FEAST OF SAINT MONTANUS and COMPANIONS
Monday of the Seventh Week in Ordinary Time, February 24, 2014
Feast of Saint Walburga – Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Feast of Saint Porphyry of Gaza – Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Feast of Saint John Cassian – Friday, February 28, 2014
Question of the Week
For the Feast of the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, March 2, 2014
“”Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? …But seek first the kingdom of God.” What do you worry about? Has worrying ever helped you? Do you ever worry about where and how you will spend eternal life? If you could have only one wish, would it be connected to the kingdom of God? Do you know anyone who you feel seeks the kingdom of God first? What is one thing you could change to move seeking the kingdom up on your list?
Put Your Faith First, Olympian Encourages Young Catholics
Olympic cross-country skier Rebecca Dussault recently spoke to a large crowd of young adults in Denver, exhorting them to put their Catholic faith above everything else in life. “Be Catholic first and anything that flows from that is a rich bonus,” she said in a talk given at Katie Mullen's Irish Pub in downtown Denver as part of the archdiocese's Theology on Tap program. Because there are over a billion Catholics in the world, Dussault added, if someone is a “successful Catholic” they will most likely also be a “significant Catholic” which is why it is so important for prominent people in the Church to be good examples. “We're going to be looking up to you,” she said. A Colorado native, Dussault grew up skiing in the Rocky Mountains, but felt ostracized by her peers because she was pursuing a physically and spiritually healthy life, shunning the party attitude. Fighting the secular culture, she found herself retiring from racing at the age of 19.
She married and had her first child when she found herself once again competing and winning, restarting her career and passion for competition. She called up her sponsors and they took her back, knowing that it wasn’t just her anymore, but her entire little “domestic church.” Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassatti, a fellow skier and sports enthusiast who lived in the early 20th century, became her patron saint on the slopes. She even wrote his name on her skis during the Olympics in Turin, his home town. The young Italian simply “lived in the now and he totally poured himself out” in the service of others. Bl. Pier Giorgio died at the young age of 24 from polio – and the fact that his funeral procession had 10,000 followers is a testament to his “magnetic personality because he had God.” His example has continued to serve as an inspiration for her work after the Olympics, especially as a mentor with her program, MassStart.org, which aims to help Catholics lead spiritually and physically healthy lives. “It's not like I've arrived and I've got this all figured out – I'm an experiment daily and I do waiver between vanity, I waiver between lack of commitment. I'm totally human, but really when I can see a bigger picture than just myself, I can have motivation,” she said. She encouraged aspiring athletes and coaches to make the Sacraments their first priority, saying that they are “the only thing that keep you, you.” A new book chronicling Dussault's experience as a Catholic wife, mother and athlete called, Mass Start, is available on her website.
Black History Month
Prayer for African American & African Families
God of Mercy and Love we place our African American and African Families before You today. May we be proud of our history and never forget those who paid a great price for our liberation. Bless us one by one and keep our hearts and minds fixed on higher ground. Help us to live for you and not for ourselves, and may we cherish and proclaim the gift of life. Bless our parents, guardians and grandparents, relatives and friends. Give us the amazing grace to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Help us, as Your children, to live in such a way that the beauty and greatness of authentic love is reflected in all that we say and do. Give a healing anointing to those less fortunate, especially the motherless, the fatherless, the broken, the sick and the lonely. Bless our departed family members and friends. May they be led into the light of Your dwelling place where we will never grow old, where we will share the fullness of redemption and shout the victory for all eternity. This we ask in the Precious Name of Jesus, our Savior and Blessed Assurance. Amen. Holy Mary, Mother of Our Families, pray for us.
Prayer composed by FR. JIM GOODE, OFM, who in 1989 founded this National Day of Prayer for the African American and African Family.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Diocese of Cleveland – Day by Day Reflection Black History Month
Katherine Drexel Mission Center
Henriette Delille Website, Sisters of the Holy Family
Susan Searle, Presenter, Center for Ministry Development
"Confirming Young Disciples" Workshop
The Center for Ministry Development held a workshop at the Catholic Life Center this week in the Westerfield Center. The topic for this workshop was "Confirming Young Disciples". Susan Searle of the Center was the presenter. In attendance were catechetical leaders from the Diocese of Baton Rouge as well as the Archdiocese of New Orleans, and the Diocese of Monroe.
A few points covered in the workshop were: ---Explore a vision for confirmation preparation that is rooted in the best practices of comprehensive youth ministry and dynamic adolescent catechesis --Developing dynamic follow-through opportunities for confirmed youth, and --How to select effective resources.
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Year of Faith
DRE/CRE Deanery Meetings
10 So Cen - St. Aloysius
13 No East - St. Margaret Queen of Scotland
17 No Cen - St. Isidore
20 So East - Holy Rosary
25 So West - St. Joseph the Worker
27 No West - Immaculate Conception-Lakeland