Holy Family Church is celebrating the year of St. Mark’s Gospel with a major musical, The Song of Mark, by Marty Haugen. Performances are Wednesday March 25, Thursday March 26, and Friday March 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM in the main church sanctuary.
Based on the Gospel of St. Mark, this musical brings Jesus and the disciples to life in song and dialog. As stories unfold, the courageous faith of the women they encounter on their journeys is clearly shown. The theme of The Song of Mark defines true discipleship and is presented as a reality in the lives of people today.
The musical is stage directed by Julia Barcott, who has been involved in many community stage productions. Mary Smith, director of music at Holy Family Church, will direct the combined adult and children’s choir accompanied by a unique blend of instrumentalists.
Let's be praying for all those preparing for marriage in our parishes this year.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn 4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by name, he cares for us and he seeks us out whenever we turn away from him. He is interested in each of us; his love does not allow him to be indifferent to what happens to us. Usually, when we are healthy and comfortable, we forget about others (something God the Father never does): we are unconcerned with their problems, their sufferings and the injustices they endure… Our heart grows cold. As long as I am relatively healthy and comfortable, I don’t think about those less well off. Today, this selfish attitude of indifference has taken on global proportions, to the extent that we can speak of a globalization of indifference. It is a problem which we, as Christians, need to confront.
When the people of God are converted to his love, they find answers to the questions that history continually raises. One of the most urgent challenges which I would like to address in this Message is precisely the globalization of indifference.
Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.
God is not indifferent to our world; he so loves it that he gave his Son for our salvation. In the Incarnation, in the earthly life, death, and resurrection of the Son of God, the gate between God and man, between heaven and earth, opens once for all. The Church is like the hand holding open this gate, thanks to her proclamation of God’s word, her celebration of the sacraments and her witness of the faith which works through love (cf. Gal 5:6). But the world tends to withdraw into itself and shut that door through which God comes into the world and the world comes to him. Hence the hand, which is the Church, must never be surprised if it is rejected, crushed and wounded.
God’s people, then, need this interior renewal, lest we become indifferent and withdraw into ourselves. To further this renewal, I would like to propose for our reflection three biblical texts.
1. “If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Cor 12:26) – The Church
The love of God breaks through that fatal withdrawal into ourselves which is indifference. The Church offers us this love of God by her teaching and especially by her witness. But we can only bear witness to what we ourselves have experienced. Christians are those who let God clothe them with goodness and mercy, with Christ, so as to become, like Christ, servants of God and others. This is clearly seen in the liturgy of Holy Thursday, with its rite of the washing of feet. Peter did not want Jesus to wash his feet, but he came to realize that Jesus does not wish to be just an example of how we should wash one another’s feet. Only those who have first allowed Jesus to wash their own feet can then offer this service to others. Only they have “a part” with him (Jn 13:8) and thus can serve others.
Lent is a favorable time for letting Christ serve us so that we in turn may become more like him. This happens whenever we hear the word of God and receive the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. There we become what we receive: the Body of Christ. In this body there is no room for the indifference which so often seems to possess our hearts. For whoever is of Christ, belongs to one body, and in him we cannot be indifferent to one another. “If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it; if one part is honored, all the parts share its joy” (1 Cor 12:26).
The Church is the communio sanctorum not only because of her saints, but also because she is a communion in holy things: the love of God revealed to us in Christ and all his gifts. Among these gifts there is also the response of those who let themselves be touched by this love. In this communion of saints, in this sharing in holy things, no one possesses anything alone, but shares everything with others. And since we are united in God, we can do something for those who are far distant, those whom we could never reach on our own, because with them and for them, we ask God that all of us may be open to his plan of salvation.
2. “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9) – Parishes and Communities
All that we have been saying about the universal Church must now be applied to the life of our parishes and communities. Do these ecclesial structures enable us to experience being part of one body? A body which receives and shares what God wishes to give? A body which acknowledges and cares for its weakest, poorest and most insignificant members? Or do we take refuge in a universal love that would embrace the whole world, while failing to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors (Lk 16:19-31)?
In order to receive what God gives us and to make it bear abundant fruit, we need to press beyond the boundaries of the visible Church in two ways.
