August 23rd, 2015 - Holy Cross Catholic Church

PHONE: (614) 224-1295
FAX: (614) 224-1176
PHONE: (614) 224-3416
FAX: (614) 224-9916
Saint Lawrence Haven: (614) 228-0799
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, by the will of the Father
and the work of the Holy Spirit, Your death brought life to the world.
By Your holy Body and Blood free us from our sins and from every evil.
Keep us faithful to Your teachings, and never let us be parted from You.
Very Reverend Michael J. Lumpe, Vicar for Priests, Diocese of Columbus;
Rector, Saint Joseph Cathedral; Pastor, Holy Cross Church
Reverend Hilary C. Ike, In Residence, Saint Joseph Cathedral; Defender of the Bond, Diocesan Tribunal
Reverend Michael Hinterschied, Parochial Vicar:
Reverend Anthony Lonzo, In Residence, Saint Joseph Cathedral; Associate Administrator, St. John the Baptist and Sacred Heart
Reverend Paul A. Noble, In Residence, Saint Joseph Cathedral; Diocesan Director of Vocations
Reverend Ramon Owera, C.F.I.C., In Residence, Holy Cross Church; Hospital Chaplain:
Reverend Jared Wicks, S.J., In Holy Service, Scholar in Residence, Pontifical College Josephinum
Reverend Mr. James Gorski, Permanent Deacon; Assistant Director of Cathedral RCIA:
Reverend Mr. Thomas Johnston, Permanent Deacon Emeritus:
Sr. Anne Keenan, O.P., Holy Cross Pastoral Associate; Director of RCIA:
Mr. Jake Neal, Director of Cathedral RCIA and Religious Education:
Ms. Deborah Matthews, Coordinator of Religious Education:
Mr. Robert Wisniewski, Principal Organist and Assistant Director of Music:
Dr. David Brattain, Director of Music, Holy Cross Church:
Mrs. Carrie Boor, Cathedral Wedding Coordinator:
MONDAY-FRIDAY, 7:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
PHONE: (614) 224-1295 | FAX: (614) 224-1176
Mrs. Terri Scott, Business Manager
Ms. Carol Stollenwerk, Administrative Assistant
MONDAY-THURSDAY, 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
PHONE: (614) 224-3416 | FAX: (614) 224-9916
Mr. Michael Agriesti, Business Manager
Welcome to the parishes of Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church. We are glad that you are here, and invite you to
become part of our parish families not only to be nourished by both Word and Sacrament, but also to become involved in one or
more of our parish ministries. To register you can pick up a form by the main entrances of our historic churches, stop by the
Sacristy after Mass, visit our web sites, or contact either parish office. Welcome!
Baptism, Reconciliation/Confession, First Communion, Confirmation, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders. Please
read the information provided in this bulletin about all seven Sacraments available at Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross
Church, including contact information, necessary preparations, and scheduling.
Saint Lawrence Haven (on the grounds of Holy Cross Church) ~ Heather Swiger ~
Twice-Daily Food Distribution at Saint Joseph Cathedral ~ (614) 224-1295
The 2015-2016 Saint Joseph Cathedral Choir Concert Season will begin in October with
Dexter Kennedy on Sunday, October 18th at 3:00 p.m.
For more information go to the Saint Joseph Cathedral Music website:
The Saint Joseph Cathedral Pastoral Council meets monthly at 6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month; the Holy Cross
Pastoral Council meets on a quarterly basis at 6:00 p.m. The Councils are advisory and assist Fr. Lumpe, as Rector and Pastor,
with parish issues, planning and coordination. Parishioners are welcome at Council meetings and can contact Council Chairs to
address the Council: Cathedral: Michael Elton, (614) 405-7770,; Holy Cross: Tom Duncan,
(740) 881-3576,
Michael Elton, Chair; Nico Franano, Second Chair;
Ruth Holt, Secretary; Rev. Mr. James Gorski,
Rev. Mr. Thomas Johnston, Amanda Gilespie,
Chris Daly, Crystal Bensonhaver, Don Leonard,
Phil Renico, Eric Van Buskirk, Felicia Krakowa,
Carrie Boor, Marilyn Tomasi
Tom Duncan, Chair; Betty Morbitzer, Vice-Chair;
Jane Visocan, Secretary; Jack Kustron,
Don Laird, Ann Seren, Winston Swaby,
Ex Officio: Mike Agriesti, Deborah Matthews,
Sr. Anne Keenan, O.P.
Mass, Liturgy and Devotion Schedule
The Lord’s Day
Vigil Mass: Saturday, 5:15 p.m. (Cathedral); Sundays, 8:00 a.m. (Cathedral); 9:00 a.m. (Holy Cross);
10:30 a.m. (Cathedral); 11:00 a.m. (Holy Cross); 12:30 p.m. (Cathedral); 5:15 p.m. (Holy Cross)
Weekday Masses
7:30 a.m., Monday-Friday (Cathedral); 11:30 a.m., Tuesday-Saturday (Holy Cross);
12:05 p.m., Monday-Friday (Cathedral); 5:15 p.m., Wednesdays (Cathedral)
Weekly Holy Hours with Confessions
Wednesday, following the 5:15 p.m. Mass, Confessions heard, Benediction 6:45 p.m. (Cathedral)
Thursday, 10:45 a.m., Confessions heard, Benediction 11:45 a.m. (Cathedral)
Tuesday, 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. (Cathedral); Friday, 11:00 a.m. (Holy Cross);
Saturday, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Cathedral); Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (Holy Cross)
First Friday Devotions; First Saturday Mass
First Friday Sorrowful Mother Novena, following the 11:30 a.m. Mass (Holy Cross);
First Friday All-Evening Eucharistic Adoration and Devotional Prayers, beginning at 7:30 p.m. with Mass,
followed by Confessions, Devotional Prayers, with Benediction at 11:30 p.m. (Holy Cross);
First Saturday Mass with Filipino Catholic Community, 7:30 p.m. (Holy Cross)
ON THIS TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME we conclude the five-Sunday proclamation and examination of the
sixth chapter of John’s gospel, which has a rather climactic conclusion. As we look back over John chapter 6, Jesus has miraculously fed
a large crowd with bread and fish; He has revealed His divine identity as I AM by showing His power over the sea; in the synagogue at
Capernaum He has revealed that He is the bread of life given by the Father – as the bread of His teaching and as bread of the Eucharist.
Now upon completion of His teaching, many of His followers murmured, saying, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Really?
After all that these people had the opportunity to personally witness and hear from Christ? This is the response of some of those present?
Well, perhaps this is not so surprising if we, ourselves, have the same response. Jesus’ response is that human nature alone (the “flesh”)
is of no avail in coming to believe in Him and to have life in Him. This faith and life is possible only as a gift of the Father. After the
exchange in the synagogue, many of His disciples left Him. Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” Simon Peter answered,
“Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the Holy
One of God.” Life Implications Faith and life in Jesus is a gift beyond human expectation and understanding. This is the implication not
only of this passage but of John’s entire gospel. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes
in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (John 3:16). The gift of eternal life is now, folks; it does not begin after we die. In
faith we can live without fear: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me”
(Psalm 23:4). The saints of every age witness to the reality that faith is participation in the joy, the prayer, the gratitude of Christ’s life
now: “Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1
Thessalonians 5:16-18). Today we hear the good news that the Risen Lord is present among us sacramentally as the bread of life given
by the Father – as the bread of His teaching and as bread of the Eucharist, His words, His Sacrament of His Body and Blood. We too
may be inclined to murmur, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?” Our gospel passage does not tell us why many of His followers
refused to believe Jesus and left Him. We do know, however, of the countless factors in our own culture that have the potential to
dissuade us from giving ourselves to the Lord in faith. Human suffering, for example, is often experienced as incompatible with God’s
love. Our “subjective-value” culture reduces faith to no more than “religious preference.” People held in high esteem by society say
there is no God. There are likewise moral decisions that lead to belief or away from belief. Today’s gospel passage alerts us to the fact
that faith is not only belief stated in a creed about God but a personal covenant with God. Like friendship, faith is mutual self-giving;
it can become stronger or become weaker; it can begin and it can end. Jesus emphasizes the radically personal nature of faith by using
the word “betray” and by asking whether the Twelve will also decide “to leave” Him. Jesus knows that the human commitment of faith
is not so steadfast as God’s commitment. Jesus knows that His refusal to let the people make Him king (John 6: 15) and Judas’ love of
money (John 12:6) will lead to a loss of faith in Him and to betrayal. In the Last Supper Discourse Jesus knows that the faith of His
followers will be tested again, not by His teaching as in the synagogue at Capernaum, but by His death on a cross. “Do you believe
now? Behold, the hour is coming and has arrived when each of you will be scattered to his own home and you will leave me alone”
(John 16:31-32). His followers of weak faith did leave Him – Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied that he had ever known Him. And so
the story of Judas and Peter serve as both a warning and a source of hope. Like Judas, we could choose to place our ultimate trust in
something (or someone) other than God and His son, Jesus Christ – but where do we end up? Absolutely nowhere! Like Peter, we too
may grievously sin; yet trust that when we return, the Lord will welcome us with the joy of steadfast love and His loving embrace (ref.
the Prodigal Son). Let’s make sure we opt for the latter.
Mass, Liturgy and Devotion
Schedule; Mass Intentions
Prayer Intentions of Pope Francis During August
• Universal: That volunteers may give themselves generously
to the service of the needy.
• Evangelization: That setting aside our very selves we may learn
to be neighbors to those who find themselves on the margins
of human life and society.
(C) – Cathedral (HC) – Holy Cross
Saturday, August 22 ~ Sunday Vigil Mass
(C): Confessions, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m. (C): Jessica Lynne Friday
Sunday, August 23 ~ 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
Josh 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b; Eph 5:21-32 or 5:2a, 25-32; Jn 6:60-69
8:00 a.m. (C): Living and Deceased Members
of Saint Joseph Cathedral
(HC): Confessions, 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. (HC): Deceased Alumnae of St. Joseph Academy
and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
10:30 a.m. (C): Anne Knisely
(HC): Confessions, 10:30 a.m.
