Issue of June 3, 2012 – June 16, 2012 The following items are condensed. For the complete articles, please read the print edition of The Catholic New World. To subscribe, call (312) 534-7777.
Kelly Mulkerin and Yolanda Ochoa-Trujillo hug each other celebrating their receipt of their Lay Leadership Certificate from The Institute of Lay Formation after the Academic Convocation held at the University of St. Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
Simon Anguiano looks over his Lay Leadership Certificate-Spanish Program during the Academic Convocation. Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
Family and friends gather to participate in the graduation ceremony exercises. Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
Dr. Claudia Dado looks at her newly awarded Master of Arts in Liturgy degree. Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
Sr. Kathleen Mulchay, S.S.C.M., Provincial Superior, Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary receives her honorary degree of Doctor of Letters (Litt.D.) from Rev. Msgr. Dennis J. Lyle, D.Th.M, Rector and President, Rev. Thomas A. Baima, M.B.A., S.T.D., Vice Rector of Academic Affairs and His Eminence Cardinal George, O.M.I., Ph.D., S.T.D. Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
A packed auditorium witnessed the award of over 150 Certificates and Degrees. Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
Andrea Alviar and Jose F. Almazan await the award of their Lay Leadership Certificate-Spanish Program Darrell Harmon/Catholic New World
St. Barbara School closes
St. Barbara School in Brookfield will close its doors permanently when classes end on June 5.
Father Robert Casey, pastor of St. Barbara Parish, notified parents in a letter in late May. In it, he said that the school was not able to attract "a critical mass of students" or meet fundraising goals.
The school had set targets of 85 students registered for next year and $150,000 in fundraising.
Catholic couples checkup
The Family Ministries office will hold Catholic Couple Checkup and Mentoring Newly Married Couples workshops June 23 at 9:30 a.m. St. John of the Cross Church in Western Springs.
Peter Larson from Life Innovations will lead the workshop. Reservations are required, and must be received by June 15. Lunch is available for $10. For information, visit www.familyministries. org or call (312) 534-8351.
Society needs Catholicism, Pope tells U.S. bishops
In five speeches over a period of six months, Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops of the threats that an increasingly secularized society poses to the Catholic Church in America, especially in the areas of religious liberty, sexual morality and the definition of marriage.
Yet the pope did not advise that American Catholics withdraw from a largely hostile environment in order to preserve their values and faith. Instead, as part of his call for a new evangelization within the church and beyond, he urged believers to engage even more closely with wider society for the benefit of all Americans.
Vatican publishes rules for verifying Marian apparitions
To help bishops determine the credibility of alleged Marian apparitions, the Vatican has translated and published procedural rules from 1978 that had previously been available only in Latin.
The "Norms regarding the manner of proceedings in the discernment of presumed apparitions or revelations" were approved by Pope Paul VI in 1978 and distributed to the world's bishops, but never officially published or translated into modern languages.
However, over the past three decades, unauthorized translations have appeared around the world, according to U.S. Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
New mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre
On Memorial Day, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Wypych blessed the new Garden Mausoleum at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip. The blessing followed the annual field Mass to remember the men and women who gave their lives in service to the country. The mausoleum is part of an extension to the Mausoleum of the Archangels and has 280 crypts and 264 niches.
The mausoleum is constructed out of concrete with a soft white architectural finish to match the existing mausoleum. Each crypt front is made of a polished granite slab and features a bronze plaque containing the name of the deceased and birth and death dates.
Leisure may help us find the meaningful moments in life
A fond hope for many of us is that our leisure time will prove rewarding, enjoyable, relaxing, even fun.
Tacked onto our leisure time are some great expectations. Some people plan far in advance for a few days away from the "business" of life. Some budget carefully (or spend recklessly) to assure their time off is satisfying.
Worship God in the wide, open spaces of nature
When American poet William Cullen Bryant declared that "the groves were God's first temples," he was pointing out that human beings, from time immemorial, recognized the sacredness of the created world by worshiping God in the open, especially among the trees.
Many ancient religions claimed their sacred tree. In Christianity this tree is the cross on which Jesus was crucified. A traditional Latin hymn addresses it as "O faithful cross, O noblest tree."