Saturday, October 26, 2019

Sunday Mass Online : Sun. October 27, 2019 - #Eucharist - Readings + Video - 30th Ord. C

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 150
Reading 1SIR 35:12-14, 16-18

The LORD is a God of justice,
 who knows no favorites.
 Though not unduly partial toward the weak,
 yet he hears the cry of the oppressed.
 The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan,
 nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint.
 The one who serves God willingly is heard;
 his petition reaches the heavens.
 The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds;
 it does not rest till it reaches its goal,
 nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds,
 judges justly and affirms the right,
 and the Lord will not delay.

Responsorial PsalmPS 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23

R. (7a)  The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the Lord hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.

Reading 22 TM 4:6-8, 16-18

I am already being poured out like a libation,
and the time of my departure is at hand.
I have competed well; I have finished the race;
I have kept the faith.
From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me,
which the Lord, the just judge,
will award to me on that day, and not only to me,
but to all who have longed for his appearance.
At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.
And I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat
and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom.
To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Alleluia2 COR 5:19

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
and entrusting to us the message of salvation.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 18:9-14

Jesus addressed this parable
to those who were convinced of their own righteousness
and despised everyone else.
"Two people went up to the temple area to pray;
one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector.
The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself,
'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity --
greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.'
But the tax collector stood off at a distance
and would not even raise his eyes to heaven
but beat his breast and prayed,
'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.'
I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former;
for whoever exalts himself will be humbled,
and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."

Saint October 27 : St. Frumentius - Known as Abuna - a Bishop and Patron of #Ethiopia

St. Frumentius


Tyre (modern Sur, Lebanon)
380 in Ethiopia
Patron of:
Abyssinia, Ethiopia

Saint Frumentius, Amharic Abba Salama (flourished 4th century, feast day October 27 in the Roman Catholic Church; November 30 in Eastern Orthodox churches; December 18th in the Coptic Church), Syrian apostle who introduced Christianity into Ethiopia. As first bishop of its ancient capital, Aksum, he structured the emerging Christian church there in the orthodox theology of the Alexandrian school during the 4th-century controversy over Arianism. A student of philosophy from Tyre, Frumentius and a colleague, Aedesius, were captured by Ethiopians in about 340. They became civil servants at the court of the Aksumite king Ezana, whom Frumentius converted. On the death of the monarch, Frumentius became the royal administrator and tutor to the crown prince and was empowered to grant freedom of religious expression to visiting Christian merchants from the Roman Empire. After fulfilling his regency Frumentius visited Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, in about 347. Athanasius ordained Frumentius bishop and commissioned him to initiate the cultural adaptation of Greek Christianity’s biblical-liturgical texts to Ethiopic symbols and language. The link between the Egyptian Coptic and Ethiopian churches having thus been established, Frumentius, despite the enmity of the Byzantine Roman emperor Constantius II (337–361), repudiated the Arians. The 4th-century church historian Rufinus of Aquileia, by meeting Aedesius later at Tyre, was able to document Frumentius’ achievements, noting that the Ethiopians addressed him as abuna, or “Our Father,” a title that is still used for the patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.SOURCE Encyclopedia Britannica
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#BreakingNews Relics of Canadian Saints Stolen from Quebec City's Notre Dame Cathedral

Relics of Canadian Saints were stolen from Quebec City's Cathedral. They were stolen after a break-in last month. Monsignor Denis Bélanger told CNA that on the night of September 11, someone broke into the cathedral by breaking a window. The money had already been collected for the day from the church’s donation boxes, so the still-unknown person stole a large reliquary containing relics of Canadian saints as well as some items from the church’s gift shop. “A guard was making his rounds and then he saw that something was forcing the door, so he tried to intervene, (but) that the person fled,” Bélanger said. The cathedral filed a complaint about the incident with the police, Bélanger said, but they have yet been unable to locate the reliquary or identify the suspect. Bélanger added that while normally the Cathedral has security cameras, staff realized after the incident that a disc was broken in the hard drives of the camera system, and so no footage of the reported theft was recorded. He said he hopes the relics can be recovered, but in the meantime, the cathedral is already working to obtain other relics from the same saints. “The fact is that the relics themselves have no commercial value, and we just hope to get them back…most of the relics are relics of blesseds and saints of our country,” he added. Relics are physical objects that have a direct association with the saints or with Jesus. They can be objects from the saint themselves, known as first class relics, such as a lock of hair or a vial of blood, or items of clothing that belonged to the person, which are known as second class relics, or third class relics, which are items touched by the saint. A reliquary is a case in which relics are enclosed. Some of the native Canadian saints whose relics were contained in the stolen reliquary include St François de Laval, Saint André of Montreal, St Marguerite Bourgeoys, and St Kateri Tekakwitha. The reliquary also contained relics from three of the eight North American martyrs – Fr Jean de Brébeuf, Fr Charles Garnier, and Fr Gabriel Lalemant –
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Texas Court gives Joint custody to Parents of 7-year-old, James, whose Mother wants to Force Gender Transition

