge of the Old Testament and the meek, docile Lord
of the 23rd Psalm.
But the Jesus of Matthew’s Gospel dispels that ancient heresy. As one with
dominion over all things, Jesus exercises his authority in a rather paradoxical
fashion. In his reign, justice and mercy are distinctive and yet the same.
Jesus’ judgment is not the meting out of arbitrary punishment or the
imposition of penalties for breaking the rules. Rather, he judges justly by
separating the sick from the self-sufficient, the injured and weak from the
conceited and arrogant, the sheep from the goats.
He exposes sin and death as the destructive foes of goodness, kindness
and abundant life -- reigning until those enemies are put under his feet. He
teaches us that the ultimate criterion of justice is, in fact, the demonstration
of mercy toward the least of his brothers and sisters.
The patrol officer’s unexpected leniency that day brought a welcome
source of relief and a reminder to be more careful in the future. It also
demonstrated the exercise of authority as a vehicle of mercy despite what
the traffic code warranted. But then, when is mercy ever deserved?
Something for everyone.
There will not be a West Tennessee Catholic Digital
Edition on Thanksgiving Day, November 27. Next week’s
Lectionary and Reflections on Sunday’s Readings are on
page 14. Click HERE.
Lectionary Readings
Year A of the Sunday Cycle • Nov. 23-29, 2014
Psalter Week II
Sunday, November 23
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46
Monday, November 24
Saint Andrew Dung-Lac, priest,
martyr, and his Companions,
Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5
Psalm 24:1b-4b, 5-6
Luke 21:1-4
Tuesday, November 25
Weekday; Saint Catherine of
Alexandria, virgin, martyr
Revelation 14:14-19
Psalm 96:10-13
Luke 21:5-11
Wednesday, November 26
Revelation 15:1-4
Psalm 98:1-3b, 7-9
Luke 21:12-19
Thursday, November 27
Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:13, 9a
Psalm 100:1b-5
Luke 21:20-28
Thanksgiving Day is observed
today (USA). The following may
be used:
Sirach 50:22-24
Psalm 138:1-5
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Luke 17: 11-19
Friday, November 28
Revelation 20:1-4, 11 – 21:2
Psalm 84:3-6a, 8a
Luke 21:29-33
Saturday, November 29
Weekday; BVM on Saturday
Revelation 22:1-7
Psalm 95:1-7b
Luke 21:34-36
By Susan Vogt, www.SusanVogt.net
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave
me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed
me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” (Mt 25:3536) Which of these works of mercy do you already do? As a couple?
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Week of November 20, 2014
Calendar NOVEMBER 2014
St. Benedict ‘Welcome to the Circus’ Trivia Night. Doors open
at 6:30 p.m., questions begin at 7:30 p.m.; $15 per player or
gold sponsor tables at $20 per person. Expert Trivia Master,
Brother Ignatius Brown provides questions. For reservations,
contact St. Benedict High School, 260-2840 or email [email protected]
sbaeagles.org. All proceeds benefit the senior class Project
Graduation Lock-in.
Germantown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr.
Ronald Vernon, 7 p.m., St. Benedict at Auburndale Performing
Arts Theatre, 8250 Varnavas Dr. at Germantown Pkwy in Cordova; featuring two outstanding works for orchestra in the classical
repertoire and popular music, and in particular a short history of
jazz. Tickets are only $10, available at the door. For information
contact the school at 260-2840.
Calendar DECEMBER 2014
Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Persons Meeting. Share hospitality, potluck, prayer and education. 6:30 p.m., Marion Hall, the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the first Tuesday of
every month unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to share
in a meal and fellowship followed by a brief presentation. To
contact the ministry call the rectory at IC at (901) 725-2700.
St. Benedict and St. Francis Schools Annual Religious Goods
Sale. Wed., Dec. 3 at St. Benedict 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Thur.,
Dec. 4 at St. Francis, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. A variety of books, music,
sacramentals, gifts and holiday items. Several vendors represented. Open to the public. For information call St. Benedict,
260-2840, St. Francis, 388-7321.
St. Benedict Presents Julius Caesar. Dec. 4-6, Thurs.-Sat. at 7
p.m.; Sun., Dec. 7, 2:30 matinee. Performed by the 2015 SBA
seniors, directed by Ryan Kathman. Tickets are $8 in advance,
$10 at the door. SBA Performing Arts Theatre, 8250 Varnavas at
Germantown Pkwy in Cordova.
