South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 37, No. 2, Ed. 1 Friday, January 18, 2002 Page: 3 of 16
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January 18, 2002
South Texas Catholic -
Father Paul A. Hesse has been
appointed Vocation Director for the
Diocese of Corpus Christi while
retaining his present position as
Pastor of Saint Gertrude Parish in
The appointment is effective as of
Jan. 3 for a period of five years.
Father Glen Mullan will continue
as Vocation Director through June
1, 2002 and help Fr. Hesse familiarize himself with the
operations of the Vocation Office.
Bishop Edmond Carmody will preside at a 7 p.m. Mass
at Corpus Christi Cathedral Jan. 22. Everyone is invited.
January 22 marks the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decisions
which legalized abortion.
Martin Luther King
March Jan. 21
The 17th annual Martin Luther King Day
Commemoration March will take place on Monday Jan.
21. The event, sponsored by the Corpus Christi Alumnae
Chapter of Delpha Sigma Theta Sorority and the National
Conference of Community and Justice, will begin at 6
p.m. on the steps of City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street with a
proclamation by Mayor Lloyd Neal.
The march will then be led by the Veterans’ Band of
Corpus Christi and proceed East on Leopard Street to
Corpus Christi Cathedral. Marchers are encouraged to
bring a flashlight, an American flag and/or a banner that
represents their club, organization or cultural heritage.
The observance will conclude at the cathedral where a
program will take place including entertainment by the
Anointed Voices Gospel Choir and the presentations of
the awards to the Martin Luther King Poster Contests
winners by the NCCJ.
Food, fun, health screenings, voter registration and
other information will follow at
the cathedral’s St. Joseph Hall.
For more information, call 814-
speak Feb. 7
Everyone is invited to hear the
inspirational message of Franciscan Father Benedict J.
Groeschel at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at Holy Family
Church, 2509 Nogales St. in Corpus Christi.
Father Benedict’s presentation will be in English in the
church and broadcast simultaneously in the parish hall
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with a Spanish translator. This free event is sponsored by
the Diocesan Department of Pastoral Ministries. Father
Benedict will also be leading a retreat for all priests of the
diocese Feb. 4 through 7.
Father Benedict is the Director of the Office for
Spiritual Development of the Archdiocese of New York.
He founded and is on the staff of Trinity Retreat, a
center for prayer and study for the clergy. John Cardinal
O’Connor appointed him promoter of the cause of
Canonization of the Servant of God Terence Cardinal
Cooke in 1984.
Previously Father Benedict was chaplain of the
Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, New York, for 14 years.
Father Benedict obtained his doctorate in psychology
at St. Joseph’s Seminary of the Archdiocese of New York.
He has taught at Fordham University, Iona College,
and Maryknoll Seminary. He is also chairman of the
Good Counsel Homes and the St. Francis House, which
provides residence and programs for homeless young
mothers and homeless youth.
In May 1987, along with eight other friars, Father
Benedict formed the community of Franciscan Friars
of the Renewal under the patronage of Cardinal
O’Connor. This community, which follows the Capuchin
Tradition, is dedicated to preaching reform and providing
care for the homeless in South Bronx, London and
Celebrant Singers to
perform at St. Peter, Prince
of the Apostles Feb. 17
Jon Stemkowsjki’s Celebrant Singers, an internationally
known Christian music ministry, will present a
community-wide evening concert on Sunday, Feb. 17,
from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles,
3901 Violet Road. The Celebrant Singers will also be
performing at the weekend Masses at St. Peter on Feb. 16
at 6 p.m. and Feb. 17 at 8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Concert attendees will be treated to contemporary
Christian music, praise and worship, personal testimony
The Celebrant Singers are interdenominational in
nature. Teams are comprised of dedicated, talented
youths representing 38 states, six Canadian provinces
and other nations.
In addition to live appearances, Celebrant Singers have
released 13 recordings to date in English, Spanish and
20th Annual Youth
Spectacular Feb. 24
The 20th Annual Youth Spectacular for high school
and middle school youth,
sixth through 12th grade,
will be held Sunday, Feb.
24 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
at the Bayfront Plaza
Keynote presenters will
be Father Pete Elizardo
and Dave Vogrinc.
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pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Alice.
The day will also include Mass presided by Bishop
Edmond Carmody, community building icebreakers,
live music and a DJ dance. Early Bird registration is $15
before Feb. 15; $20 after the 15th and $25 at the door.
The fee includes a catered barbecue lunch. Registration
and check-in begins at 8 a.m.
The event is sponsored by the diocesan Office of Youth
Ministry. Call 882-6191 for more information.
Corpus Christi DCCW to
host state convention
From left, Brenda Kalinec, DCCW President, Delpha
Moran Barrera, DCCW Treasurer, Father James
Stembler, DCCW Moderator, Laverne Jones, Vice-
President Alice Area CCM.
All local and area woman of church organizations are
welcome to attend the 8th biennial Convention of the
Province of San Antonio hosted by the Corpus Christi
Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Ramada
Inn Bayfront on Feb. 22 to 24. The theme is NCCW
“Spreading the Good News through Service.”
The event will feature speakers, entertainment, Mass
and a Saturday night banquet.
Father Pete Elizardo, parochial vicar of Corpus Christi
cathedral and co-director of the diocesan Youth Ministry
office, will be the keynote speaker on the opening night.
Kay Elliot, NCCW secretary from Dallas, will give the
next keynote address at 9.m. on Saturday morning and
Elaine Osborn, president of Family Outreach of Corpus
Christi, will speak to the assembly that afternoon.
Participants will attend a 5:30 p.m. Mass on Saturday
at Corpus Christi Cathedral, presided by Bishop Edmond
Carmody, and concelebrated by Father James Stembler,
moderator of the Corpus Christi DCCW and pastor of St.
Paul the Apostle Parish in Flour Bluff.
Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS, will give a
presentation, “Reflections on St. Edith Stein” Sunday
Other events include a Bay Walk early on Saturday
morning, a South Texas breakfast, and cocktails,
banquet, entertainment and door prizes on Saturday
night. Husbands or guests are invited to attend the
Saturday night banquet. Registration cost is $25. Contact
reservation chairman Delpha Garcia, 993-3772. Anna
Bernsen, 387-6492, is the Convention Chairman. The
Corpus Christi DCCW president is Brenda Kalinec of
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Church at 5830
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at 12:05 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
The Angelus is recited.
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