Find Us On The Web www.cdom.org • Obituaries • Lectionary • Calendar a digital Publication of the Diocese of Memphis Volume 1 • Number 1 • week ending september 6, 2013 Reverend Ernie DeBlasio joins Catholic Charities of West Tennessee Board of Directors Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN) today announced that Reverend Ernie DeBlasio, Pastor of the Catholic Church of the Resurrection in the Hickory Hill area of southeast Memphis, has joined its Board of Directors effective immediately. Fr. DeBlasio was raised in Chicago and moved to Memphis in 1982. He earned a Master’s Degree in Theology at Saint Mary’s Seminary and University Fr. Ernie DeBlasio in Baltimore, Maryland. Fr. DeBlasio serves as a member of both the Presbyteral Council and Board of Consulters for the Catholic Diocese of Memphis. He has served as pastor of the Church of the Resurrection since 2000. Commenting on the addition of Fr. DeBlasio to the Board, Michael D. Allen, President / CEO of Catholic Charities of West Tennessee said, “We welcome Fr. DeBlasio to our Board and are grateful for his acceptance of our invitation. Fr. Ernie brings a fresh perspective to our group, along with a broad based understanding of the needs of our diocese. His ministry experience in the Hickory Hill community where CCWTN has been expanding its presence, will be very helpful to our future initiatives”. quick links Food for the Journey Youth ministers and catechists from the diocese attended the annual “Food for the Journey” retreat and in-service on Aug. 23-24 at St. Louis Church. Pictured are some of the participants, (l/r) Stephanie Schweitzer (OLPH), Marisol Guerrero (Sacred Heart, Memphis), Jose Magana (Sacred Heart, Memphis), Elizabeth Guerrero (Sacred Heart, Memphis), Dr. Scott Beebe, a presenter during the retreat, Stacy Freed (St. Jude, Martin), John Owens (Immaculate Conception, Memphis), Wendy Gabb (Holy Spirit), Paul Walker (St. Louis) and Maggie O’Neill (Immaculate Conception, Memphis). (Photo by Dianne Dolan) Red Mass to be celebrated at St. Peter The Twentythird Annual Red Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter Church, located at 190 Adams Av e n u e i n downtown Memphis on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 12 noon. The Red Mass is sponsored by the St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers’ Guild of West Tennessee, Inc., which was reconstituted in 1990 under the direction of Archbishop Daniel Beuchlein, OSB, the Bishop of Memphis, and has been in continuous existence and service since that time. The Liturgy will be celebrated by J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., D.D., Bishop of Memphis in Tennessee, and Fr. Robert Marshall will serve as homilist. The Mass will be concelebrated by priests of the Diocese of Memphis. Father Robert Szczechura will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The tradition of the Red Mass can be traced back many centuries in Rome, Paris, and London. The ceremony has also officially opened the judicial year of the Sacred Roman Rota, the tribunal of the Holy See. In the United States, the tradition began in 1928 and continues in several cities to this day, most notably in the Cathedral of St. Matthew in Washington, D.C., where Supreme Court Justices and other government officials are regularly in attendance. The majority of the Supreme Court Justices, including the Chief Justice, is Catholic. The Red Mass is celebrated to invoke the blessings of the Holy Spirit upon public officials, judges, and lawyers of all faiths at the commencement of the judicial year. In connection with the Red Mass, each of the Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Memphis and Christian B r o t h e r s University have been invited to send students to attend the Red Mass as well as a special program before the Mass designed just for them. Students will hear presentations on financial literacy and the rule of law. The Honorable John T. Fowlkes, Jr. United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, will be the presenter. Prior to becoming a District Judge, Judge Fowlkes served as Judge for the Shelby County Criminal Court, Chief Administrative Officer of Shelby County, Assistant United States Attorney, Assistant District Attorney General, and Assistant Public Defender for Shelby County. The Mass will be followed by a reception for those in attendance. Contact Sandy Beck, Judicial Assistant to Judge Jennie D. Latta, at (901) 328-3542 or sandy_ [email protected], for more information or to respond. - The West Tennessee Catholic Week Ending September 6, 2013 St. AnnE-School benefit auction St. Benedict Celebrates All-School Mass Everyone is invited to the St. AnnE-School Benefit Auction on Saturday, October 12, 5:30 – 9 p.m. in St. Sebastian Hall. Tickets are $25 in advance or can be purchased for $30 at the door. This fun-filled evening will offer a delicious homemade dinner, beverages and both live and silent auctions. Auction items include fine wines, collectibles, sports memorabilia, jewelry, home accessories and gift certificates. TV personality Joe Birch will be the auctioneer. Music will be provided by Earl Randle. The funds raised will support the children of St. AnnE-School through the University District Scholarship