Saturday, February 6, 2021

Sunday Holy Mass Online : Sun. February 7, 2021 - #Eucharist on 5th of Ordinary Time in Your Virtual Church - B

 Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 74
Reading I
Jb 7:1-4, 6-7
Job spoke, saying:
Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?
    Are not his days those of hirelings?
He is a slave who longs for the shade,
    a hireling who waits for his wages.
So I have been assigned months of misery,
    and troubled nights have been allotted to me.
If in bed I say, “When shall I arise?”
    then the night drags on;
    I am filled with restlessness until the dawn.
My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle;
    they come to an end without hope.
Remember that my life is like the wind;
    I shall not see happiness again.
Responsorial Psalm
Ps 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6
R. (cf. 3a) Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Praise the LORD, for he is good;
    sing praise to our God, for he is gracious;
    it is fitting to praise him.
The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem;
    the dispersed of Israel he gathers.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He tells the number of the stars;
    he calls each by name.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
    to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
    the wicked he casts to the ground.
R. Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
R. Alleluia.
Reading II
1 Cor 9:16-19, 22-23
Brothers and sisters:
If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast,
for an obligation has been imposed on me,
and woe to me if I do not preach it!
If I do so willingly, I have a recompense,
but if unwillingly, then I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
What then is my recompense?
That, when I preach,
I offer the gospel free of charge
so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.
Although I am free in regard to all,
I have made myself a slave to all
so as to win over as many as possible.
To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak.
I have become all things to all, to save at least some.
All this I do for the sake of the gospel,
so that I too may have a share in it.
Mt 8:17
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Christ took away our infirmities
and bore our diseases.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 1:29-39
On leaving the synagogue
Jesus entered the house of Simon and Andrew with James and John.
Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick with a fever.
They immediately told him about her.
He approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up.
Then the fever left her and she waited on them.
When it was evening, after sunset,
they brought to him all who were ill or possessed by demons.
The whole town was gathered at the door.
He cured many who were sick with various diseases,
and he drove out many demons,
not permitting them to speak because they knew him.
Rising very early before dawn, he left 
and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.
Simon and those who were with him pursued him
and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”
He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages
that I may preach there also.
For this purpose have I come.”
So he went into their synagogues,
preaching and driving out demons 
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
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 February 7 : St. Colette of Corbie : Foundress of Colettine Poor Clares

Born: 13 January 1381, at Corbie in Picardy, France
 Died: 6 March 1447, Ghent Canonized: 24 May 1807(Diminutive of NICOLETTA, COLETTA). Founder of Colettine Poor Clares (Clarisses), born 13 January 1381, at Corbie in Picardy, France; died at Ghent, 6 March, 1447. Her father, Robert Boellet, was the carpenter of the famous Benedictine Abbey of Corbie; her mother's name was Marguerite Moyon. Colette joined successively the Bequines, the Benedictines, and the Urbanist Poor Clares. Later she lived for a while as a recluse. Having resolved to reform the Poor Clares, she turned to the antipope, Benedict XIII (Pedro de Luna), then recognized by France as the rightful pope. Benedict allowed her to enter to the order of Poor Clares and empowered her by several Bulls, dated 1406, 1407, 1408, and 1412 to found new convents and complete the reform of the order. With the approval of the Countess of Geneva and the Franciscan Henri de la Beaume, her confessor and spiritual guide, Colette began her work at Beaume, in the Diocese of Geneva. She remained there but a short time and soon opened at Besançon her first convent in an almost abandoned house of Urbanist Poor Clares. Thence her reform spread to Auxonne (1410), to Poligny, to Ghent (1412), to Heidelberg (1444), to Amiens, etc. To the seventeen convents founded during her lifetime must be added another begun by her at Pont-à-Mousson in Lorraine. She also inaugurated a reform among the Franciscan friars (the Coletani), not to be confounded with the Observants. These Coletani remained obedient to the authority of the provincial of the Franciscan convents, and never attained much importance even in France. In 1448 they had only thirteen convents, and together with other small branches of the Franciscan Order were suppressed in 1517 by Leo X. In addition to the strict rules of the Poor Clares, the Colettines follow their special constitutions sanctioned in 1434 by the General of the Franciscans, William of Casale, approved in 1448 by Nicholas V, in 1458 by Pius II, and in 1482 by Sixtus IV.
 St. Colette was beatified 23 January, 1740, and canonized 24 May, 1807. She was not only a woman of sincere piety, but also intelligent and energetic, and exercised a remarkable moral power over all her associates. She was very austere and mortified in her life, for which God rewarded her by supernatural favours and the gift of miracles. For the convents reformed by her she prescribed extreme poverty, to go barefooted, and the observance of perpetual fast and abstinence. The Colettine Sisters are found today, outside of France, in Belgium, Germany, Spain, England, and the United States. (Text from the Catholic Encyclopedia)

