Sunday, April 7, 2013


(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday urged the faithful to be courageous in proclaiming their faith. 
Speaking to crowds of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Regina Coeli prayer, the Pope highlighted the fact that the eighth Sunday of Easter is also Divine Mercy Sunday, and he renewed his Easter greetings with the words of the Risen Christ: Peace be with you. 
These words – he said – are not a simple greeting: they are a gift – the precious gift that Christ offered to his disciples after he rose from the dead.

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you…” And the Pope said "this peace is the fruit of the victory of God’s love over evil, it’s the fruit of forgiveness". And he said this is the true peace that comes from having experienced God’s mercy.
And speaking of the peace Jesus gave to the Apostles so that they could spread it in the world the Pope said we too must have the courage to be witnesses of the faith in the Risen Christ. We must not be afraid – he said – to be Christians and to live as Christians.
Pope Francis urged those listening to have the courage to go forth and to announce the Risen Christ because He is our peace, He made peace possible with his love and his forgiveness, with his blood and with his mercy.
And Pope Francis concluded his address announcing he would be celebrating Mass in the afternoon in the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the Cathedral of the Bishop of Rome, and he invited those present to pray for the bishop and for the people of Rome in their journey of faith and charity.


Divine Mercy is a Feast celebrated the Sunday afer Easter. It comes from the visions of a Polish Nun, Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, that began on February 21, 1931. In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and, during the ceremony, he declared:

It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”.
She saw a vision of Jesus standing and was told to have the image made with the prayer : JESUS I TRUST IN YOU. The visions that speak of Jesus' great mercy for sinners if they come to him lasted from 1931-1938.
Pope John Paul II established that this Sunday have a plenary indulgence, 
In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbour, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters. . . .

a plenary indulgence, granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).

Sister Faustina was declared a Saint by Pope John Paul II on in 2000. Divine Mercy Sunday was instituted at the same time.
Blessed Saint Faustina
It is a universal Feast for the entire Church. The promise of Jesus to St. Faustina was: "I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion... on the Feast of My mercy. Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment."
Our Lord also asked…"I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere.
Here are the DIRECTIONS for fulfillment of Divine Mercy promise for the Sunday:
The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion
1. Celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy Sunday
 2. Sincerely repent of all our sins
3. Place our complete trust in Jesus
4. Go to Confession, preferably before that Sunday
5. Receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast
6. Venerate the Image of The Divine Mercy
7. Be merciful to others, through our actions, words, and prayers on their behalf.    
8. Say the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy
1. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following:
Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

3. On the 10 Hail Mary Beads say the following:
For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

(Repeat step 2 and 3 for all five decades).

4. Conclude with (three times):
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Then say: (optional)
O Blood and Water that gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury
of compassion --- inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with
great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will,
which is Love and Mercy itself.
Sister Faustina who gave us the Chaplet from God acknowledges the following:

"I saw an Angel, the executor of God's wrath... about to strike
the earth...I began to beg God earnestly for the world with words
which I heard interiorly. As I prayed in this way, I saw the
Angel's helplessness, and he could not carry out the just

"Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who
says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests
will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most
hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will
receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to
know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to
those who trust in My Mercy...."

"....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I
will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just
judge but as the Merciful Savior".

FOR MORE INFORMATION: things you need to know about Divine Mercy Sunday


A capital without traffic and blanketed in snow, for a religious festival still not recognized by the government. The faithful packed the churches and welcomed the new members into the community. The rites, including the lighting of the fire, have attracted the curiosity of passers-by. The Mongolian Church is "warm, alive and dynamic."

Ulaanbaatar (AsiaNews / EDA) - With the baptism of dozens of catechumens, who have made their entry into the Church on the eve of Sunday celebrations, the small Catholic community of Mongolia celebrated Easter. This year's anniversary coincided with "ecological Sunday" that bans cars and motorcycles to combat pollution. Events were organized to promote the use of bicycles, which resulted in many cyclists invading the streets of the capital Ulaanbaatar - carpeted by "an exceptional" snowfall, as confirmed by priests present for years in the territory. For the faithful, it was a "confirmation" of the "continuous growth" of the Catholic faith in a nation where state atheism dominated for decades, and which has witnessed a "religious revival" in the last 20 years.

Easter is not considered a national holiday in Mongolia and there are no days off. The celebrations were held in a "discreet way", say the Catholic Eglise d'Asie (EDA), but with great participation and places of worship were packed. Each parish lit the traditional fire in the Church atrium, attracting the gaze of curious passers-by with the rites and traditions of the small Christian community.

As in 2012, when about fifty faithful became Catholics, this year dozens of baptisms were celebrated a testimony to the quality of the work done by priests and the apostolic prefect of the capital, Msgr. Wenceslao Padilla. "The emergence of new parishes - a faithful notes - is the result of the prudent and cautious policy" carried out by the prelate, as government permits for the opening of a place of worship "are increasingly difficult to obtain." It has given rise to a native Christian reality "warm, alive and dynamic" capable also, as was the case for Palm Sunday, of staging a real animated representation of the Passion of Christ.

According to the latest estimates, tChristians - of all faiths - in Mongolia represent slightly more than 2% of the population; an overwhelming majority are Buddhists, or follow shamanistic beliefs of the local tradition. There is also high proportion of atheists, almost 40% of the total. Catholics are a few hundred (835 in 2012, although the number of baptized persons has now passed 900), but over time centers for orphans, the destitute and elderly, medical clinics have sprouted and grown - in a country where the health infrastructure is scarce - as well as several schools and technical institutes. In 1992, with the arrival of the first foreign missionaries (especially Filipinos), including the future Msgr. Wenceslao Padilla of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, there were no parishes. And only a few months ago there were still only four compared to the now six in the capital today, confirming the path of development. In the pastoral letter publishedfor the 20 years of the Church in Mongolia, the Apostolic Prefect recalled that today there are 81 missionaries in the country of 22 different nationalities, while the first two indigenous seminarians are preparing for the priesthood in Daejeon, South Korea (SC)



RICK WARREN, author of the best-selling book "Purpose Driven Life" has suffered tragedy in his family. His youngest son, Matthew Warren, age 27, committed suicide on April 5, 2013.
This was due to a life-long battle with mental illness. Rick and his wife Kay, married for 34 years, had 3 children Amy, Josh, and Matthew (deceased). They belong to the Southern Baptist Evangelical denomination. He also founded the "Saddleback" Church in Lake Forest, California where his is a Minister.


jensenCCCB RELEASE: On January 3, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr. Stephen Jensen, Vicar General for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, as Bishop of the Diocese of Prince George. On Tuesday, April 2, the Roman Catholic Diocese, together with parishioners and lay faithful in Prince George, came together to celebrate Msgr. Jensen's ordination to the episcopate with a special Mass of Installation. This happened at 7:00 pm Pacific time inside Sacred Heart Cathedral in Prince George, B.C.
The episcopal ordination of the Most Reverend Stephen Jensen as Bishop of Prince George took place on April 2, 2013, at the Sacred Heart Cathedral,Prince GeorgeBC. The Most Reverend J. Michael Miller, C.S.B., Archbishop of Vancouver, presided over the celebration. A number of other Bishops from across the country also assisted, among them the Most Reverend Gerald Wiesner, O.M.I, Bishop Emeritus of Prince George, and the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.  
Last Updated on Thursday, April 04 2013 


Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
3 Apr 2013
As a schoolgirl
Ellen Boisette preparing vestments
hated the feel of the coarse head-cloth fabric beneath her fingers as she stitched samplers in her weekly sewing class. But her complaints fell on deaf ears.
"Sister Clover would have none of it. Telling me it was up to me to do better. She warned if I didn't learn to sew well on rough fabrics I'd never be able to sew fine fabrics," she recalls laughing and insists when she left school she was considered no more than a "very mediocre sewer."
Perhaps Sr Clover inspired Ellen because almost seven decades later Ellen is one of the finest seamstresses in the Sydney Archdiocese.
For the past 30 years has meticulously repaired many of St Mary's Cathedral's liturgical vestments some of which date to the earliest years of the Australian Catholic Church.
Working with the some of the finest and often fragile liturgical silks, satins and brocades, she also oversees the tailoring and detail of contemporary liturgical vestments for many of Australia's bishops, priests and deacons.
"When I'm working on a cloth of gold and using the finest gold thread I think of Sr Clover and hope she is up there watching me," she says.
Full of humour and easy laughter, over the years Ellen has accumulated a vast knowledge of liturgical vestments as well as the history of the Cathedral and the Catholic Church in Australia.
Responsible with Sacristan, Chris Backhouse for two recent popular exhibitions of liturgical vestments held in the Crypt in 2010 and 2011, Ellen is also the person who designed and made the angel costumes the children wear each year at the First Sunday in Advent Mass and the blessing of the outdoor Nativity that follows.
Ellen has worked with St Mary's Cathedral as a volunteer for the past 30 years
"It was Ellen's idea for the children to carry baskets filled with rose petals to sprinkle as they lead the procession from the Cathedral and into the Square at the end of Mass," says Helen Hofman, House and Events Manager for St Mary's Cathedral.
Helen is filled with admiration and praise for Ellen and her remarkable and ongoing contribution to the Cathedral.
"She is a tireless and faithful worker and a great 'ideas' person as well as a beautiful seamstress," she says, adding that Ellen was not only a vital member of the St Mary's Flower Festival Committee but is a faithful committee member of the Friends of St Mary's Cathedral.
A mother and devoted grandmother of three, Ellen was still in her 40s when she was first approached to help repair Cardinal Norman Gilroy's galero - the traditional pre-Vatican II wide-brimmed Cardinal's hat - as well as the Cardinal's cappa magna, both of which had been planned to be used as an historic exhibit at the Cathedral's triennial Flower Festival of 1983.
"A priest I knew was a former couturier and tailor. He was the one who triggered my interest in liturgical vestments and although I have no idea why he thought I might have some ability, he vowed to teach me everything he knew as long as I promised to do exactly what he said. He was a perfectionist, and I'll never forget the time he sent out a set of vestments for repair and restoration. The repairers didn't keep the sacred braid trim but instead threw that away and replaced it with cheap gold lame. He was furious and told me what they had done was rubbish and made me promise I would never make such a mistake."
The priest also lent Ellen books on liturgical vestments and after she began repairing altar cloths for the Cathedral as well as frontals, which used to be used on the Cathedral's former wooden altar, word of her ability quickly spread.
Among the early vestments she was asked to repair was the rich brocade chasuble embroidered with silk thread dipped in gold bullion, Napoleon's uncle, Cardinal Joseph Fesch had donated to the Australian people in the early 1800s.
"I was amazed the chasuble hadn't been destroyed in the Cathedral fire of 1865. But  somehow the vestment had survived," she says.
By 1983, Ellen's dexterity with a needle together with her knowledge of different vestments and their history was well known throughout the Archdiocese and she was the obvious person to not only repair Cardinal Gilroy's tasselled galero and his cappa magna for the Cathedral's Flower Festival, but to mount an historic exhibition about the Cardinal in the Cathedral's Sacred Heart Chapel.
Ellen is widely known for her detailed needlework
"The galero was the hat that in pre Vatican II times was traditionally given to cardinals on their elevation and which on their death would be hung above their tomb and left to disintegrate and become dust, symbolising the cardinal's passage from the earthly life," she explains.
The cappa magna was also a pre Vatican II tradition and was the long flowing cape worn by cardinals so that when on horseback the "unsightly rump" of the animal was covered.
Ellen's knowledge and detail about pre-Vatican II times as well as the post Vatican II significance of various liturgical vestments is remarkable, as is her knowledge of history of each of the Cathedral's Archbishop Cardinals. This includes the tale of Cardinal Gilroy's youthful period as a telegraphist before the outbreak of World War I when he was fined one shilling - "a considerable amount at the time" - for not folding the telegrams properly and not putting them straight in the envelopes.
"The year I did the exhibition about Cardinal Gilroy was the 100th anniversary of telegraphy in Australia so I tracked down the original fine and we had that on display. We also had the GPO's telegraphy men wire up the Cathedral so that throughout the Festival people could buy a telegram at the front door and then collect the telegram they'd sent from behind the main Altar," she says.
It seems hard to believe that more than 30 years ago when Ellen was first asked to join the Flower Festival Committee she was unsure if she would have the energy or even if she might live long enough to be "of any use."
"I had a heart attack in 1983 and was given about 10 years to live. But with the advances in medicine I'm still here," she says and is convinced that along with prayer and faith in the Lord, triple bypass surgery in 1995 saved her life.
Faith and prayer were also important to her last year when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent several months of gruelling chemotherapy. Her cancer is now in remission and her energy, ideas and commitment to the Cathedral continue unabated.