11:00 a.m. (HC): Living and Deceased Members
of Holy Cross Parish
12:30 p.m. (C): Rosemary Aalyson
5:15 p.m. (C): Leo Brunacini
Monday, August 24 ~ Saint Bartholomew
Revelation 21:9b-14; John 1:45-51
7:30 a.m. (C): For Students, Teachers, Administrators
and Volunteers During this New School Year
12:05 p.m. (C): John Zajac
Tuesday, August 25 ~ St. Louis & St. Joseph Calasanz
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8; Matthew 23:23-26
7:30 a.m. (C): David Flores, and his son Max
(C) Confessions: 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. (HC): #walkwithfrancis
12:05 p.m. (C): Antonio Pacis
Wednesday, August 26
1 Thessalonians 2:9-13; Matthew 23:27-32
7:30 a.m. (C): For All Students During this New School Year
11:30 a.m. (HC): For the Needs of Our Parish
12:05 p.m. (C): Toby Lemon
5:15 p.m. (C): For the Needs of Our Parish
Holy Hour, Confessions follow Mass
Thursday, August 27 ~ Saint Monica
1 Thessalonians 3:7-13; Matthew 24:42-51
7:30 a.m. (C): The Needs of All Mothers
(C): Holy Hour, Confessions: 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. (HC): All Mothers Praying for Their Children
12:05 p.m. (C): Members of the Ohio General Assembly
Friday, August 28 ~ Saint Augustine
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; Matthew 25:1-13
7:30 a.m. (C): Pat O’Brien
(HC): Confessions, 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. (HC): Living and Deceased Members
of the Cullinan Family
12:05 p.m. (C): Patrick & Claire Cassidy
Saturday, August 29 ~ The Passion of St. John the Baptist
1 Thessalonians 4:9-11; Mark 6:17-29
11:30 a.m. (HC): #walkwithfrancis
Saturday, August 29 ~ Sunday Vigil Mass
(C): Confessions, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
5:15 p.m. (C): Living and Deceased Members
of Saint Joseph Cathedral
Mass Intentions
One of the greatest acts of charity is to pray for the living and
the dead, and the greatest and most powerful prayer we have is
the Mass since the fruits of the Mass are the very fruits of Jesus’
redemption. Mass stipends (offerings) are $10.00 each; only
one offering per Mass. All Mass intentions will be listed in the
bulletin. Please contact the appropriate parish office to schedule
Mass intentions.
In Our Parishes This Week
Sunday, August 23
• 1:30 p.m. – (C) Hospitality Minister & Lector Training
Monday, August 24
• 9:00 a.m. – (C) MC Training Class
Tuesday, August 25
• 6:30 p.m. – (C) Pastoral Council Meeting, Undercroft
Wednesday, August 26
No Events Scheduled
Thursday, August 27
No Events Scheduled
Friday, August 28
• 6:00 p.m. – (C) Rehearsal: Workman-Smith
Saturday, August 29
• 2:30 p.m. – (C) Wedding: Workman-Smith
Sunday, August 30
• (HC) “Lil Larry” sandwich makers, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass,
will be making sandwiches in the Cum Christo building for
distribution at St. Lawrence Haven.
If you or someone you know has had an
abortion, seek Bethesda Healing Ministry
Bethesda Healing Ministry is an experience of hope. It
is dedicated to love, welcome and assist all who have
been wounded by abortion, and can be appropriately
described by the following words of our beloved St.
John Paul II: “With the friendly and expert help and
advice of other people, and as a result of your own
experience” you will find healing.
The first contact is usually a phone call or email. A
member of the pastoral team responds to the call,
offering prayers, support and personal contact if
desired. The caller is also invited to the formal ministry
sessions which are held twice monthly. We are here
for you.
All inquiries are confidential. Call us:
(614) 309-2651 ~ English
(614) 309-0157 ~ English
(614) 309-0810 ~ Spanish
Daily Server/Lector
for the week of
August 24
7:30 a.m.
Alex Critser
Holy Cross
11:30 a.m.
John Feher
12:05 p.m.
Mark Fleming
Cathedral 5:15 p.m.
Jon Yerian
Next Sunday’s Ministry Schedule ~
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 29 and 30, 2015
Vigil Mass
5:15 p.m.
8:00 a.m.
Holy Cross
9:00 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Holy Cross
11:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
Hilary Ike
Very Rev.
Very Rev.
Altar Server
Phil Renico/
Brett Adema
Don Leonard
Sr. Anne
Sr. Ruth Ann
Mary Beth
of Holy
Lisa Emrich
Nico Franano
Ann Pizzuti
Ron Pizzuti
Jake Neal
Mary Beth
“Every encounter with Christ, who in the Sacraments gives us salvation, invites us to ‘go’ and communicate to others
the salvation that we have been able to see, to touch, to encounter and to receive, and which is truly credible because it
is love. In this way, the Sacraments spur us to be missionaries, and the Apostolic commitment to carry the Gospel into
every setting…” ~POPE FRANCIS, NOVEMBER 6, 2013
Congratulations on the planned baptism of your child! Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church welcomes her
families to celebrate with great faith and joy the baptism of their children and are pleased to be the Church where this first
Sacrament will be celebrated. The Sacrament of Baptism is administered following the 12:30 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral,
and following the 11:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross.
Baptism is the first sacrament of Christian initiation. It is the sacrament that frees a person from original sin and makes
that person a member of Christ and His Church, thus beginning the way to a new life in Christ. It is administered by a
priest or deacon pouring Holy Water on the person’s head “in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy
Spirit.” One must be baptized before receiving any other sacraments. Baptism is the foundation for all ministry and life in
the church, and confers a commitment to follow Christ and spread His message throughout the world. Furthermore, in
baptism, one is incorporated into the life, death, and resurrection of Christ, and thus participates in the gift of resurrection
and eternal life with Christ. Infants can be baptized soon after birth. At the time of baptism, parents vow to practice their
faith and provide a Catholic upbringing for the child. Adults who have never been baptized take part in the RCIA (Rite of
Christian Initiation of Adults), and will typically be baptized during the Easter Vigil Mass.
Selecting a godparent or sponsor: The duties of godparents are more than ceremonial. The principal responsibility of a
godparent is to give witness to the Catholic faith by his or her words and actions, thus parents need to find practicing
Catholics to faithfully serve in the role as godparents. As noted in the Code of Canon Law, “Insofar as possible, one to be
baptized is to be given a sponsor who is to assist an adult in Christian initiation, or, together with the parents, to present an
infant at the baptism, and who will help the baptized to lead a Christian life in harmony with baptism, and to fulfill
faithfully the obligations connected with it” (Canon 872). In selecting godparents, the Catholic Church requires:
 A godparent must have received the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation;
 A godparent or sponsor must be at least 16 years of age;
 A godparent must be living a life consistent with faith and morals as taught by the Catholic Church;
 A godparent must be a registered, active Catholic in their parish church, and needs to provide a letter of suitability from
their pastor; a non-Catholic, baptized Christian must also be a registered, active member of their Christian faith
community, and also must provide a letter of suitability from their pastor;
 There must be one Catholic godparent; a non-Catholic, baptized Christian may be chosen as a Christian Witness.
If this is your first child, both parents must participate in our Baptism Workshop prior to the Baptism of your child. The
Workshop is also recommended for any godparent who has not previously taken a baptism workshop. Baptism
Workshops for both Saint Joseph Cathedral and for Holy Cross are offered through the Cathedral, and are held the second
Tuesday of every other month at 7:00 p.m. in the Cathedral Undercroft; please register in advance (no walk-ins) by calling
Carol at (614) 224-1295, or To inquire about possible dates for the actual Sacrament of
Baptism, for the Cathedral contact Carol, for Holy Cross please contact Sr. Anne at (614) 224-3416, or THE NEXT BI-MONTHLY WORKSHOP IS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8.
Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in His love and mercy to offer sinners forgiveness for offenses
committed against God. At the same time, sinners reconcile with the Church, because it also is wounded by our sins. We
know this sacrament by various names: the Sacrament of Penance, Confession, or Reconciliation. This is good news for
all of us, because we all are sinners and in need of God’s mercy, compassion and forgiveness. In the Sacrament of
Penance, we meet Christ in the person of the priest, ready and eager to absolve us and restore us to new life. We confess
our sins to God through His minister, the priest, who absolves us in the name of Christ.
Why should we confess our sins? The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a sacrament of healing and a sacrament of
conversion, returning us to the Father after our sin. We are to confess serious sins at least once a year; those aware of
committing a mortal sin must receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before receiving Holy Communion.
The Church also encourages us to go to confession more frequently, in order that we might deepen our relationship
with God, grow in humility and virtue, and help us to avoid future sin. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, No. 1458)
Please refer to the bulletin for the availability and locations of this grace-filled Sacrament.
Congratulations on your engagement! Your decision to enter into the relationship of married life is a sign of love, hope
and strength for the entire community. We support you in your commitment for a faithful and lifelong Christian marriage.
Because Matrimony is a sacrament, the Catholic Church wants couples to be well-prepared. Marriage preparation helps
couples develop a better understanding of the sacrament, to evaluate and deepen their readiness to a life-long married life,
and to gain insights into themselves as individuals and as a couple.
The Church has a rich tradition on sacramental marriage and covenantal union. The Old Testament authors write of God
making a covenant with the chosen people and promising them that they will never be forsaken. The New Testament
authors write of Jesus as the new covenant and compare the relationship of Jesus with the Church to the relationship of a
husband and wife. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership
for the whole of life, is by its nature ordered toward the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of
Couples wishing to marry at Saint Joseph Cathedral or Holy Cross Church may request setting a date to be married
ensuring that the following are completed:
 Couple contacts the Parish Office and schedules a meeting with one of the clergy in the parish;
 Couple meets with the clergy, completes an initial interview, and explore the couple’s freedom to marry;
 Clergy discusses any obstacles that may exist before the couple is free to marry and confirms a date;
 Couples agree to follow the established Marriage guidelines at Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church.
