Monday, January 25, 2016

January 2016 Newsletter

January 18, 2016 by Pat Dorn

The January meeting will be held on Sunday, January 24 in the parish center at St. Gertrude in Madeira. Our program for this meeting will be Conference #3 of Fr. Harry Hagen’s Praying and Singing the Psalms conference. This conference begins on page 6 in your Praying and Singing the Psalms booklet. Please bring the booklet with you to the meeting.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone—it’s been a long time (2 months) since our last meeting!

For those who plan to visit Saint Meinrad during the Year of Mercy, you may be interested in knowing that the Saint Meinrad Archabby Church has been designated as a pilgrimage site during this Jubilee year. Catholics who visit may receive a plenary indulgence provided the required conditions are met: one must pass through the designated "holy doors," recite a profession of faith (either the Apostles' or Nicene Creed) and pray for the pope and his intentions. Additionally, during the 20 days before or after passing through the holy doors, Catholics are required to be truly repentant of one's sins and participate in the sacrament of penance, receive Communion and prayerfully reflect on mercy after receiving it.

We received an email from our oblate director Fr. Meinrad Brune last week announcing that Archabbot Justin DuVall will be stepping down as Archabbot of Saint Meinrad Archabbey following the election of a new Archabbot on Thursday, June 2. Your prayers are asked for the monks as they discuss, discern, and pray on the election of the new Archabbot. Fr. Meinrad extended gratitude to Father Abbot Justin for his kindness and concern for the Oblates of Saint Meinrad during his twelve years as Archabbot.

The new car magnets and decals Ron DeMarch brought to the November meeting sold out quickly and some were unable to get one. Good news: Ron will have additional decals and magnets available at the January meeting. The cost is $4.00 each.

Oblate Anniversaries

Congratulations to the following oblates who are celebrating their anniversaries in August, September, October & November.

12/08 Tom & Cheryl Madrakie (15 yrs.)
12/08 Linda Faulhaber (9 yrs.)
12/13 Sharon Cross (19 yrs,)
12/13 Clyde & Pat Dorn (19 yrs.)
12/13 Nick & Linda McCarroll (19 yrs.) 12/16 Joy Harbert (10 yrs.)

1/1 John Campbell (72 yrs.)

2/05 Tom Dwyer (15 yrs.)
2/22 Ron Beathard (10 yrs.) 2/23 Scott Alt (2 yrs,)
2/28 Steve Durkee (17 yrs.)
2/28 Jo Ann Moeller (56 yrs.)

3/10 Cincy Neuhaus (9 yrs)
3/21 Ron & Donna Clark (5 yrs.)

January 2016 Meeting Agenda
I. Reading of Mission Statement
II. Vespers
III. Lectio Divina
IV. Minutes of The November 22, 2015 Meeting
V. Treasurer’s Report VI. Old/New Business VII. Program:
Video Conference #3: Fr. Harry Hagen, OSB
Topic: Praying & Singing the Psalms
VIII. Adjournment & Closing Prayer

November 2015 Meeting Minutes

Cincinnati Oblate Chapter Minutes
November 22, 2015

Nick McCarroll, Linda McCarroll, Linda Falhaber, Clyde Dorn, Pat Dorn, Kathy Gloeckner,
Rosemary Conrad, Joan Hilton, Marianna Neal, Ron DeMarco, John Campbell, Fr. Luke Waugh, OSB, Payton Reed, Mary Louise Reed, Jo-Ann Heming, Barbara Hanlon, Chris Sorensen, Mainerd Sorensen, Ron Lillie, Beverly Winner.

Introductions and reading of the Mission Statement opened our meeting. Second Sunday Vespers of Week Two was prayed together. New this meeting, we prayed for all the deceased oblates of the Cincinnati chapter and read aloud each name. Let’s keep these deceased oblates in our prayers.

Lectio Divina was shared together using John 18:33b-37.

The Minutes of October 25 were approved.

Nick McCarroll says that our current chapter balance is $45.00 and we will pay Fr. Luke $75.00 at this meeting.

New/Old Business:
Ron DeMarco explained to us that Stephen Drees has accepted a new job which is headquartered out of state and requires much travel. This will make it difficult for Stephen to attend chapter meetings. Stephen asked Ron to tell everyone, and a letter from him to us with the details will be read at the next meeting.

