MESSENGER. Mother Teresa s canonization sparks local memories

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September 2, 2016

In This Issue


Serving the Diocese of Covington, Kentucky since 1926


Mark your calendar Day of Prayer for Peace, Sept. 9 Vespers for Peace, Sept. 11


IHM Parish, Burlington Catholic men’s conference


Covington Catholic High School Opening Mass


You’re invited Red Mass, Sept. 23


ACUE kicks off effort for schools


EdChoice Ky. District captains


Election 2016 Economic decisions


Work of Mercy ‘To bear wrongs patiently’


Curia collects supplies for St. Joseph Apartments

10 DPAA Service grants 16 Helping Louisiana flood victims Bishop’s Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 People and Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Saint of the Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Classifieds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Shopper’s Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 News Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15

Mother Teresa’s canonization sparks local memories David Cooley Assistant Editor

Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized a saint Sept. 4. The beloved figure of the 20th century became world-renowned after she founded the Missionaries of Charity and served the “poorest of the poor” in India. Mother Teresa and her nuns would seek out the homeless and the dying in the streets of Calcutta and give them shelter, food and a clean bed. Mother Teresa emphasized human dignity and saw the face of Christ in the small, the dirty and the marginalized. Pope Francis will fittingly canonize Mother Teresa near the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Mother Teresa’s acts of Christian charity won her worldwide acclaim and, in 1979, the Nobel Peace Prize. Her ministry spread all over the world concentrating on what they called the “urban slums.” The Missionaries of Charity even had sisters working in the United States in the inner cities of New York, Washington, Miami, St. Louis and Detroit. Then, in 1982 Mother Teresa would historically expand the ministry further into a completely different and new setting — rural America — and this would take place in what was at that time part of the Diocese of Covington. In April 1982, four sisters from the Missionaries of Charity arrived in Jenkins, Ky., in Appalachia. Located in Letcher County, Jenkins is on the southeastern edge of the Bluegrass State, not far from the Virginia border and in the midst of the Cumberland Mountains — some of the most rugged mountains Kentucky has to offer. The

mission was a ministry of presence, a ministry of service, to the Appalachian people. While the Diocese of Covington, led by Bishop William Hughes, invited the Missionaries of Charity to minister in Appalachia, Mother Teresa herself was involved in the selection of Jenkins because it was one of the few places in this part of Kentucky that had a Catholic church — St. George Parish, which was established 60 years prior to serve the Catholic coal mining population. The four missionary sisters moved into a house near the church. Mother Teresa came to Kentucky that summer, in June 1982, to officially launch the ministry, which the sisters decided would focus on abused women and their children. Her first stop, though, on June 19, was in Northern Kentucky where she attended benediction and spoke to a crowd of more than 2,000 people at the Covington Catholic High School football field. As it turned out, it was a very rainy day but that didn’t keep the people away and Mother Teresa spoke to a sea of umbrellas. Following her address she made time for a press conference in the school cafeteria. Mother Teresa then boarded a plane, accompanied by Bishop Hughes, Father Raymond Hartman, who was assistant chancellor at the time, and Sister Priscilla Lewis, who was the head of the American branch of the Missionaries of Charity, and headed for Lonesome Pine Airport in Wise, Virginia. From there they travelled by car for close to two-and-one-half hours until they reached Jenkins. Bishop Hughes presided at Mass at St. George Church. Afterward, Mother Teresa (Continued on page 11)

Guild for medical professionals established in diocese David Cooley Assistant Editor

Bishop Roger Foys recently approved the formation and establishment of the Sts. Teresa of Calcutta and Faustina Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. The purpose and focus of the guild is to help and encourage Catholics in the medical profession to integrate the teachings and the principles of the faith into their personal and professional lives. The guild is open to all medical professions, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dentists and psychiatrists, but it is also open to medical students and spiritual healers as well, such as priests and seminarians. More information can be found at Health care professionals are invited to an information night, hosted by the Sts. Teresa of Calcutta and Faustina Guild advisory board, Sept. 7, 7–9 p.m., in Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Covington. There will also be a White Mass for medical personnel, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m., at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. The entire community is invited to come together in prayer at this event. Dr. Bill Wehrman, along with the assistance of Faye Roch, diocesan director for the Pro-Life Office, helped start and organize the guild. He has been a member of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) for about 10 years and said that the organization has been growing tremendously for the past 15 years or so. CMA is a physician-led community of healthcare professionals that informs, organizes and inspires its members, in steadfast fidelity to the teachings of the Catholic Church, to uphold the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine. Dr.

Wehrman said that being a member of the association has been very inspiring. “I’ve learned so much,” he said. “For several years now I’ve wanted to get a local chapter — a guild — started in Northern Kentucky because there are so many physicians that are Catholic in the area.” Dr. Wehrman said that six active full-time physicians were needed to start a local group and there were things in life, out of his control, that kept coming up and pushing the guild to the back burner. “God bless Faye Roch,” he said. “She was inspired at a USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’) conference and came back to me and said we need to do this. I had spoken to Bishop Roger Foys probably five years earlier and he had given his approval and support for the guild — he was very supportive and I was very encouraged.” Dr. Wehrman said that he wants to pass along the inspiration, education and growth in faith that he has experienced to other local health care providers. “I love working in the medical field. I have met physicians in other parts of the country who are able to incorporate the Church’s wise teachings in their practice. I believe it really makes us better physicians — I think it provides the best possible care for the patient,” he said. Dr. Wehrman said that the purpose of the guild is to help its members grow in their faith and that naturally flows over into their families, co-workers and patients. “I think the purpose of the guild is, first, to help the individuals who are a part of it, to grow in their faith and specifically be able to apply the Catholic faith and the wisdom to the myriad of medical (Continued on page 14)

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Bishop Roger Foys has announced two days of prayer for peace Sept. 9 — Day of Prayer and Penance for Peace in response to recent violence in United States and abroad. Everyone is encouraged to spend some time in prayer asking for God to restore peace in our country and the world. Bishop Foys has asked pastors to keep the church doors open so that people can come throughout the day to pray for peace. Pastors are also encouraged to offer some time for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. (See the schedule, right, for parish adoration times.) Bishop Foys will preside at a diocesan “Holy Hour for Peace in Our Country,” 7 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. Sept. 11 — Vespers for Peace In recognition of the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. Bishop Foys will preside at a Vespers for Peace, 3 p.m., Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington. First responders, family and friends of those killed or injured in the attacks and anyone who has suffered from any terrorist attack or act of violence is especially welcome. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Adoration Schedule Day of Prayer and Penance for Peace — Sept. 9 Cathedral Basilica of the Mary, Queen of Heaven Assumption, Covington, Parish, Erlanger, after 7–8 p.m. 9 a.m. Mass–2 p.m.

St. Benedict Parish, Covington, 8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

St. James Parish, Brooksville, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.

All Saints Parish, Walton, all day

Mother of God Parish, Covington, 12:45–2 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

St. Agnes Parish, Ft. Wright, 12–2:30 p.m.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ft. Thomas, 1:30–6:45 p.m.

St. John the Baptist Parish, Wilder, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

St. Cecilia Parish, Independence, 8:30 a.m.–noon

St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carrollton, 11 a.m.–12 p.m.

St. Charles Borromeo, Flemingsburg, noon–6:30 p.m.

St. John the Evangelist Parish, Covington, 1:30–2:15 p.m.

St. Edward Parish, Cynthiana, 12:30–8 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Camp Springs, 9:30–10:30 a.m.

St. Francis Xavier Parish, Falmouth, 6–7 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, 9 a.m.–noon

St. Pius X Parish, Edgewood, 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs, all day

St. Rose of Lima, Mays Lick, 2–4 p.m.

Cristo Rey Parish, Erlanger, 5–7 p.m.

St. Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill, 8:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue, 3–5:30 p.m.

St. Augustine Parish, Augusta, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Holy Cross Parish, Latonia, after 9 a.m. Mass–11 a.m.

St. Augustine Parish, Covington, 1–2 p.m.

Holy Redeemer Parish, Vanceburg, 12–1 p.m.

St. Barbara Parish, Erlanger, all day

St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Alexandria, noon–1 p.m. St. Matthew Parish, Kenton, 8–9 a.m.

St. Therese Parish, Southgate, after 8:15 a.m. Mass–5 p.m. St. Thomas Parish, Ft. Thomas, all day

St. Patrick Parish, Taylor Mill, all day

St. Timothy Parish, Union, after 10 a.m. Mass–9:30 p.m.

St. Paul Parish, Florence, after 8:15 a.m. Mass– 12:10 p.m.

St. William Parish, Williamstown, 9–10 a.m.

St. Philip Parish, Melbourne, 1–3 p.m.

Sts. Boniface and James Parish, Ludlow, 7:15–7:55 a.m.; 3:30–5 p.m. Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, California, 9:15 a.m.–3 p.m.

IHM offers men’s conference to empower and challenge men David Cooley Assistant Editor

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish (IHM), Burlington, is hosting a Catholic Men’s Conference, Sept. 24, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., in Britt Hall. There will be four featured speakers who will each focus on a unique topic. Father Michael Hennigen, parochial vicar, St. Pius X Parish, Edgewood, will explore the document “Into the Breach,” an apostolic exhortation to Catholic men, written by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix. Father Michael

Bishop’s Schedule Sept. 2 Individual meeting, 9 a.m. Sept. 3 Mass, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, 4:30 p.m. Sept. 4 Mass, Cathedral Basilica, 10 a.m. Sept. 5 Mass, Cathedral Basilica, 8:15 a.m. Sept. 6 High School senior class Mass, Cathedral Basilica, 1 p.m. Individual meeting, 3 p.m. Sept. 7 Individual meeting, 7 a.m.

Sept. 8 (continued) Episcopal Council meeting, 9:30 a.m. Individual meeting, 1:30 p.m. Thomas More College Board of Trustees’ meeting, 2 p.m.

Norton, parochial administrator, St. Francis Xavier Parish, Falmouth, will focus on the topic of spirituality. Father Nicholas Rottman, pastor, Immaculate Heart of

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington Catholic Men’s Conference Sept. 24, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Britt Hall $20 Registration fee per person; includes lunch. Deadline: Sept. 10 Make Checks payable to: Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, memo line: men’s conference. Mail registrations to: IHM, Attn: Amy Ritchie, 5876 Veterans Way Burlington, KY 41005 Call (859) 589-5010, ext. 257. Mary, will talk about defending the faith. And Dr. Andrew Sodergren, clinical psychologist, Ruah Woods, will speak about Catholic morality. Amy Ritchie, ministerial collaborator at IHM, said that this conference is a response to what she felt was a need to

the men of the parish. “My position was established to basically help people bridge the gap between Sunday worship and everyday life,” Mrs. Ritchie said. “My job is to listen to the needs of the parishioners and build and develop the things that will feed those needs. When it came to the men of the parish, this type of event is what I was hearing there was a need for.” Mrs. Ritchie said that men are noticing that society and the culture are changing rapidly and drastically and this builds up a kind of pressure. “Men want to not only defend their faith as Catholics, but also defend who they are as men, why they believe what they believe, why their marriage is substantial, why their friendships are meaningful, why they give up their time to make church and prayer life a priority over other types of activities, and so on,” she said. The event is open to all interested men who want to dive deeper into their faith and be challenged to be the man that God is calling them to be. “From my perspective, this is a ministry for IHM, but we believe, as a parish, that the Church as a whole needs to be strong, so that is why it is open all men in the diocese and even to men across the river in Cincinnati,” Mrs. Ritchie said.

