Getting to Know Fr. Cordier

(We recently asked Fr. Cordier to tell us a little about himself.  Here are his answers!)

Tell us about your family…

Fr.CordierMy father and mother were Gene and Laura Cordier, both now deceased. Dad was born in Colorado and mom was born in Ohio. They met in 1949 and married in 1950. After a few years of living in Columbus they moved with the two oldest children to Rossmoyne, Dad had taken a teaching job at Xavier University.  By 1962 four more children had arrived.

The neighborhood was full of children and our days and nights were filled with games and celebrations. It seemed like our house, which had the smallest yard, was where we spend much of our time. Whether playing kick the can or ghosts in the grave yard, or football, basketball, kickball or even baseball, it seemed like our yard was made for it. Because of this, we did not need a lawn mower. There was rarely ever any grass. We all grew up in the turbulent and crazy 60’s and 70’s, and went our ways, four have married, and one has been ordained.  Three live in town, three live out of town. Sadly, most of my nieces and nephews live out of town, but it seemed like many came home for the holidays, if just for a few days. If nothing else, it does make it easy to go on vacations and visit family.

What is a hobby of yours?

Sports were a part of my life for many years, especially softball, but now my shoulders and knees are telling me no more.  Another hobby was volunteering at the Cincinnati Nature Center. I started around 1984 and continued up to the time I entered the seminary in 1997. I loved learning more about nature, being outdoors, and teaching.  I loved following NASA, the Apollo missions to the moon, and once met Neil Armstrong. In the past, I could play the piano a little. My mom showed me some basic stuff, and I took some lessons, but now I rarely play. I once tried to play for my aunt and a few others when she was in a nursing home, but got so nervous I made too many mistakes and quit, and never tried again. And of course I really liked to read about theology and religion.  St. John Paul II was a great inspiration, but also some local priests.

What is your favorite place to travel?

It is hard to pick one place where I like to travel. I have been to 46 of the lower 48 states. I hope to make it 48 out of 48 soon. But for me, the favorite place to travel is to a beautiful church.  I like to sit in a church and be in the presence of the Lord.  In the past, my priest friend Fr. Jerry Hiland and I would take trips, and we would always visit the church in whatever city we were in, admire the beauty, and light a candle for our parents. My second choice would be a place you really don’t have to spend any time in travel. I love to walk outdoors, and look at a beautiful sky, especially at sunrise (not likely) or sunset (much more likely). Several psalms praise the God who made heaven and earth, the glory of the skies.

If you hadn’t been ordained a priest, what do you think you would do?

I worked as a computer programmer for 17 years. I was happy to leave that job/career and enter the seminary.

I also like fixing things. Growing up, dad taught us how to maintain and fix problems with our cars. As with everything else, they are much more complicated today.

 Welcome Fr. Cordier,

we are blessed to have you as our Pastor.

May It Be Done To Me According to Your Word. Lk 1:38

I met Carol at a Christ Renews Weekend 8 years ago. We had a lot in common; we were both were introverted, wondered why we had signed up for a CRHP Weekend and both knew no one present that weekend. For some unknown reason, we both committed to go on for six months. Each week, as we left our meeting, we would say to each other – “We are not going back.”  And, each week we found ourselves planted in the same seats on Thursday evenings. Carol referred to God as the ‘Hound of Heaven.’  Indeed, he hounded us!

Along the way, I got to know Carol’s husband, Charlie. They were nearly inseparable. Carol and I became dear friends. After CRHP, Carol became involved in several ministries and Charlie followed. They both went to Bible Study which they loved. Carol became an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, a Lector and a Lay Spiritual Director of Christ Renews.

Charlie had coped with major health issues throughout his life and suddenly was faced with another. As a Marine, he was ready for the fight.  Charlie was diagnosed with cancer, as was Carol within a few weeks of each other. They had different types of cancer and therefore, different doctors and chemo regimens, different treatments at different hospitals. Their lives revolved around fighting cancer.

