Elder Council Christmas Party

01/03/2015 6:00 pm

Good of the Order - A Call to Imagine, Visualize, Dream, and Innovate

As Catholic Christian leaders in this Council do you ever imagine, visualize, dream, and innovate when addressing Council problems, challenges, needs, wants, and desires? For example, if faced with the following issues how would you respond? Would you ask yourself: “What could the Council be like if:

  • It has 100 more new members in one year, 20 of whom became active in leadership and support roles?
  • It identified and empowered its members to utilize their human and spiritual gifts?
  • It obtained $10,000 in new discretionary money to be spent in 1 fiscal year or lose it?
  • It said “no” to all requests for “help and money” in response to apparent “good causes” but not in support of Catholic dogma, teachings, and tradition?
  • All major decisions and initiatives were made only after discerning prayer and consensus by Council leaders and stake holders?

Badly Schooled

While serving as chaplain in a large mental hospital, I quickly learned that one can be both mentally ill and highly intelligent. Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and their superior in malice, Chairman Mao, were intelligent men who vandalized the attics of culture because they had some vestige of culture and hated it.

Thus it is with those who think of themselves as the culturally elect in our day. Politicians and the media that comment on them are the first generation of our society to have been badly schooled without being aware of the fact. Napoleon had the same problem, which is why Talleyrand lamented that a man so highly intelligent had been so poorly educated.

Atheists, who are politely called “secularists,” are different from the saints who are “in this world but not of it” because they are “of the world but not in it.” This explains why their solutions to the world’s ills are so wrong.


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Fr. Daniel Merz, Secretariat of Divine Worship

Reading 1 IS 45:1, 4-6

Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus,
whose right hand I grasp,
subduing nations before him,
and making kings run in his service,
opening doors before him
and leaving the gates unbarred:
For the sake of Jacob, my servant,
of Israel, my chosen one,
I have called you by your name,
giving you a title, though you knew me not.
I am the LORD and there is no other,
there is no God besides me.
It is I who arm you, though you know me not,
so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun
people may know that there is none besides me.
I am the LORD, there is no other.

Rosary Vigil in front of Sharonville abortion center

12/27/2014 9:00 am

Please join Fr. Andre-Joseph, the Knights of Columbus Elder Council and your fellow St. Gertrude parishioners on the 4th Saturday of every month at 9:00 am to pray the Rosary in front of the Sharonville abortion mill.

The Knights will provide transportation leaving at 8:45 from the parish. For information, contact Tom Hahn at 831-2386.

How to Lose the Culture War - Peter Kreeft

Suit to Restrict Pulpit Speech Dismissed


The following is taken from the National Catholic Register. Please take time to read the article.

An atheist organization’s attempt to utilize the IRS to restrict clergy’s First Amendment right to preach against politicians and policies that contradict the Gospel appears to have misfired.

by WAYNE LAUGESEN 09/09/2014

WASHINGTON — The Constitution forbids restraint of speech. Nevertheless, clergy claim the Internal Revenue Service has a tool that restrains what gets preached from the pulpit.

It’s called fear.

“The IRS threatens the life of the church,” said Daniel Blomberg, legal counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Blomberg represented Milwaukee’s Holy Cross Anglican Church and its pastor, Rev. Patrick Malone, in a high-profile, three-party lawsuit that also included the IRS and the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF v. Koskinen). The FFRF wanted a federal court to force the IRS to penalize churches and clergy that tell members how they should vote.

The suit was dismissed in July at the urging of the plaintiff, the FFRF, after Holy Cross joined the suit with a motion to intervene.

“The IRS wants clergy to know one thing in no uncertain terms: ‘If you say certain things at certain times that make politicians uncomfortable, we can take away your tax-exempt status,’” Blomberg said. “‘We can take away deductions from people who fund the church, and we can come at the church and church leaders personally.’”

It’s tough talk from the IRS, but the agency has never followed through. The threats, Blomberg insists, are hollow and unenforceable — a lesson he believes the IRS may have quietly taught the FFRF after Holy Cross joined the suit.

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/suit-to-restrict-pulpit-speech-dism...

Dr. Peter Kreeft Christian Anthropology vs. the Sexual Revolution Part 1 and 2

Dr. Peter Kreeft lectures on the authentic meaning of human sexuality.

Luke E. Hart Series (What Catholics believe, How Catholics pray, How Catholics live)

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Based upon the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this series answers three questions of the deepest importance to any practicing Catholic, or person looking for a better understanding of our faith: What does a Catholic believe?, How does the Catholic worship?, and How does the Catholic live?

Preaching to the Indulged and Selfish Culture

Recently, many television viewers complained about a news bulletin covering the beheading of the journalist and devout Catholic, James Foley. Their objection was not to the horror of the news, but that it had interrupted the broadcast of a soap opera. We are learning quickly that people with that defective kind of priority will soon find out the hard way that life is not a soap opera. We are now engaged in a war, whether or not some politicians hesitate to call it that, and it must have priority over all other interests. The war is being fought by enemies of God, deluded by the conceit that they are fighting for God.

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