Monday, March 19, 2018

#BreakingNews RIP Cardinal Keith O'Brien - Death of Scottish Cardinal at age 80

ScoNews: Cardinal Keith O’Brien has died
Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O’Brien has died.
He passed away peacefully in the early hours of March 19 at the age of 80 at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne surrounded by family and friends.
He had been in the care of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Newcastle, but was hospitalised after a fall in February.
The cardinal was Archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh Archdiocese from 1985 until his controversial resignation in 2013.
Archbishop Leo Cushley, the current archbishop of St Andrews & Edinburgh, said: “In life, Cardinal O’Brien may have divided opinion – in death, however, I think all can be united in praying for the repose of his soul, for comfort for his grieving family and that support and solace be given to those whom he offended, hurt and let down. May he rest in peace.”
Born on March 17 1938 in Ballycastle, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, Keith O’Brien was ordained a priest on April 3, 1965, at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh. He was consecrated as Archbishop by Cardinal Gordon Grey on August 5, 1985.
He was only the fourth cardinal for Scotland since the Reformation.
Archbishop Cushley visited the cardinal on Friday and administered the Sacrament of the Sick. In a message to priests and deacons, he said: “Today, I learned that the doctors at [the archbishop’s] hospital believe that his condition is not improving and that he may not have long to live. Please remember him in your prayers.”
Cardinal O’Brien’s resignation ahead of his 75 birthday was accepted on November 13, 2012. However, in February 2013, The Observer reported allegations from former and serving priests of sexual misconduct against the cardinal. On March 3, the cardinal admitted that ‘there have been times that my sexual conduct has fallen below the standards expected of me as a priest, archbishop and cardinal.’
He apologised and asked for forgiveness. Following an apostolic visitation, the Vatican announced in 2015 that Pope Francis had accepted the ‘resignation of Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien from the rights and duties of a cardinal.’
Funeral arrangements for Cardinal O’Brien are still to be finalised but will be done so in coming days in consultation with the Holy See and Cardinal O’Brien’s family, the archdiocese said.

Pope Francis "Prayer is the first task of the Bishop" Ordination Mass of Bishops - FULL TEXT + Video

Pope Francis consecrated three new bishops to the service of the Church on Monday, March 19, 2018, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Three new bishops are:
 – Mons. Waldemar Stanisław Sommertag of the clergy of the Diocese of Pelplin (Poland), born on February 6, 1968, in Więcbork (Poland), ordained priest on 30 May 1993, elected titular Archbishop of Maastricht and nominated Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua on February 15, 2018;
 – Mons. Alfred Xuereb of the clergy of the Diocese of Gozo (Malta), born October 14, 1958, in Gozo (Malta), ordained priest on May 26, 1984, titular Archbishop of Amantea and appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Korea and Mongolia on February 26, 2018;
 – Mons. José Avelino Bettencourt of the clergy of the Archdiocese of Ottawa (Canada), born May 23, 1962, in the Azores (Portugal), ordained priest on May 29, 1993, elected titular Archbishop of Novigrad and appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Georgia and Armenia February 26, 2018.


Vatican Basilica
Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Monday, March 19, 2018

Dear brothers and children,

it will do us good to reflect carefully on what high ecclesial responsibility our brothers are promoted. Our Lord Jesus Christ, sent by the Father to redeem men, sent the twelve apostles into the world, because filled with the power of the Holy Spirit they proclaimed the Gospel to all peoples and gathered them under one shepherd, sanctified them and guided them to salvation. .

In order to perpetuate this apostolic ministry from generation to generation, the Twelve joined the collaborators by transmitting them with the laying on of hands the gift of the Spirit received from Christ, which conferred the fullness of the sacrament of the Order. Thus, through the uninterrupted succession of bishops in the living tradition of the Church this primary ministry has been preserved and the work of the Savior continues and develops up to our times. In the bishop surrounded by his priests, the same Lord Jesus Christ, the high priest for ever, is present among you.

