• In the diocesan playoff battle on Nov. 3, St. Charles Cardinals beat the St. Anthony/St. Joseph/St. Pius Panthers, 20-14.

    By Michelle Castleman

    FORT WAYNE — The best of the best met in youth football’s pinnacle, the 2013 diocesan showdown, on a crisp, sunny Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, at Fort Wayne’s University of Saint Francis field. The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) teams won both contests, but the Inter-City Catholic League (ICCL) teams from South Bend did not go down without a fight.

    The first game slated two like-matched teams, but it was Fort Wayne’s St. Charles Cardinals that outlasted a powerful Panther squad from St. Anthony/St. Joseph/St. Pius X by a score of 20-14 to claim the bragging rights for the south.

    The Panthers scored first to start the back and forth. The St. Charles team answered with a drive of its own highlighted by a 46-yard Eddie Morris to Bradley Black pass and capped off by a 7-yard run by T.J. Tippmann. The Panthers responded with another score but St. Charles answered before the half with Morris scoring on an 18-yard bootleg run to tie the score at 14-14 heading into halftime.

    The St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne/St. Joseph-Hessen Cassel Eagles beat the Mishawaka Catholic Saints, 25-20, at the diocesan playoff game on Nov. 3.

    Coach Sam Talarico described the second half as two heavyweight boxers throwing punches at each other. With four minutes remaining in the game, Morris found Tippmann on a screen pass that was good for a 27-yard touchdown scamper. The Panthers then put together an impressive drive down to the 2-yard line with just over a minute left in the game, however, their drive stalled when Tippmann forced and recovered a fumble for the Cardinals.

    The Cardinals found themselves with their backs against their own endzone and were not out of danger until Morris’ cannon connected with Collin Reed on the game sealing 35-yard pass.

    “You can not make mistakes against a good team like St. Charles,” Panther Coach Shawn Bays admitted.

    “It was a very tough loss, but a good battle,” he summarized.

    Once again, the Panthers’ workhorse, Charlie McFadden, dominated the ground game with another 100-yards-plus rushing game and a score. Quarterback Ben Lamont hooked up with J.P. Lewis for the other touchdown.

    The Mishawaka Catholic Saints team at the diocesan playoff game on Nov. 3. The Saints won the ICCL championship a week ago in double overtime.

    A pleased Cardinal Coach Sam Talarico summed up his unit’s outstanding year, “Anytime you end a CYO season with a win in November, it’s a great season. I am very proud of all of our players — our eighth-grade class came a long way from last year and our defense bent but did not break in defending against the Panther running back.”

    He was very impressed with his opponent, “McFadden is one heck of a running back who was a bear to bring down and he was no fun to defend. He routinely made seven or eight yards after getting hit at the line of scrimmage.”

    The coach continued his kudos, “Reed and Black made big play after big play for the Cardinals and Morris had his best game of the year. Issac Blume was a huge playmaker for the defense and finally, our offensive line had their best game of the year — Jake Vanek, Will Nelson, Jake Fabini, Joe Tippmann, Blake Davis and Adam Lightner gave Morris time all day long to find his receivers.”

    Talarico concluded, “I am really excited for next year since so many seventh graders played a key role in our victory today.

    Next up, the St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne/St. Joseph-Hessen Cassel (SJFW) Eagles squeaked by the Saints from Mishawaka Catholic after an explosive fourth quarter of action, 25-20. It was another gritty showdown, a classic contest of power vs. speed full of athleticism, talent and aggression. The Saints scored first and took a 8-7 lead at halftime. They kept control until late in the fourth quarter when the Eagles’ speedster Dashon Bussell rushed in a score to take their first lead of the game, 19-14. However, the Saints were not finished. They answered back with 1:27 left on the clock with their standout tailback, Julian Keultjes’ 50-yard run, his third touchdown of the game and took what they hoped was the final lead, 20-19. But Bussell had one more score up his sleeve to dash their hopes with 21 seconds remaining in the game.

    Both of these decorated programs have seen their share of big games. After 30 years of coaching and 10 trips to the playoffs, Mishawaka’s beloved Tony Violi did not remember ever facing SJFW.

    “It was fun to come to Fort Wayne and finally play against Jim Carroll and the Eagles. They always have good teams, but I don’t think my heart can take any more close games (the Saints won the ICCL championship a week ago in double overtime).”

    The Saints were undefeated coming into the match-up and despite the loss in the final seconds in Fort Wayne, Violi praised his squad, “I could not be more proud of this team; never in a million years did we think we would’ve made it to this game.”

    Carroll, who tallies a career record of 88-30 and four diocesan championships will step down after 12 years as head coach. He hopes to help out at the junior varsity level next season and wishes to thank all the coaches, great kids and his wife, Amanda, “I have been blessed, honored and touched to have had the joyful opportunity to coach the Eagles.”

