Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Saint March 3 : St. Katharine Drexel - Foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Patron of Philanthropists, Racial justice


Born: November 26, 1858, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

March 3, 1955, Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
2000 by Pope John Paul II
Major Shrine:
Bensalem Township, Pennsylvania
Patron of:
philanthropists, racial justice
 Saint Katharine Drexel was born in Philadelphia on November 26, 1858, the second child of Hannah and Francis Anthony Drexel. Hannah died five weeks after her baby’s birth. For two years Katharine and her sister, Elizabeth, were cared for by their aunt and uncle, Ellen and Anthony Drexel. When Francis married Emma Bouvier in 1860 he brought his two daughters home. A third daughter, Louise, was born in 1863. The children grew up in a loving family atmosphere permeated by deep faith. The girls were educated at home by tutors. They had the added advantage of touring parts of the United States and Europe with their parents. By word and example Emma and Francis taught their daughters that wealth was meant to be shared with those in need. Three afternoons a week Emma opened the doors of their home to serve the needs of the poor. When the girls were old enough, they assisted their mother.  When Francis purchased a summer home in Torresdale, Pa., Katharine and Elizabeth taught Sunday school classes for the children of employees and neighbors. The local pastor, Rev. James O’Connor (who later became bishop of Omaha), became a family friend and Katharine’s spiritual director.
( katharinedrexel.org)
She inherited a vast fortune from her father and step-mother, and spent her wealth to helping these disadvantaged people.  In audience with Pope Leo XIII, she asked him to recommend a religious congregation to staff the institutions which she was financing. 
In 1891, with a few companions, Mother Katharine founded the  Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People. In 1935 Mother Katharine suffered a heart attack. She spent her last years to Eucharistic adoration. She died at the age of 96 at Cornwell Heights, Pennsylvania, on 3 March 1955. 

Please HELP a Catholic Priest Build a Church for the Poor in Pakistan - This LENT You can DONATE to Help Fr. Faisal Build a Parish who Needs You!

Dear Readers, 
This Lent please consider donating to help build a Catholic Church for the poor in Pakistan. This is a country where Christians are persecuted. Less than 1.5% of the population is Christian. However, the faith is very strong! 
Even small donations of $3 or $5 or $10 will Help!
(if you cannot Donate consider sharing this post to encourage others)
*As a donor your name and those of your family members will be registered in a special prayer book and the church will pray for you at Mass.*
Fr. Faisal needs about $4,000 US dollars to build this church for the poor families in the area.
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Thanks and May God bless your generosity!
We pray for you! Catholic News World 
See Fr. Faisal's FULL TEXT Letter below:
Request for Building a new Church
Peace and Blessing form Bethania Catholic Church,
Pacca Garha Sialkot, Pakistan. 
Brief Introduction of Responsible Person:
My name is Fr. Faisal Pervaiz S/O Patras Pervaiz resident of Shahdara Lahore. I am serving as an assistant parish priest in Bethania Catholic Church Pacca Garha Sialkot Pakistan. I was ordained as a priest on 07 September 2017. I have worked in different parishes of Archdiocese of Lahore Pakistan. Now I am appointed as a Assistant Parish Priest in Bethania Catholic Church Pacca Garha Sialkot in February 2018.
Brief Geography of the Church:
Geographically this is a new parish came from St. James Catholic Church Sialkot Cantt Parish, which was a very wide spread parish. Its substations were very far away so, it is a wise decision of Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw to divide it into two parishes. Therefore, the parish is divided into two parts, one St. James Catholic Church and other one is Bethania Catholic Church, where now I am serving. 
Historical Background of the Church:
Missionaries came in Sialkot, Pakistan, in 1952 during the Sovereign of British as chaplain and accommodated in Sahowala Sialkot, than they build St. James Catholic Church as Parish which was used for missionary works, it is the place from where the Christianity spread its roots all over the Pakistan. Therefore, it is called “The Door of Christianity”. According to the needs of the time it was divided in to two separate Parishes one St. James Catholic Church, Parish Cantt, the other one was St. Joseph Catholic Church, Parish Attari. So the missionary work may be done more easily and efficiently. 

