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Pontiff's visit: faith, hope and love to be theme

By John Thavis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) ­ In a videotaped message, Pope Benedict XVI said he wants to bring a message of Christian hope to all Americans and to the United Nations when he visits next week. "I shall come to the United States as pope for the first time to proclaim this great truth: Jesus Christ is hope for men and women of every language, Pope Benedict XVI race, culture and has videotaped a social condition," the pope said. message about his He said he intends to reach upcoming visit to the United States and out spiritually to U.S. Catholics United Nations. and show fraternity and friendship to other Christians, to followers of other religions and to all people of good will. The text of the papal message, released at the Vatican April 8, was designed to set the thematic stage for the pope's April 15-20 visit to Washington and New York. The pope read the text, mostly in English but with a short section in Spanish, while seated at a desk beneath a painting of Mary and Jesus. Rather than focus on specific events, the pope spoke about the theme of his visit, "Christ Our Hope." Those three words express the Church's belief that Christ is PONTIFF'S VISIT, page 5

"Jesus Appearing to the Disciples," acrylic­on­canvas painting by Deacon Leon Kortenkamp (See page 9.)

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Julio Escobar recalled driving along 24th Street in San Francisco's Mission District late last June looking for a particular corner. After parking, he walked to the corner of 24th and Balmy Street, and stopped outside a local taqueria. He was not there to eat. Outside by a tree was a makeshift memorial to Edivaldo Sanchez, a 15-year-old boy who was shot to death on June 18. Escobar tried unsuccessfully to meet with the boy's mother, who lived just down the street, but she was not at home that day. Sanchez, known as "Valdo" to friends, was a Mexican immigrant. He was killed in a gang-related drive-by shooting and collapsed outside the taqueria. "This is the ministry," Escobar said. "It's not just Mass." The ministry to which he refers is Comunidad San Dimas, launched in 1992 in response to two gang killings in one week near St. Peter Church in San Francisco. Founded by Deacon Nate Bacon and his wife, Jenny, the ministry would eventually evolve into an outreach to young people detained in juvenile hall and youth involved in gang culture. The ministry, now online at, even has a transitional home for up to four young people trying to make the journey from gang life to productive citizenship. "There were many young people in juvenile hall who were begging for a church service in Spanish," recalled Deacon Bacon in a video conference call from Guatemala, where he and his wife were doing mission work for InnerChange, the parent organization of Comunidad San Dimas. "We really saw that as our opening, and something that the Holy Spirit had arranged as a way of connecting with these kids who were involved in gangs in our neighborhood." Deacon Bacon said the initial corps of volunteers included himself, his wife, the late Father Jack Isaacs WITH JESUS IN THE MIDDLE, page 10

Ministry fosters hope, change in gang culture School superintendent to attend DC audience By Michael Vick

By Tom Burke

Maureen Huntington, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, is one of about 400 Catholic educators who will hear Pope Benedict XVI talk about Catholic schools ­ elementary, secondary and college - at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC April 17. "I will be leaving on the red eye the night Maureen before," Huntington told Huntington Catholic San Francisco. "We meet with the pope on Thursday afternoon at SUPERINTENDENT, page 25


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Happy 60 years married April 10 to Linda and Frank Machi, longtime parishioners of Sts. Peter and Paul's on Washington Square. Thanks to Guido Ghiglieri for the good news. "Linda and Frank continue to be very active in the parish," Guido said.... Celebrating 50 years married April 12 and 38 years as parishioners of Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame are Dorothea and George Chrisman. The couple was married at San Francisco's St. John the Evangelist Church. Presiding was the now-deceased Father John J. Hunt, who served as pastor of the Glen Park parish from 1936 ­ 61. "We are grateful for our wonderful marriage, our family and our faith," Dorothea and George told me.... It's 40 years married Feb. 2 for Martha and Mike Wills, longtime parishioners of All Souls Parish in South San Francisco and honored their anniversary day at Ocean Avenue's landmark Villa D'Este Restaurant. "It was a great gathering of the Wills Family with all four of their children and spouses and five grandchildren present," said the couple's son, Matthew. "The next day all 15 of us celebrated the 9 a.m. Mass together at All Souls."... Congratulations on their 64th wedding anniversary Feb. 22 to Betty and Bill Lynch of San Francisco's Holy Name of Jesus Parish....On their way to tennis Grand Slams of their own are Dominic Barretto, 9, and Paul Barretto, 8, of St. Hilary Elementary School in Tiburon, who have been named number one in doubles for their age group by the U.S. Tennis Association of Northern California. Proud folks are Ana and Eddie Barretto.... Hats off at Immaculate Conception Academy to junior Kathy Conde, founder of an effort she calls STRIVE that keeps students

The Duggan Family gathered around matriarch Madeline Duggan on evening of Archbishop Riordan High School's Blue and Gold Gala ­ front from left, Maura, Pat, Bill, Dan, Karen and Mariesa Duggan with, back from left, Joey, Caitlin and Matt Duggan. Bill, a 1962 Riordan alum, and Dan, class of 72, served as chairpersons of the event with their mom. "The Duggan Family was honored for their service to countless families in time of need," the school said.

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informed about scholarship opportunities and enrichment programs. Anna Maria Vaccaro, ICA guidance director, is happy for the help noting Kathy's understanding of "the importance of college" and the difficulty in financing its costs. Kathy was recently honored with a $500 AT&T Community Spotlight Award that will serve as a partial scholarship for some worthy student's higher education and, ever practical, also help defray STRIVE Club expenses.... The first CYO Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner drew more than 250 people and raised a good $10,000 or so for Catholic Charities CYO's continuing good work. Signing the "Thank you" notes

were Courtney Johnson Clendinen, CYO athletics director and Christine Sellai, CYO athletics manager. A CYO Athletics Booster Club has grown from the event and information is available by e-mailing Courtney at [email protected] Fun was shared by all at a recent fundraiser to renovate the Women and Newborn Department at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. It all took place at the Atherton home of Sherri Burke, mom of "Dancing with the Stars" regular, Cheryl Burke, and her husband, Dr. Bob Wolf. More than $50,000 was raised and, on top of that, the amount will be matched by a foundation grant, the hospital said. Mike Nicco, who handles the morning weather on ABC7 was master of ceremonies....Congrats to Christine Morrison honored with a Women Making History Award from the San Francisco Commission on Status of Women and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors March 4. Christine was honored for her work as a Secular Franciscan that has included establishing the St. Francis Senior Living Room in the Tenderloin District that offers breakfast and drop-in services to the elderly poor.... The Alliance of Mission District Catholic Schools has announced a new website ­ www. It'll keep you up to date on the agency's efforts as well as link you to its member schools. You may also e-mail the group at [email protected] ... This is an empty space without ya'!! The e-mail address for Street is [email protected] Mailed items should be sent to "Street," One Peter Yorke Way, SF 94109. Pix should be hard copy or electronic jpeg at 300 dpi. Don't forget to include a follow-up phone number. Call me at (415) 614-5634 and I'll walk you through it.

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Catholics encouraged to take part in civic, social arena

By Rick DelVecchio

Catholics should take part in the political and social arenas and employ Church social teachings as their guide more than look to Church leaders, much less to partisan campaigns, for easy answers to hard choices. That was an underlying message of "Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility," a conference that drew about 170 parish leaders and teachers to St. Mary's Cathedral April 3. In a presidential election year where issues of economic justice and the sanctity of life are at stake, the event was designed to remind Catholics that their faith demands active public participation and that social charity must rule political choices. Keynote speaker Joan Rosenhauer, director of the Office of Human Development for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, gave a detailed look at Church documents supporting Catholic social teaching. She urged the participants to become familiar with such documents as Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Deus Caritas Est. "Benedict says the Church must not take it upon itself to bring about the most just society possible," she said. "The Church should form consciences and stimulate insight into the requirements of justice." Catholic leaders should guide the faithful to this source material and urge each person to act independently but on the basis of a firm understanding of Catholic values. Social charity is the pre-eminent value and also is expressed as "avoiding evil and doing good," she said. Goodness has no higher limit, she said, but evil has clear boundaries. Types of behavior that are considered improper under any circumstances include abortion, human cloning, euthanasia, human embryonic stemcell research, torture, racism and targeting civilians in war. Actions that are clearly to the good include delivering nutrition and health care and promoting peace. over how to choose sides when a candidate might hold some Catholic values but not others. Should a single overriding issue determine a vote? Is abortion always the primary deciding factor? Are some intrinsic evils, such as abortion, graver than others, such as racism? In an interview after the conference, Msgr. McElroy said that although many acts are intrinsically evil, abortion is the pre-eminent moral issue in public policy. He cited three reasons: the direct taking of life itself, the direct involvement of a person in the act and "the gravity of the moral evil in the tens of millions of abortions that have taken place since Roe v. Wade." Father Schultze also underlined the gravity of abortion's toll. "I want to make clear that if there are 40 million people who have lost their lives, what do we say to God and what do we say to the 40 million?" he asked conference participants. Rosenhauer said the abortion question is the classic one facing the Catholic voter. But, she said, leaders must resist the temptation to give a simple answer. "Nobody ever said it was going to be easy to be an adult Catholic. Read the document, and then struggle with it and make your decision," she said. "We will almost always have to CIVIL, SOCIAL ARENA, page 7


About 170 parish leaders, teachers and others took part in an April 3 conference titled "Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility" at St. Mary's Cathedral.

"One of the most important things we can do is share these basic themes," she said. "The fact that people don't know these basic themes means they can't look at issues through the values of their faith." Church leaders should avoid endorsing issues or candidates, even when pressed by parishioners who are anxious for guidance, she said. "One thing they may say is, `The Church up the street, they endorse candidates. Why doesn't the Catholic Church?'" Rosenhauer said. "We want to be able to maintain the integrity of our teaching. If we endorse a candidate people would assume we endorse things. We don't, because there is almost never a situation where a candidate is consistent with the Church's position across the board." Rosenhauer added, "Don't expect the bishops to tell you what to do. That's not their role." Catholic citizenship is a process and is not defined by an election calendar, Rosenhauer said. "We have to remember that if we stay involved after the election is over and try to shape the decisions we have made we can be true to our values and convictions over time," she said.

Three Archdiocese of San Francisco leaders followed Rosenhauer's talk with a panel discussion: Msgr. Robert McElroy, pastor at St. Gregory in San Mateo; Jesuit Father George Schultze, an adjunct faculty member at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park; and George Wesolek, director of the archdiocesan Office of Public Policy and Social Concerns. The three responded to audience questions. The questions concerned such matters as homosexuality and abortion and reflected a struggle

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Mourners carry the coffin of Orthodox Father Yousef Adel Abudi during his funeral at the Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Peter and Paul in Baghdad, Iraq, April 6. Father Abudi, 40, was shot by gunmen who fired on the car in which he was traveling. In the wake of the murder, Pope Benedict XVI urged Iraqis to embrace peace in efforts to build "a just and tolerant society." The pope telegrammed condolences upon hearing of the "tragic death."


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HIV/AIDS bill advances

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) ­ Federal lawmakers must maintain bipartisan commitment in the global fight against HIV/AIDS, Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco said in an April 1 letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The archbishop's letter came before the House voted April 2 to pass President George W. Bush's $50 billion, five-year President's Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR. The program has provided $19 billion since it was inaugurated in 2003. It must be reauthorized this year. Archbishop Niederauer noted that while "the Catholic community would like to see" improvements in the measure, he had urged Pelosi to "ensure a swift and clean consideration of the bill." In an April 3 statement, Bishop Thomas G. Wenski of Orlando, Fla., chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, welcomed the "bipartisan spirit" of the vote on "our nation's flagship program to combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria." The House approved the measure in a 308-116 vote. The Senate's version of the bill was passed out of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee in March and is waiting to be considered on the floor of the chamber.

