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Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, July 7, 2020 - Virtual Church


Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 384
Reading 1HOS 8:4-7, 11-13
Thus says the LORD:
They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority;
they established princes, but without my approval.
With their silver and gold they made
idols for themselves, to their own destruction.
Cast away your calf, O Samaria!
my wrath is kindled against them;
How long will they be unable to attain
innocence in Israel?
The work of an artisan,
no god at all,
Destined for the flames—
such is the calf of Samaria!

When they sow the wind,
they shall reap the whirlwind;
The stalk of grain that forms no ear
can yield no flour;
Even if it could,
strangers would swallow it.

When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin,
his altars became occasions of sin.
Though I write for him my many ordinances,
they are considered as a stranger’s.
Though they offer sacrifice,
immolate flesh and eat it,
the LORD is not pleased with them.
He shall still remember their guilt
and punish their sins;
they shall return to Egypt.

Responsorial Psalm115:3-4, 5-6, 7AB-8, 9-10
R. (9a) The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
Our God is in heaven;
whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the handiwork of men.
R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
They have mouths but speak not;
they have eyes but see not;
They have ears but hear not;
they have noses but smell not.
R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.
They have hands but feel not;
they have feet but walk not.
Their makers shall be like them,
everyone that trusts in them.
R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.
or:
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 10:14
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 9:32-38
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,
and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.
The crowds were amazed and said,
“Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”
But the Pharisees said,
“He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages,
teaching in their synagogues,
proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,
and curing every disease and illness.
At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,
like sheep without a shepherd.
Then he said to his disciples,
“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”
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 

Saint July 7 : Saint Benedict XI a Dominican Pope who Died in 1304


Pope Benedict XI (Latin: Benedictus XI; 1240 – 7 July 1304), born (Nicholas Boccasini) Born at Treviso, Italy, 1240; died at Perugia, 7 July, 1304. He entered the Dominican Order at the age of fourteen. After fourteen years of study, he became lector of theology, which office he filled for several years. In 1296 he was elected Master General of the Order. As at this time hostility to Boniface VIII was becoming more pronounced, the new general issued an ordinance forbidding his subjects to favour in any way the opponents of the reigning pontiff; he also enjoined on them to defend in their sermons, when opportune, the legitimacy of the election of Boniface. This loyalty of Boccasini, which remained unshaken to the end, was recognized by Boniface, who showed him many marks of favour and confidence.
Thus with the two cardinal-legates, the Dominican General formed the important embassy, the purpose of which was the concluding of an armistice between Edward I of England and Philip IV of France, then at war with each other. In the year 1298 Boccasini was elevated to the cardinalate; he was afterwards appointed Bishop of Ostia and Dean of the Sacred College. As at that time Hungary was rent by civil war, the cardinal-bishop was sent thither by the Holy See as legate a latere to labour for the restoration of peace.
At the time of the return of the legate to Rome, the famous contest of Boniface VIII with Philip the Fair had reached its height. When, in 1303, the enemies of the pope had made themselves masters of the sacred palace, of all the cardinals and prelates only the two Cardinal-Bishop of Ostia and Sabina remained at the side of the venerable Pontiff to defend him from the violence of William of Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna.
 A month after this scene of violence, Boniface having died, Boccasini was unanimously elected Pope, 22 October, taking the name of Benedict XI. The principal event of his pontificate was the restoration of peace with the French court. Immediately after his election Philip sent three ambassadors to the pope bearing the royal letter of congratulation.
The king, while professing his obedience and devotion, recommended to the benevolence of the pope the Kingdom and Church of France. Benedict, judging a policy of indulgence to be necessary for the restoration of peace with the French court, absolved Philip and his subjects from the censures they had incurred and restored the king and kingdom to the rights and privileges of which they had been deprived by Boniface. The Colonna cardinals were also absolved from their censures, but not reinstated in their former dignities. This policy of leniency Benedict carried out without compromising the dignity of the Holy See or the memory of Boniface VIII. Nogaret and Sciarra Colonna and those implicated in the outrage of Anagni were declared excommunicated and summoned to appear before the pontifical tribunal.
After a brief pontificate of eight months, Benedict died suddenly at Perugia. It was suspected, not altogether without reason, that his sudden death was caused by poisoning through the agency of William of Nogaret. Benedict XI was beatified in the year 1773. His feast is celebrated at Rome and throughout the Dominican Order on the 7th of July. He is the author of a volume of sermons and commentaries on a part of the Gospel of St. Matthew, on the Psalms, the Book of Job, and the Apocalypse. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

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Novena to St. Maria Goretti - Modesty Pledge and Prayers
















St.Mary Goretti Novena Prayer
Saint Mary Goretti who, strengthened by God's grace, did not hesitate, even at the age of twelve, to shed your blood and sacrifice life itself to defend your virginal purity, look graciously on the unhappy human race, which has strayed far from the path of eternal salvation. Teach us all, and especially youth, with what courage and promptitude we should flee for the love of Jesus, anything that could offend Him or stain our souls with sin. Obtain for us from our Lord victory in temptation, comfort in the sorrows of life, and the grace which we earnestly beg of Thee, (mention your request) and may we one day enjoy with Thee the imperishable glory of heaven. Amen.
Other Prayers to St. Maria Goretti
NOVENA Prayers Below


The Nine Day Novena To St. Mary Goretti
DAY ONE 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Most lovable little Saint, who valued your purity above any earthly gain, and who sealed this choice with a martyr's death, obtain for me also a strong love of this virtue, so consoling to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The pleasures of the world create many temptations for me. I turn to your powerful intercession in Heaven, so that with this help I may remain ever loyal to God, no matter what the price. In danger inspire me to repeat with you, "No, it is a sin!" Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY TWO 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Saint Mary Goretti, model of loving obedience to parents, teach me to imitate your example. Help me to overcome all selfishness and stubborn pride, draw my parents to Thee, then lead me to accept this authority as the Voice of God in my life. Help them to direct me aright and enable me to obey their every wish. Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY THREE 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Little Saint Mary! You were ready for the moment of martyrdom because your short life was given over to daily and heroic self-denial. Your great love of the Sacred Hearts made all this possible. Teach me to love Jesus and His Blessed Mother, so that I too will be inspired to daily self-denial. I am inclined to pamper myself, to gratify my senses, and to excuse myself from all penance. This keeps me from being a true follower of Christ. Help me, lovable Little Martyr, to a sincere practice of self- denial, so that I may be your worthy follower and thus gain Heaven for all Eternity. Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY FOUR 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Little Saint! Your days were spent in the filth of the marshes, willingly helping your desperately poor parents and family. Obtain for me the grace to accept my present circumstances in life, no matter how difficult or humiliating they may be. "Just one little drop of water" as the only request that fell from your parched lips during those last horrible hours of life. How much I demand, how unhappy I am when I cannot have my share of the world's conveniences and gaudy attractions! Teach me by your heroic example to be content with what I have, to be grateful for the blessings God has already showered upon me. Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin,(below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY FIVE 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Little Saint, I depend a great deal upon the help of my friends in time of trouble or sorrow. I look for their approval in many things I do. I am disconsolate and lonely when they desert me. Through your powerful intercession in Heaven, obtain for me the grace to place all my confidence in God. Only by walking constantly in His presence and depending upon His help, will I have the courage to stand up for His laws, even though it may mean loss of friends, criticism and complete removal of worldly comfort. Help me to look for all of my strength in Him. Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY SIX 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Little Saint! Help me to greater love of my Faith. I have many God-given opportunities to study it but, sad to say, I neglect them. I am even critical of the Priests, Brothers and Sisters who offer their lives that I may better know and love my holy religion. Dear Saint Mary Goretti, teach me to be thankful for these grace which you did not have. Make me proud of my Faith and ready to die for it, if God should require that of me Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY SEVEN 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Little Saint, never was Jesus more welcome in a human heart than in yours. The Great Day of First Communion could not come quickly enough. In borrowed clothes and head crowned with flowers of the field, you knelt to receive Him into your soul, so rich with Innocence and Love, and this after months of keen anticipation!
O Powerful Intercessor with the Lamb of God, inflame my soul with your "ardent longing to receive Jesus in the Eucharist." Obtain for me the grace to put aside laziness and indifference, so that I may often, even daily, allow myself to be consumed in the "burning Furnace of Charity." Teach me what true Love really is! Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
DAY EIGHT 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Little Martyr! To the last you followed your beloved Jesus! He, while hanging upon His Cross of Suffering, uttered through parched lips, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do!" And you upon your bed of pain, burning with fever, forgave your murderer with the words, "I too, pardon him... I too, wish him to join me in Paradise!
Grant me the grace, O Heroic Saint, to be charitable to others! Much of my time is spent on vengeful thoughts, seeking how I may pay back to others the harm they have done to me. Teach me to forgive, so that I may not only gain Heaven, but also lead others there who might otherwise be doomed to Hell. If I am to follow Christ, help me to imitate His Charity, even as you have done. Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
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DAY NINE 
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen
Dear Saint Mary Goretti! Once again I turn to you, and beg of you in the words of Our Holy Father, Pope Pius XII, that "serenity of spirit and deep joy which is the heritage of those who are pure of heart." Help me to turn to Our Blessed Lady, confident in the hope that she will take my hand as she did yours, and lead me on to Paradise, my heavenly country, there to enjoy with you and Her, the company of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost for all Eternity. Amen.
Recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin (below) followed by
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my Love!
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation!
Recite the Prayer to Saint Mary Goretti above, followed by
Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be to the Father,
Saint Mary Goretti, Pray for us!
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary  
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, *
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, *
God the Holy Spirit, *
Holy Trinity, One God, *
Holy Mary, **
Holy Mother of God, **
Holy Virgin of virgins, **
Mother of Christ, **
Mother of divine grace, **
Mother most pure, **
Mother most chaste, **
Mother inviolate, **
Mother undefiled, **
Mother most amiable, ****
Mother most admirable,  **
Mother of good counsel, **
Mother of our Creator, **
Mother of our Savior, **
Virgin most prudent, **
Virgin most venerable, **
Virgin most renowned, **
Virgin most powerful, **
Virgin most merciful, ** 
Virgin most faithful, **
Mirror of justice, **
Seat of wisdom, **
Cause of our joy, **
Spiritual vessel, **
Vessel of honor, **
Singular vessel of devotion, **
Mystical rose, **
Tower of David, **
Tower of ivory, **
House of gold,** 
Ark of the Covenant, **
Gate of Heaven, **
Morning star, **
Health of the sick, **
Refuge of sinners, **
Comforter of the afflicted, **
Help of Christians, **
Queen of Angels, **
Queen of Patriarchs, **
Queen of Prophets, ** 
Queen of Apostles, **
Queen of Martyrs, **
Queen of Confessors, **
Queen of Virgins, **
Queen of all Saints, **
Queen conceived without original sin, **
Queen assumed into heaven, **
Queen of the most holy Rosary, **
Queen of Peace, **
Lamb of God, You who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, You who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, You who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
* Have mercy on us.
** Pray for us.
Let us pray
Grant, we beseech You, O Lord God, that we Your servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.  