Sept. 9 St. Joseph Academy, Walton, Cathedral Basilica tour, 9:30 a.m. Holy Hour for Peace in our Country, Cathedral Basilica, 7 p.m. Sept. 11 Mass, Cathedral Basilica, 10 a.m. Vespers for Peace commemorating 9/11, Cathedral Basilica, 3 p.m.

Sept. 8 High School principal meeting, 7:30 a.m.

You’re invited Bishop Roger Foys will preside at the

Annual Red Mass, Sept. 23, noon, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington, for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students and government officials. Father Ryan Stenger, J.C.L., judge of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Covington, will be the homilist.

Covington Catholic High School Mass

Cooley photos

Bishop Roger Foys opened up a new school year with the students, faculty and staff of Covington Catholic High School with Mass, Aug. 26, at St. Agnes Parish, Ft. Wright. The day’s Gospel was taken from Matthew chapter 25: verses 1–13, the parable of the foolish virgins who weren’t ready for the bridegroom. Bishop Foys compared the parable to preparing for a big final exam. “There are some things in our lives that we have to do for ourselves.” Bishop Foys said it is the same thing with salvation. “But, with life it takes on a new importance,” he said. “You only get one life; we only get to go around once. Nobody can give you a good character, we all have to do that for ourselves. “You are very young. You have the rest of your life ahead of you. But, don’t think for one moment that what you do or don’t do now isn’t going to have a long-term effect. Think before you speak and think before you act — that is important. You will define who you are, you will define what you are and you will define how you turn out in life. That is why God gives us a free will; it is a gift, and it is a gift we should use wisely,” he said.

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ACUE’s annual appeal kicksoff effort to support urban schools Laura Keener Editor

Michael Clines, superintendent of schools, opened the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education (ACUE) annual appeal kick-off meeting, Aug. 24 at Holy Trinity Jr. High, Newport, with a personal story that he feels exemplifies the mission and ministry of Catholic urban education. Several years ago as he was driving to work he received a call from an ACUE principal. A student that had been

suspended the previous day had showed up for school. Mr. Clines changed direction, went to the school and talked with the student. “What I learned was that the only two meals that student was going to get that day were at the school — breakfast and lunch — so she still came to school,” he said. “When you look at our mission, it is twofold,” Mr. Clines told the more than 30 volunteer leadership gift solicitors present at the meeting. “First is to evangelize our faith. The second is to break the cycle of poverty. You can find plenty of models Keener photos out there but our Catholic schools do a better job of breaking the cycle of poverty than any other urban school. Know today that through your efforts you are helping us to evangelize our faith and to break the cycle of poverty. I want to thank you for being here today because the children and the families, they need us.” ACUE’s annual appeal raises funds to support the diocese’s six urban elementary and one junior high schools — Holy Trinity Elementary, Bellevue and Holy Trinity Jr. High, Newport; Holy Cross Elementary, Holy Family School, Prince of Peace Montessori and St. Augustine School, Covington; and St.

(above, left) Tim Rawe, general chair for the ACUE annual appeal and (above, right) Paul Smith, ACUE board member, address, Aug. 24, the over 30 volunteers (left) at the appeal’s kick-off meeting.

Anthony School, Taylor Mill. Since the inception of the ACUE annual appeal in 2012, ACUE has seen not only its monetary gifts increase but also its base of volunteers. Paul Smith, ACUE Board member and last year’s ACUE annual appeal chair, told the volunteers present that five years ago nine volunteers raised $60,000 during the annual appeal. Every year since more volunteers have joined the ranks and engaged more donors so that last year 38 volunteers raised $860,000. “To see that significant amount of growth tells you that we have touched the hearts and souls of people in the community,” said Mr. Smith. “The mission that we have is to provide a Catholic education to children whose parents in many cases can’t afford a Catholic education. We are raising money to meet the delta between what parents can afford and what the actual tuition is for each child.” ACUE’s increasing support continues. Tim Rawe, ACUE annual appeal general chair, said that this year 65 volunteers “have said yes to helping us with the appeal. I thank you and I know the students and their families say ‘thank you’ also.” Mr. Clines told the volunteers that 13 urban parishes directly support the ACUE schools and that when ACUE was first restructured, 40 percent of their Sunday collection went to ACUE. Last year those 13 parishes contributed $900,000 to ACUE, which represented 35 percent of their Sunday collection. Through the success of the ACUE annual appeal, this financial year, which began July 1, each of the 13 parishes’ ACUE assessment has been reduced to 30 percent. “So you see it really does take a village to raise a child, especially when it comes to urban education. It takes our tuition paying families, it takes our 13 urban parishes and it takes our ACUE leadership,” Mr. Clines said. Throughout the country Catholic urban schools are closing, Mr. Clines said, but not in the Diocese of Covington. And that’s because of the dedicated support of the ACUE leadership, beginning with Bishop Roger Foys and his commitment and certitude in the mission of urban Catholic education and the volunteers who share his conviction. “I thank you on behalf of Bishop Foys for being here today,” said Mr. Clines.

EdChoice Kentucky seeks volunteers to serve as‘district captains’ Marnie McAllister Messenger Contributor

EdChoice Kentucky, a non-profit organization that aims to give families more choices in education, is looking for parents and others interested in the issue to get involved. Volunteers are needed to serve as “district captains” in about 50 legislative districts around Kentucky. These volunteers would help promote the organization’s effort to create state tax credits for donations made to organizations that grant scholarships based on need, such as the Catholic Education Foundation in the Archdiocese of Louisville and the Alliance for Catholic Urban Education in the Diocese of Covington. “We want to build some grass-roots support for the scholarship tax credit,” said Charles H. Leis, president of EdChoice Kentucky. “We’re getting individuals throughout the state who have a demonstrated affection for what we’re doing to work with us on ensuring local districts are educated on what the school tax credits are all about. We think people will listen to someone local.” EdChoice, whose members include the Diocese of Covington and the Catholic Conference of Kentucky (the public policy organization for Kentucky’s four Catholic bishops), supported bills introduced earlier this year in the Kentucky House and Senate that sought to provide scholarship tax credits to individuals and businesses that make contributions to either a scholarship-granting organization or a fund for public schools. The measures, which had bipartisan sponsorship, failed to move out of committee in both chambers. Legislation for another attempt in the 2017 session of

the Kentucky General Assembly is expected to be proposed, said Andrew Vandiver, associate director of the Catholic Conference of Kentucky and vice president of EdChoice Kentucky. Mr. Leis, who was named the president of EdChoice Kentucky late last month, said the primary goal of EdChoice is to give families options, especially those who can’t usually afford non-public options. “It’s compelling. Our primary reason is to give middle-

income and low-income families a choice in education,” he said, noting that scholarships linked to the proposed tax credit would be awarded based solely on need. “I’ve seen firsthand how middle-income and lowerincome families are squeezed out of any education choice,” he said. “I was educated in the private sector myself. When a child and their parents have a choice, their outcome is better. In the public sector, you can get caught in a zip code and you lose choice.” Legislation proposed last year set the threshold of need by the federal reduced-lunch program guidelines. To qualify for a scholarship, a family’s income could not exceed 160 percent of the federal reduced-lunch threshold. A family of four earning just under $45,000 annually qualifies for

reduced lunch during the 2016-2017 school year. Mr. Leis, who is the vice chair and CEO of Brandeis Machinery and Supply Co., said he also believes scholarship tax credits will be good for Kentucky’s economy and business owners. “From the business standpoint, they want a better-educated workforce. There are a number of studies where this has benefitted both the private and the public sectors,” he said. Mr. Leis and the other EdChoice supporters are hoping volunteers will help spread their message as district captains. The volunteers are asked primarily to follow up with local churches and other organizations that EdChoice has contacted. “When we try to send information, for example, to parishes or churches of all kinds for their bulletins, on the local level (the captains) will check and try to be sure it gets into the publication,” Mr. Leis explained. District captains are needed all over Kentucky, he added. To learn more about EdChoice Kentucky, visit Additional information is available on the national website, On the Kentucky site, those interested may sign up to receive a newsletter. And businesses and organizations may show their support by joining the “Geared for Smarter Future Council.” About 50 have signed up, so far, said Mr. Leis. Marnie McAllister is the editor for the Record, the Catholic newspaper for the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky. The Messenger staff contributed to this article.

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Subsidiarity — a ‘Welfare Society’or a‘Welfare State’? The struggle to meet the basic human needs of the poor and the marginalized moved the industrial states of the West to adopt various social service programs characteristic of a welfare state philosophy. Such government assistance recognized a societal responsibility to care for disadvantaged citizens by securing minimal standards for a COMMENTARY decent human life in order to overcome poverty and joblessness, as well as the lack of access to decent housing, health care and/or education. In the past few decades, however, the deformation of social assistance into expansive “welfare statism” has been scrutinized by critics on the right and the left. The entry on the Father Ronald Ketteler “Welfare State” in the “New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought” spells out a new state of the question proposed by theorists who are calling for a transition from the welfare state to a welfare society. Countervailing reforms are in order: “Chastened by the statism of totalitarian societies, these critics contend that the achievement of a more just, participatory society mandates the dispersal of responsibility for basic well-being to every level of social life.” For example, nearly three decades ago in “The Flawed Triumph of Social Democracy” (1990) Wallace Katz had judiciously explored the untoward shortcomings of social democracies in the West. After the demise of Marxist collectivism in Eastern Europe, Katz’s contention was that the welfare state approach had undermined societal responsibility for each other, namely, society’s experience of a reduced sense of social solidarity as well as a decline proportionate to the reduction of reliance on private charity. Thus, the welfare state was allowing people to “live our own ‘lifestyles’ behind the walls of condominium ‘communities’.” Ironically, in the last analysis, that approach has tended to foster social irresponsibility by consigning the care of the poor to the government’s business. Currently, in his “The Fractured Republic” (2016), Yuval Levin recounts conservative proposals to reform welfare programs of the liberal welfare state with “more market-oriented mechanisms, many of which would function through society’s mediating institutions.” The author speaks of “a commitment to subsidiarity — to empowering institutions at different levels of our society to address those problems for which they are best suited.” The language of “subsidiarity” and “mediating institutions” resonates with key principles in Catholic social teaching. Thus, Chapter 5 of R. R. Reno’s “Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society” (2016) is entitled “Limit Government.” Professor Reno, the editor of “First Things,” the journal of religion and public life, writes: “The modern welfare state, absorbing one function after another, has become a grave threat to mediating institutions” in the tendency “to crowd out or co-opt them.” In order to reverse this burgeoning trend in government, the author argues that subsidiarity defends mediating institutions (smaller social institutions) against undue state interference. Rather, as a corollary, the principle envisions the role of the State as “nurturing and empowering” mediating institutions. In its 1995 statement on “Principles and Policies on Welfare Reform,” the U.S. Catholic Conference invoked the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity as a moral basis for engaging the private as well as the public sectors in the fight

