Wellspring of JoyMarch 5th, 2015
Sister Ann Vonder Meulen, OSF has had the tremendous opportunity during her almost 50 years of religious life as an Oldenburg Franciscan to minister to many different groups of people from various parts of the globe. I have been privileged to witness some of the joy and excitement she brings to others as she ministers to her school students as well as to people with disabilities and the men and women of various cultures who participate in her sewing classes so they might earn a living to support themselves and their families. She believes that those she teaches can also teach her how to see the world from their need and perspective. She thrives on exploring new adventures in her work as a former missionary, a special needs teacher, an artist, a potter, and even as a spiritual director. She draws her energy from a wellspring of Franciscan joy, from the generosity of others as well as from her favorite Scripture verse, Eph. 3:20: “Glory to God whose power working in us can do infinitely more than we can ever ask or imagine.” Karen Fultz, Associate with the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg
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Rediscover Catholicism Study: CincinnatiDecember 21st, 2012
We will be having several groups of parishioners go through and read the book at various times. If you are interested in participating in a group call the Religious Education Office at 347-2071 and give me two days and times that would work for you. We will be trying to accommodate as many people as we can. This is an easy way to learn more about our faith and meet other parishioners who would like to read this book and hear Matthew Kelly discuss different points in the books through videos.
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Rediscover Catholicism Study: RhineDecember 10th, 2012
Osama Bin Laden’s Death: Celebration or Reflection?May 2nd, 2011
HOLY SEE PRESS OFFICE DIRECTOR ON DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN
VATICAN CITY, 2 MAY 2011 (VIS) – This morning the Director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., released the following declaration on the news regarding the death of Osama Bin Laden.
“Osama Bin Laden, as is known, claimed responsibility for grave acts that
RCIA in the ParishApril 13th, 2011
An intensive two-day workshop for RCIA team members who are interested in developing their skills as initiation ministers/catechists. The workshop will focus on the following topics:
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TIME: July 29, 2011 9:30 am-July 30, 2011 5:00 pm
PRESENTERS: Karen Kane, Rev. Steven Walter, Carolyn Stucke
Passover: Pondering Our ‘Lost Connection’March 25th, 2011
In January my son Paul gave me a lovely Bluetooth to go with a Christmas Iphone. It so happens that when I am too far from the Iphone with the device still in my ear, a woman’s voice announces “Lost connection!” I smile each time I hear it. It’s like, What if the Holy Spirit said that each time someone sinned against other human beings or tuned away from God? I could remove the earpiece, but instead I say to the voice, “I know. I know.”
Learning with the Church. During Lent we Catholics often learn new things, ponder our relationships with God and others. We are learning along with our church. For nearly fifty years the Roman Catholic Church has engaged in renewal and recovery of lost connections with Orthodox Christians, Lutherans, Anglicans, Reformed Christians and forged new bonds with Pentecostals. Most profoundly, the Church has engaged in a change in direction with the Jewish people which continues to unfold. New strides have been made also on both sides of the Christian-Muslim relationship.
Our connections to both Hinduism and Buddhism have also deepened. Recently I was excited to see that the U.S. Catholic Church now has a Catholic-Vaishnavite (Hindu, charismatic, monotheists) consultation. For years the intermonastic dialogue has plumbed commonalities and differences between Roman Catholic contemplative orders and Buddhist monks. This work unfolds even among us in Ohio. A Catholic contemplative nun and a Buddhist nun will share the platform at Methodist Theological School, just outside of Columbus at the end of this month. (Check www.bridgecraft.org for information.)
In order to portray our interconnections, I will be sharing resources and telling stories of ecumenical and interreligious friendship. I welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Between God and people. My favorite book for learning about Christian and Jewish interrelatedness is a slender jewel by the late Anthony Saldarini, Jesus and Passover. We lost this Catholic theologian too soon to cancer in 2001. I treasure his clear diction, which manages to make a summary of scholarship deceptively simple and yet mystical. A review at deepdyve.com calls the 116-page volume “clear and concise.” It continues, “Saldarini states that Passover is not an heirloom but continues to be a communication between God and his people…for Jews as well as Christians.”
Only problem: it’s out of print at Paulist Press. But here’s the good news: Used, clean copies are available at Amazon or Barnes and Noble for $1 or $2 plus shipping. I’m passing my copy along to the Archdiocesan Media Center. Think about stocking a copy in your parish library.
