- Quotes from Saints throughout e-weekly
- US Bishops Praying and Fasting in Preparation for Mtg. and Invite Faithful to Join Them (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 Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time. >>> Readings
All Soul's Day Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/110218.cfm
"God is closer to us than water is to a fish."
-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.]
“Disorder in society is the result of disorder in the family.”
"Shook me to the core..."-Mike Leonard, NBC Today Show Correspondent and Executive Producer of CATHOLICISM
"This is the most important media project in the history of the Catholic Church in America. A stimulating and compelling exploration of the spiritual, moral, and intellectual riches of the Catholic world. " -George Weigel, Biographer of Blessed John Paul II
A visually splendid and intellectually satisfying introduction to Catholic Christianity is provided by the 10-part video series “Catholicism.” Written and hosted by Father Robert E. Barron, the complete documentary is available for purchase on DVD at Word on Fire.
A priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Father Barron is certainly not lacking in academic credentials. He holds a doctorate in sacred theology from France’s Institut Catholique de Paris and serves as the Francis Cardinal George professor of faith and culture at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary. He’s also been a visiting professor at the University of Notre Dame and Rome’s Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, colloquially known as the Angelicum.
Like his august – and equally well educated — forerunner Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, however, Father Barron displays a knack for conveying complex ideas in easily grasped, television-friendly terms. His enthusiasm as a narrator also serves to keep the pace pleasingly rapid.
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.
The substantive discussion carried on behind these visuals introduces viewers to the messianic expectations laid down in the prophecies of the Old Testament and to the surprising, sometimes paradoxical, manner in which Jesus — by his life, death and resurrection — fulfilled them.
A first-rate DVD resource for teen and adult religious education, whether in a parish setting or at home – and must-watch public television programming for all old enough to profit from it – “Catholicism” enlists sophisticated production values
and an elegantly crafted script in the service of explaining — and celebrating — the faith.
"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."
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
“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.”
U.S. Bishops will Fast and Pray for 7 Days Leading Up to Mtg. and Invite the Faithful to join them in Prayer and Fasting
Catholic News Service • Posted October 29, 2018
UPDATED – WASHINGTON (CNS) — Discussion and voting on concrete measures to address the abuse crisis and a day of spiritual discernment and prayer will top the agenda for the U.S. bishops when they meet Nov. 12-14 for their fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Public sessions of the assembly also will be livestreamed live tweeted and carried via satellite, said an Oct. 29 news release from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The assembly will begin Nov. 12 with an address by Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, who is USCCB president, as well as remarks by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States.
The body of bishops will then adjourn to an on-site chapel for a full day of spiritual discernment and prayer. This will be followed by a Mass celebrated at the site of the assembly that evening.
In a letter sent late Oct. 26 to all U.S. bishops, Cardinal DiNardo asked them to spend seven days before the meeting, from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, in “intensified” prayer, fasting and reparation to prepare for their general assembly in Baltimore.
During their business sessions, the U.S. bishops will discuss and vote on a series on concrete measures to respond to the abuse, including those approved for their agenda at the September meeting of the Administrative Committee.
Actions approved by the committee Sept. 19 and to be voted on include approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.
Committee members also instructed the bishops’ Committee on Canonical Affairs and Church Governance to develop proposals for policies addressing restrictions on bishops who were removed or resigned because of allegations of abuse of minors or adults.
They also initiated the process of developing a code of conduct for bishops regarding sexual misconduct with a minor or adult or “negligence in the exercise of his office related to such cases.”
The Administrative Committee consists of the officers, chairmen and regional representatives of the USCCB. The committee, which meets in March and September, is the highest authority of the USCCB outside of the full body of bishops when they meet for their fall and spring general assemblies.
In Baltimore the bishops also will hear reports from the National Advisory Council and National Review Board.
They also will vote on a proposed pastoral on racism titled “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism.”
“Despite many promising strides made in our country, the ugly cancer of racism still infects our nation,” the proposed document says. “Racist acts are sinful because they violate justice. They reveal a failure to acknowledge the human dignity of the persons offended, to recognize them as the neighbors Christ calls us to love.”
