Tuesday, October 9, 2012


St. Tarachus
Feast: October 11
Feast Day:
October 11

IN the year 304, Tarachus, Probus, and Andronicus, differing in age and nationality, but united in the bonds of faith, being denounced as Christians to Numerian, Governor of Cilicia, were arrested at Pompeiopolis, and conducted to Tharsis. They underwent a first examination in that town, after which their limbs were torn with iron hooks, and they were taken back to prison covered with wounds. Being afterwards led to Mopsuestia, they were submitted to a second examination, ending in a manner equally cruel as the first. They underwent a third examination at Anazarbis, followed by greater torments still. The governor, unable to shake their constancy, had them kept imprisoned that he might torture them further at the approaching games. They were borne to the amphitheatre, but the most ferocious animals, on being let loose on them, came crouching to their feet and licked their wounds. The judge, reproaching the jailers with connivance, ordered the martyrs to be despatched by the gladiators.
(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

SOURCE http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/T/sttarachus.asp


Vatican City, 9 October 2012 (VIS) - This morning in the Holy See Press Office Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, announced details of the opening ceremony for the Year of Faith, which will be presided by the Holy Father in St. Peter's Square at 10 a.m. on Thursday 11 October.
"It is particularly significant", the archbishop explained, "that the beginning of the Year of Faith falls on the day of the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of Vatican Council II. This is no coincidence. ... Rather, it is an opportunity to revisit that event which left such a deep mark on the life of the Church in the twentieth century, and to examine the influence its teachings have had during the intervening decades and will have over the coming years of Church commitment to new evangelisation. In fact, Vatican Council II was itself intended as a special moment of new evangelisation".
Thus the anniversary of the Council "deserves to be not only commemorated but also celebrated by the Church". Part of that celebration is the Year of Faith, which "is a good opportunity to revive the faith of believers, animating them with a new and more convincing spirit of evangelisation". The Year will also be "dedicated to the study and examination of the conciliar teachings, that they may help in the formation of believers - particularly through catechesis - in the sacramental life of the Christian community and in its life witness".
In the light of these premises, Archbishop Fisichella went on to describe the inaugural ceremony of the Year of Faith which, he said, "will be deeply impregnated" with symbols evoking Vatican Council II. "Extracts from the four conciliar Constitutions will be read out as expressions of the Council's work and of renewal in the life of the Church. This will be followed by a long procession which which will lead the collective imagination back to 12 October 1962. The procession will be formed of all the bishops participating in the solemn concelebration with the Holy Father. Those taking part will include the Synod Fathers who are currently participating in the meeting on the new evangelisation, presidents of all the world's episcopal conferences, and fourteen Council Fathers who, despite their age, have managed to come to Rome. All seventy of the Council Fathers who are still alive had been invited to participate, but advanced years or health problems have prevented them from being among us".
The procession will be followed by the enthronement of the Word of God, a gesture "which evokes a significant moment in the work of the Council when, during the solemn sessions in St. Peter's Basilica, the Sacred Scripture was brought in in procession and placed at the centre of the gathering in order to remind everyone that they were at the service of the Word of God, which lies at the heart of the Church’s activities". The same lectern and the same copy of the Holy Scriptures as those of the Council will be used. At the end of the Eucharistic celebration, there will be another sign "to indicate that the teachings of the Council retain all their validity and deserve to be be better known and studied".
This sign, the archbishop explained, will mirror "Paul VI's consignment of Messages to the People of God at the end of the Council. Those same Messages will be consigned by Pope Benedict XVI to various categories of people": political leaders, representatives of the world of science and thought, artists, women, workers, the poor, sick and suffering, and to young people. "Finally, since this year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Holy Father will consign a special edition of the Catechism, published for the Year of Faith, to two representatives of catechists".
"The years pass", said Archbishop Fisichella concluding his presentation, "but the power of Vatican II remains, with all its cargo of hope that the entire world may come to know the Gospel of Christ. Our intention is to offer Christians a further reason to feel that they are part of one Church, which knows no frontiers and which daily renews her faith in the Lord through the commitment of her life".
Vatican City, 9 October 2012 (VIS) - Beginning on Wednesday 10 October, during the Holy Father's weekly general audience, an Arabic speaker will join the other speakers who provide a summary of the papal catechises in various different languages.
In this way, in the wake of his recent trip to Lebanon and the publication of the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation "Ecclesia in Medio Oriente", the Holy Father intends to express his perpetual concern and support for Christians in the Middle East, and to remind everyone of their duty to pray and work for peace in the region.
Vatican City, 9 October 2012 (VIS) - On 2 October Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi C.S., Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations and other international organisations in Geneva, addressed the sixty-third session of the Executive Committee of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), focusing his remarks on "more creative and concrete forms of solidarity and protection".
"The surge in the number of recent conflicts has produced new waves of refugees and displaced persons", said the archbishop speaking English. "The media spotlight focuses on the more politically interesting cases for them and leave in the shadows of public awareness other masses of displaced people forgotten and left to their tragic destiny. The Holy See delegation takes note and is grateful for those countries which have kept their borders and their hearts open to receive refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring States, and calls on all member States to assist in sharing the burden these new refugee populations place on many of their hosts".
"It is once again a fact this year that there are more persons internally displaced by conflict in the world than there are refugees. My delegation is also aware that the topic of the extent of the UNHCR’s involvement in providing assistance to internally displaced persons is one on which States differ. In some instances there is a genuine fear of “mission creep” and a concern that the core mission of the UNHCR, protection of refugees, will suffer. In other instances there is reason to suspect that the presence of neutral, international eyes during internal armed conflict or the provision of life saving assistance to locally disfavoured groups might not be welcome. The Holy See encourages the High Commissioner to continue to go the extra mile with regards to those displaced by armed conflict. This should be done in the first instance by seeking humanitarian access to affected populations to assess their protection needs, and in the second instance in coordination with other United Nations bodies by providing crucial assistance to these people".
Vatican City, 9 October 2012 (VIS) - A note released today by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff provides details concerning the taking of possession of the following titles and diaconates:
- At 11.30 a.m. on Sunday 14 October Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, archbishop of New York, U.S.A., will take possession of the title of Nostra Signora di Guadalupe a Monte Mario, Piazza Nostra Signora di Guadalupe 12, Rome.
- At 6 p.m. on Tuesday 23 October Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins, archbishop of Toronto, Canada, will take possession of the title of San Patrizio, Via Boncompagni 31, Rome.
- At 5 p.m. on Thursday 25 October Cardinal Edwin Frederick O'Brien, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, will take possession of the diaconate of San Sebastiano al Palatino, Via di San Bonaventura 1, Rome.
Vatican City, 9 October 2012 (VIS) - The Holy Father accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Iquique, Chile, presented by Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law.


