Friday, April 17, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday April 18, 2020 - #Eucharist in the Octave of Easter - Your Virtual Church






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."

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen

Saint April 18 : St. Apollonius the Apologist a Martyr of Rome


St. Apollonius the Apologist
MARTYR Martyr whose Apologia or defense of the faith, is called one of the most priceless documents of the early Church. Apollonius was a Roman senator who was denounced as a Christian by one of his slaves. The Praetorian prefect, Sextus Tigidius Perenis, arrested him, also putting the slave to death as an informer. Perennis demanded that Apollonius denounce the faith, and when he refused, the case was remanded to the Roman senate. There a debate took place between Perennis and Apollonius that clearly outlines the beauty and the value of Christianity. Despite his eloquent defense, Apollonius was condemned and beheaded.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints) 

Free Catholic Movie : "The Song of Bernadette" about Our Lady of #Lourdes

The Song of Bernadette (1943) 156 min - Biography | Drama - April 1945 (USA)  The Apparitions occurred in 1858 France. Based on the novel by Franz Werfel, "The Song of Bernadette" is a sympathetic account of the life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a sickly (asthmatic) French peasant girl who claimed to have seen 18 miraculous visions of a "beautiful lady" near her home village of Lourdes in 1858. Bernadette had become so happily excited by her initial vision, which she claimed included her having been instructed by this "beautiful lady" to return each day for 15 days*.
Director: Henry King Writers: George Seaton (screenplay), Franz Werfel (novel) Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe |

RIP Fr. Alphonse De Valk - Beloved Basilian Priest and Pro-Life Hero Dies at Age 88

Fr. Alphonse Anthony Maria de Valk, CSB
 MARCH 27, 1932 – APRIL 16, 2020 Peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital on April 16, 2020. Fr. Alphonse was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on March 27, 1932. He was predeceased by his parents Martien and Christina Lutkie, and by his brothers Matthew, Charles, Neil and Peter. He is survived by his sisters-in-law Mary Joan and Patricia. He entered the Congregation of St. Basil and was professed in 1962. After studies in Toronto at the University of St. Michael’s College and St. Basil’s Seminary he was ordained a priest in 1965. Subsequently, his priestly ministry was mostly as a teacher at St. Thomas More College (Saskatoon) and St. Joseph’s College (Edmonton). Fr. Alphonse was very active with Campaign Life and was editor of Catholic Insight magazine. In 1985 he was assigned to live at Soulerin House at St. Michael’s College School (Toronto). In November 2018 Fr. Alphonse moved with the Basilian Fathers’ Retirement Community to Presentation Manor (Scarborough). In light of the current pandemic, there will be a Funeral Mass for Fr. de Valk at a later date. Burial will be at the Basilian plot at Holy Cross Cemetery, Thornhill, ON. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Basilian Fathers Retirement Fund, 95 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3C2.

Fr. De Valk was also the founder and former editor of both the Interim and Catholic Insight magazines, which he began in 1993 to instill culture and hope.
He is quoted as saying:
“Being a priest is a tremendous vocation. It allows you to do so many things for people but always to live on the highest possible level of ideals. It certainly means serving the Lord in the world and for me the intellectual apostolate of teaching, growing in study and doing the will of God. To be a priest is to preside at the liturgy, to teach the faith and to do everything that Christ did as a Priest.”
Quotation Source: http://www.theinterim.com/features/profiles/%E2%80%98he%E2%80%99d-do-it-again-too%E2%80%99-fr-alphonse-de-valk-25-years-a-priest/
Obituary source: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/toronto-on/fr-alphonse-de-valk-csb-9137008

Pope Francis Names 2 New Bishops in the USA - Fr. Kevin Sweeney for Paterson and Fr. Michael McGovern of Belleville


Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Arthur Serratelli of Paterson; Names Father Kevin Sweeney of Diocese of Brooklyn as Successor April 15, 2020
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Paterson and has named Father Kevin J. Sweeney, a priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn as Bishop-elect of Paterson.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect Sweeney was born on January 17, 1970 in Elmhurst, New York and was ordained to the priesthood on June 28, 1997 for the Diocese of Brooklyn. Father Sweeney graduated from St. John’s University, Queens, New York in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts and received a Master of Divinity from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York in 1997.
Father Sweeney's assignments in the Diocese of Brooklyn after ordination include: Parochial Vicar at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish in Jamaica (1997-2003); Coordinator of the Irish Apostolate (1999-2001); Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Sorrows, Corona (2003-2004); Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Brooklyn (2004-2010); Chaplain at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn (2005); Administrator at St. Michael Parish, Brooklyn (2010-2012); Spiritual Director at Jovenes de Valor (2010-2013). His service includes membership on the Seminary Admissions Board (2010-present); Presbyteral Council (2011-2016); Dean of the Brooklyn 8 Deanery (2013-present); Vocations Representative (2014-present); and the Priest Personnel Assignment Board (2017-present). Bishop-elect Sweeney, who speaks both English and Spanish, is currently Pastor of St. Michael Church in Brooklyn where he has served since March 2012.
The Diocese of Paterson is comprised of 1,214 square miles in the State of New Jersey and has a total population of 1,153,982 of which 430,000 are Catholic.