Fund. St. Anne School has provided quality education to the community for over 75 years and continues to provide innovative education through its affiliation with the University of Memphis. The E-School label acknowledges that Electronic technology is an integral part of the school. Call 901-323-3817 for more information. Celebrating 25 years as a Catholic School of the Diocese of Memphis, Fr. Dexter Noblefranca (St. Ann) and Fr. Patrick Hirtz (OLPH), who each gave up his day off, concelebrated the first All-School Mass of the year for SBA students & faculty. As tradition has it, Honor Council members were inducted and Miraculous Medals for Fall Athletes were blessed and distributed. The spiritual aspect of the school in worship and prayer are what makes SBA unique and is the fundamental basis of this Diocesan School. Allan Travers: The Priest who Pitched By Jay Gauthreaux Chances are you never heard of Allan Travers from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Born On May 7, 1882, Travers was a twenty year old seminary student at St. Joseph College, who stepped into the baseball record book on May 18th, 1912 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. What’s so unusual about this? Permit me to explain. A few days’ previous, at New York, Tigers’ star Ty Cobb had been kicked out of a game with the Yankees for fighting with a fan who insulted his character. Cobb was fined and suspended. Hearing of Cobb’s suspension, upon their arrival in Philadelphia, the Tigers refused to suit up unless Cobb’s suspension was lifted. Given an ultimatum of fielding a team, or risk fine and forfeiture of franchise by the League President, Hugh Jennings, manager of Detroit, rushed to put makeshift team together after hearing his team refusing to suit up. Jennings found Allan Travers on the corner of 23rd and Columbus. Travers really didn’t have any experience in baseball, other than being the assistant manager of the St, Joseph baseball team. But pitching and batting cleanup, Travers gave it the old College try. The new “Tigers” gave up 24 runs, on twenty six hits. Fourteen of those runs were earned and credited to Mr. Travers. Those 24 runs established a American league record that still stands today. Travers struck out one and walked seven Philadelphia batters in pitching a complete game. He went 0-3 as the Philadelphia Athletics defeated the new “Tigers”, 24-2. Travers’ career was rather brief, one game, as the real Tigers came back the next day. Travers did received $50.00 for his efforts and press in the next days’ papers as “The Man who saved a Franchise”. Travers returned to his studies rather sheepishly after his major league debut. He never volunteered to tell his story, unless was asked to. He was ordained Reverend Aloysius Stanislaus Travers, S.J. (Society of Jesus), in 1926. He taught at St. Francis Xavier High School in New York. 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The West Tennessee Catholic - Week Ending September 6, 2013 Hope Before Us: From an ICE Raid to Reconciliation By Sister Mary McCauley Lessons learned at the Postville, Iowa, Immigration Raid in 2008 stand vividly in my mind Sr Mary McCauley as our nation considers comprehensive immigration reform. Hundreds of memories flood my mind and heart. Recollections of people from Postville and surrounding communities arriving to offer support, food, clothing, blankets, medical care, money and legal advice warm my heart. The vision of children crying as they feared they would never again see their mother or father breaks my heart. It challenges me to again think of women walking with GPS devices on their ankles carrying signs that read: We are not criminals. We came to work. We came to feed our families. We are mothers. That May 8 afternoon I stood in the unadorned rectory dining room of St. Bridget’s Parish, where I served as the pastoral administrator. It had suddenly became command central. I read a statement from Immigration Customs Enforcement or ICE. The statement attempted to explain what had taken place at 10 that morning at Agriprocessors. I skimmed the paper hoping to make sense out of what was happening. I read one line after another and then my eyes fell upon these words: “An immigration raid was conducted at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa in order to uphold the integrity of the law....” I saw children searching for parents, wives searching for husbands. I saw faces filled with fear. At that moment my heart stirred and I realized that while our government claimed to uphold the integrity of the law it had totally ignored the integrity of the person, the integrity of the family, the integrity of a community, as well as the integrity of the values for which our country stands. The profound respect and love for every person affected by the Postville raid and a desire to uphold American values demands we find a humane solution to the Postville scene and those like it. The rendering of relationships in ICE raids, the ripping apart the fabric of families, of children from parents and husbands from wives, demands we find ways to bring people together to benefit all. After viewing what horrors the ICE raids wrought, we now have the opportunity to create humane solution to the broken immigration system and to reach out to government, to employers who unscrupulously take advantage of undocumented workers, to neighbors who fear the stranger, and to legislators who have been slow to rewrite our broken and callous laws. Now is the time to say: Let us move on, let us respect and honor the dignity of all persons, let us recognize that laws have but one purpose — to ensure the common good. Now is the time to restore the integrity of the law, of the family, of our American values, of our country. Now is the time for comprehensive immigration reform. Memories may sadden but they will never paralyze us. Our memories, our consciences, our integrity, our respect for the dignity of all persons, as well as our respect and love for our country call us unabashedly to do all that we can to turn the tragedy Natural Family Planning The Billings Ovulation Method Totally moral, healthy & steroid free Class Series Begins Saturday, October 5, 2013 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 November 4, 2013. of Postville into victory for justice. Sister Mary McCauley, BVM is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Dubuque, Iowa. - The West Tennessee Catholic Week Ending September 6, 2013 National Catholic Youth Conference coming this November Every day, every year, throughout the diocese of Memphis, the teens in the diocese are challenged to always keep praying and to never lose their faith. This is difficult when there are so many other influences that can tempt them to give up on prayer and give up on their faith. The National Catholic Youth Conference will be on November 2123 in Indianapolis. The theme is “Signed. Sealed. Delivered.” Diocesan teens will have the opportunity to join over 23,000 other teenagers from throughout the U.S. to hear dynamic keynote speakers, to attend several different workshops, to hear inspiring musicians, and especially to pray with and for one another. OPEN Bishop J. Terry Steib also will be in HOUSES attendance this year. The diocese will be taking October 15 two buses of teens and adults to the conference, but financial help is ECC-4th Grade needed. In addition to registration 5:30-6:30 p.m. fees of $215 per person, there are October 29 also bus costs and food and lodging 9th Grade expenses. Participants could be looking at paying $500 each to cover 8:30 a.m all of these costs. November 6 Diocesan youth desperately We are a girls’ school and a boys’ school, together as part of one family. Our students share access to 5th-8th Grade need any size financial donation so an advanced technology research center with a Cybrary, Distance Learning Center and Digital Projects 5:30-7:00 p.m. that teens keep praying and never Studio. Through award-winning leadership in technology, a commitment to academic excellence, and a lose their faith. Please consider dedication to Study, Prayer, Community and Service — we prepare students to be leaders who will make November 12 making a donation to the Office of the world a better place. To learn more about our innovative campus, please call (901) 767-1356. ECC-4th Grade Youth Ministries, 5825 Shelby Oaks 9:30 -10:30 a.m. Drive St. Agnes Academy St. Dominic School P K-8 Memphis, TN 38134. For information P K-12 or to help call (901) 373-1292 or Learning individually. Developing together. email [email protected] Two schools. One innovative campus. 8BMOVU(SPWF3PBEr.FNQIJT5/r rXXXTBBTETPSHr"$BUIPMJD5SBEJUJPO4JODF 6th year in a row The West Tennessee Catholic - Week Ending September 6, 2013 Lee Daniels’ The Butler By John Mulderig, Catholic News Service ey, Honmember The Beatitudes: A Couple’s Path to Greater Joy to es: dat Re he th , t e 14 sav ber m e , and th pt 12 Se er b th o 16 Oc t er emb ! Nov pm un 6:30 e f @ av h e r a t su ha yt er ng u l fu ci ffer persecu tio n ee k em n r ou h r e it ir sp er s o f hea r t ak an m e le c c the Beatitudes A Couple’s Path to Greater Joy th m o y w h Blessed are th e m Blessed are th e po ssed are e l B th o r e pe a B l e ss e d a r et h e e th e w h o Blessed are th e r ey se a th es d Blessed are Bl d e ’ll We The Church of the Holy Spirit Marriage Team and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis invite all married couples to go on a date! Mark your calendar for the evenings of September 14, October 12, and November 16 at 6:30 pm, and ask your spouse on a date for those three evenings. Bl es s in A frequently heard slogan of the late 1960s held that “the personal is political.” Whatever its value as a rallying cry, that phrase certainly fits the affecting fact-based drama “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” (Weinstein) in which the private and public realms collide. Drawing on a 2008 Washington Post article by reporter Wil Haygood, director Daniels (“Precious”) tells a fictionalized version of the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen (1919-2010). Allen’s screen stand-in is Cecil Gaines, played by Forest Whitaker. Escaping the vicious racism of the early 20th-century Deep South -- flashbacks to the Georgia cotton plantation where he was raised prove harrowing -- Cecil makes his way to the relatively less oppressive surroundings of Washington. There he masters the art of providing elegant service to the all-white patrons of an elite hotel, a skill