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The Liturgy of Football (“Soccer”)

burnoutLiturgy, ritual and recreation are ways in which humanity finds and expresses meaning in life since existence at times can appear to be chaotic and senseless. In a world religions class that I teach, I make reference to the FIFA World Cup to illustrate the Buddhist concept of suffering, more precisely, “suffering from reversal.” According to Buddhist thought, due to impermanence, life can become meaningless.  

Youth Minister

This is a full-time position responsible for the Parish Youth Ministry Program. The Youth Minister will be responsible for the planning, development and provision of resources, faith formation and activities for high school and middle school youth throughout the year in the following areas: community, catechesis, service, leadership, evangelization, prayer and worship. The Youth Minister will operate in a collaborative environment which requires a high level of communication skills, competency and performance.  Bilingual in Spanish and English preferred.

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¿Por Qué Tantos Nombres? Y ¿Por Qué Tantos Jefes?

Hispanic mapFrecuentemente escucho de personas educadas incluso con jerarquía eclesiástica, referirse a la población hispana de este país como: hispanos, latinos, migrantes, campesinos o Spanish speaking. Esta diversidad de nombres me obliga a inferir la falta de unificación de criterios de parte del clero con muy diversos programas, orientaciones y métodos para servir a este tan importante segmento de la Iglesia Católica. Si aceptamos por ejemplo las dos últimas mencionadas: migrantes y campesinos, me obliga a pensar si cada uno de ellas es tratada en forma diferente con criterios deferentes. ¿Significa que existen cinco líderes para cada grupo? Luego tendría que preguntar ¿Quiénes son y donde están tales líderes? Si aceptamos Spanish-speaking, ¿Es su énfasis solamente lingüístico?