Friday, June 5, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : 1st Saturday, June 6, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church


Saturday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Lectionary: 358
Reading 12 TM 4:1-8
Beloved:
I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
who will judge the living and the dead,
and by his appearing and his kingly power:
proclaim the word;
be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince, reprimand, encourage through all patience and teaching.
For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine
but, following their own desires and insatiable curiosity,
will accumulate teachers and will stop listening to the truth
and will be diverted to myths.
But you, be self-possessed in all circumstances;
put up with hardship;
perform the work of an evangelist;
fulfill your ministry.
For I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well;
I have finished the race; I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.
Responsorial PsalmPS 71:8-9, 14-15AB, 16-17, 22
R. (see 15ab)  I will sing of your salvation.
My mouth shall be filled with your praise,
with your glory day by day.
Cast me not off in my old age;
as my strength fails, forsake me not.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
But I will always hope
and praise you ever more and more.
My mouth shall declare your justice,
day by day your salvation.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
I will treat of the mighty works of the Lord;
O God, I will tell of your singular justice.
O God, you have taught me from my youth,
and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
R. I will sing of your salvation.
So will I give you thanks with music on the lyre,
for your faithfulness, O my God!
I will sing your praises with the harp,
O Holy One of Israel!
R. I will sing of your salvation.
AlleluiaMT 5:3
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are the poor in spirit;
for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
GospelMK 12:38-44
In the course of his teaching Jesus said,
“Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes
and accept greetings in the marketplaces,
seats of honor in synagogues,
and places of honor at banquets.
They devour the houses of widows and, as a pretext,
recite lengthy prayers.
They will receive a very severe condemnation.”

He sat down opposite the treasury
and observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.
Many rich people put in large sums.
A poor widow also came and put in two small coins worth a few cents.
Calling his disciples to himself, he said to them,
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more
than all the other contributors to the treasury.
For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,
but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,
her whole livelihood.”
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

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Saint June 6 : St. Norbert the Patron of Childbirth and Peace - Founder of the Norbertines