I last used Saldarini’s Jesus and Passover when developing material for Lenten preaching several year ago. I loved reading about the pilgrims who sang the Songs of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) and the public Passover at the time of Jesus in which the Levites sang the Hallel Psalms (113-118) in the afternoon. When later I found some of those same psalms in the Catholic Holy Week and Easter Season liturgies, I was moved to tears. Here was an enduring connection to Jesus, the Jews, and the Jews of his time.
As many a scholar has pointed out, Passover was the one pilgrimage festival in which heads of households slaughtered the sacrifice. While the priests burned some selected parts of the animals, the sheer volume of pilgrims on Passover necessitated lay participation. Imagine even 500,000 people camped on the hillsides of Jerusalem and ready to barbecue. Estimates for the number of pilgrims at Passover usually run higher.
Saldarini makes clear that we have little information about either the actual order of the specific liturgical content of the Passover meal at the time of Jesus. We do know from reading the Jewish Mishnau (200-225 AD) that the order and very process of the meal did change after the Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Today the Seder is rich in instruction and, as ever, prayer, but has no bloody sacrifice. It retains the Hallel psalms.
In separate chapters Saldarini distinguishes between Passover at the time of Jesus, the current rabbinic Jewish Seder, Passover in the Gospels and Passover in other New Testament writings in a simple, painless way. You hardly know you’re in the hands of a master scholar. Understanding how the Passover celebration changed in the Seder is central to understanding rabbinical Judaism today and quite useful for relating to our Jewish neighbors, especially those Jews who assist with parish seders.
Other resources which treat the texts centered on Passover, Second Temple and ‘covenant’ in the New Testament and Early Christianity are (in order of complexity with commentary):
Norbert Lohfink S.J., The Covenant Never Revoked, Paulist Press, 1991. Clear, simple summary of Catholic convenantal theology. 96 pages.
James Carroll, “Destroy This Temple,” in Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews: A History, Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Carrol movingly explores Jesus’ relationship to the Temple as sacramental to his relationship with the Father.
A.J.Levine, “The Temple Domination System,” The Misunderstood Jew: the Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus, Harper One, 2006, 149-159. With well-told stories and a close reading of Jewish tradition and New Testament texts, A.J. Levine delivers a peppery critique of customary Christian homiletical approaches to the Temple. Dr. Levine will speak at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary/Athenaeum in the fall.
Raniero Cantalamessa, Easter in the Early Church, Liturgical Press, 1993. Fr. Cantalamessa OFM Cap., the papal preacher, revised this book for the English translation. This might seem a curious entry, but bear with me. In the well-written 23-page intro he examines the two regnant concepts of Pascha in the early Church. What follows: easy-to-read patristic excerpts, only 117 pages long. (Classics scholars can read the notes, 117-216.) What I noticed: At first there is an intimate, living connection with “the People” or the Jews. Over generations that sense of reverent connection is lost, in part due to calendrical controversies – put more broadly: the process of Christian and Jewish self-definition. Specifically, most of the fathers don’t know what the Hebrew is for Passover or they get the definition wrong, based on their concept. They are, after all, Gentiles. Origen writes On the Pascha to explain the hellenisation the word has undergone and its meaning in Hebrew, so that Christians will not be ridiculed by ‘Hebrews’ for their ignorance.
Eugene B. Korn, John Pawlikowski OSM, ed. Two Faiths, One Covenant? Jewish and Christian Identity in the Presence of the Other, Rowman Littlefield, A Sheed and Ward book, Cardinal Bernardin Series. 2005. Based on 2003 Perlmutter Conference, CTU, Chicago. Shorter pieces by scholars reflecting on convenant in different historical periods of Judaism and Christianity. I was privileged to be present for the Conference. Articles by McMicheal and Boys on Catholic attitudes toward ‘covenant’ and the Jews, during the Middle Ages and currently, are helpful for Catholics.
Paula Frederickson, Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, Vintage, 1999. Not simple but readable with illustrations of archeological sites and drawings of the Temple Mount. Plain spoken argument interspersed with the scholarly. This Jewish scholar doubts a connection between the incident in the Temple with the moneychangers and Jesus’ execution by the Romans. – - Louise VeraRead More
Introduction To Catechetical Ministry #1 Vocation and Ministry of the Catechist (Required)February 14th, 2011
This workshop will discuss the meaning and purpose of catechesis, apply the elements of vocation and stewardship to the role and responsibilities of the catechist, and explain the qualities and characteristics of the catechist as described by the General and National Directories for Catechesis.
If you have any question or for more information please contact (937) 378-6453 or email@example.com
PRESENTER: Mary Ann Welling