Friday, January 15, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, January 16, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church




Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310
Reading I
Heb 4:12-16
The word of God is living and effective,
sharper than any two-edged sword,
penetrating even between soul and spirit,
joints and marrow,
and able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart.
No creature is concealed from him,
but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him
to whom we must render an account.
Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens,     
Jesus, the Son of God,
let us hold fast to our confession.
For we do not have a high priest
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but one who has similarly been tested in every way,
yet without sin.
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace
to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help.
Responsorial Psalm
19:8, 9, 10, 15
R.    (see John 6:63c) 
   
 
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The law of the LORD is perfect,
    refreshing the soul;
The decree of the LORD is trustworthy,
    giving wisdom to the simple.
R.    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The precepts of the LORD are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
The command of the LORD is clear,
    enlightening the eye.
R.    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
The fear of the LORD is pure,
    enduring forever;
The ordinances of the LORD are true,
    all of them just.
R.    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
Let the words of my mouth and the thought of my heart
    find favor before you,
    O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
R.    Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.
Alleluia
Lk 4:18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Gospel
Mk 2:13-17
Jesus went out along the sea.
All the crowd came to him and he taught them.
As he passed by, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus,
sitting at the customs post.
Jesus said to him, “Follow me.”
And he got up and followed Jesus.
While he was at table in his house,
many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples;
for there were many who followed him.
Some scribes who were Pharisees saw that Jesus was eating with sinners
and tax collectors and said to his disciples,
“Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 
Jesus heard this and said to them,
“Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”
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 January 16 : St. Berard of Carbio a Franciscan Friar Minor and of the 1st Martyrs of the Friars in Morocco

 


St. Berard of Carbio
FRIAR MINOR AND MARTYR

Born:
Carbio, Umbria, Italy
Died
16 January 1220, Morocco
Canonized:
1481, Rome by Pope Sixtus IV
Of the noble family of Leopardi, and a native of Carbio in Umbria, Berard was received into the Franciscan Order by the Seraphic Patriarch  himself, in 1213. He was well versed in Arabic, an eloquent preacher, and was chosen by St. Francis, together with two other priests, Peter and Otho, and two lay-brothers, Accursius and Adjutus, to evangelize the infidels of the East. On the conclusion of the Second General Chapter in 1219, St. Francis believed that the time had then come for the religious of his order to extend their apostolic labours beyond the Italian peninsula and Northern Europe; and, choosing for himself and twelve other religious the greater part of Syria and Egypt, he allotted to Berard and his companions the missions of Morocco. The five missionaries set sail from Italy, and after sojourning some time in Spain and Portugal finally arrived in the Kingdom of Morocco. Their open preaching of the Gospel there and their bold denunciation of the religion of Mahomet soon caused them to be apprehended and cast into prison. Having vainly endeavoured to persuade them to abandon the true religion, the Moorish king in a fit of rage opened their heads with his scimitar, and thus were offered to God the first fruits of the blood of the Friars Minor. Berard and his companions were canonized by Sixtus V, in 1481. The feast of the martyrs of Morocco is kept in the order on the 16th of January.
SOURCE: Catholic Encyclopedia

Free Christian Movie : "The Keys of the Kingdom" in English - Drama

The Keys of the Kingdom (1944) Approved | 2h 17min | Drama | 15 December 1944 (USA) The Keys of the Kingdom Poster A young priest, Father Chisholm is sent to China to establish a Catholic parish among the non-Christian Chinese. While his boyhood friend, also a priest, flourishes in his calling as a priest in a more Christian area of the world, Father Chisholm struggles. He encounters hostility, isolation, disease, poverty and a variety of set backs which humble him, but make him more determined than ever to succeed. Over the span of many years he gains acceptance and a growing congregation among the Chinese, through his quiet determination, understanding and patience. Director: John M. Stahl Writers: Joseph L. Mankiewicz (screenplay), Nunnally Johnson (screenplay) Stars: Gregory Peck, Thomas Mitchell, Vincent Price | 

#BreakingNews March for Life Organizers Release Statement that the Pro-Life March will be Virtual - FULL TEXT



 Official March for Life Press Release: (Jan. 15. 21 - You can Register below)
The protection of all of those who participate in the annual March, as well as the many law enforcement personnel and others who work tirelessly each year to ensure a safe and peaceful event, is a top priority of the March for Life. In light of the fact that we are in the midst of a pandemic which may be peaking, and in view of the heightened pressures that law enforcement officers and others are currently facing in and around the Capitol, this year’s March for Life will look different. 

The annual rally will take place virtually and we are asking all participants to stay home and to join the March virtually. We will invite a small group of pro-life leaders from across the country to march in Washington, DC this year. These leaders will represent pro-life Americans everywhere who, each in their own unique ways, work to make abortion unthinkable and build a culture where every human life is valued and protected.
We are profoundly grateful for the countless women, men, and families who sacrifice to come out in such great numbers each year as a witness for life – and we look forward to being together in person next year.  As for this year’s march, we look forward to being with you virtually.

How do I watch online?

The March for Life Rally and march to the Supreme Court will be broadcast online for you to join virtually. We invite you to join us online for the broadcast by RSVPing at https://marchforlife.org/2021-virtual-events/. On January 29th, you will receive a link in your email inbox containing the link to watch the March for Life Rally and march.

How do I watch with my classroom?

The March for Life has created an instructional packet for classrooms and other groups to participate in the March for Life virtually. You can download the informational packet here: https://marchforlife.org/downloads/

We invite you to join the March for Life online by RSVPing at https://marchforlife.org/2021-virtual-events/.

Is the March for Life virtual from now on?

We look forward to being together in person next year.  However, for the protection of all those who participate in the annual March for Life, we ask you to join us virtually. You can register for the online broadcast by RSVPing at https://marchforlife.org/2021-virtual-events/.

Is there a Rose Dinner this year?

Yes! This year we are airing the Virtual Rose Dinner Gala at 7 PM on January 29th. We invite you to join us to hear from our keynote speaker, Tim Tebow, and Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, as he receives the Pro-life Legacy Award. Click here for more information and to register: https://marchforlife.org/annual-rose-dinner/

Is anyone marching this year?

The annual rally will take place virtually and we are asking all participants to stay home and to join the March virtually. We will invite a small group of pro-life leaders from across the country to march in Washington, DC this year. These leaders will represent pro-life Americans everywhere who, each in their own unique ways, work to make abortion unthinkable and build a culture where every human life is valued and protected.  We invite you to join us online by RSVPing at https://marchforlife.org/2021-virtual-events/.

What should I do about travel reservations I’ve booked?

For the protection of all those who participate in the annual March, we invite you to participate virtually. To make adjustments to your travel plans please reach out to those hotels and other travel services directly. We invite you to join the March for Life virtually by registering here: https://marchforlife.org/2021-virtual-events/.

U.S. Bishops' Pro-Life Chairman Welcomes Supreme Court's Reinstatement of Safety Requirements for Abortion Drugs



U.S. Bishop Chairman for Pro-Life Activities Welcomes Supreme Court Decision Reinstating Safety Requirements for Chemical Abortion Drugs

WASHINGTON - On Tuesday night, the Supreme Court of the United States granted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s request to reinstate its authority to enforce important health and safety requirements for mifepristone, a chemical abortion drug. On July 13, 2020, a federal district court judge in Maryland issued a preliminary injunction preventing the FDA from enforcing the “Elements to Assure Safe Use” in the Risk Evaluation Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for mifepristone and allowing the drug to be dispensed by clinics, medical offices, and hospitals through the use of mail or delivery service. The Supreme Court’s decision in Food and Drug Administration v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (FDA v. ACOG) stays this nationwide injunction. Litigation on this issue continues in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City in Kansas, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities issued the following statement:
“We welcome the Supreme Court’s reinstatement of the FDA’s ability to enforce important and long-standing health and safety requirements related to chemical abortion drugs. Mail order mifepristone compounds the risks and trauma of abortion by encouraging women to end the lives of their children in their own bathrooms, often without any medical attention or follow-up care. This dangerous, painful, and emotionally bleak process results in the death of innocent unborn lives and often has lasting negative impacts on women. The inalienable dignity of women and their unborn children deserves so much more.”
FULL TEXT Release USCCB

Top 50 Countries of Christian Persecution - World Watch List - Newly Released Shows Over 340 Million Persecuted Christians Globally



The Open Doors organization has just released its annual report. It shows that over 340 million people—1 in 8 Christians worldwide are persecuted. 
 340+ million of Christians are targeted, discriminated against and attacked—because they choose to follow Jesus. 
 Open Doors released its 2021 World Watch List—the annual ranking of the top 50 countries where it’s most dangerous to be a believer. The list is the foremost report of its kind, offering the most in-depth, reliable data on Christian persecution.
Over the last year, we’ve seen record increases in modern-day persecution—from oppressive surveillance and arrests in China and Iran to brutal violence in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the world, the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the ugliness of persecution in a new way, as thousands of families were refused government relief due to their faith. 
The facts this research reveals are staggering. It’s important we see the current reality. But don’t miss something else the list shows us: the resilience of God’s people. SEE the FULL List below the Video:
Please Remember to PRAY daily for persecuted Christians. 
 
 The numbers of believers who are suffering should mean the Church is dying—that Christians are keeping quiet, renouncing their faith and turning away.
But that’s not what’s happening. Instead, their on-the-ground ministry partners tell us that so many times, persecution is the direct result of believers sharing the gospel. 
Where there is persecution, you can be sure that God is moving in the hearts of people, strengthening them to share His love and stand resilient (Isaiah 43:19).

