Thursday, March 4, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : 1st Friday, March 5, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church

 Friday of the Second Week of Lent
Lectionary: 234
Reading I
Gn 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a
Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons,
for he was the child of his old age;
and he had made him a long tunic.
When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons,
they hated him so much that they would not even greet him.
One day, when his brothers had gone
to pasture their father’s flocks at Shechem,
Israel said to Joseph, 
“Your brothers, you know, are tending our flocks at Shechem.
Get ready; I will send you to them.”
So Joseph went after his brothers and caught up with them in Dothan.
They noticed him from a distance,
and before he came up to them, they plotted to kill him.
They said to one another: “Here comes that master dreamer!
Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here;
we could say that a wild beast devoured him.
We shall then see what comes of his dreams.”
When Reuben heard this,
he tried to save him from their hands, saying,
“We must not take his life.
Instead of shedding blood,” he continued,
“just throw him into that cistern there in the desert;
but do not kill him outright.”
His purpose was to rescue him from their hands
and return him to his father. 
(Mass starts at the 5:40 mark)
So when Joseph came up to them,
they stripped him of the long tunic he had on;
then they took him and threw him into the cistern,
which was empty and dry.
They then sat down to their meal.
Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead,
their camels laden with gum, balm and resin
to be taken down to Egypt.
Judah said to his brothers:
“What is to be gained by killing our brother and concealing his blood? 
Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites,
instead of doing away with him ourselves.
After all, he is our brother, our own flesh.”
His brothers agreed.
They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver.
Responsorial Psalm
105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21
R.    (5a) Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
When the LORD called down a famine on the land
    and ruined the crop that sustained them,
He sent a man before them,
    Joseph, sold as a slave.
R.    Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
They had weighed him down with fetters,
    and he was bound with chains,
Till his prediction came to pass
    and the word of the LORD proved him true.
R.    Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
The king sent and released him,
    the ruler of the peoples set him free.
He made him lord of his house
    and ruler of all his possessions.
 R.    Remember the marvels the Lord has done.
Verse before the Gospel
Jn 3:16
God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son;
so that everyone who believes in him might have eternal life.
Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: 
“Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it,
dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them,
thinking, ‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him,
"He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, "Did you never read in the Scriptures:
    The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone;
    by the Lord has this been done,
        and it is wonderful in our eyes?
Therefore, I say to you,
the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables,
they knew that he was speaking about them.
And although they were attempting to arrest him,
they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.
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 March 5 : St. John Joseph of the Cross a Confessor who had a Great Devotion to Our Blessed Lady

St. John Joseph of the Cross
August 15, 1654, Ischia
March 5, 1739
1839, Rome by Pope Gregory XVI
Patron of:
Born on the Island of Ischia, Southern Italy, 1654; d. 5 March, 1739. From his earliest years he was given to prayer and virtue. So great was his love of poverty that he would always wear the dress of the poor, though he was of noble birth. At the age of sixteen years he entered the Order of St. Francis at naples, amongst the Friars of the Alcantarine Reform, being the first Italian to join this reform which had been instituted in Spain by St. Peter of Alcantara. Throughout his life he was given to the greatest austerity: he fasted constantly, never drank wine, and slept but three hours each night. In 1674 he was sent to found a friary at Afila, in Piedmont; and he assisted with his own hands in the building. Much against his will, he was raised to the priesthood. As superior, he always insisted upon performing the lowliest offices in the community. In 1702 he was appointed Vicar Provincial of the Alcantarine Reform in Italy. He was favoured in a high degree with the gift of miracles, people of every condition being brought to him in sickness. His zeal for souls was such that even in sickness he would not spare any labour for them. His great devotion was to our Blessed Lady, and he was urgent with his penitents that they also should cultivate this. He was beatified in 1789, and canonized in 1839.
(Taken From Catholic Encyclopedia)

The Month of March is Dedicated to St Joseph so here are 10 Amazing Facts about St. Joseph to SHARE that you might not Know!


