Diocesan News for Fort Wayne / South Bend

SB150 Mass with Bishop Rhoades 

SB150 MassMay 5, 2015 - (Diocese FW-SB) SOUTH BEND - Bishop Rhoades will lead South Bend Catholics in outdoor Mass as our Hometown gives thanks for 150 years of history - and its future

Bishop Kevin Rhoades and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend invite all area Catholics to join together for a distinctive contribution to our city’s big birthday celebration--“SB150”. In commemoration of 150 years since South Bend’s founding, the Bishop will celebrate a Mass held outdoors at St. Joseph High School, at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 31

No ticket is required. Bleacher seating is available at the high school’s Father Bly Field, alongside E. LaSalle Avenue, with overflow seating on the field itself if necessary. Local music minister Jeremy Hoy will lead a multi-parish choir for the event. Area priests will concelebrate the Mass with Bishop Rhoades, and Saint Joseph High School students will serve as hospitality ushers. Parking will follow the normal pattern used at sporting events. 

In case of inclement weather, Mass will be celebrated in the school’s gymnasium.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local Catholics to join in solidarity with all their neighbors to honor their city’s past, present, and future in a sacred and spirited way,” said Robert Kloska, one of the event organizers. “We are delighted that Bishop Rhoades will lead our prayers of thanksgiving and hope as we celebrate our affection for our historic hometown.”

Costs of the event have been covered by grants from Notre Dame Federal Credit Union and Our Sunday Visitor Institute. Print Ready Press Release>

Catholic School Educator Receive 2015 Light of Learning Award 

South Bend Light of Learning Award RecipientsJanuary 2, 2015 - (Diocese FW-SB) SOUTH BEND - The annual luncheon in Celebration of Excellence in Catholic Education, sponsored by Quality Dining Inc., took place January 29, 2015 in the Gillespie Conference Center in the Hilton Garden Inn in South Bend.  The event, held in conjunction with National Catholic Schools Week, January 25-31, centered on the theme: “Catholic Schools-Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese Fort Wayne-South Bend, was the keynote speaker.

Approximately 360 guests attended the event.  Local Catholic school principals, pastors and community leaders gathered to recognize 18 Michiana area Catholic school teachers and one administrator who were presented with the 2015 Light of Learning Award.  The award is given to educators who express the core values of Catholic Education and incorporate these vales into their curriculum and classroom. 

The Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration were presented with the Monsignor J. William Lester Award for their support of Catholic education in the community. Accepting the award on their behalf was Provincial Superior, Sr. M. Angela Mellady, OSF.  The award honors Monsignor Lester’s spirit and legacy to the Catholic Schools in the Diocese. 

The event also marks the beginning of the 33rd year Quality Dining has supported Catholic Schools through the You Can Lend a Hand Program. The You Can Lend a Hand Program has raised over $9.6 million to benefit Catholic Schools in Indiana and Michigan.  Local Catholic School students sell coupon books for a donation of $3 each.  The book consists of 17 coupons valued at over $100. All proceeds benefit area Catholic schools. Coupon books are available now through February 28, 2015. Print Ready Press Release>

Questions about the Light of Learning luncheon, Light of Learning Awards, or the You Can Lend a Hand Program should be directed to: Carl Loesch 574-286-7701 cloesch@diocesefwsb.org

Catholic School Educator Receive 2015 Light of Learning Award 

Fort Wayne Light of Learning Award RecipientsJanuary 2, 2015 - (Diocese FW-SB) FORT WAYNE - The annual luncheon in Celebration of Excellence in Catholic Education, sponsored by Quality Dining Inc., took place January 27, 2015 at the Marquis Ballroom at the Hotel Fort Wayne.  The event, held in conjunction with National Catholic Schools Week, January 25-31, centered on the theme: “Catholic Schools-Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.  Most Reverend Kevin C. Rhoades, Bishop of the Diocese Fort Wayne-South Bend, was the keynote speaker.

