Monday, January 11, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Tuesday, January 12, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Tuesday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 306
Reading I
Heb 2:5-12
It was not to angels that God subjected the world to come,
of which we are speaking.
Instead, someone has testified somewhere:
    What is man that you are mindful of him,
        or the son of man that you care for him?
    You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
        you crowned him with glory and honor,
        subjecting all things under his feet.
In “subjecting” all things to him,
he left nothing not “subject to him.”
Yet at present we do not see “all things subject to him,” 
but we do see Jesus “crowned with glory and honor”
because he suffered death,
he who “for a little while” was made “lower than the angels,”
that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.


For it was fitting that he,
for whom and through whom all things exist,
in bringing many children to glory,
should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering.
He who consecrates
and those who are being consecrated all have one origin.
Therefore, he is not ashamed to call them “brothers” saying: 
    I will proclaim your name to my brethren,
    in the midst of the assembly I will praise you.
Responsorial Psalm
8:2ab and 5, 6-7, 8-9
R.    (see 7) You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
O LORD, our Lord,
    how glorious is your name over all the earth!
What is man that you should be mindful of him,
    or the son of man that you should care for him?
R.    You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
You have made him little less than the angels,
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
    putting all things under his feet.
R.    You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
All sheep and oxen,
    yes, and the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
    and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
R.    You have given your Son rule over the works of your hands.
See 1 Thes 2:13
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Receive the word of God, not as the word of men,
but as it truly is, the word of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 1:21-28
Jesus came to Capernaum with his followers, 
and on the sabbath he entered the synagogue and taught.
The people were astonished at his teaching,
for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes.
In their synagogue was a man with an unclean spirit;
he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth?
Have you come to destroy us?
I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” 
Jesus rebuked him and said, “Quiet!  Come out of him!”
The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.
All were amazed and asked one another,
“What is this?
A new teaching with authority.
He commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.”
His fame spread everywhere throughout the whole region of Galilee.
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 12 : St. Bernard of Corleone : a Franciscan to whom the Blessed Mother Appeared and Placed the Divine Child in his Arms

1605, Sicily
12 January 1667, Palermo
10 June 2001, by Pope John Paul II
Saint Bernard was born on the island of Sicily in the year 1605. His father was a shoemaker and taught his son the ways of the trade. But it was difficult for the lively youth to interest himself in this work. Upon the death of his father, he immediately left the shop and, led by the love of adventure, he took up fencing. It was not long before he became quite adept at wielding the sword. His unusual vigor qualified him to challenge any comer to a contest.
As a youth and young adult he spent the greater part of his time in training and eagerly seized every opportunity to match swords with his countrymen.
Although this manner of life led him far away from God, nevertheless many noble characteristics were perceptible in St. Bernard. In taking up any quarrel he liked to defend old people and other helpless and defenseless persons against violence. He frequently made devout visits to a crucifix that was highly honored by the people, and provided that a lamp be kept burning before it. Moreover, he cherished great devotion towards Saint Francis of Assisi.
At one point, St. Bernard had been challenged to a duel, in the course of which he wounded his opponent mortally. In order to escape from his avengers, he sought refuge amongst the Capuchin Franciscans.
In order to atone for his sins, he begged for admission among the Capuchins as a lay brother, and on December 13, 1632 he entered the Franciscan novitiate. If in the past St. Bernard had yielded his bodily members to wayward purposes, he now used them as an atoning sacrifice unto salvation. It is reported that seven times a day he scourged himself to the blood. His sleep was limited to three hours on a narrow board, with a block of wood under his head. He fasted for the most part on bread and water. If anything delicious was placed before him, he would carry the food to his mouth so as to whet his appetite, and then lay it down without having tasted it. In spite of his austere life, he still undertook the most unpleasant and annoying tasks as being his due.
St. Bernard had an especially ardent devotion at prayer. St. Bernard cherished a special love for the Blessed Mary, and encouraged others to do the same. The Blessed Mother appeared to him and placed the Divine Child in his arms. Moreover, she gave him knowledge of the day of his death four months in advance. He died at Palermo on January 12, 1667.
His biographers stated that, attracted by the fame of his sanctity, there gathered for his burial so many people who raised their voices in praise of the deceased, that it was less a funeral cortège than a triumphal procession. Numerous miracles occurring at his grave promoted the cause of his beatification by pope Clement XIII in 1767 and subsequent canonization by pope John Paul II in 2001.

