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Thursday, June 7, 2012

What In the World?

Take a read and see if you can figure this out?

June 4, 2012
Come on out to the ball park Thursday night and help congratulate Kathy Avey and the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Des Moines as this year's recipients of the Bishop Charron Caritas Award!

Sponsored by Mercy Medical Center, the Bishop Charron Caritas Award recognizes volunteers for their compassion, humility, commitment and enthusiasm in helping all those in need.
"Catholic Charities relies on the generosity and heart of volunteers like Kathy and churches like the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd," said Nancy Galeazzi, executive director of Catholic Charities. "We are honored to have such an amazing group of volunteers working to help the poor and vulnerable in our community."
The recipient of the individual 2012 Bishop Charron Caritas Award is Kathy Avey who is being recognized for her hard work in many roles at Catholic Charities. Kathy has volunteered at St. Mary's, assisted with donations and apartment setups for the refugee program as well as filling the role of Co-Chair for No Room at the Inn, Catholic Charities annual fundraising event. Kathy is also active with the Global Advocacy Team, Center for Social Ministry and JustFaith.
The recipient in the group category is the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd who is  being recognized for its service to St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter. For the last 15 years, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd has been providing St. Joseph's clients with meals twice a month, as well as making quilts for the beds. Volunteers from Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd also tiled the kitchen and dining room floors at the shelter and has been a continual source of support for Catholic Charities and St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter.
The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and Kathy Avey will be recognized publicly at Catholic Charities Night at the Iowa Cubs at Principal Park on June 7. The recipients will join Bishop Richard E. Pates, and Catholic Charities' Executive Director Nancy Galeazzi on the field prior to the first pitch.
Nominees for the awards also included Juleen McGrath, Juan Mercado, Julia Schenk, Sandy Ellis, Deb Ryan, Cheryl Johnson, the Iowa Cubs, the Center for Social Ministry and Refugee Program ESL Teachers.
The Caritas Award is given annually to an individual and organization that show exceptional compassion, service and love to all those in need through their work with Catholic Charities. The award is named for the retired Bishop of Des Moines, Joseph L. Charron, who not only served the Diocese of Des Moines from 1994 to 2007, but also inspired people of all faiths to join Catholic Charities in service to those in need.
Catholic Charities has been making outstanding contributions to the community since 1924 and has evolved with the times helping to meet the community's changing needs regardless of faith. Programs include A New Beginning: Adoption & Pregnancy Counseling Program, Counseling Services, Hispanic Community Outreach Program, St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter, St. Mary Family Center, Phoenix House Domestic Violence Shelter & Sexual Abuse Program and Refugee Resettlement Services.
For more information about the Bishop Charron Caritas Award or Catholic Charities contact Trish Radke at 515-237-5078, or go to

So, before I go on....when was the last time the Lutherans gave the Catholics any kind of award?  Oh, that's right, their award was the 99 theses....or was it 95?

So, there are no other Catholics who are deserving of this award?  In all of Christendom, there is not one other Catholic person or entity, to the point that we have to give it to an ecclesial communion which is not in union with Rome?  I fail to see the logic.

This is a travesty.  This isn't catechesis, this isn't ecumenism, this isn't even evangelization.  This is just plain wrong.  What kind of message does this send from the "largest diocese in Iowa?"  The message it sends is that there is more interest in "interreligious dialogue" as opposed to honoring another Catholic?

This should be of grave concern, unless the Church of the Good Shepherd is going to be re-uniting with Holy Mother Church in the very near future.

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