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March 2013, Volume 31, Number 3

This issue of the Catholic Spirit includes stories on the Diocesan Catholic Youth Convention (DCYC) and the conclave of cardinals. See links to all of the stories on the right.

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Return to Me - A Young Adult Lenten Retreat

Join ATX Young Adult Events and the Diocese of Austin for a Lenten Retreat, held March 16-17, 2013 at Eagle Wings Retreat Center! Our retreat theme is "Return to Me", and is based on Joel 2:12, 'Even now', declares the Lord, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.'" It will be a weekend of fellowship, prayer, and discussion, with keynote speakers Fr. Brian McMaster, Fr. Jonathan Raia, Fr. Matthew Kinney, Katie Rose and more!

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The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 22, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointment

  • Deacon Bob Wehrer has been granted retirement by Bishop Vásquez, effective Feb. 13, 2013.

Special collection: March 9-10

On the weekend of March 9-10, all parishes in the Diocese of Austin are to take up a special collection for Catholic Relief Services. The following announcement should be read before all Masses that weekend:

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Diocese mourns Bryan firefighters

AUSTIN – The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin is thankful to the Bryan Fire Department and the College Station Fire Department and all those who assisted in responding to the fire at the Knights of Columbus Hall on February 15, 2013.  We were saddened to hear about the death of two Bryan firefighters and injuries to two other firefighters while battling the fire.

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The Friday E-Pistle (Feb. 15, 2013)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Prayers for Pope Benedict XVI

On Monday, Feb. 11, Pope Benedict XVI renounced the papacy effective at 8 p.m. Rome time on Feb. 28. Sometime in March, the cardinals of the church will meet in a conclave to select the next pope. We ask for your continued prayers for Pope Benedict XVI and the College of Cardinals.

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Welcome to our new website

As the Director of Communications for the Diocese of Austin, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you to our new website.

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Reflection: Love is a decision rather than a feeling

By Matthew E. Weilert

Guest Columnist

What better month than February to talk about love? Before the tech and finance men go apoplectic, we are talking about the practical reality that love is a decision, not a feeling. Love is deciding to choose the good available to us. In his first encyclical "Deus Caritas Est," Pope Benedict XVI discusses three words: eros, philia and agape. These are three distinct expressions of feeling and action that we, in English, translate as the single word love.

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Bioethics: Health care does not come in the form of a little pill

By Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D.

Columnist

Physicians will sometimes prescribe a hormonal regimen (in the form of a hormonal contraceptive like the birth control pill) to treat certain gynecological problems like heavy menstrual bleeding, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), endometriosis, or other conditions like severe acne. In these cases, the pill is used not as a contraceptive, but as a therapy for a medical condition.

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Saints for our times: French saint endured much torment from her family

By Mary Lou Gibson

Columnist

She was the daughter of a king and the wife of another, but her noble birth did not bring her love and happiness. For most of her life, St. Jeanne de Valois (Joan of France) was ignored, humiliated and rejected by her family and later, her husband. She was born in 1464, the fourth child of Louis XI and his second wife, Queen Charlotte of Savoy. King Louis was desperate for a male heir. Two sons had died in infancy. Instead, he got Jeanne who was born sickly and deformed.

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Advent traditions come together for Year of Faith

By Enedelia J. Obregón

Senior Correspondent

Parishes in the Killeen-area came together during Advent to celebrate the Nativity traditions of Las Posadas and Simbang Gabi. The traditions were combined by Servants of the Risen Christ Father Vincent Romuald to promote the Year of Faith in daily liturgical celebrations Dec. 15-23.

The celebrations began at St. Joseph Parish and proceeded to Holy Family Parish in Copperas Cove, St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish in Harker Heights and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Fort Hood.

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Young priest felt God’s call from an early age

Father Jonathan Raia is associate pastor of St. William Parish in Round Rock. He was ordained in 2009. (Catholic Spirit file photo)

By Amy Moraczewski

Correspondent

Father Jonathan Raia, associate pastor at St. William Parish in Round Rock, first felt called to the priesthood around the time of his first Communion. Entering seminary following graduation from the University of Texas, the Houston native faced a critical decision. Would he remain in the Diocese of Austin or return home to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston? And there was a third option of pursuing priesthood as a member of a religious order.

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Ashes to Easter supports missionaries all over the world

By Catholic Spirit Staff

This year more than 51,000 little boxes have been distributed to parishes throughout the Austin Diocese so that families can take part in the Ashes to Easter campaign. During Lent, which begins with Ash Wednesday on Feb. 13, families are asked to contribute coins to the boxes and to pray for the missionaries for whom the money is collected.

Christina Krueger, the diocesan Missions Coordinator, has taken the reigns of the Ashes to Easter project, which was operated by Father Tom Frank for more than 20 years.

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How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Year of Faith

By Catholic Spirit Staff

Catholics who participate in events connected with the Year of Faith can receive a special indulgence, according to a decree issued by the Vatican on Sept. 14, 2012. Pope Benedict established the Year of Faith to run from Oct. 11, 2012, to Nov. 24, 2013.

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Regina South: An example of kindness in action

Editor’s Note: The Year of Faith began last October and will run through this November. Each month during the Year of Faith, the Catholic Spirit will feature lay men and women who live their faith in a variety of ways. To suggest a lay person to feature, write catholic-spirit@austindiocese.org.

By Mary P. Walker

Senior Correspondent

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Gabriel Project: 20 years helping women in crisis

By Michele Chan Santos

Correspondent

Valentine’s Day will mark the 20th anniversary of the Gabriel Project, a ministry to women in crisis pregnancies in the Diocese of Austin.

On Feb. 14, 1993, with the support of Bishop John McCarthy, the Gabriel Project began at St. William Parish in Round Rock. Father Louis Pavlicek, pastor at the time, and the parishioners of St. William supported the project, then in its infancy.

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JP II, St. Louis de Montfort inspire priest’s new book

Father Brian McMaster has written “Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II.” It is published by Our Sunday Visitor. (Catholic Spirit photo)

By Mary P. Walker

Senior Correspondent

Updating a spiritual classic is risky, but Father Brian McMaster went forth in humility, faith and prayer to do just that in his new book, "Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II."

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New church is blessed for St. Vincent de Paul

By Burnie Cook

Correspondent

The new sanctuary for St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Austin was dedicated with a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Joe Vásquez on Dec. 29. Many families, numbering more than 1,000 individuals, came out to celebrate the opening of the new church, which has been in the works for years.

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Priest-chef helps ‘Celebrate Catholic Schools’

Father Patalinghug appears in one of his “Grace Before Meals” programs. The priest-chef will be the keynote speaker at the 2013 Celebrating Catholic Schools Dinner and Awards Presentation on Jan. 26. (CNS photo courtesy Grace Before Meals)

By Michele Chan Santos
Correspondent

Dynamic and energetic, Father Leo Patalinghug brings humor and verve into every conversation. He is a priest of many talents: he’s a chef, a choreographer, an author and a former martial arts championship title holder. He even beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay on an episode of “Throwdown! With Bobby Flay,” winning the contest with his mouth-watering recipe for Fusion Steak Fajitas.

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Priest publishes new book

Father Brian McMaster, the diocesan Director of Vocations, has written “Totus Tuus: A Consecration to Jesus through Mary with Blessed John Paul II.” It is published by Our Sunday Visitor, and is available online and in bookstores. All proceeds will be donated to St. Mary Catholic Center at Texas A&M University and the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

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