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October 19, 2014 – In, Around and Near the Diocese

Marian Concert Dedicated to Our Lady of Peace: Location: St. Leo Church, 221 Hanford Columbus, 43206 Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 6:30 pm. Please join together for the 3rd Biennial Marian Concert for an evening of song, short meditations and prayer dedicated to Our Lady of Peace.  Let us join together to honor her holy motherhood and beg her intercession on behalf of a world in great need. Several of the groups performing are:  St Mary’s three choirs (Handbell, Contemporary, and Traditional), Holy Family Choir and their Schola Cantorum choir, The Catholic Polish Community, and Sheila Lutz and Cecile Smith , soloists.  Between choirs we will be graced with Father Joseph Klee’s meditations on Mary, Our Lady of Peace. The evening will end by crowning our beautiful Mother. Please join us with your family and friends and pray for Peace in our World!

Join the Franciscan Friars at the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio for a special Hope and Healing Mass on Friday, October 24 at 7 pm. This Mass is for those afflicted with cancer, survivors and their loved ones. All are welcome to come and pray on their journey to faith, hope and healing.

LOST SOMETHINGRemember the spark that enlivened the early years of your marriage? Come on a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend and learn how to recover it in just 20 minutes a day.  The next two Marriage Encounter weekends are November 14-16 and in the new year on February 13-15, both in central Ohio.  For more information or to register, contact Paul & Marilou Clouse at 740-746-9003 or visit our website at www.wwmecolumbus.org 

PLEASE KEEP THESE PARISHIONERS IN YOUR PRAYERS: Jack Beckman, Jennifer Bogdziewicz, Charles & Nancy Brant, Ana Buk, JoAnn Buttler, Christopher Clark, Jodi Elgin, Ann Marie Elkins, Max Flores, Don Fortner, Mary Gall, Robert Hackett, Ruth Harper, Bernie Hause, Pam Jurgens, Susan Luck, Fr. Mike Lumpe, Richard Masek, Ellen McMillen, Mary McNellis, Maria Paras, Linda Pauley, Marilyn Scott, David Simmons, Patty Stover, Sandra Valencia, Elizabeth Wanamaker, and Bill & Dora Zweydorff.

ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM, O LORD: Please remember in your prayers the repose of the souls of Thomas C. Fitzpatrick, Margaret (McNally) Spangler, Richard Weilbacher, and Melvin Matthews (father of Deborah Matthews, our Coordinator of Religious Education), who died, and please keep in your prayers their family members and friends during this time of grief and separation.

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL AND HOLY CROSS ALMS FOR THE POOR BOXES? At the Cathedral it is located in the wall inside the Cathedral near the Broad Street entrance; at Holy Cross it is located in the rear of the Church by the Fifth Street entrance. These boxes and the funds you provide are important:

  • At the Cathedral these Alms for the Poor go to pay for the food that is distributed daily at the Cathedral to the poor and needy – up to 150 food bags (usually containing a sandwich, fruit, chips & cookie, bottled water), and on many winter days hot coffee and hot cocoa. Help us provide this most basic necessity – food – to those in need by donating to our poor box.
  • At Holy Cross these Alms for the Poor go to help needy persons with bus passes, in addition to helping the poor and needy with particular needs.

THANK YOU for helping us help those in need!

CATHEDRAL CONCERT SERIES: Please mark your calendars for these upcoming Cathedral Concerts:

  • Joseph Adam ~ Sunday, October 19 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Nathan Laube ~ Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Lessons and Carols ~ Sunday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Music for Brass and Organ ~ Sunday, January 25 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Renaissance Music in Lent ~ Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
  • Office of Tenebrae ~ Good Friday, April 3 at 8:00 p.m.
  • “Ohio Mourns: The Music of Abraham Lincoln’s 1865 Columbus Funeral Observances” ~ Sunday, April 26 at 3:00 p.m.

October 19, 2014 – Taking Place in Our Parishes

THIS SUNDAY IS THE 2ND CONCERT IN THE SERIES: Joseph Adam, Organ Recital, This Sunday, October 19 at 3 p.m. Joseph Adam is a past winner of the prestigious St. Alban’s International Organ Competition and is now the organist of St. James Cathedral in Seattle and organist for the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Adam will perform works of Scheidt, J. S. Bach, Liszt, and Hakim. Admission is a suggested donation of $10 at the door.

CATHEDRAL CHOIR ~ THE OFFICE OF COMPLINE ~ SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: On the first Sunday of the month, the men of the Cathedral Choir chant the Office of Compline. The Office lasts about 30 minutes and consists of psalms, short passages from scripture, an office hymn, a canticle (Nunc Dimittis), a responsory, collect and additional prayers. In keeping with the earliest practices of the monastic communities, Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God’s gift of a new day. The Office begins at 9:00 p.m. on the First Sunday of the month. We hope you will join us for this unique spiritual experience.

FIRST SATURDAY MASS – FILIPINO COMMUNITY, NOVEMBER 1: For a number of years the Catholic Filipino Community has gathered for a First Saturday Mass at Holy Cross Church. This will continue, but with Holy Cross Church currently undergoing interior renovations the upcoming First Saturday Mass will take place at the Cathedral on Saturday, November 1, 7:30 p.m., which is a Vigil Mass for All Souls. Fr. Lumpe will be the Mass celebrant as Fr. Ramon is out of town.

FEAST OF ALL SOULS – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2: The Feast of All Souls falls on Sunday this year.  On that day we will remember in a special way Holy Cross and Cathedral parishioners who have died since the previous All Souls Day. This is a day when we also remember our family members, friends, co-workers, fellow parishioners, and special persons in our lives who have died. The Book of the Dead will be placed in the Cathedral during the month of November for all people to inscribe names; the names of those inscribed in the Book of the Dead will be part of the prayers of the faithful during all Masses in November. This is also a day to visit cemeteries to pray at the graves of our loved ones, and to tend to their graves, and to teach our children these faith practices.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS AND ALL-NIGHT EUCHARISTIC ADORATION – NOVEMBER 7: For years Holy Cross Parish has held an All-Night First Friday Eucharistic Adoration, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by Confessions for a period of time, concluding with Benediction at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday. This will continue, but with Holy Cross Church currently undergoing interior renovations the upcoming First Friday Mass, Confessions and Adoration will take place at the Cathedral on Friday, November 7. Fr. Lumpe will be the Mass celebrant, will hear confessions, and will do Benediction on Saturday morning. Spread the word, as we need people to pray before the Blessed Sacrament throughout the night. As Jesus asked Peter “Could you not spend one hour with me?” Jesus also asks us this same question. Please contact Carol in the Cathedral Office to sign up for one of the hours of Adoration by calling (614) 224-1295 during regular business hours, or via e-mail: cathedral@columbus.rr.com. Following Mass, access to the Cathedral for Adoration will be available through the Fifth Street side entrance only; please park on the Cathedral lot.

Mass Intentions

Mass Intentions

By Fr. William P. Saunders

An individual may ask a priest to offer a Mass for several reasons: for example, in thanksgiving, for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday), or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul of someone who has died. One must never forget the infinite graces that flow from the Sacrifice of the Mass which benefit one’s soul. Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical “Mirae caritatis” (1902) beautifully elaborated this point and emphasized the connection between the communion of saints with the Mass: “The grace of mutual love among the living, strengthened and increased by the sacrament of the Eucharist, flows, especially by virtue of the Sacrifice [of the Mass], to all who belong to the communion of saints. For the communion of saints is simply … the mutual sharing of help, atonement, prayers and benefits among the faithful, those already in the heavenly fatherland, those consigned to the purifying fire, and those still making their pilgrim way here on earth. These all form one city, whose head is Christ, and whose vital principle is love. Faith teaches that although the august Sacrifice can be offered to God alone, it can nevertheless be celebrated in honor of the saints now reigning in Heaven with God, who has crowned them, to obtain their intercession for us, and also, according to apostolic tradition, to wash away the stains of those brethren who died in the Lord but without yet being wholly purified.”

In his encyclical “Ecclesia de Eucharistia,” our beloved late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, taught, “In the celebration of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, the Church prays that God, the Father of mercies, will grant His children the fullness of the Holy Spirit so that they may become one body and one spirit in Christ. In raising this prayer to the Father of lights, from whom comes every good endowment and every perfect gift, the Church believes that she will be heard, for she prays in union with Christ her Head and Spouse, who takes up this plea of His Bride and joins it to His own redemptive sacrifice” (No. 43).

We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance.

Please keep in mind that the tradition of offering Masses for others, particularly the dead, originates in the very early Church. Inscriptions discovered on tombs in Roman catacombs of the second century evidence this practice: for example, the epitaph on the tomb of Abercius (d. 180), Bishop of Hieropolis in Phrygia, begs for prayers for the repose of his soul. Tertullian (c. 200) attested to observing the anniversary of a spouse with prayers and sacrifices, i.e. the Mass: “Indeed she prays for his soul, and requests refreshment for him meanwhile, and fellowship with him in the first resurrection; and she offers her sacrifice on the anniversaries of his falling asleep” (On Monogamy, X). Moreover, the Canons of Hippolytus (c. 235) explicitly mentions the offering of prayers for the dead during the Mass. St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386), in one of his many catechetical discourses, explained how at Mass both the living and dead are remembered, and how the Eucharistic Sacrifice of our Lord is of benefit to sinners, living and dead. St. Ambrose (d. 397) preached, “We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord.” St. John Chrysostom (d. 407) stated, “Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” St. Augustine (d. 430) recorded the dying wishes of his mother, St. Monica in his Confessions: “One thing only I ask you, that you remember me at the altar of the Lord wherever you may be.” Finally, Pope St. Gregory (d. 604) said, “Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

Given this understanding, we can add some specifics. When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions: First, to offer the Mass reverently and validly in accord with the norms of the Church. Second, to offer the Mass in union with the whole Church and for the good of the whole Church. Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention, such as the repose of the soul of someone who has died.

Therefore, the effects of the Mass bring certain benefits or fruits. The general fruits of the Mass are the effects upon the whole Church — to the living faithful as well as the poor souls in purgatory. For this reason, in the Canon of the Mass (the Eucharistic Prayer), a special mention is made for both the living and the dead.

The special ministerial fruits of the Mass are applied to the particular intention of the Mass, i.e. “for whom the Mass is offered.”

The special personal fruits of the Mass benefit the celebrating priest who acts in the person of Christ in offering the Mass and to the people who are in attendance and participate in the offering of the Mass.

These fruits are both extensively and intensively finite, since each of us is finite. Therefore, the more a Mass is offered, the more benefit is conferred. For example, all things being equal, 10 Masses offered for the repose of a soul confer 10 times the benefit of one Mass.

The intention of the Mass is also determined by various factors: The Church may stipulate the particular intention; for example, all pastors are required to offer one Mass on Sunday for the intentions of the living and deceased parishioners of a parish. A priest may also have his own particular intention in offering a Mass, such as the repose of the soul of his parents. Finally, a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for a particular intention; usually, a stipend is given to the priest for offering the Mass, which thereby in justice creates an obligation which must be satisfied.

We find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church but we also clearly recognize its importance. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. To have a Mass offered on the occasion of a birthday, anniversary or special need is appropriate, beneficial and appreciated.

Father William P. Saunders is pastor of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Potomac Falls and former dean of the Notre Dame Graduate School of Christendom College. Father has been writing his weekly “Straight Answers” column for The Arlington Catholic Herald since 1993. The above article is one of those “Straight Answers” columns, and is made available courtesy of The Arlington Catholic Herald.

 

Praying the Holy Rosary for Healing and Deliverance

Praying the Holy Rosary for Healing and Deliverance

By Kathleen Beckman

In his 2002 Apostolic Letter, “On The Most Holy Rosary,” written to mark the inauguration of the Year of the Rosary,  Pope Saint John Paul II quotes Pope Leo XIII: “The rosary is an effective spiritual weapon against the evils affecting society.”

In the tradition of the Church there are many stories of healing and deliverance through the prayer of the Holy Rosary.  Mary’s month of May seems like a good time to share a personal testimony of the power of the Rosary for healing and deliverance in the family.

In the year 2000 our son was a teenager going through a very rough time. I could see the spirit of the world trying to pull him away from our family and take him into a dark world.  Within our RosaryPrayinghome there was suddenly a lot of turmoil. I was a full time mother so I could see how troubled our son was becoming but I did not know how to handle it.  During my daily holy hour I began to pray the rosary specifically for our son to be delivered away from all the bad influences and temptations that were pulling him down.  I prayed the Glorious Mysteries because I was interceding for my son’s resurrection.  While meditating on the Glorious Mysteries, I claimed for my son the grace of each mystery. For example:

The first glorious mystery is the Resurrection.  I prayed, “Dear Lord, please let the grace of your resurrection penetrate my son and bring him to new life in you. Raise him up above the dark pit that he is descending into. Grant resurrection of his true self.  Put to death his false self.  Be glorified in my son and do not let the devil take him away from you.  Release the grace of his baptismal seal to protect him from every temptation.”

The second glorious mystery is the Ascension.  I prayed, “Dear Lord, please take hold of my son and pull him up with you toward heaven and toward the Eternal Father.  Help him to transcend his current struggle and enter into the glory of your resurrected love. You said you would not leave us orphans.  Do let my son be an orphan. Grab him back from the enemy of his soul. Detach him from any darkness and raise him up toward the Light of Love.”

