Thursday, September 24, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Friday, September 25, 2020 - Your Virtual Church

Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 453

Reading 1
ECCL 3:1-11
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed
for the sons of men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time,
and has put the timeless into their hearts,
without man’s ever discovering,
from beginning to end, the work which God has done.

Responsorial Psalm
PS 144:1B AND 2ABC, 3-4
R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
my mercy and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
LORD, what is man, that you notice him;
the son of man, that you take thought of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days, like a passing shadow.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!

MK 10:45
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Son of Man came to serve
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 9:18-22
Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
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 25 : St. Finbarr a Bishop of Ireland who was Buried in the Cathedral he Built in Cork

St. Finbarr

550 AD, near Bandon, Ireland
620 AD, Cloyne, County Cork, Ireland
Patron of:
Bishop and patron of Cork, born near Bandon, about 550, died at Cloyne, 25 September, 623, was son of Amergin. He evangelized Gowran, Coolcashin, and Aghaboe, and founded a school at Eirce. For some years he dwelt in a hermitage at Gougane Barra, where a beautiful replica of Cormac's chapel has recently been erected in his honour. Finbarr was buried in the cathedral he built where Cork city now stands. He was specially honoured also at Dornoch and Barra, in Scotland. There are five Irish saints of this name.

1st Catholic Basilica in Kazakhstan - St. Joseph in Karaganda - Roots of the Church through Soviet Repression

ASIA/KAZAKHSTAN - The first basilica in Kazakhstan: "Here the roots of the Church that went through Soviet repression"

Thursday, 24 September 2020


Karaganda (Agenzia Fides) - "The title of minor basilica granted to the church of St. Joseph in Karaganda is a very important recognition for the Catholics of Kazakhstan. It is a real Sanctuary: many go there on pilgrimage, because inside there are the relics of the priest martyr of communism Vladislav Bukovinskyin. Furthermore, the roots of the Kazakh Catholic presence during the decades of Soviet repression, when it was not possible to profess, are found here. It is a unique church, because it is one of the first officially registered in Kazakhstan, in 1977. On June 29, 1980, Bishop Alexander Khira solemnly consecrated it. For this reason, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the consecration, I asked for the granting of the title of minor Basilica, and Pope Francis accepted our request". This is what Msgr. Adelio Dell’Oro, Bishop of Karaganda told Agenzia Fides, who in recent days received - and read publicly during a Eucharistic celebration - the decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. It is the first church recognized as a Basilica in the country of Central Asia.
The origins of the church of St Joseph date back to the period following Stalin's death: in 1953 some priests freed from concentration camps reached the city of Karaganda. "Among them, Father Wladislav Bukowinsky, Greek-Catholic Bishop Alexander Khira, Father Alexander Staub, Father Alexiy Zaritsy, Father Albinas Dumblyauskas and others. All these priests baptized, confessed, celebrated Holy Mass and marriages clandestinely. People came to them from distant regions to receive the Holy Sacraments. There were also many believing women: Gertrude and Valentina Detzel, Maria Becker, Thea Balter, Flora Stivikh and many others who, despite the cruel persecutions, were engaged in catechesis for adults, children and adolescents, who were preparing for First Communion and other Sacraments", says Msgr. Dell’Oro.
According to the Bishop, thanks to the perseverance of many Catholics, on January 28, 1977, permission was granted to register the parish of the Roman Catholic community of Karaganda. A “zemlianka” was purchased, ie an underground house-refuge. On March 19, 1977, the feast of St. Joseph, Holy Mass was officially celebrated for the first time. The foundations of the future church were laid in November of the same year. "Everyone took part in the construction of the temple, which began in the spring of 1978, from the youngest to the oldest, including invalids and sick people, and already on September 8 the first Mass was celebrated in the newly built church of St. Joseph in Karaganda" recalls the relate. On June 29, 1980, Bishop Alexander Khira solemnly consecrated it.
"The assignment of the title of minor Basilica is intended to strengthen the bond of this church with the bishop of Rome and to highlight its importance in the territory of Kazakhstan. This is externally recognizable by the pontifical insignia on the entrance door and inside the church", the Bishop explains to Fides. To emphasize the unity with the Roman Chair of Peter, various feasts will be celebrated every year in the Kazakh Basilica, such as the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul (29 June) and the anniversary of the election of the Roman Pontiff (13 March 2013 ). The faithful will be able profit from the plenary indulgence on those dates and, once a year, even on a day freely chosen. (LF-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 24/9/2020)

Saint September 24 : St. Pacific of San Severino a Franciscan who became Blind and Deaf


Born at San Severino, in the March of Ancona, 1 March, 1653; died there 24 September, 1721; the son of Antonio M. Divini and Mariangela Bruni. His parents died soon after his confirmation when three years old; he suffered many hardships until in December, 1670, he took the Franciscan habit in the Order of the Reformati, at Forano, in the March of Ancona, and was ordained on 4 June, 1678, subsequently becoming Lector or Professor of Philosophy (1680-83) for the younger members of the order, after which, for five or six years, he laboured as a missionary among the people of the surrounding country. He then suffered lameness, deafness, and blindness for nearly twenty-nine years. Unable to give missions, he cultivated more the contemplative life. He bore his ills with angelic patience, worked several miracles, and was favoured by God with ecstasies. Though a constant sufferer, he held the post of guardian in the monastery of Maria delle Grazie in San Severino (1692-3), where he died. His cause for beatification was begun in 1740; he was beatified by Pius VI, 4 August, 1786, and solemnly canonized by Gregory XVI, 26 May, 1839. His feast is celebrated on 24 September. Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia

US President Trump Announces Order to Provide Medical care for Babies Born Alive after Abortion

At the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, President Trump announced an order which would mandate medical care be given to infants who are born alive after afailed abortion.
 “Today I am announcing that I will be signing the Born-Alive Executive Order to ensure that all precious babies born alive, no matter their circumstances, receive the medical care that they deserve. This is our sacrosanct moral duty” . The full text of the executive order has not been released.