that requires him to suppress not only his true feelings, but his views on any controversial matter. Cecil’s discretion wins him the favorable notice of a White House agent, and he secures a coveted place on the domestic staff of the executive mansion. As he proceeds to work, close at hand, with every president from Dwight D. Eisenhower (Robin Williams) to Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman), Cecil cherishes the cautious hope that, under their leadership, white Americans will eventually see the light on racial issues. This patient, conservative stance, however, increasingly conflicts with the civil rights activism of Cecil’s older son Louis (David Oyelowo). And the long hours Cecil puts in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue leave his strong-willed but fragile wife Gloria (Oprah Winfrey) feeling neglected. Of the several appealing performances from which the movie benefits, Winfrey’s complex portrayal of Gloria is perhaps the most impressive. Earthy yet spiritual, a commanding matriarch yet a woman tempted both by the bottle and by a slick, seductive neighbor (Terrence Howard), Gloria follows an erratic course through life -- one very much in contrast with her husband’s steady ways. In addition to its subtle fictitious characterizations, the surprisingly nuanced view of the various real-life chief executives offered by screenwriter Danny Strong’s script -- an irretrievably self-absorbed Richard Nixon (John Cusack) alone excepted -- also helps to keep the unfolding events from feeling like a chronological checklist of postwar history. Still, it does come across as a bit too pat when Louis moves, with seeming inevitability, from training for sit-ins at lunch counters to enrolling as a Freedom Rider to enlisting in the Black Panther movement. All the more so, since his on-cue, Malcolm X-inspired radicalization is followed, in short order, by his younger brother Charlie’s (Elijah Kelley) departure for Vietnam. The Marriage Team invites spouses of all ages to take a journey together as a couple toward greater love, understanding, and commitment using the program The Beatitudes: A Couple’s Path to Greater Joy. Married couples will meet in the Batson Center for appetizers and a brief introduction/instruction by the Marriage Team, and then go on their date to explore as a couple the topic given as the subject for that evening. By learning together how to live out the Beatitudes in daily life and taking the time to “date” again, couples will enrich their faith, and their marriages and have fun while doing so! Please contact Cisa Linxwiler @ [email protected] or 901-737-7289 with any questions. $IVSDIPGUIF)PMZ4QJSJUt)JDLPSZ$SFTU%SJWFt.FNQIJT5/tXXXITQJSJUDPNt Additionally, those of a Republican bent should note that the climactic first-term election of the current commander-in-chief is presented not only in an understandably celebratory light but in one that borders on adulation. Vulgar language and other red-flag content would normally prevent recommendation of “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” for any audience but grown-ups. But the moral significance of this uplifting journey - undertaken within a context of implicit religious faith and strong marital commitment -- is such that at least some parents may consider it acceptable for older teens. The film contains occasional action violence, an adultery theme, numerous mature references, a half-dozen uses of profanity, a couple of rough terms and some crude and crass language. The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 -- parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Mulderig is on the staff of Catholic News Service. - The West Tennessee Catholic Week Ending September 6, 2013 Reflections On Sunday's Readings Lectionary Readings Year C of the Sunday Cycle • September 8-14, 2013 Psalter Week III By Jean Denton, Catholic News Service September 8, Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle C. Readings: (1) Wisdom 9:13-18b, Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17 (2) Philemon 9-10, 12-17 (Gospel) Luke 14:25-33 Philip Hamrick is a gifted singer-songwriter. Several years ago, his band had developed to a point where it had a good chance of succeeding in the competitive music industry. Its strong musicianship, tight vocal harmonies and thoughtful lyrics were delighting a growing audience. The group believed the time was ripe to begin the work necessary to take their music to the next level on tour. The band was ready. But Phil was not. No one loved the band more than Phil. His tunes and lyrics were the heart of the music. But he’d just gotten married and felt a responsibility to his new wife. He’d also been offered a stable job leading a fledgling music ministry in a growing church. He tried to explain to his disappointed bandmates, “If it is meant to be, the music will get there. It will happen. I trust God. Right now, I have to think about other things, and this ministry is something I have to do.” Phil understood what this weekend’s Scripture from Wisdom points out: Our “mortal” deliberations are uncertain at best and “what is within our grasp we find with difficulty,” but the wisdom given by the Holy Spirit guides us along a straight path. Phil had always been