Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Monday, November 10, 2014
Saturday, November 8, 2014
"These classes meet on Sunday evenings one a month, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Parish Ministry Center and the Outreach Building. There are only five teaching classes."Add to one evening session a couple two hour sessions Sunday morning and a couple more in the afternoon, and the whole year of Christian Formation classroom instruction could be done in a day.
To me, that seems like maybe 5-10% of what's needed. On the bright side, there have been past years with as little as six hours.
P.S. The Parish Ministry Center is the former Convent and the Outreach Building the former Rectory.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Sunday, September 28, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
"Soon he was telling me about something else and asking, yet again: “Want to see?” We spent nearly five hours together that afternoon, driving across fields and through little villages where this or that had happened in the fall of 1918, until we ended up on a rugged dirt trail atop a wooded ridge. A few yards below on either side were more networks of German trenches, some trailing off to pits that had once held machine-gun emplacements or howitzers. This was the Côte Dame Marie, high ground of paramount strategic importance to the Germans. For four years, they had used it to repel French assaults and thus retain possession of a large chunk of the Argonne Forest, the key to controlling a vast area. Then, in October 1918, the American 32nd Division, National Guard troops from Wisconsin and Michigan, managed to wrest it away from them, at the cost of many American lives.
"My host, Jean-Pierre Brouillon, beckoned me over and gestured down the hill through a section where the trees weren’t too dense so I could see the grade of the slope, which looked to be around 60 degrees. He pointed at the foot of the hill, a few hundred yards below. “They came up from down there, into machine guns, rifles, artillery, everything,” he said, and looked at me with an expression that said: Can you believe that?
" 'The French didn’t drive the Germans out of here,' he declared, visibly moved. 'The English didn’t do it.' He shook his head at the thought of what it must have taken to charge those heights. 'Just the Americans,' he said. 'Only the Americans could do it.'
Sunday, August 24, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Saturday, August 9, 2014
"If you are looking to do some spiritual reading this summer, I offer two suggestions. These are both books I’ve read and recently returned to. The first is Fulton J Sheen’s Life of Christ. This is a classic work by the well-known author. It will help you come to know better our Lord and his Gospel. A more recent work that I have been paging through recently is Catholicism by Robert Barron. You may be familiar with his excellent mini-series by the same name. Father Barron lays out the basics of our Faith in a compelling manner."
Monday, August 4, 2014
Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki predicts the Future of the Catholic Church to be smaller quantity but higher quality in the blog post adapted from his July 22, 2014 "Love One Another" email.
He links to his source, a quote at the Catholic Education Resource Center from Faith and the Future (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2009) by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. Note its original publication was in 1969 when he was Father Joseph Ratzinger.
He did speak to the same effect as a Cardinal in a September 5, 2003 interview by Raymond Arroyo on EWTN's The World Over.
"Raymond: Talk for a moment about the New Springtime. The Pope has talked a great deal about the New Springtime and you, yourself have laid out your own ideas. Your vision is a little different from some. Some see the numbers growing and everybody believing and dancing hand-in-hand (the Cardinal chuckles) into the millennium. You see a different picture. Tell us what that picture involves. How do you see this Springtime evolving?So there are your links for future reference.
"Cardinal: As I do not exclude even this dancing hand-in-hand, but this is only one moment. And my idea is that really the springtime of the Church will not say that we will have in a near time buses of conversions, that all peoples of the world will be converted to Catholicism. This is not the way of God. The essential things in history begin always with the small, more convinced communities. So, the Church begins with the 12 Apostles. And even the Church of St. Paul diffused in the Mediterranean are little communities, but this community in itself is the future of the world, because we have the truth and the force of conviction. So, I think also today it should be an error to think now or in 10 years with the new springtime, all people will be Catholic. This is not our future, nor our expectation. But we will have really convinced communities with élan of the faith, no? This is springtime — a new life in very convinced persons with joy of the faith.
"Raymond: But, smaller numbers? In the macro?
"Cardinal: Smaller numbers, I think. But from these small numbers we will have a radiation of joy in the world. And so, it’s an attraction, as it was in the old Church. Even when Constantine made Christianity the public religion, there were a small number of percentage at this time; but it was clear, this is the future. So we can live in the future, just give us a way in a different future. ..."
Sunday, August 3, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
"An unidentified male rang a resident's doorbell in the 7700 block of South 51st Street and stated he could read people, could tell that she was rich, said something about President Obama and then stated that he was done talking to her and
Monday, July 28, 2014
"Monday, July 28, is the Annual Seminary Golf Outing. It’s one of two major fundraising events each year that support St. Francis de Sales Seminary."and
"The chances are good that a young man studying there right now will serve at St. Alphonsus in the near future. ... Pray for our seminarians, and pray for more vocations to the priesthood."Maybe even a vocation from St. Al's. If that's ever happened in our parish's 75 years, I've never heard it mentioned.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Jane Austen's sister Cassandra painted a portrait of the author that was said to be "hideously unlike" her.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
And so his column, June 22, 2014 bulletin, page 2, is "From the Desk of the Parochial Administrator", and includes this.
"if I have any pastoral plan for the future it is this: Pray! Pray! Pray! In particular, it’s a great hope of mine to begin Eucharistic Adoration as soon as possible. In order to do this, we must first purchase a monstrance, since the parish doesn’t own one."Without getting into specifics, I calculate a monstance today will cost less than half what our parish spent on a Liturgical Consultant for the 2002 building project.
I hear the money was pledged in short order. In his column two weeks later, July 6, 2014 bulletin, page 2, Fr. Esch says,
"The response to the request to raise funds for the purchase of a Monstrance has been tremendous. Thank you! When the Monstrance is purchased, we can organize a period of Eucharistic Adoration, hopefully, at a regular time each week."
Sunday, July 13, 2014
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
"For the second time, Archbishop Rembert G. Weakland’s plans to return East to live in a monastery have fallen through."Or maybe it's the third time (see this earlier post).
While we have two monasteries here in Franklin, I've never heard that he or they have expressed an interest in having him move here.
UPDATE: Providing another bit of evidence that our clergy don't pay attention to the Catholic Herald, Fr. James Connell on July 1st posted at SNAP Wisconsin An Open Communication to Archbishop Rembert Weakland, O.S.B. protesting some local priests' planned July 17th farewell luncheon.
Sunday, June 29, 2014
"Hartford should pay tribute to its leading literary lights such as Mr. Stevens. ...
"But buy the house?"
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
"Galland Henning Nopak Inc., which makes hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders and metal scrap baling equipment, plans to move to a 50,000-square-foot building at 10179 S. 57th St., in the Franklin Industrial Park, according to a city report.
"Galland Henning Nopak is seeking a special use permit, which the Forward Franklin Economic Development Committee is to discuss at its Monday night meeting. A Plan Commission hearing on the permit application is set for July 3."
The police blotter in Franklin Now included an op-op-ed.
"A resident in the 7700 block of West Maple Ridge Court reported someone took their flag off their flag pole, folded it and placed it on their porch at about 9:45 a.m. June 14. The resident stated this was the second time someone removed their flag, supposedly in response to an opinion article/letter her husband placed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel."