An advocate works in a cubicle at the National Domestic Violence Hotline in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo / Eric Gay)
The Economic Costs of Domestic Violence
The repercussions of intimate-partner violence extend far beyond the home.
By Michelle Chen
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
THE ROSARYis a certain form of vocal and mental prayer on the Mysteries of our redemption. It is composed of five Decades. Each Decade consists of the Our Father, ten Hail Marys and The Glory Be. During each Decade, meditate on the Mystery prescribed for that day for each Decade of the rosary.
Mondays and Thursdays (Sundays of Advent and after Epiphany until Lent.), meditate on the Joyful Mysteries. These are The Annunciation of Mary, The Visitation of the Angel to Mary, The Nativity of Christ, The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, and Finding Christ in the Temple.
Tuesdays and Fridays, meditate on the Sorrowful Mysteries. These are The Agony of Jesus in the Garden, The Scourging of Jesus, The Crowning of Jesus with Thorns, Jesus Carrying the Cross, and The Crucifixion.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, meditate on the Glorious Mysteries. These are The Resurrection of Jesus, The Ascension of Jesus, The Descent of the Holy Ghost, The Assumption of Mary, and The Coronation.
Begin with the crucifix - "IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen."
"I BELIEVE in God, The Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified; died, and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen."
Then on the first bead - "OUR FATHER, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name: Thy kingdom come: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread: and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Then on the next three beads - "HAIL MARY, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women and blessed in the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
On the fifth bead - "GLORY BE to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Month of the Holy Rosary
WWW: Well Women Witness ~ A Women’s Day of Reflection
by Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin
WWW: Well Women Witness ~ A Women’s Day of Reflection is based on the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:1-42) who
encountered Jesus Christ and brought the town to meet Him. Through WWW, this woman’s God encounter and evangelization are drawing
women to Christ even today. Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin is the founder of WWW and Retreat Director.
Hey, World! We, Women Have Had Enough!
Well, women declare: We have just about had it! WWW: Well Women Witness is a women day’s encounter with Jesus Christ at a time when we are at our wit’s end. Worn, weary and wasted, the women have just about had enough! Where do we go for some relief, release, and refresh? Jesus says, “COME!” COME to the Well Women, and Witness!
WWW: Well Women Witness is an evangelization program that draws women to “the life-giving water welling up from within.” The program enables women to identify with the Samaritan Woman at the Well. Her encounter with Christ gives way to their encounter with Him. WWW takes women’s issues of guilt, shame, abuse, loneliness, and betrayal and apply those issues to the Biblical text of John 4:1-42 for self understanding and healing. In a Spirit-filled prayer service, women are drawn into the realization: O my God! That’s me! Jesus is ministering to me! With a resounding keynote based on John 4:1-42 by Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin, the women soak in the message. After deep meditations and testimonials, the well women are commissioned to witness to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. They “go ye therefore” and evangelize. The day culminates with a Eucharistic Celebration.
The WWW: Well Women Witness program had its genesis (y- 2014) in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Norfolk, VA. WWW has since pitched tent in Washington, DC, New Orleans, Wilmington, and the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Over 500 women have experienced WWW: Well Women Witness, with many returning 3, 5, even 7 times. Women are gathering at the Well at Incarnation Catholic Church on 880 Eastern Avenue, NE, Wash., DC 20019 on Saturday, October 28th from 8AM to 4:30 Closing Mass. For more information and registration select the link: WWW: Well Women Witness 10/2017 or http://events.eventzilla.net/e/w-w-w-well-women-witness--102017-2138925582
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Catholics of Color are Keeping the U.S. Catholic Church Alive
Mary C. Curtis, October 18, 2017
As an African-American Catholic, I often feel like the unnamed black man from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, present but not really seen.
I was raised steeped in Catholicism—from my name, Mary Cecelia, to my education. I grew up in Maryland in the 1960s and ’70s. I attended the now-shuttered St. Pius V Catholic School, where I was taught by teachers from the Oblate Sisters of Providence, an order founded in 1829 to educate and care for African-American children. I wore my faith proudly, even when the bonds of it were strained. When my classmates and I got the side-eye from the white Catholic school kids at citywide field day games held in Patterson Park, or when some members of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul at the predominantly white Seton High attributed my high test scores to divine intervention rather than intellect, I remained proud of both my heritage and my faith.
