- Quotes from Saints throughout e-weekly
- Mexican Beauty Queen Discerns Move to Religious Life (Diocesan News and BEYOND)
- Catholicism: Journey Around the World and Deep into the Faith, Excellent DVD Series (Helpful Hints for Life)
Receiving the Gospel, Serving God and Neighbor
Solemnity of All Saints, Commemoration of All Souls
“I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and
tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm
branches in their hands.” Revelation 7:9
The solemn month of November always begins with Solemnity of All Saints followed by the Commemoration of All of the Faithful Departed (All Soul's Day). On Nov. 1, we honor and imitate all our brothers and sisters who await us and help us from heaven, the next day, Nov. 2, and especially the rest of the entire month we pray for those who are being purified in purgatory so that they will be with God forever.
There are about 4,000-5,000 canonized saints in the Church. Those who the Church has said with absolute certainty are in heaven. A ‘saint’ can mean to be anyone redeemed by Jesus Christ, but is almost always used in the Catholic Church to refer to someone who is with God.
The seventh Spiritual Work of Mercy is “To pray for the living and the dead.” A priest has special permission to offer 3 Masses on All Soul’s Day, and Catholics are strongly encouraged to attend the Holy Mass on November 2nd. ALL the souls of purgatory cannot help themselves because their time on earth, their time of merit is over, so while slowing being purified, they await our prayers to help them.
Our world needs saints today perhaps more than ever. A saint is simply ‘a sinner who perfectly accepts the mercy of God.’ You and I can do that! God and those we love NEED us to do that. From now on, do the simple things of your life with great love, and you will be saint!
Honor, love, and receive help from the saints as they give it to the souls of purgatory. Fight the good fight here on earth, pray for the souls of purgatory, and ask for their prayers for you. Then one day, if you and I are faithful, we will join ALL Saints and ALL souls of purgatory in heaven! Thank you Jesus for the Communion of Saints!!
Peace and prayers in Jesus through Mary, loved by Saint Joseph,
P.S. Please check out the term and website section for more information and for a history of All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day.
P.S.S. This Sunday is the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. >> Readings
a) a spirit that prays with all people and for all people
b) one that acknowledges that it is a common blessing for the baptized
c) a mission that joins in Jesus’ prayer for the unity of His disciples
d) all of the above
586. What does the phrase “Who art in heaven” mean? (CCC 2794-2796, 2802)
a) it is a place in the sky only
b) it is the place where God creates artwork
c) with Christ we already live there
d) none of the above
587. What is the structure of the Lord’s Prayer? (CCC 2803-2806, 2857)
a) there is no particular structure to the Our Father
b) it is has nearly 100 petitions
c) it goes from least important to most important
d) God-centered petitions with our poverty and expectations
"God is closer to us than water is to a fish."
“A saint is simply a sinner who perfectly accepts the Mercy of God.”
protodulia (from the Latin word proto”first”)
-first veneration or honor given to St. Joseph after Blessed Mary but before any other saints or angels
latria (from the Greek latreia “service, worship”)
- Latin word used in English meaning worship due to God alone
dulia (Latin word used in English)
-veneration or honor given to saints as servants of God
hyperdulia (Latin word used in English)
-higher veneration or honor given to Mary as the most exalted of all creatures
purgatory (from Late Latin purgatorius “purging”)
- A temporary state in which the souls of those who have died in grace must be made perfect by being fully conformed to Christ Jesus. (All souls in purgatory will eventually go to heaven.) [Read more in the Website section.]
SAINT Angela Merici (1474-1540)
“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”
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As he explores the identity of Jesus, the main topic of “Amazed and Afraid: The Revelation of God Become Man,” the first episode screened, the globetrotting Father Barron visits lushly photographed holy sites in Bethlehem, Galilee and Jerusalem before traveling on to various sacred locales around Rome. Classical religious artwork – smoothly panned and zoomed in the style justly known among broadcasters as the Ken Burns effect — provides further engaging imagery.
