Sunday, July 26, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Monday, July 27, 2020 - Virtual Church



Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 401
Reading 1 JER 13:1-11
The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;
wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.
I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.
A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus:
Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,
and go now to the Parath;
there hide it in a cleft of the rock.
Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parath
and buried the loincloth.
After a long interval, the LORD said to me:
Go now to the Parath and fetch the loincloth
which I told you to hide there.
Again I went to the Parath, sought out and took the loincloth
from the place where I had hid it.
But it was rotted, good for nothing!
Then the message came to me from the LORD:
Thus says the LORD:
So also I will allow the pride of Judah to rot,
the great pride of Jerusalem.
This wicked people who refuse to obey my words,
who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts,
and follow strange gods to serve and adore them,
shall be like this loincloth which is good for nothing.
For, as close as the loincloth clings to a man’s loins,
so had I made the whole house of Israel
and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD;
to be my people, my renown, my praise, my beauty.
But they did not listen.

Responsorial PsalmDEUTERONOMY 32:18-19, 20, 21
R.     (see 18a)  You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
You were unmindful of the Rock that begot you,
You forgot the God who gave you birth.
When the LORD saw this, he was filled with loathing
and anger toward his sons and daughters.
R.     You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
“I will hide my face from them,” he said,
“and see what will then become of them.
What a fickle race they are,
sons with no loyalty in them!”
R.     You have forgotten God who gave you birth.
“Since they have provoked me with their ‘no-god’
and angered me with their vain idols,
I will provoke them with a ‘no-people’;
with a foolish nation I will anger them.”
R.     You have forgotten God who gave you birth.

Alleluia JAS 1:18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Father willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 13:31-35
Jesus proposed a parable to the crowds.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed
that a person took and sowed in a field.
It is the smallest of all the seeds,
yet when full-grown it is the largest of plants.
It becomes a large bush,
and the ‘birds of the sky come and dwell in its branches.’”

He  spoke to them another parable.
“The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast
that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour
until the whole batch was leavened.”

All these things Jesus spoke to the crowds in parables.
He spoke to them only in parables,
to fulfill what had been said through the prophet:

I will open my mouth in parables,
I will announce what has lain hidden from the foundation
of the world.
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 27 : St. Pantelon the Patron of Bachelors and Physicians - with Prayer

 MARTYR 
Died:
305
Patron of: against consumption, against tuberculosis bachelors, doctors, physicians, torture victims
Posted by Jacob
Today, July 28, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Pantaleon the Healer (also known as Saint Panteleimon, died 303), physician, confessor, and martyr for the faith. While serving as physician to the Emperor Maximianus, Saint Pantaleon lived his faith loudly, despite persecution of Christians, and through his witness and charity to the poor and enslaved, earned the martyrs’ crown. He is considered a contemporary to Saints Cosmas and Damian, also Christian physicians who suffered for their faith. Saint Pantaleon, whose name means the “all-compassionate one,” is the patron saint of physicians.
Pantaleon was born. in the city of Nicodemia (currently called Izmit, in northern Turkey near the Black Sea). His mother, Eubula, was a devout Christian who raised her son in the Christian way of life, while his father, Eustorgius, did not convert until much later. Sadly, Eubula passed away while Pantaleon was still quite young. While he had been exposed to Christianity, Pantaleon did not fully practice as a young man. Handsome, polite, and humble, he radiated happiness and peace to all he encountered, but was drawn to worldly pursuits. His father sent him to study under a famous physician, and eventually was appointed the royal physician to the court of Emperor Maximian.
While at the royal court, Pantaleon fell further from the faith, deceived by hearing the false maxims of the world applauded. It was then that the Lordsent a model of the faith, a zealous and prudent Christian named Hermolaus, to Pantaleon, to serve as advisor and friend. Hermolaus took special notice of the young physician and awakened his conscience, telling him that although the famous physicians of ancient times had possessed the science which cures bodies, Jesus Christ was a far more excellent Physician, able to cure not only bodies, but souls, by His divine doctrine. Through continued discussion and counsel, Pantaleon came to accept Christ into his heart. 
Soon thereafter, Pantaleon experienced a miraculous healing, saving a child from certain death after being bitten by a viper. Needing no further proof of the power of the Lord, he was baptized into the faith, and undertook a rigorous course of study on the Sacraments of the Church, Holy Communion, and the teachings and practices of the faithful. Through his faith, he subsequently cured a man of blindness, which led him to the faith. Similarly, his father, hearing of his son’s healings, converted, receiving Christ into his heart. 


