Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Thursday, April 15, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide

Thursday of the Second Week of Easter
Lectionary: 270
Reading I
Acts 5:27-33
When the court officers had brought the Apostles in
and made them stand before the Sanhedrin,
the high priest questioned them,
“We gave you strict orders did we not,
to stop teaching in that name.
Yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching
and want to bring this man’s blood upon us.”
But Peter and the Apostles said in reply,
“We must obey God rather than men. 
The God of our ancestors raised Jesus,
though you had him killed by hanging him on a tree.
God exalted him at his right hand as leader and savior
to grant Israel repentance and forgiveness of sins.
We are witnesses of these things,
as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.”
When they heard this,
they became infuriated and wanted to put them to death.
Responsorial Psalm
34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20
R.    (7a) The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
    his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Taste and see how good the LORD is;
    blessed the man who takes refuge in him.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
    to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
    and from all their distress he rescues them.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
    and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
    but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
R.    The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
R.    Alleluia.
Jn 20:29
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
You believe in me, Thomas, because you have seen me, says the Lord;
blessed are those who have not seen, but still believe!
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jn 3:31-36
The one who comes from above is above all.
The one who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of earthly things.
But the one who comes from heaven is above all.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard,
but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever does accept his testimony certifies that God is trustworthy.
For the one whom God sent speaks the words of God.
He does not ration his gift of the Spirit.
The Father loves the Son and has given everything over to him.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life,
but whoever disobeys the Son will not see life,
but the wrath of God remains upon him.
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 April 15 : St. Hunna of Strasbourg who would Wash the Clothing of the Poor and the Patron of Laundry and Maids

April 15: Saint Hunna of Strasbourg
Posted by Jacob 
 Saint Hunna (born, unknown; died 679) is remembered for her love of and service to those less fortunate than herself, despite prevailing prejudice. Hunna’s actions, at a time when the class system was firmly entrenched, created difficulties for herself in her daily life, and embarrassment for her noble husband. Yet, she did not shy away from her service to the poor, as she understood it to be her duty as a Christian.
Saint Hunna was born into a privileged life, the daughter of a duke in Alsace. She matured and married Huno of Hunnaweyer, a nobleman, and together they settled in the diocese of Strasbourg (now France). Together, they produced one son, Saint Deodatus, who eventually became a monk (and then a saint!). Saint Hunna was devoted to the Lord, raising her son with constant teaching, and living the virtues of the faith. She spent her days caring for her home and estate, and in prayer, while her husband traveled on diplomatic and political missions.
But this didn’t seem to be enough for Saint Hunna. In her prayer, she felt called to do more, to serve others. By the Lord, her eyes were opened to the poverty and general squalor that the peasants and servants lived in… and she felt moved to assist. Hunna began making daily trips from the estate into the local villages and fields, visiting her poor neighbors, offering them religious instruction, and working for them. At first, she simply offered to do their laundry, earning her the title, “holy washerwoman.” Hunna would travel from home to home, collecting soiled clothing, and then spend the better part of each day washing and scrubbing the clothing clean. When the clothing was too dirty, or too threadbare to mend, she would replace it with a new article.
As time went on, her washing service expanded to any task that her neighbors needed help with—cooking, cleaning, childcare, even more demanding physical labor. She also instructed in ways of cleanliness, assisting with hygiene. Saint Hunna regularly performed the greatest act of service, bathing those who were unable to bathe themselves.
Saint Hunna demonstrates to us great selflessness, borne out of love for the Lord. She willingly left her life of privilege on a daily basis, eventually being shunned by those of her class and station, to intercede in the lives of those who had no one to care for them. She treated the poor, the sick, the forgotten as equals to herself, offering them basic human respect, love, and charity. Saint Hunna welcomed all into her life as the family of God. The life of Saint Hunna provides a gentle reminder of our own hesitancy to venture beyond our comfortable lives, to actively engage in community service to those in need. We are mindful of the fact that we are called to service and social justice, and that embarking on that mission may be difficult or even painful. We look to Saint Hunna as inspiration—inspiration to embody the love of Christ, and to share that love with others in service. Shared from 365 Rosaries

WATCH The Chosen Season 2 - Viral Series on Jesus' Life with his Apostles - Latest FULL Episode