(Taken from Catholic Encyclopedia)

RIP Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi - Death of the Pope's Physician from COVID-19 and Pope Francis Explains he will get the Vaccine

The Personal physician of Pope Francis has died. In addition to cancer, the Dr. Fabrizio Soccorsi, became infected with the Corona virus. He was 78 years old, and was appointed by Pope Francis as personal physician in 2015. Dr. Soccorsi was being treated for cancer, with "complications" from Covid-19 in Vatican City. The Vatican newspaper "Osservatore Romano" reported (Saturday, January 9, 2021), he was being treated for cancer in the Gemelli clinic in Rome. He had succombed to "complications" from Covid-19. Soccorsi was born in Rome on February 2, 1942, and graduated in medicine in 1968. He worked as a specialist in internal medicine specializing in hepatology and was also active in academic teaching. He was also the chief physician of the Roman clinic in San Camillo and a consultant for the medical service in the Vatican Governorate. 

Meanwhile, Vatican News reports that Pope Francis responding to a question from Canale 5 journalist Fabio Marchese Ragona, regarding vaccinating against the coronavirus, said, “I believe that ethically everyone must take the vaccine.” “It is not an option; it is an ethical action, because you are playing with your health, you are playing with your life, but you are also playing with the lives of others." He explains that, in the next few days, vaccinations will begin in the Vatican and he has booked himself for it. "Yes, it must be done," he stresses, adding, if the doctors say the vaccine is safe and does not present "special dangers” to someone, then they should take it. (Excerpt from Vatican News)

#BreakingNews Catholic Nun Kidnapped on January 8th is Released - Prayers Answered for Sister Dachoune Sévère

Fides news reports that the Catholic nun who was kidnapped on January 8th, 2021 was released by her kidnappers.

Information was sent to Fides by the Secretary General of the Conference of Religious of Haiti, Father Gilbert Peltrop, Sister Dachoune Sévère, a religious of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of Saint Teresa of the Child Jesus, who had been kidnapped by armed bandits on Friday 8 January was released by her kidnappers yesterday evening, Sunday 10 January, 2021. Sr. Dachoune is currently back in her community. “We give thanks to God for the release of the nun, and at the same time we thank all those who prayed for her release”, writes Father Gilbert Peltrop.

Fr. Renold Antoine, CSsR, Redemptorist missionary in Haiti, recalls that the kidnapping of the nun is just one case among the many that are recorded daily in the metropolitan area of Port-au-Prince. In fact, the situation is getting more and more complicated in the entire national territory. “So far, the state authorities have done nothing to stop these acts, which are causing fear and sadness among the Haitian people. As this situation poses a major threat to all Haitian citizens today, we ask for God's mercy on Haiti so that this evil that is undermining society may end”, the missionary concluded. (Edited from Agenzia Fides, 11/1/2021)

Pope Francis Permits Ministries of Lector and Acolyte to be Open to Women - FULL TEXT

Pope Francis permits the ministries of lector and acolyte to be open to women.

Pope Francis has changed the Code of Canon Law to institutionalize what is already allowed in practice: the access of lay women to the service of the Word and the Altar. The Pope explains his decision in a letter to Cardinal Ladaria.

Vatican News Explains: There is nothing new about women proclaiming the Word of God during liturgical celebrations or carrying out a service at the altar as altar servers or as Eucharistic ministers. In many communities throughout the world these practices are already authorized by local bishops.

However, up to this point, this has occurred without a true and proper institutional mandate, as an exception to what Pope St Paul VI had established when, in 1972, even while abolishing the so-called “minor orders”, he decided to maintain that access to these ministries be granted only to men because both were considered to be preparatory to the eventual admission to holy orders.

Now, in the wake of the discernment which has emerged from the last Synods of Bishops, Pope Francis wanted to formalize and institutionalize the presence of women at the altar.

With the Motu proprio Spiritus Domini, which modifies the first paragraph of Canon 230 of the Code of Canon Law, Pope Francis, therefore, establishes that women can have access to these ministries and that this be recognized through a liturgical act formally instituting them as such. (Excerpt from VaticanNews)




To Venerable Brother
Cardinal Luis F. Ladaria, SI,
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Holy Spirit, a relationship of love between the Father and the Son, builds and innervates the communion of the entire people of God, arousing in it many and different gifts and charisms (cf. Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium , n. 117) . Through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist, the members of the Body of Christ receive from the Spirit of the Risen One, in varying degrees and with different expressions, those gifts which enable them to make the necessary contribution to the building up of the Church and to the proclamation of the Gospel to every creature.

In this regard, the Apostle Paul distinguishes between gifts of grace-charisms (“charismata”) and services (“diakoniai” - “ministry” [cf. Rom 12, 4ff and 1 Cor 12, 12ss]). According to the tradition of the Church, ministries are called the various forms that charisms assume when they are publicly recognized and are made available to the community and its mission in a stable form.

In some cases the ministry has its origin in a specific sacrament, Holy Orders: these are the “ordained” ministries, the bishop, the presbyter, the deacon. In other cases the ministry is entrusted, with a liturgical act of the bishop, to a person who has received Baptism and Confirmation and in whom specific charisms are recognized, after an adequate journey of preparation: we then speak of "instituted" ministries. Many other ecclesial services or offices are practiced by many members of the community, for the good of the Church, often for a long period and with great effectiveness, without a particular rite being envisaged for the conferral of the office.

Over the course of history, with the changing ecclesial, social and cultural situations, the exercise of ministries in the Catholic Church has taken on different forms, while the distinction, not only of degree, between "established" (or "lay") ministries remains intact ) and "ordained" ministries. The former are particular expressions of the priestly and royal condition proper to every baptized person (cf. Pt 2: 9); the latter belong to some of the members of the people of God who as bishops and presbyters "receive the mission and the faculty to act in the person of Christ the Head" or as deacons "are enabled to serve the people of God in the diakonia of liturgy, of the word and of charity "(Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter in the form of Motu Proprio Omnium in mentem , October 26, 2009). To indicate this distinction, expressions such as baptismal priesthood and ordained (or ministerial ) priesthood are also used In any case, it is good to reaffirm, with the dogmatic constitution Lumen gentium of the Second Vatican Council , that they "are ordered to one another; in fact, one and the other, each in his own way, participate in the one priesthood of Christ "( LG , n. 10). Ecclesial life is nourished by this mutual reference and is nourished by the fruitful tension of these two poles of the priesthood, ministerial and baptismal, which, despite the distinction, are rooted in the one priesthood of Christ.

In line with the Second Vatican Council , the Supreme Pontiff Saint Paul VI wanted to review the practice relating to non-ordained ministries in the Latin Church - until then called "minor orders" - adapting it to the needs of the times. This adaptation, however, must not be interpreted as an overcoming of the previous doctrine, but as an implementation of the dynamism that characterizes the nature of the Church, always called with the help of the Spirit of Truth to respond to the challenges of every age, in obedience to Revelation. . The Apostolic Letter in the form of a Motu Proprio Ministeria quaedam (August 15, 1972) configures two offices (tasks), that of the Reader and that of the Acolyte, the first strictly connected to the ministry of the Word, the second to the ministry of the Altar, without excluding that other "offices" may be instituted by the Holy Seat upon request of the Episcopal Conferences.

Furthermore, the variation in the forms of exercise of non-ordained ministries is not the simple consequence, on the sociological level, of the desire to adapt to the sensitivity or culture of the epochs and places but is determined by the need to allow each local / particular Church , in communion with all the others and having as the center of unity the Church which is in Rome, to live the liturgical action, the service to the poor and the proclamation of the Gospel in fidelity to the mandate of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the task of the Church's Pastors to recognize the gifts of each baptized person, to direct them also towards specific ministries, to promote and coordinate them, so that they contribute to the good of the communities and to the mission entrusted to all the disciples.

The commitment of the lay faithful, who "are simply the immense majority of the people of God" (Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium , n. 102), can not and should certainly not be limited in the exercise of non-ordained ministries (cf. Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium , n.102 ), but their better configuration and a more precise reference to the responsibility that arises, for every Christian, from Baptism and Confirmation, can help the Church to rediscover the sense of communion that characterizes her. and to initiate a renewed commitment to catechesis and the celebration of the faith (cf. Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium , n. 102). And it is precisely in this rediscovery that the fruitful synergy that arises from the mutual ordination of ordained priesthood and baptismal priesthood can find a better translation. This reciprocity, from service to the sacrament of the altar, is called to flow back, in the distinction of tasks, in that service to 'make Christ the heart of the world' which is the particular mission of the whole Church. Precisely this unique, albeit distinct, service in favor of the world broadens the horizons of the ecclesial mission, preventing it from withdrawing into sterile logic aimed above all at claiming spaces of power and helping them to experience itself as a spiritual community that "walks together with humanity as a whole and together with the world he experiences the same earthly destiny "( GS, no. 40). In this dynamic one can truly understand the meaning of "Church going out".

In the horizon of renewal traced by the Second Vatican Council , there is an ever greater urgency today to rediscover the co-responsibility of all the baptized in the Church, and in particular the mission of the laity. The Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Pan-Amazon region (6-27 October 2019), in the fifth chapter of the final document, signaled the need to think about "new paths for ecclesial ministeriality". Not only for the Amazonian Church, but for the whole Church, in the variety of situations, "it is urgent that ministries be promoted and conferred on men and women ... It is the Church of baptized men and women that we must consolidate by promoting ministry and, above all, the awareness of baptismal dignity "(Final document , n. 95).

In this regard, it is known that the Motu Proprio Ministeria quaedam reserves the institution of the ministry of Lector and Acolyte to men only and thus establishes can. 230 § 1 of the CIC . However, in recent times and in many ecclesial contexts, it has been noted that dissolving such a reservation could contribute to more manifesting the common baptismal dignity of the members of the people of God. Already on the occasion of the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on The Word of God in the life and mission of the Church (5-26 October 2008) the Synod Fathers wished "that the ministry of the Lectorate be open also to women" (cf. Proposition n. 17); and in the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini (30 September 2010), Benedict XVI specified that the exercise of the munus of reader in the liturgical celebration, and in particular the ministry of the reader as such, in the Latin rite is a lay ministry (cf. n. 58).

For centuries the "venerable tradition of the Church" has considered what were called "minor orders" - including the Lectorate and the Acolyte - as stages of a path that was to lead to "major orders" (Subdiaconate, Diaconate, Priesthood ). Since the sacrament of Orders was reserved for men only, this was also valid for minor orders.

A clearer distinction between the attributions of what today are called "non-ordained (or lay) ministries" and "ordained ministries" allows the reserve of the former to be dissolved only to men. If with respect to the ordained ministries the Church "has no power in any way to confer priestly ordination on women" (cf. St. John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Ordinatio sacerdotalis , 22 May 1994), for non-ordained ministries it is possible, and today it seems appropriate, to overcome this reserve. This reservation had its own meaning in a certain context but can be rethought in new contexts, always having as a criterion fidelity to the mandate of Christ and the will to live and proclaim the Gospel transmitted by the Apostles and entrusted to the Church so that it may be religiously listened to, holy guarded, faithfully announced.

Not without reason, St. Paul VI refers to a venerabilis tradition , not to a venerable tradition , in the strict sense (that is, which "must" be observed): it can be recognized as valid, and for a long time it has been; however, it does not have a binding character, since the reserve for men only does not belong to the nature of the ministries of the Lector and the Acolyte. Offering lay people of both sexes the possibility of accessing the ministry of the Acolyte and of the Lectorate, by virtue of their participation in the baptismal priesthood, will increase the recognition, also through a liturgical act (institution), of the precious contribution that for some time many lay people, also women, they offer to the life and mission of the Church.

For these reasons, I thought it appropriate to establish that they can be institutes as Readers or Acolytes not only men but also women, in which and in which, through the discernment of the pastors and after adequate preparation, the Church recognizes "the firm will to serve faithfully God and the Christian people ”, as it is written in the Motu Proprio Ministeria quaedam , by virtue of the sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation .

The choice of conferring these offices on women as well, which entail stability, public recognition and the mandate on the part of the bishop, makes the participation of all in the work of evangelization more effective in the Church. "This also ensures that women have a real and effective impact in the organization, in the most important decisions and in the leadership of communities, but without ceasing to do so with the style proper to their feminine imprint" (Francis, Apostolic Exhortation Querida Amazonia , no. 103). The "baptismal priesthood" and "community service" thus represent the two pillars on which the institution of ministries is founded.

In this way, in addition to responding to what is asked for the mission in the present time and welcoming the testimony given by many women who have cared for and care for the service to the Word and the Altar, it will appear more clearly - even for those who are they orient to the ordained ministry - that the ministries of the Lectorate and the Acolyte are rooted in the sacrament of Baptism and Confirmation. In this way, on the path that leads to diaconal and priestly ordination, those who are instituted Readers and Acolytes will better understand that they are participants in a shared ministry with other baptized men and women. So that the priesthood proper to every faithful ( communis sacerdotio ) and the priesthood of ordained ministers (sacerdotium ministeriale seu hierarchicum ) show themselves even more clearly ordered to one another (cf. LG , n. 10), for the edification of the Church and for the witness of the Gospel.

It will be the task of the Episcopal Conferences to establish adequate criteria for the discernment and preparation of candidates for the ministries of the Lectorate or of the Acolyte, or of other ministries that they deem to establish, according to what is already provided in the Motu Proprio Ministeria quaedam , subject to the approval of the Saint. Seat and according to the needs of evangelization in their territory.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments will provide for the implementation of the aforementioned reform with the modification of the Editio typica of the Pontificale Romanum or of the “ De Institutione Lectorum et Acolythorum ”.

In renewing the assurance of my prayer, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing to your Eminence, which I gladly extend to all the Members and Collaborators of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

From the Vatican, 10 January 2021, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord .