Friday, November 13, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, November 14, 2020 - In Your Virtual Church

Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 496
Reading 1
3 JN 5-8
Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters,
especially for strangers;
they have testified to your love before the Church.
Please help them in a way worthy of God to continue their journey.
For they have set out for the sake of the Name
and are accepting nothing from the pagans.
Therefore, we ought to support such persons,
so that we may be co-workers in the truth.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 112:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Blessed the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commands.
His posterity shall be mighty upon the earth;
the upright generation shall be blessed.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house;
his generosity shall endure forever.
Light shines through the darkness for the upright;
he is gracious and merciful and just.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
Well for the man who is gracious and lends,
who conducts his affairs with justice;
He shall never be moved;
the just one shall be in everlasting remembrance.
R. Blessed the man who fears the Lord.
R. Alleluia.
See 2 THES 2:14
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
God has called us through the Gospel,
to possess the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
LK 18:1-8
Jesus told his disciples a parable
about the necessity for them to pray always without becoming weary. 
He said, “There was a judge in a certain town
who neither feared God nor respected any human being. 
And a widow in that town used to come to him and say,
‘Render a just decision for me against my adversary.’
For a long time the judge was unwilling, but eventually he thought,
‘While it is true that I neither fear God nor respect any human being, 
because this widow keeps bothering me
I shall deliver a just decision for her
lest she finally come and strike me.’” 
The Lord said, “Pay attention to what the dishonest judge says. 
Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones
who call out to him day and night? 
Will he be slow to answer them? 
I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. 
But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
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 November 14 : St. Lawrence O'Toole of Ireland who Died in 1180 - a Confessor who founded an Austin Nunnery

 St. Lawrence O'Toole


1128, Castledermot, Kildare, Ireland
November 14, 1180, Normandy, France
1225 by Pope Honorius III
Major Shrine:
St Lawrence's church in Chorley, England

Confessor, born about 1128, in the present County Kildare; died 14 November, 1180, at Eu in Normandy; canonized in 1225 by Honorius III.
His father was chief of Hy Murray, and his mother one of the Clan O'Byrne. At the age of ten he was taken as a hostage by Dermot McMurrogh, King of Leinster. In 1140 the boy obtained permission to enter the monastic school of Glendalough; in that valley-sanctuary he studied for thirteen years, conspicuous for his piety and learning. So great was his reputation in the eyes of the community that on the death of Abbot Dunlaing, early in 1154, he was unanimously called to preside over the Abbey of St. Kevin. Dermot, King of Leinster, married Mor, sister of St. Lawrence, and, though his character has been painted in dark colours by the native annalists, he was a great friend to the Church. He founded an Austin nunnery, of the reform of Aroaise, in Dublin, with two dependent cells at Kilculliheen (County Kilkenny) and at Aghade (County Carlow), in 1151. He also founded an abbey for Cistercian monks at Baltinglass, and an abbey for Austin canons at Ferns.
St. Lawrence, through humility, declined the See of Glendalough in 1160, but on the death of Gregory, Archbishop of Dublin (8 October, 1161), he was chosen to the vacant see, and was consecrated in Christ Church cathedral by Gilla Isu (Gelasius), Primate of Armagh, early in the following year. This appointment of a native-born Irishman and his consecration by the successor of St. Patrick marks the passing of Scandinavian supremacy in the Irish capital, and the emancipation from canonical obedience to Canterbury which had obtained under the Danish bishops of Dublin. St. Lawrence soon set himself to effect numerous reforms, commencing by converting the secular canons of Christ Church cathedral into Aroasian canons (1163). Three years later he subscribed to the foundation charter of All Hallows priory, Dublin (founded by King Dermot), for the same order of Austin canons. Not content with the strictest observance of rules, he wore a hair shirt underneath his episcopal dress, and practised the greatest austerity, retiring for an annual retreat of forty days to St. Kevin's cave, near Glendalough. At the second siege of Dublin (1170) St. Lawrence was active in ministration, and he showed his political foresight by paying due deference to Henry II of England, during that monarch's stay in Dublin. In April, 1178, he entertained the papal legate, Cardinal Vivian, who presided at the Synod of Dublin. He successfully negotiated the Treaty of Windsor, and secured good terms for Roderic, King of Connacht. He attended the Lateran Council in 1179, and returned as legate for Ireland. The holy prelate was not long in Dublin till he deemed it necessary again to visit King Henry II (impelled by a burning charity in the cause of King Roderic), and he crossed to England in September of that year. After three weeks of detention at Abingdon Abbey, St. Lawrence followed the English King to Normandy. Taken ill at the Augustinian Abbey of Eu, he was tended by Abbot Osbert and the canons of St. Victor; before he breathed his last he had the consolation of learning that King Henry had acceded to his request.
SOURCE The Catholic Encyclopedia

Free Christian Movie : The Jesus Film : Stars Brian Deacon : Drama

The Jesus Film (1979) "Jesus" (original title) 117 min - Biography | Drama | Family - 19 October 1979 (USA) Jesus of Nazareth,the son of God raised by a Jewish carpenter. Based on the gospel of Luke in the New Testament,here is the life of Jesus from the miraculous virgin birth to the calling of of his disciples, public miracles and ministry, ending with his death by crucifixion at the hands of the Roman empire and resurrection on the third day. Directors: John Krish, Peter Sykes Writer: Barnet Bain (screenplay) Stars: Brian Deacon, Rivka Neuman, Alexander Scourby | 

#BreakingNews Catholic Missionary Priest Kidnapped in Haiti - Please Pray for the Release of Father Sylvain Ronald

AMERICA/HAITI - Appeal for the release of a kidnapped Scheut missionary

Friday, 13 November 2020

Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - According to local press reports, Father Sylvain Ronald of the Scheut Missionaries (CICM) was kidnapped by armed men on November 10th in Delmas, Haiti. The Haitian Religious Conference implores the kidnappers to release the priest safe and sound and turns to the faithful with a request to pray for the kidnapped religious. "Please free Father Sylvain!" is the appeal of the religious, published on Thursday 12 November.

The kidnappers demanded a ransom of 5 million gourdes, for the release of the Catholic priest and subsequently reduced the ransom demand to 500,000 gourdes.

According to information received by the editorial staff of Vant Bèf Info (VBI), the priest was allegedly kidnapped in the area of the "Great Ravin". Father Sykvain resides at the Central House of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (CICM), known as missionaries of Scheut.

The Conference of Haitian religious asks everyone to make a chain of prayers so that Father Sylvain may regain his freedom safely. (CE) (Full Text Release from Agenzia Fides, 13/11/2020)

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Canadian Bishops Write to Government with Serious Concerns over Bill C-7 and Steadfast Opposition to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

CCCB Submits Brief on Bill C-7 to
 the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights Thursday, November 12 2020

On 9 November 2020, in response to the meetings of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to study Bill C-7, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (medical assistance in dying), the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) submitted a Brief reinforcing its serious concerns regarding Bill C-7 and the steadfast opposition of the Catholic Bishops of Canada to euthanasia and assisted suicide and to its further expansion in Canada by Bill C-7. As said in the Brief sent to the Members of Parliament sitting on the Committee, “The proposed legislation of Bill C-7 remains deeply flawed, unjust, and morally pernicious. The Bishops of Canada continue to call on Catholics and all people of good will to make their voices heard in opposition to this Bill. Similarly, every Canadian legislator should recall that no law that permits the taking of innocent human life can ever be morally justified. Such a law would always violate the intrinsic dignity of the human person.”

Submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights by the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Bill C-7

    Bishops of Austria Appeal for Unity in Face of Terror and Suggest COIVID Vaccine Should be Taken Voluntarily in Report after Assembly


    Bishops: standing together against terror and corona

    Archbishop Franz Lackner, as chairman of the bishops' conference, presents the results of the plenary assembly of the episcopate



    The Austrian bishops made the appeal for cohesion in difficult times the focus of several statements following their autumn plenary assembly this week They commented on the "Austria deeply shocking" terrorist attack on All Souls Day in downtown Vienna, the dramatic flare-up of the corona pandemic and the need for global cooperation in the face of cross-border threats to creation and peace, which the bishops are currently addressing in the contested Caucasus region of Berg -Called Karabach. The Archbishop of Salzburg and chairman of the Austrian Bishops' Conference, Franz Lackner, explained these positions on Friday, November 13th, at a press conference in Vienna.


    "Together against terror" is the programmatic title of a declaration on an act of violence that is intended to divide and destroy society as a whole and coexistence, according to the bishops. "All the more important were and are the signs of all political and social forces, including the churches and religious communities, who resolutely stood up for peace and cohesion in the difficult hours of mourning and continue to stand up for it."


    Honest discourse with Islam


    The bishops pleaded for an honest discourse on the danger of politically instrumentalized religion in general and on the advance of Islamist forms of political religion. "We firmly reject any sweeping defamation of religion," it said. Pope Francis and Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyib agreed a year ago in Abu Dhabi that God must never be used to justify murder, displacement, terrorism and oppression. The bishops want - as they have assured - to continue to follow the "path of respectful encounter and honest dialogue with Islam" and also recommend this to all Christians and Muslims in their specific neighborhood.


    The human right to religious freedom, which is upheld in Austria, forms a good basis for dialogue and cooperation between the state and the churches and religions as well as between the religious communities. This creates a "resilient basis to stand together in the face of terror".


    Regarding the currently politically heatedly discussed circumstances and backgrounds of the bloody act in Vienna, the Bishops' Conference declared that these should be "clarified comprehensively by the responsible state institutions without hasty accusations, but with sober expertise".


    Church in the fight against Covid-19 too


    The bishops also demand responsibility for the common good, consideration and solidarity with a view to the Covid 19 pandemic. As soon as a suitable vaccine is available, it should be made available worldwide at reasonable prices; national egoism or economic interests would take precedence here. Particularly vulnerable people or those in system-maintaining professions should be given preference. The willingness to vaccinate is also an expression of a self-responsible Christian attitude, so the bishops. Archbishop Lackner specified at the press conference that this was not an endorsement of a general vaccination requirement. He relies on people's personal responsibility.


    The bishops also stated that in the current, second lockdown, they want to make a responsible contribution to overcoming the crisis with strict precautionary measures in their own area. Specifically and going beyond the current legal requirements: a minimum distance of 1.5 meters and wearing mouth and nose protection during public services. All baptisms, first communions, confirmations and weddings would be postponed. "In extremis" - if the health and social situation require it - a suspension of the services is also conceivable, explained Bishops' Conference chairman Lackner at the press conference.


    For the year 2021, the church must reckon with corona-related financial losses, in 2020 many Catholics would have paid the early payment bonus before the outbreak of the pandemic, said the archbishop. "We are still in the midst of a pandemic with enormous personal, social and economic effects. There must be no lockdown of hearts and aid," the bishops stated in their joint statement.


    Promote a "new policy"


    The bishops looked at a wider horizon with a declaration on the encyclical "Fratelli tutti", in which they campaigned with Pope Francis for a "new policy". With the endeavor to create "a world of brotherhood and social friendship", this should promote a realignment of political and economic action with a view to the global common good. In addition to problem areas such as terror and the corona pandemic, the necessary global economic turnaround towards sustainability, peacekeeping and flight or migration required "solidarity and cooperation across all cultural, religious, geographical, ethnic and political borders". The commitment to human rights is a "permanent work order".


    Against the previously prevailing "logic of insatiable greed and exploitation of life", the Austrian bishops are convinced that it must succeed more than before in reconciling economy, ecology and social issues - "also and especially in view of the global climate crisis". The willingness to eliminate the causes of flight must go hand in hand with the reception and integration of people seeking protection "as far as this is only possible". In all of this, it is important to strengthen international relations and institutions and thus counteract tendencies towards isolation and nationalism.


    Austria's bishops are finally pushing for lasting peace in the South Caucasus in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsach) region, as they stated in a fourth declaration. They hope that the negotiated ceasefire will hold and called for increased aid for war victims and refugees.

     Source: - Unofficial Translation

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    US Government Asserts Pro-Life Position at UN “our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage..." FULL TEXT

    At the UN in Geneva on November 9, 2020, the U.S. affirmed its pro-life position despite criticism. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Destro delivered the comments during the Universal Periodic Review the U.S. asserted that abortion is not a human right. Though abortion is legal in the United States, the U.S. has never supported the idea that it is a human right. Here is the excerpt from the official government document:
    Women and health Recommendations -
    As the world’s largest bilateral donor to global health programs, the U.S. Government is committed to supporting health programs around the world, including life- A/HRC/WG.6/36/USA/1 14 saving services and helping women and children thrive, particularly in countries where the need is greatest. The United States remains resolute in its commitment to preventing conflict-related sexual violence and providing resources and support for survivors to address the trauma and stigma they experience as a step toward healing those afflicted, as well as mending their communities. As the United States has noted on many occasions, there is no international human right to abortion, whether under that name or under other terms like “sexual and reproductive health.” Rather, as President Trump has stated, “our Nation proudly and strongly reaffirms our commitment to protect the precious gift of life at every stage, from conception until natural death.”77 The United States believes in the sovereign right of nations to make their own laws to protect the unborn, and rejects any interpretation of international human rights to require any State to provide access to abortion.78 As President Trump has stated, “Every person – the born and the unborn, the poor, the downcast, the disabled, the infirm, and the elderly – has inherent value.” Source:
    This is following the letter, which was sent to the UN by the acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. John Barsa, sent a letter to the UN Secretary General for allowing UN experts to promote abortion and told him to make changes.
    Office of Press Relations
    The Honorable António Guterres
    United Nations
    New York, NY 10017
    Dear Mr. Secretary-General:
    United Nations HeadquartersAs the United Nations (UN) focuses on celebrating its legacy over the last 75 years, including as a champion of women for more than a quarter century, I write to reiterate the U.S. Government’s call for “the [UN to] promote and fulfill an agenda that encourages meaningful contributions for women and their communities, and that has a positive and lasting impact for generations to come.” I also want once again to raise concerns with the disconcerting trend that the UN supports and champions abortion, especially under the guise of the term “sexual and reproductive health.”

