Saturday, August 17, 2019

Pope's message to Paris on Notre Dame Cathedral and Archbishop Renews 1638 Vow of Consecration of France to the Blessed Virgin

Message of Pope Francis to the Diocese of Paris: Believers will be builders of a new humanity
On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis sends a message to the Archbishop Michel Aupetit and the faithful of the Archdiocese of Paris, inviting them to be “builders of a new humanity rooted in Jesus Christ”.
By Vatican News

Exactly four months on from the fire that devastated the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris – which broke out on the afternoon of 15 April – the Archdiocese of the French capital held the traditional procession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the feast of the Assumption. Beginning at the Pont Saint Louis, several hundred faithful, bearing their rosaries in their hands and singing the Ave Maria, processed to the Church of Saint-Sulpice, where Archbishop Michel Aupetit celebrated the solemn Mass.

Pope Francis’ message
At the conclusion of the Mass, the rector of Notre-Dame, Monsignor Paul Chauvet read a message sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, on behalf of Pope Francis. The message assured the faithful of Paris of the Pope’s “spiritual closeness”.

“Like a true mother”, the message reads, “Mary walks with us, struggles with us, and tirelessly spreads the closeness of the love of God. She shares the history of every people that have received the Gospel and now participates in their historical identity.” It continues, “The Holy Father also asks God, through the intercession of Our Lady, that the reconstruction of her architectural jewel might be a powerful sign of the rebirth and revitalization of the faith of those who have faith in Him. Full of hope, they will be for their families, for their communities, and in the places they live, builders of a new humanity rooted in Christ”.

Renewal of the consecration of France to Mary
During the celebration of the Liturgy, Archbishop Aupetit, in keeping with tradition, renewed the “vow” of King Louis XIII consecrating France to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The vow was originally made on 10 February 1638.
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Wow Pope Francis Blesses 6,000 Rosaries for Families in Syria made by Carmelite Nuns of Bethlehem

In his Angelus for the Assumption, Pope Francis prayed for the people in Syria who are  suffering from the war in their country. I ask you now to accompany me in this gesture I am about to make with a prayer. I will bless a great number of rosaries destined for our brothers and sisters in Syria. It is an initiative of the 'Aid to the Church in Need' association. They produced around 6,000 rosaries, that were made by the Carmelite nuns of Bethlehem.
. Let us continue to pray the rosary for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world. Mary shows us that if we want our lives to be happy, God must be put first, because He alone is great. How many times, instead, do we live chasing things of little importance: prejudices, grudges, rivalries, envy, illusions, superfluous material goods. 

Football Star is Openly Catholic and credits Success to God “That’s who God is for me; He’s everywhere...." @CodyFajardo17

Riders QB Cody Fajardo uses catch-phrase to talk about Catholic faith
Regina / 980 CJME

The recent success of Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Cody Fajardo has made him synonymous with two things: Dropping 40-yard bombs to his receivers, and using a new catch-phrase to account for the Riders’ wins this season.

He used the phrase “sprinkle of Jesus” in a post-game interview on Thursday to explain his return to the game, after he appeared to sustain an ankle injury.

A jubilant Fajardo was thankful he could return to the game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and score a game-winning touchdown.

The quarterback chalked up the team’s success to God and his Christian faith.

Despite his sincerity and openness as a practising Catholic, Fajardo said the catch-phrase started as an on-field joke during his time with the B.C. Lions, last season.

“Myself, (and fellow quarterbacks) Travis Lulay and Jon Jennings, we actually went to a Catholic church every Sunday, any chance we got the opportunity (and) Travis being a Catholic quarterback himself,” Fajardo said.
On Twitter he wrote:
“We always joked, anytime you threw the ball and it went off the defenders’ hands, it was a sprinkle of Jesus, because it doesn’t go down as a stat,” he said, referencing interceptions.

He has decided to take the phrase, evolve it a bit and use it as part of his platform, as a Riders quarterback and a Catholic, he said.

“That’s who God is for me; He’s everywhere. And it’s been kind of exciting for me that (the catch-phrase) has taken off,” Fajardo said.

His faith happened to intersect with his love of corn dogs during the Queen City Ex, too.

The Riders QB said he went to the annual fair on Monday for his second corn dog, after a celebratory first one on Thursday night. That gave him a chance to interact with fans.

It’s always a treat to give back to fans, whether that means snapping photos with them, signing autographs or “talking about my faith and who I am as a person,” he said.

As for what’s becoming his signature catch-phrase, Fajardo said he hopes to turn it into a charitable endeavour.

“People want me to do shirts, and I’m looking into doing some ‘sprinkle of Jesus’ shirts, and donating the money to one of the local children’s hospitals here,” he said.