Apr 07, 2013 - 2nd Sun Easter

Acts 5: 12 - 16

12Now many signs and wonders were done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico.
13None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high honor.
14And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women,
15so that they even carried out the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and pallets, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them.
16The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed.
Psalms 118: 2 - 4, 13 - 15, 22 - 24

2Let Israel say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."3Let the house of Aaron say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."4Let those who fear the LORD say, "His steadfast love endures for ever."13I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me.14The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.15Hark, glad songs of victory in the tents of the righteous: "The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,22The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner.23This is the LORD's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.24This is the day which the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Revelation 1: 9 - 13, 17 - 19

9I John, your brother, who share with you in Jesus the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.10I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet11saying, "Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Per'gamum and to Thyati'ra and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to La-odice'a."12Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands,13and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden girdle round his breast;17When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand upon me, saying, "Fear not, I am the first and the last,18and the living one; I died, and behold I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.19Now write what you see, what is and what is to take place hereafter.
John 20: 19 - 31

19On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you."20When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.21Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you."22And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit.23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."24Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came.25So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see in his hands the print of the nails, and place my finger in the mark of the nails, and place my hand in his side, I will not believe."26Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you."27Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing."28Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!"29Jesus said to him, "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;31but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.


St. John Baptist de la Salle
Feast: April 7

Feast Day:April 7
Born:1651 at Rheims, France
Died:1719 at Rouen, France
Canonized:24 May 1900 by Pope Leo XIII
Major Shrine:Sanctuary of John Baptist de La Salle, Casa Generalizia, Rome, Italy.
Patron of:educators, school principals, teachers
This saint is the patron of teachers, his great achievement having been to provide a system of education for the common people at a time when the poor were grossly neglected; not mercy by founding charity schools, a cling which had been attempted countless times before only to end in repeated failure, but by creating a body of trained teachers, and thus setting them on the only possible basis which guaranteed success.
It was not by inclination, but solely by chance chat he was led to take up this work. Indeed his family background and early training seemed hardly to have prepared him for it. Born in Rheims on April 30th, 1651, the eldest son of an aristocratic family, he inherited the rank and fortune of his parents, which set a gulf between him and the teeming masses of the poor. At sixteen, while he was pursuing a course of classical studies at the College des Bons Enfants, he became a canon of Rheims, and seemed to be marked out for a successful career in the church. He subsequently studied at Saint Sulpice and the Sorbonne for the priesthood, and was ordained at the age of twenty-seven. Up to this point nothing denoted what his mission was to be, and he himself had no inkling of it. But it was shortly after this that he was asked to co-operate in establishing some charity schools in his native town, and this led him to take charge of the teachers, to bring them into his own home and to train them. Little by little he became further involved in the work until he began to realize that everything pointed to his being the chosen instrument of Providence for the creation of a system of Christian education for the poor, whose ignorance and depravity were the disgrace of this 'splendid century', so remarkable for its achievements in every other sphere.
