Sunday, November 4, 2012


Vatican Radio REPORT:  As in parishes throughout the world, the Gospel of Mark that reccounts Christ’s teaching on the “greatest of all commandments”, the commandment to love , was the focus of Pope Benedict XVI 's Angelus reflections this Sunday, the Thirty-first in Ordinary Time. Despite severe weather warnings there was an unusually large crowd of pilgrims gathered below the Holy Fathers study window at midday with estimates speaking of as many as 50 thousand. Greeting them all with outreached arms, Pope Benedict began to speak about the nature of love. God’s love for us and our love for each other, he said, "is one inseparable commandment", to be done with words and witness. He also added that “before being a command, love is a gift”, a reality that "God allows us to know and experience”, teaching us to “always and only want the good, never the bad”, to “see others with His eyes”, with unconditional love.

This, noted Pope Benedict, is because when we are filled with God's love, we can love even those who don't deserve it, just as God loves us.

Jesus, he concluded, through his Word and witness teaches us this, moreover; “the person of Jesus and all His Mystery embody the unity of love of God and neighbour, like the two arms of the Cross, vertical and horizontal. In the Eucharist He gifts us this twofold love, gifting Himself, because, nourished by this bread, we love one another as He has loved us”.

Below please find a Vatican Radio translation of the Holy Father’s Angelus address:

Dear brothers and sisters!

This Sunday's Gospel (MK 12.28 -34) offers us the teaching of Jesus about the greatest commandment, the commandment of love, which is twofold: love God and love neighbour. The Saints, whom we have recently celebrated, all together in a single solemn Feast, are precisely those who, trusting in God's grace, try to live according to this fundamental law. In fact, those who live a profound relationship with God, just as the child becomes capable of loving from a good relationship with his mother and father, may put the commandment of love fully into practice. Saint John of Avila, who I recently proclaimed a doctor of the Church, writes at the beginning of his treatise on the love of God: «the cause that mostly pushes our hearts to love of God is considering deeply the love that He had for us ... This, beyond any benefit, pushes the heart to love; because he who gives something of benefit to another, gives him something he possesses; but he who loves, gives himself with everything he has, until he has nothing left to give"(No. 1). Before being a command, love is a gift, a reality that God allows us to know and experience, so that, like a seed, it can also germinate within us and develop throughout our life.

If the love of God has planted deep roots in a person, then he is able to love even those who do not deserve it, as does God toward us. The father and mother do not love their children only when they deserve love: they love them always, though of course, they make them understand when they are wrong. From God we learn to want only the good and never the bad. We learn to look at each other not only with our eyes, but with the eyes of God, which is the gaze of Jesus Christ. A gaze that starts from the heart and does not stop at the surface, that goes beyond appearances and manages to capture the deepest desires of the other: to be heard, caring attention; in a word: love. But there is also the reverse: that by opening myself to the other person, just as he or she is, by reaching out, by making myself available, I am also opening myself up to know God, to feel that He is there and is good. Love of God and love of neighbour are inseparable and are in mutual relationship. Jesus did not invent one nor the other, but revealed that they are, after all, a single commandment, and did so not just by Word, but especially with his testimony: the person of Jesus and all His Mystery embody the unity of love of God and neighbour, like the two arms of the Cross, vertical and horizontal. In the Eucharist He gifts us this twofold love, gifting Himself, because, nourished by this bread, we love one another as He has loved us.

Dear friends, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we pray that every Christian knows how to show his faith in the one true God with a clear witness to love of neighbour.

I greet all the English-speaking visitors, especially those from the London Oratory School, from Holy Rosary Parish in Billingham-on-Tees, and from Saint Philip’s School, London. Jesus teaches us that those who love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind and strength are not far from the Kingdom. Let us love the Lord in this way, and our neighbour as ourselves. May God bless all of you!


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Bishop Amba Tawadraus is the next pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church. He is the 118th Pope of the Coptic Church. The election in Cairo chose a successor to Pope Shenouda III saw Tawadraus Amba, 60, bishop of Behaira, south-east of Alexandria.

On Sunday, November 4, a grand ceremony was held in Saint Mark's cathedral with a solemn mass and the extraction of one of the three candidates names. The name was picked out by a young deacon two or three years old, who blindfolded, drew one of the three pieces of paper, each bearing candidate's name.

Bishop Amba Tawadraus, a former pharmacist, is committed to the unification of all the churches and, in particular, the Coptic diaspora scattered around the world. He was nominated by Amba Raphael and six other bishops including Amba Souryal, Bishop of Melbourne in Australia. He is fluent English.
All Egypt and mainly all the Christian communities in the country . - all the churches asked believers to observe three day fasting starting on the 1st of November - ahead of the final choice and intensive prayers for the right man and future leader to lead the church during the current delicate situation in Egypt. (IMAGE SOURCE: GOOGLE )


National celebration to commemorate the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the most recent Canadian Saint.
Mass_for_kateri_November_4-EN(CCCB – Ottawa)… The national celebration of the Canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Indigenous woman from North America to be canonized, will take place on November 4, 2012, at 2:30 pm, at Saint Joseph Oratory in Montreal. The Most Reverend Lionel Gendron, P.S.S., Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil and Co-Treasurer of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), will preside. A number of other Canadian Bishops will concelebrate. These include the Most Reverend Richard Smith of Edmonton, President of the CCCB; the Most Reverend Christian L├ępine, Archbishop of Montreal; the Most Reverend Jacques Berthelet, C.S.V., Bishop Emeritus of Saint-Jean-Longueuil; and the Most Reverend Louis Dicaire, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint-Jean-Longueuil. Special guests and representatives from the First Nations will also be present including representatives from the community of Kahnawake where Saint Kateri lived and died. The members of the CCCB Canadian Catholic Aboriginal Council will also participate.
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn Mass in Saint Peter's Square in Rome, October 21, 2012. A Canadian delegation of approximately 1500 pilgrims attended the celebrations in Rome, as well as 20 Canadian Bishops. Among these were the Most Reverend Richard Smith and Bishop Lionel Gendron, P.S.S.
Around 2500 people are expected at Saint Joseph Oratory on November 4. In order to assist in coordinating the celebration, tickets will be necessary. Groups of 10 or more people can make arrangements to obtain tickets by calling 514-733-8211 or e-mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Tickets cost $5 each. Individuals and groups of fewer than 10 are asked to pick up their tickets at the Oratory prior to the event.


Diaconate Ordinations

Thursday 1 November 2012

ON 27 October 2012 seven men were ordained by Archbishop Denis Hart as permanent deacons for service in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

The Diaconate Ordination was also a multi-cultural affair with candidates ordained from Australia, England, South Africa and South Sudan.
The seven men ordained also represented all of the regions of the Archdiocese.

Each of the now permanent deacons was supported by family and friends who attended the ceremony at St Patrick's Cathedral.

All seven of the newly ordained deacons for the Archdiocese of Melbourne have a record of service in their parishes and professional commitments.

The ordinations held last weekend conclude the study and spiritual preparation which the new deacons have been undertaking since 2007.



Participants encouraged to take up the three roles of Jesus   
Catholic Church News Image of Laity plenary assembly ends
Assembly participants sing together (UCAN photo)
A six-day Lay Ministries Plenary Assembly involving more than 170 representatives from across the world concluded in Hong Kong yesterday.
Hong Kong diocese organized the assembly to conclude its Years of the Laity (2011 and 2012) celebrations.
During the almost week-long event, participants learnt the biblical aspect of lay ministries and shared their practical experiences by taking on board the idea of Priest, Prophet and King.
According to Lumen Gentium (a principal document of the Second Vatican Council), all Catholic lay men and women share Jesus’ threefold office of Priest, Prophet and King, that is, the ministry to sanctify, to teach and to govern.
“Many Catholics do not have a clear concept about these ministries. Some think the three are independent from each other,” Eric Li, a participant from the United States, said after the gathering.
“In fact when a layperson works on one ministry, the three ministerial roles can come into effect at the same time,” he said.
Evaluating the meeting, Father Dominic Chan Chi-ming, vicar-general of Hong Kong, said participants were very frank when sharing.
He said the Vietnamese representatives gave moving accounts of the persecution they faced during the war in Vietnam and since then.
“Even in developed countries like the US and Canada, Chinese Catholic communities sometimes feel inferior. But they feel blessed that their members maintain solidarity and get rid of such feelings,” he said.
“The participants know that each country has its own difficulties but they agreed that they have to first build up a personal relationship with God and then introduce Him to their neighborhoods and workplace,” said Fr Chan.


