January 2012

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18 Jan 2012

My Dad’s Funeral Arrangements

In lieu of flowers, my Dad asks that people donate to the Assumption Grotto’s building fund.

Visitation (viewing) for my dad, Ron Wine, will be Friday, January 20th at the Wujek-Calcaterra Funeral Home from 3pm-9pm. The Rosary, led by Fr John Bustamante, will begin at 8pm Friday evening at the funeral home.

The funeral home is located at:

36900 Schoenherr
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

The Requiem Mass will be offered Saturday, January 21st at 11am at the Assumption Grotto. A pre-Mass visitation (viewing) will be available at 10am in the vestibule of the church. The Grotto is located at:… Read the rest

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Update on My Dad
17 Jan 2012

Update on My Dad

I received a call from my Mom yesterday, and my Dad’s health has taken a downturn. My flight to Michigan leaves at 7am. I’ll be with my Mom and Dad until the end, so I’m not sure how many weeks I’ll be up there. Your prayers are gratefully appreciated!

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Former El Paso, TX Bishop Accuses Fr Rodriguez and Takes Legal Action
12 Jan 2012

Former El Paso, TX Bishop Accuses Fr Rodriguez and Takes Legal Action

UPDATE: here is Fr Rodriguez’s Official Press Release.

Here is Bishop Ochoa’s statement, here are the court documents, below is Fr Rodriguez’s initial response, and finally here is the local news story about it.

Below is Fr Rodriguez’s official response.

JANUARY 12, 2012 PRESS RELEASE by Fr. Michael Rodríguez

It is unfortunate that Bishop Armando Ochoa, Administrator of the Diocese of El Paso and no longer our bishop, has decided to pursue legal action against me.  Such legal action is unjust.  Over the course of 9 1/2 years as the parish priest of San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, I … Read the rest

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02 Jan 2012

Catholic Beverages: Moored by Reason and Time

Wine used in religious ceremony is an ancient practice: sacramental and safe. Unless you had a deep well source, for most of human history it could be death to drink water. There were purification systems (heating, filtration) as far back as 2000 B.C., and a reason the Dark Ages really were a bit dark is because much of this knowledge disappeared, only to reappear in the middle of the nineteenth century, thanks to the likes of Pasteur and Lister.

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02 Jan 2012

Willpower: The Force of Greatness

Sometimes the simple things in life need a tremendous amount of courage—like resisting bad influences and peer pressure, not complaining, eating foods we don’t like, learning to say no, and even just getting out of bed in the morning. Or making the choice of doing our daily duty first before we engage in various forms of entertainment. Even just blessing ourselves and saying grace at a public restaurant can be embarrassing for some!

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