Monday, December 31, 2018

Pope Francis at Vespers and Te Deum "Love of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to whom tonight Holy Mother Church elevates her hymn..." FULL TEXT + Video



Vatican Basilica
Monday, 31 December 2018

At the end of the year, the Word of God accompanies us with these two verses of the Apostle Paul (cf. Gal 4: 4-5). They are concise and dense expressions: a synthesis of the New Testament that gives meaning to a "critical" moment as it is always a passing of the year.

The first expression that strikes us is "fullness of time". It assumes a particular resonance in these final hours of a solar year, in which even more we feel the need for something that makes sense of the passage of time. Something or, better, someone. And this "someone" came, God sent him: he is "his Son", Jesus. We have recently celebrated his birth: he was born of a woman, the Virgin Mary; He was born under the Law, a Jewish child, subject to the Law of the Lord. How is it possible? How can this be the sign of the "fullness of time"? Of course, for the moment it is almost invisible and insignificant, but within a little more than thirty years, that Jesus will unleash an unprecedented force, which lasts and will last throughout history: the power of Love. It is love that gives fullness to everything, even to time; and Jesus is the "concentrate" of all the love of God in a human being.

St. Paul says clearly why the Son of God was born in time, what is the mission that the Father gave him to do: he was born "to redeem". This is the second word that strikes: to redeem, that is, to get out of a condition of slavery and return to the freedom, dignity and freedom of children. The slavery that the apostle has in mind is that of the "Law", understood as a set of precepts to be observed, a law that certainly educates man, is pedagogical, but does not free him from his condition as a sinner, indeed, for this to say "nail" him to this condition, preventing him from reaching his son's freedom.

God has sent his Only Son in the world to uproot the ancient slavery of sin from the heart of man and thus restore his dignity. In fact, from the human heart - as Jesus teaches in the Gospel (cf. Mk 7: 21-23) - all evil intentions, the iniquities that corrupt life and relationships come out.

And here we must stop, stop and reflect with pain and repentance because, even during this year that draws to a close, so many men and women have lived and live in conditions of slavery, unworthy of human beings.

Even in our city of Rome there are brothers and sisters who, for various reasons, are in this state. I think, in particular, to those who live without a home. They are more than ten thousand. In winter their situation is particularly harsh. They are all sons and daughters of God, but different forms of slavery, sometimes very complex, have led them to live on the edge of human dignity. Even Jesus was born in a similar condition, but not by chance, or by an accident: he wanted to be born this way, to manifest the love of God for the little ones and the poor, and thus throw into the world the seed of the Kingdom of God, Kingdom of justice, love and peace, where no one is a slave, but all are brothers, sons of the one Father.

The Church in Rome does not want to be indifferent to the slavery of our time, nor simply to observe and assist them, but wants to be within this reality, close to these people and these situations. Proximity, maternal.

I like to encourage this form of the motherhood of the Church as we celebrate the divine motherhood of the Virgin Mary. Contemplating this mystery, we recognize that God is "born of a woman" so that we could receive the fullness of our humanity, "adoption as children". From his lowering we have been relieved. Our greatness has come from his smallness. From his fragility, our strength. From his becoming a servant, our freedom.

What name to give to all this, if not Love? Love of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, to whom tonight the Holy Mother Church elevates her hymn of praise and thanksgiving throughout the world.

Are you Traveling? Prayer to St. Christopher for #SafeTravels and #Motorists - #Driving Prayers to SHARE

Saint Christopher Prayer"Motorist's Prayer:" Grant me, O Lord, a steady hand and watchful eye, that no one shall be hurt as I pass by. Thou gavest life, I pray no act of mine may take away or mar that gift of Thine. Shelter those, dear Lord, who bear my company from the evils of fire and all calamity.Teach me to use my car for others need; Nor miss through love of undue speed. The beauty of the world; that thus I may with joy and courtesy go on my way. St. Christopher, holy patron of travelers, protect me, and lead me safely to my destiny.
Saint Christopher's Protection Prayer
 Dear Saint Christopher, protect me today in all my travels along the road's way. Give your warning sign if danger is near so that I may stop while the path is clear. Be at my window and direct me through when the vision blurs From out of the blue. Carry me safely to my destined place, like you carried Christ in your close embrace. Amen.


 St. Christopher's Prayer
O Glorious St. Christopher you have inherited a beautiful name, Christbearer, as a result of the wonderful legend that while carrying people across a raging stream you also carried the Child Jesus. Teach us to be true Christbearers to those who do not know Him. Protect all of us that travel both near and far and petition Jesus to be with us always. Amen.

Don't Drink and Drive! Most Powerful Drunk Driving Ad - SHARE you might Save a Life - VIRAL - 17 Million Views

The holidays are here, it is a time for parties & for some time off work. It is a time for enjoying ourselves, having a drink with family & friends. This five minute retrospective of the road safety campaigns produced by the TAC over the last 20 years have been compiled for this powerful message. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 33,561 people died in traffic crashes in 2012 in the United States, with an estimated 10,322 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths that year.
PLEASE WATCH & Share, & maybe, just maybe, you might save a Life....

Gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year's Eve - #PlenaryIndulgence

Plenary Indulgences for 31 December 
The Enchiridion Indulgentiarum 26 indicates that we can gain plenary indulgences on the 31 December. (Video Below)
A plenary indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who, recite or sing the Te Deum
Under the usual conditions, a plenary indulgence can be gained:
1. Sacramental confession within eight days
2. A prescribed good work (for Dec. 31 the recital of the Te Deum)
3. Sacramental Holy Communion within eight days.
4. Prayers for the intentions of the Roman Pope (usually 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be)
5. Detestation of venial sin 

TE DEUM PRAYER in Latin and English
Te Deum laudamus: te Dominum confitemur.O God, we praise Thee: we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Te aeternum Patrem omnis terra veneratur.Everlasting Father, all the earth doth worship Thee.
Tibi omnes Angeli; tibi Caeli et universae Potestates;To Thee all the Angels, the Heavens and all the Powers,
Tibi Cherubim et Seraphim incessabili voce proclamant:all the Cherubim and Seraphim, unceasingly proclaim:
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus, Dominus Deus Sabaoth.Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts!
Pleni sunt caeli et terra maiestatis gloriae tuae.Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
Te gloriosus Apostolorum chorus,The glorious choir of the Apostles,
Te Prophetarum laudabilis numerus,the wonderful company of Prophets,
Te Martyrum candidatus laudat exercitus.the white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Te per orbem terrarum sancta confitetur Ecclesia,Holy Church throughout the world doth acknowledge Thee:
Patrem immensae maiestatis:the Father of infinite Majesty;
Venerandum tuum verum et unicum Filium;Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Sanctum quoque Paraclitum Spiritum.and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
Tu Rex gloriae, Christe.O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Tu Patris sempiternus es Filius.Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Tu ad liberandum suscepturus hominem, non horruisti Virginis uterum.Thou, having taken it upon Thyself to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Tu, devicto mortis aculeo, aperuisti credentibus regna caelorum.Thou overcame the sting of death and hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Tu ad dexteram Dei sedes, in gloria Patris.Thou sitest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Iudex crederis esse venturus.We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
Te ergo quaesumus, tuis famulis subveni: quos pretioso sanguine redemisti.We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Aeterna fac cum sanctis tuis in gloria numerari.Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
V. Salvum fac populum tuum, Domine, et benedic hereditati tuae.V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thine inheritance!
R. Et rege eos, et extolle illos usque in aeternum.R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Per singulos dies benedicimus te.V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. Et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum, et in saeculum saeculi.R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yea, forever and ever.
V. Dignare, Domine, die isto sine peccato nos custodire.V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R. Miserere nostri, Domine, miserere nostri.R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Fiat misericordia tua, Domine, super nos, quemadmodum speravimus in te.V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. In te, Domine, speravi: non confundar in aeternum.R. O Lord, in Thee I have hoped; let me never be put to shame.

