UP Catholic 10 27 2017 E Edition Page 17

www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC October 27, 2017 17 On Priesthood Sunday, we thank all of our priests, as well as our pastoral coordinators and parishes for their patronage of our diocesan newspaper. Through your "full coverage" support, we have delivered the Good News of the risen Christ to nearly every Catholic home in our great diocese for over 19 years! From the Staff of W hen I was a kid my dad gave me his old portable AM/ shortwave radio. Even though we were living in Arkansas at the time, I was able to pick up WLS, a top 40 clear channel station out of Chicago at night. The shortwave picked up stations from around the world. On occasion, I would listen to an English language broad- cast from Quito, Ecuador, mostly because it seemed pretty cool to listen to something live over the radio from an exotic, faraway land. My Uncle Jerry and Aunt Betty Coleman had moved their family about 50 miles away from our town to Missouri, so my cousin Michael and I would exchange letters every few months. When we were both in high school, he became a DJ at his local radio station and I got a job as a photographer at my local weekly newspaper. I would listen to his Sunday night program on the radio and his family received (and still does) the newspaper where I worked. The other day I was watching one of my fa- vorite tech programs, iOS Today hosted by Leo Laporte and Megan Morrone. Its one of the TWiT TV (This Week in Tech) netcasts that can be watched or listened to over the internet. In the early 2000s I became one of Leos fans by watching him host TechTVs The Screen Savers on cable TV. Even back then he was a rare combination of tech industry veteran and power user with an uncanny ability to explain tech in laymans terms. This guy buys and uses more tech in a week than I do in a year. Really. During the recent netcast, Leo and Megan said they had both removed social media from their phones because it was taking too much of their time and attention. Megan mentioned an interview with Jony Ive, Apple's chief design officer, in which he said he regrets people misusing the iPhone by using it all the time. It came as a pleasant surprise to me to learn that Leo, the guru of all things tech, said he has Do Not Disturb set on his iOS (Apple) devices from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. to get some quiet time away from the constant notifications and alerts that pop up on tablets and smart phones. For years weve received (or had avail- able) a constant stream of information. Radios, newspapers, television and even the U.S. mail brought us information. So whats different these days? Not only has the rate of incoming information increased, we now feel a need to react to it instantly and constantly. Rather than taking in some news and then perhaps thinking about it and follow- ing up by looking for more information we want to immediately like it, hate it, share it or forward it. We no longer have a thoughtful conversation, we just react. We have become a noisy gong, a clanging cymbal, and part of the problem. Its time to give it a break. I hope to make another silent retreat at Marygrove this year. Last years three-day retreat was a much-needed respite from the constant noise. In fact, my only regret was that I wasnt able to make the eight-day re- treat. No phone, no email, no internet and (almost) no talking gave me the best rest Ive had in years. In the meantime, Im cut- ting back some of the information overload. If you have any inclination toward mak- ing a retreat, silent or otherwise, please give Marygrove a call at (906) 644-2771, an email at mgcbox38@centurylink.net, or vis- it the website at www.marygrove.org. There are a variety of retreats available, and they won't fill your head with needless junk. HERE AM I John Fee Turn that thing off BY ELISE HARRIS CNA/EWTN NEWS Its important to say from the very beginning that any parish that doesnt have people with disabilities in it, is an incomplete body of Christ...their full capacity to evangelize and catechize is impoverished, said Cristina Gangemi. She is co-director of The Kairos Forum and an expert in pastoral care for people with intellectual disabilities. To have everybody the same doesnt celebrate the beauty of diver- sity, because one thing that were all the same in, one true moment of equality, is that were all different, Gangemi said. While people with disabilities are often described as having learning difficulties, Gangemi said the reality is actually the reverse: the prob- lem is that there are lots of teaching difficulties. She noted that many resources used in catechetical preparation for the reception of the sacraments are not adapted to the learning styles of intellectually disabled people, who frequently learn best through action, drama, art and music. So weve got this paradox. Youve got people with disabilities who long to receive the sacraments, who from the moment of their concep- tion are touched by Gods grace, and so therefore are called to the sac- raments, and then youve got this problem in parish structures where nobody really knows how to make all their programs accessible. Disability catechesis, Gangemi said, is not simply about making sure people with disabilities have access to the sacraments, but is more broadly focused on how can we ensure that every single person, born and baptized, can be an agent of evangelization and can have the faith echoed down to them so that they can echo down the faith to others. L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO Pope Francis meets with a delegation of Special Olympics International on Feb. 16, 2017 in the Vatican. L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO Excluding people with disabilities makes Church 'incomplete'

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