Sunday, December 21, 2014

Free Catholic Movie : A Christmas Carol - Stars Patrick Stewart of Star Trek - 1999

Charles Dickens' classic novel about a Victorian-era miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions.
A Christmas Carol (1999) TV Movie - 95 min - Drama | Fantasy - 5 December 1999 (USA) Writers: Peter Barnes (written for television by), Charles Dickens (novel) Stars: Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Joel Grey

Interfaith Prayer Service by Archbishop Fisher in Australia Cathedral for victims of Cafe Siege

Interfaith Prayer Service for Victims of Violence

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
19 Dec 2014
Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at Interfaith Service at St Mary's Cathedral
Leaders of many different faiths came together today to remember, reflect and pray for the victims who died in the Martin Place siege, their families and all the hostages taken during the ordeal.
They also remembered victims of violence and terror in many other parts of the world.
Side by side in St Mary's Cathedral Muslims sat with Buddhists, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.
It was a powerful testimony to peace and harmony and the rejection of violent events like the siege in Martin Place this week which claimed the lives of two hostages, Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson, and the horrific killings of nearly 150 students and staff at a school in Pakistan by terrorists.
Archbishop Anthony Fisher welcomed the various faith leaders, their followers, and around 300 other people of all faiths and even no faith to the Service.
Mrs Kulwant Kaur representing the Sikh Community of NSW
Five leaders initially offered reflections - Brian White, the Chairperson of the Buddhist Council of NSW; Jeremy Spinak, President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies; Prof Nihal Singh Agar, of the Hindu Council of Australia; and Dr Basim Alansari, representing the Office of Ayatollah Al-Ansari/Shia Islam.
The Grand Muft of Australia, Dr Ibraham Abu Mohammad then addressed the gathering.
"On behalf of Australia's Muslims I stand before you first and foremost in trust and heartfelt sorrow for the families of the two victims and the recovery of their families," he said.
The Grand Mufti said he prayed for the healing of their wounds and his and the Muslim community's thoughts and prayers go out to the 17 hostages who endured such a horrendous ordeal.
The Grand Muft of Australia, Dr Ibraham Abu Mohammad addressed the gathering.
"I want to convey in public as well as in private gatherings that Australian society is one big family and will always remain a beacon of liberty, security and an oasis of multi-culturalism," the Grand Mufti said, adding that Australia would continue to stand united against crimes committed against innocent civilians.
"The tragic events of this week increase our unity and I am confident that as Australians we will rise above our wounds and exercise life as normal, and not allow anyone toi separate the bonds of love and harmony; and that we will always stand tall together."
Archbishop Fisher said;" So all of us reflecting together today know the importance of peace. It is at the heart of our faiths. We pray today for eternal peace with God for those who have died. For Katrina Dawson and Tori Johnson. And after a time of disturbance in our city we want to give common witness to our belief that genuine religion promotes peace, not division. We join together in repudiating hatred and violence. We salute and pray for each other the Peace of God which is beyond all understanding.And we affirm in common: God, the Holy, the Divine, the All Powerful, the All Merciful, wants peace.
The religious leaders recognised the importance of solidarity and harmony after the week of violence
"Christians believe the Prince of Peace came as a babe born in a manger at Christmas time. It is my prayer that His peace may shine on our heart-broken city this Christmas. May God's peace be with you all and with all Sydneysiders."
During the Service there was a period of silence for reflection and everyone was invited to pray according to their own traditions.
Then representatives from different faiths were invited to light a candle as the Cathedral bell tolled.
The Service concluded with the Australian National Anthem and a prayer for peace from Archbishop Anthony.
All the religious leaders were aware of the strong message their presence together sent to the community in a week when violence and death had so deeply touched the people of Sydney.ok

Pope Francis "Pray, go to confession, do some cleaning up… this is good." Angelus Text/Video - SHARE

Pope Francis addresses the crowd gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus Prayer - AFP
21/12/2014 01:

