Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - #Eucharist - Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 361
Reading 11 KGS 18:20-39
Ahab sent to all the children of Israel
and had the prophets assemble on Mount Carmel.

Elijah appealed to all the people and said,
“How long will you straddle the issue?
If the LORD is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.”
The people, however, did not answer him.
So Elijah said to the people,
“I am the only surviving prophet of the LORD,
and there are four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal.
Give us two young bulls.
Let them choose one, cut it into pieces, and place it on the wood,
but start no fire.
I shall prepare the other and place it on the wood,
but shall start no fire.
You shall call on your gods, and I will call on the LORD.
The God who answers with fire is God.”
All the people answered, “Agreed!”

Elijah then said to the prophets of Baal,
“Choose one young bull and prepare it first,
for there are more of you.
Call upon your gods, but do not start the fire.”
Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it
and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying,
“Answer us, Baal!”
But there was no sound, and no one answering.
And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.
When it was noon, Elijah taunted them:
“Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating,
or may have retired, or may be on a journey.
Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears,
as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.
Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state
until the time for offering sacrifice.
But there was not a sound;
no one answered, and no one was listening.

Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.”
When the people had done so, he repaired the altar of the LORD
that had been destroyed.
He took twelve stones, for the number of tribes of the sons of Jacob,
to whom the LORD had said, “Your name shall be Israel.”
He built an altar in honor of the LORD with the stones,
and made a trench around the altar
large enough for two measures of grain.
When he had arranged the wood,
he cut up the young bull and laid it on the wood.
“Fill four jars with water,” he said,
“and pour it over the burnt offering and over the wood.”
“Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.
“Do it a third time,” he said,
and they did it a third time.
The water flowed around the altar,
and the trench was filled with the water.

At the time for offering sacrifice,
the prophet Elijah came forward and said,
“LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel,
let it be known this day that you are God in Israel
and that I am your servant
and have done all these things by your command.
Answer me, LORD!
Answer me, that this people may know that you, LORD, are God
and that you have brought them back to their senses.”
The LORD’s fire came down
and consumed the burnt offering, wood, stones, and dust,
and it lapped up the water in the trench.
Seeing this, all the people fell prostrate and said,
“The LORD is God! The LORD is God!”

Responsorial Psalm16:1B-2AB, 4, 5AB AND 8, 11
R. (1b) Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge;
I say to the LORD, “My Lord are you.”
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
They multiply their sorrows
who court other gods.
Blood libations to them I will not pour out,
nor will I take their names upon my lips.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
O LORD, my allotted portion and cup,
you it is who hold fast my lot.
I set the LORD ever before me;
with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.
You will show me the path to life,
fullness of joys in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.
R. Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.

AlleluiaPS 25:4B, 5A
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Teach me your paths, my God,
and guide me in your truth.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelMT 5:17-19
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets.
I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.
Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter
will pass from the law,
until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments
and teaches others to do so
will be called least in the Kingdom of heaven.
But whoever obeys and teaches these commandments
will be called greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.”

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
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Saint June 10 : St. Getulius & Companions who Died in 120 AD

St. Getulius & Companions
Feast: June 10

Feast Day:
June 10
120 AD
Major Shrine:
Sant'Angelo in Pescheria, Rome Martyr with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138). He was the husband of St. Symphorosa. An officer in the Roman army, he resigned when he became a Christian and returned to his estates near Tivoli, Italy. There he converted Caerealis, the imperial legate sent to arrest him. With his brother Amantius and with Caerealis and Primitivus, Getulius was tortured and martyred at Tivoli. The significance of the conversion rests in part upon the fact that the emperor himself owned a large and famous estate in the same area, an indication of how the Christian faith had established itself among the ranks of the wealthy patrician class of the empire.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)

RIP George Floyd - Funeral held with Hundreds in attendance and Powerful Prayer of Comfort - Video

Hundreds attended the private funeral service in a Houston church for George Floyd. There were also 3 public events in as many states to commemorate Floyd who was killed on May 25, 2020.
The 46-year-old father, and sports fan known as Big Floyd cried out for his mother and pleaded he couldn't breathe as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck on May 25. The video of the incident ignited protests and  violence in cities across the U.S. and around the world.
George Perry Floyd, age 46, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2014, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Floyd had a six-year-old daughter named Gianna who lives with her mother, Roxie Washington. Floyd had four other children, including 27-year-old Quincy Mason Floyd, who visited the memorial site in Minneapolis last week.
A GoFundme account has raised over $13 Million for the Floyd family.
 "George Floyd was not expendable. This is why we're here," Democratic Rep. Al Green of Texas told the crowd at the Fountain of Praise Church. "His crime was that he was born Black. That was his only crime. George Floyd deserved the dignity and respect that we accord all people just because they are children of a common God."
 In the video below Rev. Mary White delivered a powerful prayer of comfort for those in attendance at the funeral.

Following the funeral, Floyd's body was to be taken by horse-drawn carriage to a cemetery in suburban Pearland, Texas, where he was to be laid to rest next to his mother.

Mourners also included Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee from the Houston area, and the city's police chief, Art Acevedo. Nearly all the pews were full, with relatively little space between people.

Dozens of Floyd's family members, most dressed in white, were led into the sanctuary by the Rev. Al Sharpton, the civil rights activist.

In a video eulogy played at the service, former vice-president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, said,"No child should have to ask questions that too many Black children have had to ask for generations: Why?" He continued, "Now is the time for racial justice. That is the answer we must give to our children when they ask why."

The funeral came one day after about 6,000 people attended a public memorial Monday in Houston.

Over the past six days, memorials for Floyd were also held in Minneapolis, where he lived in recent years, and Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born.

Four Minneapolis officers were charged in connection with Floyd's death, which was captured on video by bystanders.

Calls for police reform have come up in many communities, and people around the world have taken to the streets in solidarity, saying that reforms and dialogue must not stop with Floyd's funeral.

Rev. Al Sharpton, left, spoke  with Quincy Mason Floyd, son of George Floyd, before the funeral Tuesday at Fountain of Praise Church in Houston.
Edited from CBC 

#BreakingNews Death Toll in USA due to Protests over George Floyd reaches 17 people Killed and great Vandalism

George Floyd, was an African-American killed by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. His death was recorded on video - a police officer held Mr. Floyd with his knee on his neck for 8 minutes which caused his death. Protests began on May 26, 2020 in many US cities; they quickly became violent and curfews were given to prevent further danger. From the beginning of the protests dozens of police vehicles were burned to the ground as was the police department building in Minneapolis. Store owners have seen their businesses looted and vandalized throughout the USA. Many churches were damaged and graffiti sprayed on their walls. Among those 17 people killed during the protests over the death of George Floyd are a retired police captain, a beloved owner of a barbecue restaurant, and a former star football player known as “Mr. Indianapolis.”

According to Fox News as of Monday, June 8, a tally shows 17 people have died in incidents resulting from the unrest following Floyd’s May 25 death. The following is a list of names of those killed:

David Dorn, a 77-year-old retired St. Louis police captain was shot and killed on June 2 by looters who broke into a pawn shop. Dorn went to the pawn shop to check on a burglar alarm.

David McAtee, the 53-year-old owner of a barbecue restaurant was shot and killed on June 1 in Louisville. Police and the National Guard troops were trying to clear a crowd when they heard gunshots and returned fire.

Chris Beaty, 38, who played football for Indiana University and was known as “Mr. Indianapolis,” was shot and killed on the street in downtown Indianapolis on May 30 during a protest.

Dorian Murrell, 18, was fatally shot in Indianapolis the same night as Beaty.

Cops say the man who shot him, Tyler Newby, 29, told police the shooting happened after he and friend found a gas canister on the ground as they were walking around downtown after the protests.

Italia Kelly, 22, was shot and killed June 1 in Davenport, Iowa, as she was leaving a protest outside a Walmart.

Marquis Tousant, 23, of Rock Island, Ill., was shot and killed in Davenport the same night as Kelly.

He was found dead near where police say one or more persons fired 13 shots at an unmarked police truck investigating a suspicious car in an alley around 3 a.m., the Des Moines Register reported.

Patrick Underwood, 53, a federal officer, died as he was providing security at a U.S. courthouse in Oakland, Calif., during a protest when someone fired shots from a vehicle. Another officer was critically wounded.

Calvin Horton Jr., a 43-year-old black man was fatally shot outside a Minneapolis pawn shop on May 27, two days after Floyd’s death. The 59-year-old owner was later booked into jail on suspicion of murder and then released as the investigation continues, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

James Scurlock, a 22-year-old black man, was killed Saturday after authorities said he tussled with the owner of two downtown bars. Surveillance video of the strip of bars shows a group of people, including Scurlock, approach white bar owner Jake Gardner.

Javar Harrell, a 21-year-old man, was killed in downtown Detroit on June 5 after someone fired shots into a vehicle during a protest.

Barry Perkins III, 29, of St. Louis, was killed May 30 after climbing between two trailers of a FedEx truck during an interstate protest near downtown St. Louis.

Jorge Gomez, 25, of Las Vegas, was shot fatally shot by officers breaking up a protest in downtown Las Vegas on June 1.Police said the officers opened fire after Gomez pointed a gun at them.

Jose Gutierrez, 28, of Chicago, was fatally shot during unrest following a protest in Cicero on June 1, according to reports.

Zion Haygood of Chicago has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting.

Victor Cazares Jr., 27, was fatally shot near a grocery store in Cicero the same night as Gutierrez in a separate incident. Cazares was from Cicero.
Marvin Francois, 50, was shot and killed May 31 after a protest in Kansas City, Mo., according to reports.

Two unidentified males - A suspected looter was killed Tuesday breaking into a gun shop after protests in Philadelphia, police said.

The man was shot and killed by the owner of the gun shop, Greg Isabella, who said he saw a group of looters on his surveillance video breaking a padlock on his gate with bolt cutters.

On the same night of the looting incident at Isabella’s gun shop, a 24-year-old looter was killed trying to blow up a sidewalk ATM in Philadelphia, police said.

His name has not been released.

#BreakingNews Churches and Cathedral in Mexico Vandalized during Protests

AMERICA/MEXICO - Violence against churches and state institutions, "young people are moved by cowardly leaders" denounces Mgr. Cabrero
Tuesday, 9 June 2020
(Below is Raw Video from Reuters from Mexico during the recent protests:)
Xalapa (Agenzia Fides) - The Cathedral of Xalapa, in the Mexican state of Veracruz, and the Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, known as "El Beaterio", were vandalized during a presumably protest march against police repression, which took place yesterday, June 8th. About fifty anarchists caused damage to various public and private buildings in the center of Xalapa, among them radical feminist groups.
Among the writings that the vandals painted in places of worship: "pedophiles", "oppressive state", "rapists" and "war against the state".
Demonstrations against police violence have been taking place in Mexico for a week, following an initiative that started from the United States. But in Mexico, demonstrations have become a cause of devastation and gratuitous violence against institutions. According to the local press, 5 churches have been vandalized since 1 June in Xalapa.
On Sunday 7 June, the Archbishop of San Luis Potosí, Mgr. Jesús Carlos Cabrero denounced the violent events in the historic center that occurred on the previous Friday, in particular near the Public Prosecutor’s office and the State Congress. The Archbishop said that the people who committed damage to these properties were primarily minors who should not have been there; who are moved by cowardly leaders who do not show their face and who, based on the economic need of these people, motivate them to commit vandalism and promote social disorder: "They throw people away, leaders hide. I do not understand what the children were doing right there", he said.
Mgr. Jesús Carlos Cabrero assured that this social phenomenon derives from the domino effect that began in the United States with the death of an African American person at the hands of the police. In Mexico it happened in Guadalajara and, now, several states are joining protests against police abuse. "It has touched Guadalajara and it has now touched us, what we have to say is to anticipate and be in constant contact with the movements", he concluded. (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 9/6/2020)
Full Text Source: Fides.org

Powerful Ancient Prayer for Lent by St. Ephrem "Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, discouragement, lust..."

Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of laziness, discouragement, lust of power, and idle talk. Instead grant to me, your servant, the spirit of purity, humility, patience, and love. My Lord and King, grant me the grace to be aware of my own sins and refrain from judging others; for you are blessed forever. Amen. 
 ( Prayer of St. Ephrem)
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Wow 300 Christian Churches Join in Touching Song of Blessing from Ireland - Watch the Video!

Youtube release:
The Irish Blessing (Beannacht uile-Éireann) is a project inspired by the many international recordings of "The Blessing” (by Cody Carnes, Kari Jobe and Elevation Worship) which have been made during this time of pandemic. We wanted to honour that inspiration, whilst at the same time, honouring the unique history and culture of our island. So we chose a song that would resonate across the island, with every denomination and cultural grouping, one that could be used as a platform to sing a Blessing over our land, all our key-workers and those they are caring for. “Be Thou My Vision” is just such a hymn written over 1000 years ago. It reminds us of the One to whom we should look in this time of pandemic, whose presence is our light, the source of our wisdom, in whom we find our treasure and where we find victory.
 Individuals from 300 Christian churches and organisations located in every county on the island submitted self-recordings of vocals and instruments which have been compiled by our creative team to produce this music video - we hope you receive a blessing as you watch it.
Source: The Irish Blessing 2020

BREAKING Thousands March in Streets of Israel in Protest of Annexation Plans for the West Bank

Asia News report: Thousands of Israelis take to the streets against annexation plans in the West Bank
For the second time in two months, citizens demonstrate against Prime Minister Netanyahu. Amid Palestinian and Israeli flags, the demonstrators sang "no to annexation, no to occupation, yes to peace and democracy". But half of Israelis are in favor. Netanyahu calls the killing of an autistic Palestinian by the police a "tragedy".

Tel Aviv (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government, who intend to pursue the controversial annexation program for occupied territories in the West Bank.

On the evening of June 6, respecting the distancing measures imposed by the Covid-19 emergency, citizens promoted a protest for the second time in less than two months.

Wearing masks and respecting the minimum distance of one meter, the demonstrators gathered under the slogan "No to annexation, no to occupation, yes to peace and democracy". Defying the bans of the police, who tried to block the demonstration, several people in the square waved Israeli and Palestinian flags.

The new Israeli executive, the result of the agreement between Prime Minister Netanyahu and opposition leader Benny Gantz, has among its objectives the plan of annexation of the territories; a plan that worries the Christian leaders of the Holy Land, who speak of "serious and catastrophic" policy, which enjoys the support of the United States in the context of the controversial "Agreement of the Century", the peace plan drawn up by the Trump administration.

Among the promoters of the protest in Tel Aviv are groups of the left, which in the last period have regained strength after a long absence from the political and social landscape of the country. However, the demonstrations do not appear to be the beginning of a mass movement against Israeli politics and leadership, which remains firmly in the hands of the right led by Netanyahu. The organizers also released a video message from US Democratic Senator Berni Sanders, who recalls the importance of "fighting for justice and fighting for the future we all deserve".

A recent poll shows that about half of Israelis strongly support the government program. Hoping to receive the (almost obvious) green light from the White House, the Prime Minister has set the start date of the plan for the annexation of the Israeli settlements and the Jordan Valley to the West Bank on the first of July.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Netanyahu commented on the killing of a young Palestinian with autism problems by the police last month, calling it a huge "tragedy". 32-year-old Iyad Halaq was shot dead on 30 May in the occupied area of ​​East Jerusalem while going to a special school for people with psychomotor problems. The agents suspected he was carrying a weapon and therefore opened fire, killing him. In reality he was unarmed and had no threatening intentions.

Yesterday, for the first time, the head of government commented on the episode offering his condolences to the family and invoking a thorough investigation to ascertain the responsibilities. The Israelis, he said during a government meeting, share the "pain" of the Halaq family. "This man with [autism] limits was treated as a suspect, believing he was - and wrongly - a terrorist while he was in a sensitive area" of the city.
FULL TEXT Source: AsiaNews.it

#BreakingNews Pope Francis Appoints Youngest New Bishop - Msgr. David Toups to Diocese of Beaumont, Texas - Full Text

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD of Beaumont; Names Monsignor David Toups of Diocese of Saint Petersburg as Successor

June 9, 2020
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, SVD, 76, from the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Beaumont and has named Monsignor David L. Toups, a priest of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg as Bishop-elect of Beaumont.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on June 9, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-elect Toups was born on March 26, 1971 in Seattle, Washington and was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1997 for the Diocese of Saint Petersburg. Monsignor Toups attended Florida Southern College in Lakeland before entering St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Theology in 1993. He attended the Pontifical North American College in Rome and obtained a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum).

His assignments after ordination include: Parochial Vicar at St. Francis Cabrini Parish in Spring Hill (1997-2001); doctoral studies at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (2002-2004), Assistant Dean of Students (2004) and Dean of Students (2004-2006) at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach; the Administrative Council, Faculty Council and Seminary Formation Team, and Professor of Sacramental and Liturgical Theology at St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary (2004-2006).

Between 2007-2010, Monsignor Toups was released from diocesan assignment to serve as the Associate Director of the Secretariat for Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. He returned to the Diocese of Saint Petersburg in 2010 and served as Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Tampa (2010-2012) before being named as President and Rector of St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in 2012 where he currently serves.

Bishop-elect Toups has also served as a member of the diocesan Presbyteral Council (1997-2001), the National Board of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (1997-2001), and as Observer for Region IV to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ November meetings from 2000-2002. He is fluent in English and Spanish and has familiarity with Italian.

The Diocese of Beaumont is comprised of 7,878 square miles in the State of Texas and has a total population of 643,798 of which 68,597 are Catholic.

(The Diocese of Beaumont produced this Video in honor of Bishop Guillory

Saint June 9 : St. Columbkille of Ireland the 1st Missionary to Scotland

ST. COLUMBKILLE is one of three great saints of Ireland and was the first missionary to Scotland. Born in 521 in Donegal, Ireland to a family connected to kings and princes, Columb was a man gifted with incredible talents. He wrote poetry and music, established churches and monasteries, preached the gospel and painted manuscripts. St. Adamnan, his biographer wrote of him: "He had the face of an angel; he was of an excellent nature, polished in speech, holy in deed, great in counsel . . . loving unto all." He is personally described as "A man well-formed, with powerful frame; his skin was white, his face broad and fair and radiant, lit up with large, gray, luminous eyes.”
From an early age Columb seemed destined for the priesthood, his family sent him off to study under the future St. Finnian and at Clonard Abbey he surrendered his princely claims, became a monk and was ordained. He spent the next 15 years preaching and teaching in Ireland. As was the custom in those days, he combined study and prayer with manual labor. By his own natural gifts as well as by the good fortune of his birth, he soon gained ascendancy as a monk of unusual distinction. By the time he was 25, he had founded no less than 27 Irish monasteries, including those at Derry, Durrow, and Kells, as well as some 40 churches. His work for the Church gained him the addition of “kille” to his name. Columb means “dove” in Gaelic and kille is “church”, so he came to be known as the “church’s dove”. Columb lived, with every ounce of his energy, the commission of Jesus to “go and make disciples.”
There is a famous tale about Columbkille that stands as one of the first copyright cases on record: Columbkille was so anxious to have a copy of Finnian’s Psalter that he shut himself up at night in the church that contained it and secretly transcribed it by hand. He was discovered by a monk who watched him through the keyhole and reported it to his superior. Bibles and prayer books were so scarce in those days that Abbot Finnian claimed the copy, refusing to allow it to leave the monastery. Columbkille refused to surrender it until he was obliged to do so, under protest, on Finnian's appeal to King Diarmaid, who said, "To every cow its calf," meaning to every book its copy.

While historically a bit unclear, an unfortunate period followed, during which, owing to Columbkille's protection of a refugee and his impassioned denunciation of an injustice by King Diarmaid, war broke out between the clans of Ireland, and Columbkille became an exile of his own accord. Filled with remorse on account of those who had been slain in battle and condemned by many of his own friends, he experienced a change of heart and an irresistible call to preach to those who had not heard the gospel. In 563, at the age of 42, he left Ireland with 12 companions and landed on an island now known as Iona. Here on this desolate rock, only three miles long and two miles wide, in the northern sea off the southwest corner of Mull, Scotland, he began his work; and, Iona became a center of Christian learning. It became the heart of Celtic Christianity and a potent factor in the conversion of the Picts, Scots, and Northern English. Monks from the monasteries established by Columbkille would later travel to mainland Europe and Christianize the Frank and Germanic tribes.
There are many miracles and incredible events recorded by St. Adamnan in his biography of St. Columbkille and they make for interesting reading. If you wish to believe it, he is one of the first people to encounter the Loch Ness monster. His memory remains a potent force in Celtic lands and his poetry and songs are still sung:
“Alone with none but Thee, my God,
I journey on my way;
what need I fear when Thou art near,
O King of night and day?"