Saturday, April 27, 2019

Divine Mercy Explained with Free Resources and Indulgence Rules to Know and Share! #DivineMercy


Divine Mercy Sunday is a Feast celebrated the Sunday after Easter (2019 on April 28). It comes from the visions of a Polish Nun, Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, that began on February 21, 1931. In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and, during the ceremony, he declared:

It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”.
She saw a vision of Jesus standing and was told to have the image made with the prayer : JESUS I TRUST IN YOU. The visions that speak of Jesus' great mercy for sinners if they come to him lasted from 1931-1938.

PLENARY INDULGENCE
Pope John Paul II established that this Sunday have a plenary indulgence, 
In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbour, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters. . . .
a plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).

Sister Faustina was declared a Saint by Pope John Paul II on in 2000. Divine Mercy Sunday was instituted at the same time.
It is a universal Feast for the entire Church. The promise of Jesus to St. Faustina was: "I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion... on the Feast of My mercy. Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment."
Our Lord also asked…"I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere.
Here are the DIRECTIONS for fulfillment of Divine Mercy promise for the Sunday:
The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion
1. Celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday
 2. Sincerely repent of all our sins
3. Place our complete trust in Jesus
4. Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday (or within a week)
5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast
6. Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy
7. Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.    
8. Say the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy (Instructions below)

1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Then say: (optional)
O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury
of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with
great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.
Sister Faustina who gave us the Chaplet from God acknowledges the following:

"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike
the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words
which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the
Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just
punishment...."

"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who
says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests
will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most
hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will
receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to
know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to
those who trust in My Mercy...."

"....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I
will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just
judge but as the Merciful Savior".

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Saint April 28 St. Gianna Beretta Molla - Patron of Unborn #Babies , Mothers , and Physicians

St. Gianna Beretta Molla
MOTHER
Feast: April 28
Information:
Feast Day:
April 28
Born:
October 4, 1922, Magenta, Italy

Died:
April 28, 1962, Monza, Italy
Canonized:
May 16, 2004 by Pope John Paul II
Patron of:
mothers, physicians, preborn children
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was born in Magenta (Milan), Italy, on 4 October 1922, the 10th of 13 children. Already as a young girl she willingly accepted the gift of faith and the clearly Christian education that she received from her excellent parents. As a result, she experienced life as a marvellous gift from God, had a strong faith in Providence and was convinced of the necessity and effectivneess of prayer.

She diligently dedicated herself to studies during the years of her secondary and university education, while, at the same time, applying her faith in generous apostolic service among the elderly and needy as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. After earning degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949, she opened a medical clinic in Mesero (near Magenta) in 1950. She specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952 and thereafter gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly and the poor.

While working in the field of medicine—which she considered a "mission" and practiced as such—she increased her generous service to Catholic Action, especially among the "very young" and, at the same time, expressed her joie de vivre and love of creation through skiing and mountaineering.      Through her prayers and those of others, she reflected on her  vocation, which she also considered a gift from God. Having chosen the vocation of marriage, she embraced it with complete enthusiasm and wholly dedicated herself "to forming a truly Christian family."

She became engaged to Pietro Molla and was radiant with joy and happiness during the time of their engagement, for which she thanked and praised the Lord. They were married on 24 September 1955 in St. Martin's Basilica in Magenta, and she became a happy wife. In November 1956, to her great joy, she became the mother of Pierluigi; in December 1957 of Mariolina; in July 1959 of Laura. With simplicity and equilibrium she harmonized the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life.

In September 1961, towards the end of the second month of pregnancy, she was touched by suffering and the mystery of      pain; she had developed a fibroma in her uterus. Before the required surgical operation, and conscious of the risk that her continued pregnancy brought, she pleaded with the surgeon to save the life of the child she was carrying, and entrusted herself to prayer and Providence. The life was saved, for which she thanked the Lord. She spent the seven months remaining until the birth of the child in incomparable strength of spirit and unrelenting dedication to her tasks as mother and doctor. She worried that the baby in her womb might be born in pain, and she asked God to prevent that.

A few days before the child was due, although trusting as always in Providence, she was ready to give her life in order to save that of her child: "If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child—I insist on it. Save the baby." On the morning of 21 April 1962 Gianna Emanuela was born. Despite all efforts and treatments to save both of them, on the morning of 28 April, amid unspeakable pain and after repeated exclamations of "Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you," the mother died. She was 39 years old. Her funeral was an occasion of profound grief, faith and prayer. The body of the new blessed lies in the cemetary of Mesero (4 km. from Magenta).

Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and officially canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Gianna's husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony.

St. Gianna is a patron saint for mothers, physicians, and unborn children.

SOURCE:GiannaberettaMolla on MaryPages

Saint April 28 St. Louis de Montfort - Established #TrueDevotion to Mary


St. Louis de Montfort
CONFESSOR, MARIAN DEVOTEE, FOUNDER
Feast: April 28

Feast Day:
April 28
Born:
31 January 1673 at Montfort-La-Cane, Brittany, France
Died:
1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sovre, France
Canonized:
1947 by Pope Pius XII
Missionary in Brittany and Vendee; born at Montfort, 31 January, 1673; died at Saint Laurent sur Sevre, 28 April, 1716.
From his childhood, he was indefatigably devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and, when from his twelfth year he was sent as a day pupil to the Jesuit college at Rennes, he never failed to visit the church before and after class. He joined a society of young men who during holidays  ministered to the poor and to the incurables in the hospitals, and read for them edifying books during their meals. At the age of nineteen, he went on foot to Paris to follow the course in theology, gave away on the journey all his money to the poor, exchanged clothing with them, and made a vow to subsist thenceforth only on alms. He was ordained priest at the age of twenty-seven, and for some time fulfilled the duties of chaplain in a hospital. In 1705, when he was thirty-two, he found his true vocation, and thereafter devoted himself to preaching to the people. During seventeen years he preached the Gospel in countless towns and villages. As an orator he was highly gifted, his language being simple but replete with fire and divine love. His whole life was conspicuous for virtues difficult for modern degeneracy to comprehend: constant prayer, love of the poor, poverty carried to an unheard-of degree, joy in humiliations and persecutions.
The following two instances will illustrate his success. He once gave a mission for the soldiers of the garrison at La Rochelle, and moved by his words, the men wept, and cried aloud for the forgiveness of their sins. In the procession which terminated this mission, an officer walked at the head, barefooted and carrying a banner, and the soldiers, also barefooted, followed, carrying in one hand a crucifix, in the other a rosary, and singing hymns.
Grignion's extraordinary influence was especially apparent in the matter of the calvary at Pontchateau. When he announced his determination of building a monumental calvary on a neighbouring hill, the idea was enthusiastically received by the inhabitants. For fifteen months between two and four hundred peasants worked daily without recompense, and the task had just been completed, when the king commanded that the whole should be demolished, and the land restored to its former condition. The Jansenists had convinced the Governor of Brittany that a fortress capable of affording aid to persons in revolt was being erected, and for several months five hundred peasants, watched by a company of soldiers, were compelled to carry out the work of destruction. Father de Montfort was not disturbed on receiving this humiliating news, exclaiming only: "Blessed be God!"
This was by no means the only trial to which Grignion was subjected. It often happened that the Jansenists, irritated by his success, secure by their intrigues his banishment form the district, in which he was giving a mission. At La Rochelle some wretches put poison into his cup of broth, and, despite the antidote which he swallowed, his health was always impaired. On another occasion, some malefactors hid in a narrow street with the intention of assassinating him, but he had a presentiment of danger and escaped by going by another street. A year before his death, Father de Montfort founded two congregations -- the Sisters of Wisdom, who were to devote themselves to hospital work and the instruction of poor girls, and the Company of Mary, composed of missionaries. He had long cherished these projects but circumstances had hindered their execution, and, humanly speaking, the work appeared to have failed at his death, since these congregations numbered respectively only four sisters and two priests with a few brothers. But the blessed founder, who had on several occasions shown himself possessed of the gift of prophecy, knew that the tree would grow. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Sisters of Wisdom numbered five thousand, and were spread throughout every country; they possessed forty-four houses, and gave instruction to 60,000 children. After the death of its founder, the Company of Mary was governed for 39 years by Father Mulot. He had at first refused to join de Montfort in his missionary labours. "I cannot become a missionary", said he, "for I have been paralysed on one side for years; I have an affection of the lungs which scarcely allows me to breathe, and am indeed so ill that I have no rest day or night." But the holy man, impelled by a sudden inspiration, replied, "As soon as you begin to preach you will be completely cured." And the event justified the prediction. Grignion de Montfort was beatified by Leo XIII in 1888. 
SOURCEStlouisdemontfort.Catholic Encyclopedia

#DivineMercy Sunday Mass Online : Sun. April 28, 2019 - Eucharist - Readings + Video


Second Sunday of Easter
(Or Sunday of Divine Mercy)
Lectionary: 45

Reading 1ACTS 5:12-16

Many signs and wonders were done among the people
at the hands of the apostles.
They were all together in Solomon's portico.
None of the others dared to join them, but the people esteemed them.
Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord,
great numbers of men and women, were added to them.
Thus they even carried the sick out into the streets
and laid them on cots and mats
so that when Peter came by,
at least his shadow might fall on one or another of them.
A large number of people from the towns
in the vicinity of Jerusalem also gathered,
bringing the sick and those disturbed by unclean spirits,
and they were all cured.

Responsorial PsalmPS 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-2

R. (1) Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Let the house of Israel say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let the house of Aaron say,
"His mercy endures forever."
Let those who fear the LORD say,
"His mercy endures forever."
R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
I was hard pressed and was falling,
but the LORD helped me.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just:
R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting.
or:
R. Alleluia.

Reading 2REV 1:9-11A, 12-13, 17-19

I, John, your brother, who share with you
the distress, the kingdom, and the endurance we have in Jesus,
found myself on the island called Patmos
because I proclaimed God's word and gave testimony to Jesus.
I was caught up in spirit on the Lord's day
and heard behind me a voice as loud as a trumpet, which said,
"Write on a scroll what you see."
Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me,
and when I turned, I saw seven gold lampstands
and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man,
wearing an ankle-length robe, with a gold sash around his chest.

When I caught sight of him, I fell down at his feet as though dead.
He touched me with his right hand and said, "Do not be afraid.
I am the first and the last, the one who lives.
Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.
I hold the keys to death and the netherworld.
Write down, therefore, what you have seen,
and what is happening, and what will happen afterwards."

AlleluiaJN 20:29

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen me, but still believe!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 20:19-31

On the evening of that first day of the week,
when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,
for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood in their midst
and said to them, "Peace be with you."
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.
The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.
Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you.
As the Father has sent me, so I send you."
And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,
"Receive the Holy Spirit.
Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,
and whose sins you retain are retained."

Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve,
was not with them when Jesus came.
So the other disciples said to him, "We have seen the Lord."
But he said to them,
"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands
and put my finger into the nailmarks
and put my hand into his side, I will not believe."

Now a week later his disciples were again inside
and Thomas was with them.
Jesus came, although the doors were locked,
and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here and see my hands,
and bring your hand and put it into my side,
and do not be unbelieving, but believe."
Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me?
Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed."

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples
that are not written in this book.
But these are written that you may come to believe
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,
and that through this belief you may have life in his name.

#BreakingNews Family of Boy Thrown from Mall of America say Jesus “saved our son's life"



On April 12, 2019 a 5-year-old boy was thrown from a Mall of America balcony is recovering. His family says he could go home in a couple of months. After being thrown from the balcony he is now “alert and conscious” and no longer in critical condition. “We are now turning our focus to additional surgeries, healing, rehabilitation and eventually a return home, which we hope will happen by June,” the statement said, published by the New York Post. Landen Hoffman, age 5, had been in critical condition since the April 12 attack in the Minnesota mall. The family’s also said Jesus “saved our son's life and is healing him in the most miraculous ways." According to reports prosecutors have charged 24-year-old Emmanuel Aranda with trying to kill Landen.  Landen struck the ground after falling  40 feet. The family thanks supporters who prayed and raised money on their GoFundMe account.  Aranda told police he was angry at being rejected by women and  and was “looking for someone to kill”. Edited from Fox News - Image source: Google Images

Pope Francis says "...giving life to a harmonious society, without pockets of poverty and exclusion." to Italian Provinces - FULL TEXT


Pope Francis on April 27 held an audience in the Vatican with 100 presidents and representatives of the Union of the Provinces of Italy (UPI).
SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNION PROVINCES OF ITALY

Sala Clementina
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Dear sisters and brothers, good morning!

I welcome you and thank the President for the kind words with which he introduced this meeting. I also thank you for the generous offer you have made to the Apostolic Alms, as a contribution to helping the needy. This gives me the opportunity to begin my conversation with you from this perspective.

Our time is characterized by the increasingly rapid development of sophisticated technologies and the progress of scientific research in the most diverse fields. This could suggest that science, technology and the free initiative of individuals are able to effectively respond to the different needs of the person and society and to prevent the emergence of any marginality, giving life to a harmonious society, without pockets of poverty and exclusion.

The reality instead remains more complex. The increase in opportunities is matched by a parallel increase in needs to be met, in fields in which to intervene promptly, in issues that deserve consideration, with the use of huge energies and resources to identify possible solutions.

Alongside the benefits and positive developments in different sectors, imbalances and margins remain - and indeed sometimes increase - which require the intelligent and supportive commitment of all to be adequately addressed. For this purpose, both the work of groups and associations of civil society and the conscious and constant action of the different levels in which public powers are constituted is required.

