Monday, April 27, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday April 28, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church

Tuesday of the Third Week of Easter
Lectionary: 274
Reading 1ACTS 7:51—8:1A
Stephen said to the people, the elders, and the scribes:
“You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears,
you always oppose the Holy Spirit;
you are just like your ancestors.
Which of the prophets did your ancestors not persecute?
They put to death those who foretold the coming of the righteous one,
whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
You received the law as transmitted by angels,
but you did not observe it.”

When they heard this, they were infuriated,
and they ground their teeth at him.
But Stephen, filled with the Holy Spirit,
looked up intently to heaven and saw the glory of God
and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,
and Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened
and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”
But they cried out in a loud voice,
covered their ears, and rushed upon him together.
They threw him out of the city, and began to stone him.
The witnesses laid down their cloaks
at the feet of a young man named Saul.
As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,
“Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Then he fell to his knees and cried out in a loud voice,
“Lord, do not hold this sin against them”;
and when he said this, he fell asleep.

Now Saul was consenting to his execution.

Responsorial Psalm31:3CD-4, 6 AND 7B AND 8A, 17 AND 21AB
R.    (6a)  Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Be my rock of refuge,
a stronghold to give me safety.
You are my rock and my fortress;
for your name’s sake you will lead and guide me.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Into your hands I commend my spirit;
you will redeem me, O LORD, O faithful God.
My trust is in the LORD;
I will rejoice and be glad of your mercy.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.
Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your kindness.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence
from the plottings of men.
R.    Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 6:35AB
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the bread of life, says the Lord;
whoever comes to me will never hunger.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 6:30-35
The crowd said to Jesus:
“What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you?
What can you do?
Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:

"He gave them bread from heaven to eat.”

So Jesus said to them,
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven;
my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven
and gives life to the world.”

So they said to Jesus,
“Sir, give us this bread always.”
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life;
whoever comes to me will never hunger,
and whoever believes in me will never thirst.”

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 

Saint April 28 St. Gianna Beretta Molla - Patron of Unborn Babies , Mothers , and Physicians

St. Gianna Beretta Molla
Feast: April 28
Feast Day:
April 28
October 4, 1922, Magenta, Italy

April 28, 1962, Monza, Italy
May 16, 2004 by Pope John Paul II
Patron of:
mothers, physicians, preborn children
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla was born in Magenta (Milan), Italy, on 4 October 1922, the 10th of 13 children. Already as a young girl she willingly accepted the gift of faith and the clearly Christian education that she received from her excellent parents. As a result, she experienced life as a marvellous gift from God, had a strong faith in Providence and was convinced of the necessity and effectivneess of prayer.

She diligently dedicated herself to studies during the years of her secondary and university education, while, at the same time, applying her faith in generous apostolic service among the elderly and needy as a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. After earning degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Pavia in 1949, she opened a medical clinic in Mesero (near Magenta) in 1950. She specialized in pediatrics at the University of Milan in 1952 and thereafter gave special attention to mothers, babies, the elderly and the poor.

While working in the field of medicine—which she considered a "mission" and practiced as such—she increased her generous service to Catholic Action, especially among the "very young" and, at the same time, expressed her joie de vivre and love of creation through skiing and mountaineering.      Through her prayers and those of others, she reflected on her  vocation, which she also considered a gift from God. Having chosen the vocation of marriage, she embraced it with complete enthusiasm and wholly dedicated herself "to forming a truly Christian family."

She became engaged to Pietro Molla and was radiant with joy and happiness during the time of their engagement, for which she thanked and praised the Lord. They were married on 24 September 1955 in St. Martin's Basilica in Magenta, and she became a happy wife. In November 1956, to her great joy, she became the mother of Pierluigi; in December 1957 of Mariolina; in July 1959 of Laura. With simplicity and equilibrium she harmonized the demands of mother, wife, doctor and her passion for life.

In September 1961, towards the end of the second month of pregnancy, she was touched by suffering and the mystery of      pain; she had developed a fibroma in her uterus. Before the required surgical operation, and conscious of the risk that her continued pregnancy brought, she pleaded with the surgeon to save the life of the child she was carrying, and entrusted herself to prayer and Providence. The life was saved, for which she thanked the Lord. She spent the seven months remaining until the birth of the child in incomparable strength of spirit and unrelenting dedication to her tasks as mother and doctor. She worried that the baby in her womb might be born in pain, and she asked God to prevent that.

A few days before the child was due, although trusting as always in Providence, she was ready to give her life in order to save that of her child: "If you must decide between me and the child, do not hesitate: choose the child—I insist on it. Save the baby." On the morning of 21 April 1962 Gianna Emanuela was born. Despite all efforts and treatments to save both of them, on the morning of 28 April, amid unspeakable pain and after repeated exclamations of "Jesus, I love you. Jesus, I love you," the mother died. She was 39 years old. Her funeral was an occasion of profound grief, faith and prayer. The body of the new blessed lies in the cemetary of Mesero (4 km. from Magenta).

Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, and officially canonized as a saint on May 16, 2004. Gianna's husband Pietro and their last child, Gianna, were present at the canonization ceremony.

St. Gianna is a patron saint for mothers, physicians, and unborn children.

SOURCE:GiannaberettaMolla on MaryPages

Saint April 28 St. Louis de Montfort - Established True Devotion to Mary

St. Louis de Montfort

31 January 1673 at Montfort-La-Cane, Brittany, France
1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sovre, France
1947 by Pope Pius XII
Missionary in Brittany and Vendee; born at Montfort, 31 January, 1673; died at Saint Laurent sur Sevre, 28 April, 1716.
From his childhood, he was indefatigably devoted to prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and, when from his twelfth year he was sent as a day pupil to the Jesuit college at Rennes, he never failed to visit the church before and after class. He joined a society of young men who during holidays  ministered to the poor and to the incurables in the hospitals, and read for them edifying books during their meals. At the age of nineteen, he went on foot to Paris to follow the course in theology, gave away on the journey all his money to the poor, exchanged clothing with them, and made a vow to subsist thenceforth only on alms. He was ordained priest at the age of twenty-seven, and for some time fulfilled the duties of chaplain in a hospital. In 1705, when he was thirty-two, he found his true vocation, and thereafter devoted himself to preaching to the people. During seventeen years he preached the Gospel in countless towns and villages. As an orator he was highly gifted, his language being simple but replete with fire and divine love. His whole life was conspicuous for virtues difficult for modern degeneracy to comprehend: constant prayer, love of the poor, poverty carried to an unheard-of degree, joy in humiliations and persecutions.
The following two instances will illustrate his success. He once gave a mission for the soldiers of the garrison at La Rochelle, and moved by his words, the men wept, and cried aloud for the forgiveness of their sins. In the procession which terminated this mission, an officer walked at the head, barefooted and carrying a banner, and the soldiers, also barefooted, followed, carrying in one hand a crucifix, in the other a rosary, and singing hymns.
Grignion's extraordinary influence was especially apparent in the matter of the calvary at Pontchateau. When he announced his determination of building a monumental calvary on a neighbouring hill, the idea was enthusiastically received by the inhabitants. For fifteen months between two and four hundred peasants worked daily without recompense, and the task had just been completed, when the king commanded that the whole should be demolished, and the land restored to its former condition. The Jansenists had convinced the Governor of Brittany that a fortress capable of affording aid to persons in revolt was being erected, and for several months five hundred peasants, watched by a company of soldiers, were compelled to carry out the work of destruction. Father de Montfort was not disturbed on receiving this humiliating news, exclaiming only: "Blessed be God!"
This was by no means the only trial to which Grignion was subjected. It often happened that the Jansenists, irritated by his success, secure by their intrigues his banishment form the district, in which he was giving a mission. At La Rochelle some wretches put poison into his cup of broth, and, despite the antidote which he swallowed, his health was always impaired. On another occasion, some malefactors hid in a narrow street with the intention of assassinating him, but he had a presentiment of danger and escaped by going by another street. A year before his death, Father de Montfort founded two congregations -- the Sisters of Wisdom, who were to devote themselves to hospital work and the instruction of poor girls, and the Company of Mary, composed of missionaries. He had long cherished these projects but circumstances had hindered their execution, and, humanly speaking, the work appeared to have failed at his death, since these congregations numbered respectively only four sisters and two priests with a few brothers. But the blessed founder, who had on several occasions shown himself possessed of the gift of prophecy, knew that the tree would grow. At the beginning of the twentieth century the Sisters of Wisdom numbered five thousand, and were spread throughout every country; they possessed forty-four houses, and gave instruction to 60,000 children. After the death of its founder, the Company of Mary was governed for 39 years by Father Mulot. He had at first refused to join de Montfort in his missionary labours. "I cannot become a missionary", said he, "for I have been paralysed on one side for years; I have an affection of the lungs which scarcely allows me to breathe, and am indeed so ill that I have no rest day or night." But the holy man, impelled by a sudden inspiration, replied, "As soon as you begin to preach you will be completely cured." And the event justified the prediction. Grignion de Montfort was beatified by Leo XIII in 1888. 
SOURCEStlouisdemontfort.Catholic Encyclopedia

RIP Bishop Emilio S. Allué, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Boston Dies from COVID-19

The Boston Pilot reports:
Most Reverend Emilio S. Allué, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Boston passed to the Lord April 26. He was 85 years old.

In an email to Boston priests, Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Bishop Peter Uglietto announced the death and said he had been critically ill in recent weeks. Since mid-April Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley had been publicly urging prayers for Bishop Allué, saying the bishop was seriously ill with COVID-19.

Born in Huesca, Spain on Feb. 18, 1935, his education began at home and was continued more formally at schools directed by the Salesians of St. John Bosco, whose novitiate he entered in 1954 in his native Spain.

He was assigned to the New York-based province of his order, and in 1959 he graduated from the order's seminary college in Newton, New Jersey. Sent to Italy, he completed theological studies at Turin, the Salesian birthplace and in Rome, where he was ordained to the priesthood Dec. 22, 1966. He completed doctoral studies in the Eternal City, receiving the Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) in 1969.

Returning to the United States, he became a U.S. citizen in 1974 and completed a second doctorate, this one from Fordham University in 1981 specializing in the history of Christianity.

Between 1981 and his appointment in 1996 as auxiliary of the archdiocese, he served in various pastoral and educational assignments: Rector of Salesian Minor Seminary, Goshen, New York; pastor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, New Brunswick, New Jersey; pastor of St. Kieran, Miami, Florida; Rector of the Marian Shrine, Haverstraw, New York and as parochial vicar at Mary Help of Christians, on Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Pope St. John Paul II tapped him to be titular bishop of the titular see of Croe in Albania on July 24, 1996. He was ordained to the episcopate by Cardinal New York Law, together with his episcopal "twin" the late Bishop Francis X. Irwin, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Sept. 17, 1996.

He served as regional bishop of both the West Region (1996-2000) and the Merrimack Region (2000-2010). He also served as episcopal moderator of the Archdiocesan Hispanic Apostolate (2008-2010) during his time as auxiliary bishop.

He retired as auxiliary bishop on June 30, 2010 and remained in residence at St. Theresa of Avila Rectory, West Roxbury (2008-2018). He served as a valued collaborator of then-pastor Msgr. William M. Helmick, until they both moved to Regina Cleri Residence in late 2018.
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Bishops of Italy Voice Concerns over Italy's Restrictions on Religious Freedom in response to COVID-19 - Full Text

The Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) respond to Italy's Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, regarding “phase 2” of the response to the coronavirus crisis on Sunday, April 26, 2020. Italy’s Bishops’ Conference was concerned about aspects of the government’s plans for “phase 2”. They explained the Church “cannot accept seeing the exercise of freedom of religion compromised”. "New measures are being studied by the government to allow the wider exercise of freedom of worship." 
FULL TEXT from the Bishops' Conference of Italy:

The words of the Minister of the Interior, Luciana Lamorgese, in the interview given on Thursday 23 April in Avvenire came after a continuous and available dialogue between the General Secretariat of the CEI, the Ministry and the Prime Minister itself.

An statement which the Church has accepted, with suffering and a sense of responsibility, the government limitations taken to face the health emergency. An statement  during which several times it was explicitly underlined that - when the limitations assumed to face the pandemic are reduced - the Church demands to be able to resume its pastoral action.

Now, after these weeks of negotiation that saw the CEI present Guidelines and Protocols with which to face a transitory phase in full compliance with all health standards, the Prime Minister's Decree passed this evening arbitrarily excludes the possibility of celebrating Mass with the people.

The Presidency of the Council and the Technical-Scientific Committee are reminded of the duty to distinguish between their responsibility - giving precise indications of a sanitary nature - and that of the Church, called to organize the life of the Christian community, in compliance with the measures prepared, but in the fullness of one's autonomy.

Italian bishops cannot accept to see the exercise of freedom of worship compromised. It should be clear to everyone that the commitment to service to the poor, so significant in this emergency, arises from a faith that must be able to feed on its sources, in particular sacramental life.

At Mass, Pope Francis Prays for Artists and says "Each of us has one's own..moment in which Jesus approached us and said: "Follow me" Full Text

"Always go back to the first meeting"
Monday, April 27, 2020

We pray today for the artists, who have this very great capacity for creativity and through the path of beauty they show us the way forward. May the Lord give us all the grace of creativity right now.
People who had listened to Jesus throughout the day, and then had this grace of multiplying the loaves and had seen the power of Jesus, wanted to make him king. They first went to Jesus to hear the word and also to ask for the healing of the sick. They stayed the whole day listening to Jesus without getting bored, without getting tired: they were there, happy. Then when they saw that Jesus was feeding them, which they did not expect, they thought: "But this would be a good ruler for us and surely he will be able to free us from the power of the Romans and bring the country forward". And they got excited about making him king. Their intention has changed, because they have seen and thought: "Well ... because a person who does this miracle, who feeds the people, can be a good ruler" (cf. Jn6.1 to 15). But at that moment they had forgotten the enthusiasm that the word of Jesus gave birth to in their hearts.
Jesus went away and went to pray (cf. v. 15). Those people stayed there and the next day they were looking for Jesus, "because he has to be here" they said, because they had seen that he had not got on the boat with the others. And there was a boat there, it remained there ... (cf. Jn 6 : 22-24). But they did not know that Jesus had reached the others by walking on the waters (cf. vv. 16-21). So they decided to go to the other side of the sea of ​​Tiberias to look for Jesus and, when they saw him, the first word they say to him is: "Rabbi, when did you come here?" (v. 25), as if saying: "We don't understand, this seems a strange thing."

And Jesus brings them back to the first feeling, to what they had before the multiplication of the loaves, when they listened to the word of God: «Verily, verily I say to you, you are looking for me not because you have seen signs - as at the beginning , the signs of the word, which excited them, the signs of healing - not because you saw signs, but because you ate of those loaves and were satisfied "(v. 26). Jesus reveals their intention and says: "But it is so, you have changed your attitude". And they, instead of justifying themselves: "No, Lord, no ...", they were humble. Jesus continues: «Work hard not for the food that does not last, but for the food that remains for eternal life and that the Son of man will give you. Because upon him the Father, God, has placed his seal "( Jn6.27). And they, good ones, said: "What must we do to do the works of God?" (v. 28). "Believe in the Son of God" (cf. v. 29). This is a case in which Jesus corrects the attitude of people, of the crowd, because in the middle of the journey she had moved away from the first moment, from the first spiritual consolation and had taken a path that was not right, a more mundane path than evangelical.
This makes us think that many times in life we ​​start a road to follow Jesus, behind Jesus, with the values ​​of the Gospel, and halfway there is another idea, we see some signs and we move away and we conform with something more temporal, more material, more worldly - it may be - and we lose the memory of that first enthusiasm we had when we heard Jesus speak. The Lord always returns to the first meeting, to the first moment in which he looked at us, spoke to us and it gave birth to the desire to follow him. This is a grace to ask the Lord, because in life we ​​will always have this temptation to move away because we see another thing: "But that will be fine, but that idea is good ...". We walk away. The grace to always return to the first call, at the first moment: don't forget, do not forget my story, when Jesus looked at me with love and said to me: "This is your way"; when Jesus through so many people made me understand what was the way of the Gospel and not other ways a little worldly, with other values. Go back to the first meeting.
It always struck me that - among the things that Jesus says on the morning of the Resurrection - he says: "Go to my disciples and tell them to go to Galilee, they will find me there" (cf. Mt 28.10), Galilee was the first place meeting. There they had met Jesus. Each of us has one's own "Galilee" inside, one's own moment in which Jesus approached us and said: "Follow me". In life what happens to these people happens - good, because then they say to him: "What should we do?", They immediately obeyed - it happens that we move away and look for other values, other hermeneutics, other things, and we lose the freshness of the first call. The author of the letter to the Hebrews also refers us to this: "Remember the first days" (cf. Heb10,32). The memory, the memory of the first meeting, the memory of "my Galilee", when the Lord looked at me with love and said: "Follow me".
Prayer for spiritual communion
People who cannot communicate now make spiritual communion:
My Jesus, I believe you are in the Blessed Sacrament.
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 you all;
do not allow me to ever separate you from You.

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Pope Francis sends Letter to World of Street Papers that Employ over 20, 000 Homeless - Full Text

DSM , April 21, 2020

The lives of millions of people, in our world already grappling with so many challenges difficult to face and oppressed by the pandemic, has changed and is being put to the test. The most fragile people, the invisible, homeless people risk paying the heaviest bill.
So I want to say hello to the world of street newspapers and especially their vendors who are mostly homeless , seriously marginalized, unemployed people: thousands of people all over the world live and have a job thanks to the sale of these extraordinary newspapers.
In Italy I think of the good experience of Scarp de 'tenis, the Caritas project that allows more than 130 people in difficulty to have an income and with it access to fundamental citizenship rights. Not only. I am thinking of the experience of over 100 street newspapers around the world, which are published in 35 different countries and in 25 different languages ​​and which guarantee work and income for more than 20,500 homeless people in the world. Street newspapers have not been sold for many weeks and their vendors cannot work. So I want to express my closeness to journalists, volunteers, people who live thanks to these projects and who in these times are working with many innovative ideas. The pandemic has made your job difficult but I am sure that the large network of street newspapers in the world will return stronger than before. Look to the poorest these days it can help all of us to become aware of what is really happening to us and our true condition. To all of you my message of encouragement and fraternal friendship. Thanks for the work you do, for the information you give and for the stories of hope you tell.


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