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VOL. 3  AUGUST 6-7, 2011  ISSUE 31

Catholic Church at Fort Gordon, GA

Scripture  … there was a tiny whispering sound. (1 Kings 19:12b)  They are Israelites; theirs the adoption, the glory, the covenants, 
the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 
theirs the patriarchs and from them, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is over all, (Romans 9:4,5)  "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." (Matthew 14:28,29a) Reflection  What does this mean to you – Elijah heard God in a tiny whispering sound?  Where do you find Jesus – in fire and storm or in the ―tiny whispering sound?‖  Do you listen and respond when God asks to act outside your comfort zone or do you sink into your fear? God can do everything and I can do nothing. But if I offer this nothing in prayer to God, everything becomes possible to me. Within myself I feel the ability to perform an act of perfect love following Jesus on Calvary, dying with him on the cross. Thousands and thousands of years may pass and my position will not change. But... what is impossible for me, the rich man in the Gospel, is possible for God! It is he who will give me the grace to transform myself; he will make me able to carry out the impossible and remove the obstacle which separates me from the Kingdom. And so it is a question of waiting, of humble and trustful prayer, of patience and hope. But the God of the impossible will not ignore my cry. 1Carretto, Carlo, Carlo Carretto, Edited by Robin Baird-Smith, Templegate Publishers: Springfield, IL, 1990, p. 76.
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Q: When did the Catholic Church change from using bread and wine to wafers and wine in the Eucharist? Why the change? A: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke present Jesus’ Last Supper and the institution of the Eucharist as part of a Passover meal. The Jewish Passover has always used unleavened bread (Exodus 12:1420). The Roman Catholic Church has continued to follow this Jewish custom. Wafers are unmistakably unleavened bread. By the 11th century, the Churches in the East

were using leavened bread and they continue to do so. I think that all Protestant denominations have followed the custom of the Eastern Churches (the Orthodox and the Churches in full union with the Bishop of Rome). Each year the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is celebrated during the annual meeting of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Leavened bread is used at that Mass. Retrieved from

Pastor: Fr. Damian Ilokaba (706) 791-4307 Co-Pastor: Fr. Samuel Aniekwe (706) 791-4307 Contract Priest: Fr. Michael Roverse (706) 791-2945 NCOIC: Sgt. Sheronda Williams (706) 791-4308 Chapel Clerk: Vacant (706) 791-2945 Deacons: - George Foster (706) 860-2379 - Mike Marchek (706) 855-2107 - David Kriegel (706) 869-9781 PLC: VACANT Music Director: VACANT Religious Education: VACANT MCCW: Kim Besel Knights of Columbus: Al Larson Youth Ministry: Nisa Vera EME: Judy Kriegel, (706) 869-9781 Altar Servers: Alex Besel, (706) 855-9275 Lectors: Tom Dean (706) 860-6946 Ushers: Ron Shannon (706) 868-5960 Flowers Ministry: Sherry Wodicka Editor: Lola Rivera (443) 223-1125

St. Michael’s is conducting a designated offering this weekend for ―Augusta Pregnancy Center.‖ Thank you for your generosity. Please know that this offering is directed by the office of the Chief of Chaplains. Parish Council Financial Advisor, Tina Raby


Looking for Parish Council Executive Members ~~~~~~~

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St. Michael’s Parish is soliciting volunteers to serve as the FY12 Parish Council President, Vice-President, Secretary and Financial Advisor. If you are interested in leading and having an impact on your church, please contact Deacon George Foster at Appointments will be made by the end of August. You may ask the current Council Members about these positions. The following is a brief job description on these positions. Please, check out our bylaws in our website to learn about our Parish Vision and other important information. 1. President
- Be the Pastor’s Right Hand and strive to meet the PPC Vision. - Conduct all meetings of the council. - Perform such other duties as the Pastor and Deacons may from time to time direct, consistent with that office. - Be responsible for assuring participation of all members in Council deliberations and decision making. - Prepare an agenda in conjunction with the Pastor, and send it to Council members no later than one week prior to the regularly scheduled council meeting. - Poll parishioners and update the PPC. - Maintain and submit records to his/her successor

Nominations and Elected Officer Eligibility Requirements The President must be an Active Duty Service Member. For the remaining positions, if no Active Duty Service members are nominated, Active Duty Service Member or Spouses, Military Retirees, and DoD employees and their families can be nominated. Be a Catholic in good standing and have the endorsement and support of the Pastor and Deacons. Be an active parishioner. Support

2. Vice President
- Assume all duties of the President in his/her absence. - Be fully informed about all Council activities. - Perform other such duties as the Pastor, Deacons, or President may direct, consistent with that office. - Poll parishioners and update the PPC.

3. Financial Advisor
- Check and update monthly the fiscal status of Parish. - Prepares and submits a monthly financial report to the Parish Council. - Yearly report to PPC on NAF/AF expenditures and bottom line. - Works closely with the office of the Army Chief of Chaplains. - Perform other duties assigned by the Pastor, Deacons, or President may direct, consistent with that office. - Maintain and submit records to his/her successor.

the goals and objectives of the Parish. Have the ability to perform the duties of the office.

