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A Credibility Gap

Jan 14, 2019

A recent Gallup Poll announced that the credibility of Catholic clergy has taken a nosedive in the last year. The poll announced that the percentage of Catholics who rate the honest and ethical standards of clergy as “very high” or “high” has dropped by 18 percentage points over the last year. This year only 31% of Catholics rank their clergy as credible. The latest round of publicity about the clerical sexual abuse scandal has seriously hurt the Church.

Crux Now News Service recently quoted Andrea Tornielli, editorial director of the Vatican Dicastery for Communication as saying regarding the upcoming February meeting of presidents of national bishops’ conferences and superiors of religious orders meant to develop a worldwide response to the sexual abuse crisis. “But norms, laws, codes and procedures that are increasingly perfected are not enough; they can never be enough if the mentality and the hearts of those who are called to apply them do not change.”

As the February date of the Vatican meeting approaches pray that the Holy Spirit will descend again and help the clergy of the Church make that change of mentality and hearts so that the credibility gap can be closed and faith in the honest and ethics of our church can be restored.

Catholic Communications Campaign Collection
The Catholic Communications Campaign Collection will be the second collection this weekend. Each year this collection is conducted to help pay for the Church’s communication’s efforts both here in our diocese and nationally. Half of the proceeds from this campaign are used to fund part of the $100,000 per year cost of the WLNE-TV, Channel 6 Sunday TV Mass. Further funding for the Mass is payed for by a portion of the annual Catholic Charities Appeal. The other half of the CCC collection goes to help the Church spread the good news of the gospel through the use of mass media and social networks. Please support the communications outreach of the Catholic Church by your generosity to the second collection this weekend.

Parish Summer Fun-raiser
Tentative plans are underway for a parish summer fun-raiser to be held on Sunday, August 25, 2019. That is the Sunday closet to the anniversary of the first dedication of Holy Redeemer Church back in 1916. The Woman’s Club and Knights of Columbus are onboard. We plan to have music, food and a raffle as part of the event. It is meant to be an opportunity for parishioners to get together for fellowship and fun as the last days of the summer wind down. We will need quite a bit of help so come to the next planning meeting on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at 4PM in the parish center.

Help Our Parish Youth
Katy Street, one of our parish youth is a nursing student at the University of Maine, Orono. Katy is participating in a wonderful campus missionary organization called, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). This March, during her Spring Break she would like to join a missionary trip to rural Peru as part of a group sponsored by FOCUS. The group of 25 students will use their medical skills to help the poor in the Amazon jungle. To be able to participate in the trip Katy needs to raise $2,600 by February 15, 2019. You can help make Katy’s dream come true! If you would like to join her mission support team, simply go online and donate by credit card or bank transfer at http://www.focusonline.org/goto/Catherine_Street or mail a check made payable to Catherine Street to 368 Long Pond Drive Harwich, MA 02645. Donations made online by credit card or bank transfer are tax-deductible, charitable gifts. Thank you so much for your prayerful consideration. There are no minimums or maximums gift amount and all gifts are greatly appreciated!

World Youth Day This Week
The 34th World Youth Day will begin this Tuesday, January 22-27 in Panama City. Youth representing 155 countries are expected to join Pope Francis for the celebration. Included in the participants are 1000 indigenous youth assembling from five continents for their own special WYD that was held this past week. Please pray that attendees will be strengthened in their faith through their participation and grew in their desire to be faithful disciples.

Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Tuesday of this week, January 22, is the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Please pray for an end to legalized abortion in our country and throughout the world. Every life is sacred from the womb to the tomb.

Martin Luther King Day Commemoration
The Cape Cod Council of Churches and Cape Cod Community College are sponsoring a community commemoration of the Martin Luther King holiday this Sunday, January 20, 2019, from 3-5 pm. The theme for the celebration is “Beloved Community”. It will begin with a silent march from the Hyannis Town Green to the Federated Church of Hyannis. Keynote speaker for the event is Dr. John Silvanus Wilson, Jr. Dr. Wilson is the former President of Morehouse College, Dr. King’s undergraduate alma mater. Tenor David Won will perform a tribute to Dr. King. All are welcome.
                       
Two Retreat Experiences for Men
Diocese of Fall River Vocation Office Discernment Retreat Weekend
The Diocese of Fall River Vocation Office is hosting a discernment weekend for Men ages 18-45 at the Betania II Spiritual Life and Marian Center, 154 Summer St. Medway, MA from Friday February 22 to Sunday February 24. If interested, please contact Fr. Jack Schrader at frschrader@fallrivervocations.org or 508-695-6161.

“Everybody Dies-but not everyone Lives!”
The Diocese of Fall River Office of Faith Formation is offering a retreat for men at the Sacred Hearts Retreat Center 226 Great Neck Road, Wareham the weekend of February 8-10, 2019. The theme of the retreat is living strategies for a full live. Retreat leaders are Ernie Collamati & Deacon Bruce Bonneau. Space is limited to 25 reteatants and the cost is $165. To register call Deacon Bonneau at 508-678-2828 Ext. 13 or email: bbonneau@dfrcs.org.

Save This Date!
Reserve Saturday, March 9, 2019, to attend the 2019 Fall River Women and Men’s Conference to be held at Stonehill College, N. Easton. The theme of this year’s conference is Living in the Light of Hope. Conference presenters will include Bishop Robert Reed from Boston Catholic Television, Dr. Mary Healy and Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann. A dozen parishioners attended last year’s conference. Some of them got their picture taken with Bishop da Cunha and ended up on the cover of his pastoral letter. The parish is planning to hire transportation again this year so you need not worry about driving. More information will be coming later in the month.

Help Wanted Anyone a Graphic Artist?
Our parish has many talented people so there must be someone in our parish with talents as a Graphic Artist or with some advertising experience. The parish could use your gifts to put together a parish brochure and advertising campaign for the summer months. Please call the parish office at 508-945-0677 or email us at parish@holyredeemerchatham.org to offer your gifts.

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