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"Do not fear what may happen tomorrow. The same loving Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will sheild you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and fearful imaginings. Trust in the Giver of all good gifts."
All Saints’ Day
This Tells of the Day:
Here is a History of All Saints’ Day in the Catholic Church:
All Souls’ Day
This Tells of the Day:
Here is a History of All Souls' Day in the Catholic Church:
Catholic Biblical Apologetics for Purgatory
PARISH CAN HAVE 'HELP DESK' IN GATHERING PLACE OUTSIDE OF CHURCH
Have a desk with someone at it to help people questions about your parish and some material from the Parish Office.
It usually takes a lot for someone to talk to the Parish Priest or even come by the Parish Office, or the hours never fit some schedules. Many have questions when they come to Mass, but forget to ask later. Having a 'Help Desk' with someone at it can do all this and more, and the desk can have items from Kleenexes and hand sanitizer to schedules, Mass Intentions, to parish ministries, etc.
Talk to your Parish Priest and ask if he is open to it. Then get a desk of some type (standing desks work best) for a person to be at with all the things that might be helpful for visitors and regular Mass goers along with someone who is eager to help others.
One of the greatest challenges of marriage is to find gracious ways to welcome this other person into your life—to make their wants and wishes and needs as much a concern for you as your own wants and wishes and needs.
Marriage is all about welcoming—our new spouse, their family and friends, their quirks and foibles, even their maddening habits. We need to do more than tolerate, we are called to welcome and cherish all of who this person is. It takes courage to open up our lives and invite another in. It takes courage to overcome our own habits of selfishness. And when we do, we swiftly learn that we also need to exercise the practice of letting go—letting go of old habits and new expectations.
And oddly enough, if we are to keep our marriage alive and growing, we need to let go of how our marriage was last year or how we think it ought to be and grow into what our marriage requires of us today. You will change and so will your spouse. Each day, in effect, you need to say, “Once again, I choose you.”
Pray and imagine how, ‘I will choose and welcome my spouse today!’
SAINT Francis of Assisi
“Man should tremble, the world should vibrate,
all Heaven should be deeply moved
when the Son of God appears on the alter
in the hands of the priest.”
MEXICO CITY — Esmeralda Solís Gonzáles is a young Mexican woman who was crowned last year as a beauty queen in her hometown — and now she’s joined the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament.
Twenty-year-old Gonzáles has watched her story go viral over the last week on social media over a post on the “Miss Mexico” Facebook page.
Gonzáles was born April 12, 1997, in Valle de Guadalupe, Jalisco State, to a Catholic family. She currently resides at the convent of the Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament of Cuernavaca in Morelos State, after leaving her career as a nutritionist.
“You really don’t know what religious life is until you’re within it. So far, I have been able to see from another perspective what the world is and what it offers you,” the young novice told CNA.
“I was very happy with everything I had, but it does not compare with the happiness that God now places in my heart.”
The young postulant met the Poor Clare Missionaries five years ago, at the age of 14, when her concern for a religious vocation “was awakening” through “vocational days, missions and camps.”
In addition, she pointed out how it was hardly a month after this process of discernment concluded, when on March 2017, she gave her first Yes to her vocation on the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
“God’s timing is perfect. During this time [of discernment] he allowed me to have some experiences, such as being a beauty queen and other experiences, which forever left their mark and which allowed me to learn a lot for what was to come later.”
The discovery of the vocation to which she had been called was always present in her life like a “little thorn,” she said.
“I realized that I had to make room in my life to know what it was that God had planned for me. In the process of discerning my vocation, there was also fear and doubts, but the love that Our Lord was showing every day made me overcome any feeling of discouragement,” she said.
She said she had discovered that God was calling her “to serve him in a radical way,” that is, changing her “life to embrace the cross of Christ and live it more closely.”
“I have been in religious life very little time, but I truly have been very happy,” she said.