As he had made the will of God the guiding principle of his life, he decided to give himself up completely to this task, resigning his canonry and giving away his fortune in order to be on the same footing as the teachers with whom he lived. In so doing he aroused the anger of his relatives and incurred the derision of his class-minded compatriots, but this in no way made him alter his resolution. In 1684 he transformed his group of schoolmasters into a religious community, under the name of Brothers of the Christian Schools, and this was the origin of the order which continues to this day and is spread all over the world. So chat his order might confine itself solely to the work of teaching, he laid down that no brother might become a priest and that no priest might join the order. This rule is still observed. The first years were marked by poverty and hardship, but these were cheerfully endured, thanks to the  example of self-abnegation and extraordinary power of leadership shown by de la Salle, who vowed chat he would live on bread alone, if necessary, rather than abandon the work he had begun.
The religious and professional training of his brothers became his chief care, but he saw that he would never be able to satisfy all the requests he received for teachers unless he undertook the formation of secular schoolmasters as well, so he organized a training college for some forty youths in Rheims in 1687; the first instance of such an institution in the history of education.
After opening schools in a number of neighboring towns, in addition to chose in Rheims itself, he went to Paris in 1683 to take over a school in the parish of St. Sulpice, and there he established his headquarters. In the capital his work spread rapidly, and before long the brothers were teaching over 1,100 pupils. In Paris, too, he founded another training college, with a charity school attached, and organized a Sunday academy, or continuation school for youths already employed. When the exiled monarch, James II, entrusted fifty Irish youths to his care, he arranged for special courses to be given them to suit their needs.
The scope of his work was now such that it aroused the bitter antagonism of the writing masters and the teachers of the Little Schools, who saw their fee-paying pupils drifting into his free schools, and they brought law-suits against him. His schools were pillaged, and he found himself condemned and forbidden to open training colleges or charity schools anywhere in the Paris area. As a result he was excluded for a time from the capital, but by now his brothers were established in other localities, notably in Rouen, Avignon and Chartres, so that the decrees against him failed to ruin his work. Indeed from this time on, his communities multiplied all over France: in Marseilles, Calais, Boulogne, Mende, Grenoble, Troyes and other places. In Rouen he founded two important institutions: a fee-paying boarding school for the sons of bourgeois, who desired an education superior to that of the primary school but more practical than that of the 'classical' colleges; and a reformatory school for youthful delinquents and young men detained under <lettres de cachet.> Both proved very successful, and were significant forerunners of modern institutions of a similar kind.
In 1709 he established a third training college, at St. Den, but this lasted only a couple of years, after which it had to be closed as a result of an unfortunate law-suit.
De la Salle spent the last years of his life in Rouen, completing the organization of his institute, writing the Rule of the brothers in its definitive form, and composing <Meditations> and a <Method of Mental Prayer.> On Good Friday, April 9th, 1718, he died.
His brothers, already established in twenty-two towns of France and in Rome, now expanded their work rapidly. In 1725 they received a bull of approbation of their institute from the pope and letters patent from the king granting them legal recognition. The Revolution ruined their work in France, but they were by now established in Switzerland and Italy, so that they were able to survive this catastrophe and returned to France when more favorable conditions prevailed under Napoleon. Today they number over 15,000 and conduct educational institutions of every kind all over the world. In the United States alone there are some 2,000 brothers in five different Provinces.
De la Salle's pedagogical system is outlined in <The Conduct of Schools>, which he composed in 1695, and which is now considered an educational classic. It shows clearly his practical turn of mind and his essentially religious approach to the education of children. He wrote also several school manuals, notably <The Rules of Good Behaviour> and <The Duties of a Christian>, which proved very popular and went through over a hundred editions.