Diocesan Briefs–August

Pro Life Mass

   MIDLAND — Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer’s Annual Respect for Life Mass will be at 10 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at The Prayer Garden in Midland, at the intersection of Fort Worth St. and Illinois Ave. The Mass will be held across the street from the MIdland Planned Parenthood office on a Friday, the day, the day of the week PP conducts abortions. Bishop John Yanta of the Diocese of Amarillo, will be the concelebrant.

Immigrant Workshop, Aug. 11

   SAN ANGELO — On Saturday August 11, St. Joseph Catholic Church in San  Angelo will host a JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS workshop from 10 a.m.-Noon
   The Hispanic Ministry Committee welcomes you to come here Fr. Juan Molina’s presentation, which will be bilingual. Fr. Molina is Southwest Regional Coordinator for Catholic Relief Services. 
   Key issues to be discussed:
— “Welcome the stranger, for you were once a stranger in Egypt”.
— What is the church’s response?
— Key elements for Comprehensive Immigration Reforms.

Catholic Charismatic Renewal
   SAN ANGELO — Remembering and Celebrating 40 years of Catholic Charismatic Renewal will be the focus of this year’s San Angelo Diocesan Day of Renewal. It will be held at Abilene Holy Family’s Parish Center on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Father Robert Bush will be a speaker and celebrant for the Charismatic Mass. Speakers will include those instrumental in the Spiritual Renewal of our Diocese in the past and today. All are invited to attend this time of Joy and Fellowship in the Holy Spirit!

San Angelo Women’s ACTS

   SAN ANGELO — San Angelo will be having its 2nd Women’s ACTS retreat on Sept. 27-30, 2007. The theme of the ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) retreat comes from Jn. 8:12 “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Cost for the retreat is $155. A $50 deposit is due at the time of registration.  For more information, please call Muriel Emerson at 325-651-4633 or 325-450-6971, or Joan Braeutigan at 325-944-3344 or 325-374-6404.  We are looking for businesses or individuals who would be able to support those individuals who would like to attend an ACTS retreat but is unable to afford it.

Criminal Justice Training
   Training continues around the diocese for August and September. These sessions are being held to bring everyone up to the same level of knowledge regarding our ministry along with guidelines and policies.  This training applies to volunteers visiting the incarcerated, as well as those ministering in the community. In the fall of 2007, we will hold commissioning ceremonies, at the parishes for which our volunteers belong. As a prerequisite for being commissioned as a CJM volunteer for the diocese, Bishop Michael Pfeifer requests that everyone (priests, deacons, religious and lay) attend one of these sessions.  The planned training sessions are outlined by deanery:

Abilene Deanery
Date                Location   Time
Sept. 10          Holy Family/Abilene  7 pm
Sept. 22          St Mary/Brownwood  9 am
Midland / Odessa Deanery
Aug. 28          St. Agnes/Ft.Stockton 7 pm
Aug. 30          St Thomas/B.Spring   7 pm
Sept. 6           St. Stephen/Midland   7 pm
San Angelo Deanery
Aug 2             St. Mary/Ballinger 7 pm
Sept 29          Holy Angels/SAngelo 9 am

Each session will be about 2½ hours long.  Select the one that best fits your schedule and please attend. If you attended a training session in 2006, you have already fulfilled the requirement. You are still very welcome to come; however, you are not obligated to do so.  If you did not attend a session last year, you will need to do so in order to be commissioned in the fall.  Please call Deacon Bob Leibrecht at 432-889-3858 if you have any questions.

Ethics Workshops dates

 San Angelo Deanery
Aug 16  St. Paschal/Sterling City    2-5 pm
Aug 28  H. Angels/SAngelo   6:30-9:30 pm
Aug 29  Our Lady-Perpetual Help, Ozona
                                          6:30-9:30 pm
Midland/Odessa Deanery
Aug 14   St. Stephen/Midland      7-10 pm
Aug 23   OL-San Juan/Midland    7-10 pm
Sept 10  St. Ann/Midland             7-10 pm
Abilene Deanery
Aug 9    St. Mary/Brownw’d  6:30-9:30 pm
KC positions open
   Looking for a practical Catholic man who has some sales experience, an outgoing personality, is trustworthy, competitive, aggressive, and is looking for a career serving brother knights and their families. (Must have a good job history.) 
   Position includes group life, medical insurance, disability insurance, award trips, plus a pension plan and 401K.
   Contact: James Seideman
Phone Number: (877) 797-5632
e-mail: james.seideman@kofc.org

   Due to the growth of the Knights of Columbus in Texas we have openings in various places in the San Angelo Diocese.  This is a unique opportunity to run your own business as a Knights of Columbus Field Agent
   Perfect for an outgoing self-starter, selling Fraternal Benefits to our members.  If qualified you’ll earn better than average income. Excellent benefits and training. You need to have some sales experience, a good work record, ambition to succeed and good people skills.
   For more information or an interview, please contact James Seideman, General Agent, toll free, at (877) 797-5632.

NECROLOGY-SEPTEMBER
   2 — Rev. Hilarin Lapinski (1994)
   4 — Rev. John Busch, OMI (2003)
   6 — Rev. Vincent Daugintis (1990)
   10 — Rev. Leo St. John, OMI (1976)
   10 — Rev. James Franchi (1969)
   15 — Rev. Peter Vergauwen (2003)
   23 — Rev. Herman Valladares (1997)
   25 — Rev. William Lensing (1978)
   26 — Rev. William Cadigan, MSC (1971)
   28 — Deacon Paul Ramos (1990)

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