In order to discover her vocation, she spent a lot of time in prayer and charity, “knowing from the outside or from the world” what this change would involve.
“Change is hard for the family because it involves detachment, but I have always had the support of my parents, siblings and true friends. Even though I could have developed myself in some other setting, I feel that if the Lord needs me, then I can bear fruit in a different way,” she told CNA.
Offering advice for young people, she said that in any vocation there will be difficulties, “but if you go and take God’s hand, you'll always be able to take the next step.”
“In religious life every new day is a new beginning and a new opportunity to extend the Kingdom of God. This involves making a lot of sacrifices, but they are always rewarded with happiness,” she said.
The young novice also said that it is true that “the reality and the supposed happiness that the world sells is very attractive,” but “it is necessary to fix your eyes on what lasts.”
The Poor Clare Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament are a Religious Institute of Pontifical Right founded by Blessed María Inés Teresa Arias in 1945 in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
The spirit of the order is Eucharistic, Marian, priestly and missionary and is centered on Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The missionaries work in clinics, youth groups, preschools and schools, university dorms, centers for the spiritual exercises and missions, among others. They are present in Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina, the United States, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Russia, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Vietnam and India.
“You mustn’t be afraid,” the young novice encouraged her peers. “If God is calling you, he’ll take care of everything. All you need to do is receive him with a lot of peace, joy and confidence. I believe fear is a big excuse that is responsible for truncating the true happiness that only God can offer.”
Pope on All Saints Day: Beatitudes will lead us to God Rome, Italy, Nov 1 / 01:28 am (EWTN News/CNA) - During Mass for the Solemnity of All Souls at Rome’s Verano cemetery, Pope Francis exhorted believers to follow the way of the beatitudes, calling it the path that will lead to sanctity.
“The people who go forward on the path of the beatitudes will reach God and become saints in that final meeting with Him,” the Holy Father said Nov. 1, Vatican Radio reported.
He said, “in order to journey back to God the Father, in this world of devastation, of wars, of tribulation, we must act according to the beatitudes.”
“This path will lead us through problems and persecution, but only this path will lead us forward.”
In his homily, he spoke off the cuff about today’s first reading from the book of the Apocalypse focusing on three images: a warning about earth’s destruction, the multitude who appears before God and God himself.
Speaking about the second image offered in the reading – the innumerable crowd standing before God – the Holy Father drew attention to the unknown saints.
“Those who come from great tribulation in the many parts of the world. The Lord sanctifies these people through tribulation.”
While at the cemetery, the Holy Father also blessed tombs and exposed relics of Saints John XXIII and John Paul II.
“In visiting Rome’s main cemetery, I am united in spirit with those who in these days visit the graves of their dead in cemeteries around the world,” the Pope said following his recitation of the Angelus earlier that morning in St. Peter’s Square.
His visit to Campo Verano is the second time he has traveled to the cemetery since his election, the first being to celebrate the same feast last year.
Located in the Tiburtino neighborhood of Rome, which is close to the Basilica of Saint Lawrence Outside the Walls, the cemetery was created in the early nineteenth century, and is currently divided into different sections.
The different sections of the cemetery include a Jewish cemetery, a Catholic cemetery, and a monument to victims of the First World War, the centenary of which is celebrated this year.
Campo Verano takes its name from a prestigious family, the “Verini,” who had lived there at the time of the Roman Republic, Vatican Radio reports.
According to the Vatican news service, the cemetery has been a burial site since ancient Roman times, and owes its striking appearance and unique layout to Giuseppe Valadier, a well-known Italian architect.
With the area originally containing ancient Christian catacombs, the modern cemetery was consecrated in 1835, and work on it continued under the guidance of Virginio Vespignani during the pontificates of Gregory XVI and Pius IX.
Vatican Radio reports that the cemetery was partially bombed by Allied forces in 1943, which led to the restoration work that established the three large entrances and four marble statues depicting meditation, hope, charity and silence that can be seen today.
“Great love can change small things into great ones,
and it is only love which lends value to our actions.”
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
R. and let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. May they rest in peace.
V. May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
SUNDAY MASS READINGS AND QUESTIONS
for Self-Reflection, Couples or Family Discussion
The Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time - October 27th, 2019
The First Reading- Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18
The LORD is a God of justice, who knows no favorites. Though not unduly partial toward the weak, yet he hears the cry of the oppressed. The Lord is not deaf to the wail of the orphan, nor to the widow when she pours out her complaint. The one who serves God willingly is heard; his petition reaches the heavens. The prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds; it does not rest till it reaches its goal, nor will it withdraw till the Most High responds, judges justly and affirms the right, and the Lord will not delay.
The theme of our reading, Sir 35:12-18, continues the theme of perseverance in prayer that we witnessed in last week’s Lord’s Day readings. Sirach mentions that God is “not unduly partial toward the weak,” meaning that God does not consider the weak to be in the right merely for the fact that they are weak. Weakness, poverty, or other disadvantages do not justify any and every action of the disadvantaged person, nor do they automatically confer the mantle of righteousness on him. Nonetheless, God is particularly attentive to the cries of the poor for justice and salvation. God is sensitive to the vulnerability of those without the resources to defend and support themselves. God is especially solicitous for those whose only hope is in Him. When we read the entire chapter Sir 35, we realize that one of the major themes is the inter-relatedness of proper worship and charity towards the poor. Sirach 25:2 says, “He who offers alms sacrifices a thank-offering.” The thank offering was the Old Covenant precursor of the Eucharist. This verse emphasizes a mystical connection between proper liturgical worship and acts of charity. This was well-understood in medieval Christianity. Observe the painting on the left of a medieval saint. The saint is portrayed distributing food to the poor on the left, but his food distribution intentionally resembles the distribution of the Eucharist. Furthermore, the looks and posture of the saint mimic in every particular the appearance of the bishop on the right, who is dressed in liturgical garments as he blesses what appears to be a sack of flour and jug of wine, offered by the laity to be made into the Eucharistic species. Charity is liturgical and the liturgy is charitable.
Adults - Have you ever considered the connection between liturgy and charity?
Teens - How does assisting at the Holy Mass affect the way you live through the week?
Kids - Be sure to say a special prayer for the poor each day this week.
Responsorial- Psalm 34: 2-3, 17-18, 19, 23
R.The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
I will bless the LORD at all times;
his praise shall be ever in my mouth.
Let my soul glory in the LORD;
the lowly will hear me and be glad.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
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.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord hears the cry of the poor.
Reflection -Much of Book I of the Psalter (pss 1-41) is dominated by the image of David the suffering servant, at the mercy of his enemies and the forces of evil in the world. Psalm 34 is pure consolation for the righteous oppressed of this world, who find themselves victims of the powerful, the wealthy, and the unscrupulous.
What is one small thing you can do each day to make a difference?
The Second Reading- 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18
Beloved: I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance. At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them! But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the proclamation might be completed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was rescued from the lion's mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Reflection - In this second reading we see St. Paul in a similar situation to David in the Psalm. Both were in positions of vulnerability, under the power of an evil monarch. David was delivered; St. Paul has faith that he will be, too. Some believe St. Paul wrote 2 Timothy while being tried before the imperial court of Nero before ultimately being put to death. We hear a note of sadness and loneliness in Paul’s remark that no one came to assist him at this defense. As Christians, we can often feel abandoned. Sometimes we are persecuted for the faith, and even our brothers and sisters in faith distance themselves from us, not wishing to be entangled in the persecution we are experiencing. Through it all, St. Paul finds consolation in Jesus alone, Jesus who himself was completely abandoned by his companions when he suffered his Passion.
Do you know anyone who feels abandoned because of their faith? How can you help them?