When Eustorgus, his father, died, Saint Pantaleon liberated all his slaves on the family estate, and, having sold most of his possessions, gave to the liberated ones and others the assistance their poverty required. He cured other illnesses and soon became renowned in Nicodemia, attracting the attention of competing physicians. They wished to betray him to the Emperor, who was actively persecuting Christians.
Pantaleon was ordered to appear before the Emperor, who described the charges against him. The emperor had grown to like and trust Pantaleon, and attempted to save him by offering him the chance to make sacrifice to the pagan Roman gods. Of course, Pantaleon refused, and it was ordered that he be tortured and killed. After multiple attempts to kill him—which he miraculously survived—Saint Pantaleon was beheaded. 


The body of Saint Pantaleon was anointed with myrrh and buried outside of the city. His remains, or a portion of them, were later translated to Constantinople, where they are venerated today. It is said that his blood, conserved in a small vial, liquefies on his feast day, becoming oxygenated. Some of his relics, including his head, were later again translated to France by Charlemagne, and reside in the abbey of Saint Denys near Paris and in Lyons.


Prayer of the Sick to Saint Pantaleon
Saint Pantaleon, you know that it is hard to be ill without hope to get well again. Sometimes it is even more difficult to see someone suffer whom we love and whom we cannot help. Pray for the doctors in whom we trust. Give them wisdom and patience for the right way of treatment. 

You emulated God's mercy, and He granted you the power of healing, o Pantaleon, victorious martyr of Christ. Heal our spiritual diseases through your intercession, and as we constantly cry out to the Lord, 'Save us!' take away the temptations which the enemy always places before our steps. Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God: that by the prayers of thy holy Martyr blessed Pantaleon, we may be delivered from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul.His feast day is 27 July, also 28 July, and 18 February.


Text from 365 Rosaries Blogspot
 

RIP Famous TV Host Regis Philbin, who was Catholic and will have Funeral Service at Notre Dame - Rare Interview with Cardinal


Regis Philbin the famous TV host has died of natural causes on Friday, July 24, 2020 at the age of 88. Regis was born on August 25, 1931, in Manhattan. His father, Francis Philbin, a U.S. Marine was of Irish heritage. His mother, Filomena (born Boscia), was from an Italian immigrant family of ethnic Albanians. Philbin had a Catholic upbringing and was an alter boy. He had one brother, Frank M. Philbin, born on March 1, 1951 and who died on January 27, 2007. He attended  the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated in 1953 with a sociology degree. He later served in the United States Navy, and he then had varied television and radio jobs before broadcast Television.

Former television host Regis Philbin will have a funeral service and be buried on the campus of Notre Dame, according to a report by WSBT.
(Below: Watch a rare Interview with Regis and Cardinal Dolan - starts at 0:47) 
 A university spokesperson told WSBT that Philbin, will have a funeral service at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery on campus. No date has been set.
In an article by Franciscan Media, it was noted that Philbin carried lessons of faith with him through the ups and downs of his career. “It’s been very beneficial,” he tells St. Anthony Messenger. “It makes you stronger and overcome certain losses that occur in your life that everybody goes through one time or another.” Such as? “How about job loss?” Philbin offers.
That’s happened a couple of times, so you’ve just got to do a little prayer and hope for the best. I think your religion strengthens you in that regard.”

For Philbin, Notre Dame’s influence wasn’t found just on the football field. He says it’s the religious education he’s received, first at Our Lady of Solace Grammar School and Cardinal Hayes High School in New York’s South Bronx, and then at Notre Dame, that has grounded and guided him throughout his life.

“I think it solidified me, disciplined me and taught me an awful lot,” Philbin said while appearing on the TV show The Sunday Mass with New York’s Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan on Christmas Day 2009. “Everything I am right now I attribute to the 16 years I spent in Catholic education. This was great training for the life that followed. I don’t think other schools duplicate that in so many ways.”