open about how his faith guided his life. His band members respected him and accepted his decision. Their desire was based on an unsure chance of success. Phil’s decision was based on his certain faith that the Holy Spirit showed him God’s desire. The band scattered, but the members kept a close friendship. In maturing, the others each have looked to Phil as a role model, largely because of his commitment to a life guided by Christ’s Spirit. Most remain professional musicians; some, dedicated Christians. All are successful, compassionate people. Phil now directs more than 50 musicians in leading thousands of Christians in worship. He writes music that enriches their prayer. He writes other music that he categorizes as outside the “Christian music” genre. But it all carries the Gospel message that inspires him. Philip Hamrick isn’t on the charts, but he continues to take his counsel from the Holy Spirit. As for his music, wherever it is meant to be, trust God it is there. Sunday, September 8 TWENTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Wisdom 9:13-18b Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17 Philemon 9-10, 12-17 Luke 14:25-33 Monday, September 9 Saint Peter Claver, priest (USA) Colossians 1:24-2:3 Psalm 62:6-7, 9 Luke 6:6-11 Tuesday, September 10 Weekday Colossians 2:6-15 Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11 Luke 6:12-19 Wednesday, September 11 Weekday Colossians 3:1-11 Psalm 145:2-3, 10-13 Luke 6:20-26 Thursday, September 12 Weekday; The Most Holy Name of Mary Colossians 3:12-17 Psalm 150:1-6 Luke 6:27-38 Friday, September 13 Saint John Chrysostom, bishop, doctor of the Church 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14 Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 11 Luke 6:39-42 Saturday, September 14 FEAST OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS Numbers 21:4b-9 Psalm 78:1-2, 34-38 Philemon 2:6-11 John 3:13-17 Mission Statement of The West Tennessee Catholic - Digital Edition The West Tennessee Catholic is a digital news publication dedicated to sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ primarily with the people of the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee and, secondarily, with the world at large. 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Dupuis—Executive Director Week Ending September 6, 2013 /CTOR The West Tennessee Catholic - Celebrating the Year of Faith Fall 2013 courses and retreats offered for adults are now posted by Department of Catechesis, Parishes, and Our Lady Queen of Peace Retreat Center. Visit www.cdom.org. Call to Community Prayer for Peace On September 7, Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, will lead a Rosary for Peace in the Middle East at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, 1695 Central Avenue in Memphis. The Rosary will be held at 12 noon and is scheduled for the same time as the Rosary to be led by Pope Francis in Rome. A Prayer for the People of Syria Almighty eternal God, source of all compassion, the promise of your mercy and saving help fills our hearts with hope. Hear the cries of the people of Syria; bring healing to those suffering from the violence, and comfort to those mourning the dead. Empower and encourage Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees. Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and strengthen the resolve of those committed to peace. O God of hope and Father of mercy, your Holy Spirit inspires us to look beyond ourselves and our own needs. Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies. Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria, and fill us with hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN 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 1-877-237-0004 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 - The West Tennessee Catholic Week Ending September 6, 2013 The Diocese of Memphis publishes obituaries provided by the individual parishes. If you have a question concerning an obit please contact the parish directly. Obituaries CIANCIOLO A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 3 for Mary Agnes Cianciolo, 93, at St. Louis Church by Rev. Msgr. John B. McArthur. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery. Survivors include daughter, Rose Marie Portera; sons, Bill Cianciolo, Anthony Cianciolo, David Cianciolo, Jr. and Jerry Cianciolo; brother, Joseph Radogna; six grandchildren; and 10 greatgrandchildren. DAVOCK A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 30 for Courtney Ann Davock, 37, at St. Brigid Church by Rev. R. Bruce Cinquegrani. Burial was at Boston, MA. Survivors include parents, John and Barbara Davock; and sister Shannon Trzil. FRACCHIA A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 24 for Lindy Rose Fracchia, 90, at St. Louis Church by Rev. Saji Ellickal. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include son, Albert Louis “Bert” Fracchia; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. GOMEZ A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 10 for Santo Marie Guerrero Gomez, 69, at Church of the Resurrection by Rev. Robert Favazza. Survivors include son, Luis A. Gomez. Rev. William F. Burke Rev. R. James Murphy Rev. James Martell Rev. Kevin Bravata Rev. Bryan Timby KNOX A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated September 4 for Florence A. Knox, 97, at Holy Angels Catholic Church by Rev. Robert J. Stellini. Burial was at Fairview Cemetery/ Dyersburg. Survivors include nieces, Bobbie Echard and Martha Calabria; and nephew, Vincent E. Knox, Jr. LAMB A funeral home and graveside service were conducted August 26 for Kevin Michael Lamb, 64, at Covington Funeral Home by Rev. Martin Orjianioke. Burial was at Shiloh Cemetery, Covington, TN. Survivors include spouse, Martha Sue Hill Lamb; daughters, Jenifer Lamb and Sherry Russell (stepdaughter); son, Joe Lamb; sisters, Priscilla Lamb Sassi, Brenda Lamb Maurer, Teresa Lamb, Monica Lamb Casey, Louise Profera Frohman, and Becky Profera Grant; brothers, George, Tommy, and Peter Lamb. REINOEHL A memorial Mass was conducted September 4 for Robert Charles Reinoehl, 66, at St. Louis Church by Rev. David Graham. Burial was at Veterans Cemetery. Survivors include spouse, Chris Reinoehl; daughters, Tracy Price and Kelly Trim; son, Scott Reinoehl; and 10 grandchildren. 09/06 09/12 09/21 09/22 09/28 RUTSTEIN A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated August 31 for Gracemary Balton Rutstein, 81, at St. Louis Church by Rev. Msgr. John B. McArthur. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery. Survivors include sons, Louis M. Rutstine, Jr. and John B. Rutstein; and brother, Frank T. Balton, Jr. TRAUSENECKER A M a s s of C h r i s t i a n B u r i a l was celebrated August 27 for Gertrude “Trudy” Trausenecker, 79, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church by Rev. Gary E. Lamb, assisted by Rev. Mr. John Moskal. Survivors include spouse, Harry Trausenecker; daughters, Janice Turnipseed and Donna Webb; sons, Barry Trausenecker and Todd Trausenecker; and four grandchildren. Legion of Mary holds faith series The Diocesan Legion of Mary will offer a series entitled “How to explain your faith.” The series is designed to equip laity to explain and defend our Catholic faith. Msgr. Al Kirk, diocesan moderator of the Legion of Mary, encourages all to come and learn. He says, “I am very excited about this series. We offered a similar set of programs when I was pastor of St. Mary’s in Jackson, and it proved very helpful to people. The format enables participants to obtain a better grasp of Catholic beliefs which are often misunderstood by their non-Catholic friends and relatives.” All programs are open to the public. Refreshments will be served. • September 22, 4 p.m. – “Catholics and Muslims: How Can We Live Together?” presented by Mr. Jim Barnett and Deacon Henry Littleton at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue, Memphis. If you wold like to receive inspirational emails from Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD and other periodicals such as Foundations in Faith newsletter, please sign up at http:// goo.gl/LRhU1, or go to the www.cdom.org website and click on the link “Emails.” Please consider remembering your Catholic parish, school or diocese in your will. For more information contact David Cremerius, Director of Planned Giving. (901) 373-1273 or [email protected] The West Tennessee Catholic - Week Ending September 6, 2013 Calendar SEPTEMBER 2013 7 8 10 10 14 15 15 Saturday for the Engaged Marriage preparation for First Marriages. A time to discover the realities of marriage while sharing your thoughts and feelings with your future spouse about the sacrament and your new life together. Class Time is 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is required and forms are available from the priest or deacon who is helping with marriage preparation. Preregister submit completed form with payment to Dept. of Pastoral Services, Catholic Diocese of Memphis, 5825 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134. Classes are also offered in Spanish. For more information call (901) 373-1237 or (800) 825-5731. St. Ann Young Adults Shrimp and Crawfish Boil. Are you a young adult (20s-30s) at St. Ann Church-Bartlett looking to get into a group where you can meet others your age with similar interests and values; have opportunities to volunteer at food shelters; assist the elderly; grow spiritually through bible studies, prayer groups; have fun hanging out watching movies, having game nights? Kickoff 6 p.m., Trinity Hall, 6529 Stage Road, Bartlett. Childcare provided free! Join us or learn more - email Anna Myers at [email protected] or Rebecca Miller at miller. [email protected] Midsouth Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Chapter inaugural meeting, Dinner at 6 p.m., $10; choral workshop, 7 p.m. led by Dr. Larry Edwards of University of Memphis. Marian Hall at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue (at Belvedere) Memphis. Grief Support Group. 8 week grief group. 6:30-8 p.m, Methodist Hospice, 6416 Quince Rd. Call Reba David at (901) 754-7085 for more information. The Beatitudes: A Couple’s Path to Greater Joy. Sep. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 16 at 6:30 pm. The Church of the Holy Spirit Marriage Team and the Catholic Diocese of Memphis invite all married couples. Meet in the Batson Center for appetizers and a brief introduction/instruction by the Marriage Team, and then explore the subject for that evening. Contact Cisa Linxwiler at [email protected] linxwiler.net or 901-737-7289 with any questions. St. Therese Ravioli-Spaghetti Dinner. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Elevator to Leppert Center. Spaghetti plate $6; ravioli plate $8; combo plates $8. Children under 5 free spaghetti. Frozen ravioli $4/dozen; gravy $3/pint. Ave Maria Gala Week Dinner. 6 p.m., CBHS Heffernan Hall. Dinner honors John Barzizza, John Zoccola, and Wanda Duke (posthumously). Tickets $100/person, $800 table of eight. Call 405-3791 for information or go to www.avemariahome.org to register. 18 Ladies of Charity Mass, Meeting and Luncheon. 9:45 a.m., Church of the Holy Spirit, 2300 Hickory Crest Drive. Please attend our monthly Mass, meeting and luncheon. Rosary will begin at 9:45 a.m. with Mass at 10 a.m. Information (901) 767-6553. 20 Immaculate Conception Catholic School Mercy Day Mass and Hall of Fame Luncheon. Mass 9:30 a.m., luncheon/ceremony 11:30 a.m., Marian Hall. Honorees are Peggy Dowling Steffan, Tom Sullivan, Sr. Jeannine Curley, RSM, Msgr. Merlin F. Kearney (posthumously), Sr. Gabriella Webb, R.S.M. (posthumously), Judge Carolyn Wade Blackett, Pam Gaia (posthumously), Rebecca Reno Conrad, and Debbie Ward Hunt. To RSVP or for more information call Cathy Armstrong at 901-435-5344. Ministry to the Sick Training. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Catholic Center, 5825 Shelby Oaks Drive. Candidates are required to send completed registration form signed by the pastor or representative by September 16th. Registration forms are available at your parish office or online, http://www.cdom.org/commhealth/sick. htm. For more information call the office of Pastoral Services at 373-1237. 21 21 21-22 22 23 26-29 28 All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner. 5-7 p.m., St. Paul Church, K of C Hall, Spaghetti, slaw, bread, drink: $6/adults, $2.50/children under 12. St. Augustine Annual Family and Friends Mass Celebration. 5:30 p.m. Sat., and 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., Sunday. Family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, invited for fellowship and to share “the Good News of the gospel.” Located at 1169 Kerr Street, Rev. Tony Clark, S.V.D. Pastor and can be reached at (901) 774-2297/ web (staugustinememphis.org.). Legion of Mary discussion HOW TO EXPLAIN YOUR FAITH. The series is designed to equip laity to explain and defend our Catholic faith. 4 p.m., Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue, Memphis. – “Catholics and Muslims: How Can We Live Together?” presented by Mr. Jim Barnett and Deacon Henry Littleton. Ave Maria Golf Tournament. 7 a.m., Quail Ridge Golf Club, Bartlett. Golf scramble. $250/player, $1,000/4-person team. Call 405-3791 for more information or www.avemariahome.org to register. Women’s Cursillo. For more information go to www.memphiscursillo.com. 50th Jubilee Celebration for Sister Connie Tarallo, Sister of Charity of Nazareth. 4 p.m. , Mass and celebration with reception to follow in school gym, St. Ann Church, 6529 Stage Road, Bartlett. Free but ticket required. Tickets available at welcome desk in Narthex or parish office. For more information call (901) 373-6011. 28 Fall Youth Gathering: Grace at the Trace. 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Natchez Trace State Park. All middle school and high school youth groups (6th-12th grade) are invited to spend the day with teens from both the Jackson Deanery and the Memphis Deanery. Contact your youth minister for more information and for required forms. 28 6th Annual St. Vincent de Paul Friends of the Poor® Walk/ Run. 10 a.m., early registration 9 a.m. at www.svdpmemphis. org. Call Gloria Hyden at 901-552-7038 for more information. Register online now to get a really cool looking “friends” T-shirt! Calendar OCTOBER 2013 1 5 18-19 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. Therese Live & Silent Auction. Mass 4:30 p.m. followed by auction in Leppert Hall. Sonors and auction items wanted. RSVP Contact [email protected] or call (901) 2761412. Facebook: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church and School Parish Social Ministry Regional Training. St. Benedict at Auburndale School, 8250 Varnavas Drive, Cordova. Training will be led by Catholic Charities USA. Clock hours available for catechist and social ministry certification. Professional credits available through Catholic University of America. To register go to http:// bit.ly/1320eqC. The early-bird registration fee for this event is $15 and will increase to $25 after September 15. To receive a detailed workshop schedule, or for more information, contact Therese Gustaitis at [email protected] 10 - The West Tennessee Catholic Week Ending September 6, 2013 Support the Bishop’s Annual Appeal. Visit www.cdom.org for more information on how you can help. Poverty, ‘ignorance’ blamed in destruction of Egypt Christian churches By Mark Pattison, Catholic News Service Two Egyptian-born Christian clergy, in separate telephone interviews with Catholic News Service, each blamed both poverty and “ignorance” for the attacks on Christian churches in Egypt. Through Aug. 20, 38 Christian churches were known to have been destroyed, with attacks on another 23 houses of worship, according