The Provinces are the expression of one of these levels in which the public powers are structured, and are full of history. In fact, they arise from the aggregation of territories with a homogeneous historical and cultural fabric, which explains their longevity and suitability to represent a necessary administrative pole, even in the changing of characteristics, specific powers and also the different ways of choosing its administrators. They, by promoting the protection of local authorities at the Government, Parliament and economic and social forces, constitute a link and stimulus element for a more incisive action in favor of the needs most felt by local communities.

The areas in which the Provinces in Italy currently deploy their skills are mainly that of taking care of the interventions to defend the soil and the consolidation of the areas at risk, that of the viability of a widespread road network that connects small and very small centers with the larger cities, and the management of upper secondary schools, ensuring their safety and functionality.

It is a question, in hindsight, of tasks which, even if carried out in distinct sectors, are ultimately aimed at the same end: to ensure that the environmental conditions of the territory such as those of roads and schools do not deteriorate due to neglect, due to lack of the necessary maintenance , out of indolence in adopting the indispensable measures to avoid environmental or structural degradation and the dangers connected to it.

This overall action requires a design capacity, a constant commitment and an adequate availability of the resources necessary to carry out the tasks regularly. However, in order for this to be realized, it is necessary to promote and spread a more acute and conscious environmental sensitivity. The importance of the care of the common home understood in all its aspects must be increasingly felt, both by individual citizens and by their representatives in the institutions.

This will also make it possible to identify more means for the care of the territory and for the maintenance of buildings, seeing in this not so much a burden to bear, but rather an opportunity for concrete and real development. For an effective improvement in the quality of life, to avoid possible tragedies and their enormous human and economic costs, a consequence of negligence or unpredictability, and to ensure sustainable prospects for sustainable development, it is necessary to consider the work of maintenance and commissioning safety of schools, roads and the environment as one of the central issues to which we reserve all the attention it deserves and requires.
The Provinces, precisely because of their long history, the tendential homogeneity of their respective territories and the profile of the competences at their disposal, are particularly aware of all this.

You are well aware of the relevance for the common good of the implementation of projects and policies which, instead of favoring the abandonment or plundering of the territory, are aimed at its careful care and highlighting its potential and specific characteristics, without however to start environmental upheavals or the indiscriminate exploitation of landscape and historical-environmental resources. You are well aware of the importance of safe schools and roads for the smooth progress of civil life and as an indispensable background to any orderly development. You know how consistent savings can be and the consequent economic advantage for a community if it finds the wisdom to invest money and human resources to prevent disruptions, dysfunctions and degradation.

I cannot, therefore, wish all of you to continue with courage and determination in your work, so as to make the Provinces a garrison and a propelling center of a mentality that knows how to set itself the objective of a truly sustainable development, entering into harmony in the immense network of relationships and achievements created by nature, history, work and the ingenuity of the generations that preceded us.

Thank you, thank you all for this meeting. I pray for you, and don't forget to pray for me. Thank you.
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#BreakingNews 17 Christians Killed - including Children - during Baby Dedication in Nigeria by Fulani - Please Pray



Christian Post reports that 17 Christians, including children, were killed in Nigeria by Fulani militants after a baby dedication service in the state of Nasarawa.

Morning Star News reported that the attack happened on Palm Sunday as Christians in the mainly Christian community gathered for a meal after the child was dedicated that morning at Ruhaniya Baptist Church in the village.

Fulani militants, opened fire, killing 17 people including children. The militants took the life of the baby’s mother, Safaratu John Kabiru Ali, along with many others, some of whom were children as young as 10. The baby’s father, John Kabiru Ali, is currently in critical condition suffering from gunshot wounds.

A resident explained to Morning Star News that among those killed were “10 members of the Ruhaniya Baptist Church, five members of Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ, one member of the Evangelical Church Winning All, and a musician playing for guests.”


“They just started shooting sporadically on a community that was just having a feast of the dedication of a child after a church service earlier in the day on Sunday (April 14) at a Baptist church in the area,” Samuel Meshi, chairman of the Akwanga Local Government Council, said.

“The killings occurred in the evening of that day. Unfortunately, these persons were killed in cold blood for just no reason,” he noted.

Nigerian outlet The Punch notes that the governor of Narasawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has demanded that the perpetrators be apprehended immediately.

“This is something we are going to take seriously. We are going to have a Security Council meeting and I have already directed security operatives to ensure that they fish out these people and bring them to book,” Al-Makura said, according to Channels TV.


Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List.

The Fulani herdsmen are an ethnic group of over 20 million in West and Central Africa. Herders have been known to travel hundreds of miles while carrying weapons to protect their livestock.
Edited from Christian Post

Pope Francis sends Special Video Message for Peace between Korea's North and South - FULL TEXT + Video


VaticanNews Excerpt: One year after the historic meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in the village of Panmunjon, on the border between the two states, Pope Francis, in a video message, recalls the “Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and the Unification of the Korean Peninsula”, signed in the House of Peace. In 1953, the same location saw the signing of the armistice that marked the end of the Korean War.
FULL TEXT Message of Pope Francis from Vatican.va
VIDEO MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
FOR THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF PANMUNJOM DECLARATION FOR PEACE

Dear Friends,

I am happy to offer cordial greetings on this first anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification of the Korean Peninsula. May this celebration offer hope to all that a future based on unity, dialogue and fraternal solidarity is indeed possible. Through patient and persistent efforts, the pursuit of harmony and concord can overcome division and confrontation. I pray that this anniversary of the Panmunjom Declaration may bring about a new era of peace for all Koreans. Upon all of you, I invoke an abundance of divine blessings.

#BreakingNews Pope Francis Donates $500,000 to Charity for Migrants at Border


Pope sends aid to migrants stranded at the US border
Thousands of Central American migrants in Mexico are in need of assistance.
By Vatican News Report

Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds, from the Peter’s Pence collections, will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants.

US border closed
According to a statement from Peter’s Pence, “In recent months, thousands of migrants have arrived in Mexico, having travelled more than 4,000 kilometres on foot and with makeshift vehicles from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Men and women, often with young children, flee poverty and violence, hoping for a better future in the United States. However, the US border remains closed to them.”

Diminished aid and media coverage
In particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans. “All these people were stranded, unable to enter the United States, without a home or livelihood”, the statement reads. “The Catholic Church hosts thousands of them in hotels within the dioceses or religious congregations, providing basic necessities, from housing to clothing”.

Although a great deal of attention was focused on the caravans at the time, the Peter’s Pence statement notes that “media coverage of this emergency has been decreasing, and as a result, aid to migrants by the government and private individuals has also decreased”.

Transparent use of donations
The statement from Peter’s Pence insists that “a regulated and transparent use of the resources, which must be accounted for, is required before the aid is assigned”. It notes that thirteen projects have already been approved, with another fourteen currently being evaluated.

“Thanks to these projects”, the statement concludes, “and thanks to Christian charity and solidarity, the Mexican Bishops hope to be able to continue helping our migrant brothers and sisters”.

To contribute to the projects with your donations, please click on the following link:

http://www.peterspence.va/en/dona.html
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, April 27, 2019 - #Eucharist in the Octave of Easter


Saturday in the Octave of Easter
Lectionary: 266

Reading 1ACTS 4:13-21

Observing the boldness of Peter and John
and perceiving them to be uneducated, ordinary men,
the leaders, elders, and scribes were amazed,
and they recognized them as the companions of Jesus.
Then when they saw the man who had been cured standing there with them,
they could say nothing in reply.
So they ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin,
and conferred with one another, saying,
"What are we to do with these men?
Everyone living in Jerusalem knows that a remarkable sign
was done through them, and we cannot deny it.
But so that it may not be spread any further among the people,
let us give them a stern warning
never again to speak to anyone in this name."

So they called them back
and ordered them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.
Peter and John, however, said to them in reply,
"Whether it is right in the sight of God
for us to obey you rather than God, you be the judges.
It is impossible for us not to speak about what we have seen and heard."
After threatening them further,
they released them,
finding no way to punish them,
on account of the people who were all praising God
for what had happened.

Responsorial PsalmPS 118:1 AND 14-15AB, 16-18, 19-21

R.(21a) I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
My strength and my courage is the LORD,
and he has been my savior.
The joyful shout of victory
in the tents of the just.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
"The right hand of the LORD is exalted;
the right hand of the LORD has struck with power."
I shall not die, but live,
and declare the works of the LORD.
Though the LORD has indeed chastised me,
yet he has not delivered me to death.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Open to me the gates of justice;
I will enter them and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the just shall enter it.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
R. I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaPS 118:24

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
This is the day the LORD has made;
let us be glad and rejoice in it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMK 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week,
he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,
out of whom he had driven seven demons.
She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping.
When they heard that he was alive
and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form
to two of them walking along on their way to the country.
They returned and told the others;
but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them
and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart
because they had not believed those
who saw him after he had been raised.
He said to them, "Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature."