February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 1 February 13, 2015 | A Voice of Tennessee Catholic Life since 1937 | www.dioceseofnashville.com Photo by Rick Musacchio Insure Tennessee falls, but Catholics vow to keep fighting Jennifer Murphy, right, executive director of the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission, talks with Ann Harris, left, a member of the Saint Thomas Foundation board, Dawn Rudolph, the chief experience officer for Saint Thomas Health, and Greg Pope, chief mission officer for Saint Thomas Health, in the hallway of Legislative Plaza on Feb. 3. They were among a group from Saint Thomas Health meeting with legislators and urging passage of Insure Tennessee on the first day of committee consideration of the measure. Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan, laid out during a special legislative session, failed when a Senate committee voted to block further consideration of the effort that would have greatly expanded Tennesseans’ access to health insurance. See story on page 12. St. Andrew Outreach offers food, clothes and lots of hugs Rick Musacchio M att and June Keller know how tough it can be to make ends meet. During their 62 years of marriage, they raised seven kids and faced the challenges of running a household. When they were living in Michigan years ago, Matt was working for the telephone company as a lineman, June said. “We were not making very much money. Matt had one dollar left in his pocket, and he put it in the church envelope. Would you believe, that weekend, there was a big storm … and he got all kinds of overtime.” They experienced other obstacles that regularly put a strain on their finances, June said. “Our stove went out, or our refrigerator went out. Oh, no, what do we do? And back then, there was no help like this. This is why we do the program.” The program is what the parishioners at St. Andrew Church in Sparta simply call Outreach. From 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday, a regular group of volunteers led by the Kellers meet in the parish hall to hand out food and clothing to needy families from White and Van Buren counties. Families can also get help paying their utility bills. But sometimes the best assistance the volunteers can provide is taking Continued on page 13 Dominicans open doors to Motherhouse … page 11 | Holy Rosary teen selected for national choir ... page 15 2 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 Lent is time to turn back to God and our baptismal promises Andy Telli B eginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, Catholics are called to use the season of Lent to examine their relationship with God as they prepare for Easter. At the core of that preparation is reconciliation, both through the sacrament and in how we extend God’s love for us to others. “This is the season in which we’re invited to much more intensely recognize again the great mercy of God and the great love of God,” said Father Bruce Morill. S.J., a professor of theological studies at Vanderbilt University’s Divinity School, where he holds the Edward A. Malloy Chair of Catholic Studies. God’s love for us is first revealed to us when we’re baptized, Father Morrill said. According to the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (“Sacrosanctum Concilium”), the primary purpose of Lent is to prepare the people who will receive the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and the Eucharist at Easter, Father Morrill said. And secondly, for those already baptized, Lent is the season when we prepare to renew our baptismal promises, he added. “That really puts Lent in perspective for us. It’s all about Easter,” Father Morrill said. Lent is “all about our preparing to receive once again the great revelation of who we are in our baptism in Christ,” he added. Catholics should think of Lent “as an intense retreat,” Father Morrill said, “stepping away and going deeper into what this whole thing is.” “It’s a special season for healing and restoring your relationship with Jesus,” said Father John O’Neill, the chaplain at St. Cecilia Academy and Overbrook School. “It’s a time for falling in love with Jesus again.” The readings for Ash Wednesday are a call to return to God and his love and mercy. The first reading from the Book of Joel reads: “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping, and mourning; rend your hearts, not your garments, and return CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic A stained-glass window illustrating the sacrament of reconciliation is seen at Our Lady of Ostrabrama Church in Cutchogue, N.Y. to the Lord, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.” The second reading is taken from St. Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians: “We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who did not know sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God in him. Working together, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For he says: ‘In an acceptable time I heard you, and on the day of salvation I helped you.’ Behold, now is a very acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” And in the Gospel reading from St. Matthew, Christ describes for his followers how to live a life of penance in what has become the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, Father Morrill said. Father Morrill tries to use his homilies during Lent to help “people see different dimensions of God’s grace toward them, how God has offered God’s life to them … and in light of that great generosity of God, how have we been living in response to that,” he said. “The response has to include ‘How am I responding forward?’” Father Morrill said. “Reconciliation is also about reconciling with (our) brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.” “When you think about reconciliation, especially in the almsgiving and the care of the poor, we join in the very activity of God,” Father Morrill said. “This fundamental care for the poor is God’s priority. We meet Christ in the homeless, the starving, the poor.” During Lent, penance and reconciliation take on not only an external and social aspect through acts of charity, but should also be internal and individual. “It is important to impress on the minds of the faithful not only a social consequences of sin but also that essence of the virtue of penance which leads to the detestation of sin as an offense against God,” according to the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Lent “is a period to reflect on whether there are any sins we need to be forgiven,” Father Morrill said. That reflection leads to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “As a parent you would hate if your child neglected to tell you when they were in serious trouble. And Jesus wants people to come to him when they’re in trouble,” Father O’Neill said. “As the years have gone by, I see it as the most healing sacrament imaginable. It’s just such a relief of human pain and an infusion of peace,” said Father O’Neill, who was a physician and surgeon before becoming a priest. Hearing confessions, “I feel personally more of a surgeon than ever before in my life because it is God who wields the heavenly surgical instruments.” “When people celebrate the sacrament of confession, the key thing is not to just remind them of what they did wrong, but why are they are there,” Father Morrill said. “I’m very moved by people’s confessions. They see it in the light of how much God loves them.” Lenten Regulations T he following Lenten times of penance are in accordance with the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church and with the directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. These regulations bind all Latin Rite Catholics of the United States of America except as noted. • All are obliged by law to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, all Fridays of Lent, and Good Friday, April 3, from the age of 14 years throughout life. The law forbids the use of meat, but not of eggs, the products of milk, or condiments made of animal fat. • All are obliged by law to fast – limiting oneself to one full meal and two lighter meals in the course of the day – on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, from the day after their 18th birthday until the day after their 59th birthday. The combined quantity of food at the two light meals should not exceed the quantity of food taken at the full meal. The drinking of ordinary liquids does not break the fast. • All are generally obliged to do penance during the entire season of Lent. In addition to fast and abstinence, the obligation may be discharged by other good works, such as voluntary abstinence, prayer, self-denial, almsgiving and acts of charity. Register launches annual subscription renewal drive W hether exploring how Catholics in Middle Tennessee are living out the Corporal Works of Mercy or how the Catholic community was affected by the Civil War and the pivotal Battle of Nashville, the Tennessee Register’s writers and photographers strive to bring you stories that matter. With every story we write, our aim is to chronicle the life of the Diocese of Nashville as well as give readers a glimpse of life in the universal church, all while trying to illuminate the teachings of our faith in a deeper way. 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CHOBYʼS SCHEDULE Bishop’s letter to the people of the diocese My Dear People of God, February 15 • Confirmation, St. Henry Church, 2:30 p.m. February 17 • Presbyteral Council Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m. • Theology on Tap, Blackstone Brewery and Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. February 18 • Ash Wednesday Mass, Belmont University, 9:30 a.m. February 19 • Catholic Foundation Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m. February 20 • Catholic Public Policy Commission Meeting, Catholic Charities, 10 a.m. • Father Ryan Legacy Gala Patron Party, location to be announced, 6 p.m. This coming Wednesday, we begin the observance of our Lenten penitential practices. As we receive ashes, reminding us of our need for repentance, we hear the admonition: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” One of the ways that we best understand this message is offered to us by the Lord Himself in the long-familiar Parable of the Prodigal Son. To repent means to turn back. In reflecting on the parable, we meet once again that moment in the life of a wayward young man who trades his place in relationship to his father to seek his happiness away from home. He uses the money coming from his father’s estate. Once his inheritance is spent and his “fair weather friends” are gone, he realizes how empty his life truly is. He has a momentous decision to make: Does he return to his father’s home, recognizing the harm he caused to that relationship, or, does he avoid the risk of his father’s rejection and live in isolation away from his love? The profligate son chose wisely. He returns to be greeted by his father’s love even before he can reach the family home. “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” The “Prodigal Son” teaches us graphically and clearly the meaning of the word “repent.” The father’s embrace is a tangible expression of “Gospel joy.” Let us pray for each other this Lenten season. With God’s grace, we can all grow closer to Him and to each other in seeking to overcome the effects of sin in our lives. Wishing you every blessing, I am Sincerely in Christ, February 21 • Mass followed by Note Burning Ceremony, Sacred Heart Church, Loretto, 5:30 p.m. Most Reverend David R. Choby Bishop of Nashville February 22 • Rite of Election, St. Henry Church, 3 p.m. The three traditional pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. In the Latinrite church, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18 this year. • Travel to Columbus, Ohio February 23 • Board of Trustees Meeting, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio, 9 a.m. February 24 • Seminarians and Faculty Meetings, Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio February 26 PRAY FAST GIVE • Pastors’ Luncheon, Father Ryan High School, 12 p.m. Necrology February 27 The Diocese of Nashville asks for your prayers for vocations, for our priests and for the following deceased clergy of the Diocese of Nashville: • Catholic Committee on Scouting Meeting, Catholic Center, 10 a.m. • Mass for the Youth 2000 Retreat, St. Philip Church, 7:30 p.m. February 13, 2015 | Volume 78, Number 4 Publisher Most Rev. David R. Choby Editor in Chief Rick Musacchio Managing Editor Andy Telli Staff Writer Theresa Laurence Administrative Nancy Mattson Production Debbie Lane Advertising Byron Warner CNS graphic/Nancy Wiechec Most Rev. William L. Adrian Februar y 13, 1972 Most Rev. 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City: ___________________________ State: ______ ZIP: ___________ Parish: ______________________________________________________ For change of address, please include old address. 4 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 Celebrating World Marriage Day Couples celebrating their 25th (top photo) and 50th (bottom photo) wedding anniversaries in 2015 were guests at a special World Marriage Day Mass celebrated by Bishop David Choby at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville on Sunday, Feb. 8. Photo by Peyton Hoge COMMUNITY CALENDAR February 15 Sunday † St. Walfrid Tridentine Mass (The Extraordinar y Form of the Mass), 1:30 p.m., Assumption Church, 1227 Seventh Ave. N., Nashville. Info: (615) 256-2729. Seven Dolors of the BVM Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order Meeting, 2 p.m., St. Philip Church, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Info: Deacon Simeon Panagatos (615) 459-2045. 16 Monday † St. Daniel GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. A scripture based seminar and support group for people who are grieving a death. Info: (615) 479-9504. 17 Tuesday † St. Alexis Falconieri Lenten Mission, Introduction/Pride, 6:45 p.m., St. Edward Church, 188 Thompson Ln., Nashville. Join Fr. Mark and Fr. Dan to learn more about the nature of sin, its deadly effects, and ways to overcome it. 18 Wednesday Ash Wednesday [day of fasting and abstinence] † St. Simon Nashville Catholic Business Women’s League Meeting, 5:30 p.m., University Club, Garland Ave., Nashville. Dinner 6 p.m. ($32 at the door). Program: Importance of preparing wills. RSVP by Noon Feb. 16: [email protected] or (615) 292-9131. Catholic Scout Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Jet Potter Center, Hillsboro Rd. Nashville. Info: [email protected] Divorced, Separated or Widowed Support Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Info: (615) 8835351. 19 Thursday † Bl. Alvarez of Corova Free Microsoft Solutions in the Classroom Workshop, 8-4 p.m., Father Ryan, 700 Norwood Dr., Nashville. Open to all educators and school administrators in the area. Registration: www.fatherryan.org/microsoft. Participants should bring own devices. Serra Club of Williamson County Mass, Program, and Coffee, 9 a.m., St. Philip Church, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Overeaters Anonymous Meeting for Men, 12-1 p.m., St. Henry Parish Library, 6401 Harding Pike, Nashville. Info: [email protected] Free Evening of Music and Worship with Scott Goudeau, 6:30 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Info: (615) 758-2424. Scott will perform Scripturebased songs from his CD “All Things New.” 22 Sunday † St. Margaret of Cortona Red Cross Blood Drive, 7:45 a.m. -1 p.m., St. Stephen, Holy Family Center, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Sign up: www.redcrossblood.org; sponsor code: ststephen. Info: (615) 207-9434. Red Cross Blood Drive, 9:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m., Christ the King, Parish Center, 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Mass of the Two Hearts, 5 p.m., Cathedral, 2015 West End Ave Nashville. In honor of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Schedule: 5 p.m. rosary and confession available, 5:30 p.m. Mass with consecration of families to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Info: (615) 646-5553. Tridentine Liturgy, 4 p.m., St. Catherine, 3019 Cayce Lane, Columbia. Catholics Returning Home, 7 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. 