Tuesday, March 19, 2019

March 2019 Newsletter

March 18, 2019 By Pat Dorn

The March meeting will be held on Sunday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Joseph Room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center.

MEETING PROGRAM: Rather than focusing on a specific topic, the program for this meeting will be a bit different. Ron Demarco will facilitate a discussion on how to make our oblate meetings more meaningful for our members, and we encourage your participation by offering any ideas/suggestions you may have toward this end.

REMINDERS: On Thusday, March 21, we celebrate the first of two feast days honoring St. Benedict—The Passing of Blessed Father Benedict. (The second—Our Blessed Father Benedict—is celebrated on July 11.) Oblates have an opportunity to earn a Plenary Indulgence on these days by fulfilling the following conditions: 1) Confession, 2) receiving Holy Communion, and 3) praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.

In addition, oblates should renew, at least privately, their promise to faithfully observe the promise of their way of life. Br. Francis de Sales Wagner. O.S.B. will be joining us for our April 28 meeting to discuss The Screwtape Letters.

PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Ohio Day of Recollection is sponsored this year by the Dayton Chapter and will be held in Dayton on Saturday, June 8. Fr. Joseph Cox will be the presenter. Registration and program information will be provided to you as soon as it is available to us. See you at the meeting on Sunday, March 24!

AGENDA March 24, 2019 Meeting
I. Reading of Mission Statement
II. Vespers
III. Lectio Divina
IV. Minutes of February 24, 2019 Meeting
V. Treasurer’s Report
VI. Old/New Business
VII. Program: Ron DeMarco will lead a discussion on how to improve our meetings
VIII. Adjournment & Closing Prayer

February 2019 Minutes

Cincinnati Oblates’ Meeting February 24, 2019

Attendance Peyton & Mary Louise Reed, Nick McCarroll, Ron DeMarco, Mark Millaron, Kathy Gloeckner, Clyde & Pat Dorn, Fr. Joseph Cox,OSB

Opening Prayer – Fr. Joseph Introductions Reading of Mission Statement Vespers, Week 3 Lectio Divina Lk 6:27-38 Related portion of the Rule of St. Benedict, RB 4:8-9, 31-32, & end portion

Minutes – Approved

Treasurer’s Report - $622 in our treasury. A few small bills and a donation to Fr. Joseph are due. The amount in the treasury seems high because we acquired some extra money from various circumstances. The funds are now available for helping those who are involved in required visits to St. Meinrad, for example for Investitures or Oblations.

Old Business
The 2020 Day of Recollection, which our chapter will sponsor, has a confirmed date of May 16, 2020 The March 24, 2019 meeting program will be finishing the last five questions sent to us earlier by Br. Francis about The Screwtape Letters in order to be prepared for his visit to us in April. March 9 St. Meinrad Day of Service will be held in Dayton. We aren’t aware of anyone from our chapter attending.

New Business
Mark Millaron reported that he has been working with Nick Dellecave to update our chapter website (www.cincinnatichapter.org). Mark stated that he will continue to use the same hosting site this year, but may explore the use of a different hosting site in the future. We received an email from Janis Dopp about the Cause for Canonization for Dorothy Day going forward. Since she was a Benedictine Oblate, it has seemed appropriate for oblates to help with this project. The work being asked of each volunteer involves transcribing 10 pages of Dorothy Day’s diary. Pat Dorn will send out the information about the project to chapter members. Volunteers should let Pat know. She will send the names to Janis, who would like to keep a list of oblates participating. Peyton Reed gave more information about the Veterans’ Honor Flight one-day trip to Washington, DC. The trip is to visit the various war memorials. Peyton will be attending the April 17 (Wednesday of Holy Week) flight, and will be able to tell us about it at the April meeting.

 Fr. Joseph Cox – Accountability - Brief Summary of Important Points Fr. Joseph’s talk was based on The Rule of St. Benedict, Prologue vv 45-47, as well as RB chapters 44- 46. “A little strictness may be necessary in order to amend faults and safeguard love.” (Prologue 47) He explained that “faults” involve those in church, at work, or in the house; they are not deliberate or sinful, but recognize the interdependence of community members. And love is the basis for amending them. Humility is about truth: “It was my fault, and I’d like to admit it to others”. Self-admittance is better than someone else telling. The virtue of humility is the object, but also relationships. Amending faults is based on the Latin for “amend”, to cut the lie out of one’s behavior, slaying the shame, admitting one isn’t perfect. Without recognition of our inadequacies, we delay our progress toward humility. Personal accountability brings a peaceful, tranquil atmosphere. In order to amend faults, we first need to know what they are. We discover them from listening to Scripture, Church teaching, family and friends. The sequence is: Recognize, Admit, Repair. After his talk, he passed out a small card to each of us with the Prologue quote: “A little strictness may be necessary in order to amend faults and safeguard love”.

February 2019 Newsletter

February 17, 2019 by Pat Dorn

The Sunday, February 24 meeting will be held, as usual, in the St. Joseph Room of the St. Gertrude Parish Center beginning at 2:00 p.m. We are especially pleased to welcome our Spiritual Director, Fr. Joseph Cox, as our speaker for this meeting. Fr. Joseph will be speaking to us on our theme for this year—Accountability. Please feel free to bring a guest.

As we are no longer able to make beverages available at our meeting socials, you are invited to bring your favorite drink and, if you like, a snack to share.

Please read the attached minutes of the January 27 meeting for additional details. Our appreciation to Mark Milliron and Nick Dellecave, who have been working together to update our Cincinnati Oblate webpage (www.cincinnatioblates.org). Thank you, Nick, for serving as webmaster during the past several years. And, Mark, thank you for volunteering to take on the responsibility of serving as our new webmaster. Your efforts are much appreciated!

Just a reminder: If you are planning to attend the March 20-22 Oblate Retreat at Saint Meinrad, make your reservations soon as the Guest House fills up quickly. The title of the retreat is: Living Out Our Commitments: An Interactive Retreat. Fr. Bede Cisco, OSB, is the presenter. Call (800) 581-6905 for reservations.

AGENDA February 24, 2019

Meeting St. Gertrude Parish Center • 2:00 p.m.
I. Reading of Mission Statement
II. Vespers
III. Lectio Divina
IV. Minutes of January 27, 2019
V. Treasurer’s Report
VI. Old/New Business
VII. Program: Guest Speaker: Fr. Joseph Cox, OSB Topic: Accountability
VIII. Adjournment & Closing Prayer

January 2019 Minutes

Cincinnati Oblates’ Meeting
January 27, 2019

Attendance: Nick & Linda McCarroll, Clyde and Pat Dorn, John Rasche, Ron DeMarco, Peyton & Mary Louise Reed, Mark Milliron, Linda Faulhaber, Kathy Gloeckner, Laurie Gessner

Opening Prayer (Ron DeMarco)

Introductions Mission Statement Vespers Lectio Divina Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21 Related Rule passage: RB 31:2,9, &14

November 18 minutes – approved

Treasurer’s Report – Current balance of $579. We have deposited $50 toward reserving space at Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center for the 2020 Day of Recollection.

Old Business 1. Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center has available for us a large room with round tables for eating at one end and meeting space at the other. It’s 100% ADA (handicapped accessible), and the Center recommended two caterers. There has been no contact with a caterer yet, since it’s too early. May 16, 2020 is the date reserved. Pat has contacted the Oblate Office and Janis Dopp about this date and the reservation, and has heard nothing against it in return. Nick recommends we do a flier for 2020 to be given out at the 2019 Day of Recollection. The Center has rooms for out of town guests to rent, if there’s no retreat going on. 2. Ron visited John Campbell at his apartment. He can’t get around much. Fr. Joseph will be at out February meeting, and Ron will ask him if he can visit John. 3. The St. Meinrad Day of Service is March 9 in Dayton. There may be 1 or 2 people going. New Business The Dorns are unable to continue doing refreshments. We decided to continue having individuals bring food items, and we will have no drinks. Peyton will be going on the April 17 Honor Flight to Washington, DC. Ron asked him to report on his experience at the April meeting. Laurie recommended a book to us: St. Benedict and St. Terese: The Little Rule, The Little Way. Author is an Anglican convert, Fr. Dwight Longenecker. Publisher is Stauffer Books, c. 2017 Ron suggested having a “goal text” as individuals. This was recommended by a St. Meinrad monk, and some of the monks have them. Program: Discussion of The Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, our book assignment from Br. Francis Not all at the meeting have read the book.

Study Questions from Br. Francis: Ron was the only one who had answered them all. Two people had done the first five. So we all discussed the first five today. There was a short discussion of “The Apostolic Blessing”, a prayer to be said at the time of death. Some carry this in their wallets. Pat will send a copy with the next newsletter. Ron read a closing prayer and quote from St. Francis deSales..”We must not fret over our own imperfections, but we can rest in the reconciling and healing compassion and love of God, through Jesus.” We then shared refreshments.

Submitted by Mary Louise Reed