The entire month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph - 

1. March 19 is known as St. Joseph Day, or the Solemnity of St. Joseph (if celebrated in Lent you can break the Fast)
 2.  In Europe the people dedicate an altar to him, also known as “St. Joseph’s Table” or “la tavola di San Giuseppe.” People decorate it with flowers, candles, wine and “lucky” foods.
3. According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, the Apocryphal Date for Joseph's birth is 90 BC in Bethlehem and the Apocryphal Date of his death is July 20, AD 18 in Nazareth.
4. The Church celebrates two feast days uniquely for Saint Joseph: March 19 for Joseph the Husband of Mary and May 1 for Joseph the Worker. In 1955 Pope Pius XII established the Feast of "St. Joseph the Worker" . This is also May Day (International Workers' Day) since he is the patron of workers.
5. Joseph has no recorded words in Scripture

SEE ALSO: Consecration Prayer to St. Joseph: 

6. Veneration of St. Joseph goes back at least to the 9th century An early title used to honor him was nutritor Domini, meaning “guardian of the Lord.”
 7.  He is the patron of the Universal Church, a happy death, families, unborn, fathers, expectant mothers, travelers, immigrants, craftsmen, engineers, and workers. He’s also the patron of the Sicily, Americas, Canada, China, Croatia, Mexico, Korea, Austria, Belgium, Peru, the Philippines and Vietnam.
 8. Josephology sub-disciplines of theology, in the 20th century did some people start to gather the Church’s insights about him. In the 1950s, three centers dedicated to the study of St. Joseph.
9. It’s tradition to wear red on St. Joseph’s Day.
10. He is mentioned in the Canon of the Mass.

SEE ALSO: Litany Prayer to St. Joseph:

Novena to St. Joseph - Miracle Prayer with Litany to Share!

“St. Joseph was chosen among all men, to be the protector and guardian of the Virgin Mother of God; the defender and foster-father of the Infant-God, and the only co-operator upon earth, the one confidant of the secret of God in the work of the redemption of mankind.” -- St. Bernard of Clairvaux

#BreakingNews Tabernacle Desecrated and Cathedral Vandalized in Argentina - Bishop Schedules Adoration Prayer in Reparation

Agenzia Fides reports a tense situation in Argentina after the desecration of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace, increase in the number of thefts, economic stagnation, and protests for vaccines to VIPs.

Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Lomas de Zamora (Agenzia Fides) - The Argentine diocese of Lomas de Zamora informs that during the early hours of March 2, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace was the subject of acts of vandalism. The tabernacle which houses the Blessed Sacrament was desecrated, the crowns of the image of the Virgin of Peace and the Child Jesus, located in the center of the altar, were stolen, and the cross of the parish cemetery adjacent to the church was also destroyed.

The diocesan Bishop, Mgr.Jorge Lugones SJ, deeply saddened by the fact, asks the faithful to participate in an hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, next Friday, and in the Mass of reparation which he will celebrate the same day at 7 pm local time.

The situation in the country is still tense. Various Argentinian cities are unfortunately the scene of urban violence, and in particular of theft. The economic situation has not improved in recent months and many institutions accuse the government of mismanagement of the health emergency, which subsequently damaged the country's economy.

The Auxiliary Bishop of La Plata and President of the Episcopal Commission for Health Pastoral Care, Mgr. Alberto Bochatey Chaneton OSA, gave an interview to the television program "The keys to a better world" of Channel 9. In his speech he referred to what happened with the "vip vaccination" against Covid-19. "The known events leave us totally stunned", he admitted, adding: "Although we are faced with ethical misery, we must not lose our calm or our aplomb because they are our brothers". He added that "vaccination should not be politicized, and known events leave us totally stunned and puzzled. We thought we had seen everything in the area of corruption, the lack of ethics, but nevertheless they continue to surprise us".

"In Argentina, we do not know how many doses of vaccines have been bought or the price they were paid for, how many more have yet to arrive and when. We argue with one lab and then the other one comes up. Then they tell us that we must not become opponents of vaccination but given the number of communication, information and management errors that have been made, it is unthinkable to believe that people remain seated on the sidewalk waiting for the vaccine".

"The Church encourages hope and encourages leaders to do things well, and do them quickly, so that people do not despair", affirmed the Bishop who recommended, at the end of the interview, to follow "the true standards that come from public health", while asking the latter not to engage in a double game, which would reinforce the scandals.

Thousands of people protested over the past weekend over the "VIP vaccine" scandal. Through a massive demonstration, the crowd gathered in front of the headquarters of the executive, in Buenos Aires, to protest indignantly with the government of Alberto Fernández after learning that several personalities have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in a privileged way.