Texas Court Gives 7-Year-Old Boy A Reprieve From Transgender Treatments
The mother no longer has sole authority to manipulate her 7-year old boy into gender transition. Instead both mother and father will share equally in decision-making for him and his twin brother.
In a closely watched Dallas, Texas, child custody case, Judge Kim Cooks put aside the disappointing jury’s verdict of Monday against the father and ruled Thursday that Jeffrey Younger now has equal joint conservatorship with the mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, of their twin boys.

The mother no longer has unfettered authority to manipulate her 7-year old boy into gender transition. Instead both mother and father will share equally in medical, psychological, and other decision-making for the boys. Additionally, the judge changed the custody terms to give Younger an equal amount of visitation time with his sons, something that had been severely limited.

The public outcry and nationwide media attention were significant. Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced state child protection agencies would investigate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz encouraged Texas lawmakers to act to keep children from being given surgeries and hormones to make them appear more as their opposite sex.

. “Six-year-old James is caught in a gender identity nightmare. Under his mom’s care in Dallas, Texas, James obediently lives as a trans girl named ‘Luna.’ But given the choice when he’s with dad, he’s all boy—his sex from conception.

“In their divorce proceedings, the mother has charged the father with child abuse for not affirming James as transgender, has sought restraining orders against him, and is seeking to terminate his parental rights. She is also seeking to require him to pay for the child’s visits to a transgender-affirming therapist and transgender medical alterations, which may include hormonal sterilization starting at age eight.”

At the trial, Younger’s expert witnesses testified about these dangers and provided supporting evidence. Dr. Stephen Levine, a psychiatrist renowned for his work on human sexuality, testified that social transition—treating them as the opposite sex—increases the chance that a child will remain gender dysphoric. Dr. Paul W. Hruz, a pediatric endocrinologist and professor of pediatrics and cellular biology at Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis, testified that the risks of social transition are so great that the “treatment” cannot be recommended at all.

Blocking puberty with drugs also seems to lock children into their gender confusion, not resolve it.
On the other hand, the scientific and clinical evidence collected over decades by neutral clinicians shows that if not affirmed and allowed to go through natural puberty, as many as 98 percent of gender-confused boys and 88 percent of gender-confused girls eventually accept their biological sex. In other words, going through puberty is the ultimate cure for the majority of children with gender confusion; social and medical transition are not.

The next step on transition for children is administering drugs to suppress puberty suppression, which can start as early as age eight. That’s why Younger fought so hard to have a say in medical decisions for James. The full effects of these drugs—emotionally, neurologically and physically—when given to healthy children has not been studied. That’s right: this use is experimental and not Food and Drug Administration -approved.

Blocking puberty with drugs also seems to lock children into their gender confusion, not resolve it. Data show that as many as 100  percent of gender-confused children who use puberty blockers go on to take cross-sex hormones. That’s alarming because we’d expect to see at least some children get comfortable in their bodies. But most children taking puberty blockers continued on the path to hormonal and surgical transition, which means they will be left infertile and permanently, irrevocably sterile.
Edited from The Federalist By Walt Heyer

#BreakingNews 39 People found Dead in Refrigerated Truck near London, England coming from Vietnam for a better Life

Essex: perhaps two Vietnamese among the 39 dead in the refrigerated truck
A Vietnamese community organization has been contacted by at least 10 families who have lost contact with immigrant relatives.  In addition to the truck driver, the police arrested a British couple and a 48-year-old Northern Irish man.  Investigation into human trafficking.

 London (AsiaNews / Agencies) - "I'm sorry Mom. My path to abroad doesn't succeed. Mom, I love you so much! I'm dying bcoz I can't breathe."  This is the last message that Pham Thi Tra My, a young Vietnamese aged 26, sent to her family.  Investigators believe that the girl is among 39 victims found in a refrigerator truck in Essex, on the outskirts of London.  Together with her, investigations focus on identifying another 20-year-old Vietnamese boy, Nguyen Dinh Luong.  The family has not heard from him since October 21 last, when he would have left for London, paying 14 thousand dollars for transport, to go to work in a beauty center.
At first the English authorities believed that the bodies found were all Chinese.  Meanwhile investigations have led to the arrest of four people continue.  They are the driver of the articulated vehicle, the 25-year-old Irishman Mo Robinson, accused of murder;  a 38-year-old couple living in Warrington (northeast British) and a 48-year-old North Irishman stopped at Stansted airport.  These last three are under investigation for aiding illegal immigration and human trafficking.

British investigators have uncovered a network of traffickers with branches in Ireland, the truck driver's country of origin, in Belgium and Bulgaria.  The driver, 25-year-old Mo Robinson, had left Laurelvale, Co Armagh, to go by ferry from Dublin to Holyhead (North Wales) and collect the container.  The truck is registered in Bulgaria on behalf of an Irish company.

The container had arrived in Zeebrugge (Belgium) on October 22nd and transferred to the port of Purfleet in Essex on the same day.  From here, with the truck, it was transported to the Waterglade industrial park in Thurrock (Essex), where an ambulance made the gruesome discovery, revealing the presence of 31 men and eight women frozen dead.

For the British police, this is the worst case of human trafficking in almost 20 years.  Another terrible case occurred in 2000, when 58 bodies of Chinese were found in a Dutch container in Dover.  Even that container had been loaded by Zeebrugge.

VietHome, an organization of the Vietnamese community, has been contacted by at least 10 desperate families, who no longer have contacts with relatives who have emigrated abroad.  It is therefore feared that among the victims there are other citizens of Southeast Asia.  Hanoi's  London embassy is coordinating investigations with the British police, looking for evidence linking missing persons with family reports.
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Amazon Synod Latest News - Discussions of Amazon Rite and A question about Amazon Martyrs - #AmazonSynod Full Video

Amazon Synod Briefing: Women, Ecumenism, and Martyrs
The Synod of Bishops for the Amazon enters its closing phase with Synod Fathers expected to vote on the final document on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, in the Holy See Press Office, five participants share their perspectives on a variety of issues: from the role of women, to ecumenism in the Amazon.
By Vatican News

Over the past three weeks, the daily press briefings have provided an opportunity to hear, first-hand, the experiences and reactions of Synod participants coming from, or engaged in, the Amazon Region.

Sr Inés Azucena Zambrano Jara, MMI
Sr Inés Azucena Zambrano Jara is a Missionary Sister of Mary Immaculate, originally from Ecuador, but working in Colombia. As a woman at the Synod, she said she felt “trusted and heard”. Sr Inés described the atmosphere at the Synod as one of “active listening… to God, the Amazon, the people, and the pain of mother earth”.

Sr Inés said the women participating at the Synod were calling themselves the “Synod Mothers”, reflecting the sense of family and belonging.

Her hopes for after the Synod include “building an indigenous Church with an Amazonian face – and an Amazonian heart”. To do so, we need “to deepen indigenous theology and listen to the poor”, she said. Learning local languages is important because it allows us to enter the indigenous spiritual experience, she added. While continuing to work for the protection of their rights, we need to recognize that indigenous people are asking to “stand on their own two feet”, she said.

Fr Miguel Heinz, SVD
Fr Miguel Heinz, SVD, is a Divine Word Missionary and President of Adveniat, the German bishops’ relief agency for Latin America that helps “build bridges”, funding educational and human rights projects, among others.

We cannot separate integral ecology from our lifestyles, said Fr Heinz. This means supporting nature and people, above all, he added. Fr Heinz confirmed that Latin America “has made great progress” since the Second Vatican Council, “setting an example” in understanding how to live “a new way of being Church”.

Rev. Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva
Reverend Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva is a pastor of the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil. He is currently President of the Amazonian Council of Christian Churches, and is one of the “fraternal delegates” invited to attend the Synod.

He spoke of his personal familiarity with the ecumenical movement in the Amazon Region, where there is “mutual respect for different ideas”. There are more things that unite us than divide us, he said. Which is why we need to work on shared issues from a faith perspective: integral ecology, social, political, and economic questions. Taking care of our common home is everyone’s task, he added.

Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler, OFM
Bishop Evaristo Pascoal Spengler comes from Marajó, “an archipelago comprising thousands of islands”, in Brazil. His presentation focused on what he called “the decisive presence of women in the early history of the Church”. “God employs women in salvation history”, he said, and gave the examples of women prophets, judges, saints, and doctors of the Church. 

Bishop Spengler said over 60% of communities in the Amazon Region are led by women, serving as catechists, ministers of the Word and of the Eucharist, especially in areas where priests are able to visit “less than twice a year”. The ordination of male deacons “could be useful”, he added, to create a “Church of presence”. The role of women too “must be expanded upon”, said the Bishop, citing Saint Paul who refers to women deacons in his letters.

Bishop Spengler referred to the amendment made to the Code of Canon Law by Benedict XVI [in the 2009 Motu proprio, Omnium in mentem, Art. 2], in which the diaconal mission of serving the People of God “in the ministries of the liturgy, the word, and charity”, is separate from that of the episcopat and the presbyterate whose mission is that of acting "in the person of Chirst". This allows an opening for a path to the female diaconate, he said.

Bishop Joaquín Humberto Pinzón Güiza IMC
Bishop Joaquín Humberto Pinzón Güiza is a Consolata Missionary and Apostolic Vicar of Puerto Leguizamo-Solano in Colombia. Through this synod, “our Amazonian communities feel they are at the heart of the Church and of all people”, he said.

The Bishop stressed the connection between indigenous people and the concept of “buen vivir” (“good living”). For them, “buen vivir” includes integral ecology, “an invitation to universal fraternity”, said Bishop Pinzón Güiza. For indigenous people it means “something real”: keeping Amazonia healthy, protecting it from exploitation. Living in a healthy land allows indigenous people “to recognize God the Creator” and to “take care of the earth”, said the Bishop.

A question about communication
Responding to a question about how the Synod has been communicated, particularly with reference to the ceremony in the Vatican Gardens on 4 October, the Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, Dr Paolo Ruffini, again stated that “no ritual” had taken place.

Lutheran pastor Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva, confirmed how, in the Amazon Region, “communication depends on context”, and how many people must be taught how to read before they can be introduced to the Bible. He reiterated the mutual respect felt among Christian confessions and indigenous people, saying it “has an impact on their lives, stimulates communication, becomes an opportunity for learning, and enriches exchange”.

A question about lessons learned
Sister Inés was asked what she learned at this Synod. She replied listing the great cultural riches and diverse spiritual realities. She confirmed the variety of issues facing the Amazon Region, from exploitation to migration. Most importantly, she learned to share a common objective, “to listen and to be united for the same cause”, she said.

Father Heinz added he had learned something about the pressure brought to bear “on those who are protecting the indigenous people”. He said it was “emotional” to be among people who are threatened and risk being killed for defending their rights.

A question about challenges facing indigenous people
Asked how the Church addresses the problems facing indigenous people, Sister Inés gave her testimony as a woman religious, saying her charism is to accompany indigenous people in the face of injustice and racism, but also to empower them to be protagonists. Indigenous people are very responsible, with clear public policies, she said. They are already saying: “It is our turn”.

' A question about ecumenical dialogue
Lutheran pastor Nicolau Nascimento de Paiva responded to a question about how the Synod can advance ecumenical dialogue in the Amazon. We are united already through “learning, prayer, exchange and shared experience”, he said. The churches in the region collaborate on a variety of issues, including working with migrants coming from the countryside to the cities, welcoming them and responding to their basic needs.