     

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  • Find more photos at the photo gallery

    By Denise Fedorow

    WARSAW — Approximately 300 teens from across the diocese joined together Sunday, Oct. 27, at Lakeview Middle School in Warsaw to further their journey of faith at the “Wayfarer Faithfest 2013.”

    The morning began with praise and worship music to get everyone up and awake. Teens were reminded, “When we sing, we’re praying.”

    Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades celebrated Mass and told the teens, “It’s always a joy to be with the young people of our diocese.”

    During his homily the bishop talked about the readings of the day and how they were all about humility.

    The bishop reminded the young people that “the prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds” and that “the Lord hears the cry of the poor.” He explained that humility is the foundation of prayer and held up the example of the tax collector in Jesus’ parable, who prayed with true humility, as opposed to the Pharisee who pridefully praised himself when he prayed.

    The bishop stressed the need for all of us to pray for God’s mercy, humbly recognizing that we are sinners. We do this at the beginning of every Mass.  We even imitate the gesture of the tax collector by striking our breasts when we pray the Confiteor.”

    After Mass, the popular “Text the Bishop” segment was held where attendees could text the bishop any question from the personal “How did you break your collarbone?” or “Why did you choose the religious life?” to spiritual inquiries such as “Why is premarital sex a sin?”; “How do we stay focused on Christ in a world of darkness?”; and “How do I bring back friends who left the faith?”

    Lunch and expo followed the question-answer session with the bishop where students had a chance to be photographed with a saint in front of a green screen. Workshops followed that included sessions on marriage, dealing with stress in the world and why there is suffering.

    Energetic keynote speaker, former teacher and coach Mike Patin had the teens involved in several activities to demonstrate the theme of wayfaring during his talk.

    “Wayfarers are on a journey — searching,” he said. “Everybody on the planet is searching.”

    One of the activities he called “it’s a small world” had the attendees scrambling to find someone they didn’t know and find out what they had in common. The purpose was to show that everyone is searching to be connected.

    “A lot of you probably think that you’re the only freak to be Catholic in a non-Catholic school or the only one thinking of becoming a priest or the only one trying to live a chaste life,” Patin said.

    He told them that he once read, “Everybody you meet loved someone, lost someone and is fighting a battle — I’d like to add everybody is searching, seeking, wayfaring.”

    Then he had the kids play “Amazing Race musical chairs” where they had to race out to the audience to find something and bring it back before losing a chair.

    “Sometimes the pressure of speed makes you want to find the first thing you can and I get restless when things don’t go my way,” he said.

    Then he had two teens wear blindfolds while the audience shouted instructions to them to find something. He asked the teens afterwards what was the most difficult aspect of the exercise and they mentioned everybody screaming at them so they couldn’t understand any of the voices, and not being able to see.

    Cindy Black, director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, said all the students she spoke with at the end of Faithfest said they loved the day. When asked what specifically they loved, they all chimed, “All of it!”

     

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  • Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades speaks to Judy Trentadue, one of the servers for the Mass for Persons with Disabilities celebrated at St. Jude Parish in Fort Wayne on Oct. 6. Persons with disabilities lectored and some served at the Mass that was open to persons with any disabilities and their families.

    By Kay Cozad

    The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Office of Evangelization and Special Ministries has steadfastly encouraged strengthening ministries for those with disabilities over the years and has recently redoubled their effort with several new initiatives that have been implemented to meet the needs of all the Catholic faithful in the area.

    A Disabilities Advisory Board was formed in fall of 2011 that is comprised of members who are persons with disability themselves or care for others with disabilities, as well as area businessmen and women and diocesan employees. The board has met quarterly to develop a plan for the specific areas in need with the most recent focus on education, including faith formation programs for children and young adults.

    Mary Glowaski, Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries, said the cost for serving some of the special needs in the Church community is negligible. “There is so much we can do before we have to spend a dime. The cost may be personal but the pay back is eternal,” said Glowaski. She cited a few easy-to-implement possible examples of meeting the needs of specific populations within the larger Church body:

    •  Celebrating Masses without music for individuals with autism who experience auditory sensitivity

    •  Celebrating Masses without incense for those who suffer with respiratory difficulties

    •  Providing gluten-free hosts at specific Masses for those with wheat allergies who are unable to consume the regular hosts.

    “All should feel welcomed, valued, nurtured and loved at church,” said Glowaski. “We’re asking the parish to create space for everyone for full and meaningful participation.”

    Jane Sandor, catechetical associate for Special Ministries, reports that several parishes have taken the initiative to provide child-specific catechesis in their faith formation program. The director of religious education (DRE) meets one-to-one with students with special needs to provide individual religious instruction either in class or at-home if the student is unable to attend class.