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Presents pope $7.5 million

VATICAN CITY (CNS) ­ The U.S.-based Papal Foundation presented Pope Benedict XVI with a check for more than $7.5 million. The foundation designated more than $6.8 million for 105 grants supporting charitable projects and almost $700,000 for scholarships for priests, religious and laypeople studying at one of the pontifical universities or institutes in Rome. The pope held a special audience April 4 with 150 members of the Philadelphia-based foundation, including Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, retired archbishop of Philadelphia and chairman of the foundation, and Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington and the foundation's president. The Papal Foundation was established in 1990 and has given more than $41 million in grants for the building of churches, seminaries, schools, hospitals and other projects.

faith itself as something dynamic, modern and full of present relevance." He told 1,600 people gathered in London's Westminster Cathedral April 3 that faith had a "major part to play in shaping the values which guide the modern world and can and should be a force for progress." "But it has to be rescued on the one hand from the extremist and exclusionary tendency within religion today and on the other from the danger that religious faith is seen as an interesting part of history and tradition, but with nothing to say about the contemporary human condition," he said.

Cardinal Dulles gives farewell talk

NEW YORK (CNS) ­ Warmth and congeniality characterized Cardinal Avery Dulles' farewell address April 1 as the Laurence J. McGinley professor of religion and society at Jesuitrun Fordham University. Cardinal Dulles, a Jesuit theologian, ended his 20-year series of annual McGinley lectures, from 1988 to 2008, with a short summation of his theology and his ministry and a synopsis of his previous lectures. The 89-year-old cardinal has addressed theological issues and spoken on secular issues such as politics, human rights and the death penalty. The cardinal is now confined to a wheelchair and incapable of prolonged speech as a result of post-polio syndrome, which he originally contracted when he was in the Navy 62 years ago. So, Jesuit Father Joseph P O'Hare, Fordham's former president, gave his presentation for him.

Nun pleads guilty to theft

OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) ­ Notre Dame Sister Barbara Markey, internationally renowned for pioneering work in marriage preparation, has pled guilty to a charge of stealing more than $1,500 from the Omaha Archdiocese. The 73-year-old nun told the Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka she "used at least $1,500 in funds" that she was "not authorized to use by the finance office of the archdiocese." Sister Markey was fired in 2006 as director of the archdiocese's Family Life Office after an audit found irregularities including missing funds of more than $300,000 in 2004-05.

`Faith can transform humanity'

LONDON (CNS) ­ Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has spoken of his "passionate" conviction that religious faith can transform humanity for the better. Blair, 54, a former Anglican who was received into the Catholic Church just days before Christmas, said he wanted to promote the "idea of

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Human trafficking addressed

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CNS) ­ A 15-year-old girl in Wisconsin walked to a park near her home. She met a young man. The two young people talked, flirted, laughed. The young man offered marijuana. In this case, as related by FBI Special Agent Minerva Shelton, the joint was probably laced with another drug. The man raped the girl. She blacked out, regaining consciousness in Chicago, where the man forced the girl into prostitution. She traveled between Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Her pimp moved her to Sacramento when she was 16. Domestic human trafficking, as illustrated by this case, was the focal point of the first annual Catholic Women's Conference held recently at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Sacramento. A central issue was retrieval and NEWS IN BRIEF, page 5

Asks end to political standoff

LA PAZ, Bolivia (CNS) ­ As Bolivia's bishops began their five-day annual assembly April 3, Bolivian Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval repeated the Catholic Church's call for dialogue to end the standoff between the government and its political opponents. His plea came the day after President


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Continued from page 4 treatment of children working as prostitutes in Sacramento. "It's a national issue and it's also local," said Shelton, "and the way we're going to solve it is by people coming together to help. I'm glad that the Catholic Church is aware of the problem and taking interest."

Enter oil debate

MEXICO CITY (CNS) ­ The Catholic Church was pulled into a national debate over the future of the oil industry, as a Mexican Cabinet minister urged bishops to support a plan to allow multinational companies to invest in Mexican energy. Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino met behind closed doors with senior

Church officials April 1 at the annual meeting of the Mexican bishops' conference. Both the bishops and Mourino's office reported the secretary said energy reform was urgent for Mexico's future prosperity. Mourino "showed them a presentation about the situation in (government oil monopoly) Pemex," his office said in a statement. "He signaled the importance of society working together with the government to achieve the reforms the country needs." In a news conference, senior bishops said the minister had explained that investment was necessary for the wealth of future generations.

Joins Food For Poor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. ­ Food For The Poor, Inc. has announced the appointment of Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, SDB, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, to in the Bible, but it is valid for all people, including nonbelievers," he said. The pope said that although his itinerary will take him only to two cities, his visit aims to reach out to everyone, especially those in need. "I want you to know that ... my heart is close to all of you, especially to the sick, the weak and the lonely," he said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, told reporters April 8 that the pope could be expected to focus largely on religious and moral values during his visit. During his three-hour visit to the United Nations, he said, the pope will probably concentrate on human rights, since this year marks the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. At ground zero in New York, the spokesman said, the pope will not make a speech, but will descend to the bottom of the 70-footdeep pit, recite a prayer and light a candle in remembrance of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. There he will also will greet 24 people representing those involved in the Sept. 11 tragedy: survivors, relatives of the dead, and members of the police, fire and civil defense departments. The papal message text can be found online at

its board of directors. A native of Honduras, Cardinal Rodríguez formerly presided as the bishop of Honduras, served as the president of the Episcopal Conference of Honduras, and is the founder of the Catholic University of Honduras, "Our Lady Queen of Peace." Considered a rising star of the Latin American Church, his campaign for human rights and the poor have won widespread praise. He was recently elected the new Caritas Internationalis President by the Caritas Confederation members. His Eminence has served as the Vatican's spokesperson to the International Monetary Fund and World Bank on the topic of third world debt.

Mexicali, Mexico, have issued a joint statement calling for legislation to end "exploitation of the undocumented farmworker." Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas and Mexicali Bishop Jose Isidro Guerrero Macias urged passage of the Agricultural Job Opportunity, Benefits and Security Act, a bipartisan bill in the U.S. Congress known as AgJOBS, which they said would be "a very positive step toward reversing discrimination."

Will boycott graduation

ERIE, Pa. (CNS) ­ Erie Bishop Donald W. Trautman said March 31 he will not attend May graduation ceremonies at Mercyhurst College because of the school's decision to allow Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York to hold a campaign rally on campus April 1. Clinton supports keeping abortion legal. The bishop's statement came the day after the Erie college announced the rally.

`End exploitation'

TUCSON, Ariz. (CNS) ­ Expressing "deep concern for the men and women" who labor in the fields of southwestern Arizona and northern Mexico, the bishops of Tucson and

Pontiff's visit . . .

Continued from cover the face of God in human history and gives fullness to people's lives, he said. "I know how deeply rooted this Gospel message is in your country. I am coming to share it with you, in a series of celebrations and gatherings," he said. He thanked people for their prayers for the success of his visit, saying that "prayer is the most important element of all." Without intimate union with the Lord, he said, human endeavors would mean very little. "It is God who saves us. He saves the world and all of history. He is the shepherd of his people. I am coming, sent by Jesus Christ, to bring you his word of life," he said. The pope said his message of Christian hope had particular relevance to the United Nations, at a time when the world needs hope more than ever before ­ hope for peace, justice and freedom. He said this hope can never be fulfilled without obedience to the law of God, which Christ expressed in the commandment to love one another. "Do to others as you would have them do to you, and avoid doing what you would not want them to do. This `golden rule' is given

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When Coadjutor Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi of Tonga takes office this month following the retirement of Bishop Soane Lilo Foliaki, he will become the first local diocesan priest to be bishop in the history of the Diocese of Tonga. In an interview with Catholic San Francisco during a recent visit to the Bay Area, Bishop Mafi said he felt humbled to be chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to lead the diocese where he was born. "I knew my name was under consideration," Bishop Mafi said, adding that at 47, he was the youngest of the three known candidates. He did not expect to be chosen. "I was overwhelmed, excited and at the same time confused. I didn't know whether to cry or to jump up. Why me?" Born to devout Catholic parents, both Bishop Mafi's father and grandfather were catechists. Attracted to the priesthood as a child, the bishop joined a youth group at his parish in the small town of Kolofo`ou, just outside the Tongan capital, Nuku`alofa, on the main island of Tongatapu. The bishop studied at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva, Fiji, and returned to Tonga where he was ordained in 1991. He spent four years at Ha`apai Parish on one of Tonga's small outer islands. In 1995 Bishop Foliaki called him back to the main island to become vicar general. Bishop Mafi recalled that, as he was only 34 at the time, he felt a similar shock to the one he experienced when appointed coadjutor. In almost all instances a coadjutor bishop is appointed with the right of succession to the current ordinary. "The bishop called me and said, `Go and think about what I am asking you,'" Bishop Mafi said. Returning to Ha`apai Parish, he prayed and ultimately accepted the position, but not without asking the same question he would ask a decade later: "Why me?" Bishop Foliaki lauded then-Father Mafi's ability to relate to people, and said he had plans for his future. Those plans included three years at Loyola College in Baltimore, Md., where Bishop Foliaki sent his young vicar general to study religious education. Graduating in 2000, the future bishop returned to the seminary in Fiji to join a formation team training local priests. He had just begun a sabbatical after six years teaching at the seminary when he received the call that the Church would like him to be a bishop. The bishop said adjusting to his new role was difficult. "It's exciting. I'm the bishop now, the shepherd," Oakland. Benitani estimated around half the Tongans in the U.S. live in California, with a large community residing in the greater Los Angeles area. When he goes back to Tonga, the bishop will confront a nation in transition. He spoke of the push among the people and the parliament to secure greater democratic rights for Tonga, currently a monarchy. Bishop Mafi said the Church welcomes this change, and has done everything it can to ensure the shift is peaceful. On the theological front, the bishop said traditional Catholic teaching has found a welcome home among the Tongan people. While the majority of Tongans are Methodist, roughly 16 percent of the population is Catholic, about 15,000 people. The diocese is small but robust, the bishop said, thanking the Catholic missionaries who came to Tonga 150 years ago. With so many Tongans living abroad, especially in the United States, the bishop also said he was thankful to dioceses around the world for their support of the Tongan diaspora. "I'm so grateful to the Church in America for welcoming our Tongan people," Bishop Mafi said. "They bring the gifts that they have. At the same time, they are enriched by the richness of other cultures."

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Bishop Mafi said. "It makes me a little uneasy at the same time, because I want to be myself. It's kind of a mixed feeling, excited but at the same time overwhelming. Now I belong to everybody." On previous trips to the United States, he was able to spend more quiet time with family and friends. During his five-day trip to the Bay Area, Bishop Mafi celebrated Mass at St. Pius Church in Redwood City and at the Santa Clara Convention Center. A welcoming ceremony and reception were held for him at St. Anthony Church in Menlo Park. There he met with members of the Tongan community from around the Bay Area and beyond, with some coming from as far away as Arizona to visit him. The 2000 census reported more than 27,000 Tongans lived in the United States. Joseph Benitani, secretary of the Tongan chaplaincy of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, said the local Tongan community is centered in the Peninsula, especially San Mateo, and also in

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As the ministry matured, its volunteers began to better understand gang culture, and to grasp the underlying reasons why so many are attracted to it. For many who face constant hardship at home and who might not have the stability of two At the end of the arduous process, the volunteers embark mature parents, the gang becomes a surrogate family. on a journey of forming friendly and ultimately familial "If the Church were to have anything to say to these kids, bonds with young gang members. A focus on the relational we would have to be family as well," Deacon Bacon said. aspect of transformational change sets Comunidad San Comunidad San Dimas was originally called St. Peter's Youth Dimas apart, its leaders say. Outreach. A young man in juvenile hall, Felipe, coined the new "These youth need a lot of attention, support and direcname. It refers to the traditional name of the "good thief," San tion," Escobar said. "If anyone is going to come and not be Dimas, or St. Dismas, who hung on the cross beside Jesus. able to provide that, then it's best that people don't show "It's really been a wellspring of meaning for us over the up. We don't need another stepping-stone for them to fall years," said Deacon Bacon of the name. "Felipe identified over. They have enough already." with San Dimas as someone who had received the love of Escobar said successes have been hard-won and are often Jesus even in his worst moments." difficult to measure. Deacon Bacon said the name struck a chord with him "One word can make a difference in their lives," he as well. "Jesus was always hanging out with the riffraff of explained. "Sometimes that word won't really pop up until society ­ the tax collectors the prostitutes, the sinners. Even the time is right. Until they're ready to make that change, in his death, you see Jesus we can't walk alone." present between two deathIn the case of José Diaz, row criminals." a former member of the "I was shaking, and I've got a guy Surreño gang, the courage This notion of Jesus' presto change came from the ence in the lives of society's next to me shooting heroin, and prompting of friend and undesirables resonated with the fellow former gang member young men and women whom Vallecillo, who introduced Comunidad San Dimas serves. another guy next to me vomiting him to Comunidad San "What we say to young Dimas. people is, `Jesus still is because he was kicking crack. Diaz, 20, came to extremely present on the corthe United States from ners where you're kicking it And I was like, `What am I doing Guadalajara, Mexico when with your homies, in juvenile hall, and in jail,'" Deacon here?'" ­ Enrique Rosales he was nine. He joined the gang in middle school. He Bacon said. wanted to be like his brother, That attitude drew Leycar Vallecillo, 23, to the program. Already on the road to also a former Surreño. He also said he felt pressure to join redemption through the work of his local church, Vallecillo the gang to survive the violence surrounding him. After spending time in a federal prison in Arizona, Diaz saw a flyer for Comunidad San Dimas during a trip to the took the time to reflect on where his life was headed. He library a year ago. Vallecillo wanted to join the ministry not just for his own did not like what he saw. "It was a bad experience, but I had a lot of things to benefit, but to help others caught in gang life. Though he cannot be a part of the juvenile hall ministry because he is still on think about," said Diaz, who joined Comunidad San Dimas nine months ago. "I was thinking about being in a gang. It's probation, Vallecillo is an active volunteer for the group. "The program helped me, because I see a lot of people stupid. It just gets you in trouble." The changed attitude Comunidad San Dimas fosters has not changing," Vallecillo said, adding that change takes a longterm commitment. "Other guys, older than me, tell me, `Hey, only taken place in the lives of the youth, but also those working for their rehabilitation. José Peñate-Aceves, head of Comunidad doing this is a process.'" Vallecillo immigrated from León, Nicaragua when he was 15. San Dimas, said during his 13 years with the organization he Just three weeks after his arrival, he joined the Surreño gang after has seen changes in the lives of everyone involved. "I am so happy that God has called me to be a witness a Surreño protected him from the members of the rival Norteño to the miracles that are happening in this ministry," Peñategang who jumped him on his way home from school. After years in the violent, self-destructive gang world, Aceves said. Miracles he has seen have changed his life as Vallecillo realized his life was going nowhere. He started well. "Through this ministry I've learned to be a really good father, a really good husband, and it also healed my own going to church, and has not looked back. "You have to change your mind every time, every day, wounds I have been carrying for many years." Peñate-Aceves explained that in the course of coming to know and the Lord helps you," Vallecillo said. Ministry Director Escobar said understanding is crucial so many young people, touchstones of similarity between their to bridge the gap between the Church and the street corners. stories and his own have helped nurture deeper relationships. One such experience is the friendship Peñate-Aceves Juvenile halls and jail cells are part of the daily experience of youth trapped in the gang culture, he said. To combat misun- developed with one young man in the program, Enrique Rosales. Rosales, 23, never became involved in a gang, but derstanding, the group intensively trains its volunteers. The training sessions are spread over three consecutive made other poor decisions that left his life in shambles. Born in 1985 in San Salvador, El Salvador, Rosales came Saturdays, a total of 24 hours of instruction. After completing the training, volunteers must commit to at least four hours of ministry to the United States in 2000. He had a work permit but limited skills and no knowledge of English. He could only find every week, and must attend the monthly ministry meeting. The group's years of experience underscores that young employment at restaurants as a busboy and waiter. "It was frustrating, so I tried to find a way out, a way to people's lives can only change through long-term, sustained commitment. "You have to be tolerant, patient and persevere socialize," Rosales said. "Unfortunately I found it with the wrong people." in our ministry," Escobar said. Drinking and smoking marijuana with his new "friends" Among the training topics are the roots of gang culture, both historical and sociological. Volunteers hear testimoni- eventually led Rosales to a life of cocaine abuse. Soon he was als from parents and youth impacted by gang violence and showing up late to work and was fired. He wound up on the drugs. They must also learn about gang signals, colors and street, living in a homeless encampment under the onramp to Highway 101 on Cesar Chavez Street in San Francisco. tattoos, both for information and for their own safety. "One of the worst experiences for me was one night when All volunteers undergo background and reference checks, and complete state-mandated requirements for entering it was raining and we didn't have anything to cover ourselves," juvenile detention centers. Training is offered in English and Rosales said. "I was shaking, and I've got a guy next to me shootSpanish. Most liturgical services are in Spanish, but there are ing heroin, and another guy next to me vomiting because he was bilingual services as well. There are program participants kicking crack. And I was like, `What am I doing here?'" With no prospects and no home, Rosales turned to shopwho do not speak Spanish, and not all are Latino.

Members of rival gangs, one Norteño (left) and two Surreños, pitch a tent at a camping trip in Big Sur. The youths, normally enemies, lived together for the weekend trip, sponsored by Comunidad San Dimas.

lifting. That is how he landed in juvenile hall, where he met Peñate-Aceves and Comunidad San Dimas. Once he got out, Rosales lived at the group's transitional home, Casa San Dimas, next door to Peñate-Aceves. He spent three days in the home's detoxification room, where he faced a head-on battle with what both he and Peñate-Aceves said were demonic forces. "I was lying down, and it was dark," Rosales said. "I could feel a pressure on my chest, and it was just an indescribable feeling that someone was there to destroy me. But I knew José was praying for me." Peñate-Aceves said the battle came to him as well, on both a spiritual and a physical level. "I was at peace, praying for him, and then I felt something strong hit me in my chest," Peñate-Aceves said. "I got scared, but I kept calm and continued praying." Rosales survived the ordeal, and spent time in an intensive recovery program, Teen Challenge, in Ceres, Calif. He later returned to San Francisco, and has been involved in Comunidad San Dimas ever since. Though the focus has always been realistic, attempting to build change one youth at a time, these small changes can lead to big results rarely seen on the streets. Peñate-Aceves described one such event during a camping trip sponsored by Comunidad San Dimas. Far away from the troubles of the city in the wilderness of Big Sur, Peñate-Aceves witnessed what had been a culmination of his dreams for reconciliation when members of two rival gangs, the Norteños and Surreños, lived side-by-side. As a general rule, Peñate-Aceves said, members of these rival gangs will fight on sight without apparent provocation. The reconciliation started slowly. Peñate-Aceves encouraged the boys to use the time away to enjoy themselves and not to give into instincts to take rivalries into the campground. "They did not become good friends, but they got along," Peñate-Aceves said. "I didn't see them shake hands, but I did see that they could be together in one place. That gave me the confirmation that, yes, this is my dream and I will follow it." Peñate-Aceves has seen pieces of that experience since, and has even seen members of the rival gangs shaking hands in friendship. Ultimately, though, he and his colleagues give the credit to the man who hung on the cross beside St. Dismas. "They will become one ­ Norteño and Surreño together," Peñate-Aceves said. "With Jesus in the middle, it's possible to make peace."

Artist and Comunidad San Dimas member Victor A. "Spider" uses pencil and paper to portray both the despair of gang life and the hope of salvation through Jesus Christ.

April 11, 2008

Catholic San Francisco


Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5-6; 1 Peter 2:20b-25; John 10:14

A READING FROM THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES ACTS 2:14A, 36-41 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed: "Let the whole house of Israel know for certain that God has made both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified." Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and they asked Peter and the other apostles, "What are we to do, my brothers?" Peter said to them, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, whomever the Lord our God will call." He testified with many other arguments, and was exhorting them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand persons were added that day. RESPONSORIAL PSALM 23: 1-3A, 3B4, 5, 6 R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. He guides me in right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side. With your rod and your staff that give me courage. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup verflows. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF ST. PETER 1 PT 2:20B-25 Beloved: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is good, this is a grace before God. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. When he was insulted, he returned no insult; when he suffered, he did not threaten; instead, he handed himself over to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body upon the cross, so that, free from sin, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. A READING FROM THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN JN 10:1-10 Jesus said: "Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers." Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."

Scripture reflection


The Lord is my rudder; I shall not run aground

In the beginning of World War II the Nazis commissioned a massive battleship named the Bismarck. It was the biggest fighting vessel the world had seen up to that time. With the Bismarck the Germans had the opportunity to dominate the seas. Very soon after its commissioning, the Bismarck sank tons of Allied shipping. Its massive armor plating resulted in the boast that the Bismarck was unsinkable. But the Bismarck was sunk. And it was sunk due to one lone torpedo. A torpedo hit the Bismarck in the rudder. As a result the battleship zig-zagged through the sea, unable to set course for the safety of a German harbor. It was only a short while before the British navy was able to overtake and destroy it. No matter how large the battleship may be, it is doomed without a rudder to direct it. Floundering on the waters of chaos without a rudder, the Bismarck is a modern-day image of a world without the direction of Jesus. Without the Lord, the world is headed toward chaos. But with the Lord there is guidance, and direction and purpose to life. The readings for this Sunday don't speak about battleships, they speak about sheep. But the image is the same. Just as the shepherd gives direction and protection to the sheep, the Lord gives direction and protection to his people. Whether we are mighty like the Bismarck or weak like a lamb, we rely on the Lord to get us through the crises and traumas that we will inevitably have to face throughout life. During this time of year, many parishes are preparing for the First Holy Communion of our little ones. What chances do our children have to survive in the world? There are people out to take advantage of them in every way possible. By eight years old, if not earlier, they need to know how to protect themselves from sexual attack be it by adults or their own classmates. If the question of drinking and drugs is not discussed over and over again by fifth grade, the children will have a difficult time surviving the gamut of their education unscathed. Their morality is attacked on every front ­ even at times by classmates, teachers, playmates. Without Christ, they will flounder through life. With Christ, they can get the rough the storm and the chaos. This is true for all of us. Life is too difficult to attempt to make it through safely alone. We need direction. We need protection. We need Jesus Christ. We call ourselves Christians because we are followers of the Lord, but we are also Christians because the Lord follows after us, helping us to get into line, protecting us from the elements of life that would destroy us. The problem that we all have, whether we are sheep or battleships, is that we think that we are invincible. This is not true. Rugged individualism notwithstanding, there is no such creature as a selfmade man or woman. We are dependent upon the Lord. That's why we pray every day. That's why we come to Mass every week. That's why we receive the Eucharist. His is the strength that gives meaning, purpose and direction to our lives. He is the sheepgate who protects us. He is the shepherd who leads us. Father Joseph Pellegrino is pastor of St. Ignatius of Antioch Parish, Tarpon Springs, Fla.

Guest Commentary

Does waterboarding deserve moral condemnation?