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
9 Oct 2012

Notre Dame's Graduating Class of 2011
Two of Australia's youngest universities are ranked near the top when it comes to students in full-time employment after graduation. At both the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) and the Australian Catholic University (ACU) more than 80% of graduates are now in full-time jobs.
For the more than 86,000 year 12 students from across NSW who will begin their Higher School Certificate Exams next Monday, 15 October, the possibility of finding full time employment after graduation from university is an important consideration when choosing where to continue their studies.

With applications to university now being received would-be students are investigating rankings of Australia's universities not only on an academic level but on the feedback from past graduates and percentages of those who are now fully employed.
98 percent of medical graduates are offered full time employment
In terms of graduate employment, 82.5% of UNDA former students are now working full-time with 80.5% of graduates from ACU also in full-time employment. The only university in Sydney ranked above the city's youngest universities was the University of NSW which has an 85.2% of its graduates in full-time work.
Each year the Australian Government's My University website ranks universities throughout Australia on the number of students, number of graduates in full-time study and number of graduates in full-time work.
In a surprise result, the two Catholic Universities came in ahead of the long established prestigious the University of Sydney which has 74.9 % of its graduates finding full-time work. Also outranked by UNDA and ACU were the University of Western Sydney with graduate employment at 68%, the University of Technology Sydney with 75.1% and Macquarie University with 69.0%.

Medicine, law, theology and philosophy students receive degrees at UNDA's graduation Ceremony
According to Graduate Careers Australia, the university students who want to walk straight into jobs on completing their degrees would be most successful if they graduate with degrees in engineering, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing or medicine.
Jobs that are hardest to come by for graduates are those in the visual and performing arts, life sciences, chemistry, social sciences and psychology.
Medical graduates remain the highest at being offered full time employment with 98% finding jobs almost immediately. Pharmacists and mining engineers follow with 97% while only 52% of those graduating with degrees in the visual and performing arts likely to find full time work.
In 2011 the average starting income for graduates was $50,000 pa with graduating dentists earning almost double this amount at around $80,000 compared with mining engineers at $60,000 and medical doctors having incomes of $58,000 pa in their first year.
To find details of Australian university rankings go to http://myuniversity.gov.au/UniversitySearch


