Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 13 : Anniversary of Fatima Miracle of the Sun - #Fatima Witnessed by 70,000 in 1917- True Story to Share!



At Fatima, Portugal, from May to October 1917, three shepherd children (Blesseds Francisco & Jacinta Marto, and Servant of God Lucia dos Santos) saw apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary on a small holm-oak tree. During the these visions, the children were given secrets, were instructed to pray the Rosary and to offer penance for the conversion of sinners. In the September apparition, Our Lady told them:
“Continue to pray the Rosary in order to obtain the end of the war. In October St. Joseph will appear with the Child Jesus in order to bless the world.”
On October 13th over 70,000 people gathered around the site of the apparitions. People from different walks of life (including atheists who had gone to attack the children) witnessed what is now famously known as “The Miracle of the Sun.” During the Miracle of the Sun, the three shepherd children were witnessing what the Virgin had promised them in September. 
A cold rain had been falling throughout the night and into the day. 
Moved by an inner impulse, Lucia asked the people to shut their umbrellas and pray the Rosary. 
Some of the pilgrims during the Miracle of the Sun 
At noon, Our Lady appeared over the holm-oak she told Lucia several things.
As Our Lady ascended up into the sky, Lucy shouted: “She’s going! She’s going! Look at the sun!” Then the miracle Our Lady had promised began.
The sky cleared and the people could look at the sun without it hurting their eyes at all. Then the sun began to spin in place.  Then it started to fall, plunging towards the earth.
The sun became very large in the sky and very hot. It looked as if it was going to fall on top of the people and kill them all, as if it was the end of the world. So, the people fell on their knees in the mud and cried to God for mercy, begging Our Lady for Her help, Her intercession, and Her prayers.
Suddenly, the sun stopped falling and went back up into the sky to its regular place. Then the people got up from their knees and they all began to notice that their clothes were dry and clean. Not only that, but many sick persons were cured that day — the blind were able to see and the lame could walk. Many sinners were converted too. They stopped sinning and went to Confession, and then lived according to God’s Commandments.
Lucia explained what they saw:
Our Lady having disappeared in the immensity of the firmament, we saw, beside the sun, St. Joseph with the Child Jesus and Our Lady clothed in white with a blue mantle. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the Cross with their hands.
Here we have St. Joseph, no words are spoken by him, but rather we have his actions. St. Joseph, holding his son Jesus, blesses the world by tracing the Sign of the Cross with his hand. By giving his special blessing to the world, St. Joseph shows us that he is still vigilant in his role as Patron of the Catholic Church (as proclaimed in 1870 by Bl. Pius IX) and still keeps watch over the faithful entrusted to his care.
Popes Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI all accepted the supernatural origin of the Fátima. The local bishop declared that (1) the visions of the three children are credible and (2) the veneration of the Blessed Virgin is permitted, the Portuguese bishops approved and declared the genuine supernatural nature of the event. The Vatican responded with granting indulgences and permitting special Liturgies of the Mass to be celebrated in Fátima.

The Fatima Message Continues
It does not end here we are continually called by Our Lady to PRAY the ROSARY daily, make sacrifices and go to confession. Only in this way will Jesus bring His Peace and stop the evils in the world today.
As promised by Our Lady, God soon took Francisco and Jacinta to Heaven. Francisco died on April 4, 1919 and Jacinta on February 20, 1920.
Lucia was left here on earth to tell everyone about Fatima. She was to make our Lady known and loved, and to spread devotion to Her Immaculate Heart.
(Edited from Fatimaforbeginners.org)
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#BreakingNews Catholic Priest and an Archbishop killed in a Car Accident in California while visiting from India - RIP


 An Indian Catholic priest, and an Archbishop were killed in a car accident. A third Indian priest, Father Joseph Parekkatt, was injured in the accident. The California Highway Patrol Facebook page showed a collage of the wrecked Toyota Prius (below). and Archbishop Dominic Jala (Conference of Catholic Bishops of India) and a Roman Catholic priest from Kerala, who was working in the US, were killed in a car accident in California on Thursday, October 10, 2019. A third Indian priest, Father Joseph Parekkatt, was injured in the accident.

