My Trip to CalcuttaFr. CampbellMy journey to Calcutta began on Monday evening, March 9. It was a 13-hour flight from Chicago to Doha, Qatar; then, after switching planes, another five hours to Calcutta, which is on the Eastern end of northern India, the capital of the State of West Bengal, and 11 hours ahead of out time (almost halfway around the world). I arrived about 3am on Wednesday morning. Two Missionary of Charity (MC) sisters picked me up at the airport and we drove about an hour to their compound, which is about 1 ½ blocks long and ½ block wide. I stayed in a priest residence, a small concrete structure with two rooms. Later that morning I was given a tour of the compound. Two buildings housed men & women (separately) dying of AIDS; two others housed women and teenage girls (separately) who were mentally and/or physically handicapped: all together a couple of hundred people. Another two buildings housed the 50 MC sisters who come from all over the world to take a year-long course of studies in areas of theology and philosophy. I was there to teach them a series of classes on the Blessed Virgin Mary: 3 one-hour classes a day, at 8:30 & 10am, and at 3pm.They were just coming out of their “winter” and the temperatures were about mid-80s during the day, and about 70 at night. Although they always provided me with a fan, the sisters never used one, even though they were in their religious habits. They did say that they used fans during June and July when the temperature gets into the 100’s and the humidity is high.I found it very edifying to be with the sisters for almost 2 weeks. In addition to teaching for three hours a day, I offered Mass for them at 6:30am every morning (they make a holy hour at 5am each day); then I exposed the Blessed Sacrament twice a day, before lunch & dinner. I prayed with them and heard their confessions.Rice is the main food in India; often they serve it with a sauce made with potatoes and vegetables. Along with this, I ate a variety of soups, and had fish a few days (for Lent I go meatless; the sisters do as well). Fruit was also part of the daily meal: bananas and mangoes, which they grow on the compound - along with papayas and coconuts, but they were not in season yet.Calcutta is a city of about 4 million people, but 14 million if you include the suburbs, with much poverty. In 1952 Mother Teresa began to take in the dying, and the city gave her a building, now the Home for the Dying, which I visited. The city is mostly Hindu, about 20% Muslim and less than 1% Christian. We were about a block from a mosque, and at 4:45am each morning, as well as many other times throughout the day, the Muslim call for prayer is sung over a loudspeaker which can be heard by everyone in the surrounding area (it often interrupts the prayers of the sisters in chapel). But the MC sisters are always smiling and their outward expression reflects a deep interior joy, the fruit of living a life centered upon caring for the poorest of the poor.
Father Campbell, who is a part-time teaching faculty member for the Theology Depatment at St. Joseph Catholic Academy, led a pilgrimage to the March for Life, chaperoned by other members of the SJCA Theology Department.
This photo was taken outside the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception shortly before the March for Life on January 22nd, 2015:
Father Campbell welcomed the students of St. Joseph Catholic Academy and All Saints Catholic School to St. Therese Parish for retreats.
In this series, Fr. Campbell offers reflections on the promises attached to the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Followed by the novena prayer to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
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As for me, I trust in You Lord, let me be glad and rejoice in Your love.
In spite of all the annoyances of ALS, and my still ardent longing for my sacramental priesthood and service of the people of God, I find myself rejoicing in the Lord. I do trust Him totally and I am so glad to be able to pray more and love Him more and more. I miss the fine priests and the great people of Kenosha, but we are still united in prayer and especially in the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Happy Easter!
Please Pray for Father Reese as he moves to Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis.
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Reflecting on Sacrificial Giving, I pray
Thank you for teaching me to be generous as You have been generous with me.
Thank you for showing me that all I am and have are gifts from You, and that these gifts, Lord, are meant to be shared.
Help me to understand that others, known and unknown to me, depend on me for help.
Walk with me on my stewardship journey, so that I may constantly renew my relationship with you.
Give me the courage to trust, so that I may experience the joy of sacrificial giving.
Make me a gift to others in Your name.
Confessions: Saturday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Saturday Vigil: 4pm
Sunday: 8:30am and 10:30am
Monday, Tuesday and Friday: 8am
*no Mass at St. Therese on Thursday or Saturday. Please consider attending Our Lady of Mt. Carmel on those days. For information, please check the OLMC website.
Fr. Bob McDermott is now Associate Pastor at
St. Therese Parish. Please pray for him
as he ministers to us alongside
Fr. Campbell, our Pastor!
Baptism: By appointment. Please call the Parish Office for class registration.
RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults): Adults interested in Baptism, reception into the Catholic Church, Confirmation and/or First Communion and children over the age of 7 who have not yet been Baptized please contact the Parish Office.
Marriage: Please call the Pastor at least 6 months in advance in order to make arrangements. Couples that are sharing the same abode will be asked to separate until they are married.
Home Visitation: Anyone who cannot attend Mass and receive the Sacraments due to sickness or age, please contact the Parish Office to make arrangements for a home visit.
Began in Septermber at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School - 1919 54th Street, Kenosha - and runs throughout the year. Teens and Adults welcome!
Class is from 7-9pm. Also serves as an RCIA class for non-Catholics who wish to become Catholic or for those who have never been Confirmed.
Enter through the door facing Columbus Park.
This program for adults and children is a collaboration between St. Therese, Mt. Carmel, St. Elizabeth and St. James Parishes - those in the program may attend any location.
Times and locations:
Sunday, 8:50 am-9:50 am
Mt. Carmel K-6 Started Sept. 21st
Sunday, 9:25 am-10:25 am
St. Therese K-6 Started Sept. 21st
Sunday, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
St. Elizabeth K-11 Started Sept. 21st
Sunday, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm
Mt. Carmel 7-11 Started Sept. 14th
Wednesday, 5:45 pm-7:00 pm
St. James 4k-8 Started Sept. 24th
Wednesday, 5:45 pm-7:00 pm
St. James Adult Ed. Started Sept. 10th
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