Christendom College Announces 11th Annual High School Summer Program

May 29, 2009

Front Royal, Va. (MetroCatholic) - Christendom College will be hosting three sessions of its acclaimed Experience Christendom Summer Program for Rising High School Seniors and Juniors from June 20 – July 24. Comprised of two one-week sessions and one two-week session, the program will bring over 100 students from across the United States and Europe to experience Christendom’s unique education and culture.

“The program is great not only for students interested in the college, but also for those who are seeking to grow in their faith and meet like-minded teens,” says Director of Admissions Tom McFadden who runs the program. “Everyone who attends the program has a great time and comes away from it with a different outlook on life and on Christendom College.”

The “campers,” as participants are affectionately called, will be supervised by Christendom College students, a number of whom were once “campers” themselves, as well as members of the Admissions Office staff. Taught by Christendom’s own faculty, students will attend classes in philosophy, literature, history, and theology, and will learn to live as a Christendom student during their stay, taking part in academic and spiritual activities, as well as many exciting social events, with a focus on good, clean, moral fun.

The students’ schedule is busy – packed with classes and daily Mass in the morning, and a wide array of activities in the afternoon and evening, including swing dancing, canoeing, hiking, bowling, visiting different professors’ houses, and playing competitive sports.

Last summer, Christendom welcomed 108 high school students on campus to take part in the program.

“The week I spent at Christendom allowed me to experience and live my faith in a way I had never done before. I can honestly say that I am a better Catholic and a better person because of this experience,” said 2008 Program participant Kyle O’Connor from Roanoke, Virginia.

Another 2008 participant, Bernadette Brock of Leesburg, Virginia, experienced a complete turnaround. “I had a very bad prejudice against Christendom College and did not want to attend the Summer Program that much. I had a stereotype of everyone being homeschooled nerds, but everyone was totally awesome. I had the best time of my life,” she admitted. Brock will be attending Christendom in the Fall.

The Experience Christendom Summer Program has been praised by its many participants as both life-changing and tons of fun. Those interested in attending should register online by going to www.christendom.edu and clicking on Summer Programs at the bottom of the page. Additionally, the College has created a promotional video for the Experience Christendom Summer Program that can also be found on the website.

Peter’s Pence Collection, an Invitation to Cast the Light of Christ upon the World

May 29, 2009

WASHINGTON DC (MetroCatholic) - Dioceses around the United States will conduct the Peter’s Pence Collection, the collection that helps the Holy Father with his charitable works around the world, on June 27-28.  
           
The Peter’s Pence Collection allows the pope to respond quickly to those who face oppression, natural disasters, war and disease. U.S. Catholics traditionally have been among the most generous donors to this collection.
           
Last year, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, Pope Benedict XVI called on U.S. Catholics to continue this tradition of solidarity.
           
“In the finest traditions of the Church in this country, may you also be the first friend of the poor, the homeless, the stranger, the sick and all who suffer. Act as beacons of hope, casting the light of Christ upon the world,” said the pope.
           
Archbishop John G. Vlazny of Portland, Oregon, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on National Collections, encouraged people to continue to donate generously to the collection.
           
“Pope Benedict XVI has explained how those who are baptized create one family of believers who are never alone. The Peter’s Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your generosity allows the pope to respond to our suffering brothers and sisters with promptness, love, and compassion, so God’s people will not feel alone in their time of misfortune.”
           
The total of funds collected in 2008 for the Peter’s Pence Collection are expected to be announced by the Vatican in July. A Vatican official estimated that U.S. offerings in 2008 amounted to almost half of the total collection.
           
The 2007 worldwide collection totaled more than $79.8 million. Catholics in the United States were the top donors, contributing more than $18.7 million or about 28 percent of the total. They were followed by Italian Catholics who gave more than $8.6 million and German Catholics who gave more than $4 million.
           
Examples of initiatives undertaken with assistance of the Peter’s Pence include emergency relief aid offered through the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum” in the wake of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods; the “Nazareth Boys Town” in Mbare, Rwanda that takes in abandoned orphans, mainly victims of genocide and civil war; and activities of the Populorum Progressio Foundation for peasants and indigenous people in Latin America and of the John Paul II Foundation for the Sahel, which sponsors development projects in African Sub-Saharan areas in danger of desertification.
           
The Peter’s Pence Collection derives its name from an ancient custom. In ninth-century England, King Alfred the Great collected money—“pence” or pennies—from land owners as financial support for the pope. Today, the Peter’s Pence Collection supports the pope’s charitable work.