Ron brought newly produced magnetic oblate stickers from Saint Meinrad, available for $3.00 each. The McCarrolls gave each of us a blessed medal from Our Lady of Knock. Thank you Nick and Linda! Steve Bay’s Wife had an operation and is doing well. Let’s keep her in our prayers.

Fr. Luke’s presentation: “Oblation as Vocation”

Fr. Luke began by telling us that our vocation leads us to that most holy place in life. Our vocation must be our “calling” or there may not be the holiness required to succeed. Our vocation may be our Benedictine oblation, or our marriage for example. Knowledge of self is the cornerstone of our vocation. Saint Benedict dedicated himself to his vocation. He discovered what a joy it was to give to those around him. In the Prologue of the Rule, St. Benedict tells us to listen carefully with the ear of the heart. He knew his values and wanted to live them. This meant careful listening and discernment to accomplish his vocation. He became a monk and discerned his vocation through reading and following the scriptures and writings of the Desert Fathers.

Fr. Luke also told us that the monastic life is not the only way to access holiness in vocation. So how can we, called as oblates, achieve our vocation? We can do this through sensitivity in relationships, community, reading the Daily Office, hospitality, and Lectio Divina. The important thing to remember is that whatever your vocation calling, be sure to follow it well and find holiness in it.

Submitted by Ron DeMarco

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

November 15, 2015 by Pat Dorn

The November meeting will be held on Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph room of the parish center at St. Gertrude Parish in Madeira. Our guest speaker, Fr. Luke Waugh, OSB, will address the topic “Oblation and Vocation: A Benedictine Model for Discernment.” It will be nice to see Fr. Luke again. The last time he visited our chapter meeting was before his recent ordination. This will give us the opportunity to congratulate him.

On the reverse side you will find a Prayer for All Deceased Oblates of the Chapter. Please bring this with you to the meeting next Sunday; we will pray this prayer for all the deceased members of our chapter.

The December 11-13 oblate retreat at Saint Meinrad features Fr. Harry Hagen, OSB, speaking on the topic “People Called in the Bible.” Because of the renovations and repairs underway at the monastery, however, the only rooms available at Saint Meinrad will be in the Guest House. If you have not already made your reservations, it may be difficult to find a room.

The Day of Recollection for Ohio oblates is being held in Dayton this year on May 21. Fr. Adrian Burke, OSB, will speak on “Let Them Prefer Nothing Whatever to Christ.” This is a wonderful opportunity for the Ohio oblates to spend the day together reflecting on our vocation as oblates of St. Benedict. You won’t want to miss this, so please mark your calendars.

Fr. Adrien Burke is the featured speaker at the June 13-16 Oblate Study Days at Saint Meinrad. “The Benedictine Way to a Spirituality of Imperfection,” is the topic of the study days.

There is no meeting next month due to the December oblate retreat at Saint Meinrad. Therefore, I take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, a blessed Christmas, and a Happy New Year.

The January meeting will be held January 24, 2016.

AGENDA Sunday, November 22, 2015 Meeting St. Gertrude Parish Center • 2:00 p.m.

I. Reading of Mission Statement
II. Vespers
III. Prayer for All Deceased Members of Chapter
IV. Lectio Divina
V. Minutes of October 25, 2015 Meeting
VI. Treasurer’s Report VII. Old/New Business VIII. Program:
Guest Speaker: Fr. Luke Waugh, OSB
Topic: Oblation and Vocation
IX. Adjournment & Closing Prayer

October 2015 Meeting Minutes

Cincinnati Oblate Chapter Minutes
October 25, 2015

Nick McCarroll, Linda McCarroll, Linda Falhaber, Clyde Dorn, Pat Dorn, Susan Anderson, Kathy Gloeckner, John Rasche, Rosemary Conrad, Margaret Sherlock, Jim Sherlock, Eric Kenny, Joan Hilton.

Introductions and reading of the Mission Statement opened our meeting. Second Sunday Vespers of Week Two was prayed together. Lectio Divina was shared together using Mark 10: 46-52.

The Minutes of September 27 were approved.

Nick McCarroll says that our current chapter balance is $10.00.

New/Old Business:
John Campbell was able to attend Mary Steidle’s funeral. Thank you, John! John Rasche has transferred his Oblate membership from the Louisville chapter to our Cincinnati chapter. Welcome, John!

Video Conference:

Praying the Psalms by Fr. Harry Hagan, OSB

Fr. Harry explains three ways of understanding the poetry of the psalms:

1) Relating to the text from inside the text and just take it as it is.
2) Relating to the text from outside the text by asking questions about culture and repetitions of ideas.
3) Relating by standing between texts when we find connections between Christ and the psalms, between the Patristic fathers and the psalms, between other Scripture texts and the psalms.

Using Psalm 130, Fr. Harry explains that heart refers in Hebrew to the person or the mind whereas in Hebrew to feel is with the gut. There is a parallelism between the psychological and spiritual dimensions in this psalm. In Psalm 133, Fr. Harry suggests that we connect the psalm to the text of our own life.

Psalm 113 begins and ends with God’s people thanking God for his steadfast covenant love in contrast to those who make an idol of themselves and experience no loving trust in our Lord’s faithful mindfulness.

Submitted by Susan Anderson

October 2015 Newsletter

October 12, 2015 by Pat Dorn 

We were pleased to welcome Bro. Peduru Fonseka, OSB as the guest speaker at our September meeting. Bro. Peduru spoke about our vocation to become an oblate of Saint Meinrad and how it was a call from within that brought us to this community. Ron DeMarco gives a wonderful summary of Bro. Peduru’s talk in the Minutes of the September meeting.

The October 25 meeting will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center. As we will cover Conference #2 of Praying and Singing the Psalms with Fr. Harry Hagen, please remember to bring your book to the meeting. 

We would like to welcome Deacon John Lyons to our chapter. Deacon John made his final oblation at Saint Meinrad on September 23. We also welcome John Rasche from Bonnyman, KY, who joined us at our September meeting.

We have had several recent prayer requests. Please pray for Joel, who is in a coma following a serious car accident, and for Bill Neal (husband of Dayton oblate Marianna Neal) who is scheduled for a biopsy later this month. Also, please remember oblate Mary Steidle and her sister, Sr. Jeannette Frisch, OSB, both of whom are in failing health. Cards can be mailed to the at the following addresses:

Mary Steidle: Madonna Manor, Household C, 2344 Amsterdam Rd.; Villa Hills, KY 41017. Sr. Jeannette Frisch, OSB: St. Walburg Monastery, 2500 Amsterdam Rd.; Villa Hills, KY 41017

AGENDA October 25, 2015 Meeting St. Gertrude Parish Center • 2:00 p.m.

I. Reading of Mission Statement
II. Vespers
III. Lectio Divina
IV. Minutes of September 27, 2015 Meeting (enclosed)
V. Treasurer’s Report
VI. Old/New Business
VII. Program: Video Conference: Fr. Harry Hagen, OSB, Topic: Conference #2: Praise & Petition Praying & Singing the Psalms* *Bring your booklet to meeting. VIII, Adjournment & Closing Prayer

Oblate Anniversaries Congratulations to the following oblates who are celebrating their anniversaries in August, September, October & November.

August: 8/21 Lori Wallhausser (13 yrs.)
September: 9/26 Deborah Storer (5 yrs.)
9/27 Nancy Barnes (6 yrs.)
9/27 Fred Otto III (6 yrs.)
9/27 Deacon Jerry Etienne (6 yrs.)
9/28 Joan Redd (7 yrs.)
9/28 Tim Grant (7 yrs.)
October: 10/1 Mary Steidle (41 yrs.)
10/20 Deacon John Covery (5 yrs.)
10/28 Marilyn Nesselhuf (6 yrs.) 
November: 11/23 Ron Lillie (1 yr.)S
11/24 Paula Yerke (2 yrs.)

September 2015 Meeting Minutes

Cincinnati Oblate Chapter Minutes September 27, 2015

Nick McCarroll, Bryan Miller, Pat Dorn, Susan Anderson, Jerry Etienne, John Campbell, Br. Peduru
Fonseka, OSB, Kathy Gloeckner, Karen Mendoza, John Rasche, Ron Clark, Donna Clark, Peyton Reed, Mary Louise Reed, Rosemary Conrad, Ron DeMarco, Margaret Sherlock, Stephen Drees, Eric Kenny

Our meeting opened with reading of the Mission Statement. Second Sunday Vespers of Week Two was prayed together. Lectio Divina was shared together using Mark 9: 38-43, 45, 47-48.

