Sunday, May 17, 2020

Happy 100th Birthday Saint Pope John Paul II - Born in 1920 in Poland as Karol Wojtyla - #JP2

Pope John Paul II, who was born in Poland on May 18, 1920, reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005.
He was born in Wadowice, Poland with the name: Karol Jozef Wojtyla.
His father was Karol Wojtyla, an officer in the Polish Army and his mother was Emilia Wojtyla.
His mother's maiden surname was Scholz. Emilia, who was a schoolteacher, died in childbirth in 1929, when Wojtyła was eight years old. His elder sister Olga had died before his birth, and his brother Edmund, nicknamed Mundek, was 13 years his senior. Edmund's work as a physician led to his death from scarlet fever.
Karol received a doctorate in Philosophy and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology, Jagiellonian University. Saint Pope John Paul II was canonized on April 27, 2013, at a celebration in Saint Peter's Square, presided by Pope Francis. His Feast day is October 22. He wrote: Apostolic Letters‎: ‎45 Encyclicals‎: ‎14 Apostolic Exhortations‎: ‎14. He was the first non-Italian Pope in 400 years. Pope John Paul II was famous for his influence in bringing down the wall in Germany and fighting Communism. (in the pic. below Pope Francis kneels in prayer before the tomb of St. John Paul II)

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Monday, May 18, 2020 - #Eucharist in Eastertide - Your Virtual Church


Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 291
Reading 1 ACTS 16:11-15
We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,
and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,
a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
We spent some time in that city.
On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.

Responsorial Psalm149:1B-2, 3-4, 5-6A AND 9B
R.    (see 4a)  The Lord takes delight in his people.
R.    Alleluia.
Sing to the LORD a new song
of praise in the assembly of the faithful.
Let Israel be glad in their maker,
let the children of Zion rejoice in their king.
R.    The Lord takes delight in his people.
R.    Alleluia.
Let them praise his name in the festive dance,
let them sing praise to him with timbrel and harp.
For the LORD loves his people,
and he adorns the lowly with victory.
R.    The Lord takes delight in his people.
R.    Alleluia.
Let the faithful exult in glory;
let them sing for joy upon their couches.
Let the high praises of God be in their throats.
This is the glory of all his faithful. Alleluia.
R.    The Lord takes delight in his people.
R.    Alleluia.

AlleluiaJN 15:26B, 27A
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of truth will testify to me, says the Lord,
and you also will testify.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelJN 15:26—16:4A
Jesus said to his disciples:
“When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father,
the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father,
he will testify to me.
And you also testify,
because you have been with me from the beginning.

“I have told you this so that you may not fall away.
They will expel you from the synagogues;
in fact, the hour is coming when everyone who kills you
will think he is offering worship to God.
They will do this because they have not known either the Father or me.
I have told you this so that when their hour comes
you may remember that I told you.”

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 may 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
Press Play on the Video Below - Mass starts at 4:30- Fastforward

Saint May 18 St. John I a Pope and Martyr who Died in 526 AD

POPE Feast: May 18

Populonia, Tuscany, Italy
18 May 526 in Ravenna, Italy
Died at Ravenna on 18 or 19 May (according to the most popular calculation), 526. A Tuscan by birth and the son of Constantius, he was, after an interregnum of seven days, elected on 13 August, 523, and occupied the Apostolic see for two years, nine months, and seven days.

We know nothing of the matter of his administration, for his Bullarium contains only the two letters addressed to an Archbishop Zacharias and to the bishops of Italy respectively, and it is very certain that both are apocryphal.

