Harbor Beach Spellers Victorious!

Spelling Bee WinnersTwo Harbor Beach spellers came home victorious after competing in the Knights of Columbus regional spelling bee in Hemlock on January 17! Hannah Emerick is pictured on the left with her first-place trophy from the Level II competition (grades 7-9). Emerick is a seventh-grader at Harbor Beach Community School. She is the daughter of Bill and Jennifer Emerick.

Allison Stein, pictured on the right, claimed the second-place trophy in the Level II competition (grades 7-9). Allison is the daughter of David and Janis Stein and is a ninth-grader at Harbor Beach Community School. The pair spelled through the list and made it to the dictionary; they spelled a combined total of 178 words just against each other!

Griffin Emerick, son of Bill and Jennifer Emerick and an eighth-grader at Harbor Beach Community School, placed third. The students represented their school as well as Knights of Columbus Council 11432.

Hannah Emerick and Allison Stein now advance to the Knights of Columbus state spelling bee, which will take place in March in Essexville. Congratulations to all for their hard work and determination!

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Annual membership mailing

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We just sent out your annual membership invoice. Please read all the information carefully as there are some important additions to the invoice. We are trying to update the contact information on all our members and encouraging all to subscribe to the newsletter via email. This convenient method allows us to save money that can be directed to our causes. So please update the postcard enclosed and send it back to us. If we don’t hear from you, we will stop mailing you the newsletter.

Also, our biggest fundraiser, The Superbowl Breakfast will be held at St. Anthony on Feb. 1st. Details of this important activity have been enclosed in the mailings as well.

Thank you for your support!

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Number of Catholics growing throughout the world

(Vatican Radio)  The number of Catholics in the world has increased with growth registered across all five continents. The figures are taken by the Fides news agency from the latest edition of the Church’s Book of Statistics updated to 31 December 2012. These show that on that date the number of Catholics in the world stood at 1,228,621,000 with an overall increase of more than 15,000,000 compared to the previous year. The Americas and Africa registered the biggest increases followed by Asia, Europe and Oceania. The world percentage of Catholics stood at 17.49 %, a decrease of 0.01% compared to the end of 2011.

The total number of priests in the world increased by 895 to 414,313.  Europe once again registered the largest decrease (-1,375) followed by the Americas (-90) and Oceania (-80). In Africa the number of priests grew by 1,076 and in Asia by 1,364.

There was an overall decrease in the number of women religious worldwide, whose numbers dropped by 10,677 to 702,529. Once again Africa and Asia showed increases whilst Europe and the Americas showed the biggest decrease in the number of women religious.

The number of lay missionaries in the world is 362,488 with an overall decrease of 19,234.

In the field of education, the Catholic Church runs 71,188 kindergartens, 95,246 primary schools and 43,783 secondary schools. Charity and healthcare centres in the world run by the Church are 115,352.

(from Vatican Radio)

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