WEEKLY NEWS: November 29, 2010

The first week of Advent

Welcoming those with disabilities

Christ the King Parish in Southaven, Miss., was recently cited for its easy accessibility for those with mobility concerns.  A low-sloped ramp makes the altar area wheelchair and walker-friendly.  The church was noted in an article about parishes that reach out to Catholics with disabilities that was published in the August St. Anthony Messenger.

Christ the King is one of several parishes ministered to by a pastoral team that includes Fr. Bob Tucker, Fr. Tim Gray, Fr. Ed Zemlik and Dn. Duy Nguyen.

Four parishes work together as one

For the past year Fr. Pat Lloyd has been back in central Wisconsin serving as pastor of a four-parish community northwest of Green Bay.  “As four parishes sharing one pastor and one common parish office, we are heading into a new experience of cooperation, sharing, and mutual help in promoting the Church’s mission in this central area of Wisconsin,” said Fr. Pat.

He invites you to learn more about the parishes of St. Anthony, Tigerton; St. Mary, Marion; Holy Family – St. William, Wittenberg, and St. Mary, Leopolis, at the Four Parish Catholic Family website.  Go to: www.flockof4.org

Do you have a ministry website that you would like to link to the province website?  Contact Mary Gorski at marygoski@sbcglobal.net


Fr. Mike Burke has a new cell number:

Br. Clay Diaz
Br. Clay will be leaving St. Joseph’s Indian School and returning to the Dehon Formation Community on December 23.  However,  he asks that his mailing address be changed as of December 1.  The address for the Dehon Formation Community:  1421 E. 53rd St., Chicago, IL 60615-4501.

REMINDER: Personnel Directory updates

A new North American personnel directory is being assembled.  Please get your updated contact information to Kassandra Huerta by December 3.  You can email her at provadm@poshusa.org or call 414-427-4261.

Questions?  Contact Br. Frank Presto or Kassandra.

Keep in prayer

Fr. Don Barnd has been admitted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for observation. Doctors want to do testing to determine if he may have had a stroke.

Br. Larry Rucker is having cataracts removed from his right eye today (November 29).

Fr. Chuck Wonch will have his thyroid removed on December 3rd.

Please remember

Br. José Tarcísio Rodrigues Sena, a member of the Portuguese Province,  died November 22.  He was born in 1934 and professed in 1956.

Mrs Jeanne Dinel, 95, died November 17. She was the mother of Nicole Béland and Denise Dufour. Nicole is the office manager of the SCJs’ Mission Office in Montréal, as was Denise for many years. Denise is also an honorary member of the Canadian Region.

Education materials

Did you know that Vocation Central has a variety of educational materials about vocations and the Catholic Church, including “Celebrating Confirmation: A Student Guide,” “Praying the Rosary!” “Why Bother With Mass?” and “Celebrating Reconciliation with God,” as well as Catholic prayers in Vietnamese, Spanish and English.

Click here to view available materials.

You can also call Vocation Central at 800-609-5559 for more information.

Calendar updates

  • December 14-15: Provincial Council Meeting
  • January 11-12: Provincial Council meeting
  • January 15: Celebration of SCJ ministry in the Rio Grande Valley (OLG Raymondvilee)
  • February 17-18: Provincial Council meeting
  • March 29-30: Provincial Council meeting
  • May 9-11: Provincial Council meeting (budgets)
  • May 23-24:  North American councils meeting (Chicago)
  • Week of July 11: Province Assembly, Hales Corners, Wis.

Provincial’s time

Fr. Cassidy concludes his visitation with the Pinellas Park community this week and heads for Mississippi, where he starts a visitation on December 2.  December 8-13 he will be in Texas, first in Raymondville, and then Houston.  Council meetings are scheduled for December 14-15.