Bishop Kevin Rhoades drew the winning ticket for the World Youth Day car raffle on Nov. 22. Ronald Crook of St. Matthew Cathedral won the car donated by Fort Wayne’s Glenbrook Dodge/Hyundai and will donate it to a friend in need.
Football fever rages in the diocese as diocesan teams head to state
This Thanksgiving weekend, three diocesan high schools — Bishop Dwenger, Bishop Luers and Saint Joseph’s — will be thankful to bring home a coveted state football championship and an opportunity to play at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
All three will compete in the 38th Annual IHSAA (Indiana High School Athletic Association) State Finals, presented by the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis over Thanksgiving weekend.
On Friday, Nov. 26, Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (13-1) will play North Putnam (14-0) at 7 p.m. for the Class 2-A state championship at Lucas Oil Stadium.
The Bishop Luers Knights defeated Rensselaer Central on Nov. 20, 41-21, for the semi-state title at a game played at Luers Field.
On Saturday, South Bend Saint Joseph’s (9-5) will play Indianapolis Bishop Chatard (10-4) at 12 p.m. for the Class 3-A state championship title. Saint Joseph’s will be the first South Bend area football team to compete for a state title at Lucas Oil Stadium since it opened in 2008.
The Saint Joseph’s Indians defeated Leo High School on Nov. 19 at Saint Joseph’s, 27-7.
The Fort Wayne Bishop Dwenger (13-0) will play Indianapolis Cathedral (11-3) at 3:30 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium for the Class 4-A state championship crown.
The Bishop Dwenger Saints beat host Hammond Morton, 48-12, on Nov. 20.
Lucas Oil Stadium will open its gates to fans beginning one hour prior to kickoff to the first game each day. On Friday, gates will open at 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person.
Bishop Luers announced that tickets may be purchased at the school Tuesday, Nov. 23, from 8-4 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 26 from 9-11 a.m.
NBC33 in Fort Wayne and sister station MyTV Fort Wayne announced that it will carry all five IHSAA state championship games live this weekend.
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By Alicia Smith
MISHAWAKA — Audience members of the Festival of Lessons and Carols can prepare to take a brief journey through salvation history, Joe Higginbotham, director of liturgy and music at St. Bavo Church said.
The service, which was first held in 2005, has traditionally been offered once per year. With a full house last year, Higginbotham said the service is expanding, offering two dates and locations.
“Last year we had a full church, so it’s really been growing,” he said. “The kids really do a great job so people really look forward to it. I’ve got a lot of wonderful feedback from it.”
Higginbotham said the Festival of Lessons and Carols has grown each year, estimating that about 250 attended in 2005 and about 400 last year.
Hopes are high for this year’s attendance, and Higginbotham said he estimates about 700 to 750 people will be present.
According to Higginbotham, the second service was created to offer the Festival of Lessons and Carols to more members of the community.
“The second service will allow more people the opportunity to come because no matter when you have it, some people can’t come. …” Higginbotham said. “Plus (when) you have it at a different place, it expands the possibilities.”
The Festival of Lessons and Carols incorporates nine Scripture readings, leading the audience through the history of salvation in the Catholic Church. Higginbotham said the lessons start with a reading from the Book of Genesis, and end with a reading from the Book of John.
“Those are just Scripture readings that really are generally people’s favorites,” he said. “They’re really powerful about who we are as a Church and where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Those are just our stories, so to speak.”
Father Bob Lengerich, parochial vicar at St. Pius X Church in Granger, will preside at both services.
“Father Lengerich is awesome. He does a brief reflection, a couple minutes or so, after each of the nine readings,” Higginbotham said.
According to Higginbotham, the audience can also expect to listen to a variety of carols, including “Joy to the World” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.” In addition, two original songs written by Higginbotham will be presented at the service.
“There’re about 18 pieces of music,” he said. “There’re generally about two carols or anthems after each reading.”
The choir is composed of students from the Antioch Youth Group and Marian High School. He expects about 35 members for the choir and the instrumental accompaniment.
Higginbotham said the Festival of Lessons and Carols dates back to 1880.
“The first outline was drawn up in like 1880 by Edward White Benson, and he later became archbishop of Canterbury,” he said. “He wanted to come up with a new service for Christmas Eve that would make it some variety to the service at his cathedral.”
