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1 Christ The King Church, Nashville, Tennessee Volume 16, Issue 3, Fall 2014 Getting to Know Father Hammond By Joan Rotert B y now Fr. John Hammond is a familiar smiling face to all who call Christ the King home. Last summer we were fortunate to have him serve as a transitional deacon at our parish and thus began our journey in getting to know each other. This summer, on July 26, 2014, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Nashville. Christ the King is twice blessed in that Fr. Hammond s first assignment is Associate Pastor of our parish. In an effort to get to know a little more about Father, he graciously agreed to answer some questions for the Cloister. JOHN GREEN PROVIDED Do you like to go by Fr. John or Fr. Hammond? Fr. Hammond Tell us some of your mentors or those who were influential in helping you on your path to your vocation. Father Dexter was actually a really important figure in my spiritual journey. When I was a student at Sewanee, he was the Catholic chaplain there because he was Pastor of Good Shepherd in Decherd. When I went through RCIA and became Catholic, it was Fr Dexter who brought me into the Church, and since he would come up to celebrate Mass for us at Sewanee every Sunday, it was through him that I first became acquainted with the Catholic priesthood. It was at that time that I started considering the possibility of a vocation. Bishop Choby was also very important in my journey. I got to meet him for the first time shortly after he became the Bishop. He has an amazing 6th Sense about vocations, and without much prompting from me, suggested that I might consider the possibility of having a vocation to the priesthood. I had been thinking and praying a lot about the priesthood in the few months leading up to that conversation, and so the Bishop s words of encouragement really rang in my heart. I kept in contact with him for the next few years while I was in graduate school and working, and eventually he welcomed me as a seminarian when I felt ready. He is a true father to me, and I certainly would not be where I am today without his en- Continued on p.2 A Reflection from Father Hammond...3 School News...4 Community Festival Photos...5 CTK s Initiative for The Corporal Works of Mercy Plans Busy Fall...6 Faith & Fitness...6 My RCIA Experience...7 News From Our Haiti Twin Parishes...8 Introducing the Elizabeth Ministry...8 A Summer Buzzing with Activity...9 Milestones in Faith The Belmont Community Art Show... 12

2 Continued from p.1 couragement and support. I m not just saying that because he s my boss: it s really true! What about spiritual writers? Favorite saints? A favorite prayer? I m very close to St. Joseph. As a man who worked hard his whole life for the sake of God and his family, who was always ready to follow God s will even in unexpected ways, who cared for the Holy Family so tenderly, who was so righteous and so close to the Lord, I really aspire to be like him. I m also very fond of Bl. John Henry Newman: he was so sensitive to culture, to the arts, and to learning, and was so totally Catholic in his outlook. He inspires me both as a saint and as a writer. Also, he was a convert like me. Of course, I love Our Lady beyond all others. My favorite prayers are the psalms. The psalms are so wonderful because as a group they resonate with the entire human experience, and they find ways to express all the motions of the human heart. They also are timeless expressions of prayer and praise to God, and they form the basis of the priest s daily prayer as he regularly cycles through the psalms in the Liturgy of the Hours (breviary). Father Hammond attended seminary at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he earned the Bachelor of Philosophy, Bachelor of Sacred Theology, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts degrees. At the Josephinum, Father Hammond served in various leadership roles, including as president of the student body, Master of Liturgical Ceremonies, Deputy Director of Human Formation, and representative to the Board of Trustees. Before entering seminary, Father Hammond had a successful career as a church musician, serving as Assistant Organist/ Choirmaster at the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas, and as Organist and Carillonneur at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas. He has played the organ and conducted choirs in many of the largest and most historic cathedrals in Great Britain. Father Hammond received the Bachelor of Arts degree summa cum laude from The University of the South in Sewanee in 2006, with majors in music and Latin literature, and a minor in ancient Greek. While at The University of the South, Father Hammond functioned in multiple leadership capacities, including serving as head of student government, and as a member of the University s Board of Trustees. He also holds the Master of Sacred Music degree summa cum laude from Southern Methodist University, where he studied organ and sacred music. Father Hammond was received into the Catholic Church in 2003 by Fr. Dexter Brewer at Good Shepherd Church in Decherd. In addition to serving as Parochial Vicar of Christ the King, he also works parttime at the Diocesan Tribunal. Source:ctk.org Please share a little about