For initial marriage inquiries, the couple needs to contact Mrs. Carrie Boor ( for marriages at the
Cathedral, or Sr. Anne ( for marriages at Holy Cross.
The Eucharist is the most special sacrament, in which the Body and Blood of Christ Himself is contained, offered and
received, and by which the Church constantly lives and grows. The Eucharistic sacrifice, the memorial of the death and
resurrection of the Lord, in which the sacrifice of the cross is perpetuated over the centuries, is the summit, source, and
center of our Catholic faith, life and worship.
As children reach the age of reason, at age seven, the Church extends to them an invitation to celebrate the Sacrament of
Eucharist by making their First Holy Communion; adults receiving the Eucharist for the first time generally takes place at
the Easter Vigil Mass. Preparation for children is made through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, for adults
preparation is through the RCIA program. For information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd contact Deborah
Matthews at; for Adult catechesis and RCIA please contact at the Cathedral Jake Neal at, and at Holy Cross Sr. Anne at
Confirmation is one of the sacraments of initiation, along with Baptism and Eucharist. While Baptism is the sacrament of
rebirth to a new and supernatural life, Confirmation is the sacrament of maturity and coming of age. It is conferred by the
anointing of Chrism oil and the laying on of hands by Bishop Campbell. Through this sacrament, we confirm the presence
of the baptismal gifts we have already received and are sealed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Preparation for children is
made through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program, for adults preparation is through the RCIA program. For
information about Catechesis of the Good Shepherd contact Deborah Matthews at; for
Adult catechesis and RCIA please contact at the Cathedral Jake Neal at, and at Holy Cross Sr.
Anne Keenan, O.P., at
The priests will administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to any Catholic who is facing serious illness, is
preparing for surgery, is elderly, is chronically ill, or who is nearing death, by calling the parish offices. In addition to
Anointing, those desiring to receive the Eucharist at home, at a hospital or nursing facility can contact Deacon Thom
Johnston at (614) 267-1903 or, or Sr. Anne at (614) 224-3416 or
“Holy Orders is the sacrament through which the mission entrusted by Christ to His apostles continues to be exercised in
the Church until the end of time: thus it is the sacrament of apostolic ministry. It includes three degrees: episcopate,
Presbyterate, and diaconate” (Catechism 1536). “The state of life which is constituted by the profession of the evangelical
counsels, which while not entering into the hierarchical structure of the Church, belongs undeniably to the Church,
belongs undeniably to her life and holiness” (Catechism 914). This consists of eremitic life, consecrated virgins and
widows, religious life, secular institutes, societies of apostolic life and consecration and mission. For information about
vocations please contact Fr. Paul Noble, Director of Vocations, at (614) 221-5565, or
Are you thinking about becoming Catholic?
Do you know someone who has considered becoming Catholic?
The beliefs of the Catholic Church and her beautiful teachings are consistent through the ages. Becoming
Catholic today means joining an ancient faith, deeply rooted in the teachings and traditions of Jesus Christ,
that is filled with hope and vibrancy as we continue to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ to all the ends of
the earth.
If you are interested in becoming Catholic we offer what is called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, or
simply RCIA, which is the formation of adults and process by which they are initiated into the Catholic Church.
People from all religious backgrounds join the RCIA. Some have been baptized in another Christian religion;
some have not been baptized. Some have been practicing members of a Christian religion for years and some
have had little or no religious instruction or support. Some were baptized Catholic, but were never given any
religious instruction and really never had an opportunity to practice the faith.
The RCIA is a process of reading and learning about the Christ’s teachings and the teachings of the Catholic
Church, discussing how these teachings apply to our daily lives, prayer, and participating in prayerful
ceremonies (called “rites”), and most importantly using all of these experiences to build and grow in a
relationship with Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.
If you or someone you know is not baptized, persons 18 years or older who follow a process to help them grow
in awareness to God’s call to conversion as well as ways to respond to that call. They are considered
Perhaps your or someone you know is Baptized in another Christian Church. Those catechized and
uncatechized persons from a faith tradition other than Catholic who are seeking full communion with the
Roman Catholic Church (Eucharist and Confirmation/Full reception into the Church by Profession of Faith).
They are considered candidates.
Or maybe you or someone you know is a Baptized but uncatechized Catholic Adult. These persons who were
baptized as infants in the Catholic Church, yet not given any religious upbringing within the Catholic Tradition,
will be prepared to celebrate the sacraments of penance, confirmation and Eucharist. They are also considered
To begin, you may wish to visit Catholics Come Home (
RCIA inquiry sessions will be held after each 10:30 a.m. Sunday Mass
in August (August 9, 16, 23 and 30) in the Cathedral Undercroft.
RCIA sessions will begin in the Saint Joseph Cathedral Undercroft on September 9, 2015.
For more information we invite you to contact Jake T. Neal at, or call (614) 397-0202;
or contact Carol Keene at, or call (614) 657-9528.
RCIA inquiry sessions will be held after each
Sunday Mass in August (August 9, 16, 23 and 30) with Sr. Anne Keenan, O.P.
RCIA Sessions will take place at the Martin de Porres Center at Ohio Dominican University.
For more information we invite you to contact Sr. Anne at (614) 224-3416, or
“This saying is hard; who can accept it?”
By Fr. John Eudes, OCSO
Today’s Gospel bears appreciably more clarity and impact if we actually hear the words of
Jesus to which the first sentence of our text refers. As it stands the opening sentence reads as
follows: "Many of his disciples who were listening said: THIS SAYING IS HARD; WHO CAN ACCEPT
IT?" What was the saying that these men found so hard to agree with that they renounced their
discipleship, and in doing so made the biggest mistake of their lives? If we
hear them as pronounced by our Lord we can more readily grasp how
starkly demanding on trust they were when heard the first time. In fact,
they continue to be a stumbling block for many today.
A recent poll in this country found that a high percent of persons
who identify themselves as Catholic do not accept our Lord's words in their
literal and obvious sense. The "hard saying" to which these disciples
objected is stated by John a few verses earlier, where we read: "The one
who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. My flesh truly is
food and my blood truly is drink." Our Lord went on to make statements
following these words that are hardly less demanding on our trust in his
person. At the same time, they provide an insight that supports his right
to make such a seemingly outrageous challenge to the mind. "He who eats this bread will live
forever." This statement is then followed by the text of today's Gospel.
If there remained any hesitation about the literal meaning that the Lord gave to his words all
basis for such doubt is removed by the forceful attitude he displayed as he addressed those followers
who remained at his side. Rather than soften the so called "hard words" that the others could not
assent to, he simply reaffirms their meaning and makes it evident that accepting their literal truth is
a condition for remaining in his company. "Do you also want to depart?" he asks the twelve. In
other word, he is implicitly telling them that belief in the Eucharist as truly his body and blood is not
negotiable; rather it is a condition for remaining in his company as a disciple.
An obvious if implicit supposition in believing the Sacrament of the Eucharist is the actual body
and blood of the living, risen Christ is that OUR Lord possessed a unique power over the substance of
material reality. Such a claim is bolstered in the broader text I have referred to. After claiming that
his flesh is truly food Jesus affirms that "The living Father sent me, and I live for the Father. . . . This
is the bread come down from heaven." Only God has the power to transmute the very substance of
matter. In establishing the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Jesus exercises this divine, transcendent
power and in doing so imparts along with the Eucharist, eternal life.
We do well to recall these fundamental truths here as we ourselves carry on the ministry that
Jesus speaks of in his discussion concerning this Sacrament. In adhering to this mysterious reality so
carefully cherished by the Catholic Church through the centuries, we maintain access to that world
that is eternal. Hidden from our physical senses, the risen body and blood of our Savior remain
present to us physically, under the appearances of bread and wine. We gain through it entrance into
the invisible, real world where the laws of time and space are no longer operative. By contact with
the risen Body of Christ in the Eucharist we are being transformed in our very nature so that, as
Saint Paul put it, we become a New Person. All that is not made new in the Risen Christ is involved in
a process that ends in death, for this world and its fashion is passing away. But the living Word of
God is eternal. "Your word, O Lord, is spirit and life. You have the words of everlasting life." It is in
this life-giving word that we offer our praise and thanksgiving to the Father of lights in the form of
the Mass and the Eucharistic sacrifice.
Fr. John Eudes is a Cistercian (Trappist) monk who served as the fourth Abbot of the
Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York. For information on the Abbey, retreats there,
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General Audience of Pope Francis
“Male and Female”
April 15 and April 22, 2015
April 15, Part I
Today’s catechesis is dedicated to an aspect central to the theme of the family: the great gift that
God gave to humanity with the creation of man and woman and with the sacrament of marriage. This
catechesis and the next one will treat the difference and complementarity between man and woman, who
stand at the summit of divine creation; then the two after that will be on other topics concerning
Let us begin with a brief comment on the first narrative of creation, in the Book of Genesis. Here
we read that God, after having created the universe and all living beings, created his masterpiece, the
human being, whom He made in his own image: “in the image of God he created them; male and female
he created them” (Gn 1:27), so says the Book of Genesis.
And as we all know, sexual difference is present in so many forms of life, on the great scale of
living beings. But man and woman alone are made in the image and likeness of God: the biblical text
repeats it three times in two passages (26-27): man and woman are the image and likeness of God. This
tells us that it is not man alone who is the image of God or woman alone who is the image of God, but
man and woman as a couple who are the image of God. The difference between man and woman is not
meant to stand in opposition, or to subordinate, but is for the sake of communion and generation, always
in the image and likeness of God.
Experience teaches us: in order to know oneself well and develop harmoniously, a human being
needs the reciprocity of man and woman. When that is lacking, one can see the consequences. We are
made to listen to one another and help one another. We can say that without the mutual enrichment of
this relationship — in thought and in action, in affection and in work, as well as in faith — the two cannot
even understand the depth of what it means to be man and woman.