    One parish DRE took the ARISE Together in Christ, a three-year, parish-centered process of spiritual renewal and evangelization, to a nursing home where she met one-to-one with a resident. Soon after another resident joined them. Another parish supplied a portable ramp for a youth with a physical disability who is an enthusiastic altar server. Another has invited all the residents of a group home to not only attend and participate in Mass but receive their sacraments there as well. And at least three parishes in the diocese have elevators that allow physical access to parish facilities.

    “It is this missionary spirit that we are developing in special ministries. We need to go out and build relationships,” said Sandor.

    Glowaski agreed, saying, “When we ask how we can meet the needs, people think of all the reason why we can’t serve. We must begin a conversation that will build a relationship — it’s there you’ll see what’s possible.”

    Good news comes from the parishes that communicate with the Office of Special Ministries about the services they are providing that are successful to the outreach. The ministry then reports that news on its website to inspire other parishes to join the movement to include all people of faith. “No one parish can do it all,” admits Glowaski. “We want to see it as a diocesan, universal Church.”

    The Office of Special Ministries measures its success by going to the Gospel, reports Glowaski. “The surveys don’t tell us much. … We can’t count the disabled because they’re not there.” She continued, “We know they are there — we have parents of young and older children with disabilities.”

    As the diocese hosts special events and Masses throughout the year, the Office of Special Ministry personnel continue to ask the question: “How will we serve the disabled at this event?”

    “How can we go out and extend love?  …We are inviting people to a new vision — to be brave enough to begin to see who is not there. Then ask why they are not there, and be willing to hear the answer. We want to create a culture of welcome and inclusion at the parish level,” said Glowaski.

    Sandor is excited about the renewed effort to reach out to the disabled of the Church community and says, “I think it’s an energized effort, a much needed effort and a well-supported effort. I feel our Church is not complete until we have all our members together.”

    Glowaski agreed, concluding, “Persons with disabilities and their families bring a different experience of God to us — we need all of it.”

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  • Patrick Paris, hearing instrument specialist for Hear Care Audiology, points out the location of the innovative hearing loop wire that runs the periphery of the sanctuary at St. Jude Parish during a presentation held on Oct. 26. The hearing loop works in conjunction with telecoil-equipped hearing aids and FM receiver devices to assist those with hearing loss.

    By Kay Cozad

    FORT WAYNE — The induction hearing loop system, a new and innovative technology that assists those with hearing loss, has arrived in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Recently St. Jude Parish in Fort Wayne has installed the assistive listening device system that works in conjunction with telecoil-equipped hearing aids or cochlear implants and can also be used with streamers and FM receiver devices.

    According to hearingloop.org, with the looping system, many of the 8.4 million people in the U.S. who struggle with hearing loss in churches, social arenas and conferences can now hear a broadcast straight from the source “without extraneous noise or blurring of the sound.” The induction loop system transmits magnetic energy to the telecoil in hearing aids or cochlear implants through a wire connected to the sound source that circles a room or arena. The sound is transmitted directly to the hearing aid or cochlear implant electromagnetically by the loop with no extra equipment save the telecoil.

    Also known as T-coil, the telecoil is a small copper coil included in most hearing aids and cochlear implant processors. Originally designed to boost telephone handset signals, it functions as a wireless antenna, linking into a sound system, and is activated by a t-switch on the hearing aid. When paired with the loop system it can connect the listener directly to the sound source, eliminating background noise. According to hearingloop.com approximately 65 percent of the hearing aids used in the U. S. have telecoils with few consumers having working knowledge of them.

    Mary Pohlman, pastoral associate at St. Jude, reports that the idea of the loop system had been discussed previously in response to the numerous requests by parishioners to improve the acoustics in the church. “We have a significant senior population at St. Jude,” says Pohlman, adding that after so many requests for hearing assistance, then-pastor Father Tom Shoemaker did some research and made the decision to install the hearing loop.

    The installation marks St. Jude as the first Catholic church in Fort Wayne to employ this technology and a forerunner in Mayor Tom Henry’s Loop Fort Wayne initiative to eventually loop city churches, civic and entertainment arenas and more. First Presbyterian Church and Theater and Trinity English Church are currently looped and other possible venues include University of Saint Francis, the Embassy and the Foellinger Center.

    The loop wire of the hearing loop system is typically installed on the floor around the periphery of a room but can be installed in the ceiling. John Offerle, business manager of St. Jude Parish, reports that Hear Care Audiology of Fort Wayne installed the loop around the pews on the floor of St. Jude Parish.