Certain words cause a shudder in most people. They conjure up an aura of horror. Examples include "the final solution" and "ethnic cleansing." I would add to the list, waterboarding. Is waterboarding a form of torture that deserves moral condemnation? Torture comes from a Latin word meaning "twist" and refers to "the deliberate infliction of excruciating physical or mental pain to punish or coerce." In "The Church in the Modern World," the Second Vatican Council names "physical and mental torture" an "offense against human dignity" and "criminal." (no. 27) Waterboarding is "simulated drowning" whereby a prisoner is strapped down, forcibly pushed under water, and made to believe he might drown. In one of its historical forms, it meant strapping a person to a board that rested on a fulcrum, like a seesaw, with the torturer on one end able to plunge the prisoner's head into a pool of water. According to the former chief of training at the Navy's Survival Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) School, waterboarding is a "controlled drowning" that "occurs under the watch of a doctor, a psychologist, an interrogator and a trained strap-in/strap-out team." The team doctor watches the quantity of water that is ingested and for the psychological signs which show when the drowning effect goes from a painful psychological experience to horrific, suffocating punishment, to the final death spiral. A prisoner could potentially die during waterboarding, even if only by accident. The method is so dangerous that a medical team must be on hand. An International Committee of the Red Cross has commented that physician involvement in coercive interrogations constitutes "a flagrant violation of medical ethics." Silvestre Reyes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, names waterboarding "torture." Torture has long been illegal under U.S. law. Since 1984, the legal definition of torture in the United States is "any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental" that is "intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession." The United States is a party to the various Geneva Conventions whereby soldiers and military physicians are bound by Common Article III which goes well beyond torture to ban any "humiliating and degrading treatment" of prisoners. For more than 200 years, the U.S. military has proudly set a worldwide example not merely by declining to torture captives, but by treating them with humanity and dignity. However, since 2001, U.S. policy has been redefining what constitutes torture. Although recently taking a different position, Senator John McCain said about waterboarding, "It was used in the Spanish Inquisition. It was used in Pol Pot's genocide in Cambodia... It is not a complicated procedure. It is torture." President Bush has defended coercive interrogations. He relies on legal advice which tells him that waterboarding is lawful. From a moral point of view, however, waterboarding is torture. It degrades the prisoner and the torturer. When physicians become a part of this process, they undermine the fundamental tenet of medical ethics, "First, do no harm." It is unacceptable for physicians to claim ignorance of medical ethics around any abuse of prisoners, let alone abuse that rises to the level of torture. Physicians cannot use Father Gerald D. their medical knowledge Coleman, S.S. and skill to hurt prisoners. This constitutes an egregious violation of medical ethics. Participation in waterboarding is blatantly unethical. On March 11, 2008, President Bush gave a 42-minute speech to the National Religious Broadcasters at their annual convention. He said, "We believe that every human being bears the image of our maker.... No one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave." Waterboarding and other means of torture create a master/ slave relationship. Waterboarding does not honor the belief and fact that every person is made in God's image. Sulpician Father Gerald Coleman is vice president for ethics for the Daughters of Charity Health System and a lecturer in moral theology at Santa Clara University.


Catholic San Francisco

April 11, 2008

Catholic san Francisco

Northern California's Weekly Catholic Newspaper

Of college and faith

George Weigel's April 4 column offering advice to the college-bound misses several important points, at least in the light of my experience at my alma mater, Harvard. First, many Catholic students are well prepared by their parents, parishes and secondary education to meet, if not overcome, the challenges to the secular environment Weigel decries. They do not need to be protected from these challenges until graduate school. Second, many of these Catholic students find that their faith is strengthened, rather than undermined, by the intellectual, moral and ethical challenges of education in a college or university which does not subscribe to our Catholic beliefs. Finally, the presence of Catholic students on a so-called secular campus provides the invaluable witness which should be so much a part of our Catholic mission. It was not and, I suspect, is not now easy being Catholic at Harvard. But, that's the point. Jesus never promised us that living our faith would be easy. College at any institution is the best place to begin. Realistically, it is probably no easier being a practicing Catholic at Notre Dame than it is at Harvard. John H. McGuckin, Jr. San Francisco

the congregation and will get a little better with weekly practice and have fun, too. Look for other ways for the congregation to participate. There are probably a lot of amateur percussionists and trumpet players who would have fun playing in a group. The guitars and violins and oboes are welcome, too. Tom Miller San Carlos

More heat than light?

The charges lobbed at the Society of Jesus in George Weigel's column carried March 14 and the retort to them in the same edition of Catholic San Francisco by University of San Francisco President Stephen Privett, SJ, have become a lightning rod for a number of hot-button issues within the Catholic community. Pundits, bloggers and letter writers, among others, have seized on the topics raised in those commentaries. The results have ranged from bigoted rants to well-reasoned essays. Of course, one person's rant is another person's considered conclusion. There have been, as well, ad hominem attacks on both Weigel and Father Privett. In his column, "Some questions for the new Jesuit General," Weigel uses the time-honored technique of making not-so-veiled accusations under the guise of asking questions. The key impressions Weigel leaves with readers included, in the order employed in the commentary: · There are any number of Jesuits who are not obedient to the pope or to Church teaching, notably Jesuit Father James Keenan of Boston College as exemplified by his 2003 testimony before the Massachusetts Legislature on marriage-defining legislation. · The Catholicity of many Jesuit colleges and universities is "vestigial at best." · The late Jesuit Father Robert Drinan, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-81, egregiously violated Church teaching on abortion, providing "Catholic legislators a pass on the great civil rights issue of our time." · There is a serious problem in the Jesuit order involving the vow of chastity and alignment with Church doctrine on homosexual activity. · Many Jesuit theologians appear to "minimize the unique salvific role of Christ," which is "most apparent in Asia where Father Nicolas has lived for decades." Father Adolfo Nicolas was elected General of the Jesuit order in January at the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus in Rome. In his rejoinder, Father Privett: · Defended Father Keenan, stating that the theologian "did not testify in support of gay marriage or approve of homosexual activity," but rather "testified against unjust discrimination against gay couples." · Accused Weigel of "disingenuously implying" that two photo images of a Jesuit novitiate Halloween party seven years ago carried on the California Province website involved "some sort of sybaritic happening." · Decried as malicious the insinuation "without a shred of evidence" that "Jesuits do not observe their vow of chastity." · Described Weigel's criticisms of Jesuit and other Catholic colleges and universities as ill-informed and motivated by animosity. The USF president cited several USF programs promoting Catholic theology, social justice teaching and collaboration with local Church ministries. Some have criticized Catholic San Francisco for carrying the Weigel column. They argue that it, to use the words of one reader, "hit below the belt," notably in its unsavory implication that too many Jesuits do not take their vows seriously. In that regard, we feel the columnist did inappropriately extrapolate what was apparently poor website photo judgment on the part of the California Province into an onerous allegation. On this point, we apologize to the Jesuit community ­ which includes not only its consecrated members, but also at least the parish communities of St. Agnes and St. Ignatius within the Archdiocese and the thousands of persons who have been educated at Jesuit institutions in the Bay Area and around the world. It should be noted that one of the five decrees passed by the recent 35th General Council, which represented the world's roughly 20,000 Jesuits, addressed obedience. A separate document reaffirmed the Society's allegiance to the pope and fidelity to Church teaching. In addressing the General Council, Pope Benedict XVI made reference to the order's special fourth vow of obedience to the pope. It is not limited to obeying him just when he asks a specific mission of an individual Jesuit or the entire order. The pope said the "fuller meaning" of the vow, according to the thought of Jesuit founder St. Ignatius of Loyola, is "to love and serve the vicar of Christ on earth with that `effective and affective' devotion that makes you his precious and irreplaceable collaborators in his service of the universal Church." Pope Benedict said the Jesuits must continue their theological work on themes related to sexuality and to other religions, being sure to pay close attention to helping the faithful understand Church teaching on the topics. For his part, the new Superior General said, "A serious, enthusiastic and joyful obedience to the Holy Father does not reduce in any way the ability of the Society to reflect, to create, to continue moving forward in a dynamic service to the Church." This newspaper has also been asked if it allowed the heat of exchange to burn too high in the subsequent letters addressing the Weigel and Father Privett articles. One of our convictions is that readers of Catholic San Francisco are a savvy and sophisticated group, very capable of sorting and sifting issues as fellow readers weigh in. That said, we try our level best to make opinions and letters places for open and wide exchange. The trick is to not let that platform become more pugilistic than pluralistic. This editor knows both Father Privett and George Weigel ­ not well enough to call them long-standing close friends, but well enough to know both are dedicated to the mission of Christ. As we all must be. DM-Y (The full text of Pope Benedict XVI's address to the Society of Jesus may be viewed on-line at

Father O'Rourke inspiring

I found the interview with Father Gerard O'Rourke in the paper today (April 4) one of the more refreshingly honest profiles I have read. Father Gerard's frank description of his pain and doubt is ultimately reassuring to the rest of us. If Father Gerard, a man of deep spiritual resource, became irritated and angry with God in his suffering, we can better understand and accept our own weakness and inconsistency. I saw a real man, outspoken and humble, whose faith was deepened. I'm grateful to Father Gerard for speaking out and to the newspaper for capturing his message so clearly. Liz Dossa Foster City

Music suggestions

I liked the article on parish music in February. Thanks. A couple of years ago our music director brought her daughter for Christmas Mass. The daughter played the piano and the director was conducting the choir. Then the director wanted more participation from the congregation. She turned around to conduct us, and we never sang better! One thing that really annoys me is when cantors holds up their hands to let us know it is time to chime in. We already know it is time to chime in. We have been to church last Sunday and it was time then, too. Quit treating us like children! Some of my thoughts: We need to be encouraged to sing and we need help. We aren't skilled singers. The director should stand in front of the church and conduct us and use any trick necessary to cajole us into singing as best as we can. Choirs can hinder participation. These people are a little bit more skilled and they tend to take over and perform instead of encouraging full participation. Give us the music. Let us know which Holy and which Amen will be used. At every Mass. Sing the Gloria. It is beautiful and we can handle it. Mix things up. There are wonderful songs written every day. There is nothing wrong with the 100 year old songs in the hymnal, but how about something modern like rap or a country music influence? Go backwards sometimes and chant. We should get a chance to practice before Mass, too. Budget to buy some new music every year. Work with the liturgy planners. How about singing five songs one Sunday? Encourage the priests and deacons to sing, too. Some of them have good voices. Some don't, who cares? They are just like


Marriage and law

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The recent plea by a reader for support of the proposed Constitutional amendment limiting marriage to one man and one woman, "lest the institution of marriage be destroyed," is to promote a non-issue in our civilization. There is a common misapprehension as to just what "marriage" is. To most of us it is a religious ceremony joining in conscience a man and a woman. This is so, but it is also much more than that. Under the present law any two persons, a man and a woman, or two men or two women, can appear before a magistrate or county clerk, and there in writing, agree that their legal rights are thereafter different than they were before. For example, they now have a legal right to inherit from each other; they now have a legal right to insure the lives of each other; they now have community property rights in the earnings of each other; they now have the status of a blood relative when it comes to inheritance, or to visit the other when hospitalized; they now have a legal right to own real estate in common. Thus the agreement is filed with the magistrate. For Christians, when the action is by one man and one woman, it is called a "marriage." This is so even though there is no religious act performed in the course of creating this "marriage." The proposed state constitutional amendment limiting "marriage" to the agreement between one man and one woman, would preclude all others from enjoying the right to acquire these legal rights. It would be done with the excuse that "marriage" has traditionally been only between a male and a female. That tradition grew out of first, civil customs in the Old Testament, and then into a generally accepted custom in Western Europe and the Western Hemisphere. Thus, "marriage" between one man and one woman was not mandated by law, but only by custom. To forbid, by constitutional amendment, the right to acquire these property rights to only one man and one woman agreements, would not only be unconstitutional on its face, it would be grossly unfair. By what license do we Christians force non-Christians to adopt our customs merely because the non-Christians may be of the same sex? Jerome F. Downs California Bar No. 21483 San Francisco

Wide view appreciated

May the peace and joy of the risen Lord Jesus be with you. Happy Easter to you all. I would like to use this chance to tell Archbishop George Niederauer, Bishop Ignatius Wang and the staff of Catholic San Francisco what a meaningful job the newspaper for the Archdiocese of San Francisco does. It helps to bring people together and your articles enlighten as well as broaden our view to different corners of the world.

