Synodality and Oblates in the USA, Part Two

In our first installment, we mentioned how much St. Eugene lived synodality, even though he may not have used the word (Synodality and the Oblates: Part 1). Since the core of synodality is mission, St. Eugene looks over our shoulders as we invest in synodality. Click here to see Synodality and the Oblates Part 3

Michael Hughes, OMI, of the Anglo-Irish Province documented this when he described St. Eugene’s 1850 visit to England. “Today, we would say that he had set the Oblate mission well and truly on the synodal pathway” (p. 14, Oblate Connections, May 2022, #54). Hughes explains how St. Eugene “rallied his men and made a striking impression of gracious nobility on the various dignitaries he has met” (p. 15).This “gracious nobility” helped him overcome clericalism, and work equally with the laity and clergy.

Washington, DC, Oblate Residence, Jim Brobst, OMI

Fr. Jim Brobst, OMI Picture
Fr. Jim Brobst, OMI

On May 12, 8 of the 12 Oblates residing in Washington, DC, met to discuss synodality… and I guided our discussion. Although our community discussion was often rather intellectual and historical in its approach, we also had some strong moments of personal disclosure. The fact of having something other-than-business to discuss was itself the best part about the meeting! We’re often good on the administrative/necessary business side of mission, but less so on the depth of community that is a part of mission. This discussion gave us the opportunity to go deeper than we normally do.

On May 14 I took our summary to the meeting on the Archdiocesan level, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. About sixty-five people attended, including Cardinal Gregory, laity, religious and pastors. Reporters ranged from Sr. Jeannine Gramick, long-time defender of LGBTQ within the church, to proponents of Latin Mass. There was quite a diversity in ages, ethnicity, culture and education among those present.

Here are the impressions I would like to share from both meetings.

One of the most interesting insights, seconded by a number of folks, was that we seem to be starting from predetermined questions. Are these the actual needs? There also seems to be a rather high level of education presumed. What about the people on the margins? Are they really part of the process?

The procedure seems to be weighted from and to the diocese.

Religious orders, both men and women, have a different approach. The very nature of our existence is to exercise ministry that is not within the sacramental scope of basic parish life. By blending all the response of vowed religious into a diocesan reporting structure, are the unique perspectives of communities of consecrated men and women being taken into consideration?

Synod events are only occasional; synodality must be ongoing. Our ministry sites cannot simply be charging stations for our personal energy and faith. They must be mission-oriented by nature. True evangelization depends on faithful, thriving, communities of faith – whether in parishes or religious communities.

Brownsville, TX, St. Eugene de Mazenod Parish, Paul Hughes, OMI

Picture Fr. Paul Hughes, OMI
Fr. Paul Hughes, OMI

Our final synod report was submitted last week, May 9. I sensed that many Tex/Mex people who grew up on the other side of the border have a different sense of church and feel very uncomfortable in presenting their faith experiences, especially in their popular religiosity which is not part of the American Church experience. We have winter Texans from up north that participated in the small groups and it is quite clear that there are two distinct models of church operating in the country.

Another concern: should Pope Francis and his team clearly present what can be discussed and those issues that are considered off the table. Are we leading people down a path of issues that will never be talked about, e.g. women priest, married clergy, Eucharist to divorced Catholics, blessings of LGBTQ’s, etc.!!!

There is a good article in the recent America magazine, Spring 2022, “The Conciliar Church/Past and Present,” an interview with Joseph Komonchak on the legacy of Vatican II.

Conclusion, Harry Winter, OMI

Sr. Jeannine Gramick’s role in the Washington, DC process is noteworthy. Her association with Fr. John Harvey, O.S.F.S. and their teaching at Oblate College, Washington, DC, from 1970-1995,will explored in the next number of Synodality and Oblates. Part 3 will include Sacred Heart, Oakland, CA, and St. Mary’s, Georgetown/Rowley, MA. The issue of LGBTQ was prominent at St. Mary’s.

Responses from more Oblate places of ministry in the USA, regarding synodality, are most welcome.

Part One of this series is now the first item on the home page of the Mission-Unity-Dialogue website. This item will be placed there soon: www.harrywinter.org.

Christian Joy

Church Ladies With Typewriters

They’re Back! Those wonderful Church Bulletins! Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.


The sermon this morning: ‘Jesus Walks on the Water.’ The sermon tonight: ‘Searching for Jesus.’


Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Bring your husbands.


Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love. Say ‘Hell’ to someone who doesn’t care much about you.


Don’t let worry kill you off – let the Church help.


Miss Charlene Mason sang ‘I will not pass this way again,’ giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.


For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.


Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.


Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.


A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow..


At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be ‘What Is Hell?’ Come early and listen to our choir practice.


Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.


Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled.


Proceeds will be used to cripple children.


Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.


The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.


Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM – prayer and medication to follow.


The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.


This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.


Ladies Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10 AM. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B. S. Is done.


The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the Congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.


Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet on Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.


The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the Church basement on Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.


Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use the large double door at the side entrance.


The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new campaign slogan last Sunday: ‘ Upped My Pledge – Up Yours.

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Catholics Can Laugh at Themselves? Click here


How Many Christians Does It Take to Change A Light Bulb?

Charismatic: Only one. Hands are already in the air.

Pentecostal: Ten. One to change the bulb and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

Presbyterians: None. Lights will go on and off at predestined times.

Roman Catholics: None. Candles only.

Baptists: At least 15. One to change the light bulb and three committees to approve the change and decide who brings the potato salad.

Episcopalians: Three. One to call the electrician, one to mix the drinks, and one to talk about how much better the old one was.

Mormons: Five. One man to change the bulb and four wives to tell him how to do it.

Unitarians: We choose not to make a statement either in favor of or against the need for a light bulb. However, if in your own journey, you have found that light bulbs work for you, that is fine. You are invited to write a poem or compose a modern dance about your light bulb for the next Sunday service, in which we will explore a number of light bulb traditions, including incandescent, fluorescent, three-way, long-life, and tinted, all of which are equally valid paths to luminescence.

Methodists: Undetermined. Whether your light is bright, dull, or completely out, you are loved. You can be a light bulb, turnip bulb, or tulip bulb. A church-wide lighting service is planned for Sunday. Bring a bulb of your choice and a covered dish.

Nazarene: Six. One woman to replace the bulb while five men review church lighting policy.

Lutherans: None. Lutherans don’t believe in change.

Amish: What’s a light bulb?


Two Very Different Catholic Men and Christian Joy, updated in Parade Sunday Magazine, July 26, 2020)

Jim Gaffigan

Two Very Different Catholic Men and Christian Joy. A Jesuit priest and a married Catholic comedian both offer us deeply Christian Joy. The priest, Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ, is the founder of Homeboy Industries, which works with former gang members: www.homeboyindustries.org.

His two books, Tattoos on the Heart, and Barking at the Choir, have blended tragedy and joy in a marvelous way. The layman, Jim Gaffigan, and his wife Jeannie, have five young children. His book, Dad is Fat, and his videos,are available on his website: www.jimgaffigan.com.

His comedy (and his wife is very much his partner on it) is clean and joyful.

Two Very different Catholic Men and Christian Joy, View Article Here


Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, and Christian Joy

In a retreat for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX, always began each presentation with a joke. He explained why: “I came home from the seminary one summer, and was surprised to find my mother watching a soap opera on TV. I asked her why she watched such trash. She looked me right in the eye and said: ‘Because it makes me laugh, which you don’t.’ Ever since then, I begin my talks with a joke.”
Joyful Noiseletter, July-August, 2017, p. 2, submitted by Fr. Harry Winter, OMI.


Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, St. Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861), appears to the current USA provincial leader.


Kids Learn by Observing …or Not

A priest was invited to a house party. Naturally, he was properly dressed and wearing his priest’s collar. A little boy kept staring at him the entire evening. Finally, the priest asked the little boy what he was staring at.

The little boy pointed to the priest’s neck. When the priest finally realized what the boy was pointing at, he asked the boy: “Do you know why I am wearing this?”

The boy nodded his head yes, and replied “It kills fleas and ticks for up to three months.”
(given to me by Methodist Gerry Manwarren, magazine unknown).


2019 – Covid Memes   Click Here to view


St. Thomas More’s Prayer for Good Humor is recommended by Pope Francis, who prays it every day and says it helps him: ”  click here.

Episcopal Humor, from Jim Reynolds’ High Church Coyote:
One Sunday morning at a Small Southern church, the new pastor called on one of this older deacons to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and said, “Lord, I hate buttermilk.”  Click here for the full story.


2018

2018 Christmas Humor:  click here for imageclick here for pdf
(Courtesy of Mission Enrichment Newsletter, Children’s X-Mas Carols, P.3)

The Year of the Two Popes, and Christian Joy

The movie “The Year of the Two Popes,” may not be accurate in its portrayal of Pope Benedict. But it certainly has some joyful moments for both popes’ sense of humor. The conclusion, with both of them watching the World Cup match between Argentina and Germany, probably never happened. But it could have.

When Christians of different denominations work together, we discover that we have similar problems. We exchange experiences and become more joyful. The Holy Spirit, who dwells in each Christian, is the spirit of joy. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Thanks to our Jewish Brothers and Sisters, click here.

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned: click here for image.


2011 Pope Humor

Another humor item concerning Pope John Paul II  In a NY Times article by Rachel Donadio and Elisabetta Provoledo, May 2, 2011


Click Here fro More Humorous Signs


This explains why friends forward jokes:  Click here for full story 


2012 

Late Night Catechism with apologies to Methodists   Click Here for Video


Irish Humor — Click Here                            Funny Church Signs — Click Here
You Can Tell ‘Em in Church — Click Here   
More Church Humor 1 — Click Here 
More Church Humor 2 — Click Here             More Church Humor 3 – Click Here
Church Ladies with Typewriters — Click Here          Irish Boy and the Nuns Video — Click Here
Biblical CartoonsClick Here


2016

In their highly acclaimed book The Book of Joy, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and Douglas Abrams have stated:  “Joy is much bigger than happiness.”  Published in 2016 by Random House, I highly recommend this book, which explores how joy can become a lasting way of being (p. 5). Both leaders have suffered immensely, so this is not a nave book, but a book of experience and growth.


2015

Martin Luther on Joyful Christianity

 Flee from sorrow, whose author is Satan.  God is the enemy of sorrow, and pursues it with all His words, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, the Gospel.  God wants us to be happy and hates sadness.  God is not a God of sadness, but the devil is.  Christ is a God of joy.  It is pleasing to the dear God whenever thou rejoices and laughest from the bottom of thy heart.  A Christian should and must be a cheerful person (Table Talks, used in The Joyful Noiseletter, 30 (Sept.-Oct. 2015, 5) 1.


Highly Recommended: The Fellowship of Merry Christians, with their Joyful Noiseletter, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul group.

The Fellowship of Merry Christians has a website (www.JoyfulNoiseletter.com) and six times a year publication, The Joyful Noiseletter, especially recognized for its cartoons. Better than the cartoons of the New Yorker magazine, according to experts. Many, many great books on joyful Christianity are listed on the website.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul group is less religious and more spiritual. Its motto is “Changing lives one story at a time,” and its website www.chickensoup.com. This Christmas I was given their book Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Very Good, Very Bad Cat, and I found many of the stories to deeply resonate with a spirituality which comes to you from the side, rather than directly.


