Thursday, January 4, 2018

#BreakingNews 2 Cardinals and 5 ArchBishops defend Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia with Video Series Guide - FULL Videos

Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia has received some negative press. However, when examined in light of Church teachings, it is clear, it holds nothing against the Catholic Faith. Cardinal Müller noted that Amoris laetitia, is in the line of holy Scripture, apostolic Tradition and the decisions of the papal and episcopal magisterium. Amoris Laetitia does not ask the faithful to believe anything that is against the dogma. The indissolubility of marriage is very clear. It is also important to note that neither Amoris laetitia nor the Buenos Aires Guidelines authorize any changes to Catholic canon law. The canonical rules for the worthy reception of Holy Communion articulated in canons 915 and 916 of the 1983 Code remain fully in force."
The Office for Evangelization and Catechesis of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) and the Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) have developed and launched a web-based video resource to assist with reflections on, and in the study of, Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia on love in the family. The resource consists of nine 7-8 minute videos as well as discussion guides. It is designed to be used by individuals in their homes or by groups gathered in diocesan, eparchial, parish, school or other Catholic institutional settings.
A Free 11 Page PDF Discussion Guide is also available here:
A number of people contributed to the production of the resource, including Bishops: His Eminence Gérald Cyprien Cardinal Lacroix, Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, the Most Reverend Christian Lépine, Archbishop of Montreal, the Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa, the Most Reverend Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton, the Most Reverend Paul-André Durocher, Archbishop of Gatineau, and the Most Reverend Noël Simard, Bishop of Valleyfield. Dr. Michel MacDonald, Director of COLF, and Dr. Moira McQueen, Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, were also resource persons for the project.
This new resource responds to the invitation of Pope Francis to study the document carefully when he says,
"...I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text. The greatest benefit, for families themselves and for those engaged in the family apostolate, will come if each part is read patiently and carefully, or if attention is paid to the parts dealing with their specific needs" (Amoris Laetitia, n. 7).

#BreakingNews Catholic College in India Threatened by 900 Hindu Extremists - Please Pray

Vidisha (Agenzia Fides) - Hundreds of police deployment was done at the St. Mary's Post Graduate College in Vidisha, Sagar Diocese in Madhya Pradesh, central India as Hindu right-wing groups threaten to perform Hindu rituals in the premises.
“Calm has returned to the place now as only policemen on watch have remained in the area. We thank once again the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singhji and the Madhya Pradesh police force. And a big thank you for your prayers. The Fathers and Sisters and other personnel are in a state of shock. Do continue to pray for them,” said Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), who is following the issue, told Fides news.
On January 4, more than 900 Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (Abvp), one of the Hindu right wing student groups threatened to gather and forcibly perform “Aarti of Bharat Mata” (incense to national personification of India as "Mother Goddess", represented by the goddess Durga dressed in an orange sari and accompanied by a lion) and other Hindu goddesses in the college. 
“The Madhya Pradesh police assured church authorities full police protection. The priests who manage the College, however feel that the situation is potentially very dangerous as over 900 activists were expected to gather in violation of police orders. There was already an aggression earlier on 30 December despite the presence of 20 policemen. We need to pray more. We are in touch with the Federal Home Ministry,” said Mascarenhas.
“We thank our Home Minister Singh for directly intervening to ensure safety of our Institution and priests, nuns, college personnel and staff and students. A large crowd of activists were reported to have gathered outside the college wanting to enter the premises. But a huge battalion of police is confident of dealing with the situation,” Bishop Theodore added.
It can be recalled that during the last Christmas season, a group of Hindu radicals seminarians and priests of Satna were attacked, when they were in the villages for Christmas carols. (SD) (Agenzia Fides 4/1/2018)

Easy #Novena to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - #Prayers to SHARE


Say for 9 Days - 
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena:
Oh, God our Father, 
glorify here upon earth your servant, 
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 
by manifesting the power of her intercession 
through the favour I now implore.

(State your intention here...)

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
Your Son, who lives and reigns with You 
and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, 
forever and ever. 


Soul of Jesus, Sanctify me.  Blood of Jesus, Wash me, Passion of Jesus, Comfort me. Wounds of Jesus, Hide me.  Heart of Jesus, Receive me. Spirit of Jesus, Enliven me.  Goodness of Jesus, Pardon me. Beauty of Jesus, Draw me.  Humility of Jesus, Humble me.  Peace of Jesus, Pacify me.  Love of Jesus, Inflame me.  Kingdom of Jesus, Come to me.  Grace of Jesus, Replenish me.  Mercy of Jesus, Pity me. Sanctity of Jesus, Sanctify me.  Purity of Jesus, Purify me.  Cross of Jesus, Support me.  Nails of Jesus, Hold me.  Mouth of Jesus, Bless me in life, in death, in time and eternity. Mouth of Jesus, Defend me in the hour of death. Mouth of Jesus, Call me to come to Thee. Mouth of Jesus, Receive me with Thy saints in glory evermore. Let Us Pray Unite me to Thyself, O adorable Victim. Life-giving heavenly Bread, feed me, sanctify me, reign in me, transform me to Thyself, live in me; let me live in Thee; let me adore Thee in Thy life-giving Sacrament as my God, listen to Thee as to my Master, obey Thee as my King, imitate Thee as my Model, follow Thee as my Shepherd, love Thee as my Father, seek Thee as my Physician who wilt heal all the maladies of my soul. Be indeed my Way, Truth and Life; sustain me, O heavenly Manna, through the desert of this world, till I shall behold Thee unveiled in Thy glory. Amen

