Archives for December 2015

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NFPC This Week, #642 – 12/27/2015-1/2/2016

Of Note This Week –

A blessed, happy and healthy New Year to our readers and subscribers!


Fr. Jim Hewes – “A Baby Changes Everything”

We also received a very fine essay from Father Jim Hewes, a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, NY. His essay, “A Baby Changes Everything” is very appropriate as we ponder the birth of Jesus.  In NFPC This Week, #632 – 10/25-10/31/2015, Fr. Jim wrote an essay on “The Priest as Hero.”

Click here for “A Baby Changes Everything.”

Fr. Larry Dowling’s Christmas poem “Yes”

Because we submitted the e-letter to our Webmaster early last week, we were unable to include Father Larry Dowling’s annual Christmas poem.  Father Larry is a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, pastor of St. Agatha Parish and editor of Upturn, the journal of the Association of Chicago Priests. His 2015 Christmas poem is titled, “Yes.”

Click here for “Yes.”

NFPC This Week, #641 – 12/20-12/26/2015

Of Note This Week –

Editor’s Note: A blessed and joyful Christmas and New Year to our wonderful subscribers and readers.

The next issue of NFPC This Week will be published the weekend of January 9, 2016.

Please note our modified office hours through December 31 on our website front page –

Council Notes from Owensboro (October 2015)

The October meeting of the Owensboro Council began with Bishop Medley’s report on Pope Francis’s US visit and his pilgrimage to France. He was especially pleased that the pope placed emphasis on the lives of Martin Luther, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Merton, and Dorothy Day, two of whom had a connection to Kentucky.

  • There was an extensive discussion of the finances surrounding the production of a TV Mass produced at an Owensboro parish. Viewership and other communication issues were part of the conversation. Members were requested to take matter up at the Deanery meetings and report back at the next council meeting.
  • The new annulment process went into effect on Dec. 8. All charges will stop effective Jan. 1. Discussion took place about the new canons and procedures.
  • Discussion took place concerning the merger of two parishes into one and building a new church to house the combined community. Because of a fire at one of the parishes, an insurance settlement is awaited. Resources to build the new church were also addressed.
  • An agenda item for the next council meeting will be the “Green Clause” to the “Ethics in Church Construction” policy.

Religious congregations stressing security concerns

The New York Times (Dec. 20, 2015) reported in light of recent terrorist attacks religious congregations are either beefing up security or at least talking about safety and security. This goes for not only mosques, where since the November Paris attack the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported 29 cases of vandalism, but for Catholic churches too.

The article points to St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC, which draws about 30,000 worshippers for weekend masses. Parishioners there were informed recently that uniformed and plainclothes police officers are patrolling services. Not only that, but backpacks, baby strollers, and diaper bags have been banned from worship areas.

“People feel that is almost like a weight lifted, in light of what is happening in the world today,” said Antoinette Usher, the facilities and operations director at St. Matthew, which has held three security-training sessions for staff, including active-shooter training. “They were feeling a little concerned about being a house of worship. You’re facing forward. Someone could come in from behind.”

For the entire NY Times article, click here.


National Migration Week – Jan. 3-9, 2016

Migra_2016National Migration Week will be observed in the US from Jan. 3-9. The theme for the week is: A Stranger and You Welcomed Me.  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops website offers a downloadable bilingual Prayer Card, which highlights many of the difficulties that migrants face in their daily lives, the struggles they face in migration process, and their need for God’s protection.

Click here for the USCCB Migration Week web site.

SLIconnect presents Rediscovering the Face of Mercy webinar, February 18

Fr_SongyWhen – Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, 1:00-2:00 pm EST

Presenter – Fr. David Songy, OFM Cap. S.T.D., Psy. D. Fr. Songy says that many priests, religious, and pastoral ministers become so worn down by the daily stressors of ministry that the spiritual life seems no longer a source of personal healing and strength. He will explore the dimensions of a theology of mercy and suggests a process of spiritual renewal, utilizing the Holy Father’s suggestion of a personal pilgrimage.

Cost – $25.00 [Includes unlimited access to the on-demand recording and resource materials.]

For more information and a link to register, click here.

The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma

ShepherdOver the last several years we have written a number of times about the life and ministry of Archdiocese of Oklahoma City priest, Father Stanley Rother. Fr. Rother was murdered for his faith in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala in July 1981 during the civil war in that country. His cause for sainthood is at the Vatican’s Congregation for Causes of Saints. His death on July 28, 1981was recognized as a martyr’s in June 2015 by the Congregation.  The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run: Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr from Oklahoma, by Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda is the first published biography of Fr. Rother’s life and ministry. The title comes from his own words when he returned briefly to Oklahoma after his name appeared on a death list by Guatemalan insurgents. “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” Fr. Stanley Rother said in his last Christmas letter in 1980 to Catholics in his native Oklahoma. The volume is very well researched. Available for $19.95 from Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington, IN. 46750. Tel: (800) 348-2440.  Fax: (800) 498-6709. E-mail: [email protected]. Web site: