Saturday, October 10, 2020

Sunday Mass Online - Readings and Video : Sunday, October 11, 2020 - Your Virtual Church

 Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 142
Reading 1
IS 25:6-10A
On this mountain the LORD of hosts
will provide for all peoples
a feast of rich food and choice wines,
juicy, rich food and pure, choice wines.
On this mountain he will destroy
the veil that veils all peoples,
the web that is woven over all nations;
he will destroy death forever.
The Lord GOD will wipe away
the tears from every face;
the reproach of his people he will remove
from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken.
On that day it will be said:
"Behold our God, to whom we looked to save us!
This is the LORD for whom we looked;
let us rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!"
For the hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 
R. (6cd) I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.
Reading 2
PHIL 4:12-14, 19-20
Brothers and sisters:
I know how to live in humble circumstances;
I know also how to live with abundance.
In every circumstance and in all things
I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry,
of living in abundance and of being in need. 
I can do all things in him who strengthens me. 
Still, it was kind of you to share in my distress.
My God will fully supply whatever you need,
in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen.
EPH 1:17-18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
May the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
enlighten the eyes of our hearts,
so that we may know what is the hope
that belongs to our call.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
MT 22:1-14 OR 22:1-10
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people 
in parables, saying, 
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son. 
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business. 
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them. 
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 
Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come. 
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests. 
But when the king came in to meet the guests,
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment. 
The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?'
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen."
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast."’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business. 
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them. 
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 
Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come. 
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests."
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 October 11 : Saint John XXIII the Pope who started Vatican Council II and Patron of Christian Unity


1958-1963 Release: When on October 20, 1958 the cardinals, assembled in conclave, elected Angelo Roncalli as pope many regarded him, because of his age and ambiguous reputation, as a transitional pope, little realizing that the pontificate of this man of 76 years would mark a turning point in history and initiate a new age for the Church. He took the name of John in honor of the precursor and the beloved disciple—but also because it was the name of a long line of popes whose pontificates had been short.

Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, the third of thirteen children, was born on November 25, 1881 at Sotto il Monte (Bergamo) of a family of sharecroppers. He attended elementary school in the town, was tutored by a priest of Carvico, and at the age of twelve entered the seminary at Bergamo. A scholarship from the Cerasoli Foundation (1901) enabled him to go on to the Apollinaris in Rome where he studied under (among others) Umberto Benigni, the Church historian. He interrupted his studies for service in the Italian Army but returned to the seminary, completed his work for a doctorate in theology, and was ordained in 1904. Continuing his studies in canon law he was appointed secretary to the new bishop of Bergamo, Giacomo Radini-Tedeschi. Angelo served this social-minded prelate for nine years, acquiring first-hand experience and a broad understanding of the problems of the working class. He also taught apologetics, church history, and patrology.

With the entry of Italy into World War I in 1915 he was recalled to military service as a chaplain. On leaving the service in 1918 he was appointed spiritual director of the seminary, but found time to open a hostel for students in Bergamo. It was at this time also that he began the research for a multi-volume work on the episcopal visitation of Bergamo by St. Charles Borromeo, the last volume of which was published after his elevation as pope.

In 1921 he was called to Rome to reorganize the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Nominated titular archbishop of Areopolis and apostolic visitator to Bulgaria (1925), he immediately concerned himself with the problems of the Eastern Churches. Transferred in 1934 to Turkey and Greece as apostolic delegate, he set up an office in Istanbul for locating prisoners of war. In 1944 he was appointed nuncio to Paris to assist in the Church's post-war efforts in France, and became the first permanent observer of the Holy See at UNESCO, addressing its sixth and seventh general assemblies in 1951 and 1952. In 1953 he became cardinal-patriarch of Venice, and expected to spend his last years there in pastoral work. He was correcting proofs of the synodal Acts of his first diocesan Synod (1958) when he was called to Rome to participate in the conclave that elected him pope.

In his first public address Pope John expressed his concern for reunion with separated Christians and for world peace. In his coronation address he asserted "vigorously and sincerely" that it was his intention to be a pastoral pope since "all other human gifts and accomplishments—learning, practical experience, diplomatic finesse—can broaden and enrich pastoral work but they cannot replace it." One of his first acts was to annul the regulation of Sixtus IV limiting the membership of the College of Cardinals to 70; within the next four years he enlarged it to 87 with the largest international representation in history. Less than three months after his election he announced that he would hold a diocesan synod for Rome, convoke an ecumenical council for the universal Church, and revise the Code of Canon Law. The synod, the first in the history of Rome, was held in 1960; Vatican Council II was convoked in 1962; and the Pontifical Commission for the Revision of the Code was appointed in 1963.

His progressive encyclical, Mater et Magistra, was issued in 1961 to commemorate the anniversary of Leo XIII's Rerum novarumPacem in terris, advocating human freedom and dignity as the basis for world order and peace, came out in 1963. He elevated the Pontifical Commission for Cinema, Radio, and Television to curial status, approved a new code of rubrics for the Breviary and Missal, made notable advances in ecumenical relations by creating a new Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity and by appointing the first representative to the Assembly of the World Council of Churches held in New Delhi (1961). In 1960 he consecrated fourteen bishops for Asia, Africa, and Oceania. The International Balzan Foundation awarded him its Peace Prize in 1962.

Since his death on June 3, 1963, much has been written and spoken about the warmth and holiness of the beloved Pope John. Perhaps the testimony of the world was best expressed by a newspaper drawing of the earth shrouded in mourning with the simple caption, "A Death in the Family."
 Official Prayer to St. John XXIII Dear Pope John, Your simplicity and meekness carried the scent of God and sparked in people’s hearts the desire for goodness. You spoke often of the beauty of the family gathered around the table to share bread and faith: pray for us that once again true families would live in our homes. With outstretched hands you sowed hope, and you taught us to listen for God’s footsteps as he prepares a new humanity: help us have a healthy optimism of defeating evil with good. You loved the world with its light and darkness, and you believed that peace is possible: help us be instruments of peace at home and in our communities. With paternal gentleness you gave all children a caress: you moved the world and reminded us that hands have been given to us not for striking, but for embracing and drying tears. Pray for us so that we do not limit ourselves to cursing the darkness but that we bring the light, bringing Jesus everywhere and always praying to Mary. Amen. 

Blessed Carlo Acutis a Cool Techie Teen Gamer has been Beatified in Italy and is a Saintly Example for Millenials - FULL Mass Video

Carlo Acutis of the Millennial generation, a fifteen-year-old, was beatified in Assisi, Italy on Saturday, October 10, 2020.
He died in a hospital in Monza, Italy, in 2006, offering all his sufferings for the Church and for the Pope.
This popular young teen was known for his love of video games, soccer, animals and sweets. His parents were Antonia Salzano and Andrea Acutis. He was born on May 3, 1991, in London, United Kingdom and died on October 12, 2006, in Monza, Italy.
 “Our goal must be the infinite and not the finite. The Infinity is our homeland. We are always expected in Heaven”. In particular, Carlo placed the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the centre of his life and he called it “my highway to Heaven”. 
He attended daily Holy Mass. Carlo was very gifted with everything related to the world of computers and liked computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and laying out small publications, to help those most in need especially children and the elderly.
“To be always united with Jesus, this is my plan of life”. “I am happy to die because I lived my life without wasting even a minute of it on anything unpleasing to God”. His Feastday is the 12th of October and he is the Patron of Youth, Students, Gamers, Information Technology / Internet and Computer Programmers. Cardinal Angelo Comastri said, 
Carlo asks of us the same thing: he asks us to spread the Gospel through our lives, so that each of us can be a beacon to light the journey of others.
He used his first savings to buy a sleeping bag for a homeless man he often saw on the way to Mass.  In his diary he explained, “Sadness is looking at oneself, happiness is looking at God. Conversion is nothing but a movement of the eyes”.
 Raejsh, a Hindu who cleaned at Carlo's house, was impressed that someone "as handsome, young and rich” decided to live a simple life. “He captivated me with his deep faith, charity and purity,” he remarked. Through Carlo’s example, Raejsh decided to be baptized in the Catholic Church.
Purity was very important in Carlo's life. "Each person reflects the light of God", was something he commonly said. It hurt him when his classmates did not live according to Christian morals. He would encourage them to do so, trying to help them understand that the human body is a gift from God and that sexuality had to be lived as God had intended. "The dignity of each human being was so great, that Carlo saw sexuality as something very special, as it was collaborating with God's creation," his mother recalled. 
Carlo's true passion was the Eucharist: "his highway to heaven". This led to his mother's conversion. A woman who had only gone "three times to Mass in her life" was conquered in the end by the boy's affection for Jesus. She enrolled herself in a theology course so she could answer all the questions of her young son.
At the age of 11, Carlo began to investigate the Eucharistic miracles that have occurred in history. He used all his computer knowledge and talents to create a website that traced that history. It comprises 160 panels and can be downloaded by clicking here and that have also made the rounds of more than 10,000 parishes in the world.
Carlo could not understand why stadiums were full of people and churches were empty. He would repeatedly say, “They have to see, they have to understand."
Carlo was diagnosed with one of the worst types of leukemia – Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML or M3). His reaction was striking:
"I offer to the Lord the sufferings that I will have to undergo for the Pope and for the Church, so as not to have to be in Purgatory and be able to go directly to heaven."  He died shortly after. 
“He is being a priest from heaven," says his mother. 