your ordination. Can you describe how it felt to finally reach that day? How was it celebrating with the largest class in the history of the diocese to be ordained together? The day of my ordination was wonderful. Of course, it was the culmination of many years of hopes, aspirations, and hard work. The ceremony itself was so solemn and dignified and beautiful. I could not have asked for anything more. And it was a real privilege to be part of the largest class in Nashville s history. So many people claim that the Church is dying and irrelevant, but the fact that nine men stepped forward to give their lives over to the service of God and his people proves that the Church has never been more relevant. The priesthood has never been more relevant, or more needed. Simply walking down the street as a priest wearing the Roman collar is a missionary experience in our culture. People are genuinely interested in what might motivate a young man to give up his life for the service of God and others. We re a testimony to a world in such great need of God s presence and love, that God does truly exist, that he loves us, and that he desires our happiness and our salvation. We re a testimony that life does truly have meaning, and that our actions and our words truly matter. In a selfish world, we testify that a life lived in service of others is the path to true fulfillment and true happiness. We have the duty and the privilege of bringing God to people, and bringing people to God. That s why I love being a priest, and why these last two months have been the best of my life. Do you already feel immersed in parish life? You ve been greeting the school children in the mornings. How s that going? Have you learned their names yet?(ha!) Are you getting to know a lot of the parishioners? I do feel immersed in parish life already. And what a great life it is. Christ the King is an incredible community of faith, and a beautiful expression of the richness and diversity of the Church. I couldn t be happier here. There is such great faith among our people, and such a great desire for God and for his grace. The people of Christ the King love their priests. I have felt so supported, appreciated, and loved as I have begun my ministry here. And there is so much great work to be done. The harvest Continued on p.11 2 Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall 2014

3 A Reflection from Father Hammond What Ever Happened to Holy Days? AKA, Do we still have to go to Mass sometimes when it s not Sunday? T he Third Commandment reminds us to Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. This important commandment helps us in our busy lives not to forget about God, by pausing in our work for one day every week to honor God, to pray to him, and to give time for the rest we need to live good and healthy lives. Our Sabbath rest helps us keep things in perspective, to remember that as important as our work might be, the world will still keep going without us, and that God is truly the one who gives us every good thing that we have. And so, in continuity with the law of the Old Testament, the Church asks the faithful to honor the Christian Sabbath of Sunday by attending Mass, by spending time in prayer and relaxation with family, and by refraining from usual work activities. While the Jewish people honor Saturday as the 7th day of the week on which God himself rested from his work of creation, Christians since the earliest days of the Church have been inspired to honor Sunday, the 1st day of the week, the day of new life and Resurrection, as the new and fulfilled Sabbath day. Sunday is our Sabbath because each and every Sunday honors the Resurrection of Christ. Each Sunday is a little Easter. Each Sunday is a gift from God and the Church, an opportunity to pause in our normal routine to honor and pray to the God who created us, who redeemed us, and who sustains us. We gather each week because the Easter Resurrection is so earth-shattering and life-changing, that a single yearly celebration could never contain it. We gather each week to honor the day of the Lord s Resurrection, the most important of all days in human history, and to offer God the worship which we owe him as his creatures. As part of living this command to remember and keep holy the Sabbath, the Church also identifies a number of feasts throughout the year which are of such great importance because of what (or whom) they commemorate, that she asks the faithful to treat them like Sundays, to pause from normal work and to worship God throughout the day, especially at Holy Mass. While the universal law of the Church identifies ten holy days of obligation for the Church throughout the world, here in the United States our Bishops have reduced the number of holy days to six: Christmas, the Feast of Mary Mother of God (January 1), Ascension Thursday, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary (August 15), All Saints Day (November 1), and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8). These feasts accompany the Sundays of the year, and complete the Church s calendar by commemorating the most significant events in the history of our salvation and honoring the people who were central to those events. The bishops in our area of the country have exercised the option of