Indeed, it is Christ who in the ministry of the bishop continues to preach the Gospel of salvation and to sanctify believers through the sacraments of faith. It is Christ who in the bishop's fatherhood increases his body, which is the Church, of new members. It is Christ who guides the people of God in the earthly pilgrimage to eternal happiness in the wisdom and prudence of the bishop.

Accept, therefore, with joy and gratitude these our brothers, whom we bishops with the laying on of hands today associate with the episcopal college. Give them the honor of Christ's ministers and dispensers of the mysteries of God, to whom the testimony of the gospel and the ministry of the Spirit for sanctification is entrusted. Remember the words of Jesus to the Apostles: "Whoever listens to you, hears me, who despises you, despises Me and who despises Me, despises Him who sent me."

As for you, dear brothers, chosen by the Lord, reflect that you have been chosen among men and for men, you have been constituted in things that concern God. Not for other things. Not for business, not for social life, not politics. In fact, "Episcopate" is the name of a service, not an honor. Since the bishop is more responsible for serving than for domination, according to the commandment of the Master: "Who is the greatest among you, become as the smallest, and who governs, as one who serves". Escape from the temptation to become princes.

Announce the Word on every occasion: opportune and not opportune. Admonished, rebuked, exhorted with all magnanimity and doctrine. And through the prayer and offering of sacrifice for your people, draw from the fullness of the holiness of Christ the manifold riches of God. The bishop's prayer: the first task of the Bishop. When the widows of the Hellenists went to the apostles to complain because they did not care so much about them, they came together and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, they invented the diaconate. And Peter, when he explains this, what does he say? "You do this, this and this; to us, prayer and the proclamation of the Word "(cf. Acts 6: 1-7). The bishop's first task is prayer. A bishop who does not pray does not do his duty, does not fulfill his vocation.

In the Church entrusted to you, be faithful custodians and dispensers of the mysteries of Christ, placed by the Father at the head of his family; always follow the example of the Good Shepherd, who knows his sheep, is known by them and has not hesitated to give them life.

Love with love of father and brother all those whom God entrusts to you. First of all, the presbyters and the deacons, your collaborators in the ministry. Proximity to priests, please: may they find the bishop on the very day they seek him, or at most the next day. Proximity to the priests. But also closeness to the poor, the defenseless and to those who need hospitality and help. Encourage the faithful to cooperate in their apostolic commitment and listen to them willingly.

Pay close attention to those who do not belong to the one fold of Christ, because they have been entrusted to you in the Lord. Remember that in the Catholic Church, gathered in the bond of charity, you are united with the College of Bishops and you must bring within you the solicitude of all the Churches, generously assisting those who are most in need of help.

And be vigilant, watch with love over the whole flock in which the Holy Spirit places you to govern the Church of God. And do so in the name of the Father, whose image you are making present; in the name of Jesus Christ, his Son, from whom you are constituted masters, priests and pastors. And in the name of the Holy Spirit who gives life to the Church and with its power supports our weakness.

Free Catholic Movie : "Joseph of Nazareth" - #StJoseph stars Tobias Moretti

Joseph of Nazareth (2000) "Gli amici di Gesù - Giuseppe di Nazareth" (original title) TV Movie - 90 min - Drama - 29 April 2001 (USA) The people of Jerusalem are suffering under the reign of HEROD, and are hoping to be delivered from the Roman occupiers by the Messiah whose arrival, it is rumored, is to take place very soon. The 35-year-old widower is not interested in participating in any fighting against the Romans. Joseph gets a visit from JOACHIM and ANNA, asking him to marry their unprotected 14-year-old daughter MARY. Joseph agrees, but promises to preserve her chastity. Nevertheless, one day Mary tells him, in Anna's presence, that she is pregnant. Believing in this immaculate conception is very difficult for Joseph, as is the message that her son JESUS will end the reign of Herod, which is announced to him in a vision. Their son is born in a Bethlehem cattle shed and heralded as the new Messiah by the Three Magi. King Herod also finds out about the rumor, and decides to kill all of Bethlehem's firstborn. Joseph and Mary escape to Egypt.
Directors: Raffaele Mertes, Elisabetta Marchetti Writers: Gareth Jones, Gianmario Pagano (story) Stars: Tobias Moretti, Stefania Rivi, Massimo Reale |

