Monthly Archives: June 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA – CHURCH TALKS JUNE 24-25 – ERIK AND MARGO CAMBIER

ecambiermargo_cambierSpeaker: Erik Cambier and Margo Cambier

Location: Resurrection of Our Lord   9701 Hammond St., New Orleans, LA

Location: St. Nicholas of Myra   2435 South Carrollton Ave., New Orleans, LA

Pastor: Fr. Geoffrey Omondi Muga (Resurrection of Our Lord Church)

Mass: Saturday: 4 pm (Resurrection of Our Lord Church); 6 pm (St. Nicholas of Myra)

Sunday: 9 am, 10:30 am (Resurrection of Our Lord Church)

Sunday: 10 am (St. Nicholas of Myra)

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – CHURCH TALKS – JUNE 24-25 – ANITA KLUEG

Anita Klueg portraitSpeaker: Anita Klueg

Location: Cathedral of Saint Andrew
215 Sheldon, Grand Rapids, MI

Pastor: Rev. John Geaney, CSP

Mass: Saturday: 4:30 pm  

Sunday: 10 am (Televised, Fox 17, interpreted in sign language), 12 noon in Spanish, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm

GREENWALD, MN – CHURCH TALK – JUNE 18 – FR. BILL VOS

Vos__William_Speaker: Fr. Bill Vos

Location: Church of St. Andrew
211 2nd Ave., Greenwald, MN

Pastor: Fr. Marv Enneking

Mass: Sunday:  8am

MELROSE, MN – CHURCH TALK – JUNE 18 – FR. BILL VOS

Vos__William_Speaker: Fr. Bill Vos

Location: Church of St. Michael (Spring Hill)
102 St. Michaels Ave. N., Melrose, MN

Pastor:

Mass: Sunday:  10 am

MELROSE, MN – CHURCH TALK – JUNE 17 – FR. BILL VOS

Vos__William_Speaker: Fr. Bill Vos

Location: Church of St. John, Meire Grove
20 State Hwy. 4 S, Meire Grove, Melrose, MN

Pastor:

Mass: Saturday:  8pm

WEST WARWICK, RI – CHURCH TALKS – JUNE 17-18 – DEBBIE NORTHERN

debbie 80x80Speaker: Debbie Northern MKLM

Location: Christ the King Parish
120 Legris Ave., West Warwick, RI

Pastor: Fr. Timothy Lemlin

Mass: Saturday 4 pm;   Sunday 8 am, 10 am

WEST WARWICK, RI – CHURCH TALKS – JUNE 17-18 – ALICIA BUTKIEWICZ

abutkiewicz-88x88Speaker: Alicia Butkiewicz MKLM

Location: Sts. John and James Parish
20 Washington St., West Warwick, RI

Pastor: Fr. Eddy Lopez

Mass: Sat.  5pm;   Sunday 7:30 am, 9:30 am, 11:30 pm (Spanish)

“Little Things” by Claire Stewart, Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Little Things Prayer Card Claire StewartI have a prayer card that was made seven years before I was born in 1984. The card belonged to my grandmother, Marilyn, who I never had the opportunity to meet. I hold onto this card and read from a book that belonged to her each day as a way to get to know her. I know it sounds odd, trying to know someone you have never met. However, for me these materials have been a light in my mission experience.

Before I go to the prisons, I slowly read through the prayer card cherishing each line as aprison Claire Stewart source of strength. I am going into a place that is a new experience for me. A place where I have to overcome my fear of public speaking, while being surrounded by large groups of men waiting to participate in prayer. (Yes, I am more afraid of public speaking than entering a maximum-security over-crowded Brazilian prison.)

I cherish this card when….

  • I get home, after having to explain to children  about equality and apologize to those who were called monkeys because of their skin color.
  • Seeing moms of newborn babies who live under bridges at the age of 14 or 15.
  • Helping an elderly woman with a broken arm cross the street. She unexpectedly bursts into tears because someone has finally stopped to help her carry her groceries.
  • Learning that a psychologically disturbed prisoner has committed suicide in solitary confinement even though the prison was warned several times of his condition. He was there for talking back to a guard. We said a rosary with those in solitary confinement, for him, and for his family.
  • Being encircled by overly energetic Bolivian children chasing each other as their parents study Portuguese in class.
  • Learning samba in between pouring cups of juice.
  • Helping a group of men, living in the situation of the streets, clean up and do varying projects within the community where their shelter is located as a way to give back what they can with all that they have to offer.
  • Hearing the happiness of man who has just received notice that he is being freed from the prison system and is finally able to return to his family.
  • Walking through the rainforest with a torch made out of a beer can and a bamboo pole that suddenly goes out half way down the dirt road.   In the darkness, praying that I don’t step on a snake while listening to a fellow missioner tell stories of jaguars….

Prisoners venerating a statue of Our Lady of AparecidaThe prayer card reads:

I said to the man who stood at the gate of the Year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way!”

 In all of these instances, God has been present. In the darkest places, God is present we just have to remember to look for him. In the happiest of places, it is impossible to miss his face. My mission experience has never been without light, but I have been challenged so much at times that the only thing I can do is put my hand into the hand of God and pray. I bet that when my grandmother possessed this card she had no idea whose hands it would eventually fall into. Even though, I never knew her while she was alive, she is helping and present with me now with two little things she left behind.

 

LEXINGTON, KY – CHURCH TALKS – JUNE 10-11 – SAM STANTON

sstanton1-88x88Speaker: Sam Stanton MKLM

Location: Cathedral of Christ the King
299 Colony Blvd., Lexington, KY

Pastor: Rev. Paul Prabell

Mass: Sat. 5 pm;    Sunday 7:30 am, 9 am, 11:15 am, 5 pm

MOREHEAD, KY – CHURCH TALKS – JUNE 10-11 – CECILIA ESPINOZA

ESPINOZA__5805Speaker: Cecilia Espinoza MKLM

Location: Jesus Our Savior
315 Battson Ave., Morehead, KY

Pastor: Rev. Noel Zamora

Mass: Saturday 5 pm;  Sunday 10 am, 7 pm (Spanish)

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