Involvement in ministries became increasingly difficult. So, both of them being very practical, investigated the Rosary Makers knowing that if they were homebound they could make rosaries to help the missions. When I would visit them they would be sitting in their living room making knotted rosaries. Carol died on Ash Wednesday a year and a half ago and Charlie was lost without her. He stopped making rosaries.

In April, I asked him if he would make knotted rosaries for the pilgrims going to the Holy Land since they were also receiving a book,  Mary, Undoer of Knots. He said he would try. Several weeks later he delivered 40 knotted rosaries. Some were in process so he completed them and others he had just made. The pilgrims were very thankful for their rosaries which will always remind them of their time spent in the Holy Land. Charlie died about 3 weeks after we returned from our pilgrimage. After his funeral, I took the remaining rosaries to Bible Study for his friends. They also cherished those rosaries and now both the pilgrims and the Bible Study group pray for Charlie and Carol as they recite their rosary.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for us as we deal with the inconceivable knots in our lives. Be always at our side to help us through these difficulties and let us never feel, despite our situation, that we are useless or unable to serCarol and Charlieve others.

If you are interested in becoming a Rosary Maker contact Jane Kneipp at ckneipp@fuse.net

Written by Cathy O’Toole in memory of her dear friends Carol and Charlie Drummond! May they rest in peace together forever.

She Came Up Behind Him and Touched His Cloak

(This painting is behind an altar in the Church of St. Mary Magdaline in the town of Magdala in Galilee.)

Touched Cloak

I have been a member of the Healing Ministry Team at St. Andrew Church for 7 years.  It is a privilege and joy to have been called to this special parish ministry. The people with whom I serve are faith-filled, loving women who share their love of God and others in the sacred space of our sessions. I am also deeply touched by the faith and gratitude of those who attend. This ministry has brought me closer to our loving, merciful God and more open to respond to the needs of others with increasing love and compassion.

She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak. Mk 5:27

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to serve one another with compassion and generosity. The Healing Ministry follows Catholic traditions of prayer and care combined with the principles and techniques of the accredited educational nursing curriculum of Healing Touch Program. We welcome and serve everyone – those experiencing illness or recovery and those who wish to support wellness in their lives.

Sessions are usually offered on the second Saturday of each month September through May at 9:30, 10:10 and 11:00. Join us in a peaceful, prayerful time with God and the members of the ministry. Those who are interested in learning more about the St. Andrew Healing Ministry are invited to attend our sessions, consider volunteering as a greeter or enroll in a weekend Healing Touch Program Level 1 class prior to becoming a member of the ministry team.

Lord, you have chosen us to know, love and serve you. Help us to discern how we may honor you and serve your people through the ministries of our parish. Amen

Pat Meisner is a retired elementary teacher and administrator. She has been a parishioner for ten years and a member of the St. Andrew Healing Ministry for seven years. She is on Christ Renews His Parish – Team 10, and previously participated in Bible Study.  In addition to being a Healing Touch Practitioner she is a member of the first cohort of the Living School for Action and Contemplation of the Rohr Institute in New Mexico.                    Pat Meisner

 

 

 

I Sought the Lord and He Answered Me

It wasn’t too long ago that my faith wasn’t a top priority. In 2013 my outlook changed due to a life challenge and by attending a Christ Renews His Parish weekend. My eyes were opened on that weekend and the months and years after. I sometimes wonder what took me so long.

My longest journey within the journey was my visit to the Holy Land. My wife and I recently went on pilgrimage with a group of St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioners lead by Father Rob Waller, Pastor Emeritus at St. Andrew. What I thought this experience would be and what it turned into was awe-inspiring. I walked where Jesus walked. Every time I say that and or write it goose bumps appear! Most of my pilgrimage was a feeling of complete joy at the locations and with the people we met.

We started in Jordan traveled through Galilee, Palestine and ended up Jerusalem. Every location had a significant impact on my faith journey. It is impossible to pick one place or event that affected me the most.  I touched the place where He was born, walked where He taught and finally stood at the place where He was resurrected.

One particular day, a group of us walked from the Sea of Galilee up to the Mount of Beatitudes. Along the way Father would lead us in prayer and taught us as we walked. I remember thinking this is what happened on the day of the Sermon on the Mount. When we reached the top, I fully expected to turn and see a multitude of His followers behind me.