90 minute session to welcome, update, and help returning Catholics transition back into active Church life. Info: [email protected] yahoo.com or (630) 362-7150. GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. A scripture based seminar and support group for people who are grieving a death. Info: (615) 479-9504. 20 Friday † St. Wulfric Cathedral Players present a musical revue “L.O.V.E.” (Feb. 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; Feb 22, 2 p.m.; Feb 27-28, 7:30 p.m.; March 1, 2 p.m.), Cathedral, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. Tickets: $15. Info/tickets: www.CathedralPlayers.org or (615) 557-1309. 21 Saturday † St. Severian Diocesan Engaged Couples’ Retreat, 8 a.m. -5 p.m., Scarritt-Bennett Center, 1016 18th Ave. S., Nashville. Info: (615) 383-6393. Healthy Living as Lenten Penance, 9:30 a.m., Carmel Center, 610 Bluff Rd., Liberty, TN. Mass, seminar, lunch. Speaker: Dr. Rex C. Manayan. Admission is free, donations are welcome. RSVP by Feb. 18: [email protected] or (615) 594-9620. 23 Monday † St. Polycarp 24 Tuesday † St. John Theristus Lenten Mission, Anger, 6:45 p.m., St. Edward Church, 188 Thompson Ln., Nashville. Join Fr. Mark and Fr. Dan to learn more about the nature of sin, its deadly effects, and ways to overcome it. 25 Wednesday † St. Tarasius Gardening is a verb, workshop on how to get your home garden started, 121:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market, upper level, Green Hills. Lunch follows. Cost: $50. Benefit for Visitation Hospital Foundation. Info/registration: [email protected] com or (615) 390-6104. Vocation Evening of Discernment, Mass at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and discussion, Cathedral, 2015 West End Ave., Nashville. Men 18 and over considering a call to ordained priesthood are invited. RSVP required one day prior: [email protected] or (615) 783-0754. Divorced, Separated or Widowed Support Group, 7 p.m., St. Stephen, 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory. Info: (615) 883-5351. 26 Thursday † St. Isabel of France Overeaters Anonymous Meeting for Men, 12-1 p.m., St. Henry Parish Library, 6401 Harding Pike, Nashville. Info: [email protected] Theology Speaker Graham Perr y, Curator of Social Histor y at the Tennessee State Museum, 6:30 p.m., Father Ryan, Center for the Arts, 700 Nor wood Dr., Nashville. Topic: the role Nashville played in the Civil Rights Movement. Free. 28 Saturday † St. Hilary, Pope “Boogie Nights” A Crown Af fair, 6:30 p.m., Christ the King, 3105 Belmont Blvd., Nashville. Enjoy a night of food and drinks, dancing. Info/tickets: www.tinyurl.com/ crownaffair or (615) 292-9465. Aquinas College Convivium and Silent Auction, 6:30 p.m., Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum, 401 Gay St., Nashville. It features country music star Collin Raye. Tickets: www.bidcoz.com/convivium. March 2 Monday † Bl. Charles the Good GriefShare, 6:30 p.m., St. Philip, 113 Second Ave. S., Franklin. Info: (615) 479-9504. 3 Tuesday † St. Katharine Drexel Lenten Mission, Envy, 6:45 p.m., St. Edward Church, 188 Thompson Ln., Nashville. Join Fr. Mark and Fr. Dan to learn more about the nature of sin, its deadly effects, and ways to overcome it. ADORATIONS Visit www.dioceseofnashville.com for regularly scheduled adorations. February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 5 LENTEN PENANCE SERVICES LENT February 3 Tuesday 24 Tuesday St. Luke, 7 p.m., 10682 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna, (615) 459-9672. Immaculate Conception, 7 p.m., 709 Franklin St., Clarksville, (931) 645-6275. Christ the King, 7 p.m., 3001 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, (615) 292-2884. Holy Rosar y, 7 p.m., 192 Graylynn Dr., Nashville, (615) 889-4065. St. Christopher, 7 p.m., 713 W. College St., Dickson, (615) 446-3927. 25 Wednesday 4 Wednesday Cathedral, 3:30-5:15 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, (615) 327-2330. Cathedral, 3:30-5:15 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, (615) 327-2330. 5 Thursday March 2015 9 Monday Good Shepherd, 7 p.m., 2021 Decherd Blvd., Decherd, (931) 967-0961. St. Henr y, 7 p.m., 6401 Harding Rd., Nashville, (615) 352-2259. 19 Thursday 10 Tuesday St. Joseph, 7 p.m., 1225 Gallatin Pike S., Madison, (615) 865-1071. St. Philip, 7 p.m., 113 Second Ave., S., Franklin, (615) 794-8588. St. Ignatius, 7 p.m., 601 Bell Rd., Antioch, (615) 367-0085. 11 Wednesday 23 Monday Cathedral, 3:30-5:15 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, (615) 327-2330. St. Paul the Apostle, 7 p.m., 304 W. Grizzard St., Tullahoma, (931) 455-3050. St. Rose of Lima, 7 p.m., 1601 N. Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro, (615) 893-1843. St. Ann, 7 p.m., 5101 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, (615) 298-1782. 24 Tuesday 12 Thursday St. Matthew, 7 p.m., 535 Sneed Rd., W., Franklin, (615) 646-0378. Our Lady of the Lake, 7 p.m., 1729 Stop 30 Road, Hendersonville, (615) 824-3276. Holy Name, 7 p.m., 521 Woodland St., Nashville, (615) 254-8847. Holy Family, 7 p.m., 9100 Crockett Rd., Brentwood, (615) 373-4696. 25 Wednesday Sacred Heart, 7 p.m., 305 Church St., Loretto, (931) 853-4370. Cathedral, 3:30-5:15 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, (615) 327-2330. 15 Sunday St. Edward, 7 p.m., 188 Thompson Lane, Nashville, (615) 833-5520. St. Luke, 3 p.m., 10682 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna, (615) 459-9672. St. Vincent de Paul, 7 p.m., 1700 Heiman St., Nashville, (615) 320-0695. 18 Wednesday 26 Thursday Cathedral, 3:30-5:15 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville, (615) 327-2330. St. Stephen, 7 p.m., 14544 Lebanon Rd., Old Hickory, (615) 758-2424. St. John Vianney, 7 p.m., 449 N. Water St., Gallatin, (615) 452-2977. 2 Monday St. Frances Cabrini, 7:15 p.m., 300 S. Tarver Ave., Lebanon, (615) 444-0524. CATHOLIC MEN OF FAITH CONFERENCE STRONG & COURAGEOUS Saturday, March 7, 2015 St. Philip, Franklin, TN (High School & College, Deacons) Find Support . . . Strength . . . Encouragement POWERFUL. . . . 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As fresh economic reforms begin to take hold throughout the Vatican, the Council for the Economy has faced some resistance from larger offices that had been used to having greater autonomy, said a cardinal member of the council. A fairly smooth rollout of more effective and transparent budgeting procedures and accountability throughout the Vatican met with “a hiccup” when some of the larger entities “did not want to come on board” and were more “resistant” to mandated changes, said Cardinal Wilfrid F. Napier of Durban, South Africa. He said one such office was the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, which oversees the church’s missionary activities. The 400-year-old congregation had its own budget, managed its own investments independent of the Vatican’s main investment program and has its own office complex, located in downtown Rome a mile away from Vatican City. “But it’s the very big ones we need (to comply) so the little ones have a good example” to follow, he told Catholic News Service Feb. 10 in between meetings in Rome. Cardinal Napier is one of eight cardinals and seven lay experts that are part of the Council for the Economy – an independent authority Pope Francis established one year ago to devise appropriate policies and best practices for all economic and administrative activities within the Holy See and Vatican City State. The Secretariat for the Economy, headed by Australian Cardinal George Pell, implements the policies determined by the council and answers directly to the Holy Father. The pope established the council and the secretariat as part of efforts to simplify, consolidate coordinate and oversee management structures throughout the Vatican and to improve the governance, control and reporting of the financial activities of the Vatican’s different offices and bodies. The Council for the Economy members met at the Vatican Feb. 6 and also reviewed a report from the Institute for the Works of Religion, more commonly called the Vatican bank. “It was the first time we got a real breakdown of where the IOR is at the moment,” Cardinal Napier said, praising the work of the bank’s new president, Jean-Baptiste Douville de Franssu, saying he was doing “a good job.” The meeting also went over “a general report on how the reforms are going on” throughout the Vatican, he said. Getting individuals and departments used to a new “culture of budgeting and reporting was an issue,” he said. Past practices saw most departments just document what was spent the past year and what they thought would be spent the next “without breaking it down” into itemized expenditures. Cardinal Napier said that on the whole, most people accepted they needed training in the new standard- ized practices and the council got “quite a lot of cooperation” from many departments. However, larger agencies put up the most resistance, he said. “It’s a culture shock to have to report to somebody other than themselves,” especially when there had been so much autonomy and little accountability concerning the running of their financial activities. The cardinal said it is “not surprising to get complaints” about the new procedures, particularly the requirement to account for and have the funding ready for purchases. Getting used to what are standard practices in most companies requires “a mind shift and a change of heart,” he said. People who have not had to deal with budgeting easily feel “you have to account for every pen you buy” and see some of the requirements as “minutiae” that initially appear absurd. “But if you consider that this is money that often comes from ordinary people, sometimes poor people, that should be a good enough reason to say how the money is being spent” and that it is spent “according to the rules,” he said. Another speed bump, he said, has been a holdup in the process of getting approval of the statutes for the Council for the Economy and the secretariat. “The process has not been helped by the (Pontifical Council) for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts,” he said. That council had been charged with making sure nothing in the text “was in contradiction to the teaching of the church” or the Code of Canon Law, “but they went beyond that competence” and have attempted to rewrite them with other “people trying to push the changes.” It was not yet clear what the next step would be and whether the pope would bypass the legislative council and approve the statutes anyway, he said. The legal or juridical approval that would be needed eventually is really a matter of “reconciling” the statutes, “not undoing it or nullifying it,” the cardinal said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said Pope Francis discussed the work on the statutes with his nine-member international Council of Cardinals Feb. 10 and will bring it up again with the College of Cardinals when it meets Feb. 12-13. Cardinal Napier said he was looking forward to the gathering of cardinals at the Vatican to discuss the broader reform of the Roman Curia, and added that this was the time for those who said they wanted change to help make it happen. “How many times calls for reform of the Curia were made” during the cardinals’ meetings before the conclave that elected Pope Francis in 2013, he said. While “I think that Pope Francis and his team are supported by a majority of the cardinals” when it comes to reform, “those shouting the loudest” for reform before Pope Francis was elected in 2013 do not seem to be as enthusiastic now, he said. “It’s one thing to say it needs to be done, another to do it,” he said. NEWS BRIEFS Catholic News Service Obama decries distortions of faith, lauds good works WASHINGTON. President Barack Obama decried the use of “twisted and distorted” faith as a wedge or a weapon in remarks Feb. 5 at the National Prayer Breakfast. The president also lauded the faithbased work typified by others on the program for the annual event, including the Sister of Mercy who co-founded Project HOME, a Philadelphia program that aims to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty; and Dr. Kent Brantly, the physician affiliated with Samaritan’s Purse, who returned from Liberia last year with Ebola. “Around the world, we see faith inspiring people to lift up one another – to feed the hungry and care for the poor, comfort the afflicted and make peace where there is strife,” Obama said, pointing to Sister Mary Scullion of Project Home and Brantly as epitomizing “faith driving us to do right.” Sister Mary and Brantly each delivered prayers at the event. But faith also is distorted and sometimes used as a weapon, Obama said. “From a school in Pakistan to the streets of Paris, we have seen violence and terror perpetrated by those who profess to stand up for faith, ... but, in fact, are betraying it,” Obama said. He singled out the Islamic State, calling it “a brutal, vicious death cult that, in the name of religion, carries out unspeakable acts of barbarism – terrorizing religious minorities like the Yezidis, subjecting women to rape as a weapon of war, and claiming the mantle of religious authority for such actions.” House Speaker Boehner announces Pope Francis will address Congress WASHINGTON. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24. The pontiff’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.” Boehner noted that “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another. We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people.” A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington called it “a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September.” The statement said the announced visit “will be a time of grace for all of us.” It also said the archdiocese looks forward “to the official announcement of more details of the visit.” Catholics called to do everything in their power to end trafficking WASHINGTON. Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin D. Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking Feb. 8. We must “do everything in our power through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy to eradicate human trafficking,” the bishop told the nearly 1,000 people – including trafficking survivors – gathered for the noon Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Held on the feast of St. Josephine, the day was designated by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General. Last year, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migration and Refugee Services organized a national day of prayer for victims and survivors of human trafficking, and it spearheaded this year’s liturgy at the shrine. The day offered the fruits of “compounded prayer” and was an opportunity to shed light on a pervasive tragedy, said Hilary Chester, associate director of the U.S. bishops’ anti-trafficking program, in an interview Feb. 6. According to the U.N. International Labor Organization, there are nearly 21 million human trafficking victims worldwide. Cardinal Muller: ‘Curia reform should stimulate reform of church’ VATICAN CITY. Throughout history, the Catholic Church has reviewed and reformed its structures to free them from “a worldly mentality and earthly models of the exercise of power,” leading to a necessary spiritual renewal, said the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “The church cannot understand itself or justify itself in the world’s eyes according to standards of power, wealth or prestige,” said the prefect, Cardinal Gerhard Muller. “The reflection on the nature and mission of the church of God is, therefore, the basis and presupposition of every true reform.” As Pope Francis’ international Council of Cardinals prepared to meet Feb. 9-11 to discuss the reform of the Roman Curia and the world’s cardinals were set to discuss the council’s proposals Feb. 12-13, the Vatican newspaper published a long piece by Cardinal Muller on “theological criteria for a reform of the church and the Roman Curia.” While the church’s mission is to be a sacrament of holiness and help people reach heaven, it must do so on earth, which requires a structure and organization, he wrote in the article published in the Feb. 8 edition of L’Osservatore Romano. February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 7 Archbishop Romero killed ‘in hatred of the faith,’ to be beatified soon Cindy Wooden CNS V ATICAN CITY. Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador “certainly within the year and not later, but possibly within a few months,” said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator or chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause. Speaking to reporters Feb. 4, the day after Pope Francis formally recognized that the slain Salvadoran archbishop was killed “in hatred of the faith” – and not for purely political reasons – Archbishop Paglia said the two decades it took to obtain the decree were the result of “misunderstandings and preconceptions.” During Archbishop Romero’s time as archbishop of San Salvador – from 1977 to 1980 – “kilos of letters against him arrived in Rome. The accusations were simple: He’s political; he’s a follower of liberation theology.” To the accusations that he supported liberation theology, Archbishop Paglia said, Archbishop Romero responded, “Yes, certainly. But there are two theologies of liberation: one sees liberation only as material liberation; the other is that of Paul VI. I’m with Paul VI” in seeking the material and spiritual liberation of all people, including from the sins of injustice and oppression. All of the complaints, Archbishop Paglia said, slowed the sainthood process and “strengthened his enemies,” who, he said, included the late Colombian Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, who believed the Salvadoran archbishop tended toward Marxism and thought his canonization would be seen as a canonization of the materialistic, political form of liberation theology criticized by the church. “This mountain of paper, unfortunately, weighed down” the cause, the archbishop said. But the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith examined all his homilies and writings and cleared them. Promoters of the cause, he said, collected “a mountain of testimony just as big” to counter the accusations and to prove that Archbishop Romero heroically lived the Christian faith and was killed out of hatred for his words and actions as a Catholic pastor. In the end, Archbishop Paglia said, CNS photo/Octavio Duran A mural depicting Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero is seen in 2005 outside the San Salvador hospital where he was killed while celebrating Mass on March 24, 1980. both a panel of theologians working for the Congregation for Saints’ Causes and the cardinals who are members of the congregation voted unanimously to recommend Pope Francis recognize Archbishop Romero as a martyr. “He was killed at the altar,” Archbishop Paglia said, instead of when he was an easier target at home or on the street. “Through him, they wanted to strike the church that flowed from the Second Vatican Council.” Shooting him March 24, 1980, as he celebrated Mass in a San Salvador hospital chapel “was not caused by motives that were simply political,” Archbishop Paglia said, “but by hatred for a faith that, imbued with charity, would not be silent in the face of the injustices that relentlessly and cruelly slaughtered the poor and their defenders.” Msgr. Jesus Delgado Avecedo, Archbishop Romero’s secretary and aide, said he met the archbishop the day he was installed in San Salvador; he came to the archdiocese with a reputation as being conservative. “The clergy did not like him at all, because the clergy of San Salvador were educated in the teachings of the Second Vatican Council and Medellin,” the 1968 meeting of the Latin American bishops that called church workers to stand with the poor and for urgent and radical democratic and economic reforms throughout the continent. Archbishop Romero, he said, was seen as “more tranquil, more serene,” a man “of the past, many priests said.” “Today is a day of great celebration in El Salvador,” he said. “The recognition of the sacrifice of Archbishop Romero represents for us Salvadorans another appeal to unity and peace. I am sure the upcoming beatification will set in motion the realization of the great miracle of a fraternal encounter of all Salvadorans, overcoming every political, social and economic division.” Roberto Morozzo della Rocca, an Italian historian who wrote a biography of Archbishop Romero and helped Archbishop Paglia with the cause, said Archbishop Romero was assassinated to “silence the public voice of one who authoritatively asked for conversion from evil and the rejection of sin.” The scholar said after years of research, he could find no proof that the archbishop said a phrase famously attributed to him by a Guatemalan journalist: “If they kill me, I shall rise again in the Salvadoran people. May my blood be the seed of liberty, my death for the liberation of my people.” But the use of that phrase by Salvadorans during political demonstrations, as well as the printing of T-shirts with both the faces of Archbishop Romero and Che Guevara, the Cuban revolutionary, did not help make the case that the archbishop’s murder was because of his faith, not his politics, he said. During a May 2007 news conference with reporters, Pope Benedict XVI said, “Archbishop Romero certainly was a great witness to the faith, a man of great Christian virtue.” However, he said, “there is the problem that a political side wants to take him for itself as a banner, as an emblematic figure, unjustly.” Archbishop Paglia said that in December 2012 during his first and only private audience with Pope Benedict, the pope informed him that he had decided to “unblock” the cause and allow it to move forward. “The martyrdom of Romero has given meaning and strength to many Salvadoran families who lost relatives and friends during the civil war,” Archbishop Paglia said, and the church in El Salvador is beginning to collect information and testimony about their faith with the idea of proposing more saints’ causes. Pope gives step-by-step primer on contemplative prayer with Gospel Cindy Wooden CNS V ATICAN CITY. Turn off the television, tune out the neighbors, and spend 10 or 15 minutes reading a Gospel passage and speaking to Jesus, Pope Francis told people at his early morning Mass. “Today find 10 minutes – 15 at the most – and read the Gospel, imagine the scene and say something to Jesus. Nothing more. Your knowledge of Jesus will increase and your hope will grow,” the pope said Feb. 3 at the Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives. Pope Francis took the day’s Gospel story, Mark 5:21-43, and showed the small congregation how to read it in a contemplative way: “I see Jesus was in the midst of the crowd; there was a big crowd around him,” the pope said, according to Vatican Radio. “Didn’t Jesus ever rest? I can think: ‘Always with a crowd.’ Most of Jesus’ life was spent on the road, with the crowd. Was there no rest? Yes, once, the Gospel says he slept in the boat, but a storm came and the disciples woke him up. Jesus was always with the people. And looking at Jesus that way, contemplating Jesus there, I imagine him. And I tell Jesus whatever comes into my mind to tell him.” In the day’s Gospel story, he said, Jesus does not only see the crowd, “he feels the heartbeat of each person, of each one of us. He takes care of everyone always.” “What I just did with this Gospel is the prayer of contemplation,” he said, which involves “taking the Gospel, reading it, imagining myself in the scene, imagining what happens and talking to Jesus about whatever is in my heart.” The key to hope, the pope said, is to keep “one’s gaze fixed on Jesus.” It is possible “to have optimism, to be positive” without listening to the Lord, he said, but hope is something that only “is learned by watching Jesus.” Reciting the rosary every day is a great practice, he said, as is calling on Mary or the saints when facing a difficulty. But contemplation is a necessary part of Christian life and that is possible “only with the Gospel in hand.” “In your house, for 15 minutes, take the Gospel, read a little passage, imagine what happened and talk to Jesus about it. In that way, your gaze will be fixed on Jesus and not on a television soap opera, for example. And your listening will be focused on the words of Jesus and not so much on the gossip of your neighbors.” 8 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 FAITH|WORSHIP|WITNESS Support the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign Catholic Communication Campaign | Office of National Collections 3211 Fourth Street NE | Washington, DC 20017-1194 | www.usccb.org/nationalcollections © 2014, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. All rights reserved. Photos: © Jack Hollingsworth, Corbis; © Erik Isakson, Fotosearch; iStockphoto. Please be generous. February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 9 Pope opens cardinals’ discussion of Curia reform; new offices explained Cindy Wooden CNS V ATICAN CITY. The reform of the Roman Curia should promote “greater harmony” among the Vatican offices, not primarily to save money or promote efficiency, but to solidify the unity of the church and strengthen its ability to evangelize, Pope Francis said. The pope arrived in the Vatican’s synod hall a half hour before the consistory, or meeting of the world’s cardinals, was set to begin Feb. 12. Fewer than two dozen cardinals were there before him and the pope greeted them before standing at the front of the hall to welcome each of the others as they arrived. Nineteen of the 20 churchmen Pope Francis was to induct into the College of Cardinals Feb. 14 were present – sitting in two rows behind the other cardinals; the Vatican said a total of 165 new and old cardinals were present. Including those who were about to receive their red hats, the College of Cardinals has 227 members. Most of those who were not in attendance are quite elderly or infirm and were unable to attend. Pope Francis scheduled the meeting primarily to discuss with the cardinals the proposals his nine-member international Council of Cardinals had developed for the reform of the Curia. The proposals include the creation of two new large, high-profile Vatican offices: the Congregation for Laity, Family and Life, and the Congregation for Charity, Justice and Peace, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman. The charity and justice congregation would include the existing pontifical councils for health care and for migrants, but also would have a new section dedicated to “safeguarding creation.” The proposed grouping, he said, flows from an understanding of “charity as fundamental to the essence, existence and mission of the church” and of working for justice “as a consequence” of charity. The special section for ecol- CNS photo/Paul Haring Pope Francis, cardinals and cardinals-designate pray before a meeting in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 12. A two-day meeting of cardinals and cardinals-designate was being held on the reform of the Roman Curia in advance of a Feb. 14 consistory. The pope will create 20 new cardinals at the consistory. ogy reflects an increased concern and commitment on the part of the church to the need to protect creation. The section also would work in the area of “human ecology,” or the idea that social and political environments can be deadly for the human person and for human dignity, he said. “There is an ecclesial and theological vision” behind the planned combination of the pontifical councils involved and raising their profile to the level of a congregation, Father Lombardi said. “It is not just about taking certain offices and putting them together in order to reduce their number.” The Second Vatican Council insisted on the important vocation and role of the laity in the life of the church, particularly in witnessing to Christ in the world. Just as there are congregations for bishops, for clergy and for religious, Father Lombardi said, it seemed “natural” to the Council of Cardinals that there would be a congregation for laity. Given the centrality of family life for many laypeople, it made sense to combine the two councils and to have the Pontifical Academy for Life conduct its work under the new congregation’s auspices, he said. While the congregation would promote lay involvement in the church, Father Lombardi said, it is unlikely and almost “unthinkable” that a layperson would be appointed its prefect because the pastoral responsibilities of a Vatican congregation require that it be led by an ordained minister, usually a cardinal. At the beginning of the meeting, Pope Francis reminded his brother cardinals that the reform was requested by the College of Cardinals during the meetings that preceded his election in 2013. “The aim to reach is that of promoting greater harmony in the work of the various dicasteries and offices” of the Vatican, he said, in order to have “more effective collaboration with the absolute transparency that builds up authentic synodality and collegiality,” or shared responsibility under the pope’s leadership for the good of the whole church. “The reform is not an end in itself,” he said, “but a way to give a strong Christian witness, to promote more effective evangelization, a more fruitful ecumenical spirit and encourage a more constructive dialogue with all.” Pope Francis thanked the members of the Council of Cardinals and its secretary, Bishop Marcello Semeraro of Albano, who, the pope said, “is the one who does the work.” In drawing up its proposals, he said, the council took into account “many suggestions, including those made by the heads” of the various Vatican congregations and councils. Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, council coordinator, and Bishop Semeraro both made presentations to the cardinals about the council’s proposals. The proposals, Pope Francis said, should “perfect” the work of the Curia and its main purpose, which is to assist the pope “in the exercise of his supreme pastoral office for the good and the service of the universal church and the particular churches.” As he did at the beginning of the 2014 Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis asked the cardinals to share their opinions with frankness, fidelity to church teaching and concern for the salvation of souls. Prayers needed outside abortion clinic during Lent A Ladies of Charity elect new officers The Ladies of Charity recently elected new officers for 2015-17. The officers are: (seated, L-R) President-elect Peggy Bradley and President Ellen Posch; (standing) Recording Secretary Pat Kelley, Welfare Chair and Vice President Terry Tankard, Treasurer Gaethea Fleck, and Spiritual Moderator Father Philip Breen. Not pictured are Corresponding Secretary Ramona Stejskal and Past President Lucky Van De Gejuchte. group of respect for life supporters who regularly pray outside abortion clinics in Nashville are inviting people to join them during Lent. The group will be praying across the street from The Women’s Center at 419 Welshwood Drive in Nashville on the days when abortions are performed there: 9-11 a.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. “These are the days that abortions happen, so being physically present in prayer is a powerful deterrent for the women entering the front door,” said Marilyn Cox, one of the organizers of the prayer effort. “Standing across the street from The Women's Center, you are bravely performing these three good deeds: praying together ... there's strength in numbers ... defending life; proclaiming the truth in love ... to end the great evil of abortion in our city; and being a voice for the voiceless. Your prayer will be heard by God for the babies being killed,” Cox said. There also will be a Pro-life Stations of the Cross at the site at noon on Good Friday, April 3. No parking is allowed on the street, so people coming to the clinic to pray should park at the top of the hill in the Fraternal Order of Police parking lot. 10 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 Struggling couples find stronger marriages through Retrouvaille Andy Telli W hen couples struggling in their marriages attend a Retrouvaille weekend, they are led through the process by people like Laurel Foster who know exactly what they are experiencing. They’ve all been there themselves and come out with a stronger, healthier, happier marriage. Before Foster and her husband Jeff became coordinators for Retrovaille Nashville, their own marriage was crumbling and headed toward divorce. Although a counselor had suggested they try Retrouvaille, Foster was doubtful her marriage could be saved and attended the weekend retreat reluctantly. But the couples leading the weekend began sharing their own stories of wounded marriages. “Before you have to say a word, you get to see the very worst side of the leaders,” Foster said. “I’ve heard this comment so many times, ‘I thought we had problems.’” “Everybody there has experienced the excruciating pain that goes with marital breakdown,” Foster said. “We all know what it feels like to be alone, frustrated, because you cannot reach your partner.” Eventually, the couples start to realize they are in a safe environment where no one is judging them, Foster said. “People are won over because we are so transparent,” she said. “Then two or three people speak up and then the floodgates open up.” Foster is quick to add that the weekend retreats are confidential and no one is required to speak before the group. “A whole lot of healing is based on feeling safe,” Foster said. “You can explore the inner problems and your motive and what is causing you to do destructive things. Then we turn around and give answers and find ways to overcome destructive behavior. … Feeling safe is so crucial.” The Retrouvaille Nashville ministry is preparing for its next weekend retreat March 6-8 and is still accepting couples. During the initial weekend, attendees hear stories from presenting couples who are proof that, despite problems like unfaithfulness or conflict, following the principles outlined by Retrouvaille Pope to dads: Play with your kids, be strong, loving, moral role models Carol Glatz CNS V ATICAN CITY. When their lives are all work and no play, men turn their children into “orphans” who lack a father to guide them, show them love and teach them values, Pope Francis said. “They are orphans in a family because their fathers are often absent, also physically, from home, but above all because when they are home they don’t act like fathers, they don’t dialogue with their children, they don’t fulfill their role as educators, they don’t give their children, by way of their example and their words, those principles, values and rules of life that they need like bread,” he said. At his general audience Jan. 28, the pope continued a series of talks on the family by focusing on the role of the father. Speaking to some 7,000 people gathered in the Paul VI audience hall, the pope said that in the past, fathers were sometimes too authoritarian, treating their children like “servants” and not helping them take responsibility for forging their own way in life. “However, as often happens, we have gone from one extreme to another,” the pope said. “The problem today does not seem to be so much the overbearing presence of fathers as much as it is rather their absence, their hiding” from their responsibility as parents, he said. The pope recalled how when he served as archbishop of Buenos Aires he would often ask fathers if they played with their kids, “if they had the courage of love to ‘waste’ their time with their children. And their answer was awful, you know. The majority said, ‘Well, I can’t, too much work.’” Christian communities need to be extra attentive to the crisis of fatherhood in society today and how so many young people feel “orphaned” within their own families, the pope said. So many problems kids have, some of them serious, stem from them not having a decent father figure – a father who is an authoritative, loving guide and role model, he added. Another problem, the pope said, is sometimes fathers seem lost or unsure of what role they are supposed to play in the family and “so, being in doubt, they opt out, they withdraw and neglect their responsibilities, perhaps hiding behind a dubious relationship of ‘equal footing’ with their children,” he said. While it is true fathers need to accompany their kids, he said, they must not forget they must act like a parent, not a best friend because “that is not good for the child.” Society has a paternal role as well, he said; it must take an active, responsible role toward young people and not leave them “orphans” without prospects for a good education and employment. Young people who are “orphaned of ideals,” values and hope, the pope said, will fill that void with “idols” and be driven by fleeting pleasures and the illusion of “the god of money,” robbing them of their real treasures within. Jesus, who promised he would not leave anyone behind as an orphan, is the teacher that can guide families, he said. He is “the hope that the world can change, that love conquers hatred and that there can be a future of brotherhood and peace for everyone.” Toward the end of the audience, the pope said some people might think his catechesis was “too negative” by looking only at the failures in fatherhood today. But he promised the following week’s catechesis would look at the beauty of fatherhood, echoing the audience’s Gospel reading from John 3:17: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” The pope said he wanted “to start with the darkness in order to arrive at the light so that the Lord can help us understand these things better.” (pronounced ret’ tro vie) can lead to peace and joy, Foster said. The constant message, she said, is that marriage is a commitment that requires time and sacrifice. At the core of the Retrouvaille ministry is teaching couples how to communicate and honestly share their emotions and feelings, Foster said. “We all communicate all the time, but some communication leads to a close relationship and some of it doesn’t,” Foster said. “A lot of couples slide into sharing information, but not why that information is important to them, how it’s affecting them. … So often people retreat and they won’t share their feelings anymore because they get hurt.” Retrouvaille tries to teach couples a safe way to share their feelings about any issue, Foster said. Two of the most moving talks during the weekend retreat tackle the issues of death and sex, Foster said. “Those are two topics people might tell you the facts, but they can’t talk to you about how they feel about these issues.” “We teach them how to communicate on a deep, emotional level,” she said. “That’s why you fell in love in the first place, you felt a deep, emotional connection.” “It’s a skill people can learn,” she added. But it’s a skill that takes time and practice to learn. So the Retrouvaille program continues beyond the initial weekend retreat and lasts as long as a couple needs it, Foster said. After the weekend, couples attend post sessions where they delve more deeply into tough issues, such as commitment, forgiveness, family of origin differences, conflict and sex. The sessions are held roughly every other week for three months. The group meets on Sundays for four hours. The next group of post session dates are March 15 and 29, April 12 and 26, May 24 and 31 and June 14. The process doesn’t end with the post sessions. Couples are invited to join a support group that meets once a month. “It’s like a date,” Foster said. The evenings include a potluck dinner followed by a program addressing an issue such as communication or gender differences, she said. “The really important part is the once a month support group for as long as you need it,” Foster said. The Retrouvaille Ministry, which was introduced in the Diocese of Nashville in 2007, is Catholic in origin but is open to couples of any faith or denomination, Foster said. The program is run by all volunteers. Couples are asked to pay a $300 registration fee to cover the cost of lodging and food during the initial weekend and then are asked to make a confidential donation to cover the other costs of the program. Organizers work with couples who have trouble paying, Foster said. To learn more about the program or to register for the upcoming weekend, visit www.helpourmarriage.com or call (615) 523-0631. www.aquinascollege.edu/convivium Sat., Feb. 28, 2015 6:30-10 p.m. Musician’s Hall of Fame and Museum Nashville, TN All proceeds will benefit Aquinas College by providing scholarships to students 4210 HARDING PIKE NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37205 615.297.7545 www.aquinascollege.edu February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 11 Dominicans open Motherhouse doors to community Theresa Laurence A s part of the celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia hosted an open house at their Motherhouse on Sunday, Feb. 8. It was the first time in recent memory that the Sisters had opened their doors to “anybody and everybody,” from the community, according to Sister Mary Rose Bingham, O.P., director of Aquinas College’s Office of Catechetics, who was welcoming visitors in the “Oratory” room of the Motherhouse, which served as the Chapel from 1888-2005. The special year dedicated to consecrated life was announced by Pope Francis last fall; it started Nov. 30, 2014, the first Sunday of Advent, and runs until Feb. 2, 2016, World Day of Consecrated Life. The special themed year aims to help lay Catholics gain a deeper understanding of religious life, priests, brothers and women religious. One way to do that was for religious congregations to open their convents, monasteries, abbeys and houses to the public on Feb. 8. “This gives people a glimpse into … the treasure of our life, the contemplative side,” said Sister Mary Rose. While many people know the Sisters from their teaching endeavors, far fewer have actually been into the place they call home to learn about their daily life away from the classroom. “This is the core of our life where our joy and zeal flourishes,” Sister Mary Rose said. The contemplative and communal life of the Motherhouse “is the source of our ability to go out and teach.” One of the biggest draws to curi- Photos by Theresa Laurence Margaret Simpson, kneeling at right, visits with her aunt, Sister Marie Vianney, O.P., during the Dominican Motherhouse open house on Sunday, Feb. 8. As part of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia hosted a community open house to show visitors their home and talk about their daily life of prayer and community. ous visitors was the chance to get a glimpse of some “cells,” or personal living spaces, where individual Sisters sleep, study and pray. The small, sparse rooms containing a bed, dresser, bookcase, desk, and little else are generally not open to visitors, even to family members of the Sisters. During the open house, many young children, some of whom were students in Dominican-run schools, enjoyed getting a rarely seen peek into the usually off-limits space. During the open house, visitors spent time with Sisters who were family members or former teachers; much of the socializing centered in the Recreation Hall, part of the original 1862 building. From there, many visitors headed to the St. Cecilia Chapel, dedicated in 2005, when a major Motherhouse expansion was completed, to see where the community gathers to pray together every morning, evening and night. Some of the Sisters offered a Sister Meagan Marie, above left, a Dominican postulant, talks with children who were visiting the open house on Feb. 8. The Dominican Sisters welcomed many families with young children to the open house so they could see where and how the Sisters live. At right, members of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia congregation welcome visitors to the open house. Guests were allowed into several areas of the Motherhouse that are rarely open to visitors, giving people a unique glimpse into the lives of the Sisters. sacred music concert in the chapel during the open house. The Dominicans joined religious communities around the country that are part of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious in hosting the first of its Days with Religious events to give people the opportunity to take tours of the communities and learn more about religious life. Sister Marie Bernadette Thompson, O.P., the council coordinator of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, said the purpose of the open house gatherings was to provide people with an encounter with men and women religious and also an encounter with Christ. “We are excited to highlight this unique opportunity to participate in the Year of Consecrated Life,” she said. The open house was especially an opportunity for young people to see how men and women religious live. The Sisters were excited to see many families with young children visit the Motherhouse, and welcomed more than 200 visitors to the Feb. 8 open house. Some further activities that are part of the Year of Consecrated Life include “Days with Religious,” which will give laypeople the opportunity to join men and women religious in works of service throughout the summer of 2015. The third major initiative for the year is a day of prayer scheduled Sept. 13, 2015. Prayers intentions, prayer cards, a video on consecrated life and other resources are available at: www.usccb. org/beliefs-and-teachings/vocations/ consecrated-life/year-of-consecratedlife/index.cfm. 12 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 After Insure Tennessee falls, Catholics vow to keep fighting Theresa Laurence I n the madcap days between when Gov. Bill Haslam made his case for Insure Tennessee to the State Legislature on Feb. 2 and when the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted it down late Feb. 4, a number of Catholics descended on Capitol Hill to lobby in favor of the plan to expand health insurance to as