    Patrick Paris, hearing instrument specialist for Hear Care Audiology, and Sandy Riley, Hear Care marketing specialist and also a parishioner of St. Jude Parish, met with parishioners to explain the loop system and answer questions after Masses on Oct. 26-27. The wire installed under the rubber carpet trim creates a sound field, explained Paris, which is transmitted to the T-coils of hearing aids or the FM receiver devices that use ear buds or headphones.

    Paris explained that any wireless device is subject to the elements. “T-coils only work as well as the hearing aid works. The hearing aid should be properly adjusted,” he encouraged.

    Even though the system has only been in place for a few weeks, Pohlman says, “There are people who are already responding that they can hear so much better in church. If there is only a handful who can hear the homily and participate better in Mass then it’s worth it.”

    St. Jude parishioner Randy Bandor is trying out a new high-tech hearing aid and said of the loop at Mass, “I heard excellent with it. I’m definitely sold on it. I sang in the choir and even was able to hear myself.”

    Parishioner Ernest Evans agrees, saying, “I think it’s excellent. You have to get used to it, but any place I’ve sat in church it’s like the person was sitting next to me.”

    Current St. Jude pastor Father Jacob Runyon says of the system, “There are two real benefits to the system. It helps people hear better. Any kind of big space can have echoes. I’ve already heard from people that they can hear more clearly. The second benefit is they use their own equipment. They have their own hearing aids.” Father Runyon said St. Jude has also purchased seven FM receivers for those in the congregation without hearing aids who would like to use the system using headphones. “It works really great,” concludes Father Runyon.

     

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  • By Mary Glowaski and Jane Sandor

    Perfection — something we can strive for. Something we may strive for as we work to perfect our hearts and our lives as Jesus calls.

    The problem with perfection is that it can have a look or a sound that may bring reassurance and a sense of security to many, but may also exclude many. In faith and a desire to welcome all to our parish homes, to our Church, we must also reconsider this effort for perfection in our liturgies and parish activities. Who are we missing in our parishes, in our churches every week?

    The Father’s call to perfection is rooted in the call of our Baptism, a call that takes great courage to live every day. Those in our parish families who live with disabilities live this call with heroism as they embrace their journey to holiness and perfection. We are all striving for this same perfection “to be holy as our heavenly Father is holy.”

    The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend is committed to reaching out to those who are disabled and their families in an effort to meet the call of our Baptism.

    Working for the Office of Catechesis and in close collaboration with the Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries is Jane Sandor who is devoted to seeking those in our diocese who have not been able to receive their sacraments.

    Our shared faith journey

    An invitation to a celebration is a well-accepted and common practice. Whether it is a birthday party, a holiday dinner, a family reunion or a wedding, we want to be certain that our friends know that we want them to share the day with us. They are important. They enrich our lives. They are needed.

    This is true in the area of sacramental preparation and celebration. Oftentimes, when a daughter or son is taking another step in their faith journey through the reception of a sacrament, we invite family members to this celebration. For people with special needs, this invitation may have never been sent. For whatever reason, the Eucharist, Reconciliation and/or Confirmation have not been part of their faith journey. They have been unable to fully join in a deep and meaningful participation with the Church.

    Under the direction and guidance of Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades, the Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries, along with the Office of Catechesis, the opportunity to receive the sacraments has been opened to everyone. Through the use of Adaptive Kits for sacramental preparation, the Rose Kennedy Program, interactive programs, and relationship building, we are reaching more of our brothers and sisters.

    One hopeful story involves Spencer. His mother, Sabine says, “We suppose the journey of being parents to a son with special needs has not been about the growth of Spencer in itself, but perhaps the growth of us being his parents also.

    Not only in the spiritual aspect, but in the beginning for us as parents many concerns on what his future would hold and what obstacles we were to encounter along the way.

    Instead Spencer has shown us on a day-by-day roller coaster ride what is considered important in life. Perhaps not to concern ourselves so much with day-to-day schedules, busyness of life or how we think our lives should be perfect according to the secular world definition of “a family.”

    Instead, how about taking a walk, singing some songs, watching Walt Disney videos (for the 10,000 time!) and enjoying each day as it may fall into place.

    The continuation of another chapter will happen this next month with Spencer receiving his Confirmation. Another grace in his and our lives that we have been blessed to receive.

    Spencer has shown us a viewpoint in life that God has been calling all of us to join in … LOVE!”

    A concerted effort is being made to extend the invitation to all families, to embrace everyone as we continue our shared faith journey. If you, someone in your family or a friend is in need of help with sacramental preparation or faith formation contact Jane Sandor at (260) 399-1450 or jsandor@diocesefwsb.org.

    If you know of someone with special needs contact Mary Glowaski, Secretariat for Evangelization and Special Ministries, at (260) 399-1458 or mglowaski@diocesefwsb.org.

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