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Still game in the Tim Flahives story of faith, healing and sports

2 saint of the month Discover mercy in suffering Four October saints The feast days of four very significant saints for the Church occur in October St. Thrse of Lisieux Oct. 1, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska Oct.5, St. Teresa of vila Oct.15, and St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Oct.16. Though each lived in different periods, their lives collectively hold some valuable lessons for Christians who seek to live out the vocation to be holy. Each of these women experienced some form of severe illness in their

3 contents 6 yourlife table of contents The Magazine of the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids October 2013 Volume 6 Issue 7 Bishop Walter A. Hurley PUBLISHER EdItoRInCHIEf Carl Apple MAnAGInG EdItoR Cami Beecroft Msgr. Gaspar F Ancona Maureen Burns . Father Ron Hutchinson Tom Kendra Nancy Schertzing ContRIBUtInG WRItERS Jonathan Stoner Jim Luning ContRIBUtInG PHotoGRAPHER FAITH Catholic Rev. Dwight Ezop CHAIRMAn PRESIdEntCHIEf EXECUtIVE offICER 6 parenting journey Helping your firstti

4 from the bishop M y dear friends, Vatican II Anniversary October 11, 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the opening of The Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI. The Second Vatican Council brought together all the bishops in the world along with the Holy Father to reflect on the life of the Church and to issue documents that have helped fashion the life of the Church we have today. The council was called and opened by Pope John XIII and

5 It is worth reflecting that it is the same Holy Spirit that guided the church, before in and after 1962 that guides us today. I feel particularly blest to have lived in those years as I do today. Faithful Citizenship November 6 is the date of our General Election in the United States. We are privileged to be able to elect our leadership in our country and vote on issues of import to the general public. With privileges come responsibilities. You will find on our website under the heading ELECT

6 Y O U R L I F E parenting journey Helping your firsttime voter make wise choices Q Election Day was exciting when I was a child because our home was chosen to serve as a polling site. The booths were delivered ahead of time, giving me the chance to pretend that I was voting. Casting my own ballot when I turned 18 was a longanticipated experience. Your son has been observing your attitude toward voting throughout his childhood. Now you can guide him a step further as he votes for the firs

She I dont want my new stepson coming along on our honeymoon. Abby says I am getting married in a few months. My fianc, Tony, wants to bring his 8yearold son along on our honeymoon, because he thinks it is a great travel opportunity that we may not have again for years. I love my new almoststepson, but I dont want company on the honeymoon. SayS he My son and I are a package deal we are a family now. SayS 7 tony says Were not going to be just a couple were going to be a family. Im really

8 Y O U R L I F E culture F A sweet contri ew things go together with autumn as well as a cup of hot chocolate. It warms the body, sweetens the palate and accompanies us through the gray, shortened days. And lest you take the wonderful stuff for granted when you pour your next mug, consider the men we should thank for playing a small role in its development. Only a small stone fireplace contributes a token stand against the nagging chill. You have no aspirin for the headache that has been b

9 Autumn hot chocolate serves 2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder cup semisweet chocolate chips cup white sugar Pinch of salt 2 cups whole milk cup hot water teaspoon vanilla extract teaspoon ground cinnamon Whipped cream topping store bought is fine Chocolate shavings or sprinkles for garnish In a large saucepan on medium heat, combine all dry ingredients sugar, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon and hot water. Whisk until combined. Add chocolate chips and continue to whisk until me

10 yourfaith in the know with Father Joe How do I shake this funk I am in Dear Fr. Joe Im really in a funk and I cant shake it. At college, I find that I really dont have good friends and Im struggling in my prayer life ... everyone around me seems to be happy but me. What can I do Im so sorry that things are like this right now. Life is a challenge most days at times, these struggles can threaten to overwhelm us. Im glad you asked for help and pray that God guides my words. Recently, I went t

