Friday, September 18, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, September 19, 2020 - Your Virtual Church

Saturday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 448

Reading 1
1 COR 15:35-37, 42-49
Brothers and sisters:
Someone may say, “How are the dead raised?
With what kind of body will they come back?”You fool!
What you sow is not brought to life unless it dies.
And what you sow is not the body that is to be
but a bare kernel of wheat, perhaps, or of some other kind.

So also is the resurrection of the dead.
It is sown corruptible; it is raised incorruptible.
It is sown dishonorable; it is raised glorious.
It is sown weak; it is raised powerful.
It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual one.

So, too, it is written,
“The first man, Adam, became a living being,”
the last Adam a life-giving spirit.
But the spiritual was not first;
rather the natural and then the spiritual.
The first man was from the earth, earthly;
the second man, from heaven.
As was the earthly one, so also are the earthly,
and as is the heavenly one, so also are the heavenly.
Just as we have borne the image of the earthly one,
we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 56:10C-12, 13-14
R. (14) I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
Now I know that God is with me.
In God, in whose promise I glory,
in God I trust without fear;
what can flesh do against me?
R. I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.
I am bound, O God, by vows to you;
your thank offerings I will fulfill.
For you have rescued me from death,
my feet, too, from stumbling;
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
R. I will walk in the presence of God, in the light of the living.

LK 8:15
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart
and yield a harvest through perseverance.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 8:4-15
When a large crowd gathered, with people from one town after another
journeying to Jesus, he spoke in a parable.
“A sower went out to sow his seed.
And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path and was trampled,
and the birds of the sky ate it up.
Some seed fell on rocky ground, and when it grew,
it withered for lack of moisture.
Some seed fell among thorns,
and the thorns grew with it and choked it.
And some seed fell on good soil, and when it grew,
it produced fruit a hundredfold.”
After saying this, he called out,
“Whoever has ears to hear ought to hear.”

Then his disciples asked him
what the meaning of this parable might be.
He answered,
“Knowledge of the mysteries of the Kingdom of God
has been granted to you;
but to the rest, they are made known through parables
so that they may look but not see, and hear but not understand.

“This is the meaning of the parable.
The seed is the word of God.
Those on the path are the ones who have heard,
but the Devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts
that they may not believe and be saved.
Those on rocky ground are the ones who, when they hear,
receive the word with joy, but they have no root;
they believe only for a time and fall away in time of temptation.
As for the seed that fell among thorns,
they are the ones who have heard, but as they go along,
they are choked by the anxieties and riches and pleasures of life,
and they fail to produce mature fruit.
But as for the seed that fell on rich soil,
they are the ones who, when they have heard the word,
embrace it with a generous and good heart,
and bear fruit through perseverance.”
Prayer to Make a 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 September 19 : St. Januarius the Patron of Blood banks and Volcanic eruptions

Martyr, Bishop of Beneventum. St. Januarius is believed to have suffered in the persecution of Diocletian, c. 305. With regard to the history of his life and martyrdom, we know next to nothing. The various collections of "Acts", though numerous (cf. Bibliotheca Hagiographica Latina, n. 4115-4140), are all extremely late and untrustworthy. Bede (c. 733) in his "Martyrologium" has epitomized the so-called "Acta Bononiensia" (see Quentin, Les Martyrologes historiques", 76). To this source we may trace the following entry in the present Roman Martyrology, though the reference to the miracle of the liquefaction is an addition of much later date. "At Pozzuoli in Campania [the memory] of the holy martyrs Januarius, Bishop of Beneventum, Festus his deacon, and Desiderius lector, together with Socius deacon of the church of Misenas, Proculus deacon of Pozzuoli, Eutyches and Acutius, who after chains and imprisonment were beheaded under the Emperor Diocletian. The body of St. Januarius was brought to Naples, and there honourably interred in the church, where his holy blood is kept unto this day in a phial of glass, which being set near his head becomes liquid and bubbles up as though it were fresh."
In the Breviary a longer account is given. There we are told that "Timotheus, President of Campania," was the official who condemned the martyrs, that Januarius was thrown into a fiery furnace, but that the flames would not touch him, and that the saint and his companions were afterwards exposed in the amphitheatre to wild beasts without any effect. Timotheus declaring that this was due to magic, and ordering the martyrs to be beheaded, the persecutor was smitten with blindness, but Januarius cured him, and five thousand persons were converted to Christ before the martyrs were decapitated. Then, as the Breviary lesson continues, "the cities of these coasts strove to obtain their bodies for honourable burial, so as to make sure of having them advocates with God. By God's will, the relics of Januarius were taken to Naples at last, after having been carried from Pozzuoli to Beneventum and from Beneventum to Monte Vergine. When they were brought thence to Naples they were laid in the chief church there and have been there famous on account of many miracles. Among these is remarkable the stopping of eruptions of Mount Vesuvius, whereby both that neighbourhood and places afar off have been like to be destroyed. It is also well known and is the plain fact, seen even unto this day, that when the blood of St. Januarius, kept dried up in a small glass phial, is put in sight of the head of the same martyr, it is wont to melt and bubble in a very strange way, as though it had but freshly been shed."
.Text shortened from the Catholic Encyclopedia - Image Source: Google Images


O God, who grant us to venerate the memory of the Martyr Saint Januarius, give us, we pray, the joy of his company in blessed happiness for all eternity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Happy Rosh Hashanah! 10 Points to SHARE about the Jewish New Year and Links to Catholicism

1. Rosh Hashanah is the birthday of the universe, the day God created Adam and Eve, and it’s celebrated as the head of the Jewish year.
 2. It is celebrated on the first two days of the Jewish new year, Tishrei 1 and 2, beginning at sundown on the eve of Tishrei 1. Rosh Hashanah 2020 begins at sundown on September 18 and continues to September 20.
 3. It is celebrated by Candle lighting in the evenings, prayer services, festive meals with eating sweet delicacies during the night and day.
4. At the prayer services the ram’s horn (shofar) is sounded on both mornings.
5. As the horn is being blown,  you are to think about your actions in the past year, repent, start afresh etc.
6. It’s also traditional to wear white (as a colour of purity) on Rosh Hashanah. New clothes are also traditional.
7. The following week is regarded as a period of reflection (although normal life resumes), culminating next weekend in the festival of Yom Kippur – a 25-hour fast during which  ‘repenting’ becomes important.
8. Many Jews who converted to Catholicism still celebrate these Jewish festivals.
9. It is traditional to say Shanah Tovah Umetukah (Hebrew: שנה טובה ומתוקה‎), meaning "A Good and Sweet Year".
10. Traditionally, apples, honey and bread (Challah) are eaten - You can find some easy recipes here:

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Watch this Video Explaining Rosh Hashanah and the Jewish Roots of Catholicism:

Free Catholic Movie : The Reluctant Saint : Stars Maximilian Schell about Saint Joseph Cupertino

The Reluctant Saint (1962) 105 min - Comedy | Drama - 2 November 1962 (West Germany)
Saint Joseph of Cupertino was born Giuseppe Maria Desa in Copertino, Puglia, Kingdom of Naples. (June 17, 1603 — September 18, 1663) Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. (Review by Internet IMDB)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
Writers: John Fante, Joseph Petracca
Stars: Maximilian Schell, Ricardo Montalban, Lea Padovani
RIP Maximilian Schell

Quote to SHARE by St. Francis "Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for..."

"Lord, help me to live this day, quietly, easily. To lean upon Thy great strength, trustfully, restfully. To wait for the unfolding of Thy will, patiently, serenely. To meet others, peacefully, joyously. To face tomorrow, confidently, courageously."

by St. Francis of Assisi

Catholic Priest Re-Ordained after Invalid Baptism Discovered - FULL TEXT Official Release from Diocese of Oklahoma

FULL TEXT Press Release from the Diocese of Oklahoma:

 Oklahoma City priest “re-ordained” after learning of invalid baptism

September 16, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – Earlier this year, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued an important doctrinal note alerting the Catholic Church throughout the world that baptisms were not valid if the spoken baptismal formula was changed. Specifically, to say “We baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” does not confer the sacrament of baptism. Rather, the minister of baptism must say, “I baptize you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The congregation pointed to the Second Vatican Council, which established that no one “even if he be a priest, may add, remove or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority.”

In learning about the congregation’s decision, Father Zachary Boazman, a recently ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, reviewed a family recording of his infant baptism in 1992 in the Diocese of Fort Worth and realized the wrong word had been used by the deacon, changing the words (formula) of baptism to “We baptize” as opposed to “I baptize.”

Father Boazman, a graduate of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver and associate pastor at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Ponca City, immediately contacted Archbishop Paul Coakley to explain the situation and seek guidance.

According to sacramental theology and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, only a baptized Catholic can validly receive the other sacraments, since baptism is the means by which a person enters the Church and is incorporated into the body of Christ. It also means he had not been validly ordained as a priest.

To rectify the issue, Father Boazman was baptized, confirmed and received the Eucharist on Sept. 8 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Oklahoma City. He was ordained by Archbishop Coakley a transitional deacon and a priest on Sept. 12 also at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Because Father Boazman’s own baptism was invalid, the Masses he celebrated, the confessions he heard and the weddings he witnessed prior to being baptized and “re-ordained” also were invalid. This past week, Archbishop Coakley sanated (validated) the marriages celebrated by Father Boazman in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. Father Boazman had not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. Baptisms he performed were not affected, since anyone can baptize as long as they use the required wording with the proper intention.

“This has been a heart-breaking experience for Father Zak, but one that he handled with grace and patience,” Archbishop Coakley said. “I am certain this past week, as unsettling as it was, will further strengthen Father Zak’s resolve to serve God’s people and develop an even deeper appreciation for the gift of the priesthood.”

For further questions about how this may have impacted you or your family, please call (405) 721-1811.


Here is a video of his 1st Mass celebrated last year:

Novena to St. Joseph Cupertino and Miracle Prayer for Exams - Patron of Students, Pilots and Disabled

This powerful prayer is very effective in examinations. It has to be said before appearing in the examination. There are two variants to this prayer. Both the prayers are equally effective. 
You can choose any one of these:- First Prayer O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us. Amen. 
 Second Prayer O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination eg. History paper I ) examination. 
 In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me O Holy Ghost enlighten me Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me. Remember, when you succeed in the exams then you should thank St. Joseph of Cupertino. Image Source: Ordo Fratrum Minorum Conventualium.
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He is patron of students doing exams, travellers (especially those undertaking journeys by air), pilots, and is invoked by children, adults and the elderly who are unloved, abandoned or neglected.
Dear St Joseph, you were an unwanted child and were thought worthless even by your own mother. Intercede for all unwanted children that they may come to know they were born out of God’s love for them. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, you were an angry, frustrated child. We pray for all who struggle to express themselves, and that you help us overcome sins of anger. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, you experienced no love in your family and were considered of little account by all who knew you. We pray for all who have experienced the same. May we learn to treat everyone as having the worth they have in God’s eyes. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, you suffered because you found it difficult to learn. We pray for all those who struggle at school. May they take comfort from the fact that although learning wasn’t easy for you, this didn’t stop you from becoming a saint. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, you did the best with the intelligence you did have and put the rest in God’s hands. That way you passed all your exams and became a priest. We pray for all those struggling with exams. May we also do our best in everything and trust in God to guide our lives. We pray especially for (mention your request. Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, even the thought or mention of anything holy made you levitate in ecstasy. Grant us something of the understanding and reverence for God and his saints that you had. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, only when your superior ordered you to, were you able to come back down to earth. May we too have a love for and obedience to the teachings of the Church. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, you were unjustly suspected, confined to your room and neglected by those charged with looking after you. You accepted all this with humility. We pray for all those unjustly imprisoned, and that we too may have the humility to accept injustice for the love of Christ. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.
Dear St Joseph, because you could levitate you are the patron of travellers, especially air travellers. We pray for all those travelling that they may safely reach their destinations. We pray especially for (mention your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be.

Pope Francis tells Journalists to "be a mouthpiece of hope" not Gossip

Sala Clementina
Friday, 18 September 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, welcome!
I am pleased to meet you, collaborators of the Christian weekly " Tertio ", which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. I wish you a fruitful pilgrimage to Rome and congratulate you on everything you do in the field of information and communication. I thank Monsignor Smet and Mr. Van Lierde for their introductory words.
In the society we live in, information is an integral part of our daily life. When it is of quality, it allows us to better understand the problems and challenges that the world is called to face, and inspires individual, family and social behaviors. In particular, the presence of Christian media specialized in quality information on the life of the Church in the world, capable of contributing to the formation of consciences , is very important .
Moreover, the very name of your weekly, " Tertio" , refers to the Apostolic Letter of St. John Paul II Tertio millennio adveniente , in view of the great Jubilee of the year 2000, to prepare hearts to welcome Christ and his liberating message . This reference, therefore, is not only a call to hope, but also aims to make the voice of the Church and that of Christian intellectuals heard in an increasingly secularized media scenario, in order to enrich it with constructive reflections. Seeking a positive vision of people and facts, rejecting prejudices, it is a question of fostering a culture of encounter through which it is possible to know reality with a confident gaze.
The contribution of the Christian media is also noteworthy in fostering a new lifestyle in Christian communities, free from all forms of preconception and exclusion. In fact - we know - “gossip closes the heart of the community, closes the unity of the Church. The great talker is the devil, who is always saying bad things about others, because he is the liar who tries to disunite the Church, to alienate his brothers and to not create community "( Angelus , 6 September 2020 ).
Communication is an important mission for the Church. Christians engaged in this area are called to put into practice in a very concrete way the Lord's invitation to go into the world and proclaim the Gospel (cf. Mk 16:15). Due to his high professional conscience, the Christian journalist is required to offer a new testimony in the world of communication without hiding the truth or manipulating information. In fact, “in the confusion of voices and messages that surround us, we need a human narrative, which speaks to us about us and the beauty that inhabits us. A narrative that knows how to look at the world and events with tenderness; that tells about our being part of a living fabric; that reveals the intertwining of the threads with which we are connected to each other "(Message for the 54th Day of Social Communications , January 24, 2020). You are the protagonists of this "narrative".
The Christian information professional must therefore be a mouthpiece of hope, a spokesperson of trust in the future. Because only when the future is accepted as a positive and possible reality, does the present also become livable. These reflections can also help us, especially today, to nurture hope in the pandemic situation the world is going through. You are sowers of this hope for a better tomorrow. In the context of this crisis, it is important that the means of social communication help ensure that people do not fall ill from loneliness and can receive a word of comfort.
Dear friends, I renew my encouragement for your commitment and I thank God for your testimony during these twenty years, which have allowed your Weekly to gain a good reputation. As St. John Paul II underlined, "the Church looks to you, who work in the field of culture and communication, with trust and expectation, because [...] you are called to read and interpret the present time and to identify the ways for a communication of the Gospel according to the languages ​​and sensitivity of contemporary man "( Speech to the participants in the Conference for the operators of communication and culture promoted by the CEI , 9 November 2002).
I entrust your work at the service of the encounter between people and society to the protection of the Holy Virgin. May she turn her gaze to each and every one of you and help you to be faithful disciples of her Son in your profession. I bless all the collaborators of " Tertio" , family members, as well as the readers of the newspaper. And I ask you, please, not to forget to pray for me. Thank you.
Full Text Source- Vatican. Va

President Assad "returns" the "Holy Land College" to the Franciscans in Syria

ASIA/SYRIA - Assad "returns" the "Holy Land College" of Aleppo to the Franciscans
Thursday, 17 September 2020

Ora pro Siria

Aleppo (Agenzia Fides) - The former "Holy Land College" of Aleppo, historic stronghold of the Custody of the Holy Land in the northern Syrian metropolis, has been officially returned by the Syrian State to the Franciscan Fathers of the Province of Sao Paulo. This was reported by Father Firas Lutfi ofm, Custos of the Province of São Paulo for the Franciscans of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, in a letter released and also published on the Facebook account by the Catholic parish of the Latin rite of Aleppo.
In the letter, which bears the date of September 8, the complex is described as a place "which played an important role since its foundation as a secondary school", a school where "many doctors, engineers, State personalities and civil society received their school diploma". When the schools were nationalized by the Syrian regime - continues Father Firas - the 'Holy Land College' continued to represent an important place for the Christian presence in Aleppo, thanks above all to the activities carried out by the "Christian Educational Center". "Since the beginning of the abominable crisis that has afflicted our beloved Country", adds Father Firas, "the Franciscans have welcomed families in their mission in desperate need of a hospitable place that would offer a little stability and hope in their land and their cultural heritage. Hundreds of children from Aleppo flocked to the monastery every day, which became day after day an oasis of love, encounters and peace".
Now, thanks to the "long awaited gift" received "from the hands of the Virgin Mary" - the letter reads - the Franciscans will be able to carry out their mission more effectively at the service of the Syrian people afflicted "by war, epidemics and tribulations of all kinds". In his letter, the Franciscan Father also asks "God to bestow all his graces on His Excellency President Bashar Hafez al Assad, because he has honored us with this gift dear to all our hearts".
In the meeting with President Bashar Assad on 23 December 2019 (see photo), the Franciscan fathers, as reported by Ora pro Syria, asked to recover the land and the structure of the 'Holy Land' that belonged to the Order, and he guaranteed them "his interest".
Currently there are 15 Franciscans present in Syria. The parishes in the villages of Knayeh and Jacoubieh, in the Orontes valley, are active thanks to the pastoral service guaranteed by them, despite being in territories occupied by jihadist militias. Recently, in Syria, two Franciscans - Father Edward Tamer, 83, and Father Firas Hejazin, 49 - died due Covid-19. (GV) (Full Text Source- Agenzia Fides, 17/9/2020)