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.