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Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Memorial of Saint John Neumann, Bishop
Lectionary: 213
Reading I
1 Jn 4:7-10
Beloved, let us love one another,
because love is of God;
everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God.
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.
In this way the love of God was revealed to us:
God sent his only-begotten Son into the world
so that we might have life through him.
In this is love:
not that we have loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Responsorial Psalm
72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
R.    (see 11)  Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
 He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.
R.    Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
The mountains shall yield peace for the people,
and the hills justice.
He shall defend the afflicted among the people,
save the children of the poor.
R.    Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
Justice shall flower in his days,
and profound peace, till the moon be no more.
May he rule from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
R.    Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
Lk 4:18
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor
and to proclaim liberty to captives.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 6:34-44
When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things. 
By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said,
“This is a deserted place and it is already very late. 
Dismiss them so that they can go 
to the surrounding farms and villages
and buy themselves something to eat.” 
He said to them in reply,
“Give them some food yourselves.” 
But they said to him,
“Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food
and give it to them to eat?” 
He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?  Go and see.” 
And when they had found out they said,
“Five loaves and two fish.” 
So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. 
The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. 
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, 
he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples
to set before the people;
he also divided the two fish among them all. 
They all ate and were satisfied. 
And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments
and what was left of the fish. 
Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.
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 January 5 : St. John Neumann a Redemptorist Bishop and Missionary to the USA

28 March 1811 at Prachititz, Bohemia
5 January 1860
Canonized: 19 June 1977 by Pope Paul VI
Major Shrine:
National Shrine of Saint John Neumann, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
Saint John Neumann’s Story

Perhaps because the United States got a later start in the history of the world, it has relatively few canonized saints, but their number is increasing.
John Neumann was born in what is now the Czech Republic. After studying in Prague, he came to New York at 25 and was ordained a priest. He did missionary work in New York until he was 29, when he joined the Redemptorists and became its first member to profess vows in the United States. He continued missionary work in Maryland, Virginia and Ohio, where he became popular with the Germans.
At 41, as bishop of Philadelphia, he organized the parochial school system into a diocesan one, increasing the number of pupils almost twentyfold within a short time.
Gifted with outstanding organizing ability, he drew into the city many teaching communities of sisters and the Christian Brothers. During his brief assignment as vice provincial for the Redemptorists, he placed them in the forefront of the parochial movement.
Well-known for his holiness and learning, spiritual writing and preaching, on October 13, 1963, John Neumann became the first American bishop to be beatified. 
Canonized in 1977, he is buried in St. Peter the Apostle Church in Philadelphia.
Neumann took seriously our Lord’s words, “Go and teach all nations.” 
From Christ he received his instructions and the power to carry them out. For Christ does not give a mission without supplying the means to accomplish it. The Father’s gift in Christ to John Neumann was his exceptional organizing ability, which he used to spread the Good News. Today the Church is in dire need of men and women to continue in our times the teaching of the Good News. The obstacles and inconveniences are real and costly. Yet when Christians approach Christ, he supplies the necessary talents to answer today’s needs. The Spirit of Christ continues his work through the instrumentality of generous Christians.
Source: Franciscanmedia

Free Movie : A Time for Miracles - on the Life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton - Stars Kate Mulgrew

A Time for Miracles (1980) 1h 37min | Biography, Drama | TV Movie 21 December 1980
 A true story about Saint Elizabeth Bayley Seton, the first American to ever be canonized as a saint by the Pope. She took up Catholicism after the death of her rich husband, fought bigotry and opened free catholic schools and orphanages. Director: Michael O'Herlihy Writer: Henry Denker
Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Rossano Brazzi | 