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Saturday, November 18th, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
24th Annual Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Dinner
This dinner will honor Tchintcia Barros, the 2017 Bishop James Augustine Healy Award Recipient and Sr. Joyce McMullen, SND and Sr. Christine Smith, SBS, Award Recipients of the 2017 Robert L. Ruffin Award. Sr. Marcia Hall, O.S.P. will be the guest speaker.
$65.00 per person. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, November 6, 2017. African Attire or Black Tie. To reserve your space, go to: http://www.bostoncatholic.org/BlackCatholicMinistries.aspx
Sunday, November 19th beginning at 3:00 PM
Annual Diocesan African Heritage Celebration
Join us for the Annual Diocesan African Heritage Celebration, sponsored by the Diocese of Raleigh Office of African Ancestry Ministry and Evangelization to be held at the
Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral, 715 Nazareth St, Raleigh, NC 27606
"Be Not Afraid"
Respect Life Month
From the USCCB Pro-Life Document, "How To Build A Culture Of Life"
the month of October. In this We followed both Our own impulse and the example of Our predecessors, who in times of difficulty were wont to have recourse with increased fervor to the Blessed Virgin, and to seek her aid with special prayers. . .
. . . We therefore decree and make order that from the 1st of October to the 2nd of November following in all the parish churches, in all public churches dedicated to the Mother of God, or in such as are appointed by the Ordinary, five decades at least of the Rosary be recited, together with the Litany. If in the morning, the Holy Sacrifice will take place during these prayers; if in the evening, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for the adoration of the faithful; after which those present will receive the customary Benediction. We desire that, wherever it be lawful, the local confraternity of the Rosary should make a solemn procession through the streets as a public manifestation of religious devotion.”
The encyclical referenced churches named for the Blessed Virgin, especially, and was written in response to an illness that was spreading in Europe, emphasizing that Europe’s need for intercession was particularly great. Still, the decree was meant for all of the Catholic Church and the practice continued for most of the next century. (Source: https://catholic-restoration.com/2017/10/01/october-the-month-of-the-holy-rosary/)
Mon Nov 13th 9:00am - Wed 22nd 9:00am
Holy Land Pilgrimage
St. David Catholic Church will be hosting a Holy Land Pilgrimage from Nov. 13-22, 2017. Anyone interested is asked to call 504-947-2853.
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History of October as the Month of the Rosary
Tradition holds that October has been celebrated as the month of the rosary since 1571, and the victory of the Catholic League (an alliance of Spain, Venice, the Papal States, Genoa, Savoy, and Malta) over the forces of the Ottoman Empire who were seeking to take over Italy in an effort to move into the heart of Europe. It was October 7, 1571 when the battle was fought and the Catholic League was able to overcome the Ottoman forces.
Prior to the ships sailing off towards battle, Pope Pius V prayed the rosary, asking for Our Lady’s intercession in victory, and every man on board carried a rosary. For this reason, as soon as the men returned from the battle, the good pope declared a feast day for Our Lady of Victory. A rosary procession was offered in St. Peter’s square after the victory and in time the whole month became associated with the rosary, rather than just one day. Pope Leo XIII officially established October as the Month of the Rosary in the 1884. That year, he published Superiore Anno, an encyclical which was focused on recitation of the holy rosary. In it, he called for the entire Church to dedicate the whole of the month to the rosary and pray it daily:
“Last year, as each of you is aware, We decreed by an Encyclical Letter that, to win the help of Heaven for the Church in her trials, the great Mother of God should be honored by the means of the most holy Rosary during the whole of
The gender pay gap doesn’t just reflect men’s dominance in the workplace, it parallels a hidden oppression in the home. As the Trump administration moves to slash social-welfare programs and roll back workplace anti-discrimination protections, the economic war on women is manifested not only through the pain of deprivation but, often, through the violence of abusers.
The social “cost” of intimate-partner violence is impossible to measure in monetary terms, but, statistically, the trauma cuts deep into gender gaps across society. As the social safety net for domestic violence survivors deteriorates, the burden of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse is being compounded by economic uncertainty. Full story...
Our Christian Identity
To understand more fully how to defend and protect human life, we must first consider who we are, at the deepest level. God creates us in his image and likeness, which means we are made to be in loving relationship with him. The essence of our identity and worth, the source of our dignity, is that we are loved by God: "We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father's love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son."