#BreakingNews Greg Burke Head of Vatican Press Office Resigns along with Deputy Paloma Ovejero - FULL Text Release

FULL TEXT Release from
Resignation of the Director and Deputy Director of the Holy See Press Office and appointment of the interim Director

The Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the Director and Deputy Director of the Holy See Press Office, Dr. Greg Burke and Dr. Paloma García Ovejero, and appointed Alessandro Gisotti as interim Director of the Holy See Press Office. , until now Coordinator of Social Media of the Communication Department.
Burke, 59, a former Rome-based reporter for Fox News, joined the Vatican in 2012.
 Greg Burke tweeted: “The experience has been fascinating, to say the least. Thank you, Pope Francis.” He also goes on to say, “At this time of transition in Vatican communications, we think it’s best the Holy Father is completely free to assemble a new team.”
Ovejero, 43, a former reporter for the Spanish radio network COPE.  Dr. Paloma García Ovejero tweeted in Spanish translated to: “Ending a chapter. Thank you, Holy Father, for these two and a half years! Thank you, Greg, for your trust, your patience and your example.”

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday December 31, 2018 -#Eucharist in #Christmastide

The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
Lectionary: 204

Reading 1 1 JN 2:18-21

Children, it is the last hour;
and just as you heard that the antichrist was coming,
so now many antichrists have appeared.
Thus we know this is the last hour.
They went out from us, but they were not really of our number;
if they had been, they would have remained with us.
Their desertion shows that none of them was of our number.
But you have the anointing that comes from the Holy One,
and you all have knowledge.
I write to you not because you do not know the truth
but because you do, and because every lie is alien to the truth

Responsorial PsalmPS 96:1-2, 11-12, 13

R. (11a) Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all you lands.
Sing to the LORD; bless his name;
announce his salvation, day after day.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them!
Then shall all the trees of the forest exult before the LORD.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!
The LORD comes,
he comes to rule the earth.
He shall rule the world with justice
and the peoples with his constancy.
R. Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!

AlleluiaJN 1:14A, 12A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.
To those who accepted him
he gave power to become the children of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 1:1-18

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be.
What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.

A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light,
but came to testify to the light.
The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

He was in the world,
and the world came to be through him,
but the world did not know him.
He came to what was his own,
but his own people did not accept him.

But to those who did accept him
he gave power to become children of God,
to those who believe in his name,
who were born not by natural generation
nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision
but of God.

And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.

John testified to him and cried out, saying,
“This was he of whom I said,
‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me
because he existed before me.’”
From his fullness we have all received,
grace in place of grace,
because while the law was given through Moses,
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
No one has ever seen God.
The only-begotten Son, God, who is at the Father’s side,
has revealed him.

Free New Year's #Recipe by Maria Von Trapp of the Sound of Music

Sylvester Punch

Sylvester Punch
(In Austria the last day of the year is dedicated to the Holy Pope, St. Sylvester, who baptized Constantine the Great, thereby bringing about the dawning not only of the New Year but of a new era; for this reason, the night before the New Year is called "Sylvesterabend" (Eve of St. Sylvester).
Red burgundy (count one bottle for six people)
Equal amount of hot tea
12 cloves
rind of 1 lemon
2 tbsp. sugar to each bottle of wine
2 cinnamon sticks to each bottle of wine

Pour the liquid into an enamel pot, add the cloves, the thinly pared rind 
of 1 lemon, the sugar, and the cinnamon. Heat over a low flame but do not 
allow to boil. At the last moment add the tea. Serve hot.

If there are many children and very young people, it is good to know 
different fruit punch combinations. Here is a basic recipe, with 

1/2 cup lemon juice           grated rind of 1 lemon
1 cup orange juice            1 qt. water
grated rind of 1/2 orange     1 cup sugar

Cook sugar and water for five minutes. Cool. Add juices and the grated 
rind and any of the following combinations:

(1) 1 cup grated pineapple, 1 qt. ginger ale.

(2) 1 qt. strained, sweetened strawberry juice, 1 qt. raspberry juice, 2 
qts. ginger ale.

(3) 1 glass currant jelly dissolved in 1 cup hot water. Cook, chill, and 
add 1/4 cup mint, finely minced.

(4) 1 qt. cider, 1 qt. grape juice, 1 qt. soda water.

It is great fun to try out new variations every year. One starts with 
lemonade or orangeade and soon the children will go on to pineapple-ade, 
raspberry-ade....In our family we have something called "Hedwig-ade" 
because it is Hedwig's own secret.

Source: Maria Augusta Trapp
Music Arranged by Franz Wasner
Illustrations by Rosemary Trapp and Nikolaus E. Wolff
Harcourt, Brace & Co., New York.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Saint December 31 : St. Sylvester : #Pope

Feast Day:
December 31
31 December 335 at Rome, Italy
Patron of:
Feroleto Antico, Italy
Saint Sylvester I, also spelled Silvester (born , Rome [Italy]—died 335, Rome; Western feast day December 31, Eastern feast day January 2), pope from 314 to 335, whose long pontificate saw the beginnings of the Christian Roman Empire. A presbyter when elected to succeed Pope St. Miltiades (Melchiades), Sylvester was consecrated on Jan. 31, 314. The most important event of his reign was the Council of Nicaea (May 325), which condemned the Alexandrian Christian priest Arius, founder of Arianism, a heretical doctrine teaching that the Son was neither equal with God the Father nor eternal. While the Roman emperor Constantine I the Great favoured Christianity and was a major controller of its ecclesiastical affairs, neither he nor his immediate successors gave any official recognition to papal primacy over the church. Thus, it was a rare and significant exception when Sylvester was accorded a preeminent role in the Arian crisis. Although invited, he did not attend the Council of Nicaea personally but was represented by two legates, who were treated with great honour and respect yet did not preside at the debates. According to subsequent legend, Sylvester converted and baptized Constantine, who was the first Roman emperor to become a Christian, and miraculously cured him of leprosy, for which the emperor allegedly gave him the Donatio Constantini (Donation of Constantine), a grant of spiritual supremacy over the Eastern patriarchates and over all matters of faith and worship as well as temporal dominion over Rome and the entire Western world. The Donation is now universally admitted to be an 8th-century forgery, but it was important in the development of the medieval theory of church and state. Sylvester is believed to have built at the Cemetery of St. Priscilla on the Via Salaria a church, where he was buried. His relics were transferred in 762 by Pope St. Paul I to the Church of San Silvestro in Capite, now the national church of English Catholics in Rome. Text source Britannica

Free Christmas Movie : Mr. Krueger's Christmas - Stars James Stewart

Mr. Krueger's Christmas (1980)  | 26min | Drama, Family, Fantasy | TV Short  December 1980
Director: Kieth Merrill Writers: Alan Henderson (story), J. Scott Iverson (story) | Stars: James Stewart, Beverly Rowland, Kamee Aliessa |
Willy Krueger, a lonely and aging widower, lives in a basement apartment with only his cat George . Finishing his work for the day as the custodian for the building,  on Christmas Eve he buys a tree and on the way, he imagines he is a well-dressed gentleman along the snowy street. Returning home, he falls asleep listening to The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, dreaming that he is conducting them in carols of the season. He awakens to find some carollers outside his window, he calls them to visit him offering hot chocolate, but they leave after only one song. Handling figures of the small nativity beneath his tree, Willy finds himself in the manger for the very first Christmas. He also finds the true reason to celebrate as he prayerfully thanks the infant Jesus for being his closest friend.

Pope Francis "We pray for all the families of the world, especially those in which...there is a lack of peace and harmony." on Holy Family Feast - FULL TEXT + Video


St. Peter's Square
Sunday, December 30th 2018

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family and the liturgy invites us to reflect on the experience of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, united by an immense love and animated by great trust in God. Today's Gospel passage (cf. Lk 2,41-52 ) recounts the journey of the family of Nazareth to Jerusalem, for the feast of Easter. But, on the return journey, the parents realize that the twelve year old son is not in the caravan. After three days of searching and fear, they find him in the temple, sitting among the doctors, intent on discussing with them. At the sight of the Son, Mary and Joseph "were amazed" (verse 48) and the Mother expressed their apprehension by saying: "Your father and I, anguished, looked for you" (ibid.).

The amazement - they "were amazed" - and the anguish - "your father and I, anguished" - are the two elements on which I would like to draw your attention: amazement and anguish.