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against poverty. In “Centesimus Annus” (“On the Hundredth Anniversary of ‘Rerum Novarum,’” 1991) St. John Paul II directed several pointed criticisms at overreaching developments within the welfare state. (CA, n.48) Chapter V of that centenary encyclical identified specific excesses and abuses that were impacting the “Social Assistance State.” From a historical perspective, it narrated the origin of the Social Assistance State and the eventual erosion of community institutions. Government social assistance arose “… in some countries in order to respond better to many needs and demands, by remedying forms of poverty and deprivation unworthy of the human person. However, excesses and abuses, especially in recent years, have provoked very harsh criticisms of the Welfare State, dubbed the ‘Social Assistance State.’ Malfunctions and defects in the Social Assistance State are the result of an inadequate understanding of the tasks proper to the State.” (CA, n.48) In other words, the negative outcomes of the welfare state

‘… We are not defenders of the welfare status quo, which sometimes relies on bureaucratic approaches, discourages work and breaks up families. However, we oppose abandonment of the federal government’s necessary role in helping families overcome poverty and meet their children’s basic needs.’ –U. S. Catholic Conference, “Principles and Policy Priorities on Welfare Reform” (1995).

approach stemmed from a degree of state intervention that did not respect the moral boundaries set forth in a key moral principle in Catholic social doctrine, namely, the Principle of Subsidiarity. Referring to the encyclical “Quadragesimo Anno” (“On Reconstruction of the Social Order,” 1931), “Centesimus Annus” states: “Here again the principle of subsidiarity must be respected: a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good.” (CA, n.48) As originally formulated by Pope Pius XI, the principle of subsidiarity, while defending legitimate intervention by government for the common good, limits such intervention in order to maintain a balance in the tension between state intervention and the creativity, freedom and the legitimate autonomy of small-scale and local social units. At the same time, along with affirming the state’s duty to supervise the exercise of human rights in the economic order, St. John Paul II noted that individuals and various non-governmental associations retain the primary responsibility in this area of responding to social needs. St. John Paul II’s concerns about the deficiencies of the welfare state centered on specific excesses and abuses that unjustified state intervention had created in programs and policies at the expense of broad societal responsibility. (CA, nn.48-49) In this regard, then, the encyclical cautioned against government becoming a permanent substitute in a way that would deprive society at large of its responsibility. The key solution for stimulating the wider participation of a proposed “welfare society” will be realized by unlocking the indifference of those living closest to the situations of need. By contrast, the increase of public agencies, particularly if marked by a bureaucratic mentality, may in the long

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run complicate rather alleviate social problems. The “Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church” synopsizes the teaching of “Centesimus Annus.” In the first place, subsidiarity objects to “certain forms of centralization, bureaucratization, and welfare assistance and to the unjustified and excessive presence of the State in public mechanisms.” The Compendium cites “Centesimus Annus” to support this position: “… ‘By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending (CA, n.48).’” (CSDC, n.187) In his analysis of St. John Paul II’s ethical concerns on welfare statism, Franciscan Father Kenneth Himes notes that the principle of subsidiarity does not translate as “an anti-state stance, but it does require a strategy to maximize participation.” An organic society should foster “a sense of interdependence at the social level” that deepens “the experience of solidarity.” In “The Crisis of American Democracy: A Catholic Perspective,” his 1996-1997 Annual McKeever Lecture, the well-known moral theologian sums up the case made against statist programs in “Centesimus Annus.” First, the approach to social action should be consonant with “a more human scale” to avoid the alienating effects of bureaucratic structures. Secondly, a preference should be given to “locally based service agencies” since “institutions closer to the grassroots than large governmental offices are better able to deliver services which address the concerns of people.” Thirdly, in addition to meeting material needs, there are deeper human values to be respected that are grounded in the interdependence of persons in society. With regard to the latter theme, Father Himes explains: “… the essential nature of human life as social and of society as an organic community of communities determine the appropriate response. Participation in a wide variety of communities allows a person to experience social life through ‘inter-relationships on many levels,’ and it offers an option to the person who is ‘often suffocated between two poles represented by the state and the marketplace (CA, n. 49).’ ” Authentic social integration should be the long-range goal of social assistance. In brief, those closest to the situation of need are in a better position to satisfy human needs by acting as neighbors who provide both necessary care and “genuine fraternal support.” (CA, n. 48) There is a distinctive role for the mission of the Church which has “always been active among the needy, offering them material assistance in ways that neither humiliate nor reduce them to mere objects.” (CA, n.49) “Deus Caritas Est” (“God is Love,” 2006), the inaugural encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, upheld the theme of the ecclesial ministry of charity (diakonia) as an integral and essential function of the life and mission of the Church. Pope Benedict XVI stated that “[t]here is no ordering of the State so just that it can eliminate the need for a service of love.” (DCE, n. 28) He emphasized that “[t]he State which would provide everything, absorbing everything into itself, would ultimately become a mere bureaucracy incapable of guaranteeing the very thing which the suffering person —every person —- needs: namely, loving personal concern.” Again, in accord with the demands of subsidiarity, the now pope-emeritus reasoned that the State should respect and encourage “initiatives arising from the different social forces.” This sort of response ideally “combines spontaneity and closeness to those in need.” Father Ronald Ketteler is director of ecumenism, episcopal liaison to the Messenger and professor of theology at Thomas More College.

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The deliberate Christian The readings for the twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time — Cycle “C” are: Wisdom 9:13-18; Philemon 9-10,12-17; and Luke 14:25-33. Life is full of unexpected “little” surprises. I had my day all planned. I needed to compose several articles for a newsletter that had to get published in the next few days. I would spend the bulk of the day doing that. I also had two appointments that would each take about an hour. EIGHTH DAY Then the mail came. It contained some rather urgent business that needed immediate attention. The “attention” required sent me scouring through files dating back a couple of years. And then the phone started incessantly ringing with each caller wanting an explanation that would require at least a half hour to give. Father Daniel Vogelpohl Lunchtime came and went. My appointments came and went. The newsletter didn’t get written. Maybe next week I’ll get to do it. I’m sure the story is a familiar one. We all find ourselves in circumstances and positions that we did not bargain for. Every time I officiate at a marriage I become very much aware of the act of faith and trust that each spouse makes when the vows are proclaimed in the presence of friends and community. I know, and the newlyweds know, that no one knows what demands their marriage may make upon them. There are always hidden costs to commitment. A transfer may take you away from family and friends. A child may be born handicapped. A sudden illness may strike you or a loved one. The Book of Wisdom tells us that these are the things we can scarcely “guess” about. They weren’t in our plans and we don’t know why they occur. Sometimes even the things that are within our grasp we understand only “with difficulty.” The point is that when we make a life commitment we do so not fully knowing what may develop in the future. People cannot enter into a marriage thinking that no more or less will be demanded of them than was demanded of their parents. I could not be ordained thinking that my ministry would be no different from the ministry of the priests I knew in my earlier years. Jesus rather emphatically tells us in today’s Gospel that following him, being his disciple may indeed turn out to be more than we bargained for. We do not know what demands he will make of us. I doubt that St. Paul’s friend, Philemon, had any idea that making his commitment to Christ would one day lead him to have to seriously consider freeing his slave, Onesimus, on whose behalf Paul pleads in today’s second reading. We simply do not know where our Christian commitment may one day lead us. Jesus’ sobering words remind us that our commitment to him may lead us to turn our backs on the lifestyle and judgments of those we love the most — parents, spouse, children, even ourselves. “If anyone comes to me without turning his back on his father and mother, his wife and his children, his brothers and sisters, indeed his very self, he cannot be my follower.” “...None of you can be my disciple if he does not renounce all his possessions.” The two parables that Jesus uses make it clear that being his disciple is not a matter of whim or fancy that can be decided easily. Rather, it is a consciously, well calculated decision in which we realize fully the possibility of unexpected costs and demands. Our decision to follow him must be made as carefully as those decisions made by the man building the tower or the king about to go into combat. They both had to consider whether or not they had the resources and the stamina to carry their projects through to completion. Making a conscious, deliberate choice to follow Christ is something that those who, like myself, were born and

Joe Biden is Isaac Hecker’s fault? U.S. Catholics generally know little about the Church’s history in our country. But whether you’re trying to fill gaps in your knowledge or just looking for a good read, let me recommend a new book by Russell Shaw: “Catholics in America — Religious Identity and Cultural Assimilation from John Carroll to Flannery O’Connor” (Ignatius Press). Its formidable subtitle THE CATHOLIC notwithstanding, Russ DIFFERENCE Shaw’s new book is an easy-to-digest smorgasbord, a portrait gallery of 15 important characters in the American Catholic story. Three of the heroes of my Baltimore boyhood get their just deserts: Archbishop John Carroll, first and arguably greatest of U.S. bishops; Cardinal James Gibbons, America’s most prominent Catholic George Weigel for four decades; and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Wild Betty” as she once called herself, foundress of the Catholic school system that’s still the Church’s best anti-poverty program. The politicos (Al Smith and JFK) and the intellectuals (combustible, cantankerous Orestes Brownson and the scholarly old-school Jesuit, John Courtney Murray) are neatly sketched, as are three women of consequence: St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Dorothy Day and Flannery O’Connor. A trio of New Yorkers (one born in Ireland, another in Massachusetts, and another in Peoria) take their turns on stage in the persons of Archbishop “Dagger John” Hughes, Cardinal Francis Spellman, and Spelly’s rival, Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen. Then there’s the remarkable Father Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus and, I hope, America’s next beatus. For contemporary purposes and debates, one of the most suggestive of Shaw’s portraits is that of Father Isaac Hecker, another candidate for beatification. Shortly after his death in 1888, Hecker became the subject of contention in Rome, when an ill-translated biography of the founder of the Paulists, and some intra-Catholic brawling among U.S. hierarchs, led to a papal warning against “Americanism” — a way-of-being-Catholic that Pope Leo XIII deemed excessively privatized, insufficiently contemplative, and dismissive of the Church’s magisterium.