They also will hear a report on the now-concluded Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, will vote on a 2019 budget as well as voted for a USCCB treasurer-elect and a couple of committee chairmen and five chairman-elect.
The USCCB announced several of the nominees Oct. 30:
— For USCCB treasurer-elect: Bishop Gregory L. Parkes of St. Petersburg, Florida, and Archbishop Charles C. Thompson of Indianapolis.
— For chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education: Bishop Michael C. Barber of Oakland, California, and Bishop David J. Malloy of Rockford, Illinois.
Nominees for chairman-elect include:
— For the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life, and Vocations: Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, and Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth, Texas.
— For the Committee on Divine Worship: Archbishop Leonard P. Blair of Hartford, Connecticut, and Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin.
— For the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development: Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City and Archbishop John C. Wester of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
— For the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth: Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and Bishop John F. Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan.
— For the Committee on Migration: Auxiliary Bishop Mario E Dorsonville-Rodriguez of Washington and
Bishop John E. Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky.
The bishop also will vote on a new chairman for the Committee on National Collections, to succeed the late Bishop Joseph R. Cistone of Saginaw, Michigan. He was elected chairman-elect for the collections committee last November and was to begin a three-year term as chairman at the end of this year’s general assembly. He died Oct. 16.
Chairmen-elect will be chosen for the Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Religious Vocations; the Committee on Divine Worship; the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and the Committee on Migration.
Also on the agenda will be a voice vote to endorse the sainthood cause of Sister Thea Bowman, the granddaughter of slaves and the only African-American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. The request comes from Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz of Jackson, Mississippi — where Sister Bowman grew up and also where she ministered in her last years while taking care of her aging parents while subsequently fighting cancer herself.
Public sessions of the discussions and votes during the general assembly as well as portions of the day of spiritual discernment will be available via livestream at: http://www.usccb.org/live.
News updates, vote totals, texts of addresses and presentations and other materials will be posted to this page: www.usccb.org/meetings as soon as possible. Those wishing to follow the meeting on social media can use the hashtag #USCCB18 and follow on Twitter (@USCCB) as well as on Facebook, www.facebook.com/usccb, and Instagram, https://instagram.com/usccb.
“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.
-I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.
-The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
-You know you’re texting too much when……you try to text, but you’re on a landline.
-I can't believe I got fired from the calendar factory. All I did was take a day off.
-I asked my daughter if she’d seen my newspaper. She told me that newspapers are old school. She said that people use tablets nowadays and handed me her iPad. The fly didn’t stand a chance.
THE NEW LAWYER
Joe grew up in a small town, then moved away to attend college and law school. He decided to come back to the small town because he could be a big man in this small town. He really wanted to impress everyone.
He opened his new law office, but business was very slow at first. One day, he saw a man coming up the sidewalk. He decided to make a big impression on this new client when he arrived.
As the man came to the door, Joe picked up the phone. He motioned the man in, all the while talking...
"No. Absolutely not. You tell those clowns in New York that I won't settle this case for less than one million..."
"Yes. The Appeals Court has agreed to hear that case next week. I'll be handling the primary argument and the other members of my team will provide support..."
"Okay. Tell the DA that I'll meet with him next week to discuss the details..."
This sort of thing went on for almost 5 minutes. All the while the man sat patiently as Joe rattled instructions.
Finally, Joe put down the phone and turned to the man.
"I'm sorry for the delay, but as you can see, I'm very busy. What can I do for you?"
The man replied "I'm from the phone company...I came to hook up your phone."
A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus
with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied: "They couldn't get a babysitter."
An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no
male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial
service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I
don't want them to take me out when I'm dead!"
A police recruit was asked during the exam, "What would you do if you
had to arrest your own mother?" He said, "Call for backup."
How to Install a Cheap Home Security System
1. Go to a second-hand store and buy a pair of men's used size 14-16 work
2. Place them on your front porch, along with several empty beer cans, a
copy of Guns & Ammo magazine and several NRA magazines.