The Chosen’  TV Series on the Life of Christ produced by VidAngel Studios’ was crowdfunded. It gives a story of the biblical Jesus in  the ancient world. Dallas Jenkins, an evangelical,  created The Chosen. The first season was released a year ago.  The  show has a Catholic consultant, Holy Cross Father David Guffey. The main actor, who plays Jesus is also Catholic. 
See Season 2, Episode 1 here: 
WATCH Season 2: Episode 2/3 Below   - After introduction by Dallas Jenkins
 STARTS at 19:50 on the VIDEO Below:

Pope Francis says "...the Church’s essential task: to pray and to teach how to pray. To transmit the lamp of faith and the oil of prayer from generation..." FULL TEXT + Video Catechesis



Library of the Apostolic Palace - Wednesday, 14 April 2021 

Catechesis on prayer - 29. The Church, teacher of prayer

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

The Church is a great school of prayer. Many of us learned how to whisper our first prayers on our parents’ or grandparents’ laps. We might, perhaps, cherish the memory of our mommy and daddy who taught us to say our prayers before going to bed. These moments of recollection are often those in which parents listen to some intimate secret and can give their advice inspired by the Gospel. Then, as they grow up, there are other encounters, with other witnesses and teachers of prayer (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2686-2687). This is good to remember.

The life of a parish and every Christian community is marked by liturgical moments and moments of community prayer. We become aware that the gift we received with simplicity in infancy is a great heritage, a rich inheritance and that the experience of prayer is worth deepening more and more (see ibid., 2688). The garment of faith is not starched, but develops with us; it is not rigid, it grows, even through moments of crisis and resurrection. Actually, there is no growth without moments of crisis because crises make you grow. Experiencing crisis is a necessary way to grow. And the breath of faith is prayer: we grow in faith inasmuch as we learn to pray. After certain passages in life, we become aware that without faith we could not have made it and that our strength was prayer – not only personal prayer, but also that of our brothers and sisters, and of the community that accompanied and supported us, of the people who know us, of the people we ask to pray for us.

For this reason, too, communities and groups dedicated to prayer flourish in the Church. Some Christians even feel the call to make prayer the primary action of their day. There are monasteries, convents, hermitages in the Church where persons consecrated to God live. They often become centres of spiritual light. They are centres of community prayer that radiate spirituality. They are small oases in which intense prayer is shared and fraternal communion is constructed day by day. They are cells that are vital not only for the ecclesial fabric, but that of society itself. Let us think, for example, of the role that monasticism played in the birth and growth of European civilization, and other cultures as well. Praying and working in community keeps the world going. It is a motor!

Everything in the Church originates in prayer and everything grows thanks to prayer. When the Enemy, the Evil One, wants to combat the Church, he does so first by trying to drain her fonts, hindering them from praying. For example, we see this in certain groups who agree about moving ecclesial reform forward, changes in the life of the Church and all the organizations, it is the media that informs everyone… But prayer is not evident, there is no prayer. We need to change this; we need to make this decision that is a bit tough… But the proposal is interesting. It is interesting! Only with discussion, only through the media. But where is prayer? And prayer is what opens the door to the Holy Spirit, who inspires progress. Changes in the Church without prayer are not changes made by the Church. They are changes made by groups. And when the Enemy – as I said – wants to combat the Church, he does it first of all by draining her fonts, inhibiting prayer and making these other proposals. If prayer ceases, for a little while it seems that everything can go ahead like always – by inertia, no? – but after a short time, the Church becomes aware that it has become like an empty shell, that it has lost its bearings, that it no longer possesses its source of warmth and love.

Holy women and men do not have easier lives than other people. Even they actually have their own problems to address, and, what is more, they are often the objects of opposition. But their strength is prayer. They always draw from the inexhaustible “well” of Mother Church. Through prayer they nourish the flame of their faith, as oil used to do for lamps. And thus, they move ahead walking in faith and hope. The saints, who often count for little in the eyes of the world, are in reality the ones who sustain it, not with the weapons of money and power, of the communications media – and so forth – but with the weapon of prayer.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus poses a dramatic question that always makes us reflect: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk 18:8), or will he find only organizations, like groups of entrepreneurs of the faith, everything organized well, who do charitable works, many things, or will he find faith? “When the Son of man comes, will he find faith on earth?” This question comes at the end of a parable that demonstrates the need to pray with perseverance without getting tired (see vv. 1-8). Therefore, we can conclude that the lamp of faith will always be lit on earth as long as there is the oil of prayer. It is this leads faith forward and leads our lives – weak, sinners – forward, but prayer leads it securely forward. The question that we Christians need to ask ourselves is: Do I pray? Do we pray? How do I pray? Like parrots or do I pray with my heart? How do I pray? Do I pray, certain that I am in the Church and that I pray with the Church? Or do I pray a bit according to my ideas and then make my ideas become prayer? This is a pagan prayer, not Christian. I repeat: We can conclude that the lamp of faith will always be lit on earth as long as there is the oil of prayer.

