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First Annual Norfolk Golf Tournament

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The needs of our Norfolk Community have been growing ever since Chip, Andrew, and Fr. Mike first ventured down to Old Dominion four years ago. Now, with the presence of Youth Apostles growing in the Hampton Roads area, there existed a need to increase revenue.

The answer was found in hosting our first annual golf tournament at Sewells Point in Norfolk, VA. Local members of the Norfolk community made up our golf committee, including two from Colley Ave Copies. They gave us valuable feedback throughout the past few months in regards to prices, sponsorship information, prizes, and much more. We are extremely grateful for their help!

IMG_5720A beautiful, picture-perfect day kicked off the tournament. As they arrived for check in, they were warmly greeted by staff and volunteers. Each golfer received a goody bag and a boxed lunch. Many decided to practice their swing at the driving range, while others opted for the putting green. After warming up and grabbing a bite, golfers teed off promptly at noon.

There were numerous highlights throughout the day. Though there were only 13 foursomes (52 golfers total), all of them had a great time on the course. The surprisingly open course allowed the golfers to finish in about four hours! This is typically unheard of for tournaments. They were delighted to get done early, and begin eating as quickly as possible.

A handful of ODU students were also present as volunteers throughout different parts of the day. They welcomed the golfers, handed out lunches, and took pictures.

IMG_5768Raffle prizes and awards were handed out during dinner. Darrell Larch, Bart Barton, John Swingle and Matt Daugherty won first place and Mike Bennett, Nikki Bennett, Fr. Jack, and Jim Mueller won second place. Other prizes given out included gift cards, Bridgestone golf balls, and a golf-tune up with a local golf pro.

The day yielded between $3,000 and $4,000 in profits. We are extremely grateful for God blessing us on this adventure, and we hope to see everyone again next year!

A big thank you goes to our committee members and Colley Ave Copies. Their help ensured we had a successful and enjoyable golf tournament in 2015.

Give thanks because he lives!

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This season of Lent is a great opportunity for spiritual growth. It can be, though, a drag at times due to the cold weather, failing in our resolutions, etc. Lent always seems to come at the toughest time of the year. I wish it came during the summer; it would be much easier to not eat meat on a nice, sunny day in July. But alas, this is not the case!

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Youth Apostles Ash Wed selife with Fr. Mike and Jimmy.

However, it’s still vitally important to be thankful during this time. Our culture often prioritizes the negative, from the weather to the Redskins game. This lack of joy is contagious. When one person complains, it’s easy to jump in and complain as well. The spirits of bitterness, moodiness, and grumbling can easily take hold of us. Often it’s good to remind ourselves of the good things God has placed in our lives. Specific things, not just general things like “the air I breathe” or “I had a nice dinner.” Concrete things! Be thankful for good memories, time spent with loved ones, a laugh shared with a brother, or a Chipotle burrito.

One of the things that I’ve been thankful for is this song by Matt Maher. It’s powerful not only because of the music, but the words behind it. At the Life Is Very Good Rally in January at the Patriot Center, Matt shared a powerful testimony. He had a disease that he thought was going to take his life. He struggled with this for the majority of his life. Just last year, a new drug came out that provided a cure for him. As a result, he wrote this song. Even though he felt dead and abandoned by God, Jesus lived in him. When he was too weak to stand, Jesus took the stand for him. This is something that has resonated in my own prayer life. Christ is greater than any struggle, any sin, or any hardship that I will bear in this life. “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”

 

Norfolk Community: What Can I Do For You?

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“What Can I Do For You?”

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New CCM Staff Members, John Lilly and Jimmy Noone, pose for a photo on ODU CCM’s Beach Retreat

This has been the theme of community life in Norfolk, VA since Jimmy Noone and I moved down to Norfolk back in August. Sean Mazary and Michael Pantazis also moved into the house.

Life in Norfolk has seen a bit of a transition the past few months. Jimmy comes in as the new Assistant Director of Campus Ministry at ODU since Andrew Waring’s departure to work for the Diocese of Richmond. I have been doing a Year of Volunteer Service as the Campus Ministry Intern at ODU. Overall, though, it has been great so far! The students are awesome and our new director, Julie LaBelle, has been doing a fantastic job in her new role. Fr. Mike is full of smiles, as always.

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New Director of Catholic Campus Ministry, Julie LaBelle, gives a talk on ODU CCM’s Beach Retreat.

Michael and Sean are both currently students at ODU. Sean is a senior studying Business Management and Michael is a junior studying Marine Biology. They are both great to have in the house.

Fr. Mike continues to be the tried and true chaplain at ODU. He continues to be a source of inspiration to the students. He is always available for Confession and there is daily Mass four times a week on campus. His joyful attitude is contagious on and off campus.

There has been lots of laughs in the house thus far. Everyone brings their own flavor to community. There’s a good communal atmosphere, and honesty and communication are a big staple of the house. We all seek to live out a spirit of service for each other on a daily basis.

Married Full Members Andrew Waring and Joe Clem are consistent presences at Tuesday meetings, which is a big boost to the community. Their example as married members serves as an inspiration and a steady presence to the community. They offer good advice to the younger members and are excellent role-models.

There are usually four to five ODU students at meetings as well. This has also added a nice burst of energy to the community. We are trying to encourage as many of them to come on Tuesday nights (or occasionally Saturday mornings!) as possible.

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ODU CCM Chaplain Fr. Mike Kuhn poses with Pope Francis during the first week of classes.

Fr. Jack Peterson, Jonathan Mundell, and Peter Clem paid us a recent visit this past Tuesday. Fr. Jack gave a wonderful talk on community life and how it’s so necessary for us as men to be accountable with one another. He gave examples from his own life, as well as the many experiences he has had living in community. Other members pitched in with their take as well, making for a great discussion.

In short, things are great in Norfolk. God is definitely blessing the community as well as the ministry. There are great things in store for us down here, and if you’re ever in town  just hollar!

 

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