Ever since, U.S. Catholic historians have been arguing about whether “Americanism” was a phantom heresy. There seem to be three contending parties in that debate. The canonical view of classic U.S. Catholic historians like John Tracy Ellis was that “Americanism” was indeed a phantasm of fevered Roman minds. Then, in the 1970s, came the revisionist view that Hecker, and bishops like John Ireland of St. Paul-Minneapolis, John Keane of Catholic University, and Cardinal Gibbons, were in fact exploring a new ecclesiology, a new way of thinking about the Church, that Vatican II would vindicate in its “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church” and “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World.” Now comes Russell Shaw, who, in his portrait of Hecker, continues to press an argument he first raised in 2013 in “American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America” (the man does have a way with subtitles). Reduced to essentials, Shaw’s contention is that Hecker and those of his “Americanist” cast of mind did represent an assimilationist current in U.S. Catholic thought — a tendency to bend over backwards to “fit into” American culture — that eventually made possible Ted Kennedy, Barbara Mikulski, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden — cradle-Catholic politicians who support public policies that flatly contradict basic moral truths taught by the Church on the basis of reason and revelation, justify their votes in the name of “democracy” and “pluralism,” and are supported by a lot of fellow-Catholics in doing so. To be sure, Shaw acknowledges that Hecker’s great goal was to convert America to Catholicism, not retrofit Catholicism to the dominant American culture of his day (which I think my friend misstates as “secular” rather than “Protestant”). Hecker’s failure, as I read Shaw, is that he didn’t grasp that there were corrosives built into American public culture that would eventually eat away at core Catholic convictions. And if that’s what Russ Shaw is arguing, then he’s implicitly adopting the “illfounded Republic” optic on U.S. history advanced by such scholars as Patrick Deneen and David Schindler. My own view is that the failure of Catholics to infuse American politics with Catholic social doctrine has had a lot more to do with creating Joe Biden & Co. than Isaac Hecker and the 19th-century “Americanists.” In any case, Shaw’s new book and its predecessor are good places to begin thinking about what went wrong here and why. George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

Home visit and family Recently I made my annual home visit. Each year we spend two weeks visiting our families. My family is a bit spread out over the country, so I am not able to see VIEWPOINT everyone each year. But I do keep in touch and I try to see my family when I am able. At Taylor Manor, the sisters and the staff take care of the elderly in their care as if they were part of their family. And in a way, the elderly are part of our family. We are all brothers and sisters in Christ. St. Paul reminds us in Romans that we are all one Mother Mary Christina, body in Christ. S.J.W. Working at a nursing home is demanding work and not everyone is given the

gift by God to care for the sick. But for those who have that ability, it is a wonderful opportunity to put into action the works of mercy. At Taylor Manor, we have the chance to give drink to the thirsty, to feed the hungry, to clothe, to comfort and to counsel — in other words, to care for our family members. For the sisters, the word “family” takes on new meaning. It is not only our biological family that we care about but also our brothers and sisters in Christ. We pray for and care for everyone who God puts into our lives. It is something that society needs to be reminded of sometimes. We are all family and God has redeemed each person. We may not have the same opinion about current events, we may not see things in the same way, but we are all called to care for our brothers and sisters in Christ and to show them respect. May you and your family be blessed. I hope you have the opportunity this week to show the love of God to someone in your “extended” Christian family. Mother Mary Christina is superior for the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker, Walton, Ky.

raised Catholic need to seriously ponder. We often just inherit our faith and religion. Do we ever really make it our own? I feel personally challenged each year as I see our catechumens coming before us at the Sunday liturgy to make their conscious and deliberate decision to follow Christ. They inspire me to pause and reflect on the

strength of my own Christian commitment. If Christ asks, am I willing to turn my back on life as I know it to follow him more closely? Are you? Father Daniel Vogelpohl is pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell.

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Parties front and center on economy, but what is the best path forward? Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

This is one in an ongoing series of backgrounders on election-related issues. WASHINGTON — Both the Democrats and the Republicans put economic issues in the opening pages of their respective parties’ platforms — an indication of how seriously they take economic policy in its potential appeal. The U.S. bishops did so 30 years ago in their pastoral letter “Economic Justice for All,” outlining a series of “urgent problems of today” that still resonate more than a generation later. “The mobility of capital and technology makes wages the main variable in the cost of production,” the bishops said in 1986. “Overseas competitors with the same technology but with wage rates as low as one-tenth of ours put enormous pressure on U.S. firms to cut wages, relocate abroad or close. U.S. workers and their communities should not be expected to bear these burdens alone.” “The United States is still the world’s economic giant,” they added. “Decisions made here have immediate effects in other countries; decisions made abroad have immediate consequences for steelworkers in Pittsburgh, oil company employees in Houston and farmers in Iowa.” They also noted environmental issues well before Pope Francis’ encyclical “‘Laudato Si’”: “The resources of the earth have been created by God for the benefit of all, and we who are alive today hold them in trust. This is a challenge to develop a new ecological ethic which will help shape a future that is both just and sustainable.” Even though it’s located deeper in the document, the U.S. bishops’ current version of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” declares: “Economic decisions and institutions should be assessed according to whether they protect or undermine the dignity of the human person. Social and economic policies should foster the creation of jobs for all who can work with decent working conditions and just wages. Barriers to equal pay and employment for women and those facing unjust discrimination must be overcome.” The GOP platform states, “Republicans consider the establishment of a pro-growth tax code a moral imperative.” It adds, “Government cannot create prosperity, though government can limit or destroy it.” The Democrats, as might be expected, have a different view, especially on government’s role. “We will fight to secure equal pay for women, which will benefit all women and their

families, particularly women of color who are disproportionately impacted by discriminatory pay practices, and against other factors that contribute to the wage gap,” the Democratic platform says. “We will incentivize companies to share profits with their employees on top of wages and pay increases, while targeting the workers and businesses that need profitsharing the most.” While Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has proposed a substantial investment in U.S. infrastructure, her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, in a seeming break with Republican economic orthodoxy, has proposed an infrastructure investment twice as big, to be paid with bonds. “As with all things with both of them, I would have to see more specifics,” said Joe Fahey, an economics professor at Manhattan College and chair of Catholic Scholars for Social Justice. “But from a Catholic theological perspective, there is clear Catholic teaching that holds that government plays a very positive role in the economy.” The key economic issue not getting any play thus far in the election, according to Fahey, is poverty. “I recognize that platforms are platforms and candidates are candidates,” he said, although he lauded the Democrats’ plank on poverty, which “reads like something out of the Catholic bishops. It’s quite good. It talks about working families and raising up the middle class. That’s great from a Catholic perspective; society is measured by how we treat the most vulnerable among us.” The Republican platform, Fahey added, “doesn’t even mention it.” One of the issues that’s gone missing in action is “lack of equality from an economic standpoint,” said Tammy Leonard, an associate professor of economics at the University of Dallas. How to address it is “not an easy question, that’s for sure,” Leonard said. “We can look at the minimum wage, and there are those who say raise it to $15 an hour across the board for the United States. “Most economists agree it’s going to have negative effect at least in the short term and maybe in the long term,” Leonard continued. But “if you put your Catholic social justice hat on ... if you believe in a just wage, as Catholic social teaching says, we should support a just wage.” The GOP platform chides President Barack Obama for not having a single year in his presidency with an economic growth rate of 3 percent. “Oh, gee, how slow the recovery has been,” is a common refrain that Richard Stock, an economics professor at the University of Dayton, says he’s heard. “But one of the more remarkable aspects is that the U.S. has recovered at a far more rapid rate than other of the advanced industrial countries” since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008, Stock told Catholic News Service. “The other countries followed the wrong set of economic policies post-recession. The United States went ahead and enacted fiscal and monetary policies that were appropriately expansionary.”

As a result of the European Union’s stringent monetary policies, Greece nearly defaulted on its debts and threatened a “Grexit,” and Great Britain’s voters authorized a “Brexit.” The reason the U.S. economy hasn’t snapped back more, Stock said, is because Republicans in control of Congress, in their own quest for debt reduction, haven’t approved further stimulus funds since the Democratic-led Congress authorized $787 billion in 2009. Leonard asked, “How to do we allow for globalization?” Both Clinton and Trump have come out against the TransPacific Partnership treaty, which requires congressional approval. Trump, in promoting an “America first” agenda, said he also would rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement, which took effect in 1994. “Pulling away from the world is not to the benefit of the majority of people in the world,” Leonard told CNS. “Yes, globalization is good, trade is good, but not without balance. ... Catholic social teaching tells us to care about the human dignity of everyone. There are people who are hurting and they’re compelled to maintain a good life for themselves and their family.” Leonard said uncertainty gives business jitters. “Uncertainty is bad,” she noted. “We have uncertainty in the Middle East. We have uncertainty with Brexit,” and in the political process itself; “Trump is the most erratic of the candidates.” Fahey said, “The one bright light I saw in the Republican platform talks about expanding employee stock ownership plans, and their purpose is so the workers can become capitalists.” However, Fahey added, “Real capitalists don’t work. The capital works for them.” A similar approach, Fahey told CNS, is in the co-op movement, estimating that 130 million Americans are members of some kind of co-op, from grocery stores to rural electric utilities. “Pope Francis has made several references to worker cooperatives in which he strongly endorses them,” Fahey said, adding that Catholic Scholars for Worker Justice has a task force on the subject to prepare a statement on worker cooperatives “that we hope will find its way into Catholic teaching.” “If the employees can own enough stock, they can run the company. So that in a way it may be a back-door way of reforming capitalism in terms of worker ownership,” Fahey said. “I believe in building bridges. I think there’s real fertile discussion with Republicans and conservatives. Conservatives should support worker cooperatives. The workers become self-governing, you know?” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ statement “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility” is available online at This statement is a guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in democracy and may be helpful in discerning the issues for the upcoming election.