Approximately 285 guests attended the event.  Local Catholic school principals, pastors and community leaders gathered to recognize 21 Fort Wayne area Catholic school teachers were presented with the 2015 Light of Learning Award.  The award is given to educators who express the core values of Catholic Education and incorporate these vales into their curriculum and classroom.

Cindy L. and Keith M. Turner were presented with the Monsignor J. William Lester Award for their support of Catholic education in the community.  The award honors Monsignor Lester’s spirit and legacy to the Catholic Schools in the Diocese. 

The event also marks the beginning of the 33rd year Quality Dining has supported Catholic Schools through the You Can Lend a Hand Program. The You Can Lend a Hand Program has raised over $9.6 million to benefit Catholic Schools in Indiana and Michigan.  Local Catholic School students sell coupon books for a donation of $3 each.  The book consists of 17 coupons valued at over $100. All proceeds benefit area Catholic schools. Coupon books are available now through February 28, 2015. Print Ready Press Release>

Questions about the Light of Learning luncheon, Light of Learning Awards, or the You Can Lend a Hand Program should be directed to: Carl Loesch 574-286-7701, cloesch@diocesefwsb.org

Changing of the Guard in Vocation Office

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic/Kay Cozad) – The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend has seen a changing of the guard recently as Mary Szymczak retires after 20 years of faithful service, first as administrative assistant and later as associate director. Christine Bonahoom-Nix took up the challenge in her stead on March 24. Adding to the transition in personnel, the Vocation Office has recently moved from the Blessed John Paul II Center in Mishawaka to the Archbishop Noll Catholic Center in Fort Wayne as well. Read more about the changes in the Vocation Office >

Upgrades Made to TV Mass Signal

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic) – “It’s been a rough year for the regular watchers of the Televised Mass in Fort Wayne, and even rougher on those that produce and broadcast the long-running program,” said Sean McBride, director of communications for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and producer of the TV Mass.

Technical issues have plagued the broadcast for nearly a year and in that time multiple solutions were tried and no headway was really made, until very recently when WFFT-TV made a very large capital investment to install a new style of microwave transceiver that allows direct communications between the station and the chapel at the University of Saint Francis, where the broadcast originates. Continue reading about upgrades to the TV Mass >

Julie Kenny Joins Planned Giving Staff to Help Parishes with Endowment Efforts

Julie Kenny

April. 1, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic/Tim Johnson) – Julie Kenny is a noted professional in the field of stewardship, and she has been invited to apply her talent as part of the staff of the Development Office as the director of planned giving.

With 19 years experience at Our Sunday Visitor in Huntington, working with parishes and dioceses across the nation with stewardship strategies, Kenny will now “be sharing best practice strategies for promotion of parish endowments, bequests and planned giving strategies, which are vital to the future work of the Church,” said Harry Verhiley, director of the Development Office. Continue reading about Julie Kenny >

 

Guest Editorial: A Catechetical Response to Same-sex Marriage

marriage

Feb. 19, 2014 – FWSB Diocese (Today's Catholic/John Cavadini) – Why does the Catholic Church oppose same-sex marriage? This question is a burning one for many Catholics.

The recent outpouring of local support for Mark Zmuda, former vice principal at a Catholic high school in Seattle, is an example of how the emotions involved in addressing this question cross our own hearts. Continue reading about a Catechetical response >

Pope Tells Notre Dame to 'Defend, Preserve, Advance' Catholic Identity

Pope Francis talks with Notre Dame

Jan. 30, 2014 – Vatican City (Cardinal Newman Society) – IN a powerful statement encouraging fidelity and strong Cathlic identity in Catholic higher education, Pope Francis today urged the University of Notre Dame to be an "uncompromising witness... to the Church's moral teaching" and to resist "efforts, from whatever quarter, to dilute that indispensable witness," according to a translation by Vatican Radio. 

