Friday, May 22, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, May 23, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Saturday the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 296
Reading 1ACTS 18:23-28
After staying in Antioch some time,
Paul left and traveled in orderly sequence
through the Galatian country and Phrygia,
bringing strength to all the disciples.

A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,
an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.
He was an authority on the Scriptures.
He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,
with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,
although he knew only the baptism of John.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;
but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,
they took him aside
and explained to him the Way of God more accurately.
And when he wanted to cross to Achaia,
the brothers encouraged him
and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him.
After his arrival he gave great assistance
to those who had come to believe through grace.
He vigorously refuted the Jews in public,
establishing from the Scriptures that the Christ is Jesus.

Responsorial Psalm47:2-3, 8-9, 10
R.    (8a)  God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
All you peoples, clap your hands;
shout to God with cries of gladness.
For the LORD, the Most High, the awesome,
is the great king over all the earth.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
For king of all the earth is God;
sing hymns of praise.
God reigns over the nations,
God sits upon his holy throne.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.
The princes of the peoples are gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For God’s are the guardians of the earth;
he is supreme.
R.    God is king of all the earth.
or:
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 16:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I came from the Father and have come into the world;
now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 16:23B-28
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.
Until now you have not asked anything in my name;
ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

“I have told you this in figures of speech.
The hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures
but I will tell you clearly about the Father.
On that day you will ask in my name,
and I do not tell you that I will ask the Father for you.
For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me
and have come to believe that I came from God.
I came from the Father and have come into the world.
Now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”

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 may 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
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Saint May 23 : St. Jeanne Antide Thouret : Foundress of Sisters of Divine Charity


Jeanne Antide Thouret was born on the 27th November 1765 at Sancy-le-Long in the Diocese of Besançon, in the Doubs area of France.  Jeanne was the fifth child of eight children.  Her mother died when Jeanne was 15, leaving her to care for her father and siblings.
Jeanne wanted to join a community that combined prayer with community living and ministry to the poor.  In 1787, at the age of 22, Jeanne entered the congregation of the Daughters of Charity, hoping to live a life of prayer, community life and service to the poor.
During the suppression of religious orders in the French Revolution in 1793, all Religious orders were banned and their members dispersed throughout the country.  Jeanne was ordered home to a secular life.  She refused, and tried to escape the authorities.  She was captured and beaten so badly that it took her months to recover from her injuries.  This did not deter Jeanne from continuing her work as a Daughter of Charity, namely caring for the sick, the poor and those wounded during the Revolution.
They urged Jeanne to return to France and to take in young women and train them in caring for the sick and educating children.
Jeanne accepted the request and was able to return to France in 1799 where she opened a school, a dispensary, and a soup kitchen for the poor in Besançon.
With this small group of helpers, Jeanne founded a new Congregation of the Sisters of Charity to maintain and develop these works.
In 1810, Jeanne Antide was called to Naples.  There, together with a group of sisters, she was faced with a very hierarchical social system where the wealthy never encountered to poor.  Jeanne Antide was given the responsibility of the Hospital of the Incurable, the largest hospital in the city, with the sisters often visiting the poor and sick in their homes.
In 1819, the Pope approved the Rule of Life, a book she wrote as a guide for the women who followed her.  In fact, the Rule of Life is still used today by the Sisters of Charity of St. Jeanne Antide. Jeanne Antide died in Naples in 1826.  In 1934, Pope Pius XI declared her a Saint.

Jeanne Antide writes...