many as 280,000 of the state’s working poor. In the end, they left frustrated and defeated. “That the legislators could be so deaf to the plight of the people in Tennessee is something that disturbs me greatly,” said Dr. Mike Schatzlein, chief executive officer of Saint Thomas Health. Schatzlein was among a contingent from Saint Thomas who spent time personally meeting with legislators, making the case for why passing Insure Tennessee was the right thing to do, from both a moral and a business perspective. Insure Tennessee would have extended health insurance coverage to people who are caught in Tennessee’s “coverage gap,” unable to qualify for TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, or for subsidies to purchase insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Bishop David Choby was also on the phone with legislators in the first days of February, lending a voice of support to Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. “From the Church’s perspective, any effort to respond to the health needs of the people, based on the fundamental value and dignity of the person, deserves consideration,” he said. “Many of us are fortunate enough to have our health care needs provided by our workplace, but not everyone has that good fortune,” Bishop Choby said. Government officials have a duty to find a way to extend health care coverage to the working poor and those too sick to work, he added. Many of those who would have gained better access to health care through Insure Tennessee “are not lazy people,” said Jennifer Murphy, executive director of the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission, the public policy voice of the Catholic Church in Tennessee. “These are people who may be working 40-plus hours a week, veterans, and college students,” she said. The defeat of Insure Tennessee, Murphy said, was a “crushing blow” to those who worked hard to pass it, and to those who could have benefitted. By voting it down in committee, state legislators “chose to do nothing about a broken system,” she said. In his Feb. 2 address to a joint convention of the 109th General Assembly, ahead of an extraordinary legislative session to consider his Insure Tennessee plan, Haslam explained that the program would be run as a two-year pilot program to provide market-based health care coverage to more than 250,000 Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. “It does not create any new taxes for Tennesseans and will not add any state cost to the budget,” he said. The plan would have provided coverage to uninsured Tennesseans earning Photos by Rick Musacchio Mike Schatzlein, at right, chief executive officer of Saint Thomas Health, led a group of Saint Thomas executives to meet with House Speaker Beth Harwell, pictured above, in her office to urge passage of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. The plan died in a Senate committee just two days after it was introduced by the governor. less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level, valued at slightly over $16,000 a year for an individual and $27,000 for a family of three. Bottom line, Insure Tennessee would have “lowered costs and improved health outcomes” for the working poor of Tennessee, Schatzlein said. It also would have given rural hospitals a needed boost to receive those federal dollars that will now be left on the table. Saint Thomas operates a hospital in rural Hickman County “the only source of health care in the county,” according to Schatzlein, and if it were not part of the larger Saint Thomas Health system, it would likely fail, he said. “A lot of these smaller, unaffiliated hospitals will struggle.” While the uninsured can access care at one of Saint Thomas’ low cost community clinics, many times people don’t realize they have that option, or they visit one time and don’t follow up with appointments. “Getting people into medical homes is the right way to do healthcare,” and that is much more effective when people are insured, Schatzlein said. The fact that Insure Tennessee failed in a legislative committee before it was even brought to a full vote was very disappointing to Schatzlein and other Saint Thomas administrators, but, he said, it will only strengthen the hospital’s outreach efforts. “Our founders, the Daughters of Charity, charged us to care for the poor and vulnerable and we will continue to do that, regardless of people’s ability to pay,” he said. Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, which helps vulnerable populations gain access to health care, knows the heartbreaking stories of those who are stuck in the insurance “coverage gap” all too well. People like Michele Farden, who works as a home health care aide and helps care for her daughter and two granddaughters. She lost a daughter in July who delayed treatment for a blood clot because of lack of insurance. Or people like Phillip Willis who worked at a funeral home and with a landscaping company until a back injury and chronic arthritis kept him from working. He is now living with his parents and using a low cost clinic for health care, where he must pay out-ofpocket. “The people who we talk to all day every day are strong, faith-filled, generous people who make our community better and who are suffering and losing everything without insurance,” said Johnson, a lifelong Nashvillian and a parishioner at Christ the King Church. “Denying them coverage that is cost neutral to the state is tragic and small minded.” “It’s going to be a long road ahead” to continue the fight to expand health insurance coverage to the working poor of the state, Johnson said, “and some people won’t survive that road.” The Tennessee Justice Center is not giving up in the face of defeat though. They have already been discussing with their supporters how to move forward. Johnson and her staff will reach out to more people who lack insurance coverage, gathering and sharing their stories to increase awareness of the needs. “We will continue the hard work of trying to connect people who are isolated, and let them know that they matter,” she said. Additionally, Tennessee Justice Cen- ter members are brainstorming how to better educate people across the state about the on-going need for health insurance expansion. Just before Insure Tennessee came up for a vote, “there was a poll that said the vast majority of Tennesseans didn’t understand it,” Johnson said. “We need to do a better job educating citizens.” However, one reason people didn’t understand the plan, she said, was because of so much misinformation circulating, especially from out-of-state groups like the Americans for Prosperity, whose members, dressed in bright red t-shirts, swarmed Capitol Hill, working to defeat the legislation. The night of the vote, the organization sent out a press release thanking legislators “for listening to your constituents and voting to stop Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion in Tennessee.” Even though Haslam tried to make it clear in his address to state legislators that Insure Tennessee was, in fact, not “Obamacare,” it did depend on federal money, and with such distrust between state legislators and the federal government, the plan was unable to gain traction. While Johnson, Schatzlein and others working to pass Insure Tennessee were disappointed by the outcome, they say they are not giving up the fight for to expand health care access in Tennessee, and across the country. “At some point, everybody in America will have coverage,” Schatzlein said, “and we continue to work and pray for that.” February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 13 St. Andrew Outreach offers food, clothes and lots of hugs Continued from front page time to listen to people’s troubles and then offering them emotional support. “One of the things that Matt told me early on was his main job was give hugs,” said Father Steve Wolf, the temporary administrator of St. Andrew Church. The Kellers’ determination to help people deal with the emotional stress of life’s problems was inspired by their own experiences. They lost a 16-year-old son to a sudden heart attack, and the experience of dealing with loss and grief had a major impact on the couple. They ultimately took classes in grief counseling and learned how to reach out to people suffering through difficult times. “We get tears here sometimes. We have to pull people aside and tell them don’t be ashamed to come in for help,” June said. “We are here to help.” The Kellers brought Outreach to Sparta when they moved from Florida to be closer to some of their children. Eighteen years ago, they had moved from Michigan to Florida. “Sister Mary called us in at St. Mary Church in Rockledge, Florida. She said, ‘There is this need and you are volunteered,’” June said. The Kellers worked with the local Catholic Charities office and operated a parish-based support program for eight years. That experience provided an understanding of the nuts and bolts of operating an assistance program. June, who had worked her way up from a switchboard operator to personnel manager to a buyer at a J.C. Penney store in Florida, used her management skills to help organize the program. “I’ve always been very organized,” June said, “and that really helps keep up with the records necessary to operate the program.” When they moved to Sparta 10 years ago, the Kellers met with Father Fred Schmit, S.D.S., who was the long-time pastor of the parish. With his support, St. Andrew adopted the program. “This is a small parish,” said Father Wolf, with only about 147 members. “One of the things that I’ve discovered is that everybody takes responsibility for everything. People talked about this program with a real sense of pride, and I was impressed as they were describing it to me with how simple it is. The Photos by Rick Musacchio Jay Mendel, one of the 10 core members of St. Andrew Parish’s Outreach program, checks food boxes to be distributed to the poor and needy in the Sparta area. The community outreach program at St. Andrew Parish in Sparta was started about 10 years ago when Matt and June Keller moved to the community and began a ministry similar to one they started in their former parish in Coco, Fla. people of the parish get excited about it. They want to support it.” “Just watching the people coming in and being treated with respect is impressive,” Father Wolf said. “Think about a place where you actually need help and to know that there is a place that is going to be there for you every Thursday, 10 to noon, and these people are going to be there to help. It may not be the best time for you, but they are going to be there to help. That is a great gift of faith.” “No institution or bureaucracy,” Father Wolf said. “They just want to help people. I can see how that is attractive to the people of the parish. Their planning meeting is eating a doughnut and setting up the table to help the clients.” The program is funded entirely through donations from parishioners. Every month there is a collection for the program, and when there is a special need for clothing or household items, a bulletin notice typically brings in items for distribution. “All of the money that we get comes from parishioners,” June said, “every bit.” “Sometimes the bank account gets kind of low, and a check will come in for $1,000,” she said. “Sometimes someone would be visiting the parish and leave an envelope that says they are very impressed with what we are doing here and put in a $1,000 check. It happens all of the time.” “Last month, the program served 100 clients,” June said. A client can be a household of one to eight people. Every 30 days, a household receives a food box, and once a year, they can receive assistance with utility bills. The volunteers can refer people to other agencies for more help if it’s needed. Also, other churches in the Sparta area have seen the impact of the Outreach program and have coordinated efforts to host their own programs. June said that 10 other churches have set up similar programs in an effort to meet the needs in the area. The program has brought two parishioners back to the church because they were so impressed with the help that Outreach gives to the people, June said. June is 80 years old and Matt 82, but they have no plans to give up their work to help others in need. “This program is part of our life,” June said. “I’ve had seven surgeries in six years,” she added, “but I’m still here. I can’t walk away from the program. My daughter said, ‘Mom, if you retire, you will die.’ There is so much of me in this work.” June and Matt Keller, above left, moved to the Sparta community 10 years ago and began a ministry similar to one they started in their former parish in Florida. At right, Cindy Brown helps Gina Bumbalough, a client from Sparta, pack a donation of bedding during a regular St. Andrew Parish Outreach session held at the church every Thursday morning. Bumbalough said that she has been coming to the sessions for about two years and that the support helps her make it through the month. 14 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 New program offers help in the kitchen and classroom Briana Grzybowski A new program offered by Catholic Charities is helping Nashville residents enhance their lives through nutritional instruction and academic assistance. Recipes for Success is a free monthly workshop that strives to provide local families with school tutoring for their kids and tips for healthy living. Meetings began on Jan. 17 and will continue through the first Saturday of every month for the remainder of the school year. This effort is the result of a longterm collaboration between Catholic Charities, the South Nashville Family Resource Center, and CASTLES (Communities and Students Together for Learning-Enhanced Service). “We’ve been working with Catholic Charities and CASTLES for the past seven or eight years,” said Leslie Hayes, director of the South Nashville Family Resource Center. “We’ve been talking to them as a part of an advisory council, assessing the needs of families in local neighborhoods. We thought a program like this would be beneficial to our clients.” Most of the participants are immigrants, but anyone is welcome to join. “The majority of the people we see are relatively new to America and adjusting to American culture,” said Hayes. “With their child’s schooling, they might have trouble interpreting the grading system or talking to teachers about issues their kids are facing.” The program’s leaders rely heavily on word-of-mouth communication to invite people to participate. “We’re within walking distance of immigrant communities in South Nashville. There are several apartment complexes nearby that have big immigrant populations,” Hayes said. “We’ve developed relationships with many of the managers of those buildings, and they talk to their residents. The participants themselves talk to their neighbors and people at their churches. “Kids at one of the apartment buildings have been posting flyers where their neighbors can read them,” she added. “One of our participants at our first meeting was referred to us by Big Brothers, Big Sisters and his mentor joined in. “The people who come to us tend to not use Facebook or Twitter,” Hayes said, “so we really need them to get the word out in person.” Each session lasts from 10 a.m. to noon, and begins with academic tutoring for students. “CASTLES is a service-learning program developed by students at Vanderbilt University. It aims to encourage Vanderbilt students to serve at-risk youth by promoting physical wellness and academic success. The students from CASTLES are the tutors for the academic part of Recipes for Success,” Hayes said. “It’s very interactive. They start things off by playing a game with the kids and assessing new participants’ needs,” she said. “Then they break off for one-on-one tutoring and homework help. We provide snacks, and the kids love them. For this portion, parents can either stay with their kids or wait in the kitchen.” The other part is for providing tips on living a healthier lifestyle. “When the kids are done with their tutoring, everyone meets in the kitchen. There, we talk about how to prepare foods in a healthier way. We also talk about strategies to help participants become more physically active,” Hayes said. “We’ve put together a curriculum through Vanderbilt’s School of Nursing. And we’ve also collaborated with Saint Thomas Health Services for this part of it,” Hayes said. “At our last meeting, a dietician from Saint Thomas came to talk to participants about nutrition. And then, at the end of our time together, we all cook a meal and eat it together for lunch.” Hayes loves to see how the program brings families together. “The most rewarding part of it for me is seeing the parents taking a more active role in their children’s education. With the tutoring sessions, many of them stick around to help out. “Usually language and cultural differences create barriers when it comes to immigrant parents getting involved in their children’s schooling, but we set up an environment where they and their children can work together,” Hayes said. “It’s a great thing to see.” Families learn to prepare healthy after school snacks at the Catholic Charities South Nashville Family Resource Center through the “Communities and Students Together for Learning-Enhanced Service” program, developed by students at Vanderbilt University. Need help with one of these investment situations? 