Friday, September 11, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, September 12, 2020 - Your Virtual Church


A reading from the first letter of St Paul to the Corinthians         10:14-22
My dear brothers, why you must keep clear of idolatry. I say to you as sensible people: judge for yourselves what I am saying. The blessing-cup that we bless is a communion with the blood of Christ, and the bread that we break is a communion with the body of Christ. The fact that there is only one loaf means that, though there are many of us, we form a single body because we all have a share in this one loaf.

Look at the other Israel, the race, where those who eat the sacrifices are in communion with the altar. Does this mean that the food sacrificed to idols has a real value, or that the idol itself is real? Not at all. It simply means that the sacrifices that they offer they sacrifice to demons who are not God. I have no desire to see you in communion with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot take your share at the table of the Lord and at the table of demons.

Do we want to make the Lord angry; are we stronger than he is?

The Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm           Ps 115
Response                                A thanksgiving sacrifice I make to you, O Lord.

1.  How can I repay the Lord
for his goodness to me?
The cup of salvation I will raise;
I will call on the Lord’s name.       Response

2.  A thanksgiving sacrifice I make:
I will call on the Lord’s name.
My vows to the Lord I will fulfil
before all his people.                       Response

Gospel  Acclamation          Jn 14:6
Alleluia, alleluia!
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, says the Lord;
no one can come to the Father except through me .
Alleluia !

Or                                               Jn 14:23
Alleluia, alleluia!
If anyone loves me he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we shall come to him .
Alleluia !


A reading from the Gospel according to Luke              6:43-49

Jesus said to his disciples: ‘There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.

‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord” and not do what I say? ‘Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and acts on them-I will show you what he is like. He is like the man who when he built his house dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built.
But the one who listens and does nothing is like the man who built his house on soil, with no foundations: as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and what a ruin that house became!’

Prayer to Make a 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

Saint September 12 : Feast of the Holy Name of Mary the Mother of Jesus

by Mark Alessio (in the new calendar this is an optional memorial) Edited from Mark Alessio: In 1513, a feast of "The Holy Name of Mary" was granted by Papal indult  [Pope Julius II] to the diocese of Cuenta in Spain. It was assigned with proper Office on September 15, the octave day of Our Lady's Nativity. With the reform of the Breviary undertaken by Pope St. Pius V, the feast was abolished, only to be reinstituted by his successor, Pope Sixtus V, who changed the date to September 17. From there, the feast spread to the Archdiocese of Toledo [1622] and, eventually, to all of Spain and to the Kingdom of Naples [1671].

Litany to the Holy Name of Mary and Special Prayers to Share honoring Mary with Indulgences

 Throughout this time, permission to celebrate the feast was given to various religious orders in a prudent manner as has been the custom throughout Church history regarding feast-days, their dates, offices, liturgical expression, etc. However, this Feast of the Holy Name of Mary would one day be joyfully extended to the Universal Church, and this on account of rather dramatic circumstances involving one of Poland's great military heroes, John Sobieski [1629-1696].

While acting as field-marshal under King John Casimir, Sobieski had raised a force of 8,000 men and enough provisions to withstand a siege of Cossacks and Tartars, who were forced to retire unsuccessfully and at a loss. In 1672, under the reign of Michael Wisniowiecki, Sobieski engaged and defeated the Turkish army, who lost 20,000 men at Chocim.

"To the same Heavenly Queen, on Clear Mountain, the illustrious John Sobieski, whose eminent valor freed Christianity from the attacks of its old enemies, confided himself."
[Letter, Cum iam lustri abeat, 1951]

In September, the men joined with the German troops under John George, Elector of Saxony, and Prince Charles of Lorraine. On the eighth day of the month, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary, Sobieski prepared himself for the ensuing conflict by the reception of Holy Communion.

Battle was engaged before the walls of Vienna on September 12, 1683, with Sobieski seemingly put to flight by "the fierce Turkish forces. However, this retreat was a minor setback only. The Hussars renewed their assault and charged the Turks, this time sending the enemy into a retreat. The combat raged on, until Sobieski finally stormed the enemy camp. The Turkish forces were routed, Vienna was saved, and Sobieski sent the "Standard of the Prophet" to Pope Innocent XI along with the good news. In a letter to the Pontiff, Sobieski summed up his victory in these words: Veni, vidi, Deus vicit -----"I came, I saw, God conquered!" To commemorate this glorious victory, and render thanksgiving to God and honor to Our Lady for their solicitude in the struggle, Pope Innocent XI extended "The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary" to the Universal Church. Although the feast was originally celebrated on the Sunday after the Nativity of Mary, Pope St. Pius X [+1914] decreed that it be celebrated on September 12, in honor of the victory of the Catholic forces under John Sobieski. The history of this feast reminds us in some ways of that of "Our Lady of the Rosary," which was instituted to celebrate and commemorate the victory of the Catholic forces over the Turkish navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571: "And thus Christ's faithful warriors, prepared to sacrifice their life and blood for the welfare of their Faith and their country, proceeded undauntedly to meet their foe near the Gulf of Corinth; while those who were unable to join them formed a band of pious supplicants, who called on Mary and, as one, saluted Her again and again in the words of the Rosary, imploring Her to grant victory to their companions engaged in battle. Our sovereign Lady did grant Her aid." [Pope Leo XIII, Supremi Apostolatus, 1883]

Pondering the Meaning of "Mary"

In Hebrew, the name Mary is Miriam. Derived from the root, merur, the name signifies "bitterness."

Miryam was the name of the sister of Moses; and the ancient rabbinical scholars perceiving in it a symbol of the slavery of the Israelites at the hands of the Egyptians, held that Miryam was given this name because she was born during the time of the oppression of her people.
Miryam, the sister of Moses is a "type" of the Blessed Virgin. Miryam was a prophetess who sang a canticle of thanksgiving after the safe crossing of the Red Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh's army; Mary prophesied in Her Magnificat that all generations would honor Her, and She sang of how God would topple the proud and raise the lowly. Miryam supported her brother, Moses, the liberator of his people; as the Co-Redemptrix who united Her sufferings to those of the One Mediator on Calvary, Mary labored alongside the Redeemer, the true Liberator of His people. Just as Jesus was the "antitype" [i.e., fulfillment] of Moses, so was Our Lady the "antitype" of Miryam.
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Beautiful Tribute to 9/11 tragedy - Pope John Paul II's words - Remembering the nearly 3000 that Died - RIP - #NeverForget


It has been 19 years since the tragic events that occurred in New York City. Sept. 11, 2001. The world witnessed the bombing of the "World Trade Center" by members of Al-Qaeda. The dead numbered

2, 996. Suicide attackers hijacked two airliners and crashed them into the center.

The attacks awakened the American conscience and brought them into a state of alert. Tightened security measures were set in place nation-wide. The event also triggered the religious sentiments of the nation. Priests provided absolution to firefighters who gave their lives in the rescue effort. Many survived and have begun to find God. It is hoped that peace can come of such a tragedy. We ask you, on this day, to pray for the souls of the dead from 9/11. We ask you to pray for peace in the world and among all men and women.

Pope John Paul II (Sept. 12, 2001) words from 9/11

Brothers and Sisters, in great dismay, before the horror of destructive violence, but strong in the faith that has always guided our fathers, we turn to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, salvation of his people, and with the confidence of children, pray that He will come to our aid in these days of mourning and innocent suffering.

1. For the Churches of the East and the West, and in particular for the Church in the United States of America so that, though humbled by loss and mourning, yet inspired by the Mother of the Lord, strong woman beside the cross of her Son, they may foster the will for reconciliation, peace, and the building of the civilization of love.

2. For all those who bear the name of Christian, so that, in the midst of many persons who are tempted to hatred and doubt, they will be witnesses to the presence of God in history and the victory of Christ over death.

3. For the leaders of nations, so that they will not allow themselves to be guided by hatred and the spirit of retaliation, but may do everything possible to prevent new hatred and death, by bringing forth works of peace.

4. For those who are weeping in sorrow over the loss of relatives and friends, that in this hour of suffering they will not be overcome by sadness, despair and vengeance, but continue to have faith in the victory of good over evil, of life over death.

5. For those suffering and wounded by the terrorist acts, that they may return to stability and health and, appreciating the gift of life, may generously foster the will to contribute to the well being of every human being.

6. For our brothers and sisters who met death in the folly of violence, that they find sure joy and life everlasting in the peace of the Lord, that their death may not be in vain but become a leaven bringing forth a season of brotherhood and collaboration among peoples.

O Almighty and merciful God, you cannot be understood by one who sows discord, you cannot be accepted by one who loves violence: look upon our painful human condition tried by cruel acts of terror and death, comfort your children and open our hearts to hope, so that our time may again know days of serenity and peace.

Through Christ our Lord.