Bishop Joaquín Pinzón Güiza added how “the common commitment to finding new paths for the Church and integral ecology can unite us”. Caring for our common home “has allowed us to enter dialogue with other denominations and to decide on future actions”, he said.

A question about an Amazonian rite
The Prefect of the Dicastery for Communication, Dr Paolo Ruffini, responded to a journalist’s question regarding the adoption of an Amazonian rite. He clarified that “something this complex cannot be contained in a single paragraph, if there is one”. Discussion at the Synod concerning an Amazonian rite, he continued, was simply “a step in that direction”

The Secretary of the Synod Information Commission, Jesuit Fr Giacomo Costa, added that “many conditions” would apply for such a rite, and that, in any event, “it is the Holy Father who has the final word”.

A question about Amazon martyrs
Finally, Fr Miguel Heinz answered a question about the Amazon martyrs. Their images were displayed throughout the proceedings in the Synod Hall, and this meant, “they were always present”, said Fr Heinz. The martyrs of the Amazon “gave witness to God with their lives”, and the Synod expressed great sensitivity towards this topic, he said.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Saturday, October 26, 2019 - #Eucharist

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 478

Reading 1ROM 8:1-11

Brothers and sisters:
Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has freed you from the law of sin and death.
For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do,
this God has done:
by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
and for the sake of sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,
so that the righteous decree of the law might be fulfilled in us,
who live not according to the flesh but according to the spirit.
For those who live according to the flesh
are concerned with the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the spirit
with the things of the spirit.
The concern of the flesh is death,
but the concern of the spirit is life and peace.
For the concern of the flesh is hostility toward God;
it does not submit to the law of God, nor can it;
and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.
But if Christ is in you,
although the body is dead because of sin,
the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Responsorial PsalmPS 24:1B-2, 3-4AB, 5-6

R.(see 6) Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
The LORD's are the earth and its fullness;
the world and those who dwell in it.
For he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Who can ascend the mountain of the LORD?
or who may stand in his holy place?
He whose hands are sinless, whose heart is clean,
who desires not what is vain.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD,
a reward from God his savior.
Such is the race that seeks for him,
that seeks the face of the God of Jacob.
R. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.

AlleluiaEZ 33:11

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord,
but rather in his conversion that he may live.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 13:1-9

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
He said to them in reply,
"Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way
they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!
Or those eighteen people who were killed
when the tower at Siloam fell on them—
do you think they were more guilty
than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?
By no means!
But I tell you, if you do not repent,
you will all perish as they did!"
And he told them this parable:
"There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard,
and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none,
he said to the gardener,
'For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree   
but have found none.
So cut it down.
Why should it exhaust the soil?'
He said to him in reply,
'Sir, leave it for this year also,
and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it;
it may bear fruit in the future.
If not you can cut it down.'"

Saint October 26 : St. Evaristus a Pope who Died 107

St. Evaristus

Feast: October 26
Feast Day:
October 26

Date of birth unknown; died about 107. In the Liberian Catalogue his name is given as Aristus. In papal catalogues of the second century used by Irenaeus and Hippolytus, he appears as the fourth successor of St. Peter, immediately after St Clement. The same lists allow him eight years of reign, covering the end of the first and the beginning of the second century (from about 98 or 99 to about 106 or 107). The earliest historical sources offer no authentic data about him. In his "Ecclesiastical History" Eusebius says merely that he succeeded Clement in the episcopate of the Roman Church which fact was already known from St. Irenaeus. This order of succession is undoubtedly correct. The "Liber Pontificalis" says that Evaristus came of a Hellenic family, and was the son of a Bethlehem Jew. It also attributes to him the allotment of definite churches as to the Roman presbyters, and the division of the city into seven or deaconries; in this statement, however, the "Liber Pontificalis " arbitrarily refers to the time of Evaristus a later institution of the Roman Church. More trustworthy is the assertion of the "Liber Pontificalis" that he was laid to rest , near the tomb of St. Peter. The martyrdom of Evaristus, though traditional, is not historically proven. His feast occurs 26 Oct. The two decretals ascribed to him by Pseudo-Isidore are forged. SOURCE:The Catholic Encyclopedia