Around the diocese: April 24, 2016
Father Tolton Chicago pilgrimage set Saturday, May 21
Servant of God, Father Augustus Tolton, the first recognizably Black U.S. priest, was ordained 130 years ago on April 24, 1886. He faced bitter racism with a loving, merciful heart. If canonized, he would become the first African American saint.
On Saturday, May 21, the Tolton Society of St. Augustine Parish will sponsor an all-day bus pilgrimage to sites in Chicago where Father Tolton lived and served, as well as his family’s grave sites. The bus will leave promptly at 8 a.m. from St. Augustine Parish, and return by 6 p.m.
Seats must be reserved in advance for $25 (before April 30) or $30 (after April 30), payable to St. Augustine Parish. Price includes bus transportation, the guided tour and lunch at Pearl’s Place (soul food restaurant in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville area).
Twenty bus seats are for St. Augustine parishioners, with roughly 20 more available for other interested parties. To reserve seats, contact Annie Tardy, Tolton Society chair, at ARTardy@hotmail.com or 574-707-1232.
Catholic Social Teaching reflections available
FORT WAYNE — Father Dan Scheidt, pastor at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, is offering a weekly article and meditation series by Keston Smith on the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching. The series will continue through November.
Articles are available at www.saintv.org/catholiclinks.html.
DVD on life of Fred Tone and Dwenger football to premiere
Fort Wayne — Founded in 1963, Bishop Dwenger High School is known for its traditions, and for its retired principal, Fred Tone.
After receiving the cancer diagnosis news last fall of Fred Tone, some members of the Dwenger family thought to capture and document some of his legendary ideas and stories from his football days. The school’s Campus Minister, Jason Garrett (‘88), reached out to friends Joe Wharton (‘87) and Sean McBride (’87) for their help. Wharton and McBride are part of the Redeemer Radio Sports Team and enlisted the expertise of another member of that crew, Eric Peat.
“We started with the idea of capturing the history behind some of the traditions surrounding the football program,” noted McBride.
“After several conversations with Fred, we realized we had another video to make,” commented Wharton. Eric Peat followed the 2015 state championship team through their season to capture video of the team and its rituals. The trio also interviewed, on camera, a variety of students, athletes, and coaches.
The outcome is a two-part DVD set: “J. Fred Tone: Stories of a Saint” and “When the Saints Go Marching In: Traditions of Bishop Dwenger Football.”
The trailers are available for preview at www.bishopdwenger.com/dvdset.
On Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m., Bishop Dwenger High School will host a premiere of these two videos in their gymnasium.
Girl Scout Gold Award turns 100
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana is looking for Gold Award winners to share their Girl Scout story.
In 2016 the Girl Scouts will celebrate the centennial of the Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Since 1916 Girl Scouts have been earning their Gold Awards by leading projects that create meaningful, sustainable change in their communities, and around the world. Through the Gold Award, a century of girls have now had the opportunity to discover their passions, while connecting with others to solve community problems and make the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana will recognize past and current Gold Award recipients with small tokens of merit. However, since the merging of the Limberlost Council, and the potential for incorrect or outdated records, GSNI-M is calling for all Gold Award recipients to provide name, address, phone number, and their Gold Award story.
The Girl Scout Gold Award and its significance is recognized nationwide, and is now acknowledged by many colleges and universities as being the Girl Scout equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award, earned by Boy Scouts, and offers scholarships unique to award recipients.
For information or to share your gold award information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sodalitas program serves community
FORT WAYNE — Bishop Luers High School’s Sodalitas program came to fruition on April 14 after months of planning, collaborating and working together to organize projects that will help fulfill the needs of the community.
Sodalitas is a program created for students, by students, with its main mission to serve, lead, grow and develop an appreciation for helping others.
Students and staff from Bishop Luers High School participated in service projects at more than 22 different locations including Vincent Village, Eagle Marsh Little River Wetlands, Children’s Autism Center, Carriage House, Hope House, St. John’s Parish, St. Henry’s Parish, St. Joseph Hessen Cassel Parish, Unity Lutheran School, Foster Park, Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo, Christ Child Society, Children’s Hope Hospitality House, Bloomingdale Elementary, ARC, Blessings in a Backpack and Community Harvest Food Bank.
Senior Resource Fair offers information
SOUTH BEND — The Michiana Gerontology Institute is hosting a Senior Resource Fair, to be held at the Century Center Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Everything is free; parking, admission, health screenings and entertainment.
Entertainment will feature the family-friendly ventriloquist act, “Willie Tyler and Lester.” A nationally-known act, this duo has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and The Jimmy Kimmel Show. They will perform at noon.
Other entertainment includes:
Father and son acoustical soft rock/country music team Rob Parsons and Son at 10 a.m.
Kevin Wilson, with Abracadabra Magic, will be on stage at 2 p.m. to trick, amuse and delight. He will also perform throughout the exhibit hall, during the day.
At 2:30 p.m. St. Joseph Health System’s “Senior Fit” group will give an exhibition.
The Antique Appraisers will be available to offer an appraisal of small antiques.
Major sponsors of the fair are American Senior Communities and St. Joseph Health Systems. Supportive sponsor is Beacon Home Care.
For more information visit www.mgi-hcc.org.
Mother’s Day carnation sale gears up
HUNTINGTON — The Huntington County Right to Life group will have a Mother’s Day carnation sale May 6-8.
Long-stemmed carnations, corsages and vases will be sold Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the office, 34 E. Washington St., and made available to Huntington Catholic students. On Saturday and Sunday, flowers will be sold after Masses at St. Joseph, St. Catherine, St. Mary and Ss. Peter and Paul Parishes.
Prices are $1 for long-stemmed carnations and $3 and up for corsages. Vases start at $4.
For information or to place a larger order call 260-356-5933. All proceeds benefit pro-life efforts.
Communion Closet adds one more shopping day
FORT WAYNE — A wide variety of new or gently worn dresses, veils, suits, shirts, pants, and ties for your child’s First Holy Communion will be Sunday, April 24, in the basement of St. Joseph Parish on Brooklyn Avenue at 12:45 p.m.
A $25 refundable deposit receives an outfit to celebrate this Sacrament in style without the financial burden. Donations of First Communion attire are always being sought as well. Pick up arrangements can be made.
Contact Keenan Baldus, 260-745-1315 for more information.