Regis Francis Xavier Philbin’s interest in show business sparked as a child. Listening to Bing Crosby croon on the radio every night, the altar server had visions of a singing career.

In New York he was offered a co-hosting spot on Morning Show in 1983. Two years and two co-hosts later, Kathie Lee Gifford joined the show, which was renamed Live With Regis and Kathie Lee after becoming syndicated in 1988.


Philbin was married twice and had four children. He was married to Catherine Faylen, from 1955 to 1968, and they had a daughter, Amy, and a son, Daniel. He married interior decorator Joy Senese in 1970 (till death) and they had two daughters, Joanna and Jennifer. At the time of his death, Philbin resided in Manhattan, He supported  the sports teams of his alma mater, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
He remains a strong supporter of (Catholic) Cardinal Hayes High School. In 2007, he designated Hayes as the beneficiary of his $175,000 winnings from his appearance on a game show. He was also host of the popular Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? from 1999 to 2002.

Each year, he also funded scholarships for several Hayes students. “When I go there and see the kids, I’m very proud of them and what they’ve accomplished and the difference that Hayes has made in their lives,” he says. “And frankly, it’s all based on the religion part of it.”

Philbin shared his faith with the media. “There is a wide chasm between the media and religion, especially the Catholic religion I think, but that’s just the way it is,” he says. But “I’ve supported Hayes, Notre Dame and the church on many occasions.”
“That privilege of being educated at Notre Dame goes a long way,” he tells St. Anthony Messenger as he walks toward his cheering fans at the bookstore; “and Lou Holtz, who insists on you trying to be perfect. I’m not. I’m just like everybody else, but that, and the religion, helped me a lot.”

Regis Philbin is the Guinness World Records holder for most hours logged on screen (currently at more than 16,700),

Easy Novena to St Anne, Mother of Mary, and St. Joachim - #Prayers to Share!

Say once a day for 9 days- Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena:

O glorious St. Anne, filled with compassion for those who invoke thee and with love for those who suffer, heavily laden with the weight of my troubles, I cast myself at thy feet and humbly beg of thee to take under thy special protection the present affair which I commend to thee. 

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Be pleased to commend it to thy daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and lay it before the throne of Jesus, so that He may bring it to a happy outcome. Cease not to intercede for me until my request is granted. Above all, obtain for me the grace of one day beholding my God face to face, and, with thee and Mary and all the Saints, of praising and blessing Him for all eternity. Amen. 

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. 

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. 

Good St. Anne, mother of her who is our life, our sweetness and our hope, pray to her for us and obtain our request. 

Good St. Anne, pray for us. Jesus, Mary, Anne.

Another Novena Prayer to St.  Anne & St. Joachim
Great and glorious patriarch, St Joachim, and good St. Anne, what joy is mine when I consider that you were chosen among all God’s holy ones to assist in the fulfillment of the mysteries of God, and to enrich our earth with the great Mother of God, Mary most holy. By this singular privilege, you have become most powerful with both the Mother and her Son, so as to be able to obtain for us the graces that are needful to us.
With great confidence I have recourse to your mighty protection, and I commend to you all my needs, both spiritual and temporal, and those of my family. Especially do I entrust to your keeping the particular favor that I desire and look for from your intercession. (Mention your petition.)

And since you were a perfect pattern of the interior life, obtain for me the grace to pray earnestly, and never to set my heart on the passing goods of this life. Give me a lively and enduring love for Jesus and Mary. Obtain for me also a sincere devotion and obedience to Holy Church and the sovereign pontiff who rules over her, in order that I may live and die in faith and hope and perfect charity. Let me ever invoke the holy Names of Jesus and Mary. And may I thus be saved. Amen.
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena.
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Pope Francis says "Jesus, Who is the hidden treasure and the pearl of great value, cannot but inspire joy..." Full Text


