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Saint of the Week: St. John of Avila

May 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. John of Avila

Feast Day: May 10

John of Avila 1500 - 1569 feast - May 10 Born near Toledo, Spain, John was sent by his wealthy parents to study law in Salamanca. But, renouncing such a career, he instead lived as a hermit for three years, and was ordained in 1525, after his parents had died. Though he hoped to be a missionary in Mexico, his archbishop sent him to Andalusia, where he preached successfully for nine years. He was imprisoned briefly by the Inquisition for rigoristic preaching, then continued evangelizing for the rest of his life. Many of his letters survive. A holy priest and mystic, he was a friend of St. Ignatius Loyola and an adviser of St. Teresa of Avila and several other Spanish saints. He is a patron saint of Spain.

John of Avila
1500 – 1569

Born near Toledo, Spain, John was sent by his wealthy parents to study law in Salamanca. But, renouncing such a career, he instead lived as a hermit for three years, and was ordained in 1525, after his parents had died. Though he hoped to be a missionary in Mexico, his archbishop sent him to Andalusia, where he preached successfully for nine years. He was imprisoned briefly by the Inquisition for rigoristic preaching, then continued evangelizing for the rest of his life. Many of his letters survive. A holy priest and mystic, he was a friend of St. Ignatius Loyola and an adviser of St. Teresa of Avila and several other Spanish saints. He is a patron saint of Spain.

 

 

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Sunday Scripture readings, May 7, 2017

May 2nd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

            1) Acts 2:14a, 36-41

            Psalm 23:1-6

            2) 1 Peter 2:20b-25

            Gospel: John 10:1-10

 

I clearly remember Captain Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” looking at a contraption on a wall and saying, “Tea, Earl Grey, hot.” The machine would beep, then magically a steaming mug of tea would appear on a shelf. The first time I saw this, I was amazed that all he had to do was say what he wanted and it appeared. Now, voice recognition software is a part of most smartphones and many computers.

If I push a button on my phone and say, “my hot wife,” a few seconds later I am speaking to my wife. I can also say, “Play Beatles,” and the next thing you know my phone is playing music. Sometimes modern technology really blows my mind. Read more »

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Creation care in Scripture

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catholic News Service

 

Concern for the environment now occupies a prominent place in Catholic teaching. Pope Benedict XVI spoke out frequently about our need to care for the earth, and Pope Francis, in “Laudato Si'” and elsewhere, emphasizes creation care as an integral part of Catholic teaching along with other social justice and respect for life issues.

But environmental concern is not exclusively a recent issue; its basis can be found in the Bible. Read more »

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Parish programs foster environmental stewardship

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. When he created man, he gave him dominion over the earth (Gn 1:28). In the wake of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” parishes across the United States — and all over the world — have been striving to implement the pope’s vision of how we can appropriately fulfill our role as caretakers of creation.

“Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home,” was officially released on June 18, 2015, and was Pope Francis’ second encyclical. Read more »

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Care for creation: A moral issue and a Catholic issue

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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You need look no further than the rising sea waters threatening Miami or the erosion of coastal Alaska, where entire villages must be relocated in a state that’s becoming a bellwether for climate change.

Or study our polluted oceans, where our love affair with one-use plastic desecrates the sea, or feel the incrementally hotter temperatures assailing us each decade. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Care for Creation

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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sunset over lakeThere is a personal, moral issue of connectedness between us and God’s creation.

The roots of environmental stewardship lie thousands of years back in our Jewish and Christian traditions.

How can we fulfill our God-given role as caretakers of creation?

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Parish provides health care to immigrants

April 28th, 2017 Posted in Senior / Health, Uncategorized Tags: ,

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. — For immigrants in the country without legal permission, a routine doctor’s visit can be an occasion for panic. Without papers, immigrants fear deportation when they enter the waiting room.

Unwilling to take such a risk, they avoid seeking medical attention even in life-threatening cases. Read more »

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Site of 1917 Marian apparitions continues to draw pilgrims

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VATICAN CITY — While conversion and prayer are at the heart of Mary’s messages at Fatima, Portugal, the miracles and unexplained phenomena that accompanied the events 100 years ago continue to intrigue believers and nonbelievers alike.

The apparitions of Mary at Fatima in 1917 were not the first supernatural events reported there. Read more »

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Sunday Scripture readings, April 30, 2017

April 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Third Sunday of Easter

Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Acts 2:14, 22-33

            Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11

            2) 1 Peter 1:17-21

            Gospel: Luke 24:13-35

 

I once served on a parish committee that was tasked with developing a comprehensive design for the interior of our new sanctuary. The idea was to plan the entire decor so that all the artistic elements combined — stained glass, statuary, wall decoration, crucifix — would create a meaningful space to enhance worship.

During our discussions, some committee members observed how the atmosphere in certain churches seemed to enliven the presence of God. Our design consultant, an accomplished artist in a variety of media, also reminded us about the quality of art to both teach and transport. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: St. Catherine of Siena

April 27th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Catherine of Siena

Minorite Church Vienna, Austria

St. Catherine of Siena (CNS)

Feast Day: April 29

Catherine was the 24th of 25 children of a Sienese dyer; her mystical experiences and raptures began at age 6. She refused to marry, and about 1367 joined the Third Order of St. Dominic.

She attracted a like-minded group in Siena for prayer and good works, and devoted her last five years to church unity and ending the scandal of rival papacies. Though she experienced the pain of the stigmata, it became visible only after her death at 33.

And, in an odd division of relics, her body is in a Roman church, while her head is in a Sienese church. Named a doctor of the church in 1970, Catherine is a patron saint of Europe and Italy, and the patron of fire prevention, nurses and nursing.

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