Pope Francis Names New Bishops for Wellington, New Zealand and Quetta, Pakistan

Vatican News reports that Pope Francis appointed Bishop Paul Martin as Coadjutor Archbishop of Wellington, NZ; and Father Khalid Rehmat as Vicar Apostolic of Quetta, Pakistan.
Pope Francis on Friday named Bishop Paul Martin, S.M., as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Wellington, N.Z. Bishop Martin has been serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Christchurch since 2018. 
Bishop Paul Martin's  Biography:
Ordained deacon: 15th November 1992
Ordained priest: 4th September 1993
Ordained bishop: 3rd March 2018
Bishop Paul was born in Hastings and is one of five children. He attended primary school at St Joseph’s in Hastings and secondary school at St John’s College.
In 1985 he entered formation for the Society of Mary. In 1991 he spent time working in an Aboriginal Community in the Northern Territory, Australia. In 1993 he completed a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology at the Angelicum University of Rome and studied to become a teacher.
Upon returning to New Zealand Bishop Paul was in teaching roles, including St Bede’s College. In 2014 Bishop Paul was Assistant Provincial and Provincial Bursar for the Society of Mary, before taking up the position of Bursar General in Rome.
Pope Francis appointed Paul Martin as Bishop of Christchurch on 5 December 2017. He was ordained a Bishop of 3 March 2018, and installed as Bishop of Christchurch the next day. 
Curriculum vitae of Father Khalid Rehmat
Also on Friday, Pope Francis appointed Father Khalid Rehmat, O.F.M. Cap., who has been serving as Custos of the 'Mariam Siddeeqa Capuchin Custody' in Pakistan.
Fr. Khalid Rehmat, was born on 5 August 1968 in Mianwali, Diocese of Islamabad-Rawalpindi. Before entering religious life, he was a teacher in a primary school.
He completed his priestly formation at St. Mary's Minor Seminary in Lahore, professing Solemn Vows on 28 December 2007.
He was ordained a priest on 16 August 2008.
After ordination to the priesthood, he held the following positions: Assistant to the Rector of the Formation House of the Capuchin Friars Minor in Lahore (2008-2011); teacher at St Mary's Minor Seminary, in the formation house of the Franciscan Fathers (2008-2014) and in the Inter-Congregational Program, in Lahore (2010-2014); Coordinator of the Educational Commission of the Vice-Province of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor in Pakistan (2011-2014); Editor of the magazine Catholic Naqeeb (since 2013) and Member of the College of Consultors of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lahore (2015-2017); Member of the Archdiocesan Biblical Commission of Lahore (2016-2017); Coordinator of the Economic Commission of the Vice-Province of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin in Pakistan (2017-2020); Parish Priest of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Adah, Sialkot, in the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Lahore (2014-2020); and Member of the Provincial Council of the Capuchin Fathers, until October 2020.
Subsequently, he was Custos of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor in Pakistan.
Source: - Images - Fides and Bishops' Conference of NZ

Wow LISTEN to a Beautiful Hallelujah with Famous Tenor Andrea Bocelli and His 8-year-old Daughter via CandleLight

Andrea & Virginia Bocelli (his 8-year-old daughter) singing 'Hallelujah' at Teatro Regio di Parma, December 2020 via candlelight.
Bocelli returns this holiday season with a new album Believe (Sugar/Decca Records) and a spectacular live event from the stunning Teatro Regio di Parma opera house in Italy on December 12. (It has over 7 Million Views)
Please Share this Beautiful Song with a Friend to Touch a Heart!

Easy Novena to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton with Special Prayers to Share to the Patron of Catholic Schools

SAINT ELIZABETH ANN SETON - The American Catholic Saint who died on 4 January 1821 in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
 She founded the first American religious community for 
women, the Sisters of Charity. She opened the first 
American parish school and established the first American 
Catholic orphanage. 

Say for 9 Days - 
Say 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary and 1 Glory Be each day of the Novena:
Oh, God our Father, 
glorify here upon earth your servant, 
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 
by manifesting the power of her intercession 
through the favour I now implore.

(State your intention here...)

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, 
Your Son, who lives and reigns with You 
and the Holy Spirit, 
one God, 
forever and ever. 


The Anima Christi of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
Soul of Jesus, Sanctify me.  Blood of Jesus, Wash me, Passion of Jesus, Comfort me. Wounds of Jesus, Hide me.  Heart of Jesus, Receive me. Spirit of Jesus, Enliven me.  Goodness of Jesus, Pardon me. Beauty of Jesus, Draw me.  Humility of Jesus, Humble me.  Peace of Jesus, Pacify me.  Love of Jesus, Inflame me.  Kingdom of Jesus, Come to me.  Grace of Jesus, Replenish me.  Mercy of Jesus, Pity me. Sanctity of Jesus, Sanctify me.  Purity of Jesus, Purify me.  Cross of Jesus, Support me.  Nails of Jesus, Hold me.  Mouth of Jesus, Bless me in life, in death, in time and eternity. Mouth of Jesus, Defend me in the hour of death. Mouth of Jesus, Call me to come to Thee. Mouth of Jesus, Receive me with Thy saints in glory evermore. Let Us Pray Unite me to Thyself, O adorable Victim. Life-giving heavenly Bread, feed me, sanctify me, reign in me, transform me to Thyself, live in me; let me live in Thee; let me adore Thee in Thy life-giving Sacrament as my God, listen to Thee as to my Master, obey Thee as my King, imitate Thee as my Model, follow Thee as my Shepherd, love Thee as my Father, seek Thee as my Physician who wilt heal all the maladies of my soul. Be indeed my Way, Truth and Life; sustain me, O heavenly Manna, through the desert of this world, till I shall behold Thee unveiled in Thy glory. Amen

Wow the 1st Entire Country to be Built in Lego - Vatican City by Rocco Buttliere with 67,000 Pieces - VIDEO


Rocco Buttliere is the first person to depict an entire country in a single Lego build. He chose the Vatican, and his creation consists of about 67,000 pieces.World’s first contiguous LEGO landscape of an entire sovereign country Parts: 67,000+ (~1,300 unique) Scale: 1:650 Dimensions: 52in x 68in (131cm x 173cm) Design Time: 500+ hours in 70 days Build Time: 300+ hours in 28 days


IS Terrorists Post Video of Execution Five Christians in Nigeria on Christmas Day

Morning Star News report : The 49-second video, dated Dec. 29, shows five armed members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) lining up behind five men dressed in orange robes who are kneeling with their hands tied behind them. Ordered in the Hausa language to state their names, each of the kneeling men in turn is heard saying their name and adding, “I’m a Christian.”JOSNigeria (Morning Star News) – Islamic extremist terrorists who kidnapped 11 Christians in northeast Nigeria on Christmas Day have executed five of them, according to a video released by the Islamic State’s AMAQ News agency.

Morning Star News heard the names spoken as Uka Joseph, Sunday, Wilson, Joshua Maidugu and Garba Yusuf.

Speaking in the Hausa language common throughout northern Nigeria, one of the ISWAP militants then says, “This is a warning to Christians in all parts of the world and those in Nigeria. We have not forgotten what you did to our brethren in Zangon Kataf town and other parts of Nigeria. Use the heads of these five of your brethren to continue with your ungodly celebrations.”

The five Christians are then shot to death.

The executioner’s citing of Zangon-Kataf appears to refer to ethnic clashes in the area in Kaduna state in 1992 over a proposal to relocate a market away from land granted to the Hausa people, who are primarily Muslim. Clashes broke out between them and the indigenous, predominantly Christian Atyap people, resulting in 60 deaths in February 1992 and 400 more in May 1992, with Hausa youths killing many Christians of various tribes in retaliation.

On Christmas Eve ISWAP terrorists began an attack on Garkida, Adamawa state, that local residents assumed was launched by Boko Haram, the Islamic extremist group from which ISWAP broke off in 2016. Government and local sources said the Nigerian army repelled the attack, but as it continued into the wee hours of Christmas Day, the assailants were said to have killed six Christians and kidnapped 11 others.

Morning Star News received messages from area residents on Wednesday (Dec. 30) asserting that six Christians were killed in Friday’s (Dec. 25) attack on Garkida, and that the Christians martyred in the video were among the 11 kidnapped.

Moses Abarshi, a Christian leader in northern Nigeria, notified Morning Star News that a Christian had told him that his brother and four other Christians had been executed for their faith.

“Please let us keep the family in our thoughts and prayers in this trying time,” Abarshi said by text message. “May the blood of these martyrs keep speaking for the gospel. May the church not be frightened and discouraged, in Jesus name!”

In the attack on Garkida town, ISWAP burned down homes, looted shops and stores, set fire to a hospital and took food from homes, area Christians said.

On July 22 a video was released showing terrorists believed to be members of ISWAP executing five men, with one militant saying it was warning to “all those being used by infidels to convert Muslims to Christianity.”

The U.S. State Department on Dec. 7 added Nigeria to its list of Countries of Particular Concern for engaging in or tolerating “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.” Nigeria joined Burma, China, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan on the list.

In a more recent category of non-state actors, the State Department also designated ISWAP, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, Al-Qaeda, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, the Houthis, ISIS, ISIS-Greater Sahara, Jamaat Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin, and the Taliban as “Entities of Particular Concern.”

On Dec. 10 the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, issued a statement calling for investigation into crimes against humanity in Nigeria.

On Jan. 30 Christian Solidarity International (CSI) issued a genocide warning for Nigeria, calling on the Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council to take action. CSI issued the call in response to “a rising tide of violence directed against Nigerian Christians and others classified as ‘infidels’ by Islamist militants in the country’s north and middle belt regions.’”

Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution but second in the number of Christians killed for their faith, behind Pakistan.


Bishops of Argentina Lament the Senate's Decision to Legalize Abortion "Today is a sad day for Argentina."

On December 30, Argentina’s Senate approved its abortion legislation.

The Senate voted 38-29 early Wednesday morning to approve the bill. President Fernandez wrote on Twitter: “Safe, legal and free abortion is law.” Before the bill's passage it was illegal to kill an unborn baby in an abortion except for very rare cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. (Excerpt from LifeNews)

The Catholic Bishops of Argentina released 2 statements condemning the decision. Here is the FULL TEXT of the 
National Secretariat for Family Pastoral
Episcopal Commission for Life, the Laity and the Family
Today is a sad day for Argentina. We make their pain, their unease, their sadness ours, before the news of the sanction of a law that authorizes a mother to kill her child.
We want each Argentine, each father, each mother, grandfather, son, to feel our closeness and understanding. We want to embrace with gratitude all those who, from different convictions, from all creeds, without being discouraged, put their efforts, their hope and faith for life to triumph over death. 
And, with true conviction, today we want to convey to you that, despite what happened,
Life always triumphs over death. It is what Christ taught us, who overcame the death on the cross. All is not lost. There is nothing lost.
As a family, we feel called to work with more commitment than ever. Therefore, We want to invite you all, from different sectors to join our forces and work for a family that educates, contains, nurtures, consoles, corrects, accepts and loves unconditionally. With our testimony we want to show the Face of the God of Life and human Love.
United as a Family, let us continue accompanying the woman who is expecting a child who
she does not want from her, giving her hug and support. The State decided to give another answer. The
ours remains the same: taking care of life, all life and the Two Lives. Our joy is the triumph of the God of Life.
Jesus Christ, Lord of History, we need you.