ANGELUS
Saint Peter's Square
Sunday, 26 July 2020




Dear brothers and sisters, good day!
This Sunday’s Gospel reading (see Mt 13:44-52) consists of the final verses of the chapter Matthew devotes to the parable of the Kingdom of Heaven. The passage includes three parables that are very briefly outlined: that of the hidden treasure, that of the precious pearl, and that of the net cast into the sea.
I will look at the first two in which the Kingdom of Heaven is compared to two different “precious” items, namely, the hidden treasure in the field and the pearl of great value. The reaction of he who finds the pearl or the treasure is practically the same: the man and the merchant sell everything to buy what is now most dear to them. With these two similes, Jesus proposes to involve us in the building of the Kingdom of Heaven, presenting an essential characteristic of Christian life, of the life of the Kingdom of heaven: those who fully pledge themselves to the Kingdom are those who are willing to  stake everything, who are courageous. Indeed, both the man and the merchant in these two parables sell everything they have, thus renouncing their material security. From this it can be understood that the building of the Kingdom requires not only the grace of God, but also the active willingness of humanity. Everything is done by grace, everything! We need only have the willingness to receive it, not to resist grace: grace does everything but it takes “my” responsibility, “my” willingness … and who is responsible for this?
The gestures of the man and the merchant who seek to buy more precious treasures, depriving themselves of their goods, are decisive gestures, and radical gestures; but I would say that they are “one way” gestures, not a “round trip”: they are “one way” gestures. Moreover, they are gestures made with joy because both of them have found treasure. We are called upon to assume the attitude of these two Gospel figures, so that we too may become healthily restless seekers of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a matter of abandoning the heavy burden of our worldly sureties that prevent us from searching and building up the Kingdom: the covetousness for possession, the thirst for profit and power, and thinking only of ourselves.
In our times, as we are all aware, some people’s lives can end up mediocre and dull because they probably do not go in search of real treasure: they are content with attractive but fleeting things, whose bright lights prove illusory as they give way to darkness. Instead the light of the Kingdom is not like fireworks, it is light: fireworks last only an instant, whereas the light of the Kingdom accompanies all our life.
The Kingdom of Heaven is the opposite of the superfluous things that the world offers, the opposite of a dull life: it is a treasure that renews life every day and leads it to extend towards wider horizons. Indeed, those who have found this treasure have a creative and inquisitive heart, which does not repeat but rather invents, tracing and setting out on new paths which lead us to love God, to love others, and to truly love ourselves. The sign of those who walk this path of the Kingdom is creativity, always trying to do more. And creativity is what takes life and gives life, and gives, and gives, and gives… It always looks for many other ways to give life.
Jesus, Who is the hidden treasure and the pearl of great value, cannot but inspire joy, all the joy of the world: the joy of discovering a meaning in life, the joy of committing oneself to the adventure of holiness.
May the Blessed Virgin help us to search every day for the treasure of the Kingdom of Heaven, so that the love God has given us through Jesus may be manifested in our words and gestures.


After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father continued:
Dear brothers and sisters,
On the memorial of the Saints Joachim and Anne, Jesus “grandparents”, I would like to invite the young to perform a gesture of tenderness towards the elderly, especially the loneliest, in their homes and residences, those who have not seen their loved ones for many months. Dear young people, each one of these elderly people is your grandparent! Do not leave them by themselves. Use the inventiveness of love, make telephone calls, video calls, send messages, listen to them and, where possible, in compliance with the healthcare rules, go to visit them too. Send them a hug. They are your roots. An uprooted tree cannot grow, it does not blossom or bear fruit. This is why the bond and connection with your roots is important. “The blossom of a tree comes from what it has underground”, says a poet from my homeland. Therefore I invite you to give a big round of applause for our grandparents, everyone!
I understand that a new ceasefire concerning the Donbass area was recently decided in Minsk by members of the Trilateral Contact Group. While I thank them for this sign of goodwill aimed at bringing much-desired peace to that tormented region, I pray that what has been agreed will finally be put into practice, also through effective disarmament and mine clearance. This is the only way to rebuild confidence and lay the foundations for the reconciliation that is so necessary and so much awaited by the people.
I greet you all from my heart, Romans and pilgrims from various countries. I greet in particular the faithful of Franca, Brazil, the young people of the archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola, and those of the parish of Santi Fabiano e Venanzio of Rome.

I wish you all a blessed Sunday. Please, do not forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch, and arrivederci!
FULL TEXT + Image Source: Vatican.va - Official Translation