Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Eucharist - In Your Virtual Church

Wednesday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 499
Reading 1
Rv 4:1-11
I, John, had a vision of an open door to heaven,
and I heard the trumpetlike voice
that had spoken to me before, saying,
“Come up here and I will show you what must happen afterwards.”
At once I was caught up in spirit.
A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one
whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian.
Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.
Surrounding the throne I saw twenty-four other thrones
on which twenty-four elders sat,
dressed in white garments and with gold crowns on their heads.
From the throne came flashes of lightning,
rumblings, and peals of thunder.
Seven flaming torches burned in front of the throne,
which are the seven spirits of God.
In front of the throne was something that resembled
a sea of glass like crystal.
In the center and around the throne,
there were four living creatures
covered with eyes in front and in back.
The first creature resembled a lion, the second was like a calf,
the third had a face like that of a man,
and the fourth looked like an eagle in flight.
The four living creatures, each of them with six wings,
were covered with eyes inside and out.
Day and night they do not stop exclaiming:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty,
who was, and who is, and who is to come.”
Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks
to the one who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever,
the twenty-four elders fall down
before the one who sits on the throne
and worship him, who lives forever and ever.
They throw down their crowns before the throne, exclaiming:
“Worthy are you, Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things;
because of your will they came to be and were created.”
Responsorial Psalm
150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6
R.    (1b) Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
Praise the LORD in his sanctuary,
praise him in the firmament of his strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds,
praise him for his sovereign majesty.
R.    Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
Praise him with the blast of the trumpet,
praise him with lyre and harp,
Praise him with timbrel and dance,
praise him with strings and pipe.
R.    Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
Praise him with sounding cymbals,
praise him with clanging cymbals.
Let everything that has breath
praise the LORD! Alleluia.
R.    Holy, holy, holy Lord, mighty God!
See Jn 15:16
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Lk 19:11-28
While people were listening to Jesus speak,
he proceeded to tell a parable because he was near Jerusalem
and they thought that the Kingdom of God
would appear there immediately.
So he said,
“A nobleman went off to a distant country
to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return.
He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins
and told them, ‘Engage in trade with these until I return.’
His fellow citizens, however, despised him
and sent a delegation after him to announce,
‘We do not want this man to be our king.’
But when he returned after obtaining the kingship,
he had the servants called, to whom he had given the money,
to learn what they had gained by trading.
The first came forward and said,
‘Sir, your gold coin has earned ten additional ones.’
He replied, ‘Well done, good servant!
You have been faithful in this very small matter;
take charge of ten cities.’
Then the second came and reported,
‘Your gold coin, sir, has earned five more.’
And to this servant too he said,
‘You, take charge of five cities.’
Then the other servant came and said,
‘Sir, here is your gold coin;
I kept it stored away in a handkerchief,
for I was afraid of you, because you are a demanding man;
you take up what you did not lay down
and you harvest what you did not plant.’
He said to him,
‘With your own words I shall condemn you,
you wicked servant.
You knew I was a demanding man,
taking up what I did not lay down
and harvesting what I did not plant;
why did you not put my money in a bank?
Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.’
And to those standing by he said,
‘Take the gold coin from him
and give it to the servant who has ten.’
But they said to him,
‘Sir, he has ten gold coins.’
He replied, ‘I tell you,
to everyone who has, more will be given,
but from the one who has not,
even what he has will be taken away.
Now as for those enemies of mine who did not want me as their king,
bring them here and slay them before me.’”
After he had said this,
he proceeded on his journey up to Jerusalem.
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

Feast November 18 : Dedication of the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

