Last updated 12/06/2013 12:55 PM
People & Places
Deacon Domingo Castillo of St. Paul Parish, Marion, recently celebrated his 30th anniversary in the permanent diaconate. He was ordained Oct. 15, 1983, in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, after attending minor seminary for three years. His wife, Adelaida, also participated with him. A Mass was celebrated at St. Paul Parish, Marion, on Nov. 8 by Bishop Emeritus William Higi, with concelebrants Father Richard Weisenberger and Father Mark Walter, to celebrate the anniversary. A social followed in the parish hall, with ethnic foods brought in by different communities. Entertainment was provided by Latino children and dancers from St. Ambrose Parish, Anderson. Those attending the celebration included residents from Indianapolis, Fishers, Noblesville, Portland, Akron, Rochester, Logansport, Frankfort, Walton, Anderson and Marion.
Bishop Timothy L. Doherty has asked pastors, deacons and diocesan administrators — in consultation with staff members and parish council members — to complete questionnaires that will help bishops prepare for an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in October 2014. Responses from the laity are welcome; to receive a questionnaire, e-mail email@example.com. Pope Francis called for the synod, the theme of which will be “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” The Holy See in October issued a preparatory document and a series of questions designed to help bishops better understand today’s challenges to marriage and family. The deadline for responses is Dec. 20. They will be forwarded to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and analyzed by the Vatican’s Council of the Secretariat in February 2014.
The “Simple Wisdom of Pope Francis” Series — two brief books of homespun messages of Pope Francis — has been released by the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Communications Department. The first, on hope, is 66 pages; the second, on evangelization, is 73. The books include papal remarks that have garnered worldwide media attention. The two books are available for $11.95 plus shipping, in individual and bulk copies. More information can be found at www.SimpleWisdomSeries.com.
The books are published in English in conjunction with the Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. “USCCB is delighted to have the opportunity to launch this collection,” she said. “I am amazed at how Pope Francis translates great theological truths into everyday speech and images.”