Church prayer – Garibaldi Rosario http://garibaldirosario.org/ Thu, 26 May 2022 00:26:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://garibaldirosario.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-69.png Church prayer – Garibaldi Rosario http://garibaldirosario.org/ 32 32 Citing ‘police state’, Asian cardinal calls for prayers for Hong Kong https://garibaldirosario.org/citing-police-state-asian-cardinal-calls-for-prayers-for-hong-kong/ Wed, 25 May 2022 23:02:51 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/citing-police-state-asian-cardinal-calls-for-prayers-for-hong-kong/ Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired Bishop of Hong Kong, is seen before Mass on February 15, 2020 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City. Cardinal Zen, administrator of a relief fund paying protesters’ legal bills, was arrested and released by Hong Kong National Security Police on May 11, 2022. (CNS Photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) […]]]>

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, retired Bishop of Hong Kong, is seen before Mass on February 15, 2020 at St. Vincent Ferrer Church in New York City. Cardinal Zen, administrator of a relief fund paying protesters’ legal bills, was arrested and released by Hong Kong National Security Police on May 11, 2022. (CNS Photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

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YANGON, Myanmar – Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences, has urged prayers for Hong Kong following the detention of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun.

“Hong Kong was once one of the freest and most open cities in Asia,” Cardinal Bo said May 14. “Today it has turned into a police state. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and association, and academic freedom have all been dismantled. There are signs ahead -runners that freedom of religion or belief, a human right set out in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Hong Kong is a party, is threatened.

Hong Kong National Security Police separately detained Cardinal Zen, 90, three other administrators of the now missing 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund on May 10 and 11, and all were released on May 11. The fund was set up to offer financial assistance to those involved in anti-government protests in 2019 and was disbanded after coming under intense scrutiny from authorities over the past year.

The Hong Kong Security Act 2020 made participating in or supporting the pro-democracy movement a crime of subversion and collusion with foreign organizations and authorized the extradition of pretrial detainees to mainland China. The sentence varies between a minimum of three years and a maximum of life imprisonment.

Cardinal Bo noted that Cardinal Zen “was arrested and faces charges simply because he was a trustee of a fund that provided legal aid to activists facing court cases. In any system where the rule of law exists, providing assistance to help those who are the subject of legal proceedings meet their legal costs is a legitimate and accepted right. How can it be a crime to help defendants get legal defense and representation? »

“I am aware of the recent propaganda attacks against the church in pro-Beijing media in Hong Kong and the growing self-censorship among religious leaders due to the circumstances. To see a city that was a beacon for freedom, including including religious freedom, to take a much darker and more repressive path so radically and quickly is heartbreaking,” Cardinal Bo said. way so repeatedly and blatantly, is appalling.”

Every May 24, the feast of Mary Help of Christians and, for China, Our Lady of Sheshan, the church marks the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China.

“Last year I called for this to become a week of prayer every year, and I was heartened when a group of lay Catholics around the world accepted my invitation and created the Global Week of prayer for China,” said Cardinal Bo.

This year, during the week of prayer, Cardinal Bo urged people “to pray for Hong Kong in particular, and for the Church in China, as well as for Uyghurs, Tibetans and other victims of persecution in China”. He said on May 24 that Christians should pray especially for Cardinal Zen, and he urged people to consider special Masses on the holiday.

“For the people of Hong Kong, it is now increasingly difficult to speak freely, so those of us outside Hong Kong who have a voice should use it on their behalf and dedicate our prayers and our efforts to show them their solidarity and support, in the hope that one day their freedoms will be restored,” the cardinal said.

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Without Mentioning Cardinal Zen’s Arrest, Pope Francis Says He Prays for the Church in China | National Catholic Register https://garibaldirosario.org/without-mentioning-cardinal-zens-arrest-pope-francis-says-he-prays-for-the-church-in-china-national-catholic-register/ Sun, 22 May 2022 23:23:37 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/without-mentioning-cardinal-zens-arrest-pope-francis-says-he-prays-for-the-church-in-china-national-catholic-register/ Pope Francis has drawn particular attention to the fact that Tuesday, May 24 – when Cardinal Zen is expected to return to court – is the liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians. Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was praying for the Church in China and “caringly and actively following the lives […]]]>

Pope Francis has drawn particular attention to the fact that Tuesday, May 24 – when Cardinal Zen is expected to return to court – is the liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians.

Pope Francis said on Sunday that he was praying for the Church in China and “caringly and actively following the lives and often complex situations of the faithful and pastors” there.

In brief remarks to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Caeli May 22 prayer, the pope did not specifically mention the recent arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun in Hong Kong.

The 90-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong was arrested on May 11 under China’s national security law along with at least four others for his role as administrator of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which helped pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong pay their legal fees. costs. He was released on bail later that day.

Pope Francis has drawn particular attention to the fact that Tuesday, May 24 – when Cardinal Zen is expected to return to court – is the liturgical memorial of Our Lady, Help of Christians. Francis’ predecessor, Benedict XVI, decreed in 2007 that the date be observed worldwide as “a day of prayer for the Church in China”.

The National Shrine and Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Sheshan, also known as the Basilica of Mary Help of Christians, is located in Shanghai, China. | Lobia, Wikimedia

Chinese Catholics have a special devotion to Our Lady, Help of Christians, who is venerated under this title at a Marian shrine in Shanghai, China.

“This coming Tuesday is the memorial of the Blessed Virgin, Mary, Help of Christians, especially dear to Catholics in China, who venerate Mary, Help of Christians as their patroness in the Shrine of Sheshan in Shanghai, in many churches across the country, and in their homes,” Pope Francis said Sunday.

“This happy occasion gives me the opportunity to assure them once again of my spiritual closeness. I carefully and actively follow the lives and often complex situations of congregants and pastors, and I pray for them every day,” he said.

The Pope continued: “I invite you all to join in this prayer so that the Church in China, in freedom and tranquility, may live in effective communion with the universal Church and may exercise her mission of announcing the Gospel to all, and thus make a positive contribution to the spiritual and material progress of society as well.

Cardinal Zen, who has criticized an interim diplomatic agreement between the Holy See and the Chinese communist government, is a strong supporter of the pro-democracy movement.

In 2020, a sweeping national security law came into effect, criminalizing previously protected civil liberties under the rubrics of “sedition” and “foreign collusion.”

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A week after the attack in Buffalo, a church in Montgomery Co. prays for healing https://garibaldirosario.org/a-week-after-the-attack-in-buffalo-a-church-in-montgomery-co-prays-for-healing/ Sun, 22 May 2022 06:37:10 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/a-week-after-the-attack-in-buffalo-a-church-in-montgomery-co-prays-for-healing/ The church welcomed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin from Montgomery County to the pulpit, where he shared the importance of fighting racism and extremism with the congregation. The Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church joins in prayer after the shooting deaths of 10 black people in Buffalo, New York. (WTOP/Dick Uliano) As Buffalo marked a week since the […]]]>

The church welcomed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin from Montgomery County to the pulpit, where he shared the importance of fighting racism and extremism with the congregation.

The Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church joins in prayer after the shooting deaths of 10 black people in Buffalo, New York. (WTOP/Dick Uliano)

As Buffalo marked a week since the shooting of 10 black people with somber moments of silence, a church in Rockville prayed for racial healing across the country.

Pastor Gamal Alexander led the Rockville Seventh-day Adventist Church in prayer.



“I believe we can agree that after such a tragedy, our country needs healing, whatever your political leanings, whatever your ideology…when you see this level of pain, it should make you pray for God’s healing,” Alexander said.

The church welcomed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin from Montgomery County to the pulpit, where he shared the importance of fighting racism and extremism with the congregation.

“People of good conscience must show courage, resolve and devotion and stand up…people across the country are coming together in mourning and prayer for the 10 souls lost in Buffalo at the hands of this national terrorist,” Raskin said.

Raskin also condemned the racist ideology that police say fueled the attack.

“We have to confront the evil of this ‘white replacement theory’ that this 18-year-old shooter has been pointed at,” he said.

Raskin also renewed his call for universal background checks on gun buyers.

To help Buffalo residents in times of need, congregants have also been asked to contribute to Seventh-day Adventist Services in Buffalo, which helps feed the hungry.

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Sunday Reflection with Fr. Robin Gibbons – May 23, 2022 https://garibaldirosario.org/sunday-reflection-with-fr-robin-gibbons-may-23-2022/ Sat, 21 May 2022 06:17:31 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/sunday-reflection-with-fr-robin-gibbons-may-23-2022/ 8th century Mozarabic manuscript “New Jerusalem” Sixth Sunday of Easter – Recently I got involved with an online group which due to various disabilities feel unable to worship in a public space and throughout Covid has evolved into a real and very important online prayer ministry, of worship and sharing. It is something many of […]]]>

8th century Mozarabic manuscript “New Jerusalem”

Sixth Sunday of Easter –

Recently I got involved with an online group which due to various disabilities feel unable to worship in a public space and throughout Covid has evolved into a real and very important online prayer ministry, of worship and sharing. It is something many of us have found a lifeline to during this time of intense isolation, but now the fact that we can return, albeit cautiously, to communal worship, does not negate their ministry and their mission, far from it, many who connect to this have also been seriously hurt in their life of faith. Like many of you, I was fine during the lockdown, but isolated from my own faith community, so turning to the practices of monastic life, I tapped into them to give me the nourishment I needed. Yes, I felt supported, but I also participated in online worship.

I am a regular part of what Notre Dame Cathedral calls its viewers, and consider their parish online, we are invited to connect and this in turn makes us feel connected in many different ways. I often “attend” the Vespers sung daily and I can participate in them thanks to their online file system for the Offices and the Daily Masses! This discovery of the web, computers and the media as a means of commitment for the good and for the faith cannot be ruled out. This in no way takes away this community need for the “Assembly” in the liturgy, but it does call us to rediscover the old and forgotten aspects of our domestic Christian life, agape, blessings, prayers in the house, feasts celebrated with a meal special and perhaps a reading, the context of fasting and feasting and love of Scripture! I just wonder, as I sense a deeper movement in faith communities, and I have to ask if these aren’t the true promptings of the Holy Spirit, the one that John asks Jesus to tell us “The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father will send my name – he will teach you everything and remind you of everything [I] I told you that. (Jn 14,26) Doesn’t remembering always imply the same way?

In a way I am a firm believer that Covid has and will have a transformative role in the world, it is still with us, Long Covid and its continuing effects show that in many people’s lives (I still suffer from it), but as an extraordinary video in Italian titled, a letter from Covid19 put it in the voice of Covid (I’m paraphrasing here), “when I’m gone, you must remember why I was here, learn from me to enjoy things simple things in life, every day, fresh air, friendship, nature, take nothing for granted, take care of each other and your earth”. things will fall on us. So for me, Covid has been a wake-up call, a dark angel calling us to radical change!

I know that I cannot go back to where I was before, because our world has changed and we can feel the instabilities and uncertainties of this fragility around us. So, as we head into Pentecost, it is imperative that the Church itself does not quell the Spirit that draws us, impels us, and impels us to new things. In a sense, just as this early community had to make the momentous decision to deal with the gentiles and profoundly abandon certain parts of the law, such as forbidden food now permitted, circumcision abandoned, blood sacrifice forbidden. These were not made lightly or without synodal debate and discernment, but it was the Spirit they invoked for help and it was through the Spirit that they made known these Decisions: “It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to burden you beyond these necessities” (Acts 15:28)

From where each of us stands, can we see a call for new things, new ways of doing things, old and loved ways renewed, sustained and loved rather than being used as a rigid set of observances to which just obey? Our second reading puts before us a new heaven and a new earth, but also this City of New Jerusalem our destiny, our final home which must be the desire of each one of us.

There worship does not need a temple or community space because everything is holy and in this holiness the Glory of God shines:’

The city needed neither sun nor moon to light it,
for the glory of God has enlightened her,
and his lamp was the Lamb. (Rev 21:23)

But we are still on the journey and I recommend any path forward that allows us to bridge the gaps between others, to heal the brokenness of our land and its inhabitants. Jesus puts us again on the Gospel plate the path we must follow, the Advocate will help us, and it is my prayer for all of us, that we really learn to love and ask this Spirit to allow us, for we do it for and with the love which is God:

‘I leave you alone; my peace I give you.
I don’t give it to you like the world gives it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or be dismayed.” (Jn14:27)

Lectio Divina

Aelred de Rievaulx

The mirror of love

“If someone wants to love himself, he must not allow himself to be corrupted by indulging his sinful nature. If he wants to resist the promptings of his sinful nature, he must enlarge the whole horizon of his love to contemplate the Moreover, if he wants to savor the joy of brotherly love with more perfection and delight, he must extend even to his enemies the embrace of true love.

But if he wants to prevent this fire of divine love from cooling because of the insults received, let him keep the eyes of his soul always fixed on the serene patience of his beloved Lord and Saviour”.

Karl Rahner

The shape of the Church to come

“Our present situation is one of transition from a Church supported by a homogeneous Christian society…to a Church made up of those who have struggled against their environment to come to a decision of faith personally clearly and explicitly accountable. This will be the Church of the future or there will be no Church at all.

A call to the declericalized Church.

A Church in which the incumbents, in joyful humility, admit that the Spirit blows where He wills and has not arranged with them an exclusive and permanent tenancy. They recognize that the charismatic element…is just as necessary as the office in the Church; this office is never simply identical with the Spirit and can never replace it; this office also is only really effectively credible in the eyes of men when the presence of the Spirit is evident and not only when it is a question of a formal mission and authority”.

And a prayer:

Prayer-thought for those who fear old age or death

Even though I’m getting old

and the years are less advanced than they were before;

I’m also closer to this Kingdom

where there is no beginning or end,

No more pain or sorrow,

Where all that’s broken is mended,

Where all that is damaged is healed,

where everything loves,

Broken and unbroken,

Are caught in the One Love

i will see now

and I will know them

facing the One

I have wanted all my life.

And I will finally be home!

© Father Robert Gibbons May 2022

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Enter the Church Times Caption Contest and read the latest winner and top entries https://garibaldirosario.org/enter-the-church-times-caption-contest-and-read-the-latest-winner-and-top-entries/ Thu, 19 May 2022 23:14:53 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/enter-the-church-times-caption-contest-and-read-the-latest-winner-and-top-entries/ Take part in our next subtitle contest (above). Send entries by email only to captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk before 9am, Monday 30 May Here is the winning entry from the previous competition: AlamyAlamy The dean regretted not having been clearer in his invitation to join the prayer cycle (Tim Goodbody) Anglicans are well used to liturgical cycles, but […]]]>

Take part in our next subtitle contest (above). Send entries by email only to captioncompetition@churchtimes.co.uk before 9am, Monday 30 May

Here is the winning entry from the previous competition:

AlamyAlamy

The dean regretted not having been clearer in his invitation to join the prayer cycle (Tim Goodbody)

Anglicans are well used to liturgical cycles, but never before have we seen them taken so literally:

“There is confusion after the parish bulletin invites everyone to mark the Easter cycle” (Philip Lickley); “St Lycra’s has taken a revolutionary approach to the usual service cycle” (Michael Foster); “Bernard confused the request with the diocesan cycle of prayer” (Geoffrey House); “A service was held to launch the new Anglican cycle of prayer” (David Bowers); “The Anglican cycle of prayer had been well and truly blessed” (Paulette Yallop).

The puns of cycling enthusiasts continue:

“I never get ‘tired’ of welcoming our cycling brothers and sisters into our church tower (Aaron Milne); Vicar uses bagpipes to wake up a weary congregation” (Nick Baker); “Dean launches his Pedaling for Pentecost mission campaign” (Ian Barge); “We are not pedallers of the word of God” (Martin Kettle); “Bespoke service offered great ‘wheelie’ possession” (Roger Stanley).

Bagpipes seem to be less popular among our readers:

“I’m so ‘tired’ of these bagpipes!” (Pauline Hardwick); “While the face masks were very visible, the earplugs were very discreet” (John Appleby); “The Scottish Church Spokespersons Conference was dominated by two old humming windmills” (John Page); “For the first time, the bagpipes sounded very good” (Sheena Batey); “Everyone agreed that it would have been better if the pipers also wore masks – preferably thick masks” (John Swanson); “The accompanying windbreakers created so much bluster and noise, that it was impossible for the Dean to properly engage in his cycling chapter” (Paul MacDermott).

A few other starters we enjoyed:

“Three twenty cyclists on bicycles, two bagpipe players, an orchard on the edge and a partridge in a pear tree” (Patrick Irwin); “He thought they said tour de force, not the Tour de France. . .” (Victoria Prince); “Cyclists celebrate their patron saint: Martin of Tours” (John Saxbee); “The Halfords store in Braehead was honored to host this Sunday’s service” (Fiona Drinkell); “It was a majestic start for the service, but there would be a sprint finish(Brian Stevenson); “As he walked, he wondered if he was touching on the ridiculous” (Chris Coupe); “I’ve always said it was a mistake to film remakes of Bike thieves and The young Victoria the same time” (Ray Morris); “A trick of faith – keep your balance, keep going and hope the priest remembered the card” (Marc Parry).

“You take the high road, and I’ll take the low road, and I’ll be at Walsingham before you” (Valerie Budd); “The bishop deemed it prudent not to wear his yellow jersey” (Peter Sebbage); “The Bike Choir sings the procession for the annual service of cyclists” (Lynda Sebbage); “Cyclists gather for their annual service” (Richard Strudwick); “I said I wanted everyone to try harder to regarding-bike” (Julian Ashton); “We knew the new vicar was Scottish and a cyclist, but the churchwardens had been surprised by his suggestions for his installation service” (Vicky Deasley); “Celebratory service as the Church of England ends its 500-year ban on Lycra” (Gerard Farrell); “I know we try to be eco-friendly, but couldn’t they have left their bikes outside?” (Steve Davies); “Cyclists who have survived serious accidents come together each year for a special helmet service of salvation” (Don Manley).

“The winner of the clergy cycle race proudly wore the coveted yellow screed” (Gordon James); “The transition area for the inaugural C of E triathlon was unlike anything competitors had ever seen before” (Che Seabourne); “I send you like cyclists among the trucks, to cycle the route that is offered to you, looking to Jesus at the pedals and the star that pulls from our race” (Paul Crabb); “The Dean considered the new recycling policy a great success” (William Clocksin); “When they said I would be part of the liturgical year church cycles, that’s not what I envisioned” (Kate Brumby Ellis); “Based on past experience, the Vicar had decided on a Grand Prix start for the communion wine” (Rob Falconer); “No electricity, please start pedaling…” (Brian Lickley).

As always, the winner receives a Fairtrade chocolate prize, courtesy of Divine Chocolate. divinechocolate.com

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Gold Coast mayor admits more thought should have gone into prayer room after interest from Satanists https://garibaldirosario.org/gold-coast-mayor-admits-more-thought-should-have-gone-into-prayer-room-after-interest-from-satanists/ Wed, 18 May 2022 02:11:39 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/gold-coast-mayor-admits-more-thought-should-have-gone-into-prayer-room-after-interest-from-satanists/ Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he should have thought twice before converting a disused council chamber office into a prayer room, following attempts by a group of Satanists from the use for a blessing. Key points: Tom Tate says prayer room should have been called ‘RU OK room’ The room is no longer accessible […]]]>

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said he should have thought twice before converting a disused council chamber office into a prayer room, following attempts by a group of Satanists from the use for a blessing.

The prayer room was set up in March following the appointment of the mayor’s longtime spiritual advisor, Sue Baynes, as the council’s pastoral advisor.

Ms Baynes has publicly defended the controversial mandate of the Seven Mountains – a Dominionist religious movement that seeks to gain influence in seven spheres of society, including government, education and the media – and focus on beliefs evangelical Christians.

During a church service in November 2021, Ms Baynes also warned that a ‘demonic stronghold’ had been established at the city’s House of the Arts (HOTA), resulting in a ‘spiritual battle’.

In response, the Noosa Temple of Satan attempted to reserve the council prayer hall in April for a satanic blessing – a request which was denied.

Robin Bristow, also known as “Brother Samael” of Satan’s Noosa Temple, practicing Satanic Blessing.(Provided: Noosa Temple of Satan)

Should have been the ‘RU OK’ room

Mr Tate said he ‘didn’t name the room’ but had since reconsidered.

“If I had to do my time again, I would have called it an RU OK room,” he said.

“It’s a quiet time, mainly for our staff, or someone has already passed through security to meet the council inside and say ‘I need to breastfeed, let’s go’.”

Mr Tate said the experience with Satanists had brought to light the problems in the prayer room.

“God works in different ways, he even used Satanists to help me realize that I should have called it RU OK room,” he said.

“So thank you very much.”

No public access

Mr Tate said the prayer room is no longer available for public bookings.

“The decision on whoever [is] getting into our building is an operational matter,” he said.

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Stevens: The Supreme Court has another important decision to make. This time it’s about the school prayer. | Remark https://garibaldirosario.org/stevens-the-supreme-court-has-another-important-decision-to-make-this-time-its-about-the-school-prayer-remark/ Sat, 14 May 2022 19:15:00 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/stevens-the-supreme-court-has-another-important-decision-to-make-this-time-its-about-the-school-prayer-remark/ The School Prayer Case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, is before the United States Supreme Court, and it could be as explosive as the court’s review of Roe v. Wade. Even though the precedent on religious freedom is well established, the current tribunal seems more likely than previous tribunals to disregard a long-established precedent. School […]]]>

The School Prayer Case, Kennedy v. Bremerton School District, is before the United States Supreme Court, and it could be as explosive as the court’s review of Roe v. Wade. Even though the precedent on religious freedom is well established, the current tribunal seems more likely than previous tribunals to disregard a long-established precedent.

School prayer in public schools has been held unconstitutional since Engel v. Vitale in 1962. The only reason it took until then for the court to rule this way was because, as you may know, the court did not interpret the Bill of Rights. for many years as limiting state action of any kind. Originally, it was viewed exclusively as a limitation of federal power, not of the states. But the principle that religion and politics should remain separate had been well established since the founding of the country. I would say school prayer should never have been allowed, but case law had to catch up with the Bill of Rights, so it took a while for the court to rule.

The Founding Fathers were very clear about the dangers of putting the official seal of government on a particular religion. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson both worked tirelessly to remove the state’s preference for Christianity in Virginia – to “disestablish” it – and Jefferson spoke of the need for a “separation wall” between the Church and the state. They both wrote eloquently about the dangers of allowing a religious majority to impose its beliefs on a minority. Think about it: if we happened to have a Muslim or Hindu majority in the United States, would the idea of ​​school prayers still seem appealing to so many Christians today?

As Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wrote, when the government favors a particular religion, it sends “a message to non-adherents that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community, and a accompanying message to adherents that they are insiders, privileged members of the political community.And this message is bad for both “insiders” and “outsiders”.Non-adherents include members of minority religions as well as those who believe in no religion.They are all as American as those of the majority, and they deserve respect and freedom from the coercion of the majority.

The case in court today involves a former high school football coach named Joseph Kennedy. As a coach in a public institution, he was a government employee – a representative of state authority and power. This means that his conduct of a Christian prayer for others put the official government stamp on the prayer. Leading prayers for his team and others, he aggressively demanded that everyone recognize the dominance of Christianity.

Some see Kennedy v. Bremerton as a case defending an individual’s right to be a Christian, but that is quite wrong. Joseph Kennedy was not oppressed. He never saw his faith or his religious practice threatened. He could go to church without fear. He could pray in public at the corner of the street, at the mall, at the gas station, at the restaurant or at the grocery store. (Stores that ask employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” in December are simply trying to be polite to those who don’t celebrate Christmas; they’re not waging war on Christianity, and they’re not exercising power of the state.) He could even pray in his public school, as long as the prayer was his own private prayer and he was not seen as leading a prayer for students, staff, or others.

The only thing he was forbidden to do in his school was to use his official leadership position to promote sectarian prayer. One would have to adopt a well-developed victim mentality to see this as an attack on one’s religious freedom. Are these really Christians who see themselves as victims?

Our country is riddled with divisions, conflict and fear. This unease has led a growing number of people to yearn for what they believe to be a simpler and better time. They believe that the country once promoted Christianity and things were better then. Men were men. Women were women. Women followed the example of their husbands. Abortion was illegal. Schools taught traditional values. And much of that was supported by Christian prayer in the schools.

The problem is that the past they remember never really existed. They remember it as how some think they walked miles to school in the snow, uphill in both directions. It was never really like that. The good old days were not really good, especially for those who were in the minority.

School prayer seems decent and wholesome to Christians. But America is for everyone, not just the majority. Hopefully the new Supreme Court will remember that when deciding this important case.

Solomon D. Stevens earned his doctorate in political science at Boston College and taught constitutional law, American government, and political theory. He lives in North Charleston.

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Utah Saves Prison Chapel https://garibaldirosario.org/utah-saves-prison-chapel/ Fri, 13 May 2022 12:06:45 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/utah-saves-prison-chapel/ A Draper prison shrine long dedicated to saving lives will see its own salvation. The state land authority governing what is to replace the Utah State Prison and adjacent lands at Point of the Mountain voted Thursday to preserve the Wayside Penitentiary Chapel, a small spiritual refuge of 61 year old nestled inside the gray […]]]>

A Draper prison shrine long dedicated to saving lives will see its own salvation.

The state land authority governing what is to replace the Utah State Prison and adjacent lands at Point of the Mountain voted Thursday to preserve the Wayside Penitentiary Chapel, a small spiritual refuge of 61 year old nestled inside the gray concrete walls of the Wasatch cellblock.

Utah is making plans for a high-tech city filled with green space, comparable in size to Bluffdale, where the former lockup now spans 605 acres between southern Salt Lake County and northern Salt Lake County. ‘Utah. The public development will be known as The Point.

As a new jail nears completion on the west end of Salt Lake City — and the Utah Department of Corrections prepares to move the prison population north later this summer — members of the land authority had resisted attempts to salvage historic features by demolishing the old site, citing a desire to move past its notorious reputation.

But the 11-member panel changed course on Thursday – after hearing from a leading conservative and the moving stories of prison ministers and a former prisoner who spoke of redemption and healing from decades of social programs offered under the vaulted ceiling of the chapel.

Council members voted unanimously to explore ways to save it and fund refurbishment and adaptive reuse with public and private funds, even if it means moving the chapel to a new location on the footprint of The Point.

“We have today received a decision that the chapel will be preserved,” said Alan Matheson, executive director of the land authority, after the meeting. “We need to explore ways to pay for this. Understand that we have very limited funds for this project and we are trying to be as efficient as possible.

The prison’s central locking system, known as the Johnson bar, and a set of art deco metal toilet panels that caught the interest of Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson, who co-heads the Lands Authority, must also be preserved.

“They’re really cool,” Henderson said Thursday. “They are original and they would be really interesting.”

In the beginning: how the chapel was born

(Photo Salt Lake Tribune, University of Utah) Utah Governor George Clyde, during the construction of the Utah State Prison Chapel at Wayside, June 18, 1958 The Point of the Mountain State Land Authority voted Thursday to save the chapel when it tears down the rest of the jail.

Planning for the old prison began in 1937, with the recognition that the Utah Territorial Penitentiary, located where Sugar House Park stands today, was becoming increasingly overcrowded and needed to be moved as Salt Lake City continued to grow. The first 575 inmates traveled by bus to the newly completed prison, located on Draper’s Bitterbrush Lane, in 1951.

Chapel by the Wayside grew out of a 1957 prison riot. Dissatisfied with their living conditions, the inmates took several hostages and sent a list of grievances directly to the governor at the time. George Clyde. Among their demands before the Utah National Guard crushed the uprising, according to David Amott, executive director of Preservation Utah, was the demand for a “real chapel.”

“At that time,” Amott said, “the prisoners took matters into their own hands and designed the prison chapel themselves.”

Clyde led a statewide campaign to raise funds, which led to “an outpouring of support from all over Utah, from people from all walks of life,” Amott said, as well as social groups and major religions in the region, including the Catholic Church, various Protestant denominations, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Since its opening in 1961, Amott said, the chapel “has become a great point of service, dedication and transformation.”

William Lawson, a former prisoner who now lives in Ogden, told the land authority he had served as clerk in the chapel, a break which occurred “when I was probably at the lowest point of my life. life that anyone could possibly live”.

Working with volunteers, many of whom have helped inmates with matters of faith “absolutely changed my life,” Lawson said, “and most likely saved it.”

(Al Hartmann | The Salt Lake Tribune) Inmates at Utah State Prison in Draper knit in the quiet setting of the prison chapel in this file photo. Plans to preserve this worship space when the prison moves.

Along with finding solace in spirituality, he said, “equally important was the possibility of being able to step out of the main hallway of this incredibly cold and isolating place and find, for a moment, a piece of our day. to touch again. basis with dignity, self-respect and self-esteem.

Saving the Chapel, Lawson said, “provides a way to accurately document the decades of complicated history that unfolded behind the walls of the Utah State Penitentiary.”

“I am a living piece,” he added, “of this complicated history.”