St. Ann Bartlett TRIVIA NIGHT. 6-8 p.m., St. Ann Church. Proceeds from the night will fund the Sister Connie Passing on the
Faith Scholarship and the Knowledge Bowl teams. There will 10
rounds of 10 questions. Bring your own snacks. Seating is limited to 15 tables. Cost is $10 per person. If you have any questions or would like to sign up, please contact Annmarie McGhee
at [email protected]
Persons With Special Needs Program. St. Ann Bartlett, 6529
Stage Rd., Bartlett, Family Life Center, St. Ann Room. 9 a.m.noon, Dr. Madonna Wojtaszek-Healy, Ph.D., national presenter,
Autism Task Force, ADHD curriculum developer, parent of children with special needs; 12:45-2:45 p.m., Christina Klyce, Kathy
Schober, Team: Sharing Prayer and the Sacraments. Hosted by
the Diocesan Department of Catechesis. Catechist Credit. Register email [email protected]
How to be married and stay engaged. 9 a.m.-noon, St. Ann
Catholic Church, 6529 Stage Road, Bartlett. $10 per person/$20
per couple; register by November 15 as space is very limited.
Mail registration and payment (Payable to Family Life Ministry)
to: Family Life Ministry, The Catholic Diocese of Memphis, 5825
Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134. Contact: Judy Longoria
at (901) 373-1235. Presented by Dr. James Healy, a counseling
psychologist with over 20 years of full-time experience working
with families.
St. Benedict High School Placement Test. 8 a.m., St. Benedict
High School.Students entering 9th grade in 2015-16. Application
& pre-registration required. 260-2898, www.sbaeagles.org.
Oh Holy Night featuring John Angotti & Friends. CCWTN Benefit. 7 p.m., Cannon Center, Downtown Memphis. Tickets $15,
$20 by Ticketmaster or calling (800) 745-3000.
Calendar JANUARY 2015
Ministry for Gay and Lesbian Persons Meeting. Share hospitality, potluck, prayer and education. 6:30 p.m., Marion Hall, the
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the first Tuesday of
every month unless otherwise noted. All are welcome to share
in a meal and fellowship followed by a brief presentation. To
contact the ministry call the rectory at IC at (901) 725-2700.
“REBUILT” Comes to Memphis: Pastoral Council Workshop.
8:30–3:30 p.m., Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center.
Spend an exciting and informative day with Christopher Wesley,
a senior member of the pastoral team at Church of the Nativity.
Mass and Lunch are included. Suggested offering: $30/person.
Bilingual Healing Mass. 6-9 p.m., Church of the Ascension,
3680 Ramill Road. Concert at 6 p.m., Mass at 7 p.m. Come
experience the power of the Holy Spirit through the gift of the
March for Life 2015. A trip to Washington, DC is planned for
adults who would like to take part in the March for Life commemorating the 41st anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision
that made abortion “legal” in the U.S. For more information
contact Mary Pat Van Epps at (901) 373-1285 or marypat.
[email protected]
Second Annual Eucharistic Conference. Holy Rosary Church;
Theme is “Miracles of the Eucharist.” The free conference will
feature presentations by several priests of the Diocese of Memphis, including keynote speaker, the Rev. Augustine DeArmond,
OP. Other priests presenting at the conference include the Rev.
Adam Rust, the Rev. Richard Mickey, and the Rev. James Clark.
The conference begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Holy Rosary with
the keynote presentation followed by a social hour. The event
continues Saturday, beginning with 8 a.m. Mass followed with
presentations from each of the priests. The presentations will be
followed by adoration, benediction and lunch. Pre-registration
is required for the conference. For more information, contact
conference coordinator Deacon Richard Quinton at 767-6949,
488-1898 or [email protected]
Ministry to the Sick New Minister Training. 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Catholic Center, 5825 Shelby Oaks Drive. This training includes
sessions that will be helpful in becoming an effective minister.
As a minister you are trained to bring compassion, communion
and become a sacramental presence of Christ for those sick and
homebound. Candidates are required to send completed registration form signed by the pastor or representative by January
20. Registration forms are available at your parish office or on
line, http://www.cdom.org/Atimo_s/news/MTS_Reg_Form.pdf.