We are called to divine intimacy, true communion with God, and we can grow in this closeness with him through daily prayer, reading the Scriptures, and frequent participation in the sacraments, especially Confession and the Eucharist.
Our Mission as Christians
The knowledge and realization of how deeply we are loved by God elicits a response of love that simultaneously draws us closer to God and, at the same time, impels us to share his love with others.
Embracing a relationship with God means following in his footsteps, wherever he may call. Just as Jesus invited St. Peter and St. Andrew to become his disciples, he invites us to do the same: "Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19).
Being a disciple of Jesus naturally includes sharing the Gospel with others and inviting them into a deeper relationship with God. As Christians, our identity and our mission are two sides of the same coin; like the apostles, we are called to be missionary disciples.
This doesn't necessarily mean quitting our jobs or moving to foreign countries. For most of us, our mission field is daily life: "Christ teaches us how to evangelize, how to invite people into communion with him, and how to create a culture of witness: namely, through love. A Christian life lived with charity and faith is the most effective form of evangelization."
The first step towards living this life is allowing Jesus to meet and transform us daily. If we respond to his grace, our lives will show we have something beyond what the world offers: we follow a person whose love changes our lives, so we want others to also experience his transforming love.
When we live in union with God, open to his prompting, we're more able to see the opportunities for witness and his guidance in responding to these opportunities. We may fear doing the wrong thing or saying the wrong thing, but we do not need to be afraid. Jesus promised his disciples, "I am with you always, until the end of the age" (Matthew 28:20).
As a society and as individuals, we often measure ourselves by false standards: by what and how much we do, our successes or failures, how others treat us, the degree of our pleasure or independence, etc. And when these changeable substitutes prove to be insufficient, or when we are faced with challenges and suffering, we may feel helpless, alone, or abandoned; we may be tempted to feel as though our lives have decreased value or worth.
But God's love—individual, real, unchanging—is the true source of our worth, identity, and dignity. It really is not a question of who we are, but rather whose we are. Because his love will never change, nothing can reduce our God-given dignity, and nothing can diminish the immeasurable worth of our lives.
When someone is facing great trials, we need to meet them where they are, walk with them on their journey, intercede for them, and be open to sharing Christ's love however he directs.
When a woman becomes pregnant, and her boyfriend threatens to leave if she continues the pregnancy, we need to lovingly walk with her. When family members or friends become seriously ill, we need to assure them that God still offers them something in this life, and they still have purpose. We need to consistently be with them every step of the way.
Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow where he leads.
A Culture of Life
This is how we answer our missionary call. This is how we build a culture of life, a culture that joyfully proclaims the truth of God's love, purpose, and plan for each person. Changing the culture is a process of conversion that begins in our own hearts and includes a willingness to be instructed and a desire to be close to Jesus—the source of joy and love.
When we encounter Christ, experience his love, and deepen our relationship with him, we become more aware of our own worth and that of others. His love for each person is cause for great joy, and growing understanding of this priceless treasure motivates us to share his love with others. Our lives are often changed by the witness of others; so too, others' lives may be changed by our witness and authentic friendship with them.
Let us go, therefore, and not be afraid. God is always with us.
Excerpt from the Priest's Prayer Service presented at Congress XII by
Most Reverend Gordon D. Bennett, S.J.
“Give me Jesus”
Most Reverend Gordon D. Bennett, S. J.
Bishop Emeritus of Mandeville
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 “If someone is in Christ, they are a new creation. What is old has passed away – look the new has come! Everything comes from God, who through Christ, reconciled us to himself, and who gave us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, that God was, in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not reckoning their transgressions against them, and putting his message of reconciliation in us. So we are Christ’s ambassadors: (imagine) that God is pleading to the world through us.”
Dear Brothers and Fellow Ambassadors of Jesus Christ:
We all need to be grateful to Valerie Washington and to all the organizers of the congress for carving out this time in our busy agenda to place ourselves in prayer before the Lord. When Pope John Paul II wrote to the whole church at the beginning of the third millennium, he empathized that all pastoral planning, just what we are doing here, must come out of an atmosphere of prayer.
And today, most of the vocations which make up the body of Christ (bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians, lay women and laymen, and, especially, our young people) are invited to pray together so that the Lord, through the Holy Spirit, will enlighten us on our way, and give us the courage to continue our pilgrimage in this pilgrim church.
As priests, you and are invited to reflect on the particular calling which has been formed in us by the Holy Spirit and confirmed publicly by the Church. How important it is for us to return quietly, honestly and courageously to our spiritual roots.
We begin begin our reflection with utmost humility, recalling that there were many persons, women and men, that Jesus encountered in the gospels who were more intelligent, more generous, more courageous, more gifted, better leaders and even holier than were the apostles. And yet, for his own reasons, Jesus chose those twelve with only one thing in mind: he wanted them to be “with him.” Brothers, you and I are the heirs to that invitation; and we need to acknowledge that even though we ourselves are “beset with weakness”, nevertheless, Jesus has called us to be “with him” in a particularly intimate way.
I hope that our retreat today will help us to focus on our vocation as ambassadors of Christ, as those who have been anointed as both heralds and vessels of the gospel of Jesus Christ. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. The Lord has anointed me. He has sent me to bring good news.”
Our vocation as an ambassador means that we are to represent the interests of the one who sends us, that we speak words and do deeds that reflect his vision and his values, and that we need to be in such regular contact with the one who sends to ensure that we are communicating his message and not our own.
A good ambassador, very importantly, is capable of reading the signs of the times in order to adapt the sender’s principles to local and present circumstances.
Let our reflection this morning concentrate on Jesus’ message, on the circumstances in which we find ourselves and our faith today, and on how we can bring Jesus’ message more authentically into the world to which we have been sent.
Brothers, it has to be Jesus we preach and we will never be able to give to others what we do not ourselves have. Above all, our lives as ministers of the gospel mean that we have to have Jesus.
Let us spend a few moments, then, recalling how Jesus trained his ambassadors and his followers, what he told them about his values and his message. In Matthew, chapter 5, Jesus, as the new Moses, speaking as Emmanuel, God’s human face, instructs us as well, beginning the of God pleading to the world through us.
We remember how it begins:
Congratulations to the poor in spirit – theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Congratulations to those who are mourning – they shall be consoled.
Congratulations to the gentle – they shall inherit the earth.
Congratulations to those who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness – they shall be satisfied.
Congratulations to those who are merciful – they shall receive mercy.
Congratulations to the pure in heart – they shall see God.
Congratulations to those who create peace – they shall be called children of God.
Congratulations to those who are persecuted because of righteousness – theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Congratulations to you when they reproach you and persecute and falsely talk all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because your reward in heaven is huge. You see, that’s how they persecuted the prophets before you.
That is the portrait of the authentic ambassador, the faithful follower of Jesus. Those are to be our words, those values are to characterize everything we say and everything we do.
Near the end of the chapter, Jesus enunciates two ways his disciples are to announce and to embody a new and a better righteousness. He says: “You’ve heard it said: ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’. But I am telling you: don’t resist the evil person. No – whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other cheek to them also; and whoever wants to take you to court and take your tunic, let them have your garment as well. And whoever forces you to walk one Roman mile, go two miles with them. Give to the person who asks you, and don’t turn away the person who wants to borrow from you.”
And then he says: “You have heard that it was said: ‘You will love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I’m telling you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may become children of your Father in heaven, because He makes the sun rise on the evil and the good, and makes the rain fall on the just and the unjust. You see – if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t tax collectors do the same? And if you only greet your brothers and sisters, what extra are you doing? Don’t the Gentiles do the same? You are therefore to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.’”
These are such beautiful words; but perhaps our distance from them in time and attention has diminished their power. If we look at the historical context in which these words were spoken, we will realize that the centuries have softened the bite Jesus intended them to have and the shock the disciples and the crowd must have felt upon hearing them. The sermon on the Mount takes place against a background of resistance, violence and chaos. The Jews were slaves in their own land, they had been disenfranchised by a ruthless occupying power and reduced to resentful and unwilling submission.
So this strong and authoritative instruction on mercy to enemies that Jesus gives to his ambassadors and to the crowd not only startled them, it probably also confused, and maybe even infuriated them.
This message seems impossible to obey and to embody today; and yet, we have all seen a most powerful example of it very recently, and it did not come from our Catholic community. It came from the Mother Emanuel AME Church community in Charleston, when they forgave the young man who perpetrated that hateful, monstrous and useless tragedy upon them as they were praying.
This act of fidelity to the gospel was so confusing to most of us that this extraordinary and heroic gesture of mercy was not widely reported in the media, partly because of our culture’s penchant for sensationalizing violence and chaos. We, today, are fairly good at showing our solidarity, our moral outrage and our righteous anger, both in word and deed; but our commitment to the radicality of the gospel is less often discernible. But the other reason for the silence that accompanied the Mother Emanuel grace was that this deed was so bewildering that it became unbelievable.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in which a person uses coercion, deception, harassment, humiliation, manipulation, and/or force to establish or maintain power and control over his or her intimate partner. Economic, emotional, psychological, physical, sexual, and verbal tactics are used by perpetrators to control and obtain power over their partners.1 Domestic violence crosses ethnic, racial, age, national origin, sexual orientation, religious, and socioeconomic lines. The majority of victims of domestic violence in heterosexual relationships are women. One out of every three adult women experiences at least one physical assault by an intimate partner during adulthood.2 In recent years, the definition of domestic violence has expanded to include other forms of violence, such as the abuse of elders, children, and siblings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has redefined the term “domestic violence” and uses the preferable, more specific “intimate partner violence” (IPV), which includes violence between same sex partners and male victims of violence.3 In this paper, the term domestic violence will be used interchangeably with the term intimate partner violence. African Americans experience domestic violence at a high rate in comparison to their numerical representation in the population. Although domestic and sexual violence occurs in all socioeconomic classes, socioeconomic disadvantages do increase the risk of the incidence of violent crimes. In intimate partner violence cases of spousal assault, power balance is an important risk factor.
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Saturday, November 4th/10:00am - 2:00pm
College & Career Tailgating Expo
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Presented by St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church - Youth Ministry and Drexel Society, Inc. - Houston Chapter - Youth Awareness. Prizes for youth. Invite families and friends. Contact Angela Duplechain 713-416-6957; JoAnna Henderson 282-513-2803; Michelle Duplechain 713-501-0242; Percy Pichon, Jr. 713-539-9156.
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Domestic Violence in the African American Community: The Role of the Black Church
by Lynda Marie Jordan
The Feast of the Rosary is celebrated on 7 October and the month of October is traditionally the month of the rosary.
Without having to say, this is the month to commit to praying the rosary more regularly and if you can, every day.
Why did our Mother Mary ask us to pray the rosary at many of her approved apparitions such as at Fatima?
Why should we pray at all?
The rosary is a powerful prayer and weapon and can affect and benefit us significantly each time we pray it.
The most important reason for strongly encouraging the practice of the Rosary according to Pope John Paul II is that it represents a most effective means of fostering among the faithful that commitment to the contemplation of the Christian mystery;
the life of Jesus and Mary’s role in Salvation.
Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus.
The rosary is not only a vocal prayer but also a meditative prayer.
The National Black Catholic Congress, Inc.
Among domestic violence cases, husbands who have (or feel that they have) less power than their wives are more physically abusive toward them, because of the perceived lack of power in other areas of their lives.4 This paper will focus on issues of intimate partner violence for African American women in heterosexual relationships.
The Twelfth National Black Catholic Congress Prayer, composed by Bishop Fernand Cheri
Before the first Decade - recite the commemoration of the first
mystery. Pray one OUR FATHER.
Then on the next 10 beads - recite the HAIL MARY. After the ten Hail Marys, recite the GLORY BE.
At the next bead - recite the commemoration of the second mystery. Repeat for the next three decades.
Complete the rosary on the centerpiece by praying:
"HAIL, HOLY QUEEN, Mother of Mercy! our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary."
Recite one OUR FATHER, one HAIL MARY, and one GLORY BE. End "IN the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen"
Saturday, October 28th/8:00am - 4:30pm
WWW: Well Women Witness ~ A Women's Day of Reflection
Sr./Dr. Oralisa Martin, founder of WWW and Retreat Director presents an evangelization program for women, examining the issues of guilt, shame, abuse, loneliness and betrayal in light of the Biblical text of John 4:1-42. This retreat will be held at Incarnation Catholic Church on 880 Eastern Ave. NE in Washington DC. For information or to register, go to: WWW:Well Women Witness 10/2017.
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