Friday, August 29, 2008

Golfing with Elaine

Well, my friend Elaine Haydock and I went out last week and golfed at Hawksview Club. I played like crap, but we had a good time. Anyway, here are a couple of photos--Elaine, the sneak captured the ever frustrated me on the 18 the hole.

Saturday, August 23, 2008



Today, Blaise, Sean, Erin, Jennifer(Ryan's girlfriend), Trish (a friend), and Tim (Ryan's Dad) waited anxiously to see Air Tran touch down at the 128th Air refueling wing in Milwaukee today as the Fox 2/28 came home from their tour in Iraq. Praise God! We were so very happy to welcome Ryan home again--it was such a happy day.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Priest Sabbaticals Story, Catholic Herald

Fr. Pat Heppe writes on his blog that he rode his bike along the same path that Jesus walked in Jerusalem. “For me, it puts new perspective and meaning to the Gospels. The human part of Jesus really comes alive like it never has before,” he wrote in a late June blog posting. (Submitted photo courtesy Fr. Pat Heppe)
Fr. Bob Stiefvater tours Paris on a Segway last fall during his sabbatical which took him to Poland, Italy, Germany and France. (Submitted photo courtesy Fr. Bob Stiefvater)
Fr. Pat Heppe and Fr. Bob Steifvater created blogs as reflections on their journeys.
Fr. Pat Heppe's blog:
Fr. Bob Stiefvater's blog:

Sabbaticals offer priests respite from daily life

Time away provides self-renewal, is beneficial to those they serve

By Karen Mahoney
Special to Your Catholic Herald

It is Sunday at 9 a.m. Do you know where your parish priest is?

For three months, Fr. Pat Heppe, team moderator of Holy Family Parish, Fond du Lac, was absent not just from the altar, but from the parish altogether.

With the blessing of his parish family, he enjoyed a sabbatical in Ireland, Nova Scotia, and Jerusalem, courtesy of a grant awarded to his church through the National Clergy Renewal Program.

The program, now in its eighth year, is funded by the Indianapolis-based Lily Endowment Inc. This year, 127 grants totaling nearly $5 million were made to congregations across the United States. Approved congregations are awarded between $20,000 and $45,000 under the pastoral renewal program for the sabbaticals.

'Sabbath time' allows for rest, study

According to Gretchen Wolfram, Lily Foundation communications director, the grants allow pastors to step away from their daily obligations and to create "Sabbath time" in their lives for travel, study, rest and prayer.

"We believe that by giving clergy some time off, they can be more effective in their role as a pastor and to more effectively build their congregation," she said. "Their absence can also provide a time of renewal for the congregation and become a means to greater resourcefulness and for exploring the strengths of the lay members."

Limited by their own imaginations, clergy are encouraged to submit well-planned, thorough, but creative ideas for a fulfilling sabbatical experience.

"We get a whole lot of pleasure out of this, and the pastors generally find that the sabbatical is a meaningful experience but even more meaningful later on," she said. "Many will go to the Holy Land, Greece, Scotland, or Oxford; and many just go wandering through our country. The variety of things is amazing - some ministers in rural areas have gone to churches in other rural areas to see how they deal with specific challenges. Some use their sabbatical time for artistic discovery, and some will use the time as a pilgrimage and visit specific shrines. We really enjoy reviewing the applications."

As pastor of Holy Family, Fr. Heppe felt drawn to preserve the rich ethnic spirit of the three shuttered Fond du Lac parishes, as well as to bring his ministry back to its core. He wrote the grant with those intentions.

"Holy Family has gone through many changes, collaborations and mergers," he said during a phone call from Jerusalem. "I needed to take a break and shift directions for me personally to get back to the core of ministry and get back to what I was ordained to do."

After attending a "Clergy Renewal Program" at All Hallows College in Dublin, Fr. Heppe traveled to Jerusalem for a Scripture study program operated through the University of Notre Dame. Part of his trip includes a tour covering the "Journeys of St. Paul," concluding with a two-week stay in Nova Scotia.

"One of the great parts of this grant is that it continues when I get back, as the Lily Foundation will pay for a course in Celtic spirituality which leads to planning all sorts of activities for the parish," he said. "This is a great time of renewal for me; it is Christ centered and scripturally oriented. We do a lot of high quality stuff at the parish, but we sometimes forget the simple things. After being here, I realize that one thing we haven't done was to organize a social or parish life committee for fun events. That's one thing we will do when I get back is to get a minister of fun."

Priests allowed one sabbatical every 10 years

Although priests are allowed one sabbatical every 10 years in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Fr. Heppe admitted that some priests opt not to take any, and are missing out on a great opportunity.

"It is a great time of renewal and because of the grant, I really went with a purpose and a program that gave me personal renewal and yet positively affected the parish," he said. "It makes me want to do more in small groups and again, getting to the basics of parish ministry. As a priest, everything is about my relationship with Christ and I want to do a better job of getting his message to people and touch their hearts to get the message across."

When Fr. Bob Stiefvater, moderator of the in solidum team serving St. Hyacinth, St. Vincent de Paul and Prince of Peace Parishes traveled to Poland, Italy, Germany and France last fall; it was to refresh his life as a priest.

Lily Endowment grant funds costs

With parishes stressed to their financial limits, Fr. Stiefvater knew that the trip would have been impossible without a grant from the Lily Endowment fund, which includes costs to cover replacement priests in the absence of the pastor.

"I knew that the parish couldn't cover its part of handling a substitute priest and I was so happy that this grant covered everything. This group is so wonderful because it is their belief that the parishes get a new life when the pastors go on sabbatical," he said. "Because of this, I was able to take continuing education classes at The North American College in Rome and say Mass at the tomb of St. Hyacinth in Krakow, Poland."

Traveling by Segway through streets of Paris, Fr. Stiefvater saw much more of the country, and for those who are wondering ... riding the two-wheeled scooter is relatively easy.

"You just stand on the platform, turn it on and the Segway does the rest," he said.

Though he has been back since November, the Lily Foundation's grant includes another aspect that will take place in Mexico this fall. When the foundation asked what would make his "heart sing," Fr. Stiefvater admitted that he was curious as to what Mexican cities and towns provided the majority of Hispanic Catholics in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. The Lily Foundation approved the funds that will allow him to travel to Mexico by motorcycle.

"I will be driving down for two weeks to visit eight to 10 of those towns and have Mass there," he said. "It's hard for people to cross the border for funerals and weddings and that separation is hard on the families. I thought that it would be a wonderful thing if I could go down there in the name of the families here in the U.S."

When a man feels called to become a priest, most are probably unaware that much of their time is spent in middle management. At least that is how Fr. Kenneth Mich of Good Shepherd Parish, Menomonee Falls, describes much of his ministry.

"A lot of time is spent on analyzing, planning, organizing, promoting many instructions and policies to be implemented," he said. "A lot of right brain activity, a lot of organizing for 'organized' religion - sometimes to the detriment (of) healthy attention to the less technical, more imaginative, experiential, spiritual side."

Priest begins immersion experience

For those reasons, Fr. Mich is preparing for a four-month sabbatical divided into four excursions. Beginning with 12 days in mid August, he will travel to Australia to experience the life and spirituality of the Aboriginal people; the second portion will be an opportunity to participate in a program called the 'Abode of God-kings' in Tibet.

"It will be an immersion into the Buddhist life and culture, but right now this portion of my trip is in jeopardy because of the troubles there and Tibet is now closed to tourists," he said.

The third excursion will be to Africa where Fr. Mich will travel to Ethiopia and Tanzania. The last excursion will be to Peru where he will visit the Inca holy city Machu, Picchu, the sacred valley Urubamba and Lake Titicaca's sacred landscape.

"I desire to take a sabbatical in which I can simply stand before and experience the mystery without having to do something with the experience except to be amazed and moved and inspired," he said. "I want to go where people of other cultures and times have stood before God. I want to just stand there and cry or sing or dance. I want to resonate with the instincts and intuitive wisdom of the many generations that have declared this and that place to be sacred."

With help from the Lily Foundation, Fr. Mich will experience a variety of cultures and use the experience for self-revelation and for waiting upon the Lord.

"Elizabeth Barrett Browning says, 'Earth is crammed full of heaven and every common bush is aflame with the fire of God. But only those who have eyes to see take off their shoes. The rest just pick the berries,'" he said, adding, "I've been picking a lot of berries, I've got enough for awhile; it's time to take off my shoes again."

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Cubs Pictures

Cubs Game pics

We went to the Cubs vs Cincinnati Reds game last night and were so excited that the Cubs won 5-0! Here are a couple of photos I took off my cell phone. Erin even got an autograph from Ronny WooWoo the oldest and most famous Cubs fan around.

Weekend in Chicago

This is underneath a giant reflective ball in Millenium Park--amazing!
And if you are watching, these pictures are for you Molly! There is a Bubba Gump Shrimp Place on Navy Pier and below you can see Forrest Gump talking with visitors. He looked and acted just like the Forrest!

Talk about an awesome weekend--Blaise and I took an impromptu trip to Chicago for the weekend and were pleasantly surprised to see the Blue Angels performing in the Annual Air and Water Show. Spent a few hours on Navy Pier and even saw Bill Murray jump from an airplane.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

He's Aced his Test of Faith-Kenosha News

The Rev. Donald Hackbarth confirms new congregation members Mary Jo Petersen and Bill Serritella during a service at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pleasant Prairie.

He's aced his tests of faith
Aug. 15, 2008
Good Shepherd pastor serves Pleasant Prairie community as family

Read & React

PLEASANT PRAIRIE - It's not often you hear a minister acknowledge that his faith has been tested, but then again, it's not often you meet someone like the Rev. Donald Hackbarth.

Today he is a well-respected pastor celebrating his 30th year guiding the congregation at Pleasant Prairie's Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. But a little more than three decades ago he was a seminary student struggling with his decision to uproot his family and serve the Lord.

"God really pushed me to the edge," Hackbarth said. "I remember one Thanksgiving, we were so poor that we couldn't afford anything to eat. There was a store that gave week-old bakery goods to the seminary; and I remember eating an old pumpkin pie for dinner. The hardest part was having to scrape the mold off before we could eat it."

Hackbarth remembers reaching into the depths of his being, breaking down and crying out to God. He remembers feeling as if he were being dropped inch by inch into a septic tank while God molded him into a servant - teaching him humility and what it means to become a pastor.

"It is never about the minister," he said. "It is always about the people and faith."

Members of Good Shepherd Church, 4311 104th St., children who attend its Lutheran school, and Pleasant Prairie police and fire officials are among the people who are grateful Hackbarth withstood the crucible and remained committed to a life of religious service. Hackbarth was installed as pastor of Good Shepherd during the summer of 1978, and he since has become a integral part of the local community, serving on the Pleasant Prairie Plan Commission and as chaplain for the village's police and fire departments.

"He is incredibly generous with his time," Pleasant Prairie Police Chief Brian Wagner said. "All of our police officers here know they can call him anytime and he will make time to see them, and they know what they say will be kept confidential. He has rendered valuable assistance at crime scenes, accident scenes, working with victims and their families. There's no question about it, we're lucky to have him."

The funny thing is, Hackbarth, 65, never expected to become a minister. The Wisconsin native had a clear future planned in the engineering field after graduating from the Milwaukee School of Engineering in the 1970s.

After purchasing his first home with his wife, Beverly, and son, Timothy, Hackbarth sought some help with installing outdoor lighting for his yard. The handyman turned out to be a younger seminary student looking for some extra cash.

"We worked on the lighting until it rained, and then, being typical Lutherans, we went inside," Hackbarth said with a laugh. "We sat and drank about a six-pack and began to talk about Jesus. After a couple of hours of talking, the seminarian stopped, looked at me and said, 'You should be a minister.' So I joke now that I am not sure which spirit got me into the ministry."

Unable to shake the seminarian's comments, Hackbarth prayerfully considered his future. With Beverly in agreement, the two decided he would enter the four-year seminary program in Springfield, Ill.

"We talked about it and Bev really understood," he said. "My dad said I was crazy. My mom cried. And others told me they were grateful that another person was going to become a minister. My sister told me, 'Don, you will make a very good minister because you have such a big mouth.'"

With few funds to their name, the small family traveled to Springfield where they rented a large farmhouse with a dirt floor basement for $120 per month, quite a lot considering the only money they had was from a small engineering profit-sharing account.

"It wasn't long before we had to move - we just couldn't afford it," Hackbarth said. "We found a small home for $60 per month that was owned by the seminary and decided to take it."

Infested with insects and other multi-legged invaders, the home needed to be fumigated and cleaned before the Hackbarths moved in. Not long after, the seminary headed to Fort Wayne, Ind., and the family moved again. During that time, the couple struggled with extreme financial hardship, and Hackbarth began experiencing severe self-doubt, some of which continues to this day.

After graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1978, he was called to pastor Good Shepherd. From the moment he drove over the first bump on Highway Q, Hackbarth knew he found a permanent home.

"It was like the gates of heaven opened up," he said, choking back tears. "Because it was finally home for this vagabond family. I knew this was where we were supposed to be and where we were supposed to stay."

Leading a church and grade school require a lot of time, but he has embraced the opportunity to serve the police and fire departments, too.

Pleasant Prairie Fire Chief Paul Guilbert Jr. first got to know Hackbarth in May 1988 when he invited the pastor to bless a ladder truck - the first major piece of equipment the department took possession of under Guilbert's leadership. The fire chief was struck by Hackbarth's genuine consideration in bestowing the blessing.

"He came out and not only did he perform that ritual, if you will, but he made it very personal," Guilbert said. "I was in awe. He took my request so seriously."

Little by little Hackbarth became a more integral part of the department, and today he is a member of a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing team that can be called upon to offer assistance to anyone affected by tragic incidents that occur in southeastern Wisconsin.

"He's taken classes. He's really gone the extra mile," Guilbert said.

With retirement in the back of his mind, Hackbarth wants to add four additional grades to Good Shepherd School before spending more time with his wife of 38 years, children Tim, 34, Mike, 31, and Rebekah, 29, and three grandchildren. The school now offers child care, preschool and kindergarten through fourth grade.

"That gives me four years for sure, as we plan to add a grade per year," he explained. "Then when it comes time to call another pastor, I would like to remain on for a time to help with the transition."

Despite Hackbarth's ideas about retirement, he most likely will remain closely linked with his congregation, whom he lovingly refers to as his family.

"They all mean so much to me," he said. "We have been here so long and we feel so much love for all of them. I can't preach a sermon for a funeral or a baptism for a member of the congregation, I do it as family because that is what each of them means to me."

Thursday, August 14, 2008

August 23 is the date!

After all this waiting, worrying and praying, my son Ryan lands today in California from Baghdad where he served with the Fox 2/24 Marine Reserve Unit for the past ten months. We will all attend his homecoming celebration at the 128th in Cudahy on August 23--praise God and welcome home Ryan!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Carmelites Vs Students

Carmelite Fr. Don Brick gets a base hit during the Carmelites vs. kids Whiffle Ball game at Holy Hill, June 18. (Catholic Herald photo by Jim Bovin)

Carmelites 11, students 7

Annual Wiffle Ball game outreach at Holy Hill

By Karen Mahoney
Special to Your Catholic Herald

HUBERTUS - It might have been a bit more humorous had Fr. Don Brick whacked a Wiffle Ball while wearing his brown Carmelite habit - but just seeing the shrine minister of the Basilica of Holy Hill slide into home plate wearing street clothes was probably more than religious education students of St. Mary on the Hill Parish expected to see.

Members of the Carmelite community defeated students 11-7 during a Carmelite vs. students Wiffle Ball game June 18 at the parish center. It was the second year the teams squared off, and by reactions of both squads, it's slated to become an annual event.

"It was great - the kids loved to see the Carmelites play and really get into the game," said Mike Faust, who played on the Carmelites team. "He was very competitive and it was so funny. I don't think Fr. Don likes losing. You gotta have a side with an edge and he didn't want to lie down and let anyone beat him because he was a priest. He was quite aggressive sliding into home base."

According to Tammy Streitmatter, director of religious education at St Mary on the Hill, the idea originated as a means to foster community between the parish and Holy Hill.

"Prior Fr. Mark Devilis used to play softball in college and played semi-pro. Our pastor, Fr. Fred Alexander, talked with him and got the whole thing started," said Streitmatter. "We had so much fun, over 100 people came - lots of parishioners came to watch and about 25 students played. There weren't enough Carmelites so some of the parents filled in the team."

To give the event a feeling of authenticity, a vocalist sang the national anthem. Hot dogs, popcorn, peanuts, provided traditional game-day fare, while stretching, sing-a-longs and face painting entertained the younger set. Of course, the little ones, parents, and Carmelite sisters gave vocal support by cheering on the teams. With double the turnout from last year's game, Streitmatter is pleased with the results.

"I think this has really brought everyone together," she said. "People come out, talk to one another and spend time together. It has become an event that people look forward to."

Michael Faust, 8, enjoyed playing on the kids' team despite the outcome and the fact that hitting and catching the ball proved a bit daunting.

"I didn't do that great hitting and I didn't catch the ball, but it was cool," he said. "It isn't too often I get to see them play baseball. I want to do this again. Even my cousins came to play and the people from CCD, they all liked it, too."

Bringing clergy and laity together outside of Mass is important for children to see that they are real people, perhaps dedicated to Jesus a bit more than they are, said the elder Faust.

"All of the kids need this - especially the older ones," he admitted, "It's good to get them involved before the world grabs them. This is something that is positive and good to get them focused on family issues. It is a sad thing to see the kids today drawn only to the world and its beauties."

The two teams enjoyed competing so much that for those who are not Wiffle Ball aficionados, other events are planned to include more participants.

"We have had volleyball before," said Streitmatter. "But in November, we are planning a bowling event because some of the Carmelites who weren't comfortable or able to play Wiiffle Ball wanted to do that, too. This has all turned out much nicer than I ever expected and the kids have developed a wonderful rapport with the Carmelites. It's great for them to be able to spend time getting to know each other."

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Bioethics Priest-Catholic Herald Article

An Unlikely Priest

As a young boy, Tadeusz Pacholczyk was accustomed to the life of science and scientists. The son of Andrzej, an astrophysics professor at the University of Arizona, the young boy sat wide eyed in his family’s living room with his father’s colleagues discussing the history and philosophy of science. Of particular interest to him were the Jesuit Priest astronomers from the Vatican Observatory affiliated with the university.

After observing numerous discussions in his Arizona home on the apparent conflicts of faith and science, Pacholczyk knew he wanted to be a part of that life and planned to attend college for science.

At 15, the aspiring scientist received a fellowship sponsored by the American Heart Association and assigned to a summer rotation with Dr. Jack Copeland, a cardiac surgeon with the U of A Medical Center. Shadowing the busy surgeon cultivated his interest towards the field of the biosciences.

A book and a vacation when he was 17 changed the course of his life and led him in a direction few scientists dare venture. During that vacation, Pacholczyk read an autobiography about The Little Flower, St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Influenced by her dogged determination to pursue her vocation by appealing to the mother superior, the bishop and finally the pope, Pacholczyk realized that he was called to pursue his vocation with a similar passion.

“When I was 19, I spent time in the seminary and tested the waters to confirm my calling,” he said. “I paid my own way and studied philosophy at the same time. I knew again for sure that God wanted me to become a priest, but I came to understand during that time that I should study science, but I didn’t know why or where it would lead.”

Pacholczyk returned to the University of Arizona where he earned undergraduate degrees in philosophy, biochemistry, molecular cell biology and chemistry. During that period, he performed research on hormonal regulation of the immune response.

“From there I went to graduate school in Connecticut (Yale) and studied Neurosciences and received me PhD there,” he said. “I went to Harvard at that point and studied for three years there doing my post-doc work.”

Upon achieving the scientific background that he knew he was supposed to do, it was time to follow God’s additional path for his life.

“I went to Rome and studied at the Pontifical North American College, with duel programs in Pontifical Gregorian and Lateran studies,” he said. “It seemed like I was forever in school.”

In Rome for five years, he focused his work on dogmatic theology and bioethics, examining the question of delayed ensoulment of the human embryo.

Ordained a Transitional Deacon in 1999 in Rome, Pacholczyk returned to his home diocese in Fall River, Massachusetts and was ordained a priest at the Cathedral.

“I was very blessed that the Bishop of my diocese released me to serve full time as Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia,” he said.

His work has led him to testify before members of the Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Virginia and North Carolina State Legislature during deliberations over stem cell research and cloning. He has given presentations and participated in roundtables on contemporary bioethics throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has had frequent appearances on CNN, ABC World News Tonight and National Public Radio.

On July 25, he was a guest at the Milwaukee Pfister Hotel for a Mass and a talk the following day in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Humane Vitae. His discussion ‘Stem Cell research in light of Humanae Vitae’ attracted more than 200 guests. Sponsored by the Nazareth Project, Bishop William Callahan presided at the anniversary Mass and concelebrated with a dozen area priests.

For the calm, even-tempered Fr. Pacholczyk, the opportunity to combine science and faith are pieces of the same puzzle.

“Many think that science and faith are intrinsically opposed to each other,” he said, softly, “That is false and one great big myth. God is the author of both science and true religion. It is an impossible conflict. If there is a conflict it is because science is overstepping its bounds or the reverse—some religious is trying to speak about an area in science that they have no expertise.”

With the education to back his theological understanding, Fr. Pacholczyk is comfortable speaking with university professors, scientists, the media and fellow clergy members.

“Bioethics formation augments the ability to exercise a fruitful ministry,” he said. “I can reach people because of my training that other priests cannot. I can go do universities and debate professors and interact with scientists that is a group many priests don’t have a chance to interact with. Some have scientists in their parishes but generally don’t deal with the specific questions that I do.”