NAIROBI, October 5, 2012 (CISA) – The Catholic University of East Africa held its 27th graduation ceremony today October 5 at Langata campus, presenting the largest number of grandaunts (2700) since its inception.
In his speech, chief guest Ambassador Dr. Richard Sezibera of Rwanda called on the graduands to utilize the knowledge gained in bringing about socio-economic development to the East Africa Community. “As we celebrate our diversity, we also have to nurture our unity. We must have the capacity to look beyond the superficial to the humanity present in each one of us,” he said.
He encouraged the graduands to overcome the challenges and fears bound to be faced in the work place.
Vice Chancellor, Rev. Dr. Pius Rutechura congratulated the graduands saying, “Your resolve and hard work has been rewarded. A degree or diploma obtained at CUEA is unique; it is an indicator of one who has been firmly grounded in the world of academia with integral moral formulation.”
He further highlighted the achievements of the institution. “In the early part of the year, we launched the Institute of Regional Integration and Development (IRID) that offers unique programmes on regional concerns and integration matters up to the post graduate level,” he said.
The university won a hotly contested bid to host the IBM Research Laboratory. This shall be the 12th research laboratory in the world, and the first in Africa.
The vice chancellor said he was certain that the holistic knowledge acquired at CUEA would enable the graduands to make transformative impact on their lives and that of communities at large.
shared from CISA NEWS


Rome: leading role for Scots composer at launch of Year of Faith  | James MacMillan,  Year of Faith, Message to Artists

James MacMillan
Scots composer James MacMillan has been honoured with a leading role in a ceremony in Rome on Thursday, 11 October, at which Pope Benedict XVI will launch a Year of Faith for the Catholic Church round the world.

At a Mass in St Peter’s Square, attended by several hundred bishops and cardinals from every continent, the Ayrshire-born composer will receive from the Pope a symbolic copy of the Catholic Church’s 'Message to Artists' composed 50 years ago at the end of the Second Vatican Council. In doing so MacMillan is to represent 'the
artists of the world'.

Announcing the initiative, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the head of the Vatican’s Commission for a New Evangelisation, said: “At the end of the Mass, there will be a sign to indicate that the teachings of the Council retain all their validity and deserve to be better known and studied.

“This sign,” the archbishop explained, “will mirror Pope Paul VI's consignment of Messages to the People of God at the end of the Council in 1965. Those same Messages will be consigned by Pope Benedict XVI to various categories of people: political leaders, representatives of the world of science and thought, artists, women, workers, the poor, sick and suffering, and to young people.”

James MacMillan was contacted by the Vatican about the event several weeks ago but has not been able to reveal details until now. He said: “I have been invited to receive the message on behalf of the artists of the world. I am honoured and humbled to have received this invitation. I have long been aware of Pope Paul's message to artists at the end of the 2nd Vatican Council. I have always found it moving. It shows that the Church does not discriminate. It was a message to all artists not just Catholic ones. In it he said 'if you are friends of genuine art, you are our friends.' This reminds us that the Church's historic mission is the same as Christ's - to the whole of mankind.

“Art can be a window on to the mind of God. Through this window we can encounter beauty and divine truth. Artists can be peculiarly susceptible to the breath of the Holy Spirit which can then inspire their work. As a Catholic artist I have always felt overwhelmed that my Church has recognised this truth, and continues to do so. I am proud that the Holy Father has invited me to the Mass in Rome to represent my fellow artists. I am excited that the on-going dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and creative people is continuing and that I can play a part in it."

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia who is in Rome to represent Scotland at the ceremonies and the Synod of Bishops said: "I am delighted that the Holy See has recognised the spiritual and artistic contribution of James MacMillan. It is a great honour for a Scot to represent the artists of the world. I have known James for many years and have admired his work, not least his Mass composed for the Papal Visit in 2010. I am sure Scotland's Catholics and all who recognise James's faith and musical talent will be delighted that he has been honoured in this way."
Source: SCMO

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by Shafique Khokhar
Shumaila Bibi kidnapped by a 26 year old Muslim Muhammad Javed Iqbal on the way home. Subjected to sexual assault and forced to study the Koran. On a pretext she managed to escape and return to her family. Her captor denounced the girl's father for "kidnapping" her. Shumaila's future hangs in the balance.

Faisalabad (AsiaNews) - Seized at dawn, forced to endure sexual abuse and to marry the young Muslim man who abducted her with the help of his family and convert to Islam. This is the dramatic story of Shumaila Bibi, a 24-year old Christian who worked in Nishatabad, a suburb of Faisalabad (Punjab), in a textile company. The episode dates back to September 24, and for days she was subjected to a daily nightmare with her tormentor; on October 5, using a ruse, she managed to escape. However, her so-called "husband" denounced her flight and with his parents - reversing the facts - reported her family for "kidnapping" her. The police accepted his version of the facts and have opened an investigation claiming that the girl converted and married "of her own free will." The future of Sumaila is hanging by a thread and will depend on the decisions of the justice of Pakistan, who on more than one occasion have failed to protect the rights of religious minorities in the country.

At 6 in the morning of 24 September Shumaila Bibi, who worked in a textile company, had just finished her shift and was about to return home. On the way she ran into to the 26 year old Muslim Muhammad Javed Iqbal, who had approached her family with the intention, over time, of establishing an engagement (though "I refused and I have repeatedly discouraged it" the young woman tells AsiaNews). Despite all this, with the help of his mother, two brothers, some uncles and the threat of a gun, Muhammad dragged the girl into a nearby vehicle.

At the time, there was only the guard of Millat Textile Mills factory to witness the scene. Threatened by the abductors family he did not intervene. The next day, Muhammad Javed Iqbal - along with 25 relatives - led Shumaila to a lawyer, Muhammad Tanveer Aslam. In his office, he forced her to sign a statement of intent, under which she declared her marriage to the young Muslim and conversion to Islam.

For days she was sexually abused, harassed and forced to study the Koran and the precepts of Islam. During one of these lessons she asked her Muslim teacher to be able to go home earlier than the scheduled time. Free to move, Shumaila escaped and returned to her parents' house. This, however, infuriated the groom who immediately reported the girl's parents to the police for ... "Kidnapping." The officials upheld his complaint because the young woman converted and consented to the marriage "of her own free will" and without compulsion.

The Catholic activists of the National Commission for Justice and Peace of the Catholic Church of Pakistan (NCJP) have taken up the defense of Mansha Masih, girl's father, 68, who now risks prison for kidnapping. The lawyers have filed a counter complaint and now seek justice, though on several occasions the will of the majority and Islamic law have dominated in spite of the rule of law, to decide on the matter. Her future is hanging by a thread and there is a real fear she will be returned to her torturers. Interviewed by AsiaNews, Shumaila confirmed that she wants to "live with my parents and practice the Christian faith." The young Muslim helped her find a job and with this "subterfuge" introduced himself into the family and tried to approach her. "But I refused - she clarifies - several times and I invited to desist" from his intent. "And for that, he ruined my life."

Fr. Nisar Barkat, diocesan director of NCJP in Faisalabad, said that "we do our best to provide aid and assistance to victims like Shumaila." The priest invokes the "intervention" of the police to "ensure the legality and freedom" of the community. "We have to be careful - he warns - of the manipulation of religion in the name of justice, and the state must guarantee religious freedom in the country."



Funeral Arrangements Announced for Msgr. Thomas P. Hadden

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Reverend Monsignor Thomas Paul Hadden, Vicar Emeritus of African Ancestry Catholics in the Diocese of Raleigh, who died October 8, 2012 in Southern Pines following a brief illness.
Reception of the Body, Vigil for the Deceased and Visitation: The Reception of the Body and Vigil for the Deceased will take place on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh at 7 pm with the Rev. Msgr. David D. Brockman, V.G. presiding. The Visitation will continue to 9 pm.
Funeral Mass: The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Raleigh with the Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Principal Celebrant and the Rev. Msgr. Gerald L. Lewis, Homilist.
A reception in the Fallon Center of the parish will directly follow the Funeral Mass.
Rite of Committal: Committal will be in the Hadden family plot at the Carolina Biblical Gardens Cemetery in Garner following the reception.
Mass Cards and cards of condolences for the family should be sent to the niece of Msgr. Hadden,Mrs. Clarice R. Spence, at the following address:
Mrs. Clarice R.Spence
1926 Boaz Road
Raleigh, NC 27610
The Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge asks all Catholics to join him in praying for Msgr. Hadden’s eternal happiness and in asking the Lord to give his family the grace and strength they need, especially during this time.
Msgr. Hadden was born May 31, 1929, in Raleigh, educated in seminaries in Mississippi and Indiana and at the North American College in Rome, where he was the first African American seminarian to enroll at the school. He was ordained to the Priesthood in Rome on December 20, 1958.
Among his pastoral assignments, Msgr. Hadden served at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Newton Grove, St. Paul Church in New Bern, St. Joseph in Raleigh, Rector at Sacred Heart Cathedral and St. Mary Church in Wilmington. He also served as Vicar for African Ancestry Catholics from 1988 until his retirement from that position in August 2011.
Born to Reverend Thomas Gary and Clarice Hadden, Msgr. Hadden, at the age of 12, informed his father, who was pastor of St. Paul’s AME Church in Raleigh that he wanted to become a Catholic. He said his parents did not object, and he became a Catholic in eighth grade, while a student at St. Monica’s Catholic School in Raleigh.
Msgr. Hadden retired from active ministry in July 2000, while remaining Vicar of African Ancestry Catholics and exercising priestly ministry in various parishes.