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They primarily target members of immigrant communities, but are open to all. 3102 West End Avenue, Suite 1100 | Nashville, TN 37203 | 615.312.7130 [email protected] February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 15 Holy Rosary Academy alumnus selected for National Honors Choir Ned Andrew Solomon W hen Chrissa Walsh came to Holy Rosary Church a year ago as director of music ministry, she was pleased to discover that Rebecca Sullivant was still a parishioner, still actively involved in the church, and best of all, still singing. Now a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School, Sullivant’s talent had stood out years ago when Walsh directed sixth grader Sullivant in a school musical at Holy Rosary Academy. “I knew there was something special about her then,” recalled Walsh. “So she started singing in the choir with me, and immediately I thought: she’s a cantor. She’s that good.” There are several active choirs at Holy Rosary, and the church rotates its cantors around. Of the three masses, Rebecca typically comes up as cantor twice a month. She also mentors Holy Rosary’s youth choir and has been a fourth grade assistant religious education teacher for the past three years. “When she sings, or when she’s working with the kids, or when she’s a member of the choir, her spiritual presence just exudes from her,” Walsh said. “Not only is she gifted and talented, she’s just so humble and spiritual about it.” After several months of working with Sullivant, Walsh encouraged her to audition for the Nashville Choir, a Photo by Andy Telli Rebecca Sullivant, a senior at Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School in Nashville and an active parishioner at Holy Rosary Church, was recently selected for the National Honors Choir. She is a member of the choir and a cantor at Holy Rosary. local ecumenical, faith-based choir. “She went and her audition blew them away,” said Walsh. “She made it immediately.” Which should not have been a big surprise. For a senior in high school, Sullivant has garnered an impressive performance resume. In eighth grade, she was a paid singer for the Nashville Symphony’s Pied Piper Series for chil- Come and Adore Make weekly adoration part of your plan to grow in your relationship with Christ this Lent. The Aquinas College Corpus Christi Adoration Chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. New Adoration Times are available for 2015. For more information, contact [email protected] or choose your weekly adoration time by going to http://adorationpro.org/aquinas Distinctly Dominican 4210 HARDING PIKE NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37205 615.297.7545 www.aquinascollege.edu dren. She’s been a member of the AllState Choir since her sophomore year at Pope John Paul II High School. She’s even sung with the Blair Chorale and Nashville Symphony during the U.S. premiere of an opera by Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters. And ever since fifth grade, Sullivant has sung with the Blair Children’s Chorus. Currently she’s in Blair’s precollege division. Earlier this year, her Blair directors asked if she wanted to audition for the Honors Choir on the national level. Sullivant enthusiastically replied, “Well, yeah!” The directors selected a small group of students who they believed had the best chance of getting a spot in the National Choir. To audition, students were given a link to the American Choral Director’s Association website, which had a listing of the various potential choirs, based on age, gender and voice part. “We worked a little bit with our directors, but it was really preparing on your own,” Sullivant said. “Then about a month after they recommended us we went to the School of Music at Vanderbilt, and, in 15-minute intervals, we practiced and they recorded audio files of us. The recordings were sent in, and then we had to wait.” A month later on a Friday the results were posted. Sullivant had been out really late after a hectic week, and was falling asleep when a peer from HumeFogg and the Blair high school chorus, Brett Miller, called her. He had made it in, and wanted Sullivant to log on to see if she had been selected too. “So I hung up, clicked on the list, and my number wasn’t there,” Sullivant said. “Then I realized I was looking at the college choir list. It was a real emotional roller coaster! I went back and made sure I was on the right list this time. I checked three times, thinking, ‘That can’t be my number.’ But it was! So now I’m going to Utah!” At the end of February, accepted singers from all over the country – in the high school division, 300, of about 10,000 applicants – will fly to Salt Lake City for a four-day choral festival. There will also be choirs from outside of the country, like The King’s Singers from Britain and the Metropolitan Chorus of Tokyo. “We’re going to do a piece with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which I’m so excited about!” said Sullivant. At the conclusion of the event, all the participants will gather in one giant stadium for “The World’s Largest Community Sing.” “Everyone is going to start singing this song together, and they’re inviting the entire city to see if they can come,” Sullivant said. “It’s projected that we’re going to break the world record for the largest group of people singing a song in an organized manner.” All of these incredible, once in a lifetime experiences might go to the head of a different person. But Sullivant has remained modest and grounded. Instead of dreaming of record deals and Grammy awards, Sullivant’s aspiration is to get a degree in music education – a double major – and to ultimately become a choir director in a Catholic high school. “I have thought about it and prayed about it,” said Sullivant. “And I really like that idea because there are three things I want to do with my life: music, religion and teaching. My faith and my singing are like one and the same. God gives us all these gifts to spread his love to other people. I use my voice, whether it’s singing or speaking, as the greatest tool I have to show other people how loved they are.” Circle of Friends Circle Frien Spring/Summer Children’s Consignment Sale Thursday, February 19th, pre-sale*, 7PM Friday, February 20th, 8AM - 8PM Saturday, February 21st, 9AM - 12PM, most items will be half price Spring/Sum *pre-sale admission $10 or 5 can goods Children’s Consig St. Henry, Fellowship Hall, 6401 Harding Rd. 16 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 Defeat of Insure Tennessee a missed opportunity EDITORIAL W hen the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted to kill Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan to expand health insurance coverage to about 250,000 of the state’s working poor, the entire State Legislature missed a great opportunity. They missed the opportunity for the whole legislative body to debate a policy regarding an important public issue. All American school children are taught that debating important issues, giving voice to all the different views and perspectives so a sound decision can be reached, is the very reason we have a Legislature. But seven members of the committee, several of whom have health insurance through the state, decided for the entire State of Tennessee that we shouldn’t provide government financed health insurance for the working poor. The debate was over before it even started. It was as if while one debating team was shuffling papers and getting ready to make their opening arguments, the other team walked off the stage, shut off the lights, left the room and locked the door behind them – and declared victory. It’s the people of Tennessee who are left in the dark. It’s the people of Tennessee who have lost. Legislators missed the opportunity to have an honest discussion of what the state’s responsibility is in making sure people have access to affordable health care. Is health care a right or a privilege? Should your income level alone determine whether you have the opportunity to avail yourself of health care? Is it a privilege that even though it might be good for some people, simply costs more than the state can afford? Can the state afford NOT to help give the working poor access to affordable health care? All of those are interesting and important questions, but we missed the opportunity to hear the answers. The Legislature missed the opportunity to hear how access to affordable health care could improve people’s health. They missed the opportunity to hear how better access to affordable health care might save people’s lives. They missed the opportunity to hear how additional federal funds that would have paid for Insure Tennessee would have created more jobs and boosted the state’s economy, not to mention helping the finances of rural hospitals, many of which are struggling to survive. They missed the opportunity to discuss how people in those rural areas would be affected if their hospital has to close. They missed the opportunity to consider the moral implica- Photo by Rick Musacchio Saint Thomas Health senior administrators met with House Speaker Beth Harwell in her office Feb. 3 to urge passage of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. The plan, which would have greatly expanded health insurance coverage to the working poor of the state, died in a Senate committee just two days after it was introduced by the governor. tions of this issue. As Catholics we believe in the God-given, inherent value and dignity of every human being. That belief compels us to treat everyone accordingly, with respect and care and mercy. We are called to follow the example of Jesus who healed the sick and restored the sight of the blind. According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, “Catholic teaching supports adequate and affordable health care for all, because health care is a basic human right. Health care policy must protect human life and dignity, not threaten them, especially for the most voiceless and vulner- able.” There is a hole in the health care system in this country that affects everyone. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Tennessee and millions across the country who can’t afford insurance or don’t have access to it. Unfortunately, they still get sick. Most of the time, they’ll put off treatment for as long as they can, which only makes matters worse. When they do finally seek care, the cost to treat them is often higher than it should have been – or could have been. And when they can’t afford to pay for their treatment, the cost is ulti- mately passed on to those of us who have insurance. Ignoring the health care needs of the working poor is no solution. The Legislature had an opportunity to serve the public by having an open, vigorous debate that might have actually led to a better health care system in Tennessee, better health for its citizens, a stronger economy. Unfortunately for all of us, they passed on that opportunity. Only the legislators know if that opportunity will come around again. We pray that if it does, we at least get a full and fair hearing. Spending time with spouse can deepen marriage relationship FAITHFUL MARRIAGES John Bosio T he Lenten season is around the corner. This year don’t give up chocolate, do something that changes your life – make a date with your spouse each week during Lent. According to a report by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia oneon-one couple time, such as when a couple goes on a date, strengthens their marriage. The title of the report is “The Date Night Opportunity.” “Couples who devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy highquality relationships and lower divorce rates,” write Bradford Wilcox and Jeffrey Drew, the authors of the report. “They believe that date nights, oneon-one couple time, have the potential of strengthening a marriage in at least five ways: • Communication. Couple time can “foster much needed communication, mutual understanding and a sense of communion between the spouses.” • Novelty. Most couples after a few years of marriage experience a decline in the quality of their relationship because their life becomes routine and spouses take each other for granted. Date nights can break the monotony of daily life through activities that are new and fun for both. • Eros. Going on a date gives the spouses an opportunity to focus their attention on the relationship, share feelings, engage in romantic activities, and try new things. It can help spouses rekindle the romantic spark. • Commitment. Spouses that are making time to go on a date regularly solidify their commitment to each other. The one-on-one time spent together fosters a sense of togetherness and signals to one another and to friends and family that they take their relationship seriously. • De-Stress. Stresses related to work, finances, parenthood, or illness can prove corrosive to the marital relationship because it causes spouses to become irritable with each other or withdrawn. Going on a date can relieve some of the stress by allowing spouses to enjoy time with one another away from the concerns of dayto-day life. Having one-on-one couple time with your spouse does not have to cost a lot of money. You do not need to go to a restaurant or to a movie, or to go away for the weekend to have a fun time together. You can have your one-on-one couple time in your home. For example you can plan something fun together after the children go to bed. That is what Teri and I used to do when our children were young, and we still do from time to time. We play cards. We like to play Double Solitaire and UNO. Over the years when we played UNO we tracked our scores on a notepad that we keep with the cards. When we play now, we find ourselves leafing through the notepad, and look back in time at our individual scores and who won