Modern contemporary culture has opened new spaces, new forms of freedom and new depths in
order to enrich the understanding of this difference. But it has also introduced many doubts and much
skepticism. For example, I ask myself, if the so-called gender theory is not, at the same time, an
expression of frustration and resignation, which seeks to cancel out sexual difference because it no longer
knows how to confront it. Yes, we risk taking a step backwards. The removal of difference in fact creates a
problem, not a solution. In order to resolve the problems in their relationships, men and women need to
speak to one another more, listen to each other more, get to know one another better, love one another
more. They must treat each other with respect and cooperate in friendship. On this human basis,
sustained by the grace of God, it is possible to plan a lifelong marital and familial union. The marital and
familial bond is a serious matter, and it is so for everyone not just for believers. I would urge intellectuals
not to leave this theme aside, as if it had to become secondary in order to foster a more free and just
God entrusted the earth to the alliance between man and woman: its failure deprives the earth of
warmth and darkens the sky of hope. The signs are already worrisome, and we see them. I would like to
indicate, among many others, two points that I believe call for urgent attention.
The first. There is no doubt that we must do far more to advance women, if we want to give more
strength to the reciprocity between man and woman. In fact, it is necessary that woman not only be
listened to more, but that her voice carry real weight, a recognized authority in society and in the Church.
The very way Jesus considered women in a context less favorable than ours, because women in those
times were relegated to second place. Jesus considered her in a way which gives off a powerful light,
which enlightens a path that leads afar, of which we have only covered a small stretch. We have not yet
understood in depth what the feminine genius can give us, what woman can give to society and also to us.
Maybe women see things in a way that complements the thoughts of men. It is a path to follow with
greater creativity and courage.
A second reflection concerns the topic of man and woman created in the image of God. I wonder if
the crisis of collective trust in God, which does us so much harm, and makes us pale with resignation,
incredulity and cynicism, is not also connected to the crisis of the alliance between man and woman. In
fact the biblical account, with the great symbolic fresco depicting the earthly paradise and original sin,
tells us in fact that the communion with God is reflected in the communion of the human couple and the
loss of trust in the heavenly Father generates division and conflict between man and woman.
The great responsibility of the Church, of all believers, and first of all of believing families, which
derives from us, impels people to rediscover the beauty of the creative design that also inscribes the
image of God in the alliance between man and woman. The earth is filled with harmony and trust when
the alliance between man and woman is lived properly. And if man and woman seek it together, between
themselves, and with God, without a doubt they will find it. Jesus encourages us explicitly to bear witness
to this beauty, which is the image of God.
April 22, Part II
In the preceding catechesis on the family, I meditated on the first narrative of the creation of the
human being, in the first chapter of Genesis, where it is written: “God created man in his own image, in
the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (1:27).
Today, I would like to complete the reflection with the second narrative, which we find in the
second chapter. Here we read that the Lord, after having created heaven and earth, “formed man of dust
from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (2:7).
This is the culmination of creation. But something is missing: then God places man in the most beautiful
garden that he might cultivate and look after it (cf. 2:15).
The Holy Spirit, who inspired the whole of the Bible, momentarily evokes the image of man alone
— something is missing — without woman. And the Holy Spirit evokes God’s thoughts, even His emotion,
as He gazes at Adam, observing him alone in the garden. He is free, he is a lord... but he is alone. And
God sees that this “is not good”: as if what is missing is communion, he lacks communion, the fullness is
lacking. “It is not good” , God says, and adds: “I will make him a helper fit for him” (2:18).
And so God brings all the animals to man; man gives to each its name — and this is another image
of man’s dominion over creation — but he sees that not one of the animals is like himself. Man continues
alone. When finally God presents woman, man exultantly recognizes that this creature, and this creature
alone, is a part of him: “bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (2:23). Finally, there is a reflection, a
reciprocity. When a person — to give an example to help us understand — wants to shake hands with
another, he must have that person before him: if he holds out his hand and no one is there... his hand
remains outstretched, there is no reciprocity. This was how man was, he lacked something to reach his
fullness; reciprocity was lacking. Woman is not a replica of man; she comes directly from the creative act
of God. The image of the “rib” in no way expresses inferiority or subordination, but, on the contrary, that
man and woman are of the same substance and are complimentary and that they also have this
reciprocity. And the fact that — also in that parable — God molds woman while man sleeps means
precisely that she is in no way man’s creation, but God’s. He also suggests another point: in order to find
woman — and we could say to find love in woman — man first must dream of her and then find her. God’s
faith in man and in woman, those to whom he entrusted the earth, is generous, direct and full. He trusts
them. But then the devil introduces suspicion into their minds, disbelief, distrust, and finally, disobedience
to the commandment that protected them. They fall into that delirium of omnipotence that pollutes
everything and destroys harmony. We too feel it inside of us, all of us, frequently.
Sin generates distrust and division between man and woman. Their relationship will be undermined
by a thousand forms of abuse and subjugation, misleading seduction and humiliating ignorance, even the
most dramatic and violent kind. And history bears the scar. Let us think, for example, of those negative
excesses of patriarchal cultures. Think of the many forms of male dominance whereby the woman was
considered second class. Think of the exploitation and the commercialization of the female body in the
current media culture. And let us also think of the recent epidemic of distrust, skepticism, and even
hostility that is spreading in our culture — in particular an understandable distrust from women — on the
part of a covenant between man and woman that is capable, at the same time, of refining the intimacy of
communion and of guarding the dignity of difference.
If we do not find a surge of respect for this covenant, capable of protecting new generations from
distrust and indifference, from children coming into the world ever more uprooted from the mother’s
womb. The social devaluation for the stable and generative alliance between man and woman is certainly
a loss for everyone. We must return marriage and the family to the place of honor! The Bible says
something beautiful: man finds woman, they meet and man must leave something in order to find her
fully. That is why man will leave his father and mother to go to her. It’s beautiful! This means setting out
on a new path. Man is everything for woman and woman is everything for man.
The responsibility of guarding this covenant between man and woman is ours, although we are
sinners and are wounded, confused and humiliated, discouraged and uncertain; it is nevertheless for us
believers a demanding and gripping vocation in today’s situation. The same narrative of creation and of
sin ends by showing us an extremely beautiful icon: “The Lord God made for Adam and for his wife
garments of skins, and clothed them” (Gen 3:21). It is an image of tenderness towards the sinful couple
that leaves our mouths agape: the tenderness God has for man and woman! It’s an image of fatherly care
for the human couple. God himself cares for and protects his masterpiece.
Christianity and the new paganism
By Peter Kreeft, Ph.D.
The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn’t one of the other great religions of the world, such
as Islam or Buddhism.
Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it’s a religion
most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism—and it is very much alive.
Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its
fallen state.
The “old” paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word “paganism” comes from the Latin
pagani, “from the fields” or “country-dwellers.” Country people were the last to be converted to Christianity
during the Roman Empire, the last to abandon their ancestral roots in pre-Christian belief. Today, country
people are the last to abandon Christianity for the “new” paganism, which flourishes in the cities.
The old paganism was a far greater thing than the new. In fact, Chesterton brilliantly summarized the
entire spiritual history of the world in this one sentence: “Paganism was the biggest thing in the world, and
Christianity was bigger and everything since has been comparatively small.”
There were at least three elements in the old paganism that made it great. And all three are missing in
the new paganism.
The first is the sense of piety (pietas), the natural religious instinct to respect something greater than
yourself, the humility that instinctively realizes man’s subordinate place in the great scheme of things.
“Moderation” or “temperance” went along with this, especially in classical civilization. The motto “nothing too
much” was inscribed over every temple to Apollo, along with “know thyself.”
This natural modesty and respect contrast sharply with the arrogant attitude of the new pagan in the
modern West. Only Oriental societies still preserve a traditional reverence. The West does not understand this,
and thinks it quaint at best and hypocritical at worst.
The new paganism is the virtual divinization of man, the religion of man as the new God. One of its
popular slogans, repeated often by Christians, is “the infinite value of the human person.” Its aim is building a
heaven on earth, a secular salvation. Another word for the new paganism is humanism, the religion that will not
lift up its head to the heavens but stuffs the heavens into its head.
A second ingredient of the old paganism that’s missing in the new is an objective morality, what C.S.
Lewis called “the Tao” in his prophetic little classic “The Abolition of Man.” To pre-modern man, pagan as
well as Christian, moral rules were absolute: unyielding and unquestionable. They were also objective:
discovered rather than created, given in the nature of things.
This has all changed. The new paganism is situational and pragmatic. It says we are the makers of moral
values. It not only finds the moral law written in the human heart but also by the human heart. It acknowledges
no divine revelation, thus no one’s values can be judged to be wrong.
The new paganism’s favorite Scripture is “judge not.” The only judgment is the judgment against
judging. The only thing wrong is the idea that there is a real wrong.
The only thing to feel guilty about is feeling guilty. And, since man rather than God is the origin of
values, don’t impose “your” values on me (another favorite line).
This is really polytheism—many gods, many goods, many moralities. No one believes in Zeus and
Apollo and Neptune any more. (I wonder why: Has science really refuted them—or is it due to total conformity
to fashion, supine submission to newspapers?) But moral relativism is the equivalent of the old polytheism.
Each of us has become a god or goddess, a giver of law rather than receiver.
A third ingredient of the old paganism but not of the new is awe at something transcendent, the sense of
worship and mystery. What the old pagan worshiped differed widely—almost anything from Zeus to cows—but
he worshiped something. In the modern world the very sense of worship is dying, even in our own liturgy,
which sounds as if it were invented by a Committee for the Abolition of Poetry.
Our religious sense has dried up. Modern religion is de-mythologized, de-miraclized, de-divinized. God
is not the Lord but the All, not transcendent but immanent, not super-natural but natural.
Pantheism is comfortable, and this is the modem summum bonum. The Force of “Star Wars” fame is a
pantheistic God, and it is immensely popular, because it’s “like a book on the shelf,” as C.S. Lewis put it:
available whenever you want it, but not bothersome when you don’t want it. How convenient to think we are
bubbles in a divine froth rather than rebellious children of a righteous divine Father! Pantheism has no sense of
sin, for sin means separation, and no one can ever be separated from the All. Thus the third feature, no
transcendence, is connected with the second, no absolute morality.
The new paganism is a great triumph of wishful thinking. Without losing the thrill and patina of religion,
the terror of religion is removed. The new paganism stoutly rejects “the fear of God.” Nearly all religious
educators today, including many supposedly Catholic ones, are agreed that the thing the Bible calls “the
beginning of wisdom” is instead the thing we must above all eradicate from the minds of the young with all the
softly destructive power of the weapons of modern pop psychology—namely, the fear of the Lord.
“Perfect love casts out fear,” says St. John; but when God has become the Pillsbury Doughboy, there is
no fear left to cast out. And when there is no fear to cast out, perfect love lacks its strong roots. It becomes
instead mere compassion—something good but dull, or even weak: precisely the idea people have today of
religion. The shock is gone. That the God of the Bible should love us is a thunderbolt; that the God of the new
paganism should love us is a self-evident platitude.
The new paganism is winning not by opposing but by infiltrating the Church. It is cleverer than the old.
It knows that any opposition from without, even by a vastly superior force, has never worked, for “the blood of
the martyrs is the seed of the Church.” When China welcomed Western missionaries, there were two million
conversions in sixty years; when Mao and communism persecuted the Church, there were twenty million
conversions in twenty years. The Church in East Germany is immensely stronger than the Church in West
Germany for the same reason. The new paganism understands this, so it uses the soft, suggestive strategy of the
serpent. It whispers, in the words of Scripture scholars, the very words of the serpent: “Has God really said…?”
(Gen. 3:1).
The new paganism is a joining of forces by three of the enemies of theism: humanism, polytheism and
pantheism. The only five possibilities for ultimate meaning and values are: atheism (no God); humanism (man
as God); polytheism (many gods); pantheism (one immanent God); and theism (one transcendent God). The
Battle of the Five Kings in the Valley of Armageddon might, in our era, be beginning. Predictions are always
unwise, but the signs of the times, for some thoughtful observers, point to a fundamental turning point, the end
of an age.
The so-called “New Age Movement” combines all the features described under the title of the new
paganism. It’s a loosely organized movement, basically a reflowering of 1960s hippiedom, rather than a
centralized agenda. But strategies are connected in three places. There may be no conspiracy on earth to unify
the enemies of the Church, but the strategy of hell is more than the strategy of earth. Only one thing is more
than the strategy of hell: the strategy of heaven.
The gates of hell cannot prevail against the Church; in fact, God uses the devil to defeat the devil, just as
He did on Calvary, when the forces of the Hebrew, Greek and Roman worlds united to crucify Christ, as
symbolized by the three languages on the accusation sign over the cross.
The very triumph of the devil, the death of God, was the defeat of the devil, the redemption of mankind,
“Good Friday” Because God, who spoke the first word, always gets the last word.
This article is an excerpt from the book FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH by Peter Kreeft, Ph.D., who is a
professor of philosophy at Boston College and also at the King's College in New York City. He is a regular
contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the
SHOCK. Dr. Kreeft is a convert to the Catholic Church from reformed Protestantism.
Three tips for raising holy children
By Janet Ewing
Before God blessed my marriage with children, I was well aware of the modern culture war and shifts in
attitudes toward moral relativism, indifference to injustices, and increasing agnostic and atheistic principles in
education and politics. I grew up in the postmodern 1980s and 1990s, which was an era of “safe sex” and
condom distribution, widespread promotion of “sex education” in schools, and an overt laxity toward
traditional sexual mores.
I largely credit my parents for the reason I chose Catholicism as my own faith during adolescence,
because they inherently adopted a moderate approach to battling the culture wars of my childhood. Instead of
shunning us from pop culture, they acknowledged the television shows, music groups and clothing trends of
our day without making too much of a fuss. On the other hand, they didn’t permit my brother and me to
waywardly follow secular ideologies, especially if they were directly contradictory to our Catholic faith. My
parents used hot button issues as topics for discussion during mealtimes and when driving in the car, which
helped shape our burgeoning consciences so that we were more solidly rooted in an understanding of our
religious beliefs.
Instead of “dos” and “don’ts,” my parents explained why we believed as we did, which always led my
young mind to more questions. If my parents weren’t able to answer my questions, they either asked our
parish priest or suggested we talk with our pastor directly.
Now I am a mom of two young girls who are growing up in unprecedented times: Planned Parenthood
exposure, federal legalization of homosexual marriage, government-funded contraception and abortions,
lauded and public “mercy killings,” and so on. Many television shows and popular music for preschoolers
honestly appall me, but I don’t want to fall into the trap of denial and take the path of sloth by permitting our
girls to just watch and listen to what everyone else does, nor do I want to socially isolate them from their peers
by restricting them from everything. What’s the solution, then, to raising spiritually healthy children from
toddlerhood on up? Here are some ideas that have helped me along the way.
Preview Movies, Television Shows, Books, and Popular Music
Before Exposing Your Kids To Them
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it truly takes intentional effort on my part to carefully sit down
and force myself to painfully endure episodes of Dora the Explorer, or even worse, Yo Gabba Gabba! There’s a
lot of junk out there, so what may seem benign initially could be sending disastrous spiritual messages to our
For instance, my oldest daughter, Felicity, wanted to watch an episode of My Little Pony. Since I grew
up with this 1980s pop culture icon, I shrugged and assumed the storylines would mimic what I recalled from
my own childhood (which was unwise). So she and I watched a short vignette together, and I was horrified.
Cult magic and superstition abounded! It wasn’t even like a fluffy fairy tale or Christian symbolism. It was
overt occultism, which I recognized (thankfully) from my background in studying the harmful effects of the
occult and New Age Movement. After that show, we quietly switched to something tried-and-true, like Veggie
The bottom line is this: Get to know what appeals to modern kids, and then prudently discern with
your own spiritual filter what is appropriate and what is not. If you aren’t sure, it always behooves you to ask
a trusted priest or consult an orthodox Catholic source to find out more information.
Limit – But Don’t Eliminate – Your Child’s Exposure To The “Real World”
It’s tough, but I don’t shelter my kids from what is going on in the world. Even if I were to block them
from viewing inappropriate shows, movies, books, etc., they will inevitably encounter something contrary to
our Catholic beliefs when they are outside of our home. I am disgusted at the billboards glaring at us when we
take road trips, but I don’t freak out. If my girls (likely Felicity) ask me about a scantily clad woman she sees,
we privately talk about modesty and why it’s important to respect our bodies.
I was so impressed one day when I took her to our local indoor shopping mall, and she noticed a young
girl who was baring her belly and wearing short shorts. Felicity leaned over and whispered, “Mommy, that girl
is not dressed modestly.” Pleasantly surprised, I responded, “You’re right, and why is that?” So we talked
about covering our bellies and legs, because our bodies are private.
In addition to the modesty issue, my girls are well aware of world and local news. My husband and I
openly discuss current affairs when we eat dinner, and Felicity quickly picks up cues from our body language
and tonal inflection. She will often ask us questions, which Ben and I feel naturally facilitates open, honest
dialogue about what we believe and why.
The main point here is that children are far more receptive to moral teaching than we might assume,
particularly if we begin spiritual instruction when they are young. It’s so natural for small kids to simply
believe that God exists, as do the angels and saints. My feeling is that we should capitalize on their natural
desire for what is eternal when they are still young and fairly untainted by the world’s influence. It’s much
easier to build upon a solid Catholic foundation when we begin early.
Be A Role Model Of Holiness
One of the most obvious and powerful teaching tools we have as parents is to live what we believe.
Although this is substantiated by clinical research in psychology, I remember thinking to myself in graduate
school, Of course children learn more by example than anything else! It’s clear that we need to be cognizant
of how we are living, because our kids are mirrors that reflect back to us both the good and the bad.
Despite what we may think, children tend to adopt their parents’ attitudes and lifestyles over a cultural
model or even peer trends. If I want my children to be healthy emotionally, physically, and spiritually, then
they need to watch me care for myself in these ways. Sometimes this entails a substantial dose of humility on
my part, especially when I make a mistake and apologize to the girls for snapping at them or being impatient.
But they are always so forgiving, and I usually end up with a giant bear hug and enormous grin from them.
Everyone’s life is hectic and crammed with busyness, but I truly believe we have to be witnesses to our
kids of our limitations. Sometimes that means I tell the girls to have some quiet time so I can take a nap, while
other times I explain to them that I am overwhelmed and need a break. Later on, this usually feeds into a
discussion about our human fallibility and need for dependence upon God alone.
Raising children in this crazy epoch of aversion to religion can be daunting for any parent. I know,
because I, too, am in the trenches of early childhood parenting. But I have to believe in two things when all else
fails, and I wonder if I got anything right as a mom: One is that parents receive special grace to raise their
children and two is that God’s grace compensates for my lack as a parent. All we need is to ask God for the
wisdom to guide our children to holiness and to thank Him for filling the gaps where we’ve faltered.
Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker, and grief recovery coach. She is the co-author of Navigating Deep
Waters: Meditations for Caregivers. Jeannie was featured on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition and
Tony Agnesi’s radio show Finding God’s Grace. She offers her insight from a counselor’s perspective into a
variety of topics, including grief, spirituality, and parenting children with special needs. Jeannie resides in
northern Indiana with her husband and two daughters, both of whom have special needs. For more
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“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments
is not the truest of guides for human life?” ~Saint Benedict, from the Rule of Saint Benedict (73:3)
“A Christian is: a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves,
a voice through which Christ speaks, and a hand through which Christ helps.”