According to Higginbotham, people are drawn to the Festival of Lessons and Carols because the service allows for reflection.
“People just really love the beauty and the power and the humility of the whole Christmas story,” Higginbotham said. “It’s just a really special time of year. People do generally get a little bit more reflective. I think it’s just a really special season. People are a little bit more aware of religion.”
The first service will be held on Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, located at 255 S. Mill St. in Mishawaka. The second will be Dec. 19 at 3. p.m. at St. Bavo Church, located at 511 W. Seventh St. in Mishawaka.
By Ann Carey
NOTRE DAME — The Catholic Church’s teachings on abortion, sex, marriage and contraception were the topic of a Nov. 11 lecture at Saint Mary’s College by Erika Bachiochi, theologian, lawyer and mother of five.
Bachiochi attracted the rapt attention of her mostly female student audience of 125 as she recounted her own transformation from an out-of-control teenager who thought Church teachings on sexuality were anti-woman, to a young adult who came to realize that these very teachings demonstrate the Church’s love and respect for women.
Bachiochi said that she grew up “nominally Catholic” with a mother who married and divorced three times, so she never had a chance to bond with her father. As a teen, she used alcohol and drugs and sought out male attention through casual sexual encounters. The suicide of two of her friends led her to a 12-step program that helped her realize how much her out-of-control behavior damaged her emotionally and physically.
As a freshman at Middlebury College, she embraced radical feminist causes, for she thought the feminists on campus were the only people who were more interested in real life issues than in pursuing the “party” lifestyle she had recently rejected. Of course, abortion rights were a part of the feminist agenda because babies were seen to be “a drag” on women who had important things to do in life.
“I had taken for granted that women’s equality required abortion,” Bachiochi said.
However, during her junior year of college, she interned with a think tank in Washington, D.C., that assisted state legislatures in their effort to reform welfare. Then, she began to question the secularist feminist agenda when she studied the role of abortion in the lives of poor women. Suddenly, the pursuit of truth became more important to her than the pursuit of self.
“As I became more and more immersed in the problems of the poor, especially poor women, I became more and more disgusted with the argument put forth by abortion advocates that the availability of abortion would assist poor women on the road out of poverty,” Bachiochi recounted.
She said she was “haunted” by a solution to helping the poor that was based on helping them rid themselves of their own children. She also came to see the fallacy of the 1970s feminist mantra that bearing a child diminished a woman’s equality. In fact, she said, the unique ability of women to bear children does not take away from a woman’s fundamental human equality, but rather should be “honored and cherished” as the “most profound human experience” rather than ignored or, as in the case of abortion, rejected.
“Abortion is the problem, not the cure,” Bachiochi said. “Abortion eliminates the incentive to make institutional change” and is “a weapon to manipulate and abandon women.”
The real remedy for the women, she continued, is to “Rectify the imbalance of parental responsibility as well as the marketplace mentality that disfavors family obligation.” She suggested that society would be far better served if the energies expended by pro-abortion supporters would instead be focused on challenging “wayward men” to be fathers and challenging employers to be more flexible and family-friendly.
After her internship, Bachiochi returned to Middlebury a pro-life feminist and changed her major to political science. She rediscovered her Catholic faith, and came to see the Church teachings on sexuality not as repressive, but rather as “signposts” that “marked off dangerous territory,” teachings that protected women and were “liberating and dignified,” seeing fertility as a gift, not a burden. The departure from Church teachings has had a “devastating” effect on society, she continued, with abortion and contraception leading to the collapse of marriage and empowering men to use women merely as objects of pleasure.
Bachiochi recounted: “I came to see that the Catholic world view provided a far more satisfactory and compelling explanation of life as I knew it” than did radical feminism. “Like it or not, I was now playing for the other team.”
Playing for the Catholic “team” led Bachiochi to a master’s degree in theology from Boston College and a law degree from Boston University. She is a popular speaker, and has edited two books on life issues: “The Cost of ‘Choice’: Women Evaluate the Impact of Abortion” (Encounter Books, 2004) and “Women, Sex and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching” (2010, Pauline Books and Media).
Bachiochi’s lecture at Saint Mary’s was sponsored by the student club SMC for Life, Saint Mary’s Student Government Association, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry and the Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life.