Our next Catholic Men’s Night will be held on Thursday, September 21st, and will be something of a first for the Guild. We are blessed to have two speakers, Dr. Peter Baltutis (St. Mary’s University) and Rev. Brad Everett (Ascension Lutheran), who will be speaking to us on Luther’s Legacy: Reform or Revolution. Instead of a talk from a single speaker, the Guild council thought that a friendly discussion/debate format (with question period to follow) might be more a fitting remembrance of the beginning of Protestantism 500 years ago (1517).
All men on the mailing list will receive an email with an invitation and poster soon. Please respond to the email ASAP (ideally one week before the 21st at the latest) so that food preparations can be made properly. If you would like to sign up to come, or to join our email list, please email the Guild at: firstname.lastname@example.org .
When and Where: Thursday, September 21, 2017
At St. John the Evangelist Parish and Hall (1423 8 Ave SE)
— Holy Hour (Adoration and Confession) – 6:00 PM
— Benediction – 6:30 PM
— Holy Mass (Divine Worship) – 7:00 PM
— Dinner in the Parish Hall following Mass (8:00 PM)
— Discussion: Dr. Baltutis and Rev. Everett, moderated by T. Rochford – immediately after dinner.
Cost: $20 per person, which includes a wonderful dinner and an honorarium for the speaker. Beer available for purchase.
Contact: To sign up for this month’s event, please send an email with your name and the number of guests to our email: email@example.com .
After a few months off, it’s time to update the Guild website and give some details about upcoming events. We are looking forward to an excellent set of speakers this fall, with two bishops speaking to us, and a discussion/debate (something new!) on Martin Luther. Details for the bishops’ talks are available already, and we’ll have information about September’s event up in the next few days.
Over the summer months I’ve been reading a number of recent books that detail the crisis of Christendom, specifically in its social and political aspects. Books such as Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, Anthony Esolen’s Out of the Ashes, and Ryszard Legutko’s (Polish philosopher) The Demon in Democracy are all excellent books on the topic, and for those interested in some reading, are highly recommended.
One other book though, just finished today, is the one I’d like to highlight. It is by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia – Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World. This book, by a solid Catholic leader and shepherd, is definitely recommended to all Guild members. Although it focuses on the American experience (especially in the first half), its critique, recommendations and wisdom have much to offer all Catholic men who are trying to navigate the confused and confusing swamps of post-modern Canadian society as faithful Christians.
To give you a taste of the content, Archbishop Chaput recently gave an address at the Napa Institute that briefly summarizes many of the key ideas in the book. Please read the talk here. If you decide to explore further, the book is readily available at various Internet bookstores.
As Christian men, called to serve Our Lord in the world, it is essential that we are continually forming ourselves in such a way that we can do battle using the weapons of prayer, truth and charity. To this end, we must read good Catholic books. As the Archbishop says: We need to pray. And we need to read – above all the Word of God, but also history and biographies and great novels. If we don’t read, we condemn ourselves to chronic stupidity and a conditioning by mass media that have no sympathy for the things we believe.