The third glorious mystery is the Descent of the Holy Spirit.  I prayed, “Dear Lord, the grace of the Upper Room at Pentecost is for all souls.  I want to place my son near Mary in the Upper Room so he too experiences a personal Pentecost and receives the tongues of fire that ignited the hearts of the Apostles and disciples at Pentecost.  Come Holy Spirit, fall afresh upon this young man; fan into flame the baptismal graces he received when you accepted him into the holy family of Trinitarian Love. Set his heart on fire for you, O God!  Make him fully alive in the power of your Spirit. I claim your Word, ‘Greater is the spirit within you than the spirit from without.’ Consecrate him in the Truth and free him from the Liar.”

The fourth glorious mystery is the Assumption of Mary.  I prayed, “Dear Mary, I entrust to you my little son.  Be his mother. I am at a loss. You know what to do. Take him to your heart where he can be safe from the harm that surrounds him. Mary, plead before the Mercy Seat of the Father who assumed you into heaven and ask for mercy upon my son so God will be gloried in his creature and devil will not gloat in taking him away from God. Mary, I have no more wine. Please ask your Son for a miracle of grace that supplies for our families great lack and need.”

The fifth glorious mystery is the Coronation of Mary.  I prayed, “Dear Lord, with the coronation of Mary you crowned the fulfillment of your glorious work.  You desire each creature to reach his fulfillment, to be crowned with everlasting glory.  When you received my little son at his baptism, you took him into your house and provided the Queen Mother to be his mother too.  I beg you to pour special grace through Mary’s maternal heart upon my little son.  Let it penetrate and change his direction. Set him on the right path, the straight and narrow, royal road of sanctity.  I will never cease to pray for my son until he receives his crown of glory, a gift of your merciful love.  Rescue him please.”

I prayed in this manner with deep confidence that this Rosary was pleasing to God. I somehow knew that He would hear and answer this prayer.  I continued this rosary novena for my son’s healing and deliverance for one year.  I could not see improvement. In fact things seemed to get worse.  My prayer only became more fervent and my faith increased that God would rescue him. I never doubted but it was difficult.

Then God moved but it was in an unexpected way. He sent my older son home from Europe where he was studying.  He saw the difficulties that his younger brother was undergoing. He approached me immediately stating that there is a serious problem here.  I shared with my older son that neither I nor my husband could reach him no matter what we tried.

Our oldest son went into his room for a long time. I did not know what he planned on doing until he emerged with several pages of writing on a legal tablet: a letter he penned to his younger brother.  He then entered his younger brother’s room and read the letter slowly to him.  I was told that the effects were almost immediate.  Our older son had written a long list of positive attributes about his brother, all the things that were loveable about him.

I imagine that our young son was like a parched desert in need of a big cup of refreshment.  His brother’s list was a statement of truth. His brother provided a mirror of his true self-identity.  For a while he had lost the image of his true self as he entered an arena of deception, an arena that is the downfall of many young people.  My two sons went to the movies together. At the end of that day our son was healed and delivered. I assure you that this was a big deliverance from the influence of the Evil One on my family. It was the power of a brother’s love that overcame the power of evil that had a grip on our son.  But it was the power of a mother’s prayer, specifically the Holy Rosary, that was the catalyst behind the events that led to the healing and deliverance of our son.

I was simply the mother and intercessor with Mary, praying the Holy Rosary to prepare the soil of my son’s heart to receive the flood of grace that would come through his brother — not through me or my husband.  I have no doubt my son’s healing and deliverance was the fruit of the one year novena of the Holy Rosary.

Pope Saint John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Holy Rosary states, “We need to return to the practice of family prayer and prayer for families, continuing to use the rosary. The holy rosary by age old tradition has shown itself particularly effective as a prayer which brings the family together. The rosary is a treasury to be re-discovered.”

In conclusion to the Apostolic Letter, JPII wrote, “I humbly make my own the touching words of Blessed Bartolo Longo, the Apostle of the Rosary.  Prayer: Supplication to the Queen of the Holy Rosary: 

O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain which unites us to God, bond of love which unites us to the angels, tower of salvation against the assaults of Hell, safe port in our universal shipwreck, we will never abandon you.  You will be our comfort in the hour of death: yours our final kiss as life ebbs away.  And the last word from our lips will be your sweet name, O Queen of the Rosary of Pompei, O dearest Mother, O Refuge of Sinners, O Sovereign Consoler of the Afflicted.  May you be everywhere blessed, today and always, one earth and in heaven. Amen.