#BreakingNews Death of Bishop Francis Micallef (Emeritus of Kuwait) in Malta at age 89 - RIP

With deep sadness we have to inform our faithful of the death of our beloved Bishop Francis Micallef (Emeritus of Kuwait) at 8.30 today morning in Malta. May his soul rest in peace. The last rites will be on Saturday at St John's Co-Cathedral in Valletta at 9:30 AM.
We give thanks to God for the gift of Bishop Francis to the Church in Kuwait for many long years. Bishop Francis was ordained Bishop on January 6, 1982. He came to Kuwait a few days later on January 13 and took charge of the Vicariate of Kuwait on January 15. He retired as Apostolic Vicar of Kuwait on July 14, 2005. Bishop Francis celebrated his 89th birthday on December 17, 2017.
We pray that our beloved Bishop Francis will now enjoy his heavenly reward in the company of Our Blessed Mother and all the Angels and Saints.
May God grant his family and all who mourn his death, strength and consolation in their grief and loss.

Name : Francis George Adeodatus Micallef
Title : Vicar Apostolic Emeritus of Kuwait
Titular See : Titular Bishop of Tinisia
Date Of Birth : December 17, 1928
Nationality : Maltese
Ordained Priest : May 9, 1954
Ordained Bishop : January 6, 1982

Retired : July 14, 2005

Died : January 3, 2018


Bishop Francis Micallef was born on December 17, 1928, at Birkirkara, Malta and was christened Francis George. His parents were George and Marianna.
His home was not far from the Discalced Carmelite monastery which instilled in him the seed of vocation and resulted in his entry into the Discalced Carmelite Order as a novice on August 15, 1947.
He made his first religious profession in the same Order, onAugust 22, 1948. He dedicated his life to the Order by ending final vows (profession) on October 15, 1951.

Bishop Francis had his studies in Malta as well as in Rome, Italy. Ordained as Priest on May 9, 1954 and having finished his Master's (Licenciate) in Theology, he returned to Malta where he taught moral theology.
Having returned to Malta he served as the Conventual, Prior (Superior) of the Monastery, Master of Novices and finally as the Provincial Superior of Maltese Discalced Carmelite Province.
The Discalced Carmelite Order recognized his service and at the General chapter held in Rome in the year 1973, he was elected one of the Four Defenitors General.
Later he was Rector at the Carmelite International College (TERESIANUM) in Rome from 1979-81. Being given the responsibility to look after the Carmelite missions world over, he had the opportunity to get acquainted with missions all over the world including Kuwait.
Little did he realize then, that a few years later he would have to shepherd the flock here.
As Msgr. Victor San Miguel was retiring due to his age, Bishop Francis George Micallef was appointed as third Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait on November 11, 1981, the office and responsibility which he reluctantly accepted.
He was ordained Bishop by Pope John Paul II on January 6, 1982 at the Vatican.
He came to Kuwait on January 13, 1982 and took possession (charge) of the Vicariate of Kuwait on January 15, 1982
Bishop Francis retired on July 14, 2005. He was succeeded by Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ.
As evident, Bishop Francis was a man of simplicity and rejoiced in humble service of the least of his brethren. His motto as Bishop was "To see the bright side of people and things". It was in this very manner that he administered to the needs of his flock after the example of the Good Shepherd. "There is no greater love, than to lay down one's life for his friends". Text source:

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thurs. January 4, 2018 - #Eucharist

Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Religious
Lectionary: 207

Reading 11 JN 3:7-10

Children, let no one deceive you.
The person who acts in righteousness is righteous,
just as he is righteous.
Whoever sins belongs to the Devil,
because the Devil has sinned from the beginning.
Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil.
No one who is begotten by God commits sin,
because God's seed remains in him;
he cannot sin because he is begotten by God.
In this way,
the children of God and the children of the Devil are made plain;
no one who fails to act in righteousness belongs to God,
nor anyone who does not love his brother.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 7-8, 9

R. (3cd) All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Let the sea and what fills it resound,
the world and those who dwell in it;
Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy before the LORD.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
The LORD comes;
he comes to rule the earth;
He will rule the world with justice
and the peoples with equity.
R. All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.

AlleluiaHEB 1:1-2

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets;
in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 1:35-42

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
"Behold, the Lamb of God."
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
"What are you looking for?"
They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher),
"where are you staying?"
He said to them, "Come, and you will see."
So they went and saw where he was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
"We have found the Messiah," which is translated Christ.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
"You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas," which is translated Peter.