Feast Day:
June 6
Born:
1080 at Xanten, Germany
Died:
6 June 1134 at Magdeburg, Germany
Canonized:
1582 by Pope Gregory XIII
Patron of:
invoked during childbirth for safe delivery; Magdeburg, peace
Born at Xanten on the left bank of the Rhine, near Wesel, c. 1080; died at Magdeburg, 6 June, 1134. His father, Heribert, Count of Gennep, was related to the imperial house of Germany, and his house of Lorraine. A stately bearing, a penetrating intellect, a tender, earnest heart, marked the future apostle. Ordained subdeacon, Norbert was appointed to a canonry at Xanten. Soon after he was summoned to the Court of Frederick, Prince-Bishop of Cologne, and later to that of Henry V, Emperor of Germany, whose almoner he became. The Bishopric of Cambray was offered to him, but refused. Norbert allowed himself to be so carried away by pleasure that nothing short of a miracle of grace could make him lead the life of an earnest cleric. One day, while riding to Vreden, a village near Xanten, he was overtaken by a storm. A thunderbolt fell at his horse's feet; the frightened animal threw its rider, and for nearly an hour he lay like one dead. Thus humbled, Norbert became a sincere penitent. Renouncing his appointment at Court, he retired to Xanten to lead a life of penance.
Understanding, however, that he stood in need of guidance, he placed himself under the direction of Cono, Abbot of Siegburg. In gratitude to Cono, Norbert founded the Abbey of Fürstenberg, endowed it with a portion of his property, and made it over to Cono and his Benedictine successors. Norbert was then in his thirty-fifth year. Feeling that he was called to the priesthood, he presented himself to the Bishop of Cologne, from whose hands he received Holy Orders. After a forty days' retreat at Siegburg Abbey, he celebrated his first Mass at Xanten and preached an earnest discourse on the transitory character of this world's pleasures and on man's duties toward God. The insults of some young clerics, one of whom even spat in his face, he bore with wonderful patience on that occasion. Norbert often went to Siegburg Abbey to confer with Cono, or to the cell of Ludolph, a holy and learned hermit-priest, or to the Abbey or Klosterrath near Rolduc. Accused as an innovator at the Council of Fritzlar, he resigned all his ecclesiastical preferments, disposed of his estate, and gave all to the poor, reserving for himself only what was needed for the celebration of Holy Mass. Barefooted and begging his bread, he journeyed as far as St. Giles, in Languedoc, to confer with Pope Gelasius concerning his future life. Unable to keep Norbert at his court, Gelasius granted him faculties to preach wherever he judged proper. At Valenciennes Norbert met (March, 1119) Burchard, Bishop of Cambray, whose chaplain joined him in his apostolic journeys in France and Belgium. After the death of Pope Gelasius (29 January, 1119) Norbert wished to confer with his successor, Calixtus II, at the Council of Reims (Oct., 1119). The pope and Bartholomew, Bishop of Laon, requested Norbert to found a religious order in the Diocese of Laon, so that his work might be perpetuated after his death. Norbert chose a lonely, marshy valley, shaped in the form of a cross, in the Forest of Coucy, about ten miles from Laon, and named Prémontré. Hugh of Fosses, Evermode of Cambray, Antony of Nivelles, seven students of the celebrated school of Anselm, and Ralph at Laon were his first disciples. The young community at first lived in huts of wood and clay, arranged like a camp around the chapel of St. John the Baptist, but they soon built a larger church and a monastery for the religious who joined them in increasing numbers. Going to Cologne to obtain relics for their church, Norbert discovered through a vision, the spot where those of St. Ursula and her companions, of St. Gereon, and of other martyrs lay hidden. Women also wished to become members of the new religious order. Blessed Ricwera, widow of Count Raymond of Clastres, was St. Norbert's first spiritual daughter, and her example was followed by women of the best families of France and Germany. Soon after this, Norbert returned to Germany and preached in Westphalia, when Godfrey, Count of Kappenberg, offered himself and gave three of his castles to be made into abbeys. On his return from Germany, Norbert was met by Theobald, Count of Champagne, who wished to become a member of the order; but Norbert insisted that God wished Theobald to marry and do good in the world. Theobald agreed to this, but begged Norbert to prescribe a rule of life. Norbert prescribed a few rules and invested Theobald with the white scapular of the order, and thus, in 1122, the Third Order of St. Norbert was instituted. The saint was soon requested by the Bishop of Cambrai to go and combat the infamous heresies which Tanchelin had promulgated, and which had their centre at Antwerp. As a result of his preaching the people of the Low Countries abjured their heresies, and many brought back to him the Sacred Species which they had stolen and profaned. In commemoration of this, St. Norbert has been proclaimed the Apostle of Antwerp, and the feast of his triumph over the Sacramentarian heresy is celebrated in the Archdiocese of Mechlin on 11 July.
The rapid growth of the order was marvellous, and bishops entreated Norbert to found new houses in their dioceses. Floreffe, Viviers, St-Josse, Ardenne, Cuissy, Laon, Liège, Antwerp, Varlar, Kappenberg and others were founded during the first five years of the order's existence. Though the order had already been approved by the pope's legates, Norbert, accompanied by three disciples, journeyed to Rome, in 1125, to obtain its confirmation by the new pope, Honorius II. The Bull of Confirmation is dated 27 February, 1126. Passing through Würzburg on his return to Prémontré, Norbert restored sight to a blind woman; the inhabitants were so full of admiration for him that they spoke of electing him successor to the bishop who had just died, but Norbert and his companions fled secretly. Soon after this, on his way to Ratisbon, he passed through Spier, where Lothair, King of the Romans, was holding a diet, the papal legate being present. Deputies form Magdeburg had also come to solicit a successor to their late archbishop, Rudger.
The papal legate and Lothair used their authority, and obliged Norbert to accept the vacant see. On taking possession of it, he was grieved to find that much property belonging to the Church and the poor had been usurped by powerful men, and that many of the clergy led scandalous lives. He succeeded in converting some of the transgressors, but others only became more obstinate, and three attempts were made on his life. He resisted Pietro di Leoni, who, as antipope, had assumed the name of Anacletus and was master in Rome, exerting himself at the Council of Reims to attach the German Emperor and the German bishops and princes more firmly to the cause of Pope Innocent II.
Though his health was increasingly delicate, Norbert accompanied Lothair and his army to Rome to put the rightful pope on the Chair of St. Peter, and he resisted the pope's concession of the investiture to the emperor. Norbert, whose health was now much impaired, accompanied the Emperor Lothair back to Germany and for some time remained with him, assisting him as his chancellor and adviser. In March, 1134, Norbert had become so feeble that he had to be carried to Magdeburg where he died on the Wednesday after Pentecost. By order of the emperor, his body was laid at rest in the Norbertine Abbey of St. Mary, at Magdeburg. His tomb became glorious by the numerous miracles wrought there. The Bollandists say that there is no document to prove that he was canonized by Innocent III. His canonization was by Gregory XIII in 1582, and his cultus was executed to the whole church by Clement X.
On 2 May, 1627, the saint's body was translated from Magdeburg, then in the hands of Protestants, to the Abbey of Strahov, a suburb of Prague in Bohemia. The Chancery of Prague preserved the abjurations of six hundred Protestants who, on the day, or during the octave, of the translation, were reconciled to the Catholic Church. On that occasion the Archbishop of Prague, at the request of the civil and ecclesiastical authorities, proclaimed St. Norbert the Patron and Protector of Bohemia. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

NOVENA TO SAINT NORBERT
 Novena prayers say every day for 9 consecutive days.


O holy St Norbert, gentlest of saints,
your love for Jesus Christ
truly present in every tabernacle around the world
and your charity for souls made you worthy
while on earth to possess miraculous powers.
Miracles waited your word,
which you were ever ready to speak
for those in trouble or anxiety.
Encouraged by this thought,
I implore you to obtain for me
the favour I seek in this novena.

(State your request)

The answer to my prayer may require a miracle;
even so, you are the saint or miracles.
O gentle and loving St Norbert,
whose heart was ever full of zeal for souls,
whisper my petition into the ears of the Infant Jesus,
on Whose birthday you founded the holy Order of Prémontré,
and the gratitude of my heart will always be yours.

Say 1 Our Father...

Say 1 Hail Mary...

Say 1 Glory Be...

Saint Norbert,
Pray for us.

Saint Norbert,
Pray for us.

Saint Norbert,
Pray for us.

Litany of St Norbert

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.


God, the Father of heaven.
Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world.
Have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, one God.
Have mercy on us.


Holy Mary.
Pray for us.

Holy Mother of God.
Pray for us.

Holy Virgin of virgins.
Pray for us.

Queen of the white-robed Order.
Pray for us.

Holy Virgin, who hadst a great love for St Norbert.
Pray for us.


Holy Father Norbert.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, whose birth was foretold from Heaven.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who was marvellously converted by God.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, mirror of true penance.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst trample earthly pomps under foot.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, despiser of the world.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst conquer thy passions and affections.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst gain the victory over temptations.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst quell and cast down devils.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, restorer of peace and concord.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst walk barefoot.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst practice mortification.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, lover of the Cross.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, pattern of abstinence.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who didst receive the white habit from the Mother of God.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, most constant in faith.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, most firm in hope.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, most fervent in charity.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, zealous lover of chastity.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, model of poverty.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, mirror of obedience.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, vigilant teacher of discipline.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, defender of the true faith.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, choice vindicator of the Blessed Sacrament.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, pillar of the Catholic Church.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, light of prayer and contemplation.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, leader of the white-robed army.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, patriarch of the Premonstratensians.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, father and protector of thy Order.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, Primate of Germany.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, worker of miracles.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, wonderful discerner of spirits.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, imitator of Jesus Christ.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, follower of the Apostles.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, who was like to the martyrs.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, gem of pontiffs.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, glory of confessors.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, companion of virgins.
Pray for us.

St Norbert, colleague of all saints.
Pray for us.


Be merciful.
Spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful.
Graciously hear us, O Lord.


From the neglect of Thy commandments.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the transgression of our vows.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From uncleanness of mind and body.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From a proud and sad spirit.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the snares of the devil.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From overwhelming temptation.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the disorder of our passions.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the blindness of self-love.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From the obstinacy of self-will.
Deliver us, O Lord.

From an unprovided death.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through the wonderful conversion of St Norbert.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his austere penance.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his ardent zeal in preaching.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his exemplary life.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through all his virtues.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his holy death.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his glorious crown in heaven.
Deliver us, O Lord.

Through his merits and intercession.
Deliver us, O Lord.


We sinners.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us true sorrow
and contrition of heart. We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us true conversion of life. We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us obedience
to our Rule and preserve us in the same. We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst make faith,
hope and charity to grow in us.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst make us zealous observers of our holy vows.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst grant us the gift of prayer.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst bestow upon us
the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to govern
and preserve Thy holy Church.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe
to extend and preserve the Premonstratensian Order.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe to strengthen the Abbot-General
and all the prelates of the Order with perfect spirit.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst vouchsafe
to grant us the crown of perseverance.
We beseech Thee, hear us.

That Thou wouldst give grace to the living
and to the departed eternal rest.
We beseech Thee, hear us.


Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.
Spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.
Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.
Have mercy on us.


Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.


V/ Pray for us, O Holy Father Norbert.
R/ That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V/ O Lord, hear my prayer.
R/ And let my cry come unto Thee.

[V/ The Lord be with you
R/ And with thy spirit]


Let us pray.

O God, Who didst make of Blessed Norbert,
Thy Confessor and Bishop,
an excellent preacher of the Word,
and by his means didst enrich Thy Church with new offspring,
grant, we beseech Thee,
that through his intercession
we may put in practice by Thy grace what he taught us,
both in word and work.

Awake, O Lord, in Thy Church the Spirit by Whom St Norbert,
Thy Confessor and Bishop was guided,
in order that, filled with the same spirit,
we may love what he loved and live as he taught us.

O Lord, grant to us Thy servants
constancy in Thy faith and service, that,
rooted in Divine Charity,
we may not be conquered by any temptation.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Praised be the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar
and the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Amen.

RIP Bishop George Murry, SJ - Death of Jesuit Bishop from Youngstown, Ohio at Age 71 after Battle with Leukemia


Diocese of Youngstown Release:
Death Of Bishop George V. Murry, S.J.

The Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., the fifth bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Youngstown died this morning at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Diocese of Youngstown has entrusted the dignified and loving care care of Bishop Murry to the Kinnick Funeral, Youngstown.
Biography of Bishop George Murry from the Diocese of Youngstown:

Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., Ph.D. – Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown
“Christ My Light” is the Episcopal motto of the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J.

Upon his appointment, Bishop Murry stated: “I am honored to accept the Holy Father’s appointment to serve as Bishop of Youngstown and I look forward to meeting and working with the priests, deacons, religious and laity of the diocese.” Later during Mass in the Cathedral, he preached about remaining in God’s love by holding on to Jesus and walking with him.

Bishop Murry was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1948. After graduating from Catholic elementary and high schools, he attended St. Joseph’s College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland where he received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1972. That same year he entered the Society of Jesus. He was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979. He earned a Masters of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1979 and a doctorate in American Cultural History from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., in 1994.

Bishop Murry served on the faculty and was dean of student activities at Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C., from 1974-1976. He was assistant professor of American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., from 1986-1990, and president of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., from 1989-1994. He was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1994.

On January 24, 1995, Pope John Paul II appointed him titular Bishop of Fuerteventura and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago where he was ordained to the episcopacy on March 20, 1995. On May 5, 1998, Pope John Paul II appointed him Coadjutor Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Bishop Murry succeeded to the see on June 30, 1999.

Bishop Murry has served on numerous boards including St. Joseph University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the University of Detroit, Detroit, Michigan, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut and Walsh University, Canton, Ohio.  He is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and has served as Secretary of the Conference, Chairman of the Committee on Priorities and Plans and presently serves as Chairman of the Committee Against Racism.  He also has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Catholic Relief Services.


THE COAT OF ARMS OF MOST REVEREND GEORGE V. MURRY, S.J., PH.D.
By heraldic tradition, the arms of the bishop of a diocese are joined with the arms of his diocese that are seen on the left side of the design. The coat of arms of the Diocese of Youngstown are composed of a green field on which is displayed a silver wavy bar (called a fess) to represent the Mahoning River that flows through the See City. Upon the wavy fess are two green arrowheads to honor the Native American peoples that first inhabited the area that is now Youngstown and a cross pommetté. The green cross pommetté is taken from the arms of the Diocese of Cleveland from which the Diocese of Youngstown was carved in 1943.

This separation on the new diocese is further symbolized by the golden dove placed in the arms above the wavy fess. The word dove in Latin is “columba,” and is taken from the arms of Pope Pius XII, who created the new diocese. It additionally honors the titular of the cathedral church in the See City. Below the wavy fess is a golden anvil to honor, represent and acknowledge the industrial landscape that is northeastern Ohio.

For his personal arms, seen in the right side of the shield, Bishop Murry has retained the arms that he adopted at the time of his selection to receive the fullness of Christ’s most holy priesthood, as a bishop, when he became an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago, and which he retained during his tenure as Bishop of Saint Thomas, in the United States Virgin Islands.

The Bishop’s personal arms are composed of three sections. The upper portion is a blue field on which is seen the monogram of The Holy Name (IHS). This is a central feature of the arms of the Bishop’s religious community, the Society of Jesus, and it is by this symbol that Bishop Murry acknowledges the integral part of his life that is “as a Jesuit.” In the central portion of the design, on a golden field, is a red phoenix with gold fleur-de-lis on each wingtip. This is a symbol taken from the arms of the Archdiocese of Chicago where His Excellency had the honor to serve as an Auxiliary Bishop. In the base portion, on a white field is a red cross. This configuration is known as a Cross of Saint George and by its use Bishop Murry honors his baptismal patron.

For his motto Bishop Murry continues to use the phrase CHRIST MY LIGHT. By the use of this phrase, he expresses that for the Christian to find his way, one needs a light to follow or a light to find the path on which to go. In either case, that light is Christ, to show the way and to be the goal at the end of the journey.