Martin Luther, the Christmas Tree and 95 Theses, according to Garrison Keillor

It is reliably reported that Martin Luther was the first person to have a Christmas tree inside his home, after he renounced his Catholic priesthood and married. However, Garrison Keillor is reported by one of our Oblates to have explained it this way. Luther was out in the woods for a little walk, and as he passed the pine tree, a branch hit him in the face. He was so angry he chopped the tree down. Only then did he decide it would look nice, decorated, inside the house.

A search on the internet has failed to find this story. But Keillor did write a spoof on Luther’s 95 theses: click here. (And see the first click below for Keillor’s “Singing with Lutherans”).


Pope Francis and the Jesuit Sense of Humor

In his remarkable book Between Heaven and Mirth, Jesuit Father James Martin, S.J., writes the following, about the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, which may explain part of Pope Francis’ Jesuit sense of humor.

During my Jesuit novitiate, the New England provincial superior, the man in charge of the Jesuits of the region, visited our community. As he was an authority figure, many of us were rather nervous about his visit. To open his discussion he recounted a (true) story that came from the autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

One day, after Ignatius’ conversion, he was riding on a mule when he came upon another man on the road also riding on a mule. In the course of their brief conversation, the man insulted the Virgin Mary and then rode off. Ignatius, who was still very much of a hothead, waxed furious.

So he started to think about murder. But, try as he might, he was unable to decide whether he should kill the man or not. At that moment he reached a (literal) fork in the road. Ignatius decided to leave the fate of the blasphemer up to his mule As he wrote in his autobiography, “If the mule took the village road, I would seek him out and stab him; if the mule did not go toward the village, but took the highway, I would let him be.” Fortunately for all concerned, the donkey chose the highway.

After the provincial told us novices this story about Ignatius, he smiled and said: “Ever since then, asses have been making decisions in the Jesuits” (pp. 169-70).


Preparation for the 499th anniversary of Luther’s Theses, Oct. 31, 2016.

On this past Reformation Sunday, grandma was sitting in the pew with her 8-year-old grandson, Luke. After the children’s sermon about the Reformation, grandma pointed out to Luke, in the hymnal the song we were going to sing, “A Mighty Fortress is our God.” At the bottom of the page, Luke read “Text by Martin Luther.”

Luke innocently exclaimed, “you mean I can text Martin Luther!” He was ready to do so with his cell phone in hand.
Joyful Noiseletter, March-April, 2016, p. 2, by Rev. Dr. Clifton J. Suehr, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Irwin, PA.


The Lord’s Supper, a Bittersweet Experience?

Many Christians have heard the story that at the Passover Meal during which Jesus instituted the Lord’s supper, He looked around the room and realized that all, with the possible exception of John, would betray Him (Peter in a spectacular manner). He then raised His hand towards the waiter and said “Separate checks.”
For Christians, the Lord’s Supper or Mass is the source of both joy and sorrow. See especially the items on the Eucharistic Hospitality page, and the item regarding the Synod of Bishops on the home page, for ways to overcome the sorrow.
Nov.-Dec. 2015 Joyful Noiseletter, p. 3.


Matt..18:4-5
“Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And who ever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. “


Johnny’s Mother looked out the window and noticed him “playing church” with their cat.  He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work. A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back To the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water. She called out, “Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!”
Johnny looked up at her and said, “He should have thought about that before he joined my church.”

Send this to someone who needs a laugh today and remember: Knowing scripture can save your life – in more ways than one!Have a great day, Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death…


Adlai Stevenson vs Norman Vincent Peale over JFK

As the campaign in 1959 and 1960 heated up, the famous Protestant leader Norman Vincent Peale came out with a very public statement that he did not believe a Catholic could be president, because of connections to the Pope. Adlai Stevenson, also a Protestant, who had been the Democratic Party’s candidate for president both in 1952 and 1956, quipped: I find St. Paul appealing, and St. Peale appalling

Synodality and Oblates in the USA, Part One

The province website Mission-Unity-Dialogue, www.harrywinter.org, has been updated to help with this. At the bottom of the home page, two pyramids have been constructed to reflect a vital change in our structure and attitude, to better promote mission. On the left is the Latin rite Roman Catholic Church as it has existed from the Council of Trent, 1563, to the beginning of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. At the top of the pyramid is the pope, alone, and at the bottom, the laity. On the right is our Church as it now exists, with the changes of the Second Vatican Council, the laity on top, and the pope with the bishops on the bottom. The schema of these two pyramids can easily be printed in Sunday bulletins, and other resources both for vowed Oblates, and lay Oblate discussion.

St. Eugene de Mazenod

Pope Francis is asking every parish, retreat center, house of formation, and Catholic center to discuss synodality. In the seven mandated questions, the fourth asks “How connected do you feel to the core mission of the Church–making disciples for Jesus?” St. Eugene de Mazenod must be agreeing with this on every Catholic being a missionary.

As the pope asks us to engage in “walking together,” the original meaning of the Greek word “synodality,” he is attacking clericalism, and promoting the laity to partnership with the clergy. Please note that the Roman Catholic Church includes 23 Eastern Rite Churches which are not as affected by clericalism as is the Latin Rite, to which approximately 98% of Roman Catholics belong. If your Sunday Mass includes only a modern language, and no Greek, Syriac or any of the Biblical languages, you are Latin rite. More in a future article about the stronger synodality and lesser clericalism in the Eastern Churches.

In this first article, I invite every Oblate in the USA to send me what they have experienced in their ecclesial situation about synodality. I have already heard a very interesting insight from our missiologist in Brownsville, Texas, Paul Hughes, concerning synodality there, and will share it in a future article. I hope to hear also from Oblate School of Theology what the faculty there is teaching about synodality.

Fr. Robert Graham, SJ
Fr. Robert Graham, SJ

One of the predecessors of synodality was Catholic Action, which began in the late 1800’s in Europe, led by Catholic laity predominantly, to bring Catholic teaching into the political and economic spheres. It has been whimsically defined as “The interference of the laity in the inactivity of the clergy.” Another version of this imbalance was described by Father Robert Graham, S.J., back in 1961: “the witty and far from inaccurate description of Catholic Action as ‘the interference of the clergy in the apostolic mission of the laity.’ The delicate balance between lay responsibility and episcopal control is yet to be created.” (“The Laity, the Council and the New Apostolate,” America, May 6, 1961).

As our Oblate Family expands with more laity, we are called to promote lay leadership, lessening our clericalism. The promotion of the role of Oblate Coadjutor Brothers has alerted us to forms of clericalism which grew within the Oblates since our founding.

Most of us find it difficult to attend more meetings. Yet the meetings at the local level, concerning synodality are crucial for our mission. May St. Eugene help us to devote some time and energy to developing the statements on synodality which every group is supposed to send to their bishops. It would help greatly to be able to gather these local efforts and place them on our Mission-Unity-Dialogue website.

The process of synodality includes another Synod on Synodality this October, and a third one in October 2023. Let us devote some quality time and effort to this initiative from Vatican II and especially Pope Francis to better our mission.

Five Ways – May 22

May 17, 2022

As we approach the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday-Easter Sunday, please pray for our brothers and
sisters in the Ukraine. The link below may interest you.

On Easter Monday through Easter Wednesday, all the Oblates of Mary in the USA will gather at four
places with our national administration on Zoom. We had hoped to meet in person at the Shrine of Our
Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL, but covid is still a threat. Oblates from Buffalo, NY, and Washington, DC,
will be traveling to our retirement residence in Tewksbury, MA, one of the four places. We welcome your
prayers for safe travel and a successful outcome of this very important meeting.

You will probably see people in church on Easter Sunday who have not been since last Christmas. Gently welcome them to return. The beauty and inspiration of our worship during Easter can persuade people to see Christ again in our Church. And now is the time to invite those who have always been churchless.
The Fellowship of Merry Christians has constructed its “Good Noise Blog.” If you google “Good Noise
Blog,” you will see some of the Fellowship’s best articles over the years, with several concerning the joy
of Easter.

Many thanks to those who commented on the March 20 Five Ways e-letter.

May we all have a most Happy and Holy Easter.

In Jesus’ love,

Father Harry Winter, O.M.I.

Regarding the Ukraine: https://www.omiusa.org/index.php/2022/04/11/eastern-orthodox-declaration-commentary/

Five Ways – Apr 22

April 13, 2022

As we approach the Sacred Triduum of Holy Thursday-Easter Sunday, please pray for our brothers and
sisters in the Ukraine. The link below may interest you.

On Easter Monday through Easter Wednesday, all the Oblates of Mary in the USA will gather at four
places with our national administration on Zoom. We had hoped to meet in person at the Shrine of Our
Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL, but covid is still a threat. Oblates from Buffalo, NY, and Washington, DC,
will be traveling to our retirement residence in Tewksbury, MA, one of the four places. We welcome your
prayers for safe travel and a successful outcome of this very important meeting.

You will probably see people in church on Easter Sunday who have not been since last Christmas. Gently welcome them to return. The beauty and inspiration of our worship during Easter can persuade people to see Christ again in our Church. And now is the time to invite those who have always been churchless.
The Fellowship of Merry Christians has constructed its “Good Noise Blog.” If you google “Good Noise
Blog,” you will see some of the Fellowship’s best articles over the years, with several concerning the joy
of Easter.

Many thanks to those who commented on the March 20 Five Ways e-letter.

May we all have a most Happy and Holy Easter.

In Jesus’ love,

Father Harry Winter, O.M.I.

Regarding the Ukraine: https://www.omiusa.org/index.php/2022/04/11/eastern-orthodox-declaration-commentary/

Five Ways – Mar 22

March 20, 2022

Fasting, Evangelization and Joy during Lent

Many thanks to those who responded to the Feb.19 Five Ways e-letter.


The Joyful Noiseletter, from the Fellowship of Merry Christians, has recently been insisting that fasting is
not only a religious practice, but absolutely necessary for good health. Its Jan-Feb and March-April
issues stress this in many ways. Short, occasional fasting does so much good for both our bodies and
souls. Well worth considering during Lent.


Stephanie Saldana, in her marvelous article “A Community of Song,” describing Taize, reminds us that
Lent is a time to invite people to join us in our churches. If you google her name, the entire America
magazine article comes up and is very readable and inspiring.

With the Holy Week messages so necessary for life in our turbulent world, consider inviting non-believers
and especially drop out Catholics to the Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and
Easter Sunday services.


Let us join Pope Francis, and all the bishops of the world, as they consecrate the Ukraine and Russia to
the Immaculate Heart of Mary, according to the Fatima message, this Friday, March 25, on the Solemnity
of the Annunciation of Mary.


My thanks to Margot Ferry Adams for sending me the item below: some joy and inspiration for Lent.

Gratefully in Christ,

Fr. Harry Winter, O.M.I.

Five Ways – Feb 22

February 19, 2022

As the Winter Olympics wind down, let us be aware of St. Paul’s attention to the preparations held at Corinth for the Olympics of his time: I Cor. 9:24-27. He writes about the gold medal of
his day, a wreath of laurel leaves. I am sure that many of the Five Ways Fellowship members have earned a laurel wreath/gold medal by your attention to evangelism, ecumenism and dialogue.


I hope you can open the link below, and the link of May 28, 2019, within that link. VenerableMadeleine Delbrel shows us the Holy Spirit working within Catholic laity to restore their
evangelization ministry, and using French Oblates of Mary Immaculate, especially Jean
Gueguen, OMI, to do so. Dr. Mann’s book is out of print, but inter-library loan probably has
copies available through your local library. More of Delbrel’s writings are available on Mission- Unity-Dialogue, Family/Laity page, www.harrywinter.org.

Many thanks to those who responded to the Jan. 7 Five Ways e-letter.
In His love,

Fr. Harry Winter, O.M.I.

Second Oblate Parish and Madeleine Delbrêl

Posted on February 10, 2022

Kathy Ferreira
Kathy Ferreira

The first Oblate parish in the USA to have a parishioner who is making the Dorothy Day of France well known is St. Casimir’s Parish in St. Paul, MN, and the parishioner is LauraRose Paradis (see May 28, 2019, click here). When Fr. Mike O’Hara, O.M.I. and I came to lead St. Mary’s parish in Georgetown, MA, we discovered another parishioner doing the same thing:  Kathy McCarthy Ferreira.  Kathy edited the first edition of the comprehensive biography of Delbrel for author Charles F. Mann, Madeleine Delbrel, A Life Beyond Boundaries, New World Press (San Francisco, CA, Copyright 1996, 1998, and 2000).

Although Kathy did no editing for the second or third (2000) editions, inscribed in the copy Kathy loaned me of the 2000 edition are these words by Mann:  “Madeleine and I are still kicking around, doing another edition, a third act together:  same well-seasoned smile, same loving story, and same deep gratitude to you for all your fine editing and friendly support.”

The monthly Magnificat magazine continues to print meditations from the books by Delbrel, which are posted on the Family/Laity page of Mission-Unity-Dialogue, www.harrywinter.org.  Other items by or about Delbrel are posted on the home page, along with a photo of LauraRose and her husband, Maynard Guenther.

Madeleine Delbrêl
Madeleine Delbrêl

Delbrel’s actions with the community she inspired, and her writings continue to lead the Catholic Church to give more attention to the laity. Oblate Father Jean Gueguen  and other French Oblates are instrumental in promoting her writings and example.

May LauraRose Paradis and Kathy Ferreira help every Oblate to be strengthened by Venerable Madeleine Delbrel as we seek to give our laity their rightful place in leading evangelism.

Five Ways – Jan 22

January 11, 2022

Above you will find the color beginning of the VaticanWorld Council of Churches material for this year’s WeekofPrayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25. Most Catholic parishes will have more material, which you may accessatwww.geii.org/weekofprayer2021. The theme this year is “Abide in My Love….You Shall Bear Much Fruit” (Jn. 15:1-17). These materials include “Homily Notes, Dr. MartinLuther King Jr Day,” which this year is Monday, Jan. 18. There is no doubt this year, with the Black LivesMatter movement, is more important than ever as we continue to overcome the effects of slavery in the USA.

During the Week of Prayer, we pray with more Evangelical Protestants than ever. They are our allies as we approach the Jan.17 and 24 local gatherings to combat the effects of the Roe vs Wade abortion decision, and the Jan. 31 gathering in DC. Will President Biden and Vice-President Harris back off from the controversial position of the Democratic Party on abortion? Will their inauguration on Jan. 20 be peaceful?
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity seeks to overcome divisions among Christians, so that we deepen the New Evangelization promoted by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict and now by Pope Francis with his emphasis on reaching people on the fringes. We remember that the largest denomination in the USA after Roman Catholicism is the number of drop-out Catholics. The Holy Spirit wants to help us reach them.

Many of you have begun reading the Ecumenical Vademecum attached to our December 12 e-letter. It is also at the top of the Mission-Unity-Dialogue website home page (www.harrywinter.org). I hope soon to have some comments posted on it.

Here at our Oblate Tewksbury Residence, we have had no new covid cases. Many thanks for your prayers, and be assured of those of ours from here, that your families stay clear.

In the love of Jesus who unites us,
Father Harry Winter, O.M.I.