Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - Your Virtual Church - Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary


Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
Lectionary: 463

Reading 1
GAL 2:1-2, 7-14
Brothers and sisters:
After fourteen years I again went up to Jerusalem with Barnabas,
taking Titus along also.
I went up in accord with a revelation,
and I presented to them the Gospel that I preach to the Gentiles–
but privately to those of repute–
so that I might not be running, or have run, in vain.
On the contrary,
when they saw that I had been entrusted with the Gospel to the uncircumcised,
just as Peter to the circumcised,
for the one who worked in Peter for an apostolate to the circumcised
worked also in me for the Gentiles,
and when they recognized the grace bestowed upon me,
James and Cephas and John,
who were reputed to be pillars,
gave me and Barnabas their right hands in partnership,
that we should go to the Gentiles
and they to the circumcised.
Only, we were to be mindful of the poor,
which is the very thing I was eager to do.

And when Cephas came to Antioch,
I opposed him to his face because he clearly was wrong.
For, until some people came from James,
he used to eat with the Gentiles;
but when they came, he began to draw back and separated himself,
because he was afraid of the circumcised.
And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him,
with the result that even Barnabas
was carried away by their hypocrisy.
But when I saw that they were not on the right road
in line with the truth of the Gospel,
I said to Cephas in front of all,
“If you, though a Jew,
are living like a Gentile and not like a Jew,
how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Responsorial Psalm
PS 117:1BC, 2
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
Praise the LORD, all you nations,
glorify him, all you peoples!
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.
For steadfast is his kindness toward us,
and the fidelity of the LORD endures forever.
R. Go out to all the world, and tell the Good News.


Alleluia
ROM 8:15BC
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You have received a spirit of adoption as sons
through which we cry: Abba! Father!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
LK 11:1-4
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished,
one of his disciples said to him,
“Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.”
He said to them, “When you pray, say:

Father, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread
and forgive us our sins
for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us,
and do not subject us to the final test.”
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 October 7 : Our Lady of the Rosary who helped defeat an army at the Battle of Lepanto

October 7th is the Feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary:
Apart from the signal defeat of the Albigensian heretics at the battle of Muret in 1213 which legend has attributed to the recitation of the Rosary by St. Dominic, it is believed that Heaven has on many occasions rewarded the faith of those who had recourse to this devotion in times of special danger. More particularly, the naval victory of Lepanto gained by Don John of Austria over the Turkish fleet on the first Sunday of October in 1571 responded wonderfully to the processions made at Rome on that same day by the members of the Rosary confraternity. St. Pius V thereupon ordered that a commemoration of the Rosary should be made upon that day, and at the request of the Dominican Order Gregory XIII in 1573 allowed this feast to be kept in all churches which possessed an altar dedicated to the Holy Rosary. In 1671 the observance of this festival was extended by Clement X to the whole of Spain, and somewhat later Clement XI after the important victory over the Turks gained by Prince Eugene on 6 August, 1716 (the feast of our Lady of the Snows), at Peterwardein in Hungary, commanded the feast of the Rosary to be celebrated by the universal Church.
A set of "proper" lessons in the second nocturn were conceded by Benedict XIII. Leo XIII has since raised the feast to the rank of a double of the second class and has added to the Litany of Loreto the invocation "Queen of the Most Holy Rosary".
 On this feast, in every church in which the Rosary confraternity has been duly erected, a plenary indulgence toties quoties is granted upon certain conditions to all who visit therein the Rosary chapel or statue of Our Lady. This has been called the "Portiuncula" of the Rosary.
Text shared from the Catholic Encyclopedia


Bishops of Australia Praise Pope Francis' New Encyclical Noting Keys of Friendship and Solidarity - FULL TEXT


AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC BISHOPS CONFERENCE - Press Release
 Friendship and solidarity key themes in Pope Francis’ letter Media Release
October 4, 2020
A world that looks beyond a global pandemic with no roadmap can find one in Pope Francis’ new encyclical, which Archbishop Mark Coleridge says “is not just for believers but for the entire human family”. Published this evening, the Pope’s third encyclical is entitled Fratelli Tutti (Brothers and Sisters All) – words taken from St Francis of Assisi, who the Pope says has inspired what he writes. “It is a vision of the dignity of every human being from which flows the call to build a new culture of fraternity and dialogue,” said Archbishop Coleridge, president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. “In his previous encyclical Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You), Pope Francis spoke of care for our common home. Here he speaks of care for each other, the family that dwells together in the common home.” Pope Francis writes early in the encyclical: “It is my desire that, in this our time, by acknowledging the dignity of each human person, we can contribute to the rebirth of a universal aspiration to fraternity. “Let us dream, then, as a single human family, as fellow travellers sharing the same flesh, as children of the same earth which is our common home, each of us bringing the richness of his or her beliefs and convictions, each of us with his or her own voice, brothers and sisters all.” The Pope started work on the encyclical before COVID-19 struck. But he says that the need for local, national and international solidarity has become even more important now. The pandemic has created in many people a sense of the interdependence of communities and the fragility of human beings left to themselves. “Once this health crisis passes, our worst response would be to plunge even more deeply into feverish consumerism and new forms of egotistic self-preservation,” Pope Francis writes. “God willing, after all this, we will think no longer in terms of ‘them’ and ‘those’, but only ‘us’.” Archbishop Coleridge said the current divisions and conflicts all around are a road to nowhere. “The Holy Father speaks of ideologies that seek to divide rather than unite, policies that value certain people over others and economic systems that prioritise profit over people and the planet,” he explained. Archbishop Coleridge noted that many of those whom Pope Francis describes as often undervalued or treated inequitably – women, older people, unborn children, people who are trafficked, Indigenous peoples, people with disability, migrants and refugees – are similarly those left on the margin or cast aside in Australia. “In this country we may be tempted to think that the Pope is talking about elsewhere, but he’s not. True, he’s talking about the whole world – but he’s also talking about us,” the archbishop said. “Pope Francis offers a grand yet simple vision of human interconnectedness. We’re all connected to each other in ways we scarcely imagine. Our task now is to work out what this means in practice as we look beyond the pandemic. “In what he offers in this letter, the Pope can help with that. It’s impassioned yet tender, visionary yet practical, radical yet reasonable.” Read Fratelli Tutti and access other material at: www.catholic.org.au/fratellitutti
https://cathnews.com/media-releases/2376-201004-acbc-friendship-and-solidarity-key-themes-in-pope-francis-letter/file

#BreakingNews Ireland Moves to Level 3 due to COVID and Suspends All Public Mass Across the Country



COVID-19 Diocesan Update:
The announcement that the entire country is moving to Level 3 of the ‘National Framework for living with COVID-19’ has huge repercussions for our diocese. Briefly I just want to remind you of the following points:

Bishop Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa Criticizes Government Treatment of Doctors in Zimbabwe


AFRICA/ZIMBABWE - "The militarization of doctors will push them to flee abroad" says the Bishop of Chinhoyi
Monday, 5 October 2020

Harare (Agenzia Fides) - "They bring bloodshed; they kill. Instead of freedom, they bring prison. They bring violence and imprison all those who oppose them. The only thing they know is violence". This is the harsh attack launched by His Exc. Mgr. Raymond Tapiwa Mupandasekwa, Bishop of Chinhoyi, on the government of Zimbabwe, heavily criticized in the Country for the violent repression of protests and for the management of the crisis due to Covid-19.
The Bishop in particular condemned the government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa for the arrests in July and the prolonged denial of bail for political activists and journalists accused of plotting for the unconstitutional removal of the government.
Mgr. Mupandasekwa then criticized the recent decree by Vice President Chiwenga to enlist newly graduated doctors in the army. Vice President and new Health Minister Constantino Chiwenga, a former army general, ruled that newly graduated doctors must be recruited as military doctors, otherwise they will not be able to work in state hospitals.
About 230 medical students passed their final exams and had to be sent to public hospitals as Junior Resident Medical Officers (JRMO) for three years of on-the-job training before they could open clinics. According to the trade unions, this is a measure that aims to prevent strikes by medical personnel at an extremely critical moment for public health and for the government, accused of failing to manage the pandemic emergency.
Mgr. Mupandasekwa said the government is causing "great distress" to doctors with this "unconstitutional proposal. The freedom party has refused to give freedom of choice to young doctors", he said, adding that the Country could soon find itself without any doctors following this decree. Public hospitals are fighting shortages of medicines and rely on the support of mostly Western donors. Senior government officials, including Chiwenga, often seek medical assistance overseas.
Zimbabwe's 2,000 young doctors have gone on strike twice in the past 12 months, denouncing wages of up to Z $ 9,450 ($ 115) per month. Many are ready to leave after finding better paid jobs in the region and abroad.
The harsh intervention of the Bishop of Chinhoyi follows the publication on August 14 by the Episcopal Conference of Zimbabwe of the pastoral letter, "The march is not over" (see Fides, 17/8/20200). In their Letter, the Bishops called on the government to assume its responsibilities in the face of the dramatic economic and health crisis aggravated by the coronavirus, and criticized the brutal repression of protest demonstrations. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 5/10/2020)</div>

#BreakingNews Mobs of Thousands Attack Christian Homes in India - VIDEO - Please Pray


Morning Star News reports that Mobs of Thousands Attack Christian Homes in India
Animists incited by Hindu extremists as police stand by.
September 29, 2020 By Our India Correspondent - 1 Comment
Christian’s house attacked in Kondagaon District, Chhattisgarh state, India. (Morning Star News screenshot).png
Christians’ homes attacked in Singanpur, Kondagaon District,

NEW DELHI (Morning Star News) – Incited by Hindu extremists, thousands of tribal animists in Chhattisgarh, India last week drove Christians in three villages from their homes in assaults that police declined to prevent or stop in spite of prior warnings, sources said.

The attacks on Sept. 22-23 by mobs that swelled to more than 3,000 agitators damaged homes, sent Christians fleeing for their lives and left a woman hospitalized with serious injuries, but police officers’ only response was to pressure Christians to contribute to the Hindu festivals that were the touch point of the hostilities.

Sivram Koyam, a resident of Kakadbeda in Kondagaon District, said he and other Christians were at the local police station on Sept. 22 trying to warn officers of impending violence when they received calls from relatives saying fierce mobs were attacking their homes.

“From three in the afternoon till eight in the night, I pleaded with and begged the police officers to go and stop them, but they did not go,” Koyam told Morning Star News. “The furious mob came in search of me, and not finding me home, they picked up my wife and smashed her on the ground three times.”

The mob of about 3,000 animists were chanting Hindu slogans as they damaged homes in Kakadbeda village, he said.

“One of them tore my wife’s blouse [the garment worn beneath a saree],” Koyam said. “Besides grievous internal injuries, my wife was gripped with fear and traumatized by the incident. She developed fever and could not move due to severe pain and injuries.”

She had difficulty breathing due to chest injuries and was rushed to a hospital in Kondagaon 11 miles way, he said. She underwent treatment and was expected to be discharged soon.

The mob damaged 10 homes belonging to seven Christians in Kakadbeda, and the next morning (Sept. 23) they proceeded to Singanpur village, damaging homes of three Christians, and Tiliyabeda village, damaging the homes of two Christians.
Source: https://morningstarnews.org/

US Bishops' President Welcomes Pope Francis' New Encyclical on Human Fraternity - FULL TEXT


U.S. Bishops’ President Welcomes Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Human Fraternity
OCTOBER 4, 2020
WASHINGTON—Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement today welcoming Pope Francis’ new encyclical, Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship.

Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows:

“On behalf of the Catholic Church in the United States, I welcome the Holy Father’s new encyclical letter on human fraternity. Like Laudato Si’ before it, Fratelli Tutti is an important contribution to the Church’s rich tradition of social doctrine.

“Pope Francis’ teaching here is profound and beautiful: God our Father has created every human being with equal sanctity and dignity, equal rights and duties, and our Creator calls us to form a single human family in which we live as brothers and sisters.

“God’s plan for humanity, the Pope reminds us, has implications for every aspect of our lives — from how we treat one another in our personal relationships, to how we organize and operate our societies and economies.

“In analyzing conditions in the world today, the Holy Father provides us with a powerful and urgent vision for the moral renewal of politics and political and economic institutions from the local level to the global level, calling us to build a common future that truly serves the good of the human person.

“For the Church, the Pope is challenging us to overcome the individualism in our culture and to serve our neighbors in love, seeing Jesus Christ in every person, and seeking a society of justice and mercy, compassion and mutual concern.

“I pray that Catholics and all people of good will reflect on our Holy Father’s words here and enter into a new commitment to seek the unity of the human family.”