Dedication of the Basilicas of Sts. Peter & Paul

The Vatican Church, dedicated in honour of St. Peter, is the second patriarchal church at Rome, and in it reposes one half of the precious remains of the bodies of SS. Peter and Paul. The tombs of the great conquerors and lords of the world have been long since destroyed and forgotten; but those of the martyrs are glorious by the veneration which the faithful pay to their memory.
The body of St. Peter is said to have been buried immediately after his martyrdom, upon this spot, on the Vatican hill, which was then without the walls and near the suburb inhabited by the Jews. The remains of this apostle were removed hence into the cemetery of Calixtus, but brought back to the Vatican. Those of St. Paul were deposited on the Ostian Way, where his church now stands. The tombs of the two princes of the apostles, from the beginning, were visited by Christians with extraordinary devotion above those of other martyrs. Caius, the learned and eloquent priest of Rome, in 210, in his dialogue with Proclus the Montanist, speaks thus of them: "I can show you the trophies of the apostles. For, whether you go to the Vatican hill, or to the Ostian road, you will meet with the monuments of them who by their preaching and miracles founded this church."
The Christians, even in the times of persecution, adorned the tombs of the martyrs and the oratories which they erected over them, where they frequently prayed. Constantine the Great, after founding the Lateran Church, built seven other churches at Rome and many more in other parts of Italy. The first of these were the churches of St. Peter on the Vatican hill (where a temple of Apollo and another of Idaea, mother of the gods, before stood) in honour of the place where the prince of the apostles had suffered martyrdom and was buried and that of St. Paul, at his tomb on the Ostian road. The yearly revenues which Constantine granted to all these churches, amounted to seventeen thousand seven hundred and seventy golden pence, which is above thirteen thousand pounds sterling, counting the prices, gold for gold; but, as the value of gold and silver was then much higher than at present, the sum in our money at this day would be much greater. These churches were built by Constantine in so stately and magnificent a manner as to vie with the finest structures in the empire, as appears from the description which Eusebius gives us of the Church of Tyre; for we find that the rest were erected upon the same model, which was consequently of great antiquity. St. Peter's Church on the Vatican, being fallen to decay, it was begun to be rebuilt under Julius II in 1506, and was dedicated by Urban VIII in 1626, on this day; the same on which the dedication of the old church was celebrated The precious remains of many popes, martyrs, and other saints, are deposited partly under the altars of this vast and beautiful church, and partly in a spacious subterraneous church under the other. But the richest treasure of this venerable place consists in the relics of SS. Peter and Paul, which lie in a sumptuous vault beyond the middle of the church, towards the upper end, under a magnificent altar at which only the pope says mass, unless he commissions another to officiate there. This sacred vault is called The confession of St. Peter, or The threshold of the Apostles (SOURCE:The Catholic Encyclopedia

Bishops of Ghana Condemn Secessionist Disturbances in Ghana, Africa

 AFRICA/GHANA - Bishops condemn secessionist disturbances in Ghana

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - Recent political disturbances in the Volta Region of Ghana have caused many to wonder if Ghana is truly a peaceful nation. The Volta Region which was once part of Togo in the colonial era has been experiencing unrest as some of its inhabitants are calling for independence from the Republic of Ghana and calling for a new nation called the Westen Togoland.

It is in this light that the Catholic Bishops' Conference is calling on all citizens to work towards a united and stable Ghana. "We wish to express our grave concerns regarding the recent 'secessionist' disturbances in parts of the Volta Region and wish to appeal to those who are perpetrating these acts of vandalism and destruction of property to refrain from them".

The twenty Archbishops and Bishops of Ghana also called on those politicians who refer to some Ghanaians as ‘foreigners’ to desist from such unguarded comments. "All divisive comments must cease if we intend to make any progress in our attempt to resolve the current threat being posed by the 'secessionists'."

The Bishops urged the Nana Akufo-Addo government to do all within its means to find a lasting solution to this emerging problem and hoped that all state institutions carrying out investigations will accelerate the pace of the legal process needed to deal with this growing national crisis.

The German Empire established the Togoland protectorate in 1884. Under German administration, the protectorate was regarded as a model colony.

During the First World War in 1914, Britain and France invaded the protectorate. After the German defeat and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the western part of Togoland became a British mandate, British Togoland. After the Second World War, British Togoland became a United Nations Trust Territory under British administration until they voted in a plebiscite in 1957 to become part of what is now Ghana. (A.A) (L.M) (FULL TEXT Source: Agenzia Fides,17/11/2020) Image Source: Google Images Screenshot of the Bishops of Ghana 

Latest Appointments during the USCCB General Assembly - Summary with FULL Video - Archbishop Lori says "...all bishops should spend at least an hour a day in prayer and commit to regular fasting and penance."