The Minutes of the April 26 meeting were approved.

Nick McCarroll stated that our current chapter balance is $4.00. We owe $75.00 to Br. Peduru for today’s visit.

New Business: Pat Dorn let us know that Clyde was not there this afternoon because he is not feeling well. We will pray for him. Ron Clark requested that someone else take over the responsibility for the oblate library. Please let him know if you are interested. Ron DeMarco reported that the Saint Meinrad Oblate Council is meeting to prepare for the Meeting of Chapter Coordinators which is planned for June of 2017.

Conference: "Understanding oblation as a vocation" or "A Call from within" by Brother Peduru Fonseka, OSB

Br. Peduru opened his presentation with a question, asking us each to tell him how we decided to be an oblate. There were many answers from the group: being invited to come to a chapter meeting, Lectio Divina convinced me, a visit to Saint Meinrad Archabbey, being with other oblates, something to make sense of all these complications in life.

Br. Peduru read aloud the signed promises made by all oblates. It's a promise in front of God and all the saints and a sense of community with Saint Meinrad Archabbey. In committee with Fr. Meinrad and other oblates we make the promises. The promises are like the final vows of the monks at Saint Meinrad. So there is a community aspect in both oblates and monks with God and the saints. God is the central reason that brought us to this community. All of us had something within that needed to be fulfilled. The invitation from God that we responded to brought us to this community, looking for God. Answering that invitation was answering the "Call from within."

We all wish to get closer to God. We believe that God will help us with a greater understanding of the meaning of life. And so we need to look at life through the lens of God. This way of life helps us put things in perspective. In the story of the Prodigal Son, the father welcomed the wayward son with outstretched arms. God called us in the same way to be His witness. And we responded with our commitment of a year of study to become an oblate.

In a retreat given by the bishop of Barbados, he outlined the following four steps we go through to discern our vocation:

1). The invitation from God
2). Our response to the invitation
3). Listening to our conscience to reflect on the vocation and connect to the spiritual aspect
4). Our human development, integrating spiritual good with the natural good. Essentially rising to a level where we become one with the values we embrace as Christians. We become living examples of those Christian values.

God helps us to do this when our lives are centered around him. He is always with us to give us the wisdom and strength to go beyond all obstacles and answer the call from within.

Submitted by: Ron DeMarco

September 2015 Newsletter

September 17, 2015
by Pat Dorn

Hello, everyone.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone again after the long summer break.

Our first meeting for 2015-2016 will be held on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center.  Please note the location change.  Unfortunately, we are unable to host this meeting at our home this year as we are in the midst of remodeling our bathroom.  Pray for us!

The guest speaker for this meeting is Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB.  Br. Peduru’s topic is “A Call Within; Understanding Oblation as a Vocation.”

As I was looking through my oblate folder, I came across the attached sheet regarding “Indulgences for Oblates.”  It was an interesting reminder for me, and I thought you might appreciate it, too.  The new year will be here before you know it, and you might want to add these dates to your 2016 calendar.

In memory of our fellow oblate and friend Bernard Kenney of Georgetown, OH, who entered into eternal rest July 12, 2015.

May he rest in peace.

September 27, 2015 Meeting – 2:00 p.m.
St. Gertrude Parish Center ­– St Joseph Room

I.          Reading of Mission Statement
II.        Vespers
III.      Lectio Divina
IV.      Minutes of April 26, 2015 Meeting
V.        Treasurer’s Report
VI.      Old/New Business
VII.    Program:
               Guest Speaker:  Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB
                Topic:  A Call Within: Understanding
                             Oblation as a Vocation
VIII.  Adjournment & Closing Prayer  

2015/2016 Meeting Dates

Please Note:   All meetings are held on  a Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

September 27 (Br. Peduru Fonseka, OSB)
October 25 (Video Conference)
November 22ß (Fr. Luke Waugh, OSB)  

January 24 (Video Conference)
February 28 (Monk from St. Meinrad)
March 20 (Video Conference) – Palm Sunday
April 24 (Monk from St. Meinrad)

Other Important Dates
May 21 — Day of Recollection hosted by Dayton Chapter