Monday, August 24, 2015 ~ Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Bartholomew, Apostle
Holy Gospel: John 1:45-51 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one about whom
Moses wrote in the law, and also the prophets, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” But Nathanael said to
him, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael
coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true child of Israel. There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael
said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you
under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You
will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven
opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Meditation: What is the significance of Jesus’ revelation of seeing Nathanael (known as Bartholomew in
Matthew 10:3 and Luke 6:14) “under the fig tree?” For the people of Israel, the fig tree was a symbol of
God’s peace and blessing (1 Kings 4:24b-25, Micah 4:4). It provided shade from the midday sun and a
cool refreshing place to retreat, pray, meditate and reflect on God’s word. Rabbis often gathered their
disciples under the shade of the fig to teach them the wisdom and revelation of God from the Scriptures.
The rabbis had an expression for comparing the fig tree to being nourished with God's word in Scripture,
“He who tends the fig tree will eat its fruit.” And thus we see the importance of meditating on Sacred
Scripture, but then “living” what we have learned as “doers of the word, not hearers only” (James 1:22)
so that these sacred teachings can bear fruit in our daily lives.
Prayer: Strengthen in us, O Lord, the faith, by which the blessed Apostle Bartholomew clung
wholeheartedly to your Son, and grant that through the help of his prayers your Church may become for
all the nations the sacrament of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns
with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: Jesus’ death on the cross, where he defeated sin and won new life for us through his
resurrection, opens the way for each of us to come into a new relationship with God as his adopted sons
and daughters. The Lord Jesus opens the way for each one of us to “ascend to heaven” and to bring
“heaven to earth” in the daily circumstances of our lives. God’s kingdom is present in those who seek him
and who strive to do his will. Through the gift of faith God opens a door for each one of us to the heavenly
reality of his kingdom. And so we might contemplate on asking ourselves: Do you see with the “eyes of
faith” what the Lord Jesus has done for us?
About Saint Bartholomew: In St. John's Gospel, Bartholomew is known by the name Nathaniel (the
liturgy does not always seem aware of this identity). He hailed from Cana in Galilee, was one of the first
disciples called by the Lord. On that initial meeting Jesus uttered the glorious compliment: "Behold, an
Israelite indeed in whom there is no guile!" After the Resurrection he was favored by becoming one of the
few apostles who witnessed the appearance of the risen Savior on the sea of Galilee (John 21:2).
Following the Ascension he is said to have preached in Greater Armenia and to have been martyred there.
While still alive, his skin was torn from his body. The Armenians honor him as the apostle of their nation.
Concerning the fate of his relics, the Martyrology says: "His holy body was first taken to the island of
Lipari (north of Sicily), then to Benevento, and finally to Rome on an island in the Tiber where it is
honored by the faithful with pious devotion." The Church of Armenia has a national tradition that St. Jude
Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew visited the Armenians early in the first century and introduced Christianity
among the worshippers of the god Ahura Mazda. The new faith spread throughout the land, and in 302
A.D., St. Gregory the Illuminator baptized the king of Armenia, Dertad the Great, along with many of his
followers. Since Dertad was probably the first ruler to embrace Christianity for his nation, the Armenians
proudly claim they were the first Christian State.
Tuesday, August 25 ~ Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Louis of France, King; Saint Joseph Calasanz, Priest
Holy Gospel: Matthew 23:23-26 Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You
pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier things of the law: judgment and
mercy and fidelity. But these you should have done, without neglecting the others. Blind guides, who
strain out the gnat and swallow the camel! “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You
cleanse the outside of cup and dish, but inside they are full of plunder and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee,
cleanse first the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may be clean.”
Meditation: Jesus went to the heart of the matter when he called the religious leaders of his day blind
Pharisees and hypocrites! A hypocrite is an actor or imposter who says one thing but does the opposite or
who puts on an outward appearance of doing good while inwardly clinging to wrong attitudes, selfish
desires and ambitions, or bad intentions. Many scribes and Pharisees had made it a regular practice to
publicly put on a good show of outward zeal and piety with the intention of winning greater honors,
privileges, and favors among the people. Jesus had a very good reason for severely rebuking the scribes
and Pharisees, the religious teachers and leaders, for misleading people and neglecting the heart and
essence of God's law – love God above all things, and love your neighbor as yourself.
Prayer ~ Saint Louis: O God, who brought Saint Louis from the cares of earthly rule to the glory of a
heavenly realm, grant, we pray, through his intercession, that, by fulfilling our duties on earth, we may
seek out your eternal Kingdom. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer ~ Saint Joseph Calasanz: O God, who adorned the Priest Saint Joseph Calasanz with such
charity and patience that he labored tirelessly to educate children and endow them with every virtue,
grant, we pray, that we, who venerate him as a teacher of wisdom, may constantly imitate him, for he
was a co-worker of your truth. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in
the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: The essence of God's commandments is rooted in love – love God above all things, and
love your neighbor as yourself – righteousness (justice and goodness), and mercy. God is love and
everything he does, including his justice and goodness, flows from his love for us. True love is costly and
sacrificial - it both embraces and lifts the burdens of others. And so we might ask ourselves today: Do you
allow the love of God to shape and transform the way you live your daily life, especially in the way you
think of others, speak of them, and treat them? If not, now is an opportunity to let the transformative
grace of God work in and through you so that you may imitate Christ in thought, word and deed.
Wednesday, August 26 ~ Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Holy Gospel: Matthew 23:27-32 Jesus said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You
are like whitewashed tombs, which appear beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men’s
bones and every kind of filth. Even so, on the outside you appear righteous, but inside you are filled with
hypocrisy and evildoing. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites. You build the tombs of the
prophets and adorn the memorials of the righteous, and you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our
ancestors, we would not have joined them in shedding the prophets’ blood.’ Thus you bear witness against
yourselves that you are the children of those who murdered the prophets; now fill up what your ancestors
measured out!”
Meditation: Outward appearances can be deceptive. Isaiah prophesied that the Messiah would not judge
by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and
decide with equity for the meek of the earth (Isaiah 11:3-4). The heart reveals the true intentions and
attitudes that form the way we think of others and treat them. Jesus used strong language to warn the
religious leaders and teachers about the vanity of outward appearance and pretense - wearing a mask
that hides the true intentions and thoughts of the heart. This warning applies to all persons who identify
themselves as disciples and followers of Christ, and so we must meditate on what authentic discipleship in
Christ really means. It is not mere show, but an authentic way of life, in all aspects of life, day in and day
Prayer: O God, who cause the minds of the faithful to unite in a single purpose, grant your people to love
what you command and to desire what you promise, that, amid the uncertainties of this world, our hearts
may be fixed on that place where true gladness is found. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who
lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: Jesus warns that what truly corrupts a person is not external ritual impurity but the
impurity of wrong and sinful attitudes that come from within a person’s mind and heart – pride, greed,
sloth, envy, hatred, gluttony, and lust. These are what produce sinful habits (vices) and ways of
speaking, acting, judging, and treating others. That is why every good deed is beautiful in God’s sight and
every wrong or sinful deed is ugly in his sight. The scribes and Pharisees were intensely religious in their
outward observances, but their outward show didn't match the inner reality of the state of their minds and
hearts. True beauty, goodness, and piety come from within, an interior motivation from a heart that is set
on pleasing God and a mind that is set on hearing and obeying God's word, and thus the importance of
having an authentic interior life rooted in Christ. Jesus came to set us free from slavery to sin and harmful
habits and addictions that lead us into wrong and sinful ways of thinking, acting, and relating to others.
Only the humble of heart can receive from God true wisdom and understanding, pardon and healing. The
Holy Spirit is ever ready to renew our minds and hearts and to lead us in God's way of love and holiness.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will purify your heart and mind and to fill you with the power of God's love and
goodness, and thus integrate this wisdom and love into your daily life. Such integration will lead to a
balanced way of life. Therefore, cultivating our interior life is a means of finding that balance. Trappist
monk Fr. Thomas Merton, OCSO, contextualizes this more richly in his book New Seeds of Contemplation:
“This then is what it means to seek God perfectly: to withdraw from illusion and pleasure, from worldly
anxieties and desires, from the works that God does not want, from a glory that is only human display; to
keep my mind free from confusion in order that my liberty may be always at the disposal of His will; to
entertain silence in my heart and listen for the voice of God; to cultivate an intellectual freedom from the
images of created things in order to receive the secret contact of God in obscure love; to love all men as
myself.” This book is a must read for those who wish to cultivate their interior life so that one may enter
into a more fruitful, prayerful dialogue with God.
Thursday, August 27 ~ Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Monica
Holy Gospel: Matthew 24:42-51 Jesus said to his disciples: “Stay awake! For you do not know on which
day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the
thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also
must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come. “Who, then, is the faithful
and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food
at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to
you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is
long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s
master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign
him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
Meditation: When God sent his Son, Jesus Christ, into the world it was to rescue us from ourselves, from
the tyranny of sin, Satan, and death. Jesus' sacrificial death on the cross and his triumphant victory over
the grave won pardon for us and reconciliation with our heavenly Father, and the promise of everlasting
life and joy in his kingdom. The Lord Jesus told his disciples on a number of occasions that he would
return again at the end of this present age, not simply to rescue us again from our enemies, but as a
victor King and Lord who will vindicate all who have believed in him, How? By releasing us from the curse
of death and condemnation and restoring for us the plan he had from the beginning of creation – a new
heaven and a new earth for a people perfectly united with God in peace, joy, and harmony forever. This is
the background to Jesus parable in today’s Gospel about the householder and the thief in the night. When
the Lord Jesus returns, he doesn't want to find us flirting with the enemy or worse joining forces with
enemies who are opposed to God and his kingdom. He wants to see us fully aligned with him, and invites
us constantly to do so when Jesus says “follow me.”
