Monthly Archives: May 2014

St. Ann, Scranton PA

Church Talk, May 31 and June1

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Location: 1250 St. Ann St,
Scranton PA

Pastor: Rev. Francis Landry, C.P

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 8:30 and 11:00am, 7:00pm

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Christ The King. Albany, NY.

Church Talk, May 31 – June 1

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Location: 20 Sumpter Ave, Westmere

Pastor: Rev. James Fitzmoaurice

Masses: Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 8:00, 10:00am and 12:00pm

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Saint Peter. Dorchester, MA.

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Speaker: Katie Coldwell returned missioner

Location: 284 Bowdoin Street,
Dorchester, MA
Pastor: Rev. John J. Ahern

Masses: Saturday at 4:00 pm
Sunday at 9:00 and 11:00 am

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Bolivia and My Road to Emmaus

by Joe Loney

Just a few weeks ago the Sunday Gospel told us the story of the disciples unknowingly meeting the resurrected Jesus on the road to Emmaus.  I would like to tell you about my own road to Emmaus.

Early one Friday morning I journeyed by bus from my home in Cochabamba, Bolivia to a village called Sipe Sipe, to talk with a prosecuting attorney about Simon’s case, because Simon had waited more than two years in the San Pablo jail for the prosecutor to make his decision to seek a trial or to offer him a plea bargain. (All the jails are named after Saints in Bolivia).  I was tired after travelling in four buses, often cramped with school children, workers and the elderly for 90 minutes to get to Sipe Sipe, experiencing the intensely bright, fall sun and lamenting my foolishness in forgetting my sunglasses.  I knew I would have a busy afternoon with a visit by a family of an incarcerated man from Peru in the office, reports to complete and the preparations for my Saturday presentation to make.   On my journey to Sipe Sipe I dreamed about being super efficient and even accomplishing another visit in a jail nearby my office.  Despite my busy afternoon agenda, I decided I would be very efficient and stop on the way back to Cochabamba in the town of Quillacollo where I would update Simon at the San Pablo jail on the prosecutor’s decision and would do my weekly visit with the other incarcerated women and men.

The visits were going quickly in the San Pablo jail and I looked at my watch with satisfaction as it was only two o’clock in the afternoon and my interviews were nearly complete.  I felt pleased with my efficiency and calculated that within 45 minutes I would be back at the office.  Don Freddy then entered the cramped, ten by four office/library/jail cell. I choose to call him “Don” Freddy not only because at age 66 he is older than me; but also because I hoped that my respect would soothe his sometimes combative and negative manner.   I assumed he would want to talk about his appeal of his conviction which had just begun and which has a long road before completion.  Quite promptly, however, I realized that he was uncharacteristically upbeat and smiling, and my ears perked as he shared that he was not worried about his appeal since—he told me– I had written such a “Buena” supplemental, appellate brief.  To my surprise, he wanted to talk about his recent, successful abdominal surgery.  Sure, I thought, I can indulge him and let him talk for a minute about his surgery.

Well, after 10 minutes he was just beginning to tell me about meeting a long lost cousin in the hospital and I realized that, as I nervously peaked at my watch, Don Freddy’s operation history might put all my carefully made afternoon plans at risk.  Should I look for a diplomatic way to interrupt his story?  Was it really worth my time to listen to this?  Did I go to law school in Bolivia so I could simply listen to someone tell me the details of his surgery and to show me his surgical scar?

Okay, I thought, I will give him 5 more minutes.  Well the five additional minutes turned into twenty-five more minutes.  My afternoon plans changed in my head as Don Freddy told me about the surgeon, the nurses, hospital food, post operation treatments and his renewed interest in life.  At some moment during his story-telling, however, I simply gave in and stopped worrying about my afternoon plans.

As I walked out of the San Pablo jail and into the sunlight it occurred to me how Don Freddy had just opened my eyes, just like Jesus opened the eyes of the Disciples who accompanied him on the Road to Emmaus.  After my visit with Don Freddy I could see that simply listening, giving the gift of my time and being fully present can be more important than my legal skills.  Next week, I will have to thank Don Freddy for re-opening my eyes.

