FRIDAY — Bishop Michael Pfeifer, Amarillo bishop The Most Rev. John Yanta concelebrate Respect for Life Mass at The Prayer Garden in Midland, corner of Fort Worth and Illinois streets, 10 a.m.
SUNDAY — Bishop Pfeifer celebrates The Mass at St. Joachim and St. Ann, 8 a.m., Clyde.
Friday — Rev. Michael Barbarossa, OFM (1981)
Sunday — Rev. Ted McNulty (2006)
This Weekend’s Readings
2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Psalm 112:1-2, 5-9
Hosea 2:16, 17, 21-22 or 2 Corinthians 4:6-10, 16-18
Psalm 45:11-12, 14-16
Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22
Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 or 11:1-2, 8-12
Luke 12:32-48 or 12:35-40
Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20
Headlines from Catholic News Service
By Catholic News Service
New York Catholics visit mosque, learn about Islam
WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. (CNS) — In late July, carloads of curious Catholics caravanned north from their church to a mosque in the next county. Three dozen Catholics who regularly attend Mass at the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement’s Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison accepted a Muslim visitor’s invitation to attend services at Masjid Al-Noor, his mosque in Wappingers Falls. Muslims are required to pray five times a day and men are obliged to attend a communal service on Fridays. Women are not required to interrupt their routines to go to the mosque for Friday prayer. The 45-minute service at Masjid Al-Noor was conducted in spoken and intoned Arabic, with three portions in English: a short reflection on the reading from the Quran, intercessory prayers and communal announcements. The Catholic visitors told Catholic News Service they were grateful for the opportunity to attend the services and speak with members of the congregation. “Our hosts were very welcoming and it was insightful to have casual conversation about being Muslim and learning about the diversity within their own community,” said Ruth Ann McAndrews.
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Growing number of young men join Knights of Columbus college councils
WASHINGTON (CNS) — As the Knights of Columbus celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, a growing number of young men have been joining its ranks through councils on their college campuses. Whether they are attracted by the group’s dedication to volunteer service, the camaraderie of other young Catholic men or the chance to become leaders in their local church communities, these young councils are constantly replenished by recruiting freshmen each year. College councils are able not only to develop fresh ideas for ministry projects and service trips, but to implement them as well, said Stephen Walther, coordinator for the college councils for the Knights of Columbus. “This is a hands-on kind of organization, which I think college students are very into,” he said. Since 2003, the number of members serving on college campuses has grown by an average of more than 1,600 each year. Even with members graduating and leaving their college councils to serve elsewhere, the net gain of these councils’ membership has been more than 6,000 in the last five years. The number of college councils around the world has grown from 162 in 2003 to 215 in 2007.
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Archbishop: ‘Gift of self’ leads people to find their place in world
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CNS) — Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark brought something very large into a Jersey City cafe on a recent Tuesday night in July: a spiritual concept of self-discovery that challenges people to “give themselves away” to discover the road map for a life journey. Speaking to an attentive Theology on Tap crowd of more than 70 people, Archbishop Myers said the Christian process of self-discovery goes beyond the internal contemplation of one’s emotions and desires. Instead, he suggested that, to find their place in the world, those in attendance should consider the “sincere gift of self,” a declaration made during the Second Vatican Council. “You know yourself by giving yourself away in loving ways,” he said at the July 24 gathering. “It’s not enough to look in the mirror. You must look into the mirror of other faces.” True inner awareness develops when a person steps outside the comfort zone, he said, to recognize “the needs of others and the world around us.”
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Pope says young people attracted to Jesus, Gospel
CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) — Contrary to what many may think, young people are strongly attracted to Jesus Christ and the Gospel, Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of Spanish youths. The pope urged some 5,000 pilgrims from Youth Mission of Madrid to continue to help their peers discover they are all loved by God and that his is “the only love that never fails and never ends.” The pope spoke to the young people packed inside the courtyard of his papal summer residence, south of Rome, Aug. 9. He also greeted thousands of young people who could not fit inside the confined courtyard and gathered outside the residence’s entrance. Pope Benedict sat and listened from his balcony as five young adults described how they grew closer to God and the church through their evangelization efforts with Madrid’s Youth Mission missionary initiative. The program, spearheaded by Madrid Cardinal Antonio Rouco Varela, helps prepare young Catholics to evangelize their peers.
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Struggle by indigenous to regain land in Brazil is deadly serious
DOURADOS, Brazil (CNS) — In Brazil, the struggle by indigenous people to regain their right to the land once inhabited by their ancestors is deadly serious. Ortiz Lopes, a member of the Guarani Kaiowa indigenous group who was murdered by a gunman July 8, was the 20th Guarani leader killed so far this year in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, according to the Catholic Church’s Indigenous Missionary Council, known by its Portuguese acronym as CIMI. Church workers who defend indigenous land rights also are targeted. Bishop Erwin Krautler of Xingu, president of CIMI and a staunch defender of indigenous communities, rubber tappers and Afro-Brazilian communities known as “quilombos,” has been under 24-hour police protection since late last year after a message was posted on a Web site saying he would not live past Dec. 29. CIMI recently denounced similar threats against Bishop Manoel Francisco of Chapeco, in southern Brazil, when an effigy was strung up with a sign warning that the bishop would hang “like Judas.”
