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  • IMAGE: CNS photo/Dave Hrbacek, The Catholic SpiritBy Jessica TrygstadST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) -- An estimated 12,000 students, teachers and staff of Catholic schools filled a baseball park in downtown St. Paul Sept. 22 for the first all-school Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew H. Cozzens and more than 60 priests concelebrated the Mass for fourth- through eighth-grade students from the archdiocese's 79 Catholic grade schools after a performance from the local band Sonar. In his homily, Archbishop Hebda told the crowd filling the stadium seats and spread across CHS Field -- where the St. Paul Saints baseball team plays -- that the Holy Spirit is what makes Catholic schools great. And, in turn, students must ask the Holy Spirit to help them reach greatness. "I am so happy that we have that opportunity at the beginning of this school year to pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit," Archbishop Hebda said. "Certainly, on all of you -- our wonderful students, certainly on our teachers, certainly on those students who weren't able to be here this morning, certainly on all those wonderful parishioners who support our Catholic schools. "But we understand that we need the Holy Spirit if we are going to be great," he continued. "And all that we need to do is to ask for the Holy Spirit. That's how great is our God's love, that all we have to do is to ask." Referencing the Gospel reading, Archbishop Hebda noted how the apostles were changed once they received the Holy Spirit. "My hope, that of Bishop Cozzens, that of all of these priests and deacons, that of all of your parents, and parishioners, is that as we ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit this day that we become men and women who are bold and brave in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ," the archbishop said, "that we're able to share the good news that we have a God who loves us without end, a God who forgives us when we sin, a God who gives us second chances, third chances, a God who calls us to greatness." Telling students they have the benefit of a good Catholic education, Archbishop Hebda said he hopes they'll be great sons and daughters of God who'll go on to be great parents, husbands and wives, doctors, lawyers, teachers, even second basemen. "We don't know what it is that God has in store for you, but that you're going to be able to do it with greatness because you know Jesus Christ, and you have received the Holy Spirit that he desires to place in our hearts." Students from different schools read the prayers of the faithful and assisted priests during Communion. The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit, sponsored the Mass. The organization's president, Gail Dorn, said the event took nine months of planning, 220 buses, and a lot of security and communication with the schools. "We're just so happy that we're able to have this community of faith and be able to celebrate with one another," said Dorn, adding that they'd like to make the Mass of the Holy Spirit an annual event. "It was a holy day. And it was a healing for our students and for our schools," she told The Catholic Spirit, the archdiocesan newspaper. "It's very powerful to worship together. I think it was very nourishing for our students to strengthen them in their faith and their belief, not just in our holy Eucharist and celebration of our faith, but also the community of our schools and our belief that they should be stronger and better." Bishop Cozzens, who is archdiocesan vicar of education and a board member of Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, said after the Mass that it was a great opportunity to get all the students together to help them see that they're part of something bigger. Masses of the Holy Spirit date back to the Jesuits in the 16th century. Noting the church celebrates the start of important events, such as papal conclaves, with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, Bishop Cozzens said the day highlighted the "treasure" of a Catholic education. Thankful the weather cooperated for the event, Bishop Cozzens said he most enjoyed seeing students' joy and love for Jesus as they came forward to receive Communion. The all-school Mass was a visible sign for teachers, too, that they're part of something bigger. Kathy McRae, a seventh-grade religion and English teacher at Nativity of Our Lord School in St. Paul, has taught for 29 years, called the Mass "an incredible experience." Nativity eighth-grader Chip Knap, who will be confirmed this year, said the archbishop's message was meaningful. "It was the best Mass I've ever been at," he said. "I really liked the energy of it." - - - Trygstad is assistant editor of The Catholic Spirit, newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.- - -Copyright © 2016 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns@catholicnews.com.

