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