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville; Names Father Michael McGovern of Archdiocese of Chicago as Successor

April 3, 2020
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward K. Braxton, 75, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Belleville and has named Father Michael G. McGovern, a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago as Bishop-elect of Belleville.
The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on April 3, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Bishop-elect McGovern was born on August 1, 1964 and ordained to the priesthood on May 21, 1994 for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
Father McGovern graduated from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1990, and holds a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, Illinois. His assignments in the Archdiocese of Chicago after ordination include: Associate Pastor of Queen of the University Parish (1995-1998) and St. Mary Parish (1998-1999); Associate Chancellor (1998-1999); Vice Chancellor (1999-2000); and Archbishop’s Delegate for Extern and International Priests (2000-2002). Father McGovern has also served as Associate Pastor of St. Juliana Parish (2003-2004), Pastor of St. Mary Parish (2004-2016) and as Dean of one of the deaneries of the archdiocese since 2007. He is currently Pastor of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish where he has served since 2016.
The Diocese of Belleville is comprised of 11,678 square miles in the State of Illinois and has a total population of 841,814 of which 90,968 are Catholic.
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FULL TEXT Releases: USCCB http://usccb.org/news/2020/20-61.cfm

Pope Francis Prays for Women who are Pregnant at Easter Friday Mass and calls All to Learn "Familiarity with the Lord in daily life..." Full Text/Video


MORNING CELEBRATION BROADCAST LIVE
FROM THE CHAPEL OF CASA SANTA MARTA

HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS

"Familiarity with the Lord"

Friday, April 17, 2020

Introduction

I wish that today we prayed for the women who are waiting, pregnant women who will become mothers and are restless, they worry. One question: "In what world will my son live?" Let us pray for them, so that the Lord will give them the courage to carry on these children with the confidence that it will certainly be a different world, but it will always be a world that the Lord will love so much.

Homily

The disciples were fishermen: Jesus had called them precisely in the work. Andrew and Peter were working with the networks. They left the nets and followed Jesus (cf Mt 4, 18-20). John and James, the same: they left the father and the boys who worked with them and followed Jesus (cf. Mt 4: 21-22). The call was in their fishing profession. And this passage of today's Gospel, this miracle, of miraculous fishing makes us think of another miraculous fishing, the one that Luke tells (cf. Lk 5: 1-11): the same happened there too. They had a peach when they thought they didn't. After the sermon, Jesus said: "Take off" - "But we worked all night and we didn't take anything!" - "Go." "Trusting your word - said Peter - I will throw the nets." There was so much quantity - says the Gospel - that "they were taken by surprise" (cf. Lk 5,9), by that miracle. Today, in this other fishing there is no talk of amazement. You can see a certain naturalness, you see that there has been progress, a journey that has gone into the knowledge of the Lord, in intimacy with the Lord; I will say the right word: in familiarity with the Lord. When John saw this, he said to Peter: "But it is the Lord!", And Peter tightened his clothes, threw himself into the water to go to the Lord (cf. Jn 21: 7). The first time, he knelt before him: "Get away from me, Lord, who am a sinner" (cf. Lk 5,8). This time it says nothing, it is more natural. Nobody asked: "Who are you?". They knew it was the Lord, it was natural, the encounter with the Lord. The apostles' familiarity with the Lord had grown.

We Christians too, in our journey of life, are in this state of walking, of progressing in familiarity with the Lord. The Lord, I might say, is a little "in hand", but "in hand" because he walks with us, we know it is He. Nobody asked him here, "who are you?": They knew it was the Lord. A daily familiarity with the Lord is that of the Christian. And surely, they had breakfast together, with fish and bread, they certainly talked about many things naturally.

This familiarity with the Lord, of Christians, is always community. Yes, it is intimate, it is personal but in community. A familiarity without community, a familiarity without the Bread, a familiarity without the Church, without the people, without the sacraments is dangerous. It can become a familiar - let's say - familiarity, a familiarity for me only, detached from the people of God. The familiarity of the apostles with the Lord was always communal, always was at the table, a sign of community. It was always with the Sacrament, with the Bread.

I say this because someone made me reflect on the danger that this moment we are living, this pandemic that made everyone communicate to each other also religiously through the media, through the media, even this Mass, we are all communicating, but not together, spiritually together. The people are small. There is a great people: we are together, but not together. Even the Sacrament: today you have it, the Eucharist, but the people who are connected with us, only spiritual communion. And this is not the Church: this is the Church of a difficult situation, which the Lord allows, but the ideal of the Church is always with the people and the sacraments. Always.

Before Easter, when the news came out that I would celebrate Easter in empty Saint Peter's, a bishop wrote me - a good bishop: good - and he scolded me. “But how come Saint Peter's is so big, why don't you put at least 30 people, why see people? There will be no danger ... ". I thought, "But what's this in your head to tell me this?" I didn't understand at the moment. But since he is a good bishop, very close to the people, something will want to tell me. When I find him, I will ask him. Then I got it. He said to me: “Be careful not to viralize the Church, not to viralize the sacraments, not to viralize the people of God. The Church, the sacraments, the people of God are concrete. It is true that at this moment we must make this familiarity with the Lord in this way, but to get out of the tunnel, not to stay there. And this is the familiarity of the apostles: not Gnostic, not viralized, not selfish for each of them, but a concrete familiarity in the people.
Familiarity with the Lord in daily life, familiarity with the Lord in the sacraments, in the midst of the people of God. They have made a journey of maturity in familiarity with the Lord: we learn to do it as well. From the first moment, they understood that that familiarity was different from what they imagined, and they came to this. They knew it was the Lord, they shared everything: the community, the sacraments, the Lord, peace, the feast.

May the Lord teach us this intimacy with him, this familiarity with him but in the Church, with the sacraments, with the holy faithful people of God.

Prayer to make spiritual communion

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion:

At Your feet, O my Jesus, I bow down and offer You the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive You in the poor abode that my heart offers You and in anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion I want to possess You in spirit. Come to me, O Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you.
Full Text Source: Vatican.va Unofficial Translation -