T Choosing today he other day, I am working in my office and I see my friend, Carl, walking around the lake with his wife and daughter. Carl and Alison have done this regularly for years, so that is not the surprise. The surprise is that Carl had just had brain surgery in Detroit a few days before. their comfort zones. This gift of life is terminal. None of us get out alive. We also have no idea when our time will be up. As an old country song by Billy Dean says, Cause were only here for a litt

12 Y O U R F A I T H theology 101 What are the differences between Judaism, christianity and Islam three major religions are rooted in the Abrahamic tradition Judaism, Islam and Christianity. How do they differ from one another Recognizing the inherent limitations of speaking for another faith tradition, we can say that Judaism and Islam differ primarily from Christianity in an understanding of the person of Jesus. For Christians, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament promise. Judais

13 Vatican II Q A What does Vatican II teach about the Churchs relation to Eastern churches not in communion with the Roman Apostolic See They also have other things in common with the West a love for liturgy, a high regard for Mary and an honored place for the saints and those Fathers of the universal Church within their ranks. The document acknowledges how the West has, in fact, drawn from the riches of the East in terms of liturgy, spiritual tradition and jurisprudence. It mentions the tra

14 Praying the rosary T. Gennara S ince Oct. 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, I want to devote my column this month to offering a way of praying the rosary that can be very fruitful. Sister Ann Shields is a renowned author and a member of the Servants of Gods Love. Questions can be addressed to Sister Ann Shields, Renewal Ministries, 230 Collingwood, Suite 240, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 the annunciation Luke 12636 Read this before you pray the first decade. This is the mystery describing

Catholic practices n preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council and opening of the Year of Faith both being celebrated on October 11, FAITH Grand Rapids magazine had the opportunity to interview Professor Ed Hahnenberg, author of the book The Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II. fAItH often you hear people say preVatican II and postVatican II as if the Second Vatican Council divided the Church into two historical periods. did it EH Something happened at Vatican

16 Still game in the Tim Flahives story of faith, healing and sports FAITH Grand Rapids October 2012 www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org FAITH Grand Rapids October 2012 www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org

17 T im Flahive has been a feature at sporting events around West Michigan for the past 34 years, officiating football, basketball, baseball and softball at all levels from peewee to high school varsity. Members of Tims family have been praying for him almost twice as longconcluding their prayers with Please make Timmy all better. By Tom Kendra Photography by Jonathan Stoner

18 cover story But, at the age of 63, the longtime member of Our Lady of Grace Parish near downtown Muskegon has already lived 20plus years longer than expected after being diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 4. They told me I would live to be about 40 or 45, Tim recalls. He has lived much longer and much fuller due to the Four Fs fitness, family, friends and, most important, faith. Quiet, unassuming and devoutly Catholic, Tim has held the upper hand against diabetes throughout his life, and

19 Officiating was really a gift from God. Muskegon County. He knew right away that God wanted him to work with these individuals. Being diabetic, there were times when people looked at me as different or lesser, said Tim, who started work at Wesley School in 1973. So I felt like I could relate to the kids better than the less challenged people. It was also at that camp that he first met another worker from Fruitport named Barb Johnson, who would join him on the staff at Wesley in 1976 and join

20 profile How FAITH helped Mike become catholic FAITH Grand Rapids October 2012 www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org By Nancy Schertzing Photography by Jim Luning

21 Mike Gentry came to St. Joseph Parish, Gaines Southwest of Flint, later in life. Born into the Baptist faith, he rarely attended church. I had lots of premonitions against the Catholic Church growing up. What you dont understand you dont like. Even after I married Laura in a Catholic church, I felt it was a canned religion. We had our three kids baptized Catholic and I went to their major events, but I didnt see anything for me in a church, he said. I filled my life with work seven days a w

22 Father Bob and see my father. I wasnt sure how my kids would take it when I told them I was going to become Catholic. I invited them to the Easter Vigil service when I was accepted into the faith, and they all came. All my children told me they thought it was great. Going to church here at St. Joseph just fills me up. Im an usher on Sundays and a member of the Knights of Columbus. I retired from my old job and have a new position closer to home that I really like. But Im trying to cut back a

every tWo yearS, Michigan voters head to the ballot box to elect women and men who will lead communities throughout the state. It is no different in 2012 as several important offices are up for election, including some seats on the Michigan Supreme Court, the Michigan congressional delegation, the Michigan House of Representatives and a seat in the U.S. Senate. Michigan also will play an important role in deciding who will lead the United States of America as president for the next four years. A