"Let us love Jesus Christ,let us love Him to the end of our livesand we will be sureto possess Him forever in heaven."
"I would cross the oceans,
I would go to any part of the world,if I knew this to be the will of God."
"To touch the poor
to know, love and serve Godis to do in partwhat the Saviour of the worldcame to do on earth,to bring about the Kingdom of God." 
The Sisters of Charity of St.  Jeanne Antide Thouret embrace the CORE GOSPEL VALUES of love, prayer, and service. 
CHARISMA"In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me" (Matthew: 25,40).
Love God and serve him in the poor person.
Prayer and the apostolate are the two faces of only one truth to live: Charity.
MISSION
The sisters focus their energy and resources in service to the poor. They are attentive to the needs of the poor, becoming personally involved in their lives and serving them with respect and dignity.
VOWS
The Sisters take four vows: poverty, celibacy, obedience, and service to the poor.
Biography from http://sistersofcharity.azurewebsites.net/

#BreakingNews Plane with 99 on Board Crashes in Residential Neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan - Leaves Many Dead



According to BBC News a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus A320 flying from Lahore has crashed in the densely populated Model Colony residential area of Karachi.
(Death Toll will be Updated on this post)

Flight PK8303, carrying 91 passengers and 8 crew, was trying to land at Jinnah International Airport.

Provincial health officials confirmed at least 97 fatalities, but a far higher death toll is feared. At least three passengers survived.

The pilot had reported a loss of engine power and subsequently issued a mayday.

TV footage showed rescue crews combing through debris strewn across the streets of Model Colony, 3.2km (two miles) north-east of the airport. A number of houses were destroyed.

The plane lost contact with air traffic control just after 14:30 local time (09:30 GMT), an airline spokesman said.

Rescuers evacuate an injured resident from the site, where a number of houses were destroyed
Eyewitness Mohammed Uzair Khan told the BBC he had heard a massive sound and went outside his home. "Almost four houses were completely collapsed, there was so much fire and smoke," he said. "They are almost my neighbours, I can't tell you what a horrible thing it was."

Dr Kanwal Nazim told BBC Urdu she heard people screaming and saw clouds of black smoke rising from the three houses adjoining a mosque.

Health officials in Sindh, the province where the plane crashed, said 37 bodies had so far been brought to the Jinnah and Civic hospitals, but it was unknown whether they were passengers or residents.

The cause of the crash is yet to be confirmed. PIA chief executive Air Vice Marshal Arshad Malik said the pilot had told traffic control that the plane was experiencing "technical difficulties".

Pakistan's Dunya News said it had obtained a recording of the air traffic control conversation, also posted on monitoring website liveatc.net. In the purported recording, the pilot says the plane has "lost two engines". Several seconds later he calls "mayday, mayday, mayday" - the final communication from the plane.

Bank of Punjab president Zafar Masud was among the passengers and survived the crash, a Sindh provincial government spokesman said. The other known survivors were named as Muhammad Zubair and Tahira Mahmood.

A senior journalist at TV channel 24 News, Ansar Naqvi, was also listed on the passenger manifest.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was "shocked and saddened" by the crash, promising an immediate investigation.

The crash came just days after Pakistan began allowing commercial flights to resume after a coronavirus lockdown.

Pakistanis across the country are preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan, with many travelling back to their homes in cities and villages.

Edited from BBC - Image Source: Google Images Screen Shot - Outlook India

Novena Prayer to St. Rita the Patron of Impossible Cases - a Miracle Prayer to Share!

NOVENA TO ST. RITA
O holy protectress of those who art in greatest need, thou who shineth as a star of hope in the midst of darkness, blessed Saint Rita, bright mirror of God's grace, in patience and fortitude thou art a model of all the states in life. I unite my will with the will of God through the merits of my Savior Jesus Christ, and in particular through his patient wearing of the crown of thorns, which with tender devotion thou didst daily contemplate. Through the merits of the holy Virgin Mary and thine own graces and virtues, I ask thee to obtain my earnest petition, provided it be for the greater glory of God and my own sanctification. Guide and purify my intention, O holy protectress and advocate, so that I may obtain the pardon of all my sins and the grace to persevere daily, as thou didst in walking with courage, generosity, and fidelity down the path of life. [Mention your request.]
Saint Rita, advocate of the impossible, pray for us.
Saint Rita, advocate of the helpless, pray for us. 
Pray each day of the Novena : 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be

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#BreakingNews Catholic Mission Destroyed by Terrorists in Mozambique - 4 Monks Hid for Days as Everything Destroyed


All Africa reports that Islamist terrorists last Tuesday destroyed a Catholic mission run by Benedictine monks at Awasse, in Mocimboa da Praia district, in the northern Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado, according to a report carried by the Portuguese news agency Lusa, citing the Bishop of Pemba, Luiz Lisboa.

