msNovember 2011

The Metro

 The Newsletter of the Serra Club of Metropolitan Dallas 

In This Issue
November 2011 Calendar
Countdown to the Roman Missal, Third Edition
The Priests In Concert
The Serra Cause

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Advent Mass and Dinner

AdventThe Metro Serra Advent Mass and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, December 7 at All Saints Catholic Church, 5231 Meadowcreek Drive (at Arapaho). Mass, with Bishop Mark Seitz as celebrant and homilist, will begin at 6:30 p.m. with wine and holiday dinner immediately following in the Fellowship Hall. There is no cost for members plus spouse or a guest. You may make your reservation by responding to your Evite invitation or to: Be sure to include the number attending. Deadline for reservations is December 1.

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President's Letter by Roland Pedevilla

Dear Serrans:

Father Bob Coerver's story of his vocation journey that he shared at the October luncheon was revelation of a priestly vocation felt early in life and fostered by a family environment that helped it come to be. Father gave credit to his family and emphasized how important it was for him and how important he feels it is today.


Fr. Bob Coerver

Many of us have children and grandchildren and being a Serran, Father's comments encourage us to be a part of that family influence. Providing children and grandchildren the opportunity and exposure to priestly and religious lives becomes part of the discernment process as they observe and make a determination to consider or not a vocation of their own.


As a club we members provide many events that meet our mission objectives of fostering and promoting vocations. Those are worthy collective efforts but we also have opportunities to act independently within our families to accomplish those objectives. Taking children as guests to our Seminary Sundays is wonderful association with the young men in discernment and seeing that they are regular guys and becoming a priest doesn't change that. We probably all do these kinds of things and with Father Bob's encouragement we can add some energy to our efforts.


Roland Pedevilla

November 2011 Calendar

Friday, November 4 - 6:45 am - First Friday Mass & Breakfast -Saint Monica. Program: Representatives of Mount St. Michael's School will discuss their Vocations Awareness Program. Please note: Breakfast will be on the second floor of the Family Center.


Sunday, November 6 - 9:15 am - Mass with the Seminarians - Holy Trinity Seminary. Please bring breakfast treats to share with the seminarians. This Mass is for the entire family. Other seminarian Masses are set for December 4, February 12 and April 15 and 29.


Friday, November 18 - 11:45 am - Monthly Luncheon Meeting - Park City Club. Speaker: Msgr. Michael F. Olson, Rector, Holy Trinity Seminary.


Sunday, November 27 - First Sunday of Advent - Implementation of the Roman Missal, Third Edition.


To view the complete Metro Serra calendar, click HERE.

Countdown to the Roman Missal, Third Edition
The Roman Missal will be implemented in the United States on the First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2011. The ritual editions should start arriving in parishes in early October. For additional information on the upcoming changes to the Liturgy of the Mass, click on the below link to the USCCB Roman Missal website or watch the video which follows.
How Did We Get Here?
How Did We Get Here?

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The Priests to Perform at McFarlin Auditorium on December 4
Tickets for the December 4 performance of The Priests are now on sale through Ticketmaster. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU Campus. To order your tickets online, click HERE. You may also visit the McFarlin Auditorium website by clicking HERE.


The Priests are a classical musical group made up of three Catholic priests all from Northern Ireland. Father Eugene and his brother Father Martin O'Hagan are originally from County Londonderry while Father David Delargy is from County Antrim. The trio has been singing together since they boarded as students at St. MacNissi's College in County Antrim. After signing a record deal in April 2008 the men recorded their debut album in Northern Ireland and Rome, with the unusual honor of having been allowed to record in St. Peter's Basilica. To view a sample of their work click on the below video. You may also visit The Priests official You Tube page by clicking on the icon below the video.  

The Priests in concert at Armagh -
The Priests in concert at Armagh Castle

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EWTN To Air Selected Episodes of CATHOLICISM in November 

EWTN will be airing selected episodes of the documentary CATHOLICISM  November 16 - 19. The series will kick off with Fr. Robert Barron, series creator and host and founder of Word On Fire, on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch Pacwa on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 pm Central.