24 Religious freedom At the heart of a democratic society lies religious freedom the nations first constitutional freedom granted by God and guaranteed as an inalienable right by the Founding Fathers. Real freedom isnt It is the foundation for all something Caesar can other freedoms. This right give or take away. He must be upheld always can interfere with it and everywhere. However, but when he does, he 2012 may influence how steals from his own religious freedom and the legitimacy. Most Rev

number of charter schools and by expanding policies Religion, morality and such as shared time and dual knowledge, being enrollment that benefit both necessary to good public and nonpublic students. government and the Yet much work needs to be happiness of mankind, done, such as amending schools and the means Article VIII, Section 2 of the of education shall Michigan Constitution. While forever be encouraged. every other Great Lakes state Michigan Constitution allows for a voucher program, tuit

26 special report Conversion Jesuit missionaries set up missions near Montreal in 1666 as one of the conditions of a peace treaty between the French and Mohawk people. Kateri first encountered these missionaries in 1667 at age 11. Though her uncle discouraged any contact with Christianity, she was drawn to the teachings of the Church and began attending catechism. In 1676, she was judged ready for baptism in a departure from Jesuit policy, which typically withheld baptism for new converts until

27 After it was determined that the boy would not survive surgery, the parents prayed for his healing to Jesus Christ through the intercession of Kateri, whose own scars vanished at her death, leading Pope Pius XII to declare it a miracle in 1943. The boy was miraculously healed and, on Dec. 19, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI approved the miracle, clearing the way for her canonization in October 2012. whom the person holds special importance. In other words, it is not universally binding to the entire

28 local news Blessing of the redesigned chapel at Catholic Central High School 21st century Catholic Classroom A n official blessing and dedication of the classroom of the future took place Sept. 16 at Holy Spirit School at 2222 Lake Michigan Drive NW in Grand Rapids. Students in Tanya Vugdeveens language arts classes now work at wheeled tables that fit together like puzzle pieces. The tables can be shuffled around for various configurations to encourage cooperative learning. The class als

29 things to do Grand Rapids Veritas Retreat 29 nov. 911 for Catholic young adults ages 1828 Veritas is a back to basics fun, and spiritfilled weekend designed to deepen your understanding of the Catholic faith while learning how to live for God in our complex world. It also is a great opportunity to meet new people from around the diocese and elsewhere. Veritas is an opportunity for young men and women to discover and express their Catholic faith. The weekend consists of talks, music and activ

30 open to Gods call vocations No, I am O not over the hill time, foster and form vocations to the priesthood for diocese, it energizes me. As I began my tenure in the office of priestly vocations, I found it exciting to bring my vision of recruitment to life Making visits to schools to talk about priesthood and religious life encouraging openness to Gods call with youth in our high schools and youth ministry programs and working with ministry leaders in our diocese to create a culture of vo

save the date oct. 27 Sponsor St. Patrick Parnell YACHT Club Preparing for the 31 last word Presenter Father Tony Russo Topic Conscience and Being Catholic at the Ballot Box All young adults are invited to attend. Join us for Mass at 500 p.m. with dinner to follow. Presentation will begin at 630 p.m. Visit us on Facebook at Parnell Yacht Club for additional details. celebration friend of mine, a businessman, likes to use the phrase due diligence. It means doing your homework carefully and

360 Division Avenue S. Grand Rapids, MI 495034501 online www.dioceseofgrandrapids.org Never tire of firmly speaking out in defense of life from its conception and do not be deterred from the commitment to defend the dignity of every human person with courageous determination. Christ is with you be not afraid Pope John Paul II Address to the Bishops and Administrators of Albania on their Ad Limina visit Feb. 3, 2001 p l e a s e r e c y c l e

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