Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday, May 26, 2012

One family, two deacons

Congratulations for the Dorner family. 

Taken by Fr Vic

Dennis Dorner Sr is a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Atlanta and his son was ordained a Transitional Deacon this morning. 

Archbishop interviewed

Archbishop interviewed

Friday, May 25, 2012

An Untold Story

Few people are aware that the Mexican government waged a war against the Catholic Church in the first half of the 20th Century.   That war is a reason many Mexican priest still do not wear the Roman Collar in public.

A new movie will tell that story.

Test of FIre

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Embrace: A Ministry of Healing

One of the ministries that I have been involved in since I began formation to the Diaconate and now lead at my parish is the Bereavement Ministry.  This ministry reaches out to those who have lost loved ones and trying to put their life back together; to have meaning in their life.

But I recently went to a workshop that is taking this ministry to a new place; one that has been largely hidden in society but has wounds that do not heal.  Wounds that last a lifetime.

This is the loss of a prenatal child or one that leaves this world soon after taking their first breath.  The pain is real; the pain does not go away.  The loss affects more people than anyone can imagine and is ignored by society and in large part by many in the Church.

The need to address this issue was brought to the attention of our wonderful Archbishop Wilton Gregory.  When he heard the stories, he said something needed to be done.  He was quoted after hearing of this need that (and I am paraphrasing) that if we are truly a pro-life Church, we must acknowledge these lives and treat them with the dignity that they deserve.   And the Archbishop is doing something about it.

The Archdiocese now has a support ministry (EMBRACE) for those who have lost a child, whether it is but due to miscarriage, stillbirth, or sudden infant death.  They are providing a wide range of opportunities to address the loss.  When I mention the ministry, I have seen more tears come than I could have ever imagined.  It is obviously hitting on a need that has been ignored for too long.

At the end of this month, Archbishop Gregory will be the principal celebrant for a Memorial Mass (see below). 

This Mass will be to celebrate those lives; that they do matter; that your loss is real; and that the Church cares.

If you, or someone you know, has lost a child before you could say hello, consider attending this wonderful event.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Homily Video

 One of my homilies from Mass was placed on the St Thomas website for  viewing.  The homily begins at minute 19:35. 

Constructive criticism is welcome (and yes I know I was pacing :)

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Favorite Places: Bavaria

Marienplatz, Munich, Germany

Nice to see a City Center named after Our Lady.