Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Novena to St. Matthias, Apostle - Patron of Alcoholics - Sailors - Carpenters

Novena Prayer to Sts. Matthias  (Say these prayers for 9 days)
                  O Glorious Saint Matthias, in God's design it fell upon you to take the place of the unfortunate Judas who betrayed Jesus, his Master. You were selected by the twofold sign of the uprightness of your life and the call of the Holy Spirit. Obtain for us the grace to practice the same uprightness of life and to be called by that same Spirit to wholehearted service of the Church and our world.
Please help all who struggle with the addiction of alcoholism to experience this same grace and come to live in the serenity and joy of a life surrendered to God. AMEN
We beg your intercession dear Glorious saints, to ask God today to grant the favors we now place with confidence in your hands, especially:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: We place our trust in You. 
Our Lady Queen of the Angels: Pray for us.
St. Matthias  Pray for us.
Say One Our Father, One Hail Mary and One Glory Be each day of the Novena.
Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come, Thy will
 be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us
 our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into 
temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

#BreakingNews Families mourn as 5 Children Killed while playing near a Monastery in Syria

In the Syrian Christian town of al-Suqaylabiyah five children were killed while playing near a monastery.
Nonprofit International Christian Concern, reports that Syrian opposition forces fired rockets into a  Christian-majority town in northwestern Syria on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Five children aged 6 to 10, were killed and one woman on a nearby street. Eight others, including six children, were wounded.

“The kids went out to play after some days of calm,” Father Maher Haddad, a local priest, told the Associated Press. The report continued, “A rocket struck near a group of children, instantly killing five and wounding others … the woman was killed in a nearby street by a separate rocket.”

 AP notes the rockets were fired from nearby Idlib, where Al-Qaeda affiliate Tahrir al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army are active.

Syrian state media says that the regime retaliated against the al-Suqaylabiyah attack by firing shells toward insurgents on the southern edge of Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the country. (Edited from Christian Post - Image Source: Google Images)
Please Pray for Peace in Syria...

RIP Actor Tim Conway - Death of Famous Comedian who Converted to the Catholic Faith

Thomas Daniel "Tim" Conway has died. He was born on December 15, 1933 and died on May 14, 2019. He was an American actor, writer, director, and comedian. He was famous for his many roles particularly on The Carol Burnett Show, and for supplying the voice of Barnacle Boy in the cartoon series SpongeBob SquarePants.

Conway was born in Ohio, and grew up in Chagrin Falls. He was of Irish descent on his father's side and Romanian on his mother's.

Conway attended University in Ohio, where he majored in television and radio. Conway enlisted in the United States Army, where he served between 1956–1958.
Conway was married twice. He was married to Mary Anne Dalton from 1961 until 1978; they had six children together. He was married to Charlene Fusco from May 18, 1984 until his death. Among Conway's children is radio host Tim Conway, Jr.  Conway and his second wife, Charlene, lived in Encino, California.
When interviewed by Raymond Arroyo for EWTN on October 2, 2014, he explained that he had converted to the Catholic faith. In 2018, Conway was diagnosed with dementia.
 In 2010, Conway put on fund-raising performances at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre.
He was a spokesperson for the United Leukodystrophy Foundation.
Conway died on May 14, 2019 at the age of 85 from medical complications.

Pope Francis Authorizes Decrees bringing 8 people Closer to Officially recognized Sainthood

Vatican News va Report: The Church will soon have two new Saints and a Blessed
Pope Francis on May 13 authorized eight decrees on the miracles and heroic virtues of 8 men and women, five of them Italians, two Brazilians and a Spaniard. Two miracles have been cleared for canonization and another for beatification.
Pope Francis on Monday afternoon took eight men and women a step closer to sainthood, two of them cleared for canonization.

The Pope received in audience Cardinal Angelo Becciu, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints and authorized the promulgation of decrees on three miracles and five heroic virtues.

Two miracles recognized for canonization concern the two nuns:

Italian Sister, Blessed Giuseppina Vannini, the foundress of the Daughters of St. Camillus, who was born in Rome (Italy) on 7 July 1859 and died there on 23 February 1911.

Brazilian Sister, Blessed Dulce Lopes Pontes, of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.  She was born in São Salvador da Bahia on 26 May 1914 and died there on 22 May 1992.

Another miracle has cleared a woman for beatification.  It concerns Italian Sister, Venerable Servant of God Lucia of the Immaculata.  She was born in Acquate on 26 May 1909 and died in Brescia on 4 July 1954.

Five decrees on heroic virtues concern the following Servants of God:

Auxiliary Bishop Giovanni Battista Pinardi of Turin, Italy, who was born in Castagnole Piemonte on 15 August 1880 and died in Turin on 2 August 1962.

Italian priest, Father Carlo Salerio of the Paris Foreign Missions Society (MEP) who founded the Institute of the Sisters of Reparation.  He was born in Milan  on 22 March 1827 and died there on 29 September 1870.

Spanish priest, Father Domenico Lázaro Castro of the Society of Mary (Marist).  He was born in San Adrian de Juarros on May 10, 1877 and died in Madrid on February 22, 1935.

Brazilian Capuchin Friar Salvatore da Casca who was born in Casca on July 27, 1911 and died in Flores da Cunha on May 31, 1972.

Italian Sister Maria Eufrasia Iaconis of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception who was born in Castelsilano on 18 November 1867 and died in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 2 August 1916.
FULL TEXT Release from VaticanNews.va

Bishop Barron on Abuse Crisis explains "..why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay..." - Video @BishopBarron

In the video below Bishop Robert Barron discusses the abuse crisis in the Church. Bishop Barron offers solutions for individuals and parishes in coping with the current situation. He has written a new book, titled “Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis.”

In light of this current crisis, many Catholics are understandably asking, “Why should I stay? Why not abandon this sinking ship before it drags me or my children under?”

This book explains why this is not the time to leave, but the time to stay and fight.

Thanks to generous donors, you can claim a copy of the print book for free (you just cover shipping) and place bulk orders of 20+ copies for just $1 per copy (with free shipping).

Encourage your pastor and staff to order copies for your whole parish!

NOTE: Any and all profits from the sale of this book will go to trusted charities that support the victims of sexual abuse.

#BreakingNews Catholic Church Attacked and Priest Wounded in Niger - Please Pray

Catholic parish attacked, parish priest wounded.
 Sahel Christian communities increasingly at risk Niamey (Agenzia Fides) - Yesterday, May 13, unidentified people attacked the parish of Dolbel, belonging to the diocese of Niamey, which is located about 200 km from Niamey, in the Songhay-Zerma area. This is what missionary sources told Agenzia Fides. The parish priest, Fr. Nicaise Avlouké, was wounded in one hand and leg, and is a guest in the military camp. "There have long been ‘rumors’ of possible attacks on the parish and priests in particular. This last fact only confirms the deterioration of the security situation in the border area with Burkina Faso", Fides sources comment. The defense forces appear little prepared for this new stage of Sahelian terrorism". In Niger there is still no news of Fr. Pier Luigi Maccalli, the SMA missionary abducted in Niger on the night between 17 and 18 September 2018. (L.M.) (FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2019)
Fr. Nicaise Avlouké is pictured above as the main celebrant during a Mass at an event in the diocese of Niamey, Niger - Sourcehttp://eglisecatholiqueauniger.org

Wow 5,000 People gather for March for Life UK in London with Powerful Pro-Life Testimonies

On Saturday, May 11, 2109 a crowd of over 5,000 people gathered at the March For Life to counter extreme abortion legislation in the UK.
Thousands of people from across the UK attended the March For Life UK in London. The March finished in Parliament Square where the crowd was addressed by a line-up of keynote speakers including;
abortion survivor Melissa Ohden and president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha.
Carla and Danny who recently changed their minds about having an abortion outside a Marie Stopes clinic in Birmingham also spoke to the crowd.

 The March comes as abortion campaigners increase pressure on Westminster to introduce abortion on demand to Northern Ireland and to make extreme changes to abortion legislation in England and Wales.

Abortion survivor, Melissa Ohden, speaking to the crowd in Parliament Square, said:

“I am standing here with you today as a wife, a mother, a daughter, a sister, a Master’s level prepared social worker, and yes, as an abortion survivor. You would never tell by looking at me today, but 41 years ago, I survived a “failed” saline infusion abortion.

“In my work as the founder of The Abortion Survivors Network, I have had contact with 286  other abortion survivors, including five from the U.K., four of whom are still alive today.

“Despite the miracle of my survival, the doctor’s prognosis for my life was initially very poor. My adoptive parents were told that I would suffer from multiple disabilities throughout my life. However, here I am today, perfectly healthy. Whether I had lived with the expected disabilities or not, my life still deserved to be protected and respected, I still was worthy of the love that my family freely offered.

Addressing the crowd, president of Culture of Life Africa Obianuju Ekeocha said:

“I am here to lament about the human rights issue of our time. Abortion in this country has been legal now for more than 50 years and has taken the lives of more than nine million people.

“We are all gathered here today in this special venue because we have come to raise our voices to this parliament, because this parliament has it wrong."
“Who is worthy of personhood?” she asked. “The babies in the womb are worthy of personhood! They deserve to be protected from womb to tomb.”

High-resolution photos for press use from the March For Life UK are available here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/171384015@N07/albums/72157691363325403

Edited from Press Release by March for Life UK

Vatican Exorcism Course was Opened to Anglicans, Lutherans, and Pentecostals

From May 6-11, 2019 an Exorcism course was offered at the Vatican in the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, “Auditorium John Paul II”. Via degli Aldobrandeschi.
There has been a rise in reported demonic possessions and devil worship therefore the Roman Catholic Church opened its doors to non-Catholics for the first time during its annual exorcism training conference. This is the 14th year of the Exorcism conference in Rome.

