Thursday, August 22, 2019

1st Rosary Bowl in the Nation's Capital with 4 Bishops, many Priests, Religious Sisters and hundreds of Laity including Youth - #RosaryBowl

Gathered at the TD Landsdowne place stadium in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada the 1st Rosary Bowl took place on Thursday, August 22, 2019. There were over 500 people who attended this event to honor the Blessed Virgin Mary and pray the Rosary together. Some were on the lawn but others sat in the stadium seats. Notable among the attendees were Archishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa, Auxiliary Bishop Guy Derochers (pictured left), Bishop Pierre Olivier Tremblay and Auxiliary Bishop Christian Riesbeck.

 The Queenship of Mary had a strong presence and helped to organize the whole event. Other religious orders included the Servants of the Holy Cross, the Companions of the Cross and the Daughters of St. Paul. Seminarians, and many laity and youth were in attendance also leading the Rosary 
prayers. Former Conservative Member of Parliament (who is running in the elections) Pierre Lemieux was there and a member of the Christian Heritage Party, Sean Mulligan.

A number of priests from the Companions of the Cross were there including Fr. Roger Vandenakker, Fr. Tim Devine, Fr. Mark Goring.Angelina Girard and Dennis Girard,  the Directors of the Marian Devotional Movement were among the organizers who welcomed the crowd. 
Archbishop Prendergast spoke first saying "Our Bishops had a great devotion to Mary." He explained "Some people worry that to focus on Mary is to detract from Jesus." Quoting St. Maximilian Kolbe he said, "We can never love Mary as much as Jesus did."  Afterwards, Bishop Pierre Olivier Tremblay, who runs the shrine of Our Lady of the Cape, spoke in both official languages of French and English. 

He encouraged the crowd saying; "We never pray enough" and in French "When we pray miracles happen."

Bishop Tremblay's words touched the hearts of those present when he said, "Let us build new bridges of prayer today!" 

Then the Rosary was recited by the Sisters of the Queenship of Mary and each decade was introduced by students from the Stella Maris Academy and Corpus Christi Catholic School Rosary Club of Ottawa. 
This is part of a 5-day pilgrimage which will include Mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa and at the Old Shrine - then culminating at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Cape in Quebec.

Wow Autistic Girl captures Heart of Pope Francis who said "let her be…God speaks" through children - during Audience at Vatican - Video

Pope Francis was surprised by the appearance of a young autistic girl on stage during the Aug. 21 general audience in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. Clelia Manfellotti, a 10-year-old girl from Naples diagnosed with autism, walked up the steps to the stage near the Pope.

The Pope said to those around "let her be … God speaks" through children. The girl began to clap and dance on the stage and the audience applauded the Holy Father's words.

Pope Francis then said of the young girl she is "a victim of an illness and doesn't know what she is doing."

"I ask one thing, but everyone should respond in their heart: 'Did I pray for her; looking at her, did I pray so that the Lord would heal her, would protect her? Did I pray for her parents and for family?' When we see any person suffering, we must always pray. This situation helps us to ask this question: 'Did I pray for this person that I have seen, (this person) that is suffering?'" he asked.

New Report Reveals over 400 Attacks on Churches in Northern Ireland in the past 3 years

Revealed: more than 400 attacks on NI places of worship in last 3 years
21st Aug 2019 - James Mildred
Religious LibertyPress Release
Northern Ireland

Places of worship across Northern Ireland have been subject to nearly 450 recorded attacks over the last three years, prompting calls for immediate action to protect churches and other religious buildings.

Following a freedom of information request, CARE NI can exclusively reveal there were 445 crimes recorded as criminal damage to religious buildings, churchyards or cemeteries in Northern Ireland across the 11 policing districts in the last three years.

On average this means a crime against a place of worship has taken place almost every other day.

In one particularly shocking example, Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church suffered two arson attacks in July 2016 and it took a full two years for the church building to be repaired. In another more recent example on Easter Sunday this year, a key date in the Christian calendar, the Sacred Heart Church in Ballyclare was attacked with paint.

CARE NI is today (Wednesday, 21 August) calling for more support to be made available to churches and other religious buildings and the charity will be writing to all party leaders, asking for a specific manifesto commitment to set up a fund in NI like the Places of Worship: protective security funding scheme which is available to religious buildings in England and Wales.

Created in July 2016, the fund provides financial resources for places of worship so they can buy security measures such as CCTV, fencing and lighting. The scheme’s funding was boosted to £1.6m in 2019, with a further £5m to provide security training for places of worship, but at the moment there is no comparable scheme in Northern Ireland.