Luke 10: 38 - 42
38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching.
40 But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me."
41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things;
42 one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her."


St. Denis
Feast: October 9
Feast Day:
October 9
Third century, Italy
258 at Montmarte
Major Shrine:
Abbey of Saint-Denis, Saint Denis Basilica
Patron of:
France; Paris; against frenzy; against strife; headaches; hydrophobia; possessed people; rabies

Bishop of Paris, and martyr. Born in Italy, nothing is definitely known of the time or place, or of his early life. His feast is kept on 9 October. He is usually represented with his head in his hands because, according to the legend, after his execution the corpse rose again and carried the head for some distance. That, however, while still very young he was distinguished for hisvirtuous life, knowledge of sacred things, and firm faith, is proved by the fact that Pope Fabian (236-250) sent him with some other missionary bishops to Gaul on a difficult mission. The Church of Gaul had suffered terribly under the persecution of the Emperor Decius and the new messengers of Faith were to endeavour to restore it to its former flourishing condition. Denis with his inseparable companions, the priest Rusticus and the deacon Eleutherius, arrived in the neighbourhood of the present city of Paris and settled on the island in the Seine. The earliest document giving an account of his labours and of his martyrdom (Passio SS. Dionsyii, Rustici et Eleutherii), dating from the end of the sixth or the beginning of the seventh century and wrongly attributed to the poet Venantius Fortunatus, is interwoven with much legend, from which, however, the following facts can be gleaned.
On the island in the Seine Denis built a church and provided for a regular solemnization of the Divine service. His fearless and indefatigable preaching of the Gospel led to countless conversions. This aroused the envy, anger and hatred of the heathen priests. They incited the populace against the strangers and importuned the governor Fescenninus Sisinnius to put a stop by force to the new teaching. Denis with his two companions were seized and as they persevered in their faith were beheaded (about 275) after many tortures. Later accounts give a detailed description of the confessors' sufferings. They were scourged, imprisoned, racked, thrown to wild beasts, burnt at the stake, and finally beheaded. Gregory of Tours simply states: "Beatus Dionysius Parisiorum episcopus diversis pro Christi nomine adfectus poenis praesentem vitam gladio immente finivit" (Hist. Franc. I, 30). The bodies of the three holy martyrs received an honourable burial through the efforts of a pious matron named Catulla and a small shrine was erected over their graves. This was later on replaced by a beautiful basilica (egregium templum) which Venantius celebrated in verse (Carm. I, ii).
From the reign of King Dagobert (622-638) the church and the Benedictine monastery attached to it were more and more beautifully adorned; the veneration of St. Denis became by degrees a national devotion, rulers and princes vying with one another to promote it. This development is due in no small degree to an error prevailing throughout the Middle Ages, which identified St. Denis of Paris with St. Dionysius the Areopagite, and with the Pseudo-Dionysius, the composer of the Areopagitic writings. The combining of these three persons in one was doubtless effected as early as the eighth or perhaps the seventh century, but it was only through the "Areopagitica" written in 836 byHilduin, Abbot of Saint-Denis, at the request of Louis the Pious, that this serious error took deep root. The investigations of Launoy first threw doubt on the story and the Bollandist de Bye entirely rejected it. Hilduin was probably deceived by the same apocryphal Latin and Greek fictions. The possession of the Areopagitic writings (since 827 in Saint-Denis) strengthened his conviction of this truth. Historiographers of the present day do not dispute this point. All attempts of Darras, Vidieu, C. Schneider, and others to throw some light on the subject have proved fruitless.