transferring Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday. And so we are left with five annual holy days of obligation when the Church asks us to attend Mass, in addition to all Sundays. The exceptions to this rule are whenever January 1, August 15, or November 1, fall on a Saturday or a Monday: when this happens, the Church still celebrates the Feast, but the faithful are merely encouraged rather than obligated to attend. While the precept of the Church to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and holy days is indeed an obligation which the law of the Church places upon us, we should never view this as a burden, but rather as a gift. In our culture which breeds and rewards work-o-holics and which encourages all of us to give up on God as being irrelevant and outdated, the wisdom of the Church has never been more relevant: inviting the faithful to participate in these yearly opportunities to perform those acts of piety which are necessary to our flourishing as human beings made in the image and likeness of God, the Church keeps us grounded in the most fundamental realities of our lives, in the love of God, in the salvation offered by his Son Jesus Christ, and in our constant need for God s help in living our lives in accordance with his loving design. W Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall

4 By Kathy Reese T he beginning of another school year is upon us and has brought improvements and additions in several areas. These areas include the outdoor space, classroom improvements, programs in academics, innovative library updates, new faculty members, and added duties for some teachers. In the outdoor space, the playground area has been enhanced with the addition of two tether ball units and a Tidal Wave, which is a piece of apparatus that is jointed and moves up and down in three parts. It has taken the place of the monkey bars. The other major change in this area was re-sodding the field during the summer. Moving inside, new equipment is in evidence in some of the classrooms. In grades six, seven, and eight, ninety new desks and chairs replace the old ones. These new desks and chairs allow for more freedom in arranging the desks for group work when needed. A dry erase board has been added to the science lab, and interactive projectors are now in place in the Spanish room and the computer lab. In the academic area, new programs have been implemented in music and Spanish. The Quaver Music program is being used in Pre-K through 4th grade and is designed to make learning music fun and more energetic. The Calico Spanish program has been initiated in Pre-K through fifth grade. The students learn Spanish in an immersion environment using activities with audio cues, visual aids, and actions to help stimulate language acquisition centers in their brains. The Alive in Christ curriculum has been adopted for grades one through eight, and Allelu is being used in kindergarten. Renaissance online products STAR Reading, STAR Math, and STAR 360 are assessment tools that teachers will use in conjunction with Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math. As part of the school improvement plan from last year, updates in the library will help make it more of a learning center and will encourage more research and collaboration on projects. Interactive projectors and dry erase boards have been installed to facilitate presentations. The PCs have been removed and replaced with 15 Chromebooks. They have online apps but no memory; however, information can be saved to the Cloud. There have been changes and increments in the duties of some faculty members. Mrs. Keckley s position as library media specialist is now full time. She is also conversant in the use of the Renaissance products and helps teachers use them in their classrooms. Using these assessment products allows teachers to adapt learning to students individual needs. Mrs. Wigger is full time now as kindergarten assistant. Mrs. Linton, the 7th and 8th grade language arts teacher, is now teaching a writing workshop for 5th and 6th graders once a week. Mrs. Bateman, who is primarily the 8th grade teacher, has started teaching 5th and 6th grade science labs with Mrs. Unwin and Mr. Stephens weekly. Mrs. Wellborn, who is in charge of the Drama Club, has expanded the book club to include grades 3 and 4. Mr. Stephens, the 6th grade teacher, is the new director of the Forensics Club. New additions to the faculty are Ms. Zolezzi, Mrs. Metzger, and Mrs. Foster. Ms. Zolezzi is the new Spanish teacher. She was born and raised in Northern California and grew up with Spanish being spoken by people she came in contact with. She attended UC Santa Cruz and did her graduate work at San Jose State University. She has visited Spain and Costa Rica spending several months in each country. Ms. Zolezzi has taught for ten years and moved to Nashville seven years ago. Mrs. Metzger, who teaches art, attended Father Ryan High School and continued her studies at Converse College in South Carolina. She went on to receive her Masters from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Foster teaches technology classes and is the inclusion learning specialist for 5th through 8th grades. She was born and raised in Nashville and attended St. Henry School and Hume-Fogg. She attended MTSU and completed her studies