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To bear wrongs patiently — a spiritual work of mercy Father Gerald Reinersman Messenger Contributor

To “love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt 5:43) is the “scriptural root” of the spiritual work of mercy to bear wrongs against us patiently. This work of mercy may be considered burdensome and difficult to live. Yet, let’s consider how bearing wrongs patiently is actually God’s gift to help us discover our holiest, most authentic life in Christ. We can turn to St. Maximilian Kolbe as an inspirational example. In her book, “A Man for Others; Maximilian Kolbe the ‘Saint of Auschwitz’ In the Words of Those Who Knew Him,” (Marytown Press 2013) Patricia Treece relates multiple incidents of St. Maximilian’s remarkable courage and dignity while bearing wrongs patiently. Beatings, humiliating cruelty and starvation were the daily norm at Auschwitz, especially for priests. Father Kolbe endured all of these and more without losing his dignity, forgetting his love of God or betraying his intense devotion to Mary the Immaculate. George Bielicki, an Auschwitz survivor, recounts, “From the first time I saw Father Maximilian I was struck by his dignity and calm, so different from others. In spite of the terrible conditions and bad treatment, he never complained nor did he curse. Instead he tried to comfort the other prisoners and lift our spirits.” One such incident at Auschwitz is recounted by Henry Sienkiewicz, who went to help the older Kolbe push a wheelbarrow full of gravel. When caught speaking to one another, a capo (criminals serving as guards and notoriously cruel) gave both prisoners 10 blows with a stick. Sienkiewicz admits to “screaming bloody murder” while Father Kolbe did not utter a groan. Following the beating the two were humiliated in

front of others and given even harsher work. Later, Father Kolbe said to Sienkiewicz, “Hank, let’s offer all this suffering for the Mother of God. Let them see that we are her servants.” Father Maximilian Kolbe did not let the hatred he received cause him to hate. Rather, he remained steadfast in his love of God. He did not allow the evil committed against him turn him toward evil. Rather, he responded to beatings, starvation, humiliation and all the brutality of a Nazi concentration camp by praying for the sinner’s conversion. His intense love for Christ through Mary Immaculate kept him courageous in virtue. In short, he never lost the conviction of who he is in Christ or became distracted from the path to eternal life. By reacting to wrongs against us with sin or another wrong, we may win an argument or temporarily gain the upper hand, but we will lose who we are called to be in Christ. This is how I understand Jesus’ perplexing words, “Anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matt 16:24-26) Bearing wrongs patiently is a gift that brings peace. It is not always easy to do, but it is a light that guides us through some dark days. Pope Francis put it this way in “Misericordia Vultus” [no. 9], “At times how hard it is to forgive. And yet pardon is the instrument placed into our fragile hands to attain serenity of heart. To let go of anger, wrath violence and revenge are necessary conditions to living joyfully.” Being cheated, robbed, insulted or lied to are just some of the common ways people endure wrongs. It is right to seek justice where it is possible, but we lose something of ourselves when we seek revenge. It takes spiritual strength to respond with patience and become a better image of who we are in Christ. This Extraordinary Jubilee

Year of Mercy gives us an opportunity to reflect on our own practice of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It is a time for us to strengthen our practice of mercy as a sacrificial offering to almighty God. We join these offerings to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ when we bring works of mercy to the altar at Mass (see Matt 5:23-24). This is what is meant when we pray in the third Eucharistic Prayer, “we offer you in thanksgiving this holy and living sacrifice.” Our corporal and spiritual works of mercy become our gift to God. At the same time, we can see how corporal and spiritual works of mercy are God’s gift to us. They help us walk the path of holiness and communion with God. They strengthen our communion with the Body of Christ, the Church. They allow us to live according to our baptismal dignity as God’s children. Works of mercy become our “living sacrifice” of praise to God at Eucharist. In our earthy communion through the works of mercy, we are led to eternal communion and life with God. Matthew 5:21-48 contains the several well-known “You have heard that it is said … but I say to you…” sayings of Jesus. The passage finishes with, “You must be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.” At first hearing, these are harsh teachings — almost impossible to live up to. However, we should receive these words of Christ not as a harsh command, but as his gift to us. Because bearing wrongs patiently in the name of Christ leads us in the path of God’s perfect love and, we hope, into the arms of God’s perfect eternity. What greater gift could God give us? Father Gerald Reinersman is pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring, Ky.

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy Jubilee Churches — Bishop Roger Foys has designated the following churches as stational churches for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Each of these four parishes has a Holy Door that pilgrims may enter through to obtain the Holy Year indulgence. For more information on the Holy Year indulgence see Pope Francis’ letter, (Messenger, Dec. 4,2015, page 4.) Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Covington Confessions: Friday, 12–1 p.m. Saturday, 3–4 p.m. Adoration: Thursday, 8:30–11:30 a.m. Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue Confessions: Monday–Friday, 6–6:20 p.m. Saturday, 5–5:30 p.m.

Adoration: Tuesday, 3–5:15 p.m. and 6–8 p.m.

St. Patrick Parish, Taylor Mill St. Thomas Parish, Ft. Thomas

St. John Parish, Carrollton

2nd Monday All Saints Parish, Walton Our Savior Parish, Covington St. Therese Parish, Southgate

Confessions: Wednesday, 5:30–7 p.m. Friday, 6–8 p.m. Saturday, 3:30–4:30 p.m. Adoration: Friday, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. St. Patrick Parish, Maysville Confessions: Saturday, 4–4:30 p.m. Adoration: Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.– 6:30 p.m. Confession times In addition to the regularly scheduled confession times, during the Year of Mercy each parish will offer confessions one evening every month from 6–8 p.m. 1st Monday Holy Spirit Parish, Newport St. John Parish, Wilder St. Matthew Parish, Kenton

1st Tuesday Cathedral, Covington St. Agnes Parish, Ft. Wright St. Joseph Parish, Warsaw St. Rose Parish, Mays Lick St. Timothy Parish, Union 2nd Tuesday St. William Parish, Williamstown

1st Wednesday St. Bernard Parish, Dayton St. Henry Parish, Elsmere St. Patrick Parish, Maysville St. Philip Parish, Melbourne 2nd Wednesday St. Augustine Parish, Augusta Sts. Boniface and James Parish, Ludlow 3rd Wednesday Holy Cross Parish, Latonia Mary, Queen of Heaven Parish, Erlanger St. Francis Xavier Parish, Falmouth 4th Wednesday St. Anthony Parish, Taylor Mill

3rd Tuesday Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell Divine Mercy Parish, Bellevue St. Catherine Parish, Ft. Thomas St. Edward Parish, Cynthiana

1st Thursday Mother of God Parish, Covington St. Benedict Parish, Covington St. Charles Parish, Flemingsburg St. Pius X Parish, Edgewood

4th Tuesday St. Joseph Parish, Crescent Springs St. Mary Parish, Alexandria

2nd Thursday Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington

St. Augustine Parish, Covington St. Cecilia Parish, Independence 3rd Thursday St. Barbara Parish, Erlanger St. John Parish, Covington St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring 4th Thursday St. James Parish, Brooksville 1st Friday St. John Parish, Carrollton 3rd Friday Sts. Peter and Paul Parish, California 4th Friday St. Joseph Parish, Camp Springs St. Paul Parish, Florence 3rd Saturday Holy Redeemer Parish, Vanceburg

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Saint of the Week St.Teresaof Calcutta Feast day: September 5

Newsworthy Happy birthday to Father John Kroger, retired, Sept. 14. Forty-two 2016 graduates of Diocese of Covington high schools have been named Senator Jeff Green Scholars by the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT. These students have also earned $2,500 a year in Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree. The students are:

She was a nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in the mid-20th century. ■ Even in the midst of intense spiritual desolation, she joyfully spent her life serving the poorest of the poor in Calcutta, India, until her death in 1997. ■ Pope Francis will canonize her on Sept. 4, 2016. ■

“Be happy and at peace. Accept whatever he gives — and give whatever he takes with a big smile.”

Bishop Brossart High School: Ashley Childress, David Kelley, Abigail King, Cassandra Rinehard, Kathryn Tierney;

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Covington Catholic High School: Adam Flynn, Mitchell MacKnight, Nathan Sucher, Lucas Timmerman; Covington Latin High School: Christina Binkowski, Michelle Bitter, Anna Dressman, Isabel Eliassen, Julia Harrison, Claire Kaelin, Karah Knotts, Isaac Li, Kennedy McGuire, Kathryn Minzner, Alexandra Mitchell, James Stebbins, Jacob Sutler,Grace Thomas, Regan Wakefield, Angela Warning, Daniel Zalla; Newport Central Catholic High School: Ansley Davenport, Morgan Martinez; Notre Dame Academy: Mariah Bezold, Carly Gross, Christa Saelinger, Megan Saelinger, Kelsey Sucher; St. Henry District High School: Abbey Epplen, Katie Koester, Danielle Noll; St. Patrick High School: Kathleen Estill; Villa Madonna Academy: Jenna Giordano, Alexander Kenkel, Sean Malone, Catherine Martini and Page McLaughlin.

The universal prayer intention for September, as recommended by Pope Francis, is that each may contribute to the common good and to the building of a society that places the human person at the center. The evangelization intention is that by participating in the sacraments and meditating on Scripture, Christians may become more aware of their mission to evangelize.

to appear. Newport Central Catholic High School annual “Family Fireworks Fest,” Sept. 4, watch the WEBN/Western and Southern Labor Day Fireworks on the school hill. There will be games, live entertainment and family activities, beginning at 5 p.m. A $5 admission will be charged at the gate (ages 6 and under free). Limited parking passes guaranteeing parking on the hill are $10. Call 292-0001. Cincinnati Catholic Alumni Club volunteer opportunity at St. George Food Pantry, Clifton, Sept. 6 and 20, 6–7:30 p.m. Call (513) 574-8573. Information night for anyone interested in joining the newly formed Sts. Teresa of Calcutta and Faustina Guild of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA), Sept. 7, 7–9 p.m., Bishop Howard Memorial Auditorium, Curia, Covington. The Diocese of Covington Catholic Medical Association guild is open to all medical professions in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area. E-mail [email protected] or call 392-1500. Volunteer NKY presents a volunteer fair to be held Sept. 8, 2–6 p.m., at the Life Learning Center, Covington, with the theme: “People Helping People.” Volunteer NKY is a completely volunteer organization working to increase volunteerism in the community.

The weekly TV Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption will be broadcast on Sunday, 5–6 p.m. on station Me TV WLWT, on channels: over the air 5-2; Time Warner Cable 188 in Kentucky and Cincinnati Bell 23 or 291.

In light of recent incidents of violence and racial tension in communities across the United States, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has invited all dioceses across the country to unite in a Day of Prayer for Peace on the feast of St. Peter Claver, Sept. 9. There will be a Holy Hour for Peace at the Cathedral Basilica, Covington, at 7 p.m. All are encouraged to attend.

Have something to list in “People and Events”? The deadline for event notices is nine days prior to the desired publication date. E-mail [email protected] no later than the Wednesday before the week you would like the information

Holy Cross District High School Indian Summer Festival and Taste of Latonia, Sept. 9 and 10, 6 p.m.–midnight on the Holy Cross grounds, Latonia. Craft beer, wine, taste of Latonia, live music, games, children’s rides and grand prize

–St. Teresa of Calcutta

raffle. For more information visit or call 291-8588. Let Mercy reign! Women’s parish retreat, Sept. 9–11, beginning 4 p.m. on Friday, at St. Anne Retreat Center, Melbourne. Mary Malloy will lead the spiritual journey with music and Scripture. Call 441-2003, ext. 325. The Catholic Committee of Appalachian, annual gathering, Sept. 9–11, at Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center, near Ravenna, Ky., with the theme: “Still Uneven: Hope Rises with the Telling.” Call (304) 927-5798 or visit A bereavement support group for those who have lost a loved one is being formed at Mother of God Parish, Covington. The program will last nine weeks, held on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 10. Call 331– 1930. Every year St. Timothy Parish, Union, awards six grants to non-profit agencies which serve the poor and disadvantaged in Northern Kentucky. Applications are due Sept. 10 for next year’s grants. The application can be found online at The grant includes a financial award and a service project for the agency. For questions e-mail [email protected]. Vespers for Peace commemorating the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, Cathedral Basilica, 3 p.m. All are welcome and encouraged to attend and pray. St. Patrick School and Parish, in Maysville, annual Sunday dinner, Sept. 11, 11 a.m.–3 p.m., in the school gymnasium. Proceeds will benefit both the school and parish. All are welcome. Bishop Brossart High School invites all junior high students to “Mustang Mania,” Sept. 16, 6:30–9:30 p.m. Activities include basketball, volleyball, cornhole, games and a movie. Pizza, chips, drinks and a t-shirt are included. RSVP at; call 635-2108, ext. 1018 or e-mail [email protected]. Registrations are being accepted for the Louisville Retrouvaille program, a Christian peer ministry for couples experiencing pain in their relationship. Call (502) 4793329 or visit The next program

All-State athletes

Covington Latin School announced that 75 student athletes have been named to Kentucky High School Athletic Association Academic All-State. The awards are based on cumulative grade point averages from the time of enrollment in ninth grade, given only to participants at the varsity level and given only to those athletes enrolled in grades 9–12. Covington Latin School has an 85 percent athletic participation rate amongst its students.

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PEOPLE AND EVENTS will begin the weekend of Sept. 16–18 and will conclude after a series of six postweekend sessions.

Festivals September

Cincinnati Catholic Alumni Club, wine tasting and dinner, Sept. 17, Valley Vineyards, Morrow, Ohio; reservations needed; call Jim Longley, 1 (937) 862-4396.

St. Cecilia Parish, Independence, Sept. 3, 4 & 5 St. Barbara Parish, Erlanger, Sept. 9, 10 & 11

St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Ft. Thomas, will host Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., as he presents “Mirroring Mercy in Today’s World,” Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $15 tickets can be reserved at

Holy Cross District High School, Latonia, Sept. 9 & 10 St. Matthew, Kenton, Sept. 11, 12p.m. - 7p.m. St. Timothy Parish, Union, Sept. 16, 17 & 18

$10; has the schedule and forms. Open to ages 13–30; minors must be chaperoned.

Fire safety

Wedding anniversary vesBack to school time means fire drills. Here are some students and their teachers at Mary, Queen of pers will be celebrated at the Heaven School, Erlanger, participating in a fire drill. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. Rottman, Father Michael Norton and Dr. Andrew Sodergren, This is for couples who are observing one, 25, 50 or 50-plus Psy.D with Ruah Woods. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. years of marriage during the 2016 year. Registration Contact Amy Ritchie at [email protected] or (859) 689required; call 392-1500. 5010, ext. 257 to register. Newport Central Catholic High School Alum Softball St. Henry Parish, Elsmere, is hosting Dave Ramsey’s Tourament, Sept. 18, 2 p.m. Calling all alums who played softFinancial Peace University beginning Sept. 25, 1 p.m. Call ball to consider participating in the alumni softball game 307-7552 or e-mail [email protected], or visit www.daverheld at the home field (Newport Vets). Concession stand will be open and a grill-out is planned for after the game. To regSts. Peter and Paul Parish, California, annual ladies’ ister e-mail [email protected] or call or send text stagette, Sept. 25, 2–6 p.m., in the Parish Social Center. For to 801-8206. reservations call Jenna Verst, 635-8128, or e-mail Immigration rally and march, journeying together for [email protected]. comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform, CareNet 5K Run/Walk for Life, Sept. 27, 8 a.m. registration; Sept. 18, 3:30 p.m., meeting at Holy Trinity Junior High, 9 a.m. starting time. Visit Newport, and marching to the World Peace Bell. Organized by Northern Kentucky Justice and 40 Days for Life will be held Sept. 28–Nov. 6. Make plans to PeaceCommittee. For additional information, contact organize a day of prayer in front of Planned Parenthood in Sister Dorothy Schuette, [email protected] or Jose Cincinnati, 2314 Auburn Ave.; e-mail cincy40d[email protected] Cabrera, [email protected]. or call (513) 791-4039. Visit The Father Bealer Council, Knights of Columbus annual golf outing, an 18-hole scramble that begins at 9 a.m., Sept. 20, at Devou golf course. To sign up call 630-2554 or 803-5175, or e-mail [email protected] or [email protected].

“Mary and the Rosary” presented by Msgr. William Cleves, Oct. 1, 9–11:30 a.m. at Providence Center, Melbourne. For reservations call 905-8727 or e-mail [email protected].

Red Mass for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students and government officials, Sept. 23, Cathedral Basilica, Covington, noon.

Bishop Roger Foys will preside at the annual diocesan ProLife Mass, celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica, Covington, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.; Father John Sterling, pastor, St. Barbara Parish, Erlanger, will be the homilist. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

All men of the diocese are invited to dive deeper into their faith and be challenged to be the man God is calling them to be at the IHM Catholic Men’s Conference, Sept. 24, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Burlington, 8 a.m. Speakers include Father Michael Hennigen, Father Nick

The diocese’s annual Eucharistic retreat YOUTH 2000 runs Oct. 7-9 at Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills. Live music, prayer and powerful talks led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Register early to save

The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, Villa Hills, invite you to join them, Oct. 8, for a day of reflection entitled “Laudato Si: A Blueprint for the 21st Century” presented by Sister Caroljean Willie, S.C., 9 a.m.–2:45 pm. Contact Sister Deborah Harmeling, O.S.B., at 331-6771 or [email protected] to register. No walk-ins please. St. Timothy Parish, Union, bus trip to The National Shrine of Divine Mercy, leaving 7 a.m., Oct. 13 and returns 8 p.m., Oct. 16. Fee includes bus ride, hotel room, food, the shrine and also includes admission to the Norman Rockwell Museum. The trip will also include a visit to Niagara Falls. Contact Lia Sansoucy at 575-8408 or Pat TenBrink at 282-6468 by Sept. 10. A White Mass, for all medical personnel, will be held at the Cathedral Basilica, Covington, Oct. 27, 6:30 p.m. The Diocese of Covington has teamed up with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for the Catholic Revival Conference, which will be held Oct. 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., at the Cintas Center, Cincinnati. The annual Seminary Ball will be held Nov. 4 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, Covington, 6 p.m. Meet the diocese’s seminarians and support their education and formation. Has anyone ever told you that you’d make a good priest? Do you have a desire to give your life to Christ as a religious sister or brother? Are you at least open to the possibility of a priestly or religious vocation? The Diocese of Covington Office of Vocations will be hosting a Vocations Fair, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m, at Thomas More College, Crestview Hills. A number of religious congregations of men and women from the area will be represented. Notre Dame Urban Education Center (NDUEC) is seeking volunteers to provide educational support services to young children in Covington. Tutors as well as PE monitors are greatly needed for the fall program. NDUEC is open Monday–Thursday after school. Make a difference in a child’s life. Call or e-mail 261-4487 or nduecvolunteer St. Mary Seniors’ trip to Derby Dinner Playhouse to see Honky Tonk Angels, Dec. 6. $65 includes transportation, lunch and admission. Plan to leave St. Mary Parish at 9 a.m. or Furniture Fair at 9:15 a.m. Call 240-4150 or 635-2354.

Reading buddies

The fifth-grade students at St. Henry School, Elsmere, spend time diving into books with their kindergarten reading buddies.

First day fun

A couple of students at St. Pius X School, Edgewood, start the first day of school off right with Vincentian Father Baiju Kidaagen, pastor; Pope Francis, Shadow the Panther and Betsy Greenwell, assistant principal.

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Reunion Committee is trying to locate students from the early years (1961–1972) of IHM elementary school. A reunion is being planned for June 3, 2017, at the new IHM grade school in Burlington to celebrate 55 years since it opened. If you are or know of someone that went to IHM back in the 1960s contact Angie (Bitter) Singleton at 428-1319, e-mail [email protected] or visit the Immaculate Heart of Mary Ky. Facebook page.

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DPAA-funded service grants distributed by Bishop Foys Laura Keener Editor

Bishop Roger Foys and the leadership of the Diocesan Parish Annual Appeal (DPAA) Pauline Baumann, general chair, and Barry Henry, leadership gifts chair, hosted a celebration reception, Aug. 25, to recognize the success of the 2016 “Yes, Lord, You Know that I Love You” DPAA. During the event, organized by the diocesan Stewardship and Mission Services Office, Bishop Foys announced and distributed $245,000 in DPAA service grants to 49 Catholic schools and local charities and organizations whose work serve the those in need. (see box at right) “It’s a very exciting time for us to celebrate and share that good news,” said Michael Murray, director for the Stewardship and


remain a beacon of hope for so many.” “For me it’s been a real blessing to see both sides of the DPAA,” said Mr. Henry. In addition to serving as the leadership gifts chair for the 2016 DPAA, for many years Mr. Henry has served on the Stewardship Advisory Board. It is the function on the advisory aboard to review the DPAA service grant applications and recommend grant awards to Bishop Foys. “Every year when I do that it amazes me what you folks do — you truly live the DPAA theme because in your every day lives you love the poorest of the poor, the economically disadvantaged of our diocese, and I thank you for that,” Mr. Henry said. “Now, as the leadership gifts chair and next year as the general chair, I get to see how we raise over $3 million.”