"There are priorities: the elderly, teachers, nurses, police officers, bus drivers ... they should have started with them.

Government officials say they fight for the people. So they should have been the last to receive the vaccine dose", the demonstrators said. (CE) (Press Release from Agenzia Fides, 3/3/2021)

US President Joseph Biden Mentions Our Lady of Guadalupe and Shows Rosary to President of Mexico during Meeting - VIDEO

During on Online Meeting between US President Joseph Biden and  President López Obrador of Mexico there was a friendly opening. During the meeting President Biden explains he made 16 visits to Latin America and the Caribbean as Vice President. He also, showed the President of Mexico the rosary he carries with him. 
Here is the excerpt from the White House from President Biden's remarks:

 During my visits, I got to know Mexico a little bit and its people, and paid my respects to the Virgin of Guadalupe. As a matter of fact, I still have my rosary beads that my son was wearing when he passed. And I walked the beautiful and historic cobblestones of Mexico City and spoke with Mexicans of all walks of life. And I treasure those memories, and I hope to be able to build on them in the next four years. Source: 
(his remarks on the rosary start at 1:45 mark)

Pope Francis' Video Message for his Trip to Iraq - "Yes, I am coming as a pilgrim of peace...." FULL TEXT + Video



[5-8 March 2021]

Dear brothers and sisters in Iraq, assalam lakum! (Peace be with you!)

In a few days, I will be at last in your midst! I have greatly desired to meet you, to see your faces and to visit your country, an ancient and outstanding cradle of civilization. I am coming as a pilgrim, as a penitent pilgrim, to implore from the Lord forgiveness and reconciliation after years of war and terrorism, to beg from God the consolation of hearts and the healing of wounds. I am coming among you also as a pilgrim of peace, to repeat the words: You are all brothers and sisters” (Mt 23:8). Yes, I am coming as a pilgrim of peace, seeking fraternity and prompted by the desire to pray together and to walk together, also with our brothers and sisters of other religious traditions, in the steps of Father Abraham, who joins in one family Muslims, Jews and Christians.

My dear Christian brothers and sisters, who have testified to your faith in Christ amid harsh sufferings: I cannot wait to see you. I am honoured to encounter a Church of martyrs: thank you for your witness! May the many, all too many, martyrs that you have known help all of us to persevere with the humble strength born of love. You still have before your eyes the picture of homes destroyed and churches profaned, and in your hearts you still bear the hurt of affections left behind and dwellings abandoned. I want to bring you the affectionate caress of the whole Church, which is close to you and to the war-torn Middle East, and encourages you to keep moving forward. Let us not allow the terrible sufferings you have experienced, sufferings that grieve me deeply, to gain the upper hand. Let us not lose heart before the spread of evil. The ancient sources of wisdom of your lands point us elsewhere. They invite us to do as Abraham did. Even though he left everything behind, he never lost hope (cf. Rom 4:18). Trusting in God, he became the father of descendants as numerous as the stars of heaven. Dear brothers and sisters, let us look to the stars above. For there is our promise.

Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of you over these years, you have who have greatly suffered, yet were never overwhelmed. Of you Christians and Muslims, of you peoples, like the Yazidi, who have suffered so greatly; brothers and sisters all. Now I am coming to your land, a land blessed yet wounded, as a pilgrim of hope. In your midst, from Nineveh, there resounded the prophecy of Jonah, who halted destruction and brought new hope, God’s hope. May we be infected by this hope, which inspires us to rebuild and begin anew. In these trying times of pandemic, let us help one another to strengthen fraternity and build together a future of peace. Together, brothers and sisters of every religious tradition. From here, thousands of years ago, Abraham began his journey. Today it is up to us to carry on that journey, in the same spirit, pursuing together the paths of peace! Upon all of you, then, I invoke the peace and the blessing of the Most High. And I ask all of you to do as Abraham did: to walk in hope and never stop looking to the stars above. I ask all of you too, please, to accompany me with your prayers. Shukran! (Thank you!).

