Friday, May 7, 2021

Holy Mass Online - Readings and Video : Saturday, May 8, 2021 - #Eucharist in Your Virtual Church - Eastertide

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter
Lectionary: 290
Reading I
Acts 16:1-10
Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra
where there was a disciple named Timothy,
the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,
but his father was a Greek.
The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,
and Paul wanted him to come along with him.
On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,
for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city,
they handed on to the people for observance the decisions
reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.
Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith
and increased in number.
They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory
because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit
from preaching the message in the province of Asia.
When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia,
but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them,
so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas.
 During the night Paul had a vision.
A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words,
“Come over to Macedonia and help us.”
When he had seen the vision,
we sought passage to Macedonia at once, 
concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.
Responsorial Psalm
100:1b-2, 3, 5
R.    (2a)  Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
    serve the LORD with gladness;
    come before him with joyful song.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Know that the LORD is God;
    he made us, his we are;
    his people, the flock he tends.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
The LORD is good:
    his kindness endures forever,
    and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
R.    Alleluia.
Col 3:1
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
If then you were raised with Christ,
seek what is above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Jn 15:18-21
Jesus said to his disciples: 
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world,
the world hates you.
Remember the word I spoke to you,
‘No slave is greater than his master.’
If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.
If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.
And they will do all these things to you on account of my name,
because they do not know the one who sent me.” 
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 May 8 : Blessed Catherine of St. Augustine a Missionary and Augustinian in Canada

Blessed Catherine of Saint Augustine (Catherine de Longpré, 1632-1668) “Think only of His Service”
Feast Day: May 8
Her Life Catherine of Saint Augustine was born on May 3, 1632, in Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, Normandy, France. She was raised primarily by her maternal grandparents. They made a practice of offering hospitality to the poor and sick, and taught Catherine the virtue of charity. As early as age three, she expressed a strong desire to do God’s will. She always remembered the lesson of a Jesuit who told her that “it is certain that one does God’s will more in affliction, humiliation, and suffering than when one has everything one wants.” At age five, she had strong mystical prayer experiences where she felt direct contact with God. When she was only eight, she understood that the Holy Spirit was calling her to be a saint, and at age 10 she wrote a note giving herself to “Lady Mary”. Catherine was a witty and attractive and had a naturally cheerful character and a pleasant voice. She was also determined and liked to show off and be noticed. She was attracted by pretty things, but despite her enjoyment of worldly life, when she was 12 she decided to enter the community of Hôtel-Dieu of Bayeux, which was directed by Augustinian nuns, Hospital Sisters of the Mercy of Jesus. She entered their novitiate on October 24, 1646, taking the name in religion of Catherine of St. Augustine. When she was 15, she offered herself for the Canada mission and promised “to live and die in Canada if God would open its door” for her. She made solemn profession as a nun at age 16 on May 4, 1648, in Nantes and set sail for Canada on May 27. The ship arrived in Quebec on August 19. Catherine set about learning the languages of the First Nations people, and looked after the sick. In the spring of 1649, she adopted as her model Saint Jean de Brébeuf, who had just been martyred. Between 1654 and 1668, she filled one after the other the offices of treasurer, director of the hospital, and novice director for her community. Sister Catherine continued to experience deep prayer and at the same time, inner temptations caused her great turmoil. She often had health difficulties. In 1654, she promised to remain in Canada, and, in 1658, she offered herself in a spirit of reparation for the salvation of New France. Therefore, she is considered a co-founder of the Church in Canada. In 1665, she promised to work for “everything that I know to be most perfect and for the greater glory of God.” She fell sick and died on May 8, 1668, at 36 years of age. At the time of her death, she had a reputation as a holy person in both Canada and France. Three years later, Father Paul Rageneau, S.J., published a memoir on her life and her spiritual combats, based on her correspondence and on the journal she wrote at the request of her spiritual directors. She was beatified on April 23, 1989, by Pope (now Saint) John Paul II. Her Spirituality As early as three years of age, Catherine de Longpré showed a precocious inclination to follow the will of God absolutely. This characterizes her entire spiritual journey. A Jesuit helped her understand how accepting suffering as God’s will has a redemptive value for the Church. Her spirituality was marked by her times. She was influenced by the rigour of the Jesuits and Saint John Eudes, who emphasized the demands of divine justice. In this spirit, she offered herself as a voluntary hostage of divine justice for the salvation of the people in New France: “I offered myself to the Divine Majesty to serve him as a victim whenever it pleased him; I took no care for my life or my possessions. I only want God to dispose of them according to his holy will.” Catherine was very sensitive to the evil of sin and felt solidarity with sinners: “I found myself overwhelmed by the intolerable weight of all the crimes I witnessed. … I let it draw me into being helpful to souls.” She prayed for an end to the sale of alcoholic beverages in Quebec, because of the violence it gave rise to among First Nations people. She offered her suffering to Jesus with a prayer it would evoke God’s mercy on the colony. Catherine’s personal prayer conformed to the movement of the liturgical seasons and their great feasts: Easter, the Ascension, the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, All Saints’ Day, Christmas. “On June 12, 1664, the eve of Pentecost,” she wrote, “I saw the Holy Spirit in the form of a heavy cloud which only wanted to empty itself.” She had a particular devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist, the main source of her strength against temptation, and to the Virgin Mary, to Saint Joseph, and to her protector, the Jesuit martyr Jean de Brébeuf. Catherine was extremely discreet about her trials and her intense prayer experiences. She was a decisive woman of action, and, with great tenderness, she spread joy and consolation among the people she looked after. Her writings reveal her common sense, clear judgment, openmindedness, frankness, generosity and detachment. She could be firm and she could look at things objectively. She loved her land of adoption and vowed to die there, should it be God’s will for her to do so. She wanted to remain in Canada to serve the sick and the poor, even if the other nuns returned to France. Saint François de Laval, Quebec’s first Bishop, was well aware of Catherine’s inner life, her trials, and her gifts. When she died, he said, “I don’t need to see any extraordinary signs from her to be convinced of her holiness, because her virtues made me perfectly aware of it.”
Source: CCCB.CA

