Friday, March 6, 2020

(203) My Ad in the 2020 Program Booklet


AMDG (Ad majorem Dei gloriam – for the greater glory of God)

RISE UP OH MEN OF GOD of the 2020 Men’s Conference; 
YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD!!!

You can do a little today, a little tomorrow, a little the next day
And the accumulation of many little things done over a lifetime
Can add to greatness and sanctity too with God’s help. 
Be a Christ bearer wherever you are; seek His will for your life; trust Him; He will be with you. 
May the world be just a little bit better because of you.
“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness” 
  (www.christophers.org).
“Don’t just keep the faith; SPREAD IT”.  Participate in the New Evangelization!
People in your own extended family have left the faith.  Do your part to bring them back.

RISE UP OH MEN OF GOD.  ARMED WITH THE POWER OF PRAYER, BE EFFECTIVE SPIRITUAL LEADERS FOR GOOD IN THE HOME as well as in the parish, on the job, and in the community.
 
Try our Men’s Conference Blog, “Becoming True Men of God” at diosteubmen.blogspot.com.  It has summaries of past Men’s Days of Renewal; resources for promoting it in your parish and Knights of Columbus Council; plus articles on Men’s spirituality by past speakers and others.  The most recent ones are Blog #180 - a Summary of Mark Nehrbas’ 2019 Conference talk on how suffering can make you a saint; #157 – A Prophetic Letter by Ralph Martin on Corruption in the Church; #158 – A Requiem For a Faithful Parish Priest: Msgr. William Myers, Pastor Emeritus of St. Louis Church Gallipolis.  The blog has links to other articles by our speakers in the past.  The most important of all is Blog #106 – “INTO THE BREACH: An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men” by Thomas Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix.  Clergy, Religious, and knowledgeable layman are invited to submit feedback and articles to me at paulrsebastian@yahoo.com.

Also try a related blog with greater variety, “A Little Bit for God and His People” at paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com.  See #133 Lourdes, the Mystery of the Value of Suffering, Healing, and the World Day of the Sick: #184 St. Bernadette’s Own Account with a photo of her incorrupt body more than a century later; #187 CATHOLIC FAMILYLAND: Play and Pray; Grow in Every Way as a Family……… A National Treasure in the Diocese of Steubenville; #189 WHY EUCHARISTIC ADORATION? What Can You Do During Eucharistic Adoration? Not Boring, Even Exciting; #198 What the Catholic Church Has to Offer Our Separated Brethren; #202 The FATIMA STORM: the Great Unknown Light of January 25, 1938......a Prelude to World War II; #205 A Catholic Alternative to Obamacare & Commercial Health Insurance Plans; #228 SOLDIERS OF CHRIST SEMPER FIDELIS, ALWAYS FAITHFUL; #232 Why Osama Bin Laden Chose 9/11 to Terrorize America; #239 Let's Go From Polarization in America to Civility, Reconciliation, and Cooperation Before That Evil Destroys Our Country.........Let's Try a Christian Approach; #240 The Miraculous 1914 Christmas Truce of World War I; #212 – 229 A Series: Living With Christ During the Liturgical Year Through Images of the Holy Land.  Check out the other titles on both blogs.

Check out these Great Websites for Men’s Spirituality (and women too): newemangelization.com with many excellent links; Danny Abramowicz’s crossingthegoal.com; SportsLeader.org; blessed2play.com; catholicscomehome.org; ewtn.com with live TV; salvationhistory.com with Scott Hahn, etc.; relevantradio.com; CatholicRadioInternational.com; lighthousecatholicmedia.org – a wealth of CDs to listen to while driving.
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St. Joseph, patron of this Men’s Conference and model of a true man of God, pray for us.
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(202) Press Release to Secular Newspapers

AMDG

           I sent the following introduction and press release to secular newspapers within a 200 mile or 3 hour radius of Caldwell, OH, our Men's Conference site.  Thus I included secular newspapers in Gallipolis, Athens, Marietta, Parkersburg-WV, Zanesville, Cambridge, St. Clairsville, Wheeling, Steubenville, and as very long shots Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh.
 
The addresses were easy to obtain by googling the internet.  Essentially, I sent the press release by e-mail all at once to the entire list.  My philosophy was if only one or two of the 14 newspaper pick up the release and print at least part of it, the effort is worthwhile.  Even if the reader does not attend the Conference, at least s/he receives the message behind the Conference.  In 2011 and 2013 the Gallipolis Daily Tribune published the entire article.  The Steubenville Herald Star picked up the press release in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.  There may have been others.