 Jala and Father Mathew Vellankal (pic right) were
travelling to Clearlake in California when the Toyota Prius car they were in collided with a semi-truck in Colussa County. In a message on Facebook, the California Highway Patrol informed the Toyota Prius car may have been at fault as it had "failed to yield to traffic". Jala and Vellankal were in the driver and front seats. It is yet unclear who was driving the ill-fated car.
Jala (aged 68) was born in Meghalaya and had been appointed as the archbishop of Shillong on December 22, 1999, and ordained as archbishop on April 4, 2000. Jala had gone to the US to attend a meeting on English liturgy in New York.
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the death of Jala. In a tweet, Modi wrote, "Anguished by the passing away of Most Rev. Dominic Jala, the Archbishop of Shillong. He will be remembered for his impeccable service to society and passion towards Meghalaya’s progress. May his soul rest in peace."
 Father Vellankal was the pastor of the St Isidore Parish in California since 2016. Vellankal was a native of Kerala and had been ordained a priest in 1987.
Source: Edited from theWeek.in  - Image Source: TNT - Google Images

Brief Biographies of the 5 New Saints to be Canonized by the Pope on Sunday



On Sunday, October 13, 2019 Pope Francis will canonize 5 new Saints at the morning Mass in St. Peter's Square: Cardinal John Henry Newman, Giuseppina Vannini, Mariam Thresia Chiaramel Mankidiyan, Dulce Lopes Pontes, and Marquerite Bays.
1) Brazilian Sister Dulce Lopes Pontes  - her secular name was Maria Rita, and she was born in Salvador de Bahia in 1914. (pictured bottom left)
After entering the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God, she became Sister Dulce, her Mother’s name, and spent her time attending to the local poor and destitute. Eventually she founded the Sao Francisco’s Workers Union and opened a clinic, a library, a school and even cinema for the poor.
Sister Dulce herself developed serious respiratory problems and had to spend 16 months in that hospital. It was there that Pope John Paul II came to visit her while he was on a trip to Brazil in 1990. The President of Brazil had already nominated her for the 1988 Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of her work with the Charitable Works Foundation of Sister Dulce, which she founded in 1959.
The "Mother Teresa of Brazil", as she was known, died on 13 March 1992 at the age of 77. Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed her Blessed on 22 May 2011.
2) Marguerite Bays  (pictured in the middle) was a Swiss lay woman and Franciscan tertiary, Marguerite Bays, to be declared a saint during a Canonization Mass in St Peter’s Square this Sunday. Marguerite Bays was born in La Pierraz, in the Swiss canton of Fribourg, in 1815.
Marguerite used to pray the Rosary regularly and attended daily Mass, paying frequent visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and inviting everyone she met to join her in prayer. She spent all her free time working in the parish, where she taught catechism to the children, visited the sick, took care of the poor, and all those people she thought of as "God's favorites".
This life of active apostolate led her to join the Franciscan Third Order, now the Secular Franciscan Order, in 1860.
She understood that her place was at home, and her way to holiness lay in her daily service to her family. This choice did not always make things easy for her. In 1853, when she was 35, Marguerite was operated on for intestinal cancer. The treatments were very invasive, and she prayed to Our Lady for healing and for a different understanding of suffering.
She developed the stigmata, the crucifixion wounds of Jesus, on her hands, feet and chest. At first she kept it secret, but the news soon leaked out. On Fridays and during Holy Week, she would fall ill or experience moments of ecstasy. Gradually the pain became more and more intense, and on 27 June 1879, Marguerite died. Pope Saint John Paul II proclaimed her Blessed on 29 October 1995.
3) Sister Giuseppina Vannini,  (pictured top left) Founder of the Daughters of Saint Camillus. Her childhood name was Giuditta and she was born in Rome in 1859. Both her parents died within three years of one another, and Giuditta and her two siblings were left orphans.
It was at the orphanage run by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de' Paul that she first experienced the call to religious life. In 1891, Giuditta participated in a spiritual retreat where she met Camillian Father Luigi Tezza. A few months earlier, Fr Tezza had been tasked with restoring the Camillian Tertiaries. He asked Giuditta to assist him, and she agreed.
Giuditta took the religious name of Sister Giuseppina and soon became Superior General of the new religious Congregation known as the Daughters of Saint Camillus. The new institute needed the definitive approval of the ecclesiastical authority, but Pope Leo XIII refused it twice because he had decided not to allow the foundation of new religious communities. The Congregation did receive official approved, however, in 1909. Mother Giuseppina died in 1911 from heart disease in Rome at the age of 51. By then, the Camillians already had 156 professed religious and 16 religious houses between Europe and America. The main legacy the Foundress left her sisters was the pure and simple physical and spiritual care of the sick, exercised at home as in hospitals, leprosariums and nursing homes, both in European rehabilitation centers, and in mission countries. Pope Saint John Paul II declared her Blessed on 16 October 1994.
4) Mother Mariam Thresia Mankidiyan, (pictured bottom right) Founder of the Congregation of the Holy Family of Thissur, in India. Mariam Thresia Mankidiyan was born in 1876 in Kerala, India, and named after Saint Teresa of Avila. She spent her entire life assisting the poor, the sick, the elderly and all those in need. When Thresia was 10 years old, she made a private vow of virginity and decided to consecrate her life to Christ. Thresia had a series of mystical experiences, including the gift of healing and prophesy. She bore the stigmata in secret and passed through her own “dark night of the soul”. At first, she joined the Franciscan Poor Clares, then the Discalced Carmelites of Ollur.
In 1913 she created her first small community with two friends. It was to become the nucleus of the Congregation of the Holy Family. During the 12 years in which Mother Mariam was at the head of the Congregation, despite the difficulties associated with the outbreak of the First World War, the Congregation flourished with new convents, schools, boarding schools and orphanages.
Mother Mariam Thresia died on 8 June 1926 and was beatified by Pope Saint John Paul II on 9 April 2000.
5) Cardinal John Henry Newman spent his life in search of Truth. He always said it was the only reason for living. At the age of 25, Newman said he had met God, not "as a notion, but as a person”. Two years later, he became an Anglican priest and taught at Oxford.
Back in Oxford, he found he was increasingly far from Anglicanism. He began studying the Fathers of the Church, common to all denominations, and gathered around him a group of scholars who questioned themselves on important topics such as respect for the tradition of the first centuries. In 1843 he made his decision. Two years later he asked to be admitted to the Catholic Church. After completing his theological studies in Rome, he was ordained a priest in 1847.
In 1850 Henry returned to England and threw himself into various activities: he founded the Dublin University, produced a new translation of the Bible into English, took over the direction of a magazine, and founded an Oratory in Oxford dedicated to St Philip Neri, in whose Congregation he had been ordained a priest. In 1879, Pope Leo XIII created him a Cardinal. John Henry Newman died at the Birmingham Oratory on 11 August 1890. He was declared Blessed by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010 during his visit to Britain.
Edited from Vatican News.va - Image source: CBCP

Rosary from Coast to Coast on October 13 - You can join in - Prayer Changes the World!



On Sunday, October 13, thousands of people will join together to pray the rosary in the US and Canada. You can join in the prayer of the rosary no matter where you are in the world!
In 2018 over 1,200 Rosary Rallies across the U.S. and over 50 participating countries!
http://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2018/10/how-to-say-rosary-easy-guide-to-share.html

We are called upon to help turn our country back towards God.  We will accomplish that through prayer; prayer that can change hearts, change families, change our communities, change our country and change the world. There is no stronger weapon in this Spiritual Battle than the Rosary!
“I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming” — Jesus to St Faustina Kowalska (Diary, 1732).
In 2017, the Church in Poland gathered around the borders of their country to light a spiritual flame, a flame that quickly engulfed the nation in prayer and reparation. Shortly after, the sparks from this conflagration of the Holy Spirit spread, to Ireland, the British Isles and now, the United States. This is a WORLD WIDE EFFORT to combat the Powers of Darkness—the Powers that seek to stifle the Light. 
Source: http://rosarycoasttocoast.com/

US President Trump defends people with Down Syndrome "Life is precious, and it is our moral duty to protect and defend it." Full Official Statement



WhiteHouse Press Release:
Presidential Message on Down Syndrome Awareness Month

  Issued on: October 1, 2018

During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Melania and I join in celebrating the lives of the more than 250,000 Americans with Down syndrome and those around the world with this condition.  Together, we recommit to deepening our understanding of Down syndrome and learning more about how we can ensure the beautiful people with Down syndrome are able to fully participate in society.  We will always support the dreams of those with Down syndrome, and respect and honor the sanctity of their lives, at every stage.

Today, as a result of advances in research and treatment, people with Trisomy 21, or “Down syndrome,” are leading healthier and longer lives.  Through innovative speech, occupational, and physical therapies, we are finding new ways to build upon the physical and intellectual abilities of children and babies with Down syndrome.  We are learning more about this condition and the increased need for widespread education and acceptance.  These efforts help to ensure many of our youngest citizens with this condition are able to live fulfilling, independent, and productive lives.

All people are endowed by their Creator with dignity and the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Despite some persistent myths and stigmas, even within the medical community, our Nation strongly embraces the undeniable truth that a Down syndrome diagnosis is an opportunity to embrace God’s gifts.  I stand for life – in all of its beautiful manifestations – and I, and my Administration, will continue to condemn the prejudice and discrimination that Americans with Down syndrome too often endure.