3. Put a few giant dog dishes next to the boots and magazine.
4. Leave a note on your door that reads:
Hey Bubba, Big Jim, Duke and Slim,
I went to the gun shop for more ammunition. Back in an hour. Don't mess
with the pit bulls -- they attacked the mailman this morning and messed him
up real bad. I don't think Killer took part in it but it was hard to tell
from all the blood. PS - I locked all four of 'em in the house. Better
wait outside. -Cooter
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.
for Self-Reflection, Couples or Family Discussion
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time - November 4th, 2018
The First Reading- Deuteronomy 6:2-6
Moses spoke to the people, saying: "Fear the LORD, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments which I enjoin on you, and thus have long life. Hear then, Israel, and be careful to observe them, that you may grow and prosper the more, in keeping with the promise of the LORD, the God of your fathers, to give you a land flowing with milk and honey. "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength. Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today."
Throughout divine revelation there is a consistency of message regarding the connection between our love for God and our love for neighbor that we see clearly in today’s readings. The first reading is from Deuteronomy, a book of Jewish Law. Not Jewish recommendations, but required, binding law that governed people’s ability to be in right relationship with God. It says that if I am going to love God, it has to be with my whole self — not just a chunk of my heart, or a corner of my intellect — but with my whole being. It has to be everything that I am, and everything that I do. And what shall I do? Justice. And what is justice? According to the entire law and prophets, it’s to care for the widows, orphans and aliens: to love my neighbor.
Adults - How can we take the words Moses spoke to the Israelites to heart today?
Teens - Do you love God with your whole being? What do you hold back, if anything?
Kids - What does it mean to love Jesus with your whole heart?
Responsorial- Psalm 18: 2-3, 3-4, 47, 51
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
I love you, O LORD, my strength,
O LORD, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
My God, my rock of refuge,
my shield, the horn of my salvation, my stronghold!
Praised be the LORD, I exclaim,
and I am safe from my enemies.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
The LORD lives! And blessed be my rock!
Extolled be God my savior.
You who gave great victories to your king
and showed kindness to your anointed.
R. I love you, Lord, my strength.
-What area of your life do you need to ask God for strength in?
The Second Reading- Hebrews 7:23-28
Brothers and sisters: The levitical priests were many because they were prevented by death from remaining in office, but Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens. He has no need, as did the high priests, to offer sacrifice day after day, first for his own sins and then for those of the people; he did that once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints men subject to weakness to be high priests, but the word of the oath, which was taken after the law, appoints a son, who has been made perfect forever.
Our second reading is a follow up of last week’s second reading, and illustrates the difference between what we heard of the human priesthood and Jesus’ priesthood. It can also invite us to reflect on what happens when our priests act “in persona Christi,” which is that the man is put aside, and Jesus, working through him, offers the sacrifice of the Mass himself. What we celebrate and what we receive is perfection, because Jesus, our high priest, does it himself.
Reflect, as it says above, on what it means for the priest to act “in persona Christi.”
The Holy Gospel according to Mark 12:28B-34
One of the scribes came to Jesus and asked him, "Which is the first of all the commandments?" Jesus replied, "The first is this: Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these." The scribe said to him, "Well said, teacher. You are right in saying, 'He is One and there is no other than he.' And 'to love him with all your heart, with all your understanding, with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself' is worth more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
Jesus quotes our first reading in the Gospel story when a scribe asks him what the greatest commandment is. Jesus adds, and the scribe agrees, that the way to live out that commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself. The scribe, in a very rare moment, praises Jesus for his wisdom — usually these guys are trying to trap him. But this man answers with understanding — not just information like the others. The law is in this man’s heart. Therefore, Jesus declares him “not far from the kingdom of God.”
Adults - What is the difference between having information and having understanding? Why do you think Jesus said that the scribe had understanding?
Teens - What does loving our neighbor have to do with loving God?
Kids -Jesus tells us to love our neighbors. Who are your neighbors?
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. -Hebrews 4:15