Deacons take ministry to the streets

Deacons in the Los Angeles Archdiocese are not just quietly doing parish work but getting involved in outreach ministry, according to this recent story in The Tidings, archdiocesan newspaper of Los Angeles.

Deacon Peter Wilson, who runs the Deacon Mission Center Ministry near St. Michael’s Church in Los Angeles, told a group of deacons last month that they needed to minister to people outside the church.

“Pews are empty because we haven’t done our jobs,” he said.

“We minister to the people in the church, to the ones who are already saved, but we leave out the people outside the church,” he said. “We need to meet people’s needs in their cities, at their homes or at their workplace. That is why we call it outreach.”

Four years ago today, world lost remarkable pope

This L'Osservatore Romano photo showing Pope John Paul II at a Nov. 24, 1999, general audience was the most requested photo from the Vatican photo service's archives. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

This L'Osservatore Romano photo showing Pope John Paul II at a Nov. 24, 1999, general audience was the most requested photo from the Vatican photo service's archives. (CNS/L'Osservatore Romano)

Four years ago today, Pope John Paul II died after a long struggle. It was agonizing to watch the once-vibrant, globetrotting pope from Poland succumb to the ravages of Parkinson’s and related ailments. His death was a moving moment for all. The world mourned, and millions turned out for his very moving funeral at St. Peter’s Basilica.

John Thavis, CNS Rome bureau chief, covered the pope almost as long as any journalist in the Vatican press corps. Here again is his reflection from 2005 on what it was like to cover a man who loved life, the church and the world as much as Karol Wotyla.

Travel assignments and technological difficulties

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — I flew to the Dominican Republic Wednesday to follow Food for the Poor and the inauguration of the philanthropic group’s 20-pond tilapia farm in Puerto Plato.

After checking into our hotel, we were whisked off for a quick meal and I settled into my room to begin writing my first blog entry about the trip. However, this proved to be too optimistic. A technological snafu with the Internet connection caused a delay and I eventually wrote this post after 1 a.m. using the hotel’s computer.

I think we’ll get it straight in time to bring word from a local bishop and the prospect of feeding the poor and creating industry for a region that has been plagued with great poverty.

So, I’ll keep you posted, provided that we have a good link …

Taking a look at photos from the past

I came across these photos from the past on the Web site of the Florida Catholic, which has editions in the Archdiocese of Miami and the dioceses of  Orlando, Palm Beach, Pensacola-Tallahassee, St. Petersburg and Venice.

Check it out. It’s a lot of fun to see some of these old photos, which give great snapshots of different times in history.

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