Saturday, October 27, 2012

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. JUDE PATRON OF HOPELESS CASES - DAY 9

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious apostle, SAINT JUDE THADDEUS, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Through this Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you. Humbly prostrate before you, I implore you through this Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Oh, despise not my poor prayer; let not my trust be confounded! To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be grateful to you and will be your faithful client until I can thank you in heaven. Amen.
Priest: "Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
People:"Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
Priest: "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
People: "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
PRAY FOR US that we before death may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the holy Sacraments.
Pray for us that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favorable judgment.
Pray for us that we may be admitted into the company of the blessed to rejoice in the presence of our God forever.
The following prayer to be recited by both priest and people.
Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficult and desperate cases. Pray for me who am so miserable. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly — (here make your request) — and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity.
I promise you, O blessed JUDE, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
Saint Jude, pray for us and for all who honor you and invoke your aid.
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, 3 times.)

ASIA : SYRIA : CAR BOMB EXPLODES NEAR CHURCH

Agenzia Fides REPORT - A car bomb exploded this morning in front of the only Syrian Orthodox Church in the town of Deir Ezzor in eastern Syria, damaging it severely. According to local sources, the victims of the attack are five people who were in a restaurant near the church. The Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate in Damascus, led by His Beatitude Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, confirmed to Fides the attack, and was not able to provide further details because "it was not possible to establish a telephone link between Damascus and Deir Ezzor."
In September the same church dedicated to the Virgin Mary had been desecrated and vandalized by armed gangs. In the region of Deir Ezzor, currently under the control of the Free Syrian Army, Salafi groups have been reported. A month ago, some young Christians in the same region, in the ranks of the opposition wrote an open letter, also reported by the independent website "Now Lebanon", asking the military leaders of the Revolutionary Council respect for Christian and Muslim places of worship, a symbol of Syrian civilization and asserting that desecrating acts are "against the values of the revolution." The military replied it would have guaranteed the protection of sacred places. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 27/10/2012)

EUROPE : RIP REV. DR. VINCENT TWOMEY SVD, - AGE 91

IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT
Tribute to Brother Paul Hurley RIP | Reverend Dr Vincent Twomey SVD, Divine Word Missionaries, Reverend Brother Paul Hurley SVD, The Word,
Reverend Dr Vincent Twomey SVD, Acting Provincial Superior of the Divine Word Missionaries, paid the following tribute to the late Reverend Brother Paul Hurley SVD, former editor of The Word, the magazine of the Divine Word Missionaries (SVD). Brother Hurley died yesterday at the age of 91 years and see also funeral arrangements below:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of my great friend and colleague Brother Paul Hurley. Brother Paul founded and edited the monthly magazine The Word for forty years. At its height the circulation reach of The Word was circa 250,000 copies worldwide - 170,000 in Ireland alone - with special editions published for Britain and Australia. Brother Paul edited the magazine, and contributed thousands of articles including interviews with famous personalities in sport, literature, the arts, Church and politics. His most celebrated interview was with the Taoiseach of the day Mr Sean Lemass in 1966. At the time The Word was the most prestigious pictorial magazine in Ireland and Britain - either secular or religious. The Word was renowned for its extraordinary illustrations, initially in black and white and later in colour. As editor Brother Paul was also responsible for the design, layout and proofreading of The Word, whose reputation was widely recognised across the media fraternity. He was always an exemplary Religious.”
Paul Hurley was born in Dublin, of West Cork parents, and attended Synge Street Christian Brothers School in Dublin. He entered the Divine Word Missionaries in Donamom, County Roscommon, in 1948. After retiring as editor of The Word he spent some years on the foreign missions in Papua New Guinea. For most of his life Brother Hurley was an active member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society in Roscommon and also in Maynooth. Brother Hurley died yesterday in Windfield Nursing Home in County Meath.

The Removal of the Remains of Brother Paul Hurley SVD will take place today, Saturday 27 October, to the Divine Word Missionaries, Moyglare Road, Maynooth, County Kildare, to arrive at .:30pm. Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Monday next 29 October at 11:00am followed by Removal to Donamon Castle, County Roscommon, to arrive at 4:30pm. Lying in repose until 10pm. Funeral Mass at 12noon on Tuesday 30 October followed by burial in the cemetery of the Divine Word Missionaries.
SHARED FROM IND. CATH. NEWS

AUSTRALIA : CATHOLIC MISSION SOLIDARITY AWARD

ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE REPORT
Catholic Mission honoured with solidarity award


Friday 26 October 2012

LAST week Catholic Mission was one of several organisations and individuals honoured with a Palms Australia Solidarity Award.

Catholic Mission received the Fr Cyril Hally award in honour of contributions to the ongoing recruitment and preparation of Australians in cross-cultural mission. The award was presented to Catholic Mission’s director, Mr Martin Teulan, by the East Timorese ambassador, Mr Abel Guterres.

The awards were the culmination of a celebration of solidarity with addresses by Palms Australia’s two recently inaugurated Patrons, Nobel Prize Laureate and Former President and Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, Dr José Ramos Horta, and military chaplain from Brisbane Deacon Gary Stone.

Dr Ramos Horta spoke of the challenges that face Timor-Leste, including ending child malnutrition and increasing educational opportunities for all. He also explained the reasons for his decision to become a patron of Palms Australia.

Gary Stone, an ordained deacon and military chaplain from Brisbane, responded to Dr Ramos Horta’s address with a rousing call for action from the attendees of the dinner. He called on those present to assist Palms Australia financially, as well as through recruiting future volunteers and in promoting the important work being done in East Timor within the broader community.

Palms Australia’s Assistant Director, Brendan Joyce declared the evening a tremendous success and is already looking forward to the 2013 awards.

“In 2012, we have gratefully received some support from AusAID’s pilot volunteer fund, “ Mr Joyce says, “but events like this are essential if we are to build a stable support base so that we can continue responding to the issues identified by Dr Ramos Horta and our Timorese partners.”

Other award winners included the Catholic Education Offices of Parramatta and Broken Bay, in recognition of their long-term engagement in improving education in Timor-Leste. Mary Gilchrist, a former director and volunteer of Palms Australia who was present at Palms Australia’s founding in 1961 was also honoured for her long service; and Barbara Clark, who has volunteered her services in Palms Australia’s offices for ten years was also awarded during the evening.

Former SBS broadcaster Indira Naidoo hosted the evening which also featured performances by Sydney’s Solidarity Choir.

Aunty Janice Kennedy from Parramatta Diocese’s Aboriginal Catholic Services began the evening with a traditional acknowledgment and welcome to country.
SHARED FROM ARCHDIOCESE OF MELBOURNE

AFRICA : NIGERIA : AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL - STOP EXECUTION OF INMATES

CISA REPORT

Amnesty-International-appeals-to-Nigeria-on-Executions

Benin City, October 23, 2012 (CISA) – Amnesty International has called on the Nigerian government to halt preparations for execution of two inmates in Benin City prison saying the two were part of an ongoing appeal case.
Amnesty has asked the government to respect the appeals by the two inmates whose death warrants were signed three weeks ago by the Governor of Edo State in the Southwest of Nigeria, Adams Oshiomhole.

“The Nigerian authorities must immediately halt any plans to execute the two prisoners on death row in Benin City prison,” said Lucy Freeman, Amnesty International’s Deputy Programme Director for Africa.
Prison wardens at Benin City prison were seen preparing gallows for the executions between Sunday night and Monday morning.

“To go ahead with any execution of prisoners when their death sentence is still being challenged in the courts is a flagrant violation of human rights.”
According to information received by Amnesty International, neither the convicted prisoners nor their families have been informed of the planned date of execution.

“Refusing to provide convicted persons and family members advance notice of the date and time of execution is a clear violation of human rights. It is cruel, inhuman and degrading.”
A Court of Appeal ruling is still pending after a further appeal was submitted by a Nigerian NGO, the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, in March 2010 on behalf of the then 840 death row inmates, including the pair in Benin prison. An injunction was granted by the court upholding the appeal but it was lifted in April 2012.The judgment remains pending on a second appeal which was filed by the organisation the same month.

The Governor of Edo State signed the execution warrants after prison authorities informed him that the death row inmates in Benin City prison were ‘becoming unmanageable.’
“Amnesty International repeats that to execute detainees purely as a method of controlling ‘unmanageable’ inmates is arbitrary and a totally unacceptable violation of their right to life,” Freeman added.

The Edo State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Osagie Obayuwana have previously refused to confirm when the executions would take place, but indicated the decision would be taken by the state prison authorities.
States which maintain the death penalty in law are obliged under international human rights law and standards to ensure transparency in its use.
SHARED FROM CISA NEWS

CATHOLIC MOVIES - WATCH ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI - PART 2

In honor of the YEAR OF FAITH - JCE news will be showing some of the TOP Catholic movies of all time - view new episodes each day. Tune in for PART III of St. Francis - tomorrow.
PART I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIr-SMVRXOo&feature=channel&list=UL
PART II http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSM7c32Y26Q&feature=channel&list=UL
PART III http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifGyqTblrM4&feature=channel&list=UL
PART IV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0eGJBeiCJA&feature=channel&list=UL
PART V http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PvXRymB9Wes&feature=channel&list=UL
PART VI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYCbaFIOgr0&feature=relmfu
PART VII http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtOwX3jTQxk&feature=relmfu
PART VIII http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-NEoRbc0Wg&feature=channel&list=UL


PART I http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2012/10/catholic-movies-watch-st-francis-of.html

SUNDAY MASS ONLINE - OCT. 28, 2012 - 30TH ORD. TIME - B



  • Jeremiah 31: 7 - 9

7 For thus says the LORD: "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, `The LORD has saved his people, the remnant of Israel.'
8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her who is in travail, together; a great company, they shall return here.
9 With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I am a father to Israel, and E'phraim is my first-born.
Psalms 126: 1 - 6


1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us; we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O LORD, like the watercourses in the Negeb!
5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy!
6 He that goes forth weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Hebrews 5: 1 - 6


1 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.
2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
3 Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins as well as for those of the people.
4 And one does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was.
5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, "Thou art my Son, today I have begotten thee";
6 as he says also in another place, "Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek."
Mark 10: 46 - 52


46 And they came to Jericho; and as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a great multitude, Bartimae'us, a blind beggar, the son of Timae'us, was sitting by the roadside.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!"
48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent; but he cried out all the more, "Son of David, have mercy on me!"
49 And Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." And they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take heart; rise, he is calling you."
50 And throwing off his mantle he sprang up and came to Jesus.
51 And Jesus said to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" And the blind man said to him, "Master, let me receive my sight."
52 And Jesus said to him, "Go your way; your faith has made you well." And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.

TODAY'S SAINT: OCT. 28: ST. JUDE APOSTLE



St. Jude
APOSTLE
Feast: October 28
Information:
Feast Day:
October 28
Major Shrine:
Saint Peter's, Rome, Rheims, Toulouse, France
Patron of:
lost causes, desperate situations, hospitals

The apostle St. Jude is distinguished from the Iscariot by the surname of Thaddaus, which signifies in Syriac praising or confession (being of the same import with the Hebrew word Judas), also by that of Lebbaeus, which is given him in the Greek text of St. Matthew. St. Jude was brother to St. James the Less, as he styles himself in his epistle; likewise of St. Simeon of Jerusalem, and of one Joses, who are styled the brethren of our Lord, and were sons of Cleophas and Mary, sister to the Blessed Virgin.
This apostle's kindred and relation to our Saviour exalted him not so much in his Master's eyes as his contempt of the world the ardour of his holy zeal and love, and his sufferings for his sake. It is not known when and by what means he became a disciple of Christ, nothing having been said of him in the gospels before we find him enumerated in the catalogue of the apostles. After the last supper, when Christ promised to manifest himself to every one who should love him, St. Jude asked him why he did not manifest himself to the world? By which question he seems to have expressed his expectation of a secular kingdom of the Messias. Christ by his answer satisfied him that the world is unqualified for divine manifestations, being a stranger and an enemy to what must fit souls for a fellowship with heaven; but that he would honour those who truly love him with his familiar converse, and would admit them to intimate communications of grace and favour.
After our Lord's ascension and the descent of the Holy Ghost, St. Jude set out, with the other great conquerors of the world and hell, to pull down the prince of darkness from his usurped throne; which this little troop undertook to effect armed only with the word of God and his Spirit. Nicephorus, Isidore, and the Martyrologies tell us that St. Jude preached up and down Judea, Samaria, Idumaa, and Syria; especially in Mesopotamia. St. Paulinus says that St. Jude planted the faith in Libya. This apostle returned from his missions to Jerusalem in the year 62, after the martyrdom of his brother, St. James, and assisted at the election of St. Simeon, who was likewise his brother. He wrote a catholic or general epistle to all the churches of the East, particularly addressing himself to the Jewish converts, amongst whom he had principally laboured. St. Peter had written to the same two epistles before this, and in the second had chiefly in view to caution the faithful against the errors of the Simonians, Nicholaits, and Gnostics. The havoc which these heresies continued to make among souls stirred up the zeal of St. Jude, who sometimes copied certain expressions of St. Peter, and seems to refer to the epistles of SS. Peter and Paul as if the authors were then no more. The heretics he describes by many strong epithets and similes, and calls them wandering meteors which seem to blaze for a while but set in eternal darkness. The source of their fall he points out by saying they are murmurers, and walk after their own lusts. The apostle puts us in mind to have always before our eyes the great obligation we lie under of incessantly building up our spiritual edifice of charity, by praying in the Holy Ghost, growing in the love of God, and imploring his mercy through Christ. From Mesopotamia St. Jude travelled into Persia. Fortunatus and the western Martyrologists tell us that the apostle St. Jude suffered martyrdom in Persia; the Menology of the Emperor Basil and some other Greeks say at Arat or Ararat, in Armenia, which at that time was subject to the Parthian empire, and consequently esteemed part of Persia. Many Greeks say he was shot to death with arrows: some add whilst he was tied on across. The Armenians at this day venerate him and St. Bartholomew for the first planters of the faith among them.

TODAY'S SAINT: OCT. 28: ST. SIMON APOSTLE




St. Simon
APOSTLE
Feast: October 28
Information:
Feast Day:
October 28
Born:
Cana or Canaan
Died:
Abyssinians claim he was crucified in Samaria; Lipsius says he was sawn in half at Suanir, Persia; Moses of Chorene writes that he was martyred at Weriosphora in Iberia; many locations claim to have relics including Toulouse, France, and Saint Peter's Basilica, Rome, Italy
Major Shrine:
relics claimed by many places, including Toulouse; Saint Peter's Basilica
Patron of:
curriers; sawyers; tanners

St Simon is surnamed the Canaanean or Canaanite, and the Zealot, to distinguish him from St. Peter, and from St. Simeon, the brother of St. James the Less, and his successor in the see of Jerusalem. From the first of these surnames some have thought that St. Simon was born at Cana, in Galilee: certain modern Greeks pretend that it was at his marriage that our Lord turned the water into wine. It is not to be doubted but he was a Galilean. Theodoret says, of the tribe either of Zabulon or Nepthali. Hammond and Grotius think that St. Simon was called the Zealot, before his coming to Christ, because he was one of that particular sect or party among the Jews called Zealots, from a singular zeal they possessed for the honour of God and the purity of religion. A party called Zealots were famous in the war of the Jews against the Romans. They were main instruments in instigating the people to shake off the yoke of subjection; they assassinated many of the nobility and others in the streets, filled the temple itself with bloodshed and other horrible profanations, and were the chief cause of the ruin of their country. But no proof is offered by which it is made to appear that any such party existed in our Saviour's time, though some then maintained that it was not lawful for a Jew to pay taxes to the Romans At least if any then took the name Zealots, they certainly neither followed the impious conduct nor adopted the false and inhuman maxims of those mentioned by Josephus in his history of the Jewish war against the Romans.
St. Simon, after his conversion, was zealous for the honour of his Master, and exact in all the duties of the Christian religion; and showed a pious indignation toward those who professed this holy faith with their mouths, but dishonoured it by the irregularity of their lives. No further mention appears of him in the gospels than that he was adopted by Christ into the college of the apostles. With the rest he received the miraculous gifts of the Holy Ghost, which he afterwards exercised with great zeal and fidelity. If this apostle preached in Egypt, Cyrene, and Mauritania, he returned into the East; for the Martyrologies of St. Jerome, Bede, Ado, and Usuard place his martyrdom in Persia, at a city called Suanir, possibly in the country of the Suani, a people in Colchis, or a little higher in Sarmatia, then allied with the Parthians in Persia; which may agree with a passage in the Acts of St. Andrew, that in the Cimmerian Bosphorus there was a tomb in a "rot, with an inscription importing that Simon the Zealot was interred there. His death is said in these Martyrologies to have been procured by the idolatrous priests. Those who mention the manner of his death say he was crucified. St. Peter's Church on the Vatican at Rome and the Cathedral of Toulouse are said to possess the chief portions of the relics of SS. Simon and Jude.

CATHOLIC MOVIES - WATCH ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI

In honor of the YEAR OF FAITH - JCE news will be showing some of the TOP Catholic movies of all time 

VATICAN : POPE : CHURCH OF PENTECOST - AND STATEMENT ON SSPX

Vatican Radio REPORT – On the final working day of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelisation as the Father’s presented him with the list of 38 Propositions, fruit of three weeks of intense work, Pope Benedict XVI took the floor to address all those who had taken part, to tell them that their testimonies proved that the Church is alive and is growing, despite often contrary winds. Emer McCarthy reports:

Below a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s words

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

before thanking you on my part, I would like to make an announcement.
In the context of the reflections of the Synod of Bishops, "The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith," and at the end of a process of reflection on the themes of seminaries and Catechesis, I am pleased to announce that I have decided, after further reflection and prayer to transfer jurisdiction over Seminaries from the Congregation for Catholic Education, to the Congregation for the Clergy and competence of Catechesis from the Congregation for the Clergy, to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization.

The relative documents will be forthcoming in the form of an Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio to identify the fields and their faculties. Let us pray to the Lord to accompany the three Dicasteries of the Roman Curia in this important mission, with the collaboration of the entire Church.

I would also like to express my cordial greetings to the new Cardinals. With this little Consistory I wanted to complete the Consistory of February, in the context of the new evangelization, with a gesture of the universality of the Church, showing that the Church is the Church of all peoples, she speaks in all languages, she is always a Church of Pentecost; not the Church of one continent, but a universal Church. This was precisely my intention, to express this in this context, this universality of the Church, which is also the beautiful expression of this Synod. For me it was really uplifting, comforting and encouraging to see here a reflection of the universal Church with its suffering, threats, dangers and joys, experiences of the Lord's presence, even in difficult situations.

We heard how the Church today lives and grows. I think, for example, of what we were told about Cambodia, where the Church, the faith has been born again, or even of Norway, and many others. We see how, even today, where we least expect it, the Lord is present and powerful and the Lord also operates through our work and our reflections.

Even though the Church feels contrary winds, above all it feels the wind of the Holy Spirit that helps us, shows us the right way, and so, with renewed enthusiasm, I think, we are on that path and we thank the Lord for gifting us this truly Catholic encounter.

I Thank you all: the Synod Fathers, the Auditors, with the often very moving testimonies, the Experts, the fraternal delegates who have helped us, and we know that we all want to proclaim Christ and his Gospel and fight, in this difficult time, for the presence of Christ's truth and his proclamation.

I would like to especially thank our Presidents who have guided us gently and firmly, the Realtors who have worked day and night. I always think it goes somewhat against natural law to work at night, but if they do so willingly they deserve our thanks and we should be grateful, and of course, our Secretary General, firm and full of ideas.

Now these Propositiones are a testament, a gift given to me for us, to process everything into a document that comes from life and should generate life. We hope and pray for this, but in any case, we forge ahead with the Lord's help. Thank you all. Many will see each other again in November – at the Consistory. Thank you.