Dr Alistair McCracken, Clerk of Session, Saintfield Road Presbyterian Church said they would support any Government measures to protect churches:

“Following two arson attacks on our Church in July 2016 the initial response was one of anger and frustration quickly followed by asking “Why”?

“There then came a sort of grieving period as we grappled with the practicalities of how to manage the restoration of the buildings.

“In time that was replaced with excitement, anticipation and hope as a newly refurbished building took shape.

“Looking back as a congregation we most firmly believe that out of what men meant for evil, came good and blessing.

“As a congregation we would welcome any initiatives by Government to protect Churches from further attacks.”

CARE Northern Ireland’s Policy Officer, Mark Baillie said:

“Our research shows that there are crimes being committed against places of worship nearly every other day in Northern Ireland.

“It’s not limited to one location and there are recorded examples in every policing district across the Province.

“These are concerning figures and clearly action needs to be taken.

“In a free and democratic society, no-one should be afraid of gathering together with those who share their faith in a place of worship.

“These attacks leave religious groups with property damage, potentially large insurance costs and fears of future attacks.

“The security protection funding scheme which is available in England and Wales for places of worship should be extended to Northern Ireland as a matter of urgency.

“We will be writing to all party leaders, calling on them to include a manifesto commitment to introduce such a scheme, which would undoubtedly be welcomed across NI.”

FULL TEXT Release from CARE -

CARE is a well-established mainstream Christian charity providing resources and helping to bring Christian insight and experience to matters of public policy and practical caring initiatives. CARE is represented in the UK Parliaments and Assemblies.

Novena to the Queenship of Mary with Salve Regina or Hail Holy Queen - Powerful Prayers to Share!

Novena to the Queenship of Mary
Come, let us adore Christ the King who has crowned His Mother as Queen of the Universe!
Glory to the Father...
Virgin Mary, most noble Queen of the world, plead for peace and salvation in our behalf, for you have brought forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of us all.
Hail Mary...
Hail, Mother of Christ, companion in His sufferings, Queen of the whole world!
Hail Mary....
You are kind and lovable in your splendor, holy Mother of God!  Show me your face.  Let your words sound in my ears, for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.  Turn to us in your beauty and loveliness!  Come forth in majesty and reign!
Hail Mary...
"Behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed, because he who is mighty has done great things for me." (Luke 1:48)

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae.
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.

O Queen of all the virgin choir,
Enthroned above the starry sky,
Who with thy bosom's milk didst feed
Thine own Creator, Lord most high.
What man had lost in hapless Eve
Thy sacred womb to man restores;
Thou to the wretched here beneath
Have opened Heav'n's eternal doors.
O hail, resplendent Hall of light,
Hail, Gate sublime of Heav'n's high King!
Through thee redeemed to endless life,
Thy praises let all the nations sing!
O Jesus, born of Virgin bright,
Immortal glory be to Thee,
Praise to the Father Infinite,
And Holy Ghost eternally. Amen.
V. The Virgin Mary has been raised to the heavens.
R. She reigns with Christ forever.

Grant, we beg of you, O Lord, that we who celebrate the feastday of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen, may merit, under her loving protection, to attain peace on this earth and glory in heaven.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Archbishop Fisher of Sydney, Australia releases Statement on Cardinal Pell Verdict "I pray for and will continue to support survivors..." FULL TEXT

21 AUG 2019
 Addresses and Statements Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP
The Victorian Court of Appeal has today upheld the verdict of historical sexual abuse allegations against Cardinal George Pell in a 2-1 decision.

From the outset the Cardinal has strenuously maintained his innocence. He continues to do so notwithstanding today’s decision.

Today’s split decision amongst the judges is consistent with the differing views of the juries in the first and second trials, as well as the divided opinion amongst legal commentators and the general public. Reasonable people have taken different views when presented with the same evidence and I urge everyone to maintain calm and civility.

As the Cardinal may yet decide to appeal the judgment to the High Court of Australia, I am limited in my ability to comment on today’s outcome.

Matters of the Cardinal’s status within the Church can only be determined by the Vatican, not the Church in Australia. I anticipate that the Holy See may well wait until the appeal process has been exhausted.

I recommit myself and the Archdiocese of Sydney to doing all we can to ensure that past crimes are never repeated and that Church environments are the safest possible for children and vulnerable adults.

I pray for and will continue to support survivors of child sexual abuse at the hands of clergy and other members of the Catholic Church so that they may find justice and healing. I again say how sorry I am that you were harmed by people you should have been able to trust. I am conscious how you and your loved ones have had to live with the consequences of abuse for a lifetime.

