30. Summer Break and Announcements


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An update on Patti’s family & summer break & some announcements about upcoming episodes & our 1-year anniversary

Recommended Resources

Record a message for our anniversary episode before July 4th! What does it mean for you to be gente puente building bridges in your ministry? www.speakpipe.com/Patticc

Email or FB Message Patti – to ask about the monastery project, add an announcement or get help with the recording

Cistercian Way of Life and History of Valley of Our Lady

NEW Monastery Project – they could use your support!

St. Anthony Mary Claret co-patron of the Gente Puente Podcast and Founder of the Claretian Missionaries

Our Lady of Guadalupe, co-patron of the Gente Puente podcast

Preparing for an Immigration Raid – Episode 3 with Fr. Steve Pawelk

National Conference of Mayan Catholics – July 19-20, 2019 in Seymour, IN. Check out patticc.com/s26

Voice & Vision: The National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults – July 31 – Aug 2, 2019 in Steubenville, OH

Episode Transcript

Greetings Gente Puente! It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me so I wanted to publish a quick episode with a little update about our summer break so far and our family, especially about our upcoming trip to go see my sister and their exciting new monastery project! And I wanted to let you know about some of what we have in store for you in the next couple months. As always you can find links to all the resources mentioned in today’s episode at patticc.com/30.

Si prefieres español puedes encontrar un resumen en español del episodio de hoy y vínculos a todos los recursos mencionados en patticc.com/s30.

Before we get started, let’s open in prayer.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord we come before you so grateful for all the many blessings you have given us, especially for the gift of serving in your Church. We know we are not perfect and so we thank you for your mercy and for choosing to work through our broken humanity. Lord Jesus you prayed that we would be one as you and the Father are one, pour out your Spirit as we strive to be gente puente, building bridges to help unite the Body of Christ. Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful. Enkindle in us the fire of your love. St. Anthony Mary Claret and Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Well it’s so great to be back with you today! I’m your host, Patti Gutiérrez from Patti’s Catholic Corner. Our team serves Catholic ministers like you who want to connect with the Hispanic community. We make your ministry easier by sharing best practices, resources and encouragement through this Gente Puente Podcast and our Facebook group. And we want to help you stay focused on your ministry by providing you with Catholic translation services. You can get a quote today at patticc.com/services.

Like I said I want to take some time today to update you, the Gente Puente community, about our family and the podcast and what’s coming up on our 1 year anniversary.

First of all, a quick recap of our family’s summer. If you listened to the Introduction episode that published on Sept 1st, 2018 you know that I stepped out of full-time, direct ministry in a parish in order to be more available to my kiddos now that my husband Chris has been ordained a permanent deacon while he also continues in full-time diocesan ministry. So, once our kids started their summer vacation in late May, I’ve been spending more time with them. As so many of my podcast guests have reminded us, we need to remember to balance our family life and our own spiritual life and our ministry. So I’ve been taking their advice. You may notice the podcast episodes coming a little more spaced out this summer because the summer has been more low key and we’ve traveled some and like I mentioned in the opening, we’re about to travel some more! We are about to head up to Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin where my sister, Sr. Christina Marie is a cloistered, contemplative nun! She belongs to the only English-speaking Cistercian monastery of nuns in the world. Being cloistered in their community means they make vows to remain at the monastery for the rest of their lives. They make exceptions for doctor’s visits and other necessary outings and they can return home only to say goodbye to a parent on their death bed. In order to dedicate themselves to prayer as much as possible, they live a pretty strict life of silence, private study and prayer and gathering for all of the hours of the liturgy of the hours and daily Mass. They follow the Rule of St. Benedict. The daily tasks of running the house, preparing meals, caring for the sick and elderly sisters, and baking altar breads which sustains them financially, are all carried out in silence and in a spirit of prayer as well. I’ve heard one of the sisters describe their life as emptying themselves out as much as possible in prayer, as conduit of grace for those of us outside the monastery. In the mystical Body of Christ, they play such a beautiful role, praying for all of us throughout the entire day. And more and more young people are being attracted to their way of life! They have a relatively young and vibrant community of 21 sisters at the moment that continues to receive new vocations – to the point that they are busting at the seams! I’ll add some links to the Show Notes about their way of life if you’d like to learn more. If you know someone discerning contemplative life, check them out!

My sister, like the other nuns in the monastery, can receive family once a year for a two-day visit. So Chris & I with our three kids, my mom, my youngest sister and usually a few extended family members descend on the monastery once a year with all of our noise and chaos. We can sit and play cards and chat with Sr. Christina Marie and fill each other in about our lives, in between the community prayer times and meals. She sits inside the cloister and we sit in the parlor visiting through a large opening in the wall with a table between us.

This year is especially exciting because they are in the process of fundraising to build a new monastery and Sr. Christina Marie has gotten special, rare permission to come with us to show us the site of the new monastery! It’s such an exciting project because their current buildings are in really bad shape. Their current monastery began in an adapted governor’s mansion in buildings from the 1850’s and early 1900’s. Then other rooms were added on, but poor construction led to mold throughout the monastery. And they fight constant electrical outages and safety concerns from the adapted, deteriorating buildings. For women who have pledged to stay in the monastery their whole lives, they need that monastery to be a safe, healthy and prayerful space to live. If you’d like to be part of this very unique opportunity to play a role in helping a community like this build a monastery to last for centuries to come, check out their website http://build.valleyofourlady.org They are making great progress, but they are still pretty far from having enough to break ground. They could really use your help! Shoot me an email at patti@patticc.com or a Facebook message and I’d be happy to give you more details about the project.