And this is the Church’s essential task: to pray and to teach how to pray. To transmit the lamp of faith and the oil of prayer from generation to generation. The lamp of faith that illuminates fixes things as they truly are, but it can only go forward with the oil of faith. Otherwise, it is extinguished. Without the light of this lamp, we would not be able to see the path of evangelization, or rather, we would not be able to see the path in order to believe well; we would not be able to see the faces of our brothers and sisters to draw near and serve; we would not be able to illuminate the room where we meet in community. Without faith everything collapses; and without prayer faith is extinguished. Faith and prayer together. There is no other alternative. For this reason, the Church, as the house and school of communion, is the house and school of faith and prayer.

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Pro-Life Victory as the Court of Appeals Rules that Babies with Down Syndrome Can be Protected from Abortion

On April 13, 2021,  the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against an injunction previously placed against Ohio’s Down Syndrome Non-Discrimination Act, in a 9-7 decision,.

The 2017 Ohio law bans abortionists from doing discriminatory abortions on unborn babies with Down syndrome. It also bans sex-selection abortions and abortions because of the baby’s race.

A judge had blocked enforcement of the law after the ACLU of Ohio, the Preterm-Cleveland abortion facility and other abortion groups sued. Later the full court agreed to hear an appeal.

Last year, attorneys for Ohio told the Sixth Circuit judges that the law is constitutional because it bans doctors from doing abortions for discriminatory reasons. Today, the Sixth circuit ruled against the injunction, allowing Ohio to enforce the pro-life law. 

Mike Gonidakis, the president of Ohio Right to Life, said, “Ohio Right to Life is elated that the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with life and ruled against the fatal discrimination of babies with Down syndrome.”  “The eugenic practice of singling out human lives for death because of a Down syndrome diagnosis has no place in our society. This court ruling brings us one step closer to ensuring that vulnerable babies with special needs are not marked for death because of who they are. Every life is worth living and every precious and unique human being is worthy of complete protection under law.”

North Dakota, Missouri and Indiana also passed laws to protect unborn babies with Down syndrome from discriminatory abortions. A judge also recently blocked the Missouri law.

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East Africa Mourns the Death of 3 Bishops in 4 Days - RIP Archbishop Cyprian Lwanga of Uganda, Archbishop Paolino Loro of S. Sudan, and Bishop Alfred Maluma of Tanzania’

AMECEA Press Release:
 AMECEA Mourns Loss of Three Prelates in Four Days
Sr. Jecinter Antoinette Okoth, FSSA.