#Novena to St. Joseph - SHARE - Miracle #Prayer + Litany

On March 19 it will be the feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.
The Novena Prayer to St. Joseph begins.
Say for nine consecutive mornings for anything you may desire. It has seldom been known to fail.
*Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so 
strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I
place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful
intercession and obtain for me from your
Divine Son all spiritual blessings through
Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged
here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the Loving of
Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you
and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not
approach while He reposes near your heart.
Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head
for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I
draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray
 for us.       Amen
LITANY of ST. Joseph
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us. 
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. 
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. 
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us. 
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us. 
Holy Mary, pray for us (after each line)
Saint Joseph,
Renowned offspring of David,
Light of Patriarchs,
Spouse of the Mother of God,
Chaste guardian of the Virgin,
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Diligent protector of Christ,
Head of the Holy Family,
Joseph most just,
Joseph most chaste,
Joseph most prudent,
Joseph most strong,
Joseph most obedient,
Joseph most faithful,
Mirror of patience,
Lover of poverty,
Model of artisans,
Glory of home life,
Guardian of virgins,
Pillar of families,
Solace of the wretched, Hope of the sick,
Patron of the dying,
Terror of demons,
Protector of Holy Church, 
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord. 
Lamb of God, who take away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us. 
V. He made him the lord of His house:
R. And ruler of all His substance. 
Let us pray.
O God, who in Thine unspeakable providence didst vouchsafe to choose blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thine own most holy Mother: grant, we beseech Thee, that we may deserve to have him for our intercessor in heaven, whom we reverence as our defender on earth: who livest and reignest world without end. Amen.


Today's Mass Readings and Video : Monday March 19, 2018 - #Eucharist

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 543

Reading 12 SM 7:4-5A, 12-14A, 16

The LORD spoke to Nathan and said:
"Go, tell my servant David,
'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.
It is he who shall build a house for my name.
And I will make his royal throne firm forever.
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 PsalmPS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29

R. (37) The son of David will live for ever.
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. The son of David will live for ever.
"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. The son of David will live for ever.
"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. The son of David will live for ever.

Reading 2  ROM 4:13, 16-18, 22

Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.

Verse Before THE GOSPEL PS 84:5

Blessed are those who dwell in your house, O Lord;
they never cease to praise you.

GospelMT 1:16, 18-21, 24A

Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary.
Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
"Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins."
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home.

Or LK 2:41-51A

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.

Free Catholic Easy #Recipe for #StJoseph's Feast : St. Joseph's Cream Puffs

St. Joseph's Cream Puffs
The traditional dessert for St. Joseph's Day is a cream puff known as Sfinge di San Giuseppe. 


  • 1 cup pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • salt
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • grated orange peel
  • grated lemon peel Filling
  • 1 pound ricotta (Italian cheese)
  • 2 Tablespoons chocolate
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • orange peel
  • crème de cacao


To make your puffs, combine flour, butter, water, salt, and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Cook and stir until the mass leaves the side of the pan. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add a little grated orange and lemon peel. Drop by tablespoon on a baking sheet; bake at 400° F. for 10 minutes and then reduce heat to 350° F. for another 25 minutes.
Stir until smooth the ricotta, chocolate, sugar, a little grated orange peel, and a generous dash of crème de cacao and use this to fill your puffs when they have cooled.
Can be sprinkled with Powder Sugar and add a Marshino Cherry for decoration as options.
Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951 (Takes approx. 2 hours)