While Fr. Pacholczyk is comfortable debating topics such as human cloning, stem cell research, in vitro fertilization and end of life issues, much of his day-to-day life is admittedly stressful for the 44-year-old, red haired, bearded priest.

“I have had to debate my former Biology professor at MIT,” he said. “When I was a student, I used his book and found myself debating and exposing the errors in an ethical debate. When we first began, the small classroom had a few seats filled, but after our PowerPoint demonstrations and debating, the room was over-filled. It was cool, but it was quite stressful too. It is through God’s grace that he has given me a gift to remain calm. I always try to keep my cool and not ever to get into a shouting situation and I have never have.”

In his position as Director at the NCBC, Fr. Pacholczyk is amazed at the changes not only in society, but among Catholics as well.

“Our society is moving very rapidly into a future that is filled with new forms of biotechnology and it is already affecting how new life comes into the world,” he said. “Recently, in Britain, a mother had a family history of breast cancer. What she did was to make 11 embryos and had each one of them tested for the gene for breast cancer. The ones that had the genes were either frozen or thrown away. The only ones to be implanted are the ones that didn’t have the genes. We are seeing stem cells, cloning, genetic testing—our Church exercises a pivotal and well developed criteria that helps to answer questions and Church is an essential voice as the future of society lies in these questions.”

For many skeptics who disbelieve the correlation between science and faith, Fr. Pacholczyk reminds that much of the questions he examines are rooted in Natural Law.

“What that means is that you don’t actually need faith to understand,” he said. “Everyone knows that we shouldn’t kill someone else. Although it is revealed in the Ten Commandments, we all knew that even if He hadn’t told us, we still know it is wrong—it is an obvious thing. A lot of my work deals with natural law questions. But it is all still in the bigger framework of faith.”

Researching all of Church documents pertaining to life, ethics and medical situations, Fr. Pacholczyk believes that these documents demonstrate that faith permeates the whole view.

“Many sense these truths can be known on their own,” he said, adding, “At our center, we deal with issues such as invitro fertilization-which many Catholics are probably not aware that it is a huge ethical problem, to end of life nutrition and hydration issues. We have a consulting service with six full time ethicists and a 10-12 member hard hitting support staff to provide more than 600 consultations per year. We also provide consultation for hospitals and the Vatican when they are reviewing documents.”

As this is an election year, Fr. Pacholczyk encourages Catholics to educate themselves about ways to vote appropriately. It is important for Catholics to understand that there is a hierarchy of goods and that some issues far outweigh other issues.

“If Catholics get the order wrong, they are going to end up harming the good of society and their own lives,” he said. “Life is at the top of the priority and if we structure society where human life is destroyed and violated and no one does anything-we are sowing seeds of our own destruction. It is important to establish power, do your homework and bring your vote and don’t vote in favor of someone who inverts the goods and turns things upside down….like saying it is OK to do abortions as long as the budget is balanced.”

While balancing the budget is good, it is short term, admitted Pacholczyk, who affirmed that taking human life affects the entire society and subsequent generations. It is important to take your values to the ballot box.

“Many Catholics have adopted a Kennedy mindset by saying that they will be Catholic on Sunday between 11-12 and the rest of the week is mine,” he said. “Nothing will bleed over and they will build compartments in their minds and live a highly segregated existence.”

Living this type of existence is the most dangerous type of existence, which will eventually lead to personal collapse.

“The Lord Jesus wants to affect the entire week—24-7, to live with us every hour,” Fr. Pacholczyk said, adding, “He wants to us to be completely His and live a fruitful reality. That is a gift.”

For More Information:
National Catholic Bioethics Center
6399 Drexel RD
Philadelphia, PA 19151

Thursday, August 7, 2008

This is my daughter Molly

I have not seen her in nearly a year so I had to pull this picture off her myspace page that I am not allowed into except for her profile picture. Anyway, her page says that she is living the dream. Gee, she must have been living a nightmare when she lived here....

Sunday, August 3, 2008

more summer fun with Linzy!

Fun with the Slip n'Slide!

Erin was such a trooper yesterday playing on the slip n' slide with his little niece Linzy. Not only did he do a great job demonstrating the sliding technique, but he played with the new Dora the Explorer water toy. It was a beautiful summer day--and fun for Grandpa and Grandma too!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Go Cubs!

We are heading to the Cubs game--Erin and Blaise need to resemble the rest of the insane fans, don't you think?

Golfing with Erin

well, we had a good time despite the fact that my game was terrible that day! Erin is at least doing incredibly well!