For more information call the office of Pastoral Services at 3731237 or email [email protected]
Protecting God’s Children for Adults
6:30 PM
St. Ann Catholic Church-Bartlett, 6529 Stage Road, Bartlett, TN 38134
This class is required for all teachers, staff and volunteers who will be in contact
with children and youth under 18 years of age. Angela Kinsella will teach the
classes. Class size is unlimited and registration is not required.
For more information about the class call Judy Stivers at 901-373-1251, or go
to www.virtus.org/virtus/
Week of November 20, 2014
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Gifts for God’s children campaign
With billboard images featuring community leaders and their
favorite childhood toy, Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN)
recently launched a campaign seeking donations of toys, warm clothes
and more for their annual Gifts for God’s Children Christmas outreach.
Last year, CCWTN served 2,165 children and senior citizens at
Christmas with gifts of toys, warm clothes and food baskets. This
year’s goal is to serve as many as 3,000 individuals from 500 different
CCWTN is in the process of collecting donations of toys, bicycles,
warm clothing, personal care items and other essentials for children,
teenagers and senior citizens. Donations may be dropped off at CCWTN
headquarters located at 1325 Jefferson during normal business hours.
Cash donations to support the Gifts for Gods Children outreach may be
made on line at ccwtn.org (please designate Gifts for God’s Children).
Distribution of gift baskets and food boxes to pre-approved clients
will occur the week prior to Christmas in partnership with MIFA, CSA,
Jubilee Catholic Schools, DeNeuville Learning Center, RISE Foundation
and other community partners.
Incarnation Advent family fun . . .
ICCS students working toward Christmas
Submitted by June LaPorta, director of Advancement and Communications
Spreading holiday cheer! Nearly 50 ICCS high school students, along
with visiting students from four schools, gathered in the art room
Wednesday evening to assemble Christmas tree ornaments to donate
to local charities.
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Week of November 20, 2014
Second annual Eucharistic Conference
By Leigh Ann Roman
Eucharistic Conference
January 23 - 7 p.m.
Keynote presentation and social hour.
January 24 - 8 a.m.
Mass followed by presentations,
adoration, benediction and lunch.
• Father Armand Augustine, O.P.: Miracles of the Eucharist
• Father Richard Mickey: The Eucharist and Mary
• Father Adam Rust, JCL: The Saints and the Eucharist
• Father James Clark: The Sacrifice of the Eucharist
“Miracles of the Eucharist” is the theme of the second annual
Eucharistic Conference to be sponsored by Holy Rosary Catholic
Church January 23-24.
The free conference will feature presentations by several priests of
the Diocese of Memphis, including keynote speaker, the Rev. Augustine
DeArmond, OP. Ordained to the priesthood in 2013, Fr. Auggie is
pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church. Other priests presenting at the
conference include the Rev. Adam Rust, pastor of St. Patrick Catholic
Church, the Rev. Richard Mickey, diocesan archivist; and the Rev.
James Clark, associate pastor of Holy Rosary.
The conference begins at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at Holy Rosary with the
keynote presentation followed by a social hour. The event continues
Saturday, beginning with 8 a.m. Mass followed with presentations from
each of the priests. The presentations will be followed by adoration,
benediction and lunch. Pre-registration is required for the conference.
For more information, contact conference coordinator Deacon Richard
Quinton at 767-6949, 488-1898 or [email protected]
“Miracles of the Eucharist”
Holy Rosary Catholic Church
4851 Park Avenue
No fee, but pre-registration is required for the conference.
Contact conference coordinator Deacon Richard Quinton at
767-6949, 488-1898 or [email protected]
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In order to prevent abuse and the devastating consequences for all involved, the Diocese of Memphis is
providing information for anyone who needs help.
Tennessee Child Abuse Hot Line
Where to get help in the Diocese of Memphis:
Shari Lee, LCSW, DCSW - Victim Assistance Coordinator
(901) 652-4066 or
Dr. Jim Latta, Office of Child and Youth Protection
and Professional Responsibility
(901) 652-4353
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Volunteers are needed on Fridays, from 9 a.m. until noon, at
the Women’s Jail - East. Volunteers will assist mothers who will
read to their children on a CD. The book and the CD are then
mailed to the child. Volunteer must pass a background check
and attend an orientation session twice a year. For additional
information please contact Deacon Bill Davis (901) 487-7238 or
[email protected]
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Class Series Begins
Saturday January 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
Catholic Center - Pre-Registration Required
Register online at www.cdom.org or call (901) 373-1285.