The Reverend Bill Germundson, prison ministry director for St. Francis of Assisi Christian Church in Murray, said the preservation of the chapel “will be a lasting and loving memory of all the tears shed, the transformations of prisoners and Utah residents who have reached reach out in love to their neighbors.

His colleague, the Reverend Charles Hines, called the chapel “holy ground” and insisted that it “continue to be a place of prayer and meditation for the people of Draper”.

The infamous prison inmates

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Inmates perform in the chapel at Utah State Prison in Draper in 2017. The state plans to preserve the chapel.

Until recently, Draper Mayor Troy Walker had opposed any large-scale effort to preserve parts of the prison, noting that many longtime residents had negative and painful associations with its past.

The sprawling prison campus housed top criminals such as forger-bomber Mark Hofmann and death row inmate Ron Lafferty, whose murderous acts were recently resurrected in the TV miniseries “Under the Banner of Heaven.” Killer Gary Gilmore made headlines around the world in 1977 when he became the first American inmate to be executed after a decade-long moratorium on capital punishment.

But on Thursday, Walker said the chapel “is the only building that makes sense to preserve.” Co-leader of the panel, Rep. Lowry Snow, R-St. George, added that the idea resonates with Utah, with its “deep roots in religious and spiritual beliefs.”

“We believe in redemption,” Snow said. “Regardless of our religious affiliation, we as Utahns believe that we are capable of bringing about change in our lives, with the help of the powers on high. Our churches and chapels help us in this effort.

Amott, who lobbied for more than a year to save parts of the prison, later said his group was “delighted that this building with such an inspiring history continues to serve the new Point community.”

He told the land authority that architectural experts have proposed reusing the chapel as an office space or coworking site, possibly connected to new towers and research facilities the state plans to build at The Point. as part of a new innovation district.

“It would introduce that texture and that critical narrative into the development of The Point,” he said. “It would contrast with all the new buildings around it and indicate that this site has a past. It has a story to tell, and the chapel itself tells a fascinating story.

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(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Inmates perform in the chapel at Utah State Prison in Draper in 2017. A state panel voted to preserve this worship space when the prison moves to Salt Lake City.

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AREA BRIEFING | News, Sports, Jobs https://garibaldirosario.org/area-briefing-news-sports-jobs/ Thu, 12 May 2022 04:06:11 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/area-briefing-news-sports-jobs/ Tops 1341 Tops 1341 met at Glenmoor Presbyterian Church on Monday with Darlene Naukam presiding. The drawing winners were: Darlene Naukam Calorie Chart, Lydia Kraft Weight Loss and Junk Food, 50/50 and Dorothy Garn Jackpot. Lydia Kraft now holds the travel box. Two Tops members remain on the check. Cathy Wollam presented a […]]]>

Tops 1341

Tops 1341 met at Glenmoor Presbyterian Church on Monday with Darlene Naukam presiding. The drawing winners were: Darlene Naukam Calorie Chart, Lydia Kraft Weight Loss and Junk Food, 50/50 and Dorothy Garn Jackpot. Lydia Kraft now holds the travel box. Two Tops members remain on the check. Cathy Wollam presented a show about hope and inspiration. Pat Allison will present the program next week.

The meeting opened with concerns and promises and ended with the Lord’s Prayer. Meetings are held at the church every Monday, excluding public holidays. The weigh-in from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. Meetings are from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. New members are welcome and can call 330-424-5027 for more information.

Tops 1957

Tops 1957 from Wellsville met on May 3, with Chief Barb Tranter opening the meeting with pledges, a roll call, and then Diane Carnegie leading the group in prayer. Top losers Barb and Peggy Imburgia wore the officer’s ribbon. The dimes will roll over and Nancy Hart won the 50/50 draw. Nono is cookies.

Hart also won the Easter contest and she received $40. Donna Lee read the treasure report and Brenda Young read the minutes. Both were approved as is. Tranter read a fun story and then closed the meeting by wishing everyone a good week.

Top 2231

Top 2231 met on May 10 at Boyce Church under the chairmanship of leader Tonnie Slagle. The meeting opened with the oath of allegiance followed by the roll call of Tops and Kops. Pam Fouse presented the Secretary’s report and Cassie Stephens presented the Treasurer’s report. The top loser was Penny Perorazio. Kops’ top loser was Dottie Seevers, and Seevers was also the officers’ top loser.

Jean Ferrebee and Seevers lost weight for six weeks. The kops on the sidelines are JoAnn Beresford, Slagle, Verla Betteridge Seevers, Stephens. The no no are the pizzas and soft drinks. Perorazio won the calorie charts, Seevers won the dimes, and Slagle won the 50/50. Carolyn Hager read an article on Block Carbs Naturally.

Our new contest is called the No Fibbing Contest. The winners are Jerry Kontnier, Beresford, Wanda Price, Betteridge and Fouse. Slagle closed the meeting with prayer requests followed by the Lord’s Prayer. New and returning members are always welcome on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. For more information, call 330-383-8217.

