12/04/14 eNews Notes
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What would you do to save the planet?
Would you recycle more, drive less, give up bottled water?
Asked at Chapter to adopt at least two environmentally friendly practices for the next three
years, friaries took up the challenge. Here’s how some of them are taking steps to help heal Mother Earth.
(From Fr. Bill Farris, OFM)
(From Br. Mark Ligett, OFM)
We will continue the practices already in place, namely:
We also decided on the following new practices for our house:
(From Jerry Beetz, OFM)
At a cluster meeting the friars from Hazard and Jackson shared several environmental
practices that we are doing. These include:
At the Clifty Falls Council meeting last summer, the Council set goals for itself. One goal was to visit our brothers in nursing homes when we met in Cincinnati. In October we had La Rosa’s lasagna with the friars at St. Margaret Hall; this past week we shared Eucharist and then chili with the friars at the Little Sisters. We also expressed a desire to interact with young adults when we could. This week we spent an evening in praise and adoration with students from the Newman Center at the University of Cincinnati. These visits were a blessing to us, each quite significant and moving. We were all edified by the faith and joy we experienced with our seniors and our youth! The visits were nice “bookend” experiences, being with those who have walked the way of discipleship for quite some time and those who are still dreaming of and preparing for the journey. These encounters have given “flesh” and context to my own Advent reflection about the “promise” and its “fulfillment”, themes so beautifully expressed in the Scriptures of the season.
— Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM Email To a Friend
BY TONI CASHNELLI
Let the battle begin.
Thanksgiving night, workers at Coco La Palm resort in Jamaica draped Christmas lights across the roof, around windows, through trees along the beach.
Wednesday, Fr. Jim Bok fired back. “I’ve always felt like I need to be in competition with them,” says Jim, who recruited helper Dwayne Hall to string lights along the roof, through the shrubs and around the ficus tree at Mary, Gate of Heaven church in Negril. The dueling displays, across the street from each other, make up the brightest stretch of road you’ll see anywhere in town.
Those who know Jim – and remember his displays at St. Clare and St. Francis Seraph friaries – will not be surprised. He loves the lights, what they represent and how they make us feel. “Some people take issue with decorating before Christmas, but to me it’s a reminder. We talk about Jesus as the light or in
PHOTO FROM http://www.cocolapalm.com/
Left, Not to be outdone, Jim Bok mounts lights at Mary, Gate of Heaven in Negril; above, Coco La Palm has thrown down the gauntlet.
PHOTO BY RICHARD GOODIN, OFM
Advent, waiting for the dawn of a new day. We’re waiting for this new light, Jesus, to come. That’s supposed to make us feel good, give us hope and cheer. When things are bright and lit up, you feel more secure, in a better mood. There’s something about illumination around us that lifts our spirits – at least it does mine.”
A few years ago Jim started soliciting lights from friends, family, even tourists. “I suggested that when they go shopping the day after Christmas they buy lights and take them to the Mission Office” so those traveling to Jamaica could drop them off in Negril. The need for donations has not diminished.
Coco La Palm is owned by Americans, a family from Minnesota, which explains the fondness for decorating. (It’s not the norm in Jamaica.) Jim is kidding about competition, but last Thursday when the display went up across the street, “I did tell a couple of their guys, ‘One of these days I’m gonna have more lights than you.’” He might just have a secret weapon. “I’m hoping to get one of those laser things that changes colors and shine it on the tree.”
For Jim, the real highlight of Advent comes Dec. 23 when Christmas lunch is served at St. Anthony’s Kitchen. “We have a nicer meal than usual,” he says. “Santa Claus comes. All of the children – and there are lots – get a bag, a Christmas gift from Santa with toys and school supplies. In conjunction with our local Rotary, all of our regular customers get a big sack of groceries with a chicken, cooking oil, rice, peas, flour, sugar, tins of mackerel and sardines. The idea being, of course, they get to go home and can fix a real nice meal. It’s a lot of fun.”
Delivery men Mike Dubec and Mike Chowning.
Fr. John J. Cecero, SJ
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