“Beth Sergent – Editor Gallipolis Daily Tribune - Pomeroy Daily Sentinel - Point Pleasant Daily Register” <bsergent@aimmediamidwest.com>,
“Gallipolis Daily Tribune” <gdtnews@aimmediamidwest.com>, 

*“No-Carrie Gloeckner Editor Meigs Independent Press” <meigsindypress@gmail.com>,
*“No-Carrie Gloeckner Editor Gallia Hometown Herald” <galliaherald@gmail.com>,
*“?Jackie Denuit - Community Editor Jackson Times Journal” <jdenuit@timesjournal.com>,
“Steubenville Herald Star Executive Editor” <rgallabrese@heraldstaronline.com>, “City Editor” <jpowers@heraldstaronline.com>, “Janice Kiaski – Editor Community Page” <jkiaski@heraldstaronline.com>,
“Wheeling Intelligencer” <myer@news-register.net>,
“St. Clairsville Times Leader Managing Editor” <bkapral@timesleaderonline.com>, “Area Editor” <timesleader@timesleaderonline.com>, “Lifestyles Editor” <sdunder@timesleaderonline.com>, 
“Jennifer Compston-Strough - Managing Editor” <jcompston@timesleaderonline.com>,

**“?Cambridge Daily Jeffersonian Publisher – “Ray Booth - Managing Editor” <rbooth@daily-jeff.com>,
“?? Dan Davis – Reporter” <ddavis@daily-jeff.com>,

“Zanesville Times Recorder - Managing Editor” <psjames@nncogannett.com>, “Local Desk Editor” <tshipley@nncogannett.com>,
“Marietta Times News Editor” <kyork@mariettatimes.com>,
“Columbus Dispatch” <storyideas@dispatch.com>, “Danny Goodwin - News Editor” <dgoodwin@dispatch.com>, “Danae King – Religion Reporter” <dking@dispatch.com>,
**“? ?Cleveland Plain Dealer Metro Editor” <kturner@plaind.com>, “? ?Deputy Managing Editor” <dkannber@plaind.com>,
“Cincinnati Enquirer Community Editors” <jkey@communitypress.com>,
“Athens Messenger” <jhiggins@athensmessenger.com>,
“Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Jerry Micco - Assistant Managing Editor NewsSlide” <jmicco@post-gazette.com>, <localnews@post-gazette.com>,
“Parkersburg News & Sentinel”  <editorial@newsandsentinel.com>,  “Executive Editor - Christina Myer” <cmyer@newsandsentinel.com>,  “Paul LaPann – Managing Editor” <plapann@newsandsentinel.com>,  “Jesse Mancini – City Editor”  <jmancini@newsandsentinel.com>,
“Joanie Nash” <jnash@ogdennews.com>,

February 28, 2020
            As the person responsible for publicity on the Steering Committee for the Steubenville Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal, I am submitting for your consideration the following press release for your News, Events, or Religion sections.  The Men's Conference described in the press release below is open to men of all faiths and it's good for the people of different denominations to know what other churches are doing.  For those who do not attend, the press release also gives a taste of the speaker's message, which challenges the men to recognize that role in making their homes little domestic churches where Christ is the center.
 
Feel free to edit and condense it as you see fit.  If space is lacking, please at least consider the short announcement below for your Events section or Church Calendar.  You may contact me at 740-245-9404.  Photos of the main speaker, Scott Hahn, are attached as well as the Conference brochure and other information.  Photos of Scott Hahn and is wife Kimberly are attached.  If space is limited, the final four paragraphs may be dropped
.   
Thank you for your consideration and God bless.

                                                     PRESS RELEASE


Scott Hahn to Speak at the Men's Day of Renewal at the Basilica in Marietta, Ohio   
            For the eleventh consecutive year, the Diocese of Steubenville is sponsoring a Men's Day of Renewal on Saturday, March 7 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, 506 Fourth St. in Marietta off of Route 7 or Exit 1 on I-77.  The patron of the Conference is St. Joseph, a model of a true man of God. 
If the mother takes the spiritual lead in the family, the probability that the children will remain faithful to the Church as adults is about 40%.  If the father takes the spiritual lead, that probability doubles to 80%.  This is crucial because we are losing our youth.  As Danny Abramowicz of “Crossing the Goal” on EWTN and a Steubenville native likes to point out, “The children love Mom, but tend to follow Dad.” 

To complement the Holy Hour, the Penance Service, and Mass presided by Bishop Monforton, the featured speaker is Dr. Scott Hahn.
Dr. Scott Hahn is Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990.  He is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics how to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.  Married to Kimberly for forty years, together they have six children and 18 grandchildren. Two of their sons are seminarians studying for the priesthood in the Steubenville Diocese. A former Presbyterian pastor, Scott entered the Catholic Church in 1986. The author or editor of over 40 popular and academic books, including “Rome Sweet Home” and “The Lamb’s Supper”, Dr. Hahn has delivered thousands of talks, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.  
Dr. Hahn will give two talks based on the general theme, “The Challenge of Being Catholic”.  
In his first talk, he will draw on Church teaching and his own experience to show how ordinary Catholics can effectively share their faith, and so fulfill the New Evangelization.  Every one of us, as Catholics, is called not only to keep the faith, but also to share it with others. This talk is geared to help Catholic laymen reach friends, co-workers, and family members, especially those who are non-practicing or have drifted away from the Church. He will also address the question, “why and how can we remain faithful Catholics” -- in the face of clerical corruption and the scandals we have witnessed?”   
In his second talk, Dr. Hahn will speak on how to strengthen our marriages and family life, both of which are in crisis.  Drawing from Scripture, and forty years of experience as a husband and father. Hahn will offer some practical tips on how to make your home a domestic church --which St. Pope John Paul II advocated-- particularly with the help of the Holy Family.  He will also share some valuable lessons learned from his own struggles, drawing from his most recent book, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

  The men are encouraged to bring their sons (18 and under free of charge); so this can also be a father and son event, a shared experience.  A bag lunch will be provided.  Non-Catholics are also welcome.  Registration will be taken at the door.

Questions may be addressed to the Chairperson of the Steering Committee, Don Coen at 740-264-0155, 740-632-1565, or donandmargcoen@yahoo.com.  There’s more information on the diocesan website, www.diosteub.org and the Conference Blog, “Becoming a True Man of God” at diosteubmen.blogspot.com which is also devoted to articles to keep men in spiritual shape after the Conference.  “A Little Bit for God and His People” at paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com has an article on this conference (#244) and a variety of other subjects. 
The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is to focus on the spiritual development of the men of the diocese. Having spiritually strong men of faith and character translates into more solid families, more dynamic parishes, and better communities. This is crucial to the Church, now and in the future. It is also critical for nurturing vocations.  It involves sacrificing most of a Saturday with some travel, but Lent is all about sacrifice and the quest for holiness.  That gives a pilgrimage flavor.  During the middle ages, pilgrims would travel for days by foot or horseback.
For those who must travel a distance  this mini-pilgrimage is a Lenten sacrifice of early rising and a long trip with great fellowship in a van or bus as the men pray together, discuss the talks and other events of the Conference, and deepen friendships.  This is an opportunity for the pastor to know his men better and build parish community. 
The men will see how the participants are moved by the beauty and power of the faith.   The experience of seeing so many men enthusiastically participating and lifting up their voices in song is uplifting.  There will be a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration and optional Lenten Confession.  In the past the men have returned spiritually refreshed, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.   Registration will be taken at the door.
           
            A great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual reinvigoration is expected. But most of all, the organizers hope that through grace there will be a few more good spiritually strong men for the kingdom of God in the battle against secularism and other evils and problems that our troubled society must confront.......men --not spiritual weaklings and wimps-- who will put Christ into their professions.  Finally, the men will become more knowledgeable, firmer in their faith, and better prepared for a more joyful Easter, not to mention a greater closeness to God and eternity which life on earth is all about. 
           

AS A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE EVENTS SECTION OR CHURCH CALENDAR

Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 7 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta (506 Fourth St.).  The theme is The Challenge of Being Catholic”.  The main speaker is Scott Hahn, internationally renowned speaker and author, will give tips on how each man can participate in the New Evangelization and how to make his home a Domestic Church as proposed by St. Pope John Paul II.  The registration fee is $25, but for the first time boys 18 years old and under are admitted free of charge

(201) Press Release to Catholic Newspapers


AMDG

           I sent the following introduction and press release to the Catholic newspapers within a 200 mile or 3 hour radius of Caldwell, OH, our Men's Conference site.  Thus I included the diocesan newspapers of Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Parma (Byzantine), Pittsburgh, Wheeling-Charleston WV, and Steubenville Ohio.  Any press release should be sent a month prior to the Conference because Catholic newspapers are published only once a week or every other week.  Thus deadlines are easily missed.

The addresses were easy to obtain by googling the internet. I sent the press release by e-mail all at once to the entire list. My philosophy was that the e-mail addresses one or two of the 9 newspaper pick up the release and print at least part of it, the effort is worthwhile.  Even if the reader does not attend the Conference, at least s/he receives the message behind the Conference.
 
“Youngstown Catholic Exponent” <exponent@youngstowndiocese.org>,
“Cleveland Catholic Universe Bulletin Editor – Carol Kovach” <ckovach@dioceseofcleveland.org>,
“Cincinnati Catholic Telegraph” <cteditorial@catholiccincinnati.org>,
“Columbus Catholic Times Editor Doug Bean” <dbean@columbuscatholic.org>,
“Pittsburgh Catholic News Editor” <pzezza@pittsburghcatholic.org>,
“Parma Byzantine Eparchy Horizons Editor - Laura Ieraci” <viscom@parma.org>, 
“Pittsburgh Eparchy Byzantine Catholic World” <archpitt@aol.com>, <bcw@archpitt.org>,
“West Virginia Catholic Spirit Director of Public Information & Marketing Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston - Tina High” <thigh@dwc.org>, “Colleen Rowan – Editor” <crowan@dwc.org>, <tbishop@dwc.org>, 

February 27, 2020

            As the person responsible for publicity on the Steering Committee for the Steubenville Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal, I am submitting for your consideration the following press release.  For those who do not attend, the press release also gives a taste of the speaker's message, which challenges the men to recognize their role in the New Evangelization and tips on making their homes domestic churches with Christ at the center. 
  
            Feel free to edit and condense it as you see fit.  If space is lacking, please at least consider the short announcement below for your Events section or Church Calendar.  You may contact me at 740-245-9404.   Photos of the main speaker, Scott Hahn, are attached as well as the Conference brochure and other information.  If space is limited, the final four paragraphs may be dropped.

Thank you for your consideration and God bless.

