Archive for February 2011

Evening of Prayer and Healing

February 27, 2011

An Evening of Prayer & Healing will be sponsored by St Monica’s Parish in West Wyoming on Thursday, March 3rd.  It will take place in St Monica’s Church on 363 West Eighth Street with guest, Msgr John Esseff.  Here’s the schedule for the evening:

6:30 p.m. — Rosary
6:45 p.m. — Songs of Praise
7:00 p.m. — Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & (Evening Prayer)
.     .     .     .    .Prayer for Healing & Sacrament of Reconciliation
.     .     .     .    .Benediction & Compline (Night Prayer)

All are welcome!

Rapid acceleration down the…

February 27, 2011

In a major policy reversal, the Obama administration said on 2/23/2011 that it will no longer defend the constitutionality of a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder said President Barack Obama has concluded that the administration cannot defend the federal law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Newt makes a good point:

Imagine that Governor Palin had become president. Imagine that she had announced that Roe versus Wade in her view was unconstitutional and therefore the United States government would no longer protect anyone’s right to have an abortion because she personally had decided it should be changed. The news media would have gone crazy.

What if you hold a meeting and no one comes…

February 10, 2011

Hello…long time no blog, I know.

Recently our mens Group in Ashley has matured to the degree that we decided to branch off and start a new group.  My pastor has been needling me for some time to get something going at our three parishes which are in the fitful process of merging into one.

So we had an ambitious plan to setup a general meeting for all the men of the parish to come and learn about Catholic Mens’ Fellowship.  I was (and am) totally confident that we could get at least three new groups started in these parishes.

Once the plan was in place, things started to go wrong.  First off, the parish administration didn’t get the full page poster insert for the bulletin.  For either of the two weeks the bulletin ran.  We did have an ad in there, thought it was just a short blurb placeholder.  Then circumstances conspired against me in getting to the masses and doing some individual reaching out beyond that which I had already done.

The fateful night arrived,  and my partner Jeff called up to confirm that we were meeting.  He jokingly said, “I’ll bet it will just be you and me.”  Ha ha.  I set up early, with 80 sets of handouts I copied.  The clock started getting closer to 7 pm, the start of the meeting.  I started to think of what Jeff said, and our ‘masterful’ marketing campaign .  I thought, “Well Jesus, if you want this to succeed you need to bring the men out tonite.  I’ve done as good a job as I can for my part.”

5 minutes later no one was there yet.  I thought of Abraham bargaining with the lord over the fate of Sodom, and how many good people would he spare the city for.  I started to bargain with the Holy Spirit saying “Well there are 1500 families in these parishes,  80 men would be just fine.  That way My fliers will get used up.”  A minute or two later I thought, “Well 25 men would make a good enough audience that the speech I’m prepared to deliver won’t seem awkward….   You know,  12 nice Jewish boys changed the face of the Roman Empire, send me 12 from these parishes…  Hmm, a group will be pretty stable and successful with 6 men…..  wherever 2 or three are gathered….  Lord.  If you want this to work,  I can do it with one man.”

And right on cue, I heard the door open, and an elderly gentleman all bundled up for the cold, shuffled in.  We greeted eachother warmly, and then he looked at my handouts and said, “What’s this?  You mean this ISN’T the parish historical society meeting?”  I said he was welcome to stay, but… out the door he went again.

At 7 My buddy Jeff arrived, looked around and laughed.  I told him that he may not have the charismatic gift of tongues, but he sure had the gift of prophecy.

And then…..  one new man arrived.  Followed by the pastor and a ‘ringer’ from the Freeland group (visit www.catholicundergroundpa.com ).  And from there we laid the groundwork for how we will proceed.

In discussing it afterwards, Jeff said it was one of the best meetings he has been to in a while.  He got to meet the pastor, who was really dedicated to making this a success, and we talked about how our plans for growing the CMF weren’t ncessarily God’s plans.  We had this idea that we could take the easy way out and reach lots of men at once through mass communication, and not really have to put ourselves out on the line risking embarrassment by walking up to men we didn’t know so well and pitching the idea.  When St. Paul preached in the Areopagus most everyone laughed, but a handful spoke with him later one on one and were converted.  Maybe the holy spirit wants us to be better and fearless witnesses in one on one relationships.   After all, aren;t the small group sharing sessions about one on one relatioships.  Jeff was so on fire that he went out that very night to a plumbing job where spoke about faith with his 23 year old male customer who was having a rough patch in his life and with his neighbors.  They prayed about a few things there on his front porch, and this protestant non-churchgoing kid admitted that maybe God broke his furnace so that he could meet Jeff.  He now wants to come to our next meeting next wednesday night… and now there are two.

 

And if I cannot conquer myself, Lord, then You conquer me.

Evening of Prayer and Healing

February 7, 2011

In observance of the World Day of the Sick, an Evening of Prayer & Healing will be sponsored by St Monica’s Parish in West Wyoming on Thursday, February 10th, (the Vigil of Our Lady of Lourdes) in Our Lady of Sorrows Church on Eighth Street with guest, Fr Pio Mandato FMHJ.  Here’s the schedule for the evening:

6:30 p.m. — Rosary
6:45 p.m. — Songs of Praise
7:00 p.m. — Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament & (Evening Prayer)
.     .     .     .    .
Prayer for Healing & Sacrament of Reconciliation
.     .     .     .    .
Benediction & Compline (Night Prayer)

All are welcome!

Men’s Breakfast recap

February 7, 2011

The parish of St Monica in West Wyoming,  where our Chaplain, Fr Leo McKernan, is Pastor, hosted their first Men’s Breakfast this past Saturday.  It seemed to me to be an overwhelming success.  Here’s a quick recap:

About 70 men attended.  A group of eight men even ventured through the sleet and freezing rain on a 90-minute ride all the way from the Montoursville/Bastress/Jersey Shore area of Lycoming County!  Coffee and donuts were available upon arrival, and there was plenty of pre-program fellowship happening.  After Fr McKernan welcomed all, Ted Mike and Paul Walters led music and song for some prayer time.  It was invigorating to hear the men’s voices resounding in the high-ceilinged parish hall.  Jeff Carter gave a brief witness of his initial life-changing encounter with the Lord, and how he strives to fall more deeply in love with God as his life in the Spirit continues.  A sumptuous breakfast followed, including scrambled eggs, sausage, toast, and plenty more coffee and donuts.  It was prepared by several men from St Monica’s parish, who obviously have a lot of experience serving like this.  Atty Glenn Yanik then delivered a riveting talk under the theme “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13) in which he reviewed the actions of Federal Judge John Roll, who was shot to death while shielding a friend who had already been shot at the infamous Tuscon/Safeway incident last month.  Glenn reviewed the aspects of Judge Roll’s life as a Catholic which undoubtedly prepared him to act in such a courageous manner on that day.  Glenn encouraged us all to emulate Judge Roll by incorporating into our lives as Catholic men those disciplines which will enable us to remain in communion with Jesus, and will prepare each of us for whatever challenging situations we may encounter.  The program concluded with some announcements by Fr McKernan, and a final song, “Press On”.  Plenty of post-event fellowship continued in the hall.

Fr McKernan has scheduled the next Men’s Breakfast for Saturday, April 30th.