Nov 04, 2012 - 31st Sun Ordinary Time


Deuteronomy 6: 2 - 6
2 that you may fear the LORD your God, you and your son and your son's son, by keeping all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged.
3 Hear therefore, O Israel, and be careful to do them; that it may go well with you, and that you may multiply greatly, as the LORD, the God of your fathers, has promised you, in a land flowing with milk and honey.
4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD;
5 and you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.
6 And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart;
Psalms 18: 2 - 4, 47, 51
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
4 The cords of death encompassed me, the torrents of perdition assailed me;
47 the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me;
Hebrews 7: 23 - 28
23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office;
24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever.
25 Consequently he is able for all time to save those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, unstained, separated from sinners, exalted above the heavens.
27 He has no need, like those high priests, to offer sacrifices daily, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did this once for all when he offered up himself.
28 Indeed, the law appoints men in their weakness as high priests, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.
Mark 12: 28 - 34
28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, "Which commandment is the first of all?"
29 Jesus answered, "The first is, `Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one;
30 and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'
31 The second is this, `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
32 And the scribe said to him, "You are right, Teacher; you have truly said that he is one, and there is no other but he;
33 and to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
34 And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And after that no one dared to ask him any question.


CATHOLIC ONLINE SOURCE: Charles was the son of Count Gilbert Borromeo and Margaret Medici, sister of Pope Pius IV. He was born at the family castle of Arona on Lake Maggiore, Italy on October 2. He received the clerical tonsure when he was twelve and was sent to the Benedictine abbey of SS. Gratian and Felinus at Arona for his education.
In 1559 his uncle was elected Pope Pius IV and the following year, named him his Secretary of State and created him a cardinal and administrator of the see of Milan. He served as Pius' legate on numerous diplomatic missions and in 1562, was instrumental in having Pius reconvene the Council of Trent, which had been suspended in 1552. Charles played a leading role in guiding and in fashioning the decrees of the third and last group of sessions. He refused the headship of the Borromeo family on the death of Count Frederick Borromeo, was ordained a priest in 1563, and was consecrated bishop of Milan the same year. Before being allowed to take possession of his see, he oversaw the catechism, missal, and breviary called for by the Council of Trent. When he finally did arrive at Trent (which had been without a resident bishop for eighty years) in 1556, he instituted radical reforms despite great opposition, with such effectiveness that it became a model see. He put into effect, measures to improve the morals and manners of the clergy and laity, raised the effectiveness of the diocesan operation, established seminaries for the education of the clergy, founded a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for the religious instruction of children and encouraged the Jesuits in his see. He increased the systems to the poor and the needy, was most generous in his help to the English college at Douai, and during his bishopric held eleven diocesan synods and six provincial councils. He founded a society of secular priests, Oblates of St. Ambrose (now Oblates of St. Charles) in 1578, and was active in preaching, resisting the inroads of protestantism, and bringing back lapsed Catholics to the Church. He encountered opposition from many sources in his efforts to reform people and institutions.
He died at Milan on the night of November 3-4, and was canonized in 1610. He was one of the towering figures of the Catholic Reformation, a patron of learning and the arts, and though he achieved a position of great power, he used it with humility, personal sanctity, and unselfishness to reform the Church, of the evils and abuses so prevalent among the clergy and the nobles of the times. His feast day is November 4th.