In the first place, by uniting ourselves in prayer with the Church in heaven. The prayers of the Church on earth establish a communion of mutual service and goodness which reaches up into the sight of God. Together with the saints who have found their fulfilment in God, we form part of that communion in which indifference is conquered by love. The Church in heaven is not triumphant because she has turned her back on the sufferings of the world and rejoices in splendid isolation. Rather, the saints already joyfully contemplate the fact that, through Jesus’ death and resurrection, they have triumphed once and for all over indifference, hardness of heart and hatred. Until this victory of love penetrates the whole world, the saints continue to accompany us on our pilgrim way. Saint Therese of Lisieux, a Doctor of the Church, expressed her conviction that the joy in heaven for the victory of crucified love remains incomplete as long as there is still a single man or woman on earth who suffers and cries out in pain: “I trust fully that I shall not remain idle in heaven; my desire is to continue to work for the Church and for souls” (Letter 254, July 14, 1897).
We share in the merits and joy of the saints, even as they share in our struggles and our longing for peace and reconciliation. Their joy in the victory of the Risen Christ gives us strength as we strive to overcome our indifference and hardness of heart.
In the second place, every Christian community is called to go out of itself and to be engaged in the life of the greater society of which it is a part, especially with the poor and those who are far away. The Church is missionary by her very nature; she is not self-enclosed but sent out to every nation and people.
Her mission is to bear patient witness to the One who desires to draw all creation and every man and woman to the Father. Her mission is to bring to all a love which cannot remain silent. The Church follows Jesus Christ along the paths that lead to every man and woman, to the very ends of the earth (cf. Acts 1:8). In each of our neighbors, then, we must see a brother or sister for whom Christ died and rose again. What we ourselves have received, we have received for them as well. Similarly, all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift for the Church and for all humanity.
Dear brothers and sisters, how greatly I desire that all those places where the Church is present, especially our parishes and our communities, may become islands of mercy in the midst of the sea of indifference!
3. “Make your hearts firm!” (James 5:8) – Individual Christians
As individuals too, we have are tempted by indifference. Flooded with news reports and troubling images of human suffering, we often feel our complete inability to help. What can we do to avoid being caught up in this spiral of distress and powerlessness?
First, we can pray in communion with the Church on earth and in heaven. Let us not underestimate the power of so many voices united in prayer! The 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, which I hope will be observed on 13-14 March throughout the Church, also at the diocesan level, is meant to be a sign of this need for prayer.
Second, we can help by acts of charity, reaching out to both those near and far through the Church’s many charitable organizations. Lent is a favourable time for showing this concern for others by small yet concrete signs of our belonging to the one human family.
Third, the suffering of others is a call to conversion, since their need reminds me of the uncertainty of my own life and my dependence on God and my brothers and sisters. If we humbly implore God’s grace and accept our own limitations, we will trust in the infinite possibilities which God’s love holds out to us. We will also be able to resist the diabolical temptation of thinking that by our own efforts we can save the world and ourselves.
As a way of overcoming indifference and our pretensions to self-sufficiency, I would invite everyone to live this Lent as an opportunity for engaging in what Benedict XVI called a formation of the heart (cf. Deus Caritas Est, 31). A merciful heart does not mean a weak heart. Anyone who wishes to be merciful must have a strong and steadfast heart, closed to the tempter but open to God. A heart which lets itself be pierced by the Spirit so as to bring love along the roads that lead to our brothers and sisters. And, ultimately, a poor heart, one which realizes its own poverty and gives itself freely for others.
During this Lent, then, brothers and sisters, let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum”: Make our hearts like yours (Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). In this way we will receive a heart which is firm and merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.
It is my prayerful hope that this Lent will prove spiritually fruitful for each believer and every ecclesial community. I ask all of you to pray for me. May the Lord bless you and Our Lady keep you.
From the Vatican, 4 October 2014
Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi
The 2015 Washington State legislative session is now in full swing with hundreds of bills introduced in each chamber. The WSCC is busy tracking and testifying on those that relate to the Legislative Priorities established by the Bishops of Washington State. This issue of the Bulletin highlights several significant bills.
Parental Notification - The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hear SB 5289, which would require parental notification for a minor considering an abortion. The hearing is scheduled for WSCC supports SB 5289 and encourages attendance at the hearing in Olympia. A companion bill, HB 1493, has been introduced in the House, but no hearing has been scheduled.