Prayer: O God, who console the sorrowful and who mercifully accepted the motherly tears of Saint Monica
for the conversion of her son Augustine, grant us, through the intercession of them both, that we may
bitterly regret our sins and find the grace of your pardon. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who
lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: And so Jesus invites us to follow him, time and time again. But ask yourself: Do I take
up Jesus on his invitation? If I do follow him, I am truly attentive to his teachings by embracing them and
living them, so that I am ready to meet him when he calls each of us to himself. The Lord gives us his
Holy Spirit so that we may have the wisdom, help, and strength we need to turn away from sin to
embrace God's way of love, justice, and holiness. The Lord's warning of judgment causes dismay for those
who are unprepared, but it brings joyful hope to those who eagerly wait for his return in glory. God's
judgment is good news for those who are ready to meet him. Their reward is God himself, the source of all
truth, beauty, goodness, love and everlasting life.
Friday, August 28 ~ Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time
Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
Holy Gospel: Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus told his disciples this parable: “The Kingdom of heaven will be
like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and
five were wise. The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought
flasks of oil with their lamps. Since the bridegroom was long delayed, they all became drowsy and fell
asleep. At midnight, there was a cry, ‘Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ Then all those
virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for
our lamps are going out.’ But the wise ones replied, ‘No, for there may not be enough for us and you. Go
instead to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ While they went off to buy it, the bridegroom
came and those who were ready went into the wedding feast with him. Then the door was locked.
Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen,
I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
Meditation: Jesus warns us that there are consequences for being unprepared. There are certain things
you cannot obtain at the last moment. For example, students cannot prepare for their exams when the
day of testing is already upon them. A person cannot get the right kind of character, strength, and skill
required for a task at hand unless they already possess it, such as a captain with courage and nautical
skills who must steer a ship through a dangerous storm at sea. When the Lord Jesus comes to lead you to
his heavenly banquet will you be ready to hear his voice and follow? Our eternal welfare depends on our
hearing his voice, the call of the Good Shepherd, above all others. How can we meet the Lord, face to
face, when he calls us on the day of judgment, unless we listen to him today. The Lord invites us to feast
at his heavenly banquet table. Are you ready?
Prayer: Renew in your Church, we pray, O Lord, that spirit with which you endowed your Bishop Saint
Augustine that, filled with the same spirit, we may thirst for you, the sole fount of true wisdom, and seek
you, the author of heavenly love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Contemplation: What is your ultimate goal, and what are you doing to attain it? If your ultimate goal is
to graduate from Harvard, have a six-figure salary, live in a mansion and drive an expensive car, you’ve
missed the boat. Those might be short-term goals, but our ultimate goal should be to get to heaven;
there is only one way to get there, and that is through Jesus Christ. Knowing this, now, what are you
going to change in your life in order to achieve this ultimate goal? There is no time like the present to
change from our former ways of life to newness of life in Christ. Start now!
Scripture passages (NAB translation) courtesy of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops;
prayers are from The Roman Missal, Catholic Book Publishing, 2011;
information about saints, solemnities, feasts and memorials courtesy of Catholic Culture.
LAST UPDATED: August 2015
Members of parish communities have a wealth of ways to serve and feel a part of the parish family. Committees are formed to educate,
enrich our faith, strengthen our parish and support Outreach organizations. We welcome you to join us in the committee(s) of your choice!
SAINT LAWRENCE HAVEN OUTREACH COMMITTEE: Members of Holy Cross Church meet monthly to prepare sandwiches
for the needy. If interested please contact Eileen or Ray Kiersh at
CATHEDRAL EVENTS COMMITTEE: The Events Committee plans social and fund-raising events throughout the year to foster
a sense of community within the Cathedral Community. Meetings are scheduled as needed for any particular event. Contact Mandy
Gillespie at or 614-604-7780.
IT COMMITTEE: This committee advises the Webmaster and associated IT computer services for the Cathedral and Holy Cross
communities. Meetings are held on a regular basis as needed. Contact Chris Daly at
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: The K of C is a fraternal organization of Catholic men engaged in charitable works. The Council
400 meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, September through May and the 2nd Monday of the month, June
through August. The Chapter meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the 1st Thursday of the month year-round. All meetings are in the
Cathedral Undercroft. Contact Phil Renico at (614) 864-0223 or
LITURGICAL MINISTERS: Members of the Holy Cross and Cathedral communities take part in the celebration of the Sacred
Liturgy as Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, Hospitality Ministers/Greeters and Altar Servers. Review and training
sessions are scheduled routinely with advance notification. At Holy Cross, please contact Sister Anne Keenan, O.P., at sranne@ or (614) 224-3416; at the Cathedral, contact Michael Elton at (614) 405-7770 or
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA): Interested in coming into the Catholic faith? RCIA sessions have
already begun for this year. For more information about RCIA and the process of becoming a fully initiated member of the Catholic
Church, at Holy Cross please contact Sr. Anne at or (614) 224-3416; at the Cathedral please contact Mr.
Jake Neal at or (614) 224-1295 or Carol Keene at or (614) 657-9528.
religious educators of your children. Our catechetical classes are here to support you. It is our goal to partner with you and your
family along your faith journey. Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church provide a joint program using the Catechesis of the
Good Shepherd model for students enrolled in Pre-K-Grade 8 who do not attend a Catholic School. PSR program meets on Sunday
mornings in Holy Cross Church. For more information, please contact Deborah Matthews, Coordinator of Religious Education, at
SAINT VINCENT DePAUL SOCIETY: You can grow spiritually by offering service to those in need. Participate in outreach
programs for St. Lawrence Haven, JOIN (Joint Organization for Inner-city Needs), and St. Augustine & Gabriel Food Pantry. For
information contact Kevin Dunleavy at 614-753-5339 or
FINANCE COMMITTEE: Holy Cross Finance Committee meets quarterly on the Second Tuesday of November, February, May
and August. For more information contact Terry Creedon at
SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CONCERNS COMMITTEE: This committee dedicates its efforts to those who are in need due to hunger
and poverty, domestic and family violence, capital punishment, health and bioethics issues. If you are interested in joining this group,
please contact Michael Elton at (614) 405-7770 or
VOCATIONS COMMITTEE: The Vocations Committee prays for vocations of Priests and Religious from our parishes and for
the Holy Catholic Church throughout the world. Through programs, prayer, discussion, and the encouragement of young people,
parishioners can make the whole community more “vocation conscious.” The committee meets at 9:00 a.m. on the Third Sunday of
the month in the Fulcher Room. Contact Barbara Garick at (614) 877-0168 or
YOUNG ADULTS GROUP – (TRIPLE V) – VIA, VERITAS ET VITA: Young adults between the ages of 18 and 40 gather to
foster community among fellow parishioners. Meetings are held at least once a month. Contact us via: Facebook – St. Joseph Cathedral
Young Adult Group ( E-mail if you
would like to be included in the email distribution list. Web:
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HOSPITALITY MINISTERS & LECTORS TRAINING: A session will be held for those wishing to serve God by being a part of His
Holy Mass as Hospitality Ministers and Lectors. The session will be held at 1:30 p.m. this Sunday, August 23rd.
THANK YOU FR. MIKE!! On Sunday, September 6th there will be a reception for Fr. Mike Lumpe thanking him for serving us so well
this past year. So, please come to the Cum Christo building after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses to enjoy some refreshments, including
homemade goodies, as we offer our gratitude to Fr. Lumpe for his generous endeavors with us, both pastoral and administrative.
HOLY CROSS SUPPORT TO ST. LAWRENCE HAVEN – AUGUST 30, 2015: Attention all our “Lil Larry” sandwich makers. The
next opportunity to support St. Lawrence Haven is Sunday, August 30th after the 9:00 a.m. Mass.
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from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1st during his LIVE monthly call-in show. Call St. Gabriel Catholic Radio at 614-459-4820 to
ask your question about the Catholic faith and growing in holiness.
on October 3, 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis DeSales High School stadium track, 4212 Karl Road, Columbus. Check-in begins at 9:00. All money
raised goes back to the walker’s St. Vincent De Paul conference to help those in need in that community. To walk, register online at https:// at the top of the page (Blue Line) click on “Walkers” and click on the drop down “Become a Walker”; choose “Ohio“
and click on “St. Francis DeSales High School” then “Continue Registration.” Fill in the form. Under “Walk Beneficiary” you have the
opportunity to specify your parish conference or ministry. The final step is to click on “Add a Walker.” If you need more information, email or call Gail Page at (614) 824-1289.
CRISTO REY GARDEN PARTY: Saturday, September 19. Cristo Rey Columbus H.S. will host its 2nd annual event, The Garden Party!
Tour the school, meet students and faculty, and then stroll through the Topiary Park in downtown Columbus, all while drinking cocktails,
enjoying hors d’oeuvres, and listening to live music. Last year’s event drew more than 500 guests. For more information and to purchase
sponsorships and tickets, visit Questions can be directed to Chris Donovan, Development
Director for Cristo Rey Columbus, at
VOCATION RETREAT—SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2015: “Whom Shall I Send? … Send Me, Lord!” Dominican Sisters of Peace welcome
single, Catholic women, ages 18-45 to this Vocation Retreat designed to explore Dominican life for women. Learn about the Dominican
Sisters of Peace while experiencing elements of Dominican prayer and community life. Retreatants will gather at St. Catharine Motherhouse,
2645 Bardstown Road, St. Catharine, KY 40061, from 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 11-13 at noon. To register/for more information, please
contact: Sr. Pat Dual, (call/text) 614-216-7688 or email
ST. JOAN OF ARC COMMUNITY FESTIVAL in Powell August 27-29. Live entertainment nightly includes Jon Anthony and Animals
for the Columbus Zoo on Thursday, Gatlin Duo and The Danger Brothers on Friday, and Liberty Deep Down and Eddie Pollina Band on
Saturday. There will be carnival rides, games for kids and teens, a great variety of food and a silent auction. Our huge raffle features bigger
prizes awarded all three nights. For more information visit
CATHOLIC MEN’S LUNCHEON CLUB EVENT: Friday, September 4, 2015. The fall 2015 season of the Catholic Men’s Luncheon
Club will open with a presentation on “Be Still and Know That I Am God” (Psalm 46:11) by Mr. Bill Messerly. Bill has been Executive
Director of St. Gabriel Catholic Radio since 2008. Raised in Lancaster, OH, he and his wife Jenny have four daughters and are parishioners
of St. Paul Catholic Church in Westerville. Join us for this inspiring talk on September 4th at St. Patrick Church in downtown Columbus!