#BreakingNews Several Statues in Lourdes Grotto Decapitated in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada by Vandals


The Sudbury Star reports that several religious statues in a Lourdes Grotto were decapitated in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.

Police are still looking for the culprit(s) responsible for damaging the Stations of the Cross located in the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes site off Van Horne Street. Heads and arms were removed from several statues.
Caretakers of a cherished religious site near downtown are looking into ways to restore a half-dozen statues that had heads and appendages lopped off in late May by an unknown vandal.

David Sirois, assistant financial administrator with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, said whoever carried out the act of destruction — and desecration — at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes off Van Horne Street seems to have used a saw, as the heads were cut off cleanly and one figure was partially sawn through closer to the base.

The statues are part of a Stations of the Cross installment telling the story of Christ’s final day in 14 stages, beginning with his condemnation and culminating in crucifixion.

Police are still looking for the culprit(s) responsible for damaging the Stations of the Cross located in the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes site off Van Horne Street. Heads and arms were removed from several statues.

The destruction shockingly happened in the middle of the day — “between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m, from what we can determine,” said Sirois — and mostly involved the removal of heads from the figures on the statues.

Replacing those parts, which were cast from bronze, won’t be a simple matter.

The statues were created in the early 1950s and ever since have anchored the Grotto site, which has expanded and improved around them.

Sirois said the crime occurred May 22 and was reported to police at the time, but wasn’t made public immediately as investigators wanted to first explore leads.


Should a suspect be identified, Staff-Sgt. Sherry Young of Greater Sudbury Police said they would be charged with mischief, and restitution would also be requested.

Sirois said the diocese has insurance on the site but it is not clear yet whether or not the full cost of the repairs will be covered. If necessary, the Catholic organization may consider fundraising to meet the balance, he said.

Either way, the diocese is determined to restore the damaged sculptures.


It’s not the first time a religious statue has been vandalized in Sudbury.

About four years ago the head of the baby Jesus on a sculpture of the Virgin Mary outside Ste. Anne des Pins church on Beech Street was stolen and temporarily replaced with a clay facsimile — before the original was magically returned.

Edited from www.thesudburystar.com/

RIP Famous Composer Ennio Morricone who Died at age 91 - Vatican Mourns a Man of Faith


Vatican News reports that the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, shares his memories of Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone, who died on Monday in Rome at the age of 91.
By Vatican News

Sharing his memories of the late composer with Vatican News’ Giancarlo La Vella, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi recalled that Ennio Morricone was a man of faith.
The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture also said he would remember this great cinematic composer for a least two particular spiritual events.

The first, Cardinal Ravasi recalled, was in Poland when he was preparing an Oratory for Pope St John Paul II.

“The second event is the most recent meeting on 15 April 2019, when I presented him, in the name of Pope Francis, with the Pontifical Gold Medal for his musical work. These two moments testify to what he has always attested: his faith.”

Spiritual dimension
The Cardinal went on to say that there was always a religious and spiritual dimension to the composer’s music, whether he was scoring a film like "The Mission" or a western.

The Council President underlined that, with the music of Morricone, the score was the protagonist, along with the screen images.

Elaborating on this, Cardinal Ravasi recalled he had invited Morricone to speak during a plenary session on the theme of beauty, starting from his experience as a musician.

Musical commentary
“If we review the films of which Ennio Morricone composed the soundtrack”, said the Cardinal, “it is almost spontaneous to remember, not only the visual dimension, but also the sound dimension. There is a musical thread, which goes hand in hand with that of the image.”

In particular, Cardinal Ravasi mentioned the film “The Mission” in which, he said, the musical commentary is of a religious nature and illustrates the theme of the film.

"That is why I believe that we should all be grateful to Ennio Morricone, believers and non-believers alike, but above all the believers to whom he belonged, for having been able to express the ineffable and the invisible at the same time, which are the soul of religion."
FULL TEXT Release : VaticanNews.va

Association of Religious Superiors Voices Deep Concerns over New Anti-Terrorism Law in the Philippines - Full Text


AMRSP statement on the enactment of the Anti-Terrorism Law
The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines is deeply saddened by the signing of the Anti-Terror Law which takes effect 15 days from now.

In a previous statement we have joined the voices of concern and opposition to this draconian measure that we firmly believe will stifle basic rights and freedoms.

In light of faith, we cannot in conscience accede to a law that may assault human dignity and human rights. At a time that our people are battling the effects of Covid-19 we find no reason to pass a law that does not serve to alleviate their miserable plight. Unemployment, the closure of businesses, the continuing spread of the virus, and the lack of relief for our people are the most-pressing concerns at this time.

We welcome the move of lawyers, religious and other civic leaders in filing an urgent petition in the Supreme Court.

We pray that the Supreme Court grants the petition for a Temporary Restraining Order. We trust that the good women and men of the highest court of the land will be guided by the common good of all and by the Philippine Constitution. We implore them that in these gathering clouds of darkness, let the light of rule of law and ultimately, justice shine ever bright.

We ask all women and men of goodwill, fellow religious and all who cherish our rights and freedoms: Stand Your Ground and Be with the Poor and Downtrodden!
Truth, justice and peace will prevail.

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” – 2 Corinthians 4:8
Signed:
Fr. Cielito R. Almazan, OFM and Sr. Marilyn A. Java, RC
AMRSP Co-Chairpersons