Information on the Peter’s Pence Collection can be found at http://www.usccb.org/ppc/.

Chicago Parish Featured in New EWTN Series Produced by Storytel Foundation

May 29, 2009

OMAHA, NEB. (MetroCatholic) - StoryTel Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating compelling productions that tell the uncommon stories of those entities and individuals who restore the sacred, inspiring reverence to God and the things of God, announced today that the first of its ON ASSIGNMENT documentary series, featuring Saint John Cantius parish, will air twice on Monday, June 1, at 3:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST (Midnight and 3:30 p.m. PST) on the EWTN Global Catholic Network.

In this first documentary, produced by StoryTel in association with IHS Productions and EWTN Global Catholic Network, ON ASSIGNMENT investigates how St. John Cantius, an all but abandoned, slated for the wrecking ball, historic church with less than 200 parishioners, became a beautiful, thriving parish, a destination point for visitors from all over the world, commonly referred to as “a treasure of Chicago,” with more than 3,000 parishioners and home to a growing new religious order, six choirs, regularly scheduled full orchestra Masses and much more — all because of the remarkable vision of one man who inspired many others around him.

Once an integral part of Chicago’s Northwest side, the parish had fallen victim to numerous street and freeway expansions. For nearly 30 years the old church attracted more pigeons than people. Salvation from utter destruction came at the eleventh hour when Fr. Frank Phillips, a priest with no parish experience, was appointed pastor. Fr. Phillips, in cooperation with God’s grace, changed the course of Chicago history.

“What’s so exciting about this story,” says Don Carney, the film’s producer and director, “is that a viewer is transformed and inspired himself as he witnesses the stunning changes that took place, the way people came out of nowhere to participate, overcoming all setbacks along the way…It’s a compelling story that happened because one person said ‘yes’ to God.”

Masterfully filmed and presented, with key scenes underscored by the hauntingly beautiful sacred music of St. John Cantius orchestra and choirs, ON ASSIGNMENT’s visual telling of this incredible true story will leave viewers believing in miracles.

For more information about StoryTel Foundation, go to www.StoryTel.org.

About StoryTel Foundation: StoryTel Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating compelling productions that tell the uncommon stories of those entities and individuals who restore the sacred, inspiring reverence to God and the things of God. The Foundation’s new “On Assignment” series, produced for television, capture dramatic, transformative and true stories of the Divine at work in the world through the humble “yes” of men and women today and throughout history. These stories uplift the human spirit and inspire others to greatness. To learn more, go to www.StoryTel.org.

On Assignment, produced by StoryTel Foundation, is an investigative television series that spotlights true stories of God’s work in our world.

Former Power Ranger and Actress to Be Featured on CatholicTV Talk Show Along With Catholic Singer

May 29, 2009

WATERTOWN, MA (MetroCatholic) - CatholicTV.com will feature Jessica Rey (a Catholic actress best known for her television role as the White Power Ranger) in a live interview on the CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”. Also on the show will be Kitty Cleveland, a Catholic musician and opera singer.

The show will be viewable at CatholicTV.com at 10:30AM (EST) on Friday, May 29th. “This is the Day” will also air on television (on CatholicTV) where available. CatholicTV is a nationally-broadcasted television station headquartered near Boston.

Jessica Rey is a Catholic actress and also the designer of a modest vintage swimwear line. She has also been featured on several television series on CBS, NBC, and others. Her swimwear can be seen at reyswimwear.com. Her website asks of swimwear “who says it has to be itsy-bitsy?”

Also on “This is the Day”, in an in-studio interview, will be Kitty Cleveland. Kitty has been singing soprano for over 20 years. She has extensive stage experience with the New Orleans Opera. Throughout high school and college, Kitty studied voice in the classical style. During a painful family crisis in which her father was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to prison for 10 years, Kitty turned to faith. Now, Kitty is devoted to Christian music and opera. Kitty will also be featured in a musical performance on this year’s telethon on CatholicTV.

These guests can be seen on Friday, May 29th live at 10:30AM (EST) on CatholicTV where available (rebroadcast at 8PM). The show will also be streamed live at www.CatholicTV.com and will be available on the site’s archives starting Friday night. All videos at the website are viewable in full-screen. Paste this URL into your browser in order to access the “This is the Day” video archives. http://www.CatholicTV.org/shows/default.aspx?seriesID=72  

About CatholicTV:
CatholicTV provides family-friendly, religious, news, and educational programming 24 hours daily. Founded over 50 years ago, CatholicTV is available in selected areas on cable in the United States and Canada, via Sky Angel IPTV and online via a live stream anytime, everywhere at the station’s web site www.CatholicTV.com. Father Robert Reed, a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, is the Director of CatholicTV. Click here to paste this into your browser to find out how to watch CatholicTV where you live: http://www.catholictv.org/schedule/where-to-watch.aspx  

“This is the Day” can also be seen on demand at www.CatholicTV.com or downloaded via iTunes.com.and SQPN.com The hosts, Father Robert Reed, and Jay Fadden discuss various topics of the week and respond to viewer mail (you may email the show at [email protected].)