The top 50 countries where its most difficult to follow Jesus
1) Country: North Korea
Source of Persecution: Communist and post-communist oppression
Continent: Asia
Main Religion: Agnosticism
2) Afghanistan
Clan oppression
Central Asia
Islam
3) Somalia
Clan oppression
Africa
Islam
4) Libya
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
5) Pakistan
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
6) Eritrea
Denominational protectionism
Africa
Islam
7) Yemen
Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
8
Iran
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
9
Nigeria
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam, Christianity
10
India
Religious nationalism
Asia
Hinduism
11) Iraq
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
12) Syria
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
13) Sudan
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
14) Saudi Arabia
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
15) Maldives
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
16) Egypt
Dictatorial paranoia
Africa
Islam
17) China
Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Agnosticism
18) Myanmar
Religious nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
19) Vietnam
Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Buddhism
20) Mauritania
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
21) Uzbekistan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
22) Laos
Communist and post-communist oppression
Asia
Buddhism
23) Turkmenistan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
24) Algeria
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
25) Turkey
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
26) 
Tunisia
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
27) Morocco
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
28) Mali
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
29) Qatar
Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
30) Colombia
Clan oppression
Latin America
Christianity
31) Bangladesh
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
32) Burkina Faso
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
33) Tajikistan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
34) Nepal
Clan oppression
Asia
Hinduism
35) Central African Republic
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
36) Ethiopia
Denominational protectionism
Africa
Christianity
37) Mexico
Organized crime and corruption
Latin America
Christianity
38) Jordan
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
39) Brunei
Dictatorial paranoia
Asia
Islam
40) Democratic Republic of the Congo
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
41) Kazakhstan
Dictatorial paranoia
Central Asia
Islam
42) Cameroon
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
43) Bhutan
Religious nationalism
Asia
Buddhism
44) Oman
Clan oppression
Middle East
Islam
45) Mozambique
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
46) Malaysia
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
47) Indonesia
Islamic oppression
Asia
Islam
48) Kuwait
Islamic oppression
Middle East
Islam
49) Kenya
Islamic oppression
Africa
Christianity
50) Comoros
Islamic oppression
Africa
Islam
Source: https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list/ - Text Edited from Open Doors Email release

RIP Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid - Death of Cardinal in Brazil from COVID-19 at the Age of 88


The following is the telegram of condolence from the Holy Father to His Eminence Cardinal Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist., archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on the death yesterday of His Eminence Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I., archbishop emeritus of the same metropolitan see, of the Title of Ss. Bonifacio e Alessio:
Dom Orani João Tempesta, O. Cist.
Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro
It is with deep regret that I receive the news of the death of cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, and I wish to assure you of my prayerful solidarity with all the faithful who found in him a zealous pastor. His episcopal motto, “god is good”, reminded us of the goodness of god with his church, and this remembrance is truly consoling when we remember beloved Dom Eusébio, who served the people of god so diligently, as the first bishop of São José dos Campos, and in the guidance, with equal care, of the archdiocese of florianopolis and the metropolitan see of São Sebastião do Rio de janeiro.
 
 While I thank the most high for having given such a generous pastor to the church in brazil, I raise fervent prayers that the departed cardinal be welcomed in his eternal happiness, and console with hope in the resurrection all those who mourn the loss of their beloved pastor, imparting to them, as a pledge of heavenly consolation, the apostolic blessing.
Franciscus pp.
 
Biography of SCHEID Card. Eusébio Oscar, S.C.I. 
Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid, S.C.I., Archbishop emeritus of Saõ Sebastião do Rio de Janiero, Ordinary emeritus for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil, was born in Bom Retiro, Joaçaba, Brazil, on 8 December 1932.
He studied at the Dehonian Fathers’ Seminary and was ordained a priest in Rome on 3 July 1960. He holds a specialization and a doctorate in Christology.
Back in his homeland he taught dogmatic theology and liturgy until his appointment as Bishop of São José dos Campos on 11 February 1981; he was ordained on 1 May.
He was appointed Archbishop of Florianópolis on 23 January 1991.
On 25 July 2001, he became Archbishop of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro, and that same year he was named Ordinary for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil. He also served as President of South Region IV of the Brazilian Bishops’ Conference.
Archbishop emeritus of Saõ Sebastião do Rio de Janiero, 27 February 2009.
Ordinary emeritus for Eastern-Rite faithful resident in Brazil, 28 July 2010.
He participated in the conclave of April 2005, which elected Pope Benedict XVI.
Created and proclaimed Cardinal by St. John Paul II in the consistory of 21 October 2003, of theTitle of Ss. Bonifacio e Alessio (Sts. Boniface and Alexius).
Cardinal Eusébio Oscar Scheid died on 13 Janaury 2021.