Next class series begins Monday, February 2, 2015.
Women’s Morning of Spirituality
Saturday, February 28, 2015,
Church of the Incarnation.
National speaker: Teresa Tomeo
- http://www.teresatomeo.com;
local speaker: Dr. Rocio Diaz,
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Week of November 20, 2014
St. Faustina Novena of Masses 2015
In thanksgiving for all those involved in the St Faustina Annual Feast
Day Mass last October 4, we are having a Novena of Masses said for all
those involved. For more information visit www.stfaustinashrine.org
January 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. Friday- St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 24, 2015
8:00 a.m. Saturday - St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 25, 2015
7:30 a.m. Sunday - St Ann Church
January 26, 2015
8:30 a.m. Monday- St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 27, 2015
6:15 a.m. Tuesday -St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 28, 2015
6:15 a.m. Wednesday -St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 29, 2015
6:15 a.m. Thursday -St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 30, 2015
6:15 a.m. Friday - St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
January 31, 2015
8:00 a.m. Saturday - St Joachim Chapel/St Faustina Shrine
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Saturday, December 13, 2014
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OLQP Advent Day
OLQP Women’s Retreat
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Week of November 20, 2014
Reflections On
Sunday's Readings
By Jean Denton, Catholic News Service
November 30, First Sunday of Advent
Cycle B. Readings: (1) Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7, Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16,
18-19 (2) 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (Gospel) Mark 13:33-37
Shame is not the worst thing -- particularly if we can make positive use
of it to change our sinful behavior.
This weekend’s first reading in Isaiah carries a harsh description of human
failure and sinfulness. “All our good deeds are like polluted rags; we have all
withered like leaves,” the prophet says. Ugh. He is not feeling good about us.
But Isaiah mentions all this in the context of pleading to God to come to
us, even though we are ashamed of our behavior, and possibly deliver us with
some of his awesome deeds. Isaiah, while pointing out our unworthiness, at
the same time reminds us we can have hope against all rational hope in the
strength and mercy of God.
I know the feeling.
Not long ago I caught myself carping at my adult son over the phone. It
was pointless and unnecessary criticism that only served to make him feel
bad. I realized it when he said, “OK, Mom, don’t make a federal case out of
The shame began to wash over me as soon as I hung up. “Like a polluted
rag” really was a good description for how I felt.
I thought, what if that had been the last conversation I ever had with
my son? But the only way to shake the shame -- after sending him a written
apology -- was to ask God’s mercy and seek God’s help to, frankly, stop acting
like that.
The Gospel indeed cautions us to “be on the watch” with our attitudes and
actions because we don’t want our sinfulness to be what is most prominently
on display at the moment of truth.
In fact, we must constantly call on God’s power to save us from ourselves
because every moment is a moment of truth -- a “what if” moment.
No, shame is not the worst thing if we face what has caused it. But in this
first week of Advent we are urged also to embrace the hope of God’s grace
so that “you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our
Lectionary Readings
Year A of the Sunday Cycle • Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2014
Psalter Week III
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2b-7
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37
Monday, December 1
Advent Weekday
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122:1-9
Matthew 8:5-11
Thursday, December 4
Advent Weekday; Saint John
Damascene, Priest, Doctor of
the Church
Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21,25-27a
Matthew 7:21, 24-27
Friday, December 5
Advent Weekday
Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 9:27-31
Tuesday, December 2
Advent Weekday
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:7-8, 12-13,17
Luke 10:21-24
Wednesday, December 3
Saint Francis Xavier, Priest
Isaiah 25:6-10a
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 15:29-37
Saturday, December 6
Advent Weekday; Saint
Nicholas, Bishop
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-6
Matthew 9:35-10:1,5a, 6-8
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every year, the number of wreaths ordered is limited so if you would like to put wreaths on the graves or crypts of your loved ones, please send
your order in early by mail, to the above address or you can also fax or email your orders to us. Wreaths will also be available for pickup at the
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yours a safe and blessed Christmas Season and a Happy and Blessed New Year..
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