I know that there are many in the Catholic community and beyond who will find it difficult to come to terms with this judgment, especially those who know the Cardinal and will struggle to reconcile this outcome with the man they know. I thank them for persevering in faith, hope and love.

As we wait to hear whether the legal process will continue, I will seek to provide pastoral support to those Catholics who may have found their faith tested.
FULL TEXT Release from Source:

#BreakingNews Catholics on pilgrimage to Marian Shrine Attacked by Hindu Radicals in India - Please Pray

Tamil Nadu, Christians on pilgrimage to sanctuary of Velankanni attacked by Hindu radicals
by Nirmala Carvalho
The attack took place before the group was able to complete the pilgrimage.  The statue of the Virgin is also desecrated, "decorated" with a garland of slippers.  Police arrest members of Hindi Munnani.

 Mumbai (AsiaNews) - A group of 40 Christian pilgrims was attacked in Tamil Nadu by some Hindu extremists who did not like their presence.  Departing from Karnataka, the faithful set out on pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Velankanni on the coast of Tamil Nadu.  Before arriving, on August 18th they were attacked and insulted in the area of ​​Natrampalli, district of Vellore.  The radicals accused them of proselytizing because during the pilgrimage they carried the statue of the Virgin on a chariot decorated with flowers.  The statue of the Virgin was also desecrated: a garland of slippers was placed around her neck.

Sajan K George, president of the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC), commented to AsiaNews to "attack the 40 pilgrims while they were on pilgrimage and carrying the statue of Our Lady of Health.  They were abused by six members of the extremist faction belonging to Hindi Munnani.  The attackers claimed that the transport of Christian statues is not allowed in the residential area".

The day after the attack the police arrested the six attackers.  The agents stated that they are accused of harassment of pilgrims and that they had torn up a poster with pictures of Mary and Jesus. Murali, deputy police superintendent, reports that the attack could have had worse consequences if the agents had not intervened.  The official said that in the beginning the Christians did not even want to file a complaint.  "It took six hours to convince them," he says.

The president of the GCIC protests for "the grave abuse of religious freedom, intolerance and disrespectful behavior towards innocent pilgrims.  They feared for their lives.  Government data report that Christians are less than 3% of the Indian population, so conversion propaganda is false and fabricated ".
FULL TEXT Release from Asia News IT - Image Source: Google Images

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary - #Eucharist

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 422

Reading 1JGS 11:29-39A

The Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah.
He passed through Gilead and Manasseh,
and through Mizpah-Gilead as well,
and from there he went on to the Ammonites.
Jephthah made a vow to the LORD.
"If you deliver the Ammonites into my power," he said,
"whoever comes out of the doors of my house
to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites
shall belong to the LORD.
I shall offer him up as a burnt offering."

Jephthah then went on to the Ammonites to fight against them,
and the LORD delivered them into his power,
so that he inflicted a severe defeat on them,
from Aroer to the approach of Minnith (twenty cities in all)
and as far as Abel-keramim.
Thus were the Ammonites brought into subjection
by the children of Israel.
When Jephthah returned to his house in Mizpah,
it was his daughter who came forth,
playing the tambourines and dancing.
She was an only child: he had neither son nor daughter besides her.
When he saw her, he rent his garments and said,
"Alas, daughter, you have struck me down
and brought calamity upon me.
For I have made a vow to the LORD and I cannot retract."
She replied, "Father, you have made a vow to the LORD.
Do with me as you have vowed,
because the LORD has wrought vengeance for you
on your enemies the Ammonites."
Then she said to her father, "Let me have this favor.
Spare me for two months, that I may go off down the mountains
to mourn my virginity with my companions."
"Go," he replied, and sent her away for two months.
So she departed with her companions
and mourned her virginity on the mountains.
At the end of the two months she returned to her father,
who did to her as he had vowed.

Responsorial PsalmPS 40:5, 7-8A, 8B-9, 10

R.(8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Blessed the man who makes the LORD his trust;
who turns not to idolatry
or to those who stray after falsehood.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Burnt offerings or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, "Behold I come."
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
"In the written scroll it is prescribed for me.
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!"
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

AlleluiaPS 95:8

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If today you hear his voice,
harden not your hearts.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 22:1-14

Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and the elders of the people in parables
saying, "The Kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast."'
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then the king said to his servants, 'The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.'
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
He said to him, 'My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?'
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.'
Many are invited, but few are chosen."