EWTN will then broadcast the following episodes:


Wednesday, November 16:
XI - "The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit" - 8 pm Central
II - "Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus" - 9 pm Central
VI - "A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church" 10 pm Central

Thursday, November 17:
VII - "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist" - 10 pm Central

Friday, November 18:
VIII - "A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints" - 9 pm Central
X - "World Without End: The Last Things" - 10 pm Central

Saturday, November 19:
II - "Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus" - Noon Central
VI - "A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church" - 1 pm Central
VII - "Word Made Flesh, True Bread of Heaven: The Mystery of the Liturgy and the Eucharist" - 3 pm Central
VIII - "The Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints" - 4 pm Central
X - "World Without End: The Last Things" - 5 pm Central
II - "Happy Are We: The Teachings of Jesus" - 9 pm Central
VI - "A Body Both Suffering and Glorious: The Mystical Union of Christ and the Church" - 10 pm Central



The Catholicism Project  - NEW TRAILER

Catholicism - Trailer


Junipero Serra's Cause for Sainthood  

Father Junipero Serra's cause for beatification and canonization as a saint in the Catholic Church was opened in 1934. Father Maynard Geiger, archivist at Old Mission Santa Barbara, the headquarters for the BL SERRASerra Cause, completed much of the historical research. From 1941 to 1955 Geiger, who died in 1977, traveled in California, Mexico and Spain, compiling documentation for the Serra Cause.


In 1986 the cure of Franciscan Sister Mary Boniface Dyrda in 1960 was authenticated, as the miracle required for Father Serra's beatification, the most difficult step of the canonization process. On September 25, 1988, Pope John Paul II beatified Father Serra in Rome.


Currently, Blessed Serra remains one miracle away from canonization. Please visit the links below to read about the process leading up to Serra's 1988 beatification and the latest efforts to identify and prove that elusive second miracle.


Serra Sainthood Cause Moves Forward (Los Angeles Times - 1987)

Catholic Down To The Bootstraps: How Junipero Serra Was Beatified (Los Angeles Lay Mission - 1998)
Junipero Serra Needs Just One More Miracle (Los Angeles Times - 2009)

Guide to Serrana (2009)

The Miracle Search (2011 - The Orange County Register

Blessed Junipero Serra Sainthood Cause Just One Miracle Away (The Catholic Voice - 2011)


For more information, please click HERE to visit the Blessed Junipero Serra page at our website.


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Saint of the Month -  Blessed John Duns Scotus - November 8

A humble man, John Duns Scotus has been one of the most influential Franciscans through the centuries. Born at Duns in the county of Berwick, Scotland, John was descended from a wealthy farming family. In later years he was identified as John Duns Scotus to indicate the land of his birth; Scotia is the Latin name for Scotland.


John received the habit of the Friars Minor at Dumfries, where his uncle Elias Duns was superior. After novitiate John studied at Oxford and Paris and was ordained in 1291. More studies in Paris followed until 1297, when he returned to lecture at Oxford and Cambridge. Four years later he returned to Paris to teach and complete the requirements for the doctorate.  


In an age when many people adopted whole systems of thought without qualification, John pointed out the John Duns Scotusrichness of the Augustinian-Franciscan tradition, appreciated the wisdom of Aquinas, Aristotle and the Muslim philosophers-and still managed to be an independent thinker. That quality was proven in 1303 when King Philip the Fair tried to enlist the University of Paris on his side in a dispute with Pope Boniface VIII. John Duns Scotus dissented and was given three days to leave France.


In Scotus's time, some philosophers held that people are basically determined by forces outside themselves. Free will is an illusion, they argued. An ever practical man, Scotus said that if he started beating someone who denied free will, the person would immediately tell him to stop. But if Scotus didn't really have a free will, how could he stop? John had a knack for finding illustrations his students could remember!


After a short stay in Oxford he returned to Paris, where he received the doctorate in 1305. He continued teaching there and in 1307 so ably defended the Immaculate Conception of Mary that the university officially adopted his position. That same year the minister general assigned him to the Franciscan school in Cologne where John died in 1308. He is buried in the Franciscan church near the famous Cologne cathedral.


Drawing on the work of John Duns Scotus, Pope Pius IX solemnly defined the Immaculate Conception of Mary in 1854. John Duns Scotus, the "Subtle Doctor," was beatified in 1993.


Father Charles Balic, O.F.M., the foremost 20th-century authority on Scotus, has written: "The whole of Scotus's theology is dominated by the notion of love. The characteristic note of this love is its absolute freedom. As love becomes more perfect and intense, freedom becomes more noble and integral both in God and in man" (New Catholic Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 1105). 

Intelligence hardly guarantees holiness. But John Duns Scotus was not only brilliant, he was also humble and prayerful-the exact combination St. Francis wanted in any friar who studied. In a day when French nationalism threatened the rights of the pope, Scotus sided with the papacy and paid the price. He also defended human freedom against those who would compromise it by determinism.


Ideas are important. John Duns Scotus placed his best thinking at the service of the human family and of the Church. 


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