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“And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall
and stand in the breach before me for the land…”
A Call to Battle
I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ:
Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is
wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and
men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is
progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our
The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would be (1 Peter 5:8-14). This battle is
occurring in the Church herself, and the devastation is all too evident. Since AD 2000, 14
million Catholics have left the faith, parish religious education of children has dropped by 24%,
Catholic school attendance has dropped by 19%, infant baptism has dropped by 28%, adult
baptism has dropped by 31%, and sacramental Catholic marriages have dropped by 41%.
This is a serious breach, a gaping hole in Christ’s battle lines. While the Diocese of Phoenix has fared
better than these national statistics, the losses are staggering.
One of the key reasons that the Church is faltering under the attacks of Satan is that many
Catholic men have not been willing to “step into the breach” – to fill this gap that lies open and
vulnerable to further attack. A large number have left the faith and many who remain
“Catholic” practice the faith timidly and are only minimally committed to passing the faith on to
their children. Recent research shows that large numbers of young Catholic men are leaving
the faith to become “nones” – men who have no religious affiliation. The growing losses of
young Catholic men will have a devastating impact on the Church in America in the coming
decades, as older men pass away and young men fail to remain and marry in the Church,
accelerating the losses that have already occurred.
These facts are devastating. As our fathers, brothers, uncles, sons, and friends fall away from
the Church, they fall deeper and deeper into sin, breaking their bonds with God and leaving
them vulnerable to the fires of Hell. While we know that Christ welcomes back every repentant
sinner, the truth is that large numbers of Catholic men are failing to keep the promises they
made at their children’s baptisms – promises to bring them to Christ and to raise them in the
faith of the Church.
This crisis is evident in the discouragement and disengagement of Catholic men like you and
me. In fact, this is precisely why I believe this Exhortation is needed, and it is also the reason
for my hope, for God constantly overcomes evil with good. The joy of the Gospel is stronger
than the sadness wrought by sin! A throw-away culture cannot withstand the new life and light
that constantly radiates from Christ. So I call upon you to open your minds and hearts to Him,
the Savior who strengthens you to step into the breach!
~Bishop Thomas Olmstead, Diocese of Phoenix
Upcoming Events & News
March 15th, 2018
Thu, 3/15/2018 – 06:15 PM
Livingston Vicariate Monthly Catholic Men’s Night
Our Speaker this month is Tom Nash
Tom Nash is a Catholic scholar, author, television & radio host serving the Church faithfully and professionally for over 25 years. He is presently a Contributing Apologist and Speaker at Catholic Answers. His contributions also include serving as a Theology Advisor for EWTN, Senior Information Specialist at Catholics United for the Faith, co-host of the EWTN television series “The Biblical Story of the Mass,” and Research Associate at Ave Maria Radio. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and a regular contributor for the National Catholic Register. His books include the multi-published The Biblical Roots of the Mass, outstanding and popular for its easy-to-read yet thorough examination of the Scriptural foundations of the Mass. His most recent book What Did Jesus Do? looks compellingly at the Mystical Bride of Christ: His Church, our instrument of salvation and our personal relationship therein.
Tom’s presentation: “The Biblical Roots of the Church” will explore our role as men in this perennially relevant, life-transforming love relationship between Christ & His Bride, and offer some models of sacrificial love in our Saints.
Prayer, Mass and Speaker Presentation will be in the Church.
Women and children are ALWAYS welcome to attend the Mass.
Refreshments will be available afterward
April 13th, 2018
Friday, 04/13/2018 – 07:30 PM
St. Luke’s Productions theatrical presentation
Starring Leonardo Defilippis
Brighton Center for Performing Arts
This dramatization of the life of Maximilian Kolbe, the Saint of Auschwitz, which is open to the public: men, women and children over 10 years.
Tickets ($10.00) must be purchased in advance from your local parish!
April 19th, 2018
Thursday, 04/19/2018 – 06:15 PM
Speaker: Fr. Mathias Thelen
Pastor: St. Patrick Brighton, & Senior Leader at Encounter Ministries
St. Patrick Brighton, in the Church
Fr. Mathias Thelen is the Pastor of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Senior Leader of Encounter Ministries, author of the recently published “Biblical Foundations for the Role of Healing in Evangelization“, and former Spiritual Director & Faculty Member at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. He was also featured in the groundbreaking documentary “Fearless“, which explores the roles of Prophecy and Healing in the Catholic Faith. He also travels across North America proclaiming God’s goodness through healing ministry.
April 27 – 29th, 2018
Friday 4:00pm – Sunday 1:00pm at St. Paul of the Cross Retreat Center
Dave Cooney Memorial Retreat!
Friday 8:30 AM Mass at St. Patrick, Brighton, offered for Dave Cooney
“For if this endeavor or this activity is of human origin, it will destroy itself. But if it comes from God, you will not be able to destroy them; you may even find yourselves fighting against God.” Acts 5:38 (2nd Friday of Easter, 2018)
(*MUST register in advance for the Retreat. For info, contact: Rory@SacredHeart.io)
May 17th, 2018
Thursday, 05/17/2018 - 06:15 PM
Speaker: Dr. Ralph Martin, S.T.D.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Brighton
Professor of Theology & Director of Graduate Programs in the New Evangelization; host of the longest running Catholic television series in the world: “The Choices We Face,” President of Renewal Ministries, widely published author of numerous books including The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints. In 2011 Pope Benedict XVI appointed Dr. Martin as a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization and in 2012 Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as an "expert" for the World Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization.
June 21st, 2018
Thursday, 06/21/2018 – 06:15 PM
Speaker: Fr. Patrick Gonyeau
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Brighton
Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Archdiocese of Detroit; Author, and Coordinator of New Evangelization for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
July 19th, 2018
Thursday, 07/19/2018 – 06:15 PM
Speaker: Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Brighton
Former Anglican priest and Chaplin at Cambridge University, England, who was received, along with his wife and children, into full communion with the Catholic Church, Easter 1995. Ten years after his conversion to the Catholic Church, he was ordained a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Charleston SC and now serves as Pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville SC. Fr. Longenecker is the author of twenty books, including Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare and his most recently published The Quest for the Magi. He is a prolific columnist and contributor for numerous publications, websites and podcasts and is a regular speaker at national men’s conferences and Diocese gatherings.