Abolition of Death Penalty - This week, bills were introduced in the House and Senate that would abolish the death penalty in our State. WSCC supports House Bill HB 1739 and Senate Bill SB 5639. No hearing has yet been scheduled for either bill. Join with others to repeal the death penalty on February 10th in Olympia. Click here to register for Lobby Day February 3rd.
Human Trafficking - Many bills on human trafficking are being introduced in the legislature. HB 1139, which WSCC supports, would establish a working group to study issues relating to the trafficking of youth. The House Committee on Public Safety heard the bill on January 27th and plans to vote on the bill on . Please also note that February 8th has been designated as the first international day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8th was chosen because it is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita. The day is intended to raise awareness and to encourage reflection on the violence and injustice that affect the numerous victims of trafficking.
Minimum Wage - The current minimum wage in Washington State is $9.47 per hour. HB 1355 would raise the hourly minimum wage to $12.00 over four years. The Bishops have long supported a just, living wage by which a worker could support his/her family. The House Committee on Labor had a hearing on January 26th and has scheduled a vote on HB 1355 for January 29th.
Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs) - In Washington State, nearly all people convicted of a crime receive at sentencing notice of their Legal Financial Obligations (LFOs). These obligations include the fees, fines, costs, and restitution imposed by the court. Upon completion of their sentence, the court-imposed debt often presents a formidable barrier to persons integrating successfully back into their communities; 80-90 percent of whom are indigent. HB 1390 would enact several significant reforms concerning LFOs. The bill, which WSCC supports, was heard in the House Judiciary Committee on January 21st.
Federal Legislative News: Last week, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston and chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed passage of the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2015" (H.R. 7) by the U.S. House of Representatives. "By passing this legislation, the House has taken a decisive step toward respect for unborn human life, reflecting the will of the American people," he said. The pro-life bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 242-179 on January 22nd, the day of the annual March for Life in Washington. The bill codifies a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act to disclose the extent of their coverage for abortion and the surcharge amount consumers would have to pay for the coverage.
Mark your calendars and join us for Catholic Advocacy Day on March 26. Click here to register online.
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Mark your calendars for Thursday February 12th as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, Inc., will be presenting a talk entitled "Man’s Response to God: The Catholic Teaching on Faith" in the Conference Room at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Quincy, starting at 6 PM. In this talk, Karlo presents the Catechism of the Catholic Church's teaching on the theological virtue of faith. He explains in great detail how faith is both a free gift from God as well as a human act. Karlo will reflect upon the two models of faith that the Catechism provides, namely Abraham and Mary. Finally, he will highlight the Church’s teaching on the various implications that faith has in our lives. Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to be inspired to respond to God in faith. Be sure to visit Karlo's video blog www.karlobroussard.com.
Don’t miss out! The Central Washington Catholic Foundation has allocated $45,000 for Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) grants this year. You can apply for a grant to meet essential needs of your religious education program, to send RE staff to the LA Religious Education Congress, and/or to receive a stipend for your RE Coordinator.
The application process is fairly simple and shouldn’t take you (or your RE Coordinator) much time to complete. The application deadline is May 29, 2015. The application forms are available on our website at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/REgrants. Call Nancy at 509-972-3732 if you do not have computer access and she will mail forms to you.
The Central Washington Catholic Foundation envisions providing enduring support for Catholic education and ministries in Central Washington. Our mission is to support Catholic education. To this end, we provide grants to parishes for their religious education programs and tuition assistance to students enrolled in Catholic schools. We strongly believe that every Catholic family who wants a Catholic school education for their children should be able to get one, regardless of ability to pay and every Catholic family should be able to learn about Jesus regardless of their local parish’s financial resources.
The Parish Religious Education Program (PREP) grants help parish programs in three ways:
· $500 stipends (matched by the parish) for RE Coordinators/Directors
· $750 support for RE staff to attend the annual RE Congress in Los Angeles
· Grants to support RE programs in various ways from Bibles for the children to curriculum to materials and supplies to AV and computer equipment.
Each parish determines what their needs and resources are and then writes an application if their needs exceed their resources.