Religious Citizens Targeted in Alameda for ‘Intolerable’ Views

May 29, 2009

ALAMEDA COUNTY, CA (MetroCatholic) - The intolerance against those with religious or traditional moral views is reaching new lows and no where is that clearer than Alameda.
 
On Tuesday evening the school board in the Bay Area city voted 3-2 to approve curriculum promoting homosexuality to kindergartners, despite vehement and overwhelming opposition from the community. Promoters of the curriculum are so bent on indoctrinating students that they refused a parental op-out provision, even though parents plead for the board to respect their right to protect their children.
 
“Polling CRI conducted in the city found that over half of city residents opposed the curriculum,” stated Karen England, executive director of CRI. “Even many of those who did support the curriculum still favored a parental opt-out.”
 
England was present at the last three meetings of the school board after parents contacted CRI’s office and asked for help in stopping the curriculum’s adoption. A veteran of advocating for parental rights at the school board level, England testified on behalf of parents at two of the meetings.
 
“At this week’s meeting, I heard one of the most outrageous and alarming things I’ve ever heard at any meeting,” commented England. “Alameda school board vice president Ron Mooney actually told parents that the school board will provide no protections for one of the state-mandated protected classes: the religious.”
 
During the meeting Mooney responded to a question about whether religious students would be respected for disagreeing with the curriculum, he responded that they may disagree, but only at home; they may not carry those views into the classroom.
 
Placing himself as the arbiter of what is acceptable morality for all people in his district, Mooney asserted that he saw nothing wrong with homosexuality.  The general tenor of Mooney and his peers’ remarks reveals that they are themselves intolerant of those with religious beliefs.  They knowingly voted for a biased curriculum that specifically excludes religion, turning a deaf ear to the parents who presented cases of religious intolerance in the school district. 
 
Many supporters of the curriculum called opponents bigots and homophobes, engaging in the very name-calling they claim to want to end in their schools. Some even cited religion as the greatest hindrance to stopping bullying and fostering tolerance.
 
“There is clearly religious bigotry in this district, but it’s not coming from the parents opposing this curriculum-it’s coming directly from the intolerant members of the school board,” explained England. “The board is targeting people of faith, as evidenced by the vice president’s bigoted remarks. Mr. Mooney’s unprofessional behavior gives license to those who engage in the name-calling and bullying parents experienced at these meetings.”
 
Alameda parents outraged by the complete disregard for the input are discussing how to move forward and hold their elected officials accountable.
 
Contact Vice President Mooney 

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South Bend Prosecutor Presses Trespass Charges Against Prominent Pro-life Advocates

May 29, 2009

Chicago-based Thomas More Society assembles a “Fighting Irish” legal defense team

South Bend, IN (MetroCatholic) - Thomas More Society attorneys appeared in St. Joseph County Criminal Court to defend two prominent pro-life advocates against trespass charges brought this morning by local prosecutors in the wake of protests at the University of Notre Dame.

Laura Rohling and Jane Brennan went onto the Notre Dame campus to educate students about the after-effects of abortion, based on their own personal experiences with abortion. Ms. Brennan, author of “Motherhood Interrupted,” is a frequent guest on Catholic TV and radio. She serves as regional coordinator in Colorado of “Silent No More,” a group which brings public attention to the plight of women who have experienced emotional and other pain after abortion. Ms. Rohling serves as assistant regional coordinator of that group.

“The Thomas More Society is urging the University to request that these trespass charges be dropped,” said Tom Brejcha, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Society. “Such a magnanimous gesture will go far toward healing the divisions that have arisen between Notre Dame and the pro-life movement, in light of recent events.”

The Society has assembled an all-”Fighting Irish” team, including President and Chief Counsel Thomas Brejcha, Notre Dame class of ‘65, Executive Director Peter Breen, Notre Dame Law class of ‘00, and South Bend attorney David Wemhoff, Notre Dame class of ‘79, in defense of Ms. Rohling and Ms. Brennan.

“What’s vitally needed is dialogue about pro-life issues of abortion, stem-cell research, euthanasia, marriage, as well as about capital punishment and peace issues rather than confrontation in South Bend’s criminal court,” Brejcha continued. “The pro-life movement is the next stage of America’s civil rights movement, and Notre Dame is not Birmingham.”

The Thomas More Society has a history of partnership with the University of Notre Dame. The late Fr. Ned Joyce, former Executive Vice President of the University, was a regular financial supporter of the Society. Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, former President of the University, wrote fundraising letters in support of the Thomas More Society’s successful defense of peaceable, non-violent abortion protests in the landmark United States Supreme Court case, NOW v. Scheidler.

About the Thomas More Society
Founded in 1997, the Thomas More Society, Pro-Life Law Center, is a not-for-profit, public interest law firm based in Chicago and dedicated to fighting for the rights and dignity of all human life. The Society vigorously defends clients in state and federal courtrooms around the country, addressing vital issues across the pro-life spectrum, including pregnancy discrimination, end-of-life health care, the right of conscientious objection for medical workers and freedom of speech for peaceable nonviolent protest.

As a public interest law firm, the Thomas More Society is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, supported solely by private donations. Visit www.thomasmoresociety.org for more information.

Soles4Souls, the Shoe Charity, Announces Barefoot Media Week, June 1st – June 7, 2009

May 29, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN (MetroCatholic) - Soles4Souls Inc., the international shoe charity dedicated to providing a free pair of shoes to people in need, is challenging members of the media to become an important part of the Soles4Souls story.  During the non-profit’s second annual “Barefoot Week” celebrations (June 1 - 7), the charity will be distributing thousands of shoes in five cities across the United States.

The weeklong series of events encourages public participation in one of the hundreds of concurrent shoe drives, fun runs & walkathons, retail trade-in events, concerts, festivals and more.  Media members can take part by removing your shoes while on-air (or writing an article about the experience) and relating to the audience the feel of walking barefoot in public.  There are an estimated 300 million children in the world who are forced to go barefoot in unsanitary conditions (unlike our own manicured sidewalks and groomed public right of ways).

Various celebrities are lending their support to Barefoot Week in hopes of encouraging more participation with Soles4Souls.  Scarlett Johansson, Jessica Simpson, Randy Jackson, Zach Braff, Kellie Pickler, Tim Gunn, Antawn Jamison, Nick Lachey, Lance Bass, Riddick Bowe, Luke Perry, Amy Grant, and Chris Hope (among many other celebrities) are all supporting Soles4Souls.

Celebrity quotes are available upon request, as well as a full list of dates and times for each event.  Consider joining the charity’s goal to “change the world, one pair at a time.”

If you decide to participate, let the staff at Soles4Souls know so they can add your company’s logo and website to their “Corporate Friends” list.  Visit www.giveshoes.org for more information.

About Soles4Souls
Nashville-based Soles4Souls(tm) facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 5 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 13 seconds) to people in over 125 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States.  The charity has been featured recently in Runner’s World and the Green Guide by National Geographic.  It has also appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and hundreds of regional outlets around North America.  Soles4Souls is a 501(c)(3) recognized by the IRS; donating parties are eligible for tax advantages. Visit
www.giveshoes.org for more information.

Chinese Authorities Secretly Planning to Sentence Alimujiang Yimiti to Re-education Through Labor

May 29, 2009

Alimujiang Yimiti

Alimujiang Yimiti

XINJIANG, (MetroCatholic) - On May 21, government sources told the mother of imprisoned Uyghur Christian Alimujiang Yimiti that the Kashi Public Security Bureau (PSB) is secretly planning to sentence her son to three years of re-education through labor. Sources say that the PSB’s intent in sentencing him is to cover up their error in arresting Alimujiang. The Kashi PSB originally filed the case against Alimujiang, and has the authority to exercise this power independently without approval from the court or other departments.

Alimujiang’s mother Wushuerhan, 65, felt despair at hearing of the government’s intentions and prays that the Lord will mobilize many kind-hearted people to help rescue her son. She has been going to Kashi government offices on almost a daily basis, petitioning authorities in tears for Alimujiang’s release.

Alimujiang Yimiti has been arbitrarily detained at Kashi Municipal Detention center since January 12, 2008, charged with “suspicion of inciting secession and organizing people in stealing, spying, buying and illegally providing state secrets or intelligence to overseas organizations.” However, ChinaAid contacts say the reason for his imprisonment is his Christian faith and witness among the Uyghur people.

On September 12, 2008, the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention issued Opinion No. 29/2008 stating that Alimujiang Yimiti’s detention for more than one year is arbitrary and that the Chinese government should take the necessary steps to correct the situation. 

