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Saint Augustine Cathedral
Saint Augustine Cathedral
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 19, 2015
Parish Mission Statement
The Catholic Community of St. Augustine Cathedral, nourished by the Eucharist and guided by the Holy
Spirit are sent forth to proclaim the Good News of God’s love for all people.
As a Parish Community we will put this into action by continuously developing a Pastoral Program that
reaches out to meet the needs of our Parishioners and community.
192 S. Stone Ave. • Tucson, Arizona 85701 • Tel (520) 623-6351 • Fax (520) 623-0088 • cathedral-staugustine.org
Parish Office Hours: Monday - Thursday 9 - 5 / Friday 9 - 4
ST. AUGUSTINE CATHEDRAL
CLERGY & STAFF DIRECTORY
Rector: Rev. Gonzalo Villegasx115
Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Vealumun P. A. Mom
x117
Capuchin Priests: Rev. Robert Kose • Rev. Andre Weller
Rev. John Francis Samsa
Deacons:
Keating Ackerley • Salvador Carmona,
Charles Gallegos • Jesse Soto
Office Manager: Margie Marrufo
x102
Secretary: Norma Madril
x101
Receptionist: Cecilia Metzx118
Compliance Officer: Terry Gill
x116
Diocesan & Cathedral Director of Music:
Carlos Zapienx114
Maintenance: Gloria Ramos • Cecilia Metz
Nick Gomez
Rectory Staff Cook: Panchita Duran
Rectory Housekeeper: Norma Pinedo
Bulletin & Website Editor: Patty Tetlowski
REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday
7:00 am
5:30 pm
Spanish Mass
English Vigil Mass - Organist
(Fulfills Sunday obligation)
Sunday
6:30 am
8:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 pm
5:30 pm
English Mass - No Music
Spanish Mass - Mariachi
English Mass - Choir
English Mass - Choir
Spanish Mass - Coro
Weekday English Masses
7:00 am & 12:00 pm Monday - Friday
Holy Days (except Christmas & New Years)
7:00 am
12:00 pm
5:30 pm
English Mass
English Mass
Spanish Mass
Sacrament of Penance
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm Saturday
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ORGANIZATIONS & COMMITTEES
Altar Server Society: Sylvia Kamei
Docent/Hospitality: Leilani Gomez
Eucharistic Ministers: Liz Aguallo
Events Fundraising: Leilani Gomez
Finance Council: Joe Ladenburg
Grupo de Oración: Zolia Rosales
Guadalupanos: Juan Carlos Martinez
Keep Cathedral Grounds Beautiful: John Jacome
Knights of Columbus: John Badilla
Pastoral Council: Liz Aguallo
RCIA: Deacons Charles Gallegos & Gene Benton
St. Vincent de Paul: Justin Castillo & Jim Deters
Usher Society:
Luis E. Kamei
COLLECTIONS
July 6, 2015
Sunday Collection Received:
$6,410.50
2nd Collect: $1,149.65
Today’s 2nd Collect:
Thank you for your continued and
generous support of our parish.
God bless you!
SAINTS AND SPECIAL
OBSERVANCES
Sunday:
Monday:
Tuesday:
Wednesday:
Thursday:
Friday:
Saturday:
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. Apollinaris
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Bridget
St. Sharbel Makhlūf
St. James
GOD WITHIN
God dwells in a secret and hidden way in
all souls, in their very substance, for if God did
not, they could not exist at all.