LETTERS, page 22

April 11, 2008

Catholic San Francisco


Spirituality for Life

Lack of words before those we love

There is a fine little poem by an American poet, Lee Yung Lee, about a relationship between a father and a son. I read it in church sometimes on Father's Day. Titled, "A Story," it runs like this: Sad is the man who is asked for a story and can't come up with one. His five-year-old son waits in his lap: "Not the same story, baba! Not the same one, a new one!" The man rubs his chin and scratches his ear. In a room full of books in a world full of stories he can recall not one. And soon he thinks this boy will give up on his father. And already the man lives far ahead he sees the day the boy will go away. "Don't go," he says, "hear the alligator story again. Hear the angel story one more time. You love the spider story! You laugh at that spider. Let me tell it!" But the boy is already packing his shirts he is looking for his keys. "Are you a god," the man screams, "that I am mute before you? Am I a god, that I should never disappoint you?" But truly the boy is still here. "Please, baba, a story!" It is an emotional rather than a logical question. It is an earthly, not a heavenly one. And it posits that a boy's supplications and a father's love add up to silence. Lee's poem is about the inarticulateness of a father before his son. But the poem would read just as well in terms of other relationships: mother-daughter, mother-son, father-daughter, or even wife-husband, or friend-friend. One person's supplication, a child or adult, and another's love too often add up to silence and disappointment. In the end, except for rare occasions, we all end up not really finding the words we need to speak to each other in our relationships. We are all inarticulate in love, painfully so. Daily we find ourselves sitting across from someone where the situation calls for a new story and we can only stutter. There's supplication in the other person's eyes and in the situation itself: Please a new story, not the old one! But that supplication and our best intentions add up to silence. We are mute before each other and so we talk sports scores, shopping, neighborhood gossip, fashion, the weather, the latest T.V. show, anything, except what would need to be spoken. It begins already when our children sit on our laps as infants and we are unsure of what to say, though perhaps then it is easier to find words to express our love. But it gets harder as they grow up and their persons and lives become complex as they wrestle with restlessness, sexuality, and their need to separate themselves from us. Then we begin to feel unsure and we can't find the words we need to speak or we find that we cannot speak the words we like to speak. We agonize as we lose our closeness to our children. They begin to push away the old words and we find that, if we keep speaking those words, they push us away with the words. But their supplication doesn't go away. They need us more than ever and they need to hear certain things from us. But what? The words we find are not words that they want to hear. All that tension is ultimately a supplication: A new story, not the old one. Tell me a new story! And the same thing happens too inside of all our close relationships. We come to critical times, a friend is sick in the hospital, a colleague is getting married, someone is moving away, a family member is undergoing a divorce, a friend is losing her job. Again, we find ourselves painfully inarticulate. And so, as is evident in Father so many dreadful toasts Ron Rolheiser at weddings, we avoid speaking to the occasion altogether or we speak words that do anything except honor the occasion. But we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves. We aren't Gods. And if we were as articulate as Lee-Yung Lee we might ask instead: "Are you a god that I should be mute before you? Am I a god, that I should never disappoint you?" But the supplication still beckons and so we succumb to the temptation to repeat the time-worn stories, the usual bad jokes at the wedding reception, the safe banter that moves things along: "Let's talk about last night's game! Let me tell you what happened at work! Have you heard this joke?" But we sense that, figuratively, everyone's packing to leave: "Don't go!" we say desperately, "Hear the alligator story again!" But they're all still here, begging for a new story. "Please, baba, a story!" In the foreword to "The Black Prince," Iris Murdoch writes: "I have known, for long periods, the torture of a life without self-expression." Nowhere is this torture more felt than when we stand before our loved ones. Oblate Father Ron Rolheiser, theologian, teacher and award-winning author can be contacted through his website:

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The vocation of generosity

Many years ago, I knew two young men who were discerning a call to priesthood. Both decided to test their vocations by entering different religious orders. Unlike the diocesan priesthood, each order would eventually call the men to a vow of poverty. I mention "poverty" because it relates to my observations of them, both great guys, as they prepared to enter religious life. One of them was very thrifty. Before he entered, he methodically sold his possessions at garage sales. He really wouldn't need the money, I thought, going off on this pilgrimage of renunciation. But maybe he was hedging his bets. The other guy gave everything away. He had accumulated a lot of quality clothing when he worked for a haberdasher during college. He distributed it all to cousins and friends. It didn't seem to occur to him ­ or he didn't care ­ that if he didn't stay, he could use some of those possessions later. My 16-year-old brother was visiting me at the time, and this friend handed him a pair of fine shoes. "Wow," my baby brother said, "this has been a great trip." He didn't have much money and the shoes were a big deal to him. Well, as it turned out, neither of the young men became priests. Both went on to marry and raise fine families. Luckily for me, one of them, the one who gave his fashionable clothes away, became my husband. I share this memory because the attitudes people bring to money and possessions are such a fascinating part of who they are. What makes us thrifty, sometimes to the point of hoarding, and what makes us open-handed? CBS News recently reported on a study that supports the notion that people who spend money on others are happier than people who spend money on themselves. As Christians, this shouldn't surprise us. Christ called us to serve others and he assured us that the poor in spirit were blessed. True happiness follows the way of generosity and renunciation. At least that's what we aspire to. Still, it's tough to conquer our inherent desire for security and possessions. My mother, a child of the Great Depression who saw her father lose his farm to creditors, was unable to overcome her need to hang on to money, although she was far more generous with her children than with herself. Being truly my mother's daughter, I can identify with the friend who had the garage sales. I know he's a devoted Catholic, and I'm sure he's generous with time and money. But I bet he calculates it well, watches every penny and keeps the receipts for his taxes. I can identify with Effie Caldarola that. Meanwhile, there are nights I lie awake worrying about finances while the man who shares my bed mutters, "It's only money," and falls asleep. Do we become happier because we give? Or do happier people give more? Regardless of the answer, and regardless of the attitudes about money we grew up with, our faith calls us to constantly challenge ourselves to give more.If the end result is happiness, how can we go wrong? Effie Caldarola writes for Catholic News Service.

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Easter's triumph over irony

At the beginning of Lent, I was sent a moving account of the recent funeral procession of a young American soldier, which took place near his hometown in the South. The most striking section read as follows: "...the most incredible thing happened following the service on the way to the cemetery. We went to our cars and drove to the cemetery escorted by at least 10 police cars with lights flashing...Everyone on the road who was not in the procession pulled over, got out of their cars, and stood silently and respectfully, some with their hands over their hearts. "When we turned off the highway, suddenly there were teenage boys along both sides of the street...all holding large American flags on long flag poles, and again with their hands on their hearts. We thought at first it was Boy Scouts on 4H Club or something, but it continued ­ for two and a half miles. Hundreds of young people, standing silently on the side of the road with flags. At one point we passed an elementary school and all the children were outside, shoulder to shoulder ­ kindergarteners, handicapped, teachers, staff, everyone. Some held signs of love and support...No one spoke, not even the very young children....The love and pride from this community [which] had lost one of their own was the most amazing thing I've ever been privileged to witness." I forwarded the message and the accompanying photos to a friend, who responded in a most thoughtful way: "There you see a culture untainted by irony. That is exactly the environment in which I was born and lived for my first 18 years; imagine my surprise when I reached Princeton and discovered higher criticism, debonair nihilism, and the enervating paralysis of irony." All of which, I suggest, is worth a Passiontide meditation. The Jesus of the Gospels is a figure devoid of irony. Yes, he tells what scholars call "parables of inversion," in which the worldly pecking order is turned upside down and inside out; but there is no irony in his teaching ­ and certainly no cynicism about the rich and the powerful getting theirs at last. In his Passion, Jesus confronts a supreme ironist, Pilate, who imagines the question, "What is truth?" to be both clever and a rhetorical show-stopper. The sign Pilate has affixed to the cross ­ "The George Weigel King of the Jews" ­ reeks of irony, as so the taunts of those who wanted a messiah who better fit their understanding of power. Perhaps the trouble so many highly educated people have in accepting the gift of faith today is that their spiritual faculties have been dulled by the irony in which modern and post-modern high culture abounds. Very little today is what it once was thought to be. What we once regarded as good, we are now taught was base. WEIGEL, page 26


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Vocations thrive in parishes with `spiritual soil,' pope says

By Cindy Wooden

"To respond to the Lord's call means facing in prudence and simplicity every VATICAN CITY (CNS) ­ Parish com- danger and even persecutions, since `a munities with a real sense of obligation to disciple is not above his teacher, nor a spread the Gospel are places where voca- servant above his master,'" the pope said, tions to be missionary priests and religious quoting the Gospel of St. Matthew. "There have always been in the Church thrive, said Pope Benedict XVI. many men and women "Vocations to the miniswho, prompted by the terial priesthood and to the action of the Holy Spirit, consecrated life can only choose to live the Gospel flourish in a spiritual soil in a radical way, professthat is well cultivated," he ing the vows of chastity, said in his message for the poverty and obedience," World Day of Prayer for he said. Vocations. Pope Benedict said that The papal message for those on the front lines the day of prayer, which of Church work in miswill be observed April sionary territories almost 13 in most countries, was always are the priests released Feb. 22 at the and religious women and Vatican. The 2008 theme is men who consecrate their "Vocations at the Service of Pope Benedict XVI whole lives to serving the Church on Mission." In his message, Pope Benedict insisted God and humanity. All Christians have an obligation to the task of explicitly proclaiming the Gospel to those who do not know Jesus support the missionaries, materially and Christ is still at the heart of the vocation with their prayers, he said, and to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and of every Christian. In following Jesus, the pope said, some religious life. "Furthermore, so that the Church may men are called to the priesthood to carry out the missionary task in a special way continue to fulfill the mission entrusted to by preaching and teaching, caring for the her by Christ and not lack promoters of poor, sick and weak, and administering the the Gospel so badly needed by the world, Christian communities must never fail to sacraments. In addition, in following Jesus who provide both children and adults with consacrificed everything to bring salvation to stant education in the faith," he said. "It is necessary to keep alive in the humanity, some Christians are called to leave their homelands and set off to bring faithful a committed sense of missionary the message of God's love to a wider audi- responsibility and active solidarity with the peoples of the world," the pope wrote. ence, he said.

Seminarian Joe Previtali:

`It is always a good time to be a priest'

By Tom Burke

Heading toward becoming an active priest among the faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, seminarian Joseph Previtali is currently serving a pastoral year at St. Anne of the Sunset Parish in San Francisco. "God willing, I will be ordained to the diaconate Oct. 9, 2008 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome," Previtali said. "I will be ordained to the priesthood in June of 2009 in San Francisco." Joe Previtali, like a lot of Catholic boys, thought about becoming a priest as a youth but it wasn't until his college years that the vocation took hold. "During my first year at Gonzaga, the Lord began to work in my life in marvelous ways," he said, "and he gave me the grace to see that I had to make a choice completely for him." Born in San Francisco, the seminarian grew up in San Rafael attending St. Isabella Elementary School and Terra Linda High School. "My family had given me a beautiful foundation by teaching me the fullness of the Catholic faith and the importance of the eternal things," Previtali said. The 25-year-old is very grateful to his parents, Marian and David, but also among those who nurtured his vocation is his grandfather, Father Frank Filice, ordained in 1979 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco after a career as an academic and professor at the University of San Francisco. Father Filice is also among the founders of Priests for Life, a national group of clergy encouraging prayer and action on behalf of the unborn. Having a priest-granddad puts Previtali in a group with not many members. "It is very special to have a grandfather who is a priest," he said. "The priesthood has always been a very normal part of my life. His witness made it very easy for me to envision the priesthood and about parish life and this experience has increased my desire to serve God and his Church as a priest of Jesus Christ." "Joe has been and will be a great addition to the Church of San Francisco," said Father Reyes. "He is doing a great job here. He has been a big help and a big resource especially in training and sharing his knowledge." A student at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Previtali will return to classes there in September. He has been touched to be able to live and learn there among the spirit and spirits of the earliest saints of the Church. "I cannot think of a better place to prepare for the priesthood of Jesus Christ than in the city in which the Princes of the Apostles shed their blood for the Lord," he said. "My experience in Rome has been a gift of inestimable value to me. I have studied in Rome for three years and will return for a fourth in September. I am sure I will count those years among the most blessed of my life." How does today's world suit being a priest? "It is always a good time to be a priest," Previtali said, "but I think there is something particularly exciting about the prospect of working as a parish priest at this time in history. It seems to me that the parish remains the last living cell of Western civilization, the last place in society where the integral spiritual, intellectual, moral and aesthetic heritage of Western civilization is passed on and received by new generations. What monasteries were in the Middle Ages, what universities were in the high Middle Ages, what Jesuit colleges were in the modern period, the parish is now called to be. This is a very exciting if daunting realization for one who is preparing to serve in parish life." "I only hope to accomplish the will of God," Previtali said. This is all his work and the priest is simply a willing instrument."