Pope Francis Appoints 1st Woman, a Religious Sister, as Under-Secretary at Synod of Bishops along with Fr Luis Marín

Vatican News reports that Pope Francis appointed two new Under Secretaries to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops: Sr Nathalie Becquart and Fr Luis Marín de San Martín.

By Vatican News staff writer

Pope Francis has appointed Sr Nathalie Becquart and Fr Luis Marín de San Martín to be the Under-Secretaries of the Synod of Bishops.

Currently headed by Cardinal Mario Grech, the Synod of Bishops is a permanent institution established by Pope Paul VI in 1965, in response to the desire of the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to keep alive the spirit of collegiality engendered by the conciliar experience.

The appointment of Sr Natalie Becquart is particularly interesting as it is the first time ever a woman has been appointed to this position.

Biography of Sisterr Nathalie Becquart 

Nathalie Becquart was born in 1969 in Fontainebleau, France.

She graduated from the HEC school of management with a Master in Management with a specialization in Entrepreneurship in Jouy-en-Josas in 1992, and went on to study philosophy at the Sorbonne University in Paris. Between 1992-1993 she spent her volunteer year in Beirut, Lebanon, working as a Professor of Mathematics and French in a Catholic High School and taking philosophy and theology courses at ISSR-St Joseph Jesuit University of Beirut. This was followed by two years working as a Consultant in a marketing and advertising agency for NGO’s and Christian organizations (EJC consulting) in Paris.

Nathalie Joined the Xaviere sisters, missionaries of Christ-Jesus (Apostolic Congregation of Ignatian Spirituality) in August 1995 and took her final vows in September 2005.

She has since worked in various roles including Spiritual Director for the Ignatian Youth Network in France National Coordinator of the scouting program for youth in poor urban multicultural areas, Scouts de France;  President of the Ignatian association “Life at Sea, entry into prayer”; Director of Campus Ministry in Créteil (University of East Paris) and member of the diocesan office of youth ministry, WYD diocesan coordinator in 2007-2008; Deputy Director of the National Service for the Evangelization of Youth and for Vocations (SNEJV), in charge of university pastoral care, at the French Episcopal Conference; Director of the National Service for the Evangelization of Youth and for Vocations (SNEJV) at the French Bishop’s conference (Sept. 2012-August 2018 for a 6 years term);  Member of the Bishop’s council of the Diocese of Nanterre France (with Bishop Michel Aupetit, who is now the Archbishop of Paris); Vice-President of the European Vocations Service (CCEE).

Between 2016-2018 she was part of the preparatory team for the Synod on youth in the Vatican; in October 2018, Auditor at the Synod of Bishops on “Youth, faith and vocational discernment”.

Since then to date Sr Nathalie has been following  Vatican sabbatical programs at CTU (Catholic Theological Union), in Chicago, USA.

Biography of Fr Luis Marín de San Martín

Luis Marín de San Martín was born in Madrid, Spain on August 21, 1961.

He professed temporary vows in the Order of St. Augustine on September 5, 1982 and solemn vows on November 1, 1985.

From 1982 to 1988 he studied Philosophy and Theology in the Seminario Mayor Tagaste (Los Negrales, Madrid). He was ordained a priest on June 4, 1988 by Mons. Francisco José Pérez y Fernández-Golfín, auxiliary bishop of Madrid. He belongs to the Augustinian Province of San Juan de Sahagún in Spain. He received a Licentiate in Spiritual Theology from the Pontifical Comillas University in Madrid (1990); and another in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1992); and a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical Comillas University in Madrid (1998) with a dissertation on the ecclesiology of Saint John XXIII, which he defended in 1995. He also obtained a diploma in Archival Studies (Vatican, 2011).

Between 1988 and 1990 he worked in the parish of Nuestra Señora de la Vid, of San Sebastián de los Reyes. He was a formator in the Augustinian house of formation of Los Negrales between 1992 and 1999. He was parish priest “in solidum” of the parishes of the Montejo de la Sierra zone (Madrid) between 1992 and 1995. He was also director of Estudio Teológico Agustiniano Tagaste (1995-1999) and of Centro Teológico San Agustín (1996-1998). He served as a member of the formation team in the Professorium between 1996 and 1999. From 1999 to 2002 he served as a provincial counselor for the Augustinian Province of Spain and parish priest of the parishes of Santa Ana and la Esperanza (Madrid). From 2002 to 2008 he was prior of the Santa María de la Vid Monastery (La Vid, Burgos) and collaborated as a formator in the interprovincial novitiate. He taught as professor in the Centro Teológico San Agustín (Los Negrales – San Lorenzo de El Escorial) and in the Estudio Teológico Agustiniano of Valladolid.

He is the author of various books and numerous articles in specialized magazines and publications. From 2009 to 2013 he was secretary of the Augustinian Historical Institute. Since 2004 he has been teaching as an invited professor in the Theology Faculty of the Norte de España (Burgos). He has directed numerous retreats and spiritual exercises to religious and laity. He has also led retreats and ongoing formation courses for priests and has developed an extensive pastoral ministry with laity. He has served as General Archivist of the Order of Saint Augustine since 2008 and as an Assistant General of the Augustinian Order and President of the Augustinian Spirituality Institute since 2013.

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Knights of Columbus Elects New Supreme Knight - Patrick Kelly to Become the Order's 14th's Supreme Knight

Knights of Columbus elects next Supreme Knight
Patrick Kelly’s tenure as the Order’s 14th Supreme Knight will commence March 1.
The Knights of Columbus Board of Directors elected Patrick E. Kelly as the next Supreme Knight on Feb. 5, to continue the mission of charity, unity and fraternity established by the Order’s Founder, Blessed Michael McGivney, almost 140 years ago.
Carl A. Anderson will retire February 28, after more than 20 years of service as Supreme Knight and upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 70. He leaves a legacy of Christian witness and service to the Catholic Church, to the Knights of Columbus and to communities throughout the world.
Patrick Kelly’s tenure as the Order’s 14th Supreme Knight will commence March 1.
Statement by retiring Supreme Knight Carl Anderson:
“The Knights of Columbus board has elected an extraordinarily well-qualified new Supreme Knight in Patrick Kelly. Patrick has dedicated his life in service to the Church, his country, and the Knights of Columbus. He has served as Deputy Supreme Knight for four years and is a well-rounded public servant with diplomatic and military experience. He is ideally suited to carry on the work of the Knights of Columbus as we enter a new era, faithful to our principles of charity, unity and fraternity, and in close collaboration with the Holy See and the bishops throughout the world. As Deputy Supreme Knight, Patrick has played a leading role in several major initiatives, including our international religious freedom efforts, our pro-life Ultrasound Initiative, and our new public initiation ceremony. He also served as Executive Director of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine, leading its transformation through the creation of its worship spaces and world-class exhibit on the life of St. John Paul II. Most recently, Patrick led the Knights’ grassroots response to the COVID-19 pandemic titled “Leave No Neighbor Behind.” Through this initiative, brother Knights around the world are serving those isolated and alone in quarantine, supporting food banks and blood centers in need of vital supplies, and providing other essential services. Patrick has the experience and strong faith necessary to lead the Knights into the future.”
For over a decade, Patrick Kelly has worked at a senior level on the frontlines of the Knights’ work in charity, advocacy, and the management of the organization’s multibillion-dollar insurance and investment operations. Mr. Kelly joined the Knights as a university student in Wisconsin in 1983 and later served as State Deputy in the District of Columbia from 2012-2013. He was named the Knights’ Vice President for Public Policy in 2006 and was elected Deputy Supreme Knight in January 2017.
Statement by Archbishop William E. Lori, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus:
“The Knights of Columbus board has elected a brilliant new Supreme Knight with whom I have had the pleasure of working with for more than a decade. Patrick Kelly is a devoted husband, father of three young daughters, and a man of deep faith with many years of experience as a public servant. He possesses the knowledge, experience and commitment necessary to carry the Order forward in service to our brother Knights, their families, our parishes, and our communities.”
The newly elected Supreme Knight is a retired Navy Captain with 20 years of military service. In 2016, he retired from the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps Reserve, where he specialized in international and operational law and served as the Commanding Officer of the international law unit at the United States Naval War College. Previously, Mr. Kelly had a long career of public service that included advisory roles to Congress and the Department of Justice. Mr. Kelly also served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom at the State Department. His responsibilities included serving as the Department’s principal interlocutor with the Holy See and other nations on religious freedom issues.
Mr. Kelly holds a law degree from Marquette University Law School and a master’s in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at The Catholic University of America.
Acceptance Statement by Supreme Knight-elect Patrick Kelly:
“I am honored, thankful and blessed. I am honored to be called to serve as Supreme Knight. I am thankful to my wife and family, and to my brother Knights for affording me this honor and privilege. I am blessed to have worked beside Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who has done so much to strengthen the Knights of Columbus and fulfill our mission through acts of love, kindness, compassion and prayer that have helped countless people here at home and around the world. Carl has long been a friend to me, and while I count myself among our many colleagues who will miss his daily collaboration, I know that he will continue to contribute much to the good of the Order as Past Supreme Knight and a member of the board of directors. I wish Carl, his wife Dorian, and the entire Anderson family the very best and thank them for everything they have done in service to the Knights and the Church.”
“I look forward to continuing Carl’s great work and will strive to guide the Knights of Columbus by the principles of charity, unity and fraternity according to the vision of Blessed Michael McGivney. These principles are as important today as they were almost 140 years ago at our founding. They are a proven path to deepen our Catholic faith, and build strong families, strong parishes, and strong communities that work together for the common good and recognize the dignity and worth of every human being. I ask for prayers as I endeavor to advance the great history and traditions of the Knights of Columbus in service to the Lord, his Church, our brother Knights and their families, our parishes and our communities.”
To read Mr. Kelly’s full bio, click here.
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Pope Francis says "Do not forget that closeness, closeness was the most authentic language of God." FULL TEXT to Focolare




Paul VI Hall
Saturday, 6 February 2021


Dear brothers and sisters!

I am pleased to welcome you at the conclusion of your General Assembly, in which you discussed important issues and chose the new leaders. I thank the outgoing President, Maria Voce - Thanks Maria, she was so good and so human. Thank you!  

- and the newly elected, Margaret Karram, for their kind words and for having had the memory of that evening of prayer for unity and peace in the Holy Land with the President of Israel and with the President of the State of Palestine . Those were times of promise, but the promise is always there. We must go forward and carry the Holy Land in our hearts, always, always. I offer you, as I said to Mary, a big “thank you” - a heartfelt wish, which also goes to the Co-President and the Councilors. I am glad that Cardinal Kevin Farrell and Mrs. Linda Ghisoni are here, the Under Secretary. I greet you present here and those who are connected instreaming ; and I extend my greetings to all the members of the Work of Mary, whom you represent. To encourage you on your journey, I would like to offer you some reflections, which I divide into three points: the post-Foundress; the importance of crises; living spirituality with coherence and realism.

The post-FoundressTwelve years after Chiara Lubich left for Heaven, you are called to overcome the natural bewilderment and also the decrease in numbers, to continue to be a living expression of the founding charism. It requires - we know - a dynamic fidelity, capable of interpreting the signs and needs of the times and of responding to the new demands that humanity poses. Every charisma is creative, it is not a museum statue, no, it is creative. It is a question of remaining faithful to the original source by striving to rethink it and express it in dialogue with new social and cultural situations. It has firm roots, but the tree grows in dialogue with reality. This work of updating is all the more fruitful the more it is carried out by harmonizing creativity, wisdom, sensitivity towards all and fidelity to the Church. Your spirituality, characterized by dialogue and openness to different cultural, social and religious contexts, it can certainly favor this process. Openness to others, whoever they are, is always to be cultivated: the Gospel is intended for everyone, but not as proselytism, no, it is intended for everyone, it is a leaven of new humanity in every place and in every time.

This attitude of openness and dialogue will help you to avoid any self-referentiality, which is always a sin, it is a temptation to look in the mirror. No, this is bad. Just to comb your hair in the morning and nothing more! This avoidance of any self-referentiality, which never comes from a good spirit, is what we hope for the whole Church: to beware of withdrawing into oneself, which always leads to defending the institution to the detriment of people, and which can also lead to justifying or cover forms of abuse. We have experienced it with so much pain, we have discovered it in recent years. Self-referentiality prevents us from seeing errors and shortcomings, slows the path, hinders an open verification of institutional procedures and styles of government. Instead, it is better to be courageous and to face problems with parrhesia and truth, always following the indications of the Church, which is Mother, is true Mother, and responding to the needs of justice and charity. Self-celebration does not do the charism a good service. No. Rather, it is a question of welcoming each day with amazement - do not forget the amazement that always indicates the presence of God - the free gift you have received by meeting your ideal of life and, with God's help, to try to correspond to it. with faith, humility and courage, like the Virgin Mary after the Annunciation.

The second issue I would like to propose to you is that of the importance of crisesOne cannot live without a crisis. Crises are a blessing, even on a natural level - the crises of the child in growing up to mature age are important - even in the life of institutions. I spoke about it extensively in my recent speech to the Roman Curia. There is always the temptation to turn the crisis into conflict. Conflict is bad, it can get ugly, it can divide, but the crisis is an opportunity to grow. Each crisis is a call to new maturity; it is a time of the Spirit, which arouses the need to update, without being discouraged in the face of human complexity and its contradictions. Today the importance of resilience in the face of difficulties is greatly emphasized, that is, the ability to face them positively by drawing opportunities from them. Every crisis is an opportunity to grow. It is the duty of those who hold government positions, at all levels, to work to deal with the community and organizational crises in the best and most constructive way; on the other hand, the spiritual crises of people, which involve the intimacy of the individual and the sphere of conscience, require to be approached prudently by those who do not hold government positions, at every level, within the Movement. And this has always been a good rule of the Church - by the monks, always -, which is valid not only for people's moments of crisis, it is also valid in general for their accompaniment on the spiritual journey. It is that wise distinction between the external and internal forums that the experience and tradition of the Church teaches us to be indispensable. Indeed,

Finally, the third point: living spirituality with coherence and realism . Coherence and realism. “This person is authoritative… Why is he authoritative? Because it is consistent ”. So many times we say this. The ultimate goal of your charism coincides with the intention that Jesus presented to the Father in his last, great prayer: that "all may be one" ( Jn 17:21), united, knowing full well that it is the work of the grace of God One and Triune: "As you, Father are in me and I in you, may they also be in us" ( ibid. ). This intent requires a commitment from a double perspective: outside the Movement and within it.

As for acting outside, I encourage you to be - and in this the Servant of God Chiara Lubich gave so many examples! - witnesses of closeness with fraternal love that overcomes every barrier and reaches every human condition. Overcome the barriers, don't be afraid! It is the path of fraternal proximity, which transmits the presence of the Risen One to the men and women of our time, starting with the poor, the least, the rejected; working together with people of good will for the promotion of justice and peace. Do not forget that closeness, closeness was the most authentic language of God. Let's think of that passage from Deuteronomy, when the Lord said: "Think: which people had their gods as close as you have me?". That style of God, of closeness, went on, on, on, to reach the great closeness, the essential one: the Word made flesh, God who became one with us. Do not forget: closeness is God's style, it is the most authentic language, in my opinion.

Regarding your commitment within the Movement, I urge you to promote synodality more and more, so that all members, as custodians of the same charism, are co-responsible and participate in the life of the Work of Mary and its specific purposes. Whoever has the responsibility of government is called to favor and implement transparent consultation not only within the governing bodies, but at all levels, by virtue of that logic of communion according to which everyone can place their gifts at the service of others. , their opinions in truth and with freedom.

Dear brothers and sisters, in imitation of Chiara Lubich, always listen to Christ's cry of abandonment on the cross, which manifests the highest measure of love. The resulting grace is capable of arousing in us, weak and sinful, generous and sometimes heroic responses; he is able to transform suffering and even tragedies into a source of light and hope for humanity. In this passing from death to life lies the heart of Christianity and also of your charism. I thank you so much for your joyful witness to the Gospel that you continue to offer to the Church and to the world. Joyful testimony. It is said that the focolari always smile, they are always seen with a smile. And I remember once I heard about ignorance of God. They told me: “But do you know that God is ignorant? There are four things that God cannot know "-" But what are they? " - “What the Jesuits think, how much money do the Salesians have, how many congregations of nuns there are and what the focolarini smile at”. I entrust your intentions and projects of good to the maternal intercession of Mary Most Holy Mother of the Church and I cordially bless you. And please don't forget to pray for me, because I need it. Thank you!