I never let a day pass that I do not pray as many rosaries as possible because for me, it is the prayer that releases the most love.  Love heals. The Holy Rosary is a weapon against evil, no doubt about it The rosary is a prayer that acts as a fulcrum to move Mary’s heel to crush the head of the ancient foe.

 

Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S., serves as Co-founder and President of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests (www.foundationforpriests.org). She is an author, radio host and retreat director who frequently speaks to priests, seminarians, religious and laity in the United States and abroad. Often featured on EWTN TV and radio, Kathleen hosts the weekly program Living Eucharist, which airs internationally on Radio Maria. She serves as spiritual director, advisory board member and faculty for the Pope Leo XIII Institute, and the Magnificat advisory team. Her new book, Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization, is available from Sophia Institute Press.

A Message of His Holiness Pope Francis

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MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR WORLD MISSION DAY 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today vast numbers of people still do not know Jesus Christ. For this reason, the mission ad gentes continues to be most urgent. All the members of the Church are called to participate in this mission, for the Church is missionary by her very nature: she was born “to go forth”. World Mission Day is a privileged moment when the faithful of various continents engage in prayer and concrete gestures of solidarity in support of the young Churches in mission lands. It is a celebration of grace and joy. A celebration of grace, because the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, offers wisdom and strength to those who are obedient to his action. A celebration of joy, because Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, sent to evangelize the world, supports and accompanies our missionary efforts. This joy of Jesus and missionary disciples leads me to propose a biblical icon, which we find in the Gospel of Luke (cf. 10:21-23) .

  1. The Evangelist tells us that the Lord sent the seventy-two disciples two by two into cities and villages to proclaim that the Kingdom of God was near, and to prepare people to meet Jesus. After carrying out this mission of preaching, the disciples returned full of joy: joy is a dominant theme of this first and unforgettable missionary experience. Yet the divine Master told them: “Do not rejoice because the demons are subject to you; but rejoice because your names are written in heaven. At that very moment Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said: ‘I give you praise, Father…’ And, turning to the disciples in private he said, ‘Blessed are the eyes that see what you see’” (Lk 10:20-21, 23).

Luke presents three scenes. Jesus speaks first to his disciples, then to the Father, and then again to the disciples. Jesus wanted to let the disciples share his joy, different and greater than anything they had previously experienced.

  1. The disciples were filled with joy, excited about their power to set people free from demons. But Jesus cautioned them to rejoice not so much for the power they had received, but for the love they had received, “because your names are written in heaven” (Lk 10:20). The disciples were given an experience of God’s love, but also the possibility of sharing that love. And this experience is a cause for gratitude and joy in the heart of Jesus. Luke saw this jubilation in a perspective of the trinitarian communion: “Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit”, turning to the Father and praising him. This moment of deep joy springs from Jesus’ immense filial love for his Father, Lord of heaven and earth, who hid these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to the childlike (cf. Lk 10:21). God has both hidden and revealed, and in this prayer of praise it is his revealing which stands out. What is it that God has revealed and hidden? The mysteries of his Kingdom, the manifestation of divine lordship in Jesus and the victory over Satan.

God has hidden this from those who are all too full of themselves and who claim to know everything already. They are blinded by their presumptuousness and they leave no room for God. One can easily think of some of Jesus’ contemporaries whom he repeatedly admonished, but the danger is one that always exists and concerns us too. The “little ones”, for their part, are the humble, the simple, the poor, the marginalized, those without voice, those weary and burdened, whom Jesus pronounced “blessed”. We readily think of Mary, Joseph, the fishermen of Galilee and the disciples whom Jesus called as he went preaching.

  1. “Yes, Father, for such has been your gracious will” (Lk 10:21). These words of Jesus must be understood as referring to his inner exultation. The word “gracious” describes the Father’s saving and benevolent plan for humanity. It was this divine graciousness that made Jesus rejoice, for the Father willed to love people with the same love that he has for his Son. Luke also alludes to the similar exultation of Mary: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit exults in God my Savior” (Lk 1:47). This is the Good News that leads to salvation. Mary, bearing in her womb Jesus, the evangelizer par excellence, met Elizabeth and rejoiced in the Holy Spirit as she sang her Magnificat. Jesus, seeing the success of his disciples’ mission and their resulting joy, rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and addressed his Father in prayer. In both cases, it is joy for the working of salvation, for the love with which the Father loves his Son comes down to us, and through the Holy Spirit fills us and grants us a share in the trinitarian life.