    As the world bears the impact of the pandemic of COVID-19, it is troubling that not only does the UN Global Humanitarian Response Plan (GHRP) continue to be a vehicle to advance a morally reprehensible pro-abortion agenda, but also that UN agencies and other subsidiary bodies continue to attack the pro-life laws and policies of sovereign Member States. A prime example is a joint letter, dated May 22, 2020, sent to the Ambassador of the United States to the European Office of the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, the Honorable Andrew Bremberg, from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls; the Special Rapporteur on the Right of Everyone to the Enjoyment of the Highest Attainable Standard of Physical and Mental Health; and the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Its Causes, and Consequences. In this letter, the mandate-holders denounce the laws and policies of individual U.S. States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas.

    The correspondence from the UN mandate-holders, which I have attached, is an affront to national sovereignty, as it criticizes the laws and policies of U.S. States while commending activist judicial rulings that expand access to abortion. Throughout the letter, the mandate-holders use interchangeably the terms, “abortion,” “reproductive health services,” “sexual and reproductive health services,” and “sexual and reproductive rights.” The message of the letter is loud and clear: The mandate-holders believe there is an international “right to abortion” and that sexual and reproductive health care is a vehicle for this “right.” It is also clear that they view interfering in the national decision-making of Member States on this issue as part of their role, which sets an egregious precedent of anti-sovereignty, pro-abortion activism.

    Moreover, the letter from the UN mandate-holders completely contradicts the one I received from you on this topic, dated June 1, 2020, also attached. In response to my concern about the proliferation throughout the GHRP of the term “sexual and reproductive health” and its derivatives (especially because of their link to a purported international “human right to abortion”), you wrote that the UN and its partners provide the health care described in the GHRP “with full respect for national laws.” Further, you asserted that the Plan does not “promote, much less impose, abortion on anyone, nor is it intended to do so.”

    Unfortunately, the content of the letter transmitted by the Office of the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights flagrantly undermines both of these claims. The positions articulated by the mandate-holders prove that my concerns about the inclusion of such terms in the GHRP were fully justified. It is disappointing that the UN continues to contradict itself publicly on this issue. The fundamental problem at hand is that, despite claims to the contrary, including yours, the term “sexual and reproductive health” and its derivatives have become shorthand for abortion within the UN and other multilateral fora. One could explain away this trend as part of the aggressive promotion of a political agenda by some Member States; however, the UN’s endorsement of this agenda demonstrates the organization’s apparent lack of impartiality and objectivity.
    Indeed, Article 2(7) of the UN Charter lays out the principle that “[n]othing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state.” I thank you for reiterating your commitment to this bedrock principle. However, elements within the UN System clearly refuse to abide by the Charter and, by doing so, undermine the spirit of its intent—as demonstrated by the pro-abortion letter from the mandate-holders and the constant proliferation of pro-abortion rhetoric within the UN.
    The United States is committed to advancing the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, as demonstrated by our historical financial and political support for the myriad activities of the organization and its subsidiary bodies. Nevertheless, as President Trump made clear over the past four years, the UN should not behave as an activist organization by interfering in the internal political deliberations of its Member States. President Trump declared that the “future belongs to patriots... to sovereign and independent nations who protect their citizens, respect their neighbors, and honor the differences that make each country special and unique.” As such, we cannot stand by and watch the UN attempt to dictate a politicized agenda that gravely threatens the dignity of the human person and the human rights of the unborn, while simultaneously trampling on the sovereignty of pro-life countries.
    Mr. Secretary-General, I urge you to undertake a course-correction for the greater good of the UN—one that restores the UN’s respect for the principle enshrined in Article 2(7) of its Charter—and I welcome the opportunity to discuss these matters with you. Finally, I reiterate that the United States remains ready and willing to work together with you in the fight against the pandemic of COVID-19, and we welcome your steadfast support of our efforts to protect all life.Sincerely,

    Easy Novena to Saint Frances Cabrini the Patron of Immigrants - a Powerful Prayer!

    Novena to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini 
    Almighty and Eternal Father, Giver of all Gifts, show us Your mercy, and grant, we beseech You, through the merits of Your faithful Servant, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, that all who invoke her intercession may obtain what they desire according to the good pleasure of Your Holy Will.
     [Mention your request]
     O Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, mindful of Your bountiful goodness and love, deign, we implore You, through the tender devotion of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini for Your Sacred Heart, to hear our prayers and grant our petitions.
     O God, the Holy Spirit, Comforter of the afflicted, Fountain of Light and Truth, through the ardent zeal of Your humble handmaid, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, grant us Your all-powerful aid in our necessities, sanctify our souls and fill our minds with Divine Light that we may see the Holy Will of God in all things. St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, beloved spouse of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, intercede for us that the favor we now ask may be granted.

     Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be (Each Day for 9 Days)