at California State University Sacramento. She later received her Masters in Shreveport, Louisiana. With all the hard work in the classroom, the students still have time for after school activities. Some of the clubs that have begun meeting are Mrs. Woodman is most appreciative for the hard work of the volunteers who give so freely of their time in all aspects of the school. drama, forensics, science, and chess. The Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts are also beginning work on their badges. A special note: John Pagonis, an alum of CKS, is working toward becoming an Eagle Scout. The sports that are in session include volleyball, cross country, football, and cheerleading. Mrs. Woodman is most appreciative for the hard work of the volunteers who give so freely of their time in all aspects of the school. Their gifts of time and talent make it possible to enrich the programs that CKS offers the students. The collaboration among the faculty and staff helps to enhance the atmosphere in the school and give the students a sense of community Jed DeKalb and well-being. Looking forward, the Drama Club is producing a play this fall based on Aesop s Fables. It will be presented on October 1. Their spring production will be Shakespeare s Hamlet scheduled for April 17. W 4 Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall 2014

5 2014 Christ the King Community Festival A big thanks to the Community Festival Committee and all of our volunteers for a great day of fun, food and fellowship Olek, Elijah, Clark, Rachel and Leon enjoyed the train ride Rachael, Caroline and Kailey won big in the dance contest Amazing tricks by the magician Father Dexter fires back PHOTOS BY JEANETTE VOGT Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall

6 CTK s Initiative for The Corporal Works of Mercy Plans Busy Fall Faith & Fitness By Jim Bryan I n August, Christ the King s initiative for the Corporal Works of Mercy concluded its fundraising activities to benefit both Habitat for Humanity and Mur-Ci Homes. Although we did not meet our goal, we collected almost $26,000 for both projects. Fortunately, we had money left over from last year so we can fulfill our commitments for both projects. Earlier this year, Christ the King committed to build one-half of the Habitat House for this year s recipients, Samir Grerees and his wife, Sabah Fekry and their two sons, David and Michael, ages 9 and 4. The family are Coptic Christians from Egypt who came to Nashville in Samir works two jobs, one in a warehouse and as a part time lab technician. He was a paramedic in Egypt and hopes to continue his schooling to become licensed in Tennessee. Christ the King s portion of the out of pocket costs for building materials will be $30,000. We must also provide 100 volunteers to man the job site for two weekends, which will be on October 4th and 5th and October 18th and 19th. If you would like to volunteer to work on one of these days, you can still sign up using the sign-up sheets in the rear of the Church. There is also information on the Church website directing you to a link where you can sign-up online. If you are unable to volunteer for a workday and have not contributed to the Habitat project, you can still do so by sending your check, payable to Christ the King, marked Habitat. The home will be dedicated on Sunday, November 9th at 2:00 p.m. and the event is open to all parishioners. It is gratifying to see the appreciation on the face of the family members who realized many have sacrificed to help them realize their dream of owning their own home in America. Shortly after the dedication, our Knights of Columbus will begin finalizing their plans to host a Christmas Party for the 62 residents of Mur-Ci Homes and their care-givers. The residents, who are all severely m e ntally or physically challenged, depend on others for virtually all of their daily activities. The Christmas party includes a complete dinner and an appearance by Santa Claus with gifts for the residents and the staff. The party is universally considered to be the highlight of the residents year. It also is our opportunity to show our appreciation to the dedicated care-givers who serve some of the most vulnerable members of our society, including Dana Probst, one of our parishioners, who is the director of nursing services at Mur-Ci Homes. We need volunteers to serve food and help care for the residents while they are at the parish center. Watch the bulletin for announcements about how you can volunteer to help the Knights of Columbus carry on this important project, which has come to epitomize the true meaning of Christmas for those who participate. If you have not had an opportunity to contribute to this project, you can still do so by sending your check payable to Christ the King and marked Mur-Ci Homes. These projects are just two ways in which we heed Jesus admonition in Matthew 25 that as often as you did it for one of my least brothers, you did it for me and we, as a parish, try to embody the Corporal Works of Mercy. W By Dee Stoffer-Hausman W hen Father Dexter was asked what goal he had for the Health Ministry in 2014, he responded A Walking Club. As fate or faith would have it, I got an e- mail from a new parishioner who just completed Christ the King s RCIA, Dr.Tabby Bewley. Dr. Bewley was requesting to take our March CPR class at Christ the King. When I noticed her title in her , Belmont University, JEANETTE VOGT Sports Science Department, I asked if she would be interested in getting involved in Christ the King s Health Ministry. We met for coffee and she agreed to help kick off the Walking Club, Faith and Fitness. Each week we have progressed in number of parishioners and number of miles. On March 1, we had six parishioners committed to making this journey every Saturday morning. We set out a goal the Music City half marathon on April 26. Each Saturday, Tabby provides us with maps and a choice of miles we may wish to walk. After warm-up stretches, we begin each walk with a spiritual reading and reflections. Each week, we have progressed in number of parishioners and number of miles. We hope and pray our enthusiasm for a spiritual and physical health will be contagious and that others will join this fun group of walkers each Saturday morning. If you would like to get involved with the Health Ministry or join the Faith and Fitness Walking Club, please contact Dee Stoffer-Hausman at W 6 Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall 2014

7 My RCIA Experience Reflections from both sides of the journey. By Johan Alp My interest in the Catholic faith came completely unexpected. Having grown up in a Christian family in Sweden, Catholicism was not even on my radar. Most Catholics in Sweden are either immigrants or international university students. While back home last year, my curiosity was piqued through a conversation I had with relatives regarding an article written by a protestant minister. In the article, he mentioned the great importance of the sacraments and liturgy within the Catholic Church. I began studying everything I could find regarding Catholicism. My wife and I, along with our four children, began attending Christ the King and were drawn to how Christcentered the mass was. Even before our first inquiry meeting, we felt in our hearts that being confirmed in the Catholic Church was the direction God was leading our family. The RCIA class that my wife and I attended was held in our instructor s home. The relaxed atmosphere lent itself to a time of prayer, instruction, reflection and fellowship. Above all, we were encouraged to develop our spiritual walk with God, become a part of the community of believers and live a sacramental life. It was an incredibly enriching experience to have instructors and sponsors who were so dedicated to our spiritual formation. They had many profound insights each unique to their own experiences as Catholics no question was insignificant. My wife and I came away from every class with so much to contemplate, discuss, and digest. I truly felt like I was seeing everything I ever knew about God, the Church, and the Bible from an entirely new perspective. The following scripture kept coming to mind during my time in RCIA. I thought it quite fitting that the Gospel read during Confirmation was Matthew 13:44 46 Jesus said to his disciples, The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it. I have truly found a treasure a pearl of great price. Jesus and His Church have always been precious to me, but now are even more so. W By Jon Stotts W hen a small number of inquiring would-be Catholics were unable to attend the normally scheduled Sunday morning RCIA sessions, Joceline Lemaire asked me if I would be willing to offer an evening version of the same process. I agreed, excited about the prospect of working more closely with candidates and their sponsors than usual. My wife Natasha and I decided to host our meetings at our home directly after the 6pm Sunday Mass. And so, from late April to the end of July, we met weekly with Johan and Christina Alp, Eric Perry, Zach Jackson, and their sponsors. A number of factors set these meetings apart from their Sunday morning counterparts. Meeting in our home over snacks, wine, and juice after Mass lent our gatherings a particularly intimacy and personal connection especially when each session began with saying goodnight to baby Eloise as Natasha prepared her for bed. Unlike the RCIA sessions on Sunday mornings, whose leaders rotate from week to week, this group of candidates was stuck with me as their primary catechist, along with the support of one or two others (particularly Austin Weaver, whose session on the Trinity was especially enlightening). This provided some continuity in the material learned from week to week, but it also deprived the candidates of exposure to the wide variety of styles, expertise, and experiences found among our skilled pool of catechists. Perhaps most importantly, this uncommon RCIA gathering emphasized for me and I hope for the others that the process of becoming Catholic involves a conversation that deepens over time but never ends. This summer offered us all an opportunity to find ourselves on the same pilgrimage as others. We were in various places along the journey with differing and complementary roles, but we discovered the same challenges in terrain, the same major landmarks, the same sources of joy and relief as we shared our stories of faith and learned from the Church s treasury of wisdom. I m grateful to Christ the King for the privilege of accompanying, for a time, our new brothers and sisters and their sponsors on the way. W Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall

8 News From Our Haiti Twin Parishes By Dave Kuhlman Our main focus over the past several months has been the response to Pere Dorcin s request to replace his wrecked pickup truck. Many of you, we hope, were able to follow this story with announcements in the parish bulletin. In the latest news from P. Dorcin, he says the sea container arrived safely at Port-au-Prince and that he drove it out of the sea container. For the present, it remains at the port area awaiting completion of customs paperwork. He is very happy, very grateful for the gift of the truck. This has truly been the story of a miracle. It started in April of this year with a request from P. Dorcin. Our immediate response was that we could not help. We just did not have enough money in our Haiti Fund to send so he could buy a diesel pickup truck in Haiti. We discussed buying a used vehicle here but could not solve the obvious problem of getting it to Haiti. Then things began to come together. The Haiti Mary Care organization in Connecticut was assembling used medical equipment to send to Haiti, and they were able to make room for a pickup truck! Then, with the help of Tony Emmanuel and his Mulch Company, we were able to locate a good, used Toyota extended cab, four wheel drive pickup truck for $9,500. This was somewhat over the amount we had in the Haiti Fund, but Father Dexter agreed to loan the Fund about $1,100 so we could go ahead and buy the truck. We went to East Tennessee, bought the truck, drove it back to Nashville, and did some fairly minor work on it. This was in early July. For the weekend of July 5 and 6, we displayed the truck in front of the rectory at Christ the King we hope you were able to see it. On Friday, July 11, we headed to Bristow, Virginia, to meet up with the sea container. Bristow is close to Washington, D.C. It was a long drive! On Sunday, July 13, the pickup truck was loaded into the sea container. On the last weekend in July, we had a special collection after all Masses to raise the money to pay for the truck including paying the parish s General Fund the $1,100 we had borrowed. We had a bucket collection after each Mass. Thanks to your generosity, we collected about $8,200. Someone contributed an additional $6,000 and someone else an additional $1,100. This was another part of the Pickup Truck Miracle! Now that the pickup truck has made it safely to Haiti, the only step remaining is the completion of the customs paperwork. Please continue to pray for Pere Dorcin at Our Lady of Seven Sorrows in Pilette and for Pere Florelus at Our Lady of Grace in Roche-Plate and for the good people of Haiti. In case you missed the announcement, Pope Francis appointed Haiti s first cardinal in early January of this year. He selected Bishop Chibly Langlois of Les Cayes. Cardinal-designate Langlois is currently the president of the Haitian Bishop s Council and was formerly the Bishop of the Fort Liberte Diocese where our Twin Parishes are located. In appointing Haiti s first Cardinal, Pope Francis continues to emphasize the Church s concern for the poor and underprivileged. W Introducing Elizabeth Ministry By Jan Dunn T he newly founded Elizabeth Ministry now at Christ the King is based on the scripture story of the visitation of Mary and Elizabeth. The beauty of Mary s encounter with Elizabeth is that both women realized that here was someone who understood, and with whom they could share the marvel of what God was doing for them. As they shared their stories, they helped one another recognize God s will and the sacredness of their lives. The basic goal of Elizabeth Ministry is to express our belief in the dignity and worth of every child conceived. Elizabeth Ministry was designed to affirm, support, encourage and assist women during this unique time in their lives: during pregnancy, after the baby s birth as needed or after miscarraige. This is a Visitation Ministry. Volunteers meet expecting mothers and their families as friends to offer support and prayer. It is our goal, after meeting with key groups in the parish, to ask for those interested in participating to attend a gathering. Depending on the number interested, we will then enlist help in identifying pregnant families and assign a visitor to each family. The volunteer minister will make contact, hopefully visit, offer a gift bag [to be developed by the team] and continue contacting the mother at least monthly as needed. The follow-up contact might be a visit, phone call or e- mail depending on mutual agreement between the two. In the past there was intimacy that automatically existed among many church members. Today, because of our mobile society, that intimacy is often missing. Unlike in our grandmother s age, many people do not live close to families for support and encouragement. Some of the young families are new to the city and to our parish and do not have friends close by to share their experience. Additionally, because so many people work outside the home, a mother may not even have a neighbor to talk with Following the example of Mary, Elizabeth Ministers will visit women [families] to share, pray and realize the sacredness of life. W 8 Volume 16, Issue 3 l Fall 2014

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