Another exciting thing that has been happening this summer is that our translation team is working on a big translation project with the Claretian Missionaries called El Año Claretiano / The Claretian Year. It’s a book with a section for each day with snippets of the life of their founder, St. Anthony Mary Claret, the history of their congregation, bios of people who have influenced the congregation, quotes from their Constitutions and reflection questions. It has been such an inspiring project to dive into the life of St. Claret and those he inspired. One of his passions was writing, printing and distributing good books and pamphlets as part of his goal to use all means possible to spread the Good News. The Claretians have taken that into the 21st century using all types of media to continue in his footsteps. I’ve been looking for a great patron saint for this Gente Puente Podcast, and after getting to know more about him, I think St. Claret is a great fit! So I’ll be sharing more about him in upcoming episodes and praying for his intercession. Of course, with Mary as the co-patron, under the advocation of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the perfect model of gente puente in the Americas. You can hear the story of her apparition and her example for us in building bridges between cultures in episode 9.

Summer has also brought an intensification of the crisis on the US-Mexico border as Central Americans continue to flee violence and persecution. And apparently the President has also decided to ramp up his administration’s enforcement efforts in the interior. In the next episode, I will be sharing my interview with Benjamín de la Garza, Director of Catholic Charities of Laredo in which he shares their response to the immediate needs of immigrants at the border and his advice for how we can all help respond. I also encourage everyone who serves an undocumented population to listen to Episode 3 in which Fr. Steve Pawelk shared about his experiences living through three immigration raids in his ministry. He shared what helped and what he has learned so that other parishes can help their immigrant community make a safety plan and know about their rights. You can find links to lots of helpful resources to prepare for immigration enforcement in your area in the Show Notes for that episode as well. Summer is also a time that most of our dioceses see an increase in migrant populations, so I’ll also be sharing an interview with another Glenmary priest to hear his advice about building relationships with and providing pastoral care for migrants when they come to our area for seasonal work.

I am also adding a segment to the podcast for announcements & reminders of upcoming events or resources related to Hispanic Ministry too. So if you have an event coming up that you think the Gente Puente community would like to know about or you have found a really great resource you think they would find helpful – let me know! Again you can email me at patti@patticc.com or message Patti’s Catholic Corner on Facebook. You can find the links in the Show Notes at patticc.com/30.

Here are the events we have so far:

  • July 19-20, 2019 – National Conference of Mayan Catholics in Seymour, IN. Check out patticc.com/s26 to hear the episode with the USCCB Consultant for Mayan Catholics Juanatano Cano to hear all about the conference and get the registration info
  • July 31 – Aug 2, 2019 – Voice & Vision: The National Summit for Ministries with Youth and Young Adults in Steubenville, OH sponsored by the National Dialogue of Pastoral Ministry with Youth & Young Adults and Franciscan University of Steubenville.
  • October 6-9, 2019 – International Catholic Stewardship Council’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. http://catholicstewardship.com/ for more information or check out the Show Notes of this episode for a link to the brochure. As always there is a Stewardship in Spanish track at this conference. The early bird registration price ends July 31st. Like our guest, Koren Ruiz said in Episode 27, as the Hispanic community grows in the Catholic Church, stewardship formation is crucial for long-term sustainability.
  • Nov. 21-23, 2019 – National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) in Indianapolis, IN. ncyc.info This is an incredible opportunity to ignite the youth in your parish by coming together with thousands of joyful, faith filled Catholics from all over the country. Check with your diocesan youth ministry office for more details because you have to register with a delegation. I’m including this even though it’s months away because now is the perfect time to start fundraising!

Again, if you have events you would like to announce for Catholic leaders interested in connecting with Hispanic Catholics, just send me an email at patti@patticc.com or send a message to the Patti’s Catholic Corner Facebook page.

Speaking of announcements…as we approach the 1-year anniversary of the publication of our first Gente Puente Podcast episode on September 1st, I have lots of fun things planned for the Fall too! As you may have seen on Facebook, I had a poll going for t-shirt designs because we’re going to start selling apparel and other swag for people like me and you who identify as gente puente. They will go on sale starting on our 1-year anniversary on September 1st!! Congratulations to Aynde Bennett who will get a sneak peek since she won our drawing for a free gente puente t-shirt for all those who sent a recording for our anniversary episode. Our SpeakPipe page will still be available until July 4th if you’d like to send a short recording too! We’d love to hear from you about what it means to be gente puente in your ministry. Do you consider yourself a bridge builder? Maybe between diverse cultures or language groups or between the Church and those outside the Church or between ministers with different focus areas or even just between Catholics that have different viewpoints? Then we want to hear about it! Just head over to www.speakpipe.com/Patticc before July 4th, give a quick intro with your name & your ministry & what it means to you to be gente puente – meaning how do you build bridges in your ministry. Your message might be featured in our anniversary episode! It can be in English or Spanish. If you have trouble recording a message, just let me know via email at patti@patticc.com or through the Patti’s Catholic Corner Facebook Page and I’ll give you a hand.

Make sure to visit the Show Notes page to find all the information I mentioned at patticc.com/30. If you have colleagues that prefer Spanish you can send them to the Spanish Show Notes at patticc.com/s30.

Like I said the next two episodes will be about how we can all respond to the needs of the immigrants arriving on the border seeking asylum and building relationships with the seasonal migrants in our area. Please let other Catholic leaders who may be interested in these topics know they’re coming soon!

I would also love to have you come over and join our Gente Puente Facebook group! We are an online community of Catholic ministers who want to encourage one another and share resources that we have found helpful in our ministry. Come share what’s worked for you! There are Learning Units broken down by subject to help you share and find information easily. Come check it out at www.facebook.com/groups/gentepuente today!

And lastly, don’t forget to subscribe to the Gente Puente podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss any future episode!

Thanks for listening today. May God bless you and your ministry as gente puente!

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