  • IMAGE: NS photo/L'Osservatore Romano handout via EPABy Carol GlatzVATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Don't respond to grief or anguish with pills, alcohol or avoidance, Pope Francis said in a morning homily. Figure out what is going on inside your heart, then turn to God and beg him for help, he said Sept. 27 during an early morning Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae. Reflecting on the day's readings, the pope looked at the "spiritual desolation" experience by Job and the responsorial psalm, "Let my prayer come before you, Lord." Job lost everything and felt utterly abandoned and unfairly tormented, the pope said. He unleashed his desperate cries to God, venting all of his feelings of hopeless despair and regret, and yet, he never blasphemed or cursed God in his ranting, he said. Everyone has experienced some degree of despair that "makes us feel as if our soul were crushed," unable to breathe and perhaps even eager for death, the pope said. "We have to understand when our spirit is in this state of extended sadness, where there is almost no air. This happens to all of us" to some degree, he said. Some people might "take a sleeping pill," avoid facing the situation or "have two, three, four shots" of something strong to drink; but that "doesn't help," he said. So then what should people do when they go through "these dark moments because of a family tragedy, an illness, something that brings me down?" he asked. In times of hopeless, spiritual despair, he said, the answer is to pray hard, just like Job, who cried out day and night for God to listen. He said Psalm 88 and its response -- "Let my prayer come before you, Lord" -- "is a prayer of knocking at (God's) door, but hard. 'Lord my soul is surfeited with troubles and my life draws near to the nether world. I am numbered with those who go down into the pit; I am a man without strength.'" This is praying with genuine candor and honesty, he said, because it is the way a child pours out his emotions to his father. And this is how "we must pray in the most terrible, darkest, most desolate, crushing moments." When someone is hurting and trapped in this spiritual despair, he said, the best thing to do is "talk as little as possible" because in these cases speeches "ultimately do not help and they can cause harm, too." A person can help with loving silence, "being close, a caress and prayers to the father." The pope asked that people pray for the grace to recognize and reflect upon the reasons for their despair, the grace to pray fervently to the Lord in times of trouble, and the grace to know how to best accompany those who are suffering, sad and despairing.  - - -Copyright © 2016 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns@catholicnews.com.

  • IMAGE: CNS photo/Hans Deryk, ReutersBy Mark PattisonWASHINGTON (CNS) -- Benedictine Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki of St. Vincent's Archabbey in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, was with Arnold Palmer when the golfing great died Sept. 25 in Pittsburgh. It wasn't the first time Archabbot Nowicki had visited Palmer that day. Palmer, 87, was in a hospital awaiting a heart operation scheduled for Sept. 26. "I went to say a prayer and give him a blessing. About an hour after I'd departed, I got a call" that Palmer's health was failing rapidly, the archabbot told Catholic News Service in a Sept. 26 telephone interview. Even though Palmer was a lifelong Presbyterian, he'd had a relationship with St. Vincent's spanning more than 50 years, when Archabbot Nowicki himself was in the high school at the archabbey. Palmer did not let denominational differences deter him. "Arnie sort of appealed to everyone. There were no barriers, race, color, creed -- those were things that never entered into" his mind, Archabbot Nowicki said. "He was welcoming to everybody and treated everyone with tremendous warmth and respect." Palmer came with his wife on occasion to the archabbey's 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass."I remember him coming here on one occasion after winning several of the golf tournaments early in his career. He was hitting golf balls for the students. By then he had a fairly good reputation," Archabbot Nowicki recalled. "He would give a little demonstration. I remember when he was doing it they put a little trash pail out in the middle, about 150 yards out, and he was hitting balls out and he got about five in the tanker," he chuckled. "The first time he invited me over, I told him I didn't know how to play, so I sent my prior, Father Albert. But this was after he retired professionally. But he still played golf, every day at Latrobe Country Club." When the archabbot saw Palmer again, he said Palmer told him, "The next time you send someone, send someone who is as good as your prior. This guy cost me 20 bucks." "Arnie, as you know, was competitive and enjoyed playing with good golfers," Archabbot Nowicki said. "Fred Rogers (of 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood' fame) and Arnie Palmer went to the same school together. I think they were one year apart. They were very good friends during his lifetime," the archabbot told CNS. "Arnie's father taught Mr. Rogers how to play golf. ... (Rogers) "said that his father taught Arnie better than he taught him." In retirement, Palmer lived five months of the year in his native Latrobe. Not only did he and his first wife, Winnie, who died in 1999, lend their name and their presence to various archabbey events, Winnie Palmer was "very helpful at keeping Wal-Mart out of our backyard," Archabbot Nowicki said. Arnold Palmer also served on the St. Vincent's College board of directors. In 1996 the college gave Palmer an honorary degree. Archabbot Nowicki took up Palmer's invitation to join him when the golfing legend received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2012. Jack Nicklaus was there and he paid tribute to Arnie at the service," the archabbot recalled. "I know Jack had always been a wonderful friend of Arnie's, and the two enjoyed each other's company." The archabbot remembered visiting Palmer at his Bay Hill Golf Club near Orlando, Florida. "He had given one of our commencement addresses. He talked about the importance of decorum. He said, 'That means when you enter a room that you take your hat off.'" At the club, a man "came into the dining room and had his hat on. Arnie said very gently to him, 'Will you please take off your hat?' He had that respect for people." Palmer learned golf from his father, who was the greenskeeper at the Latrobe Country Club. He attended what was then Wake Forest College on a golf scholarship. He left school and enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving for three years. In 1954, he won the U.S. Amateur golf tournament; a year later he won the Canadian Open, and his golf career was launched.Palmer won 95 professional championships, including 62 on the PGA Tour, and seven major tournaments. He earned $1.6 million in prize money, and another $50 million in golf-related business off the course. He also was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. The archabbey will hold a memorial service for Palmer Oct. 4 at the basilica on the archabbey grounds.- - -Follow Pattison on Twitter: @MeMarkPattison.- - -Copyright © 2016 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns@catholicnews.com.