Applicants ACUE Be Concerned Care Net Pregnancy

Amount $20,000 2,000 1,200

Catholic Charities Centro de Amistad

8,000 500

Cristo Rey Parish DCCH Center for Children and Families Divine Mercy Parish Emergency Shelter of Northern Ky. Faith Community Pharmacy

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Holy Cross District High School Holy Cross Elementary School Holy Cross Parish Holy Family School Holy Spirit Child Development Center


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(top, left) Bishop Roger Foys thanks Barry Henry for his leadership in the 2016 DPAA. Mr. Henry (center, bottom) and Pauline Baumann (center, top) were leadership gifts chair and general chair, respectively, for the annual campaign that garnered pledges of over $3.31 million. During the celebration reception, Aug. 25, Bishop Foys distributed $245,000 in grants to parishes, schools and local charities — including (top, right) St. Augustine Parish Outreach City Heights, (bottom, left) Notre Dame Urban Education Center and (bottom, right) Newport Central Catholic High School. Mission Services Office. This 2016 DPAA goal was $2.45 million. As of Aug. 23 total pledges to the DPAA exceeded $3.31 million with all but seven parishes exceeding goal. Four of those seven were within goal by under $1,000. Again this year all Catholic schools in the Diocese of Covington participated in the DPAA through prayers or donations. “I think the impetus for that is, and those of you out there in parishes you realize that, all monies collected over your goal go directly back to the parish to be utilized in whatever fashion is needed. I think this is a true motivation for most parishes,” said Mrs. Baumann. Both Mrs. Baumann and Mr. Henry described this year’s DPAA as “amazing.” “What I find most amazing is the generosity of the people in our diocese,” said Mrs. Baumann. “They readily took up Bishop Foys’ challenge to answer that call with their wholehearted response — ‘Yes, Lord, You Know That I Love You’ — and they did it in a way that made it possible for the diocese to fulfill the needs of its people in social concerns, education, in caring for our retired priests and on and on. These dollars represent in a most tangible way the faith of our people. I feel very privileged to be able to have been able to serve as the chairperson for the DPAA — a cause that does so much for so many people. I feel confident the DPAA will continue to

At the reception Mr. Henry introduced Casey Guilfoyle, attorney for Darpel Elder Law Services, Crestview Hills, and parishioner, Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell, as the 2017 DPAA leadership gifts chair. “I look forward to working with Casey Guilfoyle next year,” he said. In his closing remarks Bishop Foys acknowledged the generosity of the people of the Diocese of Covington and thanked everyone for coming together in unity to support the DPAA and the charities it supports. “One of the things that I tell the priests all of the time is that we can accomplish so much more together than we can alone,” said Bishop Foys. “You have heard that here tonight … that coming together with one heart and one mind, all singing with the same voice, we can do so much more. That’s one of the hallmarks of our diocese, people working together for the greater glory of God. That’s what the annual appeal is all about — helping people in the name of the Lord. Another hallmark of our diocese is the generosity of our people, certainly financial generosity but also working together in areas of diocesan and parish life. That’s what makes us one, that’s what makes us strong and that’s what we are called to do to work as one. You are God’s eyes and ears and feet and hands and heart. My thanks to all of you.”

St. Anthony School St. Augustine School, Augusta St. Augustine School, Augusta St. Augustine Parish, Covington St. Augustine School, Covington St. Augustine Parish Outreach Center, City Heights St. Benedict Parish St. Bernard Parish St. Bernard Parish Pantry Sts. Boniface & James Church St. Edward Church St. Edward School St. Henry Elementary School St. John the Evangelist Parish, Carrollton St. John the Evangelist Parish, Covington St. John the Evangelist Parish, Covington St. Joseph Academy St. Patrick School, Maysville Sts. Peter & Paul School


Crisis stabilization program School water heater and miscellaneous repairs Help fund winter and summer programs Purchase pharmaceuticals for the outreach program Computers Partial salary for an Art teacher General operating expenses General operating expenses


Educational materials and equipment for after school program To help provide a school counselor

1,500 2,500 1,500

“Got Milk” fund Tuition assistance Camera for American Sign Language Masses


Tuition assistance

2,000 11,000 4,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,500 4,000 1,000 3,000 5,000 15,000 2,000

Nutritious snacks to fuel learning General operating expenses Food expenditures Fund a Spanish teacher Hepatitis C virus screening and testing Treasures on Earth Food Pantry Tuition assistance Expenses to minister to Guatemalan community Partial salary for a part-time Music teacher Art, music and Spanish programs Tuition assistance General operating expenses Partial salary for a Music teacher

4,125 6,000 7,500 5,000 6,000 6,000 6,000 3,000

General operating expenses General operating expenses Maintenance and repairs St. Bernard Parish Pantry General operating expenses General operating expenses General operating expenses Tuition assistance


Partial salary for a Hispanic ministry coordinator


Tuition assistance


4,400 4,375 1,000 5,500

Christian Service Outreach to individuals and families Partial salary for a resource teacher Tuition assistance School counselor provided by Catholic Charities Tuition assistance Tuition assistance Family assistance “Sweet Dreams” bed program


Food for families

2,000 3,000

Emergency assistance program General operating expenses for Emergency Shelter program

4,000 12,000 2,500

Sts. Peter & Paul School St. Philip School St. Thomas School St. Vincent de Paul Society St. Vincent de Paul Society, Cathedral Basilica Conference St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. Williams Conference Women’s Crisis Center

Purpose Tuition assistance The Fan Club, a fan distribution program “Earn While You Learn” parenting education program Mental health counseling services Program for permanent residents seeking to naturalize Partial salary for part-time Hispanic minister


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spoke to a crowd of about 400 people outside the church. During her talk, Mother Teresa said that hunger is not only for a piece of bread; it is also of the heart for the Word of God. She encouraged everyone to do small things with great love. There are, no doubt, hundreds of stories about Mother Teresa that people could tell — people that knew her really well and those who only had the opportunity to meet her just once. Many in the Diocese of Covington remember a time when a 5-foot– nothing, 71-year-old lady came to town one rainy summer day with a message of love, sacrifice and hope. Benedictine Sister Colleen Winston was the director of the Office of Communication for the diocese at the time and she remembers how people would just flock to see the future saint. “She was very simple and very humble. She was a woman who certainly lived up to her reputation,” Sister Colleen said. “It is a really special feeling to know that I met her and that she is now being acknowledged in this way.” Sister Colleen said that she was very comfortable speaking to the large crowds and to the media.

“I think that she was comfortable in that setting because she was comfortable talking with people and being with people,” she said. “She knew who she was, what her message was and what she wanted to do.” Mother Teresa first arrived in the Diocese of Covington late in the evening on Friday, June 18. It was secretly

arranged for her to spend the night at St. Joseph Heights, the provincial house of the Sisters of Notre Dame, in Park Hills. Notre Dame Sister Mary Joan Terese Niklas, archivist at St. Joseph Heights, said that she stayed at the convent because they wanted to keep it low-key and it was also conveniently located right across from Covington Catholic High School. “She stayed here over night and they had prepared a very nice bedroom for her, but the next morning the bed had not been used — she wanted to remain simple, always connected with the poor, and so she had slept on the floor,” said Sister Terese. (Continued on page 13)

(left) Father Raymond Hartman, then assistant chancellor, now retired, held an umbrella over Mother Teresa as she spoke in the rain, June 19, 1982, at Covington Catholic High School. (center) Mother Teresa of Calcutta arrives at the airport. Mother Teresa holds a one-year-old child in Jenkins, Ky. Mother Teresa visited Kentucky in 1982 to formally establish the Missionaries of Charity in Appalachia, specifically, Letcher County.

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SACRED HEART PRAYER. Dear Heart of Jesus — In the past I have asked for favors. This time I ask you for this very special one (mention favor). Take it, dear Jesus, and place it within your own heart where your Father sees it, then in your merciful eyes it will become your favor, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days, promise publication and favor will be granted. Never known to fail. D.L.

SACRED HEART PRAYER. Dear Heart of Jesus — In the past I have asked for favors. This time I ask you for this very special one (mention favor). Take it, dear Jesus, and place it within your own heart where your Father sees it, then in your merciful eyes it will become your favor, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days, promise publication and favor will be granted. Never known to fail. M.L.L.




SACRED HEART PRAYER. Dear Heart of Jesus — In the past I have asked for favors. This time I ask you for this very special one (mention favor). Take it, dear Jesus, and place it within your own heart where your Father sees it, then in your merciful eyes it will become your favor, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer for three days, promise publication and favor will be granted. Never known to fail. J.A.B.

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“One thing I’ve learned from my research is … the police stayed here all night … because Mother Teresa’s life had been threatened,” she said. “There were people who didn’t want her to have the mission in Jenkins.” Notre Dame Sister Helen Joseph Riehle also remembers that being the case. “I remember that her life was threatened,” she said. “That was the reason for the secrecy of where Mother Teresa was staying. She slept in Room 104 on the first floor of our provincial house. Police were on guard in that area throughout the night. Those of us who lived at the provincial house were able to shake Mother Teresa’s hand in the front lobby shortly before she was scheduled to leave for her talk at Covington Catholic High School. I’m thrilled to think that I shook the hand of a person who is going to be canonized a saint!” Another sister, Notre Dame Sister Claire Engbersen, said that she remembers Mother Teresa carrying around a very

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simple suitcase, which looked more like a cardboard box with a handle. “I remember Sister Mary Joann Pitstick, our provincial superior, offered to give her a good suitcase, but Mother Teresa wouldn’t hear of it,” she said. Prior to Mother Teresa’s arrival at St. Joseph Heights, the Sisters of Notre Dame lost one of their own with the death of Sister Mary Antony Powers on June 17. On the morning of June 19 Mother Teresa prayed for several minutes at Sister Mary Antony’s casket — gently touching sister’s hands. It was something that Notre Dame Sister Rosetta Conrad said she would never forget. “I remember how lovingly and prayerfully Mother Teresa stopped at the casket of Sister Antony Powers whose visitation was being held at the provincial house,” she said. Before heading over to Covington Catholic Mother Teresa took a brief tour of the convent and made sure to greet the sick and retired sisters in Lourdes Hall. Promptly at 9 a.m. a police car escorted the official government car that took Mother Teresa and Sister Priscilla across the highway to the stadium. When it was time for Mother Teresa to leave Kentucky she said that it was a place where she found warmth. When reflecting on Letcher County and the town of Jenkins she said that the two days she spent there had given her many memories. She said that starting a mission in a rural area is no different than anywhere else and that there was no problem that the area was overwhelmingly non-Catholic. Finally, she said that her order was always willing to go wherever they are needed to bring the tender love of Jesus to the people. The Missionaries of Charity are still working in Jenkins today. The town continues to struggle with the closure of nearby mines and, more recently, drug abuse. Four sisters from the Missionaries of Charity minister in the back hills and hollows of Kentucky, and they spend their time doing whatever is needed. They visit the sick, the poor, the elderly and those locked in jail cells. They bring food baskets and financial help to those who need help paying their bills. Today, there are well over 4,000 religious members of the Missionaries of Charity in the world. Mother Teresa’s comments and details of her visit are taken from reports in the June 27, 1982, Messenger.

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ENTERTAINMENT “Don’t Breathe” (Screen Gems) Three petty criminals get more than they bargained for when they break into the isolated home of a blind, reclusive veteran hoping to steal the large settlement he was awarded after his daughter was killed by a reckless driver. Director and co-writer Fede Movie Alvarez is fairly Capsule restrained in his presentation of the mayhem that follows as the loner turns out to be anything but an easy mark, and the result is a generally effective thriller. Yet, as the action progresses, plot developments begin to strain the laws of logic. More significantly, perverse behavior and the horror equivalent of gross-out humor creep in, and creep out the audience in a way those seeking casual entertainment are unlikely to appreciate. Intense violence with some gore, a disturbing sequence involving a bizarre sexual assault, brief scatological humor, a couple of uses of profanity, much rough and crude language, an obscene gesture. CNS: L; MPAA: R. “Hell or High Water” (CBS) Morally intricate tale of two brothers, one a cynical ex-con, the other a divorced dad with no criminal past, who go on a bank-robbing spree to save their family farm. When a duo of Texas Rangers takes up the investigation, the cat-and-mouse game that results has unexpected — and tragic — consequences. Working from a screenplay by Taylor Sheridan, director David Mackenzie gravely unfolds a hardscrabble story of exploitation and desperation. But, along with a gritty atmosphere and dialogue to match, the issues he weighs call for careful analysis on the part of mature viewers. Some strong violence with brief gore, fleeting but graphic casual sex, occasional irreverence, about a

half-dozen uses of profanity, frequent rough and crude language, numerous ethnic insults. CNSL: L; MPAA: R. “The Innocents” (Music Box) Luminescent, unflinchingly honest and respectful of religion, director Anne Fontaine’s drama about a fictional Benedictine convent in post-World War II Poland gently explores the conflicts between duty to the living and the shattered faith that can result from acts of depravity. The screenplay by Sabrina B. Karine and Alice Vial is loosely based on the real-life exploits of Madeleine Pauliac, a French Red Cross doctor, renamed Mathilde. After delivering the baby of a young nun, the physician is told the horrible story of how this incongruous event has come about: Several months earlier, invading Soviet soldiers, believing it to be their right, raped the sisters, leaving at least seven of them pregnant, and the abbess infected with syphilis. The film’s ruminations on how believers respond to awful times are superb. But this is obviously a solidly adult picture, and not one for those in search of casual fare. Mature themes, including rape and venereal disease, a nonmarital bedroom scene, several nongraphic depictions of childbirth. CNS: A-III; MPAA: PG-13.

For full reviews of each of these films — go to and click on “Extras,” then choose “Movies.” Catholic News Service (CNS) classifications are: • A-I — general patronage; • A-II — adults and adolescents; • A-III — adults; • L — limited adult audience (films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling); • O — morally offensive.

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issues that have moral implications. The number of these moral issues just keeps increasing exponentially it seems,” said Dr. Wehrman. Dr. Wehrman said that as it grows, the guild will act as a conduit for education and will address issues as they come up. With the local chapter being formed in the Year of Mercy, Dr. Wehrman decided to name it the Sts. Teresa of Calcutta and Faustina Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. “The idea occurred to me to have both the corporal and the spiritual works of mercy personified through the image of Blessed Mother Teresa and St. Faustina. When I think of those two concepts those two people pop into my head,” he said. The Diocese of Covington Pro-Life office is offering its support in trying to build up the guild within the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area. Mrs. Roch said that it is important for physicians to be involved in respect life ministry. “The CMA provides support for individuals who want to integrate their beliefs with their professional practices,” she said. “I feel like our physicians don’t get support from their own medical community in carrying out their Catholic beliefs.” “Our hope is that within the next year we will build up the guild and bring about more awareness with meetings and events like the White Mass,” Mrs. Roch said. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call (859) 392-1500.

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Pope leads 11,000 pilgrims praying rosary for quake victims VATICAN CITY — After a strong earthquake struck central Italy and with the early news reporting many deaths and serious damage, Pope Francis turned his weekly general audience Aug. 24 into a prayer service. While the pope and some 11,000 pilgrims and tourists recited the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary in St. Peter’s Square, six Vatican firefighters were on their way to the town of Amatrice, about 85 miles east of Rome, to help search for victims under the rubble. The pope sent six Vatican police officers to join them the next day. The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.2 quake had an epicenter close to Norcia, the birthplace of St. Benedict and home to a monastery of Benedictine monks, who are attracting a growing number of visitors because of their solemn prayer life and beer brewing business. The monks and their guests were all safe, but the monastery and Basilica of St. Benedict suffered serious structural damage. Smaller temblors — at least two of which registered more than 5.0 — continued even 24 hours after the main quake. By early Aug. 26, Italian officials said the death toll had reached 267, and 260 people were hospitalized with quake-related injuries. Rescuers had been able to pull 238 people out of the rubble.

Florida appeals court dismisses suit against school voucher program TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops applauded a decision by a state appeals court to dismiss a 2year-old lawsuit challenging Florida’s largest voucher program for private schools. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program is “a proven method of contributing to the common good and the education of all Florida students, the Tallahassee-based conference said in a statement posted on its website. The Florida Education Association originally filed suit against the program claiming it violates the Florida Constitution. The association is a statewide federation of teacher and education workers’ labor unions. In dismissing the suit Aug. 16, McCall v. Scott, a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal upheld an earlier decision by the Circuit

Court that found the Florida Education Association and other plaintiffs lacked standing in the case. The panel also said the plaintiffs could not show that the program harms public school funding or quality of education. Through the program’s scholarships, economically disadvantaged families and children have access to educational choices that would otherwise be unattainable,” said the Catholic conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops.

U.S. bishops, Iran religious leaders issue joint declaration WASHINGTON — U.S. Catholic leaders and some of Iran’s top religious figures issued a joint declaration that calls for the end of weapons of mass destruction and of terrorism — and the assigning of blame for terrorist acts to an entire religion. “Christianity and Islam share a commitment to love and respect for the life, dignity and welfare of all members of the human community,” said the declaration, dated Aug. 18 and made public Aug. 24. “Both traditions reject transgressions and injustices as reprehensible, and oppose any actions that endanger the life, health, dignity or welfare of others. We hold a common commitment to peaceful coexistence and mutual respect.” The declaration, which is under 500 words, said: “We regard the development and use of weapons of mass destruction and acts of terrorism as immoral. Together we are working for a world without weapons of mass destruction. We call on all nations to reject acquiring such weapons and call on those who possess them to rid themselves of these indiscriminate weapons, including chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.” Last year, Iran signed a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with the United States and the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, including Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom, along with Germany and the European Union. In it, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear development program lasting a decade or longer in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions imposed on the country by the Security Council since 2006.

Sisters served poor, vulnerable people in Mississippi NAZARETH, Ky. — The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth commit in their mission statement to “risk their lives” in their ministry to the

poor and vulnerable. “You don’t know what that’s going to be like or look like,” said Sister Susan Gatz, president of the religious order. “But now we are experiencing that.” Sister Paula Merrill, a member of the congregation since 1979, was found murdered Aug. 25 along with Sister Margaret Held, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis in Milwaukee, in the home they shared in Durant, Mississippi. Both women religious worked at the Lexington Medical Clinic as nurse practitioners, caring for the impoverished people of Holmes County, Mississippi. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced late Aug. 26 that Rodney Earl Sanders, 46, of Kosciusko, Mississippi, had been charged with two counts of capital murder in connection with the deaths. The bodies of the sisters, both 68, were found by police Aug. 25 after co-workers asked law enforcement to check on the women when they failed to arrive for work at the clinic in Lexington, about 10 miles from the house they shared in Durant.

Shameful that need for clean water is not a priority, says cardinal VATICAN CITY — Allowing people to drink unsafe water or have no access to dependable, clean sources of water is shameful, Cardinal Peter Turkson told religious leaders. “It is a continuing shame,” too, that people’s needs “are secondary to industries which take too much and that pollute what remains,” said the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. It’s also a shame “that governments pursue other priorities and ignore their parched cries,” he said in the keynote address to an interfaith meeting Aug. 29 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Vatican office sent Catholic News Service the cardinal’s written speech the same day. The meeting on how faith-based organizations could contribute to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals dealing with water was part of Stockholm’s annual World Water Week gathering, which seeks to find concrete solutions to global water issues. The meeting also came in the run-up to the Sept. 1 World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. With speakers representing the Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities, the Aug. 29 meeting looked at how religious communities could promote guaranteed access to sanitation and clean water for everyone. Some 660 million people are without adequate drinking water, and every year millions, mostly children, die from diseases linked to poor water supply and sanitation, according to the United Nations.

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Louisiana floods,worst U.S.natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy Catholic News Service

BATON ROUGE, La. — The line of destruction caused by historic flooding in southern Louisiana stretches for 25 miles, and according to Red Cross officials, it is the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. “As we all know the severe flooding in many areas of our diocese has dramatically affected the well-being and livelihood of countless people,” said Baton Rouge Bishop Robert W. Muench in a videotaped message posted to the diocese’s website, “To those so impacted I express genuine empathy, heartfelt solidarity and commitment to help as best as we can,” he said, adding his thanks “to those who have so impressively and sacrificially reached out to serve.” He called the “outpouring of concern” extraordinary in “our area and beyond.” On Aug. 14, Bishop Muench visited three evacuation shelters to comfort evacuees. In his video message, the bishop also pointed out that the diocesan website has a how-to for people who want to donate money or items to flood victims. In a statement released Aug. 24, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called on Catholic parishes across the U.S. to take a second collection on or around Sept. 18. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, encouraged U. S. Catholics “to respond generously. Our prayer and material support is urgently needed to help rebuild lives.” In the Diocese of Covington, Bishop Roger Foys has asked parishes to take up a second collection the weekend of Sept. 10–11. Donations collected by the Diocese of Covington will go directly as a gift from the people of the Diocese of Covington to the Louisiana dioceses for distribution to those affected by the flood. News reports said the civil entity of East Baton Rouge Parish was the hardest hit of parishes in the region by the heavy rains that fell Aug. 11-14. In some areas, as much as 2 feet of rain fell in 48 hours; in another, more than 31 inches of rain fell in 15 hours. Civil authorities reported that at least 13 people died in the floods and that about 60,000 homes were damaged, although a Baton Rouge economic development group put the number of damaged houses at 110,000. The Red Cross put the overall cost of recovery at $30 million. “Thousands of people in Louisiana have lost everything they own and need our help now,” Brad Kieserman, the Red Cross’ vice president of disaster services operations and logistics, told CNN. The Diocese of Baton Rouge’s CatholicLife Television apostolate and The Catholic Commentator, the diocesan newspaper, have produced a series of six videos on the flood and its aftermath. Titled “When the Waters Rose,” the series can be viewed at in the site’s “Programming” section. In one of the videos a mom and her children, all members of St. Margaret Parish, were helping flood victims — even though the family had their own losses, including their house and three vehicles. “We are fortunate we have each other and that’s a blessing. We have a lot of friends in the same situation,” the mom told a reporter. “We’re just very thankful we’re able to give back ... and people have blessed us very much in clothes and water and such. We’re just doing a little bitty bit of what we can do (for others).” The Knights of Columbus, based in New Haven, Connecticut, said in an Aug. 23 news release statement its members have volunteered to help flood victims by preparing and distributing pallets of food and water, and providing bleach and other cleaning materials. Local Knights’ councils “Specializing in residential and commercial plumbing repair parts”

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