when. That in itself brings back fond memories. Recently I found a wonderful booklet, available as an e-book called “$10 Great Dates: Connecting Love, Marriage, and Fun on a Budget,” by Peter and Heather Larson, and David and Claudia Arp. The book is full of wonderful suggestions for 52 simple dates you can enjoy at home or in your neighborhood for the cost of $10 or less. on-one couple time? John Bosio is a parishioner of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Old Hickory. He is the author of two books on marriage: “Happy Together: the Catholic Blueprint for a Loving Marriage,” and “Blessed is Marriage: a Guide to the Beatitudes for Catholic Couples.” John is a former marriage and family therapist. Find out more about his books at www.happy-together.net. Question for Reflection: What do you and your spouse do that is fun for both? In your busy schedules when is a good time for you to have regular one- The Tennessee Register is published by the Diocese of Nashville and welcomes your comments and opinions. Please clearly mark letters to the editor and send to: Columns and letters to the editor represent the views of authors alone. No viewpoint expressed necessarily reflects any position of the publisher, of any Tennessee Register staff member, or of the Diocese of Nashville. Tennessee Register 2400 21st Ave. S., Nashville, TN 37212-5302 You may fax your letters or comments to the Register at (615) 783-0285. By e-mail: [email protected] dioceseofnashville.com. Tennessee Register 17 February 13, 2015 God’s mercy always open to those who acknowledge their sins NEXT SUNDAY Msgr. Owen F. Campion B ACKGROUND. The first reading for the weekend of Feb. 22, from the Book of Genesis, presents the familiar story of Noah. It is a story of contrast and of the consequences of this contrast. Noah was faithful, whereas the world almost universally was not faithful. God protected Noah from doom, to which the sinful world succumbed. Warned by God, Noah took his family, and couples of the various animals, onto the ark, or ship, that Noah constructed. As the floodwaters ebbed, the ark settled on dry land. By God’s help, all aboard Noah’s ark survived. God assures Noah, and all people, that never again would a flood destroy the earth. God promises a Covenant with Sunday, February 22, 2015 First Sunday of Lent Readings: Genesis 9:8-15 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:12-15 Sunday, March 1, 2015 Second Sunday in Lent Readings: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18 Romans 8:31b-34 Mark 9:2-10 Noah’s people. Under this Covenant, or solemn agreement, the people would obey God’s law. In turn, God would protect them from peril. It is the foundational story of all that would be revealed in the long history of salvation. Sin destroys, while God gives the truly faithful life itself. The second reading is from the Second Epistle of Peter. It states that it was composed in Babylon, surely a symbol of Rome, the mighty, magnificent to behold imperial capital, but also the center of paganism and of the impious culture of the time. Roman Christians at the time required encouragement. This epistle provided such encouragement by recalling the faithfulness of Noah. God protects and saves the faithful, who in baptism and in holiness identify themselves with Jesus. St. Mark’s Gospel furnishes the last reading. It is very brief, only a few verses, but its brevity gives it drama and a directness in its message. Use of the number 40 is revealing, suggesting as it does the 40 days spent by Moses in the desert before God gave him the law on Sinai. Jesus is the bearer of God’s holy word, as was Moses. Jesus is as concentrated in the task of serving God as was Moses in his time. Wild beasts were all about, no literary figment but a reality, even today, in the Judean wilderness. Yet, angels protected Jesus. Mark does not lose the chance again to assert that Jesus is the Son of God. At last, indicated by John’s arrest and his removal from ‘Noahs Thanksgiving Prayer,’ painting by Domenico Morelli, 1901. the role of prophet, the culmination of salvation awaits. Jesus steps forward, proclaiming that God’s majesty will be seen. The Lord calls upon the people to repent. “The time of fulfillment” is at hand. God will be vindicated. Jesus has come to set everything in balance. The sinful will be laid low. The good will endure. Reflection The Church has begun Lent, the most intense period in its year of calling its people to union with God. While Ash Wednesday was the first day of Lent, many Catholics will begin the Lenten process with this weekend’s Mass. The readings call people to face the facts of life as humans, of good and evil, and of the products of good and evil. Regardless of the exact details of the flood described in Genesis, so often discussed and indeed questioned on scientific grounds, the religious message of Noah and his ark is clear. It supplies a fitting beginning to reflection for Lent. Sin, the willful rejection of God, leads necessarily and always to destruction. The message of Christ is never, in the end, filled with woe and despair. God offers eternal life and peace here and now. For those who fail, God is forgiving and merciful, so long as the wayward see their faults and ask for mercy. Essential to asking for forgiveness is to acknowledge personal sin. We must delve deeply into our hearts and minds and scrutinize what we have done. We must focus. We must be frank with ourselves. For these purposes, we now begin our 40 days of concentration upon salvation. Msgr. Owen Campion, former editor of the Tennessee Register, is associate publisher of Our Sunday Visitor. What the world needs now – and always – is love, sweet love PINCH OF FAITH Mary Margaret Lambert A dvertisements are filled with pictures of hearts, red and white stuffed animals, flowers, perfume, candy, jewelry and greeting cards. In an attempt to get people to want, and others to buy, these items for Valentine’s Day, the retailers began putting up displays immediately after all the marked down Christmas items were removed from prominent shelves and banished to a more obscure aisle. They want to entice shoppers to show their love for others by purchasing a gift for “that special someone.” The donor gets brownie points for doing something good, and the merchants show a profit for February. It’s a win-win situation. It’s fun to receive Valentine cards, and I do my share of mailing them out every year to let those I care about know it. Every year, I sent a card to my in-laws for every occasion, and after the death of my mother-in-law, I continued sending them to my husband’s father. After years of never acknowledging any of them, I decided to just stop, launching my strike on a particular Valentine Day. Late that afternoon, I got a phone call from our very own Archie Bunker clone. “What happened? Did your mailman die?” I asked why, and he told me in his own charming way that he didn’t get a Valentine card from us. I replied, “No, because I thought you didn’t want them since you never mentioned the many that have previously been sent.” He growled, “Well, I do,” and hung up the phone. From that day on, I resumed sending the cards like clock- work, never receiving any more feedback from him, but assuming he was pleased to get them. After he passed away, we found bundles of the opened cards, tucked away in the bottom of his sock drawer; proof that even curmudgeons want to know they are loved by others. Wouldn’t it be nice to show love to others the remaining 364 days out of the year? We don’t have to always send a card or give a gift to convey our feelings, but can search for creative ways to show someone you care about them, and that they matter in your life. There is a new commercial that I saw for the first time during Super Bowl Sunday. It shows a bottle of a well known cola drink getting accidentally spilled down into the inside workings of a massive computer, shorting out wires and creating havoc with everything electronic. When the glitch kicks in, in the flash of an eye, two men who are in a heated argument on a television show are magically transformed into buddies happily chatting with each other. A young boy is on a school bus when he gets a text message that reads “nobody likes you.” Looking around to try and discover the sender’s identity, the message changes to state “there’s nobody like you,” which brings a smile to his face, rather than a tear to his eye or a pain to his heart. In 1965, Burt Bacharach and Hal David collaborated on a song entitled “What The World Needs Now.” Jackie DeShannon recorded it, and it climbed to the number seven spot on the most popular song lists that year. The simple opening lyrics of “What the world needs now is love, sweet love; it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of” are timeless, and just as true now as they were a half a century ago. The song has been recorded by more than 100 other artists over the years, and used as the sound track in several movies. Stevie Wonder wrote, produced and recorded his number one Billboard Hot 100 hit, “I Just Called To Say I Love You.” Remaining at the top of the charts for three weeks in 1984, Stevie proclaims in the chorus of this song, “I just called to say I love you. I just called to say how much I care. I just called to say I love you, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart.” Sounds so simple, doesn’t it? Although it’s idealistic and often difficult, just think of how much the world would improve if we could just make every day Valentine’s Day. Just call and say “I love you” to someone. Maybe it will spread faster than any virus ever known to mankind. Copyright © 2014 Mary Margaret Lambert 18 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 Support the Collection for the Church in CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE RESTORE THE CHURCH BUILD THE FUTURE Copyright © 2014, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Photo credits: © iStock, Stocksy United. Please be generous Ash Wednesday, February 18 February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 19 SCA to host Rose Gala fundraiser on Feb. 21 T Dr. Carolyn Baker, center, was the honoree at Masquerade Knight, the 2015 Gala and Auction for Pope John Paul II High School. She was a member of the school’s original Board of Trustees and chaired the search for the school’s first headmaster, Hans Broekman. Dr. Baker is pictured with her husband, Clark, and her daughters Christin Baker, left, and Caroline Baker Tuss, right. JPII honors Carolyn Baker at annual Gala and Auction D r. Carolyn Baker, a member of the founding Board of Trustees for Pope John Paul II High School, was the honoree at the 2015 Gala and Auction for the school – Masquerade Knight –held Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Bluegrass Yacht and Country Club in Hendersonville. Baker’s career in education spans more than 30 years, during which she has devoted much time, talent and treasure to the enhancement of Catholic education throughout the Diocese of Nashville. She founded the Nashville Catholic Middle School Forensic League, coached forensics at Overbrook School, and taught as an adjunct instructor at Aquinas College. In early 1999, Baker was invited by Nashville Bishop Edward Kmiec to serve on the Program Committee of the New High School Task Force, which eventually became the inaugural Board of Trustees of JPII. Baker’s leadership as chair of the Headmaster Search was instrumental in bringing to JPII Hans Broekman, the school’s founding headmaster. 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The Rose Gala will have a 1980s theme: “I Want My SCA.” Anne Love Brunette, a member of St. Cecilia’s Class of 1972 who has made many contributions to the school as a student, parent, teacher and administra- tor, will be honored at the Gala. There also will be an online auction, featuring a Big Kid Bouncy House and Pizza Party, tickets to the Nashville Predators-Minnesota Wild game on Feb. 26, tickets to the Nashville Opera production of “Pirates of Penzance,” comprehensive orthodontic treatment from Gluck Orthodontics, and a golf outing at Hillwood Country Club. Online bidding at https://bidcoz.com/sca2015 will end at 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. For information about tickets or to buy tickets online visit https://bidcoz. com/sca2015/tickets. Father Ryan to honor 90th anniversary at annual Gala F ather Ryan High School will celebrate its 90-year tradition of faith, knowledge and service at its 36th Annual Legacy Gala on March 7, honoring notable alumni and events from the school’s nine-decade-long past. The Legacy Gala will take place at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville for the second consecutive year, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event includes silent and live auctions and a dinner, with a special salute to the school’s history as the highlight of the evening. In making the Legacy Gala announcement, Father Ryan President Jim McIntyre praised the school’s commitment to Catholic education. “I am fortunate to work for a place with such a rich history and deep roots in the community,” said McIntyre. “Our school has been a leader in this city for 90 years, teaching and guiding the youth in Nashville to be living examples of the Gospel. We look forward to celebrating that tradition at this year’s Gala, and we look to honor the many men and women who have taught and who have learned in this remarkable school.” As the oldest continuously operating Catholic diocesan school in Nashville, Father Ryan traces its roots to 1925, the founding year of the Nashville Catholic High School for Boys. After three years of growth, the school outgrew its first facilities and began construction on a new campus on Elliston Place, officially moving there in 1929 under the new name, Father Ryan High School. The school once again began to outgrow its facilities and in 1991 relocated to its current home on Norwood Drive. During World War II, more than 650 alumni and faculty members from Father Ryan served in the United States military, while those at home answered the call for equipment needs and raised more than $598,000 selling war bonds. In 1954, four months after Brown v. Board of Education ended school segregation, Father Ryan admitted its first African-American students, becoming one of the first two schools in Tennessee to integrate. A decade later, Father Ryan became the first school in the Nashville Interscholastic League to integrate its sports teams. This year’s Gala, co-chaired by Julie and Ed Norfleet, includes auction items such as a portrait of the Gala painted live during the event, a tour of Nashville’s skyline from a World War II biplane, and getaways to Tim’s Ford Lake, Breckenridge, Colo., and Orlando, Fla. The proceeds from the Gala benefit the overall programs at the school, directly impacting the students of Father Ryan. Fidelity Home Loans, LLC NMLS#894768 Rates Are Back At A Historical Low!! If your current rate does not start in the 3s, you are paying too much and could be saving thousands of dollars over the life of your loan by refinancing. Call today about “No Closing Cost Loans”, bi-weekly mortgage, and HARP loans. 