                                                     PRESS RELEASE

               Scott Hahn to Speak at Men's Day of Renewal at the Basilica in Marietta, Ohio

Scott Hahn, the main speaker at the Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal
            For the eleventh consecutive year, the Diocese of Steubenville is sponsoring a Men's Day of Renewal on Saturday, March 7 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption, 506 Fourth St. in Marietta off of Route 7 or Exit 1 on I-77.  The patron of the Conference is St. Joseph, a model of a true man of God, whose intercession we count upon for its success.   
If the mother takes the spiritual lead in the family, the probability that the children will remain faithful to the Church as adults is about 40%.  If the father takes the spiritual lead, that probability doubles to 80%.  This is crucial because we are losing our youth.  As Danny Abramowicz of “Crossing the Goal” on EWTN likes to point out, “The children love Mom, but tend to follow Dad.”
            To complement the Holy Hour, the Penance Service, and Mass presided by Bishop Monforton, the featured speaker is Dr. Scott Hahn.
Dr. Scott Hahn is Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990.  He is the founder and president of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics how to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.  Married to Kimberly for forty years, together they have six children and 18 grandchildren. Two of their sons are seminarians studying for the priesthood in the Steubenville Diocese. A former Presbyterian pastor, Scott entered the Catholic Church in 1986. The author or editor of over 40 popular and academic books, including “Rome Sweet Home” and “The Lamb’s Supper”, Dr. Hahn has delivered thousands of talks, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.  
Dr. Hahn will give two talks based on the general theme, “The Challenge of Being Catholic”.  
In his first talk, he will draw on Church teaching and his own experience to show how ordinary Catholics can effectively share their faith, and so fulfill the New Evangelization.  Every one of us, as Catholics, is called not only to keep the faith, but also to share it with others. This talk is geared to help Catholic laymen reach friends, co-workers, and family members, especially those who are non-practicing or have drifted away from the Church. He will also address the question, “why and how can we remain faithful Catholics” -- in the face of clerical corruption and the scandals we have witnessed?”   
In his second talk, Dr. Hahn will speak on how to strengthen our marriages and family life, both of which are in crisis.  Drawing from Scripture, and forty years of experience as a husband and father. Hahn will offer some practical tips on how to make your home a domestic church --which St. Pope John Paul II advocated-- particularly with the help of the Holy Family.  He will also share some valuable lessons learned from his own struggles, drawing from his most recent book, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

  The men are encouraged to bring their sons (18 and under free of charge); so this can also be a father and son event, a shared experience.   A bag lunch will be provided.  Non-Catholics are also welcome.  Registration will be taken at the door.

Questions may be addressed to the Chairperson of the Steering Committee, Don Coen at 740-264-0155, 740-632-1565, or donandmargcoen@yahoo.com.  There’s more information on the diocesan website, www.diosteub.org and the Conference Blog, “Becoming a True Man of God” at diosteubmen.blogspot.com which is also devoted to articles to keep men in spiritual shape after the Conference.  A Little Bit for God and His People” at paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com has an article on this conference (#244) and a variety of other subjects.

The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is to focus on the spiritual development of the men of the diocese. Having spiritually strong men of faith and character translates into more solid families, more dynamic parishes, and better communities. This is crucial to the Church, now and in the future. It is also critical for nurturing vocations.  It involves sacrificing most of a Saturday with some travel, but Lent is all about sacrifice and the quest for holiness.  That gives a pilgrimage flavor.  During the middle ages, pilgrims would travel for days by foot or horseback.

For those who must travel a distance  this mini-pilgrimage is a Lenten sacrifice of early rising and a long trip with great fellowship in a van or bus as the men pray together, discuss the talks and other events of the Conference, and deepen friendships.  This is an opportunity for the pastor to know his men better and build parish community

The men will see how the participants are moved by the beauty and power of the faith.   The experience of seeing so many men enthusiastically participating and lifting up their voices in song is uplifting.  There will be a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration and optional Lenten Confession.   In the past the men have returned spiritually refreshed, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.
  
            A great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual reinvigoration is expected. But most of all, the organizers hope that through grace there will be a few more good spiritually strong men for the kingdom of God in the battle against secularism and other evils and problems that our troubled society must confront.......men --not spiritual weaklings and wimps-- who will put Christ into their professions.  Finally, the men will become more knowledgeable, firmer in their faith, and better prepared for a more joyful Easter, not to mention a greater closeness to God and eternity which life on earth is all about. 
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AS A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE EVENTS SECTION OR CHURCH CALENDAR

Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 7 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta (506 Fourth St.).  The theme is The Challenge of Being Catholic.  The main speaker is Scott Hahn, internationally renowned speaker and author, will give tips on how each man can participate in the New Evangelization and how to make his home a Domestic Church as proposed by St. Pope John Paul II.  The registration fee is $25, but for the first time boys 18 years old and under are admitted free of charge.  

(200) Invitation to College Students to Attend the Men's Conference


AMDG

Dr, Scott Hahn, the main speaker.
Dear Franciscan University Campus Ministers:

          If the Men are in good spiritual shape, the family is renewed.  If the family is renewed, the parish is renewed and so is the diocese.  The men must be spiritual leaders in their families.  The men must step up and be the pillars of the parish.......not only the women.  The men must put Christ into the marketplace and in their jobs.  Set the men on fire and we renew the parish, the diocese and ultimately the Country, thus transforming Society.  That's what we're trying to accomplish with the Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal.           

I am a member of the Steering Committee for organizing the Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal.  Having taught at Franciscan when it was in a rather tumultuous transition from a secularized Catholic College into a Christ centered university (1980-83) and now having my daughter Naomi as a recent graduate in Nursing.  My son Joseph was also a student there, I have a special love for Franciscan and would love to share a great opportunity for your students and faculty.   