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gathered for the 1st time virtually for the 2020 Fall General Assembly on November 16-17. The public portion of the assembly began with an address by the Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Christophe Pierre. The bishops will also heard from Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles as he gave his first address as USCCB president. Changes were made in the schedule in order to accommodate a discussion by the bishops on the Holy See’s report on Theodore McCarrick. Additionally, the bishops  heard a report from the National Review Board which advises the Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People on matters of child and youth protection, specifically on policies and practices. The meeting agenda included dialogue by the bishops on a pastoral response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a pastoral response to racism. 
Here are the Latest Elected Appointments from the USCCB: 
Bishop Thomas Daly,  of the Diocese of Spokane,
 has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Catholic Education. 
Bishop Robert Reed,  of the Archdiocese of Boston,  has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Communications. 
Bishop James S. Wall, of Gallup, has been elected as chairman-elect to the Committee on National Collections. 
Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore,  has been elected as chairman-elect to the Committee on Pro-Life Activities.
Bishop Daniel Flores,  of the Diocese of Brownsville,  has been elected as chairman-elect to the Committee on Doctrine.
Bishop Arturo Cepeda, of the Archdiocese of Detroit,  has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church. 
Cardinal Dolan, of the Archdiocese of New York, has been elected to the Committee for Religious Liberty and will assume the post of chairman immediately upon conclusion of the meeting. 
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Military Archdiocese
 has been elected as chairman to the Committee on Priorities and Plans.
Msgr. Jefferey Burrill has been elected as the next USCCB General Secretary. 
Summary of Assembly:
According to the USCCB 254 (98%) voted "yes" to approve the agenda. 

Archbishop Gomez recognized the bishops who have passed away since the last bishops meeting. "Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. Amen" 

Msgr. Brian Bransfield, who is the outgoing General Secretary, went over a few housekeeping items for bishops to speak on the floor. 

 "At the core of Christian faith, witnessed in the lives of many saints, including that of Mother Teresa, is our response of love toward the least of our brothers and sisters," said +Nuncio Archbishop Christophe Pierre.  "As bishops, we have a special responsibility to lead by example, demonstrating what it means to be a neighbor." +Pierre
On the McCarrick report, Archbishop Gomez said, "We apologize for those who commit individually and collectively."
Bishop Michael Olson, said the bishops need to be accountable to the faithful and answer questions that this report raises.
Archbishop Lori, reiterated that all bishops should spend at least an hour a day in prayer and commit to regular fasting and penance.

Pope Francis Names New Bishop to Youngstown, Ohio - Fr. David Bonnar of the Diocese of Pittsburgh

Pope Francis Names Father David Bonnar of Diocese of Pittsburgh as Bishop of Youngstown



WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Rev. David Bonnar, a priest of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, as the Bishop of Youngstown.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on November 17, 2020 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. The Diocese of Youngstown has been a vacant see since June 2020 following the death of Bishop George V. Murry, SJ.

Bishop-elect Bonnar was born on February 5, 1962 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and ordained to the priesthood on July 23, 1988 for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Father Bonnar attended St. Gabriel Elementary School and Seton-LaSalle High School. He received a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome where he received a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology (STB) in 1987 from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

After ordination, Father Bonnar was assigned to St. Vitus parish in New Castle as parochial vicar where he served until 1992 when he was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Rosalia parish in Pittsburgh. From 1992-1996, while assigned to St. Rosalia parish, he also served as the chaplain for Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh. From 1996-1997, Father Bonnar was parochial vicar at St. Thomas More parish in Pittsburgh.

In 1997, he was named director of vocations, director of the pre-ordination program, director of the diaconate office, and rector at St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh where he served until 2002. From 2002-2007 he served as pastor of St. Bartholomew’s parish in Pittsburgh. In 2007, Father Bonnar was named secretary for parish life and ministerial leadership for the Diocese of Pittsburgh. During that time, he also served as Delegate for Clergy (2007) and Episcopal Vicar for Clergy (2007-2009). In 2009, Fr. Bonnar was named pastor of St. Bernard parish in Pittsburgh and from 2018 to 2020, he also served as administrator of Our Lady of Grace parish in Pittsburgh. In 2020, he was named pastor of St. Aidan parish in Wexford where he currently serves.

Bishop-elect Bonnar’s ministry also includes service on the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Post Ordination Board (1996-1999), Clergy Personnel Board (1997-2000 and 2003-2005), Seminary Admissions Board (2002-2009), chair of the Permanent Diaconate Admissions Board (1997-2002), chair of the Priestly Formation Board (1997-2002), chair of the Priesthood Candidate Admission Board (1997-2002), and executive secretary for the St. Paul Seminary Advisory Board (1997-2002), chaplain of the Serra Club (2004-2005), member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council (2004-2006), and dean of the East Suburban Deanery (2005-2007). From 2014 to present, Father Bonnar has been priest editor of The Priest Magazine. Since 2020, he has been a member of the National Advisory Board for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Bishop-elect Bonnar is fluent in Italian.

The Diocese of Youngstown is comprised of 3,404 square miles in the State of Ohio and has a total population of 1,182,309 of which 151,826 are Catholic.