Pastoral Formation Monthly Update

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From the Desk of Sister Kathy...

Dear Friends,


Just as many of you plan for upcoming events during the summer months, I plan for upcoming formation seminars, retreats and accept new people for Spiritual Direction. In this issue of Buzz News, of course, we present global and national news, but I would like to stress that one pay particular attention to the local news section, especially since the Schedule for Formation for Mission and Ministry is listed for the coming year. We will concentrate this year on Human Formation by using the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (hereafter MBTI) to understand ourselves better and those with whom we minister. I received a grant from the generosity of the Bikulege Family Foundation, one of our upstate families. Even if you have taken the MBTI before, I'm sure you will learn more things about yourself; and, especially, you will learn things about others in your department or parish staff. I'm asking all to sit with their parishes and departments as you normally do.


Each assessment is valued at $10, so please be sure to email Cathy Roche at cathy@charlestondiocese.org or call her at 843.261.0504 at least a week in order to ensure that we have the correct number of testing materials and lunches available. Also, if you have previously signed up but find you are unable to attend, please let Cathy know that as well. I especially want to thank those parishes who host us annually. Your graciousness and kindness to the needs of Pastoral Formation is so appreciated by many of us.


Our Holy Father has stressed during his brief five-year tenure the importance of mercy, acceptance, hope and love, whether it be in his writings or various talks to many audiences. I pray that the MBTI tool will help each of us who minister for the Church of South Carolina to be kinder and gentler souls as we proclaim the Good News as Missionary Disciples of the Lord.


May the rest of your summer be blessed


Sister Kathy Adamski, OSF

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LOCAL NEWS

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Calendar for Formation for Mission and Ministry – Year IV

FIRST SEMESTER


FOR DIOCESAN STAFF ONLY:


August 23, 2018, Thursday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Diocesan Offices: Charleston/Beaufort Deaneries

Venue/Host Parish: Diocesan Pastoral Center Assembly Hall, Charleston


Diocesan Offices: Charleston, Beaufort


August 29, 2018, Wednesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Diocesan Offices: Columbia Deanery

Venue/Host Parish: St. Joseph Church, Columbia


Diocesan Offices: Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Greenville


September 6, 2018, Thursday

8:30 am 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Diocesan Offices: Charleston/Beaufort

Venue/Host Parish: Diocesan Pastoral Center Assembly Hall, Charleston


Diocesan Offices: Charleston, Beaufort


FOR PARISHES/MISSIONS:


September 11, 2018 Tuesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Rock Hill

Venue/Host Parish: Oratory, Rock Hill


Parishes/Missions: St. Anne, St. Catherine, St. Josseph, St. Mary, St. Philip Neri, All Saints, Divine Savior, Our Lady of Grace


September 20, 2018 Thursday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Myrtle Beach

Venue/Host Parish: St. Ann, Florence


Parishes/Missions: St. Ann, St. Mary the Virgin Mother, St. Peter, St. Louis


September 25, 2018 Tuesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Myrtle Beach

Venue/Host Parish: St. Andrew, Myrtle Beach


Parishes/Missions: St. Andrew, Our Lady Star of the Sea


September 26, 2018 Wednesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Myrtle Beach

Venue/Host Parish: St. Michael the Archangel, Murrells Inlet


Parishes: Missions: St. Michael, Precious Blood of Christ, St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom, St. James


October 10, 2018 Wednesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Greenville

Venue/Host Parish: St. Mary Magdalene, Simpsonville


Parishes/Missions: St. Mary Magdalene, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Jesus Our Risen Savior, Holy Spirit, St. Luke


October 17, 2018 Wednesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Greenville

Venue/Host Parish: St. Paul the Apostle, Seneca


Parishes/Missions: St. Paul, St. Andrew, St. Joseph, St. Mary of the Angels


October 18, 2018 Thursday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Greenville

Venue/Host Parish: St. Anthony of Padua, Greenville


Parishes/Missions: St. Anthony, St. Mary, Blessed Trinity, Prince of Peace, Our Lady of LaVang, St. Paul the Apostle (Spartanburg)


October 30, 2018 Tuesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Aiken

Venue/Host Parish: St. Mary Help of Christians, Aiken


Parishes/Missions: St. Mary Help of Christians, St. Andrew, Our Lady of the Valley, Sacred Heart, Our Lady of Peace, St. Edward, St. Mary Immaculate Conception, St. Gerard, Our Lady of Lourdes, Good Shepherd


SECOND SEMESTER


January 15, 2019 Tuesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Beaufort

Venue/Host Parish: St. Gregory the Great, Bluffton


Parishes/Missions: St. Gregory, St. Peter, St. Francis by the Sea, Holy Family, All Beaufort missions


January 23, 2019 Wednesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Charleston

Venue/Host Parish: Christ Our King, Mount Pleasant


Parishes/Missions: Christ Our King, St. Benedict, St. Clare, Stella Maris


January 24, 2019 Thursday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Charleston