VIDEO Excerpts from the 3-Day Vatican Conference on Health - Dr. Fauci, Dr. Oz and Dr. Gupta Offer Their Insights

The three-day international conference on “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul: How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health,” is taking place virtually May 6-8. It is the 5th of similar conferences organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation. The Cura Foundation is “a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, public organization with a mission to improve human health globally.” Cura Foundation president Robin Smith and Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi provided the opening remarks.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and the chief medical adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden gave a talk, as did many other speakers from different religious, government, medicinal, pharmaceutical and cultural sectors.
Below are the talks from Dr. Fauci, Dr. Gupta and Dr. Oz. Approximately, 70 different speakers have given talks thus far. 

Archbishop Cordileone's Pastoral Letter Calls on Catholics in Public Life to Reflect on the Evil of Abortion and Receiving the Eucharist

A Pastoral Letter on the Human Dignity of the Unborn,

Holy Communion, and Catholics in Public Life (Official Summary) by Archbishop S. Cordileone

Before I Formed You in the Womb I Knew You -  17 page FULL TEXT LINK:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you” (Jer 1:5).

A young Jeremiah heard the Lord speak these words to him over 2500 years ago. In these times in which we are

living, the scourge of abortion ignores the reality that humans are made in the image of God, known and beloved by God. This pastoral letter addresses all Catholics, but especially Catholics in public life, calling for deep reflection on the evil of abortion and on the meaning of receiving Holy Communion, the Bread of Life.

There are four pivotal points to this letter:

1. The gravity of the evil of abortion: Science teaches that human life begins at conception. The ending of life through abortion deeply wounds the woman and destroys the foundation of a just society; it is a “pre-eminent

priority” because it violates the right to life, the foundation of all other rights. As Catholics we must be a voice for the voiceless and the powerless; there is no one more defenseless than a child in the womb.

2. Cooperation in moral evil: Who bears culpability when an abortion takes place? It is never solely the mother’s act. Those who kill or assist in killing the child are directly involved in performing a seriously evil act.

Someone who pressures or encourages the mother to have an abortion, who pays for it or provides financial assistance to organizations that provide abortions, or who supports candidates who advance pro-abortion

legislation also cooperate by varying degrees in a grave moral evil.

3. The meaning of choosing to receive the Holy Eucharist: The Church has taught consistently for 2000 years that those who receive the Eucharist are publicly professing their Catholic faith and are seriously striving to live by the moral teachings of the Church. Those who reject the teaching of the Church on the sanctity

of human life and those who do not seek to live in accordance with that teaching place themselves in contradiction to the communion of the Church, and so should not receive the sacrament of that communion, the Holy Eucharist. We all fall short in various ways, but there is a great difference between struggling to live according to the teachings of the Church and rejecting those teachings.

4. The responsibilities of Catholics in public life: From the three points above it follows that Catholics prominent

in public life have a special responsibility to bear witness to the fullness of Church teaching. In addition to their own spiritual good there is also the danger of scandal: that is, by their false witness, other Catholics may

come to doubt the Church’s teaching on abortion, the Holy Eucharist, or both. This is becoming increasingly challenging in our time.

We are all called to conversion, not only those Catholics who are prominent in public life. Let us understand

what is at stake here and work together in building a culture of life. To those who need to hear this message clearly: Turn away from evil and return home to the fullness of your Catholic faith. We await you with open arms to welcome you back with joy.

FULL TEXT Official Summary Source:

Free Catholic Movie : St. Catherine of Siena - Drama with English Subtitles

Saint Catherine of Siena movie, in Italian with English subtitles. Youngest of 24 children; her father was a wool-dyer. At the age of seven she had a vision in which Jesus appeared with Peter, Paul, and John; Jesus blessed her, and she consecrated herself to Him. Her parents began making arranged marriages for her when she turned 12, but she refused to co-operate, became a Dominican tertiary at age 15, and spent her time working with the poor and sick, attracting others to work with her. Received a vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring. Some of her visions drove her to become more involved in public life. Counselor to and correspondent with Pope Gregory XI and Pope Urban VI. Stigmatist in 1375. Lived in Avignon, France in 1376, and then in Rome, Italy from 1378 until her death. Friend of Blessed Raymond of Capua who was also her confessor. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church on 4 October 1970.

Source: Gloria tv

US President Joe Biden's National Day of Prayer Message - FULL TEXT


Bishop Cordileone's Pastoral Letter Calls on Catholics in Public Life to Reflect on the Evil of Abortion and Receiving the Eucharist -

FULL TEXT Below: by President Joseph Biden
 A Proclamation on National Day Of Prayer
Throughout our history, Americans of many religions and belief systems have turned to prayer for strength, hope, and guidance.  Prayer has nourished countless souls and powered moral movements — including essential fights against racial injustice, child labor, and infringement on the rights of disabled Americans.  Prayer is also a daily practice for many, whether it is to ask for help or strength, or to give thanks over blessings bestowed.
The First Amendment to our Constitution protects the rights of free speech and religious liberty, including the right of all Americans to pray.  These freedoms have helped us to create and sustain a Nation of remarkable religious vitality and diversity across the generations.  
Today, we remember and celebrate the role that the healing balm of prayer can play in our lives and in the life of our Nation.  As we continue to confront the crises and challenges of our time — from a deadly pandemic, to the loss of lives and livelihoods in its wake, to a reckoning on racial justice, to the existential threat of climate change — Americans of faith can call upon the power of prayer to provide hope and uplift us for the work ahead.  As the late Congressman John Lewis once said, “Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society.  Why?  Because human beings are the most dynamic link to the divine on this planet.”
On this National Day of Prayer, we unite with purpose and resolve, and recommit ourselves to the core freedoms that helped define and guide our Nation from its earliest days.  We celebrate our incredible good fortune that, as Americans, we can exercise our convictions freely — no matter our faith or beliefs.  Let us find in our prayers, however they are delivered, the determination to overcome adversity, rise above our differences, and come together as one Nation to meet this moment in history.
The Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, has called on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2021, as a National Day of Prayer.  I invite the citizens of our Nation to give thanks, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, for our many freedoms and blessings, and I join all people of faith in prayers for spiritual guidance, mercy, and protection.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fifth.

                              JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

2 Bishops in India Die from COVID-19 in 2 Days - RIP Bishop Basil Bhuriya and Archbishop Antony Anandarayar

India mourns the death of 2 Bishops - Bishop Basil Bhuriya died from COVID-19, at age 65, died on May 6th. His death follows that of Archbishop Emeritus Antony Anandarayar, of Pondicherry and Cuddalore on May 4th. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) called for a day of fasting and prayer on Friday of May 7, 2021. Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), called for the observance, proposing to bishops across the nation to gather in their cathedrals or bishops’ houses at around midday to pray.
Press Releases from the CCBI:

Most Rev. Basil Bhuriya (65), SVD, Bishop of Jabhua, Madhya Pradesh passed away on Thursday 6 May 2021 at 1.30pm due to cardiac arrest at St. Francis Hospital, Indore. He was undergoing Covid treatment.

Funereal will be conducted on Friday 7 May, 2021 at 10am at Annunciation Cathedral, Meghnagar, Jabhua.

Bishop Basil was born on 8 March 1956 in Panchkui, Diocese of Jhabua. He joined St. Thomas Seminary, Dhow, on 30 June 1969. He did his college studies at the University of Indore from 1976 to 1979 where he obtained B.A. degree. On 30 June 1979, he joined the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) as a novice. He studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Pune. He made his solemn vows on 12 June 1985, and was ordained a priest on 2 May 1986 for the same Society of the Divine Word.

Since his priestly ordination, Fr. Basil held the following ministries and offices: Assistant Pastor in Muvalia, Gujarat, Diocese of Baroda (1987-1988); Vice-Rector of St. Thomas’ Seminary, Diocese of Indore (1988-1992); Rector of St. Thomas Seminary, Indore (1992-1997); Parish Priest at Dhar, Diocese of Indore (1997-2002); Director of Hostel, Thandla, Diocese of Jhabua (2002-2005); Parish Priest at Raigarh, Diocese of Jhabua (2005-2009). Since 2009, he is Pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Thandla, Jhabua; and since 2011, Member of the Provincial Council of the Central Indian Province of the Society of the Divine Word.

His Holiness Pope Francis appointed him the third Bishop of Jabhua on 18 July 2015. He was ordained Bishop on 10 October 2015. He is a priest for 35 years and a Bishop for 5 years.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Alathara
Deputy Secretary General, CCBI


Archbishop Antony Anandarayar (75) Emeritus Archbishop of Pondicherry-Cuddalore passed away on Tuesday 4 May 2021 at 9.30pm at St. Thomas Hospital, Chennai. He was admitted in the hospital for Covid treatment and his health condition deteriorated this morning as the oxygen saturation level was very low.

Funeral will be held on Wednesday 5 May 2021 4pm at Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Pondicherry.

Archbishop Anandarayar was born on 18 July 1945 at in Varadarajanpet in Kumbakonam diocese. He joined St. Agnes’ Minor Seminary, Cuddalore for priestly studies and did his Philosophical and Theological studies at St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore. He was ordained priest 21 December, 1971. Before appointing as the Bishop of Ootacamund, he served at St. Joseph’s Boarding, Cuddalore from1972-1976 as the Assistant. He held various positions in St. Peter’s Pontifical Seminary, Bangalore as the professor, vice rector and rector during the period 1981-1996. He was also the Chairman for the CCBI Commission for Canon Law and other Legislative Texts from 2006 to 2015.

He was appointed as the Bishop of Ootacamund diocese on 12 January 1997 and ordained Bishop on 29 January 1997. He was appointed as the Metropolitan Archbishop of Pondicherry-Cuddalore on 10 June, 2004. His request for resignation from the active episcopal ministry was accepted by Pope Francis on 27 January, 2021. He is a priest for 50 years and a Bishop for 24 years.

Rev. Dr. Stephen Alathara
Deputy Secretary General, CCBI

Wow an Entire Catholic Highschool of 600 Students Participates in Eucharistic Procession and Adoration at their School! PICTURES

In Toledo, Ohio, USA, an entire Catholic Highschool of 600 students and staff participated in a Eucharistic procession and adoration prayer. Liam Brown, a student of Central Catholic High School, age 18, had this idea and encouraged his school to take part!
Fr. David Kidd said to Catholic News World, "the idea came from a student which I think was awesome! The Eucharistic Procession was a new experience for many of our students, so we wanted to make it prayerful, memorable, and big. So many students and faculty and staff members did the hard work to make this possible because we believe in the mission of Central Catholic High School to form disciples of Jesus Christ."
"We are made to give praise to God! We give glory to God when we take Jesus into every part of our lives!"

Fr. David Kidd also explained, "a Eucharistic procession helps us visibly see that. Eucharistic Adoration is one of the favorite types of prayer for our students and staff because of the time for silence to be with our Lord amidst the business of life. We are so blessed to have the opportunity to make that a priority for our students. It’s who we are and we wouldn’t want it any other way."
The School's Facebook Page wrote:
"This morning, our students & staff experienced a Eucharistic Procession as part of Worship Wednesday for the first time in several decades throughout campus. What a TREMENDOUS experience it was for everyone!!! #CentralToLife l #CentralToFaith"
 Fr. Kidd quoted scripture writing, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day.” - John 6:53-4
Pictures from Fr. David Kidd who is the Priest Leader at Central Catholic Highschool, Parochial Vicar, Priest at Saint Rose Parish - Perrysburg, and the Pastor at St Joseph Catholic Church

Pope Francis Meets with Council of Cardinals to Discuss the Life of the Church in the Pandemic

Vatican News reports that the Council of Cardinals reflected on life of Church in the pandemic.
The Council of Cardinals discussed the impact of the Covid-19 crisis around the world, and the Church's response to it, during a virtual meeting held on Thursday afternoon. The also continue talks on the upcoming Apostolic Constitution which will focus on the organisation of the Roman Curia.
By Vatican News staff reporter
In a meeting held virtually on Thursday afternoon, members of the Council of Cardinals shared their experiences of the “economic and social consequences” of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and discussed “the Church’s commitment to health, economic recovery and the support offered to those most in need.”
Pope Francis took part in the meeting from his residence in the Casa Santa Marta, which the other members of the Council – Cardinals Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, Reinhard Marx, Sean Patrick O’Malley, Oswald Gracias, and Fridolin Ambongo Besungo – joined the conversation from their respective countries. Cardinals Pietro Parolin and Giuseppe Bertello, along with the Council’s Secretary, Bishop Marco Mellino, were connected from the Vatican.
After considering the current situation in their various regions, the members of the Council turned their attention to the forthcoming Apostolic Constitution, which will deal with the organisation of the Roman Curia. A note from the Holy See Press Office explained that the Cardinals discussed “the working methodology that will have to be implemented for the revision and correction of some normative texts” after the new document takes effect.
They also addressed several “further perspectives opened up by the text under elaboration.”
The next meeting of the Council of Cardinals is scheduled for June of this year. 
Source: Vatican News va - Image Screen shot

Mark Wahlberg Stars in New Movie about a Boxer Turned Catholic Priest with Co-Star Mel Gibson and Directed by Rosalind Ross

Mark Wahlberg will star in a film about Father Stuart Long, a boxer turned priest. Wahlberg has been developing the film for years. Mark Wahlberg go into the boxing ring for this feature film role. Wahlberg has also gotten Mel Gibson to play Long’s father while Teresa Ruiz, one of the stars of Narcos: Mexico, will play his girlfriend. Deadline’s Justin Kroll reported that Wahlberg will play Father Stuart Long in the film entitled "Stu", which follows the life of a Montana boxer who retired from fighting due to injuries and was later in a serious motorcycle accident. In the hospital, according to reports, Long had an out of body experience and rediscovered his faith and enrolled in Mount Angel Seminary in Oregon. Long eventually decided to become a priest.  
 However, before he was ordained, Long was diagnosed with a rare muscular degenerative disease that forced him into a wheelchair. In spite of these sufferings, he achieved his goal and Long’s ministry developed a following among thousands of people. According to Kroll, Stu (other reports have the title as “Father Stu“) is being developed as a faith-based film that’s been a passion project for Wahlberg. As far back as 2016, Wahlberg was working on the film with director David O. Russell. An opening in his schedule this year allowed Wahlberg to get this film made. Wahlberg is employing Rosalind Ross as director of the film based on her script, which she’s reportedly worked on with Wahlberg for years. Production on Stu is expected to begin in April.
(Edited from Deadline and Hollywood Reporter)