News from San Antonio Church – August 13, 2023

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Weekly Bulletin August 13, 2023

by Terrie Evans

On this 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time, San Antonio Church is excited to announce that the “Sister Blandina Segale: A Cincinnati Saint” won 4 Emmy’s at the 59th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award on Saturday, July 30, 2023, in Columbus, Ohio.  To be eligible, entries were submitted from work by television stations covering cities Athens, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton in Ohio and Bowling Green, Lexington, and Louisville in Kentucky and in Indiana, Evansville and Terre Haute.  The National Academy of Television of Arts and Sciences recognizes those in the Arts and Sciences of Television and the documentary highlighting Sr. Blandina Segale, Servant of God, won 4 Emmy’s in the News Special Category.  The Local 12 Team tracked the journey of Sr. Blandina Segale from Cincinnati, Colorado, New Mexico and back to Cincinnati as they filmed her amazing story on location covering every aspect of her tireless good works from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s.   Our parishioners from San Antonio Church congratulates Patricia McGeever, Bran Dykes, Richard Henry and Bob Herzog on their Emmy’s and the wonderful work they did to honor Sister Blandina Segale and for including our humble church in their special.   They have not only won these regional Emmys, but every other award their special was nominated for.

On Monday, August 14th we remember St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, Polish Priest and Conventual Franciscan Friar who died in Auschwitz-Birkenau on August 14, 1941, at the age of forty-seven and is venerated in not only the Catholic Church, but also in the Anglican Communion and Lutheran Churches. He was ordained in 1918 and was strongly opposed to the leftist communist movements.  During World War II the monastery he founded in Niepokalanow sheltered Jewish refugees until it was shut down by German authorities on February 17, 1941.  He was then sent to Pawiak Prison until May 28, 1941, and later transferred to Auschwitz as prisoner number 16670. 

While at Auschwitz, the deputy camp commander Karl Fritzsch chose 10 men to be sent to an undergrown bunker to be starved to death   Maximilian Maria Kolbe who argued with the guards that he was old and useless gave his life when he volunteered to die in place of Franciszek Gajowniczek who cried out “My wife, My Children”  at the German Death camp.    He comforted each one as he was the last to die after being injected with carbolic acid on August 14th and was cremated on August 15th, on the Feast of the Assumption.  St. Maximilian was recognized by the Holy See as a Servant of God on May 12, 1955.  He was then Beatified on October 17, 1971, by Pope Paul VI with Holocaust survivor Franciszek Gajowniczek present at both the Beatification and the Canonization Ceremonies by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1982.   St Maximilian Kolbe was dedicated to the Veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary and is known as the Apostle of Consecration to Mary for his work promoting consecration and entrustment to Mary.  He organized the Army of the Immaculate One to work for the conversion of enemies and sinners of the Catholic Church.   St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe will always be remembered as a brilliant scientist, mathematician, and religious journalist.

On Tuesday, August 15th we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, with the month of August dedicated to her.  The word Assumption derives from the Latin word ASSUMPTIO meaning taking up. The Assumption is defined as a doctrine of the faith on November 1, 1950, by Pope Pius XIII stating that Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven after completion of her earthly life, her dormition (or falling asleep in the Lord) since by reason of her Immaculate Conception, she should not suffer the consequences of Original Sin.  The Church has long held on to the basis of theological reasoning and tradition the implied belief in our Lord’s taking His mother to Himself from the moment of her passage from this life.   Many Catholic areas will celebrate Mary with festivals and parades and in Canada, Assumption Day is called the Fete Nationale of the Acadians where she is their Patron Saint.  

In Italy, the name of the Holiday is called Ferragosto and in the Maltese Islands, the Virgin Assumed in Heaven is their patroness as local churches celebrate her with great solemnity.   On August we celebrate the feast of St. Stephen I of Hungary, the King who worked for the transformation of Hungary into a Christian state throughout his reign.  He was King of Hungary from 1001-1031 and established an Archbishopric, six Bishoprics, and three Benedictine Monasteries with the help of Benedictine Monk, Gerard from the Republic of Venice.  He led the Church in Hungary to be independent from the Archbishops of the Holy Roman Empire and invited foreign priests to Hungary to evangelize his kingdom.  During his reign, Hungary enjoyed a prolonged period of peace and was a preferred route for merchants and pilgrims journeying between Western Europe, the Holy Land and Constantinople.  Stephen 1 of Hungary survived all his children and died at the age of sixty-two on August 15, 1038, and was laid to rest in his new Basilica, dedicated to the Holy Virgin. 

Next Sunday San Antonio Church will welcome the Trotta and Kafiti Families for a family Baptism on Sunday August 20th.

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