October 24, 2021
World Mission Day
The Church, the universal sacrament of God's love for the world, continues the mission of Jesus in history and sends us everywhere so that, through our witness of faith and the proclamation of the Gospel, God may continue to manifest his love and in this way touch and transform hearts, minds, bodies, societies and cultures in every place and time.
Message for World Mission Day - Pope Francis
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2021 Assembly Presentations Online
Fr. Michael Joncas – Retreat
”Living in Apocalyptic Times” (2 segments of approximately 2 hours each)
Michael Sean Winters
“The Politico-Theological Merger that Is Shaping the U.S. Catholic Church”
Bishop William Wack, CSC
“Pastoral Directions for Our U.S. Church Going Forward”
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AUSCP Executive Director Visits Rome
AUSCP Executive Director Fr. Steve Newton, CSC, left for Rome on October 15 and returned on October 22. While there, he had a meeting with Cardinal Turkson, which included an opportunity to take this "selfie." More will be reported on his Rome visits in the next e-bulletin.
Message of Pope Francis to 4th World Meeting of Popular Movements
"Dear social poets: This is what I like to call you: social poets. You are social poets, because you have the ability and the
courage to create hope where there appears to be only waste and exclusion. Poetry means creativity, and you create hope. With your hands you know how to shape the dignity of each person, of families and of society as a whole, with land, housing, work, care, and community. Thank you, because your dedication speaks with an authority that can refute the silent and often polite denials to which you have been subjected, or to which so many of our brothers and sisters are subjected. But, thinking of you, I am convinced that your dedication is above all a proclamation of hope. Seeing you reminds me that we are not condemned to repeat or to build a future based on exclusion and inequality, rejection or indifference; where the culture of privilege
is an invisible and insurmountable power; and where being exploited and abused are common methods of survival. No! You know how to proclaim this very well. Thank you." (Excerpt)
Video Message of the Holy Father for the Popular Movements - Activities of the Holy Father Pope Francis | Vatican.va
A Prayer for the Synod on Synodality
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.
Progress Report on 2022 Annual Appeal
The AUSCP Annual Appeal mailing was sent out on October 11th to coincide with the feastday of Pope St. John XXIII and the opening date of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. The rresponse thus far is $6,345 from 30 donors.
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Vatican II Impact on Priesthood Then and Now
Wednesdays, 1pm ET - October 6,13,20,27: In 2018, 13 priests of the Archdiocese of Louisville wrote personal reflections on their priesthood when ordained during or shortly after Vatican II and how they see priesthood today. They shared their written reflections with AUSCP in 2020 and eight of the men, two at a time, shared their thoughts with AUSCP on a series of webinars. The ordained men participating are scheduled in this order: October 6 – Nick Rice and Ben Brown; Oct.13
– Joe Merkt and Mike Diebold; Oct. 20 – Bob Markert and David Dutschke; Oct. 27 – Joe Graffis and Tom Norris. They will evoke both nostalgia and new insight into how priesthood functions today and going forward among God’s priestly people. Their written collections will be published in the coming months by AUSCPicious Publications. (Zoom link will be the same for all sessions.)
CHRISTIANS IN THE HOLY LAND: A FOUR PART SERIES
Part 2: Thursday, November 11, 1pm EST – Who are They? How are They Living? How Can We Help? Presented by Sir Jeffery Abood, KC*HS, Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem - Jeff is a speaker and writer on the Churches' perspective on the current situation of the Christians in the Holy Land. His book, A Great Cloud of Witnesses: The Catholic Churches' Experience in
the Holy Land, collects 70 years of the Catholic Churches' statements on the situation in the Holy Land. Recently, Jeff has worked in conjunction with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land on their new book, Is Peace Possible? for its’ North American release.
Below is a link to a book available thru Amazon that Jeff worked on which provides background information for this webinar series: https://www.amazon.com/Peace-Possible-Christian-Palestinians-Speak/dp/0578721643/ref=monarch_sidesheet
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Other webinars that might be of interest:
Sunday, October 24, 2021, 1:30 - 4:00 pm CT - MENDING THE BREACH OF WHITE SUPREMACY" - Andrew Lyke encourages us to leave white fragility behind and enter into “brave spaces” where the devastating effects of white supremacy on people of color can be confronted as people of faith. Brave space demands patience and self-examination. It calls forth the power of human empathy that bonds people of good will. Forming such bonds advances the building of the “Beloved Community” and makes us anti-racist people of faith. Being anti-racist does not require a bullhorn,
pulpit, microphone, or podium. It means being an ally in the struggle for equal justice and an agent of racial healing. This conversation offers practical steps to racial healing and reconciliation. Fee: Donation...To Register: portforprayer.org
Wednesday Oct 27 at 7pm the Catholic Labor Network is hosting a zoom presentation by farmworker activist Silvia Perez of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, who will talk about the boycott of Wendy's.– and what you can do to help. Wendy’s – based in Ohio – is the only major fast-food chain that hasn’t signed up to a fair labor program ensuring that tomato-pickers are treated fairly on the job. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Monday, November 1, 2021,12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT - Catholic Faith, Communion, and Public Life: Voices in the United States and a Report from the Vatican - Join the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University for an online dialogue that comes two days after Pope Francis and U.S. President Joe Biden are to meet at the Vatican and two weeks before the United States Catholic bishops will decide on a major statement on the Eucharist. It will include a respected journalist from the Vatican, a Latina theologian who has written on Eucharistic revival in a pandemic, a woman religious who leads a ministry to vulnerable women and children, and a Catholic leader
who is African American and a respected advocate for human life and racial justice. More information and RSVP: bit.ly/3aOKSk4
The following past webinars are available for viewing:
Choosing Peace: Vision and Practice
Caring for People and Our Planet: Living Laudato Si - Ecological Justice and Ecologically sinful Footprints, Part 2
Race Superiority and Fascism: Is Fascism a Threat in and to the U.S.? Is the current U.S. struggle with racism and white superiority laying the ground for a Fascist future?
SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD
Celebrating Dorothy Day’s 40th Anniversary
God's Own Vintage - Dr. Marc DelMonico - January 11, 2021
Ban the Nukes, Feed the Hungry
Caste discussion videos - 7 sessions
Catholic Social Teaching Series - 4 sessions by Dr. Joe Holland
Dvine Design Series - by Dr. Joe Toma, (Sessions 1- 7)
Stop Banking the Bomb
Assembly Highlight Videos
The Border: The reality, current legislation and hearing the story of long term volunteers
Solidarity with Our Muslim Siblings in Faith
Season of Creation – Caring for Our Common Home
Season of Creation – September 20, 2021
Season of Creation – September 27, 2021
Season of Creation Oct. 4, 2021
Vatican II Impact on Priesthood
Session 1, Session 2, Session 3
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