  • IMAGE: CNS photo/Patricia L. Guilfoyle, Catholic HeraldBy Patricia L. GuilfoyleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (CNS) -- Justin Carr's future looked bright. He had just celebrated his 26th birthday, started a new job, and was getting ready to settle down with his high school sweetheart and start a family. But all that ended the night of Sept. 21, when a bullet shattered his skull. The next day, he was dead. Carr's death marked the most violent episode in nearly a week of protests in Charlotte that erupted after another man, Keith Lamont Scott, was shot and killed by police Sept. 20 in an apartment complex parking lot. Demanding justice in the police shooting, protesters marched through uptown Charlotte the evening of Sept. 21 and confronted police in riot gear. Carr was among them. "I need to make a stand," he told his mother when he called her from the scene. He said wanted to follow in the footsteps of his grandmother, who had marched during the civil rights era. Less than an hour later, Vivian Carr learned her son was in the hospital, clinging to life. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have charged Rayquan Borum, 21, in Carr's death. Law enforcement officials Sept. 24 released video of the encounter between Scott and an officer; both men were African-American. Police say Scott was fatally shot after he made a threatening move with a gun. His family members say he had no gun, that he was reading a book and was not being aggressive when police surrounded him. Along with video, police released photos of a pistol and ankle holster recovered at the scene. Vivian Carr recounted her last memories of her son during a special prayer service Sept. 23 at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church, where the Carr family has worshipped for three generations. Father Carl Del Giudice, pastor, organized the prayer service to give people a chance to share their feelings about the protests and the tragedy that had struck their parish family. Father Del Giudice gave Carr last rites before he died, and is ministering to the Carr family throughout the tragedy. "I know that my son died for a cause," Vivian Carr told a standing-room-only crowd at the church. "I just want to thank everybody for coming out and thanks for all of the love and support that everybody's given," she continued. "It's very, very, very hard for me. This is the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. But through everybody's love, support and my strength in God, I'm able to carry through this." Carr's two brothers praised him for standing up for people's rights and they defended his reputation from what they called false social media reports. Struggling to find words through his tears, Ellis Carr said, "They took my best friend. He was the best big brother ever." During the prayer service, people spoke of their fear of getting stopped by police or their sons getting racially profiled. Others begged people to get involved in the community, uniting to turn their anger into economic and political change. Father Del Giudice acknowledged people's anger and fear, but he encouraged them to lift each other up and bring their Catholic faith into the world, "uplifting and elevating others to do better, and honoring and recognizing who we are." Deacon Curtiss Todd similarly challenged people to "think and talk and act just like Jesus." He recounted his own experiences with racism while growing up in segregated Winston-Salem, including one incident at the local country club pool, which at one time was limited to white people only. He recounted how a little boy was allowed to bring his dog into the pool, but when a black employee accidentally fell into the pool that same day, "they immediately closed the pool, drained it, scrubbed it, disinfected it, before they would let people back in to it. What's the lesson I learned? That many whites see blacks as less than animals." Hatred, though, comes from the devil, who seeks to divide us, Deacon Todd said. Instead, people should look to Jesus as their example. "Develop a personal relationship with Jesus," he said. "Rely on God." "When we develop that personal relationship with Jesus, we begin to think, talk and act just like him. We have that relationship where we know what he would do in a certain situation," he said. "It doesn't mean turn the other cheek, let somebody walk all over you. It means, yes, you can protest but you have to protest within the range that God gives you." Carr's pregnant girlfriend, Tanae Ray, was the last person to speak at the prayer service. In her emotional remarks, Ray described how they had been close friends for years before they began dating in the ninth grade. Their relationship had been "on and off" over the years, but recently he had asked to marry her. Over the past few weeks, she said, "he was just so excited, the happiest I've ever seen him." When Carr told her that he was going to the protest, she didn't think he was serious. She said she regretted not stopping him from going. "I feel like I could have prevented it." "If I had known these were his last days I would have cherished it," she continued through her tears. "Now I'm carrying his son. Everybody's saying, 'It's going to be OK.' But it's not. I need Justin. Ain't nobody can take his place -- no brothers, uncles, cousins. I need him, and I don't have him," she wept. After his death, Carr's heart, lungs and liver were donated to enable other people to live, Vivian Carr said. "His heart beats on," she said. "He's already helped save three other lives." - - - Guilfoyle is editor of the Catholic News Herald, newspaper of the Diocese of Charlotte.