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Around the Diocese for August 21, 2016

The Korson family prays the Litany of Life at the St. Joseph County Right to Life Memorial for the Unborn prayer service Wednesday, Aug. 10. Bishop Kevin Rhoades delivered remarks and prayed with members of the community. Bishop Rhoades thanked God for closing the last abortion mill in the diocese. He urged the faithful to be steadfast and to continue in prayer. Roses were handed out to attendees to represent the more than 35,000 lives lost in St. Joseph County since 1973, when abortion was legalized.

White Mass planned for health care constituency

FORT WAYNE — The Catholic Medical Guild will host a White Mass and conference, “The Catholic Difference in Healthcare,” on Sept. 24. The one-day event is open to everyone, but particularly to health care workers, students, clergy and religious.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Thomas Hilgers, creator of NaProTechnology and founder of the Pope Paul VI Institute. Talks will be given by local physicians, a bioethicist physician and a Dominican Sister physician.

The conference will be held at the University of St. Francis North Auditorium. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The day will end with a White Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at 4 p.m.

For pricing information and to RSVP, visit or call 260-222-6978. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Thelen achieves rank of Eagle Scout

Nicholas Thelen

FORT WAYNE — Nicholas Thelen, the son of Dennis and Dianna Thelen, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout on Sunday, July 31.

Thelen began scouting in first grade, in Pack 3009 at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He later crossed over into Troop 2, with his mind set on earning Eagle rank. Along the way he participated in many summer camps, weekend outings, volunteer opportunities in the community and even backpacking in New Mexico at Philmont Scout Ranch. Later in his scouting career, he joined Varsity Scouts Team 6402 and served as a chaplain’s aid.

He has earned 31 merit badges, the Ad Altare Dei and Pope Pius XIII emblems, a Varsity Scout letter and is a member of the Order of the Arrow. For his Eagle project he cleared 200 feet of trail and constructed a six-unit canoe rack for Deer Run Wilderness Area, a much-needed addition for the developing Allen County park.

Thelen is a member of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. He graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in the top 10 percent of his class, while also participating as a varsity athlete in cross-country and swimming. He served as Key Club president, Spanish Club vice president, a National Honor Society board member and cross-country captain, and earned a state medal in Science Olympiad. He worked as a lifeguard at the Parkview YMCA and as a Subway sandwich artist.

He is enrolled at Indiana University as a Cox Research Scholar majoring in neuroscience and plans to attend medical school.

DOCAT helps young Catholics tackle tough questions about social doctrine

SAN FRANCISCO — YOUCAT, the hugely popular Youth Catechism based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, has sold millions of copies worldwide. DOCAT, the follow-up to YOUCAT, is a popular adaptation of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church that draws on Scripture, YOUCAT, the Catechism and the Compendium of Catholic Social Teaching, and features a foreword by Pope Francis.

DOCAT is written with help from church and business leaders, social activists and young people in a popular Q-and-A, YOUCAT style that guides readers in conscience formation and Catholic action on social and political issues. It shows them how to apply Gospel values to the issues of poverty, imbalance of wealth, employment, unemployment, the use of natural resources and environmental concerns, terrorism, immigration and abortion, among other topics.

DOCAT is available from Ignatius Press.

Building better marriages by promoting growth and reconciliation

FORT WAYNE — Find hope, help and healing for your marriage by attending the Third Option — a skills-based group program that helps participants build stronger, more fulfilling marriages.  Each 14-session cycle covers a comprehensive set of tools that couples can use to develop better levels of understanding, conflict-resolution and trust while also learning more effective communication skills.

Start any time in the cycle.  Spouses may attend together or alone, and childcare is provided.  There is no fee to attend although donations will be accepted.  Sessions are be held on select Mondays starting Aug. 29, from 7-9 p.m., at Bishop Dwenger High School (enter at door No. 1). Contact 260-338-OPT3 or [email protected], or visit for information.

This ministry is an outreach of the parishes of Our Lady of Good Hope, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Jude and St. Vincent de Paul.  Parishioners interested in volunteering for this ministry may also request more information about upcoming training sessions.

Meeting dates and topics are:

Aug. 29: Building a Climate of Respect; Sept. 12: Ending the Blame Game; Sept. 26: Understanding Expectations; Oct. 10: Redefining the Power Struggle; Oct. 24: Coping with Control Issues; Nov. 7: Listening Beyond the Words; Nov. 14: Appreciating Personality Differences; Dec. 5: Recognizing Childhood/Emotional Baggage; Jan. 9: Handling Anger Constructively; Jan. 23: Speaking the Truth in Love; Feb. 6: Learning to Fight Fair; Feb. 20: Breaking the Hurt Cycle; March 6: Practicing Forgiveness and Repair; March 20: Rebuilding Trust.

Alpha Series for young adults to begin

SOUTH BEND — The Alpha Series of interactive sessions exploring the Christian faith for young adults age 18-39, single and married, will begin Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Therese the Little Flower Church, 54191 Ironwood Rd.

Each week, after dining together, a talk looks at a different question in order to create conversation. It’s an open, informal and honest space to explore and discuss life’s big questions together.

Register for the introductory session, bring a friend and come check it out. There is no charge for the meal and no pressure to return. The introductory session is followed by 10 additional weeks of dinner, talk and discussion — all on Tuesday evenings at the same time and place.

Register at

Lindenwood Retreat – ‘The Vision Of The 21st Century According To St. Paul’

DONALDSON — Join Father Jerry Schweitzer for “The Vision of the 21st Century According to St. Paul,” a retreat taking place from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Lindenwood Retreat and Conference Center in Donaldson.

Participants will come to understand the Word of Jesus in the 21st century through the letters of St. Paul, elucidating the modern, often troubled world. Cost is $3 and includes sweet rolls for breakfast, as well as lunch and refreshments. Participants should bring their own Bibles.

For more information call 574-935-1780 or visit

Holy Cross College named College of Distinction

NOTRE DAME — Holy Cross College has been honored as a College of Distinction for the 2016-17 school year. The College of Distinction designation is given to select schools to honor their excellence in student-focused higher education. Holy Cross was found to excel in all four distinctions and will receive a personal profile on the Colleges of Distinction website.

Colleges of Distinction is a web-based guide for high school juniors and seniors seeking a school that is nationally recognized and highly recommended by professionals in the field of education. Selected institutions must excel in the four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. The colleges and universities are not ranked, but instead are members of a consortium of other equally impressive schools.

Redeemer Radio sports high school football schedule announced

SOUTH BEND — Redeemer Radio Sports, WRDI 95.7 FM, will announce high school football games from the Michiana area on Friday’s Game of the Week this fall. Each Game of the Week will showcase the best of varsity football and feature either the Class 3A Marian Knights or the 4A St. Joseph Indians.

Former high school sports coaches Bob Berger and Todd Stammich join Redeemer Radio to broadcast the premier season of football on Michiana’s new Catholic Radio. They will also be the voices of Marian and Saint Joseph basketball games in the winter.

Berger taught and coached in the South Bend Community School Corporation for 40 years. Since 2007, he has been active in broadcasting high school sports on television, radio and the Internet. Stammich has worked in SBCSC as a teacher and counselor since 2000. For 11 seasons he coached football at Riley, and he has coached at Jefferson Intermediate School for the past nine seasons.

Redeemer Radio’s coverage of the entire high school football schedule will also be available to stream live via Redeemer Radio’s website.

The 2016 fall schedule includes:

Aug. 19, Marian vs. SB Clay; Aug. 26, Marian vs. John Glen; Sept. 2, St. Joseph vs. Marian; Sept. 9, Marian vs. Riley; Sept. 16, Marian vs. Jimtown; Sept. 23 St. Joseph vs. Penn; Sept. 30 St. Joseph vs. Mishawaka; Oct. 7, St. Joseph vs. Culver Academy; Oct. 14, St. Joseph vs. Adams.

All games will air at 6:55 p.m.

Any post-season games will be announced six to 12 days prior to its broadcast date.

Best of SAC football to be showcased on Redeemer Radio

FORT WAYNE — Redeemer Radio Sports 106.3 FM has announced its fall high school varsity football schedule, which will showcase the best games from the Summit Athletic Conference during the Game of the Week. The lineup includes Battle of the Bishops, with 3A Bishop Luers hosting the state 4A Champions of Bishop Dwenger, on Sept. 30.

This schedule is the network’s 10th consecutive season in the Fort Wayne market. Sean McBride brings back his broadcast crew of Joe Wharton, Mark Watts, Dave Egts and Nick Gray for Friday night high school football action.

Tailgate Talk, the network’s pregame show, returns for a sixth season with McBride, Wharton, Watts and Casey O’Boyle of Northeast Indiana GameNight. Tailgate Talk airs during the regular season, through the first week of sectionals, at 6 p.m.,prior to the Game of the Week broadcast. Tailgate Talk features coach and player interviews and an in-depth look at all the SAC matchups of the evening.

“This promises to be an outstanding football season here in northeast Indiana, and we are once again honored to be able to bring our listeners the games,” McBride said, reflecting on the upcoming season, “We have two defending state champions in the SAC this year, and the returning talent pool is as deep as it has ever been. We’re all very excited to begin the season.”

Redeemer Radio’s coverage of the entire fall high school football schedule will be heard on WRDF 106.3 FM in northeast Indiana and will be available to stream live via Redeemer Radio’s website.

The 2016 fall schedule includes:

Aug. 19, Bishop Luers vs. Carroll, Aug. 26; Bishop Dwenger vs. North Side; Sept. 2 Bishop Luers vs. Homestead; Sept. 9, Bishop Dwenger vs. Homestead; Sept. 30, Bishop Dwenger vs. Bishop Luers, Oct. 7, Bishop Dwenger vs. Snider; Oct. 14, Bishop Luers vs. Snider

All games will air at 6:55 p.m.

Any post-season games will be announced six to 12 days prior to its broadcast date.

‘Saturdays with the Saints’ lectures contemplate Year of Mercy

The seventh annual “Saturdays with the Saints” lecture series, sponsored by the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, will feature seven saints whose lives give witness to the mercy of God.

The lectures will be held on the Saturdays of home Notre Dame football games, combining the university’s rich traditions of Catholic faith and spirited football game days. Notre Dame theology faculty and staff will deliver dynamic lectures on saints chosen this year to coincide with the global Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy.

“The series was inspired by the fact that Saturday has great significance in the Christian tradition. Saturday was the ancient sabbath and is an image of eternity, because it was on the seventh day that God rested. Therefore, our lecture series is an image of eternity,” said John Cavadini, McGrath-Cavadini director of the Institute for Church Life.

“Saturdays with the Saints” has established itself as a popular pregame ritual for members of the Notre Dame community and visitors to campus. The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. in Andrews Auditorium, on the lower level of Geddes Hall adjacent to Hesburgh Library. The talks are free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as the events tend to fill to capacity.

In addition to home game weekends on the Notre Dame campus, a lecture will be held prior to the Shamrock Series game versus Army on Nov. 12 in San Antonio, Texas. Timothy Matovina, professor of theology, and Father David Garcia, director of the Old Spanish Missions, San Antonio, will speak on Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The 2016 Saturdays with the Saints schedule is as follows.

Sept. 10: “St. Joseph, A Father Rich in Mercy”

John Cavadini, director, Institute for Church Life and professor of theology, Notre Dame

Sept. 17: “St. Faustina, The Divine Mercy of Vilnius, and Priestly Self-Offering”

Sister Ann Astell, professor of theology, Notre Dame

Sept. 24: “St. Teresa of Calcutta, On the Occasion of her Canonization”

Leonard DeLorenzo, director, Notre Dame Vision; Department of Theology, Notre Dame

Oct. 15: “St. Maximilian Kolbe, Saint of Auschwitz”

Jessica Keating, director, Office of Human Dignity and Life Initiatives, Notre Dame

Oct. 29: “Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, Founder of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Apostle of Charity”

Lawrence Cunningham, O’Brien Chair of Theology, emeritus, Notre Dame

Nov. 12: “Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Jubilee of Mercy”

Timothy Matovina, professor of theology and co-director, Institute for Latino Studies, Notre Dame; and Father David Garcia, director of the Old Spanish Missions, San Antonio, senior advisor for Clergy Outreach at Catholic Relief Services and former rector of San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio

Note: Lecture will be held at the Cathedral Centre Cafe at San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, Texas at 8:30 a.m.

Nov. 19: “St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Wife, Mother, Queen, Champion of Mercy”

Father Terry Ehrman, CSC, professor of theology, Notre Dame


Today’s Catholic stated that Sister Sharon Marie Fox of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ celebrates her 70th jubilee this year. Sister Sharon Marie Fox celebrates her 50th jubilee this year. We regret the error.

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