Nearly 250 members of the Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran, Greek Orthodox, and Pentecostal churches are attended a week-long intensive course called "Exorcism and the Prayer of Liberation,"

“Catholics are by no means the only Christians who have developed methods to help possessed people or to rid a space of evil spirits,” Father Pedro Barrajón, an exorcist from Spain who is in charge of programming at the conference, said, according to the Daily Beast. “This is the first time we have included so many other religious representatives to share how they do this work. We think collaborating will help us create best practices.”


The course description explains:
The first course in the world on the ministry of the exorcism and prayer of liberation, it is organised in collaboration with the Group for Socio-religious Research and Information (GRIS) of Bologna and proposes an academic and interdisciplinary research on the ministry of exorcism and prayer of liberation. The course covers a wide range of issues: anthropological, phenomenological, social, theological, liturgical, canonical, pastoral, spiritual, medical, neuroscientific, pharmacological, symbolic, criminological, legal and juridical ones.
Bishop Andrea Gemma's  wrote the book, "I, Exorcist Bishop." Bishop Andrea Gemma, exorcist explained a few years ago: "Exorcism in the Catholic Church, the kind I practice that I am nowadays famous for around the world, is an important prayer of the Church to help those who believe to be, or who really are suffering from a diabolic infestation." "Devil's action, as Paul VI already said, is much more common than people may think, so the main task of exorcists, which is supposed to be carried out personally by bishops - in my opinion - or others delegated by the bishop, is of the highest importance,  Pope Benedict recently said during a general audience greeting the exorcists who were gathered in congress."
Course Website: www.uprait.org

Christian Coptic Orthodox Priest Murdered in Egypt - RIP Fr. Makad Saad

Coptic priest killed by a Christian guard Cairo
(Agenzia Fides) - Makad Saad was the name of the Coptic Orthodox priest killed on Monday 13 May in front of the church of San Marco in Al-Wahda district of the Egyptian city of Shubra al-Khaymah, in the province of Qaliubiya. According to local sources, the perpetrator of the crime, immediately arrested by the police, is a Christian priest. Kamal - this is the name of the accused - shot the priest, a weapon he owned without a license. The murderer - local sources report - admitted to having killed Makad Saad because the priest - father of eight children - had rejected his request for money. Although the criminal was a Christian collaborator of the victim, fake news circulated on social media that attributed the incident of sectarian origin, and the police forces had to intervene to quell incidents that occurred between a group of Copts who had approached the church after the murder and some Islamic traders in the area. (GV) (Full Text + Image Source: Agenzia Fides, 14/5/2019)

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - #Eucharist in Eastertide

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle
Lectionary: 564

Reading 1ACTS 1:15-17, 20-26

Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters
(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty persons
in the one place).
He said, "My brothers and sisters,
the Scripture had to be fulfilled
which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand
through the mouth of David, concerning Judas,
who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.
Judas was numbered among us
and was allotted a share in this ministry.
For it is written in the Book of Psalms:

Let his encampment become desolate,
and may no one dwell in it.

May another take his office.

Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men
who accompanied us the whole time
the Lord Jesus came and went among us,
beginning from the baptism of John
until the day on which he was taken up from us,
become with us a witness to his resurrection."
So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas,
who was also known as Justus, and Matthias.
Then they prayed,
"You, Lord, who know the hearts of all,
show which one of these two you have chosen
to take the place in this apostolic ministry
from which Judas turned away to go to his own place."
Then they gave lots to them, and the lot fell upon Matthias,
and he was counted with the Eleven Apostles.

Responsorial PsalmPS 113:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

R.(8) The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R. Alleluia.
Praise, you servants of the LORD,
praise the name of the LORD.
Blessed be the name of the LORD
both now and forever.
R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R. Alleluia.
From the rising to the setting of the sun
is the name of the LORD to be praised.
High above all nations is the LORD;
above the heavens is his glory.
R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R. Alleluia.
Who is like the LORD, our God, who is enthroned on high
and looks upon the heavens and the earth below?
R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R. Alleluia.
He raises up the lowly from the dust;
from the dunghill he lifts up the poor
To seat them with princes,
with the princes of his own people.
R. The Lord will give him a seat with the leaders of his people.
R. Alleluia.

AlleluiaSEE JN 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 15:9-17

Jesus said to his disciples:
"As the Father loves me, so I also love you.
Remain in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love,
just as I have kept my Father's commandments
and remain in his love.

"I have told you this so that my joy might be in you
and your joy might be complete.
This is my commandment: love one another as I love you.
No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one's life for one's friends.
You are my friends if you do what I command you.
I no longer call you slaves,
because a slave does not know what his master is doing.
I have called you friends,
because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father.
It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you
and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain,
so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.
This I command you:  love one another."