Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday April 22, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the Second Week of Easter
Lectionary: 269
Reading 1ACTS 5:17-26
The high priest rose up and all his companions, and, filled with jealousy,
laid hands upon the Apostles and put them in the public jail.
But during the night, the angel of the Lord opened the doors of the prison,
led them out, and said,
“Go and take your place in the temple area,
and tell the people everything about this life.”
When they heard this,
they went to the temple early in the morning and taught.
When the high priest and his companions arrived,
they convened the Sanhedrin,
the full senate of the children of Israel,
and sent to the jail to have them brought in.
But the court officers who went did not find them in the prison,
so they came back and reported,
“We found the jail securely locked
and the guards stationed outside the doors,
but when we opened them, we found no one inside.”
When the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests heard this report,
they were at a loss about them,
as to what this would come to.
Then someone came in and reported to them,
“The men whom you put in prison are in the temple area
and are teaching the people.”
Then the captain and the court officers went and brought them,
but without force,
because they were afraid of being stoned by the people.

Responsorial Psalm34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9

R.    (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
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.
R.    Alleluia.
Glorify the LORD with me,
let us together extol his name.
I sought the LORD, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.
When the poor one called out, the LORD heard,
and from all his distress he saved him.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
The angel of the LORD encamps
around those who fear him, and delivers them.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 3:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God so love the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 3:16-21

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son,
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned,
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned,
because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world,
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light,
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light,
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.
Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion.

At your feet, O my Jesus I bow down and offer you the repentance of my contrite heart, which abysses itself into its nothingness and Your holy presence. I adore you in the Sacrament of Your love, the ineffable Eucharist. I wish to receive you in the poor home that my heart offers you. In anticipation of the happiness of sacramental communion, I want to possess you in spirit. Come to me, oh my Jesus, that I come to you. May Your love inflame my whole being, for life and death. I believe in you, I hope in you, I love you. So be it. Amen
Mass Video Starts at 5:39 : 

Saint April 22 : St. Opportuna a Virgin and Abbess whose brother was a Saintly Bishop

at the castle of Exmes, Argentan, near Ayesmes, Normandy, France
22 April 770, Montreuil, France
Patron of:
Diocese of Séez
Virgin and abbess of Montreuil, three miles from Seez, an episcopal see in Normandy, of which her brother, St. Chrodegang, was bishop. This holy prelate, returning from a pilgrimage of devotion which he had made to Rome and other holy places, went to pay a visit to his cousin, St. Lantildis, abbess of Almanesches, in his diocese; but was murdered in the way, at Normant, on the 3rd of September, 769, by the contrivance of Chrodobert, a powerful relation, to whom he had intrusted the administration of his temporalities during his absence. He is honored in the Breviary of Seez on the day of his death: his head is enshrined in the abbey of St. Martin in the Fields, at Paris, and his body in the priory of Isle-Adam upon the Oise, near Pontoise. St. Opportuna did not long survive him, dying in 770, on the 22d of April, having lived an accomplished model of humility, obedience, mortification, and prayer. Her relics were carried from Seez during the incursions of the Normans, in the reign of Charles the Bald, to the priory of Moussy, between Paris and Senlis, in 1009: and some time after to Senlis. In the reign of Charles V., in 1374, her right arm was translated to Paris with great devotion and pomp, and deposited in the church which was built in her honor, in the reign of Charles the Bald, to receive a former portion of her relics then brought from Moussy. It was then a small church, built at the entrance of a wood, near a hermitage, called before, Notre Dames des Bois Paris. The town being since extended much beyond this church, it was made parochial and a collegiate of canons. Great part of the head of St. Opportuna remains at Moussy; her left arm, with part of her skull, at Almenesches: one jaw in the priory of St. Chrodegang, at l'Isle-Adam, and a rib, with her right arm, in her church at Paris. In processions, when the shrine of St. Genevieve is taken down, and carried, the ancient portion of the relics of St. Opportuna, kept in a large shrine, is also carried next the shrine of St. Honoratus. She is commemorated in the Paris Breviary, and is the titular saint of a parish in that city.
source:Lives of the Saints by Alban Butler

Free Christian Movie : St. Giuseppe Moscati : Doctor to the Poor


"Giuseppe Moscati: L'amore che guarisce" (original title)TV Movie  -  St. Giuseppe Moscati: Doctor to the Poor(2007)
Director:  Giacomo Campiotti


 Beppe Fiorello, Kasia Smutniak, Ettore Bassi

#BreakingNews Eucharist Stolen from Oldest Cathedral in South Africa during Burgarly and Many Items Taken

Oldest Cathedral in South Africa Desecrated
Tuesday, 21 April 2020 Johannesburg (Agenzia Fides) - "It is with great sadness and alarm that we confirm the news that has been doing the rounds on Social Media, that the Cathedral had been vandalized and that a ciborium, a pyx, four silver candelabra, a gold plated chalice, and two gold plated patens have been stolen together with some money from the votive candles box", said Auxiliary Bishop of Cape Town Archdiocese, Sylvester David, who confirmed that Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt Cathedral of South Africa's Cape Town Archdiocese, was desecrated on the night of April 18. Archbishop David added: "The consecrated hosts from the ciborium have been left inside the tabernacle but the host from the pyx has been removed. There has been desecration".
It is the oldest cathedral in South Africa and is therefore considered the mother church to all Catholics in Southern Africa, the Cathedral was consecrated on the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of the Flight into Egypt on April 28, 1851. It is located in Cape Town city, directly opposite the Parliament Houses. "The church has been closed according to regulations to curb Covid-19. (L.M.) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 21/4/2020)

Mass Shooting Victims in Nova Scotia, Canada Rise as Archbishop writes Letter of Condolences - Full Text

Nova Scotia, Canada has seen the death of 23 people during a mass shooting which occurred on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Archbishop Mancini of Nova Scotia has written a letter of condolence which can be found below. More victims are being found in the area where the attacker traveled and also burned homes. 
 The mass killing Victims include a 23-year female veteran of RCMP and 'a passionate teacher' from Debert Elementary School.  Const. A man went on a shooting spree across northern Nova Scotia in one of the deadliest killing sprees in Canadian history. According to CBC News, an elementary school teacher and an RCMP officer have been identified as among at least 23 victims who died in this weekend's shooting spree in rural Nova Scotia, one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history. Lisa McCully was a teacher at Debert Elementary School in Debert, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union said late Sunday.
 Const. Kristen Beaton and Heather O'Brien, both nurses, were also killed by the gunman. A pregnant woman and her unborn child were killed as well as a 17-year old girl named Emily, with her parents. Heidi Stevenson was identified Sunday by the RCMP as the officer killed while responding to the call about an active shooter. She was a 23-year member of the RCMP and mother of two children, one in Grade 6 the other in Grade 8. Church Bells were rung in honor of the victims - see video below: 

 The RCMP said all the victims appear to have been killed by 51-year-old Gabriel Wortman, a denturist, (pictured left) who at one point wore a police uniform and drove a mock-up police cruiser as he went on a rampage throughout a part of rural Nova Scotia. The first reports of an active shooter came late Saturday from Portapique, a community about 40 kilometres west of Truro. Police said Sunday night the suspected shooter was killed after being intercepted by officers in Enfield, N.S.
Heidi Stevenson is being remembered as a good neighbour, colleague and friend by Staff Sgt. Scott MacDonald with the Halifax Regional Police.
Another RCMP officer was injured while responding to the call. He is recovering in hospital.A sign of condolence was posted Sunday on a Portapique telephone pole by Dave Brown, who lives in the community. Between images of two broken hearts was the message: "Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the community." "It's still unbelievable," he said.
(Edited from CBC News)
Please pray for the victims of this terrible tragedy....Archbishop Mancini offers a Message of Condolence
April 20, 2020
 Commissioner Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the RCMP
And all those affected by this tragedy,
I wish to express on my behalf, as Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth, and in the name of Catholic faithful, our sincere condolences on the loss of life of Constable Heidi Stevenson. Her death in the line of duty, indicates the highest sacrifice that one can make on behalf of the citizens she served.
Our prayers go out to all the members of her family, particularly her children, and to the fellow officers of her RCMP family, who mourn the loss of her life.
Such a tragic event, involving the meaningless death of so many of our fellow citizens has shocked us all, adding more collective suffering to an already tragic time in our province, our country and in our personal lives. I offer my deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all the victims and pray that they find some consolation in the expressions of love and caring being shown to them in their time of sadness and grief.
As a faith leader in the Christian tradition, it is possible to offer some support with the tenant of our faith, the heart of the Easter message, that life carries on beyond death.
I share these consoling words as our prayer for all who have been touched by these recent events and as an expression of our solidarity with all Nova Scotians. Sincerely in Christ,
†Anthony Mancini
Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth
Source of Letter: https://www.halifaxyarmouth.org/archbishops/letters-videos-to-the-faithful/item/archbishop-mancini-offers-a-message-of-condolence

Churches and other Public Places Reopen in South Korea as Coronavirus is Now Under Control

Asia News reports that Churches have reopened in South Korea.
For a third straight day infections remain under 20 new cases: yesterday there were 8. Some public places can reopen as long as they comply with health guidelines. The popular baseball championship also starts again. The country is a winning model of fighting the virus.

Seoul - (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Coronavirus cases continue to decline in South Korea. Today, 13 have been counted, including 7 imported from abroad. It is the third day in a row that the number remains below 20; yesterday there were only 8. The peak of the infection had been reached on February 29 with 909 infected.

Overall, there are 10674 people infected; 236 deaths. 1006 infected while abroad, 90% are South Koreans.

The government extended social separation measures in late May, but has eased some aspects. Public places like churches, gyms and bars can reopen. School tests and job interviews are also possible. All of this is tied to compliance with health guidelines. The local baseball league, a very popular sport with South Koreans, can also kick off, albeit without spectators.

The country is seen as a virtuous model in the fight against the pandemic: a democratic alternative - together with Taiwan - to China's draconian response. Experts say that one of the primary factors that contributed most to this success, was the rapid reaction to the first signs of the crisis; the widespread diagnostic tests; strict quarantine measures; the involvement and collaboration of the population.
Edited from Asia News IT - Image Source : Google Images Youtube Screenshot

Pope Francis says ask Lord for docility to the Holy Spirit to bring Harmony to our Communities



"The Holy Spirit, master of harmony"

Tuesday, April 21, 2020


In this time there is a lot of silence. Also, silence can be heard. That this silence, which is a bit new in our habits, teaches us to listen, makes us grow in listening skills. Let's pray for this.


"To be born from above" ( Jn 3 : 7) is to be born with the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot take the Holy Spirit for us; only, we can let Him transform us. And our docility opens the door to the Holy Spirit: it is He who makes the change, the transformation, this rebirth from above. It is Jesus' promise to send the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1 : 8). The Holy Spirit is capable of doing wonders, things that we cannot even think of.

An example is this first Christian community, which is not a fantasy, what they tell us here: it is a model, where one can arrive when there is docility and let the Holy Spirit enter and transform us. A community - so to speak - "ideal". It is true that problems will begin immediately after this, but the Lord shows us how far we could go if we are open to the Holy Spirit, if we are docile. This is the harmony of the community (cf. Acts4.32 to 37). The Holy Spirit is the master of harmony, he is capable of producing it and he made it here. He must do it in our heart, he must change many things about us, but make harmony: because he himself is harmony. Even the harmony between the Father and the Son: it is the love of harmony, He. And He, with harmony, creates these things like this community so harmonious. But then, history tells us - the same Book of Acts of the Apostles - of many problems in the community. This is a model: the Lord has allowed this model of an almost "heavenly" community, to show us where we should go.

But then the divisions began, in the community. In the second chapter of his Letter, the apostle James says: "May your faith" be immune to personal favoritism "" ( Jas 2: 1): because there were! "Do not discriminate": the apostles must come out to admonish. And Paul, in the first Letter to the Corinthians, in chapter 11, complains: "I have heard that there are divisions among you" (cf. 1 Cor 11:18): the internal divisions in the communities begin. We must reach this "ideal", but it is not easy: there are many things that divide a community, be it a Christian parish or diocesan or presbyteral community or religious or religious ... many things come in to divide the community.

Seeing what are the things that divided the first Christian communities, I find three: first, the money. When the apostle James says this, that he has no personal favoritism, he gives an example because "if in your church, one with the golden ring enters your assembly, you immediately carry it on, and the poor leave him aside" (cf Jas 2.2). Money. Paul himself says the same: "The rich bring food and eat, they, and the poor, standing" (cf. 1 Cor 11 : 20-22), we leave them there as if to say to them: «Arrange as you can» ». Money divides, love of money divides the community, divides the Church.

Many times, in the history of the Church, where there are doctrinal deviations - not always, however many times - there is money behind it: the money of power, both political power and cash, but it is money. Money divides the community. For this reason, poverty is the mother of the community, poverty is the wall that protects the community. Money divides, personal interest. Even in families: how many families ended up divided by inheritance? How many families? And they never talked again ... How many families ... A legacy ... They divide: money divides.

Another thing that divides a community is vanity, that desire to feel better than others. "Thank you, Lord, because I am not like the others" (cf. Lk 18:11), the Pharisee's prayer. Vanity, feeling that ... And also vanity in showing me, vanity in habits, in dressing: how many times - not always but how many times - the celebration of a sacrament is an example of vanity, who goes with the best clothes, who does that and the other ... Vanity ... for the biggest party ... Vanity also enters there. And vanity divides. Because vanity leads you to be a peacock and where there is a peacock, there is always division.

A third thing that divides a community is chatter: it's not the first time I've said it, but it's reality. It is reality. That thing that the devil puts in us, like a need to talk about others. "But what a good person that is ..." - "Yes, yes, but nevertheless ...": immediately the "but": that is a stone to disqualify the other and immediately something that I heard I say and so the other down a little.

But the Spirit always comes with his strength to save us from this worldliness of money, vanity and chatter, because the Spirit is not the world: it is against the world. He is capable of doing these miracles, these great things.

We ask the Lord for this docility to the Spirit so that He transforms us and transforms our communities, our parochial, diocesan, religious communities: you transform them, to always go forward in the harmony that Jesus wants for the Christian community.

Prayer to make spiritual communion:

People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I desire you in my soul. Since I cannot receive you sacramentally now, at least spiritually come to my heart. As already come, I embrace you and I join everything with you. Don't let it ever separate me from you.
FULL TEXT + Image Source: Vatican.va - Translation from Italian