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Monthly Archives: January 2012
Sunday

Catholic Schools Week is celebrated in the U.S. every year beginning on the last Sunday in January. This year’s festivities run from January 29 to February 5, and the celebrations in our eight parish schools include everything from science fairs and spelling bees to special lunches and treats for the students.

St. John Neumann made Catholic education a high priority in his ministry, and especially during his time as bishop of Philadelphia. We ask for his special prayers for our schools, and for all Catholic schools, that they continue to excel in their mission to share not just knowledge, but the Good News of God’s love.

Redemptorist Parish Schools in the Baltimore Province

Immaculate Conception (Bronx, NY)
Mission Grammar (Boston, MA)
Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Ephrata, PA)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Brooklyn, NY)
St. Gerard (Lima, OH)
St. Mary’s Elementary & High School (Annapolis, MD)
St. Peter the Apostle (Philadelphia, PA)
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Philadelphia, PA)

 

 

Wednesday
Deacon Kevin Bellot began his ministry at Seelos House in St. Lucia this month, and is scheduled to become Father Kevin this summer!
 
We’re inviting friends of the Redemptorists to share in the celebration by giving a gift today in his honor. Your gift will help create a special chalice to be presented to Kevin on his ordination day.
 
You’ll also be supporting the education of 13 more men currently in formation with the Redemptorists in the Baltimore Province.
 
With prayer, study, and service in parishes and communities, they are learning what it means to be Redemptorists, and are eager to share the Good News with all people, especially the poor and most abandoned.
 
As Deacon Kevin shared with us recently, "From the outside looking in, it seemed that this was really easy to accomplish, but the reality is, it’s a lot of hard work. But the adventure is very good, and the mystery behind that adventure is really what pushes me on. It’s absolutely worth doing!"
 
Thank you for your prayers for Deacon Kevin as he approaches this big moment in his life as a Redemptorist, and thank you for your support of our young men in formation!
 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday

Time is running out to submit entries for the 2nd annual St. John Neumann Essay Contest! This year’s theme is "Why is it important to learn about and live my faith?" and the entries must be received by February 13 to be considered.

The contest is open to Catholic school students in grades 6-12. First place winners in each category (middle- and high school) will receive a $300 scholarship. Two honorable mentions will be awarded in both categories, and those winners will each receive $100 scholarships.

Complete rules and guidelines may be downloaded from redemptorists.net/neumann.

Wednesday

We started this National Vocations Awareness Week with our annual retreat at the St. John Neumann Shrine in Philadelphia. Eight men joined us for a weekend of prayer and reflection. The retreat ended with a special Mass marking St. John Neumann’s feast day.

Photos courtesy of Fr. Tat Hoang, C.Ss.R.


Fr. Matt Allman (right) speaks to retreatants about St. John Neumann.
 

 


Fr. John Kingsbury (second from left) speaks with the group of discerners.
 
 

 


The retreat group at the tomb of St. John Neumann.
 

 

Wednesday

Fr. John Murray, a Redemptorist mission preacher and former pastor in the Baltimore area, was a guest on The Drew Mariani Show on Relevant Radio January 9. Fr. Murray was invited to tell the miraculous story of his recovery from a paralyzing fall in August 2010. Told by his doctors he would never walk again, Fr. Murray attributes his healing to the prayers of Blessed Francis X. Seelos, an 19th-century Redemptorist whose cause for sainthood needs one more miracle.

You can listen to Fr. Murray’s interview here: http://relevantradio.com/audios/the-drew-mariani-show. Select January 9 and click on the link for "Hour 2."

Read more about Fr. Murray’s story in this piece from the Baltimore Catholic Review. And you’ll find a few more details at the author’s blog.