St. Joseph, Waconia MN

Church Talk, May 24 – 25

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Speaker:
Cecilia Espinoza (MKLM Missioner)

Location: 41 1st St East,
Waconia MN

Pastor: Rev Jon Bennet Tran

Masses: Saturday 5:15pm
Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30am

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St. Ambrose, Woodbury MN

Church Talk, May 24 – 25

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Location: 4125 Woodbury Dr,
Woodbury MN

Pastor: Rev Thomas J Walker

Masses: Saturday 4:00pm
Sunday 8:30 and 11:00am, 5:00pm

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Teaching new Catechists at Santa Terezinha Parish

Catherine Heinhold, Maryknoll lay missioner presently serving in Sao Paulo has these words to share about one of her ministries in Brazil. The training course for new catechists that I give meets in the choir loft of the main church of my parish, Santa Terezinha. Men, women, and teenagers take two hours out of their very busy Saturday for eight months to prepare to form young children in the Catholic faith. One of my favorite things about training new catechists is discovering more about the bible with them. Some of the people who want to be catechists didn’t own a bible before the course, or don’t know, in the beginning, how to look up a specific passage. Others bring their well-thumbed, highlighted, and underlined bibles with them to our first class – and through them I end up discovering passages that I hadn’t noticed before.  But even those who read the bible every day have had few opportunities to learn about scripture – how and when it was written, how culture, location, and time influenced what was written, and how we as Catholics interpret and understand the word of God.

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Catherine Heinhold and catechists-in-training Paulo and Solange discuss the day’s
class topic.

The first surprise comes when we read Genesis, chapters one and two. Wait a minute, there are two creation stories? I see the surprise on everyone’s face match with the delight in my heart about this discovery. In the first (chapter 1), man and woman are created last, on the last day, as the pinnacle of creation. Most importantly, they are created together, at the same time. In the second (chapter 2), the man is created right away, after the earth and heavens. Then, everything else is created and then at the very end, the woman is created from the rib of the man.

This second story has had a profound impact in every culture where it is heard, often overshadowing the first story. Here in Brazil, in my parish and in my class for new catechists, I have witnessed this: “Well, this is how God created things, the woman came from the man, and we suffer because of her sin.” I have heard women I care about use this passage to explain why they are subservient to their husbands at home, why teach their daughters to do the same, and even to minimize physical abuse they receive from the men who have vowed to love them. Everyone in class agrees that men and women are equal in the eyes of God – but this equality is not often manifested in the eyes of society.

In class, we sit with these two passages, these two different descriptions of reality. I do explain the reasons why we have two versions of creation, the two different traditions of story-telling that were eventually woven together – but what’s most important for our group at the moment is not the history and the reasons why, but what it means for us today – in that choir loft, in our church, in our families and our society. How do we respond when people use the bible to justify inequality? What can we each do personally to make our world a more just and loving place? We don’t end up solving all these problems in class, but we leave feeling a bit more aware of the challenge of living up to how God sees us, and making God’s vision a reality in the world we live in.

St John the Evangelist. Uncasville, CT

Church Talk. May 17-18

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Speaker: Bill Vos (Chair MKLM)

Location: 22 Maple Ave
Uncasville, CT

Pastor: Rev. Robert F. Buongirno

Masses: Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday at 8:00 and 10:30 am

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Quaker Hill, CT

Church Talk. May 17-18

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Speaker: Bill Vos (Chair MKLM)

Location: 63 Old Norwich Road
Quaker Hill, CT

Pastor: Rev. Robert F. Buongirno

Masses: Saturday 5:00pm
Sunday at 9:15am

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Our Lady of the Lakes. Oakdale, CT

Church Talk. May 17-18

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Speaker: Bill Vos (Chair MKLM)

Location: 752 Norwich-Salem Turnpike
Oakdale, CT

Pastor: Rev. Robert F. Buongirno

Masses: Sunday at 8:00, 10:15am and 5:00 pm

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