Sunday, July 14, 2013


Vatican Radio REPORT: Pope Francis on Sunday visited the hill top town of Castelgandolfo, urging the thousands of locals and visitors to be visible signs of hope and peace in the world. Some ten thousand people, led by the mayor and bishop of nearby Albano, gathered in the square and side streets surrounding the papal summer residence ahead of the Holy Father’s arrival on Sunday morning.

Greeting each and every well-wisher in Castelgandolfo, Pope Francis thanked especially the religious and civil authorities, as well as all the staff who work in the Pontifical Villa where popes have traditionally spent time over the summer period – in particular he remembered his two immediate predecessors, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and Blessed Pope John Paul II

Speaking at the midday Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reflected on the Sunday Gospel which recounts the story of the Good Samaritan and recalled the figure of a 16th century Italian priest who is popularly known as a patron saint of the sick and all who care for them.
St Camillo de Lellis, who died on July 14th 1614, founded a congregation known as the Camillians recognized by a large red cross on their cassocks which they wore as they took care of the sick and dying on the battlefield. Today, the anniversary of his death, marks the opening of a year of celebrations for the four centenaries of those who have followed in his footsteps and Pope Francis prayed especially for all doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who continue to work as Good Samaritans in our suffering world today.

The Pope also looked ahead to his forthcoming visit to Brazil to celebrate World Youth Day with hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world. He prayed for all those taking part in the pilgrimage to Rio de Janeiro, that their hearts may be open to the mission that Christ gives them.
Joking with his enthusiastic audience, Pope Francis said there are clearly many young people here today, but he congratulated everyone present for feeling 'young at heart!'

Following the recitation of the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis remembered Christians in Ukraine who are today marking the 70th anniversary of a Second World War massacre of tens of thousands of Polish civilians by a Ukrainian nationalist militia. The Pope prayed for all the dead and injured, as well as asking God for the grace of true reconciliation between the peoples of Poland and Ukraine.



Vatican Radio REPORT: The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has published a message ahead of the "Sea Sunday", celebrated this year on July 14.

The celebration occurs every year on the second Sunday in July and is a time of remembrance, prayer and also celebration to thank the people of the sea for the service they render to the world community – nearly one and a half million seafarers aboard a globalized world fleet, composed of 100,000 ships that carry approximately 90% of manufactured products.

The annual observance is also intended to raise awareness of the ministry that the chaplains and volunteers of the Apostolate of the Sea, found in many ports throughout the world since 1920.

Below, please find the complete text of the Message of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People for Sea Sunday 2013: 

Message for Sea Sunday 2013
(14th July 2013)
This world of the sea, with the continuous migration of people today, must take into account the complex effects of globalization and, unfortunately, must come to grips with situations of injustice, especially when the freedom of a ship’s crew to go ashore is restricted, when they are abandoned altogether along with the vessels on which they work, when they risk piracy at sea and the damage of illegal fishing. The vulnerability of seafarers, fishermen and sailors calls for an even more attentive solicitude on the Church’s part and should stimulate the motherly care that, through you, she expresses to all those whom you meet in ports and on ships or whom you help on board during those long months at sea. These words were addressed by Pope Benedict XVI to the participants of the XXIII AOS Congress held in the Vatican City, November 19-23, 2012. As a matter of fact, for more than 90 years the Catholic Church, through the Work of the Apostleship of the Sea with its network of chaplains and volunteers in more than 260 ports of the world, has shown her motherly care by providing spiritual and material welfare to seafarers, fishers and their families. 

As we celebrate Sea Sunday, we would like to invite every member of our Christian communities to become aware and recognize the work of an estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million seafarers who at anytime are sailing in a globalized worldwide fleet of 100,000 ships carrying 90 per cent of the manufactured goods. Very often, we do not realize that the majority of the objects we use in our daily life are transported by ships crisscrossing the oceans. Multinational crews experience complex living and working conditions on board, months away from their loved ones, abandonment in foreign ports without salaries, criminalization and natural (storms, typhoons, etc.) and human (pirates, shipwreck, etc.) calamities. 