—St. John of the Cross
PARISH INFORMATION
THIS WEEK IN THE PARISH
Sunday/Domingo 7/19/15
Breakfast provided by Guadalupano’s
6:30 am
8:00 am
10:00 am
12:00 pm
1:30 pm
5:30 pm
English Mass Spanish Mass English Mass English Mass ENGLISH BAPTISMS
English Mass Monday/Lunes
7:00 am
12:00 pm
Daily English Mass
Daily English Mass
Daily English Mass
Daily English Mass
7/23/15
7/24/15
Daily English Mass
Daily English Mass
†Luis Carlos Torres
YOUTH GROUP RETREAT - Religious Ed. Center
Saturday/Sabado
7:00 am
5:30 pm
5:30 pm
ALL DAY
†Joseph Jaimes
Health of Rene Anaya
Daily English Mass
Health of Bernardino Lopez
Daily English Mass
†Alicia Casas
ALL NIGHT YOUTH GROUP RETREAT - Religious Ed. Center
Friday/Viernes
7:00 am
12:00 pm
ALL DAY
Sacred Heart
Saint Jude
7/22/15
Daily English Mass
Daily English Mass
Thursday/Jueves
7:00 am
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Health of Rene Anaya
Health of Lilianna Grace Johnson
7/21/15
Wednesday/Miercoles
7:00 am
12:00 pm
†Johnny, Juan, Lupe Bracamonte
7/20/15
Tuesday/Martes
7:00 am
12:00 pm
People of the Parish
†Jose Guadalupe Lazo
†Carmen Z. Celaya
†Anita Molina
7/25/15
NO MASS
Spanish Vigil Mass
†Valencia Montano Family
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OFFICERS MASS
YOUTH GROUP RETREAT - Religious Ed. Center
PARISH INFORMATION
ADVERTISE
YOUR
BUSINESS
WITH US!
WEBSITE
If you are interested in
placing an
ad/link for your
company on our
website, please contact
the parish office.
BULLETIN
If you are interested in
placing an ad for your
company in our Bulletin,
please contact
Claudia Borders at
(520) 298-1265
VISIT OUR
WEBSITE!
cathedralstaugustine.org
VISIT US ON
/staugustine
cathedral
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SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN
ORDINARY TIME
JULY 19, 2015
Behold, the days are coming,
says the LORD, when I will raise up
a righteous shoot to David.
— Jeremiah 23:5a
juntamos alrededor de Jesús como los apóstoles
en el Evangelio de hoy, que nos tomáramos un
descanso, para que el Señor pueda escuchar lo
que hemos hecho en su nombre –nuestros éxitos,
nuestras decepciones, nuestra necesidad de
“escaparnos” un rato con él para que nos fortalezca
para seguir trabajando en el nombre de Dios. Ya
que nosotros los bautizados no somos sólo el
rebaño de Cristo; por el agua y el Espíritu hemos
sido transformados en el Cuerpo mismo de Cristo,
la presencia del pastor para dar vida al mundo.
Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
TODAY’S READINGS
First Reading — I shall gather the remnant of
my flock and bring them back to their meadow
(Jeremiah 23:1-6).
Psalm — The Lord is my shepherd; there is
nothing I shall want (Psalm 23).
Second Reading — You who were once far
off have become near by the blood of Christ
(Ephesians 2:13-18).
Gospel — When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his
heart was moved with pity for them, and he began
to teach them many things (Mark 6:30-34).
The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997,
International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.
LA PRESENCIA DE CRISTO EN
EL MUNDO
Hay una cierta “conexión” que falta entre las dos
primeras oraciones del Evangelio de hoy. En
la primera los apóstoles regresan de la misión
a la que habían sido enviados de dos en dos
(“apóstol” en griego significa “enviado”). Habían
sido enviados a predicar la conversión, a expulsar
a los demonios, y a sanar a los enfermos en el
nombre de Jesús. En la segunda oración, Jesús
les dice que se vengan con él a un lugar solitario
para descansar un poco. Nos gustaría pensar que,
entre esas dos oraciones, una expresión de placer
y gratitud cruzó el rostro de Jesús al oír como el
Reino ha sido proclamado en su nombre, y como
no tuvieron que sacudirse el polvo de los pies en
ninguna parte. ¡Bien se merecían un descanso! A
nosotros tampoco nos vendría mal, cuando nos
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READINGS FOR THE WEEK
Monday:
Ex 14:5-18; Ex 15:1bc-6; Mt 12:38-42
Tuesday:
Ex 14:21 — 15:1; Ex 15:8-10, 12, 17;
Mt 12:46-50
Wednesday: Ex 16:1-5, 9-15; Ps 78:18-19, 23-28;
Jn 20:1-2, 11-18
Thursday:
Ex 19:1-2, 9-11, 16-20b; Dn 3:52-56;
Mt 13:10-17
Friday:
Ex 20:1-17; Ps 19:8-11; Mt 13:18-23
Saturday:
2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Sunday:
2 Kgs 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11, 15-18;
Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15
TREASURES FROM OUR
TRADITION
When Catholicism encounters a culture, it
LITURGICAL
tends to approach the culture with a measure
of respect for its key customs, especially those
touching family life. Around the world, these
longestablished customs are often received
into the liturgy, sometimes with a new level of
interpretation. From Old Mexico, the custom of the
lasso (“cord”) has migrated across borders, and is
now firmly established in the marriage liturgy of
Spanishspeaking Catholics in the United States. It’s
a large cord, sometimes resembling rosary beads,
looped around the necks of the newlyweds in a
figureeight shape. It is a great honor for a person,
normally a godparent or close relative, to place
the lasso around the shoulders of the couple,
groom first. The lasso, a symbol of profound unity,
remains in place throughout the liturgy until
removed, usually by the priest. The bride keeps
the lasso as a memento of the day, a sign of her
ties of love to her husband in heart and home. The
tender ministry of the godparent in this ceremony
clearly links this sacrament of vocation with
baptism. It’s not unusual to see the lasso made of
fragrant orange blossoms, harking back to very
ancient preChristian rituals seeking the blessings
of fertility and happiness. —Rev. James Field, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
REFLEXIONEMOS SOBRE LA
PALABRA DE DIOS
Con frecuencia somos incapaces de identificar la
verdad en nuestra vida. ¿Es nuestra pasión amor o
lujuria? ¿Es nuestra seguridad financiera avaricia o
una preparación sabia? ¿Es la crianza de nuestros
hijos una buena disciplina o los estamos tallando
a nuestra propia imagen y semejanza? ¿Es nuestra
religiosidad superstición o fidelidad a la tradición?
¿Edifican nuestros sueños el Reino de Dios o la
Torre de Babel? En otras palabras, ¿está nuestro
estilo de vida inspirado en Dios o en el otro lugar?
Al mirar a nuestro derredor y ver que la vida de
nuestro prójimo no es tan diferente a la nuestra
buscamos amparo en cualquier lugar que parezca
protegernos de irnos a la deriva y sin propósito.
Sospecho que la mayoría de nosotros nos
preguntamos si hay alguien que conozca las
verdades más profundas, ya sean sobre la vida,
sobre nuestro mundo o aun sobre nosotros
mismos. Por eso nos reunimos alrededor de Jesús,
aunque aun así algunos podrían estar allí a medias,
o sea, confiados algunas veces de que él tendrá
algún tipo de respuesta y otras veces dudando si
PLEASE PRAY FOR OUR PARISHIONERS
Please call the office to remove your loved one’s name when well. Thank you!
Cristen Aguirre
Francisca Aguirre
Margaret Aguirre
Esther Alba
Carlos Alegria
Rene Anaya
Susie Apodaca
Lee Leon Baker
Ernesto Barnet
Benjamin F.A. Bicknese
Alma Caballero
Msgr. Arsenio Carrillo
Albert Catalano
Javier Chavez
Chris
Eric Cline
Pete Confrey
Gilberto Diaz
Lillian Doe
LITURGICAL
Terry Duarte
Vicki Duarte
Diego & Nubia Federico
Evelyn Feyth Sausedo
Jose Fimbres
Jose Lluly Fimbres
Ursula Fimbres
Carmen Frade
Roberto Grijalva
Daniel Harkey
Bertha Harper
Romelio Heredia
Ofelia Hernandez
Sonia Hernandez
Agustina Iñiguez
Jesus Jaquez
Jesus Jaquez, Jr.
Grandma Julie
Julie
Robin Kirk
Denise Lara
Lety
Dora Lopez
Curtis Lucas
Socorro Macedo
Bertha Dolores Martinez
Sara Miller Sidi
Alfred Miranda
Monique
Velia Morales
Denise Moreno
Julieta Moreno
Fernando Muñoz
Nuria’s Dad
Neal O’Connor
Mother Preciado
Edelina Quiroz
Maria Eugenia Ramirez
Victor Manuel Rendon
Barbara Romero
Bertha Romero
Ed Romero
Evelyn Sandoval
Sarah
Jaime Roybal
Maritza Silva
Millie Smith
Cristen Soto Aguirre
Howard Spence
Christine Stern
Mary Stern
Federico Tapia
Amie Tetlowski
Armando Valenzuela
Monica Verdugo
Teresa Verdugo
Rona Anne Ward
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él de veras ofrecerá la respuesta, pero sin saber a
qué otro lugar ir. Y así nos reunimos, como ovejas
alrededor de un pastor, sencillamente porque
hemos escuchado todas las demás voces y las
hemos encontrado deficientes.