I Sought the Lord and He Answered Me, Delivered Me From All My Fears. Ps 34:5

That part of the trip led me to my decision to begin the Lay Pastoral Ministry program at the Athenaeum of Ohio. A year ago I met with Dr. Susan McGurgan, the director of the program and was accepted as a student, but I never started. My pilgrimage was my time to reflect on this and decide if this was the path I was to take.  On the top of the Mount of Beatitudes, at the hostel we stayed, I heard a familiar voice. When I turned, it was Susan with another group of pilgrims. I start my classes this fall. I’m not sure where this next journey will lead me, but I am open to His will and know my path is leading toward Him.

“Being a Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but an encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction” Pope Benedict XVI.

I pray that you have an encounter or meet someone who will inspire you and lead you to a new horizon on your life’s pilgrimage.

Tom Hodson is a Lector, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, member of St. Vincent de Paul, on the RCIA team, and Stewardship Committee at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Tom also chairs the St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Continuation Committee for Christ Renews His Parish. He and his wife Debbie have been parishioners at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton for 8 years.

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The Women’s Christ Renews weekend is coming up on Aug. 6-7, 2016. To register contact Patty Norris, Director of Religious Education at St Elizabeth Ann Seton; phone (513)575-0119 or email pknorris@cinci.rr.com.

 

 

Prayer Is a Path To a More Intimate Relationship With God

(This Sunday is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  In Sunday’s Gospel, Luke tell us that as Jesus is praying, one of His disciples asks, “Lord teach us to pray. . . .”  This blog post seems to be very timely. Lk.11:1-13)   

“Pray without ceasing!” 1 Thes 5:17

I spend a great deal of my day in prayer, not necessarily on my knees. But, I do pray in a variety of ways for others (some of whom I do not know), situations, and my personal needs. There are many ways to pray. The most important and most powerful prayer is the Mass, which I am blessed to attend daily. I often spend time in Adoration conversing with Jesus face to face. I also pray the rosary alone and with others. I try to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy daily, and always do so when I am told someone is near death. I pray novenas for special intentions! I pray to the saints to intercede, a couple of them I consider my best friends! I pray traditional Catholic prayers, we are so blessed by these prayers! I pray simple prayers throughout the day for people who come to mind or strangers I just pass along the way. I fast as a prayer periodically, especially when someone I know is suffering greatly. And, I try to always remember to offer my own sufferings and hardships that I encounter daily for the needs of others…turning a difficulty to a positive good!  Do I fail at this? Yes. Do I get distracted? All the time! But I persevere, and the more I do, the better I get at it! Prayer is a work in progress, and it will never be perfected until we reach Heaven!

Prayer chains are a great way to communicate the needs of others. St. Andrew Parish has a prayer chain which began years ago.  Ruth Berger began the prayer chain many years ago, it was a phone chain.  Years later Chris Nunner added email and currently, there are over 400 people who receive the prayer chain. I am hopeful that many who receive it pray for those requesting prayers and I encourage everyone in our parish to be a part of this ministry! If every parishioner at St. Andrew received and prayed for those in need through the prayer chain, imagine the power of all of those prayers for each individual or situation in which we pray!

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. Phil 4:6

If you do not receive the prayer chain and would like to, email me at andrewprayerline@aol.com. Use the same email address to send prayer requests.

JoAnne Lacey has been a parishioner at St. Andrew for almost 20 years. She is married to Ken Lacey and they have three children who attended SASEAS School. JoAnne has served on Parish Council, was actively involved with the SMILE Youth Group, was a regular Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, and was coordinator of monthly Adoration. She currently coordinates the parish prayer chain. JoAnne Lacey

 

I Know the Plans I Have For You

Like many my age I grew up with limited exposure to the bible and scriptures. In Catholic school the bible was not a subject studied regularly and in church we were all confronted with a language barrier as Mass was said in Latin. Thank God for Vatican II.