to statistics compiled by a Coptic Christian group in Egypt called the Maspero Youth Union. The attacks led by Islamist extremists stem from the Egyptian’s army deposing of President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood who was elected Egypt’s president last year. There is anger over what extremists perceive as Christian support for his ouster. Egypt has been torn by violence since Morsi was ousted, with more than 1,000 dead after clashes between protesters and police or members of the army. “These people are getting money to do that (commit the church violence),” charged Deacon Medhat Hanna of Resurrection Coptic Catholic Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. “They are getting $500 a day to do that. ... Money is given to the poor people to vote.” Although some irregularities were cited, Morsi was generally considered to be the first democratically elected president of Egypt. Deacon Hanna, who said he is on the phone “all the time” with friends and relations in his native Egypt, cited “poverty, ignorance” as what lies behind the church destruction. “This is not a coup. Is this a coup, or do people reject the old regime?” Deacon Hanna told CNS. “As far as I know, the people got fed up with the old regime and they expressed their concern and their feelings and they demonstrate, a record worldwide for the number of demonstrators. The number is in the books, nobody can deny that.” Morsi was deposed July 3, barely a year after he was elected. While Egypt has one of the largest populations of Christians in the Middle East, they still make up only about 10 percent to 15 percent of the populace of 82 million people, the majority of whom are Sunni Muslims. Most of the country’s Christians are Coptic Orthodox. Egypt has 200,000-300,000 Catholics, most of the of the Eastern Coptic rite. Father Marcos Daoud, assistant pastor of St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church in the Chicago suburb of Palatine, Ill., said it was possible the country could tip over into perpetual lawlessness. “The only way to prevent this from taking over, or not to continue,” he said, is there “should be a longterm (plan) of development. That’s the only way.” Father Daoud said lslamists in Egypt “are able to have, to gain members and followers because of the poverty and the lack of knowledge, the ignorance.” A native of Alexandria, Egypt, Father Daoud said the situation in his hometown is “not that bad” but is “much worse” in what he called “upper Egypt,” where Cairo, the capital, is located. Of the Muslim Brotherhood proMorsi supporters, he said: “They have weapons, they have followers, they have people who are ready to do anything in the name of God.” He added, “Our parishioners are very worried about their families and the church. They are very concerned. They don’t have too much to do, but they always talking about calling to Egypt, talking to their families on an hourly basis.” T h e M u s l i m B ro t h e r h o o d party is trying to destroy Egypt “everywhere from Alexandria to Aswan,” said Moussa Tawadrous, a Coptic Catholic living in Nashville, Tenn. “I hope our army is strong enough to control” the violence, said Tawadrous, a leader of a group of 45 Coptic Catholic families in Nashville. “But I hope all the nations around the world support the Egyptian army as well. They are trying to save the country.” He added, “I am surprised how some of the other nations in the West doesn’t understand this.” Although the Egyptian demonstrations against previous President Hosni Mubarak were a centerpiece of the Arab Spring two years ago, which brought about the election of Morsi, the actions of Morsi and his ministers “were way, way, way worse than the Mubarak regime,” Tawadrous told the Tennessee Register, newspaper of the Diocese of Nashville. After Morsi’s election, he added, Egypt deteriorated, economically and politically. Most Egyptians want their nation to be a modern country that respects freedom of religion, he said. Tawadrous echoed comments by Deacon Hanna that the army’s action in July was not a coup. “It is a situation to do the will of the (the majority) Egyptians ... who (objected to what) the Brotherhood were doing in the country and asking Morsi to step out. The army was only supporting the will of the Egyptian people,” he said. “The coup was what the Brotherhood did in one year.” Tawadrous, who came to the U.S. about five years ago from is from the town of Abu Qurkas, about 150 miles south of Cairo, said he and the other members of the Coptic Catholic community in Nashville have been communicating with friends and family in Egypt. “It’s not easy,” he said. “We’re trying to communicate with our families every hour. And pray for them for sure and pray for Egypt, our country, to be more safe, to get better.” Contributing to this story was Andy Telli, managing editor of the Tennessee Register in Nashville. Family Dentistry Stephen C. Alsobrook, D.D.S. 280 German Oak Drive • Cordova, TN 38018 (901) 522-6640 We offer preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. We accept most dental insurance and credit cards. The CareCredit® payment plan is also available. New Patients are welcome. Office hours by appointment. 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