Senior wellness market

Catholic Charities, 600 E. 4th St., East Liverpool, will host a senior welfare market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 26. The Wellness Market will take place during the monthly lunch. Join local health and wellness providers for quality information, giveaways, games and prizes. Be prepared to ask questions and learn about the care options available in the area.

Domestic Violence Art Exhibition

The 7th Annual Craftsmen Against Domestic Violence Art Exhibition is scheduled from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on August 27 at the East Palestine Country Club. This year’s theme is “Domestic violence: I believe you. Do you hear? Listen.” Submissions will be accepted until August 15 and can be in any artistic medium, including painting, mixed media, concept art, sculpture, photography, makeup, or any other art form. Photographs of submissions can be sent to artisansagainstdv@yahoo.com. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place. The exhibit is funded by Ozer Ministries and the Columbiana County Department of Employment and Family Services. For more information, contact Ozer Ministries at 330-426-2147 or artisansagainstdv@yahoo.com. Currently, Ozer Ministries is the featured charity of the Redeemer’s Heart website, which is dedicated to promoting Christian artwork. Through June 30, all proceeds from merchandise sales on the Redeemer’s Heart website will be donated to Ozer Ministries to help with the art exhibit. People can also donate directly to Ozer by clicking the Donate to Ozer Ministries button at the top of the page. Find Charity Feature information at https://redeemersheart.com/current-featured-charity/?v=0a10a0b3e53b.




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“The Pope’s visit will be very important for peace” https://garibaldirosario.org/the-popes-visit-will-be-very-important-for-peace/ Tue, 10 May 2022 19:05:01 +0000 https://garibaldirosario.org/the-popes-visit-will-be-very-important-for-peace/ A COMBONIAN MISSIONARY NUN BASED IN WAU, SOUTH SUDAN, BELIEVES Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the world’s youngest country, scheduled for July 5-7, could have a historic effect on the peace process. “The Pope will play a very, very important role. The Pope, the Christian Churches and all local Christian leaders. We all have a […]]]>

A COMBONIAN MISSIONARY NUN BASED IN WAU, SOUTH SUDAN, BELIEVES Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the world’s youngest country, scheduled for July 5-7, could have a historic effect on the peace process.

“The Pope will play a very, very important role. The Pope, the Christian Churches and all local Christian leaders. We all have a very important role to play at this time in the history of South Sudan,” Sr. Beta Almendra said, speaking to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

“People are counting on us. When there is violence, they immediately ask where is the Church? Where are the leaders? They depend on us, on our support, our help, our prayers and all that we can do for peace in this country.

Almendra, 52, is originally from Portugal, and this is her second missionary experience in Africa, after serving for six years in Kenya. She arrived in Wau in early 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic was in full swing. She says there is huge expectation for the Pope’s visit, adding to all that Pope Francis has already done to bring peace and end violence and war in this country.

“A lot of people in South Sudan have never known anything else. There are generations who were born in war. And the last war was terrible, so many things were destroyed. Schools, infrastructure , hospitals, churches, lives, many women and children, and there was also an attempt to eliminate people with a certain education, people who could become future leaders.

Sister Beta Almendra

In April 2019, Pope Francis stunned the world when he leaned down to kiss the feet of President Salva Kiir and his designated Vice Presidents Riek Machar and Rebecca Nyandeng, who were attending a spiritual retreat at the Vatican. The gesture is still remembered in South Sudan today. However, the peace remains fragile. “Just a few days ago,” reports the missionary. “We had a period of high tension and the war almost started again. One of our Church leaders went to the President and Vice President and asked them, “Don’t you remember what the Pope did for you? You have declared publicly that it has changed your lives, that there will be no more war in South Sudan. It is this memory, this gesture, which led these leaders to conclude a new agreement, to dialogue again, to take a further step towards a lasting peace.

The next papal visit in July comes at a very important time for the country, with elections scheduled for December. For the moment, however, all attention is focused on the Holy Father and on the smooth running of the trip. To see the pope, Sister Beta will have to travel to Juba, a “costly and dangerous” trip, but one that she will “willingly undertake”.

“My expectation for this trip is that people understand that peace is possible, that peace is something good, that it is the only way to develop this country, that schools and hospitals continue to function, that the South Sudanese people grow up as teachers. , doctors, pilots, engineers, and that they can take care of their own country, in peace.

The Pope’s visit will also highlight the difficulties of the local Church, the basic needs of the population and the urgent help required by many sectors of society. “The Church in South Sudan is very dependent on outside help. Speaking of the diocese of Wau, everything is to be built: seminaries, diocesan houses, convents, schools, hospitals. It is about investing in structures that existed but have been destroyed. We really are totally dependent on the outside. For this mission, as for all the other needs of the diocese of Wau, the Portuguese nun says she counts on the help of the ACN and its benefactors. ” We are counting on you !

Aid to the Church in Need has been supporting South Sudan since 2015, funding the construction or reconstruction of churches and pastoral centres, the training of seminarians and the living expenses of priests and religious. For example, ACN is currently helping to build a residence for priests in the cathedral parish of Wau.

—Paulo Aido

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