Sunday, March 4, 2018

(155) My Ad in the 2018 Men's Day Program Pamphlet

AMDG



RISE UP OH MEN OF GOD of the 2018 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” 
             (christophers.org).
“Don’t just keep the faith; SPREAD IT”.  People in your own extended family
             have left the faith.

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 Day of Renewal; resources for promoting it in your parish and K of C Council; plus articles on Men’s spirituality by past speakers and others.  The most recent ones are Blog #132 - a summary of Capt. Guy Gruters’ 2017 Conference talk on God as a source of strength in a POW Camp; #133 - an article by Fr. Thomas Loya on “Lent – An Antidote For Fallen Passions ; #134 - Danny Abramowicz’s “Spiritual Fitness Workout” Program; and #135 - Parenting Tips For Passing Down the Faith and Christian Values.  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.   

Also try a related blog with greater variety, “A Little Bit for God and His People” at paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com.  See #184 St. Bernadette’s 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; #196 Marine Lt./ Fr. Vincent Capodanno: the Grunt Padre's Heroism and Holiness on the Battlefield in Vietnam Earned Him the Congressional Medal of Honor---- Beyond the Call of Duty; #198 What the Catholic Church Has to Offer Our Separated Brethren; #199 A Homecoming to the Great Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City; #202 The FATIMA STORM: the Great Unknown Light of January 25, 1938......a Prelude to World War II; #203 Diversity As East Meets West at the 2018 March For Life in Washington.  Check out the other titles on both blogs.

Check out these great websites:  newemangelization.com with many excellent links and Danny Abramowicz’s crossingthegoal.com are for men’s spirituality; awestruck.tv is an excellent Catholic social network site resembling Facebook, but in addition has common interest groups of people.
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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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(154) Press Release to Secular Newspapers on the 2018 Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal

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 and 2017.  There may have been others.

“Beth Sergent – Editor Gallipolis Daily Tribune - Pomeroy Daily Sentinel - Point Pleasant Daily Register” <bsergent@aimmediamidwest.com>,
“Carrie Gloeckner Editor Meigs Independent Press” <meigsindypress@gmail.com>,
“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 – Andrew Dix” <asdix@dix1898.com>,  
“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>,

Mike Aquilina, an expert on the early Church, is the main speaker.

February 27, 2018
        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 article also gives a taste of the speaker's message, which challenges the men to follow the example of the early Church Fathers and martyrs and be effective witnesses in their homes, in their parishes, on the job, and in their communities.  Too many men are relegating that responsibility to the women.
       
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, Mike Aquilina, is attached as well as the Conference brochure and other information.

Thank you for your consideration and God bless.


                                                       PRESS RELEASE

   Expert On the Early Church to Speak
 at Men’s Conference March 3 in Caldwell, Ohio
            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.” 
Thus the participants in the Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday March 3 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell off of Exit 25 of I-77The men are challenged to become true men of God........dynamic Catholic leaders who will change the world, beginning with their families, their parishes, their communities, and the marketplace through their jobs.
            To complement the Mass presided by Bishop Monforton and Penance Service the featured speaker is Mike Aquilina, an expert on the early Church, particularly the Early Church Fathers and martyrs.  He will show that the witness of the first Christians coincides very well with Church teaching today in a remarkable continuity over the centuries through 267 popes.  Aquilina is an author of over 50 books, particularly on the early Church and how the early Christians lived their faith.  The books have been translated into many languages, even Braille. 
   
He is a nationally known speaker at many conferences, also appearing frequently on Relevant Radio and EWTN in which he has hosted ten television series and two documentaries.  He also has talents as a poet and song writer, even collaborating with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Dion DiMucci.  Aquilina’s extensive journalism experience includes being a past editor of New Covenant magazine and the Pittsburgh Catholic (diocesan newspaper).  Aquilina is the executive vice president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a Catholic research center, based in Steubenville. 
    
            His morning talk is titled “The Strength of Heaven”, which will show how the angels were effective witnesses and can teach us much to apply to our daily lives.  In the afternoon, he will show how the witness of the martyrs of the early Church can teach us to be witnesses today in secular America.  Mike Aquilina will challenge the men to follow the example of the early Church Fathers and martyrs and be effective witnesses in their homes, in their parishes, on the job, and in their communities. Drawing from his diverse experience as a journalist, prolific author, conference speaker, and father of a family of six children, Mr. Aquilina can speak to          
the needs of the men.
            This background puts Mike Aquilina in a position to speak on the theme of this year’s Diocese of Steubenville Men’s Conference, “Being a Cloud of Witnesses”.  That is through the power of faith rise up to be the spiritual leaders of their families, to do their part in renewing their parishes, be servant leaders in the community, and to make a difference for Christ by applying the social teachings of the Church to their professions. 
The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is to focus on the spiritual development of the men.  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.

            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.  The Conference is open to teens so this can also be a father and son event, a shared experience.   Non-Catholics are also welcome.  In the past the men have returned spiritually refreshed, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.   Registration will be taken at the door.

            There’s more information at the bottom of the home page of 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.  There’s also a recent article on another blog, “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 photos.

            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 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell off of Exit 25 of I-77.  Mike Aquilina, nationally known expert on the early Church, prolific author, and speaker show how the witness of the early Christians can teach the participants how to be effective witnesses in the home, in the parish, on the job, and in the community.  The home page of diosteub.org gives a link to the brochure, additional information, and the Conference Blog.
    
Mike Aquilina, an expert on the early Church, is the main speaker.

(153) Press Release to Catholic Newspapers on the 2018 Steubenville Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal


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>, “Columbus Catholic Times News Editor” <dgarick@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>, 

Mike Aquilina, an expert on the early Church, is the main speaker.

February 27, 2018

            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 follow the example of the early Church Fathers and martyrs and be effective witnesses in their homes, in their parishes, on the job, and in their communities.  Too many men are relegating that responsibility to the women.

            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, Mike Aquilina, is attached as well as the Conference brochure and other information.

Thank you for your consideration and God bless.

                                                     PRESS RELEASE

Expert on the Early Church
 to Speak at Men’s Conference March 3 in Caldwell, Ohio
            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.” 
Thus the participants in the Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday March 3 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell off of Exit 25 of I-77.  The men are challenged to become true men of God........dynamic Catholic leaders who will change the world, beginning with their families, their parishes, their communities, and the marketplace through their jobs.
           To complement the Mass presided by Bishop Monforton and Penance Service the featured speaker is Mike Aquilina, an expert on the early Church, particularly the Early Church Fathers and martyrs.  He will show that the witness of the first Christians coincides very well with Church teaching today in a remarkable continuity over the centuries through 267 popes.  Aquilina is an author of over 50 books, particularly on the early Church and how the early Christians lived their faith.  The books have been translated into many languages, even Braille.
  
He is a nationally known speaker at many conferences, also appearing frequently on Relevant Radio and EWTN in which he has hosted ten television series and two documentaries.  He also has talents as a poet and song writer, even collaborating with Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Dion DiMucci.  Aquilina’s extensive journalism experience includes being a past editor of New Covenant magazine and the Pittsburgh Catholic.  Aquilina is the executive vice president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a Catholic research center, based in Steubenville. 
    
            His morning talk is titled “The Strength of Heaven”, which will show how the angels were effective witnesses and can teach us much to apply to our daily lives.  In the afternoon, he will show how the witness of the martyrs of the early Church can teach us to be witnesses today in secular America.  Mike Aquilina will challenge the men to follow the example of the early Church Fathers and martyrs and be effective witnesses in their homes, in their parishes, on the job, and in their communities. Drawing from his diverse experience as a journalist, prolific author, conference speaker, and father of a family of six children, Mr. Aquilina can speak to the needs of the men.
            This background puts Mike Aquilina in a position to speak on the theme of this year’s Diocese of Steubenville Men’s Conference, “Being a Cloud of Witnesses”.  That is through the power of faith rise up to be the spiritual leaders of their families, to do their part in renewing their parishes, be servant leaders in the community, and to make a difference for Christ by applying the social teachings of the Church to their professions. 
The goal of the Men's Day of Renewal is to focus on the spiritual development of the men.  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.
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.  The Conference is open to teens so this can also be a father and son event, a shared experience.   Non-Catholics are also welcome.  In the past the men have returned spiritually refreshed, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.   Registration will be taken at the door.

     There’s more information at the bottom of the home page of 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.  There’s also a recent article on another blog, “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 photos.

            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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St. Joseph, model of a true man of God, pray for us and for the success of the Men's Conference.
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AS A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE EVENTS SECTION OR CHURCH CALENDAR

Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell off of Exit 25 of I-77.  Mike Aquilina, nationally known expert on the early Church, prolific author, and speaker show how the witness of the early Christians can teach the participants how to be effective witnesses in the home, in the parish, on the job, and in the community.  The home page of diosteub.org gives a link to the brochure, additional information, and the Conference Blog.

Mike Aquilina, an expert on the early Church, is the main speaker.


       

Saturday, March 3, 2018

(152) Invitation to College Students to the 2018 Men's Conference

AMDG

Mike Aquilina, the principal speaker at the 2018 Men's Conference

February 23, 2018

Dear Wheeling Jesuit 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.  Our parish, Sacred Heart Church in Point Pleasant WV, and Sacred Heart Church in Pomeroy, OH have been sister parishes for many years, one inviting the other to a parish function, going to daily Mass at the other parish when the home pastor is away, and especially with the priests helping each other out with Penance services, and occasionally a weekend Mass.  Furthermore, I taught Business at Wheeling Jesuit University in 1988-89.  Thus I have a special love for Wheeling Jesuit University.

          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 3 at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell (9 am to 3:30 pm) off of Exit 25 on I-77 about 1½ hrs. away.  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. 

          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 Fr. Larry Richards, our 2013 speaker, 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. 
            The Diocesan Men’s Day of Renewal will be held on Saturday March 3 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell.  The Conference will open with a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament.  There will be a Penance Service and Mass presided by Bishop Monforton.  The featured speaker is Mike Aquilina, nationally known expert on the early Church, author of over 50 books, and speaker.  His morning talk is titled “The Strength of Heaven”, which will show how the angels were effective witnesses and can teach us much to apply to our daily lives.  In the afternoon, he will show how the witness of the martyrs of the early Church can teach us to be witnesses today in secular America.  Mike Aquilina will challenge the men to follow the example of the early Church Fathers and martyrs and be effective witnesses in their homes, in their parishes, on the job, and in their communities.  As Blessed Pope Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”   

          Mike Aquilina is the executive vice president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a Catholic research center, based in Steubenville.  Drawing from his diverse experience as a journalist, prolific author, conference speaker, and father of a family of six children, Mr. Aquilina can speak to the needs of the men.

          This background puts Mike Aquilina in a position to speak on the theme of this year’s Diocese of Steubenville Men’s Conference, “Being a Cloud of Witnesses”.   That is through the power of faith rise up to be the spiritual leaders of their families, to do their part in renewing their parishes, be servant leaders in the community, and to make a difference for Christ by applying the social teachings of the Church to their professions. 

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 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.  The Conference is open to teens so this can also be a father and son event, a shared experience.   Non-Catholics are also welcome.  In the past the men have returned spiritually refreshed, reinvigorated, and enthusiastic.  

          There’s more information on the diocesan website at www.diosteub.org with a link at the bottom of the home page 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.  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 could stand out and be most effective witnesses for the faith and it would be a great experience for them. 

          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.
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                                             AS A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT

Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell.  The theme is Being a Cloud of Witnesses.  The main speaker is Mike Aquilina, a prolific author of over 50 books, particularly on the early Church.  He is a nationally known speaker, appearing frequently on EWTN and Relevant Radio.   Mike Aquilina will show how the witness of the angels and the martyrs of the early Church can teach us how to be witnesses today in secular America.  Registration fee is $25 at the door.  

          Again thank you so much and God bless.

(151) Invitation to West Viirginia Parishes

AMDG
February 23, 2018

Dear West Virginia Pastor:

          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 American 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 3 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell.  The Conference will open with a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament.  There will be a Penance Service and Mass presided by Bishop Monforton.  The featured speaker is Mike Aquilina, nationally known expert on the early Church, author of over 50 books, and speaker.  His morning talk is titled “The Strength of Heaven”, which will show how the angels were effective witnesses and can teach us much to apply to our daily lives.  In the afternoon, he will show how the witness of the martyrs of the early Church can teach us to be witnesses today in secular America.  Mike Aquilina will challenge the men to follow the example of the early Church Fathers and martyrs and be effective witnesses in their homes, in their parishes, on the job, and in their communities.  As Blessed Pope Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.”


Mike Aquilina

          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 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.
Mike Aquilina is the executive vice president and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, a Catholic research center, based in Steubenville.  Drawing from his diverse experience as a journalist, prolific author, conference speaker, and father of a family of six children, Mr. Aquilina can speak to the needs of the men.
          This background puts Mike Aquilina in a position to speak on the theme of this year’s Diocese of Steubenville Men’s Conference, “Being a Cloud of Witnesses”.   That is through the power of faith rise up to be the spiritual leaders of their families, to do their part in renewing their parishes, be servant leaders in the community, and to make a difference for Christ by applying the social teachings of the Church to their professions. 

          Attached is a 1) the Conference Brochure, 2) Additional Information, 3) Registration Forms, 4) Functions of the Parish Rep, 5) Summary of last year’s talk by Capt. Guy Gruters, former POW.  6) Example of a bulletin insert, 7) Example of an After Mass Talk By a Layman; and 8) Possible Pastor Announcements.

          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.  Filling out the attached 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.  A parish representative would facilitate follow up on the undecided and for organizing a car or van pool.  

The men may bring 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.   

          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 for Promotion.     There’s more information on the diocesan website at www.diosteub.org with a link at the bottom of the home page 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.  For a greater variety, go to “A Little Bit for God and His People” at paulrsebastianphd.blogspot.com

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.

          True, Caldwell, Ohio is a good distance for some parishes.  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 the Microtel behind the Sunoco of the I-77 exit and make a retreat out of it.  Less than two miles from the St. Stephen’s Church which has a parish program of Stations of the Cross (Mass at Immaculate Conception Church nearby) on Friday at 7 pm preceded and followed by Eucharistic Adoration.   

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.


AS A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT

Diocesan Men's Day of Renewal Saturday, March 3 from 9 am – 3:30 pm at St. Stephen’s Church in Caldwell.  The theme is “Being a Cloud of Witnesses.  The main speaker is Mike Aquilina, a prolific author of over 50 books, particularly on the early Church.  He is a nationally known speaker, appearing frequently on EWTN and Relevant Radio.   Mike Aquilina will show how the witness of the angels and the martyrs of the early Church can teach us how to be witnesses today in secular America.  Registration fee is $25 at the door.