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Praying Lent 2021

Praying Lent Home Page
an Online Ministry of Creighton University
February 17th - April 1st, 2021

Many resources and prayers for your Lenten journey.

John and Roberta Hydar Small Faith Community Award


This is a financial grant offered to small intentional eucharistic communities who propose an initiative/project which celebrates the lives of John and Roberta and reflects the mission and ministry of CORPUS. Small intentional eucharistic communities have become the oasis for Catholics rooted in the Vatican II principles of justice, equality, and consensus.


John and Roberta Hydar, members of the CORPUS community since the early 1990’s, were drawn to its mission statement:

CORPUS is a national association advocating both a married priesthood and a celibate priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. In the spirit of Vatican II and rooted in a strong Eucharistic commitment, we believe that priesthood should be open to all whom God calls regardless of gender, marital status or sexual orientation.

John moved from Milwaukee to California at age six. He felt a deep calling to the priesthood at an early age and entered the Junior Seminary in the ninth grade. He was ordained in 1950 and was active in the priesthood until his departure in 1970. He married Roberta, a Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross nun, in 1971. He worked in vocational rehabilitation while earning a Masters of Rehabilita­tion Administration. She continued her work as an educator.

He resumed his active priestly ministry through the inspiration of COR­PUS in the 1990’s. He focused on performing weddings and funerals for Catholics who did not feel comfortable in the institutional church. John and Roberta became passionately active in St. Anthony’s Catholic Com­munity ( in Santa Barbara, CA. The Community describes themselves as:

“a catholic eucharistic community grounded in tradition but soaring with the Spirit! They are an Old Church with a New Heart. Current and former Catholics interested in an alternative vision of church, as well as those of other faiths seeking a spiritual community, will find St. Anthony’s an attractive and wel­coming place.”


Grants for 2021 are offered in the amount of $500-$2500. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 19, 2021.


Award(s) will be judged by the following criteria:

  1. The proposed initiative should reflect the spirit of John and Roberta Hydar and the mission of CORPUS.
  2. The description of the community should include its history, mission/vision, activities and membership.
  3. There will be a focus on the nature of the community as being “eucharistic”. This may take a variety of forms and fashions. A rationale as to why the community considers itself eucharistic is helpful.
  4. The project/initiative should reflect Vatican II values.
  5. The proposal will be stronger if matching funds are available.


The application can be found HERE

For question/clarification, please call Linda Pinto at 570-491-7306 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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Our next CORPUS' Zoom Meeting will take place on Saturday, April 10, at 4 P.M. EDT(Eastern Daylight time). Join us for sharing, memorializing, renewing old CORPUS friendships and making new ones. MARK YOUR CALENDAR
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These meetings will continue each month on 2nd Saturday at 4 PM EDT(Eastern Daylight time).


Entering Eternity With Ease by Sal Umana

UMANAFrom the Epilogue:
"We can have eternal life right now, just as Jesus has eternal life right now, through his 'resurrected presence' among those who love him. The rest of us will not have millions of believers and followers who will follow us down the centuries. That is why it is so important to grasp the significance of the 'eternal NOW.' Eternity is NOW. Eternity always was and always will be. Eternity is not a lot of time before and after. Eternity is out of time, beyond time, beyond the material, beyond the moving parts of cosmic explosions. Eternity is now and forever."
Entering Eternity With Ease teaches us that there is no difference between life and death. We do not live in order to die. We live in order to love, and LOVE is everlasting.
Back in the 1950s, the Venerable Bishop Fulton J. Sheen said on TV for several years that Life Is Worth Living. Yes, and life is also worth dying because as St. Francis said, "It is in dying that we are born to eternal life." And, of course, Jesus said, "He who believes in me (already) has eternal life."
There is no difference between life and death, or between life and love. There is no difference between time and eternity... no difference between heaven and earth.
We live and love until the end of time... until we see God in the Eternal Now. The light at the end of the tunnel is the Beatific Vision. As Steve Jobs said when dying: "WOW!!!"
When he was dying, St. Thomas Aquinas, the greatest medieval theologian, said: "All that I have written is but straw compared to this".

Sal Umana, born in Boston in 1929, served as a Redemptorist priest for 24 years in 49 states. After leaving the active priest he became a psychotherapist and author. Now,at age 91, Sal is dying his way into eternity, and learning that “dying every day is already eternal life.” He lives in Tampa with his wife, Peggy and their dog, Sonny.


A LIFE LIVED: Reflections on Life, Love and the Human Condition by Someone Who Has Been There

MATTIMORE NEW BOOKA LIFE LIVED: Reflections on Life, Love and the Human Condition by Someone Who Has Been There

by Hank Mattimore

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About the Author:
Hank Mattimore likes to sum his life in the words of an Old Afro American friend of his. “Life is a grow’n thing. Ya grows or yu dies”. This author has done a lot of “growi’n’” from his childhood days as the youngest of five kids born and raised in a Irish-Catholic neighborhood in South Buffalo, New York. His seminary years and eventual ordination to the priesthood as an Oblate of Mary Immaculate. His six years as missionary priest in Japan was life changing, opening his eyes to a culture and a people far different than he has ever experienced.
His “growin time” continued when still a priest, he volunteered to work as the white pastor of a mission in predominate black ghetto area in Florida. He loved the work and learned a new respect for the black community but after three years he found the celibate life of a priest too difficult to bear.
At 85 years of age, Hank Mattimore has done a lot of living. He hopes to continue his living and writing as long as he is able to because he keeps close to his heart the words of his old friend. “Life is grow’n thing. Ya grows or yu dies.”






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