4. Secretary
- Keep an accurate record of all Council correspondence, minutes, and other communications. - Provide a copy of previous meeting minutes to all members at least one week prior to the next scheduled meeting. - Provide a copy of the minutes to the Parish at large. - Keep an accurate record of all those in attendance. - Provide advance notification to all Council members and the ioners of the time and place of regular and regular meetings. - Perform such other duties as the Pastor, Deacons, or President may direct, consistent with that office. - Maintain and submit records to his/her successor.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ MCCW FT GORDON FOR LIFE
―O Mary, bright dawn of the new world, Mother of the living, to you do we entrust the cause of life: Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers of babies not allowed to be born, of the poor whose lives are made difficult, of men and women who are victims of brutal violence, of the elderly and the sick killed by indifference our out of misguided mercy. Grant that all who believe in your Son may proclaim the Gospel of life with honesty and love to the people of our time.‖ — Pope John Paul II, “Prayer for Life,” Evangelium Vitae.

Pro-Life Mass & Rosary
For your information, there is a Mass the first Saturday of each month at Saint Mary on the Hill, 9:15 am followed by a Pro-Life Rosary at Preferred Health Center right after (approximately 10:15am). This activity is not organized by our parish, but you are invited to participate to support the Right to Life.

Hand-made Pro-Life Rosaries Workshop
We will start praying the Pro-Life Rosary the first Wednesday of each month starting on October 5th, before Adoration at 6:10pm. In order to get ready for the first rosary, we will have a hand-made Pro-life Rosary Workshop on September 17th, 10am-Noon. We will make the rosaries that we will use for this intention. We are asking you to sign up for this workshop, so we can have an idea of how many supplies we need to purchase. Sign up sheets will be place on the MCCW table located in the hall. Please take a minute to sign up to make your own Pro-Life Rosary. This is a free workshop!

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Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is like Easter Sunday because it's a weekend full of fresh love, rebirth, and new beginnings. All married couples deserve a richer, fuller life together! Make a special time of growth for you and your spouse. For more information or to register for October 7 - 9 in Savannah, call 904 821-0773 or register on line at

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Military Council of Catholic Women (MCCW)
MCCW invites you to be friends on Facebook! Check us out! We wish you a blessed and happy summer and look forward to our regular first Thursday of the month meetings beginning September 1, 2011.

Knights of Columbus
Please know that our next meeting will be on Tuesday August 9, 2011 in Bldg. 13 at 1830. Social and the meeting starts at 1900 hours. Contact the Grand Knight Al Larson at if you have any question.

Bible Study is Off!!
St. Michael’s Bible Study is off until further notice. Contact Tom Dean (706) 860-6946.

News from CCD!!
CCD begins Sep 11, 2011. We will have sign up for it in the chapel social hall every mass until then, starting this weekend. We are also looking for teachers for the CCD program. If interested please contact Sherry Wodicka at or (706) 5926478. There will be an orientation for teachers and also workshops to attend, starting in August. Randy Dillard will be instructing the "Seven Laws of the Learner." More info to follow on dates and times.

God and Coffee is Off!!
God and Coffee is off for the Summer. This group will resume in September. More information in upcoming bulletins. Contact Tom Dean (706) 860-6946 if you have any question.

St. Michael’s Day will be celebrated on September 24th after 5pm Mass. We need your help to have a successful celebration. If you sing, dance, are a comedian, or have any other talent, this is your chance to share your talent with your Parish. Please contact Herman Gonzalez (706) 951-7883 if you would like to sign up for the entertainment part of the day. Rehearsals for this event will be on September 23rd at 6pm. Please, plan to attend if you are participating. We will share more information on this event in upcoming bulletins.

Upcoming Meetings
We have scheduled a few meetings to help us coordinate ―St. Michael’s Day.‖ It is very important that Ministry coordinators attend these meetings. Please, mark your calendars for the following upcoming meetings:  September 12, 5:30pm (Activity room)  September 19, 5:30pm (Activity room) Please contact Lola Rivera if you are unable to attend any of these meetings at

Pulpit Announcements
Please know that all weekend announcements should be sent by Friday noon to

Catechists Needed
The future of our church depends on the adults in our parish volunteering to be catechists. We are in need of several Catechists and substitute teachers. Anyone interested in volunteering to teach Religious Education this year, please contact Sherry Wodicka.

Side-Dishes and Desserts Needed!!
The Parish will provide meats and drinks for St. Michael’s Day. However, we ask our parishioners to bring side dishes and/or desserts. The sign up sheets are located on the kitchen’s counter in the activity room. Please, take a few minutes to sign up today.

Altar Servers Training!!!

