South Texas Catholic (Corpus Christi, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 16, Ed. 1 Friday, August 18, 2006 Page: 2 of 20
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- South Texas Catholic
August 18, 2006
Letter PROM the editor
Hearts can meet on rooftops, in
discussions and even committees
By Paula Goldapp
Last Sunday my son called
from a rooftop somewhere
around Baghdad. It was about
midnight his time. The power
had been off for a while and it
was hot, so the roof seemed the
best place to be for the mo-
The reception was bad, but
we were able to talk for a few
minutes. I could hear most of
what he said — that he was OK and not to worry.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been in the midst
of several discussions (sometimes just as a silent
observer) with friends, acquaintances and strangers, in
the workplace lunch room, at a couple of backyard
barbecues and a few other places, where the topic has
been the conflict in the Middle East and the war in
The opinions uttered were as varied as the people
speaking. Some groups were like-minded, while others
“disagreed” to say the least. The rarity was the respect-
ful sharing of differing beliefs.
On one occasion a wise friend said that she had
heard another wise person say that in controversial
matters, it would be nearly impossible for people, on
opposite sides of an issue, wrho consider themselves to
be “well-informed” to come to an intellectual common
In other words, people on one side of an issue
would be hard pressed to convince those on the other
side to change their minds.
But she added that there wras a place wdiere people
could come together, and that would be at the meeting
of the hearts.
In order for hearts to meet they have to be beating.
So, the first place to begin might be helping to
ensure that people can be bom so they can live and die
The life issues the church takes seriously cover the
spectrum of keeping hearts alive — from conception
through natural death - the innocent unborn, the
elderly, the chronically ill, the sometimes not-so-
innocent on death row: And then there’s wrar, that
event that takes the lives of all of those groups and
more, sometimes all the guilty and innocent in its
Last year the Diocese of Corpus Christi published a
Pastoral Manual for use by pastors, parish staffs and
lay leaders. One recommendation was that every
worshipping community have a respect life commit-
tee. For those who have been on “committees” and
taken part in one-too-may parish meeting, the estab-
lishment of another committee may sound less than
Some parishes are taking it seriously, including St.
Paul the Apostle in Flour Bluff, where a new Respect
Life Committee has come up with inspirational
displays, educational materials, social gatherings and
community outreach projects that touch the lives of
young and older members alike. (See story on page 6)
Such committed groups on a parish level can have a
tremendous impact when they research the issues
many people don’t have time to do on their owm. It
can start by letting people know church positions and
teachings and then suggesting the practical ways to
live these out in a way that touches people’s lives.
October is traditionally observed as Respect Life
Month. It’s just mid-August, but newr respect life
committees can start nowr, even on a small level, to
help engage their communities in issues that affect
our lives locally and the lives of our sisters and
brothers on the other side of the world.
By the time October rolls around, there may be
many groups modeling the activity at St. Paul’s and
other parishes that have been promoting life issues for
Not every person on every committee may agree on
wdiat issue should be addressed first. There may be
differing opinions on how a topic should be presented.
But these groups can be effective. They might not
bring an immediate end to international conflicts and
wrar, but they can be a good place for hearts to meet.
South Texas Catholic
Amelia L. Eudy
Father Paul Hesse
Paula J. Goldapp
Joe P. Hardeman
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August 20— Corpus Christi, Petronila, St. Vivian
Mission, Mass, 10:30 a.m.
August 21 — Corpus Christi, Kenedy Foundation
Grants Advisory Mtg., 6:30 p.m.
August 22 — Corpus Christi, Kenedy Foundation
Mtg., 8:00 a.m.
August 23 — Corpus Christi, Cathedral, Beginning
of school Mass, 10:00 a.m.
August 24 — Corpus Christi, Channel 10, Interview,
August 26 — Beeville, Our Fady of Victory, Faith
Education Workshop, 1:00 p.m.
August 27 — Corpus Christi, Our Fady Star of the
Sea, Mass, 9:00 a.m.
Kingsville, St. Gertrude, Faith Education Work-
shop, 1:00 p.m.
August 28 — Corpus Christi, Our Fady of Mount
Carmel, Fr. Sebastian Pasupalety Silver Jubilee
Mass, 6:30 p.m.
August 29 — Corpus Christi, Chancery, Tape “Our
Shepherd’s View,” 2:30 p.m.
August 31 — Corpus Christi, Mt. Carmel Chapel,
Mass in honor of beatification of Foundress,
Mother Maria Teresa, 11:00 a.m.
Sept. 1 - Corpus Christi, Chancery, Department
Head Staff Mtg., 9:00 a.m.
Corpus Christi, Chancery, Staff Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 4 - Fabor Day, Chancery Closed
Sept. 7 - Corpus Christi, Retired Priests’ Funcheon,
Corpus Christi, Channel 10, Interview, 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 8 - Corpus Christi, Mother Teresa Shelter 3rd
Annv. Celebration and blessing of Memory
Garden, 9:30 a.m.
Sept. 9 - Corpus Christi, St. Peter Prince of the
Apostles, Faith Education Workshop, 1:00 p.m.
Corpus Christi, Cathedral, Singles’ Mass, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 — Edroy Our Fady of Guadalupe, Mass,
Alice, St. Joseph, Faith Education Workshop,
Sept. 11 — Corpus Christi, Sherrill Park, Blessing of
memorial, 10:00 a.m.
Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, John Paul II High
School, JP II, Advisory Board Mtg., 5:00 p.m.
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