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In contrast to this empty idea of beauty, Darrow explores God’s design for beauty by reflecting on the virtue of modesty with inspiration from Sacred Scripture, Theology of the Body, and Mother Teresa. This event is free and open to the public. The recommended age for this presentation is grade 7 and above. For more information, please call (615) 298-4525 or email [email protected] Nashville agencies serving homeless receive HUD grants T wo Nashville agencies that serve the homeless and have ties to Catholic parishes and organizations have received Continuum of Care grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grants were among more than $21.5 million awarded to Tennessee agencies to help them provide critically needed housing and support services to homeless people and families. The grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. Safe Haven Family Shelter, which was established at St. Patrick Church in Nashville and still receives support from Catholic parishes, organizations and individuals, received three grants totaling $180,955 to fund transitional housing and rehousing programs. The Room In The Inn, which started at Holy Name Church in Nashville and has grown to include a campus that provides a wide variety of services, received a grant totaling $31,618. Several parishes in the Nashville area house the homeless one night a week as part of the Room In The Inn’s signature program. Photo by Ken Snow/Pontifical College Josephinum Seminarians accepted into Candidacy for Holy Orders Mass on Jan. 31 marked a defining moment in the priestly formation of two seminarians for the Diocese of Nashville and 16 of their classmates at the Pontifical College Josephinum, as Bishop Frederick F. Campbell Columbus, Vice Chancellor of the Josephinum, admitted them to Candidacy for Holy Orders in St. Turibius Chapel. Nashville seminarians Dillon Barker, far left, and Andrew Forsythe, far right, are pictured with Msgr. Christopher Schreck, rector of the Josephinum, and Bishop Campbell. The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders is celebrated when a seminarian, usually in his second year of graduate study, has reached a maturity of purpose in his formation and has demonstrated the necessary qualifications for ordination. In the presence of the bishop, he publicly expresses his intention to complete his preparation for Holy Orders and his resolve to fully invest himself to that end, so that he will serve Christ and the Church faithfully. February 13, 2015 Tennessee Register 21 Church art expert, author to give Distinguished Lecture at JPII From staff reports D r. Robin M. Jensen, a professor at Vanderbilt University and a parishioner at Christ the King Church who is one of the nation’s leading experts on Christian liturgy and art, will be the Pope John Paul II Distinguished Lecturer this year. Jensen will speak Jensen on “Sanctified Seeing: Visual Art as Praying and Praising,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in the Monroe and Ann Carell Auditorium at Pope John Paul II High School. Her talk will explore the various ways visual art supports and enriches worship and prayer life. The Distinguished Lecturer Series in the spring each year follows the school’s annual Colloquium each fall. This year, the theme for both events has been “Beauty and Art in the Catholic Church,” said Dr. Brad Peper, JPII’s theology department chair and director of its Center for Scholarly Engagement. “The point of art in the Catholic Church is not just about pretty pictures,” Peper said. “There’s a purpose in the Church to art, a liturgical aspect to art,” he said. “All the art embodies some aspect of theology.” Since 2003, Jensen has been the Luce Chancellor’s Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University, a joint appointment in both the Department of the History of Art and the Divinity School. She has published extensively on the interpretation of early Christian art and architecture. Her more recent works include “Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism,” and “Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity.” Her latest book, “Christianity in Roman Africa: The Development of its Practices and Beliefs,” (co-authored with her husband J. Patout Burns, who also is an early Church scholar,) was published this spring and has received widespread scholarly praise. Jensen is currently working on her next book entitled, “The Cross: History, Art, and Controversy,” which is under contract with Harvard University Press. Jensen also has served as the president of the North American Patristics Society and has appeared on televised programs, such as “CBS Sunday Morning.” She holds multiple degrees specializing in the arts and Christian history. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Concordia College, majoring in the Visual and Theatre Arts. 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Vanderbilt University professor and Christ the King parishioner Dr. Robin Jensen will discuss it and other sacred artwork in her talk titled “Sanctified seeing: Visual art as praying and praising.” The talk is part of the Pope John Paul II High School Distinguished Lecturer series, and will take place on March 9. The Pope John Paul II Distinguished Lecturer Series, in honor of its namesake and in service to the Diocese of Nashville, offers the school and the broader community the opportunity to discuss various issues concerning religion and society with a nationally respected figure, Peper said. Each year, a renowned scholar or a person of national and/or ecclesial significance is invited to share his or her expertise on a pressing issue currently affecting the world. “Our hope is to raise critical awareness and dialogue of these issues among our students and community,” Peper said. Each year, the organizers of the series try to choose topics that also were particularly important to the school’s patron, St. John Paul II. In his 1999 “Letter to Artists,” St. John Paul II echoed the Second Vatican Council by extolling the necessity of art in the participatory expression of beauty in the Catholic Church, Peper said. Inviting artists into a renewed dialogue, he sought to re-establish the historical affinity between art and faith in a post-modern world, a world too often characterized by a separation between the two, he added. As an actor, playwright, and poet, St. John Paul II embodied his exhortations, Peper said, demonstrating art as a legitimate and necessary source of theological expression. The Distinguished Lecturer series is open and free to the community. “This is an academic service to the community,” Peper said. 22 Tennessee Register February 13, 2015 Ivy Hornsby, Robertson County volunteer, dies at 97 I vy Hornsby, who was honored in life for her volunteer efforts, was remembered in death for her energetic joy. Mrs. Hornsby, a parishioner at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Springfield, was honored in 2012 at age 95 as the Home Instead Senior Care’s Tennessee Statewide Finalist in their Salute to Senior Service program, and also served as the Grand Marshal of the Robertson County Fair Parade. “She enthusiastically took every bit of joy that life offered her,” wrote her daughter Margot Fosnes. “In spite of great loss and separation from her family, she grew her own happiness wherever she was planted. She touched so many lives and leaves a family behind that is now challenged to live up to her example of grace and love and faith.” Mrs. Hornsby died on Jan. 13, 2015, in Springfield at age 97. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Jan. 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes, with burial in Clearwater, Fla., where she lived for many years before Ruth Mallett, mother of Father James Mallett, dies at 98 R uth Campbell Mallett, 98, of Chattanooga, the mother of Father James Mallett, the retired pastor of Christ the King Church in Nashville, died Jan. 31, 2015 at LifeCare of Collegedale. A funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Chattanooga, with burial at Mt. Olivet in Chattanooga. Mrs. Mallett was born Dec. 10, 1916, in Albertville, Ala., to Walter and Myrtie Campbell. She graduated from Crossville High School and McKenzie College. She married Louis James Mallett on Dec. 8, 1937. Mrs. Mallett was preceded in death by her husband and brothers Arnold, Ronald, Hoyt and James. She worked as a bookkeeper and law firm assistant, then had a career with 3M Company performing quality assurance, retiring in 1975. After Mr. Mallett’s death in 1976, she worked in the Admissions Department of Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, operating one of the first computer systems. She left there in 1983 to work with her daughter at Concern Home Health in Denham Springs, La., as Medical Records Manager and retired from there in 1996. “She will always be honored and loved by her family and friends as an inspiring and accomplished woman who diligently exemplified the role of wife, mother, sister and friend,” said her family. “We will all miss her so very much.” Survivors include her son, Father James Mallett of Chattanooga, daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Tim Mayo of Chattanooga; sisters, Bernice Pugh of Manchester, Tenn., Evelyn Freeman of Moody, Ala., Melba Gilbreath and Jean Glassco of Albertville, Ala.; and brother, Joe Campbell of Manchester, Tenn. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory, and Florist. 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Her volunteer efforts continued after moving to Springfield, first with United Ministries and Meals on Wheels and later working the desk at the Robertson County Senior Center. She often volunteered as much as four days a week, and was still delivering meals in her car when she turned 90. After she stopped delivering the meals, she continued to help the program by packing meals. Mrs. Hornsby was preceded in death by her husband, William Blake Hornsby; her son, Bill Hornsby; her parents and her brothers, Hugh and Eric Convey. She is survived by her daughters, Judith Burton and Margot Fosnes; son-in-law, Jeff Fosnes; grandsons, Jake Burton, C.A. Fosnes and Tyler (Nikki) Fosnes; greatgrandchildren, Jackson and Savannah Burton; devoted nephew, Gardner Smith of Clearwater, Fla.; and fellow Aussie and best friend of nearly 60 years, Joyce Conner of Jacksonville, Fla. Memorial contributions can be made to Meals on Wheels, United Ministries or the Robertson County Senior Center. 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After the war, Mrs. Hornsby joined her husband in the United States, and during his career in the Navy they were stationed in San Diego, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, Newport, R.I., and Camp LaJeune, N.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., with frequent visits and stays in Clearwater, Fla, where Mr. Hornsby’s family resided. In 1957, Mr. Hornsby retired from the Navy, and the family settled in Jacksonville. While living there, Mrs. Hornsby and her husband suffered a tragedy when their eldest son, Bill, was killed in an accident at age 12. “She was the glue that held her family together,” Mrs. Fosnes wrote of her mother. “Then, as in many times in her life, her faith sustained her. The Catholic Church was a place where she found peace and strength. … Prayer was always her answer to life’s struggles, and the Hail Mary was her favorite.” Mrs. Hornsby was active in the many communities where she lived, spending countless hours volunteering. 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It was a back and forth match as the Irish took an early 11-0 lead, but then saw the advantage vanish as Baylor won five matches in a row, including three pins, to take a 32-15 lead with three bouts to go. Father Ryan won the last three weight classes of the match, but came up just short in team points. At left, Father Ryan senior Marcello Morrice scores back points against Baylor’s Caleb Canada. Right photo below, Coach Pat Simpson gives advice to one of his wrestlers as assistant Davis Dempsey watches. Jim Simpson, below left, cheers his son Christian Simpson from the stands. Father Ryan will try to rebound by winning the team championship at the Division II Individual State Wrestling Championships to be held Feb. 13-14 at the Williamson Ag Expo Center. For more photos, visit www.dioceseofnashville.com. Photos by Andy Telli Father Ryan seniors accept athletic scholarship offers T en senior student athletes at Father Ryan High School have accepted scholarship offers to continue their athletic careers in college, including eight football players who signed letters of intent on National Signing Day, Feb. 4. The eight football players comprised the largest signing class on National Signing Day in the school’s history. They and their families were honored in ceremonies held in the school theater. “It’s an exciting day for Father Ryan,” said Athletic Director Pat Lawson. “I couldn’t be prouder of these talented athletes.” This year’s class featured Irish stars from both sides of the ball, including defensive-star Andrew Rector, an ESPN and 247Sports three-star recruit who signed with Vanderbilt University, and wide receiver Jack Shoulders, a 247Sports three-star recruit who signed with East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn. Along with Rector and Shoulders, Father Ryan’s signing class included: • Robert Crawford, a defensive lineman who signed with Tennessee State University in Nashville, a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. • Alex Horlak, a linebacker who signed with Wofford College, a member of the Southern Conference and located in Spartanburg, S.C. • Cameron Towns, a quarterCrawford Benedict Bossung back who signed with Butler University in Indianapolis. The Butler football team competes as a member of the Pioneer Football League. • Marcus Dean, a defensive back who signed with Lindsey Wilson College, a NAIA program located in Columbia, Ky. • Brandon Benedict, a lineman who signed with Thomas More Rector Shoulders Shoop College, a NCAA Division III program located in Crestview Hills, Ky., just outside Cincinnati. Two more Father Ryan student-athletes • Tyler Shoop, a wide receiver who also have signed college scholarship offers. signed with Pennsylvania State Univer• Sarah Bossung has signed to play sity, where his father, Bob Shoop, is the center back for the women’s soccer team defensive coordinator. at Belmont University in Nashville. Dean Horlak Towns Weisel • Ben Weisel, who was named the Metro Cross Country Runner of the Year last season, has committed to Belmont where he will continue his running career. January 13, 30, 2015 February Appeal f ual or n n ces il le D io stries ini M Bishop’ sA 24 Tennessee Register v e of N ash 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries Your support helps to provide vital ministries in support of the mission of the Catholic Church in Middle Tennessee. “...o n the Sabba th Jesus en tered the synagogue a t h g u a nd t .” Mark 1:21 — Donor Information: Date ______________________________ BAA ID #_______________________________ Name ______________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Parish Name and Town ________________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________ Phone _____________________ Thank you for your support, service, and sacrifice. 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Signature _________________________________________________________________ c I/We are unable to make a pledge to the 2015 Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries at this time but will pray for the success of the Appeal. c Dear Bishop Choby, in your prayer intentions, please include: ________________________________________________________________ c I have included my parish or the Diocese in my will. c Please send information on how to include my parish or the Diocese in my will. Please return this bottom portion to your parish. Thank You!
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