Wow Award Winning New Movie "Pray" about Fr. Patrick Peyton - Receives Rave Reviews and Endorsement from Cardinal - Watch Trailer

PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON, a documentary film about Father Patrick Peyton C.S.C., the famous Hollywood Rosary priest who was dedicated to inspiring millions of families to pray together and coined the famous phrase, “The family that prays together stays together,” was released in select theaters nationwide on Friday, October 9. PRAY is produced by Family Theater Productions, the same Hollywood organization founded by Father Patrick Peyton. It won 2nd place for a Documentary, in the International Christian Film and Music Festival 2020. 
PRAY: THE STORY OF PATRICK PEYTON is an inspiring documentary about a poor, uneducated Irish immigrant who sets sail for America in 1928 with nothing but his faith and dreams of becoming a millionaire.
    Arriving in Pennsylvania and unable to find work, he accepts the position as a janitor at the cathedral, which rekindles his long lost desire to become a priest and changes the course of his life. Nearing ordination, his life takes a radical turn when he is stricken with tuberculosis. Facing certain death, he sinks into despair. A visit from his mentor, who delivers a simple message to pray, lifts the darkness. Taking his advice to heart, Patrick prays fervently to Mary, the Mother of Christ, for her intercession and he experiences a miraculous recovery. Feeling deep gratitude, he dedicates his life to telling all the world about the power of prayer and encourages families everywhere to bring prayer into their homes. Never taking “No” for an answer, he convinces Hollywood’s biggest stars to help him spread the message, “The family that prays together stays together,” through the power of mass media including radio, television, and film. Father Peyton’s fame spreads around the world and audiences in the millions flock to his public prayer rallies. This is the story of a tireless missionary, an unlikely hero, and one of history’s greatest advocates for family prayer.
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#BreakingNews Powerful Video Statement by Archbishop of New Orleans on Desecration of Altar, which was then Burned, and Abuse by Priests - FULL TEXT

It is a very tough time right now to be a Catholic in the archdiocese of New Orleans, to say the least. Many people feel anger betrayal and disappointment and I feel the same way as do my brother priests. What has happened concerning Pat Wattigny and Travis Clark is unacceptable. It's sinful and it cannot be tolerated. 
Let me be clear both were removed for ministry immediately and will never serve again in Catholic ministry.  Regarding Travis, his obscene behavior was deplorable his desecration of the altar in the church was demonic and I am infuriated by his actions. When the details became clear, we had the altar removed and burned. I will consecrate a new altar tomorrow. Regarding Pat Wattigny when he informed us of the sexual abuse of a minor which occurred in December 2013 I immediately moved him from  ministry and reported it to civil authorities and made a public announcement. There was no prior accusation and we  knew nothing about the abuse before October the 1st 2020. There are  questions about the texts in February 2020 we received copies of text messages between Wattigny and a teenager though not sexual in nature. Our technology policy forbids this type of communication this was addressed and the text messages stopped. A few months later we received a report that he had resumed texting we asked him to resign as chaplain for violating the technology policy. Why was this not reported more widely; the text did not indicate abuse and there was no allegation of sexual abuse. I am truly truly sorry for the pain that  this has caused Wattigny was ordered to undergo a series of psychological exams and to make a 30-day retreat. At the conclusion of the psychological assessment he admitted the sexual abuse of a minor which took place in December 2013. We must always pray for this victim and all victims of sexual abuse. We have a strong fraternity of priests in the archdiocese. I will meet with the priests next week to discuss this in detail we have many good priests and I regret that they are embarrassed by the actions of a few our focus as we move forward is to continue the ministry of  Jesus Christ including a strong focus on the protection of children. Once again I share your anger and your feelings of betrayal god is faithful may he continue to strengthen and renew our church in this very challenging time.

25 Civilian People Killed in Attack on Humanitarian Convoy in Burkina Faso, Africa - Please Pray

AFRICA/BURKINA FASO - 25 people die in attack on humanitarian convoy: UNHCR is "shocked"

Thursday, 8 October 2020


Ouagadougou (Agenzia Fides) - On the night of October 4 and 5, at least 25 people were killed in an attack on a humanitarian convoy in Burkina Faso.

"25 people - all men - died and another was seriously injured after a convoy carrying 46 people was ambushed by an armed group near Pissila in Sanmatenga province", said a report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

"During this attack, the men were separated from the group and executed. One of them survived because he was believed to be dead. Women and children were released while the armed group fled", the UNHCR said. The survivors managed to reach the city of Pissila, nine kilometers from the site of the attack.

Burkina Faso, along with its neighbors Mali and Niger, is one of the Countries in the Sahel region that has been affected by ethnic and jihadist violence. This violence has so far caused nearly three million displaced people and refugees. Burkina Faso pays the highest price with one million displaced people, almost 5% of the Country's population.

The north of the Country is the area hardest hit by jihadist violence, which has killed more than 1,100 people and caused more than a million displaced persons to flee the conflict areas. According to the United Nations, a total of 4,000 people died in 2019 in Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso in jihadist attacks and conflicts between the tribal communities.

Burkina Faso is now the Country with the fastest rate of growth in the number of displaced persons, with more than one million people - or more than one out of twenty - who are displaced due to outbreaks of violence.

At the opening of the 71st session of the UNHCR Executive Committee on Monday 5 October, High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi expressed particular concern about the humanitarian situation in the Sahel. "Few situations have shocked me so much. Last year alone, more than 600,000 people were forced to leave their homes (...) and the worst part is the thousands of women raped", said Filippo Grandi, who as a diplomat has extensive experience in humanitarian crises.

However, the deep roots of the instability that the Countries of the region have sunk in (in addition to those mentioned there are also conflicts in the Central African Republic) are not only ethnic or religious, but economic and social aspects also play a role, according to a current study by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS), entitled "Steps Towards Peace" (see Fides, 6/10/2020). (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 8/10/2020)

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US Bishops Call for Increase Funding for Security in Houses of Worship in Response to Recent Vandalism - FULL TEXT

Responding to Recent Incidents of Vandalism, Bishops’ Committee for Religious Liberty Joins Interfaith Coalition Calling on Congress to Increase Funding for Security Grants for Houses of Worship 
OCTOBER 5, 2020 
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee for Religious Liberty has joined an interfaith coalition calling on Congress to increase funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP). This program provides grants to nonprofits and houses of worship in order to enhance security through improvements to infrastructure, funding for emergency planning and training, upgrading security systems, and some renovation projects. While the program has been popular, lack of funding prompted many applicants for grants to be turned away in 2019. The coalition is calling on Congress to quadruple the total funding for the program to $360 million. From the letter:

Each of our communities believes that respect for human dignity requires respect for religious liberty. We believe that protecting the ability of all Americans to live out their faith without fear or harm is one of the most important duties of the federal government.

“We are grateful to Congress for establishing the NSGP program to better integrate nonprofit preparedness investments and activities within the broader whole community response to violent extremism. These security grants benefit people of all faiths. At a time of increasing extremism and antagonism towards different religious groups and religion in general, we believe significant increased funding for this important government program in fiscal year 2021 is imperative.”

Other groups joining the letter include the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, National Association of Evangelicals, U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of Churches in Christ in the USA, North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventists, Sikh Council for Interfaith Relations, Agudath Israel of America, and The Episcopal Church.

The full letter can be found here.

A backgrounder can be found here.

On July 22, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, chairman of the USCCB Committee for Religious Liberty, issued a statement condemning acts of vandalism and destruction at Catholic sites. The link to the July 22 statement can be found here.