Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On June 18th, Pope Francis will release an encyclical (papal letter) entitled Laudato Sil (translation “Praised Be “) and it will be about the care of the earth.
On May 29th, the feast of Pentecost, in his homily Pope Francis said: “Then the Holy Spirit renews— guides and renews — renews the earth. The Holy Spirit whom Christ sent from the father, and the Creator Spirit who gives life to all things, are one and the same. Respect for creation, then, is a requirement of our faith: the “garden” in which we live is not entrusted to us to be exploited, but rather to be cultivated and tended with respect ( cf. Gen 2:15 ). Yet this is possible only if Adam — the man formed from the earth — allows himself in turn to be renewed by the Holy Spirit, only if he allows himself to be re-formed by the Father on the model of Christ, the new Adam, in this way, renewed by the Spirit, we will indeed be able to experience the freedom of the sons and daughters, in harmony with all creation.”
There will be a lot of media coverage concerning this encyclical and there will be some who will criticize it and say that we should ignore it. WE ARE NOT GOING TO IGNORE IT!
Our Church is dedicated to protecting human life and dignity, exercising a preferential option for the poor, caring for Creation, and promoting the common good in solidarity with all persons. Since 1981, this teaching has been affirmed bySt. John Paul 11, Pope EmeritusBenedict XV1, Pope Francis, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and many other Bishops Conferences around the world.
So what will we do? We will use a number of resources that will help us to understand, discuss, share, and act on the teachings of the encyclical. Count on it.
Peace and All Goodness,
We mirror Jesus’ acts of mercy when we feed the hungry.
Father Hilarion Kistner, OFM
St. Anthony Messenger, June 2015
It is very inspiring to see individuals, groups of students and organizations mirroring Jesus’ mercy by feeding the hungry. Hope Outreach Center is sponsoring an event at the Westfield Mall in Plantation from June 5-7 called” Canstruction”. Local companies will construct sculptures made of canned food which will be donated to local food pantries. It is hoped that the event will provide several tons of food to the pantries. Be sure to check this event out.
On May 9, State Representative Katie Edwards helped organize a food distribution drive-through event at Plantation High School. “We had families ready and waiting at 7 A.M. You realize there is still so much need,” Edwards said. Each car received between 20 and 25 pounds of food which was obtained through Farm Share, a nonprofit organization that reclaims quality produce that would otherwise go to waste. The food drive benefitted more than 400 people. It is estimated that 15% of the population, over 266,000 people suffer from food insecurity in Broward County. It is very heartwarming to hear of examples where people are mirroring Jesus by feeding the hungry.
There was an election of members to the Board of Directors of the St. Maurice Hunger Program held at the General Meeting of the Hunger Program members on April 27. Mary Becconsall, Lucy DiBraccio, Cecile Erlsten, Chuck Kelley, Barbara Kerpen-Faticone, Shel McCartney, and Suzanne O’Brien were reelected. Two new members, Gloriann Lombardo and Meredith Shuster were elected. An election of officers for the board took place at the May 18 board meeting. They are as follows: Cecile Erlsten-President, Shel McCartney- Vice President, Gloriann Lombardo- Secretary, and Lucy DiBraccio- Treasurer. Congratulations to the board members and to the officers. Thank you for your service to the poor.
St. Mary’s Feeding Program located in Above Rocks, Jamaica was reviewed at the April 27 board meeting. In the past year a total of 7141 students have been fed a daily lunch at school. Project Leader Ann Kearney recommended that this project continue to receive the annual funding of $5,000. St. Maurice Share a Meal was reviewed at the May 18 board meeting. This project feeds between 115-120 homeless and poor people once a month at the Broward Outreach Center. Cecile Erlsten who is the project leader for this project recommended that the annual funding of $2,000 be continued.
Pope Francis is calling for a “Year of Mercy”. A good way to show mercy would be to mirror Jesus’ mercy in feeding the poor by supporting the Hunger Program in the monthly donation envelopes.
God bless you,
The Board of Directors of the St. Maurice Hunger Program
St. Frances Cabrini
The Patron Saint of Immigrants
St. Frances Xavier Mother Cabrini, (Feast day November 13) was born in Lombardi,
Italy in 1850, one of thirteen children. At eighteen, she wanted to become a nun, but her
poor health stood in the way. She remained with her parents and worked on the family farm with her brothers and sisters.
