Around the Diocese: December 20, 2015

A “Breakfast with St. Nicholas” during which St. Nicholas, played by Father Bernie Zajdel, parochial vicar of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Angola, visited with the children in the parish hall following the 10 a.m. Mass, on Sunday, Dec. 6, the feast day of St. Nicholas. The eighth-grade confirmation class sang Christmas Carols for the approximately 100 children and their families who attended the breakfast provided by the Knights of Columbus.

St. Patrick to host ‘Call and Gifted’ seminar

ARCOLA — St. Patrick Parish will host a Called and Gifted workshop on Jan. 8, from 7-9 p.m. and Jan. 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will learn how to discern the unique work of love to which God is calling them and to discover how God has empowered them to carry it out.

The Called and Gifted workshop is presented by the Catherine of Siena Institute, nationally headquartered in Colorado Springs. Dominican Father Mike Fones, and Sherry Weddell are co-founders of the institute.

Cost for the weekend that includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday is $30, $50 for a couple and $75 for a family. Participants 15 years of age and older are welcome.

For more information about the workshop or the Catherine of Siena Institute, visit www.siena.org.

Participants may register online at www.eventbrite.com and search “Called and Gifted” or call Ken and Kam Schaefer at 260-625-3930 for questions and to send in paper registration.

Professor Snead appointed to Pontifical Academy for Life

NOTRE DAME — Carter Snead, a professor of law at Notre Dame was recently appointed to the Pontifical Academy for Life, a prestigious honor recognizing world leaders dedicated to the study of bioethics and law in promotion of the Church’s defense of all human life. He is one of only 82 corresponding members of the PAL worldwide — one of 11 from the United States.

Before coming to Notre Dame, he served as General Counsel to the President’s Council on Bioethics (Chaired by Dr. Leon R. Kass), where he was the primary drafter of the 2004 report, “Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies.” He has testified in the U.S. House of Representatives on regulatory questions concerning RU-486 (the abortion pill). In 2014, he testified in the Texas state legislature on the constitutionality of a proposed fetal pain bill. Professor Snead led the U.S. government delegation to UNESCO and served as its chief negotiator for the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (adopted in October 2005). He served (with President’s Council on Bioethics Chairman, Dr. Edmund Pellegrino) as the U.S. government’s Permanent Observer to the Council of Europe’s Steering Committee on Bioethics (CDBI), where he assisted in its efforts to elaborate international instruments and standards for the ethical governance of science and medicine.

Redeemer Radio names Cindy Black as executive director

FORT WAYNE — Redeemer Radio announced that Cindy Black has been named executive director for the Radio Network in Northern Indiana. As the executive director, Black will serve as the primary visionary for the organization. It is her responsibility to see where the organization will be over the next three to five years, and design and implement strategies to execute that vision.

Redeemer Radio Board Chair Jeremy Reidy expressed, “We are thrilled to welcome Cindy Black as the new leader of Redeemer Radio. Cindy brings tremendous talents, character and years of experience in evangelization to the apostolate. Redeemer Radio is poised to spread the Gospel even further with Cindy’s vision and experience.”

Black has a rich and diverse background. She is a former college professor of communications, a former youth director, and also served directing youth ministry for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. She transitioned to adult faith formation before being called to Redeemer Radio.

“Cindy Black has been an invaluable coworker, friend and passionate disciple for so many in our diocese,” says Mary Glowaski, director of the Secretariat for Evangelization at the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. “To say we will miss her couldn’t be more of an understatement! My heart is full of joy and excitement as Cindy says ‘yes’ to new opportunities to bring Christ to her new Redeemer family. Under her leadership and care I can strongly recommend that Redeemer Radio get a bigger family table because you are about to grow beyond your wildest expectations.”

Cathedral Museum needs volunteers

FORT WAYNE — The Cathedral Museum is seeking volunteers to work one day per month, Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those interested may contact Margaret Venderly at 260-459-1032.

‘Goodies for God’ sale benefits Women’s Care Center

FORT WAYNE — The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School first graders and their families have baked dozens of cookies and other holiday treats for the annual “Goodies for God” cookie sale where the baked goods were sold for 25 cents to the school and parish community from Dec. 7-10.

This year, the first graders’ goal was to make $1,000, to be donated to the Women’s Care Center in Fort Wayne. “The first graders understand that this is our way to help the moms and their babies at the Women’s Care Center,” said first-grade teacher Julie Peters. “This service project is our way to pay it forward.”

Jessica Patton, another St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School first-grade teacher, said that the first graders previously visited Ellison Bakery to see how a cookie factory works.

“In this Year of Mercy, what a wonderful example our first graders are showing towards the community,” said Principal Lois Widner. “I am so proud of our students, parents and staff for bringing Christ to others and sharing the vision of our patroness, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.”

A check for the total amount made from the cookie sale was presented to a representative of the Women’s Care Center at the end of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School Mass on Dec. 11.

The fifth and sixth graders of St. Joseph Catholic School in Garrett participated in an art contest to create a holiday poster. The St. Joseph students placed first in the middle school category and they received $500, which the students will use to buy toys for families sponsored by the Garrett Christmas Bureau.

‘Because of His Mercy’ theme  for young adult retreat

NOTRE DAME — Young adult men and women in their 20s and 30s, single and married, are invited to get away from the busyness of daily life and encounter the Lord in a personal way.

The annual Overnight Retreat will take place Saturday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m. through Sunday, Jan. 10, 1 p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Center in South Bend.

This year’s retreat theme is “Because of His Mercy.” The retreat will include relevant talks, music, Adoration, Confession, Mass and social time. Also included are overnight lodging, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Additional information and registration is available at www.diocesefwsb.org/yam-retreats. Sponsored by St. Pius X Young Adults and the diocesan young adult ministry.

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