Glenn and JoAnn Strellner
53rd Anniversary, August 16th
“May God continue to bless you”
Send us an email if you are celebrating your wedding anniversary next month,

Altar Server Training will be September 10, from Noon 1300 at Good Shepherd Chapel. All current and new servers must attend. A schedule will be drawn up and distributed at that time. For more information please contact Alex Besel at or (706) 855-9275.

St. Michael’s Choir is looking for Volunteers
St. Michael’s is looking for volunteers that would like to share their talents and gifts with our choir. Singers and musicians are welcomed! Ask our Pastor if you are interested.

Families Wanted
Our Parish is looking for families who would like to bring up the gifts at each mass. Please contact Ron Shannon if you are interested at

CYM is BACK and Better than ever!
Check us out on the Youth Bulletin Board in the chapel. All CYM programs are open to youth in grades 6 thru 12. Please take a few minutes to answer the survey and tell us what you think. If you didn’t get a copy in your Sunday bulletin, there are plenty on the board. Kindly deposit completed surveys in the basket on the piano. Also, you can download the survey from our website too! Can’t wait to hear your thoughts. For additional information cont a c t N i s a V e r a a t

Parish Council Meeting
St. Michael’s Parish Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday August 8th, 2011. The meeting will be at Good Shepherd Chapel (GSC), social room at 5:30 pm. Parish Council meetings are open to all parishioners. **Ministry coordinators, please submit your reports to the Council President if you have not done it yet. Thank you. The Secretary.

A Study on the Book of Ecclesiastes.
Humanity wants to know the true meaning of life, and if anything lasts and has real value. In the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon attempts to answer these questions from personal life experiences. Solomon does this by first pointing out that there is nothing new under the sun. In other words, what is seen today has always been, and will always continue to be as long as the earth is in existence. The sun rises and the sun sets. The wind blows, the rivers flow to the sea, and generations come and go. Life has continued as such since the beginning. Solomon points out that nothing in life is in and of itself original, new or unique, and therefore holds nothing to capture the attention of a seeker. Nor are they the meaning of life, since someday everything will come to an end. So the next place to look is within humanity itself, the one for whom all of what is seen was created. But for those who think that human intellect is the answer, Solomon retorts that even this is futile. There are many things in life to be learned and discovered, but with increased knowledge comes increased sorrow. (Ecclesiastes 1:18) The more one learns about life, the more injustices they discover that cannot be fixed. Human wisdom is fallible and unpredictable. It cannot right the wrongs of humanity, nor can it provide what is missing in life. It is like trying to catch the wind with a fist; it is useless and to seek after it is a waste of time and effort. Likewise, Solomon says that other things like pleasure, popularity, materialism, and the like are all temporal and useless. They only satisfy for the moment, accomplishing nothing. Many people work long and hard to obtain such things, yet it is all in vain. They offer no lasting benefit; they come and go like the wind and do not add a single day to the lives of those who pursue them. Solomon also concluded that both the wise and the foolish face the same end. One who stumbles in the dark dies just as the one who walks with eyes wide open; both are subject to the same demise in the end. So retribution in this life is not the answer. Neither social status, nor intelligence, nor even wealth or reputation can protect someone from what is inevitable for all. Interestingly, all of the insights that Solomon provides in the book of Ecclesiastes are not so much what the meaning of life is, but rather what it is not. Through a series of deductions, one by one the things that seem important are labeled as nothing but vanity, or empty and fleeting. But in the end, the conclusion that Solomon comes to is simple: Fear God and keep His commandments. (Ecclesiastes 12:13) Solomon states that this is man's all. In other words, it is here that the meaning of life is found. A relationship with God is what will stand when He comes to judge the earth. And a relationship with God is the one thing that should be valued above all else. After Solomon's quest, the summary of everything he found was that a person's desires and purposes should lie not in the things of this life but in God alone. Written by Amy Miller. Retrieved from

Weekend Masses Saturday 17:00 Sunday 08:30 & 10:00 Daily Mass Mon, Wed, Thurs. 11:30 Mon-Friday DDEAMC 11:45 Penance/ Reconciliation Saturday 16:00 Sunday 08:15 (Also by Appointment) Rosary Saturday 16:30 Sunday 08:00 Communion (Sick/Homebound): Deacon George Foster Weddings Deacon George Foster Baptisms Deacon Mike Marchek Liturgy Deacon David Kriegel Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) Deacon Mike Marchek Adoration Wednesday 18:30 Religious Education (RE) Sunday 11:30 (RSO and RE Complex)

Please remember in your prayers all those who are deployed, their families and friends during their deployments. If your love one is one of them, or you know any deployed military personnel send us his or her name, so we can include it in our daily prayers. Send your prayer request to COL Mark Ziemba Susan Wersal SFC Nathan Varner SSG Carl W. Thompson SrA James Varner Col. Michael Apicella SPC Brendan G. Fitzpatrick HM1 Genell Cody CW2 Clarence W. Raby, III SPC. David Silva COL William Walker

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host— by the Divine Power of God -thrust into hell, Satan and all the evil spirits, who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.


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