June 27, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 12 • Oakland, CA
Msgr. Boyle dies
Parish reaches out
OMAHA, Neb. — Members of St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn prayed June 16 for Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy killed in an alligator attack in Florida, his father and mother, Matthew and Melissa, and sister, 4-year-old Ella, during a regularly scheduled morning Mass and special rosary. The Graves are members of the parish in Elkhorn, and Ella attended preschool at St. Patrick School.
Religious life appealing
WASHINGTON — Religious life is appealing to young people because "it fills a spiritual need," offers "a relationship with God" and "gives people a sense of importance," said the superior general of a Midwest-based order of women religious. Sister Cecilia Ann Rezac, of the Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, made the comments in a phone interview with Catholic News Service after the release of results of a membership survey by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious. The 2015 survey showed that the average age of women in the religious communities represented by the council is below the average age of women in religious communities nationwide. Overall, the average age of women in the council's member communities is 57. The average age of postulants is 27; novices, 29; temporary professed, 32; and perpetually professed, 63.
'Mr. Hockey' dies
DETROIT — Family, friends and fans crowded into the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament June 15 to pay tribute to the life of "Mr. Hockey," Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe. Howe, a hockey Hall of Famer and one of the most celebrated athletes of his generation, died June 10 at the age of 88. The memorial Mass at Detroit's cathedral drew dozens of NHL dignitaries.
Helen Chavez dies
BAKERSFIELD — Helen Chavez, whose late husband, Cesar, co-founded the United Farm Workers union, died June 6 at a Bakersfield hospital after battling an unspecified infection. She was 88. Born Jan. 21, 1928, in Brawley to parents who fled Mexico at the time of the Mexican Revolution, Helen Fabela started working in the fields herself at age 7. She met Cesar Chavez when he was working as a migrant in the fields in Delano — the epicenter of early farmworker struggles — and they married there.
Jesus' tomb restoration
JERUSALEM — For the first time in 200 years, experts have begun a restoration of the Edicule of the Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where, according to Christian tradition, Jesus was laid to rest after his crucifixion. The project, which began in early June, is expected to take up to one year to complete and will include sorely needed damage repair and reinforcement of the structure. The work is being carried out by experts from the National Technical University of Athens.
Sacraments for disabled
ROME — No matter how complicated it is to do, all children have a need and a right to religious education and access to the sacraments, said a priest who was born deaf and became blind 16 years ago. Opening the Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration for the sick and persons with disabilities, Redemptorist Father Cyril Axelrod insisted sign language, tactile sign language and body language are "gifts of the Holy Spirit" meant to help Christians share the Gospel with all people.
Dachau priest dies
BONN, Germany — Father Hermann Scheipers, the last surviving priest who was imprisoned in the notorious Dachau prison camp, died June 2 in his North Rhine hometown of Ochtrup, Germany, at age 102. He was arrested in October 1940 by German authorities because of his staunch Catholicism and taken to Dachau, near Munich, five months later.
— Catholic News Service
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