Joseph Previtali being received into the Ministry of Acolyte at the Immaculate Conception Chapel of the Pontifical North American College March 19, 2006.The presider was Archbishop, now Cardinal, John Foley, Vatican emissary to the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher.

myself living that particular vocation. But my grandfather's witness is even more effective because of his personal holiness. I have not met a person more concerned with living out divine love. His passion in life is to make God's love present in this world. Such holiness makes it very easy to be attracted to his example and his way of life." "Father Filice has influenced me greatly, first and foremost as an example of Christian holiness and virtue," Previtali said. "But he has also taught me many things and has contributed greatly to my spiritual, intellectual and human formation." Now well into his pastoral year, the young man has found it enriching. "My time at St. Anne's has been a great season

of grace in my life," he said, noting that the priests who serve there "are all wonderful examples of priestly holiness and dedication." Father Raymund Reyes is St. Anne's pastor. "Father Reyes has been a tremendous pastor and mentor," said Previtali, whose time at the parish comes to a close June 30. "I feel very much like I am able to make some small contribution to the life of this parish whether it is visiting the homebound, teaching adult education, serving Mass or just being present at a parish meeting." Parishioners, too, have had a hand in his priestly preparation, he said. "I know that I am benefiting greatly from the wisdom and grace that is found in the St. Anne's community. I have learned much about

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VOCATIONS St. Dunstan woman responds to God's invitation

By Tom Burke

Rachael Vogl, now Sister Gabrielle Vogl of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, professed first vows March 29 at St. John Eudes Church in Chatsworth in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Cardinal Roger M. Mahony presided. Sister Vogl was one of four Sacred Heart Sisters professing first vows. Another two Sisters professed perpetual vows. "I chose the name for several reasons," the 2003 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Belmont told Catholic San Francisco via e-mail. Gabriel means "God is my strength," she explained. "Gabriel is an excellent patron because through the message he was given and Mary's `yes,' the second person of God became man." Sister Vogl entered religious life in 2005 while studying at Stony Brook University in New York where she had been awarded a full scholarship to play softball. It was teammate Laura Bradford ­ now also a member of the Sacred Heart Sisters ­ who invited the then-Rachael Vogl to help at a Girls Camp run by the Sisters. "Two things changed in my life while at camp," Sister Vogl said. "First, I came to know God's personal love for me and second that God has a plan for me. God led me over the next year to deepen in my relationship with him so my decision to leave college and softball and enter a religious community was simply a response of love to the One who loved me first and infinitely." The attraction of the Sacred Heart Sisters for Sister Vogl was the "great love that they have for God," she said. "When I was with them, my love for God deepened." Sister Vogl's family includes her parents, Ayde and Dan, and brothers, Dominic, who graduated from Junipero Serra High School in 2004, and Mitchell, a member of Serra's class of 2007. Both are now students at Sacramento State. Dominic, Mitchell and Sister Vogl are all graduates of St. Dunstan Elementary School in Millbrae. "I feel blessed that God chose my daughter in this special way," said Ayde, noting that it came with adjustments, including Rachael's giving up the last two years of her scholarship at Stony Brook among them. "We encouraged her to finish and then enter religious life," her mom said, "but accepted her decision." Limited three-hour visits were another compromise the family undertook only to find it a gift. "At each visit, we are amazed that even as she grows spiritually, she is still Rachael. She is happy. As a mother, when my children are happy, I am happy." When Rachael's decision to enter religious life was made public at the parish, no one was surprised, Father Glynn said. "She bubbles love, enthusiasm and joy. We prayed for her in a very special way at all Masses the weekend of her making first profession. It's not often that someone gives herself to the Lord. It's good to make known especially when she is one of our own." Sister Ida Peterfy, who founded the Sacred Heart Sisters in 1940 and died Feb. 8, 2000, was a noted pioneer in children's catechesis. Her show, "My Friend Pookie," which used puppetry, was a longtime staple of Sunday morning television in Los Angeles and additionally brought her acclaim across the country among educators and families. The Sacred Heart Kids Club is a widely used video series that the Sacred Heart Sisters produce. "My only hope as a religious is the same as when I entered: to grow in my relationship with God and to do his will," Sister Vogl said. "As I profess my vows I desire to live faithfully as Christ did - chaste, poor and obedient." "Sister Gabrielle is such a blessing to our community," said Sacred Heart Sister Eileen Sullivan, director of formation. "She has deep faith and a very joyful spirit. She is humble and hardworking, very personable, and enjoying the children she is teaching weekly." Sister Vogl's joyful and gentle personality has made itself known, Sister Eileen said. "She has a particular quality of sincerity and trust that allows God to work through her kindness and smiles and to reach the hearts of every person she meets. Her faithful love for God echoes the faithful love I have seen in her parents' marriage. We were just in Millbrae in the fall celebrating their 25th anniversary." The Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus serves in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange in California, as well as in St. Louis, Mo. and Taiwan and Hungary where Sister Ida Peterfy founded the order. The congregation's works include religious education programs for all ages, adult formation, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, sacramental preparation, and children and family summer camps. Visit

Rachael Vogl, now Sister Gabrielle Vogl, was a celebrated infielder on a softball scholarship at New York's Stony Brook University when she decided to enter religious life in 2005.

Sister Gabrielle Vogl, SDSH

Dad, Dan, echoed his wife about their three children being their "greatest gift from God." He admits he was "clueless" as to what Rachael's decision to enter religious life might fully entail. "As a parent, I was used to having enough knowledge and experience to try and give good advice to our children, but in this case I did not know how to advise her," Dan said. "Instead Rachael ended up advising me. Rachael told me with great clarity, `Dad, you know how much I love playing softball in college. You know how much I love education at Stony Brook, and you know how much I love being with my family and friends. I am willing to give all that up for something greater.' With that advice I knew she was being given a special gift and I fully supported her in her decision. As two-and-a-half years have passed by, my faith and understanding of religious life is growing and I wish all parents could receive as much happiness and joy as Sister Gabrielle has brought to our life." "The Vogl family is very committed to the faith and St. Dunstan's," said Holy Ghost Father Joe Glynn, pastor. "That's where Rachael, now Sister Gabrielle, found her vocation." Sister Vogl's parents both serve as extraordinary ministers of Communion at the parish and help in the confirmation preparation program.


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Cardinal Roger Mahony with Sister Gabrielle, her brothers, Dominic (left) and Mitchell, her father, Dan, mother, Ayde and grandmother, Celia Rosas, following profession rites in Chatsworth March 29.

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Answer the call! We did!

Communities of men and women religious who serve the Archdiocese of San Francisco as well as others who have members hailing from the Archdiocese were recently invited by Catholic San Francisco to share the contact information for their vocations recruitment or development personnel. That information is carried on these adjacent pages. Note: some religious communities do not have vocations recruitment persons.


Father Tom Daly Vocations Director (415) 614-5683 [email protected]




Sister Nancy Koke, RSCJ Sister Celeste Arbuckle, SSS Sister Alma Ruth Vargas, AP (888) 844-7725 (415) 681-9219 (415) 566-2743 [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] 860 Beacon St. 771 Ashbury St. 1850 Ulloa St. Newton Centre, MA 02459 San Francisco, CA 94117 San Francisco, CA 94116


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Sister Cindy Kaye, RSM (650) 340-7434 [email protected] 2300 Adeline Dr. Burlingame, CA 94010


Sister Leonila V. Bermisa, MM (914) 941-7575, ext. 5676 [email protected] [email protected] PO Box 311 Maryknoll, NY 10545


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Sister Mary Elizabeth Nelsen, CSJ (714) 633-8121, ext. 7108 [email protected] 480 Batavia St. Orange, CA 92868


Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM (415) 422-5020 [email protected] 281 Masonic Ave. San Francisco, CA 94118


Sister Corinna, MSC (650) 342-4780 [email protected] 1300 Bayswater Ave. Burlingame, CA 94010 Mother Maura, PCC (650) 948-2947 28210 Natoma Rd. Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Sister Jean Marie Sister Jacinta Martinez, Fernandez, RGS SNDdeN (415) 586-2822 (650) 722-1040 [email protected] [email protected] 1520 Ralston Ave. 1310 Bacon St. Belmont, CA 94002 San Francisco, CA 94134


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Sister Manuela Rodriquez, OJS (650) 322-4611 [email protected] St. Patrick's Seminary 320 Middlefield Rd. Menlo Park, CA 94025


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Burlingame and five other Mercy communities to merge

The leadership team of the soon-to-be consolidated six regions of the Sisters of Mercy includes, left to right, top: Sisters Judith Frikker, Detroit; Norita Cooney of Omaha, Neb., president; and Michelle Gorman, Auburn, Calif.; bottom, from left: Sisters Judy Cannon, Burlingame; Kathy Thornton, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Sheila Megley, Chicago.

By Rick DelVecchio

The Sisters of Mercy's Burlingame community and five other regional Mercy communities will merge into a new organization serving 861 Sisters and 525 associates in ministries from San Francisco to Detroit under a restructuring approved March 24-30 by Mercy assemblies meeting in Chicago. The result of seven years of planning, the new organization, called the West Midwest Community, will be based in Omaha and governed by an elected board with representatives from Burlingame and the five other regional communities. Elected president by an overwhelming majority on the first ballot was Sister Norita Cooney of Omaha. Sister Judy Cannon was elected to represent Burlingame and Sister Michelle Gorman to represent Auburn. They will serve five-year terms. Taking effect July 1, the merger is part

of a restructuring of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. The institute includes 4,194 Sisters and 2,800 associates in the Americas, Guam and the Philippines. "Legally it's a statutory merger of the six regional communities into a new WestMidwest Community," Sister Cannon told Catholic San Francisco. "Ten countries outside the U.S.A. are doing the same thing." The shrinking and aging of the order is a factor in the restructuring, Sister Cannon said. The average age of Sisters in the institute is 73. Among the six regional communities in the West-Midwest Community, there are four new members, including candidates, novices and temporary professed. Several other women are in the process of joining the community. "I think they are all very concerned about MERCY COMMUNITIES, page 21

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VOCATIONS Just might you be a candidate for religious life?

By Dan Morris-Young

Do you or someone you know have a potential vocation to the religious life? Hey, you just might have a calling if: · When friends need someone "just to talk to," it is usually you. · You feel a real sharp pain in your heart about the hungry of the world when a food fight breaks out in your cafeteria. · When you and your buddies are standing around a Harley Davidson and, being transformed by its fabulous rumble, you wonder why God made us that way. · When a friend asks you how far he or she thinks he or she "should go" on the next date, you say, "As far as you know God wants you to go ­ and you aren't God."