Venue/Host Parish: Immaculate Conception, Goose Creek


Parishes/Missions: Immaculate Conception, St. John the Beloved, St. Theresa the Little Flower, St. Phillip Benizi, St. John (North Charleston)


February 5, 2019 Monday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Charleston

Venue/Host Parish: Diocesan Pastoral Center, Blessed Sacrament, Charleston


Parishes/Missions: Blessed Sacrament, Nativity, Cathedral, St. Mary, St. Patrick


February 8, 2019 Friday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Columbia

Venue/Host Parish: St. Joseph, Columbia


Parishes/Missions: St. Joseph, St. Peter, St. Thomas More, St. Martin de Porres, St. John Neumann, St. Anne, St. Jude, Transfiguration


February 20, 2019 Wednesday

8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Lunch Provided


Deanery: Columbia

Venue/Host Parish: Corpus Christi, Lexington


Parishes/Missions: Corpus Christi, Our Lady of the Hills, Our Lady of the Lake, St. John of the Cross, St. Theresa

Justice for Immigrants

From the Office of the Bishop...


Please use the attached information in your parish ministries whether to strengthen your preaching or formation programs.


  1. Separating Families at the Border: A Costly Practice
  2. Separating Families at the Border: A Costly Practice (Spanish)
  3. USA Act, Dream Act, & the Need for Immediate Legislative Action

A Peaceful Way Retreat Center

Is your parish looking for a venue for a small group gathering or a departmental retreat? Are you finding costs to be prohibitive? Please consider Peaceful Way retreat center. In 2007, Curtis and Jenny Bostic developed an interest in developing a portion of their family farm in Ravenel, South Carolina to use as a private retreat center for church groups and other non-profits. The Bostic Law Firm underwrites the cost of the facility so that it can be made available free of charge.

The facilities include a pavilion with an indoor kitchen and seating for up to 150 people and an outdoor cooking and picnic area overlooking a 5-acre pond which can seat hundreds more. The conference room can host up to 40 people. Amenities include a refrigerator and sound system. For presentations, you would need to provide your own laptop, projector, and screen.


For more information or to book this venue, please visit PeacefulWay.org. Dates book fast as the cooler weather approaches!

Congratulations to Basilica of St. Peter

The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments recently issued a decree granting Saint Peter’s Catholic Church in Columbia the title ‘Minor Basilica.’ It is the first basilica in the Diocese of Charleston and one of only 85 in the United States.

NATIONAL NEWS

Statement from Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

USCCB General Assembly

Fort Lauderdale, FL - June 13, 2018


At it's core, asylum is an instrument to preserve the right to life. The Attorney General's recent decision elicits deep concern because it potentially strips asylum from many women who lack adequate protection. These vulnerable women will now face return to extreme dangers of domestic violence in their home country. This decision negates decades of precedents that have provided protection to women fleeing domestic violence. Unless overturned, the decision will erode the capacity of asylum to save lives, particularly in cases that involve asylum seekers who are persecuted by private actors. We urge courts and policy makers to respect and enhance, not erode, the potential of our asylum system to preserve and protect the right to life.


Additionally, I join Bishop Joe Vasquez, Chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Migration, in condemning the continued use of family separation at the U.S./Mexican border as an implementation of the Administration's zero tolerance policy. Our government has the discretion in our laws to ensure that young children are not separated from their parents and exposed to irreparable harm and trauma. Families are the foundational element of our society and they must be able to stay together. While protecting our borders is important, we can and must do better as a government, and society, to find other ways to ensure that safety. Separating babies from their mothers is not the answer and is immoral.

FACTOID

Catholics are more likely than other Americans to be immigrants or children of immigrants. Indeed, more than a quarter of U.S. Catholic adults (27%) were born outside the country, compared with 15% of U.S. adults overall; most of these Catholic immigrants (22% of all U.S. Catholics) are from elsewhere in the Americas. (Pew Research Center)

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Witness: Learning to Tell the Stories of Grace that Illumine Our Lives

By Leonard J. DeLornzo, PhD (McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame)

Heard him at NALM Conference

www.avemariapress.com/witness

Whether you are preparing to give your faith testimony in a

Witness talk or in a more informal setting, these seven principles

Will help you articulate the stories of grace in your life…many

uses for small groups.

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The PracticingCatholic.com

An exerpt from a prayer attributed to St. Anthony of Padua. You can find the full prayer by visiting their site http://thepracticingcatholic.com/2015/06/13/be-satisfied-with-me/



I want you to stop planning, to stop wishing, and allow Me to give you
The most thrilling plan existing . . . one you cannot imagine.
I want you to have the best. Please allow Me to bring it to you.

— From Be Satisfied With Me by St. Anthony of Padua

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Spiritual Opportunity -- A Celebration of the Franciscan Saints

Marianne Cope. Pope John XXIII. Junipero Serra. Bonaventure. These Franciscan saints lived wildly different lives, but there were similarities between them: humility, closeness to the poor, a spirit of prayer, and a freedom from the cares of the world.

To receive daily inspiration from these and other Franciscan saints, please visit:


info.franciscanmedia.org