During this month, we vow to continue creating opportunities for and supporting the extraordinary men, women, and children with Down syndrome.  Every day, they inspire us to live with great love, joy, and appreciation for our world and those who make it a truly unique and special place to live.  Life is precious, and it is our moral duty to protect and defend it.
Source: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/presidential-message-syndrome-awareness-month/ - Image Source: Google Images - CBN

#BreakingNews as Protests continue in Hong Kong, Police make arrests with 1/3 under 18 years old



Hong Kong, one-third of the protesters arrested are under 18 years old
by Paul Wang
There are 750 young people, 104 of whom are under 16 years old.  The government has also released data on the destruction carried out by radical groups on the streets and in the Hong Kong subway.  Xinhua lays the blame at the failure of the Hong Kong education system.

 Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - In the last four months of demonstrations against the extradition law in China, about one-third of those arrested are young people under the age of 18.  Government Secretary General Matthew Cheung Kin-chung told the South China Morning Post, calling the data "shocking" and "heartbreaking".

The demonstrations that started in June against the law - withdrawn after three months - have grown as a pro-democratic movement continues its call for a response to "five demands", including an independent investigation into police violence and the implementation of universal suffrage for  elections in parliament and in choosing the chief executive.

The government's unwillingness to be moved on these issues has pushed fringes of demonstrators to acts of vandalism and to clashes with security forces of the order of ever increasing intensity.

Matthew Cheung said that of 2379 arrested so far, 750 are under the age of 18 and 104 of them are under the age of 16.

The government also gave figures of damage and destruction caused by the most radical groups of the movement: 42 km of road railings;  2600 square meters of sidewalks pavement;  a fifth of the traffic lights in the city. Added to these are added damage to subway stations: 2400 punching machines;  900 security cameras, hitting 83 stations out of 94.

On October 5, the government passed a security law that prohibits people from covering their face in public.  Many young people, fearful of face recognition by the police and to save themselves from tear gas and pepper sprays used by the police, have taken the habit of wearing masks in demonstrations and even at school.

Many boys and girls in junior and high schools participate in demonstrations in the city center and around their schools.  Local teachers have been criticized by China because they do nothing to stop them.  According to Xinhua, this shows the failure of the Hong Kong educational model.  For the Beijing government agency, the young Tsang Chi-kin, wounded in the chest by the police in early October, should be expelled from school.  The young man is accused of revolt and assault against two policemen.
Full Text Source: AsiaNewsIT - Image source: Google Images

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, October 12, 2019 - #Eucharist


Saturday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 466

Reading 1JL 4:12-21

Thus says the LORD:
Let the nations bestir themselves and come up
to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
For there will I sit in judgment
upon all the neighboring nations.

Apply the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe;
Come and tread,
for the wine press is full;
The vats overflow,
for great is their malice.
Crowd upon crowd
in the valley of decision;
For near is the day of the LORD
in the valley of decision.
Sun and moon are darkened,
and the stars withhold their brightness.
The LORD roars from Zion,
and from Jerusalem raises his voice;
The heavens and the earth quake,
but the LORD is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the children of Israel.

Then shall you know that I, the LORD, am your God,
dwelling on Zion, my holy mountain;
Jerusalem shall be holy,
and strangers shall pass through her no more.
And then, on that day,
the mountains shall drip new wine,
and the hills shall flow with milk;
And the channels of Judah
shall flow with water:
A fountain shall issue from the house of the LORD,
to water the Valley of Shittim.
Egypt shall be a waste,
and Edom a desert waste,
Because of violence done to the people of Judah,
because they shed innocent blood in their land.
But Judah shall abide forever,
and Jerusalem for all generations.
I will avenge their blood,
and not leave it unpunished.
The LORD dwells in Zion.

Responsorial PsalmPS 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12

R.(12a) Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The LORD is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the many isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
justice and judgment are the foundation of his throne.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the LORD of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his justice,
and all peoples see his glory.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!
Light dawns for the just;
and gladness, for the upright of heart.
Be glad in the LORD, you just,
and give thanks to his holy name.
R. Rejoice in the Lord, you just!

AlleluiaLK 11:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are those who hear the word of God
and observe it.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 11:27-28

While Jesus was speaking,
a woman from the crowd called out and said to him,
"Blessed is the womb that carried you
and the breasts at which you nursed."
He replied, "Rather, blessed are those
who hear the word of God and observe it."