— With files from 980 CJME’s Britton Gray
Edited from CJME News
 - with Twitter quote from — Cody Fajardo (@CodyFajardo17

5 Powerful Prayers against Evil by Late Exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth to Share!

Father Gabriele Amorth the Chief Exorcist from the Diocese of Rome recently died at the age of 91. He performed thousands of Exorcisms.
In one of his books he revealed the secret to being free from the Devil.
It is really not something one says but rather keeping oneself free from sin and striving to live a Holy life. He noted in particular that Regular Confession and reception of the Holy Eucharist are most important. The following prayers were recommended by Fr. Gabriele these prayers should be said together with the Our Father Prayer and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
Please Share this Post and Help others defeat Evil in the World!
 Prayers of Deliverance
 1. Prayer Against Malefice from the Greek Ritual
Kyrie eleison. God, our Lord, King of ages, All-powerful and All-mighty, You Who made everything and Who transform everything simply by Your will. You Who in Babylon changed into dew the flames of the ‘seven-times hotter’ furnace and protected and saved the three holy children. You are the doctor and the physician of our soul. You are the salvation of those who turn to You. We beseech You to make powerless, banish, and drive out every diabolic power, presence, and machination; every evil influence, malefice, or evil eye and all evil actions aimed against Your servant [name of person/s]. Where there is envy and malice, give us an abundance of goodness, endurance, victory, and charity. O Lord, You Who love man, we beg You to reach out Your powerful hands and Your most high and mighty arms and send the angel of peace over us, to protect us, body and soul. May he keep at bay and vanquish every evil power, every poison or malice invoked against us by corrupt and envious people. Then, under the protection of Your authority may we sing, in gratitude, ‘The Lord is my salvation; whom should I fear? I will not fear evil because You are with me, my God, my strength, my powerful Lord, Lord of peace, Father of all ages.” Yes, Lord our God, be merciful to us, Your image, and save your servant [name of person/s] from every threat or harm from the evil one, and protect him/her by raising him/her above all evil. We ask You this through the intercession of our Most Blessed, glorious Lady, Mary ever Virgin, Mother of God, of the most splendid archangels and all Your saints. Amen!
 2. Anima Christi Soul of Christ, sanctify me; Body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me; O good Jesus, hear me; within Thy wounds, hide me; let me never be separated from Thee; from the evil one, deliver me; at the hour of my death, call me and bid me come to Thee, that with Thy saints, I may praise Thee forever and ever. Amen.
 3. Prayer Against Every Evil Spirit of our God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Most Holy Trinity, Immaculate Virgin Mary, angels, archangels, and saints of heaven, descend upon me. Please purify me, Lord, mold me, fill me with yourself, use me. Banish all the forces of evil from me, destroy them, vanish them, so that I can be healthy and do good deeds. Banish from me all spells, witchcraft, black magic, malefice, ties, maledictions, and the evil eye; diabolic infestations, oppressions, possessions; all that is evil and sinful, jealously, perfidy, envy; physical, psychological, moral, spiritual, diabolical aliments. Burn all these evils in hell, that they may never again touch me or any other creature in the entire world. I command and bid all the power who molest me – by the power of God all powerful, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, through the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary – to leave me forever, and to be consigned into the everlasting hell, where they will be bound by Saint Michael the archangel, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, our guardian angels, and where they will be crushed under the heel of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Amen.
 4. Prayer for Inner Healing Lord Jesus, You came to heal our wounded and troubled hearts. I beg You to heal the torments that cause anxiety in my heart; I beg You, in a particular way, to heal all who are the cause of sin. I beg You to come into my life and heal me of the psychological harms that struck me in my early years and from the injuries that they caused through my life. Lord Jesus, You know my burdens. I lay them all on Your Good Shepherd’s Heart. I beseech You – by the merits of the great, open wound in Your heart-to heal the small wounds that are in mine. Heal the pain of my memories, so that nothing that has happened to me will cause me to remain in pain and anguish, filled with anxiety. Heal, O Lord, all those wounds that have been the cause of all the evil that is rooted in my life. I want to forgive all those who have offended me. Look to those inner sores that make me unable to forgive. You Who came to forgive the afflicted of heart, please, heal my own heart. Heal, my Lord Jesus, those intimate wounds that cause me physical illness. I offer You my heart. Accept it, Lord, purify it and give me the sentiments of Your Divine Heart. Help me to be meek and humble. Heal me, O Lord, from the pain caused by the death of my loved ones, which is oppressing me. Grant me to regain peace and joy in the knowledge that You are the Resurrection and the Life. Make me an authentic witness to Your Resurrection, Your victory over sin and death, Your living presence among us. Amen.
 5. Prayer for Deliverance My Lord, you are all powerful, you are God, you are Father. We beg you through the intercession and help of the archangels Michael, Raphael and Gabriel, for the deliverance of our brothers and sisters who are enslaved by the evil one. All saints of Heaven, come to our aid. From anxiety, sadness and obsessions, we beg You. Free us, O Lord. From hatred, fornication, envy, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From thoughts of jealousy, rage, and death, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every thought of suicide and abortion, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every form of sinful sexuality, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every division in our family, and every harmful friendship, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. From every sort of spell, malefic, witchcraft, and every form of the occult, we beg You, Free us, O Lord. Lord, You Who said, “I leave you peace, My peace I give you,” grant that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, we may be liberated from every evil spell and enjoy your peace always. In the name of Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Quote to SHARE by St. Josemaria Escriva "Love our Lady, and she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.”