For the 2015 grant cycle, there is $45,000 available. The application period is open and will close on May 29, 2015. The grant applications are on our website at www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/REgrants.
Please call Nancy Probst or Dan Fortier at 509-972-3732 if you have questions.
You are invited to Renovate LIVE! This free event will be on February 21st, a Saturday, at 6:00 PM. Come and socialize, listen to a dynamic speaker, and enjoy an amazing musician at Espresso World. The address is 7510 West Clearwater Avenue, Kennewick, Washington, 99336.
The Central Washington Catholic Foundation is pleased to offer three college scholarships. One is for a Davis High School senior (Yakima) and two are for students who will be attending Catholic colleges or universities. The deadline for applying is April 1, 2015. Please disseminate this information to your students by whatever means appropriate.
The Celebration of Faith Scholarship
This scholarship is presently expected to award up to $1,500 annually. Up to three scholarships will be awarded each year. Recipients will be students who are attending, or plan to attend, a Catholic college or university and demonstrate a commitment to serve the church through past activities and future plans and goals. Current recipients will be eligible to reapply and will compete with new applicants. The completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1st of the year the scholarship is awarded.
The Mary Ellen Chott-Mahre Scholarship
This scholarship is presently expected to award $1,000 to $6,000 annually. Completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1stof the year the scholarship is awarded.
The John Rodriquez-Kranz Scholarship
This one-time scholarship benefits students graduating for Davis High School in Yakima, WA. Presently, an award winner can expect $500 to $1,000. Completed application form and all accompanying documentation must be mailed directly to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation and post-marked no later than April 1stof the year the scholarship is awarded.
For additional information and application forms, go to www.cwcatholicfoundation.org/scholarships.
Mark your calendars for Thursday February 5th as Karlo Broussard, founder and president of The Divine Child Institute, will be presenting a talk entitled “Finding True Happiness: Satisfying Our Restless Hearts” at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 401 South Willow Street, Ellensburg,WA starting at 6:30 pm. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle is known for saying that “Happiness is the one thing you can choose for itself. Everything else is chosen for the sake of happiness.” Consequently, one’s view of happiness determines one’s view of life, relationships, purpose, and self-identity. In this talk, Mr. Broussard examines what philosophers have classified as the “four levels of happiness” and shows which levels one should strive for in order to live life to the fullest and satisfy the deepest desires of the human heart. He also looks at the root causes of unhappiness and considers how this can be avoided or reconfigured into something good. By probing the mystery of our existence, Mr. Broussard proposes a path to achieving the fullest experience of happiness and purpose in life. Be sure to visit Mr. Broussard’s personal video blog at www.karlobroussard.com.
Luego de que este domingo fuera anunciado por el papa Francisco, durante la oración del Ángelus, en la Plaza de San Pedro, el nombramiento como nuevo cardenal de México del arzobispo de Morelia Alberto Suárez Inda, el rector de la catedral de Morelia, José Guadalupe Franco, declaró que esta designación es un honor para la sede que ha contado con arzobispos muy distintivos.
Asimismo, señaló que esto se dio por el reconocimiento del trabajo del arzobispo frente a la iglesia de Morelia y su gran entrega a ésta, lo que ha sido motivo de mucha alegría para los sacerdotes que conforman esta diócesis, así como para los fieles michoacanos.
A su vez se dijo agradecido por la gran distinción que hizo el Papa de origen argentino al nombrar a Suarez Inda como digno representante de la fe cristiana, pero manifestó que eso representa una gran responsabilidad y compromiso por parte del nuevo cardenal para hacer un buen trabajo.
El rector de la catedral aprovechó para pedir a los fieles que realicen oración para que esta nueva designación se realice de la mejor manera y ayuden al monseñor Suárez a colaborar de forma más inmediata en el gobierno universal de la iglesia católica.
Se espera que sea a mediados del mes de febrero de este año cuando el nuevo cardenal mexicano reciba el Capelo cardenalicio, en donde se le asignará alguna iglesia de Roma donde el tendrá una especie de sede.
Cabe señalar que es la primera vez que un arzobispo a cargo de esta diócesis de Morelia recibe el honor de formar parte de los cardenales, por lo que se espera que la decisión de nombrar al sucesor de Suárez Inda la tomé el Vaticano.
