The Cradle of Christianity Void of Christians
Canyon Lake California News Press Release
Danville, CA (PRWEB) April 18, 2006
Danville, CA – (PRWEB) April 18, 2006 – Catholics@Work, a fellowship of individuals who explore how to actively live ones beliefs in the workplace, (http://www.catholicsatwork.org), today announced its May 2006 breakfast meeting will feature John McGuckin, Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Union Bank of California. John is also the Lieutenant for the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in the Northwest United States, whose mission is to support a Christian presence in the Holy Land, in particular, Jerusalem. John will speak about the reality of life, as a Christian, in the highly covered, tension-ridden, cradle of Christian values, the Holy Land. No Christian can be fully prepared to discuss the polarizing events in this very important part of the world without having an objective understanding of the impact of social and economic dynamics on the birthplace of Christianity.
The Catholics@Work breakfast event will be held at Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville, CA 94526 on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. A full buffet breakfast is served starting at 6:45 a.m. (Mass is offered at 6:15 a.m. at the same location.) Cost is $ 20 for members and $ 27 for non-members. To register visit http://www.catholicsatwork.org/EventDesc.aspx.
Americans typically have two perspectives on their heritage; the United States and their ancestral homeland. Americans define themselves as Irish-Americans, Italian-Americans, German-Americans, Japanese-Americans, African-Americans, and Polish-Americans, etc. Ancestral homeland plays an important part in how Americans are defined, and most individuals are knowledgeable about the cuisine, holidays, the customs and folklore of their parents/grandparents/great-grandparents native countries. Additionally, many Americans are proud and happy to share this information with others and to celebrate their heritage with city parades (Chinese New Years, St. Patricks Day), regional gatherings and cultural events (Ocktoberfest, Greek Days, etc.). While most Americans are not historians or social scientist, they tend to have some understanding of the things that are happening in their ancestral homelands today, and even seek out news coverage.
But, why do Americans stop at two perspectives? There really are three perspectives regarding heritage that Americans should embrace. Catholic Americans are part of a global community that is completely aware that the dogmatic center of gravity for their community is The Vatican, but, little thought is given to the ancestral Christian homeland, the Holy Land, the Mother Church in Jerusalem.
How would you feel if you went to visit Ireland or Italy or Germany, and upon arriving you found no Irish, Italians or Germans? Well, today the presence of Catholics in the ancestral homeland of Christianity is on the verge of becoming extinct. My goal is not to convince you who is right in the Middle East. Everyone has to make up their own mind, John McGuckin said. My role, based on my personal observations, is to provide the unreported, Christian, side of the story about what happens to Christians in a region that is constantly in the news today.
Catholics need to have objective information about life in the Holy Land, so they have an informed perspective when friends and co-workers discuss this region, one that is constantly in the news. News coverage, however, does little to shed light on the impact of current day events to the area that gave birth to the Christian values we try to live by today.
Every Sunday, we sit in Church and listen to the words of the Gospel, said Rick Medeiros, president of Catholics@Work. We, as Catholics, give little thought to the fact that those stories actually took place in cities and towns that we are more familiar with in terms of modern day conflict and turmoil. Medeiros continued, Our Catholic values are really a part of who we are and how we act, it only makes sense that we should understand the nature of our Christian ancestral homeland as well as we do the history and culture of our grandparents.
Catholics@Work is committed to fostering fellowship and connectivity among Catholics facing the realities of life in todays workplace environment. The monthly breakfast gatherings are a unique opportunity for Catholics to:
grow in their understanding of the Catholic faith,
be encouraged to apply the principals of their faith in the everyday workplace,
and, to network with other Catholic business professionals.
The breakfast series is held at Crow Canyon Country Club, Danville, California, on the second Tuesday of the month seven times per year (April-June, September-December). The event starts with a buffet breakfast followed by a speaker or panel discussion and runs from 6:45-8:30am. The event offers a great way to network with people who look for purpose and leadership in their lives. There is time prior to the beginning of each speakers presentation to interact with other attendees, to share faith, and business and personal information. Mass is offered at 6:15am for those who wish to attend before breakfast at the same location. Managed by Catholic business professionals, Catholics@Work breakfast events are open to all, regardless of faith or occupation, who want to explore the issues of actively living ones beliefs in the workplace.
For more information visit http://www.catholicsatwork.org or call +1 925-389-0704.
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