The Church in the Association of Members Episcopal Conferences in Eastern Africa (AMECEA) region, is mourning the loss of three Prelates that has occurred in the member conferences Uganda, South Sudan and Tanzania in a span of four days.
On Saturday, April 3, the region received the message on the sudden death of Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga of Kampala Archdiocese in Uganda who was found dead a day after he joined the Uganda Joint Christian Council to commemorate the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, April 2.  
After the announcement of Kampala’s Archbishop’s death, the region has again been sorrowed with the loss of Archbishop Paolino Lukudu Loro, Emeritus of Juba Archdiocese, South Sudan who died on Easter Monday, April 5, while undergoing treatment in Kenya.
As if this is not enough, the AMECEA region is shocked with the loss of Bishop Alfred Leonhard Maluma of Tanzania’s Njombe diocese which occurred on Tuesday, April 6, in Muhimbili National Hospital, Tanzania.
Addressing the President of Uganda Episcopal Conference (UEC) Bishop Joseph Anthony Zziwa, the Chairman of AMECEA, Bishop Charles Sampa Kasonde highlighted that Archbishop Lwanga of Kampala “was a pillar of our Catholic faith not only in the Archdiocese which hosts the shrine of Uganda Martyrs but the entire AMECEA region.”
According to the Chairman who is the Local Ordinary of Solwezi diocese, Zambia, Archbishop Lwanga who after a post mortem examination is said to have died of heart attack due to a blood clot in the heart vessels, “was so welcoming to all the pilgrims coming to Namugongo for the feast of Saint Charles Lwanga and his companions every year.”
In his Condolences message on Tuesday, April 6, to the President of Sudan and South Sudan Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SSCBC) Bishop Tombe Trille Kuku, AMECEA Chairman acknowledged that Archbishop Emeritus Lukudu of Juba Archdiocese was an advocate to the people of South Sudan especially in times of difficulties.
“Archbishop Lukudu was indeed the anchor of Catholic faith for Sudan and South Sudan during the most difficult times of your conference when the Church suffered martyrdom and yet he stood strong for the poor,” Bishop Kasonde disclosed.
He added, “Even when the Sudanese people were forced into refugee camps, he held the Church together and assured that they have shepherds who care for them.”
Archbishop Lukudu will be remembered as a key member of the AMECEA Executive Board “whose insight and zeal to build a self-sustaining local church was never withered,” Bishop Kasonde noted on behalf of the AMECEA Prelates.
He further thanked Archbishop Ameyu and the clergy of the Archdiocese of Juba for the care and support they gave to the late Archbishop Lukudu during his retirement until his demise. 
Meanwhile conveying condolences message on behalf of AMECEA bishops to President of Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) Archbishop Gervas Mwasikwabhila Nyaisonga and the Church of Tanzania, the AMECEA Chairman described Bishop Maluma as a Shepherd of warm personality.
“Bishop Alfred Maluma will certainly be missed by his priests, Religious and Christians whom he served with total dedication as their Shepherd since his appointment,” Bishop Kasonde wrote adding that “many bishops in AMECEA region are mourning this loss together with you because of his warm, humble, simple, generous and welcoming personality.”
“I am aware that he was well connected with the bishops in the Catholic Church of Zambia as well as Malawi and he was very supportive to them. He strongly believed that the Church in the region is able and capable of sustaining itself,” the Chairman added.
AMECA bishops through the chairman implored for God’s intervention, asking “our loving heavenly Father to grant the late Prelates the graces to join the Risen Lord whom they served.”
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#BreakingNews Eucharist Desecrated and Catholic Chapel Vandalized in Mexico - Diocese Calls for Prayers of Reparation and Cites Canon Law 1367


A chapel in the Las Rosas neighborhood, in QuerĂ©taro, Mexico was desecrated on  April 8, 2021. The Diocese of QuerĂ©taro reported that on the night of April 8 the chapel of the Holy Family, in the St. Sebastian Parish, was vandalized and the tabernacle with the reserve of the Blessed Sacrament was desecrated. The diocese noted, in a statement, that the perpetrators destroyed some sacred things and objects, throwing the Eucharistic Hosts on the ground and stole some of the pixes. For this reason, they exhorted the entire Christian community to join a Eucharistic vigil as an act of reparation, which is, they explained, an act of reparation for the sacrilege and offenses committed against the sacred objects of the Catholic Church. The diocese also asked the priest Rogelio Olvera Vargas to strengthen the security of the church and chapel. They added that this type of aggression should encourage, in an organized way, the custody and surveillance of the tabernacles in the churches.

They also noted Canon Law 1367, which states that, "A person who throws away the consecrated species or takes or retains them for a sacrilegious purpose incurs a latae sententiae excommunication reserved to the Apostolic See; moreover, a cleric can be punished with another penalty, not excluding dismissal from the clerical state."

Prayers Answered as Kidnapped Catholic Missionary Priest is Released in Nigeria - Fr. Marcel is Free!

Agenzia Fides reports
- According to local sources, Fr. Marcel Izu Onyeocha who was kidnapped on April 11th, was released by his kidnappers after being held hostage for a short time. It is the umpteenth kidnapping of a priest in Nigeria. Police in Imo State, southern Nigeria, confirmed that Fr. Marcel Izu Onyeocha, a Claretian missionary, who works at the Mother Theresa of Golgotha structure, was kidnapped on the road between Enugu and Owerri. At around 7.45pm, the vehicle the cleric was in brokedown in Ihube, Okigwe local government area. While Fr. Onyeocha and his companion got out to check the damage, a group of people believed to be Fulani shepherds appeared from the bush and, after injuring the driver, kidnapped the cleric. (L.M.) (Source: Agenzia Fides, 12/4/2021)