Mass begins at 11:45 a.m. followed by lunch and Bill Messerly’s talk until 1:00 p.m. No reservations necessary. $10 covers the lunch and
meeting. Bring a friend! For information on Catholic Men’s Luncheons, visit or contact John Schechter,
CMLC President, at
HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS: the Diocesan Recreation Association (DRA) wants you! Begin now to form your
parish CYO girls volleyball team. Grades 9-12 are eligible; games will be on weekends, beginning in September. All teams must be formed
and high school sport information sheets turned in by Friday, September 4 (sheets can be found at
Coaches’ meeting will be held Thursday, September 10, at 6:00 p.m., at the Catholic Center, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus. After forming
your team, please notify Evalyn Hammonds at 614-286-5725 or, or Marty Raines at 614-241-2580 or mraines@ Contact Evalyn or Marty with questions.
NEW THIS YEAR: THE DIOCESAN RECREATION ASSOCIATION (DRA) is organizing CYO soccer for high-school girls and boys
(No co-ed teams). Games played on weekends, beginning in September. Teams must be formed & high school sport information sheets turned
in by Tuesday, September 8 (sheets can be found at Coaches’ meeting will be held Thursday,
September 10, at 7:00 p.m., at the Catholic Center, 197 E. Gay Street, Columbus. After forming your team, please notify Jeff Martin at 614288-3387 or, or Marty Raines at 241-2580 or Contact either Jeff or Marty with questions.
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Paras, Linda Pauley, Marilyn Scott, David Simmons, Patty Stover, Sandra Valencia, Bill & Dora Zweydorff and Mark &
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Our First Reading today from the Book of Joshua recounts how, under Joshua, the Israelites renewed their Covenant with God. For
those who practice stewardship as a way of life, both renewal and covenant are significant. We speak of conversion in relation to
the commitments we make to live as God-centered and loving people. Yet, there are times when it is important to personally renew
our promises to God and to make a new covenant with the Lord. Many parishes have an annual stewardship renewal during which
people are given the opportunity to “renew” their involvements in prayer, in ministry, and in giving through the offertory. These
“renewals” may involve a commitment or pledge card. This is what has occurred in the Church for centuries. It is vital that we
revisit our assurances to the Lord. As Joshua addresses the people in today’s reading, he states, “As for me and my household, we
will serve the LORD.” This quote is relatively familiar in the Christian world. Yet, this is exactly the kind of pledge and covenant
each of us needs to make. (
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YOUR OFFERTORY IS A GIFT TO GOD: If your Offertory is not made electronically, please use your parish Offertory envelope to
thoughtfully, prayerfully choose your gift and present it eagerly to Our Lord. Many times families will ask for a letter stating that they are
registered, participating members of our parishes in order to become a Godparent, Confirmation Sponsor or simply to enroll in one of our Catholic
schools. Using our electronic giving or envelope system makes our job easier and allows us to honestly say, “Yes! This family is registered and
actively participating here in our parish!”
Saint Joseph Cathedral
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Mail in Less 6% Diocesan tax Net to Parish $3,747.00
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My Discipleship at Saint Joseph Cathedral and Holy Cross Church ~ It’s as simple as 1-2-3:
1. Participate at least 1 hour per week in community prayer (Sunday Mass).
2. Devote at least 1 hour per week volunteering in a parish ministry.
3. Contribute at least 1 hour of weekly income (2.5%) for financial support.
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while eliminating the expense of printing our weekly bulletin for the Cathedral and Holy Cross Parishes. As a way of saying thank you,
please contact our bulletin advertisers when you are in need of the goods and services they offer. It’s not too late for you to place an ad in our
bulletin for your business or to promote your favorite charity. Please contact Dee Printing at (614) 777-8700. Thank you to our advertisers.
Capital Centre, Inc. 614-447-1000 martin
Pleased to serve Holy Cross Church
and the Diocese of Columbus.
Industrial, Commercial and In-Shop Services
Fraternity of Kindness
1. Don’t speak unkindly of anyone.
2. Don’t speak unkindly to anyone.
3. Don’t act unkindly toward anyone.
1. Do speak kindly of someone at least once a day. 2. Do think kindly about someone at least once a day.
3. Do act kindly toward someone at least once a day.
For any unkindness committed;
Pat Kearns-Davis
Bridgid Davis
1. Make a brief act of contrition, such as “My Jesus,
2. Offer an apology, if possible.
3. Say a little prayer – such as “Bless N., O Lord” –
for the one to whom you have been unkind.
By Lawrence G. Louasik, Sophia Institute Press
Addie Davis-Holsinger
Your Neighborhood Experts with a World of Experience
Close to German Village, 317 S. Fifth Street, 1/2 block off Main
• Retail Meats • Low Prices on Fresh Cut • Beef •
Pork • Smoked Meats •Deli Items • Poultry
Store Hours: Monday-Saturday: 8-6 Closed Sundays
Owned & Operated by the Same Family Since 1859
Franklin Art
Glass Studios, Inc.
403 East Broad Street • 221-6665
Designers of Fine Custom Stained
Glass since 1924.
4019 E. Livingston Avenue • 235-8000
222 E. Sycamore Street, Columbus
(614) 221-2972 • Fax: (614) 221-5223
4661 Kenny Road • 451-5900
Three generations serving Central Ohio since 1924
1296 Dublin Rd. •
MAEDER-QUINT-TIBERI Despetorich Law Offices, LLC
Jason M. Despetorich, Esq.
Established 1870
Pre-Planning Available
100 East Main St., Columbus, OH
Tel: (614) 222-2120
Fax: (614) 224-7048
Pizzuti-ism #54:
Classic Italian Cuisine • Banquet Rooms Available
Private Party Rooms Available
224-8669 16 W. Beck Street
Karen K. Gorski
To prepare for the future, you
must learn from the past.
Between German Village and Brewery District
11:30am-10pm M-F 5pm-10:30pm Sat.
Michael S. Parker, MD
I work to earn your trust
Pro-Life Catholic with Specialty
Specializing in
Interest in Natural Family Planning
personalized service
You are always my top priority
The Choir’s
Favorite Pizza
John, Mary
& Tom Plank
(Your Host)
743 Parsons
at Sycamore
Since 1939
“A Family Gathering Place”
Open Monday-Saturday
Closed Sunday
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We Deliver Entire Menu
Banquet & Meeting Rooms
Owned and operated by the
same family since 1859
Commercial & Residential
Site Development
1296 Dublin Rd.
Sewer & Waterlines
Excavating & Grading
Soil Stabilization
Hauling & Demolition
Erosion Control
6630 Taylor Road
Your Catholic Contractor
4661 Kenny Road – 451-5900
403 E. Broad Street – 221-6665
4019 E. Livingston Avenue – 235-5558
Edith R. and Portia Hapney
4460 Kenny Road
Flowers for all Occasions
For Your Heating/AC
Our focus. Your future.
Saint Joseph Wood Craft
Dedicated to God, Family and Work
$2.00 off an order of $10.00
or more with this ad.
DeSantis Florist, Inc.
toll free: 855.677.3223
595 S. 3rd Street, Columbus
2005 Progress Ave., Columbus
Some restrictions may apply. Offers may be subject to credit approval.
464-0575 •
Thanks Be To God
Sunday Brunch – 9a-2p
The Hungry Soul Cafe
Jeremiah 33:3
10725 Hayden Run Rd., Hilliard
1068 S. High Street, Columbus
Try our new
• Retail Meats • Low Prices on Fresh Cut
• Beef • Pork • Smoked Meats
• Deli Items • Poultry
Store Hours: Mon-Sat – 8-6
30 S. Young St. block + ½ south of Broad
Directors: Anthony Tiberi • John Tiberi
Joseph Tiberi • Bill Smith
229 E. State Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
317 S. Fifth Street
½ block off Main
close to German Village
SINCE 1870
Tim Rose, Owner
Cleans Clothes Clean “Since 1901”
1 block s of Greenlawn on S. Front St.
Fine Jewelry and Gift Items
Watch and Jewelry Repair
20 E. Gay Street, Columbus
Wenger Temperature Control
Mortgages • Auto Loans • Checking Accounts
IRAs • Student Loans • Health Savings Accounts
Chet’s Jewelers
Savings Products • Lending Solutions
Financial Education
399 E. Livingston Ave.
Serving German Village Since 1936
1099 Sullivant Ave.
Columbus, OH 43223
Three generations serving Central Ohio since 1924
Call upon the Lord and
He will answer you…
“A School You Can Believe In.”
St. Catharine School
2865 Fair Avenue
Preschool, Full-day Kindergarten
through 8th Grade
The Glanzman Group
Matthew Glanzman, CRS
“We’re all you need to know about Real Estate”
Free online home search at
FORTNER Upholstering, Inc.
Retail Showroom: 1090 W. 5th Avenue, Grandview
Phone 614-291-1800
Fax 614-291-1929
in the Brewery District
585 S. Front Street, Columbus
To place an ad,
call 777-8700.
496 S. High Street
The Claddaugh-Downtown
Open Daily: 7-2:30
Full Service
Exterior Car Wash
Convenience of Staying in Car During Exterior Car Wash
• Complete Detailing, Interior Cleaning & Deodorizing
• Leather & Upholstery Care
614-221-3145 (Downtown) 404 E. Main Street
Located in Historical German Village
729 S. 3rd St., Columbus
(Next to Max & Erma’s)
Specializing in
Home • Auto • Business • Life
Please Patronize Our Advertisers…To Place An Ad Call 777-8700
Anthony Catanzaro
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