The Father is the source of joy. The Son is its manifestation, and the Holy Spirit its giver. Immediately after praising the Father, so the evangelist Matthew tells us, Jesus says: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light” (Mt 11:28-30). “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew” (Evangelii Gaudium, 1).

The Virgin Mary had a unique experience of this encounter with Jesus, and thus became “causa nostrae laetitiae”. The disciples, for their part, received the call to follow Jesus and to be sent by him to preach the Gospel (cf. Mk 3:14), and so they were filled with joy. Why shouldn’t we too enter this flood of joy?

  1. “The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience” (Evangelii Gaudium, 2). Humanity greatly needs to lay hold of the salvation brought by Christ. His disciples are those who allow themselves to be seized ever more by the love of Jesus and marked by the fire of passion for the Kingdom of God and the proclamation of the joy of the Gospel. All the Lord’s disciples are called to nurture the joy of evangelization. The Bishops, as those primarily responsible for this proclamation, have the task of promoting the unity of the local Church in her missionary commitment. They are called to acknowledge that the joy of communicating Jesus Christ is expressed in a concern to proclaim him in the most distant places, as well as in a constant outreach to the peripheries of their own territory, where great numbers of the poor are waiting for this message.

Many parts of the world are experiencing a dearth of vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. Often this is due to the absence of contagious apostolic fervor in communities which lack enthusiasm and thus fail to attract. The joy of the Gospel is born of the encounter with Christ and from sharing with the poor. For this reason I encourage parish communities, associations and groups to live an intense fraternal life, grounded in love for Jesus and concern for the needs of the most disadvantaged. Wherever there is joy, enthusiasm and a desire to bring Christ to others, genuine vocations arise. Among these vocations, we should not overlook lay vocations to mission. There has been a growing awareness of the identity and mission of the lay faithful in the Church, as well as a recognition that they are called to take an increasingly important role in the spread of the Gospel. Consequently they need to be given a suitable training for the sake of an effective apostolic activity.

  1. “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor 9:7). World Mission Day is also an occasion to rekindle the desire and the moral obligation to take joyful part in the mission ad gentes. A monetary contribution on the part of individuals is the sign of a self-offering, first to the Lord and then to others; in this way a material offering can become a means for the evangelization of humanity built on love.

Dear brothers and sisters, on this World Mission Day my thoughts turn to all the local Churches. Let us not be robbed of the joy of evangelization! I invite you to immerse yourself in the joy of the Gospel and nurture a love that can light up your vocation and your mission. I urge each of you to recall, as if you were making an interior pilgrimage, that “first love” with which the Lord Jesus Christ warmed your heart, not for the sake of nostalgia but in order to persevere in joy. The Lord’s disciples persevere in joy when they sense his presence, do his will and share with others their faith, hope and evangelical charity.

Let us pray through the intercession of Mary, the model of humble and joyful evangelization, that the Church may become a welcoming home, a mother for all peoples and the source of rebirth for our world.

From the Vatican, 8 June 2014, the Solemnity of Pentecost

FRANCIS

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The Miracle of Fatima

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OCTOBER 13: Today is the 97th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, which occurred at Fatima in Portugal at the culmination of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions at the Cova da Iria to three little shepherd children—Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

For those not familiar with the history of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, I encourage you to read a blog post I wrote about the miraculous events that took place in 1917. I also wrote about an amazing chrine here in the United States—the National Blue Army Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, where—if you can’t make it to Portugal—you can get a little slice of what it’s like there. In  The Faithful Traveler in the U.S.: East Coast Shrines, we visited the Blue Army Shrine and explored the story of Our Lady and the three pastorinhos, or little shepherds. I’ve embedded that episode at the end of this post.

In May of 1917, as Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta watched their flocks of sheep at the Cova da Iria, they met a beautiful lady—they didn’t know who she was—who asked them to meet her there on the 13th of every month for the next six months. She promised to tell them who she was and what she wanted. Today, we know that the lady was, as she called herself, “the Lady of the Rosary”, the Mother of God.

Among the many things Mary said to the children during their meetings, she promised that on the last month of the apparitions—in October—she would perform a miracle “so that all may believe.” (Note that she didn’t say all would believe. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink!)

On the evening of October 12th, the night before the apparition, heavy rains drenched the Cova and most of Western Europe. By the next morning, the rain hadn’t let up, nor did it keep more than 70,000 people from converging at the Cova.