"El oficio de un cardenal es colaborar de forma directa con el Papa en el gobierno de la iglesia, en donde se le asignará un campo en concreto para que él trabaje, de la misma manera se espera que participe hasta los ocho años en la selección del nuevo sumo pontífice si se ofreciera", explicó el padre Guadalupe Franco.
Es importante mencionar que el arzobispo Suárez podrá seguir al frente de la iglesia de Morelia, ya que su nombramiento no implica que se retire de esta, hasta que el papa disponga quien va venir, afirmó el rector de catedral.
Dentro de la lista que fue presentada por el papa Francisco se encuentran:
1.- Monseñor Dominique Mamberti, arzobispo titular de Sagona (Canadá), prefecto del Supremo Tribunal de la Signatura Apostólica.
2.- Monseñor Manuel José Macário do Nascimento Clemente, patriarca de Lisboa.
3.- Monseñor Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel, arzobispo de Adis Abeba.
4.- Monseñor John Atcherley Dew, arzobispo de Wellington.
5.- Monseñor Edoardo Menichelli, arzobispo de Ancona-Osimo (Italia).
6.- Monseñor Pierre Nguyên Nhon, arzobispo de Hanoi.
7.- Monseñor Alberto Suárez Inda, arzobispo de Morelia (México).
8.- Monseñor Charles Maung Bo, arzobispo de Yangon (Birmania).
9.- Monseñor Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij, arzobispo de Bangkok.
10.- Monseñor Francesco Montenegro, arzobispo de Agrigento (Italia).
11.- Monseñor Daniel Fernando Sturia Berhouet, arzobispo de Montevideo.
12.- Monseñor Ricardo Blázquez Pérez, arzobispo de Valladolid (España).
13.- Monseñor José Luis Lacunza Maestrojuán, obispo de David (Panamá).
14.- Monseñor Arlindo Gomes Furtado, obispo de Santiago de Cabo Verde (Cabo Verde).
15.- Monseñor Soane Patita Paini Mafi, obispo de Tonga (Isla de Tonga).
1.- Monseñor José de Jesús Pimiento Rodríguez, arzobispo emérito de Manizales (Colombia).
2.- Monseñor Luigi De Magistris, arzobispo titular de Nova, pro-penitenciario mayor emérito (Italia).
3.- Monseñor Karl-Joseph Rauber, alemán, arzobispo titular de Giubalziana (Túnez).
4.- Monseñor Luis Héctor Villalba, arzobispo emérito de Tucumán (Argentina).
5.- Monseñor Júlio Duarte Langa, obispo emérito de Xai-Xai (Mozambique). (J)
Collection Set for January 24-25
Soon our parishes will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This collection communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our (arch)diocese and support local needs, so please be generous in this collection. Accompanying this article please find a letter from Bishop Joseph Tyson supporting this collection, along with other promotional materials.
Colecta Fijada por 24-25 de Enero
Muy pronto nuestras parroquias realizarán la Colecta para la Campaña Católica de la Comunicación. Esta colecta comunica el Evangelio a través de actividades en los medios sociales católicos y enriquece nuestra fe a través de los podcasts, la televisión, la radio y la prensa escrita. La mitad de lo recaudado permanece en nuestra (arqui)diócesis y financia las necesidades locales así que, por favor, contribuyan generosamente a esta colecta. Acompañando a este artículo por favor encontrar una carta de apoyo del Obispo Joseph Tyson para esta colecta, junto con otros materiales de promoción.
Archbishop of Morelia to the College of Cardinals
Dear Friends/Estimados Amigos:
The news is spreading especially across our Spanish speaking communities about the recent appointment of Archbishop Alerberto Suarez Inda of Morelia in Michoacan to the College of Cardinals. So many of our folks here across the diocese come from this part of Mexico. Bishop Sevilla managed to bring him up here to Yakima for a pastoral visit. When Father Felipe and I were in Morelia we asked him about this possibility as well. He suggested maybe after he retires. So perhaps we need to try again! Enjoy the photo gallery below that David Valdivia saved from his last visit here to Yakima and lets pray for all the newly appointed Cardinals that the redness of their clothing my reflect their desire to "shed blood" for the faith and thus die and rise for Jesus Christ.