We possess information -- though unfortunately very vague -- only about his journey to Constantinople, a journey which appears to have had results of great importance, and which was the cause of his death. The Emperor Justin, in his zeal for orthodoxy, had issued in 523 a severe decree against the Arians, compelling them, among other things, to surrender to the Catholics the churches which they occupied. Theodoric, King of the Ostrogoths and of Italy, the ardent defender of Arianism, keenly resented these measures directed against his coreligionists in the Orient, and was moreover highly displeased at seeing the progress of a mutual understanding between the Latin and Greek Churches, such as might favour certain secret dealings between the Roman senators and the Byzantine Court, aiming at the re-establishment of the imperial authority in  Italy. To bring pressure to bear upon the emperor, and force him to moderate his policy of repression in regard to the heretics, Theodoric sent to him early in 525 an embassy composed of Roman senators, of which he obliged the pope to assume the direction, and imposed on the latter the task of securing a withdrawal of the Edict of 523 and -- if we are to believe "Anonymous Valesianus" -- of even urging the emperor to facilitate the return to Arianism of the Arians who had been converted.
There has been much discussion as to the part played by John I in this affair. The sources which enable us to study the subject are far from explicit and may be reduced to four in number: "AnonymousValesianus", already cited; the "Liber Pontificalis"; Gregory of Tours's "Liber in gloria martyrum"; and the "Liber Pontificalis Ecclesiæ Ravennatis". But it is beyond question that the pope could only counsel Justin to use gentleness and discretion towards the Arians; his position as head of the Church prevented his inviting the emperor to favour heresy. That this analysis of the situation is correct is evident from the reception which the pope was accorded in the East -- a reception which certainly would not have been kindly, had the Roman ambassadors opposed the emperor and this Catholic subjects in their struggle waged against the Arian sect. The inhabitants of Constantinople went out in throngs to meet John. The Emperor Justin on meeting him prostrated himself, and, some time afterwards, he had himself crowned by the pope. All the patriarchs of the East made haste to manifest their communion in the Faith with the supreme pontiff; only Timothy of Alexandria, who had shown himself hostile to the Council of Chalcedon, held aloof. Finally, the pope, exercising his right of precedence over Epiphanius, Patriarch of Constantinople, solemnly officiated at St. Sophia in the Latin Rite on Easter Day, 19 April, 526. Immediately afterwards he made his way back to the West.
If this brilliant reception of John I by the emperor, the clergy, and the faithful of the Orient proves that he had not been wanting in his task as supreme pastor of the Church, the strongly contrasting behaviour of Theodoric towards him on his return is no less evident proof. This monarch, enraged at seeing the national party reviving in Italy, had just stained his hands with the murder of Boethius, the great philosopher, and of Symmachus his father-in-law. He was exasperated against the pope, whose embassy had obtained a success very different from that which he, Theodoric, desired and whom, moreover, he suspected of favouring the defenders of the ancient liberty of Rome. As soon as John, returning from the East, had landed in Italy, Theodoric caused him to be arrested and incarcerated at Ravenna. Worn out by the fatigues of the journey, and subjected to severe privations, John soon died in prison.
His body was transported to Rome and buried in the Basilica of St. Peter. In his epitaph there is no allusion to his historical role. The Latin Church has placed him among its martyrs, and commemorates him on 27 May, the ninth lesson in the Roman Breviary for that date being consecrated to him.

(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

Free Catholic Movie : Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima

The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima (1952) Approved | 1h 42min | Drama | 6 November 1952 (West Germany) The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima Poster In 1917, three shepherd childreDirector: John Brahm Writers: Crane Wilbur, James O'Hanlon Stars: Gilbert Roland, Angela Clarke, Frank Silvera | In 1917, three shepherd children living just outside Fatima, Portugal have visions of a lovely lady in a cloud. The anticlerical government wishes to squelch the Church; reports of religious experiences are cause for serious concern. Yet the children stand by their story, and the message of peace and hope the Lady brings. In the last vision, attended by thousands of people, the Lady proves her reality with a spectacular miracle that is seen by everyone present. Based on actual events at Fatima in the summer of 1917.
DONATE Now to Catholic News World, a Mission, which brings the Gospel to over 200 Countries World Wide! Easy Just Click the LINK below! 
If you do not support Christian media who will? 
Every little bit helps - as a Donor you and your Family will be added to our Church Prayers - You can add your prayer intention on the Donation site "Donor Wall":

Pope Francis Reminds Us of Jesus' Words "If you love me, you will keep my Commandments" Full Text + Video

Apostolic Palace Library
Sunday, 17 May 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!
The Gospel of this Sunday (cf. Jn 14 : 15-21) presents two messages: the observance of the commandments and the promise of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus links love for him to the observance of the commandments , and insists on this in his farewell speech: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments" (v. 15); "Whoever accepts my commandments and observes them, he is the one who loves me" (v. 21). Jesus asks us to love him, but explains: this love does not end in a desire for him, or in a feeling, no, it requires the willingness to follow his path, that is, the will of the Father. And this is summed up in the commandment of mutual love - the first love [in implementation] - given by Jesus himself: "As I have loved you, so you also love one another" ( Jn13,34). He did not say: "Love me, as I have loved you", but "love each other as I have loved you". He loves us without asking us for the return. Jesus' love is free, he never asks us for a return. And he wants his gratuitous love to become the concrete form of life between us: this is his will.
To help the disciples to walk on this path, Jesus promises that he will pray to the Father to send "another Paraclete" (v. 16), that is, a Comforter, a Defender who takes his place and gives them intelligence to listen and courage to observe his words. This is the Holy Spirit, which is the Gift of the love of God which descends into the heart of the Christian. After Jesus died and rose again, his love is given to those who believe in him and are baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit himself guides them, enlightens them, strengthens them, so that each one can walk in life, also through adversity and difficulty, in the joys and sorrows, remaining in the way of Jesus. This is possible precisely by keeping docile to the Holy Spirit, so that, with his active presence may not only console but transform hearts, open them to truth and love.
Faced with the experience of error and sin - which we all do -, the Holy Spirit helps us not to succumb and makes us grasp and live fully the sense of Jesus' words: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments" ( v. 15). The commandments are not given to us as a sort of mirror, in which we can see our miseries, our inconsistencies reflected. No, I'm not like that. The Word of God is given to us as the Word of life, which transforms the heart, the life, which renews, which does not judge to condemn, but heals and has forgiveness as its goal. The mercy of God is like this. A Word that is light for our footsteps. And all this is the work of the Holy Spirit! He is the Gift of God, he is God himself, who helps us to be free people, people who want and know how to love,
May the Virgin Mary, model of the Church who knows how to listen to the Word of God and welcome the gift of the Holy Spirit, help us to joyfully live the Gospel, in the awareness of being supported by the Spirit, divine fire that warms hearts and illuminates our steps .

After the Regina Caeli
Dear brothers and sisters!
Tomorrow marks the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II , in Wadowice, Poland. We remember him with much affection and gratitude. Tomorrow morning, at 7, I will celebrate Holy Mass, which will be transmitted all over the world, to the altar where his mortal remains rest . From Heaven he continues to intercede for the People of God and peace in the world.
Liturgical celebrations with the faithful have resumed in some countries; in others the possibility is being evaluated; in Italy, from tomorrow it will be possible to celebrate Mass with the people; but please, let's go ahead with the rules, the prescriptions they give us, in order to safeguard the health of everyone and the people.
In May, in many parishes it is traditional to celebrate First Communion Masses. Clearly, because of the pandemic, this beautiful moment of faith and celebration has been postponed. Therefore I wish to send an affectionate thought to the boys and girls who should have received the Eucharist for the first time. Dear friends, I invite you to live this time of waiting as an opportunity to prepare yourself better: by praying, reading the catechism book to deepen your knowledge of Jesus, growing in goodness and in service to others. Good walk!
Today the Laudato Si ' week begins , which will end next Sunday, in which the fifth anniversary of the publication of the Encyclical is remembered In these pandemic times, in which we are more aware of the importance of taking care of our common home, I hope that all the reflection and common commitment will help to create and strengthen constructive attitudes for the care of creation.
And I wish everyone a good Sunday. Please don't forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye.
FULL TEXT + Image Source: - a Translation from Italian

Wow Diocese in England offers Dial-In Mass by Phone for those without Internet during the Pandemic

Middlesbrough Diocese Release: The Diocese of Middlesbrough has launched what it believes is the country’s first Catholic Mass available to listen to directly by phone.

The new Mass-by-Phone service, specifically provided for those without internet access, follows the success of online services introduced since churches were closed when the coronavirus lockdown began.

Thousands of people have been tuning in to online Masses broadcast on YouTube from St Mary’s Cathedral in Middlesbrough.

Parishes throughout the diocese have reported numbers far greater than their usual congregations taking part in daily services on platforms including Facebook Live. St Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Ingleby Barwick saw 4,700 views of one of their services over Easter.

But priests were aware that many people, especially older worshippers, were missing out because they don’t have smartphones or wifi at home.

However, they were contacted by Andrew Gardner, grand knight of the Middlesbrough council of Catholic men’s organisation the Knights of St Columba, who had heard about church groups using the Twilio phone system to host “dial-a-sermon” services.

After Bishop Terry Drainey enthusiastically welcomed the idea, a phone number was set up and Father Albert Schembri, of St Mary’s Cathedral, recorded the first Mass. Exactly

100 people called the service on Sunday (May 3) it was launched.

Canon Derek Turnham, who oversees communications in the diocese, said: “Parishes including my own in Redcar have been reaching out through YouTube, Facebook and sending out emails to try to keep in touch with people. But we also knew there are a whole lot of people who don’t have smartphones or internet access.

“We’re delighted we’ve been able to set up this system, which enables people to hear Mass broadcast from our cathedral at any time of day and share in our worship.”

The new phone service comes just days after a survey of more than 2,000 people carried out by Tearfund revealed that a quarter of UK adults have listened to a religious service since the lockdown began – including more younger people (18–34) than those aged over 55. Twenty per cent those who said they have done so said they’d never gone to church.

Bishop Terry said: “Everyone needs hope and encouragement at this time and I’m delighted that through digital technology, the Church is able to is give comfort to Catholics and also to others who are not churchgoers and may not consider themselves to be Christians.

“There’s a dark cloud hanging over us and our world and situations like this often bring out the worst in people but they also bring out the best in people.

“We’re seeing a new growth of community spirit – a realisation that we can’t make it on our own and we need one another if we’re going to get through this crisis, which we will. We all belong to the human family and to God’s family.

“It’s sometimes easer to believe in God’s providence when all is going well and the sun is shining. When times are a little bit darker and more difficult, we can begin to doubt. But this is not what we’ve been experiencing at this time. Instead, we’re seeing people’s faith becoming stronger than ever before.”

The diocese thanked Knights of St Columba Council 29, which has offered to meet the cost of providing the phone service, which the diocese believes is the first that doesn’t require any special codes to access.

The number to call is 01642 130120. Calls are charged at local rate and free if in your included minutes.

The diocese is also planning to run a “virtual” Lourdes pilgrimage after being forced to postpone its usual visit to the French shrine at the end of May. This will involve services on Facebook as well as special prayers and reflections.

At Mass, Pope Francis says "The Holy Spirit teaches us this mildness.." and "..does not teach us to insult." Full Text - Video

"The Holy Spirit reminds us of access to the Father"
Sunday, May 17, 2020

Today our prayer is for many people who clean the hospitals, the streets, who empty the garbage cans, who go to the houses to take away the garbage: a job that nobody sees, but it is a job that is necessary to survive. May the Lord bless them, help them.
In the farewell from the disciples (cf. Jn 14 : 15-21), Jesus gives them peace, gives peace, with a promise: "I will not leave you orphans" (v. 18). It defends them from that pain, from that painful sense of orphanness. Today in the world there is a great feeling of orphanage : many have many things, but the Father is missing. And in the history of humanity this is repeated: when the Father is missing, something is missing and there is always the desire to meet, to find the Father, even in ancient myths. We think of the myths of Oedipus, of Telemachus, many others: always looking for the missing Father. Today we can say that we live in a society where the Father is lacking, a sense of orphanness that affects belonging and fraternity.
This is why Jesus promises: "I will pray to the Father and he will give you another Paraclete" (v. 16). “I am going - says Jesus - but another will come and teach you access to the Father . It will remind you of access to the Father ”. The Holy Spirit does not come to "make himself his customers"; he comes to signal access to the Father, to remember access to the Father, what Jesus has opened, what Jesus has shown. There is no spirituality of the Son only, of the Holy Spirit only: the center is the Father. The Son is sent by the Father and returns to the Father. The Holy Spirit is sent by the Father to remember and teach us how to access to the Father.
Only with this awareness of children who are not orphans can we live in peace among us. Always wars, both small wars and large wars, always have an orphan dimension: the Father who makes peace is missing. For this reason, when Peter in the first community says that they respond to the people because they are Christians (cf. 1Pt 3: 15-18), he says: "However, this must be done with gentleness and respect, with a right conscience" (v. 16), that is, the mildness that the Holy Spirit gives. The Holy Spirit teaches us this mildness, this sweetness of the Father's children. The Holy Spirit does not teach us to insultAnd one of the consequences of the sense of orphanage is insult, wars, because if there is no Father there are no brothers, brotherhood is lost. They are - this sweetness, respect, gentleness - they are attitudes of belonging, of belonging to a family that is sure of having a Father.
"I will pray to the Father and he will send you another Paraclete" ( Jn 14:16) who will remind you of access to the Father, will remind you that we have a Father who is the center of everything, the origin of everything, the unity of all, salvation of all because he sent his Son to save us all. And now send the Holy Spirit to remind us of access to him, to the Father and, from this fatherhood, this fraternal attitude of mildness, of sweetness, of peace.
We ask the Holy Spirit to remind us always, always, of this access to the Father, to remind us that we have a Father . And to this civilization, which has a great sense of orphanness, give the grace to find the Father, the Father who gives meaning to all life and makes men be a family.
Prayer for 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 you all. Don't let it ever separate me from you.
FULL TEXT + Image Source: - a Translation from Italian