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Event: Walking Toward Eternity Seminar 

Location: St. John Vianney Parish
                Houston, TX

Date: 10/2-3/15

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Pilgrimage Updates!

January 2016 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Our next scheduled pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be January 5-18, 2016 with an optional extention to Jordan. A few seats remain!  Click here for the most up-to-date information about this pilgrimage. 

May 2016 "Come Follow Me" Holy Land Pilgrimage:

This pilgrimage is designed specifically for people trying to discern the call of God for their lives and focuses on vocations. Registration is now open: click here for forms.

Please view our photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.



Pope Benedict Appoints Coadjutor for St. Paul & Minneapolis, MN!

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict has appointed Bishop John Clayton Nienstedt of New Ulm, Minneosta, as coadjutor archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. The archbishop-elect was born in Detroit, U.S.A., in 1947, he was ordained a priest in 1974, and consecrated a bishop in 1996.

Statement from Archbishop Flynn:  "I have known Bishop Nienstedt and have worked closely with him for a number of years and I am most pleased that he will be my eventual successor.  He is a spiritual leader who is dedicated to the teachings of the Church, is a student of moral theology, a fine administrator and a leader who inspires others to match his high degree of devotion and service to the laity and to our priests."

This is very exciting news for the Twin Cities Catholic Church. Please join me in praying for our new coadjutor.


Don�??t Put A Period Where God Put A Comma!

Cavins President LincolnIn Luke 18:1-8 Jesus talks about a widow who did not lose heart as she continued to pray for her vindication. Due to her persistence she was indeed vindicated against her adversary and by an unrighteous judge at that. In this parable, Jesus points out that God will vindicate his elect, who cry to him day and night, but he ends his parable with a question: "when the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?"

Christian faith goes beyond mere "believism" or making mental assent to a set of propositions. Christian faith can be described as faithfulness, fidelity, and persistence. We should be persistent in prayer, knowing that our heavenly Father is faithful and will keep His word as demonstrated during Jesus' earthly life. The persistence of the widow is truly amazing in her dealing with an unrighteous judge. When we pray to God, who is righteous, we should be even more persistent, because we know He cares deeply for us.

I'm reminded of a true story of a Christian man who lived in a suburb of Kansas City. One day he lost both hands in a premature explosion while blasting stone. Not only did he lose his hands, his face was severely damaged resulting in the loss of his eyesight. Having become a Christian just a couple of years prior to the accident, it had been his daily habit to read God's word. The Bible was his delight, and he was greatly distressed at no longer being able to read it. He heard of a lady in England who could read Braille with her lips. Some friends ordered for him parts of the Bible in the Moon raised type, and he could hardly wait for their arrival. But alas! He discovered that the explosion had destroyed the nerves of his lips. He had no sense of touch in which to read the Bible. He wept over the Book and stooped to kiss it farewell, when he happened to touch it with his tongue. His teacher was recalled, and he quickly learned to read the raised characters by running his tongue along them. "I have read the whole Bible through four times," said he, "and many of the books of the Bible over and over again."

What about you? What is hindering you from being persistent in prayer and action? Paul wrote to the Galatians and said, "And let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart" (Galatians 6:9). St. James said, "Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing" (James 1:2-4).

The way we keep from being discouraged when obstacles and trials come our way is by knowing the will of God and through persistence. Our persistence is not based on our ability to present a case before God but is based on Christ's faithfulness. Our confidence springs from our knowledge of God in salvation history. Many people fold and throw in their cards when they are dealt what appears to be a bad hand. We should never put a period where God put a comma. We should never give up. Yes, we have setbacks but because Christ was and is faithful, we can persevere.

I want to give you some statistics of a man of whom you have probably have heard:

He lost his job in 1832.

He was defeated for the legislature, also in 1832.

He failed in business in 1833.

He was elected to the legislature in 1834.

He suffered the loss of his sweetheart, who died in 1835.

He suffered a nervous breakdown in 1836.

He was defeated for speaker of the state legislature in 1838.

He was defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843.

He was elected to Congress in 1846.

He lost his re-nomination for Congress in 1848.

He was rejected for the position of land officer in 1849.

He was defeated for the Senate in 1854.

He was defeated for the nomination for Vice-President of the United States in 1856.

He was defeated again for the Senate in 1858.

Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860.

The Christian response toward adversity is knowing God's will, being persistent, and by not putting a period where God put a comma.


1. Take some time to pray and review your relationship with God. Think about your areas of responsibility (work, home, community). Are there things that you were praying for but gave up on? Write those unrealized prayers down and renew your commitment to seek God in prayer.

2. Take a few minutes every day to read the Bible. Even if you can only read a chapter from the gospel, locate something in the reading that you could incorporate into your prayer. Learn to pray the scriptures on a daily basis.


Professor Liviu Librescu: A True Hero At Virginia Tech!

We are all very sad over the tragedy at Virginia Tech on April 16th. While we remember the victims and their families I want to draw your attention to one particular man, Professor Liviu Librescu, an Israeli Holocaust survivor.

Liviu Librescu, 76, a professor at Virginia Tech, was recognized internationally for his research in aeronautical engineering, the head of the Engineering Science and Mechanics Department at Virginia Tech. Liviu Librescu was born and received his advanced degrees in Romania.

Heroically, it has been reported that Prof. Librescu died while barricading the door of his classroom while his students hid and escaped out of the windows. In a sad twist of ironic fate, Prof Librescu, a Holocaust survivor, was murdered on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day when we remember what happened to beautiful people like Liviu. In an age where we exalt sports figures, rock stars and actors, Professor Librescu stands out as the true hero.

I posted this entry while my wife was out of the house. When she returned she was very moved and wanted to contribute the following. As many of you know Emily has spent years studying and writing on the Holocaust. If you go to her tab above you will see her book on another Holocaust survivor, Shony Alex Braun.

From Emily:

It comes as no surprise to me that such a person would be a hero. No doubt he has sacrificed many other times in his life for the benefit of another. A Holocaust survivor knows the meaning of suffering and he was willing to put himself in the line of fire to save as many others from harm as possible. I am deeply greived that so wonderful a soul has had to suffer so greatly. So many of those who perished in the Holocaust were also extremely brilliant professors, musicians, philosophers--great minds destroyed senselessly. Our country has suffered a huge loss in terms of life and potential good in this world. These great thinkers and eager learners have passed on leaving us without all they were ready to give us. In light of Divine Mercy Sunday I pray, "Have mercy on us and on the whole world."


“The Scrutiny Passion” with Jeremy Stanbary & Maggie Mahrt

Stanbary Cavins The Scrutiny Passion

I would like to introduce you to "The Scrutiny Passion", a collaborative performing arts project between Epiphany Studio Productions and the St. Olaf Catholic Church Worship & Sacred Music Series. Featuring international performers, Jeremy D. Stanbary and Maggie Mahrt, this new drama brings to life the Passion of Jesus Christ through the eyes of three gospel figures who were changed forever by their encounter with the Messiah: the Samaritan woman at the well, the man born blind, and Mary, the sister of Lazarus. The play reveals deep insights into the human condition, the mystery of suffering, as well as God's infinite mercy and love.

Founder/Executive Director Jeremy Stansbary received his Fine and Performing Arts degree in the Theatrical Arts with a performance emphasis from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and was awarded the top scholarship for actors at UN-L two consecutive years. After an Augustinian-like conversion of heart during this time, Jeremy forfeited his scholarship in order to focus more time and energy on growing in his relationship with Jesus Christ. Upon graduating from UN-L, Jeremy spent a year in the Catholic seminary after which he spent two years as the Director of Youth Ministry for a parish in Lincoln, Nebraska. In June of 2003, Jeremy started Epiphany Studio Productions as a means of combining his passion and love for the Catholic faith with his passion and talents in the theater. He has since performed for thousands of audience members in the U.S. as well as Internationally at World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany.

Cavins Maggie Mahrt

Maggie Mahrt is an international Catholic performer who currently lives in Seattle, WA. Maggie traveled for four years as St. Therese of Lisieux in the popular St. Luke Productions live drama, "Therese."

Check out Jeremy's website as he has also created a number of great plays including "Lolek", the one-man drama about the life of Pope John Paul II and "Alessandro" the gripping one man drama that brings to life the true and fascinating story of the early 20th Century virgin-martyr, St. Maria Goretti. Maria, a young Italian teenager at the time of her death, was brutally murdered by an acquaintance of the family for refusing - out of love for God and her purity - to give in to his sexual advances. Maria forgave her aggressor as she lay dying in the hospital and she prayed that he might one day join her in Heaven. Written from the perspective of Alessandro her murderer, who experienced a dramatic conversion in prison and later testified for the cause of Maria's canonization, this play takes you through the events that led up to Maria's loss of life, and how she subsequently helped Alessandro to find his own.

For more information about booking any of Jeremy's plays for your parish click here.


Living Lent: Easter Sunday with Cardinal Justin Rigali

Here is the Easter Sunday message from Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. Leave a comment below to show your appreciation to the Cardinal. You can also leave a comment on Youtube.