"Love our Lady, and she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle.” 
St. Josemaria Escriva

RIP Fr. Rene Fumoleau - Catholic Priest, Author, Filmmaker and Friend of Indigenous dies at age 93

Fr. Rene Fumoleau, a well-known priest, photographer and storyteller with a long history in the North, has died at the age of 93.

Fumoleau had been living with dementia. He passed a few minutes before midnight on Tuesday, according to his close friend Patrick Scott.

It was Fumoleau's birthday. He had just turned 93.

Fumoleau was born in France. He was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1952 and came to the Northwest Territories in 1953 as an Oblate missionary.

After resigning from the Oblates, he was made a priest in the Diocese of the Mackenzie, working with the Dene in Fort Good Hope and Deline over the next several decades, according to the NWT Archives.

Fumoleau was an avid photographer, with many of his pictures being sold and published.
He did research on Treaty 8 and Treaty 11 and was known as a social justice advocate for the Dene.

His book, "As Long as this Land Shall Last," also researched Indigenous Métis rights, and Canada's dealings with the Métis.

"He took strong stands against the imposition of Euro-Western institutions on the Dene, and he did on a whole bunch of levels," said Scott. "From speaking about the politics of colonization, [to] the way he related to people as a priest.

Fumoleau also lived in Lutselk'e and Behchoko, most recently residing at a dementia facility in Yellowknife.

He was an avid photographer, with many of his pictures sold and published, as well as an author and filmmaker.

"Whatever he was doing wasn't about him, it was about the Dene. Their rights to their homeland, and the tremendous respect he had for them being so gracious, and forgiving, and generous to all of us who have come north."

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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, August 17, 2019 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 418

Reading 1JOS 24:14-29

Joshua gathered together all the tribes of Israel at Shechem,
and addressed them, saying:
"Fear the LORD and serve him completely and sincerely.
Cast out the gods your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt,
and serve the LORD.
If it does not please you to serve the LORD,
decide today whom you will serve,
the gods your fathers served beyond the River
or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling.
As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

But the people answered, "Far be it from us to forsake the LORD
for the service of other gods.
For it was the LORD, our God,
who brought us and our fathers up out of the land of Egypt,
out of a state of slavery.
He performed those great miracles before our very eyes
and protected us along our entire journey and among all the peoples
through whom we passed.
At our approach the LORD drove out all the peoples,
including the Amorites who dwelt in the land.
Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God."

Joshua in turn said to the people,
"You may not be able to serve the LORD, for he is a holy God;
he is a jealous God who will not forgive
your transgressions or your sins.
If, after the good he has done for you,
you forsake the LORD and serve strange gods,
he will do evil to you and destroy you."

But the people answered Joshua, "We will still serve the LORD."
Joshua therefore said to the people,
"You are your own witnesses that you have chosen to serve the LORD."
They replied, "We are, indeed!"
Joshua continued:
"Now, therefore, put away the strange gods that are among you
and turn your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel."
Then the people promised Joshua,
"We will serve the LORD, our God, and obey his voice."

So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day
and made statutes and ordinances for them at Shechem,
which he recorded in the book of the law of God.
Then he took a large stone and set it up there under the oak
that was in the sanctuary of the LORD.
And Joshua said to all the people, "This stone shall be our witness,
for it has heard all the words which the LORD spoke to us.
It shall be a witness against you, should you wish to deny your God."
Then Joshua dismissed the people, each to his own heritage.

After these events, Joshua, son of Nun, servant of the LORD,
died at the age of a hundred and ten.

Responsorial PsalmPS 16:1-2A AND 5, 7-8, 11

R.(see 5a) You are my inheritance, O Lord.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, "My Lord are you."
O LORD, my allotted portion and my cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
I bless the LORD who counsels me;
even in the night my heart exhorts me.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. You are my inheritance, O Lord.

AlleluiaSEE MT 11:25

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 19:13-15

Children were brought to Jesus
that he might lay his hands on them and pray.
The disciples rebuked them, but Jesus said,
"Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them;
for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
After he placed his hands on them, he went away.