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1st Saturday Devotion Explained with Special Promises - a Request of Our Lady of Fatima


Our Lady of Fátima asked that, in reparation for sins committed against her Immaculate Heart, on the first Saturday Catholics go to Confession (within eight days before or after the first Saturday), receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep her company for 15 minutes while meditating on the 15 mysteries of the Rosary. She promised that, whoever would ever do this, would be given at the hour of his death the graces necessary for salvation.The following is an explanation of the conditions contained in Our Lady's request regarding the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays of the Month.
  1. Confess and receive Holy Communion
    On February 15, 1926 the Child Jesus alone came to visit Sr. Lucia and asked if the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary was being propagated. Sr. Lucia spoke of a difficulty some people have in confessing on the first Saturday, and asked if they might be allowed eight days in order to fulfill Our Lady's requests. Jesus answered: "Yes, even more time still, as long as they receive Me in the state of grace and have the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary."
  2. Recite the Rosary
    Five decades of the Rosary may be recited at any time or place; yet, since one will be attending Mass in order to receive Holy Communion, a very desirable time and place would be before or after Mass in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Meditation on the mysteries according to one's capacity is an essential condition for praying the Rosary. Yet, involuntary distractions do not rob the Rosary of fruit if one is doing the best he can.
  3. "Keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary."
    The question is often asked: Does the meditation while reciting the Rosary fulfill this condition, or is there required an additional fifteen minutes of meditation? That an additional 15 minutes of meditation is required was recently confirmed by Sr. Lucia of Fatima. It is clear too from a statement by the first Bishop of Fatima.
    The last entry in the chronology of Fatima, published in the official Calendar of the Sanctuary for the year of 1940, and signed by Dom Jose Correia da Silva, the first Bishop of Fatima, gave a summary of Our Lady's requests concerning the Five First Saturdays. From that official statement in the Calendar of the Sanctuary, we read the Bishop's enumeration of the various items that pertain to the devotion of the five Saturdays:
It consists in going to Confession, receiving Communion, reciting five decades of the Rosary and meditating for a quarter of an hour on the mysteries of the Rosary on the first Saturday of five consecutive months. The Confession may be made during the eight days preceding or following the first Saturday of each month, provided that Holy Communion be received in the state of grace. Should one forget to form the intention of making reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, it may be formed at the next Confession, occasion to go to confession being taken at the first opportunity.

US Bishops Announce National Marriage Week and World Marriage Day to be Celebrated February 7-14

National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day to be Celebrated February 7-14
WASHINGTON— Each year, National Marriage Week USA and World Marriage Day provide an opportunity for the Catholic Church to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. This year, National Marriage Week USA will be celebrated February 7-14 and World Marriage Day which is commemorated on the second Sunday of February will be celebrated on Sunday, February 14.The theme for this year’s celebration of National Marriage Week, “To Have, To Hold, To Honor,” was announced by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. The theme was chosen to highlight how married couples live and renew their wedding promises daily in the building up of the domestic Church in their homes, particularly as many couples and families have spent more time at home together this year.

Among the resources provided to dioceses for National Marriage Week are a preaching aid for priests, bulletin insert or flyer for parish bulletins, prayer intentions, and a seven-day at-home marriage retreat for married couples, available in English and Spanish. These resources are available for download at

This year’s retreat features reflections on aspects of married life rooted in Sacred Scripture and the promises couples made to each other before God on their wedding day. The retreat, which runs from Feb. 7-14, offers married couples an opportunity to pray and reflect about their marriage in God’s plan.

Two events will be live-streamed on the USCCB’s Facebook page: a rosary led by Archbishop Cordileone for married and engaged couples on Wednesday, February 10 at 2:00 pm ET; and a conversation about Saint Joseph as a model of fatherhood and spousal love on Friday, February 12 at 2:00 pm ET.

The USCCB offers resources to the faithful for the promotion and defense of marriage as a lifelong union of one man and one woman through its dedicated websites, and

National Marriage Week USA, launched in 2010, is part of an international event seeking to mobilize individuals, organizations, and businesses in a common purpose to strengthen marriage in communities and influence the culture. For information and resources, visit: World Marriage Day was started in 1983 by Worldwide Marriage Encounter.

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Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : 1st Saturday, February 6, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs
Lectionary: 328
Reading I
Heb 13:15-17, 20-21
Brothers and sisters:
Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise,
that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have;
God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.
Obey your leaders and defer to them,
for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,
that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow,
for that would be of no advantage to you.
May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead
the great shepherd of the sheep
by the Blood of the eternal covenant, 
furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will.
May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen.
Responsorial Psalm
23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
R.    (1)  The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
    in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows. 
R.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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.    The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Jn 10:27
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Mk 6:30-34
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” 
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.
When Jesus disembarked and 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.
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