- - -Copyright © 2016 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. 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  • IMAGE: CNS photo/Diario Marcha, Handout via EPABy David AgrenMEXICO CITY (CNS) -- A priest abducted from his parish residence in the Mexican state of Michoacan has been found dead, the Archdiocese of Morelia confirmed Sept. 25. He was the third priest murdered in Mexico within days. State prosecutors say Father Jose Alfredo Lopez Guillen, pastor in the community of Janamuato, 240 miles west of Mexico City, died of gunshot wounds shortly after being abducted Sept. 19. His body was found wrapped in a blanket alongside a highway. Family members, meanwhile, discovered personal items strewn across the floor of his home, and one of two vehicles stolen from his parish was found flipped over along a highway, Mexican media reported. A motive for the crime is still uncertain, though family say they received no ransom calls as might be expected in a kidnapping case. State Gov. Silvano Aureoles Conejo erroneously told Radio Formula that Father Lopez was last seen on video in a local hotel with a teenage boy. The boy's family subsequently said the governor confused the priest with the boy's father. Cardinal Alberto Suarez Inda of Morelia also called the information false. "We pray for his soul," the Archdiocese of Morelia wrote on its Twitter account, confirming the death of Father Lopez. The abduction and murder in Michoacan continued a disturbing trend of attacks against priests across Mexico, though Catholic leaders are at a loss to explain the motives, which have included robbery, organized crime activity and possible conflicts with drug cartel leaders. The Catholic Multimedia Center has documented the murders of 15 Mexican priests in less than four years. On Sept. 19, two priests were kidnapped and killed in the Mexican state of Veracruz, though the stated motive of the crime has caused controversy. Veracruz state attorney general Luis Angel Bravo Contreras told reporters Sept. 20 that the "victims and the victimizers knew each other" and added that the attack was "not a kidnapping." "They were together, having a few drinks, the gathering broke down due to alcohol and turned violent," he said. Catholic officials in Veracruz rejected the explanation, calling it "an easy out" and saying it ignored the reality of a state notorious for crime and corruption. "We are hoping for more professional and careful inquiry, because this declaration the prosecutor is giving generates more doubts than responses to the issue of the murder of these two priests," said Father Jose Manuel Suazo Reyes, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Xalapa. "It surprises us how quickly they've concluded an investigation that requires more time and care." Father Alejo Nabor Jimenez Juarez and Father Jose Alfredo Juarez de la Cruz were dragged at gunpoint out of Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Poza Rica, a Gulf Coast oil city consumed by crime in recent years, the Diocese of Papantla confirmed in a statement. Media reported the men were found Sept. 19, one day after their abduction, along the side of a highway with their hands and feet bound. They were beaten and had gunshot wounds, according to media reports. A driver employed by the parish also was abducted, Mexican media reported, but was found unharmed. Violence has struck Veracruz clergy previously. In 2013, two priests in the Diocese of Tuxpan were murdered in their parish. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City encouraged prayers for the situation of so many clergy coming under attack. "For those that injure and defame the church or its pastors, may the Lord grant repentance for their actions and with our prayers provide a path to social reconciliation," he said Sept. 25 during Mass. - - -Copyright © 2016 Catholic News Service/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. www.catholicnews.com. All rights reserved. Republishing or redistributing of CNS content, including by framing or similar means without prior permission, is prohibited. You may link to stories on our public site. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. To request permission for republishing or redistributing of CNS content, please contact permissions at cns@catholicnews.com.