Students Taught by Local Architect

Over the past three weeks, Cardinal Pacelli’s third and fourth grade classes learned first hand about architecture from architect Janet Cotner as a part of a grant received from the Ohio Arts Council and the Cardinal Pacelli Fine Arts Committee. During this three-day artist in residency program, Ms. Cotner worked with students to design their own spiritual spaces drawing inspiration from churches built during different architectural periods.

During their first session with Ms. Cotner, the students learned about the architectural history of churches and began to sketch their own buildings utilizing the architectural details and techniques of either gothic or renaissance style architecture. During the second session, the students began to build a model of their building using a variety of materials including boxes and tissue paper. The residency completed with students creating detailed models of churches and writing about what they created and learned from the program.

“I’m incredibly impressed with these students,” said architect Janet Cotner. “They are a very ambitious group and really rose to the challenge I set before them.”

This residency was made possible through a grant from the Ohio Arts Council, a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally and economically. Additional support came from the Cardinal Pacelli Fine Arts Committee.

HHS Mandate from Archbishop Schnurr

My Dear Friends in Christ,

One of the most contentious and divisive elections in recent memory is now behind us.  And, like many communities around our nation, our Catholic parishes at times succumbed to its negative effects.  Now, we and all people of good will must forge ahead.  Before us still loom serious pro-life and social justice issues in our society that impact the very lives and dignities of those whom we are called to love.  Examples include the unborn victims of abortion and the pregnant mothers in crisis who need help; people of faith whose religious liberties are threatened; families not treated as the most important institution of our society; those seeking decent jobs and the poor surviving off our safety nets; migrants trampled down by a broken immigration system; victims of war and terrorism around the globe; and the environment that sustains us all.

As members of all political parties, active in a variety of ministries in our parishes, schools, and religious communities, Catholics must advocate tirelessly on such issues.  As St. Paul explained to us long ago, we are many members yet one body in Christ (1 Cor. 12).   And though we may have disagreements about how we go about the details of this work, we must affirm each other as we each do our part to build God’s Kingdom of life and dignity for everyone.  We must remain determined and passionate, but we must pursue our work with civility and respect if we are to attract anyone towards the truth we are trying to communicate.

Finally, I am full of a sense of hope for this coming Advent, when we will launch our “Catholics Come Home” initiative to reach out to those who have drifted away from our Church.  I can think of no better way for our returning brothers and sisters to feel a sense of welcome than to experience a community of faith that puts love, charity and reconciliation above all else, especially after such a polarizing time in our nation.  Let us each take responsibility for ensuring that our Eucharistic tables provide both a refuge from such storms and a vocation to bring Christ’s love out into the world.  Then our parishes can more effectively give the hearts of our returning Catholics the Good News they still long to receive.

In thanksgiving for all you do to help make this a brilliant Year of Faith, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

+Dennis M. Schnurr

Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr

Archbishop of Cincinnati

Hurricane Sandy: How to Help

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Relief Services join the many other charities and organizations providing assistance to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Both charities will help anyone in need regardless of religion, race, income, or any other factor. Here’s how and what to donate:

SVdP

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Cincinnati is collecting funds for SVdP chapters in on the East Coast. Already at work with immediate aid, the chapters will also provide long-term aid to area families after other agencies leave. To make a donation, go to the SVdP-Cincinnati web site.

The Society is also working with Matthew 25 Ministries to collect food and other goods to be distributed to people who need them most. Drop off items at any SVDP thrift store (locations at the web site). Items needed:

Non-perishable food

Baby supplies (diapers, etc.)

Personal care products

Cleaning supplies

First Aid supplies

“Our prayers are with those who have been impacted by the storm,” says SVdP-Cincinnati Executive Director Liz Carter. “We also pray for those who await word on the safety of their loved ones and for the volunteers and staff of the emergency, rescue and relief organizations who face the daunting challenge of helping their neighbors move on and put their lives back together.”

Campaign Planning Study

As we try to be good stewards of this great parish, we must now make improvements to upgrade our church, Cardinal Pacelli School, and the campus grounds – to provide the beauty, comfort, safety and service our parishioners, students and larger community deserve – for years to come.

To plan for this, Our Lord Christ the King has entered into a Campaign Planning Study with an eye towards a possible capital campaign.  During this process we will work to define the scope and dimensions of a major fundraising appeal.  To assist us through this important process we have engaged Changing Our World, Inc., a consulting firm with broad experience in assisting parishes and other not-for-profit institutions.  As a key part of their work, the Changing Our World professionals are conducting a confidential survey to gather thoughts and perceptions, and to test the feasibility of a major capital campaign.  The insights obtained through these surveys will play an invaluable role in helping us to shape our plans for the future.

As a parishioner whose opinion is greatly valued, I hope you will agree to participate in this survey. I ask that you please read the case for support, and then take a few moments to complete the confidential questionnaire.  It should take no longer than 5-10 minutes.

You can access the survey online by visiting www.changingourworld.com/ourlordchristtheking.

Please know that this is not a request for a contribution – at this time, we are seeking your reactions and perspective only.

To ensure your feedback is incorporated, please complete your survey by Monday, November 5th.