· You experience a strong desire to find a way to make fellow Catholics take a "time out" and go sit in a corner until they can be nicer when you see them at each others' throats over things like celibacy or the Tridentine Mass or holding hands during the Our Father. · You watch endless commercials about cars, perfume and tennis shoes ­ and find yourself wondering, "Where is God these days?" · When you see pastoral appointments in your diocesan newspaper, you wonder what's going on behind the scenes. · You stop people mid-sentence to correct them about the Blessed Mother ­ that we venerate Mary, not worship her; and you know the difference. · The sight of Necco Wafers floods you with memories of "playing Mass" when you were 8. · You kind of like the fashion statement made by black slacks, brown sandals, black socks, and a Hawaiian-print shirt. · When you pray, you have confidence that not only is Someone listening, but that Someone is going to do something about it. · At family events chances are you will be the one asked to say grace. · When you are alone, you rarely feel lonely. · You find it hard ­ but intriguing ­ to try to wrap your mind around the concept of making a vow of obedience to someone you've only seen at confirmations. · Almost every Sunday you wonder how, with all those people attending Mass, the readings were chosen just for you. · Your heroes are people who quietly and selflessly help others, giving God the credit. · The idea of going to school to learn something just to see how much money you can make seems wacky. · Given the option, you'd drive extra miles to shop at St. Vincent de Paul rather than Value Village. · When you ponder the question, "Is a religious vocation a calling from God or a calling from the Catholic community?" you know the answer: "Yes." (Comments are welcome. E-mail Uncle Dan at [email protected])

The Archdiocesan Vocations Committee has been drawn "from clergy, religious, laity and seminarians to advise on how we can more effectively communicate about priestly vocations," said Father Tom Daly, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. "They are like a `think tank,' or more appropriately a `prayer tank,' and have been a great aid in the vocations effort." Members include, from left: Mike Birdsall, Betty Reichmann, Rev. Mr. Juan Lopez, Daughter of Charity Sister Trang Truong, Father Daly, Norma Guerrero, Dat Nguyen, Carole Kilgariff, Deacon Jim Shea, Hansel Tomaneng, Joseph Previtali. Not pictured are: Father Kevin Gaffey and Charlotte Kiesel.

You haven't chosen me. I have chosen you." "Tu no me has elegido. Yo te he elegido a ti."

John 15:16

God, our Father, In Your providential love, You call each of us to a more holy and abundant life. We pray for our young people in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Open their hearts and minds to know the vocation You have planned for them from all eternity. If they are being invited to follow You as a priest, Brother, or Sister, give them a generous heart to respond to Your challenging call; the strength and courage to follow wherever You lead them. May families desire to please You by encouraging and supporting vocations within their homes. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Good Shepherd. Amen

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Continued from page 20 new membership," Mercy Burlingame spokeswoman Liz Dossa said in an e-mail. "That is an office that has been very active across the Institute. Of course, the whole question of changes in religious life is huge, and there don't seem to be any easy solutions. I think the Mercy community will be a smaller community targeted to needs that aren't being met in other ways." The merger, which will result in the loss of an unspecified number of jobs as administrative functions are combined, is designed to strengthen Mercy's sponsored, co-sponsored and affiliated ministries in education, health care, prayer, parish work and spiritual direction and social services. Mercy's West Midwest ministries include four institutions of higher education, three retreat centers and Mercy Housing Inc., which has developed more than 32,000 homes across the country during the past 25 years. Mercy's Burlingame ministries include Mercy High Schools, Catholic Healthcare West, Scripps Mercy Hospital, Elder Care Alliance, Mercy Retirement and Care Center, and Mercy Center.

Please Pray Daily

Do you feel God may be calling you to diocesan priesthood? "¿Te sientes atraído a servir como sacerdote diocesano?"

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San Francisco's St. Monica Parish will dedicate its refurbished church organ April 20 at 4 p.m. with a blessing of the instrument, a recital by organist James Welch, and a performance by the parish adult choir under the direction of St. Monica's music director and organThe St. Monica Parish boys choir, circa 1950 ist, Matthew Walsh. St. Monica Church was built in 1919 at half the size it is today. The Father Greene said. "Severe water damage organ at St. Monica's for almost 20 years and other mechanical problems were affectwas an old pipe organ acquired from an ing the organ." unknown church. Assisted by Holy Names Sister Miriam "In 1936, the need for a new organ Jeanne Murphy, parish organist and choirbecame apparent," said Father John Greene, master from 1975 ­ 2004, Father Greene pastor and himself a musician and organist. began what has become an eight-year project "The music director for the Archdiocese of of rebuilding and enlarging the organ. Jack San Francisco was living at St. Monica's at Bethards of Schoenstein Organs was a mainthe time and he helped design a two-manual stay in the project, Father Greene said. organ built by Kilgen of St. Louis." "The wind chests were re-leathered, a In 1950, when the church was doubled new combination action, a new organ façade, in size, a second organ console was added and five ranks of pipes were added," Father downstairs and the instrument's capabilities Greene said. "All these repairs and improvewere increased. At that time, the parish had ments were made possible by generous three choirs ­ the adult choir, the children gifts of several deceased parishioners: the choir and the boys choir. Tollini Famil, the Paton Family, and Alice "The organ was showing its age by 1999," Casassa." The spiritual advisor to the Population Institute and Family Life International will be the featured speaker at the 36th Annual Celebrate Life Dinner April 26 at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Ave. at Sloat Blvd. in San Francisco. A priest of the Archdiocese of Castries, St. Lucia in the West Indies, Father Linus Clovis will address the topic "A Moral Conscience in the Father Linus Clovis Modern World." The event is sponsored by United for Life, an interfaith pro-life organization founded locally more than 40 years ago. A graduate of the Angelicum in Rome and ordained in 1963, the priest holds a post graduate degree in mathematics as well as advanced degrees in theology and Canon Law. The Population Institute was founded in 1989 and addresses population-related issues, particularly what it views as untruths about overpopulation. Family Life International is a now-international Catholic pro-life organization founded in 1972 by Benedictine Father Paul Marx. While much of the upgrade will be unseen, all of the improvements will be heard April 20. "James Welch will perform works by Bach, Langlais, Schumann, Vierne and Widor," Father Greene said. "Our adult Sponsors of the evening call him "a dynamic speaker" who has "effectively addressed the consequences of abortion to the people of his country and has successfully challenged politicians and others who promote it." According to information about the dinner, Father Clovis "single-handedly stopped the legalization of abortion in his home island of St. Lucia." The priest has traveled widely in his roles with the Population Research Council and Family Life International. "From his own eyewitness experiences and painstaking research, he documents the systemic undermining of family and human values in several Third World countries," organizers said in a flyer. Mary Juanita Gutierrez, longtime San Mateo County resident and former nurse will be the event's guest of honor. Gutierrez is a former member of Operation Rescue and the organizer of the first Interfaith Committee for Life Prayer Service and continues to serve on its committees. She and her husband, Max, are the parents of six and grandparents of 11. Tickets are $40; tables of 10 are available at $350. The evening begins with a no-host cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is 6:30 p.m. Call (650) 355-7528. choir will sing the dedicatory anthem under the direction of our organist and music director, Matthew Walsh. All are invited to the concert and the reception after." Admission is free.

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April 16, 1 ­ 3 p.m.: Presentation, panel discussion and advance directives assistance at St. Mary's Medical Center, Morrissey Hall, 2250 Hayes St. in San Francisco. Panelists include Connie Borden, palliative care; Dr. Denis Bouvier, internal medicine and oncology; Father Ed Murray, spiritual care; Mary Rotunno, senior counsel for Catholic Healthcare West. Free. No registration required. Visit


Father P. Gerard O'Rourke and former St. Gabriel pastor, Father David Pettingill, are featured speakers in the parish's upcoming "Active Faith for Busy People" series. Father O'Rourke, director emeritus of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese, will address "Living in the Modern World ­ Different Faiths, Different Voices" April 16. "Four Pillars of a Healthy Catholic Life" are the focus of Father Pettingill's talk April 23. Both sessions take place Father P. Gerard Father David 7:30 ­ 9 p.m. at St. Gabriel O'Rourke Pettingill Church, 40th Ave. at Ulloa in San Francisco. Call (415) 731-6161. The parish marks its 60th year April 12 with food, entertainment and the coming home of former pastors including retired Sacramento Bishop Francis Quinn, Msgr. Harry Schlitt and Father Pettingill. Father John Ryan is celebrating his 10th year as pastor in 2008. Call (415) 566-0314 for ticket information.

April 19, 9 a.m. ­ 3 p.m.: "Spring is in the Air Faire," benefiting St. Matthias Parish Preschool, Canyon and Cordilleras Rd. in Redwood City. Day includes arts and crafts vendors, bake booth, food booth, silent auction, children's game area, and raffle. Call (650) 367-1320. April 19: Alumni baseball game benefiting sports programs at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. Contact Theresa Flynn Houghton at (415) 775-6626, ext. 609 or [email protected] April 19, 5 p.m.: Evening benefiting sports programs at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory at Janet Pomeroy Center, 207 Skyline Blvd. in San Francisco. Tickets are $50 per person. No minors, please. Contact John Lee at [email protected] Reservation deadline is April 11. April 19, noon: "Spring into Fashion," a spaghetti lunch, fashion show and silent auction benefiting St. Paul of the Shipwreck Parish. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door - $12/adults, $5 for ages 5 to 16, under 5 free. The event takes place in the Shipwreck gym at the corners of Third Street and Jamestown. Call the church office for further details: (415) 468-3434. April 26: "Discarded to Divine," a fundraiser benefiting St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, featuring high-end fashion made from recycled materials. Bay Area designers and students from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising participate. Professional models show the clothes. For ticket, time and venue information, call (415) 977-1270 or visit April 26, 7 p.m.: Casino Royale Deux, the 2008 Board Fundraiser benefiting Most Holy Redeemer AIDS Support Group, assisting those with HIV/AIDS for more than 22 years. The evening will include casino games, food and beverages, cabaret entertainment by Sherwood, and prizes valued at over $5,000. Takes place at Ellard Hall 100 Diamond St. at 18th St., San Francisco. Tickets are $125; senior tickets (65+) at $75. Call (415) 863 - 1581 or e-mail [email protected] April 27, 9 a.m. ­ 5 p.m.: Annual parade and celebration of the Santo Cristo Society of San Mateo County beginning with parade formation at 9 a.m. in front of Santo Cristo Hall, 41 Oak Ave. in South San Francisco then to All Souls Church for Mass at 10:30 a.m. Parade returns to hall for festivities and Sopas e Carne lunch, fundraising auctions, music and dancing. Everyone is invited. Call (650) 678-9292. April 27, 3:30-7 p.m.: An afternoon of opera to benefit the Interfaith Presidio Chapel. Ian Robertson, operatic and choral conductor, joins four friends and colleagues for an afternoon of entertainment in the acoustically acclaimed chapel. Event includes a champagne welcome, the concert, refreshments with the artists, and a raffle and silent auction. Tickets are $40; patrons $100. Tickets will be held at the door. Call (415) 561-3930. May 3, 9 a.m. ­ 2 p.m.: "Whale of a Sale" at St. Sebastian Church, Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and Bon Air Rd. in Kentfield. Choose from crafts, household items and many other goodies. Proceeds benefit parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Vendor spaces are still available at $50. Contact Kathie Meier at (415) 461-4133 or [email protected] Visit May 3: "Late Nite Catechism" at Mater Dolorosa Church, 307 Willow Ave. in South San Francisco at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Contact the parish office at (650) 583-4131 or [email protected]

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April 11, 12: Mother's Club Garage Sale in Visitacion Church Hall, 655 Sunnydale Ave. in San Francisco, Friday, 9 a.m. ­ 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. ­ 2 p.m. Choose from clothes, jewelry, purses, furniture, toys and more. April 16: The fun continues at Immaculate Conception Chapel where a spaghetti and meatball lunch is served for $8 per person - each third Wednesday of the month, beginning at noon. The family-style lunch consist of salad, bread, pasta and homemade meatballs. Beverages are available for purchase. The meal is served in the church hall, beneath the chapel. Call (415) 824-1762. April 16, noon: Spring luncheon benefiting the works of St. Anthony's Farm Auxiliary. Tickets are $25. For reservations, call Lorraine McEvoy, (707) 7637279. No tickets will be sold at the door. St. Anthony's Farm, 11205 Valley Ford Rd., Petaluma, is both a working ranch and residential recovery program for recently homeless men. In keeping with the vision of founder Franciscan Father Alfred Boeddeker, auxiliary members lend a "touch of home" by providing holiday meals and furnishings for residents. April 18, 19 9 a.m. ­ 3 p.m.: Rummage sale benefiting Little Sisters of the Poor and St. Anne's Home, 300 Lake St. in San Francisco. Large variety of merchandise including paintings, collectibles, fine and costume jewelry, furniture, books, clothing and more. Call (415) 776-8664. April 19, 5:30 p.m.: "Puttin' on the Ritz," the annual dinner dance and grand drawing benefiting Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and school in Belmont at the Crowne Plaza Mid-Peninsula in Foster City. Great food and choices for bidding as well as dancing to the music of the Jack Aces band. Table wines included in $100 per person ticket price. Reservations a must. Call Gail at (650) 593-6157.