One day a priest asked her to teach in a girls school where she stayed for six years. At the request of her bishop, she founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children in schools and hospitals. Then in 1889 at the urging of Pope Leo XIII she came to the United States with six nuns to work among the Italian immigrants.
Filled with a deep trust in God and endowed with a wonderful administrative ability, this remarkable woman soon founded schools, hospitals, and orphanages in The United States and throughout the world, flourishing in the aid of immigrants and children. At the time of her death on December 22, 1917, her institute numbered houses in The United States, England, France, Spain and South America. ln 1946, she became the first American citizen to be canonized when she was elevated to sainthood by Pope Pius XII.
Dear Beloved Community,
The heart of Christian community is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the vine; we are the branches. Living within the vine, we “will produce abundantly.” Separated from the vine, we are, “a withered, rejected branch which can do nothing.”
The commandment that binds together this community is twofold: to believe in Jesus and to “love one another as he commanded us.” When following this commandment of faith and love, “we are at peace before him.” Such a community of faith, love and peace is possible, and Luke assures us that “throughout all Judea, Galilee and Samaria the church was at peace.”
Our world is not at peace; there is war and division everywhere. For our church to speak peace to this world, it will have to be a peaceful community. There must be that faith in, and reliance on Jesus, and there must also be that love for one another. The world must be able to look at us and say that we are at peace. Only then will our message of peace get through to others.
That the Church may really be the sign of that solidarity which the family of nations desires, it should show in its own life greater cooperation between the Churches of rich and poor regions through spiritual communion and division of human and material resources.
Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World (1971)
Peace and All Goodness,
There was an article in the March 4th edition of the Plantation & Davie Forum about the students from Cooper City High School who volunteered to pack 100,000 meals for hungry children. The students that were pictured looked happy and had smiles on their faces. The food boxes that they packed for Feeding Children Everywhere contained rice, lentils, dehydrated vegetables and Himalayan salt. Thanks to a $15,000 donation from the city the student-led Cooper City Hunger project more than tripled the number of meals packed the previous year. These students should be affirmed for their concern for the poor. Recently there was an article in the Sun Sentinel Community section about students from Nova Middle School who baked bread for the Poverello Center. One of the students was quoted as saying that it was fun to learn to bake bread and also to help others by feeding the hungry. So the words of the psalmist really are true; helping the poor can make you happy. It certainly proved true for the students who volunteered at their schools.
A good way to help feed the hungry is by purchasing Cheerios at Sam’s Club. The box I purchased had a code that I entered on the web site: OutnumberHunger.com/SamsClub. For every code entered General Mills will donate $1.20 to Feeding America which will provide 12 meals for a local food bank.
One of our projects received its annual review at the February Hunger Board meeting, and two projects were reviewed at the March 23rd meeting. St. Joseph Center for Children is located in Cochabamba, Bolivia where 120 children are fed weekly. The children come from very poor families and some have been abandoned and are street children. The annual support of $3,000 was approved at the request of the project leader, Meredith Shuster. Pain du Matin provides bread for the needy in Laboule, Haiti. One hundred sixty five families are provided with bread every morning. The project leaders, Marielyn Hogarth and Therese Katende recommended that this project be continued. Ecole Joseph Lepevedic’s feeding program provides a daily meal to 1017 students and 37 staff members at the school. The majority of the students come from very poor families, and the meal that they receive helps them to learn better. Project Leader Ramona Rung recommended that the annual funding of $4,000 be renewed.
We are sad to report that Project Leader and Hunger Board member Diana Bonnett resigned from her positions because she has moved out of the area. The board members expressed their appreciation to Diana for her seven years of service on the board. There are now two projects which need leaders. If you are interested in finding out more about the responsibilities of a project leader, please plan to attend the next general meeting of the Hunger Program which will be held on April 27th at 7:00 PM in the chapel. This would be a good way to be happy by serving the poor.
We wish you a blessed and happy Easter season.
The Board of Directors of the St. Maurice Hunger Program
Lent is the season that prepares us to celebrate Easter. The main reason Lent is important is that Easter is more im¬portant. On Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, whose passage beyond death into life offers redemption to believers. The resurrection is the cornerstone of Christian faith. The mystery of Christ’s ris¬ing from the dead is so deep that the Church invites us to six weeks of preparation before we fully celebrate it. We call that period Lent.
