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Paul Martodam Receives CCUSA’s Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Award
Every year at the CCUSA Annual Gathering, the Bishop Joseph M. Sullivan Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to social service programming for children. Join us in congratulating Paul Martodam, who will receive this year’s Bishop Sullivan Award at the CCUSA Annual Gathering in St. Louis.
While Paul’s tenure with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis was much shorter than he had planned, he earned the support of the Archbishop, the Board of Directors, a host of community leaders and donors and the many staff he worked with. Based on more than 35 years of leadership within Catholic Charities in Minnesota and Arizona, he was able to quickly consolidate the strategic thinking that had gone on in the organization and from it developed a strategic plan with the Leadership Team. Many adjustments were also made to deal with the economic downturn, keeping the organization programmatically and financially strong.
Prior to serving with Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, he held leadership positions for 12 years in St. Cloud and moved south to Phoenix, where he served Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Phoenix for 17 years as CEO. During his tenure in Phoenix, the budget of the organization grew from $8 million to $35 million, including nationally recognized innovative programs in prostitution recovery and poverty reduction. Paul served on the national Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities USA from 2005 to 2011, and he continues to serve on the Finance Committee of the Board. Paul also served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Accreditation from 1999 to 2005.
Recently, Minnpost illustrated Paul’s accomplishments with Catholic Charities in St. Paul and Minneapolis as well as his work in Crookston and St. Cloud, MN and Arizona. The article shared Paul’s vision for a united, national effort to end poverty while highlighting his leadership role during the renovation of the Dorothy Day Center, an emergency shelter in St. Paul and the building of Higher Ground, an innovative housing program in Minneapolis. Paul is quoted in the article saying, “We can end poverty. We don’t have poverty because of a lack of resources. It depends on what we set our minds to do.”
Outside of his Catholic Charities work, Paul also brings his compassion into his volunteer work with his church, St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Eagan, MN, an organization who regularly volunteers with Catholic Charities programs. As a faithful and dedicated parishioner, he has willingly shared his gifts with his faith community through project management, negotiating, praying for others, public speaking, spiritual growth, writing, as well as serving as a Eucharistic Minister. Paul is a virtuous and valuable member of each community he shares his talents and passion with. He brings a true and loving dedication to end poverty in our community that is spread throughout the Twin Cities.
St. John Neumann welcomes Father Scott Traynor from the diocese of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Father Traynor spent his youth as a member of our parish and is returning as the celebrant and homilist for the Saturday, June 16, 5:00 P.M. Mass. Fr. Scott is the son of John and Donna Traynor who are also celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. Welcome Father Scott Traynor and congratulations to John and Donna!
Is the Sacrament of the Sick for those who are dying of a serious illness or is it for those who are living with a serious illness? This is not meant to be a trick question but rather a way to illustrate that, as Catholics, we may think quite differently about when it is appropriate to receive this sacrament. The Church’s teaching about the reception of this sacrament has changed over time, so it isn’t surprising that there are differing opinions about when and how often an individual Catholic should be anointed. The Church has always emphasized the need to care for the sick among us, following the example of Jesus himself, who demonstrated on nearly every page of the gospels his desire to heal the human person.
And the kind of healing Jesus brought about was holistic; not only was the person’s body healed of disease, but the person’s spirit was heal-ed from sin and death. Jesus healed the entire person - body, mind, and soul - and the early Church continued to heal those who were sick as a sign of God’s desire for our complete well being. For example, St Paul lists healing as one of the spiritual gifts that has been given for the benefit of the community, and the apostle James makes it clear that the use of oil and prayer was something that was com-monplace in the community. (James 5:14-15). But, during the Middle Ages the Church’s teaching about the sacrament shifted from healing in one’s life to anointing as a preparation for one’s death. This interpretation gradually prevailed and over time the sacrament was no longer received at the beginning of a serious illness but instead administered only at the end of life. It wasn’t until the Second Vatican Council that the healing emphasis of the sacrament was restored, with the Council stating that this sacrament “is not only for those who are at the point of death…but for anyone of the faithful who is in danger of death from sickness or old age” (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, 73).
If you or a loved one is living with a serious illness, the time to receive the Sacrament of the Sick is now. The sacrament is meant to bring comfort to someone who is living with a serious illness rather than a final act at the mo-ment of death. In the sacrament we pray that the sick be healed in body, in soul, and in spirit. God alone knows what kind of healing the sick need most; that a wound be healed; that a fear be changed to confidence; that confusion in the face of all the whys be turned to insight. The Sacrament of the Sick is a sign that we are not alone in our suffering; God is always present, giving us strength, peace, and courage to fully trust in God. And once you are anointed there is no need to repeat the anointing unless your illness worsens or you are diagnosed with a new serious illness. If you would like to be anointed, come to the chapel immediately following these Masses. If you are unable to attend either of these times next weekend but would like to schedule a time to be anointed, please contact either of us at 651-454-2079, Suzie Mrkvicka at x8590 or Anne Tiller at x8589.
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