Find PEACE in a Busy World with this EASY Prayer to Our Lady of SILENCE to Help your Journey in LIFE and LENT


Find Peace in a Busy World with this Easy Prayer to Our Lady of Silence to Help your Journey in Life...and Lent
Oh, beloved Mother, I come to you, tonight, Seeking for rest? To find, in silence, the serenity
For which my heart thirsts? After the weariness of the day, And the fever of action,
I come to you, Our Lady!

Haven of silence, Fountain of peace, Abyss of gentleness! I come to you, to renew my soul
To forget my cares, To flee from speech, And to escape from the hectic life, Of which, tonight, I am weary.

I come to you, Our Lady, Teacher of silence and of shaded retreats, Of wisdom and of joy, I come to You! I want but one thing: To remain in your sight, To think of You, Virgin of silence.
And if I am too broken to think, And too weary to pray, Too wounded even to smile, To simply be there at your feet, In your silence. To savour your silence, your calm,
To plunge into it, to quench my thirst in it!

To be at your feet, O Mary! To love you with all my heart, Without words, without discourses,
In silence! Oh! Our Lady, I come to you? May my heart contemplate, In your silence, The silence of adoration! Amen
Source of Prayer:
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Pope Francis Appoints Father Jerome Feudjio as New Bishop of Saint Thomas in the US Virgin Islands

 Pope Francis Names Father Jerome Feudjio as Bishop of Saint Thomas
MARCH 2, 2021 
WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has appointed Rev. Msgr. Jerome Feudjio as Bishop of Saint Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bishop-elect Feudjio is a priest of the Diocese of Saint Thomas and currently serves as a vicar general and chancellor of that See, and rector of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral. The appointment was publicized in Washington, D.C. on March 2, 2021 by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
Monsignor Feudjio was born September 30, 1955 in Fonakeukeu, Dschang, Cameroon. He graduated from St. Albert Catholic School in Dschang in 1967 and attended St. John College of the Christian Brothers of Quebec in Mbanga, Cameroon (1968-1972) and received a degree in Bookkeeping (1972). He was postulant for the religious order, the Congregation of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart (SCJ) in 1972 and attended Saint Apostles Seminary of the Fathers of the Sacred Heart in Otelé, Cameroon (1972-1975), and the Major Seminary of Nkolbison in Yaoundé, Cameroon (1975-1979).
In 1980, while he was at the Sacred Heart Novitiate, Monsignor Feudjio travelled to the United States and he met in Washington then-Father Seán O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap. who invited him to stay at San Francisco House, run by the Spanish Catholic Center of the Archdiocese of Washington. He attended Oblate College which was then part of the Washington Theological Consortium, where he completed his studies in Philosophy and Theology for the priesthood. In 1987, he joined the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and made his temporary religious profession. He enrolled in the Administration of Justice Program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where he completed his graduate program with an internship at a local transitional house that helped former inmates re-adjust to society.
Following the appointment of Bishop O’Malley to the Diocese of Saint Thomas (1984-1992), Monsignor Feudjio was invited to work as a campus minister at Saints Peter & Paul School in 1988. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Saint Thomas on September 29, 1990. In 2002, he was named by Pope John Paul II a Chaplain of His Holiness, a recognition that carried the honorary title of Monsignor. In 2004, Monsignor Feudjio returned to Southern Illinois University to pursue graduate studies in Rehabilitation Administration at the request of Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., who was bishop of Saint Thomas from 1999-2007.
Monsignor Feudjio’s assignments after ordination include: parochial vicar at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral and Saint Anne Chapel (1990-1997); French and religion teacher (1992-1997) and assistant principal at Saints Peter and Paul School (1995-1997); diocesan finance officer (1996-2004); director of vocations (1996-2020); administrator (1997-2000) and rector (2000-2001) of Saints Peter & Paul Cathedral; vicar for clergy and religious (2001-present). Father Feudjio also served as chancellor for the Diocese of Saint Thomas (2002-2004); pastor of Holy Family Parish (2004-2008). He has been rector and vicar general of the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral since 2008.
Bishop-elect Feudjio’s pastoral ministry also includes assignments such as diocesan consultor, member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities, member of Diocesan Finance Committee, moderator of the curia, and vicar for communications.
The Diocese of Saint Thomas is comprised of the islands of Saint Thomas, Saint Croix, Saint John, and Water Island in the U.S. Virgin Islands and has a total population of 110,000 of which 30,000 are Catholic.
Source: USCCB