Around the Diocese: February 21, 2016

Boy Scouts from St. Joseph, Mishawaka, Troop 105, participated in the Mass on Sunday, Feb. 7, Boy Scout Sunday, with the Scouts proclaiming the two readings and reciting the prayers of the faithful. After Mass, the troop posed with Father Terry Fischer, pastor of St. Joseph. The observance, held annually in early February across the country, marks the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America Feb. 8, 1910. It also provides an opportunity for faith communities to recognize and honor their local Scout troops. — Mike Furfaro

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County to host retreat

SOUTH BEND — The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joseph County Spirituality Committee will host a mini-retreat, “Vincentians: Messengers of Mercy” on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the St. Anthony de Padua Church Meeting Room at 2114 E Jefferson Blvd., in South Bend. Enter on the west side between the church and school. Sign in at 8:30 a.m., with opening prayer at 9 a.m. Session I: “Bring Glad Tidings to the Poor” with Paul Fujawa, St. Adalbert/St. Casimir Conference, begins at 9:20 a.m. Session II: “Proclaim Liberty to Captives” with Patrick McGuire, St. Jude Conference, begins at 10:10 and Session III: “Recovery of Sight to the Blind” with Mary Froning, St. Anthony Conference, begins at 11 a.m. Closing prayer will follow.

For more information or advance registration contact Amy Potter, conference services coordinator at 574-234-6000, ext. 12132 or amy.potter@svdpsb.org.

Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference offers speakers on ‘Mercy for All,’ with Father James Blount returning

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference, organized by the Marian Center of Indianapolis and sponsored by the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will take place at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 19. The theme of this year’s conference is “Mercy for All.”

This year’s speakers include:

• Back by popular demand, national speaker and retreat leader Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Father James Blount. He returns to share his message that “through the power of the Holy Spirit, God’s Church can make a difference in the world today.”

• Michelle Faehnle, co-author of “Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina.” Faehnle gave up her job as a labor and delivery nurse to raise her four children at home and to answer the call to the New Evangelization.

• Emily Jaminet, co-author of “Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina.” Jaminet hosts “Mother’s Moments” on Gabriel Catholic Radio in Columbus, Ohio. After a brief stint working for a Christian non-profit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she returned home to raise her six children and be a “worker in the vineyard of the Lord.”

• Anthony Mullen, national coordinator for the international Flame of Love Movement of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which promotes the Church-approved late 20th century messages of Jesus and Mary to a Hungarian woman. The messages promise the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mullen is also chairman of MyConsecration.org, one of the world’s largest providers of materials on consecration to Mary, promoting a life dedicated “to Jesus through Mary.”

Also returning are Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, who will celebrate Mass at 11 a.m., and singer/songwriter Annie Karto.

Tickets for the Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference on March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. with registration at 8 a.m., are $50, or $25 for students and religious. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $45. Members of the largest group will receive a prize and VIP seating in the front row. The conference will be held at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott, 305 W. Maryland St. Parking is available across the street in the Government Center Parking Garage, 401 W. Washington St., for less than $10. To register for the conference, log on to www.indianacatholicwomen.com, or mail a check and number of attendees to the Marian Center of Indianapolis at P.O. Box 47362, Indianapolis, IN 46247 (checks made out to St. Michael Foundation). For questions, call 317-888-0873 or email mariancntr@aol.com.

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The students and staff of St. Mary School in Avilla celebrated a multicultural day during Catholic Schools Week with students taking their “passports” and making stops in Africa, Burma, Germany, Puerto Rico and Vietnam. Students experienced food, song, dance, stories, crafts and video clips from the respective countries. Deacon Mel Tardy is shown helping some students experience food, song and dance originating in Africa.

USF rewarding high school artistic talent with scholarships

FORT WAYNE  — The University of Saint Francis will award scholarships to incoming students on Talent Scholarship Day, Friday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mimi and Ian Rolland Center for Art and Visual Communication off Leesburg Road, as well as the Fort Wayne Ballet downtown and the music technology facilities at the USF North Campus, 2702 Spring St.

Talent Scholarship Day gives new USF students with an interest in art, dance, communication or music the opportunity to submit a portfolio for review and/or audition for scholarship consideration.

Scholarships are available in art history, music technology, dance, studio art, graphic design, art education, animation, communication, pre-art therapy, theatre, jazz ensemble, guitar ensemble, marching band, color guard, drum line and the University Singers. High school juniors are invited to receive reviews and advice in preparation for their senior year.

Awarded scholarships are renewable for eight semesters, if the required grade point average is met, and can be added to any academic scholarships or need-based grants a student might also receive.

Appointments are required. To reserve a time or receive further information, contact the School of Creative Arts at 260-399-8064.

St. Joseph County Right to Life to hold annual essay contest

SOUTH BEND — St. Joseph County Right to Life is now accepting submissions for the annual Pro-Life Essay Contest. There is a middle school and high school category, and all interested students are encouraged to consider submitting an essay by March 1. The theme this year follows the focus on adoption and supporting birth mothers to make this courageous and sacrificial decision. Winners will receive a scholarship and one winner will read his or her essay at the annual RTL Prayer Dinner on April 12. Contest details and entry information are available at www.prolifemichiana.org/essaycontest.

Dominic Lancia earns Eagle Scout Award

FORT WAYNE — Dominic Lancia, son of Matt and Laura Lancia, received the honorable Eagle Scout Award on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the St. Vincent Scout lodge. Lancia is currently a senior at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, and is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

Lancia’s Eagle Scout project was completed at Deer Run Park in Allen County. The project involved rebuilding a pathway and installing drainage pipes underground to prevent the path from flooding during heavy rains.

Lancia is also a volunteer for Special Olympics Allen County. He races go-karts and enjoys water and snow skiing in his free time. After high school graduation, Lancia plans to study mechanical engineering.

The faith formation students at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Albion, prepared for Lent by gathering to learn more about the corporal works of mercy, then decorated jars to keep a visual of the caring deeds they do throughout Lent.

Lenten healthcare retreat focuses on works of mercy

FORT WAYNE — The Catholic Medical Guild of Northeast Indiana will present a Lenten retreat open to all healthcare workers in the area. The retreat will be Saturday, March 5, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Vincent Msgr. John Kuzmich Life Center on Wallen Road in Fort Wayne. Brother Leo Maria and physicians will present reflections on mercy. Please RSVP at www.fortwaynecma.com or call 260-222-6978 for questions.

St. Pius teacher receives grant to teach in Fiji Islands 

GRANGER — The blue ribbon year continued at St. Pius X Catholic School in Granger, as Kelly Lohr, kindergarten teacher, received a Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship. With a grant of $12,000, Lohr will travel to the Fiji Islands where she will be staying with a host family while teaching English to economically disadvantaged children during the month of March. Lohr will earn a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate upon completion.

Lohr is one of 100 educators taking part in the 2016 fellowship program.

These K-12 educators work in a variety of schools across Indiana, including traditional public schools, charter schools and private schools — both religiously affiliated and independent. Since the Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellowship program began in 1987, more than 2,800 Indiana teachers, principals, guidance counselors and media specialists have received fellowships.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family — J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli — through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana.

 

 

 

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