Death penalty disappointment
The Illinois Coalition Against the Death Penalty has expressed
disappointment in the Illinois Senates May 15 approval of a measure
that would expand the death penalty to include first degree murder
in furtherance of a gang activity. At a time when Gov. Ryan
has halted the death penalty based on egregious errors and injustices
in the system that led to wrongful death sentences of at least
13 men, this attempt to expand the death penalty must be considered
ill-advised at best, and cynical politics at worst, a coalition
statement said. The group also expressed concern that the measure
would also inevitably be used against minority defendants in
greater proportion than whites.
This will worsen the already
lopsided racial imbalance on Illinois Death Row.
Grunts need shepherds, too
Father Ken Carlson loved the military life.
Carlson also loves being a priest.
The 32-year-old associate pastor at Our Lady of the Ridge Parish
in Chicago Ridge served three years in the Air Force before returning
home to care for his ailing mother. After she died, he entered
CCI pressing on faith issues
The Illinois legislative session is set to close at the end of
the month, and the state Catholic conference is still working
on several issues. Topping the list is a 4 percent cost-of-doing-business
increase in the state budget for social service agencies such
as Catholic Charities that work under state contract. Gov. Ryans
proposed budget calls for no increase.
Consistory looks to future
Pope, cardinals to meet; topics unclear
The worlds cardinals are preparing to meet with Pope John Paul
II in a consultative session that could help shape important pastoral
policies for coming decades. The May 21-24 meeting, known as an
extraordinary consistory, was convened by the pope after he created
44 new cardinals in February. It is the first such meeting since
1994, and it offers a rare chance for the College of Cardinals
as a whole to influence papal thinking. Cardinal George was scheduled
to arrive in Rome for the consistory May 20.
Execution delay a good decision
Any decision not to take a human life is a good decision, even
if it represents only a temporary delay, Indianapolis Archbishop
Daniel M. Buechlein said May 15 about the postponement of Timothy
Bells ring against death penalty
Dominican Sister Dorothy Briggs one of the U.S. founders of For
Whom the Bells Toll, an international campaign to end capital
punishment, has been surprised by its success.
Translation rules awaiting new texts
The new rules from the Vatican regarding translation of liturgical
texts, released earlier this month, evoked several responses from
around the country. Cardinal George said of the new Vatican instruction,
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, adding, When you
get an actual translation, then youll see if its acceptable
or not. Rules are only rules until theyre put into practice,
Ministry to Hispanics takes on social issues
The growing number of Hispanics in the United States is catching
the eye of politicians. The Latino vote is coming out. I would
like to believe we in the Catholic Church had a part in this,
said Louis Velasquez, Hispanic ministry director for the Los Angeles
Music keeps her "up beat"
The musician glided by in her dark serge habit to take her place
with the University Chamber Orchestra at St. Xavier University
May 5. The program for the May 5 concert listed Sister M. Reginald
in the viola section, but her first love is the violin.
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St. Adrian Church, Chicago
The statue of Our Lady of the New Millennium will move from St. Martha Parish at 8523 Georgiana Ave. in Morton Grove, where it is now located,
to St. Catherine Laboure Parish, 3535 Thornwood Ave., Glenview, on May 27.
Special services will be held throughout the week at St. Catherine Laboure, including an outdoor Mass at 9 a.m. and a candlelight
procession at 8 p.m. on May 28, Memorial Day. For more information,
call the parish at (847) 729-1414.
Other parishes scheduled to host the statue are:
- June 3-10: Our Lady of Humility, 10655 Wadsworth Road, Beach Park/Zion (847) 872-8778
- June 10-17: St. Anastasia, 624 Douglas Ave., Waukegan, (847) 623-2875
- June 17-24: St. Edna, 2535 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, (847) 398-3362
- June 24-July 1: St. Petronille, 420 Glenwood Ave., Glen Ellyn, (630) 469-0404
- May 6-13: St. Thecla, 6725 W. Devon Ave.
- May 13-20, St. Eugene, 7958 W. Foster Ave.
- May 20-27, St. Martha, Morton Grove
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Needlers for the needy Knitting needles purl and crochet hooks loop when a group of
seasoned citizens get together in St. Linus Parish (Oak Lawn).
Therese McNicholas organized this local branch of Project Linus
whose motto is, A blanket is like a big hug when you most need
one. It holds special meaning for the ladies of St. Linus (the
national program is named for Charles Schulz Peanuts cartoon
character, who always needs his security blanket.) These stitchers
are in their late 50s to mid-80s, and meet twice a month to work
on afghans for kids in local hospitals and lap pads for nursing
home residents, as well as outfits for newborns as a pro-life
apostolate. Of course, the original Linus was from Tuscany and
became the next pope after St. Peter about the year 67. He was
consecrated a bishop by St. Paul and is mentioned in Pauls second
letter to Timothy, 4:21. For more info on the national Project
Linus, call Bloomington, Ill. at (309) 664-7814.
Wags corner John J. Lyons of St. Juliana Parish (N. Osceola) suggests: On
Memorial Day Weekendavoid road ragejust dont look at the gas
Modesty? Which way did it go? A TV news anchor did a segment recently on the difficulty in
finding appropriate apparel for tots to pre-teens and older girls.
Now a spiritual-based program called G.A.L. (Girls As Leaders)
is trying to offer alternatives to little girls dressing like
big girls. Jeanne Diamond of Our Lady of the Woods Parish (Orland
Park) will applaud daughters Megan and Kelly as they model age-appropriate
outfits at Pure Style, a Christian fashion show May 20 in Lombard,
with no hip huggers or bare midriffs. The local chapter has girls,
ages 11-17, emerging as leaders to hopefully influence peers as
well as retail merchants and enriching the bond between moms and
daughters. For more info, you can call Diamond at (708) 203-3761.
Eternal City, not Radio City The Italian bishops conference
surveyed entertainers in Italy about their faith life recently.
Eight out of 10 said they Never forget to pray before going onstage
or on the air. Fifty-three percent of the performers said Italian
TV does not give enough attention to human values, to the individuals
genuine liberty and sense of justice. More than 25 percent believe
themes about faith should not be confined to religious productions,
but should be present in prime time programs too.
People and places St. Denis Parish (S. St. Louis) will bid a fond adieu to Adrian
Dominican Sister Elizabeth Lynch who served as principal of their
school for 30 years! They will also celebrate her 50th anniversary
in religious life at the 10 a.m. Mass June 3 with a reception
following in the school hall. . . . Christine Zambrzycki Flaherty,
director for 11 years of the archs European-American Ministry,
was recently featured in an exhibit as one of 46 successful Polish
women of all ages and professions. Polski 2000 is a display of
black and white photos accompanied by texts in English and Polish
honoring these women. Flaherty, in Holy Name Cathedral Parish
(N. State) is a native of Lodz, Poland, and a naturalized American
Junior Clips William Shakespeare died on his birthday, April 23, 1616. He
would have been 385 this year and De La Salle Institute (S. Wabash)
didnt want to let it go unrecognized. Shakespeare Week was
their way of enhancing the bards popularity among the students,
in case J.D. Salinger was making inroads. Faculty members dressed
up as their favorite Shakespearean characters, there was a sonnet-writing
contest, and of course good old Elizabethan darts, lawn bowling,
pie-eating contests, and a Bill Shakespeare Wheel of Fortune
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