1996 Dec 22 – 4th Sun Advent (Bulletin Letters)
Fr. Frank’s Unlikely Anti Nuke Friends
Included in this week’s bulletin is a copy of the Dec. 20, 1996 National Catholic Reporter editorial. The editorial makes note of recent statements by retired US military generals calling for the abolition of all nuclear weapons. It seems that these retired US generals have embraced the some of the same conclusions about nuclear weapons as many of us in the peace movement have been saying all along. And from my way of thinking, all the more reason for us in the US peace movement to continue our resistance to nuclear weapons.
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Fr. Frank “Retreating” Next Two Weekends
The next two weekends I will be helping to lead retreats in Omaha and Minneapolis.
Next weekend, Dec. 27-29, I will be in Omaha for our Annual Feast of the Holy Innocents Retreat, Witness and Line Crossing at StratCom Headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base. We are expecting a good crowd this year. I have participated in this retreat and witness from the very beginning, eighteen years ago. Only missing the retreat when in prison.
I am exchanging weekend Mass duty with Fr. Raphael Masabakhwa of St Patrick’s in Council Bluffs for Dec. 28 & 29.
The following weekend, Jan. 4-5, I am leading the Pax Christi Twin Cities Annual Winter Retreat. Pax Christi is an international Catholic peace organization, started in France after WWII. Pax Christi USA is headquartered in Erie PA. And Pax Christi Twin Cities is the Minneapolis – St. Paul Mn local chapter.
This is my first exposure to this Mn group, but not my first exposure to Pax Christi. I’ve been a member of Pax Christi USA for a number of years and my brother Tom worked in the national office in Erie for several years.
Fr. Dave Fleming will be covering our weekend Masses Jan. 4-5.
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No Word From Bp. Charron
Still no word from Bishop Charron regarding the Nov. 30th IA Call To Action Prayer Service and Press Conference kicking off our “We Are Church: A Catholic Referendum” campaign and my involvement in the effort. I will of course keep you up to date as things develop.