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For Brazil’s Guarani people, land ownership is complicated issue
PASSO PIRAJU, Brazil (CNS) — On a crisp morning, sunny but with a chilly wind that bit through the wooden walls of their fragile homes, a small group of men, women and children gathered outside a simple, one-room grade school. A short walk away, past a tiny plot of cassava plants and banana trees, was the shallow river crossing that gave their community its name. Passo Piraju means “golden ford” in the Guarani language. This is their land. They have built their tiny, wooden dwellings on it, set up the school and constructed the still-unthatched frame of a larger communal building for religious rituals. And yet, the land is not theirs. “Our situation is complicated,” said community member Arnaldo Goncalvo. “In olden times, our grandparents lived here.” But in the middle of the last century, farmers moved in, staking out large landholdings for cattle, corn and soy. The Guarani Indians who had inhabited the area for centuries were forced off their ancestral lands. Six years ago, their descendents tried to return. “When we came back, we couldn’t get onto the land again,” Goncalvo said.
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With ancestral lands occupied, the Guarani must look for employment
DOURADOS, Brazil (CNS) — With vast swaths of ancestral farmland divided into plantations devoted to growing soybeans and sugar cane for biofuels or for export, the Guarani Indians do not have enough land for their traditional subsistence agriculture. “No one eats soy or sugar cane,” said Dr. Zelik Trajber, who heads the indigenous health office in Dourados, in an area where more than 60,000 indigenous people live on reserves. Since they can no longer farm, Guarani men must seek other employment. The only work readily available in the region is cutting sugar cane on large plantations — backbreaking labor that pays poorly. Government and business leaders have touted the benefits of sugar cane production for ethanol, and plantation owners seek out Guarani laborers, who have a reputation for being hardworking. But men who began working in the cane fields as teens are often physically disabled by the time they are 40, said Arnaldo Goncalvo of nearby Passo Piraju.
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Bishop Pelotte moved to Houston hospital to be near his brother
WASHINGTON (CNS) — Bishop Donald E. Pelotte of Gallup, N.M., has been moved to a Houston hospital closer to where his brother lives, after spending more than two weeks in a Phoenix hospital recovering from injuries he said he sustained in a fall at his home July 22. In an Aug. 9 posting on the diocesan Web site, Deacon Timoteo Lujan, chancellor, said Bishop Pelotte was transferred the day before to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center for ongoing treatment of traumatic head injuries. Deacon Lujan also reported that the diocese had hired an Albuquerque law firm after New Mexico news media sought copies of photos of the bishop with his injuries. The Gallup city attorney asked a state judge to decide if the police department is obligated to release to the news media photos of the bishop’s injuries taken by police at the Gallup hospital where he was first evaluated. The diocese said among the factors in the decision to move Bishop Pelotte to Memorial Hermann Hospital was that his twin brother, Father Dana Pelotte, is pastor of Corpus Christi Parish in Houston. Father Pelotte had been at the Phoenix hospital nearly every day since his brother arrived. Both men are members of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, which maintains a community house in Houston, it said.
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Oregon couple’s donated bison a hit at their parish benefit barbeque
PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) — Four years ago Dr. Don and Carol Schroeder, who raise bison, offered to provide the main course for their parish’s summer benefit barbecue, and it’s been a hit ever since. The orthopedic surgeon and rancher has kept as many as 160 head of bison in the hills west of Eugene. After 31 years in the gentleman’s trade, he’s down to 14 of the wild, burly beasts. He keeps at the work in large part because his church needs the meat. The July dinner at St. Mark Parish, featuring the meat from three of the Schroeders’ feisty animals, included Western skits, a saloon, a jail and a sheriff. Raising the beasts isn’t without its dangers. Two months ago, while trying to reunite a briefly separated mother and calf, the 68-year-old rancher got into a sticky situation. The mother, who weighs a ton, saw him as a threat and came after him, goring him in the thighs. With holes three or four inches deep in his legs, Schroeder crawled to the car and drove himself to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene. He acknowledges that a blow like that to the torso or chest could have landed him six feet deep. Within hours, he felt better and took off on a planned vacation.
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Xaverian Brothers elect new general superior at Belgian meeting
BALTIMORE (CNS) — The Baltimore-based Xaverian Brothers have elected Brother Lawrence Harvey to serve as the new general superior of the worldwide religious community, known formally as the Congregation of the Brothers of St. Francis Xavier. Brother Lawrence, a Massachusetts native who entered the Xaverians in 1979, was named general superior during the congregation’s 26th general chapter July 23-29 in Bruges, Belgium. He succeeds Brother Arthur Caliman. The general chapter occurs every six years, setting the priorities and electing leaders for the coming years. Brother James Kelly, president of Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, was elected to serve as a member of the community’s new general council — which includes brothers from the United States, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. Brother Daniel Skala of Massachusetts was elected vicar general. In an e-mail interview from Belgium with The Catholic Review, Baltimore’s archdiocesan newspaper, Brother Lawrence said attracting more men to the Xaverians will be among his priorities as general superior.
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Vatican: Pope’s meeting with priest does not affect Jewish relations
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI’s brief encounter with a Polish priest accused of anti-Semitism does not indicate any change in the Vatican’s position concerning Catholic-Jewish relations, the Vatican said in a written statement. Redemptorist Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, who heads Poland’s largest Catholic broadcast agency and has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, met with the pope Aug. 5 at the papal summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, after the pope’s noontime Sunday Angelus prayer, a Vatican source told Catholic News Service Aug. 8. The Vatican statement, released Aug. 9, said the fact that the pope met briefly with Father Rydzyk “does not indicate any change in the Holy See’s well-known position regarding relations between Catholics and Jews.” The statement was issued after Jewish groups expressed concern over the meeting after photographs of the pope with Father Rydzyk and two other priests surfaced in the Polish media Aug. 7. The Vatican statement, written in Italian, described the Aug. 5 encounter as a “baciamano” or a brief handshake rather than a private audience.
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