Anselmo. Tickets at $10 adults/$5 students and seniors are available at the door. Call (415) 258-1989. April 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 7:30 p.m. and April 12, 2 p.m.: "Guys and Dolls" at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory, 1055 Ellis St. between Gough and Franklin in San Francisco. Visit Through April 30, 9 a.m. ­ 8 p.m.: Travers Flynn's time-lapse color photography at Mercy Center, 2300 Adeline Dr. in Burlingame. Call (650) 340-7474 or visit April 11, 12, 18, 19 at 8 p.m. and April 20 at 2 p.m.: Enjoy the Broadway musical, "Carnival," featuring the talent of area high school students at Archbishop Riordan High School in the school's Lindland Theater. The school is located at 175 Phelan St. across from San Francisco City College. Tickets are available on-line at April 11, 12, 18 and 19, 7:30 p.m.: "42nd Street," the spring musical at Mercy High School, 3250 19th Ave. in San Francisco. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at door. Contact Teresa Lucchese at (415) 334-0525, ext. 242. April 12, 6:30 p.m. social and curtain at 8 p.m.: Late Nite Catechism II in Junipero Serra High School Theater in San Mateo. Sponsored by the Men's Club of St. Bartholomew Parish, the evening "is a must for for anyone with an appreciation for Catholic grammar school when the Sisters ruled." Tickets at $60 and $50 per person include hosted bar, appetizers and show. Call (650) 347-0701. April 20, 4 p.m.: James Welch in a dedicatory recital on the rebuilt and enlarged Kilgen-Schoenstein organ at St. Monica Church, Geary and 24th Ave. in San Francisco. Works by Bach, Langlais, Vierne and Widor. Free admission. Call (415) 751-5275 or e-mail [email protected]


April 12, 6 p.m.: Class of '58 from St. Ignatius College Preparatory at the Olympic Club, 524 Post St. in San Francisco. Contact Mike Carroll at (650) 403-1010. April 13, 9:30 a.m.: St. Ignatius College Preparatory Golden Diploma Ceremony and Brunch beginning in the school's Orradre Chapel, 2001 37th Ave. in San Francisco. Contact Genny Poggetti at (415) 731-7500, ext. 211. St. Emydius Class of 1958 will have its 50th reunion this year. We are looking for classmates and have a website at Enter your information, post pictures and help plan the event, now scheduled for spring 2008. We are hoping to go to Duggan's Ranch, where we had our 8th grade picnic, with some of us riding up in a Facciola meat truck! Contact Bill Duggan at (415) 239-2278, [email protected], or Irene Hogan Deem, (707) 869-3751, [email protected] Star of the Sea Elementary School will mark its 100th year in 2009. Graduates, former students, staff and friends of Star of the Sea Grade School and its now closed sister-school, Star of the Sea Academy, are invited to call (415) 221-8558 or e-mail [email protected] Events marking the occasion include opening rites, dances, golf outings and wine tastings. April 26: St. Gabriel Alumni Association hosts Golden Diploma Reunion for Class of '58 beginning with Mass at 11:30 a.m. followed by a reception. Contact Sue Phelps at (415) 566-0314 or [email protected]

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April 12, 6:30 p.m. social and curtain at 8 p.m.: Late Nite Catechism II in Junipero Serra High School Theater in San Mateo. Sponsored by the Men's Club of St. Bartholomew Parish, the evening "is a must for anyone with an appreciation for Catholic grammar school when the Sisters ruled." Tickets at $60 and $50 include hosted pre-show bar and appetizers as well as seat for Late Nite. Call (650) 347-0701.

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April 11, 12, 7:30 p.m.; April 13, 2 p.m.: "Children of Eden, the Hardest Part of Love is Letting Go," at the Theater of Notre Dame High School, 1500 Ralston Ave. in Belmont. Features music by Stephen Schwartz, composer of "Pippin" and "Godspell." Tickets are $20, students/seniors $10. Call (650) 508-3729. April 11, 12, 7:30 p.m.: "A Chorus Line," at Hall of the Arts, San Domenico School, 1500 Buterfield Rd. in San

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NEW YORK (CNS) ­ "The Other Boleyn Girl" (Columbia/Focus) is a lushly filmed, fresh telling of the oft-dramatized liaison of Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman) and King Henry VIII (Eric Bana), including the monarch's break with the Catholic Church so he could divorce his first wife, Catherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent). Peter Morgan, the award-winning scriptwriter for "The Queen," has skillfully adapted Philippa Gregory's best-seller, and the accessible dialogue registers as acceptably "period." As the title suggests, this narrative shows us how Anne's younger sister, Mary (Scarlett Johansson), despite being recently wed, came to catch the eye of the king before her sister. Henry and his retinue are visiting the Boleyns. Against the wishes of their mother, Lady Elizabeth (Kristin Scott Thomas), the girls' father, Sir Thomas (Mark Rylance), and their uncle, the Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey), scheme to ensconce Anne as the royal mistress, after learning of Queen Catherine's failure to bear a son. Anne readily agrees, but Henry is more enchanted by the demure Mary when she tenderly ministers to his wounds after a riding mishap. Before long, the whole family is called to court, so the unhappy Mary can be available to the king. When Henry finally summons her to bed, however, she finds she genuinely loves the monarch. But when her subsequent pregnancy requires extended bed rest, his ardor cools. Anne, meanwhile, has engaged in a clandestine marriage, quickly dissolved by her angry parents, who pack her off to the French court. But with Mary laid up in bed, Sir Thomas and Norfolk soon contrive to bring Anne back to seduce Henry.

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She, still smarting from what she perceives as Mary's disloyalty, sets out to dazzle the king with her teasing charm, while withholding sexual favors until he divorces Catherine and makes her his queen, pushing Henry to break from the church of Rome. Mary delivers an illegitimate son, but Anne banishes them from court. When Henry summons Mary, whom he unequivocally trusts, to vouch that Anne's whirlwind marriage was never consummated, Mary nonetheless covers for her. British director Justin Chadwick keeps the story absorbingly intimate, and despite the obvious soap opera aspects, tones down some of novelist Gregory's more fanciful elements. Though there are no graphic sex, violence or language issues here, some of the sexual elements, particularly Anne's desperate suggestion that her brother, George (Jim Sturgess), help her conceive another child after a miscarriage ­ a suggestion from which both he and Mary recoil in horror ­ render it inappropriate for very young viewers. This is a good, old-fashioned historical drama of the kind we see too rarely on the big screen. The film contains royal bedroom intrigue with nongraphic sexual encounters including a rape, incest reference, adultery, divorce, light sexual banter and innuendo, and discreetly filmed beheadings. It is acceptable for older teens. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III ­ adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 ­ parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Forbes is director of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More reviews are available online at

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Eric Bana and Natalie Portman star in the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl." The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III ­ adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG-13 ­ parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

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Continued from cover The Catholic University, Columbus School of Law. I will be returning to San Francisco on Friday. It will be a quick trip." However,quick, the audience is probably among the most substantive of the pope's now more than two-year pontificate and will be open to all Catholic school superintendents and the presidents of all of the Catholic colleges and universities in the United States. "I suspect that he will be addressing his concerns regarding the Catholicity of schools and the teaching of Catholic doctrine and this will be especially directed at the university and college presidents," Huntington said, noting it is an issue she keeps in front of her daily with regard to schools here. "From my perspective, our Catholic schools have a very strong Catholic identity. Our archdiocesan schools especially are steeped in the Gospel values and live each day with Jesus, proclaiming the teachings and traditions of the Church. Our private Catholic schools are working very hard to enhance their Catholic identity while incorporating the unique culture of their founder's charism." "This invitation was both a surprise and a delight to me," she said. "I was not expecting to be able to see the pope during his visit to the US. It is an honor to be invited and privilege to be able to attend."

`Sweet Nothing in My Ear' looks at deafness, family

By John Mulderig

NEW YORK (CNS) ­ The successful marriage between a hearing husband and a deaf wife is threatened by a dispute over the appropriate treatment for their son, who is also deaf, in "Sweet Nothing in My Ear." This warm, family-friendly drama, a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation, premieres on CBS Sunday, April 20, 9-11 p.m. When Dan Miller (Jeff Daniels) learns that a recently refined therapy called a cochlear implant offers his 8-year-old son, Adam (Noah Valencia), who lost his hearing at age 4, the opportunity to regain it, he's intrigued. However, for his wife, Laura (Marlee Matlin), a teacher at a school for the deaf, the procedure represents an admission that deafness is a handicap, a viewpoint she vigorously opposes. Their disagreement becomes so acute that they separate and go to court over Adam's custody. Adding to the tension is Laura's father Max (Ed Waterstreet), an author and advocate of "deaf pride," who's concealing a significant family secret. Writer Stephen Sachs' adaptation of his own play, directed by Joseph Sargent, ultimately emphasizes the friendship and mutual respect that form the foundation of a lasting marriage. The film also upholds the dignity of the deaf in keeping with Catholic values. Along with the wholesome, smoothly acted story, there's even an intriguing explanation of the baseball custom whereby the umpire not only calls strikes and balls, but signals them manually as well. Mulderig is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the USCCB.



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`Careers in Aging Week' is focus

The 85-and-above set is the fastest growing age group in the nation, generating a demand for professionals with expertise in gerontology. To further career opportunities in aging, Notre Dame de Namur University will celebrate "Careers in Aging Week," April 13-19, with a week-long program on campus co-sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. The program, themed "Why Study Aging?" will examine education in aging, provide background on gerontology, and "enlighten the public about the immediate needs of society for qualified specialists in aging," according to an NDNU press release. Experts will participate in forums to discuss issues facing the aging from economics to education. Speakers will include Dr. Darlene Yee, Ph.D., from San Francisco State University's Gerontology Department; Lisa Lahowe with the Alameda County Agency on Aging; and Ellen Cuozzo from Pathways, Inc. For more information, contact Nusha Askari, Ph.D., at (650) 508-3728. If Western culture is dying spiritually, perhaps the pathogen responsible is irony. On the cross, Jesus is crushed by the weight of irony and cynicism. Easter, then, is God's answer to the ironic. The New Life first manifest in the risen Lord is God's response to the ironic, God's definitive proclamation that the ironist will not have the last word. In the Church, the Body of Christ which is the risen Lord's real presence extended in time and space, we encounter the truth and love than transcend the ironic and let us see things as they really are. Irony no longer reigns. He is risen! George Weigel is a senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.

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Weigel . . .

Continued from page 13 What we once honored as noble, we are now informed was merely self-serving. What we once thought to be self-sacrifice, we are now told was just self-delusion. Innocence is ignorance; only the ironic sensibility befits a well-educated modern. Or so we are told. The Danish philosopher Kierkegaard had a rather different view: "Irony," he wrote, "is an abnormal growth; like the abnormally enlarged liver of the Strasbourg goose, it ends by killing the individual." Kills, that is spiritually: for irony is no part of that child-like openness with which, Jesus tells us, the Gospel's invitation to faith must be received.

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Looking for a visionary, energetic and organized educator to direct and manage a rigorous and diversified academic program, and this individual will guide a professional and hard-working faculty at a Catholic, all-boys high school.

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