The achievement in completed by the external ornamentation which are a gold processional cross, and the pontifical hat, called a gallero, with its six tassels in three rows on either side of the shield, all in green. These are the heraldic insignia of a prelate of the rank of bishop, by instruction of The Holy See, of March 31, 1969.

By: Deacon Paul J. Sullivan

Rev. Mr. Sullivan is a Deacon of the Diocese of Providence (RI-USA)

Bishop Murry was installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown on March 28, 2007. He succeeds Bishop Thomas J. Tobin who was installed as Bishop of Providence, Rhode Island on May 31, 2005.
Source: https://doy.org/

Pope Francis Writes Letter for World Environment Day saying "..become more committed to the care and protection of our common home" Full Text


LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF COLOMBIA
TO MARK THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

To His Excellency Iván Duque Márquez
President of the Republic of Colombia
I am pleased to greet you, the organizers and the participants in the World Environment Day, which would have been held in person this year in Bogotá, but because of the Covid-19 pandemic will be held virtually. This challenging situation reminds us that in the face of adversity, new paths always open in order for us to be united as a great human family.
The protection of the environment and respect for the biodiversity of the planet are issues that affect us all. We cannot pretend to be healthy in a world that is sick. The wounds inflicted on our mother earth are wounds that also bleed in us. Caring for ecosystems demands a look to the future, one that is not concerned only with the immediate moment or that seeks a quick and easy profit, but rather one that is concerned for life and that seeks its preservation for the benefit of all.
Our attitude toward the present state of our planet should indeed make us concerned for and witnesses to the gravity of the situation. We cannot remain silent before the outcry when we realize the very high costs of the destruction and exploitation of the ecosystem. This is not a time to continue looking the other way, indifferent to the signs that our planet is being plundered and violated by greed for profit, very often in the name of progress. We have the chance to reverse course, to commit ourselves to a better, healthier world and to pass it on to future generations. Everything depends on us, if we really want it.
Recently we celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’, which drew attention to the cry that mother earth lifts up to us. I would also invite all of you to participate in the special Year that I have announced to reflect in light of that document and, together, to become more committed to the care and protection of our common home, and of our most vulnerable and marginalized brothers and sisters in society.
I encourage you in this task that lies before you. I trust that your deliberations and conclusions will always foster the building of an increasingly habitable world and a more humane society, where all of us have a place and no one is ever left behind.
I ask you, please, to pray for me. May Jesus bless you and the Blessed Virgin watch over you.
From the Vatican, 5 June 2020
Franciscus
FULL TEXT Source: Vatican.va - Official Translation

Wow Virtual Choir Sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" with 300 People from 15 Countries during Pandemic




In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song "You'll Never Walk Alone" This video has gone viral with nearly 1 Million views! It was produced by Harrison Scheckler. 

RIP Very Rev. Jonathan Robinson - Death of Oratorian Priest who Established the Oratory in Montreal and Rector of St. Philip's Toronto

In Memoriam:
The Very Rev. Jonathan Robinson died the morning of June 3 in his room at home, after a brief illness. Father Robinson was 91 years old and at the beginning of his 59th year as a priest. He was ordained for the Archdiocese of Montreal, where he served as Paul-Emile Cardinal Leger’s Secretary for several years. Father was Chairman of the Philosophy Department at McGill University when he felt called to establish a house of the Oratory of St Philip Neri in Montreal. The Holy See formally erected the Montreal Oratory in 1975, and the Visitor of the Confederation of the Oratory blessed the young community’s move to Toronto in 1979. While in Toronto, Fr Robinson served as Provost of the Toronto Oratory, as well as Rector of St Philip’s Seminary. At various times he also held the position of Pastor at both Holy Family and St Vincent de Paul Churches. He wrote several popular books of spirituality, including Spiritual Combat Revisited. Donations in Father Robinson’s memory may be made to the Toronto Oratory Renovatio Fund, dedicated to the construction of a new seminary building, a project dear to his heart. Messages of condolence can be left on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
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Pope Francis' June Prayer Intention that "all those who suffer may find their way...allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus."

Pope's prayer intention for June: Compassion for the world amidst Covid-19 pandemic
Pope Francis prayer intention for June, which this month is that "all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus."

 Pope Francis asks everyone to pray for those who are suffering, as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to inflict all sorts of difficulties around the world.


The full text of his intention is below:

Many people suffer due to the great difficulties they endure.

We can help them by accompanying them along an itinerary full of compassion which transforms people’s lives.

It brings them closer to the Heart of Christ, which welcomes all of us into the revolution of tenderness.

We pray that all those who suffer may find their way in life, allowing themselves to be touched by the Heart of Jesus.