|Father Michael J McGivney|
Father Allen pauses to look around at the parishioners in the pews of New Haven’s oldest Catholic church. He takes a deep breath. “These men are grasping for anything in their hope for a cure,” he says. “They are at a point where nothing in their society can help. And so, it is their faith that saves them.”
He closes the Bible and carries it down the pulpit steps, back to the altar, where he continues to celebrate the Mass. After Communion, the service concludes with a familiar prayer. Though the text is in every parishioner’s pew-box, no one reads from the paper: they know the words by heart. They pray to God for the canonization of Father Michael McGivney, the parish priest who, some 130 years ago, devoted his life to the widows, orphans, and indigents of this very church.
Impelled by the historical significance of the death of Christ, the early Church sought the need to celebrate liturgically this salvific event. A memorial rite was installed in accordance with the express desire of our Lord that the Paschal Mystery be sacramentally renewed.
During the early phases of the life of the Church, Easter was celebrated cyclically starting with the Eucharistic Assembly commemorated on the first day of the week, the day of the Resurrection of our Lord (dominicus dies) on Easter Sunday. Soon after in the second century, one Sunday during the year was reserved specifically for the celebration of this salvific mystery of Christ.
By this time, the Church began to celebrate more systematically the Paschal Triduum when it formally started to relive historically the mysteries of Christ’s life, starting in Jerusalem, where the Passion and Resurrection of Christ actually took place.
In addition, the dogmatic and liturgical response of the orthodoxy to the Arian heresy during that time caused a renewed attention of the faithful towards the person of Jesus Christ (Son of God and Son of Mary) and his historical figure.
Each celebration of the Paschal Triduum contains its particular nature;: the afternoon of Holy Thursday commemorates the institution of the Eucharist; Good Friday is dedicated especially to the Passion and Death of Jesus on the Cross; on Black Saturday, the Church meditates the repose of Jesus in the sepulcher. Finally, in the Paschal Vigil, the faithful relive the glory of the Resurrection.
|2017 Charity Recipients|
At this meeting $32,700 of funds raised by this Council were distributed to support faith-based initiatives. This includes our schools, hospitals, and very own community service organizations working within our area.
Some of the $26,000 raised during our Campaign for People with Intellectual Disabilities was presented; $7,100 will be withheld until the Arkansas Blind Camp and the Special Olympics events take place in the spring.
Revenue generated by the parish-wide efforts of our bi-annual Treasure Sale, augmented by Council 10208 monies were presented to our local parochial schools. Other funds that were presented came from parish breakfasts, dinners, and other fund-raisers. Well done Brothers, as we in our own small way try to mimic the love of Christ through these corporal works of Mercy!
|Honoring Our Fallen Knights|
We will always remember the contributions to our Council, Assembly, Parish, and community of Sir Knight Jim Ashley; Sir Knight Ray Curry; Sir Knight William Herbert; Sir Knight Joseph Janus; Sir Knight Bud Osmun; Sir Knight Father Raymond Rossi; Brother Knight Rodger Bresnahan; Brother Knight Danny Celestin; Brother Knight Jim Elder; and Brother Knight Dick Palinko. May these men reap the final reward of all the good they sowed while on this earth.
Each fallen Knight was represented with a carnation added to a bouquet by members of the Assembly 2316 Honor Guard. Each Knight's name was read by our worthy Grand Knight, Tom Donnelly. Music was provided by Buddy Dixon, Maureen Morgan, Diane Patterson, Lynne Border, and Steve Fetcko.
After the Mass, an amazing meal was provided by Johanna and her staff. It was a night that we will always remember, and for me, the highlight of the Fraternal year.
|Saint Pope John Paul II|
"Let the Messiah, the King of Israel come down now from the cross that we may see and believe." (Mark 15.32)
But he did not accept that challenge. The fact that he stayed on the Cross until the end, the fact that on the Cross he could say, as do all who suffer,
"My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (Mark 15.34)
If the agony on the Cross had not happened, the truth that God is Love would have been unfounded. Yes! God is Love and precisely for this he gave his Son, to reveal himself completely as Love. Christ is the One who "loved...to the end." (John 13.1) "To the end" means to the last breath.
|New Beginnings Pregnancy Center|
Attending the Ribbon Cutting from Council 10208 were Past Grand Knights Dave Johnston and Bob Honzik as well as Jim Dyar and Jim Goodson, Pro-Life Director. Kim Puska, Director at New Beginnings Pregnancy Resource Center states that she and her staff and volunteers are very excited, knowing that this Ultrasound will result in saving many babies from abortion. Bob Honzik stated that he could feel their excitement while he was there. Also attending the Ribbon Cutting were Dr. Livers, Medical Diorector at New Beginnings, many of the Center’s volunteers and staff and a few of the contractors who helped make this all possible with the volunteer hours and materials.
Council 10208 and Assembly 2316 of Hot Springs Village raised over $30,500 during the event and presented Bishop Taylor with two checks at the conclusion of the dinner.
Be sure to view the Seminarian Endowment Dinner video production by Renee Steinpreis.
The Prince of Apostles and first Pope - St. Peter
This is a great document and the earliest Catechism
Of the Catholic Church. It predates the Gospels and
is believed to be written between 50-70 AD
Syria, Christians, and Pluralism in the Middle EastBy Most. Rev. Jean Clément Jeanbart & Carl Anderson
The Christians of Syria—along with those in other troubled areas of the Middle East—have been forgotten. Because many have stayed in their homes or have become urban refugees outside of the UN camp system, they fall through the cracks, getting little aid and even less international attention.
Their situation is dire, and whether they will be able to survive at all depends on the events of the next several months. If Christianity—adhered to by 10 percent of Syria’s population before the war—disappears, so will any hope of pluralism. If ISIS’ theocratic intolerance takes hold, Christians will face an impossible choice: flee, or face death: physical, or spiritual in the form of forced conversion.
The security implications of this for the world should be self-evident. A Syria without Christians, the historical mediators in that country, will make Syria less safe, the region less safe, and the world less safe. It is time for the international community to take action, not only to ensure that genocide survivors in Syria get the aid they need, but also to make sure that when the dust settles, they have the same rights as every other Syrian, that they have equal protection under the law and are not reduced to some second class status.