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The sacrament of holy orders: At the service of communion

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: ,

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Over the course of 2,000 years, the church has canonized myriad bishops, priests and deacons. Certainly each of these men lived an exemplary life of holiness, but what is common to all of them is their path to holiness was marked by a unique sacrament: holy orders. 

The term “order” (“ordo” in Latin) refers to a group or a body into which a man is incorporated through the rite of “ordination” (“ordinatio”). Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Sacrament Series — Holy Orders

April 9th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized Tags: , ,

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The rite of ordination bestows on the new bishop, priest or deacon a special gift of the Holy Spirit, which

Eleven men lie prostrate during their ordination as priests in the Dominican order during a May 21, 2016, Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Father Herb Weber, pastor of St. John XXIII Parish in Perrysburg, Ohio, said sharing in the universal priesthood is what has allowed him to be part of the community in which he can also serve in a way that constantly holds him in awe. (CNS photo/Jaclyn Lippelmann, Catholic Standard)

enables him to exercise a sacred power for the service, upbuilding and communion of the church.

A priest knows that he is not alone in his ministry. It is not his ministry to begin with. It is the ministry of Jesus that he entrusted to the church.

There is a relationship between ordained priesthood and the universal priesthood of the baptized. The priesthood is not for the priest alone but for the entire community.

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Church bells ring 39 times; MLK dream recalled

April 4th, 2018 Posted in Featured, National News, Uncategorized Tags:

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The Catholic Standard
WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. — he was gunned down April 4, 1968 — the great civil rights advocate continues to be an outstanding example of how to live the Gospel message, according to Catholic clergy and others.

“This tragic loss (of Rev. King) did not still his voice — it continues to ring out and inspire new generations in confronting the challenges of prejudice, injustice and division today,” Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington wrote in an April 4 blog.

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 8, 2018

April 4th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Second Sunday of Easter

Cycle B

1) Acts 4:32-35

Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24

2) 1 Jn 5:1-6

Gospel: Jn 20:19-31

 

Seeing with eyes of faith

Jesus often praised the faith of ordinary people he encountered during his earthly ministry: the man born blind, the leper shunned by the community, the Samaritan woman at the well, the royal official at Capernaum whose son was ill, and the paralytic at the pool.  Read more »

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St. John Paul II’s devotion to divine mercy

April 2nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

There are many notable things about the life and papacy of St. John Paul II, but the most notable is his devotion to divine mercy. In 1980, he wrote an entire encyclical on it, “Dives in Misericordia” (“Rich in Mercy”), in which he outlines the truth and meaning of mercy from biblical times to the present and beyond.

In it, he states mankind’s mission of mercy. “The church must profess and proclaim God’s mercy in all its truth, as it has been handed down to us by revelation,” he wrote. He took this task upon himself becoming for many the champion of divine mercy. Read more »

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How ‘divine mercy parishes’ celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday

April 2nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Easter, but for many parishes in the U.S. bearing the name Divine Mercy, the message of God’s healing mercy is one heard throughout the year.

As the popularity of the day has grown, more churches are using the day to remind parishioners about the power of mercy, confession and forgiveness. Read more »

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St. Faustina Kowalska and divine mercy

April 2nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Known as the apostle of divine mercy, St. Faustina Kowalska brought the message of God’s deep and passionate love for all of humanity. 

At her canonization, St. John Paul II said, “The life of this humble daughter of Poland was completely linked with the history of the 20th century. … Christ entrusted his message of mercy to her. … It is not a new message but can be considered a gift of special enlightenment that helps us to relive the Gospel of Easter more intensely.” Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Divine Mercy Sunday

April 2nd, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized

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Considered a mystic, St. Faustina Kowalska spread the message of divine mercy in her personal journal called “Divine Mercy in My Soul.”
 
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated the first Sunday after Easter. As the popularity of the day has grown, more

A stamp showing St. John Paul II, Jesus of Divine Mercy and St. Peter’s Basilica was jointly issued by the Vatican and Poland in 2011 to celebrate the beatification of the Polish pope that year, three years before his eventual canonization. There are many notable things about the life and papacy of St. John Paul, but the most notable is his devotion to divine mercy. (CNS photo/courtesy of Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office)

churches are using the day to remind parishioners about the power of mercy, confession and forgiveness.

St. Faustina’s message reverberated in St. John Paul II’s heart. During the homily for her canonization on April 30, 2000, the pope declared Divine Mercy Sunday to be celebrated worldwide.
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Christ is victorious over all that divides people, pope says

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VATICAN CITY — Easter is a feast that calls Christians to gather together, make a commitment to dialogue and to work for the common good, Pope Francis said.

In Italy and in other countries, Easter Monday is a day for relaxed family gatherings and picnics because “after having celebrated Easter, one feels a need to gather again with loved ones and friends to celebrate,” the pope said April 2, before reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer at noon with visitors in St. Peter’s Square.  Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 1, 2018

March 29th, 2018 Posted in Catechetical Corner, Uncategorized Tags:

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Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Cycle B

1) Acts 10:34, 37-43

Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23

2) Col 3:1-4, or 1 Cor 5:6-8

Gospel: Jn 20:1-9

 

Christ Is Risen!

“You have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).

Have you died?

I have. I can show you where it happened. It was in East Rutherford, New Jersey, decades before Giants Stadium went up. It was at St. Joseph’s Church.  Read more »

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