It is truly said that wise persons reads the needs of the time and take the decision at the right time. Once again due to needs of the time and concerns in missionary work Archbishop Sebastian Francis Shaw took a great step to divide it into two Parishes one is St. James Catholic Church, Parish and other is Bethania Catholic Church, Parish. This decision was taken to reach-out to the faithful more regularly, to illumine the faithful with the Word of God, and to offer them the Sacraments more constantly and efficiently.
This new parish named as Bethania Catholic Church Pacca Garha Sialkot, Pakistan, after the name of Bethania Hospital, which is serving suffering humanity and poor people. This name was given to the new parish because the Church we use for parish activities and prayer services is part of the hospital. (below a pic. from the children of the Catholic community in Pakistan)

Request to Build the New Church:
As mention above it is newly separated Parish so now it is decided to build new church in far away place. The Church needs to be built in Shakaina Colony, Chak Mandhar Sialkot, Pakistan. 
The Church in Shakaina Colony..... is named St. Patrick Catholic Church. The construction work was started almost in the end of 2019, the budget was planed and work was started.  Unfortunately due to Corona virus work was delay and the price of construction martial grow higher because of that due to that reason, the plan budget is effected now construction is stopped without completion of the Church. Please! If someone can help to complete this construction of Church.

The details are as follows;

1. There are 25 families in Shakaina Colony, Chak Mandhar Sialkot, Pakistan. There are 28 adult mature  mails and 29 adult mature femails, rest of the 18 children are school going children.
2. There is a very poor faithful community. They work on daily wages it is quite difficult to get daily necessities of life. Incipit of great difficulties they didn’t give up but still struggling to build the Church but there is need of huge amount of money. 

3. Although, people are living miserable life but they contribute in the expenses of new Church like salt to the flour. The Church Building, it is a great task or rather it is a great challenge for our people, the faithful are people of hope. They are hopeful that God would help them with his unknown resources abundantly. I would like to state that before the people gets discouraged. Please help us financially so we can build our Church as soon as possible. God will bless you with His graces abundantly and faithful will admire you and your great efforts. 

These people are looking any help form you, for their requirement of a church. Hope my letter will give you and your community a humble request to support people of Sialkot, Pakistan with your best wishes, prayers and financial help in this regard. May God Bless you abundantly and give you many more graces. You may grow like a tree planted nearest to the running waters. Thanks in anticipation.

Yours in Jesus Christ,
Fr. Faisal Pervaiz  

Assistant Parish Priest,
Bethania Catholic Church,
Pacca Garha Sialkot, Pakistan.
E-mail: fr.faisal.pervaiz10@gmail.com

Pope Francis' March Prayer Intention “Sacrament of Reconciliation - Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed..." FULL TEXT + Video

Pope Francis' March Prayer Intention :
“Sacrament of reconciliation - Let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the infinite mercy of God,” Pope Francis.
In fact, this month’s video opens with the Pope himself going to confession, “in order to be healed, to heal my soul.” “Jesus waits for us, listens to us and forgives us”
“In the heart of God, we come before our mistakes,” says the Holy Father. 
SEE ALSO - Easy Confession Guide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkN7b3ubK6g

Full text of the Pope's prayer intention for March: 
 When I go to confession, it is in order to be healed, to heal my soul. To leave with greater spiritual health. To pass from misery to mercy. The center of confession is not the sins we declare, but the divine love we receive, of which we are always in need. The center of confession is Jesus who waits for us, who listens to us and forgives us. Remember this: In the heart of God, we come before our mistakes. And let us pray that we may experience the sacrament of reconciliation with renewed depth, to taste the forgiveness and infinite mercy of God. And let us pray that God may give his Church merciful priests and not torturers.

The Story Behind the Catholic Nun who became Viral Begging Police not to Shoot in Myanmar - Sister Ann a Hero!

On Twitter an account for Cardinal Archbishop Charles Maung Bo, of Yangon, Burma, tweeted the following words and photos: Catholic nun saves young demonstrators: Cardinal Bo wants the country to be "transformed" peace prayer prophecy nuns religious institutes politics civil society local churches. These pictures quickly went viral on social media.
A Catholic nun took to the streets in the city of Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State in the north of Mynamar, and asked the security forces not to shoot young demonstrators who were protesting peacefully. Sister Ann Nu Thawng of the Congregation of St. Francis Xavier in the diocese of Myitkyina, became a new role model and hero on February 28th.
 According to the United Nations, the Burmese police opened fire, killing 18 people and injuring more than 30 nationwide. "In the Myitkyina area, demonstrations so far have always been peaceful and without incidents. However, yesterday episodes of violence risked precipitating the situation", said Catholic Joseph Kung Za Hmung, editor of the "Gloria News Journal", the first Catholic online newspaper in Myanmar. "The action of the nun and the response of the police who, upon seeing the nun's plea, stopped, surprised many of us. Sister Ann Nu Thawng is today a role model for Church leaders: bishops and priests are called to step out of the their comfort zones and follow her courage as an example". Many non-Catholics also praised Sister Thawng's brave efforts, whose entry went viral on social media. "More than 100 demonstrators were able to find shelter in her monastery. It saved them from brutal beatings and arrests by the police", says the Director. 
It was in a coup on February 1st, 2021 that the Burmese army took power, declaring a one-year "state of emergency".  The National League for Democracy's party civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was taken under arrest. 

Pope Francis' 24-Hours for the Lord Worldwide Prayer Campaign from March 12-13 - FREE Resources from Vatican

N -The initiative begun by Pope Francis in 2014, the Vatican invites congregations to devotion, prayer, confession and worship in their church for 24 hours. Despite ongoing restrictions due to the corona pandemic, the worldwide prayer campaign "24 hours for the Lord" is to take place this year. 
As the portal "Vatican News" reported, the date is March 12-13. The Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has now published an accompanying pamphlet. The current motto is therefore "He forgives all your sins". The prayer and penance action can "be adapted according to local customs and requirements," it says. 
Online transmissions are also possible if necessary. In the initiative initiated by Pope Francis in 2014, congregations invite congregations to devotion, prayer, confession and worship in their church for 24 hours. 
The resource is intended to offer some suggestions to parishes and Christian communities to prepare for the 24-hours for the Lord initiative. Obviously, these are suggestions that can be adapted according to local needs and customs. 
LINK for Pastoral Resource from the Vatican Pontifical Council of N.E. -
According to the PCNE, on Friday evening March 12th and during the entire day of Saturday March 13th, it would be good to have the church open, offering the opportunity for Confessions, preferably in the context of guided Eucharistic Adoration. The event could begin on Friday evening with a Liturgy of the Word to prepare the faithful for Confession, and conclude with the celebration of Mass on Saturday afternoon.
 Where, for health reasons, the celebrations of the Sacraments are not allowed, or can be held with a limited number of people, Eucharistic Adoration could be transmitted online, thus preparing the faithful for perfect contrition, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called «perfect» (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible” (CCC 1452).

Prayers Answered as 279 of the Kidnapped School Girls in Nigeria are Freed - but 38 Girls Remain Missing

 Most of the 317 schoolgirls, have been freed, who were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School, Jangebe, in Talata Mafara  of Zamfara State in Nigeria.
On Friday, February 26, 2021, 317 schoolgirls were kidnapped from the Government Girls Secondary School.
The Premiun Times reports that Yusuf Idris, the media aide to Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara, confirmed the release of the girls on Tuesday, March 2nd.
The official said 279 schoolgirls were released around 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday. He said the girls are currently at the Zamfara government house waiting to be reunited with their parents.
He asked for more time to provide details on the remaining 38 girls.

Pope Francis asked for prayer and called for the release of the girls on Sunday during his Angelus address.
SEE ALSO: https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2021/02/breakingnews-317-girls-kidnapped-from.html

32 civilians Killed in a Week in the North-East of the Democratic Republic of Congo

Agenzia Fides reports that 32 civilians were killed in a week in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, between Ituri and North Kivu ). This was announced by CEPADHO (Center for Studies for Peace, Democracy and Human Rights), according to which the attacks are attributable to terrorists of Ugandan origin ADF / MTM (Allied Democratic Forces) / (Madinat Tawhid wa-l-Muwahidin, literally "The city of monotheism and monotheists"). In addition to the victims, there are several people kidnapped and missing. 
The latest attacks date back to the night between Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February in Kainama in the north-east of Beni Territory, in North Kivu Province. In this context, the ADF / MTM terrorists killed a man and a child and set fire to six houses while in Bwakardi, a town in Ituri, the jihadists massacred 7 civilians and burned 2 houses, ransacking the others in the search for food and valuables. North Kivu is the eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the Italian Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo Luca Attanasio, the policeman, Vittorio Iacovacci, and their Congolese driver Mustafa Milambo were killed on 22 February. For decades, the area has lived in insecurity due to the presence of hundreds of armed groups. For this reason, reads the statement sent to Agenzia Fides, "CEPADHO encourages the initiative of the President of the Republic and President of the African Union with renard to the organization of the Peace Summit to fight against the emergence of terrorism on a continental level". "Our Organization calls for the issue of terrorism in Beni and Irumu to be addressed during the summit, by encouraging the friendly states of the DRC to take into consideration the need to support our army in the fight against the common threat: the ADF / MTM, ally of the so-called "Islamic State". (L.M.) (Edited from Agenzia Fides, 1/3/2021)