STATEMENT ON DIALOGUE WITH SSPX

Vatican Radio) Below, please find the full text of the statement from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" regarding the ongoing dialogue with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X:


The Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei” takes this occasion to announce that, in its most recent official communication (6 September 2012), the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X has indicated that additional time for reflection and study is needed on their part as they prepare their response to the Holy See’s latest initiatives. The current stage in the ongoing discussions between the Holy See and the Priestly Fraternity follows three years of doctrinal and theological dialogues during which a joint commission met eight times to study and discuss, among other matters, some disputed issues in the interpretation of certain documents of Vatican Council II. Once these doctrinal dialogues were concluded, it became possible to proceed to a phase of discussion more directly focused on the greatly desired reconciliation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X with the See of Peter. Other critical steps in this positive process of gradual reintegration had already been taken by the Holy See in 2007 with the extension of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite to the Universal Church by the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum and in 2009 with the lifting of the excommunications. Just a few months ago, a culminating point along this difficult path was reached when, on 13 June 2012, the Pontifical Commission presented to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X a doctrinal declaration together with a proposal for the canonical normalization of its status within the Catholic Church. At the present time, the Holy See is awaiting the official response of the superiors of the Priestly Fraternity to these two documents. After thirty years of separation, it is understandable that time is needed to absorb the significance of these recent developments. As Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI seeks to foster and preserve the unity of the Church by realizing the long hoped-for reconciliation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X with the See of Peter – a dramatic manifestation of the munus Petrinum in action – patience, serenity, perseverance and trust are needed.

SHARED FROM RADIO VATICANA

NOVENA PRAYER TO ST. JUDE PATRON OF HOPELESS CASES - DAY 8

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O glorious apostle, SAINT JUDE THADDEUS, true relative of Jesus and Mary, I salute you through the most Sacred Heart of Jesus! Through this Heart I praise and thank God for all the graces He has bestowed upon you. Humbly prostrate before you, I implore you through this Heart to look down upon me with compassion. Oh, despise not my poor prayer; let not my trust be confounded! To you God has granted the privilege of aiding mankind in the most desperate cases. Oh, come to my aid that I may praise the mercies of God! All my life I will be grateful to you and will be your faithful client until I can thank you in heaven. Amen.
Priest: "Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
People:"Blessed Apostle, with confidence we invoke you!"
Priest: "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
People: "St. Jude, help of the hopeless, aid me in my distress."
PRAY FOR US that we before death may expiate all our sins by sincere repentance and the worthy reception of the holy Sacraments.
Pray for us that we may appease the Divine Justice and obtain a favorable judgment.
Pray for us that we may be admitted into the company of the blessed to rejoice in the presence of our God forever.
The following prayer to be recited by both priest and people.
Saint Jude, glorious apostle, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, the name of the traitor has caused you to be forgotten by many. But the Church honors and invokes you universally as the patron of difficult and desperate cases. Pray for me who am so miserable. Make use, I implore you, of that particular privilege accorded to you to bring visible and speedy help where help was almost despaired of. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations and sufferings, particularly — (here make your request) — and that I may bless God with you and all the elect throughout all eternity.
I promise you, O blessed JUDE, to be ever mindful of this great favor, and I will never cease to honor you as my special and powerful patron and do all in my power to encourage devotion to you. Amen.
Saint Jude, pray for us and for all who honor you and invoke your aid.
(Say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory be to the Father, 3 times.)