At this time, the government of Portugal was extremely anti-Catholic. After the Portuguese Monarchy fell in 1910, a wave of anti-clericalism swept the country, during which church property was seized by the state, bishops were driven from their dioceses, religious orders were expelled from the country, seminaries were closed, and even wearing a cassock was illegal. The local government had made a few attempts to scare the children and visiting pilgrims from the Cova, even locking them up in jail for a night. But they were powerless. Nothing would stop people from visiting the Cova that day, and among the thousands of faithful were many skeptics, including newspaper reporters from secular papers in Lisbon, who couldn’t wait to report about what a joke this whole thing was. The crowd was drenched and getting grumpy—what a great story this would make!

When the lady came, the rain stopped, although the sky remained dark. She told the children who she was and asked them to build a chapel in her honor. Then, as she rose in the sky, she raised her palms toward the darkened sky. Suddenly, the sun burst through the clouds, and one of the children shouted, “Look at the sun!”

Thousands of witnesses, including people from many miles away, saw the sun leave its place in the sky, begin to spin like a top, and come barreling toward the earth. Did anyone find it odd that they could look at the sun without it hurting their eyes? Or were they focused on the fear that it was the end of the world? Many got down on their knees to pray. And then, just as quickly as it came toward the earth, it returned to its spot in the sky Over the years, many have tried to disprove the Miracle of the Sun, claiming that the more than 70,000 eye witnesses all imagined it.** Of course, no one has ever explained how everyone went from being completely soaked to being completely dry… maybe they all imagined the rain, too. Since then, many have claimed to have seen the Miracle of the Sun at other times, including Venerable Pope Pius XII.

Today, as you read this, I am in Fatima, filming the day’s celebrations with my husband David and more than a few tens of thousands of people for our next series, The Faithful Traveler in Portugal. I don’t suspect we’ll be seeing a miraculous event in the sky, and I’m ok with that. I am grateful that our Heavenly Mother took the time to meet with those little pastorinhos, and to give us all messages through them. She asks all of us to do the following things: Pray the Rosary every day for peace, offer sacrifices in reparation for sin and for the conversion of souls, go to confession and receive Holy Communion in atonement for the sins of the world on the First Saturday of every month, spread devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, amend our lives and ask pardon for our sins, and stop offending God.

Today, you can be assured that we will be offering up prayers for you all at Fatima, and we ask that you please keep us in your prayers as we film this next series in this amazing country.

 OurLadyof Fatima

ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT TO MARY

 Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima,
with renewed gratitude for your motherly presence
we join in the voice of all generations that call you blessed.

We celebrate in you the great works of God,
who never tires of lowering himself in mercy over humanity,
afflicted by evil and wounded by sin,
to heal and to save it.

Accept with the benevolence of a Mother
this act of entrustment that we make in faith today,
before this your image, beloved to us.

We are certain that each one of us is precious in your eyes
and that nothing in our hearts has estranged you.

May that we allow your sweet gaze
to reach us and the perpetual warmth of your smile.

Guard our life with your embrace:
bless and strengthen every desire for good;
give new life and nourishment to faith;
sustain and enlighten hope;
awaken and animate charity;
guide us all on the path to holiness.

Teach us your own special love for the little and the poor,
for the excluded and the suffering,
for sinners and the wounded of heart:
gather all people under you protection
and give us all to your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus.

Amen.

From the Rector – October 19, 2014

ON THIS TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME the Pharisees are at it again, trying to trap Jesus for an “ahah – gotcha” moment asking Jesus if it is lawful to pay the Census Tax to Caesar or not.  The Jews believed that they had only one Lord and Ruler and that was their God. Taxes, or any form of submission, should only be made to him, by offerings made in God’s Temple.  Jesus, of course, is perfectly aware of the dangers in giving a straight answer. He accuses them of gross hypocrisy in setting this trap. They have no desire to know the answer. They have their own answers already. Their only intention is to lay a trap for Jesus to hang himself with. Jesus asks them to show him a coin. He asks to know whose image and what is the inscription on it. The head was that of Tiberius Caesar, the Roman emperor of the day. The inscription would have read, “Tiberius Caesar son of the divine Augustus, great high priest”. Caesar claimed not only political sovereignty but also divine attributes. Worship of the emperor was seen as a test of loyalty to the not very religious central government and would soon become a major issue for the early Christians as it was already for the Jews. So Jesus says to those setting a trap for Him: “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” No state can claim to itself divine powers of absolute authority, for example Caesar of ancient Rome, Adolph Hitler and his Nazi Germany, or today’s Kim Jong Un of North Korea, even some in our own government by their attitudes toward the position they hold.  Despite what they may think about themselves as being “highly exalted” each and every human, no matter their “position” in life are subject to the higher demands of truth and justice and the inviolable dignity of the person centered in God. We all are, in some way, citizens of two kingdoms: citizens of the political territory where we belong and citizens in God’s Kingdom. As Jesus says, they both require certain loyalties from us. Think about it. We all depend to a large extent on our civil government. There are many services which only a civil authority can provide, such as the safety and protection of police and fire, armed forces, roads and other infrastructure, welfare services for the unemployed, the handicapped, the elderly, and so forth. It is obvious that if these are services are to continue and even be improved they require the cooperation and support of the community at large. We do this for the most part through paying taxes. Taxes are not just a necessary evil. In a just administration they are our contribution to making the services we take for granted available. In a just tax system, too, we help to spread more evenly the wealth of the community so that each one has access to what they need for a life of human dignity. There are many other ways, too, in which we can give our support to raising the quality of life in the community. All of this can be seen as “giving to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.” Unfortunately, and sadly, we do meet people whose only interest is in seeing what they can get out of the community for themselves and their immediate family with no intention of ever giving anything back.  But we are also citizens of God’s Kingdom. In recent years there has been conflict between “Caesar” and God and we do sometimes, from the standpoint of the Gospel, have to speak against our government’s actions or non-actions, and contest or in some cases refuse to obey our government. In the United States, both African-American and white people violated the segregation laws operated in many states; in the name of truth, justice and human dignity they had no option. People of faith see problems with particular aspects of the Affordable Health Care Act (-aka- Obamacare) of which certain elements go against not only the moral teachings of the Catholic faith, but also those of other mainstream Christian, Jewish, and Muslim religions. Sometimes these issues get painted as “liberal” or “conservative” when, in fact, they have to do with our adherence (or not) to the moral teachings of our faith which are connected to the truths of sacred scripture. So we need to realize that when we really love our country and its people, then we may have to stand in strong opposition to the authorities on certain issues. Of course, many authorities will try to present such people as “ultra conservative” traitors and a threat to the stability of the country. But such people, who show they care, often have a far greater love for their country than the so-called “silent majority.” Today’s Gospel makes it very clear that we have two responsibilities: to the government of our country or territory and to God. Where both are in harmony there will be no conflict. Wherever there is immoral or unjust behavior against people’s dignity and rights, then there has to be conflict. Such conflict is not always bad. On the contrary, it is because of creative conflict that our society makes progress. Provided we always act in a positive and creative way, “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), then the flawed kingdoms that men build can, in time, become the Kingdom of God. As a famous dissident – and martyr, Saint Thomas More said before his death: “I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first.”

OF NOTE: This is World Mission Sunday in the Church. This is the largest and most important annual collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Every year, all proceeds are disbursed to the Missions; no funds are held in reserve. Please be supportive of this worldwide effort to support the missionary work of the Church throughout the world.

-Fr. Mike Lump

How To Schedule Mass Intentions at our two Parishes

How To Schedule Mass Intentions at our two Parishes

Simply call either Parish Office during regular Business Hours

Cathedral: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Holy Cross: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Suggested stipend: $10.00 per Mass

(Canon Law 948 stipulates only one intention per Mass).

When scheduling Mass intentions, please keep in mind:

  • You can remember someone who has died, you can even remember your deceased family and friends. But the intentions do not have to be solely for those who have died as they make beautiful gifts for any special occasion, such as wedding anniversaries, in thanksgiving for prayers answered, a special intention, et cetera.
  • Mass intentions may be requested for Sundays, Holy Days, and most holidays and weekdays throughout the year.
  • Mass intentions cannot be scheduled for the three days of the Sacred Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday Passion (which is not a Mass), or Holy Saturday.
  • Only one Mass intention may be scheduled per Mass.
  • One Mass every Sunday and holiday must be scheduled for the intentions of our parishioners known as “Pro Populo” (For the People) as required by Canon Law and diocesan statute.
  • Mass requests will be granted as close to the requested date and time as possible. If it is not possible to comply with the primary request, the next closest date and time will be scheduled.
  • Lengthy listings cannot be published in the Bulletin and must be edited for the sake of brevity. Since the purpose of publishing the intention in the Bulletin is to notify the family and friends of the intention, we suggest the omission of middle initials, lengthy titles, etc. Please indicate if the person for whom the Mass is requested is living or deceased.
  • In fairness to all people, the Mass intention cannot be confirmed until the $10 suggested stipend is received in the Parish Office.