Now a beacon of hope is beaming in the dark night of these problems and difficulties encountered by the seafarers. 

The ILO Maritime Labor Convention 2006 (MLC 2006), after being ratified by 30 Member countries of the International Labor Office, representing almost 60 per cent of the world’s gross shipping tonnage, is set to enter into force in August 2013. This Convention is the result of several years of relentless tripartite (governments, employers and workers) discussions to consolidate and update a great number of maritime labor Conventions and Recommendations adopted since 1920. 

The MLC 2006 establishes the minimum international requirements for almost every aspect of seafarers’ working and living conditions, including fair terms of employment, medical care, social security protection and access to shore-based welfare facilities. 

While, as AOS, we are welcoming the entering into force of the Convention and confidently hope to see improvements on the life of the seafarers, we remain vigilant and express our attentive solicitude by focusing our consideration on the Regulation 4.4 of the Convention, the purpose of which is to: ensure that seafarers working on board a ship have access to shore-based facilities and services to secure their health and well-being.

We should cooperate with the proper authorities in our respective ports so that to all seafarers shore leave be granted as soon as possible after a ship’s arrival in port, for the benefit of their health and well-being (cf. B4.4.6§5)

We should remind to port states that they shall promote the development of shore-based welfare facilities easily accessible to seafarers, irrespective of nationality, race, color, sex, religion, political opinion, or social origin and of the flag state on which they are employed (cf. A4.4§1.).

We should assist the proper authorities to establish national and local welfare boards that would serve as a channel for improving seafarer’s welfare at ports, bringing together people from different types of organization under one identity (cf. B4.4.3).

We should also encourage the port authorities to introduce, aside from other forms of financing, a port levy system to provide a reliable mechanism to support sustainable welfare services in the port (cf. B4.4.4 §1(b)).

Our final responsibility is towards the seafarers. We should provide them information and education about theirs rights and the protection offered by this Convention, which is also considered the fourth and final pillar of the international maritime legislation, the other three being the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 1973, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) 1978. An effective implementation will be possible and real changes will happen only if the people of the sea will know the content of the MLC 2006.

Let ask Mary, the Star of the Sea, to enlighten and accompany our mission to support the work of the faithful who are called to witness to their Christian life in the maritime world (cf. Motu Proprio Stella Maris Sec. 1, Art. I).
Antonio Maria Cardinal Vegliò

+ Joseph Kalathiparambil


Arcticle prepared by and photos taken by Fr Robert Cross

Archbishop Costelloe Commissions Pilgrims for World Youth Day 2013

Archbishop Costelloe's Introduction to Commissioning Mass

This morning we are joined in the Cathedral not only by our regular parishioners and visitors from many parts of the country and indeed the world. This happens every Sunday here in St Mary’s and I hope you all know how welcome you all are. Today, we are also joined by a very special group of people. We are joined by the pilgrims who will be setting out, some in just a few days, to travel to Brazil for World Youth Day where, together with hundreds of thousands of other young Catholics from every part of the globe, they will take part in an experience of faith, of hope and of love which may well mark them for the rest of their lives. To all of you, then, World Youth Day pilgrims from our Archdiocese for 2013, I offer a special welcome as together we thank you for your enthusiasm, your commitment, your sense of adventure, and your courage. In today’s gospel we will hear about Jesus sending seventy-two disciples out ahead of him to prepare the people for his coming. Could it be more than just a coincidence that, even though not everyone is here this morning, we are in fact sending seventy-two people on pilgrimage to Brazil? Perhaps the Lord is saying to you, as he said to that first group of pilgrims, “Carry my peace with you – carry the news of the Kingdom of God with you – share your faith with those you meet – and know that your names are written in heaven”.
We will pray for you on this journey just as we pray for you now as, in this Mass, you are commissioned formally as pilgrims. Please pray for us when you join the Holy Father in Rio in just a few weeks’ time.

Commisioning Mass Homily

During the week I was in Sydney attending a Conference being hosted by the Sydney Campus of Notre Dame University. Over lunch one day I was talking to some of the other bishops who, like us, are preparing to send their young people to Brazil for World Youth Day. They too were about to celebrate Commissioning Masses for their pilgrims, just as we are doing this morning here in the Cathedral. Not all of them, however, were doing it in quite the same way. In some dioceses a special Mass was being held in the Cathedral either last Friday night or on an evening some time this coming week. Here in Perth I was very keen to celebrate the Commissioning Mass at this Sunday morning Mass because it seems to me, and I wanted to make clear to all of us, that our young pilgrims do not go as isolated individuals or even as a group who will hopefully bond together well over the coming weeks. More than that, our pilgrims, our young people, go as our representatives. They carry with them, for the most part, the faith they have learnt in their families, in their schools, and in their parishes. This means, I think, that they will carry with them something of us, of our archdiocese, of the faith that has built up the Church here in Perth. For that reason they need to know that they go with our blessing and our prayers, just as we need to be reminded that, in them, we too are somehow taking part in this great event.
World Youth Day is a remarkable phenomenon. Pope John Paul 11, whom we have just heard is to be canonized a saint later this year, inaugurated this celebration when, in 1986, he invited young Catholics to gather in Rome. Since then there have been eleven of these world youth days in various countries around the world, including here in Australia when, in 2008, World Youth Day was held in Sydney. For those who think the Church is dying, or who believe that the message and person of Christ are no longer able to appeal to young people, the extraordinary numbers of people, especially young people, who make great sacrifices to take part in these events, remind us that the Holy Spirit still calls people to Christ and to his Church and still moves us by the power of the gospel message. One of the largest gatherings in human history occurred when over five million people attended World Youth Day in the Philippines in 1995. Who knows how many people will gather in Rio to greet the first Latin American Pope in history as he visits the largest Catholic country in the world!
Impressive though the numbers are, the real value of World Youth Day lies in the faith which impels people to take part and in the faith with which so many of them will return home in a few weeks’ time. World Youth Day is a celebration of our catholic faith and this means, quite simply, that it is a celebration of Jesus Christ, who calls to us to live our lives as richly, as fully, as joyfully and with as much integrity as we can. In other words it is a celebration of Jesus who calls us to make our discipleship, our following of him, the central concern of our lives. “Come to me,” he cries out in the gospel, “and I will give you rest.” “Without me,” he says at the Last Supper, “you can do nothing – but if you live in me you will bear great fruit”. “I have come that you might have life” he announces in St John’s gospel, “life in all its fullness”.
This is what our faith in Christ and our following of him promises us: the gift of life as it was meant to be and as, deep down, we all want it to be: a life of deep, deep joy, of great generosity and kindness, of real honesty and integrity, a life of profound peace and enriching love.
We forget this so easily of course and find ourselves looking for all these things but in precisely the wrong places. We so easily substitute selfishness for generosity, deceitfulness for honesty, resentment and disdain for love and acceptance. And yet the words and promises of Jesus still stand and still call out to us: “Come to me, learn from me, follow me.”
These are the words which Jesus is addressing to each of our pilgrims as they prepare to leave for Brazil, just as he is addressing them to all those here this morning who can’t go to Brazil. It is true that you don’t have to travel quite so far to encounter Jesus. You can encounter him in your families and among your friends, you can encounter him in the beauty of the world in which we live, and you will certainly encounter him in his Church and in your quiet times of prayer. But a pilgrimage really is a privileged time, a special gift of grace, when the Lord intends, if you are ready to let him, to begin to shape you powerfully into the person he is calling you to be, the person you are made to be. To each of you then I want to say, “Be ready, be open, and expect to be surprised by the way in which God will be at work in your life over the next few weeks.”
May God bless you all as your prepare for this great adventure. May God bless all those who through their generosity have made this adventure possible. And may God bless and renew his Church through the faith and the joy you will bring back to us as the fruit of World Youth Day and as the precious gift you will be able to share with us.



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Thursday 11 July 2013

Communications Office

THE Washington Times on Tuesday 9 July carried the story of a baby saved from abortion because of the fast work of a local parish priest and his clever use of social media.