The Holy Gospel according to Luke 18:9-14
Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. "Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, 'O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity -- greedy, dishonest, adulterous -- or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income.' But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven but beat his breast and prayed, 'O God, be merciful to me a sinner.' I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted."
Reflection - The proud Pharisee “speaks his prayer to himself.” He mostly talks about himself in his prayer; in fact, he is praising himself and even praying to himself! The Pharisee has gotten himself confused with God. That’s the essence of pride. The tax collector simply cries to God for mercy, and receives it. Take note that this does not mean the tax collector was a “good man.” Many tax collectors were unjust, abusive persons who took advantage of others in society, even and including the poor. Jesus’ point is that pride can overshadow all other sins, and that if we have attained all other human virtues but retained pride in ourselves, we are like someone who has not even begun the spiritual life. The spiritual life begins with the acknowledgement of our sinfulness and our need.
Adults - Is there an area where you struggle with pride? Take it to prayer and ask God’s help.
Teens - What is the difference between healthy and unhealthy pride?
Kids - Try to compliment or help someone each day this week.
LIVING THE WORD OF GOD THIS WEEK!
We must all be on our guard against this insidious and destructive vice. It is insidious because it can grow in us almost without our knowing it, and once it has taken root it is difficult to eradicate. It is destructive because it spoils every other virtue we practice and every good work we do. Charity, or brotherly love, cannot flourish in a proud heart, for a proud heart is so full of self that it has no room for others. No true love of God can exist in a proud heart, for even the very acts of religion which a proud man performs, are done for the motive of self-glory and not for the glory of God. The Pharisee in this parable proves that fact. He boasted of his good works. A few simple straight questions can tell us whether or not we are proud. Do we like others to see and hear of our good works, or do we prefer to do them in secret? Do we give as generously to charitable causes when no list of benefactors is published? Do we willingly take part among the rank and file in parish activities or do we feel offended if we are not the leaders? Do we criticize offhand those who are not all they should be, or do we thank God that we were saved from similar temptations? Do we always try to find an excuse for the failings of others or have we excuses for our own faults only? God forbid that any one in this congregation should be suffering from this, the worst of all vices. If anyone recognizes that he is, let him pray to God from the bottom of his heart for the opposite virtue, the true Christian virtue of humility, and look for every possible occasion to practice it. Let us all remember the two men praying in the Temple. One was full of himself and boasted to God and to all present, of his many good works. The Other just humbly beat his breast and asked for mercy-he had nothing to boast of. Yet, he left the Temple forgiven, the other returned home a worse sinner than when he had entered the Temple. — Excerpted from The Sunday Readings Cycle C, Fr. Kevin O' Sullivan, O.F.M.
585. With what spirit of communion and mission do we pray to God as “our” Father? d) all of the above
Since praying to “our” Father is a common blessing for the baptized, we feel an urgent summons to join in Jesus’ prayer for the unity of his disciples. To pray the “Our Father” is to pray with all people and for all people that they may know the one true God and be gathered into unity.
586. What does the phrase “Who art in heaven” mean? c) with Christ we already live there
This biblical expression does not indicate a place but a way of being: God transcends everything. The expression refers to the majesty, the holiness of God, and also to his presence in the hearts of the just. Heaven, or the Father’s house, constitutes our true homeland toward which we are moving in hope while we are still on earth. “Hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3), we live already in this homeland.
587. What is the structure of the Lord’s Prayer? d) God-centered petitions with our poverty and expectations
It contains seven petitions made to God the Father. The first three, more God-centered, draw us toward him for his glory; it is characteristic of love to think first of the beloved. These petitions suggest in particular what we ought to ask of him: the sanctification of his Name, the coming of his Kingdom, and the fulfillment of his will. The last four petitions present to the Father of mercies our wretchedness and our expectations. They ask him to feed us, to forgive us, to sustain us in temptations, and to free us from the Evil One.