In the family of Nazareth, the wonder never ceased, not even in a dramatic moment like the loss of Jesus: it is the ability to be amazed by the gradual manifestation of the Son of God. It is the same astonishment that also affects the doctors of the temple, admired "for his intelligence and his answers" (v.47). But what is amazement, what is to be amazed? Amazement and wonder is the opposite of taking everything for granted, it is the opposite of interpreting the reality that surrounds us and the events of history only according to our criteria. And a person who does this does not know what marvel is, what amazement is. Being amazed is opening up to others, understanding the reasons of others: this attitude is important for healing compromised relationships among people, and it is also indispensable for healing open wounds within the family. When there are problems in families, we assume that we are right and we close the door to others. Instead, one must think: "What does this person have?" And marvel at this "good". And this helps the unity of the family. If you have problems in the family, think of the good things that the family you have problems with, and marvel at this. And this will help heal the family wounds.

The second element that I would like to grasp from the Gospel is the anguish that Mary and Joseph experienced when they could not find Jesus. This anguish manifests the centrality of Jesus in the Holy Family. The Virgin and her husband had welcomed that Son, they guarded him and they saw him grow in age, wisdom and grace in their midst, but above all he grew up in their hearts; and, little by little, their affection and understanding for him increased. This is why the family of Nazareth is holy: because it was centered on Jesus, all the attentions and solicitudes of Mary and Joseph were addressed to him.

That anguish they felt in the three days of the loss of Jesus should also be our anguish when we are far from Him, when we are far from Jesus. We should feel anguish when we forget about Jesus for more than three days, without praying, without read the Gospel, without feeling the need for his presence and his consoling friendship. And so many days pass without I remember Jesus. But this is bad, this is very bad. We should feel anguish when these things happen. Mary and Joseph looked for him and found him in the temple while he was teaching: we too, it is above all in the house of God that we can meet the divine Master and welcome his message of salvation. In the Eucharistic celebration we make a living experience of Christ; He speaks to us, offers us his Word, enlightens us, enlightens our journey, gives us his Body in the Eucharist from which we draw strength to face the difficulties of every day.

And today we return home with these two words: amazement and anguish. I know how amazed, when I see the good things of others, and so solve family problems? Do I feel anguish when I have strayed from Jesus?
We pray for all the families of the world, especially those in which, for various reasons, there is a lack of peace and harmony. And we entrust them to the protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth.

After the Angelus

Dear brothers and sisters,

let us pray together for all those in the Democratic Republic of Congo who suffer from violence and Ebola. I hope everyone is committed to maintaining a peaceful climate that allows a regular and peaceful conduct of the elections. Let us pray together: "Hail Mary, ...".

I greet all of you, Romans and pilgrims; parish groups, associations and young people. Today I address a special greeting to the families present here. A round of applause to the families who are here, all of them, and also to those who participate from home with television and radio.
The family is a treasure: we must always guard it, defend it. The Holy Family of Nazareth will always protect and illuminate your path.

I greet the religious Mercedari who came together with ministrants from various parts of Italy, as well as the faithful of Legnaro and Gragnano. I greet the Villabate scouts; the boys of Confirmation of the pastoral unit of Codognè (diocese of Vittorio Veneto) and those of some parishes of the diocese of Bergamo: Curno, Palazzago, Gromlongo, Barzana, Almenno. And I greet these two groups of nuns with the Spanish flag and the Polish flag.

I wish everyone a good Sunday and a happy end of the year. Finish the year with serenity. I thank you again for your wishes and your prayers. And please continue to pray for me. Good lunch and goodbye!
Source: Full Text Share from - Original in Italian - Unofficial Translation

#BreakingNews Son Charged with Killing his Mother outside a Catholic Church in Rockville, Maryland, USA

A 21-year-old man stabbed his mother to death outside a Catholic church in Rockville, Maryland, police say.

Jaclyn McGuigan, of Marwood Court in Rockville, was seen leaving her home with her son Friday night. Thirty minutes later, police were responding to reports of a deadly assault at Saint Raphael Church, police say. The 49-year-old mother appears to have been stabbed.

Police arrested her son, Kevin Justin McGuigan, about 7 a.m. Saturday in Rockville at a gas station. He is charged with first-degree murder.

Montgomery County police said Jaclyn and her son drove from her home in Rockville about 5:30 p.m. Friday to the church on Dunster Road.

According to police, witnesses reported hearing loud screaming from the front of the church and saw Kevin standing over his mother.

Police responded about 6 p.m. to reports of an assault and found Jaclyn at the entrance to the St. Raphael Catholi Church, bleeding and unresponsive.

"At this time, we have little information on what happened, but the incident does not appear to be related to the parish or school. The parish staff who were on site this evening have been speaking with the police and they are cooperating with the police investigation. We extend our heartfelt prayers to the individual’s family," the Archdiocese said.
Edited from NBC Washington

Wow the Christmas Story Touchingly told by Children with Down Syndrome by #ProLife group - goes Viral - SHARE - #DownSyndrome

This Christmas Story was told by Children with Down Syndrome is so touching it will break your heart...
SHARE with everyone! 

#BreakingNews Police Kill 40 Militants after Bomb Attack on Bus in Egypt - Please Pray

Egypt police 'kill 40 militants' in raids after tourist bus attack.
The raids came hours after a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb near the Giza pyramids
Police in Egypt have killed dozens of militants during security raids on their hideouts, the interior ministry has said.

The raids killed "40 terrorists" in Giza and North Sinai on Saturday morning, according to a statement from the ministry.

It said the militants were planning a series of attacks on tourist sites, churches and military personnel.

The bomb blast killed three Vietnamese tourists and an Egyptian tour guide.The roadside bomb went off at about 18:15  on Maryoutiya Street in Giza's Haram district as the bus carrying 14 Vietnamese tourists was passing. Four people were killed and eleven others were injured in the incident, .

"A group of terrorists were planning to carry out a series of aggressive attacks targeting state institutions, particularly economic ones, as well as tourism... and Christian places of worship," the ministry statement said.

It added that police had seized bomb-making materials, ammunition and a large number of weapons during the raids.

The country's main Christian minority, the Copts, are preparing to celebrate Orthodox Christmas on 7 January.
 Above Information Edited from BBC
Vatican Release Telegram of Condolences from Pope Francis
His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi
President of the Arab Republic of Egypt
His Holiness Pope Francis was deeply saddened to learn of the recent bomb attack near Giza. In deploring this senseless and brutal act, he prays for the victims and their families, for the injured and for the emergency personnel who generously came to their aid. Trusting that all will work to overcome violence with solidarity and peace, Pope Francis invokes divine blessings upon Egypt and its people.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin
Secretary of State

RIP Bishop Robert E. Mulvee, former Catholic bishop of Providence, Rhode Island, USA

The Most Rev. Robert E. Mulvee, former Catholic bishop of Providence, died Friday at age 88 after a brief illness, as reported by the Diocese of Providence. He died at the St. Antoine Residence, an assisted-living community in North Smithfield. Bishop Emeritus of Providence.
Biography from the Diocese Website
“As One Who Serves”
February 15, 1930 - December 28, 2018

The Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee was born February 15, 1930 in Boston, the son of the late John F. and Jennie T. Mulvee. He prepared for the priesthood at Saint Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut; Saint Paul Seminary at the University of Ottawa, Canada; and the American College at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He was ordained for the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire on June 30, 1957 at Louvain.

He served at a number of parishes in New Hampshire for several years before returning to Europe to do graduate work. In 1964 he completed his doctorate in Canon Law at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and also received a master’s degree in religious education from the University of Louvain. Later that year, he was named assistant chancellor of the New Hampshire Diocese and began a career in which he held numerous diocesan and parish positions.

Pope Paul VI named him a Papal Chamberlain with the title of Monsignor, in 1966. In 1977, he was named the first Auxiliary Bishop of Manchester. In 1985, Bishop Mulvee was appointed the seventh Bishop of Wilmington, Delaware.

Bishop Mulvee’s tenure in Providence began in 1995 when he was named Coadjutor Bishop of Providence. He became the seventh Bishop of Providence on June 11, 1997. Since 1997, Bishop Mulvee has served on many national and regional boards and committees.

February 15th, 2005, upon the occasion of his 75th birthday, Bishop Mulvee requested retirement from the Office of Bishop of Providence. Pope John Paul II accepted his retirement March 31st, 2005, and designated Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, then-Bishop of Youngstown, OH, to be installed as the 8th Bishop of Providence. Bishop Mulvee became Bishop Emeritus of Providence on May 31, 2005. He continues to be involved in ministry in the Diocese of Providence.