The Holy Father's words came today as he met with a Notre Dame delegation celebrating the University's new Rome Center.  Although Vatican Radio does not report whether Notre Dame President Father Jenkins with Pope Francis accompanying the Vatican Radio translation suggests that he was. Learn more about Notre Dame's meeting with Pope Francis >

Diocese, et. al. Gains Preliminary Relief in HHS Lawsuit

Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

Dec. 30, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend) – The United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, has entered a preliminary injunction temporarily barring enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate against the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc, Saint Anne Home and Retirement Community of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc., Franciscan Alliance, Inc., Specialized Physicians of Illinois, LLC, University of Saint Francis and Our Sunday Visitor, Inc.

The Court’s order was filed, Friday, Dec. 27 by Judge Jon DeGuilio. The plaintiffs had filed their first amended verified complaint seeking declaratory and injunctive relief claiming that the government defendants — including Kathleen Sebelius in her capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources — have violated their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000bb et seq., the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 500 et seq., by enacting the “contraception mandate,” which requires certain employers to provide coverage for contraception and sterilization procedures in their employee health care plans on a no-cost-sharing basis, or face stiff financial penalties and the risk of enforcement actions for the failure to do so. Learn more about the Preliminary Relief for the Diocese >

Catholic Medical Guild Press Release

Catholic Medical Guild

Dec. 9, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Catholic Medical Guild/Secretariat for Communications) – The lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on December 2, 2013, is a dangerous, distracting farce.  While it is not possible to comment on the details of the lawsuit or the medical case on which it is based, the ACLU's animus to the Catholic Church and the U.S. bishops is well known.  Also well-known is the ACLU's biased support for abortion rights - biased to the point that the ACLU has even fought restrictions on abortion sought for reasons of the race and sex of the baby. Read more or the Matholic Medical Guild's Press release >

Jubilarian Priests' Celebrated as 'Fishers of Men'

Bishop Rhoades Celebrating MassPrieses celebrating 25th, 40th, 50th, 60th and 70th anniversaries are honored at Mass 

Sept. 19, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today's Catholic) – The Priesthood anniversaries of 12 priests were recognized Sept. 5 at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne.

Those jubilees celebrated included the following: 25 years - Father Cyril Fernandes, Holy Cross Father Wilson Miscamble and Father Timothey Wrozek; Read of more priests celebrating their anniversary >

Museum Highlights Bishop John M. D’Arcy Mementos

One of three cases highlighting the life of the late Bishop John M. D’Arcy

One of three cases highlighting the life of the late Bishop John M. D’ArcyAug. 20, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today’s Catholic) – A Swiss guard figurine, prestigious awards and papal gifts offer a silent but reflective look at the varied life the eighth bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend just six months after he had a short but fatal battle with cancer.

Two baseballs and a fielder’s glove speak of Bishop John M. D’Arcy’s lifelong love of the game and his unyielding loyalty to the Boston Red Sox; one of the balls is from the 100th World Series played in 2004 between Boston and the St. Louis Cardinals, which the Sox won in four straight games.  Read more about Bishop D'Arcy Mementos >

Young Adults Find Sense of Community Through ARISE

Aug. 20, 2013 – Fort Wayne (Today’s Catholic) – Young Adults across the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend have found a welcoming and engaging environment with the ARISE Together in Christ experience.  Soon, across the diocese ARISE groups will be making arrangements and registering participants for the upcoming third season – that will explore the Church’s role in social justice issues.

From college students, to young adults who recently located to the diocese for their careers, ARISE offered a sense of involvement in their faith community. Read more about the ARISE Together in Christ experience >

‘Nothing is too good for the Glory of God’

Aug. 20, 2013 – Notre Dame (Today’s Catholic/Ann Carey) – On Aug. 15, 1888, dignitaries from all over the country gathered at the University of Notre Dame to celebrate the dedication of the new sacred Heart Church. On Aug. 16 of this year, a special Mass was celebrated at 4 p.m. in the church, now known as Sacred Heart Basilica, to observe the 125th anniversary of that dedication.

Again, dignitaries, along with Notre Dame’s friends, staff, faculty, alumni and students filled the basilica to help the priests and brothers of the Congregation of the Holy Cross celebrate the rich liturgical history of the building, which is the congregation’s oldest and principal church in the United States. Read more about Notre Dame >
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