Bob Fu, president of ChinaAid, strongly denounces the long-term illegal detention of Alimujiang Yimiti, which has seriously affected China’s image in the international community. Bob Fu stated, “We call on the central government in China and the Xinjiang government to show concern for and intervene in this case, so that they can make reparations for their wrongful actions against an innocent, law-abiding citizen and the devastating affects of his 16 month detention on his wife, mother and children.” He also calls on all the people express concern for this case by calling on government officials at all levels in China.

ChinaAid calls the international community to speak out on behalf of Alimujiang Yimiti, and to petition the UN to press the Chinese government for his release.

Contact the following Chinese government offices to express your concern for Alimujiang Yimiti (pronounced A-leem’jan Yi-mit’). Offices are generally open 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. local time in China.

Xinjiang Government Leadership Office Tel./Fax: +86-991-280-3226
Xinjiang Government Law Management Office Tel./Fax: +86-991-235-6033

Contact the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. to urge them to release Alimujiang Yimiti:

Ambassador Zhou Wenzhong
3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (202) 495-2000
Fax: (202) 495-2190

Wisconsin Right to Life Continues to Expose the Truth Behind the Madison Late-Term Abortion Plan

May 29, 2009

Madison, WI (MetroCatholic) -  For the past two weeks, Wisconsin Right to Life has run ads in the Wisconsin State Journal that focus on the late-term abortion plan at the Madison Surgery Center.  The ads are meant to educate the public about the realities associated with late-term abortions which involve the dismemberment of fully formed babies.

This week’s ad, which appears today, exposes information contained in internal emails between various UW officials that were obtained through an open records request.

Among the shocking revelations is that most of the late-term abortions will be performed simply because a woman wants one and that UW officials hope the Obama administration will give them wiggle room to decide whether employees will be forced to participate in late-term abortions.

The entire ad can be viewed here.

“The public has a right to know exactly what is at stake with the late-term abortion plan” said Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Tens of thousands have already signed petitions protesting the late-term abortion plan and current and prospective patients have changed their appointments and even their health care away from the Madison Surgery Center.  Now we are taking the message to the public.”

May 29, 2009 - Daily Mass Readings

May 29, 2009

Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter

Reading 1
Acts 25:13b-21

And after some days, king Agrippa and Bernice came down to Caesarea, to salute Festus. And as they tarried there many days, Festus told the king of Paul, saying: A certain man was left prisoner by Felix. About whom, when I was at Jerusalem, the chief priests and the ancients of the Jews came unto me, desiring condemnation against him. To whom I answered: it is not the custom of the Romans to condemn any man, before that he who is accused have his accusers present and have liberty to make his answer, to clear himself of the things laid to his charge. When therefore they were come hither, without any delay, on the day following, sitting in the judgment seat, I commanded the man to be brought. Against whom, when the accusers stood up, they brought no accusation of this which I thought ill of: But had certain questions of their own superstition against him, and of one Jesus deceased, whom Paul affirmed to be alive. I therefore being in a doubt of this manner of question, asked him whether he would go to Jerusalem and there be judged of these things. But Paul, appealing to be reserved unto the hearing of Augustus, I commanded him to be kept, till I might send him to Caesar.

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab

R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Bless the Lord, O my soul:
and let all that is within me bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
and never forget all he hath done for thee.
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.
For according to the height of the heaven above the earth:
he hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.
As far as the east is from the west,
so far hath he removed our iniquities from us.
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The Lord hath prepared his throne in heaven:
and his kingdom shall rule over all.
Bless the Lord, all ye his angels:
you that are mighty in strength,
and execute his word
R. The Lord has established his throne in heaven.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Gospel
Jn 21:15-19

When therefore they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith to him: Yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith to him: yea, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. He saith to him: Feed my lambs. He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep. Amen, amen, I say to thee, When thou wast younger, thou didst gird thyself and didst walk where thou wouldst. But when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee and lead thee whither thou wouldst not. And this he said, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had said this, he saith to him: Follow me.

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The readings on this site are not official for the Mass of Roman Rite of the Catholic Church in the USA, but are from The Challoner Douay Rheims version of the Sacred Bible, a source free from copyright and entirely in the public domain.

The Challoner Douay Rheims version was prepared by Bishop Richard Challoner, about A.D. 1749-1752, by revising the original Douay Rheims version and by comparing it to the Latin Vulgate version of the Bible.

Official Readings of the Liturgy at – http://www.usccb.org/nab/today.

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