Around the Diocese: December 4, 2016

Students at St. Vincent de Paul School, Fort Wayne, collected nonperishable food items to help the St. Vincent de Paul Society stock its shelves for the upcoming months. They collected 7,794 items, exceeding the goal of 7,500. The food drive began Nov. 1 and concluded Nov. 10. For having surpassed the goal, the students enjoyed a pajama and movie day.

‘Consoling the Heart of Jesus’ retreat planned

MISHAWAKA — St. Bavo Parish will host a group retreat, “Consoling the Heart of Jesus.” The retreat was designed by Father Michael Gaitley, the author of “33 Days to Morning Glory.” It is designed to help participants grow in love for Jesus. Father Gaitley focuses on God’s infinite mercy and how we can give Him joy by accepting His love and trusting Him completely. This 10-week retreat is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus and will meet on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 26, and will finish before Holy Week, on April 6. The group will make a consecration to Jesus on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23. Those who cannot come to all of the sessions may still participate. For information contact Monica at 574-514-0887 or mjoyhigg@sbcglobal.net.

Saint Joseph High School Eucharistic procession reflects on Year of Mercy

SOUTH BEND — As the Jubilee Year of Mercy closed, the Saint Joseph High School family came together for a school-wide Eucharistic procession. This gave everyone the opportunity to reflect on the Jubilee Year of Mercy, pray together as a family and live out the Gospel story of Mark 5:25-34.

All classes formed a single-file line in the main hallway on both floors and knelt down as their part of the procession drew close. There were pieces of fabric hanging from the monstrance that everyone was allowed to touch.

According to chaplain Father Terry Coonan, the procession was a great way to sum up what the Jubilee Year of Mercy has been, because the Real Presence of the Lord Jesus in tabernacles throughout the world is a physical reminder of the greatest mercy that God shows to His children.

St. Patrick and St. Hedwig parishes in South Bend held a dinner recently to raise money to support diocesan seminarians. At a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at St. Patrick on Nov. 19, he received a check for $9,000 — the amount raised at the dinner.
Pictured from left are Rose Burns, parish secretary at St. Patrick; Karen Horvath, St. Patrick; Sandy Matuszak, St. Hedwig; Father Camillo Tirabassi, priest in residence at St. Hedwig and St. Patrick; Bishop Rhoades; and Father Cyril Fernandes, pastor at the combined parishes.  Provided by Father David Kashangaki, CSC

USF lecture examines ‘Christ-as-Wisdom’ in Scripture

FORT WAYNE  — The University of Saint Francis presents the lecture “Incarnate Wisdom Scripture” by Sister Felicity Dorsett, assistant professor of theology, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the USF North Campus Auditorium, 2702 Spring Street.

In the writings of the Old Testament, the idea of Christ-as-Wisdom is foreshadowed. This Christ-as-Wisdom theme is taken up by New Testament writers, and Sister Dorsett will examine these passages in the context of Christmas and Christ’s birth.

The lecture is sponsored by the USF Department of Philosophy and Theology and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For information contact Angie Springer at 260-399-8066 or aspringer@sf.edu.

The youth and adults of St. Augustine Parish, South Bend, helped the parish’s St. Vincent de Paul conference put together Thanksgiving baskets for 12 families in need. Parishioners adopted families and donated the turkeys and food items. All 12 baskets were delivered by parish families after Sunday Mass.  Provided by Deacon Mel Tardy

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