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful to listen carefully when God knocks at their door. “Too often – he said – Jesus passes by in our lives, he sends an angel and we are so caught up in our thoughts and concerns we do not even notice”.Speaking to the pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer, the Pope reflected on the liturgy of the last Sunday of Advent that tells of the  Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to Mary and on how she simply, and humbly – with an attitude of total faith in the Lord – said “yes”. She said “I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1, 38).
Mary – Pope Francis said - did not know what had been laid out for her in the future, she did not know what pains and what risks she would be called to face. But she was aware that the Lord had asked something of her and she trusted in him completely. This – he said – is the faith of Mary!
Another aspect to take note of – Francis continued – is this capacity of Mary to “recognize the time of God”. Thanks to her the Incarnation of the Son of God was possible. 
Mary teaches us – the Pope said – to be aware of the favorable moment in which Jesus passes in our lives asking for a ready and generous answer.
And Jesus – he said – does pass in our lives. At Christmas he knocks at the heart of every Christian and each of us is called to respond, like Mary, with a sincere and personal “yes”, putting ourselves at the disposal of God and of his mercy.
How often – the Pope pointed out – we so caught up in our own thoughts and concerns, perhaps in these very days in our preparations for Christmas, that we do not even notice that he is knocking at the doors of our hearts, asking for a welcome, asking for a “yes”.
And recalling the words of a Saint who used to say “I am afraid that the Lord will pass me by” the Pope explained that he was really afraid that he would not notice the Lord’s presence and would not be ready to respond. This attitude – Francis said – and this fear that we feel in our hearts “is really the Lord knocking” and it makes us want to be better, to be close to others and to God. 
“If this is what you feel, stop” - the Pope said – “the Lord is there! Pray, go to confession, do some cleaning up… this is good. But remember: if you feel this wish to be better, it is He who is knocking. Don’t let him pass you by!”
And Pope Francis concluded his reflection recalling the silent, prayerful figure of Joseph, as he is portrayed in every nativity scene.
The example of Mary and Joseph – he said – is an invitation to all of us to welcome Jesus openly; he comes to bring the gift of peace: “peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests” ((Luke 2, 14).
Just as the angels said to the shepherds – Pope Francis said – the precious gift of Christmas is peace, and Christ is our true peace: “Christ is knocking at the doors of our hearts go give us His peace. Let us open those doors to Christ!(Linda Bordoni)

Christmas Novena : Day 5 : Official Plenary Indulgence

Opening Prayer:

V. O God, come to my assistance.

R. O Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory be to the Father and to
the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without

Our Father, Who art in heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name;
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.  Amen.

Day 5 Prayers

The Circumcision

O most sweet infant Jesus, circumcised when

eight days old, and called by the glorious name

of Jesus, and proclaimed both by your name and

by your blood, to be the Savior of the world.

Have mercy on us.
Have mercy on us, 0 Lord. Have mercy on us.
Hail Mary...



NOVENA PREPARATORY TO CHRISTMAS In order to the devout preparation of ourselves for the glorious Birthday of our most loving Saviour, Jesus Christ, which the holy Church recalls to our memory every year on the 25th of December, and at the same time to render Him thanks for this great benefit, Pope Pius VII., by a Rescript of the Segretaria of the Memorials, dated August 12th, 1815 (which said Rescript is preserved in the Segretaria of the Vicariate), granted to all faithful Christians who, being contrite in heart, should prepare themselves for that great solemnity by a novena, consisting of pious exercises, prayers, acts of virtue, &c. -
i. An indulgence of 300 days each day of the said novena, and -
ii. A plenary indulgence to be gained on Christmas day, or on some day in its octave, by those who, after Confession and Communion, shall have made the said novena every day, and who shall pray according to the intentions of the Sovereigns Pontiff: and note that the Confession and Communion may be made on any one of the days of the said novena, provided the novena is correctly kept. This was declared by Pope Pius VIII., of holy memory, by means of the S. Congr. of Indulgences, July 9, 1830. These indulgences were extended by the above-named Pius VII. to one other time in the year, besides the the specified, when any one should make the aforesaid novena in honour of the Child Jesus.

Sunday Mass Online : Sunday December 21, 2014 - 4th Advent - B

Fourth Sunday of Advent
Lectionary: 11

Reading 12 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
When King David was settled in his palace,
and the LORD had given him rest from his enemies on every side,
he said to Nathan the prophet,
“Here I am living in a house of cedar,
while the ark of God dwells in a tent!”
Nathan answered the king,
“Go, do whatever you have in mind,
for the LORD is with you.”
But that night the LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
“Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD:
Should you build me a house to dwell in?’

“It was I who took you from the pasture
and from the care of the flock 
to be commander of my people Israel.
I have been with you wherever you went,
and I have destroyed all your enemies before you.
And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth.
I will fix a place for my people Israel;
I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place
without further disturbance.
Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old,
since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel.
I will give you rest from all your enemies.
The LORD also reveals to you
that he will establish a house for you.
And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors,
I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins,
and I will make his kingdom firm.
I will be a father to him,
and he shall be a son to me.
Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever before me;
your throne shall stand firm forever.”

Responsorial Psalm PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27-29

R/ (2a) For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
The promises of the LORD I will sing forever;
through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”;
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.
R/ For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
“I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant:
Forever will I confirm your posterity
and establish your throne for all generations.”
R/ For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
“He shall say of me, ‘You are my father,
my God, the Rock, my savior.’
Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him,
and my covenant with him stands firm.”
R/ For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

Reading 2ROM 16:25-27

Brothers and sisters:
To him who can strengthen you,
according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ,
according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages
but now manifested through the prophetic writings and,
according to the command of the eternal God,
made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith,
to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ
be glory forever and ever. Amen.

AlleluiaLK 1:38

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.

“Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.