Pope Francis explains " It is precisely the closeness of love that opens the doors to hope, and also to healing." to Healthcare Congress - FULL TEXT

Paul VI Audience Hall
Friday, 11 September 2020

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, good morning!
I warmly welcome you and thank you for this visit on the occasion of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society Annual Meeting . It offers me the opportunity to know and appreciate the commitment of your Association in favor of women who face such difficult and complex diseases. I thank your President, Prof. Roberto Angioli, who promoted this initiative, for the greeting.
I am pleased to welcome the representatives of various associations , especially among former patients, who favor sharing and mutual support. In your precious service, you are well aware of the importance of creating bonds of solidarity between the sick with serious illnesses, involving relatives and health workers, in a relationship of mutual help. This becomes even more valuable when confronted with diseases that can seriously jeopardize, or jeopardize, fertility and motherhood. In these situations, which deeply affect a woman's life, it is essential to take care, with great sensitivity and respect, of the condition - psychological, relational, spiritual - of each patient.
For this reason, I can only encourage your commitment to consider these dimensions as integral care, even in cases where the treatment is essentially palliative. In this perspective, it becomes very useful to involve people capable of sharing the healing journey by giving a contribution of trust, hope and love. We all know - and it is also proven - that living good relationships helps and supports the sick along the entire path of care, rekindling or increasing hope in them. It is precisely the closeness of love that opens the doors to hope, and also to healing.
The sick person is always and much more than the protocol - much more! - within which it is framed from a clinical point of view - and it must be done -. Proof of this is the fact that when the sick person sees their singularity recognized - your experience can confirm this - trust in the medical team and in a positive horizon grows further.
It is my desire, and I do not doubt yours too, that all this not only remain an expression of an ideal, but find more and more space and recognition within health systems. It is often rightly stated that the relationship , the meeting with the healthcare staff, is part of the treatment . What a great benefit it offers to the sick to have the opportunity to open their hearts freely and to confide in their condition and situation! Even the ability to cry with confidence. This opens up horizons and helps healing. Or at least, to endure the terminal illness well.
However, in concrete terms, how to develop this great need within the hospital organization, which is strongly conditioned by functional needs? Allow me to express sadness and concern about the rather widespread risk of leaving the human dimension of the care of sick people to the "good will" of the individual doctor, instead of considering it - as it is - an integral part of the treatment offered by health facilities .
The economy must not be allowed to enter so overwhelmingly into the world of health to the point of penalizing essential aspects such as the relationship with the sick. In this sense, the various non-profit associations that put patients at the center are commendable, supporting their needs and legitimate questions and also giving a voice to those who, due to the fragility of their personal, economic and social condition, are unable to be heard.
Of course, research requires a strong financial commitment, this is true. However, I believe that a balance can be found between the different factors. In any case, the first place must be given to people, in this case sick women, but also - let's not forget - the staff who work in close contact with them every day, so that they can work in adequate conditions, and also that they can have time to rest to regain strength to be able to move forward.
I encourage you to spread the precious results of your studies and research around the world in favor of the women you care for. Despite their difficulties, they nevertheless remind us of aspects of life that we sometimes forget, such as the precariousness of our existence, the need for each other, the senselessness of living focused only on oneself, the reality of death as a part of life itself. The condition of illness recalls that decisive attitude for the human being which is entrusting oneself : entrusting oneself to the other brother and sister, and to the Other with a capital letter which is our heavenly Father. And it also recalls the value of closeness , of becoming neighbor , as Jesus teaches us in the parable of the Good Samaritan (cf.Lk 10 : 25-37). How, how much a caress heals at the right moment! You know it better than me.
Dear friends, I wish you all the best in your work. Upon you and your families, your associates and those you care for, I invoke God's blessing. I bless you all. All, each with their own faith, their own religious tradition. But God is the One for all. I bless you all. I invoke the blessing of God, source of hope, strength and interior peace. I assure you of my prayers and - they say that priests always ask! - I finish by asking you to pray for me, because I need it. Thank you.

#BreakingNews Catholic Priest Discovered Dead in his Room from Gunshot Wounds - RIP Fr. Nomer at Age 32

ASIA/PHILIPPINES - Catholic priest found dead in his room, due to gunshots
Friday, 11 September 2020

Manila (Agenzia Fides) – Fr. Nomer de Lumen, a Catholic priest of the diocese of Antipolo, suffragan of the archdiocese of Manila, was found dead due to gunshots in his room on 9 September. He was 32 years old. This is what the local Church reports to Agenzia Fides. According to ongoing investigations, the lifeless body of Father De Lumen, parish vicar of St. John the Baptist church in Taytay, in the province of Rizal, near Manila, was found in his room around 3:45 pm local time on 9 September, by a pastoral worker who called the police. A revolver and two bullets were found at the scene of the crime and the priest's body sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his chin, first police findings revealed. The dynamics of the priest's death have yet to be ascertained and whether it is a murder. At the moment all the hypotheses are being examined by the investigators and interrogations are underway.
The chancellor of the diocese of Antipolo, Fr. Alejandro PestaƱo, said that the funeral of the deceased will be held today, 11 September, in St. Judas Thaddeus parish, in Tanay. The diocese of Antipolo has not yet issued an official statement on the reasons for the death of the deceased priest, pending communications from the investigators.
Deep discouragement is registered in the local Catholic community. Priests, religious and lay people from various parishes are in mourning and express their affection and appreciation for Fr. Nomer on social media. "This is a serious loss for our community: a priest who gave so much and could still give to the pastoral and missionary work", note the comments of the local faithful. Special prayer vigils and rosary prayer groups were born spontaneously in the diocesan community, dedicated to Father Nomer de Lumen.
Father De Lumen was a young priest, who recently became a priest, and had been appointed assistant parish priest in St. John the Baptist Parish, in Taytay in December 2019. He was also Director of the Commission for Social Communications of the Diocese of Antipolo. (SD) (FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides, 11/9/2020)

3 New Auxiliary Bishops Named for Chicago by Pope Francis - Fr. Jeffrey S. Grob, Fr. Kevin M. Birmingham, and Fr. Robert J. Lombardo

Pope Francis Names Three New Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Jeffrey S. Grob, Rev. Kevin M. Birmingham, and Rev. Robert J. Lombardo, C.F.R. as Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago.

Father Jeffrey S. Grob has been appointed as Titular Bishop of Abora and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago; Father Kevin M. Birmingham has been appointed as Titular Bishop of Dolia and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago; and Father Robert J. Lombardo, C.F.R. (Franciscan Friars of the Renewal), has been appointed as Titular Bishop of Munaziana and Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. The appointments were publicized today in Washington, D.C. by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

 The Archdiocese of Chicago is comprised of 1,411 square miles in the state of Illinois and has a total population of 5,900,365 of which 2,183,000 are Catholic. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich is the current archbishop of Chicago.
Source: USCCB

Christian Leader in Pakistan Calls for Revision of Blasphemy Law as 24 Christians Imprisoned and Asif Pervaiz on Death Row

Blasphemy: Hunger strike for Asif Pervaiz, on death row, and 24 imprisoned Christians
by Shafique Khokhar
In Karachi, Shabbir Shafqat, president of the National Christian Party, calls for a revision of the law on blasphemy and punishment for those who make false accusations for secondary reasons. "These cases are driving many minority members to leave the country." The condemnation of the UN Commission for Human Rights.

Karachi (AsiaNews) - A one-day hunger strike in support of Asif Pervaiz(pictured above), sentenced to death for blasphemy, and for 24 other Christians in prison, unjustly accused of the same crime was held on 9 September by the National Christian Party (Ncp) of Karachi, which calls for the revision of this law on blasphemy, also suggesting penalties for those who for second reasons make false accusations of blasphemy.

Shabbir Shafqat, president of the NCP, strongly condemned the death sentence of Asif Pervaiz, accused of blasphemy by his employer, who tried to push him to convert to Islam. After his refusal, Asif was accused of having sent text messages offensive of Islam and Muhammad.

Shabbir denounces that the death sentence is the result of undue pressure on the justice system which leads to discriminatory sentences. In Asif's case, it is by no means proven that the messages were sent by him; there was no forensic investigation to see from which phone the messages were sent. The police only concluded the case based on the statements of the prosecution.

“These cases and false accusations - said Shabbir - are totally based on discrimination. I am very afraid for the future of minorities in Pakistan. These cases are driving many minority members to leave the country. We must pray for our nation, for the police in Pakistan and for the judicial system. "

The NCP also released a list of 24 other Christians falsely accused of blasphemy and languishing in prison. Among them are: Nadeem Samson, Patrus Masih, Hamyon Faisal, Sawan Masih, Anwer Masih, Asif Stephen, Amoon Ayoub, Zafar Masih, Shahbaz Masih, Qaiser Ayoub, Imran Ghafoor, Noman Ashgar, Ishfaq Masih, Adnan Prince, Sunny, David Mushtaq, Nobeal Masih, Saleem Masih, Nadeem James, Shafqat Emanuel, Stephen Masih, Yaqoob Bashif and Shagufta Kausar.

On 8 September, the UN Commission for Human Rights asked the Pakistani government to take immediate and concrete measures to avoid the manipulation of the blasphemy law, also ensuring the protection of journalists and human rights defenders, subject to threats.

UN human rights spokesperson, Rupert Colville, speaking on the same day of the death sentence against Asif Pervaiz, said: ““We have followed with increasing concern numerous instances of incitement to violence — online and offline — against journalists and human rights defenders in Pakistan, in particular against women and minorities. Especially worrying are accusations of blasphemy, which can put accused individuals at imminent risk of violence.”
FULL TEXT Source: Asia News IT
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