TODAY'S MASS ONLINE : SAT. OCT. 27, 2012

Luke 13: 1 - 9


1 There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus?
3 I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo'am fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem?
5 I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish."
6 And he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none.
7 And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?'
8 And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure.
9 And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

ASIA : CHINA : WORLD NETWORKING OF CATHOLICS

UCAN REPORT
Assembly will conclude two-year program for laity
 
Catholic Church News Image of Chinese Catholics convene for global meet
Hong Kong Catholics attend a formation lecture
About 170 Chinese Catholics from 27 cities around the globe will discuss their lay ministries and establish a world network during a six-day assembly beginning tomorrow.
The Hong Kong diocese has organized the Lay Ministries Plenary Assembly to conclude its Years of the Laity (2011 and 2012).
The gathering will allow participants to share the experiences and practices of their lay ministries and review how Hong Kong diocese implements a 2001 diocesan synod resolution on lay ministries.
Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, vicar-general of Hong Kong, said recently that there were at least three outcomes that they expect to achieve: to enhance understanding of lay ministries, to deepen friendships between Chinese Catholics around the world and to contribute to the evangelization work of the Church.
Having technologically advanced telecommunications and being a transportation hub makes Hong Kong an ideal place to host such an assembly, Fr. Chan said, adding that the diocese has a lot to share.
“In the past three decades, development of local lay ministries has put emphasis on liturgy. In fact, our Catholics also make witnesses in society. We have 13 years of service in prison visits and seven years in pastoral care in hospitals and for the bereaved,” he said.
Eleven diocesan committees and organizations as well as 20 out of 51 parishes are involved in staging the assembly that runs from October 27 to November 1.
No bishop will be at the lay-led assembly and only five percent of participants are priests, deacons and pastoral sisters, according to Fr. Chan.
To enhance communication among participants, Mandarin Chinese will be used for the first time in a large-scale Church meeting in Hong Kong instead of Cantonese which is the local dialect.
SHARED FROM UCAN NEWS

EUROPE : SSPX OFFICIAL RELEASE BISHOP WILLIAMSON - EXCLUDED


(IMAGE SOURCE: GOOGLE ) SSPX OFFICIAL RELEASE
Communiqué of the General House of the Society of Saint Pius X (October 24, 2012)
26-10-2012   
Bishop Richard Williamson, having distanced himself from the management* and the government of the SSPX for several years, and refusing to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors, was declared excluded from the SSPX by decision of the Superior General and its Council, on October 4th, 2012. A final deadline had been granted to him to declare his submission, after which he announced the publication of an “open letter” asking the Superior General to resign.
This painful decision has become necessary by concern for the common good of the Society of Saint Pius X and its good government, according to what Archbishop Lefebvre denounced: “This is the destruction of authority. How authority can be exercised if it needs to ask all members to participate in the exercise of authority? “(Ecône, October 3, 1987)
Menzingen, October 24th, 2012
* The original text being in French, it must be noted that the word “authority” translates better the French word “direction”.
Kommuniqué des Generalhauses der Priesterbruderschaft St. Pius X
Comunicado de la Casa General de la Fraternidad San Pío X (24 de octubre 2012)
Communiqué de la Maison Générale de la Fraternité Saint-Pie X (24 octobre 2012)
Komunikat Domu Generalnego FSSPX w sprawie bp. Ryszarda Williamsona

TODAY'S SAINT: OCT. 27: ST. FRUMENTIUS

St. Frumentius

BISHOP
Feast: October 27
Information:
Feast Day:
October 27
Born:
Tyre (modern Sur, Lebanon)
Died:
380 in Ethiopia
Patron of:
Abyssinia, Ethiopia

ST. FRUMENTIUS was yet a child when his uncle, Meropins of Tyre, took him and his brother Edesius on a voyage to Ethiopia. In the course of their voyage the vessel touched at a certain port, and the barbarians of that country put the crew and all the passengers to the sword, except the two children. They were carried to the king, at Axuma, who, charmed with the wit and sprightliness of the two boys, took special care of their education; and, not long after made Edesius his cup-bearer, and Frumentius, who was the elder, his treasurer and secretary of state; on his death-bed he thanked them for their services, and in recompense gave them their liberty. After his death the queen begged them to remain a court, and assist her in the government of the state until the young king carne of age. Edesius went back to Tyre, but St. Athanasius ordained Frumentius Bishop of the Ethiopians, and vested with this sacred character he gained great numbers to the Faith, and continued to feed and defend his flock until it pleased the Supreme Pastor to recompense his fidelity and labors.
SOURCE http://www.ewtn.com/saintsHoly/saints/F/stfrumentius.asp