For the faithful, Lent is a time of penitential practices and spiritual discipline. During this time we acknowledge our sins and seek God’s help to overcome them. Tradition-ally, we engage in acts of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Together these actions show our dependence on God, our renunciation of the fascinations of this world, and our de¬sire to better the lives of others.
For the elect, those preparing for baptism, Lent is a time of intense spiritual preparation. They will celebrate baptism at Easter because in this sacrament they enter the mystery of Christ’s dying and rising. They die to their former way of life and open their hearts fully to discipleship in Jesus. For the elect, this is a season of purification and enlightenment. The prayers of this season help scrutinize and purify their intentions, removing whatever might block their commitment, and strengthening their resolve. They will become fully illumined with the light of Christ when they celebrate initiation at the Easter Vigil.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends before the Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday. Ash Wednesday is a day of fast and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10 @ 7:00PM
THE NONVIOLENT LIFE:
An evening with Father John Dear
An International voice for peace &
Nobel Peace Prize Nominee
I… You… We are One
For centuries, the Catholic Church has performed more works of charity than any other organization in the world. Why? Because God is love, and through that powerful statement, He teaches us that it is in giving that we receive. His message is simple—to love God above all else and to love others. It is through His love that I seek your help. You are the answer to someone’s prayers, and together, we are changing lives.
United, as one family of God, we feed the hungry, clothe the poor, care for the sick and dying, and touch the hearts of those in despair. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we nourish and educate our children, both spiritually and intellectually. We assist the poorest of our parishes and schools so that all persons may encounter Jesus Christ. We provide shelter for the homeless. As Catholics, we consistently defend and respect the dignity of all human life, work to eliminate prejudice, and promote social justice. We journey together by sharing in the sacraments—from baptism to receiving the Eucharist, to confirmation and penance, to marriage and anointing the sick. And this year, we are blessed with sixty-five men studying in our seminaries answering their call to the priesthood to become shepherds of Christ here in south Florida. You make all this possible.
Let us unite through our support of this year’s ABCD so that I… you… and we can continue to carry out the good works of Jesus Christ here in South Florida.
Yo… Usted… Nosotros, somos uno
Durante siglos, la Iglesia Católica ha realizado más obras de caridad que cualquier otra organización en el mundo. ¿Por qué? Debido a que Dios es amor, y a través de esa declaración poderosa, Él nos enseña que es al dar cuando recibimos. Su mensaje es simple: amar a Dios sobre todas las cosas y amar a los demás. Es a través de Su amor que yo busco su ayuda. Usted es la respuesta a las oraciones de alguien, y juntos, podemos ayudar a aquellos que tanto lo necesitan.
Unidos, como una sola familia de Dios, alimentamos a los hambrientos, vestimos a los pobres, cuidamos de los enfermos, moribundos, y llegamos a los corazones de los desesperados. Con la guía del Espíritu Santo, alimentamos y educamos a nuestros hijos, tanto espiritual como intelectualmente. Ayudamos a los más pobres de nuestras parroquias y escuelas, a fin de que todas las personas puedan encontrarse con Jesucristo. Proporcionamos refugio a las personas sin hogar. Como católicos, constantemente defendemos y respetamos la dignidad de toda vida humana; trabajamos para eliminar los prejuicios y promover la justicia social. Marchamos juntos mediante la participación de los sacramentos, desde el bautismo o la recepción de la Eucaristía, la confirmación, la penitencia y el matrimonio, hasta la unción de los enfermos. Y este año, hemos sido bendecidos con sesenta y cinco hombres que estudian en nuestros seminarios, habiendo respondido al llamado al sacerdocio, para convertirse en pastores de Cristo en el Sur de La Florida. Ustedes hacen todo esto posible.
Unámonos a través de nuestro apoyo al ABCD de este año, de manera que yo … usted … y nosotros podamos seguir llevando a cabo las buenas obras de Jesucristo en el Sur de La Florida
Saint Maurice Men’s Club
Saturday, February 14, 2015
St. Maurice West
Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
$25.00 per person
Filet Mignon & Lobster or
Pork Medallions with Bordelaise sauce
Buy your tickets after Mass or in the Office
Christmas Eve Mass 4:00 PM
Spanish Mass 6:30 PM
French Mass 8:45 PM
Prelude to Midnight Mass 11:15 PM
December 27th & 28th
Regular Mass Schedule