It was not until later in my life that I became interested in the scriptures and got involved in a night time bible study lead by our former Director of Religious Education, Barb Aluotto. Barb had such a wonderful understanding of scripture that showed me a different side of God. I grew up with a fear of God as we were constantly reminded in school and church.  He was a demanding and vengeful God that punished you for not following his word. Barb showed me through the scriptures that our God was just the opposite, a loving and merciful God who is constantly calling me to be with him and who forgives my gravest sins. It was truly an ‘ah ha’ moment for me. Our God actually loves me!! Because of my interest in scriptures I entered the Master’s program at the Seminary and took several classes on both the Old and New Testament scriptures. It was great fun for me and provided additional learning as well as many new resources.

My interest in scripture continues and I continue to read. While I have a great love of scripture I have also seen how it can be used to induce fear and control people. You can find quotations in scripture to support just about anything you want to say or do. God had only one message—his love for us and when scripture is used for hatred, control or fear it is not what God intended. My interest in our bible study today is to help others understand the message of God in the scriptures. Sometimes we have to read between the lines or dig a little below the surface to get that message but His love is always in there.

I would invite all of you not involved in ministry to give it a try. Take a risk and trust God. Fear often keeps us from doing God’s work so do not let it stop you. It can be fun and rewarding. If you cannot find a ministry you like, start your own as there are many unfulfilled needs. Do it today!

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jerimiah 29:11

Mike Hazard grew up from birth at St. Andrew and attended Catholic schools and colleges that prepared him for life. One of the fun things he does is to lead the weekly Wednesday morning Bible Study. He is also on the RCIA Team and leads the Scripture discussions.  He is retired and enjoying life with his wife Pam.   They are blessed with children and grandchildren and wonderful friends from both St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishes.   

Mike and Pam

It is More Blessed to Give Than Receive

While enjoying an ice cream with Sister Lucia Castellini one evening after Monday night Mass at St. Andrew Church, Ray and I received an invitation to volunteer at Hope Emergency Program. Sister Lucia, a parishioner of St. Andrew, and a Brown County Ursuline Sister is the Director of the Hope Emergency Project.  Ray and I were recently retired and we couldn’t say no to her invitation to help on Wednesdays.  We didn’t realize how serving others could be so rewarding.

We started volunteering in January of 2014. We love the ministry of helping the needy of Brown, Clinton, Highland and Adams Counties. The Hope Emergency Project serves hundreds of families, helping approximately 1,000 people every month.  Some families need services for a short time in order to recover from a loss of a job or personal disaster while some need more long-term assistance to make their income stretch to cover their necessities. Everyone who comes for food, clothing and household items must qualify and then receive services at no charge.

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20: 35

Hope does have a few paid employees but couldn’t serve so many households if they didn’t have volunteers. On Tuesdays and Thursdays food deliveries and donations are accepted, catalogued and set up for clients who come on Wednesdays for distribution. Ray and I do a variety of things at Hope. Each week we pick up bread from Panera for distribution at Hope, we help clients make decisions on produce, frozen meats, bread, canned goods, and toiletries and even help clients to their cars with their groceries.  We have also delivered the items collected from St. Andrew parishioners for our Year of Mercy Project to Hope Emergency. We have gotten to know the people and look forward to seeing them weekly, they are always so thankful for the food and appreciative of our work.

If you are interested in helping people and are looking for a volunteer opportunity, please consider Hope Emergency. We are very thankful to be involved in serving others. It has enriched our lives, humbled us and each week brings us closer to God.

We thank you Lord for all the gifts you have bestowed on us. Open our hearts to share our gifts and talents with those less fortunate.

Sharon and Ray Lamping have been members of St. Andrew Church since 2003. Ray serves at weekday Masses and is a Lector.  Both Sharon and Ray are Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. They recently returned from a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with other St. Andrew and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioners. Both are retired and enjoying traveling and babysitting their grandchildren.  Lampings

I Will Bring Them Back

It’s rather strange to me that I have been a member of Saint Andrew Catholic Church for 56 years, but only active in my faith for the past 30 years. I was baptized here, attended church on Sunday with my family, and drifted away from the faith like many people do. I didn’t feel a connection during teenage years or young adulthood. Keeping busy working at the family store and involvement in a small community fire department was all I needed. My Catholic upbringing was and still is very foundational, but during that period in my life, it had no meaning. It was hidden from me.

It was only after attending my first Christ Renews His Parish weekend in 1985 that I tapped into something deeper. That experience helped me find something that was planted in me many years ago. I found my faith again. I gained a greater understanding of God in my life. And equally important, I received a new awareness of my faith community. I came to realize that this community, that I now love so dearly, was always here for me; my dear St. Andrew family. Through that Christ Renews experience, I found my family and they have encouraged and nurtured me to grow in my Catholic Faith and Tradition.

God’s mercy has truly been revealed to me. Thanks to my Saint Andrew family!

 Look! I will bring them back from the land of the north; I will gather them from the ends of the earth, the blind and the lame in their midst . . . they shall return. Jer. 31:8

 Deacon Tim Schutte is a lifelong member of St. Andrew Catholic Church. He attended the Athenaeum of Ohio – St. Mary’s Seminary and was ordained as permanent Deacon in 2005. He is responsible for the RCIA Program, CRHP- Men and many other Adult Faith Development Programs. He and his wife, Marcy are Milford residents.   Deacon Tim

I Make All Things New !

My RCIA experience began 15 years ago with an invitation, unexpected and unsettling. I was asked to sponsor a young woman going through the process, and my heart sank as I wondered how I could walk with her on her faith journey when my own seemed at a standstill. My husband had been gone for about 5 years and my youngest child was away at college. I was feeling alone and disconnected, not knowing who I was, if not a wife and mother.

In the end, I agreed, and something amazing happened. While walking with another, I found my own relationship with Jesus growing.  By the end of that year, watching the joy-filled faces of the catechumens and candidates receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil, I had a new sense of purpose and belonging.

I am still part of the RCIA team, and continue to be inspired and taught by those seekers who want what we have, and so often take for granted. I have learned so much about Church teaching, developed a love of Sacred Scripture, and have received a hundred times more that I could ever give in return. Looking back, I can easily see that God was at work in my life, using my brokenness in ministry to another, and to remind me that my identity as a child of God is not dependent on my state of life.

So…consider this your invitation, unexpected and unsettling as it may seem.  Consider joining RCIA, or find another ministry at St. Andrew that may be calling to you. Something amazing will happen! “Behold, I make all things new”.  Rev 21:5

Dear Lord, with unexpected grace, You have made me new. Thank You for the gift and blessing of ministry and service for Your glory. Amen.

Monica Clark has been a member of St. Andrew parish since 1973, and considers it her home. She has been on the RCIA team for about 15 years, and also serves as Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, as well as a Lector. She has 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and retired in 2015 from Anderson Hills Pediatrics.Monica

 

If Today You Hear His Voice, Harden Not Your Hearts. Ps. 95:7-8

In February of 2011 I first attended the Christ Renews His Parish Women’s Weekend. This was an opportunity to share, pray and reflect with other Catholic women during a getaway from my routine. But my routine was altered after that weekend as family responsibilities and health issues changed. So 5 years later, I felt called to attend a second time after my mother passed away in January 2016, a significant spiritual experience for me. I have continued to meet for the past 6 months preparing for the next Women’s CRHP weekend on August 6, 2016. It may ben experience that will change you, as it has me.

Please consider joining a group of women this summer who seek to grow in our relationship with the Lord and with each other. You will make connections with others plus the weekend will include conversation, activities and plenty of good food in addition to time away for prayer and reflection. There is no cost to attend other than your time.

Dear Lord, please call those women that you want to attend this weekend so that their relationship with you will be enriched. We hope and pray that they will join us in August and will register soon. 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. MT: 7; 7

To register contact Patty Norris, Director Religious Education St. Elizabeth Ann Seton; phone (513) 575-0119 or email pknorris@cinci.rr.com

Doreen Jackson is a parishioner at St. Andrew since moving to Milford in 2001. Her two adult daughters live out of state and are singers, like Doreen and usually join her in the choir loft at mass when visiting. Doreen is a cantor and a member of the St. Andrew, the Apostle Worship Commission.  Doreen