          In that same spirit we thought that it would be great if a delegation of students, staff, and professors from Franciscan University could attend our
Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal on Saturday March 7 at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption (9 am to 4 pm) 506 Fourth St. in Marietta off of Route 7 or Exit 1 on I-77.   Students from Franciscan University would be great witnesses and it would be a great experience for them.  If we can attract a good number of men, we will be able to provide more nationally known speakers in future years.  

Dr. Scott Hahn is Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990.  He is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics how to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.  Scott has been married to Kimberly for forty years, and together they have six children and eighteen grandchildren. Two of their sons are seminarians studying for the Steubenville Diocese.  A former Presbyterian pastor, Scott entered the Catholic Church in 1986. The author or editor of over forty popular and academic books, including “Rome Sweet Home” and “The Lamb’s Supper”, Dr. Hahn has delivered thousands of talks, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.
          It is essential that the men take the spiritual lead in the family and in the parish.  Too often the women are the pillars of the parish.  According to our past speaker, Fr. Larry Richards, the probability that the children will remain faithful to the Church in later life is about 40% if the mother takes the spiritual lead.  However, if the father does his job as spiritual leader, that probability of later faithfulness doubles to about 80%!!!!  According to Danny Abramowicz, the children love Mom, but tend to follow Dad. The great majority of your male students are the future fathers and husbands in the Church.  Franciscan University has been doing a great job of forming their students; the Men's Conference would be great supplement and a great experience.
          The theme is The Challenge of Being Catholicwith St. Joseph, model of a true man of God, as the Conference’s patron.
In his first talk, Scott Hahn will draw on Church's teaching and his own experience to show how ordinary Catholics can effectively share their faith, and so be part of the New Evangelization.  This talk will help Catholic laymen to reach friends, co-workers, and family members, especially those who are non-practicing or have drifted away from the Church.  In his second talk, Dr. Hahn will speak on how to strengthen our marriages and our family life, both of which are in crisis.  Drawing from Scripture, and forty years of experience as a husband and a father.  Scott will offer some practical tips on how to make your home a domestic church. 
The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is to focus on the spiritual development of the participants.  The includes helping the men to take the right path before having to face the four last things.......Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.  Having spiritually strong men of faith and character translates into more solid families, more dynamic parishes, and better communities. This is crucial to the Church, now and in the future. It is also critical for nurturing vocations.

It involves sacrificing most of a Saturday with some travel, but Lent is all about sacrifice and the quest for holiness.  That gives a pilgrimage flavor, especially if there's a rosary and discussion about the day's events along the way.  During the middle ages, pilgrims would travel for days by foot or horseback.

          The diocesan website at diosteub.org has a link to the brochure and Additional Information.  Hover over the "ABOUT" Menu at the top of the home page.  Then hover on "Men's Ministry" and click on "Men's Day of Renewal".  The link to our brochure and "Additional Information" are on the bottom left under documents.  The Conference Blog, “Becoming a True Man of God” at diosteubmen.blogspot.com which is also devoted to articles to keep men in spiritual shape after the Conference.  For a greater variety, go to “A Little Bit for God and His People” at paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com.  One may also contact paulrsebastian@yahoo.com or call 740-245-9404.  Attached are the conference brochure and other resources.

          It should be a great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual reinvigoration. But most of all, the organizers expect that through grace there will be a few more good spiritually strong men for the kingdom of God in the battle against secularism and other evils and problems that our troubled society must confront.......men --not spiritual weaklings and wimps-- who will put Christ into their professions.  Finally, the men will become more knowledgeable, firmer in their faith, and better prepared for a more joyful Easter, not to mention a greater closeness to God, which life on earth is all about.  The annual Men's Day of Renewal fulfills a great need.
         
          Often the enthusiasm generated at a men's conference is contagious and there could be a spillover onto campus since the students see fellow participants moved by the beauty and power of the faith.  Non-Catholics are also welcome.  This is all a part of the New Evangelization......to fire up the apathetic Catholic who doesn't do much beyond attending Sunday Mass, the minimalist; to touch the drifting Catholic and the fallen away through the publicity and inviting them to attend.  Your students and their youth would stand out and be most effective witnesses for the faith and it would be a great experience for them.  The experience of seeing so many men enthusiastically participating and lifting up their voices in song is uplifting.  In the past the men have returned spiritually refreshed, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.

          You could appoint a student committee to mobilize students and professors with one on one selling, organize a van pool, and register the men.  Filling out the attached registration form in advance and giving it with payment of $25 to a representative would speed things up at the door.  A sign-up sheet would also be helpful.  This would also facilitate follow up on the undecided and for organizing a car or van pool.  A few days before the event, send a count to “Roger Huck” <huck4816@roadrunner.com>.  If sufficient time, please send the registration form to Roger Huck; %Men’s Day of Renewal, P.O. Box 54; Beverly, OH 45715.   That would help our planning. 

          A layman could briefly talk about the Conference at the end of Mass.  This would be a great supplement to any promotion that you care to make in the bulletin, from the pulpit, etc.  I know that there are almost two weeks and only one week-end left before the Conference, which is not much time.  I'm sorry about not being earlier, but it is still very doable. 

          Hopefully, students and professors will return on fire which would make your university parish more dynamic.  Thank you so much and God bless.


SUMMARY OF WHAT THE MEN'S CONFERENCE CAN DO FOR YOU.....BENEFITS

  • Get into good spiritual shape and avoid being a spiritual weakling, i.e., a spiritual wimp.
  • Have a great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual invigoration in the parish van and at the conference, resulting in deeper friendships and parish cohesion.
  • Develop ourselves as men of character and spiritual strength as we obtain the graces to conquer ourselves and cope with the problems that our troubled society and economy brings to us.
  • Be a more effective spiritual leader of your family as a better husband and father.
  • Prepare our hearts for the great feast of Easter and for eternity as we become closer to God..
  • Become knowledgeable about the faith and grow in Christian maturity.  We know so little about Church teaching.
  • Become a more effective soldier of Christ as you do your part in establishing the kingdom, winning the spiritual-culture war against secularism, and put Christ into your profession.
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St. Joseph, model of a true man of God, pray for us and for the success of the Men's Conference.


A STARTING POINT FOR A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT

1.      Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 7 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.  In the first talk Dr. Hahn will draw upon his 1986 conversion experience to help us to be more effective in the New Evangelization, which applies to all of us.  Hopefully the men will leave with a sense of mission to show fallen away Catholics within their extended families and circle of friends what they are missing by drifting away.  Every Catholic has a part, small or large, in bringing non-Catholics and unchurched friends to the Faith.  Critical is selling them on the faith........Why be Catholic despite the scandal we have suffered through? 
2.      Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 7 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.  In the second talk Dr. Hahn will draw upon his experience as the father of six, including two in the seminary.  Scott Hahn can give us some great tips on how to make your home a domestic church as advocated by St. Pope John Paul II.  Certainly Scott Hahn has had his struggles as we all do in forming our families and keeping our marriages healthy.  He has given considerable thought to the Domestic Church in writing his book, "The First Society", which today is in a grave crisis.

(199) Invitation to Parishes in West Virginia to Attend the Men's Conference


AMDG
February 20, 2020

Dear Father:
          First of all, thank you so much for giving your life to the God, His Church, and to us.  Your work is so important and crucial in being another Christ in bringing us Mass, the sacraments, counseling us, teaching us, overseeing parish groups, and managing the parish, an enterprise just as challenging as running a business enterprise or other organization.  Your duties in running one or two or even three parishes often with a school and other services can be overwhelming while keeping up with the indispensable Liturgy of the Hours.  Through your most noble vocation over your career you will have brought the Lord’s mercy to hundreds if not thousands of souls and help them along the narrow and often difficult road to salvation.  May God reward you richly and use all of the trials, crosses, and frustrations of your crucial job to make you a saint.  Again my deepest gratitude.
          It is the role of the father to assume spiritual leadership in the family, but in many if not most cases, the mother assumes that role.  As Danny Abramowicz, 2012 Conference speaker and former All-Pro wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, says, “The men have dropped the ball”.  If the father takes the spiritual lead, the probability that the children will remain faithful to the Church in later life doubles or triples.   The Church in America may be losing a generation of youth.  The men must become the pillars of the parish, not only the women.  The men must step up.  Thus it is crucial to reach the men and the Steubenville Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal plays an important part because the enthusiasm generated is contagious as the men witness to each other.  Setting the men on fire means stronger families which in turn means the renewal of the parish.
          The Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday March 7 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.  The theme is The Challenge of Being Catholicwith St. Joseph, model of a true man of God, as the Conference patron.
The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is the spiritual development of the men of our diocese. That includes helping the men to take the right path before having to face the four last things.......Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell.  Having spiritually strong men of faith and character translates into more solid families, more dynamic parishes, and better communities. This is crucial to the Church and particularly our diocese, now and in the future. It is also critical for nurturing vocations.
Please excuse the length.  I wanted to be complete.  To make it an easier read, I have many subtitles. Please give it at least a good skim, reading only what you consider useful.     
The Conference will open with both talks of our main speaker, Dr. Scott Hahn since he will be on his way to Rome for a lecture series at the Angelicum Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas.  In his first talk, Scott will draw on Church's teaching and his own experience to show how ordinary Catholics can effectively share their faith, and so fulfill the New Evangelization.  Every one of us, as Catholics, is called not only to keep the faith, but also to share it with others. This talk will help Catholic laymen to reach friends, co-workers, and family members, especially those who are non-practicing or have drifted away from the Church. He will also address the question, why and how can we remain faithful Catholics -- in the face of clerical corruption and the scandals we have witnessed?   
In his second talk, Dr. Hahn will speak on how to strengthen our marriages and our family life, both of which are in crisis.  Drawing from Scripture, and forty years of experience as a husband and a father.  Scott will offer some practical tips on how to make your home a domestic church --which St. Pope John Paul II advocated-- particularly with the help of the Holy Family.  He will also share some valuable lessons learned from his own struggles, drawing from his most recent book, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

Scott Hahn
          I am a member of St. Louis Church in Gallipolis in southeastern Ohio across the river from you and am a member of the Steering Committee for organizing the Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal.  Our parish, Sacred Heart Church in Point Pleasant WV, and Sacred Heart Church in Pomeroy, OH have been sister parishes for many years.  They invite each other to parish functions and some go to daily Mass at the other parish when the home pastor is away.  The pastors worked together beautifully with Penance services and substituted occasionally at a weekend Mass. 

          In that same spirit we thought that it would be great if a group of men from your parish would attend.  Perhaps this joint effort will stimulate more cooperation and pooling of resources among the parishes of the two dioceses on opposite sides of the Ohio River.  If we can attract a good number of men from both states, we will be able to provide more nationally known speakers in future years.  Of course, we would not want to interfere with any event of the Wheeling-Charleston Diocese, but I understand that they have decentralized regional retreats which our men could also attend.  Thus the two are compatible with each other, especially if one conference or the other is more convenient for some of the men.

Dr. Scott Hahn is Professor of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990.  He is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center, an apostolate dedicated to teaching Catholics how to read Scripture from the heart of the Church.  Scott has been married to Kimberly for forty years, and together they have six children and eighteen grandchildren. Two of their sons are seminarians studying for the Steubenville Diocese.  A former Presbyterian pastor, Scott entered the Catholic Church in 1986. The author or editor of over forty popular and academic books, including “Rome Sweet Home” and “The Lamb’s Supper”, Dr. Hahn has delivered thousands of talks, nationally and internationally, on a variety of topics related to Scripture and the Catholic faith.
The following link gives a good overview of the Men’s Conference:
(244) Scott Hahn to Speak on How to Participate in the New Evangelization and Building the Domestic Church at the 2020 Steubenville Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal
          Attached for your possible use are 1) Conference Brochure with Registration Form; 2) Sample Bulletin Announcements; 3) Sample Bulletin Insert; 4) Functions of the Parish Representative; 5) Promotion Ideas; and 6) Sample Sign Up Sheet to put in back of the church; 7) Example of an After Mass Talk By a Layman; 8) Possible Pastor Announcements; 9) A List of My Articles by Subject and Link (Includes a section on Men’s Conferences).
          The backing of the pastor is crucial.  Bulletin blurbs and inserts are not enough.  A plug from the pulpit is helpful.  Being already so busy with many responsibilities, the pastor doesn’t have time to get too involved, but he could appoint a parish representative or a committee to mobilize the men with one on one selling, organize a van pool, and register the men.  A parish representative would facilitate follow up on the undecided. Filling out the attached brochure/registration form in advance with the $25 payment and giving it to a parish representative would speed things up at the door.  If sufficient time, you may send them to Roger Huck; %Men’s Day of Renewal, P.O. Box 54; Beverly, OH 45715.  That would help our planning.  Checks are payable to the Diocese of Steubenville with “Men's Day of Renewal” written on the memo line of the check.   If any man would like to attend, but can’t afford it, the parish can help or contact me at the door.  We’ll find a way. 

NEW:  The men are encouraged their teen age sons, godsons, relatives, and friends.  Thus the Conference can also be a father and son event, a shared experience.   Non-Catholics are also welcome.  For the first time boys 18 and under will be admitted free of charge.  The goal is to instill in the young men the habit of Lenten sacrifice, spiritual growth, and preparation for the great feast of Easter.   Hopefully, the older boys will help their fathers to build the domestic church at home and lead their younger siblings in a domestic evangelization.
  
          The local Knights of Columbus council can be invaluable in mobilizing their members and the other men in the surrounding parishes.  The spiritual formation of their men is very much within their mission.  A layman could briefly talk about the conference at the end of Mass.  This would be a great supplement to any promotion that you care to make in the bulletin, from the pulpit, etc. 

I know that there is only one week-end left before the Conference, which is not much time.  But I’m hoping that you can send at least a few men.  I'm sorry about not being earlier, but it is still very doable.  I apologize and hope to do better next year.

Useful Resources. You and the parish representatives that you appoint can utilize our Conference Blog at http://diosteubmen.blogspot.com.  The 2020 series of resources begins with Blog #184) A General Overview of the 2020 Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal; #185) Form to Place an Ad in the Program Booklet;
#186) Diocesan Press Release #1: Scott Hahn  to Speak at Men’s Day of Renewal;
#187 Possible Short Announcements For the Church Bulletin; 
#188) Promotion Ideas; 
#189) Functions & Crucial Importance of the Parish Rep; 
#190) Sample Sign Up Sheet; 
#191) Sample Bulletin Insert & Facebook Entry;
#192) Diocesan Press Release #2: Urgently Needed: A Few Good Men to Promote the Men's Conference; 
#193) Backing of the Pastor Crucial to the Men's Conference; 
#194) Role of the Deacon in Promoting the Men's Conference; 
#195) Example of an After Mass Promotional Talk By a Layman; 
#196) Examples of Possible Pastor Announcements Supporting the Men's Conference; 
#197) Diocesan Press Release #3: Men Asked to Make a Lenten Sacrifice to Attend the Men's Conference;
#198) Mobilization of the Knights of Columbus Councils to Attend & Help Promote the Men’s Conference; 
#199) Invitation to Parishes in West Virginia to Attend the Men's Conference; 
#200) Invitation to College Students to Attend the Men's Conference;
#201) Press Release to Catholic Newspapers; 
#202) Press Release to Secular Newspapers; and
#203) My Ad in the 2020 Program Booklet;  Numbers 184 – 203 will be added in the next several days.  They correspond to numbers 160- 179 of  2019 which are similar in principle to this year.

The diocesan website at www.diosteub.org will have a link to the brochure and Additional Information (for now it has the diocesan newspaper article and photos of last year’s conference).   Hover over the “ABOUT” Menu at the top of home page.  Then hover on “Men’s Ministry” and click on “Men’s Day of Renewal”.  The link to our brochure and “Additional Information” are on the bottom left under documents.  More direct is https://diosteub.org/mens-day-of-renewal.  For your convenience you will find attached  1) Conference Brochure 2) Registration Forms, 3) Additional Information, 4) Sample Bulletin Announcements, 5) Promotion Ideas, 6) Functions of the Parish Representative, and 7) Sample Bulletin Insert.
There are also interesting articles on men’s spirituality at http://diosteubmen.blogspot.com, along with summaries of past talks, promotional resources, and other information.  After the Conference and throughout the year, articles will be added to help the men keep in good spiritual shape.  Clergy, Religious, and knowledgeable layman are invited to submit to me for the Conference Blog articles or copies of homilies that are particularly appropriate for men’s spirituality.  For a greater variety, go to “A Little Bit for God and His People” at http://paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com.

          Marietta, Ohio is a good distance for some parishes and just across the river for others.  In any event it involves sacrificing most of a Saturday with some travel, but Lent is all about sacrifice and the quest for holiness.  During the middle ages, pilgrims would travel for days by foot or horseback.  Organizing the men to go together in a van pool for a 2 – 4 hour trip would give it a pilgrimage flavor, especially if there's a rosary and discussion about the day's events along the way.  It's a great opportunity as well.  It can solidify the parish as the men get to know each other better through great fellowship, especially if the pastor accompanies them. 

          Another option is to stay at a motel in Marietta and make a retreat out of it.  The Basilica is one of the most beautiful churches in the world and is ideal for prayer and reflection.   There will be Eucharistic Adoration all day Friday until 7 pm in the Chapel of the English Martyrs to the right of the main altar.  Stations of the Cross will follow.  The men may bring their families to stay overnight at a motel and explore Marietta during the Conference.  Go to https://mariettaohio.org/. 

It should be a great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual invigoration.  The last five years the men returned refreshed spiritually, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.  Expect the same this year.  The men sang with such enthusiasm that the walls reverberated.  But most of all, through grace we'll have a few more good spiritually strong men for the kingdom of God in the battle against secularism and other evils and problems that our troubled society must confront.......men --not spiritual weaklings and wimps-- who will put Christ into their professions.  Finally, the men will become more knowledgeable, firmer in their faith, and better prepared for a more joyful Easter, not to mention a greater closeness to God and eternity which life on earth is all about.

         Often the enthusiasm generated at a men's conference is contagious and there is a spillover into parish life since the men see fellow participants moved by the beauty and power of the faith.  Non-Catholics are also welcome.  This is all a part of the new evangelization......to fire up the apathetic Catholic who doesn't do much beyond attending Sunday Mass, the minimalist; to touch the drifting Catholic and the fallen away through the publicity and inviting them to attend.  The experience of seeing so many men enthusiastically participating and lifting up their voices in song is uplifting. 
   
  Please don't hesitate to call me at 740-245-9404 or e-mail me at paulrsebastian@yahoo.com if I can be of help.  Hopefully, the men will return on fire which would make your parish more dynamic.  Thank you so much and God bless.

SUMMARY OF WHAT THE MEN'S CONFERENCE CAN DO FOR YOU.....BENEFITS
·         Get into good spiritual shape and avoid being a spiritual weakling, i.e., a spiritual wimp.
·         Have a great day of enjoyable fellowship and spiritual invigoration in the parish van and at   the conference, resulting in deeper friendships and parish cohesion.
·     Develop ourselves as men of character and spiritual strength as we obtain the graces to   conquer ourselves and cope with the problems that our troubled society and economy brings   to us.
·         Be a more effective spiritual leader of your family as a better husband and father.
·       Prepare our hearts for the great feast of Easter and for eternity as we become closer to God..
·    Become knowledgeable about the faith and grow in Christian maturity.  We know so little about Church teaching.
·    Become a more effective soldier of Christ as you do your part in establishing the kingdom, winning the spiritual-culture war against secularism, and put Christ into your profession.
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St. Joseph, model of a true man of God, pray for us and for the success of the Men's Conference.

AS A SHORT BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

1.      Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 7 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.  In the first talk Dr. Hahn will draw upon his 1986 conversion experience to help us to be more effective in the New Evangelization, which applies to all of us.  Hopefully the men will leave with a sense of mission to show fallen away Catholics within their extended families and circle of friends what they are missing by drifting away.  Every Catholic has a part, small or large, in bringing non-Catholics and unchurched friends to the Faith.  Critical is selling them on the faith........Why be Catholic despite the scandal we have suffered through? 

2.      Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 7 from 9 am – 4 pm at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta.  In the second talk Dr. Hahn will draw upon his experience as the father of six, including two in the seminary.  Scott Hahn can give us some great tips on how to make your home a domestic church as advocated by St. Pope John Paul II.  Certainly Scott Hahn has had his struggles as we all do in forming our families and keeping our marriages healthy.  He has given considerable thought to the Domestic Church in writing his book, "The First Society", which today is in a grave crisis.