Having learnt that a couple was going to abort their baby he put out an urgent call on social media for a family to adopt the baby.  He had only one day to find a suitable family before the couple would proceed with the abortion.

In that one day, the parish phone rang non-stop and he received 900 emails from people who wanted to adopt the baby.  Read the full story here.


Teresa de Jesús (1984)
TV Series  -   -  Drma


 Concha Velasco, María Massip, Antonio Canal FOR PART 2 TUNE IN TOMORROW  

A powerful epic mini-series shot on location in Spain that tells the story of one of the most amazing women in history, St. Teresa of Avila. With meticulous attention to detail and historical accuracy, outstanding production values, and an incredible performance by actress Concha Velasco as Teresa, this acclaimed major film production is the definitive film on the life of this great saint. Teresa of Avila was called by God to reform and renew the Carmelite order, a daunting task. She was joined in this work by her great fellow Carmelite and spiritual director, St. John of the Cross. This film reveals the conversion that Teresa herself had to go thru to deepen her own union with Christ as she endeavored to bring about that same deeper spiritual reform of her Carmelite order. It shows the tremendous opposition that she and John both faced within (and without) their order to bring about this much needed spiritual renewal. She and John of the Cross were both great mystics who combined the essential dimensions of a profound spiritual life with the very practical aspects of being completely dedicated to the human tasks necessary for such a reform.


Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 105

Reading 1             DT 30:10-14

Moses said to the people:
“If only you would heed the voice of the LORD, your God,
and keep his commandments and statutes
that are written in this book of the law,
when you return to the LORD, your God,
with all your heart and all your soul.

“For this command that I enjoin on you today
is not too mysterious and remote for you.
It is not up in the sky, that you should say,
‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
Nor is it across the sea, that you should say,
‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us
and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’
No, it is something very near to you,
already in your mouths and in your hearts;
you have only to carry it out.”

Responsorial Psalm           PS 69:14, 17, 30-31, 33-34, 36, 37

R. (cf. 33) Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I pray to you, O LORD,
for the time of your favor, O God!
In your great kindness answer me
with your constant help.
Answer me, O LORD, for bounteous is your kindness:
in your great mercy turn toward me.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.
For God will save Zion
and rebuild the cities of Judah.
The descendants of his servants shall inherit it,
and those who love his name shall inhabit it.
R. Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live.

Or            PS 19:8, 9, 10, 11

R.(9a) 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.
They are more precious than gold,
than a heap of purest gold;
sweeter also than syrup
or honey from the comb.
R. Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life.

Reading 2               COL 1:15-20

Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of all creation.
For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers;
all things were created through him and for him.
He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.
He is the head of the body, the church.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,
that in all things he himself might be preeminent.
For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell,
and through him to reconcile all things for him,
making peace by the blood of his cross
through him, whether those on earth or those in heaven.

Gospel          LK 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
“Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law?
How do you read it?”
He said in reply,
You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself.”

He replied to him, “You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live.”

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
“And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied,
“A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
‘Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.’
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.”
Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”


Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha
Feast: July 14

Feast Day:July 14
Born:1656, Ossernenon, Iroquois Confederacy (Modern Auriesville, New York)
Died:17 April 1680 at Caughnawaga, Canada
Beatified:22 June 1980 by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine:St Francis Xavier Church, Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada
Patron of:ecology
Known as the "Lily of the Mohawks", and the "Genevieve of New France" an Indian virgin of the Mohawk tribe, born according to some authorities at the Turtle Castle of Ossernenon, according to others at the village of Gandaouge, in 1656; died at Caughnawaga, Canada, 17 April, 1680.
Her mother was a Christian Algonquin who had been captured by the Iroquois and saved from a captive's fate by the father of Tekakwitha, to whom she also bore a son. When Tekakwitha was about four years old, her parents and brother died of small-pox, and the child was adopted by her aunts and an uncle who had become chief of the Turtle clan. Although small-pox had marked her face and seriously impaired her eyesight and her manner was reserved and shrinking, her aunts began when she was yet very young to form marriage projects for her, from which, as she grew older, she shrank with great aversion.
In 1667 the Jesuit missionaries Fremin, Bruyas, and Pierron, accompanying the Mohawk deputies who had been to Quebec to conclude peace with the French, spent three days in the lodge of Tekakwitha's uncle. From them she received her first knowledge of Christianity, but although she forthwith eagerly accepted it in her heart she did not at that time ask to be baptized. Some time later the Turtle clan moved to the north bank of the Mohawk River, the "castle" being built above what is now the town of Fonda. Here in the midst of scenes of carnage, debauchery, and idolatrous frency Tekakwitha lived a life of remarkable virtue, at heart not only a Christian but a Christian virgin, for she firmly and often, with great risk to herself, resisted all efforts to induce her to marry.
When she was eighteen, Father Jacques de Lamberville arrived to take charge of the mission which included the Turtle clan, and from him, at her earnest request, Tekakwitha received baptism. Thenceforth she practised her religion unflinchingly in the face of almost unbearable opposition, till finally her uncle's lodge ceased to be a place of protection to her and she was assisted by some Christian Indians to escape to Caughnawaga on the St. Laurence. Here she lived in the cabin of Anastasia Tegonhatsihonga, a Christian Indian woman, her extraordinary sanctity impressing not only her own people but the French and the missionaries. Her mortifications were extreme, and Chauchtiere says that she had attained the most perfect union with God in prayer.
Upon her death devotion to her began immediately to be manifested by her people. Many pilgrims visit her grave in Caughnawaga where a monument to her memory was erected by the Rev. Clarence Walworth in 1884; and Councils of Baltimore and Quebec have petitioned for her canonization. On 22 June 1980, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II; her feast day is celebrated on 14 July.



St. Camillus de Lellis
Feast: July 14

Feast Day:July 14
Born:1550 at Bocchiavico, Abruzzi, kingdom of Naples, Italy
Died:14 July 1614 at Genoa, Italy
Canonized:1746 by Pope Benedict XIV
Major Shrine:Church of Mary Magdalene, Rome, Italy
Patron of:against illness, hospitals, hospital workers, nurses, sick people
THE early years of Camillus gave no sign of sanctity. At the age of nineteen he took service with his father, an Italian noble, against the Turks, and after four years’ hard campaigning found himself, through his violent temper, reckless habits, and inveterate passion for gambling, a discharged soldier, and in such straitened circumstances that he was obliged to work as a laborer on a Capuchin convent which was then building. A few words from a Capuchin friar brought about his conversion, and he resolved to become a religious. Thrice he entered the Capuchin novitiate, but each time an obstinate wound in his leg forced him to leave. He repaired to Rome for medical treatment, and there took St. Philip as his confessor, and entered the hospital of St. Giacomo, of which he became in time the superintendent. The carelessness of the paid chaplains and nurses towards the suffering patients now inspired him with the thought of founding a congregation to minister to their wants. With this end he was ordained priest, and in 1586 his community of the Servants of the Sick was confirmed by the Pope. Its usefulness was soon felt, not only in hospitals, but in private houses. Summoned at every hour of the day and night, the devotion of Camillus never grew cold. With a woman's tenderness he attended to the needs of his patients. He wept with them, consoled them, and prayed with them. He knew miraculously the state of their souls; and St. Philip saw angels whispering to two Servants of the Sick who were consoling a dying person. One day a sick man said to the Saint, "Father, may I beg you to make up my bed? it is very hard." Camillus replied, "God forgive you, brother! You beg me! Don't you know yet that you are to command me, for I am your servant and slave." "Would to God," he would cry, "that in the hour of my death one sigh or one blessing of these poor creatures might fall upon me!" His prayer was heard. He was granted the same consolations in his last hour which he had so often procured for others. In the year 1614 he died with the full use of his faculties, after two weeks' saintly preparation, as the priest was reciting the words of the ritual, "May Jesus Christ appear to thee with a mild and joyful countenance!"