—Padre Joseph J. Juknialis
Derechos de autor © 2014, World Library Publications. Todos los derechos reservados.
RCIA
What is RCIA?
The Rite of Christian Initiation of ADULTS (RCIA) is
the process, established for the universal Church,
for individuals to become Catholic and receive the
sacraments of initiation - Baptism, Confirmation,
and the Eucharist. This initiation process also
involves a parish community experiencing a
renewal in faith as it prepares and welcomes
new members into the Church. The Rite speaks
of conversion as a “spiritual Journey”. Centered
on fostering a deep relationship with Jesus and
the Church he founded, this journey. Takes place
through distinct stages over a period of time
suitable to bring about a thorough catechesis,
significant experience of the parish community,
and commitment to the liturgical and moral life of
the Catholic faithful.
Who is RCIA for?
Adults 18 years and older:
1. Persons who are wanting the Sacraments
of Initiation: Baptism, First Communion,
(Penance), and Confirmation
2. Persons of another faith who desire to become
Catholic
3. Persons baptized Catholic and desire the
completion of their Sacraments - First
Communion and/or Confirmation
4. Persons interested in learning more about
Jesus and the Catholic Faith
Interviews will begin immediately prior to classes.
Please leave message for Deacon Charles Gallegos
at the Office at 623-6351, Ext. 101.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
Is on summer recess. We will reconvene Thursday,
September 3, from 6-8pm in the South Meeting
Room to study Exodus.
-Gene Benton
GRUPO DE VARONES
/ MEN’S GROUP
Cada Tercer Viernes del Mes
Every Third Friday of the Month
San Cosme
460 W. Simpson St. Tucson, AZ 85701
10:00pm - 6:00am
Termina con misa a las 7:00am en la Catedral.
Finishing with mass at 7:00am in the Cathedral.
YOUTH GROUP
OUR LADY’S MANTLE
Your Cathedral has a youth group and is inviting
all high school students to come and explore their
relationship with our Lord! Our Lady’s Mantle
caters to the development of the Catholic faith in
high school teens and emphasizes the beauty of
our relationship with the Virgin Mary through fun
activities, engaging talks, and deep discussions.
We meet Sunday evenings from 6:30pm 8:30pm in the South Room of the parish hall all
year round.
Have questions or need more info?
Matt Yanez at (520) 979-4715 or
Ariana Varelas at (520) 548-9484.
Do you know someone who wants to
learn more about God? All are welcome.
TOUR OF THE
BEAUTIFUL CATHEDRAL
Classes begin Wednesday, August 19th and
continue to meet Wednesdays from 6:30pm8:00pm. Cost is $50 pp for materials. There
is financial assistance for those who qualify.
Tours of this beautiful cathedral and its grounds
are available by appointment. If you are interested,
please contact Leilani Gomez at 401-7577 for
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St. Augustine Cathedral,
A shining jewel in the desert
PARISH NEWS
scheduling. Our docents are prepared to take you
back in history!
COME AND CELEBRATE THE
FEAST DAY OF SAN AGUSTÍN
COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATION
Saturday, August 29 at 5:30pm
Teachers, Aides and Hall Monitors should renew
and update their compliance certification. Contact
Terry Gill at 623-6351 x116.
IMPORTANT RELIGIOUS
EDUCATION DATES
Registration Starts Soon!
August 2, 9, 16, & 23: 9am - 1:30pm in Parish Hall
Please bring your child’s Birth Certificate, Baptism
Certificate and $50.00 Registration Fee per child
with you when you come to register you child this
year. Thank you!
We invite you to visit our Website
Religious Education Page Calendar
to keep updated on all
Religious Education important dates,
and special activities
for the upcoming year
now available online!
FECHAS IMPORTANTES DE LA
EDUCACIÓN RELIGIOSA
Registro se Inicia Pronto!
Agosto 2, 9, 16, & 23: 9am - 1:30pm
en el Salón Parroquial
Favor de traer el certificado de nacimiento de su
hijo/a, certificado de bautismo y $50.00 Cuota de
inscripción por niño con usted cuando usted viene
a registrar a su hijo/a este año. Gracias!
Te invitamos a visitar nuestra
página de Educación Religiosa
en el sitio web de la parroquia
para estar informado sobre
todas las fechas importantes
y actividades especiales
para el próximo año de
educación religiosa!
Saint Augustine Cathedral and Los Descendientes
del Presidio de Tucson will be celebrating the
patron of our parish and the City of Tucson
on Saturday, August 29th at the 5:30pm mass.
The celebrant for the mass will be Bishop
Gerald F. Kicanas with priests of the Cathedral
concelebrating.
All are invited to attend. A reception will follow in
the placita!
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
GOLF TOURNAMENT
Saturday, September 5, 2015
St. Augustine’s Knights of Columbus, Council
#15736 would like you to join us for a day of golf at
our second annual tournament. The tournament
will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 at El Rio
Country Club once again.
Please save the date as flyers for the event will
come out soon. As always, we are looking for
golfers, assistance/participation, gift and or
financial support. Last year’s inaugural tournament
was a great success and we thank you all for that.
PROGRESS
REPORT FOR
ST. AUGUSTINE
CATHEDRAL
Progress toward our 2015
Parish Pledge Goal: ($7,535.00
to go):
$24,941.00
$32,476.00 $56,500.00
76.80% of Pledge
100%
Parish Goal
57.48%
Pledge %
to Parish Goal
______________________________
PARISH NEWS
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POPE URGES MORE THAN
1M TO REALIZE HOW MUCH
GOOD CAN BE DONE IF WE
WELCOME
During Last Mass in Paraguay, Tells
Faithful Hospitality Is Hallmark of Being
Christian
Pope Francis says the word ‘welcome’ is at the
heart of Christian spirituality and of our experience
of discipleship, yet it easily passes by unnoticed.
His last day in Paraguay,during his Apostolic Visit
to Latin America, July 5-13, the Holy Father made
this observation during the Mass he celebrated
this morning in Asuncion’s Nu Guazu field. From
an altar artistically constructed from local fruit
and vegetables, the Pope told more than 1 million
gathered, including many Argentineans, why
Christians are to follow Christ’s welcoming example.
Francis recalled how in today’s Gospel, Jesus tells
His disciples: ‘No longer do I call you servants...
but I have called you friends, for all that I have
heard from my Father I have made known to you.’
He added how Jesus “as the good master, the
good teacher,” sends them out to be welcomed,
to experience hospitality and to learn one of the
hallmarks of the community of believers.
“We might say that a Christian is someone who has
learned to welcome others, to show hospitality,” he
said, noting”Jesus does not send them out as men
of influence, landlords, officials armed with rules
and regulations.”
Instead, the Pope said, “he makes them see that
the Christian journey is about changing hearts.”
It is about learning to live differently, under a
different law, with different rules. It is about
turning from the path of selfishness, conflict,
division and superiority, and taking instead the
path of life, generosity and love. It is about passing
from a mentality which domineers, stifles and
manipulates to a mentality which welcomes,
accepts and cares.”
The Pontiff observed these are two contrasting
mentalities, two ways of approaching our life
and our mission. He lamented how many times
we see mission in terms of plans and programs,
and evangelization as “involving any number of
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strategies, tactics, maneuvers, techniques, as if
we could convert people on the basis of our own
arguments.”
“Today the Lord says to us quite clearly: in the
mentality of the Gospel, you do not convince
people with arguments, strategies or tactics. You
convince them by learning how to welcome them.”
The Church is a mother with an open heart, the
Pope said, stressing She knows how to welcome
and accept, especially those in need of care. The
Church, he said, is the “home of hospitality.”
“How much good we can do, if only we try to
speak the language of hospitality, of welcome!
How much pain can be soothed, how much
despair can be allayed in a place where we feel
at home! Welcoming the hungry, the thirsty, the
stranger, the naked, the sick, the prisoner (Mt
25:34-37), the leper and the paralytic. Welcoming
those who do not think as we do, who do not
have faith or who have lost it. Welcoming the
persecuted, the unemployed. Welcoming the
different cultures, of which our earth is so richly
blessed. Welcoming sinners.”
In this way, the Pope reflected, Jesus teaches
us a new way of thinking and opens before us
a horizon “brimming with life, beauty, truth and
fulfillment.”
“God never closes off horizons; he is never
unconcerned about the lives and sufferings of his
children. God never allows himself to be outdone
in generosity. So he sends us his Son, he gives him
to us, he hands him over, he shares him... so that
we can learn the way of fraternity, of self-giving.
He opens up a new horizon; he is the new and
definitive Word which sheds light on so many
situations of exclusion, disintegration, loneliness
and isolation. He is the Word which breaks the
silence of loneliness.”
Launching an appeal, the Pope said, all faithful too
must provide a home, like the earth, “which does
not choke the seed, but receives it, nourishes it
and makes it grow.”
After celebrating Mass, the Pope gave his weekly
Angelus address before reciting the midday prayer,
stressing how those gathered are to look with
trust to the Virgin Mary, who is “the gift” that Jesus
gives to his people. “She is the fruit of Christ’s
DIOCESE & WORLD NEWS
sacrifice for us. And from that moment, Mary has
always been, and will always be, with her children,
especially the poor and those most in need.”
The Argentine Pontiff observed how Mary has
become “part of the tapestry” of human history,
of our lands and peoples and how, as in many
other countries of Latin America, the faith of the
Paraguayan people is imbued with love of the
Virgin Mary.
“They approach their mother with confidence,
they open their hearts and entrust to her their joys
and sorrows, their aspirations and sufferings. Our
Lady consoles them and with tender love fills them
with hope,” he said. “They never cease to turn with
trust to Mary, mother of mercy for each and every
one of her children.”
The Holy Father prayed that the Blessed Mother
watches over the Church and strengthens Her
members in fraternal love: “With Mary’s help, may
the Church be a home for all, a welcoming home, a
mother for all peoples.”
After asking those gathered to pray for him, Pope
Francis said,”I know how much the Pope is loved
in Paraguay,” and said he keeps the Paraguayan
faithful in his heart and prays for them and their
nation.
Paraguay, July 12, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov | © Innovative Media Inc.
US BISHOPS GIVE $3M IN AID
TO LATIN AMERICA
Subcommittee Approves Funding for
228 Projects
As Pope Francis is making an Apostolic Visit to
Bolivia, Ecuador, and Paraguay, July 5-13, US
bishops are giving more than $3 million in grants
to the Church in Latin America
According to the United States Conference of
Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB), the conference’s
Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America
approved more than $3.3 million to go toward
funding some 228 projects.
Funds will be disbursed as grants to aid the
pastoral work of the Church in the Caribbean
and Latin America, with the most-funded nations
in this grant cycle being Colombia, Peru, Haiti,
Mexico, and Ecuador.
DIOCESE & WORLD NEWS
Some of the potential projects include training lay
catechists, youth ministries, evangelization and
communication. At a June 8 meeting in St. Louis,
Missouri, the subcommittee approved the projects.
Certain approved initiatives will support the
cultural and religious heritage of those of African
descent who are living in Latin America and the
Caribbean. In the Archdiocese of Cali in Colombia,
one approved project will use music and dance
to help children, adolescents and adults live
out their faith within their culture. Some of
the various workshops’ topics will include the
history of musical instruments, Afro-Colombian
music history, and faith and culture in the New
Evangelization. Another project will fund a youth
congress in the English-speaking Caribbean.
Moreover, the subcommittee also approved
$346,000 for 32 pastoral projects for Haiti and
$574,750 to four reconstruction grants for Church
buildings in the country. Funding for these
projects comes from the special collection for Haiti
taken in 2010. All USCCB aid for reconstruction
work in Haiti goes through the Partnership for
Reconstruction of the Church in Haiti, an entity of
the Haitian Bishops’ Conference.
In Nicaragua, the diocese of Managua received
a grant to strengthen its sign-language ministry,
which works toward better serve the needs of
hearing-impaired Catholics and facilitate their
access to receive the sacraments, attend Mass
and fully participate in the life of the parish.
Participants will learn sign language for religious
themes, attend religious education classes and
participate in a retreat.
While the collection for the Church in Latin America
is scheduled for the fourth Sunday in January, some
dioceses will take it up on other dates.
United States of America, July 10, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Staff Reporter | © Innovative Media Inc.
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