Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Archbishop of St Louis writes to the People of his Diocese (regarding the unrest in Ferguson, MO)

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest.

I have personally visited Ferguson and Michael Brown’s memorial to offer my prayers for everyone affected by this tragedy. As I have been observing this situation and reflecting on it through much prayer, I find strength in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.” In all circumstances, but especially in these difficult times, we are all called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions. Pope Francis recently stated that, “All men and women of good will are bound by the task of pursuing peace.”

To that end, I invite the Catholic faithful to attend a Mass for Peace and Justice which I will celebrate at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, on Wednesday, August 20th, at 5 p.m. During the Mass a special collection will be taken to assist food pantries and parishes in the Ferguson area that offer assistance to those who have been affected by the looting and destruction of property. Additionally, I encourage all parishes to offer Masses for peace in our community. The Office of Worship will contact pastors to provide the appropriate resources. Additional parish activities could include Holy Hours, a parish rosary, or a special collection this week to assist in the effort.

Because many Catholic schools are beginning classes both this and in the coming weeks, I have asked our Catholic schools to begin a daily rosary for peace and to offer special intentions during all school Masses. Catholic Family Services, an agency of Catholic Charities, has made counselors available to any Catholic school that requests assistance. Catholic Family Services has also publicized tips for parents and schools when dealing with crisis situations.

Pope Francis has encouraged us again and again to ask Our Lady, the Undoer of Knots, to intercede for us in difficult circumstances. So too, I ask all the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to join me in praying to Our Blessed Mother and to her son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, for peace and justice in our community.
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Sincerely Yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson
Archbishop of St. Louis

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pope Francis speaks to the Bishops of Asia while in South Korea

Very interesting words he speaks:
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An agreement to disagree… so as not to make waves… This sort of superficiality does us great harm.
The notion of agreeing to disagree has almost left me feeling rather uncomfortable. Doing so requires that neither person really believes what he says very strongly. It is false. It is lame. It is insincere. It never gets to the heart of the other person. And it creates more obstacles than it avoids.

Jesus never agreed to disagree with anyone; neither should we. Jesus made plenty of waves; so should we.


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Wednesday Work Day at Nativity

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Our work crew for last Wed. We spread Lava Rock and then moved pavers for our path thru the woods:
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Good Singin..........



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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Farewell Sr Maureen

The Sisters of Charity of Elizabeth, NJ have been in our Diocese for 75 years. This past weekend that bond disappeared with the final Sister of Charity, our own Sr Maureen, leaving St Joseph Parish.
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In the first few pics you will some of the former Sister-teachers of St Joseph who came to Pensacola for the farewell.
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Here are a few pics of Sr. Maureen, Monsignor Mullins and others:
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Some guest pics as well:
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Lastly, Monday night Dinner, another farewell:
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Saturday, July 12, 2014



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Dinner in Shaumberg, IL

The Border ... Mexican
(Did you catch those chandeliers? Made with upside down beer bottles)
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Breakfast on Saturday morning at The Corner Bakery:
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Drive to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin ... Walk along lake, thru town - late lunch at Jimmy Johns:

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To Chicago: windmills on the way -



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