On May 18, 2017 Bishop Mulvee receives a Lumen Gentium Award for Administration and Stewardship - more here.

June 2017 Bishop Mulvee marked his 60th anniversary as a priest, 40th as a bishop.
Source: Dioceseofprovidence

RIP Bishop Attila Miklósházy, S.J., - Hungarian Jesuit Bishop and former Dean of St. Augustine's Seminary

Most Reverend Bishop Attila Miklósházy, S.J., was born on April 5, 1931 and died on December 28, 2018 Bishop Attila Mikloshazy lived in the Jesuit Infirmary at Pickering, ON. He suffered from multiple ailments, which required his transfer to Rene Goupil House. At St. Augustine's Seminary  he had served as Dean, professor of liturgy and historical theology. He also ministered Hungarian expatriates around the world. He celebrated his Golden Jubilee of priestly ordination.

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. December 30, 2018 - #Eucharist on the Feast of the #HolyFamily in #ChristmasTide - Readings + Video

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
Lectionary: 17

Reading 1SIR 3:2-6, 12-14

God sets a father in honor over his children;
a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.
Whoever honors his father atones for sins,
and preserves himself from them.
When he prays, he is heard;
he stores up riches who reveres his mother.
Whoever honors his father is gladdened by children,
and, when he prays, is heard.
Whoever reveres his father will live a long life;
he who obeys his father brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old;
grieve him not as long as he lives.
Even if his mind fail, be considerate of him;
revile him not all the days of his life;
kindness to a father will not be forgotten,
firmly planted against the debt of your sins
—a house raised in justice to you.

Or1SM 1:20-22, 24-28

In those days Hannah conceived, and at the end of her term bore a son
whom she called Samuel, since she had asked the LORD for him.
The next time her husband Elkanah was going up
with the rest of his household
to offer the customary sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vows,
Hannah did not go, explaining to her husband,
“Once the child is weaned,
I will take him to appear before the LORD
and to remain there forever;
I will offer him as a perpetual nazirite.”

Once Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him up with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;
as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.”
Hannah left Samuel there.

Responsorial PsalmPS 128:1-2, 3, 4-5.

R. (cf. 1) Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
who walks in his ways!
For you shall eat the fruit of your handiwork;
blessed shall you be, and favored.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
in the recesses of your home;
your children like olive plants
around your table.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.
Behold, thus is the man blessed
who fears the LORD.
The LORD bless you from Zion:
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life.
R. Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways.

OrPS 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10.

R. (cf. 5a) Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts!
My soul yearns and pines for the courts of the LORD.
My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
Happy they who dwell in your house!
Continually they praise you.
Happy the men whose strength you are!
Their hearts are set upon the pilgrimage.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.
O LORD of hosts, hear our prayer;
hearken, O God of Jacob!
O God, behold our shield,
and look upon the face of your anointed.
R. Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord.

Reading 2COL 3:12-21 

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Wives, be subordinate to your husbands,
as is proper in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives,
and avoid any bitterness toward them.
Children, obey your parents in everything,
for this is pleasing to the Lord.
Fathers, do not provoke your children,
so they may not become discouraged.

Or COL 3:12-17

Brothers and sisters:
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
bearing with one another and forgiving one another,
if one has a grievance against another;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.
And over all these put on love,
that is, the bond of perfection.
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one body.
And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,
as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs
with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed,
do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him. 

Or1 JN 3:1-2, 21-24

See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
And so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God and receive from him whatever we ask,
because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
And his commandment is this:
we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and love one another just as he commanded us.
Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them,
and the way we know that he remains in us
is from the Spirit he gave us.

AlleluiaCOL 3:15A, 16A

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Let the peace of Christ control your hearts;
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

OrCF. ACTS 16:14B

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Open our hearts, O Lord,
to listen to the words of your Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 2:41-52

Each year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the feast
of Passover,
and when he was twelve years old,
they went up according to festival custom.
After they had completed its days, as they were returning,
the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem,
but his parents did not know it.
Thinking that he was in the caravan,
they journeyed for a day
and looked for him among their relatives and acquaintances,
but not finding him,
they returned to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple,
sitting in the midst of the teachers,
listening to them and asking them questions,
and all who heard him were astounded
at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him,
they were astonished,
and his mother said to him,
“Son, why have you done this to us?
Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.”
And he said to them,
“Why were you looking for me?
Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”
But they did not understand what he said to them.
He went down with them and came to Nazareth,
and was obedient to them;
and his mother kept all these things in her heart.
And Jesus advanced in wisdom and age and favor
before God and man.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Feast of the Holy Family - Novena to the #HolyFamily and Prayers for Families to SHARE

The feast of the Holy Family, celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas. The feast day was formally instituted in 1921 under Pope Benedict XV. Originally celebrated on the Sunday after Epiphany (January 6), the Feast of the Holy Family was moved to the Sunday after Christmas in 1969. The Church gives us the Holy Family as a model for our own families. Joseph provided for Mary and Jesus by  working with his hands. He obeyed  the angel who told him to take Mary as his wife, to name the child and again when told to flee to Egypt. He taught Jesus the carpentry trade. Mary took care of her family in the home. It was she who would have taught Jesus the Scriptures and prayers.

Feast of the Holy Family -Novena - 
Most loving Jesus, Who by Thy sublime and beautiful virtues of humility, obedience, poverty, modesty, charity, patience and gentleness, and by the example of Thy domestic life didst bless with peace and happiness the family Thou didst choose on earth, in Thy clemency look down upon this household, humbly prostrate before Thee and imploring Thy mercy. Remember that this family belongs to Thee; for to Thee we have in a special way dedicated and devoted ourselves. Look upon us in Thy loving kindness; preserve us from danger; give us help in time of need, and grant us the grace to persevere to the end in the imitation of Thy Holy Family; that having revered Thee and loved Thee faithfully on earth, we may bless and praise Thee eternally in heaven. 

O Mary, most sweet Mother, to thy intercession we have recourse, knowing that thy Divine Son will hear thy prayers. 

And do thou, O glorious Patriarch, St. Joseph, assist us by thy powerful mediation, and offer, by the hands of Mary, our prayers to Jesus. Amen.

Here mention your petitions for this novena..........

1 Our Father ...1 Hail Mary... 1 GloryBe each day for 9 days.



Lord Jesus Christ, who, being made subject to Mary and Joseph, didst consecrate domestic life by Thine ineffable virtues; grant that we, with the assistance of both,
may be taught by the example of Thy holy Family and may attain to its everlasting fellowship. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

(Indulgence, 5 years each time)


A Prayer to The Holy Family, for One’s Children

O Jesus, only-begotten Son of the Eternal Father, well-beloved Son of the Blessed Virgin and foster Child of St. Joseph, we most fervently implore Thee, through Mary Thine ever-blessed Mother and St. Joseph Thy foster father, take our children under Thy special charge and enclose them in the love of Thy Sacred Heart. They are the children of Thy Father in Heaven, created after His own image; they are Thy possession, for Thou hast purchased them with Thy Precious Blood; they are temples of the Holy Ghost, who sanctified them in Baptism and implanted in their hearts the virtues of faith, hope and charity. 

O most loving Jesus, rule and guide them, that they may live according to the holy Catholic Faith, that they may not waver in their confidence in Thee and that they may ever remain faithful to Thy love. 

O Mary, Blessed Mother of Jesus, grant to our children a place in thy pure maternal heart! Spread over them thy protecting mantle when danger threatens their innocence;
keep them firm when they are about to stray from the path of virtue; and should they have the misfortune of falling into mortal sin, oh, then raise them up again, reconcile them with thy Divine Son and restore them to Sanctifying Grace.

And thou, O holy foster father St. Joseph, do not abandon our children! Protect them from the assaults of the wicked enemy and deliver them from all dangers of soul and body.

O dear parents of the holy Child Jesus! Intercede for us parents also, that we may bring up our children in the love and fear of God and one day attain with them the Beatific Vision. Amen.

Prayers Source: This prayer is taken from Prayer Book for Religious, compiled by Fr. F. X. Lasance, S.J. (Benziger Brothers, 1904)