The bishop said that four Tanzanian monks hid for two days in the bush, and then made their way across the border into Tanzania.
The new monastery building was only inaugurated in 2019 as a foundation of Ndanda Abbey in neighbouring Tanzania. It has been looted and outbuildings have been set on fire. More detailed information is not yet available.
The terrorists set fire to the residence of the monks, destroyed everything they had been building in Awasse, and stole a vehicle and various other equipment. There was no report of any loss of human life.


On Saturday terrorists attacked the village of Miangalewa, in Muidumbe, district, where they killed ten people. According to a source cited in Tuesday's issue of the independent newssheet "Mediafax", the bandits beheaded their victims.

The Order explains that, the Missionary Benedictines came to this region in 2015 at the request of the Bishop of Pemba to build a Benedictine centre with a clinic, a school for craftsmen and other social projects. The attack on the monastery occurred during a government offensive against the terrorists in the immediate vicinity of the monastery. The attack is a setback. However, it will not stop the work of the Benedictines in this region in the long term.

RIP Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, Death of the Jesuits' 30th Superior General at Age 84


Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Passes Away
Jesuits mourn the passing of former Superior General, who was “a man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious, dedicated”

May 20, 2020 — Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, 30th Superior General of the Society of Jesus, died May 20, 2020, in Tokyo, Japan. Fr. Nicolás, 84, was a member of the Jesuit community of Loyola House in Kamishakujii and had been ill for a number of years. He is deeply mourned by the Jesuits of Japan and Asia Pacific, his family and friends in Spain, and by Jesuits and friends around the world.

“I offer my sincere condolences to the Jesuit Province of Japan, to Fr. Nicolas’ family, to the Jesuits in Spain and the Philippines and to his many friends all around the world,” said Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, current Superior General. “Fr. Nicolás gave of himself throughout his life. It was a life marked by intense service, calm availability and a deep ability to inculturate in Japan, where he went as a young Jesuit. It was a culture he loved dearly and to which he committed himself.”

Fr. Sosa said that Fr. Nicolás’ time as Superior General was marked “by his sense of humor, his courage, his humility and his close relationship with Pope Francis. All of us here at the Jesuit General Curia mourn him and a special Mass will be offered here in Rome as soon as we can organize it. Because of travel restrictions just now, I cannot travel to Japan for the funeral but I assure all his many friends there of my closeness, my compassion and my condolences.”

All who worked with Fr. Nicolás in the General Curia appreciated his presence during his time as Father General. “He will be greatly mourned throughout the Society as a wise, humble and dedicated Jesuit, a man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious,” said Fr Sosa.

His strong relationship with Pope Benedict and his close bonds with Pope Francis helped the Society move into an unprecedented phase — the first Jesuit pope in the Catholic Church's history.

Pope Francis greeted Fr. Nicolás as he arrived to celebrate Mass at the Church of the Gesu in Rome Jan. 3, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
“The Society was founded to serve the Lord alone and the Church his spouse under the Roman pontiff,” said Fr. Sosa. “Fr. Nicolás helped the Society to live in a concrete way this dimension so characteristic of our charism. It was a relationship of availability to the Holy Father which was also full of sincere affection."

Fr. Nicolás was born on April 29, 1936, in Palencia, Spain. His parents were Adolfo Nicolás Rico and Modesta Pachón. The political corruption of that time in Spain forced his family to leave the region and to move often, and Fr. Nicolás spent a large part of his childhood in Barcelona. After thinking about a career in education as a member of a congregation of brothers, he was put in contact with the Jesuits by his brother, and he attended a Jesuit school in Madrid.
He entered the novitiate in September 1953 in Aranjuez, Spain. During his philosophy studies, he responded to a call from the then-Superior General, Fr. Jean-Baptiste Janssens, SJ, who invited Jesuits to volunteer for missions abroad, which was the origin of Fr. Nicolás’ vocation as a missionary in Japan.

From left: Fr. Nicolás as a Jesuit scholastic in formation; newly ordained in 1967; and with a fellow Jesuit at the Jesuit Theologate in Tokyo.
He studied philosophy in Spain and then went to Japan both to learn the language and complete his regency. Fr. Nicolás continued his theological studies in Tokyo where he was ordained a priest on March 17, 1967. He then completed a master's degree in Sacred Theology at the Gregorian University in Rome and was professor of systematic theology at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Fr. Nicolás while he was provincial of the Japan Province.
From 1978 until 1984, he served as director of the East Asian Pastoral Institute in Manila, Philippines. After years of service there, he returned to Japan and was rector of the scholasticate in Tokyo from 1991 to 1993.

Fr. Nicolás was then appointed provincial of Japan, a position he held until 1999. In 1995, he participated in the 34th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus; at the beginning of the gathering, he was elected secretary of the Congregation. From 2004 to 2007, he served as moderator of the Jesuit Conference of East Asia and Oceania, a position he held until he was elected Superior General on January 19, 2008, during the 35th General Congregation.

Fr. Nicolás served as Superior General until his health no longer allowed him to carry out his mission. He convened the 36th General Congregation and offered his resignation on October 3, 2016. After accepting it, the Congregation elected his successor, the current Superior General, Fr. Sosa.

Fr. Nicolás died in Tokyo on May 20, 2020.

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Novena to the Holy Spirit for Pentecost - Day 1 - Begins - SHARE #Pentecost Prayers and Act of Consecration


ACT OF CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY GHOST


On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses I offer myself, soul and body to You, Eternal Spirit of God. / I adore the brightness of Your purity the unerring keenness of Your justice and the might of Your love. You are the Strength / and Light of my soul. In You I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve You by unfaithfulness to grace and I pray with all my heart! To be kept from the smallest sin against You. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Your light: and listen to Your voice and follow Your gracious inspirations. I cling to You and give myself to You and ask You / by Your compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds / and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart / I implore You / Adorable Spirit I Helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Your grace that I may never sin against You. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son to say to You always and everywhere / "Speak Lord for Your servant heareth." Amen.


PRAYER FOR THE SEVEN GIFTS OF THE HOLY GHOST

O Lord Jesus Christ Who, before ascending into heaven did promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Your work in the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me that He may perfect in my soul / the work of Your grace and Your love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth / the Spirit on Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude, that I may bear my cross with You I and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God find know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable / the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord with the sign of Your true disciples / and animate me in all things with Your Spirit. Amen.


FIRST DAY OF THE NOVENA

Holy Spirit! Lord of Light!
From Your clear celestial height,
Your pure beaming radiance give!

Prayer


Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness all sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us your sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

(Our Father and Hail Mary ONCE. Glory be to the Father 7 TIMES. Act of Consecration, Prayer for the Seven Gifts)



Novena Day 1 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-1-pentecost.html
Day 2 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/holy-spirit-novena-day-2-for-pentecost.html
Day 3 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/holy-spirit-novena-day-3-for-pentecost.html
Day 4 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-4-for.html
Day 5 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-5-for.html
Day 6 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-6-for.html
Day 7 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-7-for.html
Day 8 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-to-holy-spirit-day-8-for.html
Day 9 http://jceworld.blogspot.ca/2013/05/novena-day-9-to-holy-spirit-for.html